Monday, November 30, 2015

Ian Anderson Adds 2016 Dates For 'Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera' Shows

The Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera concert tour returns to the States starting April 2016, in which Ian Anderson celebrates the life and times of English agriculturalist Jethro Tull.

Ian Anderson is known as the legendary frontman for the classic rock band Jethro Tull and reimagines his namesake with a narrative set in the near future. The show presents some of the best known songs from the repertoire of Jethro Tull.

Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera,  written and performed by Ian Anderson, runs from April 1 through the 16, with shows in Waukegan IL, continuing through the Midwest in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, and through the south in Tennessee, Alabama and Atlanta.

In the rock opera, Anderson touches on topical issues including including climate change, intensive food production and population growth. New material specially written for this show includes "Prosperous Pasture," "Fruits Of Frankenfield,” "And The World Feeds Me," "Stick, Twist, Bust," and "The Turnstile Gate."

The show features many Tull favorites, including "Heavy Horses," "Farm On The Freeway," "Songs From The Wood," "Aqualung," "Living In The Past," "Wind-Up," "A New Day Yesterday," "The Witch's Promise" and "Locomotive Breath," sometimes with slightly re-written lyrics to better tell the tale.

The tour has already played in the UK, Italy, Spain, Russia, Brazil and Argentina, recently finishing an eight day run in the North East U.S. to widely encouraging reviews.

In her review of the show for, Donna Erichsen says Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera is a "night not to be missed."

Anderson is accompanied by David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and surprise virtual guests on screen including Ryan O’Donnell who shared the stage with Ian in recent tours for Homo Erraticus and Thick As A Brick 2 and Icelandic singer/violinist/actress Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir who appears on screen throughout the show.

In addition to U.S. dates in April and October 2016,  Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera will be performed in Czech Republic, Sweden and Germany plus more cities and countries to be announced.

Look out for tour dates and much more information at

2016 North America Tour Dates

4/1/16 - Genesee Theatre - Waukegan IL  
4/2/16 - Fox Cities Performing Arts Center - Appleton, WI
4/4/16 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO
4/5/16 - Holland Performing Arts Center - Omaha, NE
4/7/16 - Embassy Theatre - Fort Wayne, IN
4/8/16 - Murat Theatre - Indianapolis, IN
4/9/16 - Devos Performance Hall - Grand Rapids, MI  
4/11/16 - Akron Civic Theatre - Akron, OH
4/12/16 -  Aronoff Center for the Arts - Cincinnati, OH
4/13/16 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN  
4/15/16  -Montgomery Performing Arts Center - Montgomery, AL
4/16/16 - Fox Theatre - Atlanta, GA

Monday, November 23, 2015

David Lee Roth's 'Eat 'Em And Smile' Band Reuniting In Hollywood Night Before Thanksgiving

Lucky Strike’s Ultimate Jam Night, a weekly award-winning music event produced by Quiet Riot bassist Chuck Wright, will present the 30th Anniversary of the Eat ‘Em And Smile Band.  

Eat ‘Em And Smile is Van Halen singer David Lee Roth’s multi-platinum debut album release that reached number 4 on the Billboard chart.

The performance will mark the first time in 30 years that guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Greg Bissonette have played together. With guest vocalist Ralph Saenz from Steel Panther out front, they will be performing some of the hits from Eat ‘Em And Smile.

Since those days, Vai has become recognized as one of the world’s great guitarists with a prolific solo career. Sheehan is currently pulling double duty with the Winery Dogs and Mr. Big, while Bissonette has played with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band since 2008.

Guitarist John 5 (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson) is also scheduled to perform a set of his own.

Ultimate Jam Night takes place at Lucky Strike Lanes in Hollywood, at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave.

This is a free, general seating event, so if you're planning on going, get there early.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Jon Anderson & Matt Malley's “Family Circle” Single Considered For Grammy Nomination

Original Yes singer/songwriter Jon Anderson and Counting Crows Matt Malley's recent critically acclaimed single for charity, “Family Circle,” has been entered for consideration for a Grammy nomination. 

The money received from the single has gone to the following charities: Anderson's Flutie Foundation,  Malley's Sahaja Yoga Meditation, and the National Autistic Society, backed by GONZO Multimedia president Rob Ayling.

“ 'Family Circle' came together when Matt sent me the beautiful music earlier this year, " Anderson says. "I sang the song and lyric idea and sent it back to Matt, thanking him for the great energy. Eventually, Matt added some more sounds and the haunting guitar solo. We decided to have all sale proceeds go to our respective charities. It's a pleasure to release this around Thanksgiving time, reminding us of our connection with our families and how our children keep us together, bonding our love of life.”

Malley adds: “Not only am I a fan of Jon's voice but I’m a fan of his fearless spiritual outlook which appears in all of his music. A mutual friend said we should meet and got us in touch and after talking a little, Jon said, 'So send some music!' - so I had a cup of my best Darjeeling tea, went into my studio and came up with the instrumental arrangement that you hear on 'Family Circle'. I sent the file up to Jon and it came back with his marvelous voice, lyrics…everything that brought the song to becoming fully realized.”

Since parting ways with Yes in 2008, Anderson has been a busy man, having recently released his solo album Survival and Other Stories, and teaming up with jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty to form the AndersonPonty Band. The ensemble is currently on tour promoting the newly released CD/DVD Better Late Than Never.

Malley is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated songwriter best known for co-founding Counting Crows back in the early 90s. He left the band in 2004, so he could work from his studio at home and be with his family.

Check out "Family Circle" below:

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Nils Lofgren Receives Outstanding Contribution Award At Classic Rock Awards

The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour, an annual awards program established in 2005 by Classic Rock Magazine in the UK, took place on Wednesday, November 11, at The Roundhouse in London.  

Each year, the Outstanding Contribution award toasts the towering figures who have straddled their era, shaken the scene, left their fingermarks on a stellar catalog and safeguarded the spirit of rock as it rolls on through the decades.

This year they chose to bestow this honor on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame E Street Band Member Nils Lofgren, an artist whose rock ‘n’ roll résumé is second to none. Previous recipients of the Outstanding Contribution Award include Jeff Lynne, Bob Ezrin, John Paul Jones, Ronnie Wood, and Jeff Beck, amongst others.  

Lofgren was able to accept the award in person, as he is currently crisscrossing the UK on his second tour of the United Kingdom this year, promoting his new album, Face the Music Tour.

"So honored to receive Classic Rock Mag's Outstanding Contribution Award and share the night with Amy and so many great musicians and friends, especially Andy Newmark, my award presenter," Lofgren said. "The UK has always been a magical music community to me and a second home to perform in. Amazing night!”

Just prior to departing for the UK, the guitarist performed at the Bridge School Benefit, an annual event organized by Neil Young. Young and Lofgren performed the song "Believe," adding harmonica and sharing some vocals.

When Lofgren returns from his 21-day UK tour, he will embark on US dates, currently booked through mid-year 2016.

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Remaining Nils Lofgren dates on UK tour:

11/13 - Scarborough Spa
11/14 - Edinburgh Queen's Hall
11/16 - Inverness Eden Court
11/17 - Aberdeen Music Hall
11/19 - Whitley Bay Playhouse
11/20 – Buxton Opera House
11/21 - New Brighton Floral Pavilion
11/22 - Watford Colosseum

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

David Bowie Shuts Down Danny Boyle-Directed Musical About Him

There was almost a David Bowie-themed film -- a musical, no less -- from one our generation’s most acclaimed directors. 

Danny Boyle was working on a Bowie musical before the musician himself shut down the project, according to Radio Times.

In the interview, Boyle stated the project was axed when Bowie would not grant him permission to use his music. In an opportune twist of fate -- for Boyle devotees, at least -- the director was left “in grief” and instead channeled his creative energy into making Steve Jobs. In Boyle’s words, he directed the 2015 film to “fill the space in my heart left by the abandoned Bowie script.”

Boyle had been working on the Bowie script with Frank Cottrell Boyce, who also wrote the Factory Records film 24 Hour Party People.

Still, Boyle said he is "very keen" to continue the film in the future.

In more positive Bowie news, he shared a two-minute sample of his chilling new song “Blackstar.” The track will appear on his 2016 album of the same name and soundtrack the opening credits of the new Canal+/Sky Atlantic television program, The Last Panthers.

Blackstar, the album, is due January 8, on Bowie’s 69th birthday.