Friday, September 29, 2017

Alison Moyet concert review: Los Angeles

photo: Steve Gullick
Alison Moyet wrapped up her North American tour on Wednesday night. The sold out LA show at the Fonda Theatre had fans enraptured from the get-go. Much of it was devoted to the British veteran's latest album "Other." The exquisite electronic pop effort saw her re-team with producer Guy Sigsworth (Bjork, Madonna, Alanis Morissette) to fine effect.

Following Moyet's spoken word recording "April 10," the 100-minute set kicked off with the high drama of "I Germinate." Backed by a pair of male keyboardists (occasionally adding guitar) and a blinding, yet dazzling lighting design that often kept her in the shadows, Moyet gave "When I Was Your Girl" a robust vocal delivery. "Wishing You Were Here," from 1991's "Hoodoo," was an early highlight.

Yaz - Moyet's successful early '80s collaboration with Vince Clarke of Erasure/Depeche Mode fame - was represented by five songs in the set. When the familiar melody to "Only You" (#2 UK) played, the crowd immediately went crazy. "Getting Into Something," off 1994's "Essex" sounded gorgeous.

"This is about a peculiar kind of romance that I don't understand whatsoever," Moyet said, as an introduction for the ominous, industrial-tinged "Beautiful Gun," which recalled Shirley Manson of Garbage.

After acknowledging her large contingent of gay male enthusiasts in attendance and a longstanding relationship with them, the vocalist did an intimate "Man in the Wings," backed by subtle synths. Later, "The Rarest Birds," a majestic song of praise for LGBT community, found Moyet talking about living in Brighton, England, where everyone "lives together freely." Orchestral sounds provided added depth.

All the between song banter was quite enjoyable. Before stately piano ballad "Other," Moyet admitted that being "middle aged feels pretty good." Upstairs in the balcony, people found a way to dance around during more uptempo numbers like "Right as Rain," "Happy Giddy," the Yaz selections "Bring Your Love Down," "Don't Go" and high energy closer "Situation" (the latter two topped the US dance chart).

While Moyet preferred to emphasize her newer material over Eighties solo work live, she did perform a pair from 1984 debut LP "Alf": a reworked "All Cried Out" and "Love Resurrection." All told, it was truly a hypnotizing evening of music. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Cheap Trick gets into the holiday spirit

Cheap Trick's first holiday themed album Christmas Christmas is out Oct. 20 on Big Machine Records.

Arriving mere months after their critically-acclaimed 18th studio album We're All Alright, Cheap Trick co-produced the holiday collection alongside their longtime collaborator, Grammy winner Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, Fastball).

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Track list:

1. “Merry Christmas Darlings” | Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson
2. “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” | Roy Wood
3. “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” | Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz
4. “Merry Xmas Everybody” | Neville Holder, Jim Lea
5. “Please Come Home For Christmas” | Charles Brown, Jr., Gene Redd
6. “Remember Christmas” | Harry Nilsson
7. “Run Rudolph Run” | Marvin Brodie, Johnny Marks
8. “Father Christmas” | Ray Davies
9. “Silent Night” | Traditional – Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr; Arrangement by Robin Zander, Julian Raymond
10. “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” | Joey Ramone
11. “Our Father Of Life” | Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson
12. “Christmas Christmas” | Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Tom Petersson

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers – whose four decade-plus career has seen them play more than 5,000 shows and counting – remain on the road this fall for a string of U.S. headline dates, long awaited Canadian run as special guests on Nickelback’s “Feed The Machine” arena tour and a top-billed set at Pembroke Pines, FL’s upcoming Rockfest 80’s (November 4).

Additional dates – including some very special holiday concerts – will be announced soon. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit

Cheap Trick will also be among the acts performing at Rock Getaway 2017, an all-star, all-inclusive weekend event set for the Hard Rock Hotel in Rivera Maya, Mexico October 26-November 1.

Set to appear on Oct. 29, Cheap Trick joins a truly extraordinary lineup of legends including Steve Miller Band, Roger Daltrey, Foreigner, Blue Öyster Cult, Bad Company, Los Lobos, and many more. Limited packages are still available; for detail, please visit

Tour dates: 

26 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome *
28 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place *

1 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena *
27 – Mahnomen, MN – Shooting Star Casino
29 – Riviera Maya, MX – Rock Getaway 2017 †

4 – Pembroke Pines, FL – Rockfest 80’s †
10 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
11 – Shippensburg, PA – Luhrs Performing Arts Center
12 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
16 – Wilmington, DE – The Queen
18 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
* w/Nickelback
† Festival Performance

John Fogerty's 'Blue Moon Swamp' the first of several scheduled reissues, more

Legendary singer/songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Fogerty has signed an exclusive recordings deal with BMG to release his new solo album and reissue his renowned solo catalog.

As co-founder of Creedence Clearwater Revival, the group’s chief musical architect, and as a solo artist, Fogerty’s works rank as some of the most influential in American music history. Currently in the studio working on material for the full-length album to be released next year, BMG will kick off Fogerty’s solo catalog reissue campaign beginning with the 20th anniversary release of the Grammy Award-winning album Blue Moon Swamp on CD, 180g black vinyl, limited-edition 180g blue vinyl, and digital platforms on Nov. 17.

Originally released May 20, 1997, Blue Moon Swamp won Best Rock Album at the 40th Grammy Awards in 1998, with the song ‘Blueboy’ receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance that same year.

Blue Moon Swamp would go on to receive gold certification by the RIAA. The 20th anniversary release of Blue Moon Swamp now features a new album cover showcasing the famed concert backdrop from the album’s original supporting tour. Additional reissues from Fogerty’s solo career include the chart-topping and multi-platinum Centerfield, the gold-certified albums Eye of the Zombie and Premonition, Déjà vu (All Over Again), as well as a new Best of collection featuring highlights and favorites curated from his extensive solo catalog. Release dates to be announced.

Fogerty said, “I’m excited to partner with BMG for the next chapter of my music career. Their enthusiasm and confidence, affording me the creative freedom to make the music I want to make, has been absolutely refreshing. We have so many new and intriguing ideas that I look forward to sharing with everyone soon."

Following two sold-out, critically-acclaimed Las Vegas residencies in 2016, Fogerty returned to the city for a series of live shows in March and May this year with his debut at the Wynn’s Encore Theatre performing John Fogerty: Fortunate Son In Concert. Recently, the Wynn announced a slate of 15 additional live performances through October 7 and January 10 – 20, 2018.

For more information please visit

Ed Sheeran tour news

Grammy Award-winning artist Ed Sheeran has announced details for his first-ever North American stadium tour. Dates begin next summer on Aug. 18 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, and continue into November (see attached itinerary).

To ensure that tickets go to his fans, not scalpers or bots, Sheeran is partnering with Ticketmaster to use the #VerifiedFan system. Registration is open and closes on Oct. 12 at 10 PM ET. The Fan Presales are set to begin Monday, Oct. 16 at 10 AM and run through Thursday, Oct. 19 at 10 PM (all times local). The general public on-sales are Friday, Oct. 20 at 10am (local).­

Last week, Sheeran launched the latest single “Perfect” with a companion lyric video that amassed over 3 million views on YouTube in the first 24 hours and is now up to over 6.4 million views. “Perfect” made it’s U.S. television premiere this week with a live performance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Next week, Sheeran returns to NYC’s Times Square for the much-anticipated return of MTV’s “TRL” on Oct. 2.

“Perfect” is the 3rd single off Sheeran’s blockbuster 3rd studio album “÷” (pronounced “divide”). Now certified 2x-platinum by the RIAA, the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s third studio offering is the biggest selling album of the year.

After debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 with the biggest first week sales at the time of its March release, “÷” remained in the chart’s top 10 for a staggering 24 weeks. In the U.S. alone, tracks on “÷” have collectively earned more than 1 billion on demand streams.

Sheeran has likewise enjoyed record-setting success with the album’s 6x-Platinum certified, lead single “Shape Of You,” which is now the most streamed on song ever on Spotify. In addition to topping Billboard’s “Hot 100” for 12 weeks, the hit song remained in the top 10 for 33 consecutive weeks, the most ever in the chart’s 59-year history. “Shape of You” and follow-up Platinum certified single “Castle On The Hill” debuted at #1 and #6 respectively on Billboard’s “Hot 100” upon their tandem release at the top of the year, establishing Sheeran as the first artist to ever have two singles make simultaneous top 10 debuts.


18 Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl Stadium
25 Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field
30 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre

6 St. Louis, MO Busch Stadium
15 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium
22 East Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium
27 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field

13 Kansas City, MO Arrowhead Stadium
17 Fargo, ND Fargodome
20 Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium
27 Dallas, TX AT&T Stadium
31 New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome

3 Houston, TX Minute Maid Park
7 Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium
10 Atlanta, GA Mercedes-Benz Stadium

The long-awaited return of Nick Heyward

When you have the comfort of working on your ninth album without the rush to meet a deadline, you really want to take your time, especially if it’s your first solo outing in 18 years.

For singer/songwriter Nick Heyward, Woodland Echoes, his forthcoming album - out Nov. 3 on Red River/BFE Entertainment - served as a reminder of things he is grateful for. “I’m glad I’m alive, I’m glad that I’m writing and putting records out.” His appreciation for making music is reflected on all 12 tracks on this breezy, smart pop gem.

Nick has been putting out great pop songs since his band, Haircut One Hundred, blasted on to the scene in the early '80s, earning four UK Top Ten and two US Top 40 singles with “Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl),” “Love Plus One,” “Nobody’s Fool” and “Fantastic Day” from their debut album, Pelican West. While enjoying the early days of success, differences in style and direction led Heyward to leave his post as front man and lyricist to begin his solo career.

An artist who has always been well received by both critics and fans, Heyward released three solo albums in the 80s, three in the 90s (including a 1998 release on Creation Records at the behest of Alan McGee) and two 2 collaborations in the aughts. A 2013 announcement of new music was met with eager anticipation, but supporters would have to wait until 2015 for a preview of what would become the music on Woodland Echoes.

Recorded at his son Oliver’s studio, on a houseboat in Key West, and Zak Starkey’s Salo Sound studio deep in the UK countryside, Nick deliberated over the music until he felt it was ready. “At first, I wanted it finished straight away.” he says. “But then, ‘that’ll do’ became impossible for me; in fact, it was the opposite – as soon as someone said something would do, I knew it wouldn’t!”

It’s that precise attitude that makes Heyward’s music so special. This album, like all of his work, is made with the same passion, introspection and grace found in all of his music. An avowed lover of nature and the outdoors, you can hear that influence in all the tracks, particularly “Beautiful Morning.” “Love is the Key By the Sea,” which opens the album, is a bold and harmonious love song, and the jazzy snap-your-finger fun of “Who” is most certainly a tip of that hat to Mr. Paul McCartney.

All things being equal though, the Nick Heyward of 2017 isn’t the same person as the Nick Heyward of 1982. “You have to find peace and love; it’s a process – my early songs were always bittersweet – the verse would be going through the struggle, but then it would be ‘it’s a fantastic day’; but there was always that struggle. On this album, that struggle is gone. The songs on Woodland Echoes are reflective of the past 10 years.”

It’s a treat to have Nick Heyward back making premium pop music. In 1985, Nick told Smash Hits magazine that “I want to make the kind of LP you can wrap up and give to someone as a present. No duff tracks at all, just 12 shining wonderful singles, I suppose.” In 2017, with Woodland Echoes, he has finally achieved his goal.

Track Listing:

1. Love is the Key by the Sea
2. Mountaintop
3. The Stars
4. Beautiful Morning
5. Who?
6. Forest of Love
7. Baby Blue Sky
8. I Can See Her
9. Perfect Sunday Sun
10. New Beginning
11. I Got a Lot
12. For Always

"Baby Blue Sky" video:

Check out Nick performing some of the new "Woodland Echoes" tunes as well as some classic Haircut One Hundred music here: ck-heyward-live-at-the-water-r ats-2/

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds unveil new album, tour info

This is exciting news. I reviewed his last tour for the OC Register (see elsewhere on this blog) and the one for the first album at Coachella. Read below for all the details...

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ new album, Who Built The Moon? is the result of a two-year creative collaboration with producer, DJ and composer, David Holmes.

Released on Nov. 24 on Sour Mash, the follow-up to the platinum-selling, Chasing Yesterday (2015) is set for prompt live treatment as Gallagher and band announce a 2018 Tour.

Live shows start in February 2018 in the US followed by UK tour dates in April. Tickets go on general sale on Friday Sept. 29 at 10am local time with details, links to purchase tickets and tour updates available at

There will be a fan pre-sale that includes enhanced experience ticket packages starting Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10am EST. You can gain access the pre-sale, including the enhanced experience packages by signing up here: before Tuesday midnight EST.

Who Built The Moon? gathers vocalists and guest musicians from around the world. Gallagher wrote entirely in the studio for the first time with Holmes. Guests included Paul Weller (organ on Holy Mountain) and Johnny Marr (guitar and harmonica on If Love Is The Law). 

Holmes said, “People are going to be surprised. I think people love Noel and they’re desperate for him to make a really big, bold, up-tempo beast of a record – a lot of Noel’s music is quite mid-tempo. This one is fun.”

Adds Gallagher, "We took a keyboard riff we liked from an unused track and added chords. A year later we came to deal with it as a song and when we got to the chorus, David kept asking me to write a new one…again and again and again. I was ready to strangle him. The one that you hear is the eighth attempt and, you know what? The annoying thing is he was right.”

On "Holy Mountain," Gallagher says, “David played me the sample, so I worked out the chords and we demoed just a few, short minutes of it, taking it away on tour and playing with it. When it became a song back in Belfast it was so joyous, I just had to do it justice. What’s more joyous than being in love, baby? So, I wrote a song about love and it’s one of the best things that I’ve ever done.”

US Tour Dates:

February 9th, 2018 Detroit, MI, The Cathedral at Masonic Temple
February 10th, 2018 Columbus, OH , Express Live!
February 12th, 2018 Washington, DC, Anthem
February 13th, 2018 Philadelphia, PA, Merriam Theater
February 15th, 2018 New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
February 17th, 2018 Boston, MA, Opera House
February 18th, 2018 Montreal, QC, Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid Pelletier
February 20th, 2018 Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
February 23rd, 2018 Cleveland, OH, Goodyear Theater
February 24th, 2018 Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
February 25th, 2018 Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre
February 27th, 2018 Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
February 28th, 2018 Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
March 2nd, 2018 New Orleans, LA Orpheum Theatre
March 3rd, 2018 Houston, TX, House of Blues
March 5th, 2018 Austin, TX, Moody Theater At ACL Live
March 6th, 2018 Dallas, TX, Majestic Theater
March 9th, 2018 Las Vegas, NV, The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
March 10th, 2018 Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
March 12th, 2018 Los Angeles, CA, The Orpheum

Track Listing:

1. Fort Knox
2. Holy Mountain
3. Keep On Reaching
4. It's A Beautiful World
5. She Taught Me How To Fly
6. Be Careful What You Wish For
7. Black & White Sunshine
8. Interlude (Wednesday Part 1)
9. If Love Is The Law
10. The Man Who Built The Moon
11. End Credits (Wednesday Part 2)

Bonus track:
Dead In The Water (Live at RTÉ 2FM Studios, Dublin)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Two new albums coming soon from pop legend Johnny Mathis

Columbia Records has announced legendary vocalist Johnny Mathis will release his new album, Johnny Mathis Sings The Great New American Songbook on September 29. The eagerly awaited album features 11 inspired Mathis interpretations of prevailing current songs that comprise the modern great American songbook, all imbued with the iconic vocalist’s indelible touch.

The new album is available for pre-order here: Fans who pre-order the album will receive the instant grat track “Hallelujah,” originally recorded by Leonard Cohen.

Produced by Grammy winning music greats Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and Clive Davis, Johnny Mathis Sings The Great New American Songbook features a matchless array of modern day ‘standards’ christened by Mathis’ intuitive delivery, (full track listing below). 

Among the songs included are “Hello,” originally recorded by Adele, “Happy,” originally recorded by Pharrell, the aforementioned “Hallelujah,” originally recorded by Leonard Cohen, “You Raise Me Up,” originally recorded by Josh Groban, “I Believe I Can Fly,” originally recorded by R. Kelly, “Just The Way You Are,” originally recorded by Bruno Mars, and “Run To You,” (featuring Kenny G) originally recorded by Whitney Houston.

One of the seminal voices of popular music, Johnny Mathis has attained unparalleled achievement as a recording artist and live performer in an incredible career that has spanned more than six decades. Universally recognized for his inimitable artistry and signature renderings of the American song catalogue, his vast stylistic range has encompassed romantic interpretations of jazz and pop standards, music composed for stage and film, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music both sacred and secular, enduring as one of the most acclaimed traditional pop vocalists in music history.

Track listing:

1. Hallelujah
2. Once Before I Go
3. Blue Ain’t Your Color
4. You Raise Me Up
5. Say Something
6. Just The Way You Are
7. I Believe I Can Fly
8. Remember When
9. Happy
10. Hello
11. Run To You (feat. Kenny G)

In related news...

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is set to release The Voice of Romance: The Columbia Original Album Collection, the definitive Johnny Mathis career-spanning box set, on December 8.

The 68-disc set comes as a part of the continued celebration of the enduring musical achievements of Johnny Mathis (who first signed with Columbia Records in 1955.) Legacy has worked closely with Mathis on the curation of his Columbia catalog, pouring through the label's deep archive of studio and live material, restoring and remastering tracks for digital release.

Within this vast career-spanning boxset, Legacy Recordings has included 62 Columbia albums that have been remastered (25 of which are available on CD for the very first time), two previously unreleased albums, a 2-disc collection featuring 40 previously unreleased songs as well as Johnny Mathis Sings The Great New American Songbook.

Skinny Lister expands latest album

London-based rock band Skinny Lister has announced a new double-CD version of its third critically acclaimed album, The Devil, The Heart & The Fight, with new artwork, live tracks and three brand new songs.

New tracks “Thing Like That” and forthcoming festive single “Christmas Calls” lead the second CD of the new package before treating the listener to the frenetic energy of their live performances from the band's biggest sold out London show to date at the Scala, and from the Roundhouse during Frank Turner's Lost Evenings Festival both in May 2017. This two-CD re-release will be out Friday, October 27 on Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, Against Me!), and pre-order is up now through the Xtra Mile store, iTunes and Amazon.

Check out the band playing “Hamburg Drunk” from the Roundhouse HERE with on-the-road footage taken from the weekend they performed at Hurricane, Southside and Glastonbury Festivals.

The bonus disc also features acoustic sessions from Paste in New York and the Xtra Mile Outside Broadcast truck. The disc also features four tracks of live band banter, and ends with a lo-fi version of new track “Boy Ashore."

Tour dates: 

20 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues (Cambridge Room)
21 - San Antonio, TX - The Paper Tiger
23 - Phoenix, AZ - The Valley Bar
24 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
25 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
27 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
28 - Seattle, WA - Barbooza

02 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall
03 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
05 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
06 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
07 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
08 - Pittsburgh, PA – The Club at Stage AE
09 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
11 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
13 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
14 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East
15 - Mobile, AL - Merry Widow
16 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
17 - Austin, TX - SXSW

The Devil, The Heart & The Fight Deluxe track listing:

CD 1
01. Wanted
02. Geordie Lad
03. Tragedy in A Minor
04. Devil In Me
05. Injuries
06. Reunion
07. Beat It From the Chest
08. Hamburg Drunk
09. Grace
10. Charlie
11. Fair Winds & Following Seas
12. Carry

01. Live Intro
02. Thing Like That (new song)
03. Christmas Calls (new song)
04. Band Chat - Roundhouse
05. Wanted (Live at London Roundhouse)
06. Hamburg Drunk (Live at London Roundhouse)
07. This Is War (Live at London Roundhouse)
08. Band Chat – Sessions
09. Injuries (Paste Session)
10. Tragedy In A Minor (Paste Session)
11. Geordie Lad (XMROB1 Truck Session)
12. Band Chat - Bootlegs
13. John Kanaka (London Scala Bootleg)
14. Cathy (London Scala Bootleg)
15. Bold As Brass (London Scala Bootleg)
16. Band chat – Boy Ashore
17. Boy Ashore (new song)

Little Big Town tour news

After launching a historic sold-out year-long residency at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium, Grammy Award-winning vocal group Little Big Town announced they will bring their critically-acclaimed harmonies to arenas nationwide starting Spring 2018 with The Breakers Tour.

The highly-anticipated multi-city run begins in February. Additional stops will be announced at a later date. 

Tickets for The Breakers Tour go on-sale everywhere Friday, September 22nd at 10am local time. Two enhanced ticket experiences, the ‘Happy People’and ‘The Breaker’ experiences, will be offered throughout the tour. Additional experiences include a meet & greet with Little Big Town, a Q&A; session, exclusive merchandise, and more. To purchase tickets and for more informationon all ticket experiences, visit

Little Big Town’s landmark year to date includes the release of their chart-topping album The Breaker (2/24)- which debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard 200 All Genre chart-as well as the group’s fifth ACM Award win as Vocal Group of the Year. Additionally, the Multi-Platinum selling Country group was recently inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame and earned their 26th career CMA Award nomination, including nominations for Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Music Video of the Year categories.

Their critically acclaimed album, The Breaker, as well as their recent headlining Ryman Residency, “Little Big Town at the Mother Church,” have garnered the reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year praise for their four-part harmonies and progressive sound that has produced hits such as "Boondocks," "Bring It On Home,""Good As Gone," and "Little White Church," as well as their #1 singles "Pontoon," "Tornado," "Day Drinking," and most recently, the history-making best-selling country single of 2015,"Girl Crush,” and this year’s multi-week #1 single, "Better Man."

2018 Tour dates:

Oklahoma City, OK
Chesapeake Energy Arena

Austin, TX
Frank Erwin Center

Grand Prairie, TX
Verizon Theatre - Grand Prairie

Columbus, OH
Schottenstein Center

Rosemont, IL
Allstate Arena


Toledo, OH
Huntington Center

Wilkes-Barre, PA
Mohegan Sun Arena

Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun

New York, NY
Radio City Music Hall

Reading, PA
Santander Arena

Washington, DC

Green Bay, WI
Resch Center

Duluth, MN
Amsoil Arena

Grand Forks, ND
Ralph Engelstad

Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Arena

Cedar Rapids, IA
U.S. Cellular Center

Sioux City, IA
Tyson Events Center

Minneapolis, MN
Target Center

Milwaukee, WI
BMO Harris Bradley Ctr

St. Louis, MO
Chaifetz Arena

Greensboro, NC
Greensboro Coliseum

Greenville, SC
Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Atlanta, GA
Infinite Energy Arena

Saturday Night Fever film and soundtrack to get deluxe reissue

This should be very interesting. Read all the details from the press release below...

In 1977, Saturday Night Fever captured and propelled a global cultural movement like few movies before or since, with its iconic, Bee Gees-led soundtrack driving the film’s dancefloor action. A worldwide smash upon release and an essential modern classic for all time, ‘Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack)’ spawned four No. 1 singles and won the Grammy for Album of the Year.

On Nov. 17, Capitol/UMe will release the illustrious soundtrack’s 40thAnniversary Edition in expanded commemorative configurations including a super deluxe box set that pairs the remastered album and remixes with the film’s 4K-restored 40th Anniversary Director’s Cut.

“Forty years ago, Saturday Night Fever was released and the impact that came from it, even today, is inexplicable. It was inexplicable even then,” writes the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb in his new essay for Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) 40th Anniversary Edition.

The ‘Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack)’ 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition box set features two CDs with the remastered original album and four Serban Ghenea remixes, the remastered album on heavyweight 180-gram 2-LP vinyl in a gatefold jacket with faithfully replicated original album art, and a Blu-ray disc with the film’s 4K-restored 40th Anniversary Director’s Cut and Theatrical Version, plus bonus features.

For the collectible box set, it adds a 23-page book with newly-written essays by Barry Gibb,Saturday Night Fever music supervisor and soundtrack producer Bill Oakes, director John Badham, and the film’s score composer and musician David Shire, as well as Bee Gees photos and stills from the film, plus an exclusive turntable slipmat, a set of five art prints,and a reproduction of the original Saturday Night Fever movie poster. The soundtrack’s new 2-CD and digital 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition pairs the remastered album with the four new Serban Ghenea remixes.

Preorder ‘Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack)’ 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition box set and Deluxe Edition: 

Composed and performed primarily by the Bee Gees, the legendary album’s mega-hits include “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “More Than A Woman,” and “If I Can’t Have You.” Certified 15-times multi-platinum by the RIAA for U.S. album sales totaling more than 15 million, ‘Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack)’ has sold more than 40 million copies around the world. The album topped the U.S. album charts at No. 1 for 24 consecutive weeks and remained on Billboard’s albums chart for 120 weeks, also holding the No. 1 spot on the U.K. album charts for 18 consecutive weeks. In 2004, ‘Saturday Night Fever(The Original Movie Soundtrack)’ was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® and it was added to the U.S. Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry as a culturally significant work in 2013.

For Saturday Night Fever’s 40th Anniversary, the film’s director John Badham worked with Paramount Pictures to restore the film in 4K resolution using the original negative, and to update the film’s surround sound mix to further enhance viewers’ enjoyment of its incredible soundtrack. During this process, he added scenes to the R-rated theatrical version that round out character and plot, making the 40th Anniversary Director’s Cut the definitive representation of his original vision.

With John Travolta’s electrifying Academy Award®-nominated performance, the Bee Gees’ explosive soundtrack and, of course, the unforgettable dancing, Saturday Night Fever captured the angst and brio of the time, making an indelible impact on popular culture. Forty years later, the film about a Brooklyn kid with no prospects who lives for Saturday night continues to be revered and celebrated.

The Bee Gees – brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb – have earned their stature as one of the world’s most popular and bestselling groups of all time. Having recorded 22 studio albums and for numerous soundtracks, including the monumentally successful Saturday Night Fever, the Bee Gees infused popular culture with dozens of worldwide hit singles that featured their singular and highly influential three-part harmonies. They achieved nine Number Ones and 23 Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Night Fever,” and “Stayin’ Alive” from Saturday Night Fever, and hit charts around the world with many other classics, including “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart,” “I Started A Joke,” “Lonely Days,” “Words,” and “You Win Again.”

Among the honors bestowed upon the Bee Gees are five GRAMMY Awards®, as well as The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Legend Award, and President’s Award; five American Music Awards; a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music; and a Legend Award from the World Music Awards. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, BMI Icons, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and the Dance Music Hall of Fame. All three brothers were appointed Commanders in the Order of the British Empire in 2001.

‘Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack)’ 40th Anniversary Edition 180g 2LP vinyl available now: 

Also available now: The Bee Gees’ Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits: 

Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition
[2-CD / 2-LP / Blu-ray box set]

CD 1
1. Stayin' Alive [performed by Bee Gees]
2. How Deep Is Your Love [performed by Bee Gees]
3. Night Fever [performed by Bee Gees]
4. More Than a Woman [performed by Bee Gees]
5. If I Can't Have You [performed by Yvonne Elliman]
6. A Fifth of Beethoven [performed by Walter Murphy]
7. More Than a Woman [performed by Tavares]
8. Manhattan Skyline [performed by David Shire]
9. Calypso Breakdown [performed by Ralph MacDonald]
10. Night on Disco Mountain [performed by David Shire]
11. Open Sesame [performed by Kool & the Gang]
12. Jive Talkin' [performed by Bee Gees]
13. You Should Be Dancing [performed by Bee Gees]
14. Boogie Shoes [performed by KC and the Sunshine Band]
15. Salsation [performed by David Shire]
16. K-Jee [performed by MFSB]
17. Disco Inferno [performed by The Trammps]

CD 2
The Serban Ghenea Mixes
1. Stayin' Alive
2. Night Fever
3. How Deep Is Your Love
4. You Should Be Dancing

2LP Vinyl
1. Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees) 6. A Fifth of Beethoven (Walter Murphy)
2. How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees) 7. More Than a Woman (Tavares)
3. Night Fever (Bee Gees) 8. Manhattan Skyline (David Shire)
4. More Than a Woman (Bee Gees) 9. Calypso Breakdown (Ralph MacDonald)
5. If I Can't Have You (Yvonne Elliman)

10. Night on Disco Mountain (David Shire) 15. Salsation (David Shire)
11. Open Sesame (Kool & the Gang) 16. K-Jee (MFSB)
12. Jive Talkin'  (Bee Gees) 17. Disco Inferno (The Trammps)
13. You Should Be Dancing (Bee Gees)
14. Boogie Shoes (KC and the Sunshine Band)

Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary Director’s Cut by John Badham [4K-restored under supervision of director John Badham]

Saturday Night Fever Theatrical Version [4K-restored under supervision of director John Badham]

- Audio Commentary by director John Badham [Theatrical Version Only]
- '70s Discopedia [Theatrical Version Only]
- Catching the Fever
- Back to Bay Ridge
- Dance Like Travolta with John Cassese
- Fever Challenge!
- Deleted Scenes

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Lone Bellow's new album out now; currently on the road

The Lone Bellow's third studio album Walk Into A Storm is out via Descendant Records/Sony Music Masterworks. The album was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded in Nashville, TN.

Recently the band made an appearance at Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where they performed "Time's Always Leaving" and "Deeper In The Water" and were on CBS THIS MORNING SATURDAY. A music video is out for their first single, "Time's Always Leaving," featuring actor Marc Menchaca, who has been seen in Generation Kill, Homeland, and currently in Netflix's Ozark. Watch the video here.

The group just hit the road in support of their new album (see dates below). 

It's been three years since Then Came The Morning was released. The album was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner and nominated for an Americana Music Award. The Lone Bellow appeared on Kimmel, Letterman, Conan, CBS This Morning, Later...with Jools Holland and James Corden in support of the album. In the years since the release the band left Brooklyn and moved to Nashville, TN.

Track listing:

1. Deeper In The Water
2. Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy
3. May You Be Well
4. Come Break My Heart Again
5. Feather
6. Walk Into A Storm
7. Time's Always Leaving
8. Can't Be Happy For Long
9. Between The Lines
10. Long Way To Go

Tour dates:

Sept 20 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
Sept 21 - Central Park Summerstage - New York, NY#
Sept 23 - Farm to Fork Festival- Sacramento, CA
Sept 29 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC ^
Sept 30 - Riverfront Park Concert Series - Lynchburg, VA
Oct 01 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH^
Oct 02 - Opera House - Toronto, ONT^
Oct 03 - El Club - Detroit, MI^
Oct 05 - Lincoln Theatre - Columbus, OH ^
Oct 06 - Dave Finkelman Auditorium - Middletown, OH ^
Oct 07 - Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY^
Oct 08 - Deluxe at Old National Center - Indianapolis, IN
Oct 10 - Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL^
Oct 11- Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL^
Oct 13 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI ^
Oct 14 - The Englert Theatre - Iowa City, IA ^
Oct 15 - Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis, MN ^
Nov 01 - Bijou Theater - Knoxville, TN*
Nov 02 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA*
Nov 05 - Iron City Birmingham - Birmingham, AL*
Nov 06 - Charleston Music Hall - Charleston, SC*
Nov 07 - Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC*
Nov 09 - Haw River Ballroom - Saxapahaw, NC*
Nov 10 - 9:30 Club - Washington D.C.*
Nov 12 - Infinity Hall Hartford - Hartford, CT*
Nov 14 - State Theatre - Portland, ME*
Nov 15 - House of Blues - Boston, MA*
Nov 16 - Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT*
Nov 17 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA*

#Supporting The Head And The Heart
*w/ The Wild Reeds
^w/ Mt. Joy

Cut Copy news

photo: Jimmy Fontaine
"Black Rainbows," a track from Cut Copy's forthcoming album, Haiku From Zero, is available now at all digital retailers HERE. Pre-order the digital album HERE  
Listen to "Black Rainbows" on YouTube HERE.

NPR Music is offering fans an exclusive "First Listen" to Haiku From Zero in the week leading up to its Sept. 22 release. Fans can stream the album NPR declares "magnificently ambitious" in its entirety HERE through Sept. 21.

Haiku From Zero - Cut Copy's first proper studio album in nearly four years and first for Astralwerks - was produced by Ben Allen (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Neon Indian).

A 7" of "Standing in the Middle of the Field" featuring an exclusive, unreleased b-side will be available to those who pre-order the vinyl edition of Haiku From Zero at select U.S. record stores. To find a participating store, visit Cut Copy also shared a remix "Standing in the Middle of the Field" by Ara Koufax; listen on SoundCloud HERE.

Cut Copy will support Haiku From Zero with a North American headline tour that kicks off in November in Santa Cruz, CA. The run will include a November 24 show at Terminal 5 in New York City. See below for itinerary. Tickets are available at Prior to the tour's launch, Cut Copy will perform at several U.S. festivals, including CRSSD and Austin City Limits.

Initially a bedroom recording project by Whitford, Cut Copy evolved into a full-fledged band with guitarist Tim Hoey, drummer Mitchell Scott, and bass player Ben Browning. The quartet's studio albums also include In Ghost Colours and 2011's Zonoscope, which won two ARIA Awards and was nominated for a GRAMMY.

The band's songs have been licensed for use in television, games and commercials, including FIFA 18, Chevrolet, Netflix, Amazon and Levi's® #LiveinLevis campaign. DJing and mixes have also been a big part of Cut Copy's identity - from the band's famed Fabric mix, Fabriclive.29, to the 2014 Melbourne dance compilation, Oceans Apart.

In addition to headlining massive sold-out shows, the band has gained prime slots at prestigious festivals such as Coachella, Ultra and Lollapalooza in the U.S.; Primavera in Spain, Pitchfork in Paris; Summer Sonic in Japan; and Big Day Out in Australia.

10/1 - San Diego, CA @ CRSSD Festival
10/3 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
10/5 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Jones Assembly
10/7 - Austin, TX @ Zilker Park - Austin City Limits
11/9 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club
11/12 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/14 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
11/15 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/16 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
11/17 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/18 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
11/21 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
11/22 - Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
11/24 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/26 - Boston, MA @ Royale
11/30 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
12/1 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
12/2 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12/3 - Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
12/5 - Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
12/6 - Miami, FL @ North Beach Bandshell