Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Eagles Bassist Timothy B. Schmit To Launch Fall Tour On Friday In Las Vegas

Following his sold-out solo tour earlier this year and a round of arena dates with Eagles, Timothy B. Schmit will launch his fall solo tour in Las Vegas o Friday, November 24.  For the trek, Schmit and his band will perform songs spanning his entire four-decade long career. 

Joining Schmit on tour as opener in Los Angeles (Dec. 3, Saban Theater) and Denver (Dec. 14, Soiled Dove) is fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and former Poco bandmate Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco). Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

Schmit recorded the 12-track Leap Of Faith in his Los Angeles studio with co-producer with engineer Hank Linderman. The record marks the culmination of the Eagles bassist's unhurried, yet inspired reflections of life. Illuminated by an array of fine musicians and singers, the album plays like a multicolored corona around Schmit's distinctive artistry. From the jaunty opening track "My Hat" to the soaring harmonies and heartfelt reflections of "This Waltz," this is more than another album in a great artist's catalog.

Leap Of Faith is available via Benowen Records as a 180 gram 2-LP vinyl set, CD and digitally. For exclusive bundles, visit the Timothy B. Schmit Online Store or iTunes.

On Monday, November 27, at 6:00 pm PT (9:00 pm ET), Schmit will be interviewed live by Jim Ladd on "Deep Tracks," which airs nationwide on SiriusXM, Channel 27.

As a member of the bands the Eagles (since 1977 he can be heard on hits such as "I Can't Tell You Why" and "Love Will Keep Us Alive"), and Poco ("Keep On Tryin'"), Schmit's musical contributions have laid the groundwork to some of pop/folk/rock music's most important songs. He has vocally contributed to such memorable songs as "Look What You've Done To Me" (Boz Skaggs), "Fire Lake" (Bob Seger), to Richard Marx's hit "Don't Mean Nothing" and added bass, guitar and harmonies on Toto's hit singles "I Won't Hold You Back" and "Africa," Crosby Stills and Nash's "Wasted On The Way" and multiple tracks by Steely Dan. He's played internationally as a member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band and Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band.

Timothy B. Schmit tour dates:

11/24 - Orleans Showroom - Las Vegas, NV
11/28 - Golden State Theatre - Monterey, CA
11/30 - Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
12/01 - The Cave - Big Bear Lake, CA
12/03 - Saban Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
12/06 - Dosey Doe - The Woodlands, TX
12/07 - Dosey Doe - The Woodlands, TX
12/09 - One World Theater - Austin, TX
12/10 - One World Theater - Austin, TX
12/12 - Granada Theater - Dallas, TX
12/14 - Soiled Dove - Denver, CO
12/16 - Mim Theater - Phoenix, AZ
12/17 - Mim Theater - Phoenix, AZ

+Richie Furay opening

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fox News Bans Gene Simmons For Life

Gene Simmons has been banned for life from Fox News following a series of events that took place recently at their company headquarters in Manhattan.

It's been reported that the ban came after Simmons made appearances on Fox & Friends and on the Fox Business Network program Mornings With Maria, followed by an intrusion on a staff meeting.

On Fox & Friends, Simmons crashed the weather report from meteorologist Janice Dean, before doing an interview about his new book On Power, where he reportedly interrupted a staff meeting, shouting out loud, "Hey chicks, sue me" as he opened his shirt, exposing his entire torso. 

Simmons also told some pedophilic jokes about Michael Jackson and two staffers were struck on the head with the On Power book as Simmons made assumptions about their level of intelligence based off the sound that resulted from the blow.

After receiving a series of complaints about his behavior, Kevin Lord, a human resources executive at Fox, made the decision to ban him for life from the network.

Simmons called the reports of his behavior “highly exaggerated and misleading,” but nonetheless apologized for any offensive actions.

In his statement, he added: “I have appeared frequently over the years on various Fox News and Fox Business programs and have a tremendous amount of respect for the talented women and men who work there...I am sincerely sorry that I unintentionally offended members of the Fox team during my visit.” 

No word yet on whether the ban will be lifted.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Peter Frampton To Reissue Grammy Award-Winning Album 'Fingerprints' In January

Peter Frampton will reissue his critically acclaimed instrumental album Fingerprints on January 26 via his own imprint Phenix Phonograph. Originally released in 2006, Fingerprints won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album and Frampton’s cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” off the album was also nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. In their review of Fingerpirnts, called the album "simple, eloquent and extremely well-crafted."  
The 2018 reissue will feature the record on vinyl for the first time.

Frampton navigates a diverse range of material on Fingerprints, from American soul to Latin balladry and timeless rock. Guest artists include The Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman on “Cornerstones”; original Shadows members Hank Marvin and Brian Bennett on “My Cup of Tea”; and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Matt Cameron joining Frampton for the “Black Hole Sun” cover and the original “Blowin’ Smoke.” Frampton’s core band on Fingerprints features longtime collaborator John Regan (bass), co-producer Gordon Kennedy (guitar and backing vocals), Arthur Stead (keyboards) and Shawn Fichter (drums).

In other Frampton news, the guitarist recently performed his latest single “I Saved A Bird Today” on the PBS Show called Tavis Smiley.

Frampton explains, “‘I Saved A Bird Today’ is a true story about me saving a large bird, an American Coot, who flew into my window and knocked herself out. Then how, with expert advice, I brought her back to life. After learning that Coots only take off from water, I had to ‘Take Her To The River.’ She jumped into the river as I watched her walk, then run atop the water until she finally took off into the city lit night sky. ‘To care for one another is the reason we are here’ is the lyric that sums it up for me. The world has gone mad and the simple things like love, compassion and caring have been overshadowed by hate and greed.”

In 2014, Frampton was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. He recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of his fifth solo album, Frampton Comes Alive!, which remains one of the top-selling live records of all time.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Passes

Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64 after a long battle with dementia.

He died peacefully on Saturday with his family nearby, a statement said.

Young will be remembered for his powerful rhythm guitar riffs that were instrumental in propelling the Sydney heavy rock group to stardom.

"Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many," the statement read. "From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans."

Fans and friends of Young have been posting their tributes to the popular musician on social media.
Tom Morello, of Rage Against the Machine, tweeted his thanks to the "#1 greatest rhythm guitarist."

Singer David Coverdale of Whitesnake and formerly with Deep Purple also offered his "thoughts and prayers".

After forming AC/DC in 1973, Young and his brother Angus were credited as co-writers on every song the band recorded by the band between their 1975 debut High Voltage through to 2014's Rock or Bust.

Malcolm Young was born in 1953 in Glasgow before his family emigrated to Australia when he was 10. His family confirmed he was suffering from dementia in 2014.

He wrote much of the band's the material that enabled AC/DC to become one of the biggest heavy rock bands, including "Back In Black," "Highway to Hell," and "You Shook Me All Night Long."

The group is estimated to have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the US.

A statement by Angus Young on the AC/DC website praises Malcolm Young's "enormous dedication and commitment" which made him "the driving force behind the band" who "always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted."

"As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done."

Friday, November 17, 2017

Graceland Launches Elvis-Themed Day Trips

The house where Elvis was born

Elvis Presley's Graceland has launched new day trips to Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis Presley's birthplace, and the Mississippi Delta region, titled Graceland Excursions.

According to a press release, the Graceland Excursions Tupelo trip will include Elvis' Birthplace, encompassing the legendary two-room "shotgun" house where Elvis was born, his childhood church, and the Birthplace Museum; Tupelo Hardware, where Elvis' mother Gladys purchased Elvis' first guitar; and the Tupelo Fairgrounds, where Elvis performed homecoming concerts in 1956 and 1957.

The Graceland Excursions Mississippi Delta trip will follow U.S. 61, known as the "Blues Highway," and make stops at the Gateway to the Blues Museum in Tunica, Mississippi; the legendary "Crossroads" and Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi; Dockery Farms, widely regarded as where the Delta Blues genre was born; and the state-of-the-art, GRAMMY® Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Graceland Excursions will preview with select dates in December 2017 and early January 2018, with an official launch of its regular, weekly schedule beginning on January 12, 2018.