Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ian Anderson Releases 'Jethro Tull: The String Quartet', Adds More Tour Dates

Jethro Tull: he String Quartets, the new album by Jethro Tull singer and songwriter Ian Anderson and The Carducci String Quartet, features the classic songs of Jethro Tull, arranged and orchestrated by keyboardist John O’Hara. Anderson plays flute on most of the tracks and even sings a few lines here and there to provide his trademark sounds in the context of classical music traditions. 

“Locomotive Breath,” “Living In The Past,” and “Aqualung,” are amongst the songs revised with new arrangements and titles— “Loco,” “In The Past,” and “Aquafugue.”

John O’Hara delved deeper and offered new imagining of each classic. “An orchestrator’s job is to arrange and compose a new version of an existing work.” O’Hara also felt “a responsibility to the Jethro Tull listeners who cherish this material and may not welcome a radical rendition of a beloved song.”

The String Quartets was recorded in the crypt of Worcester Cathedral, UK and in St Kenelm’s Church, Sapperton, Gloucestershire, UK.  

The Carducci String Quartet is highly celebrated for its interpretation of contemporary repertoire, and are regularly invited to perform new works. The group has won international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition. This Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Carnegie Hall, New York and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Festival appearances include Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Messiaen au pays Meije, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Kuhmo Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland. Their website is www.carducciquartet.com.

The album is available in the U.S. via The End Records/BMG.
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-string-quartets/id1183135506
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jethro-Tull-String-Quartets/dp/B01N4OR3LP

In other news, Ian Anderson will return to the United States this May, June, August, and November to present multi-media Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson concerts in the Mountain States, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, the Midwest, Florida. He will be accompanied by Tull members David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), and by Florian Opahle (guitar), and Scott Hammond (drums). Please see below for concert dates and ticket links. More shows to be announced.

JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson - U.S. Tour
05/23 - Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, UT
05/26 - Red Rocks Amphitheater; Morrison, CO (with the Colorado Symphony)
05/27 - Route 66 Casino; Legends Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
05/28 - Plaza Theatre PAC; El Paso, TX
05/30 - Smart Financial Centre; Sugar Land (Houston), TX
05/31 - ACL Live at the Moody Theater; Austin, TX
06/01 - Choctaw Casino, Choctaw Grand Theater; Durant, OK
08/08 -  Bethlehem MusikFest, Bethlehem, PA
08/15 - Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PAC
08/18 - Meijer Gardens Amphitheater, Grand Rapids, MI
08/19 - Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
08/22 - First Niagara Presents Tuesday in the Park, Lewiston, NY
11/01 - Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
11/04 - Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theatre, Mashantucket, CT
11/05 - France-Derrick PAC-Hippodrome, Baltimore, MD
11/07 - Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FL
11/08 - Walt Disney Theater, Orlando, FL
11/09 - The Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, FL
11/10 - Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton, FL


Monday, March 27, 2017

Allman Brothers Band Release Live 2004 Atlanta Run

When the Allman Brothers Band hit Atlanta's Fox Theatre for a sold-out three-night run in 2004, they were buoyed by the critical and fan reception of what would be their final studio album, Hittin' The Note.  The band had been touring heavily and were ready to settle down in their beloved Atlanta for three special nights.  The shows were released by the then-nascent "Instant Live" program, contemporaneous recordings sold at shows and internet mail order only afterwards without much packaging or fanfare.

Now, the band has released alll three shows as a set called The Fox Box, available now digitally and coming to CD on April 28 -- via RED Distribution al.  The 8-CD set features a remastered audio mix as well as tightening up of the song spacing.  And these three September 2004 shows have a unique feature that ABB fans will appreciate: of the 53 songs performed, there is only one repeat, the sprawling "Dreams," played (three times), and each with a different voicing by the guitar soloist: Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and Jack Pearson.

The Allman Brothers Band ain 2004 featured founding members Gregg Allman (keyboards, vocals) and drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe along with longtime percussionist Marc Quinones, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks and bassist Oteil Burbridge.  Guitarist Jack Pearson, who was in the band from 1997-99, was a special guest.  Other guests include Derek's bandmate/wife Susan Tedeschi, guitarist Vaylor Trucks (Butch's son who was captured on the rear cover of Brothers & Sisters as a child) and keyboardist Rob Baracco (Phil Lesh Quintet/Other Ones).

Since 2002, representatives for the ABB -- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honorees -- have worked diligently to honor and respect the music of the band, which was founded in 1969.  Through their own Peach Records, they have released a number of high-quality, fan-favorite shows including a 40th Anniversary DVD as well as Hittin' the Note and One Way Out CDs, among others.

FOX BOX track list:

9/24/04 Disc 1
--Mountain Jam
--Trouble No More
--Midnight Rider
--Wasted Words
--Worried Down With The Blues
--You Don't Love Me
--Ain't Wastin' Time No More

Disc 2
--Rockin' Horse
--Hot 'Lanta
--Come And Go Blues
--Can't Love What You Never Had
--Why Does Love Got To Be So Bad?
--Franklin's Tower

Disc 3
--Black Hearted Woman
--Dreams (with Jack Pearson)
--Mountain Jam (reprise) (with Jack Pearson)
--Southbound (with Jack Pearson)

9/25/04 Disc 1
--Les Brers (Intro)
--Don't Want You No More  / It's Not My Cross To Bear
--Statesboro Blues
--Stand Back
--Who's Been Talking
--Good Clean Fun
--Old Before My Time
--Woman Across The River
--Instrumental Illness

Disc 2
--The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
--Leave My Blues At Home
--Key To The Highway
--Don't Think Twice, It's Alright (with Susan Tedeschi)
--One Way Out (with Valor Trucks)
--Blue Sky
--Les Brers In A Minor
9/26/04 Disc 1
--Every Hungry Woman
--Done Somebody Wrong
--Hoochie Coochie Man
--High Cost Of Low Living
--44 Blues
--End Of The Line

Disc 2
--I Walk On Gilded Splinters
--Stormy Monday
--The Same Thing (with Rob Baracco)
--In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (with Rob Baracco)

Disc 3
--In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (cont'd, with Rob Baracco)
--Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
--No One To Run With
--Whippin' Post

Fox Box: 3 Nights Live at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA (9/24/04): http://a.co/aEmS23f
Fox Box: 3 Nights Live at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA (9/25/04): http://a.co/fG6azdh
Fox Box: 3 Nights Live at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA (9/26/04: http://a.co/f2Xpbtn

Fox Box: 3 Nights Live at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA (9/24/04): https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fox-box-3-nights-live-at-fox-theatre-in-atlanta-ga/id1210121966
Fox Box: 3 Nights Live at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA (9/25/04): https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fox-box-3-nights-live-at-fox-theatre-in-atlanta-ga/id1210550638
Fox Box: 3 Nights Live at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA (9/26/04): https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fox-box-3-nights-live-at-fox-theatre-in-atlanta-ga/id1210551405

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Classic Uriah Heep Albums To Be Reissued

Following the expanded and remastered reissues of Uriah Heep’s first two albums (and the two- disc anthology called Your Turn To Remember) comes expanded editions of three classic Heep albums: Look At Yourself (1971), Demons And Wizards (1972) and The Magician’s Birthday (1972). Also, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day on April 22nd, 2107, Heep will reissue their landmark 1973 album Live 73 on vinyl. 

Look At Yourself represented the first for manager Gerry Bron’s new label ‘Bronze Records’ and was also their first to hit the Top 100 of the Billboard Top 200, peaking at #93.   The title track is a charging statement of intent as the band don’t let up, with no time to reflect on their success. Such was their hectic schedule at this time they managed to cram touring, session time and three albums in the space of 12 months.  

Demons And Wizards is widely hailed to be Uriah Heep's masterpiece. In the US, the album reached #23 on The Billboard Top 200 and was their first album to be RIAA Certified Gold. It also features their two best known tracks in the States, “The Wizard” and their highest charting single, “Easy Livin’” (#39 Billboard Hot 100). Signs of personal problems and pushy management started to have an effect on the band and the next album, 

The Magician’s Birthday, though a quick followup to its predecessor, managed to hit #31 on the Billboard Top 200 and was their secodn consecutive album to be RIAA Certified Gold.

These remastered reissues have been endorsed by the band. Each one features a bonus disc of unreleased material. Look At Yourself was released with a unique foil front cover and this has been faithfully re-created in a lavish digipack format using foil board material which presents the entire package in a new and shimmering light. Roger Dean’s artwork for Demons And Wizards and The Magician’s Birthday captures the music (and the times) perfectly and extensive sleeve notes featuring interviews with the band are written by Joel McIver.

Live 73 was recorded at the height of Uriah Heep's powers with the classic line up of Byron, Box, Hensley, Kerslake, and Thain, It hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Top 200 and achieved RIAA Gold certification.  It has not been officially available on LP in the US for over 25 years. The exclusive Record Store Day version will be released as a double-LP, 180G splatter vinyl in a gatefold jacket, and includes a period replica UK tour brochure.  As a special bonus for fans, 50 tour brochures have been autographed by Mick Box and randomly inserted in the production run.

Please find pre-order links for the three titles here:

Look at Yourself - http://smarturl.it/LookatYourself
Demons and Wizards - http://smarturl.it/DemonsandWizards
The Magician’s Birthday - http://smarturl.it/MagiciansBirthday

For information on the Record Store Day exclusive release of Live 73: http://smarturl.it/RSDHeepLive

For more information, please visit http://www.uriah-heep.com/.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kansas To Carry On Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour To More U.S. Cities

Kansas will be expanding their highly successful Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour to more parts of the United States in the fall of 2017! 

For the first time in its 43-year history, the band is performing Leftoverture in its entirety. The tour showcases more than two hours of classic Kansas music including hit songs, deep cuts, and new songs from their new album, The Prelude Implicit.

Based on incredible demand, dates have been confirmed for a final U.S. leg of the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour across cities such as San Francisco, CA; San Diego, CA; Houston, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Topeka, KS; Champaign, IL; Wichita, KS; Knoxville, TN; Toledo, OH; Jacksonville, FL; and many more.

"We are having so much fun doing these Leftoverture 40th Anniversary shows, we just want to keep doing them," comments Kansas guitarist and original member Richard Williams. "We had no idea when we started doing these, last fall, that they would be so popular. When we first started discussing this concept, we were just hoping to be able to do ten of these type shows. We would not have predicted we would end up doing nearly 70 of them. I can't think of a better way to wrap up 2017, before taking a break from the road at the beginning of 2018, to record a new studio album."

Tickets for most new tour dates can be purchased starting on March 31. More information is available at www.kansasband.com. Additional presale and VIP package information will be available at the band's Facebook page www.facebook.com/kansasband.

In 1976, Kansas released the album Leftoverture. Containing the smash hit and million- selling single "Carry On Wayward Son," along with fan favorites such as "The Wall," "Miracles Out Of Nowhere," and "What's On My Mind," Leftoverture became the band's breakthrough album. The album peaked at #5 on Billboard's Album charts and reached sextuple-platinum status with more than six million copies sold. They are performing the album in its entirety on this tour.

The Prelude Implicit, the band's most recent album, which was released on September 23rd, marked Kansas' biggest selling week in the Soundscan era, and the highest charting release since Power (1986). The album reached #14 on the Top 200 album chart, #41 on the Billboard 200, #5 for Rock Albums, #6 for Physical Albums, #17 on the Vinyl Albums chart and more. The Prelude Implicit is now available for purchase in stores and online at Best Buy, Amazon, Apple Music, FYE, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, Spotify and Independent Record Shops. 


March 24 - The Stiefel Theatre - Salina, KS - SOLD OUT
March 25 - The Brady Theater -Tulsa, OK              
March 31 - Hoyt Sherman Place - Des Moines, IA - SOLD OUT
April 1 - Peoria Civic Center Theater - Peoria, IL              
April 7 - Louisville Palace - Louisville, KY         
April 9 - The Clay Center - Charleston, WV     
April 18 - The Paramount - Denver, CO           
April 20 - Delta Hall at Eccles Theatre - Salt Lake City, UT  
April 22 - The Smith Center - Reynolds Hall - Las Vegas, NV       
April 23 - Chandler Center for the Arts - Chandler, AZ         
April 26 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA     
April 28 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR          
April 29 - Moore Theater - Seattle, WA           
July 16 -  Night of the Prog Festival - Loreley, Germany   


August 25 - Shreveport Municipal Auditorium - Shreveport, LA            
August 26 - Baton Rouge River Center Theatre - Baton Rouge, LA         
September 8 - Luther Burbank Center for the Arts - Santa Rosa, CA           
September 9 - Bob Hope Theatre - Stockton, CA               
September 12 - Warfield Theatre - San Francisco, CA        
September 13 - Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza - Thousand Oaks, CA      
September 15 - Fox Theater - Bakersfield, CA            
September 19 - Poway Center for the Arts - San Diego, CA             
September 21 - Memorial Auditorium Wichita Falls - Wichita Falls, TX          
September 22 - Amarillo Civic Center - Amarillo, TX                
September 29 - Selena Auditorium - Corpus Christi, TX        
September 30 - Cullen Performance Hall - Houston, TX                
October 6 - Topeka Performing Arts Center - Topeka, KS                  
October 7 -  Orpheum Theatre - Sioux City, IA             
October 13 - The Virginia Theatre - Champaign, IL*             
October 14 - Victory Theatre - Evansville, IN**      
October 20 - United Wireless Center - Dodge City, KS             
October 21 - Hartman Arena - Wichita, KS                  
October 27 - Knoxville Civic Auditorium - Knoxville, TN                
October 28 - Mark C. Smith Concert Hall - Huntsville, AL               
November 3 - Dow Events Center Theater - Saginaw, MI                 
November 4 - Stranahan Theater - Toledo, OH                   
November 10 - Genesee Theatre - Waukegan, IL               
November 11 - Fox Cities Performing Arts Center - Appleton, WI                
November 17 - Capitol Theater - Madison, WI                 
November 18 - State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
November 24 - University at Buffalo Center for the Arts - Buffalo, NY
November 25 - The Goodyear Theater - Akron, OH
December 1 -  North Charleston Performing Arts Center - North Charleston, SC
December 2 - Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
December 8 - Pembroke Pines City Center - Pembroke Pines, FL
December 9 - Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center - The Villages, FL

*Public On Sale is April 7 at 10AM local time 
**Public On Sale is April 14 at 10AM local time 

For more information on Kansas and the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour, 
please visit: 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

'The Grateful Dead Movie' Celebrates 40 Years With 4/20 Big Screen Nationwide Showing

Dead Heads are in for a treat as The Grateful Dead Movie 40th Anniversary returns to movie theaters nationwide for one night on Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. local time, from Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the film's release.  

Co-directed by Jerry Garcia and shot on 16mm film during October 1974's five-night "farewell" run at San Francisco's iconic Winterland, this concert-film captures incredible live performances from the revered band (Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Godchaux and Keith Godchaux). In addition to the feature presentation, cinema audiences will also enjoy an exclusive look at footage from the upcoming Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip, executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev. Audiences will also see a never-before-seen mini-documentary about the band's legendary May 8, 1977 show at Cornell University, including new interviews with fans who were in attendance.

Tickets for The Grateful Dead Movie 40th Anniversary can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 500 select movie theaters through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Event's website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

This special anniversary serves as an opportunity for lifelong fans to reconnect, as well as a chance for new fans to experience the exhilaration of what it would have been like to see one of the Dead's legendary live shows.

"Grateful Dead fans across the country share a special connection with each other and with their favorite band." Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. "Gathering these dedicated fans together to experience exciting content from their favorite artists is at the core of what we do, and this event is a great example of that."