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Gregg Allman Says He’d Like to Jam with Dickey Betts Again

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 by

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Credit: Danny ClinchFounding Allman Brothers Band singer/guitarist Dickey Betts had an acrimonious split with the group in 2000, but with the band calling it quits last year, frontman Gregg Allman now says he’d like to mend fences with his old collaborator.

“Time heals,” Allman tells The Wall Street Journal.  “I haven’t seen him in a very long time and would be very open to it.  In fact, I would love to play with him again.”

Gregg, who has been focusing on his solo band since The Allman Brothers played their farewell shows in October 2014, clarifies that he isn’t interested in a full-fledged reunion with Betts, but he would like to jam with him again.

“I love my band and I’m pretty set for guitar players, but I’d love to see Betts,” he explains.  “We had our ups and down and all our demons.  We had our problems, our ins and outs and our public embarrassments on both sides.  But that’s all way behind us now.  There’s nothing at all wrong with forgive and forget.”

Allman has a bunch of upcoming U.S. tour dates lined up with his Gregg Allman Band, including a series of joint shows with The Doobie Brothers.  He tells The Wall Street Journal that his backing group actually is more focused on playing music than The Allman Brothers Band was.

“The Allman Brothers never had a leader or focal point after my brother died.  One who says, ‘Guys, get on your instruments, we’re rehearsing now,” he maintains.  “I won’t do anything for more than five hours anymore because I get tired and don’t trust my brain, but in that time my [solo] band can learn eight songs.  With the Brothers, we’d sit around, shoot the s***, eat a little food, smoke a doobie, talk about our families…I want to play when we get together!”

Next Friday, August 7, Gregg will release a new two-CD/DVD set called Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA documenting a concert he and his band played in January 2014 of last year at the historic Grand Opera House in Macon, Georgia.  Among the tunes Allman performed at the show were Allman Brothers classics like “Statesboro Blues,” “Melissa,” “Midnight Rider,” “Whipping Post” and “One Way Out,” as well as his solo hit “I’m No Angel.”

Allman also is looking ahead to his next solo album, which he says he’s planning to record with his band and producer Don Was this winter in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  He tells The Wall Street Journal that he and the group currently are “sussing out tunes” for the project.

Here are all of Allman’s upcoming 2015 U.S. tour dates, according to Pollstar:

7/31 — Bridgeport, CT, Gathering of the Vibes – Seaside Park
8/13 — Scranton, PA, The Peach Music Festival
8/18 — Portland, ME, Maine State Pier
8/19 — Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*
8/21 — Canandaigua, NY, CMAC*
8/22 — Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Meadowbrook*
8/25 — Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
8/26 — Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
8/28 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center *
8/29 — Wantagh, NY, Laidback Festival – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater*
8/30 — Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa*
9/1 — Cary, NC, Koka Booth Amphitheater*
9/2 — Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion*
9/4 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
9/5 — Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
9/20 — Telluride, CO, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival – Telluride Town Park
9/24 — Los Angeles, CA , Skirball Cultural Center
10/3 — Stateline, NV, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
10/4 — Sonoma, CA, Sonoma Music Festival – Field of Dreams Park
10/6 — Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
10/7 — Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
10/9 — Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater
10/13 — Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
10/14 — Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
10/18 — St. Louis, MO, The Venue – River City Casino
10/30 — New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino – Silver Creek Event Center

* = with The Doobie Brothers.

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Paul McCartney Rocks Lollapalooza

Saturday, August 1st, 2015 by

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C Flanigan/FilmMagicAlternative rockers, hip hop, and emo performers bowed down to Sir Paul McCartney on night one of Lollapalooza.

A sea of tens of thousands of fans spread across Grant Park in front of the stage as McCartney played a more than two-hour-long set, pounding out more than 30 songs on both guitar and piano.  The songs spanned the 73-year-old’s entire career from the Beatles, to Wings, to a performance of his latest hit, the Rihanna/Kanye West collaboration “Four Five Seconds”.

He briefly paused between songs to tell stories of Jimi Hendrix and playing in Soviet Russia, and dedicatated his performance of “Here Today” to former band mate John Lennon. He brought out Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard to help him perform “Get Back”.  Alabama Shakes had performed earlier in the day. Fireworks and flames lit the stage during McCartney’s performance of “Live and Let Die,” and fireworks also burst from the stage and into the full-mooned sky as he closed out the show promptly at 10 p.m. CT.

The Friday headliner brought out not just the young music fans this year, but old as well.   Lollapalooza founder and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell said it was all McCartney’s idea to perform. “You don’t get Paul McCartney to do anything he doesn’t want to do.  This was his wish.”

Farrell said McCartney’s performance during the three day concert series along the lakefront just diversifies the crowd even more.  It’s a trend he’s been noticing over the last few years even before McCartney was announced. 

“We were able to accomplish something that is extremely rare, and that is we were able to span the generations, and bring everyone else together collectively.  Where else do you do that?” he noted.  “You can be standing by an 18-year-old.  You can be standing by a nine-year-old. You can be standing near a 40-year-old.  It’s really special.”  

Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected for the sold out weekend showcase in Chicago’s Grant Park along the lakefront.   Other headliners this weekend include Metallica and Florence and the Machine.  

Here is McCartney’s setlist:

“Magical Mystery Tour”
“Save Us”
“Got to Get You Into My Life”
“Let Me Roll It”
“Foxy Lady”
“My Valentine”
“Maybe I’m Amazed”
“I’ve Just Seen a Face”
“Four Five Seconds”/”We Can Work It Out”
“And I Love Her”
“Here Today”
“Queenie Eye”
“Lady Madonna”
“Eleanor Rigby”
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”
“Ob La Di Ob La Da”
“Band on the Run”
“Back in the U.S.S.R.”
“Let it Be”
“Live and Let Die”
“Hey Jude”
“Hi Hi Hi”
“Can’t Buy Me Love”
“Get Back”
“Helter Skelter”
“Carry That Weight”

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Watch David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett & Others Performing Grateful Dead’s “Ripple” in Support of Music Education

Saturday, August 1st, 2015 by

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Django Crosby; Julie SkarrattDavid Crosby, Jimmy Buffett and Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann are among the musicians who have contributed to a new version of the Dead song “Ripple” as part of a campaign supporting music-education programs for children around the world.  The initiative, called the #RippleEffect, is a social media art project launched jointly by The Jerry Garcia Foundation and The Playing for Change Foundation, and timed to coincide with what would have been the late Grateful Dead frontman’s 73rd birthday on August 1.

The project urges people across the globe to create a visual “ripple effect” by sharing positive messages and stories of kindness and gratitude using videos, photos and artwork and circulating them on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To help promote the campaign, as well as celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Grateful Dead, a video featuring clips of a variety of musicians performing “Ripple” in different locations around the world was created and can be viewed now at the Playing for Change YouTube channel.  In addition to featuring Crosby, Buffett and Kreutzmann, the video includes Los LobosDavid Hidalgo and Garcia’s daughter Keelin, who is a co-founder of The Jerry Garcia Foundation.

Select submissions to the #RippleEffect campaign will be included in a video compilation that will be released on September 19, this year’s Playing for Change Day.  The special day, which was launched by the Playing for Change Foundation, features musicians performing at various events held around the world to support the organization’s goal of bringing music education to underserved children.

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Smokey Robinson to Be Saluted During Rock Hall’s 2015 Music Masters Series in November

Friday, July 31st, 2015 by

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Courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and MuseumSmokey Robinson has been chosen as the honoree for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s 20th annual Music Masters series.  The Motown legend will be celebrated during a six-day extravaganza running from November 2 to November 7 and culminating with a star-studded tribute concert held at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theater in Cleveland.

The tribute show’s lineup and more details about the event will be revealed in the coming weeks.  Robinson is confirmed to attend the concert but currently is not scheduled to sing.  Tickets will go on sale on September 18 at 11 a.m. local time at PlayhouseSquare.org.  Limited premium seats and VIP packages can be purchased by contacting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s development office at 216-515-1201216-515-1201.

Besides the concert, the Music Masters series event will feature interviews, movies, panel discussions and presentations about Robinson, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.  In addition, a keynote lecture will be held at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University, which co-hosts the series.  Also, a November 7 conference examining Smokey’s influence and impact on pop music will take place at the Rock Hall.

“Smokey Robinson’s accomplishments as a songwriter, performer, and producer are unparalleled.  It is particularly fitting that we honor him this year, the 20th year of Music Masters,” says Rock Hall executive Dr. Lauren Onkey.  “The longstanding popularity and impact of his work shows us the power of popular music in our lives, which is what Music Masters is all about.”

More details about Robinson’s Annual Music Masters series festivities will be available soon at RockHall.com.

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The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Mickey Hart Join 2015 Lockn’ Festival Lineup

Friday, July 31st, 2015 by

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicFresh from The Grateful Dead‘s farewell concerts in Chicago of July 4th weekend, two of the band’s core members — singer/guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Mickey Harthave just been added to the lineup of the 2015 Lockn’ Music Festival.  With founding Dead bassist Phil Lesh and drummer Bill Kreutzmann already scheduled to perform at the festival, that means all four main surviving members of the group will take part in the four-day event, scheduled for September 10-13 in Arrington, Virginia.

Weir will serve as the “Featured Guest of the Day” on September 12, and will join various artists for onstage collaborations during that day.  Hart will give a main-stage performance with the Colorado electronic act EOTO on September 10, and will curate what is described as a “deep rhythm experience” at the Lockn’ fest’s forest stage on the next two nights.  The latter two performances will be multisensory late-night presentations featuring sounds, lights and vibrations.

Meanwhile, Lesh and Kreutzmann are both scheduled perform on two separate days.  Lesh will play sets on September 11 and 12 with two separate the versions of his Phil Lesh & Friends collective: the first featuring ex-Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson and members of the singer’s current band; and the second including Carlos Santana and Warren Haynes.  Kreutzmann will play with his current side group Billy & the Kids on September 10, and will participate in a 50th anniversary tribute to the Jefferson Airplane led by founding Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady on September 11.

“After the magic of the ‘Fare Thee Well’ shows, we knew we had to figure out how to have Bobby and Mickey at Lockn’,” says festival co-founder Peter Shapiro.  “All four of the guys are coming to do their own thing, but just to have them all there with us in Arrington is sure to mean a lot to our extended Grateful Dead family.”

Among the many other notable artists scheduled to perform at the 2015 Lockn’ Music Festival are Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, The Doobie Brothers, Hot Tuna, Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Gov’t Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Little Feat, Jimmy Cliff and Widespread Panic.

Visit LocknFestival.com to check out the full schedule and lineup.

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“Rose Garden” Singer Lynn Anderson Dead at Age 67

Friday, July 31st, 2015 by

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CMA/Donn JonesCountry singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1970 Grammy-winning crossover hit “Rose Garden,” died of a heart attack Thursday night at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  She was 67 and had been hospitalized for pneumonia following a trip to Italy.

Anderson was born September 26, 1947, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and raised in California.  Her parents were songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, and Liz wrote the Merle Haggard hits “(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers” and “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive.”

In 1966, Lynn released her debut single, a duet with Jerry Lane called “For Better or for Worse.”  It failed to chart, but she scored her first top-5 country hit, “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away),” the following year.  Anderson went on to appear on ABC’s The Lawrence Welk Show as a regular in 1967 and 1968.

With the release of her first #1 country hit, the Joe South-penned “Rose Garden,” Anderson became a crossover star as the song hit #3 on the pop chart.  She also won a Grammy Award for the song, in addition to being named the Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1971 CMA Awards.  In addition, Lynn took the Female Vocalist of the Year honors at the ACM Awards in 1967 and 1970.

Anderson went on to chart nearly 60 more country hits and had her own CBS television special in 1977. Her career began to fade by the early ’80s, and Anderson scored her final top 10 country hit in 1983 with the Gary Morris duet “You’re Welcome to Tonight.”  She released albums sporadically in recent years with her most recent project, Bridges, coming out just last month.

Anderson also faced multiple arrests for DUI in recent years, including a September 2014 arrest in Nashville.  She is survived by her father, three children and four grandchildren.

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Darlene Love’s New Studio Album to Be Released in September

Friday, July 31st, 2015 by

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PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsFull details have been announced about legendary pop/soul singer Darlene Love‘s upcoming studio, Introducing Darlene Love, which will be released on September 18.  The 14-track collection was produced and arranged by E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, and features a mix of new songs and classic tunes penned by an impressive cast of artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Joan Jett, Desmond Child, Jimmy Webb, Linda Perry, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and Van Zandt himself.

The album’s first single is “Forbidden Nights,” which is one of two songs written by Costello that appear on Introducing Darlene Love.  The record also features two tracks penned by Springsteen and three written by Van Zandt.  In addition, Love recorded a version of the 1966 Ike & Tina Turner hit “River Deep, Mountain High,” a tune co-written and originally produced by Phil Spector.

Introducing Darlene Love, which is Love’s first studio effort in more than 15 years, is available for pre-order now via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.  Those who pre-order the album will receive an immediate free download of “Forbidden Nights.”

The Asbury Park Press reports that Love filmed a video for “Forbidden Nights” this past week on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Jett and Paul Shaffer also took part in the shoot.  Darlene will celebrate the release of her album with a special concert featuring Van Zandt that will take place on September 12 at Asbury Park’s historic Paramount Theatre.

Love was one of the main voices of Spector’s Wall of Sound hits, including her solo holiday classic “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” and The Crystals‘ “He’s a Rebel” and “He’s Sure the Boy I Love.”  She also was a member of the vocal group The Blossoms, and she was among most in-demand studio backing singers during the 1960s and early ’70s.  In 2011, Darlene was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and her career was showcased in the Oscar-winning 2013 documentary, Twenty Feet from Stardom.

Here is the complete track list of Introducing Darlene Love, including the artists who wrote each song:

“Among the Believers” (Steven Van Zandt)
“Forbidden Nights” (Elvis Costello)
“Love Kept Us Foolin’ Around” (Linda Perry)
“Little Liar” (Desmond Child/Joan Jett)
“Still Too Soon to Know” (Elvis Costello)
“Who Under Heaven” (Jimmy Webb)
“Night Closing In” (Bruce Springsteen)
“Painkiller” (Michael Des Barres/Paul Ill)
“Just Another Lonely Mile” (Bruce Springsteen)
“Last Time” (Steven Van Zandt)
“River Deep, Mountain High” (Phil Spector/Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich)
“Sweet Freedom” (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil)
“Marvelous” (Walter Hawkins)
“Jesus Is the Rock (That Keeps Me Rollin)” (Steven Van Zandt)

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David Gilmour Premieres Animated Video for New Single, “Rattle That Lock”

Friday, July 31st, 2015 by

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PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsAn official video for David Gilmour‘s latest solo single, “Rattle That Lock,” the title track to his upcoming studio album, has premiered on the longtime Pink Floyd singer/guitarist’s official website and YouTube channel.  The animated clip was created by Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney of the London-based Trunk Animation studio and features scenes inspired by John Milton‘s Paradise Lost.

The ominous, graphically striking video depicts Satan’s fall from the Kingdom of Heaven and his journey through the realms of Pandemonium, Purgatory and Chaos before he inevitably brings corruption to the Earth.  The theme of the clip reflects the lyrics of “Rattle That Lock,” which were written by Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, and were inspired by Book II of Paradise Lost.

A team of 12 animators and artists was assembled to work on the hand-drawn video, which took more than three months to complete. 

The Rattle That Lock album will be released on September 18.  Gilmour has announced a series of 2016 North American tour dates in support of the record that runs from a March 24 show in Los Angeles through an April 12 concert in New York City.

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Paul McCartney Performing at Lollapalooza Festival Tonight; His Set Will Stream Online Sunday

Friday, July 31st, 2015 by

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Credit: MJ KimLollapalooza 2015 gets under way today at Chicago’s Grant Park, and arguably the world’s biggest rock star, Paul McCartney, will be on hand to headline day one of the three-day festival. The ex-Beatle‘s performance will begin at 7:45 p.m. CT.

As previously reported, the Red Bull TV website is hosting a live stream of select artists’ sets during each day of the fest.  Highlights of McCartney’s performance will be viewable on the site, but instead of being streamed live, they will be shown on Sunday, August 2, at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT.

Other artists whose Lollapalooza performances will be streamed at Red Bull TV across the website’s three channels include Saturday’s headliner, Metallica, as well as Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr. and dozens of other acts.

You can watch the live stream, and check out the full schedule, at Lollapalooza.RedBull.TV.  To view the festival’s complete lineup, visit Lollapalooza.com.

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Expanded Version of Elvis Presley’s 1975 Album “Today” Due Out Next Week

Friday, July 31st, 2015 by

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RCA/Legacy RecordingsAn expanded version of the final studio album Elvis Presley released while he was alive, 1975’s Today, will arrive in stores on Friday, August 7, in commemoration of the recording’s 40th anniversary.  Today: Legacy Edition features the original album’s 10 tracks, undubbed session mixes of those same songs and a bonus disc containing live performances the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll recorded while on tour in May and June of 1975.

Today was recorded in March of 1975 at RCA’s Studio C in Hollywood, where Elvis also laid down his classic 1972 hit “Burning Love.”  The album features the top 40 single “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” and renditions of Don McLean‘s “And I Love Her So,” Billy Swan‘s “I Can Help,” The Pointer Sisters‘ “Fairytale” and the 1966 Tom Jones hit “Green, Green Grass of Home.”  The bonus tracks feature versions of the album cuts stripped of the slick overdubs and mixes added after the initial sessions.

The live bonus disc features a performance of “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” as well as such classic Presley hits as “Love Me Tender,” “All Shook Up,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” “The Wonder of You,” “Burning Love,” “Mystery Train” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Here is the full track list of the 40th Anniversary Legacy Edition of Presley’s Today album:

Disc One:

The Original Album
“And I Love You So”
“Susan When She Tried”
“Woman Without Love”
“Shake a Hand”
“Pieces of My Life”
“I Can Help”
“Bringin’ It Back”
“Green, Green Grass of Home”

Original Undubbed Session Mixes
“Green, Green Grass of Home”
“I Can Help”
“And I Love You So”
“Susan When She Tried”
“Woman Without Love”
“Shake a Hand”
“Bringing It Back”
“Pieces of My Life”

Disc Two: Recorded Live on Tour May-June 1975

“Also Sprach Zarathustra”
“See See Rider”
“I Got a Woman”/”Amen”
“Love Me”
“If You Love Me (Let Me Know)”
“Love Me Tender”
“All Shook Up”
“(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear”/”Don’t Be Cruel”
“Hound Dog”
“The Wonder of You”
“Burning Love”
Introductions/”Johnny B. Goode”
Introductions/”School Days”
“Why Me Lord”
“How Great Thou Art”
“Let Me Be There”
“An American Trilogy”
“Funny How Time Slips Away”
“Little Darlin'”
“Mystery Train”/”Tiger Man”
“Can’t Help Falling in Love”

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