MUSIC NEWS - Gail Zappa, nee Adelaide Gail Sloatman, age 70, departed this earth peacefully at her home on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, surrounded by her children.
Gail was darried to Frank Zappa at age 22, and was a doe-eyed, barefooted trailblazer, giving equal value to her domestic and professional responsibilities as matriarch of the family and overseer of all Zappa enterprises. She devoted herself to partnering with her husband in the music business and raising their children, Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva.
Gail enthusiastically executed her role as guardian of her husband’s creative life and, with his passing, strove to ensure his legacy as one of the leading American composers and musicians of the 20th century. In this and all business endeavors, Gail passionately advocated to establish clear definitions of intellectual property and copyright laws on behalf of not just her husband, but all artists. While she conducted intricate legal negotiations with corporations as grand dame of the Zappa Family Trust, she never failed to impart the sense of humor that was part and parcel of her indomitable and formidable personality. Gail, self-described as a pagan absurdist, was motivated by love in all aspects of her life, kept her authenticity intact, unbowed and, simply put, was one bad ass in the music business and political world.
MUSIC NEWS- The original Kinks recordings of tunes from their successful West End musical 'Sunny Afternoon', including the hits 'You Really Got Me', 'Waterloo Sunset', 'Sunny Afternoon', 'Dedicated Follower Of Fashion', 'Lola', 'All Day And All Of The Night' and more will be released later this year in the UK.
One of the most iconic and influential British rock bands of all-time, The Kinks release 'Sunny Afternoon, The Very Best Of ' on October 16th in the UK on the BMG label.
The album will feature their original versions of all the songs from the hit West End musical with added bonus tracks not included in the show plus several of Ray Davies's personal picks that he feels fit into the context of the release. Included will be other Kinks hits and classics, BBC interviews and BBC session tracks.
MUSIC NEWS- Roger Daltrey has been diagnosed with viral meningitis, and as a result the Who have been forced to postpone their remaining The Who Hits 50! North American concert dates.
The band released this statement to explain;
THE WHO today confirmed that they are postponing all remaining dates on their “THE WHO HITS 50!” North American tour. They had initially postponed FOUR shows on doctors orders after Roger Daltrey contracted a mystery virus. Initially it was hoped that the rest of the tour might proceed, but after extensive tests the seriousness of his condition became apparent when doctors diagnosed Roger as having viral Meningitis and prescribed a period of rest. The band apologize to fans and realize that the postponement will cause an inconvenience for ticketholders. It wasn’t a decision taken lightly–THE WHO always give their fans 100% and were never going to compromise the show, but ultimately the band had no alternative but to postpone the tour.
MUSIC NEWS- Dead & Company, the band that combines three of the surviving “core four” members of the Grateful Dead along with guitarist John Mayer, have added another series of concert dates to their upcoming tour itinerary.
Dead band members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann decided to keep going after the Dead’s popular 50th anniversary Fare Thee Well shows this summer, and built a line up that includes multi-instrumentalist Oteil Burbidge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. The band’s tour, previously booked as a 10-show run, begins October 29 in Albany, NY. The current ten shows have been expanded to include November and December gigs, which bring the tour total to twenty one concerts.
“Those songs weren’t done with us,” explained Weir in a statement, praising Mayer’s involvement as “the cherry on the sundae that made this project look like a good idea” and adding, “It was a matter of who wanted to get back out on the road and keep doing it. … It’s kind of late in the year to put together a tour, but we’re gonna try.”
MUSIC NEWS- THE WHO have been forced to postpone four shows of their upcoming fall “THE WHO HITS 50!”North American tour to allow lead singer Roger Daltrey sufficient time to recover from an unspecified virus he contracted.
Based on doctor’s orders, the first four dates of the tour launch; September 14 at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego,September 16 at Honda Center in Anaheim, September 19 at Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and September 21 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. have been postponed.
The band regrettably, of course, has cancelled their September 18 performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour will resume September 24 at Moda Center in Portland, OR. Details on the rescheduled dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
MUSIC NEWS - NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL confirmed a second leg of the Rebel Content Tour recently. The tour will resume October 1st , in Missoula, MT, and winddown in Berkeley, CA, on October 17. All tour dates are listed below from MNN.
The Rebel Content Tour presents Neil Young + Promise of the Real; Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass/vocals) and Tato Melgar (percussion). Neil and Promise of the Real played together at the Bold Nebraska /Cowboys and Indians Alliance event last year along with Lukas and Micah's father Willie Nelson. They had such an instant synergy that Neil invited them to record his new album The Monsanto Years with him.
The first leg of the Rebel Content Tour has drawn a truly overwhelming response to Young + Promise of The Real's amazing energy. Ranging from solo acoustic, to full band acoustic, to full on raging rock jams these 2-to-3 hour, ever changing "dream set lists" feature material from both The Monsanto Years and Young's entire catalogue and have left audiences enthralled:
MUSIC NEWS- After starting nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and a monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard. At that moment Heavy Metal music was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.
Now it comes to an END, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible BLACK SABBATH story.
BLACK SABBATH’s farewell tour, THE END, begins on January 20, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever.
When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END, THE END of one of the most legendary bands in Rock ‘n Roll history… BLACK SABBATH
Music News- On his Facebook page this week, Rod Stewart has announced, “40 years in the making! Faces are REUNITING on September 5th with a special gig as part of the 3rd Rock ’N’ Horsepower charity event for Prostate Cancer UK.”
Rod went, “This year is the 40th anniversary since The Faces parted ways so it’s about time we got together for a jam! Being in The Faces back in the day was a whirlwind of madness but my God, it was beyond brilliant. We are pleased to be able to support Prostate Cancer UK.”
The news was noted by Kenney Jones who acknowledged that band members no longer around, Ronnie Lane and recently departed Ian McLagen. “This is the third Rock ‘n’ Horsepower we’ve put on for Prostate Cancer UK and it’s shaping up to be the biggest yet. The years of The Faces were some of the best of my life and I’m so proud to have been a part of the band. I’m unbelievably excited to have the opportunity to get up on stage with Rod and Ronnie again. Ronnie Lane and Ian McLagan will be dearly missed but we’ll raise a glass to them.”
The Faces grew out of the '60s Brit rock band The Small Faces. After a reshuffle of members, Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, both from the Jeff Beck Group, joined the new line-up, known as The Faces.
The Faces recorded four albums between 1970 and 1973. Eventually, Rod Stewart started a successful solo career and Ron Wood went on to join The Rolling Stones.
MPL and the Concord Music Group are proud to announce two more landmark installments in the multiple GRAMMY-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection. On October 2, 2015, Paul’s early ‘80s back-to-back classics Tug of War and Pipes of Peace will receive lavish multiple configuration reissue treatment including exclusive 2015 remixes of both the entire Tug of War album and the Pipes of Peace classic collaboration with Michael Jackson “Say Say Say,” a treasure trove of previously unreleased tracks and never before seen video, and much more.
Released in 1982, Tug of War was Paul’s first album following the break-up of Wings and his third solo LP overall. Hailed upon its release as “exquisitely crafted” by The New York Times and a “masterpiece” by Rolling Stone, Tug of War went to #1 in no less than nine countries. Tug of War yielded such classic tracks as Paul’s #1 duet with Stevie Wonder “Ebony and Ivory,” the top 10 single “Take It Away,” and of course “Here Today,” the conversation Paul never had with the late John Lennon that remains a staple of Paul’s live set to this day. Pipes of Peace, Paul’s fourth solo album, followed in 1983 and continued Paul’s early ’80s run of platinum records. Singles from Pipes of Peace included the title track and of course Paul and Michael Jackson’s timeless “Say Say Say,” a multi-format global chart-topping smash continually cited as a landmark of that or any year–as recently as 2007, Vibemagazine rated “Say Say Say” as one of the greatest duets of all time.
As with the GRAMMY-winning Band On The Run and Wings Over America Archive editions, Paul personally supervised all aspects of these releases and their various formats, which include:
Music News- YES bassist, and founding member Chris Squire, 67, passed away last night following his battle with leukemia, according to a statement from the prog rock legends
Since he and vocalist Jon Anderson began the UK band in 1968 until he was diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia in 2015, Squire was the only constant member of the group. Anderson was forced out in 2008.
Squire grew up in central London, when, in 1964, he was suspended from school for having long hair. He played in a several bands in the 1960s, including the Selfs, the Syn, and Mabel Greer's Toyshop. It was through Toyshop that he met Jon Anderson. The two bonded over Simon and Garfunkel's music and formed Yes. The group released their debut album in 1969. YES was at the forefront of the progressive rock movement in the UK that gained them followers around the globe. They set the standard for innovative music and musicianship.
Squire later released solo records and was a member of the short-lived supergroup XYZ, which featured Squire, Yes' Alan White, and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page.
MUSIC NEWS- As he winds down his current series of Euro concert dates, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne has added additional USA tour dates in November to his previously announced run. This is his the second leg of his 2015 USA Summer tour to promote his new album, Standing In The Breach released in 2014 on his Inside Recordings label.
This September through November, joining Jackson on the road with his longtime band mates Bob Glaub (Bass), Mauricio Lewak (Drums), Jeff Young (Hammond Organ, Piano), Chavonne Stewart & Alethea Mills (Harmony Vocals), and Greg Leisz (Guitar, Lap Steel, Pedal Steel) are multi-instrumentalist-vocalist Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams. Currently on tour in support of their own eponymous debut album, produced by Campbell, their music distills everything into a potent, infectious blend of Americana style and timeless soul, offered with a relaxed generosity that can only come from rich experience.
"I'm thrilled to be touring with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams," said Jackson Browne. "We played together at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble a few years ago, and I've been waiting for the chance to play with them again ever since. Larry has played in some of my all-time favorite bands, and I'm excited to hear what he brings to my songs as this tour unfolds. Teresa and I have a great vocal blend, as does she and Larry, and I'm looking forward to what happens when we introduce these longtime favorites of mine into my body of songs."
Standing In The Breach, Jackson's recent studio album, is a collection of ten songs, at turns deeply personal and political, exploring love, hope, and defiance in the face of the advancing uncertainties of modern life.
Music News - Due to injuries sustained in Dave Grohl’s fall from the stage during Foo Fighters’ June 12 show at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, his doctors have required the cancellation of the remainder of the band’s dates in the UK and Europe. After undergoing surgery Monday, Dave’s full recuperation time is still to be determined. We wonder if his reluctance to end the gig when injured worsened his condition.
It was previously announced that Foo Fighters’ June 14 appearance at the Pinkpop Festival and June 16 show at the AFG Arena in St. Gallen, Switzerland were cancelled. The following dates have now also been cancelled.
MUSIC NEWS- As "Presidential Candidate" Donald Trump agrees to stop using Neil Young's tune Rockin' in the Free World, Mr Young released this important message today;
MESSAGE FROM NEIL YOUNG
Yesterday my song "Rockin' in the Free World" was used in an announcement for a U.S. presidential candidate without my permission.
A picture of me with this candidate was also circulated in conjunction with this announcement but It was a photograph taken during a meeting when I was trying to raise funds for Pono, my online high resolution music service.
Music News- Fresh off their triumphant and powerful Bonnaroo performance this past weekend, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters are not ready to stop touring to promote what many critics are calling his greatest solo album, lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar (out via Nonesuch/Warner Bros) Records. Now, the band announced new fall dates, including two shows at Lockn' Music Festival, as well as rescheduled ones to make up for last week's postponed shows in Toronto, Detroit and Chicago. Tickets already purchased will be honored at the re-scheduled shows. The complete list of dates is below from MNN. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, June 19 at 10am EDT via robertplant.com.
lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar was named one of the top 50 albums of the year by NPR, which said, "At 66, the singer is still a majestic rock presence, at peace with the legacy of his hard-rock-defining band Led Zeppelin, while remaining relentlessly creative in his solo work. But on his 10th solo album, Plant does pause by those waters to consider the aesthetic, emotional and spiritual currents that have shaped his illustrious life. He finds himself, characteristically, not saddened but renewed... Not one of these songs sounds precisely like its source; that's the genius of this album. It lovingly layers elements in ways that mirror memory, creating new constructs from floating shards of the musical past."
Music News-Cheap Trick announced today that tour co-headliner, Peter Frampton is unable to sing this evening. The group said that regrettably, he must cancel his performance at Red Rocks tonight. But the I L rockers, Cheap Trick will play a full headline gig for the crowd.
For those who wish to enjoy Cheap Trick and the beauty of Red Rocks, the group will start at 8:15p. But, if you do not want to attend, refunds are available at point of purchase but no partial refunds.
No word on guitarist Frampton's condition and if any other shows on his tour will be impacted. Currently schedule next for PF is 6/18 in Kansas City.
UPDATE 6/18- Fortunately, Peter's on the mend and the 6/18 show is a go!