Saturday, October 31, 2015

Legacy Recordings Releasing 'Jaco: Original Soundtrack' On Record Store Day Black Friday 2015

Legacy Recordings is releasing Jaco: Original Soundtrack on Friday, November 27, 2015. A single-disc collection of music from the documentary film, Jaco, the set includes three new recordings including two riveting interpretations of Jaco classics: "Come On Come Over" by Mass Mental (featuring Robert Trujillo, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Flea, Whit Crane, Benji Webbe, Stephen Perkins & C-Minus) and "Continuum" by Rodrigo y Gabriel; and "Shine," the new track by Tech N9ne containing a sample of "Kuru," as recorded by Jaco Pastorius.

Produced by Robert Trujillo and Jaco's eldest son John Pastorius IV, Jaco: Original Soundtrack brings together 16 essential recordings including Jaco Pastorius solo tracks, Weather Report masterpieces and musical collaborations with Joni Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Herbie Hancock and more. The album offers music fans the rare evocative sonic soundscape, "Longing," featuring the bassist's daughter Mary Pastorius (vox), Chuck Doom (bass), Robert Thomas, Jr. (hand drums/drum kit) and God (rain/thunder).

A full-length documentary film chronicling the life, music and ongoing influence of the mythic electric bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius, Jaco is produced by Robert Trujillo (bassist for Metallica, Infectious Grooves, Mass Mental) John Pastorius IV, Bob Bobbing, and John Battsek of Passion Pictures ("Searching for Sugar Man," "Project Nim") and marks the directorial debut of documentary filmmaker Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak ("Scott Walker: 30 Century Man," "Cinemania").

Jaco incorporates interviews with musical visionaries including Sting, Joni Mitchell, Flea, Jerry Jemmott, Bootsy Collins, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana and others with never-before-seen photos and films from the Pastorius family archive.

This film reveals the story behind the bassist's life and music, both as a solo artist and member of Weather Report, the tragic arc of his demise and early death and the enduring influence and inspiration of his artistry and genius.

Legacy's Jaco: Original Soundtrack includes liner notes on Jaco Pastorius penned by Robert Trujillo and album co-producer Chuck Doom.

Also slated for consumer home release on November 27, Jaco, the documentary, will be available via VOD, streaming services, digital download and on DVD and Blu-ray.

The film had its world premiere earlier this year at Austin's SxSW Film Conference & Festival, accompanied by a panel discussion featuring filmmakers Trujillo and Marchand as well as longtime Pastorius collaborator Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Word of Mouth) and Executive Producer John Pastorius.

Jaco has garnered acclaim at a number of major festivals, including the inaugural Asbury Park Music in Film Festival and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The film “(captures) the essence of what made Jaco Pastorius such an influential artist,” declared the Montreal Gazette, praising “the glowing words of Marchand’s interviewees and the many recorded and live musical excerpts that he lets speak for themselves” and hailing Jaco as “an enlightening introduction to a groundbreaking musician.”

Jaco: Original Soundtrack
Compilation Produced by Robert Trujillo & Johnny Pastorius

1. Come On, Come Over - Jaco Pastorius
2. Continuum - Jaco Pastorius
3. River People - Weather Report
4. Teen Town - Weather Report
5. Portrait of Tracy - Jaco Pastorius
6. The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines (Live Version) - Joni Mitchell
7. All American Alien Boy - Ian Hunter
8. Liberty City (with Herbie Hancock) - Jaco Pastorius
9. Okonkole Y Trompa - Jaco Pastorius
10. Barbary Coast - Weather Report
11. Crisis - Jaco Pastorius
12. Longing - Mary Pastorius
13. Nineteen Eighty Seven - †††
14. Shine - Tech N9ne
15. Continuum - Rodrigo y Gabriela
16. Come On Come Over - Mass Mental (featuring Robert Trujillo, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Flea, Whit Crane, Benji Webbe, Stephen Perkins & C-Minus)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Rhino To Release Limited Edition Vinyl For Record Store Black Friday


In anticipation for this year's Record Store Day Black Friday event, Rhino is preparing eight limited edition releases for some of their most celebrated artists including: The B-52's,  Buzzcocks, Circles Around The Sun, Phil Collins, Gang of Four, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Otis Redding, and Brian Wilson. Fans can expect a variety of colored vinyl options, double-LP sets, and 7-inch singles, and will want to mark their calendars for when these releases will be available exclusively at select independent music retailers. For a list of participating stores, please visit www.recordstoreday.com
a-haRSDThe B-52's - Live! 8-24-79
Limited edition of 3,000 copies on gold vinyl, $21.98
air playground loveBuzzcocks  - Another Music In A Different Kitchen
Limited edition of 6,200 copies on 180-gram translucent orange vinyl, $19.98
air playground loveCircles Around The Sun - Interludes For The Dead2-LP limited edition of 5,000 copies on 180-gram vinyl, $34.98
081227955441Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight 
Limited edition of 6,500 copies on 7-inch vinyl + 12 page comic book, $9.98 
081227955991Gang Of Four - Songs of the Free
Limited edition of 6,250 on 180-gram blue, purple, and yellow splattered vinyl, $21.98
825646168118The Jesus And Mary Chain - Barbed Wire Kisses
2-LP Limited edition of 8,000 copies on 180-gram blood red vinyl, $34.98
081227955076Otis Redding - Shake
Limited edition of 5,000 copies on 7 inch vinyl, $7.98
825646183494Brian Wilson - Brian Wilson (Extended Version)
2-LP limited edition of 6,500 copies on blue swirl vinyl, $31.98

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Black Sabbath Extend Final Tour

Due to overwhelming demand, Black Sabbath's road to The End just got longer.

On the heels of shows in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, Sabbath will end the epic journey they began nearly five decades ago with another run of North American dates in fall 2016.  These shows will follow a mix of summer headlining and festival performances throughout Europe.

The second run of North American dates kicks off August 17 at Jones Beach Amphitheater in New York and includes stops at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (where the band last performed a sold-out show on their wildly successful 13 world tour in 2014), Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, Detroit, and Dallas, among others, before wrapping September 21 at AK-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ.

The massive 2016 world tour by the greatest heavy metal band of all time marks the end for Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler as they close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible Black Sabbath story with this tour. Sabbath's farewell tour promises to surpass all previous tours and will feature the band's most mesmerizing production ever.

Black Sabbath's 2016 Tour Dates are as follows:

1/20 - CenturyLink Center - Omaha, NE
1/22 - United Center - Chicago, IL
1/25 - Target Center - Minneapolis, MN
1/27 - MTS Centre - Winnipeg MN
1/30 - Rexall Centre - Edmonton, AB
2/1 - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB
2/3 - Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC
2/6 - Tacoma Dome - Tacoma, WA
2/9 - SAP Pavilion - San Jose, CA
2/11 - The Forum - Los Angeles, CA
2/13 - Mandalay Bay - Las Vegas, NV
2/15 - Pepsi Center - Denver, CO
2/17 - Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO
2/19 - The Palace of Auburn Hills - Detroit, MI
2/21 - First Ontario Centre - Hamilton, ON
2/23 - Bell Centre - Montreal, QC
2/25 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
2/27 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND

4/15 - Perth Arena - Perth, AU      
4/17 - Entertainment Centre - Adelaide,AU    
4/19 - Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne,AU  
4/23 - Allphones Arena - Sydney,AU    
4/25 - Entertainment Centre - Brisbane, AU
4/28 - Vector Arena - Auckland,NZ
4/30 - Forsyth Barr Stadium - Dunedin,NZ  

EUROPE

6/1 - Groupama Arena - Budapest,Hungary
6/8 - Waldebuhne - Berlin, Germany
6/11 - Download - Donington, UK
6/13 - Arena Di Verona - Verona, IT
6/15 - Hallenstadon - Zurich, Switzerland
6/17 - Grasspop - Dessel,Belgium
6/23 - Tons of Rock - Halden, Norway
6/25 - Copenhell - Copenhagen, DE
6/28 - Stadthalle - Vienna, Austria
6/30 - 02 Arena - Prague, Czech Rep.
7/2 - Tauron Arena - Krakow, Poland
7/5 - Riga Arena - Riga, Latvia
7/7 - Monsters of Rock - Helsinki, Finland
7/9 - Monsters of Rock - Stockholm, Sweden
7/12 - Olympisky Arena - Moscow, Russia

NORTH AMERICA

8/17 - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY
8/19 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Philadelphia, PA
8/21 - Jiffy Lube Live - Washington DC
8/23 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
8/25 - Xfinity Center - Boston, MA
8/27 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
8/29 - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON
8/31 - DTE Energy Music Theater - Detroit, MI
9/2 - Klipsch Music Center - Indianapolis, IN
9/4 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL
9/7 - Gexa Energy Pavilion - Dallas, TX
9/9 - Isleta Ampitheater - Albuquerque, NM
9/11 - USANA Ampitheater - Salt Lake City, UT
9/13 - Sunlight Supply Arena - Portland, OR
9/15 - Oracle Arena - Oakland, CA
9/17 - MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, NV
9/19 - Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA
9/21 - AK-Chin Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ

Monday, October 26, 2015

Joe Satriani Adds Dates For Surfing To Shockwave 2016 Tour

Joe Satriani will launch his Surfing To Shockwave 2016 tour on February 25th in Seattle, WA. Additional tour dates have been announced, including east coast, mid-west and Canadian dates, continuing the tour through April 24th in Vancouver, BC.  

The 45-date tour celebrates “30 Years of Mind-Bending Guitar Daredevilry,” a phrase coined in a June 2014 career-defining retrospective feature in Rolling Stone. Satriani will spotlight music from his first solo album, Not Of This Earth through his latest release, his 15th solo album, Shockwave Supernova.

This past August, the world renowned guitarist released his 15th studio album, hitting Satriani’s highest chart debut at #19 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart. In addition, the album also debuted at # 3 on the Billboard Rock Chart and ranks as the highest charting all-instrumental rock album on Billboard’s Top 200 in the SoundScan era.

For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza. Satriani’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them.  His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.

Satriani’s touring band remains Marco Minnemann on drums, Bryan Beller on bass and Mike Keneally on keys & guitar.

Tickets for the newly added dates will be on sale, October 30th with exclusive Joe Satriani meet & greet and VIP packages available as well, for details please visit: http://www.satriani.com.

Surfing To Shockwave 2016 Tour Itinerary:

February 25 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA
February 26 - Historic Elsinore Theatre - Salem, OR
February 27 - Grand Sierra Theatre - Reno, NV
February 28 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA
March 1 - Balboa Theatre - San Diego, CA
March 2 - Fox Tucson Theatre - Tuscon, AZ *
March 3 - Fox Performing Arts Center - Riverside, CA
March 4 - Pearl Concert Theater @ Palms Casino - Las Vegas, NV
March 5 - Talking Stick Resort Ballroom - Scottsdale, AZ
March 7 - Historic Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
March 8 - Abraham Chavez Theatre - El Paso, TX
March 9 - The Majestic Theatre - Dallas, TX
March 10 - House of Blues - Houston, TX
March 11 - Laurie Auditorium - San Antonio, TX
March 12 - Orpheum Theater - New Orleans, LA
March 14 - Iron City - Birmingham, AL
March 15 - Saenger Theatre - Pensacola, FL
March 16 - Parker Playhouse - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
March 17 - Ruth Eckerd Hall - Clearwater, FL
March 18 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL
March 19 - Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
March 21 - Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC
March 22 - Knight Theater - Charlotte, NC
March 23 - Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA
March 24 - The National - Richmond, VA
March 25 - Sandler Center - Virginia Beach, VA
March 26 - Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA
March 29 - College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT
March 30 - Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY
March 31 - The Vets - Providence, RI
April 1 - Tilles Center - Brookville, LI
April 2 - Lincoln Theatre - Washington, DC
April 4 - Count Basie Theatre - Red Bank, NJ
April 6 - Venue to be announced - Philadelphia, PA
April 8 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, Ontario
April 9 - UAB Center for the Arts - Buffalo, NY
April 10 - Hard Rock - Cleveland, OH
April 12 - Carnegie Music Hall - Pittsburgh, PA
April 13 - Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, MI
April 14 - Pabst Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
April 15 - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL
April 16 - The Fitzgerald Theatre - St. Paul, MN
April 21 - Grey Eagle Event Centre - Calgary, AB
April 22 - River Creek Casino - Enoch, AB
April 24 - Venue to be announced - Vancouver, BC

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Zombies Return To Album Charts After Nearly 50 Years

In December 1964, America was in the grips of the British Invasion's first year, and England's The Zombies shot to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut chart hit "She's Not There.” The smash kicked off a successful five-year period in which the band notched three top 10s on the Hot 100 between 1964 and 1969 (including the No. 3 hit “Time of the Season”), followed by a breakup that lasted over two decades.

Fast-forward to 2015 where, half a century after their first hit, the band is back on six different Billboard album charts, thanks to a new album and a previous project.

On Top Rock Albums (dated Oct. 31), the band’s new album, Still Got That Hunger, debuts at No. 35 with 3,000 copies sold in the week ending Oct. 15, according to Nielsen Music (the band’s best sales week since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991). The set also bows at No. 15 on Internet Albums, No. 24 on Independent Albums, No. 94 on Top Current Albums and No. 100 on Top Album Sales. In addition, Odessey & Oracle, perhaps the band's most well-regarded record, enters the Vinyl Albums chart at No. 24 thanks to 1,000 in LP sales.

The band last charted on an album tally in June 1969, when Odessey & Oracle finished its run on the Billboard 200 chart (dated June 7).

For Rod Argent, an original member of the five-piece group, the news came as a bit of a surprise -- but then, the band felt it was their best effort in a long time, so if any record was going to bring them back, it'd be Hunger.

So why are fans still onboard 50 years later?

"I think maybe in part it's because they sense the honesty," Argent says. "We're still driven by exactly the same things as we were when we first started. The excitement of seeing song structures really starting to work, both on record and on stage. Onstage, nothing beats the thrill of feeling the energy of the crowd really responding to what you are doing, and on record absolutely nothing beats the thrill of hearing a new track being played on the radio for the very first time -- and sounding good."

Part of the success of Hunger could be attributed to the fan-involving process of crowd-funding, which the Zombies used via Pledge Music, allowing contributors to receive early releases of songs and video from the studio pre-release. Thirty dollars scored funders the record on vinyl as well as a digital download, with other levels featuring various gifts and incentives as well.

"The crowd-funding route has been brilliant for us," Argent says. "It's provided us with the money and the freedom to make exactly the album we wanted to make, and we're really grateful to everyone who has been part of the journey. Being able to involve the fans in the whole process from the beginning, for instance by showing a very early rehearsal where harmonies were being  worked on, felt remarkably  good: intimate moments shared in the nicest way. And successful, I think, from the point of view of making people feel part of the final record -- and wanting to buy it."

The band plans a worldwide tour in support of the record; after concluding a brief U.S. set later this month, the group will head to Europe.

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Moody Blues Cruise III Ready To Set Sail In 2016

On the verge of selling out for the third time, The Moody Blues Cruise III the annual fan cruise featuring one of the British Invasion's brightest bands, The Moody Blues, has announced a number of updates, including lineup additions of Vanilla Fudge; Strawbs; Chuck Negron (former lead singer of Three Dog Night); Mark Farner (formerlead singer of Grand Funk Railroad); and Brian Howe (former lead singer of Bad Company).

The four-day, four-night voyage out of Miami, from February 26-March 1, 2016,will be visiting tropical ports including Key West, Florida and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas aboard the NCL Pearl. Cabins are available now, starting at $899 per person (double occupancy). For booking and more info, visit: moodiescruise.com and connect on Facebook and Twitter.

As previously announced, joining The Moody Blues for one of the greatest floating classic rock events of the year will be cruise alumni The Zombies; The Orchestra; Ambrosia; Randy Hansen and Mellow Yellow. In addition to Christopher Cross; Renaissance; Rare Earth; John Waite; The Ides of March; Randy Hansen with the Music of Jimi Hendrix; plus Matthew and Gunnar Nelson performing "Ricky Nelson Remembered," a special tribute to their legendary father. As in past years, fans can expect multiple sets from their favorite bands, photo ops, special intimate performances and more aboard the NCL Pearl.

Christopher Cross made history in 1981, winning five Grammy Awards. Renaissance, led by iconic vocalist Annie Haslam, brings their unique sound to the cruise with a fusion of folk, jazz, rock and classical influences. Finally, Rare Earth will rock the ship with their top 40 hits from the 70s, including "Get Ready," "I Just Want To Celebrate" and many more.

According to cruise spokesperson Larry Morand, "This is one of the finest classic rock lineups we have ever put together. Of course, The Moody Blues are a rock treasure and they sound as incredible as ever.  As I tell people, life is too short to miss this one."

Fans will have access to private concerts, Q&A sessions, Fan Jam and Karaoke Bar, special events and activities, while interacting with musical guests that influenced the music of the'70s/'80s and beyond. This is not just a "concert cruise."

Limited cabins are still available at $899, per person, double occupancy, while supplies last at www.moodiescruise.com.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Queen's A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith ’75 Celebrates 40 Years Of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

"Bohemian Rhapsody" was the song that changed everything, a song that resonates through time, a special moment in music history that has yet to be repeated.  At The Q Awards this week, Queen were presented with the Classic Single Award, marking the 40th anniversary of song which was originally released on October 31, 1975.

To mark the occasion for the first time ever, "Bohemian Rhapsody" will be released on 12-inch black vinyl with the original B-side "I’m In Love With My Car" on November 27, 2015. Alongside this, Queen, A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith ’75, is set for release on CD (Hollywood Records), DVD and Blu-Ray (Eagle Rock Entertainment).  This show was a culmination of the 26-date ‘Queen Invite You To A Night At The Opera’ UK tour and the first tour that they had ever performed "Bohemian Rhapsody" on.

The CD, DVD and Blu-Ray package features the band’s full live show, complete with a never heard before ‘second encore’ of "Seven Seas Of Rhye" and "See What A Fool I've Been."  The DVD and SD Blu-Ray versions also contain two special bonus features – Looking Back At The Odeon, a brand new 22-minute documentary featuring a previously unseen interview with Brian May and Roger Taylor by Old Grey Whistle Test presenter Bob Harris about the 1975 Hammersmith Odeon show, plus the rarely seen Live At The Budokan – Japan 1975 footage, featuring three songs ("Now I'm Here," "Killer Queen" and "In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited") recorded during their legendary tour of the Far East.

Spirits were high within the band for this show; "Bohemian Rhapsody" - universally hailed as one of the most ground-breaking ‘pop’ songs ever released – was in the middle of its record-breaking nine week run at Number One in the UK charts. Their fourth album, A Night At The Opera (the most expensive record ever made to that point) was climbing the album charts on its way to No 1, which it achieved three days after this concert.  

With over 6.5 million copies sold worldwide, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is one of the world’s most well known and well loved songs. To this day, it continues to top ‘favorite song’ opinion polls and be discovered by new generations of music fans over and over again.  Freddie wrote the whole song – including the composite harmonies – on telephone books and scraps of paper.

Brian May recalled recording "Bohemian Rhapsody"; “That was a great moment, but the biggest thrill for us was actually creating the music in the first place. I remember Freddie coming in with loads of bits of paper from his dad's work, like Post-it notes, and pounding on the piano. He played the piano like most people play the drums. And this song he had was full of gaps where he explained that something operatic would happen here and so on. He'd worked out the harmonies in his head."

Queen spent days overdubbing the vocals in the studio using a 24-track tape machine. By the time they were done, about 120 vocal tracks were layered together.  The opera parts alone took longer than 70 hours to complete.  At the time, it was the most expensive single ever made and upon presenting it to their record label, they were told by various executives that five minutes 55 seconds was too long and the song would never be a hit.  But after the song was played by DJ and friend of Freddie, Kenny Everett, 14 times in two days before its official release, the song was only ever destined to be a hit.  Hordes of fans attempted to buy the single only to be told by record stores that it had not yet been released.  Over in the US, it was the same. American radio RKO managed to get a copy of the tape and started to play it in across their network, which forced the hand of Queen's US label to release the song in its entirety.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" was Queen's first ever number 1 single and the 1975 UK Christmas number one, holding the top position for nine weeks. It is the first song ever to get to number one in the UK twice with the same version, and is also the only single to have been Christmas number one twice with the same version. The second was upon its re-release (as a double A-side single with "These Are the Days of Our Lives") in 1991 following Mercury's death, staying at number one for five weeks,  eventually becoming the UK's third best-selling single of all time.

The single has sold in excess of 6.5 million copies worldwide and has been covered by everyone from Kayne West during his 2015 controversial Glastonbury headline slot, Axl Rose, Elton John and Pink to The Flaming Lips and Elaine Paige and forever immortalized again by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey in the smash hit 90’s film, Wayne’s World.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

John Fogerty’s Memoir To Debut On NY Times Best Sellers List

John Fogerty’s Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, published by Little, Brown and Company, will debut on the New York Times Best Sellers Hardcover Non-Fiction list at #14 on the list dated October 25, 2015.  The book will also appear on the E-Book Best Sellers and Combined Print & E-Book Best Sellers lists at #15 for the same date.

 “I spent many, many hours reflecting and writing about the details of my life, from childhood dreams, the passion behind my music, all leading up to my life today,” says Fogerty. “I am very excited to have my fans read and share in my story.  It hasn’t been easy, but where it leads certainly has been worth it all.”

Creedence Clearwater Revival is one of the most important and beloved bands in the history of Rock ‘n Roll, and John Fogerty’s memoir tells a story that will keep music lovers and avid readers captivated. Fogerty wrote, sang, and produced the iconic classics "Born on the Bayou," "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," and so many more. Now he reveals how he brought CCR to the top of the charts and how, one year later, CCR was falling apart. Their amazing talents and culturally-prophetic songs, however, have endured for decades despite the series of personal and legal issues. Fortunate Son takes readers from Fogerty ’s Northern California roots, through Creedence's success, his retreat from music and public life, to Fogerty’s hard-won revival as a solo artist who finally, through it all, found love.

Fogerty was songwriter, lead singer, and lead guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival and is one of rock's most influential musicians and writers. Fogerty has been named one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters (No. 40), 100 Greatest Guitarists (No. 40) and one of the 100 Greatest Singers (No. 72), by Rolling Stone and his most recent album was named one of RS's 10 Best Albums of 2013. Fogerty has earned induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and now adds respected author to his accolades.

Next week, Fogerty continues his stint on the Emmy-Award winning show, The Voice, as mentor to coach Adam Levine’s Team.  The Voice airs on NBC at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

John Fogerty will also be making the following additional appearance in Los Angeles:

•  Friday - October 16, 2015 - 8:00 pm – Fogerty in Conversation with David Wild - Live Talks LA at the Grammy Museum Clive Davis Theater- 800 W Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. This event is sold out.

Fogerty will also begin a residency at the Venetian Las Vegas on January 8, 2016. Ticket information is at http://www.venetian.com/entertainment/shows/john-fogerty.html.

Check John Fogerty’s website for breaking news, new content and tour information:
http://www.johnfogerty.com.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

'Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead' Shows On CD, DVD & Blu-Ray Coming Next Month

The "core four" original members of the Grateful Dead - Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir - took the stage at Chicago's Soldier Field in July for their final performances together, playing to over 200,000 fans over three nights along with thousands more watching on pay-per-view and in theaters around the world. For those fans that want to revisit the magic of these show, or those looking to experience it for the first time, Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead will be available November 20 from Rhino/Grateful Dead in a variety of audio and video formats. 

Fare Thee Well occurred over three nights on July 3, 4, and 5, 2015, and found the Grateful Dead "core four," joined by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano), taking the Soldier Field stage nearly 20 years to the day of the last ever Grateful Dead concert with Jerry Garcia, which took place at the same historic venue. Each night featured the group performing two sets of music, along with an intermission featuring newly-composed instrumental music by Circles Around The Sun (Neal Casal, Dan Horne, Mark Levy, and Adam MacDougall).

Dead.net, the official Grateful Dead website, is the only place fans can get complete audio and video for all three shows. The two dead.net exclusive versions, one 12-CD/7-Blu-ray and the other 12-CD/7-DVD, will each be limited to 20,000 individually numbered copies. The dead.net versions will also feature an exclusive bonus disc featuring two-and-a-half hours of behind-the-scenes material captured by Justin Kreutzmann. Included on the disc will be footage from the Grateful Dead ticketing office documenting the 350,000 plus tickets requests received for the shows, vignettes from the parking lot scene in Chicago, and backstage looks at the shows themselves. The dead.net versions will also feature the intermission music for all three shows from Circles Around The Sun, giving fans access to every single note heard at Soldier Field during those historic nights.

Fare Thee Well - Dead.net Exclusive Complete Versions
Track Listing

7/3/15
Disc One
1.     "Box Of Rain"
2.    "Jack Straw"
3.    "Bertha"
4.    "Passenger"
5.    "The Wheel>"
6.    "Crazy Fingers"
7.    "The Music Never Stopped"

Disc Three
1.     "New Potato Caboose>"
2.    "Playing In The Band>"
3.    "Jam>"
4.    "Let It Grow>"
5.    "Help On The Way>"
6.    "Slipknot!>"
7.    "Franklin's Tower"
8.    "Ripple"

Disc Two
1.     "Mason's Children"
2.    "Scarlet Begonias>"
3.    "Fire On The Mountain>"
4.    "Drums>"
5.    "Space>"

Disc Four
Intermission Music by
Circles Around The Sun
1.    "Space Wheel"
2.    "Mountains Of The Moon"
3.    "Praying For The Band"
4.    "Tripple"
5.    "Deal Breaker"
6.    "Deadometer"
7.    "Borrow From A Friend"
8.    "Grimes Surf Story"

7/4/15
Disc Five
1.     "Shakedown Street"
2.    "Liberty"
3.    "Standing On The Moon"
4.    "Me And My Uncle"
5.    "Tennessee Jed"
6.    "Cumberland Blues"
7.    "Little Red Rooster"
8.    "Friend Of The Devil"
9.    "Deal"

Disc Six
1.     "Bird Song"
2.    "The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion"
3.    "Lost Sailor>"
4.    "Saint Of Circumstance>"
5.    "West L.A. Fadeaway"

Disc Seven
1.     "Foolish Heart>"
2.    "Drums>"
3.    "Space>"
4.    "Stella Blue>"
5.    "One More Saturday Night"
6.    "U.S. Blues"

Disc Eight
Intermission Music by
Circles Around The Sun
1.    "Hallucinate A Solution"
2.    "Ginger Says"
3.    "Saturday's Children"
4.    "Eartha"
5.    "Split Pea Shell"

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Disc Nine
1.     "China Cat Sunflower>"
2.    "I Know You Rider"
3.    "Estimated Prophet"
4.    "Built To Last"
5.    "Samson And Delilah"
6.    "Mountains Of The Moon>"
7.    "Throwing Stones"

Disc Ten
1.     "Truckin'"
2.    "Cassidy"
3.    "Althea"
4.    "Terrapin Station>"
5.    "Drums>"

Disc Eleven
1.     "Space>"
2.    "Unbroken Chain>"
3.    "Days Between>"
4.    "Not Fade Away"
5.    "Touch Of Grey"
6.    "Attics Of My Life"

Disc Twelve
Intermission Music by
Circles Around The Sun
1.    "Gilbert's Groove"
2.    "Farewell Franklins"
3.    "Hat And Cane"
4.    "Never Too Late"
5.    "Scarlotta's Magnolias"

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Track Listing

Disc One
1.    "Box Of Rain"
2.    "Shakedown Street"
3.    "China Cat Sunflower"
4.    "I Know You Rider"
5.    "Bertha"
6.    "West L.A. Fadeaway"
7.    "Cumberland Blues"
8.    "Althea"
9.    "The Music Never Stopped"

Disc Two
1.    "Truckin'"
2.    "Scarlet Begonias>"
3.    "Fire On The Mountain"
4.    "Drums"
5.    "Not Fade Away"
6.    "Touch Of Grey"
7.    "Attics Of My Life"

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Deep Purple, Yes, Steve Miller, The Cars, Cheap Trick & Chicago Among 2016 Rock Hall of Fame Nominees

The nominees for the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction have just been announced, and Deep Purple, Yes, Steve Miller, The Cars, Cheap Trick and Chicago are among the 15 contenders.

Deep Purple have been eligible for more than 15 years already, having long been mentioned by the hard rock community as a glaring snub in years past.

Other nominees include the Smiths, N.W.A., Janet Jackson, Chicago, Chaka Khan, Chic, Los Lobos, The J.B.’s and the Spinners.

Acts become eligible for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first record, but can continue to be on the ballot each year if they fail to get inducted in prior years.

As it has done the past few years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is offering fans the chance to vote for their favorite nominees. A fan vote counts for just 1 of more than 800 ballots cast by “artists, historians and members of the music industry.”

The 2016 inductees are expected to be announced in December, so stay tuned to see which acts will make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Usually, five or six of the nominees get in each year.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

PEACE JAM 2015 Benefit Concert To Feature John Stamos, Cherie Currie, Members Of Roger Waters' Band & More

PEACE JAM 
After the overwhelming success of PEACE JAM 2014, the stage is set for an encore on Sunday, November 22, at the Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar in Long Beach, California. All proceeds from PEACE JAM 2015 will go to humanitarian and musician Lanny Cordola’s efforts in helping children living in poverty and conflict zones, including Afghanistan and Pakistan.

PEACE JAM 2015 features an impressive roster of talent, including special appearances by John StamosDave Coulier and Jodie Sweetin, stars of the popular sitcom Full House,who recently reunited for a 2016 reboot of the series called Fuller House. John Stamos is currently starring in the new FOX comedy Grandfathered.

Also scheduled to appear are singer Robbie Wyckoff and keyboardist Harry Waters (members of Roger Waters’ touring band and featured in the film Roger Waters The Wall), along with rapper Sen Dog (Cypress Hill), singer Cherie Currie (The Runaways), singer Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), singer Donovan Leitch (Royal Machines), drummer Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), singer Phillip Bardowell (Beach Boys), keyboardist Gary Griffin (Beach Boys, Brian Wilson), singer Bret Aldstadt, author Mark Levine, singer Sandra Stephens, bassist William Edward Dagsher, singer / songwriter Kern Richards, jazz trumpeter Tony Guerrero, Soldiers of Sound, Random, Cosmic Reaction,and Brad Pupello. The incomparable Lucky John will be on hand to emcee the night.

“The funds we generated through PEACE JAM 2014 were used to provide for a family in Afghanistan who lost three family members to a suicide bombing including two young sisters Parwana and Korshid. They now live in a nicer home with running water and electricity, the kids are going to school, and a better quality of life is now a reality,” Cordola says. “My hope is that with PEACE JAM 2015, we can continue to help this family and others in need, including continuing our project ‘Girl With A Guitar,’ to teach girls in poor areas the guitar."   

Cordola began his journey through Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2010, collaborating with musicians on a peace-through-music project. “After visiting and meeting many kids who were living in poverty stricken areas and conflict zones, I decided to raise funds on their behalf, “ the musician recalls. “These Miraculous Love Kids’ lives are important, just as all our lives are important. I've become their friend, their advocate, their song and dance man. As Tom Petty sings: ‘You can stand me up at the gates of hell but I won't back down.’"

Tickets for PEACE JAM 2015 are available at the following prices:
  • General admission - $30.00
  • Booth seats - $60.00 (SOLD OUT)
  • Couch seats - $100.00 (SOLD OUT)
  • General admission / meet-n-greet w/ photo / autographed guitar - $1,000.00
For more information on how to get tickets, please visit gofundme.com/fmbl8o.

All proceeds from PEACE JAM 2015 go to Lanny Cordola’s efforts in helping children living in poverty and conflict zones.

To learn more about Lanny’s work in Pakistan and Afghanistan, check out William Edward Dagsher’s film The Dream of a Ridiculous Man at https://youtu.be/OYqCgm3gHGU.

For 2015, Cordola will release An Afghan Lullaby, a collection of songs to benefit the family of sisters Parwana and Korshid killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

An Afghan Lullaby videos:
“Is There A Ghost” -  https://youtu.be/wqzK4X3FmlI
"Little Wing (For Parwana)" - https://youtu.be/8MtT18Ubya8
“The Exploding Crucifixion” - https://youtu.be/zGjLvrPnmD8

About The Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar

6251 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 596-4718
thegaslamprestaurant.com

Dinner Reservations are highly recommended as seating will be limited.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Winery Dogs Are Back And On A 'Hot Steak'

The Winery Dogs (Richie Kotzen Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan) have released a second self-produced album called Hot Streak on Loud & Proud Records. The first single, “Oblivion,” released on August 25, went to #23 on Billboard's "Mainstream Rock Tracks" chart.  A video for the song is forthcoming and a double vinyl edition of the new album is also in the works for release in early November. The trio's 2015-2016 U.S. headlining tour is now underway.

Hot Streak shows the band's initial burst of collective chemistry was no accident, from the strum and headbang of “Captain Love” to the propulsive uplifting vibe of “The Bridge” to the introspective acoustic harmonic convergence of “Fire.” If they thought they captured lightning in a supper dish the first time around, Hot Streak barks ups the aural ante into exciting new territory.

The trio first exploded onto the rock scene with their self-titled, self-produced debut album, released July 23, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records.  A worldwide tour followed.  The Winery Dogs debuted on Billboard’s “Top Alternative Albums” chart at #3, “Top Independent Albums” chart at #4, “Top Rock Albums” chart at #5, “Top Internet Albums” at #8 and “Top 200 Albums” chart at #27.

“I feel we’ve taken the band to another level,” explains singer/guitarist Richie Kotzen. “The compositions are stronger on this album. I feel more connected lyrically and musically to what I did on this record than on the last one. We’ve widened the musical scope of the band on this record and moved it forward."

Drummer Mike Portnoy continues, “Everything on this album was more of a collaboration than on the first album. There’s just a natural chemistry. The three of us really mesh very, very well, both musically and personally. The mission of this band is to write catchy songs, and not have the musicianship overpower that.”

“I’m glad we’re not playing it safe and just doing songs that automatically fit in the category of what we did on the first record,” bassist Billy Sheehan concludes. “Some of them are a little different, and we definitely took chances. And you have to do that — otherwise, you don’t grow."

The Winery Dogs are now on tour through November 8. See the full schedule below.

10/3 - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT            
10/4 - Penn’s Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA          
10/5 - Wilbur Theater - Boston, MA                
10/8 - Keswick Theater - Glenside, PA              
10/9 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ              
10/10 - Best Buy Theater - New York, NY            
10/12 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA                
10/14 - Ponte Verde Concert Hall - Jacksonville, FL                      
10/15 - State Theater - Tampa, FL                  
10/16 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL      
10/17 - The Plaza Live - Orlando, FL                
10/20 - Wildhorse Saloon - Nashville, TN              
10/22 - Pub Fountains - Houston, TX                
10/23 - Heritage Hall - Ardmore, OK              
10/24 - The Gas Monkey - Dallas, TX                  
10/27 - Potowatami Casino - Milwaukee, WI            
10/28 - Potowatami Casino - Milwaukee, WI            
10/29 - Arcada Theater - St. Charles, IL            
10/31 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO                
11/2 - Rock Bar - San Jose, CA              
11/3 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA              
11/5 - Canyon Club - Agoura Hills, CA          
11/6 - Saban Theater - Beverly Hills, CA        
11/7 - Vamp’d - Las Vegas, NV
11/8 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA

Find out more about the Winery Dogs at the following:
www.TheWineryDogs.com
www.facebook.com/TheWineryDogs
www.twitter.com/TheWineryDogs
www.youtube.com/user/thewinerydogs
www.loudandproudrecords.com          

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Intelligent Music Project III Album Features Toto’s Joseph Williams, Simon Phillips & Ex-Asia Singer John Payne

A year after releasing the all-star project My Kind O’ Lovin’, producer and composer Milen Vrabevski returns to fulfill, as earlier claimed, his promise and ambition with Intelligent Music Project III 's Touching The Divine.

The new album features session legends Simon Phillips and Tim Pierce, and Nathan East courtesy of YEG. Тhe production concept relies again on two project launchers – guest stars John Payne (ex-Asia) and Toto’s Joseph Williams.

“It’s wonderful to explore working with Milen," Williams remarked. "The project has a wonderful message, accompanied with some beautiful music and some great rock ‘n’ roll – the musicians in this project are top-noch.”

Musically Touching The Divine delivers a thrilling example of straightforward songwriting combined with rich and layered sound and gently executed dynamic spins. The first single "Mind Projection" is a melodic and energetic slice of AOR, scored with John Payne’s powerful vocal arrangement and virtuoso instrumental charge, that lets you in deeper to the magic ingredient of this sophisticated project. Bass great Nathan East and fabulous Simon Phillips stamp their own authority in this piece, as well on the record throughout.


Full creative input by all guest stars in the project. Recording sessions took place at Simon Phillips’ Phantom recordings (Williams, Pierce, Phillips and East) and at Intelligent Music Studios in Sofia (Payne, Pierce and vocals from Carl Sentance, recently appointed as Nazareth’s lead singer). Says Simon, “Music is an universal language. It’s really a blessing to have the opportunity to work with musicians from around the world.”

"Mind Projection" brings together once again the positive idea of the producer and composer Milen Vrabevski, that following the true excitement of our hearts and souls will give us the key to living a conscious live and to spiritual satisfaction, we often call happiness. Says Nathan, “This project is very special to me, because of the nature of the message of the project. I was very inspired and happy with the idea, because the message has value and meaning and I am about that. The word ‘inspirational’ is what I use to describe this project.”

John Payne, who continues his 14 year legacy as “ASIA Featuring John Payne,” says, “Doing this project with Milen – it has been great, really – these songs have a lot of structure and melody. It’s a very mature project, it’s a very intelligent project for the mind.”

Vrabevski adds, “I believe we managed to deliver an astonishing sound once again and it will delight the ears and sound systems of hardcore rockers all around the world. Bearing in mind the top-notch level of our guest stars, I allowed myself mainly to record the acoustic guitar of the first single "Mind Projection."

Intelligent Music Project III – Touching The Divine
Author and producer – Milen Vrabevski, MD
Featuring:
Simon Phillips – drums and percussion
Nathan East (appears courtesy of Yamaha Entertainment Group) – bass
John Payne – lead & backing vocals
Joseph Williams – lead & backing vocals
Carl Sentance – backing vocals & ad-lib, lead vocal part on 7
Tim Pierce – guitars

For more information: http://intelligent-music.com/productions/touchingthedivine/