Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Keith Moon & John Entwistle Tribute In Hollywood This Thursday

Tichy/Sutton Productions, the team behind Bonzo Bash (a salute to Led Zeppelin's John Bonham) and Randy Rhoads Remembered, present The Ox & The Loon, their inaugural tribute to the Who's Keith Moon & John Entwistle on Thursday (April 24th) at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA.   

The star-studded event will feature original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus members of Slayer, Foreigner, Rod Stewart and Poison.

"We wanted to do something different and unique by celebrating the 'other half' of rock bands," says drummer, guitarist and promoter Brian Tichy. "But not just the other half of any rock band, the other half of a rock band that has the most legendary rhythm section of all time! We are beyond psyched to announce the expanded line-up of performers graciously coming aboard to make this a night unlike any before! These amazing artists get together to give it back to the legends who wrote and broke the rules of rock 'n roll!

The lineup for Thursday is as follows:

BASS LORDS
Phil Chen (Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Pete Townshend)
Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
James LoMenzo (John Fogerty, Megadeth)
Sean McNabb (Dokken, Sons of Anarchy, Burning Rain)
Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, Dokken, Dio)
Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs, Mr. Big)
Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Big Noize)
Pancho Tomaselli (WAR, Philm, Tower of Power)
Robert Trujillo (Metallica)
Chris Wyse (The Cult, OWL)

DRUM EMPERORS
Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty & too many to name)
Veronica Bellino (Jeff Beck, DMC, SLAMM)
Dave Lombardo (Philm, Slayer)
Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction, Infectious Grooves)
Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Transatlantic, Dream Theater)
Joseph Pusateri (The John Entwistle Band)
Rikki Rockett (Poison)
Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot)
Matt Starr (Ace Frehley)
Brian Tichy (S.U.N.)

VERY SPECIAL GUESTS
Ace Frehley
Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
Tom Gimbel (Foreigner)
Tracii Guns
Stephen LeBlanc (JBLZE)
Oni Logan (Dio Disciples, Lynch Mob)
Dug Pinnick (King's X, KXM)
Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne)
Joe Retta (Heaven and Earth, Sweet)
Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4)
Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey)
Chas West (Bonham, Lynch Mob)
Brent Woods (Vince Neil)

Winery Dogs drummer Mike Portnoy says, "Keith Moon is hands-down one of my biggest drum heroes...not only the way he played, but the way he perfromed! I had the great pleasure of putting together my own Who Tribute band back in 2006 with Billy Sheehan, Paul Gilbert & Gary Cherone, and it was more fun than any drummer should ever have! So it's my great pleasure to be able to revisit my hero once again with this very special tribute."

Bassist James LoMenzo, recently on the road with John Fogerty, adds, "In my mind, no rhythm section in the history of rock and roll stirred up more excitement than the 'Ox' and the 'Loon.' Pound for pound and note for note there could not have been a more enigmatic pairing of talents. John Entwistle rewrote the book on what the bass guitar was in the 60s and what it would and has become throughout the past five decades. His style and tone has left an indelible mark on my playing since I discovered it as a young bassist."

For more information, visit The Ox & Loon FB Page.

For DISCOUNT & VIP Tickets, go to http://www.CaliforniaMusicFest.com and enter code UDOL.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Deep Purple Going Forward With Concert In Northern Cyprus

Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan has issued a statement defending the band’s decision to perform a controversial concert in Turkish-held northern Cyprus. There are reports that the event could draw up to 100,000 people. 

The singer said that the group wasn’t taking any sides and that Deep Purple had performed in many troubled regions in their touring history.

“We – DP – have never been on one side or the other when it comes to performing music. I remember – during the Cold War – hearing about visits to London by the Bolshoi Ballet and the top football teams from Moscow, also the Cossack dancers, and many other cultural exchanges between the West and the Soviet Union. The diplomatic and cultural side door was always open for art, entertainment and sport, no matter how frightening and confrontational all the rest of it was,” Gillan said, adding that the group had performed in many countries that had a conflict with someone else, like Israel, Ukraine, China and Lebanon.

He stressed that he loves all the countries he has performed in.

Gillan added that he once came close to banning himself from performing for political reasons, when the group was scheduled to tour in England.

“Tony Blair’s illegal and murderous adventure in Iraq made me angry, and ashamed enough to think about excommunicating Britain; sounds silly but I was very angry,” he said. “However, it went against our historical position, which is: To perform anywhere we are invited, regardless of local difficulties/conflict, wars, earthquakes, riots, typhoons, strikes, rebellions, gun-fire and so on. Therefore we continued to perform in the UK.”

Gillan expressed his wish that this was also true for Cyprus, adding that the group’s visits in Greece and Turkey were fabulous and that he has friends in both countries.

Deep Purple are set to perform in occupied Nicosia on May 24 at Near East University. NEU invited the band to perform as a part of their celebration for their 25 year anniversary.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

U.S. Music Labels Sue Pandora Over Royalties For Golden Oldies

Several major U.S. music companies sued Pandora Media Inc on Thursday, accusing the online streaming service of cheating them out of royalties by playing thousands of pre-1972 recordings without paying royalties.

The music in question, from musicians such as the Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Marvin Gaye and Fleetwood Mac, is "some of the most iconic music in the world," the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit, filed in New York state court in Manhattan, seeks unspecified damages and an immediate halt to Pandora's "massive and continuing unauthorized commercial exploitation" of older songs.

The plaintiffs include Vivendi SA's Capitol Records Inc and UMG Recordings Inc, Sony Corp's Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp and ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

Pandora did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Federal copyright law does not apply to pre-1972 recordings, but the plaintiffs say New York state law provides copyright protection for such recordings.

"Pandora's refusal to pay plaintiffs for its use of those recordings is fundamentally unfair," the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit is not the first to seek fees from digital music companies for pre-1972 recordings.

Last year, for instance, a U.S. nonprofit that collects digital royalties for musicians, SoundExchange, filed a federal lawsuit in Washington, D.C., against satellite radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc that includes claims of underpayment regarding pre-1972 recordings. The lawsuit remains pending.

Royalties represent a major expense for Pandora, currently amounting to approximately half of its annual revenue, and keeping them from increasing is crucial to the company's business.

"If we are required to obtain licenses for pre-1972 sound recordings to avoid liability and are unable to secure such licenses, then we may have to remove pre-1972 sound recordings from our service, which could harm our ability to attract and retain users," the company said in a regulatory filing in February.

In an unrelated case in March, a federal judge in New York declined to alter the rate that Pandora pays to songwriters to license their music, following a nonjury trial that pitted the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers against Pandora.

The case is Capitol Records et al v Pandora Media Inc, New York State Supreme Court, New York County, No. 651195/2014.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Who Releasing Live Quadrophenia Set, Launching World Tour, Hoping For New Album

The Who celebrated the 40th anniversary of their 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia by playing the double record in its entirety all over the world, and now they are issuing a concert film of their performance from that tour at London's Wembley Arena in 2013. 

Quadrophenia: Live in London, out June 10th, contains all 17 tracks on the album as well as a six-song set of some of the band's greatest hits, including "Who Are You" and "Pinball Wizard." The film also comes in Blu-ray, standard DVD and video download formats, as well as a deluxe edition. The group is also releasing a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the original 1973 release in Blu-ray Pure Audio to coincide with the release.

A limited, five-disc edition of Quadrophenia: Live in London includes the performance on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as a two-CD soundtrack of the show and the 5.1 surround mix of the original album. That edition also includes a sticker, a button and a 32-page book of liner notes and photos, all of which comes in a 10-inch metal box with art inspired by the Quadrophenia movie, specifically the group's "mod" target logo on a scooter headlight.

In other Who news, the band will embark on a tour later this year to celebrate their 50th anniversary, beginning around Christmas in the U.K. before heading to North America in 2015.

"It will be a world tour," the Who guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend says. "I'm not crazy about going on the road,  but I'm in good shape and once I start doing it -- and I'm still very good at it -- I'll take some pleasure from it."

They have embarked on several "final tours," the first being in 1982, but Townshend says "this is what we should be doing."

"I was ready for the 50th, but it happens when everything else is changing," he says. "I'll be 69 in May and all my friends are getting ill or dying. I knew it would happen. I will be happy if I give people something that makes fans happy. It takes some great planning and I hope it opens up other things that we can avail ourselves of."

There is also a possibility of new music being released.

"I'm trying to [look] through my 20,000 hours of complete and utter disorganized music [to find possible songs]," Townshend adds. "I'll be pulling some songs out of [his long-gestating project] Floss to give to Roger [Daltrey] to see if we've got enough to make an album. It might be a big waste of time, but I'm hoping there will be an album."

Meanwhile, Townshend has a new song, written with composer Nathan Barr, that will premiere on the April 20 episode of FX's The Americans. A remixed version of Townshend's biggest solo hit,  "Let My Love Open the Door," appeared on the season opener of Californication and was released April 13 as part of a soundtrack EP from Showtime and Townshend's publisher, Spirit Music Group.

Daltrey and former Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson just released Going Back Home on Universal Music's Chess Records label.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rock'n'Blues Fest Returns With Johnny & Edgar Winter, Vanilla Fudge

Rock and Blues fans are certainly in for a tasty musical treat this summer as the popular Rock'n'Blues Fest tour returns for a third consecutive year with a run of approximately 20 dates beginning in early August.

This year's line-up features the Johnny Winter Band, Edgar Winter Band and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds (who all shared the RNBF stage together in 2012) along with new Rock'n'Blues Fest additions Vanilla Fudge and Peter Rivera, formerly of Rare Earth.

"I love getting together with the great players on this fantastic concert series," states legendary guitarist Johnny Winter, who followed B.B. King on stage more than five decades ago at the age of 17 and, after receiving a standing ovation playing King's guitar, never looked back.

Johnny first came into prominence in the late-sixties after releasing his first solo album, The Progressive Blues Experiment, which was soon followed by his self-titled release on Columbia Records. The music world took immediate notice, and his popularity escalated even more after his unforgettable performance on day three at Woodstock in August of '69. Twenty years and several successful solo albums later, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. In the late 70's, he collaborated with another blues legend, Muddy Waters, on three separate albums of Waters', including the Grammy-winning Hard Again (1977). Over the years, Johnny has put out approximately two dozen solo albums including his 2011 album, Roots, which he and his band performed a track from on Late Show with David Letterman. On February 23, Winter celebrated his 70th birthday, honored by Legacy with the release of a four-CD box set, True To The Blues: The Johnny Winter Story.

Edgar Winter, an undeniable fan favorite who has appeared on both Rock'n'Blues Fest tours to date, is ecstatic about sharing the stage, once again, with his brother Johnny and being a part of this year's festivities. "Hey all you Rockers and Recliners! It's musical chairs again and it looks like the Rock'n'Blues Fest is becoming something of a tradition. 'How so,' you ask? Well, HE'S BACK! My brother, the legendary Johnny Winter, is closing the show again this year. We really missed him last time and it's always a special occasion getting to jam with Johnny. I would like to thank all you fans who have followed us throughout all these years. We can't do it without YOU. We just want you to know how much it means to be doing what we most love, and see you out there rockin' and having a good time."

A multi-instrumentalist (keyboards/sax/percussion) whose music encompasses many different genres including rock, blues, jazz and pop, Edgar first entered the national spotlight with his early recording of "Tobacco Road," featured on his 1970 debut album, Entrance. He would soon form the band White Trash and release two hit albums in '71 and '72 titled, Edgar Winter's White Trash and Roadwork. Hot on the heels of the certified gold album, Roadwork, Edgar would put together an entirely new outfit called The Edgar Winter Group that would originally feature guitarist Ronnie Montrose. In 1973, the band's first effort, They Only Come Out at Night, would spawn the hit singles, "Free Ride," and the monster, chart-topping "Frankenstein." The album, itself, would remain on the charts for an incredible 80 consecutive weeks. The pivotal album would eventually reach double-platinum status, selling more than two million copies. With over 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. His music has been featured in several major national television, radio and advertising campaigns. In addition, his music can be heard in no fewer than fifteen film and television projects.

Next on the bill is the unmistakable Vanilla Fudge, which currently features original members Mark Stein (vocals, organ), Vinny Martell (guitars, vocals) and Carmine Appice (drums, vocals). Formed in 1966, the original band (with bassist Tim Bogert) would have a huge hit the following year with a revival of the Supremes classic, "You Keep Me Hangin' On." Featured on their debut album, the song displayed the key elements of their style and would be a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Known for their psychedelic covers, the album would also feature two Beatles songs along with a rendition of the R&B number, "Take Me For a Little While," which would be a Top 40 hit. Between 1966 and 1969, the band would release five studio albums before disbanding in 1970. In 2005, the original members reconvened for a tour with Riders On The Storm (featuring Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek of The Doors) and Steppenwolf. A year later, they were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame along with Billy Joel, Joan Jett and the producer of their debut album, George "Shadow" Morton. In March of 2011, during what was announced as their "farewell tour," the band performed their biggest hit, "You Keep Me Hangin' On" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Since that time, the band has consistently toured all over the world.

Vinny Martell looks forward to hitting the road this summer. "Hendrix toured with us... Joplin jammed with us... Zeppelin opened for us... We thank all our fans for helping to make Vanilla Fudge a piece of music history. Music has always been, and still is, the timeless language of peace and hope and unity in this turbulent world... Keep rockin' with us in the twenty-first century and come out to this summer's Rock'n'Blues Fest!"

"The last time Vanilla Fudge played with Johnny Winter was when he jumped up on stage with Janis Joplin and jammed with us at the West Palm Beach Pop Festival in Florida," reflects Vanilla Fudge singer Mark Stein. "I'm looking forward to playing with him and brother, Edgar... two rockin' bands! And I know Pete Rivera will be singing some of his great hits from Rare Earth. It should be a great show!"

Any connoisseur of seventies rock will certainly remember Rare Earth. Their funky, good-time, music is still played on classic rock stations across the country and their place in music history is firmly cemented. Peter Rivera is the original drummer and lead vocalist behind all of the hits. Rare Earth has sold over 25 million albums and had Top Ten hits with the songs, "Get Ready," "I Just Want To Celebrate" and "(I Know) I'm Losing You." Two other songs, "Born to Wander" and "Hey Big Brother" would enter Top Twenty on the charts. The albums Get Ready (1969) and the two-record set, Rare Earth in Concert (1971), both achieved double platinum status. Peter Rivera has been called the premier rock drummer/vocalist of the seventies and his vocals have been featured on countless radio and television commercials over the years. In addition, his voice has been heard in several movies and television shows including A Knight's Tale, Three Kings, Arthur, Tropic Thunder (trailer), Six Feet Under, Chicago Hope and Beverly Hills 90210 among others. He continues to tour the world with The Classic Rock All-Stars and looks forward to his trek with this year's Rock'n'Blues Fest.

"I'm really looking forward to the rock and blues tour and can't wait to get started," remarks Peter. "I hope we can all rock it out!"

Considered one of the architects of British blues, Kim Simmonds began performing professionally in London in the mid-60's after learning how to play guitar by listening to his brother's blues records as a teenager. As leader and founder of the legendary blues rock band, Savoy Brown, he has 49 album releases currently available and continues to tour all over the world with the band as well as a solo acoustic act. In 1967, the band would help propel the UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the United States, invigorating the style forever. In the process, Savoy Brown became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970's, with their vast influence stretching into modern rock as we know it today. In 2011, the band celebrated its 45th anniversary by releasing a new CD titled, Voodoo Moon. Later in the year, Kim would release his most recent effort, Out Of The Blue, a collection of varied material that placed him in a new setting as both singer and songwriter. Among the most loved, most respected and longest running of its genre, Savoy Brown is one of the magical names in blues rock. Kim Simmonds -- who was on the 2012 Rock'n'Blues Fest bill with the Winter brothers, Rick Derringer and Leslie West -- will be performing the best of the best on this year's tour.

"Once again, I'm touring with the Rock'n'Blues Fest and, once again, I'm excited to do so. I am a fan of all the other artists on the bill so it will be a pleasure for me to participate. I thrive on the atmosphere, playing among my peers and I know the tour will bring out the best in me!"

Come out and experience the very best combination of rock and blues that you might ever have a chance to see!

As Edgar Winter says, "See you this summer and get ready to Rock 'n' Roll!"

www.johnnywinter.net
www.edgarwinter.com
www.vanillafudge.com
www.peterrivera.com
www.savoybrown.com

ROCK'N'BLUES FEST 2014 TOUR*

August 1 - Theatre at Westbury - Westbury, NY
August 2 - Rockland's Harbor Park - Rockland, ME
August 3 - Count Basie Theatre - Red Bank, NJ
August 5 - Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA
August 6 - South Shore Music Circus - Cohasset, MA
August 7 - State Theatre - New Brunswick, NJ
August 8 - Bergen Performing Arts Center - Englewood, NJ
August 13 - King Center for the Performing Arts - Melbourne, FL
August 14 - Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
August 15 - Broward Center for the Performing Arts - Fort Lauderdale, FL
August 16 - Ruth Eckerd Hall - Clearwater, FL
August 21 - City National Civic - San Jose, CA
August 22 - City National Grove of Anaheim - Anaheim, CA
August 23 - The Cannery - Las Vegas, NV
August 24 - Snoqualmie Casino - Seattle, WA

*Additional dates expected to be announced soon.