Tuesday, August 23, 2016

All Aboard The Moody Blues Cruise 2018

So much more than a rock festival at sea, the immersive Moody Blues Cruise 2018 is poised to be the best in their five-year history. The January 2-7, 2018, trek will feature the Moody Blues, Alan Parsons,The Orchestra, Little River Band, Dave Mason, Jefferson Startship, Ambrosia, Richie Furay, Strawbs, Caravan, Lighthouse, Ides Of March, Shawn Phillips, Mike Dawes, Randy Hansen, Mellow Yellow and special guests Young Dubliners, with more acts to be announced. The 2018 excursion, dubbed 'Sur la Mer' goes on sale today (August 23) at MoodiesCruise.com.

Sailing out of Miami on Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Eclipse -- one of the finest sea vessels in the cruising industry -- the voyage will feature stops in George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Over the five nights at sea, music fans will catch sets from their favorite acts, intimate showcases, Q&As and meet-and-greet events. For sea-goers wanting to start 2018 off in Moody Blues style, there will be a special New Year's Eve concert and party in beautiful Miami, as well as New Year's Day football-watching and music party, complimentary for all cruisers.

Once music fans board the ship on January 2, they'll be treated to an unlimited complimentary buffet, free access to the ship's state-of-the-art fitness center, pools, Jacuzzis, deck chairs, casino and nightclubs.

Various payment plans and VIP packages are available, but several options have sold-out in the pre-sale, which was offered to returning Moodies cruisers. Double-occupancy cabins currently available, start at $1,599, with children 11 and under at the time of sailing free, when sharing a cabin with 2 full fare paying adults. Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are mandatory for all passengers regardless of age.

Of the cruises, Moody Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Justin Hayward says, "It's such a great opportunity to have all the fans together. I think the cruises are probably more about the people who love the Moody's music getting together; I think we're kind of incidental to it. I'm looking forward to it; it's always fun. And it's good to be with other artists. So much these days we're the only artists on a bill; you never get to meet other people, but on the cruises you do. And there's some really great people this year that I'm really looking forward to seeing again."

For booking and more info, visit MoodiesCruise.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Styx & Don Felder Announce Las Vegas Residency

Styx and Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles, will take the Las Vegas stage for a five-night limited engagement at the Venetian Theatre inside the Venetian Las Vegas. 

The show, “Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane,” will be held on January 6, 7, 11, 13 and 14, 2017. Pre-sale tickets starts today (Monday, August 22) and run through Thursday, August 25. American Express cardholders can purchase tickets starting Wednesday, August 24 through Thursday, August 25. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 26 at 10 a.m. PT at www.Venetian.com/StyxFelder.

For these special performances, Styx — Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo — has created an exclusive set list and brand new stage production. Felder is also working on some exciting plans of his own for the residency.

The multi-show run will pay tribute to both artist's combined 45-plus years as one of the most successful rock and roll bands in history and one of rock’s most illustrious guitar legends.

"I have been an admirer of Don Felder's unique gifts as a guitar player for decades,” says Styx’s James “JY” Young. “Finally meeting him and having him on the same bill as us in 2014 was great fun. He’s like a long lost brother to me. We are going to have some great fun and nights of musical excellence sharing the stage with Don at The Venetian. Can't wait!!!”

Styx’s Tommy Shaw continues, “Sharing the stage with Don Felder over the years in various situations has always been a blast, a smile fest, where the joy of playing music is front and center.  That's the way we do it in Styx too, so you can see why we are all so excited to be coming together for our first Las Vegas installation at the Venetian. Good friends, good music, it's gonna a treat for us all!”

“I’m so excited to be sharing the stage at the Venetian with my good friends Styx,” said Felder. “This is going to be one ‘ROCKING’ show in the most ‘ROCKING’ city in the U.S. Come join the fun and party with Styx and I this January. See you there.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome two legends of rock to The Venetian Theatre when Styx and Don Felder take the stage in January,” said Bobby Reynolds, Vice President of Booking for AEG Live. “Fans can look forward to a night full of hits along with some surprise production elements. It’s going to be five nights of incredible rock ‘n roll.”

Additionally, September 2 marks the long-awaited release date of Styx: Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas on DVD and Blu-ray via Eagle Rock Entertainment. It captures the band performing in July 2014 such fan favorites as:  “Too Much Time On My Hands.” “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Renegade,” and more. It also includes a special surprise visit from Don Felder for a rousing performance of “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights).”

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Mike Nesmith To Join Monkees For One Final 50th Anniversary Show

The Monkees' Mike Nesmith announced Aug. 19 on his Facebook page that he'll do one more show with fellow Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork on their 50th anniversary tour -- this time at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 16. The show will make the third time he's performed with Dolenz and Tork on the tour, having previously joined them via Skype in New York City June 1 and on stage in Monterey, California, on Aug. 5.

"Been talking to Micky and Peter about the Los Angeles Pantages Monkees concert and have agreed to come down to play that show with them," he wrote online. "The show is set for September 16th -- which I believe is almost a perfect match for the fifty year anniversary of the TV show -- at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. I am bringing Gretsch, my beautiful, intelligent blonde to help me, and it looks like I'll make it once again."

"I expect it will be fun, and a great way for me to sign out. I see the specter of the multiple Sinatra retirement/farewells -- and this seems like the perfect time for me to step off, sit down and shut up," Nesmith wrote. "What a long strange trip it's been said TGD -- and it looks like I've made it to the end."

Nesmith said he will be busy in 2017 doing promotion for his upcoming Infinite Tuesday book plus his own solo tour. Dolenz and Tork will be doing dates without Nesmith outside of the U.S., including in Australia and New Zealand next year, he said.

Nesmith, Dolenz and Tork got together in the studio and recorded Good Times!, which was released in May.

Friday, August 19, 2016

David Bowie Abandoned Covering Bruce Springsteen After Meeting Him

David Bowie abandoned work on a cover of a Bruce Springsteen song after playing his cover version to the singer, Bowie’s producer has revealed.

Tony Visconti revealed that Bowie planned to cover Springsteen’s song ‘It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City’ during the sessions for what would eventually become Bowie’s 1975 album Young Americans.

Writing in the new Uncut, Visconti recalled how he asked Springsteen to visit Bowie in the studio in Philadelphia.

Visconti wrote: “David was quite taken by meeting Bruce. We played ‘Saint’ to him and he kept a poker face the whole time. He said nothing when it was finished.

“David took him into another room for a private chat. By the time Bruce left, he was more pleasant and said his goodbyes to the rest of us. David and I never worked on ‘Saint’ after that, although it was finished or re-recorded eventually with someone else.”

Bowie’s version of the song, which appears on Springsteen’s 1973 debut album Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, eventually appeared on his 1989 box-set Sound + Vision.

The new David Bowie box set Who Can I Be Now? 1974-76, out September 23, includes Young Americans and previously-unreleased album The Gouster, which eventually transformed into Young Americans. It also features new rarities/unreleased album Re-Call 2, the albums Diamond Dogs and Station To Station plus live albums David Live and Live Nassau Coliseum 76.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pink Floyd Vinyl Reissue Campaign Continues With 'Atom Heart Mother', 'Meddle' & 'Obscured By Clouds'

Pink Floyd Records will continue the reintroduction of the Pink Floyd catalog on vinyl with the release of  Atom Heart Mother, Meddle and Obscured By Clouds on September 23.  Each record has been remastered from the original analogue master tapes.  

The Wall and The Division Bell will also be back in stock on vinyl starting August 26.

Pink Floyd followed their ‘60s albums with their fifth studio album,  Atom Heart Mother in 1970. Featuring the classic lineup of Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason, the LP went on to become the band’s first UK #1 record.

During a short break from touring Atom Heart Mother in 1971, Pink Floyd released the experimental album Meddle.  The LP saw the band move musical direction away from their original psychedelic sound, especially highlighted by the 23-minute track “Echoes” which occupied the entire b-side of the record.

Pink Floyd’s seventh album, Obscured By Clouds was originally recorded as the soundtrack to the French film La Vallee but was released as a stand-alone album in 1972.

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, A Saucerful Of Secrets, More, and Ummagumma are also currently available through Pink Floyd Records.

For more information, www.Pinkfloyd.com.