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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 www.blackberrysmoke.com. 

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.

Setlist:
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
Encore
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)

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

For all Gov't Mule news and upcoming tour dates, hit mule.net

For all upcoming shows at the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheatre, check out vinaroblesamphitheatre.com

Special Thanks to Vanessa Kromer and Jennifer Anderson of Nederlander

Govt Mule Blackberry Smoke Vina Robles

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‘Sammy Hagar and Friends’ release date and album artwork unveiled

by on Jul.12, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘Sammy Hagar and Friends’ release date and album artwork unveiled

The new Sammy Hagar solo album and Summer tour is set, with Sammy enlisting three legendary musicians - Toby Keith, Mickey Hart and Taj Mahal - to round out the final three tracks on his first-ever rock collaborations album: "Sammy Hagar and Friends." The highly anticipated new album is set for release by Frontiers Records on September 24th in North America, September 27th in Europe, September 29th in the UK, and will be preceded by the album’s first single and video for the high voltage track “Knockdown Dragout” featuring Kid Rock, Joe Satriani and Denny Carmassi.

In addition to the 10-track standard edition album, fans will also have an opportunity to purchase a Deluxe edition of "Sammy Hagar and Friends," packaged in a high-gloss Digipak. The Deluxe CD/DVD package includes an exclusive bonus audio track, "Space Station #5,” recorded live at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert held on April 29, 2012 in San Francisco, as well as the "Making of” album documentary which includes bonus video of the first single "Knockdown Dragout,” and more.

From new original songs including “Not Going Down” (a song specifically written for Hagar by Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons), “Knockdown Dragout,” “Bad On Fords and Chevrolets,” “All We Need Is An Island,” and “Father Sun,” to reimagined covers of classics including Bob Seger’s, “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” and Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus,” – Hagar has masterfully assembled an album that delves into rock, country, pop, blues and zydeco.

Track listing:
1. Winding Down (with Taj Mahal)
2. Not Going Down (with Bill Church & Denny Carmassi)
3. Personal Jesus (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
4. Father Sun (with Denny Carmassi & Aaron Hagar)
5. Knockdown Dragout (with Kid Rock, Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi)
6. Ramblin' Gamblin' Man (with David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
7. Bad On Fords and Chevrolets (with Ronnie Dunn, David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
8. Margaritaville (with Toby Keith)
9. All We Need Is An Island (with Nancy Wilson & Mickey Hart)
10. Going Down (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
11. Space Station #5 - Live from Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert (Deluxe Bonus Track)

Sammy Hagar & Friends album cover

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John Fogerty ‘A Song For Everyone’ featuring collaborations with Foo Fighters, Tom Morello, Kid Rock, Bob Seger and more due this May

by on Feb.08, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

John Fogerty ‘A Song For Everyone’ featuring collaborations with Foo Fighters, Tom Morello, Kid Rock, Bob Seger and more due this May

John Fogerty's much-anticipated album 'Wrote A Song For Everyone' will be released May 28th on Vanguard Records, his first for the label. The album is now available for pre-order on both iTunes http://smarturl.it/fogerty.iTunes and Amazon. Fogerty’s "Born On The Bayou" with Kid Rock, which was used by NFL Network in their coverage of Super Bowl XLVII fittingly played in New Orleans, can be heard in the album preview clip below.

'Wrote a Song for Everyone' tracklisting:
1. Fortunate Son (with Foo Fighters)
2. Almost Saturday Night (with Keith Urban)
3. Lodi (with Shane Fogerty and Tyler Fogerty)
4. Mystic Highway (John Fogerty solo)
5. Wrote a Song for Everyone (with Miranda Lambert feat. Tom Morello)
6. Bad Moon Rising (with Zac Brown Band)
7. Long As I Can See the Light (with My Morning Jacket)
8. Born on the Bayou (with Kid Rock)
9. Train of Fools (John Fogerty solo)
10. Someday Never Comes (with Dawes)
11. Who'll Stop the Rain (with Bob Seger)
12. Hot Rod Heart (with Brad Paisley)
13. Have You Ever Seen the Rain (with Alan Jackson)
14. Proud Mary (with Jennifer Hudson feat. Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band)

Produced by Fogerty, one of rock’s most important artists and a national treasure who’s sold over 100 million records, 'Wrote A Song For Everyone' is a celebration of his iconic songbook and a collection of 12 classics and deep tracks from his remarkable canon of hits as well as two brand new songs, "Mystic Highway" and "Train of Fools." Fogerty performed alongside an array of today’s biggest superstars from the country, pop and rock worlds including Foo Fighters, Bob Seger, Keith Urban, Jennifer Hudson, Kid Rock, Brad Paisley, the Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and more. The album also sees Fogerty teaming with an acclaimed new band like Dawes, who were eager to acknowledge the groundbreaking songwriter/guitarist’s titanic influence. Fogerty also recorded his classic “Lodi” with his sons Shane and Tyler Fogerty at Abbey Road Studios in London.

As Fogerty explains in a cover story in the current (January/February) “Legends” issue of American Songwriter: “I encouraged each of these artists to come up with their own vision of my song, rather than just redoing what I’d recorded in the past. I was hoping they’d have some different twist so it would be fresh, so I’d have to work, too. I wanted it to be something new.”

'Wrote A Song For Everyone' marks Fogerty's ninth studio solo album since disbanding Creedence Clearwater Revival. Mixed by Bob Clearmountain, it was recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville except for "Proud Mary" which was recorded in New Orleans with AllenToussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band. Fogerty recorded “Fortunate Son” with Foo Fighters at their 606 studio using "the" legendary Neve recording console featured in the #1 iTunes documentary Sound City. Fogerty has performed with the Sound City Players, the all-star band assembled by Dave Grohl to play the music created for the film and other classics, at recent shows at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

John Fogerty will tour in 2013 and look for him to be at this year’s SXSW in Austin (dates/events TBA).

John Fogerty Wrote A Song For Everyone album cover (2)

Foo Fighters dave Grohl and John Fogerty Feb. 2012

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Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band announce Spring Tour

by on Jan.13, 2013, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band announce Spring Tour

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band have announced that they will hit the road this spring for the initial leg of their 'Rock & Roll Never Forgets Tour.' The dates start Feb. 27th in Toledo, Ohio and continue through April 2nd in Denver, Colorado, with four Canadian shows. More dates are expected to be announced soon.

Tickets for most of the announced shows will go on sale on January 19th, with Bob Seger fan club members getting access to tickets.

Feb. 27 - Toledo, OH - The Huntington Center
Mar. 5 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
Mar. 7 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
Mar. 12 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
Mar. 19 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
Mar. 21 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Mar. 23 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
Mar. 27 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
Mar. 29 - Seattle, WA - Tacoma Dome
Mar. 30 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden
Apr. 2 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center

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John Fogerty still up for a Creedence Clearwater Revival Reunion, will release new album of collaborations this fall

by on May.11, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

John Fogerty still up for a Creedence Clearwater Revival Reunion, will release new album of collaborations this fall

Last July John Fogerty told the Calgary Herald that he was finally ready to consider a reunion with his old Creedence Clearwater Revival band mates after years of bitter feuding.

"If someone started talking [about a reunion], I’d sit still long enough to listen," he said at the time. That was followed by Doug Clifford and Stu Cook of CCR basically saying that "Leopards don't change their spots", and that it just wasn't going to happen.

Still, in a new Rolling Stone Q&A, Fogerty says he's contining to leave the door open for potentially playing again with his former bandmates.

RS: I spoke with you last year, and you said that you weren't completely opposed to the idea of a Creedence reunion. Do you still feel that way?

I was asked that in an interview last year, and I just gave an honest answer. It wasn't anything I had actually premeditated or thought ahead of time. I just know that when the interviewer asked me, I sort of realized I didn't have that reaction that I used to have all the time. And so I quite innocently said, "Yeah I guess it's a possibility," you know – in other words, I guess I've grown or moved or mellowed, whatever it is. I've always hoped that that would happen so you're not walking around with your brain going ag 90 mph working on some thing 40 years in the past that's not gonna change anyway.

So I blurted out whatever I blurted out. Yeah, I still feel the same way. I have since seen a couple of things that the other two guys from the old band have said in the press. [Creedence bassist Stu Cook said, "Leopards don't change their spots. This is just an image-polishing exercise by John."] Oh well. I guess they're still mad. That doesn't change how I feel. It kind of isn't affecting me anymore.

What's important is this wonderful life I have in front of me right here. I even have grandchildren. When you're looking at the world that way, worrying over if somebody knocked over a saltshaker 47 years ago, that's kind of stupid. So that's kind of where I'm at.

Fogerty has a new album coming out this fall titled 'Wrote a Song for Everyone' that will feature collaborations with a variety of stars from different music genres. Bob Seger, Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, and country acts from Brad Paisley to Miranda Lambert will be featured on the album, with more collaboartions to come.

Rollingstone.com asked Fogerty: Tell me about working with the Foo Fighters:
We'd talked about doing something together for a long time, and this was the perfect excuse. What a great band. Without even meeting everybody, there was something in the atmosphere in the building – they had their own complex – it was outstanding to be there and play music that day.

We cut "Fortunate Son." It's not wildly different or exotically different from the original, but energy-wise it's a lot closer to what the Foo Fighters sound like, just the swagger of thing, The original record was made in 1970 and that was before any sort of metal. People tend to say that Creedence was a roots rock and roll band, I don't know that that was really true, but 40 years later it seems like a good fit. Led Zeppelin was just getting going, and the volume hadn't really been turned way up yet the way it would be a little later with arena bands of the Seventies and Eighties .

RS: What does your new version of "Who Will Stop the Rain" with Bob Seger sound like?
Well, Bob is one of my favorite all-time singers. He still sounds great. He's a really lovely person, a very sweet guy. Maybe when you hear that growly voice you might think he's some kind of a grizzly bear or something but he's a very nice man. I heard him sitting in a little corner, strumming his guitar and singing "Who Will Stop the Rain?" He just sounded so great, he almost sort of inflicted an arrangement choice almost immediately. It was sort of spontaneous. I said, "We gotta hear what you're doing right now at some point in how we're treating this song." So that's certainly part of the arrangement

Fogerty talks about joining the Black Keys onstage at the recent Coachella festival and more in the rest of the interview here: www.rollingstone.com


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Fogerty will hit the road for a lengthy Canadian tour in September during which he will perform the classic Creedence albums 'Cosmo's Factory' and 'Bayou Country' in their entirety, like he did at a handful of other recent shows in New York, New Jersey and Australia.

Fogerty's concert schedule also includes some U.S. dates sprinkled throughout in June, July and August, and a European trek that's will take place in June and July.

Here's the confirmed dates so far:
Jun. 15 - Airway Heights, VA - Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Jun. 17 - Edgefield - Troutdale, OR
Jun. 21 - Snow Park Outdoor Ampitheater at Deer Valley Resort - Park City, UT
Jun. 22 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Telluride, CO
Jul. 18 - Thunder Bay Community Auditorium - Thunder Bay, Ontario
Jul. 20 - Moondance Jam - Walker, MN
Aug. 1 - Wente Vineyard - Livermore, CA
Aug. 2 - The Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA
Aug. 3 - Ironstone Vineyards - Murpheys, CA
Sep. 7 - Mile One Stadium - St. Johns, NL
Sep. 8 - Mile One Centre - St John’s, NFLD
Sep. 10 - Halifax Metro Centre – Halifax, NS
Sep. 11 - Moncton Coliseum Complex – Moncton, NB
Sep. 13 – John Labatt Centre – London, ON
Sep. 14 – Sony Centre – Toronto, ON
Sep. 15 – General Motors Centre – Oshawa, ON
Sep. 17 – Sudbury Arena – Sudbury, ON
Sep. 18 – Essar Centre – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Sep. 20 - MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB
Sep. 21 - Brandt Centre – Regina, SK
Sep. 22 - Rexall Centre – Edmonton, AB
Sep. 24 - EnCana Centre - Dawson Creek, BC
Sep. 25 - CN Centre - Prince George, BC
Sep. 27 - Prospera Centre – Kelowna, BC
Sep. 28 - Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre – Abbotsford, BC
Sep. 29 - Save-On Foods Memorial Centre – Victoria, BC

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