Monday, May 2, 2016

Scorpions Making Metal

This weekend The Carolina Rebellion returns. On stage Friday night. The Scorpions...who didn't impress promoters at the birth of Heavy Metal. They brought an acoustic guitar to an electric performance.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Hits HBO

This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on HBO this weekend, three weeks after it was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Class of 2016 is made up of Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, Steve Miller and N.W.A. Though all but N.W.A performed three songs each, only two songs per act are included in the telecast. In addition to tributes to David Bowie and Glenn Frey, a segment has been added for Prince. A portion of his 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech along with his solo that night on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," in tribute to fellow inductee George Harrison, have been added to the program. The induction speeches have also been trimmed. Outside of Steve Miller offering up some advice on how the Rock Hall needs to change its ways, the best speeches came from Kid Rock inducting Cheap Trick and Lars Ulrich's comments on behalf of Deep Purple. HBO and HBO 2 will combine to repeat the ceremony 13 times through May 30th, and the HBO Zone channel will run it for 20 straight hours starting at midnight Saturday night.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

FM and Grateful Dead Recreated The Dial

Dead & Company is Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir; singer/guitarist John Mayer; Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge; and “Fare Thee Well” and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. In October of 2015 the band took to the stage for their inaugural nationwide tour, kicking off with three sold-out concerts at the legendary Madison Square Garden (including Halloween) and ending the year with two sold-out performances at the “Fabulous” Forum (the final was New Year’s Eve). Drawing on the tremendous success of the band’s 2015 tour, Dead & Company are launching their highly-anticipated new tour on Friday, June 10, 2016 (a full listing of tour dates can be found below). 2016’s tour finds the celebrated group playing (among many other shows) two nights at Citi Field in New York; a two show independence day weekend celebration at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado; two nights at the famous Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin; and two shows at Boston’s iconic Fenway Park on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16. Dead & Company will play two sets at Bonnaroo on June 12. At each show, Dead & Company will perform two sets of music drawn largely from the Dead’s historic catalog of songs. Tickets are on sale now for the 2016 summer tour. Check www.deadandcompany.com for complete ticketing information. IN ADDITION TO THE GENERAL DEAD & CO KNOWLEDGE, PLEASE MAKE SURE STATIONS MENTION: On Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. local time, “Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies 2016,” comes back to the big screen for the 6th annual event. This special cinema event features the previously unreleased Grateful Dead Dead (Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland and Bob Weir) concert from Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on July 2, 1989. This event also features live concert footage of Dead & Co. from their 2015 tour. The Dead reunited in the summer of 2015 for the Fare Thee Well tour that included five shows in Chicago and Santa Clara, California, celebrating their 50th anniversary. Dead & Company 2016 Tour Dates: Fri Jun 10 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion Thu Jun 16 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center Fri Jun 17 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center Mon Jun 20 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion Tue Jun 21 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center Thu Jun 23 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live Sat Jun 25 Flushing, NY Citi Field** Sun Jun 26 Flushing, NY Citi Field** Tue Jun 28 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre Sat Jul 02 Boulder, CO Folsom Field** Sun Jul 03 Boulder, CO Folsom Field** Thu Jul 07 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre Sat Jul 09 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre Sun Jul 10 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre Wed Jul 13 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion Fri Jul 15 Boston, MA Fenway Park** Sat Jul 16 Boston, MA Fenway Park** Fri Jul 22 Portland, OR Moda Center Sat Jul 23 George, WA Gorge Amphitheatre Tue Jul 26 Irvine, CA Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre Wed Jul 27 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre Fri Jul 29 Wheatland, CA Toyota Amphitheatre Sat Jul 30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, unless otherwise noted. **Tickets are not available through Ticketmaster for these concerts: Citi Field concert tickets available HERE. Folsom Field tickets available HERE. Fenway Park tickets available HERE.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Kansas Returns

2016 will be a big year for Kansas as it mixes old and new. The band known for such classic songs as "Carry On, Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind" will join on the bandwagon of performing a landmark album in its entirety. For Kansas, it's Leftoverture, the 1976 LP that broke the band big across the country. Richard Williams of Kansas says touring for the 40th anniversary Leftoverture is something new for them. "It's the 40th anniversary of the album. We've never done an album in its entirety before, just like it was recorded -- from beginning to end in order, and all of that. With the new lineup, we're up to do anything. We're always reinventing ourselves in a way." There's also new to go along with the old. Kansas just finished its first album of new material since 2000. Richard Williams of Kansas says the 40th anniversary Leftoverture tour will coincide with their new album of original material. "We'll going to start doing that as the new album is released, also. So we'll be doing along with the Leftoverture tour, it's going to be a long show. We're going to be doing a lot of other stuff and we're also going to be doing a lot of the new album. So it's a celebration of the old, and a celebration of the new -- and everything in between." The Prelude Implicit, expected in September, will be the first to feature the voice -- and writing -- of current lead singer Ronnie Platt. Richard Williams of Kansas says the band's upcoming album fits in with their multi-generational appeal. "We've picked up a lot of younger fans, that's very exciting. This is Ronnie Platt's first album with us. And it's going to be great for Ronnie to have his own songs to sing -- very exiciting for him. The album came out fantastic. It's been 16 years since we've done a studio album and we have a lot to say. So, it was an amazing process and we're extremely proud of it. I think our Kansas fans are really going to love it." Before the official 40th anniversary celebration gets rolling, Kansas has a trio of New York-area shows this week. The first is Thursday night at Long Island, New York's NYCB Theater, when it shares a bill with Edgar Winter.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Carmine Appice Stick It

Imagine being in a well known band and your opening act is Led Zeppelin. The drummer walks up to you and says, "I've been inspired by you to play." The fringe benefits of being a success in music. Carmine Appice goes deep into detail in his new book Stick It My Life Of Sex Drums and Rock n Roll.

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Return of Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf says the title of his new album A Cure for Loneliness is a personal statement. Peter Wolf discusses his new album A Cure for Loneliness. "Music has been my constant cure... for loneliness. And so, it's a collection of just a lot of new songs I've written and some favorite roots songs that have been with me all my life." One of the standout cuts is a very different version of the J. Geils Band favorite "Love Stinks." At first, that wasn't a song he planned to include on the album. Peter Wolf on his reboot of the J Geils song "Love Stinks." "We were taping live and that was not planned. We were backstage fooling around. I think a little bit of Kentucky's finest -- everyone was having a little sip of this and that. And so on stage, I just called out, started singing 'Love Stinks,' and the band started following me. People enjoyed it so much, we decided to put it on the record. But it wasn't planned that way." Wolf is getting ready to head "north, west, east and south" on a tour that begins next Friday and extends into the summer. Expect his new material to be mixed with songs he made famous with The J. Geils Band. As Peter reminds us, "It's a large part of my life. We were together for 17 years." Peter Wolf previews his spring tour. "There are a lot of hip-shakin', uptempo, slamming things. We just do a lot of different textures. A broader bunch of things, but I still rock it out -- there's still a lot of blues-based things and raunchy things. So, it's different. And I also include some of my favorite Geils songs." That J. Geils history even includes a show where they actually shared a bill with the late, great Prince. Peter Wolf was a fan of Prince, even before he and The J. Geils Band were opening acts for a 1981 Rolling Stones show in L.A.. "I met him several times throughout the years, and he was also a guest on a bill that The J.Geils Band had played with The Rolling Stones out in California. I met him even before his first recordings came out. And so, I did not know him well, but one thing's for sure, I was and still am a very huge fan of his artistry, creativity and his work." Peter Wolf kicks off his tour April 29th at Infinity Hall in Hartford, Connecticut.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Roger Glover Endlessly Writes

Roger Glover from Deep Purple. Talking about the journey after being inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. He admits that he can't stop writing music. Even while with family his creative mind is generating lyrics. As for touring? He wonders what will happen when it's time to grow up.