Monday, May 22, 2017

U2 concert review: Pasadena, Calif. #1

Seattle photo: Kevin Mazur/2017 U2 Ltd.
U2 returned to the Rose Bowl on Saturday for the first of two sold out shows. The veteran rock band last played the stadium (among the biggest in Southern California) 7 ½ years ago during the 360 World Tour for its underrated album “No Line on the Horizon.” U2 performed in-the-round under a gargantuan “claw” set.

The current tour launched earlier this month and finds the Irish musicians celebrating the 30th Anniversary of “The Joshua Tree.” That landmark album won multiple Grammys, spawned three top 20 singles - two were No. 1 - and was certified 10x platinum. A lavish deluxe box set reissue is due out June 2 (read more in my previous blog post here: via Universal Music Enterprises.

After the Pogues’ “Rainy Night in Soho” played on the Rose Bowl sound system, drummer Larry Mullen Jr. suddenly appeared at his drum kit on the small B-stage next to the general admission crowd and launched the nearly two-hour set with martial rhythms of early college/rock radio hit “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” The other three members slowly strode down the catwalk and joined in. “New Year’s Day,” also from 1983’s “War,” was equally powerful.

“We have always felt at home in Los Angeles,” affirmed Bono, before the captivating “A Sort of Homecoming” (KROQ/106.7 FM was one of the first stations to champion a young U2). The charismatic singer dedicated a driving, inspirational “Pride (in the Name of Love)” to “those holding onto the American dream and those who belong to the party of Lincoln and Kennedy: you’re welcome here.” At one point, the famed "I Have a Dream" speech by the song's lyrical focal point Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., scrolled on the backdrop. Key words broke apart for emphasis. Bono yelled, “maybe the dream is telling us to wake up America!” 

Once the band returned to the main stage to perform “The Joshua Tree” in its entirety, awesome LED imagery (highway, desert, country) from longtime visual collaborator Anton Corbijyn was projected on the backdrop.

Each helped illustrate the songs in excellent fashion. “Where the Streets Have No Name” was transcendent as always, while the quiet grandeur of “With or Without You” sounded gorgeous, even in the cavernous stadium. While listening to The Edge’s sharp-as-glass guitarwork on “Bullet the Blue Sky,” you could easily hear how it was an influence on Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and other young alt-rockers during the 1990s.

A calm, hymn-like “Running to Stand Still” was dedicated to the late Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave,” who Bono described as “a sweet beautiful soul.” The U2 front man’s harmonica work and Edge’s piano added a sense of levity. The revamped arrangement of “Red Hill Mining Town,” with an old school military brass band playing along on the screens, worked well. Afterward, Bono wondered why they’d never played it live until 2017. 

Edge’s guitar shards were particularly cutting on “In God’s Country,” where Bono sardonically said, “thanks for letting us Irish into the country,” was a standout. The singer donned a hat and gave a manic delivery on the harrowing “Exit” (complete with jarring, blurred images to match). 

For the encores, U2 played the life affirming “Beautiful Day,” which boasted a new slightly EDM-influenced undercurrent that was a pleasant surprise, and Bono quipped, “it’s a beautiful day when human rights drown out human wrongs.” They followed it with a vigorous “Elevation.” Watching thousands yell right along was quite a sight.

“Ultraviolet (Light My Way),” off “Achtung Baby,” was visually devoted to female pioneers around the world. With Bono in a tender vocal mode on the B-stage, various pictures flashed on the screens: Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Patti Smith and Pussy Riot got some of the loudest cheers.

An introduction about the ONE campaign to help end world poverty and disease by co-founder Bono included a thank you to Americans who have donated to the cause over the past 13 years. He noted they were de facto AIDS activists because more people than ever with the disease can lead productive lives thanks in part to the efforts of ONE.

Then U2 did the moving song of the same name as well as “Miss Sarajevo,” “Bad” and finally closed the encore with “I Will Follow.” All told, U2 showed why it is still one of the best rock bands around, easily made the Rose Bowl feel intimate and left fans with plenty of food for thought about the current state of America.

To see a full list of tour dates and more info, go to   
All photos copyright 2017 U2 Limited, courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Linkin Park album 'One More Light' available Friday; Snoop Dogg to join selected tour dates

Snoop Dogg will join Linkin Park on their One More Light World Tour as a special guest on six west coast dates:

Oct 14 Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
Oct 15 Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Oct 17 Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center at Fresno State
Oct 18 San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
Oct 20 San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Oct 22 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

The jaunt officially kicks off July 27 in Boston with opener Machine Gun Kelly. Tickets are on sale now. 

Linkin Park's anticipated seventh studio album, One More Light, is in stores Friday through Warner Bros. Records. The tour set list will combine the biggest hits of Linkin's Park career, as well as material from the new album.

"Our fans know how much love we put into our live show," says guitarist, Brad Delson. "They know how much we enjoy the connection when we play a fan favorite on stage. The emotional and sonic content of this new batch of songs is going to bring a whole new dimension to the show."

Every full-priced ticket purchased for the tour includes a choice of a standard CD or standard digital copy of the One More Light album.

EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope recording artist, Machine Gun Kelly just put out his third studio album, bloom. Debut single, "At My Best" featuring Hailee Steinfeld, was the #1 most added song at Rhythmic radio, and has received 20.3+ Spotify streams to date. His "Bad Things" single earned Machine Gun Kelly his first #1 song on Pop Radio, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The One More Light World Tour won't be the first time Linkin Park and Machine Gun Kelly shared the stage. In 2014, Machine Gun Kelly joined LP for a rendition of "Bleed It Out" on the band's surprise appearance at the Van's Warped Tour.

Also joining the tour in Boston, Philadelphia and Uncasville, is one of Japan's most popular and electrifying live rock bands, ONE OK ROCK.

$1.00 from every full-priced ticket sold on the tour will benefit Music For Relief, the charity foundation Linkin Park founded in 2005 to aid survivors of natural disasters and environmental protection. For further info go to

Full tour dates:

July 27 Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
Aug 1 Philadelphia, PA @ BB&T Pavilion
Aug 2 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Aug 5 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug 7 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 8 Toronto, ONT @ Budweiser Stage
Aug 10 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Aug 12 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Aug 14 Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 15 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Aug 17 Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
Aug 19 Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Ampitheatre
Aug 20 West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
Aug 22 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Aug 23 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Aug 25 Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
Aug 26 Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
Aug 28 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center Arena
Aug 30 Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sept 1 Lake Tahoe, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
Sept 2 Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
Oct 14 Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
Oct 15 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Oct 17 Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center at Fresno State
Oct 18 San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
Oct 20 San Diego, CA @Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Oct 22 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

The long wait for new Fastball music is over

Fastball's new album, Step Into Light, arrives Friday via 33 1/3 and is the first one to get a vinyl LP release.

The band recently visited SiriusXM Studios for an interview and performance on the Howard Stern Wrap Up Show where they discussed the unexpected reincarnation of their 1990s hit “Out of My Head” on Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello’s #1 smash Hit “Bad Things.” The band also performed one of Howard’s favorite Beatles songs “The Two Of Us.” Highlights can be found here

Step Into Light was recorded in the trio's hometown of Austin, Texas and they co-produced with longtime friend Chris "Frenchie" Smith.

It follows such acclaimed albums as 1996 debut Make Your Mama Proud, 1998 platinum breakthrough All the Pain Money Can Buy (which spawned the Grammy-nominated Top Five hit "The Way"), 2000's The Harsh Light of Day, 2004's Keep Your Wig On and 2009's Little White Lies.

Now on a North American tour with fellow 1990s hitmakers Vertical Horizon and Everclear, all three groups will be donating $1 per ticket sold at each show to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, an organization that provides financial assistance to career musicians, venue workers, production staff, crew members, and their families suffering from injury, illness or disability.

View “I Will Never Let You Down" here.
View “We’re on Our Way” here.
Stream album on

Tour dates:

5/19 – Deadwood, SD @ Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center
5/20 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
5/21– Grand Junction, CO @ Two Rivers Convention Center
5/23 – The Colony, TX @ Lava Cantina
5/25 – Des Moines, IA @ Brenton Skating Plaza
5/26 – Welch, MN @ Treasure Island Resort & Casino
5/27 - Lincoln, NE @ Vega - ** (Fastball only)
5/28 – Kansas City, MO @ CrossroadsKC
5/30 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom
6/1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
6/2 – Arlington Heights, IL @ HOME Bar
6/3 – South Bend, IN @ Four Winds Field
6/4 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live (Fastball only)
6/6 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
6/7 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
6/8 – Portland, ME @ Aura
6/9 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
6/10 – Fairfax, VA @ Celebrate Fairfax! Festival
6/11 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
6/13 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Rockhouse
6/15 – Winnipeg, MB @ Club Regent Event Centre
6/16 – Duluth, MN @ Grandma’s Marathon, Canal Park
6/18 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
6/22 – West Siloam Springs, OK @ Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs
6/23 – New Braunfels, TX @ River Road Ice House
6/24 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
6/25 – Midland, TX @ Wagner Noel PAC
6/27 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
6/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theatre
6/29 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
7/20 – Atlanta, GA @ City Winery**
7/22 – Lexington, KY @ Willie’s Locally Known**
7/28 – Marietta, OH @ The Adelphia Music Hall At The Gallery**
7/30 – Pawling, NY @ Daryl’s House

**Fastball only

Friday, May 12, 2017

Goo Goo Dolls news

Goo Goo Dolls has released their new five-song EP, You Should Be Happy, via Warner Bros. Records.

The EP was produced by Drew Pearson (OneRepublic, Katy Perry) who first collaborated with the band on their previous release, Boxes. The first single, Use Me was written by John Rzeznik and Drew Pearson. The EP is available at all digital retailers HERE, and will also be released on CD June 9. Listen to the album in full HERE.

This summer, the band will hit the road for their Long Way Home tour with Phillip Phillips. The tour kicks off July 14 in Mountain, CA and will run through mid-September, culminating at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Sept. 13. Tickets, tour dates and more at and 

Track listing:

1. Tattered Edge - You Should Be Happy
2. Use Me
3. 30k Feet
4. Walk Away
5. Boxes (Alex Aldi Mix)

Tour dates:

Fri- Jul-14-17 Mountain, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat-Jul-15-16 Las Vegas, NV Downtown Las Vegas Event Center
Sun-Jul-16-17 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Tue-Jul-18-17 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheater
Thu-Jul-20-17 South Fargo, ND Scheels Arena
Fri-Jul-21-17 Council Bluffs, IA Harrah's Hotel & Casino- Stir Cove
Mon-Jul-24-17 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank
Tue-Jul-25-17 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Farm Bureau
Thu-Jul-27-17 Peoria, IL Peoria Riverfront
Fri-Jul-28-17 Appleton, WI Fox Cities Stadium
Sat-Jul-29-17 Plymouth, MN Hilde Performance Center
Mon-Jul-31-17 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
Wed-Aug-02-17 Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Center at The Heights
Thu-Aug-03-17 Rochester Hills, MI Meadowbrook
Sat-Aug-05-17 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Sun-Aug-06-17 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier
Tue-Aug-08-17 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
Wed-Aug-09-17 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
Fri-Aug-11-17 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
Sat-Aug-12-17 Darien Lakes, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sun-Aug-13-17 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Center
Tue-Aug-15-17 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Wed-Aug-16-17 Portland, ME Maine State Pier
Fri-Aug-18-17 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sat-Aug-19-17 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sun-Aug-20-17 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Tue-Aug-22-17 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
Wed-Aug-23-17 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater
Fri-Aug-25-17 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
Sat-Aug-26-17 Asheville, NC Biltmore Estate - South Terrace
Sun-Aug-27-17 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Wed-Aug-30-17 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
Fri-Sep-01-17 Miami, FL Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront
Sat-Sep-02-17 Jacksonville, FL Daily's Place
Mon-Sep-04-17 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Thu-Sep-07-17 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun-Sep-10-17 Albuquerque, NM Sandia Resort Casino
Tue-Sep-12-17 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Wed-Sep-13-17 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lady Antebellum sing about 'Heartbreak'

photo: Eric Ray Davidson
Lady Antebellum's sixth studio album Heartbreak is due out June 9 via Capitol Records Nashville.

It found Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott with a new mission — setting aside time to put themselves in new surroundings, and concentrate on writing and exploring musical endeavors with no distractions. 

They rented a house in Florida, living and working under the same roof, and when the creative process proved successful, the trio set up a second retreat in southern California.

“When we started working on this record, the goal was to give ourselves some space from the day to day,” said Scott. “Surrounding ourselves in a new environment with sunny beaches and warm weather really helped free our minds to focus solely on our art. We took some of our favorite writers and other writers we hadn’t worked with before to a new inspiring backdrop, where we were able to just write and soak up the journey. And it was on our first trip in Florida when we wrote ‘Heart Break’ that we felt it all click.”

Alongside producer busbee, their desire to shake things was made evident by their current Top 15 single “You Look Good,” complete with a horn arrangement. 

“Being together every day, living in a house together, that was the special ingredient this time,” continued Haywood, “And then in the studio, busbee added a whole new layer. He’s such an integral part of this new chapter for us.”

The trio had a hand in writing 11 songs on Heartbreak. As Lady A gears up to get back on the road, the group is excited to add this new range of sounds and colors into a set already packed with a familiar arsenal of hits.

“This record is really our story,” adds Kelley. “They have a universal feel to them, but there’s a lot of our personal stories here.” 

Lady A will hit more than 65 shows in six countries including South Africa for the first time, on their You Look Good World Tour, launching May 26 with special guests Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young. For more information about new music and upcoming tour dates, visit 

Track listing: 

1. Heart Break
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Jesse Frasure, Nicolle Galyon)

2. You Look Good
(busbee, Ryan Hurd, Hillary Lindsey)

3. Somebody Else's Heart
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, busbee, Shane McAnally)

4. This City
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Sara Haze, Will Weatherly)

5. Hurt
(Jon Green, Melissa Peirce, Ben West)

6. Army
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, busbee, Nicolle Galyon)

7. Think About You
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Sara Haze, Will Weatherly)

8. Good Time To Be Alive
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, busbee, Will Weatherly, Emily Weisband)

9. Big Love in a Small Town
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds)

10. Stars
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, busbee)

11. Teenage Heart
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Jon Green)

12. Home
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, busbee)

13. Famous
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Eric Paslay)

Out now: Leftfield reissue electronica classic 'Leftism'

photo: Rick Guest
Leftfield - the electronic music duo originally comprised of Neil Barnes and Paul Daley - have released Leftism 22, a reissue of their seminal debut album Leftism via Sony CG.

Formed in 1989, they emerged publicly in 1990 with "Not Forgotten," a song that established a template for a new strain of British house music, leaning away from American styles dominating UK clubs.

Released in January 1995, their debut album Leftism remains one of the defining statements of dance music, a gloriously inter-woven bombardment of musical styles and immaculate grooves, nominated for a Mercury Prize and later voted in the top ten greatest albums of all time by readers of Q Magazine. The album spawned numerous hit singles in "Open Up" - their now legendary collaboration with John Lydon, "Original" featuring Curve’s Toni Halliday, "Release the Pressure" featuring Earl Sixteen, and "Afro-Left" with vocals by Neil Cole a.k.a. Djum Djum.

Leftism 22 arrives 22 years on from the release of the acclaimed original, in a remastered version overseen by Leftfield’s Neil Barnes (who now runs the band solo) and Paul Daley. It will be available in a limited edition 3xLP vinyl, mirroring the original release and will include download codes for the remastered album and new mixes will be included. Plus digital and 2xCD editions that will feature the original album remastered, as well as all 11 original tracks remixed by a host of artists, including Skream , Adrian Sherwood, BodyJack and Voiski, making 22 tracks in total.

“I suppose Leftism was completely different to anything else at the time,” says Paul Daley, looking back. “We tried to push sonic boundaries and used every inch of the speakers available, and then tried to push it a bit more. It was like pop music sticking two fingers up to pop music at the time and people seemed to take notice.”

“We came together in a quest to make the best record we could,” says Neil Barnes. “I remember all of the epic days in the studio, and I remember moments of satisfaction when we knew we'd nailed it. Tracks developed organically as we continually changed elements to make them work. It was an exhilarating experience, a special time.”

“There has been so much music and new genres since we made Leftfism,” continues Daley. “The baton has been passed on four or five generations but i like to think our record gave music and pop culture a little nudge at the time. It was part of a movement and musical revolution that came from a DIY mentality born from the technology available. The album is like part of me that represents my youth and energy of a more innocent and quite different time both socially and musically. When I listen to it now i think: yeah, nice one, that was definitely worth all the effort and late nights.”

“Paul and I really worked well together,” says Barnes. “We each respected the other’s opinion. It was all about the music. And now, I've come to enjoy it again. I appreciate that it means a lot to so many people. I'm really honored and often deeply moved by all the amazing things that people say about the record. Having Matt Colton re-master the album was a real pleasure, and I realized that Paul and I had created something really special.”

Throughout the 90s Leftfield were untouchable live and on record, starting a snowball rolling for British dance music alongside outfits like Orbital, Underworld and the Dust / Chemical Brothers in breaking electronic music from the underground, onto the stage and into the charts.

They have always been regarded as one of electronic music’s defining live acts. The now-infamous Liveism tour that followed Leftism’s release set a new precedent in sonic presentation as the behemoth sound system, which aimed to replicate the cataclysmic bass effect of reggae sound systems, incurred more complaints than Motörhead, and a ban from Brixton Academy when plaster started flaking from the ceiling. The tour elevated dance music from anonymous club PA to major event, with guest vocalists joining the party.

Alison Moyet returns with 'Other'; North American tour

Leading up to the release of her new album Other on June 16 via Cooking Vinyl, Alison Moyet has unveiled a video for the single "Reassuring Pinches," directed by Steve Gullick, which you can watch here.

Other is a result of Alison’s partnership with producer/songwriting collaborator Guy Sigsworth, who (as well as having worked with Björk, Goldie and Madonna) also co-created her last album the minutes, which debuted at # 5 in the national UK charts and won international critical acclaim.

“For me, making a record at this age, lyrically, is a different proposition. Observation in most cases replaces emotion. The invisibility of middle/aged woman rather thrills me and instead I watch”, explains Moyet, in a statement.

“Subject matter covers what you might expect from a pop album. Dyslexia, locked-out syndrome, diversity, Persephone, doggedness and the Internet. Always asked what a song is about, I attempted to cooperate, but in truth though the lyrics incorporated my best attempt to describe what I see and of the meaning that is mine. I want, who chooses to, to find their own landscape or indeed none. Some of us have always felt 'Other'. I no longer wish it were otherwise.”

The title track "Other", accompanied by a hypnotic video directed by Steve Gullick, is available as an instant track download when pre-ordering the album. Notable backing vocals come from Alison’s daughter on "The English U", which was preceded by her guest appearance on stage at Alison’s Royal Albert Hall show, and an appearance in the video for "When I Was Your Girl" (from the minutes). 

In addition to Alison studying sculpture at college whilst also creating this new release, other happenings of note since the minutes include receiving an Icon Award at Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards, a hot ticket performance with a 32-piece orchestra at Burberry’s London Fashion Week womenswear show, and her involvement in the RSC’s celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary where Alison composed and performed a new arrangement of "Sigh No More Ladies "(from Much Ado About Nothing) in their BBC 2 live special.

Track listing:

I Germinate
Lover, Go
The English U
The Rarest Birds
Beautiful Gun
Reassuring Pinches
April 10th
Happy Giddy

Pre-order the album here - exclusive items and bundles available from the Alison Moyet Store

Following the release of Other, Alison will embark on a worldwide headline tour, with U.S. dates kicking off on September 11th in Washington, DC and moving westward to Los Angeles on September 27th.

All tickets are on sale now and info is available on Alison's website.

Tour dates:

11 Sept – Sixth and I: Washington DC
12 Sept – The Trocadero Theatre: Philadelphia, PA
13 Sept – Royale, Boston, MA
15 Sept – Irving Plaza; New York, NY
17 Sept – The Danforth Music Hall: Toronto, ONT
19 Sept – Park West: Chicago, IL
20 Sept – Fine Line Music Café: Minneapolis, MN
22 Sept – Star Theater: Portland, OR
23 Sept – The Showbox: Seattle, WA
25 Sept – The Fillmore: San Francisco, CA
26 Sept – Music Box: San Diego, CA
27 Sept – The Fonda Theater: Los Angeles, CA

Grammy Museum/Los Angeles news: X exhibit

photo: Gary Leonard
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Los Angeles punk rock band X, the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE will open a new exhibit titled X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles on Friday, June 30.

On display on the Museum's fourth floor, the exhibit will give visitors a glimpse into how X's four original members – Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake – quickly established the band as one of the best in the first wave of L.A.'s flourishing punk scene.

"An X exhibit in a museum? Unbelievable! We are honored, dumbstruck and so grateful that all four original members are here to celebrate and share our history and 40th anniversary. It’s a very long way from a basement on Hollywood Blvd (The Masque) to the GRAMMY Museum, but we feel that we bring with us all the punks from then and now. We are just the representatives for what has gone before and what is still to come in the City of Angels." — Exene, Billy, DJ, and John

Items on display will include:

· Original instruments and gear played by the band
· Handwritten lyrics and notebooks by Exene Cervenka and John Doe
· Clothing and other personal items
· Original concert flyers for L.A. shows
· Rare photographs and artwork by Exene
· X: The Unheard Music film, and more!

X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles will be on display through Feb. 25, 2018.

New Paul Weller album arrives Friday; U.S. tour this fall

Paul Weller has confirmed a tour North American which will kick off October 1, in Huntington, NY and culminate in Los Angeles on October 27.

AT&T and Citi pre-sales are live now, while one for Live Nation runs May 11 at 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. local time, Ticketmaster, May 11 at 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. local time. General public on-sale begins May 12 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Weller will tour in support of his brand new studio album, A Kind Revolution set for release on May 12 via Warner Bros./Parlophone Records. The 10 songs that comprise A Kind Revolution were recorded at his own Black Barn Studio and co-produced the album with long-time collaborator and mixer Jan "Stan" Kybert (Oasis, Bjork, Massive Attack, etc.), who has previously worked closely with Weller on last album Saturns Pattern (2015) as well as Sonik Kicks (2012), As Is Now (2005), Studio 150 (2004) and Illumination (2002).

A Kind Revolution will be available on CD, special edition three-CD set, 12-inch vinyl LP, and limited edition deluxe 10-inch vinyl box set, with both the standard and deluxe tracks available for download. Special edition bonuses include instrumentals, alternate versions and remixes. 

Tour dates:

Oct 1 Huntington, NY The Paramount
Oct 2 NYC Irving Plaza
Oct 3 NYC Irving Plaza
Oct 4 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
Oct 6 Boston, MA House Of Blues
Oct 7 Washington DC Lincoln Theatre
Oct 8 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
Oct 10 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
Oct 11 Detroit, MI St. Andrew's Hall
Oct 12 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
Oct 13 Minneapolis, MN Pantages Theatre
Oct 16 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Oct 17 Vancouver BC Commodore Ballroom
Oct 18 Seattle, WA The Neptune Theatre
Oct 20 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
Oct 21 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre
Oct 22 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Oct 24 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
Oct 25 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
Oct 27 Los Angeles CA The Wiltern Theatre

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Beatles Channel comes to SiriusXM

SiriusXM has announced The Beatles Channel, launching May 18 at 9:09 am ET exclusively on SiriusXM channel 18. 

Celebrating popular music's most legendary and influential band, The Beatles Channel has been created by SiriusXM to present unique and exclusive programming in collaboration with and fully authorized by The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd. The Beatles Channel will also be available online and through the SiriusXM app.

The Beatles Channel will showcase all-things-Beatles with regular and special programming spanning the history-making careers of the band and its members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The channel will explore The Beatles' entire career including their hits and deeper tracks, live recordings, rarities, and solo albums, while also spotlighting musicians who have inspired, and have drawn inspiration from, The Beatles.

Paul McCartney said, "I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio, but I don't think any of us would have imagined that we'd have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week."

Ringo Starr added, "Great news, The Beatles will have their own channel on SiriusXM. Now you can listen to The Beatles, Any Time at All. Peace & Love."

The Beatles Channel will present a curated mix of music tailored to a wide range of Beatles fans, along with a variety of regular shows and specials, including:

Breakfast with The Beatles: A daily morning show hosted by musician and lifelong Beatles aficionado, Chris Carter, featuring music, stories and all things Beatles.

A Day in the Life: A daily feature noting milestones in the lives and career of The Beatles.

My Fab Four: A daily guest DJ session, hosted by musicians influenced by The Beatles, celebrities, and super fan listeners, each playing their four favorite Beatles songs.

Beatle Bites: A daily "name the song" quiz featuring a short snippet of a Beatles recording.
Dedicated Phone: # 844-999-BEATLES, for fans to make requests and share their Beatles stories.

The Fab Fourum: A live weekly call-in roundtable show hosted by veteran broadcaster Dennis Elsas; TV producer and author, Bill Flanagan; and panelists including authors, musicians and fans.

Peter Asher: From Me To You : He sang Beatles compositions as a member of Peter & Gordon, was part of the formation of Apple Records and went on to become a multiple Grammy-winning producer and much more. Now, his stories come to life in this exclusive weekly series.

Magical Mini Concert: A weekly fantasy concert featuring live music from The Beatles and their solo works.

Northern Songs with Bill Flanagan: A regular show from TV producer and author Flanagan, focusing on themes that tell the story of The Beatles, their music and the effect it had on generations of fans.

Get Back: The Beatles in Britain: A monthly show recorded in and around London and Liverpool that offers the UK perspective of the Beatles phenomenon, hosted by Geoff Lloyd.

On June 1, The Beatles Channel will celebrate "Pepper Day" on the 50th Anniversary of the band's acclaimed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, playing the album's new Anniversary Edition stereo mix in its entirety. The album spotlight will be accompanied by commentary by the album's original producer, the late George Martin, and by his son, Giles Martin, who produced the album's new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes from The Beatles' session tapes, guided by his father's original, Beatles-preferred mono album mix. Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe will release 'Sgt. Pepper' in several Anniversary Edition configurations on May 26.