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Journey Announce Las Vegas Residency

Journey will return to Las Vegas later this year for a new residency. The run will consist of nine shows at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

The dates will take place between Oct. 9 and Oct. 26 in the 4,300-seat venue, which is set to undergo renovations this summer. Among the changes will be a new sound system and a high-definition video wall; the floor will also become a general-admission area.

This will be Journey’s third time playing multiple dates in Vegas, following shows at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in 2015 and 2017.

Tickets for the October concerts go on sale to the general public April 19 at 10AM PT, with a pre-sale for American Express card holders beginning tomorrow at 10AM PT. Another pre-sale, for fan-club members, takes place on Wednesday at 10AM PT. The band’s website has more details, including VIP packages.

As 2018 came to a close, Neal Schon said the band was taking off 2019 so other members could work on solo projects — “except for possibly a few dates near the end of the year leading into 2020,” he noted.

The time away, Schon added, gave him the opportunity to embark on a Journey Through Time solo tour with former members Gregg Rolie and Deen Castronovo that spotlighted the band’s pre-Steve Perry era. He’s also working on a new solo album with Marti Frederiksen and plans to release another record, Universe, in August.

 

Paul Raymond, UFO Keyboardist and Guitarist, Dies

Paul Raymond, the keyboardist and guitarist from UFO who also did stints in Savoy Brown and the Michael Schenker Group, has died only a few days after the band concluded a tour. He was 73.

The news was broken this morning (April 13) on his Facebook page. “Hi to all the fans and people who knew Paul! This is Sandra, Paul’s life partner speaking,” she wrote. “With a desperate and broken heart, fully in tears and pains that feel like they will kill me I have to tell you that my most beautiful and beloved darling Paul Raymond has passed away today. The doctors were trying to reanimate him and with success at first but then his system shot down again and there was nothing more they could do for him, he died of a heart attack. He absolutely enjoyed the last couple of weeks touring with UFO in the U.K. & Ireland and he was looking forward to the rest of this year’s tour.”

She included a photo that was taken earlier this week when they checked out of their hotel after the last date of the tour before returning to their home in Germany. Sandra concluded the post by saying, “I will always love him and I hope he will rest in peace until I’ll see him again on the other side!!! I love you so much Paul 💔😪 Sandra.”

UFO wrote that they were “too shell-shocked” by the news and shared Sandra’s update. They included a photo of Raymond from that last concert and added, “Thank you to everyone for your very kind and supportive messages.”

Born Nov. 16, 1945 in St. Albans, England, Raymond started out playing jazz in early 1964, and formed a psychedelic prog band, Plastic Penny, in 1967. The group, which included future Elton John drummer Nigel Olsson, had a Top 10 U.K. hit with its debut, a cover of the Box Tops’ “Everything I Am,” but broke up towards the end of 1968.

From there, he joined the British blues band Chicken Shack, replacing Christine McVie when she became a member of Fleetwood Mac. But after they were dropped by their label following the commercial failure of 1970’s Accept, Raymond and two of his bandmates left for Savoy Brown, which itself had seen three of its members depart for Foghat.

Raymond spent five years in Savoy Brown, but during a 1976 show in Saginaw, Mich., where they were on the same bill as UFO, he got into a conversation with bassist Pete Way, who said that UFO were planning to fire keyboardist Danny Peyronel because they wanted someone who could also play rhythm guitar. Upon their return to England, Raymond passed the audition, and UFO entered what’s considered by many to be their classic period.

However, in 1981, tensions in the band were running high and Schenker, who had jumped ship to form his self-named group a year earlier, offered him a job. But soon after the release of MSG, Raymond had what his website’s bio described as a “non-music-related altercation” with Schenker and was let go.

He then worked with Way in Waysted and returned to a new lineup of UFO in 1984. But he left after two years, midway through a U.S. tour, due to numerous problems within the band. In 1993, he, Schenker and Way reunited with Phil Mogg. But when Schenker walked out mid-gig in Japan, Raymond decided it was time to leave the road. He eventually took a much different gig, playing jazz piano at a hotel and several casinos in London.

UFO came calling again, in 2003, and Raymond stayed with the band until his death. It is unknown as of press time how Raymond’s death will affect the upcoming U.S. dates on their farewell tour that begin in October.

How Hit Single ‘Love Bites’ Scared Def Leppard

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen recalled their initial fear when their track “Love Bites” became their only No.1 hit single on release in 1987.

The track had been composed in the studio with producer Mutt Lange, and released on blockbuster album Hysteria, but the band had never given thought to how they might perform it live, Collen said.

“We’d done all these overdubs, these crazy guitar parts and vocal harmonies,” he said. “Then the song went to No.1 and we’d never played it live. So we had to take time off an go into a rehearsal room in Vancouver, and we were like, ‘Guys, how are we gonna do this song?’”

 “We’d spent three years on our record; we’d done all this crazy stuff that we can’t play and sing at the same time. it was like staying behind after school, just learning this song, singing while you were playing these crazy things. It was really hard. We’d just rehearse, rehearse, rehearse – and we finally got it. Of course, now we do it in our sleep, but it was a bit scary.”

The success of “Love Bites” helped propel Hysteria to sales of over 12 million in the U.S. alone.

Alan Parsons’ New Song Featuring Lou Gramm, ‘Sometimes’

Alan Parsons has debuted a new song featuring former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm.

“Sometimes” is an early taste from Parsons’ upcoming album, The Secret. Due on April 26, the LP will be his first in 15 years.

The veteran artist and producer had previously teased the album, saying it “will include musical and lyrical themes that are very close to my heart and my own interests and passions.”

Among those passions is magic. The craft is one of Parsons’ longtime hobbies and greatly influenced the songwriting on this album.

“Magic has always been a passion of mine,” he explained. “I am a member of the Magic Castle in Los Angeles. I’ve also worked with the Japanese magic company Tenyo, writing instruction books and catalogs for their tricks. I dabble with magic myself in my free time, so an album with magical influences was a natural progression.”

Other artists featured on The Secret include pop singer Jason Mraz, former Pillbugs frontman Mark Mikel and frequent Parsons collaborators Todd Cooper and Jordan Huffman.

Parsons initially made a name for himself as a producer, working on such classic albums as the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. In 1975, he formed the Alan Parsons Project, an assembly of studio musicians and members of various bands with whom he had previously worked. The group was a critical and commercial success, selling more than 5 million albums worldwide.

Parsons is currently in the midst of a worldwide tour, with dates scheduled through the end of August.

Alan Parsons, ‘The Secret’ Track Listing:
1. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”
2. “Miracle” (feat. Jason Mraz)
3. “As Lights Fall”
4. “One Note Symphony” (feat. Todd Cooper)
5. “Sometimes” (feat. Lou Gramm​)
6. “Soiree Fantastique (feat. Todd Cooper)
7. “Fly To Me” (feat. Mark Mikel)
8. “Requiem” (feat. Todd Cooper)
9. “Years Of Glory” (feat. Pj Olsson)
10. “The Limelight Fades Away” (feat. Jordan Huffman)
11. “I Can’t Get There From Here” (feat. Jared Mahone)

Bob Dylan Whiskey Distillery and Venue to Open in Nashville

Bob Dylan’s range of whiskeys will find a new home at a multi-use facility in Nashville, which is set to open in 2020, operators announced.

He launched his Heaven’s Door spirits last year – named after classic track “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and featuring an image of a metalwork sculpture on the same theme – which are currently being distilled in various locations.

The new Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts will provide a base for their continued creation. Some of Dylan’s paintings and metalwork sculptures will be on display at the center, with concerts and other live events to be planned also.

Dylan and his business partners purchased the Elm Street Methodist Church in downtown Nashville for $6.2 million in 2017. Built in the 1860s, the church closed in 1971 was was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Once conversation is complete, it will also house a restaurant and whiskey library.

Announcing his spirits line in 2018, Dylan said he “wanted to create a collection of American whiskeys that, in their own way, tell a story. … I’ve been traveling for decades, and I’ve been able to try some of the best spirits that the world of whiskey has to offer. This is great whiskey.”

Heaven’s Door is available in straight rye, straight bourbon and double-barreled varieties.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Dylan was working on a new movie project with Martin Scorcese based on his 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese will be aired on Netflix later this year. It’s described as “part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream.”

Holding Out for a Hero: Bonnie Tyler & Rod Stewart finally sing together

If you’ve ever heard Bonnie Tyler‘s hits “It’s a Heartache,” “Total Eclipse of the Heart” or “Holding Out for a Hero,” you know that Bonnie’s raspy voice is reminiscent of Rod Stewart‘s.  Well, it’s taken them 50 years, but now, the two legendary vocalists have finally recorded a duet, which North American fans will get to hear later this year.

The song, “Battle of the Sexes,” appears on Bonnie’s new album Between the Earth and the Stars, which comes out this Friday in the U.K. and most of the world, but won’t be released officially in the U.S. and Canada until the fall.

Appearing on the British TV show Loose Women, Bonnie noted that fans have been waiting for years for her and Rod to record together, and explained that she landed him for the project after a mutual friend promised to pass along her request.

“I waited until I found the right song, which took a couple of months…and I had this song called ‘Battle of the Sexes,’” Bonnie recalled. “And so I thought, ‘This is it.’ So I sent it to [Rod’s friend] Ricky…he passed it on, [and] within a day or two days, Rod got back to me personally…to say that yes, he wouldn’t normally — but yes, he’d do it!”

Rod isn’t the only British knight involved in the album: The Bee Gees‘ Sir Barry Gibb wrote a song specifically for her to record, and she also sings a duet with iconic U.K. pop star Sir Cliff Richard.

And on the more modern side of things, the disc features three songs written just for Bonnie by Amy Wadge, one of Ed Sheeran‘s favorite collaborators — she and Ed co-wrote “Thinking Out Loud,” among other tracks.

No word yet on an exact U.S. release date.

Pete Townshend says new Who album will include songs about homelessness, #MeToo and the fishing industry

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend says the band is “about two-thirds” done with their upcoming studio album, which he thinks will be “really great.”

During a recent press event held at London’s Wembley Stadium, Townshend — along with The Who frontman Roger Daltrey — told the U.K.’s Absolute Radio that he’s written “some good songs” that focus on current themes, including “homelessness…the fishing industry [and] the way that men might have to change in the future…after the ‘Me Too’ thing.”

The 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also reports that a few guests may be asked to contribute to the record, such as “a female vocalist” or “a rapper.”

Daltrey, meanwhile, tells Absolute Radio that it can be challenging for him to come up with a unique way to present the songs Townshend writes.

“I have to climb into the words he’s written and the way he performs them on his demos,” Roger notes, “but then I have to think, ‘Well, how do I put this suit of clothes and make it mine and make it breathe in [a way that’s] comfortable for me?’ And that can be quite a painful process sometimes.”

Having said that, Daltrey declares that Townshend has “still got that ability to write those songs that get in your ear like an earworm, and go ’round and ’round and ’round.”

Roger also reveals that The Who decided to play with orchestral accompaniment on their upcoming Moving On! tour because he had “a magical experience” performing Tommy last year with orchestras during his solo trek. He says performing with an orchestra will “give the music it’s best possible chance to be elevated to a new position.”

 

2019 KAABOO Del Mar festival to feature Duran Duran, REO Speedwagon, The Bangles & more

Duran Duran, REO Speedwagon and The Bangles are among the many acts performing at the 2019 KAABOO Del Mar festival, scheduled for September 13-15 in the Southern California beach town of Del Mar.

The event’s daily headliners are Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band and Mumford & Sons, while the lineup also includes such veteran artists as Squeeze, Sheryl Crow, Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians and Blind Melon.

KAABOO Del Mar, which takes place at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds just north of San Diego, also features comedy performances, art exhibits, gourmet food and drinks.

Tickets and VIP passes are on sale now. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit KAABOODelMar.com.

 

 

Still Not Dead Yet: Phil Collins returns this fall for more U.S. tour dates

Phil Collins isn’t dead yet…so he’s just going to keep on touring.

The singer and former Genesis drummer has announced a limited run of dates for fall of 2019, dubbed the Still Not Dead Yet, Live! tour. The 15-city trek kicks off September 23 in Dallas and wraps up October in Las Vegas.

Phil’s last outing in 2018 featured the same band who’ll be joining him for this one. The lineup includes longtime Genesis touring guitarist Daryl Stuermer, who’s also played with Phil for years, as well as legendary session musician Leland Sklar on bass and Phil’s own son Nicolas playing drums.

The tour will be a “celebration” of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s “epic career,” featuring solo and Genesis hits like “Against All Odds,” “Follow You Follow Me,” “In the Air Tonight,” “Invisible Touch,” “Easy Lover” and many more.

Here are the tour dates:

9/23 — Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
9/24 — Houston, TX Toyota Center
9/26 — Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
9/28 — Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Center
9/29 — Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
10/1 — Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
10/2 — Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
10/4 — Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
10/6 — New York, NY Madison Square Garden
10/9 — Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
10/11 — Omaha, NE CHI Health Center
10/13 — Denver, CO Pepsi Center
10/15 — Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
10/17 — San Francisco, CA Chase Center
10/19 — Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena

 

Boz Scaggs debuts video for recent song “Little Miss Night and Day,” preparing for busy tour schedule

An official video for Boz Scaggs‘ song “Little Miss Night and Day,” from his 2018 album Out of the Blues, got its premiere at Billboard.com and also is viewable on YouTube.

The black-and-white clip features footage of Scaggs performing the rollicking blues tune onstage with his current touring band, interspersed with scenes of the musicians and a road crew preparing for a concert.

Boz tells Billboard that the video celebrates the fun he’s been having playing shows with his band during the last few years, noting, “That’s what it’s about. It’s on the road. It’s live.”

Scaggs and his group have a busy few months ahead of them, starting with an appearance on the 2019 edition of the ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise on March 27 in Centro, Mexico. Boz then will launch a U.S. tour leg on April 7 in Fayetteville, Arkansas; it winds down with an April 27 performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

“New Orleans is sort of the heart and root of so much of the music I’ve done,” Scaggs maintains, “so I really want to do a special set there and get into perhaps a new level of playing.”

The singer also will tour Japan in May, and plans another run of stateside shows in June and July.

Out of the Blues was the third in a trilogy of albums that found Scaggs exploring his musical influences, including blues, soul and Americana.

Boz tells Billboard that he’s thinking about changing things up for his next record.

“I miss some of the more lyrical, ballad stuff I’ve done in the past, so I’m looking in that direction,” he notes, adding, “I haven’t recorded a fully self-written album in some time, so that might be a way to go, too.”

Here are Scaggs’ upcoming U.S. shows:

4/7 — Fayetteville, AR, Walton Arts Center
4/9 — Mobile, AL, Saenger Theatre
4/10 — Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
4/11 — West Palm Beach, FL, Kravis Center
4/12 — St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay Blues Fest – Vinoy Waterfront Park
4/13 — St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay Blues Fest – Vinoy Waterfront Park
4/14 — Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
4/17 — Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live Orlando
4/18 — Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
4/20 — Fort Pierce, FL, Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts
4/22 — Houston, TX, House of Blues Houston
4/23 — Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
4/24 — New Braunfels, TX, Gruene Hall
4/26 — Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget Lake Charles – Grand Event Center
4/27 — New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
6/9 — Los Angeles, CA, Playboy Jazz Festival
6/14 — Norman, OK, Riverwind Casino and Hotel – Showplace Theater
6/15 — Fort Worth, TX, Billy Bob’s Texas
6/16 — Memphis, TN, Graceland Soundstage
6/21 — Easton, PA, State Theatre Center for the Arts
6/22 — Hampton, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
6/23 — Northampton, MA, Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center
6/25 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Center for the Arts
6/26 — Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
6/28 — Hanover, MD, Live! Casino & Hotel- Event Center
7/1 — Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier
7/3 — Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino – Event Center
7/4 — Camden, NJ, Camden County Freedom Festival
7/8 — Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place
7/9 — Elk Grove Village, IL, Elk Grove Village Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series

Rare Beatles “butcher cover” signed by John Lennon being auctioned in Liverpool in May

A rare copy of the “butcher cover” version of The Beatles‘ 1966 album Yesterday and Today — once owned by John Lennon — is going up for bid May 9 at a memorabilia auction at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool, U.K.

The LP jacket, which contains a stereo prototype disc, has a blank back cover.  Lennon autographed the front and decorated the back with a personalized drawing for a Beatles bootleg collector named Dave Morrell.  Lennon traded the album to Morrell in exchange for a reel-to-reel recording of the Yellow Matter Custard bootleg.

John’s signature on the front reads “To Dave from John Lennon Dec 7th 71″ —  and Morrell later got both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to autograph the cover too.

It’s expected to fetch between $160,000 and $180,000.

The LP is among many items going on the block at the “Music Icons: The Beatles in Liverpool” sale, presented by Julien’s Auctions. The event will be streamed live at JuliensAuctions.com; bidding will be accepted both at the museum and online.

Other notable collectibles being auctioned include:

–A baseball signed by The Beatles at the band’s final U.S. concert, in 1966 at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, estimated to sell for $80,000 to $100,000

–A guitar strap owned and signed by Lennon, which is expected to fetch $20,000 to $30,000

–A Liverpool Airport poster, signed by the Fab Four, that announced the band members’ arrival in their hometown to attend a 1964 screening of A Hard Day’s Night.  It’s estimated at $30,000 to $50,000.

Julien’s Auctions also is partnering with the museum to host a “Memorabilia Day” on May 10, where fans and collectors can bring in their rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia to be appraised for free.

Mick Jagger to undergo heart surgery

Following the news that the Rolling Stones are postponing their North American No Filter tour because Mick Jagger requires “medical treatment,” we now have a hint as to what kind of treatment the singer will undergo.

A source tells Page Six that Jagger needs to have a stent placed in his heart, which isn’t risky in and of itself.  Dished the source, “You can be back at work within weeks” following the procedure. The source suggests that the tour is being postponed for insurance reasons, just to be “careful.”

Jagger, 75, is in “extraordinary physical condition,” according to The Drudge Report, which first reported the surgery, and is expected to make a full recovery.

A source tells Page Six that the band is already re-booking the tour dates, which were scheduled to start later this month in Florida.

 

Business card for pre-Beatles group The Quarry Men on sale for more than $30K

If you want to own a piece of Beatles pre-history, you’ll need to have some deep pockets.

As TMZ reports, the memorabilia site Moments in Time is currently selling a business card for The Quarry Men — the group that John Lennon formed in 1956 — for $32,500. 

If you know your Beatles history, you know it was The Quarry Men that John was playing with when he met Paul McCartney at a church festival in Liverpool on July 6 in 1957.  Soon afterwards, John invited Paul to join the band.  In 1958, Paul convinced John to allow his friend George Harrison to join, too.

The business card says, “The Quarry Men. Open for Engagements,” along with their manager’s number and the words “rock” and “skiffle” — the latter being a popular musical genre in the U.K. in the mid-’50s.

According to TMZ, a collector bought the card 30 years ago from a woman who was living in the suburbs of Liverpool. It was part of a bunch of membership cards and tickets she’d collected from her days club-hopping in the late ’50s and ’60s.

Meanwhile, by 1960, the band, which now included bass player Stu Sutcliffe, changed its name to The Beatals — B-E-A-T-A-L-S. A few months later, they briefly changed it again to the Silver Beetles, then to the Silver Beatles, and then, finally, to The Beatles.

 

Welcome to the whole “Hotel California”: The Eagles to play classic album in its entirety

George HolzUnlike many of their colleagues, The Eagles have never jumped on the “play your biggest album live in its entirety” bandwagon…until now.

For the first time ever, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will perform their landmark release Hotel California from start to finish at two special gigs: September 27 and September 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The shows also will feature a set of the band’s greatest hits.

If you’ve been to see the Eagles live in concert, you’ve no doubt heard them play the album’s three singles — “Hotel California,” “Life in the Fast Lane” and “New Kid in Town” — numerous times.  These shows will give you the chance to hear lesser-heard gems as well, including “The Last Resort,” “Victim of Love,” “Try and Love Again” and “Wasted Time.”

Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public starting April 12 at 10 a.m. PT through Ticketmaster.com. American Express Card members can buy tickets starting Monday, April 8, at 10 a.m. PT.

Hotel California is the third best-selling U.S. album in history, having been certified 26 times platinum. When it was released in 1976, it hit #1 and won two Grammy Awards.

 

Yes to headline The Royal Affair Tour, also featuring Asia, The Moody Blues’ John Lodge and Carl Palmer

Yes will headline a new North American package trek dubbed The Royal Affair Tour, which will also feature sets by Asia, Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with guest vocalist Arthur Brown.

The outing kicks off on June 12 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is mapped out through a July 28 performance in Saratoga, California. More shows will be announced soon. Tickets for most concerts go on sale this Friday, April 5.

Yes will be playing songs spanning the band’s half-century career, and will include tributes to their two late founding members: bassist Chris Squire and guitarist Peter Banks. In addition, Yes drummer Alan White, who played on John Lennon’s classic 1971 album Imagine, will deliver a special homage to the late Beatles legend.

Asia will pay tribute to its late frontman, John Wetton, throughout the tour. The band’s current lineup shares two members with Yes — keyboardist Geoff Downes and bassist/singer Billy Sherwood — and also features founding drummer Carl Palmer and new guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, formerly of Guns N’ Roses.

Yes guitarist Steve Howe, who also was an original Asia member, will join the group for part of its sets.

Lodge will showcase many of the classic Moody Blues tunes he wrote and sang, and will pay homage to his band’s late flutist/singer, Ray Thomas.

Palmer’s ELP Legacy will offers up a variety of memorable songs by Carl’s old group Emerson, Lake & Palmer, with Brown — frontman for The Crazy World of Arthur Brown — on board to lend vocal support.

“Yes is delighted to headline this celebration of British music which has been so warmly received in America over the past five decades,” says Howe in a statement.”

Here are the confirmed dates:

6/12 — Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
6/14 — Farmingdale, NY, Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater
6/15 — Atlantic City, NJ, Mark Etess Arena at Hard Rock Casino
6/16 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
6/20 — White Plains, NY, Westchester County Center
6/21 — Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
6/22 — Baltimore, MD, MECU Pavilion
6/24 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage
6/25 — Lewiston, NY, Artpark Amphitheater,
6/27 — Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
6/29 — Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
6/30 — Providence, RI, Bold Point Park
7/3 — Rochester Hills, MI, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
7/5 — Columbus, OH, Express Live
7/6 — Aurora, IL, Riveredge Park
7/8 — Nashville, TN, Grand Ole Opry House
7/10 — Cary, NC, Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
7/12 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
7/13 — Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7/18 — St. Augustine, FL, The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
7/20 — Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/21 — Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP
7/24 — Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
7/26 — Las Vegas, NV, The Joint – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7/27 — Irvine, CA, Five Point Amphitheater
7/28 — Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery

 

Joined Forces: Elvis Costello and Blondie announce summer co-headlining tour

Two influential artists from the heyday of New Wave, Elvis Costello and Blondie, are teaming up for a U.S. summer co-headlining tour. The cross-country trek gets underway with a July 20 show in Bethel, New York, and is plotted out through an August 10 concert in Seattle.

Costello will be playing with his longtime backing group The Imposters, which features two-thirds of Elvis’ old band The Attractions — keyboardist Steve Nieve and drummer Pete Thomas — as well as bassist Davey Faragher.

Tickets for the shows will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. Pre-sale tickets for members of Costello’s and Blondie’s fan clubs are available now.

Last July, Costello announced that he’d been treated for an aggressive form of cancer, causing him to cancel a series of European shows, but by September he’d returned to performing.

Elvis will release a limited-edition vinyl EP titled Purse on April 13 in conjunction with the 2019 Record Store Day campaign. The four-track disc includes collaborations with Paul McCartney and Burt Bacharach, as well as tunes featuring lyrics penned by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

Blondie’s most recent performances were a pair of shows that took place last month in Havana, Cuba, marking the first time the band ever played in the Caribbean country. Prior to the trek with Elvis, the band will play a June 22 concert in Red Bank, New Jersey, and also will appear at the Roxodus Music Festival in Edenvale, Canada, on July 12.

Here are all Costello and Blondie’s joint shows:

7/20 — Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/21 — Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
7/23 — Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
7/24 — Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
7/26 — Washington D.C., The Anthem
7/27 — Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
8/1 — Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Theater at The Palms
8/2 — Temecula, CA, Pechanga Summit
8/4 — Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheatre
8/5 — Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
8/7 — Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
8/8 — San Francisco, CA, Concord Pavilion
8/10 — Seattle, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

 

“Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus” director recalls origin of show’s title and of supergroup The Dirty Mac

A restored version of the star-studded 1968 concert special Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is being screened this week in select U.S. theaters.

In celebration of the presentations, a special screening and Q&A event featuring the special’s director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and cinematographer Tony Richmond was held Monday in New York City.

Lindsay-Hogg revealed that the program’s title came to him while he doodled circles on a sketchpad.

“The god of titles landed in my head and said seven words to me,” Michael recalled. “And then I called Mick Jagger up and I said, ‘I’m gonna say seven words to you. Let me know what you think’…And I said, ‘The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.’ And that was it.”

Lindsay-Hogg says the title inspired the direction of the show, which featured The Rolling Stones as ringmasters of a surreal circus that included performances by The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull and the supergroup The Dirty Mac, featuring John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Jimi Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell.

According to Lindsay-Hogg, The Dirty Mac came together after Steve Winwood, who was supposed to put together his own supergroup, dropped out of the show a few days before filming. At first, they considered Paul McCartney as a replacement, but reached out to Lennon instead, who agreed to perform and suggested Clapton, Richards and Mitchell.

Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was originally intended to air on British TV shortly after it was filmed, but was shelved until 1996. Richmond confirmed the often-told reason why: The Rolling Stones weren’t happy with their performance, and felt The Who played better than they had.

 

Pete Townshend taking vacation before finishing new Who album: “I need to close down my brain”

The Who‘s Pete Townshend has been busy working on the band’s next studio album, but the legendary guitarist and songwriter reveals that he’s taking a little break from the project to enjoy some rest and relaxation.

“Today I am starting a two-week vacation prior to the final session on the Who album in early April, and rehearsals for the tour in late April,” he writes in a message on The Who’s official website.

“The timing isn’t great, I don’t want to travel with so much distance to be covered in the coming year, and the weather isn’t looking very promising here in the U.K. in March, but I need to close down my brain for a while.”

As for how the new record is coming along, Pete says, “I feel happy about the way the album is unfolding, and [singer] Roger [Daltrey‘s] sketch vocals are really exciting to hear. It’s coming together, and I think should sound great when it’s finished.”

Townshend adds that he’s looking forward to rehearsing for the first leg of The Who’s Moving On! tour, which kicks off May 7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The trek will feature the band playing with a different orchestra at each stop.

Regarding his vacation plans, Pete says, “I am going to do some walking, stretching, reading, and hanging out with [my wife] Rachel and our dogs, and do a bit of guitar practice. Nice. Groovy. Cool. Fab.”

 

Louis Vuitton’s Virgil Abloh explains pulling Michael Jackson-inspired designs in the wake of Leaving Neverland document…

Following the shocking allegations of abuse detailed in the Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland, Louis Vuitton has pulled designs inspired by the late King of Pop, People magazine reports.  Now Virgil Abloh, the brand’s menswear artistic director, is condemning “any form of child abuse.”

“The documentary Leaving Neverland, featuring two men who allege they were sexually abused as children by Michael Jackson, has caused us the greatest pain,” Abloh says in statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“…We were unaware of this documentary at the time of the last LV FW19 Men’s Show,” he continues. “My intention for this show was to refer to Michael Jackson as a pop culture artist. It referred only to his public life that we all know and to his legacy that has influenced a whole generation of artists and designers.”

Adds Abloh, “I am aware that, in light of this documentary, the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights.”

The Louis Vuitton 2019 fall-winter menswear collection was unveiled in January at a Paris fashion show. The runway replicated the sidewalk in Jackson’s iconic “Billie Jean” video, and among the pieces were graphic tees featuring images of MJ’s signature socks and loafers in mid-Moonwalk.

Other designs referenced Michael’s scarecrow character from The Wiz, and some models wore bedazzled white gloves.

Michael Burke, chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton, also commented about Leaving Neverland.

“We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing,” Burke says. “Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause.”

Both Jackson’s family and estate have denied the allegations made in the documentary and have filed a lawsuit against HBO.

 

Graham Nash schedules concerts featuring full performances of his first two solo albums

Graham Nash has announced a brief series of U.S. fall shows which will feature him playing his first two solo albums — 1971’s Songs for Beginners and 1973’s Wild Tales — in their entirety, plus select other tunes.

The concerts are scheduled for September 26 in South Orange, New Jersey; September 27 in New York City; September 28 in Albany, New York; and September 29 in Boston.

Tickets for all of the shows except the South Orange performance are on sale now. For more details, visit GrahamNash.com.

Speaking with Rolling Stone about his decision to play his early solo albums live, Graham says, “People have been suggesting I do this [for] a long time. But it was pressure from my wife that finally convinced me. She loves those two albums and she wanted to hear them.”

Songs for Beginners reached #15 on the Billboard 200 chart, and has been certified gold. It features Nash’s hit protest anthem “Chicago,” as well as such enduring tunes as “Military Madness” and “I Used to Be a King.” Wild Tales only made it to #34 on the Billboard 200, and yielded no chart hits.

Nash currently is touring the U.S. playing sets that span his entire musical career, with accompaniment from guitarist Shane Fontayne and keyboardist Todd Caldwell. For the September concerts, he’s planning to assemble a larger band that, according to Rolling Stone.com, will include a drummer, a bassist, backup singers and a pedal-steel player.

Graham tells Rolling Stone that if the September shows are well-received, he may schedule more full-album concerts.

“We’re kind of testing the waters here,” he says. “I’ve had a lot of enthusiastic responses from the web about it, so we’ll see.”

Here are all of Nash’s upcoming U.S. concerts:

3/15 — Munhall, PA, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
3/16 — Akron, OH, Akron Civic Theatre
3/17 — Chicago, IL, Athenaeum Theatre
3/20 — Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
3/22 — Carmel, IN, The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
3/23 — Chattanooga, TN, Walker Theatre
3/25 — Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
3/27 — Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
3/28 — Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
3/29 — Morgantown, WV, West Virginia University Creative Arts Center
3/31 — Wilmington, DE, The Queen
4/2 — Hopewell, VA, Beacon Theatre
4/3 — Raleigh, NC, Fletcher Opera Theatre
4/4 — Charlotte, NC, McGlohon Theater
9/26 — South Orange, NJ, South Orange Performing Arts Center*
9/27 — New York, NY, The Town Hall*
9/28 — Albany, NY, The Egg*
9/29 — Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center*

* = featuring performances of the Songs for Beginners and Wild Tales albums.

 

Report: Elton John will have to compete with U2 for the best mansions in Australia

In late November, Elton John will be heading Down Under for the Australian leg of his tour, which will last through the beginning of February 2020.

Since he plans to spend so much time in the country, the pop-rock legend reportedly is looking for one place that he can use as a base in Australia while he and his family are there.  But finding an appropriate place may be easier said than done.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Elton is searching for a “very large home” in some of Sydney, Australia’s most upscale neighborhoods, and it needs to be able to accommodate him, his husband David Furnish, their two sons Zachary and Elijah, and an army of nannies, chefs, personal assistants, bodyguards and other staff.

And unfortunately, the paper claims that Elton’s Down Under trip will coincide with an extended visit by U2, who are planning an Australian tour that’s yet to be announced.  The Irish band’s four members and their families all want to stay in Sydney during their time in Australia, so they’ll each need a mansion, too.

An insider told the paper, “These guys are talking $10,000-a-night houses.  There just isn’t that many of them available in Sydney.”

 

Sting scheduled two-show stand at Chicago-area Ravinia Festival in August

Sting has added an August 23-24 stand at the Ravinia Festival in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois, to his late-summer U.S. tour itinerary.

Tickets for the two concerts won’t go on sale to the general public until May 8, but members of Sting’s fan club can purchase pre-sale tickets starting April 29 at 10 a.m. CT.

As previously reported, the founding Police frontman’s next show is a headlining set at the 23rd annual Dinner with the Stars, an event presented by Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis, taking place April 13 at the Stifel Theatre in St. Louis.

The 67-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also will play a May 10 concert in Hidalgo, Texas, followed by a May 12 headlining appearance at the inaugural KAABOO Texas festival in Arlington, Texas.

As for Sting’s stateside summer plans, his schedule also features an August 26-28 stand at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia; an August 31 performance with The Utah Symphony in West Valley City, Utah, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Zion National Park; and a September 1 headlining set at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass fest in Aspen, Colorado.

Here are all of Sting’s upcoming U.S. performances:

4/13 — St. Louis, MO, Stifel Theatre
5/10 — Hidalgo, TX, State Farm Arena
5/12 — Arlington, TX, KAABOO Texas
8/23 — Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
8/24 — Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
8/26 — Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/27 — Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/28 — Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/31 — West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre*
9/1 — Aspen, CO, Jazz Aspen Snowmass

* = with The Utah Symphony.

 

The Zombies, Yes’ Alan White among artists appearing at New Jersey’s 2019 Fest for Beatles Fans

The Zombies and longtime Yes drummer Alan White are among the music stars that will appear at the 2019 New York-area edition of The Fest for Beatles Fans, scheduled for March 29-March 31 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Jersey City, New Jersey.

All four surviving original Zombies members — Colin Blunstone, Rod Argent, Chris White and Hugh Grundy — will be taking part in a Q&A session on Saturday, March 30, just a day after the band’s inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Brooklyn, New York.

Alan White, who played on albums by John Lennon and George Harrison before joining Yes, will be interviewed and will also perform during the event.

Other well-known musicians who will be on hand for the 2019 Beatles festival are three Wings alums — guitarists Denny Laine and Laurence Juber, and drummer Steve Holley. All three will perform together on March 30, while Laine and Juber will also take part in various activities and performances on the other two days.

Mark Rivera, longtime music director for Ringo Starr‘s All Starr Band and Billy Joel, will perform at the festival as well, while producer Jack Douglas, who worked on Lennon’s Double Fantasy album, is part of the lineup of guests.

In addition, The Fest for Beatles will feature a 50th anniversary celebration for the Fab Four’s Abbey Road album. Other activities and events include various Beatles tribute performances, autograph signings, a battle of the bands, a karaoke room, a dance party, dress-up and trivia contests, memorabilia sales and auctions, art displays and more.

 

John Mellencamp receiving humanitarian award for his work with Farm Aid

The charity WhyHunger will present John Mellencamp with its ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award at the organization’s 20th annual WhyHunger Chapin Awards, taking place June 5 at City Winery in New York. The singer/songwriter will be recognized for his work helping U.S. family farmers as a co-founder of Farm Aid.

The Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award is given to artists who’ve shown a commitment to supporting social justice and who’ve made significant contributions to fighting global hunger.

“From his advocacy to his work with Farm Aid, John has continuously been a voice for promoting sustainable farming practices aimed at supporting farmers and their communities,” says WhyHunger executive director Noreen Springstead.

“We are thrilled to recognize John. Not only does he embody the artist activist legacy of the Chapin Awards, but his decades-long work to help build a just food system aligns well with WhyHunger’s mission to ensure the right to nutritious food for all.”

WhyHunger was co-founded by late folk-rock singer/songwriter Harry Chapin in 1975.  Previous recipients of the award include Harry Belafonte, Pete Seeger, Barbra Streisand, Yoko Ono, Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Michael McDonald, Peter, Paul & Mary and Kenny Rogers.

Meanwhile, Mellencamp continues his current tour, dubbed “The John Mellencamp Show,” with a concert tonight in Kansas City, Missouri. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is supporting his latest album, the covers compilation Other People’s Stuff.

 

Brian May, David Byrne, Trent Reznor among artists welcoming new Rock Hall honorees

Queen guitarist Brian May and ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. are among the presenters who will help honor the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees at the March 29 ceremony in Brooklyn, New York.  They’ll welcome, respectively, Def Leppard and Radiohead.

Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor will induct The Cure.

Stevie Nicks, meanwhile, will be inducted by Harry Styles of the U.K. boy band One Direction, who’s a big fan of the Fleetwood Mac singer and has performed live with her.

British Invasion greats The Zombies will be welcomed into the Hall by Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, while influential U.K. art-rock group Roxy Music will be inducted by Duran Duran members Simon Le Bon and John Taylor.

Rounding out the presenters is R&B star Janelle Monáe, who will induct Janet Jackson.

As previously announced, the 2019 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Prior to the big event, you’ll be able to watch the red carpet arrivals at RockHall.com, as well on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

An HBO special featuring highlights from the ceremony will premiere on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. ET.

 

Paul Rodgers, Robby Krieger, Roger Hodgson confirmed to perform on 2020 Rock Legends Cruise

Paul Rodgers, The Doors‘ Robby Krieger and ex-Supertramp singer Roger Hodgson are among the famous rockers who have signed on to take part in the 2020 edition of the Rock Legends Cruise seagoing festival.

Also confirmed for the eighth iteration of the nautical classic-rock extravaganza are former Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, Uriah Heep, Elvin Bishop and Jonny Lang. The Rock Legends Cruise VIII will set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 27, and will travel to George Town, Grand Cayman, before returning to port March 2.

Visit RockLegendsCruise.com to find out what cabins are still available and their prices. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Billy Idol schedules unplugged duo tour with Steve Stevens; announces first Mexican concerts

Billy Idol and his longtime guitarist, Steve Stevens, will hit the road as a duo next month for the first time ever for a North American tour that’s been dubbed “Turned On, Tuned In and Unplugged.” The acoustic trek kicks off March 3 in Vancouver, Canada, and is mapped out through an April 4 concert in Red Bank, New Jersey.

In addition to performances of the pop-punk legends’ classic hits, including “Rebel Yell,” “White Wedding,” “Dancing with Myself,” “Eyes Without a Face” and “Flesh for Fantasy,” the shows will feature Idol telling stories behind the songs and about highlights from his eventful career.

The trek will include a trio of two-night engagements in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City.

Billy has given fans a taste of what the shows will be like by posting a video on his YouTube channel of him and Steve playing “To Be a Lover” unplugged at a September 2018 concert at Third Man Records in Nashville.

In other news, Idol recently lined up his first-ever Mexican concerts, which are set to take place on October 17 in Mexico City and October 20 in Monterrey.

Billy’s 2019 tour schedule also includes a performance at Canada’s Roxodus Music Fest, running from July 11 to July 13 in Edenvale, Ontario, and a previously announced five-show Las Vegas residency this October at the Pearl Theater at the Palms Casino Resort.

 

Journey’s Neal Schon recovering from gall bladder surgery; says Journey Through Time concerts won’t be postponed

Journey guitarist Neal Schon is recovering after undergoing emergency surgery to remove his gall bladder this past week.

Schon revealed details of his health scare in a message on Twitter.

“Had to go into ER last night very inflamed-infected Gallbladder taken out and honestly couldn’t feel better,” Schon wrote. “Just need a few days [to recover]. I’ve apparently had this for the last 3 1/2 years and didn’t know it! I thought it was parasites. I’m feeling better [than] ever.”

In a follow-up tweet posted Monday, Neal thanked fans for their support, while revealing that he expects to be well enough to play the four shows he has scheduled in the coming weeks with his new Journey-themed side project, Journey Through Time.

“Want to thank you all for your very kind wishes. This means everything to me,” he wrote. “[Y]our friendship is what motivates me to continue to create for you all. Can’t wait to hit the stage…I should be good to go but if I have to sit I will. Love you all.”

The new group’s concerts are scheduled for February 22 in Jackson, California; February 23 in Oakland, California; March 1 in Phoenix, Arizona and March 2 in Los Angeles.

As previously reported, the Journey Through Time lineup also includes Schon’s one-time Santana and Journey band mate Gregg Rolie on vocals and keyboards, and former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo.

You can check out some preview performance clips of the band at Neal’s official YouTube channel.

Here is Journey Through Time’s tour schedule:

2/22 — Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
2/23 — Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
3/1 — Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren
3/2 — Los Angeles, CA, The Orpheum

 

New Melissa Etheridge album “The Medicine Show” coming April 12

Melissa Etheridge is back to show us all that music is the best medicine.

Her new album The Medicine Show — her first collection of original songs since 2014 — comes out April 12.  She says of the disc, “Medicine Show deals with universal themes of renewal, reconciliation, reckoning, compassion and, most profoundly, healing. I cannot wait to share new songs with you.”

The album’s songs take on the biggest current topics, including mental health, gun control and the #metoo movement.

The album’s artwork carries the subtitle, “An unrivaled true story of redemption and a ’74 Fender.”  A Fender is a guitar, by the way.

Melissa is also launching a tour in support of the disc, which kicks off March 29 in Bonita Springs, Florida, and is scheduled to wrap up July 13 in Chandler, Arizona. Between March 31 and April 7, she’ll be hosting fans on her annual fan cruise.

Visit MelissaEtheridge.com for information on tickets and VIP upgrades.

 

Check out the trailer of the upcoming Beatles-themed comedy movie, “Yesterday”

A new trailer offers the first look at the unique comedy Yesterday, which tells the story of a failed British musician who gets hit by a bus and wakes up in a world where The Beatles never existed…and he’s the only one who remembers them.

The movie features Himesh Patel in the lead role of Jack Malik, who goes on to become the biggest music star in the world — by passing off The Beatles’ songs as his own. Yesterday also features Downtown Abbey‘s Lily James as Jack’s childhood friend Ellie and Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon as his agent, while pop star Ed Sheeran and Late Late Show host James Corden appear as themselves.

The trailer features a scene where Jack plays “Yesterday” on guitar for Ellie and other friends. They think he wrote the song, and stare blankly when Jack mentions Paul McCartney and The Beatles. Later in the clip, Jack plays “Let It Be” on piano for his supportive parents, who think it’s a new tune their son’s written.

The promo also shows glimpses of Jack becoming a pop sensation, playing in front of huge crowds and getting interviewed by Corden.

In the trailer’s final scene, Jack is in the studio with Sheeran, who advises him to change the lyrics to Fab Four classic “Hey Jude” to “Hey Dude.”

Yesterday was written by Love Actually writer/director Richard Curtis and directed by Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting fame. The movie opens on June 28.

Train Keeps A-Rollin’: Aerosmith adding 17 more dates to “Deuces Wild” Las Vegas residency

If you couldn’t get tickets to Aerosmith‘s residency at the Park Theater at the MGM resort in Las Vegas, you don’t have to miss a thing: They’re adding 17 new dates “due to extraordinary demand.”

Steven Tyler and the boys from Boston are holding court in Sin City starting Saturday, April 6, and the residency was slated to wrap up on July 9. However, the new dates will take the show into December.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on February 16 at 10 a.m. PT, but there are pre-sales via the band’s Aero Force One fan club starting Wednesday, plus additional pre-sales via Citi card and M Life Rewards loyalty program.

In addition, a new on-stage VIP experience will offer fans the opportunity to join the band at an exclusive VIP Bar area right in the middle of the action.  Another option will be the ability to hear the audio direct from the show’s mixing board via their own pair of THX Certified 1More Triple Driver in-ear headphones.

Check out ticketmaster.com/aerosmith for details on how to upgrade your experience with these goodies.

Here are the new dates:

September 21, 23, 26, 28
October 1, 3, 6, 8
November 14, 16, 19, 21, 24, 26, 29
December 1, 4

There are still limited tickets and VIP experiences for the following previously-announced performances:

April 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 26
June 19, 22, 24, 27, 29
July 2, 4, 7, 9

 

Pete Townshend: New Who album being made the same way the band’s done it since 1971

The Who‘s Pete Townshend has posted another update on TheWho.com about the first studio sessions for the band’s planned upcoming album, this one recapping the seventh and last day of the initial proceedings.

“We managed to complete drums and bass overdubs on seven songs in as many days,” Pete reports, reiterating that the sessions “were based on tracks that I produced in my home studios, mainly between May and August of last year.”

Townshend notes that the process of overdubbing onto his home-studio recordings “is how The Who albums have been made since [1971’s] Who’s Next, when we first overdubbed on my home studio tracks of ‘Baba O’Riley’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again.’”

He reports that at the current sessions, “we added real drums, real bass guitar, some guitar from me, various percussion elements and anything that our producer Dave Sardy felt might make my basic home recordings come to life.”

Townshend says Sardy “has done a great job,” adding, “He’s very sensitive to the amount of work I already did on a lot of these recordings, and has just made them better.”

He also praised the work that drummer Zak Starkey and bassist Pino Palladino did, describing them as “just superb.”

Pete also posted an accompanying video featuring footage from the seventh day of the current sessions. One segment shows Starkey taking notes for a tune titled “Street Song.” The three-minute clip also includes brief glimpses of Townshend chatting with Sardy and other studio personnel, as well as footage of the equipment being packed up and carted out of the facility.

As previously reported, the sessions were held in London at British Grove Studios, whose owner is ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler.

 

Led Zeppelin bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones will team up with Sonic Youth guitarist/singer Thurston Moore and veteran improvisational drummer Steve Noble for a special one-off performance on March 28 at the famous London venue The 100 Club.

The concert will raise money for Resonance FM, a free-form radio station based in London. Tickets are available now at TicketTailor.com.

Jones previously collaborated with Sonic Youth in 2009, when they composed a piece called “Nearly Ninety” with mixed-media sound composer Takehisa Kosugi that they performed at an event celebrating avant-garde choreographer Merce Cunningham’s 90th birthday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.

In other Led Zeppelin-related news, singer Robert Plant reportedly performed for the first time late last month with a new group called Saving Grace at the SpArC Theatre in Bishop’s Castle, U.K. According to a post on the theater’s Facebook page, Saving Grace featured Plant on vocals and harmonica, Suzi Dian on vocals, Tony Kelsey and Matt Worley on multiple string instruments and Oli Jefferson on percussion. The group’s style is described as “music inspired by the dreamscape of the Welsh Marches.”

Plant currently has just one U.S. gig on his schedule, an appearance at the star-studded third annual Love Rock NYC benefit concert on March 7 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The show, which is sold out, raises money for the God’s Love We Deliver charity, which provides nutritious meals to seriously ill people in the New York area.

Meanwhile, Robert and his current main band, The Sensational Space Shifters also will mount a tour of Scandinavia this June and July.

Steely Dan to mount “Reelin’ in the Chips 2” Las Vegas residency in April and May

Steely Dan will return to Las Vegas this spring for a new residency at The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Resort, the same location that hosted the band’s first extended Sin City engagement back in April of 2017.

The group’s Reelin’ in the Chips 2 residency will feature nine performances, scheduled for April 24, 26 and 27, and May 1, 3, 4, 8, 10 and 11.

Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public this Saturday, February 9, at 10 a.m. PT at Ticketmaster.com, Venetian.com, any Venetian Resort box office, and by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

In addition, pre-sale tickets will be available to Steely Dan fan club members starting Wednesday, February 6, at noon PT, and to Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers and Grazie loyalty members beginning Thursday, February 7, at 10 a.m. PT.

Steely Dan is led by founding singer/keyboardist Donald Fagen, who will be accompanied by guitarists Jon Herington and Conor Kennedy, drummer Keith Carlock, bassist Freddie Washington and keyboardist Jim Beard, as well as a four-piece horn section and three backing singers.

Prior to the Vegas engagement, Steely Dan will team up with Steve Winwood this month for a five-date tour of the U.K. and Ireland. The band also has a September 13 concert scheduled at the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, California. Visit SteelyDanOfficial.com for more information.

 

The Who‘s Pete Townshend has posted a new video update on YouTube about the sessions for his band’s upcoming studio album.

At the beginning of the clip, focusing on the third day of recording, Townshend notes that the sessions currently are taking place without singer Roger Daltrey, who is on vacation, is “getting himself together [and will be] with us soon.”

Pete adds that the recording is “going good,” and that producer Dave Sardy and his assistant engineer, Jim Monti, “are doing great work, mainly with Zak [Starkey] on drums and Pino Palladino on bass.”

The rest of the video features a montage of footage showing various pieces of equipment in the studio, glimpses of Starkey and Palladino preparing to record tracks, Sardy fiddling with knobs, Townshend’s acoustic guitar setup, and a bowl of fruit and cookies there for the musicians and others to snack on.

The album is being recorded at London’s British Grove Studios, which is owned by ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler.

Meanwhile, in a new text blog posted on TheWho.com, Townshend reflects on the difficulties he and his band may face in creating a new album that captivates listeners.

“[T]rying to make a record that sounds the way a Who album should, and yet be sharp enough to catch the attention of someone surfing through a bunch of songs online, is a challenge,” he writes. “While this is happening, everything is changing. Apparently young people are starting to listen to radio again, and music podcasts as well.”

He adds, “I remember when single record songs were two minutes long, and we are sort of back to that again. It means you have to squeeze a lot into a short space.”

 

Paul McCartney has received many major honors during his long career, but the former Beatles star declared that he’s now “made it” — because the iconic U.K. children’s television show Blue Peter presented him with its prestigious “gold badge.”

McCartney received the honor prior to his sold-out concert at London’s O2 arena in December. He reacted by saying, “That is beautiful, that’s a great badge. I will wear it with great pride. Yes! I made it!”

Gold Blue Peter badges are given out to people who are considered role models, are experts in their chosen field or have encouraged and inspired children.

Other notable recipients include Queen Elizabeth II, Harry Potter author JK Rowling, Madonna, Ed Sheeran, David Beckham, and directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson.  Jackson will be directing a new film featuring unseen Beatles footage from the band’s Let It Be sessions.

Upon receiving his badge, McCartney was asked by Blue Peter host Lindsey Russell if he had advice for aspiring songwriters.

“The only advice really is to do it… a lot,” Sir Paul said. “I have a songwriting class and the first thing I say to them is, ‘Look, I don’t really know how to do this’ and at first they kind of look at me, but when you think about it, there is no formula.”

Blue Peter is the longest-running children’s TV show in the world and is part of British pop culture. The show takes its name from a maritime signal flag which indicates a boat is about to sail.

In other news, Sir Paul has added a July 6 concert in Vancouver, Canada, to his 2019 Freshen Up Tour schedule. Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. PT. Visit PaulMcCartney.com to check out pre-sale options.

 

Linda Ronstadt rarely does interviews these days, but she’s made an exception to promote the first live album of her career.

The Grammy-winner, who retired in 2011, is now unable to sing due to Parkinson’s disease, but she sat for a chat about the just-released Live in Hollywood, which documents a 1980 concert that was taped for an HBO special.

On the latest edition of the Rhino Records podcast, Linda goes in depth on the album’s songs, including hits like “It’s So Easy,” “Hurt So Bad,” “Blue Bayou”  and “You’re No Good.”

But she admits that at the time, she had no idea what it meant to have an HBO special — mostly because until recently, she didn’t own a TV.

Linda says she only bought a TV after President Obama was elected. Before that, she notes, “The last time that I had a television is when it was rabbit ears on top of the TV.”

She adds, laughing, “My particular rabbit ears were broken. You could only get three channels, and if you wanted to get PBS, you had to hold onto one of the rabbit ears!  So I didn’t watch a lot of television, and I didn’t understand HBO or any of that stuff. I just knew that I didn’t like to be on television, so I always avoided [it] at all costs.”

And the concert? Linda’s main memory is how uncomfortable she was.

“It was just really hot, and I was just afraid it was gonna be on television and it was gonna look bad,” she recalls.

“And we did our best, but it was SO hot.  They had the room lit with those great big lights…I don’t want to whine, but…you wouldn’t put people working in a field in that kind of heat!”

 

Lynyrd Skynyrd will start the 2019 portion of its Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour with a previously announced Canadian leg that kicks off March 2 show in Ottawa, Ontario.  Now, the Southern rock legends have also lined up about 20 new U.S. shows spanning from May through September.

The newly added series of concerts gets underway May 10 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is mapped out through a September 28 show in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Bad Company and country artists Hank Williams Jr. and Cody Jinks will serve as support acts at select shows. Tickets for the new U.S. shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 8 at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com.

Citi card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, February 5, at 10 a.m. local time via the company’s Private Pass program. Visit CitiPrivatePass.com for more details.

The new dates join a handful of previously announced 2019 North American appearances by Skynyrd, including performances on April 27 at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California; May 11 at the KAABOO Texas Festival in San Antonio; July 12 at the Roxodus Music Festival in Edenvale, Canada and July 20 at Moondance Jam in Walker, Minnesota.

As previously reported, founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman will open all eight of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s forthcoming Canadian dates.

Here are all of the band’s confirmed 2019 North American concerts:

3/2 — Ottawa, ON, Canada, Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre*
3/3 — Windsor, ON, Canada, Caesars Windsor – The Colosseum*
3/5 — London, ON, Canada, Budweiser Gardens*
3/8 — Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place*
3/9 — Regina, SK, Canada, Brandt Centre*
3/12 — Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place*
3/13 — Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome*
3/15 — Abbotsford, BC, Canada, Abbotsford Centre*
4/27 — Indio, CA, Stagecoach Festival
5/10 — Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater#
5/11 — Arlington, TX, KAABOO Texas
5/17 — New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center+
5/18 — Lafayette, LA, Cajundome+
5/24 — Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
5/31 — Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion+
6/1 — Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion+
7/12 — Edenvale, ON, Canada, Roxodus Music Festival
7/13 — Canandaigua, NY, Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
7/19 — Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino++
7/20 — Walker, MN, Moondance Jam
7/26 — Portland, OR, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater**
7/27 — Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre**
8/9 — Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
8/16 — Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
8/17 — Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
8/23 — Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
8/30 — Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion+
8/31 — Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center+
9/13 — Southaven, MS, Bank Plus Amphitheater#
9/14 — Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre#
9/20 — Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheater#
9/21 — Denver, CO, Fiddler’s Green
9/27 — Jackson, MS, Brandon Amphitheater#
9/28 — Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater#

* = with Randy Bachman
** = with Bad Company
+ = with Hank Williams Jr
# = with Cody Jinks
++ = with Gov’t Mule, The Outlaws, Chris Kroeze.

 

Hell Re-Freezes: Eagles releasing two-LP vinyl version of 1994 reunion album, “Hell Freezes Over,” in March

January 29, 2019

The Eagles‘ 1994 reunion album Hell Freezes Over celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and to mark the milestone, the mostly live collection will be made available as a standalone vinyl release for the first time in the U.S. on March 8. The album, which has been remastered by acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig, will be reissued as a two-LP set on 180-gram black vinyl, as well as on CD.

Hell Freezes Over features 11 live performances recorded for an MTV Unplugged special in April 1994 in Burbank, California, as well as four new studio tracks — “Get Over It,” “Love Will Keep Us Alive,” “The Girl from Yesterday,” and “Learn to Be Still.”

Released in November ’94, the album spent two weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 late that year, and has gone on to sell an impressive 9 million copies in the U.S. In addition, “Get Over It” reached #31 on the Billboard Hot 100, while “Love Will Keep Us Alive” topped the magazine’s Adult Contemporary chart.

Hell Freezes Over boasted a reunion of the same Eagles lineup that recorded the band 1979 album, The Long Run — singer/drummer Don Henley, singer/guitarist/keyboardist Glenn Frey, lead guitarists Joe Walsh and Don Felder, and bassist Timothy B. Schmit.

The live portion of the album features a mix of Eagles hits and deep cuts, including “Hotel California,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Take It Easy,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” and “Desperado.” There’s also a rendition of Henley’s 1989 solo gem “New York Minute.”

Hell Freezes Over was previously only available on vinyl as an import release and as part of The Eagles’ 2018 box set Legacy.

  

1978 Foreigner concert to be released as a DVD, Blu-ray in March

January 29, 2019

In April 1978, Foreigner‘s original lineup rocked London’s Rainbow Theatre in front of a sold-out crowd. More than 40 years later — on March 15, to be exact — the performance will be released as a home video titled Live at The Rainbow ’78

The band’s 12-song set featured renditions of all 10 tunes from Foreigner’s self-titled 1977 debut album, including the hits “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice” and “Long, Long Way from Home.” The group also played two future classics from its then-forthcoming sophomore record, Double Vision — the title track and “Hot Blooded.”

“1978 was an absolutely magical time for the band,” recalls founding and current Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, “and to come back over to the U.K. to play a headline show at the legendary Rainbow really was a dream come true. The audience was amazing that night. We couldn’t have wished for a better show.”

Live at The Rainbow ’78 features footage restored from original film of the show, as well as remixed and remastered audio. The release is available on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital video. Check out a trailer for the video at Eagle Rock’s official YouTube channel.

Foreigner’s original lineup was Jones, singer Lou Gramm, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, keyboardist Al Greenwood, drummer Dennis Elliott and bassist Ed Gagliardi. Gagliardi passed away in 2014 from cancer, but over the last couple of years, Gramm, McDonald, Greenwood and Elliott joined Jones and the rest of Foreigner’s current lineup to perform at several special concerts.

Here’s the Live at The Rainbow ’78 track list:

“Long, Long Way from Home”
“I Need You”
“Woman Oh Woman”
“Hot Blooded”
“The Damage Is Done”
“Cold as Ice”
“Starrider”
“Double Vision”
“Feels Like the First Time”
“Fool for You Anyway”
“At War with the World”
“Headknocker”

Keith Richards says Rolling Stones will hit the studio to work on new album before their 2019 tour kickoff

January 28, 2019

As The Rolling Stones prepare to hit the road for the 2019 U.S. leg of their No Filter Tour, guitarist Keith Richards tells Rolling Stone that the band will first spend about a week in the studio working on its next studio album.

“I’m preparing more than anything else, putting material together,” he says of the upcoming recording sessions.

Keith reveals to the magazine that he spent part of his holidays trying to determine what worthwhile material The Stones have to work with, if anything.

“Sometimes it’s not as much writing as listening to what’s been written and figuring it out, and honing and all kinds of stuff,” he explains of the process. “It’s very boring. It’s like a carpentry shop.”

He adds that this time prior to the tour, which kicks off April 20 in Miami Gardens, Florida, is “perfect timing” to get together to collaborate on new songs.

Richards also admits he’s looking forward to tour the U.S. with The Rolling Stones for the first time in five years.

“To play back in the States again, it’s fantastic,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I always think of it as our really early hunting grounds. Although we had already done it in England, to work over a whole continent was pretty astounding. So I’ve always had a soft spot for working in America.”

Keith also says he’s hoping The Stones will play a surprise club gig to kick off the trek — something they haven’t done in a while.

“We haven’t in the last couple of tours,” he notes. “I think it was a matter of logistics. Finding the right venue or whatever didn’t happen. So it’s definitely on the menu…Hors d’oeuvres!”

Richards adds that he glad that the whole band still is enthusiastic about continuing to tour.

  

Ringo Starr reveals All Starr Band’s 2019 North American tour schedule

January 28, 2019

After announcing some initial 2019 North American concerts back in November, Ringo Starr has now unveiled the full itinerary of his All Starr Band‘s 30th anniversary tour of the continent.

As previously reported, the tour kicks off August 1 in Windsor, Canada, and winds down September 1 in Los Angeles.  Among the newly confirmed concerts: an August 10-11 engagement at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia, and shows in Philadelphia; Champaign, Illinois; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Phoenix, Arizona; and Oakland, California.

As previously announced, Ringo and the All-Starr Band will play two-night stands on August 3-4 at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, and August 7-8 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The Beach Boys also will be performing at the Ravinia concerts.

In addition, Ringo and the All-Starrs will warm up for their previously announced spring tour of Japan with one U.S. concert on March 21 in Valley Center, California. The Japan trek runs from a March 27 gig in Fukuoka through an April 11 show in Osaka.

Playing with the ex-Beatles drummer in his All Starr Band this year are ex-Santana and Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Men at Work frontman Colin Hay and ex-Average White Band guitarist/bassist Hamish Stuart, as well as sax player/percussionist Warren Ham and drummer Gregg Bissonette.

“My dream has always been, and still is, to play great music with great musicians — and I’ve been blessed to have so many incredible ones in my All Starr Bands,” says Ringo.

“We can’t wait to get out there and share the joy with you — every show is always such a wonderful Peace & Love fest between us and our audiences.”

Here are all of the group’s confirmed North American tour dates:

3/21 — Valley Center, CA, Harrah’s Resort Southern California
8/1 — Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars
8/3 — Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
8/4 — Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
8/6 — Durham, NC, DPAC
8/7 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
8/8 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
8/10 — Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/11 — Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/13 — Roanoke, VA, Berglund Center Coliseum
8/14 — Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia
8/20 — Champaign, IL, State Farm Center
8/22 — Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
8/23 — Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino
8/25 — Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Opera House
8/26 — Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
8/28 — Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
8/30 — Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
8/31 — Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
9/1 — Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre

CCR drummer Doug Clifford says band’s full Woodstock performance is expected to be released in 2019

January 28, 2019

Creedence Clearwater Revival was among the many famous acts that played the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this August. CCR didn’t appear in the Oscar-winning 1970 film documenting the historic festival, but the band’s drummer, Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, reveals that the group’s full set likely will be released this year in conjunction with the anniversary.

“We fought for 50 years over [releasing the performance], and now it looks like it’s finally…gonna be out there,” Clifford tells ABC Radio. “So, I’m excited about that, and hopefully the fans will be excited about it as well.”

Doug didn’t specify whether both audio and video of CCR’s Woodstock set would be released.

In his 2015 autobiography Fortunate Son, Creedence frontman John Fogerty admits that he vetoed having the band included in the movie, maintaining that he wasn’t happy with the group’s overall performance.

Clifford says he felt differently. “I’m sorry that we weren’t in the movie,” he tells ABC Radio. “That wasn’t my decision. But we were there…and we had a big part of it being as grand as it was, just by virtue of saying ‘yes’ to the [organizers’] offer.”

CCR was near the height of its popularity at the time of Woodstock. The band hit the stage at 12:30 a.m. — much later than scheduled — during the festival’s second night, between The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin.

Last year, Creedence Clearwater Revival marked its own 50th anniversary by releasing a vinyl box set called The Complete Studio Albums featuring remastered versions of their seven studio LPs.

While CCR broke up in 1972, Clifford and bassist Stu Cook still play together in the spinoff group Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

David Crosby has joined the list of featured speakers at the 2019 South by Southwest Festival, scheduled to run from March 8 to March 17 in Austin, Texas. The folk-rock legend will appear on March 13 alongside filmmaker and rock journalist Cameron Crowe, who co-produced the new documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name, which premieres this month at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

The movie, which is part of Sundance’s U.S. Documentary Competition, will get its debut on January 26 at the MARC Theatre in Park City, Utah, with additional screenings scheduled at various venues on January 28, 29 and 31, and on February 1 and 2.

In addition to co-producing David Crosby: Remember My Name, Crowe also conducted the interviews with David for the flick. The film was directed by A.J. Eaton and is his first full-length documentary feature.

In a video profile posted on the Sundance Institute’s official YouTube channel, Eaton explains, “David Crosby: Remember My Name is a portrait of an artist that is very paradoxical. It goes deep in places, where he is very candid and open sharing some very painful parts in his life. Sharing these stories like he has with us were part of him becoming comfortable with this last act of his life.”

Eaton maintains that “Crosby is a legendary harmony singer, but in many times when he’s singing perfect harmony on stage, his life was not harmonious at all…[A]nd that’s kind of the thing that’s…come out of this movie, which is like, ‘Who’s the person off stage?’”

The documentary also focuses on the current prolific period in Crosby’s life. As A.J. notes, “You can be 77 years old and have all the reasons that tell you not to be creating, and he is still creating.”

Two popular Meat Loaf albums, 1993’s Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell and 1995’s Welcome to the Neighbourhood, will be released on vinyl for the first time ever in the U.S. on February 8.

Both records will be reissued as two-LP sets on black vinyl, while a limited-edition blue-vinyl version of Bat Out of Hell II also will be available.

Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell was a sequel to Meat Loaf’s massively successful 1977 debut album, Bat Out of Hell. The record topped the Billboard 200 chart in October 1993, and included the #1 hit “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” and the top 20 single “Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through.”

Bat Out of Hell II has sold more than five million copies in the U.S.

Welcome to the Neighbourhood reached #17 on the Billboard 200 and featured the hit single “I’d Lie for You (And That’s the Truth),” which peaked at #13 on the Hot 100. The album has been certified platinum for sales of one million copies in the States.

In conjunction with what would have been David Bowie‘s 72nd birthday Tuesday, plans have been announced for the release this spring of a box set of seven-inch vinyl discs featuring nine rare early demos. 

Titled Spying Through a Keyhole (Demos and Unreleased Songs), the collection is made up mostly of home demo recordings that Bowie made solo, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.

The tracks were previously available for purchase digitally for a limited time last month, but this will mark the first time they’ll be released physically. Among the tracks are two demo versions of David’s classic tune “Space Oddity,” one of which is an excerpt believed to possibly be the first-ever recording of the song. The other version features Bowie performing the song as a duo with his early musical partner John “Hutch” Hutchinson.

Among the other songs featured on Spying Through a Keyhole are demo versions of such early Bowie songs as “In the Heat of the Morning” and “London Bye, Ta-Ta.” The box set’s title comes from the lyrics of a previously unknown song that appears on the collection, “Love All Around.”

An official release date for the Spying Through the Keyhole vinyl box set will be announced soon, and the collection is expected to eventually be made available in other formats.

In other news, Bowie’s widow, Iman, marked her late husband’s birthday by posting a couple of tributes to him on her Twitter feed. The first is a message that reads, “My memory loves you. It asks about you all the time.”

The second features two photos of David and Iman affectionately spending time together in a kitchen, accompanied by the note: “Jan 8th Eternal Memories, Eternal Love #BowieForever.”

Here’s the Spying Through a Keyhole track list:

“Mother Grey” (demo)
“In the Heat of the Morning” (demo)
“Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe” (demo)
“Love All Around” (demo)
“London Bye, Ta-Ta” (demo)
“Angel, Angel, Grubby Face” (demo version 1)
“Angel, Angel, Grubby Face” (demo version 2)
“Space Oddity” (demo excerpt)
“Space Oddity” (demo — alternative lyrics) — with Hutch

U2‘s 2009 studio album No Line on the Horizon will be reissued as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl set on February 22, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the record’s release.

The album will be available on standard black vinyl and as a limited-edition ultra-clear-vinyl package. Both releases will feature fully remastered versions of No Line on the Horizon‘s 11 tracks, as well as two bonus remixes:  “Magnificent (Wonderland Remix)” by Pete Tong and Paul Rogers, and DJ Redanka‘s “Kick the Darkness” vocal version of “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight.”

The vinyl discs will come packaged in a gatefold sleeve with a 16-page booklet and a download card offering digital versions of all 13 tracks.

Released on February 27, 2009, No Line on the Horizon went on to top the Billboard 200, and has sold more than 1 million copies on the U.S. The album yielded one top 40 hit, “Get On Your Boots,” which peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The No Line on the Horizon vinyl sets will be available for pre-order starting Wednesday, January 9.

Here’s the No Line on the Horizon vinyl reissue’s track list:

Side 1
“No Line on the Horizon”
“Magnificent”
“Moment of Surrender”

Side 2
“Unknown Caller”
“I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight”
“Get On Your Boots”
“Stand Up Comedy”

Side 3
“FEZ — Being Born”
“White as Snow”
“Breathe”
“Cedars of Lebanon”

Side 4
“Magnificent (Wonderland Remix)”
“I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” (Redanka’s “Kick the Darknes” Vocal Version)

Who frontman Roger Daltrey recently chatted with Billboard about his plans for 2019, which he says may or may not include his famous band.

After he and fellow Who founder Pete Townshend spent last year focusing on their respective solo endeavors, Daltrey tells Billboard that the two have been “discussing” possibly doing a new Who project, although Roger is unsure what that might be.

“It’s just, ‘What do we do next?’” Daltrey posed. “It’s really, really difficult. I’m 75 [in March]; I just feel like doing something different, but I don’t know what.”

Roger also revealed that he’d like to release a live album documenting his 2018 solo tour, which featured him performing The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy with orchestral accompaniment.  He’s also considering scheduling more shows this year to mark the album’s 50th anniversary.

“I’m absolutely astonished at how good [the live version of] it is,” gushed Daltrey. “It’s not like The Who’s original version of it. It’s got all the b**ls of The Who’s original version of it, but it’s got all these wonderful bits of orchestration underneath it that make it triumphant. It’s just magical.”

Daltrey’s orchestral Tommy concerts featured orchestrations by veteran composer and arranger David Campbell — alternative rocker Beck‘s dad — and Roger said he’d also like to see what Campbell would do with Quadrophenia.

“There’s something about adding [Campbell] to the mix of what Pete’s already done, which is how we did Tommy, that makes something very special,” Daltrey maintained.

Meanwhile, Daltrey told Billboard that he isn’t interested taking part in a 50th anniversary Woodstock event this summer.

“August in America is too hot for me to work anymore,” said Roger, adding, “You can’t redo Woodstock because the stars of Woodstock were the audience…Nobody’s approached us about it, anyway.”

 

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