Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Greta Van Fleet Tapped To Play Elton John's Oscar Party

Greta Van Fleet, the band VintageRock.com said is "reinventing classic rock for a new generation," will perform at this year's Elton John AIDS Foundation's 26th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party to be held on Sunday, March 4 in Los Angeles.  

"We were speechless when Elton called us," said the band's guitarist Jake Kiszka.  "We are all big fans of his, so are very, very honored by this invitation."

And if that incredible news wasn't enough, every, single ticket for the first leg of the band's 2018 North American tour, announced just last Wednesday, sold out in less than five minutes.

Twenty-seventeen was a remarkable year for the band, starting with the March 31 release of the debut single "Highway Tune" that claimed the #1 spot at Rock Radio for five consecutive weeks, amassed 10-million Spotify plays, and the companion music video having accumulated more than 6.8-million YouTube views, all by the end of the year. 

All 42-headline dates on GVF's 2017 tour sold out in advance, their debut EP, Black Smoke Rising entered the U.S. and Canadian iTunes charts at #1, and the band was named one of the "10 New Artists You Need to Know" by Rolling Stone, and Best New Artist by Loudwire.

Greta Van Fleet is currently in the studio recording what will be their debut album expected out later this year (Lava Records).  The band's 2018 North American tour will launch on April 13 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.  Announced dates are below.

APRIL
13  Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA
20  Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA
29  Welcome to Rockville Festival, Jacksonville, FL

MAY
01   House of Blues Houston, Houston, TX*  SOLD OUT
02   House of Blues Dallas, Dallas, TX*  SOLD OUT
03   Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre, Austin, TX*  SOLD OUT
05   Shaky Knees Music Festival, Atlanta, GA
06   Carolina Rebellion, Concord, NC
09   Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD*  SOLD OUT
11  Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ*  SOLD OUT
12  Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA*  SOLD OUT
14  Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN*  SOLD OUT
16  Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN  SOLD OUT
18  Rock On The Range Festival, Columbus OH
20  Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, AL
22  The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI*  SOLD OUT
23  The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI*  SOLD OUT
25  The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI*  SOLD OUT

JULY
27   Floydfest, Floyd, VA

* headline show

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Chuck Berry Documentary, Biopic In Development

Chuck Berry, who penned such iconic rock and roll anthems like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” is the subject of an upcoming  documentary and biopic that are being produced in cooperation with his estate and widow Themetta Berry. The songwriter, singer and guitarist who passed on March 17, 2017, was previously profiled in Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, a 1987 documentary film directed by Taylor Hackford that featured performances from two 1986 concerts celebrating Berry's 60th birthday.  

Cardinal Releasing Ltd, which has previously produced films on music legends including Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King and Nat King Cole, has already begun work on the documentary titled Chuck! The Documentary and is set to follow up work on the biopic with pre-production beginning in the summer once work on the documentary has wrapped.

In a statement, director Jon Brewer said: "I am very privileged to be able to produce and direct this fully authorized and official story of the legendary Chuck Berry.”

Berry, one of the progenitors of rock and roll and one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had a complicated personal life off stage that included a four month jail sentence for tax evasion and a 1959 arrest for violations of the Mann Act for bringing a 14-year-old girl across state lines for alleged “immoral purposes.”

Monday, January 29, 2018

Pat Benatar, Melissa Etheridge, B-52s Lead The Way At She Rocks Awards

Photos by Maria Huizinga 

Dedicated to celebrating women working in the music industry, the sixth annual She Rocks Awards was held on Friday, January 26, at the House of Blues in Anaheim during the 2018 NAMM Show.  Presented and produced by the Women’s International Music Network (WIMN), Pat Benatar, Melissa Etheridge, the B-52s and Exene Cervenka of X were among those honored. 

WIMN founder and awards co-host Laura B. Whitmore talked about the organization’s ongoing mission. “I feel like we are finally being heard,” she told the audience. “From the beginning, the She Rocks Awards has focused on bringing women together to share, to empower and to enlighten. We must continue to build on the progress we have made. As we advocate, educate and inspire women in the music industry, we seek to bring women together to create a larger voice.”

Whitmore and co-host and KROQ Los Angeles DJ Kat Corbett headed up the presentations to a wide array of female musicians and music industry movers and shakers. Unfortunately, Grammy Award winner Pat Benatar was ill and did not attend, so she wasn’t there to receive her Legend Award. 

Melissa Etheridge, who received the Icon Award, said in her acceptance speech: “What a cool thing, She Rocks. People are asking a lot of questions about women these days. They come up and say, ‘Did you guys ever have any trouble in rock and roll?' There wasn’t enough of us to have trouble.”

At one point, she recalled visiting radio stations with her record rep in the 80s and hearing programmers say, "Sorry, but we’re already playing a woman." She added, "Even though it has been next to impossible being a woman in the music business, we have succeeded and we have infiltrated every aspect of the music industry. We play the guitars and we rock; we play the drums and we rock; we work at the record companies and we rock; we discover the artists and we rock. We are a force to be reckoned with!”

The B-52s’ Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson accepted the Vanguard Award, while Exene Cervenka, co-lead singer/songwriter of legendary punk band X, received the Dreaming Out Loud Award. Also receiving well-deserved recognition via the Inspire Award was female band Fanny, one of the first notable female rock groups to to release an album on a major label (in 1970). their fans included the late David Bowie. Now known as Fanny Walked the Earth — with an eponymous new album coming in March.

She Rocks also honored females working in other facets of the music industry. including instruments, audio equipment, studio management, merchandising and media. Among this circle was Karla Redding-Andrews. The daughter of soul legend Otis Redding and executive director for the Otis Redding Foundation was saluted with the Champion Award for the foundation’s philanthropic endeavors, including music education. The evening ended with a rousing performance of Redding’s “Respect," featuring the honorees and presenters backed by the evening’s female house band, Rock Sugah.

Award presenters included Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers), Garbage’s Shirley Manson, singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe, actress Ann Magnuson and Gretsch Company executive VP/CFO Dinah Gretsch. Integrated throughout the show were performances by Olivia Rox, the Command Sisters and Laura Clapp, among others. A silent auction featured items such as an Etheridge autographed acoustic guitar, a private tour of Capitol Studios, four hours of recording time with an engineer at the Republic Records studios and an online course with Berklee College of Music.

More photos and video interviews can be found at VintageRock.com.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Ultimate Jam Night Present Free NAMM Show

Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running show in residency at the Whisky A Go Go, presents a special-edition of its award-winning program at NAMM 2018 on Saturday, January 27 at the Anaheim Hilton California C/D Ballroom.  Doors open at 8:00 pm. As is keeping with its tradition, admission is free.

Dubbed “Ultimate NAMM Night” the special-edition show will feature such renowned performers as Richie Kotzen , Corey Glover from Living Colour, Alex Skolnick of Testament, dUgPinnick and Jerry Gaskill from King’s X, Phil X from Bon Jovi, Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big, Ray Luzier from Korn, Clem Burke from Blondie, The Bulletboys, Jeff Scott Soto from Sons of Apollo, Headcat with David Vincent of I Am Morbid, Slunt, Damon Fox of The Cult and Bigelf, Stu Hamm from Steve Vai, and over 40 other artists. Additional artists will be added right up until showtime.

The special event is presented by RCF, along with sponsors Dean, DDrum, Ampeg, GearSecure, Cleartone, Wedgie, Reunion Blues, and CAD.

Founded in 2015 by Quiet Riot bassist Chuck Wright, Ultimate Jam Night features a rotating cast of players in a completely unrehearsed format. For more information on “Ultimate Jam Night” and Ultimate NAMM Night please visit https://www.facebook.com/ultimatejamnight/for constant updates.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Grateful Dead's Bob Weir Honored At 2018 NAMM Show

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At the opening Breakfast of Champions session of The 2018 NAMM Show on Thursday, January 25, legendary musician, songwriter, GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and original member of the Grateful Dead Bob Weir was presented with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) “Music for Life” award. The award honors his inspiring five decades-long career of influencing musical styles, sound design and the music business, as well as the many risks Weir and the Dead took along the way to become the iconic band that they became. 

The award was presented by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, who introduced Weir with acknowledgement of his pioneering spirit, which has helped define popular music over the last 50 years: “The Grateful Dead inspired a movement by taking incredible risks musically, culturally and in terms of how they approached the music business,” said Lamond. “They did so out of a passion for music making and, as a result, continue to inspire musicians to this day. We’re honored to present Bob Weir with the Music for Life Award for this his unabashed passion for music making, support for music education and so many more achievements in his long career.”

Weir offered a bit of creative wisdom for the audience of music professionals. “If you’re always going for it, the muse is always leading you in some direction. If you have faith in your muse, you’re going to get somewhere — if you put shoulder to the wheel. Every artist of any stripe is a storyteller, and the way you weave it together represents what makes life worth living.”

Risk is a term that has defined the duration of Weir’s career as one of rock’s finest and most distinctive rhythm guitarists. He’s currently a member of Dead & Company, which features Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, along with singer-songwriter John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti. 

Weir will tour this spring with fellow Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh for special duo performances, at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Wang Theater in Boston and Chicago Theater in Chicago. Weir has also recorded and performed with many acts including Bob Weir and the Campfire band which features members of The National, The Other Ones, Kingfish, Bobby and the Midnites, Scaring the Children, Ratdog and Furthur (co-led by Phil Lesh).

Weir recently struck a partnership with D’Angelico Guitars for the Bob Weir signature SS model, which won the Editor’s Choice Award for Guitar, Amps and Accessories at the 2017 Summer National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), while Music and Sound Retailer recently named the model Electric Guitar of the Year for 2017. Musical Merchandise Review (MMR) also nominated the Premier Bob Weir SS for Dealer’s Choice Award in the Electric Guitar category. The company says “his penchant for risk-taking in the world of instruments is akin to his contributions to music—he's restless in the best of ways. Working alongside Bob to design the guitar was a masterclass in dedication to innovation, yielding an instrument equally impressive in versatility, aesthetic, and craftsmanship." 

Weir has also partnered with Pigtronix to develop Bob Weir Real Deal Acoustic Preamp. Pigtronix, says he has a “one-of-a-kind sonic ambition” which has “has challenged the Pigtronix sound design team to reach beyond the realm of conventional guitar effects.”

In 2016, Weir received the inaugural Les Paul Spirit Award and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. Also in 2016, Weir released Blue Mountain on Columbia/Legacy/ROAR, his first album of solo material in more than 10 years and his first album of entirely original material in more than 30 years. The album received raves from critics, including NPR, which praised its “stately, autumnal, metaphysical cowboy songs.” 

The “Music for Life” award is NAMM’s highest honor and recognizes individuals or organizations that exemplify NAMM’s vision of music making as a precious element of daily living for everyone. Past recipients have included business leaders, public officials and musicians, including Graham Nash, Stevie Wonder, Yoko Ono, Henry Mancini, Smokey Robertson and the 2017 recipient, Robbie Robertson. It is awarded each January during the global music products gathering, The NAMM Show, held in Anaheim, California.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Phish Announce Summer 2018 Tour

Coming off a very special 2017 with The Baker's Dozen and another sold out four-night New Year's run at MSG, Phish is ready to hit the road again this summer and have announced 21 shows. The tour begins with two performances in Stateline, NV, at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys on July 17 and 18, and culminates with the band's traditional summer ending shows in September at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO. The full itinerary is below.

An online ticket request period is currently underway at tickets.phish.com and will end on Monday, February 5 at 10am ET. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning February 8. Specific on sale information for each show is available at phish.com.

Last summer, Phish performed The Baker's Dozen, a milestone 13-show run at Madison Square Garden held over 17 nights. The band performed 26 unique sets featuring a grand total of 237 songs with not one repeated during the three-week run. The Baker's Dozen earned accolades from a wide array of national publications including a best of the year nod from David Fricke in his year-end "Year in Rock" Rolling Stone column. "What I saw," wrote The New York Times' Ben Ratliff, "was a purposeful band in energetic form, better than I've seen and heard recently, more willing to let songs assume their own proportions, and going far into its own catalog."

PHISH - SUMMER 2018 TOUR DATES

July 17 & 18 - Stateline, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
July 20 - 22 - George, WA - The Gorge Amphitheatre
July 24 & 25 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
July 27 & 28 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
July 31 - Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater
August 3 - 5 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Amphitheatre
August 7&8 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
August 10 - Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
August 11 & 12 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 31 - September 2 - Commerce City, CO - Dick's Sporting Goods Park

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

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Neil Diamond Retires From Touring After Parkinson’s Diagnosis

Neil Diamond has announced his retirement from touring, after a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

Concert dates in Australia and New Zealand set for March and April as part of the singer’s 50th anniversary tour have been canceled.

“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring,” Diamond said in a statement on his website. “I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years.”

Diamond, who turns 77 this week, said he planned to continue writing and recording music, but would no longer play to live audiences. As part of the anniversary tour, he had already performed concerts across the United States and Europe, including dates in New York, Nashville, London, and Hamburg, when he made the announcement.

Diamond's career spans six decades. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, and will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Grammys.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Rick Wakeman's 'The Real Lisztomania' Limited Edition Box Set Available For Pre-Order

Keyboardist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Rick Wakeman's The Real Lisztomania Limited Edition Box Set is now available for pre-order. This is an extremely rare find as the master tapes were long since considered destroyed. Back in 1975, Wakeman was asked to oversee and compose a lot of the music for the film Lisztomania, which was directed by Ken Russell. The musician was also given a part in the film in which he played the god Thor.

A soundtrack album was later produced by Wakeman, which was subsequently turned down by A&M Records, much to his disgust. There were huge disputes going on at the time and they basically hated everything he produced even though he was selling albums for them in multi-millions. It is not commonly known that they actually turned down Journey To The Centre Of The Earth initially and it was only by forcing the contract that Wakeman had signed with them, that it was ever released. They also initially didn't want to release The Six Wives Of Henry VIII until some vocals were put on it!

After rejecting the Lisztomania soundtrack master, A&M then produced a soundtrack of their own which had very little of Wakeman on it and yet they still thoughtfully put his name on the front cover along with that of Roger Daltrey. The keyboardist was furious to say the least and hated the soundtrack album vehemently and told the press accordingly. It sold accordingly well. However, the movie went on to become one of the biggest cult films of all time. To find this original soundtrack is quite unbelievable as there was only one master ever in existence and yet somehow it has managed to survive more than 25 years in a box amongst some old football shorts. It was originally released as part of the fabled Treasure Chest box set of a limited edition of 500 on the Voiceprint label, copies of going for over £500 on eBay.

The tapes have been carefully re-mastered and all concerned believe that this is truly something special. Wakeman's idea was always to try and produce a completely different type of soundtrack and he produced this one by making it into a form of story with intermittent hilarious narration that runs throughout spoken by Paul Nicholas.

Guest vocalists include Roger Daltrey, Paul Nicholas & Linda Lewis. It may be more than 40 years since these altercations, but as they say, “Better late than never.” It's certainly a very different soundtrack to any that have ever been produced in the world of film music. It's very funny too, which is perhaps what we have come to expect from Rick with humor and music in one.

The box set, as well as other items, available will be shipped from UK for early April 2018

Pre-Order Now: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rick-wakeman-lisztomania

Rick Wakeman's official website: http://www.rwcc.com/


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Kinks, Zombies Bassist Jim Rodford Passes

Bassist Jim Rodford died at the age of 76 on Saturday, January 20.

The British musician, who spent 18 years with the Kinks, also played with Argent and The Zombies.

His cousin and fellow bandmate, Rod Argent, paid tribute on Facebook to the "magnificent bass player," who died following a fall on the stairs.

He also highlighted his commitment to the music scene in St Albans where he had lived all his life, playing with family members in The Rodford Files.

"He gave us absolutely unflagging commitment, loyalty and unbelievable energy... Our gratitude is beyond measure," Argent said.

"To the end, Jim's life was dedicated to music," Argent continued, in a lengthy tribute posted on Saturday. "He will be unbelievably missed."

The Kinks' Dave Davies paid tribute to his former colleague, who played with the band between 1979 and 1993, writing that he was "devastated by Jim's sudden loss".

"I'm too broken up to put words together, it's such a shock, I always thought Jim would live forever in true rock and roll fashion - strange - great friend, great musician, great man - he was an integral part of the Kinks later years. RIP," he wrote on Twitter.

Rodford was playing with The Bluetones when his cousin, Argent, first asked him to join his then-band The Zombies, alongside singer Colin Blunstone.

Rodford declined, but Argent in his Facebook tribute said he was "inextricably bound to the story of The Zombies" and credited him as being "an enormous enabler" for the band who went on to have a major US hit with She's Not There in 1964.

After a stint with the Mike Cotton Sound, the bassist did eventually agree to join his cousin as a founding member of Argent, who are best remembered for the songs "Hold Your Head Up" and "God Gave Rock and Roll to You."

When the Argent split in 1976, Rodford was recruited by the Kinks after the departure of John Dalton, performing on every album from 1979's Low Budget to 1993's Phobia.

"It is with deep sadness that we have learned that Jim Rodford passed away - he toured and recorded with the Kinks for many years and will be greatly missed. He was much loved by all of us," said an official statement from the Kinks on Twitter.

Rodford joined the revived Zombies in 1999 alongside his son, drummer Steve Rodford, touring until his death, most recently in Florida this month.

He was presented with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Hertfordshire last year.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Michael Des Barres Premieres New Video Single "Living In The USA" On YAHOO! Music

British musician, actor and broadcaster Michael Des Barres has today released his first single, "Living in the USA," on Wicked Cool Records, partnering with YAHOO! Music to exclusively premiere the song's controversial new video, here, directed by Marianne Spellman and produced by Kitty Page for Humble Servant Productions. Check out the video at YAHOO! Music.

The single is available everywhere digitally as well as on a limited run of 45s on red vinyl, with the A-side of the original composition of "Living in the USA," and on the B-side, a cover of Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody," which deals with similar themes. Des Barres, born in England and raised in the United States, says, "To turn away from an accident and not help is analogous to not addressing the greed, elitism and injustice that is happening in our beautiful country and around the world. This is why I wrote 'Living in the USA.'"

As the host of Little Steven's Underground Garage on SiriusXM Radio Channel 21, Des Barres is heard by millions of listeners five days a week (8-11am ET and 9pm-midnight PT). Des Barres has sold over 7 million albums as both a recording artist and songwriter.

Known as a glam rock icon, Des Barres was the front man of the bands Silverhead and Detective, personally signed by Jimmy Page to Swan Song records. From 1982 to 1984, Michael was a member of Chequered Past, which included Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols, and Clem Burke (who also plays drums on "Living in the USA") and Nigel Harrison of Blondie. In 1983, Michael co-penned the song "Obsession," a number one hit in 27 countries for LA new wave group Animotion. Des Barres was also the touring singer for the Duran Duran spin-off group, The Power Station, performing with them at Live Aid.

More recently, Des Barres narrated the one-night only performance of Frank Zappa's legendary 200 Motels with the LA Philharmonic and released a live follow-up to his 2012 album Carnaby Street called Hot 'n Sticky. Rolling Stone magazine called out Michael's songwriting in their "Top 25 Albums of 2015" naming his song, "Pain Killer" as a highlight of the critically acclaimed album, Introducing Darlene Love. Des Barres' last album, The Key To the Universe was released by F.O.D Records in February 2015.

Over the past five decades, Des Barres has also appeared in more than 40 feature films such as To Sir With Love with Sidney Poitier, Pink Cadillac with Clint Eastwood, The Man From Elysian Fields with Mick Jagger, and Diary of a Sex Addict with Rosanna Arquette, as well as over 150 hours of American television shows such as NCIS, Bones, CSI, Seinfeld, Frasier, Roseanne and Melrose Place, and as the infamous assassin Murdoc on MacGyver, a role which  Des Barres will reprise as he guest stars on the  MacGyver re-boot on February 2 on CBS.

Wicked Cool Records evolved out of "Little Steven" Van Zandt's weekly syndicated radio show and SiriusXM channel Little Steven's Underground Garage. Van Zandt founded the label as a way to further support new rock & roll that wasn't receiving the recognition it deserved. Among the label's releases are 10 critically acclaimed compilations including Halloween A Go-Go, Christmas A Go-Go and The Coolest Songs In The World Volumes 1-8, featuring music from the Underground Garage. In 2016, Wicked Cool Records began a unique distribution deal and partnership with The Orchard encompassing both the label's back catalog and all new Wicked Cool releases, releasing albums from WYLDLIFE, Soraia and more.

"Living in the USA" and "Gotta Serve Somebody" are available via all digital outlets, including iTunes and Amazon. Limited edition red vinyl 45s are available at wickedcoolrecords.com.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Dead Daisies Announce New Album, New Drummer

The Dead Daisies will release a new album called Burn It Down via Spitfire Music / SPV on Friday, April 6th, 2018.

In addition, the band has hired drummer Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey), replacing the departing Brian Tichy.

Recorded in Nashville with Marti Frederiksen at the helm, Burn It Down is the Dead Daisies' fourth studio album.

“I’m extremely excited about our new record Burn It Down," says singer John Corabi about the new record "It was a pleasure to once again work with Marti Frederiksen and the band on what I believe is the next great step in The Dead Daisies journey. This is a balls-out old school rock record. Enjoy it, and see you all on our massive 2018 world tour! ”

“The new Daisies album will melt your face," adds guitarist Doug Aldrich. "It is raw and in-your-face with a whole new sound!”

With the band eager to get on the road and in true Daisies’ fashion, the band announced the first of many Burn It Down tour dates slated for 2018 right before Christmas with fans turning out in droves at the on-sale date. Many more dates are to be announced including the band’s highly anticipated return to Japan, North America, Mexico and South America!

Along with Castronovo, Corabi and Aldrich, the lineup includes bassist Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and guitarist David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink).

The Dead Daisies - Burn It Down track listing:

Resurrected
Rise Up
Burn It Down
Judgement Day
What Goes Around
Bitch
Set Me Free
Dead And Gone
Can’t Take It With You
Leave Me Alone

The album will be released in the following formats:

• DigiPak CD with 12-page booklet and poster
• Gatefold colored vinyl with printed inner sleeves, 4-page poster booklet and audio CD in paper sleeve
• Picture disk vinyl in gatefold sleeve
• Digital download & streaming

The Dead Daisies Burn It Down World Tour:

UK
(with special guests The Treatment* & The Amorettes)

April
8th - Garage - Glasgow, UK
9th - Robin 2 - Bilston, UK
10th - Koko - London, UK*
12th - Academy 2 - Manchester, UK
13th - Rock City - Nottingham, UK*
14th - Academy - Bristol, UK*

Europe
(with special guests The New Roses)

April
16th - 013 - Tilburg, NET
17th - Biebob - Vosselaar, BEL
18th - Markthalle - Hamburg, GER
20th - Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, SWE
21st - Parktreateret - Oslo, NOR
22nd - Klubben - Stockholm, SWE
24th - Pumpehuset - Copenhagen, DEN
25th - Rosenhof - Osnabrueck, GER
26th - Backstage Werk - Munich, GER
27th - Barba Negra Track - Budapest, HUN
29th - Simm City - Vienna, AUS

May
1st - Thanks Jimi Festival - Wroclaw, POL
3rd - Kesselhaus - Berlin, GER
4th - Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, GER
5th - Live Music Hall - Cologne, GER
6th - Le Trabendo - Paris, FRA
8th - Z7 - Pratteln, SWI
9th Live Club - Trezo (Milan), ITA
11th - Zentral - Pamplona, SPA
12th - Mon - Madrid, SPA

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Heartbreakers Lead All-Star Lineup At 'Light It Up Blue' Benefit

Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stills, Oliver Stills, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, Steve Ferrone, and emcee Jack Black, plus many special guests, will return to Los Angeles on Saturday, April 21 at the Dolby Theatre for the 5th Annual Light Up The Blues Concert—An Evening of Music to Benefit Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. Hosted once again by Kristen and Stephen Stills, the event will also feature performances by three artists with autism. Produced by Nederlander Concerts, the benefit concert will begin at 7:30 P.M.Tickets go on sale Friday, January 19 at 10:00 A.M. through Ticketmaster.com or the Dolby Theatre Box Office.

The April 21 event spotlights Light It Up Blue, Autism Speaks’ annual global campaign for understanding and acceptance, which begins on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, and continues throughout April, World Autism Month. Light Up The Blues will celebrate the many gifts of individuals with autism, while supporting Autism Speaks in its mission to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for children, adults and families affected by autism spectrum disorder. Proceeds from the Light Up The Blues Concert will go toward Autism Speaks’ efforts to advance research, increase early childhood screening and interventions, and improve the transition to adulthood.

“Once again, we are so thrilled to be doing this benefit for year number five. Working on behalf of Autism Speaks is our great privilege, and we are so pleased to hold this year’s concert at the iconic Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars,” said Kristen Stills.

“The last four Light Up The Blues benefits have been incredible, life-changing events for all involved. With an exceptional line-up this year, we are so grateful to be able to bring such a special night of music to the entire community, and to continue to support Autism Speaks,” Stephen Stills added.

Angela Geiger, president and CEO of Autism Speaks, added, “We couldn’t be more grateful to the Stills family, Jack Black and all of the performers who are so generous with their time and their talent. Funds raised through this extraordinary concert will fuel Autism Speaks’ mission and help to enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.”

Over the years, the concerts have featured artists including Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Mayer, Ryan Adams, Brandi Carlile, Don Felder, Jakob Dylan, Nikka Costa, The War On Drugs, and more, and have raised over $1.8 million for Autism Speaks.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Previously Unreleased Jimi Hendrix Version Of "Mannish Boy" Premieres On BBC

Today, engineer/producer Eddie Kramer premiered “Mannish Boy” by Jimi Hendrix on BBC Radio 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny Breakfast Show. The track is currently available globally on all digital platforms for purchase and streaming. 

“Mannish Boy” is a foretaste of Both Sides of the Sky, the new Hendrix album set for release March 9 from Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings.

Listen to “Mannish Boy” below.
Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy” was reworked by the trio that would come to be known as Band of Gypsys (Jimi Hendrix, bassist Billy Cox, drummer Buddy Miles) during their first ever recording session on April 22, 1969 at the Record Plant in New York. This lineup would make its public debut during four performances at the Fillmore East on New Year’s Eve 1969 and New Year’s Day 1970, from which the live albums Band of Gypsys (1970) and the acclaimed Machine Gun (2016) are derived.

Both Sides of the Sky, the album home of “Mannish Boy,” is the final volume in a trilogy of albums intended to present the best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining in Jimi Hendrix’s archive. It follows Valleys of Neptune (2010) and People, Hell and Angels (2013), which both cracked the top 5 on Billboard’s Top 100 album chart. Recorded between January 1968 and February 1970, and featuring appearances by Stephen Stills, Johnny Winter and Lonnie Youngblood, Both Sides of the Sky contains 10 unreleased tracks. It will be available on CD, digital, and as a numbered 180-gram audiophile vinyl 2LP. The project was co-produced by Eddie Kramer, Jimi Hendrix’s recording engineer on all of his albums made during his life, along with Janie Hendrix and John McDermott.

Eddie Kramer talks about Jimi Hendrix and Both Sides of The Sky with Shaun Keaveny at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05v0j84.

Both Sides of the Sky track list (out March 9):

1) Mannish Boy*
2) Lover Man*
3) Hear My Train A Comin’*
4) Stepping Stone*
5) $20 Fine*+
6) Power Of Soul^
7) Jungle*
8) Things I Used to Do#
9) Georgia Blues++
10) Sweet Angel*
11) Woodstock*+
12) Send My Love To Linda*
13) Cherokee Mist*

*Previously unreleased
^ Previously unavailable extended version
+Featuring Stephen Stills
#Featuring Johnny Winter
++Featuring Lonnie Youngblood

Both Sides of the Sky is produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Surviving Motörhead Members To Reunite For Lemmy Tribute Gigs

The last surviving members of Motörhead are set to reunite for a series of Lemmy tribute concerts.

The Motörhead frontman died on December 28, 2015, from congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia. He had also been battling prostate cancer. He had just turned 70 four days before.

“Fast” Eddie Clarke, the last surviving member of the original and best-known Motörhead lineup, passed away last week on January 10, after suffering from pneumonia.

Guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mickey Dee are now set to reunite to play a series of special shows in honor of their late frontman. Campbell played in the band from 1984 – 2015 while Dee was a member from 1992 – 2015.

“It’s just gonna be a few select shows,” Campbell revealed in a recent interview, adding that he and drummer Mickey Dee will be accompanied on stage by a number of special guests. “We want to do something special.”

The guitarist said that details are still being worked out and there’s no word on the specifics of the shows yet.

Last month, Lemmy‘s final solo recording was released nearly two years after his death. Approximately six months before his death, the metal icon collaborated with Chris Declercq on what would become his final solo recording, titled "We Are The Ones."

In a statement, Declercq addressed Lemmy, saying: “You opened a door no one else wanted to open for me. You allowed me to share precious moments with you as a composer, musician, and friend. By helping me, you showed that you were the most generous, humble and honest man. I am honoring your gift every day and you are forever in my heart.”

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters To Release 'Live At David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption' on DVD

Available to own for the first time on DVD & digital video, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters' Live At David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption on February 9, 2018. Filmed as part of David Lynch’s inaugural Festival of Disruption, one of Los Angeles’ most anticipated cultural events, this concert took place at the Ace Hotel Theatre in October 2016, raising funds for The David Lynch Foundation.

Performing with Sensational Space Shifters since 2012, Robert Plant continues to shift the musical goalposts, blurring the lines between rock, blues, folk & world music and finding new life in exotic beats and African rhythms.

With a set including a new take on beloved Led Zeppelin classics, stripped down versions of “Black Dog” and “Whole Lotta Love” are met with a rapturous response from the packed theater audience, with whom Plant enjoys a genuine rapport. Also included are “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” and “Going to California,” alongside solo standouts “Turn It Up,” “The Enchanter/Rainbow,” and “Little Maggie.”

This is a rare opportunity for fans to witness the legendary frontman as they've never seen or heard him before. This David Lynch-curated event aims to feature artists with “knowledge and mystery” -- undoubtedly Robert Plant has an abundance of both.

Proceeds from the sale of this DVD will benefit the David Lynch Foundation:
https://www.davidlynchfoundation.org.uk/ 
https://festivalofdisruption.com/

Friday, January 12, 2018

Dave Mason Announces 2018 U.S. Tour

Dave Mason has announced his first tour of 2018 simply titled, The Very Best of Dave Mason, which kicks off early next month in Hawaii (see below for all confirmed dates).

This new live show will enhance the popular 2017 live concert filmed for Public Television and feature some of Mason's most beloved songs including "All Along the Watchtower," "Only You Know and I Know," "Dr. Mr. Fantasy," "Every Woman" and "We Just Disagree," and "Feelin' Alright."

Mason also plans on playing some deeper tracks from his albums, as well as some favorites that have shaped his career spanning  more than 50 years. In addition, the singer will share photos and firsthand accounts of rock stories.

Mason was inducted into the Rock Hall in 2004 as a founding member of the group Traffic and continues to perform as a solo artist.

His band features Johnne Sambataro on guitar and vocals, Tony Patler on keyboards and vocals, and Alvino Bennett on drums.

The Very Best of Dave Mason 2018 Tour

February 7 - Honokaa Theater in Honokaa, Hilo, Hawaii
February 8 - Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian's in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
February 9 - Kauai Beach Resort in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii
February 10 - The MACC - Castle Theater in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
February 15 - The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California
February 17 - Talking Stick Resort Showroom in Scottsdale, Arizona
February 18 - Fox Tucson Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
February 22 - The Kessler Theater in Dallas, Texas
February 23 & 24 - One World Theatre in Austin, Texas
February 25 - The Heights Theater in Houston, Texas
February 28 - The Englert Theatre in Iowa City, Iowa

March 2 - Kleinhan's Music Hall in Buffalo, New York
March 4 - City Winery in New York, New York
March 6 - City Winery in Boston, Massachusetts
March 9 - Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania
March 10 - The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut
March 11 - City Winery in New York, New York
March 14 - Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, Virginia
March 15 - NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, New York
March 16 - Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Westhampton Beach, New York

May 19 - The Cave in Big Bear Lake, California
May 23 & 24 - The Carriage House Theatre at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California
May 26 - Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Fest / Rancho Santa Susana Community Center in Simi Valley, California


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

She Rocks Awards To Honor Pat Benatar, Melissa Etheridge, B-52s & Others

On Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, the Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) is hosting its sixth annual She Rocks Awards honoring women within the music industry during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The event is set to take place at the House of Blues Anaheim, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The 2018 She Rocks Awards recipients include:

  • Pat Benatar, four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist
  • Melissa Etheridge, Grammy® Award- and Academy® Award-winning artist
  • The B-52s Katie Pierson & Cindy Wilson
  • Karla Redding-Andrews, Executive Director for The Otis Redding Foundation
  • Exene Cervenka, vocalist for X 
  • Amberly Crouse-Knox, Senior Director of Creative and Business Development, BMG Production Music
  • Jean Millington Adamian, June Millington, Brie Howard Darling, Patti Quatro Ericson and Alice de Buhr of the all-female American rock band, Fanny
  • Candace Stewart, Studio Manager, EastWest Studios in Hollywood
  • Dawn Birr, Channel Manager for the Americas, Sennheiser Business Solutions 
  • Fabi Reyna, Founder and Editor of She Shreds Media
  • Vanessa Mering, Marketing Manager, HARMAN Professional
  • Kristy Porter, Guitar Center’s Director of Merchandising, General Accessories & Media

Los Angeles radio DJ, Kat Corbett (KROQ/SiriusXM) and WiMN Founder Laura B. Whitmore will be sharing hosting duties.

Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Colbie Caillat, Ronnie Spector, Sheila E, The Bangles, Lita Ford, Shirley Manson, Esperanza Spalding, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Batten, Karmin, Orianthi, Dinah Gretsch, Craigie Zildjian, and more.

The She Rocks Awards brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans and media to celebrate women in music. This evening includes live music, awards and speeches, celebrity appearances, a fabulous silent auction, food and beverages, giveaways, amazing gift bags and more!

For more information and tickets, go to http://www.thewimn.com/she-rocks-awards-tickets.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers Announce Co-Headline North American Summer Tour

Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers announced today their co-headline North American 2018 summer tour kicking off May 10 in Charlotte, NC and wrapping July 14 in Bethel, NY. Promoted by Live Nation, the legendary bands will travel to 30+ cities across the U.S. and Canada including Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Nashville, and Toronto.

Tickets for the tour go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 12 at 10am local time in most cities on Live Nation.com. Please see below for full tour itinerary and details.

Citi® is the official presale credit card for the Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Wednesday, January 10 at 10am local time until Thursday, January 11 at 10pm local time through Citi's Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com

Founded in 1972, Steely Dan has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the '70s with hits such as "Reelin' in the Years," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "F.M.," "Peg," "Hey Nineteen," "Deacon Blues," and "Babylon Sisters," from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980 – including 1977's sold-out tours (that continue through today). In 2000 they released the multi-Grammy winning (including "Album of the Year") Two Against Nature, and released the acclaimed follow-up Everything Must Go in 2003. Steely Dan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Visit SteelyDanOfficial.com for more information.

The Doobie Brothers have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four GRAMMY® Awards. Their latest studio album, Southbound, features new recordings of the band's biggest hits, with country music's biggest stars including Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith. Boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, the band continues to write and record new material and tour the world. Their No. 1 singles "Black Water" (1974) and "What a Fool Believes" (1979), both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include "Listen To The Music," "Jesus Is Just All Right," "Rockin' Down the Highway," "Long Train Runnin'," "China Grove," "Take Me In Your Arms," Takin' it to the Streets," "Minute by Minute," "You Belong to Me," "The Doctor" and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied up five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street (1972), the Doobies have 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum and 14 Gold albums. Their Best of the Doobies (1976) has sold more than 12 million copies – a rare "diamond record."


STEELY DAN & THE DOOBIE BROTHERS TOUR
Thu May 10
Charlotte, NC^
PNC Music Pavilion
Fri May 11
Raleigh, NC^
Coastal Credit Union Music Park 
at Walnut Creek 
Sun May 13
Jacksonville, FL
Daily's Place
Mon May 14
Tampa, FL
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Thu May 17
West Palm Beach, FL
Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Sat May 19
Atlanta, GA
Verizon Amphitheatre
Sun May 20
Nashville, TN
Ascend Amphitheater
Tue May 22
New Orleans, LA
Smoothie King Center
Thu May 24
Houston, TX
Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Fri May 25
Dallas, TX
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Sun May 27
Austin, TX
Austin360 Amphitheater
Wed May 30
Los Angeles, CA
The Forum
Fri Jun 01
San Francisco, CA
Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mon Jun 04
Portland, OR+
Moda Center
Tue Jun 05
Seattle, WA
KeyArena
Thurs Jun 07
Spokane, WA**
Spokane Arena
Sat Jun 09
Boise, ID**
Taco Bell Arena
Sun Jun 10
Salt Lake City, UT
USANA Amphitheatre
Tue Jun 12
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center
Fri Jun 15
St. Paul, MN
Xcel Energy Center
Sat Jun 16
Madison, WI**
Breese Stevens Field
Mon Jun 18
Kansas City, MO
Starlight Theatre
Tue Jun 19
St. Louis, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - STL
Thu Jun 21
Chicago, IL
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - CHI
Sat Jun 23
Cleveland, OH
Blossom Music Center
Sun Jun 24
Indianapolis, IN
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Tue Jun 26
Detroit, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Wed Jun 27
Cincinnati, OH
Riverbend Music Center
Sat Jun 30
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Mon Jul 02
Toronto, ON**
Budweiser Stage
Tue Jul 03
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater
Fri Jul 06
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
Sat Jul 07
Mansfield, MA
Xfinity Center
Tue Jul 10
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live
Wed Jul 11
Camden, NJ
BB&T Pavilion
Fri Jul 13
Gilford, NH**
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Sat Jul 14
Bethel, NY
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
**No Citi pre-sale 
^General public tickets on sale beginning January 20 at 10am local time
+General public tickets on sale beginning January 26 at 10am local time