Thursday, February 11, 2016

Vintage Video: John Lennon Sings "Instant Karma" on "Top of the Pops" (1971)

On February 11, 1970 (46 years ago today), John Lennon and Yoko Ono brought their band to the British television show Top of the Pops, the first of the four Beatles to appear on the program.

Lennon sang live in the studio but the rest of the instruments were mimed by Klaus Voorman (bass), Mal Evans (tambourine), Alan White (drums) and BP Fallon (bass, tambourine).

Meanwhile, Yoko Ono sat behind and to the right of the piano where Lennon played with a blindfold on, calmly knitting and, occassionally, holding up signs with words like "peace".

Four takes were done of the song in the studio with take three shown the next night, February 12 while take four was used the following week on the show (February 19).

Davey Havok of AFI and No Doubt (minus Gwen) Forming New Group

While Gwen Stefani is off recording new albums and judging TV talent shows, the rest of the members of No Doubt have decided to move forward with an all new band.

Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young have joined forces with AFI frontman Davey Havok to form an as-yet unnamed new band. No word on what style of music the band will play as Havok comes from the world of rock while the No Doubt crew started in Ska and moved into dancehall.

According to Billboard, the band will be managed by Pat Magnarella, who also reps Green Day, and has completed an album which will be out when they have a label deal.

Whether this will be No Doubt's permanent new band is not known. They released Push and Shove with Stefani in 2012 and toured last year, but sales on that album were not good and Gwen appears to have moved on with new management and focus for her career.

On the other hand, AFI is still going strong with their 2013 album Burials peaking in the top ten and hitting number 3 on the Alternative chart.

Photo via Billboard

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Bat Unloads on Kelly Osbourne; Says It's Repayment For Her Father's Incident

by Newsdesk

Kelly Osbourne has joked she's paying for father Ozzy's crimes after a bat defecated on her head.

Black Sabbath rocker Ozzy Osbourne achieved worldwide notoriety when he bit the head off an unconscious bat during a performance in Des Moines, Iowa.

On Wednesday, Ozzy's 31-year-old daughter Kelly told her Instagram followers she felt she had been targeted by one of the creatures. "#F**kMyLife walked down the street to @harrysfamouspies where a f**king bat attacked me and sh*t on my head!" Kelly fumed.

She later took to the photo sharing site to post a comparison picture of herself and Ozzy, and joked she thinks the bat attack was anything but a random incident. "It was a case of mistaken identity @ozzyosbourne however I should not be paying for your crimes Dad!#BatSh*tCrazy," she wrote next to the snap.

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Following Ozzy's infamous bat biting incident, the now 67-year-old singer said he thought the creature, which had been thrown onto the stage by a fan, was a rubber replica.

However, he quickly realised there was something wrong, as he explained in his memoirs I Am Ozzy.

"Immediately, though, something felt wrong. Very wrong," he said. "For a start, my mouth was instantly full of this warm, gloopy liquid, with the worst aftertaste you could ever imagine. I could feel it staining my teeth and running down my chin. Then the head in my mouth twitched."

Kelly is currently in Australia where she is a judge on Australia's Got Talent. Her time Down Under hasn't been without incident, as she has been walking with a cane after fracturing her foot.

Speaking at the recent David Jones Autumn/Winter fashion launch, Kelly admitted she had made the injury worse by wearing heels during the AGT audition process, but hadn't realised her injury was so severe.

"I have five fractures in this right foot and I was wearing heels through the audition period of Australia's Got Talent," she told Daily Mail Australia. "And I'm like 'I'm in so much pain' so they sent me to the specialist and they said, 'oh you've got five fractures'."

Cleopatra Records Releasing 5-CD History of Psychedelic Rock

Get ready for a massive 5-CD head-trip through the outer reaches of psych rock from yesterday, today, and beyond with Psych Box, the new box set releasing tomorrow (February 12) by Cleopatra Records.

Packaged in a deluxe 7”x7” box with individual CD wallets and a full color booklet, Psych Box traces the development of the psychedelic rock explosion from its roots in the ‘60s and ‘70s sounds of Iron Butterfly, Hawkwind, The Syn (with Yes guitarist Peter Banks), The Deviants, and Brainticket through the ‘80s and ‘90s with The Legendary Pink Dots, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Dead Meadow, and on into the newest generation of psych with bands such as The Warlocks, The Black Angels, Allah-Las and more.

The booklet features both band bios as well as suggested listening options for those looking to extend their musical acid trip into the foreseeable future. As a special bonus, there is a limited edition 7” featuring a spoken word track by spiritual guru of the psych movement, Dr. Timothy Leary, and on the B-side a fiery track from Led Zeppelin's guitarist Jimmy Page. So turn on, tune in, and drop out with this mind-blowing box of kaleidoscopic cacophony!

Track List:

Disc 1
  • Going to Hell - The Brian Jonestown Massacre
  • Soul Kitchen - The Black Angels
  • Damien - The Legendary Pink Dots
  • Sunbeam - A Place To Bury Strangers
  • You Destroy - The Warlocks
  • Opa-Loka - Hawkwind
  • Vision's - Absolutely Free
  • Great Deceiver - The Movements
  • Meet You In The Subway - Chrome
  • Sweet Rays - Nikola Tesla & Thee Coils
  • Tent Rentals - Rotten Mangos
  • Something Inside Me - The Thunderbeats
  • For a While - The Third Sound
  • Lost In Space - Sula Bassana
  • Black Sand - Brainticket
Disc 2
  • Love Was In Me - Wild Style Lion feat. Kim Gordon 
  • Wrap Around Porch - The May Company
  • Big Bad Storm - The See See
  • 14 Hour Technicolour Dream - The Syn
  • Mirrorball - Sons of Hippies
  • Jamie's Song - The Deviants
  • The Sun - Cambrian Explosion
  • Cut Me - Surprise Party
  • In My Kitchen - Siena Root
  • Sunflower Microphone - The Spyrals
  • Il Est Juste La - Studio 69
  • Action Woman - The Litter
  • Sweaty Windows - Las Brujas
  • Forever - Jovontaes
  • Red Reflection - Spindrift
  • Letter to Hermione - Dum Dum Girls
Disc 3
  • All Tomorrow’s Parties - Nico
  • Black Tinted Moonlight - Bonfire Beach
  • In The Light - The Fresh & Onlys
  • Smoke Your Eyes - The Altered Hours
  • Everything Goes Wrong - Femme Accident
  • Lady Greengrass - The Ones
  • Laid Bare - Tales of Murder and Dust
  • The Crystal Ship - Dead Meadow
  • Japanese Hills - MC5
  • Gold - MC5
  • Take It Or Leave It - Tashaki Miyaki
  • Do You Feel It - Holy Wave
  • Winter Winds - The Tulips
  • Green Carnations - Fade In Mona Lisa
  • Spaceman - Electric Moon
Disc 4
  • Jupiter - Magic Wands
  • It’s All In The Mind - Nektar
  • No Way Out - The Chocolate Watchband
  • Occultation - Brujas Del Sol
  • Iron Hand - Calliope
  • Zodiacal Light - Energy 2000
  • The Place Where The Flat Things Are - The Floormen
  • Dark Peace - The Striped Bananas
  • Kashmir - Indian Jewelry
  • Close To Odd - Wight Lhite
  • Under Your Tongue - Surly Gates
  • Innocent Tu Seras Incandescent - Aqua Nebula Oscillator
  • Allez prenons un autre verre - Pink Velvet
  • Devil's Grip - The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
  • MacBeth - Black Delta Movement
  • A Glass Of Tears Half Empty - Aura Blaze
Disc 5
  • Possession (Original 7” Version) - Iron Butterfly
  • Hallucination Generation - The Fuzztones
  • Stoned - Allah-Las
  • This Is What We Want - Love, Hippies & Gangsters
  • National Strings Attached - onYou
  • Get To The Sun - Secret Colours
  • Julia - The Vacant Lots
  • The Machine On The Hill - Black Moon Circle
  • Life Thus Far Out - Ttotals
  • Time Crypt - Nik Turner
  • Ice Cream Party (Instrumental) - Shuggie Otis
  • The Trip - Kim Fowley
  • South Of No North - Landskap
  • She’s My Melody - The Lucid Experiment
  • The End - The Raveonettes

Michael Lang Wants to Put on a 50th Anniversary Woodstock Festival

It's still three years away, but promoter Michael Lang is looking for partners with which to put on a 50th anniversary edition of Woodstock and, possibly, annual events in the years after.

Woodstock, which was originally held in 1969, has seen two festivals held in its name, one in 1994 in Saugerties, NY and one in 1999 in Rome, NY, but the general feeling was that neither was able to recreate the vibe of the original event. In Rome, there were multiple incidents of ATM machines being broken into, attacks on women and a festival ending fire, none of which were a big part of the show in 1969.

Since that time, festivals have become big business. Hundreds are held around the world every year with only minor incidents while people enjoy multiple days of bands, many times on multiples stages.

That's why, even though people might chuckle after the 1994 and 1999 shows, the viability of another festival in the name of Woodstock is not that far fetched an idea.

Lang recently talked with the Poughkeepsie Journal saying that, with all of these new festivals, it might be time to resurrect the Woodstock name. He now needs to get partners on board along with identifying potential locations. In all likelihood, the property that belonged to farmer Max Yasgur that was the location for the 1969 festival will no longer be suitable as it is now the site for the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The performing arts center is not configured for a festival size crowd.

Lang tried to put together a 40th anniversary show in 2009 but was not able to find the support.

Barry Manilow Postpones Two Shows After Being Rushed Back to L.A. For Emergency Care

Barry Manilow has been forced to postpone tonight's (February 11) show in Highland Heights, KY and tomorrow's in Nashville due to emergency oral surgery.

A press release has been issued addressing the situation which just says that he returned to Los Angeles after performing in Memphis last night due to complications from oral surgery he received on Monday.

Manilow is currently on his final tour which currently has dates running through June 23 at London's 02 Arena.

The full statement:
Following a triumphant sold out concert in Memphis, Barry Manilow was rushed back to Los Angeles due to complications from emergency oral surgery that Manilow had on Monday.

Manilow's concerts in Highland Heights scheduled for tonight (Thursday, Feb 11) and Nashville (Feb 12) are being re-scheduled with new dates to be announced shortly. Ticket holders should retain their existing tickets for redemption on the night of the new date.

At this time it is unclear if Manilow will be able to attend the Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15th where he is nominated for his 15th Grammy Award for his latest album, "My Dream Duets."

Manilow is currently on his One Last Time - One Last Tour throughout North America and the U.K.

"Queen: A Night in Bohemia" Concert Film to Play in Theaters on March 8

The people at Fathom Events, More2Screen and Eagle Rock Entertainment have had a number of very successful theater screenings of both current and archived concert films over the last couple of years. On March 8, they will return to the Queen archive with Queen: A Night in Bohemia.

The night includes a concert from 1975, which includes the first filmed performance of Bohemian Rhapsody, along with a documentary that includes a wealth of unseen interviews, recently unearthed rushes of Queen’s first-ever video and outtakes from the recording sessions of Bohemian Rhapsody itself.

The new documentary digs deep into the archives to tell the story of Queen as it follows their journey from a struggling band gigging at pubs and colleges to the moment they captured the UK’s hearts and minds with what was to become one of the greatest songs of all time. Comprised of the late Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals) and John Deacon (bass guitar), the British rock band Queen formed in London in 1971 and have since garnered more than 130 million in record sales, making them one of the biggest-selling music acts of all time.

The concert was captured live on Christmas Eve 1975 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, and brought to a climax the most eventful and exciting year so far in the band’s career. It was first transmitted live on BBC Two’s Old Grey Whistle Test and captured the band firing on all cylinders as they performed breakthrough hits like Killer Queen, Liar, Keep Yourself Alive and Now I’m Here, as well as the now monumental classic Bohemian Rhapsody.

John Rubey, Fathom Events CEO, said, “We are excited to bring a very special, one-of-a-kind concert experience to music fans across the nation. Cinema audiences will now have a front row seat to rock out at one of the most legendary concerts of all time, as we celebrate Queen and one of their most beloved songs.”

Tickets for Queen: A Night in Bohemia can be purchased online starting Friday, February 12, 2016 by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 210 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

The set list:
  • Now I'm Here
  • Ogre Battle
  • White Queen (As It Began)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Killer Queen
  • The March Of The Black Queen
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (Reprise)
  • Bring Back That Leroy Brown
  • Brighton Rock (Guitar Solo)
  • Son And Daughter
  • Keep Yourself Alive
  • Liar
  • In The Lap Of The Gods... Revisited
  • Big Spender
  • Jailhouse Rock Medley (includes excerpts of Stupid Cupid & Be Bop A Lula)
  • God Save The Queen

Bonnie Raitt Adds Over Twenty Dates to Her Dig in Deep Tour

Bonnie Raitt's new album, Dig in Deep, is out on February 26 and the singer has added over twenty dates to her already lengthy tour in support of the album.

New dates for August and September have been added to the itinerary for the album; however, the venues for those dates are not out as of this writing. Check with your local venues and media for the announcement of location and time for the shows.

Look for a ticket availability announcement on March 3. According to Pollstar, even more dates are coming for October and November.

Also look for Raitt on next Monday's Grammy broadcast saluting B.B. King along with Chris Stapleton and Gary Clark, Jr.
  • 03/10 – Richmond, VA – Carpenter Theatre
  • 03/12 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
  • 03/13 – Rochester, NY – Kodak Hall At Eastman Theatre
  • 03/15 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
  • 03/16 – Detroit, MI – Detroit Opera House
  • 03/18 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
  • 03/19 – Louisville, KY – The Louisville Palace Theatre
  • 03/22 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
  • 03/23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall For The Performing Arts
  • 03/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Verizon Hall
  • 03/26 – Washington, DC – The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts
  • 03/29 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
  • 04/01 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
  • 04/02 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
  • 04/17 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
  • 04/20 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
  • 04/22 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
  • 04/23 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
  • 04/26 – Dallas, TX – Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House
  • 04/27 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
  • 04/29 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
  • 05/03 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
  • 05/04 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
  • 05/01 – New Orleans, LA – Fairgrounds Racecourse (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival)
  • 05/03 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
  • 05/04 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
  • 05/26 – Manchester, United Kingdom – The Bridgewater Hall
  • 05/27 – Gateshead, United Kingdom – Sage Gateshead
  • 05/29 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
  • 05/30 – Birmingham, United Kingdom – Symphony Hall
  • 06/01 – London, United Kingdom – Eventim Apollo
  • 06/02 – Bristol, United Kingdom – Colston Hall
  • 06/04 – Grolloo, Netherlands – Blues In Grolloo Festival Grounds (Holland International Blues Festival)
  • 06/06 – Brussels, Belgium – Cirque Royal
  • 06/07 – Frankfurt, Germany – Alte Oper Frankfurt
  • 06/10 – Kolding, Denmark – Godset
  • 06/11 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
  • 07/27 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Civic Theatre
  • 07/29 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
  • 07/30 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
  • 08/12 – Wallingford, CT
  • 08/13 – Newark, NJ
  • 08/15 – Westbury, NY
  • 08/17 – Hampton Beach, NY
  • 08/19 – Portland, ME
  • 08/20 – Boston, MA
  • 08/23 – Hyannis, ME
  • 08/24 – Baltimore, MD 
  • 08/26 – Philadelphia, PA
  • 08/27 – Vienna, VA 
  • 08/30 – Kettering, OH 
  • 08/31 – Grand Rapids, MI 
  • 09/05 – Minneapolis, MI 
  • 09/06 – Lincoln, NE 
  • 09/08 – Morrison, CO 
  • 09/11 – Salt Lake City, UT 
  • 09/13 – Boise, ID 
  • 09/14 – Spokane, WA 
  • 09/17 – Portland, OR 
  • 09/23 – Paso Robles, CA 
  • 09/24 – Berkeley, CA

Bruce Springsteen to Release Memoir

Bruce Springsteen has written a memoir and plans on releasing it later this year.

Born to Run has been acquired by Simon & Schuster who have announced a September 27 release date. The initial release will be in hardback, ebook and audio editions.

According to the press release for the book, Springsteen started writing the book in 2009 after the band played at the Super Bowl Halftime Show and has been working on it for the last seven years. "In Born to Run, Mr. Springsteen describes growing up in Freehold, New Jersey amid the “poetry, danger, and darkness” that fueled his imagination. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realized."

Jonathan Karp of Simon & Schuster said "This is the book we’ve been hoping for. Readers will see their own lives in Bruce Springsteen’s extraordinary story, just as we recognize ourselves in his songs."

Springsteen said of the writing process "Writing about yourself is a funny business but in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this."

Simon & Schuster, who previously published Springsteen's book Outlaw Pete, acquired the rights for the book in United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and India. Editions Albin Michel have the rights in France; Mondadori in Italy; Heyne in Germany; Natur & Kultur in Sweden; Spectrum in the Netherlands; Politkens in Denmark; Cappelen Damn in Norway; Otava in Finland; and Penguin Random in Spain.