Friday, August 18, 2017

Robert Plant Preps New Studio Album

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Bethel Woods Center For The Arts Announces Historic Woodstock Preservation Campaign

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

Preorder Steve Miller Band Ultimate Hits:

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Santana Pays Tribute to Glen Campbell During Detroit Show

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Phish Celebrate Baker's Dozen Run At Madison Square Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 7, 2017

Rolling Stones Guitarist Ronnie Wood Feared The Worst With Cancer Call

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to Wood, the operation was successful.

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

Saturday, August 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Friday, August 4, 2017

Neil Young To Release Album Recorded In 1976

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Paul McCartney Played Drums On New Foo Fighters Album

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

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

“He’s a pal,” Grohl told ET Canada.

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

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

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Black Country Communion is Back

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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