Deep Purple and Judas Priest 2018 Tour!

Yesterday I published a post about Deep Purple. As synchronicity would have it, sitting in my Gmail Inbox was this tour announcement. I love the double bill.

Click on the image for tour details. and Rock On with your bad self!

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Best of the Grateful Dead Live

I had a long drive ahead and pondered what to play on the car audio system. I began to hear strains of the Grateful Dead’s “Fire On The Mountain” when it hit me. Why not play the new Best of the Grateful Dead Live that was just released on Apple Music? The recording timed out perfectly for a 2.5-hour ride.

A two-disc set with recordings selected from the band’s official live albums on Warner Bros. and Arista, plus a few tracks from their many archival live releases, beginning with “St. Stephen” – from the group’s first official live album, 1969’s Live/Dead – and ending with the poignant “So Many Roads,” taken from the band’s final concert at Chicago’s Soldier Field in July of 1995.

I recommend “Estimated Prophet”, “Eyes of the World”, and “Blow Away” for starters 😉

 

 

 

The Who Live at the Fillmore East 1968

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April 20th Universal Music drops a 3-LP / 2-CD set of The Who’s stunning 1968 live performance at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East theatre in New York.

The Who were in New York and near the end of a grueling tour on April 4, 1968, the day that Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. America was already a country divided; Anti-Vietnam demonstrations, civil rights disturbances and militant student activism. With this turmoil as a backdrop on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, 1968 The Who performed two incendiary live sets at Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore East on the lower East Side of Manhattan.

The venue had only just re-opened in March by Graham from its previous incarnation as the Village Theatre where the band had played on a couple of occasions the year before. The Who was the first British rock act to headline the Fillmore East and were booked to play four shows over the two nights. However, because of feared social unrest in the wake of Dr. King’s assassination, it was decided to compact the shows into one per night.

The Who’s time in New York City in 1968 can best be described as ‘lively’. Keith Moon’s antics with cherry bomb explosives had meant that the band had to move hotels. When installed in the plush Waldorf Astoria he then somehow managed to a blow a door off its hinges and, they had to move once more.

On the morning of the Fillmore rehearsal, the band was photographed for Life magazine by Art Kane and legend has it that they were so tired from Moon’s antics that they nodded off under the large Union Jack draped over them at the base of the Carl Schurz Monument in Morningside Park. This iconic image was later used as the album cover and poster for The Who’s classic film The Kids Are Alright.

Both nights were recorded by Who manager Kit Lambert with the intention of releasing the results as The Who’s fourth album after The Who Sell Out and before Tommy. Disaster struck when it was discovered that due to faulty equipment or human error only part of the first night was captured. Thankfully the second night was recorded and has now been fully restored and mixed by longtime Who sound engineer Bob Pridden (who was the band’s roadie on those nights in 1968) from the original four-track tapes. For the 50th anniversary of these legendary shows, the unreleased recordings are to be issued on triple vinyl LP and double CD.

Due to an acetate reaching the bootleg market in the early ‘70s, The Who’s reputation as rock’s most dynamic live act quickly grew. The show is regarded by fans as something of the ‘holy grail’ of Who live shows equalling the legendary Live At Leeds album. The tapes have been meticulously remastered for optimum sound quality and will only serve to enhance The Who’s reputation as the best live act of the time.

The 3LP set includes three Eddie Cochran numbers; ‘My Way’, ‘Summertime Blues’ and the never before released Who version of ‘C’mon Everybody’.

Also featured is a rare cover version of ‘Fortune Teller’ written by Allen Toussaint, originally recorded by Benny Spellman but made famous by The Merseybeats, the Rolling Stones, and several English beat groups. These shows also showcased ‘Tattoo’ and ‘Relax’ from The Who Sell Out as well as stunning extended versions of ‘A Quick One (While He’s Away)’ and ‘My Generation’ which becomes a 30-minute-plus jam with the climax of guitar-smashing and drum demolition!

TRACKLIST

Disc One / Side 1

  1. Summertime Blues
  2. Fortune Teller
  3. Tattoo
  4. Little Billy

Disc One / Side 2

  1. I Can’t Explain
  2. Happy Jack
  3. Relax

Disc Two / Side 3

  1. I’m A Boy
  2. A Quick One (While He’s Away)

Disc Two / Side 4

  1. My Way
  2. C’mon Everybody
  3. Shakin’ All Over
  4. Boris The Spider

Disc Three / Side 5

  1. My Generation (Part One)

Disc Three / Side 5

  1. My Generation (Part Two)

PRE-ORDER

To pre-order the 3-LP click here

To pre-order the 2-CD click here

This Tour’s On Fire

The Smashing Pumpkins announced their first U.S. tour since 2000* in exciting fashion with this video.

The Smashing Pumpkins “Shiny And Oh So Bright” Tour- Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jeff Schroeder, and Jimmy Chamberlin celebrating songs from their first 5 albums: Gish, Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Adore, and Machina. Tickets available Friday, Feb 23rd beginning at 10AM local.

My son and I last saw The Smashing Pumpkins at the Live Earth 2007 concert event at Giants Stadium 11 years ago. It was a huge all day and night live global experience we both cherish.

Live Earth was a one-off event developed to combat climate change. The first series of benefit concerts were held on July 7, 2007. The concerts brought together more than 150 musical acts in eleven locations around the world which were broadcast to a mass global audience through televisions, radio, and streamed via the Internet.

Maybe we’ll see them again at Mohegan Sun in July 😉

 

 

Santana Rynearson Stadium

I am usually leery of artist “bootleg” or non-official recordings. They typically lack the production results I want.  My music collection is  99% official commercial music releases.

My niece gave me a wonderful Christmas gift surprise this year. The vinyl recording, “Santana Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti MI, 25-05-75”. I had never seen or heard of this live recording. I was happily stunned 🙂

Klondike Records has done Santana and the listener justice. This recording is based on a King Biscuit Flower Hour radio broadcast. It is Digital Remastered and pressed onto 180 Grade vinyl. It sounds great on my Audio Technica turntable.

Santana was the headline act that day with Special Guest Stars, Peter Frampton’s Camel, and Lynard Skynard.

 

 

MoPop Founders Award 2017 Honoring The Doors

I have to hand it to The Doors management team. When they said there would be many Doors related events for the 50th Anniversary of The Doors they meant it.

Take a look at the MoPop (Museum of Pop Culture) in Seattle, Washington Doors event. I wish I lived in Seattle as I have been a member of MoPop in the past. If you love music museums this one is great plus it is also a Sci-Fi museum as well.

Founders Award 2017 Honoring The Doors
Thursday, December 7, 2017
MoPOP Sky Church

An annual fundraiser to benefit MoPOP’s programs, the Founders Award features legendary performers who have made substantial contributions to the field of music.

“The Doors are carnivores in a land of musical vegetarians.” – Tom Robbins

Still Photos in this blog post by Jim Bennett and Seattle Met

I’ve included the finale video but you can see the entire MoPop YouTube Channel Playlist here:

“Roadhouse Blues performed by The Doors guitarist, Robby Krieger with Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana, Krist Novoselic, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Zander Schloss, Tim Pike, John Denney, Jerry Cantrell, Exene Cervenka, and Brian Young.

The Doors – Live At The Isle of Wight Festival 1970

Here, for the very first time, is the last Doors concert ever filmed. The Doors: Live At the Isle of Wight Festival 1970.

This title will be released on February 23, 2018.

August 1970: With Jim Morrison’s ongoing Miami obscenity trial casting an ominous shadow over the band, The Doors flew to England to play the Isle of Wight Festival. Waiting for them at “The Last Great Festival” where over 600,000 fans who had already torn down the barriers, crashed the gates and enjoyed performances by the world’s top acts such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell. The Doors took the stage at 2 am, playing with the weight of the trial on their backs, and showed fans they still had the magic that had propelled them to the top during the Summer of Love.

“We played with a controlled fury and Jim was in fine vocal form,” said Doors organist Ray Manzarek. “He sang for all he was worth but moved nary a muscle. Dionysus had been shackled.”

Blu-Ray & CD Track Listing
1. Roadhouse Blues
2. Backdoor Man
3. Break on Through (To The Other Side)
4. When The Music’s Over
5. Ship of Fools
6. Light My Fire
7. The End (Medley): Across The Sea/Away in India/Crossroads Blues/Wake Up

Bonus Features
1) “This is the End” featurette – 17 minutes of interviews conducted by original director Murray Lerner with Bill Siddons (original Doors manager), Robby Krieger, John Densmore and archival interview from 2002 with Ray Manzarek.