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Monday, November 25, 2019

Set your DVRs: Brad Paisley's TV variety special airs Dec. 3

“Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special” will air TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 7 PM CT/8 PM ET, on ABC.

The variety special, hosted and executive produced by Sony country music superstar Brad Paisley, will showcase the energy of Music City from Nashville’s iconic War Memorial Auditorium through a combination of Paisley’s signature humor, unexpected surprises, heartfelt field pieces and rousing musical performances.

Special guests on the show include country sensation Kelsea Ballerini, iconic musical group Hootie & The Blowfish, GRAMMY-nominated multiplatinum powerhouse trio Jonas Brothers, host of ABC’s “The Bachelor” franchise Chris Harrison, NFL legend Peyton Manning, superstars Tim McGraw and Darius Rucker, seven-time GRAMMY Award-winning country superstar Carrie Underwood and more.

Bryan Adams news

Bryan Adams has released a Christmas EP and just revealed the video for his brand-new song, “Joe and Mary.” Directed by Adams, the clip features the Canadian rocker re-imagining the classic Christmas story of Joseph and Mary, cruising around Vancouver in a vintage Buick car with his very own pregnant “Mary” looking for shelter.

Besides “Joe and Mary,” the 5-track Christmas EP includes a new recording of "Must Be Santa," which was previously covered by Bob Dylan, as well as three remastered holiday recordings from his past: “Christmas Time,” “Reggae Christmas” and “Merry Christmas.”

Watch the video for "Joe and Mary" here: https://BryanAdams.lnk.to/JoeAndMaryVideoPR

Back in March, Adams put out "Shine a Light," his first studio album since 2015. One song features Jennifer Lopez on vocals and is available on import in America. 

Marshall Crenshaw reissue series starts early next year with 'Miracle of Science'

“I love it that phonograph records are popular again,” enthuses Marshall Crenshaw. “They were consigned to oblivion by the music business back when I was recording for Razor & Tie, but now they’re back!”

The artist recently regained ownership of the five acclaimed albums he released on the Razor & Tie label between 1994 and 2003, and plans to issue revised editions of those efforts, on vinyl and on all digital platforms, beginning with his 1996 release Miracle of Science, due on January 17, 2020 on Crenshaw's own Shiny-Tone label (distributed through Megaforce).

Ultimately, the new reissue series will encompass three much-loved studio albums — Miracle of Science, 1999's #447 and 2003's What's in the Bag? — plus 1994's live My Truck Is My Home and 1998's early demos collection The 9 Volt Years. Each album will include two newly recorded, previously unreleased tracks, which will appear on a bonus 7" single on the vinyl editions and as bonus tracks on the CD and digital versions.

"Miracle of Science was a turning point for me," Crenshaw recalls. "I had voluntarily taken myself out of the major-label world. ADAT machines had just come out, so I bought a couple of those and a few other pieces of gear, and now suddenly I could make records at home if I felt like it. That took me back to my roots, you might say; I did about half the album at home by myself. And the other people that played on the record, I still get such a huge kick out of hearing what they did, particularly on the tracks that I recorded at Alex the Great studios in Nashville. There’s a lot of spirit in the music, a lot of fire. The playing is loose and wild — a much different approach from what you hear on my major-label records, and a real breakthrough, for my money.

“Overall, I’d say that there’s a lot of great music on this album, a lot of great noisetoo, and some cool sounds,” he continues. “I’ve seen the songs on the album described as ‘cinematic’ and ‘atmospheric’; that works for me. One of my favorites is ‘What Do You Dream Of.’ I was trying to write a rockabilly song when I started it — you might not guess that. It’s most definitely a love song, but it’s also about how no matter how close you think you are to a loved one, they’ve still got their own personal internal life.”

The new edition of Miracle of Science includes a pair of bonus tracks, “Misty Dreamer” by Scottish indie-pop artist Daniel Wylie, and “What the Hell I Got,” a 1974 number by Canadian artist Michel Pagliaro, which was a monster smash in Pagliaro’s native country, and a regional hit on Crenshaw's hometown radio station CKLW-FM.

"Of all the Razor & Tie albums,” Crenshaw explains, "Miracle of Science was the only one that never had an analog master tape, and I knew that I wanted to create one for this vinyl release. All audio formats have their quirks and idiosyncrasies, and with analog you can pick and choose with tape speed, tape width, tape saturation etc. These are artistic choices because they affect the sound and feel of the thing. Once I knew that I was going down that road, I decided to go further and re-address a couple of the songs on the album. If Francis Coppola can fool around with Apocalypse Now, I can fool around with Miracle of Science, right?

“I got pretty aggressive with ‘Only an Hour Ago.’ Listening in 2019, it seemed that the original production and arrangement were burying the song. So I changed it, mostly using the original elements. And I did a similar thing on ‘There and Back Again.’ There’s a track called ‘Rouh Na Selim Neves,’ which is ‘Seven Miles an Hour’ backwards. As I was reviewing this album a few months ago, I heard ‘Seven Miles an Hour,’ and thought, ‘Hmmm, I bet this track would sound a lot better backwards.’ So I did it and nobody tried to stop me. The original not-backwards version is still on the album too.”

And there’s more.

Crenshaw notes, “As much as I love the artwork on the original CD — which was Grammy-nominated — we couldn’t use it for an LP. There was no way. So art director Paul Grosso came to the rescue and did a beautiful job. And I couldn’t resist paying tribute to the circa-1958 Roulette Records label design. I hope nobody comes after me about that, but we checked and there’s no copyright. It’s a bit of an inside joke for fans of a certain ilk of record-business folklore. Roulette was a great label.

“The result of all this tinkering,” Crenshaw assesses, “is that Miracle of Scienceis all shiny and new to me now, and I love it even more now than before.”

Friday, November 22, 2019

Peter Buck + Luke Haines team up for new 'Beat Poetry for the Survivalists' project

Beat Poetry for the Survivalists is the new collaboration between Peter Buck and Luke Haines. The album is due from Omnivore Recordings on March 6, 2020.

Peter Buck was the guitarist for R.E.M. Luke Haines was the guitarist for The Auteurs; he also does paintings of Lou Reed. One day, Peter Buck bought one of Luke Haines’ Lou Reed paintings (for £99.00) They had never met before, but decided that the fates had brought them together and they should write some songs together and make an album.

Beat Poetry for the Survivalists is that album. It features songs about legendary rocket scientist and occultist Jack Parsons (The Enfield Hauntings, 1978), a post-apocalyptic radio station that only plays Donovan records, Bigfoot, and Pol Pot.

Track listing:

1. Jack Parsons
2. Apocalypse Beach
3. Last Of The Legendary Bigfoot Hunters
4. Beat Poetry For The Survivalist
5. Witch Tariff
6. Andy Warhol Was Not Kind
7. French Man Glam Gang
8. Ugly Dude Blues
9. Bobby’s Wild Years
10. Rock ‘N’ Roll Ambulance

Out now: 'Exit Form' - debut album by Scarypoolparty aka Alejandro Aranda of 'American Idol'

Scarypoolparty (aka Alejandro Aranda) released his debut LP ‘Exit Form' today. Coming on the heels of a 30-date national headlining tour, ‘Exit Form’ is designed to be a journey,” says Aranda. “Brutal in the beginning with each track leading to something beautiful and simple.”

It was co-produced and co-written by Aranda and TJ Routon (Sawyr) and features collaborators including George Lewis Jr aka Twin Shadow, Darren King (Twenty One Pilots, Mutemath), Sawr (Zayn, Taylor Swift), Neal H. Pogue (Travis Barker, AWOLNATION) and GRAMMY-winner Mike Bozzi (Post Malone, Mac Miller).

In the last 6 months, the 25-year-old has emerged at the forefront of Los Angeles’ underground scene. From busking and playing backyard parties, to backing his mentor Twin Shadow, to being a judge-favorite and runner-up on this year’s American Idol.

Scarypoolparty played his first-ever full band show at Lollapalooza this summer and has since played Life is Beautiful and Austin City Limits. He was recently added alongside Los Lobos as one of the headliners of the 2020 Rose Parade on January 1st in Pasadena, CA.

After wrapping up this week’s sold-out, two-night affair at the Belasco Theater supported by mentor Twin Shadow, Scarypoolparty will head to London for two sold-out European debut shows at the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen.

Track listing:

Black Cross 
Diamonds
Dance The Night Away
Vampire Shade
Beneath The Skin
True Religion
Heart Storm
Millennial Love
10 Years
Tonight
Cholo Love
Out Loud

TOUR DATES:

Dec. 9 - Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen - London, UK#
Dec. 10 - Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen - London, UK^
Jan. 1 – Rose Parade – Pasadena, CA*
Jan 23 - Homeward Bound Concert - Los Angeles, CA
Feb. 14 - Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort - Cancun, Mexico$
March 12 - Privatclub - Berlin, Germany
March 15 - Paradiso Club - Amsterdam, Netherlands
March 16 - Helios 37 - Cologne, Germany
March 17 - AB Club - Brussels, Belgium
March 19 - Les Etioles - Paris, France
March 21 - Chalk - Brighton, UK
March 24 - Scala - London, UK
March 25 - Deaf Institute - Manchester, UK
March 26 - The Mash House - Edinburgh, UK
March 28 - Whelans - Dublin, Ireland

BOLD denotes SOLD-OUT show
# denotes show w. Violet Skies
^ denotes show w. Toby Johnson
* denotes show w. Los Lobos
$ denotes show w. Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Interview: The Rembrandts' Danny Wilde

photo courtesy Blue Elan Records
As a frequent guest on “Saturday Night Live” in the 1970s, Steve Martin often did a recurring skit with the catchphrase “I’m just a wild and crazy guy.” Danny Wilde, half of veteran pop/rock duo the Rembrandts, jokingly describes songwriting partner Phil Solem in a similar way while referencing “Broken Toy,” a catchy standout on their new album Via Satellite.

“He has a different way to say what’s on his mind than I do. I’m more of a romantic guy; he’s the twisted freak,” explained Wilde, in a phone interview from home in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

With lyrics like “I can’t stop feeling like a broken toy/the way you threw me away made me feel more paranoid/I guess it’s better for you to buy new than repair the cracks,” Wilde said, “It’s such a mouthful. If we do the song live, he has to nail the lyrics. He hasn’t let us down yet.”

Via Satellite is the band’s first studio release together in 18 years. During that period, both guys kept busy with various solo endeavors: Wilde collaborated with Plain White T’s and Jesse Valenzuela of the Gin Blossoms and has a music commercial company; Solem worked with Mandy Moore, Clay Aiken, Dave Barnes and The Honeydogs. Yet they still continued to write and occasionally tour together.

“Phil and I worked at our own pace. When we get together, we’ll show each other our ideas - that is, when we’re in the same town together” (Solem is currently based in Nashville). “When we do that, we work pretty fast...an idea will come up and I’ll go, ‘That’s definitely a Rembrandts song.’”

The new album title has dual references points, with the first being Solem’s lyrics in “Traveling From Home.”

“One of the lines is ‘We beam live via satellite/Portland to the Cumberland Gap.’ I said, ‘That’s a great title for an album.’ Plus, for me it’s a nod to Elvis Presley’s [1973 double live LP] ‘Aloha from Hawaii, Via Satellite.’ In my mind’s eye, I always think of Elvis.”

Then there’s the long distance method the Rembrandts have typically employed to write songs since forming in 1989.

“It’s so much easier than the old days,” Wilde admitted. “I’d get a cassette in snail mail, put it on, listen to it and say, ‘that’s great. I’ve got a bridge for that song.’ Now, I can fire it off instantly. He can put it into his ProTools rig. I can throw it into mine. He can give me (audio) stems or leave a big blank space and ask, ‘what do you want to do here?’ That’s where I’ll add the bridge or chorus. It’s like putting a puzzle together.”

Having been out of the limelight for a while, The Rembrandts wanted to give Via Satellite a fighting chance for exposure, so they signed to Blue Elan Records, an independent artist-driven Los Angeles label whose roster also includes heritage acts Rita Coolidge, Gerry Beckley (America), Jack Tempchin (Eagles songwriter), Rusty Young (Poco), Cherie Currie & Brie Darling (Runaways, Fanny) and The Textones.

“We could’ve self-released the album and it would be out there like every other artist that self releases: it’s available, but without much fanfare,” Wilde said. “When Blue Elan came around, with the publicity and art departments, it felt like an old school record label” that really cares about every detail.

From harmonica on the jaunty, Sixties folk-styled “Me and Fate” and horns driving “Traveling from Home” to a sweeping string section amid “Broken Toy” and Mellotron coloring the lush-to-blaring “Come to Californi-yay,” there are ample sonic nuances within the new songs.

And those trademark Rembrandts harmonies - which first came to national attention from such early ‘90s multi-format radio hits as “Just the Way It Is, Baby” and “Johnny, Have You Seen Her,” not to mention “I’ll Be There for You,” (the Billboard Hot 100 airplay and Adult Contemporary chart-topping television theme song to “Friends”) - are still strongly intact throughout the new material.

“We tend to not follow the trends,” affirmed Wilde. “That’s how we started out and basically we’ve stuck to that throughout our whole career.”

Valenzuela and Wilde contributed a few terrific songs to the Gin Blossoms’ 2018 album Mixed Reality and they have another three on Via Satellite.

“We’re really good friends and he’s just a great hang,” said Wilde. “He’s very encouraging and validates stuff I may be doubtful on. As is Phil. Being a writer, it’s nice to have somebody you’ve known and worked with for years” to bounce things off on.

Examples of Wilde-Valenzuela songwriting for the Rembrandts include the jangly, inviting highlight “Count on You” and closing track “On My Own” (initially intended for Wilde’s 2016 solo EP Take Another Swing). The latter possesses an underlying tension and memorable electric guitar work.

“Phil thought it sounded like a Rembrandts song. I put it aside, we got together and put our stamp on it...We like to paint a little picture; have a mood. I like to think of a song as a visual thing; not just something you listen to, but something you picture as well.”

Speaking of imagery, the band’s new video for “How Far Would You Go” was shot in Lone Pine, a small frontier town in the Central California mountains that has served as the location for scores of films over the years, mainly westerns.

“It’s really beautiful up there with all the cool rock formations. It looks like you’re on another planet or something,” Wilde said. “There was an old silver mine 8,000 feet up in the mountains just above Lone Pine. That’s where we shot the interior stuff and the Old West town-looking bits.”

The singer/guitarists are seen playfully arguing about how to get to their destination as the car’s glove box suddenly opens to reveal a bunch of Twinkies.

“We actually wanted to get even more funny shit in there. There were some gags that didn’t make it. The video turned out really beautiful. It was amazing what our cinematographer and director could pull off with the budget we had for the video. We ended up keeping some of the comedy, but leaning toward, ‘How great is this shot?!’”


This past September marked the 25th Anniversary of sitcom juggernaut “Friends.” Since then, the Rembrandts have made appearances at various pop-up celebrations in Las Vegas, New York City (including NBC’s Today Show Concert Series), Chicago and Seattle to perform “I’ll Be There for You” and other material. A new instrumental version of the theme song was recorded by the London Metropolitan Orchestra and produced by Giles Martin.


Wilde and Solem’s musical history goes back four decades. Before they met in the late ‘70s, Wilde was lead vocalist/guitarist of The Quick. The short-lived Los Angeles glam/power pop band did one album for Mercury Records, 1976’s Mondo Deco. Kim Fowley produced the project, but later bailed and there was no label promotion.

What was it like working with the notorious svengali-type figure, who also oversaw The Runaways, back then?

“He was pretty intimidating - an idea guy and promoter. He and Rodney Bingenheimer [“Mayor of the Sunset Strip,” DJ supporter at KROQ/106.7 FM, now on SiriusXM’s Undeground Garage] owned Hollywood. The very first shows we did were two sold-out nights at the Starwood. His network was crazy and insane. We became a big fish in a small town, if you call Hollywood a small town. We never really left Hollywood. We never toured or anything.”

Real Gone Music released an expanded version last year.

Once The Quick dissolved, Wilde joined Solem and Ian Ainsworth in Great Buildings and made one major label album. Following a few Wilde solo efforts and having some songs recorded by Peter Frampton, Robert Palmer and Charlie Sexton, Wilde and Solem teamed up again for the Rembrandts.

Their self-titled bow was basically put out untouched by Atco Records. Wilde says the organic nature makes it one of his favorites in the catalog.

“I love all the records we’ve done, but I think the first album has a certain charm because of how it came about. There were no expectations and it was really just a demo that got released for our debut album.”

Having played the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin last spring, The Rembrandts plan to do a regular tour in 2020, comprising both acoustic and full band formats. Come February, they will join Train, Matt Nathanson, Kevin Griffin, Mark McGrath, Emerson Hart, Allen Stone and others on the Sail Across the Sun cruise to the Bahamas.

A reunion album by Great Buildings is in the works. Wilde also said he and Solem have enough solid material for another Rembrandts album sooner than later.

“In that whole [18-year] period, we’ve written quite a lot. We’re in the process of digging through the old tunes. There’s a bunch of new stuff too. It’s a great problem to have. Phil and I never stop writing.”

Little Steven update includes new box set, catalog reissues

Little Steven's box set Rock 'n' Roll Rebel – The Early Work is due out Dec. 6 via Wicked Cool/UMe Records.

There is a new theatrical, Gene Kelly-inspired video for his song “Love Again” from his latest album, Summer Of Sorcery, and an exuberant live performance of Bruce Springsteen’s “Tucson Train.” Leading up to the release of the boxed set, Little Steven aka Steven Van Zandt has been steadily releasing digital deluxe editions of the albums included over the last few weeks and today has made available his 1989 album, Revolution, which includes two rare mixes of the title track.


The video for “Love Again” stars Gino Cosculluela, a Top 4 finalist from the most recent season of FOX’s hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance,” who performs skillful vintage-inspired dance sequences in front of rear-screen projections of some of the global landmarks Van Zandt sings about in the soulful, uptempo number.

“I am honored that Gino chose us to be his first project after “So You Think You Can Dance” and I also want to thank my wife Maureen for suggesting I call Nigel Lythgoe who gave us his blessing and amazing positive energy,” said Van Zandt. "‘Love Again’ is one of my two Sam Cooke tributes on the album. It's a fun little fiction about a character who has been burned by a relationship so he travels the world trying to distract himself only to find there's no escape from the addiction of love! The video does an amazing job bringing this song to life in a whole new way.”


When Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul rolled into Colorado on their U.S. tour this past September, Van Zandt and his 14-piece band paid homage to his longtime musical partner Bruce Springsteen with a live performance of his song “Tucson Train,” from his latest album Western Stars. Released today, the performance, recorded September 17, 2019 at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood, Colo. is available to stream and download as of today and captures the rollicking band putting their rock n’ soul spin on the song.


Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul recently wrapped up two years of near constant touring, totaling 187 shows across North America, Europe, and Australia, with triumphant shows in Boston and New York where they brought the back-to-back Soulfire/Summer Of Sorcery world tour to an end with an epic concert that was filmed for future release.

As announced last month, Little Steven has opened the doors on his personal archive of recordings to present an in-depth look at his solo career with the brand new boxed set, RockNRoll Rebel – The Early Work (Wicked Cool/UMe), which collects his solo work from 1973-1999 – including Artists United Against Apartheid's landmark 1985 LP, Sun City – together with 51 bonus tracks spanning previously unreleased demos, B-sides, rehearsals, outtakes, classic concert performances, and a number of never-before-heard Van Zandt compositions. Little Steven’s RockNRoll Rebel – The Early Work is available exclusively via the online store uDiscover Music with pre–orders available now here: https://ume.lnk.to/LittleStevenCareer.

“It’s been a blast going through the archives and finding all these hidden gems,” says Van Zandt. “In addition to demos in various stages of completion, there are entire songs I’d completely forgotten about, and we found some really early things pre-Jukes like Southside Johnny and the Kid (the kid being me!). I’m excited to have my stuff back on vinyl for the first time in decades!”


Limited to just 1,000 copies, the bespoke slipcase multi-format boxed set includes remastered editions of five long-out-of-print classic albums – Men Without Women (1982), Voice Of America (1983), Sun City (1985), Freedom – No Compromise (1987), Revolution (1989) and the vinyl debut of Born Again Savage (1999) – across seven-colored vinyl LPs alongside four CDs of rarities and bonus tracks. This also marks the first time Revolution will be released on vinyl in the U.S., having previously only been released in Europe. The set includes liner notes about each of the 51 bonus tracks.

Digital Deluxe Editions of all six albums, complete with corresponding bonus tracks, will be available for download in the weeks leading up to the boxed set’s official release kicking off today with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul’s 1982 debut album, Men Without Women, joined by 10 exclusive bonus tracks available now. Both RockNRoll Rebel – The Early Work and the Digital Deluxe Edition of Men Without Women include long-lost tracks from what Van Zandt calls the “soundtrack to an unmade film,” including previously unreleased alternate versions of album favorites, “Angel Eyes,” “Forever” and “Until The Good Is Gone.”

In conjunction with RockNRoll Rebel, a limited edition standalone 144-page, 12” x 12” companion book will be released featuring Van Zandt's in-depth liner notes and memories and stories about the making of each album, lyrics to every song and hundreds of never-before-seen photos. It will be available for preorder soon.

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul made their debut with 1982’s Men Without Women, highlighted by a pair of rock radio favorites in the opening “Lyin’ In A Bed Of Fire” and “Forever,” the latter of which spent nine weeks on Billboard’s “Hot 100” while also receiving heavy rotation at the newly launched MTV. Van Zandt and the Disciples of Soul celebrated Men Without Women with sold out live dates including a legendary performance at NYC’s famed Peppermint Lounge that saw electrifying renditions of the album’s “Save Me” and “This Time It’s For Real” (written by Van Zandt and made famous by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), both included on RockNRoll Rebel – The Early Work.

RockNRoll Rebel – The Early Work – which arrives hot on the heels of Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul’s acclaimed latest album, Summer of Sorcery (Wicked Cool/UMe) – features appearances from an assortment of friends, collaborators, and special guests, including Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Rubén Blades, Miles Davis, Gary U.S. Bonds, Dino Danelli, and members of both the E Street Band and the Asbury Jukes.

To coincide with the release of RockNRoll Rebel, Van Zandt will be making select videos from his early career available on his official YouTube channel for the first time as well as offering up a ton of other visuals from the era.

Fans can subscribe to the channel to be notified when videos are posted: https://www.youtube.com/user/LittleStevenVEVO.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Doobie Brothers re-team with Michael McDonald for 50th anniversary tour

Four-time Grammy Award winners and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees The Doobie Brothers today announced a 30-city North American tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s founding.

TOM JOHNSTON, MICHAEL MCDONALD, PAT SIMMONS and JOHN MCFEE will be back on tour together for the first time in nearly 25 years.

The announcement came at the conclusion of the band’s performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, in which they played two of their albums, Toulouse Street and The Captain and Me. MICHAEL MCDONALD took to the stage during the band’s encore and gave a surprise performance of The Doobie Brothers’ smash hit single, “Takin’ It To The Streets,” before Pat Simmons announced that the entire band would be teaming up for a North American tour.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR will kick off in June in West Palm Beach. 

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, December 6 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. A limited number of LaneOne Premium Packages will also be available, including amazing seats, transportation, preferred entrance and more. Check LINK for LaneOne details.

Selling nearly 50 million albums worldwide, The Doobie Brothers have had five top 10 singles, 16 top 40 hits, 3 multi-platinum albums, 7 platinum albums, 14 gold albums and own a rare diamond record for their 1976 album, Best of the Doobies.

“We're truly excited about our 50th Anniversary Tour, as it's a celebration of the band’s entire history. We'll be performing songs from our full catalog, as well as new music,” said TOM JOHNSTON.

“With the Doobies, everybody in the band was proud to be a Doobie Brother. And to this day, I think of myself as a Doobie Brother — all these years later.” – MICHAEL MCDONALD on NPR’s Ask Me Another (October 25, 2019)

TOUR DATES:

Tue Jun 09 
West Palm Beach, FL
Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Wed Jun 10
Tampa, FL
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Sun Jun 14
Alpharetta, GA
Ameris Bank Amphitheatre (Formerly Verizon Amphitheatre)

Wed Jun 17
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena

Fri Jun 19
Charlotte, NC
PNC Music Pavilion

Sat Jun 20
Raleigh, NC
Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Tue Jun 23
Virginia Beach, VA
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

Wed Jun 24
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live

Fri Jun 26
Allentown, PA
PPL Center

Sat Jun 27
Camden, NJ
BB&T Pavilion

Mon Jun 29
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center

Tue Jun 30
Wantagh, NY
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Thu Jul 02
Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun Arena

Fri Jul 03
Mansfield, MA
Xfinity Center

Sun Jul 19
Toronto, ON
Budweiser Stage

Wed Jul 22
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Blossom Music Center

Sun Jul 26
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Thu Jul 30
Noblesville, IN
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

Sun Aug 02
Clarkston, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre

Tue Aug 04
Cincinnati, OH
Riverbend Music Center

Sat Aug 08
Tinley Park, IL
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago

Fri Aug 14
St. Louis, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis

Sun Aug 30
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center

Wed Sep 02
Salt Lake City, UT
USANA Amphitheatre

Sat Sep 05
Seattle, WA
White River Amphitheatre

Sat Sep 12
Mountain View, CA
Shoreline Amphitheatre

Fri Sep 18
Inglewood, CA
Forum

Sat Oct 03
Phoenix, AZ
Ak-Chin Pavilion

Fri Oct 09
Irving, TX
Toyota Music Factory

Sat Oct 10
Houston, TX
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Kenny Rogers' last world tour documented on DVD/CD

I was fortunate enough to attend his final OC show, so I'm very interested in seeing this...

Kenny Rogers' final tour, 'The Gambler's Last Deal' celebrated his entire career. The DVD part of the package with a CD includes archive footage, music videos and past concert performances from Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss and Dottie West.

Filmed at the London Palladium in 2017 at the end of his final world tour and combined with live footage from other venues on the tour, the concert DVD is also interspersed with interviews with his two sons, fellow artists and writers who helped shape his musical career (Lionel Richie, manager Ken Kragen, producers David Foster and Larry Butler, president of Capitol Records Jim Mazza).

Special guest Linda Davis (the mother of Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott) joins Kenny on some songs.

This DVD/CD set is packaged in a deluxe digipak and includes a booklet of vintage photos of Kenny and a forward by writer/producer Kelly Junkermann. A selection of songs from the concert are featured on the bonus CD.

Extras include a music video of Buy Me A Rose, a backstage rehearsal from 2005 of Someone, Somewhere Tonight and additional interviews with members of Kenny's band, cast and crew.

Track listings:

Lady Luck
Ruby/Walking My Baby
Something's Burning
Just Dropped In
But You Know I Love You*
Tell It All Brother
Lucille
Medley: Through the Years/You Decorated My Life/She Believes In Me
Every Time Two Fools Collide**
I Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Isn't Me Tonight*
Lesson in Leavin'* [DVD only]
Coward of the County/Six Pack
We've Got Tonight*
Sweet Music Man*** [DVD only]
Daytime Friends*
The Gambler
Lady
Islands in the Stream
You Can't Make Old Friends
Blaze of Glory*
* Joined by Linda Davis
** Features Dottie West
*** Sung by Dolly Parton & Alison Krauss

A long awaited return from The Airborne Toxic Event next spring

The Airborne Toxic Event has announced North American tour dates in support of their new album. The tour starts in May in Phoenix and ends with a performance with the SF Symphony at Davies Hall on August 1. The Los Angeles-based band's sixth LP and first new music in half a decade, HOLLYWOOD PARK is out May 8 via Rounder Records. Pre-sale for the tour began Nov. 20 through the band's site with the tickets being available Nov. 22.

HOLLYWOOD PARK arrives alongside a new literary work of the same name by Airborne Toxic Event founder and frontman Mikel Jollett, to be published by Celadon Books (a division of MacMillan) on May 5; pre-orders are available HERE. Hollywood Park sees Jollett chronicling his personal journey, from early childhood in one of the most infamous cults of the 1970s, through a teenage life of poverty and emotional abuse, before finding his voice first as a critically acclaimed writer and then literally as singer and songwriter of The Airborne Toxic Event.

The album was produced by the band's longtime collaborator, Mark Needham (The Killers, Fleetwood Mac). Both the album and book were fueled in large part by the untimely death of Jollett's father.

Prior to their North American tour The Airborne Toxic Event will herald HOLLYWOOD PARK with a pair of four-night-stands at Los Angeles, CA's El Rey Theatre (March 31, April 1, 2, 4) and New York City's Bowery Ballroom (April 7-10); all eight shows sold out within 30 seconds of ticket release.

The Airborne Toxic Event first emerged in 2006, centered around songwriter Jollett, already an acclaimed freelance journalist, editor, and writer whose work had appeared in such publications as McSweeney's, the Los Angeles Times, and FILTER, among many others. The band's self-titled debut album followed two years later, with hit single, "Sometime Around Midnight," an RIAA gold-certified, top 5 hit on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, later ranked at #1 on iTunes' "Best of 2008: Alternative" tally.

They played international festival like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Japan's Fuji Rock and UK's Reading/Leeds. The band have performed with American symphony orchestras - including the Louisville Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra -- in addition to collaborations with the Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet, the Lalo Guerrero School of Music Choir, and Los Angeles' Belmont High School Marching Band, among others.

HOLLYWOOD PARK marks The Airborne Toxic Event's first new album since 2015's DOPE MACHINES and its limited edition companion volume, SONGS OF GOD AND WHISKEY, both followed in 2016 by the standalone single, "America."

Tour dates:

MARCH
31 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre SOLD OUT
APRIL
1 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre SOLD OUT
2 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre SOLD OUT
4 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre SOLD OUT
7 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom SOLD OUT
8 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom SOLD OUT
9 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom SOLD OUT
10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom SOLD OUT

NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR
Wed May 27 - Phoenix, AZ - Van Buren
Fri May 29 - Austin, TX - Emo's
Sat May 30 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Sun May 31 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Tue June 2 - Kansas City, MO - Truman
Wed June 3 - Saint Louis, MO - Del Mar Concert Hall
Thu June 4 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East
Fri June 5 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
Sat June 6 - Charlotte, NC - Underground
Tue June 9 - Toronto, ON- Danforth Music Hall
Wed June 10 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Fri June 12 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Sat June 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
Tue June 16 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
Wed June 17 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
Thu June 18 - Detroit, MI - St Andrews Hall
Fri June 19 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre
Sat June 20 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Tue June 23 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Fri June 26 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
Sat June 27 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Sun June 28 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
Tue June 30 - Sacramento, CA - The Ace of Spades
Wed July 1 - San Diego, CA - Observatory
Sat Aug 1 - San Francisco - Davies Hall with the San Francisco Symphony

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Robbie Williams adds spring 2020 dates to Las Vegas residency

photo: Jesse Williams, courtesy Rogers+Cowan PR
Wynn Las Vegas and AEG Presents Las Vegas announced that Robbie Williams will return to Las Vegas for a 2020 residency at Wynn Las Vegas’ Encore Theater.

Following 16 sold out shows this year during three residency runs, ‘Robbie Williams Live in Las Vegas’ will return with eight new dates from March 24 to April 4, 2020. Tickets for the shows will be available for purchase starting Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 a.m. PT.

Robbie said, “I’m so excited to be returning to Las Vegas for new residency dates next year. To have my own run of Vegas shows was a real dream come true and I can’t wait to come back.”

“Robbie Williams is coming back to where he belongs – Las Vegas,” said Bobby Reynolds, Senior Vice President of AEG Presents Las Vegas. “Robbie’s personality and style are as unique as this town and we couldn’t be happier to have him back at Wynn. Robbie packed the house every night with audience members from near and far. Whether they had seen him one time or one hundred times, the crowd all had one thing in common: They loved the show!”

Fans who pre-order ‘The Christmas Present’ from the official Robbie Williams Store before 4 p.m. PT on November 18 will receive priority access to the exclusive artist ticket presale for the Las Vegas shows, which begins Tuesday, November 19 at 7 a.m. PT. Official VIP packages and additional artist pre-sale information is available at robbiewilliams.com/tickets.

Williams is one of the most decorated music artists in the world with six of the Top 100 best-selling albums in British history and 80 million album sales worldwide. He has had 12 UK Number 1 albums, 14 Number 1 singles and a record 18 BRIT Awards – more than any other artist in music history. Earlier this year, Williams announced that he will be releasing his first ever Christmas album, ‘The Christmas Present’, on Nov. 22, 2019. For more information about Robbie Williams, visit www.robbiewilliams.com.

Ticket Information

· Dates: March 24-25, 27-28, 31; April 1, 3-4 at 8 p.m.
· Public On-Sale: Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 a.m. PST
· Price: $69.50-$325 plus applicable fees
· Points Of Purchase: Wynn Las Vegas Box Office (702-770-9966)

Out now: Tom Goss album 'Territories'

Singer, songwriter and veteran musician Tom Goss has released seventh studio album Territories. It includes the latest single and piano-driven ballad "Berlin," which is based on a personal tale about finding another lover after learning of his husband's infidelity.

Goss also issued the black and white music video for the song, filmed in Berlin. PRESS HERE to watch. Amidst the darkest hour of their marriage, Tom and his husband chose an unconventional solution in an effort to steady the ship - staying married but initiating "an open relationship with boundaries." Soon after, Goss took a trip to Berlin, where he started to discover what love and sexuality meant to him. As he began to fall in love with someone else, Goss learned to process how he could love both a new man and his husband. PRESS HERE to download/stream "Berlin."

"This record speaks of love in so many complicated ways," Goss shares. "I don't believe life is black-and-white. When I went through the whole experience, I believed myself to be a horrible failure, but that's not fair. We're constantly changing as humans. We compare ourselves to an ideal, or singular perception, and that's not real. I'd like to send the message that it's okay if your history is imperfect, your love still is."

Previous single "La Bufadora" depicts a fictionalized story of an abusive relationship while highlighting the reality of domestic violence within the LGBTQ community. Statistics show that within the LGBTQ community, intimate partner violence occurs at a rate equal to or higher than that of the heterosexual community. Proceeds from the song and video will be donated to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the Los Angeles LGBT Center; PRESS HERE to watch the video starring Mean Girls actor Daniel Franzese.

First single "Quayside" tells the story of diving into a polyamorous relationship, a journey littered with potential dangers. The track wrestles with Goss' own perceptions of love and relationships, providing a candid snapshot of his own life. PRESS HERE to watch the official music video.

Tom Goss is a singer-songwriter who went from a quiet childhood in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to wrestling at the college level in Missouri before eventually entering a Washington, DC seminary, leaving the priesthood after a year, and marrying his husband.

Since the launch of a successful music career in 2006, the Los Angeles-based artist has delivered six fan-favorite independent albums, generated over 10 million collective streams and 12 million views, landed syncs everywhere from ABC and HBO to Univision, and performed alongside Andy Grammer, Taylor Dayne, and more.

Tom Goss is currently in the midst of a US headlining tour, with European stops this December. PRESS HERE to view all upcoming tour dates.

TRACK LISTING:

1) Uneven
2) One Plus Two
3) Berlin
4) Quebec
5) One Thing Missing
6) Regretting
7) Irreplaceable
8) Zedel
9) Amsterdam
10) La Bufadora
11) Quayside
12) Eve
13) Not Regretting
14) Siem Reap
15) Be Somebody

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Simply Red brings the funk and soul on new album

photo: Dean Chalkley, courtesy Missing Piece Group PR
Simply Red has release their 12th studio album, Blue Eyed Soul via BMG. It was written by singer and band leader Mick Hucknall and produced by long time collaborator Andy Wright.

Recorded live, with few overdubs, Blue Eyed Soul draws inspiration from classic funk and soul: Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and Tower of Power. Purchase or download HERE.

"This record is a bit more raw and a bit more rough n' ready," Hucknall told Billboard in a recent interview. “At this stage of my career, I could do one of those dark reflective albums looking back on my life and all that kind of stuff that people tend to do at a certain age,” Mick Hucknall admits. “But I thought sod that! I wanted to make something punchy. I want to have a good time.”

Simply Red also recently released a lyric video for the single "Thinking of You." Watch it HERE.

After 40 years of making records (with punk band The Frantic Elevators, solo and various line ups of Simply Red) Hucknall wanted to create something tailored to the core strength of his band.

“I asked myself, what would these guys really like to play, night after night? I want them to enjoy playing, for crowds to get up and move around, and everybody to put their heart into it. It’s all about capturing the groove.”

Simply Red have over a billion hits on YouTube, have sold over 60 million albums worldwide, 5 going to number one in the UK. Their 1991 effort Stars was the best-selling album for two years running in Britain and Europe.

They have had two US Billboard chart toppers with classic singles "Holding Back The Years" and "If You Don’t Know Me By Now." Every Simply Red studio album has been a UK top ten (with previous release Big Love reaching number 4 in 2015). Hucknall has been the songwriter and bandleader since the beginning in 1985, aided since 1986 by long-serving saxophonist Ian Kirkham.

The Black Crowes reunite for 2020 tour

photo credit: Josh Cheuse, courtesy Big Hassle Media
The Black Crowes' Chris and Rich Robinson will herald the thirty-year anniversary of their quintuple platinum debut album Shake Your Money Maker with a world tour beginning next June in Austin, Texas.

Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now. The band will play that album in its entirety plus hits from the catalog. The Robinson brothers have not played a show since 2013. 

Chris Robinson says of reuniting, "I'm thrilled and blessed to be playing with my brother celebrating the music we've made and bringing our lives together full circle. Long live Rock n' Roll & The Black Crowes."

Rich Robinson adds, "First and foremost, I'm really happy to have my brother back in my life. To be able to play music again together and celebrate the first record we made as kids, is a gift. To have these songs stand up after 30 years is something I could've never fathomed."

In 1990, with Shake Your Money Maker, the group became known for hits like "Jealous Again," "Twice As Hard," "She Talks To Angels" and a cover of Otis Redding's "Hard To Handle," topping Rolling Stone's "Best New American Band Readers Poll" late that year.

The Black Crowes went on to release eight studio and four live albums.

TOUR DATES:
June 17 - Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater
June 19 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion
June 20 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Presented by Huntsman
June 23 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
June 24 - Rogers, AR - Walmart AMP
June 26 - Birmingham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
June 27 - Atlanta, GA - Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
June 30 - W. Palm Beach, FL - Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
July 1 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp at FL State Fairgrounds
July 3 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
July 4 - Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
July 7 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheatre
July 8 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheatre
July 10 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veteran United Home Loans Amp. at Virginia Beach 
July 11 - Washington, DC - Jiffy Lube Live
July 14 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
July 15 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 17 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
July 18 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
July 21 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 22 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
July 24 - Hartford, CT - XFINITY Theatre
July 25 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 28 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
July 29 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 31 - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Amphitheater
August 1 - Pittsburgh, PA - KeyBank Pavilion
August 13 - Minneapolis, MN - Xcel Energy Center
August 15 - Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 16 - Indianapolis, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
August 18 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
August 20 - Cincinnati, PH - Riverbend Music Center
August 22 - Milwaukee, WI - American Family Insurance Amphitheater
August 23 - Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 26 - Bonner Springs, KS - Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
August 28 - Omaha, NE - CHI Health Center Omaha
August 30 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
September 4 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheatre
September 5 - Ridgefield, WA - Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
September 8 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
September 9 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 11 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
September 12 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
September 18 - San Diego, CA - North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Forum

Friday, November 8, 2019

Michael Bublé back on tour in No. America next spring

I saw the recent tour at Staples Center in LA. Glad to see he is returning even closer to me (Anaheim)...

Michael Bublé has announced 27 new North American tour dates in 2020 following the global success of his “An Evening With Michael Bublé Tour.” The new leg of dates begins in March. A full list of dates follow. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale on November 18 at 10:00 a.m.

In other Bublé news, Warner Records/Reprise Records has announced the release of a brand-new rendition of “White Christmas.” Bublé’s quintessential holiday album Christmas has been a No. 1 staple since its release and last year alone, Christmas accumulated over one billion streams. It is by far the biggest holiday album of the decade.

Michael Bublé has sold over 60 million records worldwide over the course of his career, has had numerous No. 1 singles, hosted seven NBC specials and won four Grammys and multiple Juno Awards as a performer and songwriter. He is a multi-platinum artist and his most recent album, ❤️(love), was No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200.

TOUR DATES:

March 17, 2020 – Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
March 18, 2020 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
March 20, 2020 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
March 21, 2020 – Atlantic City, NJ – Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
March 22, 2020 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
March 24, 2020 – Uniondale, NY – NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum
March 25, 2020 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
March 27, 2020 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
March 28, 2020 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
March 29, 2020 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
March 31, 2020 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
April 1, 2020 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
April 3, 2020 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
April 4, 2020 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
April 5, 2020 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
May 2, 2020 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
May 3, 2020 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
May 5, 2020 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
May 8, 2020 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
May 9, 2020 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
May 13, 2020 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
May 14, 2020 – Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center
May 16, 2020 – Cincinnati, OH – Heritage Bank Center
May 17, 2020 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
May 19, 2020 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
May 22, 2020 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre
May 23, 2020 – Moncton, NB – Avenir Centre