Monday, February 20, 2017

Mick Jagger Has Written A Memoir That Will Never Be Released

We heard everything Keith Richards had to say in his 2010 memoir, Life. But, we've just learned, Mick Jagger could have gotten the first word on life in the Rolling Stones if only he'd have sensationalized his story a bit. Publisher/author John Blake writes in an essay in The Spectator that he's got the 75,000-word "pristine typescript" cooked up by Jagger under lock and key after getting his hands on the long-rumored autobiography three years ago. 

Jagger has been asked over and over if and when he'll release a memoir and he's always answered the same way: never. "Except what virtually nobody knows is that he already has," writes Blake, who published a Stones book called Up and Down with the Rolling Stones: My Rollercoaster Ride with Keith Richards in 2011. "It is an extraordinary insight into one of the three most influential rock stars of all time," he says, explaining that Jagger was finally convinced to give it a whirl around 1974, after tiring of all the unauthorized books about his band.

"The popular, often-repeated version of events is that Mick approached Bill Wyman, the Rolling Stones’ self-appointed archivist, to help him with research," says Blake. "Wyman, legend has it, told Mick to go forth and multiply. He was going to write his own book. Then, so the story goes, Mick floundered. All the years of drugs and debauchery had addled his brain so badly that he could not remember anything."

Jagger then reluctantly returned his one-million pound advance and walked away, claims Blake, who traveled extensively with the Stones as a rock journalist. "I thought that was the end of the story until three years ago, when a mutual friend handed me a pristine typescript Mick had written," he writes. "I was dumbfounded. This was the rock ’n’ roll equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls. So far as I have been able to ascertain, a publisher rejected the manuscript because it was light on sex and drugs. In the early 1980s, when it was written, shock and awe was a vital part of any successful autobiography. Read now, however, it is a little masterpiece. A perfectly preserved time capsule written when the Stones had produced all their greatest music, but still burned with the passion and fire of youth and idealism."

Blake reveals that the book shows a "quieter, more watchful Mick," who divulges that the elaborate feasts the band allegedly demanded backstage largely went untouched, and that he bought the historic Stargroves mansion while high on acid, then nearly died while riding a horse on the grounds of his new purchase. "It is delicious, heady stuff. Like reading Elvis Presley’s diaries from the days before he grew fat and washed-up in Vegas," he says. Once it was in his hands, Blake says that he was determined to get it published and that Jagger's manager seemed game, though her client couldn't even remember writing it.

He got as far as Jagger committing to penning a foreword to the book to establish that he wrote it "long ago and far away," but then life intruded and "the steel gates clanged shut. Mick wanted nothing further to do with this project. He never wanted to see it published."

According to The Guardian, Stones' manager Joyce Smyth said in a statement that: "John Blake writes to me from time to time seeking permission to publish this manuscript. The answer is always the same: He cannot, because it isn’t his and he accepts this. Readers will be able to form a view as regards the matters to which John Blake refers when Sir Mick’s autobiography appears, should he choose to write it." A spokesperson for Jagger had no comment at press time.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Styx, REO Speedwagon & Don Felder To Launch 'United We Rock' Summer Tour

REO Speedwagon and Styx, along with very special guest star Don Felder, f ormerly of the Eagles, will join forces for the “United We Rock” U.S. summer tour, which kicks off in Ridgefield, WA on June 20. Produced by Live Nation, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting February 24.  For more information please visit
Styx, REO Speedwagon and Don Felder will be offering direct-to-fan access to the best seats in the house via their own exclusive pre-sales beginning Tuesday, February 21 at 12pm local time, through Thursday, February 23 at 10pmlocal time. Visit to join the Styx Lounge for access to exclusive content, ticket pre-sales and VIP packages, visit for information about REO Speedwagon's VIP packages and ticket pre-sales, and visit for information about Don Felder’s VIP packages and ticket pre-sales. General onsale begins on Friday, February 24 at 10am local time.  For more information on tickets please visit
Midwest rock heroes REO Speedwagon and Styx have a rich touring and recording history together. In 2000, the bands recorded a live album and DVD called Arch Allies: Live at Riverport at Riverport Amphitheatre in Missouri. In 2009, the bands embarked on the “Can’t Stop Rockin’” Tour and marked the occasion with a single, “Can’t Stop Rockin’,” co-written by Styx’s Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin. 2012 and 2013, REO Speedwagon and Styx hit the road together with the wildly successful “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour.
Most recently, in January, Styx and Don Felder shared the Las Vegas stage for an unforgettable five-night limited engagement, “Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane,” at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas. And, on the Rock Legends Cruise in February, Don Felder invited
REO Speedwagon’s Dave Amato up for an amazing performance of “Hotel California.”
Everyone on the tour is ecstatic to criss-cross the U.S. together again. In their own words:
"I called up Tommy Shaw last summer and we were both thinking the same thing: let's get the boys together, make some music, and have some fun. REO Speedwagon and Styx together is a head first plunge into the fountain of youth, an unstoppable force of nature. Add the amazing Don Felder to the mix and it's a thundering slam dunk!" – Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon (vocals, guitars, keyboards)
“Hitting the road with REO and Don Felder is gonna be an unforgettable evening of music for the fans and another chance to hang with these good time friends of ours who love the life as much as we do.” – Tommy Shaw, Styx (vocals, guitars)
“FORGET POLITICS!!! Since music is the universal language, Styx, REO Speedwagon and Don Felder have a SHOUT OUT TO THE UNIVERSE!!! UNITED WE ROCK!!!  At a venue near you this summer!!!”
– James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars)
“I’m so excited to be spending the summer on tour with my good friends STYX and REO.  It’s going to be a ‘ROCKING’ summer filled with hit after hit and tons of fun for everyone. Come on out and party, dance and sing with us this summer.  It’s going to be a blast.” – Don Felder
Check out “United We Rock” at any of the following stops. 
6/20 - Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre - Ridgefield, WA
6/21 - White River Amphitheatre - Auburn, WA                 
6/23 - Concord Pavilion - Concord, CA                
6/24 - Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA          
6/25 - Vina Robles Amphitheatre - Paso Robles, CA         
6/27 - USANA Amphitheatre - Salt Lake City, UT         
6/29 - Pepsi Center - Denver, CO                  
7/01 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL              
7/18 - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp. - Tampa, FL                   
7/19 - Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL   
7/20 - Daily’s Place - Jacksonville, FL                       
7/22 - Ascend Amphitheatre - Nashville, TN                
7/23 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Alpharetta, GA             
7/25 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI                    
7/27 - Klipsch Music Center - Indianapolis, IN            
7/29 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, TX                 
7/30 - Starplex Pavilion - Dallas, TX                    
8/11 - Bethel Woods Ctr. for the Arts - Bethel, NY                   
8/12 - Borgata Event Center - Atlantic City, NJ                       
8/13 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA                  
8/15 - Bank of NH Pavilion - Gilford, NH                  
8/16 - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY                
8/18 - Seneca Niagara Events Center - Niagara Falls, NY         
8/19 - Xfinity Center - Mansfield, MA              
8/20 - Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion - Bangor, ME                 
8/22 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ                 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Roy Orbison's Son Secures Rights for Film on 'The Beatle Who Vanished'

The movie rights for The Beatle Who Vanished, a book by Jim Berkenstadt about the life of drummer Jimmie Nicol who was a Beatle for 13 days, have been secured by Alex Orbison, son of Roy Orbison on behalf of the family's Roy's Boys Films, and Ashley Hamilton's 449 Productions. Hamilton is the son of actor George Hamilton and actress Alana Stewart.

Berkenstadt's book, first published in 2013, told Nicol's story in detail. It included accounts of Nicol with the Beatles, his pre- and post-Beatles career and included many archival photos.

Nicol temporarily replaced Ringo Starr when the Beatle was hospitalized in 1964 for tonsillitis and pharyngitis just as the group was about to play a series of concerts. The new drummer passed an audition in front of Brian Epstein and received a new mop-top haircut. After a rehearsal with the group, he made his first formal appearance with them June 4 at K.B. Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark.

During his almost two weeks with the group, he performed with them in 10 concerts at five venues, a TV show at Hilversum, Holland, appeared at press conferences and made public appearances as a Beatle. Besides Copenhagen, his concert performances were in Blokker, Holland; Hong Kong; and finally Adelaide, Australia, where he played his final Beatles shows. Afterward, he was given a check for £500, presented with a watch and dropped off at the airport. His time as a Beatle was over.

Orbison siad he became interested in Nicol's story for several reasons. “The arc of Jimmy Nicol as a person and the overall ride of his intersection with that historic high point of what seemed to be the beginnings of Beatlemania.” But he said it's not just a Beatles story, but also revolves around what happened after his 13 days with the group were over. Nicol stayed in the music business playing with many groups, including Peter & Gordon, but mostly obscure bands. Nicol has since avoided the spotlight.

Orbison said his father's connection with the Beatles also played a part in his interest in the film. Roy Orbison toured with the Beatles in 1963 in the U.K. “The fact that my dad toured with the Beatles and had become friends with them was always dear to me,” Alex Orbison said. Orbison started the tour as the headliner. But within a week, according to Mark Lewisohn's The Beatles Live, the programs were being reprinted with the Beatles as headliners.

Orbison said another reason he was interested in doing the film was that he is a drummer. “I've been a drummer since I was eight years old. And my dad was very supportive and taught me things on the drums.

“I'm actually friends with Ringo through my mom (the late Barbara Orbison). The family side of it really occurred afterwards. When I first saw it just the fact that Jimmie Nicol was invited behind the curtain and was a legit Beatle able to do interviews and get all the perks and just be in and then to be dropped off back off at the airport. The second half of the story turns into a mystery. It seemed to have such a mass appeal.”

Hamilton said he was also interested in getting rights to the book as soon as he heard the story. “I hear a lot of stories and this one grabbed me from the beginning. Everyone grows up wanting to be the president or a Beatle, but for 13 days! That has to crush one's soul. It's really the age old question -- is it better to have never been or for 13 days?”

Berkenstadt, who calls himself “The Rock n' Roll Detective,” said he never considered while writing The Beatle Who Vanished that it could become a movie. “It's not something I thought about when I spent six years trying to flush out the person Jimmie Nicol, who had merely been a footnote in Beatles history. I just merely wanted to find out what happened to him,” he said in a phone interview. “But I'm excited that Ashley Hamilton and Alex Orbison find that it would be an interesting thing to partner up and envision the book in another medium and really expose it to a whole new audience, because it is quite a compelling story.”

He also said he's considering a second edition of the book with a traditional publisher when the movie draws near. He self-published the original edition.

“I have an agent who will be talking to traditional publishers for a second edition of the book when a green light happens in the other media form of the book.” Berkenstadt said there have been developments in the Nicol story, which will be in the second edition. Berkenstadt, along with Orbison and Hamilton, will be executive producers on the project.

Orbison is also involved with other projects related to his father. Black & White Night 30, a 30th anniversary reissue of A Black and White Night Live, will be released Feb. 24. The new version, about a half hour longer than the original, includes unreleased songs and new footage not seen previously. Orbison is also planning a film on his father's life.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Heart's Nancy Wilson To Debut Side Project In Los Angeles

The Rock Against MS Foundation is honored to present Nancy Wilson, founding member of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame group Heart and her critically acclaimed, newly formed side project Roadcase Royale, at the 5th Annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert & Award Show on Saturday, March 25, at the Los Angeles Theatre in Los Angeles.

Wilson has teamed up with former Prince band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield to form a new super group called Roadcase Royale. The band's sound is a combination of muscular rock with some R&B/blues and in-depth ballads thrown in, reflecting the iconic sounds of both their respective bands.

Joining Wilson (guitar) and Warfield (vocals) are lead guitarist Ryan Waters (the musical director for Liv's solo work and Prince Protégé) along with HEART members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums).

Get ready for an All-star studded event as the celebrities’ sweep the orange carpet raising awareness and funding to help people suffering from multiple sclerosis. Furthermore, on this evening the RAMS Foundation will present seven (7) amazing individuals the Platinum People Award as they honor the humanitarian spirit of extraordinary individuals who have shown courage, compassion, and unselfish character.

This year RAMS is privileged to honor and celebrate the life of the world’s most iconic and influential comedian, RICHARD PRYOR. This is an additional award, recently added for public figures that have created awareness and outreach to educate people of this.

“Richard’s genius wasn’t just making people laugh, he used his comedy as a way to communicate the truth,” explains Pryor’s wife Jennifer Lee Pryor. “More than anyone, Richard could appreciate RAMS’ mission to not remain silent. RAMS uses every means possible to enlighten, inform and educate the public about MS. Telling the truth is their genius too.”

Additional information regaring other guests and tickets is forthcoming...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pink Floyd Releasing Individual Volumes From 'The Early Years: 1965 - 1972' Box Set

Pink Floyd will release a series of book-bound individual collections of the band’s seminal music from 1965-1972 on March, 24, 2017. The 6 individual collections were first released as part of The Early Years 1965-1972 box set.

Whether a fan of the early Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, or to the final moments before The Dark Side of The Moon, there is something for everyone in these volumes for fans and newcomers alike. The stand-alone packages were originally released as part of The Early Years: 1965-1972 box set that was reviewed as one of the best box sets of 2016 but are now available as separate volumes broken down by years 1965-1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 and finally 1972. Outtakes and demos from the band’s early albums including The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, A Saucerful Of Secrets, Meddle and  Atom Heart Mother are included in these packages.

Each package documents the creative genius behind each Pink Floyd recording and even the titles (CAMBRIDGE ST/ATION, GERMIN/ATION, DRAMATIS/ATION, DEVI/ATION, REVERB/ATION, OBFUSC/ATION) have been dreamed up by Roger Waters to give an insight into where the band was at that particular point in their career.

The Early Years: Individual Volumes afford fans the opportunity to hear the evolution of the band and witness their part in the cultural revolution from their earliest recordings and studio sessions to the years prior to the release of The Dark Side Of The Moon, one of the biggest selling albums of all time.  From the single "Arnold Layne" to the 20-minute epic "Echoes," fans will see the invention of psychedelic progressive rock via an insightful collection that explores the Pink Floyd story from the time Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and Syd Barrett met at London’s Regent Street Polytechnic through to Barrett’s departure and David Gilmour joining the band to form the iconic lineup.

For fans wishing to immerse themselves in the full Pink Floyd story, the complete box set The Early Years: 1965-1972 collates all of the individual volumes plus extra discs, collectables and memorabilia exclusive to the box set. In addition to the individual volumes and the deluxe set, a 2-CD highlights album The Early Years – CRE/ATION is also available.

Product overview:

CAMBRIDGE ST/ATION                  
2 CD / DVD / Blu-ray
Covering Syd Barrett’s time with the band, from the pre-EMI demos, through the non-album hit singles and related tracks, the first volume also features previously unreleased tracks like "Vegetable Man" and "In The Beechwoods" (newly mixed), plus BBC session recordings. Pink Floyd have also acquired the tapes of an unreleased 1967 concert in Stockholm.

The DVD/Blu-ray includes historic TV performances plus some of Pink Floyd’s own film material:

  • Early 1965 recordings and early singles
  • "Vegetable Man," "In The Beechwoods," John Latham, Stockholm concert

  • Promo clips, TV appearances, rare footage
  • Replica memorabilia from the period

CD / DVD / Blu-ray    
This volume explores the time immediately after Syd Barrett’s departure, when Pink Floyd were still writing singles and at the same time developing their own unique, more instrumentally-based style. There are non-album single releases, plus a recently discovered session at Capitol Records studios in Los Angeles, BBC sessions and other tracks.

The DVD/Blu-ray includes the recently restored promo clip of "Point Me At The Sky," some international TV performances and a selection of song material from other television shows:

  • Early singles, BBC Radio sessions

  • Tracks from Capitol Studios, LA

  • Promo clip, TV appearances, rare footage
  • Replica memorabilia from the period

2 CD / DVD / Blu-ray
In 1969 Pink Floyd unveiled their 2-part conceptual live production of "The Man" and "The Journey," covering a 24-hour period of dreaming, waking and other activities. Never released in that form, however some of the songs were used on the More soundtrack and the Ummagumma album. This volume refers back to ‘The Man’ and ‘The Journey’ tour with live performances in Amsterdam and for the BBC in London, but also includes the bonus tracks from the More soundtrack that were used in the film but not on record, plus non-album tracks like the early version of "Embryo" from the Harvest sampler Picnic.

Video material includes 20 minutes of "The Man" and "The Journey" rehearsal at the Royal Festival Hall, directed by Anthony Stern, including "Afternoon (Biding My Time)," "The Beginning (Green Is The Colour)," "Nightmare (Cymbaline)," "Beset By Creatures Of The Deep" and "The End Of The Beginning" (the last part of A Saucerful Of Secrets), plus other live performance footage from that year:

  • "The Man" & "The Journey" live

  • TV appearances, rare footage
  • Interstellar Overdrive with Frank Zappa
  • Replica memorabilia from the period

2 CD / 2 DVD / Blu-ray                                
At the end of 1969 and in the early part of 1970, Pink Floyd recorded and mixed their contribution to Michelangelo Antonioni’s alternative view of US society, Zabriskie Point. Three songs were released on the soundtrack album, and a further 4 in the expanded CD edition in 1997. Never released on one Pink Floyd disc, this volume compiles remixed and updated versions of the Zabriskie Point audio material. In the same year, Pink Floyd scored their first UK Number One album with Atom Heart Mother, a collaboration with Ron Geesin, and the audio includes the first performance for the BBC, featuring an orchestra and choir, as well as, on DVD, the original quad mix.

Video material includes a full hour of Pink Floyd performing live at San Francisco cable TV station KQED plus extracts from historic performances of Atom Heart Mother, and material from French TV coverage of the St. Tropez festival in Southern France.

  • Atom Heart Mother band-only versions
  • BBC Radio session, Zabriskie Point mixes
  • Concert footage and improvisations
  • Atom Heart Mother original 4.0 Quad mix
  • Replica memorabilia from the period

CD / DVD / Blu-ray                                        
In 1971 Pink Floyd recorded the Meddle album, containing the LP side-long "Echoes," regarded by many as laying the groundwork for The Dark Side Of The Moon, and, as such, is an important part of the Pink Floyd canon.

This package includes part of the original demos, when the project gestated from "Nothing" to "Return Of The Son Of Nothing," as well as a contemporary BBC session recording. Audio-visual material includes the original unreleased quad mix of "Echoes" but also material of live band performances in 1971, including songs performed with Roland Petit and his Marseille ballet company.

  • BBC Radio session, Nothing Part 14
  • Concert footage and documentaries
  • "Echoes" original 4.0 Quad mix
  • Replica memorabilia from the period

2 CD / DVD / Blu-ray                    
In 1972 Pink Floyd travelled to Hérouville, north of Paris, to record at Strawberry Studios there, based in the town’s Chateau. In a remarkable two weeks, they wrote and recorded one of their most cohesive albums, Obscured By Clouds, the soundtrack to Barbet Schroeder’s La Vallée.

Additionally, 1972 saw the release of Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii, a film of the band performing without an audience in the historic Roman amphitheatre of Pompeii, directed by Adrian Maben. The video material includes the performances from the Live At Pompeii film, edited to new 5.1 audio mixes, plus material from contemporary French TV as well as performances from Brighton Dome in June 1972 and further performances with the Roland Petit ballet company:

  • Obscured By Clouds 2016 remix

  • Live at Pompeii 2016 stereo mixes
  • Documentaries inc. Roland Petit ballet
  • Pompeii concert film in 5.1 sound
  • Replica memorabilia from the period