Monday, June 26, 2017

Empire State Building Light Show Syncs Up to Dead's 'Touch Of Grey'

Saturday night (June 24) in New York City,  Dead & Company, featuring Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, played a show at Citi Field. 

During the band’s encore of “Touch of Grey,” a whirlwind light show took over the top of the Empire State Building, coordinated with the live performance of the song itself.


The venue sits almost 10 miles away from the Empire State Building, but that didn’t stop Dead and Co. from making the most of the NYC skyline.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Over 40,000 Attend 13th Annual Mountain Jam

A record 40,000+ music fans turned out over three days to attend the 13th Annual Mountain Jam, held June 16-18, 2017 at Hunter Mountain Resort (Hunter, NY) in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County. 

The star-packed lineup for this year's festival was headlined by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Steve Miller Band, and The String Cheese Incident, and also included Peter Frampton, The Head and the Heart, Gary Clark Jr., Michael Franti & Spearhead and nearly 40 other artists on three stages.

"Mountain Jam 13 will be remembered for three incredible days of music highlighted by a legendary headlining performance by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers on Saturday night, in front of the largest Mountain Jam audience ever," said Gary Chetkof, one of the festival's organizers. "The weather held out all weekend, and there were smiling faces throughout the amazing natural amphitheater at Hunter Mountain."

The 14th Annual Mountain Jam will be held June 15 - 18, 2018. To purchase tickets, go to www.mountainjam.com.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

2009 David Lynch Benefit Concert Featuring Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & More Coming To DVD

On September 1, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the Change Begins Within Concert on DVD. Featuring sets from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, with each performing some of their best-known classics from The Beatles to Wings and beyond, and reuniting onstage for the finale, this incredible charity show also featured many other notable musicians like Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Ben Harper, Paul Horn, Angelo Badalamenti, Betty LaVette, and Jim James. Jerry Seinfeld also appears in a guest performance.

This exhilarating, star-studded benefit concert was recorded on April 4, 2009 in New York City. It was this show, dubbed “Change Begins Within”, that launched the David Lynch Foundation into an entirely new level of public awareness. As these globally renowned artists took to the stage at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall, they helped raise funds for the Foundation’s international initiative to teach one million at-risk children to meditate - and to begin to change their world from within.

All those present at this remarkable concert were committed to helping the charity in its aim of bringing meditation to students everywhere and helping disadvantaged youth reach their full potential. In addition to superb individual performances, the musicians at this celebratory concert joined forces on many songs and the whole Change Begins Within show is characterized by a powerful, joyful onstage camaraderie and unity.

TRACK LISTING

Natural Blues - Moby, Betty LaVette, TM Choir
Rise - Eddie Vedder
Under Pressure - Eddie Vedder & Ben Harper
My Sweet Lord - Sheryl Crow
Hurdy Gurdy - Donovan & Jim James
Isle of Islay - Donovan and Paul Horn
It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr
Boys - Ringo Starr
Yellow Submarine - Ringo Starr
Baby You Can Drive My Car - Paul McCartney
Jet - Paul McCartney
Got To Get You Into My Life - Paul McCartney
Let It Be - Paul McCartney
Here Today - Paul McCartney
Band On The Run - Paul McCartney
With A Little Help From My Friends - Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr
Cosmically Conscious - All members
I Saw Her Standing There - All members

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Video Premiere: Gerry Beckley's 'Serious'

Gerry Beckley is best known as one of the founders of the band America. His many hits and classics include “I Need You,” “Daisy Jane,” “You Can Do Magic,” and, of course, “Sister Golden Hair.” Today, with the singer and songwriter still going strong, we present the official video for his song "Serious" from his 2016 solo album Carousel on Blue Elan Records.


Recorded at Beckley's Los Angeles studio Human Nature, Carousel highlights Beckley's strengths as the singer, songwriter and musician played most of the instruments on the album.

"With a solo project I'm really a committee of one," says Beckley. "There's only myself to please. Having said that, it's not always easy. Each project is a snapshot in time. The material on Carousel came from a wide scope of inspiration."

Carousel contains original standouts such as the deeply personal "Lifeline," "No Way I'm Gonna Lose You" (co-written with Dan Wilson who won an award for his work with Adele) and "Tokyo," which Beckley says, "came to me while I was waiting to board a flight home from Japan. I seem to remember I lost track of time and almost missed the flight."

There are also three covers on which Beckley puts his distinctive spin: Spirit's "Nature's Way," Gerry Rafferty's "To Each and Everyone," and Gerry and The Pacemakers' "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying."

"I've fortunately never been short on inspiration for my original material but I do love to record a cover every so often," says Beckley. "These three are of course from my long list of fave songs."

Gerry Beckley on tour with America:

June 23 // Pasadena, CA // The Rose Theater
June 24 // Marysville, WA // Tulalip Resort and Casino
June 29 // Tulsa, OK // Hard Rock Casino
July 1 // Agoura Hills, CA // Canyon Club
July 2 // Pleasanton, CA // Alameda County Fair
July 15 // Primm, NV // Star of the Desert Arena at Primm Valley Resorts
July 24 // Perth, AUS // Crown Theater
July 26 // Melbourne, AUS // Hamer Hall-Arts Center Melbourne
July 28 // Sydney, AUS // International Convention Centre Sydney
July 29 // Caloundra, AUS // The Events Centre
July 30 // Broadbeach, AUS // Broadbeach Country Festival
August 2 //Wollongon, AUS // WIN Entertainment Centre
August 3 // Canberra, AUS // Royal Theatre

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lynyrd Skynyrd Members Head To Trial Over Plane Crash Movie

Newly unsealed court documents reveal a dispute emanating from a "blood oath" taken upon the plane crash that befell the 1970s band.

Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" is a classic ode to independence. However, an individual's free will sometimes encounters legal limitations. Will a movie about a 1977 plane crash that killed two Lynyrd Skynyrd members, Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, and a backup singer, Cassie Gaines, be allowed to proceed? The answer could be entertained at a trial as soon as next month.

Heirs of Van Zant and Gaines, plus a few other surviving Lynyrd Skynyrd members, are looking to block production and distribution of a film entitled Street Survivor: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash. A lawsuit secretly filed last month in New York federal court was revealed on Friday when a judge rejected a bid for a preliminary injunction.

The dispute emanates from a "blood oath" taken upon the plane crash that befell the 1970s band which popularized Southern rock. As described in newly unsealed court papers, survivors agreed "never to use the name Lynyrd Skynyrd again in an effort not to capitalize on the tragedy that had befallen the group."

Ten years after the crash, a tour by surviving members of the band would set off litigation about use of the band's name. A judge at the time heard about the "blood oath," considered trademark law as well, and came to the conclusion that a Lynyrd Skynyrd Live album in conjunction with a 1987 tour would confuse consumers. Following the judge's order, the parties entered into a settlement agreement, adopted by a judge as a "Consent Order."

Artimus Pyle, who joined the band as a drummer in 1974, is described as a signatory to the Consent Order, although he evidently attempted to sign it "under protest." Nevertheless, suing  Lynyrd Skynyrd parties maintain he is restrained through agreement and court order from authorizing or participating in any story that purports to be a history of the band. Also being sued is the film division of Cleopatra Records.

In court papers opposing a preliminary injunction, Cleopatra's attorney says Pyle was once assisting in the writing of the script but that after plaintiffs complained about his role, Pyle's writing involvement ended. The defendant says he didn't direct or produce the film in question, and how the movie would not use the band's music and would begin with an explicit disclaimer stating that neither Lynyrd Skynyrd nor any band member had authorized the film. Cleopatra also argues that it isn't bound by the Consent Decree because it wasn't party to the legal action 30 years ago.

Street Survivor may be informed by Pyle's story of the plane crash and his involvement in the band, but Cleopatra points out that he has been interviewed about the subject on numerous occasions without objection. Cleopatra also draws attention to how Lynyrd Skynyrd has been on tour since February, suggesting plaintiffs may be in violation of the Consent Order.

Then, there's freedom, or more precisely, the First Amendment.

"Even if the Decree did not explicitly permit Cleopatra to interview Pyle, any references to the band or its members would have constituted a nominative fair use," writes the defendant's lawyer, Evan Mandel.

"This is not merely a case in which the defendant has not breached any obligation that it has to the plaintiff," he adds. "This is a case in which the defendant has an affirmative constitutional right to engage in the speech for which it is being sued: in producing and releasing the film, Cleopatra is exercising its right to make a film about a newsworthy event from the past, a form of constitutionally protected free speech."

In response, plaintiffs' attorneys at Otterbourg P.C. reject the proposition that stopping the film would constitute a prior restraint on speech.

"Cleopatra misstates the nature of this case," states a reply brief. "As made clear in the Motion, Cleopatra is free to make a movie about Lynyrd Skynyrd and/or about the plane crash. What Cleopatra is not free to do, however, is to make such a movie in concert and participation with Pyle in violation of the restrictions imposed on him by the Consent Order."

The Van Zant side is insisting that Pyle co-wrote the screenplay and is acting as the film's key publicist.

Cleopatra prevailed in the first round.

Last week, U.S. District Court judge Robert Sweet ordered the parties to engage in expedited discovery to be completed by June 23. The judge is overseeing a seeming rocket docket. He's scheduled a trial for July 11-12.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Original KISS Drummer Peter Criss Retiring From Touring

Drummer Peter Criss, the co-founder of KISS and co-author of their hit single, "Beth," is retiring from the concert stage with a show to let him say goodbye on his own terms.

It's his way to purge the bad taste left in his mouth by a series of unhappy endings with KISS, including the band's 2014 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where quarreling over which lineup would perform at the ceremony ended up with Kiss not playing at all.

On Saturday, Criss will play what he says is his last U.S. concert at The Cutting Room, an intimate venue in Manhattan where he promises a mix of KISS classics, his own solo material, and covers he always wanted to perform live but was told by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, "We don't do that; it's not Kiss."

"I want to leave the stage happy," Criss said. "I got onto the stage not thinking about making a buck. It was just pure: Play drums, have a good time, meet girls, travel and get out of Brooklyn."

Criss, 71, formed KISS with Stanley and Simmons and guitarist Ace Frehley in 1973. Within two years the album "Alive!" captured the essence of the makeup and costume-wearing, bomb-detonating, blood spitting musical circus that was KISS, and spawned one of rock's all-time classic anthems, "Rock and Roll All Nite."

But drugs and alcohol helped cut short Criss and Frehley's tenure with the band until a 1996 reunion that was the year's highest-grossing tour. By the end of a co-headlining tour with Aerosmith in 2003, Criss said, "There was bad blood with us again." The morning after the last tour date in California, Criss said Simmons, Stanley and guitarist Tommy Thayer, who replaced Frehley, "were leaving on our jet, a G-5, and they booked me on a commercial jet at 7 o'clock the next morning. And I hit the ceiling."

His wife Gigi booked Criss his own jet for the trip home to the New Jersey shore, where bad feelings festered for more than a decade. Even KISS' long-awaited induction into the Rock Hall in 2014 couldn't end on a harmonious note.

"I wanted to play so bad that night, and I know Ace did," he said. "And we didn't ... I didn't get to end my career the way I wanted to end it. So now I'm doing it my way, kind of like Sinatra."

While nothing is scheduled, Criss holds out the possibility of similar farewell one-offs in other countries, following a successful show in Melbourne, Australia last month. He's got plenty of plans, including a half-finished rock album he started before developing (and overcoming) breast cancer; a jazz album; a children's' book; and even a comedy screenplay he hopes will interest actor Ben Stiller.

But touring is over.

"I've been around the world 10 times," Criss said. "I can tell you what's on pretty much every menu in every hotel in all the world."

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Velvet Underground And Nico Album Celebrates 50 Years

Half a century after the 1967 release of their landmark debut album The Velvet Underground and Nico, the Velvet Underground's intrepid musical vision and audacious lyrical approach have yet to be equaled.  Although they met with little commercial acceptance during their existence, the seminal New York foursome of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker has since attained legendary status, and the band's body of work stands as a monument to rock 'n' roll's capacity for sonic experimentation and artistic fearlessness. 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's game-changing debut LP The Velvet Underground and Nico, on June 30, 2017, UME is releasing a special vinyl edition of the album that preserves its iconic original Andy Warhol-designed cover art.  The anniversary edition will be available as standard black-vinyl and available at retail and online outlets.  A limited edition pink-vinyl version with a pressing of only 1000 copies will be available exclusively through uDiscover.

In addition to reproducing Warhol's beloved original "banana cover" design, complete with peelable banana sticker, the 50th-anniversary vinyl edition also reproduces the album's original gatefold cover as well as its rare original back-cover "torso" photo, with Lou Reed's face superimposed over the torso of Warhol associate Eric Emerson.  The photo appeared in this form on The Velvet Underground and Nico's initial pressing, but was quickly altered for later editions when Emerson threatened legal action.  The shot is restored to its original glory on the 50th anniversary edition, along with a replica of the black sticker that was once used to obscure the disputed image.  The sticker will be attached to the shrink wrap of the anniversary LP, allowing listeners to experience the album's full original package.  An additional insert has been added for this edition, with vintage images plus new liner notes by Velvets co-founder John Cale and Richie Unterberger, author of the book White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day.


On November 16-18, John Cale will celebrate the Velvets' 50th anniversary by curating three nights of special performances as part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival at New York's BAM.  For the first two nights, Cale will be accompanied by an orchestra and special guests to perform The Velvet Underground and Nico in its entirety.  On the third evening, Cale, backed by an orchestra ensemble and choir, will perform selections spanning his long, wide-ranging career, including his work with the Velvet Underground.

Today, the Velvet Underground's immense influence is universally acknowledged.  But for most of the band's actual existence, they barely registered on mainstream radar.  The Velvets' raw, uncompromising musical vision was reflected in the visionary interplay between Reed and Morrison's wrenching yet nuanced guitar work, Cale's squalling viola runs and drummer Tucker's driving, primal beats. Main songwriter Reed's transgressive portrayals of drugs, sex and violence had no precedent in popular music, balancing unflinching grit with unmistakable compassion and empathy.

Early in their career, the Velvet Underground gained a well-connected patron in pop-art icon Andy Warhol, who used his influence to help the band win a recording deal with MGM's Verve imprint.  It was Warhol who suggested that the musicians add icily glamorous German chanteuse Nico (nee Christa Päffgen) to their lineup.

With Warhol credited as producer, The Velvet Underground and Nico is one of the most auspicious debut albums in rock history.  With such essential numbers as "Heroin," "I'm Waiting for the Man," "Sunday Morning," "Venus in Furs," "The Black Angel's Death Song," "Femme Fatale," "All Tomorrow's Parties" and "I'll Be You Mirror" (the latter three featuring Nico's haunting lead vocals), the album chronicles a seamy urban milieu that had never before been documented in popular music, while also exploring a gentler baroque pop sensibility that provides a complementary contrast to the album's harsher insights.

As Cale writes in his liner notes "We focused on trying to inject psychological techniques of hypnosis, drone and repetition into music about topics that we thought were incendiary but within a literary tradition."

In its original release, The Velvet Underground and Nico rose no further than  No. 171 on Billboard's album chart.  Yet the album has emerged as a one-of-a-kind classic, occupying the No. 13 spot on Rolling Stone's list of the top 500 albums of all time, and is included the Library of Congress' prestigious Recording Registry, established "to maintain and preserve sound recordings and collections of sound recordings that are culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."

Although they had once been regarded as near-pariahs, the Velvet Underground's stature has grown immensely in the four decades since The Velvet Underground and Nico was first unleashed upon an uncomprehending world.  Today, the Velvets' influence looms larger than ever, and the 50th anniversary edition of The Velvet Underground and Nico demonstrates that this incomparable album retains every bit of its original power and beauty.

Standard Black-Vinyl: https://UMe.lnk.to/TVU50LPPR  
Limited Edition Colored-Vinyl (1000): https://UMe.lnk.to/TVU50LPPinkPR

For more information on The Velvet Underground visit:
Velvetundergroundmusic.com  
Facebook.com/TheVelvetUnderground

Thursday, June 15, 2017

David Bowie, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, John Peel & More Receive BBC Music Day Blue Plaques

David Bowie, John Peel, John Lennon and Paul McCartney are among many music stars honored with blue plaques for today's BBC Music Day.

To mark the occasion, the BBC’s local radio stations have unveiled 47 blues plaques across the country, signifying “locations that played a major role in our musical heritage.”

Bowie receives two plaques in total, one in Soho in London to mark where the artist recorded his albums Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, and one in Kent to mark the formation of his early band The Manish Boys. Bowie’s backing band, the Spiders from Mars, meanwhile get a blue plaque in Hull.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney will be honored with a blue plaque at the venue that they played their only gig as a duo, billed as The Nerk Twins, at the Fox and Hounds in Caversham, Berkshire.

Other notable blue plaques include a Syd Barrett plaque in Cambridge, a plaque honoring Doctor Who composer Delia Derbyshire in Coventry, a Lemmy plaque in Stoke, a plaque marking the Manchester flat where Factory Records was founded and a plaque honoring John Peel in Suffolk.

BBC English Regions controller David Holdsworth says: “It is hugely prestigious to receive a British Plaque Trust Blue Plaque, usually only around two are awarded each year. To mark BBC Music Day across BBC Local Radio with 47 blue plaques is a fitting way to commemorate our listeners’ passion and pride for where they live and to celebrate our musical heritage.”

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Anita Pallenberg, Actress & Keith Richards’ Former Girlfriend, Dead At 73

Anita Pallenberg ― model, actress, It girl, style icon and former partner to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards ― has died. She was 73. 

The news was confirmed by friends of Pallenberg, including Stella Schnabel and Bebe Buell, on social media. Richards, who has not publicly commented on Pallenbger’s death, is reportedly “devastated.”

A cause of death has not yet been released.

“I have never met a woman quite like you, Anita,” Schnabel wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of her and Pallenberg.

“You showed about life and myself and how to grow and become and exist with it all. The greatest woman I have ever known,” she added, according to People. (Schnabel has made her Instagram account private.)

”I will love you forever, dearest Anita,” Buell wrote alongside a vintage photo of a smiling Pallenberg. “Sleep with the special angels, Gods & Goddesses.”

Pallenberg was born in Rome in 1944 to an Italian father and German mother. In her teens, she began modeling and, according to the Guardian, even spent time at Andy Warhol’s Factory in New York.

In 1965, Pallenberg met the Rolling Stones backstage at one of their concerts and developed a relationship with guitarist and founding band member Brian Jones. After about two years, in 1967, Pallenberg left Jones for Richards as the previous relationship reportedly became violent.

Pallenberg and Richards, who both struggled with drug abuse, remained in a relationship until 1980 and had three children together: Marlon, Angela and Tara, who died during infancy.

Pallenberg became a muse for the Stones, providing backup vocals for their hit “Sympathy for the Devil” and reportedly giving the band feedback on their music, according to the Guardian.

She also appeared in a number of films, including “Candy” (1968), “Barbarella” (1968), “Performance” (1970) with Stones frontman Mick Jagger, an episode of “Absolutely Fabulous” in 2001 and Harmony Korine’s film “Mister Lonely” (2007). Pallenberg also tried her hand at a career in fashion, graduating with a degree from renowned school Central Saint Martins in 1994.

She is survived by two of her children, Marlon and Angela, and five grandchildren.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Farm Aid 2017 Coming To Pittsburgh In September

This year's Farm Aid festival will take place on September 16 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. 

The concert lineup will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Insects vs Robots. Additional artists will be announced later this summer.

The Farm Aid presale starts tomorrow, Wednesday, June 14, at noon EDT. Visit farmaid.org/tickets for more the information.

Farm Aid 2017 tickets for the general public go on sale on Friday, June 23, at 10 a.m. EDT. Ticket prices range from $49.50 to $199.50 and will be available for purchase at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster locations and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

"Family farm agriculture is the heart of Pennsylvania," Willie Nelson said. "What's happening in western Pennsylvania and the region shows us that we can count on family farmers to strengthen our communities and connect people. Whether we live in rural or urban places, food - and music - brings us all together."

Monday, June 12, 2017

Blue Cheer's 'Vincebus Eruptum' To Be Released On Hybrid SACD

Proto-Metal legends Blue Cheer's debut album Vincebus Eruptum will be released on Limited Edition Hybrid SACD by Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity. Rock & roll had grown louder and wilder by leaps and bounds during the '60s, but when Blue Cheer emerged from San Francisco onto the national rock scene in 1968 with their debut album, Vincebus Eruptum, they crossed a line which most musicians and fans hadn't even thought to draw yet. 

The album features a heavy, thunderous blues sound, which would later be known as heavy metal. It also contains elements of acid rock, grunge, experimental rock, blues rock, stoner rock, and garage rock. A commercial and critical success,Vincebus Eruptum peaked at number 11 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and spawned the Top 20 hit cover of Eddie Cochran's “Summertime Blues.”

The album has been held in high regard by many rock critics who regularly praised the band's “sound and fury” as one of the founding movements of heavy metal. No band could summon so much power with just three people. Vincebus Eruptum is still the Blue Cheer's album to own, it was their simplest and most forceful musical statement.

TRACKS:
1 Summertime Blues
2 Rock Me Baby  
3 Doctor Please  
4 Out Of Focus  
5 Parchment Farm
6 Second Time Around

Produced by Abe “Voco” Kesh
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
SACD Authoring: Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering

For more information: www.audifidelity.net

Friday, June 9, 2017

Elton John Announces New Dates For 'The Million Dollar Piano' In Las Vegas

Elton John will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this Fall 2017 and early 2018 to perform his most iconic hits in "The Million Dollar Piano," the singer's longtime Vegas residency that ends May 2018.  Tickets for the following 27 dates go on sale Saturday, June 10, at noon PT.

2017:
October 11 Wednesday
October 13-15 Friday, Saturday, Sunday
October 18 Wednesday
October 20-21 Friday, Saturday
October 24- 25 Tuesday, Wednesday
October 27-28 Friday, Saturday
November 1 Wednesday
November 3-4 Friday, Saturday

2018:
February 9-11 Friday, Saturday, Sunday
February 14 Wednesday
February 16-18 Friday, Saturday, Sunday
February 21-22 Wednesday, Thursday
February 25 Sunday
February 27 Tuesday
March 1-2 Thursday, Friday

Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, by calling 888-4-ELTON J, or online at thecolosseum.com or axs.com. Ticket prices start at $55 (prices include a 9% Live Entertainment Tax). VIP packages are available. Orders are subject to additional service charges and fees. There is an eight (8) ticket limit per guest. For groups of 20 or more, call (702) 731-7208.  Shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

World-renowned singer, songwriter and performer Elton John made a triumphant return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with his all new show, "The Million Dollar Piano." At the centerpiece of the performance is the show's namesake piano, an engineering marvel featuring more than 68 LED video screens created by Yamaha.

Elton John's band features Nigel Olsson (part of John's original three-piece band) on drums, Davey Johnstone (who first recorded with Elton in 1971 and joined the band a year later) on guitar, John Mahon on percussion, Kim Bullard on keyboards, Matt Bissonette on bass, with a special appearance by percussionist Ray Cooper.

"The Million Dollar Piano" features iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout Elton John's incredible five-decade career, all enhanced by the most elaborate stage design the singer has ever used.

Elton John is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 38 gold records and 31 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. John holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, "Candle in the Wind 1997," which sold over 33 million copies, as well as for most appearances on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart with his most recent single "A Good Heart" (from his latest album Wonderful Crazy Night) marking his 72nd entry. He has also written the music for stage and screen successes Billy Elliot: The Musical, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, and The Lion King, which was named the highest-grossing stage show or film release in the world. Elton John has over 4,000 performances, in more than 80 countries, to his credit since launching his first tour in 1970.

Among the many awards and honors bestowed upon him are five Grammys, a Grammy Legend award, a Tony and an Oscar, a Best British Male Artist BRIT Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Kennedy Center Honor, Legend of Live Award, 12 Ivor Novello Awards and a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services."

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Roger Waters Critics Call for Boycott Over Pink Floyd Singer’s ‘Brazen Anti-Semitism’

Roger Waters has urged his fellow musical artists to stop performing in Israel — and now the former Pink Floyd bassist has been threatened with a boycott himself for his views on Israel.

Waters, who released a new solo album Is This the Life We Really Want? on June 2, and is currently on the road with his Us + Them tour, has been targeted with a boycott by a group that accuses Waters of “espousing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”

In its petition, the group, which calls itself We Don’t Need No Roger Waters — a play on the lyrics to Waters’ “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” — calls Waters “a leader of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign within the cultural arena.”

“He has lobbied countless artists to refuse to perform in Israel, while publicly criticizing others for doing so,” the petition continues. “In 2013, Waters appeared on stage in a Nazi-like uniform, with a pig-shaped balloon emblazoned with a Star of David and symbols of dictatorial regimes. Waters has an extensive history of espousing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, speaking about the ‘extraordinary’ power of the ‘Jewish lobby’ and going so far as to compare Israeli treatment of the Palestinians to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.”

On its website, the group rails against Waters’ “malicious and intensive campaign against Israel and the Jewish people.”

“As Waters begins his tour to promote his latest album … it is time that the those who wish to defend human rights and democratic principles, take a stand and not remain silent in the face of brazen anti-Semitism,” the group continued.

The petition was launched as  No.1 NY Times Bestselling Author and award-winning filmmaker Ian Halperin prepares to release his Roger Waters documentary “Wish You Weren’t Here,” scheduled for release this summer.

“I spent the past two years investigating Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. The results were not pretty. Aside from allegations of being abusive towards his ex wives and being a serial control freak, I interviewed the top Jewish leaders, the Pope and some important French, German, UK and Muslim leaders in the world who were not pleased with his stance against Israel,” Halperin said. “On camera, numerous of them call Waters an anti-Semite.”

Halperin quoted a former band member of Waters’ as saying, “He’s a master of misdirection and the penultimate control freak. If his fans really knew what he was about they’d run for their lives. He had several failed marriages because nobody could live with him. His temperament is highly abusive. His campaign against Israel and the Jewish people is horrendous, disgusting and completely abusive. Israel should sue his ass for spreading such nonsense against its country and people. Roger has caused Israel irreparable damage.”

Waters has been criticized for his stance on Israel before. In 2015, radio personality Howard Stern said on his show, “Where’s the one place they can stick Jews where no one will be offended? Because the Jews are getting killed all over the world. Give them a little homeland on a desert where there’s no water, where essentially no one could live. And no one did live there despite the bulls–t. And the Palestinians are these Arabs that could live in Egypt, that could live in Saudi Arabia, but guess what? Those countries don’t want them either. So they have a country, and Israel has a tiny little country and it bugs the s— out of Roger Waters.”

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia Announces Limited Run Of U.S. Shows This September

The Who's Pete Townshend is transporting Classic Quadrophenia to U.S. audiences this September for a series of four special performances featuring Townshend, Billy Idol, and acclaimed tenor Alfie Boe. 

Townshend conceptualized an experience unlike any other by blending the Who's timeless album Quadrophenia with orchestral accompaniment. The London world premiere at Royal Albert Hall electrified audiences and will now be replicated in Lenox, MA, New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA only!

The extraordinary musical journey kicks off September 2 in Lenox with the Boston Pops Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart.  The New York and Los Angeles performances will be led by conductor Robert Ziegler, and the LA show on September 16 will support Teen Cancer America with a portion of proceeds going to the charity.

"I'm thrilled to be bringing Classic Quadrophenia stateside through the month of September," Townshend said. "Melding the contrasting sounds of Quadrophenia with a symphony has been a really unique and powerful way to reach a wide audience of classical and pop music lovers alike. I couldn't be more excited to see it continue in the U.S."

The Who's historic rock opera Quadrophenia was originally released as an extensive double album in 1973 and has stood the test of time as a conceptual work honoring the Mod movement. The album, later turned into a feature film and theatrical production, follows an angst-ridden young man in London who creates a new life for himself as a member of the Mods.

Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Thursday, June 8 at 10 a.m. local time until Monday, June 12 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Tickets are available to the general public on Tuesday, June 13 at 10 a.m. local time. For additional details and ticket information please visit livenation.com.

Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia

Saturday, September 2 - Tanglewood - Lenox, MA
Saturday, September 9 - Metropolitan Opera House - New York, NY
Sunday, September 10 -  Metropolitan Opera House - New York, NY
Saturday, September 16 - The Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Beatles Back On The Charts With 'Sgt. Pepper' 50th Anniversary Release

The Beatles returned to the Billboard 200 album charts with the 50th anniversary reissue of classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan on Monday.

The remastered version of the Sgt. Pepper 1967 album sold more than 75,000 units for the week to take the No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200. It was the highest Billboard 200 ranking for the British rock quartet in some 16 years, when its greatest hits album 1 spent several weeks at or near the top of the chart, Billboard said.

Still, the Beatles were not big enough to steal the thunder of Kentucky rapper Bryson Tiller, 24, whose "True to Self" sold 106,000 units in its first week and took the No. 1 spot.

Kendrick Lamar's Damn. held onto second place with another 84,000 units sold in its seventh week of release.

The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

Monday, June 5, 2017

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Releases New Song In Support For Manchester & London

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow was moved to release a special version of “Land of Hope and Glory," a reworking of “Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1,” written in 1902. The renowned British patriotic anthem is available now via iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon (Minstrel Hall Music).

Expressing his pride for his homeland, Blackmore wanted to show his solidarity and support for the UK with this recording.

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow recently enjoyed success on their 2016 European tour, earning critical acclaim. (Eagle Rock Entertainment recently released a concert film from this tour – Memories In Rock: Live In Germany – on DVD and Blu-ray, and will release the Live In Birmingham 2016 2CD on June 9).

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Blackmore’s internationally celebrated Renaissance rock band Blackmore’s Night, whom he leads with wife and singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Candice Night.

“Land Of Hope And Glory” will be featured on the bands’ upcoming album To The Moon And Back: 20 Years And Beyond. This collection presents Blackmore’s Night best loved and most requested songs, including newly recorded and remixed versions and brand new tracks, and will be released in July 2017.

“Land Of Hope And Glory” is available via:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Land-Glory-Ritchie-Blackmores-Rainbow/dp/B071HWGHBS
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/land-of-hope-and-glory-single/id1237748131

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention's 'Absolutely Free' 50th Anniversary Expanded 2 LP Edition To Be Released

The Zappa Family Trust will mark the 50th anniversary of Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention's politically-charged, envelope-pushing sophomore album, Absolutely Free, with an expanded vinyl-exclusive edition on September 29 via Zappa Records/UMe. This double 180-gram LP version will include the original record mastered by Bernie Grundman cut directly from the original analog master tapes and a second disc with 20 minutes of rare and unreleased bonus material, including the "Why Don'tcha Do Me Right?"/"Big Leg Emma" single as well as vintage remixes and radio ads from The Vault on side one and a laser etching of Zappa's visage from the album cover on side two. The package features Zappa's original layout and a reproduction of the rare, highly sought-after "libretto," an 18-page booklet with a foreword by FZ and lyrics to all the compositions, that was offered only by mail order when originally released. Absolutely Free is available for pre-order now: https://UMe.lnk.to/FZAbsolutelyFree.

Released on May 26, 1967 on Verve Records, Absolutely Free was the Mothers of Invention's follow-up to their landmark debut album, Freak Out! Brash, challenging and exhilarating, the record was revolutionary as it pushed the limits of what an album could be. A pop culture pastiche, the album leaps through genres – from psychedelic pop and progressive rock to free-form jazz and avant-garde noise to doo-wop and garage rock, often in the same composition as on album highlight, "Brown Shoes Don't Make It," and is filled with Zappa's trademark biting political and social satire. Hailed by All Music as a "fabulously inventive record" that is "by turns hilarious, inscrutable, and virtuosically complex," the album is divided into two "oratorios" or song suites – "Absolutely Free" and "The M.O.I. American Pageant" – and is rife with complex instrumentation, cutting edge experimentation and unconventional editing.

Produced by Tom Wilson (Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, Sun Ra), who first worked with the band on Freak Out! the year prior, Absolutely Free featured an expanded cadre of musicians working with Zappa and vocalist Ray Collins and included Jim Fielder on guitar, Roy Estrada on bass, Don Preston on keyboards, Bunk Gardner on woodwinds, and drummers Jim Black and Billy Mundi. The album was recorded the week before Thanksgiving, November 1966 in Los Angeles at the Sunset-Highland Studios of T.T.G. Inc., in a series of four sessions. It was edited and re-mixed in New York City at the MGM Studios in five sessions the following week. In Clash's appreciation of the record, they exclaimed: "Amidst this high-brow inspiration and aggressive musical arrangement we have beautiful passages of melody, laugh-out-loud lyrics about vegetables and lacerating cynicism. Nonconformist, comedic and maverick, Absolutely Free establishes Zappa as a fantastical musical mutineer and pioneering bandleader."

As Zappa wrote in the "libretto" 
"The music of the MOTHERS speaks of the feelings of what might be described as THE VAST MINORITY. The feelings of the people on the fringe of everything . . . the ones who don't care if they're IN or OUT … don't care if they're HIP, HEP, SWINGIN' or ZORCH. This is the audience the MOTHERS want to reach … those few have the power within themselves to cause or motivate social change but have never used it for one reason or another. If you are reading this and understand it (even if you have short hair and watch TV 18 hours a day), it is time that you realized WHO and WHAT YOU ARE. It is time you realized what the words to our songs mean."

Fifty years later,  Absolutely Free resonates as strong as ever and has proven itself to be prescient and wildly ahead of its time.

ABSOLUTELY FREE TRACK LISTING

LP1 – Side 1

Plastic People
The Duke Of Prunes
Amnesia Vivace
The Duke Regains His Chops
Call Any Vegetable
Invocation And Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin
Soft-Sell Conclusion
LP1 – Side 2

America Drinks
Status Back Baby
Uncle Bernie's Farm
Son Of Suzy Creamcheese
Brown Shoes Don't Make It
America Drinks & Goes Home
LP2 – Side 1

Absolutely Free Radio Ad #1
Why Don'tcha Do Me Right
Big Leg Emma
Absolutely Free Radio Ad #2
"Glutton For Punishment…"
America Drinks – 1969 Re-Mix
Brown Shoes Don't Make It – 1969 Re-Mix
America Drinks & Goes Home #2 – 1969 Re-Mix
LP2 – Side 2
Laser Etching

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Jerry Garcia's 'Wolf' Guitar Auctioned Off For $1.9 Million

A guitar that Jerry Garcia played everywhere from San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom to Egypt's Great Pyramids fetched over $1.9 million at an auction in New York.

Wolf, the Grateful Dead frontman's guitar, was purchased at a charity auction in Brooklyn Wednesday night. The proceeds are earmarked for the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center.

The guitar was owned by Deadhead Daniel Pritzker. The philanthropist, musician and film director bought it in 2002 at Guernsey's for $790,000.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bob Seger Announces Tour, Speculated To Be His Last

Bob Seger has confirmed the 24-date Runaway Train tour, though he didn’t clarify the meaning of a promo video for these dates that seemed to indicate plans to retire.

Seger and his Silver Bullet band begin these North American shows at Toledo, Ohio, on August 24, and continue through an October stop at Phoenix. More dates are planned, including concerts in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and other cities. Select dates will include the band Roadcase Royale featuring Nancy Wilson of Heart as the opener.

This tour was teased earlier this week with a clip that included the tag line “One last time,” leading to speculation that Seger might be calling it quits. The video included music from his 1973 favorite “Turn the Page,” another possible clue.

A complete list of announced dates, venues and cities is attached below. Seger will make at least two stops around his Michigan hometown – a September 9 show at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, which has already sold out; and a September 23 stop at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Tickets will be available through BobSeger.com and Live Nation.

The announcement of these dates coincides with a pair of vinyl reissues, 1994’s double-disc Greatest Hits, recently certified diamond by the RIAA for achieving 10 million units in the U.S.,  and his 1969 major-label debut Ramblin’ Gramblin’ Man. Both are due on Friday, June 2.

Bob Seger’s ‘Runaway Train Tour’ Dates
8/24 – Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
8/26 – Moline, IL, iWireless Center
8/30 – Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
9/2 – Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
9/7 – Saginaw, MI, Dow Event Center
9/9 – Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/12 – Rochester, NY, Blue Cross Arena
9/14 – Boston, MA, TD Garden
9/16 – Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
9/19 – Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
9/21 – Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena
9/23 – Auburn Hills, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills
9/28 – Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
9/30 – Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
10/5 – Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
10/7 – Atlanta, GA, Infinity Energy Arena
10/10 – Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
10/12 – St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
10/14 – Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
10/19 – Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/21 – Dallas, TX, Ford Center at the Star
10/24 – Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
10/26 – Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
10/28 – Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Roadcase Royale Featuring Heart's Nancy Wilson Begins Three Night Southern California Run Tonight

Roadcase Royale, featuring Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield of Prince’s New Power Generation, are blazing through Southern California this week with three shows  tonight (May 31) at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, Thursday (June 1) at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, and Friday (June 2) at the Rose in Pasadena. 

The rock and R&B-influenced group a second single called "Not Giving Up" earlier this month. The politically charged song is a followup to the band's debut single, "Get Loud," which debuted at the January 21st Women’s March in Washington DC. 


Joining Wilson and Warfield in Roadcase Royale are Warfield’s lead guitarist and musical director Ryan Waters, along with Heart players Dan Rothchild (bass), Ben Smith (drums) and Chris Joyner (keyboards). 

Nancy Wilson talks about the formation of the band, the songs, the chemistry, this week's shows, future plans, as well as Heart, getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the passing of friend and Seattle musical family member Chris Cornell in a brand new interview on VintageRock.com.  


For more information about Roadcase Royale, visit:
Website: http://roadcaseroyale.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/roadcaseroyale
Twitter: http://twitter.com/roadcaseroyale
Instagram: http://instagram.com/roadcaseroyale

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Jackson Browne Announces October 2017 Japan Tour

  Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne announces an October tour in Japan with his full band.  The tour begins on October 17 for two (2) nights at Tokyo's Orchard Hall and continues through Nagoya, Osaka and Hiroshima.  Tickets will become available on June 17th at 9:30 AM and are available through www.udo.jp

Accompanying Jackson on the road this October are longtime band mates Bob Glaub (bass), Mauricio Lewak (Drums), Val McCallum (guitar), Alethea Mills (Vocals), Chavonne Stewart (vocals), Jeff Young (keyboards), and the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz (guitar, lap steel, pedal steel).

"This is my ideal band, with some of my favorite players, whose combined gifts provide the musical foundation and emotional underpinnings of my new songs," says Browne. "The interplay between Val McCallum and Greg Leisz - the effortlessness of their chemistry is a gift really, that just dropped into my lap. I feel fortunate to have them out on the road for this tour."

For more tour details, please visit www.jacksonbrowne.com.

2017 JACKSON BROWNE Full Band JAPAN Tour Dates:

OCTOBER

17 - Tokyo Orchard Hall - Tokyo, Japan
18 - Tokyo Orchard Hall - Tokyo, Japan
21 - Zepp Nagoya - Nagoya, Japan
23 - Orix Theatre - Osaka, Japan
24 - Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen HBG - Hiroshima, Japan

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie Share Footage From Recording Collaboration

Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie are giving an inside glimpse into the making of their first-ever album as a duo by showcasing never-before-seen footage of their collaboration in the studio.You can see it below.  


Sessions for Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie took place at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, which is where Fleetwood Mac recorded several of their classic albums, including Tusk

Buckingham and McVie were joined in the studio by fellow bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, who supplied much of the dynamic rhythmic engine. 

Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, the 10-song album, will be released by Atlantic Records June 9 on CD, LP, and all digital and streaming services. The North American tour begins on June 21.

North American Tour Dates

June 21 - Chastain Park - Atlanta, GA
June 23 - Ascend Amphitheatre - Nashville, TN
June 24 - The Red Hat Amphitheater - Raleigh, NC
June 26 - Wolf Trap - Vienna, VA
June 28 - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA
June 30 - Mann Center for the Performing Arts - Philadelphia, PA              
July 2 - Fox Theatre - Detroit, MI
July 3 - Northerly Island - Chicago, IL
July 5 - Budweiser Stage - Toronto, ON
July 19 -  Chateau Ste. Michelle - Woodinville, WA
July 21 -  Ironstone Amphitheatre - Murphys, CA
July 22 - Park Theatre - Las Vegas, NV
July 25 - Comerica Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
July 27 - Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO

Pre-order links:
CD: https://rrih.no/lbcmcd
LP: https://rrih.no/lbcmlp
Digital: https://rrih.no/lbcmdig

For more information, please visit www.buckinghammcvie.com.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Ritchie Blackmore Open To Playing With Deep Purple Again

Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore stated in a recent interview with the Guardian that he would play with Deep Purple, the band he co-founded, if he were asked.   

The moody guitarist who wrote the "Smoke On The Water" riff and left the group in 1993 said he "bears no malice" towards Purple. While he is open to rejoining the band in some capacity, Blackmore added, "It's probably not probable, though."

The guitarist was noticeably absent from Deep Purple's 2016 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rumors about the band being dismissive of his presence were never confirmed. Blackmore diplomatically said, "I have my reason for not attending the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, although I appreciate the award."  

Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, the only original member still in the band, recently said in a n interview that there was "no point" reuniting with Blackmore, adding, "At this stage of my life, I don't need cloudy areas. I like it to be clear and crystal and know that it's gonna be fun. I love Ritchie to death, but I can't guarantee every day with him is gonna be fun."

Apparently, the word "fun" is a dirty word to the guitarist. "I try not to have fun," he said. "I work very hard at not having fun. I don't think the world is a fun place. I'm very content in my own mind, in a way, but fun, I'm not too sure about. I don't quite know what fun is. I don't know why I should walk around with a perpetual grin on my face, saying everything's wonderful."

There's been no word yet from the members of Deep Purple regarding Blackmore's receptiveness to playing with them again.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Beach Boys Private Photos, Writings Among Items Up For Auction

During the long career of the Beach Boys, Mike Love's father traveled with the band, taking photos and holding onto letters, documents and other items that he felt were important.

That collection, lost for many years, has finally surfaced and will be sold at auction Saturday, May 27, by GWS Auctions.

"Milton Love's collection turned up in a dresser that was sold at an estate sale at his home. Of particular interest are the handwritten memoirs by Brian Wilson, offering insights into his well known struggles with mental illness, drugs, and complicated relationships with family and others inside and outside the music industry. I believe this will be a valuable source for biographers, music historians and perhaps museums," said Brigitte Kruse, lead auctioneer of the auction company.

The collection includes more than 55 photo slides of Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike Love and Brian Wilson. Documents include a 1970s copy of Brian Wilson's home lease in California, a personal letter to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and a contract between Brian Wilson and his wife, dated in the 1970s.

Also selling in the auction are lost photos of Aaliyah, Nelson Mandela, Tom Hanks, River Phoenix, Madonna, James Brown, Ray Charles, Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and others.

The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific, with online bidding available. Individuals seeking additional information, including inspections, may visit www.thecelebauction.com or  www.gwsauctions.com or email brigitte@gwsauctions.com for an appointment.

GWS Auctions, based in Beverly Hills, California, is a full-service auction and real estate company that specializes in rare antiques, collectibles, coins and other assets in southern California and beyond. Brigitte Kruse, a fifth-generation auctioneer, made the Guinness Book of World Records in 2016 for the "largest abandoned property auction in world history."

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Blondie, More Musicians Cancel U.K. Concerts After Manchester Attack

Monday's (May 22) suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, has shaken the music world, with some artists canceling upcoming gigs and others planning to go ahead as scheduled.

Blondie canceled a Tuesday night concert in London "as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrible attack" at the Manchester Arena. Lead singer Debbie Harry tweeted that the Round Chapel date will be rescheduled.

As for Grande, a person close to the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, said the pop star's tour was not canceled or postponed. The person said that Grande and her team are more focused on the victims at the moment, not the tour. It was unclear if Grande's next scheduled show — Thursday in London — would take place.

But a number of music acts with upcoming summer gigs in Europe said Tuesday they won't change their plans. Shawn Mendes, who is scheduled to play in Paris on Wednesday, said his show will go on.

"I hope I speak for every artist by saying that we will not stop spreading positivity and love through music no matter the situation," he wrote on Twitter. "Concerts are events people should never be afraid to attend."

Celine Dion also will honor her upcoming dates in Copenhagen, Stockholm, London and Paris, including a June 25 stop at the Manchester Arena, her publicist said.

A representative for Guns N' Roses, currently on tour with upcoming stops in Dublin, Lisbon, Madrid, Zurich, Munich, London and Paris, said the rock band wasn't making any changes.

The manager for Phil Collins, scheduled to play Liverpool's Echo Arena on June 2 and then five dates at London's Royal Albert Hall starting June 4, said those shows would go on.

Heavy metal band Iron Maiden also will perform as planned in Cardiff on Wednesday and committed to May 27-28 dates in London.

If the shows do go on, there are likely to be more security precautions. The O2 Arena in London in a statement said it was "shocked and deeply saddened" by the tragedy and added that security had been stepped up for all events. "Please head down early and pack light as we only accept small bags into the area," it said.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame To Induct Neil Young

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2017, which include the legendary Neil Young, along with Bruce Cockburn, Beau Dommage and Stéphane Venne.

The Hall of Fame’s Induction Ceremony, which returns this year after a five-year hiatus, will take place at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON, on Sunday, September 23. Set to perform at the bilingual event are k.d. lang, Arkells, Florence K, Whitehorse, Élage Diouf, Randy Bachman, Buffy Sainte-Marie and more.

Tickets for the ceremony are on sale at Massey Hall.

More information on the Hall of Fame and its Induction Ceremony can be found at http://www.cshfinduction.ca/.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Ultimate Jam Night To Pay Tribute To Singer Chris Cornell

In response to the untimely passing of singer Chris Cornell on May 18, Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running show in residency at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood will hold a special tribute in the Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman's honor on Tuesday, May 23. 

Doors open at 8 PM. The event is free of charge and will be broadcast worldwide on Zinna.TV.

“There has been profound grief associated with the loss of Chris Cornell,” said Adam Mandel, one of the producers of Ultimate Jam Night. “Almost immediate to the announcement of his death, fans and musicians began asking us to create a place for them to express their feelings. Frankly, we struggled with the timing of this tribute. Chris Cornell’s impact on a generation is significant and the sadness is real.  We therefore felt it was important to create an evening for mourning, reverence, and support.”

A long list of performers including Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner is scheduled to appear; full artist announcements will be coming right up until performance time. For updates, go to https://www.facebook.com/ultimatejamnight/.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Emerson, Lake & Palmer To Reissue Last Three Studio Albums From the 70s

A new collection of classic Emerson, Lake & Palmer albums are being released on CD, vinyl and download by BMG this Friday, May 26. They include Works Volume 1, Works Volume 2 and Love Beach, three records that represent an important phase in the group’s remarkable career.

Their release is part of a comprehensive re-issues program by BMG that began early in 2016 to spotlight ELP’s legacy of nine studio albums as well as their various ‘live’ recordings and compilations.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer was one of the most successful and innovative British groups of the 1970s. Blending different styles from rock to classical and jazz they were pioneers of Progressive Rock.
The founder members were keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson, lead singer, guitarist and bass player, Greg Lake and percussionist and showman drummer Carl Palmer.

The group formed in 1970, made its debut at the Isle of Wight Festival, when their wild stage act and dynamic music stole the show. The trio went on stadium tours, sold over 40 million albums and enjoyed hit singles with "Lucky Man" and "Fanfare For The Common Man." ELP’S first seven albums were U.K. and U.S. chart hits. The first three Emerson, Lake & Palmer, (1970), Tarkus (1971) and Pictures At An Exhibition (1971) were all reissued last June.

Another set of releases featuring Trilogy (1972), Brain Salad Surgery (1973) and Welcome Back, My Friends, To The Show That Never Ends - Ladies And Gentlemen... (1974) was released last September.

All of ELP’s album tracks have been carefully re-mastered by world renowned studio engineer Andy Pearce and made available in a variety of formats. They include high quality CD, freshly cut vinyl LP and HD digital download. At the special request of the late Greg Lake, the LPs are presented on 140 gram vinyl to endure a superior, high quality sound. The CD booklets contain extensive liner notes with rare photographs and new band interviews by legendary rock journalist Chris Welch.

Works Volume 1

This double CD comprises all the material first released as a double vinyl album in March 1977. Now fully re-mastered, the 14 tracks include songs and instrumental pieces composed, arranged and recorded by the individual members of the group. These solo efforts were showcased on three sides of the original LP while the fourth side had two joint ELP compositions. Disc 1 of the CD set presented Keith Emerson’s ambitious "Piano Concerto No.1" performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It is followed by five of Greg Lake’s most melodic songs including "C’est La Vie" with lyrics by Pete Sinfield.

Disc 2 has dynamic instrumental pieces by Carl Palmer performed in a variety of styles with different musicians, among them Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. The great jazz composer Harry South is also present. Palmer also contributes a powerful new version of "Tank" first heard on the group’s debut album. Two major ELP works include the full version of their hit single ‘Fanfare For The Common Man’ and the extended concept piece "Pirates."

The double LP set replicates the original LP artwork and design, with embossed cover text and ELP logo. It contains the full 1977 album, remastered from the original analogue tapes.

Works Volume 2

Works Volume 2, a compilation first released in November 1977 offers another rich seam of ELP songs and instrumental performances. Among the 19 tracks on CD disc 1 are Keith Emerson’s raucous piano outings "Barrelhouse Shake Down" and single hit ‘Honky Tonk Train Blues’. They complement Greg Lake’s perennial hit "I Believe In Father Christmas" and Carl Palmer’s dramatic "The Enemy God" among the highlights of their contributions. CD 2 has atmospheric ‘live’ performances recorded during the group’s concert at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal Canada in August, 1977, including "Fanfare For The Common Man," "Knife Edge," "Pictures at an Exhibition" and the third movement of Emerson's "Piano Concerto" All tracks are re-mastered from original tapes, capturing ELP performing at the pinnacle of their career.

The single LP set replicates the original LP artwork and design, with embossed cover text and ELP logo. It contains the full 1977 album, remastered from the original analogue tapes.

Love Beach

A single CD Deluxe Edition of the group’s seventh studio album Love Beach comprises 2017 remastered versions of all 7 tracks from the original 1978 LP. Among many new songs that refreshed ELP’s sound for the modern era are "All I Want Is You," "Love Beach" and "The Gambler." Also featured is a 20-minute extended concept piece, the four part "Memoirs Of An Officer And A Gentleman" written by Keith Emerson and Pete Sinfield. Greg Lake talks about the significance of the album in liner notes that became his last ever interview.  Additional bonus material includes some fascinating Love Beach rehearsal tracks, providing a compelling insight into the group at work in the studio.

The single LP set replicates the original LP artwork and design. It contains the full 1978 album, remastered from the original analogue tapes.

These albums are dedicated to the memories of Keith Emerson  and Greg Lake, who both passed away in 2016.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Morrison Hotel Gallery To Be Official Gallery For Monterey Pop Festival 50th Anniversary

The Who by Henry Diltz, Monterey Pop Festival, 1967

Another Planet Entertainment and Goldenvoice in association with the Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation have announced that Morrison Hotel Gallery is now the official gallery for the 50th anniversary celebration of The Monterey Pop Festival.

Morrison Hotel Gallery will be on-site at the 50th anniversary festival (June 16 - 18) with a pop-up gallery that will feature over 50 photographic prints of the artists that performed at the 1967 festival. Fans will be able purchase any of these prints.

The dream of bringing together artists on the cutting edge of music in the name of charity, developed into what would become one of the seminal concerts in rock history. With the war in Vietnam on the world stage, cultural awareness and protest took a form of "music, love and flowers" with 170,000 people gathered at the Monterey Fairgrounds. The festival, produced by Lou Adler and John Phillips, was a peaceful gathering and a groundbreaking experience that has impacted generations.

"Morrison Hotel Gallery is honored to be the official gallery, and part of the anniversary celebration of the historic Monterey Pop Festival. That's what our gallery is all about  the music, the history, the culture. It's what we and all the photographers we work with, represent, and it's coming full circle, 50 years later to the day, on the same spot," says gallery co-owner Timothy White.

Morrison Hotel Gallery co-owner and founder Henry Diltz  also the official photographer for Monterey Pop 50 years ago  will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs. A number of photographers represented by Morrison Hotel Gallery, who were also at the original Monterey Pop Festival, will be there to celebrate. Even filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker, the man behind the Monterey Pop movie, will make an appearance.

There will also be a Monterey Pop exhibit at the NYC gallery that runs from June 16 - July 3.

The three-day music celebration event will take place at the Monterey County Fairgrounds from June 16 - 18  50 years to the day and on the exact same spot of the 1967 festival.

The festival schedule and ticket information can be found here.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Singer Chris Cornell Of Soundgarden & Audioslave Dies At 52

Chris Cornell, the voice and frontman of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died overnight in Detroit at the age of 52. He was discovered just past midnight at the MGM Grand Detroit, according to city police.

No cause of death has been released, pending a medical examiner's report.

"His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause," Brian Bumbery, Cornell's representative, says in a statement. "They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time."

A Detroit Police Department spokesman tells multiple media outlets that Cornell's death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

Cornell played a seminal role in the origins of grunge music, founding Soundgarden in 1984 with Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto. Together with other Seattle natives Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, the band — and Cornell's voice — would go on to define a sound that cherry-picked elements of punk and metal and distorted them into a distinctive brew all their own.

At Soundgarden's peak of popularity in the mid-1990s, the band's album Superunknown earned a Billboard No. 1 debut and a Grammy nomination for best rock record.

After the band broke up in 1997, Cornell pursued a solo career — though only for a few years. By 2001, he had helped found the supergroup Audioslave with several members of Rage Against the Machine.

Audioslave released three albums before disbanding in 2007, as well.

In 2012, Soundgarden returned with its first studio album since 1996. The band continue to tour; Cornell's body was reportedly discovered after their May 17 show in Detroit.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wishbone Ash Welcome New Guitarist

Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, recently announced a line-up change. After more than a decade of making albums and touring the world with the band, guitarist Muddy Manninen has left to pursue his own musical interests.

“It's been a very rewarding relationship with some great work being laid down, from Clan Destiny to Blue Horizon.” said bandleader Andy Powell (guitar, lead vocals). “We sincerely thank Muddy and wish him good luck on his solo project, currently well under way.”

Jumping into the fray as Muddy's replacement – and the ninth in a long and illustrious line of guitar players that form part of the fabled Wishbone Ash twin-lead section – is Mark Abrahams, who has been preparing for this gig since the tender age of 9, when he first picked up a guitar and started to figure out some of those well-known lines that have inspired generations of guitar players.

“It was the sound of the twin lead guitars that first caught my attention. The sound was different to any other music I had heard up until that point,” Mark said. “A couple of years after my first discovery of Wishbone Ash, my dad had a couple of VHS videos of the reunion gigs, and I would sit and watch them for hours. I was hooked!”

“I'm happy to say Mark's a Les Paul and Strat man; these two guitars have always been an important part of Wishbone's sound,” Powell said. “He also plays Elvidge Custom Guitars.”

The owner of Vision Guitars in Castleford, Yorkshire, UK, Mark has worked in musical instrument retail since leaving Leeds College of Music in 1997. Most recently with Yorkshire band Coyote, Mark has played 100 dates a year, and has toured with Ron Thal (ex-Guns N' Roses) and Graham Oliver, Steve Dawson's version of Saxon.

Mark's debut performance with Wishbone Ash will be at the upcoming Sweden Rock festival (June 9), alongside the likes of Kings X, Aerosmith and the Scorpions.

“I've been overwhelmed by the response from Wishbone Ash fans, and I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to you all for the positive comments and 'welcomes' to the band,” said Mark. “Thank you! It means a lot to this Yorkshire lad who's just had the dream of a lifetime come true.”

“It's going to be an exciting new phase for Wishbone Ash,” said Powell. “Come and check us out on the road as we welcome Mark Abrahams into the band.”

For more information: visit www.wishboneash.com and follow the band on Facebook @wishbone.ash.official, Twitter @wishboneash_com and Instagram.

Monday, May 15, 2017

U2 Revisits 'The Joshua Tree' On U.S. Tour

With evocative montages of the American west scrolling on screens behind them, U2 kicked off the U.S. leg of their "Joshua Tree" tour on Sunday with a few jabs at the new political landscape.

The tour was billed as a look back at the band's 1987 breakthrough album The Joshua Tree with its globe-spanning hits "With Or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."

U2 started with one of their even earlier songs, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and its opening lines "I can't believe the news today", before roaring through "New Year’s Day," "Pride," and all of The Joshua Tree played in the order of its tracklist.

Bono largely steered clear of the overt references to President Donald Trump that had peppered his performances during the election campaign. But more guarded references to modern-day events kept breaking through.

"Some of you think that the dream is dead. Maybe that dream is just telling you to wake up," Bono said during "Pride,." as the words of Martin Luther King were projected behind him.

The screen switched to images of models in front of a faded American flag and vast desert landscapes.

Other scenes showed the destruction in Syria and a girl there appealing for help.

Speaking about the band's charitable organization One, which fights poverty, Bono urged the crowd to "organize" for change.

"Nothing scares ... politicians like people getting organized. That's how it should be, the government scared of the people, not the other way around," he said.

The lead singer gave a shout out to Bill and Melinda Gates, who were both in the sold-out audience at Seattle's CenturyLink Field venue, hailing them as "luminary figures" for their charitable work.

The band saved more recent hits for the encore, belting out "It's a Beautiful Day" and "Elevation" as Bono called on women to "unite to rewrite history as her-story".

Bono also acknowledged Mother's Day, dedicating the song "Ultraviolet" to "women who stood up or sat down for their rights, who insisted, resisted, persisted for their rights."

U2 will play 33 shows to 1.7 million people during the Joshua Tree tour. The tour is also the top-selling concert in the U.S. this summer, according to ticket seller StubHub, with most shows already sold out.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mountain Drummer Corky Laing Touring Europe, U.S.

Corky Laing, the powerhouse drummer of the legendary bands Mountain and West, Bruce & Laing, is taking Mountain’s music back on the road. 

Over the years, Laing has played in Europe and the U.S. as Corky Laing Plays Mountain

The Corky Laing Plays Mountain World Tour 2017 will hit the following cities:

05/13 - Maria’s Ballroom, Hamburg, Germany
05/15 - Meisenfrei, Bremen, Germany
05/17 - Yard Club, Köln, Germany
05/18 - Beavers, Miltenberg, Germany
05/19 - Blues Club Chiemgau, Rimsting, Germany
05/20 - Rockjungfer, Arnstadt, Germany
06/02 - Beverly (N. Boston), MA - 9 Wallis
06/03 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
06/05 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
06/06 - Wilmington, NC - Reggies
06/08 - Atlanta, GA - Southern Comfort
06/09 - Hattiesburgh, MS - Thirsty Hippo
06/10 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
06/11 - Houston, TX - White Oak
06/13 - San Antonio, TX - Sam’s Burger Joint
06/14 - Austin, TX - Barracuda
06/16 - Denver, CO - Electric Funeral Fest
06/17 - Santa Fe, NM - Boxcar
06/18 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
06/20 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
06/21 - Los Angeles, CA - Regent
06/23 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
06/24 - Sacramento, CA - Starlite
06/26 - Portland, OR - Dante’s
06/27 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
07/01 - Calgary, AB - Palomino
07/04 - Madison, WI - High Noon
07/05 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
07/06 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
07/07 - Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
07/08 - Toronto, ON - Garrison
07/09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Cattivo
8/11/2017 Underground, Stockholm, Sweden
8/12/2017 Underground, Stockholm, Sweden
(More dates to be announced.)

For more information, go to:
www.corkylaingworks.com
www.facebook.com/corkylaing