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Soundgarden announces North American tour

Soundgarden

One of the most influential bands in rock music, Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum band Soundgarden, has announced a North American headline tour that will kick off on May 3rd in Atlanta, GA at the Fox Theatre. The Pretty Reckless and Dillinger Escape Plan will support select dates. A special ticket pre-sale for fans who are signed up to soundgardenworld.com and chriscornell.com will launch Tuesday, February 28th at 10 am local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday March 3rd at 10 am local time.

Soundgarden will also appear at a variety of previously announced summer festivals, including: WXTV Rockfest, Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock Festival, 89.7 The River’s Rockfest, Rock on the Range, and more. See below for a complete list of confirmed dates.

In other news, Soundgarden and Sub Pop have announced the release of the remixed and expanded reissue of the band’s Grammy nominated debut full-length album, Ultramega OK, on March 10th. Additionally, in November 2016, the band celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their album Badmotorfinger by releasing four special editions of the 1991 album, and in July and August 2016 Soundgarden re-released a standard single LP vinyl of their second full-length studio album, 1989’s Louder Than Love as well as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl 20th anniversary reissue of their seminal 1996 album, Down on the Upside.

Soundgarden is currently working on a new album.

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4/28 Tampa, FL WXTV Rockfest
4/29 Jacksonville, FL Welcome To Rockville
4/30 Ft Myers, FL Fort Rock Festival
5/3 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre*
5/5 Concord, NC Carolina Rebellion
5/6 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre^
5/7 Memphis, TN Beale Street Music Festival
5/10 Indianapolis, IN Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn*
5/12 Council Bluffs, IA KIWR Rockfest
5/13 Somerset, WI Northern Invasion
5/14 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre^
5/17 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre*
5/19 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range
5/20 Maryland Heights, MO KPNT Pointfest
5/22 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium^
5/25 Houston, TX Revention Music Center^
5/26 Dallas, TX Bomb Factory^
5/27 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma

John Mellencamp announces ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies’

John Mellencamp - Sad Clowns & Hillbillies

On April 28th, Heartland rocker John Mellencamp will release his 23rd full-length album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies featuring Carlene Carter, the daughter of June Carter Cash and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, on Republic Records. The album returns Mellencamp to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life. Mellencamp is an authentic voice of American music and master storyteller with a commitment to creating traditional rock & roll, bittersweet songs of happiness and melancholia, and fervent political dissent. His passions and experiences resonate beautifully in this showcase of his music. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is produced by John Mellencamp.

Mellencamp’s new single, “Grandview” features country music star, Martina McBride. He released the track, “Easy Target” in January as a continuation of Mellencamp’s journey to convey the truth through this passionate and plain-spoken song. The video’s release occurred on the eve of the inauguration. The song focuses on the Black Lives Matter movement as well as gun violence in America. Fans who pre-order Sad Clowns & Hillbillies will get an instant download of “Grandview” and “Easy Target.”

This summer, Mellencamp will tour for 22 stops across North America for his all-new Sad Clowns & Hillbillies tour kicking off on June 5th in Denver, Colorado with special guests, Emmylou Harris, tour-mate Carlene Carter and Lily & Madeleine. Every online ticket purchased comes with one physical CD of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.

Sad Clowns and Hillbillies is the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s follow up to 2014’s critically-acclaimed, Plain Spoken, Mellencamp’s fourth consecutive Top 20 album, dating back to 2007’s Freedom Road.

CD | LP

1. Mobile Blue
2. Battle Of Angels
3. Grandview featuring Martina McBride
4. Indigo Sunset
5. What Kind Of Man Am I
6. All Night Talk Radio
7. Sugar Hill Mountain
8. You Are Blind
9. Damascus Road
10. Early Bird Cafe
11. Sad Clowns
12. My Soul’s Got Wings
13. Easy Target

Tour Dates:

6/5 Greenwood Village, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
6/7 Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
6/8 Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park
6/10 Troutdale, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield #
6/11 Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater #
6/13 Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
6/14 Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
6/17 Murphys, CA @ Ironstone Amphitheatre
6/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
6/21 Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
6/22 Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
6/24 Saint Augustine, FL @ Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
6/25 Boca Raton, FL @ Mizner Park Amphitheatre
6/27 Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
6/28 Cary, NC @ Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre
6/30 Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
7/1 Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood
7/3 Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
7/6 Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Music Center
7/7 Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/8 Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC
7/11 New York, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
8/4 West Allis, WI @ Wisconsin State Fair *
8/5 Davenport, IA @ Mississippi Valley Fair *
8/29 St Paul, MN @ Minnesota State Fair *
8/31 Allentown, PA @ The Great Allentown Fair *
9/1 Essex Junction, VT @ Champlain Valley Fair *

# Jewel is Special Guest for this show, Emmylou Harris will not be performing
* Emmylou Harris and Lily and Madeleine will not be appearing

Huey Lewis & The News headline St. George Theatre

Huey Lewis & The News

On Sunday, February 26th, the St. George Theatre will celebrate its 87th anniversary with the annual Red Carpet Gala and Benefit Concert starring Huey Lewis and The News.

Huey Lewis and The News are truly one of America’s great rock and roll bands. As they enter their 38th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling over 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map with songs like “The Power of Love”, “Heart of Rock & Roll”, “Stuck With You”, “I Want A New Drug”, “If This Is It”, “Hip To Be Square” “Do You Believe In Love” and “Workin’ For A Livin”.

“We are very excited to host the iconic Huey Lewis & The News as we celebrate the theatre’s 87th anniversary,” says Doreen Cugno, President & CEO of the non-profit theatre. “The gala is such an important fundraiser for us as we strive to fulfill our mission of both restoring the historic theatre and offering the Staten Island community a wide variety of programming”.

Each year at the Gala, the Georgie Awards are presented to recognize those friends who have made it possible for the St. George Theatre to continue and thrive in our mission. This year’s recipients of the Georgie Awards are The Stephen Siller/Tunnel to Towers Foundation; and David Barry, President of Ironstate Development Company and CEO of URBY; for their outstanding contributions the community.

The annual Red Carpet Gala is the principal fundraiser for St. George Theatre Restoration Inc. and features a pre-show cocktail reception, Georgie Award presentation, followed by the concert with Huey Lewis and The News and an after- party in the grand and mezzanine lobbies with open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and dance music.

The special opening act Huey Lewis and The News will be John Castellano and Richie Castellano, a father-son duo from Staten Island, New York. John Castellano was a former guitarist/vocalist of The Chambers Brothers and wedding band veteran who owns two music stores on Staten Island, Castellano’s House of Music. His son Richie is a multi-instrumentalist best known as a current member of Blue Oyster Cult.

The co-chairs of the evening are Dr. and Mrs. Joseph and Joan Motta, and the journal chairs are Lillian Lagazzo and Vincent Innocente. The non-profit theatre is governed by a board of directors led by Chairman Brian J. Laline as well as a staff led by President and CEO Doreen P. Cugno.

Tickets for the gala are $275 and include the pre-show reception, prime seating for the performance, and after-party. Show only tickets are available for $130, $85, and $65 by calling 718-442-2900 or visiting Ticketmaster.com.

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Elton John introduces new film during AIDS Foundation

Elton John

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)’s 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party to be held on Sunday, February 26th, at West Hollywood Park, Sir Elton John and David Furnish will introduce Open Road and Survival Pictures new film – The Promise – which tells the story of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey at the outset of World War I. Written by Terry George and Robin Swicord and directed by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), The Promise stars Oscar Issac, Christian Bale, and Charlotte Le Bon.

“We have only to look at the horrific HIV/AIDS outbreak that followed in the wake of the Rwandan genocide in the mid-1990s to understand the direct connection between human rights atrocities and public health crises like the AIDS epidemic,” states EJAF Founder Elton John. “Through our friendships with the Manoukian family and producer Dr. Eric Esrailian from UCLA, David and I became more personally aware of the Armenian Genocide and its timely relevance to social issues today. The film’s theme #KeepThePromise can be interpreted as keeping the promise to remember and learn from the atrocities of the past, as well as keeping the promise to end AIDS. At EJAF, we are committed to #KeepThePromise and raise awareness about this powerful film that uses classic storytelling to inspire people to take action today. We are honored to share the important timing of our Oscar-night event to introduce people to The Promise.”

In addition to sharing EJAF’s vision for championing human rights, The Promise team at Survival Pictures has taken the unprecedented step of making the commitment to donate all proceeds from the film to nonprofit organizations including EJAF and other human rights and humanitarian groups. As part of this commitment and to inspire Party guests to give generously, Survival Pictures will match the pledges guests make to EJAF via text and live auction purchases made during EJAF’s Academy Awards Viewing Party with the goal of making this a record-setting evening.

“Such giving has never happened with a film of this scale, we wanted the world to know about it, and we are incredibly grateful,” says EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “We are honored to announce this generosity, thanks to the late philanthropist and humanitarian Kirk Kerkorian, on the eve of EJAF’s 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party. Not only is The Promise committing to support EJAF’s work, but matching funds will be provided to inspire donors even more throughout the event and live auction.”

“At EJAF, we are committed to #KeepThePromise and raise awareness about this powerful film that uses classic storytelling to inspire people to take action today.”

Survival Pictures has also developed a social impact campaign for The Promise to help educate the global public about the genocides and mass atrocities of the 20th and 21st centuries, the discussion about the legal definition of genocide, and historical denialism. The impact campaign will inform and inspire people to take action so they become part of the anti-genocide movement led by human rights organizations like EJAF as well as change-makers dedicated to ending crimes against humanity and bringing perpetrators to justice.

The film sets a love story in the midst of the growing unrest in 1914 Turkey leading up to the horrors of the Armenian Genocide. As the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by chaos. Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries.

Photo-journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale), has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father. When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive even as events threaten to overwhelm them. Promises are made and promises are broken. The one promise that must be kept is to live on and tell the story.

“The Armenian Genocide must, of course, never be forgotten and should be recognized, but our current headlines show that the same patterns of human rights violations are being replicated in too many parts of the world today,” said producer Dr. Eric Esrailian. “We are honored to have the support of Elton, David, and the entire EJAF family, and by joining forces, we can help the people in the world who need assistance right now.”

Yardbirds, Robbie Krieger among Simi Valley festival headliners

The Yardbirds

The 28th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will once again enliven Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 27th and 28th at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park at 5005 Los Angeles Ave. in Simi Valley. The event features a full stage for each of its musical genres. The spirited music will go non-stop each day from 12 noon until 7:30 pm (or 10:30 am-8:30 pm).

Headlining the blues stage this year will be the pioneering blues-rock band the Yardbirds, the Robby Krieger Band (celebrating 50 years of the Doors’ music), Mitch Ryder, Lazy Lester and the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy; as well as L.A.-based roots-rockers the 44’s, soulful SoCal songstress Alex Nester and festival returnees Kelly’s Lot. Another festival favorite, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, returns for the fourth straight year and will be performing at both stages.

On the Cajun and Zydeco stage will be the “original ragin’ Cajun” fiddler Doug Kershaw; Grammy-winning accordionist Jo-El Sonnier and the Cajun Trio featuring Michael Doucet, David Doucet and Mitch Reed. Performing on this stage too are Crawdaddio and the Bayou Brothers, who also will back Lazy Lester on the blues stage, while Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles will play on both the Cajun/Zydeco and Blues stages.

The annual Mardi Gras Parade will take place both days, and everyone is invited to join in with the marching bands, stilt walkers and other costumed characters. Also, during the breaks at the Cajun/Zydeco stage, dance instructor AJ Gibbs will lead the crowd in free dance lessons.

Single Day tickets are $25 for adults (13 and over); $45 for a two day pass; children 12 and younger are free. New this year will be a limited number of SuperTicket passes. For $124 for a single day or $199 for both days, SuperTickets holders get a reserved seat, in the shade, directly in the front of the blues stage as well as private bar access (and two complimentary drinks) and other exclusive “backstage experiences.” Tickets are available on the festival’s website. Only single day tickets are available at the gate for $30.

SATURDAY MAY 27th

BLUES STAGE

  • Kelly’s Lot
  • Lazy Lester
  • The Yardbirds
  • The Robby Krieger Band
  • Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

CAJUN/ZYDECO STAGE

  • Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
  • Cajun Trio featuring Michael Doucet, David Doucet and Mitch Reed
  • Mardi Gras Parade
  • Jo-El Sonnier
  • Doug Kershaw

SUNDAY MAY 28th

BLUES STAGE

  • Alex Nester
  • The 44’s
  • Mitch Ryder
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles

CAUN/ZYDECO STAGE

  • Bayou Brothers
  • Crawdaddio
  • Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
  • Mardi Gras Parade
  • Cajun Trio featuring Michael Doucet, David Doucet and Mitch Reed
  • Jo-El Sonnier

Garbage announces autobiographical coffee table book

Garbage - This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake

Garbage has announced This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake, an autobiographical coffee table book due out July 4th via Akashic Books. Now, for the first time, the band’s four members (Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig) tell the story of their incredible journey in their own words. The book includes never before seen photographs of the band as well as pieces written by each of the four band members. This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake was written with former Rolling Stone journalist Jason Cohen.

“We were starting to forget what we wanted to remember,” said Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson. “Twenty two years is a long time to keep track of the magic and the madness.”

This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake is available for pre-order through their website. The limited edition pre-order bundle includes a hardcover copy of the book, a custom-made collectible box, and a 12″ vinyl with six never before released live recordings of ballads: “Milk”, “You Look So Fine”, “Cup of Coffee”, “Bleed Like Me”, “Beloved Freak”, and “Even Though Our Love Is Doomed”.

Earlier this month, Garbage announced a co-headline North American tour with Blondie that will kick off on July 5th in Saratoga, CA and wrap on August 12th in Dallas, TX. John Doe & Exene Cervenka will provide support on the first leg of the tour and Deap Vally for the second leg. Tickets for the Rage and Rapture tour are on sale now.

Tour Dates:

July 5 – The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA*
July 7 – Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA*
July 8 – The Pearl Concert Theater, Las Vegas NV*
July 9 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA +
July 12 – Edgefield, Troutdale, OR*
July 14 – Idaho Center Amphitheatre, Nampa, ID*
July 16 – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Englewood, CO*
July 18 – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, MO*
July 19 – Harrah’s Council Bluffs Hotel & Casino, Council Bluffs, IA*
July 21 – Mystic Lake Casino-Mystic Showroom, Prior Lake, MN*
July 22 – Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL*
July 25 – Artpark, Lewiston, NY**
July 26 – Sony Centre For Performing Arts, Toronto, ON**
July 28 – Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ**
July 29 – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY**
July 30 – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA**
August 1 – Beacon Theatre, New York, NY**
August 2 – Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA**
August 5 – The Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC**
August 8 – Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena, Hollywood, FL**
August 9 – Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL**
August 11 – ACL Live, Austin, TX **
August 12 – Southside Ballroom, Dallas, TX**

* w/ John Doe & Exene Cervenka
** w/ Deap Vally
+ w/ Sky Ferreira

New Grateful Dead 11 CD box set detailed

Grateful Dead - May 1977: Get Shown The Light

The Grateful Dead played more than 2,000 concerts, but none continues to spark interest and provoke discussion quite like the band’s performance at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on May 8, 1977. It is one of the most collected, traded, and debated concerts by any band ever, has topped numerous fan polls through the years, and was a favorite of the group’s longtime archivist Dick Latvala, who stated: “Enough can’t be said about this superb show.” Even Uncle Sam got into the act in 2011 when the recording was “deemed so important to the history and culture of the United States” that a copy was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of that magical show, Dead.net will release May 1977: Get Shown The Light, a new 11-disc boxed set that features the commercial debut of the Cornell University show (5/8/77) along with three other previously unreleased concerts: Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT (5/5/77), Boston Garden, Boston, MA (5/7/77), and Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY (5/9/77). As if that weren’t enough, the source for these recordings is the legendary Betty Boards, which Jeffrey Norman has mastered in HDCD for unrivaled sound quality. The transfers from the master tapes were produced by Plangent Processes, further ensuring that this is the best, most authentic that Cornell (and the other three shows) has ever sounded.

“These four concerts have been the holy grail of wish-list releases both externally and internally for a long, long time,” says David Lemieux, Grateful Dead archivist and the set’s producer. “ During the 18+ years I’ve worked with the Grateful Dead, no concert has garnered as much attention and as many requests for release as Cornell, with the New Haven, Boston, and Buffalo shows following very closely behind. For those who didn’t know the history of these master tapes and about their absence from the band’s vault, and for those who have, like us, lamented this hole in the collection, we join with you in celebrating what might be, minute-for-minute, song-for-song, the most high quality Grateful Dead release ever produced.”

The set is available now for pre-order and will be shipped to arrive on May 5th, the anniversary of the first show in the collection. Production of the set is limited to 15,000 individually numbered copies and available exclusively from Dead.net for $139.98. The set will also be available as a digital download in Apple Lossless ($99.98) and FLAC 192/24 ($124.98) exclusively at dead.net beginning on May 5th.

On the same day, Rhino will release the Barton Hall concert separately in multiple formats. Cornell 5/8/77 will be available as a three CD set, a limited edition five LP set (limited to 7,700 copies), as well as digital download and streaming.

May 1977: Get Shown The Light comes in an ornate box crafted by Grammy-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike. The set includes an in-depth essay by noted Dead scholar Nicholas G. Meriwether, who explores the memories and mysteries that surround this run of shows. The set also comes with Cornell ‘77: The Music, The Myth And The Magnificence Of The Grateful Dead’s Concert At Barton Hall (Cornell Press), a new book by Peter Conners dedicated to the Cornell show. The book will also be available for purchase separately.

Jerry Garcia, Donna Jean Godchaux, Keith Godchaux, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir had just completed Terrapin Station, the band’s ninth studio album, when they hit the road for a spring tour leading up to the album’s release in late July. This new set serves as a prequel of sorts to the May 1977 boxed set from 2013, which featured the next five shows from that magical tour. It adds further sonic evidence that the 1977 tour was truly a high-water mark in the Dead’s history.

The set lists played at the four shows included in this set – especially Barton Hall – offer up sweeping retrospectives of the band’s career, touching on the early psychedelic days (“Morning Dew” and “St. Stephen”), and the rootsy early-Seventies (“Uncle John’s Band” and “Tennessee Jed”) up to and including previewing songs from the group’s then-unreleased album Terrapin Station (“Estimated Prophet” and “Samson and Delilah.”)

Elevating this already extraordinary release is the fact that the recordings are sourced from the fabled Betty Boards, which are soundboard tapes made by Betty Cantor-Jackson, who was the Dead’s live recording engineer for many years. Since some of her tapes began circulating in the 1980s, her live recordings of the band have become the gold standard by which others are measured. After decades in limbo, more than 350 reels of her recordings are now part of the Grateful Dead’s musical vault. The July 1978 set released last year represented the first official release of the Bettys, with even more to come after May 1977: Get Shown The Light.

In the set’s liner notes, Meriwether captures how the Cornell show pulls together many of the disparate strands of the Grateful Dead phenomenon and the Deadhead experience, from the music and experience of the show to its recording and dissemination. “The story of Cornell ’77 is more than just a tale of another great Dead show, another enduring example of what [Dick] Latvala called ‘primal Dead’: It is the stuff of history and legend, myth and mystery, and how those all played out to finally produce this long-awaited, much anticipated release, forty years after the last notes of ‘One More Saturday Night’ rang out in the drafty, cavernous confines of Barton Hall that night.”

Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum

New Haven, CT (5/5/77)

CD 1:

  1. “Promised Land”
  2. “Sugaree”
  3. “Mama Tried”
  4. “El Paso”
  5. “Tennessee Jed”
  6. “Looks Like Rain”
  7. “Deal”
  8. “Lazy Lightning>”
  9. “Supplication”
  10. “Peggy-O”
  11. “The Music Never Stopped”

CD 2:

  1. “Bertha”
  2. “Estimated Prophet”
  3. “Scarlet Begonias>”
  4. “Fire On The Mountain>”
  5. “Good Lovin’”
  6. “St. Stephen>”
  7. “Sugar Magnolia”
  8. “Johnny B. Goode”
  9. Boston Garden

Boston, MA (5/7/77)

CD 3:

  1. “Bertha”
  2. “Cassidy”
  3. “Deal”
  4. “Jack Straw”
  5. “Peggy-O”
  6. “New Minglewood Blues”
  7. “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo>”
  8. “Big River”
  9. “Tennessee Jed”
  10. “The Music Never Stopped”

CD 4:

  1. “Terrapin Station”
  2. “Samson and Delilah”
  3. “Friend Of The Devil”
  4. “Estimated Prophet”

CD 5:

  1. “Eyes Of The World>”
  2. Drums>
  3. “The Wheel>”
  4. “Wharf Rat>”
  5. “Around and Around”
  6. “U.S. Blues”

Barton Hall (Cornell University)

Ithaca, NY (5/8/77)

CD 6:

  1. “New Minglewood Blues”
  2. “Loser”
  3. “El Paso”
  4. “They Love Each Other”
  5. “Jack Straw”
  6. “Deal”
  7. “Lazy Lightning>”
  8. “Supplication”
  9. “Brown-Eyed Women”
  10. “Mama Tried”
  11. “Row Jimmy”

CD 7:

  1. “Dancing In The Street”
  2. “Scarlet Begonias>”
  3. “Fire On The Mountain”
  4. “Estimated Prophet”
  5. Disc Eight
  6. “St. Stephen>”
  7. “Not Fade Away>”
  8. “St. Stephen>”
  9. “Morning Dew”
  10. “One More Saturday Night”

Buffalo Memorial Auditorium

Buffalo, NY (5/9/77)

CD 9:

  1. “Help On The Way>”
  2. “Slipknot>”
  3. “Franklin’s Tower”
  4. “Cassidy”
  5. “Brown-Eyed Women”
  6. “Mexicali Blues”
  7. “Tennessee Jed”
  8. “Big River”
  9. “Peggy-O”
  10. “Sunrise”
  11. “The Music Never Stopped”

CD 10:

  1. “Bertha>”
  2. “Good Lovin’”
  3. “Ship Of Fools”

CD 11:

  1. “Estimated Prophet>”
  2. “The Other One>”
  3. Drums>
  4. “Not Fade Away>”
  5. “Comes A Time>”
  6. “Sugar Magnolia”
  7. “Uncle Johns Band”

U2 shares recording plans, Innocence + Experience Tour returning

U2 - MOJO Magazine, April 2017

As U2 preps its Joshua Tree Tour 2017 for this summer, the band has unveiled its plans pre and post tour. In the April edition of MOJO Magazine, on newsstands this week in the U.K., all four members sat down for a lengthy interview that gives more incite to a few upcoming projects, including an update on Songs of Experience.

“U2 have been re-rehearsing the tracks for Songs Of Experience, with a view to cutting some of them again live at Electric Lady Studios in New York in March with Steve Lillywhite,” fan site @U2 reports.

While Bono has stated political reasons for delaying the project, bassist Adam Clayton says there are musical reasons, as well.

“There wasn’t clarity to some of the mixes [on Songs of Innocence] and we needed to be a little bit more inventive sonically,” he claims. “I mean, that record, when we performed it live, the songs became very, very masculine and very tough and we didn’t really capture that on the record. So again one of the reasons why we’re trying to slow this down a bit is we really want to get the mixes right. We don’t want a soup. We want a consommé.”

Clayton says the album is about 85% finished, but need to trim the 15-16 songs down to 12. Songs that the article references could make the cut include “The Best Thing About You Is Me,” “The Little Things That Give You Away,” “Red Flag Day,” “Summer Of Love” and “The Showman” that Bono says is currently his favorite.

“One of the reasons why we’re trying to slow this down a bit is we really want to get the mixes right.”

The magazine states the album is due in the “latter half of 2017” and that the group will resume their highly successful Innocence + Experience Tour in spring 2018.

The article also mentions that U2 will reissue a new mix of “Red Hill Mining Town” from their ground-breaking The Joshua Tree album. The mix will be helmed by producer Steve Lillywhite and feature a newly recorded vocal by Bono.

“We’ve also brought out the colliery brass band which was recorded at the time,” the singer states. “You can’t hear it in the original mix.”

No release date or other details were given for the track.

U.S. fans can purchase the issue online for $14.75 which includes shipping.

REO Speedwagon, Styx, Don Felder announce joint tour

Styx, REO Speedwagon, Don Felder United We Rock Tour

Rock legends REO Speedwagon and Styx, along with very special guest star Don Fedler—formerly of the Eagles—will join forces for the United We Rock U.S. summer tour, which kicks off in Ridgefield, WA on June 20th. Produced by Live Nation, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting February 24th via livenation.com.

Styx, REO Speedwagon and Don Felder will be offering direct-to-fan access to the best seats in the house via their own exclusive pre-sales beginning Tuesday, February 21st at noon local time, through Thursday, February 23rd at 10 pm local time. Visit StyxWorld.com, REOSpeedwagon.com and DonFelder.com for special VIP packages and pre-sales. General on sale begins on Friday, February 24th at 10 am local time.

Midwest rock heroes REO Speedwagon and Styx have a rich touring and recording history together. In 2000, the bands recorded a live album and DVD called Arch Allies: Live at Riverport at Riverport Amphitheatre in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2009, the bands embarked on the Can’t Stop Rockin’ Tour and marked the occasion with a single, “Can’t Stop Rockin’,” co-written by Styx’s Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin. 2012 and 2013, REO Speedwagon and Styx hit the road together with the wildly successful The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express tour.

Most recently, in January, Styx and Don Felder shared the Las Vegas stage for an unforgettable five-night limited engagement, Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane, at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas. And, on the Rock Legends Cruise in February, Don Felder invited REO Speedwagon’s Dave Amato up for an amazing performance of “Hotel California.”

“I called up Tommy Shaw last summer and we were both thinking the same thing: let’s get the boys together, make some music, and have some fun. REO Speedwagon and Styx together is a head first plunge into the fountain of youth, an unstoppable force of nature. Add the amazing Don Felder to the mix and it’s a thundering slam dunk!” states REO Speedwagon vocalist Kevin Cronin.

“Hitting the road with REO and Don Felder is gonna be an unforgettable evening of music for the fans and another chance to hang with these good time friends of ours who love the life as much as we do.” comments Styx’s Tommy Shaw.

“I’m so excited to be spending the summer on tour with my good friends STYX and REO. It’s going to be a ‘Rocking’ summer filled with hit after hit and tons of fun for everyone. Come on out and party, dance and sing with us this summer. It’s going to be a blast,” states Don Felder.

 

DATE

CITY

VENUE

CLOSER

Tue 6/20

Ridgefield, WA

Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre

REO Speedwagon

Wed 6/21

Auburn, WA

White River Amphitheatre

STYX

Fri 6/23

Concord, CA

Concord Pavilion

STYX

Sat 6/24

Los Angeles, CA

Greek Theatre

REO Speedwagon

Sun 6/25

Paso Robles, CA

Vina Robles Amphitheatre

REO Speedwagon

Tue 6/27

Salt Lake City, UT

USANA Amphitheatre

REO Speedwagon

Thu 6/29

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

STYX

Sat 7/1

Tinley Park, IL

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

STYX

Tue 7/18

Tampa, FL

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp.

REO Speedwagon

Wed 7/19

West Palm Beach, FL

Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre

STYX

Sat 7/20

Jacksonville, FL

Daily’s Place

STYX

Sat 7/22

Nashville, TN

Ascend Amphitheatre

STYX

Sun 7/23

Alpharetta, GA

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

STYX

Tue 7/25

Detroit, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre

REO Speedwagon

Thu 7/27

Indianapolis, IN

Klipsch Music Center

STYX

Sat 7/29

Houston, TX

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

REO Speedwagon

Sun 7/30

Dallas, TX

Starplex Pavilion

STYX

Fri 8/11

Bethel, NY

Bethel Woods Ctr. for the Arts

REO Speedwagon

Sat 8/12

Atlantic City, NJ

Borgata Event Center

STYX

Sun 8/13

Bristow, VA

Jiffy Lube Live

REO Speedwagon

Tue 8/15

Gilford, NH

Bank of NH Pavilion

STYX

Wed 8/16

Wantagh, NY

Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

STYX

* Fri 8/18

Niagara Falls, NY

Seneca Niagara Events Center 

STYX/REO Speedwagon only

Sat 8/19

Mansfield, MA

Xfinity Center

REO Speedwagon

Sun 8/20

Bangor, ME

Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion

REO Speedwagon

Tue 8/22

Holmdel, NJ

PNC Bank Arts Center

STYX

Two Gin Blossoms reissues detailed for black, colored vinyl

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Gin Blossoms’ debut album with two new reissues. The group’s first full-length studio album, New Miserable Experience, came out on August 4, 1992, on A&M Records, followed four years later by Congratulations, I’m Sorry, on February 13, 1996.

UMe will now reissue both albums on black and limited edition colored vinyl on March 24th, marking the 25th anniversary of the release of New Miserable Experience.

Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN, New Miserable Experience was the follow-up to the band’s 1991 EP Up and Crumbling, and it was an apt description of the process. The band’s guitarist and chief songwriter Doug Hopkins was fired near the conclusion of the sessions because of his alcoholism, and then unexpectedly passed away in December, 1993, shortly after receiving his gold plaque for writing the hit single “Hey Jealousy,” leading to the title of their follow-up, Congratulations, I’m Sorry. Scotty Johnson, from The Feedbags assumed lead guitar duty following Doug Hopkins’ departure.

Upon its initial release, New Miserable Experience received lukewarm reviews and minor sales, but nearly a year later, the single “Hey Jealousy,” entered the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, spurring A&M to re-release the album – with a brand-new cover. New Miserable Experience went to #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and #30 on the Top 200, with “Hey Jealousy” peaking at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on Top 40 Mainstream and #4 on Mainstream Rock Tracks. The follow-up, “Found Out About You,” went to #1 at Modern Rock Tracks, #5 on Mainstream Rock Tracks, #6 at Top 40 Mainstream, #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #38 at Adult Top 40. Other cuts from the album, like “Mrs. Rita,” scored in the Top 40 at Mainstream Rock Tracks, while “Until I Fall Away” charted at Adult Contemporary (#23), Mainstream Rock Tracks (#40), Modern Rock Tracks (#13) and Top 40 Mainstream (#13) and “Allison Road” scored at Mainstream Rock Tracks (#20) and Modern Rock Tracks (#39). The album spent three years on the charts, eventually selling nearly five million copies.

New Miserable Experience is notable for the way the band captures its desert surroundings, as well as the people and events that affected them in a way that anticipates the alt-country movement that was to come. Rolling Stone praised the album, saying “it sounds both fresh and highly personal.” A deluxe tenth anniversary reissue of New Miserable Experience came out in 2002 with an extra disc of demos, outtakes and live performances.

That album’s 1996 successor, Congratulations, I’m Sorry, spawned two more hits, peaking at #10 on the Billboard 200, featuring the band’s highest-charting single to date, “Follow You Down,” which spent 10 weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9. The multi-track hit scored airplay at Top 40 Adult Recurrents (#1), Adult Top 40 (#3), Top 40 Mainstream (#5), Mainstream Rock Tracks (#6) and Adult Contemporary (#22). Two more singles, “Day Job” (Mainstream Rock Tracks, Modern Rock Tracks) and “As Long As It Matters” (Billboard Hot 100 [#75], Adult Top 40, Top 40 Mainstream) achieved multi-format airplay. The latter earned the band a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Duo or Group, where they lost to The Beatles’ “Free as a Bird.” Thanks to a combination of non-stop touring and radio airplay, the album went on to sell more than 1.5 million in the U.S., but shortly after, Gin Blossoms took a four-year hiatus, returning to the road in 2001, and recording two more albums, including Major Lodge Victory (2006) and their most recent, No Chocolate Cake (2010).

Gin Blossoms continue to tour to sold-out audiences, performing over 100 shows a year with original members Robin Wilson, Jesse Valenzuela, Bill Leen, and Scotty Johnson.

Side A:

  1. Lost Horizons
  2. Hey Jealousy
  3. Mrs. Rita
  4. Until I Fall Away
  5. Hold Me Down
  6. Cajun Song

Side B:

  1. Hands Are Tied
  2. Found Out About You
  3. Allison Road
  4. 29
  5. Pieces of the Night
  6. Cheatin’

Gin Blossoms - Congratulations, I'm Sorry

Congratulations, I’m Sorry

Side A:

  1. Day Job
  2. Highwire
  3. Follow You Down
  4. Not Only Numb
  5. As Long As It Matters
  6. Perfectly Still

Side B:

  1. 7th Inning Stretch
  2. My Car
  3. Virginia
  4. Whitewash
  5. I Can’t Figure You Out
  6. Memphis Time
  7. Competition Smile