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

Friday, May 12, 2017

Multi-Million Dollar Pink Floyd "The Wall" Collection at San Francisco Art Exchange, Exhibition Premieres July 2017

During July 2017, San Francisco Art Exchange LLC (SFAE) will premiere one of the most valuable collections of rock and roll artwork to ever be offered for sale, hand-selected by artist Gerald Scarfe from Pink Floyd's 1982 masterpiece The Wall. Scarfe, at age 80, has never before offered the artwork and collectors from around the world are expected to be flying into San Francisco for this historic first time event. 

Epic in scale and steeped in rock history, these treasured artworks are ideal for individual, corporate, and institutional collectors. Due to the extensive distribution of the imagery via album, live performances, music videos, and the film (along with the accompanying publicity), the artworks offered are among the most instantly recognizable and significant in pop culture history.

The show will present more than $5 million of the most recognizable artworks over a broad price range related to Pink Floyd's The Wall movie, all by Scarfe. A full digital catalog is available for interested collectors. All those who acquire artwork will be guaranteed access to the opening event.

Early word has quickly riveted the public's attention, and more than $2 million of Scarfe's masterworks have already been sold by the gallery. The sale marks the highest-ever single sale of classic, album-related, original art of Rock and Roll.

Artworks included in the exhibition are: The Scream, The Terrifying Mother, The Teacher, along with more than 20 other unforgettable classics. Also for sale is the monumental painting of the Giant Judge and the Marching Hammers, which is currently on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for the Their Mortal Remains exhibition of over 300 items of iconic Pink Floyd artifacts and original artwork, May 13, 2017 - October 1, 2017. The exhibition is reported to be the largest in the museum's history.

The Wall album topped Billboard charts for 15 weeks, and in 1999 was certified 23x Platinum. It remains one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling over 19 million copies between 1979 and 1990 in the US alone. The film was critically acclaimed when it was released in 1982 and won BAFTAs for Best Original Song and Best Sound. Scarfe developed the film's entire visual environment before the project began and his characters became a mixture of live-action and animated imagery, all of which played an integral role in the surreal narrative.

For more information:
http://www.sfae.com/ 
http://www.geraldscarfe.com/ 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

King Crimson To Tour North America Summer 2017 In Support of Forthcoming Live EP “Heroes”

King Crimson begins their 2017 North American tour with the summer leg including a 17-show run spanning June 11 to July 10. The “Radical Action Tour 2017” will begin at Seattle's Moore Theatre on June 11. The tour will run through cities Saratoga, Oakland, San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver, and Minneapolis. King Crimson ends June with appearances at the Chicago Theatre on June 28 and Kodak Hall in Rochester on June 30.

The band begins July with a swing through Eastern Canada including an appearance at the Montreal Jazz Festival on the 3rd and at Toronto's Massey Hall on the 5th ahead of a stop in Quebec City on the 7th. Crimson will play two shows at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey on July 9 and 10 before heading to Mexico City for shows on July 14 and 15. King Crimson also revealed, “there will be further dates in the autumn, to include New York City.”

With four drummers up front including Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, as well as the return of multi-instrumentalist Bill Reiflin, guitarist, and original founding member, Robert Fripp, states that this “double quartet formation” is likely to make more noise than ever before. Rounding out the eight piece line up are guitarist and vocalist Jakko Jakszyk, bassist Tony Levin, and saxophonist Mel Collins, also an early member of Crimson.

As well as standard tickets, the band's label, DGM, also has announced sale of VIP Royal Packages, limited to just 50 per show. Details can be viewed at the label's interactive and recently redeveloped website, www.dgmlive.com.

King Crimson 2017 North American Tour Dates:
06/11 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre (sold out!)
06/12 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre - tickets
06/13 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre - tickets
06/15 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery - tickets
06/16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre - tickets
06/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre - tickets
06/19 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey's - tickets
06/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre - tickets
06/24 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre - tickets
06/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre - tickets
06/28 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater - tickets
06/30 – Rochester, NY @ Rochester Jazz Festival - Kodak Hall - tickets
07/03 – Montreal QC @ Montreal Jazz Festival - tickets
07/05 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall - tickets
07/07 – Quebec, QC @ Centre Videotron - tickets
07/09 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre - tickets
07/10 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre - tickets

Coinciding with the first leg of the tour, King Crimson will be releasing a CD EP featuring their version of “Heroes” recorded in Berlin during the band's 2016 European tour. Robert Fripp, who plays the unforgettable guitar on David Bowie’s original version, writes, “King Crimson performed 'Heroes' at the Admiralspalast in Berlin as a celebration, a remembrancing and an homage. The concert was thirty-nine years and one month after the original sessions at the Hansa Tonstudio overlooking the Berlin Wall. This is released in the Fortieth Anniversary year.”  

Heroes - Live In Europe, 2016 is set for release on June 2 and can be pre-ordered via the shops at www.dgmlive.com as well as available through traditional retail outlets.

The US based Schizoid Shop has recently added a range of new shirts and other band-related merchandise, and offers weekly specials including offers to win free tour tees. www.schizoidshop.com.

Live Nation's $20 'National Concert Day' Promotion Sold Over One Million Tickets In One Week

Live Nation's $20 'Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion' put more than one million tickets into the hands of fans – and officially sold out yesterday. Live Nation began celebrating summer concert season with National Concert Day on May 1, and the $20 promotion which ran for one week from May 2 – May 9.


National Concert Day and the 'Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion' united artists and fans around their love of live music. For fans who missed out on the $20 deal, it's not too late to plan out a summer concert. With most tours and festivals already announced, it's a great time for fans to get tickets to shows throughout May, June, July and August. While the $20 tickets are gone, there are still tons of regular tickets available to Live Nation summer concerts. To see a complete list of Live Nation's summer tours and festivals, please visit livenation.com.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Rolling Stones Announce European Tour

The Rolling Stones are going back on the road, this time staying a bit closer to home with a European tour. They have announced 13 gigs in nine countries starting in September.

The European sojourn, dubbed Stones - No Filter Tour, will include stadium performances in France, Germany and Spain. n dubbed the Stones - No Filter tour. It will kick off in Hamburg September 9 and include a first ever major music gig in the medieval Italian city of Lucca.

Singer Mick Jagger said he was "so excited to be touring Europe this autumn and returning to some familiar places and some we've never done before."

The tour follows last year's jaunt through South America, which included a first-ever performance in Cuba.

Stones – No Filter – European Tour 2017

Sept. 9 -- Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany          
Sept. 12 -- Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany              
Sept. 16 -- Spielberg at Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria              
Sept. 20 -- Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich, Switzerland            
Sept. 23 -- Lucca Summer Festival-City Walls, Lucca, Italy                          
Sept. 27 -- Olympic Stadium, Barcelona, Spain                
Sept. 30 -- Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland
Oct. 3 -- Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct. 9 -- Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany
Oct. 12 -- Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
Oct. 15 -- GelreDome, Arnhem, Holland
Oct. 19 -- U Arena, Paris, France
Oct. 22 -- U Arena, Paris, France

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ZZ Top's First Five Albums Up For Reissue On 180-Gram Vinyl

ZZ Top will drop the needle into the groove for a new vinyl set that takes listeners on a rocking ride through the long running Texas trio's early years. It includes the band's first five albums pressed on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl, presented in a box made to look like the custom "Nudie Suits" worn by "That Little Ol' Band From Texas" on stage... around the world.

Cinco: The First Five LPs will be available on June 9 from Warner Bros. Records for a suggested retail price of $114.98. During the weeks leading up to the set's release, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be on tour in the U.S., with additional July dates in Europe.

Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard released five albums between 1971 and 1976, including ZZ Top's First Album, Rio Grande Mud, Tres Hombres, Fandango! and Tejas.

It all began with the 1971 debut, ZZ Top's First Album. Recorded at Robin Hood Studios in Tyler, Texas, the record helped establish the group's signature blues-rock sound with tracks like "(Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree," and "Brown Sugar."

The group returned to Tyler to record its follow-up, Rio Grande Mud, which was released in April 1972. Some fan favorites included here are "Just Got Paid" and "Bar-B-Q" as well as the lead single "Francine."

The third album, Tres Hombres, was the band's commercial breakthrough. Released in the summer of 1973, it was the trio's first Top 10 record and earned gold status thanks to hit "La Grange" and radio staples like "Jesus Just Left Chicago" and "Waitin' For The Bus," all of which still staples of the group's tour set list to this day.

Released in 1975, Fandango! was the band's second consecutive gold album and featured its first Top 40 single "Tush," which was spontaneously written in just a few minutes during sound check at a dirt-floored rodeo arena in Florence, Alabama.  The album is a combination of the live tracks that comprise the first side, recorded at The Warehouse in New Orleans, and studio recordings on Side 2. The album also included standouts like "Mexican Blackbird" and "Heard It On The X," the band's tribute to mega-wattage radio stations just south of the border.

Tejas became ZZ Top's third gold album when it was released in 1976. It hit the Top 20 on the album chart on the strength of tracks like "It's Only Love" and "Arrested For Driving While Blind."

Friday, May 5, 2017

Foghat Releases New Live Album, Revisits Classic 1977 Live Album On Tour

Foghat are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their epic double platinum album Foghat Live!  To mark the occasion, the band are releasing Live At The Belly Up, recorded last year at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California. The entire 1977 Foghat Live! album will be part of the band's 2017 live set.

Last year, the band released their 19th album Under The Influence  on both vinyl and CD to great acclaim. And now, for 2017, comes Live At The Belly Up, already available digitally, and available on CD on June 30th on Foghat Records.

Fans can pre-order the CD, along with other Foghat merchandise, at Pledge Music.

Recorded on August 11, 2016, Live At The Belly Up opens with the one-two punch of “Fool For The City” and “Eight Days on the Road,” and doesn’t let up until the last note of the raucous 10 minute, no-holds-barred set closer “Slow Ride.”

The set list is a solid representation of the band’s body of work to date. Three tracks from Under The Influence -- “Under The Influence,” “Knock It Off,” and “Hot Mama.”-- make their live recording debut as well.

According to lead singer Charlie Huhn, “The band just wants to make sure that after every show, fans are convinced they just got rocked, from the second we start the first song to the end of the show.”


Of note, the band will be doing the Jeff & Larry Backyard Barbeque, a Live Nation tour with Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy! A very cool new idea for an evening of comedy and rock. Below are the confirmed dates that Foghat will be appearing on so far.

08/13 – SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
08/19 – ENGLEWOOD, CO
08/20 – ALBUQUERQUE, NM
08/25 – CLARKSTON, MI
08/26 – NOBLESVILLE, IN
09/15 – CHARLOTTE, NC

For more information, go to www.jeffandlarrybbq.com.

In addition to these shows, Foghat are also doing a number of Rock Of The 70s shows with Atlanta Rhythm Section, Pure Prairie League, Pat Travers Band and Poco.

And as if that wasn’t enough fun, Foghat will be doing the Rock Getaway in Mexico at the end of the year for two weeks of great music on the Riviera Maya in Mexico from October 26 - November 5.

The lineup for the event includes Santana, Don Henley, Roger Daltrey, Bad Company, Pat Benatar, Steve Miller, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, George Thorogood, REO and more For more information, go to www.rockgetaway.com.

For Foghat's full touring schedule, go to www.foghat.net/tour.

For general information about Foghat, go to the following link:
www.foghat.net/
www.facebook.com/Foghat/

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Alice Cooper To Welcome Original Band Members For Nashville Show

Original Alice Cooper band members -- bassist Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce -- will perform with the legendary shock-rock singer at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall on May 14. 

Nashville is the only date on the 2017 Spend the Night with Alice Cooper USA tour where fans can experience a special mini-set featuring the four original members of the group, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

Tickets are on sale now at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville. VIP packages are available through the TPAC Box Office for a limited time.

Dunaway, Smith, and Bruce also appear on Cooper's forthcoming new album, due this summer and produced by longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin.

“We've recorded much of my last album and my new one in Nashville and it's such a great music town,” said Cooper. “With so many musician, songwriter and producer friends here, as well as great rock fans who come to our concerts, it's special to be performing with Neal, Michael and Dennis in Nashville for them.”

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Beatles Channel Coming May 18 To SiriusXM

SiriusXM has announced The Beatles Channel, launching May 18 at 9:09 am ET, exclusively on SiriusXM channel 18. Celebrating popular music's most legendary and influential band, the Beatles Channel has been created by SiriusXM to present unique and exclusive programming in collaboration with and fully authorized by The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd. The Beatles Channel will also be available online and through the SiriusXM app.

The Beatles Channel will showcase all-things-Beatles with regular and special programming spanning the history-making careers of the band and its members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The channel will explore The Beatles' entire career including their hits and deeper tracks, live recordings, rarities, and solo albums, while also spotlighting musicians who have inspired, and have drawn inspiration from, the Beatles.

Paul McCartney said, "I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio, but I don't think any of us would have imagined that we'd have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week."

Ringo Starr added, "Great news, The Beatles will have their own channel on SiriusXM. Now you can listen to the Beatles, Any Time at All. Peace & Love."

"We are so proud to announce the most popular band in history has joined us for their own SiriusXM channel," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM. "We've worked with the Beatles and Apple Corps Ltd. to create a channel that is as vital today as when the band's music was first recorded. The channel will be all-things-Beatles, 24/7. The soundtrack of our world, made by John, Paul, George and Ringo."

The Beatles Channel will launch at exactly 9:09 am ET on Thursday May 18, and will be celebrated as part of SiriusXM's free listening preview program, offering 24/7 listening on inactive SiriusXM radios from May 17 to May 30.

The Beatles Channel will present a curated mix of music tailored to a wide range of Beatles fans, along with a variety of regular shows and specials, including:


  • Breakfast with The Beatles: A daily morning show hosted by musician and lifelong Beatles aficionado, Chris Carter, featuring music, stories and all things Beatles.
  • A Day in the Life: A daily feature noting milestones in the lives and career of The Beatles.
  • My Fab Four: A daily guest DJ session, hosted by musicians influenced by The Beatles, celebrities, and super fan listeners, each playing their four favorite Beatles songs.
  • Beatle Bites: A daily "name the song" quiz featuring a short snippet of a Beatles recording.
  • Dedicated Phone: # 844-999-BEATLES, for fans to make requests and share their Beatles stories.
  • The Fab Fourum: A live weekly call-in roundtable show hosted by veteran broadcaster Dennis Elsas; TV producer and author, Bill Flanagan; and panelists including authors, musicians and fans.
  • Peter Asher: From Me To You: He sang Beatles compositions as a member of Peter & Gordon, was part of the formation of Apple Records and went on to become a multiple Grammy-winning producer and much more. Now, his stories come to life in this exclusive weekly series.
  • Magical Mini Concert: A weekly fantasy concert featuring live music from The Beatles and their solo works.
  • Northern Songs with Bill Flanagan: A regular show from TV producer and author Flanagan, focusing on themes that tell the story of The Beatles, their music and the effect it had on generations of fans.
  • Get Back: The Beatles in Britain: A monthly show recorded in and around London and Liverpool that offers the UK perspective of the Beatles phenomenon, hosted by Geoff Lloyd
On June 1, The Beatles Channel will celebrate "Pepper Day" on the 50th Anniversary of the band's acclaimed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, playing the album's new Anniversary Edition stereo mix in its entirety. The album spotlight will be accompanied by commentary by the album's original producer, the late George Martin, and by his son, Giles Martin, who produced the album's new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes from The Beatles' session tapes, guided by his father's original, Beatles-preferred mono album mix. Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe will release Sgt. Pepper in several Anniversary Edition configurations on May 26.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Cruise To The Edge 2018 Announced, Cabin Reservations On Sale Tomorrow

Details for the fifth annual Cruise To The Edge excursion -- prog-rock's largest festival at sea hosted by classic rock icons Yes -- have been announced.

Featuring some of the world's greatest prog rock artists, the five-night cruise out of Tampa, FL next February 3-8, will return aboard Royal Caribbean's award-winning Brilliance Of The Seas, visiting two new ports: Belize City, Belize, and Costa Maya, Mexico. As in past years, an optional pre-cruise party (complimentary to cruisers) will be hosted in Tampa on the evening of Friday, February 2nd (details TBA).

This full-ship cruise charter goes on sale tomorrow (May 3) with cabin prices starting at $1,249 per person (double occupancy). In addition, passengers traveling from outside the U.S. may receive up to a $200 credit per cabin with the INTERNATIONAL AIRPASS CREDIT. Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are additional and mandatory for all passengers, regardless of age. For booking and more info, visit CruiseToTheEdge.com and follow @cruisetotheedge on Facebook and Twitter.

In addition to Yes, the lineup features Marillion, Steve Hackett, Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy (honoring the magic of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake) and Marin Barre (of Jethro Tull) will perform multiple sets. Other esteemed performers confirmed include: Saga, Anathema, Gong, Haken, Glass Hammer, Adrian Belew Power Trio, Lifesigns, Knifeworld, Stick Men with special guest violinist David Cross, Sound Of Contact, Moon Safari, IO Earth, Bad Dreams, Thank You Scientist and Baraka. In addition, UK journalist and preeminent Yes expert, Jon Kirkman, will host the cruise.


Beyond the sun, fun and exquisite dining, there will be Artist/Cruiser Photo Experiences, Q&A Sessions, Special Theme Nights and other events designed to optimize the artist/fan experience. This year will once again feature the unprecedented CTTE Late Night Live, where fans can sign up to showcase their own musical talents in four different performance scenarios: Late Night Live Pro Jam, where you could be invited to play with a with a headline act; Artist's Choice, featuring fans and Prog legends performing together; The Main Event, where it's your choice to shine with fellow Late Night Live musicians and Overtime Jam, where a song of your choosing could be featured in a late-night jam.

Royal Caribbean's Brilliance Of The Seas, combines acres of glass enclosing a nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Passengers can enjoy the tranquil Solarium pool, recharge at Vitality Spa, or reach new heights climbing Royal Caribbean's signature rock-climbing wall. When the sun goes down, the night heats up with epic Prog Performances on stages throughout the vessel.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Clarence Clemons Documentary Seeks Funding For Completion

Clarence Clemons, the E Street Band saxophonist who played alongside Bruce Springsteen for 40 years, was working on a documentary film up until his death in 2011. Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am? explores a spiritual side of the saxophonist during a trip he took to China in 2005. 

The film is labor of love for director and acclaimed photographer Nick Mead, who spent six years with Clemons putting it together. Producer Joe Amodei came on board after attending an early screening in New Jersey. It was there that he made a promise to help finish and release the film.

The film features interviews with President Bill Clinton, Jake Clemons, Joe Walsh, Willie Nile, Nils Lofgren, Vini Lopez, Norman Seldin, Michael Narada Walden, Gayle Morrison, Danny Clinch, Don Reo, and additional family and friends who knew Clemons well.

A fundraising campaign has been set up on Indiegogo, soliciting fans to contribute and help Amodei make good on a promise to complete the film, which he made to Clemons before his death.

According to the campaign page, contributions will provide the filmmakers with the means to afford "expensive music licenses, film final interviews and complete the editing and final sound work in a way that would make The Big Man proud."

As with most reward-based crowdfunding efforts, the incentives become more enticing with each dollar you can kick in. For as little as $15, you get early access to a download of the completed film. Pledge $10,000, you'll get that and a whole lot more, including an executive producer credit.

To contribute and learn more, go to
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/clarence-clemons-who-do-i-think-i-am-music#.