Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Rock Pack Brings Five Top Classic Rock Singers To Trinidad

Top Rock Entertainment, in coordination with Tank Sound Co. and Guardian Media Limited, presents The Rock Pack, a night of never-ending hits, on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM (UTC-04) at the Jean Pierre Complex at the Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. For more information and tickets, call (868) 324-3107 / 748-1275.

The Rock Pack, a rotating cast of iconic rock singers performing “hit after hit after hit” around the world, will feature two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Rolie, an original member of Santana and Journey, Grammy winner and original Toto vocalist Bobby Kimball, Mickey Thomas of Starship, one-time Journey vocalist Steve Augeri, and the show’s founder and former Asia singer John Payne.

The star-studded concert features each singer briefly talking about their career before launching into some of their most revered songs. Classics such as  “Black Magic Woman”, “Africa,” “Separate Ways,” “We Built This City,” “Only Time Will Tell,” “Hold The Line,” “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Heat of the Moment,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Rosanna” and many more will be performed.

“I decided to create a unique concert concept that was, start to finish, full of monster hits by iconic vocalists,” Payne explains, adding. “I wanted the Classic Rock fans to enjoy the hit songs of some of our most iconic bands.”

Check out highlights of The Rock Pack


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

New David Bowie Biography Paints Sordid Picture

New details about David Bowie‘s life have emerged in an upcoming biography, David Bowie: A Life.

The book, written by British GQ editor Dylan Jones, is described as “as intimate a portrait as may ever be drawn”.

The singer passed away on January 11, 2016, following an 18-month battle with cancer. He died just three days after final album Blackstar was released, and two days after his 69th birthday.

The biography reveals that Bowie’s wild alter ego Ziggy Stardust meant the singer often received some odd propositions.

Groupie Josette Caruso describes the time Bowie was once offered a “warm, dead body” to have sex with, while on tour in Philadelphia in September 1972.

According to the Mail Online, she tells how Bowie’s bodyguard answered a knock on the door and then called for the singer, who came back looking “white as a sheet”.

“He obviously looked like such a freak that some sick people thought he might be into necrophilia,” Caruso says.

“Who on Earth do they think I am? Why would they think I’d be interested in something like that?” Bowie reportedly said.“Why would I be interested in fucking a dead body?”

“David Bowie was his very own creation, his very own work of art,” writes author Dylan Jones.“This was the boy from postwar Brixton with his sights set on the world.”

David Bowie: A Life will be released on September 12.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Robert Plant Preps New Studio Album

Robert Plant's new album, Carry Fire, will be released by Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records on Friday, October 13, 2017. 

Carry Fire is available now for pre-order at all digital music retailers and via nonesuch.com and robertplant.com with an instant download of the album's first track, "The May Queen." Pre-orders also include an exclusive limited-edition print of the album art.

Carry Fire, Plant's eleventh solo album and first full-length release since 2014's acclaimed lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar was produced by the singer in the west of England and Wales, at Top Cat studio in Box, Wiltshire with additional recordings at Real World and Rockfield studios. As with lullaby, Plant is accompanied by The Sensational Space Shifters: John Baggott on keyboards, moog, loops, percussion, drums, brass arrangement, t'bal, snare drum, slide guitar, piano, electric piano, bendir; Justin Adams on guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, E-bow quartet, percussion, snare drum, tambourine; Dave Smith on bendir, tambourine, djembe, drum kit; and Liam "Skin" Tyson on dobro, guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, twelve-string.

Plant and the Space Shifters are also accompanied on Carry Fire by a number of special guests. Chrissie Hynde joins Plant on the duet "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" (written by rockabilly legend Ersel Hickey and later recorded by both Richie Valens and The Beach Boys). Albanian cellist Redi Hasa performs on three tracks, as does the celebrated Seth Lakeman on viola and fiddle.

Plant and the Space Shifters (which now includes Lakeman) will celebrate Carry Fire's release by beginning a world tour in November 2017 starting in UK & Ireland and touring all corners of globe Dates will be announced soon at robertplant.com.

Plant and the band spent two years on the road together supporting lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar, their unique sound and vision ultimately evolving into something even more creative and powerful.

Plant, who lived in Texas for a time before returning to his native England three years ago, together with his friends, present the songs Carry Fire, melding unusual rhythms with naturalism and smoldering power.

"It's about intention," the singer says. "I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the lure and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new. Consequently the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation."

Check out the video for "The May Queen" below.
  

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Super Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition Of Classic 1987 Whitesnake Album Coming In October

Whitesnake had already released a string of Top 10 albums in England before the band conquered the world in 1987 with their eponymous record, also known in some countries as 1987, which was certified multi-platinum and featured the smash single "Here I Go Again." The classic album turns 30 this year and Rhino is celebrating with four new versions, including an expansive boxed set. 

Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition will be available on October 6 for $49.98. The 4-CD/DVD collection includes the original album with newly remastered sound, unreleased live and studio recordings, classic music videos, concert footage, a 30 minute documentary, featuring a new interview with David Coverdale, Whitesnake's founder and lead singer. The music comes with a 60-page hardbound book that's filled with rare and unseen photos from the era, an extended essay based on new interviews with Coverdale, plus a booklet of the album's lyrics, handwritten by Coverdale. The audio will also be available via digital download and streaming services.

Three other versions of Whitesnake will also be available the same day. A Deluxe Edition will be available in both 2-CD ($19.98) and 2-LP ($29.98) versions, each including the newly remastered album expanded with a selection of unreleased bonus recordings. A single-disc version of the newly remastered album will also be available.

This also marks the first release under a newly signed catalog deal with Whitesnake and Rhino Entertainment, the catalog division of Warner Music Group. This new deal includes both the North American and Japanese rights, marking the first time a substantial amount of the Whitesnake catalog will reside under Warner Music Group worldwide.

"It gives me great joy to finally have so much of my Whitesnake catalog all under the same roof with the Warner family and I'm thrilled to be now working with this tremendous team on a worldwide basis," says Coverdale. "I have great memories of being with Warner back in my days with Deep Purple then when I was with Geffen, when they were distributed by Warner, so it feels like coming home to now have Whitesnake there. This elaborate reissue is the perfect project to kick off the new relationship."

"Whitesnake is one of the all-time great rock 'n' roll bands, with David being an absolute icon as a vocalist and front man," says Rhino President Mark Pinkus. "We are absolutely thrilled to now have so much of the Whitesnake catalog with Warner on a global basis and are excited for the fans to see what great releases we have planned for the coming years."

Soon after its release in April 1987, Whitesnake became a huge success around the world, selling multi million copies. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard album chart and spawned four popular singles: "Still Of The Night," "Give Me All Your Love," "Is This Love" (which reached #2) and the #1 hit "Here I Go Again."

Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition comes with an entire disc of unreleased live performances featuring Adrian Vandenberg, Vivian Campbell & Tommy Aldridge, recorded during the band's 1987-88 tour. The music includes live versions of several tracks from 1987, plus Whitesnake classics "Slide It In," "Love Ain't No Stranger," and "Slow An' Easy."

An additional disc spotlights the creative process behind Whitesnake with a selection of 11 unreleased demo and rehearsal recordings, including early versions of nearly every song on the album called 87 Evolutions. The final disc introduces newly remixed versions the album's four singles, and includes rare radio mixes, as well as songs from 87 Versions, an EP released exclusively in Japan.

The DVD from Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition includes music videos for the four singles, all of which have been carefully restored and remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time ever. In addition, the DVD also features a new 30 minute documentary about the making of Whitesnake, a new promo video made especially for this set of the 1988 version of "Here I Go Again" and unreleased live footage from the 1987-88 tour.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It Costs 28.75 To Visit Elvis Presley's Grave During Vigil

For nearly four decades, fans of the late singer Elvis Presley have made a solemn procession past his grave at his Graceland mansion during the annual candlelight vigil commemorating his death, without paying a penny.

This year, on the 40th anniversary of the rock n’ roll icon’s death, it’s going to cost them $28.75.

Visitors who plan to attend the vigil beginning Tuesday night and running into Wednesday must have an Elvis Week Property Pass wristband to walk up the long driveway and past the graves where Presley and relatives are buried, Graceland told the Associated Press in a written statement. The $28.75 wristband also provides access to a new $45 million entertainment complex at the Memphis tourist attraction.

Graceland, operated by Elvis Presley Enterprises, says it anticipates large crowds and it has updated its security measures for Elvis Week, the annual celebration of Presley’s life and career in music and movies. Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis.

“In order to keep everyone safe and ensure an enjoyable and meaningful event for all, we have worked closely with local, state and federal security authorities to establish new procedures that have been widely used across the U.S.,” Graceland’s statement said.

A few Presley fans made a pilgrimage to Graceland the year he died, and they’ve continued coming ever since. Graceland says it averages 500,000 visitors per year from around the world, and attendance for this year’s vigil has been projected at 30,000 to 50,000.

The announcement surprised fans who didn’t know about the charge when they made plans to come to Elvis Week. Some reacted with angry messages on social media, saying they won’t attend another vigil.

Longtime fan Fred Schwarz of Springfield, Illinois, said Tuesday that he and his wife have been to several vigils and have enjoyed them. But not this year. He says fans should be insulted at the new charge.

“I looked forward to going down there this year, and they come up with all this,” Schwarz said. “I don’t want to even go to Memphis anymore. The people running that are not Elvis fans. They are in business. Corporations, they want the bottom line.”

Elvis Presley Enterprises was created by the Elvis Presley Trust to manage its assets, according to Graceland’s website. It was wholly owned by the Elvis Presley Trust and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, until 2005. Elvis Presley Enterprises is now majority-owned by Graceland Holdings, led by managing partner Joel Weinshanker. Lisa Marie Presley retains 15 percent ownership in the company.

The new entertainment complex is part of a $140 million expansion, which also includes a $90 million, 450-room hotel that opened last year. The complex, featuring exhibits of Presley’s cars, clothing and other personal items, replaces the aging buildings that housed the exhibits for years.

Access to restaurants, gift shops and an entertainment tent where people gathered before the vigil used to be free, though visitors still actually had to buy the food or memorabilia at the eateries and shops.

Now, access to them is included in the fee to enter the complex.

Cheryl Skogen, of Los Angeles, was third in line waiting on Tuesday morning for the vigil later that evening.

“I don’t think Elvis would like it if he knew the fans were charged to go up and see,” she said.

Some fans don’t have a problem with the charge. Joe Makowski, who saw Presley more than 80 times in concert and came to Graceland after Presley died in 1977, said it’s a good idea because of the cost of security. He also said these types of charges are seen at other tourist attractions.

“It goes along with the territory of the popularity of Elvis,” said Makowski, of St. Petersburg, Florida. “There’s a price for that as well, to accommodate all the people.”

News of the vigil charge also upset Anthony Stuchbury, of Bolton, England, who has been to Graceland more than two dozen times but did not come this year.

“I understand they are a business, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them making money,” Stuchbury said. “But the current price-gouging situation has created so much friction, it’s even dividing fans.”

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mercury Insurance Is Sending Fans To Join Scorpions 2017 Crazy World Tour

Mercury Insurance, in partnership with Live Nation Entertainment, is celebrating this summer’s concert season by giving classic rock fans the chance to tour with Scorpions. 

The online “Scorpions Tour Sweepstakes Presented by Mercury Insurance” is the final rock tour experience Mercury is awarding this season.

Fans can enter the Scorpions Tour Sweepstakes by visiting mercuryinsurance.com/scorpions and completing the registration form through September 17. The winner of the Scorpions Tour Sweepstakes will be drawn on or about September 18.  

“Going on tour with your favorite band is a bucket list item for many music fans, but most of us have never gotten the chance,” said Erik Thompson, Mercury’s head of advertising and public relations. “We’re going to make that dream come true for one lucky Scorpions fan, and we want to make sure it’s an experience the winner will never forget.”

The Scorpions have sold more than 100 million records worldwide with such rock anthems as “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “No One Like You,” “Send Me An Angel,” and the Billboard hit and one of the best-selling singles of all-time, “Wind Of Change.”

The winner will get to select three Scorpions concert stops that include:
• October 3 – Grand Sierra Resort, Grand Theatre, Reno, Nevada
• October 4 – Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
• October 7 – The Forum, Los Angeles, California
• October 8 – Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona

Mercury will provide the winner with:
• Roundtrip airfare for two to each city;
• Hotel accommodations for one night in each city (double occupancy);
• Two tickets for each show;
• A VIP meet-and-greet; and
• Tour merchandise.

Also, if you visit mercuryinsurance.com/scorpions to get an auto quote, then purchase a Mercury auto policy by September 20, you will receive two tickets to a Scorpions concert of your choice in Arizona, California or Nevada from the list above, courtesy of your new agent.

All tickets are subject to availability and quantities are limited. Ticket requests must be submitted no later than five days prior to the requested Scorpions concerts.

For more information about Mercury Insurance, visit www.mercuryinsurance.com.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Bethel Woods Center For The Arts Announces Historic Woodstock Preservation Campaign

In celebration of the 48th Anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts – the not-for-profit cultural center and museum located at the fabled festival's historic site – has announced a Crowdrise fundraising campaign to support new preservation and interpretation efforts.

On the weekend of August 15-17 in 1969, Nearly a half-million people gathered on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York, for the Woodstock festival, a three-day event that has come to represent a generation, and the power of peace, love and music. This watershed moment in American history continues to be a beacon of hope for people of all generations, and its historic site attracts visitors from around the globe.

As the 50th Anniversary approaches, Bethel Woods continues to carry on that spirit, while preserving and interpreting its historic site. The organization has embarked on a series of historic preservation projects that will enhance the visitor experience, restore and open to the public new areas of the festival site, and introduce immersive technologies that will immerse guests in the site's history.

In support of these projects, Bethel Woods launched an online campaign via Crowdrise, to raise the funds needed for the Bindy Bazaar Trails Project, which will restore the forested trails of the festival's marketplace, providing access to walking trails including reproductions of the iconic signage that proclaimed the "High Way," "Groovy Way," and "Gentle Path" in the woods. In the spirit of community that permeated Woodstock, Bethel Woods is raising the funds needed for this project via the online fundraising platform, Crowdrise with a goal of $25,000 – seeking individual donations starting at just $10. To be a part of preserving this important piece of our cultural heritage, please visit crowdrise.com/preservingwoodstock.

Bethel Woods' CEO Darlene Fedun said, "At its heart Woodstock was about the peaceful community that grew out of quite difficult circumstances, working together and sharing what they had with each other – and so is this fundraiser. This is a true example of how each of us, when united as a community, can make a much greater positive impact together, and through this fundraiser can contribute to preserving a treasured piece of history for future generations."

Recently, the Woodstock site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, formally acknowledging the significance of its heritage and setting in motion continued preservation efforts. Located 90 miles from New York City, Bethel Woods also features an 800-acre campus including a Pavilion amphitheater with a capacity of 15,000, an intimate indoor performance space, arts and humanities programs for all ages, and the award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods. Visit bethelwoodscenter.org for more information and to plan your visit.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Career-Spanning Steve Miller Band 'Ultimate Hits' Sets To Be Released September 15

Guitarist, singer, songwriter and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller has produced and personally directed the curation and creative process for two new, career-spanning Steve Miller Band Ultimate Hits collections, to be released September 15 by Capitol/UMe. 

Ultimate Hits is available now for preorder in a single CD and digital edition featuring 22 essential Steve Miller Band tracks, including three previously unreleased rarities, and in an expanded double CD and digital deluxe edition with 40 tracks, including the acclaimed band's top hits, live tracks, and eight previously unreleased recordings from the studio and the stage. On October 27, both editions will be released on 180-gram vinyl in two LP and four LP deluxe packages, which are also available now for preorder.

Both Ultimate Hits editions feature Steve Miller Band's biggest worldwide chart-toppers, including "Take The Money And Run," "Rock'n Me," "Jet Airliner," "The Joker," "Abracadabra," "Jungle Love," and "Fly Like An Eagle."  The single CD and digital edition adds two previously unreleased live recordings, "Living In The USA" and "Space Cowboy," as well as a never-before-released Steve Miller solo recording of "Seasons." The double CD and digital deluxe edition also features those rarities, plus five more previously unreleased studio and live recordings, including a demo for "Take The Money And Run." The cover art for Ultimate Hits was designed and photographed by StormStudios in collaboration with Miller.

Preorder Steve Miller Band Ultimate Hits:

1CD; Digital; 2LP Vinyl - https://ume.lnk.to/SMBUltimateHits 

2CD; Digital; 4LP Vinyl (Deluxe Edition) - https://ume.lnk.to/SMBUltimateHitsDeluxe

It was recently announced that Steve Miller has brought his entire catalog of recorded music to Capitol, where he originally began his recording career in 1967. Miller has opened his vault/warehouse of music, footage, photos, memorabilia, artwork, handwritten notes, journals, and more to Capitol/UMe to include in his upcoming releases. Steve Miller Band's new Ultimate Hits collections, produced by Miller, launch the initiative.

"Selecting material to include in these two collections and revisiting the creation of these recordings I'm reminded of how I learned to make multi-track recordings from Les Paul and play lead guitar from T Bone Walker, " Miller said. "I've been blessed to work with so many wonderful musicians and engineers and friends over the years.  Mostly I want to thank you our fans who come out to our shows and listen to our records. I hope you enjoy this as much I did putting this together for you."

For more information on the Steve Miller Band, visit his website at stevemillerband.com.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Santana Pays Tribute to Glen Campbell During Detroit Show

Love for the late Glen Campbell knows no genre boundaries, as Santana showed on Wednesday night in suburban Detroit.

The group included a stylized version of Campbell's Grammy Award-winning 1967 single "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" during its performance at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, Michigan, marked by Carlos Santana and keyboardist David K. Matthews improvising on the song's themes.

As the rendition finished Santana told the crowd, "That was for a brother that went home. That was for Glen Campbell," then joking it was "'By The Time I Get To Tijuana'"...I think it was Phoenix. Anyway, that's a tribute to Glen Campbell."

Campbell passed away Tuesday at the age of 81 after several years battling Alzheimer's disease.

Carlos Santana released Power Of Peace, a collaboration with his wife Cindy Blackman and the Isley Brothers, on July 28.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Phish Celebrate Baker's Dozen Run At Madison Square Garden

Phish has just concluded their unprecedented Baker's Dozen run at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Beginning Friday, July 21, and continuing through Sunday, August 6, the milestone 13-night run brings Phish's total performances at MSG to a remarkable 52 in the years since their debut at the legendary New York City venue in December 1994.

The Baker's Dozen saw 227,000 tickets sold for 13 one-of-a-kind shows. Phish performed 26 unique sets featuring a grand total of 237 songs with no repeats during the three-week run. Among the song selection were countless classics, innumerable rarities, myriad surprises, and many covers.

Along with its immeasurable musical delights, The Baker's Dozen was especially notable for its donut-inspired production, a theme of course suggested in the 13-show run's title. Thousands of free donuts were given away nightly to fan who arrived early, made by Philadelphia's beloved Federal Donuts, with Phish nodding to the night's select pastry with corresponding songs.

Fans purchasing the entire 13-show run received exclusive donut-shaped tickets, while longtime Phish friends, Ben & Jerry's ,produced a limited edition flavor  "Freezer Reprise"  available only at two events in New York City and Burlington, VT, both in association with Phish's philanthropic initiative, The WaterWheel Foundation.

Phish made history, not only for themselves but also for the host city and venue. The New York City Mayor's Office marked the conclusion of the shows by issuing a proclamation announcing August 6 as "Phish Day." In recognition of the run, Madison Square Garden presented the band with a commemorative, permanent banner that was hoisted into the rafters at the end of the run's final show.

The shows were webcast exclusively via livephish.com, where the audio is now available for download or via LivePhish+, Phish's subscription-based streaming service.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Rolling Stones Guitarist Ronnie Wood Feared The Worst With Cancer Call

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has revealed that he feared the worst after being diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year.

The 70-year-old guitarist says he thought it might be “time to say goodbye,” after a doctor performing routine tests offered the news that he “had this supernova burning away on my left lung.”

Wood said he decided not to have chemotherapy if results turned out to be bad.

“I wasn’t going to lose my hair," he stated. "This hair wasn’t going anywhere.”

A week after the diagnosis, doctors told Wood the cancer hadn’t spread

“Let’s get it out now,” Wood expressed. "Before I closed my eyes for the operation, I looked at the doctor and said, 'Let battle commence.'"

According to Wood, the operation was successful.

"I’m OK now," he explained. "But I’m going to have a check up every three months. They caught it early. People have to get checked. Seriously have to get checked. I was bloody lucky but then I’ve always had a very strong guardian angel looking out for me. By rights I shouldn’t be here."

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Roger Waters Tells Anti-Trump Tour Critics To ‘Go See Katy Perry’ Instead

Pink Floyd‘s Roger Waters has hit back at critics of his ‘Us + Them’ tour, which features anti-Trump imagery.

Doctored images of the president were shown in bright, Warhol-like colors depicting him with lipstick, with breasts, with a Klan hood, without pants (showing a tiny penis), with his head on a pig and with the word “charade” written over his face.

A giant, flying, drone-controlled pig also flew around a giant screen with the words “welcome to the machine” written on it juxtaposed by an image of Trump with dollar signs over his eyes and a word bubble saying, “I won!”. The other side of the pig simply read: “piggy bank of war.”

Waters also showcased some of Trump’s most heinous quotes about his proposed border wall, 9/11, taxes, women and his daughter Ivanka followed by the words “fuck Trump”.

The imagery has drawn some criticism – mainly when Waters has played Republican states in America. Speaking to CNN about the critics, Waters said: “I find it slightly surprising that anybody could have been listening to my songs for 50 years without understanding,”

When asked what he would say to fans looking to escape politics during his show, Waters replied, “Go see Katy Perry or watch the Kardashians. I don’t care.”

Waters also revealed that the imagery caused American Express to pull out as a sponsor of the tour, costing $4 million. See the full interview below.


Waters recently released Is This The Life We Really Want? on June 2. It was his first LP since 1992’s Amused To Death. The album, which has been produced and mixed with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, was released as a 180-gram vinyl LP, on CD and digitally.

He apparently drew inspiration from the antipathy he feels toward the Trump administration, as well as a dramatic radio play he had been writing before working on the LP about a man and his granddaughter investigating why children were being killed in faraway lands. “Two or three of the songs from that idea are on this album,” he said. “Nigel Godrich persuaded me that for the purposes of a rock & roll record, which is what this is, he felt my theatrical idea – I’d written the whole thing as a radio play – was less than ideal.”

Friday, August 4, 2017

Neil Young To Release Album Recorded In 1976

Neil Young will open his archive and release Hitchhiker, an unreleased new studio album he recorded over 40 years ago. 

The release date is August 4, 2017 on Reprise Records. The 10-track acoustic solo album was recorded in Malibu, California, at Indigo Studio in 1976.

The original session was produced by Young's long-time studio collaborator David Briggs. Pre-order for Hitchhiker begins today.  Go here for details:   https://wbr.ec/hitchhiker

Recorded between Zuma and American Stars and Bars as a solo album in a single session, the resultant performances are truly breathtaking and passionate. The simplicity of a single voice and guitar captured here is as pure and powerful as it gets, with only Young, Briggs and actor Dean Stockwell in the room at the time of recording.

A few of the songs would not appear on vinyl until years later. Some have never been heard, included in the original sessions for Neil Young and Crazy Horse's Dume, another unreleased record of original sessions that yielded the classic album, Zuma.

When the Hitchhiker album was recorded, none of the included songs had ever been released and many of the performances of the songs were the first ever. This is truly an album of original performances.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Paul McCartney Played Drums On New Foo Fighters Album

The Foo Fighters’ new album Concrete and Gold is out in September, and Dave Grohl has built a lot of hype surrounding the surprise guests who will be featured on the album. One of them is allegedly “the biggest pop star in the world,” as Grohl told Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 last month, though he later clarified that the star isn’t Adele or Taylor Swift.

Now, it’s been revealed that Paul McCartney has also had a hand in the album, playing drums on one of the songs.

“He’s a pal,” Grohl told ET Canada.

“He hadn’t even heard of the song," drummer Taylor Hawkins added. "He comes in and Dave picked up an acoustic and showed him real quick. He sat on his special drum set that his tech set up for him. I sat there with a drumstick conducting. He did two takes.”

So, if you’re looking for a drummer to nail a song in two takes, look no further than former Beatle Paul McCartney. Concrete and Gold is out September 15.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Jeff Beck's 'Live At The Hollywood Bowl' To Be Released On CD, DVD, Blu-ray

Last summer, guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck celebrated 50 years of his musical career with an extraordinary concert at the famous Hollywood Bowl. Beck set the stage ablaze with incredible live versions of “For Your Love,” “Beck’s Bolero,” “’Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers,” “Big Block,” “Over Under Sideways Down,” “A Day In The Life,” “Blue Wind,” and more. The night also included a list of special guests that included Steven Tyler, Billy F. Gibbons, Jan Hammer, Beth Hart, Jimmy Hall and Buddy Guy.

On October 6, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Jeff Beck: Live At The Hollywood Bowl on CD, DVD and Blu-ray. A special DVD and triple LP version is available for pre-order exclusive through PledgeMusic.

Over the course of Beck’s illustrious 50-year career, the trailblazing guitarist has earned many accolades. He’s been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – twice! First, as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992 and then again, as a solo artist in 2009.

He has earned a total of eight Grammys during his long career. From his time with The Yardbirds, to the Jeff Beck Group and his solo career, Beck’s sound and stylistic exploration has mesmerized fans and critics worldwide. This concert captures his musical journey, with a set list spanning from his first Yardbirds’ recordings to recent tracks from 2016’s Loud Hailer. As the evening progressed, Beck was joined onstage by those legendary peers. The show climaxed with all guests delivering a stirring encore performance of “Purple Rain” in tribute to Prince, who had passed away a few months before the concert.

Live At The Hollywood Bowl is a stellar showcase of Jeff Beck’s history and musicianship, and a fitting addition to Eagle Rock Entertainment’s collection of Jeff Beck titles.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Black Country Communion is Back

 
Black Country Communion delivers classic rock musicianship on another level. The Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, will release their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, BCCIV, via J&R Adventures on Friday, September 22, 2017. This is the band's first studio album since 2013's 'Afterglow'.

Just like its three predecessors, BCCIV was overseen by legendary producer Kevin Shirley, whose catalog of hit classic rock records for Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Journey, The Black Crowes, has made him the hottest producer that rock music has to offer. Shirley, who originally had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa in a band after seeing them jamming together onstage in Los Angeles back in November 2009 – is the group's unofficial 'fifth member'.

Black Country Communion is an earth-shattering combination of American and British rock influences — a bona fide super group that conveys to the world a simple but important message: classic rock is alive and in good hands in the 21st century. Their communion together forms something that is greater than the sum of its parts, creating a legacy being cemented within the halls of music history.

Due to extensive solo touring schedules, this super group is hard to catch live and currently only has three live concerts scheduled with no immediate plans for more.  Just announced today, the group will play two UK exclusive shows at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on January 2nd, 2018, and at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London on January 4th, 2018.

For ticket information visit www.bccommunion.com. BCC will also make a special guest appearance to perform on Joe Bonamassa's Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea Music Festival sailing February 26 - March 2, 2018.

The initiative for the new album came from Joe Bonamassa, who contacted the band in 2016 to see if they would be up for going back into the studio to write and record a fourth album.  Says Joe, "I just felt the time was right for Black Country Communion to go back into the studio and write and record a new album. When I contacted Glenn, Derek and Jason, they immediately agreed to give it shot. The timing was right."

Black Country Communion's inception took place when front man and bass guitarist Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa fused their styles on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Center's King of the Blues event. With the help and guidance of producer Kevin Shirley, they further added to their rock lineage by recruiting drummer Jason Bonham and keyboardist Derek Sherinian. Taking their name from an industrial area in Britain, and the birthplace of both Hughes and Bonham, Black Country Communion released their self-titled debut album in 2010, and with that, unleashed their brand of take-no-prisoners hard rock to a world thirsting for music with substance.

During its first week of release in the UK, BCC's debut album hit the #1 spot in the Official Top 40 Rock Album Chart. It was voted #3 in Classic Rock's "Critics Album of the Year" poll, and listeners of Planet Rock crowned BCC as the Best New Band of 2010.

In the States, former VH1 Classic TV show "That Metal Show" dubbed BCC as the Best New Rock Band of the last 10 Years. The band was also the recipient of the Best Breakthrough Act award at Classic Rock's prestigious Roll Of Honour Awards.

Following the release of another two studio albums, 2011's well-received Black Country Communion 2 and 2012's equally impressive Afterglow, plus a smoldering live CD released in 2011, Live Over Europe, the band has firmly established themselves as one of hard rock's premier acts. The band took a hiatus in 2013 and focused on their successful solo careers.

BCC has cultivated a reputation not only as amazing songwriters, but as a powerful live act, is only exceeded by their dedication to their craft, and a willingness to challenge and motivate each other to make the best music they can. Their latest, BCCIV, is destined to become one of the biggest hard rock albums of 2017.

"We had around four months to write this album, and I think the results speak for themselves," comments Glenn Hughes. "All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums, however, the new album is more of a progression, as we wanted to be careful not to repeat the previous albums. A lot has happened since we last recorded the Afterglow album in 2013, so, in many ways, the new album shows BCC with a much harder, riffier, bigger and bolder sound.

The band assembled to record BCCIV at Cave Studios in Los Angeles in January 2017.  The songs on BCCIV will appeal to all fans of high quality hard rock, also those that admire singers of distinction. Hughes is not known as The Voice of Rock for nothing.

In terms of content, BCCIV expands upon the progression that took place between the first three albums. With an abundance of heavy riffs, undeniable hooks, melodic flair and infectious choruses, BCCIV is a spectacular album that gets bigger and bolder with repeated spins.

"I wanted the new album to physically shake your soul. It's a wake-up call." explains Hughes.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Star-Studded Ultimate Jam Night To Pay Tribute To Adrenaline Mob's David Z

This Tuesday (August 1), Ultimate Jam Night, the weekly revue held at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, will present a special tribute to Adrenaline Mob bassist David Z. Doors open at 8:00 and, as always, the show is free. 

A number of special guests, including Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, Sebastian Bach (formerly of Skid Row), Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen), Dug Pinnik (King's X), Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad), Joe Retta (Heaven & Earth), Mark Wood (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Richie Kotzen (Winery Dogs), Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs, Flying Colors), Rikki Rockett (Poison), and many more, are expected to perform.

The Ultimate Jam Night house band featuring Quiet Riot bassist and UJN founder Chuck Wright, drummer Matt Starr (Mr. Big, Ace Frehley), guitarist Mitch Perry (Edgar Winter, MSG) and keyboardist Walter Ino (Survivor) will be on hand to support the musicians. Paulie Z, the brother of David Z, will host the night.

David Zablidowsky, aka David Z, was the bassist for both Adrenaline Mob and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He was tragically killed on July 14 when a tractor-trailer struck Adrenaline Mob’s RV, en route to a gig at the State Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Ultimate Jam Night will celebrate the bassist's life and career. Although the event is free, organizers will be asking for donations for the Official David Z Scholarship Fund to benefit the music school at Brooklyn College. To make a donation, go to http://davidzfund.com.

A full house is expected, so fans should get to the Whisky early. For those who can't make it to the Sunset Strip, the entire night will be broadcast on www.zinna. tv.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Gentle Giant Compilation Coming To Vinyl, CD & Blu-ray

Three Piece Suite, a unique compilation from 70s progressive rock pioneers Gentle Giant, is coming on September 29. The set comprises a specially curated selection of songs and compositions from the band’s first three albums (Giant, Acquiring the Taste, Three Friends) presented in both 5.1 surround sound and stereo. 

There are nine tracks from the albums, plus a pre-debut song, remixed by Steven Wilson. The choices were determined by the limited availability of multi-track master tapes from the era. Only a few songs from each album are known to exist as multi-tracks, with the rest presumably lost.

Three Piece Suite is available in the following formats:

*A two-disc digipak containing 96/24 animated Blu-ray plus CD.
*A single disc digipak CD.
*A two-disc gatefold LP in180g high-end vinyl.
*A digital download of the two disc Blu-Ray plus CD version.

“Giant,” “Nothing At All,” and “Why Not” are from the band's self-titled debut. “Pantagruel’s Nativity,” “The House, The Street, The Room” comes from Acquiring The Taste, while “Schooldays,” “Peel the Paint,” “Mr. Class And Quality,” and “Three Friends” from Three Friends complete the selections of original recorded material.

Also included is a previously unreleased song called “Freedom’s Child” from the band's first recording sessions with legendary producer Tony Visconti.

“I was a very optimistic young man in 1970," Visconti recalls. "I thought music like theirs would save the world from mediocrity. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth in it. I championed their cause by becoming sympathetic to the point where I temporarily joined the band for both albums. I modified their arrangements and pulled off some stunning audio effects that gave their sound more depth and immediacy. The band knew I was on their side. I remember there being a great feeling of camaraderie during the sessions.”

Wilson explains the process of restoring the recordings. "“To create the new mixes, I used Logic as the software and Universal Audio plug-ins, which provide emulations of classic analog outboard effects, channel strips and old mixing desks…I used these tools to clean things up and bring out some more clarity, detail and definition in some of the instrumental interplay. There was never a question of trying to outdo the original mixes, but offer different perspectives on them.”

For fans of Gentle Giant, great musicianship and progressive rock, Three Piece Suite is a must have and an incredible insight into the earliest days of one of prog's most inventive and influential bands.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/gentlegiantband.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

ELO's 'Out Of The Blue' Celebrates 40 Years With Picture Disc Edition

Out Of The Blue, Electric Light Orchestra's seventh studio album, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release the first-time-ever picture disc edition of the ELO classic, remastered from the original master tapes, on Friday, September 29. A digital download of the album is included.

Released in October 1977, the double album was a conceptual brainchild of Jeff Lynne, who wrote and produced the entire record. Ir was the first ELO release to feature the group's logo as a three-dimensional flying saucer/space station, a visual motif central to the band's live shows. It peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 and has gone on to sell upwards of 10 million copies worldwide. Out Of The Blue is the first double album in UK chart history to spawn four Top 20 singles.

"Forty years on, I would never have imagined that this music would take on a life of its own," says Lynne.

Formed in Birmingham, England in 1970, ELO was designed to create progressive modern pop music combining classical and rock elements. Lynne has consistently been ELO's guiding light and driving force, writing virtually all of the group's original material while producing the albums.

From 1972 through 1986, the golden era of recording and touring, ELO racked up more combined UK and US Top 40 hits than any other band on the planet while selling more than 50 million records worldwide. During the same period, ELO scored twenty Top 20s on the UK Singles Chart and fifteen Top 20s on the US Billboard Hot 100.

More recently, recording and touring as Jeff Lynne's ELO, saw the 2015 release of the critically acclaimed album Alone In The Universe on Columbia Records, the first album of all-new music released by the band in over a decade. ELO was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017.

The Out Of The Blue picture disc edition is available for pre-order now at
https://LegacyRecordings.lnk.to/Outoftheblue/lang/us.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Stick Men Featuring King Crimson Members To Tour North America In Support Of 2016 Studio Album & Forthcoming Double Live Album

In support of their their 2016 studio album Prog Noir and forthcoming digital-only live album “Roppongi - Live in Tokyo 2017, Featuring Mel Collins,” Stick Men, featuring Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson and Markus Reuter, will tour North America starting in August.

“Stick Men are happy to continue their Prog Noir tour with U.S. and Canada dates in August and September," Levin says."And the band has a new release, Rapongi - Live in Tokyo 2017, accompanied by the great King Crimson sax and flutist Mel Collins. The unique sounding band is at the peak of their abilities, helping define progressive rock.”

Mastelotto adds, “Here we come! It's the back in the van tour as our Stick Men power trio heads up the East Coast all the way into Canada and then back to touch the northern Midwest.”

To purchase Stick Men's new live “double” download album Roppongi - Live in Tokyo 2017, Featuring Mel Collins: 
http://www.iapetus-media.com/stick-men-roppongi (European store)
https://stickmen-moonjune.bandcamp.com/music (USA store)

Stick Men is a progressive rock band created by musicians with extensive experience playing together. Mastelotto and Levin are the rhythm section of the legendary band King Crimson. Mastelotto is in demand all over the world as the premier drummer for progressive rock. Levin plays in Crimson, with Peter Gabriel, and has recorded with John Lennon, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and others. Markus Reuter is a renowned composer and guitarist who designed and plays his own unique touch style guitar.

Before Roppongi - Live in Tokyo 2017, Featuring Mel Collins, Stick Men have released five studio CDs (Soup, Absalom, DEEP, Open, Prog Noir) as well as two live albums.

Stick Men “Prog Noir” Chapter 4 North American Tour Dates:

Sat, Aug 12 - Schenectady, NY (The Van Dyke)
Sun, Aug 13 - Asbury Park, NJ (The Saint)
Tue, Aug 15 - New Hope, PA (Havana)
Wed, Aug 16 - Newton, NJ (Newton Theater)
Thu, Aug 17 - New York, NY (The Iridium)
Fri, Aug 18 - Pawling, NY (Daryl's House)
Sat, Aug 19 - Natick, MA (Natick Center For Arts)
Sun, Aug 20 - Portland, ME (One Longfellow Square)
Tue, Aug 22 - Northampton, MA (The Iron Horse)
Wed, Aug 23 - Burlington, VT (Higher Ground)
Thu, Aug 24 - Montreal QC, Canada (Cafe Campus)
Fri, Aug 25 - Quebec City, QC, Canada (Auditorium du C├ęgep Garneau)
Sat, Aug 26 - Ottawa, ON, Canada (The Rainbow)
Sun, Aug 27 - Toronto, ON, Canada (The Garrison)
Tue, Aug 29 - Buffalo, NY (The Waiting Room)
Wed, Aug 30 - Cleveland, OH (The Beachland Ballroom)
Thu, Aug 31 -  Indianapolis, IN (Irving Theater)
Fri, Sep 1 - Chicago, IL (Reggie's)
Sat, Sep 2 - Milwaukee, WI (Shank Hall)
Sun, Sep 3 - Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI (Callahan's)

The Stick Men are releasing a free digital download companion album to the limited edition promotional CD KOLLEKTED (Blue), which is currently available exclusively at King Crimson concerts.

For this download version we've assembled some other favorites under the name KONNEKTED (Red), and included are also some rather odd tracks from the catalog. Enter “0” (zero) to download for free.

Direct links for this album are:
https://stickmen.bandcamp.com/album/konnekted-free-download (European store)
https://stickmen-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/konnekted-free-download (USA store)

To purchase Stick Men's “Prog Noir”:
https://stickmen.bandcamp.com/album/prog-noir (European store)
https://stickmen-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/prog-noir (USA store)

Official website:
http://www.stick-men.net
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/stickmenofficial

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hall & Oates, Tears For Fears Postpone California Shows Due To Family Emergency

Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears have postponed several of their tour dates due to a Tears for Fears family emergency.

On Twitter, the SAP Center in San Jose, California, announced that tonight's (July 25) show would be postponed. Concerts scheduled for Friday (July 28) and Saturday (July 29) at Staples Center in Los Angeles are also on hold. And Tears for Fears will not be performing a headline show in Santa Barbara tomorrow night (July 26).

At this time, there are no further details regarding the family emergency. Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Roadcase Royale Featuring Heart's Nancy Wilson Sign With Loud & Proud Records

Heart's Nancy Wilson and former Prince’s New Power Generation's Liv Warfield's soulful, rock super group Roadcase Royale has signed with Loud & Proud Records and plan to release their debut album, First Things First, September 22, 2017. The album was produced by Roadcase Royale bassist Dan Rothchild, along with the band.

"Nancy and Liv are magic together, and the musicianship is outstanding," said Tom Lipsky, President Loud & Proud Records. "The interesting blend of talents and influences is what makes Roadcase Royale special. Most importantly, there is a fire within this group to do something original, to feed off each other and explore new creative directions. It is exciting to see that kind of passion and drive in artists that have already accomplished so much. We are proud to be their label partners."

"Roadcase Royale is a band I've always wanted to be in," says Wilson. "We all write and create songs as a unit. It's an inspired democracy. Liv and Ryan both bring a whole new level of magic to our new sound. I'm amazed after devoting my life to rock music how it now feels so brand new. That's why our first album is called First Things First."

In a concert review from May 31, VintageRock.com says, "Wilson and Warfield have created a refreshingly original new group that has the ability to bring a little something for everyone to the table."

The name of the band, Roadcase Royale came to the group during a backstage meeting they had last year. Wilson said, "When I came up with the name Roadcase Royale it was an interesting symbol to me since the big heavy-duty road cases that our amps drums and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany on the road. Strong and regal looking yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus."

In addition to Wilson (guitar) and Warfield (vocals), Roadcase Royale features Ryan Waters (lead guitarist) along with Heart members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums).

The sextet made their live debut March 25, 2017 at the 5th Annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert in Los Angeles.

The band will play several headline dates beginning September 10, 2017 at The Gramercy Theatre in New York and will embark on a major U.S. tour this fall, opening for Bob Seger.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Foreigner Reunites Four Original Members On Stage For First Time Since 1980

Four of the five surviving original members of Foreigner reunited for a three-song encore during the band's concert last night (Thursday, July 20) at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, New York.

Singer Lou Gramm, keyboardist Al Greenwood and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald joined Mick Jones to perform "Long, Long Way From Home," "I Want To Know What Love Is," and "Hot Blooded". This marked the first time Jones, Gramm, Greenwood and McDonald had all shared a stage together since 1980.

"It was great to have Lou, Al and Ian join us on stage last night, and certainly brought back some special memories, " Mick Jones, Foreigner's leader and sole original member still with the band, said. "All the original guys are out there playing live shows and working on studio projects. A performance by the entire original band for a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction next year would be a great way to cap off our 40th anniversary celebrations." Check out a clip from last night's below.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rare Rolling Stones Photos Up For Auction

Barnebys.com, an online search service for arts, antiques and collectibles, is bringing rare photography of the Rolling Stones to art collectors and music lovers alike.

Images by celebrity photographer Terry O'Neill of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest of the band members, on stage and at play, are now available through Barnebys.com for less than $100.

"While there are many rare items that have sold for extraordinary prices, there are also less expensive ways to own a piece of celebrity," said Pontus Silfverstolpe, auction expert and co-founder of Barnebys.com. "In a world fascinated by fame, memorabilia from popular musical artists is now highly sought after."

With major auctions of rock and pop music collectibles hosted by London and New York auction houses, these photos, along with signed guitars, programs, rare albums and autographs from the Rolling Stones and other artists, will be available through Barnebys.com beginning today and running through July 28th.

Among the Rolling Stones items currently available for auction:

  • "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" original RIAA white matte gold 45 record award.  Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
  • Signed "Bridges to Babylon" Album. Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
  • Original Vintage Concert Tour Pins.  Estimate: $300 - $500
  • 8 x 10 black and white original photograph.  Estimate: $75 - $125

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Guns N' Roses May Be Planning 'Appetite For Destruction' 30th Anniversary Show In NYC

Appetite For Destruction, Guns N’ Roses' classic debut album turns 30 on Friday (July 21), and the band appear to be teasing a special anniversary show or shows.

On Twitter, a fan shared GnR posters featuring the “Appetite30th” hashtag that appear in and around New York City’s Apollo Theater, suggesting the band could be preparing to play there to mark the album’s birthday.

In 2016, the group reunited with original members Slash and Duff McKagan for the first time in two decades. Guitarist Matt Fortus, who has been a member of the band since 2002, has recently spoken about plans for a new album.

“We haven’t started recording anything," he said. "When I say that, as far as in the studio doing an album. We’ve been recording a lot of stuff, just ideas, assembling ideas, but not going into a studio and actually tracking a new record.”

He added: “It’s sort of too good not to happen at this point, that’s how I feel about it. This band is really a force right now, and I definitely hope that we do, and I think we’re all sort of counting on it, and we’re also planning on it.”

The guitarist went on to praise frontman Axl Rose’s songwriting skills, saying: “I think the genius of Axl is his ability to assemble songs, from different parts, and make them feel cohesive as a song. I’ve never seen anybody able to do that in the same way.”

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New David Bowie Box Set Covers 1977 To 1982

Parlophone Records has announced the third in a series of David Bowie box sets called David Bowie: A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982). The follow-up to the award-winning and critically acclaimed David Bowie: Five Years (1969 - 1973) and David Bowie: Who Can I Be Now? (1974 - 1976) will be released on September 29. A brand new remix of the 1979 album Lodger by longtime Bowie producer/collaborator Tony Visconti will be included. 

The 11-CD box, 13-piece vinyl set and the Mastered For iTunes and standard digital download sets feature all of the material officially released by Bowie between 1977 and 1982. It includes the so-called "Berlin Trilogy" of albums on which he collaborated with Visconti and Brian Eno as well as the Baal E.P., appearing here for the very first time in its entirety on CD, and is closed by Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps).

The box set also includes Low, "Heroes," Stage (Original and 2017 Versions), the former in the vinyl box will be pressed on yellow vinyl (replicating its original limited edition U.K. release and the latter of which features two previously unreleased tracks), Lodger (Tony Visconti 2017 Mix), Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Re:Call 3 (featuring contemporary single versions, non-album singles, b-sides and songs featured on soundtracks) and the "Heroes" E.P., a compilation exclusive to the set celebrating the 40th anniversary of the song, which rounds up the German and French album and single versions of the track in one place for the first time.

The Lodger remix was started with David's blessing before his passing in January 2016. Tony Visconti has revisited the original multi-tracks at Human Studios and remixed the album with the benefit of modern technology to better highlight the album's nuances. Always a personal favorite of Bowie's, this version of the album will also feature newly "remixed" artwork featuring unseen images from the original cover photographic session from the archive of the Estate of photographer Duffy, working closely with his son Chris.

Also exclusive to each box is Re:Call 3, a new compilation featuring remastered contemporary single versions, non-album singles and b-sides, and songs featured on soundtracks. The cover features a photo by Christian Simonpietri taken at Hansa Studios in Berlin during the "Heroes" sessions in 1977. The Baal E.P. in its entirety is making its CD debut while "Beauty And The Beast" (extended version) and "Breaking Glass" (Australian single version) are making their debuts on CD and digitally.

"Beauty And The Beast" (extended version) is available now as digital download upon pre-order of the boxed set. This version of the "Heroes" album track is making its digital and CD debut having previously only been available on a rare US promo 12" and as a limited 12" release in Spain.

The physical boxed set's accompanying book, 128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set, will feature rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Anton Corbijn, Helmut Newton, Andrew Kent, Steve Schapiro, Duffy, and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producer Tony Visconti.

The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums, and the CDs will be gold colored rather than the usual silver. The vinyl boxed set has the same content as the CD set and is pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Yes Announce More Dates For 2017 Summer Tour

2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Yes has revealed additional tour dates for this summer's YESTIVAL outing with special guest Todd Rundgren and an opening set from Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy honoring the magic of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, as well as a few special "Evening With Yes" shows.

New additions to the 30-date tour include San Diego, Reno, San Francisco, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Cedar Rapids and Boston, among other cities. Kicking off August 4 in Greensboro, NC, YESTIVAL will travel throughout the U.S. and Canada until September 19, with stops in Brooklyn August 11 at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk and Los Angeles August 29 at the Microsoft Theater. Tickets for all YESTIVAL dates are currently on sale, except for the new September 1, 17, 18 and 19 shows, which go on sale to the public this Friday, July 21. See below for full list of YESTIVAL tour dates and go to www.yesworld.com for all ticketing information.

This summer's annual trek will feature a set list of greatest hits from all of the band's studio albums up to 1980, showcasing the storied history of one of the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands. YES--Steve Howe (guitar since 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire's choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015) -- will treat fans to such hits as "Roundabout" and "Starship Trooper," performing at least one song from each of the band's first 10 albums starting with 1969's Yes to 1980's Drama.

"I think the presentation will be an interesting one because we're going to play the songs chronologically," Howe recently revealed to Guitar World (August 2017 issue). "It'll allow our fans to really get a sense of our development and how our music evolved album to album during the course of 12 years. In an hour and a half, you'll get a nice picture of that period." He also added, "We want to play things we enjoy, but maybe they should be songs we haven't done in a while. We'd like to have a few surprises up our sleeves."

The details for YESTIVAL were initially revealed live on SiriusXM April 5 during the "SiriusXM Volume Presents an Artist Confidential with Yes." The exclusive hour-long in-studio event in New York City featured an interview with the band, hosted by David Fricke, and acoustic performances of "Roundabout," "Leaves of Green," and "Clap."

YESTIVAL 2017 Summer Tour Dates:

8/4 - Greensboro, NC - White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
8/5 - Boone, NC - Holmes Convocation Center
8/7 - Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Concert Pavilion
8/8 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
8/10 - Mashantucket, CT - The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
8/11 - Brooklyn, NY - Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
8/12 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Center
8/14 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Theatre
8/16 - Greensburg, PA - The Palace Theatre
8/17 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/19 - Elgin, IL - Festival Park - Grand Victoria Casino
8/20 - Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
8/22 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Zoo Amphitheatre
8/23 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre
8/25 - Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre
8/26 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
8/28 - San Diego, CA - Balboa Theatre**
8/29 - Los Angeles, CA - Microsoft Theater
8/31 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort - Grand Theatre*
9/1 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre*
9/3 - Tulalip, WA - Tulalip Amphitheatre
9/5 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre***
9/7 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium***
9/8 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium***
9/11 - Moorhead, MN - Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheatre***
9/12 - Cedar Rapids, IA - McGrath Amphitheatre***
9/14 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens***
9/17 - Boston, MA - The Wilbur Theatre*
9/18 Huntington, NY - The Paramount*
9/19 Huntington, NY - The Paramount*
 
* Yes only
** with Carl Palmer only
*** with Todd Rundgren only

Friday, July 14, 2017

Mercury Insurance Will Send Fans On Tour With Foreigner

Mercury Insurance,  in partnership with Live Nation Entertainment, is celebrating this summer’s concert season by giving 80s rock fans the chance to win the ultimate live music experience – touring with Foreigner. 

The online “Foreigner Tour Sweepstakes Presented by Mercury Insurance” is the first of three classic rock tour experiences Mercury is awarding this year.

Foreigner fans can enter for a chance to win by visiting Foreigner Tour Sweepstakes and completing the registration form during the promotional period that runs from now through August 17, 2017. The winner of the Foreigner Tour Sweepstakes will be drawn on or about August 19, 2017.
 
“Foreigner is one of the biggest rock bands in history, producing 10 multi-platinum albums and playing hundreds of sold out shows around the world,” said Erik Thompson, Mercury’s head of advertising and public relations. “Going on tour with them is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we’re thrilled to be able to provide this experience to Foreigner fans.”

Foreigner has 16 Top 40 hits, including “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” and the worldwide no. 1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is.”

The winner will get to select three Foreigner concert stops that include:
• August 27 – The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
• August 29 – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, California
• August 30 – Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California
• September 1 – Toyota Amphitheatre, Wheatland, California
• September 2 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California

Mercury will provide the winner with:
• Roundtrip airfare for two to each city
• Hotel accommodations for one night in each city (double occupancy)
• Two tickets for each show
• A VIP meet-and-greet
• Tour merchandise

As a special bonus, if you visit mercuryinsurance.com/foreigner to get a fast and free auto quote, then purchase a Mercury auto policy by August 17, 2017, you will receive two tickets to a Foreigner concert of your choice in Arizona, California or Nevada, courtesy of your new agent.

All tickets are subject to availability and quantities are limited. Tickets will be given for Foreigner concerts between August 27 and September 2, 2017.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Def Leppard's Phil Collen Joins Joe Satriani's G4 Camp, Writes Tribute

Soon after Def Leppard’s Phil Collen was invited to join the annual G4 Experience, led by guitar great Joe Satriani, he was moved to write an instrumental in homage to the guitar master.

“I was honored when Joe invited me to join the G4 experience and I decided to write and record an instrumental track called 'Yo 2 Joe' as a tribute to him," Collen explains. "I was further honored when he played on the track with me because he is such an amazing artist.  I wanted the track to reflect the vibe of his influential Surfing with the Alien album. Thirty years later, he continues to wow generations of guitar players and music fans alike.“

The track will be released as a single on July 21 and will be given free to those attending the camp.  Pre-orders for the track at flyt.it/yo2joeiTunes

Also joining Satriani and Collen at this year's G4 Experience: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary are Warren DeMartini [Ratt], and Paul Gilbert. The event takes place on July 24-28 at Asilomar Center in Carmel, CA.

For its fourth installment, the G4 Experience enjoys a game-changing and historic first. The camp will celebrate the writing, recording, and performance of Satriani’s seminal GRAMMY Award-nominated, platinum-selling 1987 epic, Surfing with the Alien — one of the most successful instrumental guitar albums ever made. Recognizing the record’s 30th anniversary, campers will enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull back the curtain on the album with the visionaries behind the music.

Satriani will be joined by his original live band during the record’s tour cycle, Stu Hamm and Jonathan Mover, return for the first time since 1995 for the evening’s performances.

For more information on G4, visit http://g4experience.com.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Linda Ronstadt's 'Simple Dreams' Gets Expanded for 40th Anniversary

Linda Ronstadt released one of the most successful albums of her groundbreaking career in 1977 with the #1 Grammy®-winning smash Simple Dreams. It was the singer's eighth studio album and would go on to sell more than three million copies in the U.S. alone.

Rhino has revisited the classic 40 years later to create a new version that features remastered audio, plus a trio of live songs taken from a 1980 concert performance. Simple Dreams: Expanded Edition will be released on September 15.

When Simple Dreams. came out in September 1977, it became Ronstadt's fifth consecutive platinum-certified album. A few months after its release, the album would finally end Fleetwood Mac's record-breaking 29-week stay atop the Billboard Album Chart when it replaced Rumours at #1. The success of Simple Dreams spread beyond America, hitting #1 in Australia and Canada, while reaching the Top 20 in the Netherlands, France, New Zealand, and the U.K.

An instant classic, Simple Dreams spawned two massive hits thanks to Ronstadt's cover of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy," which peaked at #5, and a cover of Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou" that reached #3 on the Pop Chart and #2 on the Country Chart. In 1978, that platinum-certified single earned Ronstadt Grammy nominations for both Record of the Year and also Best Pop Vocal Performance Female. The album also won the Grammy for Best Recording Package.

Along with major hits, Simple Dreams. also featured several tracks that would emerge as fan favorites, like the singer's take on Warren Zevon's "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" and the Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice." Country superstar Dolly Parton joined Ronstadt on the traditional ballad "I Never Will Marry," a Top 10 hit on the Country charts. Almost a decade later, Ronstadt, Parton, and Emmylou Harris would release their first Trio album.

In addition to newly remastered sound, the Expanded Edition of Simple Dreams also includes bonus live recordings of "It's So Easy," "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," and "Blue Bayou." All three are taken from a concert recording that originally aired on HBO in 1980 and are available here for the first time as standalone audio tracks.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Ringo Starr Celebrates His 77th Birthday With New Record, Peace & Love

Story by Shawn Perry
Photos by Erin Perry
On Friday, July 7, 2017, Ringo Starr celebrated his 77th birthday at Capitol Records, the label that helped launched the Beatles in America. Every year since 2008, the drummer has had what he calls “Peace & Love” events on his birthday. It started in Chicago, then New York City, Hamburg, Nashville, and Los Angeles, where it’s been for the last three years.
Before he posed for pictures, talked to the press, cut the cake and had everyone join in for a bit of “Peace & Love,” Starr released a snippet of the title track of his upcoming 19th solo album, Give More Love, online. The record drops September 19, and features lots of the drummer’s friends, including Paul McCartney, Steve Lukather, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Don Was, Edgar Winter and many others over 10 brand new tracks.
If you know anything about Ringo Starr, you know he has no shortage of friends. When it comes to his annual birthday celebration at Capitol’s famed tower in Hollywood, now in its third year at this location, the stars turned out.
Joe Walsh (also Starr’s brother-in-law), Don Was, Edgar Winter, Van Dyke Parks, Nils Lofgren, Richard Page, Matt Sorum, Zak Starkey (Starr’s son), Ed Begley, Jr, Gregg Bissonette, Jenny Lewis, Jim Keltner, Richard Lewis, David Lynch and Chris Carter were all on hand for the birthday celebrations and noontime #PeaceAndLove salute.
Before the main event, Don Was, Jenny Lewis, Van Dyke Parks, Michael Bearden, Haitian singer Emmanuel Jal and South Sudanese rapper Paul Beaubrun came up for smooth takes of Starr’s 1971 hit “It Don’t Come Easy.” They followed with a version of Starr’s 2010 song “Peace Dream,” with a heavy rap from Beaubrun.

Meanwhile, Ringo Starr’s Facebook page posted live videos of #PeaceAndLove celebrations from all over the world. Here in Los Angeles in front of the Capitol Records building. Starr stepped up to the stage, counted down to 12:00, and had his invited guests and the assembled crowd standing on Vine Street to shout out "Peace and Love."

Afterwards, “Peace & Love” wristbands were thrown out to friends and anxious onlookers, alike. If you were lucky, you got a “Peace & Love” cookie. Starr and his friends adjourned to the Capitol Records Tower for more Peace & Love. The oldest member of the Beatles knows the world is a violent place. He was born just before the Germans unleashed a “blitz” of several bombings upon his hometown of Liverpool. Seemingly levelheaded and grateful for his success, Ringo Starr has always conveyed a positive image. As he said to one reporter, “All I can do is my part…to keep saying, ‘Peace and love.’”