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Ramones 40th Anniversary to include Martin Scorsese film about the band

by on Aug.30, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Ramones 40th Anniversary to include Martin Scorsese film about the band

For years, Linda Ramone has controlled Johnny’s half of the band’s estate, while Joey’s brother Mickey oversaw the lead singer’s half. After a long behind the scenes disputes all sides are finally on the same page and moving forward to commemorate the legacy of the Ramones. reports that a Ramones documentary is just one of several projects in the works to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the band. Among the others are a theatrical play, a book and a film, which already has Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese attached.

Jeff Jampol, who now co-manages the band’s estate with Dave Frey, have big plans for the Ramones moving forward. Jampol, who also handles estates for the Doors, Janis Joplin, Tupac, Otis Redding and more.

“The 40th anniversary of the Ramones is coming up in 2016, that’s when the first album came out. So we have a lot of projects leading up to that. We’re looking at a documentary on the Ramones, we just secured a ton of footage, much of which has never been seen before,” he says. “It came from the Ramones on the road over the years in the Seventies and a little bit in the Eighties, from a gentleman who had shot them, his name is George Seminara.”

Of the book, Jampol says, “You’ll see a book coming, which is not a biographical book so much, but a story of the band’s formation and those first few records and that craziness that happened. It’ll be a combination of prose, photographs and memorabilia and posters, just kind of documenting the scene. The Ramones were the first punk band and they started the punk movement.”

The movie directed by Scorsese, could begin shooting after he finishes his upcoming project, "Silence", next year. There is no timetable or writer for the film as of yet.


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2012 Isle of Wight Festival recap: Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Black Stone Cherry (video)

by on Jun.27, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

2012 Isle of Wight Festival recap: Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Black Stone Cherry (video)

The Isle of Wight festival last weekend promised to be one of the concert events of 2012, and despite the rain and mud, it delivered. Pearl Jam, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, along with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band delivered memorable headlining sets, and Black Stone Cherry returned for another rocking appearance. Check out the footage below.

In case you don't know, The Isle of Wight is a county and the largest island in England, located in the English Channel, on average about 2–5 miles off the south coast of the county of Hampshire, separated from the mainland by a strait called the Solent. The Isle of Wight Festival is an legendary concert experience, originating in 1968.

Here's one of my fav's Black Stone Cherry, with the only footage I've found posted of their set. VH1 Classic in the U.S. aired some of the SkyArts footage last Sunday night, but I didn't tune in early enough to see and BSC. They did show Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Pearl Jam, and much of that footage in available below as well.

Pearl Jam had an incredible set, which included many of their most well known tracks. At one point in the set, Eddie Vedder stopped down to speak about his admiration for the late Clash singer Joe Strummer and how he was on their minds as they played the festival. Vedder explained, "He would have loved this place. We were thinking about it on the way here, and sad to say, it’ll be almost 10 years in December he’s not been with us." The band then kicked into 'Arms Aloft' from Strummer’s late-in-life group the Mescaleros. The group has trotted out the cover at several stops over the past year.

Pearl Jam also performed a cover of the Beatles 'Rain' as a bit of commentary on the situation, and included the Ramones 'Blitzkrieg Bop,' the English Beat's 'Save It for Later,' and Jimi Hendrix's 'Little Wing' were infused into 'Daughter,' 'Better Man,' and 'Yellow Ledbetter.'

Pearl Jam’s Isle of Wight Festival Set List
1. Unthought Known
2. Last Exit
3. Hail Hail
4. The Fixer
5. Rain
6. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
7. Supersonic
8. Given to Fly
9. Untitled
10. MFC
11. Even Flow
12. Setting Forth
13. Corduroy
14. Arms Aloft
15. Jeremy
16. Why Go
17. Got Some
18. Daughter/Blitzkrieg Bop
19. Just Breathe
20. Better Man/Save It for Later
21. Porch
22. Blood
23. Alive
24. Yellow Ledbetter/Little Wing

Tom Petty played his first ever U.K. festival headlining gig at the Isle of Wight Festival on Friday (June 22). It was part of his first U.K. trek in 20 year. The show opened with the 1978 classic track 'Listen to Her Heart' followed by 'You Wreck Me,' and hits like 'Don’t Come Around Here No More,' 'Free Fallin',' and 'Learning to Fly.'

Petty and the Heartbreakers then busted out some surprises, including the well-know Traveling Wilburys track 'Handle with Care' and Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well,' before wrapping up the set with 'Mary Jane’s Last Dance' and 'American Girl.'

Petty will complete his current European run with dates in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy.

Tom Petty’s Isle of Wight Set:
1. Listen to Her Heart
2. You Wreck Me
3. I Won’t Back Down
4. Here Comes My Girl
5. Handle with Care
6. Good Enough
7. Oh Well
8. Something Big
9. Don’t Come Around Here No More
10. Free Fallin'
11. It’s Good to be King
12. Something Good Coming
13. Learning to Fly
14. Yer So Bad
15. I Shoulda Known It
16. Refugee
17. Runnin’ Down a Dream
18. Mary Jane’s Last Dance
19. American Girl

Bruce Springsteen and the E Steet Band wrapped up the festival with an epic three-hour set, closing on June 24th with a cover of "Twist and Shout," the 1962 Phil Medley and Bert Russell song made famous by the Isley Brothers and the Beatles. Though rain and mud overtook the island, the enthusiastic crowd kept the energy level high from beginning to end. Springsteen lets loose with some dance moves and extended jam time for his bandmates. "I've got a fuckin' boat to catch!" he jokes halfway through the song. "I gotta get on a fuckin' boat!"

Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" tour is currently in Europe through July 31st, before continuing in North America on August 14th.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band setlist:
1. Badlands
2. No Surrender
3. We Take Care Of Our Own
4. Wrecking Ball
5. Death to My Hometown
6. My City of Ruins
7. Spirit in the Night
8. Lonesome Day
9. Jack of All Trades
10. Atlantic City
11. Because the Night
12. Working on the Highway
13. Shackled and Drawn
14. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
15. The River
16. The Rising
17. Out in the Street
18. Land of Hope and Dreams
19. We Are Alive
20. Born in the U.S.A.
21. Born to Run
22. Glory Days
23. Dancing in the Dark
24. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
25. Twist and Shout

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‘US Festival 1982: The US Generation Documentary’ to be released on 30th Anniversary of original concert (video)

by on Jun.06, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘US Festival 1982: The US Generation Documentary’ to be released on 30th Anniversary of original concert (video)

A fantastic new documentary on the origins of the 1982 US Festival will be released on September 3rd to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the event. The movie will document the origins of the festival and how Steve Wozniak's goal of bringing music, technology and people together happened. I didn't get to attend the '82 US Festival, but was there for the 1983 US Fest, and am enthralled by anything that has to do with the US Festivals, so I am really looking forward to what looks like an awesome documentary. Here's the official press release, followed by a couple of clips from the upcoming documentary:

ICON Television Music, UNUSON Corporation and Plum Moving Media announce the making of the definitive 1982 US Festival feature length documentary.

“This film is the only authorized and sanctioned documentary of the 1982 US Festival”, according to Carlos Harvey, CFO, UNUSON. ”It captures the cultural essence of the festival and tells the behind-the-scenes stories the fans will appreciate. I’ve had thousands of calls & emails from attendees over the years about when we’ll release a film about the US Festival. After 30 years it seems like the right time so the fans can relive the experience and we can create new fans too”.

On a blistering hot Labor day weekend in 1982, legendary Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak’s vision played-out in the 110 degree California sun.

Over 375,000 people gathered at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernadino, for three days of music and technology. The festival stage was built with the largest sound system constructed at the time. Over 400,000 watts of sound power combined with the first ever large scale video-trons used for live stage performances. Technology exhibits in five air-conditioned tents displayed the latest in cutting-edge computers, software, video games and electronic musical devices.

“The US Festival was not a charity event”, stated Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and CEO of UNUSON. “It was a rock concert to bring music, technology and people together. It was an event to unite government, industry, science and education to improve the quality of life for everyone.”

Woz was keenly aware that computer technology was about to bring access to information to the masses like never before. He wanted to present the computer as a humanizing force in society. And so, the US Festival was a celebration, a coming-out party for the technology and the US decade. In a way, the US Festival was the birthplace of the first computer generation.

“The current boom in computer technology offers us one of the best ways to bring people together. I don’t know where this will lead, but if we have communicated the power of working together to the quarter million or so of you here at the festival, and shown how effective future technology will be in helping us do that, we feel that we will have been successful.” – Steve Wozniak, 1982

The documentary will feature legendary performances and interviews. The concert headliners included:
■ ~ B-52′s
■ ~ Fleetwood Mac
■ ~ Police
■ ~ Ramones
■ ~ Santana
■ ~ Talking Heads
■ ~ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Exclusive interviews with Steve Wozniak and UNUSON President, Carlos Harvey reveal how Woz’s vision and 57 acres of desert park was transformed into the world’s largest outdoor amphitheater. With the enlistment of renowned concert promoter, Bill Graham, the stage was set for a world-class 80’s cultural event.

Glenn Aveni, the films’ Director and President of ICON Television Music, Inc. brings back to life incredible performances from the premier artists of the decade. Original video footage and audio tapes will be re-mastered combined with new interviews shot in high definition. The film chronicles the people, events and history that lead to the creation of this iconic festival.

“As a filmmaker and musician, what stands out is the resonance of Wozniak’s original idea – “Unite Us In Song”, and the fact his vision and humanity are felt 30 Years later in the way we all access music, mostly through Apple products of today such as iTunes, iPod etc.”.

Participant, artist and event organizer interviews uncover some of the “making of” stories and misconceptions that have become urban legend over the years.

“The release of the documentary will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the event on Labor Day, September 3rd, 2012", said Bruce Gibb, co-owner of Plum Moving Media, Inc. “Our Milwaukee based company is delighted to be partnered with UNUSON and ICON. It is our love of music and Apple products that attracted us to be involved in this project, plus our skills and experience are suited for telling this story.”

About ICON Television Music, Inc. ||

ICON, Sherman Oaks, CA, is, an award winning, global production and distribution company of music biographical documentaries, feature length films, television programs and series. Founded in 2003 by President Glenn Aveni, credits include “Ascap Deems Taylor Award winner LES PAUL CHASING SOUND”, “Peabody Award winner BHUTTO” and “JOHN ENTWISTLE: AN OX’S TALE”.

About Plum Moving Media, Inc. ||

Plum Moving Media, Milwaukee, WI, is a multi-media, broadcast and events producer. Founded in 1997, Plum creates high quality communications that entertain, motivate, recruit, educate, generate sales, raise funds, train, stir emotions, introduce concepts/products, and meet objectives. Full service, award winning, professional storytellers.

About UNUSON Corporation

UNUSON, Silicon Valley,CA, is the company founded by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak during the US Festival Days. It stands for “Unite Us in Song”. UNUSON is the exclusive rights holder of the US Festival wordmarks and trademarks and is still involved with global media, technology projects and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and creativity for students.

Stewart Copeland of The Police Reminisces About the '82 US Festival

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Peter Ellis, US Festival president and co-founder, recounts a story about Steve Wozniak handing over a two million dollar check to get the Festival started.

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In this new clip John Collins compares the 'US' Festival to Woodstock.

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Check out more on the documentary and all the cool video and pictures at the movie links:

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Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament pays tribute to the legendary Donald “Duck” Dunn

by on May.16, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament pays tribute to the legendary Donald “Duck” Dunn

Legendary and influential Rock And Roll Hall of Fame bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn passed away this past Sunday morning (May 13) at the age of 70. The trbutes and rememberances continue with the latest coming from Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament. Back in 2007 Ament put Dunn’s name into the neck of one of his basses.

Dunn's name joined Ament's other major influences Dee Dee Ramone (the Ramones), John Entwistle (the Who), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and Mike Watt of the 80s punk band the Minutemen. On the Pearl Jam website, Ament shared a picture of the bass as well as his rememberances of seeing Dunn up close every night while opening up for Neil Young in 1993.

"Five years ago, I made a list of my favorite and most influential bassists, and after much editing, decided to put their names on the back of my new favorite bass at the time and the first name on the neck is Duck Dunn. In 1993, the band was lucky enough to open a bunch of shows in the US and Europe for Neil and his band of Booker T., Steve Cropper, Jim Keltner and Duck. Our band watched every minute of this all-star band and lessons were delivered nightly. I learned more about how to "play songs" in a band than my previous 12 years of playing. Duck played deeper and with more economy than most and profoundly effected how I play with PJ.

Thanks for the education, I’ll miss you, DD.

Love, Jeff

Here's a thorough appreciation written by Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times:

May 15, 2012
As the bass player on dozens of the most soulful hits in the history of pop music, Donald "Duck" Dunn often found himself out on the road playing to fans who had assumed he was black like the stars he supported, notably Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Sam & Dave.

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When audiences encountered a white bassist in the lineup, "A lot of people thought I was a pick-up bass player — they thought Duck Dunn was a black guy who couldn't make the tour for some reason," Dunn told an interviewer in 2005 about his best-known role as bassist for Booker T. & the MG's, which had a string of instrumental hits apart from its status as the house band at Stax Records in Memphis.

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"In Europe they'd ask me, 'What's it like to play with a black man?' I never knew what to say; we didn't think that way — we just played," Dunn said. "We got the soul sound by blending our country and blues influences. I grew up with the Grand Ole Opry. When we mixed that feel with the blues, we got something new."

Dunn was still playing that infectious blend of country, gospel, blues and rock with his longtime partner in the MG's, guitarist Steve Cropper, in Tokyo last week when he died Sunday in his sleep at age 70. They had just completed 10 shows over five days with their Stax Revue. The shows had been postponed after last year's earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan.

Dunn's son, Jeff, said Monday that his father had complained to his wife, June, about not feeling well but thought it was no more than jet lag from the long trip to Japan.

"Today I lost my best friend, the world has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live," Cropper wrote on his Facebook page.

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MG's leader and organist Booker T. Jones said Monday, "He was always there — Duck was very dependable and very steady, and that's a good quality in a bass player. He wasn't one to jump up and play solos on the bass. He was a background player, but at the same time he stood out."

Booker T. & the MG's were on the charts consistently for nearly a decade, putting 18 instrumental hits into the Billboard Top 100, from their first, "Green Onions," in 1962, through their final appearance in 1971 with "Melting Pot." Dunn came into the lineup after "Green Onions" established the group as a hit-making entity on its own (Lewis Steinberg was the original bassist), but Dunn cemented the lineup that continued until drummer Al Jackson Jr. was shot to death in 1975.

"When you look at all the bass players for Motown and Atlantic, the guys from Chicago, all the top bass players — when you start calling the names of all the top bass players, you're not going to end the conversation without calling the name of Donald "Duck" Dunn," singer Sam Moore said from London on Monday.

"Other players got more notoriety than Duck, but he could do things with the bass that maybe Larry Graham or Willie Weeks or Chuck Rainey or James Jamerson couldn't do," Moore said. "And he made it so simple, but you always knew he was there."

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It wasn't unusual for Dunn's bass lines to lead the way when the MG's went to record. His sinuous, pulsing notes set a foreboding tone in their hit rendition of "Hang 'Em High," the theme from the 1968 western starring Clint Eastwood. His funky, hopping rhythmic melody line is featured at the start of the MG's' 1967 hit "Hip Hug-Her." And Dunn nimbly doubled Cropper's signature guitar lead on the propulsive "Time Is Tight," adding low-end muscle to the song's insistent groove.

Donald Dunn was born Nov. 24, 1941, in Memphis and got his nickname early on from the hours he spent watching Donald Duck cartoons with his father. He met future band mate Cropper in high school, where they teamed up with saxophonist Don Nix and played together as the Royal Spades.

Dunn, Cropper and Nix were soon joined by trumpeter Wayne Jackson, keyboardist Jerry Lee "Smoochie" Smith, drummer Terry Johnson and tenor saxophonist Charles Axton, changing the name of the band to the Mar-Keys, which scored a Top 10 hit with their 1961 instrumental "Last Night."

"We were a little band making a little money, and we thought we were pretty hot," said Wayne Jackson, who with saxophonist Andrew Love also was a signature part of countless recordings made at Stax. "Duck was a natural musician, and he was a great bass player. He played very melodically, and the rhythm stuff he did, he sort of held the rhythm section up by the lapels."

After touring for three years without landing a follow-up hit, Dunn went back to Memphis and took Steinberg's place in the MG's, which had become the house band at Stax Records, playing on recordings for its growing stable of R&B and soul singers. The records that came out of Stax during the '60s typically featured a grittier, funkier brand of R&B than the smooth, urbane sound favored in Detroit by Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.

Dunn and the rest of the MG's figured prominently on Stax hits such as Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour," Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness" and Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Soul Man."

Sam & Dave directly inspired John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's Blues Brothers comedy sketch on "Saturday Night Live." The pair drafted Dunn and Cropper onto the big screen when they expanded the sketch into a feature film in 1977, saluting many of the R&B and soul greats they admired.

"That may have started as a joke," Dunn told Bass Player magazine in 2005, "but we got a really good band together, and we got a lot of people interested in going back to the old records."

Still, the Blues Brothers shtick rankled many R&B and soul music aficionados, some viewing their platinum-selling recordings as a pale imitation of the original sound they were mimicking.

But Dunn defended Aykroyd and Belushi, saying in an interview last year that they had "opened the doors for a lot of people that weren't being thought of anymore. And I love that, because I just love to play for people. It is fun to, and I still think we can produce and play pretty much like we could."

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Booker T. & the MG's were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and recorded and toured with other Hall of Fame members including Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Tom Petty. In recent years, Dunn was semi-retired and lived with his wife near their son in Sarasota, Fla., but also played occasionally when Booker T. would reconvene the MG's, or with Cropper and Stax singer Eddie Floyd in the Stax Revue.

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"With age, I've lost some speed," Dunn said last year, "but that is OK. I was always more about groove than speed."

In addition to his wife and son, Dunn is survived by a grandson, Michael, named after Dunn's other son, who died in a car accident in 1983.

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Posthumous Joey Ramone solo album to be released in May

by on Feb.29, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

Posthumous Joey Ramone solo album to be released in May

A second posthumous solo album from Ramones frontman Joey Ramone is lated for release on May 15. The album, 'Ya Know?' will feature 17 unreleased songs that the were recorded as demos, both for The Ramones and after the band's 1996 breakup.

Longtime Ramones collaborator Ed Stasium and ex-Plasmatics bassist Jean Beauvoir finished production on the tracks, which include current contributions from E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt, Joan Jett, one-time Ramones drummer Richie Ramone, as well as members of Cheap Trick and The Dictators.

Mickey Leigh, Joey's brother, helped oversee the making of Ya Know? and also appears on the album, which follows Ramone's 2002 solo debut, 'Don't Worry About Me.' Leigh explained in a facebook post that he chose the title because it's a phrase that Joey used constantly in conversation. 'Ya Know?' will be available as a standard CD, a two-disc vinyl set and a digital download. A two-track single will precede the album's release on April 21.

Joey Ramone died on April 15, 2001, after a battle with lymphoma.


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