Thursday, April 26, 2018

Kate Bush Follows Up ‘Wuthering Heights’ With New Emily Brontë Tribute

Kate Bush will pay tribute to Emily Brontë with a new literary piece, coming 40 years after her Brontë-inspired Wuthering Heights.

Bush released Wuthering Heights in 1978. It was inspired by Brontë’s novel of the same name and the fact that Bush and the third-eldest Brontë sister share a birthday (July 30).

The music icon has now been commissioned, along with poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish national poet Jackie Kay and novelist Jeanette Winterson, to write a piece of poetry or prose about one of the Brontë sisters for an inscription.

The work, commissioned by Bradford literature festival, will be engraved on stones, which will be placed across the route between the sisters’ birthplace in Thornton and the Brontë family home/parsonage in Haworth, Yorkshire. They will be unveiled in July.

Bush has said of the news: “Each sister being remembered by a stone in the enigmatic landscape where they lived and worked is a striking idea.”

“Emily only wrote the one novel – an extraordinary work of art that has truly left its mark. To be asked to write a piece for Emily’s stone is an honour and, in a way, a chance to say thank you to her.”

Festival director Syima Aslam told BBC News: “We felt that Kate would be a great person to write about Emily Bronte. She’s such an icon and so much of her work references literature, so it felt like she would be the perfect person to respond to Emily and write something for the stone.”

“We saw it as such a good fit, but equally we were, ‘she might just say no’. But you won’t know unless you ask… and she said yes, which was tremendously exciting.”

The reclusive singer returned for a 22-date ‘Before The Dawn’ residency at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in 2014, her first full live shows in 35 years.

Speaking about her lengthy hiatus from the stage, Bush told The Independent: “It wasn’t designed that way, because I really enjoyed the first set of shows we did [in 1979]. The plan at the time was that I was going to do another two albums’ worth of fresh material, and then do another show.”

She continued: “But of course, by the time I got to the end of what was The Dreaming album, it had gone off on a slight tilt, because I’d become so much more involved in the recording process.”

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Fleetwood Mac Announce North American Tour Dates

Fleetwood Mac have announced dates for their 2018/19 North American tour, set to kick off in October and travel through 50+ cities and ending in Spring of 2019. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will feature the newly announced lineup of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. 

Tickets for the tour will go on-sale to the general public starting on Friday, May 4 at 10:00 am local time.  A complete Fleetwood Mac itinerary listing all tour dates follows this release. For further information, please visit fleetwoodmac.com.

SiriusXM’s The Fleetwood Mac Channel begins on Tuesday, May 1st at 5:00 pm ET and runs through May, via satellite on channel 30, and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at www.siriusxm.com and will feature music, interviews and hosted shows from current and former band members.

“Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents. We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound,” said Mick Fleetwood.

“We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family. With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalog of songs,” said the group collectively. “Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”

FLEETWOOD MAC 2018-19 TOUR DATES
*All dates, venues and cities below subject to change.

Oct. 3, 2018 - BOK Center - Tulsa, OK
Oct. 6, 2018 - United Center - Chicago, IL
Oct. 10, 2018 - KFC Yum! Center -  Louisville, KY ## 
Oct. 12, 2018 - Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, NE
Oct. 14, 2018 - Wells Fargo Arena - Des Moines, IA
Oct. 16, 2018 - Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 18, 2018 - Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO
Oct. 20, 2018 - Scottrade Center - St. Louis, MO
Oct. 22, 2018 - Xcel Energy Center - St. Paul, MN
Oct. 26, 2018 - Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, OH
Oct. 28, 2018 - Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center - Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 30, 2018 - Little Caesars Arena - Detroit, MI
Nov. 1, 2018 - PPG Paints Arena - Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 3, 2018 - Canadian Tire Centre - Ottawa, ON
Nov. 5, 2018 - Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
Nov. 7, 2018 - Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
Nov. 10, 2018 - Rogers Place - Edmonton, AB
Nov. 12, 2018 - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB
Nov. 14, 2018 - Rogers Arena Vancouver - BC
Nov. 17, 2018 - Tacoma Dome Tacoma -WA
Nov. 19, 2018 -Moda Center Portland, OR
Nov. 21, 2018 - SAP Center - San Jose, CA
Nov. 23, 2018 - Golden 1 Center - Sacramento, CA
Nov. 25, 2018 - Oracle Arena - Oakland, CA
Nov. 28, 2018 - Talking Stick Resort Arena - Phoenix, AZ
Nov. 30, 2018 - T-Mobile Arena - Las Vegas, NV
Dec. 3, 2018 - Pepsi Center - Denver, CO
Dec.6, 2018 - Save Mart Center - Fresno, CA
Dec. 8, 2018-  Viejas Arena - San Diego, CA
Dec. 11, 2018 - The Forum - Inglewood, CA
Dec. 13, 2018 - The Forum - Inglewood, CA
Feb. 5, 2019 - Toyota Center - Houston, TX
Feb.7, 2019 - American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX
Feb. 9, 2019 - Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX
Feb.13, 2019 - Legacy Arena at The BJCC - Birmingham, AL
Feb. 16, 2019 - Smoothie King Center - New Orleans, LA
Feb. 18, 2019 - Amalie Arena - Tampa, FL
Feb. 20, 2019 - BB&T Center - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Feb.  22, 2019 - Colonial Life Arena - Columbia, SC
Feb. 24, 2019 -Spectrum Center - Charlotte, NC
Feb. 27, 2019 - Brrdgestone Arena - Nashville, TN
Mar. 3, 2019 - Philips Arena - Atlanta, GA
Mar. 5, 2019 - Capital One Arena - Washington, DC
Mar. 9, 2019 - Boardwalk Hall - Atlantic City, NJ
Mar. 11, 2019 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY**
Mar. 13, 2019 - Prudential Center - Newark, NJ**
Mar. 15, 2019 - XL CENTER - Hartford, CT
Mar. 20, 2019 - Times Union Center - Albany, NY
Mar. 24, 2019 - Royal Farms Arena - Baltimore, MD
Mar. 26, 2019 - KeyBank Center - Buffalo, NY
Mar. 31, 2019 - TD Garden - Boston, MA
Apr. 5, 2019 - Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA

** on sale May 5
## on sale May 11

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

MC5 Bassist Michael Davis Releases Memoir

MC5 bassist Michael Davis, takes readers on a roller coaster ride of triumph and tragedy in his new 350-page memoir titled I Brought Down The MC5. The book includes rarely seen photos and original artwork by Davis.

“I basically wanted to be the MC5. The attack! They were really on! They were brilliant!” - Lemmy

MC5 was an American rock band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, formed in 1964. The original band line-up consisted of vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson.

The MC5's leftist political ties and anti-establishment lyrics and music positioned them as emerging innovators of the punk movement in the United States. Their loud, energetic style of back-to-basics rock and roll included elements of garage rock, hard rock, blues rock, and psychedelic rock.

MC5 had a promising beginning which earned them a January 1969 cover appearance in Rolling Stone and a story written by Eric Ehrmann before their debut album was released. They developed a reputation for energetic live performances, one of which was recorded as their 1969 debut album Kick Out the Jams.

In 1972, just three years after their debut record, the band came to an end. MC5 was often cited as one of the most important American hard rock groups of their era. Their three albums are regarded by many as classics, and their song “Kick Out the Jams” is widely covered.

“For me, Michael was the original cool guy... He belongs in the Hall Of Fame, along with his whole group, for their contributions to American music and its politics.” - Iggy Pop

To purchase  I Brought Down The MC5, go to https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/i-brought-down-the-mc5-book/.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Deep Purple & Judas Priest Announce Co-Headlining North American Tour

Legends will collide late this summer when Deep Purple and Judas Priest embark on a co-headlining North American tour. Produced by Live Nation, the outing will kick off August 21 in Cincinnati, OH and visit 25 cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping September 30 in Wheatland, California. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 27 at 10:00 am local time at LiveNation.com

Citi is the official pre-sale credit card of the Deep Purple and Judas Priest tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 24 at 10:00 am local time until Thursday, April  26 at 10:00 pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Deep Purple’s latest studio album, inFinite, was released April 7, 2017, via earMUSIC. Produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin, (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss), InFinite featured 10 new tracks recorded with no musical boundaries in the spirit of the 70s. The band has released five studio albums since 1996, augmented by an abundance of solo work and special projects from members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey. Fans will be thrilled as they cover decades of favorites for this run. For more information, please visit www.deep-purple.com. Additionally, Airey will release his solo album One of a Kind on May 25.

Judas Priest’s latest studio album, Firepower, was released March 9, 2018, via Epic Records. Co-produced by Tom Allom and Andy Sneap, the 14-track album has become one of the most successful of the band’s entire career - landing in the "top-5" of 17 countries (including their highest chart placement ever in the U.S.), and scoring their highest charting commercial rock radio single in decades with “Lightning Strike.” Few heavy metal bands have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their near 50-year career, and with a line-up featuring Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Richie Faulkner, Ian Hill, and Scott Travis, Judas Priest will be scorching across North America with some heavy metal Firepower again this summer and fall on tour with Deep Purple! For more information, please visit judaspriest.com.

DEEP PURPLE AND JUDAS PRIEST TOUR DATES:

8/21 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center
8/22 — Chicago, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/24 — Detroit, MI — Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
8/25 — Mt. Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
8/27 — Hamilton, ON — FirstOntario Centre
8/29 — Montreal, QC — Bell Centre
8/30 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron
  9/1 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
  9/2 — Bethel Woods, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
  9/5 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater
  9/6 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
  9/8 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
  9/9 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
9/11 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
9/12 — Jacksonville, FL — Daily's Place
9/14 — Atlanta, GA — Verizon Amphitheatre
9/16 — Biloxi, MS — Mississippi Coast Coliseum
9/18 — Kansas City, MO — Starlight Theatre
9/20 — Welch, MN — Treasure Island Casino
9/21 — Council Bluffs, IA — Harrah's Council Bluffs
9/23 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
9/26 — San Diego, CA — Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
9/27 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
9/29 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/30 — Wheatland, CA — Toyota Amphitheatre

Thursday, April 19, 2018

'Humble Pie On 79th Street' LP Limited To One Shop On Record Store Day

Record Store Day set for this Saturday (April 21), you won’t find a very special Humble Pie compilation LP in just any store on . Except one. Humble Pie On 79th Street, from Immediate Records, will only be available from Pie & Vinyl.

“Wouldn’t it be great if by doing all of this, a new fan on Record Store Day discovers Humble Pie -- in Pie & Vinyl -- and feels the same excitement hearing ‘Natural Born Bugie’ as I did in my own local record shop Downtown Records many years ago," said Immediate Records reissue producer Rob Caiger. “There’s no better place to hear new sounds (however old…) then in a record shop -- and that’s just one reason why we should celebrate Record Store Day.”

One of the first supergroups, Humble Pie formed in 1969 and soon became one of the best-loved, hardest-rocking live acts of the 1970s. In Steve Marriott, the one-time Small Faces frontman, Pie had the best showman and biggest voice in the business. Peter Frampton, ‘Face Of ‘68’ with The Herd, had a new role - guitar hero. And with hard-hitting drummer Jerry Shirley and ex-Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley, Humble Pie quickly developed into a sophisticated studio unit where tough riffs, rustic rock and bursts of blissed-out late psychedelia earned the band instant chart success and critical
acclaim.

Supervised by Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley, all songs have been newly remastered by Nick Robbins at Soundmastering and cut halfspeed by Matt Colton at Alchemy Studios. "79th Street Blues" (take 7) was recorded at Olympic Studios on 3 January 1970 and mixed by Rob Keyloch at Church Walk Studios exclusively for this LP and will not appear anywhere else.

Strictly limited to 1,000 LPs pressed in Portsmouth at Vinyl Present, Humble Pie On 79th Street will be available on Record Store Day at Pie & Vinyl and worldwide from April 22 for one week via www.pieandvinyl.co.uk. Any remaining LPs after this period will be sold worldwide via www.immediate-records.com.

SIDE ONE
1. 79th Street Blues (take 7) (previously unreleased)
2. Natural Born Bugie
3. Growing Closer
4. Silver Tongue
5. The Light Of Love
6. Ollie Ollie
7. Wrist Job

SIDE TWO
1. The Sad Bag Of Shaky Jake (alternate version) (previously unreleased on vinyl)
2. Stick Shift
3. Cold Lady
4. Bang!
5. Only You Can See
6. As Safe As Yesterday Is

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen Featured In New Elvis Presley HBO Documentary

Debuting April 14 on HBO, Elvis Presley: The Searcher is a three-hour, two-film presentation that 
focuses on Elvis Presley, from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions.

There are stunning atmospheric shots taken inside Graceland, Presley’s famous Memphis home, along with rare, never-before-seen photos and footage from private collections worldwide.

Among those offering insights on the King are Priscilla Presley, Elvis’ ex-wife; his guitarist, Scotty Moore; childhood friend Red West; historians Bill Ferris, Bill Malone and Portia Maultsby; writers Alan Light, Preston Lauterbach, Nik Cohn and Warren Zanes; music executives John Jackson, David Porter, Ernst Jorgensen and Bones Howe; and musicians Tom PettyBruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris and Robbie Robertson.

The first part details Presley’s early life in Tupelo, Mississippi, and his rise to fame over a single year. The second part begins with his return home after his Army discharge and facing a rapidly changing pop-music scene. The documentary includes an original musical score composed by Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready.

Director Thom Zimny’s previous HBO credits include the Bruce Springsteen documentaries The Ties That Bind, Bruce  Springsteen's High Hopes, and The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Black Sabbath Singles Box Set Dropping In June

Despite a run of legendary hit singles in the 1970s, Black Sabbath and the seven-inch single format didn't always sit well together. After the release of their debut single "Evil Woman" in 1970, followed by their ultimate explosive chart success with "Paranoid," the band were not comfortable with the confines of the mainstream pop format and the audience it brought them, leading to their now legendary self-imposed ban on releasing singles in the early 70s. 

"We didn't intend to make a single in the first place," said Tony Iommi to the Disc and Music Echo in  1971. "But after we'd completed the album, the 'Paranoid' track was sufficiently short to be a 'trailer' for the LP. We really didn't expect it to do anything at all. We don't go into the studio to make singles. We make LPs only. But if there is anything suitable as a result of the recordings, it would be considered, of course."

Black Sabbath's music was vast, expansive and heavy; not the kind of vision that can be easily shackled to the three-minute pop format. Record Mirror ran a story in November of 1970 stating that "Sabbath have decided to place a 'ban' on singles in the future. Their hit, 'Paranoid,' as far as they are concerned is their first and last single. They will also oppose any attempt to draw singles material from future albums."

Black Sabbath's "ban" on singles in their own country lasted for more than two years, and good to their word, no singles were issued from 1971's Master Of Reality, but in 1972, as a harbinger from fourth LP, Vol 4, "Tomorrow's Dream" was issued as a 45 and from then on a steady run of singles followed that showed that, despite Sabbath's initial dislike, many of their songs did lend themselves well to the format.

Supersonic Years - The Seventies Singles Box Set, to be released June 8 on Warner Bros. Records, documents the band's run of hit singles as never before and features an array of unique content.

• This limited-edition box set includes five rare single edits: "Iron Man" / "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" / "Am I Going Insane (Radio)" / "Hard Road" / "Symptom Of The Universe."

• 10 unique color picture sleeves from around the world, either ultra-rare or exclusive to this box set.

• Remastered by renowned engineer Andy Pearce.

• New liner notes booklet detailing the rarities contained within the box set, along with the story behind the birth and evolution of the most culturally important genre of all time.

The box set features the following singles:

Disc 1: "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games With Me)"/"Wicked World" - 1970
Disc 2: "Paranoid"/"The Wizard" - 1970
Disc 3: "Iron Man" (Single Edit)/ "Electric Funeral" - 1970
Disc 4: "Tomorrow's Dream"/"Laguna Sunrise" - 1972
Disc 5: "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" (Edited Version)/ "Changes" - 1973
Disc 6: "Am I Going Insane (Radio)" (Single Edit)/ "Hole In The Sky" - 1975
Disc 7: "Gypsy"/"She's Gone" - 1976
Disc 8: "It's Alright"/"Rock 'N' Roll Doctor" - 1976
Disc 9: "Never Say Die"/"She's Gone" - 1978
Disc 10: "Hard Rock" (Single Edit)/ "Symptom Of The Universe" (German Single Edit) - 1978

Monday, April 16, 2018

"Born To Be Wild" & "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" Among Singles Inducted Into Rock Hall

In addition to inducting the Moody Blues, the Cars, Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame began honoring songs at the 33rd annual induction ceremony on Saturday night (April 14) in Cleveland's Public Auditorium. Six singles made the cut.

Introduced by "Little Steven" Van Zandt, the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Singles category is "a recognition of the excellence of the singles that shaped rock 'n' roll, kind of a rock 'n' roll jukebox, records by artists not in the Rock Hall -- which is not to say these artists will never be in the Rock Hall. They just are not in the Rock Hall at the moment."

The first inductees in the category included "Rocket 88" by Jackie Breston and his Delta Cats (1951), Link Wray and his Ray Men's "Rumble" (1958), "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen (1963), Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (1967) and Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" (1968).

In introducing the new category, Van Zandt added, "We all know the history of music can be changed with just one song, one record. In three minutes we suddenly enter a new direction, a movement, a style, an experience. That three-minute song can result in a personal revelation, an epiphany that changes our lives."

Friday, April 13, 2018

Eric Clapton's 'Life In 12 Bars' To Be Released On Blu-ray, DVD & CD In June

Directed by Academy Award winner Lili Fini Zanuck, Life In 12 Bars is an in-depth retrospective of Eric Clapton. Combining rare archive footage with audio interviews. the celebrated guitarist is raw and unflinchingly honest as he discusses his career and his turbulent personal life. The documentary, which premiered on Showtime in February, comes to DVD and Blu-ray Disc on June 8.

UMe / Universal will also release the Life In 12 Bars soundtrack. Available as a two-CD and four-LP set plus digital formats, the set comprises 32 tracks spanning Clapton’s long and illustrious career. (The LP version will be released on July 20). It includes recordings by The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos, the Beatles, George Harrison, Aretha Franklin, Muddy Waters, plus Clapton’s solo work. Of the 32 featured tracks, five are previously unreleased, including the first-ever release of the entire full length recording of "I Shot The Sheriff" recorded during the sessions for Clapton's 1974 solo release, 461 Ocean Boulevard.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler Blowing Off Rock Hall Induction

It's being reported that Dire Straits’ singer, songwriter and frontman Mark Knopfler will not be attending the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week in Cleveland. The band’s bassist John Illsley confirmed the news to Billboard

“It just didn’t appeal to him, and I appealed to him on several occasions. I said, ‘Look, I’d love you to get your head around this.’ He said, ‘Look, I just can’t do it, John. I’m really sorry. It’s a great honor for us and all the rest of it, and I just can’t get my head around it,’ so I’ve just got to respect it.”

Knopfler’s brother David is also refusing to attend due to the Rock Hall supposedly backing out of its promise to pay his full travel costs. Pick Withers, the sixth inductee, has yet to publicly comment on the induction, and it’s assumed he won’t be in attendance. Not only that, but the Rock Hall still hasn’t confirmed a presenter for the band.

Illsley did reveal that keyboardist Alan Clark's web site post that he, Illsley and second keyboardist Guy Fletcher would perform "an unplugged version of 'Telegraph Road'" was not, in fact, true. "That's not going to happen," Illsley said. "That's Alan having a bit of fun. I was hoping people weren't going to take it too seriously. I wouldn't perform without Mark there, so it's as simple as that, really. If Mark's not there, there's no point."

Nevertheless, the bassist is happy to attend. "I'm excited, yes. We're going to have a good time," he said just before he and Fletcher boarded a flight to the U.S. on Thursday morning (April 12). "I mean, some people play and some people don't. Some people turn up and some people don't, it seems. We've got a combination of all that."

Dire Straits broke up in 1992, after touring to promote its 1991 album On Every Street.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

YES Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman Announces 50th Anniversary Tour

2018 marks the 50-year anniversary since the formation of progressive rock's legendary YES. To mark this milestone, YES Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman will be celebrating by touring the world as part of ‘Quintessential YES: The 50th Anniversary Tour.’ In addition to what is promising to be truly memorable shows that span the band’s career, there are also several upcoming YES-related events and releases in store, including:


YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman: 100 Show World Tour


The 100 show World Tour will commence on June 3rd 2018 in Warsaw, Poland, and feature shows in Scandinavia, Germany, UK (including headlining the Stone Free Festival at the O2 Arena in London) and North America in 2018, going on to South America, Central and Southern Europe, ending in Japan and the Far East in 2019.


Whisky a Go Go concert


YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman will return to their roots by performing at the Whisky a Go Go, the iconic venue they first performed as a headliner in June 1971. Information on tickets to this show will be available at a later date.


US Tour


The band will then play 9 shows in August and September including the Greek Theatre in LA on August 29th and Chicagoland’s Ravinia outside on September 7th before continuing the US Leg with 20+ shows in early 2019. Most dates will be going on-sale starting April 20th.


Quintessential YES 50th Anniversary Album & CD


In August, Warner Bros. Records will be releasing an historical 2 CD/3 LP anthology of YES curated by band founder/singer Jon Anderson.


Live CD & DVD


There will also be released in August/September by Eagle Rock a Live CD and DVD of the band’s show from March 2017 recorded live in Manchester, UK, featuring special mixed in OE Audio by Paul Linford and Trevor Rabin.


New Music


In addition to all of the above, the band are currently hard at work, creating some stellar new recordings for their 50th Anniversary. This will be the first new music in 28 years featuring Jon Anderson/Trevor Rabin/Rick Wakeman together. It is planned these will also be available for release by the end of 2018 or early 2019.

Confirmed 2018 YES Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman US Tour Dates (First Leg):

Sun, Aug 26 - Whisky a Go Go - Los Angeles, CA
Mon, Aug 27 - Humphrey’s By The Bay - San Diego, CA
Wed, Aug 29 - Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
Fri, Aug 31 - Celebrity Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
Sat, Sept 1 - Westgate Resort & Casino - Las Vegas, NV
Mon, Sept 3 - Levitt Pavilion - Denver, CO
Wed, Sept 5 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
Fri, Sept 7 - Ravinia - Chicago, IL
Sat, Sept 8 - Hard Rock Live - Northfield, OH
Sun, Sept 9 - Rose Music Center - Huber Heights, OH

For specific on-sale dates and times, tickets, tour and VIP information, go to www.YESfeaturingARW.com.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Lindsey Buckingham Out Of Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac and Lindsey Buckingham are cutting ties.

A representative for the band confirmed on Monday that Buckingham and the band have parted ways and that he will not be going on tour with them in the fall.

"Lindsey Buckingham will not be performing with the band on this tour," a statement read. "The band wishes Lindsey all the best."

The representative would not provide any further details as to what led to his departure. A source close to the band says that the split was "over musical differences regarding the tour." A representative for Buckingham referred questions to the band.

Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974, the same year as the band's longtime lead singer, Stevie Nicks. Buckingham, who has since served as the lead guitarist for the band, wrote some of the band's most well-known songs including "Go Your Own Way," which was the lead single off the band's highly successful 1977 album, Rumours.

The vague statement regarding Buckingham's abrupt departure came at the same time the band announced that musicians Mike Campbell and Neil Finn would be joining the band on tour.

Fleetwood Mac was originally founded in 1967 by Peter Green. The band was named after two of its band members, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. Green left the band in 1969. Christine McVie joined the band in 1970.

Over the years the band has experienced ups and downs. The band went on hiatus in 1982 and when they agreed to go back on tour in 1987, Buckingham backed out at the last minute. In 1998, Christine McVie left the band and rejoined in 2014.


Monday, April 9, 2018

'Alone With Chrissie Hynde' DVD Set For May Release

Previously broadcast as part of the renowned BBC TV Arena series, Alone With Chrissie Hynde follows the Pretenders’ lead singer as she shares an insight into her life. On a journey taking place in Paris, London, New York, Nashville and her hometown of Akron, Ohio, Hynde takes the lead, avoiding the talking heads typically associated with documentaries to speak frankly about her passion for music, painting and the issues that matter to her most. This film will be released on DVD and Digital formats via Eagle Rock Entertainment on May 25.

“People that are careful about looking like they don’t care have another level of caring” says Hynde, as she stocks up on some men’s tailoring in a Parisian store and relaxes in her Paris apartment, sporting a tourist style t-shirt (“I never pack what I need”). While in her London home, overflowing with her paintings, she picks through some of the records that influenced her most. At George Harrison’s Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple, she milks a cow, before rocking up on stage for a guest spot at a tiny West London pub.

Of touring and playing shows she says, “It’s about feeling like you actually know what you’re doing for an hour, the rest of the time you’re bumbling around trying to make sense of your life”. Although she admits to youthful shyness and years of stage fright, it’s hard to imagine Hynde ‘bumbling’ anywhere, she seems more purposeful than that. Her ability to seek beauty where others might see blandness and decay speak of a songwriter’s sharply observant nature. The unseen interviewer is even briefly questioned, frozen in the headlights of Hynde’s unfaltering gaze.

A lone walker along an American highway in vegetarian ‘leather’ boots, while the cars whizz anonymously past her... Wandering in her hometown cemetery, marvelling at the headstones, “I like to say their names out loud because I think - when was the last time anyone said your name out loud?” she muses.

There’s coverage of the band in Nashville during the recording sessions for the Alone album and live performance clips tracks from the album, as well as archive footage of classic tracks such as "Brass In Pocket" and "Back On The Chain Gang." Complementing the film is a bonus full length concert performance by the original line-up of the Pretenders from the Sartory-Säle in Cologne, Germany from July 1981, which was filmed for the famous Rockpalast music TV series.

Hynde says, “Rock ‘n’ roll is about being yourself - all the time”. Alone With Chrissie Hynde sees her gutsy, outspoken and fully herself.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Jeff Beck Documentary Coming To Blu-ray, DVD In May

Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story documents the history of a musical maverick and true innovator, delving below the surface to shed light on the circumstances, inspiration and technicality behind the man and his music. The film features extensive interviews with Jeff both at home and in his workshop, as well as interviews with Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, David Gilmour, Ronnie Wood, Slash, Jan Hammer, Joe Perry, Beth Hart and many more.

Beck’s childhood saw him surrounded by music; from the endlessly playing radio, to his homemade guitar and the countless hours he spent poring over records and playing music with his friend, Jimmy Page. “I didn’t have to think about taking up guitar, I just wanted to pour my feelings into it” said Jeff. Around the same time his love of classic cars was ignited from watching American B-movies featuring hot rods, and his two great passions in life were born.

At that time, visiting America seemed like an impossible dream for the young man from Surrey, but joining the Yardbirds spawned Beck’s first trip Stateside. A paycheck from the 1968 film, Blow Up saw him to splash out on a split window ’68 Corvette - a warm memory that clearly still delights him to this day.

Covering the Jeff Beck Group’s seminal 1968 Truth album featuring Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood right through to Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop album (1989) - from experimental rock departures to powerfully dirty, heavy grooves and everything in between, Beck will always create a singularly unique guitar sound.

Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story reveals the true story of the guitar player who builds hot rods and captures the excitement and anecdotes of those who have worked alongside him. Jeff Beck has always been a risk taker, on an endless quest for fresh and challenging new sounds. Bending notes and filtering a myriad of musical inspirations, he will continue to inspire fans and musicians alike by giving voice to his guitar in the most unexpected ways.

In other Jeff Beck news, his acclaimed Live At The Hollywood Bowl performance, released last year on multiple video and audio formats, will be available for the first time as a standalone 2-CD set and as a 180-gram 2-LP set on April 6 and May 25, respectively, from Rhino.

Additionally, this summer, Jeff Beck will be joined by Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson of Heart on the “Stars Align Tour." The outing kicks off July 18 through August 26th with several Jeff Beck headlining dates as well. Check http://jeffbeck.com for the full itinerary and ticket information.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Foghat Hold Raffle For Guitar, Vinyl Record In Memory Of Bassist Craig MacGregor

On February 9, Foghat bassist Craig MacGregor , passed away. But his memory lives on with a special raffle in his honor. Now, fans can enter for a chance to win an autographed Foghat "Belly Up" Fender guitar, plus an autographed blue vinyl copy of the soon-to-be-released Stone Blue

Anyone can enter, by either purchasing their raffle tickets at a Foghat show or heading over to the Foghat Online Store. Raffle tickets are $10 each.

The drawing for the guiatr and record will be held backstage at Foghat's May 12th show at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida, which also happens to be the 40th anniversary of the release of Stone Blue.

All monies received will be matched by Foghat and donated to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County. MacGregor volunteered at this organization and was very passionate about helping his 'doggers'. 

Grand Flow Studios & Tom Allen are donating the guitar and created the art layout; Main Street Music are donating the guitar case; and Friday Music is donating one of the newly remastered Stone Blue on blue vinyl, which will be released on May 25.

For more information, go to:
foghat.com
facebook.com/foghat
twitter.com/foghat
youtube.com/foghatmusic

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Beatles' 'Yellow Submarine' To Celebrate 50th Anniversary With Theatrical Run

Abramorama announced today a deal with Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music Group (UMG) to theatrically release the Beatles’ classic 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, across North America this July in celebration of its 50th anniversary. 

Abramorama originally partnered with Apple Corps, Imagine Entertainment, White Horse Pictures, StudioCanal and UMG’s Polygram Entertainment on the Ron Howard documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years. Abramorama has a proven track record in the music-driven film space, partnering numerous times with Neil Young, Pearl Jam and Green Day and now once again with Apple Corps Ltd.

Yellow Submarine was restored in 4K digital resolution by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. The film’s songs and score were remixed in 5.1 stereo surround sound at UMG’s Abbey Road Studios by music mix engineer Peter Cobbin. Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame.

Richard Abramowitz, CEO of Abramorama said, “We’re thrilled to have the privilege of bringing Yellow Submarine back to the big screen so that 3 generations of happy Beatles fans can enjoy the ground-breaking animation and classic tunes and that have long been part of our collective cultural DNA.”

Directed by George Dunning, and written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal, Yellow Submarine began its voyage to the screen when Brodax, who had previously produced nearly 40 episodes of ABC’s animated Beatles TV series, approached the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein with a unique vision for a full-length animated feature.

Yellow Submarine, based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “It’s All Too Much.” When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.

Inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, the film resides with the dazzling Pop Art styles of Andy Warhol, Martin Sharp, Alan Aldridge and Peter Blake. With art direction and production design by Heinz Edelmann, Yellow Submarine is a classic of animated cinema, featuring the creative work of animation directors Robert Balser and Jack Stokes with a team of animators and technical artists.

Information on local screenings can be found at http://www.yellowsubmarine.film.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Night Flight Returns To Cable With New Season On IFC

The '80s are back and bigger than ever on IFC. The network recently partnered with Night Flight, the cult late night series that originally aired from 1981 to 1989.

This spring, IFC is reviving the pop culture show as a short form program, showcasing the most memorable moments from the original Night Flight library, including iconic interviews and performances from 80s era all-stars.

Premiering Friday, April 20 at 1 AM (Friday night/Saturday morning) each 15-minute episode of Night Flight on IFC will bring back classic guest stars such as Ozzy Osbourne, David Bowie, KISS, The Sex Pistols, and even Gumby. Eighteen episodes of Night Flight will air this year. Catch a sneak peek below.
To honor the return of Night Flight, IFC is hosting a 90-minute screening event on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 PM at Brooklyn's Alamo Drafthouse (445 Albee Square W #4, Brooklyn, NY 11201), where they'll be showing a collection of the series' best moments coming to IFC's air followed by a Q&A with original Night Flight creator and producer Stuart S. Shapiro. Tickets are available HERE.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Nils Lofgren's Guitars Stolen In Dallas

Nils Lofgren, guitarist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, lost four guitars and an electric harp in a robbery in West Oak Cliff, Texas, this week. The instruments were taken from a van parked outside a Holiday Inn Express in the Dallas suburb.

“I am devastated by this robbery,” the guitarist tweeted after the incident Thursday night (March 29). “These are my first shows out after a very difficult year.” Lofgren noticed the instruments missing on Friday morning, when he approached the van to find his three Takamine acoustic guitars, electric Fender Stratocaster, and electric harp all missing from the van.

“It won’t be the show I was planning on,” he continued on Twitter. “However, I do plan on taking the roof off."

Thankfully, a former bandmate saved the guitarist’s Dallas show, letting him borrow an instrument for the performance that night. Lofgren’s next headlining set is at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland, California, on April 12.

“I think the fury will continue into the show,” he told local ABC affiliate WFAA Channel 8 News. “And hopefully after 50 years on the road, I’ll channel it appropriately and do something special tonight.”

Friday, March 30, 2018

John Prine's "God Only Knows," Single From First New Album In 13 Years, Premieres

John Prine’s new song “God Only Knows,” is out now. Written by Prine and Phil Spector and with Jason Isbell on slide guitar/background vocals and Amanda Shires on fiddle/background vocals, “God Only Knows” is the third track unveiled from Prine’s The Tree of Forgiveness—his first album featuring new material in over 13 years. Check out “God Only Knows” below. 
Out April 13 on his own independent label, Oh Boy Records, The Tree of Forgiveness is now available for pre-order, which includes an immediate download of “God Only Knows” as well as “Summer’s End” and “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door.”

In celebration of the release, Prine recently performed two new songs—“Caravan of Fools” and “Summer’s End”— as well as two beloved classics, “All the Best” (The Missing Years) and “Souvenirs” (Diamonds in the Rough) at NPR’s Tiny Desk. 

Of the performance, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen declares, “An American treasure came to the Tiny Desk and even premiered a new song,” and continues, “John Prine is a truly legendary songwriter. For more than 45 years the 71-year-old artist has written some of the most powerful lyrics in the American music canon…Prine’s new songs are equally powerful…” Watch the full Tiny Desk performance at https://www.npr.org/event/music/592266527/john-prine-tiny-desk-concert.

In celebration of the album, Prine will embark on an extensive tour that will span throughout 2018, including a sold out co-headline concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall with Sturgill Simpson (solo) on album release day as well as newly announced shows at L.A.’s Ace Theatre, Boston’s Wang Theatre, Austin’s Bass Hall and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (two nights). All tickets are now on-sale. See below for complete details. Every concert ticket sold will include a copy The Tree of Forgiveness (CD only) upon its release.

Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, the album includes ten new songs written by Prine along with co-writers Pat McLaughlin, Roger Cook, Dan Auerbach, Keith Sykes and Phil Spector. Along with Prine (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Cobb (acoustic guitar, mellotron, claps, kazoo) and Prine’s longtime band, the album features special guests Brandi Carlile (harmony vocals on tracks 2, 4, 10), Jason Isbell (electric guitar on track 7, slide guitar and background vocals on track 9, 10) and Amanda Shires (fiddle and background vocals on track 9, background vocals on track 10).

The landmark album and tour follow a noteworthy 2017, which included an “Artist of the Year” award at the Americana Music Honors & Awards and a Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy Award for his “Chicago Voices” performance with Renée Fleming. Last year also saw the release of Prine’s debut book, John Prine Beyond Words, which includes a selection of favorites songs, photographs and stories from Prine’s beloved catalogue. More info is available here.

A two-time Grammy-winner, Prine is among the English language’s premier phrase-turners. Almost 50 years years into a remarkable career that has drawn effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and others who would know, Prine is a smiling, shuffling force for good. He is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and a PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient whose classic debut album, simply titled John Prine, is recognized as part of the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame and whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and many others.

Following the 2015 death of his friend and business partner Al Bunetta, Prine is now President and sole owner of Oh Boy Records. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Fiona, and enjoys spending time with their three sons, a daughter-in-law and his grandchildren.
THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS TRACK LIST

1. “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door” (by John Prine and Pat McLaughlin)
2. “I Have Met My Love Today” ft. Brandi Carlile (by John Prine and Roger Cook)
3. “Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)” (by John Prine and Pat McLaughlin)
4. “Summer’s End” (written by John Prine and Pat McLaughlin)
5. “Caravan of Fools” (by John Prine, Dan Auerbach, and Pat McLaughlin)
6. “The Lonesome Friends of Science” (by John Prine)
7. “No Ordinary Blue” (by John Prine and Keith Sykes)
8. “Boundless Love” (by John Prine, Dan Auerbach, and Pat McLaughlin)
9. “God Only Knows” (by John Prine and Phil Spector)
10. “When I Get to Heaven” (by John Prine)

JOHN PRINE 2018 TOUR DATES

April 11—Woodstock, NY—Levon’s Place (SOLD OUT)
April 13—New York, NY—Radio City Music Hall (with Sturgill Simpson)  (SOLD OUT)
April 14—Philadelphia, PA—Merriam Theatre (with Kurt Vile)
April 25—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theatre (with Milk Carton Kids)
April 27—Chicago, IL—Chicago Theatre (with Milk Carton Kids)
April 28—Champaign, IL—Virginia Theatre (with Milk Carton Kids)
May 11—Beaver Dam, KY—Beaver Dam Amphitheater* (with Tyler Childers)
May 12—Indianapolis, IN—Clowes Hall (with Tyler Childers)
May 18—Los Angeles, CA—Ace Theatre (with Sam Outlaw)
May 19—San Diego, CA—Balboa Theatre (with Sam Outlaw)
May 23—Folsom, CA—Harris Center (with Ramblin Jack)
May 24—San Francisco, CA—The Warfield (with Sam Outlaw)
June 1—Vienna, VA—Wolf Trap (with Margo Price)
June 2—Norfolk, VA—Chrysler Hall (with Margo Price)
June 8—Louisville, KY—Palace Theatre (with Colter Wall)
June 9—Cincinnati, OH—Taft Theatre (with Tyler Childers)
June 13—Burlington, VT—Flynn Theatre (with Valerie June)
June 15—Boston, MA—Wang Theatre
June 16—Concord, NH—Capitol Theatre (with Valerie June)
June 29—Dallas, TX—AT&T Center (with Amanda Shires)
June 30—Austin, TX—Bass Hall (with Amanda Shires)
July 14—Somerset, KY—Musicians Festival
July 20—Pittsburgh, PA—Heinz Hall (with Langhorne Slim)
August 2—Glasgow, U.K. – Kelvingrove Bandstand (with John Moreland)
August 3—Birmingham, U.K.—Town Hall (with John Moreland)
August 5—Cambridge, U.K.—Cambridge Folk Festival
August 8—Oslo, Norway—Konserthurst (with Tanya McCole)
August 10—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Paradiso (with Tanya McCole) (SOLD-OUT)
August 13—Dublin, Ireland—National Concert Hall (with Tanya McCole)
September 14—Huntsville, AL—Von Braum Center (with Kelsey Waldon)
September 15—Memphis, TN—Orpheum Theatre (with Kelsey Waldon)
September 19—Eugene, OR—Hult Center (with Todd Snider)
September 21—Portland, OR—Schnitzer Theatre (with Todd Snider)
September 22—Seattle, WA—Paramount Theatre (with Todd Snider)
September 28—Columbus, OH—Ohio Theatre (with Lilly Hiatt)
October 3—Knoxville, TN—Tennessee Theatre (with Kelsey Waldon)
October 5—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
October 6—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
November 7—Breckenridge, CO—Riverwalk Center (with Nathaniel Rateliff) (SOLD-OUT)
November 8—Grand Junction, CO—Avalon Theatre (with Nathaniel Rateliff) (SOLD-OUT)
November 10—Denver, CO—Buell Center (with Nathaniel Rateliff)
December 12—Las Vegas, NV—Westgate Theatre (with John Paul White)
December 14—Phoenix, AZ—Celebrity Theatre (with John Paul White)
December 15—Tucson, AZ—Fox Theatre (with John Paul White)
*tickets excluded from album bundle

www.johnprine.com

Thursday, March 29, 2018

New Guitar Masters Collection Features Allan Holdsworth, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde & More

If you haven’t yet got your fill of six-string slinging, tour de force performances, then we have the collection for you! From multi-Emmy award-winning composer/producer Brian Tarquin comes Guitar Masters Collection, an extraordinary compilation of hard-to-find rarities, including tracks from the late great Allan Holdsworth, plus a rare, unheard recording by the recently departed guitar icon Larry Coryell. The album also contains cover songs “Hair” by Joe Satriani & Stanley Clarke and “I Wish” featuring former Ozzy axeman Zakk Wylde as well as Steve Vai, Chris Poland (of Megadeth), Leslie West & Hal Lindes (of Dire Straits) alongside bass masters Randy Coven and Billy Sheehan.

Guitar Player magazine editor & chief, Mike Molenda, who wrote the liner notes for this collection, states, “For fearless explorers of the musical unknown, a perfect compilation of artistry is a collection of performances that pummels your unsuspecting little ass with shock waves of awe and wonder. Rather than document the obvious -- or sate the expectations of the casual enthusiast -- every track challenges, puzzles, thrills, inspires, and, ultimately, delights the listener.”

Track List:
1. Allan Holdsworth & David Hines - Skippy
2. Larry Coryell & Brian Tarquin - Tocar Modera
3. Steve Vai & Randy Coven - Funk Me Tender
4. Zakk Wylde & Randy Coven - I Wish
5. Stanley Clarke & Joe Satriani - Hair
6. Chris Poland & Brian Tarquin - Tarquinius Maximus
7. Leslie West & Randy Coven - Mother Load
8. Hal Lindes - Ricarda
9. Allan Holdsworth & David Hines - Antilla
10. Billy Sheehan, Doug Doppler & Brian Tarquin - Blue Wind

Buy the CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/guitar-masters-collection-cd/
Buy the digital: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/guitar-masters-collection/1354782381?app=itunes&at=1000lt9k

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Cruise To The Edge 2019 Announces Lineup

 
Details for the sixth annual Cruise To the Edge excursion -- prog-rock's premier festival at sea hosted by Yes -- have been announced.

The 2019 Cruise To the Edge, Proggers of the Caribbean, progressive rock's preeminent fan/artist experience, kicks off its public on sale beginning today (3/28). Cabins are available at CruiseToTheEdge.com, with prices beginning at $1,299 per person, double occupancy. Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are additional and mandatory for all passengers, regardless of age.

Anchored by prog rock icons Yes, the event features some of the world's greatest prog-rock musical artists. This magical five-night cruise sails from Tampa, Florida next February 4-9th aboard Royal Caribbean's award-winning Brilliance Of The Seas, visiting two ports of call: Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico.

Joining Yes will be Steve Hackett, Mike Portnoy and newcomer Riverside, making their long-awaited debut aboard Cruise to the Edge in 2019. Finally, FISH, the respected former lead vocalist of the band Marillion, will be making a rare North American appearance and first on the cruise, performing selections from his old band along with solo material from his illustrious career.

The 2019 lineup will also feature several other iconic newcomers, including: Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater, Pendragon, Gazpacho, Brand X, Marbin, UniKuE, Magic Pie and Alan Hewitt's One Nation.Other esteemed CTTE alumni confirmed to return include: PFM, Frost, Soft Machine, Spock's Beard, Enchant, Airbag, Baraka, Electric Asturias, IO Earth, Dave Kerzner's In Continuum, District 97,and the David Cross Band.Also, special guest and new Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, John Lodge of The Moody Blues will be making his encore appearance with his 10,000 Light Years Band, playing solo material and Moody Blues favorites.Finally, UK journalist and Yes historian, Jon Kirkman, will emcee and moderate 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 unparalleled CTTE Late Night Live, where fans can sign up to showcase their own musical talents in four different performance scenarios: Late Night Live Pro Jam (guests are invited to play with a headline act), Artist's Choice (featuring fans and Prog legends performing together), The Main Event (where guests can shine with fellow Late Night Live musicians), and Overtime Jam (where guests can choose a song to be featured in a late-night jam). For more info on the CTTE Late Night Live, please visit: ctte-grid.com.

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 VitalitySM 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. Combined with some of the best food and service afloat, Cruise to the Edge is truly the greatest Prog Rock Show on Earth and is a can't-miss event for Prog enthusiasts throughout the world. For more info, visit CruiseToTheEdge.com and follow @cruisetotheedge on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

John Lennon Immortalized With Line Of Figurines

John Lennon's legacy lives on -- as a figurine. Complete with finely tailored iconic outfit options, this impressive 1:6 scale recreation memorializes Lennon from the era of "Imagine." Molecule 8 has incorporated the singer-songwriter's likeness in a global, limited edition collectible figure represented in sixth scale (12 inches). It will be available in April. 

"The John Lennon Molecule 8 figures highlight a delicate balance of creativity, quality and artistry," said Lisa Streff, EVP of Global Licensing at Epic Rights. "The team at Molecule 8 are well known for creating figures of the highest quality that are eagerly sought by collectors and fans."
"We are honored to have been approved by Yoko Ono and Epic Rights to develop a line of distinct premium collectibles under the John Lennon brand," added Vijay Chadha, CEO of Molecule 8. "In addition to the sixth scale figure of Mr. Lennon, our team is developing a unique assortment of pieces that will speak to the genius, character, and passions that defined John Lennon, both as an artist and as a man."

Features and Specs:
  • Custom designed John Lennon body
  • Utilizes Stainless Steel Mark I: LITE Endoskeleton
  • Two (2) interchangeable head sculpts
  • Singing and resting facial expressions
  • Interchangeable hands for various gestures
  • Classic yellow-tinted glasses
  • Round style glasses
  • Three (3) "Imagine" era outfit options
  • Trademark cowboy boots from the "Imagine" era
  • Custom engineered figure stand
  • The first 1,000 are sequentially numbered
For a complete set of images and details, please visit https://molecule8.com/product/john-lennon/





Monday, March 26, 2018

YES Announces Dates For 50th Anniversary North American Tour

Yes, one of the biggest bands in prog rock history and true pioneers of the genre, today (March 26) revealed the dates and details for this summer's 50th Anniversary North American tour titled #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of Yes. Tickets for the 30-plus date outing, which kicks off June 5 and 6 with a two-night engagement at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL, will go on sale to the public beginning this Friday, March 30 or Saturday, March 31, with select shows going on sale in early April. A handful of additional dates will be announced soon.

"Much has changed since I joined Yes in 1970, but the core elements of the band have remained consistent," shares guitarist Steve Howe. "We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best-loved work and revisit a few classic pieces that have been lost for a while. We look forward to sharing the 50th anniversary with the fanbase, playing classic songs that celebrate the broad musical style of Yes." 

"I have been blessed to be a member of this amazing band's rhythm section for the past 46 years, mostly in the company of my great friend Chris Squire, and latterly alongside Chris' chosen successor, Billy Sherwood, who is receiving recognition for stepping into Chris' pre-eminent bass and vocals," says drummer Alan White. "Each night we are pausing to reflect on Chris' importance to Yes, his desire that we should continue to share Yes music on stages worldwide, and the specific dedication of 'Onward' to his huge memory. I'm so grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to celebrating our 50th Anniversary in America.  It has been a great ride!"

"Being a member of the band during its 50th anniversary is a privilege and honor," adds Geoff Downes (keys). "It is awe-inspiring to reflect on the caliber and invention of the musicians who have forged the legacy of Yes since 1968, always pushing the boundaries. Playing on stage with founder member Tony Kaye to launch the 50th anniversary [on this year's Cruise to the Edge] was a wonderful experience for the band and our fans, to whom we dedicate this special tour." 

During this summer's "Evening with Yes" shows, the band -- Steve Howe (guitar since 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire's choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015) -- will perform a special classic hits concert to commemorate the landmark occasion.

The cross-country trek will take the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees to Kansas City, Denver, Los Angeles (June 19 at the Ford Theater), San Jose, Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Boston, Staten Island, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Orlando, among many other cities, before wrapping July 28 in Atlanta. See below for full list of tour dates and go to www.yesworld.com for ticketing information.

YES 2018 Summer Tour Dates:

06/05 - Arcada Theatre St. Charles, IL
06/06 - Arcada Theatre St. Charles, IL
06/08 - Four Winds Casino Ballroom - New Buffalo, MI^
06/10 - Midland Theatre - Kansas City, MO^
06/11 - Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO^
06/13 - CenturyLink Arena - Boise, ID^
06/14 - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery - Woodinville, WA~
06/16 - Spectrum Amphitheater - Bakersfield, CA-
06/17 - City National Grove of Anaheim - Anaheim, CA-
06/19 - Ford Theatre - Los Angeles, CA-
06/20 - City National Civic - San Jose, CA-
06/22 - Peppermill Casino Hall - Wendover, NV+
06/23 - Edgewater Hotel & Casino - Laughlin, NV
06/24 - Pechanga Resort & Casino - Temecula, CA^
06/28 - Kresge Auditorium - Interlochen, MI*
06/29 - 20 Monroe Live - Grand Rapids, MI
06/30 - Fox Theatre - Detroit, MI-
07/02 - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH^
07/05 - Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall - Pittsburgh, PA
07/06 - Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA~
07/07 - The Wellmont Theater - Montclair, NJ
07/10 - The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA^
07/11 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH^
07/14 - Tropicana Casino - Atlantic City, NJ^
07/15 - St. George Theatre - Staten Island, NY^
07/17 - Paramount Hudson Valley - Peekskill, NY
07/18 - Theatre at Westbury - Westbury, NY^
07/20 - The Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA^
07/21 - The Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA^
07/23 - Warner Theatre - Washington, DC
07/26 - Capitol Theatre - Clearwater, FL
07/27 - The Plaza Live - Orlando, FL
07/28 - Atlanta Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA^

Ticket on sale dates:
^ Friday, March 30
~ Saturday, March 31
+ Tuesday, April 3
- Friday, April 6
* Friday, April 27

Saturday, March 24, 2018

CDs, Vinyl Outpace Digital Downloads For First Time Since 2011

According to the Washington Post, digital downloads had a short run as the top-selling format in the music industry. It took until 2011, a decade after the original iPod came out, for their sales to overtake those of CDs and vinyl records. Music streaming services would dominate just a few years later.

Now, digital downloads are being outsold by CDs and vinyl, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

The RIAA released its 2017 year-end revenue report on Thursday, showing that revenue from digital downloads plummeted 25 percent to $1.3 billion over the previous year. Revenue from physical products, by contrast, fell 4 percent to $1.5 billion.

Overall, the music industry grew for the second straight year. And with $8.7 billion in total revenue, it’s the healthiest it has been since 2008, according to the report.

Nearly all the growth was the result of the continued surge in paid music subscription services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Those services grew by more than 50 percent to $5.7 billion last year and accounted for nearly two-thirds of the industry’s revenue. Physical media accounted for 17 percent, while digital downloads made up 15 percent.

RIAA Chairman Cary Sherman called the industry’s recovery “fragile” in a Medium post Thursday.

“We‘re delighted by the progress so far, but to put the numbers in context, these two years of growth only return the business to 60 [percent] of its peak size — about where it stood 10 years ago — and that’s ignoring inflation,” Sherman wrote. “And make no mistake, there’s still much work to be done to make this growth sustainable in the long term.”

The outlook for digital downloads is bleak. This is the third year in a row they’ve posted double-digit declines, according to the RIAA. And this is the first time since 2011 they’ve fallen behind physical music media. If the trend continues, they could wind up going the way of the eight-track tape, which was overtaken in the early 1980s by the cheaper and more compact cassette.

The situation isn’t very rosy for physical media, either. CD shipments continued their years-long decline, falling 6 percent to $1.1 billion in 2017, according to the report.

But vinyl sales were up 10 percent to $395 million — a “bright spot among physical formats,” the RIAA noted. It’s a tiny fraction of the industry’s overall sales, but it was enough to persuade Sony last year to start pressing LPs again after a 28-year hiatus.

Friday, March 23, 2018

'American Pie' Singer Don McLean Releases New Album, Touring U.S. & Europe

Don McLean, the singer, songwriter and performer behind the iconic hit "American Pie," releases his new album Botanical Gardens today through BMG, just in time for his sold-out show tonight at City Winery in New York City.

McLean wraps up a busy press week in both London and NYC, with appearances on BBC Breakfast, ABC News Radio, Cheddar, Fox News Radio, WABC's Bernie & Sid, iHeart Media's Breakfast With The Beatles, LifeMinute TV, Reuters, United Stations Radio Networks, and more.

McLean recently recorded a short EPK with commentary on the inspiration behind Botanical Gardens. You can watch highlights from the interview below.

Botanical Gardens is McLean's 19th studio album, and first in 8 years, is arguably one of McLean’s most reflective to date. As he characterizes it, “The inspiration for the project started years ago when I would walk in the beautiful gardens in Sydney, Australia near the Opera House. I would dream young dreams and it was a comfort and an inspiration. I was always young inside, like we all are, and I felt it again there.” 

Further reflecting on the record, the singer says, “the whole album really revolves around the title song. Later on I realized that the gardens are really a metaphorical heaven, and there’s a kind of death and rebirth.”

Intimacy can be found at the heart of this record, with McLean penning personal numbers looking back on a life well-lived, as well as his observations on youth and love. Recording at Watershed Studios in Nashville also allowed a different kind of intimacy for the players, as they were made to “play close and feel the music,” resulting in a raw, yet tight sound throughout.

For nearly 50 years, Don McLean’s songs have become an iconic staple of American music. His music has been performed by artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Madonna, Fred Astaire, Drake, James Blake, Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks, Weird Al Yankovic, George Michael, Josh Groban, Ellie Goulding, Coolio and Ed Sheeran.

“American Pie” was recently recognized with high honors by BMI for achieving five (5) Million-Air certified airplay awards, along with “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” achieving three (3) Million-Air certified airplay awards. “American Pie” also has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and is also included in the archive at the Library of Congress.

Don McLean was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.

Botanical Gardens track listing:

1. Botanical Gardens
2. The Lucky Guy
3. A Total Eclipse Of The Sun
4. The Waving Man
5. When July Comes
6. You’re All I Ever Had
7. Rock and Roll Your Baby
8. I’ve Cried All The Tears That I Have
9. Ain’t She A Honey
10. The King of Fools
11. Grief And Hope
12. You’ve Got Such Beautiful Eyes
13. Last Night When We Were Young

Don McLean U.S. & European Tour Dates:

Mar 23 - City Winery - New York, N.Y.
Apr 13 - Greenwich Odeum - East Greenwich, R.I.
Apr 14 - The Birchmere - Alexandria, Va.
Apr 29 - Southend Cliffs Pavilion - Westcliff-On-Sea, UK
Apr 30 - York Barbican Centre - York, UK
May 01 - Victoria Theatre - Halifax, UK
May 02 - Sage Gateshead - Gateshead, UK
May 04 - De La Warr Pavilion - Brexhill-On-Sea, UK
May 06 - Wales Millennium Center - Cardiff, UK
May 07 - The Bridgewater Hall - Manchester, UK
May 09 - London Palladium - London, UK
May 10 - Symphony Hall - Birmingham, UK
May 11 - Colston Hall - Bristol, UK
May 13 - Philharmonic Hall - Liverpool, UK
May 15 - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow, UK
May 16 - Usher Hall - Edinburgh, UK

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' Preserved By U.S. Library Of Congress

Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours, The soundtrack from The Sound of Music, and the 1984 song “Footloose” were among 25 recordings deemed national treasures on Wednesday and worthy of preserving by the U.S. Library of Congress.

Tony Bennett’s signature song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets, and the Temptations’ 1964 classic “My Girl” were also among the titles selected for their cultural and historical significance and admitted to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement that the recordings, spanning 1911-1996, reflected “landmark moments, diverse cultures and shared memories” in U.S. culture.

The titles announced on Wednesday bring the total number on the registry to 500. Each year, 25 recordings that are at least 10 years old are selected.

Rumours was forged by the crumbling romantic relationships within Fleetwood Mac but produced multiple hit songs.

The Sound of Music soundtrack from the 1965 Oscar-winning movie musical was deemed a “beloved, multi-generational, cornerstone” of American life.

Bennett’s 1962 recording of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” was originally released as the B side of another song but became popular on radio and was later adopted as one of the official themes of San Francisco, the National Recording Registry said.

The opening bass line of “My Girl,” a classic of the Motown era, “has become so iconic that the song is instantly recognizable from just those three notes.”

“Footloose,” the title track from the 1984 movie, “remains today deeply emblematic of the 1980s - fun, invigorating and, in its way, a little rebellious,” the registry said.

Other recordings joining the National Registry for preservation include Run-DMC’s 1986 album Raising Hell, 1978 disco hit “Le Freak” by Chic, Gloria Estefan’s 1987 single “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” and Groucho Marx’s 1972 concert album An Evening with Groucho.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Rhino Records Launches Podcast Series

Rhino Records, the catalog division of Warner Music Group, has announced the debut of "The Rhino Podcast" in conjunction with the label's ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration.

The first episode focuses on the punk rock pioneers the Ramones and is available now on all major podcast outlets, with upcoming episodes focusing on The Smiths, Gene Simmons, The Cars, The Monkees, and Montrose. "The Rhino Podcast" is a bi-weekly series produced by PopCult and hosted by Dennis Scheyer and Rich Mahan. Each episode offers listeners a deep dive into classic artists and albums with music, interviews with your favorite musicians, and a wealth of behind-the-scenes stories.

"Rhino has set the standard in music curation for 40 years, so it is a natural progression for us to offer our unique perspective and expertise to music fans in 'The Rhino Podcast'" says Rhino President Mark Pinkus. "Drawing from the unparalleled Warner Music catalog gives us an endless list of legendary artists to spotlight, offering listeners a deeper experience with some of the greatest music of all time."

"We've seen time and again how good, carefully curated content drives fans to discover and in this case, hopefully re-discover classic music," says John Hughes, Executive Producer and Rhino VP of Fan Engagement. "As a music fan, this is the kind of podcast I would want to listen to, with the artists, producers, and even hardcore fans taking part."

The centerpiece of the first episode of "The Rhino Podcast" is a conversation with engineer and producer Ed Stasium about the making of the Ramones' landmark third album, Rocket To Russia and his contributions to the recent 40th Anniversary Edition of the punk classic. The set's bonus material includes a December 1977 concert recorded in Scotland that took place just a few days before Stasium recorded the Ramones' classic live album, It's Alive.

To listen to the first episode, visit: https://www.rhino.com/podcast.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Latest Jimi Hendrix Release Debuts In Top 10

Jimi Hendrix’s Both Sides of the Skyreleased by Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings on March 9, debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200, as well as #3 on both the Top Current Albums and the Top Rock Albums. It is also a Top 10 album in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Austria.

Both Sides of the Sky is the acclaimed third volume in a trilogy of albums intended to present the best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining in the music legend’s archive. It joins its predecessors in the upper echelons of the Billboard albums charts – Valleys of Neptune (2010) peaked at #4, and People, Hell and Angels (2013) hit #2.

Recorded between January 1968 and February 1970, and featuring guest appearances by Stephen Stills, Johnny Winter and Lonnie Youngblood, Both Sides of the Sky contains 10 unreleased tracks. The project was co-produced by Eddie Kramer, Hendrix’s recording engineer on all his albums made during his life, along with Janie Hendrix and John McDermott.

Order Both Sides of the Sky at https://jimihendrix.lnk.to/bothsides.