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AXS TV announces Blondie TV special

Blondie

AXS TV presents an “Atomic” night of classic rock and roll, putting the spotlight on one of music’s best-loved bands, Blondie, airing Sunday, April 2nd at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT. Since 1974, Blondie has forged a legacy as true music pioneers, fearlessly blending elements of punk, disco, new wave, and even hip hop to create a unique sound that is all their own.

Powered by original members Debbie Harry, Clem Burke and Chris Stein, this unforgettable 80-minute special gives viewers a front row seat as the multi-platinum pop culture trendsetters blaze through a career-spanning set list packed with classic hits and modern favorites, live from WTTW’s intimate Grainger Studio in Chicago. Highlights include powerhouse performances of iconic Blondie signatures such as “Dreaming,” “One Way Or Another,” “Call Me,” “Rapture,” and “The Tide Is High,” as well as newer classics “Rave,” “Gravity,” and “My Monster,” among many others.

The group will release their 11th studio album, Pollinator on May 5th. Fans can pre-order the new album via the band’s website and get a range of Pollinator limited edition format items including a deluxe colored vinyl, cassette, 7″ vinyl box set and other special collectible editions. There’s also an Amazon Exclusive Limited Edition 7″ Box Set.

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1. Doom or Destiny
2. Long Time
3. Already Naked
4. Fun
5. My Monster
6. Best Day Ever
7. Gravity
8. When I Gave Up on You
9. Love Level [Explicit]
10. Too Much
11. Fragments

Scorpions announce tour dates with Megadeth

Scorpions & Megadeth - Crazy World Tour

Scorpions continue to celebrate 50+ years of rock with the return to North America for the Crazy World tour. Since performing a handful of festivals and concerts last year in the U.S., which included their Blacked Out In Vegas residency, the band will return on September 14th to kick off the month-long run of dates which include stops in New York, Dallas, Toronto, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles amongst others with more dates coming. Together for the first time Grammy-award winning thrash metal band, Megadeth, will join the Scorpions as a very special guest.

“When our album Crazy World was released back in ’91, right at the end of the cold war, we toured around a world that was pretty crazy back then, but there was so much hope in the air for a more peaceful future. Now 26 years later, things are getting more crazy every other day. After all these years, ‘Crazy World’ is still a good motto for our upcoming world tour. We are very much looking forward to seeing all of you out there,” states Klaus Meine.

General tickets and special VIP packages on sale soon, check the band’s official website for more information and exact on-sale dates.

Scorpions Rock Zone fan club members have exclusive, first access to tickets & VIP packages.

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September 14th – Reading, PA (Santander Arena)
September 16th – New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
September 19th – Laval, QC (Place Bell) – Support TBA
September 22th – Toronto, ONT (Budweiser Stage Amphitheater)
September 23nd – Chicago, IL (All State Arena) – Support TBA
September 26th – Denver, CO (1st Bank Center)
September 29th – Spokane, WA (Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena)
September 30th – Seattle, WA (Tacoma Dome)
October 3rd – Reno, NV (Grand Sierra Resort)
October 4th – Oakland, CA (Oracle Arena)
October 7th – Los Angeles (The Forum)** On Sale 3/24
October 8th – Phoenix, AZ (Talking Stick Arena)
October 11th – San Antonio, TX (Freeman Coliseum)
October 12th – Dallas, TX (Pavilion at The Music Factory)
October 14th – Ft. Lauderdale, FL (BB&T Center)
October 15th – Tampa, FL (Amalie Arena)

More dates to be announced soon.

The Rolling Stones Latin America documentary detailed

The Rolling Stones - Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America

On May 26th, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America by The Rolling Stones — a documentary film by Paul Dugdale. Released on DVD and Blu-ray [MSRP $26.98 Blu-ray, $21.98 DVD], the film was given a strictly limited theatrical release around Europe in September 2016 and broadcast on Channel 4 in December 2016. Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America makes the perfect companion piece to the Havana Moon release from Autumn 2016. This DVD and Blu-ray release will also include seven exclusive bonus live tracks from the tour with a running time of over 50 minutes.

Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America follows The Rolling Stones on their 2016 tour through ten Latin America cities while at the same time trying to stage their first ever concert in Havana, Cuba, a colossal once-in-a-lifetime open air free show the likes of which Cuba had never seen before. The film captures the unique chemistry that exists between The Rolling Stones and their Latin American fans, a bond that has stretched across many years.

Featuring electrifying live performances, intimate moments with the band members, anticipation and reaction from the fans and all the twists and turns of staging the Havana concert, Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America is a portrait of a vital band still at the very top of their game.

As well as the full film, the bonus features on this release offer a collection of incredible full-length performances from the Latin American tour.

Track Listing:

1) Out Of Control (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
2) Paint It Black (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
3) Honky Tonk Women (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
4) Sympathy For The Devil (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
5) You Got The Silver (Lima, Peru)
6) Midnight Rambler (Lima, Peru)
7) Miss You (Lima, Peru)

Junkyard announces ‘High Water’ for April 21st

Junkyard - High Water

Hollywood rockers Junkyard have announced High Water, their first album in 26 years, will be released on April 21st. The album features eleven raucous, blues-based, uncompromising songs. The band “reunited” in recent years which quickly turned into mini-tours through Spain and packed gigs across America. New songs began percolating, and Junkyard began writing.

“I had no grand illusions of a magnum opus, or that we’d try and recreate what we were 25 years ago,” Roach states. “This album is not a departure; it’s a rock ‘n’ roll record from Junkyard with songs about life, love, regret, addiction and memories.”

Junkyard, who hit MTV and radio hard with their self-titled 1989 Geffen Records debut and singles “Hollywood” and “Simple Man,” cement the authenticity their first two records on High Water, such blunt songs as the soul-searching of “Cut From The Same Cloth,” to “We Fuck Like We Fight” (politely abbreviated as “WFLWF” for the politically correct) going down as easy as an aged Kentucky bourbon.

The band members are straight ahead guys, but High Water has a few shades of meaning. Guitarist Tim Mosher explains: “It could be interpreted more than one way–like a “high water mark” or the old phrase come “hell or high water,” or with the image of the bottle on our CD cover, the actual “high water,” aka booze!”

High Water also boasts writing and lead guitar credits from Brian Baker, a Junkyard founding member who played with the band more than 25 years, but now plays his trade full time with Bad Religion. On the road, Junkyard are joined by Jimmy James (The Hangmen), with founding member Pat Muzingo and bassist Todd Muscat, who joined the band in 1991, rounding out the lineup.

“The Junkyard sound is a pretty classic one: big guitars and drums with David spilling his guts on top,” says Mosher, who produced the album. We wanted High Water to sound loose and live, so as far as production goes we weren’t trying to re-invent the wheel, just deliver the songs in the best light we could, then mix in some big riffs and throaty vocals and that’s ‘Yard.” Junkyard’s classic sound got some help from a fan and friend on High Water: Charlie Starr from the band Blackberry Smoke wrote the dramatic, forthright statement “Till the Wheels Fall Off” specifically for Junkyard.

As for a theme running through High Water, Roach jokes “we’re not that clever,” but describes the album as “a rock ‘n’ roll record with a nod to punk rock and outlaw country rock.” It’s a sound that’s both timeless and timely.

As always, Junkyard steer clear of politics: “I personally prefer to keep politics out of my rock. I understand it’s a great platform, and maybe some feel it’s your duty to use it to a purpose, but I just feel our music is just for escape.”

For his part, lyricist Roach is unafraid to mine his own missteps in song, as he did in the past with 1989 fan favorite, “Hands Off.” This go-round, he confesses all via the tune ‘Wallet.” “That song was inspired by a night I spent with a stranger on the eve of a tour,” says Roach. “I met her at [Hollywood bar] Boardners and we went to her place. The next day I snuck off like a rat to go home and pack for the tour. After I left I realized I left my wallet and had to do the walk of shame to retrieve it. Similar incidents have occurred–before and since to me–and I’m sure, countless others.”

The band-and it’s legion of longtime fans–is excited that High Water brings back Junkyard as an ongoing concern. As one of the great guttersnipe L.A. bands of the late 80s — a storied crew that includes Guns N’ Roses, Little Caesar, The Hangmen — Junkyard were proud to be part of “one of the last great rock n roll scenes” as they term it.

“I don’t think we dated ourselves too badly in the beginning so a lot of our songs still have some relevance,” said Roach. “Also, we were in hibernation a while, we weren’t playing while a lot of our contemporaries were. It’s not so much longevity as it was people who missed us 20 years ago finally have a chance to see us.”

Mosher, who was a fan of the group before joining Junkyard in 2000, sees all angles of the Junkyard saga…

“Although it’s been 17 years since I joined, I’m still ‘the new guy,’ so with High I wanted to give the fans something I would’ve wanted as a Junkyard fan–a proper 3rd album,” said Mosher. “It was important to all of us that the record be a statement of intent that could connect with fans from back in the day as well as hopefully find new ones for whom this might be their first ‘Yard record. It’s a tall order, but we’re up for it.”

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  1. Walk Away (Roach, Baker)
  2. Faded (Roach, Baker, Mosher)
  3. Cut From The Same Cloth (Roach, Mosher, Muscat)
  4. Styrofoam Cup (Roach)
  5. Hellbound (Roach, Baker, Mosher)
  6. W.F.L.W.F. (Roach, Baker, Mosher)
  7. Don’t Give a Damn (Mike Martt)
  8. Hell or High Water (Roach, Baker, Mosher)
  9. Wallet (Roach, Baker)
  10. ‘Til The Wheels Fall Off (Charlie Starr)
  11. Kindness to the Dead (Roach, Baker, Mosher)
  12. The River [Bonus Track]
  13. Rome Is Burning  [Bonus Track]
  14. Don’t Give A Damn (acoustic)  [Bonus Track]
  15. Styrofoam Cup (acoustic)  [Bonus Track]
  16. Wallet (live)  [Bonus Track]

Chuck Berry’s ‘Chuck’ set for June release

Chuck Berry - Chuck

Dualtone Records (an Entertainment One Company), has set a June 16th release date for Chuck, the final album and first new recordings in nearly four decades by founding rock and roll legend Chuck Berry, who passed away last week at the age of 90.

Comprised of ten new recordings, eight of which were written by Berry, Chuck is his first new album since 1979’s Rock It. It was recorded and produced by Berry in various studios around St. Louis and features his longtime hometown backing group – including his children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (vocals, harmonica), plus Jimmy Marsala (Berry’s bassist for forty years), Robert Lohr (piano), and Keith Robinson (drums) – which supported him for nearly two decades on over two hundred residency shows at the famed Blueberry Hill club. The album also includes guest performances from Gary Clark Jr., Tom Morello, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Chuck’s grandson Charles Berry III. Acclaimed author and historian Douglas Brinkley contributes liner notes.
Both Morello and Rateliff appear on album track “Big Boys,” which Brinkley calls “a guitar player’s national anthem” in his notes.

“Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought him a great sense of joy and satisfaction,” the Berry family said in a statement posted to Facebook earlier this week. “While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that he had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music.”

Some of the songs on Chuck were originally conceived as far back as the 1980s, with Berry developing them in his home studio in St. Louis over many years during down time between tours. He worked on the album through 2014. When health concerns forced him to stop touring and recording in 2015, Berry continued to oversee production and planning for Chuck, enlisting his family and close friend Joe Edwards, the owner of Blueberry Hill, to fulfill his wishes that the album be completed and released. And from album highlight “Lady B. Goode,” a spiritual sequel to the iconic “Johnny B. Goode” featuring ripping solos from three generations of Berry guitarists, to the poignant country balladry of “Darlin’,” a duet with his daughter Ingrid, Chuck truly is a family affair.

“Working on my Dad’s record has been one of the best experiences of my life,” said Charles Berry Jr. “I will forever treasure the musical conversations we had, and the time we spent together completing it.”

Chuck Berry’s passing on March 18th, prompted an outpouring of support and condolences from fans, fellow musicians, and world leaders – from members of The Rolling Stones and Beatles, to former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Rolling Stone claimed that Berry “defined rock & roll during it’s early years and for decades to come.” The New York Times called Berry rock’s “master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves,” adding that after 60 years, his earliest music “still sounds reckless and audacious.”

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  1. Wonderful Woman
  2. Big Boys
  3. You Go To My Head
  4. 3/4 Time (Enchiladas)
  5. Darlin’
  6. Lady B. Goode
  7. She Still Loves You
  8. Jamaica Moon
  9. Dutchman
  10. Eyes Of Man

Queen Monopoly board game coming in May

Queen Monopoly

The game is a must have for collectors

Queen guitarist Brian May has announced that a Queen edition of Monopoly is coming in May. The board game will take players through standout moments in the band’s career with original game pieces being replaced with iconic items from their storied history.

“We’ve been very secretly developing Queen Monopoly for over a year. And it’s due in a shop near you in May,” May writes on his website. “I’m excited – it was a blast working on it – like making an album! We hope you love it!”

Entertainment Weekly describes the game as “the amazing gig history of Queen, from their very first at Imperial College in 1970 to their last with Freddie Mercury at Knebworth Park in 1986” and buying “gig locations and hit singles” along the way. Players who bypass taxes, jail and bankruptcy as they pass “GO” will collection $200.

Game pieces include the robot from the News of the World album cover, a bicycle from “Bicycle Race,” a vacuum cleaner from the “I Want to Break Free” video, a hammer for “Hammer to Fall” and May’s guitar.

Pricing, retailers and an exact date have yet to be announced.

2017 Record Store Day releases detailed

Record Store Day 2017

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Toto, Andre 3000, Robert Johnson, Coheed and Cambria, Dennis Wilson, Harry Nilsson, Moondog, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Pearl Jam and more are among the 2017 Record Store Day releases. Now in its tenth year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture held on the third Saturday in April which is April 22nd this year. RSD has named St. Vincent as Record Store Day’s Madame Ambassador 2017.

A few RSD releases have already been announced such as U2, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney. Here are a few other highlights. The entire list can be viewed here.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Hammersmith Odeon London ’75 – 4 LP 12″ vinyl – Numbered

On November 18, 1975, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band made their first concert appearance outside of America, at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Born to Run had been released three months earlier, and Springsteen had famously appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek three weeks before the Hammersmith gig–was the rest of the world finally ready for him? More than 40 years later, Hammersmith Odeon London ’75 answers with a resounding “yes”–and now, for the first time on vinyl, fans can experience the magic of that unforgettable night.

Toto – “Africa”/”Rosanna” Picture Disc – LP 12″ vinyl

Two of Toto’s biggest hits–the chart-topping “Africa” and Grammy Award-winning smash “Rosanna”–return to vinyl on a special recreation of a limited edition, die-cut, Africa-shaped picture disc originally released in 1982, featuring a map of the continent on the A-side and an image of actress Rosanna Arquette, the inspiration for “Rosanna,” on the B-side. This is the first release in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Toto, one of the best-selling and most virtuosic rock bands of all time.

Santana – Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 16, 1969 – LP 12″ black vinyl

When Santana took the stage at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair on August 16, 1969, the group was virtually unknown outside of the thriving Bay Area music scene. By the time they triumphantly closed their set, they were one of the festival’s biggest surprises. Santana delivered a career-making performance melding Latin rock and bruising blues that readied the world for the band’s platinum-selling debut album, released weeks later. Santana Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 16, 1969 takes listeners back to that jaw-dropping show, pressed on vinyl for the first time.

Alice in Chains – “Get Born Again”/”What the Hell Have I” – Two 7″ black vinyl singles – gatefold

This special Alice in Chains 45 RPM double 7″ single collects four hard-hitting tracks remastered and available on vinyl for the first time. “What the Hell Have I” and “A Little Bitter,” released on the soundtrack to the Arnold Schwarzenegger film “Last Action Hero” in 1993, were the first to feature new bassist Mike Inez, who’d played with Ozzy Osbourne for five years. “Get Born Again” and “Died,” released on the box set Music Bank in 1999, were the band’s final recordings with original vocalist Layne Staley.

Pearl Jam – “State of Love and Trust”/”Breath” – 7″ black vinyl single

First heard 25 years ago on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s Singles, Pearl Jam’s “State of Love and Trust” and “Breath” are coupled on 45 RPM 7″ vinyl for the first time. The double platinum soundtrack album exposed mainstream audiences to the burgeoning Seattle grunge scene, and helped establish bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Mudhoney. Pearl Jam will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017.

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Live At Carnegie Hall – 2 LP 12″ vinyl

Stevie Ray Vaughan celebrated his 30th birthday in style in 1984, turning New York’s Carnegie Hall into a blistering Texas roadhouse for a sold out audience. Backed by Double Trouble (bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton) and featuring an all-star guest list that included Dr. John on piano and organ, brother Jimmie Vaughan on guitar and horn players from Roomful of Blues, it’s easy to hear why SRV deemed the show his “best birthday ever, forever.” Live At Carnegie Hall is available as a limited 2 LP opaque brown vinyl set, exclusively for Record Store Day.

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Pink Floyd announces RSD 12″ single of ‘Interstellar Overdrive’

Pink Floyd - Overstellar Overdrive

The single is highly sought after

To celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, April 22nd, Pink Floyd will be releasing the highly collectible 12″ single “Interstellar Overdrive.”

The mono single will be a one-sided 12″ 180-gram black vinyl and will play at 33 1/3 RPM. The single will come with a fold-out poster and an A6 postcard featuring a classic image of the band taken when they were recording their debut single, “Arnold Layne.”

Written and performed by Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason, “Interstellar Overdrive” is an unheard recording from 1966, running at close to 15 minutes long. The original recording was done at the Thomson studio in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire on November 31, 1966, before the band were signed to EMI. A different, shorter version of the track appears on the band’s debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

The images for the single artwork are taken from the band’s gig at UFO at the Blarney Club, London on January 13, 1967. The short-lived UFO Club was the scene of the band’s early, pioneering psychedelic shows that saw Pink Floyd establish their position in the UK music scene.

Chuck Berry’s final album ‘Chuck’ set to premiere this week

Chuck Berry - Chuck

New music is expected this week

Following Chuck Berry’s death at the age of 90 on Saturday (Mar 18th), his estate and record label, Dualtone, has announced that Chuck will be released soon. The album, Berry’s first in 38 years, was announced last October with a release date set for 2017. However, the label will be giving more information about the project this week.

“Since Chuck’s passing on Saturday, the Berry family has received many inquiries from friends, fans and media about the status of his forthcoming album CHUCK, which was originally announced on his 90th birthday, October 18, 2016,” the family states.

“Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought Chuck a great sense of joy and satisfaction. While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that Chuck had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music.

“For months now plans have been in place, and preparations have been made with our friends at Dualtone Records, to reveal further details and music from the album this week. As a tribute to Chuck Berry, and with gratitude to his fans around the world, we will be following through on those plans in the coming days.”

Comprised primarily of new, original songs written, recorded and produced Berry, the album was recorded in various studios around St. Louis and features Berry’s longtime hometown backing group – including his children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (harmonica), plus Jimmy Marsala (Berry’s bassist of 40 years), Robert Lohr (piano), and Keith Robinson (drums) – which has
supported him for over two decades on over two hundred residency shows at the famed Blueberry Hill club.

Don Henley announces 70th birthday concert celebration

Don Henley

Don Henley has set a special concert on July 22nd in Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Center in celebration of his 70th birthday. The once-in-a-lifetime event will feature songs by Henley spanning his entire career from the Eagles and his vast solo catalog. Henley will be joined by several very special guests throughout the night.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 24 at 11 am through Ticketmaster.com. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, March 20th at 10 am through Thursday, March 23rd at 10 pm.

A limited number of special Runaway Tours travel packages are available for fans who would like to spend more time with Don Henley on his birthday weekend, including a ticket to the birthday concert plus an additional evening of storytelling, Q&A, a photo with Henley and much more. American Express Card Members can purchase Runaway Tours Travel Package in Dallas before the general public beginning Monday, March 20th at 10 am through Thursday, March 23rd at 10 pm.

Additionally, Henley has also added a slew of June concerts to his solo tour, including performances in Boston, Massachusetts; Washington, D.C.; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Toronto, Ontario; Cincinnati, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois, and St. Paul, Minnesota.

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March 21 Christchurch New Zealand Horncastle Arena
March 23 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
March 25 Wellington New Zealand TSB Arena
June 6 Boston, MA United States Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
June 8 National Harbor, MD United States MGM National Harbor
June 10 Bethlehem, PA United States The Sands Bethlehem Event Center
June 13 Toronto, ON Canada Budweiser Stage
June 15 Cincinnati, OH United States PNC Pavilion @ Riverbend Music Center
June 17 Chicago, IL United States Northerly Island
June 18 Saint Paul, MN United States Xcel Energy Center