Monday, January 22, 2018

Rick Wakeman's 'The Real Lisztomania' Limited Edition Box Set Available For Pre-Order

Keyboardist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Rick Wakeman's The Real Lisztomania Limited Edition Box Set is now available for pre-order. This is an extremely rare find as the master tapes were long since considered destroyed. Back in 1975, Wakeman was asked to oversee and compose a lot of the music for the film Lisztomania, which was directed by Ken Russell. The musician was also given a part in the film in which he played the god Thor.

A soundtrack album was later produced by Wakeman, which was subsequently turned down by A&M Records, much to his disgust. There were huge disputes going on at the time and they basically hated everything he produced even though he was selling albums for them in multi-millions. It is not commonly known that they actually turned down Journey To The Centre Of The Earth initially and it was only by forcing the contract that Wakeman had signed with them, that it was ever released. They also initially didn't want to release The Six Wives Of Henry VIII until some vocals were put on it!

After rejecting the Lisztomania soundtrack master, A&M then produced a soundtrack of their own which had very little of Wakeman on it and yet they still thoughtfully put his name on the front cover along with that of Roger Daltrey. The keyboardist was furious to say the least and hated the soundtrack album vehemently and told the press accordingly. It sold accordingly well. However, the movie went on to become one of the biggest cult films of all time. To find this original soundtrack is quite unbelievable as there was only one master ever in existence and yet somehow it has managed to survive more than 25 years in a box amongst some old football shorts. It was originally released as part of the fabled Treasure Chest box set of a limited edition of 500 on the Voiceprint label, copies of going for over £500 on eBay.

The tapes have been carefully re-mastered and all concerned believe that this is truly something special. Wakeman's idea was always to try and produce a completely different type of soundtrack and he produced this one by making it into a form of story with intermittent hilarious narration that runs throughout spoken by Paul Nicholas.

Guest vocalists include Roger Daltrey, Paul Nicholas & Linda Lewis. It may be more than 40 years since these altercations, but as they say, “Better late than never.” It's certainly a very different soundtrack to any that have ever been produced in the world of film music. It's very funny too, which is perhaps what we have come to expect from Rick with humor and music in one.

The box set, as well as other items, available will be shipped from UK for early April 2018

Pre-Order Now: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rick-wakeman-lisztomania

Rick Wakeman's official website: http://www.rwcc.com/


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Kinks, Zombies Bassist Jim Rodford Passes

Bassist Jim Rodford died at the age of 76 on Saturday, January 20.

The British musician, who spent 18 years with the Kinks, also played with Argent and The Zombies.

His cousin and fellow bandmate, Rod Argent, paid tribute on Facebook to the "magnificent bass player," who died following a fall on the stairs.

He also highlighted his commitment to the music scene in St Albans where he had lived all his life, playing with family members in The Rodford Files.

"He gave us absolutely unflagging commitment, loyalty and unbelievable energy... Our gratitude is beyond measure," Argent said.

"To the end, Jim's life was dedicated to music," Argent continued, in a lengthy tribute posted on Saturday. "He will be unbelievably missed."

The Kinks' Dave Davies paid tribute to his former colleague, who played with the band between 1979 and 1993, writing that he was "devastated by Jim's sudden loss".

"I'm too broken up to put words together, it's such a shock, I always thought Jim would live forever in true rock and roll fashion - strange - great friend, great musician, great man - he was an integral part of the Kinks later years. RIP," he wrote on Twitter.

Rodford was playing with The Bluetones when his cousin, Argent, first asked him to join his then-band The Zombies, alongside singer Colin Blunstone.

Rodford declined, but Argent in his Facebook tribute said he was "inextricably bound to the story of The Zombies" and credited him as being "an enormous enabler" for the band who went on to have a major US hit with She's Not There in 1964.

After a stint with the Mike Cotton Sound, the bassist did eventually agree to join his cousin as a founding member of Argent, who are best remembered for the songs "Hold Your Head Up" and "God Gave Rock and Roll to You."

When the Argent split in 1976, Rodford was recruited by the Kinks after the departure of John Dalton, performing on every album from 1979's Low Budget to 1993's Phobia.

"It is with deep sadness that we have learned that Jim Rodford passed away - he toured and recorded with the Kinks for many years and will be greatly missed. He was much loved by all of us," said an official statement from the Kinks on Twitter.

Rodford joined the revived Zombies in 1999 alongside his son, drummer Steve Rodford, touring until his death, most recently in Florida this month.

He was presented with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Hertfordshire last year.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Michael Des Barres Premieres New Video Single "Living In The USA" On YAHOO! Music

British musician, actor and broadcaster Michael Des Barres has today released his first single, "Living in the USA," on Wicked Cool Records, partnering with YAHOO! Music to exclusively premiere the song's controversial new video, here, directed by Marianne Spellman and produced by Kitty Page for Humble Servant Productions. Check out the video at YAHOO! Music.

The single is available everywhere digitally as well as on a limited run of 45s on red vinyl, with the A-side of the original composition of "Living in the USA," and on the B-side, a cover of Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody," which deals with similar themes. Des Barres, born in England and raised in the United States, says, "To turn away from an accident and not help is analogous to not addressing the greed, elitism and injustice that is happening in our beautiful country and around the world. This is why I wrote 'Living in the USA.'"

As the host of Little Steven's Underground Garage on SiriusXM Radio Channel 21, Des Barres is heard by millions of listeners five days a week (8-11am ET and 9pm-midnight PT). Des Barres has sold over 7 million albums as both a recording artist and songwriter.

Known as a glam rock icon, Des Barres was the front man of the bands Silverhead and Detective, personally signed by Jimmy Page to Swan Song records. From 1982 to 1984, Michael was a member of Chequered Past, which included Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols, and Clem Burke (who also plays drums on "Living in the USA") and Nigel Harrison of Blondie. In 1983, Michael co-penned the song "Obsession," a number one hit in 27 countries for LA new wave group Animotion. Des Barres was also the touring singer for the Duran Duran spin-off group, The Power Station, performing with them at Live Aid.

More recently, Des Barres narrated the one-night only performance of Frank Zappa's legendary 200 Motels with the LA Philharmonic and released a live follow-up to his 2012 album Carnaby Street called Hot 'n Sticky. Rolling Stone magazine called out Michael's songwriting in their "Top 25 Albums of 2015" naming his song, "Pain Killer" as a highlight of the critically acclaimed album, Introducing Darlene Love. Des Barres' last album, The Key To the Universe was released by F.O.D Records in February 2015.

Over the past five decades, Des Barres has also appeared in more than 40 feature films such as To Sir With Love with Sidney Poitier, Pink Cadillac with Clint Eastwood, The Man From Elysian Fields with Mick Jagger, and Diary of a Sex Addict with Rosanna Arquette, as well as over 150 hours of American television shows such as NCIS, Bones, CSI, Seinfeld, Frasier, Roseanne and Melrose Place, and as the infamous assassin Murdoc on MacGyver, a role which  Des Barres will reprise as he guest stars on the  MacGyver re-boot on February 2 on CBS.

Wicked Cool Records evolved out of "Little Steven" Van Zandt's weekly syndicated radio show and SiriusXM channel Little Steven's Underground Garage. Van Zandt founded the label as a way to further support new rock & roll that wasn't receiving the recognition it deserved. Among the label's releases are 10 critically acclaimed compilations including Halloween A Go-Go, Christmas A Go-Go and The Coolest Songs In The World Volumes 1-8, featuring music from the Underground Garage. In 2016, Wicked Cool Records began a unique distribution deal and partnership with The Orchard encompassing both the label's back catalog and all new Wicked Cool releases, releasing albums from WYLDLIFE, Soraia and more.

"Living in the USA" and "Gotta Serve Somebody" are available via all digital outlets, including iTunes and Amazon. Limited edition red vinyl 45s are available at wickedcoolrecords.com.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Dead Daisies Announce New Album, New Drummer

The Dead Daisies will release a new album called Burn It Down via Spitfire Music / SPV on Friday, April 6th, 2018.

In addition, the band has hired drummer Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey), replacing the departing Brian Tichy.

Recorded in Nashville with Marti Frederiksen at the helm, Burn It Down is the Dead Daisies' fourth studio album.

“I’m extremely excited about our new record Burn It Down," says singer John Corabi about the new record "It was a pleasure to once again work with Marti Frederiksen and the band on what I believe is the next great step in The Dead Daisies journey. This is a balls-out old school rock record. Enjoy it, and see you all on our massive 2018 world tour! ”

“The new Daisies album will melt your face," adds guitarist Doug Aldrich. "It is raw and in-your-face with a whole new sound!”

With the band eager to get on the road and in true Daisies’ fashion, the band announced the first of many Burn It Down tour dates slated for 2018 right before Christmas with fans turning out in droves at the on-sale date. Many more dates are to be announced including the band’s highly anticipated return to Japan, North America, Mexico and South America!

Along with Castronovo, Corabi and Aldrich, the lineup includes bassist Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and guitarist David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink).

The Dead Daisies - Burn It Down track listing:

Resurrected
Rise Up
Burn It Down
Judgement Day
What Goes Around
Bitch
Set Me Free
Dead And Gone
Can’t Take It With You
Leave Me Alone

The album will be released in the following formats:

• DigiPak CD with 12-page booklet and poster
• Gatefold colored vinyl with printed inner sleeves, 4-page poster booklet and audio CD in paper sleeve
• Picture disk vinyl in gatefold sleeve
• Digital download & streaming

The Dead Daisies Burn It Down World Tour:

UK
(with special guests The Treatment* & The Amorettes)

April
8th - Garage - Glasgow, UK
9th - Robin 2 - Bilston, UK
10th - Koko - London, UK*
12th - Academy 2 - Manchester, UK
13th - Rock City - Nottingham, UK*
14th - Academy - Bristol, UK*

Europe
(with special guests The New Roses)

April
16th - 013 - Tilburg, NET
17th - Biebob - Vosselaar, BEL
18th - Markthalle - Hamburg, GER
20th - Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, SWE
21st - Parktreateret - Oslo, NOR
22nd - Klubben - Stockholm, SWE
24th - Pumpehuset - Copenhagen, DEN
25th - Rosenhof - Osnabrueck, GER
26th - Backstage Werk - Munich, GER
27th - Barba Negra Track - Budapest, HUN
29th - Simm City - Vienna, AUS

May
1st - Thanks Jimi Festival - Wroclaw, POL
3rd - Kesselhaus - Berlin, GER
4th - Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, GER
5th - Live Music Hall - Cologne, GER
6th - Le Trabendo - Paris, FRA
8th - Z7 - Pratteln, SWI
9th Live Club - Trezo (Milan), ITA
11th - Zentral - Pamplona, SPA
12th - Mon - Madrid, SPA

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Heartbreakers Lead All-Star Lineup At 'Light It Up Blue' Benefit

Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stills, Oliver Stills, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, Steve Ferrone, and emcee Jack Black, plus many special guests, will return to Los Angeles on Saturday, April 21 at the Dolby Theatre for the 5th Annual Light Up The Blues Concert—An Evening of Music to Benefit Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. Hosted once again by Kristen and Stephen Stills, the event will also feature performances by three artists with autism. Produced by Nederlander Concerts, the benefit concert will begin at 7:30 P.M.Tickets go on sale Friday, January 19 at 10:00 A.M. through Ticketmaster.com or the Dolby Theatre Box Office.

The April 21 event spotlights Light It Up Blue, Autism Speaks’ annual global campaign for understanding and acceptance, which begins on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, and continues throughout April, World Autism Month. Light Up The Blues will celebrate the many gifts of individuals with autism, while supporting Autism Speaks in its mission to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for children, adults and families affected by autism spectrum disorder. Proceeds from the Light Up The Blues Concert will go toward Autism Speaks’ efforts to advance research, increase early childhood screening and interventions, and improve the transition to adulthood.

“Once again, we are so thrilled to be doing this benefit for year number five. Working on behalf of Autism Speaks is our great privilege, and we are so pleased to hold this year’s concert at the iconic Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars,” said Kristen Stills.

“The last four Light Up The Blues benefits have been incredible, life-changing events for all involved. With an exceptional line-up this year, we are so grateful to be able to bring such a special night of music to the entire community, and to continue to support Autism Speaks,” Stephen Stills added.

Angela Geiger, president and CEO of Autism Speaks, added, “We couldn’t be more grateful to the Stills family, Jack Black and all of the performers who are so generous with their time and their talent. Funds raised through this extraordinary concert will fuel Autism Speaks’ mission and help to enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.”

Over the years, the concerts have featured artists including Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Mayer, Ryan Adams, Brandi Carlile, Don Felder, Jakob Dylan, Nikka Costa, The War On Drugs, and more, and have raised over $1.8 million for Autism Speaks.