Wednesday, February 25, 2015

LA Greek Theatre Named Best Small Outdoor Venue For 15th Time

The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles was named North America’s “Best Small Outdoor Venue of the Year” for the 15th time at the Annual Pollstar Awards. This marks 11 consecutive wins for the historic venue under the stewardship of Nederlander Concerts.

“The Greek had a record-breaking year and we are honored that the industry, once again, recognized our hard work, passion and dedication to this iconic venue,” said Alex Hodges, CEO of Nederlander Concerts.

The Greek Theatre’s 2014 season was one of the busiest seasons in over a decade with 75 events.  The wide range of headline acts crossing all music genres included such music stars as nine-time Grammy Award-winner John Legend, alt-J, La Ley, Sara Bareilles, legendary French singer Charles Aznavour, Massive Attack, Alejandra Guzm├ín and the number-one selling duo, Daryl Hall and John Oates, plus many more.

Other highlights included multiple night sell-outs with two performances by multi-Grammy Award winner Sam Smith, two-time Grammy Award-winning songstress Lorde, Jack Johnson and two-time Hall of Fame inductees Crosby, Stills and Nash, who were just a few of the many headlining artists who graced the famous stage over the six month season.

Each year Pollstar invites a cross section of international music business professionals to make the nominations for The Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. The awards honor artists, management, talent buyers, venues, support services and more for their professionalism, achievements and abilities. Winners are determined by votes from the international readership of Pollstar Magazine.

This year’s nominees for the Best Small Outdoor Venue award included the Santa Barbara Bowl (another Nederlander exclusively booked venue), Greek Theatre (Berkeley, CA), Filene Center at Wolf Trap (Vienna, VA), Meadowbrook (Gilford, NH), St. Augustine Amphitheatre (St. Augustine, FL) and The Woods at Fontanel (Whites Creek, TN).  The Greek Theatre’s General Manager, Rena Wasserman was also nominated for “Facility Executive of the Year.”

Currently, Nederlander is actively programming the Greek’s 2015 season and has already announced Damien Rice (April 24), Nightwish (May 1), The Decemberists (May 2), The Moody Blues (May 5), Franco De Vita (May 9), The Piano Guys (May 15), Willie Nelson & Family – Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas (July 18) and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (Sept. 18).  Additional shows will be announced on March 6 as part of the venues annual subscription program.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

First Two Bad Company Albums Remastered & Expanded

Bad Company has influenced bands from Bon Jovi to Five Finger Death Punch, who recently had a #1 hit with their cover of the song "Bad Company."  They have also helped shaped the sound of an entire rock era with iconic powerhouse rock anthems "Can't Get Enough," "Rock Steady," along with the ever popular ballads "Ready for Love," "Seagull," and  Grammy®-nominated "Feel Like Makin' Love." The British rockers recently unearthed the original multi-track tapes from their first two albums and discovered previously unreleased tracks, takes, and mixes from those sessions. 

For the first time ever, the band has remastered Bad Company (1974) and Straight Shooter (1975) using the original tapes to create new Deluxe Editions. It was paramount to founding member Paul Rodgers that the CD and LP be copied from the original tapes to guarantee the best sound possible. Each set includes a newly remastered version of the original album, along with a number of rare and unreleased recordings. The CD versions of these Deluxe Editions include all of the newly discovered bonus tracks, while their 180-gram vinyl counterparts offer a selection of the bonus material.

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rodgers, along with guitarist/songwriter Mick Ralphs, bassist Boz Burrell, and drummer Simon Kirke recorded the band's eponymous debut in November 1973 using Ronnie Lane's mobile studio at Headley Grange, the former poorhouse where Led Zeppelin recorded frequently. When Bad Company was released the following year, the album went to #1 in America during the band's first U.S. tour and was eventually certified 5x platinum thanks to hits like "Can't Get Enough," "Bad Company," "Ready for Love," and "Movin' On."

The second disc of the Deluxe Edition features 12 tracks, including eight previously unreleased recordings such as the demo for the ballad "The Way I Choose," a take of "Bad Company" recorded right before the album version, and an unedited version of "Superstar Woman," a song that Rodgers later recorded in 1983 for his solo album Cut Loose. Also featured is the single edit of "Can't Get Enough," and the b-sides "Little Miss Fortune" and "Easy On My Soul."

The band released its second album Straight Shooter in April 1975, 40 years to the month of the new deluxe edition. The album rose to #3 on the U.S. album chart and was certified 3x platinum behind the hit singles "Feel Like Makin' Love" and "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" as well as the rock radio staple "Shooting Star."

Of the 14 bonus tracks, all are previously unreleased except the b-side "Whiskey Bottle." Among the standouts is a stripped-down version of "Shooting Star," a remix of "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" with alternative guitar and vocals tracks, as well as two lost gems, never released before: "See The Sunlight" and "All Night Long."

Bad Company Deluxe Editions
Track Listings
Bad Company (1974)

Disc One
1. "Can't Get Enough"
2. "Rock Steady"
3. "Ready For Love"
4. "Don't Let Me Down"
5. "Bad Company"
6. "The Way I Choose"
7. "Movin' On"
8. "Seagull"

Disc Two
1. "Can't Get Enough" (Take 1)*
2. "Little Miss Fortune" (Demo Reel 1)*
3. "The Way I Choose" (Demo Reel 1)*
4. "Bad Company" (LMS Studio Reel 2-73 Session)*
5. "The Way I Choose" (Version 1 Inc. F/S)
6. "Easy On My Soul" (Long Version)
7. "Bad Company" (LMS Studio Reel 8-73 Session)*
8. Studio Chat/Dialogue
9. "Superstar Woman" (Long Version)*
10. "Can't Get Enough" (Single Edit)
11. "Little Miss Fortune" (B-side of "Can't Get Enough")*
12. "Easy On My Soul" (B-side of "Movin' On")*

Straight Shooter (1975)

Disc One
1. "Good Lovin' Gone Bad"
2. "Feel Like Makin' Love"
3. "Weep No More"
4. "Shooting Star"
5. "Deal With The Preacher"
6. "Wild Fire Woman"
7. "Anna"
8. "Call On Me"

Disc Two
1. "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" (Alternate Vocal & Guitar)*
2. "Feel Like Makin' Love" (Take Before Master)*
3. "Weep No More" (Early Slow Version)*
4. "Shooting Star" (Alternate Take)*
5. "Deal With The Preacher" (Early Version)*
6. "Anna" (Alternate Vocal)*
7. "Call On Me" (Alternate Take)*
8. "Easy On My Soul" (Slow Version)
9. "Whiskey Bottle" (Early Slow Version)
10. "See the Sunlight"
11. "All Night Long"
12. "Wild Fire Woman" (Alternate Vocal & Guitar)*
13. "Feel Like Makin' Love" (Harmonica Version)
14. "Whiskey Bottle" (B-side of "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" )

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lou Reed Not A Beatles Fan

Lou Reed said he "never liked" the Beatles and thought they were "garbage"....

Audio footage has emerged of late Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed labeling the Beatles as "garbage".

The clip is part of PBS' animated 'Blank On Blank' project, a series of videos which combine the audio of old interviews with famous artists with newly sketched animation.

As Rolling Stone report, the latest unearthed interview dates back to 1987 and sees Reed sharing his opinion on both the famous four and the Doors.

"When [bands] did try to get 'arty,' it was worse than stupid rock & roll," Reed says in the interview. "What I mean by 'stupid,' I mean, like, the Doors... I never liked the Beatles [either]. I thought they were garbage. If you say, 'Who did you like?' I liked nobody."

Reed also described the purpose of the Velvet Underground as being to "elevate the rock'n'roll song and take it where it hadn't been taken before". Watch the full 'Blank On Blank' interview below.

Reed passed away from liver disease on October 27, 2013 at the age of 71.

Reed's death leaves Cale and drummer Moe Tucker as the only surviving members of the pioneering New York art-rock group. Cale and Reed founded The Velvet Underground in 1965. They later enlisted guitarist Sterling Morrison, who died in 1995, and singer Nico, who contributed four songs to the band's debut and died in 1988.

The band released two albums together under the original line-up – 1967's The Velvet Underground & Nico and 1968's White Light/White Heat before Cale was replaced by Doug Yule later that year. They then released their self-titled third album in 1969, before 1970's Loaded, Reed quitting before 1973's Squeeze.

As well as his time in The Velvet Underground, Reed also had great success as a solo artist, with his second solo album 'Transformer' spawning world-renowned hits ''Walk On The Wild Side" and "Perfect Day."

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

'Fender Legends' Painting To Be Unveiled On Rock Legends Cruise III

"I've always been a huge music fan and thought that it would be a personal challenge to depict some of the great music legends that I have always admired," states fine artist Marc Lacourciere, who will be unveiling his latest, and perhaps greatest, painting titled, "Fender Legends," on board this week's Rock Legends Cruise III.

Lacourciere, considered one of the world's most sought after fine artists, has combined his passion for music with an extraordinary artistic talent to create the ultimate expression of musical performance art.

Over the years, he's painted everyone from Aerosmith to ZZ Top... many a rock notable from A to Z, including the Beatles, the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones.  

It's now the beginning of 2015 and to kick off the year, the artist is proud to announce his unique collaboration with the iconic musical instrument manufacturer, Fender, and his new "Fender Legends" painting honoring the greats.  

Two years in the making, Marc Lacourciere's "Fender Legends" painting features music pioneer Leo Fender and the following guitarists:

Jeff Beck    
James Burton
Eric Clapton
Kurt Cobain
Robert Cray
Sheryl Crow
Bob Dylan    
David Gilmour
Buddy Guy
George Harrison
Jimi Hendrix
Dusty Hill
Buddy Holly
James Jamerson
Mark Knopfler
Yngwie Malmsteen
Johnny Marr
Marcus Miller
Tom Morello
Malina Moye
Brad Paisley
Jaco Pastorius
Bonnie Raitt
Keith Richards
Bruce Springsteen
Joe Strummer
Pete Townshend
Keith Urban
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Muddy Waters
Brian Wilson
Ronnie Wood

Truly an epic tribute featuring some of the greatest legends to ever strap on, or plug in, a Fender guitar!

All immortalized on canvas to celebrate Fender's rich history and the artists that helped create it.
There will be 32 highly-collectible individually embellished artist proof (Exhibition Edition) canvases in all, numbering 1 through 32, each measuring 40" x 53".  

All licensed prints come framed with a Certificate of Authenticity (C.O.A.) and begin at $7500 (S & H not included).

What makes these prints even more collectible is the fact that each piece features an individual sketch on the back of one of the artists featured, making each truly unique... no two are the same.

In addition to the 32 prints offered to the public, a special "Leo Fender" print (with sketch) numbered "O" was created and is already spoken for...

As the official artist for all three Rock Legends Cruises, Lacourcierec will be donating partial proceeds from this week's onboard auction (and partial proceeds from sales through March 1, 2015) to the Native American Heritage Association, the charitable organization hosting, and benefiting from, the Cruise.

On the original Rock Legends Cruise in the fall of 2011, he did a painting of ZZ Top, the featured headliner, that was followed by a painting of Foreigner who headlined RLC II in January of 2013.

This year, a painting of Alice Cooper will also be displayed. Cooper will not only be rocking the boat but, signing one of the  "Welcome to my Nightmare" prints for charity.  

In addition to the Fender painting, other unveilings include two new art pieces on board RLC III including a non-music painting titled, "Spiritual Harmony."

For additional information on artist Marc Lacourciere, please see his official websites at and

Monday, February 16, 2015

Crosby & Nash Headline Benefit Concert For Seva Foundation

Crosby & Nash and their band will play a show on Saturday, April 11th at the Nourse Theatre in San Francisco, California. Joel Rafael will open the show and Wavy Gravy will host. All proceeds will benefit Seva Foundation.

Ticket prices are $50 - $125 and all seats are reserved. A very limited amount of VIP tickets are available. These are $500 each and include a front row center orchestra seat, a collectible laminate pass, a meet & greet reception after the show and a limited edition event poster.

As a duo, longtime creative partners David Crosby and Graham Nash bring out the best in each other, their distinct yet complementary styles balancing an equation that delivers a seamless and inspiring musical whole. Two-thirds and one-half, respectively, of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are legendary for their airtight and crystal-clear vocal harmonies, as sublime when delivered by simply these two together as they are from the larger configurations. It is a sound that’s one of the true touchstones of the rock ‘n' roll era.

Joel Rafael has been writing and performing folk music since 1978. Over the past four decades he has released a stunning collection of eight Americana albums, and has opened for acts such as Rick Danko, Emmylou Harris, John Lee Hooker, John Stewart, Laura Nyro and Taj Mahal. He has collaborated with artists such as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne and Rosie Flores.

Originally known as Hugh Romney, Wavy became famous in the counter culture movement when he stood on the stage of the original Woodstock concert and announced...." What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000!" Over the past three + decades, Wavy’s primary focus has been Camp Winnarainbow, a circus and performing arts camp for children that he co-directs with his wife Jahanara and raising FUN’ds for the Seva Foundation, which he co-founded in 1978 with Larry Brilliant, Ram Dass and a group of public health professionals. Wavy is also know as a Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor. Through his good work on behalf of the planet and its least fortunate residents, Wavy Gravy has achieved his own brand of sainthood.

Tickets for the Benefit For Seva are available at