Wednesday, February 28, 2018

John Fogerty & ZZ Top Team Up For Blues & Bayous Tour

Rock & Roll Hall of Famers John Fogerty and ZZ Top will come together for the “Blues and Bayous Tour” this spring.  The tour, which opens on May 25th, will make stops across the USA from the East Coast to the West.  

Tickets go on sale starting Friday, March 2 at 10:00 AM local time.  And presale tickets become available on Tuesday, February 27th at 10:00am local time.  More information can be found by visiting http://www.zztop.com/ and https://www.johnfogerty.com/

ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons commented, “John Fogerty along with ZZ Top have been followers of blues and rock since the beginning and we’re looking forward to rippin’ it up together this spring.   We’ve got a great show lined up for ya’!”

Of the pairing, Fogerty said, “ZZ Top is one of my favorite bands, and Billy F Gibbons is one of my all-time favorite guitarists. Riffs, blues and bayous... bucket list!”


ZZ Top holds the distinction of being one of the longest running bands with the original lineup.  Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard reflect their Texas roots in everything with their non-stop rock and blues, resulting in over 50 million albums sold worldwide.  The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Keith Richards calling the band’s relationship to the blues, “the heart of the matter.”

As co-founder of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty’s career spans 50 years and he is hailed as one of the most influential musicians in rock history. As the writer, singer and producer of numerous classic hits including “Born on the Bayou”, “Green River”, “Proud Mary”, and “Bad Moon Rising”, Fogerty has been honored as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists, 100 Greatest Songwriters, and 100 Greatest Singers by Rolling Stone. Earning induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Baseball Hall of Fame, he is also a New York Times best-selling author for his memoir, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music.

Blues and Bayous 2018 Tour Dates:

05/25 - Borgata Spa & Resort – Event Center - Atlantic City, NJ -
05/26 - P.N.C. Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
05/27 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
05/29 - Wolf Trap - Vienna, VA 
05/30 - Wolf Trap - Vienna, VA   
06/01 - Pensacola Bay Center - Pensacola, FL
06/02 - Coachman Park - Clearwater, FL
06/03 - Coral Sky Amphitheater - West Palm Beach, FL
06/05 - St. Augustine Amphitheater - St. Augustine, FL
06/06 - TBA - Atlanta, GA
06/10 -  Zoo Amphitheater - Oklahoma City, OK
06/12 - TBA - Chicago, IL
06/13 - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center - Noblesville, IN
06/14 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
06/16 - BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove - Southaven, MS
06/17 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater - Maryland Heights, MO
06/19 - Covelli Centre - Youngstown, OH
06/20 - Northwell Heath at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY
06/22 - Bank of NH Pavillion - Gilford, NH
06/23 - Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center - Canandaigua, NY
06/24 - BB&T Pavilion - Camden, NJ
06/26 - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort - Mt. Pleasant, MI*
06/27 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
06/29 - Treasure Island Resort & Casino - Welch, MN

*with Willie Nelson

More dates TBA

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Todd Rundgren Headlines Cleopatra Records First-Ever SXSW Showcase!

One of the few remaining truly independent, privately owned record labels in existence today, L.A.-based Cleopatra Records has been championing underground music and outsider artists since its inception in 1992. Now, the label has teamed up with the biggest music festival dedicated to discovering and promoting new talent, SXSW, to announce the first ever official Cleopatra Records showcase. Headlining this special event is legendary songwriter/producer/guitarist, Todd Rundgren, an artist well known for pushing the boundaries of rock and pop with his distinctive flair for the eccentric and unusual. Rundgren’s newest album, White Knight, was released by Cleopatra Records in May 2017 and features guest performances by Trent Reznor, Robyn, Joe Satriani & more.

In addition to Rundgren, the showcase will also bring together some of the label’s newest acts including dreamwave artist Pastel Ghost, whose first album Abyss has been reissued by Cleopatra and will also see their forthcoming album released later this year on the label. Alternative metal cabaret act from Mexico, Descartes A Kant, partnered with Cleopatra for their newest album Victims Of Love Propaganda in May of last year while L.A.’s own death rock architects, Egrets On Ergot, released Surfeit Of Germütlich last October. Electronic duo United Ghosts will issue their Cleopatra debut later this year while local Texas band Nite, consisting of twin brothers Kyle and Myles Mendez, saw their newest release Reborn launched in July of 2016. Each of these bands demonstrates the label’s fondness for uniquely creative acts and a commitment to supporting truly artist-driven music.

The official SXSW showcase for Cleopatra Records will be held at Elysium in downtown Austin, TX on March 15th. The first band will start at 8:00 PM.

Monday, February 26, 2018

King Crimson's 'Live In Vienna' Available For Pre-order

Live In Vienna, December 1st, 2016 is a new 3-disc set by King Crimson. Featuring a rendition of “Fracture,” one of the most acclaimed KC compositions and last performed live in 1974, the three-disc set will be released on April 6th and is available for pre-order now. 

Mixed from the original multitracks, discs one and two feature the complete first and second sets from the evening’s show. Disc three includes a series of soundscapes edited into newly sequenced pieces. Drawn from the introduction music (composed/improvised afresh for each night), and featuring Robert Fripp, Mel Collins & Tony Levin, this essential component of current live KC shows also receives its most complete presentation to date. In addition, the third disc includes the long awaited live recorded debut of “Fracture” by the 2016 lineup as performed in Copenhagen.

• Three CDs featuring the complete concert from Vienna on Dec. 1st 2016 mixed from the original multi-track tapes
• CDs Presented in concert sequence with discs 1 and 2 featuring the complete first and second sets.
• CD 3 features Vienna encores plus the long awaited live recorded debut of “Fracture” by the 2016 line-up as performed in Copenhagen
• CD3 also features a series of soundscapes edited into newly sequenced pieces. Drawn from the introduction music (composed/improvised afresh for each night) & featuring Robert Fripp, Mel Collins & Tony Levin, this essential component of current live KC shows also receives its most complete presentation to date.
• Presented in a 4 fold-out digifile package with 16 pages booklet featuring tour photos & notes by David Singleton & housed in a slipcase

At first glance, documenting King Crimson would appear to be fairly straightforward: record everything, document everything, issue a release from each tour or, when relevant. With the current touring band(s) that has resulted in an early, partial set from 2014 (Orpheum), a fan favorite, Official Bootleg (Toronto 2015), a complete set list audio & video extravaganza with live/virtual studio listening options (Radical Action, 2016), an EP (Heroes, 2017), and Official Bootleg (Chicago, 2017). It was always part of the plan that an official release would be taken from the 2016 European tour & the Vienna concerts were duly mixed & produced by Chris Porter, David Singleton ands Robert Fripp in early/mid 2017 with a view to being released in Autumn 2017 (as happened in Japan).

When the early half of Crimson's U.S. tour produced the Chicago “snapshot” live tapes and with another leg to the USA tour ending for the latter half of the year, DGM opted to issue Chicago as soon as possible in Europe and the USA, temporarily postponing Vienna for a 2018 release.

Although it was a difficult decision to take, substituting a fully mixed, planned for months, release for an entirely different type of album, (Chicago was an ‘Official Bootleg’ taken directly from soundboard tapes), that decision had one further important ramification. Where the Japanese edition of Vienna had, as a bonus for local fans, live tracks from the 2015 Japanese tour, the additional time gained via the release of Chicago, allowed DGM to research & mix a live recording of “Fracture” – a key performance at a number of 2016 European shows & a piece that had not been performed since 1974 – for inclusion on the Vienna set. The recording featured is from Copenhagen in September 2016. There was also time to consider how the, often over-looked, unique to each evening Soundscape performances which open each concert, could be presented in recorded form. The result is a trio of pieces, drawn from nine separate concerts & edited ‘THRaKaTTaK’ style, featuring Fripp, Collins and Levin.

To pre-order King Crimson Live In Vienna, December 1st, 2016 3-Disc Set:
http://shop.schizoidshop.com/king-crimson---live-in-vienna-december-1-2016-p1733.aspx

For more information: dgmlive.com

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Wishbone Ash Announce Spring US Tour

Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, will be coming to the States in April 2018 on the Open Road Tour. True to its name, the tour will see the band clocking some serious miles as they return to America's Southern swath, from North Carolina and Florida to California. Longtime fans and new converts alike will revel in the group’s signature twin-guitar mastery and powerhouse rhythm section as they present classics spanning their career.

Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash is gearing up for its 50th anniversary on the heels of a limited-edition deluxe 30-disc box set, Wishbone Ash: The Vintage Years, available April 2018 through Madfish Records while supplies last.

True road warriors, each year these British rock legends log around 30,000 miles, roughly equivalent to circumnavigating the earth. “We are breaking with our usual U.S. tour schedule and hitting the road early in 2018 to take in some cities that we haven’t been to for quite some time,” says founding member Andy Powell (guitar/lead vocals). “The tour will be heavy on Southern dates like North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and then into Texas, Arizona and, finally, California.”

In the fall, the band will return to North America for some Canadian shows. “Everyone is rested and fighting fit, and looking forward to introducing new audiences to wunderkind Mark Abrahams on guitar, while hopefully surprising folks with some tunes from the vaults,” Powell says.

Abrahams, who replaced 12-year veteran Muddy Manninen last summer, will be trading licks with Powell; he’s already been earning rave reviews from fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Longtime rhythm section Bob Skeat on bass and Joe Crabtree on drums continue to provide the solid groove that is their hallmark.

Through the years the band has delved into various musical genres, from folk, blues and jazz to pedal-to-the-metal rock and electronica. Whatever the style, Wishbone Ash’s hallmark is the distinctive twin-melodic lead guitar interplay that has influenced such bands as Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden and, more recently, Opeth.

“The band basically lives together year-round on the road, so we have a very strong level of communication that translates in our performances and recordings,” says Powell. “We’ve come to an era where the industry has to pigeonhole a band as Classic Rock, Prog Rock, Heritage Rock and so on. The truth is that we have always kept our options open and always relied on the musicianship of the players to lead the way. It’s fun to be stylistically diverse and this has, in its way, contributed to our longevity.”

Wishbone Ash has to its credit 24 original studio recordings, 11 live albums and five live DVDs along with a DVD rockumentary (This is Wishbone Ash). For April 2018, Wishbone Ash will release The Vintage Years 30-disc box set. Three-and-a-half years in the making, this collection covers the band's output from 1970 to 1991, and includes all 16 studio albums, three live albums, eight previously unreleased live shows from 1973 to 1980, a 156-page coffee-table hardcover book and an assortment of memorabilia.

There's also the first official re-releases in decades of Twin Barrels Burning from 1982 and Raw to the Bone from 1985, plus definitive editions with all new 2017 remasters.

In 2015, Powell released his musical memoir, Eyes Wide Open: True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior, co-written with renowned Irish music journalist Colin Harper and now available in Kindle and Apple iBook formats. “It’s quite an undertaking to put 46 years of being a touring musician in this one band into book form,” he says. “I’ve seen a lot of changes in the music business and the world in general, as you can imagine.”

There is no other rock band in history that has done more with the twin guitar concept than The Ash. Be sure to catch them on the Open Road US Tour in April 2018. Tour dates and more information can be found at wishboneash.com.

Wishbone Ash  Open Road US Tour Dates

April 2018

03 - Harvester Performance Center - Rocky Mount, VA
04 - Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC
06 - City Winery Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
07 - Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts - Melbourne, FL
08 - Skippers Smokehouse - Tampa, FL
11 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
13 - Keys Lounge - Fort Worth, TX
14 - Sam's Burger Joint - San Antonio, TX
15 - One World Theatre - Austin, TX
18 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
19 - Railhead, Boulder Station Hotel Casino - Las Vegas, NV
20 - Canyon Club - Agoura Hills, CA
21 - The Rose - Pasadena, CA
22 - The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
25 - Yoshi's Jazz Club - Oakland, CA
26 - The Fox - Redwood City, CA

For more information, visit wishboneash.com.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Q&A: Dixie Dregs Talk Reunion, Prep For Tour Kicking Off February 28

Six-time GRAMMY®-Award nominated band The Dixie Dregs (a.k.a The Dregs) have reunited for their national "Dawn Of The Dregs" U.S. Tour, which begins February 28 in Clearwater, FL, at The Capitol Theatre. The performances will mark the first time in 40 years the original band -- Steve Morse (guitar), Andy West (bass), Allen Sloan (violin), Steve Davidowski (keyboards) and Rod Morgenstein (drums) -- will share the stage.The band opened up in a Q&A about memories from the early days (including a performance at the legendary NYC punk venue CBGB's) and their excitement to reunite and perform again. 

Tickets are on sale now for the 33-date tour which makes stops in Charleston, Washington D.C., New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Milwaukee, Boulder, Dallas, Sacramento, Fresno, New Orleans and Phoenix, among many others,before wrapping in Atlanta on April 28 at Center Stage Theater. To see all tour dates, purchase tickets and get information on VIP experiences, visit: http://dixiedregs.com/tour.

Check out a recent Q&A with the band below.

Q&A WITH THE DIXIE DREGS

Q: Congrats on the reunion of the original line up of the band. What inspired you guys to join forces again for a national concert tour for the first time in 40 years?

Steve Morse: "The Dregs have been known as cult favorites fusing rock with progressive and jazz elements to create a uniquely instrumental-driven style that has stood the test of the time. Frank [Solomon, band manager], Andy and Rod got in touch with Steve Davidowski, the missing link. He was our only living keyboard player from any of the albums. They also got Allen on board, which made us an unstoppable force. It simply had to be done at that point! We all wanted to get together, and it finally was actually possible."

Andy West: "Early in 2017 we thought it would be fun to get this early version of the band together and play some of the songs we recorded on Free Fall, our first album. We had such a good time playing the music that we all love, and just hanging out, we thought maybe we could present it to the public again someday. And now here we are!"

Allen Sloan: "We are all now engaged in our separate lives, but were excited by the prospect of reliving the past. So this became the right time to make our schedules coincide."

Steve Davidowski: "I was home when I received a call from Rod informing me that he and Frank had talked about re-forming the original Dregs. He asked if I was interested. Of course, I said yes. So it worked out and before I knew it, we got together at Steve's to see how we all felt."

Rod Morgenstein: "Well, waiting 50 years might be pushing it! In all seriousness, it's kind of amazing that all five guys are still at it. A year ago, January '17, we decided to get together and hang and jam for a couple of days to see how things felt. Obviously, it went well, so here we are."

Q: The Dregs have been known as cult favorites fusing rock with progressive and jazz elements to create a uniquely instrumental-driven style that has stood the test of the time. Back in the day, the band confounded some folks with your sound. Can you talk about what it was like trying to break through to the mainstream?

SM: "To be clear, we never broke through to the mainstream. I remember telling a booking agent who came to see us in Augusta, GA, 'No!' when he said he could put money in our pockets right away if we would get a singer and have more cover tunes.  It was literally meeting each person in the audience, them bringing a friend next time, and so on that got us to the point where we could play tours. We were 'too rock for jazz audiences,' 'too jazz for rock audiences,' and too weird for country audiences.  But, I watched the people and they were responding so well to our music that I knew we could find a little niche to exist in, even if we had to make it up ourselves."

AW: "We weren't trying to break through anything as much as just grow our audience organically by a lot of touring, recording and performances. There was a natural reluctance from the business because there were no models in place at the time for purely instrumental music that was not easily classifiable. At the time it seemed we had to do a lot of work with very little help. But in many ways we became sort of a cult band with true music lovers of all kinds listening to us. And apparently those people still feel that way, which is super cool!"

AS: "When we began to play together, we were very idealistic and highly motivated. It felt like we were more than just musicians, more like artists creating beautiful sound. I heard the sound in my violin (which was somewhat original then) blending with all the others in ways that were like the orchestras I had played with but new and exciting and different. As far as our audience was concerned, very few were actively lost or confused. Those who cameto shows felt as though they were also part of the new sound. Certainly they have never forgotten their own excitement of when they first heard the Dregs sound."

SD: "I don't know that Steve's concept was to break through to the mainstream. He was so prolific that all we could think about was learning the tunes and performing them. We were a serious, hardworking band. Not that we didn't have our share of laughs."

RM: "Imagine trying to make it during the '70s disco era of Donna Summer and The Bee Gees, playing esoteric instrumental music that you can't dance to! When door after door is slammed shut in your face, you have a choice to make. And that is, take the hint and give up OR carry on with your dream. Call us crazy, but we just kept moving forward, picking up fans one at a time, until things started to look up."

Q: What do you feel is the magic sauce--that special chemistry--of the Dixie Dregs' music that has solidified a long-lasting fan base?

SM: "Andy's quirky, sense of humor, Rod's broad versatility, Steve Davidowski's jazz improv over more rock backgrounds, Allen's violin playing and reinforcing the melodies, and music that we carefully edited to help keep the audience from being bored."

AW: "Pure and simple, it is the beautiful compositions and the energy we all put into performing them. This is music that can really take you places that are unique yet still familiar in the sense that there are strongly recognizable sonic landscapes that fuse many styles and feelings. It is truly 'fusion' in the most positive sense of the word."

AS: "The magic chemistry of the Dreg sound is based on the power and beauty that Steve's writing projects with the almost endless stylistic content."

SD: "With Steve's compositions and the band's diverse personalities and musical backgrounds, we knew we had something really groundbreaking."

RM: "The music has a one-of-a-kind vibe. I felt it the first time I jammed with Steve, Andy and Allen as college students at the University of Miami, FL. Steve's writing is unlike any other music I have ever heard. And throughout the years, the music has always maintained its integrity."

Q: The first night of the tour is February 28 in Clearwater, Florida. Can you talk about a particular song in the set list you're especially looking forward to performing?

SM: "'Day 444,' for me. I don't think we ever did that one live, and it's a big undertaking that I'm looking forward to. It's got unusual guitar parts, powerful melodic parts, melodies on bass and violin, and soaring solos.  'Freefall,' I'm really happy to be playing again, after so many years of not doing it!"

AW: "As I have relearned these songs, I have rekindled the love for all of them! But one of my favorites is 'Divided We Stand.' It has this kind of militaristic marching opening theme and then it goes into very cool melodic and chordal sections. These are just a blast to play on the bass because I get to play both counterpoint melodies and chords. I love the sound of it. That and 'Twiggs Approved' which has a classic deep shuffle groove, but with typical Dixie Dregs quirkiness overlaid in spots!"

AS: "I can't say I prefer one song more than any other. I love them all for their unique feel and for me, the almost magical way the violin has been woven into them."

SD: "I enjoy all of them for different reasons but 'Day 444' is a particular challenge for me. I enjoy the energy of 'Assembly Line' and the jazzy feeling of 'What If,' if we play it."

RM: "I can tell you a few songs I'm not looking forward to performing! Just kidding.  Some of these songs are really challenging, especially not having played a few of them since the early days of the band. 'Leprechaun Promenade' comes to mind, as it has a different feel than most of the other songs, including a spacey middle section and a combination jazzy/rocky feel throughout the song."

Q: Looking at the band's tour itinerary, the band is making stops in 32 cities,Are there any particular cities you're looking forward to stopping in most, and why?

SM: "I think our gig in Augusta, GA., our first 'home town' for the band, will be special. But in reality, all of the gigs will be high charged, thanks to the fans that have supported us. We have great memories in every single city on this tour!"

AW: "Well, naturally having lived in Atlanta and Augusta, those have a sense of returning to a distant home. But really there are people and stories in every city we are visiting and they all will have their own feeling I imagine. Personally I will love to play in Phoenix which is where I have mostly lived since 1994."

AS: "I'm excited to see my best friends in NYC and hopeful about finding a lost part of my life early on during the seventies."

SD: "Augusta will be fun since that is where we all got together. Of course, New York will be exciting at the Town Hall venue."

RM: "Several cities come to mind including, of course, my home town of Long Island and NYC. But Augusta, GA and Atlanta, GA are really special, as Augusta is the birthplace of the Dixie Dregs, and Atlanta was home to the Dregs from '77 - '83."

Q: What was the craziest thing that happened to the Dregs on the road when you look back?

SM: "Plenty of them. I'm not qualified to assign rank to them, but one of the most fun (to us) was a small mountain town gig in Boone, NC.  There was no place to eat after the show, and we had to drive for hours after packing up. This nice guy in the audience volunteered to have us follow him and he would open up his donut shop for us.  We did, and what followed was the entire band making, and gorging on, donuts slathered with every kind of topping. Twiggs and I were the only ones who stayed awake for the drive after that."

AW: "We weren't a 'crazy' band, but we had lots of things happen to us and around us. To me most of the really funny things are represented by inside jokes that don't translate well into 'outside' stories without a lot of explanation, which of course makes them less funny. There are some very eclectic, diverse, and interesting guys in the band and we all love to experience the camaraderie of such different individuals coming together to play, so I do always remember a feeling that there is a general sense of humor in the band, and anything can happen that will be the start of a tale. Over the course of time we did manage to crash a truck, blow up a stage, lose a briefcase full of gig money, witness two girls get into a fist fight in front of the stage, get robbed by a manager, have a booking agent steal all the deposits for a tour, and experience our record company going bankrupt while we were also on tour. All that and one time, our drummer Rod fell asleep with a half eaten Oreo in his mouth. I won't describe the exact circumstance, but when he woke up, well that was pretty crazy."

AS: "Although there were certainly many amazing and crazy episodes that I remember, I will never forget the night my leg was broken when a piece of concrete hit me from a poorly constructed pyrotechnic flash box that exploded right in front of me instead of shooting flames straight up. The broken leg was a painful and clumsy thing to endure, but the truly amazing and crazy part was that before the show that fire marshal would not permit anyone near the stage. If anyone had been standing in front of the 'bomb' when it exploded they would certainly have lost their lives. But one of my happiest moments of recent years was when the band called to see if I could get away from my medical practice long enough to go out and play with them again."

SD: "So many things. In Birmingham, a football player came in and took over the stage and scared us all. When the cops were on the way, his buddies took him outside where he proceeded to eat glass. That was a first for me. The other crazy things would take too long to tell."

RM: "Every band experiences crazy things throughout its career, and the Dixie Dregs is no exception. One that comes to mind is when the band played NYC for the first or second time back in '76. We drove 900 miles (each way) to play CBGB's with a bunch of New York New Wave bands that were playing at a record release party. We played for 'the door'. When all was said and done, we received a total of $13 for two nights! Andy put the money in his wallet, and then his wallet was stolen!! To add insult to injury, the club owner's dog lifted its leg and peed right into Andy's Cerwin Vega 18" bass cabinet!"







Thursday, February 22, 2018

29 Years Ago: Jethro Tull Win First Heavy Metal Grammy; Celebrating 50th Anniversary In 2018 With U.S. Summer Tour

The Grammys draws heat from various factions from time to time, but for heavy metal fans, one of the award ceremony’s most infamous moments happened February 22, 1989, when the very first Grammy award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental was given to Jethro Tull and their album Crest Of A Knave.

The heavy favorites was Metallica for their 1988 album …And Justice for All.  Metallica was such a sure bet that Jethro Tull didn’t even attend the ceremony. Entertainment Weekly called it one of the biggest upsets in Grammy history, but frankly, it’s more of a mistake than anything.

Of course, Jethro Tull, in various forms, has carried on. For 2018, the band's iconic singer, songwriter and leader Ian Anderson will be celebrating 50 years of Jethro Tull with a U.S. tour this summer.

Jethro Tull are one of the biggest selling Progressive Rock artists of all time, and the group’s immense and diverse catalog of work encompasses folk, blues, classical and heavy rock stylings. The anniversary concerts will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focusing on the earlier formative period through to the “heavy hitters” of the Tull catalog from the albums This Was, Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, Too Old To Rock And Roll: Too Young To Die, Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, Crest Of A Knave and even a touch of TAAB2 from 2012.

Anderson says:  “I am not usually a birthday or anniversary kind of guy but, just for once, I won't be a party-pooper either! I treasure the memories of the earlier years of Jethro Tull repertoire, associated as it is with the adventures of visiting so many countries for the first time to connect with new fans around the world. And this is a celebration of all the 33 band members who graced our ranks - musicians who brought their talents, skills and styles to bear on the performances live and in the studio. Join me and the current band for a nostalgic evening of varied music, representative of my ever-changing songwriting as our careers progressed through the years.”

For this tour, Anderson will be joined by David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and surprise virtual guests.

Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson 50th Anniversary U.S. Tour Dates:
 
05/30 - Comerica Theatre - Phoenix, AZ 
06/01 - The Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA 
06/02 - The Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA
06/03 - Vina Robles Amphitheatre - Paso Robles, CA 
06/05 - Visalia Fox Theatre - Visalia, CA 
06/06 - Sacramento Community Theater - Sacramento, CA
06/08 - Les Schwab Amphitheater - Bend, OR  
06/09 - Edgefield - Troutdale, OR 
06/10 -  Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery - Woodinville, WA
06/29 - Fox Theatre - Saint Louis, MO 
06/30 - Four Winds Casino Resort - New Buffalo, MI 
07/01 -  Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre - Sterling Heights, MI 
07/03 - Budweiser Stage - Toronto, ON
07/07 - Festival International De Jazz De Montreal - Montreal, QC
07/08 - Bank of New Hampshire Pavillion, Gilford, NH 
08/31 - State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN 
09/01 -  Starlight Theatre - Kansas City, MO 
09/03 - Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, IL 
09/05 - Rose Music Center at the Heights - Huber Heights, OH:
09/07 - Wolf Trap - Vienna, VA 
09/08 -  Mann Center for the Performing Arts - Philadelphia, PA 
09/09 - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA 
09/11 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY 

For more information, go to
www.JethroTull.com
twitter.com/jethrotull

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 www.monkees.com. 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

June
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 www.facebook.com/ultimatejamnight.

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



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: https://www.amazon.com/Fish-Out-Water-CHRIS-SQUIRE/dp/B0794QVXZS/ref

To pre-order Chris Squire's Fish Out Of Water 2CD Set: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=5013929472143

For more information: https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/chris-squire-fish-out-of-water-2cd-2dvd-1lp-2-x-7-singles-limited-edition-boxset/


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 Livenation.com.

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 StyxWorld.com and Teslatheband.com

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

  
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.

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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....
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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:
Website: http://celebratingdavidbowie.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CelebratingDavidBowieOfficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celebrating_david_bowie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CdBTour

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 michaelschenkerfest.com.

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, VintageRock.com 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 Niño" 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.

Steve Hackett online:
www.hackettsongs.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Hackett/123101228589
www.twitter.com/HackettOfficial