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The Mule and the Smoke take over Vina Robles

by on Aug.30, 2016, under LINKS, PHOTOS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

The Mule and the Smoke take over Vina Robles

Gov't Mule brought their Smokin' Mule Tour to the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheatre on Sunday night (August 28) and it truly was a night to remember. Upon arrival, it was announced that it was going to be a general admission show, meaning everyone had access to the floor section and had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the amazing music ready to be delivered on this night. Obviously The Mule has some seriously dedicated fans, and that announcement made everyone even more jacked up, excited and ready to get into the night.

Sometimes there are shows that you leave saying, "That was really great," and then there are those shows that make you feel fully connected with the music, that from beginning to end you are completely and totally into the experience. A show that you will think about in the days to follow, relive, and understand that you will be seeing this band every time they roll through town. This Gov't Mule show truly was one of those nights of music.

I was ready to see opening act Blackberry Smoke for the first time, as I had missed them in a prior headlining show on the Central Coast at the Chumash Casino Resort this past April. There really couldn't be a better pairing for an opener with Mule than Blackberry Smoke. From start to finish the boys from Atlanta delivered their fantastic blend of Rock, Country, Bluegrass, Gospel and R&B. With influences all over the board, their appeal (just as Gov't Mule's) hits all different kinds of music lovers. I saw people with a Volbeat shirts on, a Pantera hat, tatoos, cowboy hats and denim, and plenty of tie-dye and flowing skirts. Positive vibes flowed throughout the house and besides the Smoke onstage, I smelled some other smoke in the air as well, and I suppose it probably was a Blackberry Kush, helping blend in with that other rockin' Smoke. The talented band consists of Charlie Starr (lead vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals) and Brandon Still (keyboards). All of their releases were well represented in the set, with the opening track 'Fire in the Hole,' from the 'Holding All the Roses' 2015 release, followed by 'Six Ways to Sunday' from 2012's 'The Whippoorwill' and cuts from 2009's 'Little Piece of Dixie' and their EP 'Wood, Wire & Roses.' Blackberry Smoke rocked some new tracks from their upcoming album 'Like An Arrow' as well, which you can pre-order now at 

The guys even threw in some Zeppelin with an awesome cover of 'You Time Is Gonna Come' and an amazing rendition of Black Sabbath's 'Fairies Were Boots.' Really glad I had an opportunity to see this band and it won't be the last time.

Blackberry Smoke set list:
1. Fire in the Hole
2. Six Ways to Sunday
3. Let Me Help You (Find the Door)
4. Rollin' and Tumblin' / Rock and Roll Again
5. Good One Comin' On
6. Sanctified Woman
7. Sleeping Dogs / Your Time Is Gonna Come (Led Zeppelin cover)
8. Ain't Got the Blues
9. Waiting for the Thunder
10. Fairies Wear Boots (Black Sabbath cover)
11. Ain't Much Left of Me

The party vibe was in full effect after the Blackberry Smoke set, as everyone in the house was ready for the great Warren Hayes and Gov't Mule. Hayes formed the band while still in the Allman Brothers back in 1994, and they are truly one of the definitive and extremely talented jam bands in the business. You name the artist, Warren has probably jammed with them at some point. The list is endless as is this legendary American guitarist's talent.

The band hit the stage with an amazing rendition of 'World Boss,' continuing into 'Lay Your Burden Down,' 'Steppin’ Lightly' and 'World Of Difference.' That was followed by some great covers, including The Band's 'The Shape I'm In,' Bob Marley's 'Lively Up Yourself' and Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Long As I Can See the Light' wrapped around the band's 'Temporary Saint.'

The musicianship could just not get any better, with original band member Matt Abts on the drums, the amazing Danny Louis on guitar and keys and Jorgen Carlsson bringing the Swedish Bass fuel for the Mule.

After the CCR cover, Jimmy Kimmel Live guitar player Yoshi Yanagi came out to join the band for a truly next level version of 'Sco-Mule,' trading riffs with Warren and just blowing everyone away. This is what I'm talking about when I say some shows are great and others are just so fantastic you are awestruck. It was just amazing.

The band wasn't nearly done with their over 2 1/2 hour set, continuing with 'Monday Morning Countdown,' followed by 'Frozen Fear' that included an interlude of Led Zeppelin's 'D'yer Maker.' That was the first of two Zep tunes Mule jammed on this night, later tossing in 'Whole Lotta Love' with Bo Diddley's 'Who Do You Love' during 'Mule.'

The evening concluded with Blackberry Smoke's Charlie Starr joining in on the encore (as he has every night on this tour) for versions of Bob Dylan's 'It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry,' which was the first time they have played that together, and Bob Seger's 'Ramblin' Gamblin' Man,' with a little signature jam of Mountain's 'Mississippi Queen' tossed in for good measure. After feeling the positive vibes on the floor for most all of the show, a friend who attended with me and I watched the Dylan/Seger encore from a couple of levels up when one of the hospitable concessionaire's from the venue came walking around with a huge platter of baked goods, giving them out to anyone who wanted them. I grabbed a bacon maple twist and a couple of cookies to chow down on while the show wrapped up, feeling the contact high from not only what was in the air, but from the wrap up of one hell of a night of just amazing music. Truly a night to remember.

1. World Boss
2. Lay Your Burden Down
3. Steppin' Lightly
4. World Of Difference
5. The Shape I'm In (The Band cover)
6. Lively Up Yourself (Bob Marley cover)
7. Temporary Saint
8. Long As I Can See The Light (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
9. Sco-Mule (with Toshi Yanagi)
10. Monday Mourning Meltdown
11. Frozen Fear/D'yer Mak'er (Led Zep cover)/Frozen Fear
12. King's Highway/K.H. Jam
13. When The World Gets Small
14. Slackjaw Jezebel
15. Mule (with Les Brers In A Minor tease)/Who Do You Love?/Whole Lotta Love/Who Do You Love?/Mule
16. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry (Bob Dylan cover with Charlie Starr; first time played)
17. Ramblin' Gamblin' Man/Mississippi Queen tease (Bob Seger/Mountain cover with Charlie Starr)

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Special Thanks to Vanessa Kromer and Jennifer Anderson of Nederlander

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Ziggy Marley & Steel Pulse bring the Rasta to Wine Country

by on Aug.15, 2016, under LINKS, PHOTOS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Ziggy Marley & Steel Pulse bring the Rasta to Wine Country

Ziggy Marley brought his 2016 Summer tour to the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA for the first time on Friday night (August 12), and filled the venue with positive vibes that will continue to resonate for quite some time.

Ziggy has taken the legendary Steel Pulse out for this portion of his tour, and the British Reggae legends delivered with an awesome hour long set of the positive protest music that has made them who they are, and who they continue to be.

After starting his amazing musical career with some of his brothers and sisters in the Melody Makers in the 1980's, Ziggy is now touring behind what is his newest self-titled and sixth solo album. The new material sounds beautiful live, with he and the band opening the set with the fresh track, "Start It Up." The show continued with more amazing music from his Melody Makers days, the best of his solo career, and selections representing his legendary Dad, Bob, with "One Love," "Is This Love," and "Could You Be Loved." The message and music wrapped up with another fresh track, "Love Is A Rebel." Admittedly I hadn't heard much of the latest album, but I will make it a point to get it and live with it going forward.

It's been quite the legacy that Ziggy has more than lived up to, continuing his father's worldwide vibe of peace and positivity and everyone felt it at Vina Robles on this night, with an epic show that had an underlying message of freedom for the common man.

For more on Ziggy's new album, upcoming tour dates, and info on his new "Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook," inspired by the Jamaican meals Ziggy enjoyed growing up with an updated healthy spin, visit

Visit for all upcoming shows in the heart of beautiful California Central Coast Wine Country.

For more photos from the show, check out Marshall of Rock on Facebook.

Special Thanks to Annisha Hinkle and Jennifer Anderson of Nederlander.

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Chris Cornell pays tribute to Whitney Houston at Obama fundraiser (video)

by on Feb.19, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Chris Cornell pays tribute to Whitney Houston at Obama fundraiser (video)

Chris Cornell (Soundgarden/ex-Audioslave) paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston by performing a cover version of her massive hit "I Will Always Love You" during his appearance on February 16 at a fund raising benefit show in San Francisco for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

Cornell's set included "Redemption Song" (Bob Marley), "Ground Zero", "Wide Awake" (Audioslave), "Imagine" (John Lennon) and "Peace, Love, and Understanding" (Nick Lowe).

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More artists supporting Save The Children’s East Africa Charity

by on Aug.17, 2011, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

More artists supporting Save The Children’s East Africa Charity

Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, Status Quo and Volbeat are the latest acts confirmed to help in a new fundraising campaign for the Save The Children's East Africa charity.

Other celebrities who have joined the cause are: Robert Plant, Queen, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Eminem, Rihanna, Britney Spears, U2, Kanye West, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Muhammed Ali, Muse, Coldplay, Elton John, Bruno Mars, Sting, and many others.

Each of the artists will post a short video on their official Facebook page or Twitter. The videos will include information on how fans can join the fight against hunger. In addition, the videos will be set to the music of BOB MARLEY's ‘High Tide Or Low Tide’.

The song and film can be downloaded through iTunes here or via Bob Marley’s Facebook page $1.29. The Facebook page will also feature click-through links for direct donations to Save the Children’s East Africa fundraising appeal.


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Mick Jagger forms new supergroup

by on May.21, 2011, under ROCK NEWS

Mick Jagger forms new supergroup

Sir Mick Jagger has teamed up with Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Damian Marley and A.R. Rahman to form a new supergroup, reports say.

Currently in talks with major labels about a possible deal, the lineup believed to be labouring under the moniker 'Super Heavy', features an eclectic array of artists. A source was quoted by the New York Post: "They just finished a record and their first video and are talking to major labels about a deal. The name for the band at the moment is Super Heavy."

Another source told the Post, "Each member has a very distinct and different style, but it works. Mick has been recording with Dave for a while, and both worked with Joss in the past. Alongside soul singer Stone, former Eurythmics star Stewart and Bob Marley's youngest son, Sir Mick is also joined by A.R. Rahman. Known as "The Mozart of Madras," Rahman was responsible for the double Oscar-winning music for 'Slumdog Millionaire.'

In response to the Super Heavy claims, a representative for Sir Mick said, "They all thought it would be interesting and great fun to go into the studio and play some music. No video has been shot, no label in place. All a bit premature."


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