The Rolling Stones From The Vault Series Continues
– Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015
The Rolling Stones From The Vault Series Continues with Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015. On 29 September 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment release “From The Vault – Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015”by The Rolling Stones. This is the fifth release “From The Vault”, a series of live concerts from The Rolling Stones archive which are getting their first official releases. This is a simultaneous release on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+CD, DVD+3LP, and on Digital Video and Digital Audio. This incredible release includes Stones classics like Brown Sugar, Wild Horses, Start Me Up, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Bitch, Dead Flowers, When The Whip Comes Down and more.
This latest addition to the acclaimed “From The Vault” series captures a truly unique event in the long and eventful history of The Rolling Stones. On the 20thMay 2015 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California, the band performed the entire Sticky Fingers album live in concert for the first and so far only time in their career. The show celebrated the reissue of the Sticky Fingers album and was the opening night of The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour of North America that would run over the next two months. The intimate setting of the Fonda Theatre was in contrast to the huge stadiums in which the band would perform for the rest of the tour and made this an incredibly special occasion for those fans lucky enough to get a ticket.
The DVD & Blu-ray include interviews with the band members intercut with full length performances. The CD and 3LP feature the full show as performed on the night. As Bonus Features on DVD & Blu-ray we include tracks cut from the concert film: All Down The Line, When The Whip Comes Down, I Can’t Turn You Loose.
DVD: 1) Start Me Up 2) Sway 3) Dead Flowers 4) Wild Horses 5) Sister Morphine 6) You Gotta Move 7) Bitch 8) Can’t You Hear Me Knocking 9) I Got The Blues 10) Moonlight Mile 11) Brown Sugar 12) Rock Me Baby 13) Jumpin’ Jack Flash
CD: 1) Start Me Up 2) When The Whip Comes Down 3) All Down The Line 4) Sway 5) Dead Flowers 6) Wild Horses 7) Sister Morphine 8) You Gotta Move 9) Bitch 10) Can’t You Hear Me Knocking 11) I Got The Blues 12) Moonlight Mile 13) Brown Sugar 14) Rock Me Baby 15) Jumpin’ Jack Flash 16) I Can’t Turn You Loose
3LP Side A: 1) Start Me Up 2) When The Whip Comes Down 3) All Down The Line Side B: 1) Sway 2) Dead Flowers 3) Wild Horses Side C: 1) Sister Morphine 2) You Gotta Move 3) Bitch
Side D: 1) Can’t You Hear Me Knocking 2) I Got The Blues Side E: 1) Moonlight Mile 2) Brown Sugar Side F: 1) Rock Me Baby 2) Jumpin’ Jack Flash 3) I Can’t Turn You Loose
The Rolling Stones are a band like no other and “From The Vault – Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015”shows just why; this full-blooded interpretation of one of their most loved works offers some of the best musical entertainment available anywhere.
Taking their name from the industrial area in Britain, and the birthplace of both Hughes and Bonham, Black Country Communion released their self-titled debut album in 2010, and with that, unleashed their brand of take-no-prisoners hard rock to a world thirsting for music with substance.
Back with BCCIV – the hiatus is suspended.. Solo career projects are on hold and Black country Communion are back with new album and two live dates in the U.K. to kick-start 2018. BCC has cultivated a reputation not only as amazing songwriters, also a powerful live act, as they challenge and motivate each other to make the best music they can.
Now, seven years on from its inception, Bonamassa feels the time is right to bring the original BCC line-up back for album #4.
“We had around 4 months to write this album, and I think the results speak for themselves,” comments Glenn Hughes. “All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums, however, the new album is more of a progression, as we wanted to be careful not to repeat the previous albums. A lot has happened since we last recorded the Aferglow album in 2013, so, in many ways, the new album shows BCC with a much harder, riffier and bigger and bolder sound. If you’re looking for a folk album, this ain’t the one.”
All songs on the new album were co-written by Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa. Glenn wrote all the lyrics on the album except for the song ‘The Last Song For My Resting Place’ which was written by Joe.
Here’s a breakdown of the songs on “BCCIV” in the words of Glenn Hughes:
“I had written the riff to this song in the morning of the first day of writing BCCIV. Joe came over and I played him the riff, and we finished the song before lunch. I had a feeling that Collide would set the pace for the record.”
OVER MY HEAD
“This was a song I had written after a session with Joe. It was kind of like One Last Soul where I had written a song and was unsure if it would fit our style simply because it was more mainstream. One Last Soul definitely clicked with Rock fans, and got a lot of Radio airplay. Over My Head is in the same ballpark, big groove and memorable chorus. I can hear it on the radio.”
THE LAST SONG FOR MY RESTING PLACE
“I was intrigued by the notion of Wallace Hartley (violinist and band leader on the Titanic). The fact that he played everyone off the ship to the detriment of himself brings you back to a more selfless time in our history. I don’t believe the conditions are around in 2017 for something or someone like that to step forward and be recognised. I felt that his story and this song played well on this album. His violin is in a private collection and survives to this day.” – JB
“Joe had two parts to this song: the intro and outro where the track is suited with a mandolin and fiddle. The middle part, heavy and dramatic and dark. Absolutely love Joe’s vocal on this song. A tale of the Titanic going down into the deep, and a violin that would perish alongside its many fateful passengers.” – GH
“A swagger riff leads the way on this track. We changed the groove, when Jason suggested it should have a “Smooth Criminal” Michael Jackson vibe. This was how Jason’s Dad, John, would have approached it in Led Zep. I’m mesmerized by the beat in the verse, and when it hits the chorus it’s full on Classic Rock, once again the vocal is carrying the message.”
“Joe captured the mood brilliantly on this song. I’m still shaking my head in astonishment.”
“I wanted to write a song about my love for dolphins. Each year thousands of these beautiful souls are murdered by hunters in the coastal town of Taiji, Japan. They are drove into the Killing Cove and brutally slaughtered. I have been working with Ric O’Barry from the Dolphin Project for four years, and told him I had written a song about this senseless and horrific scenario for BCCIV, that has been happening for decades.”
“My heart aches as I watch on live stream what happens in the Cove. I ask you all to listen to this song and understand how deeply affected we all are as animal and sea life protectors. The Dolphin Project has changed my life, and to my dying day I will be of service to be a protector of all inhabitants that live in the sea. There will be a video for this song. Thanks to Ric and his son Lincoln for supplying the footage.”
“It was time to get up out of our chairs in the writing session and stand up to find a pulse for this rock song. All push and pull, coming and sounding like the Joe and Glenn song ‘Black Country’ from BCC1. I wanted to reference the Crow, who watches over our band.”
“Hats off to Joe for bringing this idea into the session with an insane verse groove. Love Derek’s grand piano lead into the last verse. I wanted to take the chorus to a very melodic Abbey Road vocal vibe. I’ve always been a wanderer, always returning, coming home with a sense of lessons learned and never leaving my spiritual path.”
“I wrote this song for my Dad on the flight back to the UK for his Memorial Service. When I went to record it, my Mom had also just passed away. So I sang it for the both of them. I was installed with a greater sense of gratitude. I used a mid-falsetto vocal on the chorus to add sensitivity to the melody that I had written. The content is quite simple. When the last breath is taken only love remains.”
“A song about living forever. A song for the Loyal. A song for the evergreen. I wanted to ramp up the chorus and relive the long nights of freedom.”
WHEN THE MORNING COMES
“The feeling I had with this song, was I had woken up from a dream and walked down the hill through the field to be by the water at my home. Most of my work involves themes of coming home to be by the sea. The last song on this album finds me in a safe place, almost like the ending of the Wizard of Oz, surrounded by Joe, Jason, Derek and Kevin. Our brotherhood – long may we continue.”
WITH YOU I GO **
“To find someone who can share your journey, is in the hands of fate. We meet many people throughout our lives, some relationships, are life lessons on how we grow and learn.
But when you have found or met your significant other, who happens to be your soulmate is absolutely life-changing. With You I Go is a song about, whatever happens, I’m with you, because it was meant to be. I’ve done my best, now you can rest, on my shoulder.”
** Bonus track on vinyl edition only.
Bluesdoodles is excited about the New Album BCCIV is the golden Phoenix fired by Rock and is looking forward to reviewing the songs.
Black Country Communion the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalistJoeBonamassa, release their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, “BCCIV” via Mascot Records on Friday September 22nd 2017. This is theband’s first studio album since 2013’s “Afterglow”.
Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening Out June 2017 – On January 21st and 22nd 2016 world-renowned platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated blues-rock, singer-songwriter and guitarist Joe Bonamassa performed two unique all-acoustic shows at the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York City. Both performances were filmed and made into “Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening”.
“Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening” is an evening of extraordinary music with new arrangements of favourite songs as well as brand new, never-before-heard songs.
The line-up is completed with Reese Wynans (piano), Anton Fig (Drums) Eric Bazilian (mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, saxophone, acoustic guitar, vocals), and three Australian backing vocalists, Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins and Gary Pinto.
Bonamassa comments: “Despite being among the most ambitious things I’ve done – I played with a 9 piece acoustic band – It came out great. It was a typical Joe freak show.”
Everyone knows the old saying about how to get to Carnegie Hall, but Bonamassa has truly lived that advice. His entire life and musical career had been practice for this moment, and a young blues-boy finally made good on a childhood dream of playing one of the most hallowed stages in the world.
This stripped-down, all-acoustic show allowed his fans a glimpse into his soul and presented a thrilling and musically dangerous spectacle akin to walking a tightrope without a net.
“JOE BONAMASSA LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL – AN ACOUSTIC EVENING” – TRACKLISTING
The Valley Runs
Driving Towards The Daylight
Black Lung Heartache
Blue And Evil
Get Back My Tomorrow
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live
Song Of Yesterday
Woke Up Dreaming
Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening Out June 2017
Joe Bonamassa is the winner of the Sena Performers European Guitar Award 2017 (SEGA). He will receive the award at a special ceremony on 21st May in the Dutch city of Bergen op Zoom. Last year Steve Vai won and accepted the award in person in the same town. An impressive list of former winners of the Sena Performers European Guitar Award led the way for him: Slash from Guns N’ Roses, Brian May from Queen, Walter Trout and Steve Lukather from the band Toto.
Joe says: “This is really a big thing for me, looking at the people who won it before me. Guitar players like Brian May, Steve Vai, Steve Lukather and Walter Trout are such an inspiration. I’m honoured by this.”
Thunder Storming album Rip It Up Rocks the Speakers
Whatever the weather, whatever your mood, you know when Thunder is in the air pouring from the speaker then you are in for a good time. I dare you to listen to Rip It Up without getting up and dancing around, tapping your feet and letting the Thunder vibe flow through your veins making Rip It Up a rocking good feel good listen. You would expect no less from Danny Bowes and the band.
Following on from the success of Wonderdays, the quintet are delivering rock that has a brightness that belies the fact that they have been producing records for twenty-seven years. Rip It Up is youthful and fun to listen to with a diverse range of tones and approaches to the lyrics that showcase the full vocal range of frontman Danny Bowes. Thunder is a band with the musicians playing so much more than a platform for Danny vocals. Go to any Thunder gig and the chant of Harry, Harry for the drummer is evidence of Thunders roar.
Opening with No One Gets Out Alive, we are introduced to the expected Thunder sound Garry James sticks pounding like Thors hammer cymbals and skin. The celebration of duelling with guitars of Luke Morley and Ben Matthews. Completing the explosive power id the exquisite bass lines of Chris Childs pull the melody along so we don’t care that they are telling us the No One Gets Out Alive! We are ready to seize the moment with the band and enjoy the album clapping your hands in pure joy.
The title track is like an old friend familiar through radio play. Yes, do as you are told turn the volume up and Rip It Up with your rocking friends Thunder. Tempo changes with curling guitar riff and a blues-fueled rock number that despite its title is fun to listen to. The lyrics though are a salutatory warning of the dangers of party scenes and hedonism. The girl She Likes Cocaine is a must listen strong lyrics, instrumentation and cymbal work that rings with the purity of a bell in the clear air after a storm. Now, for the ballad Right From The Start, which is accomplished with lead breaks that are juicy full and weave the emotions of Danny’s singing another track that works as the realisation that this is a band recording at the top of their game. This is crafted rock full of difference and nuances. Every track has its highlights and will always receive a thunderous applause from Thunder fans.
The album is half way through taking shape as the rock is styled and reformed to suit the moment. Heartbreak Hurricane, following on from the cowbell spectacular of Shakedown. A ballad full of emotional pain, never maudlin as the instruments raise the tempo behind the searing vocals from Danny. Then there is Rock. It is good with The Enemy Inside and Tumbling Down. You now that this is a British Band playing the rock they love and understand, loud fast and melodic with an edge from the lyrics. Closing out with There’s Always A Loser, Harry’s drums lay down the beat simple and powerful in its intent. Once again it as a hauntingly beautiful tone of Danny’s vocals and lyrics centre stage emotional charged. The track builds with guitar hooks and licks that curl and wrap There’s Always A Loser a comfort blanket of Rock. The lead break is searing as the pain is reflected for Danny to sing the lyrics as the album fades. Turn it up and play again. With eleven immense tracks, with every listen you will hear a new lyric, another drum roll and guitar lick.
Rip It Up will never be a boring listen. Why? This may be Thunder’s eleventh studio album they a have definitely roared out of the studio with Rip It Up. An album for Thunder fans who have followed them over three decades and for those discovering them at today. Thunder’s live performances are always a stormy adrenalin fun filled extravaganza with these new tracks add to the armoury live shows will still Rip It Up as new fans come under Thunder’s rock spell.
JD Simo Talking about Touring Albums Vinyl and more
Bluesdoodles was delighted to have a chat with JD Simo once again, In February shortly after we reviewed the stunning album Let Love Show The Way read what we talked about then HERE. Today we talk about vinyl the up and coming Roadstars tour throughout the UK,
BD: Hi JD. Good to have the opportunity to chat with you as you are about to hit Europe, we chatted about the album, influences and dream band.
JD Simo: Thank you, remember talking to you earlier in the year not sure where I was now having couple days back home before heading on over to Europe.
BD: Now your surname and band name are creating lots of discussions about how it should be pronounced so let’s start off the pronunciation of the name SIMO
JD Simo: Well, it has to be good being talked about. The correct on is sI MoH where the I is dominant we answer to anything, eventually as we become better known and more people see us live everyone will know but until that day all is good (laughing).
BD: Your current album Let Love Show The Way, Please the latest single is getting plenty of airplay. Tell our readers about deciding the tracks, writing the songs and opening with an Elmore James classic Stranger’s Blues.
JD Simo: While we were sequencing the record that track we all liked how it slowly builds up, it is not an abrupt beginning. Lots of bands start with an initial brash aggressive number but this for us was a nice way to start the record. More to do with the sound rather than the fact it was a cover or that particular song we didn’t want something abrupt as it were. As a group we put some thought into the order and which tracks to include we do this process as a collective talking about what assembly of tracks works, at the end we believed this sequence worked. Reality, nothing too exciting just a process we went through we do all the creative side and Mascot as the record label have very little involvement in what we produce. They leave us to do on creative end yes there is some correspondence but what you hear is the product of the band, it is SIMO.
BD: Like many you have released your latest album on vinyl, is this a niche or rising in appeal and will be expected by people as they continue to buy vinyl or is it a trend that will fade away?
JD Simo: I know that here in America vinyl is not a niche thing it is a pretty big thing with people especially my age group. Not sure what is happening in Europe & U.K. , sure we will find out when we are back touring over there very soon. Vinyl has become a big part of my generation who are true music fans not those who follow mainstream. It is how they buy their music whether new or old recordings. I grew up with vinyl it then went away in the nineties and then came back again. Let Love Show The Way, vinyl sales have been huge I have lost count the number of re-pressing of the album since its release. I do know we have sold more vinyl than other acts on Mascot record label and there have been occasions when we have sold out and the label has had to have them rushed to us on the road, Vinyl is the number one merch in terms of volume at our shows. The reality is it depends on your preference. I collect vinyl and have a portable record player set up where ever I go definitely in the dressing room. Every town I visit I find local record stores it is integral part of my life releases in that format very important to me. Luckily the tide has turned I think vinyl is here to stay a while.
BD: Are there plans to record a follow-up album and how do you find time with your busy touring schedule to even think about let alone write new songs?
JD Simo: We have started work on next record actually started several months ago. We are doing the album in little phases. This is a different approach from previously and will be a different type of album putting it together over long period of time. We are about a quarter way through the process. When get back home before Christmas we will finish all the pre-production stuff. We have a space in the calendar January through February to finish the album. It is not difficult to find time to write as it happens, I write when the thought, idea hits me. That can be on a plane, in the van, dressing room or walking down the street. This year SIMO have played well over 200 shows so finding the time for three of us to actually work out the material is problematic. As a group we need time to work out how each song is to be played, arranged, this takes time it can even take up a whole day. We have tried using the time in sound checks to try our new material and ideas, when we do this we are all open with each other. Contributing what we like don’t like, free to have heated discussions the trouble is at sound checks there are people around strangers, it just didn’t work as the presence of people not involved in the process made us self-conscious, inhibiting the process. So finding the time for the three of us to set time aside has been difficult but we have found spaces sometimes a couple of days or longer break say ten days. Sometimes though you have a real break not have the pressure to work so we take couple days off then it is back the three of us working on the new material. We discuss together how to flesh out songs so that they are ready to be sent as a demo for our producers to review. At the end of the day I just love making music.
BD: SIMO have been around for five years? Let’s hear about the band how Adam Abrashoff and Elad Shapiro work around your attention grabbing guitar playing and vocals?
JD Simo: Laughing, It may be one to ask Adam & Elad. For me it works because it is very much that I have one vote of three, it makes perfect sense to use. The outcome of how it works if your readers come and see us play live it makes more sense then… (Bluesdoodles – you are in luck they are touring UK & Europe October – December – check out dates here) Plus we all have role on and off stage, my responsibility may be a little bit more prominent interviews like this one, singing but the three of us are all very equal in all the decision making like what playing that night… Very democratic, that can be difficult I can get frustrated as much as they can perhaps it is easier if the leader dictates and rest band follows but that is not my way. We all have strong personalities, we fight and argue, we are like brothers we make up quickly and do not take it personally. We are like a dysfunctional family – all three guns a blazing all the time and most of the time there is a healthy balance. In end better way to be invested in common goal inevitably better that both the guys have a democratic input.
BD: As you mentioned when we talked earlier in the year, Simo is back touring Europe including extensive UK Tour with extended Planet Rock Tour – Roadstars tour with Federal Charm and Aaron Keylock. By the end of the tour and festival set at the sold-out Planet Rockstock SIMO will no longer be a stranger to blues lovers across the UK. With the promises of three exciting acts what plans have you got to get attention with your style of the blues.
JD Simo: Not met guys in Federal Charm yet, though we did meet Aaron very briefly at Ramblin’ Man Fair. Looking forward to our tour of U.K. So far we have only done random one-off gigs in UK; a couple shows in the North and press show and support in London then in the Summer some festivals. Now we have the opportunity to play at 16 venues and a spot at Planet Rockstock. We will actually get time to see your country and visit all corners of the U.K. The plan is to share the ninety-minute slot so some nights that will be Federal Charm and other night Aaron Keylock, on these occasions we will play a shorter set. Every night we always play different songs so for people who come to multiple nights will see different shows from us. This is going to be a real opportunity to get to know the U.K. and meet a lot of fans, many will be seeing us for the first time.
BD: Normally I ask for your band but did that last time so this time I am interested in albums that have influenced/ delighted you as a musician. And the favourite at the moment?
Time was running short JD Simo is in demand we all want to talk about a band that brings excitement to the blues so his answer was an unequivocal – Alabama Shakes Sound and Colour their latest album is my favourite hands down I just can’t get enough of the album.
So lets give them a huge British welcome and go see the band on tour with Federal Charm & Aaron Keylock.
Tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Friday 17th June via www.thegigcartel.com or from the 24 hour box office: 0844 478 0898.
SAXON ANNOUNCE UK & IRISH DATES
FOR THEIR BATTERING RAM TOUR
With Special Guests: Saxon icons of the new wave of British heavy metal are touring for ten night across the U.K. as part if the Battering Ram World Tour kicking off in Newcastle on the 28th October the day, The Vinyl Hoard is released. Joined on the tour by special guests Fastway and Girlschool for these much-awaited shows.
“Gonna be a great tour with Fastway and Girlschool” – said frontman Biff Byford. “I think this line up is unique, you don’t wanna miss it. Looking forward to battering some halls… Welcome to the metal church!”
Here’s a short clip of Biff talking about Tour and the Box Set…..
Battering Ram, Saxon’s 21st studio album, was released in October 2015 reaching the UK Top 50 and #12 in Germany. It was described by frontman Biff Byford as “a natural progression from Sacrifice” with “a bit less rock’n’roll and a bit more ‘heavy’ on it”. Following its release Saxon hit Europe with Motorhead for their 40th Anniversary tour, accompanied by Girlschool. Sadly, the tragic passing of Lemmy in December put an early end to the tour, and the entire UK leg planned to begin on January 16th was canceled – with the exception of a Saxon headlining show in Brighton.
Tickets on sale HERE or HERE * Fastway are the only support in Dublin.
Box Set Release
The Vinyl Hoard
To coincide with the opening date of the U.K. tour Saxon releases The Vinyl Hoard, their deluxe 8 vinyl album boxset which features four explosive live recordings. The albums come in specially designed gatefold sleeves in a slipcase box. They are: “The Dogs Of War Tour, 1995” Recorded on tour in German and featuring: Dogs Of War, Denim And Leather, Wheels Of Steel; “The Lionheart Tour, 2004” Recorded on tour in France, England and Germany featuring: Lionheart, Court Of The Crimson King, Are We Travellers In Time; “A Night Out With The Boys, 2005: The 25th Anniversary of the NWOBHM” Recorded on tour in Germany and Sweden and Featuring: And The Bands Played On, Suzie Hold On, Stand Up And Be Counted; “Rocksound Festival, 2006” [2 LP] Recorded in Switzerland Featuring: Backs To The Wall, Princess Of The Night and Crusader.
THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM
RELEASED ON CD, DIGITAL & VINYL
ON FRIDAY 2nd DECEMBER 2016
Bad Touch – the 5-piece rock band from Norfolk, who recently supported the Kentucky Headhunters on their critically acclaimed sell-out UK tour, will release their second studio album “Truth Be Told” on Bad Touch Records, with distribution via Cadiz, on Friday 2nd December 2016.
To dovetail with the album release, the band will embark on a UK co-headline tour on from 19th November with the Australian rock band Massive. Says, Bad Touch’s lead singer Stevie Westwood, “We’re really excited about getting back on the road and co-headlining with Massive. It’s going to be a great tour full of high energy.”
The new album sees Bad Touch celebrating classic rock with Southern boogie influences, supported with heavy guitar riffs and an iron-clad, tight rhythm section, in the great tradition of Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin.
ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY BAD TOUCH
ALBUM RECORDED AT MWNCI STUDIO, WALES
PRODUCED BY BAD TOUCH
BAD TOUCH – LINE-UP
STEVIE WESTWOOD – LEAD VOCALS ROB GLENDINNING – LEAD GUITAR, ACOUSTIC GUITAR GEORGE DREWRY – DRUMS, KEYBOARDS, BACKING VOCALS MICHAEL BAILEY – BASS GUITAR DANIEL SEEKINGS – GUITARS, BACKING VOCALS
CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH MASSIVE * SUPPORTING WHISKEY MYERS IN LONDON
APPEARING AT PLANET ROCKSTOCK ON
SATURDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2016
The Tel-Star Sessions Emerge Twenty-Two Years Later
The debut album may have been gathering dust since June 1994 but the first notes blow the cobwebs away as you are drawn into the world of Gov’t Mule. The disappointing side effect is this is a debut with no surprises of hearing a band’s music in a studio for the first time. Here you know what to expect and they deliver in all their gory across the ten tracks that is the missing piece in the story of a band that enthralls every time.
Back when the album was recorded Gov’t Mule was the side project of Warren Haynes and Allen Woody as they had some down time from work with the Allman Brothers Band. In 1994 an experimental rock trio Haynes, Woody and drummer Matt Abts. What was originally going to be a low-budget record and a few shows has blossomed into Gov’t Mule where fans anticipate with feverish excitement every show they play. The Mule’s improvisational interplay is legendary and hypnotises every time.
This is not a dusty stroll down memory lane the tracks are as fresh as daisy and the mix of styles ensures your music radar never strays for a second from the speakers. Opening with Blind Man In the Dark, with click of sticks and the roll of Warren’s guitar we are of out on a journey of Haynes entwined energy. The fluid southern music that borrows from rock, blues and creates a sound that is unmistakably Gov’t Mule. This is a catchy melody that grinds and strolls through some grungy riffs that creates a track full of interest and the lyrics flow effortlessly around the intricacies of the guitar.
Immediately you are transported to Mule live with the covers tucked into the album, Mr Big from Free and ZZ Top’s Just Got Paid. They also step further back and pluck Memphis Slim’s Mother Earth and The Same Thing from Willie Dixon. The tracks are transformed with the intensity of interplay between a trio re-writing the lexicon of what recorded rock sounds like. It is the Mule’s ability to weave the weft and warp of melody, rhythm and lyrics encapsulating riffs, licks, beats and vocals into a tonal soup that mixes it up. With soft embraces followed by tough love and then the dirty fuzzy overplay. Down on Monkey Hill is the refrain, this is a lyric driven tale and the fuzzed sound gives an atmosphere of reportage, brilliant live and this early version demonstrates that from the off they were inspired. This is an album inspired by lyrics like “Last night and the night before; The thunder crowed and the rooster roared” with every song, and closing the album with World of Difference twice! differnetly of course. The consistency is complex rhythms as they seamlessly join together rock, southern tradition and psychedelia. The power of Gov’t Mule to hit you with intensity infused with subtleties as the band explore the music and take you on a journey the song may be the same but the road travelled will always have a different tonal sound.
Yes many of the tracks have been record on subsequent albums, however, The Tel-Star Sessions are the starting point and the Dixon and ZZ Top covers are unique to this album. Many of the tracks did make it onto the self-titled 1995 debut album but as ever with the Mule the differences are there. History, unearthed and the exploration is a magical carpet ride of rock infused genius.
The Tel-Star Sessions Emerge Twenty-Two Years Later a time capsule back to 1994 classic Gov’t Mule. History, unearthed and the exploration is a magical carpet ride of rock infused genius.
Following the European tour with Zakk Wylde, the Wisconsin-bred guitar gunslinger returns to the UK this month for a series of headlining live concerts in June, followed by an extensive October UK tour supporting legendary blues guitarist Walter Trout.
To coincide with Jared’s return to the European stage, Listenable Records will release the Highwayman EP as an exclusive limited edition orange coloured 10 inch vinyl (500 copies). Read what Bluesdoodles said about Highwayman HERE
On June 3rd, Jared digitally released a brand new single, Don’t You Try, accompanied by an official music video with a homage to the bikers of the 60s and 70s. “We’re really excited about the brand new kick-ass single,” says Jared. “I’m positive it’ll kick-start the shows into high gear.”
Written by Jared and producer/engineer Anthony Perry Jr., Don’t You Try was recorded at Swing House & Unison Music Group Studios in LA, and will appear on Jared’s next album in spring 2017.
“Basically, the song is about belief,” reflects Jared. “In all aspects of life. About, what you’re told when you’re young and how it has an impression on you. How strong other people’s words can be. How there is always something in the back of your mind, kind of chasing you. At the end of the day, you have to believe in what you want.”
The official music video is a celebratory homage to bikers. But how did Jared come up with the idea?
Says Jared – “It sounds crazy, but the idea came up when I was drifting to sleep! I remember the dream so vividly, I was cruising in my old Ford when all of the sudden I was taken over by a biker gang. We worked with L.A. Director Ben Strang and decided to make it a ‘homage” or “parody” if you will. It turned out funny as hell and undoubtedly a throwback to the classic exploitation Biker films of the late 60s early 70’s. We plan on opening our European shows with the song.”
YES RELEASE VINYL of
FRAGILE AND DRAMA in original packaging
TO COINCIDE WITH UK TOUR
Seminal prog pioneers YES hit the road for an extensive UK and European tour at the end of this month…. April 2016. The band will be performing 1971’s ‘Fragile’ and 1980’s ‘Drama’ in their entirety, the latter for the very first time, plus other seminal tracks including ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ and ‘Starship Trooper’.
Warners will release Drama on 22nd April and Fragile on 6th May on 180gm Vinyl with replicas of the original gatefold sleeves. Fragile will also include a smaller inner booklet. This product has been expertly recreated to match the original in every way from content to physical material and product specification.
Warners has recently released all of their catalogue YES albums Mastered For iTunes. These include The Yes Album, Fragile, Going For The One, Time and a Word, Yes, 90125, Tales From Topographic Oceans and Drama. FOR SALE HERE
‘Most of the songs haven’t been performed in some 30 years’ – said Steve Howe. ‘Fragile and Drama mark two essential chapters of our career and we’re looking forward to share the whole journeys with our fans throughout Europe’. ‘Reliving those years will be very emotional’ – adds drummer Alan White – ‘I know Chris would have loved to be here with us for this’.
YES has recently lost bassist and co-founder Chris Squire, a tragedy that left the prog world in mourning. His replacement Billy Sherwood found a big pair of shoes to fill, as YES set out to honour his memory by keeping the band’s legacy alive. The band recently toured the US with fellow prog legends Toto to an enthusiastic reception.
YES was founded by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson in 1968. Characterized by a unique, prog symphonic style of rock music, lengthy compositions and the use of mystical and cosmic lyrics, the band found success in 1971 with two of the band’s most celebrated records, ‘The YES Album’ and ‘Fragile’. The band went on to record 21 albums and win several prestigious awards including Grammys. Yes is recognized as one of the most influential icons in prog rock.
Still as relevant today as they were in the 70s, YES has maintained a loyal following while constantly attracting new crowds of music fans throughout 47 years of outstanding career. With ‘Fragile’ and ‘Drama’ representing two essential moments of the band’s history, it will be an opportunity for all to rediscover some undisputed gems of the genre.
Yes Back on Tour with Vinyl Re-released – Drama and Fragile
Wed 27th Glasgow Royal Concert Hall0141 353 80000141 353 8000
Fri 29th Newcastle City Hall0191 277 80300191 277 8030
Sat 30th Manchester Apollo08444 777 67708444 777 677
UK Tickets are £39 for all venues except – Oxford* £39 + £1.25 venue restoration levy.
London** £55 (boxes), £48.50, £45, £38 Tickets are available from 24hour Ticket Hotline: 0844 338 00000844 338 0000 and Online from Bookings Direct. Showtime is 7.30pm. Tickets and VIP up-grades are also available from HERE
Dates for rest of EUROPE
13th Paris FRANCE Olympia
14th Brussels BELGIUM Ancienne Belgique
15th Utrecht NETHERLANDS Tivolivredenburg
17th Hamburg GERMANY Mehr Theater
19th Frankfurt GERMANY Alte Oper
20th Leipzig GERMANY Haus Avensee
21st Berlin GERMANY Admiralspalast
23rd Bonn GERMANY Beethovenhalle
24th Stuttgart GERMANY Hegelsaal
25th Munich GERMANY Cirkus Krone
27th Zurich SWITZERLAND Volkshaus
28th Milan ITALY Teatro Nazionale
29th Padova ITALY Gran Teatro Geox
31st Florence ITALY Obihall June
1st Rome ITALY Teatro Olimpico