Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Emerson, Lake & Palmer Limited Edition Picture Discs Available Online

The Emerson, Lake & Palmer limited edition vinyl picture discs, released as a box set on Record Store Day (April 20) from Razor & Tie, are now available exclusively from the Official Store of Emerson, Lake & Palmer (http://elp.merchnow.com).

The First Five: Picture Disc Collection brings the band’s first five studio albums together in one special vinyl package and is limited to 1250 units with each set individually numbered.

The box set contains Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Tarkus, Picture At An Exhibition, Trilogy, and Brain Salad Surgery.

Each album artwork is featured on the front and back of the picture disc, including the most famous cover, Brain Salad Surgery by artist H.R. Giger.

Limited quantities of individual discs are also available. Whichever way you purchase them, they're perfect for any ELP collector.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Jethro Tull Four DVD Live Set Coming June

Eagle Rock Entertainment is issuing Jethro Tull's Around The World Live, a four DVD set with a wealth of previously unreleased live performances, on June 25.

The release features classic tracks, including: “Aqualung,” “Cross-eyed Mary,” “Living In The Past,” “Too Old To Rock’n’Roll, Too Young To Die,” “Orion,” “Minstrel In The Gallery,” “Heavy Horses,” “Thick As A Brick,” “Nothing Is Easy,” “Budapest,” “Life Is A Long Song,” and many more.

The set pulls together material from Jethro Tull concerts across their career and filmed at some of their many stopovers around the globe. It reaches back as far as the legendary Isle Of Wight Festival in 1970 and as recently as the Estival in Lugano, Switzerland in 2005.

The set is packaged in a 32-page hardback book with two discs in each inside cover. Disc three of Around The World Live offers an insightful interview with Ian Anderson from the Hilversum 1999 session.

The book contains photos from Ian Anderson’s personal archive and a text on all the different shows by Joel McIver.  

Around The World Live charts Jethro Tull’s ever evolving music through blues to rock to folk to electronica with a frequently changing line-up anchored by the ever present frontman Ian Anderson.

TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE:
Isle Of Wight, England, 1970:
1) My Sunday Feeling   2) My God
Line-Up: Ian Anderson – vocals, flute, guitar; Martin Barre – guitar; Clive Bunker – drums; Glenn Cornick – bass; John Evan – keyboards
Tampa, Florida, USA, 1976:
1) Quartet (intro)   2) Thick As A Brick   3) Wond’ring Aloud   4) Crazed Institution   5) Barre (instrumental) / Drum Solo   6) Medley: To Cry You A Song / A New Day Yesterday / Bourée / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen   7) Living In The Past / Thick As A Brick   8) A New Day Yesterday (reprise)   9) Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll, Too Young To Die   10) Minstrel In The Gallery   11) Extract from Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 (Molto Vivace)
Line-Up: Ian Anderson – vocals, flute, guitar; Barriemore Barlow – drums; Martin Barre – guitar; John Evan – keyboards; John Glascock – bass
Munich, Germany, 1980:
1) Aqualung   2) Dark Ages   3) Home   4) Orion   5) Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll, Too Young To Die   6) Cross-eyed Mary   7) Minstrel In The Gallery   8) Locomotive Breath   9) Dambusters March
Line-Up: Ian Anderson – vocals, flute, guitar; Barriemore Barlow – drums; Martin Barre – guitar; John Evan – keyboards; David Palmer – keyboards; Dave Pegg - bass

DISC TWO:
Dortmund, Germany, 1982:
1) Pussy Willow   2) Heavy Horses
Line-up: Ian Anderson – vocals, flute, guitar; Martin Barre – guitar; Gerry Conway – drums; Dave Pegg – bass; Peter Vettese – keyboards
Loreley, Germany, 1986:
1) Black Sunday
Line-up: Ian Anderson – vocals, flute, guitar; Martin Barre – guitar; Dave Pegg – bass; Doane Perry – drums; Peter Vettese – keyboards
Santiago, Chile, 1996:
1) Roots To Branches   2) Rare And Precious Chain   3) Thick As A Brick   4) In The Grip Of Stronger Stuff   5) Dangerous Veils   6) Aqualung / Aquadiddly   7) Nothing Is Easy   8) Bourée   9) In The Moneylenders’ Temple   10) My God   11) Locomotive Breath

DISC THREE:
Hilversum, Holland, 1999:
1) Some Day The Sun Won’t Shine For You   2) Thick As A Break   3) Locomotive Breath   4) The Secret Language Of Birds   5) Dot Com   6) Fat Man   7) Bourée   8) In The Grip Of Stronger Stuff
London, England, 2001:
1) Cross-eyed Mary   2) Hunt By Numbers   3) My Sunday Feeling
Montreux, Switzerland, 2003:
1) Some Day The Sun Won’t Shine For You   2) Life Is A Long Song   3) Living In The Past

DISC FOUR:
Lugano, Switzerland, 2005:
1) Aqualung Intro   2) For A Thousand Mothers   3) Nothing Is Easy   4) Jack In The Green   5) Serenade To A Cuckoo   6) Beggar’s Farm   7) Boris Dancing   8) Weathercock   9) We Five Kings   10) Up To Me   11) Bourée   12) Mother Goose   13) Empty Café   14) Farm On The Freeway   15) Hymn 43   16) A New Day Yesterday   17) Budapest   18) Aqualung   19) Locomotive Breath   20) Protect And Survive   21) Cheerio
Line-up (1996 / 1999 / 2001 / 2003 / 2005):
Ian Anderson – vocals, flute, guitar; Martin Barre – guitar; Andy Giddings – keyboards; Jonathan Noyce – bass; Doane Perry - drums

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Robert Plant Presents The Sensational Space Shifters Announce North America Tour Dates

Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters has announced its first North American tour dates. This dynamic and powerful new incarnation of Plant’s musical vision has been touring the world, most recently in Australia and New Zealand.

The Brisbane Times said “What’s going on is further proof that Plant is far more imaginative, playful and adventurous than any cliche, a man who’s absorbed all the music he’s loved and played and sought out the musicians to explore that,” while Adelaide Now hailed, “The Sensational Space Shifters are everything their name suggests.”

One of a generation of British kids, drawn without rhyme or reason, to sounds from a far away world. A world of field holler, despair, Levee camp and chain- gang moans; of Saturday night fish-fry and Juke Joint foot stomp. A million miles lay between the brooding pulse of Mississippi Delta life and the sanitized shelter of the timid English boy, circa 1962.

Fifty years on — drawing from a lifetime of adventures, tracking the dark, beautiful resonator, Plant follows his heart and lifts his voice higher and joyous ever away. A voice of experience and learning from the sounds of Southside Chicago Electric Blues; of Griot mantras from West Africa; from Louisiana Dance Halls; Greenwich Village Folk hangover; Haight Ashbury indulgences; Moroccan medina breakbeat; the early English radical techno materials, Texas two-step and Bristol Dubstep.

Before his recent projects in Nashville with Alison Krauss and Band of Joy, Plant worked alongside the very interesting force, “Strange Sensation,” recording the critically acclaimed, multi-Grammy nominated albums – Dreamland and Mighty Rearranger. From this platform, Sensational Space Shifters has developed. Now together these confederates and conspirators dig deeper and more intensely, always twisting and turning, bringing the past into a brilliant technicolor present.

Plant revels in the excitement generated by the collision of these remarkably powerful forces. Though his contribution to Pop Culture began with his work with Led Zeppelin, his path since has been uncompromising: keep it fresh, spin the bottle, dig deep, embrace the past – visit it – celebrate it – but don’t build a home in it.

The confirmed tour dates are below. For tickets, visit TicketMaster.

June 20: Dallas, TX – Palladium
June 21: Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
June 23: Austin, TX – Moody Theater
June 26: Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Auditorium
June 28: Santa Barbara, CA – County Bowl
June 29: Berkeley, CA – Berkeley Greek
July 2:  Jacksonville, OR – Britt Festival
July 4:  Quincy, CA – High Sierra Festival
July 6:  George, WA – Jambase Festival
July 7:  Portland, OR – Portland Blues Festival
July 10:  Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
July 12:  Chicago, IL – Grant Park
July 13:  Memphis, TN – Live In The Garden
July 14:  Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
July 17:  New Orleans, LA – Mahalia Jackson Theater
July 19:  Atlanta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
July 20:  Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheatre
July 22:  Vienna, VA – Wolftrap
July 24:  Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
July 25:  Boston, MA – B of A Pavilion
July 27:  Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Eagles' Upcoming Tour May Be Their Last

Glenn Frey of the Eagles says that their upcoming History of the Eagles Tour may be the last for the band.

Group members spoke with the press in London on Thursday after the premier of their History of the Eagles documentary. Frey broached the subject of their touring future, saying "We’re about to begin rehearsals next month for our world tour. I don’t want to say it’s our last world tour, but it very well could be. That’s the only immediate plan. We’ve been working on this documentary. That’s all I know."

He went on to say he was amazed at the group's ongoing popularity. "It’s somewhat confounding, but people still want to see us play. It doesn’t seem to end for us. You’d think people would get tired of us. But you know, people haven’t."

The upcoming tour will be different from those in the past, utilizing video from the documentary into a show that covers the band's career along with a bit from the solo catalogs of each of the members.

Friday, April 26, 2013

David Bowie Comments (Sort Of) On 'The Next Day'

David Bowie has remained tight-lipped throughout his grand return this year, refusing to grant interviews or comment on his comeback album The Next Day.

Yet American novelist Ricky Moody, best known for 1994 novel The Ice Storm and here writing for literary website The Rumpus, has apparently persuaded Bowie to comment – in a manner – on his album, after asking for a "work flow diagram" explaining his creative approach.

Moody writes: "…I wanted to think about [the album] in light of what he was thinking about it, I wanted to understand the lexicon of  The Next Day, and so I simply asked if he would provide this list of words about his album, assuming, like everyone else waving madly trying to get his attention, that there was not a chance in hell that I would get this list, because who the fuck am I, some novelist killing time writing occasionally about music, and yet astonishingly the list appeared, and it appeared without further comment, which is really excellent, and exactly in the spirit of this album, and the list is far better than I could ever have hoped, and it’s exactly like Bowie, at least in my understanding of him, impulsive, intuitive, haunted, astringent, and incredibly ambitious in the matter of the arts…"

The full list of words Bowie sent to Moody is as follows:

Effigies
Indulgences
Anarchist
Violence
Chthonic
Intimidation
Vampyric
Pantheon
Succubus
Hostage
Transference
Identity
Mauer
Interface
Flitting
Isolation
Revenge
Osmosis
Crusade
Tyrant
Domination
Indifference
Miasma
Pressgang
Displaced
Flight
Resettlement
Funereal
Glide
Trace
Balkan
Burial
Reverse
Manipulate
Origin
Text
Traitor
Urban
Comeuppance
Tragic
Nerve
Mystification

Meanwhile, Bowie was recently spotted wearing long brown religious robes alongside actor Gary Oldman on set for the video for The Next Day, which will be the third single from the same name.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Black Sabbath Confirm Full North American Tour

Following the overwhelming response to the initial announcement of just four tour dates, Black Sabbath have now confirmed a full 20-city North American trek. 

Launching July 25 in Houston, TX, the tour will include shows in Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and other major markets, along with the previously announced stops in Holmdel, NJ (NY-area), Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto, ON.

Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale starting Friday, May 3 at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com

Beginning today, fans can visit http://bit.ly/Sabbath_RSVP to RSVP for early access to pre-sale tickets available Thursday, May 2.  VIP Packages are also available at VIPNation.com.

Black Sabbath launched their world tour on Saturday, April 20 with two shows in Auckland, NZ.  They are now in Australia for performances in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, before heading to Tokyo for the first-ever Ozzfest in Japan on May 12.

Along the overseas tour, Black Sabbath are previewing music from their forthcoming 13.  On the new album, due out June 11, the band that defined heavy metal picks up immediately where they left off with eight sprawling songs (five of them are over eight minutes) that possess every ounce of the maniacal vitality of the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees’ trailblazing work in the '70s.

Songs such as “End of the Beginning,” “Loner,” “Dear Father” and “Age of Reason” reinforce 13’s testament to the enduring relevance of Sabbath's long-running reign.  Produced by Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year), 13 will be released on Vertigo (worldwide) and Vertigo/Republic in the U.S.

Below are dates and venues announced for Black Sabbath's tour of North America.

7/25 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, TX         
7/27 - Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX           
7/29 - Live Nation Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL            
7/31 - Cruzan Amphitheatre - W. Palm Beach, FL
8/2 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA          
8/4 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ          
8/6 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI           
8/8 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT       
8/10 - Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA    
8/12 - Comcast Center - Boston, MA          
8/14 - Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON        
8/16 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL      
8/18 -  Klipsch Music Center        Indianapolis, IN     
8/22 - Rogers Arena        Vancouver, BC     
8/24 - Gorge Amphitheatre        Seattle, WA        
8/26 - Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View - San Francisco, CA 
8/28 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Irvine, CA            
8/30 - US Airways Cente - Phoenix, AZ          
9/1 - MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, NV      
9/3 - Los Angeles Sports Arena - Los Angeles, CA    

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Jack White, Neil Young Record Tracks In Third Man Vinyl Booth


Jack White laid down a version of Loretta Lynn's classic country song "Coal Miner's Daughter" in the Third Man Records recording booth in Nashville during Record Store Day.

Neil Young also recorded a song in the booth. Details of his track have not yet been released.

The 1947 Voice-o-Graph is the only public vinyl record recording booth in the world. 111 seconds of audio can be recorded in the booth and the audio is cut to a six-inch phonograph disc.

A host of fans queued at the Third Man Records store in Nashville to use the booth during the weekend. The Third Man blog says:

"Whether it was a marriage proposal, folk song, last will and testament, poem, one act play, a Sir-Mix-a-Lot cover or birthday greetings, accompanied by everything from a vintage 1920's Gibson mandolin, a boombox or an iPhone, every last recording from the booth was inspired and fulfilling."

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Heaven & Earth's 'Dig' Released, AOL Listening Party Streaming Now

“…it has been quite some time anyone has heard a solid album’s worth of this particular style of music — majestic, triumphant, straight forward rock, without any of today's assembly line, paint-by-numbers blandness…Dig offers up 12 compositions, that will…satisfy…fans of solid musicianship, excellent songwriting skills, and music that stands above whatever is being passed off as rock music today…Music of this caliber deserves to be heard.”
--Bruce Forrest, VINTAGEROCK.COM, April 8, 2013
Heaven & Earth release their much anticipated new album Dig on Quarto Valley Records. AOL MUSIC recently premiered Dig--which fuses elements of hard rock, blues and bits of classical with bravado and a razor-sharp focus--in their Full CD Listening Party feature to celebrate the album release. You can hear Dig in full at AOL MUSIC now through April 29 at http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds#/5.

Heaven & Earth hosted a record release party (April 10) to commemorate the release of Dig at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood where they performed the album live for the first time, underlining their high caliber of musicianship and uniformly strong songs.

VINTAGEROCK.COM noted, “...Together, singer Joe Retta, guitarist Stuart Smith, bassist Chuck Wright, drummer Richie Onari and keyboardist Ed Roth re-introduced the feeling of a big and splashy rock ‘n roll show, lunging over with tight musicianship, catchy songs, a strong presentation…"

Dig was produced by Dave Jenkins -- who’s turned the knobs for everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power --- and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and David Paich (Toto).

The album’s first single “No Money, No Love” and its controversial video has already logged over 265,000 views in just a month. You can see it at http://tinyurl.com/cdopr5d.

As the band's founder and visionary, Smith says about Dig, "I feel that with the crafting of the songs on this album, the incredible band we’ve put together, especially with powerhouse vocalist Joe Retta and the unwavering support of Quarto Valley Records' President, Bruce Quarto, we really have a shot at getting Heaven & Earth the attention it deserves. This album is by far, the best thing I have ever done in my life!"

For the latest on Heaven & Earth, visit heavenandearthband.com

Monday, April 22, 2013

Styx, REO Speedwagon To Donate Show Proceeds To Boston Marathon Bombings Victims

At every stop along the “The Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express” tour with Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent, which kicked off in Grand Forks, ND last week at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, Styx’s Rock to the Rescue charity organization will be giving away a guitar signed by all three acts as part of a silent raffle.   75% of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity in Boston to help victims of the recent explosions.  The remaining 25% will be given to local charities in the respective tour market.

"Like all Americans, we have watched the events in Boston and wondered what we could we do to help.  We know the fans of all three bands will once again rise with us to help our friends in Boston.  We Are Boston!”  -- Styx

"We feel such sadness for those innocent people in Boston who have suffered so much and are still suffering now.  We think of those victims of senseless violence as we sign the guitar which is to be donated on their behalf each night.  In our small way, we do what we do."  -- REO Speedwagon  

“The Nugent band and family are surrounded by Americans who care deeply about each other and are dedicated to give all we got in times of need.  We again face a tragedy that we can all help with, and are proud of this charitable heart and soul effort.”  – Ted Nugent

Spearheaded by Tommy Shaw’s daughter, Hannah Shaw, Rock to the Rescue is a 501 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country.  As of last year, at every Styx tour date Rock to the Rescue partners with a local group to give back through community outreach, fundraising, and volunteer support.

Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of Styx singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon singer/keyboardist/guitarist Kevin Cronin.  The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. 

For more info, go to  www.rocktotherescue.net and www.facebook.com/rocktotherescue.

Check out “The Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express” tour at the following stops:

Tue 4/23 - Mass Mutual Center - Springfield, MA                  
Wed 4/24 - Glens Falls Civic Center - Glens Falls, NY          
Fri 4/26 - IZOD Center - East Rutherford, NJ                             
Sat 4/27 - Farm Bureau Live @ VA Beach - Virginia Beach, VA
Sun 4/28 - Roanoke Civic Center - Roanoke, VA               
Wed 5/1 - Germain Arena - Estero, FL                        
Fri 5/3 - St. Augustine Amphitheatre - St. Augustine, FL       
Sat 5/4 - Live Nation Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL          
Sun 5/5 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA                   
Tue 5/7 - Verizon Theatre  - Grand Prairie, TX          
Wed 5/8 - BOK Center - Tulsa, OK                           
Fri 5/10 - Starlight Theatre - Kansas City, MO          
Sat 5/11 - Pinewood Bowl Theatre - Lincoln, NE                  
Tue 5/14 - Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, MI                 
Wed 5/15 - Ford Center - Evansville, IN                        
Fri 5/17 - Resch Center - Green Bay, WI                           
Sat 5/18 -Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre -  St. Louis, MO               
Sun 5/19 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA                         


Styx
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REO Speedwagon
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Ted Nugent
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Heart's Ann & Nancy Wilson Reflect On Rock Hall Induction


At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles last Thursday night (April 11th), Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson saluted past members of their band who were absent from the festivities.

Six members of the late 1970s edition of Heart were inducted into the Hall -- the Wilson sisters plus Michael DeRosier, Roger Fisher, Steven Fossen and Howard Leese. However, key players from Heart's 1980s lineup -- bassist Mark Andes and drummer Danny Carmassi -- were omitted from the induction (a determination made by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame).

Ann Wilson specifically noted Andes and Carmassi, saying that she and her sister "absolutely" share the honor with them. "They should be here. They really should be here. (The honor is) for everybody who's been in this band. Nancy and I represent Heart tonight, but Heart is a lot of people."

Andes and Carmassi played on Heart's albums released between 1983 and 1991, including the band's only No. 1 Billboard 200 album: 1985's Heart. In that era, the group logged a string of seven top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including their two No. 1s: 1986's "These Dreams" and 1987's "Alone."

The current lineup of Heart, led of course by Ann and Nancy Wilson, will hit the road on June 17 for a tour that has scheduled dates through Sept. 21. Joining the band will be Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. Heart's most recent album, 2012's Fanatic, debuted and peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 12 on the Rock Albums chart. It sold 43,000 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Neal Preston's Book 'Led Zeppelin: Sound And Fury' Hits #1 On Apple's iBookstore


Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury, an illustrated digital book by famed photographer Neal Preston, has rocketed to the top of the charts on the iBookstore in the US and Canada. This collection features over 250 photographs of Zeppelin onstage and behind the scenes (including over 100 previously unpublished images), 80 original proof sheets, audio and video commentary by Preston and others who worked with the band, an in-depth look at Neal's gear and technique, rare memorabilia, set lists, and extensive text - including an introduction by Stevie Nicks and reflections by other artists.

Created with Apple's digital book creation app, iBooks Author, this multi-touch experience on the iPad is unprecedented in its visual style and layouts, letting the reader explore never-before-seen shots of Led Zeppelin.

No photographer was granted the access to Led Zeppelin that Neal Preston had. Any photo of the band from the post-1973 era familiar to fans is probably one of Preston's images. Led Zeppelin: Sound And Fury immerses you in the band's inner circle with brilliant on-stage performance photos, backstage candid shots, intimate images from on-board the band's two private planes, as well as snapshots from press conferences, movie premieres, private band parties and more.

Neal Preston's career began when he was still in high school and continues today. His photographs have appeared in every conceivable media outlet: on the covers and in the pages of world-class magazines and newspapers, to books, television shows, feature films, Broadway show programs and billboards, vinyl, CD and DVD packages; almost literally everywhere.

His client list is a virtual who's-who of rock royalty including The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Queen and Fleetwood Mac. His archive, a body of work spanning almost four decades, is regarded as one of the music industry's most extensive and significant photo collections. Preston's archive was the key source of photographs for VH1's acclaimed Behind the Music documentary series, providing over one thousand still photos used in 50 episodes. In 1985, Preston was chosen as one of the official photographers for Bob Geldof's Live Aid concert at London's Wembley Stadium. In 1988, his association with Bruce Springsteen helped land him the job as official tour photographer for Amnesty International's landmark ''Conspiracy of Hope'' tour.

Led Zeppelin: Sound And Fury is available now exclusively on the iBookstore for $9.99 from  iTunes.com/iBookstore.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers Top Lineup For 2013 Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival


Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, have announced the lineup for the sixth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival.

The world's only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone called "one of America's best," will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 9 - 11, 2013. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday April 18 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department.

The 2013 music lineup is once again purposefully dynamic and diverse. From Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails and Phoenix to Kaskade, Vampire Weekend, Pretty Lights, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, D'Angelo and The National to Grizzly Bear, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Young the Giant and Band of Horses to the quickly rising The Head and the Heart, Yeasayer, Foals, Dawes, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Youth Lagoon, Gary Clark Jr., Kurt Vile and the Violators, Zedd, Smith Westerns, Twenty One Pilots, Daughter, Dillon Francis, The Lone Bellow and The Men, to local Bay Area artists The Mother Hips, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Camper Van Beethoven, The Soft White Sixties, Midi Matilda, Bhi Bhiman, Locura and The Easy Leaves and so much more, Outside Lands 2013 has developed into a vortex of music discovery, exposing fans to legendary artists, current favorites as well as on-the-verge breaking acts. The complete lineup is below.

Taking its reputation as the world's only gourmet music festival seriously, Outside Lands will once again expand on its food and drink options in 2013. Last year, the festival offered a record-breaking total of over 200 menu items, and introduced Beer Lands with over 30 California craft brews, and Outside Lambs, devoted to the deliciousness of the lamb. The Outside Lands food and drink lineup is forthcoming later this Spring.

Now in its sixth year, the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival has become a cherished event that the city of San Francisco has embraced as fans from across the country flock to spend an incomparable weekend in one of America's greatest parks.

Each year, festival organizers ensure that every facet of the event highlights the Bay Area and all of the components that make it one of the most desirable places to live and visit. They also like to the say thank you to the city and the local communities surrounding the park by giving back in substantial ways. In its first five years, Outside Lands has raised over $6 million for the benefit of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. A 2011 economic study reported that the festival generates over $60 million annually to the San Francisco economy.

Confirmed Outside Lands 2013 lineup is below:

Paul McCartney
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Nine Inch Nails
Phoenix
Kaskade
Vampire Weekend
Pretty Lights
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
D'Angelo
The National
Jurassic 5
Willie Nelson & Family
Grizzly Bear
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Young The Giant
Band of Horses
A-Trak
The Head and The Heart
Yeasayer
Matt & Kim
Zedd
The Tallest Man on Earth
Foals
Dawes
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Youth Lagoon
Gary Clark Jr.
Jessie Ware
Dillon Francis
Kurt Vile and the Violators
Emeli Sandé
The Mother Hips
Surfer Blood
Chromatics
The Growlers
Rudimental
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Camper Van Beethoven
Smith Westerns
Bombino
Wavves
Fishbone
Milo Greene
Atlas Genius
Anuhea
Twenty One Pilots
The Heavy
Daughter
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Wild Belle
King Tuff
The Lone Bellow
MS MR
Little Green Cars
James McCartney
The Soft White Sixties
Deap Vally
The Men
Midi Matilda
Kopecky Family Band
Houndmouth
Foy Vance
Bhi Bhiman
LoCura
Naia Kete
The Easy Leaves


More artists, restaurants, wineries to be announced in the coming weeks. Check out www.sfoutsidelands.com.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Live Music’s Charms, Soothing Premature Hearts

From the New York Times

Even the Beatles would have had trouble recognizing their peppy song in the lullaby that Andrea Zalkin sang to the tiny, fragile baby clutched to her chest in the neonatal unit. But there was something unintentionally poignant in the title she chose for her son: “Eight Days a Week” is more time than can fit on the calendar. Ms. Zalkin’s baby, Hudson, born 13 weeks early, has had too little time.

As she sang, monitors showed Hudson’s heartbeat slowing and his oxygen saturation increasing. Effects like that were among the findings of a new study on the use of music as medicine.

Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City led the research, conducted in 11 hospitals, which found that live music can be beneficial to premature babies. In the study, music therapists helped parents transform their favorite tunes into lullabies.

The researchers concluded that live music, played or sung, helped to slow infants’ heartbeats, calm their breathing, improve sucking behaviors important for feeding, aid sleep and promote states of quiet alertness. Doctors and researchers say that by reducing stress and stabilizing vital signs, music can allow infants to devote more energy to normal development.

And while the effects may be subtle, small improvements can be significant. Premature births have increased since 1990, to nearly 500,000 a year, one of every nine children born in the United States.

The study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, adds to growing research on music and preterm babies. Some hospitals find music as effective as, and safer than, sedating infants before procedures like heart sonograms and brain monitoring. Some neonatologists say babies receiving music therapy leave hospitals sooner, which can aid development and family bonding and save money.

Dr. Thomas Truman, the director of neonatal and pediatric intensive care at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Florida, which was not involved in the study, said infants who had music played to them went home earlier “at least by a couple of days, compared to babies that weren’t getting music therapy.”

The music, he said, “helps decrease their stress response” and “really devote more of their oxygen and calories to developing and growing.”

One reason may be that music is organized, purposeful sound amid the unpredictable, overstimulating noise of neonatal units. “Loud machinery, medical rounds coming through with 12 people, alarms on ventilators and pumps, the hiss of oxygen,” said Helen Shoemark, a music researcher at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. “Sound can be damaging. But meaningful noise is important for a baby’s brain development.”

Scientists are far from done determining music’s impact, and there are certainly those who are skeptical about its medical value.

Dr. Manoj Kumar, a neonatologist at Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, said that while “studies have shown a benefit in heart rate and respiratory rate,” it is unclear whether that prompts clinical improvements, like removing oxygen or feeding tubes sooner, questions that the Pediatrics study did not tackle.

The two-year study, larger and more systematic than many efforts to scientifically evaluate art’s impact, separated musical elements — rhythm, melody, timbre — to see effects on heartbeat, breathing, sucking, alertness and sleep.

Over two weeks, 272 premature babies underwent several sessions of two instruments, singing and no music at all. The instruments and lullaby singing style were intended to approximate womb sounds, said Joanne Loewy, the study’s leader and the director of Beth Israel’s Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine.

Two-tone heartbeat rhythms were played on a “gato box,” a rectangular wooden drum. Whooshing sounds came from an “ocean disc,” a cylinder containing shifting metal beads. For melody, parents were asked for a favorite song. If it wasn’t a lullaby (someone chose “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”; another, “Pick Up the Pieces,” by Average White Band), therapists slowed it, changed meters to lilting waltzes and adjusted lyrics.

“Lots of times you see parents bopping the baby up and down on their lap, and there’s no purpose to it,” Dr. Loewy said. “You don’t feel the music intention as much as if you have a song that a parent has chosen.”

If parents did not specify, researchers used"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."Tempos were coordinated with babies’ vital signs, indicated not only by monitors but also by eye movements and a chest’s rise and fall.

Researchers found that the gato box, the ocean disc and singing all slowed a baby’s heart rate, though singing seemed to be most effective. Singing also increased the time babies stayed quietly alert. Sucking behavior improved most with the gato box. The breathing rate slowed the most and sleeping was the best with the ocean disc.

Babies hearing songs their parents chose had better feeding behavior and gained more calories than those who heard “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” But the"Twinkle"babies had slightly more oxygen saturation in their blood. The music also lowered parental stress, the study found.

Dr. Loewy, who trains therapists worldwide, said it did not matter whether parents or music therapists sang, or whether babies were in incubators or held. So they would not have to buy the instruments, parents were taught to mimic them.

Dr. Lance A. Parton, associate director of the regional neonatal intensive care unit at Westchester Medical Center’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, which participated in the research, said it would be useful to see if music could help the sickest and most premature babies, who were not in the study.

“There’s definitely a big buzz about music therapy,” Dr. Parton said. “It used to be only academic ivory tower institutions. But with all the high-tech things we can do for babies, there are many low-tech things — and music therapy is part of that.”

While the Pediatrics study involved live music, some programs use recordings. Jayne M. Standley, a professor of medical music therapy at Florida State University, developed the Pacifier Activated Lullaby, a pacifier that plays recordings of women singing when infants suck correctly, speeding the babies’ ability to feed independently.

“Live music is optimal because it’s in the moment and can adapt to changing conditions,” Dr. Standley said. “If the baby appears to be falling asleep, you can sing quieter. Recorded music can’t do that. But there are so many premature babies and so few trained live producers of music therapy that it’s important to know what recorded music can do.”

At Beth Israel, Ms. Zalkin, who said she had discovered that she was pregnant only a week before giving birth in March, said it can feel overwhelming to suddenly have a baby, let alone one who weighed 2 ½ pounds when born. She joined Beth Israel’s music therapy program after the study ended.

“With the beeping and the scary noises and the people running around, that’s something that I can’t change,” Ms. Zalkin said. She chose “Eight Days a Week,” she said, because “I grew up on the Beatles.” The therapist, Angela Ferraiuolo-Thompson, changed it to a slow waltz, eventually eliminating the actual lyrics but adding “Baby Hudson” and “aah.”

Recently, Ms. Ferraiuolo-Thompson, strumming a guitar, directed Ms. Zalkin to sing slower to soothe Hudson’s hiccups.

“It changes the way he’s breathing and I’m breathing, it changes his behavior,” Ms. Zalkin said. “Music therapy, it’s something you can do.”

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Return Of London

A star attraction on the Sunset Strip a generation ago, London was once a breeding ground for rock stardom for some of the early members like Nikki Sixx, Slash, Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin and Blackie Lawless, but there is now a lot to more to London after a flurry of creativity has breathed new life into the band.

Frontman Nadir D’Priest, the iconic pretty boy heartthrob now all grown up, still has the same star qualities that made London such a buzz band back in the day, and he is singing better than ever -- as the world will soon find out upon the release of a live new CD for London Live, recorded in Nashville and engineered by the legendary Michael Wagener.

“I knew the record would have to sound big, and it sounds humongous. That’s the best way I can put it,” D’Priest said. “There was a specific sound we needed. It had to sound large or it wouldn’t even be worth doing, and Michael Wagener is great because he’s one of the superstars of producing.”

Still in place is guitarist Sean Lewis, who has been in London since 1987, and bassist Brian West, whose London pedigree goes back to 1984. Also, London has pulled a big coup by reuniting with legendary drummer Alan Krigger, a founding member of Giuffria who joined briefly in 1988 and has also played with Tina Turner, Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys and other superstars.

“It’s an honor to play for London. It’s just a great band to be in,” Krigger said.

There are big plans. In addition to the heavily-anticipated London Live, there is a batch of new songs just begging to see the light of the day, and a large-scale tour is planned for the summer.
Instead of being a feeder best known for being featured in Decline of Western Civilization Part 2, London is primed and ready to carve a deeper niche with a revitalized comeback that is sure to make the band not just the talk of the town in Hollywood – a badge London has worn since the spandex days – but now the whole world.

“There’s also a lot of interest in this kind of music again, and it’s a worldwide interest,” D’Priest said. “The demand is there and it exceeds the Southern California area. Our number one goal is to show people a good time and have a good time ourselves, and that will never change.”

London was formed in 1978 by Nikki Sixx and Lizzie Grey. The lineup shuffled and at times including future Guns N’ Roses guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin future WASP singer/bassist Blackie Lawless and future Cinderella drummer Fred Coury.

Once D’Priest joined in 1984, London really began to take off. The band recorded Non-Stop Rock and Don’t Cry Wolf, then was introduced to a worldwide audience in 1988 Penelope Spheeris film The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years.

A third album in 1990 called Playa Del Rock was released, and at this point the band was sometimes called D’Priest. Frustratingly, the band was still trying to find its grip on mass appeal by this time – why London did not sell millions of records is among rock’s great mysteries – but D’Priest refused to let go of the vision.

Sixteen years passed, and D’Priest dedicated his life to raising a family and being financially successful in business, but as the years went by he learned more than anything that rock and roll was in his blood. He has stayed in great shape – mind, body and spirit – and eventually an overwhelming urge not just to get up on stage again and the music flow through his body but also to finish what he started, D’Priest was more and more convinced that London is a band the singer could not turn his back on.

London is primed and ready to go from footnote to big toe, and the good news is the band has never sounded better. It’s easier than ever to reach fans at the simple press of a button, and London is ready to rock again – and this time they plan to play loud enough that everyone can hear. And they do mean everyone.
London Live is produced by London and engineered by Michael Wagener. Roy Z Ramirez (Halford, Bruce Dickinson) provided additional mixes, and Maor Appelbaum (Halford, Bruce Dickinson) did the mastering.

London is also releasing two new tracks, “Get Back Home,” written by D’Priest and West, along with “Tu Cultura y Tu Nacion,” London’s first Rock En Español single (written by D’Priest) also featuring renowned keyboardist Teddy “Zig Zag” Andreadis, who toured with Guns N’ Roses during Appetite For Destruction and Use Your Illusion.” London is in pre-production for the filming of music videos for both new songs.

Also, London is re-releasing its cult classic LP “Don’t Cry Wolf” on both CD and vinyl (with two different album covers, too) through their website at londontheband.net.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Why David Bowie Didn't Perform At London 2012 Olympics

Filmmaker Danny Boyle says he tried to persuade David Bowie to participate in last summer’s Olympics Opening Ceremony — and the reclusive rocker proved more intimidating than Queen Elizabeth.

“I went to see him because I wanted him to appear,” Boyle said during an interview to promote his new movie Trance, which opens Friday.

“We met in New York, which was a big thing for me, because he’s a hero of mine, a serious hero. You meet a lot of people, including the Queen, who don’t really make you nervous. But I was really nervous meeting him.

“He sadly didn’t want to do anything live. But I’d still love to do something with him.”

Even though Boyle couldn’t prod Bowie out of semi-retirement — the rocker hasn’t toured in nearly a decade, and shocked fans with his recent release of The Next Day, his first album in 10 years — the filmmaker at least managed to get Her Majesty to participate in a well-received 007 spoof at the Olympics.

And Bowie did have unofficial involvement in the making of Trance, a psycho thriller set in the art theft underworld. All through the making of the film, which Boyle shot in London while also working on the Olympics, he listened to Low, Bowie’s 1977 collaboration with Brian Eno that is hailed as an early triumph of electronic music.

“It’s funny, but for some reason you can’t always rationalize, certain songs or albums just trick you into focus,” Boyle said.

“We initially started the Trance soundtrack with that very much in mind, and there’s an element of Low that remains in the film … Low is an extraordinary landmark in electronic music, the beginning of it, really.”

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Rock On the Range Announce LineUp, Tickets On Sale Friday

The daily band lineup for the seventh annual Rock On The Range has been announced. America’s premier destination rock festival -- Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Ohio -- will feature performances from some of rock’s biggest names, including: Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn (reunited with founding guitarist Brian “Head” Welch”), Cheap Trick, Bush, Stone Sour and many more on the Monster Main Stage, Pabst Blue Ribbon Stage, and Jägermeister Stage. The daily performance lineup is as follows:

Friday, May 17:  Korn, Cheap Trick, Buckcherry, Hollywood Undead, In Flames, Oleander, Mindset Evolution, XFACTOR1, Love and Death, American Fangs

Saturday, May 18: Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, A Day To Remember, Bullet for My Valentine, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, All That Remains, Black Veil Brides, Pop Evil, Clutch, The Sword, Motionless In White, Otherwise, Young Guns, Red Line Chemistry, Gemini Syndrome, Heaven’s Basement, Scorpion Child

Sunday, May 19:  Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Bush, Volbeat, Skillet, Lamb Of God, Steel Panther, Device, In This Moment, Sevendust, Sick Puppies, Ghost B.C., Red, Big Wreck, Deuce, Middle Class Rut, Thousand Foot Krutch, Beware Of Darkness, O’Brother, and the FOX TV winner TBA

Single-day tickets for Rock On The Range go on sale Friday, April 12 at 10:00 AM ET. Friday tickets will be available for just $39.50 plus service fees, while Saturday and Sunday tickets will be $69.50 each, plus service fees. Weekend Stadium GA tickets (for Friday, Saturday and Sunday) are still available for $119.50 (plus fees). Weekend Field GA tickets, Stadium GA ticket “4-packs,” VIP Packages, Hotel and Camping packages are now sold out. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.RockOnTheRange.com.

As part of the festival enhancements in 2013, festival organizers, in conjunction with festival sponsors Old Milwaukee and the Pabst Brewing Co., have added a comedy tent for Saturday and Sunday. “The Old Milwaukee Comedy Tent” will feature performances from Jim Florentine (from VH1’s That Metal Show, Ari Shafir, Big Jay Oakerson, Bill Arrundale, Rod Paulette, Dan Swartwout, Bill Squire, and more on the Funny Bone Stage.

Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, Rock On The Range is a multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent lineup of bands on three stages and is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Jägermeister, Old Milwaukee, and f.y.e. The nationally renowned festival, centrally located in the heart of the country, has annually drawn weekend crowds in excess of 70,000 since its inception in 2007.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Producer/Engineer Andy Johns Dead At 61

Andy Johns, the veteran producer and engineer who worked on classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and many others, has died at the age of 61. 
No cause of death was immediately available for the British-born Johns, the younger brother and uncle, respectively, of fellow producer/engineers Glyn Johns and Ethan Johns. However, Blades said liver trouble was one reason why Johns had been hospitalized.

Twitter quickly filled up with tributes: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot drummer Chad Smith wrote that Johns "made some of my favorite all time records," while former Deep Purple and Black Sabbath member Glenn Hughes tweeted "Larger than life-You are loved Andy." Former Go-Gos member Kathy Valentine's advice was to "Crank up #ExileOnMainStreet and help send his soul off to the big mixing board in the sky."

"I am deeply shocked to hear of the passing of a dear friend and fellow producer/engineer who had fantastic ears and was a member of a special club of guys who were raised and taught the 'right way' by the best British engineers. The records he made were some of the greatest in rock and roll," Eddie Kramer, a peer of Johns who has produced and engineered Led Zeppelin and KISS, among many others, said.

Born in Surrey and a student at the King's School in Gloucester, Johns put aside an early ambition "to be the next greatest bass player of all time" to follow his brother into the studio world. "It looked a lot better than working," Johns told Universal Audio. He began his career as a tape operator at London's famed Olympic Studios, helping Eddie Kramer on sessions for the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Axis: Bold as Love.

"In those days you could go into one studio and Joe Cocker was working, and then you're working with Jimi Hendrix in Studio One, or down the corridor Eric Clapton is doing something," Johns recalled. "It was a serious center. A lot of talent was there." Johns produced early albums by Blodwyn Pig (Ahead Rings Out), Humble Pie (As Safe As Yesterday Is, Town and Country) and Free (Free, Free Live!, Heartbreaker), as well as Television's landmark Marquee Moon in 1977.

Johns' engineering resume, meanwhile, was dotted with landmark sets by the Stones -- including Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street, Goats Head Soup and It's Only Rock 'n' Roll -- Led Zeppelin’s II, IV, Houses Of The Holy and Physical Graffiti as well as albums by Mott the Hoople, Jethro Tull and many more.

Johns relocated to Los Angeles during the 1970s, where he worked with Van Halen, Joni Michell, Ozzy Osbourne, Cinderella and Eddie Money. Over the past dozen years he worked on albums by Hughes, Godsmack, Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders and others. 


Johns once told music tech blogger Bobby Owsinski that the key to his approach was taking a total overview to the sound of a piece. "I don't build mixes... I start with everything," Johns explained. "Most of the people that listen to and tweak one instrument at a time get crap. You've just got to go through it with the whole thing up because every sound affects every other sound."


Johns also told Universal Audio that to him "fidelity is obviously of prime importance. My idea is to make it sound as if you are in the best rehearsal that the band ever did, and you are about 12 feet back from the stage, in a nice rehearsal place... You're supposed to be there and feel them playing."


Joe Satriani recalled that Johns' philosophy was key to Chickenfoot's 2009 debut album. "He was great at capturing very evocative performances," Satriani said. "He was great at capturing the chemistry between rhythm sections, and he knew exactly how to layer rhythm guitars. He knew when you just needed one or if you need 15. I was all about the composition and the band. Andy always knew when there was something good to record, and when he didn't like something he would tell you that you were full of sh-- and leave the room -- which was good, too, because sometimes you need somebody to set you straight."


Steve Miller said Johns inspired his last two Steve Miller Band albums, 2010's Bingo! and 2011's Let Your Hair Down, which were recorded at George Lucas' Skywalker Studios. "Andy and I were working on a live concert DVD that he was mixing (2007's Live From Chicago)," Miller remembers, "and he said, 'Boy, I would really love to do a guitar album with you.’ The next thing you know, we go into Skywalker and cut 42 tracks. And doing guitar overdubs with Andy is so much fun, you never want it to end. It was like back in the early days when we were making records in England. He's the monster man for all the Led Zeppelin records and the Stones and stuff. He's just a great engineer and a really good co-producer to work with."


Johns' sons also went into music: singer-songwriter Will Johns has released a pair of albums, including 2012's Hooks and Lines; while Evan Johns played drums in the band Hurt.

VintageRock.com interviewed Johns at the NAMM Show in 2011. You can see the interview at http://youtu.be/rTSHU0cFk80.

Funeral arrangements for Johns were pending at press time.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Black Crowes Hit The Road, Working On New Album


The Black Crowes are hopeful that its just-started Lay Down With Number 13 world tour will result in the group's first album of new material since 2009.

"I'd be amazed if it didn't," drummer and Crowes co-founder Steve Gorman says. "There's always riffs and ideas and melodies around. Chris and Rich (Robinson) are always throwing ideas around; I'm sure there are some they'll say, 'That works better for my own thing' and there are things that they both have that I know they go, 'That's better for the Black Crowes.' "

But, Gorman adds, the group deliberately keeps from assigning a firm timeline for developing a new album.

"We always wanted to be a band that was not dependent on album cycle thinking," he explains. "We're fortunate that we can go out and play shows and don't have to have, 'Here's our new song...' as a reason to do it. Now the idea is 'Let's get some shows up,' and if there are new songs and new ideas that everyone wants to bring to the table, we'll just do that like we always do, on the road. I'd be very surprised if we talked at the end of this tour and I didn't say, 'Yeah, we worked up a bunch of new tunes, and there's some really cool stuff...' "

The Crowes last set of new material, Before The Frost...Until The Freeze, came out in 2009, followed by the acoustic live set Croweology in 2010. The group preceded the tour -- which kicked off March 24 in the U.K. and touched down in North America on April 2 in Port Chester, N.Y. -- with Wiser For The Time, a 26-song live set vinyl and digital live album featuring both acoustic and electric songs from the Crowes' five-night New York City stand during the fall of 2010.

 "We thought this was a pretty fair representation of a time the band was, in my opinion, as together and cohesive and as strong as it's ever been," Gorman says. "I thought that tour in 2010 was really, really something special, and I think you can hear it here."

The new tour, meanwhile, introduces a new Crowe -- Jackie Greene, who steps in after Luther Dickinson bowed out, amicably, to pursue his other musical interests. Gorman acknowledges that "it always sucks when someone leaves the band," but the Crowes' familiarity with Greene has made for a welcome arrival in the ranks.

"We're all thrilled about it," Gorman says. "Jackie's a fantastic addition, not only as a guitarist but he's a tremendous singer and a tremendous organ player as well. I think he can have an opportunity to do a lot of things within the Black Crowes, so we're really excited about it."

The Crowes plan to be on the road well into the year, including performances at the Beale Street Music Festival on May 5 in Memphis, the Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival on My 18 in Alabama, a European run in June and early July that includes a date with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on June 22 in the Netherlands, and a U.S. summer run with Tedeschi Trucks Band that begins July 19 in Nashville.

On August 18, the band will play at the Allman Brothers Band's Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA. The group members will likely return to their other endeavors after that, but Gorman says that the breaks are no longer as dramatic as the Crowes' vitriolic hiatus between 2002-2005.

"The Black Crowes doesn't have to be everyone's full-time thing for it to be as good as it can possibly be," explains, Gorman, who's pursuing syndication deals for the sports radio talk show he launched in Nashville. "In fact, it's almost like we get to a point where it's like, 'Hey, this thing's so good we need to take a break,' because I think we learned form the past that usually around the band from the moment where it's really, really great is when everything really kind of falls apart. And I think going away and playing with other people for two years is the best thing for the Black Crowes; it only makes the band that much better when we do come back to it."

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Emerson, Lake & Palmer Limited Editon Box Set To Be Released On Record Store Day

Razor & Tie will release a brand new Emerson, Lake & Palmer limited edition vinyl picture disc box set on Record Store Day, April 20th.   The First Five: Picture Disc Collection brings the band’s first five studio albums together in one special vinyl package and is limited to 1250 units with each set individually numbered.

The box set contains the band’s most popular albums: Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Tarkus, Picture At An Exhibition, Trilogy, and Brain Salad Surgery. Purchase The First Five: Picture Disc Collection on April 20th at official Record Store Day exclusively at participating stores in the U.S. and Canada. List HERE:  http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s album artwork has always been a talking point among fans.  This art is featured on the front and back of the pictures disc, including the most famous cover, Brain Salad Surgery, by artists H.R. Giger. 

Fans can also purchase Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Tarkus deluxe editions and exclusive t-shirt designs at http://elp.merchnow.com/

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mötley Crüe Returning For Second Las Vegas Residency


The world’s most notorious band will be coming back to the world’s most notorious city this fall, when Mötley Crüe returns to Las Vegas. The rockers best known for going to the extreme will once again take over the stage at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for an exclusive 12-show engagement, September 18 through October 6. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00 AM.

The band played 12 sold-out shows at The Joint in 2012.

The fall shows will be an all-new production and the band is pushing their own envelope once again. The production will be designed exclusively for The Joint in partnership with AEG Live. There will be plenty of surprise elements for fans and a set-list full of hits.

"We are proud to have pioneered the Las Vegas rock residency last year and can't wait to come back this year to take it over the top with a brand new show that will be unlike anything you've ever seen Mötley Crüe do before," said Nikki Sixx.

“The guys had such a wild and successful run the first time around, I’m sure they will want to do everything bigger and better this time. We are extremely excited to see what the band brings to The Joint and Vegas during their second residency,” said Paul Davis, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

“If some is good, more is better! That was our thought when we got serious about bringing the Crüe back to The Joint. The run went so well last time…..the show was awesome, the numbers outstanding and working with the band and their management was a pleasure,” said Bobby Reynolds, Vice President of Booking for AEG Live Las Vegas. “I’m honored to bring one of the most entertaining bands ever back to their element.”

For more information visit, www.Motley.com.

Check out highlights from Mötley Crüe's 2012 residency at http://youtu.be/yohw_idKWik.

Tickets, starting at $49.50 (plus applicable service fees), go on sale Friday, April 5 at 10:00 AM at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.

Mötley Crüe will perform 12 shows at The Joint. Show time is 9:00 PM.

Wednesday, Sept 18
Friday, Sept 20
Saturday, Sept 21
Sunday, Sept 22
Wednesday, Sept 25
Friday, Sept 27
Saturday, Sept 28
Sunday, Sept 29
Wednesday, Oct 2
Friday, Oct 4
Saturday, Oct 5
Sunday, Oct 6

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Original Foreigner Singer Lou Gramm Releasing Autobiography



Original lead singer and songwriter of Foreigner, Lou Gramm is ready to tell his story. In Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades In Rock ‘n’ Roll, due out May 1 from Triumph Books, Gramm details his rise from humble, working-class roots in Rochester, N.Y. to become one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most distinctive and popular voices.

Throughout Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades In Rock ‘n’ Roll, Gramm poignantly recounts how he realized his dream.  Sadly, though, like many of his contemporaries, the singer would succumb to the trappings of wealth and fame. Foreigner’s remarkable success was due in large part to the songwriting synergy between Gramm and the band’s founder, Mick Jones. However, creative clashes between the two would become more frequent and the tension would result in Gramm’s departure, not once but twice, the second time for good.

But the singer’s recounting of his life is also is a story of redemption. In the early 1990’s, he finally confronted his demons and checked into a drug rehabilitation center for a month. He came out a changed man and has remained sober ever since.

Several years later, Gramm faced an even bigger challenge when diagnosed with an egg-sized brain tumor. After being given a death sentence by several physicians, he learned of a then-revolutionary laser surgery being done by a doctor in Boston. Gramm underwent a life-saving operation to remove the tumor and then courageously battled through radiation treatments and several harrowing years of rehab.

Other Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades In Rock ‘n’ Roll highlights include:
  • Gramm’s difficult, courageous comeback from brain surgery. Just several months after his operation, he was contractually required to tour with Foreigner and dealt with memory problems that forced him to keep written lyrics at his feet--lyrics from songs he had helped write and had sung thousands of times before.
  • The musical influence of Gramm’s father, a trumpeter who ran a big band, and his mother, who was a vocalist in the band.
  • How much the music industry has changed and how difficult it is for heritage rockers to get their new material out there.
Working with best-selling author Scott Pitoniak (nationally honored newspaper columnist and author of 16 books), Gramm recounts his extraordinary life in this compelling and candid behind-the-scenes memoir.

Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades In Rock ‘n’ Roll will be available at www.triumphbooks.com and wherever books are sold.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Yes Adds Second Leg To Triple Header Tour


Due to overwhelming demand--including sold-out shows in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Austin and Toronto--the iconic and Grammy-winning rock band YES have added two new legs of dates to their triple-header concert tour where they’re performing three of their classic albums in their entirety, all in one concert: 1971’s The Yes Album, 1972’s Close To the Edge, and 1977’s Going For the One.

The newly added dates start May 19 with six shows in Brazil and one each in Chile and Argentina. The new North American dates launch July 6 in Paso Robles, CA and include stops in Anaheim, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC and Montreal, CAN and wrap August 14 in Rosemont, IL.

The in-progress tour marks the first time since 1973 that YES have performed an album onstage in its entirety.

The first leg of the tour launched March 1 in Nevada and runs through April 12 in Detroit, with a brief detour March 25-30 for “The Yes Cruise,” which departed from Ft. Lauderdale and visited Grand Cayman and Jamaica.  Music audiences are relishing the experience of the three albums--each representing an important milestone in YES’ career which encompasses sales of close to 50 million albums worldwide--performed from beginning to end.

The tour has received critical praise from the following:

“Where other prog-rockers try to be classical musicians, [Steve] Howe delivered an unpretentious blend of jazz, blues, flamenco and folk. The results were often stunning.” --Thor Christensen, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/22/13

“Yes was fabulous in every musical aspect.” --Anna Blanton, LOUISVILLE.COM, 3/18/13

“For 'Awaken,' [Chris] Squire brandished his triple-neck bass, adding just the right touches to one of the night’s most epic pieces. At the song’s climax, confetti shot from cannons of each side of the stage, covering the first 20 rows in riotous, satisfactory fashion.”  --Shawn Perry, VINTAGEROCK.COM, 3/11/13

YES’ 2013 tour dates include:

4/2 - Ruth Eckerd Hall - Clearwater, FL
4/3 - Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
4/5 - MGM Grand at Foxwoods - Mashantucket, CT
4/6 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton, NH
4/7 - Sands Bethlehem Event Center - Bethlehem, PA
4/9 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY
4/11 - Massey Hall - Toronto, ON
4/12 - Fox Theatre - Detroit, MI
4/19 - Ginásio Nilson Nelson - Brazilia, Brazil
4/21 - Teatro Positivo - Curitiba, Brazil
4/23 - HSBC Arena - São Paulo, Brazil
4/24 - HSBC Arena - São Paulo, Brazil
4/25 - Vivo Rio - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4/26 - Teatro Bourbon - Porto Alegre/RS, Brazil
4/28 - Teatro Caupolican - Santiago, Chile
4/30 - Luna Park - Buenos Aires, Argentina
7/6 - Vina Robles Amphitheatre - Paso Robles, CA
7/7 - Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA
7/9 - Celebrity Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
7/10 - City National Grove of Anaheim - Anaheim, CA
7/12 - Pearl Concert Theater @ The Palms - Las Vegas, NV
7/13 - Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort - Jackson, CA
7/14 - Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay - San Diego, CA
7/18 - Thalia Mara Hall - Jackson, MS
7/19 - BJCC Concert Hall - Birmingham, AL
7/20 - Von Braun Concert Hall - Huntsville, AL
7/21 - Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA
7/23 - nTelos Wireless Pavilion - Charlottesville, NC
7/24 - Warner Theatre - Washington, DC
7/25 - Mayo Performing Arts Center - Morristown, NJ
7/27 - Mountain Park - Holyoke, MA
7/28 - Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY
7/30 - Place des Arts - Montreal/QC, Canada
7/31 - Theatre at Westbury - Westbury, NY
8/4 - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead - Munhall, PA
8/7 - Cain Park - Cleveland Heights, OH
8/8 - Wisconsin State Fair - Main Stage- West Allis, WI
8/9 - Mystic Lake Casino - Prior Lake, MN
8/10 - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort - Mt Pleasant, MI
8/11 - Murat Theatre @ Old National Centre - Indianapolis, IN
8/13 - PNC Pavilion Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
8/14 - Rosemont Theatre - Rosemont, IL

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