Image Courtesy of Johnny WinterBefore his sudden death on July 16 while on tour in Zurich, Switzerland, blues guitar legend Johnny Winter had been scheduled to hit the road next week with his brother Edgar and other stars for a new edition of the annual Rock'n'Blues Fest tour. Now, Edgar Winter has announced that the trek will go ahead as planned, as a tribute to Johnny. The third annual edition of the outing features a total of 12 dates, running from a July 31 show in Clarkston, Michigan, through an August 24 concert in Snoqualmie, Washington. The other acts on the Rock'n'Blues Fest -- A Tribute to Johnny Winter tour lineup are Vanilla Fudge, ex-Rare Earth singer Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds. In addition, Rick Derringer, who's famously collaborated with both Johnny and Edgar Winter over the years, will be a special guest at the last two shows of the trek -- August 23 in Las Vegas and the aforementioned Snoqualmie gig.
Fans who attend this year's Rock'n'Blues Fest shows can expect the acts to perform a variety of songs that Johnny used to play, including such classics as "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo," "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" and "Johnny B. Goode."
Here is the full itinerary of the 2014 Rock'n'Blues Fest trek:
7/31 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre8/1 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury8/2 -- Rockland, ME, Harbor Park8/8 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center8/10 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre 8/13 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts8/14 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre8/15 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts 8/16 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 8/22 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Civic of Anaheim 8/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery 8/24 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino
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Image Courtesy of Legacy RecordingsIt's no secret that Whitney Houston's family does not support Lifetime's upcoming biopic, but the late singer's mother, Cissy Houston, is now officially expressing her feelings on the matter.
"Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections. No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby [Brown]," Cissy tells Entertainment Tonight.
She continued, "In the two years since Whitney's death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn't know her."
After being "exhausted" by the people who did not know her, Cissy has one final request: "Please, please let her rest."
The Angela Bassett-directed film has recruited R&B singer Deborah Cox to provide vocal tracks, since "music rights and clearances are still being worked out," a Lifetime rep told E! Online last week. The movie, starring America's Next Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta, is set to premiere next year.
Jenny Risher/MSO PRTed Nugent's penchant for speaking his mind has gotten him into hot water again. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has canceled the "Motor City Madman's" August 4 appearance at its casino in Idaho.
A statement on the casino's Facebook page states that the show was canceled after "Nugent's history of racist and hate-filled remarks was brought to the Tribal Council's attention."
Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, says in the statement that the tribe it "has always been about human rights -- for decades, we have worked individually and as a Tribe to make sure that each and every person is treated equally and with respect and dignity. We know what it’s like to be the target of hateful messages and we would never want to perpetuate hate in any way.”
Laura Stensgar, executive director of marketing for the Coeur d’Alene Casino, adds, “We adamantly do not want our casino to be used as a venue for the racist attitudes and views that Ted Nugent espouses.”
She defended the initial decision to book the 65-year-old rocker by explaining that, “We were looking at him from an entertainment perspective, as an 80s rock ‘n roller who we thought folks might enjoy.”
Stensgar goes on to say, “We take the comments and concerns of our community very seriously and we apologize to anyone who was offended by the idea that we would promote these kinds of attitudes. We will do our best to avoid such mistakes moving forward.”
The casino will refund the full ticket price for anyone has purchased tickets to the show.
While Nugent doesn't directly mention the casino, he wrote in a lengthy Facebook post Tuesday, "No matter how much of a supeduper bad**s I think I am, I am obviously a much badder**s than even I think I am, for the fact that the America hating commie left Saul Alinsky-Joseph Goebbells liberal democrat punks have dedicated an entire army to abandon their own lives to unite to destroy mine."
He adds that it "proves beyond any shadow of any doubt how incredibly effective I am at spotlighting these freedom hating cockroaches & impeding their fundamental transformation ie;destruction of America."
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Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinZZ Top announced on Monday that it has to postpone the start of its U.S. summer tour because bassist Dusty Hill needs surgery to remove a pair of kidney stones. Now, Hill has issued a statement poking a little fun at his ailment.
Referencing to a classic song by late blues legend Robert Johnson, the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer quipped, "I got stones in my passway," then added, "...but my doctor says not for long." ZZ Top has canceled six upcoming concerts because of Hill's condition, which is expected to put him out of action for about two weeks. The band now will launch its trek with an August 6 headlining show in Sturgis, South Dakota, two days before kicking off a previously announced joint tour with Jeff Beck in Missoula, Montana.
Looking forward to ZZ Top's forthcoming road trip, Hill again paraphrased Johnson, this time reworking a line from "Terraplane Blues," saying, "We're booked and we're bound to go." He added, "I had stones in my passway but you know those old boulders couldn't last, I had stones in my passway but those stones will soon be in my past."
You can check out the band's full confirmed tour schedule at ZZTop.com.
In other news, ZZ Top released its new concert video Live at Montreux 2013 on Tuesday. The video, which is available on DVD and Blu-ray, features the Texas trio performing such well-known songs as "Sharp Dressed Man," "Legs," "La Grange" and "Tush," as well as three tunes from the group's 2012 album, La Futura, and a cover of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Foxey Lady."
Courtesy of KISS and Def LeppardIt's a month into KISS' 40th anniversary tour -- a co-headlining outing with Def Leppard -- and a source for the trek tells ABC News Radio, "It's been an amazing few weeks." The sheer magnitude of the stage shows is enormous, requiring dozens of trucks, buses and assorted vehicles to cart around the sets and equipment from amphitheater to amphitheater.
Because it's a summer tour, the venues are outdoors. Paul Stanley joked that although KISS tries "to be observant of low-flying planes when we're outdoors, [being outside] doesn't change anything because what we do comes from the heart. What we do comes from who we are."
The singer said that "being outside in the summer is a terrific dichotomy, contrast between what we do and being outside in the midst of a great summer night with the stars shining," but he also noted that indoor shows "[have their] pluses [as well]." In the end, said Stanley, "We've been doing this for 40 years. The reason people still buy tickets...is because you know that we will deliver the goods."
Here are the rest of the KISS/Def Leppard tour dates:
7/23 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater7/25 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live7/26 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center8/1 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center8/2 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall8/3 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center8/5 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center8/6 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre8/8 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach8/9 -- Scranton, PA, Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain8/10 -- Hartford, CT, The Xfinity Theatre8/12 -- Toronto, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre8/13 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center8/15 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theater8/16 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre8/17 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center8/20 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena8/22 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center8/23 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre8/24 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion8/26 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center8/28 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater8/29 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center8/31 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Graham Fielder/Alternative PressAerosmith's Joe Perry made a surprise appearance at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards on Monday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, where he presented his friend and current tour mate, Slash, with the Guitar Legend Award.
Introducing the former Guns N' Roses star, Perry noted, "He came up in a generation after mine, but he always had great respect for the musicians who came on before him. To his own generation he became a superstar, and deservedly so. Now, to all generations, he's become a model of great guitar playing and an icon of his own right."
For his part, Slash thanked Alternative Press magazine, adding, "It's quite an honor to be included on your list of awards tonight, especially for something like guitar legend, which is very humbling…I loved playing guitar since I was 14 years old and it's nice to get recognized for it, and it officially means I've been doing it a long f**king time."
Among the evening's many other honorees were Joan Jett and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, who were presented respectively with the Icon Award and the Vanguard Award. Jett also was one of the rockers who performed at the ceremony, playing her classic "Bad Reputation” with The Vacancies' Billy Crooked, her new tune "Soulmates to Strangers" with Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, and a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Star Star" with some help from Slash.
The event also included performances by The Misfits, Fall Out Boy, rapper Ice-T's thrash metal group Body Count, and Korn's Jonathan Davis, who teamed up with the band Asking Alexandria for a rendition of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf."
You can check out complete coverage of the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards at AltPress.com/APTV.
Here's the complete list of winners:
Best Vocalist -- Brendon Urie, Panic! at the DiscoBest Live Band -- Pierce the VeilBreakthrough Band -- Crown the EmpireBest Bassist -- Jaime Preciado, Pierce the VeilBest International Band -- Bring Me the HorizonArtist Philanthropic Award -- All Time LowBest Guitarist -- Phil Manansala, Of Mice & MenVanguard Award -- Billy CorganBest Drummer -- Mike Fuentes, Pierce the VeilIcon Award -- Joan JettMost Dedicated Fans -- Black Veil BridesGuitar Legend Award -- SlashSong of the Year -- All Time Low with Vic Fuentes of Pierce the VeilAlbum of the Year -- Bring Me the Horizon, SempiternalArtist of the Year -- Fall Out Boy
Walt Disney Records/Universal MusicLove & Mercy, the upcoming biopic focusing on troubled Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, will be among the movies that will get their world premieres at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Billboard reports. The fest is scheduled to run from September 4 to September 14.
As previously reported, Love & Mercy will feature John Cusack as an older Brian, while Paul Dano will portray Wilson as a young man. The film is described as presenting "an unconventional portrait" of Wilson that will depict various important episodes in his life, including his artistic achievements with The Beach Boys, his struggles with mental illness and substance abuse, his relationship with the Svengali-like therapist Eugene Landy and the new contentment he found after meeting his current wife, Melinda.
Love & Mercy was directed by Bill Pohlad, who has produced such acclaimed films as 12 Years a Slave, The Tree of Life and Brokeback Mountain. The biopic will feature Paul Giamatti as Landy and Elizabeth Banks as Melinda.
Jean-Marie Perier/UMeA pine tree that was planted in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2002 in memory of late Beatles guitarist George Harrison has met an ironic fate. L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge revealed recently to the Los Angeles Times' "Pop & Hiss" music blog that the tree has died after being infested with, yes, beetles.
The tree, which was only a sapling when it was planted near the Griffith Park Observatory, featured a commemorative plaque at its base acknowledging Harrison's contributions as a musician and a humanitarian, as well as his love for gardening. LaBonge tells ABC News Radio that the tree had grown to 12 feet in height before it was felled by the insect infestation.
LaBonge, who attended Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band's concert at the Greek Theatre on Saturday, says that plans are in the works for a new tree to be planted in November.
Harrison died in November 2001 at age 59 after a battle with cancer.
Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentDaryl Hall & John Oates ruled the charts in the early to mid-'80s, scoring a seemingly endless string of hits, appearing on MTV 24/7 and even headlining Live Aid. But now, looking back, the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer inductees say those days weren't really the endless party that most people assume they were.
"The '80s weren't as much fun as you might think," John Oates tells the British paper The Guardian. "The demands were so great. When you're in a rock band, traveling in a van, you may wish you were in a private plane, but you really don't know what you're missing. I enjoyed the '70s a whole lot better." But why? They certainly weren't as popular back then. Well, John says that's the point.
"It was a totally freer time. Then we became pop superstars and we couldn't go anywhere," he explains.
Daryl Hall feels the same way, telling the paper, "I didn't really want to participate in [superstardom]." But these days, he says he's OK with his level of fame.
"I'm as popular as I was back then, but it's a different kind of popularity," he explains. "It's more pleasant. More fulfilling. I don't feel like people are treating me like a Daryl doll." Also satisfying, he says, is the fact that, unlike in the past, today's hippest artists will all readily own up to being Hall & Oates fans.
"I hear my influence all over the place," says Daryl. "It's pretty widespread."
LIbrary of CongressNot bad for a kid from Long Island. Billy Joel will be the next recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The Library of Congress made the announcement Tuesday morning.
The Gershwin Prize is awarded to a musician “whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin,” the pianist/composer and lyricist brothers who together wrote some of pop music’s most enduring standards.
The announcement of Joel’s honor calls him “one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world” and “a storyteller of the highest order.” Joel himself adds, “The great composer, George Gershwin, has been a personal inspiration to me throughout my career. And the Library’s decision to include me among those songwriters who have been past recipients is a milestone for me."
Billy Joel is only the seventh person to receive the Gershwin Prize since Paul Simon received the first one, in 2007. The other recipients include Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, and Carole King, who received the prize last year.
Joel, who turned 65 last May, already has enough lifetime honors to need a mantle in every room to display them all, including membership in the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, an armload of honorary doctorates, and half-a-dozen Grammy awards. In 2013, he received the Kennedy Center Honors along with fellow musicians Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock.
Joel will receive the honor in Washington, D.C. in November.
Polydor/UMeMonday night, James Brown's music lit up the famed Apollo Theater once again, with the star-studded premiere of the biopic Get On Up: The James Brown Story in New York.
Directed by The Help's Nate Taylor, the project stars 42's Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul. It took years for Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer to get it off the ground, but it took a Rolling Stone to get it rolling.
Mick Jagger came on as co-producer, and on the red carpet, the rock legend said proudly, "I'm so glad this movie's finally come out and I'm really pleased with the results of it."
Get On Up: The James Brown Story, which also stars The Help's Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, and The Office alum Craig Robinson, opens August 1.
Frontiers RecordsYes' latest studio album, Heaven & Earth, hits stores today. The record is the first to feature the band's new lead singer, Jon Davison, who officially joined the lineup in early 2012.
Beyond lending his voice to the project, Davison made significant songwriting contributions too, writing or co-writing seven of the album's eight tracks. Founding Yes bassist Chris Squire tells ABC News Radio that "he encouraged [Jon] as much as possible to" collaborate with the band's other members and he says he's extremely pleased with the results.
"It's turned out to be surprisingly fresh, and Jon's input has definitely freshened up the whole approach," explains Squire. "So, I'm very happy."
In fact, Heaven & Earth features at least one tune that Davison co-wrote with every other member of the band -- two each with Squire and guitarist Steve Howe, and one apiece with drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes. He also penned one song, "Light of the Ages," entirely by himself.
Regarding the sound of the new album, Squire tells ABC News Radio that he doesn't think it's "exactly comparable to anything else" the band has done in the past, while noting that "there's a thread in Yes of the style that myself and Steve…and Alan White [developed] having all been there most of the last 40 years together."
Fans who want to find out more about Yes' new album can visit YesHeavenAndEarth.com, while excerpts of all of the tunes on the record are streaming at the band's SoundCloud page.
Meanwhile, Yes has been including one or two of the songs from Heaven & Earth in the sets on the group's current North American, which is scheduled through an August 23 concert in Lincoln, California. Among the new tunes the band has been performing are "Believe Again," "The Ascent" and "The Game."
Image Courtesy of Hotel DylanA new hotel named after Bob Dylan opened last month in Woodstock, New York, that pays tribute to the musical history that emerged in and near the small Catskill Mountains town during the late 1960s. Hotel Dylan features 11 rooms with names that evoke the Flower Power era and the famous Woodstock Festival, including "The Jimi," "The Joplin," "The Cocker," "The Roadies," "The Van" and "The Hippie Chick."
The hotel's largest room is called The Band Suite, named after the influential Americana outfit that served as Dylan's backing group early in its career, and recorded that legendary Basement Tapes with the folk-rock icon in Woodstock. Daily prices for standard rooms cost $189 on weekdays and $219 on weekends, while the suite will run you $249 during the week and $289 on weekends.
Each room also features a high-quality turntable, and while a selection of vinyl albums can be borrowed from the front desk. In addition, a variety of famous pics taken by official Woodstock Festival photographer Elliott Landy decorate the hotel's walls. The hotel also hosts a series of music-related workshops and other events.
A Hotel Dylan representative tells ABC News Radio that owner Paul Covello is planning to open an intimate concert space at the facility, as well as a pub and restaurant that will serve dishes featuring locally grown and produced ingredients.
For more information, visit HotelDylan.com.
Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill is scheduled to undergo an operation to remove two kidney stones this week, forcing the veteran rockers to cancel six headlining dates that were to have preceded the launch of their joint U.S. tour with Jeff Beck.
The nixed shows were scheduled for this Friday in Morton, Minnesota; this Saturday in West Bend, Wisconsin; this Sunday in Cincinnati; Tuesday, July 29, in Louisville, Kentucky; Wednesday, July 30 in Asheville, North Carolina; and Monday, August 1, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Doctors discovered the kidney stones during a routine exam, and they advised Dusty that he should have them taken out right away. Hill will need about two weeks to recover, and he's expected to fully recover from the procedure. ZZ Top's next confirmed show will be held August 6 in Sturgis, South Dakota, and the Texas trio is then slated to kick off its co-headlining trek with Beck on August 8 in Missoula, Montana.
The joint tour is mapped out through a September 13 show in Thackerville, Oklahoma. ZZ Top also has a bevy of North American fall headlining dates lined up that run from a September 25 gig in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, through a November 2 concert in San Antonio.
Here are the dates:
8/6 -- Sturgis, SD, Buffalo Chip Campground*8/8 -- Missoula, MT, Ogren Park*8/9 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle*8/10 -- Eugene, OR, Cuthbert Amphitheatre*8/12 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery*8/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Amphitheatre*8/15 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre*8/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint*8/17 -- Tucson, AZ, AVA Amphitheatre*8/19 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino*8/20 -- Englewood, CO, Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre*8/22 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheatre*8/23 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theater*8/24 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater*8/27 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre*8/28 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia*8/29 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino *8/30 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Concert Venue at Harrah's*8/31 -- Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods*9/2 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*9/3 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion*9/4 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater*9/6 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater*9/7 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater*9/9 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater*9/10 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater*9/12 -- The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*9/13 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino9/25 -- Bloomsburg, PA, Bloomsburg Fairgrounds9/26 -- Springfield, MA, The Big E Xfinity Arena9/27 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier9/28 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom9/30 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre10/1 -- Hamilton, ON, Canada, FirstOntario Centre10/3 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre 10/4 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino10/5 -- La Crosse, WI, La Crosse Center10/7 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre10/8 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre10/10 -- Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater10/11 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom10/12 -- Davenport, IA, Adler Theatre - RiverCenter10/14 -- Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Superstore Arena10/15 -- Columbia, SC, South Carolina State Fairgrounds10/18 -- Red Bank, NJ,Count Basie Theatre10/19 -- Kingston, NY, Broadway Theater - Ulster Performing Arts Center10/22 -- Roanoke, VA, Roanoke Performing Arts Center10/24 -- Danville, KY, Norton Center - Centre College of Kentucky10/25 -- Bowling Green, KY, Bowling Green Hot Rods Field10/29 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Centre10/31 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino11/2 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
* = with Jeff Beck.
Credit: Myrna SuarezEven people who've never stepped foot in New York State -- or the U.S. -- probably know that Billy Joel is from Long Island, New York. Maybe that's why the residents of that area have just crowned him the winner of the "That's SO Long Island" contest.
Local paper Newsday has been running the contest for several weeks, asking readers to vote on who or what best exemplifies the area, which is essentially a suburb of New York City. Thanks to over 520,000 reader votes, Billy beat out 63 other local celebrities, attractions and activities to be declared the most "Long Island" of them all. Among the fellow Long Island celebrities he beat: Billy Crystal, Lindsay Lohan, Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, Idina Menzel, Debbie Gibson, Natalie Portman, Rosie O'Donnell, Ralph Macchio and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.
As for why he won the contest, it probably has something to do with the fact that Billy still lives in Long Island, donates plenty of time and money to local causes, and has sung about the place numerous times. The title of his debut album, Cold Spring Harbor, is a town in Long Island. He's also name-checked other local locations such as Oyster Bay and the Miracle Mile, while "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" was inspired by the plight of Long Island fishermen.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentAn expanded version of the 2005 Yes concert video Songs from Tsongas: The 35th Anniversary Tour, along with a three-CD companion album, are scheduled to be released on September 23. The Special Edition of the Song from Tsongas video will be available on Blu-ray, as a two-DVD collection and as a digital download that will contain performances from two separate shows the acclaimed prog-rock band played during its 2004 trek.
The first concert was showcased on the original release, a May 2004 gig at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts. The bonus performances come from a show that took place in July of that year at Switzerland's Lugano Jazz Festival.
Yes' 35th anniversary tour featured the band's classic 1970s lineup of singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Rick Wakeman. Among the well-known songs the group played at the Massachusetts show was "Your Move/All Good People," "Yours Is No Disgrace," "Long Distance Runaround," "Roundabout," "And You and I" and "Owner of a Lonely Heart," while the group also performed most of those tunes in Lugano too. In addition, the Tsongas Arena concert was highlighted by an acoustic set that included some gems that Yes rarely played live.
The DVD version of Songs from Tsongas' Special Edition also includes an interview with longtime Yes album artist Roger Dean, as well as a bonus performance of "The Ritual" from the Massachusetts concert.
The three-CD set features audio of the entire original Songs from Tsongas show, including "The Ritual."
Here is the complete track list of the Songs from Tsongas: The 35th Anniversary Concert -- Special Edition DVD:
Disc 1: Songs from Tsongas"Intro/Firebird Suite""Going for the One""Sweet Dreams""Your Move/All Good People""Mind Drive Parts 1 & 2""South Side of the Sky""Turn of the Century""My Eyes""Mind Drive Part 3""Yours Is No Disgrace""The Meeting (Piano Solo)""Long Distance Runaround""Wonderous Stories""Time Is Time""Roundabout""Show Me""Owner of a Lonely Heart""Second Initial (Guitar Solo)""Rhythm of Love""And You and I""Every Little Thing""Starship Trooper"
Disc 2: Live in Lugano"Intro/Firebird Suite""Going for the One""Sweet Dreams""Your Move/All Good People""Long Distance Runaround""The Fish""Owner of a Lonely Heart""And You and I""Starship Trooper""Roundabout"
Megaforce RecordsAs the music world mourns the death of blues guitar legend Johnny Winter, full details have been revealed about what will be his final studio album. Due out on September 2, Step Back features Winter playing covers of classic blues and early rock 'n' roll tunes that inspired him when he was young, with help from a bevy of other renowned musicians.
Among the stars featured on the record are Eric Clapton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Mountain's Leslie West, Dr. John and ex-Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer. The track list includes the Ray Charles classic "Unchain My Heart," Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," Fats Domino's "Blue Monday," Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor," Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love," Bobby Blue Bland's "Don't Want No Woman," Willie Dixon's "Can't Hold Out (Talk to Me Baby)" and Lightnin' Hopkins' "Mojo Hand."
"If there's good people, other good musicians, people enjoy it. I just love it," said Winter of his new album. "[Step Back] is just to bring it to the people of today who haven't listened to the old music. It's better than anything they hear today."
Perry, who's featured on the version of "Mojo Hand," has high praise for Johnny, saying, "If it was not for Johnny Winter, I would have never picked up the guitar."
Step Back is a sequel to Winter's 2011 album Roots, which featured guest appearances by his brother Edgar, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, country star Vince Gill and Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks.
Step Back is available for pre-order now at Amazon. Here is the album's complete track list, along with the guest artists who joined Winter on the songs:
"Unchain My Heart" -- with The Blues Brothers Horns"Can't Hold Out (Talk to Me Baby)" -- with Ben Harper"Don't Want No Woman" -- with Eric Clapton"Killing Floor" -- with Paul Nelson"Who Do You Love""Okie Dokie Stomp" -- with Brian Setzer"Where Can You Be" -- with Billy Gibbons"Sweet Sixteen" -- with Joe Bonamassa"Death Letter""My Babe" -- with Jason Ricci"Long Tall Sally" -- with Leslie West"Mojo Hand" -- with Joe Perry"Blue Monday" -- with Dr. John
Image Courtesy of Andy TennilleAfter joining Dave Rawlings Machine for a brief U.S. tour in June, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones will hit the road with the Americana collective for another outing in the early fall. The trek, which will visit the West Coast, gets under way September 22 in Missoula, Montana, and is plotted out through an October 5 show in Santa Barbara, California.
Jones plays mandolin in the acoustic folk group, which also features Rawlings longtime musical partner, singer/songwriter Gillian Welch. The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also toured with Dave Rawlings Machine in the fall of 2013.
Tickets for all of the upcoming shows went on sale to the general public on Friday, with the exception of a September 28 concert in Arcata, California. Tickets for that gig will be available starting on August 4. More dates will be announced soon.
Here's the full list of David Rawlings Machine's tour dates:
9/22 -- Missoula, MT, Wilma Theater9/23 -- Spokane, WA, Bing Crosby Theater9/24 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre9/25 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom9/27 -- Eugene, OR, McDonald Theater9/28 -- Arcata, CA, Van Duzer Theatre9/29 -- Grants Pass, OR, Rogue Theatre9/30 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theatre10/1 -- Santa Cruz, CA, Cocoanut Grove10/3 -- Sonoma, CA, Gundlach Bundschu Winery10/5 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Lobero Theatre
Danielle St. LaurentBlondie, Chrissie Hynde and Beck are just three of the acts who will take part in the 2014 edition of Apple's iTunes Festival in England.
The eighth annual festival, which will be held throughout the month of September at the Roundhouse in London. More details on the free event will be announced on iTunesFestival.com.
As usual, fans will be able to watch the performances through iTunes or an Apple device.
Universal MusicOver the last year or so, Eric Clapton has commented in multiple interviews that he's planning on retiring from touring when he turns 70. The guitar legend, who will reach that milestone in March, now tells Rolling Stone he's still considering quitting the road in 2015.
"Next year, I might do a couple of shows and say, 'Folks, that's it, I'm off,'" he declares. "Then I'll see what I make of that, whether I'm content to just go into the studio now and then and play at home for the family."
Slowhand also reveals that he's not planning to put together another Crossroads Guitar Festival, the star-studded benefit for his Crossroads rehab facility that he organized in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.
"I think this could be it," he says. "I don't want to work that hard, that much, anymore."
Next week, on July 29, Clapton will release a tribute album to his late friend, collaborator and musical inspiration JJ Cale -- The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale. Also lending their talents to the project, which Eric says was "a joy to do," were such stars as Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, John Mayer and Derek Trucks.
Meanwhile, Clapton tells Rolling Stone that before Cale's death last year inspired him to put together the tribute project, "I was planning to write and record another album for myself…So that's the next thing I would do."
Eric reveals that there's also some extra Cale-written material from The Breeze sessions that he plans to finish later this summer. "We recorded many more tracks, some of them unpublished," he explains. "I have some time in August in the studio to complete that and maybe start recording self-penned stuff."
With regard to coming up with new original songs, Clapton says he has been struggling a bit lately, admitting that he's "just lazy." He explains, "When I get to 'What am I going to do for that bit?' I stop and turn on the TV. I'm easily distracted."
He adds, "What I've done a lot is written songs, then forgotten them. I put them down as a voice memo, on my phone, then I lose the memo." However, Clapton assures Rolling Stone that he does have some new tunes in the works he hasn't forgotten that currently are saved on his iPhone.
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