Archive for November, 2013
A capacity crowd (many in trademark eye makeup) filled the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California on Thursday night (Nov. 21) to see the man who put the "shock" in Rock! The man who influenced so many to follow and has become a pop culture icon on his own. It was time for ALICE....Alice Cooper!
Alice was in command from the on-set, taking center stage with a cascading sheet of pyro flowing behind him as he and the band kicked off the set with early 1970's track "Hello Hooray," right into "House Of Fire."
The set was a mix of Alice is his best, spanning a career full of classic cuts. During "Billion Dollar Baby" Alice was armed with a fencing sword and flipped money out into the audience. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also injected some newer cuts, including "Caffeine", during which he drank from a large cup. He threw plastic pearls out during "Dirty Diamonds," before the real theatrics began.
As the band played "He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" a girl was kidnapped onstage by a hooded figure and carried off, then chased again later across the stage by the guy with a knife in his hand. Cooper was later electrocuted after being strapped to a operating table during the tail end of "Feed My Frankenstein." He initially disappeared, with the band then joined by a giant Frankenstein for the remainder of the song.
Alice was joined by the triple guitar attack of Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henriksen and Orianthi, who has her own solo career as well. The lineup was rounded out with bassist Chuck Garric and hometown Santa Ynez, California resident Glen Sobel on the drums. Each member were giving their chance to shine, all contributing significantly to the precision and excitement of the set.
A couple of evil, twisted nurses put Alice into a straitjacket during "Ballad of Dwight Fry," and he was eventually led to the guillotine and beheaded. A fantastic medley shortly followed in a graveyard setting where there were headstones for Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Keith Moon.
Fantastic renditions of "Break On Through (to the Other Side)," "Revolution," "Foxy Lady" and "My Generation" payed tribute to guys Alice knew well and partied with back in the day. Specifically, John Lennon, Keith Moon and Jimi Hendrix were really close friends.
The show closed with "I'm Eighteen," "Poison" and the encore of "School's Out" that injected Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall." Balls, bubbles and streamers helped wrap up the party in fine fashion. Alice had done it again, and we all lived to tell about it.
PAUL RODGERS, longtime singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with BAD COMPANY, has partnered with 429 Records and is gearing up for the release of The Royal Sessions - a lovingly crafted collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the iconic rock singer recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios, historic home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, with many of the musicians who played on the original tracks. Truly a lifetime in the making, Rodgers has come full circle with The Royal Sessions as he pays homage to the legendary hits he collected on 45s released on Stax/Volt, Goldwax and Hi Records - recordings by OTIS REDDING, ALBERT KING and ANN PEEBLES which made such an indelible impression on the young Rodgers inspiring him to pursue a career as a singer.
Produced by Perry Margouleff, The Royal Sessions is an extraordinary recording which captures the music in its pure form-live band and vocal takes as performed together at Royal Studios by Rodgers and an all-star roster of legendary musicians. The band is a dream lineup of those who played on the original hits dating back to the '60’s. The classic rhythm section includes Reverend Charles Hodges (Hammond B3), Michael Tolls (guitar), LeRoy Hodges Jr. (bass), “Hubby” Archie Turner (Wurlitzer), Steve Potts and James Robertson Sr. (drums), The Royal Horns and the Royal Singers.
The Royal Sessions is a remarkable project that came together as Rodgers was working on a solo record and producer Margouleff had just discovered that Royal Studios was still up and running under the auspices of Willie “Pops” Mitchell’s son Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell. The opportunity to record in such a hallowed place with musicians he considered personal heroes was a dream come true. The Memphis players forged an immediate bond when presented with his formidable talent and sincere love of the songs. Deeply felt, powerfully sung and expertly played, it features a cross-section of material hand-picked by Rodgers, songs of great historical significance and personal meaning.
Says Rodgers: “I really felt I had to get deeper inside myself than I ever had in my life. The end result is that recording these songs left me recharged as a singer and also as a songwriter. My favorite part was the love we could feel in the room throughout all the sessions. We all spoke the same language.”
Says Margouleff: “I wanted to make the most of this incredible opportunity so I recorded Paul and the band live in the studio. We captured the pure energy of their performance. Recording in an all analogue format the sonic quality is unparalleled and the listener can experience the music on a deeper level.”
All of the proceeds from The Royal Sessions will be donated to local Memphis music education programs. Special showcase performances by Paul Rogers with the musicians on The Royal Sessions will be announced. For more info and track samples go to: 429records.com
The Royal Sessions tracklisting:
'Down Don’t Bother Me'
'I Can’t Stand The Rain'
'I’ve Been Loving You Too Long'
'That’s How Strong My Love Is'
'Walk On By'
'Any Old Way'
'Born Under A Bad Sign'
'Dreams To Remember'
The Royal Sessions will be released worldwide on the following dates:
Europe - January 27th
Canada - January 28th
Japan - January 29th
United States - February 4th
Australia - February 7th
Joan Jett has been removed from a float representing South Dakota in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade after ranchers protested her appearance. cnn.com reports that the supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the world's largest animal rights group that promotes a vegetarian diet and condemns factory farms and ranches, was caused ranchers to protest her appearance on the float.
"I've decided to switch from South Dakota to another float because people's political agendas were getting in the way of what should be a purely entertainment driven event," Jett said in a statement Saturday. "I will remain focused on entertaining the millions of people watching, who will be celebrating a great American tradition."
Jodie Anderson of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association told CNN affiliate KEVN, "So, of course, when we learned that about Miss Jett, we were rightly concerned about her representing South Dakota and a state that is so heavily reliant on agriculture and livestock production to drive our economy."
Another undetermined performer will take Jett's place on the South Dakota float, in between all those bullshit broadway productions numbers that will never be a "parade" to me.
Robert Plant made a successful £900 bid to play for Wolverhampton Wanderers, the soccer team he has supported since he was a boy. The 65-year-old Led Zeppelin front man and lifelong Wolves fan bid for a chance to play in an exhibition match for his boyhood team during a team dinner for the recently retired Wanderer Jody Craddock.
The dinner this week raised a total of £8,000 for Birmingham Children's Hospital, where Craddock's 38 year old son Toby has been treated for leukemia. The team commonly known as "Wolves," is one of the original members of the football League, formed in 1877.
Plant will now take part in the match this May of 2014. Plant said about his favorite team, “When we won the League Cup in 1974, it took me three days to get home from Wembley to Worcestershire.
“I suppose it is a bit like a religion, but I don’t carry the crucifix right through the weekend these days.”
Enjoy these pics from the past of Robert and his football. Don't think he'll been suiting up in the speedo for this match, but you never know.
The Grammy Awards will air a two hour special taped the day after the award broadcast commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' landmark performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. 'The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,' will air on CBS February 9th, 50 years to the day, date and time that the band made their U.S. TV debut on Sullivan's show.
The show will include artists performing the band's best, different presenters, clips from the Sullivan show and other footage. More announcements are expected soon, and hopefully one of them is that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will attend.
The Beatles ‘On Air — Live at the BBC Volume 2,’ was just recently released, and now the band have released a music video for ‘Words of Love.’ It's the first official Beatles video since ‘Real Love’ in 1996.
The track was recorded on July 16, 1963 at the BBC’s Paris Theatre in London and broadcast a month later on the show 'Pop Goes the Beatles.'