Monday, January 31, 2011

New Releases by Veteran Artists for February 1, 2011

Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh PA September 23, 1980 [2 CD Deluxe Edition]The Best Of... The Great American Songbook
Faith (2 CD/1 DVD Special Edition)The Great American Songbook
Battle Hymns MMXI - Battle Hymns 201175 Live in Harvard Square

The full list of new releases by veteran artists can be found after the cut.

2011 Spirit of Hope Award Going to Irving and Shelli Azoff

For the first time ever, City of Hope is presenting its Spirit of Life Award to a couple, Live Nation Entertainment Executive Chairman Irving Azoff and his wife Shelli.

The Spirit of Life award is presented by City of Hope, the leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. It recognises people in the music and entertainment industries who have committed their time and resources into helping others in need.

“We are pleased to bestow our highest philanthropic honor to Shelli and Irving Azoff,” said Gary Stiffelman, President, City of Hope’s Music and Entertainment Industry Group in a statement. “They are a model of philanthropic commitment and an inspiration to everyone who seeks to make cancer a curable and ultimately preventable disease.”

“We are grateful and privileged to receive this year’s Spirit of Life Award, and are proud to help recognize the incredible work being done by researchers at City of Hope,” the Azoffs said. “The institution’s level of advanced research into finding cures for life-threatening diseases is unparalleled, and we’re pleased to support its vision.”

The Azoffs have done away with the formality of the presentation and instead of the traditional black-tie dinner ceremony they will celebrate the occasion with a family day at Universal Studios.

On May 7, the park will close early to provide invited guests exclusive access to the theme park including all rides and attractions. The event will begin at the Gibson Amphitheatre on the Universal Studio grounds and then party on through-out the park with private live performances featuring music and comedy.

Irving and Shelli Azoff have four children.

Irving is the business end of acts including the Eagles, Josh Groban, Christina Aguilera, Van Halen and Neil Diamond. In 2008 following a merger with his company and Ticketmaster he became Chairman and CEO of Ticketmaster. After that merged with Live Nation, he became Executive Chairman of the newly named Live Nation Entertainment.

Ozzy Calls Off Show in Reno at Last Minute, Citing Sudden Illness

ScreamOzzy Osbourne was forced to cancel his show on Sunday night in Reno, NV with his management blaming it on a "sudden illness."
Based on advice from doctors, it is with great regret that OZZY OSBOURNE is postponing his show this Sunday, January 30, 2011 at the Reno Event Center. The multi-platinum Rock & Roll Hall of Famer cannot perform tonight due to a sudden illness. Tickets from tonight’s concert will be honored for the rescheduled date on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Refunds are available at point of purchase.
At this point, there is no information on Ozzy's illness or any indication on the status of further shows on his tour. He is scheduled to play Tuesday night at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.  Then, next Sunday, you can catch the Prince of Darkness during the Super Bowl in a commercial with Justin Bieber.

Film Score Great John Barry Passes Away at 77

ConcertHis scores have taken us on espionage missions, to darkest Africa and back in time to medieval England.  John Barry, composer of scores for films such as Born Free, Out of Africa and the James Bond films, has died in New York of a heart attack aged 77.

His fellow Bond composer David Arnold wrote on his Twitter feed: "It was with a heavy heart that I tell you John Barry passed away this morning".

"I think James Bond would have been far less cool without John Barry holding his hand," Arnold added.

He won five Oscars in a career that spanned many years. As well as his work on eleven Bond films, he won Academy Awards in best music for Dances With Wolves, Out of Africa and Born Free.

Barry is without doubt one of the greatest ever composers of incidental and film music ever.

He is responsible for some classic scores such as:
  • From Russia With Love
  • Goldfinger
  • Zulu
  • Born Free
  • You Only Live Twice
  • The Lion in Winter
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Diamonds are Forever
  • Somewhere in Time
  • Out of Africa
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Chaplin
In a full life he married four times, including a brief union with British actress/singer Jane Birkin, and has four children.

From a popular music standpoint, he was responsible for numerous hits, mostly from the Bond movies:
  • A View to a Kill (Duran Duran)
  • All Time High (Rita Coolidge)
  • Born Free (Andy Williams, Roger Williams)
  • Diamonds Are Forever (Shirley Bassey)
  • From Russia With Love (Matt Munro)
  • Goldfinger (Shirley Bassey)
  • License to Kill (Gladys Knight)
  • The Living Daylights (a-ha)
  • The Man With the Golden Gun (Lulu)
  • Midnight Cowboy (Ferrante & Teicher)
  • Moonraker (Shirley Bassey)
  • Thunderball (Tom Jones)
  • We Have All the Time in the World (Louis Armstrong)
  • You Only Live Twice (Nancy Sinatra)
The John Barry Orchestra and the John Barry Seven also had a number of top twenty hits in the U.K.
  • Hit & Miss (1960/#10)
  • Walk Don't Run (1961/#11)
  • The James Bond Theme (1962/#13)
  • Theme From The Persuaders (1971/#13)

Duran Duran Sets U.K. Arena Tour

Duran Duran are set to play an eleven-date arena tour in the U.K., the first they have done in seven years.

The tour is in support of their new album, All You Need is Now, with shows expected to be a mix of new music and older hits.  The album is currently only available as a download but will see a physical released in March.  Mark Ronson produced.

It is expected that further dates will be announced for other continents in the near future.

  • 05/18 - Newcastle - Metro Radio Arena
  • 05/19 - Glasgow - SECC
  • 05/21 - Birmingham - LG Arena
  • 05/22 - Nottingham Capital - FM Arena
  • 05/23 - Liverpool - Echo Arena
  • 05/28 - London - O2 Arena
  • 05/29 - Brighton Centre
  • 05/31 - Bournemouth - International Centre
  • 06/01 - Cardiff - International Arena
  • 06/03 - Manchester - MEN Arena
  • 06/04 - Sheffield - Motorpoint Arena

Almanac: January 31, 2011

The WellBirthdays:
  • Sandy Deane (Jay & the Americans) (71)
  • Charlie Musselwhite (67)
  • Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) (60)
  • Henry Wayne Casey (K.C. & the Sunshine Band) (60) 
  • Curly Smith (Jo Jo Gunne) (59)
  • Adrian Vandeberg (Whitesnake) (57)
  • John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) (Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd.) (55)
  • Lloyd Cole (Lloyd Cole & the Commotions) (50)
  • Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) (47)
  • Jason Cooper (Cure) (44)

The Tide Is High (2001 Digital Remaster)On This Day in:
  • 1931 - Jimmie Rodgers had a recording session for Victor where he sang T.B. Blues, Travellin' Blues & Jimmie The Kid.
  • 1949 - Kitty West recorded for the first time for RCA Victor.
  • 1957 - Decca Records in the U.K. said that Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & the Comets had sold a million copies in the U.K., mostly on 78's.
  • 1961 - Bobby Darin & Friends TV special aired on NBC.
  • 1963 - Beach Boys recorded Surfin' U.S.A. and Shutdown.
  • 1969 - Bobby Darin walked off of The Jackie Gleason Show when they would not allow him to perform the song Long Line Rider.
  • 1970 - Slim Harpo died of a heart attack at age 46.
  • 1970 - The Jackson Five had their first number 1 in the U.S. with I Want You Back.
  • 1970 - The Grateful Dead are arrested for possession of LSD and barbiturates in New Orleans.
  • 1972 - Aretha Franklin sang at Mahalia Jackson's funeral.
  • 1976 - The Ohio Players hit number 1 in the U.S. with Love Rollercoaster.
  • 1978 - Greg Herbert of Blood, Sweat & Tears passed away from an accidental drug overdose at the age of 30.
  • 1978 - The Talking Heads made their first appearance on British TV on The Old Grey Whistle Test.
  • 1979 - The Clash opened their first U.S. tour.  Bo Diddley was the opener.
  • 1981 - Blondie made it to number 1 in the U.S. for the third time with The Tide is High.
  • 1985 - Barbara Cowsill, mother of and performer in the Cowsills, passed away.
  • 1988 - Herb Alpert played the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXIII.
  • 1999 - Reba McEntire closed her first European tour with a sold-out performance in Munich.
  • 1999 - Cher sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXII.
  • 2001 - It was announced Peter Criss would be leaving Kiss, to be replaced by Eric Singer.
  • 2002 - Koko Taylor is released from the hospital after undergoing an angioplasty.  

Short Takes for January 23 to January 29

A compendium of the "Short Takes" stories now found on the left column of each page.

Sunday, January 23

The infamous Westboro Baptist Church is going to protest at Ozzy Osbourne's show in Kansas City. They claim that Ozzy "Promotes all the filth and rebellion he can and has the gall to call the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ ‘evil’ for warning this doomed world?"

Bret Michaels will go into surgery this Monday to repair a hole in his heart that he has had since birth but was only recently discovered during his health crisis.

Monday, January 24

Officials at St. Josephs Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix report that Bret Michael's surgery to repair a hole in his heart was successful. The hole was discovered last April and was most likely there all of his life.

The nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards will be announced on February 1 by Miranda Lambert and Ronnie Dunn.

David Essex is joining the cast of the long-running BBC-TV show The Eastenders.

Tony Bennett has been elected to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Other music oriented acts making the cut for 2011 are Queen Latifah, John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, John Travolta and Bruce Willis.

Tuesday, January 25

The second single from Michael Jackson's album Michael will be Hollywood Tonight.

Wolfgang's Vault, the site that was originally built around the live recordings archived by Bill Graham, has purchased Paste magazine. They add it to Crawdaddy, which is also part of the sites regular offerings.

The first single from Robbie Robertson's upcoming album, How to Be a Clairvoyant goes to radio this week. He Don't Live Here No More is "a riveting firsthand look at the temptations endemic to the rock and roll lifestyle." Clairvoyant will be released on April 5.

Ray Stevens is in the midst of recording a 100-song Encyclopedia of Comedy music which is expected to be out later this year.

Early numbers show that two veteran artists will debut in the Album top ten this week. Social Distortion is looking at number 4 on sales of around 40,000 while Gregg Allman is in a fight for somewhere between 5 & 7 with sales of around 33,000.

Wednesday, January 26

Bret Michaels has been released from a Phoenix hospital on Wednesday after a successful operation to close a hole in his heart.

Vince Neil of Motley Crue has officially plead guilty to DUI in a Las Vegas courtroom. He will be jailed for 15 days starting February 15 followed by 15 days of home confinement.

The Big Four (a.k.a. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) have announced that they will do one date together in the U.S. this summer. The show will be April 23 at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA and tickets go on sale on Friday at 10 AM PST.

Jon Bon Jovi is heading back to acting. He will be one of the many actors in Gary Marshall's New Year's Eve, the sequel to Valentine's Day.

The nominations for the Shockwave NME Awards were announced on Wednesday. Veteran artists receiving nominations were Paul Weller (Solo Artist), Gorillaz Featuring Bobby Womack & Mos Def (Track for Stylo), Axl Rose (Villain of the Year), John Lydon (Book for Mr. Rotten's Scrapbook and Keith Richard (Book for Life).

Thursday, January 27

Jimmy Buffett has cancelled his Saturday night performance in Auckland, NZ due to the fall he took from the stage during a performance on Wednesday. "The show has been cancelled to allow himself time to recover from his injuries," a statement explained. "Jimmy would like to thank all of his fans for their support, and wants them all to know he will return."

Madonna will premier her new film, W.E. at this years Cannes Film Festival. The movie is the story of both the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII and a parallel story set in modern times.

Mary Wilson just missed being at the Moscow airport at the time of the terrorist bombing this past weekend. She talks exclusively with Roger Friedman at his site.

Friday, January 28

The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum has received a $35,000 grant from the National Endowment For the Arts to expand its Words & Music program.

R.E.M. manager Bertis Downs has told the blog Athens, Georgia Music & Arts that the group will not be touring in support of the upcoming album Collapse Into Now. "The band doesn’t tour with every album and this is one of those cases."

Boy George has confirmed that Culture Club will reunite in 2012 for a tour and a new album.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chart Watch America: Chart of February 5, 2011

Hard Times and Nursery RhymesOur weekly recap of veteran artists on the current American music charts. Chart highlights
  • Social Distortion has the highest charting album of their career as Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes debuts at number 4.  Their previous high was 1996's White Light White Heat White Trash which peaked at 27.  The album also starts at 3 on the Rock Albums chart.
  • Also setting a new personal best is Gregg Allman whose Low Country Blues starts at number 5.   His best previous showing as a soloist was 1974's Laid Back which topped out at 13.  Low Country Blues also debuts at number 1 on the Blues Album and 4 on the Rock Album charts.
  • The other new album by veteran artists debuting this week is another of the Starbucks exclusive compilations, I Got You Babe, which starts at 133.
  • Allman's Low Country Blues also moves to the number 1 spot on the Americana Albums chart, unseating Robert Plant's Band of Joy.  Plant had been at the top for almost three months.
TW = This Week, LW = Last Week, N = New, R = Returning to Chart.  The highest charting entry by a veteran artist is shown in red.  There can be ties in chart positions.


Top 200 Albums
TW LW Title Artist
1 N The Kind is Dead Decemberists
2 N Kidz Bop 19 Kidz Bop Kids
3 N Science & Faith Script
4 N Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes Social Distoriton
5 N Low Country Blues Gregg Allman
30 41 Greatest Hits Bon Jovi
50 32 Michael Michael Jackson
55 78 Greatest Hits Journey
64 65 Just Charlie Charlie Wilson
92 148 Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd
104 R Rocket Man: Number Ones Elton John
105 99 Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits Creedence Clearwater Revival
127 115 Abbey Road Beatles
132 128 Number Ones Michael Jackson
133 N I Got You Babe Various Artists (Starbucks Exclusive)
134 R Greatest Hits Neil Young
146 145 Legend: The Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers
148 130 All the Women I Am Reba McEntire
153 R Best of Simon & Garfunkel
157 138 Second Chance El DeBarge
162 116 The Union Elton John & Leon Russell
163 158 Greatest Hits Guns N' Roses
165 129 Fly Me To the Moon: The Great American Songbook, Volume 5 Rod Stewart
172 R The Future Starts Here: The Essential Doors Hits Doors
178 172 Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All-Time Santana
182 152 Greatest Hits 1974-78 Steve Miller Band
184 168 Nothing But the Best Frank Sinatra
190 181 Band of Joy Robert Plant
191 190 Best of Bowie David Bowie
197 196 Greatest Hits Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

The balance of the American charts are after the cut.

Streisand to Star With Seth Rogen in Road Picture, Wants to Remake Gypsy

Love is the AnswerBarbra Streisand is certainly not looking to act in any heavy dramas.  Hot off her second appearance in the Focker Series, Little Fockers, she has been set to star opposite Seth Rogen in My Mother's Curse.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Paramount has picked up the comedy which has been in development for a few years.  Rogen and Streisand were offered the roles last year but it wasn't firm until Paramount came along.

Per both the Reporter, the story is about "an inventor (Rogen) who invites his mother on a cross-country trip as he tries to sell his new product while also reuniting her with a lost love."

Directing will be Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses) with a script by Dan Fogelman (Cars) based on his own life.  Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn and Evan Goldberg are producing.

In other Streisand news, she is trying to do a big screen remake of Gypsy.  If she can obtain all the rights, she would produce, direct and star as Mama Rose, one of the plumb roles in all of acting.  On stage, the role has won Tonys for Angela Lansbury (1975), Tyne Daly (1990) and Patti LuPone (2008) with Ethel Merman from the original production (1960) and Bernadette Peters (2003) receiving nominations.  On film, the part has been played by Rosalind Russell and Bette Midler.

According to the New York Daily News, Streisand needs to get approval from Arthur Laurents (book), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and the estates of Jules Styne (music) and Jerome Robbins (director).  Laurents is the toughest of the group as he has specifics on how the role must show the brutal side of the Mama Rose character when dealing with her children, but it seems Streisand may have won him over.  The 92-year-old told the Daily News "Barbra and I have been getting along very well now for some time. We've talked about it a lot, and she knows what she's doing. She has my approval."

Alice Cooper Posts Rebuttal to False Reports on Movie and Final Tour; Criticizes Robert Plant's Folk Music

The Best Of Alice Cooper: Mascara & MonstersAlice Cooper has been forced to take to his website to refute false reports recently posted on Holland's Veronica Radio website.
To all you Sick Things out there,

There was a completely false "news" report in Veronica Radio's online magazine in Holland today (Friday, 28th January 2011), claiming that there is a forthcoming movie on Alice's life that will commence filming in February and also that this year's tour will be his last. Both of these "news" reports are completely false! Please do not believe these rumors.
In other Cooper news, Alice has criticized Robert Plant for not wanting to get back together with Led Zeppelin. He told the U.K.'s Independent, "I go out on stage and say 'turn it up'. I never get tired of playing my songs.

"They are just standing there. What is so hard? Jimmy Page wants to do it. John Paul Jones wants to do it. And they got Bonham]'s son Jason, who is a killer drummer. All they need is Robert Plant. But what is Robert Plant out there doing? Playing folk music! What is he doing?"

Listen: New Music From Bobby Brown; New Album Coming in the Spring

ForeverBobby Brown is finishing up his first album of new material since 1997's Forever and is hoping to see it released in the spring.

In the meantime, the first single from the album, Get Out the Way, will be released on February 9 with a premier on TVOne's Way Back When.

The following is courtesy of

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Almanac: January 30, 2011

No Jacket RequiredBirthdays:
  • Jeanne Pruett (74)
  • Norma Jean (73)
  • Joe Terranova (Danny & the Juniors) (70)
  • Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane) (69)
  • Sandy Deane (Jay & the Americans) (68)
  • William King (Commodores) (62)
  • Phil Collins (60)
  • Steve Bartek (Oingo Boingo) (59)
  • Jody Watley (52)
  • Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) (52)
  • Angie Stone (47)

The Shirelles: Will You Still Love Me TomorrowOn This Day in:
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley started recording his first album at RCA's New York studios.
  • 1956 - Billy Lee Riley recorded Red Hot at Sun Studios with Jerry Lee Lewis on piano.
  • 1961 - The Shirelles were at number 1 in the U.S. with Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.
  • 1961 - Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller announce they are forming an independent production company.
  • 1961 - Buck Owens' debut album released on Capitol.
  • 1967 - The Beatles had their first day of shooting on the promo video for Strawberry Fields Forever.
  • 1968 - Bobby Goldsboro recorded Honey.
  • 1969 - The Beatles performed live for the last time on the roof of the Apple Building in London. 
  • 1972 - Paul McCartney wrote and recorded Give Ireland Back to the Irish.  Bloody Sunday had occurred less than 24 hours before.
  • 1973 - Kiss made their first appearance under their new name at the Popcorn Club in New York.  Their old name was Wicked Lester.
  • 1975 - The Bee Gees record Jive Talkin'.
  • 1976 - Mance Lipscomb dies at the age of 80.
  • 1980 - Professor Longhair passes away from a heart attack at 61.
  • 1980 - Rockabilly pioneer Warren Smith died in Longview, Texas at the age of 46.
  • 1982 - Lightnin' Hopkins died from cancer at the age of 70.
  • 1982 - Hall & Oates hit number 1 on the U.S. charts with I Can't Go For That (No Can Do).
  • 1988 - A court case revealed that Frankie Goes to Hollywood did not play on their records Relax and Two Tribes.  Session musicians were used instead.
  • 1988 - INXS had their first U.S. number 1 with Need You Tonight.
  • 1990 - Bob Dylan is honored with the title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France.
  • 1994 - Natalie Cole sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXVIII.
  • 1995 - Led Zeppelin receives the International Artists Award at the American Music Awards.  It had only previously been given to Michael Jackson and Rod Stewart.
  • 1996 - Producer Bob Thiele (Buddy Holly, Jackie Wilson, Charlie Mingus) dies at the age of 73.
  • 1998 - Elton John becomes Sir Elton John when he is awarded a Knighthood.
  • 2002 - Freddy Fender is released from a San Antonio hospital after successful kidney transplant surgery.
  • 2002 - Tattoo, a musical based on the life of Boy George, opened in London.
  • 2005 - Michael Jackson addresses his fans in a video the day before he is to go on trial for child molestation.
  • 2005 - Elvis Presley tops the U.K. singles chart with a re-release of It's Now or Never.
  • 2008 - Forbes named Madonna the richest female musician.  Barbra Streisand was second.
  • 2010 - Neil Young was named MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy.

Liverpool University Bestows Its First Degree in The Beatles

Abbey Road (Remastered)Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy has something that nobody can ever take away from her. She's the first person to earn a degree in The Beatles.

Liverpool Hope University launched the Master of Arts course 'The Beatles – Popular Music and Society' in 2009.

According to the University website the course is,
"A unique opportunity to study in the city of Liverpool, home of The Beatles and with access to leading Popular Music academics and Beatles specialists, this MA is the only one of its kind in the UK and the world.

"This MA will examine the significance of the music of the Beatles in the construction of identities, audiences, ethnicities and industries, and localities; by doing so it will suggest ways to understand popular music as a social practice, focusing attention on issues such as the role of music in the construction of regional identities, concepts of authenticity, aesthetics, meaning, value, performance, and the use of popular music as a discursive evocation of place. Furthermore, in a consideration of popular music as a text, popular music semiotics will also be employed.

"This MA will be of interest to those working in the fields of popular music studies, cultural studies, social anthropology, politics, gender studies, and musicology, among others. Such a course is an essential addition to the discipline of Popular Music Studies."
The Course is broken into four parts:
  • Texts and Contexts: Understanding Popular Music - This will offer the student an understanding of how Popular Music Studies has expanded and developed to deal with the changing nature of popular music over the past 50 years. This module will also provide students with contextually related research methods.
  • Topics in History: Liverpool - This module will introduce and discuss musical production and consumption within the post WWII era and will discuss the roles of locality, economics, space and place, and other issues specifically relating to Merseyside.
  • Musicology and the Beatles - In this module students will take a popular music semiotics approach and will textually analyse a variety of Beatles material.
  • Historical and Critical Approaches - Students will be invited to study a more ethnographic approach to the Beatles, the various cultural discourses surrounding their music, and the local tourist industry established in Liverpool to capitalise on the group.
Mary-Lu is from Ontario, Canada and moved to Liverpool two years ago to study the course. She will return to Canada and resume her job as a teacher in Popular Music Studies.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Review & Set List: Thin Lizzy @ Idigo, O2, London

Live & DangerousThin Lizzy visited the Indig02 in London last Sunday night and reviewer Stephen A. Johnston was on the scene.

Luckily tube engineering works didn't interfere with the journey but spartan signing at Greenwich meant this reviewer nearly ended up in the 02 backstage car park!

However when I found the Indigo,was pleasantly surprised; gorgeous venue. Like being aboard the bridge of Blakes 7's Liberator! Helpful staff too, never felt like they were bouncers looking to eject anyone for enjoying themselves.

First up: Supersuckers with a rollicking set of new material. Shame I'd have liked some older anthems but the self-styled, "best rock band in the world" still delivered sounding like George Thorogood and Motorhead amped through a Jack Daniels's sieve! Straight after the gig they were in the pub for Super Bowl. Top lads!

So to our heroes: Can they still hack it, even with fresh blood?

With opener Are You Ready? A resounding, YES! Straight into Waiting For An Alibi realize that Ricky Warwick fits rather nicely into this set-up. Jailbreak heavy as arse! Mr Lynott would be proud of his boys.

After Do Anything Warwick dropped his guitar to be vocal frontman for Don't Believe A Word and Dancing In The Moonlight with revamped Lizzy logo / light going blue to augment the mood.

You know what, if this band decide to write new material with Warwick up front it really could work. Confirmed by blistering Massacre overcoming a dodgy sound which continued into Killer On The Loose but rectified for an awesome Angel Of Death no resting on laurels there!

Although Wharton's vocal turn for Still In Love With You seemed contrived, Scott Gorham's solo was better than Live And Dangerous, Whiskey In The Jar got the crowd going mental into the heaviest Emerald this side of the Boyne and Viv Cambell's solo running the full length of the Liffey!

Brian Downey's turn to defy his age with consumate Sha-La-La-La solo.

Bad Reputation left the crowd creaming for an encore of the thumping Rocker and mildly confused Black Rose.

This reviewer hopes the confidence with which they belted-out old fave's and genuine band feel they exuded, encourages them to get into a studio for new Lizzy and tour.

The Set List:

Main Set:
  • Are You Ready
  • Waiting for an Alibi
  • Jailbreak
  • Do Anything You Want
  • Don't Believe a Word
  • Dancing in the Moonlight (It's Caught Me In It's Spotlight)
  • Massacre
  • Killer on the Loose
  • Angel of Death
  • Still in Love With You
  • Whiskey in the Jar
  • Emerald
  • Hollywood (Down On Your Luck)
  • Sha-La-La
  • Cowboy Song
  • Boys Are Back in Town
Encore 1:
  • Rosalie
  • Bad Reputation
Encore 2:
  • The Rocker
  • Black Rose

Preview: John Barleycorn Must Die: Deluxe Edition - Traffic

John Barleycorn Must DieArtist: Traffic
Title: John Barleycorn Must Die: Deluxe Edition
Release Date: March 8, 2011
Label: Universal
Format(s): CD, DD

John Barleycorn Must Die may be the pinnacle of the group Traffic.  Released in 1970, it reached number 5 in the U.S., the highest any of the group's albums would go.

This new edition of the album includes a remastered version on the first disc and a second disc of previously unreleased alternate and live tracks.

The press release gives background on the album:
John Barleycorn Must Die is the Traffic album that almost never was, but which is now commonly regarded as their definitive work. By 1970, still only 22, Steve Winwood had already served time at the heart of The Spencer Davis Group, as a founder member of Traffic, and with the supergroup Blind Faith. What started out as Steve Winwood's solo debut, originally to be called Mad Shadows (a title later filched by Mott The Hoople), John Barleycorn Must Die became Traffic's third and most fully realized studio album.

Originally a project where Steve Winwood planned to play every instrument himself, he began recording in the Autumn of 1969. Then, after taking time out in January 1970 to participate in Ginger Baker's Airforce, Winwood returned to his solo album in February. The next piece to be committed to tape was Glad, a jazz influenced instrumental based upon a piano part that Winwood had been toying with for some time. With the input of Jim Capaldi's drumming and Chris Wood's saxophone, the piece took upon a new lease of life. "It was obvious to all of us that we should really give Traffic another go," said Winwood soon after.

Songs like Glad and Freedom Rider reflect Winwood's time with Blind Faith, more improvised, jazzier and more expansive than anything on Traffic's earlier albums. The real surprise package, however, was the inclusion of the acoustic, seventeenth century traditional folk song John Barleycorn Must Die.

John Barleycorn Must Die was the album that Traffic had always threatened to make and where they truly fulfilled their promise. It was released in July 1970 and was a Top Five album in America, easily their most successful album there, reaching No. 11 in the UK.

In support of the album, Traffic toured America where their shows at the Fillmore East, New York, on November 18th and 19th were taped. A scheduled Live -November 70 album, mixed down from the Fillmore East, was never released. These much bootlegged recordings are now officially released for the first time on Disc Two of this new deluxe edition along with alternate takes of John Barleycorn Must Die, Stranger To Himself and Every Mother's Son.

Traffic began as a collective of Birmingham based musicians in April 1967 who defined the concept of 'getting it together in the country' in the way they prepared their debut album, Mr Fantasy (1968), their second album, simply titled Traffic (1969), reflected a band torn between pop and more serious musical ambitions and intentions. When Steve Winwood left Traffic to join Blind Faith in January 1969, the group split up, Island released a third album, Last Exit, which rounded up left over live recordings and studio material.
Track List:

Disc 1 (Original Album Remastered)

  • Glad
  • Freedom Rider
  • Empty Pages
  • Stranger To Himself
  • John Barleycorn Must Die
  • Every Mother's Son

Disc 2 (Previously unreleased alternate & live takes)

  • Stranger To Himself (Alternate mix)
  • John Barleycorn Must Die (First version)
  • Every Mother's Son (Alternate mix)
  • Back Stage and Introduction
  • Medicated Goo (Live)
  • Empty Pages (Live)
  • Forty Thousand Headmen  (Live)
  • Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring? (Live)
  • Every Mother's Son (Live)
  • Glad / Freedom Rider (Live)

Jack Bruce Receives NAMM's International Bassist Award

Songs for a TailorFor only the third time, NAMM has given their International Bassist Award.  On January 14, the award was given to Jack Bruce, veteran of Cream, West, Bruce & Laing, The Tony Williams Lifetime and more.

Larry Hartke presented the award, saying "Simply put, Jack Bruce is the reason I became interested in the bass.  Jack changed the role of bass in music and made playing the instrument look like fun. It was my greatest honor to present the International Bassist Award to my hero and friend."

In accepting the award, Bruce said "I've had a love affair with the bass since I caressed my first double bass which had stood neglected and lonely in the corner of my school music room in gloomy, grey post-war Glasgow.  That sensual and loving relationship has continued throughout my life via a Top Twenty Fender copy (which tried to electrocute me), a Fender VI, The Gibson EB3 I played with Cream right up to my beloved Warwick Thumb Bass which I have enjoyed for many years.

"Being given this award makes me very proud and happy. When I stood on the stage at the Samson/Zoom/Hartke party at NAMM and Larry made the presentation, I felt I was one of a long line of bassists, perhaps starting with J.S. Bach himself, and he only used his feet, Jimmy Blanton, Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, John Entwistle … the list is simply endless. For me to be considered a small part of that illustrious line is simply wonderful. From the bottom of my heart, thank you."

Bruce has played Warwick basses for quite awhile and the company announced at NAMM that, not only does he continue to endorse their basses, but also now is an endorser of their amplifiers. Bruce appeared in the Warwick booth during the conventions.

Jack Bruce has been involved in the rock scene since 1962 when he joined Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated.  During the middle of the decade, he played with Graham Bond, John Mayall's Bluesbrakers and Manfred Mann before joining up with previous bandmate Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker to form Cream.  It was there that he created such standards as Sunshine of My Love and Strange Brew.

When Cream split up, Bruce went on to form West, Bruce and Laing, played with Tony Williams Lifetime and Frank Zappa and performed as the Jack Bruce Band, the Jack Bruce & Friends and under his own name.

Bob Geldof's Album Inspired by New Love

How to Compose Popular Songs That Will SellBob Geldofof the Boomtown Rats and Live Aid fame, never thought he'd find love again.  Luckily, it found him and inspired him to write new music.

The 59-year-old rocker was devastated when his wife Paula Yates, who died of a drugs overdose in 2000, left him in 1995 but says his relationship with French actress Jeanne Marine helped inspire him to pen the new album How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell.

He said: "Without love things are utterly empty. Now, that sounds too w***y but it's true.

"I'm so old, so ugly, I thought love would never come my way again.  Then it did and allowed me to write an album again."

Bob, who has children Fifi (27), Peaches (21) and Pixie (20) from his late wife, and also raises her 14-year-old daughter Tiger Lily from the presenter's relationship with Michael Hutchence, admits he was grateful that Jeanne had no idea about the troubles in his personal life when they first met.

He added: "This record is full of gratitude that Jeanne came along and somehow was able to love this very unlovable person, me.

"You know, this girl from Paris hadn't got a f***ing clue about what was going on and she lands in the middle of this stuff."

Chart Watch Canada: Chart Date January 28, 2011

Bon Jovi Greatest Hits - The Ultimate CollectionOur weekly recap of veteran artists on the current Canadian music charts.  Chart highlights:
  • Bon Jovi holds at number 12 making them the top selling veteran artist on the Canadian Album chart for the 11th week.  It also moves back into the top spot on the Hard Rock Albums chart.
  • As the new releases finally start flowing for 2011, there are two debuts from veteran artists.  At 19 is Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes by Social Distorition and, at number 34 is Low Country Blues by Gregg Allman.
  • Just sneaking onto the Singles chart at number 93 is Ghost by Slash featuring Ian Astbury.
TW = This Week, LW = Last Week, N = New, R = Returning to Chart.  The highest charting entry by a veteran artist is shown in red.  There can be ties in chart positions.

Top 100 Canadian Albums
TW LW Title Artist
1 2 Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars
2 N Live on Ten Legs Pearl Jam
3 1 Loud Rihanna
4 N King is Dead Decemberists
5 3 Beginning Black Eyed Peas
12 12 Greatest Hits Bon Jovi
19 N Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes Social Distortion


Low Country Blues Greg Allman
36 24 Michael Michael Jackson
46 41 The Union Elton John & Leon Russell
56 48 When the Wind Shakes The Barley Loreena McKennitt
58 52 Mothership Led Zeppelin
76 63 30 No. 1 Hits Elvis Presley
78 82 Legend: The Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers
85 84 Recollection k.d. lang
86 73 The Wall Pink Floyd
99 78 Very Best of Eagles

The balance of the Canadian charts are after the cut.

Bob Seger Tour to Be More Extensive Than Originally Assumed; May Have New Album This Year

Stranger in TownRolling Stone is reporting that Bob Seger's team is scrambling to put together a twenty to thirty date tour for the singer starting in March.  Things are hectic as Seger made the decision to return to the road with a very short time for booking and planning.  Initial dates should be out next week.

There also may be an album in the offering, which would be his 17th.  A source told RS "Right now he probably has half of an album that he's happy with.  Whether or not he finishes it this summer, he'll probably go back out in the fall and do even more dates.

"He's been known to finish an album in two months.  He's also been known to take a year. Record companies used to put out albums just one month after you finish it. Bob still thinks that's all you need. Now they want six months. It's a huge fight every time and it's scary because he makes changes right up to the end."

Almanac: January 29, 2011

Rocket to Russia (Dlx)Birthdays:
  • Tony Blackburn (British DJ) (68)
  • Mark Wynter (68)
  • Andrew Loog Odham (67)
  • Tommy Ramone (59)
  • Louie Perez (Los Lobos) (58)
  • Richard Manitoba (MC5, Dictators) (57)
  • Eddie Jackson (Queenryche) (50)
  • Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) (47)

I Fought the Law: B.O.On This Day in:
  • 1962 - Peter, Paul and Mary signed with Warner Brothers records.
  • 1964 - The Beatles went to Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris and recorded the German versions of She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand and Can't Buy Me Love.
  • 1966 - The Bobby Fuller Four released I Fought the Law.
  • 1969 - Fleetwood Mac was at number 1 in the U.K. with Albatross.  It was their only U.K. chart topper.
  • 1969 - The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour debuted on CBS TV.
  • 1972 - Smokey Robinson split with the Miracles.
  • 1977 - Rose Royce hit number 1 in the U.S. with Car Wash.
  • 1979 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer split up.
  • 1982 - Gary Numan was forced to land his plane in Southampton, England at an RAF Base after running low on fuel.  
  • 1983 - Stevie Nicks married Warner Brothers promotion man Kim Anderson.
  • 1989 - Billy Joel sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXIII.
  • 1992 - Willie Dixon died of heart failure.
  • 1994 - Mary Wilson of the Supremes was injured and her 14-year-old son was killed when their jeep crashed on the freeway in Los Angeles.
  • 1998 - Paul Simon's musical The Capeman premiered opened on Broadway.
  • 2009 - John Martyn died in Ireland at the age of 60.
  • 2010 - Sly Stone filed a $50 million lawsuit against his former manager Jerry Goldstein over fraud and stolen royalties.

Preview: I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive - Steve Earle (New Album & Book)

I'll Never Get Out of This World AliveArtist: Steve Earle
Title: I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Label: New West Records
Format(s): CD, CD/DVD, Vinyl, DD

Steve Earle will release his first album since 2009's Townes and his first album of original material since 2007's Washington Square Serenade on April 26 via New West Records.  I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive is produced by T Bone Burnett and includes songs that he has written over the last three years.

Included on the album are God is God and I Am a Wanderer, both of which he wrote for Joan Baez's album Day After Tomorrow, and The City from the HBO series Treme.  Earle acted in the first season of the series and will reprise the role during the second season.

Earle writes in the liner notes, "They are all, as far as I can tell, about mortality in one way or the other; death as a mystery rather than a punctuation mark or at least, a comma rather than a period."

Also coming on May 12 is Steve's first novel, also called I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive.  The novel "imagines the troubled life of Doc Ebersole as he is haunted by the ghost of his former patient and friend, Hank Williams."

Track List:
  • Waitin' On The Sky
  • Little Emperor
  • The Gulf of Mexico
  • Molly - O
  • God is God
  • Meet Me In The Alleyway
  • Every Part of Me
  • Lonely Are The Free
  • Heaven or Hell (with Allison Moorer)
  • I Am A Wanderer
  • This City

Friday, January 28, 2011

Kenny Loggins Stumps for Music Education on Capitol Hill

Kenny Loggins - Live From the Grand CanyonKenny Loggins took Wednesday off to talk to congress on two important issues of the day, music education and intellectual property rights.  It's all part of the annual Grammys on the Hill event.

Among those that attended the event were Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Josephy Crowley (D-NY) who started off the proceedings by singing a bit of their own version of Loggins' Danny's Song.  Loggins then performed a few more of his own compositions before addressing the crowd.

In talking about music education, Loggins spoke emphatically about the American song.  "Nothing speaks as eloquently of freedom than music."

On the subject of music being cut from the curriculum in some schools, Kenny emphasized "Music is not a luxury, it's a necessity."

Before the event, he also spoke with the Politico on the state of music and musician's intellectual property rights:
 “It's getting harder and harder for young artists to support themselves,” conceded Loggins, adding that his own son gave up on the business after growing frustrated with how hard it is to make a living. "Music is just about being given away all the time. ... It’s like saying, ‘You're a reporter and all the news should be for free, so why should you be compensated for what we have a right to have?’ ...

“Why are we considering the arts to be something that should be for free? Carpenters don’t work for free. What is it about society that doesn’t value intellectual property?”
The following video was posted by The Glittarazzi on YouTube showing Loggins performing and speaking briefly on music in the schools.

Vinnie Paul Shoots Down Pantera Reunion Rumors

Cowboys From HellVinnie Paul has shot down rumors that metal legends Pantera will reunite.

The drummer for Pantera and HellYeah spoke to Russian site Darkside and responded to speculation that the metal outfit may reunite without murdered guitarist Dimebag Darrell.

Vinnie Paul said, “It’s ridiculous. Dime was such a huge part of it; it would be just completely asinine to even consider that. I think it’s pretty disrespectful from people to even suggest it. He left an amazing legacy and it’s gonna be left untouched, it’s beautiful, it’s pristine and I wanna leave it that way. I am really proud of what I do with [HellYeah]. Of course the history of Pantera speaks for itself. I want him to always be known as ‘the dude’, you know. Period. Forever."

The interviewer suggested that comments about the possible reunion were actually criticising Vinnie Paul for suggesting it.

Vinnie Paul was quick to correct the blogosphere: “No no, I have never said this was possible. Not me. Might’ve been some other clowns that used to be in that band, but not me. (laughs)”

Pantera broke up in 2003 and their beloved guitarist Dimebag Darrell was murdered onstage while playing for new band Damageplan in 2004.

Judas Priests Writing New Material

British Steel: 30th Anniversary EditionJudas Priest may be heading out on their final tour, but that doesn't mean they are done as a band.

The band are preparing for what has been mooted as their final ever shows, heading through Europe and the UK but NME notes that their website says they’re actually writing new music and will not break up at the end of the tour.

It reads, “The guys are working together on writing new material - all is going really well - more details later!”

The ‘Epitaph’ Tour seems to be constantly adding dates, most recently in Serbia, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Switzerland.

The final shows will finish before the end of the year.