Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Renaissance Featuring Annie Haslam Sets Symphonic Journey Tour

Progressive rock band Renaissance, featuring original lead singer Annie Haslam, are embarking this month on their Symphonic Journey tour, backed by a 10-piece chamber orchestra.

Four dates on the tour, which runs October 26 through November 3, mark the first time in 40 years that Renaissance will perform live with an orchestra and will be filmed for an upcoming DVD release, fresh off the success of their 2015 Live at The Union Chapel DVD.

“It’s so exciting to be backed by an orchestra again,” says Haslam, who’s been fronting Renaissance, the pioneering prog rockers (think Genesis, King Crimson and Yes, but with a classical twist) since the beginning 48 years ago. Haslam’s legendary five-octave voice is the hallmark of the band’s sound, a unique combination of progressive rock with symphonic influences.

Haslam, who’s performed with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic, says, “Although it’s not easy to pull off, we’ve curated our own group of 10 orchestral players for four special concerts – and I can’t wait to look over my shoulder and see strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion as we launch into our big numbers.” Fans can look forward to the band’s orchestral classics like "Mother Russia," "Carpet Of The Sun," and "A Song For All Seasons."

The Symphonic Journey tour opens with four special orchestral shows:

October 26 - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
October 27 - Keswick Theater - Glenside, PA
October 28 - Town Hall - New York City, NY
October 29 - The Egg - Albany, NY

One of these concerts will be filmed and recorded for a new live DVD.

Renaissance will also play dates without the chamber orchestra at Boston’s City Winery (November 1); Annapolis MD’s Rams Head On Stage (November 2) and Oakmont PA’s The Oaks Theater (November 3).

In recent years, Renaissance has been active, touring extensively through North America, Canada, Japan, South Korea, England, Holland, Belgium, Israel, Portugal, Argentina and Brazil. With Haslam as lead vocalist, the band is comprised of her longtime musical associate Rave Tesar on piano, Tom Brislin on keyboards, Mark Lambert on guitars, Frank Pagano on drums and percussion, and Leo Traversa on bass.

For more information, go to http://www.renaissancetouring.com.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Cheap Trick to Headline Rock Your Speech Concert For Autism Society Of America

The Autism Society of America is pleased to announce its partnership with Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson’s Rock Your Speech in producing the Rock Your Speech Concert on December 2, 2017, at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

Headlined by Rock Hall of Fame members Cheap Trick with a full set of their power pop classics, the event will feature many of the band's fellow rock artists and colleagues. Joining the lineup are alt-rockers The Dandy Warhols, super group The Empty Hearts (Wally Palmar of The Romantics, Elliot Easton of The Cars, Andy Babiuk of The Chesterfield Kings and Clem Burke of Blondie), Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde), Redd Kross, and Tom Petersson's Rock Your Speech Band, with confirmed celebrity appearances by the legendary Ed Asner, Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton, and more.

The evening highlights the innovative work of Rock Your Speech, which creates music and video content that helps kids on the autism spectrum develop speech and language skills. Social, communication, and language development difficulties are a primary challenge for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Funds raised at the concert will support Autism Society of America’s services to help individuals with autism maximize their quality of life. Autism Society of America earmarked an additional fund whereby a portion of the concert’s proceeds will be granted to Rock Your Speech in order to provide assistance in the development of an interactive video modeling program. Rock Your Speech co-founders Alison and Tom Petersson seek to make music therapy tools readily accessible to kids in need of speech and language therapies.

More than 3.5 million Americans have Autism Spectrum Disorder, with more than 1 in 68 births resulting in an autism diagnosis.

Join us as we help children find their voices through music.
#rocknrollwithapurpose

Tickets go on sale Friday, October 20, 10amPST/1pmEST via Ticketmaster.com

For more information visit:
www.rockyourspeechconcert.com

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

TONIGHT! The Pretenders Make Debut Appearance On Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits (ACL) Season 43 rocks on with a hit-filled hour starring the great Pretenders in their first-ever appearance on the ACL stage. The band will present an 11-song hit parade in a brand-new installment premiering tonight (Saturday, October 14) at 9 PM ET/8 PM CT. 

The program airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings for times) and full episodes are made available online for a limited time at pbs.org/austincitylimits immediately following the initial broadcast. Viewers can visit acltv.com for news regarding future tapings, episode schedules and select live stream updates. The show's official hashtag is #acltv.

The ACL show was filmed while The Pretenders were touring in support of their latest album, Alone, who was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. The digital deluxe edition of Alone is available now on all DSPs, featuring 15 live bonus tracks recorded during the year of touring in support of the album (six of which come from the ACL show). The CD version of the deluxe edition with the bonus material will be released December 1.

The ACL performance finds Influential punk new-wave veterans the Pretenders in fighting form as they kick off an electrifying hour with a new classic, "Alone," a swagger-fueled gem that fits right into the band's canon, the title track from their first album in almost a decade. Iconic bandleader Chrissie Hynde informs the crowd, "You don't have to be polite, because we don't plan to be." The defiant front woman commands the stage, showcasing her still-radiant voice in a career-spanning performance featuring fan-favorites including "Back On The Chain Gang," "My City Was Gone," "Mystery Achievement," and "Middle of the Road."

The Pretenders' trademark tough and tender lyrics resonate as they did when the band arrived on the London scene in 1978. Hynde fondly introduces original member Martin Chambers as "the world's greatest rock drummer," as he plays the stirring intro of "Message Of Love." The band caps the powerhouse set with their signature hit "Brass In Pocket," as Hynde pulls a spellbound fan onstage to join her on the timeless tune.

"One thing that hasn't changed in almost 40 years," says ACL executive producer Terry Lickona, "Chrissie Hynde is still a badass! There's no doubt about who's in charge, and musically her voice still rings as clear and strong as ever. Whether you're an old fan or a newbie, this is a show for the ages."

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Broadway Residency Opens

Thursday, October 12 marked the opening night of Springsteen on Broadway,  a two-hour musical memoir, where Bruce Springsteen combined excerpts from his best-selling 2016 autobiography Born to Run with 15 songs from his back catalog — tunes which many devout ticket holders knew by heart and felt compelled to sing and clap along. However, the Boss briefly paused "Dancing in the Dark" to tell the audience with a laugh, "I'll handle this myself." 

The audience applauded loudly after a section paying tribute on the late E Street Band member Clarence Clemons, as well as a brief reflection on the political scene and the recent resurgence of torch-bearing racial hatred ("I believe that what we're seeing now is just a bad chapter in the ongoing battle for the soul of the nation," he said). His curtain call was met with the “Bruce!” chants reminiscent of his arena shows, as well as a lengthy standing ovation (though there was no encore number, despite widespread hope for one).

The production sees Springsteen playing guitar, piano and harmonica, and singing duets with his wife, Patti Scialfa. It first grew out of an acoustic concert at the White House in the final weeks of the Obama administration, and virtually sold out its four-month run at the Walter Kerr Theatre almost instantly, grossing a massive $2,332,108 in its first week of previews. Given that the show is playing only five performances per week, in a theater with a seating capacity of 939, its hefty average ticket price of $497 means that on a seat-by-seat basis, Springsteen on Broadway is even outselling Hamilton — Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster is running in a 1,321-seat house, with an average ticket last week of $272.

The show's opening night brought out such luminaries as Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Edward Norton, Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Iovine, Nathan Lane, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Steven Van Zandt. The evening was capped with an intimate party at New York City’s Polo Bar.

Springsteen on Broadway runs through February 3. Theater pundits are now busy speculating if and how the production will figure in this season’s Tony Awards next June. An early report emerged in The New York Post that the Tony Nominating Committee saw the show in previews and was sufficiently impressed to start buzz circulating about a possible special award.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Eagles' 'Hotel California' 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Out In November

The Eagles' Hotel California was a critical and commercial phenomenon when it was released in December 1976. The album topped the Billboard charts for eight weeks in the U.S., won two Grammy Awards, sold more than 32 million copies around the world, and featured two Billboard #1 hit singles. 40 years later, it still ranks as one of the best-selling albums of all time. 

This fall, the milestone album will add to its legendary lore with Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, a new double CD and Blu-ray Audio that includes remastered sound, 10 previously unreleased live recordings, as well as hi-res stereo and 5.1 mixes.

Presented in an 11 x 11 hardbound book, the set also features rare and unseen photos from the era, a replica tour book, and an 11 x 22 poster. The collection will be available on November 24. A double CD Expanded Edition and  single CD will also be available, along with digital download and streaming versions.

Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition opens with a remastered version of the original album, featuring two Billboard #1 singles - "New Kid In Town" and the title track - plus the smash hit "Life In the Fast Lane." The album was nominated for five Grammy Awards, and won for "Record of the Year" and "Best Arrangement For Voices."

The set also marks the debut of 10 live tracks that were recorded during the band's three-night stand at the Los Angeles Forum in October 1976. The concert recordings - which were recorded about a month before the album came out - feature one of the first ever live performances of "Hotel California" and "New Kid In Town" along with other Eagles classics including  "Already Gone," "Take It To the Limit," and "Witchy Woman."

The Blu-ray Audio disc that accompanies Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition features the 5.1 Surround Sound mix originally released on DVD-A in 2001 along with a hi-resolution, 192 KHz/24-Bit stereo mix.

The Eagles made their triumphant return to the stage this summer at the Classic East/West festivals, earning raves from critics and fans alike. More live dates are planned for this fall, with the band being joined on stage once again by country superstar Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, son of Eagles founder, Glenn Frey.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Los Angeles City Council Honors Punk Legends X On Their 40th Anniversary

Today (October 11), City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell will shine the Council spotlight on X, the most critically lauded Los Angeles-based punk band, during a special presentation to commemorate their 40th anniversary.

The event will take place on at 10 AM at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N Spring St, room 340, Los Angeles, 90012.  The Council meeting is open to the public and X’s fans are encouraged to attend.

During the presentation, O’Farrell will present official City certificates to each band member, as well as proclaim “X Day in the City of Los Angeles.“

Although each member hails from a different part of the country, the band itself has roots right here in Los Angeles. The band began in 1977, when bassist John Doe and guitarist Billy Zoom met through matching classified ads, placed on the same day, in a local publication. Exene Cervenka first met Doe at a poetry workshop in Venice, and the two fell in love and became bandmates. D.J. Bonebrake then joined the group, and they began playing at the Masque, Hollywood's seminal punk club.

According to Rolling Stone magazine, “X emerged from the L.A. punk scene as the most critically lauded American band of the early '80s.”

X's music was labeled as punk, and was known for a more sophisticated sound than the hardcore tone that would later define the genre.

In celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary, the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles will debut X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 13. The exhibit will be on display in the Museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery on the second floor through spring 2018.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Rule Billboard Artist 100

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers re-enter the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Oct. 21) at No. 1 to become the top musical act in the U.S. The late rock icon and his longtime band rule the chart for the second time, following his death Oct. 2.

The Artist 100, which launched in July 2014, measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.

Petty returns to the chart at the summit with a monstrous 10,413 percent surge in overall activity. He and the band previously topped the tally dated Aug. 16, 2014 (five weeks after the chart launched). They had last appeared on the chart on Sept. 6, 2014.

Petty is, sadly, the third act to lead the chart posthumously, following Prince on the May 7 and 14, 2016-dated charts after his death that April 21, and David Bowie on the Jan. 30, 2016-dated chart after his death on Jan. 10. Additionally this year, Linkin Park led the Aug. 12-dated list after frontman Chester Bennington's death on July 20.

Album sales account for the majority of Petty's Artist 100 points (54 percent), followed by digital song sales (32 percent), and streaming (11 percent). Petty boasts five albums on the Billboard 200, led by his and the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits, which re-enters at a new No. 2 peak with 84,000 equivalent album units (up 2,231 percent).

Monday, October 9, 2017

King Crimson Issuing Live Album & 27-Disc Box Set

King Crimson's Official Bootleg: Live in Chicago, June 28th, 2017, a two-CD set taken from the band's most recent US tour, will be released on this Friday, October 13. Presented as a King Crimson Collectors' Club special edition, this double live release is packaged in a media-book style hard cover with a 24-page booklet featuring photographs by Tony Levin, introductory notes by Robert Fripp, and photos/production notes by KC producer/manager David Singleton. 

“If we are looking for a KC live (show)," Guitarist Robert Fripp said. "Chicago was exceptional.”

The album showcases several iconic Crimson pieces performed live by this lineup for the first time – some being played live for the first time ever, including “Islands,” “The Lizard Suite,” “The Errors,” “Fallen Angel” and “Cirkus.”

King Crimson's current roster includes Fripp, Mel Collins (sax, flute), Gavin Harrison (drums), Jakko Jakszyk (guitar, vocals), Tony Levin (bass, stick, vocals), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Bill Rieflin (keyboards) and Jeremy Stacey (drums, keyboards).

Another new Crimson release goes back to the 70s and includes 21 CDs, four Blu-ray Discs, two DVDs. The King Crimson - Sailors' Tales (1970 – 1972) box set will be released on November 3, 2017. With much of the material from In The Wake Of Poseidon, Lizard, which is now being performed by the current band, it is only in recent years that the wider world has begun to realize what fans have always known: these recordings are as vital as any other segment of the King Crimson catalog.

Recorded between 1969's In The Court Of The Crimson and 1973's Larks' Tongues In Aspic, this  set documents a crucial period in Crimson's history, brimming with innovation, experimentation, and boundary-pushing energy.

With a wealth of previously unheard studio recordings from band rehearsals to full alternate mixes and a vast array of live material  much of it on CD and Blu-Ray for the first time and including four recently found, previously unreleased concerts -- this set presents the complete King Crimson recorded history of the period, including:

•  The complete 1970-72 King Crimson boxed set: 21 CDs, four Blu-ray Discs, and two DVDs – all audio
•  Three CDs feature Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp stereo mixes of In The Wake Of Poseidon (1970), Lizard (1970) and Islands (1971), plus additional tracks
•  Six CDs feature the Islands lineups early concerts from Germany (new to CD) and the UK (1971).
•  Nine CDs feature live recordings (several new to CD and/or previously unreleased in any format) from the 1972 US tour, including a new stereo mix of “Summit Studios” and an expanded “Earthbound”
•  Three CDs feature auditions for the Islands band & two further, as yet, unidentified concerts from 1972 (all previously unreleased)
• Three Blu-ray Discs contain the main studio albums in 5.1 Surround Sound and recent stereo editions mixed by Steven Wilson & Robert Fripp, plus 30th anniversary masters of the original stereo albums mixes (all in 24/96 hi-res), extensive additional material with each disc also featuring a complete alternate album, and further selection of additional, related studio/live material in hi-res.
•  Lizard Blu-ray Disc also contains the audition material from CDs 19 and 20
•  Islands Blu-ray Disc also contains the following concerts in stereo Zoom Club (4 shows), Marquee Club, Plymouth, Glasgow, Detroit all from 1971
•  Earthbound Tour Blu-ray Disc features an expanded version of the original album, Summit Studios gig in stereo and quadraphonic (newly mixed), the “Schizoid Men” sequence from the Ladies of the Road album, two newly discovered concerts in hi-res stereo and every existing soundboard concert recording from the 1972 US tour: Wilmington, NYC (two shows), Chicago (two tracks only), Detroit, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Peoria, Indianapolis and Denver (two shows)
• Two DVDs feature the expanded "Earthbound,” “Summit Studios,” “Schizoid Men,” “New York 1972” and recently discovered live concerts.
• 12” box with booklet, memorabilia, a downloadable concert, new sleeve notes by Sid Smith, Jakko Jakszyk and David Singleton

King Crimson's Official Bootleg: Live in Chicago, June 28th, 2017 and King Crimson - Sailors' Tales (1970 – 1972) can be pre-ordered via the shops at www.schizoidshop.com, as well as available through traditional retail outlets. The US based Schizoid Shop has recently added a range of new shirts and other band-related merchandise, and offers weekly specials including offers to win free tour T-shirts.

King Crimson's Fall 2017 US tour dates:

19 Oct Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX
21 Oct Music Hall, Dallas, TX 
23 Oct Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
24 Oct Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
26 Oct Duke Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC
28 Oct Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C.
29 Oct Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C.
31 Oct New Jersey Performing Arts Centre, Newark, NJ
02 Nov Merriam Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
03 Nov Merriam Theatre, Philadelphia. PA
06 Nov Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
08 Nov The Egg, Albany, NY
09 Nov The Egg, Albany, NY
11 Nov Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA
13 Nov Paramount Theatre, Long Island, NY
15 Nov Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
17 Nov Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
18 Nov Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
20 Nov Palace Theater, Greensburg, PA
22 Nov Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI
24 Nov Hard Rock Rocksino, Cleveland, OH
26 Nov Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI

For more ticket information, go to https://www.dgmlive.com/tours?liveshow=on

DGM also has announced sale of VIP Royal Packages, limited to just 60 per show. Details can be viewed at the label's interactive and recently redeveloped website at http://www.dgmlive.com.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Full Sail Ahead For Cruise To The Edge 2018

With only 4 months to go before sailing, Cruise To The Edge, progressive rock’s largest festival at sea, announced that its final public sale began this week. Limited cabins are still available at CruiseToTheEdge.com, with prices beginning at $1,309 per person, double occupancy. Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are additional and mandatory for all passengers, regardless of age.

Hosted by prog-rock icons, Yes, the event features some of the world’s greatest prog-rock musical artists. This  magical 5-night cruise sails from Tampa, Florida from February 3-8, aboard Royal Caribbean’s award-winning Brilliance Of The Seas, visiting two new ports: Belize City, Belize and Costa Maya, Mexico. As in past years, the 2018 CTTE pre-cruise party (complimentary to cruisers) will be hosted at Ferg’s Live in Tampa, on the evening of Friday, February 2nd.

Conveniently located adjacent to the Port of Tampa, Ferg’s Live is an exciting indoor/outdoor concert and dining venue offering unique craft beers and excellent cuisine. Just announced, Baraka will be performing at the CTTE pre-cruise party (2/2), with two additional acts to be revealed in the weeks to come.


On board, iconic prog-rock artists and cruise headliners Yes, Marillion, Steve Hackett (of Genesis), Sons of Apollo featuring Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy (honoring Keith Emerson and Greg Lake and the music of ELP), and Marin Barre (of Jethro Tull) will perform multiple sets aboard the cruise. In addition, celebrated Canadian prog band SAGA, will make their final live appearance aboard the cruise, capping their illustrious 40-year career.

Other esteemed performers confirmed include: Anathema, Gong, Haken, Casey McPherson, Focus, Glass Hammer, Adrian Belew Power Trio, Lifesigns, Knifeworld, Sound of Contact, Stick Men with special guest violinist David Cross, Moon Safari, IO Earth, Bad Dreams, Thank You Scientist, Dave Kerzner, Baraka, Eric Gillette, and Brook Hansen. In addition, legendary YES album design artist, Roger Dean, will be aboard, displaying his most famous works in a private gallery where fans can purchase selected original pieces and limited-edition prints. The cruise will be hosted by UK journalist and preeminent Yes expert, Jon Kirkman.

Beyond the sun, fun and exquisite dining, there will be artist/cruiser photo experiences, Q&A sessions, special theme nights and other events designed to optimize the artist/fan experience. This year will once again 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, guests are invited to play with a headline act; Artist's Choice, featuring fans and Prog legends performing together; The Main Event, where guests can shine with fellow Late Night Live musicians and Overtime Jam, where guests can choose a song to be featured in a late-night jam.

Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance Of The Seas features acres of glass enclosing a nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Passengers can enjoy the tranquil Solarium pool, recharge at VitalitySM Spa, or reach new heights climbing the signature rock-climbing wall. When the sun goes down, the night heats up with epic prog performances on stages throughout the vessel. Combined with some of the best food and service afloat, Cruise to the Edge is truly the greatest prog-rock show on earth and is a can’t-miss event for prog enthusiasts throughout the world.

For more info, visit CruiseToTheEdge.com and follow @cruisetotheedge on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, October 6, 2017

John Coltrane Documentary Drops In November

On November 17, filmmaker John Scheinfeld's feature documentary film, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, will be released by UMe on DVD and Blu-ray with exclusive bonus features. On the same date, Verve/UMe will release the film's vital audio companion — Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary Original Soundtrack — on CD, 180-gram 2-LP vinyl, and digital audio. 

Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the time, Chasing Trane brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. The film is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician and composer whose influence continues to resonate around the world.

Written and directed by John Scheinfeld [The U.S. vs. John Lennon; Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)], Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary is a rich and compelling portrait of a remarkable artist that reveals the critical events, passions, experiences and challenges that shaped the life of John Coltrane and his revolutionary sounds.


The film was produced by Spencer Proffer, John Beug, Scott Pascucci, and Dave Harding, with the support of the Coltrane family and the record labels that collectively manage the Coltrane catalog. Chasing Trane's DVD and Blu-ray packages include a booklet with an essay by Scheinfeld and rare photos seen in the film. The soundtrack's booklet also includes rare photos from the film and an essay by journalist and film participant Ashley Kahn.

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary features never-before-seen Coltrane family home movies, footage of Coltrane and his band in the studio (discovered in a California garage during production of the film), along with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and rare television appearances from around the world.

The film reveals the critical events, passions, experience, and challenges that shaped Coltrane's life and his revolutionary sounds. It is a story of demons and darkness, of persistence and redemption. Above all, it is the incredible spiritual journey of a man who found himself and, in the process, created an extraordinary, iconic body of work that transcends all barriers of geography, race, religion and age.

Coltrane's story is told by the musicians who worked with him (Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Reggie Workman), musicians inspired by his fearless artistry and creative vision (Common, The Doors' John Densmore, Wynton Marsalis, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Kamasi Washington), Coltrane's children and biographers, and well-known admirers including President Bill Clinton and Dr. Cornel West.

Although Coltrane did not participate in any television interviews and he recorded only a handful of radio interviews during his lifetime, he is an active and vibrant presence throughout the film, in his remarkable performance clips and in thoughts he expressed during print interviews. In Chasing Trane, the words of John Coltrane are spoken by Denzel Washington.

"In many of his roles Denzel radiates an exceptional quiet strength," says Scheinfeld. "Coltrane, many of his friends told me, embodied a similar strength. That's why Denzel was my first choice to speak his words and I'm thrilled he made the time to participate in our film."

After playing to critical and audience acclaim at its fall 2016 world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and at the Toronto International Film Festival, IDFA and DOC NYC, Chasing Trane's spring 2017 theatrical release was presented by Abramorama.

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary will make its television broadcast premiere on Independent Lens on Monday, November 6, 10:00-11:30 PM ET (check local listings) on PBS. During the month prior to the broadcast, Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, Independent Lens, and local partners across the country, will host free preview screenings and discussion events for the film in dozens of U.S. cities.

For more information, visit www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/chasing-trane.

On Friday, November 17, the same day the Chasing Trane home video and companion soundtrack album will be released, the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles will open a sweeping new John Coltrane exhibit, titled Chasing Trane: Coltrane's Musical Journey Transcended. The long-term exhibit, featuring rare performance footage and audio recordings from Coltrane's Japanese tour in 1966, handwritten manuscripts, instruments, and more, will be a primary installation at the museum through September 2018.

To learn more, go to http://www.coltranefilm.com/

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2018 Nominees Announced

The nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 have been announced.

This year's group includes 19 nominees from all different musical genres.

They are:

  • Bon Jovi
  • Kate Bush
  • The Cars
  • Depeche Mode
  • Dire Straits
  • Eurythmics
  • J. Geils Band
  • Judas Priest
  • LL Cool J
  • MC5
  • The Meters
  • Moody Blues
  • Radiohead
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Nina Simone
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • Link Wray
  • The Zombies

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of induction which means the 2018 nominees had to release their first official recording no later than 1992.

Let the debate begin...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Eagles To Perform First Show At Grand Ole Opry House

SiriusXM announced today that the Eagles will perform a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM listeners at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on Sunday, October 29. The concert marks the first time the legendary GRAMMY Award-winning band -- Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Deacon Frey and Grand Ole Opry member Vince Gill -- will perform at the iconic venue. 

"The Eagles performing at the Grand Ole Opry House will be an unforgettable evening and SiriusXM is the perfect partner for this event," said Eagles manager Irving Azoff.

"One of the greatest, biggest-selling bands in history playing the storied Grand Ole Opry House for the first time ever will make for a historic event and a great evening for SiriusXM subscribers," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "We're excited to present this very special broadcast and the Eagles own channel for our listeners nationwide."

The concert will air on SiriusXM's Eagles Channel, the limited-run channel presented by the band over Thanksgiving Weekend. SiriusXM's Eagles Channel will feature music from the band's extensive career as well as their solo records and influences. The channel will launch mid-November and will air through the Holidays. SiriusXM's Eagles Channel will be available via satellite and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

SiriusXM will present a live, three-song sneak peek of the private SiriusXM concert at the Grand Ole Opry House on October 29 on SiriusXM's The Bridge (ch. 32), Classic Vinyl (ch. 26) and The Spectrum (ch. 28).

SiriusXM subscribers since September 12, 2017 can enter for the chance to win a trip to Nashville including airfare, hotel stay and a pair of tickets to the show. See Official Rules for complete details at siriusxm.com/Eagles.

SiriusXM recently announced that its 200+ channels are now also available for streaming to SiriusXM subscribers nationwide with Amazon Alexa. Go to www.SiriusXM.com/AmazonAlexa to learn more.

For more information on Eagles, visit www.eagles.com

For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tom Petty, 66, Dies From Cardiac Arrest

Tom Petty, whose sharp guitar riffs, raw, nasally vocals, and insightful lyrics graced such hits as “Refugee,” “Free Fallin’” and “American Girl,” died Monday night following a heart attack. He was 66.

Petty suffered cardiac arrest and was found unconscious at his home in Malibu early Monday morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center. He could not be revived, his long-time manager Tony Dimitriades said in a statement.

“We are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty,” Dimitriades said on behalf of the family.

Petty died at 8:40 p.m. local time (0340 GMT Tuesday) surrounded by family, bandmates and friends.

Bob Dylan called his death “shocking, crushing news” in a statement to Rolling Stone magazine.

Petty, best known for his roots-infused rock music, carved a career as a solo artist as well as with his band The Heartbreakers and as part of supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.

Petty and The Heartbreakers embarked on a 40th anniversary tour of the United States this year and last played three dates in late September at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The band was scheduled to perform two dates in New York in November.

Petty formed the Heartbreakers in the mid 1970s, but it wasn’t until the band’s third album Damn the Torpedoes in 1979 that their music really took off, with hits such as “Refugee” and “Don’t Do Me Like That.”

He and the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, when they were described by organizers as “the quintessential American individualists,” capturing the voice of the American everyman.

“Music, as far as I have seen in the world so far, is the only real magic that I know,” Petty once said during an interview with CNN. “There is something really honest and clean and pure and it touches you in your heart.”

Petty also co-founded the 1980s supergroup The Traveling Wilburys with Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne, penning hits such as “End of the Line” and “She’s My Baby.”

Dylan said in his statement that Petty was “a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”

Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr wrote on Twitter: “God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I‘m sure going to miss you Tom.”

Petty was born on Oct. 20, 1950 in Florida. He had a rough childhood and did not do well in school, according to the New York Times. He caught the rock‘n‘roll bug after he was introduced by his uncle to Elvis Presley, who was shooting the picture “Follow That Dream” on location in Florida in 1960.

He got his first guitar in 1962 and was influenced by the Beatles, growing his hair long and switching to electric guitar. In the mid-1960s, he joined his first band, the Sundowners.

Petty dropped out of high school when he was 17 and joined Mudcrutch, a band with which he moved to Los Angeles in 1970.

The band broke up and Petty drifted from band to band before joining back up with his bandmates from Mudcrutch in 1975. The group became Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1976.

Amid his successes, Petty also suffered dark periods during a career spanning five decades.

A 2015 biography of the singer, “Petty: The Biography,” revealed for the first time the rocker’s heroin addiction in the 1990s.

Author Warren Zanes said in an interview with The Washington Post that Petty had succumbed to the drug because he “had had encounters with people who did heroin, and he hit a point in his life when he did not know what to do with the pain he was feeling”.

Petty also suffered from depression, channeling his pain into 1999’s Echo, during which he was also dealing with a divorce. In 2002, he married Dana York and told Reuters that he had been in therapy for six years to deal with depression.

“It’s a funny disease because it takes you a long time to really come to terms with the fact that you’re sick - medically sick, you’re not just suddenly going out of your mind,” he said at the time.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Keith Emerson's 'Emerson Plays Emerson' CD Reissued

The Keith Emerson Estate has reissued Emerson Plays Emerson, an album of Keith Emerson keyboard pieces that has long been out of print and a collector's item.

The reissue, available on the Emersongs label via Cherry Red. uses a fresh transfer of the master tapes by Abbey Road, a 2017 remaster, and artwork from the original art files. The booklet contains the liner notes in English, Italian and German.

The members of Emerson's family oversaw the preparation of Emerson Plays Emerson, and are  preparing to approve a music transcriptions book of the album for release in early 2018. The family is focused on celebrating and enhancing the famed keyboardist's musical legacy and supporting projects to further the appreciation of his life's work.

“Since the passing of my father, we have been inundated with requests for a reissue of the album Emerson Plays Emerson," the musician's son Aaron says. "This album was a labor of love for Dad, so we decided to go with the original artwork to stay as true to the original as possible as we understand how happy Dad was with it. I know he would be happy with this reissue, so on behalf of myself, Jo and my boys, of Damon and his family, of my mother Elinor, and of my father's fiancé Mari, and with thanks to Daniel Earnshaw, Martin Darvill and Stewart Young for all their hard work, we hope you enjoy it!”

The album can be ordered via the below links:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/EplaysE
iTunes: http://geni.us/KE002dig

Keith Emerson's official website: http://www.keithemerson.com/
Keith Emerson's official Facebook page: https://en-gb.facebook.com/officialkeithemerson/

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Uriah Heep Releases 20th Anniversary Live Show, Picture Disc On Own Label

Uriah Heep has released their 20th anniversary show from 1989 as a download and a double CD/single DVD package entitled Raging Through The Silence. The show was previously available on VHS.  

This concert is likely to be the only gap in many committed fans’ collections and gives their core fanbase the opportunity to complete the entire Heep discography. Raging Through The Silence is the culmination of a long process to make sure all of the Uriah Heep back catalog is available in popular hard-copy and digital formats.

Raging Through The Silence also includes a bonus audio interview, recorded on the same day as the concert, which was previously only available on picture disc LP and CD for a very limited amount of time.

“This is a great meeting of two products, which were always closely linked together, and are now merged into one definitive set," said guitarist Mick Box said. "This is the second release on Uriah Heep Records and a great reminder of our 30th Anniversary celebrations!”

The band has released the first vinyl title on its own label, a picture disc LP called Selections From Totally Driven, featuring the artwork of Igor Morski.

The LP draws on tracks from the band’s own label’s first release, Totally Driven, a double CD collection of re-recorded version of their greatest hits.

Both of these projects are available on Amazon, iTunes and by all good retailers on the band’s own Uriah Heep Records, via Cherry Red.

Raging through the Silence
Amazon: http://geni.us/Raging
iTunes: http://geni.us/RagingDig

Totally Driven
Amazon Picture Disc LP: http://geni.us/Be2LWA
Amazon 2-CD: http://geni.us/3j0m
iTunes: http://geni.us/3ZRO

For more information, head over to http://www.uriah-heep.com.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Aerosmith Cancels Remaining Tour Dates Due To Steven Tyler's 'Unexpected Medical Issues'

In a statement posted to Steven Tyler’s Twitter account on Tuesday (Sept. 26), the singer announced that Aerosmith would cancel the last four shows of the band’s South American tour due to unexpected, unspecified medical issues. As part of his “immediate care,” his doctors advised that he can’t travel or perform.

In a statement, Tyler said, “Please not to worry… I am not in a life threatening condition, but I need to deal with this right away, and get some rest and medical care immediately in order to sustain and maintain my future performances.”

The cancelled shows include dates in Curitiba, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Rosario, Argentina; and Monterrey, Mexico.

Tyler added, ”I promise I’ll be back...unfortunately, health does not wait and it’s something even I can’t schedule around our shows.”

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Robert Plant Announces North American Tour In Celebration Of New Album

Robert Plant has announced the first North American headline dates on his upcoming world tour celebrating the release of his new album Carry Firewhich drops on Friday, October 13. 

The album track "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" is out today. Written by rockabilly legend Ersel Hickey and later recorded by both Richie Valens and the Beach Boys, "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" features special guest Chrissie Hynde joining Plant on vocals. Check out the video below.


The live dates -- which once again see Plant accompanied by the Sensational Space Shifters -- begin February 9 at Raleigh, NC's Memorial Auditorium and then continue through early March (complete dates below). Additional dates will be announced soon. For updates, please visit www.robertplant.com.

Plant, who is very committed to getting tickets into the hands of his fans and not scalpers or bots, is collaborating with Ticketmaster to sell Presale tickets through its Verified Fan ® program. Fans can visit robertplant.tmverifiedfan.com to register for Verified Fan Presale access now until registration closes on Wednesday, September 27, at 12pm Eastern Time. Those verified and selected will receive a text invitation two to four hours before the Presale begins on Thursday, September 28 at 12pm Eastern. The general public onsale will be on Friday, September 29.

In addition, every ticket purchased online will be joined by either a physical or digital copy of the new album, Carry Fire, upon its October 13 release. Instructions on how to redeem the album will be emailed after ticket purchase.

Carry Fire is available now for pre-order at all digital music retailers and via www.robertplant.com. All pre-orders are joined by instant grat downloads of the tracks "The May Queen" and "Bones of Saints," along with the just unveiled album highlight "Bluebirds Over The Mountain." Those three songs are also available now for individual purchase at all DSPs and streaming services. In addition, all pre-orders made via Nonesuch or robertplant.com will receive an exclusive limited edition print inspired by the album's cover art.

Carry Fire has already begun drawing early critical notice, with Rolling Stone praising "The May Queen" for its "winsome guitar melodies and rhythms" and the "thunderous" "Bones of Saints" for its "rustic guitars and thumping tom-toms." "Eastern rhythms are given a warm vibe with the psychedelic leanings of guitar," noted Consequence of Sound. "Using American folk instrumentation to play altered versions of foreign melodies creates an intoxicating mood, Plant continues to explore his love of the blues and global music on a beautiful new single called 'The May Queen,'" raved NPR Music, further hailing the track as "a sweetly innocent reflection on aging and the undying power of love to inspire and give life."

His eleventh solo album and first full-length release since 2014's acclaimed lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar, Carry Fire was produced by Plant in the west of England at Top Cat Studio in Box, Wiltshire, with additional recordings at Real World Studios and Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales.

As before, Plant is accompanied by the Sensational Space Shifters: Justin Adams on guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, E-bow quartet, percussion, snare drum, tambourine; John Baggott on keyboards, Moog, loops, percussion, drums, brass arrangement, t'bal, snare drum, slide guitar, piano, electric piano, bendir; Billy Fuller on bass, keyboards and drum programming; 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 joined on Carry Fire by a number of special guests, including the aforementioned Chrissie Hynde, Albanian cellist Redi Hasa, and acclaimed musician Seth Lakeman, who contributes viola and fiddle to three tracks. Lakeman will join the Sensational Space Shifters on all upcoming world tour dates.

Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters spent nearly two years on the road together supporting lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar. Now, with Carry Fire, Plant and his collaborators have fashioned a new collection of songs, melding unusual rhythms with naturalism and smoldering power.

"It's about intention," says Plant. "I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the trawl 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."

Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters
Carry Fire North American Tour 2018

2/9 - Raleigh Memorial Auditorium - Raleigh, NC
2/11 - Ovens Auditorium - Charlotte, NC
2/12 - Chrysler Hall - Norfolk, VA
2/14 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY
2/16 - Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA
2/17 - Massey Hall - Toronto, ON
2/20 - Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL
2/22 - Orpheum Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
2/24 - Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre - Denver, CO
2/26 - Symphony Hall - Phoenix, AZ
2/28 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA
3/2 - Orpheum Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

Additional Dates To Be Announced!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Celebrating David Bowie Announces 2018 Tour

'What might a David Bowie 2018 tour set list consist of?'

"The shows had a magic because our intent was to celebrate David with as much love and respect as we could. So many lovely artists from all around the globe contributed and I loved all seven shows as each musician and artist brought their own way of self expression." - Mike Garson, 2017

After performing rapturously received and critically lauded shows earlier this year, Celebrating David Bowie is back for a 2018 tour throughout Europe and North America with a brand new Bowie show spanning his entire career asking the question, 'What might a David Bowie 2018 tour set list consist of?'

VIP tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 26 with the general on sale starting Friday, September 29 at 10:00 AM local time. Go to www.celebratingdavidbowie.com for more information. View the trailer below.


More than just a mere salute, Celebrating David Bowie keeps David's music alive with musicians who worked closely with him throughout his career and other top musicians greatly influenced by him.

Bowie touring and recording keyboardist Mike Garson, who collaborated with Bowie for longer than any other player, will be heading up the band along with previous Bowie band leaders, guitarist/vocalist Adrian Belew (Sound & Vision tour) and guitarist Gerry Leonard (A Reality tour).

Between them, the three musicians have over 30 years experience of recording, writing and playing live with Bowie.

Joining Garson, Belew and Leonard will be Bowie's Let's Dance and Serious Moonlight tour bassist Carmine Rojas as well as CdB 2017 standouts Fishbone's Angelo Moore and 2017 Grammy Nominee Gaby Moreno, as well as special guests and other former Bowie band members who will make surprise appearances along the way.

CdB creator and producer Angelo Bundini (aka guitarist Scrote) is also back and excited about the concept for the new show. "After the last tour, I didn't really imagine playing more shows because it was insanely difficult to pull off. David's last tour was in 2004, so I began to wonder what he might do if he were to tour again today. That's what we're presenting in 2018."

The large rotating ensemble with world class multi-instrumentalists changing song to song will perform a show highlighting elements that influenced Bowie and that in turn Bowie influenced: pop culture experimentation, art, fashion, science and futurism.

"I have worked with over 1,000 singers but never anyone like David," Garson says. "He had an infinite source of music flowing through him, and his creativity was boundless. His sharing of the stage with his musicians was extraordinary, and he was a team player. That is why we need many singers to encompass his work."

"With such a large catalog to choose from, different songs affected us and the audience in varying measure," adds Belew about the shows earlier this year. "It's always amazing to feel the excitement of an audience beamed directly at you. Pure adrenaline! So much love for David."

Fishbone's Angelo Moore recalls: "One of the things that stuck out while abroad was our group visit to the David Bowie Is... exhibit in Tokyo and how they cover so much of his life, music, fashion, and creative processes.  I'm excited we will be doing more of his unique aesthetic in our upcoming shows."

"It was an incredible and emotional ride for me, " Gaby Moreno remarks, "Sharing the stage with some of the most brilliant musicians, playing these iconic songs from one of the best artists this world gave us, is something quite unlike anything else I've ever experienced."

Previous special guests on CdB shows have included: Sting, Gary Oldman, Seal, Perry Farrell, The B-52's' Kate Pierson, Ewan McGregor, Simon Le Bon, Gavin Rossdale, La Roux, Joe Elliott, Mr Hudson, Gail Ann Dorsey, Spandau Ballet's Steve Norman, Corey Taylor, Ian Astbury, Darren Criss, Tony Hadley, Living Colour, The London Community Gospel Choir, and The Harlem Gospel Choir, among many others.

#Cdb2018

Catch Celebrating David Bowie in the following cities:

Europe Tour Dates:

1/10 - Salle Pleyel - Paris, France
1/12 - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire - London, UK
1/13 - O2 Ritz Manchester - Manchester, UK
1/15 - Olympia Theatre - Dublin, Ireland
1/16 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, Netherlands
1/17 - TivoliVredenburg - Ultrecht, Netherlands

North America Tour Dates:
2/10 - The Fillmore Silver Spring - Silver Spring, MD

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2/11 - Keswick Theatre - Philadelphia, PA
2/12 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
2/13 - The Egg - Albany, NY
2/16 - Chevalier Theatre - Boston, MA
2/17 - M Telus - Montreal, QC
2/18 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
2/19 - Royal Oak Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
2/21 - Pantages Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
2/22 - Pabst Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
2/23 - The Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
2/25 - Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
2/27 - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV
2/28 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
3/3 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
3/4 - Luther Burbank Center - Santa Rosa, CA
3/6 - Balboa Theatre - San Diego, CA
3/7 - Ikeda Theater - Mesa, AZ
3/10 - Benaroya Hall - Seattle, WA
3/11 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR

For more information on Celebrating David Bowie, go to:
Website: http://celebratingdavidbowie.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CelebratingDavidBowieOfficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celebrating_david_bowie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CdBTour

Friday, September 22, 2017

Unreleased Beatles Demo Currently For Sale On eBay

A previously-unreleased demo recorded by the Beatles is currently up for sale on eBay.

The 1963 demo contains a version of the track "What Goes On," which is on 1965's Rubber Soul album.

The version on the demo features John Lennon on vocals instead of Ringo Starr, and contains different lyrics from the final version. An excerpt is featured below.



Parlogram are behind the current sale, with the eBay listing stating that “the acetate on offer here however contains the original home demo version recorded by John & Paul in early 1963.

“The recording of "What Goes On" on this acetate is one of the rare tracks/performances by the Beatles which has never been released either officially or unofficially. The original tape of this demo recording is not known to exist and is presumed lost.”

The eBay listing at press time stands at £2,272 after 10 bids. The auction will conclude on October 1 at 9:10 pm.

Back in August, the original score for The Fab Four’s "Eleanor Rigby" was expected to reach £20,000 at auction.

The sheet, which was handwritten by producer George Martin, is also signed by Paul McCartney and includes producer notes that the track should have four violins, two violas and two cellos.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Yoko Ono Forces Polish Lemonade Company 'John Lemon' to Change Name

For decades, Beatles fans have accused Yoko Ono of breaking up the band. The veracity of such a claim is up for debate, but Ono Lennon did try to break up a lemonade company that was capitalizing off the name of her late husband, John Lennon.

Ono Lennon’s lawyers recently sent legal letters to John Lemon, a Polish lemonade company established five years ago that distributes to bars and restaurants in the United Kingdom and 13 other European countries, The Guardian reports. Her lawyers cited trademark infringement against her husband’s name and personal rights, telling the East London Advertiser, “They were abusing and misusing the legacy of John Lennon to sell their soda.”

The musician and activist’s legal team also cited a Facebook post by John Lemon Ireland that displayed a mural of Lennon holding lemons with the company’s logo underneath. Other advertisements displayed round glasses that recalled Lennon’s signature frames, along with the words, “Let It Be.”

Upon receiving the letters, John Lemon agreed to change its name to On Lemon.

“All of us involved with this product are startups and we couldn't take on someone who is worth many, many millions,” Mr. Lemonade Alternative Drinks founder Karol Chamera told the East London Advertiser. (Incidentally, "On Lemon" is remarkably similar to "Ono Lennon," though there's nothing she can do about that.)

Hugo Bałaziński of law firm KSP, which represented John Lemon, said the company concluded a settlement to avoid having its lemonade production banned. He noted, however, that John Lemon registered its trademark in 2014, while the John Lennon brand was not registered until last year.

Ultimately, it proved a moot point -- when you've spent so many years engaged in bitter spats with Paul McCartney, you learn how to stand your ground, in court or otherwise.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

David Bowie Live Event To Take Place September 26 In Berlin

The upcoming release of the David Bowie: A New Career In A New Town (1977 - 1982) boxed set will be celebrated with an event at the world-famous Hansa Studios in Berlin on Tuesday, September 26 at 2:00 PM ET and be live-streamed via www.facebook.com/davidbowie

The live event will feature a Q&A session with guests including Carlos Alomar (Bowie's guitarist from 1974 to 1987), Edu Meyer (the former sound engineer at Hansa Studios), and Chris Duffy (son of photographer Brian Duffy, and director of the Duffy Archive) who will be discussing Bowie's work from 1977-1982. Bowie's Facebook page will also be featuring previously unheard audio streams on the day of the event.

Hansa Tonstudio, or "Hansa By The Wall" as it came to be known, was where Bowie recorded parts of his  Low album along with "Heroes," which celebrates its 40th anniversary this month.

David Bowie: A New Career In A New Town (1977 - 1982) is the third in a series of boxed sets spanning David Bowie's career from 1969.

The 11-CD box, 13-piece vinyl set and the Mastered For iTunes and standard digital download set is named after a track from the first of the so-called "Berlin Trilogy," 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 featuring two previously unreleased tracks, Lodger, 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.

Exclusive to each of the boxed sets is Lodger (Tony Visconti 2017 Mix). The remix was started with Bowie's blessing before his passing in January last year. 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 the singer, this version of the album will also feature newly 'remixed' artwork featuring unseen images from the original cover photographic session.

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.

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 boxed set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums, and the CDs will be gold coloured 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.

David Bowie: A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982) will also be made available in high definition audio digital formats (192kHZ/24bit and 96kHZ/24bit). Content varies from other formats due to the resolution of the available original source material.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Eagles Songwriter Jack Tempchin Instills 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' With New Album

Through the years, there are many songs that take us to another place, that fuel our creativity and lighten our hearts. Jack Tempchin, the multi-platinum songwriter for Glenn Frey and the Eagles, has written many of those hits.

He is responsible for the lyrics that have become emblazoned not only within us as individuals, but in our culture as well. Jack wrote the songs we’ve all danced and sung along to – “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Slow Dancing,” “The One You Love,” and who can forget, “You Belong To The City” from the Miami Vice TV soundtrack.  More recently, Tempchin released his greatest hits on one album, Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Songs of Jack Tempchin through Blue Elan Records.

In a poignant tribute to the fabled friendship he shared with his “musical brother“ Glenn Frey, the album features 12 of their songs. Tempchin takes to the mic as both solo and duet with guest vocalists like Rita Coolidge, Janiva Magness, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen.  Finally, there is one very special track on this album, a previously unreleased piece written with Glenn Frey – “Privacy.”

In the liner notes of Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Songs of Jack Tempchin, the songwriter wrote “This album is dedicated to my great friend of 46 years, Glenn Frey. Glenn and I always had a fabulous time writing songs together. We would talk about our lives and laugh. He was the funniest person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. It was my great good fortune that my buddy happened to be one of the best songwriters of all time. Goodbye my friend and musical brother. Thanks for all the wonderful times.”

Earlier this month, Tempchin was interviewed and performed on PBS’ INSIDE OC with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Rick Reiff. His recollections on his long, impressive career and musical talent was broadcast throughout Southern California. For repeated air times, check the listing of your local PBS SoCal station.

To learn more about Jack Tempchin, go to http://www.peacefuleasyfeeling.com.

Check out Tempchin's video of "Slow Dancing" featuring Rita Coolidge below.



Monday, September 18, 2017

Joe Satriani Announces Release Of 'What Happens Next', G3 Tour For 2018


Guitarist Joe Satriani has announced the release of his 16th solo album, What Happens Next, set for release on January 12, 2018, on Sony/Legacy Recordings. Just a day prior to the album release, the guitarist will revivie his G3 tour entity, inviting Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen to the fold. The G3 tour launches on January 11 in Seattle and continues across the U.S. before winding up on February 25 in Milwaukee.

There is a special tour pre-sale promotion giving fans the opportunity to buy concert tickets with the new album as well as VIP packages. For more information, visit https://lnk.to/WHN.

The new album features a power trio comprising Satriani on guitar, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple / Black Country Communion), and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), who latter reuniting with Satriani for the first time since their work in Chickenfoot. Producer, engineer and mixer Mike Fraser, Satriani's frequent collaborator over the last 20 years, is also on-board for What Happens Next. Fraser is well-known for recording and mixing every AC/DC album since 1990’s The Razors Edge.

Since its debut in 1996, Satrianai’s G3 tour has featured some of the world’s greatest guitarists (everyone from Steve Vai and Eric Johnson to Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp) and has become a consistent concert hall sell-out attraction in the U.S., South America, Europe, Australia and Japan.

“I could say that I’m surprised at the durability of G3 and how much it’s grown, but in a way I’m not,” the guitarist says with a laugh, “I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage. It’s fun, it’s unpredictable, it’s wild – it’s everything you could want in a show.”

In addition to the new album and exciting tour news, a new documentary “Beyond the Supernova” shot by Satriani's’s filmmaker son, ZZ, makes its debut at the Mill Valley Film Festival this October.

The tour documentary chronicles the guitarist, along with his band and crew, on their last “Shockwave Supernova” tour throughout Europe and Asia.

Satriani’s book, Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir, was first released in May 2014 and is now be available in paperback.  Pre-orders are available now with the official release on November 7, 2017.  The paperback version includes a new chapter focusing on Satriani’s last album, Shockwave Supernova.

What Happens Next track listing:
1 – Energy                      
2 – Catbot                                                              
3 - Thunder High On The Mountain                        
4 - Cherry Blossoms                                              
5 – Righteous                                                        
6 - Smooth Soul
7 - Headrush
8 - Looper
9 - What Happens Next
10 - Super Funky Badass
11 - Invisible
12 - Forever And Ever                                                  

2018 G3 Tour featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen itinerary:

January 11 - The Moore Theatre - Seattle, WA
January 12 - Historic Elsinore Theatre - Salem, OR
January 13 - Grand Sierra Theatre - Reno, NV
January 14 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA
January 16 - Delta Hall at Eccles Theater - Salt Lake City, UT *
January 17 - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV
January 18 - Mesa Arts Center - Mesa, AZ *
January 19 - Orpheum Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
January 20 - Balboa Theatre - San Diego, CA
January 21 - Fox Tucson Theatre - Tucson, AZ *
January 24 - Historic Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
January 25 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City MO *
January 26 - The Pavillion at The Toyota Music Factory - Irving, TX *
January 27 - Austin City Limits - Moody Theater - Austin, TX
January 28 - Hobby Center for the Performing Arts - Houston, TX *
January 30 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL *
January 31 - Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL *
February 1 - Pompano Beach Amphitheatre - Pompano Beach, FL*
February 2 - Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall - Fort Myers, FL *
February 3 - Mahaffey Theater - St. Petersberg, FL *
February 6 - Raleigh Memorial Auditorium - Raleigh, NC
February 8 - Toyota Presents Oakdale - Wallingford, CT *
February 9 - Landmark Theatre - Syracuse, NY *
February 10 - Palace Theatre - Albany, NY *
February 11 - The Palace Theatre - Greensburg, PA *
February 14 - Warner Theatre - Washington, DC *
February 15 - Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA
February 16 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY *
February 17 - Merriam Theater - Philadelphia, PA
February 18 - New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Newark, NJ *
February 20 - Auditorium Theatre - Rochester, NY *
February 21 - Massey Hall - Toronto, ONT
February 22 - Hard Rock Live - Northfield, OH
February 23 - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL *
February 24 - State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
February 25 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI

(All dates on sale September 22nd except * on-sale October 6)

More Dates TBA
To follow Joe Satriani, go to:

Web: www.satriani.com
Facebook:joesatriani
Twitter: @chickenfootjoe
Instagram: joesatriani
YouTube: JoeSatrianiOfficial

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen Cancels Solo Dates Due To Illness

Just a week after the death of Walter Becker, his partner in Steely Dan, Donald Fagen has canceled four solo dates due to an undisclosed illness.

The shows were scheduled to take place in Portland on Tuesday night, Seattle on Wednesday night (Sept. 13), Saratoga California, on Friday and San Francisco on Saturday. According to local papers in those areas, such as the Mercury News, a press release announcing the cancellations cited an unspecified “illness” as the cause.

It’s unclear at the moment to what extent Fagen’s health will affect the recently announced run of Steely Dan dates scheduled to take place across October.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Gene Simmons To Celebrate 50 Years In Rock With 'The Vault Experience'

Gene Simmons of KISS, has announced the release of Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience in partnership with Rhino Entertainment. The set commemorates and celebrates Simmons' five-decade journey, offering fans around the world a limited-edition collectible VAULT that takes a unique look into the musician's life, including never-before-released songs, photos, stories and collectible items. Every  17" x 25" 38-pound VAULT will be personally delivered to each fan by Simmons himself, during his Vault World Tour, set to take place January 2018 through December 2018.

Inside The Vault, there's 150 never-before-released tracks written and performed by Simmons, packaged in a massive 12" x 12" x 6" leather-bound commemorative book containing dozens of never-before-seen images of Simmons throughout his 50-year career. You also get Limited-edition collectibles, including a Gene Simmons non-makeup action figure and an "In Gene We Trust" oversized medallion. Plus, there's a one-of-a-kind, hand-selected original piece of memorabilia from Simmons' personal collection.

During the one-on-one meet and greets with the delivery of the Vaults, Simmons will travel around the world, to a designated location to take photos and video with the fan and a guest, and sign autographs.

In addition to the private meeting, fans will receive a Vault Pre-Pack* and join a small group of other fans for "Songs and Stories" from The Vault and a Q&A with Simmons. Within a month of purchase, fans will also receive via mail a Vault Pre-Pack featuring a USB including the first track "Are You Ready," a signed golden ticket, exclusive T-shirt, and a laminate.

Ordering by December 5 will ensure delivery of the Vault Pre-Pack by December 23, just in time for holiday gift giving.

"Any artist can release a boxed set, and never really thank the fans for their support," said Simmons. "I want to celebrate my 50th anniversary in rock with the fans, and I have had a blast putting something really special together for them. Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience gives fans something truly unique that they can keep forever, and it gives me a chance to personally thank them for all of their support over the years."

For the ultimate fan, two additional Vault Experiences are available:

The Executive Producers Experience - $25,000
Kicking off in New York on September 15, the Executive Producer's Experience will be available in cities around the world until November 2017, and is the quintessential experience for the devoted fan, plus a guest. The Executive Producer's experience includes an initial SKYPE call with Simmons; a one-hour private studio preview with Simmons, offering the opportunity to listen to tracks before they are released; a distinguished Executive Producer credit on every Vault; a photo, video and autograph opportunity with Simmons; one of the first 500 limited-edition numbered Vaults; and a
Vault Pre-Pack*

The Home Experience** - $50,000
Launching December 2017 in the U.S. and in cities around the world, the Home Experience includes a personal delivery of The Vault to the fan's home by Simmons himself; one of the first 300 limited-edition numbered Vaults; two hours with Simmons at the fan's home (or location of their choice) for a special event with up to 25 friends and family; photos, videos and autographs; an intimate "Songs & Stories" playback session and Q&A with Simmons; and a Vault Pre-Pack* for all guests in attendance.

For a complete schedule of all three Vault Experiences or to pre-order The Vault Experiences, visit www.GeneSimmonsVault.com  or call 1-833-GSVault

*Vault Pre-Pack includes signed golden ticket, exclusive t-shirt, USB with "Are You Ready" and a laminate. It will be shipped three to four weeks after purchase.

** Some scheduling and travel restrictions may apply.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rhino's Rocktober Brings Classic Albums To Vinyl

Last year Rhino kicked-off ROCKTOBER, a highly successful campaign that celebrated some of the biggest names in Rock N' Roll. In 2017, Rhino returns with another riveting ROCKTOBER campaign featuring 17 not-to-miss releases.

Tuesday, October 3 kicks off the first round of  releases and continues with new releases every Tuesday throughout the month. ROCKTOBER 2017 features iconic artists Alice Cooper, Chicago, Dr. Feelgood, Faces, Grateful Dead, Heavy Metal, Jane's Addiction, Nickelback, Skid Row, Testament, T-Rex, Velvet Underground and ZZ Top.

Full details on all titles are listed below, including limited edition quantities available worldwide. All releases will be available exclusively at participating brick and mortar retail outlets.

Available on Tuesday, October 3:

Alice Cooper - Love It To Death
1 LP Black and White Swirl Vinyl
Limited edition of 6,500 copies, $21.98
















Alice Cooper - Pretties For You
1 LP Red Colored Vinyl
Limited edition of 6,000 copies, $21.98
















Alice Cooper - Special Forces
1 LP White Colored Vinyl
Limited edition of 5,200 copies, $21.98
















Faces - Ooh La La 
1 LP Dark Red Colored Vinyl
Limited edition of 6,000 copies, $24.98















Heavy Metal - The Soundtrack
2 LP Black Vinyl
Only available in the U.S. and Canada, $29.98
















Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
1 LP 180-gram Clear Vinyl
Limited edition of 6,000 copies, $21.98
















Velvet Underground - Loaded
1 LP Gold Colored Vinyl
Limited edition of 7,000 copies, $21.98

















Available on Tuesday, October 10:


Nickelback - Dark Horse 
1 LP Black Vinyl, $21.98
















Nickelback - Here And Now 
1 LP Black Vinyl, $21.98
















Nickelback - The State 
1 LP Black Vinyl, $21.98
















Testament - The Legacy
1-LP Green Colored Vinyl
Limited edition of 5,000 copies, $21.98



Available on Tuesday, October 17:


Chicago - Chicago Presents: The Innovative Guitar of Terry Kath
2 LP 180-gram vinyl.
Limited edition of 6,200 copies, $29.98
















Dr. Feelgood Lee Brilleaux - Rock 'N' Roll Gentleman
1 LP 180-gram Vinyl
Limited edition of 7,000 copies $17.98
















Skid Row - B-Side Ourselves
1 LP Grey Vinyl, $14.98

















Available on Tuesday, October 24:


Grateful Dead - The Best Of The Grateful Dead Vol. 2: 1977-1989 
2 LP 180-gram Vinyl, $34.98

















T. Rex - Electric Warrior
1 LP 180-gram Black Vinyl
Only available in US and Canada, $24.98

















ZZ Top - ZZ Top's First Album 
1 LP 180-gram Vinyl, $21.98