Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Brian Setzer Orchestra Announces First New Christmas Studio Album In 10 Years

Guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and the Brian Setzer Orchestra are releasing Rockin' Rudolph, their first studio Christmas album in 10 years on Friday, October 16 via Surfdog Records.

The 18-piece band will support the album with a major concert tour, the “12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour,” delivering the rocking and colorful holiday extravaganza they’re known for.

“It’s been about 10 years since I made a Christmas record,” says Setzer. “It [Christmas music] just seems to get more popular every year. They’re classic songs and you wonder after a couple records how many of them are left. Once you dig in you find, wow! I’ve haven’t done ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,’ you know. I’ve never done ‘Here Comes Santa Claus!’ Ones that everyone knows and are still out there. These songs are great songs. It doesn’t matter if they’re holiday songs or when they were written, they’re just great songs. So the trick,” the guitarist says, “is to make them sound hip. Some of them are eternally hip, you know, so you don’t have to do too much.”

Produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, etc…) and recorded in both Nashville, TN and Hollywood, CA, the 12-track Rockin' Rudolph includes highlights such as “Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree,” “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide,” and “Rockabilly Rudolph,” among other notable Christmas classic tunes with Setzer’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings matched with the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s big-band horn arrangements.

Rockin' Rudolph track listing:
1. “Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree”
2. “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide”
3. “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
4. “Rockabilly Rudolph”
5. “Here Comes Santa Claus”
6. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
7. “Swingin' Joy”
8. “Carol of the Bells”
9. “Little Jack Frost”
10. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
11. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
12. “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide” (extended)

Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition, numbered deluxe package of the album via

Rockin' Rudolph Deluxe Box Set includes:
1. Rockin' Rudolph CD
2. Commemorative sheet music and guitar chart to "Nutcracker Suite” (just as Brian reads on stage!)
3. Custom Brian Setzer die-cut Christmas tree ornament (3" tall, alloy metal)
4. Brian Setzer’s Murray’s Pomade (Hair Product)
5. Commemorative BSO "Martini Logo” stainless steel guitar pick
6. BSO Christmas album cover drink coasters
7. Six Polaroid-style BSO concert photos
8. "Live in Nashville" 10x10 print
9. Reusable 8GB USB credit card w/ extras, including:
  • Hi-definition .wav files of full 12-track Rockin' Rudolph album 
  • Two new bonus instrumental tracks not included on the album:  "Deck The Halls” & “Little Drummer Boy"
  • Album cover rough sketches by Artist Derek Yaniger 
  • Behind-the-scenes video footage of BSO's Rockin' Rudolph recording session (House of Blues studio in Nashville, TN.) 
  • "Jingle Bells"  - live performance by BSO (previously released) 
  • "Nutcracker Suite" - live performance by BSO (previously released) 
  • Behind-the-scenes look at Brain Setzer writing entire big band arrangement from scratch (previously released) 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Farm Aid Announces Lineup For 30th Anniversary Show in Chicago

Farm Aid will celebrate its 30th year at Farm Aid 30 in downtown Chicago at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on September 19, 2015.

Farm Aid 30 is an all-day music and food festival, featuring a unique lineup of artists and genres and family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own Homegrown Concessions, where attendees can meet farmers, participate in food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing the economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health.

Featured performers include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, along with Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mavis Staples. Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, Holly Williams, Insects Vs Robots and Blackwood Quartet.

Farm Aid ticket presales begins on July 29 at noon CDT. For tickets, go to

Farm Aid 30 will be streamed live at The webcast, Farm Aid 30 Live Presented by Amy’s Kitchen, will feature artist performances and stories from family farmers and eaters across the country.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Greg Lake Concert From 1981 To Be Issued On CD & Vinyl

Purple Pyramid Records is releasing  London '81, a live album featuring King Crimson and ELP vocalist and bassist Greg Lake. Taken from a show at Hammersmith Odeon in London on November 5, 1981, guitar great Gary Moore joined Lake and his band for Emerson, Lake & Palmer and King Crimson tracks like “Lucky Man,” “Karn Evil 9,” “21st Century Schizoid Man” and “In The Court of The Crimson King,” as well as songs from his self-titled debut album from 1981. 

The Greg Lake Band made its live debut at the annual Reading Festival in England in August 1981. Much of the set was new to the audience – Greg's first solo album would not be released for another month. But the band received a wild reception regardless, and there were enough old favorites on display to ensure the fans remained happy…including the show opener “Fanfare for the Common Man,” truly one of the most effective showstoppers ever to have opened a concert.

The band's full tour kicked off in October. Purposefully, Lake demanded smaller venues, the theaters and universities that truly represented a refreshing change from the monster domes he'd visited the last time he hit the road in 1977 with ELP. The string of shows launched in Wales, at Aberystwyth University, then moved onto Cardiff University, Dunstable Queensway Hall, Norwich University, Liverpool Royal Court Theatre, Newcastle Mayfair, Glasgow University, Edinburgh Playhouse, Sheffield Lyceum, University of Kent Canterbury, Birmingham Odeon, Leicester Polytechnic, Bournemouth Winter Gardens, Exeter University, St Austell Cornwall Coliseum, Crawley Leisure Centre and, finally, London's Hammersmith Odeon.

There were no lasers, no levitating keyboards, no priceless Persian carpets. The myths and legends that surrounded ELP when they toured were all firmly locked away. The Greg Lake Band toured like a band, and on stage they simply took up their positions and played.

That last date on the tour is where this disc was recorded, in front of 2,000 fans. There's a snatch of “Karn Evil 9” that eases out of the opening “Fanfare”; “Love You Too Much,” the song Lake co-wrote with Bob Dylan in what remains another of the tantalizing collaborations of the age;

“Retribution Drive” and “The Lie” from Greg Lake. “21st Century Schizoid Man” and “The Court Of The Crimson King,” from Lake’s stint with King Crimson, wrapped up the evening in positively rhapsodic fashion, and, finally, “C'est La Vie,” from ELP's Works. (The version of this track included on the CD is taken from a show in New York City 1981)

Medley: Fanfare For The Common Man / Karn Evil 9
Nuclear Attack
The Lie
Retribution Drive
Lucky Man
Parisienne Walkways
You Really Got A Hold On Me
Love You Too Much
21st Century Schizoid Man
In The Court Of The Crimson King
Bonus Track: C'est La Vie (Live in NYC 1981)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Heart Of Storm: A Rock Concert & Russian Ballet Experience

Heart Of Storm, a rock concert & Russian ballet experience makes its premiere in Los Angeles on This Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25, at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

Heart Of Storm offers American rock and ballet fans the chance to view these shows in their entirety with complimentary tickets for these dates. Fans that bring five friends to the show will receive a special take-away gift the night of the show.

For complimentary tickets and show details, fans can email: and check out for more information.

Heart of Storm features an all-star band that includes keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), drummer Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr, Electric Light Orchestra), lead guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio, Revolution Saints), bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers), rhythm guitarist Brent Woods (Warrant, Sebastian Bach) and alto saxophonist  Brandon Fields (Tower Of Power, George Benson).

The  group teamed with Russian-Korean choreographer Stas Tsoy to create musically charged show with visuals to tell the tale of a young major named Storm as he travels to the depths of the labyrinth of Life, Death and Love.

This music is fused with Russian ballet talent -- spanning the Bolshoi Theatre, Swan Lake and the Nutcracker -- based on the tradition of classical ballet, while charting new territory into live, emotional theater.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Neil Young Pledges $100K To Vermont’s GMO Lawsuit

According to Time Magazine, Neil Young has pledged $100,000 to Vermont’s legal bid to label all food products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), urging other wealthy donors to back the state’s prolonged legal battle with food industry advocates.

“I’m just a rock ‘n’ roller who believes people should know what they’re eating,” Young said during a press conference in Essex Junction Sunday evening, local NBC affiliate WPTZ reports. Young appeared alongside Vermont governor Peter Shumlin, who said the rocker had called him “out of the blue” 10 days earlier to offer his support for the campaign.

A coalition of food industry representatives, led by the Grocery Manufacturers Alliance, have attempted to overturn the law as “a costly and misguided measure.”

Young previously called on Starbucks customers to boycott the coffee chain for its alleged support of the lawsuit, a claim the company promptly denied.

In the meantime, Young has channeled venom on his latest album, The Monsanto Years.