Friday, July 21, 2017

Foreigner Reunites Four Original Members On Stage For First Time Since 1980

Four of the five surviving original members of Foreigner reunited for a three-song encore during the band's concert last night (Thursday, July 20) at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, New York.

Singer Lou Gramm, keyboardist Al Greenwood and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald joined Mick Jones to perform "Long, Long Way From Home," "I Want To Know What Love Is," and "Hot Blooded". This marked the first time Jones, Gramm, Greenwood and McDonald had all shared a stage together since 1980.

"It was great to have Lou, Al and Ian join us on stage last night, and certainly brought back some special memories, " Mick Jones, Foreigner's leader and sole original member still with the band, said. "All the original guys are out there playing live shows and working on studio projects. A performance by the entire original band for a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction next year would be a great way to cap off our 40th anniversary celebrations." Check out a clip from last night's below.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rare Rolling Stones Photos Up For Auction

Barnebys.com, an online search service for arts, antiques and collectibles, is bringing rare photography of the Rolling Stones to art collectors and music lovers alike.

Images by celebrity photographer Terry O'Neill of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest of the band members, on stage and at play, are now available through Barnebys.com for less than $100.

"While there are many rare items that have sold for extraordinary prices, there are also less expensive ways to own a piece of celebrity," said Pontus Silfverstolpe, auction expert and co-founder of Barnebys.com. "In a world fascinated by fame, memorabilia from popular musical artists is now highly sought after."

With major auctions of rock and pop music collectibles hosted by London and New York auction houses, these photos, along with signed guitars, programs, rare albums and autographs from the Rolling Stones and other artists, will be available through Barnebys.com beginning today and running through July 28th.

Among the Rolling Stones items currently available for auction:

  • "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" original RIAA white matte gold 45 record award.  Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
  • Signed "Bridges to Babylon" Album. Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
  • Original Vintage Concert Tour Pins.  Estimate: $300 - $500
  • 8 x 10 black and white original photograph.  Estimate: $75 - $125

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Guns N' Roses May Be Planning 'Appetite For Destruction' 30th Anniversary Show In NYC

Appetite For Destruction, Guns N’ Roses' classic debut album turns 30 on Friday (July 21), and the band appear to be teasing a special anniversary show or shows.

On Twitter, a fan shared GnR posters featuring the “Appetite30th” hashtag that appear in and around New York City’s Apollo Theater, suggesting the band could be preparing to play there to mark the album’s birthday.

In 2016, the group reunited with original members Slash and Duff McKagan for the first time in two decades. Guitarist Matt Fortus, who has been a member of the band since 2002, has recently spoken about plans for a new album.

“We haven’t started recording anything," he said. "When I say that, as far as in the studio doing an album. We’ve been recording a lot of stuff, just ideas, assembling ideas, but not going into a studio and actually tracking a new record.”

He added: “It’s sort of too good not to happen at this point, that’s how I feel about it. This band is really a force right now, and I definitely hope that we do, and I think we’re all sort of counting on it, and we’re also planning on it.”

The guitarist went on to praise frontman Axl Rose’s songwriting skills, saying: “I think the genius of Axl is his ability to assemble songs, from different parts, and make them feel cohesive as a song. I’ve never seen anybody able to do that in the same way.”

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New David Bowie Box Set Covers 1977 To 1982

Parlophone Records has announced the third in a series of David Bowie box sets called David Bowie: A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982). The follow-up to the award-winning and critically acclaimed David Bowie: Five Years (1969 - 1973) and David Bowie: Who Can I Be Now? (1974 - 1976) will be released on September 29. A brand new remix of the 1979 album Lodger by longtime Bowie producer/collaborator Tony Visconti will be included. 

The 11-CD box, 13-piece vinyl set and the Mastered For iTunes and standard digital download sets feature all of the material officially released by Bowie between 1977 and 1982. It includes the so-called "Berlin Trilogy" of albums on which he collaborated with Visconti and Brian Eno as well as the Baal E.P., appearing here for the very first time in its entirety on CD, and is closed by Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps).

The box set also includes Low, "Heroes," Stage (Original and 2017 Versions), the former in the vinyl box will be pressed on yellow vinyl (replicating its original limited edition U.K. release and the latter of which features two previously unreleased tracks), Lodger (Tony Visconti 2017 Mix), Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Re:Call 3 (featuring contemporary single versions, non-album singles, b-sides and songs featured on soundtracks) and the "Heroes" E.P., a compilation exclusive to the set celebrating the 40th anniversary of the song, which rounds up the German and French album and single versions of the track in one place for the first time.

The Lodger remix was started with David's blessing before his passing in January 2016. Tony Visconti has revisited the original multi-tracks at Human Studios and remixed the album with the benefit of modern technology to better highlight the album's nuances. Always a personal favorite of Bowie's, this version of the album will also feature newly "remixed" artwork featuring unseen images from the original cover photographic session from the archive of the Estate of photographer Duffy, working closely with his son Chris.

Also exclusive to each box is Re:Call 3, a new compilation featuring remastered contemporary single versions, non-album singles and b-sides, and songs featured on soundtracks. The cover features a photo by Christian Simonpietri taken at Hansa Studios in Berlin during the "Heroes" sessions in 1977. The Baal E.P. in its entirety is making its CD debut while "Beauty And The Beast" (extended version) and "Breaking Glass" (Australian single version) are making their debuts on CD and digitally.

"Beauty And The Beast" (extended version) is available now as digital download upon pre-order of the boxed set. This version of the "Heroes" album track is making its digital and CD debut having previously only been available on a rare US promo 12" and as a limited 12" release in Spain.

The physical boxed set's accompanying book, 128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set, will feature rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Anton Corbijn, Helmut Newton, Andrew Kent, Steve Schapiro, Duffy, and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producer Tony Visconti.

The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums, and the CDs will be gold colored rather than the usual silver. The vinyl boxed set has the same content as the CD set and is pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Yes Announce More Dates For 2017 Summer Tour

2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Yes has revealed additional tour dates for this summer's YESTIVAL outing with special guest Todd Rundgren and an opening set from Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy honoring the magic of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, as well as a few special "Evening With Yes" shows.

New additions to the 30-date tour include San Diego, Reno, San Francisco, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Cedar Rapids and Boston, among other cities. Kicking off August 4 in Greensboro, NC, YESTIVAL will travel throughout the U.S. and Canada until September 19, with stops in Brooklyn August 11 at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk and Los Angeles August 29 at the Microsoft Theater. Tickets for all YESTIVAL dates are currently on sale, except for the new September 1, 17, 18 and 19 shows, which go on sale to the public this Friday, July 21. See below for full list of YESTIVAL tour dates and go to www.yesworld.com for all ticketing information.

This summer's annual trek will feature a set list of greatest hits from all of the band's studio albums up to 1980, showcasing the storied history of one of the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands. YES--Steve Howe (guitar since 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire's choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015) -- will treat fans to such hits as "Roundabout" and "Starship Trooper," performing at least one song from each of the band's first 10 albums starting with 1969's Yes to 1980's Drama.

"I think the presentation will be an interesting one because we're going to play the songs chronologically," Howe recently revealed to Guitar World (August 2017 issue). "It'll allow our fans to really get a sense of our development and how our music evolved album to album during the course of 12 years. In an hour and a half, you'll get a nice picture of that period." He also added, "We want to play things we enjoy, but maybe they should be songs we haven't done in a while. We'd like to have a few surprises up our sleeves."

The details for YESTIVAL were initially revealed live on SiriusXM April 5 during the "SiriusXM Volume Presents an Artist Confidential with Yes." The exclusive hour-long in-studio event in New York City featured an interview with the band, hosted by David Fricke, and acoustic performances of "Roundabout," "Leaves of Green," and "Clap."

YESTIVAL 2017 Summer Tour Dates:

8/4 - Greensboro, NC - White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
8/5 - Boone, NC - Holmes Convocation Center
8/7 - Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Concert Pavilion
8/8 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
8/10 - Mashantucket, CT - The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
8/11 - Brooklyn, NY - Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
8/12 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Center
8/14 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Theatre
8/16 - Greensburg, PA - The Palace Theatre
8/17 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/19 - Elgin, IL - Festival Park - Grand Victoria Casino
8/20 - Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
8/22 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Zoo Amphitheatre
8/23 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre
8/25 - Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre
8/26 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
8/28 - San Diego, CA - Balboa Theatre**
8/29 - Los Angeles, CA - Microsoft Theater
8/31 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort - Grand Theatre*
9/1 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre*
9/3 - Tulalip, WA - Tulalip Amphitheatre
9/5 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre***
9/7 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium***
9/8 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium***
9/11 - Moorhead, MN - Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheatre***
9/12 - Cedar Rapids, IA - McGrath Amphitheatre***
9/14 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens***
9/17 - Boston, MA - The Wilbur Theatre*
9/18 Huntington, NY - The Paramount*
9/19 Huntington, NY - The Paramount*
 
* Yes only
** with Carl Palmer only
*** with Todd Rundgren only