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The Who Gives a Behind-the-Scenes Look into World Tour

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by

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AEG LiveFans clamoring for a sneak peek of the forthcoming The Who Hits 50! tour can take a look at a new video released by the band.

The video gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the group’s  tour launch, including Pete Townsend showing off his famed windmill moves, Roger Daltrey whipping the mic into a frenzy, and a tight performance of “Who Are You.”  An added bonus is a quick glimpse of a typed set list which includes the songs “Squeeze Box,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Eminence Front,” “Magic Bus” and “Baba O’Riley.” The tour kicked off on November 30 at at the Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

The tour will kick off its spring run April 15 in Tampa, Florida, and include 20 stops throughout the East before wrapping May 30 in Forest Hills, New York.  The fall leg will launch September 14 in San Diego, California, and continue with dates throughout the U.S. and across Canada before concluding November 4 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The band will performing many of the songs from the just released Who Hits 50! collection.

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Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition of Moody Blues’ Debut Album to Be Released in US Soon

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by

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Esoteric RecordingsA deluxe, expanded version of The Moody Blues‘ debut album, The Magnificent Moodies, was released recently in the U.K. and, according to Amazon, is expected to hit stores in the U.S. in January.  The remastered collection, which is available in single-disc and two-CD editions, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the album’s release.

Issued in July 1965, The Magnificent Moodies was the only studio effort put out by the band’s original lineup, which included future Wings singer/guitarist Denny Laine and three longtime Moody Blues members, keyboardist Mike Pinder, singer/flutist Ray Thomas and drummer Graeme Edge.  The album yielded one big U.S. hit, “Go Now,” which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It also topped the U.K. singles chart.

The two-CD version of The Magnificent Moodies reissue, contains the original album’s 12 tracks and a wide variety of bonus tracks, including 29 previously unreleased recordings.  Among the extra tracks are singles, B-sides, songs from several BBC sessions the band did in 1965 and recordings made in 1966 that had been intended for the group’s second album.  The deluxe edition comes packaged in a clamshell box, and includes an illustrated booklet offering rare photos and a new essay, plus three promotional postcards and a poster.

The Moody Blues started out as an R&B outfit, but after Laine exited the group in late 1966, it re-formed with new members Justin Hayward and John Lodge and began exploring the progressive sound familiar to most fans of the band today.

Here is the full track list of the two-CD version of The Magnificent Moodies reissue:

Disc One:

“I’ll Go Crazy”
“Something You Got”
“Go Now”
“Can’t Nobody Love You”
“I Don’t Mind”
“I’ve Got a Dream”
“Let Me Go”
“Thank You Baby”
“It Ain’t Necessarily So”
“True Story”
“Bye Bye Bird”

Bonus Tracks:
“Lose Your Money (But Don’t Lose Your Mind)”
“Steal Your Heart Away”
“Go Now!” (First Version) (Previously Unreleased)
“It’s Easy Child”
“I Don’t Want to Go On Without You”
“Time Is on My Side”
“From the Bottom of My Heart (I Love You)”
“And My Baby’s Gone”
“You Don’t (All the Time)”
“Boulevard de Madeleine”
“This Is My House (But Nobody Calls)”
“People Gotta Go”
“Life’s Not Life”
“He Can Win”

Disc Two: Previously Unreleased Sessions 1964–1966

The July 1964 Olympic Studios Sessions:
“Go Now!” (Second Version)
“Lose Your Money (But Don’t Lose Your Mind)” (Early Version)
“Steal Your Heart Away” (First Version)
“I’ll Go Crazy” (First Version)
“You Better Move On”
“Can’t Nobody Love You” (First Version)
“23rd Psalm”

“Saturday Club” Session – BBC Light Programme, April 12, 1965:
“Go Now”
“I Don’t Want to Go On Without You”
“I’ll Go Crazy”

“Saturday Club” Session – BBC Light Programme, May 3, 1965:
“From the Bottom of My Heart (I Love You)”
“Jump Back”

“Saturday Club” Session – BBC Light Programme, June 1, 1965:
“I’ve Got a Dream”
“And My Baby’s Gone”

“Saturday Club” Session – BBC Light Programme, September 21, 1965:
“It’s Easy Child”

“Saturday Club” Session – BBC Light Programme, November 9, 1965:
“You Don’t (All the Time)”
“I Want You to Know”

The 1966 Denny Cordell Sessions:
“Sad Song”
“This Is My House but Nobody Calls” (First Version)
“How Can We Hang On to a Dream” (First Version)
“How Can We Hang On to a Dream” (Remake)
“Jago & Jilly”
“We’re Broken”
“I Really Haven’t Got the Time” (September 1966 Version)
“Red Wine”
“This Is My House but Nobody Calls” (Stereo Mix)

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Melissa Etheridge to Film Friday Concert for Upcoming DVD, TV Special

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by

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ABC/Lou RoccoMelissa Etheridge plans to film her concert in Los Angeles this Friday for an upcoming TV special and DVD release.

The show, at L.A.’s historic Orpheum Theatre, will appear on AXS TV in May, and will arrive on DVD in the spring.  The show itself is part of Etheridge’s current tour for her most recent album, This Is M.E., during which she plans to perform four “surprise” songs — ones she hasn’t yet included in her live set this time around — to serve as bonus tracks for the DVD release.

Melissa also will be joined onstage during the show by the folk group Delta Rae, for two numbers.

The Friday show is the final one of Etheridge’s tour, but you can see her again February 5, when she’ll be one of the performers on the bill of Lean On Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy, a special concert staged by the Grammy Foundation.  Joining her will be Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper, Robin Thicke and Aloe Blacc.

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Brian Wilson to Showcase New Songs & Perform with Special Guests at Las Vegas Concert on Friday

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by

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Credit: James Minchin IIIBrian Wilson will play a special concert this Friday at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas that will feature a variety of musical guests and will be taped for a special scheduled to air in 2015 on public television and the AXS TV channel. 

The Beach Boys mastermind will be joined at the event by his longtime band mate Al Jardine, former Beach Boys sidemen Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar, fun. singer Nate Ruess, acclaimed jazz trumpet player/composer Mark Isham and Sebu Simonian of the Los Angeles indie-pop act Capital Cities, among others.

The show will feature performances of songs from Wilson’s upcoming solo album, titled No Pier Pressure, as well as classic Beach Boys tunes and other selections from his solo catalog.  Wilson recently posted a photo of No Pier Pressure‘s cover art on his Twitter feed, and revealed that the album will be released in early 2015.

You can check out a brief video of Brian rehearsing for Friday’s concert by visiting his official Facebook page.  The clip show’s Wilson singing “Summer’s Gone,” the last song on The Beach Boys’ 2012 reunion album, That’s Why God Made the Radio.

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The Eagles Soar on “Forbes” Magazine’s 2014 List of Highest-Paid Musicians

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by

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Credit: James GladerThe Eagles are among the artists that are flying high on the new Forbes list, the World’s Highest Paid Musicians of 2014.  The veteran band is perched at #3 on the tally with earnings of a whopping $100 million, thanks to last year’s History of the Eagles tour.

The list is based on earnings between June 2013 and June 2014, taking into account tour receipts, record sales, merchandise sales, endorsement deals and other income.

Finishing in fourth place behind the Eagles is Bon Jovi, which brought in $82 million, thanks to its huge Because We Can tour.  Another New Jersey rock act, Bruce Springsteen, lands at #5 after his latest tour earned him an estimated $4 million per night.  Also making it into the top 10 was Paul McCartney, who came in at #8 while raking in $3.5 million per show.  Sir Paul, who is 72, also is the oldest musician appearing in the top 10 of Forbes‘ tally.

Other veteran artists on the list include The Rolling Stones, at #19 with $47 million in earnings; Roger Waters at #20 with $46 million; and Elton John at #21 with $45 million.

Who’s #1 on the list?  Rapper and music mogul Dr. Dre, who earned $620 million — the biggest single-year payday of any musician in history, according to Forbes — when Apple purchased Beats by Dr. Dre, the company he helped found, for $3 billion.

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Ann Wilson Says She’d Tour with Led Zeppelin’s Members “If Heart Was Not Active”

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by

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Credit: Norman SeeffRock fans know that Ann Wilson is one singer who can do a Led Zeppelin song justice.  With that in mind, and with Robert Plant declaring that he has no interest in a reunion of his old band, Classic Rock Revisited asked the Heart frontwoman if she would consider stepping in to tour with the remaining Zeppelin members if she were asked.

“I don’t know.  Hypothetically, if they ever needed a lead singer and Heart was not active at the moment then, sure, I would,” she admitted.  “I would go and play with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones any day of the week.”

Of course, a couple of years ago, Ann famously delivered a killer version of “Stairway to Heaven” in the presence of the surviving Led Zeppelin members as part of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony.

“That was one of the most unforgettable nights of my life,” she declared.  “Man, it was amazing.  Zeppelin was there as was the president and Michelle ObamaBonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, David Letterman…it just doesn’t stop who was there that night.  It was really an amazing experience; a life changer.”

She added that after the performance “there was a feeling of awe.  We were like, ‘What just happened?'”

Ann also performs “Stairway to Heaven” on the new Heart & Friends — Home for the Holidays concert video.  The release, which is available as a CD/DVD set, a Blu-ray and digital video, documents a star-studded December 2013 show she and her sister Nancy hosted in their hometown of Seattle.  The event included guest appearances by Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx, Shawn Colvin and Train‘s Pat Monahan, and featured a mix of Heart classics, lesser-known holiday tunes and select cover songs.

The Heart singer explained to Classic Rock Revisited that the whole point of Home for the Holidays was “not to make another collection of standards like ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Silver Bells’ and all of that stuff.  We wanted to have something that had a tad more outreach in terms of, ‘What does this mean?  Why do we celebrate this time of year?'”

Looking ahead to 2015, Ann said that Heart is planning to do plenty of touring, while revealing that “Nancy and I have begun work on a new EP of all new songs that we’re writing” and that there’s “also a documentary in the works.”

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Jimmy Page Honored as “GQ” Magazine’s Rock God of the Year

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by

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Marco Grob/GQRobert Plant may have once famously declared himself a “golden god,” but it’s his Led Zeppelin band mate Jimmy Page who’s been named Rock God of the Year as part of GQ magazine’s latest annual Men of the Year list.  The guitar hero took part in an in-depth interview in conjunction with the honor, sharing his thoughts about Plant’s aversion to a Led Zeppelin reunion, addressing rumors about his alleged drug problems during the ’70s, and much more.

With regard to Plant’s recent comments in the press declaring his adamant disinterest in playing with his old Zeppelin band mates again, Page noted, “Sometimes I raise my eyebrows at the things he says, but that’s all I can say about it.  I don’t make a point to read what he says about Zeppelin.  But people will read me things he has said, and I will usually say, ‘Are you sure you’re quoting him correctly?’  It’s always a little surprising.  But I can’t answer for him.”

Referencing Robert’s focus on his new musical project, Jimmy added, “I have a respect for the work of everyone in the band.  I can’t be dismissive of the work we did together.  I sort of know what he’s doing.  But I don’t fully understand it.”

As for whether he feels personally offended by Plant’s statements about not wanting to dwell on Zeppelin’s past achievements, Page said, “No.  It doesn’t matter.  There is no point in getting down to that level.  I’m not going to send him messages through the press.”

The 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also was asked about his alleged struggle with heroin during the late 1970s and whether it affected his work with Led Zeppelin.

“How do you know I had a heroin problem?  You don’t know what I had or what I didn’t have,” Page responded.  “All I will say is this: my responsibilities to the music did not change.  I didn’t drop out or quit working.  I was there, just as much as anyone else was.”

Page also revealed a couple of his proudest achievements as a professional musician, one of which was the first gold record he received as a member of Led Zeppelin.  “I remember the day that came in, and I knew what that meant, especially in America,” he noted.

The other major achievement Page cited are performing with U.K. pop singer Leona Lewis during the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.  “I knew that was going to beam out over the whole planet, and I loved working with Leona Lewis, who I think is astonishing,” explained Page.  “And it was a full version of ‘Whole Lotta Love.'”

You can read the entire interview with Page at

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Carlos Santana Interviewed by and Jams with Wyclef Jean in New Online Video Series

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Bang & OlufsenCarlos Santana shares some of his musical insights and jams a bit with award-winning singer/rapper Wyclef Jean in a new installment of The Living Room Tour, an online video series from Danish audio-equipment manufacturer Bang & Olufsen.  The first segment of Jean’s recently filmed interview and performance with Santana debuted Tuesday at and the company’s YouTube channel.

In the first episode, Wyclef asks Carlos if he can explain where his guitar sound comes from and, not surprisingly, the legendary rocker gives an answer with a very spiritual slant.

“Everything comes from God and everything returns to God.  We are just like a host,” says Santana.  “People are flowers, music is the water, we’re a hose and anyone who gets in the way gets in the way.”

Carlos then plays some slow bluesy licks on his guitar and talks about how he respects the authenticity of the music played by such greats as John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed.

“I adore this music,” Santana declares.  “And so to play guitar from something that you love is not fabricating or making something artificial, superficial, disposable sound bite.  We want to do completely memorable.”

As the clip ends, Santana and Wyclef are shown playing a version of “Divine Sorrow,” a new song Jean recorded recently with Swedish DJ/producer Avicii.

Additional episodes of The Living Room Tour starring Santana and Jean will premiere online throughout December and January.  Carlos and Wyclef have collaborated several times over the years, most famously on the chart-topping Supernatural track “Maria Maria.”

The first installment of The Living Room Tour debuted in 2013, and featured Paul McCartney discussing his most recent studio album, NEW.

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Surviving Doors Members Say New “Feast of Friends” DVD Shows Jim Morrison Being “a Normal Person”

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe Doors dipped back into their archives recently to put together a new home video titled Feast of Friends.  The release, which is available now on DVD and Blu-ray, contains footage from the never-completed movie of the same name focusing on and filmed by the band during 1968, as well as the 1968 British television special The Doors Are Open.  The group’s surviving members say that one of the things they like best about the film is that it gives fans a chance to get to see the real Jim Morrison.

“I like that you can see Jim’s humor,” Doors drummer John Densmore tells ABC News Radio, “and he’s sort of happy and not always the tortured artist.”

Doors guitarist Robby Krieger agrees. “You really see Jim more or less as a normal person, instead of, like, the Oliver Stone version of, you know, the crazy guy being messed up at all hours of every day,” he says. “You see that he’s really a bright young guy.”

Feast of Friends was intended to be a cinéma vérité-style film capturing the group on stage and behind the scenes during its ’68 North American tour.

“The idea was to make an actual film for the theaters, but we never quite finished it,” Krieger says. “We only had about 45 minutes worth [of footage] and then we kind of got bored with it.”

Robby adds that some of the footage wound up in various Doors videos over the years, but many fans were interested in seeing the whole thing, so “we got a hold of all of the outtakes and put them all together along with The Doors Are Open.”

For the new video, the main Feast of Friends footage was assembled into a cohesive film, while the outtakes were gathered in a bonus feature dubbed Feast of Friends: Encore.  All of the footage, including The Doors Are Open, has been restored with regard to image quality and audio.

One Feast of Friends highlight for Densmore is a clip of the band members and some of their friends on a sailboat off the coast of Honolulu.

“I [like that] sequence because, you know, Ray [Manzarek] and Jim are not with us [anymore].  They’re over there.  They broke on through to the other side,” explains John.  “And so it’s touching and a little sad for me to see that.  And grief is a good thing.  So, I’m pleased to watch that.”

In addition, both Krieger and Densmore agree that The Doors Are Open, which includes scenes from a concert the band played at London’s Roundhouse venue, offers the best live Doors footage ever filmed.

The Feast of Friends video also includes a bonus clip from a 1967 appearance The Doors made on a Toronto television show that Densmore says he enjoys watching.

“We’re on this pop show doing ‘The End,’ which is a dark song,” he points out.  “And it’s kind of an amusing document.  Interesting.  I like it.  We’re all young and scaring the crap out of all the disco dancers.”

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Graham Nash Lines Up January Tour Dates in Florida

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by

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Credit: Eleanor StillsGraham Nash is planning to kick off the new year with a string of six solo concerts in Florida.

The folk-rock great’s Sunshine State outing gets under way January 12 in Clearwater and concludes with a January 18 appearance at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach.  The fest, which run from January 16 to the 18th, also will feature performances by Leon Russell, Indigo Girls, Pure Prairie League‘s Craig Fuller, Poco‘s Rusty Young, Shawn Mullins, Toad the Wet Sprocket‘s Glen Phillips and dozens of others artists.

Advance tickets to Nash’s upcoming shows, including special benefit seats that will raise money for charity, are available now at Graham’s official website.  Nash also will be donating $1 per ticket sold to charity.

In other Nash news, an exhibition of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s photography at a Rutherford, California, art gallery has been extended.  “My Life Through My Lens, Photographs by Graham Nash” will now run through April 2015 at the Fine Art Photography Gallery at the Mumm Napa winery.

Here are all of Nash’s upcoming solo tour dates:

1/12/15 — Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
1/13 — Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
1/14 — Lakeland, FL, Polk Theatre
1/16 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
1/17 — Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
1/18 — Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Gulf Place Amphitheater

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