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Gregg Allman's book tour for his 'My Cross To Bear' memoir kicked off today after being delayed so that he could undergo diagnostic cardiac testing at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. He underwent the tests on April 27th, and shortly after he was giving the ok for the tour.
According to a press release the Jacksonville, Florida-based clinic determined whether additional care was required after Allman’s recent hernia operation. "I’ve been working on the book for years and am grateful for all the support I’ve received in putting it together,” the rocker said in a statement at the time. "As soon as doctors give me the thumbs up to go back on the road, I will be heading out onto my book tour and I can’t wait to meet all of my fans."
Considering his recent battle with health issues, Allman’s spirit seems high. As reported earlier, this memoir is aims for a new point of view in terms of the band’s story: "I’m gonna stay on the funny side, because behind the scenes, it was hilarious."
Allman was also forced to cancel appearances on 'The Colbert Report' and 'Piers Morgan Tonight,' but the Allman Brothers Band summer tour is still on (with more dates recently announced with Santana) and you can get all the dates below.
Check out this interview with Gregg from today's Detroit News: www.detroitnews.com
The book promises to tell of Allman’s adventures onstage and off; it should be interesting to see how he weaves the aforementioned thread of humor through his accounts of the band’s many hardships.
In an exclusive excerpt published in the May 10th issue of Rolling Stone from the new book, Allman recounts the pair's first date which he calls "possibly the worst f***ing date in the history of mankind."
"She smelled like I would imagine a mermaid would smell – I've never smelled it since, and I'll never forget it. It was January 1975, and I was playing a solo show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. After the show, my buddy Chank ran up to me, going, "Guess who's here?"
"Who?" I asked.
"I want you to just ease over that railing and look to your right."
There she was, man: Cher. I couldn't believe how beautiful she was. I got my guitar and headed down toward her. Cher showed up with David Geffen as her date. I had met Geffen on many occasions before, but I didn't acknowledge him at all – or anyone else, for that matter. I was so rude; I didn't say hello or nothing at all, because I was so blinded by her.
I was walking by, and she was down on the floor looking for something. She looked up and said, "Oh, I lost my earring." Then she said, "Here's my number – call me."
The next day, I asked her out to dinner. I went to her house in a limousine, and when she came out, she said, "Fuck that funeral car," and handed me the keys to her blue Ferrari. We went to a Moroccan restaurant on Sunset, and we sat there, eating with our hands with the sitars playing. She didn't have shit to say to me, and I didn't have shit to say to her. What's the topic of conversation? It certainly ain't singing.
I said to her, "I've got a friend who lives up in the Hills, and his wife is Judy Carne." Cher knew Judy, who used to be on Laugh-In, from years before, but she didn't realize that Judy was into heroin. We got up to Judy's house, and I had just a little taste of doojee. I nodded out in the bathroom for 20 minutes or so, while Cher was out in the living room with Judy, who's also nodding out. I came out of there and asked her, "OK, toots, what else would you like to do?"
"I want to get the fuck out of here as fast as I can," she said.
I called her the next day and said, "Wait, before you say anything – that was possibly the worst fucking date in the history of mankind. We might be ready for the Guinness Book of World Records." She agreed with me, so I said, "Well, listen, seeing how it was so bad, why don't we try it again, because it can only go better this time?"
We went dancing. I don't know how to dance, but I got drunk enough to where I did. I danced my ass off. This is when disco was just taking off, so we did some dirty dancing. She had one drink, while I had my 21, of course. When we got back to her place, she took me out to her rose garden, and all the roses were just starting to bloom."
Here's the remaining book tour dates:
Tuesday, May 8 - 7:00 PM - EAGLE EYE BOOKSHOP
2076 N Decatur Rd Decatur, GA 30033
Thursday, May 10 - 6:30 PM - BMI & PARNASSIS BOOKS PRESENTS
BMI Office Bldg Lobby 6 Music Circle N Nashville, TN 37203
Saturday, May 12 - 12:00 PM - COSTCO
2746 N Clybourn Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
You must be a Costco member to enter the store, or join that day.
Saturday, May 12 - 6:00 PM - BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS
700 S Wabash Chicago, IL 60605
Tuesday, May 15 - 8:00 PM - LIVE TALKS LA/Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue @ 14th St Santa Monica, CA
Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased at:
Thursday, May 17 - 4:00 PM - BOOK SOUP
8818 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90069
Wednesday, May 23 - 12:00 PM - BARNES & NOBLE/Union Square
33 E 17 ST New York, NY 10017
Wednesday, May 23 - 7:00 PM - BOOKENDS
211 E. Ridgewood AVE Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Thursday, May 24 - 7:00 PM - APPLE/E-book presentation w/Alan Light
1981 Broadway Bet 67 & 68 New York, NY
Thursday, May 31 - 6:00 PM - BOOKS-A-MILLION
1910 Wells Road Orange Park, FL
Saturday, June 2- 12:00 PM - SAM'S CLUB
15 Mill Creek Circle Pooler, GA 31322
You must be a Sam's member to come into the store, or join that day.
The Allman Brothers Band has announced their U.S. summer tour, which now includes six shows with fellow Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers Santana. The shows with Santana kick off July 22nd in Darien Center, New York, through a July 30 stop in Columbia, Maryland. Each band will headline three shows, and the musicians are expected to jam together during the performances.
"We've all wanted to do this for a very long time," says Gregg Allman in a statement. "It's been a long time coming and the whole band is looking forward to what's gonna happen on stage together."
Carlos Santana added, "It is a delight and an honor to finally share the stage, and the music, with Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and The Allman Brothers Band. This is something that we’ve hoped to make happen for many years."
The Allmans Brothers tour also includes two concerts in North Carolina with Lynyrd Skynyrd on August 3rd and 4th in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina. respectively. The whole jaunt kicks off on July 21 with an appearance at the All Good Music Festival in Thornville, Ohio, and runs through their August 10 and 11 sets at the group's inaugural Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Here are all of the Allman Brothers Band's confirmed U.S. tour dates (*with Santana, Allmans headline; **with Santana, Santana headlines; ***with Lynyrd Skynyrd):
Jul. 21 - Thornville, OH - All Good Music Festival
*Jul. 22 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake PAC
*Jul. 24 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
**Jul. 25 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
**Jul. 27 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga PAC
*Jul. 28 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre
**Jul. 30 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 1 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheater
***Aug. 3 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
***Aug. 4 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
Aug. 7 & 8 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
Aug. 10 & 11 - Scranton, PA - The Peach Music Festival
The Grammy Awards Nomination Concert aired last night on CBS, and I sat through it to hopefully catch a glimpse of the reunited Van Halen. I know it was reported that it wasn't likely they would be a part of the show, but I held out hope even though as the concert continued, it became apparent that this wouldn't be the right forum for them to announce the new album and tour. Recording Academy president Neil Portnow tried to explain, in a response to fan inquiries about Van Halen’s absence, how the rumors started and why the appearance didn’t happen.
Portnow’s statement: “In the world of creativity, everything is fluid. In the process of discussions that we had been having with an expectation that perhaps we would be at a point tonight where the artist involved and we, moving forward, would be ready to announce [a reunion], they weren’t quite at that point. So it’s live television, we go on to the next act. It’s rock and roll and so on. That being said, we were genuine about the intention and we are genuine about the discussion.”
Van Halen need to hold a press conference, like Black Sabbath did recently at the Whisky A Go-Go. Maybe their original stomping grounds of the Pasadena Civic is available?
The broadcast featured pop and country acts for the most part. Most of the rock nominees were not mentioned on the show, but you can check them out below. Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Beck, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sting and Kings of Leon were among the nominees in various catagories. Foo Fighters are up for Album of the Year, competeing against Adele, Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga. Up for Best Blues Album, is three members of the Allman Brothers Band: Greg Allman, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks, who are all nominated for their most recent solo efforts. Up for Hard Rock/Best Metal performance are Foo Fighters, Megadeth, Mastodon, Dream Theater and Sum 41.
The Grammy Awards, takes place Feb. 12, 2012 on CBS. Go to the official Grammy site for a complete list of nominees. www.grammy.com/nominees
Best Rock Album:
‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul’ — Jeff Beck
‘Wasting Light’ — Foo Fighters
‘Come Around Sundown’ — Kings Of Leon
‘I’m With You’ — Red Hot Chili Peppers
‘The Whole Love’ — Wilco
Best Blues Album:
Low Country Blues — Gregg Allman
Roadside Attractions — Marcia Ball
Man In Motion — Warren Haynes
The Reflection — Keb’ Mo’
Revelator — Tedeschi Trucks Band
Best Americana Album:
Emotional Jukebox — Linda Chorney
Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down — Ry Cooder
Hard Bargain — Emmylou Harris
‘Ramble At The Ryman’ — Levon Helm
Blessed — Lucinda Williams
Best Historical Album:
‘Band on the Run’ (Deluxe Edition) — Paul McCartney & Wings,
The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang Of Country Music
Complete Mythology (compilation)
Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded By The San Francisco Bay By Chris Strachwitz In The 1960s
Young Man With The Big Beat: The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Masters
Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package:
’25 Years’ — Sting
‘The King of Limbs’ — Radiohead
‘The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story’ — Bruce Springsteen
’25th Anniversary Music Box’ — Tim Burton and Danny Elfman
‘Wingless Angels’ (deluxe edition) – Wingless Angels (Keith Richards: Executive Producer)
Best Recording Package:
‘III’ — Chickenfoot
‘Good Luck & True Love’ — Reckless Kelly
‘Rivers and Homes’ — J. Viewz
‘Scenes from the Suburbs’ — Arcade Fire
‘Watch the Throne’ — Jay-Z and Kanye West
Best Surround Sound Album:
‘An Evening with Dave Grusin’ — Dave Grusin
‘Layla and Other Love Stories’ (Super Deluxe Edition) — Derek and the Dominoes
‘Kind’ – Ensemble 96
‘String Sextet In C Major, Op. 140 & Nonet In F Major, Op. 31′ – Louis Spohr
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
'On The Backs Of Angels' - Dream Theater
'White Limo' - Foo Fighters
'Curl Of The Burl' - Mastodon
'Public Enemy No. 1' - Megadeth
'Blood In My Eyes' - Sum 41
Best Rock Song
'The Cave' - Mumford & Sons
'Down By The Water' - The Decemberists
'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall' - Coldplay
'Lotus Flower' - Radiohead
'Walk' - Foo Fighters
The latest edition of Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp wrapped up last weekend with a Playboy Mansion Finale. Paul Stanley of KISS and Lita Ford are featured in the rehearsal video below, but other rockers that were part of the latest session included: Kip Winger (Winger), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult), Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad), Howard Leese (Heart, Bad Company), Mark Hudson, Nils Lofgren (E Street Band, Neil Young), Chris Slade (AC/DC, The Firm), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, Talas), Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio), Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie, Fastway), Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol).
In a small rehearsal space on the fringes of North Hollywood, a band is working hard. Feeling their way several times through the Bo Diddley staple, 'Road Runner,' they're finally getting comfortable with each other. Then the band's leader decides to crack the whip.
She stops the band and issues a few orders. "You, come in harder after the first verse," she tells one of the two drummers. "And you," she tells the singer, "I want you to start singing up around here," before hitting the note she wants him to tackle.
The singer has a suggestion after that. "Tonight, I'm thinking of ripping my jacket off and kind of throwing it at a certain point." The boss thinks about it. "Okay," she says. "Do that."
Just another band rehearsal? Not really. The two drummers, two guitarists, bass player and vocalist, have just met a few days earlier. And the bandleader? The woman whose playing styles is as distinctive as her blonde hair and striking good looks: Lita Ford.
Read the rest of the article on noisecreep.com by Chris Epting here.
Get the full report from the Playboy Mansion Finale here.
The next Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp happens Feb. 16-20, and will include the likes of Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Steve Vai (David Lee Roth, Whitesnake), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, Talas), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult), Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Warren Hayes (Allman Brothers), Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Alan White (Yes), John Moyer (Disturbed), Teddy Andreadis (Guns N' Roses, Alice Cooper). Get more info at rockcamp.com.
Holy Shat! The greatness of Shatner shines through in the new video from the ex-Captain Kirk. Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" gets the distinctive sing-speaking treatment in this awesome version. The song comes off of William Shatner's new space themed covers album, "Seeking Major Tom." The 20-track album also includes Shatner's classic "Rocket Man," as well as Black Sabbath's "Iron Man," David Bowie's "Space Oddity," and more, with guests ranging from Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Micheal Schenker, Zakk Wylde and Mike Inez to Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Johnny Winter, Carmine Appice, Dave Davies, Wayne Kramer and John Wetton.
Two teens are stargazing in a field when something appears in the sky. It's the mouth and face of none other than William Shatner.
"Holy--" the girl says. "Shatner." finishes the boy.
Constellations appear and accompany Shatner with the song, gliding across the screen. The lyrics appear in block letters below his face, keeping the stars and galaxys company, while helping fill the screen.
The kids eventually get a copy of the new CD as it hits the earth in a giant fireball. Holy Shatner!
Former Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde guests on the cover of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man". Check it out if you haven't heard this one yet:
1. Major Tom (feat. The Strokes' Nick Valensi and Zakk Wylde on guitar and and Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) on bass)
2. Space Oddity (David Bowie) feat. Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple) on guitar and Alan Parsons on keyboards)
3. In a Little While (U2) (feat. Manuel Göttsching from Ash Ra Tempel on guitar)
4. Space Cowboy (Steve Miller) (feat. Brad Paisley on guitar and vocals)
5. Space Truckin' (Deep Purple) (feat. Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and Johnny Winter on guitar)
6. Rocket Man (Elton John) (feat. Steve Hillage (ex-Gong member) on guitar)
7. She Blinded Me With Science (Thomas Dolby) (feat. Bootsy Collins on bass and Patrick Moraz (ex-Yes and Moody Blues) on keyboards/synth)
8. Walking on the Moon (The Police) (feat. Toots (Toots & the Maytals) on vocals)
9. Spirit in the Sky (Norman Greenbaum) (feat. Peter Frampton on guitar)
10. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) (feat. John Wetton (Asia) on bass and vocals)
11. Silver Machine (Hawkwind) (feat .Wayne Kramer (MC5) on guitar and Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart/King Kobra/Blue Murder) on drums)
12. Mrs. Major Tom (feat. Sheryl Crow)
13. Empty Glass (The Tea Party) (feat. Michael Schenker (UFO/Scorpions/MSG) on guitar)
14. Lost in the Stars (Frank Sinatra version) (feat. Ernie Watts on saxophone)
15. Learning to Fly (Pink Floyd) (feat. Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream) on guitar and keyboards)
16. Mr. Spaceman (The Byrds) (feat. Dave Davies (The Kinks) on guitar)
17. Twilight Zone (Golden Earring) (feat. Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule/Allman Brothers) on guitar)
19. Iron Man (Black Sabbath) (feat. Zakk Wylde on guitar and vocals)
20. Planet Earth (Duran Duran) (feat. Steve Howe (Yes) on guitar)
Here's Sheryl Crow on "Mrs. Major Tom":
Here's two "Making of Seeking Major Tom" videos:
William Shatner “Seeking Major Tom” release date, cover of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” with Zakk Wylde (audio)
William Shatner's space-themed concept album, "Seeking Major Tom", will be released on October 11th. The cover art has been revealed, and a cover of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" with ex-Ozzy and Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde can be listened to below:
Searching For Major Tom tracklist:
'Space Trucking' (DEEP PURPLE) – Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and JOHNNY WINTER on guitar
'She Blinded Me With Science' (THOMAS DOLBY) – Bootsy Collins on bass and Patrick Moraz (ex-YES and MOODY BLUES) on keyboards/synth
'In a Little While' (U2) – Manuel Gottsching from Ash Ra Tempel on guitar
'Empty Glass' (THE TEA PARTY) – Michael Schenker (UFO/SCORPIONS) on guitar
'Lost In The Stars' (FRANK SINATRA version) – Ernie Watts on saxophone
'Twilight Zone' (GOLDEN EARRING) – Warren Haynes (GOV’T MULE/ALLMAN BROTHERS) on guitar
'Space Cowboy' (STEVE MILLER) – Brad Paisley on guitar and vocals
'Rocket Man' (ELTON JOHN) – Steve Hillage (ex-GONG member) on guitar
'Space Oddity' (DAVID BOWIE) – Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple) on guitar and ALAN PARSONS on keyboards
'Spirit in the Sky' (NORMAN GREENBAUM) – PETER FRAMPTON on guitar
'Bohemian Rhapsody' (QUEEN) – John Wetton (ASIA) on bass and vocals
'Silver Machine' (HAWKWIND) – Wayne Kramer (MC5) on guitar and Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE/ROD STEWART/BLUE MURDER, KING KOBRA) on drums
'Major Tom' (PETER SHILLING) – The Strokes’ Nick Valensi and Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) on guitar and and Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS) on bass
'Learning to Fly' (PINK FLOYD) – Edgar Froese (TANGERINE DREAM) on guitar and keyboards
'Mr. Spaceman' (THE BYRDS) – Dave Davies (THE KINKS) on guitar
'Iron Man' (BLACK SABBATH) – Zakk Wylde on guitar and vocals
'Planet Earth' (DURAN DURAN) – Steve Howe (YES) on guitar
'Walking on the Moon' (THE POLICE) – Toots (TOOTS & THE MAYTALS) on vocals
'Mrs. Major Tom' (female guest vocals TBA)