Friday, November 30, 2018

Alice Merton readies 'Mint' for January release

Alice Merton has shared her new single entitled "Funny Business." When talking about the track Alice says, "I’m not someone who messes around, nor do I like being messed around with. My gut will always tell me if something makes sense or not. Who I should and shouldn’t trust. I can promise you one thing in life… I don’t do funny business."

The single will be featured on upcoming album Mint, which is out Jan. 18 via Mom+Pop Music. Recently Alice's breakout single "No Roots" was certified gold by the RIAA. Check out Alice's upcoming tour dates below and pre-order Mint here.

About Alice Merton:

The chart-topping singer-songwriter wrote her most euphoric, pop-friendly track to date at a time when critics and hot-takers seemed intent on sucking the joy out of everything.

“I kept getting asked in interviews, ‘Do you think you’re gonna be a one-hit wonder?’” Alice Merton laughs. “I went into the studio and said, ‘Music is supposed to be fun! We don’t write songs to be hits, we write songs so we feel good.’”

Out came "Why So Serious."

“Some talk about growing up and moving around a lot,” the English-German artist (who once moved 12 times over 24 years) observes, “But a lot of others discuss the struggles we’ve had with starting a label, the feeling of trying to prove yourself to everyone.” While studying at University of Popular Music and Music Business, Alice Merton founded Paper Plane Records Int. with her best friend and manager Paul Grauwinkel, while crafting songs alongside co-writer and producer Nicolas Rebscher.

Label and radio reps scoffed at “No Roots” - It’s a minute too long! Take the guitars out! - but by the time it topped Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart in the U.S. and amassed over 142 million YouTube streams, naysayers turned to supporters.

Long safe from those one-hit wonder jabs (the fiery “Lash Out” followed “No Roots” as an alt radio staple) Mint finds Alice Merton progressing from the owner of a handful of hits to an accomplished album artist.

On “Funny Business,” she ventures outside her usual circle of collaborators and enlists Grammy-nominated producer John Hill (co-producer and co-writer of Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still”).

She has gone platinum in six countries, amassed over 261 million global streams, sold out headlining dates in New York and Washington, D.C., and has been appeared on The Tonight Show, Late Late Show and Live With Kelly and Ryan in America.

"It feels really relieving,” she affirms. “I’m excited we can finally put these songs out and even start working on the next chapter.”

Track listing:

1. Learn To Live
2. 2 Kids
3. No Roots
4. Funny Business
5. Homesick
6. Lash Out
7. Speak your Mind
8. Don't Hold A Grudge
9. Honeymoon Heartbreak
10. Trouble In Paradise
11. Why So Serious

Tour dates:

12/1 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - WSFS Riptide Music Festival
12/2 - Tampa, FL - 97X Next Big Thing
12/5 - Buffalo, NY - WLKK Kerfuffle Before Christmas
12/8 - Portland, OR - KNRK December to Remember
12/9 - San Diego, CA - KBZT Not So Silent Night 

Cayucas has new album on tap for February

photo: Cara Robbins
Cayucas, the Santa Monica based indie-pop creation of twin brothers Zach and Ben Yudin, have released a nostalgic 90's inspired video, "Winter of '98" (PRESS HERE to listen on Spotify; PRESS HERE to watch video).

According to Zach Yudin, "Winter of '98 was inspired by the feelings of the late nineties, moments, images, places, and faces. It was cold. And things were new. A last chance to say something to someone you may never see again."

Along with the release of this track comes the announcement of Cayucas' forthcoming album, Real Life, scheduled for release in February 2019 on Park The Van Records. The new material represents the first release since their 2015 sophomore album Dancing At The Blue.

Track listing:

Jessica WJ
Real Life
Melrose Place
Naked Shower Scene
Winter of '98
What It Feels Like

David Archuleta to appear in San Bernardino, Calif. on Saturday

photo: Rachel Deeb
David Archuleta, best known as a second-place finalist on “American Idol” and for the top 10 single “Crush” in 2008, is currently on a Christmas tour. It includes a special headline show with the San Bernardino Symphony on Dec. 1.

During past orchestral shows, the Tennessee-based vocalist found “the experience of sharing the stage with so many other talented musicians was powerful.”

The rare Inland Empire appearance is slated to feature songs off both his Christmas albums. Archuleta is particularly excited to do selections from the new collection “Winter in the Air” because they were geared toward “a classic 1940s and ‘50s feel with string arrangements…I really love singing (the luxurious title track) live and bringing people into a winter wonderland,” he said.

Archuleta went for an old school style” in the vein of Nat King Cole and “timeless feel” on the new album. He co-penned vibrant opener “Christmas Everyday” alongside Grammy-nominated songwriter Dave Barnes (Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett).

“I wanted to make the songs feel familiar, not just by the melody and lyric, but through the arrangements. “I had a lot of fun with it and the strings have that happy ‘classic Christmas’ feel to them.”

San Bernardino Symphony:
The program’s first half, with guest conductor Dean Anderson, will include music by Tchaikovsky, Vaughn Williams, Rimsky-Korsakov, Anderson and a Nilo Alcala world premiere. Archuleta performs during the second half.
When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1
Where: California Theatre of Performing Arts, 562 W. 4th St., San Bernardino
Tickets: $30-$65; $15 active military and students
Information: 909-381-5388,

Archuleta's remaining (non-orchestral) holiday concert schedule runs through mid-December. For more info, go to

The Decemberists news

The Decemberists will release a new EP, Traveling On, on December 14. It will be available on 10” vinyl, CD, and as a digital album and is a collection of B-sides from the sessions that produced their album I’ll Be Your Girl, which came out in March. Listen to the title track “Traveling On,” which is available to stream or download.

I’ll Be Your Girl found the band—lead vocalist and guitarist Colin Meloy, guitarist Chris Funk, keyboardist Jenny Conlee, bassist Nate Query, and drummer John Moen—working with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana del Rey). The album featured the #1 Triple A radio hit “Severed.”

Track listing:

1. Down On The Knuckle
2. I Will Not Say Your Name
3. Tripping Along (Full Band Version)
4. Midlist Author
5. Traveling On

Out now: Dolly Parton soundtrack for Netflix film Dumplin’

Dolly Parton’s soundtrack for the Netflix film Dumplin’, produced by Linda Perry, has been released.

The album features We Are Hear artists (a record label and management company co-founded by Linda Perry and Kerry Brown) Dorothy, who performs with Macy Grey on the track “Two Doors Down” and Willa Amai who performs on “Here You Come Again.” Stream or download Dumplin’ here

"Working with Dolly Parton on the Dumplin' soundtrack was the highlight of my career,” says producer Linda Perry. We were like two peas in a pod. Although very different, we share the same passion for our art and creativity. It was certainly a plus having two of We Are Hear's artists be featured on a duet with Dolly on the soundtrack. Willa Amai doing "Here You Come Again" and Dorothy singing "Two Doors Down" also featuring Macy Gray."

For the Dumplin’ soundtrack, Dolly Parton teams with female artists including Miranda Lambert, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, pop superstar Sia and soul legend Mavis Staples, as well as Elle King, Willa Amai, and Macy Gray featuring Dorothy. Produced by songwriter Linda Perry, with whom Parton co-wrote six of the LP’s dozen tracks, the album also features cameos from the film’s stars Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston.

The upcoming film tells the story of plus-sized teenager Willowdean Dickson, (Macdonald), nicknamed Dumplin’ by her mother, Rosie, a former beauty queen (Aniston). When she signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest, she shakes things up in their small Texas town. Written for the screen by Kristin Hahn, it is based on author Julie Murphy’s 2015 young-adult novel of the same name, which topped the New York Times bestsellers list upon its release.

Dumplin’ debuts on Netflix December 7th and will also be released in select theaters that day.

Track listing:

1. Girl in the Movies
2. Push & Pull (with Jennifer Aniston & Danielle MacDonald)
3. Here I Am (with Sia)
4. Dumb Blonde (with Miranda Lambert)
5. Why (with Mavis Staples)
6. If We Don’t (with Alison Krauss & Rhonda Vincent)
7. Red Shoes
8. Holdin’ On To You (with Elle King)
9. Here You Come Again (with Willa Amal)
10. Who
11. Jolene (new string mix)
12. Two Doors Down (with Macy Gray featuring Dorothy)
13. Here You Come Again (club remix)
14. Jolene (club remix)

Former Yellowcard frontman William Ryan Key sings of 'Virtue'

William Ryan Key, the former singer of Yellowcard, just released Virtue, his second EP of the year via Lone Tree Recordings. It following the debut EP Thirteen and several tours this year with acts such as New Found Glory and Mayday Parade.

"When I first started making my own music earlier this year, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I think Virtue is an expression of discovery, and a statement that I am finding my own sound," he says. "These songs have helped me navigate the beginning of this new chapter in my life, but they are also an invitation to all of you to join me as I move forward. Thank you for listening.”

As for the song “Downtown (Up North),” Key says working on it was "
one of the coolest experiences of my musical career. For many years now, the music I listen to the most has been post-rock and instrumental. One of my favorite and most influential artists is Hammock. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Marc Byrd, one of the founding members, since I’ve moved to Franklin, TN. When I started writing for Virtue and had the demo for ‘Downtown’, I sent it to Marc and asked if he’d be interested in producing some cello for the song. I ended up getting to work with him and Hammock’s cellist, Matt Slocum [Sixpence None the Richer] on the track. I feel so lucky to get to work and collaborate with artists that inspire me."

While leading of one of the top alternative rock bands of the last two decades, he was able to feel the united front of his bandmates. But now, as a solo musician, Key has presented a vulnerable side.

“With Virtue, I wanted to explore and expand on the sound I’ve discovered both musically and lyrically," he says. "Similar to my first release, all of the songs came together in such a spontaneous manner. The recording sessions were very much driven by capturing what felt right in the moment, and moving on to the next idea."

Largely anchored in and around NYC landmarks (Broadway, The Bowery, The Turnpike, Downtown, and Upstate all make cameos), Virtue's instrumental track "The Same Destination” is something that Yellowcard has played with on past releases.

Like a proud father, looking back at his progeny, Ryan concludes, "I’m really proud of these songs, and I can’t wait for people to hear them.”

Track listing:

1. The Same Destination
2. Mortar and Stone
3. The Bowery
4. Virtue
5. Downtown (Up North)
6. No More, No Less

Monday, November 26, 2018

Ingénue live from k.d. lang to air on PBS; home video release in December

photo: Estelle Massry
Singer-songwriter k.d. lang performs a 25th anniversary concert celebrating her critically acclaimed 1992 album "Ingénue" from the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas, in k.d. lang - Landmarks Live in Concert - A Great Performances Special, premiering nationwide Friday, December 14 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

The "Ingénue" album allowed lang and co-writer-producer Ben Mink to explore jazz, cabaret and Tin Pan Alley songwriting, resulting in some of her greatest compositions. This Landmarks Live in Concert special features an uninterrupted performance of the complete "Ingénue" album, including lang's Grammy Award-winning hit "Constant Craving," "Save Me," "Wash Me Clean," "Season of Hollow Soul" and "Miss Chatelaine." The concert also includes Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah" and a previously unreleased song by lang and Joe Pisapia, "Sleeping Alone." The special also features an interview with lang by James Reed, an entertainment editor at Los Angeles Times.

"'Ingénue' was a change in vernacular and vocabulary in that it was personal-finding some romantic space," said k.d. lang. "It was time. It was me. I had gotten to a time and point where I wanted to be me."

Song List:

"Save Me"
"The Mind of Love"
"Miss Chatelaine"
"Wash Me Clean"
"So It Shall Be"
"Still Thrives This Love"
"Season of Hollow Soul" (full video below)
"Outside Myself"
"Tears of Love's Recall"
"Constant Craving"
"Sleeping Alone"

The concert will be available to stream the following day via PBS Passport (contact your local PBS station for details) at and PBS apps. PBS Passport is a special benefit for PBS supporters to access an on-demand library of over 1,000 hours of quality public television programming.

A concert DVD and Blu-ray also will be available Dec. 14 via MVD Entertainment Group. k.d. lang's "Ingénue: 25th Anniversary Edition" was released by Nonesuch Records last year in celebration of the double platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning album's silver anniversary. The two-disc set includes remastered versions of the album's original 10 tracks as well as eight previously unreleased performances from lang's 1993 MTV Unplugged episode, recorded in New York City's famed Ed Sullivan Theater.

Great Performances is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, one of America's most prolific and respected public media providers. Throughout its more than 40-year history on PBS, Great Performances has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America's most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming.

Snow Patrol back on the road in America this spring; Europe, with So. America tours beforehand

photo: Bradley Quinn
Fresh off a stadium tour with Ed Sheeran, Snow Patrol has confirmed a North American headlining tour in Spring 2019. Tickets for all newly announced dates will go on sale Friday, Nov. 30 at 10am local time here

Snow Patrol has previously announced twenty-four dates on their headlining European tour, with stops in cities including Berlin, Munich, Paris, Madrid, Dublin, and London (full dates below). Tickets for all these dates are on sale now and available here.

Recently Snow Patrol, returned to The Late Late Show With James Corden, where Gary Lightbody performed a stirring rendition of “What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?” accompanied by Johnny McDaid on piano. During rehearsals, James Corden also joined Lightbody and McDaid for a behind the scenes duet of the song ahead of the show. Watch the televised performance of “What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?” here.

Snow Patrol’s album Wildness, their first album in seven years, is out now and available for purchase on all formats here. To celebrate the release of Wildness, Snow Patrol debuted new music videos for “A Youth Written In Fire,” “Life and Death,” “Wild Horses,” “Soon,” and “A Dark Switch.” The band has previously released music videos for “Empress” “What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?,” “Life On Earth,” and “Don’t Give In,” and you can watch them all here.

Additionally, Ed Sheeran performed “What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get” on his Instagram to support the release of Wildness:

North American Headlining Tour Dates:

April 18 /// Dallas, TX /// South Side Ballroom
April 20 /// Austin, TX /// Moody Theater
April 21 /// Houston, TX /// Revention Music Center
April 23 /// Nashville, TN /// Ryman Auditorium
April 24 /// Atlanta, GA /// Tabernacle
April 26 /// Washington, DC /// The Anthem
April 27 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Tower Theater
April 29 /// Boston, MA /// Orpheum Theatre
April 30 /// New York, NY /// Terminal 5
May 3 /// Toronto, ON /// Danforth Music Hall
May 4 /// Detroit, MI /// Royal Oak Music Theatre
May 7 /// Chicago, IL /// Riviera Theatre
May 8 /// Minneapolis, MN /// First Avenue
May 10 /// Denver, CO /// Paramount Theatre
May 11 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// The Depot
May 13 /// Vancouver, BC /// Queen Elizabeth Theatre
May 14 /// Portland, OR /// Roseland Theatre
May 15 /// Seattle, WA /// Showbox SoDo
May 18 /// Las Vegas, NV /// The Joint @ Hard Rock
May 20 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Warfield
May 21 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Wiltern

Headlining European Tour Dates:

Dec 5 /// Newcastle, England /// Metro Radio Arena ^
Dec 7 /// Belfast, Northern Ireland /// The SSE Arena * SOLD OUT
Dec 8 /// Belfast, Northern Ireland /// SSE Arena*
Dec 11 /// Dublin, Ireland /// 3Arena*
Jan 14 /// Amsterdam, Netherlands /// Ziggo Dome SOLD OUT
Jan 15 /// Hamburg, Germany /// Barclaycard Arena
Jan 16 /// Berlin, Germany /// Velodrom
Jan 18 /// Munich, Germany /// Zenith
Jan 19 /// Zurich, Switzerland /// Samsung Hall
Jan 20 /// Oberhausen, Germany /// Konig Pilsner Arena
Jan 22 /// Brussels, Belgium /// Forest National SOLD OUT
Jan 23 /// Paris, France /// Zenith
Jan 25 /// Birmingham, England /// Birmingham Arena %
Jan 26 /// London, England /// O2 Arena % SOLD OUT
Jan 27 /// Bournemouth, England /// Bournemouth International Centre %
Jan 29 /// Leeds, England /// First Direct Arena %
Jan 30 /// Manchester, England /// Manchester Arena %
Jan 31 /// Glasgow, Scotland /// The SSE Hydro %
Feb 2 /// London, England /// Wembley Arena %
Feb 8 /// Frankfurt, Germany /// Jahrhunderhalle
Feb 9 /// Vienna, Austria /// Gasometer
Feb 11 /// Milan, Italy /// Fabrique
Feb 13 /// Barcelona, Spain /// Razzmatazz
Feb 14 /// Madrid, Spain /// La Riviera
Feb 16 /// Lisbon, Portugal /// Campo Pequeno

% Special Guests: Kodaline And Roe
^ Special Guests: Foy Vance And Roe
* Special Guests: Ryan Mcmullan And Sam Fender
Snow Patrol Festival Dates:

Feb 20 /// Dubai, United Arab Emirates /// Dubai Jazz Festival
Mar 16-17 /// Mexico City, Mexico /// Vive Latino Festival
Mat 22-23 /// Monterrey, Mexico /// Pal Norte Festival
Mar 29-31 /// Santiago, Chile /// Lollapalooza
Mar 29-31 /// Lollapalooza /// Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 5-7 /// Sao Paulo, Brazil /// Lollapalooza

Next Mike Posner album due in January

Grammy-nominated, worldwide multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter and producer Mike Posner (“I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” “Cooler Than Me”), follows up the recent performance of his current single “Song About You” on CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden, with the news that A REAL GOOD KID, his long-awaited third album will be released on Jan. 18 via Island Records.

Pre-order is available now here and includes newly revealed track “Stuck In The Middle.”


“Song About You,” the first track released off the upcoming album, has already amassed over 20 million streams and hit the charts on three radio formats (Top 40, Alternative, Hot AC).

In 2010, his debut, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, yielded the double-platinum “Cooler Than Me” and platinum-certified “Please Don’t Go” and “Bow Chicka Wow Wow.” In between tours with artists such as Justin Bieber, Mike became one of the industry’s most sought after hitmakers. He’s the man behind a string of smashes including Maroon 5’s six-times platinum “Sugar,” Justin Bieber’s triple-platinum “Boyfriend,” and Labrinth ft. Emeli Sandé ‘s “Beneath Your Beautiful,” in addition to songs for everybody from Pharrell, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Sean to T.I., Snoop Dogg, and Avicii.

In 2016, Mike’s second full-length album, At Night, Alone, included the RIAA 4x-platinum smash “I Took A Pill In Ibiza”—which has amassed 3 billion worldwide streams, went Top 10 in 85 countries, held #1 on Top 40 for two weeks straight, made history as “one of Spotify’s Top 10 Most Streamed Songs of All Time,” and earned Mike a 2017 Grammy nomination for “Song of The Year.”

Track listing:

January 11th, 2017
Wide Open
Song About You
Move On
Staring at the Fire
Stuck in the Middle
One More Song
How It’s Supposed To Be

KISS adds concert dates to farewell tour

After selling more than half a million tickets at their initial on sale, KISS announced the second leg of their final tour ever set for 2019, titled END OF THE ROAD. The initial tour announcement was made at Halloween and featured a first set of dates, some of which sold out instantly.

The band announced the second leg of the tour in North America starting this summer, produced by Live Nation, as well as new international markets being announced simultaneously. Tour itinerary detailed below with new dates are in August and after. KISS will be offering VIP experiences and special KISS Army fan presales.

KISS Meet & Greet Experiences will be available Tuesday, November 27 at 10am local time through KISS Army fan club presales will begin Wednesday, November 28 at 9am local time. Visit for more information. Tickets to the general public will go on sale starting Monday, December 3 at 10 a.m. local time.

"All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who've filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't. KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in... Unapologetic and Unstoppable," said KISS.

Tour dates:

January 31, 2019 Vancouver, BC, Canada Rogers Arena
February 1, 2019 Portland, OR Rose Garden Moda Center
February 2, 2019 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
February 4, 2019 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
February 7, 2019 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
February 8, 2019 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
February 9, 2019 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
February 12, 2019 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
February 13, 2019 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
February 15, 2019 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
February 16, 2019 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
February 19, 2019 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
February 20, 2019 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
February 22, 2019 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
February 23, 2019 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
February 26, 2019 Oklahoma City Chesapeake
February 27, 2019 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
March 1, 2019 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum
March 2, 2019 Chicago, IL United Center
March 4, 2019 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
March 6, 2019 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center
March 7, 2019 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
March 9, 2019 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
March 10, 2019 Moline, IL Mark of the Quad Cities
March 12, 2019 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
March 13, 2019 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
March 16, 2019 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
March 17, 2019 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
March 19, 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada Bell Centre
March 20, 2019 Toronto, ON, Canada Air Canada Centre
March 22, 2019 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
March 23, 2019 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
March 26, 2019 Boston, MA TD Garden
March 27, 2019 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
March 29, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
March 30, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
April 2, 2019 Quebec City, QC, Canada Videotron Centre
April 3, 2019 Ottawa, ON, Canada Canadian Tire Centre
April 6, 2019 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
April 7, 2019 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
April 9, 2019 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
April 11, 2019 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
April 12, 2019 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
April 13, 2019 Birmingham, AL BJCC
August 6, 2019 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center
August 8, 2019 Charleston, NC North Charleston Coliseum
August 10, 2019 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
August 11, 2019 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
August 13, 2019 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
August 14, 2019 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
August 16, 2019 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
August 17, 2019 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
August 20, 2019 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
August 21, 2019 Hershey, PA HersheyPark Stadium
August 23, 2019 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
August 24, 2019 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 27, 2019 Syracuse, NY St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
August 29, 2019 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
August 31, 2019 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
September 1, 2019 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 3, 2019 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
September 5, 2019 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
September 7, 2019 Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center
September 8, 2019 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
September 9, 2019 Houston, TX Toyota Center
September 11, 2019 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
September 12, 2019 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
September 14, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
September 16, 2019 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena

NAMM '19 news: TECnology Hall of Fame inductees

Eight culturally-significant audio inventions will be inducted to the TECnology Hall of Fame (THOF). They span the 1940s through today and will be officially named during a ceremony held at The 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California on Saturday, January 26. The event will be presented by the NAMM Museum of Making Music. 

The TECnology Hall of Fame inductees for 2019 include: the anechoic audio test chamber (Leo Beranek, 1943); beyerdynamic M160 ribbon microphone (1957), Bell Labs’ electret microphone patent (1964), Robert Moog’s 1964 Modular Moog Synthesizer; iZ Technology’s RADAR (24-track disk recorder, 1991); Meyer Sound Labs Source Independent Measurement (SIM) system (1991); Millennia Media HV-3 microphone preamplifier (1992), and the JBL Professional VerTec line array live sound system (2000).

“Each of these innovations has made a major contribution to how sound is created and reproduced — even years after their debut,” says TECnology Hall of Fame Director George Petersen. “In fact, all of these technologies are still in use every day. For example, the patent for the electret microphone by Bell Labs’ Gerhard Sessler/James West not only paved the way for affordable studio microphones used by musicians onstage and in studios, but that same technology is still employed in every one of the nearly five billion cell phones on the planet.”

Inductees to the TECnology Hall of Fame are selected by more than 50 recognized audio experts that include authors, educators, engineers, and other professionals. Innovations must be at least 10 years old to be considered. Past honorees have ranged from the early Edison cylinder recorders to early microphone and sound system designs, to early-evolution tape recording devices, and products tied to key developments in digital audio workstations and software plug-ins.

Each inductee represents significant milestones and fascinating histories. The late Robert Moog is a household name for his music synthesizer development. His Modular Moog quickly became adopted by The Beatles, The Monkees, The Rolling Stones, Keith Emerson, and Wendy Carlos’ landmark Switched on Bach album.

Other inductees share long legacies. JBL’s VerTec sound system was first used to provide sound for the 2000 Democratic National Convention, tested before a worldwide audience. Millennia Media’s HV-3 was created by John LaGrou, a classical music engineer who was dissatisfied enough with the audio quality of commercial microphone processing to simply decide to create his own.

Petersen adds, “Perhaps more surprising: all of these products are still in production as working tools - a testament to their relevance.” Every brand, with the exception of Leo Beranek and Bell Labs, will be seen as exhibitors at The NAMM Show.”

The TECnology Hall of Fame ceremony will be held in the Hilton Anaheim, Room A5, Level 4, from 4-6p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2019. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis to all credentialed NAMM Show attendees.

Following the ceremony, the NAMM TEC Awards will be held in the Hilton Anaheim’s Pacific Ballroom. The show will be hosted by comedian Demetri Martin and begins with a VIP-only reception at 6 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets on site or in advance here.

About the TECnology Hall of Fame:

Founded in 2004 by George Petersen and presented since 2015 by the NAMM Museum of Making Music, the TECnology Hall of Fame honors and recognizes audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology. Inductees to the TECnology Hall of Fame are selected by a panel of more than 50 recognized audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers and other professionals. Products or innovations must be at least 10 years old to be considered for induction.

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Rolling Stones to bring 'No Filter' tour to America in spring 2019

photo: Dave Hogan
The Rolling Stones announced that they will bring their NO FILTER tour to stadiums in 13 cities across America in 2019.

It follows dates this past year that have taken Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood back out on the road as they played to sold out stadiums throughout the UK and Europe. For the U.S. gigs, The Stones will kick things off in Miami.  

“It’s a thrill when we play stadiums in the States – the energy is always amazing!” - Mick Jagger

“I've always loved playing the states. It’s a great crowd." - Keith Richards

Tickets for these dates will go on sale Friday, Nov. 30 at 10AM. For ticketing information please visit

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 10AM through Thursday, Nov. 29 at 10PM local time.


April 20, 2019 Miami Gardens, FL Hard Rock Stadium
April 24, 2019 Jacksonville, FL TIAA Bank Field
April 28, 2019 Houston, TX NRG Stadium
May 7, 2019 Glendale, AZ State Farm Stadium
May 11, 2019 Pasadena, CA The Rose Bowl
May 18, 2019 Santa Clara, CA Levi’s®️ Stadium
May 22, 2019 Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field
May 26, 2019 Denver, CO Broncos Stadium at Mile High
May 31, 2019 Washington, D.C. FedExField
June 4, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field
June 8, 2019 Foxborough, MA Gillette Stadium
June 13, 2019 East Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium
June 21, 2019 Chicago, IL Soldier Field

A ukelele tribute to Bruce Springsteen’s 'Born To Run' on the way in January

Bruce Springsteen’s classic 1975 album Born To Run has been recreated with ukulele, bass, percussion and vocals as Born To Uke, due out Jan. 18.

The album features Grammy winners Emily Saliers (The Indigo Girls) and Sara Watkins (I'm With Her, Nickel Creek), The Weepies, Will Kimbrough and more. All proceeds will benefit Little Kids Rock, funding music education in underprivileged public schools. The Bluegrass Situation premiered "Backstreets", performed by The Weepies – share via Soundcloud.

"The ukulele – assuming one of well quality and well played – is substantial and brings something to music that other instruments simply cannot," says Keith Metzger, the producer, and also a perfomer, on Born To Uke.

The project was recorded in pro and home studios in the Bay Area, Nashville, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Iowa City and even Iceland. It presents songs from the seminal album in a way they’ve never been played or heard before, with stark arrangements bringing emphasis to the lyrics, the meaning and message.

In terms of production and arrangements, the only direction offered to the artists was the “rule” that the recordings needed to be limited to ukulele, bass, vocals and percussion. Some of the recordings are sparse, as with "Backstreets", "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and "Born To Run". The point was to build everything around the sound of the ukulele, and the only exception to the “rule” on the album is with "Jungleland" – where given the length and complexity of the song, a pump organ sound and a synth bass were used rather than an electric or acoustic bass.

Discussing the idea behind Born To Uke, Metzger stated, "I've always been a fan of Springsteen and at one point thought 'She’s The One' off of Born To Run might make a great cover, in the style I’d been recording. It had a Bo Diddley beat with a tribal feel to it that I thought lent itself thematically to the ukulele. After finishing the recording I thought: 'What if one were to do ukulele covers of the entire Born to Run album?' I didn’t have time or the patience to pull that off, and so I thought 'what about if other artists were involved?' The question then became: why would other artists of any note want to do it? At that time, I had become familiar with Little Kids Rock, knew that Bruce’s sax player Clarence Clemons had been involved in its founding, and it all kind of clicked for me."

Born To Uke is available for pre-order at

Track listing:

1. Thunder Road - Sara Watkins
2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out - Will Kimbrough
3. Night - Svavar Knutur
4. Backstreets - The Weepies
5. Born to Run - Emily Saliers
6. She's the One - Keith Metzger
7. Meeting Across the River - Albratross
8. Jungleland - Kai Welch

About Little Kids Rock

Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that transforms lives by restoring, expanding and innovating music education in public schools. Their student-centered approach brings popular music education into 21st century classrooms and provides teachers and students with the tools to learn the musical styles that resonate with them, educationally and emotionally. In addition to empowering students playing the music they know and love immediately, the program focuses on improvisation, composition, and collaboration. Since 2002, Little Kids Rock has served more than 850,000 kids by training and equipping teachers in 5,000 schools across 45 states. The program currently serves more than 400,000 youth nationwide and is actively working with school districts and higher education institutions to transform music education at a fundamental level to make it highly inclusive and culturally responsive.Every dollar that the organization raises helps support bringing more music to more kids – $5,000 can launch a lasting music program in a school, serving up to 180 students per school year.

Career retrospective of '80s hitmaker Franke & the Knockouts due soon; supports cancer organization

To some people, Franke & the Knockouts was that 1980s band led by the Jersey guy who would go on to win the Academy Award and Golden Globe for writing Dirty Dancing’s hit theme song, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

To others, it was that other New Jersey band that boasted Tico Torres as its drummer ― right before he joined Bon Jovi en route to superstardom.

And then there are those who still can’t shake that Top 10 smash “Sweetheart” from their brains, even though they might not remember the artist behind the band and its other Top 40 blue-eyed soul 1980s hits: “You’re My Girl” and “(Without You) Not Another Lonely Night.”

On Nov. 30 - almost 35 years since the arrival of the third and final album in the band’s blue-eyed soul trilogy - Friday Music is releasing the newly remastered ultimate collection, Franke & the Knockouts: The Complete Collection.

The deluxe three-CD set features all newly remastered tracks from the band’s three “lost” albums, Franke & the Knockouts (1981), Below the Belt (1982) and Makin’ the Point (1984) for the first time packaged together on CD, plus 11 bonus rare demo and unreleased recordings from Franke's personal archives, ranging from his early ‘70s hard rock band Bull Angus, into his late ‘70s solo R&B work on Buddha Records to his post-Knockouts ‘80s group Brave New World, as well as additional tracks from the ‘90s.

This new set also includes a bonus CD featuring six live performances compiled over the years by Franke just for this collection. As Franke points out, it was a fusion of Bull Angus’ harder edge and the traditional R&B sound of his solo recordings that brought the “Knockout punch” to the blue-eyed soul of Franke & The Knockouts.

There are contributions from the likes of Kasim Sultan (Todd Rundgren), Mark Rivera (Billy Joel), Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Nathan East (Eric Clapton) and Grammy-winning producer Tony Camillo (“Midnight Train to Georgia”), all of whom had roles in the recorded output found exclusively in this three-disc set.

“This collection also gives me a chance to re-live some of those moments hearing my voice at its best and being able to realize that I made a small little indentation to the music industry that some people still remember and enjoy,” says Previte.

“For years I’ve been getting emails from people all over the world who just love the music and are dying to know how they can get a hold of it. Some of the original records have been selling for a couple hundred bucks online, so I decided it’s time that I put out everything and make it special, affordable and accessible for fans of all generations.”

Previte is donating $1 of his proceeds from every sale to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, in memory of his courageous Dirty Dancing friend, the late Patrick Swayze.

“Pancreatic cancer ranks among the lowest of all cancers receiving government funding in finding a cure,” he says. “So it’s up to us. If we all could donate just $1, we’d give hope a real chance to conquer this horrific disease.”

These days, Previte is primarily focused as the creator and co-producer of Calling All Divas, a nationally touring new musical tale following four very different and remarkable women competing to become the world’s next female singing superstar. It’s a joyous celebration of music, friendship and the power of sisterhood in a pop, rock, soul, and country hit parade, transporting us all on a magical musical journey.

Franke & The Knockouts was a tremendous part of Previte’s own journey, integral in leading him to the Academy Awards and his latest chapter as a Broadway style musical producer.

Track listing:

1. Come Back
2. Sweetheart
3. She's A Runner
4. You're My Girl
5. One For All
6. Tonight
7. Running Into The Night
8. Tell Me Why
9. Annie Goes To Hollywood
10. Don't Stop
11. Never Had It Better
12. Without You (Not Another Lonely Night)
13. Just What I Want
14. Any Way That You Want Me
15. Morning Sun (Dream On)
16. Shakedown
17. Keep On Fighting
18. Have No Fear
19. Gina

1. Outrageous
2. You Don't Want Me (Like I Want You)
3. Come Rain Or Shine
4. You're All That Really Matters
5. Carrie Why?
6. So Cool (Nobody's Fool)
7. One Good Reason
8. Blame It On My Heart
9. Sweet Marmalade
10. Desperately
11. Faded In the Night
12. Heartache Avenue
13. Imaginary Line
14. Cruisin’
15. Never Leave L.A.
16. I Will Never Love Again
17. Beat Of A Broken Heart
18. Paid To The Order Of Love
19. It’s Alright By Me

1. Never Had It Better (live)
2. Just What I Want (live)
3. Without You (live)
4. Sweetheart (live)
5. You Don’t Want Me (live)
6. One Good Reason (live)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Robert Ellis is the 'Texas Piano Man'

Robert Ellis is set to return with Texas Piano Man on Feb. 14 via New West Records. The 11-song set was co-produced by Ellis and Niles City Sound (Leon Bridges) in Fort Worth, TX and is largely comprised of songs written by Ellis, an accomplished guitarist, on grand piano.

Texas Piano Man follows Ellis’ critically acclaimed 2016 self-titled LP and single “California.” He likens the musical experience of making the new album to being behind the wheel of “a rock solid muscle car.” Hear lead off song, “F***ing Crazy” Here and see its video Here.

Talking about the state of Texas, he says, "people expect a certain thing and they want a certain thing, and I fought that for a long time...I’ve realized though that Texas shouldn’t be made a category. I want to redefine to the outside world what it means to be Texan a little bit.”

The cover artwork for the album features Ellis on top of a mountain in Marfa, TX, seated at a grand piano and wearing a white tuxedo. He describes the Texas Piano Man as the guy who wears the tuxedo everywhere. 

“It’s more about a spirit,” he says, “than an aesthetic. There’s the classic play of the piano man, and with a little fashion behind it. I want you to listen to the songs. But also to see the rings and the glitz and the glamor.”

Robert Ellis’ Texas Piano Man will be available on CD, across digital retailers, vinyl and limited edition sky blue colored vinyl available at Independent Retailers and yellow rose of Texas colored vinyl directly from New West Records. Texas Piano Man is available for pre-order now via New West Records.

Track Listing:

1. F***ing Crazy
2. When You’re Away
3. Nobody Smokes Anymore
4. Passive Aggressive
5. Father
6. There You Are
7. Let Me In
8. Aren’t We Supposed To Be In Love?
9. Lullaby
10. He Made Me Do It
11. Topo Chico

Taking Back Sunday 20-year anniversary career compilation due in January

Taking Back Sunday have unveiled the track listing and format details, for their 20-year anniversary compilation, Twenty. The 21-song collection will be released on Jan. 11 and spans 2002's Tell All Your Friends, 2004's Where You Want To Be, 2006's Louder Now, 2009's New Again, 2011's Taking Back Sunday, 2014's Happiness Is and 2016's Tidal Wave.

The set also features two new studio recordings, "All Ready To Go" and "A Song For Dan," tracks. Available via Craft Recordings, Twenty will be released on CD, digital, and a 2-LP gatefold vinyl package. "All Ready To Go" will be released as an instant grat. single with all D2C and digital album pre-orders, on November 19th.

In addition to the aforementioned formats, Taking Back Sunday are offering an exclusive 2-LP "panther's eye" vinyl edition of the compilation, plus new merchandise via the band's official store. Also available is a "koi pond" vinyl variant, offered exclusively from the Craft Recordings web store (in a limited quantity) or via your local independent record store.

Throughout 2019, Taking Back Sunday will be embarking on a worldwide tour with full album performances. Visit for the latest confirmed dates (new show announcements coming soon) and more information.

Twenty Track Listing:

Cute Without The 'E' (Cut From The Team)
You're So Last Summer
Timberwolves At New Jersey
A Decade Under The Influence
Set Phasers To Stun
One-Eighty By Summer
Liar (It Takes One To Know One)
What's It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?
My Blue Heaven
Sink Into Me
Everything Must Go
Faith (When I Let You Down)
Call Me In The Morning
Flicker, Fade
Better Homes And Gardens
Tidal Wave
You Can't Look Back
Call Come Running
All Ready To Go
A Song For Dan

Click here to pre-order Twenty.

PBS' Great Performance episodes to feature Michael Bublé, Tony Bennett & Diana Krall, k.d. lang

photo: Evaan Kheraj
The new music special, Great Performances – Michael Bublé: Tour Stop 148, filmed on the 2015 “To Be Loved Tour,” begins airing Nov. 24 nationwide on PBS (check local listings).

Additional performance sequences are intercut with exclusive cinéma vérité-style footage showing what it took to travel from arena to arena over the course of a two-year span. 

This is multi-platinum-selling artist Bublé’s third concert special for Great Performances, which presented his first solo television special, Caught in the Act, in December 2005, followed by Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden in 2010.
Bublé has also been featured as a guest star on other Great Performances programs including Hitman: David Foster & Friends, Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby and Great Performances 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Featured songs:

“Cry Me A River”
“Haven't Met You Yet”
“It’s a Beautiful Day”
“Try A Little Tenderness”
“Feeling Good”
“You Make Me Feel So Young”
“Who’s Loving You”
“All You Need Is Love / Burning Love”
“Song For You”

"Tour Stop 148" joins upcoming Great Performances music specials Tony Bennett & Diana Krall: Love is Here to Stay (beginning Nov. 24) and k.d. lang – Landmarks Live in Concert – A Great Performances Special (December 14).

Great Performances is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Throughout its more than 40-year history on PBS, Great Performances has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming.

Dandy Warhols news

The Dandy Warhols mark their 25th anniversary with a new album, 'Why You So Crazy' (Dine Alone Records), a single-shot 360° short film featuring Mad Men’s Jessica Paré for the single 'Be Alright,' and a 2019 tour of Europe, the UK and North America as well as exclusive goodies available via PledgeMusic.

“The weirdest thing about it being ‎our 25th anniversary is it doesn't feel like 25 years. Feels like about six. Or five,” muses frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor. The 360° short film for 'Be Alright,' which centers around the consumption of a magic wine, was done in a single shot and filmed at the band’s space, Odditorium, which includes a bar owned by Taylor-Taylor who has a deep passion for the wine world. Directed by Taylor-Taylor, the video was written and conceived by Kevin Moyer.

"Back in 2002, the Dandy Warhols bought a ten thousand square foot building in what was then industrial NW Portland and created The Odditorium, a place that soon became their band headquarters, recording studio, and hang out for them and all their friends and fellow artists,” says Moyer.

“I've been there many times and it is such a cool and ethereal place, full of psychedelia and gothic touches and auras, that it just makes your head spin trying to take all of it in as you walk through the unique rock n roll space. So what better way than to use a head spinning media format to take the viewer on a magical journey through the Dandy Warhols own space and sound, with the new single ‘Be Alright’ making things exactly that along the way."

“We’ve always been driven to create art with emotional clarity,” says Taylor-Taylor. “That’s what the world needs more than ever right now. I’ve never felt so strongly that people are losing their minds, and it’s more of them than ever before. Local politics, international politics, news programs, sitcoms, and our president all feel like the heat got turned up. It doesn’t feel like a natural progression of insanity, it just happened. Most people are behaving in a manner that can only be described as batshit crazy.”

The band is also hitting the road in 2019 (see below), with North American dates on sale this weekend.


Track listing:

1. Fred N Ginger
2. Terraform
3. Highlife
4. Be Alright
5. Thee Elegant Bum
6. Sins Are Forgiven
7. Next Thing I Know
8. Small Town Girls
9. To The Church
10. Motor City Steel
11. Forever
12. Ondine

Tour dates:

Dec 1 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom (A Benefit For SMYRC).
Jan 24 - De Roma VZW - Antwerp
Jan 25 - Olympia - Paris
Jan 26 - Paradiso - Amsterdam
Jan 27 - Festsaal Kreuzberg - Berlin
Jan 29 - O2 Institute - Birmingham
Jan 30 - Old Fruitmarket - Glasgow
Jan 31 - Albert Hall - Manchester
Feb 2 - O2 Academy Brixton - London

On sale 11/16:

May 3 - 5 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival (on sale 11.14)
May 6 - Washington, D.C. - 9.30 Club
May 7 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
May 8 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
May 10 - Toronto, ON - CMW
May 11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
May 12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
May 14 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
May 16 - Los Angeles, CA - Theatre at the Ace Hotel
May 17 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory at North Park
May 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore

The long-awaited return of Dido includes album, world tour

Dido is back with her first new album in five years, ‘Still On My Mind’ out March 8 on BMG.

The multi-million selling singer has also announced her first tour in 15 years, where she will play songs from the new album alongside hits such as "Thank You," "Here With Me," "White Flag" and "Life For Rent."

The world tour commences in Europe on May 5 in Prague and will be followed by a North America tour in June. More info on the tour here.

‘Still On My Mind’ is Dido’s fifth studio album and was written and recorded in England with her long term collaborator and brother (Faithless founder) Rollo.

‘It was simple, I only wanted to make another album if it was with him’ says Dido. ‘It was made in such an easy way, all the vocals recorded on the sofa, a lot of it recorded at home’. It follows the 2013 release of the acclaimed ‘Girl Who Got Away’.

The first taste of the album is ‘Hurricanes,’ now 
available to download/stream here. It is also available as a free download with the pre-order of the album, available now

Dido describes the making of this album as “an absolutely magical experience”. She says: “I wanted to capture the feeling I still get from listening to music, just that rush like you don’t need anything more than this”.

With sales of more than 40 million albums worldwide, Dido is one of the best-selling UK artists ever. Both ‘No Angel’ and its 2003 follow-up, ‘Life For Rent’, still rank among the UK’s biggest-selling albums of all-time.

2019 world tour dates:
May - Europe
05 - Prague, Forum Karlín
07 - Zurich, Volkshaus
08 - Milan, Teatro degli Arcimboldi
10 - Munich, Circus Krone
11 - Vienna, Stadthalle
13 - Frankfurt, Alte Oper
15 - Berlin, Tempodrom
16 - Hamburg, Laeiszhalle
17 - Amsterdam, Paradiso
19 - Düsseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle
20 - Brussels, Cirque Royal
21 - Paris, L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix
26 - Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
27 - Dublin, Olympia Theatre
29 - Manchester, Albert Hall
30 - London, The Roundhouse

June - N. America
 - Chicago, The Vic
15 - Toronto, Danforth Music Hall
17 - Boston, House of Blues
19 - New York, Terminal 5
21 - Washington DC, Lincoln Theatre
22 - Philadelphia, Union Transfer
25 - Los Angeles, The Wiltern
26 - San Francisco, Masonic
28 - Portland, Roseland
29 - Vancouver, Orpheum
30 - Seattle, Showbox SODO


'Springsteen on Broadway’ soundtrack coming in December

Columbia Records will release the 'Springsteen on Broadway’ soundtrack album on December 14th, featuring the songs and stories from Tony Award winner Bruce Springsteen's historic 236-show run at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Consisting of the complete audio from the upcoming 'Springsteen on Broadway' Netflix release, the soundtrack album will be available on 4 LPs or 2 CDs as well as a digital download and on streaming services.

Listen to "Land of Hope and Dreams" from the 'Springsteen on Broadway’ soundtrack album:

Based on his worldwide best-selling autobiography 'Born to Run,’ 'Springsteen on Broadway' is a unique evening with Bruce, his guitar, a piano, and his very personal stories. On the 'Springsteen on Broadway’ soundtrack album, each of these stories appears as its own track, labeled as an "introduction" to the song it precedes. The audio for ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ was mixed by the legendary Bob Clearmountain and mastered by the acclaimed Bob Ludwig.

Watch a 30 second teaser video for the album by Emmy Award-winner Thom Zimny:

'Springsteen on Broadway' began previews on Oct. 3, 2017 and the completely sold-out series of performances officially opened Oct. 12. The show was extended three times after its initial eight-week run, and will close on Broadway on Dec. 15. 'Springsteen on Broadway' will launch on Netflix globally on Dec. 16 at 12:01 AM PT / 3:01 AM ET.

'Springsteen on Broadway' is available for preorder:

'Springsteen on Broadway' Track List:

Growin' Up (introduction & song)
My Hometown (introduction & song)
My Father's House (introduction & song)
The Wish (introduction & song)
Thunder Road (introduction & song)
The Promised Land (introduction & song)
Born In The U.S.A. (introduction & song)
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (introduction & song)
Tougher Than The Rest (introduction & song) with Patti Scialfa
Brilliant Disguise (introduction & song) with Patti Scialfa
Long Time Comin' (introduction & song)
The Ghost Of Tom Joad (introduction & song)
The Rising (song)
Dancing In The Dark (introduction & song)
Land Of Hope And Dreams (song)
Born To Run (introduction & song)

Friday, November 2, 2018

Bonus interview with Darren Criss

Darren Criss is currently on tour with Lea Michele, his former co-star on Fox-TV's hit series "Glee." The tour arrives in Tempe, AZ on Saturday and Los Angeles on Monday before heading abroad to the UK and Ireland. The following are more excerpts from my interview with Darren (the main interview can be found elsewhere on this blog)...

Q: What did Katy Perry think about your successful cover of “Teenage Dream” on ‘Glee’?
A: When it came out, Katy was very supportive. I think within days of it being on TV, we actually ended up singing that song together at a Trevor Project benefit where I actually met her.

Q: How big of an undertaking is it for you to plan and prepare for Elsie Festival in New York's Central Park, which last month included Rufus Wainwright, Matthew Morrison, Grant Gustin and others?
A: It’s the biggest mountain I have to climb all year...On top of making sure everything was set up for that, I also played the festival. It’s a lot of work, but I’m very very proud of it. It’s definitely my shining achievement. It’s a total passion and personal project. I’m glad it’s still doing ok.

Q: What made you decide to open Tramp Stamp Granny's, a new piano bar, this year in LA?
A: That’s 100% my fiancé. I’m very flattered that people seem to think I’m the driving force behind it, but it’s really her thing and always has been. I’m literally just the piano player. I was there last night on the piano. Anytime I can get, I’m on there. It has to do with our own background and love of piano bars in New York and San Francisco, Minneapolis. A lot of places we love. As long as I’ve know her, she’s wanted to open this bar. It’s amazing to be able to experience something that was a pipe dream for so long. Then it’s real. That’s her Elsie Fest. We had our dream things we wanted to do. Now we get to see them in the world and have a life of their own.

Q: When you were on the set and later doing promotion for FX's "American Crime Story" did you ever compare acting or performance notes with co-star Ricky Martin?
A: When I’m hanging out with Ricky Martin, it’s the last thing I ask him. We’re (usually) just having a laugh. We definitely had some fun nights out together doing some singalongs. That seems to be a common though line in a lot of our hangs. Sitting around the house playing music. That’s no different from what I do all the time. I’m either doing it at a festival or a bar or on a tour or on a couch at home. I’m always trying to play a song for people to sing along to. He’s been a part of that just as many other people in my life have.