Friday, October 31, 2014

Bruce Springsteen Admits He Wrote A Song About A Book Before Reading It

Bruce Springsteen recently chatted with The New York Times about his favorite writers and what books he's been reading recently (he's promoting his children's book Outlaw Pete).

Amid a high-minded discussion of Philip Roth, Moby-Dick and Flannery O'Connor, Springsteen let slip a humanizing fact -- like the rest of us, he sometimes pretends he's read classic books he hasn't.

Specifically, Springsteen admitted he hadn't read John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath until after he released his 1995 album The Ghost of Tom Joad. So yes, the Boss titled a song/album after the protagonist of a book he had not yet read. Incidentally, Springsteen re-recorded "The Ghost of Tom Joad" with Tom Morello for his most recent album, High Hopes, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Springsteen isn't the first rocker to do this, however. Iggy Pop has long admitted his 1977 classic solo album The Idiot came out before he'd finished reading the Dostoyevsky novel. And of course, Britney Spears has a song called "Brave New Girl," and it's anyone's guess if she knows who Aldous Huxley is.

The Boss lauds Moby-Dick as "a beautiful boy’s adventure story" and describes his first brush with literature thusly: "The first book I read was The Wizard of Oz, one lazy summer on my front porch on Randolph Street in New Jersey."

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Allman Brothers Band Salute Duane Allman At Final Beacon Theatre Show

When guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes announced in January that they would no longer perform with the Allman Brothers Band after this year, it wasn't clear what that meant. This iteration of the group had been together almost 15 years, longer than any other since the band's 1969 formation. Original members Gregg Allman, Jaimoe and Butch Trucks (Derek's uncle) would have to either add new members and forge on, as they had done before, or stop playing as the Allman Brothers.

For months, Butch and Allman sent mixed messages, as fans debated what could, should and would happen. In June, the end of an era finally came into view: The band announced it would play its last shows with a six-show run at New York's Beacon Theatre, the inevitable conclusion to a long-running rock opera at a venue that has become hallowed Allman Brothers ground (the band has sold out 238 shows there since 1989).

The first two nights (Oct. 21 and 22) at the Beacon were solid but unspectacular. Then, on Oct. 24, two Gibson Les Pauls that belonged to Duane Allman, the band's late leader, arrived from the Rock and Roll of Fame and animated the band, which played its best show in five years. Trucks and Haynes' playing took on more urgency, and Gregg sang with power and passion throughout the night. The burst of energy was testament to the remarkable influence Duane exerts on the act he founded, even 43 years after his death in a motorcycle accident in 1971.

The band played at close to this high level for two more nights, which left one final show on Oct. 28. Grandiose rumors circulated among fans: They would play four sets! They would play until sunrise! The hyperbole, in fact, turned out to be only a slight exaggeration. The band took the stage a little before 9 p.m. and played until about 1:30 a.m., with three full sets. Butch Trucks summoned the fire of a man five decades younger. Gregg Allman, who recently has seemed only intermittently interested onstage with this band, was fully present all night, singing as well as he has in years. The frontline of Haynes, Trucks and bassist Oteil Burbridge were perfectly locked in. The band started strong and took it even higher, turning in their finest, most intense show in decades.

As the show ticked past midnight into Oct. 29, the anniversary of Duane's death, the group brought the focus back to him, playing "Mountain Jam," one of his signature songs; "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and "Melissa," which were played at his funeral; and "Ain't Wasting Time No More," which Gregg wrote in response to his brother's death.

After an energetic encore of "Whipping Post," the group walked center stage arm in arm. It was stunning to see the taciturn Allman, who has gone whole Beacon runs without saying more than "thank y'all," take the mic and offer up eloquent words of reflection. When he said the band would say goodbye with the first song it ever played together, every die-hard in the theater (and there were few who did not fit that description) knew what was coming: a reinterpretation of Muddy Waters' "Trouble No More."

After the show, outside the Beacon, old friends hugged. Tears were shed. Crowds gathered at the backdoor, chanting each band member's name as he emerged into waiting vans. At last, Duane Allman's circle felt complete and unbroken.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Second Annual G4 Experience Featuring Joe Satriani Coming To California

From June 28 – July 2, 2015, musicians of all ages and levels will once again converge in California’s scenic Central Coast for the second annual G4 Experience with guitar virtuosos Joe Satriani, Tosin Abasi & Animals as Leaders, Guthrie Govan & The Aristrocrats, and Mike Keneally. 

This unique music camp that combines entertainment, education and a vacation experience will again be held at the picturesque Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, California, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Produced by Dreamcatcher Events, the G4 Experience is an extension of Satriani’s own G3 Tour, a concert tour the guitarist founded which features Satriani alongside two other well-known guitarists.

“This year I’m happy to announce an exciting new G4 line up, with each player selected for their stunning musicianship and original approach to guitar playing,” Satriani revealed.  “Guthrie will be bringing his bandmates from The Aristocrats – Bryan Beller on bass & Marco Minnemann on drums.  Tosin will come with his Animals As Leaders featuring guitarist Javier Reyes & drummer Matt Garstka,” he enthusiastically continued, “Mike “The Wizard” Keneally returns this year bringing his unique multi-instrumental style and approach to the camp giving clinics, playing a solo show as well as being part of my band’s performances.  To round out our teaching/performing staff will be good friends and all-around awesome guitarists Doug Doppler, Bruce Bouillet, and Andy Aledort along with my friend, Stu Hamm on bass.”

The event will kick off on Sunday, June 28 featuring a meet and greet with Satriani, The Aristocrats, Animals as Leaders, Keneally and G4 Experience guests.  The rest of the experience will be filled with Master Classes led by Satriani, Animals As Leaders, The Aristocrats, as well as smaller, breakout workshops with the other G4 leaders.  In addition, during dinner each evening, there will be a featured concert with the G4 leaders followed by guests given the ability to ‘jam’ in any of the eight, fully loaded jam rooms!

Guthrie Govan, guitarist for The Aristocrats, looks on the whole event as a very special opportunity, “Every aspect of this event promises to be a lot of fun, but I must say I’m particularly looking forward to the fact that the whole Aristocrats trio will be there, working together, like when we’re writing, rehearsing or touring. That time is hugely important, but all too often gets overlooked.”

Given the huge success of last summer’s first G4 Experience, Satriani is ecstatic about launching the second event. “Last year’s successful G4 Experience in Cambria left me with great memories from each and every day. Teaching is something very close to my heart and I take it seriously. Having the chance to share what I know about music and guitar playing with like-minded players is always fun, and I find the camp environment brings out special performances from me and all the teachers.”

Brimming with pride, he continues, “The G4 format allows us to explore all kinds of things which would simply not be possible in a typical “one off” Master Class session: the tutors and students will have more time in which to “connect” so the event promises to provide a much more personalized experience for the campers.”

The intimate G4 Experience is available for a maximum of 175 attendees. The event size is limited so every guest will have the opportunity to spend time with each of the featured artists. This unique music camp is open to guitarists of all ages and levels and provides an entertaining and educational once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience.

Tickets for the G4 Experience are on sale now at http://dreamcatcher.brkstn.com/g4/. Admission includes four nights lodging, meals, master classes, break-out sessions, live performances and jam sessions in 8 fully stocked jam rooms.  Every attendee will also receive a welcome kit with items from D’Addario and Planet Waves.

“I’m confident each and every G4 camper will come away inspired and armed with more useful musical knowledge than they could have attained in any other way. The camp makes learning fun and creates an atmosphere of camaraderie that can’t be matched anywhere else.” Joe Satriani’s life-long pursuit of musical perfection now extends to those he eagerly takes into his “classroom”.

As an added bonus, if you register by December 31, 2014 you’ll receive a free Pigtronix Class A Boost pedal and West Coast Pedal Board when you arrive at camp.

Featured musician/instructor Tosin Abasi elaborates on the unique experience for teachers and campers: “We are looking forward to our participation in The G4 Experience. Not only are we excited to interact with other great established musicians, but we are also excited to interact with guitar players from all walks of life. With workshops, jam sessions and a great atmosphere, this unique event is a must for anyone who loves playing guitar.”

For the G4 Experience, guests will choose from a variety of room options at Cambria Pines Lodge in scenic Cambria, CA on California’s Central Coast. Located on 25 acres of Monterey pines and landscaped gardens, Cambria Pines Lodge is within minutes of the Pacific Ocean and Hearst Castle, and is close to hundreds of wineries. Cambria is easily accessible by air via the San Luis Obispo airport and by car via the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.

More information at:
http://g4experience.com
http://www.dreamcatcher-events.com

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sting's Musical 'The Last Ship' Docks On Broadway

The Last Ship, a musical by Grammy-winning Sting based on his childhood in a shipbuilding town in northeastern England, landed on Broadway with a star-studded opening.

Actors Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson, Bill Pullman and Alan Cumming, along with singers Billy Joel and Debbie Harry of Blondie were on hand on Sunday night for Sting's Broadway debut as a composer at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Despite winning 16 Grammys, the former frontman of the rock group The Police admitted being nervous before the curtain went up for the show he had been working on for five years.

"I was brought up in a pretty extraordinary place in the shadow of a shipyard and it always had a kind of theatrical feel to it. And I thought - I wanted to honor the community I came from. It was about time," Sting, 63, said.

The musical charts the course of Gideon Fletcher, a shipbuilder's son who leaves his girlfriend, Meg Dawson, and his hometown of Wallsend in search of a better life. He returns 15 years later after his father's death to a town hit by recession, where the shipyard has closed and his lover has moved on.

"Rich score propels Ship," the New York Daily News said in a headline, while the New York Times called it an "ambitious, earnest musical," adding the seductive score is among the best composed by a rock or pop figure for Broadway.

The Last Ship is packed with about 20 songs ranging from sweet, melodic ballads to toe-tapping dance numbers set in the grim shipyard, a local pub and the Catholic Church.

"The varied score draws on the antique sounds of sea chanteys, and often has a heavily Celtic sound — with a little Kurt Weill thrown in for good measure," said the New York Times.

When Gideon returns the shipyard is being sold and the men of Wallsend are left without the only jobs they have ever known. At the urging of local priest the men take over the yard to build one last ship.

Michael Esper ("Frances Ha") is the adult Gideon and Collin Kelly-Sordelet, in his Broadway debut, plays his younger version.

Rachel Tucker, who appeared in Wicked in London, is the feisty Meg and Aaron Lazar (Wolf of Wall Street) is Arthur, the man vying for her heart. British actor Jimmy Nail in the stern shipyard foreman and Fred Applegate is Father O'Brien, the wise, understanding priest who won't say no to a pint and sometimes lapses into profanity.

While critics praised the cast and score, the New York Times said the book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey is unfocused and diffuse.

The New York Daily News concurred saying the two-pronged story "sometimes sinks this enterprise."

"Fortunately, when the story threatens to capsize, there's another good song by Sting to shore up the show," it added.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Music World Pays Tribute To Jack Bruce

Ringo Starr, Slash and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea have lead tributes to Jack Bruce, the Cream bassist who died this weekend aged 71.

As reported, Bruce passed away on Saturday, October 25 of liver failure. Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, Sean Lennon, Brian May, Questlove of The Roots and KISS member Paul Stanley are among those to have paid tribute.

Bruce's former bandmate Eric Clapton said: "[He was] a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me." The guitarist followed up the post with a short acoustic track titled "For Jack." You can hear the track below.

Cream drummer Ginger Baker said: "I am very sad to learn of the loss of a fine man, Jack Bruce... My thoughts & wishes are with his family at this difficult time."

Bruce, Clapton and Baker formed the hugely influential band Cream in 1966 and quickly released four albums that included the hits "I Feel Free," "Strange Brew," "Sunshine Of Your Love" and "White Room."

Cream split in November 1968 but Bruce continued to record music under his own name, releasing 14 solo albums in total. The most recent of these, Silver Rails, was released in March 2014. VintageRock.com publisher Shawn Perry interviewed Bruce about the album and his career in May 2014. See the interview here.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' Passes 20 Million Sales In USA

Fleetwood Mac Rumours has now old over 20 million copies in the USA in that year that not one 2014 releases has sold 1,000,000.

To date, no album that has been released in 2014 has made it to Platinum status, indicating sales of over one-million units. As of now, only the soundtrack from Frozen, released in 2013, has sold more than one million copies this year.

Albums are making it to Gold level (500,000 units sold) including eleven released this year including Michael Jackson’s Xscape and the 70’s infused Guardian’s of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Volume 1.

Where there is a lot of gold and platinum being awarded is in “singles” (aka individual track downloads). For veteran artists, much of this action is in country music with Tim McGraw, alone, receiving four platinum singles in the last three months.

Continuing sales of older tracks is also moving some over the threasholds, including Fishin’ in the Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band which was released on June 1, 1987 and has just received its platinum certification, and the Mighty Mighty Boss Tones’ The Impression That I Get which has gone gold.

The big news, though, for older albums is that Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours has been given its twentieth platinum certificate, indicating sales of over twenty million units. That moves it into a tie for eighth place with Shania Twain on the list of the biggest selling albums of all-time in the U.S.:

Their Greatest Hits – Eagles (29 million)
Thriller – Michael Jackson (29 million)
Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin (23 million)
The Wall – Pink Floyd (Double) (23 million)
Greatest Hits Volume 1 and Volume 2 – Billy Joel (Double) (23 million)
Back In Black – AC/DC (22 million)
Double Live – Garth Brooks (Double) (21 million)
Come On Over – Shania Twain (20 million)
Rumours – Fleetwood Mac (19 million)
The Beatles – The Beatles (Double) (19 million)


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Neil Young To Stage First-ever Art Exhibition In California

Neil Young is set to stage his very first art exhibition.

Young will be showing a selection of his water colors at Special Deluxe, which will take place at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica, California, opening on November 3 until the end of the month. Young will be present at the opening event.

The exhibition will include the cover art for Young's new solo album Storytone, which will be released on November 3. The LP is his second of the year following A Letter Home, which was recorded in the vintage vinyl booth at Jack White's Third Man Records store in Nashville.

The new release will be a double album with a second disc seeing Young performing the same songs but backed by a 92-piece orchestra.

Meanwhile, Young recently said that he will never tour as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young again.

David Crosby subsequently responded to his to former bandmate with: "I hear Neil said 'there will never be any more CSNY shows', that's like saying there are mountains in Tibet. We know Neil... we already knew."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Led Zeppelin Loses First Round In ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Lawsuit

For decades, Led Zeppelin has faced claims that they plagiarized their iconic 1971 hit “Stairway to Heaven” from the rock band Spirit. Now it looks like Zeppelin is headed for a difficult legal battle.

Back in May, family members of Spirit frontman Randy Craig Wolfe (a.k.a Randy California) filed the suit against Zeppelin, seeking monetary damages and a writing credit for the now-deceased Wolfe, NBC Philadelphia reports.

Wolfe’s family claims that Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page ripped off the chords for “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit’s 1968 tune “Taurus.” (The two bands at one point toured together and had thus become familiar with each other’s music.)

Zeppelin and their music companies requested that the case be dismissed, as the “individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania, and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The judge, however, said no to that request — so the band will now be forced to move forward with the suit.

In the meantime, if you’ve never heard the song that Zeppelin allegedly ripped off, listen to it here, followed by “Stairway to Heaven” for comparison’s sake:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Women's International Music Networks Announces 2015 She Rocks Award Recipients

The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN) is pleased to announce the 2015 She Rocks Awards honorees. Taking place on January 23, 2015 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel from 6:00pm to 8:30pm during the NAMM Show, the third annual She Rocks Awards honors women who stand out as role models in the industry. Tickets are on sale now. 

This year’s awards show will be co-hosted by platinum-selling guitarist and solo artist Orianthi and The WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore, and will honor these outstanding women:

  • Mindi Abair – Chart-topping, Grammy award-nominated saxophone player and singer/songwriter.
  • The Bangles’ guitarists Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson and drummer Debbi Peterson – Iconic, platinum-selling all-female pop band.
  • Gayle Beacock – Co-owner of Beacock Music and recipient of NAMM’s top dealer award for 2014.
  • Debbie Cavalier – Berklee College of Music Vice President for Online Learning and Continuing Education/CEO of Berkleemusic, author and Grammy award-winning children’s artist.
  • Amani Duncan – Vice President of Brand Marketing for C.F. Martin & Co. 
  • Katie Kailus – Editor of Music Inc. and Upbeat Daily magazines.
  • Paula Salvatore – Vice President and Studio Manager of Capitol Studios for Universal Music.
  • Craigie Zildjian – CEO of the Avedis Zildjian Company.

The WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore comments, “This year we are moving the She Rocks Awards to an evening event and really going all out to celebrate the achievements of these talented and inspiring women. There will be an opportunity to network, some great performances, plus some surprise moments as well!”

Now gearing up for its third consecutive year, the She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Orianthi, Sheila E, Gaby Moreno, Malina Moye, Dinah Gretsch, Janie L. Hendrix, Mary Peavey, Tish Ciravolo and more.

With featured performances, food and beverages, giveaways, a silent auction, networking opportunities and more, the She Rocks Awards brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans, and media to celebrate women in music.

This event has sold out for the past two years and does not require a NAMM badge to attend. The She Rocks Awards will take place on January 23, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in the Pacific Ballroom at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.thewimn.com/2015-rocks-awards-buy-tickets/.

The She Rocks Awards would like to recognize our sponsors C.F. Martin & Co, International Musician, Making Music Magazine as well as NewBay Media, and their publications Guitar World, Guitar Player, Acoustic Nation, Bass Player, Electronic Musician and Keyboard Magazine.

Find out more about the She Rocks Awards at http://www.sherocksawards.com.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Supertramp's Crime Of The Century - 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Coming In December

Crime Of The Century was the first of the many peaks in Supertramp’s illustrious career; an album that had everything to prove, full of tunes that effortlessly straddled the world of pure pop and progressive rock. The LP eventually peaked at Number 4 on the UK charts and saw the band for the first time on the US Top 40. It was the music and the album’s cinematic sonic qualities that accounted for its impact.

Crime Of The Century is not only one of Supertramp’s greatest works, but one of the most highly regarded recordings of 70s rock music. Released in 1974, it put the band on the map after three years of struggle. With the unmistakable blend of the two songwriters – Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson’s – work, it married the sweetness of Hodgson’s "Dreamer" – the band's first big hit single – with the grit of Davies’ similarly beloved "Bloody Well Right."

In "School," "Rudy" and the title track, the band – Davies, Hodgson, John Helliwell, Bob Siebenberg, and Dougie Thomson – helped define what would soon be known as ‘Adult Oriented Rock.’ This was – and is – not just an album that showed Supertramp's increased maturity, but a timeless gem, crammed with incredible melodies and thoughtful lyrics.

Scheduled for release on December 8, the 40th Anniversary edition contains the classic original album, remastered by Ray Staff at Air Studios, and a second disc features their 1975 Hammersmith Odeon concert, mixed from the original tapes by original on-the-night engineer Ken Scott, capturing the band on the verge of stardom, showcasing all of Crime, and also previewing tracks from the then-as-yet-unreleased follow-up, Crisis? What Crisis?

The double CD package comes with a 24-page booklet of photographs, and a new essay written by Phil Alexander, Editor-in-Chief of Mojo Magazine, containing new interviews with Dougie Thomson, John Helliwell, Ken Scott, Bob Siebenberg, Roger Hodgson, and 1973-1983 Supertramp manager Dave Margereson. Crime Of The Century is also available in single CD, LP and digital formats.

There is heavyweight vinyl set in a beautiful box set, cut by Ray Staff at Air Studios, featuring all the material of the two CDs across three 180gm LPs, with an eight-page album-sized booklet with a longer version of Alexander’s essay, download card, and two 10x8 prints.

Crime Of The Century was produced by Ken Scott (The Beatles’ White Album, David Bowie's The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars). His engineering prowess merited a Grammy nomination and became one of the ‘go to’ albums for Hi-Fi demonstrations alongside Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.

Enjoy again the sonic excellence and musical and lyrical sophistication of this well-loved band on this timely celebration of one of Crime Of The Century, one of their landmark recordings.

ORIGINAL ALBUM: School / Bloody Well Right / Hide In Your Shell/ Asylum / Dreamer/Rudy / If Everyone Was Listening / Crime Of The Century

LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH 75: School / Bloody Well Right / Hide In Your Shell / Asylum / Sister Moonshine / Just A Normal Day / Another Man’s Woman / Lady / A – You’re Adorable / Dreamer / Rudy / If Everyone Was Listening / Crime Of The Century

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Audio Fidelity Releasing Trans-Siberian Orchestra's 'The Christmas Attic' On Two LP Set

Christmas arrives early this year with the release of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's  rock opera The Christmas Attic on two CDs from Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity. 

Originally released in 1998, The Christmas Attic is the second installment of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Trilogy.

The story begins on Christmas Eve when a young girl's curiosity leads her to a night of mischief and magic when she decides to sneak up into the attic of her parents' home while she should be asleep.  This album contains a mix of vocal and instrumental songs.

The track “Christmas Canon,” one of the TSO's most well-known songs, is a variation of Pachelbel's famous Canon in D Major, with lyrics and new music added as well as "Boughs of Holly" and a soulful rendition of "Music Box Blues."

The Christmas Attic is being made available on vinyl for the first time in a two LP set. The brilliantly remastered records are packaged in a seasonal gatefold jacket that includes a colorful 12-page booklet filled with the tale of The Christmas Attic as well as the lyrics to all the songs.

When founder and producer Paul O'Neill first conceived Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his goal was as straightforward as it was ambitious: “...create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries further than any group before, following in the footsteps of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, the Who...but take it way, way further.”

With more than 9 million albums sold, TSO has inspired generations of fans to rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera. They've become one of the world's top acts and listed in Billboard magazine as one of the top touring artists of the past decade.

Their $20 million-plus stage production has played to over 11 million people in 80+ cities across the globe. TSO will once again be touring during the 2014 and 2015 holiday season with The Christmas Attic show.

Last year they welcomed-in the New Year in front of over one million German fans in a nationally televised show live from the Brandenberg Gate.

For more information: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/trans-siberian-orchestrathe-christmas-attic

Friday, October 17, 2014

Legacy Recordings Announces Limited Edition Vinyl Exclusives For Record Store Day's Black Friday


Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has announced the label's lineup of collectible 12", 10" and 7" vinyl releases created especially for Record Store Day's Black Friday 2014, celebrated this year at the nation's independent record stores on Friday, November 28, 2014.

For RSD Black Friday 2014, Legacy is offering a range of RSD exclusives and numbered limited vinyl editions, catering to connoisseurs of classic sounds delivered old school.

Leading Legacy's RSD Black Friday line-up this year is "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)," a 10" vinyl single that also features "Tis A Pity She's A Whore 10" by the legendary David Bowie.

Other titles include:

Joe Satriani EP  12" Vinyl 45 RPM 30th Anniversary Edition
This 30th anniversary edition of Satriani's self-titled 5 song debut showcases the magic that helped Joe secure his deal with Relativity Records.  This "one man band" recording is remarkable in that every sound on the 5 songs was made on an electric guitar, from tapping on the tuneups for drums and percussion to detuning the guitar to replicate the lower bass sounds.  This RSD exclusive is individually numbered and remastered on 180 gram vinyl.

Miles Davis "Blue Xmas"   7" 45 RPM blue vinyl single
In 1962, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and bebop singer Bob Dorough turned the holiday season on its ear with “Blue Xmas,” a jazzy original mocking the commercialism of the Christmas season. This recording, along with “Devil May Care,” another Dorough original recorded by Davis and Evans, is being released by Legacy for Record Store Day Black Friday 2014 as a 7" 45 RPM blue vinyl single in a brand-new picture sleeve. “Blue Xmas” is featured in Jingle Bell Rocks!, a new documentary about alternative holiday songs to be released this year by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

The following albums will be released as RSD exclusives before becoming more generally available:

Elvis Presley – Showroom Internationale 2LP - 180G 12" vinyl
The film "Elvis: That’s The Way It Is" provided fans with their first real glimpse of Elvis performing at an absolute peak of his vocal prowess in August 1970.   This  individually numbered, 17 song, 2 LP set features the King's full August 12, 1970 dinner show and includes 13 previously unreleased performances.

Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Music 2LP 200 Gram Audiophile 12" vinyl
This limited edition, individually numbered 2LP set, pressed on 200 gram audiophile vinyl by QRP, features a treasure trove of unreleased Jimi Hendrix studio recordings from 1969.  Hear My Music is an authorized Jimi Hendrix "bootleg" issued by Dagger Records.

The Kinks – Muswell Hillbillies 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl
Released in 1971, The Kinks’ Muswell Hillbillies found the quintessentially British band painting a vivid portrait of working class life in North London, with a sonic palette that drew from turn-of-the-century British music hall and American country styles. Rolling Stone would call it Ray Davies’ “signature statement” as a songwriter. This deluxe 2LP edition features the original album paired with a bonus vinyl disc of rarities and outtakes from the original album sessions as well as BBC sessions recorded for John Peel.

Now in its seventh year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture taking place on the third Saturday in April, with an annual Black Friday event occurring the day after Thanksgiving.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Led Zeppelin Shares Rare, Alternate Version Of "Rock and Roll"

It’s been a long time since we… heard a rare Led Zeppelin track. Over two weeks, to be exact, since we shared the alternate version of 1973’s “Rain Song” from Zeppelin’s forthcoming pair of classic LP reissues.

This time, the band has leaked an alternate take of “Rock and Roll” -- the windows down, hard-rockin’ second track from 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV. How do you think it compares to the original?

"'Rock and Roll' has just got that cheeky energy about it," frontman Jimmy Page said. "It's a party. 'It's been a long time since I rock and rolled.' It says it all, really. It's great lyrics and it's a great performance."

"As a song, it was actually kind of punky; pre-punk," bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones said. "It was really fast too, onstage anyway. It just got really quick, a lot of energy. It's a lot of fun to play. The crowd loved it. We loved it."

The reissues of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy drop October 27 via Atlantic/Swan Song. Each reissue will contain a bounty of unreleased bonus tracks (on both CD and vinyl, regular and deluxe). Both will be included in a box set, which also contains a coffee table book and a print of the cover art.

Have a listen below:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Heart & Friends — Home for the Holidays Coming November 10

Heart’s Heart & Friends — Home for the Holidays will be released as CD/DVD, Blu Ray and digital download on November 10, 2014 by Frontiers Music SRL. 

Last December, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson returned to their hometown of Seattle to stage a celebration of the season, gathering a few of their friends to join them in singing holiday classics, personal favorites and some of their own hits.

Special guests Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train joined Heart for this unique concert which was taped on December 12th 2013 at the Benaroya Symphony Concert Hall in Seattle. The Wilson sisters performed an array of holiday songs originally written by Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and Sammy Hagar in their Christmas set as well as some of Heart’s favorite songs. Colvin, Hagar, Marx and Monahan provided additional vocals on the tunes and/or sing duets.

“We had a great time putting on this show with special friends for the holidays. Warm moments and great music from all... and some saucy little elves too,” said Ann Wilson. “We have always held the holidays up as a wonderful whimsical time of year and celebrating it in our beloved home town with friends, songs and family was extremely magical,” added Nancy Wilson.

Heart & Friends: Home For The Holidays ended a prolific and award-winning year in 2013 for the band, who have been enjoying a resurgence of popularity since 2010′s Red Velvet Car, which became the group’s first Top 10 album in 20 years.

There have been many successful live shows and tours in recent years, including a 2011 tour with Def Leppard, and their 2013 “Heartbreaker” tour. In 2012, they released Strange Euphoria, a definitive career-spanning box set, as well as Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll, their best-selling autobiography. That same year, Heart got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and released Fanatic, their14th studio album.

Last, but certainly not the least, Heart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

You can order Heart & Friends: Home For The Holidays at the following:
CD/DVD: http://geni.us/HeartHolidaysAMZCDVD
Blu-Ray: http://geni.us/HeartHolidaysAMZBR

CD audio track listing will include:
The River; Seasons, Rockin’/Love Came Down at Christmas (feat. Shawn Colvin), POEM, All through the Night (feat. Richard Marx), All we need is an Island (feat. Sammy Hagar), Santa's Going South (feat. Sammy Hagar), Please Come Home for Christmas (feat. Pat Monahan), Remember Christmas, Barracuda, Even it Up, Stairway to Heaven and Ring Them Bells (feat. Pat Monahan, Richard Marx, Shawn Colvin).

Blu Ray track listing will include:
The River; Seasons Rockin’/Love Came Down at Christmas (feat. Shawn Colvin), POEM, All through the Night (feat. Richard Marx), All we need is an Island (feat. Sammy Hagar), Santa's Going South (feat. Sammy Hagar), Please Come Home for Christmas (feat. Pat Monahan), Remember Christmas; Barracuda; Stairway to Heaven and Ring Them Bells (feat. Pat Monahan, Richard Marx, Shawn Colvin).


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Famed Rock & Roll Photographer Jim Marshall’s Newly Released Photos

It was the Summer of Love. Vietnam War protests were in full swing, the Hippie movement had taken root, and the Beatles were America’s soundtrack,  and all of it was captured in its black, white and color glory by rock and roll photographer Jim Marshall.'

More than 230 never before seen photographs have been released today, chronicling the time period in a new book, The Haight: Love, Rock, and Revolution.

“These are pieces of history that happened and won’t happen again,” explained Amelia Davis, Marshall’s former assistant and holder of his estate.

Davis worked side-by-side with Marshall for 13 years. When he died in 2010, he passed his entire photo collection on to her. Her biggest hope for this photo book is to keep Marshall’s legacy alive, she said.

“Often times when a photographer dies, their work is locked up and put away, and I didn’t want that to happen with Jim’s work,” Davis said.

“It’s been an amazing journey, but it’s also been a huge responsibility,” she said.

Davis and author and music journalist Joel Selvin sifted through move than 100,000 photographs as they worked through the painstaking process of deciding which photos would make the cut. “We all had to kind of stop ourselves from making this enormous book. There were so many good shots,” Davis said.

Though Marshall is remembered mostly for his rock and roll photography, and remains the only photographer to receive a Grammy, he also chronicled many of the milestone moments in America’s history, snapping shots of the civil rights movement, Vietnam War protests, and other famed culture wars around the country.

“He may have been there photographing Jimi Hendrix, but he was also photographing what was going on around Jimi Hendrix,” Davis said. “We get into the war protests because Vietnam is starting to happen, you get into the clash of young kids saying ‘I don’t want to go there, I don’t want to do that.’”

Davis’ favorite photo in the collection shows an African-American couple staring over a fence and into the camera lens.

“It really shows the division that was there between the African-Americans and the whites,” she said. “And both the man and the women are looking directly at Jim, kind of hitting it head on. And it’s just such a powerful, powerful photograph.”

The past, she added, says a lot about our present. “Today we still have a long way to go. Even though we do have an African-American as the president, there still is that division in parts of the United States.”

Marshall originally tried to publish a similar book in 1976, but the project never came to fruition. Davis says it’s likely because Marshall felt pigeon-holed as a music photographer and was afraid the world couldn’t see him as anything else.

Since then, a lot has changed. “When you look at these photographs it’s done with a completely manual camera,” Davis points out. “He really knew how to use his camera, which you don’t get today because with digital, a lot of them slam it on automatic and put it into photo shop and mess around with it.”

“Jim was able to compose in the camera itself and take the photograph, and that was it.”

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ozzy Osbourne To Receive MTV EMAs Global Icon Award

Ozzy Osbourne will be honored with the Global Icon Award at the MTV EMAs in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday, November 9.

The Black Sabbath singer revealed the news to fans via his Facebook page.

“Ozzy’s impact on music and pop culture has been tremendous," said Bruce Gillmer, executive vp of talent and music programming/events at Viacom International Media Networks. "For over four decades (and counting!) he’s entertained, influenced, inspired and sometimes shocked legions of diehard fans around the globe."

Osbourne is a multi-platinum artist, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a three-time Grammy winner. He has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. He has just released CD/DVD collection Memoirs of a Madman. He also has a history with MTV thanks to reality series The Osbournes (2002-2005).

The former honorees are Eminem, who got the MTV Global Icon Award last year, Whitney Houston (2012), Queen (2011) and Bon Jovi (2010).

Nicki Minaj is set to host the MTV EMAs. Performers announced so far include Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Minaj.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Flying Colors Release 'A Place in Your World' Video

The members of Flying Colors just want a place in your world -- and they’ve got the flashy riffs, drum fills and vocal harmonies to prove it. The prog-friendly supergroup released its sophomore album Second Nature on Sept. 30 and they're premiering the video for the catchy single “A Place in Your World” today (see below).


Flying Colors features lead vocalist/instrumentalist Casey McPherson, guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, Kansas), drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, Dream Theater), keyboardist Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard), and bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai). With all that experience, you can bet they’re in their element in a studio video like this.

"The video for 'A Place In Your World' captures the band in our most natural and comfortable environment: the studio,” drummer Mike Portnoy says. “The song is a great example of what has become the 'Flying Colors sound': catchy vocal hooks with clever, tasty musicianship sprinkled on top. It's also a great example of the Flying Colors vocal blend as it features lead vocal turns from all three vocalists (myself, Neal, and Casey) and a chorus that features a three-part harmony with all of us.”

Flying Colors recently played a trio of early October U.S. dates (Los Angeles (review /photos), Chicago, and Philadelphia), and are currently wowing audiences in the middle of a European tour.

Second Nature recently debuted at No. 74 on the Billboard 200. Its predecessor, 2012’s self-titled album, debuted at 81.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Heaven & Earth Recording Album With New Lineup, Set For 2015 Release

Coming off last year’s acclaimed album Dig and an enthusiastically received 17-date 2014 European concert tour, Heaven & Earth are back in the studio working on a new album (produced by Dave Jenkins and available via Quarto Valley Records) for 2015 with a new lineup. 

The Los Angeles-based band’s Stuart Smith (band founder/guitarist) and Joe Retta (vocals) are now joined by Kenny Aronoff (drums), Lynn Sorensen of Paul Rogers/Bad Company (bass/vocals), and Ty Bailie (keyboards).

Smith, an England-raised protégé of Ritchie Blackmore, is excited to share this news about the new album (title and release date are TBA) and line-up, remarking: "Joe Retta and I couldn't be more excited that Quarto Valley Records are once again behind us and that we have Lynn, Kenny and Ty on the new album. The writing chemistry between us is great and we have about 20 good ideas in the pot so far which we're working on. I think it's going to be Heaven & Earth's best album yet."

Kenny Aronoff, among the world’s most in-demand session drummers, will bring his tremendous drive, enthusiasm and creativity to Heaven & Earth. In the mid-80s, Kenny began to develop an enormously successful career as a studio musician and went on to tour worldwide with artists including The Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, Styx, Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Gibbons, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Gregg Allman, and many many more.

Seasoned bassist/vocalist Lynn Sorensen has been Paul Rodgers’ long time bass player and backing vocalist for over 10 years, and moved over to Bad Company with Paul when he reformed Bad Company in 2008. He's excited to be part of the band, saying: "As a long time fan of Heaven & Earth it is an honor to have the opportunity to play with them. The Dig album simply blows my mind,"

Keyboardist Ty Bailie brings his exceptional talents to Heaven & Earth. His love of all things music has lead to him to perform with a myriad of musical icons including Steve Cropper (Booker T. and the M.G.’s), Kenny Burrell, Peter Frampton, Robbie Robertson (Bob Dylan, the Band), Wanda Jackson, Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Ann Wilson (Heart), Ace Frehley (KISS), Counting Crows, Soundgarden, Yes and Tool, among others.

Heaven & Earth connected strongly with music audiences on their 17-date European tour, garnering strong reviews along the way. The band will return to Europe next year when they play the Vasby Festival in Stockholm, Sweden July 17-28, 2015.

The band's 2013 album Dig (on Quarto Valley Records) was produced by Dave Jenkins, who’s turned the knobs for everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power. It features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and David Paich (Toto).

Purchase Dig online at heavenandearthband.com/store/

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facebook.com/Heaven-and-Earth-Band 
twitter.com/heavenearthband
youtube.com/user/HeavenandEarthBand
instagram.com/officialheavenandearth 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Zappa/Bowie/King Crimson Guitar Legend Adrian Belew Announces Massive North America Tour!

Adrian Belew is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist, who has released 20 critically acclaimed solo albums. He has worked alongside some of the most innovative artists of the past 30 years, including Paul Simon, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, Laurie Anderson and Nine Inch Nails. 

For 33 years, he was the frontman, singer, and guitarist in art-rock giant King Crimson. Known as a highly inventive guitarist, much of Belew's music mixes pop songwriting with complex time signatures, witty lyrics, wild sounds, and technical mastery of his instrument.

Adrian is happy to announce his first North American tour since the Crimson ProjeKCt tour of 2011. The tour runs from October 22 to December 21, coast to coast in the USA and hitting three Canadian Provinces.

The Adrian Belew Power Trio includes bassist Julie Slick and drummer Tobias Ralph, both virtuoso musicians, with a setlist celebrating Adrian’s massive body of work. Belew first appeared on the guitar-world radar when he toured with Frank Zappa who later said, “Adrian reinvented electric guitar.” His signature tones and his unique use of effects and whammy bar remain unique, and his techniques continue to be a huge influence on today’s guitarists.

Belew has had a career that commands both awe and respect from fellow musicians and loyal fans. From his first solo record “The Lone Rhino” to his current endeavors, his work pushes sonic boundaries while maintaining artistic integrity. His upcoming projects include his groundbreaking music app “Flux: Music that is never the same twice” and his effects suite for iPad “FLUX:fx”. The focus over the next few months however is to get out and burn onstage, city by city!

USA/Canada 2014 Tour dates below:

10/22/2014 Charlottesville, VA Southern Cafe
10/23/2014 Vienna, VA Jammin Java
10/24/2014 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
10/25/2014 Boston, MA Sinclair (early show)
10/26/2014 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
10/28/2014 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
10/29/2014 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theatre
10/30/2014 Buffalo, NY The Tralf
10/31/2014 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
11/01/2014 Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music
11/02/2014 Turtle Lake, WI St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake Event Ctr
11/04/2014 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
11/07/2014 Vancouver, BC Rio Theatre
11/08/2014 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
11/09/2014 Seattle, WA Triple Door
11/11/2014 Sacramento, CA Harlows
11/12/2014 San Francisco, CA The Chapel
11/13/2014 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst Club
11/14/2014 Santa Monica, CA McCabes Guitar Shop
11/15/2014 Big Bear Lake, CA The Cave Big Bear
11/16/2014 San Diego, CA Casbah
11/18/2014 Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick Resort Showroom
11/20/2014 Oklahoma City, OK Acadamy Of Contemporary Music @ UCO
11/21/2014 St. Louis, MO Old Rockhouse
11/22/2014 Nashville, TN 12th & Porter
12/03/2014 Asheville, NC New Mountain Theatre
12/04/2014 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
12/05/2014 Carborro, NC Cats Cradle
12/06/2014 Annapolis, MD Rams Head
12/07/2014 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theater
12/09/2014 Dunellen, NJ NJProghouse Presents Roxy And Dukes
12/10/2014 Bay Shore, NY YMCA Boulton Center
12/11/2014 Falls River, MA Narrows Center For The Arts
12/12/2014 Laval, QC Salle Andre-Mathieu
12/13/2014 Quebec City, QC Salle Sylvain Lelilevre
12/14/2014 Trois-Rivieres, QC Salle J-Antonio Thompson
12/16/2014 Gatineau, QC Maison des Culture
12/17/2014 Toronto, ON Mod Club
12/18/2014 Ferndale, MI Magic Bag
12/19/2014 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
12/20/2014 Knoxville, TN The International
12/21/2014 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre

For more information: http://www.adrianbelew.net/

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Jeff Beck's Live In Tokyo Coming To DVD & Blu-ray

On November 24, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Live In Tokyo by Jeff Beck on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Formats The show features Jeff Beck with his new band performing some brand new, as yet unreleased, material. The set also includes “Stratus,” “Led Boots,” “Cause We Ended As Lovers,” “Big Block,” “A Day In The Life,” “Rollin’ And Tumblin’” and many more.

Jeff Beck is undeniably one of the world’s greatest guitar players. Technically brilliant, he is renowned for pushing musical boundaries and has excelled across many different genres from rock and jazz to pop and blues. His versatility and unmatched musicianship is captured beautifully on Live In Tokyo.

Filmed at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on April 9th 2014, these Japanese dates were the first to feature Jeff Beck’s new backing band of Jonathan Joseph (drums), Nicolas Meier (guitars) and Rhonda Smith (bass). The setlist includes some freshly minted songs that fans will never have heard before. In contrast to Beck’s previous visual releases, Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s and Rock ‘N’ Roll Party, both of which were filmed in small clubs, Live In Tokyo is filmed in a major concert arena and has a very different, more expansive feel.

Check out a clip of “Big Block” from Live In Tokyo.



Friday, October 3, 2014

Another Not Guilty Plea In Gregg Allman Movie Accident

A filmmaker pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges stemming from a deadly train wreck in southeast Georgia on the set of a movie about rock singer Gregg Allman, prosecutors said.

Hillary Schwartz, first assistant director of "Midnight Rider," is the fourth person associated with the film to face charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in connection with the February incident.

An attorney representing Schwartz could not immediately be reached for comment.

Camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27, was killed and eight other crew members were injured when a train tore through the set while they installed film equipment on train tracks and a trestle bridge near Savannah.

Authorities have said the film company, Unclaimed Freight Productions Inc, did not have permission to film on an active train track.

Director Randall Miller and his wife, producer Jody Savin, were indicted on charges identical to Schwartz's in July and pleaded not guilty later that month. Executive producer Jay Sedrish, also indicted in July, pleaded not guilty a month later, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Schwartz was indicted earlier this month, according to Deadline Hollywood. Prosecutors declined to say why Schwartz was not charged at the same time as her co-defendants.

Each faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted, prosecutors have said.

In addition to the criminal charges, Jones' family has brought a civil wrongful death suit against the filmmakers. Federal safety officials have also cited the film's production company for exposing its workers to grave risk.

A preliminary criminal trial date for the four defendants has been set for March, prosecutors said.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Roger Waters Issues Statement Confirming He Is Not On New Pink Floyd Album

Roger Waters has issued a terse statement about his lack of involvement in the new Pink Floyd album.

Waters, who left the band in 1985, issued the message to fans via Facebook after receiving inquiries as to his role in the band's new album, The Endless River. Explaining that he has nothing to do with the album and that he is no longer a member of the band, Waters signed off the message by telling people to "get a grip."

The full message from Waters' Facebook is as follows:

"Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November. Errhh? I don’t have an album coming out, they are probably confused. David Gilmour and Nick Mason have an album coming out. It’s called (The) Endless River. David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd. I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that’s 29 years ago. I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, Momentary Lapse Of Reason and The Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River. Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip."

Speaking last year, drummer Nick Mason revealed that he would be interested in a full band reunion with Waters, but was not certain that will ever materialize.

The Endless River will include music recorded with keyboaridts Richard Wright, who died in 2008 aged 65.

The Endless River tracklisting is:

'Things Left Unsaid'
'It's What We Do'
'Ebb And Flow'
'Sum'
'Skins'
'Unsung'
'Anisina'
'The Lost Art Of Conversation'
'On Noodle Street'
'Night Light'
'Allons-y (1)'
'Autumn'68'
'Allons-y (2)'
'Talkin' Hawkin''
'Calling'
'Eyes To Pearls'
'Surfacing'
'Louder Than Words'

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

John Fogerty Announces Tour Celebrating "1969"

1969. It has been over four decades since that moment in history. Still, with our memories washed by 40 years of time the milestones appear unmistakably before us. All at once, the nation stood tall, eyes skyward, as we sought to be part of Man’s grandest adventure; setting human feet upon the Moon. Those same feet danced across the trodden grass of a New York farm as the brightest voices in music played for the Woodstock crowds. Yet, even as we stood, our hearts sank as thousands of our young men died, fighting in a little-known strip of Asian jungle called Vietnam. Music legend and societal icon, John Fogerty, was there in 1969. Yet, he wasn’t just present, he permeated the age. 

Fogerty’s music, his lyrics and his voice, through an amazing and never-duplicated release of three separate albums with Creedence Clearwater Revival (Bayou Country, Green River, and Willy and the Poor Boys) in that one year, gave the nation, even the world, an emotional and intellectual marker forever burned within our collective psyche. Now, in his 69th year, Fogerty is calling us back to 1969, to re-invigorate those ties that bind us, with his upcoming “1969” World Tour.  The tour will kick off this November with Cross-Country Canadian performances beginning in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on November 7 before heading west to finish in Victoria, BC on November 29th.  More dates and countries will be announced for 2015.

This tour celebrates the music and the events of 1969 as heard through the music of John Fogerty, writer and producer of those three classic albums. As part of CCR, Fogerty performed at Woodstock, they toured the nation and gave voice to millions of fans. Fogerty felt what was coming, he says, “I just took it all in, everyone knew we were at a pivotal moment, I took it all in and turned it into songs.” He had already established himself as a distinctive voice with the hit song “Suzie Q,” but like all artists, he feared the label; one-hit wonder. With more songs like “Proud Mary,” Creedence Clearwater Revival was the #1 band in rock ‘n roll. 1969 came to life through “Born on the Bayou,“ “Green River,” “Bad Moon Rising,” an ode to the timing of man walking on the moon, and “Down on the Corner,”

In one of his most influential and controversial numbers, Fogerty made his personal declaration on the Vietnam War known through “Fortunate Son.” Harkening back to the spirit of the Irish Draft Riots of the Civil War, his lyrics shoved the unfair practices of the modern draft process into the nation’s focus. Ironically, Fogerty was drafted and is a proud Vietnam-era veteran of the Army Reserve, yet his heartfelt opinions on that conflict and its impact are not swayed.

John Fogerty is a true American original and one of rock ‘n roll’s all-time greatest artists. Even at 8-years old, in his hometown of El Cerrito, California, he had a name for his ‘band’ -- “Johnny Corvette and the Corvettes.” As leader of CCR, Fogerty forged a distinctive, groundbreaking sound all his own, equal parts blues, country, pop, rockabilly, R&B, swamp boogie, and Southern fried rock ‘n’ roll, all united by his uniquely evocative lyrical perspective.  Later, Fogerty would prove to be an equally impressive solo artist. Among its many highlights are 1975’s John Fogerty – featuring the rollicking ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’ – and 1985’s #1 phenomenon, Centerfield. With its trio of timeless hit singles, including “The Old Man Down The Road,” “Rock And Roll Girls,”’ and the irresistible title track, the multi-platinum collection marked Fogerty’s glorious return to the forefront of modern rock ‘n’ roll.

1997’s Blue Moon Swamp earned Fogerty further acclamation, as well as a Grammy Award for ‘Best Rock Album.’ Among his many other honors are induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the BMI Pop Music Awards’ prestigious ‘BMI Icon,’ and Performance Magazine’s ‘Theater Tour of the Year’ Award. In addition, Fogerty and Centerfield were honored during the 2010 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies – the first time the National Baseball Hall of Fame has immortalized a musician or song as part of the annual ceremonies.

In 2013, Fogerty released Wrote a Song for Everyone, a testament to the fact that the songs written by John Fogerty over the past forty-five years continue to speak in a powerful way to generations of music makers and music lovers.  The album garnered rave critical reviews, including a coveted 5-star review in Rolling Stone.

The upcoming show will be centered around 1969, but also include his complete catalog of hits. Tickets are available now at johnfogerty.com and www.livenation.com. Complete tour listing below.


JOHN FOGERTY: “1969” TOUR DETAILS

November 7 - Mile One Stadium - St. John’s, NL
November 8 - Mile One Stadium - St. John’s, NL
November 10 - Halifax Metro Centre - Halifax, NS
November 12 - Bell Centre - Montreal, QC
November 13 - Casino Rama - Rama, ON
November 14 - GM Centre - Oshawa, ON
November 15 - Copps Coliseum - Hamilton, ON
November 17 - Sudbury Arena - Sudbury, ON
November 19 - MTS Centre - Winnipeg, MB
November 20 - Mosaic Place - Moose Jaw, SK
November 21 - Credit Union Centre - Saskatoon, SK
November 23 - Rexall Place - Edmonton, AB
November 24 - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB
November 25 - EnCana Events Centre - Dawson Creek, BC
November 27 - South Okanagan Events Centre - Penticton, BC
November 28 - Abbotsford Centre - Abbotsford, BC
November 29 - Save On Foods Memorial Centre - Victoria, BC