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‘Who Are You: An All Star Tribute To The Who’ to be released October 2nd

by on Sep.14, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS

‘Who Are You: An All Star Tribute To The Who’ to be released October 2nd

Cleopatra Records has set an October 2 release date for "Who Are You: An All Star Tribute To The Who". As THE WHO approaches a nearly 50-year career, artists in genres from classic to progressive rock, and from punk to country, collaborate on a stunning celebration of the band’s remarkable catalogue.

THE WHO has sold over 100 million records, had 27 Top 40 hits, 17 Top 10 albums, and have been certified gold (18 times), platinum (12 times) and multi-platinum (5 times). They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990, and have been described as one of the greatest rock bands in history by Rolling Stone, the Grammy Foundation, VH1, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Artists from CHEAP TRICK and RUSH to PEARL JAM have counted THE WHO as a primary influence. With such weight put on this legendary band’s musical output, the contributors to "Who Are You" have brought every ounce of creativity, attitude, and reverence to the collection.

"Who Are You" track listing:
1. Eminence Front
- John Wetton (ASIA)
- K.K. Downing (JUDAS PRIEST)
- Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER/BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION)

2. Baba O'Riley
- Nektar
- Jerry Goodman (MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA)

3. I Can See For Miles
- Mark Lindsay (PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS)
- Wayne Kramer (MC5)

4. Love Reign O'er Me
- Joe Elliot (DEF LEPPARD)
- Rick Wakeman (YES)
- Huw Lloyd-Langton (HAWKWIND)
- Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE/ROD STEWART/BLUE MURDER/OZZY OSBOURNE/KING KOBRA)

5. My Generation
- Knox (THE VIBRATORS)
- Dave Davies (THE KINKS)
- Rat Scabies (THE DAMNED)

6. The Kids Are Alright
- THE RAVEONETTES

7. Won't Get Fooled Again
- SWEET

8. Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
- Todd Rundgren
- Carmine Appice

9. I Can't Explain
- Iggy Pop

10. Behind Blue Eyes
- Pat Travers

11. Magic Bus
- Peter Noone (HERMAN'S HERMITS)
- Peter Banks (YES)
- Ginger Baker (CREAM)

12. Who Are You
- Gretchen Wilson
- Randy Bachman (BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE)

13. Pinball Wizard
- Terry Reid
- Mike Pinera (BLUES IMAGE)
- Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER)

14. Squeeze Box
- John Wesley (PORCUPINE TREE)
- David Cross (KING CRIMSON)

15. Bargain
- .38 SPECIAL
- Ted Turner (WISHBONE ASH)
- Ian Paice (DEEP PURPLE)

16. The Seeker
- Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW)
- Leslie West (MOUNTAIN)

Check out the version of 'Eminensce Front' from the album here

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Olympic Closing Ceremonies recap with performance of Dave Davies and The Who you didn’t see (video)

by on Aug.13, 2012, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Olympic Closing Ceremonies recap with performance of Dave Davies and The Who you didn’t see (video)

The closing ceremony of the London Olympics wrapped up last night with a performance of The Who, but we here in America, didn't get to see all of it initially because NBC decided to edit over an hour and a half of the ceremonies. Although the network did show more of the Who's performance during their late night (after midnight) recap, I and many others weren't watching then. I was also following the timeline of the closing ceremony and noticed that NBC didn't show Ray Davies performing The Kinks 'Waterloo Sunset.' You can watch both performance below.

I did see the ceremonies described as the "Brit-pop equivalent of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade." I also saw DJ FatBoy Slim helping coin a new term "hand-syncing." The closing ceremonies did include many classic rock artists besides the Who and Davies. I was hoping the tease of the works of David Bowie was leading to an appearance, but that didn't happen. And who knew Jesse J was one of the superstars of British music? I certainly didn't, although she looked good.

Some of the other highlights were a rock connection included:

A children's choir and video footage of John Lennon singing 'Imagine,' with a sculpture of Lennon's face displayed by performers on the stadium floor.

Footage of Freddie Mercury at Queen's triumphant 1986 show at Wembley Stadium led into Queen guitarist Brian May and Roger Taylor being joined by Jessie J on 'We Will Rock You.'

A British pop star I have never heard of, Ed Sheeran, teamed up with Nick Mason of Pink Floyd and Mike Rutherford of Genesis for Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here,' that included a re-inactment of the man-on-fire album cover.

The Kaiser Chiefs covered The Who's 'Pinball Wizard,' and Russell Brand lip-synched 'Pure Imagination' from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Beatles' 'I Am the Walrus.' There was a bit of ELO music in there too at one point. There was a lot of the "cheese factor" during the Olympic closing ceremonies, but all-in-all London put on a fantastic games and should be commended. On to 'Rock In Rio,' for the next summer games in 2016, where they really know how to bring the rock. Maybe Sepultura at the closing ceremonies there, huh?

 

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Rock Picks of the Week Ketchup: Black Keys, Van Halen, Foo Fighters, Theory of a Deadman, Eve To Adam, Art of Dying

by on Jun.15, 2012, under FUNNIES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week Ketchup: Black Keys, Van Halen, Foo Fighters, Theory of a Deadman, Eve To Adam, Art of Dying

Since my Rock Picks of the Week have continually turned into the Rock Pick of the month or every three weeks, I must make a commitment to being more diligent about catching up. So here is my Ketchup. Some of these tracks have been out awhile, but I have to give them a pick.

Black Keys 'Gold On the Ceiling'
Black Keys have had another massively successful track with this one, as it's currently the #1 track on the alternative charts, top 5 at adult rock, top 10 at active rock and top 20 on the rock charts. The Keys recently performed it on the MTV Movie Awards as part of a tribute to Johnny Depp, who joined the band on guitar.

The Keys recently filmed an episode of the Travel Channel’s 'No Reservations' with host Anthony Bourdain and have shot a cameo, in full ponytails, for a Comedy Central series 'Workaholics.' They also will continue touring in 2012 with some big time gigs including as headliners at the inaugural Firefly Festival in Dover on July 20-22, New York’s Catalpa Festival on July 28th, Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 3rd, and Montreal’s Osheaga Festival on Aug. 5th. Then they'll head overseas for a few European festival dates, followed by a return to the U.S. in October for a brief West Coast swing a and a gig at the recently announced Austin City Limits festival. They'll finish out 2012 with tours of Australia and Europe.

They are also worthy of a tribute album called 'Black On Blues,' out July 17th, which features such artists as Iggy Pop, Leslie West, Ginger Baker of Cream, Dave Davies of The Kinks and more.


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Van Halen 'She's The Woman'

I was glad to see that the band actually put out a video behind this one, compiled from rehearsal and concert footage. I like almost everyone thought the worst when VH pulled those 30 dates from their current tour schedule, but was relieved that they just "simply bit off more than we could chew," acording to David Lee Roth in his recent video message addressing the situation.

Van Halen‘s former bassist Michael Anthony heard DLR's explanation for the postponed dates, but he isn’t quite so sure that is the main reason. Their was a report with tour insiders saying the band members "hate each other" and are "arguing like mad." Sammy Hagar weighed in saying, "I'm surprised it took this long. I predicted this was going to happen a lot sooner … They’re hard people to get along with, those brothers."

Anthony told Classic Rock Magazine: "Everybody’s got their own opinions. Who knows? To me it sounds kinda interesting – if you say you’re tired and you want to recharge your batteries you don’t put 30 shows on sale. If I were a fan I’d be going, 'Why are you putting 30 shows on sale?'"

Anthony also offered a possible explanation for why three days lapsed between the announced schedule changes and Roth’s public statement about them: "Maybe that’s the three days you take to come up with your story?" Despite his assessment, he had kind words for the group. "I wish them well — they put out a great album, they’re a great live band, they always have been," he says.

Would he ever consider rejoining the band? "I don’t know. As time goes on now, less and less. Eddie’s got his son up with him now. The circumstance would have to be right. I was always the never-say-never guy, but I don’t really think about it any more...Chickenfoot, my relationship with those guys is great."

Van Halen have since announced more tour dates in 2013, as well as a tour of Japan. There is also speculation that the guys will be rocking the 2013 Super Bowl. Look for the next single from 'A Different Kind Of Truth' to be 'Stay Frosty.'


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Foo Fighters, who have become one of my favorite bands EVER, released yet another song from the 'Wasting Light' album. 'Bridge Burning' follows the lead of all the previous tracks released, getting significant airplay. The Foos haven't released an official video, but here's a video interpretation of the song from the band's 2011 'This Video Sucks Contest; directed by Will Doyle & Richard Peete.

The Foos hit the Marcus Ampithetre in Milwaukee, WI on June 28, before hitting festivals in Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium and Netherlands during the month of July. They stop in Belfast, ND on August 21st for a one off U.S. date, then return to the UK for two gigs in late August. The band will wrap up their never ending tour on September 22nd at DeLuna Fest in Pensocola, Florida. Dave Grohl will then focus on completing his Sound City Studios documentary, which I cannot wait to see! Spin Magazine recently brought forth why Dave Grohl is the 'nicest guy in rock.' Check out the reasons why here: www.spin.com

Theory of a Deadman's 'Hurricane' is another great track from the band's latest album 'The Truth Is...'. It has already gone top 5 on the rock tracks, as the band continues building on their past success thus far. Theory of a Deadman will be headlining on tour for the rest of the summer. Check out a date near you here: www.theoryofadeadman.com


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Frontman Tyler Connolly recently did a funny little experiment in New York's Time Square called 'You Don't Know Me.' Check out both parts:

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New York rockers Eve To Adam are up next with their track 'Reach.' While it didn't have the "reach" I would have hoped as far as radio airplay goes, it did further the band's reach and exposure in a positive way. It comes from the album 'Banquet For A Starving Dog', and is a positive, uplifting song. You can 'Reach,' you just gotta believe, and I believe in this band!


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Eve To Adam recently ended a run touring with Creed at the Fillmore on May 31 in Detroit, Michigan, and their currently at home working on new material and preparing for summer shows while promoting their new single, a cover of the Alice Cooper classic, 'School's Out.' The single is now available for digital download and has been getting a very positive reaction from critics and fans alike. The track was even debuted on June 5th by Alice Cooper on his radio show! Get the song here on itunes


Canadian rockers Art of Dying are back in the rock picks of the week with their latest track 'Sorry.' It's another great track from the 'Vices and Virtues' album. The Art of Dying is my life to live. Vocalist Jonny Hetherington and the guys bring quality rock, and I expect continued growth from this band in the future!


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Recently we had the chance to get into the studio with producer Dan Donegan from Disturbed to lay down an acoustic version of "Sorry". We've been so touched by all of the 'Sorry profile pics' over the last few months that we decided to make a video for the acoustic version of the song featuring our biggest fans. Thanks for making this video possible, we couldn't have done it without you!
- Jonny Hetherington

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The band has a few more gigs this summer. Check them out here: www.artofdying.com

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Black Keys tribute album to feature rock legends Ginger Baker, Leslie West, Iggy Pop, Pat Travers and more

by on Jun.15, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Black Keys tribute album to feature rock legends Ginger Baker, Leslie West, Iggy Pop, Pat Travers and more

A new Black Keys tribute album featuring rock legends from raging from Cream drummer Ginger Baker to guitarist Pat Travers and many other rock legends lineup of musicians called ‘Black On Blues’ is slated for release July 17th.

The 14 track collection from Cleopatra Records includes a version of ‘Lonely Boy’ from the band’s latest album ‘El Camino,’ with Baker behind the kit and Iggy Pop, on vocals.


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‘Black On Blues’ also features Dave Davies of the Kinks, Leslie West of Mountain, guitar rocker Pat Travers and blues man Albert Lee, among others.

Leslie West is a big supporter of the Keys, saying about the band: "I LOVE THIS FRIGGIN’ GROUP. Great songs and great melodies. Sometimes you need talent, sometimes you need luck. This was luck being asked to do this album," he effused, regarding his version of 'I Got Mine.'

Davies said he loved doing the cover of 'Money Maker,' and that "it was great fun to be part of this project. Cool rockin' track."

'Black On Blues' was mastered by Grammy-award winning Brian Lucey, who has mastered a number of the Black Keys albums including the band’s latest, 'El Camino.'

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Rolling Stone names Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

by on Nov.27, 2011, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Rolling Stone names Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

Jimi Hendrix was named the greatest guitar player in history by Rolling Stone magazine in a list compiled by a panel of music experts and top guitar players.

"Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage," said Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello in the magazine, citing Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" as key tracks.

The panel recruited to vote for their favorite guitar players included Tom Morello, Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Melissa Etheridge, Don Felder (The Eagles), David Fricke (Senior writer, Rolling Stone), Steve Cropper, Dave Davies (The Kinks), Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing editor, Rolling Stone), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Lenny Kravitz, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Jon Landau (Manager), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Nils Lofgren (The E Street Band), Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe), Brian May (Queen), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Robbie Robertson, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Carlos Santana, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Derek Trucks, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Walsh, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Tom DeLonge (Blink-182), Rick Derringer, Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band), and many more.

McCready called Eddie Van Halen "a master of riffs" and Joe Perry praised Jimmy Page's "vision of how to transcend the stereotypes of what the guitar can do."

Below is a list of some of the hard rockers in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

1. Jimi Hendrix
3. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
8. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
24. Angus Young (AC/DC)
25. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
36. Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne)
40. Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
65. Slash (Guns N' Roses)
72. John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
73. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
87. James Hetfield (Metallica)
92. "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (Pantera)

Check out the complete list at www.rollingstone.com

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