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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

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Randy Bachman to be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame, Bachman & Turner ‘s ‘Live At The Roseland Ballroom’ out now (video)

by on Jul.10, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Randy Bachman to be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame, Bachman & Turner ‘s ‘Live At The Roseland Ballroom’ out now (video)

Randy Bachman has been chosen as one of the 2012 inductees for Canada's Walk of Fame. The lead guitarist and songwriter for legendary Canadian rock bands The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, will receive the honor this September 22nd in his hometown of Toronto.

Bachman will enter the Walk of Fame with fellow honorees Sarah McLachlan, late Saturday Night Live star Phil Hartman and the entire Team Canada hockey team of 1972, which made history when it beat the Soviet Union.

30,000 fellow Canadians submitted their votes for who they thought should be inducted, and Bachman was on top of the list.

It will be a return visting to the Canadian Walk of Fame, as The Guess Who were inducted back in 2001. Other notable Canadian musicians previously honored by the Walk of Fame include Guess Who frontman Burton Cummings, Neil Young, Rush, Joni Mitchell, Steppenwolf's John Kay, The Band's Robbie Robertson, Bryan Adams and ex-Red Rider singer Tom Cochrane. Congrats to Randy Bachman!

Eagle Rock Entertainment recently released the new live two-CD,DVD and Blu-ray 'Live At The Roseland Ballroom, NYC' on June 26th. Bachman & Turner features Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, the musicians at the heart of legendary band Bachman-Turner Overdrive. 'Live At The Roseland Ballroom, NYC' features songs from their recent self-titled album along with their classics 'You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet' 'Takin’ Care Of Business', 'Hey You' 'Blue Collar', 'Roll On Down The Highway', 'Let It Ride', and 'Lookin’ Out For #1', plus songs from Bachman’s early days with The Guess Who.

Over the course of a four-year run, Bachman-Turner Overdrive sold in excess of 30 million records, earning a staggering 120 platinum, gold and silver discs, and notching up hits in more than 20 countries. The iconic duo shared duties on the lead vocals with Bachman contributing lead guitar and Turner the bass. Reuniting at the end of 2009 they released an eponymous album in 2010 and in November of that year they performed at the famous Roseland Ballroom in New York City as part of their North American tour.

The release featuring the line-up of Randy Bachman (guitars, vocals); C.F. Turner (bass, vocals); Marc LaFrance (drums, percussion, vocals); Brent Howard Knudsen (guitars, vocals); and Mick Dalla-Vee (guitars, vocals), with keyboards and background vocals by none other than 'Late Show With David Letterman' band leader and fellow Canadian Paul Shaffer.

Tracklisting:
Let It Ride
Rock Is My Life
Not Fragile
Hey You
Hold Back The Water
Waiting Game
Moonlight Rider
Lookin’ Out For #1
Stayed Awake All Night
American Woman
Four Wheel Drive
Slave To The Rhythm
Blue Collar
That's What It Is
Sledgehammer
Rollin’ Along
You Ain’t Seen Nothin' Yet
Shakin’ All Over
Roll On Down The Highway
Takin’ Care Of Business




Interview with Bachman & Turner from March 2011

Bachman & Turner Tour dates:
Jul. 14 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavillion
Jul. 15 - Snoqualmie, WA - Snoqualmie Casino Amphitheater
Jul. 20 - Orange County,CA - Pacific Amphitheatre (w/Foghat)
Jul. 21 - Wendover, NV - Peppermill Concert Hall
Sep. 3 - South Woodstock, CT - Woodstock Fairgrounds
Sep. 15 - Niagara Falls, NY - Seneca Niagra Casino & Hotel
Sep. 28 - Lawrenceburg, IN - City of Lawrenceburg
Sep. 29 - St. Louis, MO - Veteran's Memoria Amphitheater
January 10- 14 - Royal Carribean Rock Legends II Cruise

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Bruce Springsteen and Joe Bonamassa pay tribute to Levon Helm (video)

by on May.04, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Bruce Springsteen and Joe Bonamassa pay tribute to Levon Helm (video)

The public memorial and private funeral for the late rock legend Levon Helm were held last week. But the tributes continue as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were joined by a full house in a hometown show at New Jersey's Prudential Center in singing The Band's 'The Weight.'

Last Thursday the Poughkeepsie Journal reported that fans were playing Helm's music in the parking lot of the Woodstock Playhouse while they waited for yellow school buses to shuttle them to the home studio of the former drummer and singer for The Band, where his casket was surrounded by his drum kit and a piano.

In Ulster County, NY flags were flown at half staff in recognition of the impact the drummer had on local tourism with the series of Midnight Ramble concerts he hosted. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein said in a statement to the paper: "Levon Helm’s contribution to community, county and our nation was inspiring, Not only was Levon Helm an incredible musician with world-wide recognition, but his contributions to his local community will have a lasting impact."

The member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was famous for performing his Saturday night Midnight Ramble concerts in his barn. Ron Cavallaro told the Journal he had attended more than 40 shows there and drove from Rhode Island for the memorial. "This is my religion," Cavallaro said.

Following the private funeral last Friday (Apr. 27), Helm was buried in the Woodstock Cemetery next to Rick Danko, vocalist and bassist for The Band who passed away in 1999.

At last night’s three hour Bruce Springsteen show in Newark, N.J., the Boss explained how Helm influenced him, joking that when he auditioned drummer Max Weinberg that he made him sing. "He was one of the greatest, greatest voices in country, rockabilly and rock & roll. Levon’s voice and drumming was so incredibly versatile. He had a feel on the drums...it comes out of a certain place in the past and you can’t replicate it."


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Guitar master Joe Bonamassa also recently posted a video performance of The Band's 'Ophelia' as a tribute to Levon. Joe practices the song first, then the video kicks in with concert footage. R.I.P. rock legend Levon Helm.

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Shangri-La: Rock Music Landmark on the market for $4.1 million

by on May.21, 2011, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Shangri-La: Rock Music Landmark on the market for $4.1 million

It's where Bob Dylan and The Band, Eric Clapton, Robbie Robertson, the Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, and Joe Cocker made music, and it's on the market for $4.1 million. The Shangri-La recording studio was designed by Rob Fraboni in the early 1970s to the specifications of Bob Dylan and The Band.

Many bands have used the studio, including current groups like Metallica, Weezer and Kings Of Leon, and in the early 1960s TV's Mr. Ed was filmed and stabled at the ranch here. Check out the legendary property here: shangri-la music landmark

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