Scott’s Blog

Welcome to the Scott Kaye blog. STUFF I DON’T TAKE TIME TO TALK ABOUT ON THE AIR. Well really, it will mostly be stuff I don’t talk about at any length on air. I don’t like talking at length on the radio. I like playing great classic rock and roll. Warning there will likely be kitty pics.

Things Overheard at the Royal Wedding

“I’m bowing to everybody, just in case”

“Somebody tell the Queen that Elton John wants his outfit back”

“Why didn’t somebody tell me you weren’t supposed to wear white?”

“Security here—any Markle relative sightings?”

“I’m missing the opening of Deadpool 2 for this??”

“Oh my God! Is that the girl from Suits?”

“What’s the rule? He can’t divorce her, but he can have her beheaded?”

“I dare you to run down the aisle and shout that the Spanish Armada has been sighted off the coast”

“So will the Duchess still be going out on auditions?”

“I hope they don’t already have a salad spinner”

“Free Bird!!!!”

“Will this wedding include any spoilers for The Crown?”

 

 

Queen Releases “Bohemian Rhapsody” Trailer Teaser:

“A Night At The Opera” is still my favorite Queen album. Played the heck out of that when it first came out. Now, the long-awaited first look at the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has hit the Internet. Although it’s only 40 seconds long, the clip show spot on iconic recreations of Queen on and off stage in 1975 — along with a glimpse of the recreated Live Aid appearance. The film, which will be released on November 2nd, stars Rami Malek from Mr. Robot as Freddie Mercury. Gwilym Lee from The Tourist portrays guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy — recently seen as Angel in X-Men: Apocalypse — plays drummer Roger Taylor and G.I. Joe: Retaliation star Joe Mazello will appear as bassist John Deacon.

The film’s official synopsis was posted on QueenOnline.com, which read: “Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. ”

Here’s the full trailer.

Some Queen Fun Facts:

1991’s Innuendo was the last album of new music Queen released during Freddie Mercury’s lifetime. Mercury died of AIDS on November 24th, 1991 at age 45.

John Deacon officially retired from music in 1997 — although he is still a voting member and quarter partner in Queen.

In 2008, Brian May and Roger Taylor, who had been touring with Paul Rodgers as Queen + Paul Rodgers, released the chart bomb, The Cosmos Rocks, before calling it a day as a trio and a recording entity — despite a string of globally sold out concert tours.

May and Taylor now perform with American Idol star Adam Lambert as their frontman. Queen + Adam Lambert will next perform on June 7th in Lisbon, Portugal. Queen + Adam Lambert is set for a 10-date run throughout September at Park Theatre at Park MGM. The band will play September 1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 21st, and 22nd.

 

 

Scott Kaye’s Volcano Pics

Geologists warned this week that Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could soon experience explosive eruptions from its summit and launch large rocks and ash into the air. The threat of explosive activity will rise as lava drains from the summit of Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and explosions will be possible in the coming weeks if the lava dips below the groundwater table, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. Hope and I went on vacation there a few years ago and visited a previous Kilauea eruption that blocked a highway on the south side of the island. So much, so the abandoned the highway. Here’s a few pics.

I believe this is lava flowed in 1983, from Kilauea that destroyed 16 homes in the Royal Gardens subdivision, a community built on a slope downhill from the volcano. Today, only 35% of the abandoned development can be seen. Lava overran the rest of the community.

 

Not sure exactly what I am examining here. A piece of cold lava yes, but can’t remember what made that shape. We actually camped on Kilaulea at the Namakanipaio Campground. Weird feeling not knowing if it would erupt or not in the middle of the night.

We drove some roads on the Big Island where they cut through the lava and relaid asphalt and made the highway passable. Here the lava flow was too thick and was such a wide swath of road was covered that rebuilding was cost prohibited.

 

Least Popular Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Exhibits

 All the brown M&M’s removed from Van Halen’s dressing room

Something Lou Reed once coughed up

Barrel of butterscotch pudding from the estate of Elvis Presley

18-hour recording of Gene Simmons talking about himself

Selected hair care products left backstage by Bon Jovi

Tube socks “worn” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Keith Moon’s liver

Basket of panties thrown at Neil Diamond by 60-year-olds

Actual stage-worn clock once belonging to Flavor Flav

Items collected from the beards of ZZ Top

Mumbling animatronic Ozzy Osbourne

 

Controversial song apparently left off Guns N’ Roses boxed set

Ulitmate Classic Rock was the source and we hear the newly announced Locked N’ Loaded deluxe boxed set of Guns N’ Roses’ classic 1987 debut album Appetite For Destruction also includes B-sides from the Appetite sessions, the 1986 Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide EP and three of the four songs from the band’s 1988 acoustic EP G N’ R Lies. But one track from Lies has been left out of the new release: “One In A Million,” a song that was controversial at the time for lyrics containing racial and homophobic slurs.

The song contained the words “n***a” and “f****t” as well as anti-immigrant sentiments. Singer Axl Rose said at the time that he based the lyrics on his first impressions of Los Angeles when he arrived from small-town Indiana. In a 1989 Rolling Stone interview, he described “black men selling stolen jewelry, crack, heroin and pot,” as well as having “very bad experiences with homosexuals,” including an attempted rape.

Neither the title of Lies nor the live EP are referenced in a press release announcing the boxed set, with the sessions for Lies only mentioned in passing as the source of another song included in the package. This seems to indicate that “One In A Million” has been deliberately left out of the Appetite reissue.

Rose defended his use of the racial slurs at the time of the EP’s release, saying, “Why can black people go up to each other and say, ‘n***a,’ but when a white guy does it all of a sudden it’s a big put-down. I don’t like boundaries of any kind. I don’t like being told what I can and what I can’t say.”

Guns guitarist Slash, who is half black, later admitted he had mixed emotions about recording the song, telling Rolling Stone in 1991, “I didn’t think it was very cool, but Axl gets very adamant about expressing himself.” He added, “I don’t regret doing ‘One in a Million,’ I just regret what we’ve been through because of it and the way people have perceived our personal feelings.”

The deluxe edition of Appetite For Destruction will arrive on June 29th and include 73 songs — including 49 tracks that never before been released — spread out across four CDs and seven 12-inch 180-gram vinyl LPs. A super deluxe version will also include a 96-page book with unreleased photos from Axl’s personal archive, new lithographs and a plethora of memorabilia.

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the lyric video for “Shadow Of Your Love,” a previously unreleased track included on the boxed set:

 

Is a Beatles “White Album” box set in production???

Hopes are high that a long-rumored 50th anniversary box set of the Beatles’ 1968″ White Album” is currently in production. On Friday (April 27th), Giles Martin — son of the legendary band’s late-producer George Martin — and the head of the group’s archival team, tweeted a photo of a vintage eight fader recording track machine at London’s Abbey Road Studios with the caption: “Great to be back in the room…”

Last May, only days after seeming to confirm an upcoming “White Album” box set — the junior Martin backpedaled, saying that it was actually a misunderstanding. Martin, who was behind the release of last year’s deluxe and expanded version of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, had recently stated in part to the BBC, “The ‘White Album,’ which is the next release — that is where they started becoming indulgent. There are 70 takes of ‘Sexy Sadie,’ for instance. The efficiency went slightly out the window. There’s a lot of stuff. So, it’s getting the balance right.” Shortly after, Giles posted via Twitter: “Just to confirm. . . I said the ‘White Album’ is the next Beatles album. I promise that I’m not working on it. Enjoy Sgt Pepper first! X”

Heres’ a cool vid of the making of “The Beatles. Better known as “The White Album.”

DID YOU KNOW???

The “White Album” was released five years to the day of the Beatles’ second album — 1963’s With The Beatles — which was released the same day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

During sessions for the “White Album,” Ringo Starr quit the group and took an impromptu family vacation to Sardinia. While there he wrote “Octopus’ Garden.” In his absence, Paul McCartney drummed on “Back In The U.S.S.R” and “Dear Prudence.”

George Martin left midway through the sessions and appointed his assistant Chris Thomas as the de-facto producer. Although Thomas produced a good portion of the “White Album,” he received no production credits. Thomas also played the harpsichord on “Piggies” and the harmonium on “The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill.”

The “White Album” holds the distinction of being the first album to feature the Beatles’ wives — or soon-to-be wives — on the actual recordings: Yoko Ono sings a line on “The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill” and Yoko along with George Harrison’s then-wife Pattie Boyd sings backup on “Birthday.”

The Grateful Dead’s Anthem Of The Sun set for deluxe 50th Anniversary Reissue-

I’m personally not a huge mega fan of the Dead but I always wanted to see the original band in concert and take in what those shows where all about inside and outside of the venue. But I do have some friends who are Dead Heads so here we go!

Coming 50 years after its original release will be the golden anniversary reissue of the Grateful Dead’s beloved second album, the psychedelic masterpiece, Anthem Of The Sun. The set will be re-released on July 18th as a two-disc deluxe edition that includes the original album with newly remastered sound, plus a bonus disc with a previously unreleased complete live show taped on October 22nd, 1967 at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. The newly remastered concert by Jeffrey Norman marks the first known recording of the Dead with drummer Mickey Hart, who joined the band in September 1967. Anthem Of The Sun will also be released as a 12-inch vinyl picture disc produced in a limited edition of 10,000 copies.

Dead archivist and producer David Lemieux said of the upcoming release, “This is one the most thrilling albums the Grateful Dead ever produced, mixing portions of live recordings from the first six months of Mickey’s tenure with the band, along with studio experimentations that would hint at where the Dead would go when they started recording to 16-track tape the following year. The 1971 remix, produced in order to make the album more accessible to the newer fans who were brought on board with Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty, has been the most commonly heard version for the past 45-plus years. However, having this side-by-side with the original 1968 mix demonstrates countless differences, with the original mix being more primal, psychedelic, and experimental. Add to this the first extant live recording featuring Mickey as a member of the Grateful Dead, and you have a very special release in every way.”

Jerry Garcia shed light years ago on how the Dead had Warner Brothers beaten by their own game upon inking their first record contract saying, “The music business discovered everybody — they wanted to sign everybody. So, we were in the unique position of. . . we were already making a good living playing in ballrooms at that time, it really didn’t matter to us whether we made a record or not. So, we were in that thing of having that upper leg for the first time in — I mean, rock n’ roll, rhythm & blues, (and) country & western music have been traditionally — I mean, I’m talking about in like the 50’s, 40’s, and ’30s and so forth — real exploitative, because the performers are mostly really ignorant, y’know? We were in that position of being cynical, sharp, definitely anti-authoritarian, crazy people — and we didn’t care about those people, y’know? So, as far as we were concerned, if they wanted to sign us, it had to be our way.”

The tracklisting to the Anthem Of The Sun – 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is:

Disc One: Original 1968 Mix and 1971 Remix:

“That’s It For The Other One”

I.”Cryptical Envelopment”

II.”Quadlibet For Tender Feet”

III.”The Faster We Go, The Rounder We Get”

IV.”We Leave The Castle”

“New Potato Caboose”
“Born Cross-Eyed”
“Alligator”
“Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)”

Disc Two: Winterland, San Francisco, CA – 10/22/67

“Morning Dew”
“New Potato Caboose”
“It Hurts Me Too”
“Cold Rain And Snow”
“Turn On Your Love Light”
“Beat It On Down The Line”
“That’s It For The Other One”

  1. “Cryptical Envelopment”
  2. “The Other One”

III. “Cryptical Envelopment”

And now the Dead and Company have some more shows booked.

Dead & Company Tour Dates (subject to change):

May 30 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
June 1, 2 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
June 4 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
June 6 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
June 8 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
June 9 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
June 11 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 13 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
June 15, 16 – New York, NY – Citi Field
June 19 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
June 20 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
June 22, 23 – East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
June 29 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
June 30 – Eugene, OR – Autzen Stadium
July 2, 3 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
July 6 – Chula Vista, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
July 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Dodger Stadium
July 11 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
July 13, 14 –  Boulder, CO – Folsom Field
August 25, 26 – Arrington, VA – “Lockn’ Festival” at Oak Ridge Farm

And, here is the Dead’s opening track from Anthem of the Sun.

Welcoming Def Leppard with Journey to PBA this summer.

Kind of a funny video from Joe.

 

Possible set-list for ZZ Top August, 7th at Pinewood Bowl Theater.

I have seen ZZ Top several times over the years. I remember one year at the MAC in Council Bluffs, Skyrnyrd opened up and it was loud, but man- ZZ Top was even louder. So loud it was really not that enjoyable but have seen them since and it wasn’t as loud. Not sure what the deal was on the sound there. ZZ Top played just last year at Divot’s in Norfork on what hey where calling the “Tonnage Tour”. There was no setlist posted for that show but the “Tonnage Set List” from the Palace Theater in Columbus in October of last year.

  1. Got Me Under Pressure
  2. Waitin’ for the Bus
  3. Jesus Just Left Chicago
  4. Gimme All Your Lovin’
  5. Pincushion
  6. I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
  7. I Gotsta Get Paid
  8. Foxy Lady(The Jimi Hendrix Experiencecover)
  9. My Head’s in Mississippi
  10. Catfish Blues (Robert Petwaycover)
  11. Sixteen Tons (Merle Traviscover)
  12. Act Naturally (Buck Owenscover)
  13. Just Got Paid
  14. Chartreuse
  15. Sharp Dressed Man
  16. Legs
  17. Encore:
  18. La Grange
  19. Tush
  20. Encore 2:
  21. Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presleycover)

Sign up to win free tickets to ZZ Top here.

 

Eric Clapton Live In 12 Bars coming soon!

The soundtrack and DVD/Blu-ray of the critically acclaimed Eric Clapton documentary Life In 12 Bars will be released on June 8th, with the soundtrack issued as both a double-CD and four-LP set. In addition to highlights from Clapton’s stints in the Yardbirds, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos and his solo works, the soundtrack includes classic recordings by other original blues recordings making this Clapton release, quite a different listening experience.  Big Bill Broonzy, Aretha Franklin, Muddy Waters song are on here, along with the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” — both of which feature Clapton on guitar. The inclusion of the two Harrison-written tracks marks their first non-Beatles or Harrison-related appearance on a commercial release.

It will be interesting to hear the full unreleased version of his cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff”. Yes, it’s just a story of the old west, however it seems we can’t ever seem to play it anymore on the radio. Just when we add it back into rotation, there is another police officer shot somewhere and we get trolled by people on the internet saying we are a bunch of heartless bastards for playing the song when there was this tragedy. So, we decided best just to not play it anymore.

The tracklist to Life In 12 Bars is:

Disc One
Big Bill Broonzy – “Backwater Blues”
Muddy Waters – “My Life Is Ruined”
Muddy Waters – “I Got Mojo Working” (Live At Newport Jazz Festival 1960)
The Yardbirds – “I Wish You Would”
The Yardbirds – “For Your Love”
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – “Steppin’ Out”
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – “All Your Love”
Cream – “I Feel Free”
Cream – “Strange Brew”
Cream – “Sunshine Of Your Love”
Aretha Franklin – “Good to Me As I Am To You”
Cream – “Crossroads”
The Beatles – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
Cream – “Badge”
Cream – “White Room (Live)”
Cream – “Spoonful (Live from Goodbye tour – LA Forum October 19, 1968)
Blind Faith – “Presence Of The Lord”

Disc Two
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends featuring Eric Clapton – “Comin’ Home”
Eric Clapton – “After Midnight” (alternate mix)
Eric Clapton – “Let It Rain” (alternate mix)
Derek & The Dominos – “High”
George Harrison – “My Sweet Lord”
Derek & The Dominos – “Thorn Tree In The Garden”
Derek & The Dominos – “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out”
Derek & The Dominos – “Bell Bottom Blues
Derek & The Dominos – “Layla”
Derek & The Dominos – “Little Wing (Live at the Fillmore 1970)”
Derek & The Dominos – “Got To Get Better In A Little While”
Eric Clapton – “I Shot The Sheriff” (full length version)
Eric Clapton – “Little Queenie” (Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 19/20, 1974)
Eric Clapton – “Mainline Florida”
Eric Clapton – “Tears In Heaven”

Here’s the press release.

New Chrissie Hynde Doc with classic Pretenders show coming to DVD.

Coming to DVD and Blu-ray on May 25th is the new documentary, Alone With Chrissie. The film, which was originally aired as part of the BBC TV Arena series, “follows the Pretenders’ lead singer as she shares an insight into her life. On a journey taking place in Paris, London, New York, Nashville and her hometown of Akron, Ohio, Chrissie takes the lead, avoiding the talking heads typically associated with documentaries to speak frankly about her passion for music, painting and the issues that matter to her most.”

In addition to the doc, the disc also features a bonus selection showcasing the original lineup of the Pretenders in July 1981 performing an 18-song set live in Cologne, Germany, which was filmed for Germany’s Rockpalast TV program. The performance — which features Chrissie Hynde, drummer Martin Chambers and late-co-founders, bassist Pete Farndon and guitarist James Honeyman-Scott — includes such early Pretenders classics as “Message Of Love,” “Talk Of The Town,” “Kid,” “Stop Your Sobbing,” “Tattooed Love Boys,” “Precious,” and “Brass In Pocket,” among others.

Chrissie Hynde has never been easily impressed with the pomp and circumstance of the music industry. She gets a bit owly with ya’ if you ask the wrong question or you just seem to bore her. And don’t ever come up to her on the street and try to introduce yourself or get an autograph. That would be to your own peril.

Chrissie admitted that she was actually embarrassed when the Pretenders were inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2005 saying, “I know everyone says it’s a great honor and everything, but, y’know, I got in a rock band so I’d never have to be in any kind of hall of fame. So it actually didn’t go down very well with me, but that’s just me. I’m not trying to be a household name or anything. I don’t want to be in the mainstream.”

Well alrighty, then…below are Pretenders  North American tour dates (subject to change):

June 22 -San Francisco, CA – The Masonic Auditorium
June 23 – Pasadena, CA – Arroyo Seco Festival
June 24 – Sarotoga, CA – Mountain Winery
June 28 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
June 29 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
July 1 – Atlanta – GA – SunTrust Park (with Journey & Def Leppard)
July 2 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
July 3 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theater
July 6 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theater
July 7 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live
July 8 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theater
July 10 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
July 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
July 13 – Detroit – MI – Comerica Park (with Journey & Def Leppard)
July 14 – Chicago – IL – Wrigley Field (with Journey & Def Leppard)
July 16 – Minneapolis, MN – The State Theater
July 18 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
July 19 – Ames, IA – Stephens Auditorium
July 21 – Denver – CO – Coors Field (with Journey & Def Leppard)

A clip from the coming documentary-

 

ANN WILSON RENAMES NEW COVERS SET ‘IMMORTAL’

One of my favorite artists, Ann Wilson posted a message to fans via social media updating them on her new covers set. According to the Heart singer, the upcoming solo set, which was tentatively titled “Project Dead Guys,” is now called Immortal. The collection, which still has no hard release date, will feature her versions of classic songs by such icons as David Bowie, Tom Petty, Leslie Gore, and Chris Cornell, among many others. Wilson, who will be out on the road this summer opening for Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers on the “Stars Align Tour,” posted to fans:

“Dear Humans,

Spring breathes new life into the world around us.

The new record is really coming together! I have finally decided on a real title for it! From now on my new record will be called ‘Immortal’. The artists have left us, but their expressions live in our hearts for all time.

The band, engineers, and I have been in and out of the studio working on different aspects of the album for the last couple of months. We’ll have some surprise guests on the record, including Jeff Beck doing some killer guitar! If you haven’t already been following us on social media, I’m posting a weekly video about each track on the album on social media. In the weekly series, I speak about why I chose a particular track, how the artist influenced me, and how I portrayed the song for this upcoming album.”

Ann Wilson hipped us as to what crowds can expect to hear her play during her solo shows apart from a handful of Heart classics. She says, “Some Who stuff, Buffalo Springfield, Peter Gabriel, Jimi Hendrix, Black Crowes. . . You do these songs the right way, where you really feel it and you’re really there with them, and people just dig it. First of all, they don’t believe they’re hearin’ it, and then they get a chance to sit in a room and just really absorb it, which is great.”

UPDATED: Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers, & Ann Wilson tour dates (subject to change):
April 4 – Detroit, MI – Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel (Ann Wilson only)
April 5 – Niagara Falls, ON – Fallsview Casino Resort (Ann Wilson only)
April 7 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park Hard Rock Live (Ann Wilson only)
April 8 – Saint Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre (Ann Wilson only)
April 11 – St. Charles IL – Arcada Theatre (Ann Wilson only)
July 7 – Bremerton WA – Admiral Theatre (Ann Wilson only)
July 14 – Albuquerque NM – Route 66 Casino (Ann Wilson only)
July 15 – Aspen, Co – Belly Up (Ann Wilson only)
July 18 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
July 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Five Point Amphitheatre
July 22 – Chula Vista, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
July 24 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
July 25 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
July 28 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 29 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 31 – Clarkston, MI –  DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 1 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
August 3 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
August 4 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
August 8 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
August 10  Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
August 12 – Holmdel, NJ – P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
August 14 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
August 17 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
August 19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
August 25 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
August 26 – Tampa, FL – Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 21 – Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Resort (Ann Wilson and Cheap Trick)
September 22  Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery (Ann Wilson and Cheap Trick)

Here Ann talks about the new album and about covering Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

 

HALL & OATES TEAM UP WITH TRAIN FOR FIRST NEW TRACK IN OVER 15 YEARS

Daryl Hall & John Oates are streaming their first new single since 2002 this week. The track, which was written and recorded with upcoming summer tourmates Train, will be performed on the road during the group’s hit-packed joint encore every night. Daryl Hall said in the single’s press release, “This song pretty much describes my feeling about Philly, my music home.” Partner John Oates added: “It will be cool to play a new song on this upcoming tour with Train.” Train frontman — Erie, Pennsylvania’s own Pat Monahan, who co-wrote the song with Hall & Oates, explained:  “Train have all been Hall & Oates fans since we can remember so being on a record with them is a life long dream! We couldn’t be more excited — listening to them and playing along side them on tour each night is going to be incredible.”

They play July, 18th and Centurylink Center. We have details on the concert page. Below is the new single, I kind of dig it.

 

Roger Daltrey Covers Stevie Wonder and Stephen Stills on new solo album.

Coming on June 1st is Roger Daltrey’s latest solo album, As Long As I Have You. TheWho.com posted that the set is produced by Dave Eringa, who last worked with Daltrey on his 2014 team-up with Wilko Johnson, Coming Back Home. The new album features Pete Townshend on seven of the album’s 11 tracks and includes the Daltrey originals — “Certified Rose” and “Always Heading Home.” Among the covers on the set are Daltrey’s take on Stephen Stills’ Manassas favorite “How Far” and Stevie Wonder’s classic “You Haven’t Done Nothing.” Pete Townshend said of the new album: “It shows Roger at the height of his powers as a vocalist.”

In the press release for the set, Daltrey explained, “This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete (Townshend) started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls. That’s what we were, a soul band. And now, I can sing soul with all the experience you need to sing it. Life puts the soul in. I’ve always sung from the heart but when you’re 19, you haven’t had the life experience with all its emotional trials and traumas that you have by the time you get to my age. You carry all the emotional bruises of life and when you sing these songs, those emotions are in your voice. You feel the pain of a lost love. You feel it and you sing it and that’s soul. For a long time, I’ve wanted to return to the simplicity of these songs, to show people my voice, a voice they won’t have heard before. It felt like the right time. It’s where I am, looking back to that time, looking across all those years but also being here, now, in the soulful moment.”


Roger Daltrey tour dates (subject to change):
March 22 – London, England – Teenage Cancer Trust at Royal Albert Hall
June 8 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (with The Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra)
June 10, 12 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap Center for Performing Arts (with The Wolf Trap Orchestra)
June 15 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood (with The Boston Pops)
June 17 – Queens, NY – Forest Hills Stadium (with The New York Pops Orchestra)
June 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts (with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia)
June 23, 25 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival (with The Ravinia Festival Orchestra)
June 27 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater (with The Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
June 30 – Canandaigua, NY – CMAC (orchestra TBA)
July 2 –  Dayton, OH – Fraze Pavilion (with The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra)
July 5 – Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheater (with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
July 8 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center (with The Cleveland Orchestra)

New Sting Track Claims America is already great.

Sting and Shaggy’s new joint album, 44/876, is probably the most buzzworthy new album this spring to feature a classic rocker. The collection — which is named after the respective dialing codes for England and Jamaica — debuted this week at an impressive Number 40 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and entered the UK Charts at Number Nine.

Fans and critics alike are being drawn to one of the deeper message tracks on the feel-good album of the season, which provides a sort of musical State of the Union, titled “Dreaming In The U.S.A.” Sting told Billboard that say what you will, America is already great — as evidenced by its past, present, and future: “Both of us — Shaggy and I — are immigrants to the United States. We came here because of a love for the United States and what it produced; culture, painting, literature — all of that stuff. The idea of America — obviously it’s not a perfect society by any means — it’s full of paradoxs. But the idea of America is one that has great currency in the world and without it we would be very, y’know — as a species — (we) would be less well off. And so it’s really saying America is great. We must move forwards and not backwards.”

Sting & Shaggy have just been announced as performers on ABC’s “2018 Summer Concert Series” on Good Morning America. So far, the TV appearance, set for May 25th at Rumsey Playfield in New York’s Central Park, is their only U.S. appearance on the books.

Shaggy will join Sting on the road for a handful of Italian dates later this summer.

 

 

The pair’s lead single “Don’t Make Me Wait” has already garnered attention and great reviews. Sting told us that in some ways the coolest results come from the unexpected Hey says, “Surprise is the most important element (laughs) in music or in any musical adventure. I’m always happy when people say they’re surprised — ’cause you’re right, it kinda happened spontaneously without much forethought and we were just having fun. And then we realized after three weeks of just having fun, we actually had something that was looking like a record. So, we did it in six weeks, and it was just based on a rapport and a sense of enjoyment.”

For many Sting’s teamup with Shaggy feels in some ways as a call back to the early-sound of the Police. He went on to say. “I think our common ground is a love of reggae. Shaggy is an authentic dance hall reggae artist — I dabble. By, y’know, I also have a history with the form. The early-Police were obviously influenced by Bob Marley and reggae, too. So, it was a common ground that we were comfortable with. The ground is a Caribbean island flavor, but then we took it into other areas that perhaps Shaggy was not familiar with. And I think we both pushed each other in directions that we wouldn’t have naturally found ourselves in.”

Here’s another track,  I give it a big thumbs up as well.

 

SIDE NOTES

DVD and Blu-ray on November 10th is Sting: Live At The Olympia Paris. The 22-song concert from last April features highlights from the Police catalogue, Sting’s solo career, along with tunes from his then-recent collection 57th & 9th.

In addition to Sting’s performance, the film also features sets by his opening acts — including Sting guesting with his son Joe Sumner, along with the Tex-Mex band the Last Bandoleros.

The tracklisting to Sting: Live At The Olympia Paris is: “Synchronicity II,” “Spirits In The Material World,” “Englishman In New York,” “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You,” “One Fine Day,” “She’s Too Good For Me,” “I Hung My Head,” “Fields Of Gold,” “Petrol Head,” “Down, Down, Down,” “Shape of My Heart,” “Pretty Young Soldier,” “Message In A Bottle,” “Ashes To Ashes,” “50,000,” “Walking On The Moon,” “So Lonely,” “Desert Rose,” “Roxanne / Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Next To You,” “Every Breath You Take,” and “Fragile.”

DVD BONUS FEATURES: Sting & Joe Sumner: “Heading South On The Great North Road”; Joe Sumner: “Looking For Me, Looking For You,” “Don’t Change The Love,” and “Jellybean”; The Last Bandoleros: “Maria,” “River Man,” and “Take Me To It.”

 

Here is a proposed billboard for the radio show. Hmmm, still thinking about it. I like the message.

 

We welcome Journey and Def Leppard to PBA on July 19th. Check out this  fun video from both bands.

This is the kind of stuff your wife makes you do while on vacation. We were visiting the Ringling Circus Museum in Florida. Click here for the video and my lack of enthusiasm.

 

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