Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Bonnie MacLean, Poster Artist & Wife of Bill Graham, Commissioned For New Fillmore Work

The Philadelphia Fillmore has formed a uniquely special bond to the iconic legacy of the original Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco after discovering an extraordinary link to the past in its own back yard. And the results will be unveiled on opening night as a treasured keepsake for everyone in attendance.

To commemorate the sold-out Grand Opening concert Oct. 1 starring Hall & Oates, Live Nation has commissioned 1960s Fillmore poster artist Bonnie MacLean, a Philadelphia native and the one-time wife of legendary concert impresario and Fillmore Auditorium founder Bill Graham, to design a distinctive souvenir poster which will be handed out free to ticket-holders that evening.

“We are thrilled and privileged that Bonnie has come on board to exclusively lend her singular authenticity to the Fillmore Philadelphia,” said Michael Grozier, Sr. Vice President, House of Blues Entertainment. “We’ve gone to tremendous lengths to write a new chapter to Philadelphia’s proud musical heritage by honoring the legendary traditions of Fillmore music halls around the country, and we can’t wait to see what she creates not only for us, but also for the 2,500 patrons who will pack the house on Opening Night.”

MacLean was among the driving forces behind the rise of the San Francisco rock music scene of the late '60s, with the success of the Fillmore Auditorium due in no small part to her groundbreaking posters promoting the venue's concert attractions. She moved back to the East Coast in 1972 and settled in rural Bucks County, PA, where she has been living ever since, painting nudes, landscapes and still lives in her converted barn studio. She remains best-known for her series of historical hand-drawn rock posters, among the most sought-after collectible poster art in rock. Some of MacLean’s posters sell today for as much as $10,000.

“I’m quite pleased to be recognized by Live Nation as the person I was 50 years ago,” said MacLean. “The Fillmore Philadelphia will spread the joy of what used to be the most wonderful music venue around. Philadelphia, being a musical city, will enjoy it and appreciate it.”

The Fillmore Auditorium, which first opened in San Francisco in 1965, is one of this country’s landmark performing stages. That Fillmore was the focal point of the psychedelic music scene during the 1960s and ‘70s, helping to launch the careers of iconic rock acts such as the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Santana, The Doors, The Allman Brothers Band, and many, many others which helped it grow into the legend it is today.

MacLean, already married to Graham at the time, helped her then-husband launch the Fillmore Auditorium by joining the staff to collect tickets, pass out handbills, and count receipts. Her initial contribution as an artist was simply drawling lists of band lineups on the coming attractions board at the top of the stairs, before she eventually stepped in to create more than 30 posters for shows featuring the likes of the Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Cream, the Yardbirds, and numerous others.

The opening of The Philly Fillmore marks the seventh Fillmore now open in the U.S., and the latest addition to a legendary group of music venues that traces its lineage to rock history’s golden era. The newest Fillmore is a major component in the continued revitalization of iconic Fishtown and is rising at one of the city’s historic addresses, the legendary Ajax Metal Factory. The building, at the intersection of Frankford Avenue and Richmond Street, is being transformed from a pounding WWI munitions machine constructed over 100 years ago into a beautiful, pounding music machine of a different sort, 2015 style, with a distinct Philly flair.

Garbage to Release a 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Their Debut Album; Play in Full on Tour

by Newsdesk

Garbage has announced they will release a special 20th Anniversary Edition of their critically acclaimed self-titled album in celebration of its historical debut.

The new version will be re-mastered from the original analog tapes and feature all of the remixes and previously unreleased tracks from the lauded album. Release date is October 2.

Garbage will also be releasing a double vinyl LP available October 30th in Europe. A limited edition triple-vinyl LP with an autographed band photo is only available for pre-order beginning today in time for a December holiday delivery.

Shirley Manson said "This is a very special occasion for all of us in garbage. We are particularly excited about the upcoming tour, the intent of which is pretty much the celebration of a 20 year long affair between us and those who have loved us."

Garbage released their genre defying, groundbreaking debut on August 15, 1995 at a time when grunge music dominated the airwaves and mainstream culture. Their distinctive approach to songwriting and production - blending elements of rock, pop and electronic music - captured the attention of critics and fans all over the world. The album spawned multiple hits including: Vow, Queer, Stupid Girl and Only Happy When It Rains. It spent more than a year on both the U.S. and U.K. charts, received multi-platinum certifications around the world and was nominated for Grammy Awards including Best New Artist and Best Rock Song (Stupid Girl). The album went on to sell over 4 million copies worldwide.

Garbage Super Deluxe Edition unreleased track list:

Disc 1 (Original album)
  • Supervixen
  • Queer
  • Only Happy When It Rains
  • As Heaven is Wide
  • Not My Idea
  • A Stroke of Luck
  • Vow 
  • Stupid Girl
  • Dog New Tricks
  • My Lover's Box
  • Fix Me Now
  • Milk
Disc 2
  • Vow (Joan of Ark Mix)
  • Vow (Stripped Down Mix)
  • Vow (Tuesday Night Club Mix)
  • Fix Me Now (Alternate Subbass Mix)
  • Subhuman (Supersize Mix)
  • #1 Crush (Early Demo Mix)
  • Strokes of Luck (Early Demo Mix)
  • My Lovers Box (Early Demo Mix)
  • Not My Idea (Early Demo Mix)
  • Only Happy When It Rains (Early Demo Mix)
  • Supervixen (Early Demo Mix)
To celebrate 20 years as a band, this October Garbage will embark on a special U.S. and European Anniversary Tour. Christened the 20 Years Queer Tour, the band will play their debut album in its entirety for the first time. A full list of dates can be found below.
  • 10/06 – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay
  • 10/07 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
  • 10/08 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
  • 10/10 – Las Vegas, NV – Blvd Pool, Cosmopolitan Hotel
  • 10/13 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
  • 10/14 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
  • 10/15 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
  • 10/17 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre
  • 10/18 – Madison, WI – Orpheum
  • 10/19 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Theater
  • 10/21 – Boston, MA – Orpheum
  • 10/23 – Westbury, NY – The Space @ Westbury
  • 10/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theater
  • 10/26 - Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
  • 10/28 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
  • 10/29 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
  • 10/31 - Cologne, Germany Palladium
  • 11/02 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Store Vega
  • 11/04 - Tillburg, Holland - 013
  • 11/05 - Brussels, Belgium - Forest National
  • 11/07 - Paris, France - Zenith
  • 11/08 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
  • 11/09 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
  • 11/11 - Moscow, Russia - Crocus City Hall
  • 11/13 - Manchester, UK - Academy
  • 11/14 - Edinburgh, UK - Usher Hall

Set List: Janet Jackson Opens Her Unbreakable World Tour in Vancouver

Janet Jackson opened her Unbreakable World Tour on Monday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC with a hits heavy set of 32 songs.

Opening and closing the show with songs from her upcoming album Unbreakable, she would perform five songs from the new set, leaving a generous 27 for her hits and album tracks.

Dipping back to her breakout album, 1986's Control, the singer performed six songs from the set along with six from janet. (1993) and seven from Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). Other songs were scattered from the majority of her other post-Control albums except for 2006's 20 Y.O. 

Of Jackson's 24 top ten singles in the U.S. she didn't perform Because of Love (1994 / #10), Any Time, Any Place (1994 / #2), You Want This (1994 / #8), Runaway (1995 / #3), Doesn't Really Matter (2000 / #1) and Someone to Call Me Lover (2001 / #3).

Jackson is in Calgary tonight and Edmonton Friday.

The set list:

Set 1
  • Burn It Up (with Missy Elliot) (from Unbreakable, 2015)
  • Nasty (from Control, 1986)
  • Feedback (from Discipline, 2008)
  • Miss You Much (from Rhythm Nation 1814, 1989)
  • Alright (from Rhythm Nation 1814, 1989)
  • You Want This (from janet., 1993)
  • Control (from Control, 1986)
  • What Have You Done for Me Lately (from Control, 1986)
  • The Pleasure Principle (from Control, 1986)
  • Escapade (from Rhythm Nation 1814, 1989)
  • When I Think of You (from Control, 1986)
  • All for You (from All For You, 2001)
  • All Nite (Don't Stop) (from Damita Jo, 2004)
  • Love Will Never Do (Without You) (from Rhythm Nation 1814, 1989)
Set 2
  • After the Fall (from Unbreakable, 2015)
  • Again (from janet., 1993)
  • Come Back to Me (from Rhythm Nation 1814, 1989)
  • Let's Wait Awhile (from Control, 1986)
  • I Get Lonely (from The Velvet Rope, 1997)
  • Any Time, Any Place (from janet., 1993)
  • No Sleeep (from Unbreakable, 2015)
  • Got 'til It's Gone (from The Velvet Rope, 1997)
  • That's the Way Love Goes (from janet., 1993)
  • Together Again (from The Velvet Rope, 1997)
  • Throb (from janet., 1993)
  • The Best Things in Life Are Free (from the soundtrack of Mo' Money, 1992)
  • Black Cat (from Rhythm Nation 1814, 1989)
  • If (from janet., 1993)
  • Scream (from Michael Jackson's HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1)
  • Rhythm Nation (from Rhythm Nation 1814, 1989)
  • Shoulda Known Better (from Unbreakable, 2015)
  • Unbreakable (from Unbreakable, 2015)

Could Lemmy Kilmisters' Live Career Be Over? Cuts Another Motörhead Show After Just Three Songs

Could it be the end of live performing for Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister?

For the third time in a week, the band had to curtail or cancel a show due to Kilmister's health. Motörhead cut their Salt Lake City show after four songs last Thursday night blaming the altitude of the city for making Lemmy short of breath. They then went on to outright cancel their Friday night appearance in Denver as the city is about 1,000 feet higher than Salt Lake City.

It was expected, though, that everything would be back to normal on Tuesday in San Antonio, a city that is less than 1,000 feet above sea level, but it wasn't to be so. Just three songs into their show, Lemmy told the crowd "I just can't do it" and left the stage.

He came out a bit later to address the fans saying "You are one of the best gigs in America, and I would love to play for you, but I can't, so please accept my apologies. Next time, all right?"

A representative for Motorhead went on the band's Facebook page on Wednesday saying that the situation in San Antonio was a direct result of the thin air that Kilmister had experienced over the weekend:
As you might have heard, Motörhead again had to abbreviate a performance due to Lemmy not feeling well. This is a DIRECT follow-on from the altitude issues in Colorado, and clearly, Lemmy tried to get back at it too quickly. For this reason, Motörhead will not play in San Antonio tonight, but the show will still go on with Saxon headlining. Lemmy will resume duties the moment he is PROPERLY rested and firing on all cylinders again. The legendary Motörheadbanger patience is much appreciated, and the band send their deepest thanks. More details will be released soon.

Queen + Adam Lambert to Play Rock in Rio Thirty Years After Queen's Classic Opening Night

by Newsdesk

Thirty years after their historic and record breaking opening night performance at the very first Rock in Rio festival in January 1985, Queen are to return to top the bill for the opening of this year's 30th Anniversary festival, performing with Adam Lambert as main stage headliners Friday, September 18.

The Rock in Rio date is one of six arena and stadium dates Queen + Adam Lambert will perform across South America during September. In addition to three concerts in Brazil (Rio, Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre), Queen + Adam Lambert will also perform in Argentina and Chile (Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Santiago).

The South America dates are the latest leg in a series of sold out concerts across the world which in just over a year have seen Queen + Adam Lambert perform 67 shows already North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Says Rock in Rio President and Founder Roberto Medina: "30 years ago, Queen performed in front of 250,000 people who fell in love with the band, and it became one of the most iconic moments of Rock in Rio. I am positive that the moments from 30 years ago will be rejuvenated and rejoiced with Queen + Adam Lambert, making it again a moment no one will ever forget."

Queen's opening night on January 11, 1985 at Rio's custom built City of Rock exploded the record books, drawing an audience of over 250,000. The band's second appearance on January 18, brought their total Rock in Rio audience beyond 500,000. Televised to over 60 countries across the world, Queen's shows were watched by nearly 200 million people. Queen albums occupied all top ten places in the Brazilian album chart and Love of My Life became a new Brazilian anthem.

"We came to South America originally because we were invited down. They wanted four wholesome lads to play some nice music. Now I'd like to buy up the entire continent and install myself as President," quipped a thrilled Freddie at the time.

Three decades on from those historically enshrined shows, Queen now prepare to return to Rock in Rio, an event they played no small part in helping it become one of the world's biggest annual festival events.

"We're Back ! Rockin' in Rio ! Can't wait ! See ya there, guys !!", announced Queen guitarist Brian May.

Queen's drummer Roger Taylor said: "How great to be coming back to Rio to rock you even harder than before."

Singer Adam Lambert adds: "I'm so excited to be joining Queen at Rock in Rio! This will be a triumphant return for them, and my FIRST time in South America!"

The full Rock in Rio 30 Years festival runs for seven nights over two weekends - September 18,19 & 20 and September 24, 25, 26 and 27. Other artists already announced to appear include Katy Perry, Slipknot, A-Ha, Queens of the Stone Age, Faith No More, and John Legend.

Set List: Don Henley @ The Moody Theater, Austin, TX

Don Henley gave his first live preview of his upcoming album, Cass County, in an 18-song show at the Moody Theater in Austin, TX, a performance that was taped for a future edition of Austin City Limits.

While this may not be the final set list for a series of shows he'll be doing in the coming months, it does give an idea of the mix of music that he will be playing. Henley performed eleven of the sixteen songs from the deluxe version of the album, skipping Waiting Tables, Too Far Gone, The Brand New Tennessee Waltz, Too Much Pride and A Younger Man.

Mixed in were just a few songs from three of his four previous studio albums, skipping over 2000's Inside Job. One song, Talking to the Moon from I Can't Stand Still, was a special performance as Henley said "I only do this song when I’m in Texas."

Along for the ride on Tuesday were Jamey Johnson and Ashley Monroe who filled in for Mick Jagger and Miranda Lambert on Bramble Rose while Monroe replaced Dolly Parton on When I Stop Dreaming and Johnson for Merle Haggard for The Cost of Living. Martina McBride was the only guest from Cass County to perform at the show on That Old Flame.

The set list:
  • Dirty Laundry (from I Can't Stand Still, 1982)
  • No, Thank You (from Cass County, 2015)
  • When I Stop Dreaming (with Ashley Monroe) (from Cass County, 2015)
  • The Cost of Living (with Jamey Johnson) (from Cass County, 2015)
  • Bramble Rose (with Ashley Monroe and Jamey Johnson) (from Cass County, 2015)
  • The End of the Innocence (from The End of the Innocence, 1989)
  • Talking to the Moon (from I Can't Stand Still, 1982)
  • That Old Flame (with Martina McBride) (from Cass County, 2015)
  • Train in the Distance (from Cass County, 2015)
  • The Heart of the Matter (from The End of the Innocence, 1989)
  • Words Can Break Your Heart (with Trisha Yearwood) (from Cass County, 2015)
  • Where I Am Now (from Cass County, 2015)
  • Take a Picture of This (from Cass County, 2015)
  • She Sang Hymns Out of Tune (with Emily Robison Strayer and Martie McGuire) (from Cass County, 2015)
  • Praying for Rain (entire cast) (from Cass County, 2015)
  • Hammered Dulcimer Duo (by Dana Hamilton and Bonnie Carol)
  • The Boys of Summer (from Building the Perfect Beast, 1984)
  • When I Stop Dreaming (retake, with Ashley Monroe) (from Cass County, 2015)

The Runaways' Jackie Fuchs Responds to Chrissie Hynde's Rape Comments

The Runaways' Jackie Fuchs, who came out with allegations of being raped by the band's manage Kim Fowley in the mid-70's, has criticized Chrissie Hynde for comments she has made about who is to blame in some cases of rape.

Hynde recently spoke with the London Sunday Times, telling them of an incident from when she was 21 where she felt she was to blame and not the abuser. "If I'm walking around, and I'm very modestly dressed and I'm keeping to myself, and someone attacks me, then I'd say that's his fault. But if I'm being very lairy and putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone who's already unhinged -- don't do that. Come on! That's just common sense."

Fuchs told Yahoo News:
I found myself being surprisingly angry. Don't put your heroes on pedestals. But I don't want to cast a stone at Chrissie Hynde -- just at that one particular statement. Because it's a really dangerous message.

It bothers me, because I don't know that she's gone out there and talked to [other] rape victims. If you had seen the messages that people sent me, so many of them were about 'I've always thought it was my fault.' We already think that anyway. So this is just telling people who've recently gone through this experience of being raped or abused, 'Yeah, you're right, it is your fault.' But there's no such thing as asking for it. And poor judgment is not an invitation to rape, nor an excuse for it.

I know so many women who were raped while they were drunk or high, and they all blame themselves. To say that a woman can't misjudge how much she's drinking, or dress in a way that makes her feel good about herself for fear that men aren't going to be able to control themselves, or that she has to be able to know who is dangerous and who isn't, is asking an awful lot of men and women — especially young people.

Tom Jones to Release New Album, "Long Lost Suitcase"

by Newsdesk

Tom Jones marks his long awaited waited return with the release of Long Lost Suitcase - the third in a trilogy of albums, following 2010's Praise & Blame and Spirit In The Room in 2012 - on October 9th 2015 through Virgin / EMI.

Previous visits to his musical roots covered by the blues and gospel repertoire witnessed on Praise & Blame, and the diverse, soulful collection that comprised Spirit In The Room, Long Lost Suitcase weaves yet another distinctive path via a catalog of tracks that have impacted on Tom throughout his legendary career.

Long Lost Suitcase seemed apt with Tom having trawled through memories, recalling stories and anecdotes for his first and only biography Over The Top And Back and the tracks comprise another outstanding collection. The album becomes ever more pertinent with track titles interwoven into the chapters of a book that resonate with reality over what has been a truly ground breaking and unpredictable journey. Long Lost Suitcase is the heart and soul of a performer who is still willing to push the boundaries.

Once more, Lost Long Suitcase sees producer Ethan Johns cajole some extraordinary performances from Tom and a select group of players courtesy of a diverse catalog of compositions from the likes of Gillian Welch, Rolling Stones through to Hank Williams and The Milk Carton Kids.

The stripped back desolation of album opener, Willie Nelson's Opportunity To Cry via the up-tempo foot-tapping folk of Honey, Honey or the hauntingly poignant version of Welch's Elvis Presley Blues, the collection encompasses a lifetime love of music. The brilliant Irish-tinged take of The Rolling Stones' Factory Girl, that he makes his own to the impassioned blues of I Wish You Would and the inadvertent relevance of Hank Williams' Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used To Do, Long Lost Suitcase is a fitting contribution in what has proved to be an outstanding body of work.

Long Lost Suitcase is the companion soundtrack album to Tom's autobiography, Over The Top And Back, published by Michael Joseph / Penguin and released on August 10. The songs are integrated into the narrative of the story and comprise some of the chapter titles.

The track list:

  • Opportunity To Cry (Willie Nelson)
  • Honey, Honey (The Milk Carton Kids)
  • Take My Love (I Want To Give It) (Little Willie John)
  • Bring It Home (Sonny Boy Williamson)
  • Everybody Loves A Train (Los Lobos)
  • Elvis Presley Blues (Gillian Welch)
  • He Was A Friend Of Mine (Dave Van Ronk)
  • Factory Girl (Rolling Stones)
  • I Wish You Would (Billy Boy Arnold)
  • Til My Back Ain't Got No Bone (Eddie Floyd / Alvertis Isbell)
  • Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used To Do (Hank Williams)
  • Tomorrow Night (Lonnie Johnson)
  • Raise A Ruckus (Jesse Fuller)