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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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The Kinks want the best cover/recreation song entry in new contest (video)

by on Jul.02, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

The Kinks want the best cover/recreation song entry in new contest (video)

Influential British rock legends the Kinks have launched a contest that could make your dreams come true. The band are looking for fans to record a cover version of one of their many well-known tunes. Ray Davies gives more details in the video posting below.

The winner will get to meet singer Ray Davies and drummer Mick Avory, will be given a free session at the group's famed Konk Studios in London and will receive a selection of signed Kinks items. In addition, the winning track will be promoted via The Kinks official website and the group's social media outlets. Davies himself will choose the winning tune, along with two runners-up.

Fans also will be able to vote for their favorite entries at the Talenthouse website. The two most-voted-for tracks also will win a selection of Kinks-related prizes. Entries must be submitted by August 2. Voting will be open from August 3 to August 10, with the winners to be announced on August 24th.

The contest is being held in celebration of the impending release of a pair of U.K. compilations, The Kinks at the BBC box set and a 44-track collection titled Waterloo Sunset: The Very Best of The Kinks & Ray Davies. Here's the links to enter and get more information:

www.thekinks.info

www.talenthouse.com

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Beatles News: Paul McCartney turns 70!, 2012 Summer Olympics, Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band 2012 Press Conference

by on Jun.19, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Beatles News: Paul McCartney turns 70!, 2012 Summer Olympics, Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band 2012 Press Conference

Even though he is years beyond 64, Paul McCartney is showing no signs of slowing down on his 70th Birthday! He celebrated the occasion in private, resting up between gigantic gigs this summer. The tributes from fans and fellow rockers rolled in all day long to commemorate the quite possibly out greatest living rocker, Paul McCartney!

The legendary song-writer and musician, philanthropist, vegan, animal-rights activist and newlywed has been saluted by a long list of rockers, starting with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, who with his band has covered 'Come Together,', and serenaded McCartney during the 2010 Kennedy Center Honords event solo:

"He's got a whole second wind and a new childhood and a new marriage. Y'know, he's gettin' it every night on stage and hopefully in bed with his new wife! God bless him."

Phil Collins says he still can't believe that as a kid, he was recruited to be an extra in The Beatles film 'A Hard Day's Night,' and now, today, he and Paul are friends and colleagues. "Suddenly, 30, 40 years later, you're playing with the guy and he knows your name and comes up and talks to you," an incredulous Collins told ABC News Radio. "It's a little bit out of The Twilight Zone." And Phil, who's basically quit making new music, says McCartney makes him feel a bit guilty about that. "Every time I say that I've stopped, I think, 'Well, he still going!'" he admits. "I admire him for keeping going. So, happy birthday, Paul."

The Beach Boys Brian Wilson, who joins Paul at 70 with a birthday on Wednesday, said "I hope he's as happy as we are, and I wish him very much luck on his concerts."

Bassit Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles said he wishes Paul "70 more years," adding, "I learned how to sing from listening to him...His bass playing is so unique and powerful. I learned a lot from him."

Donovan, whose friendship with Paul and the rest of the Fab Four dates back to the mid '60s, has a musical wish for McCartney. "They say it's your birthday /Buh-duh-duh-duh-duh-duh /It's my birthday too, yeah," the folk-rock great sings, delivering the opening lines to the classic 1968 Beatles tune "Birthday." He then adds, a bit cryptically, "Well, I'm not 70 yet, but what I say is seven is a good number."

Randy Bachman, of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive said, "As time goes by, anyone who wasn't a Beatle fan, if you don't become one now or tomorrow, you're missing out on one of the greatest pleasures of life."

Bonnie Raitt is another fan who admires Paul for "keeping going." "He is just non-stoppable," she told ABC News Radio, recalling one of his concerts a few years ago where he blew her away by performing for three hours and playing an amazing guitar solo on a rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady." "I couldn't even believe it was him on guitar," she says. "He is really showin' us how to do it...He's just one of our greatest songwriters ever and such a great singer and a great person. He's just... not a jerk!"

Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford of Squeeze were compared to McCartney and Lennon during their band's heyday. Tilbrook talked about Paul in glowing terms: "There's not a time when I hear a Beatles record and don't gravitate towards what he's playing on the bass…If he did nothing else, his bass playing is amazing. I wish him all the very best." Difford added, "'Listen to What the Man Said' -- that's the first song that springs to mind. I think he's an incredible artist."

Fellow rock and Roll Hall of Famer keyboardist Ian McLagan of Faces/Small Faces said, "Happy Birthday, Paul. God bless ya. He never stops. God, he's amazing."

John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono also tweeted birthday wishes to McCartney on Monday.

The U.K. branch of PETA also paid their own tribute to the vegan with a birthday card recreating the 'Abbey Road' artwork. Pople dressed as a fish, a pig, a chicken, and a cow are crossing the street in front of the band’s longtime studio in the card, with he message reading, "Happy Birthday Paul. Thank you for loving us, not eating us."

Paul Weller paid tribute to Paul musically with a cover of the Beatles’ 'Birthday.' All of the proceeds from sales of the song will go to the War Child charity.


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Check out this New York Daily News story on how Peter Max celebrated Paul's 70th, but creating some new paintings. www.nydailynews.com

In the last year the always energetic McCartney, has gotten married, collaborated on his first ballet, 'Ocean's Kingdom,' performed all over the world, including North America, Abu Dhabi, Europe, South America and Mexico, released 'Kisses on the Bottom', an album of standard tunes, was honored with the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, directed his first music video, and played at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee concert. Up next for Paul is a major role in the opening and closing of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

McCartney will wrap up the opening ceremonies, which are being constructed by ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ director Danny Boyle. The event has been titled 'Isles of Wonder.' UK tabloid The Sun has reported that the song list includes tracks from every era of British music, including patriotic songs and hymns from the early 1900s all the way up to the latest chart hits. Reveered U.K. acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie and The Kinks, and even a song by Michael Jackson (even though he's not British) will be a part of it.

There are no songs on that list by Elton John, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones or Phil Collins. The Sun says that Boyle may be wishing to avoid certain artists who've already performed at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, or artists who are expected to perform live at the opening ceremony.

Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, and Paolo Nutini will play the Olympic Games opening concert, with each band representing one of the U.K. factions. Duran Duran will perform for England, Snow Patrol for Ireland, Stereophonics for Wales, and Nutini for Scotland, with Blur, New Order, and the Specials taking part in the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony. The Olympic Games kick off July 27th.

In an interview promoting the recent deluxe reissue of his 1971 album 'RAM,' McCartney told Paul Draper of Downed in Sound, about his reliance on alcohol to get through the aftermath of the Beatles' breakup, and how it gave him a rare occurrence of writer's block.

On an 'average day' McCartney said he'd go for a horse ride with wife Linda and his kids in the pastoral surroundings around Mull of Kintyre, and then, "in the evening, I'd drink whiskey, of which there was a large supply in Scotland...That was kind of a feature of that time."

"The Beatles, towards the end, was very constricting. You were in a corporate world suddenly...It's not what you get into music for, but it's there, it's a fact of life, especially when you were the label. We were doing Apple (Records), and it got very heavy, so me and Linda escaped with the kids, but the business hassles were still there. So I think I was just trying to escape in my own mind."

"I had the freedom to have just have a drink whenever I fancied it. I'd go into the studio, maybe have another drink and so on. I overdid it, basically, [and] got to a point where Linda had to say, 'Look, you should cool it.' If I would have a writer's block, I look back now and can say that was the over-stimulation. I'd be getting like 'Heeyyyy, nice and fuzzy' and it's not a good thing to write. [At] least for me it's not. Me and John were always very straight when we wrote, and it was normally in the middle of the day when you had your wits about you.

By the early '70s McCartney had long since given up meat, has obviously given us his over-indulgence in whisky, but has only recently given up his 40 year pot habit. Paul told Rolling Stone earlier this year that he'd quit for the sake of his 8-year-old daughter, Beatrice.

"I smoked my share. When you're bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in, if you're lucky, at some point. Enough's enough—you just don't seem to think it's necessary."


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The 13th installment of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band Tour kicked off this past Thursday night in Toronto. It has become a favorite spot for Ringo to kick off the tour, with Niagra falls as a backdrop. The band rehearses there, then has the luxury of starting the tour there as well. Joining the Beatles drummer on the 2012 edition of the trek are Todd Rundgren, ex-Santana/Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister's Richard Page, longtime Billy Joel saxophonist Mark Rivera and veteran session drummer Gregg Bissonnette (David Lee Roth).

The All Starr Band Tour is scheduled to run through a July 21 show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Ringo will spend his birthday on the road, with a performance at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on July 7th. Rino will continue the tradition of the last few years, at Noon from the Hard Rock Nashville, Ringo will ask anyone anywhere, and everyone everywhere, to join him in a wish for Peace & Love.

Watch the full press conference introducing the band and performances of snippets of each of their classic All Starr hits including 'Rosanna,' 'Broken Wings,' 'Hello It’s Me,' 'Black Magic Woman,' and the Beatles 'Little Help From My Friends,' followed by a Q&A with all of the guys here: www.ringostarr.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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