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Prince Prepares Uninterrupted Eight-Minute Performance for Saturday Night Live

Monday, October 27th, 2014 by

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Warner Bros. RecordsEarlier this month came the news that Prince will serve as musical guest on an upcoming episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Now, he’s revealed what we can expect of his performance, which will air November 1.

Instead of doing two separate performances like most entertainers, the legendary singer will provide an eight-minute-long jam session with no commercial interruption during the middle of the show.

This will mark the third time that Prince has performed on Saturday Night Live; his previous appearances took place in 1981 and 2006.  The singer will be accompanied by his all-female backing group 3RDEYEGIRL, with whom he recorded PlectrumElectrumChris Rock will host.

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Gino Vannelli Talks New “Live in L.A.” DVD, Shares Plans for Next Album

Monday, October 27th, 2014 by

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Sono Recording GroupIn the fall of 2013, Gino Vannelli played his first concert in Los Angeles in more than 15 years, at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.  The show, which saw the eclectic Canadian-born singer/songwriter showcasing his classic pop-soul sound with accompaniment from a talented backing group, was captured for a DVD and CD titled Live in L.A. that was released earlier this year.

Speaking recently with ABC News Radio, Vannelli admitted that he initially felt “a little nervous” at the concert, because “a lot of my friends were there, a lot of people in the business that I hadn’t played in front of for almost two decades.”

He noted, however, that once the show got going, he was able to overcome the butterflies.

“You get into the material and you forget where you are,” Vannelli explained.  “You’re just concentrating on the song, on the lyrics, the band and things happen on stage.  You have your own world.”

Live in L.A. features material from throughout the 62-year-old artist’s long career and, not surprisingly, boasts renditions of his best-known songs — including the classic smooth-rock hits “I Just Wanna Stop” and “Living Inside Myself.”  It includes a guest appearance by former New York Yankees star Bernie Williams, who is an accomplished jazz guitarist.

“It’s a good cross-section of all the material I’ve written over the last 40 years,” Vannelli explained.  “And, a lot of it is, of course, modernized to 2014 sensibilities.”

Having said that, Gino pointed out that after having played his music in a wide variety of musical settings over the last few decades — including with orchestras, big bands, piano duo acts and solo — “coming back and doing all the material more or less the way it was recorded almost feels fresh.”

The DVD offers a number of bonus features, including interviews with several musical associates who worked closely with Vannelli or played an important role in his career.  Among these are A&M Records founder Herb Alpert, famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, former Yellowjackets guitarist Jimmy Haslip and Gino’s brother and frequent collaborator Joe Vannelli.

Gino told ABC News Radio that Live in L.A. will give fans a good idea of what to expect from his current concerts.  He has a number of upcoming North American dates lined up into the spring of next year, including a return engagement at the Saban Theatre on February 28.  Fans can purchase the DVD and CD now at SoNoRecordingGroup.com.

Meanwhile, Vannelli revealed that his next original project, which he plans to start recording in December, will be another stylistic departure for him.

“The new record is gonna be sort of a combination between Americana style with a little bit of jazz, a little bit of folk, a little bit of classical, but very, very bare bones,” he noted.  “Just acoustic guitar and maybe like a percussionist.”

Gino added, “The concentration will be on storytelling.  I’ve written, like, 30 new songs that have all kinds of stories that I’ve either imagined or…I’m retelling from experience that I’ve collected in the last three or four years.”

Here are all of Vannelli’s upcoming North American tour dates, according to his official website, GinoV.com:

11/8 — Henderson, NV, Green Valley Ranch Grand Events Center
12/3 — Chicago, IL, Copernicus Center
12/5 — Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
1/10/15 — West Palm Beach, FL, Kravis Center
2/27 — Palm Desert, CA, The McCallum Theatre
2/28 — Beverly Hills, CA, The Saban Theatre
4/17 — Montreal, Canada, Rialto Theatre
4/18 — Montreal, Canada, Rialto Theatre

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Yes to Release Live Video and Album Documenting Recent UK Concert

Monday, October 27th, 2014 by

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Frontiers Records SrlOn December 9, Yes will release a new concert CD/DVD package and Blu-ray capturing the legendary prog-rock band during its May 2014 tour of the U.K.  Like It Is — Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome features the group playing two of its classic albums in their entirety — 1971′s The Yes Album and 1977′s Going for the One.

Like It Is will be the first official live release to feature Yes’ current lineup — founding bassist Chris Squire, longtime guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and new singer Jon Davison.  Among the well-known tunes that were played at the show were “Wonderous Stories,” “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Starship Trooper” and “I’ve Seen All Good People.”

“Playing complete albums is a great way to hear the development of Yes music and relive the familiar transitions from one track to another,” says Howe.  “Going for the One is a wonderfully diverse set of songs, whilst The Yes Album contains the most ‘played live’ songs in the career of the band.”

Adds Downes, “These are two bodies of music that many of the most devout Yes fans wanted to hear in their entirety.  I believe our performance at the Bristol Hippodrome was among the most compelling of the entire tour.”

Like It Is will be available as a two-CD/DVD set, on Blu-ray and as a digital audio and video download.

Next up for Yes is a tour of New Zealand, Australia and Japan that will kick off with a November 10 show in Auckland, New Zealand.  As on the band’s U.S. summer trek, the upcoming outing will feature Yes performing 1971′s Fragile and 1972′s Close to the Edge albums, as well as tunes from its latest studio effort, Heaven & Earth.

Here is the track list for the Like It Is CDs and DVD:

“Going for the One”
“Turn of the Century”
“Wonderous Stories”
“Yours Is No Disgrace”
“Starship Trooper”
“I’ve Seen All Good People”
“A Venture”
“Perpetual Change”

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Doors, Toto, Vanilla Fudge Members Featured in Film Marking 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Monday, October 27th, 2014 by

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Lightyear EntertainmentThe DoorsRobby Krieger, Toto‘s David Paich and members of Vanilla Fudge are among the music stars featured in a new documentary called Rockin’ the Wall, which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The film, which was directed by Larry Schweikart, focuses on the influence that rock music had in inspiring the anti-communist revolution that occurred in the former Soviet Union.   The movie was based on Schweikart’s 2011 book Seven Events That Made America America.

The documentary soundtrack features a mix of original songs and newly performed cover tunes, including renditions of The Temptations‘ “Ball of Confusion,” The Rascals‘ “People Got to Be Free” and the blues classic “Train Kept a Rollin’.”  The original music in the flick was composed by Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein, ex-Rare Earth singer Peter Rivera and veteran funk-rock act Mother’s Finest.  Other musicians featured in the film include Quiet Riot‘s Rudy Sarzo and Jimmy Haslip, a founding member of the jazz-fusion group The Yellowjackets.

A screening tour of Rockin’ the Wall that kicked off in September is visiting theaters in various cities around the U.S. The trek is plotted out through a November 20 event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, although more screenings may be announced soon.  In addition, the movie will be released as a DVD and will premiere on video-on-demand services on November 4.  For more information visit, RockintheWallStudios.com.

Here’s the list of confirmed screenings for Rockin’ the Wall:

10/30 — Eureka, IL, Eureka College
11/4 — Tacoma, WA, University of Washington
11/6 — Los Angeles, CA, Luxe Hotel Sunset
11/7 — Mesa, AZ, Seton High School
11/8 — Chandler, AZ, Chandler Center for the Arts
11/9 — Scottsdale, AZ, Shea Harkins Theater
11/14 — Fulton, MO, Churchill Museum/Westminster College
11/20 — Grand Rapids, MI, Acton Institute

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Carlos Santana to Publish Memoir, “The Universal Tone,” on November 4

Monday, October 27th, 2014 by

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Little, Brown and CompanyCarlos Santana will join the swelling ranks of famous rockers who’ve published autobiographies when his own memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light, is released on November 4. 

The book takes an intimate look at Santana’s life, from his childhood in Mexico and his early days playing music in Tijuana strip clubs to his emergence as a pioneer of Latin rock and psychedelia to his late-career success with the Supernatural album and beyond.

In The Universal Tone, which was co-written with Ashley Kahn and Hal Miller, Carlos also delves into how he developed his trademark guitar sound, shares his recollections of performing at Woodstock and pays tribute to the musicians who inspired and influenced him, including Miles Davis, John Coltrane and John Lee Hooker.  In addition, Santana discusses his lifelong spiritual journey, which was informed by his Catholic upbringing and his fascination with Eastern philosophies and various mystical teachings.

Carlos has scheduled a few special events to promote The Universal Tone.  On the day the book is published, November 4, he’ll make an in-store signing appearance at a Barnes & Noble in his current hometown of Las Vegas.  Santana also will take part in separate Q&A events on December 3 in San Francisco and December 4 in San Rafael, California.  The first interview will be conducted by famed Rolling Stone journalist Ben Fong-Torres and the second will feature Carlos in conversation with actor Peter Coyote.

Here are more details about Santana’s book promo events:

11/4 — Las Vegas, NV, Barnes & Noble (Rainbow Promenade, at 12:30 p.m. PT)
12/3 — San Francisco, CA, Castro Theatre (at 7:30 p.m. PT)
12/4 — San Rafael, CA, Dominican University (at 7:30 p.m. PT)

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U2 Says “Songs of Innocence” First in a Trilogy of Albums

Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Interscope RecordsIt took a while for U2 to finish off their latest album, Songs of Innocence, but it doesn’t seem like we’ll have to wait as long for a follow-up

Bono tells Rolling Stone in a new cover story that the band has planned a follow-up to Songs of Innocence, entitled Songs of Experience, which he hopes will be released in the next 18 months.

“We’re hoping Songs of Experience will be less about intimacy,” adds bassist Adam Clayton. “And more about a celebration of sorts.”

In addition, Bono says that Songs of Ascent, which was originally announced in 2009 as a follow up to No Line on the Horizon, will also be released, forming a trilogy of sorts with Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience.

Songs of Ascent will come,” he says. “And there are some beautiful songs.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Bono admits that he once had an argument with late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that included the words “go f**k yourself.”  “I had a tantrum, like a child,” the singer says, adding that he ultimately reconciled with the technology pioneer before his death.

“I had a tantrum, like a child,” Bono says, adding that he ultimately reconciled with Jobs before Jobs’ death.

You can read the entire interview in the October 24 issue of Rolling Stone.

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Sting’s Broadway Musical “The Last Ship” Officially Opens Sunday Night

Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageLast year, Sting released a new album The Last Ship, made up of songs from a Broadway musical he was writing.  On Sunday night, that musical has its official opening at New York’s George Gershwin theater.

The Last Ship is set in the northern England shipbuilding town of Wallsend, which is where, not coincidentally, Sting himself grew up.  Speaking to reporters earlier this year about the project, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said that when he was a kid, “I was terrified of ending up in the shipyard.  It was a very dangerous place to work.  But I sought another route in life.  I became a musician.”

“It wasn’t a particularly pleasant childhood, and yet I’m drawn back there to try and find answers,” he said, explaining why he’s revisiting this now.  Or, as he told Playbill, “I needed to pay a debt to my community, and this play is a way of doing that.”

The Last Ship is about a man named Gideon, who leaves Wallsend to travel the world.  When he comes home 15 years later, he finds the shipyard’s future — and therefore the future of the whole town — in danger, until the men of the town decide to band together and take matters into their own hands. 

Sting says the plot was partially inspired by two things: a New York Times article about unemployed shipbuilders in Poland who were encouraged by a priest to build a ship on their own in an abandoned factory; and an incident in Scotland in the early ’70s where shipbuilders refused to accept the government’s plan to close down their shipyard.  Instead, they occupied it and continued to work for nine months.

“It’s about the importance of work, about the dignity of work,” Sting told reporters earlier this year.  “It’s about how sometimes abstract economic theories do not favor community, and yet without community, there is no economics, in my opinion.  So it’s really about a lot of important issues at this time.”

While many rock and pop stars have tried their hand at Broadway musicals, some more successfully than others, Sting says he’s not afraid that The Last Ship will flop.

“I’m not afraid of failure.  I’m not sure how you define failure, but I’m here for the process,” he told reporters. “And I’ve learned a great deal by writing these songs and collaborating with these wonderful people.  So it’s already been a success in that way.” 

“You know, my growth as an artist, if you like, has been helped by this process,” he adds. “Whether it succeeds or not, you know, it’s in the hands of the gods, and we can only do our best.”

Visit TheLastShip.com to find out how to get tickets for the show.

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Carlos Santana & Son Playing National Anthem at Tonight’s World Series Game

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by

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Maryanne Bilham/RCA RecordsJust a reminder that Carlos Santana will be playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” tonight before Game Four of the 2014 World Series between his hometown San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.  The guitar legend will perform an instrumental version of the national anthem accompanied by his son Salvador.

The game, which will take place at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, will air on Fox starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, Santana’s latest studio effort, Corazon, his first Spanish-language album, recently picked up a 2014 Latin Grammy Award nomination in the Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album category.  In addition, the guitarist’s Corazón: Live from Mexico — Live It to Believe It concert documentary received a nod for the Best Long Form Music Video.  This year’s ceremony will be held on November 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Area in Las Vegas, and will be broadcast live on the Univision Network at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

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Faces Keyboardist Ian McLagan to Perform at Select Dates on Nick Lowe’s Holiday Tour

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by

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Jim Chapin; Dan Burn-FortiIt looks like Ian McLagan will be a very busy musician for the rest of the year.  The famed Faces and Small Faces keyboardist, who currently is out on a U.S. headlining tour in support of his latest solo album, United States, has been tapped to be a support act for most of the shows on Nick Lowe‘s forthcoming holiday trek.

Lowe’s outing will promote the veteran singer/songwriter’s 2013 Christmas album, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family.  The 13-date stateside tour is scheduled to run from a December 3 show Minneapolis through a December 20 concert in Brooklyn, New York.  The gigs will feature Lowe playing a mix of his classic songs alongside various holiday-themed tunes.

So far, McLagan is only confirmed to appear at five of the announced shows, but is expected to join the bill at more stops.  Meanwhile, Ian has eight upcoming concerts of his own. His itinerary runs from a show Saturday night in New Haven, Connecticut, through a November 20 visit to The Woodlands, Texas.  At all of these dates, McLagan will be accompanied by bassist Jon Notarthomas of his longtime backing group The Bump Band.

Here are McLagan’s upcoming headlining dates:

10/25 — New Haven, CT, Cafe Nine
10/27 — Lexington, KY, Woodsongs Radio Hour
10/29 — Newport, KY, Southgate House Revival – Sanctuary
10/30 — Berwyn, IL, Fitzgerald’s Nightclub
10/31 — Des Moines, IA, Vaudeville Mews
11/1 — Oklahoma City, OK, The Blue Door
11/20 — The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe

Here are Nick Lowe’s holiday concerts:

12/3 — Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
*12/4 — Madison, WI, Barrymore Theater
12/6 — Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music
12/7 — Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music
*12/9 — Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark
*12/10 — Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
12/12 — Alexandria, VA, Birchmere Music Hall
12/13 — Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Theater
12/14 — New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
12/16 — Boston, MA, Paradise
*12/17 — Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
*12/19 — Albany, NY, Swyer Theater at The Egg
12/20 — Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg

* = McLagan also confirmed to perform.

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Chaka Khan Performs Tribute to Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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PAUL BERGEN/AFP/Getty ImagesChaka Khan will perform a tribute to the founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White,  tonight during the 13th annual “A Great Night in Harlem” at the Apollo Theater in New York City. The event is a fundraiser for Quincy Jones’ Jazz Foundation of America which assists needy musicians around the country.

White’s brother, Earth, Wind & Fire bass player Verdine White, will participate in the tribute along with Questlove from The Roots and Ray Parker Jr.  EW&F released its first Christmas album, Holiday, on Tuesday.

Jones will also present the foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award to jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.

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