Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Aretha Franklin to Be Accompanied by Condoleeza Rice

So Damn HappyIn a pairing that nobody would ever have predicted, Aretha Franklin will be performing on July 27 at Phildelphia's Mann Center of the Performing Arts where she will be accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra and, on piano, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

The performance is a benefit for programs supporting inner city children and The Mann Center education programs and will feature not only Franklin but also a short set of Rice playing piano with the orchestra.

According to the Mann Center:
The Queen of Soul pairs up with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for an evening of classics and R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Ms. Rice will enchant us with selections from Mozart and more and will feature Aretha on vocals with selections from her new album, A Woman Falling Out of Love. This extraordinary effort is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Don’t miss this amazing duo with those fabulous Philadelphians for one night only!
Franklin told the New York Daily News "Ms. Rice is a consummate classical pianist and since I sing the arias, I thought that we could do something ... a bipartisan effort for our favorite charities."   Franklin is a Democrat while Rice is a Republican and former member of the Bush administration.

A rep of Franklin's told the Daily News that it is also expected that the pair would be playing the Kennedy Center in Washington and Carnegie Hall in New York.

Tony Bennett Says Rod Stewart "Sings Like a Girl"

Ultimate TonyIn this corner, Tony Bennett, sixty-year veteran of popular standards and jazz music.  In the other corner, Rod Stewart, mostly pop-rocker with a few "standards" albums under his belt.

Tony Bennett went for the knockout in a recent interview with the BBC2 program Newsnight.  When the discussion turned to who could take over the tradition that Bennett has mastered so well, the interviewer suggested Stewart. 

As Time Goes By...The Great American Songbook: Volume IIBennett chimed in "Rod Stewart? No. He's not as good as Nat King Cole or Frank Sinatra.  He has a kind of a female voice. It's not a definitive performance.

"The game is really about how could you own the performance of a song. That's the game of communicating as a performer, to try and own the song you're doing."

Bennett was also outspoken about TV talent shows when he said "They build them up and then they drop them and go with the next overdog, and the producers are not really treating the young performers right. It takes time for them to learn their craft. They should teach them longevity rather than fame because fame can be awfully cruel."

Second Annual Grammy Salute to Country Music to Honor Loretta Lynn

Definitive CollectionThe Recording Academy has been moving towards celebrating musical excellence year-round with special programs such as their Grammy Salute to Country Music.  Now in its second year, this year's show will salute country legend Loretta Lynn.

"We are delighted to be paying homage to Loretta Lynn, a true country music pioneer and cultural icon, whose distinctive musical style has confronted social issues while remaining wildly entertaining," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "It is only fitting that we celebrate Loretta at our Salute To Country Music event, as she has worked diligently to ensure that country music remains a vital part of our culture, and has paved the way for many of today's talented artists and likely for generations to come."

The October 12 salute will be held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and will feature performances by some of country music's finest artists.  A special presentation of the Recording Academy President's Merit Award will be made to Lynn during the show.

From the Academy press release:
With a career spanning 50 years, three-time GRAMMY winner Loretta Lynn has created music infused with honesty and energy. From the beginning of her career in 1960, she introduced a strong, independent female voice at a time when women in country music were more reserved. She became an advocate for real women with such hits as "Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)," "Your Squaw Is On The Warpath," and "The Pill." Her hit song "Coal Miner's Daughter," also the title of her 1976 autobiography, would later be made into an acclaimed feature film, arnering an Academy Award® for Sissy Spacek, who played Lynn in the title role. In 2004, Lynn teamed up with White Stripes guitarist Jack White who produced her two-time GRAMMY-winning album Van Lear Rose, which showcased her powerful vocals and skillful songwriting and further solidified her status as one of country music's trailblazing icons. Earlier this year, Lynn was honored with a 2010 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Former Kiss Guitarist Vinnie Vincent Loses Bankruptcy Appeal

Lick It UpVinnie Vincent, the guitarist for Kiss in the early-80's, has lost a petition to dismiss money that he owes group principles Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from a failed lawsuit.

In 1982, Vincent replaced guitarist Ace Frehley in Kiss.  His tenure in the group lasted only two years and he left on poor terms, leading to a 1997 lawsuit against the group for royalties for his work on the album Lick It Up.  When Vincent lost the case, a Los Angeles County district judge awarded Simmons and Stanley $66,400 in attorney's fees and $15,400 in court costs.

Since that time, Vincent has not paid the penalties, so Simmons and Stanley asked permission to sell Vincent's copyrights in lieu of the judgment.  This set in motion a series of Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings by Vincent which would, in effect, wipe the money he owed his former bandmates off the books.

To counter the filings, Simmons and Stanley petitioned the court to change the filings from Chapter 13 to Chapter 7 which, instead of dismissing the debt, would put Vincent in a court defined repayment plan.  Vincent voluntarily dismissed his bankruptcy filings and has now been told by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that he cannot file Chapter 13 again for two years and, when he does, it will not dismiss the money he owes to his former bandmates.

Judge Arthur Harris wrote "The Debtor's conduct in prosecuting his bankruptcy cases only when it suits him is indicative of a bad faith attempt to frustrate the [defendants'] efforts to collect on their judgment lien and constitutes an abuse of the bankruptcy process."

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

John Lennon's Catalog Being Updated to Commemorate 70th Birthday

ImagineEight of John Lennon's solo albums along with other music have been digitally remastered to commemorate the late-legend's 70th birthday.  Being dubbed the "Gimme Some Truth" campaign, the albums will be released on October 5 in the U.S. (October 4 in the rest of the world). 

Yoko Ono said "In this very special year, which would have seen my husband and life partner John reach the age of 70, I hope that this remastering / reissue programme will help bring his incredible music to a whole new audience. By remastering 121 tracks spanning his solo career, I hope also that those who are already familiar with John's work will find renewed inspiration from his incredible gifts as a songwriter, musician and vocalist and from his power as a commentator on the human condition. His lyrics are as relevant today as they were when they were first written and I can think of no more apposite title for this campaign than those simple yet direct words 'Gimme Some Truth'."

All of the albums have been digitally remastered by Ono and a team of engineers led by Allen Rouse of Abbey Road Studios in London and George Martin at Avatar Studios in New York.  The albums will be packaged in digisleeves with the original artwork and new liner notes by Paul Du Noyer.

Included in the release is a new version of Double Fantasy called Double Fantasy Stripped Down.  Much of the original instrumentation is removed to highlight Lennon's voice.  Per Ono, "Double Fantasy Stripped Down really allows us to focus our attention on John's amazing vocals. Technology has advanced so much that, conversely, I wanted to use new techniques to really frame these amazing songs and John's voice as simply as possible. By stripping down some of the instrumentation the power of the songs shines through with an enhanced clarity. Double Fantasy Stripped Down will be complemented by the original album in the 2CD format. It was whilst working on the new version of this album that I was hit hardest emotionally, as this was the last album John released before his passing."

Also assembled is a new 15-song compilation, Power to the People: The Hits and a four-CD box set called Gimme Some Truth with each disc of the set being a specific theme:
  • Roots – John's rock 'n' roll roots and influences
  • Working Class Hero – John's socio-political songs
  • Woman – John's love songs
  • Borrowed Time – John's songs about life
The full list of the albums being released:
  • John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
  • Imagine
  • Some Time in New York City
  • Mind Games
  • Walls and Bridges
  • Rock 'n' Roll
  • Double Fantasy/Double Fantasy Stripped Down
  • Milk and Honey
  • Power to the People: The Hits
  • Gimme Some Truth
  • John Lennon Signature Box (11-CD set)

Preview: Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin - Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson Reimagines GershwinArtist: Brian Wilson
Title: Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

Release Date: August 17, 2010
Label: Disney Pearl
Format(s): CD, DD

The works of one of the great writers of popular song, George Gershwin, are the subject of Brian Wilson's upcoming album Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin, out August 17 on Disney Pearl.  Not only does Wilson perform some of his favorite songs from the Gershwin catalog, but he is presenting two new songs through an agreement with Warner/Chappel Music and the Gershwin estate.

The estate made over one hundred piano demos of unfinished and obscure Gershwin songs available to Wilson for review.  From this treasure trove of little and unheard material, he selected two to present on the album.  The Like in I Love You was meant for the Gershwin's 1924 musical Lady Be Good but was cut from the show.  Wilson used an unfinished 1929 song called Say My Say to compose Nothing But Love

Wilson said in a press release "Along with Irving Berlin, Gershwin basically invented the popular song, but he did something more. He had a gift for melody that nobody has ever equaled, yet his music is timeless and always accessible. This is the most spiritual project I've ever worked on."

Among the more popular pieces that Wilson recorded are four songs from Porgy and Bess (Summertime, I Loves You Porgy, I Got Plenty of Nothin' and It Ain't Necessarily So), They Can't Take That Away From Me and an a capella version of Rhapsody in Blue with full harmonies.

Track List:
  • Rhapsody in Blue (Intro)
  • The Like in I Love You
  • Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)
  • I Loves You Porgy (from Porgy and Bess)
  • I Got Plenty of Nothin' (from Porgy and Bess)
  • It Ain't Necessarily So (from Porgy and Bess)
  • 'S Wonderful (from the Broadway musical Funny Face, also used in MGM film An American in Paris)
  • They Can't Take That Away from Me (used in the film Shall We Dance and nominated for Academy Award)
  • Our Love is Here to Stay (from the film The Goldwyn Follies and MGM film An American in Paris)
  • I've Got a Crush on You (used in Broadway shows Treasure Girl and Strike Up the Band)
  • I've Got Rhythm (from Broadway show Girl Crazy)
  • Someone To Watch Over Me (from Broadway show Oh Kay!)
  • Nothing But Love
  • Rhapsody in Blue (Reprise)

New Releases by Veteran Artists For June 28 & 29 and July 1, 2010

ParadiseStreet Songs of Love
Live at the ForumCenterfield (25th Anniversary Edition)
A Postcard From CaliforniaJust Across the River
Rush - Beyond the Lighted Stage [2 DVD]When You're Strange: A Film About The DoorsClassic Albums: Paranoid (Ws Sub Dol)

The complete list of new releases by veteran artists is after the cut.

Set List: Stevie Wonder Closes Out the 2010 Glastonbury Festival

Stevie Wonder - The Definitive CollectionStevie Wonder headlined and played the final set for the 2010 Glastonbury Festival in England, delivering a set that was almost exclusively big hits.

While he hit the high points from throughout his career, from his first hit Fingertips through his later output, there were still a few surprises including his not often performed hit version of the Beatles We Can Work it Out, a cover of Michael Jackson's Human Nature and a round of Happy Birthday for organizer Michael Eavis on the 40th anniversary of the festival.

The set list:
  • My Eyes Don't Cry
  • Master Blaster (Jammin')
  • We Can Work It Out
  • As If You Read My Mind
  • If You Really Love Me
  • Higher Ground
  • Dont You Worry 'Bout A Thing
  • Living For The City
  • Human Nature
  • Uptight (Everything's Alright)
  • For Once In My Life
  • Fingertips (Pt 2)
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
  • Sir Duke
  • I Just Called To Say I Love You
  • Superstition
  • Free
  • Happy Birthday

Bad Company, With Rodgers, Ralphs & Kirke, Announces North American Tour

Bad Company: Hard Rock Live [Blu-ray] + Bonus CDPaul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke from the original lineup of Bad Company have announced that they are touring the United States and Canada starting in mid-July.  The shows follow their just completed tour U.K. tour.

Rodgers, Ralphs, Kirke and bassist Boz Burrell formed Bad Company in 1973.  The group signed with Led Zeppelin's Swan Song label and had six top 30 albums over the next nine years before breaking up.  Ralphs and Kirke resurrected the band four years later and recorded a series of moderately successful albums.  Rodgers, in the mean time, went on to record with his groups the Firm and the Law, as a solo artist and as part of the revamped Queen.

Their U.K. shows not only featured music from Bad Company, but also other projects of the individual band members.  All of the U.S. shows will be recorded by Abbey Road Live and sold at the conclusion of each night's performance.

The announced itinerary so far:
  • 07/16 - Indio, CA - Fantasy Springs Casino
  • 07/17 - Costa Mesa, CA - Orange County Fair
  • 07/22 - Lakeland, FL - The Lakeland Center Jenkins Arena
  • 07/23 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
  • 07/25 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
  • 07/27 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
  • 07/30 - Durant, OK - Choctaw Resort Casino Event Center
  • 08/01 - Frederick, MD - Outlaw Jam/Frederick Co. Fairgrounds
  • 08/04 - Rama, ON - Casino Rama Entertainment Center
  • 08/14 - Port Dover, ON - Bike Rally
  • 10/04 & 05 - Milwaukee, WI - Potawatomi Casino
  • 10/07 - Catoosa, OK - The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Ozzy Reveals Why He Replaced Zakk Wylde

ScreamEarlier this year, Ozzy Osbourne replaced his longtime guitarist, Zakk Wylde with Gus G, never revealing the reason for the change.  Ozzy has now told Guitar World magazine what happened.
Zakk came in at the beginning of the new one , but he was still drinking. When you're drunk and somebody else is drinking, it's OK, but when you're sober and somebody's blabbering away in your ear, it ain't. I mean, Zakk's a great player and I love him. I love his playing. But in the end, it came to the point that I had to get another guitarist.

It was hard for me to be around someone who is actively drinking. I heard he's not drinking anymore. I don't know if that's true or not.  I love his playing; he's one of the greats. But it was the drink getting the better of him. I couldn't watch him die. In one sick respect, it was good for me to see, because that's what I was like, and worse. Believe me, if I started drinking now you'd think, 'Fuck, this is bollocks! I've got to get out of here.' That's how I felt around Zakk toward the end.

U2 and Madonna Make Forbes Top Ten Most Powerful Entertainers

How to Dismantle an Atomic BombForbes has released its list of the 100 richest and most powerful celebrities and, for the first time, is factoring social media into the mix.

The list combines earnings with media viability to rank the celebrities that not only make the most money but also have the most buzz among the public.  Earnings are based on the year from June 1, 2009 to June 1, 2010 while visibility in print, television, radio, on the internet and in social networks are ranked and used to weight the list. 

After a year away from the summit, Oprah Winfrey returns with $315 million in income, a number 1 ranking in TV/Radio, number 5 in press and web presence and number 11 in social networking.   That's well ahead of number 2, Beyonce Knowles, with $85 million in income and rankings of 9 (TV/Radio), 13 (Press), 2 (Web) and 15 (social networking).

Two veteran entertainers make the top ten.  U2 is at number 7 while Madonna sits at number 10.  Two additional veterans are in the top 40, Bruce Springsteen and AC/DC.

Here is the top five plus all veteran artists on the list.  Following the name is their income, TV/rank, press rank, web rank and social rank.
  • 01. Oprah Winfrey ($315 million, 1, 5, 5, 11)
  • 02. Beyonce Knowles ($87 million, 9, 13, 2, 15)
  • 03. James Cameron ($210 million, 21, 9, 20, 81)
  • 04. Lady Gaga ($62 million, 13, 4, 1, 1)
  • 05. Tiger Woods ($105 million, 7, 6, 35, 34)
  • 07. U2 ($130 million, 54, 18, 11, 28)
  • 10. Madonna ($58 million, 16, 3, 4, 33)
  • 17. Bruce Springsteen ($70 million, 48, 32, 47, 48)
  • 38. AC/DC ($114 million, 88, 100, 83, 24)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Bill Aucoin, the Man Who Found KISS and Built Them Into a Marketing Juggernaut, Passes Away at 66

Over the course of his career, Bill Aucoin managed and built the careers of artists like Starz, Billie Squier, Billy Idol and Toby Beau, but it was his 1973 discovery of the New York based band Kiss that may be his legacy.  Aucoin passed away on Monday morning at the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, FL from complications due to prostate cancer surgery.  He was 66.

Aucoin started his professional career while still in college as a television cinematographer.  After graduating, he started work at Teletape Productions in New York where he moved up to the director's chair, working on commercials and winning a number of Cleo awards. 

His programming concepts were always innovative and ahead of their time so Bill eventually took that creativity and applied it to the music business.  Aucoin saw the group Kiss at clubs around New York and took an interest in their sound and creativity.  In October of 1973, he offered to be their manager which the group accepted on the condition that he get them signed to a record label within two weeks.  On November 1, they signed with the fledgling Emerald City label which would soon change their name to Casablanca. 

Hotter Than HellAccording to Aucoin's website "The most interesting and little known fact behind this extraordinary feat, is that there was little or no money available to promote Kiss' first tour. But because he so strongly believed in the strength of his vision, Aucoin used his personal American Express card to fund their tour, secure in the belief that he would be reimbursed by their success."  His efforts paid off, not only in growing record sales and touring receipts, but also in his spearheading of the merchandising of KISS products.

Aucoin split from KISS in 1982 during a time of rising tensions in the group.  First, was the recording of the soundtrack album for The Elder, a film that was never made.  The project brought Ace Frehley to the point where he, in essence, left the group even though he continued to be pictured on their album covers.  Aucoin left when the members decided to streamline their organization. 

Rebel Yell (Exp)Bill formed Aucoin Management, Inc., an organization that sought to creatively market emerging musical artists, something he did successfully with both Billy Idol and Billy Squier.  Other clients included Manowar, Starz and, most recently, Tantric.  He also reestablished his relationship with Kiss late in the 2000's to work on new DVD projects. 

Kiss drummer Peter Criss said "He was the fifth Kiss.  If it wasn't for Bill, there would be no Kiss."

Aucoin is survived by his partner of fifteen years, Roman Fernandez, and two sisters.

Vince Neil Arrested on Suspicion of Driving Drunk

Tattoos & Tequila
Neil's Latest Album, Released
June 21
Motley Crue singer Vince Neil was arrested on Sunday night on suspicion of drunk driving.  Neil was pulled over in his Lamborghini by Las Vegas Police after they received a complaint from a woman who said the singer had smashed her camera earlier in the evening.

TMZ is reporting that they talked to Neil's wife who said he had been sober for three years; however, Las Vegas police report that, after pulling Vince over, they detected alcohol and gave him a field sobriety test, subsequently arresting him. 

Neil was taken to the Clark County jail where he posted the $2,000 bail and was released.  His next appearance in court will be on September 27. 

Back in 1984, Neil was involved in a car accident that killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley.  He was charged with vehicular manslaughter and DUI but only received a 30 day sentence.  He eventually paid over $2.5 million to the families of the victims.

Chart Watch Australia: June 28, 2010

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current Australian music charts. Chart highlights:
  • Crowded House holds on to the top selling album in Australia by a veteran artist even though their Intriguer falls 1 to 9.  They just beat out Remember Cat Stevens which jumps 24 to 10 on the strength of his current tour.  Also moving is Roadsinger under his current name, Yusuf Islam, which goes 42 to 39.
  • The one premier for the week by a veteran artist is Ozzy Osbourne's Scream which comes in at number 11.
Previous week position noted in parenthesis. (N) indicates new entry. (R) indicates re-entry.

Intriguer (Deluxe Edition CD + DVD)Top 50 Albums
  • #1 (N) - Recovery - Eminem
  • #2 (N) - We Are Born - Sia
  • #3 (2) - To the Sea - Jack Johnson
  • #4 (3) - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - Soundtrack
  • #5 (4) - Glee: The Music, Volume 3: Showstoppers - Glee Cast
  • #9 (1) - Intriguer - Crowded House
  • #10 (24) - Remember - Cat Stevens
  • #11 (N) - Scream - Ozzy Osbourne
  • #18 (18) - Essential - Michael Jackson
  • #19 (10) - Recollection - k.d. lang
  • #26 (19) - Iron Man 2 Soundtrack - AC/DC
  • #33 (28) - Hits - Phil Collins
  • #38 (33) - Very Best of - Doors
  • #39 (42) - Roadsinger (To Warm You Through the Night) - Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)
  • #42 (32) - Greatest Hits - Bruce Springsteen
  • #44 (43) - Essential - Roy Orbison
  • #45 (48) - Ultimate Collection - Eurythmics
  • #46 (49) - 18 Hits - ABBA
  • #49 (39) - Essential - Neil Diamond

Top 50 Singles
  • #1 (1) - California Gurls - Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg
  • #2 (3) - Airplanes - B.o.B Featuring Hayley Williams
  • #3 (2) - OMG - Usher Featuring 
  • #4 (10) - Not Afraid - Eminem
  • #5 (4) - We No Speak Americano - Yolanda Be Cool & DCup
  • No Veteran Artists Charting
The Urban/R&B and Country charts are after the cut.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Preview: 20Ten - Prince

Artist: Prince
Title: 20Ten 
Release Date: July 10 (Belgium), July 22 (Germany), TBD (rest of world)
Label: Most likely distribution by Warner Brothers in the U.S., but deals still being struck
Format(s): CD

Prince has a new album ready for release and he's going the odd route again.

20Ten will see the first light of day as a free giveaway in the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad on July 10 followed by the German edition of Rolling Stone on July 22.  The move mirrors the release of his last album, LotusFlow3r/MPLSound/Elixer, which was given away for free in a Britain paper and to ticket holders for his concerts but was sold in the U.S. in an exclusive deal with Target.

It is being assumed that other newspaper deals will be made throughout Europe as Prince is planning on touring there this summer to promote the album.  It's also being speculated that the U.S. release will be through general retailers or in another exclusive deal but not as a giveaway.

Track List: 
  • Eye Came 2 Get funky
  • Hot Summer
  • SometimesNever
  • Play The Game
  • Fight 4 Ur Love
  • Alicia
  • Footprints
  • If Eye Could...
  • Cold
  • 20Ten

Preview: A Postcard From California - Al Jardine

A Postcard From CaliforniaArtist: Al Jardine
Title: A Postcard From California 
Release Date: June 29, 2010
Label: N/A
Format(s): CD, DD

It was over a year ago that we told you that Al Jardine was in the studio working on a new album.  The LP finally hits the market on June 29 as A Postcard From California.  This is mainly a digital download release; however, Amazon will make CD-R's of the album on demand. 

Guesting on the album are Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Neil Young, Steve Miller, Norton Buffalo, Dewey Bunnell, Flea, Glen Campbell, Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, and Jardinine's sons Matt and Adam. 

A Postcard From California touches upon California's history, natural beauty, and other ecological issues.  "The songs on this album have a timely theme, especially in these days of the Gulf oil spill and global warming," Jardine said. "However, my live show will also have plenty of hit songs for all audiences to enjoy."

Jardine and his Endless Summer Band will be out on the road this summer promoting the album.  The band is made up of the original Beach Boys touring lineup, Ed Carter, Bobby Figueroa and Billy Hinsche, along with Jardine’s sons.

Track List: 
  • A Postcard From California
  • California Feelin'
  • Looking Down the Coast
  • Don't Fight the Sea
  • Tidepool Interlude
  • Campfire Scene
  • A California Saga
  • Help Me Rhonda
  • Drivin'
  • Honkin' Down the Highway
  • San Simeon
  • And I Always Will

Video: Rush Receiving Their Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

On Friday, Rush received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Here is the presentation of the star by Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, the acceptance speeches by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson and post-presentation interview.

Set List: Big Four at Sonisphere Festival in Warsaw, Poland

Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax began their Big Four Tour on June 16 with the Sonisphere Festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland.  81,000 people were in attendance for the show.

Six nights later, the tour stop in Sofia, Bulgaria was broadcast in HD to cinemas around the world to a total estimated audience of 100,000.  Promoter Stuart Galbraith said that "At the Odeon in Leicester Square in London there was a mosh pit, and at the end of the show they had a stage invasion, which is just phenomenal to even think about. Not only are we hitting the territories that we're playing with this tour, we've taken the 'Big Four' and 'Sonisphere' into countries we haven't been able to get to this year."

A DVD of the July 22 Sofia show will be released in September.   In the meantime, here are the set lists for the June 16 show in Warsaw.

  • Caught in a Mosh
  • Got the Time
  • Indians
  • Heaven and Hell
  • Antisocial
  • Madhouse
  • Only
  • Efilnikufesin
  • I Am The Law
  • World Painted Blood
  • Jihad
  • War Ensemble
  • Hate Worldwide
  • Dead Skin Mask
  • Angel of Death
  • Beauty Through Order
  • Disciple
  • Mandatory Suicide
  • Chemical Warfare
  • South of Heaven
  • Raining Blood

  • Holy Wars
  • Hangar 18
  • Take No Prisoners
  • Five Magics
  • Poison Was the Cure
  • Lucretia
  • Tornado of Souls
  • Dawn Patrol
  • Rust in Peace/Polaris
  • Head Crusher
  • Sweating Bullets
  • Symphony Of Destruction
  • Peace Sells
  • Creeping Death
  • For Whom The Bell Tolls
  • Fuel
  • The Four Horsemen
  • Fade To Black
  • That Was Just Your Life
  • Cyanide
  • Sad But True
  • Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  • All Nightmare Long
  • One
  • Master Of Puppets
  • Blackened
  • Nothing Else Matters
  • Enter Sandman
  • Stone Cold Crazy
  • Hit The Lights
  • Seek and Destroy

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Chart Watch America: Chart of July 3, 2010

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current American music charts. Chart highlights
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers debut at number 2 with Mojo, there highest charting album since 1980's Damn the Torpedoes. The album also debuts on top of the Rock Album chart.
  • Devo premiers their first album in twenty years, Something for Everybody, at number 30 on the Album chart.  Only two of their albums, Freedom of Choice (1980/#22) and New Traditionalists (1981/#23) have done better.   It also starts at number 8 on the Rock Albums chart.
  • The Steve Miller Band's album Bingo! starts at 37, the best one of their new studio albums has done since Abacadabra hit number 3 in 1982.  The album also tops the Blues Album chart and is number 11 on the Rock Albums.
  • Starting at 111 is another of Starbuck's exclusive compilations, Heatin' Up: Cool Tunes For Hot Days which includes songs from the 50's and 60's. 
  • At 154 is 100 Years: Celebrating a Century of Song by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
  • Elvin Bishop's latest, Red Dog Speaks, debuts at number 7 on the Blues chart.  His last album, 2008's The Blues Rolls On, peaked two spots higher.
Previous week position noted in parenthesis. (N) is a new entry. (R) is a re-entry. Grayed charts were not available for update at time of publication.


MojoTop 200 Albums
  • #1 (N) - Thank Me Later - Drake
  • #2 (N) - Mojo - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • #3 (N) - Laws of Illusion - Sarah McLachlan
  • #4 (N) - Now 34 - Various Artists
  • #5 (4) - To the Sea - Jack Johnson
  • #11 (13) - Live at the Troubadour - Carole King and James Taylor
  • #26 (33) - Exile on Main Street - Rolling Stones
  • #29 (32) - Iron Man 2 Soundtrack - AC/DC
  • #30 (N) - Something For Everybody - Devo
  • #37 (N) - Bingo! - Steve Miller Band
  • #59 (69) - Soldier of Love - Sade
  • #69 (57) - Greatest Hits - Journey
  • #72 (190) - Emotion & Commotion - Jeff Beck
  • #89 (126) - Encores - Jimmy Buffett
  • #91 (90) - Legend: The Best of - Bob Marley and the Wailers
  • #96 (106) - Greatest Hits - James Taylor
  • #100 (105) - Number Ones - Michael Jackson
  • #111 (N) - Heatin' Up: Cool Tunes For Hot Days - Various Artists (Starbuck's Exclusive)
  • #119 (145) - Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • #139 (172) - Valleys of Neptune - Jimi Hendrix
  • #144 (188) - Nothing But the Best - Frank Sinatra
  • #154 (N) - 100 Years: Celebrating a Century of Song - Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • #157 (185) - Essential - Michael Jackson
  • #161 (127) - Tapestry - Carole King
  • #167 (187) - Mothership - Led Zeppelin
  • #170 (175) - Keep On Loving You - Reba McEntire
  • #180 (112) - Love Heals - Wynonna (Cracker Barrel Exclusive)
  • #181 (R) - Greatest Hits - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
  • #186 (R) - Greatest Hits - Motley Crue
  • #192 (R) - Very Best of - Eagles 

    Keep on Loving You
    Top 100 Singles
    • #1 (1) - California Gurls - Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg
    • #2 (2) - OMG - Usher Featuring
    • #3 (3) - Airplanes - B.o.B Featuring Eminem and Haley Williams
    • #4 (4) - Billionaire - Travis McCoy Featuring Bruno Mars
    • #5 (10) - Find Your Love - Drake
    • #78 (79) - I Keep on Loving You - Reba McEntire
    The Digital, Radio Airplay, R&B, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Rock, Adult Contemporary, Dance, Jazz and Americana charts are after the cut.

    Little Feat Releasing Free Download Previews From Next Album Throughout the Summer

    Little Feat's next album, Rams Head Revisited, won't be out until sometime in the fall, but you can have a few tracks from the album for free throughout the summer.

    Rams Head Revisited was recorded during the group's sold out appearances at the Ram's Head in Annapolis, MD on May 2, 3 and 4 of this year.  The tracks will be available on the Little Feat website ( starting with the classic Cajun Rage.

    The group is dedicating Cajun Rage to "the good people of the Gulf Coast and if you don’t know why, and you aren’t outraged yourself, you haven’t been paying attention."

    Preview - Elements - Yoso (Featuring Members of Yes and Toto)

    YosoArtist: Yoso
    Title: Elements 
    Release Date: July 2 (Europe), July 27 (U.S.)
    Label: Frontiers Records
    Format(s): 2-CDs

    What do you get when you mix one part Toto and two parts Yes?   Yoso, the new group made up of former Toto singer Bobby Kimball, Yes bassist Billy Sherwood and Yes keyboard player Tony Kaye

    Kaye was the original keyboard player for Yes from 1968 to 1971 and again from 1983 to 1995.  In between, he was involved in Flash, Badger, Detective and Bandfinger.

    Sherwood was originally in the groups Lodgic and World Trade before Chris Squire drafted him for his new group.  He went on to produce the Yes albums Keys to Ascension II, Open Your Eyes and The Ladder and became a full member of the group during the time of the last two.

    Kimball was an original member of Toto with David Paich and Jeff Porcaro and sang lead on the majority of their big hits.

    More recently, Kaye and Sherwood formed the group CIRCA with guitarist Jimmy Haun (Lodgic, Yes) and drummer Jay Schellen (Hurricane, Asia, Yes).   They brought in Kimball for an Italian tour that never occurred and the three members split off to form AKA, later changed to Yoso. 

    The group will release their debut album, Elements, on July 2 in Europe and July 27 in the U.S. on Frontiers Records.  The package will include two CDs, one with the new album and one with the group playing some classic Yes and Toto songs live. Joining them are Scott Connor (Genesis tribute band Gabble Ratchet) and Johnny Bruhns (Yes tribute band Roundabout).

    Track List:

    • Yoso
    • Path To Your Heart
    • Where You’ll Stay
    • Walk Away
    • The New Revolution
    • To Seek The Truth
    • Only One
    • Close The Curtain
    • Won’t End Tonight
    • Come This Far
    • Time To Get Up
    • Return To Yesterday
    Bonus Live CD
    • Yoso
    • Rosanna
    • Owner of a Lonely Heart
    • Walk Away
    • Good For You
    • Yes Medley (Yours Is No Disgrace/Heart of the Sunrise/South Side of the Sky/Starship Trooper/I’ve Seen All Good People)
    • To Seek the Truth
    • Hold The Line
    • Cinema\
    • Gift With a Golden Gun
    • White Sister

    Bluegrass Master Del McCoury Receives National Heritage Fellowship

    Classic BluegrassThe National Endowment for the Arts has announced the recipients for its 2010 National Heritage Fellowship.  Among those receiving the honor is bluegrass master Del McCoury, a former member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and the seasoned leader of the Del McCoury Band. 

    The award is the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts with each winner receiving a $25,000 reward.  Winners this year run from Yacub Addy, a Ghanaian drum master to Mary Jackson, a sweetgrass basketweaver.  They are not only chosen for their artistic excellence but also for their efforts to conserve America's cultures for future generations. 

    The nine 2010 winners will meet in Washington, DC in September for a series of events along with a concert set for September 24 at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD.  

    The following is the National Endowment for the Arts' biography of McCoury:
    Born in 1939 in York County, Pennsylvania, Delano Floyd "Del" McCoury first became interested in bluegrass music when he heard Earl Scruggs' banjo playing in the early 1950s. McCoury began performing with various bands in the 1960s, playing throughout the Washington, DC and Baltimore area.
    McCoury eventually came to the attention of the legendary Bill Monroe and joined his band, the Blue Grass Boys, in 1963. It was Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass" who switched McCoury from banjo to guitar and first recognized that McCoury's distinctive tenor was well suited for lead vocals.

    Despite his growing career, McCoury returned to Pennsylvania in the mid-1960s to provide steady support for his growing family. While working in the logging industry, he formed his own band, the Dixie Pals. For the next decade and a half, McCoury piloted the group through a part-time career of weekend appearances at bluegrass festivals and recordings for both specialty and roots music institutions like Arhoolie and Rounder Records. During this time, McCoury wrote a number of original-songs like "High on a Mountain," "Are You Teasing Me," and "Dark Hollow".

    In 1981, McCoury's 14-year-old son Ronnie joined the Dixie Pals as mandolin player, followed five years later by banjo-playing younger brother Rob. In 1992, the group moved to Nashville. Armed with a relationship with Rounder Records and a few young members, the newly-named Del McCoury Band vaulted to the top of the bluegrass world.

    By the second half of the 1990s, the Del McCoury Band was engaging in onstage jams with diverse bands such as Phish and performing on the road and in the studio with Steve Earle. The group also appeared on prime time television, began an ongoing series of visits to popular late night TV talk shows, toured rock clubs and college campuses, and performed at country and even jazz-oriented music festivals and venues. In 1996, the Del McCoury Band had their largest success to date with Cold Hard Facts, which spent seven months at the top of the bluegrass charts and earned a Grammy nomination.

    McCoury and his band have recorded 16 albums and in 2006 won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for The Company We Keep. Named Male Vocalist of the Year for three consecutive years and winner of nine Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, McCoury has remained a nimble, inventive guitarist whose penetrating voice and compelling singing style serve as a bridge between the original generation of bluegrass artists and today's contemporary players.

    Friday, June 25, 2010

    Chart Watch Canada: Chart Date June 24, 2010

    Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current Canadian music charts.  Chart highlights:
    • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers jump onto the Canadian Album chart at number 3 with Mojo.  Also premiering this week is the Steve Miller Band's Bingo! at number 46.
    • On the Singles chart, George Strait finally falls out of the top charting single by a veteran artist to make way for Reba with Keep on Loving You.  Reba's song moves from 49 to 42. 
    Previous week position noted in parenthesis.  (N) indicates a new release.  (R) indicates a record that is re-charting.  There can be ties in chart positions.

    MojoTop 100 Canadian Albums
    • #1 (N) - Thank Me Later - Drake
    • #2 (N) - Laws of Illusion - Sarah McLachlan
    • #3 (N) - Mojo - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    • #4 (1) - To the Sea - Jack Johnson
    • #5 (2) - Glee: The Music: Journey to Regionals - Glee Cast
    • #17 (23) - Iron Man 2 Soundtrack - AC/DC
    • #27 (21) - Exile on Main Street - Rolling Stones
    • #43 (41) - Live at the Troubadour - Carole King & James Taylor
    • #46 (N) - Bingo! - Steve Miller Band
    • #60 (47) - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of - ABBA
    • #64 (55) - Recollection - k.d. lang
    • #70 (R) - Stereo Box Set - Beatles
    • #77 (76) - Legend: Best of - Bob Marley & the Wailers
    • #83 (56) - Greatest Hits - Journey
    • #88 (60) - Histoire D'Amour Avec Le Quebec - Gilbert Becaud
    • #99 (80) - Jasmine - Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden

    Keep On Loving You (Deluxe Edition with Bonus DVD)Top 100 Canadian Singles (Airplay)
    • #1 (1) - California Gurls - Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg
    • #2 (3) - Alejandro - Lady Gaga
    • #3 (2) - Break Your Heart - Taio Cruise Featuring Ludacris
    • #4 (4) - Your Love is My Drug - Ke$ha
    • #5 (5) - OMG - Usher Featuring
    • #42 (49) - I Keep on Loving You - Reba McEntire
    • #57 (56) - Let Me Hear You Scream - Ozzy Osbourne
    • #63 (47) - I Gotta Get to You - George Strait
    • #73 (85) - I Should Have Known It - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    The Digital Downloads, R&B, Country and Hard Rock charts are after the cut.

    Kinks Bassist & Co-Founder Pete Quaife Passes Away at 66

    The Singles CollectionPete Quaife, one of the co-founders of the Kinks and the original bassist for the group, passed away on Thursday in Denmark at the age of 66.  No cause of death has been announced, but it is suspected that it was do to his decade-plus battle with renal disease.

    Quaife went to school with brothers Ray and Dave Davies who asked him to join a budding group they had formed.  The three added drummer Mickey Willet and started out with the name the Ravens (not to be confused with the R&B group from the 40's and 50's).  When they signed with Pye Records in 1964, they replaced Willet with drummer Mick Avory and renamed themselves the Kinks. 

    Their first two singles, Long Tall Sally and You Still Want Me, failed to chart but the third, You Really Got Me, showed a different side of the group with heavy guitar playing that caught the public's fancy.  The song peaked at number 7 in the U.S. and number 1 in the U.K. and they quickly followed with All the Day and All of the Night (1965/#7 U.S./#2 U.K.) and Tired of Waiting for You (1965/#6 U.S./#1 U.K.).

    The Kinks also toured extensively in their own country and the U.S. but, for an unknown reason, the United States government banned the group from entering the country at the end of 1965, a situation that would last for four years.  The forced stay in the U.K. changed their style to one more reminiscent of their homeland which first came out in songs like Well Respected Man and Sunny Afternoon, the latter another number 1 in the U.K. but only reaching 14 in America.

    The band took up a relentless recording and touring schedule, releasing Face to Face, Something Else and The Village Green Preservation Society over the next three years but their chart success was waning to the point where Village Green, now seen as a masterpiece, failed to make the British top forty albums. 

    By this time, Quaife was tired of the lowered sales by the group and the constant fighting between the brothers Davies, so he left the group in late-1968.  He went on to form the group Maple Oak but, after the failure of their first single, decided to leave the music industry and move to Denmark.

    After almost a decade, Pete moved to Canada where he worked as a graphic artist.  In 1998, he developed renal failure and, while undergoing dialysis, drew a series of comics about the experience which were collected in his book The Lighter Side of Dialysis.  

    Quaife moved back to Denmark in 2005 after a divorce. 

    Pete and the Kinks have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1990) and the U.K. Music Hall of Fame (2005). 

    Set List: Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band @ Fallsview Casino Resort, Ontario

    Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band Live 2006Ringo Starr and his eleventh All-Starr Band opened their 2010 tour on Thursday night at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Canada.  Joining him this time around are Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Rick Derringer, Richard Page of Mr. Mister, Wally Palmer of the Romantics and drummer Gregg Bissonette.

    Things haven't changed much from earlier All-Starr Band tours,  Ringo opens, a round of musician's circle with a little Ringo thrown in, another mini-set by Ringo, another musician's circle and the Starr finale.  Still, this year seems a bit stronger on the band performances, which take up ten of the 22 songs in the show, with old bandmates Derringer and Winter and the strong voice of Page.

    Set List:
    • It Don't Come Easy
    • Honey Don't
    • Choose Love
    • Hang On Sloopy (Rick Derringer)
    • Free Ride (Edger Winter)
    • Talking In Your Sleep (Wally Palmer)
    • Be Your Man
    • Dream Weaver (Gary Wright)
    • Kyrie (Richard Page)
    • The Other Side Of Liverpool
    • Yellow Submarine
    • Frankenstein (Edgar Winter)
    • Peace Dream
    • Back Off Boogaloo
    • What I Like About You (Wally Palmer)
    • Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo (Rick Derringer)
    • Boys
    • My Love Is Alive (Gary Wright)
    • Broken Wings (Richard Page)
    • Photograph
    • Act Naturally
    • With A Little Help From My Friends/Give Peace a Chance