Friday, October 19, 2018

OUT TODAY! Ace Frehley Releases 'Spaceman'

For 2018, Ace Frehley, the original lead guitarist for KISS (which he co-founded in 1973), has cooked up Spaceman, his third solo outing in four years. Of all his post-KISS recorded output, Spaceman might be the closest link to his widely acclaimed 1978 solo record, both in spirit and execution.

First off, Frehley played all of the guitar parts on Spaceman, as well as bass on all but two songs. Longtime drummer Anton Fig, whose friendship with Frehley began on that 1978 record, also appears on “Off My Back” and “Pursuit of Rock and Roll” (longtime collaborators Scot Coogan and Matt Starr also play drums on Spaceman).

There’s also a thematic, almost biographical thread running through the album of a long life in rock ’n’ roll, although Frehley admits it wasn’t intentional. The first single “Bronx Boy” lays out Ace’s pre-KISS roots, running wild with an Irish street gang called the Ducky Boys. It might be his grittiest song to date, with an opening riff that lashes out like a switchblade.

“Pursuit of Rock and Roll” ticks off a list of rockers that made Ace Frehley who he is, including Little Richard and the Stones. Frehley also makes it clear that rock is truly all he needs: “So sick of looking at reality TV / and like the Beatles said, you gotta ‘Let It Be.’”

Ace’s cover of Eddie Money’s “I Wanna Go Back” gives the song a ripping power pop makeover. It was chosen for the record by Frehley himself. “I was laying in bed with Rachael (Gordon) watching YouTube videos, and that song came on. I told her I was gonna cover it. It’s about me.”

“No need to worry, I’ll be home soon, ’cause I’m rockin’ with the boys,” Frehley sings on “Rockin’ With the Boys,” which tells the tales of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS’s heyday in the ’70s—if you listen closely, it could almost be seen as a rockin’ counterpart to the Peter Criss-penned KISS classic “Beth.”

Speaking of KISS brethren, let’s get back to those two songs on Spaceman that Frehleydidn’t play bass on. One listen of opener “Without You I’m Nothing” should be a dead giveaway. That mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belongs to Gene Simmons, who co-wrote that song, along with “Your Wish Is My Command,” with the Space Ace at Frehley’s home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Ace recalls a relaxed three hours of hanging out, writing songs and eating sandwiches with Simmons, who roomed with him back in the KISS daze. A lot of barbs have been thrown by both over the past couple of decades, but there’s still a mutual love for one another, made clear during Ace’s recent stints on Simmons’ Vault Experience.

His reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Frehley on a cover of Free’s “Fire and Water” for 2016’s covers LP Origins, Vol. 1) might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrated 12 years of sobriety in September). The man's clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his top 20 Anomaly album in 2009, his top 10 Space Invader LP in 2014 (a first for any KISS member); and continues with Spaceman (a title suggested by Simmons himself).

Spaceman is a lean-and-mean nine tracks and includes what has become a trademark for any Ace joint, a cosmic instrumental. “Quantum Flux” is a classic prog ’n’ roll song from Frehley, with lush acoustics and twin-leads. Fans might also notice the song’s doomy outro, which nods to “Black Diamond” on KISS’s 1974 debut.

Along with writing and recording new material, Frehley has also been tirelessly hitting the road, playing festivals, as well as dates stateside and in Australia and Japan (including dates with the mighty Alice Cooper). As always, the guiatrist is traveling at an altitude us mere mortals will never understand—a life lived to the fullest, and one that has defied… well, everything. That said, if you ever see the Space Ace in the cosmos, there’s only one proper reaction: “Hey look, it’s rock ’n’ roll!”


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Foghat Spinoff ‘Earl & The Agitators’ Return With Boot Stompin’, Hard Rockin’ “Shaken & Stirred”

Rock n’ Roll, Blues and a dash of Country are being served Shaken & Stirred in the latest release by the Earl and the Agitators All Star Band. Shaken & Stirred (a follow-up to their 2016 self-titled EP) will be released on Friday, October 26th, 2018. 

Earl & the Agitators is the brain child of Foghat founding member/drummer Roger Earl, singer and guitarist Scott Holt (former 10-year Buddy Guy alum) and Foghat slide guitarist Bryan Bassett. Rounding out the lineup for the live bonus tracks are Foghat bassist Rodney O’Quinn, guitarist Tony Bullard and percussionist Mark Petrocelli.

 A pre-order and stream of the album is available here: http://smarturl.it/listenEATA

“This band was born out of a passion for American Music,” explains Earl. “Rock, Blues & Country. Scott Holt, who played with Buddy Guy, one of my musical heroes, for many years, channels this music with a joy and mastery of a seasoned pro. With his fireballing guitar and soulful vocals, we had a blast writing and recording!  And since we are all big Johnny Cash fans we also included a couple of his songs for fun. I love making music with Scott!”.

“So, you're in a band and you have some friends that are in another band,” adds Holt. “You get together and hang out, writing and recording music. You share a love for old rock n’ roll, blues and country, so you jam on a Tommy Tucker tune and even take a swing at a Johnny Cash cut from the Sun Records days. You're having so much fun that you give it a name and even take it onstage! The recipe is simple; take your Chess and Sun 45's, throw them in a blender with a dollop of thundering drums, thumping bass and searing electric guitars...I'm pretty sure that's the recipe for rock n’ roll!”

Bassett also realized that EATA were on to something special, straight away. “Over the years of playing professionally I have come to recognize and appreciate musical chemistry. When you meet someone that you just hit it off with, both as a friend and as a musical collaborator, special things happen. And so it was when I met Scott Holt. Our instant chemistry for writing songs and the way we just naturally blended as guitar players lead to us having many tracks recorded for no other reason than we loved writing, playing and recording together. Roger and I have been comrades in arms for many years and now we had all these songs recorded and ready to go. That left us with a conundrum...what do we do with them? Well what we did was come up with a *fun name, ‘Earl and the Agitators’ and we decided to put the songs out there so our friends and fans could listen, and I hope like what we've come up with. It certainly was a great musical experience for Rog, Scott and I and all our fellow collaborating ‘Earls’.”

*One last note from Roger “whilst pondering over a bottle of Foghat Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Bryan declared us ‘Earl & the Agitators” & that’s how we came to be!

For more information, please visit:

Earl and the Agitators official website:
http://www.earlandtheagitators.com
http://facebook.com/earlandtheagitators
http://youtube.com/earlandtheagitators
http://www.scottholt.com

Foghat website:
http://www.foghat.com
http://facebook.com/foghat
http://youtube.com/foghat

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Stray Cats To Mark 40th Anniversary With New Album And Tour In 2019

Stray Cats will mark their 40th anniversary in 2019 with a new album and tour. Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom -- original founding members of the trio - -are heading into a studio in Nashville to record their first new album in 25 years.

Set to be released on Surfdog Records, the album will be produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, The Brian Setzer Orchestra) and engineered by Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Arctic Monkeys). Stay tuned for more details and an official release date.

The group, known for hits such as "Stray Cat Strut," "(She's) Sexy + 17," and "Rock This Town," are also mapping out plans for a tour, with dates TBA,. Earlier this year, the band played their first North American shows in 10 years, with four concerts including sold-out headlining shows at Viva Las Vegas and the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, CA (August 16 and 17) before wildly enthusiastic audiences.

"Forty years ago, us three teenagers started a little band to play a musical style that had long since passed, and most folks had never heard of, this Rockabilly music," Brian Setzer says. "Forty years later we stand together and still get that same thrill and exhilaration from the music. That feeling is what makes the fireworks go off and the sparks fly. It makes the world go around."

"Making a new Stray Cats album for 2019 in Nashville seems like the exact right thing, right time, right place, and right band for the gig!" Slim Jim Phantom adds. "We have an album's worth of new songs that are classic rockabilly while keeping the music and style current and fresh, like always. In other words...A Stray Cats album."

"They say history repeats itself and I now know that's true. 40 years after Brian, Jim and I formed the Stray Cats, we are back!" Lee Rocker concludes. "I'm so excited to be in the studio with my brothers. I can tell you that this will be the best Stray Cats album we have ever made. The time is right, the songs are great and we're ready to rock."

Stray Cats put Rockabilly music back on the record charts in the early '80s, scored several big hits on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to a striking visual 1950's style brought "up to date" with exaggerated pompadours and colorful tattoos and as well as genuine musical chops that evoked the best players of rockabilly's original heyday.

Formed by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer, upright bass player Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom in the Long Island town of Massapequa, NY, in 1979, the trio shared a love for Rockabilly music and after banging around New York and Philadelphia for a few months, in the summer of 1980, they were persuaded by a mutual friend to hop a plane to London where a rockabilly revival movement was just beginning to emerge. Their massive hits and videos include "Runaway Boys," "Rock This Town," "Stray Cat Strut" "(She's) Sexy + 17," and "I Won't Stand in Your Way."

For more information on Stray Cats, visit:
http://straycats.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Stray-Cats-1576129305971999/


Monday, October 15, 2018

Experience Hendrix Tour Returns In 2019 With Joe Satriani, Dave Mustaine & Many More

The Experience Hendrix Tour, the multi-artist celebration of Jimi Hendrix’s musical genius, is returning in 2019 with its biggest ever tour -- 30 dates through the East Coast, South and Midwest. What began as a single show tribute at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2000 has blossomed into a full-fledged concert experience that has thrilled countless fans across the US.  The tour presents a host of great artists collaborating and interpreting Hendrix’s legendary songs as part of a powerhouse, three hour concert experience.

This latest edition of the much anticipated tour once again emphasizes the influence Hendrix has made on a diverse group of artists.  The concerts will bring together guitar wizard Joe Satriani, blues great Taj Mahal, Ernie Isley and Dweezil Zappa. Megadeath’s Dave Mustaine will make his Experience Hendrix Tour debut while mainstays such as Billy Cox, Jonny Lang, and Eric Johnson will also be on board for the expedition.

15-time Grammy Award nominee Joe Satriani will make his long-awaited return when the tour kicks off March 3 kickoff in Pompano Beach, FL. Notable for being the biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time, Satriani came to the forefront with the release of his 1987 solo album Surfing with the Alien. He has worked with Mick Jagger, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult and the fabled Spinal Tap and is a member of rock super group Chickenfoot. In keeping with the spirit of the Experience Hendrix Tour, Satriani has formed an all star trio especially for the occasion, calling upon bassist and vocalist dUg Pinnick from King’s X, and prolific sideman Kenny Aronoff on drums to serve as his rhythm section.

Satriani commented, "The Experience Hendrix Tours are always so much fun. The camaraderie between all the musicians on the show is magical. I’m so excited to play some deep Hendrix tracks in a power trio setting with dUg Pinnick and Kenny Aronoff!!!” 

Originally the lead guitarist for Metallica, Dave Mustaine next founded Megadeth in 1983 and the group has earned a loyal, worldwide following.  The Southern California native can be considered an architect of the speed metal movement, which is one of many branches on the family tree of heavy, guitar-based music that can be traced back to Jimi Hendrix. With five platinum albums and one multi-platinum album under his belt, Mustaine and his sound are institutions in the rock world. The 2019 Experience Hendrix Tour will be his first.

Dave Mustaine expressed his excitement about being part of the tour. “Jimi Hendrix. The name that comes to my mind as one the ‘Premiere American Guitarists Of All Time.’ An Innovator, and legendary musician, I am beyond honored to do my part in this tribute to the immortal Jimi Hendrix, and want to thank [EH Tour producer] John McDermott for inviting me to play along such mind-blowing guitarists as Joe Satriani, and a personal favorite of mine, Eric Johnson. See you there!”

Also hitting the road this time around will be Billy Cox, bassist for both Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Cox has been the backbone of the tour since its inception, providing a spiritual connection between the past and present. Two other artists who enjoyed friendships with Hendrix will also take part. Blues legend Taj Mahal and guitar Ernie Isley each make a welcome return to the tour, as does the dynamic guitar and vocalist Jonny Lang, the legendary Eric Johnson, Cesar Rosas & David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, drummer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chris Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble fame as well as Calvin Cooke and Chuck Campbell, the “Sacred Steel” slide guitar masters known as The Slide Brothers, Mato Nanji of Indigenous and Henri Brown

"The tour is more than a series of concerts," said Janie Hendrix, CEO of  Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. “It's a celebration of a man whose amazing gift changed the face of music and informed an entire culture. His influences were varied and diverse. And this year we’re shining a light on that diversity with artists who represent it across cultures and who also share a love for Jimi and his music. It’s exciting to be able to honor Jimi’s enduring legacy in this way.”

The 2019 Experience Hendrix tour dovetails with the release this November 9 release of the Deluxe Edition box set of Electric Ladyland from Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hendrix’s masterpiece. 

The 2019 Experience Hendrix Tour is sponsored by Youcisian, the popular online music instruction platform, along with Fender Musical Instruments, Dunlop, Hal Leonard, and Axe Heaven.

2019 Experience Hendrix Tour dates:

Mar 3 - Pompano Beach Amphitheater - Pompano Beach, FL 
Mar 4 - Ruth Eckerd Hall - Clearwater, FL
Mar 5 - King Center for the Performing Arts - Melbourne, FL
Mar 6 -  Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
Mar 8 -  North Charleston Performing Arts Center - North Charleston, SC
Mar 9 -  The Fox Theatre-Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
Mar 10 - Schermerhorn Symphony Center - Nashville, TN 
Mar 11 - Von Braun Center - Huntsville, AL
Mar 12 - Tivoli Theater - Chattanooga, TN 
Mar 14 - Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts - Raleigh, NC 
Mar 15 - Ovens Auditorium - Charlotte, NC
Mar 16 - Tennessee Theatre - Knoxville, TN
Mar 17 - The Taft Theatre - Cincinnati, OH
Mar 19 - Palace Theatre - Louisville, KY
Mar 20 - Overture Center for the Arts - Madison, WI 
Mar 21 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
Mar 22 - The Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL
Mar 23 - Fox Theatre - Detroit, MI
Mar 24 - The Clay Center - Charleston, WV 
Mar 26 - Warner Theatre - Washington, DC 
Mar 27 -  Xcite Center at Parx Casino - Bensalem, PA 
Mar 28 - Theatre At Westbury - Westbury, NY
Mar 29 - New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Newark, NJ 
Mar 30 - Seneca Niagara Casino - Niagara Falls, NY
Apr 1 - Landmark Theatre - Syracuse, NY
Apr 2 - Count Basie Theatre - Red Bank, NJ
Apr 3 - Palace Theatre - Albany, NY
Apr 4 - Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Lowell, MA
Apr 5 - Zeiterion Performing Arts Center - New Bedford, MA
Apr 6 - Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theater - Wallingford, CT

Friday, October 12, 2018

Jethro Tull Guitarist Martin Barre Releases New Studio Album

Martin Barre, best-known as guitarist in Jethro Tull has released his new solo album Roads Less Travelled on Cleopatra Record.

Barre has developed his own distinctive style within the framework of Jethro Tull, and his instantly recognizable and original sound form the basis of this album. Roads Less Travelled features 11 original tracks by Barre, which reflect the last 50 years of his esteemed musical career.

Reflecting on the tracks & recording of the album, Barre says, “I’ve concentrated on improving my songwriting over the last few years and as a result, I am really pleased with this new CD. Although my playing has a lot of space in the music, I’ve worked a lot harder on the arrangements and lyrics. My goal is to have a CD that keeps the listener from beginning to end. Roads Less Travelled reflects my belief in taking music somewhere new.”

Barre’s solo on Jethro Tull’s 1971 hit “Aqualung” has been repeatedly voted as one of the top guitar solos of all time. Barre has been cited as an important influence by many virtuoso players, including Joe Bonamassa, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani and can count the likes of Mark Knopfler and Geddy Lee amongst his many fans.

A long-time resident of Devon, Martin Barre’s band features several local musicians: Dan Crisp (vocals), Alan Thomson (bass/fretless bass), Darby Todd (drums), Becca Langsford (vocals/backing vocals), Josiah J (Percussion/Hammond), Aaron Graham (drums), Alex Hart (vocals/backing vocals) Buster Cottam (“stand up” bass).

To purchase:
Buy the CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/martin-barre-roads-less-travelled-cd/
Buy the digital: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/roads-less-travelled/1436785912

Martin Barre’s official website: www.Martinbarre.com

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Ozzy Osbourne Cancels Remaining North American Shows

On Monday, October 8, we reported that Ozzy Osbourne had postponed two additional shows following emergency hand surgery he had at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Saturday (October 6) because of an infection. Osbourne has now canceled the remaining four shows on his North American "NO MORE TOURS 2." Following additional evaluation from his doctors, the singer will likely require another surgery in the coming days to treat multiple infections in his right hand.

The four canceled shows were originally scheduled as follows: Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA (October 6), Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista (October 9), the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (October 11) and MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (October 13). The three California shows had previously been rescheduled following his initial prognosis from doctors. All four shows will be rescheduled for 2019.

"I'm so fu**ing bummed about cancelling these shows," the Prince of Darkness remarked. "The tour had been going great and we were really looking forward to these last few gigs. We're hoping everyone will be patient and we'll look forward to seeing them at the shows next year."

Ticketholders for the four shows should hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Refunds are also available at point of purchase.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Rhino Announces Limited Edition Releases For Record Store Day Black Friday

Rhino has 12 limited edition vinyl titles set for release on Record Store Day Black Friday 2018. A variety of colored vinyl options, double-LP sets and a picture disc, are sure to captivate fans and collectors alike. Fans of The B-52's, Devo, Duke Ellington, The Flaming Lips, Grateful Dead, Jim Morrison & The Doors, Madonna, Ramones, Stone Temple Pilots, Talking Heads, Todd Rundgren, and Yes, can mark their calendars for November 23 when these releases will be available exclusively at select independent music retailers.

For a list of participating stores, please visit www.recordstoreday.com.

The B-52's - Cosmic Thing 
Limited edition of 4,500 copies on 140-gram rainbow colored vinyl, $24.98

Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Limited edition of 5,000 copies on 12-inch picture disc, $24.98

Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington Plays With The Original Motion Picture Score: Mary Poppins 
Limited Edition of 3,000 copies on 140-gram black vinyl, $19.98

The Flaming Lips - The Mushroom Tapes LP
Limited edition of 4,000 copies on 140-gram color vinyl, $21.98

Grateful Dead  - Playing In The Band, Seattle, WA 5/21/74
Limited edition of 7,400 copies on 180-gram black vinyl, $21.98

Jim Morrison & The Doors - An American Prayer 
Limited edition of 7,000 numbered copies on 180-gram red vinyl with booklet and lithograph, $29.98

Madonna - Ray Of Light
2-LP limited edition of 7,000 copies on 180-gram clear vinyl, $34.98

Ramones - Live In Glasgow December 19, 1977
2-LP limited edition of 6,500 numbered copies on 180-gram black vinyl with etching, $31.98

Stone Temple Pilots - Live 2018
Limited edition of 5,000 copies on 140-gram bright red vinyl with 3D art work and 3D glasses, $21.98

Talking Heads -  Remain In Light
Limited edition of 5,500 copies on140-gram translucent red vinyl, $21.98

Todd Rundgren - Something / Anything?
2-LP limited edition of 3,500 copies on red/blue vinyl with 7-inch, $36.98

Yes - Time And A Word 
Limited edition of 4,000 copies on 180-gram black vinyl, $21.98

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2019 Nominees Announced

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for induction into the 2019 class, and it's a mix of new and old candidates.

It's the first time Def Leppard, Devo, John Prine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks and Todd Rundgren have made the list.

Rapper LL Cool J and the group Kraftwerk have made the list four times before.

Other nominees this year are Janet Jackson, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, The Cure and The Zombies.

To be eligible, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.

Fan will once again have the opportunity to vote for their favorites.

They can visit Rockhall.com through December 9 to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a "fans' ballot" that will be tallied, along with the other ballots to choose the 2019 inductees. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

Inductees will be announced in December. The 2019 induction ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on March 29 and broadcast on HBO and SiriusXM.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Ozzy Osbourne Postpones More Shows Due To Hand Surgery

Ozzy Osbourne has postponed two additional shows following emergency hand surgery he had at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Saturday (October 6) because of an infection. He had already postponed his October 6 show in Mountain View, California. Now, after further consultations with his doctors at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, Osbourne will take a few extra days to recover, and two more shows will be postponed.

The two shows, Tuesday, October 9 at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista and Thursday, October 11 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, will be rescheduled as follows: Monday, October 15 in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl and Thursday, October 18 in Chula Vista (San Diego) at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre. In addition, the Mountain View, CA show at Shoreline Amphitheatre, which was previously rescheduled for Tuesday, October 16, has been moved to Saturday, October 20.

Osbourne's North American NO MORE TOURS 2, produced by Live Nation,will resume in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Stone Sour will perform at the Las Vegas show, with support for the three rescheduled shows TBA. Ticketholders for all the postponed shows should hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Refunds are also available at point of purchase.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Guide To Sammy Hagar's High Tide Beach Party & Car Show

This Saturday, Sammy Hagar’s High Tide Beach Party & Car Show unveils its highly anticipated final lineup of world class music, cars and entertainment alongside a specially-curated selection of delectable food and drink experiences for fans to experience the ultimate all-day beach party. It's all set to begin at noon on the shores of Huntington State Beach in Huntington Beach in California.  

Here's the complete guide to event offerings and fans experiences below:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6
VIP EARLY ENTRY 11:45 AM
DOORS 12:00 PM
CAR SHOW: 12:00 PM
MUSIC:  12:35 PM

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
From headliners Sammy Hagar & The Circle and REO Speedwagon on the Encore Welding Supply Main Stage to live music on the pop-up Cabo Wabo Cantina stage and DJ sets at the Red Rocker Bar, the inaugural festival brings together Grammy-winning classic and hard rockers with ska, punk, and indie emerging bands.

In addition, fans can take Hula, Tahitian, and country line dancing lessons at The Red Rocker Bar, compete in the corn hole toss and limbo dance tournaments, relax and soak in the rays at Bikini Beach and more.

ENCORE WELDING SUPPLY MAIN STAGE (MUSIC)
SIR, PLEASE:  12:35 PM
DREW HAGAR:  1:10 PM
DEAD MERMAIDS ft. TRE COOL:  2:00 PM
ROGER CLYNE AND THE PEACEMAKERS:  2:50 PM
REEL BIG FISH:  3:50 PM
CAR SHOW AWARDS:  4:35 PM
REO SPEEDWAGON:  5:05 PM
SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE:   6:55 PM

CABO WABO CANTINA
Live bands all day including performances from Tijuana Dogs, Southland Party Band, and Bullets & Octane

RED ROCKER BAR
*All day DJ with dance floor
Red Rocker Bar Stage Schedule:
HULA DANCE LESSON:  1:00 PM
LIMBO CONTEST:  1:40 PM
TAHITIAN DANCE LESSON:  2:00 PM
LIMBO CONTEST:  2:40 PM
HULA DANCE LESSON: 3:00 PM
TAHITIAN DANCE LESSON:  4:00 PM
COUNTRY LINE DANCING: 5:00 PM
COUNTRY LINE DANCING: 6:00 PM

CORN HOLE TOURNAMENTS
Arrive early to sign up for the free corn hole tournament. One winner from the first tournament will win a backstage tour and meet & greet with Sammy Hagar. Due to concert timing, the winner of the second tournament will receive prizes.
Free Registration:  12:00 (Noon) - 12:30 PM
Tournament 1: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Tournament 2: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

THE HIGH TIDE CAR SHOW
Sammy Hagar and the High Tide team have organized an ultra diverse collection of rare, high performance and iconic cars to showcase on the car show drive from 12 (Noon) – 6:00 PM. International personality and celebrity pinstriper Von Hot Rod will kick-off the car show festivities by hosting the "Von Hot Rod Panel presented by MuscleKingz” at 12:00 PM on the Encore Welding Supply Main Stage.

ENCORE WELDING SUPPLY MAIN STAGE (CAR PANEL)
VON HOT ROD CAR GUY PANEL presented by MuscleKingz:  12:00 PM
HOSTED BY: VON HOT ROD with PANEL INCLUDING:
MIKE SPAGNOLA (VP of SEMA)
AARON HAGAR (Rat Runners Garage)
RALPH HOLGUIN (RMD Garage TV Show on Velocity)
MIKE BREWER (Wheeler Dealer on Discovery Channel)
ANT ANSTEAD (Wheeler Dealer on Discovery Channel)
ROBERT WILSON (Custom Builder, Social Media Influencer)

CAR SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
Sammy Hagar’s 1982 Ferrari BB512 from his “I Can’t Drive 55” video
Billy Gibbons’ (ZZ TOP) 1983 Chevrolet El Camino
1969 ‘Axis Camaro’ (SEMA royalty) built by the Roadster Shop
The Vicious Stang known as ‘The Million Dollar Mustang’
Gary Corns’ Radial Engine 1939 Plymouth (ft. on Jay Leno’s Garage)
Discovery Channel’s ‘Twin Turbos’ Brad and Doug Deberti

HIGH TIDE FOOD & DRINKS
Sammy’s world famous CABO WABO CANTINA is opening their first-ever pop-up beach outpost, complete with a taco stand, live stage and bar – and they’re flying Chef Jorge Viana from the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to prepare his award-winning Arrachera (skirt steak) and Shrimp Tacos.

Also, Phil Willis from the TV series “Bar Rescue” will be a guest bartender, making surprise appearances throughout the day.

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
Outback Steakhouse will be serving their famous ribs, chicken and other Australian-inspired steakhouse favorites.

RED ROCKER BAR
Featuring refreshing and buzz-worthy cocktails made with Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, Santo Mezquila and more.

TOWNE PARK’S CRAFT BEER POP UP BAR
Join one of SoCal’s premium craft brewers for a cold pint on the beach.

CORONA BEACH BAR
Enjoy beach games, activities, photo ops and more courtesy of Corona Pacifico.
REDHEAD LOUNGE: (VIP lounge sponsored by Gatorwraps)
SAMMY’S BEACH BAR: (VIP lounge sponsored by Gatorwraps)

VIP LOUNGE SPONSORED BY GATORWRAPS
All VIP purchasers will enjoy the VIP Lounge courtesy of Gatorwraps. Amenities include: VIP Access to Exclusive VIP Lounge, Sammy Hagar's High Tide Beach Party & Car Show Exclusive Commemorative Laminate, Sammy Hagar's High Tide Beach Party & Car Show Exclusive Beach Towel, (1) Voucher to the Cabo Wabo Taco Bar, (1) Voucher for Featured Sammy's Beach Bar Rum or Santo Mezquila Cocktail, Complimentary water in VIP Lounge, Exclusive VIP Restrooms, Exclusive VIP Entrance Lanes, Access to Exclusive VIP Lounge.

EXCLUSIVE HAPPY HOUR, AFTER PARTY & SUNDAY BOOZY BRUNCH
On Friday, October 5 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, music personality and TV host Matt Pinfield will host a High Tide Happy Hour Kick-off Party at 2nd Floor in downtown Huntington Beach. One lucky party-goer will win a backstage meet & greet with Sammy Hagar at the High Tide Beach Party. 2nd Floor is located at 126 Main St Huntington Beach, CA 92648.

When High Tide wraps, fans can join the exclusive After Party at BLK in Huntington Beach from 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM (Sunday).  Hosted and DJ’d by radio personality Eddie Trunk, fans can dance into the morning hours and have a chance to be featured on an episode of Trunkfest with Eddie Trunk.

On Sunday, October 7, if you’re still in town and want to continue the High Tide Beach Party join a Boozy Brunch @ BLK from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  BLK is located at Pierside Pavilion, 300 Pacific Coast Hwy, and Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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The first 2,500 fans who enter the High Tide Beach Party gates will receive free door prizes and can enter for a chance to win items from K&N, MuscleKingz, Optima batteries including an electric bike from Al & Ed’s Autosound (valued at $1,500), a performance exhaust from Gibson (valued at $999), a beach cruiser bike from Soul Beach Cruiser (valued at $899), and more.

Also, Sammy Hagar’s Rock & Roll Road Trip will be filming a special High Tide Beach Party episode which will be featured during Season 4 and Eddie Trunk will be filming for season 2 of his show “TrunkFest with Eddie Trunk” both on AXS TV.

PARKING & SHUTTLE SERVICE
Rideshare: pickup/drop-off at the beach at Magnolia and the PCH only, just inside the gates.
Parking - Beach parking is expected to sell out early. Starting at 10:30 am offsite parking will be available at the Orange County Fairgrounds 88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Shuttle Service – Shuttle service is available for $10 ticket on the High Tide website for round trip shuttle service to/from High Tide. Shuttle hours are from 10:30 AM – 11:00 PM. Shuttle pickup and drop-off will be available at the OC Fairgrounds, The Waterfront Beach Resort, Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel, and Pasea Hotel and Spa.

For more information, visit https://www.hightidebeachparty.com.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Rush Tribute Featuring Drummer Mike Portnoy In The Works

Drummer Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo,Winery Dogs, Flying Colors) will join the Pan Rocks steel drum orchestra this Fall to record a tribute to Rush.  

“I am excited to take part in this unique musical experience, which is unlike anything I have done yet in my career,” Portnoy says. “And, it is always an honor to pay tribute to one of my biggest inspirations, my hero and friend, Mr. Neil Peart.”

Pan Rocks is a 50 to 100 plus piece steel drum orchestra, founded by rock steelpannist Tracy Thornton. The Rush recording is a follow up to the 2017 Pan Rocks Project, LA, which featured the music of Led Zeppelin, KISS, and Jane’s Addiction, all performed by the steel drum orchestra and a band consisting of Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Sons Of Apollo), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros), Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), and Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad).

Thornton has once again called on Matt Starr (Mr. Big, Ace Frehley) to produce the new project.

“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to help Tracy realize his vision for this amazing project,” says Starr. “Hearing 50 steel pan drummers play Rush is just mind blowing. I can’t wait for everyone else experience it.”

Pan Rocks, made up of steelpannists from around the world, has partnered with Pledge Music for its crowdfunding campaign. For more information, and to help support the project, visit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/panrocksrush.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to celebrate the music of Rush, the band that inspired me to become a musician in the first place,” said Tracy Thornton, adding: “My goal is to keep pushing the boundaries and highlighting the capabilities of steelpan instrument in the rock and roll genre, and reach more music enthusiasts. Ultimately, we are working towards a touring show with both Western and traditional Trinidadian Carnival elements.”

Recording the still untitled Rush tribute album will take place at Ocean Studios Burbank in Los Angeles. The project will be mixed by Smiley Sean (APC, Mötley Crüe), and mastered by Grammy Award winning mastering engineer Dave Collins (Metallica, the Police).

For updates, visit www.facebook.com/panrocksshow and www.panrocksrush.com.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Beatles Recording Engineer Geoff Emerick Dies At 72

Geoff Emerick, the imaginative recording engineer who was one of the architects of the Beatles' legendary recordings and worked with them on their early hits and their later albums, has died from a massive heart attack. He was 72. Emerick's death was confirmed by his manager William Zabaleta in a statement posted online. 

“Today, at around 2'o'clock, I was making my way back from Arizona to Los Angeles to go pick up Geoff so we could transport some gold records and platinum plaques to our show in Tucson,” Zabaleta said. “While on the phone with Geoff Emerick, he had complications, dropped the phone. At that point I called 911, but by the time they got there it was too late. So Geoff suffered from heart problems for a long time. He had a pacemaker and when it's your time, it's your time. We lost a legend and a best friend to me and a mentor. That's all I can say on the matter.” Emerick was due to appear at a show Oct. 6 in Tucson called Emerick's London Revival to talk about his work with the Fab Four. 

His agent, David Maida, also issued a statement on his website. “Thank You GEOFF EMERICK for being YOU. Though my heart is broken, you will remain in the hearts of many infinite. I am SO blessed to have gotten to know you and hear your wonderful stories along with the many laughs. YOU were a great man besides you being such an innovator. I am also happy that I called you SIR Geoff Emerick as you will always be a true Knight in my book. Rest In Peace my dear friend.”

Remembered as an innovator behind the desk, Emerick was just 15 when he began working at Abbey Road Studios. He was assistant engineer on such songs as “Love Me Do”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” Just prior to turning 19, he became the Beatles' main engineer and helmed Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road, and much of Magical Mystery Tour and The Beatles (The White Album), which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its release this year with an expansive box set. 

Later, he worked on recordings with Elvis Costello, Michael Jackson, The Zombies, Cheap Trick, Stevie Wonder and many more.

During his career, Emerick won four Grammy Awards – three for best engineered album, for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road and the Paul McCartney and Wings album Band on the Run and a 2003 technical Grammy for “pushing the boundaries of studio recording techniques of creativity and imagination.” He was the author of at 2006 autobiography Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles.

Beatles author Kenneth Womack of Monmouth University, the site of an International Symposium on the Beatles' White Album Nov. 8-11 where Emerick was scheduled to be a guest, said, “Geoff Emerick was one of the most innovative sound engineers of our times, always eager to push the sonic boundaries in order to meet his artists’ expectations, no matter how profound or difficult. One need only look to his first session as the Beatles’ engineer in 1966, when he worked the session for ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ and dared to capture the sound of John Lennon singing like the Dalai Lama on some faraway mountaintop." Womack is the author of a two-volume biography of Beatles producer Sir George Martin, Maximum Volume and Sound Pictures.

Denny Laine, a member of Paul McCartney and Wings, tweeted tonight, “We received very sad news today, old friend, Geoff Emerick, passed away. Our condolences to his family. Geoff was a brilliant engineer and a fine man. He was enjoying his work and masterclasses.”

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

ZZ Top's Billy F Gibbons Charts Solo Album, Preps For Tour

Released on September 21 by Concord Records, The Big Bad Blues, the second solo album from ZZ Top front man and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Billy F Gibbons, has taken the charts by storm, debuting in the Top 5 thrice over. 

In its first week, the Texas guitar legend’s new release earned a #1 spot on Billboard’s Americana/Folk chart, #2 on the Blues chart, and #5 in Current Rock. Gibbons will embark on a North American tour starting October 13, playing The Big Bad Blues for fans far and wide.

“1, 2, and 5 are now, officially, our lucky numbers,” Gibbons stated. “We’re delighted that the response to the new offering has been as strong as it has. We always say, ‘You can’t lose with the blues’ and this proves it! Our great touring band with Austin Hanks on six string and Matt Sorum behind the skins is rehearsed and ready to roll.  We’re looking forward to bringing The Blues -- and believe us when we say they’ll be ‘Big’ and ‘Bad’ -- to you live and in person soon.”

The Big Bad Blues focuses on Gibbons’ long standing love of the blues, catalyzed early in life when his father took him to a B.B. King recording session in his hometown of Houston when he was just eight years old. The album features 11 tracks balancing some classic covers like “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and “Standing Around Crying,” along with numerous new blues originals.

In the meantime, check out the Billy F Gibbons 'The Big Bad Blues Tour' schedule below:

10/13 - Riverside Casino & Golf Resort® - Riverside, IA             
10/14 - Mystic Lake Casino Hotel - Prior Lake, MN
10/16 - House of Blues Chicago - Chicago, IL               
10/17 - The Bluestone - Columbus, OH         
10/18 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO           
10/20 - Honeywell Center - Wabash, IN             
10/21 - Agora Theater & Ballroom - Cleveland, OH         
10/23 - Centre in the Square - Kitchener, ON           
10/25 - Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH                 
10/26 - The Cabot - Beverly, MA             
10/28 - The Paramount - Huntington, NY       
10/30 - Iridium - New York, NY           
10/31 - Iridium - New York, NY           
11/01 - Pearl Street Warehouse - Washington, DC       
11/03 - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall - Ponte Vedra, FL       
11/05 - Capitol Theatre - Clearwater, FL         
11/06 - House of Blues Orlando - Lake Buena Vista, FL
11/07 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
11/09 - Revention Music Center - Houston, TX             
11/10 - Billy Bob’s Texas - Fort Worth, TX           
11/11 - The Aztec Theatre - San Antonio, TX       
11/13 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ               
11/15 - Belly Up - Solana Beach, CA   
11/16 - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV         
11/18 - Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA
12/28 - Antone’s - Austin, TX               
12/29 - Antone’s - Austin, TX     

Monday, October 1, 2018

Bruce Springsteen Sits In With Social Distortion At Asbury Park Fest

Attendees of Asbury Park’s inaugural Sea. Hear. Now. Festival were treated to a surprise guest during Social Distortion’s set Sunday night: local legend Bruce Springsteen.

Social D singer Mike Ness set the mood by introducing that a guest would join the group to “sing a song or two.”

“Do you know who I’m talking about?” he asked the crowd, already chanting a chorus of “Broooooooce.”

Dressed in a checkered, short-sleeved shirt, Springsteen strapped on a guitar and joined the group for a three-song knockout of “Bad Luck,” joining in on a verse and adding a scorching guitar lead for good measure.

Springsteen remained on stage for two more songs — “Misery Loves Company” and Social Distortion’s punk rock cover of the Johnny Cash nugget, “Ring of Fire.”

Springsteen and Ness have shared the stage before. Ness joined The Boss at the Los Angeles Sports Arena at an April show in 2009 for a performance of “Bad Luck” and “The Rising.”

Springsteen had also previously joined Ness with his solo group, The Mike Ness Band, in Asbury Park prior to the 2009 gig, according to the blog Springsteen and Us. “But for me to do two songs with the E Street Band in front of his crowd, that’s an entirely different thing,” Ness said at the time. Ness added that it was Springsteen’s choice to do “Bad Luck.” “He likes to solo on that riff.”

Some 30 bands performed at the two-day festival this weekend, including top acts like Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Incubus and Blondie. Other acts included Kaleo, Jesse Malin, Brandi Carlile, G. Love and Special Sauce, Milky Chance, The English Beat, Nicole Atkins and festival co-founder Danny Clinch’s band, Tangiers Blues Band. Clinch is a noted rock photographer and director, having shot Springsteen for the cover of Variety and directed the Pearl Jam documentary, “Let’s Play Two,” at Wrigley Field.

The festival, which also featured a pop up art gallery, was produced by Danny Clinch’s Between The Sets and C3 Presents, the team behind Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Shaky Festivals and more.

The beachside gathering featured three stages. Two were located on the beach and the other was at Bradley Park across from the Paramount Theatre.


Friday, September 28, 2018

Marty Balin, Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder, Passes

Marty Balin, a co-founder of Jefferson Airplane and a member of its later incarnation Jefferson Starship, whose high and soulful voice defined many of both groups’ songs, died Thursday, his rep confirmed. He was 76; the cause of death was not announced.

His wife, Susan Joy Balin, was “by his side,” according to the announcement.

Although Balin had his greatest impact as one of the architects of the musical counterculture during his 1965-71 tenure in Jefferson Airplane, he had his greatest commercial success when he rejoined the remnants of that group a few years later in Jefferson Starship, as the sole lead singer on both of that band’s singles to reach the top 10, “Miracles” in 1975 and “Count on Me” in 1978.

He was a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, having been inducted with other members of the Airplane in 1996. It was 20 years later that the band received the Recording Academy’s lifetime achievement award, with Patti Smith writing in the Grammy Awards’ program book about her appreciation for “the soaring combination of Grace Slick’s acerbic wit and fearless charisma and the romantic purity of Marty Balin.”

Born Martyn Jerel Buchwald, Balin was a young folksinger in San Francisco when he formed a band with fellow folkie Paul Kantner, who specialized in 12-string guitar. The pair teamed up with guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, bassist Jack Casady, drummer Skip Spence and singer Signe Anderson as the Jefferson Airplane and released their debut album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, in 1966. Anderson and Spence soon left the band and were replaced by Grace Slick and Spencer Dryden, respectively, and the group’s 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow — featuring the Slick-sung hits “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love,” along with several songs co-written by Balin — vaulted the group into super stardom. The harmonies between Slick, Balin and Kantner became a signature of the group’s sound.

Balin was a galvanizing member of both the band and the San Francisco scene, and in 1965 helped launch a club in the city called the Matrix that hosted many groups of the era, ranging from the Airplane, the Doors and Janis Joplin to the Velvet Underground. He sold his interest in the club after the Airplane’s star began to rise.

Jefferson Airplane issued several more albums into the early 1970s and played at both Woodstock and Altamont (where he was famously knocked out by a Hell’s Angel after trying to intervene amid the violence).

The group splintered in the early 1970s but several members, including Slick and Kantner, reunited as Jefferson Starship in the mid-‘70s, and Balin was persuaded to reunite with his former partners during the recording of their debut album. His high tenor voice became a centerpiece of the group’s sound via hits like “Miracles” and “With Your Love.” That group splintered as well before reuniting without Balin several years later as a pure pop outfit under the abbreviated name Starship.

Balin went solo and enjoyed a top 10 hit of his own in 1981 with the song “Hearts.” In 1989, he joined up with a short-lived Airplane reunion tour and returned four years later to Jefferson Starship, finally leaving for good in 2008. His final solo album, The Greatest Love, was released in early 2016.

He underwent open-heart surgery in 2016 and later sued New York’s Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital for medical malpractice, claiming multiple injuries from the operations. Balin’s illness rendered him unable to attend the Grammys when the Airplane was awarded lifetime achievement honors, but he released a statement at the time, saying, “”I am grateful for the beautiful musical journey my life continues to take. To all my fellow Jefferson Airplane Band members, through its various metamorphoses, I thank you for a dream come true.”

In a statement, Susan and Balin’s family issued a statement that noted how Balin “also enjoyed painting all his life. He painted vibrant, large-scale portraits of many of the most influential musicians and good friends Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jerry Garcia, to name a few.”

“Marty was the one who started the San Francisco scene,” says Bill Thompson, Balin’s roommate back in the mid-’60s and former manager of both Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.

“Back in those days Marty was quite the businessman,” said Paul Kantner, who passed away in 2016. “He was the leader of the band on that level. He was the one who pushed us to do all the business stuff, orchestrating, thinking ahead, looking for managers and club opportunities. He was very good at it.”

Balin is survived by Susan, daughters Jennifer Edwards and Delaney Balin, and stepdaughters Rebekah Geier and Moriah Geier.

“Marty and I shared the deepest of love — he often called it Nirvana — and it was,” Susan Balin said in a statement. “But really, we were all touched by his love. His presence will be within my entire being forever.”

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Led Zeppelin Celebrates 50th Anniversary With New Digital Releases

Fifty years ago this week, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant convened in Olympic Studios in London to begin recording their debut album as Led Zeppelin. A mere 36 hours in the studio followed and Led Zeppelin was complete. Produced by Jimmy Page, the album was released in January 1969 on Atlantic Records and commenced one of the most legendary canons in rock 'n' roll history. 

To celebrate this historic golden anniversary, the band unveiled three new digital-only releases today on all digital download and streaming platforms.

LED ZEPPELIN X LED ZEPPELIN is a comprehensive, career-spanning 30-track collection traversing all eight of the band's landmark studio albums including definitive tracks such as "Immigrant Song," "Whole Lotta Love," "Kashmir," "Ramble On," and "Stairway To Heaven."  The set also includes the "Sunset Sound Mix" of "Rock And Roll," making its digital debut here after being released for the first time earlier this year on Record Store Day as a limited edition 7-inch vinyl single, which is now the best-selling release in Record Store Day history. 

AN INTRODUCTION TO LED ZEPPELIN, serves as a 10-track entry point to one of the most essential catalogs in rock 'n' roll and features all the previously mentioned classic songs along with "Black Dog," "Good Times Bad Times," "Going To California," and "Over The Hills And Far Away." 

The final release is the digital version of the band's first ever Record Store Day release, which was produced by Page and previously available earlier this year as a limited edition 7-inch vinyl single. The two-track set features the digital debut of the "Olympic Studios Mix" of "Friends," a stripped down version without the orchestration of the final mix, along with the aforementioned "Rock And Roll" (Sunset Sound Mix). 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Blondie To Play Cuba In 2019

Blondie will be playing two nights in Cuba next March as part of a four-day cultural exchange program, and fans can come along. The iconic rock group announced Monday (Sept. 24) that they will play two concerts during their March 14-18 visit in Havana, which will also feature Cuban musicians Alain Perez, David Torrens and Sintesis.

The organizer, Dreamcatcher Events, is licensed as required under current U.S. travel restrictions to Cuba. The program will also include visits to Cuban museums and cultural institutions, studios and galleries and photography and architecture tours. Pricing for the trip, which includes a hotel reservation, ranges from $2,700 to $5,600.

Blondie drummer Clem Burke says the band has been experimenting with Caribbean sounds for years on songs like, “Rapture” and “The Tide Is High” and they’ve always loved Cuban music.

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Beatles 'White Album' Celebrates 50 Years With Major Reissue

In November 1968, millions of double LPs were shipped to record stores worldwide ahead of that tumultuous year’s most anticipated music event: the November 22nd release of The BEATLES (soon to be better known as The White Album). With their ninth studio album, the Beatles took the world on a whole new trip, side one blasting off with the exhilarating rush of a screaming jet escorting Paul McCartney’s punchy, exuberant vocals on “Back In The U.S.S.R.” “Dear Prudence” came next, John Lennon warmly beckoning his friend and all of us to “look around.” George Harrison imparted timeless wisdom in “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” singing, “With every mistake we must surely be learning.” Ringo Starr’s “Don’t Pass Me By” marked his first solo songwriting credit on a Beatles album. 

For 50 years, The White Album has invited its listeners to venture forth and explore the breadth and ambition of its music, delighting and inspiring each new generation in turn. On November 9, the Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented White Album packages (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe). The album’s 30 tracks are newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio, joined by 27 early acoustic demos and 50 session takes, most of which are previously unreleased in any form.

“We had left Sgt. Pepper’s band to play in his sunny Elysian Fields and were now striding out in new directions without a map,” says Paul McCartney in his written introduction for the new White Album releases.


This is the first time The BEATLES (White Album) has been remixed and presented with additional demos and session recordings. The album’s sweeping new edition follows 2017’s universally acclaimed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition releases. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes for The White Album, Martin and Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London. All the new ‘White Album’ releases include Martin’s new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes. Martin’s new mix is guided by the album’s original stereo mix produced by his father, George Martin.

“In remixing The White Album, we’ve tried to bring you as close as possible to the Beatles in the studio,” explains Giles Martin in his written introduction for the new edition. “We’ve peeled back the layers of the ‘Glass Onion’ with the hope of immersing old and new listeners into one of the most diverse and inspiring albums ever made.”

The BEATLES (White Album) releases include:

Super Deluxe: The comprehensive, individually numbered 7-disc and digital audio collections feature:
CDs 1 & 2: The BEATLES (White Album)2018 stereo album mix
CD3: Esher Demos
- Esher Demo tracks 1 through 19 sequenced in order of the finished song’s placement on ‘The White Album.’ Tracks 20-27 were not included on the album.
CDs 4, 5 & 6: Sessions
- 50 additional recordings, most previously unreleased, from White Album studio sessions; all newly mixed from the four-track and eight-track session tapes, sequenced in order of their recording start dates.
Blu-ray:
- 2018 album mix in high resolution PCM stereo
- 2018 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 album mix
- 2018 Dolby True HD 5.1 album mix
- 2018 direct transfer of the album’s original mono mix

Deluxe: The BEATLES (White Album) 2018 stereo album mix + Esher Demos
The 3CD; 180-gram 4LP vinyl box set (limited edition); and digital audio collections pair the 2018 stereo album mix with the 27 Esher Demos.

Standard 2LP Vinyl: The BEATLES (White Album) 2018 stereo mix
180-gram 2LP vinyl in gatefold sleeve with faithfully replicated original artwork

The minimalist artwork for The White Album was created by artist Richard Hamilton, one of Britain’s leading figures in the creation and rise of pop art. The top-loading gatefold sleeve’s stark white exterior had ‘The BEATLES’ embossed on the front and printed on the spine with the album’s catalogue number. Early copies of The White Album were also individually numbered on the front, which has also been done for the new edition’s Super Deluxe package.

The set’s six CDs and Blu-ray disc are housed in a slip-sleeved 164-page hardbound book, with pull-out reproductions of the original album’s four glossy color portrait photographs of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, as well as the album’s large fold-out poster with a photo collage on one side and lyrics on the other. The beautiful book is illustrated with rare photographs, reproductions of handwritten and notated lyrics, previously unpublished photos of recording sheets and tape boxes, and reproduced original White Album print ads.

The book’s comprehensive written pieces include new introductions by Paul McCartney and Giles Martin, and in-depth chapters covering track-by-track details and session notes reflecting the Beatles’ year between the release of Sgt. Pepper and recording sessions for The White Album, the band’s July 28 1968 “Mad Day Out” photo shoot in locations around London, the album artwork, the lead-up and execution of the album’s blockbuster release, and its far-ranging influence, written by Beatles historian, author and radio producer Kevin Howlett; journalist and author John Harris; and Tate Britain’s Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Andrew Wilson.

The Deluxe 3CD is presented in an embossed digipak with the fold-out poster and portrait photos, plus a 24-page booklet abridged from the Super Deluxe book. Presented in a lift-top box with a four-page booklet, the limited edition Deluxe 4LP vinyl set presents the 2LP album in a faithful, embossed reproduction of its original gatefold sleeve with the fold-out poster and portrait photos, paired with the 2LP Esher Demos in an embossed gatefold sleeve.

Much of the initial songwriting for The White Album was done in Rishikesh, India between February and April 1968, when the four Beatles joined a course at the Maharishi’s Academy of Transcendental Meditation. In a postcard to Ringo, who had returned to England before the others, John wrote, “we’ve got about two L.P.s worth of songs now so get your drums out.”

During the last week of May, the Beatles gathered at Harrison’s house in Esher, Surrey, where they recorded acoustic demos for 27 songs. Known as the Esher Demos, all 27 recordings are included in the new edition’s Deluxe and Super Deluxe packages, sourced from the original four-track tapes. Twenty-one of the demoed songs were recorded during the subsequent studio sessions, and 19 were ultimately finished and included on The White Album.

The Beatles’ studio sessions for The White Album began on May 30, 1968, at Abbey Road Studios. In the 20 weeks that followed, The Beatles devoted most of their time to sessions there for the new album, with some recording also done at Trident Studios. The final session for the album took place at Abbey Road on October 16, a 24-hour marathon with producer George Martin to sequence the double album’s four sides and to complete edits and cross-fades between its songs. The Beatles’ approach to recording for ‘The White Album’ was quite different from what they had done for ‘Sgt. Pepper.’ Rather than layering individually overdubbed parts on a multi-track tape, many of the ‘White Album’ session takes were recorded to four-track and eight-track tape as group performances with a live lead vocal. The Beatles often recorded take after take for a song, as evidenced by the Super Deluxe set’s Take 102 for “Not Guilty,” a song that was not included on the album. This live-take recording style resulted in a less intricately structured, more unbridled album that would shift the course of rock music and cut a path for punk and indie rock.

The Beatles’ newly adopted method of recording all through the night was time consuming and exhausting for their producer, George Martin. Martin had other duties, including his management of AIR (Associated Independent Recording), and he had also composed the orchestral score for The Beatles’ animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, released in July 1968. After the first three months of ‘White Album’ sessions, Martin took a three-week holiday from the studio, entrusting the control room to his young assistant Chris Thomas and balance engineer Ken Scott. Scott had taken the place of engineer Geoff Emerick, who left the sessions in mid-July. On August 22, Ringo Starr also left the sessions, returning 11 days later to find his drum kit adorned with flowers from his bandmates. While the sessions’ four and a half months of long hours and many takes did spark occasional friction in the studio, the session recordings reveal the closeness, camaraderie, and collaborative strengths within the band, as well as with George Martin.

The BEATLES (White Album) was the first Beatles album to be released on the group’s own Apple Records label. Issued in both stereo and mono for the U.K. and in stereo for the U.S., the double album was an immediate bestseller, entering the British chart at number one and remaining there for eight of the 22 weeks it was listed. ‘The White Album’ also debuted at number one on the U.S. chart, holding the top spot for nine weeks of its initial 65-week chart run.

In his glowing White Album review for Rolling Stone, the magazine’s co-founder Jann Wenner declared: “It is the best album they have ever released, and only the Beatles are capable of making a better one.” In the U.S., The White Album is 19-times platinum-certified by the RIAA and in 2000, it was inducted into the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY® Hall of Fame, recognizing “recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance.”

Friday, September 21, 2018

Guide To Tomorrow's Farm Aid 2018 In Hartford

Farm Aid 2018 is shaping up to be a memorable day for the sellout crowd of 24,000 people in Hartford, Connecticut. If you won't be there, you can still be a part of the excitement!

Here are ways to join in at home:

  • Online: Stream video of Farm Aid 2018 at farmaid.org, from 3pm - 11pm EDT on September 22. Tune in for live performances from the stage and stories from Connecticut family farmers.
  • Television: Watch AXS TV's broadcast beginning at 7pm EDT.
  • Radio: Tune into Willie Nelson's SiriusXM channel (59), Willie's Roadhouse, for all the music plus backstage interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage of the event starting at noon EDT.

Here's a step-by-step guide to a stellar Farm Aid festival!

Get the details with the Farm Aid 2018 app: Get the Farm Aid 2018 app for iPhone and Android to create your personal schedule for the day; find out where you're going with the festival map; check out the HOMEGROWN food and drink offerings; read about the hands-on activities in the HOMEGROWN Village; and learn about Farmer Heroes.

Get your hands dirty: With dozens of exhibitors, the HOMEGROWN Village is where you can engage in hands-on food and farm activities, art projects and games. You'll see farm machinery, robotics demonstrations and walk through a giant soil tunnel to learn about the ground under your feet. Bring seeds for our seed swap, learn how to turn common wildflowers into beautiful colored dyes, and make cheese at home!

Meet a Farmer: Celebrate family farmers and they're all around you at Farm Aid 2018! Look for people wearing the backstage pass marked “Farmer,” enjoy their food at HOMEGROWN Concessions®, and hear from them on the FarmYard stage.

Hear from the experts: Head to the FarmYard stage, in the HOMEGROWN Village, to hear farmers and artists discuss pressing issues and share inspiring stories showcasing food and farming in the region and across the country. Take a listen and learn a lot!

Eat HOMEGROWN: HOMEGROWN Concessions® serves you family farm-identified, local and organic foods at major concert events. Options include: fish tacos and seafood ceviche; stone fruit salad; skewered Brussels sprouts; grass fed beef classic cheeseburgers; a beet sandwich on locally baked brioche, and many more delicious options!

Make Soil: Passionate about composting and recycling? All of packaging and utensils can go right in the compost bin. the Farm Aid Green Team is there to help you make sure your waste goes in the right place!

Wear the mission on your T-shirt: Take home an organic cotton Farm Aid T-shirt, hoodie, or hat (which all make their debut in the Farm Aid online store) and show off your farm fresh style.

Chat with a volunteer: Hundreds of folks donate their time to pitch in and create an incredible Farm Aid experience for all festival goers. Farm Aid team members in the volunteer t-shirts are ready to help out in any way!

Reach out to your neighbors: Music and food bring people together. Whether you're in line for a Patchwork Family Farms pork chop, spreading your blanket on the lawn, or swapping seeds in the HOMEGROWN Village, strike up a conversation and make some new friends.

Eat some crunchy apples at the HOMEGROWN Youthmarket: It's a farm stand run by young people who care about agriculture. This year they'll be selling local apples, pears and peaches from Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Connecticut, and juices from Red Jacket Orchards of Geneva, New York.

Support the mission: Make a donation at one of the donation booths (or right here online) and show family farmers you stand with them.

Have fun and spread the word: Tell your friends and family about your Farm Aid experience by posting about #farmaid2018 and your #Road2FarmAid on social media.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Previously Unreleased Tom Petty Song 'Gainesville' Out Today

“Gainesville” is the latest track to be revealed from the upcoming, career-spanning Tom Petty box set An American Treasure. The never before released song was recorded in 1998 during Tom Petty and The HeartbreakersEcho sessions. Listen to the track below.


“Keep A Little Soul,” the lead single from An American Treasure, has not only been the biggest and fastest #1 for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, but it also took the biggest jump to #1 in his career (from #5-#1). Although, Petty and the band have topped the airplay charts many times over the years, this is their first Triple A radio #1 in over 12 years and the the most spins ever in a single week at the format. Tom is also the first artist in the history of the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart to reach the top 10 posthumously.

An American Treasure, the first release of Tom Petty music since the artist’s tragic passing last year, will be released next Friday, September 28 on Reprise Records. The 60-track set unveils previously unreleased recordings, alternate versions of classic songs, rarities, historic live performances and deep tracks that spotlight Tom’s remarkable depth and evolution as a revered and tremendously influential songwriter, recording artist and performer.

Petty’s daughter Adria and wife Dana were the primary catalysts for the commission, creation and release of An American Treasure­ — a tribute and love letter pointing to the music in between the hits, and a strong musical portrait of the person they know in their hearts. Adria and Dana both serve as the project’s executive producers, and, together with Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, and his studio collaborator, Ryan Ulyate, curated the box set’s track list from Petty’s rich song catalog. Campbell, Tench and Ulyate also produced An American Treasure.

The creation of An American Treasure was a true labor of love, as Adria Petty and Dana Petty explain, “Everyone involved in this project chose each track with tremendous care and deep respect for the body of work Tom Petty created over the course of 40 years.  He also accumulated a wealth of unreleased music in his vaults, and we have collectively uncovered one gem after another that will keep us all listening and discovering new facets of Tom’s talent for many years to come. We can’t wait to share with Tom’s fans this musical portrait of an artist who deeply affected our culture and indelibly touched the lives of fans the world over.”

An American Treasure will be released in multiple formats, including a Deluxe Edition 4-CD set, a Super Deluxe Limited Edition—A 4-CD set, A vinyl 6-LP set, and a Standard Edition 2-CD set.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Prep For New Album Release

As Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators ready the release of their third album this week, titled Living The Dream (out Friday, September 21), Slash will join comedian, actor and host Marc Maron on “WTF with MARC MARON” this Thursday, September 20, listen to the show HERE

Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators just launched their North American headlining tour and will visit 20 major cities before ending October 16 back in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium, all tickets HERE

The new album Living The Dream is available for pre order HERE

The group unveiled the new song “My Antidote” (see below), following “Mind Your Manners” and the first single “Driving Rain,” now Top 10 at Rock Radio this week. “Driving Rain” is now the band’s 6th consecutive Top 10 single at radio and Slash’s fastest-rising single in his solo career, yet. 


Living The Dream, out via Slash’s Snakepit Records (a partnership w/Roadrunner Records), is the new full-length offering from the group which, in addition to Slash and singer Myles Kennedy, also includes bassist Todd Kerns, drummer Brent Fitz and, making his recorded debut after several years of live work with The Conspirators, rhythm guitarist Frank Sidoris.

Slash and his band re-teamed with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Iggy Pop, Incubus) for their third album resulting in the band’s strongest collective statement to date following World on Fire and 2012’s Apocalyptic Love.

From the barnstorming, high-octane riffery of opener “Call of the Wild” to the wah-drenched funk rock of “Read Between the Lines,” the haunting majesty of “Lost Inside the Girl” to the swaggering deep-in-the-pocket Seventies grooves of “Serve You Right,” to the stately, quasi-classical melodic themes of “The Great Pretender,” Living The Dream packs a compendium of sounds and styles into 12 tightly arranged and sharply executed tracks, all of it shot through with Slash’s trademark electrifying and dynamic riffing and high-wire, lyrical solos.

See Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators tour dates below. All tickets HERE.