Friday, March 30, 2018

John Prine's "God Only Knows," Single From First New Album In 13 Years, Premieres

John Prine’s new song “God Only Knows,” is out now. Written by Prine and Phil Spector and with Jason Isbell on slide guitar/background vocals and Amanda Shires on fiddle/background vocals, “God Only Knows” is the third track unveiled from Prine’s The Tree of Forgiveness—his first album featuring new material in over 13 years. Check out “God Only Knows” below. 
Out April 13 on his own independent label, Oh Boy Records, The Tree of Forgiveness is now available for pre-order, which includes an immediate download of “God Only Knows” as well as “Summer’s End” and “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door.”

In celebration of the release, Prine recently performed two new songs—“Caravan of Fools” and “Summer’s End”— as well as two beloved classics, “All the Best” (The Missing Years) and “Souvenirs” (Diamonds in the Rough) at NPR’s Tiny Desk. 

Of the performance, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen declares, “An American treasure came to the Tiny Desk and even premiered a new song,” and continues, “John Prine is a truly legendary songwriter. For more than 45 years the 71-year-old artist has written some of the most powerful lyrics in the American music canon…Prine’s new songs are equally powerful…” Watch the full Tiny Desk performance at

In celebration of the album, Prine will embark on an extensive tour that will span throughout 2018, including a sold out co-headline concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall with Sturgill Simpson (solo) on album release day as well as newly announced shows at L.A.’s Ace Theatre, Boston’s Wang Theatre, Austin’s Bass Hall and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (two nights). All tickets are now on-sale. See below for complete details. Every concert ticket sold will include a copy The Tree of Forgiveness (CD only) upon its release.

Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, the album includes ten new songs written by Prine along with co-writers Pat McLaughlin, Roger Cook, Dan Auerbach, Keith Sykes and Phil Spector. Along with Prine (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Cobb (acoustic guitar, mellotron, claps, kazoo) and Prine’s longtime band, the album features special guests Brandi Carlile (harmony vocals on tracks 2, 4, 10), Jason Isbell (electric guitar on track 7, slide guitar and background vocals on track 9, 10) and Amanda Shires (fiddle and background vocals on track 9, background vocals on track 10).

The landmark album and tour follow a noteworthy 2017, which included an “Artist of the Year” award at the Americana Music Honors & Awards and a Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy Award for his “Chicago Voices” performance with RenĂ©e Fleming. Last year also saw the release of Prine’s debut book, John Prine Beyond Words, which includes a selection of favorites songs, photographs and stories from Prine’s beloved catalogue. More info is available here.

A two-time Grammy-winner, Prine is among the English language’s premier phrase-turners. Almost 50 years years into a remarkable career that has drawn effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and others who would know, Prine is a smiling, shuffling force for good. He is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and a PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient whose classic debut album, simply titled John Prine, is recognized as part of the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame and whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and many others.

Following the 2015 death of his friend and business partner Al Bunetta, Prine is now President and sole owner of Oh Boy Records. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Fiona, and enjoys spending time with their three sons, a daughter-in-law and his grandchildren.

1. “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door” (by John Prine and Pat McLaughlin)
2. “I Have Met My Love Today” ft. Brandi Carlile (by John Prine and Roger Cook)
3. “Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)” (by John Prine and Pat McLaughlin)
4. “Summer’s End” (written by John Prine and Pat McLaughlin)
5. “Caravan of Fools” (by John Prine, Dan Auerbach, and Pat McLaughlin)
6. “The Lonesome Friends of Science” (by John Prine)
7. “No Ordinary Blue” (by John Prine and Keith Sykes)
8. “Boundless Love” (by John Prine, Dan Auerbach, and Pat McLaughlin)
9. “God Only Knows” (by John Prine and Phil Spector)
10. “When I Get to Heaven” (by John Prine)


April 11—Woodstock, NY—Levon’s Place (SOLD OUT)
April 13—New York, NY—Radio City Music Hall (with Sturgill Simpson)  (SOLD OUT)
April 14—Philadelphia, PA—Merriam Theatre (with Kurt Vile)
April 25—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theatre (with Milk Carton Kids)
April 27—Chicago, IL—Chicago Theatre (with Milk Carton Kids)
April 28—Champaign, IL—Virginia Theatre (with Milk Carton Kids)
May 11—Beaver Dam, KY—Beaver Dam Amphitheater* (with Tyler Childers)
May 12—Indianapolis, IN—Clowes Hall (with Tyler Childers)
May 18—Los Angeles, CA—Ace Theatre (with Sam Outlaw)
May 19—San Diego, CA—Balboa Theatre (with Sam Outlaw)
May 23—Folsom, CA—Harris Center (with Ramblin Jack)
May 24—San Francisco, CA—The Warfield (with Sam Outlaw)
June 1—Vienna, VA—Wolf Trap (with Margo Price)
June 2—Norfolk, VA—Chrysler Hall (with Margo Price)
June 8—Louisville, KY—Palace Theatre (with Colter Wall)
June 9—Cincinnati, OH—Taft Theatre (with Tyler Childers)
June 13—Burlington, VT—Flynn Theatre (with Valerie June)
June 15—Boston, MA—Wang Theatre
June 16—Concord, NH—Capitol Theatre (with Valerie June)
June 29—Dallas, TX—AT&T Center (with Amanda Shires)
June 30—Austin, TX—Bass Hall (with Amanda Shires)
July 14—Somerset, KY—Musicians Festival
July 20—Pittsburgh, PA—Heinz Hall (with Langhorne Slim)
August 2—Glasgow, U.K. – Kelvingrove Bandstand (with John Moreland)
August 3—Birmingham, U.K.—Town Hall (with John Moreland)
August 5—Cambridge, U.K.—Cambridge Folk Festival
August 8—Oslo, Norway—Konserthurst (with Tanya McCole)
August 10—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Paradiso (with Tanya McCole) (SOLD-OUT)
August 13—Dublin, Ireland—National Concert Hall (with Tanya McCole)
September 14—Huntsville, AL—Von Braum Center (with Kelsey Waldon)
September 15—Memphis, TN—Orpheum Theatre (with Kelsey Waldon)
September 19—Eugene, OR—Hult Center (with Todd Snider)
September 21—Portland, OR—Schnitzer Theatre (with Todd Snider)
September 22—Seattle, WA—Paramount Theatre (with Todd Snider)
September 28—Columbus, OH—Ohio Theatre (with Lilly Hiatt)
October 3—Knoxville, TN—Tennessee Theatre (with Kelsey Waldon)
October 5—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
October 6—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
November 7—Breckenridge, CO—Riverwalk Center (with Nathaniel Rateliff) (SOLD-OUT)
November 8—Grand Junction, CO—Avalon Theatre (with Nathaniel Rateliff) (SOLD-OUT)
November 10—Denver, CO—Buell Center (with Nathaniel Rateliff)
December 12—Las Vegas, NV—Westgate Theatre (with John Paul White)
December 14—Phoenix, AZ—Celebrity Theatre (with John Paul White)
December 15—Tucson, AZ—Fox Theatre (with John Paul White)
*tickets excluded from album bundle

Thursday, March 29, 2018

New Guitar Masters Collection Features Allan Holdsworth, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde & More

If you haven’t yet got your fill of six-string slinging, tour de force performances, then we have the collection for you! From multi-Emmy award-winning composer/producer Brian Tarquin comes Guitar Masters Collection, an extraordinary compilation of hard-to-find rarities, including tracks from the late great Allan Holdsworth, plus a rare, unheard recording by the recently departed guitar icon Larry Coryell. The album also contains cover songs “Hair” by Joe Satriani & Stanley Clarke and “I Wish” featuring former Ozzy axeman Zakk Wylde as well as Steve Vai, Chris Poland (of Megadeth), Leslie West & Hal Lindes (of Dire Straits) alongside bass masters Randy Coven and Billy Sheehan.

Guitar Player magazine editor & chief, Mike Molenda, who wrote the liner notes for this collection, states, “For fearless explorers of the musical unknown, a perfect compilation of artistry is a collection of performances that pummels your unsuspecting little ass with shock waves of awe and wonder. Rather than document the obvious -- or sate the expectations of the casual enthusiast -- every track challenges, puzzles, thrills, inspires, and, ultimately, delights the listener.”

Track List:
1. Allan Holdsworth & David Hines - Skippy
2. Larry Coryell & Brian Tarquin - Tocar Modera
3. Steve Vai & Randy Coven - Funk Me Tender
4. Zakk Wylde & Randy Coven - I Wish
5. Stanley Clarke & Joe Satriani - Hair
6. Chris Poland & Brian Tarquin - Tarquinius Maximus
7. Leslie West & Randy Coven - Mother Load
8. Hal Lindes - Ricarda
9. Allan Holdsworth & David Hines - Antilla
10. Billy Sheehan, Doug Doppler & Brian Tarquin - Blue Wind

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Cruise To The Edge 2019 Announces Lineup

Details for the sixth annual Cruise To the Edge excursion -- prog-rock's premier festival at sea hosted by Yes -- have been announced.

The 2019 Cruise To the Edge, Proggers of the Caribbean, progressive rock's preeminent fan/artist experience, kicks off its public on sale beginning today (3/28). Cabins are available at, with prices beginning at $1,299 per person, double occupancy. Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are additional and mandatory for all passengers, regardless of age.

Anchored by prog rock icons Yes, the event features some of the world's greatest prog-rock musical artists. This magical five-night cruise sails from Tampa, Florida next February 4-9th aboard Royal Caribbean's award-winning Brilliance Of The Seas, visiting two ports of call: Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico.

Joining Yes will be Steve Hackett, Mike Portnoy and newcomer Riverside, making their long-awaited debut aboard Cruise to the Edge in 2019. Finally, FISH, the respected former lead vocalist of the band Marillion, will be making a rare North American appearance and first on the cruise, performing selections from his old band along with solo material from his illustrious career.

The 2019 lineup will also feature several other iconic newcomers, including: Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater, Pendragon, Gazpacho, Brand X, Marbin, UniKuE, Magic Pie and Alan Hewitt's One Nation.Other esteemed CTTE alumni confirmed to return include: PFM, Frost, Soft Machine, Spock's Beard, Enchant, Airbag, Baraka, Electric Asturias, IO Earth, Dave Kerzner's In Continuum, District 97,and the David Cross Band.Also, special guest and new Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, John Lodge of The Moody Blues will be making his encore appearance with his 10,000 Light Years Band, playing solo material and Moody Blues favorites.Finally, UK journalist and Yes historian, Jon Kirkman, will emcee and moderate the cruise.

Beyond the sun, fun and exquisite dining, there will be Artist/Cruiser Photo Experiences, Q&A Sessions, Special Theme Nights and other events designed to optimize the Artist/Fan Experience. This year will once again feature the unparalleled CTTE Late Night Live, where fans can sign up to showcase their own musical talents in four different performance scenarios: Late Night Live Pro Jam (guests are invited to play with a headline act), Artist's Choice (featuring fans and Prog legends performing together), The Main Event (where guests can shine with fellow Late Night Live musicians), and Overtime Jam (where guests can choose a song to be featured in a late-night jam). For more info on the CTTE Late Night Live, please visit:

Royal Caribbean's Brilliance Of The Seas, combines acres of glass enclosing a nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Passengers can enjoy the tranquil Solarium pool, recharge at VitalitySM Spa, or reach new heights climbing Royal Caribbean's signature rock-climbing wall. When the sun goes down, the night heats up with epic Prog Performances on stages throughout the vessel. Combined with some of the best food and service afloat, Cruise to the Edge is truly the greatest Prog Rock Show on Earth and is a can't-miss event for Prog enthusiasts throughout the world. For more info, visit and follow @cruisetotheedge on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

John Lennon Immortalized With Line Of Figurines

John Lennon's legacy lives on -- as a figurine. Complete with finely tailored iconic outfit options, this impressive 1:6 scale recreation memorializes Lennon from the era of "Imagine." Molecule 8 has incorporated the singer-songwriter's likeness in a global, limited edition collectible figure represented in sixth scale (12 inches). It will be available in April. 

"The John Lennon Molecule 8 figures highlight a delicate balance of creativity, quality and artistry," said Lisa Streff, EVP of Global Licensing at Epic Rights. "The team at Molecule 8 are well known for creating figures of the highest quality that are eagerly sought by collectors and fans."
"We are honored to have been approved by Yoko Ono and Epic Rights to develop a line of distinct premium collectibles under the John Lennon brand," added Vijay Chadha, CEO of Molecule 8. "In addition to the sixth scale figure of Mr. Lennon, our team is developing a unique assortment of pieces that will speak to the genius, character, and passions that defined John Lennon, both as an artist and as a man."

Features and Specs:
  • Custom designed John Lennon body
  • Utilizes Stainless Steel Mark I: LITE Endoskeleton
  • Two (2) interchangeable head sculpts
  • Singing and resting facial expressions
  • Interchangeable hands for various gestures
  • Classic yellow-tinted glasses
  • Round style glasses
  • Three (3) "Imagine" era outfit options
  • Trademark cowboy boots from the "Imagine" era
  • Custom engineered figure stand
  • The first 1,000 are sequentially numbered
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Monday, March 26, 2018

YES Announces Dates For 50th Anniversary North American Tour

Yes, one of the biggest bands in prog rock history and true pioneers of the genre, today (March 26) revealed the dates and details for this summer's 50th Anniversary North American tour titled #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of Yes. Tickets for the 30-plus date outing, which kicks off June 5 and 6 with a two-night engagement at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL, will go on sale to the public beginning this Friday, March 30 or Saturday, March 31, with select shows going on sale in early April. A handful of additional dates will be announced soon.

"Much has changed since I joined Yes in 1970, but the core elements of the band have remained consistent," shares guitarist Steve Howe. "We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best-loved work and revisit a few classic pieces that have been lost for a while. We look forward to sharing the 50th anniversary with the fanbase, playing classic songs that celebrate the broad musical style of Yes." 

"I have been blessed to be a member of this amazing band's rhythm section for the past 46 years, mostly in the company of my great friend Chris Squire, and latterly alongside Chris' chosen successor, Billy Sherwood, who is receiving recognition for stepping into Chris' pre-eminent bass and vocals," says drummer Alan White. "Each night we are pausing to reflect on Chris' importance to Yes, his desire that we should continue to share Yes music on stages worldwide, and the specific dedication of 'Onward' to his huge memory. I'm so grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to celebrating our 50th Anniversary in America.  It has been a great ride!"

"Being a member of the band during its 50th anniversary is a privilege and honor," adds Geoff Downes (keys). "It is awe-inspiring to reflect on the caliber and invention of the musicians who have forged the legacy of Yes since 1968, always pushing the boundaries. Playing on stage with founder member Tony Kaye to launch the 50th anniversary [on this year's Cruise to the Edge] was a wonderful experience for the band and our fans, to whom we dedicate this special tour." 

During this summer's "Evening with Yes" shows, the band -- Steve Howe (guitar since 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire's choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015) -- will perform a special classic hits concert to commemorate the landmark occasion.

The cross-country trek will take the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees to Kansas City, Denver, Los Angeles (June 19 at the Ford Theater), San Jose, Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Boston, Staten Island, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Orlando, among many other cities, before wrapping July 28 in Atlanta. See below for full list of tour dates and go to for ticketing information.

YES 2018 Summer Tour Dates:

06/05 - Arcada Theatre St. Charles, IL
06/06 - Arcada Theatre St. Charles, IL
06/08 - Four Winds Casino Ballroom - New Buffalo, MI^
06/10 - Midland Theatre - Kansas City, MO^
06/11 - Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO^
06/13 - CenturyLink Arena - Boise, ID^
06/14 - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery - Woodinville, WA~
06/16 - Spectrum Amphitheater - Bakersfield, CA-
06/17 - City National Grove of Anaheim - Anaheim, CA-
06/19 - Ford Theatre - Los Angeles, CA-
06/20 - City National Civic - San Jose, CA-
06/22 - Peppermill Casino Hall - Wendover, NV+
06/23 - Edgewater Hotel & Casino - Laughlin, NV
06/24 - Pechanga Resort & Casino - Temecula, CA^
06/28 - Kresge Auditorium - Interlochen, MI*
06/29 - 20 Monroe Live - Grand Rapids, MI
06/30 - Fox Theatre - Detroit, MI-
07/02 - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH^
07/05 - Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall - Pittsburgh, PA
07/06 - Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA~
07/07 - The Wellmont Theater - Montclair, NJ
07/10 - The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA^
07/11 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH^
07/14 - Tropicana Casino - Atlantic City, NJ^
07/15 - St. George Theatre - Staten Island, NY^
07/17 - Paramount Hudson Valley - Peekskill, NY
07/18 - Theatre at Westbury - Westbury, NY^
07/20 - The Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA^
07/21 - The Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA^
07/23 - Warner Theatre - Washington, DC
07/26 - Capitol Theatre - Clearwater, FL
07/27 - The Plaza Live - Orlando, FL
07/28 - Atlanta Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA^

Ticket on sale dates:
^ Friday, March 30
~ Saturday, March 31
+ Tuesday, April 3
- Friday, April 6
* Friday, April 27

Saturday, March 24, 2018

CDs, Vinyl Outpace Digital Downloads For First Time Since 2011

According to the Washington Post, digital downloads had a short run as the top-selling format in the music industry. It took until 2011, a decade after the original iPod came out, for their sales to overtake those of CDs and vinyl records. Music streaming services would dominate just a few years later.

Now, digital downloads are being outsold by CDs and vinyl, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

The RIAA released its 2017 year-end revenue report on Thursday, showing that revenue from digital downloads plummeted 25 percent to $1.3 billion over the previous year. Revenue from physical products, by contrast, fell 4 percent to $1.5 billion.

Overall, the music industry grew for the second straight year. And with $8.7 billion in total revenue, it’s the healthiest it has been since 2008, according to the report.

Nearly all the growth was the result of the continued surge in paid music subscription services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Those services grew by more than 50 percent to $5.7 billion last year and accounted for nearly two-thirds of the industry’s revenue. Physical media accounted for 17 percent, while digital downloads made up 15 percent.

RIAA Chairman Cary Sherman called the industry’s recovery “fragile” in a Medium post Thursday.

“We‘re delighted by the progress so far, but to put the numbers in context, these two years of growth only return the business to 60 [percent] of its peak size — about where it stood 10 years ago — and that’s ignoring inflation,” Sherman wrote. “And make no mistake, there’s still much work to be done to make this growth sustainable in the long term.”

The outlook for digital downloads is bleak. This is the third year in a row they’ve posted double-digit declines, according to the RIAA. And this is the first time since 2011 they’ve fallen behind physical music media. If the trend continues, they could wind up going the way of the eight-track tape, which was overtaken in the early 1980s by the cheaper and more compact cassette.

The situation isn’t very rosy for physical media, either. CD shipments continued their years-long decline, falling 6 percent to $1.1 billion in 2017, according to the report.

But vinyl sales were up 10 percent to $395 million — a “bright spot among physical formats,” the RIAA noted. It’s a tiny fraction of the industry’s overall sales, but it was enough to persuade Sony last year to start pressing LPs again after a 28-year hiatus.

Friday, March 23, 2018

'American Pie' Singer Don McLean Releases New Album, Touring U.S. & Europe

Don McLean, the singer, songwriter and performer behind the iconic hit "American Pie," releases his new album Botanical Gardens today through BMG, just in time for his sold-out show tonight at City Winery in New York City.

McLean wraps up a busy press week in both London and NYC, with appearances on BBC Breakfast, ABC News Radio, Cheddar, Fox News Radio, WABC's Bernie & Sid, iHeart Media's Breakfast With The Beatles, LifeMinute TV, Reuters, United Stations Radio Networks, and more.

McLean recently recorded a short EPK with commentary on the inspiration behind Botanical Gardens. You can watch highlights from the interview below.

Botanical Gardens is McLean's 19th studio album, and first in 8 years, is arguably one of McLean’s most reflective to date. As he characterizes it, “The inspiration for the project started years ago when I would walk in the beautiful gardens in Sydney, Australia near the Opera House. I would dream young dreams and it was a comfort and an inspiration. I was always young inside, like we all are, and I felt it again there.” 

Further reflecting on the record, the singer says, “the whole album really revolves around the title song. Later on I realized that the gardens are really a metaphorical heaven, and there’s a kind of death and rebirth.”

Intimacy can be found at the heart of this record, with McLean penning personal numbers looking back on a life well-lived, as well as his observations on youth and love. Recording at Watershed Studios in Nashville also allowed a different kind of intimacy for the players, as they were made to “play close and feel the music,” resulting in a raw, yet tight sound throughout.

For nearly 50 years, Don McLean’s songs have become an iconic staple of American music. His music has been performed by artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Madonna, Fred Astaire, Drake, James Blake, Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks, Weird Al Yankovic, George Michael, Josh Groban, Ellie Goulding, Coolio and Ed Sheeran.

“American Pie” was recently recognized with high honors by BMI for achieving five (5) Million-Air certified airplay awards, along with “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” achieving three (3) Million-Air certified airplay awards. “American Pie” also has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and is also included in the archive at the Library of Congress.

Don McLean was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.

Botanical Gardens track listing:

1. Botanical Gardens
2. The Lucky Guy
3. A Total Eclipse Of The Sun
4. The Waving Man
5. When July Comes
6. You’re All I Ever Had
7. Rock and Roll Your Baby
8. I’ve Cried All The Tears That I Have
9. Ain’t She A Honey
10. The King of Fools
11. Grief And Hope
12. You’ve Got Such Beautiful Eyes
13. Last Night When We Were Young

Don McLean U.S. & European Tour Dates:

Mar 23 - City Winery - New York, N.Y.
Apr 13 - Greenwich Odeum - East Greenwich, R.I.
Apr 14 - The Birchmere - Alexandria, Va.
Apr 29 - Southend Cliffs Pavilion - Westcliff-On-Sea, UK
Apr 30 - York Barbican Centre - York, UK
May 01 - Victoria Theatre - Halifax, UK
May 02 - Sage Gateshead - Gateshead, UK
May 04 - De La Warr Pavilion - Brexhill-On-Sea, UK
May 06 - Wales Millennium Center - Cardiff, UK
May 07 - The Bridgewater Hall - Manchester, UK
May 09 - London Palladium - London, UK
May 10 - Symphony Hall - Birmingham, UK
May 11 - Colston Hall - Bristol, UK
May 13 - Philharmonic Hall - Liverpool, UK
May 15 - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow, UK
May 16 - Usher Hall - Edinburgh, UK

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' Preserved By U.S. Library Of Congress

Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours, The soundtrack from The Sound of Music, and the 1984 song “Footloose” were among 25 recordings deemed national treasures on Wednesday and worthy of preserving by the U.S. Library of Congress.

Tony Bennett’s signature song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets, and the Temptations’ 1964 classic “My Girl” were also among the titles selected for their cultural and historical significance and admitted to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement that the recordings, spanning 1911-1996, reflected “landmark moments, diverse cultures and shared memories” in U.S. culture.

The titles announced on Wednesday bring the total number on the registry to 500. Each year, 25 recordings that are at least 10 years old are selected.

Rumours was forged by the crumbling romantic relationships within Fleetwood Mac but produced multiple hit songs.

The Sound of Music soundtrack from the 1965 Oscar-winning movie musical was deemed a “beloved, multi-generational, cornerstone” of American life.

Bennett’s 1962 recording of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” was originally released as the B side of another song but became popular on radio and was later adopted as one of the official themes of San Francisco, the National Recording Registry said.

The opening bass line of “My Girl,” a classic of the Motown era, “has become so iconic that the song is instantly recognizable from just those three notes.”

“Footloose,” the title track from the 1984 movie, “remains today deeply emblematic of the 1980s - fun, invigorating and, in its way, a little rebellious,” the registry said.

Other recordings joining the National Registry for preservation include Run-DMC’s 1986 album Raising Hell, 1978 disco hit “Le Freak” by Chic, Gloria Estefan’s 1987 single “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” and Groucho Marx’s 1972 concert album An Evening with Groucho.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Rhino Records Launches Podcast Series

Rhino Records, the catalog division of Warner Music Group, has announced the debut of "The Rhino Podcast" in conjunction with the label's ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration.

The first episode focuses on the punk rock pioneers the Ramones and is available now on all major podcast outlets, with upcoming episodes focusing on The Smiths, Gene Simmons, The Cars, The Monkees, and Montrose. "The Rhino Podcast" is a bi-weekly series produced by PopCult and hosted by Dennis Scheyer and Rich Mahan. Each episode offers listeners a deep dive into classic artists and albums with music, interviews with your favorite musicians, and a wealth of behind-the-scenes stories.

"Rhino has set the standard in music curation for 40 years, so it is a natural progression for us to offer our unique perspective and expertise to music fans in 'The Rhino Podcast'" says Rhino President Mark Pinkus. "Drawing from the unparalleled Warner Music catalog gives us an endless list of legendary artists to spotlight, offering listeners a deeper experience with some of the greatest music of all time."

"We've seen time and again how good, carefully curated content drives fans to discover and in this case, hopefully re-discover classic music," says John Hughes, Executive Producer and Rhino VP of Fan Engagement. "As a music fan, this is the kind of podcast I would want to listen to, with the artists, producers, and even hardcore fans taking part."

The centerpiece of the first episode of "The Rhino Podcast" is a conversation with engineer and producer Ed Stasium about the making of the Ramones' landmark third album, Rocket To Russia and his contributions to the recent 40th Anniversary Edition of the punk classic. The set's bonus material includes a December 1977 concert recorded in Scotland that took place just a few days before Stasium recorded the Ramones' classic live album, It's Alive.

To listen to the first episode, visit:

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Latest Jimi Hendrix Release Debuts In Top 10

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

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

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

Order Both Sides of the Sky at

Monday, March 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, March 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Roger Daltrey Announces New Solo Album

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Yes Announces 50th Anniversary North American Tour

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tickets On Sale This Week For The Outlaw Music Festival Tour

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

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

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

Information On Individual Outlaw Music Festival Tour Dates & Lineups:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flint's own 'American Band' Grand Funk Railroad can't catch a break and get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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

The lawsuit said the band faces "irreparable harm."

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

Sunday, March 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, March 9, 2018

'Paradox' Starring Neil Young Coming To Netflix

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SXSW Film Festivals begins March 9.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Police Guitarist Andy Summers Announces California Concerts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Rhino Reveals Record Store Day Releases

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

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

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Steppenwolf Retrospective Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more info, visit

Preorder Steppenwolf At 50 at

Tour dates at John Kay & Steppenwolf Tour Dates.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Mick Jagger Addresses The End Of The Rolling Stones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Eddie Vedder Channels Tom Petty During Oscar In Memoriam Segment

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

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

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

Watch a clip of Vedder's performance below.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, March 2, 2018

Three David Bowie Record Store Day Releases On Deck

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



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



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

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


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

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Rolling Stones Guitarist Keith Richards Apologizes To Mick Jagger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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