Beatles News: Olivia Harrison rules out holograms, ‘Backbeat’ stage production to debut in Los Angeles
George Harrison's widow Olivia has ruled out ever reviving the Beatles legend's image with an onstage hologram, insisting she wouldn't be able to "handle" seeing it.
After last month's (Apr.12) hologram at the Coachella festival in California of 2-Pac 'performing' with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, there has been talk of holograms being part of performances by both Queen and Free (at the 2012 London Olympics). Queen did have a hologram of Freddie Mercury at the 10th anniversary of the 'We Will Rock You' stage production in the UK, but I have not found any footage of it online. The 2-Pac headline-grabbing performance sparked much debate about the possibilities of bringing back other dead music legends - but Fab Four star Harrison's wife has ruled out the chance of a Beatles reunion. She tells the latest issue of Mojo magazine, "No, I don't think I could handle that. I think that would be unkind and unfair to him too. He needs to be where he is, y'know (sic) - I'm sure he's occupied."
Thank god! I hope we can rule out there ever being a Beatles reunion with the hologram of George or John!
The stage production of the Beatles-themed ‘Backbeat, based on the 1994 movie about Stu Sutcliffe and his life with the Beatles. will be getting its U.S. debut in Los Angeles before making it to New York.
'Backbeat' is set for a Jan. 16 – Feb. 24 run at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles. ‘Backbeat’ has already enjoyed a well-received response when it played on London’s West End from fall 2010 into early 2011.
Before the L.A. shows, ‘Backbeat’ is scheduled to run July 21-Sept. 2 in Toronto, Canada at the city’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.
‘Backbeat’ is expected to include a number of the songs the Beatles covered while performing in Liverpool and Hamburg such as ‘Long Tall Sally,’ ‘Twist and Shout,’ ‘Good Golly Miss Molly,’ ‘Please Mr. Postman,’ and ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Music.’ Casting for the Los Angeles production is currently taking place. We'll give you more details as they become available.
Now that Queen has used a Freddie Mercury hologram at the recent 10th anniversary of the 'We Will Rock You' production in London, there has been other talk of resurrecting another dead rocker. Free bassist Andy Fraser’s admitted that the band considered doing the same thing for the 2012 Olympics.
Fraser told Classic Rock Magazine that the surviving members of Free, vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, who later formed Bad Company, were approached to play at the opening ceremonies, and one option they considered was using a hologram to replicate guitarist Paul Kossoff, who died in 1976.
“I always figured we would re-marry our ex-wives before getting back together. But the event was such that I felt I should put aside my personal demons,” said Fraser. “We considered many guitarists. I suggested Mark Knopfler, Ron Wood, Dave Gilmour. I was looking into a Kossoff hologram by the Tupac people, so we would actually be playing with his track.”
Thankfully the talks didn’t pan out. Frasier explained, “The million-dollar price tag didn’t go down too well with others — or suggestions about guitarists,” he admitted. “I don’t see it coming together now.” Good, although I'm sure the holograms are coming! Look out!
Chevelle kick off these Rock Picks of the Week with another dose of their controlled chaos. The title track from 'Hats Off To The Bull' and the follow up to the #1 'Face To The Floor', sounds like it could go to the top as well. Brothers Pete (vocals/guitar) and Sam Loeffler (drums) along with Dean Bernardini (bass) say some of their major influences are Helmet, Tool, and The Cure. Now they are influening another generation. It's already Top 15 on the Active Rock charts, and Top 25 on the Rock and Alternative charts. Another quality song from Chevelle.
Chevelle are going to be busy guys this spring and summer. They'll be doing headlining gigs and a bunch of radio shows and festivals. Here's all the dates:
Apr. 12 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock
Apr. 13 - Tallahassee, FL - Coliseum
Apr. 14 - Orlando, FL - Tinker Field - Earth Day Birthday (w/Evans Blue, SOil, Pop Evil, The Used, Hurt, Theory of a Deadman, Trivium, Godsmack, Halestorm, Taproot, Pop Evil, Soil, and Staind)
Apr. 16 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall (w/Dead Sara & New Medicine)
Apr. 17 - Beaumont, TX - Ford Park Event Center (w/Dead Sara)
Apr. 18 - College Station, TX - Hurricane Harry's
Apr. 20 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Ampitheatre (w/Korn)
Apr. 22 - Wichita Falls, TX - Kay Yeager Coliseum (w/Redlight King)
Apr. 23 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
Apr. 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia (w/Dead Sara)
Apr. 28 - Mesa, AZ - Quail Run Park (w/Godsmack, Staind, Janus, Aranda, and Cavo)
May 2 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center Arena (w/Shinedown)
May 3 - Evans, GA - Pavilion at Evans Town Center Park
May 5 - Rockingham, NC - Carolina Rebellion 2012 - Rockingham Speedway - (w/Evanescence, Korn, Shinedown, Staind, P.O.D., Slash, and Five Finger Death Punch)
May 6 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park - 1 Cinco Party Project 961 Cinco Party (w/Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Hellyeah, Volbeat, Adelitas Way, Art of Dying, and The Beatoffs)
May 8 - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre
May 9 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheater
May 10 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
May 12 - Kansas City, MO - Liberty Memorial - Rockfest 2012 (w/Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Slash)
May 13 - Boone, IA - Central Iowa Expo - Lazerfest 2012 (w/Shinedown, Slash, Theory of a Deadman, Buckcherry, Volbeat, Adelitas Way)
May 15 - Green Bay, WI - Shopko Hall (w/Dead Sara & New Medicine)
May 18 - Traverse City, MI - Ground Zero
May 19 - Columbus, OH - Columbus Crew Stadium - Rock On The Range
May 20 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Pointfest 2012 (w/Incubus, Neon Trees, Cavo, Middle Class Rut, and Foxy Shazam)
May 22 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note (w/Dead Sara)
May 23 - Bloomington, IL - Castle Theatre
May 25 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma (w/Rob Zombie, Rocklahoma, Chickenfoot, Creed, Megadeth, Slash, Queensrÿche, Theory of a Deadman, Jackyl, Puddle of Mudd, Hellyeah, P.O.D., Volbeat, Cavo, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Pop Evil, The Darkness, Art of Dying, Trivium, Aranda, Redlight King, James Durbin, Janus, Rival Sons, Anti, Mortem, and Megadeth)
May 26 - Little Rock, AR - Riverfest
Jun. 12-17 - Burlington, IA - Burlington Steamboat Days 2012 (w/Luke Bryan, )
Jun. 27 -Jul. 1 - Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheater (w/Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Gary Clark Jr.)
Jul. 14 - West Fargo, ND - Red River Valley Fair
Shinedown have already released a new video for the second single off their new 'Amaryllis' album, which is due on March 27th. 'Unity,' is the follow up to their #1 rock track 'Bully,' and continues with a bit of social commentary, at least in the video for the song. A beautiful young girl, accepting of all peoples, takes photos of the individuals she comes in contact with and covers the wall of a decaying, abandoned building with those photos. The message I get from the video and song is that we all need one another to prosper and and 'Unity' has a message we all need to heed. Another pick that could be another #1 track.
Shinedown are kicking ass on the Avalanche tour with Adelitas Way in support, hitting smaller venues around the country. New Medicine are opening the shows up to Apr. 10, and Art Of Dying will open from Apr. 12th to the 25th.
Remaining dates on The 2012 Avalanche Tour
Apr. 5 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Apr. 6 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Apr. 7 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheatre
Apr. 9 - Springfield, MO - Shrine Mosque
Apr. 10 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
Apr. 12 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
Apr. 13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Apr. 14 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
Apr. 16 - Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theater
Apr. 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
Apr. 18 - Providence, RI - Lupo's
Apr. 20 - New York, NY -- Best Buy Theater
Apr. 21 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
Apr. 22 - Scranton, PA - Cultural Center
Apr. 24 - Richmond, VA - The National
Apr. 25 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head
Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free, The Firm, Queen + Paul Rodgers) has released a fantastic new single 'With Our Love.'
It's a fantastic soulful track with a full string section and later, middle-eastern sounds. One of the greatest rock vocalists in history more than lives up to that billing, and it's just great to hear his voice on some new music.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the single, ‘With Our Love,’ will go toward The Racehorse Sanctuary and the Seraphim 12 Foundation, both of which are dedicated to protecting and benefiting horses, as well as the Rocking Horse Children’s Charity, which aids children in Sussex and Surrey who need medical care.
"Horses are such a powerful part of human development and have been since the early ages," said Rodgers in a statement. "We humans owe them so much. My wife Cynthia and I have visited both sanctuaries and can’t imagine any of these healthy vibrant beings being sent off to die. Especially Seraphim 12′s 'Daisy,' who was to be slaughtered for human consumption at four months of age! Or ex-racehorse 'Mr. Streaky,' who due to human error developed anxiety and fear issues which now after eight years he is finally starting to overcome, and in doing so is helping the autistic and inner city kids who visit the sanctuary."
Looking back to one of his main artistic inspirations, Rodgers concluded, "Blues great Willie Dixon believed that 'Once we know better we can do better'...so now that we know better, let’s do better."
Starting on June 9th in Sweden, singer Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke will launch a brief Bad Company tour of continental Europe, their first one there since 1975 (way back when the band’s second album, ‘Straight Shooter,' was released).
Following their June 9th show on the closing day of the Sweden Rock Festival, Bad Company is scheduled to perform five times during Germany’s Rock the Nation Festival between June 11th and 16.
"It is amazing to me that there is still so much interest in Bad Company’s music after all these years," Rodgers told UltimateClassicRock.com. "We have toured in the U.S. and U.K. in the last couple of years, and it only seems fair to play
for the faithful rock fans in Germany and Sweden. I can’t wait to hit the stage and reconnect with our fans."
Last month during an hour-long chat with interviewer Jeff Woods during Canadian Music Week, he regaled the hundreds of fans in attendance with tales about his own career and a few anecdotes about the careers of others.
For example, here’s something you probably didn’t know: he advised a pre-Led Zeppelin Robert Plant to always "take a percentage" of a band’s earnings instead of a weekly paycheck. (Wonder how much money that put in Plant’s bank account?)
And when Joe Walsh was considering joining the Eagles but hesitating because of his desire for solitude, Rodgers says he told his friend, “Why don’t you go into a rehearsal with them and then go disappear in the woods? ...And the next thing I knew, it was 'Hotel California.' They obviously made a connection."
As for himself, he says he passed up opportunities with Deep Purple and Journey, and that even the Doors wanted him (after Jim Morrison's death, of course) — but couldn’t find him.
Rodgers went on to say that success ultimately killed Free: "All of the sudden we had this monster hit, 'All Right Now,' and I don’t think we were ready for it all", but that drugs were responsible for the demise of Bad Company:
"It was all around me, so it was almost normal, you just did whatever was there, there was a lot of cocaine, there was a lot of drug around and I, yeah, sure like everybody else, but I did draw the line at one point and in a way that’s probably what split Bad Company and myself. I stopped all that. And all of the sudden I felt like the outsider.
And it was a strange feeling. And I was going, 'You don’t have to hide it all the time. Just do your thing. I’m not criticizing. I’m not judging.’ But I think it’s one of the things about that stuff is that it can make people a little paranoid too about people that aren’t doing it. You’re like the policeman."
Great stories from a legend in rock and yet another great track. 'With Our Love' is now available for download via CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon’s MP3 store.
Something Unto Nothing (S.U.N.), a name all together fresh and rooted in rock n' roll, is setting onto the music scene breaking the social traditions that have become the rock norm. Headed up by the whiskey soaked voice of Sass Jordan, a Canadian icon and Juno Award winner with music partner renown drummer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Brian Tichy known for his stints with Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy and currently in Whitesnake, their self titled debut album hopes to smash through the anonymity and secure a place in the current rock landscape.
Sass Jordan has an innate talent capable of conveying powerful emotion through heart-stomping, primal, rock-and-roll singing. S.U.N’s debut album is explosive, crushing, real and soulful with its natural fusion of blues and rock. Jordan’s vocal intensity proves a perfect match for the high-energy guitar playing of Tichy and her band-mates that provide the unique music palette that is S.U.N.
Previously working together is what brought Jordan and Tichy together in collaboration of the new music. “I had played drums on Sass’s ‘RATS’ record” explains Tichy. “I knew she was one of the best rock singers going. So after many years, we reconnected and tried a bit of writing together”. Both felt that in order to write the best, trend-free music they could, they needed to get away. They chose the mountains of Canyon Country and in an old, deserted shack S.U.N. was born. “We didn’t realize where we going when we started out”, says Jordan. “As we continued the songwriting path from Burned to Mobile Again to Nomad and on … The whole thing started to take shape in the form of a 70′s odyssey, a time travel trajectory.”
Completing the band that drives this music home is Marty O’Brien (We Are The Fallen/Tommy Lee/ Static X/ Disturbed) on bass and Tommy Stewart on drums (Godsmack, Lo Pro, Everclear, Fuel). S.U.N. is now finishing up mixes to their “Something Unto Nothing” record and looking for the best platform to release the music to their fans. The band recently played the Viper Room in Hollywood, Martini Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ, and Vamp'd in Las Vegas, and also have plans for an extensive summer tour as well as international dates.
It's good to have one of the finest female rock vocalist back in a big way, along with great complementary musicians.
Formed in 2000 in Virginia and now hailing from Los Angeles, Hurt are up next with the first single 'How We End Up Alone' from their sixth album,'The Crux', coming out on May 1st. The album was produced by guitarist Michael Roberts and the band and mixed by John Kurzweg (Puddle of Mudd, Godsmack). 'How We End Up Alone' is a dynamic, compelling song that draws you in and keeps you. Not only do I really like this track, the video is just as good. It adds to the song and is it's own mini-film. It is intriguing, intersting, and its own piece of art. The storyline of an older man looking back on his life and telling his story shows 'How We End Up Alone'. Lead singer J. Loren, guitarist Michael Roberts, bassist Rek Mohr, and drummer Victor Ribas will be touring starting April 14th in Orlando, Florida at WJJR's Earthday Birthday.
Here's an acoustic performance from February at 105.7 The Point
Hurt tour dates:
Apr. 14 - Orlando, FL - WJJR Earthday Birthday
Apr. 16 - Atlanta, GA - Smith’s Olde Bar
Apr. 17 - Memphis, TN - 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Plaza
Apr. 18 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay
Apr. 19 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room
Apr. 21 - Houston, TX - KTBZ Buzzfest (The Woodlands Pavilion)
Apr. 22 - Austin, TX - Stubbs BBQ
Apr. 24 - Dallas, TX - Prophet Bar
Apr. 28 - Mesa, AZ - Quail Run Park
Apr. 30 - Los Angeles, CA - The Key Club
Kid Rock talked to Rolling Stone recently about his Born Free tour, dueting with Sheryl Crow and the direction of his next album, which he'll record when done with the current tour:
This from Rolling Stone's Patrick Doyle:
Last weekend, Kid Rock kicked off the summer leg of his Born Free tour with a hits-filled set that included several duets with opener Sheryl Crow and a production that included giant American flags, four strippers and plenty of pyro. "I don't think myself or my band has ever sounded or played better," Rock told Rolling Stone recently. "I'm 40. I'm not going to be at the top of my game forever, but I am right now."
Which may be why he wants to stay as productive as possible after the tour, planning to record a follow-up to last year's Born Free. "Now that we have a catalog that spreads for two hours that people want to hear, let's go back and put it all together," Rock says. "I've done the crazy Devil Without a Cause record – who knows where you can categorize it? – up to the rootsy Born Free record and everything in between and somehow it's all been accepted by my fans."
For inspiration, he's looking as far back as his 1998 album Devil Without a Cause. "It kind of started with Devil Without a Cause," he says, referencing the breakthrough LP that went platinum 11 times. "And I didn't really anticipate it to go anywhere. I was doing what I needed to do . . . I had a kid, no money, and all that shit. I did some rap-rock stuff first, but I still did 'Cowboy' and 'Only God Knows Why' – for what I look back on as this really crazy, rounded record. And I'd kind of like to go back and do something with all the experience of being a better singer, better player, better songwriter, and just make this accumulation of what I do. I'm still not sure what I do, but whatever it is, I own it."
Rock adds: "If I get into a country groove, make the best country groove. And if I get into a rock vibe, make that. And if there's some place for old-school hip-hop jams with rock guitars, I'm cool with it."
He plans to get serious in the fall, and says he is in talks with Rick Rubin to produce again. He hopes to release the new album by next summer. "With [Born Free], he wanted to bring out the serious stuff in me, and we got it. Now I'm going to turn that frown upside down."
But for the moment, Rock is psyched to be on the road with Crow. "She's my favorite duet partner," he says. "She loves country stuff and she can rock out with the best of them. She's not scared to let us take it up to 10 and she can also sit on a stool and make the hair on your arms stand up." He plans to switch up duets with her nightly. "Me and her doing the same shtick every night would get old … we've played so many covers. We've sat with guitars and picked Allman Brothers, Free songs, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty songs … we've talked about, ‘Hey, maybe we should record these shows every night, and pick different songs, and do some fun covers, and pop out that album we've been talking about doing for 10 years!'
Here's Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow covering "Love The One You're With" (Stephen Stills) at the July 2nd show in Cinncinnati, Ohio, followed by their duets of "Picture" and "Collide":
A 24 Karat Gold CD version of Bad Company's 1975 album, "Straight Shooter", has been released by Audio Fidelity. Audio Fidelity have released many 24 Karat Gold CD's to date. Check them out here:
Straight Shooter was the sophomore album by British hard-rockers Bad Company. Released in April of 1975, it earned the quartet of Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell its third and fourth hit singles: 'Good Lovin' Gone Bad' (written by guitarist Ralphs) and 'Feel Like Makin' Love' (a Ralphs co-write with vocalist/guitarist Rodgers). The latter track was a Top 10 hit and has enjoyed a storied pop-culture legacy, having been covered by, among others, Kid Rock, ska-punkers Goldfinger and country singer Philip Claypoll, and used on episodes of The Simpsons and South Park. In addition to the singles, the album contained the FM-rock-radio staples 'Deal with the Preacher' and 'Shooting Star' (which Simon Kirke and Mick Ralphs have explained was inspired by the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison). Straight Shooter climbed to #3 on both the US and UK charts and was subsequently certified for triple-Platinum status. Bad Company produced the album, which was engineered and mixed by Ron Nevison, whose credits include The Who's Quadrophenia and the Rolling Stones' It's Only Rock 'N Roll.
On June 28th, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Live At Wembley simultaneously on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD.
There was magic in the air as all three original Bad Company members—vocalist extraordinaire Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke—are augmented by bassist Lynn Sorensen and guitarist Howard Leese. (Original bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006.)
The set list is packed with every major hit, fan favorites and seldom-heard deep album cuts. The DVD and Blu-Ray includes a band interview.
Bad Company burst upon the rock’n’roll scene in 1973, and was immediately dubbed a super-group by fans and press alike, as its members all came from very successful popular bands: Free (Rodgers and Kirke), Mott The Hoople (Ralphs) and King Crimson (Burrell). They lived up to the hype for nine straight years with a string of six soulful hard-rocking albums. After a four-year break, they got back together minus Rodgers (who had formed The Firm with Jimmy Page). Rodgers returned in 1999.