Friday, April 29, 2016

The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition Opens April 30 In Dearborn, MI

Opening tomorrow (April 30) at Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MichiganThe Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition takes visitors on an unprecedented journey of the Fab Four’s ground-breaking career, retrace the steps of the Beatles and the way in which they changed the music industry and influenced American pop culture with the best private collection ever assembled, that highlights their formative years in Liverpool and Hamburg, the screaming fans across the world and goes into the studio for the creation of some of the most innovative music in history. 

Fans and visitors will experience the exhibition in a fast-forward journey from birth to fame to breakup and beyond. The robust multi-sensory galleries include:

Beginnings, Influence and Life in Liverpool: 
Guests will be immersed in the atmosphere of late 50s/early 60s Liverpool. Part of the very stage that supported some of the band’s early shows is on display, as well as instruments, personal letters and photographs, and various documents detailing the growing fame of the Fab Four. These artifacts are incredibly rare, as they come from a part of the band’s history before it was illuminated by the international spotlight.

Life on the Road:  
Next, guests are swept up in the hysteria as the Beatles take America, and the world, by storm. See and hear what it was like to experience one of their concerts from their perspective, and immerse yourself in the amazing volume of Beatles merchandise produced, from replica instruments to clothing, costumes, board games and trading cards. Become your favorite Beatle as you interact with the fashion that set the lads from Liverpool apart.

Innovation in the Studio: You’ve already heard the music. Now is your chance to discover how the Beatles’ music was created: by mixing it yourself. Explore the cutting-edge techniques used in the studio to craft some of the most enduring music in history. This gallery places guests right in the studio, up close and personal with the tools that built some of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time.

The Decade of the Break-up: The dissolution of arguably the greatest rock band of all time left the world in disbelief, however it was not just an end, but also a beginning. This gallery is an exploration of the lives and careers of the individual members post-Beatles. It explores the different paths each Beatle has taken, both musically and personally, and presents an astounding collection of artifacts from this period, including the last autograph John Lennon would ever sign.

The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition runs from April 30 through September 18. Tickets for members are $5. Non-member ticket prices include admission to the museum and are $26 for adults (13-61), $20.75 for youth (5-12), $24 for seniors (62+) and children 4 and under are free. To purchase tickets, visit  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Neil Young Releasing Live Album In June

Neil Young will release a new album, entitled Earth, on June 17th via Reprise Records. The album features performances of songs from a range of Young's albums, including last year's The Monsanto Years, 1990's Ragged Glory, and 1970's After the Gold Rush

The audio was captured during Young's 2015 tour with The Promise of the Real, fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar) and Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), Willie Nelson's sons. The tour included Young performing solo and with the band for a full electric show.

A new take on some of Young's most beloved songs, Earth features the live recordings, along with added musical overdubs, as well as sounds of the earth, such as city sounds like car horns, sounds of insects, and animal sounds from bears, birds, crickets, bees, horses, cows - creating a very strange, yet beautiful atmosphere.

"Ninety-eight uninterrupted minutes long, Earth flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together,"  says Young. "Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times."

On Friday, May 6th, in Los Angeles between 7:00pm - 9:00pm, The Natural History Museum Los Angeles County  will present "An Evening With Neil Young," as part of their "First Fridays" event series. "First Fridays" is a monthly event at the Natural History Museum that includes live music, DJ sets, and scientific discussions/presentations.

For this event, Young will present the first public playback of his upcoming release, Earth in its entirety in Pono high definition fidelity audio. The opening portion of the program will include Young's insights on the making of Earth. This will be the first-ever public album preview by Young in his career. For tickets and further details, go to: "First Fridays".

In other Neil Young news, Young's musical comedy Human Highway and the concert feature Rust Never Sleeps will be reissued on DVD and Blu Ray via Reprise Records on June 10.

Human Highway is Young's 1982 comedy starring Russ Tamblyn, Charlotte Stewart, Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper, and Devo, which has been digitally restored for the DVD and Blu Ray release.

Rust Never Sleeps is the full-length feature about Young's 1978 concert tour and includes such classic young Young's most popular songs, showcasing classic hits such as "I Am a Child," featuring Crazy Horse, "Cinnamon Girl," "Like A Hurricane" and both the acoustic and electric versions of his landmark song "Hey Hey, My My."

The track listing for Earth is as follows:

"People Want to Hear About Love" (from The Monsanto Years)
"Big Box" (from The Monsanto Years)
"Mother Earth" (from Ragged Glory)
"The Monsanto Years" (from The Monsanto Years)
"I Won't Quit" (previously unreleased)
"Western Hero" (from Sleeps With Angels)
"Vampire Blues" (from On The Beach)
"Hippie Dream" (from Landing On Water)
"After The Gold Rush" (from After The Gold Rush)
"Wolf Moon" (from The Monsanto Years)
"Love & Only Love" (from Ragged Glory)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Frank Zappa Reissues, Unreleased Live Shows Coming In May

Frank Zappa's triple CD Lumpy Money Project/Object set and his double-CD Road Tapes, Venue #1 and Road Tapes, Venue #2 performance albums will be reissued, and Road Tapes, Venue #3 will debut on May 27 from Zappa Records/UMe. All four titles will be available on CD and digitally.

In 2008, to mark the 40th anniversaries of Frank Zappa's masterworks Lumpy Gravy and We're Only In It For The Money, the Zappa Family Trust assembled an anniversary edition of their Project/Object Audio Documentary series entitled Lumpy Money Project/Object. The expansive release contains three CDs of unique and rare versions of the legendary albums, including the mono mixes for both, as well as many nuggets from the Vault, from various studio outtakes to single versions, instrumental mixes, and Frank Zappa interview excerpts. Lumpy Money Project/Object also includes a booklet filled with photos, oddities and featuring liner notes from David Fricke and Gail Zappa. Both albums' mono mixes make their download debuts with the new digital release of Lumpy Money Project/Object.

Zappa worked on Lumpy Gravy and We're Only In It For The Money during essentially the same time period in 1967 and 1968. The original Lumpy Gravy sessions were produced by Nick Venet and recorded at Capitol Studios with a host of primo studio musicians, including members of the famous Wrecking Crew. After delays from Zappa's record company, Lumpy Gravy began anew. Armed with the Lumpy Gravy session tapes and a razor blade, Zappa sat in his New York City apartment and transformed the project into the masterwork collage we know today.

We're Only In It For The Money has gone down in history as one of the most essential rock albums of our time. With its scathing messages, use of parody, musique concrète & DADA-ist tendencies, there truly is nothing like it.

The Road Tapes series focuses on Frank Zappa concert audio from the Vault that is historical yet sonically less than stellar. Described by the man himself as "Guerilla Recordings," Zappa tried to document every performance. Road Tapes, Venue #1 takes us to summertime 1968, Vancouver, B.C., where the Mothers of Invention played Kerrisdale Arena to an enthusiastic crowd. Captured on mono reel-to-reel, the concert is inspired and showcases a mixture of classic Mothers and live improvisations.

Road Tapes, Venue #2 takes us back to August 1973 in Helsinki, Finland. The performances, compiled from three shows at Finlandia Hall, were recorded by engineer Kerry McNabb while on his first tour with Zappa. This band consists of a lineup that is often regarded as one of Zappa's finest. Stars like George Duke, Jean Luc Ponty, and Ruth Underwood shine. The compositions become increasingly challenging yet still maintain the humor expected at a live Zappa show, making for a potent and rewarding release.

New to the Road Tapes series, Road Tapes, Venue #3 features two complete shows from Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN. The July 1970 Mothers line-up featured Flo & Eddie, George Duke, Ian Underwood, Aynsley Dunbar & Jeff Simmons. Frank Zappa's vast Vault does not contain many full shows from this time period, making this release a particularly special one. The tapes were recorded to stereo reel-to-reel, but not without problems. Due to their historical relevance, Zappa Records determined it was worth it, warts 'n all! Venue #3 does not disappoint.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Adopt The Arts Benefit To Honor Glenn Hughes, Robin Zander In Hollywood

Adopt The Arts, a Los Angeles-based charity co-founded by musician Matt Sorum and activist Abby Berman, will launch a live benefit concert and live auction for LAUSD elementary schools on Thursday, May 12 at The Fonda Theatre (6126 Hollywood Boulevard) in Los Angeles. 

Music luminaries will gather to perform with and honor 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) for their contributions to American art and culture.

"I'm extremely honored to be accepting an award from such an admirable charity, Adopt the Arts," explains Hughes. "Matt Sorum has gone to great lengths to help create a program for children to have musical instruments in their lives and in turn to provide love and harmony in our lives. I'm humbled and grateful. See you at the event at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday, May 12. I'm really looking forward to performing for you all, let's make it a magical night."

"All of my career I've been involved in promoting the arts in elementary schools and I'm proud to be part of Adopt the Arts Honors," adds Zander. "My thanks  goes out to the foundation and I hope that fans everywhere will come and join us for a successful evening of fun, music and fundraising. See you there."

Artists confirmed to perform include Adopt The Arts founder Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Hollywood Vampires), along with Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols),  Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Dean Deleo & Robert Deleo (Stone Temple Pilots), Steve Lukather (Toto), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Franky Perez (Apocalyptica), Stevie Salas (Mick Jagger), Paul III (Tina Turner, Disreputable Few), Damon Fox (Big Elf And The Cult,) and DJ Morty Coyle.

Comedian Hal Sparks will also be a part of the night's festivities, as well as a live auction will feature multiple items from Aerosmith, Metallica, Foo Fighters, ZZ Top, Sammy Hagar and many others.

Proceeds from the concert and auction will be donated to Adopt The Arts music programs in LAUSD elementary schools. Tickets are on-sale now at

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Soul Singer Billy Paul Dies at 81

Billy Paul, the soul singer best known for his 1972 single “Me and Mrs. Jones,” died on Sunday (April 24), according to a message posted on his website. He was 81 years old.

“We regret to announce with a heavy heart that Billy has passed away today at home after a serious medical condition,” the statement reads.

“We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to his wife Blanche and family for their loss, as they and the world grieves the loss of another musical icon that helped pioneered todays R&B music. Billy will be truly missed. Please share you thought [sic], messages and stories of Billy as we remember this legendary artist, family member and friend,” it continues.

Paul’s manager, Beverly Gay, confirmed his passing to NBC10. She stated that Paul (born Paul Williams) died at his home in in Blackwood, N.J., after being diagnosed with cancer and hospitalized a week ago at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

“Me and Mrs. Jones” topped the Hot 100 in late 1972, and it earned Paul a Grammy Award for best R&B vocal performance, male in 1973.

Paul began singing at an early age, even sharing a bill at Club Harlem in Philadelphia with Charlie Parker when he was only 16 years old. “He died later that year,” Paul is quoted as saying. “I was there with him for a week and I learned what it would normally take two years to pick up. Bird told me if I kept struggling I'd go a long way, and I've never forgotten his words."

Throughout his career, the singer released 15 albums, the most recent being 1988’s Wide Open. A biography on his website says that Questlove has called him "one of the criminally unmentioned proprietors of socially conscious post-revolution '60s civil rights music."

Paul’s rep told NBC10 that family will be releasing information about funeral arrangements.