Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz To Tour As Duo, Playing Monkees Songs

Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will hit the road in June for their first-ever national tour as a duo. Billed as "The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show," these 16 special performances will feature songs that span the group's entire career - from its 1966 eponymous debut to 2016's Good Times. The shows will highlight many of Nesmith's compositions, including some that have never been performed live. The tour also includes two shows in Canada, which represent Nesmith's first "Monkees" concerts since the band played there in 1969. 

Tickets and VIP packages will go on sale February 23 at VIP Packages include access to soundcheck, a signed, hardbound copy of the tourbook, early entry to the show and a commemorative VIP laminate.

"I love being on stage with Micky," says Nesmith. "We've been collaborating for over 50 years, so it's hard to believe it's never been just the two of us. I'm excited to dust off some tunes that I haven't played for a long time too. These are going to be some fun shows."

"Right from the get-go, I admired Mike's songs. When we used to get together around the campfire to sing in the early days, we were always doing his songs," says Dolenz. "We always had such a great a vocal blend; he was the one who encouraged me to write songs of my own. I've always been a big fan and now we finally get to do the Mike & Micky show that we riffed on back when we were shooting The Monkees."

Original Monkee Peter Tork will not take part in the tour. Instead, he's focusing on Relax Your Mind, a new album by Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues that honors the music of Lead Belly. The album is available now via CD Baby and Bandcamp.

"I have in general made no secret of the fact that all these recent years of Monkees-related projects, as fun as they've been, have taken up a lot of my time and energy. Moving forward, I have blues projects that I want to give my attention to, hence Relax Your Mind. So, I'm shifting gears for now, but I wish the boys well, and I've learned to never say never on things further down the line."

"The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show" is the latest chapter in Monkee-mania, a saga that began in 1965 when four young men were cast in a television show about a struggling rock band that was inspired by the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night. Few could have predicted the impact the Monkees would have on music and pop culture at large, one that still reverberates more than 50 years later.

Formed in Los Angeles for the eponymous television series, the quartet of Dolenz, Nesmith, Tork and the late Davy Jones brought a singular mix of pop, rock, psychedelia, Broadway and country to their music. The Monkees' first single, "Last Train to Clarksville," was released in 1966 and quickly headed for the top spot of the Billboard charts, where it would ultimately sit for 13 of the 78 weeks it remained in the Top 200. (Two decades later, in the midst of a new burst of Monkee-mania, The Monkees popped back onto the charts, bringing the total number of weeks to 102.)

By the time the series aired its final new episode on March 25, 1968, the Monkees had seen three further albums top the charts - More of the Monkees, Headquarters, and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. All were released in 1967, staggeringly enough, racking up several more hit singles, with "I'm A Believer," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You," "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Words," "Daydream Believer," "Valleri," and "Tapioca Tundra" all finding their way into the Billboard Top 40. The final tally: 16 million albums and 7.5 million singles sold in a mere 2 1/2 years.

After the series' two-season run, the group went on to star in the cult feature film Head (co-written by Jack Nicholson) and a TV special (33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee ) while also continuing to record new material. But as the '60s gave way to the '70s, the members of the Monkees eventually gave in to their individual musical interests and went their separate ways . . . for awhile.

In February 1986, after MTV broadcast a marathon of The Monkees, Dolenz, Jones, and Tork reunited for a 20th anniversary tour, with Nesmith joining them onstage for the Los Angeles date of the tour. In 1996, all four members of the group reunited for a new album (Justus) and TV special (Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees).

In the wake of Jones's death on February 12, 2012, the surviving members of the Monkees reunited and performed a series concerts. The shows were received so triumphantly that Dolenz, Nesmith and Tork returned the following summer for a tour dubbed, "A Midsummer's Night With the Monkees."

To celebrate the Monkees' 50th anniversary in 2016, the surviving members of the band recorded the critically acclaimed album Good Times. Much like the Monkees' early albums, it featured tracks written for the band by a group of gifted songwriters, including Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Andy Partridge (XTC) and more. To support the album, Dolenz and Tork launched a successful tour that featured Nesmith beaming in remotely via Skype for a few songs during some of the shows.

Tour Dates

1 - Chandler Center For The Arts - Chandler, AZ                  
2 - The Orpheum  - Los Angeles, CA
3 - Humphrey's  - San Diego, CA
5 - The Grove - Anaheim, CA
6 - The Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA
8 - Bob Hope Theatre - Stockton, CA
9 - Harrah's Lake Tahoe - Stateline, NV
12 - Paramount - Denver, CO
14 - Copernicus Center - Chicago, IL
15 - Rose Music Center - Huber Heights, OH
16 - Cain Park - Cleveland, OH
18 - Sony Center - Toronto, ON - Canada
19 - Centre In the Square - Kitchener, ON - Canada
21 - Keswick Theatre - Philadelphia, PA
22 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY
25 - Count Basie Theatre - Red Bank, NJ

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ultimate Jam Night Staging Benefit For Slain Whisky A Go Go Security Staff Member

Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running community-oriented music program in residence at the Whisky A Go Go, is staging a special benefit show on tonight (Tuesday, February 20) for Ronald Broadnax, a long-time member of the Whisky A Go Go security staff. Doors at the Whisky open at 8:00 pm.

Broadnax was shot and killed in front of his home on February 14. The homicide was a result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time as Broadnax was an unintended victim. Known for his ability to make everyone feel at ease, Broadnax often worked the Whisky A Go Go backstage area, where he was responsible for assisting talent and their personnel.

A program featuring both local and national artists that Broadnax admired will be presented. A complete list of performers is at

Funds received at the show will go to Broadnax's family to aid in funeral and other expenses. Contributions can be made directly to

Monday, February 19, 2018

Chris Squire's 'Fish Out Of Water' Box Set Coming In April

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of an official limited edition deluxe boxed set of late Yes bassist Chris Squire's 1975 debut solo album Fish Out Of Water. Recorded in the late Spring and Summer of 1975 whilst Yes was on hiatus as members recorded their respective solo albums, Fish Out Of Water was a breath-taking work, and equal in standard to any Yes album in terms of sheer invention and creativity. 

The album was essentially a collaboration between Chris Squire and his friend Andrew Pryce Jackman, a gifted arranger who had been a member of The Syn, Squire's pre-Yes group. The sessions saw contributions from former Yes drummer Bill Bruford, Yes keyboard player Patrick Moraz and noted musicians Mel Collins and Jimmy Hastings. Released in November 1975, Fish Out Of Water was a Top 30 chart hit in the UK and made the US Billboard Top 75 album chart, going on to sell nearly 500,000 copies worldwide.

The highlight of this limited edition deluxe boxed set is a stunning new 5.1 Surround Sound mix (exclusive to this set on an NTSC / Region Free DVD), along with a new stereo mix, from the original multi-track master tapes by Jakko Jakszyk and a new re-master of the original 1975 mix by Paschal Byrne. Fish Out Of Water also includes four bonus tracks of the single edits of “Lucky Seven” and “Silently Falling”, along with both sides of the 1981 single by Chris Squire and Alan White; “Run With the Fox” and “Return of the Fox” (appearing on CD for the first time).

The boxed set also includes a replica 180 gram gatefold LP with poster of  Fish Out Of Water (mastered and cut from the original tapes at Abbey Road studios), along with two seven inch singles of “Lucky Seven” b/w “Silently Falling” and “Run With the Fox” b/w “Return of the Fox”, both in picture sleeves. To complete the content is a visual DVD (NTSC / Region Free) featuring the 1975 Fish Out Of Water promotional film featuring the songs “Hold Out Your Hand” and “You By My Side,” along with a 2006 interview with Chris Squire conducted by Jon Kirkman and a 2006 audio commentary by Chris Squire. Finally, the set also contains a 36-page book with an essay by Sid Smith featuring exclusive interviews with Bill Bruford, Patrick Moraz, Gregg Jackman and Jakko Jakszyk.

Also available as a 2CD set which features a stunning new Stereo mix from the original multi-track master tapes by Jakko Jakszyk and a new re- master of the original 1975 mix by Paschal Byrne.

Always justly proud of his first solo album, it was Chris Squire's long held wish that a 5.1 Surround mix would be undertaken of the work someday. This Esoteric Recordings edition finally brings this to fruition and is a fitting tribute to the artistry of Squire and his collaborator, Andrew Pryce Jackman.

To pre-order Chris Squire's Fish Out Of Water  Limited Edition Boxed Set:

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Jeff Beck Provide Soundtrack For Olympics Ice Skating

During the men’s free skate program that aired Friday (Feb. 16) night in America, rock music roared when competitors at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang tapped Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Jeff Beck for their music.

Previously in the Olympics, songs with lyrics weren’t permitted, but since that rule changed, we’ve seen everyone from Ed Sheeran to Beyonce sing out over Olympic ice. And during the men’s free skate program, the competitors had a little bit of fun with their soundtrack picks.

Australia’s Brendan Kerry busted out a medley of Pink Floyd's “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and “Money,” and the second the iconic guitar riff of the former rang out, Twitter had jokes.

A few days after Canadian skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir performed to the Moulin Rouge! version of the Police's "Roxanne," American ice skater Vincent Zhou hit the crowd with another Moulin Rouge! selection during men's free skate, a medley of David Bowie singing "Nature Boy" and "Come What May," sung by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. Not long after, Czech figure skater Michal Brezina gave a dramatic skate to Rag'n'Bone Man's "Human" and Bootstraps' cover of "Stand By Me."

Despite having a significantly less rocking soundtrack, U.S. skater Nathan Chen stole the spotlight during men’s free skate by becoming the first Winter Olympian to execute six quads during the men’s free skate.

Additionally, Adam Rippon revisited the Coldplay/Cinematic Orchestra medley of "O"/"Arrival of the Birds" he performed earlier during the Olympics for the team skating event (for which he netted a bronze medal) for his men's free skate program.

Ryom Tai Ok and Kim Ju Sik of North Korea, the first figure skating pair from their country to compete in the Olympics since 2006, skated to Jeff Beck's instrumental cover of "A Day in the Life" by the Beatles. Beck's version did not include any of the song's lyrics, but it still raised some eye brows considering the North's disdain for western culture.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Cheech & Chong's 'Up In Smoke' To Be Reissued On 4/20

Fire up the home entertainment system and call your buds because the ultimate stoner comedy is celebrating its 40th anniversary.  The high-larious cannabis cultural epic  breakthrough Up In Smoke will "... grab you by the poo poo" all over again when it arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD April 10, 2018 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. 

A special Deluxe Collector's Edition, pairing the Blu-ray with the original soundtrack on CD and vinyl in deluxe packaging, will arrive the following week on 4/20 from Rhino, featuring a newly recorded "2018 version" of the title song "Up In Smoke."
In 1978, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong made their feature film debut in Up In Smoke, the outrageously funny classic inspired by their now legendary comedy routines of the early '70s. Following massive success with over 10 million comedy albums sold, four Grammy nominations and a win for Best Comedy Recording for Los Cochinos, Cheech and Chong took Hollywood by storm when Up In Smoke became a smash hit, establishing the pair as the reigning comedy duo of a new generation. Today, the film still has viewers rolling in the aisles and maintains surprising cultural relevance four decades after its original release.
"The greatest thrill is making your first movie and this one has been seen and been influential all over the world for over forty years," said Richard "Cheech" Marin. "Up In Smoke started stoner movies and is still going strong so smoke it up one more time."

"Where did the time go? 40 years ago we made low budget movies that grossed over 100 million and are still being watched all over the world! And it also helped legalize an important medicine," said Thomas Chong. "I am so proud that a movie bearing a title of a simple song I wrote would be so influential for so many years."

In Up In Smoke, Cheech and Chong play wannabe musicians and stoners who unwittingly smuggle a van made of marijuana from Mexico to L.A. Their drug-laced humor keeps their spirits high as they unknowingly elude the police and meander their way to an outrageous finale at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood where Cheech performs in a pink tutu and Chong plays drums in a red body suit with a Quaalude logo.

The Up In Smoke Blu-ray Combo Pack features a brand new short-form documentary entitled How Pedro Met the Man: Up In Smoke at 40, which chronicles the duo's comedy history, as well as the origins and impact of the film itself. Capturing a complex and fascinating pop culture odyssey, the documentary incorporates new interviews with Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong and producer/director Lou Adler along with archival footage. The Combo Pack is also loaded with previously released bonus material including deleted scenes, commentary, a music video and more.

The Up In Smoke Deluxe Collector's Edition is presented in a 12x12 package, limited to 5,000 copies. The set pairs the Blu-ray with the original soundtrack on CD and VINYL LP, as well as a 7-inch picture disc, oversized Up In Smoke rolling papers, a film poster, and booklet with new essays by both Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, along with rare and unseen photos. In addition to the new version of the "Up In Smoke" song, the CD also features another previously unreleased version of the song from 1978 with an additional Spanish verse by Cheech.

The Up In Smoke Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French Mono Dolby Digital, Spanish Mono Dolby Digital, Portuguese Mono Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the Combo Pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French Mono Dolby Digital, Spanish Mono Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, and Spanish subtitles.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Styx, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Tesla Team Up For Summer Tour

Styx and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts are teaming up with Tesla for a summer U.S. tour that kicks off May 30 in Irvine, CA at the FivePoint Amphitheatre.

Tickets for various cities of the tour, produced by Live Nation, will go on sale starting Friday, February 16 at 10:00 AM local time at

Styx and Tesla will be offering VIP packages via their own exclusive pre-sales beginning Wednesday, February 14, at 10:00 AM local time at and

Fans can explore Joan Jett & The Blackhearts VIP packages available at the time of ticket purchase and at

Check out the tour at any of the following stops:

05/30 - FivePoint Amphitheatre - Irvine, CA*                     
06/01 - Concord Pavilion - Concord, CA*               
06/02 - Toyota Amphitheatre - Sacramento, CA*         
06/04 - USANA Amphitheatre - Salt Lake City, UT         
06/05 - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre - Denver, CO**                 
06/07 - Chesapeake Energy Arena - Oklahoma City, OK       
06/09 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, TX                 
06/10 - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory - Dallas, TX                   
06/12 - Ascend Amphitheater - Nashville, TN               
06/13 - PNC Music Pavilion - Charlotte, NC               
06/14 - Costal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC                 
06/16 - Verizon Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA**                 
06/17 - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL                   
06/27 - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA                 
06/28 - Lakeview Amphitheater - Syracuse, NY               
06/29 - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY               
06/30 - GIANT Center - Hershey, PA                 
07/03 - Place Bell at Laval - Montreal, QUE.           
07/04 - Budweiser Stage - Toronto, ONT.             
07/06 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI                   
07/07 - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island - Chicago, IL                 
07/08 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis, MO               
07/10 - Starlight Theatre - Kansas City, MO         
07/11 - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center - Indianapolis, IN           
07/13 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA*                 
07/14 - KeyBank Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA             
07/15 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ                 

* For these shows, VIP packages will be available starting Wednesday, February 21 at 10am local time, and general on-sale will be Friday, February 23 at 10am local time.
** Not a Live Nation show. Atlanta show’s general on-sale is February 16 at 9am local time.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Judas Priest Guitarist Glenn Tipton Retires From Touring Due To Parkinson's Disease

Judas Priest has announced that longtime guitarist Glenn Tipton is taking a step back from touring due to his battle with Parkinson's disease. The band is scheduled to hit the road behind on their upcoming album, Firepower, in March.

A statement issued by the band says, "Ten years ago Glenn was diagnosed to have the onset of the early stages of Parkinson’s — from then until recently Glenn has lived his life as the great heavy metal guitar player he has always been, maintaining by his own definition a standard of quality and performance that is incredibly important. 

"Right now Glenn is able to play and perform some of the Priest songs that are less challenging but due to the nature of Parkinson's progression he wants to let you all know that he won't be touring as such. 

"True to the metal spirit of 'the show must go on' Glenn has requested Andy Sneap to fly the flag on stage for him." 

Tipton added: “I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band — it’s simply that my role has changed.  I don’t rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest!  So at some point in the not too distant future I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again” 

The other members of Priest — singer Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travis and guitarist Richie Faulkner — expressed their support for Tipton in the following statement.

"We have been privileged to witness Glenn’s determination and steadfast commitment over the years, showing his passion and self belief through the writing, recording and performing sessions with Priest — he is a true metal hero!

"We are not surprised by Glenn’s insistence that we complete the Firepower tour and thank Andy for joining us to make Glenn’s wishes become real — as Glenn has said we also can’t wait to have him with us at any time any place on the road....
We love you Glenn!”

Tipton follows Neil Diamond who recently announced he would immediately retire from touring due to the Parkinson's disease. Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey passed away last Wednesday (February 7) due to complications of the disease.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Longtime Foghat Bassist Craig MacGregor Passes

Longtime Foghat bassist Craig MacGregor died Friday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 68.

The band announced McGregor’s passing in a statement on its official website that reads, “[I]t is with great sadness that we are letting you know that we have lost our brother, good friend, husband, father and band mate this morning.

“He passed peacefully in his wife, Lisa MacGregor‘s arms after a prolonged battle with cancer. Please respect the privacy of the family and band members at this time… Rest in Peace Thunderfingers.”

McGregor became a member of Foghat in 1976, and appeared on many of the band’s popular recordings, including its multi-platinum 1977 concert album, Live. Craig played with the group until 1982, and rejoined them a couple times during the 1980s before returning to the fold full-time in 2005.

He remained part of Foghat until his death, although his illness forced to stop performing with the group in 2015.  McGregor also contributed to Foghat’s most recent studio album, Under The Influence, which was released in 2016.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Drummer Pat Torpey, Founding Member Of Mr. Big, Passes

Drummer and founding member of Mr. Big , Pat Torpey, passed away Wednesday, February 7, at the age of 64 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Family, band and management request privacy at this very difficult time. Services are pending.

Mr. Big (Torpey, Eric Martin, Billy Sheehan, and Paul Gilbert) formed in 1988, produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres – ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock. Their hits included “Alive and Kicking,” "Just Take My Heart" and the chart-topping ballad, "To Be With You" (Billboard Hot 100 #1 single in 15 countries for weeks in 1991, propelling the band to huge international success and multi-Platinum record sales).

Torpey, a seasoned musician who practiced every day and played on numerous sessions, toured briefly with Robert Plant in the late 80s.

In the late 90s, Torpey recorded two albums under the 'Odd Man Out' moniker -- Odd Man Out and y2K -- which were released exclusively in Japan, where Mr. Big enjoys immense popularity. Both albums, co-written with guitarist Lanny Cordola and bassist Chuck Wright, were notable in that Torpey sang lead vocals on every song, as well as played drums. He talks about the experience in 1998 Japanese interview below. 


Thursday, February 8, 2018

'Celebrating David Bowie' Reveals Special Guests For Tour Kicking Off Saturday

In anticipation of this weekend's North American tour launch this Saturday (February 10) near Washington, D.C., 'Celebrating David Bowie' is excited to reveal the initial list of special guest stars that will be joining the lineup throughout the tour's 27-date run, including Evan Rachel Wood, Joe Sumner, Mr Hudson, Corey Glover and more. See below for full list of guests and which cities to catch them in.

The 'Celebrating David Bowie' full band features key members of David Bowie's bands including Mike Garson (keys/CdB band leader), Earl Slick (guitar), Gerry Leonard (guitar) and Carmine Rojas (bass), along with vocalist Bernard Fowler, who is known for his work with The Rolling Stones, and 2017 Grammy nominee, vocalist Gaby Moreno. Garson was Bowie's longest and most frequent band member, having performed together for both David's first and last concerts in the United States as well as 1,000 concerts around the globe in between.

Following its official kickoff this Saturday in Silver Spring, MD -- the U.S. city where Bowie first stepped foot in when entering the country in September 1971 -- 'Celebrating David Bowie' will travel throughout North America, stopping in such cities as Philadelphia, New York City (February 12 at Irving Plaza), Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles (February 28 at The Wiltern), Mexico City, San Francisco, Tucson, Seattle, Portland, Fort Lauderdale, and Atlanta, among others, before wrapping March 19 in New Orleans. Full tour routing is below.

Here's where to catch these 'Celebrating David Bowie' special guests on tour:

Corey Glover: The Living Colour lead singer/founding member will be performing at the first 4 shows of the CdB tour in Silver Spring, Philadelphia, New York and Albany.

  • David Liebman: The sax legend -- whose career stretches nearly 50 years -- is confirmed for the New York City show.
  • Evan Rachel Wood: The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress -- currently starring in HBO's critically acclaimed series Westworld -- and one-half of the electro-pop music group Rebel and a Basketcase will be appearing at both the Las Vegas and Los Angeles shows.
  • Fantastic Negrito: The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter will be joining the CdB band in Los Angeles.
  • Joe Sumner: The CdB alum and Fiction Plane singer/songwriter -- and son of Sting -- is confirmed for 13 shows in Silver Spring, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Mesa, Tucson, Seattle, Portland, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Clearwater, Atlanta and New Orleans.
  • Mark Plati: The guitarist and producer, who was also a Bowie band member, musical director and producer, will be joining for 8 shows in New York, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Chicago.
  • Mr Hudson: The CdB alum and British singer/songwriter/producer--who's worked with Kanye West, Jay-Z, Duran Duran, Miley Cyrus, and DJ Snake and has toured with Amy Winehouse, The Police and Kanye West -- will be appearing at 14 upcoming shows in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, San Diego, Mesa, Tucson, Seattle, Portland, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Clearwater, Atlanta and New Orleans.
  • Sass Jordan: The Canadian songstress -- named Billboard's Best Female Rock Vocalist and who has worked with Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Van Halen and many more -- is set to appear at the Toronto CdB show.

More than just a mere salute, 'Celebrating David Bowie' keeps Bowie's music alive with musicians who worked closely with him throughout his career and other top musicians greatly influenced by him. The rotating ensemble with world class multi-instrumentalists changing song to song will perform a show highlighting elements that influenced Bowie and that in turn Bowie influenced: pop culture experimentation, art, fashion, science and futurism.

North America Tour Dates:
2/10 - The Fillmore Silver Spring - Silver Spring, MD
2/11 - Keswick Theatre - Philadelphia, PA
2/12 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
2/13 - The Egg - Albany, NY
2/16 - Chevalier Theatre - Boston, MA
2/17 - M Telus - Montreal, QC
2/18 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
2/19 - Royal Oak Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
2/21 - Pantages Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
2/22 - Pabst Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
2/23 - The Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
2/25 - Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
2/27 - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV
2/28 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
3/3 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
3/4 - Luther Burbank Center - Santa Rosa, CA
3/6 - Balboa Theatre - San Diego, CA
3/7 - Ikeda Theater - Mesa, AZ
3/10 - Benaroya Hall - Seattle, WA
3/11 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
3/14 - Parker Playhouse - Fort Lauderdale, FL
3/15 - The Plaza Live - Orlando, FL
3/17 - Capitol Theatre - Clearwater, FL
3/18 - Buckhead Theatre - Atlanta, GA
3/19 - Tipitina's - New Orleans, LA

Look for additional guests to be announced as well as surprise appearances along the way. 

For more information on 'Celebrating David Bowie,' go to:

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Love's 'Forever Changes 50th Anniversary Edition' Set For April Release

Love's Forever Changes is the psychedelic folk-rock pioneers' finest achievement. Mostly overlooked when it was released in 1967, today the album is considered an indispensable masterpiece. In 2008, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and - in 2012 - the Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry.

Rhino will celebrate the acclaimed album's golden anniversary with an extensive 4CD/DVD/LP collection housed in a beautifully illustrated 12 x 12 hardbound book that features a newly written essay and track-by-track notes by music historian Ted Olsen. Forever Changes: 50th Anniversary Edition will be available on April 6 for $99.98.

The set features a few firsts for the album, including the CD-debut of a remastered version made by its original co-producer and engineer Bruce Botnick, as well as the first-ever release of the mono version on CD. Also included are alternate mixes of the album, as well as a selection of rare and unreleased singles and studio outtakes. Botnick's stereo remaster of the original album also makes its vinyl debut on the LP included with this set. It was cut from high resolution digital audio by celebrated audio engineer Bernie Grundman.

The DVD that accompanies the anniversary collection includes a 24/96 stereo mix of the album version of the original album remastered by Botnick. Also featured is "Your Mind And We Belong Together," a rare promotional video directed by Elektra producer Mark Abramson that was originally released in 1968. 

Recorded during the Summer of Love in Hollywood, CA, Forever Changes is the group's most fully realized studio effort, featuring Arthur Lee (vocals, guitar), Johnny Echols (lead guitar), Bryan MacLean (rhythm guitar, vocals), Ken Forssi (bass) and Michael Stuart (drums, percussion). The original album introduced classics like "Andmoreagain," "Red Telephone," "A House Is Not A Motel" and "Alone Again Or."

Forever Changes: 50th Anniversary Edition boasts more than a dozen rarities, including single versions of "Alone Again Or" and "A House Is Not A Motel" that are available now for the first time since 1967. Two other recordings on the set have never been released: the backing track for "Live And Let Live" and an outtake backing track for "Wonder People (I Do Wonder)."
Forever Changes: 50th Anniversary Edition
Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album
1. "Alone Again Or"
2. "A House Is Not A Motel"
3. "Andmoreagain"
4. "The Daily Planet"
5. "Old Man"
6. "The Red Telephone"
7. "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale"
8. "Live And Let Live"
9. "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This"
10. "Bummer In The Summer"
11. "You Set The Scene"

Disc Two: Mono Mix

Disc Three: Alternate Mix
1. "Alone Again Or"
2. "A House Is Not A Motel"
3. "Andmoreagain"
4. "The Daily Planet"
5. "Old Man"
6. "The Red Telephone"
7. "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale"
8. "Live And Let Live"
9. "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This"
10. "Bummer In The Summer"
11. "You Set The Scene"
12. "Wonder People (I Do Wonder)" - Outtake - Alternate Mix

Disc Four: Singles and Outtakes
1. "Wonder People (I Do Wonder)"
2. "Alone Again Or" - Single Version
3. "A House Is Not A Motel" - Single Version
4. "Hummingbirds" - Demo
5. "A House Is Not A Motel" - Backing Track
6. "Andmoreagain" - Alternate Electric Backing Track
7. "The Red Telephone" - Tracking Sessions Highlights
8. "Wooly Bully" - Outtake
9. "Live and Let Live" - Backing Track *
10. "Wonder People (I Do Wonder)" - Outtake, Backing Track *
11. "Your Mind And We Belong Together" - Tracking Sessions Highlights
12. "Your Mind And We Belong Together"
13. "Laughing Stock"
14. "Alone Again Or" - Mono Single Remix

DVD: 24/96 Stereo Mix
1. "Alone Again Or"
2. "A House Is Not A Motel"
3. "Andmoreagain"
4. "The Daily Planet"
5. "Old Man"
6. "The Red Telephone"
7. "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale"
8. "Live And Let Live"
9. "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This"
10. "Bummer In The Summer"
11. "You Set The Scene"
12. "Your Mind And We Belong Together" - Video

LP: Original Album
Side One
1. "Alone Again Or"
2. "A House Is Not A Motel"
3. "Andmoreagain"
4. "The Daily Planet"
5. "Old Man"
6. "The Red Telephone"

Side Two
1. "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale"
2. "Live And Let Live"
3. "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This"
4. "Bummer In The Summer"
5. "You Set The Scene"

* Previously Unreleased

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Grand Funk Meets Up With 'Some Kind of Wonderful' Writer

Grand Funk Railroad has some pretty amazing fans. One of them is songwriter John Ellison, who wrote “Some Kind of Wonderful” for his 1960s soul band, The Six Soul Brothers.

The song has been recorded by Grand Funk Railroad and over 60 different musicians including Huey Lewis, Joss Stone, Edwin McCain, and a duet by Buddy Guy & Paul Rodgers.

The Rochester-based songwriter John Ellison came to the Grand Funk show, on February 1, 2018 show at Del Lago Casino, Waterloo, NY. 

After the show, Ellison told the band he started writing the song in his hometown of Rochester, and finished when he and Soul Brothers arrived at the recording studio in Philadelphia in the year 1965.

“It was 4 in the morning, and she was hanging in my arms, and I thought, ‘Damn, she is some kind of morning.  She packed a bag of lunch.  We were broke, and I thought, ‘I don’t need a whole lot of money…’” and the other lyrics.  A local radio personality heard them rehearsing the song, and networked the recording they made that night to Atlantic Records, who offered to release the song.   

The band and Ellison’s wife asked him if he remember “the girl,” and he says that he doesn’t. Then he reminded his wife that they have a home because of the song! 

“John is a charismatic and sweet, funny man that is a joy to spend time with," grand Funk singer Max Carl said. "And it was great to see Don (Brewer) light up while telling his story of his amazing tune. It's always been one of my favorites and I've sung it many times over the years.”

Monday, February 5, 2018

AC/DC Reportedly Set To Record And Tour With Axl Rose

AC/DC are reportedly set to continue touring with Axl Rose, as well as record new material with the Guns N’ Roses leader.

Rose joined the classic rock band in 2016 after previous frontman Brian Johnson was forced to retire from performing after suffering from hearing loss.

AC/DC biographer Murray Engleheart has claimed that the recent partnership between Rose and Angus Young is set to continue. In a Facebook post, he wrote: “Speculate all you want but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: AC/DC will continue with Axl on vocals – new album, touring, the whole nine yards.

“What was a massive gamble by Angus turned out to be an equally enormous triumph that has set the scene for the future,” he continued.

Guns N’ Roses are currently scheduled to finish touring in July 2018, when their Not In This Lifetime world tour wraps up in Sweden. Before it concludes, they will headline Download Festival at Leicestershire’s Donington Park on June 9.

Last summer, Young joined GN’R on stage in Germany. The iconic guitarist made the appearance in Hannover, where he helped the group cover his own band’s ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’.

The band's founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young died on November 18, 2017, after suffering from dementia. The illness had caused him to retire from working with AC/DC in 2014

Friday, February 2, 2018

Michael Schenker Fest To Tour North America

Few rock guitarists have proven to be as influential and enduring as the great Michael Schenker. And March will be a busy month for Schenker, as he will be issuing his latest album on the 2nd, ‘Resurrection,’ as well as launching a North American tour in support of it - kicking off on the 6th at the Fillmore in Silver Springs, MD, and wrapping up on April 3rd at the Ritz in Tampa, FL.

And what makes this tour truly unique is that it is being billed as “Michael Schenker Fest,” and will be featuring three classic Michael Schenker Group vocalists (Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, and Robin McAuley), plus the singer of Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock (Doogie White). And in addition to Schenker supplying guitar, he will be joined by second guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mann, bassist Chris Glen, and drummer Ted McKenna. Meet and greet packages are also available for purchase via

First bursting on the scene in the early ‘70s with the Scorpions, the German guitarist and his seemingly always present Flying V were also a crucial reason in UFO becoming one of the world’s top rock bands that same decade (on the strength of such classic recordings as 1977’s Lights Out, 1978’s Obsession, and 1979’s Strangers in the Night), as well as supplying guitar on a Scorpions album that made important inroads into the American market (1979’s Lovedrive). But since 1980, Schenker has been best known for his work with MSG - including such further classic recordings as 1980’s self-titled debut (featuring Barden), 1982’s Assault Attack (featuring Bonnet), and 1987’s Perfect Timing (featuring McAuley). 

And soon, lucky North American fans will get the chance to experience all eras of MSG, on a nearby concert stage!

Michael Schenker Fest North American Tour Ddates:

03/06/2018  The Fillmore - Silver Springs, MD 
03/07/2018  Carnegie Music Hall - Munhall, PA
03/09/2018  Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA
03/10/2018  Irving Plaza - New York, NY
03/11/2018  Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
03/12/2018  Club Soda - Montreal, QC CANADA
03/14/2018  Royal Oak Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
03/16/2018  Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
03/17/2018  Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
03/18/2018  Pabst Theater - Milwaukee, WI
03/19/2018  Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
03/22/2018  Neptune - Theatre Seattle, WA
03/24/2018  Events Center - San Jose, CA
03/25/2018  The Grove - Anaheim, CA
03/26/2018  Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
03/27/2018  House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
03/29/2018  Cervantes Ballroom - Denver, CO
03/31/2018  Vibes Event Center - San Antonio, TX
04/01/2018  Bomb Factory - Dallas, TX
04/03/2018  The Ritz - Tampa, FL 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Steve Hackett Launches U.S. Tour, Rerecords 'When The Heart Rules The Mind'

This weekend sees the beginning of Steve Hackett’s North American tour, beginning with Cruise To The Edge, whihc sails out of Tampa on February 3. To celebrate, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist has rerecorded GTR’s US hit single "When The Heart Rules The Mind." Have a listen below.

“I always loved the track ‘When the Heart Rules the Mind’," Hackett says. "I think it is the strongest thing Steve Howe and I wrote together, and I always wanted to do a version where I would sing it myself with the use of today's production techniques. I'm also very pleased to have my friend Steve Rothery on board doing additional guitar."

"When The Heart Rules The Mind" will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon & all other digital services beginning February 2.

Hackett just released Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham, a new live packages filmed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall during the guitarist’s recent Genesis Revisited & Classic Hackett tour. 

In their review, said Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham "accurately captures the essence of what a Steve Hackett show is all about."

Below is a video clip of Hackett and his performing the instrumental "El NiƱo" from the new live set.

This tour marked the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, Hackett’s last album with Genesis which reached number 7 in the UK album chart. To celebrate, the band performed several songs  from the album, including "Eleventh Earl Of Mar," "One For The Vine," "Blood On The Rooftops," "…In That Quiet Earth" and "Afterglow."

Other Genesis favorites played live were "Dance On A Volcano," "Inside & Out," "Firth Of Fifth," "The Musical Box" and the classic "Los Endos." 

This show also includes many of Hackett’s solo fan-favorites as well as material from his latest studio album The Night Siren.

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