Friday, March 31, 2017

Taj Mahal Joins The Last Waltz 40th Tour

Blues singer Taj Mahal has been added to remaining dates alongside Garth Hudson, Warren Haynes, Dr. John, Jamey Johnson and Don Was on the second leg of the 2017 “LAST WALTZ 40 TOUR.” 

Taj Mahal, the two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was recently feted with the Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award at the Americana Honors and Awards after decades of recording and touring that reshaped the definition and scope of the blues via the infusion of exotic sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and South Pacific.

Tickets for all dates of the 2017 “LAST WALTZ 40 TOUR” can be purchased at

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Book Chronicles Rush, Album By Album

Formed in Toronto in 1968, the rock trio Rush has gone on to multiplatinum success behind the distinctive high register and virtuosic bass-playing of frontman Geddy Lee, the legendary drumming and lyric-writing of Neil Peart, and the guitar heroics of Alex Lifeson. Despite having just four chart-topping singles since the release of their debut LP in 1974, Rush has nonetheless sold more than 25 million albums in the U.S. and more than 40 million worldwide.

Indeed, the Canadian trio may be the definition of an "album band," and Rush: Album By Album, the new book from prolific rock journalist and acknowledged Rush authority Martin Popoff, pays tribute to the band's discography by moderating in-depth, frank, and entertaining conversations about all 20 of Rush's studio albums. Inside, the author gathers 20 rock musicians, journalists and authors who offer insights, opinions, and anecdotes about every release.

The likes of musicians Kirk Hammet (Metallica), Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Winery Dogs), Rush historians and uber fans such as Eddy Maxwell (founder of RushCon) and Douglas Maher, along with journalists and authors such as Jeff Wagner and Robert Telleria, weigh in with Popoff and the views and opinions will enlighten all Rush fans.

From the self-titled debut, Rush to the band’s most recent studio album Clockwork Angels, every album is covered in-depth.  The conversations cover everything about every Rush album – music, lyrics, performances, cover artwork, critical and fan reception and so much more.

The thoughtful text is generously illustrated with carefully curated live and offstage photography and selected Rush memorabilia. In addition to a full discography, Popoff also includes loads of sidebars that provide complete track listings, details on album personnel, information on where and when the albums were recorded, and sidebar facts about the albums, their songs, and the band. Together, the conversations and visual presentation are a unique historical overview of this ground-breaking band.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bob Dylan Archive Now Officially Open To Qualified Entities & Individuals

The Bob Dylan Archive has officially opened its doors to qualified entities and individuals who wish to access the archive's wealth of elements spanning nearly 60 years of Bob Dylan's extraordinary life and career. It was announced by Ken Levit, executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF), and Dr. Gerard Clancy, president of The University of Tulsa (TU). 

Concurrently, GKFF has issued a request for qualifications from agencies interested in submitting proposals for The Bob Dylan Center, which will be dedicated to the study and appreciation of Dylan and located in Tulsa's vibrant downtown Brady Arts District.

Noted author and historian Douglas Brinkley has begun accessing archive elements for his forthcoming book, Dusty Sweatbox Blues: Bob Dylan and the Open Road 1974-1978. The book will focus on Dylan's mid-1970s albums – Planet Waves, Blood on the Tracks, Desire and Street Legal – and be published by Harper Collins/Infinitum Nihill in 2018.

Guggenheim Fellow and TU Chapman Professor of English Randall Fuller is currently examining the archive's rich trove of manuscripts and rare audio and video for a book-length study that examines the relationship between Dylan and African-American music.

"The Bob Dylan Archive is an invaluable resource for this project," he said. "I'm discovering so many revelations in the songwriter's exploration of blues, gospel and soul forms. Without access to the Archive, my book would be all but impossible."

Fuller has published several works, including Emerson's Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists and The Book That Changed America: How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation.

For further information regarding access to The Bob Dylan Archive, visit

The Bob Dylan Center will be the primary public venue for The Bob Dylan Archive, curating and exhibiting a priceless collection of more than 6,000 items spanning nearly 60 years of Dylan's singular career. The archive's priceless contents include handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence; films, videos, photographs and artwork; memorabilia and ephemera; personal documents and effects; unreleased studio and concert recordings; musical instruments and many other elements. Agencies interested in submitting proposals for the center should visit to read and download a copy of the RFQ document.

Since elements of The Bob Dylan Archive began arriving in Tulsa a year ago, a significant portion of the collection has been processed through proprietary methods of storage, cataloging and digitization. While the processing work continues and early access to the archive has been granted to some researchers, staff will officially begin making substantial parts of the collection available to qualified researchers, writers and scholars this fall. These elements will include hundreds of pages of Dylan's writing, including song manuscripts, early iterations of his first novel Tarantula and Dylan's annotated "copyright edits." In addition, archive staff is making available hundreds of hours of audio, film and video, including session tapes from several of Dylan's albums as well as nearly 50 hours of rushes and outtakes from Dylan's two major film projects of the 1960s: D.A. Pennebaker's landmark documentary Don't Look Back (1967) and Dylan's first directorial effort Eat the Document (1966/71).

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ian Anderson Releases 'Jethro Tull: The String Quartet', Adds More Tour Dates

Jethro Tull: The String Quartets, the new album by Jethro Tull singer and songwriter Ian Anderson and The Carducci String Quartet, features the classic songs of Jethro Tull, arranged and orchestrated by keyboardist John O’Hara. Anderson plays flute on most of the tracks and even sings a few lines here and there to provide his trademark sounds in the context of classical music traditions. 

“Locomotive Breath,” “Living In The Past,” and “Aqualung,” are amongst the songs revised with new arrangements and titles— “Loco,” “In The Past,” and “Aquafugue.”

John O’Hara delved deeper and offered new imagining of each classic. “An orchestrator’s job is to arrange and compose a new version of an existing work.” O’Hara also felt “a responsibility to the Jethro Tull listeners who cherish this material and may not welcome a radical rendition of a beloved song.”

The String Quartets was recorded in the crypt of Worcester Cathedral, UK and in St Kenelm’s Church, Sapperton, Gloucestershire, UK.  

The Carducci String Quartet is highly celebrated for its interpretation of contemporary repertoire, and are regularly invited to perform new works. The group has won international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition. This Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Carnegie Hall, New York and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Festival appearances include Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Messiaen au pays Meije, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Kuhmo Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland. Their website is

The album is available in the U.S. via The End Records/BMG.

In other news, Ian Anderson will return to the United States this May, June, August, and November to present multi-media Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson concerts in the Mountain States, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, the Midwest, Florida. He will be accompanied by Tull members David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), and by Florian Opahle (guitar), and Scott Hammond (drums). Please see below for concert dates and ticket links. More shows to be announced.

JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson - U.S. Tour
05/23 - Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, UT
05/26 - Red Rocks Amphitheater; Morrison, CO (with the Colorado Symphony)
05/27 - Route 66 Casino; Legends Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
05/28 - Plaza Theatre PAC; El Paso, TX
05/30 - Smart Financial Centre; Sugar Land (Houston), TX
05/31 - ACL Live at the Moody Theater; Austin, TX
06/01 - Choctaw Casino, Choctaw Grand Theater; Durant, OK
08/08 -  Bethlehem MusikFest, Bethlehem, PA
08/15 - Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PAC
08/18 - Meijer Gardens Amphitheater, Grand Rapids, MI
08/19 - Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
08/22 - First Niagara Presents Tuesday in the Park, Lewiston, NY
11/01 - Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
11/04 - Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theatre, Mashantucket, CT
11/05 - France-Derrick PAC-Hippodrome, Baltimore, MD
11/07 - Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FL
11/08 - Walt Disney Theater, Orlando, FL
11/09 - The Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, FL
11/10 - Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton, FL

Monday, March 27, 2017

Allman Brothers Band Release Live 2004 Atlanta Run

When the Allman Brothers Band hit Atlanta's Fox Theatre for a sold-out three-night run in 2004, they were buoyed by the critical and fan reception of what would be their final studio album, Hittin' The Note.  The band had been touring heavily and were ready to settle down in their beloved Atlanta for three special nights.  The shows were released by the then-nascent "Instant Live" program, contemporaneous recordings sold at shows and internet mail order only afterwards without much packaging or fanfare.

Now, the band has released alll three shows as a set called The Fox Box, available now digitally and coming to CD on April 28 -- via RED Distribution al.  The 8-CD set features a remastered audio mix as well as tightening up of the song spacing.  And these three September 2004 shows have a unique feature that ABB fans will appreciate: of the 53 songs performed, there is only one repeat, the sprawling "Dreams," played (three times), and each with a different voicing by the guitar soloist: Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and Jack Pearson.

The Allman Brothers Band ain 2004 featured founding members Gregg Allman (keyboards, vocals) and drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe along with longtime percussionist Marc Quinones, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks and bassist Oteil Burbridge.  Guitarist Jack Pearson, who was in the band from 1997-99, was a special guest.  Other guests include Derek's bandmate/wife Susan Tedeschi, guitarist Vaylor Trucks (Butch's son who was captured on the rear cover of Brothers & Sisters as a child) and keyboardist Rob Baracco (Phil Lesh Quintet/Other Ones).

Since 2002, representatives for the ABB -- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honorees -- have worked diligently to honor and respect the music of the band, which was founded in 1969.  Through their own Peach Records, they have released a number of high-quality, fan-favorite shows including a 40th Anniversary DVD as well as Hittin' the Note and One Way Out CDs, among others.

FOX BOX track list:

9/24/04 Disc 1
--Mountain Jam
--Trouble No More
--Midnight Rider
--Wasted Words
--Worried Down With The Blues
--You Don't Love Me
--Ain't Wastin' Time No More

Disc 2
--Rockin' Horse
--Hot 'Lanta
--Come And Go Blues
--Can't Love What You Never Had
--Why Does Love Got To Be So Bad?
--Franklin's Tower

Disc 3
--Black Hearted Woman
--Dreams (with Jack Pearson)
--Mountain Jam (reprise) (with Jack Pearson)
--Southbound (with Jack Pearson)

9/25/04 Disc 1
--Les Brers (Intro)
--Don't Want You No More  / It's Not My Cross To Bear
--Statesboro Blues
--Stand Back
--Who's Been Talking
--Good Clean Fun
--Old Before My Time
--Woman Across The River
--Instrumental Illness

Disc 2
--The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
--Leave My Blues At Home
--Key To The Highway
--Don't Think Twice, It's Alright (with Susan Tedeschi)
--One Way Out (with Valor Trucks)
--Blue Sky
--Les Brers In A Minor
9/26/04 Disc 1
--Every Hungry Woman
--Done Somebody Wrong
--Hoochie Coochie Man
--High Cost Of Low Living
--44 Blues
--End Of The Line

Disc 2
--I Walk On Gilded Splinters
--Stormy Monday
--The Same Thing (with Rob Baracco)
--In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (with Rob Baracco)

Disc 3
--In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (cont'd, with Rob Baracco)
--Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
--No One To Run With
--Whippin' Post

Fox Box: 3 Nights Live at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA (9/24/04):
Fox Box: 3 Nights Live at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA (9/25/04):
Fox Box: 3 Nights Live at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA (9/26/04:

Fox Box: 3 Nights Live at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA (9/24/04):
Fox Box: 3 Nights Live at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA (9/25/04):
Fox Box: 3 Nights Live at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA (9/26/04):

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Classic Uriah Heep Albums To Be Reissued

Following the expanded and remastered reissues of Uriah Heep’s first two albums (and the two- disc anthology called Your Turn To Remember) comes expanded editions of three classic Heep albums: Look At Yourself (1971), Demons And Wizards (1972) and The Magician’s Birthday (1972). Also, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day on April 22nd, 2107, Heep will reissue their landmark 1973 album Live 73 on vinyl. 

Look At Yourself represented the first for manager Gerry Bron’s new label ‘Bronze Records’ and was also their first to hit the Top 100 of the Billboard Top 200, peaking at #93.   The title track is a charging statement of intent as the band don’t let up, with no time to reflect on their success. Such was their hectic schedule at this time they managed to cram touring, session time and three albums in the space of 12 months.  

Demons And Wizards is widely hailed to be Uriah Heep's masterpiece. In the US, the album reached #23 on The Billboard Top 200 and was their first album to be RIAA Certified Gold. It also features their two best known tracks in the States, “The Wizard” and their highest charting single, “Easy Livin’” (#39 Billboard Hot 100). Signs of personal problems and pushy management started to have an effect on the band and the next album, 

The Magician’s Birthday, though a quick followup to its predecessor, managed to hit #31 on the Billboard Top 200 and was their secodn consecutive album to be RIAA Certified Gold.

These remastered reissues have been endorsed by the band. Each one features a bonus disc of unreleased material. Look At Yourself was released with a unique foil front cover and this has been faithfully re-created in a lavish digipack format using foil board material which presents the entire package in a new and shimmering light. Roger Dean’s artwork for Demons And Wizards and The Magician’s Birthday captures the music (and the times) perfectly and extensive sleeve notes featuring interviews with the band are written by Joel McIver.

Live 73 was recorded at the height of Uriah Heep's powers with the classic line up of Byron, Box, Hensley, Kerslake, and Thain, It hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Top 200 and achieved RIAA Gold certification.  It has not been officially available on LP in the US for over 25 years. The exclusive Record Store Day version will be released as a double-LP, 180G splatter vinyl in a gatefold jacket, and includes a period replica UK tour brochure.  As a special bonus for fans, 50 tour brochures have been autographed by Mick Box and randomly inserted in the production run.

Please find pre-order links for the three titles here:

Look at Yourself -
Demons and Wizards -
The Magician’s Birthday -

For information on the Record Store Day exclusive release of Live 73:

For more information, please visit

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kansas To Carry On Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour To More U.S. Cities

Kansas will be expanding their highly successful Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour to more parts of the United States in the fall of 2017! 

For the first time in its 43-year history, the band is performing Leftoverture in its entirety. The tour showcases more than two hours of classic Kansas music including hit songs, deep cuts, and new songs from their new album, The Prelude Implicit.

Based on incredible demand, dates have been confirmed for a final U.S. leg of the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour across cities such as San Francisco, CA; San Diego, CA; Houston, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Topeka, KS; Champaign, IL; Wichita, KS; Knoxville, TN; Toledo, OH; Jacksonville, FL; and many more.

"We are having so much fun doing these Leftoverture 40th Anniversary shows, we just want to keep doing them," comments Kansas guitarist and original member Richard Williams. "We had no idea when we started doing these, last fall, that they would be so popular. When we first started discussing this concept, we were just hoping to be able to do ten of these type shows. We would not have predicted we would end up doing nearly 70 of them. I can't think of a better way to wrap up 2017, before taking a break from the road at the beginning of 2018, to record a new studio album."

Tickets for most new tour dates can be purchased starting on March 31. More information is available at Additional presale and VIP package information will be available at the band's Facebook page

In 1976, Kansas released the album Leftoverture. Containing the smash hit and million- selling single "Carry On Wayward Son," along with fan favorites such as "The Wall," "Miracles Out Of Nowhere," and "What's On My Mind," Leftoverture became the band's breakthrough album. The album peaked at #5 on Billboard's Album charts and reached sextuple-platinum status with more than six million copies sold. They are performing the album in its entirety on this tour.

The Prelude Implicit, the band's most recent album, which was released on September 23rd, marked Kansas' biggest selling week in the Soundscan era, and the highest charting release since Power (1986). The album reached #14 on the Top 200 album chart, #41 on the Billboard 200, #5 for Rock Albums, #6 for Physical Albums, #17 on the Vinyl Albums chart and more. The Prelude Implicit is now available for purchase in stores and online at Best Buy, Amazon, Apple Music, FYE, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, Spotify and Independent Record Shops. 


March 24 - The Stiefel Theatre - Salina, KS - SOLD OUT
March 25 - The Brady Theater -Tulsa, OK              
March 31 - Hoyt Sherman Place - Des Moines, IA - SOLD OUT
April 1 - Peoria Civic Center Theater - Peoria, IL              
April 7 - Louisville Palace - Louisville, KY         
April 9 - The Clay Center - Charleston, WV     
April 18 - The Paramount - Denver, CO           
April 20 - Delta Hall at Eccles Theatre - Salt Lake City, UT  
April 22 - The Smith Center - Reynolds Hall - Las Vegas, NV       
April 23 - Chandler Center for the Arts - Chandler, AZ         
April 26 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA     
April 28 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR          
April 29 - Moore Theater - Seattle, WA           
July 16 -  Night of the Prog Festival - Loreley, Germany   


August 25 - Shreveport Municipal Auditorium - Shreveport, LA            
August 26 - Baton Rouge River Center Theatre - Baton Rouge, LA         
September 8 - Luther Burbank Center for the Arts - Santa Rosa, CA           
September 9 - Bob Hope Theatre - Stockton, CA               
September 12 - Warfield Theatre - San Francisco, CA        
September 13 - Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza - Thousand Oaks, CA      
September 15 - Fox Theater - Bakersfield, CA            
September 19 - Poway Center for the Arts - San Diego, CA             
September 21 - Memorial Auditorium Wichita Falls - Wichita Falls, TX          
September 22 - Amarillo Civic Center - Amarillo, TX                
September 29 - Selena Auditorium - Corpus Christi, TX        
September 30 - Cullen Performance Hall - Houston, TX                
October 6 - Topeka Performing Arts Center - Topeka, KS                  
October 7 -  Orpheum Theatre - Sioux City, IA             
October 13 - The Virginia Theatre - Champaign, IL*             
October 14 - Victory Theatre - Evansville, IN**      
October 20 - United Wireless Center - Dodge City, KS             
October 21 - Hartman Arena - Wichita, KS                  
October 27 - Knoxville Civic Auditorium - Knoxville, TN                
October 28 - Mark C. Smith Concert Hall - Huntsville, AL               
November 3 - Dow Events Center Theater - Saginaw, MI                 
November 4 - Stranahan Theater - Toledo, OH                   
November 10 - Genesee Theatre - Waukegan, IL               
November 11 - Fox Cities Performing Arts Center - Appleton, WI                
November 17 - Capitol Theater - Madison, WI                 
November 18 - State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
November 24 - University at Buffalo Center for the Arts - Buffalo, NY
November 25 - The Goodyear Theater - Akron, OH
December 1 -  North Charleston Performing Arts Center - North Charleston, SC
December 2 - Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
December 8 - Pembroke Pines City Center - Pembroke Pines, FL
December 9 - Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center - The Villages, FL

*Public On Sale is April 7 at 10AM local time 
**Public On Sale is April 14 at 10AM local time 

For more information on Kansas and the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour, 
please visit: 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

'The Grateful Dead Movie' Celebrates 40 Years With 4/20 Big Screen Nationwide Showing

Dead Heads are in for a treat as The Grateful Dead Movie 40th Anniversary returns to movie theaters nationwide for one night on Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. local time, from Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the film's release.  

Co-directed by Jerry Garcia and shot on 16mm film during October 1974's five-night "farewell" run at San Francisco's iconic Winterland, this concert-film captures incredible live performances from the revered band (Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Godchaux and Keith Godchaux). In addition to the feature presentation, cinema audiences will also enjoy an exclusive look at footage from the upcoming Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip, executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev. Audiences will also see a never-before-seen mini-documentary about the band's legendary May 8, 1977 show at Cornell University, including new interviews with fans who were in attendance.

Tickets for The Grateful Dead Movie 40th Anniversary can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 500 select movie theaters through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Event's website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

This special anniversary serves as an opportunity for lifelong fans to reconnect, as well as a chance for new fans to experience the exhilaration of what it would have been like to see one of the Dead's legendary live shows.

"Grateful Dead fans across the country share a special connection with each other and with their favorite band." Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. "Gathering these dedicated fans together to experience exciting content from their favorite artists is at the core of what we do, and this event is a great example of that."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Rhino Announces Vinyl Releases For Record Store Day

This year Rhino has lined up an incredible selection of vinyl for 2017, including 29 limited edition 12-inch, 10-inch, and 7-inch releases. Full details on all titles are listed below. All releases will be available exclusively at select independent music retailers on April 22. For a list of participating stores, please visit

Key releases include:

David Bowie - Cracked Actor
3-LP set with etched vinyl
Limited edition of 17,000 copies, $39.98

The Cars - Live at the Agoura, 1978 
2-LP set with etched vinyl
Limited edition of 5,000 copies, $29.98

The Doors - Live At The Matrix '67 
12-inch 180-gram vinyl 
Individually numbered 

Fleetwood Mac - Alternate Mirage 
12-inch 180-gram vinyl
Limited edition of 6,500 copies, $21.98

Grateful Dead Grateful Dead - P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, 
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 7/29/66 
2-LP set on 180-gram vinyl
Limited edition of 6,600 copies, $29.98 Limited edition of 10,000 copies, $21.98

Lou Reed - Perfect Night: Live In London 
2-LP set on 180-gram vinyl
Limited edition of 7,000 copies, $31.98

Yes - 90125 
12-inch picture disc
Limited edition of 5,000 copies, $21.98

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Legacy Recordings Releasing Vinyl Collectibles To Celebrate Record Store Day 10th Anniversary

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day with an electrifying lineup of exclusive new and collectible 7" and 12" vinyl releases.

For RSD 2017, Legacy is offering an extraordinary range of 7" and 12" titles from a variety of artists including Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Toto, Robert Johnson, Dennis Wilson, Harry Nilsson, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Johnny Cash, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and many others.

Now in its 10th year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture held on the third Saturday in April. RSD has named St. Vincent as Record Store Day's Madame Ambassador 2017.

Record Store Day 2017 will be celebrated at independent record stores worldwide on Saturday, April 22, 2017. To locate your nearest participating RSD 2017 retailer, please visit:

Legacy Recordings Record Store Day 2017 releases include:

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Hammersmith Odeon London '75 - 4LP 12" vinyl - Numbered
On November 18, 1975, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band made their first concert appearance outside of America, at London's Hammersmith Odeon. Born to Run had been released three months earlier, and Springsteen had famously appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek three weeks before the Hammersmith gig--was the rest of the world finally ready for him? More than 40 years later, Hammersmith Odeon London '75 answers with a resounding "yes"--and now, for the first time on vinyl, fans can experience the magic of that unforgettable night.

Robert Johnson – The Complete Recordings: The Centennial Collection - 3LP 12" vinyl- Numbered
In 1936 and 1937, Robert Johnson recorded two sessions of Delta blues that would profoundly shape the course of rock music over the 20th century. The Complete Recordings: The Centennial Collection is the ultimate document of these groundbreaking sessions. All 42 known recordings are exquisitely remastered on 3 LPs, packaged in a deluxe tri-fold jacket including extensive liner notes--the first time Johnson's complete recorded works are available in one vinyl package. This set also includes an exclusive bonus poster featuring the original labels of Johnson's 78 RPM singles, released by Vocalion 80 years ago.

Toto - "Africa"/"Rosanna" Picture Disc - 1LP 12" vinyl
Two of Toto's biggest hits--the chart-topping "Africa" and Grammy Award-winning smash "Rosanna"--return to vinyl on a special recreation of a limited edition, die-cut, Africa-shaped picture disc originally released in 1982, featuring a map of the continent on the A-side and an image of actress Rosanna Arquette, the inspiration for "Rosanna," on the B-side. This is the first release in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Toto, one of the best-selling and most virtuosic rock bands of all time.

Dennis Wilson - Bambu (The Caribou Sessions) - 2LP 12" colored vinyl
Bambu (The Caribou Sessions) features highlights from the recording sessions for the planned second album by Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys. Recorded in 1978 as the follow-up to Wilson's classic Pacific Ocean Blue, these eclectic and ambitious recordings were left unreleased when Wilson died in 1983, and remained so until 2008. Now, the power and emotion of Wilson's lost masterpiece can be heard on a newly designed 2LP set pressed on colored vinyl and featuring new liner notes by Ken Sharp.

Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson - 1LP 12" white/yellow half-color vinyl
Harry Nilsson's 1971 masterpiece Nilsson Schmilsson will be pressed on yellow and white split color vinyl for Record Store Day. This classic LP--the first of two that Nilsson recorded in England with producer Richard Perry--features the Grammy Award-winning No. 1 hit "Without You" (written and originally recorded by Badfinger and later a hit for Mariah Carey) plus the quirky Top 10 smash "Coconut" and the hard-driving "Jump Into the Fire." This special reissue also includes a reproduction of the poster included with original copies of the album.

Santana – Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 16, 1969 - 1LP 12" black vinyl
When Santana took the stage at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair on August 16, 1969, the group was virtually unknown outside of the thriving Bay Area music scene. By the time they triumphantly closed their set, they were one of the festival's biggest surprises. Santana delivered a career-making performance melding Latin rock and bruising blues that readied the world for the band's platinum-selling debut album, released weeks later. Santana Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 16, 1969 takes listeners back to that jaw-dropping show, pressed on vinyl for the first time.

Johnny Cash – The Johnny Cash Children's Album - 1LP 12" black vinyl
The Johnny Cash Children's Album showcases another side of The Man in Black. Released in 1975, this LP features lighthearted songs like "Nasty Dan" (written by Sesame Street writer Jeff Moss and first performed by Cash on the classic children's program), the original "I Got a Boy (and His Name is John)" (written about Cash's only son, John Carter Cash, who contributes liner notes to this reissue) and "Old Shep," famously recorded by Elvis Presley in 1956. Available on vinyl for the first time in more than 40 years, The Johnny Cash Children's Album is good clean country fun for the whole family.

Pearl Jam - "State of Love and Trust"/"Breath" - 7" black vinyl single
First heard 25 years ago on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's Singles, Pearl Jam's "State of Love and Trust" and "Breath" are coupled on 45 RPM 7" vinyl for the first time. The double platinum soundtrack album exposed mainstream audiences to the burgeoning Seattle grunge scene, and helped establish bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Mudhoney. Pearl Jam will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017. Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Deluxe Edition will be released on CD and LP in May and features a bonus disc of rare and unreleased material from Chris Cornell, Paul Westerberg and more.

Dave Matthews Band – Live At Red Rocks 8.15.95 - 4LP 12" silver vinyl
Dave Matthews Band released one of their full-length concerts as an album for the first time with Live At Red Rocks 8.15.95. It sold over 2 million copies--the group's most successful live release to date--and proved what faithful fans already knew: that Dave Matthews Band were one of the most engaging concert attractions in the world--a fact that hasn't changed in the two decades since its release. Live At Red Rocks 8.15.95 is available as a 4LP set for the first time for RSD 2017, pressed on silver 150-gram vinyl, remastered and cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, and packaged in a slipcase with four individual jackets.

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Live At Carnegie Hall - 2LP 12" vinyl
Stevie Ray Vaughan celebrated his 30th birthday in style in 1984, turning New York's Carnegie Hall into a blistering Texas roadhouse for a sold out audience. Backed by Double Trouble (bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton) and featuring an all-star guest list that included Dr. John on piano and organ, brother Jimmie Vaughan on guitar and horn players from Roomful of Blues, it's easy to hear why SRV deemed the show his "best birthday ever, forever." Live At Carnegie Hall is available as a limited 2LP opaque brown vinyl set, exclusively for Record Store Day.

Jimi Hendrix - Live at George's Club 20 - 2LP 12" black vinyl
Live At George's Club 20 collects raw amateur live recordings of Jimi Hendrix performing with Curtis Knight, made in December 1965 and January 1966—just months before the discovery of the game-changing guitarist in Greenwich Village by Animals bassist Chas Chandler. These raucous blues and soul recordings represent the closest approximation we have to what Chandler heard when he first spotted Hendrix at the Café Wha? on MacDougal Street.  Never before officially released in America, Jimi's primal guitar, compelling voice and magnetic persona are evident throughout inspired interpretations of classic material by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles and others.  This specially priced, two LP offering from Dagger Records, the official bootleg label created by Experience Hendrix, presents the original recordings restored by Hendrix's longtime sound engineer Eddie Kramer. These remarkable recordings are free of the extraneous overdubs and excess audio manipulation apparent on earlier, unsanctioned releases of these performances.

Pink Floyd - Interstellar Overdrive - 1LP 12" single
The highly collectible 12" single version of Pink Floyd's groundbreaking Interstellar Overdrive is a one-sided mono record struck on 180gram black vinyl and spins at 33-1/3rpm. The single includes a fold-out poster and an A6 postcard featuring a classic image of the band taken when Pink Floyd was recording the group's debut single, "Arnold Layne." Written and performed by Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason, this version of Interstellar Overdrive is a previously unreleased recording from 1966, running close to 15 minutes long. The original recording was made at the Thomson studio in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire on November 31, 1966, prior to Pink Floyd's signing with EMI. A different, shorter version of the track appears on the band's debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. The images for the single's artwork are taken from the band's gig at UFO at the Blarney Club, London on January 13, 1967. The short-lived UFO Club was the scene of the band's early, pioneering psychedelic shows that saw Pink Floyd establish the group's prominence in the UK music scene.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pink Floyd Drummer Nick Mason Crashes Race Car

Over the weekend, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason smashed the $3.7 million car he was driving off a race track in West Sussex, England.

The 73-year-old rocker, who is an experienced racing car driver, lost control while at the wheel of a McLaren F1 GTR supercar during a demonstration lap at the famous Goodwood Circuit on Sunday.

Footage of the lap live-streamed on YouTube showed Mason's car sliding across a grass verge before smashing into protective banking.

The clip showed the musician emerging unscathed from the crash, but his $3.7 million vehicle was less lucky as its front end was left severely damaged.

Stewards were forced to wave red flags halting the event while the stricken car was towed away.

The accident occurred during Goodwood's 75th Members' Meeting, a motor sport event that sees enthusiasts engage in a weekend of racing and demonstration laps.

Mason has long been a motor sport devotee, having previously competed in the prestigious Le Mans 24 hour race.

His daughter Holly also shares his passion for cars, as she is married to British racing driver Marino Franchitti and has also competed in amateur races.

Mason owns one of the world's most extensive collections of classic cars, including a rare Ferrari 250GTO valued at around $31 million.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Chuck Berry, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies At 90

From the New York Times

Jon Pareles, a music critic for The New York Times, reflects on the pioneering music and attitude of the rock legend Chuck Berry. 

Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died on Saturday. He was 90.

The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri confirmed his death on its Facebook page. Mr. Berry died at his home near Wentzville, Mo., about 45 miles west of St. Louis. The department said it responded to a medical emergency and he was declared dead after lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.

While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves. With songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment.

His guitar lines wired the lean twang of country and the bite of the blues into phrases with both a streamlined trajectory and a long memory. And tucked into the lighthearted, telegraphic narratives that he sang with such clear enunciation was a sly defiance, upending convention to claim the pleasures of the moment.

In “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “You Can’t Catch Me” and other songs, Mr. Berry invented rock as a music of teenage wishes fulfilled and good times (even with cops in pursuit). In “Promised Land,” “Too Much Monkey Business” and “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” he celebrated and satirized America’s opportunities and class tensions. His rock ’n’ roll was a music of joyful lusts, laughed-off tensions and gleefully shattered icons.

Mr. Berry was already well past his teens when he wrote mid-1950s manifestoes like “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “School Day.” Born Charles Edward Anderson Berry on Oct. 18, 1926, in St. Louis, he grew up in a segregated, middle-class neighborhood there, soaking up gospel, blues, and rhythm and blues, along with some country music.

He spent three years in reform school after a spree of car thefts and armed robbery. He received a degree in hairdressing and cosmetology and worked for a time as a beautician; he married Themetta Suggs in 1948 and started a family. She survives him, as do four children: Ingrid Berry, Melody Eskridge, Aloha Isa Leigh Berry and Charles Berry Jr.

By the early 1950s, he was playing guitar and singing blues, pop standards and an occasional country tune with local combos. Shortly after joining Sir John’s Trio, led by the pianist Johnnie Johnson, he reshaped the group’s music and took it over.

From the Texas guitarist T-Bone Walker, Mr. Berry picked up a technique of bending two strings at once that he would rough up and turn into a rock ’n’ roll talisman, the Chuck Berry lick, which would in turn be emulated by the Rolling Stones and countless others. He also recognized the popularity of country music and added some hillbilly twang to his guitar lines. Mr. Berry’s hybrid music, along with his charisma and showmanship, drew white as well as black listeners to the Cosmopolitan Club in St. Louis.

In 1955, Mr. Berry ventured to Chicago and asked one of his idols, the bluesman Muddy Waters, about making records. Waters directed him to the label he recorded for, Chess Records, where one of the owners, Leonard Chess, heard potential in Mr. Berry’s song “Ida Red.”

A variant of an old country song by the same name, “Ida Red” had a 2/4 backbeat with a hillbilly oompah, while Mr. Berry’s lyrics sketched a car chase, the narrator “motorvatin’” after an elusive girl. Mr. Chess renamed the song “Maybellene,” and in a long session on May 21, 1955, Mr. Chess and the bassist Willie Dixon got the band to punch up the rhythm.

“The big beat, cars and young love,” Mr. Chess outlined. “It was a trend, and we jumped on it.”

The music was bright and clear, a hard-swinging amalgam of country and blues. More than 60 years later, it still sounds reckless and audacious.

Mr. Berry articulated every word, with precise diction and no noticeable accent, leading some listeners and concert promoters, used to a different kind of rhythm-and-blues singer, to initially think that he was white. Teenagers didn’t care; they heard a rocker who was ready to take on the world.

The song was sent to the disc jockey Alan Freed. Mr. Freed and another man, Russ Fratto, were added to the credits as songwriters and got a share of the publishing royalties. Played regularly on Mr. Freed’s show and others, “Maybellene” reached No. 5 on the Billboard pop chart and was a No. 1 R&B hit.

In Mr. Berry’s groundbreaking early songs, his guitar twangs his famous two-stringed lick. It also punches like a horn section and sasses back at his own voice. The drummer eagerly socks the backbeat, and the pianist — usually either Mr. Johnson or Lafayette Leake — hurls fistfuls of tinkling anarchy all around him.

From 1955 to 1958, Mr. Berry knocked out classic after classic. Although he was in his late 20s and early 30s, he came up with high school chronicles and plugs for the newfangled music called rock ’n’ roll.

No matter how calculated songs like “School Day” or “Rock and Roll Music” may have been, they reached the Top 10, caught the early rock ’n’ roll spirit and detailed its mythology. “Johnny B. Goode,” a Top 10 hit in 1958, told the archetypal story of a rocker who could “play the guitar just like ringin’ a bell.”

Mr. Berry toured with rock revues and performed in three movies with Mr. Freed: “Rock, Rock, Rock,” “Mr. Rock and Roll” and “Go, Johnny, Go.” On film and in concert, he dazzled audiences with his duck walk, a guitar-thrusting strut that involved kicking one leg forward and hopping on the other.

Through the 1950s, Mr. Berry had pop hits with his songs about rock ’n’ roll and R&B hits with less teenage-oriented material. He spun surreal tall tales that Bob Dylan and John Lennon would learn from, like “Thirty Days” and “Jo Jo Gunne.” In “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” from 1956, he offered a barely veiled racial pride. His pithiness and humor rarely failed him.

In 1957, Mr. Berry bought 30 acres in Wentzville, where he built a short-lived amusement park, Berry Park, and a restaurant, the Southern Air. In 1958, he opened Club Bandstand in the theater district of St. Louis.

In the early 1960s, Mr. Berry’s songs inspired both California rock and the British Invasion. The Beach Boys reworked his “Sweet Little Sixteen” into “Surfin’ U.S.A.” (Mr. Berry sued them and won a songwriting credit.) The Rolling Stones released a string of Berry songs, including their first single, “Come On,” and the Beatles remade “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Rock and Roll Music.”

But by the time his music started reaching a new audience, Mr. Berry was in jail.

He had been arrested in 1959 and charged with transporting a teenage girl — who briefly worked as a hatcheck girl at Club Bandstand — across state lines for immoral purposes. He was tried twice and found guilty both times; the first verdict was overturned because of racist remarks by the judge. When he emerged from 20 months in prison in 1964, his wife had left him (they later reconciled) and his songwriting spark had diminished.

He had not totally lost his touch, though, as demonstrated by the handful of hits he had in 1964 and 1965, notably “Nadine,” “No Particular Place to Go,” “You Never Can Tell” and “Promised Land.” He appeared in the celebrated all-star 1964 concert film “The TAMI Show,” along with James Brown, the Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, the Beach Boys and the Supremes.

While he toured steadily through the 1960s, headlining or sharing bills with bands that grew up on his songs, his recording career stalled after he moved from Chess to Mercury Records in 1966. He remade some of his old hits and tried to reach the new hippie audience, recording “Live at the Fillmore Auditorium” with the Steve Miller Band, billed as the Steve Miller Blues Band at the time. When he returned to Chess in 1970, he recorded new songs, like “Tulane” and “Have Mercy Judge,” that flashed his old wit but failed to reach the Top 40.

In 1972, Mr. Berry had the biggest hit of his career with “My Ding-a-Ling,” a double-entendre novelty song that was included on the album “The London Chuck Berry Sessions” (even though he recorded the song not in London but at a concert in Coventry, England). The New Orleans songwriter Dave Bartholomew wrote and recorded it in 1952; Mr. Berry recorded a similar song, “My Tambourine,” in 1968, and is credited on recordings as the sole songwriter of the 1972 “My Ding-a-Ling.”

It was a million-seller and Mr. Berry’s first and only No. 1 pop single. It was also his last hit. His 1973 follow-up album, “Bio,” was poorly received; “Rockit,” released by Atlantic in 1979, did not sell. But he stayed active: He appeared as himself in a 1979 movie about 1950s rock, “American Hot Wax,” and he continued to tour constantly.

In July 1979, he performed for President Jimmy Carter at the White House. Three days later, he was sentenced to 120 days in federal prison and four years’ probation for income tax evasion.

He had further legal troubles in 1990 when the police raided his home and found 62 grams of marijuana and videotapes from a camera in the women’s room of his restaurant. In a plea bargain, he agreed to a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession, with a suspended jail sentence and two years’ probation.

By the 1980s, Mr. Berry was recognized as a rock pioneer. He never won a Grammy Award in his prime, but the Recording Academy gave him a lifetime achievement award in 1984. He was in the first group of musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Around his 60th birthday that year, he allowed the director Taylor Hackford to film him at his home in Wentzville for the documentary “Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll,” which also included performances by Mr. Berry with a band led by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones and special guests. “Chuck Berry: The Autobiography” was published in 1988.

Mr. Berry continued performing well into his 80s. He usually played with local pickup bands, as he had done for most of his career, but sometimes he played with fellow rock stars. When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Cleveland in 1995, Mr. Berry performed at an inaugural concert, backed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

In 2012, he headlined a Cleveland concert in his honor with a genre-spanning bill that included Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. and Merle Haggard. Although he told reporters before the show, “My singing days have passed,” he performed “Johnny B. Goode” and “Reelin’ and Rockin’” and joined the other musicians for the closing number, “Rock and Roll Music.”

From 1996 to 2014, Mr. Berry performed once a month at Blueberry Hill, a restaurant in St. Louis where he appeared regularly until Oct. 24.

He made a surprising announcement on his 90th birthday, Oct. 18, 2016: He was planning to release his first studio album in almost 40 years. The album, called simply “Chuck” and scheduled for release in June, was to consist primarily of new compositions.

And Mr. Berry’s music has remained on tour extraterrestrially. “Johnny B. Goode” is on golden records within the Voyager I and II spacecraft, launched in 1977 and awaiting discovery.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hendrix Companies Sues Serial Infringer Andrew Pitsicalis

Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. and Authentic Hendrix, LLC ("the Hendrix Companies"), the companies founded by the Estate of Jimi Hendrix and Al Hendrix, the rock legend's father and sole heir, today filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Andrew Pitsicalis, Leon Hendrix and other associated companies to prevent the infringement of trademarks and copyrights owned by the Hendrix Companies.  

Pitsicalis and his companies ("Pitsicalis"), utilize trademarks and copyrights associated with Jimi Hendrix to falsely suggest that their products are affiliated with the Hendrix Companies.  The filing notes that Pitsicalis and Leon Hendrix (and a variety of individuals and entities with which they have been associated) "have attempted to hijack trademarks and copyrights for their own personal gain," despite Federal courts having repeatedly prohibited such activities.  Ignoring those prohibitions, Pitsicalis has expanded his infringements through the creation, development, manufacturing, promotion, advertising and sale of cannabis, edibles, food, wine, alcohol, "medicines," electronic products and other goods. Pitsicalis has also falsely claimed he has secured the intellectual property of the Jimi Hendrix estate for licensed products and that his company, Purple Haze Properties, LLC "… represents the greatest guitarist in Rock 'n' Roll history, 'my man,' Jimi Hendrix …"

Since 2008, when the Honorable Thomas S. Zilly of the Western District of Washington, held that the Hendrix Companies "are the senior user, have incontestable marks and are a longstanding source of Jimi Hendrix related items," and that those incontestable marks are "strong" marks, those rights of the Hendrix Companies have been regularly upheld and vindicated, resulting in multiple orders and injunctions against Pitsicalis and his companies, including a 2008 ruling by Judge Thomas Zilly of the Western District of Washington which enjoined Pitsicalis and Leon Hendrix's prior company with Craig Dieffenbach from any use of the Hendrix Companies' "incontestable marks" in the sale, distribution or advertising of posters, clothing, alcoholic beverages, entertainment services and other goods.

In 2015, Judge Zilly issued another permanent injunction against Pitsicalis and his related companies for using the "Hendrix Mark" and other similar marks, brands or logos and from using the Jimi Hendrix signature or any similar signature in connection with the advertising or sale of posters, artwork, apparel, merchandise, memorabilia or novelty items.  That same year, the Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office refused to register applied-for marks "Jimi" and "Jimi Jams." The decision noted, "the mark is confusingly similar to the registered marks because its mark encompassed the word JIMI (denoting an association with Jimi Hendrix), adding that the applied-for mark consists of matter which may falsely suggest a connection with Jimi Hendrix."

Just last year, Judge James Randal Hall of the southern District of Georgia preliminarily enjoined Leon Hendrix and other defendants from using the word "jimi" in the names of their websites, social media profiles or other online platforms that are used to distribute, sell or promote Purple Haze Liqueur and from displaying on any of their materials the Jimi Hendrix signature.

In 2004 Washington State King County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell ruled against Leon Hendrix and his family. That ruling resulted in Leon Hendrix being expressly excluded from the Hendrix Companies business.

Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix have carefully developed a licensing program around their Jimi Hendrix-related trademarks and copyrights in connection with Jimi Hendrix's musical legacy and can be counted on to seek legal remedy when their rights are infringed upon as is the case in today's filing.  Since 2010, music releases from Experience Hendrix (CDs, digital, vinyl) have been licensed to and released through Sony Music Entertainment's Legacy Recordings.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Garth Hudson To Join 2017 Last Waltz 40 Tour

Garth Hudson, one of two original surviving members of The Band, will be joining Warren Haynes, Dr. John, Jamey Johnson and Don Was on the second leg of the 2017 “LAST WALTZ 40 TOUR.” 
Hudson will be joining all Texas and California dates to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Band’s historical farewell concert.

Hudson, the iconic multi-instrumentalist has been credited by his band members and brothers Robbie, Levon, Rick, and Richard for being the resident musical genius of The Band and helped create their unmistakable sound.

Details for the engagements are below:

Thursday, March 30, 2017 in Dallas, Texas at Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
Friday, March 31, 2017 in Houston, Texas at Revention Music Center
Saturday, April 1, 2017 in Austin, Texas at Bass Concert Hall
Sunday, April 2, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas at The Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
Thursday, April 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California at Orpheum Theatre
Friday, April 14, 2017 in Valley Center (San Diego), California at Harrah’s Resort SoCal
Saturday, April 15, 2017 in San Francisco, California at The Masonic

Tickets can be purchased at

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Blues Image Featuring Mike Pinera Release 'Timeless' Collection

In 1970, Tampa-based rockers Blues Image took audiences on the trip of a lifetime with their smash hit single “Ride Captain Ride,” a song that continues to embed itself in pop culture consciousness, showing up as recently as 2004 in the Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

Vocalist/guitarist Mike Pinera founded Blues Image in the late 60s and quickly turned the band into a powerhouse collective with a reputation for stunning musicianship and, of course, exquisite songwriting.

Pinera left the group briefly to front Iron Butterfly, but he’s kept the Blues Image fire burning bright for over five decades. Now, a new collection called Timeless honors the songs of the past as well as brand new material. The 12-song CD drops March 31 courtesy of Purple Pyramid Records.

Timeless showcases both Pinera’s past accomplishments with new renditions of “Ride Captain Ride” and Iron Butterfly’s “In A Gadda Da Vida,” as well as the present on such tunes as “Love Is The Answer” and “Pay My Dues.”

With guest appearances by blues rock legend Pat Travers and Journey’s Jonathan Cain, Timeless is sure to be a hit among fans of Blues Image and classic rock.

Track List:
1. Ride Captain Ride
2. In A Gadda Da Vida
3. Fantasy Of Love
4. Come Back
5. Love Is The Answer
6. Touch My Heart
7. Pay My Dues
8. In The Garden Of Eden
9. Leaving My Troubles Behind
10. Butterfly Bleu
11. Isla
12. Something To Say

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Who Announce Las Vegas Residency At The Colosseum At Caesars Palace

The Who will launch an exclusive Las Vegas residency this summer at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace beginning July 29, 2017.  This is is the first rock band to take residency at The Colosseum since the venue opened in 2003.  

Tickets for the first run of six shows scheduled July 29, August 1,4,7,9 and 11 will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, March 17 at noon PT. The residency is presented jointly by Caesars Entertainment and AEG Presents.

Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, by calling 866-320-9763 or online at or  Orders are subject to additional service charges and fees.

Ticket prices are $501/$351/$226/$151/$100.50/$76 (prices include 9% Live Entertainment Tax as assessed by the State of Nevada). For groups of 10 or more, call 866-574-3851.  All shows begin at 8 p.m. In addition, $1 from each ticket sold will benefit Teen Cancer America.

Fans can expect the band to take them on an 'Amazing Journey' through their entire career from the days of 'The High Numbers' to classic albums such as Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia and Live At Leeds.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Todd Rundgren, Lucinda Williams And Others To Receive Honorary Degrees At Berklee Commencement

Berklee President Roger H. Brown will present Todd Rundgren, Lucinda Williams, Lionel Richie, Neil Portnow, and Shin Joong Hyun with honorary doctor of music degrees at Berklee's commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 13, at the 7,000-seat Agganis Arena at Boston University. Rundgren, this year's commencement speaker, will address more than 1,000 Berklee graduates along with their parents and invited guests.

This year's honorary doctorate recipients are being recognized for their achievements and influences in music, and for their enduring contributions to American and international culture. Past recipients include Duke Ellington (the first, in 1971), Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, Steven Tyler, Loretta Lynn, Juan Luis Guerra, Annie Lennox, Paco de Lucia, Carole King, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, George Clinton, Rita Moreno, Julio Iglesias, Plácido Domingo, and A. R. Rahman.

As is Berklee's tradition, on commencement eve, Friday, May 12, students will pay tribute to the honorees by performing music associated with their careers at the Agganis. The concert and ceremony are not open to the public.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Geddy Lee Will Not Play With Yes At Rock Hall Induction

Yesterday, it was reported that singer Jon Anderson would reunite with Yes at the upcoming Rock Hall induction ceremony next month. However, remarks from Anderson about who is going to be part of the reunion may be inaccurate.

The former Yes vocalist  told Billboard that Geddy Lee of Rush, set to induct Yes, will take the place of late bassist Chris Squire for the group’s performance of “Roundabout.”

A statement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation counters the collaboration rumor: “Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were only confirmed to do the induction speech for one of their favorite bands and not perform. They, like all the other Yes fans, look forward to honoring them and watching them perform at the induction ceremony on April 7 and the HBO broadcast on April 29.”

Neither Anderson nor Yes have commented on the dispute, but the band’s official social accounts have directed curious fans to articles denying the claim.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Original Paintings From Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' On Sale For First Time

San Francisco Art Exchange LLC (SFAE) has been selected to exclusively represent the most valuable collection of rock and roll artwork ever to be offered for sale: eleven original paintings created and hand-selected by famed English artist Gerald Scarfe, from Pink Floyd's 1982 masterpiece The Wall. A major exhibition will be held in July with Scarfe in attendance at the invitation-only premier to be held at SFAE's gallery (458 Geary St, San Francisco, CA).  Details to be announced.

The paintings being offered have been carefully selected by Scarfe as his most important works, and include several of the most famous images in rock history due to their association with The Wall. Among the paintings are the true definitive originals for iconic artworks such as The Scream, Wife With Flaming Hair, Giant Judge and Hammers, The Mother, Education For What? No Jobs!, The Wife's Shadow, One of The Frightened Ones, The Gross Inflatable Pig, Comfortably Numb, and The Teacher, as well as the massive original storyboard created for the film which incorporates 50 original renderings.

Epic in scale and steeped in rock history, these original works of art are marquis collectibles for major individual, corporate, and institutional collectors. Due to the extensive distribution of the imagery via album, live-performances, music-videos, and the film (along with the accompanying publicity), the artwork offered is among the most instantly recognizable and significant in pop culture.

One of the paintings available for purchase, Giant Judge and Hammers, will be prominently on display in London beginning May 13, 2017, as part of the Victoria & Albert Museum's eagerly anticipated The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, the first international retrospective of one of the worlds' most ground-breaking and influential bands. This exhibition is expected to become one of the most successful on record.

The Wall topped Billboard charts for 15 weeks, and in 1999 was certified 23 x Platinum. It remains one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling over 19 million copies between 1979 and 1990 in the US alone. The film was critically acclaimed when it was released in 1982 and won BAFTAs for Best Original Song and Best Sound. Scarfe developed the film's entire visual environment before the project began and his characters became a mixture of live-action and animated imagery, all of which played an integral role in the surreal narrative.

For sales and inquiries, please contact San Francisco Art Exchange or call 415-441-8840.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Boston Welcomes Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Aboard The 2017 Hyper Space Tour

Boston continue their Hyper Space Tour this summer with the iconic Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, for an additional 21 cities, presented by Live Nation.  Performances with Joan Jett will begin on Wednesday, June 14 in Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheatre, and continue eastward across North America. More information can be found at Itinerary for the Live Nation portion of Boston's Hyper Space Tour with Joan Jett below.

Presale for Boston and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts fan club members begins Tuesday, March 7th at 10am local, through Thursday, March 9th at 10pm local time.  General on-sale begins Friday, March 10th at and on the Live Nation app.

Always a huge crowd pleaser with their high-energy stage show, other-worldly sound, and exceptional musicianship, Boston prides itself on performing a totally live show, delivering an extraordinary experience that is faithful to their studio recordings.

Unlike most bands at the time, all of Boston's albums were conceived in a basement, written, produced and recorded by Tom Scholz, an MIT graduate who designed specialized equipment to capture the songs that he heard in his head. Scholz created his music with the intention of playing it live, in real time with real musicians, making it one of the few bands in history to reproduce seemingly-impossible-to-perform productions on stage, without the use of prerecorded music or technical enhancements.

The timeless songs appeal to young and old alike, so it's not surprising to see concert audiences that span generations. Fans can expect to hear the classic songs they have grown to love, and will be treated to wild Hammond organ work, soaring guitars, and exceptional vocal harmonies, and be treated to Boston's unique visual stage presentation, from mind-blowing lightning bolts and spectacular lights to an interstellar "journey" from the cockpit of the BOSTON spaceship, along with plenty of extra-terrestrial sounds heard nowhere else on earth.

It's been over 40 years since Boston's self-titled debut album first hit the airwaves and turned the world on to a new kind of sonic experience. With over 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Foreplay/Long Time," and "Smokin'," rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today. Their second album, 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." Walk On, Corporate America, and Life, Love & Hope complete the band's discography. With over 31 million albums sold to date, BOSTON has stood the test of time.

Scholz says, "I am thrilled to have Joan and her band on tour with us this summer.  Not only is she an amazing rock and roll performing artist, but even more exciting to me is that she is a fellow vegetarian and shares compassion for animal welfare."  Both Scholz and 30-year Boston veteran Gary Pihl have been longtime vegetarians. Scholz has worked to promote that lifestyle as well as the prevention of cruelty and suffering to all living creatures.

Continuing their effort to promote humane treatment for animals, one dollar from each ticket purchased this summer will be donated to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, who are committed to ending the slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans, as well as Mercy for Animals, who utilize a broad range of strategic approaches that seek to expose cruelty, prosecute abusers, and inspire consumers to make compassionate food choices.

BOSTON with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts dates:

6/14 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
6/16 - Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA        
6/18 - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA          
6/28 - Smart Financial Centre at Sugarland - Houston, TX              
6/30 - Starplex Pavilion - Dallas, TX                  
7/2 - Klipsch Music Center - Noblesville, IN            
7/5 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis, MO            
7/7 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL
7/8 - Rose Music Center at The Heights - Dayton, OH                
7/9 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI                  
7/11 - Budweiser Stage - Toronto, ON
7/13 - TD Garden - Boston, MA
7/19 - Verizon Amphitheatre - Alpharetta, GA                          
7/20 - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater - Virginia Beach, VA  
7/22 - Toyota Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT
7/23 - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY                      
7/25 - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain - Scranton, PA
7/27 - BB&T Pavilion - Camden, NJ              
7/28 - KeyBank Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA          
7/29 - Lakeview Amphitheater - Syracuse, NY            
7/30 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA                                

Monday, March 6, 2017

Heart's Ann Wilson Kicks Off 20-Date Solo Tour This Week

Singer Ann Wilson of Heart embarks on her 20-date solo tour this week, opening this Wednesday, March 8 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Wilson's hometown.

The  cross-country trek includes stops at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, the Keswick Theatre in Philadelphia, among other cities. Musicians on board for the tour include Heart guitarist Craig Bartock, bassist Andy Stoller, keyboardist Dan Walker and drummer Denny Fongheiser.

What will fans experience at these shows?

"People can expect the unexpected in 2017," Wilson says. "A beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production...The music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life; iconic soul stirring covers, songs from my years of solo work, and the unforgettable songs of Heart."

Here's current tour itinerary:

3/8 - Moore Theatre - Seattle, WA
3/10 - UC Theatre - Berkeley, CA
3/12 - Wiltern Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
3/14 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO
3/15 - Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
3/16 - Steifel Theatre for the Performing Arts - Salina, KS
3/18 - Golden Nugget - Lake Charles, LA
3/19 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
3/21 - Cape Fear Community College Theatre - Wilmington, NC
3/22 - Charleston Music Hall - Charleston, SC
3/23 - Peace Center for the Creative Arts - Greenville, SC
3/25 - Mayo Performing Arts Center - Morristown, NJ
3/26 - Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts - Annapolis, MD
3/29 - The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
3/30 - Westbury Theater - Westbury, NY
4/1 - Paramount Hudson Valley - Peekskill, NY
4/2 - Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH
4/4 - Bergen Performing Arts Center - Englewood, NJ
4/6 - Keswick Theatre - Philadelphia, PA
4/7 - Park Theatre PAC - Providence, RI

Friday, March 3, 2017

Laurie Anderson Pushes For 'Lou Reed Listening Room' At New York Public Library

If Laurie Anderson gets her way, the New York Library for the Performing Arts will have a "Lou Reed Listening Room," where fans, musicians and scholars can crank his music to hear it as it was meant to be.

"Lou's music was super-physical," Reed's widow Anderson told a crowd of journalists who'd gathered at the Lincoln Center library to hear details of the announcement that it would soon house Reed's entire archive. And, she added, that she was "pitching" the idea of a listening room so that the "force and energy" of his music could be fully experienced.

Later the performance artist told Billboard that she envisioned the project as "phase two" of the library's acquisition of what it described as 300 linear feet of paper records, electronic records, and photographs, as well as approximately 3,600 audio and 1,300 video recordings.

"Lou loved young musicians," Anderson says.  "And this archive is for them."

She also referenced a quote from David Eagleman's book Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, saying, "There are three deaths. The first is when your heart stops beating. The second is when you are cremated or buried. And the third is when your name is spoken for the last time." The archive, she said, would ensure that Reed's name continues to be spoken.

During the announcement, Anderson and producer Hal Willner -- who painstakingly worked with Reed on The RCA & Arista Album Collection boxed set -- recalled how even Reed's critically panned work was being reevaluated in the wake of his death from liver disease in October 2013.

After Reed died, Anderson said that David Bowie told her, "I want you to listen to Lulu again." The 2011 a collaboration with Metallica that ended up being Reed's last studio recording, polarized critics and Anderson admitted that she had "a very difficult time" with the album. But Bowie encouraged her to give it another chance, telling her "Lou was always ahead of his time. People won't understand that record for 25 years."

Anderson did as Bowie suggested and told the crowd at the library that she now finds the album, "such a masterpiece. It is pure rage," she said, adding that Reed, who was known for being caustic in and out of the studio, "had the bravery and imagination to write like that."

Given Reed's unflinching lyrics, Anderson asked the crowd, "Can you imagine what he would have to say right now?" She did not elaborate, but it was apparent that she was referring to the Trump administration's immigration policies -- especially after she quoted from the following verse of Reed's 1989 song, "Dirty Blvd."

During Willner's turn at the podium, he quoted a writer, whose name he could not remember, who said that "Lou is to New York what [William] Faulkner is to the South and [James] Joyce is to Ireland. He said that Reed's archives have yielded some previously unreleased recordings that will eventually see the light of day via Sony Legacy, which put out the RCA-Arista boxed set.

Willner said that he is currently working on a recording of Reed's 1973 performance at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on his first solo tour after leaving The Velvet Underground. (The recording is not expected to be released this year.) Willner also told the crowd that an expanded version of Reed's now-legendary run at New York's Bottom Line nightclub in 1978, which resulted in the live album, Take No Prisoners, was in the works.

Reed did not leave much unreleased material behind, however, at least according to Willner. "Lou believed the work 'outtake' meant 'out,'" he said.