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2014 Record Store Day Offering Hundreds of Cool Exclusive Vinyl Releases


RecordStoreDay.comSpring is in the air, but if you breathe deeply enough you may also pick up the scent of fresh vinyl.  This Saturday, April 19, marks the seventh annual installment of Record Store Day, which is celebrated at select music retailers throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and several other countries.  In conjunction with the unofficial holiday, a vast number of artists are issuing limited-edition vinyl singles, EPs and LPs that are sold exclusively at participating independent record shops.This year's Record Store Day is proving to be one of the most expansive yet, with more than 400 special releases headed for U.S. stores alone.  Obviously, there are way too many discs to list, but among some of the noteworthy acts represented are Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Animals, David Bowie, Eric Carmen, Sam Cooke, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, The Everly Brothers, The Grateful Dead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Otis Redding, Ronnie Spector with The E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen, The Yardbirds and The Zombies.Here's some specific information about a few of the releases sure to interest audiophiles:- David Bowie's "1984" picture disc -- a seven-inch single featuring a photo of Bowie with famed beat author William S. Burroughs, and including the original version of the song and a live rendition from a December 1974 TV appearance.- Creedence Clearwater Revival's The 1969 Singles -- a 10-inch white-vinyl disc featuring four singles, a-sides and b-sides, that the band released in 1969.- The Doors' Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine -- a reissue of the band's out-of-print 1972 two-LP compilation on translucent, amber-swirled colored vinyl.- The Grateful Dead's Live at Hampton Coliseum -- a two-LP set featuring previously unreleased performances from a concert the band played at the Virginia venue on May 4, 1979.- The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Live at Monterey -- a high-quality 180-gram vinyl edition of the album documenting Hendrix and his group's landmark 1967 set at the Monterey Pop festival.- Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band's "Say Goodbye to Hollywood"/"Baby Please Don't Go" single -- a seven-inch disc featuring two songs the Ronettes singer recorded with Springsteen's backing group in 1977.- Bruce Springsteen's American Beauty EP -- a 12-inch disc featuring four previously unreleased songs from the sessions that yielded the Boss' latest album, 2014's High Hopes.- The Zombies' I Love You -- an LP that originally was released in 1966 in Europe and Japan, but hasn't been issued in the U.S. until now.Check out the full list of special releases at RecordStoreDay.com.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

John Oates, The Zombies, Paul Rodgers Among Musicians Taking Part in Record Stor


Juan Pitino; David LeveneThe seventh annual edition of Record Store Day is taking place Saturday and, in addition to the many cool limited-edition vinyl releases that will be available at independent music retailers, a bevy of artists will help celebrate the unofficial holiday by visiting select stores across North America.Among the well-known musicians set to make special appearances are Hall & Oates singer John Oates, The Zombies, Paul Rodgers and R.E.M.'s Mike Mills.Oates, a newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, will be at Grimey's New and Pre-Loved Music store in Nashville, where he'll be among of bevy of artists who'll perform for shoppers.  The singer's set is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. ET.The Zombies will give an in-store performance of their own at Plan 9 Music in Charlottesville, Virginia, at 12:30 p.m. ET.Rodgers will visit Sunrise Records in Toronto, Canada, where he'll sign vinyl and CD copies of his latest album, The Royal Sessions.  The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET.As for Mills, the former R.E.M. bass player will visit the Bull Moose music store in Scarborough, Maine, where he'll sign up to two items for fans, including R.E.M.'s special four-LP Record Store Day release, Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions.  The promotion will start at 2 p.m. ET.A full list of in-store events can be viewed at RecordStoreDay.com.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Neil Young's New Album, "A Letter Home," Available Now Online


Third Man RecordsHappy Record Store Day, Neil Young fans!  A day before the big audiophile promotion, and without any fanfare or official announcement, the folk-rock legend has made his new album, A Letter Home, available for purchase via the official online store of ex-White Stripe frontman Jack White's Third Man Records label.  A vinyl LP version of the record can be ordered for $20, not including shipping fees.A Letter Home was co-produced by Young and White, and features 10 cover tunes by various singer-songwriters who have inspired and influenced Neil.  Among the songs are Bob Dylan's "North Country Girl," Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown," Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" and Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Only Read My Mind."  Several of the tunes included on the album have been featured in Young's recent concert sets.As previously reported, Neil recorded A Letter Home on a 1947 Voice-o-Graph recording booth that's located at White's Third Man Records store in Nashville.  The device allows the user to record a song directly onto a vinyl disc.  A statement from Young describes the album as "an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology [that] captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever."Here is a complete track listing of A Letter Home, along with the artist who originally recorded each song:"Changes" (Phil Ochs)"Girl from the North Country" (Bob Dylan)"Needle of Death" (Bert Jansch)"Early Morning Rain" (Gordon Lightfoot)"Reason to Believe" (Tim Hardin)"On the Road Again" (Willie Nelson)"If You Could Only Read My Mind" (Gordon Lightfoot)"Since I Met You Baby" (Ivory Joe Hunter)"My Hometown" (Bruce Springsteen)"I Wonder If I Care as Much" (Everly Brothers)Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ex-Santana Percussionist Armando Peraza Passes Away


Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesCuban-born percussionist Armando Peraza, who was a member of Santana from 1972 to about 1990, died this past Monday, April 14, at a hospital in South San Francisco, California.  The musician' wife, Josephine, told the Los Angeles Times that his cause of death was pneumonia, although he also had fought a long battle with diabetes.  Peraza was believed to be 89, although he didn't know his exact birth date.Armando joined Santana for the recording of the band's fourth studio album, Caravanserai, and appeared on most of the group's releases through 1990's Spirits Dancing in the Flesh.  He retired from Santana when his diabetes made it difficult for him to tour.Peraza was born in Havana and was orphaned when he was a child.  By the time he was a teenager, he was living on the streets, and eventually taught himself to play percussion instruments such as the conga and bongo drums.  While in Cuba, he played alongside renowned Latin percussionist Mongo Santamaria.  In the late 1940s, he came to New York City, and soon began performing with a variety of respected jazz artists.  Over the years, he would perform and/or record with such legends as George Shearing, Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, Dave Brubeck, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Cal Tjader and Chick Corea.In addition to Santana, Peraza also worked with a number of other pop, rock and R&B musicians, including Eric Clapton, Linda Rontadt and Rick James.  After leaving Santana, he continued to play on various recordings and at occasional concerts.Carlos Santana has penned a tribute to Armando that he posted on his official website.  The homage reads, "My greatest teacher/mentor/role model crossed over the other side tonight.  He is now light only...no more in the body.  He is free from gravity and time.  Immortality is his playground.  Infinity is his domain.  Thank you for all and everything, Dearest Armando Peraza.  Be with GOD and the angels Dear one.  Peace."Besides his wife, Peraza is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Phil Lesh & Friends to Play First-Ever Concert in New York City's Central Park


C Flanigan/WireImagePhil Lesh & Friends, the musical project led by the founding Grateful Dead bassist, will play their first-ever headlining show in New York City's Central Park next month.  The event will be held May 28 at Rumsey Playfield.The lineup of Lesh's group, which is made up of a rotating cast of musicians, will feature at this show Allman Brothers Band singer/guitarist Warren Haynes, keyboardist John Medeski from the avant-jazz-funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood, acclaimed jazz-rock guitarist John Scofield and drummer Joe Russo, who also plays will Phil and The Dead's Bob Weir in Furthur.Outside of The Grateful Dead, the only other time Lesh played in Central Park was this past November, when he made a surprise appearance with Soulive's Eric Krasno as part of the 2013 Jazz & Colors Festival.  Tickets for the May 28 concert go on sale Friday, April 25, at TheCapitolTheatre.com."Seeing great music in Central Park is one of the best things about New York," says concert organizer Peter Shapiro.  "I'm so excited to bring the music of the Grateful Dead there with this incredible lineup for a full show for the first time."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Glen Campbell Moved to an Alzheimer's Facility, Says Family Friend


CapitolGlen Campbell has apparently been moved to an Alzheimer's facility.  A family friend tells People, "I'm not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet.  We'll know more next week."The 78-year-old singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer's more than three years ago.  A documentary about Glen's Goodbye Tour, titled Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me, debuts Friday at the Nashville Film Festival.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Aretha Franklin Threatens Suit Over Fake Patti LaBelle Fight Story


Aretha's Records; Courtesy of Patti LaBelleEarlier this month, The News Nerd published a satirical story about Aretha Franklin getting into a physical altercation with Patti LaBelle.  Although the Queen of Soul released a statement clarifying that the story was false, she is planning to file a $10 million lawsuit against the publication, according to the Detroit News."The stories were not presented as satire or humor.  It was presented as a serious news story intended to depict me in a slanderous and derogatory way -- defamation of character," said Franklin through her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.The News Nerd claimed that Patti was arrested after she punched Aretha with "a Mayweather style right and left."  The fabricated story was seemingly concocted after Franklin was captured pulling her arm away from Patti, who was trying to greet Aretha at the "Women of Soul" concert at The White House last month.Although the publication carries a disclaimer at the bottom of each web page that describes its stories as "purely satirical" and "for entertainment purposes only," Franklin is still moving forward with possible legal action.Earlier this week, the legendary singer laughed off the alleged incident.  "I've never heard anything crazier," Franklin said in a statement on Tuesday.  "Patti and I are cool and we always have been.  I enjoyed her at the White House.  Classic Patti."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

The Who Releasing Quadrophenia Tour Video & Album in June


Universal Music EnterprisesA new concert video and album capturing The Who playing its classic 1973 concept album Quadrophenia last year in London will be released in multiple configurations on June 10.  Quadrophenia: Live in London documents the band's performance at Wembley Arena on July 8, 2103, which was the final show of its Quadrophenia and More Tour.The concert featured The Who performing the landmark double-disc record in its entirety, as well as a set of other memorable songs by the British rockers.  For the show, the band played in front of a high-definition video screen that showed a montage of archival footage and rare photos.  The event also included tribute segments to The Who's two late founding members -- bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon -- in which the band's current lineup performed along with concert footage of the departed rock legends.Among the versions of Quadrophenia: Live in London that will be available is a deluxe box set that will be packaged in a round metal container designed to look like the headlight of a mod-era scooter.  The collection will feature a high-def Blu-ray and a standard DVD of the concert film, a two-CD soundtrack of the 2013 show, a Blu-ray audio disc boasting the first-ever 5.1 surround-sound mix of the 1973 Quadrophenia album, a booklet with photos and liner notes, and a collectible button and sticker.In addition, the Blu-ray and DVD of the concert video, the double-CD soundtrack and the 1973 Quadrophenia Blu-ray audio disc all will be sold separately.  Digital versions of the 2013 concert video and album also will be available.Here is the track list for the Quadrophenia: Live in London DVD, Blu-ray and soundtrack:"I Am the Sea""The Real Me""Quadrophenia""Cut My Hair""The Punk and the Godfather""I'm One""The Dirty Jobs""Helpless Dancer""Is It In My Head?""I've Had Enough""5:15""Sea and Sand""Drowned""Bell Boy""Doctor Jimmy""The Rock""Love Reign O'er Me"Bonus Performances"Who Are You""You Better You Bet""Pinball Wizard""Baba O'Riley""Won't Get Fooled Again""Tea & Theatre"Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bob Dylan Off the Hook on Hate-Speech Charges in France


Columbia RecordsBob Dylan is off the hook after charges of hate speech, brought against him in France last year, have been dismissed.  At issue was an alleged racist remark he made about Croatians in a 2012 Rolling Stone interview. On Tuesday a court in Paris dismissed a case brought against Dylan last November by the Council of Croats in France, according to Agence France-Presse.Dylan was sued over an answer he gave Rolling Stone to a question about parallels between the U.S. of the 1860s and present-day America.  "If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood," the magazine quoted Dylan as saying, leading the Croatian group to sue under French hate-speech laws.However, a judge ruled that Dylan was not culpable because he hadn't given consent for his comments to be published in the French-language edition of the magazine.  The judge did order the magazine's French editor to stand trial, though, the AFP reports.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Meat Loaf Schedules Third Series of Dates for Las Vegas Residency


Webster PRAfter wrapping up a second series of performances of his RockTellz & CockTails show in Las Vegas earlier this month, Meat Loaf has now lined up a third residency.  The veteran singer's new engagement will include 21 dates, beginning May 6 and running through June 21.  During the stint, which again will be held at the PH Showroom at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, performances will take place each week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.RockTellz & CockTails Presents Meat Loaf combines a rock concert with a multimedia display featuring archival film and photos, as well as a Q&A session.  During each show, Meat Loaf sings many of his classic hits from his Bat out of Hell trilogy, including "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," as well as other memorable songs from throughout his career.  He also shares a variety of exciting stories about his many years in show business."I'm having so much fun with this show and am thrilled to be coming back again," says Meat Loaf in a statement.  "It's exciting every night for me to step on that stage with a show that draws together all aspects of my career.  It really is the show I was born to do."Tickets for the show cost from $69 to $149, not including taxes and fees.  VIP packages -- including a meet-and-greet with Meat Loaf, premium seats, an autographed scarf and a souvenir photo -- can be purchased for $750.  Tickets are available now at the Planet Hollywood Box Office, at Ticketmaster outlets, and at Ticketmaster.com. Visit RockTellz.com to check out a complete list of performances and more details about the show.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Paul McCartney Announces Six New US Tour Dates


Photo: MJ KimPaul McCartney has added six more dates to the U.S. leg of his ongoing Out There Tour on top of the four he revealed last week.  Among the newly announced shows will be his first-ever full headlining concerts in Lubbock, Texas, and Jacksonville, Florida, as well as stops in Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville and Salt Lake City.Sir Paul will kick off the stateside leg on June 14 in Lubbock, which was the hometown of one of his musical idols, the late Buddy Holly.  The ex-Beatles star will rock Jacksonville on June 22, having only previously performed a four-song set in the city in 2005 during the Super Bowl XXXIX halftime show.McCartney will play Dallas on June 16 and Atlanta on June 21.  He last performed in the Texas metropolis back in 2005, although he did visit nearby Arlington, Texas, during his 2009 summer tour.  His last trip to Atlanta also took place in '09.Rounding out the new shows, McCartney will perform in Nashville on June 25 and in Salt Lake City on August 7.  Paul only played in those cities once before, during his 2010 Up and Coming Tour.Tickets for the new U.S. dates will go on sale to the general public on April 25 at 10 a.m. local time.  PaulMcCartney.com members and American Express Card members will get the chance to purchase pre-sale tickets starting, respectively, this Thursday and this Monday at 10 a.m. local time.By the way, McCartney's previously announced U.S. concerts -- June 19 in New Orleans; June 26 in Louisville, Kentucky; July 5 in Albany, New York; and July 7 in Pittsburgh -- all have sold out.First up for the rock legend will be a Latin American leg that gets under way this Saturday in Montevideo, Uruguay.  He also has shows lined up in Japan and South Korea in late May.Here are all of McCartney's confirmed U.S. tour dates:6/14 -- Lubbock, TX, United Spirit Arena6/16 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center6/19 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center6/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena6/22 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena6/25 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena6/26 -- Louisville, KY, Yum! Center7/5 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center7/7 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Consol Energy Center8/7 -- Salt Lake City, UT, EnergySolutions ArenaCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Pete Townshend Says The Who Will Launch 50th Anniversary Tour in Late 2104; New


Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThis past October, Who singer Roger Daltey revealed to Rolling Stone that his band was planning to launch a 50th anniversary tour sometime in 2015, but now guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend is reporting that the trek will get under way a bit earlier.  Townshend tells Billboard that the outing will start around Christmastime in the United Kingdom and then will make its way to North America next year."It will be a world tour," explains the 68-year-old rocker.  "I'm not crazy about going on the road, but I'm in good shape and once I start doing it -- and I'm still very good at it -- I'll take some pleasure from it."  The trek is expected to be the band's last major tour.Meanwhile, Pete reports that he's finally hoping to put together a new Who studio album, which would be a follow-up to 2006's Endless Wire."I'm trying to [look] through my 20,000 hours of complete and utter disorganized music [to find possible songs]," he says. "I'll be pulling some songs out of [his long-in-the-works project] 'Floss' to give to Roger to see if we've got enough to make an album."  He adds, "It might be a big waste of time, but I'm hoping there will be an album."Reflecting on the tour that will mark his band's half-century-long career, Townshend tells Billboard that although he's prepared for it, the trek comes at a transitional period in his life."I'll be 69 in May and all my friends are getting ill or dying," he points out.  "I knew it would happen.  I will be happy if I give people something that makes fans happy.  It takes some great planning and I hope it opens up other things that we can avail ourselves of."As previously reported, outside of his work with The Who, Townshend has co-written and recorded a new song titled "It Must Be Done" that will get its premiere on the April 30 episode of the FX espionage-drama series The Americans, which airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Chicago to Unveil Innovative New Album This Summer


Chicago Records IIChicago will return this summer with a new album called NOW – also known as Chicago 36.  The project was put together on a mobile recording system called The Rig, which was spearheaded by longtime trumpet player Lee Loughnane, in hotel rooms and other locations across the country while the band was on tour. Engineer Hank Linderman acted as coordinating producer for the album, which features 10 tracks.  Chicago already released several of the tunes as digital singles over the last several months.NOW will arrive, appropriately enough, on the 4th of July and will be available in five different formats.  The biggest one will set you back 98 dollars and will include the CD with a six-panel digipak, a full-color lyric book, a t-shirt, a mug and other goodies.  For more information, or to pre-order the new disc, visit the official Chicago website.Here is the track listing for Chicago NOW XXXVI:"NOW""More Will Be Revealed""America""Crazy Happy" "Free at Last" "Love Lives On" "Something’s Coming, I Know" "Watching All the Colors" "Nice Girl" "Naked in the Garden of Allah" "Another Trippy Day"Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Cream's Jack Bruce Releases Diverse New Solo Album, "Silver Rails"


Cherry Red RecordsSilver Rails, Cream singer/bassist Jack Bruce's first new solo album in more than decade, was released in the U.S. this week.  The album finds the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer exploring an eclectic variety of styles with help from some well-known guest musicians, including such respected guitarists as Robin Trower, Phil Manzanera, Uli Jon Roth and Bernie Marsden.Among the genres Jack tackles on the record are Caribbean-flavored pop, blues, introspective ballads, melodic mid-tempo rock and heavy rock.  "I've always liked so many different kinds of music and that's always shown up, especially in my solo albums," Bruce explained in a recent interview with ABC News Radio.He pointed out that he used his first solo album, 1969's Songs to a Tailor, as a template for Silver Rails, noting that he was interested in putting together a similarly diverse collection of tunes.  "I thought this is now like the same thing, but it's more of a sideways look, if you like," Jack said.Bruce also told ABC News Radio that the timing of the recording sessions luckily fit in well with the schedules of his guest musicians."All of the solo guitar players -- the songs were really written with them in mind," he noted, and pretty much all the people I approached were free and willing to do it."Bruce collaborated on most of the tracks with his longtime lyricist Pete Brown, with whom he's been writing songs since 1966 during his early days in Cream."I think he's done a tremendous job on this album.  I think he's written about seven of the lyrics," said Bruce.  "And I think we're probably about the longest still-running songwriting partnership, certainly in [the U.K.]"He singled out the song "Reach for the Night" as a particularly insightful set of lyrics penned by Brown.  "I think he's succeeded in coming up with a little kind of potted biography of the darker side of my life," said Bruce.  "He's very unique in the sense that he seems to know me so well.  He's able to write [things that,] although they're very personal, it's not upsetting when he writes them."Jack also is happy with Silver Rails' lead track, "Candlelight," which he co-wrote with his wife, Margrit Seyffer.  "That was her first lyric that she's written," he pointed out.  "I just love those words."Several versions of Silver Rails is available, including a standard CD, a two-disc deluxe edition containing a Making of Silver Rails documentary on DVD, and a vinyl LP.Bruce currently has no shows scheduled, but he told ABC News Radio that he does plan to line up some dates in support of the new album, and hopes eventually to make his way back to North America sometime this year.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Aretha Franklin Laughs Off Rumored Fight with Patti Labelle


Aretha's Records; Courtesy of Patti LaBelleEarlier this month, The News Nerd published a satirical story about Aretha Franklin getting into a physical altercation with Patti LaBelle.  Now, Franklin has decided to address the story, which many people actually thought was true."I've never heard anything crazier -- regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting on March 20, in Atlanta," Aretha said in a statement.  "On March 20, I was in New York City readying for my birthday patty (Sorry. LOL. Laughing at my typo error).  I meant PARTY, which we all had one fabulous time."She continued, "Patti and I are cool and we always have been.  I enjoyed her at the White House.  Classic Patti."Last last month, Franklin was captured pulling her arm away from LaBelle, who was trying to greet Aretha at the "Women of Soul" concert at the White House.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jethro's Tull's Ian Anderson Releases New Concept Album, "Homo Erraticus"


Calliandra RecordsIn 2012, Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson released Thick as a Brick II, a sequel to his band's 1972 concept album that was based on a poem written by a fictional eight-year-old boy named Gerald Bostock.  Now, the singer has recorded a new chapter to Bostock's saga, an album titled Homo Erraticus, which hit stores on Tuesday.According to the scenario created by Anderson, Bostock went on to have a 40-year political career before becoming Ian's tour manager.  Homo Erraticus is a collection of songs that the fictional Gerald supposedly co-wrote with Anderson inspired by an unpublished manuscript penned by a fictional amateur historian named Ernest T. Parritt -- who was born in 1865 and died 1928.  Parritt's work takes a look at major events in British history while prophesying what would come to pass in the present day and the future.  Perhaps to help fans understand the convoluted concept behind the album, Anderson has launched a new website dedicated to the project, HomoErraticus.com.Describing Homo Erraticus in a recent Billboard interview, Anderson says, "I slightly jokingly say it's a folk-prog-metal album with classical music and folk music influences.  We have a rich arrangement of essentially rock music, but with lots of elements which are part and parcel of my style, I suppose."Ian also revealed to Billboard that he pretty much has decided to retire the Jethro Tull name.  "It's a body of work I rather think is now kind of historical, since the weight of it lies back in the '70s and '80s in terms of volume," he explained.  "And I rather think it's nice to kind of leave that as legacy."Anderson has lined up a 30-plus-date fall U.S. tour with his solo band in support of Homo Erraticus that will kick off September 12 in Seattle and is mapped out through a November 10 concert in Montclair, New Jersey. Each show will feature a full performance of the new album, as well as a set of classic Jethro Tull material.Here is the full list of Anderson's confirmed solo U.S. dates:9/12 -- Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall9/13 -- Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery Amphitheater9/15 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theater9/17 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater9/18 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Hall9/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater9/20 -- Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center9/21 -- Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium9/23 -- Dallas, TX, Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House9/24 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel PAC9/26 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits9/28 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford PAC9/30 -- Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall10/1 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium10/3 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC10/4 -- Durham, NC, Durham PAC10/16 -- Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall10/17 -- Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium10/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater10/23 -- Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino10/25 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre10/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center10/28 -- Burlington, VT, Flynn Center 10/29 -- Providence, RI, Providence PAC10/30 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse11/1 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium11/2 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre11/4 -- Buffalo, NY, Center for the Arts11/6 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater11/7 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars - Circus Maximus11/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount11/9 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater11/10 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont TheatreCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

New Compilation to Feature Performances from Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Concer


Vanguard RecordsThe third installment in a series of compilations featuring performances from the Midnight Ramble concerts late Band singer/drummer Levon Helm hosted at his home studio and barn in Woodstock, New York, is scheduled to be released on July 1.  The album, titled The Levon Helm Band -- The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3, includes 13 songs from various shows recorded between October 2005 and August 2010.The Midnight Ramble events have been held regularly at Helm's studio since 2005, and often feature appearances by well-known guest artists.  The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 includes guest performances by Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, Elvis Costello and legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint.  The album also features Helm contributing lead vocals to four tracks, while members of his longtime backing group -- including daughter Amy, guitarist Jimmy Vivino and musical director Larry Campbell -- also sing various tunes on the record.Helm, who died in April 2012 at age 71 after a battle with cancer, handpicked the songs included on the compilation and also designed its cover art.  The Levon Helm Band has continued to host Midnight Rambles fairly regularly at the barn.Here's the full track list of The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 compilation:"The Same Thing" -- Levon Helm (2/14/09)"Ain't That Good News" -- Amy Helm (8/28/10)"God Don't Never Change" -- Jimmy Vivino (1/10/09)"Drivin' Wheel" -- Levon Helm (5/16/09)"I'm a Jealous Man" -- Larry Campbell (1/31/09)"Stagger Lee" -- Little Sammy Davis (10/18/05)"Simple Twist of Fate" -- Brian Mitchell (3/14/09)"One More Shot" -- Levon Helm (12/9/06)"Turn Around" -- Teresa Williams (5/9/09)"The Beautiful Lie" -- Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, Fiona McBain (1/3/09)"A Certain Girl" -- Allen Toussaint (1/1/07)"Shake Your Money Maker" -- Chris Robinson (8/23/08)"Take Me to the River -- Levon Helm (2/10/07)Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Johnny & Edgar Winter, Vanilla Fudge to Perform on Third Annual Rock'n'Blues Fes


Rock Star PRInitial dates have been announced for the third annual Rock'n'Blues Fest tour, which features an impressive lineup of veteran artists, including The Johnny Winter Band, The Edgar Winter Band and Vanilla Fudge.  Fifteen shows have been confirmed for the trek so far, which is scheduled to get under way August 1 in Westbury, New York, and currently is mapped out through an August 24 performance in Snoqualmie, Washington.Among the other acts on the tour's bill are founding Rare Earth singer/drummer Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown frontman Kim Simmonds.  Edgar Winter and his group have been part of the Rock'n'Blues Fest trek for all three years of its existence, while his brother Johnny's band and Simmonds both previously took part in the inaugural outing."I love getting together with the great players on this fantastic concert series," says Johnny Winter in a statement.Adds Edgar, "My brother, the legendary Johnny Winter, is closing the show again this year.  We really missed him last time and it's always a special occasion getting to jam with Johnny."Vanilla Fudge singer/keyboardist Mark Stein, meanwhile, points out, "The last time Vanilla Fudge played with Johnny Winter was when he jumped up on stage with Janis Joplin and jammed with us at [1969's] West Palm Beach Pop Festival in Florida.  I'm looking forward to playing with him and brother, Edgar...two rockin' bands!"Here are the confirmed dates for the 2014 Rock'n'Blues Fest tour; additional concerts will be announced soon:8/1 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury8/2 -- Rockland, ME, Rockland's Harbor Park8/3 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre8/5 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre8/6 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus8/7 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre8/8 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center8/13 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts8/14 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre8/15 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts 8/16 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 8/21 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic 8/22 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim 8/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery 8/24 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie CasinoCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Gregg Allman Set to Play Series of US Solo Shows


Photo: Danny ClinchAfter playing a couple of headlining sets with The Allman Brothers Band over the weekend at the group's annual Wanee Festival, frontman Gregg Allman will now hit the road solo for a slew of late-spring and summer concerts.  First up will be a brief series of Australian concerts, running from April 18 to April 23, followed by a U.S. trek that will kick off with a May 3 show in New Orleans.Allman's solo itinerary includes more than a dozen concerts, stretching through an August 8 performance in Hyannis, Massachusetts.  In the midst of his solo shows, Gregg also will join The Allman Brothers Band for a June 8 appearance at the 2014 Mountain Jam festival in Hunter, New York.  The Allmans' schedule also includes performances at their Peach Music Festival in mid August in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and at the Lock'n Festival in early September in Arrington, Virginia.5/3 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre5/21 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre Napa5/22 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre Napa5/24 -- Aptos, CA, Santa Cruz Blues Festival5/25 -- Avila Beach, CA, Avila Beach Resort5/28 -- Santa Rosa Beach, FL, The Green at Gulf Place6/20 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino6/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort6/24 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up6/25 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up6/28 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort7/1 -- Boise, ID, Morrison Center at Boise State U.7/5 -- Spokane, WA, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox7/6 -- Portland, OR, Tom McCall Waterfront Park8/8 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody TentCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey Discusses His Life as a "Shining Star" in New


Viking AdultA new memoir by Philip Bailey, the longtime lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire, is being published today.  In Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire, Bailey shares the story of the pioneering funk/soul band's path to international stardom in the 1970s, as well as his own personal and spiritual struggles.Led by founding member Maurice White, and powered by Bailey's multi-octave voice, Earth, Wind & Fire caught the attention of the music world with its dynamic blend of genres, colorful costumes and over-the-top stage shows.  After scoring an impressive string of hits from the mid-1970s through the early '80s, White put the group on hiatus.  Bailey then found solo success thanks, in part, to the hit 1984 duet "Easy Lover" with Phil Collins, before Earth, Wind & Fire reformed later that same decade.The book, which was co-written with Kent and Keith Zimmerman, recounts the many highs and lows Bailey experienced throughout his musical career, and takes a look at his struggle with the excesses of fame.Shining Star is available in a hardbound edition and as an ebook.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio




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