Friday, May 30, 2014

Phil Collins Performs 'In The Air Tonight' At Son's School

Phil Collins returned to the stage for the first time in four years last week to perform two of his biggest hits with, get this, a band made up of middle school kids. The former Genesis drummer and singer sang "In the Air Tonight" and "Land of Confusion" at his sons' school concert in Miami.

"I was nervous you know," Collins said before performing at Miami Country Day School. "I've been doing this all my life but how good can it be? How good can it be tonight? All of these kids came up to me yesterday and were very pleasant and nice and polite and made me feel like part of the band."

The nerves he was experiencing could be attributed to his 2011 retirement to be a full-time father. He hadn't performed live since 2010.

Collins and his ex-wife Orianne Collins Mejjati have two sons who attend the school. Mejjati told the Miami Herald that Collins agreed to perform because his son asked him to. It's unclear whether either of his sons are in the band.

"In the Air Tonight," with its iconic drum break and haunting lyrics, was Collins' first single as a solo act, via his 1981 Face Value album. It topped out at No. 19 in the U.S. on the Hot 100. The video for "Land of Confusion," off Genesis' 1986 album Invisible Touch, gained heavy rotation on MTV for its innovative (and creepy?) use of puppets.

The singer's return to the stage arrived just days before another iconic rock frontman -- Steve Perry of Journey -- performed live again for the first time in two decades.

Check out the video of Collins below

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Doors Survivors Still Working on Ray Manzarek Tribute

The Doors' guitarist Robby Krieger says he and drummer John Densmore still plan to pay musical tribute to their late Doors bandmate, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, but logistics have proven to be challenging. Krieger and Densmore patched up legal differences and vowed to stage some sort of event in Manzarek's honor shortly after Manzarek died on May 20, 2013 in Germany from bile duct cancer. 

"We have talked about it and we are truly trying to get something together to do a tribute to Ray," Krieger said. "It's just very difficult to get the kind of people that we want all together at the same time. That's a big problem. A lot of people said they would love to do it; we just need to get the timing right. We don't want it to be half-assed. We want it to be really cool. But we're working on it, and it should happen. All possibilities are open."

Krieger, Densmore and Manzarek spent several years battling each other in lawsuits over the use of the Doors' name as a touring entity and the licensing of the group's music to ads. Last year, Densmore published a book about the legal issues, "The Doors Unhinged."

Krieger is keeping busy even as he waits for the Manzarek tribute to come together. He tours regularly with his own bands and makes a guest appearance on the new Fuel album, Puppet Strings. Krieger is also part of the Skrillex And Friends Superjam at Bonnaroo, joining Big Gigantic, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley," Zedd, Janelle Monae, Warpaint and others.

"I have no idea what we're going to do or what it's going to sound like, but whatever it is, it should be fun," says Krieger, who along with Manzarek and Densmore worked with Skrillex on "Breakin' A Sweat" for the 2012 Re: GENERATION_music_project and the EDM star's Bangarang EP.

"I think they want to try to do a couple of Doors songs and maybe some reggae songs. I don't really know any of the people except for Mickey Hart; I'm looking forward to playing with him. But I'll try anything once."

Krieger said collaborating with Skrillex also means one thing.

"He plays really loud, so I'm bringing an extra amplifier," the guitarist said with a laugh. "I've been in... too many loud situations. You just have to be either as loud or louder than the other guys. That's the rule."

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Toto, Uriah Heep Members Team Up For All-Star Charity Concept Album

My Kind O' Lovin' features drum legend Simon Phillips, Toto's Joseph Williams, and Uriah Heep/Lucifer's Friend's John Lawton. Released on the heels of 2012's The Power Of Mind, featuring John Lawton, My Kind O' Lovin' was conceived, written and produced by the CGI member, and as of very recently European Citizen of the Year (2013), Dr. Milen Vrabevski. This charity project is dedicated to young talents in the EU.

“I allowed myself to play acoustic guitar in just the title song this time. Nothing else,” Vrabevski remarked. “The team was just too good for my level. Happy they liked the pieces. Many thanks to the guys I started this project with, and worked on the arrangements: Ivo Stefanov and Svurry, and to the whole all-star band for their devotion.”

Vrabevski is setting a high standard of expectations with his Intelligent Music Project II, My Kind O' Lovin'. The producer's next charity project goes to support education programs for talented kids. Vrabevski was awarded European Citizen of the Year 2013 (by the EU Parliament), and a Member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

My Kind O' Lovin' features a colorful, multifarious and formidable listening experience with hints of melodic hard rock and early prog, featuring the fabulous Simon Phillips (Toto, Jeff Beck, The Who, Mike Oldfield, Protocol II etc.) on drums & percussion, brilliantly bringing out the chemistry of this unpredictable format of vintage vocals from John Lawton (ex-Uriah Heep) and Joseph Williams (Toto). Strong melodies and acoustic patterns with impressive vocals of undiminished power, this hefty emotional pool comes across in a very melodic way featuring great lead guitar and spacious orchestral flourishes.

Vrabevski explains the concept: “The message of the album is what I, as an author, would prefer to raise my kids with. Frustration, constant criticism, and judging people leads to nowhere. Therefore, we present essential things about love, friendship, our own environment we should invest in, getting into substantial initiatives, knowing happiness through serving the others, not limiting our minds with prejudice while seeking togetherness, understanding our life is in our hands, finishing off with the principle that it's good to wake up knowing what follows is a great day, in which fame does not matter, and ego's domination is retrograde, and you enjoy to live for the others, doing things not because of the result, but because you love to be that way.”
Simon Phillips added, “Working on this project with Milen Vrabevski was so much fun and I find his enthusiasm for music is so uplifting.”

“Milen was such a joy to work with .. Truly a warm and bright gentleman. It's rare thing these days to work with such happy, enthusiastic talented people ... I had a ball!,” Joseph Williams said.

John Lawton also enjoyed the experience. “My Kind O' Lovin'....Intelligent Music Project II....was for me an absolute pleasure to sing, the melodies flowing out of Milen Vrabevski's head seem to be endless. The album differs a lot from The Power Of Mind, not only in that there are guest artists in the caliber of Joseph Williams and Simon Phillips both of Toto fame but some searing guitar work from a little known Bulgarian axe man known only to me as Sverri. I spent two weeks laying down lead & backing vocals in Intelligent Music's new studio in Sofia / Bulgaria and believe me it wasn't hard work, not when the music is this good.”

For more information: www.mykindoflovin.com.

Watch the official My Kind O' Lovin' promotional video here: 




Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Led Zeppelin Premiere New Video For 'Whole Lotta Love'

At the conclusion of last week's Led Zeppelin listening event at L'Olympia in Paris, a new video for "Whole Lotta Love" (Rough Mix With Vocal) was premiered following the onstage Q&A session with Jimmy Page. 

The video is a composite of several classic Led Zeppelin live performances, some well-known and others rarely seen. The "Rough Mix With Vocal" version of "Whole Lotta Love" is featured on the deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin II which is set for release on June 3, along with deluxe editions of the band's debut album and Led Zeppelin III.

John Paul Jones, Page and Robert Plant each commented on the companion audio version of "Whole Lotta Love."

Jones said: "'Whole Lotta Love' must have been very early on its life, so it probably hadn't developed into the juggernaut that it became in later years. But it's fresher, I think."

Page commented: "This version of 'Whole Lotta Love' is the mix down from the night that we recorded it, so it doesn't have any of the overdubs that everyone will be familiar with, because when they hear this they'll think, 'Oh yeah, that's the original' and all of a sudden they'll go 'No, it's not.'"

Plant added: "You can see how songs grow. There must have been five or six other takes of that, which are not present. So the shaping of these things is very interesting and you can hear with this particular version that we haven't quite reached the point yet, and that it's very, very close."

Check out the video below.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Former Heart Members Suing Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Two former members of Heart are suing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for using their likenesses in promoting the 2013 induction ceremony even though they were not inducted. 

Bassist Mark Andes and drummer Dennis Carmassi were members of Heart from 1982-1993, during which the band staged a comeback with all four of its Grammy nominations and ten of its 20 Top 40 hits including “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You” and many several others. But when Heart was inducted into the Hall of Fame, it included only the bands’ original lineup from the 1960s and ‘70s and Andes and Carmassi were not included.

Now Andes and Carmassi are suing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because their likenesses and the songs they performed were used to promote Heart’s induction. The duo’s complaint states that when fans and fellow musicians offered them congratulations for their success, they were “humiliated” to explain “that they were inexplicably not chosen for induction.”

The complaint states: “Plaintiffs are not asking that defendant Rock Hall induct them into the Hall of Fame. Instead, this is an action to protect the rights, reputations, and likenesses of Mark Andes and Dennis Carmassi through the causes of actions false light invasion of privacy, misappropriation of name and likeness invasion of privacy, injurious falsehood, libel, slander, and right of attribution falsification of rock and roll history for Defendants’ willful and unauthorized use of Plaintiffs’ images and likenesses."

According to the complaint, following the Dec. 11, 2012, announcement Heart would be inducted into the Hall of Fame but that Andes and Carmassi were not, they wrote a letter to the institution asking for an explanation and defending their role in the band’s success. It states Hall of Fame CEO Joel Peresman responded the next day stating, “We have a group of people who are very focused on these things and collaborate on the various areas of their expertise. As we do every year we went very carefully over all of the history and the members of Heart that were are [sic] being inducted besides Ann and Nancy [Wilson] were the ones everyone felt should be inducted. I am sorry if these others feel this isn’t right but this is the final decision of our committee.”

From there, images including Andes and Carmassi’s were used on the Rock Hall’s biography page for the band including the band’s 1985 self-titled album's cover art. Founders and main members Ann and Nancy Wilson asked the Hall to reconsider its decision to exclude Andes and Carmassi given that they “were in the band when it garnered several Grammy nominations and their biggest commercial success”. But the Hall refused to change its decision. The complaint sites a Billboard article and video in its exhibits, as proof of Ann and Nancy Wilson’s desire that Andes and Carmassi should have been admitted.

Speaking at the 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Red Carpet, Ann Wilson said of Andes and Carmassi, “They should be here. They really should be here.”

Andes and Carmassi are seeking compensatory damages for all losses, treble damages on all trademark claims, punitive damages and exemplary damages.

The complaint states: “Although induction to the Rock Hall is normally a positive thing, to be knowingly and/or recklessly placed in such a position by Defendants is highly offensive to a reasonable person when being placed in that position requires having to continually correct the record on an issue of such personal importance.”

The Rock Hall has not yet responded publicly to the lawsuit’s charges.

The matter of which band members are inducted into the Hall of Fame has been a continues source of controversy for the organization. Recently, Kiss refused to perform at its award ceremony because only its original members were being honored.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Audio Fidelity Releasing The Ultimate Rock Collection On Hybrid SACD

Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity is introducing something new in the realm of compilation albums. For the first time ever, the company has assembled the original masters of some of rock's biggest stars and greatest hits and remastered these classics for Hybrid SACD.

The collection is based on the original TimeLife LEGENDS series. With the first two titles, Crank It Up! and Get It On!, Audio Fidelity has taken each volume of recordings to another sonic level. You have never heard a hits collection of such consistently high standards. It's like hearing these classic hits for the first time.

Most popular compilations albums are pieced together from songs that were assembled using the compressed hit radio versions. Audio Fidelity has spent months gathering the 34 best available individual masters of the all-time rock standards included on each Hybrid SACD. All the original masters from these great artists and all these great hits remastered for the first time for Hybrid SACD.

Rock heavyweights such as Jackson Browne, Foreigner, the Doobie Brothers, Buffalo Springfield, the Rascals, Fleetwood Mac, the Kinks, T. Rex, Brownsville Station, the Doors and two dozen more superstars make this collection an essential for any classic rock lover.

CRANK IT UP!
1. Chicago - Does Anybody Really Know
2. The Doobie Brothers - Listen To The Music
3. The Rascals - Good Lovin'
4. Rod Stewart - Tonight's The Night
5. Jackson Browne - Running On Empty
6. Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
7. The Zombies - Time Of The Season
8. Ace - How Long
9. Little Feat - Dixie Chicken
10. Grateful Dead - Truckin'
11. Stephen Stills - Love The One You're With
12. Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
13. America - Sister Golden Hair
14. The Pretenders - Back On The Chain Gang
15. Foreigner - Feels Like The First Time
16. Elton John - Daniel
17. The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin

GET IT ON!
1. The Troggs - Wild Thing
2. Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
3. Norman Greenboum - Spirit In The Sky
4. T. Rex - Bang A Gong (Get It On)
5. Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
6. Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded By The Light
7. Eric Burdon And War - Spill The Wine
8. The Kinks - Lola (Live)
9. The Doors - Light My Fire
10. Foghat - Slow Ride
11. Alice Cooper - School's Out
12. Brownsville Station - Smokin' In The Boy's Room
13. The Doobie Brothers - China Grove
14. Foreigner - Hot Blooded
15. Bad Company - Can't Get Enough
16. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
17. Grateful Dead - Casey Jones

Series Mastered by Steve Hoffman at Marsh Mastering

For more information:
http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/legends-crank-it-various-artists
http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/legends-get-it-various-artists

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Announce New Album, Tour Dates

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers have lined up dates for their 2014 North American tour as they prepare for the July 29th release of Hypnotic Eye, their first new studio album in four years on Reprise Records.

The tour, featuring very special guest Steve Winwood, will begin in San Diego, CA on August 3rd. The tour includes already announced headline performances at San Francisco's Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival and at the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, VA. On Labor Day weekend, for the first time ever, the band will perform at Boston's Fenway Park.

Tickets to many of the 2014 concerts will go on sale at Ticketmaster.com and other select ticketing services on Saturday May 31. The full list of tour cities, venues and dates are listed below. Full on-sale information is available on TomPetty.com.

Every 2014 Tour ticket will include a copy of Hypnotic Eye.

Check out the album and tour announcement video

Hypnotic Eye will be available in CD, digital, high-resolution Blu-ray audio and vinyl formats. The vinyl will be available as 1-LP or as 2-LPs inclusive of an additional track not available in any other format. Beginning June 3, fans can pre-order the vinyl, CD and Blu-ray audio editions on TomPetty.com and Amazon and can pre-order the digital edition on ITunes and Amazon.

Fans who preorder the digital album on ITunes and Amazon beginning June 3rd will get an instant download of the first of several album tracks to be revealed prior to the release date.

Members of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' Highway Companions Fan Club will be able to participate in special ticket presales. Members will also receive a CD copy of Hypnotic Eye plus a digital copy of an exclusive new live album, Live 2013, featuring 11 tracks recorded during the Heartbreakers' 2013 Theatre residencies in New York and Los Angeles, plus tracks recorded at last year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival - all hand-picked by Tom Petty. For more information on the Highway Companions Club, please visit HighwayCompanions.com.

TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

Aug 03 - Viejas Arena - San Diego, CA
Aug 05 - Taco Bell Arena - Boise, ID                  
Aug 07 - Matthew Knight Center - Eugene, OR            
Aug 09 -  Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival - San Francisco, CA  
Aug 12 -  Moda Center - Portland, OR            
Aug 14 -  Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC        
Aug 15 -  The Gorge - George, WA            
Aug 17 - Rexall Place - Edmonton, AB          
Aug 19 -  Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB              
Aug 21 -  MTS Centre - Winnipeg, MB          
Aug 23 -  United Center - Chicago, IL              
Aug 26 -  Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ONT          
Aug 28 - Bell Centre - Montreal, QC            
Aug 30 -  Fenway Park - Boston, MA              
Sep 06 -  Lockn' Festival - Arrington, VA          
Sep 07 -  Darien Lake PAC - Darien Center, NY  
Sep 10 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY          
Sep 13 -  XL Center - Hartford, CT            
Sep 15 - Wells Fargo Arena - Philadelphia, PA      
Sep 18 - PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC              
Sep 20 - Cruzan Amphitheater - West Palm Beach, FL
Sep 21 -  Tampa Bay Times Forum - Tampa, FL                
Sep 23 -  Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN            
Sep 25 - Toyota Center - Houston, TX              
Sep 26 -  American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX                  
Sep 28 -  BOK Center - Tulsa, OK                  
Sep 30 -  Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO        
Oct 01 -  Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, NE                
Oct 07 -  Honda Center - Anaheim, CA            
Oct 10 - The Forum - Los Angeles, CA        

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mick Jagger Becomes Great-Grandfather

Sir Mick Jagger, the 70-year-old frontman for the Rolling Stones, has become a great-grandfather.

Jagger achieved the new status over the weekend when his granddaughter Assisi Jackson, 21, gave birth to a baby girl, the Daily Mail reported.

According to CBS News, the infant is the first child for Jackson and her boyfriend, 25-year-old chef Alex Key. The baby's name has not been released.

The rock legend, who has been performing since 1962, has seven children with four women, and four grandchildren. Jade Jagger, the singer's daughter by ex-wife Bianca Jagger, is the baby's 42-year-old grandmother. The former model and socialite is expected to give birth to her third child in the next few weeks.

"The women in our family just tend to have children young, it runs in the genes," Jackson told Hello! magazine.

This has been a tumultuous year for the singer. Jagger's girlfriend, 49-year-old fashion designer L'Wren Scott, committed suicide in March. The couple had been together since 2001.

"I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way," Jagger wrote on Facebook. "We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves."

The loss prompted the Rolling Stones to reschedule its Australian and New Zealand concert dates. The "14 On Fire" tour is set to resume on May 26 in Oslo.

Jagger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones in 1989. The British singer was also knighted for his services to music in 2003.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Historic Iron Butterfly Live Album Receives First Proper Release

From the archives of ‘60s psychedelic rock comes this incredible live concert album showcasing the early beginnings of one of the most influential and legendary heavy psych bands ever, Iron Butterfly, available on CD and, for the first time, gorgeous 12” vinyl from Purple Pyramid Records on May 27.

Recorded at the historic Galaxy Club, which opened in 1964 just two doors west of the Whisky in the heart of the Sunset Strip, this brilliant performance features the rare early line-up of the band that recorded the monumentally important debut full-length Heavy: Doug Ingle (vocals, organ), Danny Weiss (guitar), Jerry Penrod (bass), Darryl DeLoach (vocals, percussion), Ron Bushy (drums).

“Every big name act that was in LA came to see us play at the Galaxy,” says Bushy. “There was Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, etc.”

Atlantic Records showed up too, signed the band, and sent them into the studio to record what would become the band’s debut album. The set list from this night’s performance included “Possession,” Heavy’s monumental opening cut, and its far-sighted closer, “Iron Butterfly Theme” as well as “Fields Of Sun,” “Gentle As It May Seem” and “You Can’t Win,” all of them indicative of the Butterfly’s most powerful punch. And all of them performed by a band that was about to emerge from its cocoon to become one of the most adventurous, fearless and astounding bands to ever take flight - the mighty Iron Butterfly.

1. Real Fright
2. Possession
3. Filled With Fear
4. Fields Of Sun
5. It’s Up To You
6. Gloomy Day To Remember
7. Evil Temptation
8. So-Lo
9. Gentle As It My Seem
10. Lonely Boy
11. Iron Butterfly Theme
12. You Can’t Win

To pre-order the CD and vinyl at Amazon, visit: http://georiot.co/1MQa
To pre-order the digital version on iTunes, visit: http://georiot.co/3bPm

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dylan Does It Sinatra's Way

Bob Dylan has released a version of "Full Moon and Empty Arms," a hit for Frank Sinatra in 1945, and will follow it with a new album later this year.

The song, posted on Dylan's official website, was written by Buddy Kaye and Ted Mossman and is based on Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. Artists ranging from Sarah Vaughan to the Platters have also covered it.

A spokesperson for Dylan said, "This track is definitely from a forthcoming album due later on this year."

No title was given for the album but the website's home page cryptically featured a picture of Dylan and the words "Shadows in the Night."

Dylan's last album Tempest, his 35th, was a commercial and critical success when it was released in 2012.

The 72-year-old has just completed a string of dates in Japan and Hawaii as part of his Never Ending Tour and will start a European leg in Cork, Ireland, on June 16.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tony Iommi Says July 4th Concert Be Black Sabbath's Last

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi recently suggested that the band's headline appearance at the Barclaycard British Summer Time festival at London's Hyde Park might be the British metal institution's final gig.

The July 4 show, the closing date on the band's summer 2014 tour, will see Sabbath headline above Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motorhead and Soulfly on the festival's main stage. And according to Iommi, it could be the end of the road for the legendary band.

"It could be the last ever Sabbath show,” the guitarist admits. “I don't want it to be, but there's nothing really planned touring-wise after that show, so for all we know that could be it really. To be honest I don't want to be touring to this extent too much longer, because it makes me feel so bad.”

Iommi has been undergoing medical treatment since being diagnosed with lymphoma in January 2012. The guitarist completed his treatment in March and is now awaiting an update on his condition.

"I'm at a stage now where I have no support, which means I have to see whether the cancer is coming back or if it's still there or what,” he says. “I just don't know. It's a bit of a worry. After we finish this tour I'll go in and have scan, so we'll see what that shows up.”

"But the show at Hyde Park will a great way to end the European tour,” he says. “It has a really great bill, with a really good mix of people. We haven't made any specific plans as the gig is a way off yet, but I think it'll be special.”

Monday, May 12, 2014

Robert Plant: New Solo Album To Sound 'Alright At A Jamaican Party'

Robert Plant is set to release a new solo album later this year and has said that the record will sound "alright at a Jamaican party".

The Led Zeppelin man has signed to Nonesuch – home of The Black Keys and Conor Oberst – to put out the follow-up to 2010's Band Of Joy. Plant said of the record, due out September 9: "It’s really a celebratory record, but it's very crunchy and gritty, very West African and very Massive Attack-y. There's a lot of bottom end, so it might sound alright at a Jamaican party, but I'm not sure it would sound alright on [US radio network] NPR."

The album will feature backing from The Sensational Space Shifters and was recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios. Speaking about working with Nonesuch, Plant has commented: "I'm pleased to find such a reputable home for our renegade departures. The support and encouragement we have received has been strong and refreshing."

Meanwhile, Plant recently ruled out the possibility of Led Zeppelin performing live any time soon. In an interview with the BBC about the forthcoming reissue of the band's first three albums, guitarist Jimmy Page said he was sure fans would be keen for another reunion show like the one the band played at London's O2 seven years ago.

"I'm sure people would love to hear it," Page said. "I'm not the one to be asking - I don't sing." When asked about the possibility of a show, however, singer Robert Plant said the chance of it happening was "zero."

The three reissues, which will be released on June 2, will feature dozens of previously unheard recordings. Page has spent the last two and a half years working on the reissues. "I don't want to die and have somebody else do it," he said. "I'm authoritative about what was done in the first place." Page says it was "reassuring" to revisit the band's early recordings. "It's undeniable that we're good," he adds. "The band was the real deal."

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Procol Harum Blamed For Abducting Nigerian Schoolgirls In Terrorist Group Confusion

Procol Harum, who came to fame with their 1967 single "A White Shader of Pale," have been blamed for the horrific kidnapping after people confused them with radical militant group Boko Haram.

Many across the internet have asked why the British progressive rock band would do such a thing and wondered how they had become "terrorists".

One Twitter user said: "It's shocking that Procol Harum's records are still being played on the radio after what they did in Nigeria."

Another wrote: "Wow! What happened to Procol Harum? Whiter Shade of Pale was a great song, but it doesn't excuse terrorism."

Yet despite the controversy, it seems most of the comments are tongue-in-cheek.

But it was reported that an expert with "knowledge of Nigeria" did also make the blunder too, calling Boko Haram "Procol Harum" throughout a radio interview.

This isn't the first time that the band have been confused with the terrorist organization.

Last July, vocalist and keyboard player Gary Brooker was forced to clear up the mess between the two groups when a U.S. senator confused them live on Fox News.

Brooker said: "We have had nothing to do with the church burning and bombing of district police headquarters in Northern Nigerian states, or any Nigerian states for that matter.

"You have us mixed up with the Nigerian terrorist organisation, Boko Haram.

"We are Procal Harum, completely different, just the name sounds a bit the same."

The confusion led to the head of the Nigerian secret service calling for the band's extradition.

He reportedly said on air: "As part of my investigation I have been listening to the back catalogue of Procal Harum and have to admit I am positively confused. Can somebody please tell me what on earth a ‘fandango’ is?

"We would be interested to start extradition proceedings ASAP."

Brooker responded to the accusations, saying: "I don’t think Boko Haram have released any progressive rock albums, at least not to my knowledge, so that should prove our innocence."

As the name confusion continues, U.S. military forces have made their way into Nigeria to search for the missing schoolgirls.

The Pentagon insists officers are "sharply focused" to find the girls who have been held at ransom since April 14.

Officials from the US, UK, France, Canada and now China continue their search continues for the hostages.

Military helicopters currently hover over the area where they were taken, as the terrorist group continues to threaten to sell the girls as sex slaves.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan spoke at the World Economic Forum in Abuja yesterday, saying: “As a nation we are facing attack from terrorism.

"I believe that the kidnap of these girls will be the beginning of the end of terrorism in Nigeria.”

Friday, May 9, 2014

Jimmy Page Reissuing Pictorial Autobiography

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will see his official autobiography, Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, a photographic essay he personally created to tell his story for the first time, hit major bookstores in October after being published as a limited edition in 2010. It will retail at $60, but is currently available via pre-order at Amazon for $54. The book will be published by Genesis Publications, home of rock biographies from Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and David Bowie; visual artists such as Shepard Fairey, Storm Thorgerson and Sir Peter Blake; and contributing writers such as Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. 

 Page tells the story in his own words, combined with a handpicked selection of 650 photographs. He arranged the content into a narrative order and oversaw the design of the book. Page said: “I’ve been asked on a number of occasions to do a written book and I thought of the other side of the coin. I thought it would be unique to have an autobiography in photographs, charting my whole musical journey. It was important to include every milestone along the way, so people who were fans of the music have got a real testament of the times.”

 The intensely private rock guitar legend narrates the story of his legendary career for the first time in the form of captioning the pictures. Delving into his personal archives, the book reveals never-before-seen photographs, working visas, memorabilia and every one of his passports, saved throughout his life. Page’s passport stamps were used to verify all tour dates, making the tome an authoritative historical account. “All those artifacts really make up a complete picture, which just keeps unfolding as you turn each page of the book,” says Page.

In addition to the guitarist’s own photos, and those chosen from various sources including fans and magazines, his book showcases a collection of iconic portraits and rare images by over 70 of the greatest names in rock photography, including Ross Halfin, Kate Simon, Gered Mankowitz,Dominique Tarlé, Pennie Smith and Jim Marshall. Page chose one of his favorite portraits for the book cover: a 1977 passport photo, shot by Neal Preston on board Led Zeppelin’s private tour plane.

 There are many rare finds throughout, such as Led Zeppelin playing an impromptu gig in a nightclub in Jersey, or double-exposure shots of Page and Brian Jones by Ian Stewart.

“I wanted to make it as thorough as possible," Page remarked. "So that meant trawling through all the thousands of files that photographers had taken, and pulling from my personal collection as well. There’s a photo of me playing the guitar by the fire at Bron-Yr-Aur cottage. It’s the most complete document that there’s ever going to be because of the amount of time that I’ve put into every aspect.”

Over two years in the making, this 512-page volume documents Page’s musical journey, from a 13-year-old choirboy to ‘60s session musician, through the Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin and beyond. “You see this young man growing, from when I’m a choirboy – and took my guitar along to see if I could tune it up from the organ – right through to almost yesterday,” he says.

Originally conceived as a limited edition of only 2,500 copies worldwide, the first printing of Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page sold out within weeks of release. In the spring of 2010, it became the fastest-selling book in Genesis Publications’ 40-year history, even at a price tag of £445 (more than $750).

 “I always like to do something different – if you’re inspired by an idea, really make something of that inspiration,” says Page. “That goes for music, as well as anything else – even putting a book together! To have a photographic autobiography is a totally different way of looking at things, but it does the job very well and I think it will bring a lot of pleasure to people.”

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fleetwood Mac Cutting New Songs In Studio

Fleetwood Mac have almost finished eight songs for a possible new album.

The new recordings feature Christine McVie, who announced she was rejoining the band in January, although Stevie Nicks has so far been absent from recording sessions due to other commitments.

The band's guitarist Lindsey Buckingham said in a recent interview: "The chemistry was just unbelievable. We're all very excited about the new music. Knowing me I'm going to be pushing hard for a double album."

Minus Nicks, Fleetwood Mac spent two months at Village Recorder studio in Los Angeles, working in the same room in which they recorded their 1979 album Tusk.

Despite the eight tracks being "75 per cent done," the sessions will be put on hold as McVie returns to the UK where she lives.

The band are scheduled to begin rehearsals for their world tour in July, meaning it’s unlikely a new album will be released before 2015. Titles for the new tunes include "Carnival Begin" and "Red Sun."

"Fleetwood Mac always take a long time to make a record," McVie said. "Obviously, there are parts for Stevie to sing on all of these songs, which she will do eventually."

McVie is working with Fleetwood Mac for the first time since 1995, and says she has no plans to leave. The band released an EP in 2013, called Extended Play, which only reached only No 125 on the UK album chart.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Foreigner Downloads Smashes Records With Six RIAA Gold & Platinum Certifications

With 10 multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel global album sales, now exceeding 80 million. This week, Foreigner celebrates another milestone as six of their iconic anthems receive gold and platinum digital certification by the esteemed RIAA - more than any other of Classic Rock Radio's Top 15 artists, including contemporaries Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Journey, and many more. On hand to commemorate this momentous occasion was Atlantic Records Chairman & CEO, Craig Kallman, who presented Foreigner's founding member, Mick Jones, with multiple gold and platinum records. 

Foreigner's songs receiving RIAA Certification - which celebrates sales of more than 500,000 downloads (Gold) or 1,000,000 downloads (Platinum) - include: "Cold As Ice" (Gold), "Feels Like The First Time" (Gold), "Hot Blooded" (Gold), "I Want To Know What Love Is" (Platinum), "Juke Box Hero" (Platinum), and "Waiting For A Girl Like You" (Gold).

Foreigner co-manager and Atlantic Records veteran Phil Carson said: "For me, the most significant part of the event is the Platinum certification of "Juke Box Hero." We tried everything we knew to break the song early in 1982, but it peaked at #26 with just 40,000 or so sales. For it to pass one million in the digital era is a testament to the band's hard work on the road, making this a high point in every performance, and to the relevance of Mick's songs and Foreigner over thirty years later."

Atlantic Records Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman commented: "Few bands in rock history have had the longevity and impact of Foreigner. It is a tangible reflection of Mick's timeless songwriting, stellar musicianship, and brilliant vision for the band that their music continues to strike a nerve today, earning new fans around the world. Foreigner joined the Atlantic family nearly 40 years ago, and we are immensely proud to have this incredible body of work as part of our heritage."

Foreigner's skyrocketing sales and renewed popularity among a whole new generation of fans is the result of the music's pop culture renaissance. The band's songs have stood the test of time and the lyrics continue to resonate today. Recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Foreigner founding member Mick Jones says, "Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide. Unwittingly, we've been weaved into the fabric of people's lives." Foreigner continues to be one of the 15 most-played artists on Classic Rock radio, has been featured on the Billboard Top 200 album chart multiple times this year, and hit the Top 50 on SoundScan's Catalog chart. (Source: Nielsen SoundScan)

The year 2014 kicked off for Foreigner with an appearance on "The Tonight Show," followed a month later by host Jimmy Fallon's now legendary lip synching of their hit "Juke Box Hero" for his millions of viewers. A YouTube video of the performance immediately went viral, with over 10 million views, and Foreigner quickly felt "The Fallon Effect," with downloads of the track tripling.

Foreigner's music had another Hollywood moment in February 2014, when the anthemic "Feels Like The First Time" was played during The 86th Annual Academy Awards live show to introduce the Live Action Short Films Category, presented by Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis. The song also had its own cameo in February as part of Pepsi's Super Bowl XLVIII "Get Hyped for Halftime" campaign.

Music supervisors across film and TV continue to take note, as films like "Anchorman 2," "Magic Mike," and "Pitch Perfect" have recently featured Foreigner's music, as have TV shows like "The Voice" and "Glee," along  with video games like "Grand Theft Auto V" and "BandFuse."

This summer, Foreigner will keep the moment going as they are joined by Styx, with very special guest Don Felder (former Eagles guitarist/songwriter) for "The Soundtrack of Summer" (#thesoundtrackofsummer) three-month U.S. trek, which will kick off May 14th.

Fans can check out the band's official website, www.foreigneronline.com, for information about all Foreigner ticket on-sale dates, and more shows that will be announced in the coming weeks.

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Babys Releasing First New Album In 30 Years

With a string of ‘70s classic rock radio hits like “Isn’t It Time,” “Every Time I Think of You,” “Head First,” “Back on My Feet Again,” “Midnight Rendezvous” and “Turn and Walk Away,” The Babys created some of the most memorable arena anthems of the era. Now, after a three-decade absence, The Babys have reformed with original lead guitarist Wally Stocker and drummer Tony Brock to release a new album, I’ll Have Some of That, on June 24, and a brand-new single, “I See You There,” which is available now on iTunes. The Babys’ new album will be released on Skyrocket Ent./All In Time Records.

“The whole premise is to keep The Babys alive and have a good time doing it," said Stocker about the reformed group, which also includes new recruits, lead vocalist/ bassist John Bisaha and veteran rhythm guitarist Joey Sykes. The band is joined in concert by keyboardist Francesco Saglietti and the Babettes.

Brock raves about the new members of the group: "John Bisaha is an incredible singer. When we held auditions, we had singers lined up around the block to join the band and John was head and shoulders above the rest." Stocker is equally enthused about his new axe mate: "Joey Sykes adds a whole new dimension to the band and has a style that works well in tandem with me."

Formed in London in 1974, The Babys were signed to Chrysalis Records on the basis of a four-song video, which predated the MTV era by seven years. Combining the muscular rock ‘n’ roll grit of Free and Humble Pie with a winning commercial accessibility, The Babys released five albums between 1977-1980 (The Babys, Broken Heart, Head First, Union Jacks and On the Edge). During that time, the group toured with the likes of Journey, Alice Cooper and Cheap Trick and built a loyal following based on their spectacular songs and explosive live performances right up until disbanding in December of 1980.

Former members John Waite, Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips have all given their blessings to the newest incarnation of the band. Waite continues on as a solo act, while Cain is now a member of Journey, having penned a string of hit singles including “Don’t Stop Believing,” the most downloaded song in history. Phillips is a longtime bass player for Styx.

The first single from the album, the aptly titled "Not Ready to Say Goodbye,” was made available on iTunes last November, with a sound reminiscent of both “Isn’t It Time” and “Every Time I Think of You.”

“In recording this new album, we discussed the fact that the songs had to have the flavor of what we were known for,” says Stocker. “It was just a magical process,” adds Brock. “By the time we finished, I knew we had the goods.”

After the break-up of The Babys, drummer Brock became a member of Rod Stewart’s band, and also played with Jeff Beck and Bernie Taupin, among others. He founded the Silver Dreams Studios (www.silverdreamsstudios.com) near Los Angeles, where he produced hit records for Jimmy Barnes, among others.

London native Stocker left home at 15 in pursuit of his rock ‘n’ roll destiny and never looked back. After The Babys, he played with Rod Stewart, Air Supply and Humble Pie.

New vocalist/bassist Bisaha evokes the memories of John Waite, but also brings a new touch, making the songs his own. He joined The Babys at their first comeback performance last July.

New York native Sykes, who has had stints in various bands, as well as a publishing association with Warner/Chappell, has penned the first single “I See You There.”

The Babys embarked on a string of shows in Las Vegas, San Diego, Portland and Seattle last November and December, and plan on announcing an extensive slate of tour dates around the June 24 release of I’ll Have Some of That.

Follow The Babys at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Babys/496421990415013#
Website: www.theBabysOfficial.com
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ill-have-some-of-that/id867887118?uo=4&at=1l3v3ao

Friday, May 2, 2014

Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' Draft Up For Auction

Bob Dylan's four-page original manuscript for "Like a Rolling Stone," considered by many to be one of the greatest rock songs ever, is expected to fetch $1 million to $2 million when it is put on auction in June, Sotheby's said this week.

Also for sale in the "Presley to Punk" auction in New York will be memorabilia from the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Joni Mitchell and the Rolling Stones.

Dylan's 1965 anthem addressed to "Miss Lonely" and asking "How does it feel, to be on your own, with no direction home" was a breakthrough for Dylan and the music industry.

It not only established the former folk singer as a rocker but also, running more than six minutes, was almost double the length of pop songs that got radio air time in that era.

"In this near complete four-page working draft the distinctive often repeated ‘how does it feel’ lyric is clearly visible alongside unused lines, stray thoughts on American cultural imagery, and interesting doodles," Sotheby's said in a press release.

Richard Austin, the expert in charge of the sale, commented: "This is the Holy Grail of rock lyrics. The release of 'Like A Rolling Stone' irreversibly changed postwar music history with one song, Bob Dylan elevated rock music from mere ‘pop’ to the medium though which youth culture expressed itself."

"The lyrics set down on these four small sheets of paper are a near complete rendering of the song that resonated like no other, influencing the course of pop music for the next 50 years.”

In 2004, "Like a Rolling Stone" topped Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Other items for auction include a contract that the legendary guitarist Hendrix signed in 1965 agreeing to perform live and in the studio for $1.

Sotheby's says this began "the debilitating legal troubles" that would plague Hendrix for the rest of his musical career.

There also are posters for a Presley concert and for a Rolling Stones concert in Paris.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Geoff Tate Announces Farewell "Queensrÿche" Tour

Original Queensrÿche singer Geoff Tate will be performing his farewell tour as "Queensrÿche," beginning in late July (see below for full itinerary).

The announcement of the tour, Queensrÿche Starring Geoff Tate - The Farewell Tour, comes hot on the heels of the recent amicable settlement with his former band mates Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield, who will be continuing with the band name.

With Tate at the helm of Queensrÿche, the band experienced incredible success, garnering four Grammy nominations, performing in 46 different countries and selling over 20 million albums worldwide.

"One thing that's really important for fans to know is that this never went to court," Tate remarked, who will be continuing as Geoff Tate: The Voice of Queensrÿche once the summer farewell tour is complete.

As part of the agreement between the original members, Tate will have the exclusive right to perform the concept albums Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II as unique performances.

For the past several months, Tate and his version of Queensrÿche (featuring bassist Rudy Sarzo, guitarist Robert Sarzo, guitarist Kelly Gray, drummer Simon Wright and keyboardist Randy Gane) have been performing the fan favorite on their 25th Anniversary Mindcrime Tour (with special guest Sass Jordan as "Sister Mary") in front of sold out audiences everywhere.

"It's sort of similar to the Pink Floyd situation where Roger Waters retained The Wall," comments Geoff. "Mindcrime was my thing and my story, so it's only appropriate that I keep that... The others will be touring as Queensryche and I'll be continuing on as me."

The popularity of the theatrical back-to-back presentation of the Operation: Mindcrime saga (I & II) was exemplified when the performance was captured for the 2007 double DVD/CD set, Mindcrime at the Moore, that hit #1 on Billboard's Top Music DVD Chart and eventually reached gold status.

Although the name will change, the lineup of stellar musicians performing with Tate after this "farewell" tour is expected to remain the same.

Tickets go on sale for the majority of shows this Friday (May 2nd) and Saturday (May 3rd).

QUEENSRYCHE STARRING GEOFF TATE / 2014 FAREWELL TOUR DATES

Wednesday, July 30 - Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California
Thursday, July 31 - The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California
Friday, August 1 - Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California
Saturday, August 2 - House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, August 3 - The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
Thursday, August 7 - Strummer's in Fresno, California
Friday, August 8 - Theatre Deville in Vacaville, California
Saturday, August 9 - Downtown Amphitheater in Morgan Hill, California
Tuesday, August 12 - Music Marathon Works in Nashville, Tennessee
Wednesday, August 13 - Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina
Thursday, August 14 - The Chop Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina
Friday, August 15 - Ziggy's by the Sea in Wilmington, North Carolina
Saturday, August 16 - Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Sunday, August 17 - Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia
Tuesday, August 19 - Trees in Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, August 20 - Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas
Friday, August 22 - Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
Saturday, August 23 - Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona
Sunday, August 24 - Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tuesday, August 26 - The Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah
Thursday, August 28 - The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas
Saturday, August 30 - Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, Illinois