Thursday, October 31, 2013

David Bowie Shoots, Releases $12.99 Homemade Video Full Of Eerie Puppets

When David Bowie needed a music video for his new single "Love is Lost," he didn't waste time working out a budget or hiring major guest actors. He just picked up his camera and filmed around his New York offices over the course of a weekend.

Final cost? $12.99 for a thumb drive to download the finished video.

According to a press release from Bowie's reps, the video received a world premiere at Wednesday night's Barclaycard Mercury Prize awards, and has only just gone public. Bowie wrote, shot and edited the video himself, and it features a series of fairly creepy-looking large puppets including a Bowie replica, down to his unusual eyes.

There's also a fair amount of hand washing going on.

Bowie wasn't totally alone; he had his assistant Jimmy Kring and best bud Coco Schwab to handle the camera and continuity (and sandwiches, said the release), but it was essentially a one-man production. And the song? A moody meditation that includes a riff from Bowie's own 1980 tune "Ashes to Ashes."

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Former NBC News Boss Wants Yes In Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

For eight years as NBC News president, Steve Capus worried about Brian Williams, the Today show and rapid changes in the news industry.

Now he’s taking time for a passion project — getting Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Capus is collaborating with two political pros on an awareness campaign for the band that has enthralled him since he saw a concert as a 16-year-old in 1979.

“I don’t want people to think I’ve completely lost my mind,” Capus said. “This isn’t my new career. I’ve got the luxury of some time on my hands and the ability to do some projects that I believe in and have some fun doing.”

Capus’ enthusiasm is no secret to those who know him.

“They’re all great musicians,” said Capus, who is taking bass-guitar lessons. “Nobody sounds like Yes does. ... They’ve kind of been the soundtrack to my life.”

He was reached by Republican consultant John Brabender and Tad Devine, a Democrat, to join their effort. Both Yes fans are admittedly bored between political campaigns. They thought that boosting Yes could be fun and could result in a reality show about a Republican and Democrat cooperating during polarizing times.

The rock hall hasn’t exactly embraced 1970s-era progressive rock, and even convened a committee to research the genre and see whether it has been overlooked.

The campaign tapped Capus to produce a film extolling the band’s virtues to rock hall voters.

An act is eligible for the hall 25 years after its first release.

“I love the passion,” said Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

The hall doesn’t publicly identify its voters, preferring they make a judgment unswayed by campaigns.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Will The Who's Next Tour Be Their Last?

The Who may be eyeballing a final tour, but it has no plans to stop performing, according to Roger Daltrey.

The group's Pete Townshend caused a stir last week when he told reporters at the London screening of the new documentary Sensation -- The Story of the Who's Tommy, that the duo will tour the world for its 50th anniversary, which will be "the last big one for us." But Daltrey says that we'll certainly still have the Who to kick around.

"I think you have to clarify what he said, and what we man is we cannot keep going on doing these month-after-month, long, extended tours," Daltrey says. "It's extremely hard, hard work, just the grind of it. So we have to be realistic. The band got better reviews on our last tour (the 2012-13 Quadrophenia & More trek) than we had for years. It was incredibly enjoyable. It was incredibly exhausting, and we have to be realistic about our age. But it's not going to be the last thing the Who will do. We're going to be doing events. We're going to be doing shows. We might do other things, more experimental. We might decide to do something in a theater, some small production where we sit down for two or three weeks in one town; that could be managed 'cause we're not schlepping our bodies from city to city. The joy of the stage is wonderful, but the traveling every day is exhausting."

Daltrey also promises that the Who will continue to be available to play for good causes -- including the Teenage Cancer Trust in the U.K. and the Teen Cancer America initiatives he's helped launch.

"We've always been there for charity shows," he says. "The Who has always been there from the very beginning when people were in trouble and need a band for a charity show. We've always been there, and that's not going to change."

Daltrey adds that the prospect of reaching a 50th anniversary (the group formed in 1964 and released its first singles and album the following year) is not something he and Townshend take lightly.

"Any band who survives in this business that long, it's extraordinary," he says. "With the crap in this (business) and that we had to deal with, it's remarkable that we survived at all. We've lost two of us (Keith Moon and John Entswistle) and the (Rolling) Stones lost one (Brian Jones). It's remarkable that any of us survived."

The Who is releasing a Super Deluxe edition of its landmark 1969 rock opera Tommy on November 11, featuring extra discs with Townshend's demos for the album and an entire live presentation from multiple sources.

Townshend, meanwhile, is still working on his next conceptual piece, Floss, while Daltrey is contemplating his first solo album since 1992 and will perform as part of the Moody Blue Cruise in April. And he's still very much involved with the cancer organizations, with an eye towards growing Teen Cancer America -- the beneficiary of a $1.6 million Who Cares benefit concert on Feb. 28 in New York City -- beyond its clinics at UCLA and at Yale University.

"We're talking at the moment to 25 different hospitals," Daltrey reports. "We've got to raise a lot of money, of course; all I can do is light the fire, which I think I've done, and it's up to the American people and the families and the doctors to start pressuring your system to come up with this. This is not the expensive side of medicine; this is the cheap side...If we can do it in Britain, I'm sure the Americans can certainly do it. What I particularly like about it is in so many years I've done so many charities and this and that, and you very rarely see big, tangible results. With this one the money goes in and something comes out; you can see a hospital ward that's paid for and done and the nurses being paid for. It's the way to do it, I think."

Monday, October 28, 2013

Fleetwood Mac's John McVie Diagnosed With Cancer

Fleetwood Mac co-founder John McVie has been diagnosed with cancer, forcing the group to cancel upcoming shows on its world tour.

The band just completed the European leg of the tour and had been scheduled to perform 14 shows in Australia and New Zealand in November and December.

An announcement on the band's Facebook page did not disclose details about McVie's cancer, only saying that the 67-year-old is "now scheduled to be in treatment for cancer during that period of time."

"We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates," the announcement said. "We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well as Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best."

Original members of the group -- including Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Stevie Nicks -- returned to touring last April after a three-year break from the road.

They toured the United States first, then traveled to Europe.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lou Reed Dead At 71

Lou Reed, whose band the Velvet Underground became one of the most influential in rock by fusing art and music in 1960s' New York through its collaboration with artist Andy Warhol, died today at age 71, Rolling Stone reported.

The cause of death was not reported, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.

Reed's representatives could not immediately be reached to confirm the news.

Online tributes were pouring in on social media after a message sent earlier in the day on Reed's Twitter and Facebook pages read simply "The Door."

The Velvet Underground never achieved much commercial success, but revolutionized rock in the 1960s and 70s with a mixture of thrashing guitar licks and smooth melodies sung by Reed or the sultry German model Nico, who briefly collaborated with the band at Warhol's insistence.

The band has long been recognized as a major musical influence on punk and art rock, as reflected in a quote often attributed to musician Brian Eno that, "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band."

An admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, Reed underwent a liver transplant earlier this year at the Cleveland Mayo Clinic, his wife, Laurie Anderson, told The Times of London, after he had canceled five California concert dates scheduled in April.

"I am a triumph of modern medicine," Reed posted on his website on June 1, 2013, without directly acknowledging the transplant. "I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future."

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Eagle Rock Releasing 6 DVD Queen Live Set

Eagle Rock Entertainment is releasing a six DVD set of Queen’s Live At Wembley Stadium – 25th Anniversary Edition, Queen Rock Montreal, On Fire: Live At The Bowl, and Live In Rio on November 17. 

Exclusive to this package, Live In Rio features the band performing at the “Rock In Rio” festival in January 1985. Dazzling 250,000 fans, the setlist features such favorites as “Seven Seas of Rhye” and “Liar,” while spotlighting 5 songs from The Works, which they were supporting at the time.

Live at Wembley Stadium – 25th Anniversary Edition was originally released as a separate DVD in the US on March 12, 2013, and features two sell-out shows at London’s famed Wembley Arena in 1986. This DVD  includes the bonus film “The Magic Tour,” which features interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor filmed in 2011, where the members reflect on this 1986 tour.

Queen Rock Montreal, which was filmed in 1981, was the group’s only concert to be shot on 35mm full cinema format film (they were the first band to do so). Originally titled, We Will Rock You, this film was first launched at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1983. North America followed suit in September 1984, making Queen Rock Montreal the first commercially available film of Queen in concert. This was originally released on DVD on August 3, 2007.

On Fire – Live At The Bowl, which was re-issued on DVD this past May, features Queen in the midst of their 1982 “Hot Space” Tour. Plucked from over 60 sell-out concerts in the world’s biggest arenas, this show includes a second disc with bonus interviews, a photo gallery, and additional performances from Tokyo and Vienna.

All the greats are on full display in these concerts: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,” “Under Pressure,” “We Are The Champions,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Who Wants To Live Forever,” “Radio Ga Ga” and many more.

Check out a clip from On Fire: Live At The Bowl below.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert Heading To DVD

When Ronnie Montrose passed away on March 3, 2012, friends and musicians immediately wondered what they could do to pay homage to one of rock's all-time legendary and influential  guitarists. The result was some of music's most renowned artists uniting for a concert only a month and a half later (April 27) and performing Ronnie classics throughout the evening - which will now make its official DVD release on December 10, 2013, Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music.

Recorded in San Francisco at the historic Regency Ballroom and mixed in 5.1 surround sound, the DVD features performance by Ronnie's past band members in Montrose (Sammy Hagar, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church with Joe Satriani), Gamma (Davey Pattison, Denny Carmassi and Glenn Letsch with Marc Bonilla), performing both groups' hits.

Additionally, Ronnie's colleagues and people he mentored and produced over the 40 years of his career are featured as well, including Neal Schon (Journey), Ricky Phillips (Styx), Steve Smith (ex-Journey), Ed Roth, Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks), Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger), Tesla, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), and more.

The DVD will also include interviews, bonus features, a photo gallery, and an additional set of Ronnie's hits by an all-star band featuring  Chuck Terpo, Mario Cipollina, Tal Morris, Dave Meniketti and the members of Y&T. This was recorded and filmed at Bob Weir's TRI Studios.

The iconic and legendary Ronnie Montrose has been called the Father Of American Hard Rock - an innovator and an incendiary guitar genius. In his short time with Van Morrison Ronnie created the iconic guitar riff for the classic song “Wild Nights”.  In the Edgar Winter group he left even a bigger Mark with his catchy heavy-handed riffs on songs like “Free Ride” and “Frankenstein.”

But it would be his self-titled release that would become the cornerstone of American hard rock.   This debut in 1973 crafted such classics as "Rock the Nation,” "Bad Motor Scooter," and "Space Station #5." It laid the ground work and became the template for bands like Van Halen and countless subsequent musicians.

His musical Journey lead him to the creation of  Gamma where he crafted songs like "Voyager", "Thunder And Lighting" and "Ready For Action".  Ronnie was always searching and reinventing himself musically. Venturing through a brief instrumental period he brought us both Open Fire and his masterpiece version of "Town Without Pity".

And now, fans will be able to experience the music of Montrose once again, with the new DVD, Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music.

Check out the trailer at

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Janis Joplin To Receive Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Next Month

One of the most memorable singers of the 1960s, Janis Joplin, will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame early next month, more than 43 years after her untimely death.  The commemorative marker will be unveiled during a ceremony at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Musician's Institute on November 4 at 11:30 a.m. PT.

Several guest speakers will be on hand to pay tribute to Janis, including her brother and sister, Michael and Laura Joplin; music mogul Clive Davis; and renowned singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson.  Kristofferson also will deliver a special performance of his song "Me and Bobby McGee," with which Joplin scored a posthumous #1 hit back in 1971.

"Janis Joplin is an iconic figure and her songs will always be remembered by her fans around the world," says Hollywood Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez.

For fans who can't make it out to the event, the festivities will be streamed live online at

Joplin came to fame in 1967 as a member of Big Brother and the Holding Company, scoring a top 20 hit with "Piece of My Heart" before launching a solo career. Her passionate and raspy voice and flamboyant style has gone on to influence generations of female artists, including Stevie Nicks, Heart's Ann Wilson, Melissa Etheridge and Pink. The singer died on October 3, 1970, of a heroin overdose at age 27.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Brian Wilson Says He's 'Gotten Better' As A Musician

Brian Wilson says that with time, he's become a stronger performer.

"It's gotten better. We've had a little practice. ... The musicianship, the vocals have gotten better," he said in a recent interview.

Wilson is on a joint tour with Jeff Beck. It wraps October 30 in Milwaukee and includes Al Jardine and David Marks.

Wilson, the 71-year-old singer and songwriter, even said he's improved since the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary tour last year: "It was a very sentimental experience, but the vocals are even better now."

Wilson wouldn't talk about the drama with Mike Love surrounding the band or what the future of the group entailed. Wilson and Love, cousins and founding members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band that helped crystallize the California sound of the 1960s, have been embroiled in a series of divisive lawsuits.

Close to three hours long, Wilson and Beck's collaborative concert kicks off with traditional Beach Boys hits, Beck's set and then an encore together. At one point, 17 people are onstage.

"I was totally and utterly mesmerized — the sound and the performance, all the harmonies, just mindboggling," the English guitarist said of watching Wilson and the others perform. Beck first performed with Wilson at his MusiCares Person of the Year tribute in 2006.

Wilson also said he's working on a new album, which he said is half-done and includes contributions from Beck.

"So far it's mellow music, medium rock, slow rock," he said

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Who's Tommy Deluxe Editions Available In November

Tommy, the Who’s defining, breakthrough concept album – a full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy that launched the band to international superstardom – is to be released in Deluxe and limited edition Super Deluxe editions on November 12.

Originally released in May 1969, the Who were at a career crossroads. They were known mainly as a singles band but this project launched them as a serious “album band” and has now sold over 20 million copies as well as regularly turning up in lists of the most influential albums of all time.

Coming after The Who Sell Out in 1967, Tommy marked a complete change in style with Pete Townshend's lengthy conceptual narrative bringing exciting new opportunities to rock music. Tommy was and remains an ambitious, complex and controversial work.

The Deluxe and Super Deluxe remastered versions of the album both come with a wealth of previously unheard material, including 20 demos from Pete Townshend’s archive and also a full, live performance of  Tommy from 1969 taken from tapes that Townshend asked the band’s sound engineer to burn!

Eighteen of the previously unheard and thought to be long lost live tracks are taken from a live show at the Capital Theatre in Ottowa, Canada, on October 15, 1969. Three others, “I’m Free,” “Tommy’s Holiday Camp” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” were lost due to tape reels being changed during the show, so they are taken from later shows of the same era. As discussed at length in Pete Townshend’s autobiography, the tapes were all supposed to be destroyed but were kept by longtime Who sound man Bob Pridden, despite Pete’s instructions.

The limited edition Super Deluxe box features a 5.1 mix featuring the complete album remixed in surround sound on new Hi-Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray format. The box set also comes with a hardback 80-page full-color book featuring rare period photos, memorabilia, a 20,000-word essay by legendary Who aficionado Richard Barnes and a rare facsimile Tommy poster, all housed in a hardback deluxe slipcase.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Boston Releasing First New Studio Album In 10 Years

On December 6th, Boston’s Life, Love & Hope will be released in Europe on Frontiers Records. More than a decade in the making, Life, Love & Hope features 11 tracks replete with the classic and beloved Boston sound, as well as the latest in the evolution of Tom Scholz' musical artistry. 

Diverse yet cohesive, this long-awaited album has something for everyone and will fulfill the expectations of existing fans, while exposing a new generation to one of rock and roll’s great acts.  Scholz says, "These are songs from the heart, each of them taking many months of effort to write, arrange, perform and record, always up to the demands of Boston's harshest critic, me. They have all been meticulously recorded to analogue tape on the same machines and equipment used for Boston's hits for the past 35 years."

Boston burst onto the music scene with their eponymous best-selling debut album in 1976, and never looked back. With over 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," and "Smokin'," rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today.  Their second effort Don't Look Back was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by Third Stage, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, "Amanda."  With over 31 million albums sold to date, Boston's music has stood the test of time, as evidenced by live BOSTON audiences that spans generations.

Life, Love & Hope includes lead vocals from Brad Delp and prodigy Tommy DeCarlo, as well as Kimberley Dahme, David Victor, and songwriter Scholz himself. This release features tracks that have the characteristic Boston trademark guitars, harmonies, and immaculately-crafted sound.  "I intentionally stayed close to the early Boston style on some of the songs, even using the same amps and instruments; on others I let my imagination run wild," says Scholz.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hal Leonard Publishes Inventing The American Guitar

Coinciding with C. F. Martin and Co.'s 180th anniversary, Hal Leonard Books is publishing Inventing The American Guitar, the first book to describe the early history of American guitar design in detail. With essays by prominent writers and spectacular color photographs of almost 50 guitars, many of which are newly discovered, this book tells the story of how a European instrument was transformed into one with all of the design and construction features that define the iconic American flat-top guitar - all within a mere 20 years.

The person who dominates this history is C. F. Martin Sr., America's first major guitar maker and the founder of the Martin Guitar Company, which continues to produce outstanding flat-top guitars today. After emigrating from his native Saxony to New York in 1833, Martin quickly established a guitar-making business, producing instruments modeled after those of his mentor, Johann Stauffer of Vienna. By the time he moved his family and business to rural Pennsylvania in 1839, Martin had absorbed and integrated the influence of Spanish guitars he had seen and heard in New York. In Pennsylvania, he evolved further, inventing a uniquely American guitar that was fully developed before the outbreak of the Civil War.Inventing the American Guitar traces Martin's evolution as a craftsman and entrepreneur and explores the influences and experiments that led to his creation of the American guitar that is recognized and played around the world today.

The book, edited by Peter Szego and his team, includes fold-out pages of schematic drawings of two early Martin guitars: the Austro-German Style Martin Guitar and the Spanish Style Martin Guitar. An additional forty-five two-page color profiles of important guitars, including detail photos, measurements, and bracing diagrams, fill this beautiful coffee table hardcover. Contributing essayists include David Gansz, an expert on early American guitar maker James Ashborn; Antiques Roadshow appraiser and Martin expert Richard Johnston; luthier and early Martin and Spanish guitar scholar David LaPlante; Arian Sheets, Curator of Stringed Instruments at the National Music Museum, University of South Dakota; and James Westbrook, a scholar of 19th-century European guitar making.

For more information about Inventing The American Guitar, go to Hal Leonard Books at

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Legacy, Rhino Plan Special Releases For Record Store Day Back To Black Friday

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and Rhino Entertainment, the specialty record label owned by the Warner Music Group, are both planning special, collectible releases for Record Store Day Back To Black Friday 2013 at independent record stores across America on Friday, November 29, 2013.

Legacy is offering a range of historic and classic releases catering to connoisseurs of timeless sounds, from rare Bob Dylan music to the roots of contemporary hip-hop, from punk rock to cool jazz, from 12" box sets to 7" vinyl singles to CD replicas of LPs in the Clash catalog.

An independent record store vinyl exclusive, Dylan’s Side Tracks (first made available as two CDs in the monumental Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One, released November 5, 2013) is a career-spanning collection of official Bob Dylan recordings — including previously released non-album singles, tracks from other compilations, films and more — that have never appeared on one of the artist's formal albums.

Another independent record store vinyl exclusive is Cheap Trick’s The Classic Albums 1977-1979 box set, featuring  the first five ground-breaking power-pop masterpieces from one of America's all-time great rock bands.  First released within a breathtaking two-year creative peak period in the late 1970s, these classic titles — Cheap Trick, In Color, Heaven Tonight, Live Budokan and Dream Police — have been newly remastered in 2013 from the original analog tapes and come packaged in original album artwork, housed in a newly-designed, numbered limited edition LP box.

Additional Legacy exclusives include Harry Nilsson’s 12-track Rarities Collection on a limited edition 12" 180 gram vinyl; Roy Orbison’s  The Monument Vinyl Box featuring  three landmark albums, Lonely and Blue (1961), Crying (1962) and In Dreams (1963); and 7" singles from the Jimi Hendrix Experience ("Fire" b/w "Foxey Lady") and Sly & The Family Stone ("Sexy Situation" b/w "Mother Is A Hippie").

Rhino has five limited edition releases from the Doors, Duran Duran, Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull, and Stone Temple Pilots. Curated By Record Store Day from the Doors on 180-gram vinyl  includes eight total tracks, with "Side A" featuring rare original mono versions of four classic studio tracks and "Side B" showcasing four legendary live performances. The release is mastered by Bruce Botnick, the band's original engineer, and is limited to 7,500 individually numbered copies. There are two variations of the artwork, each featuring a hand written track list by one of the surviving band members, John Densmore or Robby Krieger. 

In April of 1970, the Grateful Dead played an intimate acoustic show at the Great Highway in San Francisco. The 80-minute, 17 song set saw the band jam through a mix of original songs ("Friend Of The Devil," "New Speedway Boogie"), covers ("Mama Tried," "Wake Up Little Susie"), and traditionals ("I Know You Rider"), followed by six solo acoustic songs from Pigpen. Long lost tapes for the show were recently discovered and will be released on Black Friday as the 2-LP set Family Dog At The Great Highway, San Francisco, CA 4/18/70. Mastered by Jeffrey Norman, the limited edition of 7,500 copies comes on 180-gram vinyl with lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and also features beautiful new artwork by frequent Dead designer Scott McDougall. 

Jethro Tull's third album Benefit saw the band transition from the traditional blues rock found on their previous albums and signaled the further evolution of their sound that would be present on their future album. Set for reissue on 180-gram vinyl on Black Friday, Benefit will be limited to 3,000 individually numbered copies. 

For more information on Record Store Day Back To Black Friday, go to

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Nominees Announced

Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates and The Replacements are among first-time nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The hall of fame announced its annual list of nominees Wednesday morning and half the field of 16 were first-time nominees. Yes, Link Wray and the Zombies also received their first nominations.

More than 600 voters will determine the class of 2014. Inductees will be announced in December and a ceremony will be held next April in New York. The induction will be aired on HBO in May.

Nirvana is nominated in its first year of eligibility. If selected for induction, the band would enter the hall of fame almost exactly 20 years after frontman Kurt Cobain's suicide at age 27.

Ronstadt receives her first nomination not long after she shared news that she has Parkinson's disease. She chronicles some of that struggle in her new memoir, Simple Dreams. Fans have long questioned her absence from the hall's roster of stars.

Similarly, long-denied Yes joins the list after Rush finally struck a blow for prog rock with its induction earlier this year.

Repeat nominees are KISS, LL Cool J, N.W.A., Cat Stevens, Deep Purple, The Meters, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Chic.

It's the eighth nomination for Chic since 2003, but comes as co-founder Nile Rodgers is enjoying widespread attention after his collaboration with Daft Punk earlier this year.

KISS, LL Cool J and Stevens return to the list after absences of several years.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Jeff Beck Uninterested In Reuniting With Rod Stewart

Guitar legend Jeff Beck has no plans to mark the 45th anniversary of his first Jeff Beck Group album, Truth, by re-teaming with old pal and frontman Rod Stewart, mostly because the singer’s voice has changed too much.

Stewart recently floated the idea of a joint the Faces and Jeff Beck Group reunion tour for 2014, but the idea of hitting the stage again with the singer is not high on Beck’s list of priorities.

Beck said, “He doesn’t sound the same. The timbre of his voice has changed, and therefore there’s no point in trying to do Truth 2 or anything like that. He should’ve called me 25 years ago for that, or when I did (song) People Get Ready with him (in 1985) would’ve been a good time. But his manager didn’t want that. I don’t think he wants to lose his boy back into my evil clutches, so that never happened.”

And Beck has tested his friendship with Stewart by urging the rocker to “focus” if he ever wants to do something with his old bandmate again, poking fun at the singer’s love of sports.

The guitarist states, “I’ve already done 11 demos for him, and he said they were in the wrong key. So there’s the commitment he didn’t even tell me which key to do these tracks. But I don’t want these sour grapes.

“He prefers (soccer), and maybe that’s the problem. I’m not holding my breath.”

Beck’s comments come just over a month after Stewart told the same news outlet his old pal was mad at him.

He explained, “When Jeff’s angry at you, he stays angry for a long time. We were going to do a blues album... but we couldn’t agree on a great many things. I sent him a Christmas card, or emailed him a Christmas card, the year before last and never heard anything back.”

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Bob Dylan Resumes The Never Ending Tour in Norway

Bob Dylan has taking the show back on the road for what has been called 'The Never Ending Tour' that started on June 7, 1988.

The never ending touring Dylan is now in his 25th year of non-stop touring, more than any other act since time began.

The 2013 leg of the tour has seen the introduction of songs from Dylan's latest album Tempest. Released in September, 2012, the singer has now performed six of the 10 songs on the album live.

Charlie Sexton has returned to the live band with Tony Garnier, Stu Kimball, Donnie Herron and George Recile.

The setlist for the resumed tour out of Oslo, Norway on October 10, 2013 was:

Things Have Changed
(from The Wonder Boys soundtrack, 2000)
She Belongs To Me
(from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965)
Beyond Here Lies Nothing
(from Together Through Life, 2009)
What Good Am I
(from Oh Mercy, 1989)
Pay In Blood
(from Tempest, 2012)
Duquesne Whistle (from Tempest, 2012)
Tangled Up In Blue
(from Blood On The Tracks, 1975)
It's Alright Ma
(from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965)


Early Roman Kings
(from Tempest, 2012)
Simple Twist Of Fate
(from Blood On The Tracks, 1975)
Summer Days
(from Love and Theft, 2001)
Forgetful Heart 
(from Together Through Life, 2009)
Spirit On The Water
(from Modern Times, 2006)
Scarlet Town
(from Tempest, 2012)
Soon After Midnight 
(from Tempest, 2012)
Long And Wasted Years
(from Tempest, 2012)


All Along The Watchtower
(from John Wesley Harding, 1967)
Blowin In The Wind (from The Freewheelin Bob Dylan, 1963)

Remaining 2013 for Bob Dylan are:

October 12 and 13, Sweden, Stockholm
October 15 and 16, Denmark, Copenhagen
October 18, Germany, Hannover
October 19 and 20, Germany, Hamburg
October 22, Germany, Dusseldorf
October 24, 25, 25, Germany, Berlin
October 28, Switzerland, Geneva
October 30, 31, Netherlands, Amsterdam
November 2, 3, 4, Italy, Milan
November 6, 7, Italy, Rome
November 10, Belgium, Brussels
November 12, 13, 14 France, Paris
November 16, Luxemborg, Esch-sur-Alzette
November 18, 19, 20, Scotland, Glasgow
November 22, 23, 24, England, Blackpool
November 26, 27, 28, England, London

Friday, October 11, 2013

Rolling Stones Tribute Concert Coming To Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will honor 1989 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, the Rolling Stones, at the 18th Annual Music Masters tribute concert It’s Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It): The Music of The Rolling Stones on Saturday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre in Cleveland.

Tribute concert performers previously announced include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Ian McLagan, Merry Clayton, Sarah Dash, Bernard Fowler, Steve Jordan, Bobby Keys, Trevor Lawrence, Steve Madaio, Waddy Wachtel and Willie Weeks.

Joining the all-star house band is Nils Lofgren of the E Street Band. New guests include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Chuck D, Sugar Blue, Lee Fields, Patterson Hood, Dave Pirner, Earl Slick and Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson of the Flamin’ Groovies.

The 18th annual series begins on Monday, October 21, and will feature interviews, panels, films and educational programs throughout the week, including a keynote lecture at Case Western Reserve University. On Saturday, October 26, a conference will be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the Rolling Stones’ impact on popular music. Events include a special screening of ABKCO film’s Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965, a legendary though only recently released film shot during a quick tour of Ireland in 1965, as well as a live interview with Merry Clayton, the unforgettable voice on the Rolling Stones' classic track “Gimme Shelter."  

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Humble Pie's 'Performance: Rockin’ The Fillmore' 4-CD Set Coming Oct 28th!

When Steve Marriott left the Small Faces (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2012) to launch a new band in 1968, expectations were high. Marriott teamed with 18-year-old guitarist Peter Frampton, already a U.K. star through his work with the Herd, along with bassist Greg Ridley from Spooky Tooth, and 17-year-old drummer Jerry Shirley, who Steve Marriott had used as a session player for Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate Record Label. Humble Pie recorded four albums and several singles before achieving its U.S. breakthrough with 1971’s double-live set Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore.

Drawn from four shows played over two consecutive nights at Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore East, Performance captured a red-hot band firing on all cylinders, distilling the crowd-pleasing heavy blues-rock style that had come to dominate the Brit foursome’s repertoire, and which would help to lay the foundation for the sound that would soon become known as heavy metal. Performance caught on in a big way with American listeners, hitting #21 on the U.S. album chart and becoming the Pie’s first Gold album.

Now, for the first time, Omnivore Recordings, in conjunction with Universal Music, have gathered all four shows from Humble Pie’s historic Fillmore East stand in this lovingly packaged four-CD box set. No editing or resequencing took place — just the four sets exactly as they were played on May 28 and 29, 1971. The seven tracks that comprised the original album are joined here by 15 previously unissued performances — including the never-before-heard complete first set from May 28.

“My God, it just took my breath away,” Shirley said of hearing the new mixes by engineer Ashley Shepherd. “You feel like you’re sitting in the Fillmore East, five or six rows back. In the quiet bits, you could hear a pin drop, and in the loud bits, you can almost feel the room shaking. And all four shows caught Steve at the absolute zenith of his powers. It’s  astonishing. I’m only sorry that he, Greg, and Dee aren’t around to enjoy it with the rest of us.”

Frampton also praises the vastly improved audio quality, and was especially happy to revisit the material that wasn’t used on the original LP. “It’s like a breath of fresh air after listening to one particular version,” he says. “The beauty of it is that you get three other completely different performances of most of the songs. And it’s great to hear Steve’s banter from all of the shows. We’ve lived with [imitates Marriott] ‘It’s really been a gas!’ for 40-odd years, and now there’s more.”

The deluxe compilation was produced by Frampton and Shirley with A&R coordination from Bill Levenson and Cheryl Pawelski containing detailed liner notes by Tim Cohan. The original engineer was multi-Grammy Award winner Eddie Kramer.

You may not need no doctor, but you do need Humble Pie’s Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore — The Complete Recordings.

Track Listing:

Disc One
05/28/71 Friday, First Show
1. Four Day Creep 3:51
2. I’m Ready 8:20
3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters 27:07
4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So) 6:16
5. I Don’t Need No Doctor 8:40

Disc Two
05/28/71 Friday, Second Show
1. Four Day Creep 3:45
2. I’m Ready 8:42
3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters 27:19
4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So) 5:26
5. Rollin’ Stone 16:55
6. I Don’t Need No Doctor 9:13

Disc Three
05/29/71 Saturday, First Show
1. Four Day Creep 3:55
2. I’m Ready 8:40
3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters 26:11
4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So) 5:59
5. Stone Cold Fever 6:08

Disc Four
05/29/71 Saturday, Second Show
1. Four Day Creep 3:50
2. I’m Ready* 8:44
3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters* 27:53
4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So) 5:33
5. Rollin’ Stone 12:27
6. I Don’t Need No Doctor 7:34

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ted Nugent: Energized By Music, Angry With The Government

Ted Nugent scheduled interviews this week to talk about his new live CD and DVD set, but politics naturally entered the discussion as a partial government shutdown moves through a second week.

The 65-year-old Michigan rocker and staunch firearms and hunting advocate characteristically made no secret about where he stands, citing a recent piece he wrote for a conservative website entitled "Make my Day, Shut it Down."

"The government is so out of control. It is so bloated and infested with fraud and deceit and corruption and abuse of power," he said.

"The American government today will go down and the American people, it breaks my heart to say ... will go down as the dumbest, most unappreciative society in the history of humankind."

Nugent said government overreach and incompetence goes back decades, but it's at its worst under President Barack Obama. He described Obama as a "monster in the White House" who "wouldn't qualify to drive my tour bus."

Nugent drew the attention of the Secret Service last year when he said he would be "dead or in jail" if Obama was re-elected. He said this week that he wasn't making threats - he was merely afraid for his life and others because law-abiding farmers, ranchers and small business owners have been targeted by what he considers overzealous government agents. The case was closed.

Nugent said he's "blessed with just unbelievable energy." He had one of the top-20 concert tours during various weeks this year while on the road with Styx and REO Speedwagon.

The new collection, a hard-rocking romp recorded in 2011, is a reflection of that live show and includes best-known songs "Wango Tango," "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold." With a U.S. flag as a backdrop, Nugent tells the crowd between songs, "We're gonna groove you to death. ... We are the last of `em."

"When I'm onstage, it really is out of body - it really is untouchable," he said. "That Motor City throttle is purely driven and conveyed via the music. ... Time stands still - just at extreme velocity."

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

John Lennon's Hollywood Star Defaced

When Gillian Lomax, who spent six years on radio KLOS's Breakfast with the Beatles, led her A Magical History Tour group to John Lennon's star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame next to Capitol Records on Vine Street, she discovered that vandals had besmirched it with graffiti and scribbles, including a spotted toadstool, a smiley-face, "I love you," and "Blackbird... Rain was here."

"Morons did it," Lomax says. "Rather tacky. There was a group of them, judging from the different colored pens. I tried to rub it out, but to no avail."

But Ana Martinez of the Hollywood Walk of Fame was alerted, and by the morning of October 7, workers were on hands and knees, erasing all sign of the damage before noon.

"We don't mess around," says Martinez. "I think Capitol is looking into seeing if there's any video [of the crime.] They're registered state landmarks. Those are my babies! We've had people destroy stars, cracking or prying out parts of the stars, and they do go to jail and they have to pay back for the repairs. We just had one recently damagedArsenio Hall's, and a couple near him."

Lennon's star will shine clean when Breakfast with the Beatles host Chris Carter and Jerry Rubin meet there to lead the celebration of what would have been Lennon's 73rd birthday at 6:00 pm on October 9.

Monday, October 7, 2013

John Fogerty Set To Kick Off Fall Tour This Week In Los Angeles

This Thursday, October 10 in Los Angeles, John Fogerty launches his much-anticipated national concert tour at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. Fogerty will be playing live his classic Creedence Clearwater Revival albums Cosmos Factory and Bayou Country for the first time ever in the U.S., along with other gems from the singer's career.

Meanwhile, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles recently unveiled the exhibit “John Fogerty: Wrote A Song For Everyone.” It is on display through January 2014 and features artifacts from his personal collection, and it is named after his current album Wrote A Song For Everyone, hailed by fans and critics alike.

At the opening night of the exhibit (September 26), the pioneering and iconic singer, songwriter and guitarist was the subject of a compelling, in-depth Q&A conducted by Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli and capped it off by performing a few songs solo as a surprise for the intimate, sold-out audience gathered in the Museum’s Clive Davis Theater.

In this clip from “An Evening With John Fogerty” at the Grammy Museum,  Fogerty talks about getting sued in the case Fantasy vs Fogerty where Fantasy Records sued the singer, saying he plagiarized himself. The Grammy exhibit includes a copy of the infamous recording agreement from the Creedence Clearwater Revival era with Fantasy Records and the unbelievable-but-true lawsuit.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

The Doors Open Up Footage Vault With R-Evolution

On December 3, Eagle Rock Entertainment is releasing a new Doors video release, R-Evolution. Available on on DVD and Blu-ray, R-Evolution combines early TV appearances with the Doors’ own music films, illustrating how the band evolved from the constraints of mid-60s television to a point where they had the creative input and power to shape how they were portrayed on screen.

From an unknown L.A. band creating early music films to an established worldwide phenomenon executing creative control over their celluloid persona, R-Evolution shows the growth of the Doors from being forced to accept the formulaic television approach to taking control of the medium. It’s all in the title – the evolution of a band that helped revolutionize the way rock bands promote their art.

R-Evolution brings together a wealth of previously unreleased footage of the Doors, and features the classics “Light My Fire,” “People Are Strange,” “Hello, I Love You,” “Crawling King Snake,” “L.A. Woman,” “Moonlight Drive,” “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” and many more.

There's also some excellent bonus features, including a commentary by Doors members John Densmore, Robby Krieger and the late Ray Manzarek, plus Bruce Botnick and Elektra Records Founder Jac Holzman. You get a performance of “Break On Through (To The Other Side)” from the Isle Of Wight Festival 1970, a 45-minute documentary entitled The Doors – Breaking Through The Lens, and “Love Thy Customer,” a never-before-seen 1966 Ford training film with music by the Doors. Finally, a section of outtakes from the band’s appearance on the US TV show Malibu U in 1967 rounds out R-Evolution.

In addition to the DVD and Blu-ray, a Deluxe Edition is available on each physical format, packaged in a 40-page DVD-sized hardback book with a “scrapbook” style presentation on each track including lyrics, background info, trivia and photos.  All footage has been carefully restored to the highest standards and the sound has been remixed and mastered for 5.1 by Bruce Botnick.

Throughout R-Evolution, the unique charisma and talent of the Doors comes across, whether it be on a lightweight pop show or on a film created from their own imaginations, along with some of the most influential music ever made.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Singer/Songwriter Joe Grusheck Issues Somewhere East Of Eden

It was reported that several months ago, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Joe Grushecky was seeking aid from fans to help fund the creation of his next studio album. The fans have done their part and so has Grushecky, as his 17th solo effort overall, Somewhere East of Eden, was released on October 1st on Schoolhouse Records.

Immediately, it becomes clear that Grushecky offers up inspired and instantly memorable rock n' roll, as evidenced by such Somewhere East of Eden standout as the blues rockers "I Can Hear the Devil Knocking" and "John the Revelator," as well as the classic soul sounds of "Save the Last Dance for Me."

Lyrically, Grushecky doesn't disappoint either, as the album’s thought-provoking title track is about an Iraq war veteran and the problems he faces in returning home and trying to keep the “monkey on his back” from dragging him down.

As Grushecky explains, "In 2011, I found myself with the luxury of a large collection of songs I had written, both old and new. At the same time, I embarked on a solo acoustic project recording old R&B and blues songs that had inspired me through the years. My producer, Rick Witkowski, and I began recording with the goal of releasing a new record when I figured out exactly what I was trying to do. The process of creating and recording got the writing process going again. I began to focus on telling a story. I wanted to write about my life right now, about a man who is getting older and lives and works in a community where people struggle daily and nothing is ever guaranteed. I wanted to write about the kids who are often neglected and the veterans who are often forgotten. I wanted to write about my life as a teacher and about the future that we are handing to our children. And I wanted to write about going out on a Friday night, plugging in a guitar, and turning it up to ten! I feel it in my bones. Somewhere East of Eden is one of my very best."

For decades, Joe Grushecky has been supplying fans of true rock n' roll with countless gems - issuing albums as a member of the Iron City Houserockers and as a solo act, and also working with Bruce Springsteen (the latter of whom produced Grushecky's 1995 effort, American Babylon, co-wrote a pair of tunes and played on the album, and even did a stint as a surprise touring guitarist with the band).

And besides his songwriting and performing talents, Grushecky serves as a performer and executive board member of the Light of Day Foundation, having helped raise over $2 million worldwide to combat Parkinson’s Disease at the 40+ Annual Light of Day Concerts in the United States, Europe, and Canada.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Winery Dogs Launch U.S. Tour October 3

The Winery Dogs — Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold), Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth, Mr. Big) and Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big) — will launch their latest U.S. headlining tour tomorrow in Agoura Hills, CA at the Canyon Club in support of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which was released in North America July 23 on Loud & Proud Records.

To further stir up excitement about the tour, the band's latest video for the track “Time Machine” is premiering today at

The clip was directed by Greg Kaplan and includes live rehearsal footage shot in Southern California, as well as concert footage shot during their recent sold-out tour of Japan. The Winery Dogs ’ first-ever concert was in Osaka, Japan on July 15.

Fans can pick up the album on the band’s official website, iTunes, and Amazon.  The band has already released three videos from the new album, “Elevate, “Desire,” and “I’m No Angel,” which can all be seen on their official YouTube page.

“Elevate,” the album’s first single, debuted at #30 on Mediabase’s “Mainstream Rock” airplay chart and is currently bulleted at #17. It's been the #1 most-played current song on WDHA-FM (The Rock of New Jersey, 105.5) for a number of weeks.

During the upcoming tour, the Winery Dogs will make a special stop at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City on October 23 to participate in a private star-studded celebration of Eddie Trunk’s 30th anniversary of his radio show. Trunk is best known as host of VH1 Classic's “That Metal Show” and he played a key role in the formation of the Winery Dogs.

The seeds of the band were planted in 2011 when Sheehan and Portnoy were working on music together with a different guitarist and songwriter. When that lineup didn’t gel, Eddie Trunk suggested they contact Kotzen and see if he was interested in forming a band.  The rest is history. 

Tickets for the party are free and fans can enter to win them by clicking on the banner of Fans who enter will be picked at random and notified by e-mail if they are selected to attend.

Check out the Winery Dogs at any of the following tour stops:

10/3 - Canyon Club - Agoura Hills, CA                       
10/4 - Count’s Vamp’d - Las Vegas, NV                        
10/5 - Ramona Mainstage - San Diego, CA                         
10/6 - Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA                     
10/8 - Harlow’s - Sacramento, CA                       
10/9 - Yoshi’s - San Francisco, CA                   
10/10 - Star Theatre - Portland, OR                           
10/11 - Crocodile CafĂ© - Seattle, WA                              
10/14 - Soiled Dove - Denver, CO                             
10/17 - Potawatomi Casino - Milwaukee, WI                          
10/18 - Durty Nellies - Palatine, IL                              
10/19 - Effingham Performance Center - Effingham, IL                           
10/21 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA                         
10/22 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY                   
10/23 - Eddie Trunk 30th Anniversary Party - Hard Rock Cafe - New York, NY                          
10/25 - Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY                       
10/26 - Hard Rock - Niagara Falls, NY                     
10/27 - Maingate Nightclub - Allentown, PA                          
10/29 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ                           
10/30 - Emporium - Patchogue, NY                         
10/31 - The Met - Pawtucket, RI                           
11/2 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH                          
11/5 - Mad Frog - Cincinnati, OH                          
11/6 - Piere’s - Ft. Wayne, IN         

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Keith Richards Recording Solo Album

After discovering earlier this year that Keith Richards has been busy cutting tracks with long-time collaborator, drummer and producer, Steve Jordan, it has now been revealed that the Stones guitarist was laying down some tracks as recently as September 23 at Germano Studios in Manhattan for a new record.

According to producers State of Emergency, Lee Scratch Perry presented himself to collaborate with Richards on a version of "Prisoner of Loneliness" by Gregory Isaacs.

Earlier this year, Richards told NME magazine, "For the last couple of years we [Steve Jordan and himself] got together and laid down tracks for a possible album. There's some great stuff in the can, we're just polishing things up and waiting for the right time to put it out. Maybe after this year with the Stones."