Archive for February, 2015
Nearly seven years after actor-director Colin Hanks began making it and four years after a hit Kickstarter campaign that helped finance it, the Tower Records documentary All Things Must Pass is set for its world premiere.
The South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, today announced the movie as part of its documentary program for 2015. All Things Must Pass chronicles the rise and fall of the Sacramento-based Tower Records, which grew into a global entertainment brand from its modest beginnings in a drugstore on Broadway in the 1950s.
The film, directed by Hanks and produced by Sean Stuart (both native Sacramentans), features interviews with Tower founder Russ Solomon, rock icons (and Tower devotees) Elton John and Bruce Springsteen, industry luminary David Geffen, and an assortment of former staffers who recount the go-go days of Tower’s ascendancy alongside the music business’ boom in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s—and its inexorable decline and eventual closure in the United States in 2006. (Tower Records still thrives today in Japan, a phenomenon also chronicled in the film.)
In addition to interviews and location footage shot at the since-demolished Watt Avenue Tower store in 2008, the documentary also comprises archival movies and photography gathered from the Tower Records Project in Sacramento.
All Things Must Pass was the beneficiary of a wildly successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2011, which raised more than $92,000 for the film’s research and production.
The movie’s premiere date in Austin is March 17, with additional screenings on March 19 & 20. SXSW's film component runs March 13-21. For more info and a list of other films showing at the festival, visit sxsw.com
The Tower Records story is about a man, his company and the unprecedented economic and cultural impact it had on the music industry and people around the world. Tower Records begins with the man who created it… Russ Solomon.
From an early age, Solomon had a special love of music, a dynamic personality and the inventiveness of a crafty entrepreneur. His first job was sweeping floors in his father’s drug store, located in the Tower Theater building, in the sleepy northern California town of Sacramento. Still a teenager, Solomon had the idea to sell discarded record singles from the counter-top jukeboxes for 5 cents a piece. His father gave him a shelf in the back of the drug store and this became the training ground for Russ Solomon, the young man, who would one day create a Billion dollar a year music empire.
From the opening of the first Tower Records in 1960, Solomon empowered employees at each store to make the decisions necessary to help foster the local music taste. This leadership style gave each Tower outlet a great sense of individuality and to its employees a great sense of responsibility and pride, not often found within the "corporate" environment. Tower records helped lay the groundwork for what would become the modern music retail business and in the year 2000 alone, the company did over one billon dollars in business.
From a cultural standpoint, Tower Records had a monumental impact on millions of people, worldwide. It was “the place” to escape for a few hours; a sanctuary, a haven. Tower Records was a place to meet your friends, your co-workers or a place to meet new friends who shared a common love of music, literature and all things cultural.
Yet, in 2004 the company filed for bankruptcy and by the end of 2006, Russ Solomon's Tower Records had shut the doors to nearly every one of its worldwide outlets.
Scorpions have added North America tour dates to their schedule for this September/October. The tour is in support of their new album, 'Return To Forever.'
North American tour dates:
Sep. 10 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Sep. 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclay's Arena
Sep. 13 - Gilford, NH - Meadwobrook
Sep. 18 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sep. 19 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Sep. 22 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
Sep. 23 - Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Sep. 25 - Windsor, ON - Caesar's Windsor
Sep. 26 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
Oct. 1 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center
Oct. 2 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Check out 60 second snippets of all the songs from 'Return To Forever' on the band's facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Scorpions/app_1374262189556939. The new album is out now in Europe and slated for a North American release in March. Twelve tracks are featured on the album, sixteen on the Deluxe Edition. They all present the Scorpions at the peak of their creativity once again. Tracks like the first single “We Built This House” are as contemporary as the sweeping “House Of Cards” (a guaranteed live hit). Also belonging in the category live hit is “Eye Of The Storm”, a track, that transports a notion of the unbelievable dynamic and joy of playing, characterizing the Scorpions’ stage performances. In songs like “We Built This House” the band reflects the past fifty years; their philosophy and the lessons, their unusual life taught them. Klaus Meine: “In the end, it tells our story. We’ve built this house called Scorpions brick by brick and often quite arduously. From the first days in Hannover, the first concerts abroad, until this very day. We’ve weathered severe storms, but the house withstood everything, turned out to be wheatherproof and stable. However, building the house was never just cumbersome, but joyful as well. The joy of music, the joy of having experienced and still experiencing it all, the joy of – and the thankfulness for – the fans’ affection. We have been working hard for this dream, but we’re thankful as well for having been able to live it, and for still being able to live it today.”
Deluxe CD http://smarturl.it/RTF_deluxe
Box Set http://smarturl.it/RTF_
Whitesnake have released their new single "Stormbringer", from their upcoming new studio album, "The Purple Album."
"The Purple Album" is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums. It will be released on May 15th in Europe and May 19th in North America via Frontiers Music SRL. The album will be available in CD, Deluxe CD/DVD (featuring two bonus tracks), Vinyl and Digital formats. Pre-orders for the Deluxe CD/DVD: http://geni.us/WSPurpleDLXamz are available on Amazon.com. Pre-orders for Regular edition and LP are forthcoming.
“It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago,” states Coverdale. “As I said to Ritchie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers. The University of Deep Purple was an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert!”
From the opening notes of the classic track “Burn,” to album closer “Stormbringer,” Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like “Lady Double Dealer,” “Soldier of Fortune” and “Sail Away” are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake lineup featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.
Tracklisting for The Purple Album:
2) You Fool No One (interpolating Itchy Fingers)
3) Love Child
4) Sail Away
5) The Gypsy
6) Lady Double Dealer
8) Holy Man
9) Might Just Take Your Life
10) You Keep On Moving
11) Soldier Of Fortune
12) Lay Down Stay Down
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
14) Lady Luck
15) Comin’ Home
Lady Double Dealer - Music Video
Sail Away - Mix Music Video
Stormbringer - Music Video
Soldier Of Fortune - Music Video
Purple Album Behind The Scenes
Purple Album EPK
Whitesnake will hit the road this summer on a headlining world tour. http://whitesnake.com/WS2013/features/purplealbum/index.php has more information regarding the upcoming tour dates as well as links to purchase tickets.
Swedish rock legends EUROPE are releasing their 10th studio album, 'War of Kings', on March 10 in the United States via Hell & Back Recordings and to celebrate, VH1 is teaming up with the band to exclusively reveal two new tracks from the album. “Days of Rock N’ Roll” and “Nothin’ To Ya," streaming now via VH1.com. Listen now, as the tracks are only available for streaming until the morning of Friday, February 27th!
War of Kings will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format. PRE-ORDER HERE via Amazon:
War of Kings tracklisting:
1) War Of Kings
2) Hole In My Pocket
3) Second Day
4) Praise You
5) Nothin’ To Ya
6) California 405
7) Days Of Rock n Roll
8) Children Of The Mind
9) Rainbow Bridge
10) Angels (With Broken Hearts)
11) Light Me Up
Bonus: Vasastan (Instrumental)
EUROPE recently released their amazing new music video for the title track “War of Kings”, directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (In Flames, At The Gates, Arch Enemy). In only a few weeks’ time, the video has racked up over 100,000 views.
Catch EUROPE on the Monsters of Rock cruise, setting sail on April 18th from Miami, FL, cruising to Poseidon’s Grotto/Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami on April 22nd. Visit www.monstersofrockcruise.com for pricing and more information.
Once back on land, EUROPE will embark on an eight-city tour of select eastern U.S. states, including a Headline slot at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD. See below for a full listing of tour dates:
EUROPE U.S. Tour Dates:
Apr. 18-22 - Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise
Apr. 24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Potowatomi Casino
Apr. 25 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Apr. 26 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
Apr. 28 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues - w/ Black Star Riders
Apr. 30 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza - w/ Black Star Riders
May 1 - Niagara Falls, NY @ The Bears Den - w/ Black Star Riders
May 2 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - M3 Rock Festival
May 3 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
Right now, you can win a limited edition EUROPE War of Kings box set, which includes a copy of the album, as well as a t-shirt, bonus DVD, postcard, and sticker. You can enter now to win the box set now via only two sites, UltimateClassicRock.com and BraveWords.com.
Steve Vai ‘Stillness In Motion – Vai Live in L.A’ to be released April 7 (video) and Second Vai Academy announced
Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings have signed virtuoso guitarist/composer/producer Steve Vai to a new multi-album agreement which includes plans to issue two fresh Vai sets in 2015 beginning with the release of Stillness In Motion – Vai Live in L.A. on April 7, 2015.
Vai’s first release under the new SONY/Legacy agreement will be Stillness In Motion – Vai Live in L.A., a spectacular performance recorded October 12, 2012 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Available in 2CD and 2DVD configurations, Stillness In Motion revisits the 49th concert from Vai’s monumental Story of Light World Tour. Pre-order now at bit.ly/VaiStillnessinMotion.
Running from 2012 through 2014, The Story of Light World Tour totaled out at 253 engagements (including shows, master classes and concerts with various orchestras) in 52 countries.
In addition to the full Club Nokia performance, the 2DVD configuration of Stillness In Motion includes a bonus disc premiering “The Space Between the Notes (Tour Mischief),” a revelatory video diary comprised of more than three and a half hours of footage, lensed around the world on-stage, off-stage and behind-the-scenes during Vai’s epic Story of Light World Tour.
“To say that this tour was a powerful life experience would be like saying the sun is hot,” writes Steve Vai in his personal liner notes penned for Stillness In Motion.
Following Stillness In Motion, SONY/Legacy will release an album of new Steve Vai material, marking a significant next chapter in the musician’s growing canon.
The new multi-album deal marks an SME homecoming for Vai, who set the gold and platinum standard for rock instrumental music across a series of albums released through Relativity and Epic Records from 1990′s game-changing Passion and Warfare (his 2nd album and 1st major label release) through 2007′s orchestral Sound Theories, Vol. I & II.
Vai will be hosting his second Vai Academy — the ultimate guitar experience on August 2-6, in beautiful Vail, Colorado, at The Arrabelle at Vail Square. With the theme All About The Guitar set for this year, attendees will spend four days and nights discovering the intricacies of the guitar while enjoying once-in-a-lifetime clinics, workshops and jams from the likes of Vai and his handpicked guest instructors, including special guests Eric Johnson and Sonny Landreth. Musicians of all ages and levels are welcome. For more information, visit: www.vaiacademy.com. Closing out the week of Vai Academy, Vai will headline Electric Day at Guitar Town on August 9 in Copper Mountain, Colorado, at The Village at Copper. The free annual festival will also include performances that weekend by Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Sonny Landreth, John Jorgenson and Andy McKee, among others. For more information: www.villageatcopper.com/guitar- Town/