Friday, May 17, 2013
Set to run Sept. 5-8, Interlocken Music Festival will make its debut featuring jam fan-friendly acts like Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Furthur (featuring members of the Grateful Dead), Zac Brown, the String Cheese Incident, and the Black Crowes.
More bands will be announced soon, but don't expect too many more. The fest's organizers (music industry veterans Dave Frey and Peter Shapiro) are placing quality above quantity, and want to assure that fans get plenty of time with each act.
The fest will feature two main stages, which will feature alternating two-hour sets, each one starting just after the other ends. Also, many of the main acts will play different sets on multiple days.
Attendees will have the option to camp on-site, enjoying the background of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Artist pre-sale tickets go on sale May 22 and general "early bird" tickets become available the next day. More information is available at http://www.interlockenfestival.com/.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
“Their influence is undeniable…and their legacy is that of a band that stayed true to themselves no matter how uncool they may have seemed to anyone. I think it’s safe to say that Rush are indeed a band that has balls…and they’ve ALWAYS been cool.”
- Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, inducting Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of FameWith a career that spans almost four decades, and music that continues to inspire and influence new generations of rock bands, Rush has been recognized for their immeasurable impact with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To commemorate the honor, Universal Music Enterprises and Atlantic Records today announced that Rush’s back catalog from both labels have been mastered specifically for iTunes, ensuring the delivery of the music to listeners with increased audio fidelity, more closely replicating what the artists, recording engineers, and producers intended and are available exclusively on the iTunes Store worldwide (www.iTunes.com). Fans will have the ability to download all albums in two bundles, individual full albums or simply purchase each song separately. The Complete Mercury Years (UME) and The Studio Albums 1989-2007 (Atlantic) are available now. HBO will broadcast the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, May 18 at 9pm ET/PT.
The Complete Mercury Years includes all twelve Mercury studio albums including Rush’s 1974 self-titled debut; their ground breaking, multi-platinum releases 2112 (1976), and Moving Pictures (1981), which reached No. 3 on The Billboard 200; 1980’s Permanent Waves, which hit Top 5 on The Billboard 200; and their 1985 Top 10 release Power Windows. Also included are their three classic Mercury live albums including the platinum selling releases All The World’s A Stage (1976) and Exit…Stage Left (1981), which reached No. 10 on The Billboard 200; and 1989’s A Show Of Hands.
Atlantic Records has simultaneously released The Studio Albums 1989-2007, which features all seven Atlantic studio albums including Counterparts (1993) and Snakes & Arrows (2007), which both reached the Top 5 on The Billboard 200. Their Top 10 release Vapor Trails (2002) is also included and features the remixed versions of “One Little Victory” and “Earthshine” that were originally released on Retrospective III (2009). Rush’s current album Clockwork Angels (Anthem/Roadrunner - 2012) is also available on the iTunes Store.
Rush is currently in the midst of their Clockwork Angels 2013 tour. Sold out shows on the European leg includes their stop at London’s O2 Arena on May 24. Rush will return to resume North American dates through August.
The Complete Mercury Years (Universal Music Enterprises)
Available at http://smarturl.it/RUSHcmy
Fly by Night (1975)
Caress of Steel (1975)
All The World’s A Stage (1976)
A Farewell to Kings (1977)
Permanent Waves (1980)
Moving Pictures (1981)
Exit…Stage Left (1981
Grace Under Pressure (1984)
Power Windows (1985)
Hold Your Fire (1987)
A Show Of Hands (1989)
The Studio Albums 1989-2007 (Atlantic)
Available at http://smarturl.it/RushAtl
Roll the Bones (1991)
Test for Echo (1996)
Vapor Trails (2002)
Snakes & Arrows (2007)
For more touring information and other Rush-related news, please visit the band’s official website at www.Rush.com.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
With performances by Pink Floyd, Santana, T.Rex, The Byrds, Canned Heat, Jefferson Airplane, Soft Machine, It's A Beautiful Day, Family, Country Joe, Dr. John & The Night Trippers, Flock and Al Stewart, this extraordinary release is a must for fans of music everywhere!
The three-day festival was held in August 1970 at the Kralingse Bos (Kralingse Forest) in Rotterdam, and despite the rain, an estimated 100,000 people attended the astounding event!
Here's what's included on the set:
Pink Floyd - Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, A Saucerful Of Secrets
Santana – Gumbo, Savor, Jingo
The Byrds - Old Blue
Canned Heat - Human Condition, So Sad
T-Rex - Pavillions Of Sun
Jefferson Airplane - Saturday Afternoon, White Rabbit, Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil plus interviews with Paul Kanter & Grace Slick
Soft Machine - Esther's Nose Job
It’s A Beautiful Day - Wasted Union Blues, Open Up Your Hearts
Family - Drowned In Wine
Country Joe - Freedom Is A Constant
Dr. John & The Night Trippers - Mardi Gras Day
Flock - Big Bird
Al Stewart - Zero She Flies
Coming May 20, you can purchase The Dutch Woodstock double CD/DVD set: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15545.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A limited amount of pre-sale tickets for this intimate show will be available Tuesday, May 14, to members of Fogerty’s fan club via his website at www.johnfogerty.com. The show, which starts at 8:30 PM Pacific time, will be filmed and broadcast live on AXS TV.
Wrote A Song For Everyone (Vanguard Records) is a celebration of the iconic songbook of one of rock’s most important artists and a national treasure who’s sold over 100 million albums. Produced by Fogerty, the album is a collection of 12 classics and deep tracks (Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo material) from his remarkable canon of hits recorded in collaboration with today’s biggest superstars from the country, pop and rock worlds, plus two brand new solo songs.
Wrote A Song For Everyone marks Fogerty‘s ninth studio solo album since disbanding Creedence Clearwater Revival. Mixed by Bob Clearmountain, it was recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville except for “Proud Mary” which was recorded in New Orleans with Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band.
Fogerty recorded “Fortunate Son” with Foo Fighters at their 606 studio using “the” legendary Neve recording console featured in the #1 iTunes documentary Sound City.
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Wrote A Song For Everyone track listing:
1. Fortunate Son (with Foo Fighters)
2. Almost Saturday Night (with Keith Urban)
3. Lodi (with Shane Fogerty and Tyler Fogerty)
4. Mystic Highway (John Fogerty solo)
5. Wrote a Song for Everyone (with Miranda Lambert feat. Tom Morello)
6. Bad Moon Rising (with Zac Brown Band)
7. Long As I Can See the Light (with My Morning Jacket)
8. Born on the Bayou (with Kid Rock)
9. Train of Fools (John Fogerty solo)
10. Someday Never Comes (with Dawes)
11. Who’ll Stop the Rain (with Bob Seger)
12. Hot Rod Heart (with Brad Paisley)
13. Have You Ever Seen the Rain (with Alan Jackson)
14. Proud Mary (with Jennifer Hudson feat. Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band)
Monday, May 13, 2013
One, Rodgers says, is a collection of soul covers -- "emphasis on Stax," he says -- that he and producer-engineer Perry Margouleff recorded at Willie Mitchell's famed Royal Studios in Memphis. "Perry went down there and told me this studio, where a lot of Stax material was recorded, still exists as it was in the old days," Rodgers recalls. "Well, Stax is very dear to my heart, and he said, 'There's great sessions musicians. Let's go down and do some tracks.' So we did and it was awesome. It was such a beautiful vibe. I walked from the studio to the control room and they have all these tapes stored up there, and I looked at one of the boxes and it had 'Ann Peebles, 'I Can't Stand the Rain' ' written on it in Sharpie. I was like, 'Wow, is that the original Ann Peebles?' They said, 'Yeah, she recorded that here.' So I said, 'Let's do that track!' It was fun to be that loose and yet that tight. It was great."
Rodgers says he also recorded songs by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, "all my heroes." He hopes to mix the album during May and have it out possibly by this fall. Meanwhile, he and Margouleff are also working on a new solo album, Rodgers' first of original material since "Electric" in 2000. They've been recording at Margouleff's analog studio in New York, and Rodgers, who's hoping for a 2014 release, says "it's sounding very different, actually. Some of it is Led Zeppelinesque, in a way, 'cause Perry is a big Jimmy Page fan. So there's a tendency to sound a little Jim-ish, which is not a bad thing."
Meanwhile, Rodgers is looking forward to the Bad Company tour, a 22-date trek that begins June 15 and includes 13 shows with Lynyrd Skynyrd -- who introduced Rodgers to his wife, the former Cynthia Kereluk, in Vancouver during the mid-2000s. "I was touring with them as a solo artist and they knew Cynthia and kept saying, 'Wait 'til we get to Vancouver,' and I kept saying, 'Yeah, yeah...' " recalls Rodgers, who married Kereluk in 2007 and became a Canadian citizen in 2011. "They had a feeling we would get along great, and we did. We got on like a house on fire, and the rest is history."
The Bad Company tour, meanwhile, came about last year when Rodgers' manager pointed out that "if you put the band together in '73, that's 40 years. Do you want to do anything to celebrate it?' I said, 'Yeah, let's tour.' There was plenty of advance notice for it, and we were all up for it."
A new Bad Company album, however, remains a long shot, even though bandmates Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke "probably do mention it from time to time. Anything's possible. I do keep an open mind, I must say. But there are no plans right now, no."