Friday, April 28, 2017

Cheap Trick To Release 'We're All Alright!' In June

Cheap Trick has announced the release of a new album. We're All Alright!, dropping via Big Machine Records on Friday, June 16.

We're All Alright! - which follows last year's acclaimed Bang Zoom Crazy...Hello - is available for pre-order now via Cheap Trick's PledgeMusic campaign. Exclusive bundles include vinyl, signed guitars, personalized video messages, memorabilia from the band and more.

Beginning Friday, May 5, the album will be available for pre-order through all digital retailers and will be accompanied by two instant downloads: the first single, "Long Time Coming," and album highlight, "Lolita." Additional tracks will be available in the weeks leading up to the album's release. Explore Cheap Trick's PledgeMusic campaign at http://smarturl.it/CTPledge.

You check out "Long Time Coming" in the video below.
Cheap Trick's 18th studio album, We're All Alright! was co-produced by the band and their longtime collaborator, GRAMMY® Award winner Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, Fastball). The album will be available in Standard and Deluxe Editions, with the latter including three additional bonus tracks, among them a kaleidoscopic cover of The Move's "Blackberry Way."

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers - whose four decade-plus career has seen them play more than 5,000 shows and counting - will celebrate We're All Alright! with a worldwide tour. The dates - presented by Live Nation and also featuring Foreigner and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience - begin July 11 at Syracuse, NY's Lakeview Amphitheater and then continue into September. Additional dates and support will be announced soon. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit www.CheapTrick.com.

In addition, Cheap Trick have set a number of U.S. festival performances as well as a European tour slated to get underway June 23 with a much anticipated set at Spain's Azkena Rock Festival. The trek will be highlighted by a trio of U.K. headline shows - the band's first in six years - set for London's O2 Kentish Town Forum (June 27), Manchester's Academy (June 28), and Bristol's O2 Academy (June 29). The full schedule is below:

MAY
20 - Fresno, CA - Big Fresno Fair

JUNE
23 - Vitoria-Gasteiz, ESAzkena - Rock Festival
25 - Hinwil, SWRock - The Ring Hinwil
27- London, ENG - O2 Kentish Town Forum
28- Manchester, ENG - Academy
29- Bristol, ENG - O2 Academy

JULY
07 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Riverfront
11 - Syracuse, NY - Lakeview Amphitheater
13 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
14 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
15 - Hershey, PA - Giant Center
17 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
18 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
20 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
21 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
22 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
25 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
26 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
28 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
30 - Pelham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

AUGUST
01 - West Palm Beach, FL - Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
02 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
05 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
06 - Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater
08 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
09 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
11 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
12 - Burgettstown, PA - KeyBank Pavilion
13 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
15 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
16 - Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater - St. Louis
19 - Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
20 - Austin, TX - austin360 Amphitheater
23 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater *
24 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion *
26 - West Valley City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre *
29 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre *
30 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre *

SEPTEMBER
01 - Marysville, CA - Toyota Amphitheater *
02  - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre *
04 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
08 - Ridgefield, WA -mSunlight Supply Amphitheater *
09 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre *

* Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience not appearing on this date

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rolling Stones Win Album Of The Year At U.K.'s Jazz FM Awards

The Rolling Stones were the surprise guests of honor at the U.K.’s Jazz FM Awards, where the veteran rockers walked away with two prizes, including album of the year for comeback set Blue & Lonesome.

“We started off a very long time ago in London trying to play clubs, and those clubs were jazz clubs,” recalled Mick Jagger, collecting the publicly voted prize at London’s Shoreditch Town Hall alongside band mates Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts earlier Tuesday evening (April 25).

“We used to try and play these jazz clubs and they used to kick us out for playing blues. So this sort of feels full-circle,” the 73-year-old singer went on to say before thanking listeners of Jazz FM for voting.

After collecting the prize, Blue & Lonesome co-producer and Blue Note Records president Don Was paid tribute to the veteran four-piece via a video message, in which he called them “the most hard-working and talented musicians to ever step in front of a microphone.”

“When they kick into gear, the whole becomes far greater than the already gigantic sum of the parts. The whole room catches fire, and that’s exactly what happened during the making of Blue & Lonesome,” Was rhapsodized about the covers collection, which was recorded over three days in London and topped the U.K. albums chart when it was released last fall. In the U.S., it debuted at No. 4 -- the group’s 37th top 10 entry on the Billboard 200 chart.

The Stones also collected the award for blues artists of the year, with Jagger thanking the band's label Universal -- and U.K. chairman and CEO David Joseph, in particular -- for supporting the project from start.

"We were making another record, and we made this [one] sort of in between," recalled Jagger, who admitted having some initial reservations about releasing Blue & Lonesome until his label convinced him otherwise. "I said, 'It's a bit of a minority niche thing,'" the vocalist recalled. "They [Universal] were the ones that said, 'This sounds really great. We want to put it out... Everyone's going to love it.' So I want to thank them for pushing it and helping us and everyone for listening to it."

Lifelong jazz fan Charlie Watts was also presented with a Jazz FM Gold Award in recognition of his contribution to jazz and blues from his friend and British musician Evan Parker. “I should be giving this to him,” the ever-humble drummer said upon collecting the prize.

Other notable winners of the night included American saxophonist Donny McCaslin, who memorably featured on David Bowie’s final studio record, Blackstar, and collected the award for international jazz artist of the year and performed at the ceremony. He dedicated the prize to Bowie.

“When we did Blackstar together, you blew our minds, because you are a one-take guy,” the record’s producer and longtime Bowie confidante Tony Visconti enthused in a congratulatory video speech. “You would just play live in the studio and that would be the take. David and I were not used to such professionalism. If it wasn't for you, Blackstar wouldn’t be the success that it is.”

La La Land and Whiplash director Damien Chazelle was also honored, receiving the Impact Award.

“I’ve been jazz-obsessed my whole life. As a former wannabe jazz musician, I was never quite good enough to make it, so I decided to film jazz musicians instead and try to put jazz onscreen,” the filmmaker said via video speech. “I truly believe in the marriage between jazz and cinema, and I hope to play a small tiny part in keeping that tradition alive.”

Earlier in the evening, British singer Laura Mvula won soul artist of the year, which she followed up with a stirring live performance of “The Man I Love” in tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, whose 100th birthday coincided with the awards show.

Van Morrison was also in attendance, presenting British rhythm, blues and jazz singer Georgie Fame with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Fame closed the show, backed by a four-piece band that included trumpeter Guy Barker.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Breakthrough Act of the Year (sponsored by Yamaha)                    
​Yussef Kamaal                                                                    

International Jazz Artist of the Year  (sponsored by Oris Watches)
Donny McCaslin                                                                 

Vocalist of the Year (sponsored by PRS for Music)
Norma Winstone                                                         

Instrumentalist of the Year  (sponsored by Rathbones)
Nikki Yeoh                                                                                            

Blues Artist of the Year  (sponsored by The Piano Bar Soho)
Rolling Stones                                                                                                             

Soul Artist of the Year  (sponsored by RCS)                           
Laura Mvula                                                                                        

Jazz Innovation of the Year  (sponsored by Mishcon de Reya)
Jaimeo Brown                                                                                                   

Digital Initiative of the Year  (sponsored by Pollitt & Partners)         
Gilles Peterson - Worldwide FM                                                                                     

Album of the Year (public vote) (sponsored by Arqiva)                                          
Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome                                       

UK Jazz Act of the Year (public vote)  (sponsored by Grange Hotels)                                
​Shabaka Hutchings                                                                                                                                          

Live Experience of the Year (public vote)                                        
​Orphy Robinson All Stars – The Bobby Hutcherson Songbook  

Ppl Lifetime Achievement Award
Georgie Fame

Impact Award
Damien Chazelle

The Gold Award
Charlie Watts

Monday, April 24, 2017

Gregg Allman Is Not In Hospice

Earlier, we reported that Gregg Allman, singer, keyboardist and de facto leader of the Allman Brothers Band and a solo artist in his own right, had entered hospice. We have since learned that Allman is not in hospice. 

After the story broke across media outlets, it was later revealed the musician is resting at his home in Savannah, Ga. — on doctor's orders. 

"I want to thank you for all the love that you are sending. Looking forward to seeing everyone again," the 69-year-old Allman said on Facebook. "Keep Rockin'."

It's unclear where the hospice rumors originated, but stories from an Iowa radio station and Relix magazine, along with a concerned tweet from country star Travis Tritt, gained a high profile before Allman's team set the record straight.

Gregg Allman Enters Hospice

Gregg Allman, singer, keyboardist and de facto leader of the Allman Brothers Band and a solo artist in his own right, has reportedly entered hospice. The result of a long history of illnesses, including the need for a liver transplant in 2010.

So far, only a few Twitter posts asking for prayers, and an unconfirmed Facebook post reports the
hospice placement. Allman's history of hard-partying and drug abuse clearly has taken its toll.

According to his website in March, Allman cancelled his entire 2017 tour schedule, after a string
of missed concerts dating back to last Summer. The announcement said he would be seeking treatment for “Serious health Issues,” at the Mayo Clinic.

No official statement from Allman or his management is available at this writing.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Rick Wakeman Launches Pre-Sale Campaign For 'Crimes of Passion' Box Set

Rick Wakeman, keyboardist and recent inductee into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Yes, has launched a pre-sale campaign on PledgeMusic for a very special limited edition Deluxe Box Set of his soundtrack Crimes of Passion

Originally released in 1984, Crimes of Passion was directed by Ken Russell and starred Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, John Laughlin and Annie Potts. The film explores themes of human relationships and mental illness, with a mix of sex and suspense.

“Working with Ken Russell was not only a highlight in my musical life but also a great learning time for me as well," Wakeman says. "Ken truly understood film and film music like no other. He knew what he wanted, but after telling you then expected you to take his ideas to another level."

There will only be 250 of this deluxe edition manufactured, set Set for release June 2. Each will contain a signed and numbered certificate. There will also be additional signed items and exclusive experiences as part of this pre-order campaign.

The set will include a CD, a DVD/BluRay, a signed numbered certificate, lobby cards, a reproduced Japanese press kit, a poster and a reproduced press release.

For more information and to pre-order, visit PledgeMusic at
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rick-wakeman-crimes-of-passion.

For more information about Rick Wakeman, visit his official website at http://www.rwcc.com.

Wakeman is now on tour with YES Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman. For more information and concert dates, go  to http://www.yesfeaturingarw.com.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Styx To Release First New Studio Album In 14 Years

On June 16, Styx will release a concept album The Mission,  their 16th studio release and first since 2003's Cyclorama. The story chronicles the trials, tribulations, and ultimate triumphs of the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033. 

From the hopeful drive of the record's first single “Gone Gone Gone,” to the stargazing machinations of “Locomotive,” to the rough-riding blaze of glory that permeates the hard-charging “Red Storm,” to the elegiac optimism of the closing track “Mission to Mars,” The Mission succeeds in delivering the greater good from a band that continues to fire on all cylinders, 45 years after signing its first recording contract.

“Gone Gone Gone,” which was released on Friday, is supported by a video already chalking up views on the web. Check it out below.

“The planets truly aligned for The Misson, and I couldn’t be prouder,” says vocalist/guitarist Tommy Shaw, who co-wrote the album’s storyline with longtime collaborator Will Evankovich (Shaw/Blades, The Guess Who). “It’s our boldest, most emblematic album since Pieces Of Eight.”

Founding guitarist James “JY” Young adds, “In the 40th anniversary year of our release of our biggest selling album of all time, Grand Illusion, it just seemed truly appropriate to save our new studio album until this year. Needless to say, I’m very excited.”

The Mission, recorded over a two-year period at Blackbird Studios, The Shop, and 6 Studio Amontillado in Nashville, displays the best aspects of the ongoing in-harmony musical intersection of the six-man Styx team: Shaw, Young, keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan, original bassist Chuck Panozzo, drummer/percussionist Todd Sucherman, and bassist Ricky Phillips.

The new music was created to reflect the viewpoint of the six-person crew enlisted for the maiden voyage of Khedive, the first entry in a new fleet of nuclear-powered interplanetary spacecraft underwritten by the Global Space Exploration Program (or GSEP, for short). The Khedive team consists of The Pilot, a fully hands-on, seat-of-the-pants born leader; a First Officer who serves as the team’s big-brother figure; an Engineer who is skeptical of every phase of the mission but remains confident in his own abilities to make the best of any technical situation; and a Top-Shelf Trio of science, astrophysics, and survivalist experts.

“The album feels simultaneously comfortable and new,” observes Gowan. “It’s both entertaining and charming, and a natural progression of our sound.”

"The Mission is a sincere and honest representation of how Styx built upon where we were in the 20th century in order to go somewhere new in the 21st century,” says Panozzo.

The track listing for The Mission is as follows:

CD/Digital:
1. Overture
2.  Gone Gone Gone
3.  Hundred Million Miles from Home
4.  Trouble at the Big Show
5.  Locomotive
6.  Radio Silence
7.  The Greater Good
8.  Time May Bend
9.  Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong
10.  Red Storm
11.  All Systems Stable
12.  Khedive
13.  The Outpost
14. Mission to Mars

Vinyl:
1. Overture (Side A)
2. Gone Gone Gone (Side A)
3. Hundred Million Miles from Home (Side A)
4. Trouble at the Big Show (Side A)
5. Locomotive (Side A)
6. Radio Silence (Side A)
7. The Greater Good (Side B)
8. Time May Bend (Side B)
9. Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong (Side B)
10. Red Storm (Side B)
11. All Systems Stable (Side B)
12. Khedive (Side B)
13. The Outpost (Side B)
14. Mission to Mars (Side B)

Pre-order link:
https://UMe.lnk.to/TheMission

For more on Styx, go to:
www.styxworld.com
www.facebook.com/styxtheband
www.twitter.com/styxtheband
www.instagram.com/styxtheband
www.youtube.com/styxtheband

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tickets For Outlaw Music Festival Featuring Willie Nelson & Bob Dylan On Sale Now

Willie Nelson and Blackbird Presents have announced the initial lineup for the 2017 summer “Outlaw Music Festival Tour.” The bill includes Willie Nelson & Family, Bob Dylan and His Band, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Hayes Carll, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and more to be announced in the coming weeks. 

The first leg of these concerts will play in six cities, beginning in New Orleans, LA, on July 1, 2017 and continuing through Dallas, TX; Rogers, AR; Detroit, MI; Milwaukee, WI; and ends on July 16, 2017, in Syracuse, NY.

Artists performing on each date are listed here.

Each date will feature a range of festival attractions including local cuisine, craft beers, and crafts by local artisans to provide music fans in each city with an unforgettable concert experience.

Tickets are on sale now. For tickets and more information, go to http://outlawmusicfest.com.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

New Roger Waters Album Set For Global Release June 2

Roger Waters has announced his first rock album in 25 years, Is This The Life We Really Want?. The album will be available for pre order tomorrow, April 21, and released globally on Friday, June 2 on Columbia Records.  

Additionally, the former Pink Floyd bassist will launch his North American Us + Them Tour in Kansas City, MO on Friday, May 26. The tour runs through October 28, concluding in Vancouver, BC.

Roger Waters' last studio album, 1992's Amused To Death, was a prescient study of popular culture, exploring the power of television in the era of the first Gulf War. The long-awaited follow-up, 2017's Is This The Life We Really Want?, is an unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times. Waters' forthcoming LP serves as a natural successor to classic Pink Floyd albums such as Animals and The Wall.

Produced and mixed by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Beck, U2, "From the Basement"), Is This The Life We Really Want? includes 12 new Roger Waters compositions and studio performances.

The physical album release includes a double 180-gram vinyl LP in a gatefold jacket and a 4-panel soft pack CD. All album formats, physical and digital, are available for pre-order starting April 21.

The musicians on Is This The Life We Really Want? include Waters (vocals, acoustic, bass), Nigel Godrich (arrangement, sound collages, keyboards, guitar), Gus Seyffert (bass, guitar, keyboards), Jonathan Wilson (guitar, keyboards), Joey Waronker (drums), Roger Manning (keyboards), Lee Pardini (keyboards), and Lucius (vocals) with Jessica Wolfe and Holly Proctor.

Tracks on Is This The Life We Really Want? include: "When We Were Young," "Déjà vu," "The Last Refugee," "Picture That," "Broken Bones," "The Life We Really Want," "A Bird In A Gale," "The Most Beautiful Girl," "Smell the Roses," "Wait For Her," "Oceans Apart," and "Part of Me Died."

The lyrics for "Wait for Her" were written by Roger Waters and inspired by an English translation by an unknown author of "Lesson from the Kama Sutra (Wait for Her)," by Mahmoud Darwish.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blues Music Awards Week Begins May 8 In Memphis

The Blues Foundation invites fans, musicians and music world professionals to come celebrate the blues during Blues Music Awards Week, launching in Memphis on May 8. 

A wealth of events will happen throughout the week surrounding the two main attractions: the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the Blues Music Awards.

The 38th class of Blues Hall of Fame inductees will be feted at a ceremony May 10 that will take place at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts (225 S. Main St.) beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Honorees include Johnny Copeland, Henry Gray, Willie Johnson, Latimore, Amy van Singel, Magic Slim, and Mavis Staples, W.C. Handy’s book, Father of the Blues, and a number of classic recordings, among them John Lee Hooker’s album Real Folk Blues, inducted during his centennial year.

A 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception precedes the induction ceremony, which will be highlighted by testimonials, video clips, and acceptance speeches. Tickets cost $100 and are available at Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tickets.

On May 11, the Blues Music Awards will be presented at Memphis Cook Convention Center (255 N. Main St.). Sugar Ray Norcia leads this year’s contenders with seven nominations, with other blues greats to include quadruple nominee Chicago-based guitarist Toronzo Cannon and triple nominees Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, William Bell and the Nick Moss Band battling it out for the hotly contested Best Album honors. A complete list of nominees can be found at Blues Music Awards Nominees.

Festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. in the Convention Center’s Grand Lobby with a pre-awards party, where some BMA nominees will perform. The ceremony, in the Grand Ballroom, includes more nominee performances, a seated dinner and, of course, the presentation of the awards. Tickets are $150 and may be purchased at Blues Music Awards Tickets.

The week’s events begin Monday night, May 8, with a screening of the acclaimed documentary Born in Chicago at Malco’s Studio on the Square (2105 Court Ave.) at 7 p.m. Following the film, legendary Chicago bluesman Corky Siegel will offer a Q&A and a CD signing.

The next night, Siegel will perform a special “Chamber Blues” concert at Lafayette’s Music Room (2119 Madison Ave.) with musicians from IRIS Orchestra. The Blues Foundation is proud to have brokered this partnership between IRIS Orchestra and Corky Siegel to bring chamber blues to Memphis.

On May 10, the Blues Hall of Fame Museum unveils its new exhibit The Rosebud Agency and Mike Kappus: 45+ Years Sharing the Music in its Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise Gallery, showcasing a treasure trove of posters, photos, tour jackets, award-winning CDs, tour passes and more rare memorabilia from Kappus’ five decades as a promoter, agent, manager, talent buyer and GRAMMY® Award winning producer.

A section of the exhibit salutes the centennial anniversary of John Lee Hooker (a longtime Rosebud client). Kappus, a 2014 Blues Hall of Fame inductee and a four-time Keeping the Blues Alive Award recipient, will attend the 2 p.m. opening reception and share some stories from his career.

Visitors can also view a special exhibit of artifacts and personal items representing the 2017 Hall of Fame class. On Friday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m., the Blues Hall of Fame Museum will welcome Holger Petersen for a book signing. Petersen, the longtime host of CBC Radio’s Saturday Night Blues, recently published a new book of musician interviews, Talking Music 2: Blues and Roots Music Mavericks, which contains 25 in-depth conversations with such influential musicians as B.B. King, Solomon Burke, and Steve Miller.

Part of the fun of Blues Music Awards week is enjoying all the music Memphis has to offer. On May 10, a pair of unique BMA-related concerts are scheduled. Big Llou Johnson will throw his 5th Annual Hall of Fame Tribute Jam with fellow blues DJ Bill Wax. For this Blues Foundation fundraising event, the Warehouse (36 GE Patterson Ave.) will transform into a “Juke Joynt” saluting the Hall of Fame’s new inductees as well as the recently departed music icons James Cotton and Chuck Berry.

The following day, May 11, from noon to 2:30 p.m., the Blues Foundation’s HART Fund will present doctors, nurses and other health practitioners to provide a range of health screenings, including full lipid profiles, blood pressure and PSA screenings.

The HART Fund will also partner with MusicCares to provide custom ear molds for musicians who qualify. In addition, the Recording Academy will host a reception celebrating the BMA’s at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown (250 N. Main St.) from 1-3 p.m. To attend this event, please RSVP by emailing RSVP_Chicago@grammy.com/.

The morning after the Blues Music Awards, the public is invited to the dedication of a statue honoring the great Bobby “Blue” Bland. Blues luminaries and members of the Bland family, including his widow Willie Mae, son Rodd Bland and daughter Patrice Moses, will be in attendance for the statue’s unveiling on the SE corner of S. Main and Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. at 11 am.

Capping off the week’s festivities will be post-BMA events from Memphis and into the Mississippi Delta, to include a special BMA Fest partnership between The Blues Foundation and The Beale Street Music Association on Friday evening, May 12 in which internationally renowned blues musicians, including many BMA nominees, will perform in clubs along Beale Street. $10 wristbands for entry into all venues will be on sale along Beale Street on Friday evening. Additional details and tickets for all of the BMA Week events can be found at BMA Week Schedule.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hollywood's Ultimate Jam Night Presents 'Metal Has No Color'

Tonight, in an effort to combat national divisiveness, Ultimate Jam Night at the Whisky A Go Go will present “Metal Has No Color,” a night of strength among rock musicians to demonstrate how our nation can unify.

The show will feature the reunion of seminal African-American metal band Sound Barrier and the debut of its new release produced by Tom Morello. Additional artists include Corey Glover of Living Colour, dUg Pinnick of Kings X, and Doc Coyle of God Fordbid. They will be joined by more than 40 top musicians of various ethnicities.

Sound Barrier formed in 1980 and faced racism for their choice in music among both the black and white communities, the band persevered through extreme hatred to create music that influenced generations of metal and rock artists including Tom Morello.

Led by vocalist Bernie Kimbell, guitarist Tracy “Spacey T” Singleton, bassist Stanley E., and drummer Dave Brown, the band appeared on MTV and radio, opening the door for other black musicians to enter the genre. For their April 18th performance, the band will perform its first new music in over 30 years, produced by Tom Morello, with Eric Valentine (Randy Jackson, Erykah Badu, Steve Vai, Steve Lukather) on drums in place of Dave Brown, who passed away in 2013.

Corey Glover is the lead singer for Living Colour, and a noted actor with performances in the acclaimed Oliver Stone film “Platoon,” as well as a headlining role in the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar.” In 1989 Living Colour received the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for their iconic hit “Cult of Personality.”

“These days our nation is more divided than ever,” said Ultimate Jam Night founder Chuck Wright. “States are separated into ‘red’ or ‘blue,’ and people are increasingly combative. The idea of being ‘re-accomodated’ shouldn’t exist because individual civility should be cherished. We believe its high time for people to come together, and music has always held great healing power. We’re proud that Ultimate Jam Night can continue to demonstrate how race and separation can be set aside for common understanding and joy.”

Admission for Ultimate Jam Night is always free. Doors open at 8 pm. The event will be broadcast worldwide via Zinna.TV. For more information, visit facebook.com/ultimatejamnight or ultimatejamnight.com.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Guitar Virtuoso Allan Holdsworth Passes

Allan Holdsworth, hailed by his peers as one of the most technically gifted guitarists of his time, has died at the age of 70. His passing was announced Sunday (April 16) by family members on social media.

The innovative guitar hero shaped his reputation through the 70s as a master of prog-rock and jazz fusion with such acts as Soft Machine, Gong and U.K., but never quite struck the commercial success he richly deserved.

His signature two-handed finger tapping style influenced the best in the business, from Carlos Santana, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Tom Morello, Peter Frampton to Joe Satriani and Eddie Van Halen, who called him “the best, in my book” and “so damned good that I can't cop anything.” In a later interview, the Van Halen axeman declared: “Holdsworth is so damned good that I can’t cop anything. I can’t understand what he’s doing," and in in 2015 he told Billboard that Holdsworth was the last “new” guitarist he liked.

As news of his death spread, Frampton remembered Holdsworth as a “brilliant unique guitar master player,” and Satriani tweeted, “You remain an enormous inspiration to me. Your beautiful music will live on forever.”

Born on Aug. 6, 1946, in Bradford, England, Holdsworth didn't pick up the guitar until he was 17, but he proved to be a quick learner. After moving to London, Holdsworth kicked off his recording career in the late 60s with the band ‘Igginbottom and through the 70s honed his craft with the likes of Tempest, Soft Machine, the Tony Williams Lifetime project, French-English outfit Gong, and U.K..

Holdsworth embarked on a solo career which launched proper with the solo album I.O.U., from 1982, and the following year earned a Grammy nomination for his EP Road Games (for best rock instrumental performance). Throughout the decade, he endorsed the SynthAxe guitar synthesizer and dabbled with headless guitars, resulting in his own signature headless model, initially created by Carvin and then under the Kiesel moniker.

As humble as he was talented, Holdsworth recorded a dozen albums from 1982-1993, all of which are explored on a retrospective boxed set titled The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever, which dropped earlier this month through Manifesto Records (he apparently wasn't taken with the album's title, instead deferring that honor to other guitar heroes).

Holdsworth reportedly died Saturday (April 15), though the cause has not been announced. His daughter Louise paid tribute to the guitar great. “It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father,” she posted on Facebook. “We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, granddad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously.”

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Dead Daisies Announce The The Dirty Dozen Tour 2017

The Dead Daisies are ready to storm into North America in August for a dozen prime live dates as part of their Live & Louder World Tour, in support of the release of their album Live And Louder album on Spitfire Music/SPV/eOne on May 19th. Heralded “The Dirty Dozen Tour”, the trek is set to kick off in Chicago, IL on August 10th and will wrap in Las Vegas, NV on August 27th.

“The Dirty Dozen Tour” is inspired by the classic 1960s movie of the same name. “Rehearse them, Excite them, Arm them - then turn them loose on the Fans!” It will be the band’s first North American Headline Tour where demand has been steadily building after the success of their third album Make Some Noise.

“We're all very excited for our very first North American headline run,”singer John Corabi exclaimed. “We're kicking it all off on August 10th in Chicago and ending it in "Sin City" Las Vegas!!! You guys have been amazing with all of your support and requests for shows here, so we're giving it to you Live And Louder, and "down and dirty" on "The Dirty Dozen Tour 2017"!!!! See ya on the road kids!!!”

Before being turned loose on North American audiences, the troops will be fresh from playing some of the most prestigious & high profile UK & EU Rock Festivals coupled with a series of headline club shows, dates in Japan to then make their long-awaited debut in South America. From South America it’s back to one of the EU’s largest Festivals “Woodstock Poland,”to be part of a “Concert Inspired by Freedom” which will see the band perform with a 60-piece orchestra.

The “Live & Louder” - World Tour 2017 will visit the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom, Holland, France, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Poland, Canada and the USA.

Live And Louder will be available in multiple deluxe formats & perfectly captures the awesome vibe of their supreme, sweat drenched, roof-raising live sets, recorded on a heady high at the end of an unbelievable 2016. The result, once again mixed by Anthony Focx (Aerosmith, Bad Company), is an absolute stunner!

Live And Louder really helps define The Dead Daisies’ sound,” guitarist Doug Aldrich says. “Like bands I've been involved with co-producing (Whitesnake and Dio), we have a great team that makes sure our sound is consistent and we are always looking to pump it up. Onstage I just play guitar but our crew and production team are very instrumental in capturing what happens on stage. Now get out there and go Live & Louder with us this summer!!”

Special Guests on this run will be The Dives, which the band made instant friends with on the previous years’ KISS Kruise and who will add their own blend of signature rock and roll to the fiery package.

LIVE & LOUDER WORLD TOUR 2017:

EUROPE, JAPAN & SOUTH AMERICA

6/2 - Rock Hard Festival | Gelsenkirchen, Germany
6/3 - Rock In Vienna | Vienna, Austria
6/4 - Substage | Karlsruhe, Germany
6/5 - Druso | Bergamo, Italy
6/6 - Dynamo | Zürich, Switzerland
6/8 - Amager Bio | Copenhagen, Denmark
6/9 - Sweden Rock Festival | Solvesborg, Sweden
6/11 - Download Festival | Donington, United Kingdom
6/12 - Liquid Room | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
6/14 - Boerderij | Zoetermeer, Netherlands
6/16 - Le Forum | Vaureal, France
6/17 - Hellfest | Clisson, France
6/18 - Graspop Metal Meeting | Dessel, Belgium
6/20 - Hirsch | Nürnberg, Germany
6/21 - Hellraiser | Leipzig, Germany
6/23 - Harley Days Festival | Hamburg, Germany
6/25 - Bluesiana | Velden, Austria
6/26 - Bluesiana | Velden, Austria
6/27 - Rockhouse | Salzburg, Austria
6/28 - A38 | Budapest, Hungary
6/29 - Lucerna Music Bar | Prague, Czech Republic
7/1 - Freigericht Rockt Festival | Freigericht, Germany
7/5 - Shibuya Club Quattro | Tokyo, Japan
7/6 - Umeda Club Quattro | Osaka, Japan
7/12 - Opera de Arame | Curitiba, Brazil (special guest to Richie Kotzen)
7/13 - Carioca Club | Sao Paulo, Brazil   (special guest to Richie Kotzen)
7/15 - Vorterix | Buenos Aires, Argentina
7/16 - Teatro Vorterix | Rosario, Argentina
7/18 - Venue tba. | Santiago, Chile
8/3 - Woodstock Poland | Kostrzyn, Poland


THE DIRTY DOZEN TOUR – NORTH AMERICA 2017:

8/10 - Arcada Theatre | Chicago IL
8/11 - Shelter@Saint Andrews | Detroit, MI
8/12 - Lee’s Palace | Toronto, ON
8/16 - House Of Independence | Asbury Park, NJ
8/17 - Highline Ballroom | New York NY
8/18 - Rams Head Live | Baltimore, MD
8/19 - Masquerade | Atlanta, GA
8/20 - The Basement East | Nashville, TN
8/23 - Gas Monkey | Dallas, TX
8/25 - El Rey Theatre | Los Angeles, CA
8/26 - House of Blues | San Diego, CA
8/27 - Counts Vamp’d | Las Vegas NV

Tickets: www.thedeaddaisies.com/thedirtydozen
General on-sale TODAY (April 14, 2017)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Graham Nash Brings Photo Exhibit To NAMM’s Museum Of Making Music

In a star-studded event on last Saturday (April 8), singer Graham Nash, community champions and music education patrons came together to “Play it Forward” at NAMM’s Museum of Making Music’s (MoMM) gala fundraiser event, “An Evening with Graham Nash.” 

The annual event was attended by nearly 170 guests, and raised over $70,000 in donations that will further the MoMM’s mission to offer educational immersion opportunities, exhibitions, hands-on experiences, and live performances that inform and inspire guests on how musical instruments impact popular culture and connect lives.

Guests of the event enjoyed a cocktail and dessert reception, the opportunity to preview “The Photography of Graham Nash” photo exhibit, as well as bid on a live auction filled with items provided from generous museum donors.

The evening’s main event included an hour-long concert performance by Nash, accompanied by guitarist Shane Fontayne (Lone Justice, Sting, Bruce Springsteen). Nash, a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award winner  with Crosby Stills and Nash and The Hollies, performed hits spanning his career, including “Bus Stop,” “Marrakesh Express,” “Wasted on the Way,” “Teach Your Children,” and many others.
Of the museum, Nash shared, “[The museum] truly celebrates the organic nature of music and for all of us who believe in music’s healing power, it’s a very important place. There’re many studies today that prove this; this idea that music actually has therapeutic properties [and] that’s why I’m so happy to be affiliated with the Museum of Making Music. They understand the power and importance of music. Not just for the sheer joy that it gives us, but how it can help us, too.”

The gala event officially launched “The Photography of Graham Nash,” a new gallery exhibit featuring 29 photographs of famed artists photographed by Nash, including Joni Mitchell, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia, Judy Collins (with Stephen Stills), Neil Young, Cass Elliot, Taj Majal, David Crosby and Jackson Browne, along with some of Nash’s most significant quotes and song lyrics, blending his love of photography and music into one setting. The exhibit will be on display until August 31, 2017 and is included in the cost of admission.

Donations raised at the gala will also help offset the museum’s annual operating costs as it continues to provide access to visitors from around-the-world wishing to discover a century of instrument innovations that shaped American popular music. The museum offers a unique, memorable and educational adventure to 40,000 visitors each year by displaying over 500 vintage instruments and hundreds of audio and video clips from industry luminaries. Additionally, the museum’s year-round music education programs are crucial to thousands of children, adults and seniors. These efforts include the museum's Title One Fieldtrip Program, an annual venture that provides free access to the museum for low-income students, as well as a scholarship program that enables fixed-income adults and seniors the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
“Sharing the vibrant history of the music products industry would not be possible without the generous spirit of NAMM members and our many community donors,” said Carolyn Grant, Executive Director of the MoMM. “I am deeply grateful to those who share in our vision and strive to make the world a more music place, one person at a time.”

The gala received generous support from museum members, patrons, NAMM members and local businesses. Major sponsors included Securematics and Zuza Marketing/Printing/Mailing, South Coast Winery, Stone Brewing Co., and Morrison Hotel Gallery Fine Art and Photography. Additional support was provided from Birch Aquarium, Carlsbad Fire Department, Cobra/Puma Golf, Disneyland, Fratelli’s, Fortis Fitness and Strength Training, Fundraising Rides, H2Odyssey, Pamela Underwood Expressive Arts Studio, Sandy Radom Photography, Stellaluna, The Country Club at Rancho Bernardo, The Crossings at Carlsbad, Vista Valley Country Club, Fortis/YOGALUX, and many other generous donors who helped make the evening a great success.

Photos: Tim Whitehouse for Museum of Making Music

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Original Toto Singer Bobby Kimball To Release New Album, 'We’re Not In Kansas Anymore'

Legendary Bobby Kimball, the original singer of Toto, returns with a very special new studio album We’re Not In Kansas Anymore on April 21, 2017. The new album will be released on Purple Pyramid Records.

“As artists and musicians we live our lives chasing a dream … the dream of expressing ourselves through the songs we create and sing," Kimball explains. "I surrounded myself with some of the best session players and songwriters in the business, and I feel you can hear and sense that when you listen to the music. To my fans … I hope that I delivered an album that can be part of a songbook for your life, as it is for mine. God Speed.”

Kimball's music remains unmistakable - melodious rock with polyphonic arrangements and a great sound, and his distinctive voice is simply inimitable. Reteaming with producer John Zaika, WNIKA features stellar performances by drummer Joel Taylor, keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country), Mitchel Forman and more!

“I produced and co-wrote a project with Bobby Kimball in 1999, 'All I Ever Needed.' We've stayed in touch ever since, " Zaika says. "When the opportunity to write and produce a second project for this incredible singer and artist came along, I was excited to be involved. I knew it needed to have great songs, sound fresh, and stand out in today's music world. So, as a team, we pushed hard to create a project that crosses over genres without sounding disconnected. I sought out some of the best musicians in the industry, worked with top engineers to help fulfill the experience, and we created a wonderful team with myself, Bobby Kimball and Dave Barnett here at Future Memories Music.”

Track List:
1. Too Far Behind
2. On My Feet
3. Hey It’s Me
4. One Day
5. Flatline
6. Met Her For
7. Hold On
8. Scam
9. You’ll Be With Me
10. Some They Do
11. Your Not Alone

Buy the CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/bobby-kimball-were-not-in-kansas-anymore-cd/
Buy digital: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/were-not-in-kansas-anymore/id1219794834?app=itunes&at=1000lt9k

Also check out Kimball’s recently released collection of session work Mysterious Sessions, featuring three Toto hits plus songs by Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Aerosmith, Journey including an unreleased cover of Level 42's "Something About You!!” The album also features guest appearances by Mike Porcaro (Toto), Nektar, Billy Sherwood (Yes), Patrick Moraz (The Moody Blues), Tony Kaye (Yes), Alan White (Yes), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and others!

Buy the CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/bobby-kimball-mysterious-sessions-cd/
Buy digital: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/mysterious-sessions/id1201910690?app=itunes&at=1000lt9k

Bobby Kimball's official website:
http://www.bobbykimball.com/

Monday, April 10, 2017

2017 Rock Hall Inductees Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman Announce 2017 North American Tour

Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman have announced that effective immediately, they will officially be known as ‘Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman’ – the name they will be touring under in North America during the latter half of 2017.

“It's very simple,’ explains band founder and vocalist Jon Anderson. “The fans want it, we want it and it's our right to use the name. Yes music is in our DNA!”

Meanwhile, the other Yes issued the following statement: “While Jon Anderson has rights to use the name as one of the co-owners of the trademark, Yes’ position is that every effort should be made by promoters, ticket agencies and all involved to respect Yes’ magnificent and loyal fan base and minimize confusion regarding the use of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman.”

After seeing Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman in 2016, one review described the combination as "More Yes than Yes." Since reuniting for last year's U.S. tour, Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman have performed sold-out shows in Israel, the UK, Belgium and Holland, and have a Japanese tour scheduled for April.

Due to public demand, they return to tour the U.S. again from August 26th through October 11th. In addition to the tour dates, the trio will be recording new material throughout the summer for a projected album release of early 2018. Also upcoming is a DVD that was filmed at the final UK show of their recent European tour (at Manchester Apollo, on March 25th), for release later this year. And to the delight of longtime Yes fans, all three were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame on April 7th.

Thew following are confirmed 2017 Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman tour dates:

8/26 - Bob Hope Theater - Stockton, CA  
8/28 - Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA  
8/31 - Smith Center - Las Vegas, NV  
Sep- 2 - The Kenley Amphitheater - Layton, UT      
Sep- 3 - Hudson Gardens - Littleton, CO  
Sep- 5 - Kauffman Center - Kansas City, MO  
Sep- 7 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI  
Sep- 9 - Horseshoe Casino - Hammond, IN  
Sep- 12 - Fraze Pavilion - Kettering, OH  
Sep- 13 - Wolf Trap   Vienna, VA      
Sep- 15 - Goodyear Theater at East End - Akron, OH      
Sep- 16 - Massey Hall - Toronto, ON      
Sep- 18 - Grand Theatre du Quebec City - Quebec City, QC  
Sep- 19 - St. Denis Theatre - Montreal, QC  
Sep- 23 - Toyota Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT  
Sep- 24 - Tilles Center - Brookville, NY  
Sep- 27 -  NJ PAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center) - Newark, NJ    
Sep- 29 -  Santander Performing Arts Center - Reading, PA      
Sep- 30 -  Patriots Theater at the War Memorial - Trenton, NJ      
Oct- 1 - Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center - Philadelphia, PA  
Oct- 4 - Orpheum Theater - Boston, MA      
Oct- 7 - Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino - Niagara Falls, NY
Oct- 8 - Count Basie Theatre - Red Bank, NJ  
Oct- 11 - Ruth Eckerd Hall - Clearwater, FL

Additional U.S. and International dates to be announced soon.

Go to www.YESfeaturingARW.com for ticket information.



Friday, April 7, 2017

New Ian Anderson Album Hits #1; Jethro Tull's 'Songs From The Wood' To Be Reissued

Lots of great news from the Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull camp.

First up...Ian Anderson and the Carducci Quartet’s Jethro Tull: The String Quartets has reached the number one position again on the Billboard Classical Album charts. In 1995, Anderson's album Divinities topped the same chart. Jethro Tull enjoyed similar success in the 70s when 1972’s Thick As A Brick  and 1973's A Passion Play both went to the top of Billboard's album charts. Apparently, going to Number One happens every 22 years for Anderson, so be prepared for a hit in 2039.

Jethro Tull: The String Quartets debuted at #16 on the Independent charts, and #80 on Billboard’s album chart. In the UK, the album entered at #2 on Classical, #56 on Album, and #6 for Independent.

The album features 12 re-imagined Tull classics, allowing Tull fans and classical music connoisseurs to enjoy the band's vast catalog in a new way.

Meanwhile, Rhino is preparing to reissue yet another expanded version of one of Jethro Tull's classic 70s albums, cleaned up and sonically revitalized by Steven Wilson. Songs From The Wood, Jethro Tull's tenth album, was inspired by Anderson's departure to a more rural environment in a transition which bore clear influence on the writing and recording process, with the band notably doffing a cap to British folklore and countryside.

Songs From The Wood: The 40th Anniversary Edition will be available as a limited edition triple-CD and double-DVD set on May 19.

The original album has been remixed in stereo by Steven Wilson for the CD, while his 96/24 LPCM and 5.1 DTS, AC3 Dolby Digital surround mixes will appear on DVD. Of course, there will also be plenty of bonus material as well, including unreleased tracks, alternates, outtakes and previously unseen footage of the band from a live concert at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland on November 21, 1977.

Completing the set is a beautiful 96 page book which contains extensive writing on the history of the album and how it came to be. Martin Webb reflects on the writing, recording and touring of the album while Anderson provides a track-by-track annotation of the album and associated recordings. Alongside lyrics, there's an interview with assistant engineer Trevor White, relevant photos and imagery, and a full recording and touring chronology.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tickets On Sale TOMORROW: Eagles, Fleetwood Mac Headline The Classic Concerts

The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac will headline two of the most anticipated concert events this summer – The Classic West on July 15-16 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and The Classic East on July 29-30 at Citi Field in New York.
The Classic West will host the Eagles, Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers on Saturday July 15 and Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire on Sunday July 16.
The Classic East will host the Eagles, Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers on Saturday July 29 and Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire on Sunday July 30.
The Classic West and The Classic East will be the first time in history that these six esteemed artists have ever played together on the same stage in two of America’s greatest cities for rock & roll.
Tickets for both The Classic West and The Classic East can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com. Two Day Reserved Seat Ticket Packages, will go on sale for each city tomorrow (Friday April 7) at 10 AM local time. Special VIP packages will also be available, including premium tickets, pre-show VIP lounge, exclusive merchandise, parking and more.

The EAGLES are one of the most influential and commercially successful American rock bands of all time. With their profound lyrics, harmonies and country-tinged melodies, they created a signature Southern California sound. The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, have scored six #1 albums and have topped the singles charts five times. The band has been awarded six GRAMMY® Awards. The Eagles have performed sold-out concert tours worldwide throughout their career. The band’s 2014 History of the Eagles Tour broke numerous U.S. box office records and included five sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY and six sold-out concerts at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 in their first year of eligibility and received the Kennedy Center Honors last year. See the Eagles Website for more information.
As one of the best-selling bands of all time, FLEETWOOD MAC has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and established their place in rock ‘n roll music history. Having created a distinctive sound that endures today, the GRAMMY-award winning band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. With countless chart-topping albums and singles, their 1977 album Rumours remains one of the best-selling albums of all time. Fleetwood Mac most recently completed their 2015 On With The Show world tour, where they toured as a five-piece for the first time since 1998 featuring the five band members from the classic and most successful line up back together, with Christine McVie rejoining band mates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. The tour sold out arenas across the globe and showcased the classic hit songs from the band’s career that spans more than four decades. Please visit the Fleetwood Mac Website for more information.
Led by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker since 1972, STEELY DAN has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the '70s with hits such as “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Rikki Don't Lose That Number,” “F.M.,” “Peg,” “Hey Nineteen,” “Deacon Blues,” and “Babylon Sisters,” from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980 -- including 1977's groundbreaking Aja. Steely Dan reunited in the early '90s, launching a string of sold-out tours (that continue through today). In 2000 they released the multi-Grammy winning (including “Album of the Year”) Two Against Nature, and released the acclaimed follow-up Everything Must Go in 2003. Steely Dan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco, JOURNEY has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, earning 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, and has headlined multiple sold-out stadium tours. The Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times-Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified award holders. Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Founding members Neal Schon & Ross Valory, and longtime members Jonathan Cain and Arnel Pineda, welcomed virtuoso drummer Steve Smith back into Journey for their “San Francisco Fest 2016” tour, marking the first time Smith performed with the band since 1998. Since Arnel Pineda joined Journey as its new lead singer in 2007, the band has released two albums and embarked on seven major tours, performing on four continents for more than five million fans. Go to the Journey Website for more information.
With a signature sound beyond categories and a groove as deep as the soul of the planet, EARTH, WIND & FIRE’s legendary journey began in 1969 and has set the standard for music of all genres. The band has released a total of 23 albums, recorded eight No. 1 R&B singles, produced eight Double Platinum Top 10 Pop Albums, earned more than 50 Gold and Platinum albums and sold more than 90 million albums worldwide. In 2000, EWF was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The National Academy of Recording Arts & Science (NARAS) bestowed its highest honor and presented the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award to the band in 2016 – the ninth Grammy Award for the band. Visit the Earth, Wind & Fire Website for more information.
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four GRAMMY® Awards. Their latest album, Southbound, on Arista Nashville, features new recordings of the band’s iconic hits, with country music’s biggest stars including Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, and Brad Paisley. Boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, the band continues to write and record new material and tour the world. Their No. 1 singles “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes,” both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include “Listen To The Music,” “Jesus Is Just All Right,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “China Grove,” “Take Me In Your Arms,” Takin’ it to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” “You Belong to Me,” “The Doctor” and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied-up five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street, the Doobies have three multi-platinum, 7 platinum, and 14 Gold albums. Their Best of the Doobies album has sold more than 12 million copies – a rare “diamond record.”

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Golden Anniversary Of The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper' Album To Be Celebrated With Special Edition Reissues

It was 50 years ago this June 1st when the Beatles astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album.

To salute the occasion, the Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Edition packages on May 26 (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe). The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings.

“It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art,” says Paul McCartney in his newly-penned introduction for the Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Edition.

Sgt. Pepper seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it,” Ringo Starr recalls in the Anniversary Edition’s book.

For Record Store Day on April 22, Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe will release an exclusive, limited edition seven-inch vinyl single of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane,” among the first songs recorded during the Sgt. Pepper sessions, which began in November 1966. Rather than being held for inclusion on the album, the two songs were released as a double A-sided single in February 1967. Amidst intense media speculation about the band’s next move, the single bridged what was then considered a long gap between the Revolver album, released in August 1966, and Sgt. Pepper, which followed 10 months later.

This is the first time Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings, and it is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since the 2003 release of Let It Be… Naked. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes for Sgt. Pepper, producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London. All of the Anniversary Edition releases include Martin’s new stereo mix of the album, which was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition releases include:
  • A CD featuring the new ‘Sgt. Pepper’ stereo mix, complete with the original U.K. album’s “Edit for LP End” run-out groove.
  • Deluxe: Expanded two-CD and digital package features the new stereo album mix on the first CD and adds a second CD of 18 tracks, including previously unreleased complete takes of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album. The second CD also includes a new stereo mix and a previously unreleased instrumental take of “Penny Lane” and the 2015 stereo mix and two previously unreleased complete takes of “Strawberry Fields Forever.”
  • Deluxe Vinyl:  Expanded 180-gram 2LP vinyl package features the new stereo album mix on the first LP and adds a second LP with previously unreleased complete takes of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album.
  • Super Deluxe:  The comprehensive six-disc boxed set features:
    • CD 1:  New stereo album mix
    • CDs 2 & 3:
      • 33 additional recordings from the studio sessions, most previously unreleased and mixed for the first time from the four-track session tapes, sequenced in chronological order of their recording dates
      • A new stereo mix of “Penny Lane” and the 2015 stereo mix of “Strawberry Fields Forever”
    • CD 4:
      • Direct transfers of the album’s original mono mix and the “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” singles
      • Capitol Records’ U.S. promotional mono single mix of “Penny Lane”
      • Previously unreleased early mono mixes of “She’s Leaving Home,” “A Day In The Life,” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (a mix thought to have been erased from a tape in 1967, but discovered during archive research for the anniversary edition)
    • Discs 5 & 6 (Blu-ray and DVD):
      • New 5.1 surround audio mixes of the album and “Penny Lane” by Giles Martin and Sam Okell, plus their 2015 5.1 surround mix of “Strawberry Fields Forever”
      • High resolution audio versions of the new stereo mixes of the album and “Penny Lane” and of the 2015 stereo mix of “Strawberry Fields Forever”
      • Video features:  4K restored original promotional films for “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane,” and “A Day In The Life;” plus The Making of Sgt. Pepper, a restored, previously unreleased documentary film (broadcast in 1992), featuring insightful interviews with McCartney, Harrison, and Starr, and in-studio footage introduced by George Martin
The album’s vibrant artwork, including its extravagant pop art cover which finds the Beatles surrounded by a crowd of heroes in a 3D collage, was created by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth in collaboration with the band. The original artwork is showcased across the suite of Anniversary Edition releases, including the album’s pull-out sheet of Sgt. Pepper cutouts. Housed in a 12-inch by 12-inch box with lenticular artwork and two bonus posters, the six-disc Super Deluxe set is presented with a 144-page hardcover book. The book includes new introductions by Paul McCartney and Giles Martin, and chapters covering comprehensive song-by-song details and recording information, the design of the cover, the album’s musical innovations and its historical context by Beatles historian, author and radio producer Kevin Howlett; composer and musicologist Howard Goodall; music producer and writer Joe Boyd; and journalists Ed Vulliamy and Jeff Slate,  illustrated with rare photographs, reproductions of handwritten lyrics, Abbey Road Studios documentation, and original ‘Sgt. Pepper’ print ads. The Deluxe two-CD digipak is slipcased with a 50-page booklet abridged from the box set’s book, and the two-LP Deluxe Vinyl is presented in a faithful reproduction of the album’s original gatefold jacket.

Upon its release on June 1, 1967, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band initially spent 148 weeks in the British chart, including a total of 27 weeks at number one. During its first U.S. chart run, the album held the number one spot for 15 of the 88 weeks it appeared in the Top 200. ‘Sgt. Pepper’ won four GRAMMY Awards®, including Album of the Year, and it remains one of the most influential and bestselling albums of all time.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition
Tracklists

CD
(‘Sgt. Pepper’ 2017 Stereo Mix)
1.  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band      
2.  With A Little Help From My Friends
3.  Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
4.  Getting Better        
5.  Fixing A Hole        
6.  She's Leaving Home          
7.  Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!  
8.  Within You Without You    
9.  When I'm Sixty-Four
10. Lovely Rita
11. Good Morning Good Morning        
12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)  
13. A Day In The Life

Deluxe [2CD, digital]

CD 1:  Sgt. Pepper 2017 Stereo Mix (same as single-disc CD tracklist, above)

CD 2:  Complete early takes from the sessions in the same sequence as the album, plus various versions of “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane”
1.  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Take 9]
2.  With A Little Help From My Friends [Take 1 - False Start And Take 2 – Instrumental]              
3.  Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Take 1]    
4.  Getting Better [Take 1 - Instrumental And Speech At The End]
5.  Fixing A Hole [Speech And Take 3]
6.  She's Leaving Home [Take 1 – Instrumental]
7.  Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [Take 4]
8.  Within You Without You [Take 1 - Indian Instruments]
9.  When I'm Sixty-Four [Take 2]
10. Lovely Rita [Speech And Take 9]  
11. Good Morning Good Morning [Take 8]                  
12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) [Take 8]              
13. A Day In The Life [Take 1 With Hummed Last Chord]
14. Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 7]            
15. Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 26]
16. Strawberry Fields Forever [Stereo Mix - 2015]                    
17. Penny Lane [Take 6 - Instrumental]
18. Penny Lane [Stereo Mix - 2017]    

Deluxe Vinyl [180g 2LP]

LP 1:  Sgt. Pepper 2017 Stereo Mix (same as single-disc CD tracklist, above)
SIDE 1                                                            
1.  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band      
2.  With A Little Help From My Friends              
3.  Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds                  
4.  Getting Better                                            
5.  Fixing A Hole                                            
6.  She's Leaving Home                                
7.  Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

SIDE 2
1.  Within You Without You
2.  When I'm Sixty-Four
3.  Lovely Rita
4.  Good Morning Good Morning
5.  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
6.  A Day In The Life

LP 2:  Complete early takes from the sessions in the same sequence as the album
SIDE 3
1.  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Take 9 And Speech]
2.  With A Little Help From My Friends [Take 1 - False Start And Take 2 – Instrumental]              
3.  Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Take 1]                
4.  Getting Better [Take 1 - Instrumental And Speech At The End]
5.  Fixing A Hole [Speech And Take 3]
6.  She's Leaving Home [Take 1 – Instrumental]            
7.  Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [Take 4]

SIDE 4
1.  Within You Without You [Take 1 - Indian Instruments]
2.  When I'm Sixty-Four [Take 2]
3.  Lovely Rita [Speech And Take 9]                
4.  Good Morning Good Morning [Take 8]        
5.  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) [Take 8]  
6.  A Day In The Life [Take 1 With Hummed Last Chord]
         
Super Deluxe [4CD/DVD/Blu-ray boxed set]

CD 1:  Sgt. Pepper 2017 Stereo Mix (same as single-disc CD tracklist, above)

CD 2:  Complete early takes from the sessions, sequenced in chronological order of their first recording dates

1.  Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 1]
2.  Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 4]
3.  Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 7]
4.  Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 26]
5.  Strawberry Fields Forever [Stereo Mix - 2015]
6.  When I'm Sixty-Four [Take 2]
7.  Penny Lane [Take 6 – Instrumental]
8.  Penny Lane [Vocal Overdubs And Speech]
9.  Penny Lane [Stereo Mix - 2017]      
10. A Day In The Life [Take 1]
11. A Day In The Life [Take 2]
12. A Day In The Life [Orchestra Overdub]      
13. A Day In The Life (Hummed Last Chord) [Takes 8, 9, 10 and 11]      
14. A Day In The Life (The Last Chord)
15. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Take 1 – Instrumental]      
16. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Take 9 And Speech]        
17. Good Morning Good Morning [Take 1 - Instrumental, Breakdown]    
18. Good Morning Good Morning [Take 8]

CD 3:  Complete early takes from the sessions, sequenced in chronological order of their first recording dates

1.  Fixing A Hole [Take 1]
2.  Fixing A Hole [Speech And Take 3]
3.  Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [Speech From Before Take 1; Take 4 And Speech At End]
4.  Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [Take 7]
5.  Lovely Rita [Speech And Take 9]
6.  Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Take 1 And Speech At The End]    
7.  Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Speech, False Start And Take 5]  
8.  Getting Better [Take 1 - Instrumental And Speech At The End]
9.  Getting Better [Take 12]
10. Within You Without You [Take 1 - Indian Instruments Only]
11. Within You Without You [George Coaching The Musicians]
12. She's Leaving Home [Take 1 – Instrumental]
13. She's Leaving Home [Take 6 – Instrumental]
14. With A Little Help From My Friends [Take 1 - False Start And Take 2 – Instrumental]
15. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) [Speech And Take 8]

CD 4:  Sgt. Pepper and bonus tracks in Mono

(Tracks 1-13:  2017 Direct Transfer of ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Original Mono Mix)

14. Strawberry Fields Forever [Original Mono Mix]
15. Penny Lane [Original Mono Mix]
16. A Day In The Life [Unreleased First Mono Mix]
17. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Unreleased Mono Mix - No. 11]
18. She's Leaving Home [Unreleased First Mono Mix]
19. Penny Lane [Capitol Records U.S. Promo Single - Mono Mix]

DISCS 5 & 6 (Blu-ray & DVD)
Audio Features (both discs):
- New 5.1 Surround Audio mixes of ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album and “Penny Lane,” plus 2015 5.1 Surround mix of “Strawberry Fields Forever” (Blu-ray: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby True HD 5.1 / DVD: DTS Dolby Digital 5.1)
- High Resolution Audio versions of 2017 ‘Sgt. Pepper’ stereo mix and 2017 “Penny Lane” stereo mix, plus 2015 “Strawberry Fields Forever” hi res stereo mix (Blu-ray: LPCM Stereo 96KHz/24bit / DVD: LPCM Stereo)
Video Features (both discs):
- The Making of Sgt. Pepper [restored 1992 documentary film, previously unreleased]
- Promotional Films:  “A Day In The Life;” “Strawberry Fields Forever;” “Penny Lane” [4K restored]