Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Latest Jimi Hendrix Release Debuts In Top 10

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 19, 2018

Kansas To Tour Behind 'Point Of Know Return' 40th Anniversary

It’s not easy to avoid Point Of Know Return, Kansas’ enigmatic fifth studio album on Kirshner/CBS -- whose title track is still a fixture of rock radio and the subject of debate and admiration in films like High Fidelity and The Rocker.

Now, 40 years after it was recorded, Point Of Know Return is often listed as one of the greatest prog rock records of all time, anchored by the massive hit “Dust in the Wind,” a sparse acoustic ballad with a signature guitar opening that came to life almost accidentally by guitarist Kerry Livgren during a finger-picking exercise.

"Kerry told us he wasn't sure if we were going to like it, but he played the song and we thought it was tremendous and had the possibility of being on the radio," drummer and original lineup member Phil Ehart says. "I don't think any of us really knew that it was going to be that gigantic, and, along with 'Carry on Wayward Son,' still played on every classic rock radio station in the country, every day."

In honor of the album’s 40th anniversary, Kansas is performing Point Of Know Return in its entirety on a theater tour booked by Keith Naisbitt and Bruce Solar at APA, following their success touring the 40th anniversary of the Leftoverature album last year.

"It was incredibly successful," Naisbitt says. "We took a different approach and after a couple years not playing major markets, we returned with sets that were really special in places like Atlanta, Nashville and Los Angeles. It took the band to a whole new level and now we're getting ready for Point of Know Return, which is obviously a bigger album and will mean the biggest shows we possibly can play."

The Point Of Know Return tour kicks off Sept. 28 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, with stops at the Ryman in Nashville (Sept. 29), the Tobin Center in San Antonio (Nov. 2) and the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (Nov. 23), before ending at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale (Dec. 15).

“We start with an acoustic set with album tracks and deep cuts, then we’ll play a second set of Point Of Know Return,” says Ehart.

It was the success of that tour that prompted the band to hit the road this year in support of Point Of Know Return, which peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Album charts, selling over six million copies and spawning three Billboard Hot 100 hits.

“After a long tour in support of Leftoverature, we have a lot more confidence as to what we can do,” says Ehart. “The fans will get to hear stuff that we don't normally play, from both our deep cuts and the album. If you're a Kansas fan you'll hear something that you'll probably like.”

Friday, March 16, 2018

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 'In Concert' Set For April Release

Each year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors rock music’s pioneering figures during a prestigious, black-tie ceremony.  As the Hall of Fame enters its third decade, it’s these singular induction ceremonies -- featuring the biggest names in classic rock from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s – that have become nearly as iconic as the artists they celebrate.  This April, Time Life and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame give home audiences front row seats to the four most recent incredible induction ceremonies with Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame In Concert, 2014-2017.

Never before available at retail on any format, these four memorable live concert events are filled with the kind of collaborations and jam sessions that have made Rock Hall concerts legendary.  With egos set aside -- in many cases original band lineups perform together for the first time in years -- inductees and friends take the stage to deliver once-in-a-lifetime performances, often with a truly mind-blowing combination of talent.

“From the first induction ceremony in 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has sought to honor the top names in all genres of rock ’n’ roll,” says Joel Peresman, President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.  “These ceremonies have provided unique once-in-a-lifetime moments as the inductees and presenters come together to celebrate the legacy of these artists and it’s a privilege to produce this important part of music history and to share it with you!”

This Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame In Concert, 2014-2017 set – a must-have for every music lover -- features poignant reunions, moving and often hilarious induction speeches, and 53 iconic performances.

Among the unforgettable highlights on the DVD and Blu-ray sets:

  • Bruce Springsteen joining inductees E Street Band for the deep cut classic “E Street Shuffle” from the Boss’s second album, from 1973.
  • Legendary grunge-rock group Pearl Jam delivering thundering performances of“Alive,” “Given to Fly” and “Better Man.”
  • The two surviving members of Nirvana joined on stage by Lorde, Annie Clark, Kim Gordon and Joan Jett for emotional renderings of the group’s biggest hits.
  • Cat Stevens performing a spine-tingling version of “Father & Son” that turned the massive Barclay Center quiet as a church.
  • Journey performs three classics: "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)," "Lights" and "Don't Stop Believin’.”
  • Ringo Starr being welcomed into the Rock Hall with a little help from Paul McCartney.
  • Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos joining the band for the first time in 6 years tearing through their early hits including “Surrender” and “Dream Police.”
  • Five of the original members of Chicago performing on stage for the first time in 25 years.
  • Features complete Hall of Fame Induction speeches including Coldplay’s Chris Martin inducting Peter Gabriel and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich inducting Deep Purple.

On April 24, Time Life will also release the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame In Concert, 2014-2017 Digital Album Collection.  Comprising five digital releases respectively spanning the ceremonies from 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014, 2015 and 2016-7 (each priced at $9.99), they will contain the same groundbreaking live performances from the home entertainment sets, with bonus performances from Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Donovan, Dr. John, Heart, The Hollies, Darlene Love, Leon Russell, Small Faces/Faces, The Stooges, Tom Waits and others.  The digital releases will be available on iTunes, Amazon and all other leading digital retailers.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Roger Daltrey Announces New Solo Album

Polydor/Republic Records are proud to announce that legendary Who frontman, the ‘rock vocalist’s rock vocalist’ Roger Daltrey is returning on June 1st with a brand new studio album As Long As I Have You.

Daltrey has sold over 100 million records including 9 US & 10 UK top ten albums and 14 UK top ten singles. He’s played over well over 2000 gigs in a career spanning over 50 years including venues such as Woodstock, Monterey Pop, Glastonbury (twice), Hyde Park (four times), The Isle Of Wight (three times), Desert Trip, Shea Stadium, The Superbowl half time show and Live Aid to name but a very few.

Roger has raised tens of millions of pounds for charity all over the world and was awarded a CBE for his work with The Teenage Cancer Trust and is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the UK Music Hall Of Fame and has lifetime achievement awards from The Brits and from The Grammys

As Long As I Have You was produced by Dave Eringa, best known for his work with the Manic Street Preachers and on Daltrey's and Wilko Johnson’s album Going Back Home and features Pete Townshend’s inimitable guitar on seven tracks as well as guest performances from Mick Talbot on keyboards (Dexys, The Style Council) and Sean Genockey on lead guitar who has worked with Suede, Shame and The Proclaimers).

Work on As Long As I Have You was started shortly after the top 5 Gold-selling Going Back Home was released and continued during breaks on The Who’s record breaking 50th anniversary tour The Who Hits 50.

The album is a mixture of self-penned tracks such as Certified Rose and the soulful ballad ‘Always Heading Home’ along with songs that have inspired Daltrey over the years including Nick Cave’s "Into My Arms," "You Haven’t Done Nothing" by Stevie Wonder, Stephen Stills’ "How Far" and the title track originally recorded by Garnet Mimms in 1964; the year that Daltrey, Townshend, Entwistle and Moon changed their name from The High Numbers and became The Who.

Roger Daltrey on As Long As I Have You: “This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete [Townshend] started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls. That's what we were, a soul band. And now, I can sing soul with all the experience you need to sing it. Life puts the soul in. I’ve always sung from the heart but when you’re 19, you haven’t had the life experience with all its emotional trials and traumas that you have by the time you get to my age. You carry all the emotional bruises of life and when you sing these songs, those emotions are in your voice. You feel the pain of a lost love. You feel it and you sing it and that's soul. For a long time, I've wanted to return to the simplicity of these songs, to show people my voice, a voice they won't have heard before. It felt like the right time. It's where I am, looking back to that time, looking across all those years but also being here, now, in the soulful moment”

Daltrey and his band headline the Royal Albert Hall on March 22nd in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Yes Announces 50th Anniversary North American Tour

The year 2018 marks half a century since the formation of the legendary group Yes, one of the pioneers of prog rock who outlasted the competition as they rode through the 80s with a string of hit singles. To celebrate, the present lineup of Yes -- Steve Howe (guitar since 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire's choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015) -- will embark on a 50th Anniversary North American summer tour, on the heels of a European outing which kicked off this week in the UK.

Beginning June 2018, the cross-country trek will bring the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees to such markets as Philadelphia, New York and Seattle, among many others. Official details and dates will be revealed next week.

In other news, on March 25, Yes will release Fly From Here - Return Trip, a new version of their album, Fly From Here, featuring the Drama lineup and new lead vocals by Trevor Horn. The original 2011 release of the album featured the late Chris Squire, Howe, White and Downes, with Benoit David on lead vocals and Horn as producer.

In addition to featuring Horn on lead vocals and remixed parts, Fly From Here - Return Trip -- a labor of love for all involved, recorded over the last two years following Horn's guest appearance with Yes at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2016 -- also contains a previously unreleased song, "Don't Take No For an Answer," recorded in 2011 featuring Howe on lead vocals, and the full-length version of "Hour of Need," previously only available as a Japanese bonus track. Fly From Here - Return Trip is available to pre-order now exclusively via PledgeMusic at  https://yesthedramalineup.pmstores.co/.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tickets On Sale This Week For The Outlaw Music Festival Tour

Summer dates for the Outlaw Music Festival Tour have been announced. The lineup (varies per location) includes Willie Nelson & Family, Sturgill Simpson, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Alison Krauss, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Head and the Heart, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ryan Bingham, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Wild Feathers, JD McPherson, Delta Rae, and Particle Kid. More artists and dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Outlaw Music Festival Tour pre-sale tickets are available Wednesday, March 14, at 10:00 AM through Thursday, March 15, 10:00 PM. Go to Outlawmusicfestival.com/presale and use the code, Outlaw2018. Citi® is the official pre-sale credit card of the Outlaw Music Festival Tour. 

Outlaw Music Festival Tour tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, March 16, at 12:00 PM (local time). VIP packages including great seats and exclusive festival merchandise will also be available. 

Information On Individual Outlaw Music Festival Tour Dates & Lineups:

Friday, May 25
Raleigh, Nc – Coastal Credit Union Music Park At Walnut Creek
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Alison Krauss
Delta Rae
Other Artists To Be Announced 

Saturday, May 26
Charlotte, Nc – Pnc Music Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Brandi Carlile
Old Crow Medicine Show
Other Artists To Be Announced 

Sunday, May 27
Bristow, Va – Jiffy Lube Live
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson 
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Other Artists To Be Announced 

Friday, June 22
Cincinnati, Oh – Riverbend Music Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson 
The Head And The Heart
Old Crow Medicine Show
Other Artists To Be Announced 

Saturday, June 23
Noblesville, In – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head And The Heart
Old Crow Medicine Show
Jd Mcpherson
Other Artists To Be Announced

Sunday, June 24
Detroit, Mi – Dte Energy Music Theatre
Willie Nelson & Family
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
The Head And The Heart 
Old Crow Medicine Show 
Other Artists To Be Announced

Friday, June 29
Little Rock, Ar – Verizon Arena 
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson 
The Head And The Heart
Ryan Bingham 
Lukas Nelson + Promise Of The Real 
Particle Kid 
Other Artists To Be Announced 

Saturday, June 30
Dallas, Tx – Starplex Pavilion 
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson 
Ryan Bingham 
The Head And The Heart
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
The Wild Feathers
Lukas Nelson + Promise Of The Real  
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced 

Sunday, July 1
The Woodlands, Tx – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson 
The Head And The Heart
Ryan Bingham 
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
The Wild Feathers 
Lukas Nelson + Promise Of The Real  
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Grand Funk Railroad Sues Former Front Man Mark Farner For Using Band's Name

Grand Funk Railroad says Mark Farner, who helped form the Flint-born rock group before he left for a solo career, violated an injunction that limited his use of the band's name.

Founding members Don Brewer and Mel Schacher continue to tour as Grand Funk Railroad while Farner tours as a solo artist.

Grand Funk Railroad, with hits such as "We're an American Band," "Some Kind of Wonderful," and "I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)," filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids alleging Farner violated a 2004 permanent injunction that limited Farner's use of his former band's trademarks, or "marks," in promotional materials.

"By virtue of its many decades of popularity and sales of concert tickets, records, songs and related goods/services, the (Grand Funk Railroad) Marks THE AMERICAN BAND, GRAND FUNK, AND GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, among others, have become famous, and are strongly associated with Plaintiff," Traverse City attorneys David Bishop and David Cvengros wrote in the complaint.

"GRAND FUNK RAILROAD is a musical phenomenon which has toured throughout the world and sold millions of records, including twelve 'Gold' albums (sales of at least half a million) and ten 'Platinum' albums (sales of at least one million), and two Billboard number one million-selling singles ... ," the lawsuit said.

Farner, the former lead singer and guitarist, and Just Having Fun Productions Inc. could not immediately be reached. Farner left the band in 1983 for a solo career, returned in the mid-1990s, then left for good in 1998.

The lawsuit alleges trademark infringement, unfair competition and violation of a 2004 permanent injunction signed by now-retired Judge Robert Holmes Bell.

It said Farner violated the injunction, which called for, among other things: that Farner's first and last names appear in capital letters before a reference to Grand Funk or Grand Funk Railroad, with only the first letters of the band capitalized, and first letters of the the words, "former," "formerly" and "member" also capitalized.

"Currently, and in open defiance of this Honorable Court's Permanent Injunction, Defendant Farner has undertaken a concert tour series promoting himself using the Plaintiff's Marks, using, without Plaintiff's permission, the Marks GRAND FUNK RAILROAD and THE AMERICAN BAND ... ," the lawsuit said.

It cited seven violations in advertisements for his concerts, including, primarily, improper use of capitalization. For instance, in a promo for a March 2 concert in Milwaukee, it was billed as MARK FARNER'S AMERICAN BAND." A March 3 concert in Medina, Minnesota, was billed as "Mark Farner formerly from Grand Funk Railroad."

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The lawsuit also challenged Farner's trademark application for "MARK FARNER'S AMERICAN BAND" as "confusingly similar" to Grand Funk's "THE AMERICAN BAND."

The lawsuit said the band faces "irreparable harm."

Beyond damages, it asks that Farner be prohibited from any use of the band's name or "American Band" and to surrender trademark registration for "MARK FARNER'S AMERICAN BAND."

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Procol Harum Eight-Disc Boxed Set Features Singles, Studio Cuts, Live Material, Unreleased Footage

On March 23rd, Esoteric Recordings are releasing Still There’ll Be More, an eight-disc boxed set celebrating 50 years of Procol Harum. A double -CD version will also be available. 

This eight disc set comprises five CDs and three DVDs, of which the first three discs draw upon the key tracks from Procol Harum’s illustrious career. Disc four features the band’s legendary concert at the Hollywood Bowl on 21 September 1973 (with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Roger Wagner Chorale), whilst disc five features a previously unreleased concert at the Bournemouth Winter Gardens on 17 March 1976.

The DVD content, (NTSC – Region Free), which features over three and a half hours of footage, mostly previously unreleased, disc six, begins with a performance of "A Whiter Shade of Pale" on the BBC TV show Top of the Pops from December 1967 before moving to the archives of the German Beat Club series. All of the band’s surviving performances for the show are here, including the entire un-broadcast raw video footage of the band’s Beat Club Workshop studio concert from 1971, shorn of the visual gimmickry of the actual broadcast, revealing the pure performance on DVD for the first time. Disc seven features the entire 65-minute recording session of a performance for the German Musikladen series in October 1973, most of which was never shown on television. Disc eight features more BBC TV performances, including a rendition of Pandora’s Box from Top of the Pops in September 1975 and the band’s set for the Sight and Sound In Concert series in March 1977.

This lavish re-mastered set also features a sixty-eight page hard backed book with an essay by Patrick Humphries and a lengthy in depth commentary on the performances featured by respected Procol Harum authority Roland Clare. The book also includes many previously unseen photographs and memorabilia from Gary Brooker’s private collection. Still There’ll Be More also includes a 60cm x 40 cm reproduction poster from a Procol Harum concert (featuring support from Vivian Stanshall) in 1976.

Still There’ll Be More is the most elaborate set of Procol Harum’s music released to date, and a fitting tribute to one of Britain’s most iconic bands.

Friday, March 9, 2018

'Paradox' Starring Neil Young Coming To Netflix

Netflix has acquired the global rights to the Neil Young-starring musical film Paradox, it has been announced. 

Daryl Hannah’s feature directional debut – described as “a free-spirited tale of music and love” – is set to premiere at SXSW on March 15.

Now, it’s been revealed that fans worldwide will be able to enjoy the film – with Netflix premiering it from March 23.

Young stars in Paradox along with Willie Nelson and his sons Lukas and Micah. Members of Young’s band, Promise of The Real, also make an appearance.

The SXSW Film Festival website says Paradox is a “far-fetched, whimsical western tale of music and love. Somewhere in the future past, The Man in the Black Hat hides out between heists at an old stagecoach stop with Jail Time, the Particle Kid, and an odd band of outlaws.”

It continues: “Mining the detritus of past civilizations, they wait… for the Silver Eagle, for the womenfolk, and for the full moon’s magic to give rise to the music and make the spirits fly.”

The full cast is listed as: Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Corey McCormick, Anthony LoGerfo, Tato Melgar, Willie Nelson, Charris Ford and Dulcie Clarkson Ford.

Speaking of the project, Daryl Hannah said in a statement: “Paradox sprung up spontaneously and unexpectedly, like a peculiar dandelion, popping up between the cracks in the pavement. We were fortunate to find this brief window of opportunity to share the love for the natural world, each other and for the precious seeds of creativity and life. We are all thrilled the film will premiere at SXSW and that Netflix will be sharing it with the world.”

To coincide with the Netflix release, fans will be able to get their hands on the official soundtrack. Paradox (Original Music From The Film) will include live performances from Young – along with covers and exclusive music. The collection will be available digitally and on vinyl.

SXSW Film Festivals begins March 9.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Police Guitarist Andy Summers Announces California Concerts

Andy Summers, known as the guitarist of The Police, has announced live concert dates for The Palace of Fine Arts on April 19th in San Francisco and The Regent Theater in downtown LA on April 14th. Tickets are currently on sale at www.ticketfly.com.

Summers is now touring with his one-man show in celebration of the release of his new solo album Triboluminescence. He will perform new music and songs from his illustrious career against the backdrop of a multimedia show featuring exotic and surreal photographic sequences from his 2018 book The Bones of Chuang Tzu. The very special show will feature intimate conversation and the telling of dark comic stories alongside a Q&A.

"This year I am going out with a show I’ve wanted to do for a very long time - a solo multimedia performance where I will play to my own photography which I have shot all over the world since the eighties, " Summers said. "I tried this exotic visual / musical mix out at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles last year; it went so well that I have expanded and built on the idea. I will also be doing a Q&A and reading some dark tales that have twisted music…and there will be a couple of other surprises."

Summers rose to fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s as the guitarist of the legendary award-winning, multi-million-selling rock band The Police, recognized as the most successful and critically acclaimed group of the era in any genre. The Police dominated the music scene through the first half of the 1980s with several No.1 records, and Summers’ innovative guitar sound was a key element of the band’s popularity, creating a new paradigm for guitarists that has been widely imitated in the decades since.

After The Police’s dramatic exit from the stage at the height of their fame, Summers embarked on a prolific solo career, including over a dozen solo albums, several notable collaborations and successful forays into instrumental music, jazz and film scoring (2010, Down and Out in Beverly Hills) alongside his rock and pop projects, as well as acclaimed work as a photographer. In 2006, Summers’ memoir One Train Later was released to great success and was voted the No. 1 music book of the year in the UK by Mojo magazine. The documentary film Can’t Stand Losing You, based on the book, was produced by the Yari Film Group and was released in North America in 2015 by Cinema Libre Studio.

Summers' awards and honors include inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Guitar Player Hall of Fame, multiple GRAMMY Awards, the Prog Guiding Light award in 2016, the Roland & BOSS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, the Key to New York City, an honorary doctorate from Bournemouth University, the Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres by the government of France, and dozens of other accolades.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Rhino Reveals Record Store Day Releases

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Rhino, the catalog division of Warner Music Group, is announcing its most ambitious collection of vinyl to date for Record Store Day 2018 with a wide variety of titles from WMG's labels including Atlantic, Elektra, Parlophone, Sire, Warner Bros. Records, and 679 Recordings. This year's not-to-miss list includes 30 limited edition 12-inch, 10-inch, and 7-inch vinyl releases from the world's most respected and celebrated artists.

Some highlights include Led Zeppelin's first-ever Record Store Day release and Cheech And Chong's marijuana-shaped picture disc, complete with a scratch n' sniff sticker... to name a few! Full details on all titles are listed below. All releases will be available exclusively at select independent music retailers on April 21, 2018. For a list of participating stores, please visit www.recordstoreday.com.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Steppenwolf Retrospective Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary

The definitive career retrospective Steppenwolf At 50, a triple CD collection featuring 41-tracks, celebrates a half-century of music by the one and only John Kay and Steppenwolf. 

Set for release Friday, March 16 via Los Angeles-based Rainman Records, the collection includes five rare or never-heard-before tracks. Steppenwolf At 50 covers the band's storied career, from their 1968 debut through 13 studio albums -- billed both as Steppenwolf and John Kay & Steppenwolf -- as well as their Top 10 hits "Born To Be Wild," "Magic Carpet Ride" and "Rock Me." The group's 16 Greatest Hits album is certified platinum. Their music struck a true counter-culture note in the 1960s, and two songs-"The Pusher" and "Born To Be Wild"-were featured prominently in the 1969 Dennis Hopper/Peter Fonda film Easy Rider.

Steppenwolf At 50 was personally overseen by John Kay and longtime manager Ron Rainey. In his liner notes, Kay thanks band members, both past and present, as well as their loyal "Wolfpack" fan base. "That was 50 years ago as of this writing and much transpired during that time of course," he says. "In between seemingly endless tours at home and abroad, we somehow managed to write, rehearse and record numerous subsequent albums, but the hectic pace sometimes took its toll; not only on the band but also on our home lives and families...it is particularly dedicated to those who never stopped being there when we needed their support the most. Every band member past and present, who is heard on these recordings, played an important role as musician, fellow singer or songwriter in the Wolf's recording history and is accordingly acknowledged in the credits."

Born during World War II in Germany,  and his mother escaped the advancing Soviets, eventually settling down in Canada in the late 1950s. A longtime affliction with color blindness and poor vision led Kay, as a youngster, to devour the pop music he heard on Canadian and nearby Buffalo, NY radio stations. He started playing guitar in his early teens, then in 1965 he joined Canadian band The Sparrows. The group disbanded within a couple years. In 1968, Kay was encouraged to re-form the Sparrows and it was suggested he change the band name to Steppenwolf, inspired by Hermann Hesse's novel of the same name. The rest, as they as they say, is rock and roll history.

In 2004, Kay and his wife Jutta formed the Maue-Kay Foundation which is dedicated to wildlife, the environment and human rights. Kay donates the net proceeds from all Steppenwolf shows to various NGOs that support their mission.

"In recent years, whether at home in North America or through travels in other parts of the world, we've increasingly come in contact with people whose efforts to protect Wildlife, the Natural Environment and Human Rights are an inspiration to us," Kay says. "Providing financial assistance for their various projects is the primary mission of the Maue Kay Foundation. However, we also hope to enlist additional support for their exemplary work, through the information, images and video clips, featured on our various projects."

For more info, visit MaueKay.org.

Preorder Steppenwolf At 50 at Steppenwolf.com.

Tour dates at John Kay & Steppenwolf Tour Dates.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Mick Jagger Addresses The End Of The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger has downplayed rumors that the Rolling Stones‘ upcoming UK tour could well be their last.

The rock veterans, who’s ‘No Filter’ tour calls into a number of UK stadiums later this year, have seen a huge demand for tickets – especially after the band’s future was cast into doubt when drummer Charlie Watts said he “wouldn’t mind” if the band split up.

However, now Jagger has said that calling it quits isn’t currently on his agenda.

“I haven’t really thought about this set of gigs being our last tour, to be honest,” Jagger told The Sunday Post.

“There is going to come a point when we don’t want to do it any more, for whatever reason – but I’m not thinking about that this summer.”

Speaking to the NME about the Stones calling it a day, Watts said: “I’ve thought that the band might stop a lot of times. I used to think that at the end of every tour. I’d had enough of it – that was it. But no, not really. I hope [when it ends] that everyone says, ‘that’ll be it’. I’d hate for it to be a bloody big argument. That would be a real sad moment. But to say this is the last show wouldn’t be a particularly sad moment, not to me anyway. I’ll just carry on as I was yesterday or today.”

Asked what would end the band, Watts replied: “I think if Mick or Keith retired then it would be. But they could get another drummer, another guitar player. If Daryl didn’t want to do it anymore we’d have a nightmare finding another bass player but Mick and Keith would or could carry on.

“If Mick said ‘I’m retiring’, I don’t know how we’d do a show without him or Keith.”

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Eddie Vedder Channels Tom Petty During Oscar In Memoriam Segment

At every Oscars' telecast, the Academy pays tribute to those lost in the past year.

During the 90th annual ceremony, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder performed for the In Memoriam segment, playing Tom Petty's "Room at the Top."

Those remembered include Roger Moore, Jerry Lewis, Brad Grey, and more.

Watch a clip of Vedder's performance below.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Lou Reed’s Lost Poems To Be Published In New Book

Unseen Lou Reed poems are set to be published in a new book.

Titled Do Angels Need Haircuts?, the book will collect previously-unread poems from the Velvet Underground icon. It will be published this April.

The Guardian reports that only three of the 12 poems and short stories in the collection have been published before.

According to the report, the poems were written during a six-month stint in 1970 when Reed left the cult band and returned to Long Island to to work for his father’s accountancy firm.

The collection will feature an afterword by his widow Laurie Anderson and introductions from Reed himself.

It will also come with recordings of Reed reciting the poems in 1971 at St Mark’s Church in New York, where poet Allen Ginsberg is said to have been in the audience.

You can hear Reed reciting his poems ‘We Are The People’ and ‘Lipstick’ below:

The poems are part of the New York Public Library’s Lou Reed archive.

“Lou was a writer at heart, and during this period he considered giving up music to follow this path,” archivist Don Fleming said.

“Finding Lou’s own cassette tape in the archive, that he recorded at the event, was very exciting because we knew about the reading but had little idea of what he had read. His introductions to the pieces also gave us great insight into his creative process.”

Friday, March 2, 2018

Three David Bowie Record Store Day Releases On Deck

David Bowie vinyl releases are always a Record Store Day highlight and 2018 will be no exception. On April 21, Parlophone will be releasing three very special limited edition David Bowie items -- Welcome To The Blackout (Live London, 1978), Let's Dance (Demo), and available for the first time commercially, the rare Berlin-era U.S. promo album Bowie Now.



This previously unreleased 3 LP set was recorded live during the ISOLAR II tour at Earls Court, London on the June 30 and July 1, 1978 by Tony Visconti and was mixed by Bowie and David Richards at Mountain Studios, Montreux, January 17-22, 1979. The newly designed trifold sleeve features imagery by photographers Sukita and Chris Walter.



The 45 rpm 12" single features the first appearance of the full length demo of "Let's Dance" which was previously released digitally in an edited form for Bowie's birthday on January 8 of this year. The full-length demo version clocks in at 7:34 and, like the edited version, was mixed by Nile Rodgers (original co-producer of the demo with Bowie) in December of last year.

The demo is backed by the live version of "Let's Dance" recorded live at Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, September 12, 1983 and mixed by Bob Clearmountain. This version can be seen in the Serious Moonlight concert film and was also previously available on the AA side of the now very rare Australian David Bowie Is exhibition exclusive yellow vinyl 7" single. The sleeve of the 12" single is a different colored variation of the original "Let's Dance" single cover.


This is the first commercial release of a rare 1977 U.S. only promotional-only LP on white vinyl. The tracks are drawn from the Low and "Heroes" albums and all of the audio is from the A New Career In A New Town boxed set, remastered by Tony Visconti. The package now features a newly designed inner sleeve with rarely seen black and white images taken in Berlin during 1977.


Find a participating Record Store Day store at www.recordstoreday.com.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Rolling Stones Guitarist Keith Richards Apologizes To Mick Jagger

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards on Wednesday apologized for suggesting that lead singer and eight-times father Mick Jagger should get a vasectomy.

Richards, 74, who has four children and five grandchildren himself, called Jagger “a randy old bastard” in an interview with the Wall Street Journal magazine, released on Wednesday.

“It’s time for the snip — you can’t be a father at that age. Those poor kids!,” he said.

Jagger, 74, became a father for the eighth time in December 2016 when his dancer girlfriend Melanie Hamrick gave birth to a son in New York.

“I deeply regret the comments I made about Mick in the WSJ , which were completely out of line. I have of course apologized to him in person,” Richards said in a Twitter statement.

Richards and Jagger, who have written most of the Rolling Stones songs over the rock band’s five-decade career, are known for their love-hate relationship.

“It’s been up and downhill, but if I‘m talking about the Rolling Stones, there ain’t a frontman like Jagger,” he told the WSJ magazine in the interview for its March 10 edition. “Don’t matter how many bones you want to pick out of him, he’s amazing to work with.”