Joe Satriani Announcing New album For January 2018 What Happens Next

Joe Satriani Announcing New album For January 2018 What Happens Next

Joe Satriani Announcing New album For January 2018

What Happens Next

 

Joe Satriani Announcing New album For January 2018 What Happens Next

G3 U.S. TOUR SET TO LAUNCH ON JANUARY 11TH

Tour features Satriani, John Petrucci (Dream Theater) & Phil Collen (Def Leppard)

“Beyond the Supernova” Documentary by ZZ Satriani to Premiere at Mill Valley Film Festival – October 14th

 

Joe Satriani Announcing New album For January 2018 What Happens Next. World-renowned guitar virtuoso, JOE SATRIANI, announces the release of his 16th solo album, What Happens Next, set for release, January 12, 2018 on Sony/Legacy Recordings. Just a day prior to the album release, SATRIANI revives his G3 tour entity, inviting Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard lead guitarist, Phil Collen to join him. The G3 tour launches on January 11 in Seattle, WA and continues across the U.S. before winding up on February 25 in Milwaukee, WI. There is a special tour pre-sale promotion giving fans the opportunity to buy concert tickets with the new album as well as VIP packages.

The new, instrumentally electrifying album features a power trio of legendary status; SATRIANI on guitar and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Country Communion) and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), the latter reuniting with SATRIANI for the first time since their work in the supergroup Chickenfoot. SATRIANI is once again joined by producer/engineer/mixer Mike Fraser, his frequent collaborator over the last 20 years, on What Happens Next. Fraser is well-known for recording/mixing every AC/DC album since 1990’s The Razors Edge along with his classic works with SATRIANI going back to the release of Crystal Planet in 1998.

These new tracks literally vibrate the soul with an energy rarely found these days. From the dynamic opening track, “Energy”, to the majestic crunch of “Thunder High On The Mountain”, and the easy, sensual cords of “Smooth Soul”. This unparalleled rock-rhythm section gives What Happens Next a depth of groove that sets it apart from SATRIANI’s other work.

Since its debut in 1996, SATRIANI’s G3 tour has featured the world’s greatest guitarists (everyone from Steve Vai and Eric Johnson to Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp) and has become a consistent concert hall sell-out attraction in the U.S., South America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. “I could say that I’m surprised at the durability of G3 and how much it’s grown, but in a way I’m not,” SATRIANI says with a laugh, “I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage. It’s fun, it’s unpredictable, it’s wild – it’s everything you could want in a show.”

In addition to this new album and exciting tour news, a new documentary “Beyond the Supernova” shot by SATRIANI’s filmmaker son, ZZ, makes its debut at the Mill Valley Film Festival this October. The tour documentary chronicles Joe, along with his band and crew, on their last “Shockwave Supernova” tour throughout Europe and Asia.

Satriani’s Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir first released in May 2014 will now be available in paperback. Pre-orders are available now with the official release on November 7, 2017. The paperback version includes a new chapter focusing on SATRIANI’s last album, Shockwave Supernova. Read an excerpt from the new chapter HERE.

For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza. SATRIANI’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them. His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.

2018 G3 Tour featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen itinerary:

January 11 – The Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA
January 12 – Historic Elsinore Theatre, Salem, OR
January 13 – Grand Sierra Theatre, Reno, NV
January 14 – Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
January 16 – Delta Hall at Eccles Theater, Salt Lake City, UT *
January 17 – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
January 18 – Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ *
January 19 – Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
January 20 – Balboa Theatre, San Diego, CA
January 21 – Fox Tucson Theatre, Tucson, AZ *
January 24 – Historic Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
January 26 – The Pavillion at The Toyota Music Factory, Irving, TX *
January 27 – Austin City Limits – Moody Theater, Austin, TX
January 28 – Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, TX *
January 30 – Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL *
January 31 – Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL *
February 1 – Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, Pompano Beach, FL*
February 2 – Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers, FL *
February 3 – Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersberg, FL *
February 6 – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, NC
February 14 – Warner Theatre, Washington, DC *
February 15 – Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
February 16 – Beacon Theatre, New York, NY *
February 17 – Merriam Theater, Philadelphia, PA
February 18 – New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ *
February 20 – Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY *
February 21 – Massey Hall, Toronto, ONT
February 22 – Hard Rock Live, Northfield, OH
February 23 – Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL *
February 24 – State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
February 25 – Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI

(All dates on sale September 22nd except * on-sale October 6)

 

 

Joe Satriani Announcing New album For January 2018 What Happens Next

Pre-order HERE 

 

Joe Satriani Announcing New album For January 2018 What Happens Next

 

Joe Satriani Announcing New album For January 2018 What Happens Next

The Bad Flowers Single delivers Thunder Child Check It Out

The Bad Flowers Single delivers Thunder Child Check It Out

 The Bad Flowers Single delivers Thunder Child Check It Out

The Bad Flowers Single delivers Thunder Child Check It Out. Why? I smell rock that sizzles. The sound builds and builds with a rumble and roll of riff mayhem. The Black Country once again is serving up rock that packs a punch, full of melodic undertones pulling through on riffs that clap like a mighty thunderstorm. The single opens with a burst of cymbals introducing you to drummer Karl Selickis’; the beat is picked up with deep and full bass grooves provided by Dale Tonks. Then the outpouring of vocalist Tom Leighton. This is a rock power trio that keeps the music pumped up and full of intense tonal shapes and textured rhythms.  The Bad Flowers have a distinctive, compelling sound the three musicians interact creating a maelstrom of rock a bouquet of sound that no simple ribbon can hold in place as the notes are bent and turned into Thunder Child.

The ‘B’ side completes the tasty single with Lions Blood, two tracks that definitely leave you wanting more of the trio’s Black Country rock, full of fuzz, heavy grooves and a rawness that keeps an edge to the music which is sharp and imaginative with an energy. This means that the band are in a hurry to be noticed. They will achieve that with this couplet of rock tones as Thunder Child flows into Lions Blood.The single, Thunder Child, unsurprisingly is getting radio play and the trio is being noticed as they embark on an 8-day tour; including five dates supporting The Picturebooks in October.

The Bad Flowers, deliver a sweet rock riffy sound do not miss out on the chance to be in on the action.  Having formed in 2014 they have been making formidable rock foot in the past whilst full of  21st-century rock sensibilities.

 

OCT/NOV 2017 UK TOUR
*Supporting The Picturebooks
**Supporting Skinny Molly

Tickets: www.thebadflowers.uk

Birmingham, The Flapper – Thursday 5th October 2017
*Supporting The Picturebooks
Tickets: £8.00 – Book Online: See Tickets 

Manchester, Satan’s Hollow – Friday 6th October 2017
*Supporting The Picturebooks
Tickets: £8.80 – Book Online: See Tickets

Workington, Lounge 41 – Saturday 7th October 2017

Bristol, Mothers Ruin – Sunday 8th October 2017
Tickets: £6.25 (includes booking fee) – Book Online: IBA Events 

Grimsby, The Yardbirds – Friday 13th October 2017
*Supporting The Picturebooks
Tickets:£8 advance / £10 door – Book Online: See Tickets 

Swansea, The Pit – Saturday 14th October 2017
Tickets: £6.25 (includes booking fee) – Book Online: IBA Events 

Sheffield, Corporation – Sunday 15th October 2017
*Supporting The Picturebooks
Tickets: £9.56 – Book Online: See Tickets 

London, The Lexington – Monday 16th October 2017
*Supporting The Picturebooks
Tickets: £10.00 – Book Online: See Tickets 

Oxford, The Bullingdon – Tuesday 24th October 2017
**Supporting Skinny Molly
Book Online: We Got Tickets

Leicester, The Soundhouse – Friday 24th November 2017
Tickets: £6.60 (Inc. Booking Fee) – Book Online: We Got Tickets 

Planet Rock presents Winter’s End – Friday 23rd February 2018
Weekend Tickets / Tickets without Accommodation
Book Online: Planet Rock 
www.planetrock.com
Sandford Holiday Park, Holton Heath, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6JZ
www.planetrock.com

The Bad Flowers Single delivers Thunder Child Check It Out

Rise & Shine With SIMO Taking Us In A New Direction

Rise & Shine With SIMO Taking Us In A New Direction

Rise & Shine With SIMO
Taking Us In A New Direction

 

 

Rise & Shine With SIMO Taking Us In A New Direction, from the first click of the fingers, a boom of the drum and sonic guitar you are taken to a different place that their previous releases have never been or brave enough to take us.  The previous critically acclaimed album Let Love Show the Way was retro, accessible and familiar. Get ready to be amazed, aurally challenged and delighted on the album that is in two words summed up as Superb Experimental.

This is an album that is personal, spiritual and encompasses lyrics that at times hurt when you take in the message. But we can relate to them we have all travelled to that stony place JD Simo is describing in many of the songs.

Return is a track that absorbs, starkly crafted around a vocal that is strong in its frailty. This is about sinking into yourself without being aware of the effect on other people and reality becomes a stranger. Lyrics fuelled for a blues inspired song. Not this time a contemporary twisted shape with space to consider the sonics and words. Full of funk with a rawness that burns. There are echoes of other musicians Prince, Beck and others; this is SIMO reaching out and creating a new musical pathway of their own. A powerful number that leaves you wondering where has this new style come from? The guitar moans and groans as JD is almost crooning to himself as we just want to enjoy this new sound; learn it understand it and embrace it. So let’s Rise up and listen to a highly original album as JD says ‘Let It Shine’.

They laid down an intriguing gauntlet with the opening track. How to follow that. We are taken to a trance-like state as we join SIMO in the Meditation zone. This is not a silent space, the mysticism is ever present in tone, the awareness of self is absorbed into the driving beat. The beat that ignites your inner happiness and connects to your feet that want to get up and dance.  The album is slippery to grab hold of. It is mercurial, enticing and slightly dangerous, the sonic shape reinvents itself for every track. The tracks are linked together by personal experience, hurt, haunting and anger. They are linked by the authority of JD’s vocals and his guitar just screams and twists around the strings for attention, the deep bass lines of Elad Shapiro,  and crisp impassioned drumming of Adam Abrashoff on the beat shaping the depths of the sonic landscape created on Rise and Shine

We are taken into a slightly wild place with shine, fast curling beats auditory delights are created by a trio that embrace change and experiment without ever losing the strength of melody. JD’s vocals provide a clarion call on Shine.  Space and time continuum changes with I Want love. The sonics fade and the vocals and guitar take the lead role for your attention as JD plaintively sings I Want Love. A soul ballad that grows and grows with every note that is sung as we are taken on a soulful, smoky emotional journey. I Want Love.

All change as The Climb starts with a rock infused predominately instrumental full of shifting multi-hued coloured sands of psychedelia. Vocals are sparse spoken as they quote from JF Kennedy “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit the same planet” becoming another instrument added to the wild experimental mix. Music of darkness and light as we Rise and Shine in the company of SIMO on their aural journey.

The mood changes with the bluesiest number, Light The Candle.  The Sonics are measured and would be recognised as a blues driven sound by Howlin’ Wolf. This is blues for today different full of structure, sharp edges a harshness of modernity delivered by the instruments over the lyrics of JD. The Whoo Hoo of his vocals are straight out of the lexicon of blues sounds, whilst defying like the rest of the album to be captured within one industrial genre.

The album is masterful every track has a sense of purpose and direction. Listen to the whole album the numbers will cascade you into an aural wonderland. A theme park full of sonic adventures. Closing out the album with I Pray. Just over thirteen minutes where you are captivated in the land of SIMO. Starting off with measured, simple sounds and JD intones a prayer. A prayer that is a manifesto of a better more tolerant understanding world where we embrace difference. The track is progressive, full of rock and so much more. Thought provoking. Identifying the oppressed, addicted and those living under tyranny. It covers every issue the world is struggling with from climate change to social ills. The words have a message it is formidable. The music is structured each note and space is there for a reason. What a brilliant close for a brilliant album you want the licks, riffs and rounds of music to go on and on taking to a better place to Rise and Shine.

The sound comes from a trio of musicians that do not want to be contained in retro, repeating what others have done before. They want to produce their best music. Full of interpretations of the sounds the instruments take them as they explore the lyrics. The album had a long gestation as they toured relentlessly throughout 2017 to a point beyond exhaustion they found creativity.  The mutual understanding between the trio of musicians has made Rise and Shine a musical experimentation full of chemistry, harmonies bound in the heart of any song lyrics with something to say. Rise and Shine with SIMO and great a new day with the exciting new direction you will want to travel. Rise and Shine a real contender for my album of 2017. The album can be reviewed in one word EXCEPTIONAL!

Rise & Shine – SIMOProvogue/Mascot Label Group

Out 15th September 2017

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Return
  2. Meditation
  3. Shine
  4. People Say
  5. Don’t Waste Time
  6. I Want Love
  7. The Climb
  8. Light The Candle
  9. Be With You
  10. The Light
  11. I Pray

Rise & Shine With SIMO Taking Us In A New DirectionRise & Shine With SIMO Taking Us In A New DirectionRise & Shine With SIMO Taking Us In A New Direction

Q&A Session as we Rise and Shine with SIMO

Q&A Session as we Rise and Shine with SIMO

Q&A Session as we Rise and Shine with SIMO

 

 

BD: Hi JD delighted to have the opportunity to chat with you once again for Bluesdoodles. A year has passed and we have a new album to explore and enjoy Rise and Shine. The follow-up to the acclaimed Let Love Show You The Way. You have certainly gone off on a different journey as we Rise and Shine with SIMO.

JD Simo:  It is always a pleasure to talk with you. On our way to Nashville to Rise & Shine Record release show.

BD: Tell us about the making of Rise and Shine and how the eleven tracks were weaved together as a tour de force?

JD Simo:  Started the concept last year during that ridiculous touring schedule. There was a hint of the direction at the live shows on our last tour especially in the UK. We had so much material and not had time to work on so many songs. The concept came out as we got bored creatively with what we were putting out material wise. We wanted to push the sound by how we view this and push that so we could find a place that felt unfamiliar. That coupled with the determination to be the best we could be through writing and the music. We could have easily gone in and made an album that was familiar. We wanted to craft and make music with a purpose and with a refinement. Using a methodical approach to be the best possible. This takes time and effort and is a bit scary. It is easy to be lazy being tricked by praise and believing what you are telling yourself. That stops creativity.

The nucleus was when we finally got home in January. No shows and a month studio time already blocked off. So we bared down onto the album. It was a lot of hard work. Lots of time spent it was serious and fun definitely not stressful. It was like a good work out working through and feeling good at the end. Every day was a stretch, it took a long time to arrange and work out the songs. How we were going to do it, what the concept was how the track would sound and fit into the album.

Studio time we were there every day with long hours of crafting our music it was good not to have to rush. We had the time to capture a good performance. Sometimes a track took a long time others a lot shorter. It then took two months to mix. Making the album was a marathon rather than a sprint.

Rise and Shine is a piece of work that represents the best of what we are capable of. It feels like our first record.  If it reminds you of other works that is not intentional. In the past it was intentional. Here we said lets deconstruct I am really proud of the result.

 

BD: You have described the sound as Psychedelic Blues, many have fused soul and funk onto the blues base but you have gone one step further for me this is progressive blues, experimental. Why do you describe your music as Psychedelic ?

JD Simo:  What my music ends up being called is terms is meaning less and less to me. It has to be done in the world we live in. It is fun to hear everyone’s take on the music. Everyone has a different take, it is good that they are finding something that resonant.

Psychedelic is another way to say experimental not taking the norm. A lot of elements makes this experimental with different textures and sounds. The record is still Rock n Roll. Trying to push finding inspiring sounds is cool.

 

BD: How did you come up with the jaunty title Rise & Shine almost a pop feel?

JD Simo:  There is a pun in that behind the name is a concept of growth and your inner light/beauty and the ability to convey that. There are miracle themes, spiritual elements. Rising out of whatever you are dealing with. Shine the message is don’t hold it in, it is okay to let your inner self be seen. There were other names considered. In the end we all liked the title it is kind of funny and suited the album..

 

BD: You made the decision to take a month out and producing the album yourself. Did this give you more control combine the feeling of a live show, energy of a jam and the experimental sonic tones all into the same album that makes sense and is never disjointed?

JD Simo:  We had complete control it was incredible. I was astounded that I was given the opportunity, they had faith in me. So I was given the opportunity to see the vision through. We wanted the live energy on each song. They were treated singularly. There were lots of songs that didn’t make it and others were torn apart during pre-production. The aim was that on each song we nailed it, sonically what suited the track. Some link Meditate were laid back, with intense parts felt the track was laid back, not always easy to capture. It was great to have complete control. We took it really seriously there was no messing around.

 

BD: The opening track Return is a sonic assault as you tune in you realise that Return is not return to the same you have gone in a different direction as the band moulds influences from Beck to Prince with deep bass lines, vocals that are beguiling an opening track opening the doors on the new shape of SIMO?

JD Simo:   Once we got to the mixing stage we were fairly methodical as we considered how the album would flow. The choice of opening with Return was to knock you of your balance, a track you would not expect us to do. In the end it felt the best, felt right to start that way.

A lot of thought went into how to sequence the record. We really loved the opening of the record and the rest made sense. Return, was lyrically a good place to start. The songs get more and more persona. They are what JD personally gone through.  Light The Candle starts to gets heavier subject more about the world outside of me and more intense. It was just the way it worked out in the end.

BD: SIMO have been describe your sound as retro but that is for me too easy. Your sound is modern cutting edge how do you manage that?

JD Simo:  Retro is a fair assessment of what we were creating before Rise & Shine. Not indicative of where we are now. We have turned away from retro it is a natural evolution. Where we are getting more genuine and comfortable. It is like not putting on someone else’s cloths. This is what we were doing with the best of intentions before. It is like growing up, at High School you dress like everyone else. You think man I don’t like this shirt I am not going to wear that anymore. Musically it is like that. Retro was a way of exploring a range of influence. Yet we have as many influences that are contemporary, including Alabama Shakes and Wilco we needed to re-group.

BD: Following on from moving on from being Retro, did you use different equipment on Rise and Shine?

JD Simo: Great question. Yes we did use different equipment. Didn’t use anything used on previous albums. It was all stuff I had found myself it was my own equipment. In the past I had used equipment used by people I admire and love used trying to be authentic.

Now I have collected equipment that suits me in fact none of the equipment was used before it was fresh start on Rise & Shine.

BD: The lyrics are often deep, very personal how much have you been influenced by your extensive travels in 2016 and the election of President Trump last November?

JD Simo:  Majority a lot is about me. This is obvious the emotions I have been through and very observational. I was trying to work through stuff I had to deal with myself. I had to face myself.  It is more honest not alluding but very stark, uncomfortable at times to listen to. This was a conscious choice on my part. I know I am a decent musician as a writer I have never forced myself to write as good as I can. It is important to work on writing. It is absolutely the most important thing is the writing. I love writing it helped me to have the confidence to work to be better and better. Focusing as much on writing as being a good musician that is not being neglected though. Just working harder to be as good a writer as I am a good musician. It feels really good.

We had a listening party. A bunch of people came round I felt really uncomfortable, sick to the stomach. It was hard for me to do, listening to the songs. Bringing stuff up not expressed before in front of a group of people. Once I recovered it felt fine through this journey I have become a decent writer I have revealed everything I needed to. Writers like Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan and Neil Young they do that all the time. I am not comparing myself to them but is sets the bar high to aim for that a better job than I have ever done before.

 BD: Will you be touring Europe with this new exciting album?

JD Simo:  Yes, have a three-week tour of Europe mainly Germany, one night Holland, Belgium and London. Just doing shorter tours, can’t do the 5-6 weeks just too draining for us. Early 2018 will be back in Europe more dates UK and some of the other countries missed including France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain. 2-3 week tours are so much more enjoyable and we are really looking forward to doing them. In fact some of the best gigs we have played have been in London so looking forward to 26th September at the Borderline.

 

BD:   Last time we finished with what your dream band would be this time – what are you listening to and what SIMO track would you liked covered and by whom?

JD Simo:  Without hesitation JD said – D’Angelo to cover I Want Love. That would be pretty sick, pretty incredible and a huge honour. Mind you it would make me never want to do the song every again.

I am a Spotify junkie, I have playlists of all types of stuff. I really am really love Jeff Tweedy solo record with its Meters influence. Also really digging Lily Mae from Nashville, who is on Jack Whites label Third Man. It is folk/country like Gordon Lightfoot. Classic country she is an incredible musician playing fiddle and guitar. Her vocals are unique at times frail sounding like she is crying.

BD: Thank you for your time and looking forward to hearing the new numbers live very soon.

 

Rise and Shine out on Mascot Label Group – out 15th September 2017 

 

Q&A Session as we Rise and Shine with SIMO

Ten Years After Celebrating 50th Anniversary With 10 CD Box Set

Ten Years After Celebrating 50th Anniversary With 10 CD Box Set

Ten Years After Celebrating 50th Anniversary With 10 CD Box Set

CTen Years After Celebrating 50th Anniversary With 10 CD Box Sethrysalis Records are proud to release a

50th Anniversary 10 CD Box Set celebrating the
band’s first nine albums, plus a CD of
previously unreleased material.

Released Friday 10th November 2017

Pre-order via Pledge

 

To coincide with the Ten Years After’s eponymous debut release in 1967 Chrysalis Records are proud to present a 50th Anniversary 10 CD Box Set. This limited edition set includes a CD of previously unreleased material.

To celebrate this special occasion, in November 2017 Chrysalis Records will release a brand new 10 CD Box Set, gathering for the first time, albums from both the Chrysalis and Deram periods from 1967 to 1974.

This set, limited to 1,500 copies worldwide, contains LPs which have been remastered from the original 1/4″ production master tapes along with the bonus disc entitled The CapFerrat Sessions”which consists of never heard before recordings from 1972, newly mixed by acclaimed record producer Chris Kimsey.  Fans can pre-order the box set from Pledge

The package comes in a luxury hardback format with slipcase and an accompanying book which includes newly commissioned in-depth 10,000 word sleeve notes written by legendary Melody Maker journalist and early champion of the band, Chris Welch, charting the band’s progress from their early beginnings in Nottingham, through iconic appearances at the Woodstock and the Isle of Wight festivals, right up to their eventual split in 1974. There are extensive interviews with the remaining band members plus members of Alvin Lee’s family, and additional recording notes by Chris Kimsey.

“I’m genuinely excited about the new Ten Years After box set that we’ve been working on with Chrysalis due for release in November to celebrate the band’s 50th Anniversary,” says Ten Years After’s founding drummer, Ric Lee. Continues Ric, “The box includes nine studio albums and a bonus CD that features the previously unreleased live album ‘The Cap Ferrat Sessions’. Originally recorded in 1972 in the South of France using The Rolling Stones Mobile recording truck, the session tracks were gathering dust until now. I remember we recorded the live tracks in a villa in Cap Ferrat, South of France. Each of the instruments were recorded in a different room – drums in the ballroom. Between Chris Kimsey, our recording engineer and I, we managed to get one of the best drum sounds on any Ten Years After recording. Natural ambience from the villa’s acoustics helped tremendously. The session tracks were originally planned for the ‘Rock N Roll Music To The World’ album, but due to vinyl restrictions of the time, the tracks were not included in the final album release. More details are on the sleeve notes written for us by Chris Kimsey, who kindly agreed to mix the tracks for this boxed set release 45 years after they were recorded. This is a must-have collection for any avid Ten Years After fan, and any new fans that want to soak up the band’s recorded history.”

Ten Years After stormed the stages of rock, they created a sensation that stunned audiences and quickly won them a coveted place among the pantheon of great British groups. Alvin Lee – one of the most charismatic and admired guitar players to emerge from the British blues boom of the era and deservedly ranked alongside his contemporaries Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix – headed a powerful team of talented musicians, Leo LyonsChick Churchill and Ric Lee.

During an intense seven-year period, they embarked on marathon tours, conquering America, enjoying success around the world, whilst also unleashing a succession of ground breaking albums. Their 1967 debut “Ten Years After”was swiftly followed by pioneering live album “Undead” (1968) through the critically acclaimed “A Space In Time”(1971),featuring one of their finest songs ‘‘I’d Love To Change The World”, which is very apt in today’s world, ending with 1974’s ‘Positive Vibrations’.

The Cap Ferrat Sessions” came as a result of a discovery by Alvin Lee’s wife, who found a box of recordings deep in the vaults of the studio in their house they shared in Spain. They originate from the Rock N Roll Music To The World album sessions, which were recorded at a seaside villa in Cap Ferrat, South of France and Olympic Studios in London. Chrysalis Records turned to world renowned producer Chris Kimsey (whose credits include the Rolling Stones, Bad Company, and Peter Frampton), who recorded and engineered the original sessions, to mix these tracks for the first time.

For avid collectors and fans of the band, the legendary Cap Ferrat sessions will have a special appeal and will be an essential addition to their collection.  This is a big deal for classic rock lovers and aficionados all over the world.

Ten Years After Celebrating 50th Anniversary
With 10 CD Box Set

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Ten Years After Celebrating 50th Anniversary With 10 CD Box Set

 

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

With dates around the U.K. Including dates supporting ALICE COOPER

In 1977 The Tubes toured the UK, but many of their shows were banned due to British censorship. In February 1978 they released the ground-breaking live album What Do You Want From Live – recorded at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in November 1977, followed by their UK television debut on The Old Grey Whistle Test.

“We’re thrilled to return to the country that started it all for us,” says the Tubes frontman Fee Waybill. “I embrace my British heritage; the beer and the fish and chips and the best rock and roll fans in the world. The tour will be incredible fun.”

The news of the UK tour dovetails with the August 11th release of The Tubes: “The A&M Years” Box Set which includes the band’s first five studio albums. The box set can be ordered from Amazon UK HERE.

The band’s over-the-top theatrical visual live performances are known to rock fans worldwide for their quasi-pornographic and satiric take on the media, consumerism, and politics, celebrated by lead singer Fee Waybill’s deranged on-stage characters, including the larger-than-life fictitious platform-booted, drugged out British glam rock star Quay Lewd.

The current line-up of The Tubes features four original members – Fee Waybill (lead vocals), Roger Steen (guitar), Rick Anderson (bass) and Prairie Prince (drums), plus David Medd (keyboards), the latter has played with the band since 2006.

One thing is a certainty the evening will be a non-stop rollercoaster ride of theatrics and great music.

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

THE TUBES
NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR

*SUPPORTING ALICE COOPER

Southampton, Engine Rooms – Saturday 4th November 2017
Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: 
www.seetickets.com – Venue: 0800 688 9311

Bristol, The Fleece  – Sunday 5th November 2017
Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: See Tickets 
– Venue: 0117 945 0996

Reading, Sub 89 – Monday 6th November 2017

Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: See Tickets – Venue: 01189 595 395

Newcastle, Boiler Shop – Thursday 9th November 2017

Tickets: £28 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online:  Ticket ABC or We Got Tickets  

Edinburgh, The Liquid Room – Friday 10th November 2017
Tickets: £28 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: Ticket ABC

Leeds, First Direct Arena – Saturday 11th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper) 
Tickets from £46.30 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets:  AXS / Eventim

Glasgow, The SSE Hydro – Sunday 12th November 2017
(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets: £45.40 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets: The SSE Hydro / AXS
Box Office: 0800 952 0110 

Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena – Tuesday 14th November 2017  
(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets from £45.80 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets: Barclay Card Arena 
AXS
Box Office: 0844 338 8222

Manchester, Arena – Wednesday 15th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets: £44.75 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets: Eventim 
 /  AXS
Box Office: 0844 847 8000

London, SSE Wembley Arena – Thursday 16th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets: £46.75 and £55.75 (Inc. booking fee)
Book Tickets:  AXS

Norwich, The Waterfront – Friday 17th November 2017 

Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets:  The Waterfront 

Box Office: 01603 508 050

Bluesdoodles are delighted The Tubes are back in the U.K. 

We reviewed the show at The Globe in Cardiff   – “What to expect from the Tubes? Expect the Unexpected, they will challenge, make you laugh and sing along, every tour is different this was a technicolour delight with references to the movies Tarantino meets Brando. Till the next time, you come to entertain us. Thank you for the music and fun”.  Read more …..

 Read what we talked about when Liz chatted to Fee HERE

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

Brian Downey’s “Alive And Dangerous” In London

Brian Downey’s "Alive And Dangerous" In London

Brian Downey’s “Alive And Dangerous” In London

Brian Downey’s “Alive And Dangerous”
Original founding member of Thin Lizzy to
perform the 40th anniversary concert of
Thin Lizzy’s seminal live album

“Live and Dangerous”

Live at Nells Jazz & Blues, London
Friday 24th November 2017

ONE SHOW ONLY!

24 Hour Box Office: 0871 220 0260
Book Tickets Online: www.seetickets.com

Brian Downey’s "Alive And Dangerous" In LondonBrian Downey, known to millions of rock fans as the original drummer of Thin Lizzy, will perform a rare concert at Nells Jazz & Blues in London on Friday 24th November with his new band Brian Downey’s ALIVE AND DANGEROUS, who will perform a 40th anniversary concert of one of the greatest live rock and roll albums of all time – Thin Lizzy’s “Live and Dangerous”.

To mark this rare, one-off London show, Downey’s band will feature Brian Grace (best known as the guitarist for the Commitments’ Andrew Strong), and former Low Rider members Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (lead guitar).

 

“In January 2017, we jammed together at the Vibe For Philo, and it went so well, that we decided to form Brian Downey’s ALIVE AND DANGEROUS and make it a full-time proposition.”

2018 will mark the 40th Anniversary of Thin Lizzy’s Live and Dangerous album.  The album recorded live in 1977 at London’s Hammersmith Apollo and Toronto’s Seneca College, it wasn’t officially released until a year later in 1978.

The band Orphanage included Brian Downey (drums), Joe Staunton (guitar), Pat Quigley and a guest member Terry Woods.  Orphanage didn’t last too long, and towards the end of 1969 the guys were approached by Eric Bell, and formed Thin Lizzy.  Brian Downey and Phil Lynott were the only full-time members of Thin Lizzy until they disbanded in 1983.

After Lynott’s death in 1986, Downey played in the tribute Thin Lizzy line-up with John Sykes, Scott Gorham, Darren Wharton and Marco Mendoza, but had been absent from subsequent Thin Lizzy touring bands. After John Sykes departure in 2009, guitarist Scott Gorham created another line-up of Thin Lizzy. Downey, Mendoza and Wharton re-joined, along with two new members, guitarist Vivian Campbell and former vocalist from The Almighty, Ricky Warwick. This version of Thin Lizzy started an extensive world tour in January 2010 and continued to tour until early 2013.

Brian Downey’s "Alive And Dangerous" In London

 

Meet the Musicians:-

Brian Downey’s "Alive And Dangerous" In London

Brian Grace – Lead guitar, backing vocals

Brian is a well-known musician in Ireland and has a career spanning almost 30 years. He first played with the legendary Brush Shiels (Skid Row) in the ’80’s, and then played and recorded worldwide with Rob Strong, Andrew Strong (The Commitments) and Juliet Turner. Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s finest guitarists and would give any players out there, past and present, a serious run for their money.

Phil Edgar – Lead guitar, backing vocals

Phil hails from Lisburn near Belfast in Northern Ireland and was born to play rock ‘n’ roll.  His early career saw him play with local bands and was heavily influenced by the music of Thin Lizzy, The Eagles and Peter Green. More recently Phil has had major exposure with Matt Wilson in The Sensational Northern Irish band, El Dude Brothers. Phil’s reputation as a young tear-away guitarist gives ALIVE AND DANGEROUS a sparkling injection of passion, style and flair.

Matt Wilson – Bass guitar, lead vocals

Matt is a Belfast based musician and vocalist with a fervent love of blues, rock and soul. Starting off at an early age as a boy soprano, his teenage years saw him flirting with various bands, playing standards from Jimi Hendrix, Bill Withers and Funkadelic, leading him to become one of Northern Ireland’s most sought after radio jingle and corporate vocalists. The influence of Thin Lizzy’s music and in particular, Phil Lynott’s vocal/writing style, makes him the perfect frontman for ALIVE AND DANGEROUS.

Brian Downey – Drums

Dublin-born, Brian first tasted success in Ireland with the top 20 hit ‘Morning Dew’ before forming Orphanage with Phil Lynott. The two went on to form the legendary Thin Lizzy with Eric Bell and Brian remained a constant member until the band split in 1983. Brian worked on Phil Lynott’s solo albums and the subsequent Grand Slam project. He moved back to Dublin around the time of Phil’s untimely death on January 4th 1986. Brian remained in constant demand as both a touring and session drummer and regularly played concerts and recorded with guitarist Gary Moore. Often cited as being an influence by many of the world’s top drummers, Brian feels invigorated to be playing the songs he co-wrote in Thin Lizzy, with his new band ALIVE AND DANGEROUS.

Alan Nimmo from King King Talking about Album & Tours

Alan Nimmo from King King Talking about Album & Tours

Alan Nimmo from King King Talking about Album & Tours

BD: Hi Alan, thanks for taking the time to chat about Exile & Grace King King’s new album and tour dates brightening 2018.

Exile and Grace the much-anticipated album is released by Manhaton Records on 6th October 2017.

Their UK tour kicks off at London Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Wednesday 17th January 2018.

Tickets: www.kingking.co.uk/tour

 

Alan Nimmo from King King Talking about Album & ToursBD: Let’s start with Exile and Grace out 6th October on Manhaton Records. The album title feels different from previous titles. What inspired the title Exile & Grace?

AN:  The inspiration behind the album title came from a number of things really but all rolled into one! There is a huge concern that the future of our world and our species is very uncertain! There is so much conflict in the world and the way we treat the planet is a real worry for future generations. So it’s almost like “Exile” and “Grace” are like a yin and yang. We seem to exile the willingness and power to be graceful and live in harmony with one and other.

BD: Having listened to the album a number of times it is definitely rockier and has a cohesive sound. Is this the trajectory that you and King King plan to take the group in the future.

 AN:  It’s never a plan to take the musical style in any direction… it’s simply just how the songs turn out when we write them. I feel as the main songwriter that the more experience I gain from writing, the more relaxed I become and with that relaxation comes the early influences that I was listening to as a young kid.

BD: No title track as such – do you see any particular track as the number that defines the album.

AN: If I had to pick a tune that defined this album I’d probably say it was “Broken” It talks about the things I mentioned earlier about my concerns for our future as a human race.

 BD: Do the tracks have personal meaning and have you a favourite Track?

 AN: Everything I write has personal meaning as I tend to write about things and events that have gone on in my life or they can be subjects that matter to me too. They’re all my favourites!

BD: The first single of the album, (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ has had plenty of radio play and excited the fans. Keeping King King’s profile high while you are off the road. How did you decide on this track to launch the album with its Thunder overtones.

 AN:  It’s great to add depth and real meaning to certain songs throughout an album but just sometimes it’s simply ok to write a quirky tune that still tells a story but doesn’t need to tax the brain too much! We just wanted to have a first single that had an immediate impact on the ears and made you tap your feet! Simple as that!

BD: Before we talk about the 2018 tour dates and beyond.  You must have been heartened by the support and loyalty of your fans who have joined at various points on the King King Musical journey. The fans want to know how your vocal chords are progressing and are you doing what has been ordered staying quiet and resting your voice.

AN: First of all I would just like to thank all of our fabulous fans for the staggering amount of support and love they have shown not only me but to everyone in the band! As you can imagine…this is a very difficult time for me and indeed the boys and I’m glad that we decided to take this time out to get a full recovery and I want everyone to know that I’m working my backside off to get into good health vocally and in every other way!

BD: Let’s talk 2018. UK tour dates kick off at London Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Wednesday 17th January 2018; then four further dates around the U.K. This will certainly start the gigging year on a high for your growing phalanx of loyal King King fans.  This will be the start of Exile & Grace Tour and hearing the tracks we will have time to have learned. Which tracks work particularly well on a live King King set?

AN:  Yes, we’re really looking forward to getting back on the road and playing our UK tour! We’ll be rehearsing for the tour pretty soon and we’ll find out which songs work best live but you can never tell which ones will go down well on a live show until you try them! We will try to choose wisely!

BD: What plans do you and King King have for 2018 and beyond whether playing Rock or blues?

AN: There is a very busy 2018 already shaping up so we just want to keep doing what we do and hope that our fans stay by our side and enjoy the journey with us. There is plenty more for King King to achieve so don’t worry… you’ll be seeing lots of us!

BD: Finally, while you are off the road relaxing! What music are you listening to and giving you inspiration? 

AN: When I’m in the gym or walking in the hills or even out on the motorbike then I tend to listen to everything in my music library… it’s basically on random shuffle all the time so it’s anything from Thunder to Prince to Chris Stapleton to Black Crows to Eric Clapton, Free, Whitesnake, Steve Vai… I could go on all day! I even listen to King King and I also love the “Sky Won’t Fall” album from my big bro!

Alan Nimmo from King King Talking about Album & Tours

 

 

 

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUD

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUD

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUD

Due to typical Welsh weather it made it very difficult for many people to attend due to the car park being bogged out and a situation with drainage.

So myself (Josh) and a good friend (Mark) have set up this funding project to help the amazing Steelhouse Team sort problems such as the above…

Plz donate as much or little you can spare as every penny donated will be used to make the necessary improvements to OUR AMAZING FAMILY ROCK FESTIVAL – BEST KNOWN AS STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL!

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUD – 2017 was a wonderful festival but the Mud caused mayhem that did not overshadow the music BUT … Bluesdoodles had an awesome, wonderful Steelhouse 2017 the title of the review summed it up – Steelhouse 2017 Simply Marvellous Mud Music and Mates

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUDMy poor boot will never be the same – in fact, Sunday morning saw boots being replaced. The organisers of Steelhouse feel the same. Things have to change Welsh Weather is changeable and unpredictable that i is the only certainty.  So Mark & Josh f have decided to set up a Fundraising goal of £5000 to help towards costs of Parking, Drainage and other things on site to help make our festival better and to help out the guys behind the scenes. Please donate and help us reach our goal! STEELHOUSE CROWD FUND

The money will help our Rock Festival family, let’s help the organisers and volunteers out with funding towards drainage, parking and walkway matting. There is no argument that Steelhouse Festival 2017 was an amazing year for all including the Festival itself. Selection of the shots what a memory!

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Due to typical Welsh weather it made it very difficult for many people to attend due to the car park being bogged out and a situation with drainage.

So myself (Josh) and a good friend (Mark) have set up this funding project to help the amazing Steelhouse Team sort problems such as the above…

Plz donate as much or little you can spare as every penny donated will be used to make the necessary improvements to OUR AMAZING FAMILY ROCK FESTIVAL – BEST KNOWN AS STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL!

Donate – share on Facebook & Twitter keep the energy and the music live and mud free at our favourite festival mountain – Steelhouse – Please donate what you can HERE keep music live.

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUD

Black Stone Cherry exploring their roots New Album Black To Blues

Black Stone Cherry exploring their roots New Album Black To Blues

Black Stone Cherry exploring their roots

New Album Black To Blues

Black Stone Cherry are back from visiting Kentucky. Turning the world of Blues Classics upside down, inside out and definitely rollin’ and tumblin’ is a new direction. Black Stone Cherry exploring their roots in their New Album Black To Blues has reshaped the genre without missing a beat, shuffle or riff. The EP of six tracks is a tribute to the blues roots and heroes of the band, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Freddie King & Albert King.

Opening with Built For Comfort, the sound is dense, deep and moody, the sound is not the low-calorie version – this is full fat, moonshine back to the woods with the air of sinister intent. Carry this much blues no one is going to be running anywhere. The lead break has the guitar howling with a density of growling riffs that then calm down into slow blues with sweet guitar licks and vocals that go from whiskey soaked roughness to honey tones of yearning. What a start, Built For Comfort heard many times BUT never like this.

Follow that! Easy for Black Stone Cherry on a roll as they stomp out the opening of Champagne & Reefer. The slide guitar slips and slides across the vocals as the smooth sound of the original from Muddy Waters is replaced with a slide that rocks, Faster, louder and more raucous, what is never lost for a beat is the sentiment. We know that Champagne is for when you are thirsty and Reefer to get high. No longer Chicago Blues it is BSC turning Black to Blue with an arrogance of understanding the music. Now we are joining Freddie King, Living In A Palace Of The King. The track is the darkest indigo blue how did they achieve this without losing the King feel? Chris revealed they “moved one note to make it more dark”.

Waters, Hoochie Coochie Man is reinvented without losing the heart and soul of the original. The sound is full-on rock capturing the big band sound via the Blues. Leaving you enthralled, breathless, reigniting your passion for the blues ignited originally during the explosion of British R n’ B sixty years ago as John Mayall and Peter Green, and the Rolling Stones re-invented the sound with blues that rocked with modernity.

No tribute to the blues is complete without a number from Albert King, the re-working of Born Under A Bad Sign is monstrous. Loud, bad and very dangerous in the right way Chris’ vocals spit out the lyrics and the rhythm is dramatic. Closing out with I Want To Be Loved, we re-visit the genius that is Muddy Waters. The Guitar is fast, on fire with determined blues licks. Fired up with the tone of the band BSC will always be loved for the style and honesty in the music they produce.

Across the six numbers, we have twenty-one minutes of Black Stone Charry covering classics. Expect the unexpected, expect the unique sound of the band blended through the tracks. What is missing from this compact, blues that whizzes around the block to be the new black Midnight Blue, is missing one thing a few more tracks of BSC originals in the genre of the blues now known as Black to Blues 2017.
We may have our wish. The blues is always a sage teacher, and making the ‘Black To Blues’ EP was a transformative experience for Black Stone Cherry. Chris says: “It was humbling and freeing at the same time. It reignited our passion for this music, and it will definitely have an effect on our next album.

The numbers crack like a pistol shot from a well-oiled six-shooter as Black Stone Cherry have covered but not Copied!

Black Stone Cherry – Black to Blues – Mascot Label Group

Out 29th September 2017

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Built For Comfort
  2. Champagne & Reefer
  3. Palace Of The King
  4. Hoochie Coochie Man
  5. Build Under A Bad Sign
  6. I Wanted To Be Loved

 

Black Stone Cherry exploring their roots New Album Black To Blues