Saturday, May 28, 2016

Neil Young Clarifies Comments About Donald Trump Using His Songs At Rallies

Neil Young has clarified comments in which he appeared to say he was fine with Republican nominee Donald Trump using his music at rallies. 

Trump used the musician's track "Rockin' In The Free World" at the launch of his campaign to run for the White House, prompting Young to issue a cease and desist against the politician.

Young then backtracked, saying: "Once the music goes out, everybody can use it for anything."

"The fact that I said I was for Bernie Sanders and then [Trump] didn't ask me to use 'Rockin' in the Free World' doesn't mean that he can't use it. He actually got a license to use it. I mean, he said he did and I believe him. So I got nothing against him."

Young clarified those comments in an interview with TV's Stephen Colbert. Trump may have legal right to use Young's music, but that doesn't mean the sognwriter is happy about it.

"I didn't like that idea because of the misogyny and the racism," Young told Colbert of his music being associated with the politician.

The Canadian also said he was so vocal about the upcoming US Presidential election despite not being able to vote because "I'm a neighbor, and as such I'm affected by what happens, even though I live [in Canada]."

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Gregg Allman Joins Joe Bonamassa's Music Festival At Sea

Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, Joe Bonamassa, and Sixthman are proud to present Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea III, year three of the incredible four-day floating music festival featuring Bonamassa and some of the most celebrated names in blues. 

The festival will journey across the Caribbean aboard Norwegian Jade on February 6-10, 2017, sailing from Tampa, Florida to Costa Maya, Mexico. Guests will enjoy performances from some of the biggest names in music, while discovering new favorites among emerging blues artists on multiple stages throughout the ship. From rare artist collaborations to intimate gatherings with musically inclined cruisers, the festival will have something for everyone to enjoy.

Joining the 2017 festival are Grammy®-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman, Grammy®-nominated vocal powerhouse Beth Hart, California folk-rockers Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, modern blues phenom Joanne Shaw Taylor, guitar virtuosos Anders Osborne and Eric Gales, American roots sister act Larkin Poe, Blues Music Award's Best New Artist Album winner Mr. Sipp, and more.

Music enthusiasts can pre-register for the sailing before cabins are available on June 23, 2016 by going to https://www.sixthman.net/account/presale/bluesaliveatsea. Once on board, fans can expect to enjoy three performances by Joe Bonamassa, multiple artist collaboration shows, activities with many Blues Alive at Sea artists, commemorative lithographs signed by Bonamassa, dozens of live performances by living legends and emerging blues talent, and opportunities to jam with fellow cruisers.

Between fun in the sun in Tampa and Costa Maya, guests can get their kicks at sea aboard Norwegian Jade. Norwegian Jade offers Norwegian's signature Freestyle Cruising experience, along with six stages of live music, 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, an expansive menu of spa treatments and much more.

"We have some amazing return acts and some legendary new artists this year, including one of my favorites of all time, Gregg Allman; Jaimoe from the The Allman Brothers Band is bringing his jazz band, a great player named Anders Osborne is joining us, and many more new additions. It's going to be a lot of fun. And that's why we do it. It's all about the music and the comradery between the bands!" said Bonamassa.

As in prior years' sailings, 2017's festival will feature a special stage for Ignite Artists. The artists chosen for this stage are innovative trailblazers with roots in blues, taking the century-old tradition of blues music and interpreting it in exciting new ways. One of the missions of Keeping the Blues Alive is to foster the newest wave of talent who need to be heard by all music lovers and will carry the torch for the next generation of music enthusiasts. This stage gives these young, new artists a platform to introduce their music to a wider audience.

Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea's sold-out 2015 maiden voyage and 2016's Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea II saw the floating music festival sail to beautiful locations like Key West, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, while entertaining over 4,000 blues aficionados with performances by many of today's best blues artists, including John Hiatt, Robben Ford, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Blues Traveler, Beth Hart, Ana Popovic, Vintage Trouble, Marc Broussard, Shemekia Copeland, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and many more.

The sold-out festivals raised a combined $75,000 in donations for Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, which helps to fund scholarships and music programs for students and teachers across the country. Both festivals were such overwhelming successes that Bonamassa and Sixthman couldn't wait to sign up for a third in 2017.

For the Best available Cabins, sign up for pre-sale at www.bluesaliveatsea.com

Double occupancy staterooms on Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea III begin at $999 per person, plus taxes and fees.

Connect with Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruisers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #BluesAliveAtSea.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Paul McCartney To Appear In VR Documentary Series Tonight

The first two episodes of a six-part virtual reality documentary series about Paul McCartney will debut tonight and is built around the June 10 release of compilation album Pure McCartney.

Presented by the British Tourist Authority and the GREAT Britain campaign, PURE McCartney VR is directed by Tony Kaye (the Grammy winner’s first VR project) and produced by Palo Alto-based VR startup Jaunt.

The VR experiences were filmed in McCartney’s home as the legendary performer recounts memories and anecdotes related to various tracks, while sharing archived and never-before-seen footage.

It also includes digitally remastered audio mixed in Dolby Atmos (the first time original Paul McCartney tracks have been remixed in the Dolby format). Geoff Emerick seved as producer and soundscape architect on the series; and Cliff Plumer, Lucas Wilson and Doug Allenstein exec produced.

PURE McCartney VR episodes chronicle "Dance Tonight" and "Coming Up," which will be released on Tuesday; followed by "My Valentine" Parts 1 and 2 (debuting May 31 and June 7), "Mull of Kintyre" (June 10) and "Early Days" (June 14).

Each track will be released in the Jaunt VR App. (Jaunt VR is available on iOS, Android, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Desktop 360).

Jaunt previously teamed with McCartney for a VR shoot of his 2014 concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. McCartney’s performance of "Live and Let Die" helped launch the Jaunt app.

The startup's investors include The Walt Disney Company, Google Ventures, Sky and Dolby chairman Peter Gotcher.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Lynyrd Skynyrd To Rock Cleveland Night Before 2016 GOP Convention

On July 17, the evening prior to the official kick-off of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd will play the “Welcome To Ohio Late Night” party held at The Auto Lot, a pop-up venue in downtown Cleveland and hosted by Ohio Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger.

Local Ohio foods will be on hand, as well as local beer presented by the Ohio Craft Brewers Association in partnership with Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. The event is produced by Blue Star Productions, LLC in conjunction with the Green Beret Foundation, The Folded Flag Foundation, The Guardians of Heroes Foundation, OH Fallen Heroes, and SRT-K9 Unit, with those military charities receiving proceeds from the event.

Lynyrd Skynyrd's current lineup includes original member Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Johnny Colt, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

For more information, go to www.ClevelandRocks2016.com.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jeff Beck To Release 'Loud Hailer' Studio Album In July

On Jeff Beck's forthcoming studio album Loud Hailer, his first in six years, the legendary guitarist combines fluid fretwork with topical lyrics to make a powerful statement about everything from the love of power, to the power of love. 

Loud Hailer, which is another name for a megaphone, is a suitable moniker for an album that isn't shy about speaking its mind. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explains: "I really wanted to make a statement about some of the nasty things I see going on in the world today, and I loved the idea of being at a rally and using this loud device to shout my point of view." The album's first single, the riotous rocker "Live In The Dark," will be unleashed soon.

To help him write the 11 tracks on Loud Hailer, Beck enlisted two fierce young females from London: singer Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg. It was a chance meeting with Vandenberg last year at a birthday party for Queen drummer Roger Taylor that eventually led to the trio's collaboration.

"She invited me to one of their shows, and I was blown away," the guitarist recalls. "When we got together in January, I explained the subject matter I had in mind, we sat down by the fire with a crate of Prosecco and got right to it. The songs came together very quickly; five in three days."

Beck produced Loud Hailer with Filippo Cimatti, who also works with Bones and Vandenberg. In addition to the core trio, the album also features drummer Davide Sollazzi and bassist Giovanni Pallotti, who were both recruited by Cimatti.

Bones lends her powerful voice to nine of the 11 songs on Loud Hailer, including the intense album opener "The Revolution Will Be Televised," the reflective ballad "Scared For The Children," the funk infused "O.I.L." and the tranquil album closer "Shrine." The album is rounded out by two signature Beck instrumentals in "Pull It" and "Edna."

A few days after the album's release, Beck will launch a summer tour of the U.S. with blues legend Buddy Guy. And on August 10, Beck, with special guests to be announced shortly, will make his Hollywood Bowl debut for a very special, career-spanning concert that celebrates 50 years of 'dynamic music making.' "It will be head teacher Beck in a gown and mortar board in front of the class giving everyone a history lesson," he jokes. The show will also include an orchestra.

In addition to recording Loud Hailer, Beck has been hard at work on his first official book, BECK01 (Genesis Publications, jeffbeckbook.com). Available on July 12, this signed, limited edition book explores Beck's passions for hot rodding and rock 'n' roll.

Inspired by the sleek curves, luxurious finish and iconic imagery of the hot rods he builds, BECK01 is hand-bound in leather and aluminum with every book numbered and personally signed by the author, Jeff Beck. The guitarist's handpicked selection of more than 400 rare and unseen photographs and items of memorabilia is narrated with an original manuscript of nearly 20,000 words, making BECK01 the definitive visual and historical record of the dynamic musician. Included is an eloquent forward by John McLaughlin that begins, "Jeff Beck is my all-time favorite guitarist, what do I say after that?" Indeed.