Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ozzy Osbourne's Legacy Celebrated On 'Memoirs Of A Madman'

This October, Ozzy Osbourne's career will be celebrated with the Epic Records/Legacy Recordings Memoirs Of A Madman collections.

Due out October 7, Memoirs Of A Madman (CD) serves as a career spanning audio release, featuring 17 of Osbourne's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career and will be available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations.  Pre-order now available at Amazon.

The Memoirs Of A Madman (DVD) is a definitive visual two-disc DVD set which includes classic music videos, along with unreleased and out-of-print live performances, plus interviews from his solo career.  Both sets offer fans of the multi-platinum recording artist, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy® winning singer and songwriter hours of entertainment from Osbourne’s distinguished solo career.  Pre-order also available at Amazon.

On July 22, fans got a sneak peek of Memoirs Of A Madman via Twitter. By using #OzzyRules in accordance with the number of tweets, engaged fans were able to unscramble the cover artwork and unlock a video teaser (

In addition, an exclusive autographed limited edition fan bundle will be available (  This includes an autographed poster, 2 DVD set, CD, 2 LP picture disc vinyl, along with a Creative Allies fan designed poster, which will feature an image personally chosen by Osboure. See

Ozzy Osbourne's ongoing solo career spans four decades -- as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of Black Sabbath -- and his music is as relevant today as ever; it still resonates daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events. His tenth studio album, 2010’s Scream debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts, featuring the No. 1 Mainstream Rock smash “Let Me Hear You Scream.”

From the first notes of  1980’s solo debut Blizzard Of Ozz and follow-up Diary Of A Madman to classic albums No More Tears and Scream, no hard rock solo artist has had quite the same reach as Ozzy Osbourne; his distinctive vocal delivery and larger than life onstage persona quickly endeared him to millions of rockers.  

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beetles Kill George Harrison Memorial Tree

If only the beetles had let it be...

In a strange, ironic twist of fate, the pine tree planted in 2004 in memory of George Harrison in Los Angeles will need to be replanted because the original tree died as a result of insect infestation.

According to the Los Angeles Times, "The memorial tree in Griffith Park had grown to more than 10 feet tall as of 2013, but LaBonge said the tree beetle onslaught was too much for the tree. Trees in Griffith Park have occasionally been the victims of bark beetles and ladybug beetles, among other tree-unfriendly creatures."

Harrison, who died in 2001, spent his final days in Los Angeles and because he was a noted gardener, the tree was planted in his memory.

A date has yet to be set for the replanting.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Raskins Get Exposed On Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper Tour

The Raskins, fronted by twins Roger and Logan Raskin, have been opening the Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper 2014 Summer Tour since June. Tonight, they play the legendary Hollywood Bowl, which marks the final appearance of Mötley Crüe together on stage in their hometown.

The Raskins describe their sound as "rock, retro, alternative, pop-rock, singer-songwriter," and upon hearing their self-titled debut album, many will instantly agree.

The duo is equally at home offering up rocking tunes like the single "We Had It All," and more pop-oriented fare on "Open Our Eyes."

As the Raskins earn their stripes on the current tour running through November, It is only a matter of time until they claim their spot alongside the top melodic rock acts.

Check out the video for "We Had It All." 

Remaining dates with Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper are as follows:

07/21 - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA
07/22 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA,  
07/23 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
 07/25 - Reno Events Center - Reno, NV
07/26 - Sleep Country Amphitheater - Ridgefield, WA
07/27 - White River Amphitheatre - Auburn, WA
07/29 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre - Wheatland, CA
07/30 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA
08/01 - USANA Amphitheatre - Salt Lake City, UT,  
08/02 - Pepsi Center - Denver, CO
08/03 - Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO
08/05 - Sturgis Buffalo Chip - Sturgis, SD
08/06 - Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center
08/08 - Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08/09 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI
08/12 - Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
08/13 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA  
 08/15 - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre - Pelham, AL  
08/16 - Verizon Wireless Encore Park - Alpharetta, GA
08/17 - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL  
08/19 - PNC Music Pavilion - Charlotte, NC  
08/20 - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach - Virginia Beach, VA
08/22 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA
08/23 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
08/24 - Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA
08/26 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Saratoga Springs, NY  
08/27 - Great Allentown Fair - Allentown, PA
08/29 - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY 
08/30 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ  
08/31 - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center - Darien Center, NY
10/10 - Chesapeake Arena - Oklahoma City, OK
10/11 - Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion - The Woodlands, TX
10/12 - CenturyLink Center - Bossier City, LA  
10/14 - KFC Yum! Center - Louisville, KY  
10/15 - Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN  
10/19 - Veterans Memorial Arena-  Jacksonville, FL
10/21 - Bon Secours Arena - Greenville, SC
10/22 - Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, NC
10/24 - Borgata Events Center - Atlantic City, NJ  
10/25 - Borgata Events Center - Atlantic City, NJ
10/26 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Montville, CT
10/28 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
10/29 - Oncenter War Memorial - Syracuse, NY  
11/05 - Mississippi Coast Col. - Biloxi, MS
11/06 - Landers Center - Southaven, MS
11/08 - Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, MI
11/09 - iWireless Center - Moline, IL
11/11 - Resch Center - Green Bay, WI
11/12 - Alliant Energy Center - Madison, WI
11/13 - CenturyLink Center - Omaha, NE
11/15 - Xcel Energy Center - St Paul, MN
11/16 - FargoDome - Fargo, ND
11/22 - Spokane Arena - Spokane, WA

Friday, July 18, 2014

Jeff Beck, ZZ Top Set To Embark On U.S. Tour

This August will see long time music legends and mutual admirers Jeff Beck and ZZ Top tour together for the first time ever.  The tour launches in Missoula, MT, on August 8 and will run for five weeks with stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Detroit, Dallas, Boston and NYC (full itinerary below).  

Accompanying Beck on the road will be Jimmy Hall on Vocals, Rhonda Smith on bass, Jonathan Joseph on drums and Nicolas Meier on guitar.  Hall, lead singer for the Southern rock group, Wet Willie, previously joined Beck in 1985 singing lead vocals on Beck’s album, Flash and was nominated for a Grammy award for the performance.

Also, just announced, is the special opening act on this fantastic double bill, 21-year-old Texas guitar prodigy, Tyler Bryant, who has previously opened for Jeff Beck, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Bonamassa, BB King, Heart and Vince Gill among many others.  Bryant will appear on all dates except as noted below.

Formatted with musical synergy in mind, stops along the touring route will offer fans full Jeff Beck and ZZ Top sets, with a finale that joins the English fret master with the Texas rockers each night of the tour.  ZZ Top is touring in support of two new releases this summer including The Very Baddest of ZZ Top, a new compilation from Warner Bros. and Live At Montreux 2013 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Although groundbreaking with the headliners, this tour is not the first live collaboration between the two camps. Gibbons joined Jeff Beck and his band on stage at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where they performed The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Foxey Lady” and ZZ Top’s hit “Rough Boy” together. The following year Jeff Beck joined ZZ Top in Lucca, Italy for an extended rendition of the band’s signature piece “La Grange.” Remarkably, however, this marks the first time Jeff Beck and ZZ Top are doing any sort of extensive touring together.

ZZ Top with Jeff Beck Tour Itinerary:

August 8 - Ogren Park - Missoula, MT
August 9 - Chateau Ste. Michelle - Woodinville, WA
August 10 - Cuthbert Amphitheatre - Eugene, OR
August 12 - The Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA
August 13 - Greek Amphitheatre - Los Angeles, CA
August 15 - Ironstone Amphitheatre - Murphys, CA
August 16 -  The Joint - Las Vegas, NV
August 17 - AVA Amphitheatre - Tucson, AZ
August 19 - Sandia Casino - Albuquerque, NM
August 20 - Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre - Englewood, CO
August 22 - Zoo Amphitheatre - Oklahoma City, OK
August 23 - Starlight Theater - Kansas City, MO
August 24 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Maryland Heights, MO
August 27 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI
August 28 - Ravinia  Festival - Highland Park, IL
August 29 - Seneca Allegany Casino - Salamanca, NY
August 30 - Concert Venue @Harrah’s - Atlantic City, NJ
August 31 - MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods - Mashantucket, CT
September 2 - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA
September 3 - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD *
September 4 - Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY
September 6 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Alpharetta, GA
September 7 - St. Augustine Amphitheater - St. Augustine, FL
September 9 - Cruzan Amphitheater - West Palm Beach, FL
September 10 - Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater - Tampa, FL
September 12 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - The Woodlands, TX
September 13 - Winstar Casino - Thackerville, OK **

*Tyler Bryant and Gary Clark Jr. open
**ZZ Top and Jeff Beck only

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ron Howard To Direct Documentary On Beatles Touring Years

A new, Apple-authorized Beatles documentary feature about the band’s touring years is in production. The film will have the full co-operation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

Ron Howard is set to direct, and White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment will produce. Grammy Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award-winner and multiple nominee Brian Grazer to produce with Howard. Michael Rosenberg and Guy East will serve as executive producers

The film will focus on The Beatles' journey from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool and engagements in Hamburg to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco, in 1966.

Ron Howard said, "I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."

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