Wednesday, December 23, 2015

You Can Stream The Beatles Beginning Christmas Eve

The Beatles, who have long withheld their legendary catalog from streaming services, will finally offer up their discography to Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon's Prime Music and more starting December 24th at 12:01 a.m. local times around the globe. The Fab Four announced their entry into the world of streaming with a video that reflects on their entire recording career and trumpets "The Beatles Now Streaming."

Instead of agreeing to an exclusive partnership to bring their music to the streaming realm – like Taylor Swift and Apple Music, Prince and Tidal, etc. – the Beatles' catalog arrives on nine different streaming services, including Rhapsody, Deezer, Slacker Radio, Google Play and Microsoft Groove.

In addition to the Beatles' U.K. LPs, the streaming deal also features the two volumes of The Past Masters, Yellow Submarine and a trio of greatest hits compilations, The Beatles 1962 – 1966, The Beatles 1967 – 1970 and 1, totaling 224 songs.

It's unclear why the Beatles' Apple Corps and Universal Music Group opted to finally come to streaming services, but it follows a pattern of the Fab Four holding out on new musical mediums until they're ready to join the party on their terms. The Beatles' catalog didn't come to iTunes until 2010, more than five years after the digital music store launch. Prior to that, the Beatles' discography was similarly sluggish to embrace compact disc.

The solo discographies of all the Beatles are also available on streaming services, with George Harrison's albums the latest to join the fray in October. As Financial Times notes, the Beatles' arrival is bad news for Fab Four tribute acts that have populated streaming services with their covers in the absence of Beatles; the Beatles Tribute Band's "Here Comes the Sun" has chalked up over 7 million streams on Spotify alone, which reportedly boils down to royalties in the thousands of dollars.

In celebration of the arrival of their catalog on streaming services "here, there and everywhere," the Beatles' official website has posted a graphic of the revolving Earth being illuminated by the sun, with countries currently past 12:01 a.m. December 24th local time able to access the Fab Four's albums on streaming services.

"The band of sun appears where The Beatles are streaming now. Watch as the music spreads around the globe on Christmas Eve," the band's site wrote, encouraging fans to use the hashtag #TheBeatlesStreaming on social media. At press time, that includes the Pacific Ocean and the western half of Australia.

Following the announcement of the Beatles' streaming, Google Play offered up some statistics about the most searched Beatles albums and song lyrics, with Abbey Road and "Hey Jude" topping the lists.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Peter Cetera Will Not Perform With Chicago At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

Reports about Peter Cetera rejoining Chicago for the group's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in April are apparently false. 

Keyboardist Robert Lamm says he spoke out of turn to when he said that Cetera -- who left the band in 1985 to pursue a solo career -- would sing though not necessarily play bass with Chicago on April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

"I've mistakenly said Cetera would be playing," Lamm said. "He has emphatically declined. My email exchanges with Cetera were misinterpreted by me, and I've apologized to him, and likewise apologize to the music press community and fans."

Cetera has not confirmed whether he will be attending the ceremony.

Cetera sang lead on Chicago favorites such as "25 or 6 to 4," "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" and "Just You 'n' Me," and shared vocals on "Saturday in the Park" and the two-part "Dialogue."

He also wrote hits such as "Wishing You Were Here," "If You Leave Me Now" and "Baby, What a Big Surprise."

He released his self-titled first solo album in 1981 while still in the band. He continues to perform but has not yet commented on Chicago's Rock Hall induction, which will include the band's seven original members.

Trumpeter Lee Loughnane said recently that he would welcome the chance to play with Cetera again, noting "That sounds fine to me. I haven't spoken with Peter in awhile, but if he wants to come sing with us, come on, baby! I'm ready. We're still playing the tunes. I think he is, too, so we should know the material."

Original drummer Danny Seraphine parted ways with Chicago in 1990, and left the music world for 15 years. Currently part of CTA with Marc Bonilla, Seraphine posted on his Facebook page that he is grateful for Chicago's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

"I never realized it would feel this good.This award belongs to all of us, ESPECIALLY THE FANS that let their voices be heard for all these years," he wrote. "Thank you for never giving up, it wouldn't have happened without your support. Thank you to Jann Wenner and the RRHOF voting board for voting us in on the first ballot, that is also great honor. This really couldn't have come at a better time, we can hopefully join together and celebrate the legacy and enduring body of music we all created in 1967."

It has not been officially confirmed whether or not Seraphine will join the band at the ceremony. However, in a follow-up post, the drummer said the following: "I just want to reassure everyone that I WILL be performing with Chicago Band at the RRHOF induction ceremony. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Peace Danny Seraphine."

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Bruce Springsteen Joined By Paul McCartney For 'SNL' Holiday Finale

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band were joined by Paul McCartney as the group rocked "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" on Saturday Night Live’s December 19 episode over the show's closing credits. The former Beatle added to the merriment of the song with some jingle bells.

“Tina, have you been good?” Springsteen asked Tina Fey, who shared hosting duties with Amy Poehler. “Amy? Paul?”

This was the first time Springsteen and McCartney shared the stage since appearing together at a 2012 concert in London that went past curfew, resulting in the pulling of the plug. In a similar moment, NBC cut the performance of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” before the song concluded.

It took two men -- saxophonist Jake Clemons and SNL's Kenan Thompson -- to fill in the shoes of Big Man Clarence Clemons. Thompson stepped in to deliver the line, “you better be good for goodness sake.”

The band played three songs during the show, including the live debut of “Meet Me in The City,” a never before released song from The River sessions. The track is included on Springsteen's new box set, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection.

The Boss also performed the lead track, “The Ties That Bind,” on SNL.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will hit the road for The River tour in January.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller, Cheap Trick & NWA Announced As 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

With the induction of Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple and Steve Miller -- along with relative rookies N.W.A -- as its class of 2016, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is bringing some pre-holiday joy to fans who have felt those acts have been slighted and deserving recognition sooner than this.

The five acts, along with other honorees to be announced later, will be feted at the 31st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the second time the event has been held at the arena. HBO will again film the ceremony for broadcast later in the spring, most likely in May.

Tickets will go on sale to the public during February, with Rock Hall members receiving early access to a limited number of tickets.

The four classic rock acts have been among those often cited by critics who have charged the Rock Hall with being too elitist and dismissive of some of rock's massively popular groups -- particularly from the '70s. The class of 2016 begins to fill in some of those perceived "holes" in the Hall's ranks, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President and CEO Joel Peresman tells Billboard that changes made in the nominating process, particularly cutting the nominating committee in about half, may have created more of a portal for these acts.

"Before, when we had more than 40 people on the committee, there was just so little time for more than just going around the room and giving your list," Peresman says. "This year, there was more free-form discussion where people could truly be advocates and ask more and better questions. [The committee] could dig a little deeper into the importance and the impact of these bands and discuss them in greater depth and make more of a case that maybe helped get them on the ballot."

Despite being eligible before, it was the first year on the ballot for Cheap Trick, Chicago (which won the public fan vote, tallying nearly 37.7 million nods) and Miller, while Deep Purple and N.W.A have appeared before. The original quartet and septet lineups, respectively, of Cheap Trick and Chicago are being inducted, while the Deep Purple roster will encompass the group's first three lineups, including three teams of singers and bass players. Some of the intriguing reunion possibilities for the ceremony include Chicago with singer/bassist Peter Cetera for the first time since 1985 and with drummer Danny Seraphine since 1990, Cheap Trick with estranged drummer Bun E. Carlos, and Deep Purple with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who's been gone since 1993.

The members of Deep Purple, of course, have been particularly caustic in their comments about the Rock Hall, with bassist Roger Glover saying that "it's not something we care about, to be honest," and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore saying last year that he likely would not attend the ceremony. But Peresman says the induction news was greeted with enthusiasm by the band's management. "It's very interesting that people have certain opinions about it when they're not inducted, and for the most part they put that past them and realize what an honor it is and really embrace it."

This year's class certainly gives hopes to fans of other bands -- notably the Moody Blues, Journey, Yes (which was on this year's ballot) but also many others -- who have been campaigning for their favorites' inclusions. Whether that pans out, of course, remains to be seen. "This was the result that came out of this particular year's meeting. We'll see how that goes next year," Peresman says. "Once it gets out of the [nominating] committee, it's really in the hands of the voters."

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Journey Singer Arnel Pineda Releases Christmas EP

Journey vocalist Arnel Pineda has released a solo Christmas EP called Sounds Of Christmas, available now as a digital download through iTunes and on CD on December 18 at Amazon

The release features four tracks -- "This Christmas," "Christmas Day," "Christmas Time," and "Jingle Bells."

"I am pleased and honored to have the opportunity to sign with Imagen Records for my solo projects such as my new Christmas record out now, and my full length solo album coming out next in 2016, and of course, be able to work with such amazing crew and management of Imagen Records," Pineda said. "To all the Journey fans, thank you for all your love and support to me and our whole band, looking forward to Journey's tour next year. God bless everyone."

Pineda recently signed a multi-record deal with Imagen Records, with plans to release a new solo album in 2016.

"I am very proud and excited to have such a worldwide sensation as Arnel added to our lineup at Imagen Records," says president Bob Winegard.

Monday, December 14, 2015

AC/DC Announces 2016 American Tour Dates

AC/DC just announced the next leg of their current Rock or Bust tour, with 2016 dates spanning the U.S. The series of 20 shows kicks off Feb. 2 in Tacoma, Wash., and concludes April 4 at Madison Square Garden.

The band has spent much of 2015 touring, with shows through the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Tickets for the next leg of the tour go on sale this Friday, Dec. 18.

Visit AC/DC more information.

The full list of 2016 shows is below:

February 2 - Tacoma Dome - Tacoma, WA            
February 5 - MGM Grand Arena - Las Vegas, NV          
February 8 - Pepsi  Center - Denver, CO              
February 11 - Fargo Dome - Fargo, ND                
February 14 - Xcel Energy Center - St. Paul, MN            
February 17 - United Center - Chicago, IL              
February 20 - Scottrade Center - St. Louis, MO          
February 23 - American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX                
February 26 - Toyota Center - Houston, TX            
February 29 - Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO      
March 8 - Philips Arena - Atlanta, GA              
March 11 - BB&T Center - Ft. Lauderdale, FL    
March 14 - Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, NC      
March 17 - Verizon Center - Washington, DC      
March 20 - The Palace - Detroit, MI              
March 23 - Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH        
March 26 - Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, OH        
March 29 - First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY              
April 1 - Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA      
April 4 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Friday, December 11, 2015

Bruce Springsteen Adds Second Los Angeles Show To 2016 River Tour

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have added a second show on March 17th at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, which will go on sale today (Friday, December 11) at 5:00 pm through Ticketmaster. 

The River Tour, a nine-week US trek coincides with the release of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, a comprehensive look at the era of the 1980 The River album that's been called "Springsteen's best archival release yet."

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play March 15th and 17th at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena for the final rock-n-roll shows in the historic venue before it permanently closes its venerable doors.

The original The River Tour began Oct. 3, 1980, two weeks before the release of Springsteen's fifth album, and continued through Sept. 4, 1981. With sets that regularly approached the four-hour range, the 140-date international tour firmly established a reputation for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as marathon performers.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band returns to add to the list of 36 concerts played in either the Arena, or the neighboring Memorial Coliseum, and a cumulative audience of 846,000 fans.

Springsteen precedes the tour with a Dec. 19 performance on Saturday Night Live, his third appearance on the NBC show.

The River Tour is the first for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band since the 2014 High Hopes Tour. Each night of the tour will be mixed for release on as high-quality downloads and CDs. Recordings will be available within days of each performance.

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection includes 52 tracks on four CDs with a wealth of unreleased material and four hours of never-before-seen video on three DVDs. It contains the original The River double album; the first official release of  The River: Single Album; a CD of 1979/80 studio outtakes; a brand-new documentary about The River; and a coffee-table book of 200 rare or previously unseen photos and memorabilia, with a new essay by Mikal Gilmore.

The set also includes a two-DVD film of never-released, newly edited multi-camera footage from a Nov. 1980 show in Tempe, AZ, described by NPR as a "holy grail."

The E Street Band's members are: Roy Bittan – piano, synthesizer; Nils Lofgren – guitar, vocals; Patti Scialfa – guitar, vocals; Garry Tallent – bass guitar; Stevie Van Zandt – guitar, vocals; and Max Weinberg – drums; with Soozie Tyrell – violin, guitar, vocals; Jake Clemons – saxophone; and Charlie Giordano – keyboards.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

NAMM 2016 Honors Event Highlighted By Star-Studded Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert

It looks like the entertainment options that usually surround the upcoming NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, just got more interesting with a star-studded tribute concert for legendary rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose. 

On Saturday, January 23, 2016, “Ronnie Montrose Remembered” will take place at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. So far, featured guests include Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford, guitarist Brad Gillis of Night Ranger and Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Steve Stevens of Billy Idol, guitarist Tracii Guns (formerly of L.A. Guns), guitarist Doug Aldrich (formerly of Whitesnake), guitarist and vocalist Derek St Holmes of Ted Nugent, singer Keith St John of Montrose, singer Jeff Scott Soto of Trans Siberian Orchestra, bassist Ricky Phillips of Styx, drummer Troy Luckketta of Tesla, and many more still to be announced.

Billed as a “NAMM 2016 HONORS” event, the show will feature songs from the early Montrose records as wells as from the Edgar Winter Group, Van Morrison, Gamma, and Ronnie Montrose solo records.

Ronnie Montrose's career began in the early 1970s when he recorded and toured with artists such as the Edgar Winter Group, Van Morrison, and Boz Scaggs.  In 1973, he formed the band Montrose, which featured singer Sammy Hagar, drummer Denny Carmassi, and bassist Bill Church. The band was referred to as “America’s answer to Led Zeppelin.” Their debut album, produced by Ted Templeman, is still widely considered one of the most beloved and influential hard rock albums of the 20th Century.

A portion of the proceeds from “Ronnie Montrose Remembered” will go towards helping musicians in need of medical assistance through Sweet Relief, a charity Montrose stood behind wholeheartedly.

Also, at some point during the concert, Guitar Player magazine will be presenting their annual ‘Rock the Nation” award to this year’s young prodigy guitarist.

More information and tickets are at the following outlets:

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Joe Satriani Announces G4 Experience 2016

Joe Satriani has revealed the details for the 2016 G4 Experience at Glen Cove Mansion in Long Island, NY, August 8-12, 2016. Packages are on-sale now at

Now in its third year, the G4 Experience quite literally brings the Grammy Award-nominated guitarist back home. Satriani grew up in the Long Island area, cutting his teeth at venues in the surrounding neighborhoods.

One of his very first students was none other than best friend and fellow native Steve Vai. That makes Glen Cove Mansion the ultimate location for the G4 Experience.

“Going home just makes this year even more special,” Satriani said. “It adds a deeper meaning for myself and all of the instructors involved. That’s one of the big reasons that I’m so excited for you to join us near my old stomping grounds. Overall though, 2016 sees the G4 Experience once again evolve, preserving everything attendees loved about previous years, while adding a new dimension. I hope to see you there!”

Satriani welcomes some of the instrument’s foremost talents as instructors, including Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Alex Skolnick, Mike Keneally, and more.

Over the course of four days, campers will live, eat, breathe, and sleep guitar in the company of these legends. 200 spots are currently available and they will sell out, so place your order as soon as possible.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Buy The New Vanilla Fudge Release, Win A Trip to See Them In Concert!

During the month of December, Little Steven's Underground Garage syndicated radio show will be featuring the new Vanilla Fudge single, "I'm A Believer." 

To celebrate, Cleopatra Records and Vanilla Fudge would like to reward one lucky customer with a free trip to see Vanilla Fudge with  Blue Öyster Cult at The Theatre In Westbury in New York on February 6, 2016.

In addition to the trip to see Vanilla Fudge, the winner will receive a VIP backstage pass and a limited-edition Swag Bag to boot.

The rules are simple: Buy a copy of the new Vannila Fudge release Spirit Of '67, take a selfie of yourself holding up the LP or CD, and go to this link to upload your selfie and proof of purchase.

Vanilla Fudge will host the drawing on January 4th in New York City. The winner will be contacted by the band shortly after the drawing.

Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice says Spirit Of ‘67 is “the best album we’ve done since our very first album. Great vocal arrangements and instrumental performances from everyone in the band!”

The band's lead vocalist and keyboardist Mark Stein agrees, adding that Spirit Of ’67 is a record he's proud of. "The success of Vanilla Fudge has always been based on our interpretations of songs by great artists. Our style of classic and symphonic rock lives large on this effort, and the performances and arrangements I would hope will be enjoyed by both old and new fans alike.”

Vanilla Fudge guitarist Vinny Martell is also happy with Spirit Of ’67, saying it "the continuation of the journey we began in the Summer of Love -- psychedelic, rhythmically powerful arrangements and performances of happening tunes of that era colored by the insight and vision of who we are today.”

To pick up your copy of  Spirit of '67, go to

Vanilla Fudge's official website is at

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Black Sabbath Reissuing First Three Albums As Deluxe Versions

In January, Black Sabbath will make its triumphant return to North America to launch their highly anticipated "The End" final tour. That same month, the greatest metal band of all time will also release deluxe editions of its first three studio albums: Black Sabbath, Paranoid, and Master of Reality.

Each deluxe edition includes the 2012 remaster of the original album, available on CD for the first time, along with a second disc of outtakes previously unreleased in North America. All three albums will available January 22 as double CD  and LP sets.

Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward made their debut as Black Sabbath in 1970 with the band's self-titled album. The new deluxe edition of Black Sabbath includes studio outtakes from the 1969 sessions for the album, including alternate versions of "Black Sabbath" and "N.I.B.," as well two versions of the UK single "Evil Woman (Don't Play Games With Me)."

The same year that Sabbath's debut arrived, the band released its follow-up Paranoid. This metal masterpiece has gone on to be certified 4x platinum. The deluxe edition features phenomenal instrumental takes on "War Pigs," "Iron Man" and more, along with versions of "Paranoid" and "Planet Caravan" with alternate lyrics.

The group's third album, Master of Reality, arrived in 1971 and introduced fans to essential Sabbath tracks like "Sweet Leaf" and "Into The Void." The deluxe edition builds on that legendary album with versions of "Children Of The Grave" and "Sweet Leaf" that have different lyrics. There is also an instrumental version of "After Forever" and an outtake for "Solitude" with an alternative guitar tuning.

These deluxe editions and massive world tour mark "The End" for Black Sabbath, as the band writes the final chapter in its incredible story. The 2016 farewell tour promises to surpass all previous tours and will feature the band's most mesmerizing production ever.

The live collection Past Lives, originally released in 2002 but long out-of-print, will also be reissued as double CD and double LP sets on the same date. It features performances recorded between 1970 and 1975 - when the band was at the height of its dark powers - and includes phenomenal live versions of essential tracks like "War Pigs," "Paranoid," "Snowblind" and "N.I.B."

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Previously Unreleased Music From Greg Lake, Geoff Downes Available On CD

Ride The Tiger, a previously unreleased album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer bassist and vocalist Greg Lake and current Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes has finally surfaced and now out on CD.

Ride The Tiger contains six songs which the duo wrote together. One of the songs was recorded by Asia song, while two others were recorded by ELP. Four of the tracks appeared on compilations, but this is the first time they have been collected together with the other tracks.

“To be honest, I thought that these recordings had simply disappeared off the radar until one of my management team, Daniel Earnshaw, reminded me of their existence, " Lake explains. "My initial reaction was not entirely positive as I generally view many of these re-releases to be a bit tiresome; however, upon hearing these recordings again I immediately identified their value, both in terms of song writing and of musicianship and production."

“One of the privileges of my career has been the opportunity to embrace a number of bespoke projects with some of the world’s greatest musicians, " Downes adds. "Greg Lake, of course, was at the forefront of the progressive revolution, lead vocalist and bassist with both King Crimson and ELP, bands which literally changed the world, pushing boundaries of excellence and creativity, creating a brand new musical genre from London which would soon captivate the planet."

Ride The Tiger is available now at all the usual outlets, including Amazon.