Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Eric Clapton Announces 2017 U.S. Concert Dates

Eric Clapton, who turned 70 last year and vowed he was retiring, will perform at least four U.S. concerts in March. Two of them will be at the Forum in Los Angeles on March 25 and 26. The other two will be at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 19 and 20. 

The concerts are being billed as celebrations of the the 50-year career of Clapton, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s only a three-time inductee. His only other scheduled concerts for 2017 will be at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 22, 24 and 25.

The four March concerts will feature two guests guitarists: Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan.

Tickets for Clapton’s four U.S. concerts will go on sale to Chase credit and debit card holders beginning Thursday at 9 a.m. PST. through ticketmaster.com.

Tickets for the general public will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. local time in Los Angeles and New York. Prices for tickets for Clapton’s two Los Angeles concerts range from $59.50 to a dizzying $950, plus service charges.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

'Thank You David Bowie' Tribute In Hollywood Tonight

Tonight, the famed Whisky A Go Go in conjunction with Ultimate Jam Night, the weekly free showcase known for changing it up each and every week, present a special "Thank You To David Bowie" event, featuring an impressive roster of musicians who will be on hand to perform some of the Thin White Duke's greatest hits. 

Over 50 artists are scheduled to appear, including one-time Bowie bassist Carmine Rojas, Power Station / Detective singer (as well as noted actor) Michael Des Barres, Rolling Stones touring vocalist Bernard Fowler, former Guns 'N Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, keyboardist Buster Akrey (Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder) and many others. 

The night will pay homage to a career that began in the 1960s and ended with his final album Blackstar, Bowie, who passed away on January 10, was as famous for his chameleon-like persona as he was for his  music.

For more information, go to facebook.com/ultimatejamnight for updates leading up to showtime.

The show will also be broadcast worldwide on Zinna.TV.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Memorabilia Torched On London Barge To Protest Punk Gone Rotten

Piles of punk music memorabilia went up in flames on a river barge in London on Saturday in a protest against the way the once rebellious genre has been subsumed into mainstream culture.

Joe Corre, son of former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and designer Vivienne Westwood, set fire to clothes and paraphernalia he valued at between 5 and 10 million pounds ($6.2 million - $12.5 million), on the 40th anniversary of the band's debut single "Anarchy in the UK".

Standing in front of flags bearing the names of global corporations, Corre also burned firework-stuffed effigies of Prime Minister Theresa May and her predecessors David Cameron and Tony Blair, dressed in Sex Pistols clothes.

"Punk was never meant to be nostalgic," Corre said, addressing a crowd of around 100 people on the bank of the River Thames in the affluent Chelsea area of London.

"Punk has become another marketing tool to sell you something you don't need," said Corre, who himself co-founded lingerie brand Agent Provocateur.

He directed his "Burn Punk London" protest at a celebration of punk music backed by the Mayor of London and the British Council, called Punk.London.

Corre's punk collection, which he began burning a few days ago and will continue to destroy over the coming weeks, includes rare Pistols recordings.

Sex Pistols guitarist Glen Matlock told Sky News that Corre's protest was "dopey".

"I want to paraphrase Monty Python - he's not the savior, he's a naughty boy. I think that Joe is not the anti-Christ, I think he's a nincompoop," Matlock said.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Billy Joel Takes Blame For Bruce Springsteen's Broken Down Bike

A motorcycle that Bruce Springsteen was riding when a group of veterans found him broken down on the side of a New Jersey road was built by none other than Billy Joel.

Joel told an audience in New York on Monday he gave the Boss the motorcycle, which broke down on Veterans Day.

Joel sang Springsteen's "Born to Run" and then told the crowd he called Springsteen when he saw the news. Joel says he apologized and Springsteen replied, "No worries."

Joel built the motorcycle for Springsteen at the 20th Century Cycles shop in Oyster Bay, a town in Long Island.

Some bikers from the Freehold American Legion found Springsteen on the side of the road. He hopped on the back of one of their bikes and headed to a local bar while he waited for a ride.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Mott The Hoople Leader Ian Hunter Releases 30-Disc Anthology Box Set

The career of  Mott the Hoople singer and guitarist Ian Hunter is getting the royal shakedown with a 30-disc anthology box set called Stranded In Reality.

Compiled and curated by Hunter and biographer Campbell Devine, Stranded In Reality covers the years 1975 to 2015, with 17 original albums on 19 CDs, nine discs of unreleased tracks, and two DVDs.containing a swathe of rare film clips.

All of Hunter's solo albums are here, including expanded 'Anniversary Editions' of Ian Hunter, All-American Alien Boy, You’re Never Alone with a Schizophrenic and Welcome to the Club, plus special unique bonus track discs of Short Back n’ Sides, All of The Good Ones Are Taken, The Artful Dodger, Strings Attached, Shrunken Heads and When I’m President.

The other discs are titled Tilting the Mirror (rarities), If You Wait Long Enough for Anything, You Can Get it on Sale (live 1979-81), Bag of Tricks (Live Volumes 1, 2 and 3), Acoustic Shadows and Experiments.

The box presents many unheard and “lost” songs from Hunter’s archive including "San Diego Freeway," "Nobody’s Perfect"  and "Salvation," as well as rarely performed live versions of "Wild East," "While You Were Looking At Me," "The Outsider" and a 2008 acoustic concert.

It Never Happened, the double DVD set, features promo, live and archive material. Most of the footage has not been issued commercially on DVD until now. There's a complete 1979 Hunter Ronson concert from London’s Hammersmith Odeon and a TV film from the same tour, live in Toronto.

Presented in an LP-size deluxe box with custom Escher-style cover, the collection also contains an 88-page hardback book with a comprehensive essay, rare memorabilia, Ian Hunter's “Track by Track” for every song, a stunning facsimile Shades newspaper featuring classic historic press features, an Alien Boy lithograph personally signed by Hunter, and original and brand new album artwork in replica card sleeves.

Stranded in Reality is a limited edition run of only 2,500 units, for sale to through www.propermusic.com.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

HDNET MOVIES Presents ‘Not So Silent Nights’ Music Movie Marathon With Tommy Shaw Of Styx

HDNET MOVIES will present seven days of music-themed films and documentaries during their “Not So Silent Nights” marathon, hosted by Tommy Shaw, singer and guitarist of Styx.

From Monday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 11, starting at 7:00 PM EST each evening, the week-long event will include films that cover a breadth of music genres from early and classic rock to reggae and modern alternative, featuring artists such as Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Bob Marley, Roger Waters, Dave Navarro, and The Who.

'I'm excited to announce that I'll be hosting HDNET MOVIES’ ‘Not So Silent Nights,’ said Shaw. “Each night, for seven nights in a row, we will pair a rock-themed feature film with a rock-umentary. Grab your favorite concert T-shirts and suit up for the shows! “

HDNET MOVIES will be celebrating the “Not So Silent Nights” stunt by giving away the ultimate Tommy Shaw prize pack. One lucky winner will receive a guitar signed by Shaw, and two tickets to see Renegades in the Fast Lane at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas on Jan. 6 to 14, 2017.  Other prizes include signed albums and tickets to the 2017 Styx Summer Tour. Participants can enter the contest at http://hdnetmovies.com/cinemascoop/tommy-shaw.

For a complete schedule of films and times, visit www.hdnetmovies.com/schedules

The complete “Not So Silent Nights” lineup is as follows:

Mon., December 5
JINGLE BELL ROCKS! (2013) – Network Premiere – 7:00 PM EST – The week of rock kicks off with a guided tour of the weird and wonderful underground world of alternative Christmas music in the network premiere of JINGLE BELL ROCKS!, featuring appearances by The Flaming Lips, Run DMC, and John Waters.
THAT THING YOU DO! (1996) – 8:00 PM EST – Tom Hanks leads a small town rock band to super-stardom in the hit 1996 comedy THAT THING YOU DO!, with Liv Tyler and Charlize Theron.

Tues., December 6
THIS IS ELVIS (1981) – Network Premiere – 7:00 PM EST – Take an in-depth look at the tremendous legacy of rock n’ roll hero Elvis Presley with archived footage and interviews in THIS IS ELVIS.
ELVIS LIVES! (2016) – Network Premiere – 8:50 PM EST – The King (Jonathan Nation) goes undercover to bring down a crime syndicate and save his family in the conspiracy thriller ELVIS LIVES!

Wed., December 7
JANIS (1974) – Network Premiere – 7:00 PM EST – Consisting entirely of archival footage, the classic 1974 film documents the life and death of rock legend Janis Joplin, including iconic moments such as her 1969 Woodstock performance and her 1970 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, along with behind the scenes footage of the singer.
GRAFFITI BRIDGE (1990) – Network Premiere – 8:40 PM EST – Prince goes toe-to-toe with Morris Day to prove who is the best songwriter in GRAFFITI BRIDGE.

Thurs., December 8
MARLEY (2012) – Network Premiere – 7:00 PM EST – The network premiere of MARLEY features an intimate examination of the social, musical, and political impact of reggae pioneer Bob Marley.
THE HARDER THEY COME (1972) – Network Premiere – 9:30 PM EST – A young Jamaican battles drug dealers and corrupt music execs in the premiere of the 1972 classic THE HARDER THEY COME.

Fri., December 9
ROGER WATERS: THE WALL (2014) – Network Premiere – 7:00 PM EST – Spend an evening with rock revolutionary Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, as he takes viewers behind the scenes of his elaborate stage production in ROGER WATERS: THE WALL.
DETROIT ROCK CITY (1999) – 9:20 PM EST – Four high school friends do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit in this beloved 1999 comedy.

Sat., December 10
MOURNING SON (2015) – Network Premiere – 7:00 PM EST – Dave Navarro recalls his mother’s murder and the lasting effects it had in the premiere of MOURNING SON.
ROCK STAR (2001) – 8:50 PM EST – Tribute band frontman Mark Whalberg is recruited to join his favorite metal act in ROCK STAR, with Jennifer Aniston.

Sun., December 11
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT (1979) – 7:00 PM EST – The block comes to a close as filmmaker Jeff Stein captures the wild heart and infectious spirit of The Who in THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT.
TOMMY (1975) – 8:55 PM EST – Roger Daltrey plays a deaf, dumb, and blind savior in the 1975 rock opus TOMMY, with Elton John and Jack Nicholson.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Dave Mason Performing 'Alone Together' Live On West Coast Tour

Dave Mason will be perfroming his 1970 Alone Together Again in its entirety, followed up with a great selection of hits from his illustrious career, over seven dates in California to wind up 2016.

It's a show that Mason has wanted to do for quite some time, "Alone Together was an important album for me for many reasons and I still love those songs."

Fans can expect to hear such classics as "Feelin' Alright," "All Along the Watchtower," "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Only You Know and I Know," from the Alone Together album.

Mason's band includes Johnne Sambataro (guitar, vocals), Tony Patler (keyboards, vocals) and Alvino Bennett (drums). The three muscians will be opening the show with their own set.

For details, visti Dave Mason's website at www.davemasonmusic.com.

ALONE TOGETHER AGAIN TOUR 2016

NOVEMBER
29 - SUNSET CULTURAL CENTER / CARMEL BY THE SEA, CALIFORNIA

DECEMBER
1 - BELLY UP TAVERN / SOLANA BEACH, CALIFORNIA
2 - THE COACH HOUSE / SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA
3 - THE CANYON CLUB / AGOURA HILLS, CALIFORNIA
4 - THE CREST THEATRE / SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
8 - THE RIO THEATRE / SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA
9 - FREIGHT & SALVAGE COFFEE HOUSE / BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA

Friday, November 18, 2016

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Steve Miller Band To Headline 13th Annual Mountain Jam Music Festival

The 13th Annual Mountain Jam Music Festival unveiled the first headliners for its 2017 lineup – Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and the Steve Miller Band. 

Also on the bill are: Peter Frampton, Gary Clark Jr., Michael Franti & Spearhead, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Strumbellas, Shovels & Rope, The Revivalists, The Infamous Stringdusters, White Denim, Elephant Revival, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and River Whyless. Additional artists to be announced early next year.

Tickets for Mountain Jam 2017 are on sale now. General Admission and VIP tickets are available for the full weekend starting at $184 and $600 (plus taxes) respectively. More information on ticket pricing and packages is available online at http://www.mountainjam.com.

Mountain Jam 2017 will take place June 16 – 18 at its longstanding home, in the heart of the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County. Hunter Mountain is the Northeast's premier natural amphitheater set amidst a majestic landscape. The venue offers premium camping and lodging options on-site along with modern conveniences including 24-hour access to indoor bathrooms, a large full service bar, and a plethora of food options.

Throughout the weekend activities are planned for music lovers of all ages. The Sky Ride, a six-passenger chairlift that carries guests to the 3,200 foot summit offering spectacular views of the Massachusetts' Berkshires and Vermont's Green Mountains, is also a Jammer fan favorite.

"This year's edition of Mountain Jam brings a unique blend of artists and eras from across the landscape of rock n roll that will not be replicated at any other music festival," commented Dhruv Prasad, one of the festival organizers.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

John Lennon Letter To Paul McCartney Could Fetch $20K At Auction

A raging letter sent from ex-Beatle John Lennon to former band mate Paul McCartney is expected to sell for around $20,000 on Thursday. The letter is being sold through an online sale by a Boston auction house, which is due to close today. The identity of the seller has not been disclosed.

The letter is remarkable for the level of vitriol directed at McCartney and his wife, Linda, for their alleged maltreatment of Lennon's wife Yoko Ono, for whom he left his first wife Cynthia in 1968.

According to Lennon, Ono suffered repeated nasty behavior from those whom he mockingly describes in the letter as his "kind and unselfish" friends.

He also made clear he was tired of being what he perceived as the bigger person in the situation.

The typed letter reads, "It might have sometimes been a bit more subtle or should I say 'middle class' — but not often. We both 'rose above it' quite a few times — & forgave you two — so it's the least you can do for us — you noble people. — Linda — if you don't care what I say — shut up!— let Paul write — or whatever."

Lennon then turns his disdain towards what he sees as McCartney's inflated estimation of the Beatles' influence, with the letter reading, "'Do you really think most of today's art came about because of the Beatles? — I don't believe you're that insane — Paul — do you believe that?"

This is followed by a capital lettered invocation for his former friend to "GET OFF YOUR GOLD DISC AND FLY!"

The note was sent in response to a letter from Linda, which admonished Lennon for not openly announcing his decision to leave the Beatles in 1970. Lennon's reply highlights that he was acting on the advice of Linda's own husband as well as then-manager Allen Klein to take that path.

McCartney has confirmed that the perceived ill-feeling between Lennon and himself was real but has been at pains to demonstrate in subsequent media appearances that they reconciled prior to his former band mate's murder in New York City in 1980.




Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Rolling Stones' 1962 Apartment Is On Display In New York City

When Mick Jagger was coming up with ideas for an exhibition highlighting the Rolling Stones' five-decade long career, he wanted to re-create the mood of the band in its early years.

So, he had a team recreate the first London apartment he and his band mates shared in 1962, complete with dirty dishes, beer bottles and blues records placed throughout the flat.

"That was the weirdest thing really. ... The building is still there - it's not a building that's been knocked down or anything, it's right around the corner from where I actually live now," Jagger said. "It's very redolent of the space ... and it smells like it and feels like it.

"I just remembered how it really was," he added.

"There were a lot of places like that in the early '60s ... you wouldn't want to live there now," Charlie Watts said.

The Stones also re-created their recording studio, complete with original instruments, for Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones, the band's exhibit that debuted at Industria in New York City on Saturday after launching in London earlier this year. It includes colorful tour outfits, Jagger's lyric book, Keith Richards' 1963 diary, Watts' toy drum kit and various photographs, from posters to magazine covers.

"None of it made me cry particularly. Some of it made me laugh," Jagger said of the memorabilia.

The exhibit run in New York through March 12, 2017. Some of the pieces are works by Andy Warhol, Alexander McQueen and John Pasche, who designed the Stones' iconic tongue logo.

"It's like bumping into memories everywhere you look for me," Richards said. "You turn the corner (and say), 'Oh, that's where I left it. Whether it's a guitar or a piece of clothing, everything sort of rings a bell somewhere."

Ronnie Wood, who joined the group in 1975, said he enjoyed seeing the "little motifs" throughout the exhibit, and added that one of his favorite memories was joining the band for his first public performance - on his birthday.

"I had to learn the entire Stones back catalog to get ready to go onstage on June 1, my birthday, for my first public show with them," he said, smiling.

Of his highlights, Richards said, laughing: "I can pick out a few lows but we won't bother with them, but otherwise, it's been pretty much a high all the time."

The Stones will release a new album of blues cover songs called Blue & Lonesome on Dec. 2. When asked what his future goals are for the band, Watts said: "Staying alive I think is the biggest thing at the moment, or getting up in the morning."

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sting Announces North American, European Tour Behind New Album '57th & 9th'

Following the recent release of his latest album 57th & 9th, Sting will take to the road in 2017, featuring concert dates in clubs, theaters and arenas throughout North America and Europe. Additional dates in South America and Asia will soon be announced. 

On the 57th & 9th Tour, Sting will be joined by a three-piece band including his longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller, plus Josh Freese (drums) and Rufus Miller (guitar). Special guests include singer/songwriter Joe Sumner as well as San Antonio-based Tex Mex band, The Last Bandoleros.

Sting's 12th solo studio album, 57th & 9th is his first rock/pop project in over a decade. The 10-song collection represents a wide range of Sting's musical and songwriting styles from the raucous, guitar-driven first single, "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" to the ferocious, Road Warrior-style imagery of "Petrol Head" and the anthemic "50,000."

The album, produced by Martin Kierszenbaum, was recorded in just a few weeks with Sting's long-time collaborators Dominic Miller (guitar) and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), as well as drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Guns n' Roses), guitarist Lyle Workman, and backing vocals by The Last Bandoleros.

STING 57TH & 9TH 2017 – TOUR ITINERARY

NORTH AMERICA:

Feb. 01 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
Feb. 02 - Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center - Portland, OR
Feb. 05 - The Masonic - San Francisco, CA
Feb. 08 - Palladium - Los Angeles, CA
Feb. 11 - Agua Caliente Casino - Rancho Mirage, CA
Feb. 14 - Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO
Feb. 16 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO
Feb. 17 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO
Feb. 19 - ACL Live at The Moody Theater - Austin, TX
Feb. 20 - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie - Dallas, TX
Feb. 22 - UNO Lakefront Arena - New Orleans, LA
Feb. 23 - Smart Financial Centre - Houston, TX
Feb. 25 - Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater - Miami, FL
Feb. 27 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
Feb. 28 - Municipal Auditorium - Nashville, TN
Mar. 02 - Myth - Minneapolis, MN
Mar. 03 - Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL
Mar. 05 - Rebel - Toronto, ON
Mar. 06 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC
Mar. 08 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
Mar. 09 - Mohegan Sun - Uncasville, CT
Mar. 11 - Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA
Mar. 12 - The Theater at MGM National Harbor - Washington, DC
Mar. 14 - Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY

EUROPE/UK:

Mar. 21 - Sant Jordi Club - Barcelona, SP
Mar. 23 - Fabrique - Milan, IT
Mar. 25 - Sporthalle - Hamburg, DE
Mar. 27 - Torwar - Warsaw, PL
Mar. 29 - Porsche-Arena - Stuttgart, DE
Mar. 30 - Samsung Hall - Zurich, CH
Apr. 01 - Rockhal - Esch-sur-Alzette, LU
Apr. 02 - Forest National - Brussels, BE
Apr. 04 - Mistubishi Electric Halle - Dusseldorf, DE
Apr. 05 - Heineken Music Hall (as of January 1st AFAS Live) - Amsterdam, NL
Apr. 07 - Manchester O2 Apollo - Manchester, UK
Apr. 09 - Eventim Apollo Hammersmith - London, UK
Apr. 12 - Olympia - Paris, FR
Apr. 13 - Olympia - Paris, FR

For details on tickets, visit www.sting.com and www.livenation.com.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Aerosmith Bidding 'Aero-Vederci Baby!' On 2017 European Farewell Tour

Aerosmith have announced a mammoth European tour for next year. Fresh from a run of hugely successful South American shows, Aerosmith will return across the Atlantic for their ‘farewell’ tour, saying “Aero-Vederci Baby!”

“It’s been three years since we have been on tour in Europe and I can speak for my brothers that we can’t wait to get over there and take it up a few notches," said the band's guitarist Joe Perry. "Last tour in South America, we were running on all cylinders and I can see no reason to let up now."

"Aerosmith just got done ripping through South America like true ambassadors of rock...The band is unstoppable right now, " added frontman Steven Tyler. "In Europe, we're going to keep doing what we do best... Let The Music Do The Talking...Living On The Edge, and living to rock another day."

Aerosmith have just completed a series of sold-out shows in South America, playing Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru and Mexico.

Their return to Europe is highly anticipated by fans and the band alike. As part of the Aero-Vederci Baby tour, they will also be performing at some major music festivals, including Sweden Rock, France’s Hellfest and the Download Festival in Donington, UK.

Tickets for the majority of the Aero-Vederci Tour dates will be on sale dates on November 18th. Check local media for ticket details

The full May/June/July 2017 dates are as follows:

May 17 - Hayarkon Park - Tel Aviv, Israel
May 20 - Black Sea Arena - Batumi, Georgia
May 23 - Olympiski - Moscow, Russia
May 26 - Konigsplatz - Munich, Germany
May 30 - Waldbuhne - Berlin, Germany
June 02 - Tauron Arena - Krakow, Poland
June 05 - Royal Arena - Copenhagen, Denmark
June 08 - Sweden Rock Festival - Solvesborg, Sweden
June 11 - Download Festival - Donington, UK
June 14 - 3 Arena - Dublin, Ireland
June 17 - Hellfest - Clisson, France
June 20 - Lanxess Arena - Cologne, Germany
June 23 - Firenze Rocks Festival - Florence, Italy
June 26 - Meo Arena - Lisbon, Portugal
June 29 - Rivas Auditorio Miguel Rios - Madrid, Spain
July 02 - Rock Fest Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain
July 05 - Hallenstadion - Zurich, Switzerland

For more information: www.aerosmith.com


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Ultimate Jam Night Paying Tribute To AC/DC's Malcolm Young, Raising Funds For Alzheimer’s Association

Ultimate Jam Night, a free weekly show held every Tuesday night at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood will be honoring AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young and benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association this Tuesday, November 15. The event will be broadcast via Zinna.TV.

Young struggled with the onset of dementia for a period of time prior to being admitted to full-time nursing care in Sydney, Australia, in 2014.

A two-hour-plus “jam” of AC/DC songs, featuring an array of LA-based touring and recording musicians, including former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright, will be on hand.

To donate toward the Ultimate Jam Night Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, go to act.alz.org/goto/RockOutALZ. Funds raised will support local programs of the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter, as well as providing financial assistance to research and advocacy efforts.

“Malcolm Young created not only music, but an era,” said Ultimate Jam Night founder and Quiet Riot Bassist, Chuck Wright.

“According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and other related dementias, so this terrible affliction affects many more like Malcolm,” Simon Wright added.

For up-to-the-minute news about the event please visit facebook.com/ultimatejamnight for updates leading up to Tuesday’s 8 PM showtime.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Inside David Bowie's Extraordinary Art Auction at Sotheby's

Ten months to the day after his passing, the bulk of David Bowie’s personal art collection -- some 400 works in total -- went on the block at a three-part auction at Sotheby’s on Nov. 10-11, fetching a grand total of $41.1 million.

More than $30 million was sold on the first night alone, where well-heeled (and furred) attendees raised paddles against bids submitted around the world via phone and the Web. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Air Power” was the evening’s -- and the auction’s -- top seller at $8.8 million, trouncing the pre-auction estimate of $3.3 million to enthusiastic applause.

More than half of the artists represented in the sale -- 59 in sum -- set sales records, underlining what a premium Bowie’s ownership lent to the works.

Bowie, who passed away at age 69 after a battle with cancer, was a passionate and knowledgeable collector with a taste for British contemporary art, who preferred to collect pieces that evoked a strong emotional response over those that promised a sound financial return. Many directly inspired his own art.

Of the Auerbach painting, Bowie told The New York Times in 1998: "The work can magnify the kind of depression I’m going through. It will give spiritual weight to my angst. Some mornings I’ll look at it and go... 'My God, yeah! I want to sound how that looks!'

“Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own,” he added. “It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through.”

The painting 'Air Power' by Jean-Michel Basquiat is being sold during the auction 'Bowie/Collector' at Sotheby's in London, England on Nov. 10, 2016. Artworks from the private collection of late musician David Bowie are being sold during the two-day auction in London.

The auction follows an unusually long and far-reaching promotional tour, which saw key pieces from the collection travel across Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong before returning to London for a 10-day exhibition open to the public. More than 55,000 people came to see the assembled works before they went to their new owners across the globe.

“Bowie had a huge fan base, and we wanted to make sure as many people [could] see this as possible,” Simon Hucker, senior specialist in modern and post-war British art at Sotheby’s, siad earlier this year.

Friday, November 11, 2016

John Lodge Of The Moody Blues Comes Aboard 'Cruise To The Edge'

After five decades of success with The Moody Blues, singer and bassist John Lodge will be joining Cruise To the Edge (CTTE) this coming February 7-11, 2017, aboard the world's greatest Progressive Rock Music Experience. 

Coming off his first solo tour in the UK this September, Lodge's "10,000 Light Years Band" will accompany him aboard CTTE for exclusive performances and other events featuring the band. CTTE will be the first opportunity for fans to see Lodge and his mates "live" in the U.S. 

Lodge and his band will be performing Moody Blues hits like "Ride My See-Saw," "Candle of Life," "Isn't Life Strange," "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)," "Steppin' In a Slide Zone," "Peak Hour" and a treat or two from Blue Jays, plus songs from his critically acclaimed solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, which includes the single "In My Mind" and earned the iconic artist an "Anthem of the Year" nomination at the 2015 Prog Magazine Awards.
Sailing out of Tampa, FL, February 7-11, 2017, CTTE visits Cozumel, Mexico with a who's-who of prog-rock prodigies. Headliners Yes, Kansas, Steve Hackett of Genesis and John Wetton of King Crimson and Asia join iconic drummer and former member of Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy, on this unparalleled music cruise experience.

In addition to hosting his 50th birthday bash on the cruise, Portnoy will--for the first time ever--perform the Dream Theater's "12 Step Suite" in its entirety. The music documents the musician's battle with alcoholism, and is an ensemble of five songs recorded by the band from 2002 to 2009, with titles that reflect his struggles: "The Glass Prison," "This Dying Soul," "The Root of all Evil," "Repentance" and "The Shattered Fortress."

Other esteemed performers confirmed include: Patrick Moraz, Bad Dreams, The Neal Morse Band, IO Earth, Spock's Beard, Alex Machacek, Änglagard, Stick Men, Haken, Pain of Salvation, Curved Air, Frost*, Electric Asturias, District 97, Scott Henderson, Focus, The Fringe and Dave Kerzner.

In addition, famous Yes album design artist Roger Dean will be aboard to talk about the back story of his unique designs while the cruise will be hosted by UK journalist and preeminent Yes expert, Jon Kirkman.

Beyond the once-in-a-lifetime intimate music experiences with iconic artists, the guests will get to partake in a wide array of activities. Beyond the sun, fun and exquisite dining, there will be Artist/Cruiser Photo Experience, Q&A Sessions, Late-Night Surprise Performances and more. This year will also feature the unprecedented CTTE Late Night Live, where fans can sign up to showcase their own musical talents in four different performance scenarios: Late Night Live Pro Jam, where you could be invited to play with a with a headline act; Artist's Choice, featuring fans and Prog legends performing together; The Main Event, where it's your choice to shine with fellow Late Night Live musicians and Overtime Jam, where a song of your choosing could be featured in a late-night jam.

Cabins are still available aboard the full-charter cruise starting at $1,099 per person (double occupancy). Children 11 and under at the time of sailing are free when sharing a cabin with 2 full fare paying adults. Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are mandatory for all passengers regardless of age. For booking and more info, visit CruiseToTheEdge.com and connect on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

A Supernova Box Set Of The Universe’s Finest Space Rock Set To Launch

An intergalactic roadmap to the most mind-blowing sounds in the Universe will be landing in record stores everywhere starting November 18 courtesy of Purple Pyramid Records. Space Rock: An Interstellar Traveler’s Guide is a brand new collection of six CDs of the best Space Rock from the outer reaches of the galaxy including tracks by such legendary acts as Hawkwind, Amon Düül II, Gong, Can, Guru Guru, Tangerine Dream, Ozric Tentacles, Popol Vuh, Alice Cooper, Nektar, Chrome, and more! 

Joining these mythic figures is a broad assortment of spectacular bands from all over the great Planet Earth including bands from Germany, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, France, Hungary, Finland, Italy, and elsewhere. This one-of-a-kind set also includes a never before released track by Hawkwind co-founder Nik Turner from his forthcoming new album.

Each CD comes in its own individually designed jacket and all are housed in a deluxe 7"x7" box with oversized booklet featuring liner notes by music journalist Dave Thompson, band biographies, photos, and out of this world artwork.

Track List:
DISC 1
1. Can - All Gates Open
2. Hedersleben - Gulf Of Lost Souls
3. Øresund Space Collective - The Trichophantic Spire
4. Popol Vuh - Steh Auf, Zieh Mich Dir Nach
5. Joel Vandroogenbroeck - Sign From Space
6. Ozric Tentacles - Space Out
7. Secret Saucer - Lift Off
8. An Emerald City - Seizuretron
9. Nik Turner - Out Of Control
10. Melting Euphoria - Flying Eyes Like Saucers
11. Guru Guru Groove Band - UFOlove
12. Maat Lander - The Comet Rider
13. Gong - Fohat Digs Holes In Space (Live Paris 1972)

DISC 2
1. Tangerine Dream - Ultima Thule Part 1
2. Brainticket - Watchin' You
3. Faust - Parasiten
4. Pyramidal - Black Land
5. Shawn Lee - Low Riders In Space
6. Hydravion - Passadena Airport
7. Pressurehed - Altitude
8. Het Droste Effect - You Know That I Knew
9. German Oak - Shadows Of War (A. Rain Of Destruction / B. B1 To London)
10. Daevid Allen Weird Quartet - The Cold Stuffings Of November
11. Omega - Don't Keep On Me Waitin’
12. Kalutaliksuak - What Are Your Feet Eating?
13. Oranssi Pazuzu - Reikä Maisemassa

DISC 3
1. Steve Hillage & William Shatner - Rocket Man (Alternate Mix)
2. Black Rainbows - Hawkdope
3. Guru Freakout - Notre Dame (Mothership) [Edit]
4. XYNN - Lost In Space (English Version)
5. The Spacelords - Pyroclastic Monster
6. Aqua Nebula Oscillator - Human Toad (Live)
7. Magic Wands - Jupiter
8. Atomic Simao - Descending
9. White Manna - We Pretend Space Isn't There
10. Yuri Gagarin - At The Center Of All Infinity
11. Federico Farnè - What Illuminates The Night

DISC 4
1. Guru Guru - Spaceship (Edit)
2. Hawkwind - Seeing It As You Really Are
3. It's Not Night: It's Space - Vibration Eater
4. Earthling Society - EA1729
5. Robert Calvert - Lemmy & I Swallowed Massive Amounts Of Drugs
6. Gilli Smyth - What Do You Really Want (Live)
7. The Re-Stoned - Faces Of Earth
8. The Dunes - Badlands
9. Exxasens - Helios
10. Oranjjoolius - Tiki Sleep Cycle
11. Equations - SSSUUUNNN
12. Secret Symbol Society - Canes Venatici
13. Lord Fuzz - The Freak

DISC 5
1. Amon Düül II - Archangels Thunderbird
2. Naxatra - Space Tunnel
3. Celestial Bums - Child of the Moon
4. Dark Buddha Rising - L
5. My Education / Theta Naught Sound Mass - End Masse
6. Sun Araw - Deep Temple
7. Hidria Spacefolk - Kaneh Bosm
8. Dasputnik - Orbitary Volcano
9. Ava Cherry - Highway Blues
10. Orlando Monday - Moonchild
11. MKM - Retorn Al Planeta Imaginari
12. Sons Of Hippies - Spaceship Ride

DISC 6
1. Nektar - Astronaut's Nightmare
2. Chrome - Eyes In The Center
3. Space Debris - Phonomorph
4. Leroy Powell And The Messengers - Weightlessness
5. Electric Orange - Meals Of Confusion
6. Floorian - Overruled
7. Alice Cooper - B.B. On Mars (Live 1969)
8. Gdeva - Autobahn
9. Vespero - Vision 7. Kidish Hail
10. ST 37 - The ‘In’ Crowd
11. Nik Turner - 1975 Interview

Buy the CD: http://flyt.it/SpaceRockBoxCDCleo
Buy the digital version: http://flyt.it/SpaceRockBoxDig

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

New Rainbow Book Features Interviews With Former Members, Associates

When Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple in 1975, many a rock n’ roll fan was left befuddled. Why would one of rock’s top guitarists leave one of the world’s most popular bands? Regardless of the reason, listeners would ultimately be thankful, as Blackmore soon launched Rainbow, a band that rocked just as ferociously as Purple. And now there's a book that tells the Rainbow story.

The Other Side Of Rainbow features nearly 30 all-new interviews conducted exclusively for this book, including former band members (Joe Lynn Turner, Graham Bonnet, Tony Carey, Doogie White), those who worked closely with the band (Wendy Dio, Flemming Rasmussen), and were admirers of their music (Eddie Trunk, Charlie Benante).

One of the things that made Rainbow great was Blackmore's talent at spotting largely unknown talent and introducing them to the world. Vocalists Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, and Joe Lynn Turner all made a name for themselves with Rainbow. With Blackmore as the group’s leader, band members came and went on a regular basis, preventing what many believe the band from possibly reaching their full potential.

The Other Side Of Rainbow is by Greg Prato, who has written for Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, and Vintage Guitar, and such books as Survival Of The Fittest: Heavy Metal In The 1990's,Iron Maiden: '80 '81The Eric Carr Story, and Touched By Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.

The Other Side Of Rainbow is Prato's 20th book overall.

Ordering links:

Paperback and Kindle:  https://amzn.com/1539838633

Nook:  www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-other-side-of-rainbow-greg-prato/1125080147

iBook:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-other-side-of-rainbow/id1173200260?mt=11

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Jackson Browne & Bonnie Raitt Announce Benefit Concert At Standing Rock


Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz, Joel Rafael, and the late John Trudell's band Bad Dog will perform a benefit concert on Sunday, November 27 for the Water Protectors and the Standing Rock community. The concert will be held at Prairie Knights Pavilion in Fort Yates, ND.  Tickets are on sale NOW.  

Tickets can be purchased thru StarTickets by phone 800-585-3737, or online http://www.startickets.com/events/item/stand-in-solidarity-with-standing-rock

The concert is free for the Standing Rock community and Water Protectors.  Next week, cards will be distributed to the Water Protectors in the camps and Standing Rock community that can be exchanged for complimentary tickets at the Casino box office. All gross proceeds from the concert public ticket sales will benefit the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their efforts to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline and prepare the camps for winter.

The Oceti Sakowin Camp is a historic gathering of Native nations, friends and allies, from all walks of life standing in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.

"Just as we give thanks for our good fortune and the bounty of our lives as Americans, let us thank the Native people who are gathered here at Standing Rock to protect the natural world and defend our place in it," said Jackson Browne.

"I'm proud to be standing in support of the courageous and dedicated Water Protectors at Standing Rock. This movement is growing by the day with solidarity actions happening around the country, yet the media isn't covering it nearly enough. Our hope is that this concert will help bring more awareness and media attention to the issues being raised at Standing Rock, and to put pressure on The Obama Administration to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline until protection of sacred sites is ensured," said Bonnie Raitt.

"We are honored to have these great artists stand with us!" says Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, founder of the Standing Rock Sioux Camp at Sacred Stone, and who will be one of the speakers at the concert.

Those who can travel to North Dakota are invited to Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Prairie Knights Pavilion at 6:30 PM.

For more information, and to contribute, please visit the Standing Sioux Rock Tribe website at www.standingrock.org.

#standwithstandingrock  #standingrock  #NoDAPL  #WaterIsLife

Monday, November 7, 2016

Neil Young's 'Peace Trail' Dropping December 9th

Neil Young will release a brand new studio album, entitled Peace Trail, on December 9th via Reprise Records. The album is now available for pre-order through http://www.neilyoung.com and all participating digital retailers. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the title track (and first single). Additional instant downloads will follow for those who pre-order Peace Trail.

Peace Trail features all new songs that Young wrote since the release of his album Earth, this past June. This new album is primarily acoustic and reflects an intimate, sparse approach to each of the ten songs within:

Peace Trail was recorded at Rick Rubin's Shangri- la Studios and features Young on vocals and guitar, Jim Keltner on drums, and Paul Bushnell on bass. It was produced by Young and John Hanlon, mixed by John Hanlon.

Most recently Young previewed five songs from the album during his performances during the Desert Trip Festival, in Indio, CA. He also played some of the songs at shows he did in Pomona. (see our review)

Peace Trail will be released in several configurations: as a physical CD, digital download, and cassette.  A vinyl edition will follow in January.

For more info, visit www.neilyoung.com.

The track-listing for Peace Trail is as follows:
1. Peace Trail
2. Can't Stop Workin'
3. Indian Givers
4. Show Me
5. Texas Rangers
6. Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders
7. John Oaks
8. My Pledge
9. Glass Accident
10. My New Robot

Sunday, November 6, 2016

All-Star Cast To Honor Tom Petty As 2017 MusiCares Person Of The Year

On Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year in celebration of his extraordinary creative accomplishments and significant charitable work. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 27th year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need. The event will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles.

Scheduled performances for the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert include Foo Fighters, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Kings Of Leon, Randy Newman, Stevie Nicks, Lucinda Williams, Gary Clark Jr.,Jeff Lynne, George Strait, Jackson Browne, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, Elle King, Regina Spektor, and the Bangles. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers will close the evening's performances. Producer T Bone Burnett will serve as musical director.

Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include: Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young.

The MusiCares Foundation® offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist, and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings.

The MusiCares MAP Fund® allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares offers Safe Harbor Room® support, sponsored in part by the Bohemian Foundation and RBC Capital Markets, to provide a network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Bad Company Guitarist Mick Ralphs Recovering After Stroke

Bad Company and Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke.

The 72-year-old has been on tour with Bad Company bandmates Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke and played Dublin's 3Arena last month.

A statement released on the guitarist's behalf said: "Following the Bad Company UK tour that wound up last Saturday at London's 02 Arena, the family and representatives of the band's co-founder, guitarist and songwriter Mick Ralphs are sad to announce that Mick has suffered a stroke.

"Mick is receiving excellent medical care and is recovering in hospital, although all his public engagements are necessarily on hold, pending his improvement."

"Everyone is wishing Mick a speedy recovery, and further news will be announced at the appropriate time."

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Outlaws Releasing Double Live Album

The Outlaws, one of Southern rock's most influential and best-loved bands, is releasing Legacy Live, a double live CD, on November 18. For a band that thrives on stage, nothing can be better than burning classics like "There Goes Another Love Song" "Ghost Riders," "Green Grass & High Tides" and "Freeborn Man" alongside more recent material like "It´s About Pride," "Hidin` Out In Tennessee" and "So Long." Over the course of 20 songs, the gritty southern rock of the Outlaws is as intense and passionate as ever.

“I want people to hear this album and see our show and realize that The Outlaws are still there,” says founding member and front man Henry Paul. “Our goal is to unite the fans and bring the group back into the limelight.” 

The Outlaws’ live shows – more than 150 per year – are blazing two-hour-plus tributes to the band’s rich history and fiery rebirth. Classic tracks and fan favorites from the first three albums – as well as The Henry Paul Band’s definitive “Grey Ghost” – share the spotlight with songs from the newer discs. “I think the fans are coming away from shows feeling a part of the Outlaws experience,” Paul says.

Formed in Tampa in 1972, The Outlaws – known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies – became one of the first acts signed by Clive Davis (at the urging of Ronnie Van Zant) to his then-fledgling Arista Records.

The band’s first three albums – The Outlaws, Lady In Waiting and Hurry Sundown – feature such rock radio favorites as “There Goes Another Love Song,” “Green Grass & High Tides,” “Knoxville Girl” and “Freeborn Man.”

Known as ‘The Florida Guitar Army’ by their fans, the Outlaws earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act touring with friends Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band and Charlie Daniels Band as well as the Doobie Brothers, the Who, Eagles and the Rolling Stones.

Henry Paul left after the group’s third album to form the Henry Paul Band for Atlantic Records, and later the multi-platinum country trio Blackhawk. Over the next 20+ years, the Outlaws would experience rampant personnel changes, tonal missteps, ill-fated reunions and bitter trademark battles. And with the tragic deaths of co-founding members Frank O’Keefe and Billy Jones in 1995, and especially songwriter/vocalist/lead guitarist Hughie Thomasson in 2007, it was feared that the Outlaws’ trail had come to an end.

Luckily, things turned out differently than expected: Along with founding members Henry Paul, Monte Yoho and Steve Grisham, the band features several of Southern Rock’s most respected veterans: Co-lead guitarist and longtime Outlaw Chris Anderson is well known for his collaborations with artists that include Dickey Betts, Lucinda Williams, Hank Williams Jr., and Skynyrd.

Keyboardist/vocalist Dave Robbins is a co-founding member of Blackhawk and has written hit songs for artists that include Restless Heart, Kenny Rogers and Eric Clapton. Bassist/vocalist Randy Threet has performed with Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood and Blackhawk, and is familiar to TV audiences from USA Network’s Nashville Star. “From the very beginning, our band had a heart,” Monte Yoho says, “for the Outlaws, it’s still about the music. And more than ever, it’s about live music!”

To pre-order Legacy Live, visit https://theoutlaws.lnk.to/LegacyLive

For additional information:
http://www.outlawsmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/outlawsmusic/ 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sir George Martin Tribute Concert Featuring Procol Harum's Gary Brooker Coming To NYC

The late Sir George Martin will be honored, and Gary Brooker, the “voice of Procol Harum,” will be special guest when the seven-time Grammy-winning Paul Winter Consort presents their 37th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine on December 15, 16, & 17, 2016. This year marks the first time the multi-media event will honor and feature artists from the classic rock realm.

Performances will take place on Thursday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 16 at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam  Avenue at 112th  Street, Manhattan.

The 2016 Solstice Celebration concerts will be dedicated to the late George Martin, renowned producer of the Beatles' recordings. In addition to his work with the Beatles, George Martin also produced albums for Gary Brooker and the Paul Winter Consort, including the Consort’s landmark album Icarus, to which Martin later referred as “the finest record I have ever made.”

Featured guest Gary Brooker is the founder, pianist, and vocalist of the iconic band Procol Harum. He is the co-composer of the classic song “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” which swept the world in the late ’60s, has sold over 10 million copies, and is the most played song in the history of British radio. Brooker has been a friend of Paul Winter’s since the Paul Winter Consort opened for Procol Harum at Fillmore East in New York in 1971
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Now, 45 years after their first meeting, the two bandleaders will once again share the stage, this time playing together in the glorious setting of the world’s largest cathedral.

Paul Winter says, “I was a fan of Procol Harum in the ‘60s. It was the only rock band I liked besides the Beatles. As a life-long connoisseur of soulful ‘horns,’ I’ve long loved Gary’s voice, since first hearing him sing ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ all those years ago. This wedding of Gary’s bluesy voice with those Bachian changes embodies my favorite aesthetic combination of the earthy and the sublime.”

One of Paul Winter’s goals for the Solstice Celebration concerts is to provide a new musical adventure for each special guest while also encouraging them to perform their own music in a new context. Gary Brooker will sing Procol Harum classics, including “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” along with a number of surprises, accompanied by the musicians of the Paul Winter Consort.

Oboe virtuoso Paul McCandless will be featured soloist with the Consort, performing his composition “All the Mornings Bring” from the Icarus album, in tribute to George Martin. Martin was an oboe player before becoming a producer, and he always had great love for the instrument.

The Consort includes: Paul Winter on soprano sax, Paul McCandless, oboe; Eugene Friesen, cello; Paul Sullivan, keyboard; Eliot Wadopian, bass; Jamey Haddad, percussion; Tim Brumfield on the Cathedral’s great Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, and Scott Sloan on the giant seven-foot sun gong, which ascends, spotlit, to the 124-foot vault of the Cathedral at the symbolic moment of the return of the sun. Also featured will be gospel singer Theresa Thomason, a beloved favorite of past Winter Solstice Celebrations.

The Paul Winter Consort will be joined once again by the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of
Nature Dance Theatre, who will premiere a new piece for this year’s Winter Solstice Celebration,
choreographed by their director Abdel Salaam.

Over the decades, the Winter Solstice Celebrations have become a forum for world music performers from countries around the globe, including Brazil, Russia, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Spain, Tibet, Mali, Puerto Rico, Tunisia, Armenia, and perhaps a dozen other cultures.

Paul Winter explains his surprising choice to add England to the mix this year: “I would not have thought of England in the context of ‘world music,’ but my inspiration for saluting this music and these musicians from the rock realm came from the experience of attending the memorial service
for Sir George Martin in London this past May. Gary Brooker and I went to lunch afterward and shared stories of our respective musical journeys through the years. I came home resonating with the memories of what a catalytic experience it had been working with George and how much that era had meant to me.”

For many in the NYC tri-state area, attending the Winter Solstice Celebration has become an annual tradition. People have traveled from throughout the United States and as far away as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Spain and Great Britain to attend the event, which really is pageantry at its best: a theatrical co-creation of music, art, and dance that inhabits the entirety of the Cathedral’s titanic space.

Manhattan’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine is more than a site of liturgy or dogma. It’s a home for the human spirit, meant to uplift, inspire awe, unite, and give refuge. It’s the perfect location for Paul Winter Consort’s ongoing exploration of the turning of the seasons and the tuning of the soul. The Winter Solstice Celebration is intended to give deeper festive meaning to the year’s end.

“Of course, this is a concert, a performance, but it’s also a way to make the transition from the old year to the new, to find a new evocation of the ancient rite of passage of our ancestors in the Northern Hemisphere,” says Winter. “The longest night of the year marks the moment despair can turn to joy. It’s a message we can all hear, that most likely we all need.”

More information on Paul Winter's 37th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration is available at: solsticeconcert.com. General Admission tickets are available for $35 and $55. Reserved Seating is available for $95.

To purchase tickets please visit stjohndivine.org or call (866) 811-4111.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Bono Named Glamour Magazine's First 'Man Of The Year'

Irish rock star Bono is getting a new accolade - Glamour magazine's first Man of the Year.

The U.S. women's magazine announced on Tuesday that the U2 frontman and humanitarian will be the first man in its 36-year history to be honored along side its annual Women of the Year list.

The magazine said on its website that for years it has eschewed including men in the honors because "the tribe we're into celebrating is female."

However, "when a major male rock star who could do anything at all with his life decides to focus on the rights of women and girls worldwide - well, all that's worth celebrating. We're proud to name that rock star, Bono, our first Man of the Year," it said.

Bono, 56, in 2015 created the Poverty Is Sexist campaign that is aimed at helping the world's poorest women through better access to education, health services and business opportunities.

Bono thanked Glamour for the award, saying in a statement that the "battle for gender equality can’t be won unless men lead it along with women. We’re largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions.”

"We can do much more than we think we can. Leaders are accountable to all of us. If they don’t support women and girls, vote them out of office," he added.

Glamour's Women of the Year are U.S. singer Gwen Stefani, American Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, the three founders of Black Lives Matter, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde, American pop star Zendaya, Italian designer Miuccia Prada, Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad and plus-size model Ashley Graham.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Eagles Bassist Timothy B. Schmit Announces West Coast Dates Behind Solo Album

Timothy B. Schmit, vocalist, songwriter and bass player from the legendary rock groups Eagles and Poco, has announced a West coast tour that will begin on Saturday, January 7, 2017. 

The tour will be in support of Leap Of Faith, Schmit's new 12-track solo album on Benowen Records. The album will be released as a 180 gram 2-LP vinyl set on Friday, November 4.

Recorded at his Los Angeles studio and co-produced with engineer Hank Linderman, Leap Of Faith is a strong mix of rock, country, Americana, R&B and even a bit of reggae.  It marks the culmination of Schmit's unhurried, yet inspired reflections of life.

The album's first single "Red Dirt Road" is currently impacting Americana and AAA radio. Schmit recalls the session. "Like the rest of my new solo album Leap Of Faith, 'Red Dirt Road' was recorded in my L.A. studio featuring Van Dyke Parks on accordion, John McFee (from The Doobie Brothers) on fiddle, and harmonies by Herb Pedersen, Upon hearing this song one might think the setting is from the deep south, but actually the image comes from the island of Kauai. It's a tune about finally being able to let go."

Illuminated by an array of fine musicians and singers, Leap Of Faith plays like a multicolored corona around Schmit's distinctive artistry. From the jaunty opening track "My Hat" to the soaring harmonies and heartfelt reflections of "This Waltz," this is more than another album in a great artist's catalog.

Writing and recording between touring with the Eagles, the songs on Leap Of Faith have a broad compass.  "Slow Down" is a note to self on escaping life's pressures coasting along on a reggae pulse sweetened by jazz giant Gary Burton's vibraphone, while  "What I Should Do" has a Muscle Shoals feel; steamy, funky, and sensual.  On "Goodbye, My Love," he takes us deep down into traditional country with Paul Franklin's glistening steel guitar layered over the changes.  And on "It's Alright," his most intimate song, Schmit needs only his own acoustic guitar to express profound love.

Below are Schmit;s preliminary West Coast tour dates. Expect more cities to be announced in the coming weeks.

1/7 - Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
1/8 - Canyon Club - Agoura Hills, CA
1/19 - Yoshi's - Oakland, CA
1/20 - Bankhead Theatre - Livermore, CA
1/26 - Saint Rocke - Hermosa Beach, CA
1/29 - Rose Theatre - Pasadena, CA

For more information on Timothy B. Schmit, visit:
http://www.timothybschmit.com
https://www.facebook.com/timothybschmit
https://twitter.com/timothybschmit
http://www.youtube.com/user/TimothyBSchmit1

For Leap Of Faith links, visit:
iTunes - http://smarturl.it/LeapofFaithiTunes
Amazon - http://smarturl.it/LeapofFaithAmazon
Online store exclusive bundles - http://smarturl.it/TBSStore
Spotify - http://smarturl.it/LeapofFaithSpotify