Santana Reunion Is Underway

Caravanserai (album)
Caravanserai (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The last studio recording to feature the major vestiges of the original Santana band was Caravanserai released in 1972. The cover of Caravanserai featured  a journey into the desert sun.

It is only fitting that the 2013 Santana reunion is a renewed “Journey” of exploration out of the Las Vegas desert.

The Santana fan base and the musicians themselves are pumped about the Santana reunion underway by five of the original Santana members, Carlos Santana, Michael Carabello, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, and Michael Shrieve.

The Santana Reunion excitement fuse was lit on August 28th at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms in Las Vegas. Journey was the scheduled act that evening. The magic shifted when the encore segment took place. Out stepped Carlos Santana and Gregg Rollie to settle into a jam with Journey to everyone’s great delight for five minutes. They played an extended version of a Journey song “LaRaza DeSol” and “Gypsy Queen”. The band then launched into the inspiring instrumental “Soul Sacrifice,” immortalized on the Woodstock soundtrack and concert film.

Neal Schon: We also rehearsed for the 2 days I was here in Vegas with Gregg ,Carlos, Michael Shrieve and Michael Carabello. We recorded and wrote and will go in the studio.

Photo: Edison Graff

Michael Shrieve posted this comment and picture on his Facebook page.

Had an amazing time making music this week with Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Michael Carabello and Neal Schon. Neal was at a Journey soundcheck when we snapped this photo.

Let The Music Play!

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Once Upon A Dream – The Rascals, Mohegan Sun Casino Arena, 8/30/13

My favorite American rock and roll band is The Rascals. They are the band of my youth. I bought every LP they recorded. When I look back The Rascals dominated my collection and hi-fi phonograph 🙂

Thanks to Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen, The Rascals are performing together once again in the BioConcert, Once Upon A Dream.

My wife and I were fortunate to see the inception of The Rascals BioConcert at the rock hall we’ve always loved, The Capitol Theatre in Portchester, NY on December 15, 2012. It was an incredible night to see our heroes performing together. Off to our left was Steven Van Zandt absorbed in watching the production. He is the ultimate fan and his influence with the four Rascals was instrumental in their reformation.

We are excited to have a second opportunity to see The Rascals in Once Upon A Dream for free by invitation at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena. It is a rewarding feeling to receive this honor especially when Mohegan Sun is our number one concert venue. We have seen more concerts at Mohegan Sun than anywhere else.  The Capitol Theatre is our second most attended venue  and where our love affair with rock music took root 😉

“New” from Paul McCartney

I received an early morning e-mail communication from Top Spin Media (Top Spin Platform Direct to Fan Business) for Paul McCartney about his next album, New. I am constantly impressed with how Sir Paul leverages the latest technology with the power of the InterWeb to effectively communicate his music directly to his fans.

It is very reminiscent of the marketing campaign that David Bowie used to communicate and tell fans at a very early hour and radiate the news as the day progresses. David Bowie awakened the world to his new album in this way and it was a very effective means to build interest, listening and sales.

The Top Spin e-mail highlights in one fell swoop universal accessibility to Facebook, Google+,  Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter, and YouTube.

The link for Spotify does not yet feature the “New” single I imagine this may be due to the understanding with iTunes first, Spotify to follow (my guess here…)

You can pre-order New on iTunes here

Paul’s New album will include 12 new songs, which he worked on with new collaborators. I am hoping this recording will feature a couple more songs he has performed with Nirvana mates, David Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. I am very interested to learn who else he collaborated with on New.

Photo: Mary McCartney

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers – Self-Titled Debut Album

The debut album by Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers on Little Sur Records dropped yesterday for US customers.

I caught this fluid band opening for Gov’t. Mule this summer on June 2 at Ives Park in Danbury, Ct.

I launched Spotify just now and there was this recording curated as my first listing, schweet.

iTunes Festival 2013

The iTunes Festival 2013 will take place in London. It will also be a global Webcast live event every evening in the month of September via Apple streaming services.

The festival demonstrates the major bargaining power Apple has with artists, labels and venue.

In September, stream the shows—live or after the performances—for free with the official app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, on your computer with iTunes, or on your big screen with Apple TV.

More information available here: http://www.itunes.com/festival

Santana Band, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi – Make Somebody Happy

I love this song by Santana. I know Carlos Santana truly enjoys hanging and playing with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi live.

I have seen Derek Trucks play with Carlos Santana at Mohegan Sun in 2008 and then twice last year when Santana played with The Allman Bros. Band in New Jersey and Hartford. Each performance was moving.

This collaboration is my favorite as it features husband and wife, Derek Trucks with Susan Tedeschi in, “Make Somebody Happy”, written by Carlos Santana and Alex Ligertwood. Performed in July 2011 at Montreux.

SANTANA Live At Auditorium Stravinski,
Montreux Jazz Festival Switzerland
July 2, 2011

Line up :

Carlos Santana – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Raul Rekow – Congas, Percussion & Vocals
Karl Perazzo – Percussion & Vocals
Benny Rietveld – Bass
Dennis Chambers – Drums
Tony Lindsay – Vocals
Andy Vargas – Vocals
Bill Ortiz – Trumpet
Jeff Creesman – Trombone
Tommy Anthony – Guitar & Vocals
David K. Mathews – Keyboards

Featuring Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks

Westport 6th Annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival

The 6th Annual Westport Blues, Views & BBQ Festival takes place Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1. Westport is responsible for shaping my music consciousness the past 45 years.

I have seen several notable acts at Staples High School such as The Youngbloods, J Geils Band, Tom Hardin, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, Taj Mahal (with the Howard Johnson Tuba Orchestra), The Mahavishnu Orchestra , and Peter Frampton.

There was the venerable Players Tavern an intimate club setting where I saw Muddy Waters, Peter Tosh, Toots and the Maytals, Pat Metheny, Richie Havens, and Melanie.

I like the idea of gastronomic delights intermixed with great blues/rock music. Feed the stomach and nurture the soul.

Sunday September 1st’s schedule features:

Help raise funds for one last album from the God of Hellfire himself, Arthur Brown

When this Pledge request, which I intend to honor, passed by in my Facebook stream from Alice Cooper 😉 my first reaction was what has gone on in the Crazy World of Arthur Brown all these years?

I dug around on the Web and I found this guest appearance of Arthur Brown performing with Alice Cooper and his band on Halloween in London. (I love seeing Alice Cooper live on Halloween.) I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Alice Cooper appears on the next Arthur Brown album. Arthur Brown’s influence on Alice Cooper is logical.

The quote below from Arthur Brown comes directly from his Pledge page:

I need your help to raise the money to make this exciting project happen. I have been known as someone who always brings new things to the musical scene. And this is no exception.

The presentation will include new technology, and things not seen before. When I replaced the drummer with a drum machine in my band Kingdom Come in 1973 It was a new idea. So new that people laughed at it. Yet 5 years later it became what many bands did. It led in fact to the beat boxes and drum machines which defined much of rock music from then on.

What I am about to introduce is as revolutionary as that and will be revealed with the release of this new album. So help us get this thing rolling. We need you to pledge the money to bring this show and album to the masses.

I hope his tour plans include some concerts in the USA and that we can attend them. I am eager to discover what revolutionary presentation technologies Arthur Brown has in store for us.

It was a gas getting back in league with Arthur Brown’s art again. I have always dug his song, “Fire” and the album cover art of the Atlantic album it stems from, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (album)
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Music Mash ’13: WPKN Record Fair – September 7

This avid record collector is so pumped for this event taking place very soon now!

Music Mash ’13 is this year’s WPKN Record Fair, taking place on Saturday, September 7 at the Fairfield Theatre Company Annex at 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield, CT from 8 AM to 5:30 PM. Early Bird hours from 8 AM to 10 AM for a $20 admission fee. Regular admission begins at 10 AM for $5. Children under 12 admitted free. Located across from the Fairfield Train Station, parking is plentiful and free.

The event features the region’s top vendors. WPKN 89.5 has roughly 1000 LP’s and CDs to sell, including a private gift of near mint collectible LP’s that are valued at around $10,000. It will offer great opportunities to acquire some amazing albums, CDs, memorabilia and autographs.

Featured special guests at the WPKN Booth: Chris Frantz & Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club), Hilton Valentine(The Animals), Rusty Ford (Lothar & the Hand People), and Charlie Karp (Buddy Miles Express).

Food trucks from Taco Loco (Bridgeport), Fire Engine Pizza Company (Bridgeport), and Cowabunga (Norwalk) and The Vintanthromodern Vintage Clothing Truck (New Haven) will also be featuring their wares.

This event is made possible with support from: Fairfield Theatre CompanyAdvocate Weekly MediaFCBuzz.orgThe Beat,FairfieldAfterDark.com, and The Sound Magazine.

 

David Crosby, New Solo Album , CSNY Live Album, etc.

I just read a well articulated article in Rolling Stone Magazine about David Crosby. He is working on a new solo album that I can’t wait to hear. I love the flow of this article, especially the sentiments that David Crosby shares with Andy Greene, Associate Editor of Rolling Stone about the CSNY live album due out this year and Neil Young’s muse.

I have happily fallen back in league with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young the past 10 years, having seen Neil Young (twice), CSN, CSNY, Nash and Crosby, and Stephen Stills live in concert during that time. I especially loved the feelings expressed and felt at the Freedom of Speech, CSNY tour in 2006 at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena.

David Crosby Solo Album

This will be his first solo album since 1993’s Thousand Roads. “Nobody really makes a true solo album,” he says. “This one involves my son James quite a bit. He co-produced it, sang on it, arranged and wrote the songs with me. My friend Marcus Eaton also plays guitar and sings a lot of harmonies on it. It’s different from anything I’ve ever done. I’ve always wanted to hear the band instrumentals in the same kind of place where I wanted the vocals. I wanted to make something experimental and out there, and this time I got it. I think I’m going to call it Dangerous Night.”

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David on Neil Young

I have so much respect for Neil because he always follows his muse. It’s often counter to what I want, because I want to work with him. But I also want him to follow his muse. I want him playing music that excites him right that minute. And if that includes me, that’s wonderful. If it doesn’t, that’s wonderful too. He’s still making great music and still tries to push the envelope.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/david-crosby-talks-new-solo-album-hopes-for-csny-reunion-tour-20130822#ixzz2ckEhxymg  Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook

Addendum: David Crosby has revealed details of his forthcoming album on Twitter.
Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/david-crosby-reveals-new-album-details-on-twitter-news#TmEBiyd2JvPMPuWt.99