Jeff Beck Announces Tour

March 10, 2009

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After his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 4th, guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck has booked a series of intimate shows throughout the U.S., where he’ll play small clubs like  New York’s Irving Plaza.

Expect Beck to play old favorites from Wired and Blow by Blow. If you don’t know these albums I recommend you buy them today.

A complete list of tour dates are available at JeffBeck.com

Free Phish Downloads

March 9, 2009

If you weren’t able to score tickets to any of Phish’s three concerts at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia this weekend, you can still here the show: Phish is offering free downloads of all three of their Hampton shows as  256kbps MP3s on the livephish.com Website.

“We really wanted to show our gratitude to all the Phish fans for their support and the overwhelming response they’ve had to these shows. It’s going to be an amazing celebration and we only wish everybody could be there,” Trey Anastasio said in a press release. The downloads will only be available for a limited time, so hurry. Phish will also offer FLAC quality recordings of the Hampton shows for $12.95 per night, or fans can drop $23 for a three-disc recording of each concert.

Phish will also be headlining the Bonnaroo festival later this summer.

Guns n’ Roses Plan Summer Tour

March 9, 2009

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According to industry insiders, Axl Rose plans to follow last November’s release of Chinese Democracy with a worldwide Guns n’ Roses stadium tour this summer. If Axl doesn’t flake out, this summer will be the first U.S. stadium tour for the current line-up of G n’R.

Guns’ manager, Irving Azoff, recently told Rolling Stone that the band has big plans for this year. “Axl has been basically quiet, keeping out of the limelight for almost 15 years. People think they know him but they only really only know what has been said about him by questionable people,” Azoff says. “He is a good guy and often misunderstood — he is a professional who has worked very hard to build and maintain a high creative standard for Guns n’ Roses. We have some exciting things in the works this year for Gn’R, I’m looking forward to it.”

New Wilco Album set for June Release

March 2, 2009
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Any of you who  knows me, knows I love the band Wilco. So I was excited to see this posting about the new album from Rolling Stone.
“The new Wilco album will be released in June. In a blast of creativity, most of the basic tracks were recorded in January, in New Zealand. The majority of the band — Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone and drummer Glenn Kotche — traveled down there in December to play on tracks for an upcoming Neil Finn album that will benefit Oxfam. They got a great vibe from Finn’s studio in Auckland, so they stuck around and nailed the tracks. Producer/engineer/mixer Jim Scott is at the helm. He’s worked with everyone under the sun, and Wilco fans know him as the mixing engineer on Summerteeth, Sky Blue Sky and Being There. Master guitarist Nels Cline, and keyboard wiz Mikael Jorgensen added overdubs at the Loft.
Finally, let’s just say the record is sick! The songs we heard at the Loft take Wilco in yet another new direction. Great melodies, great lyrics, great playing and great sounds. You’re gonna dig it!
Note: I am going to see Jeff Tweedy solo at a benefit concert at the end of the month. Stay tuned for more details…

When times get bad, so do the tours.

March 1, 2009

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As the summer concert tour season ramps up and the economy continues its downward spiral,  their seems to be no shortage of washed-up rock bands hitting the road to try to grab a share of whatever money fans have left. This summer Def Leppard, Cheap Trick and Poison will join forces for a spandex splitting summer tour that is sure to fill a few more seats than they could on their own.

In case that tour doesn’t fill your 80’s rock needs, a trio of classic wimp rock bands are also teaming up for the “Can’t Stop Rockin’ Tour:” REO Speedwagon, Styx and .38 Special. I don’t know about you, but I am saving my money for the Twisted Sister reunion.

NIN & Janes Addiction Plan Summer Tour

February 20, 2009

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The rumors are true: Trent Reznor will produce the new Jane’s Addiction album, and take Perry Farrell’s band on tour when Nine Inch Nails hit the road this summer for a U.S. tour. In a long post on the NIN.com Website, Reznor writes that early in Nine Inch Nails’ career, he toured with Jane’s Addiction and the experience was “truly the best times I’ve had.” Reznor goes on to reveal how a friend told him that Jane’s recent L.A. club performances were “unbelievable,” which inspired him to contact the band and discuss the possibility of collaborating.

While fans are likely excited about the Jane’s Addiction news, it’s the second part of Reznor’s post that most likely concerns the diehards: “I’ve been thinking for some time now it’s time to make NIN disappear for a while.” This looks like the last tour for a while so get you tickets early before TicketBastards sells them all to the scalpers.

Clapton to Join Allman’s at Beacon

February 17, 2009

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This year the Allman Brothers are celebrating their 40th anniversary with an all star run at New York City’s Beacon Theatre from March 8 – 21  The event will serve as a tribute late guitar wizard Duane “Skydog” Allman and marks 20 years since they began ripping shit up at the Beacon. Although most of the special guests have remained a surprise it was recently announced that Eric Clapton will be sitting in with the Brothers on March 19th and 20th!!!

Ozzfest 2009 Canceled

February 13, 2009

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Ozzy Osbourne has put his annual Ozzfest on hold for 2009, opting instead to spend more time working on his 10th studio album. Like Lalapalooza, 2008 saw Ozzfest  reduced to a one-day event rather than the traveling festival it has been known for in previous years.

In other news the “Prince of Darkness” and family have a  new Osbournes variety show Osbournes: Reloaded due out on Fox soon, which may have complicated matters in terms of planning a  festival. This year marks the first time since 1996 that there will be no Ozzfest, but a statement said Ozzy hopes to bring the fest back in 2010. The new Ozzy album is due to be released by Thanksgiving 2009.

U2 Announces Week Long Letterman Gig

February 13, 2009

While David Letterman is still recovering from that disastrous Joaquin Phoenix interview, U2 still cooling off from their Grammy performance plans to heat up the stage again with a five night gig on The Late Show, beginning on Monday, March 2nd. Coincidentally, U2’s new album No Line on the Horizon hits shelves on March 3rd. What are the odds?

The performances mark the first time ever an artist has played Letterman’s show for five consecutive nights. The White Stripes did a similar feat in 2003, performing a week-long gig on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

Grammy’s Finally Celebrate Music

February 10, 2009

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Wow, I can’t believe it. For the last few years the Grammy’s has been a big bloated crap machine that sucked up to the music industry and threw awards at whatever crap artist they churned out. This year, the Grammys finally got back to its roots and celebrated the music. Instead of 4 hours of MTV VMA Crap, we got great performances, interesting collaborations and the awards actually went to some well deserved artists including the amazing Robert Plant/Alison Kraus collaboration prodced by T-Bone Burnett.

Granted the show had its share of pain inducing moments including a misguided collaboration between the Jonas Brothers and Stevie Wonder (thank God for Tivo) But overall I think the show finally got back the original spirit of the Grammys and celebrated some great music.