A Great Rock Summer Double Bill!

Just announced. Hyper Space Tour, Boston with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.

 

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Boston on the Web

 

Now that is one rockin, guitar slinging hits galore double bill.

 

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Joan Jett’s Web Site

 

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Days of Future Passed in its 50th Year

Many of the artists who are essential to my DNA music fabric will be celebrating 50th anniversaries this year. The Moody Blues announced last week that they are embarking on a Days Of Future Passed, 50th Anniversary Tour. The U.S. Tour commences on June 3rd and runs through July 23rd. They will be performing their iconic album live onstage in its entirety for the first time.

The Moody Blues forged a unique direction with the Days Of….second album. I love the risks they took incorporating a symphony with their sound. They achieved cross-over to classical, especially with the album art.  I can’t decide if this album represents psychedelic or progressive rock as a genre.

In Search of a Lost Chord is definitely psychedelic rock with the song about Timothy Leary, “Legend of a Mind” and the Moody’s experiment with LSD. The album cover represents an acid trip.

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I think I’ll spend Saturday listening to The Moody Blues on Apple Music through the SONOS Play One to overcome the dreary day.

The Zombies Reunite for Odessey & Oracle Tour

I just love The Zombies musical group. I first saw The Zombies perform on the opening night of their U.S. Tour on February 6, 2004 at The Palace Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut. They knocked me out with their performance. I was amazed at Colin Blunstone’s vocal range. He sounded just like the studio recordings he made in 1964 and 1965.

Rod Argent was vivacious on stage, playing the keyboards with great command. When The Zombies switched gears and played the Argent hits, “Hold Your Head Up” and “God Gave Rock and Roll To You” I was totally psyched.

It would be eight years before I would see The Zombies play live again. This time it was a more intimate setting and free! We caught The Zombies at the Mohegan Sun Wolf’s Den on August 8th, 2012 in Uncasville, CT. My earlier blog post about that concert experience is available here.

I read with zeal that The Zombies are returning to the U.S. shores in the fall to perform Odessey & Oracle in its entirety with the four remaining Zombies who recorded that classic album.

Here is the Zombies’ teaser announcement:

ANNOUNCEMENT: USA, this has been a long time coming.

It has been 5 decades since the original Zombies’ line-up last toured the States. Our final album together was released in 1968, but we never got a chance to perform it live for our American fans.

Starting on September 30th in Dallas, that is all going to change!!!!

That’s right! The Zombies are returning to the USA, and bringing some special friends – the incredible Chris White and Hugh Grundy – to perform “Odessey & Oracle” in its entirety! The original line-up (minus the sorely-missed Paul Atkinson) will join the current line-up for a very special evening of Zombies music, past and present. Whether you missed us in the 1960’s, or just discovered us yesterday, we hope you can join us on this journey today!

Here’s a sneak peek at the tour schedule (and we hope to add a couple shows more if we can!). Stay tuned for ticket information – most shows will go on sale this week.

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It just so happens there is a Connecticut concert date on the itinerary, Tuesday October 13th at The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield CT. I’d love to see them live in concert again. The Zombies have a special magic when they perform live.

In addition to the reunion tour, The Zombies hope to release their next studio album, the follow-up to 2011’s Breathe Out, Breathe In, in the fall. Terry Quirk, the artist/illustrator of Odessey & Oracle  is creating the album art for that upcoming sixth album, Still Got That Hunger. I’d love to pick that recording up after the show 🙂

This video recorded at SXSW’s 5th Avenue Studio in Austin, TX this year will give you a taste of The Zombies fall lineup and perhaps the next album 😉

King Crimson Returns

Progressive rock is vibrant to the core of my rock music self. The group King Crimson and its genius founder, guitarist Robert Fripp serve as prog rock bedrock foundation.

I can hardly contain my excitement as I share the news that King Crimson has reunited and will be performing concerts in North America this September.

Speaking to Uncut, Fripp said: “King Crimson is returning to active service. We are on-call to be ready for a live performance on September 1, 2014. Seven members. Four English, three American. Three drummers. It’s a different configuration of King Crimson than before. Some are familiar names, maybe more than others.”

This line-up – the 8th in the band’s history – will be Fripp, Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk.

They are all former Crimson members, except Rieflin and Jakszyk who have been involved on the fringes of Crimson for a few years. Rieflin collaborated with Chris Wong, Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox in a project called The Humans, while Jakszyk played in Jakszyk Fripp & Collins, alongside Robert Fripp and Mel Collins.

There are no plans, Fripp says, for the new King Crimson to enter a studio. They will play “reconfigured” versions of existing Crimson material.

Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/node/19245#itkXbRfOH83fW698.99

King Crimson — 2014 Tour Dates (more TBA)

Here’s the full list of King Crimson tour dates:

9/9 & 9/10 @ The Egg – Albany, NY
9/12 & 9/13 @ Kimmel Center – Philadelphia, PA
9/15 & 9/16 @ Colonial Theatre – Boston, MA
9/18, 9/19 & 9/20 @ Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
9/23 @ Barrymore Theatre – Madison, WI
9/25 & 9/26 @ The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
9/30 & 10/1 @ Orpheum Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
10/3 & 10/4 @ Warfield Theater – San Francisco, CA
10/6 @ Moore Theatre – Seattle, WA

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Exciting Santana News!

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Rod Stewart and Santana Live In Concert

Last year Santana conducted an East Coast tour with The Allman Brothers. We saw that event twice, once in New Jersey at the PAC and next in Hartford. It was a very satisfying gig with Carlos Santana jamming with Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks.

This year Santana is teaming up with Rod Stewart for a series of shows called The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs which will cover the U.S. and Canada markets.

I like the two superstars on one card. Rod Stewart is the first rock headline vocalist I ever saw at The Fillmore East way back in 1969. Rod Stewart appeared as the lead singer for The Jeff Beck Group. I loved the contrast of Rod Stewart ever the dandy set against two excellent guitarists, Jeff Beck and Ron Wood.

I have been eager to see Rod Stewart perform live with a stellar guitarist. I trust Rod Stewart will collaborate with Carlos Santana.

Cover Art, Release Date for Corazon

I love the art and graphic design that accents Santana’s recordings.  I wrote about Santana Art and Artists in 2012. The vibrant electric colors are strikingly evident on the forthcoming Corazon recording.

The concept for Corazon was conceived and designed by Boa Mistura, an art collective based in Madrid, Spain that works primarily on public art pieces, developing projects in South Africa, Norway, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. For more information visit Boa Mistura’s Web site.

The Corazon album release date is May 6th on the RCA/SONY LATIN IBERIA Label.

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ZimZamZim – Crazy World of Arthur Brown

Last August I made a contribution to the Arthur Brown Pledge Music Project. I was motivated by a commitment to technology and the modern day artist’s never ending quest to create, innovate and entertain.

Arthur Brown was the first artist to use a drum machine live back in 1973 with his band Kingdom ComeThe Crazy World of Arthur Brown is again in the forefront of music technology innovation with Arthur Brown’s Psycho -sonic Thought Control Headgear. It was premiered to UK audiences on stage at the Hard Rock Hell Festival on 28th November 2013.

Arthur Brown explains the technology, ‘In relation to music, the headgear will first deal with triggering sounds by thought. It will not just trigger sounds that are preset. It will create sounds in real time just as a Theremin does, or as do the voices of a human choir. Then it will develop to include body energies. Next will come the energy of feeling. Then the sexual energies will begin to be accessed. After that, the energies of the spirit and soul will become instigators of sound. Eventually, the energies of the whole human being will be used.’

Arthur Brown’s ZimZamZim project on audio CD reached my front door step from England yesterday.

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I am excited by what Arthur Brown is accomplishing. Bear with me as I digest the music, presentation etc. I plan to get back to you with an updated perspective.

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The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights

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Cover of Under Great White Northern Lights

The music of our heart has always been intrigued with the live concert experience known as The White Stripes. I purchased their video, The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights on Amazon Instant Video today. I was motivated to do so because Consequence of Sound, the online music publication posted an influential article, “Best Ten Concert Films Since 2000” that crossed my Facebook stream.

Here is what Carson O’Shoney, Senior Staff Writer authored about the film. His sentimental words captured my soul.

Under Great White Northern Lights is one of the most emotionally touching concert films of any era. While the crew was filming The White Stripes during their Canadian summer tour of 2007, they never could have known that they would capture the band near the end of their rope. The fact that the film didn’t come out until years later– after Meg White reportedly suffered a nervous breakdown and the band went on what ended up being a permanent hiatus– only adds to its poignancy.

It’s not all emotionally charged footage, though. The live portions show the Stripes at the height of their performative prowess, and the various mini-shows in random places around Canada show their lighter side. The film remains the Jack & Meg White show throughout, as some of the most compelling footage simply comes from the duo backstage– especially the closing moments of the film. As Jack plays a version of “White Moon” on piano, he leaves Meg in tears. It’s the perfect encapsulation of one of our generation’s greatest bands near the end of their life together, simultaneously thrilling and heartbreaking. Regardless of whether or not the White Stripes ever play together again, Under Great White Northern Lights will live on as one of the best concert films of our– or any other– generation. If it truly is the end of the Stripes, we’re all lucky that we were left with this. – Copyright 2007-2014 Consequence of Sound

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Sir Elton John Is Coming To Our Back Yard

The Webster Bank Arena announced this morning that Sir Elton John will be performing “All The Hits” live in concert on Friday November 8th, 2013 in Bridgeport, Ct. Tickets go on sale Friday September 27th at 10:00 AM via Ticketmaster.

The concert will be Sir Elton’s first area show since a historic two-night, sold out stand at the arena in April 2004. One of his earliest American shows, on Nov. 22, 1970, was also held in the Park City, at the University of Bridgeport.

Five days before they first played Bridgeport, they played a live radio broadcast at A&R Studios in New York, which was later released in 1971 as the 11-17-70 album.

Elton John will be supporting on this tour his new album, “The Diving Board,” which is due to be released on September 24th. The album will be his 30th release.

WILD TALES by Graham Nash

The aging rockers autobiography series continues with Wild Tales by Graham Nash. The book will be released on September 17, 2013 in various media options, hardcover (Crown Archetype), audiobook CD (Random House Audio), amazon Kindle, Nook Book (eBook) and Apple iBook. (The ebook edition from various suppliers includes 4 videos, 34 audio clips, and 11 additional photos from Graham Nash’s personal collection. Audio and video content does not play on all reading devices. Check your user manual for details.

The amazon listing appears to be confused about Wild Tales in paperback as they show a “used book” listing from 1974, 64 pages  in length from Warner Brothers Publications. It was illustrated by Joni Mitchell. “Wild Tales” is also the name of Graham Nash’s late 1973 solo album.

Traditionally paperback releases follow hardcover publication after a certain “established timeframe”.

I am considering attending his Barnes & Noble book signing appearance in New York City on September 23rd if we can make it down to the E. 17th Street store that evening.

For those of you who are interested in more pictures and details about Graham Nash’s forthcoming book, I suggest that you read the Daily News Review by Sherryl Connelly. She dishes the dirt I’ll warn you in advance 😉