SACRAMENTO, CA – On Monday rock band TESLA will be entering the studio to begin recording a number of songs for their upcoming album.
As band members started working out the list of songs, they posted several pictures to their Facebook page, including a list of potential songs for the album.
TESLA’s latest song, “Taste My Pain,” which was released last summer on Amazon and iTunes will be featured on the new CD, complete with scorching guitars.
The band includes original members Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitar), Brian Wheat (bass) and Troy Luccketta (drums), along with newcomer Dave Rude (guitar).
Dave Rude, who replaced Tommy Skeoch, recently had his guitars stolen out of a TESLA gear truck. The thieves made off with two Epiphone Masterbilt acoustic guitars, including the single cutaway model that he used in the full page Epiphone ad that ran in guitar magazines in 2011 and 2012.
2011 was a big year for TESLA. In July the band released their latest album, “Twisted Wires And The Acoustic Sessions.” The CD featured six songs that were recorded back in 2005 at bassist Brian Wheat’s J Street Recorders studio — which also served as the last recordings with original member Tommy Skeoch — and six newly recorded tracks, including acoustic remakes of songs from TESLA’s entire catalog and two brand new songs, “Second Street” and “Better Off Without You”.
Later that same year TESLA received the key to the city of Sacramento from Mayor Kevin Johnson, who also declared December 7 TESLA day.
Country singer Trace Adkins has checked himself into a treatment facility after being sober for over 10 years.
According to reports, the 52-year-old singer supposedly took his first drink in over 12 years while on the Country Cruising cruise that began on Sunday. The cruise also features Montgomery Gentry, Wynonna Judd, Neal McCoy and Craig Morgan and was scheduled to stop in Cozumel, Jamaica and the Grand Cayman Islands. All of Adkins’ performances on the ship have been canceled.
Several reports state that Adkins was involved in a fight with an impersonator who was doing karaoke onboard the cruise. Their argument turned physical and when the cruise ship docked in Jamaica, Adkins left the cruise.
A spokesperson for the singer has confirmed that he has checked himself into a treatment facility.
“As he faces these issues head-on, we ask that his family’s privacy will be respected,” his spokesperson told Country Weekly.
In December 2002, Adkins completed a 28-day alcohol rehabilitation program at the Cumberland Heights Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center near Nashville. At the time he said it was a positive experience and something he needed to do for himself, his family and his career. One year earlier, he pleaded guilty to DUI charges.
The New B92.5 will begin broadcasting today at 5 p.m. PST.
According to a statement released by Clear Channel, B92.5 will play “today’s hottest country hits,” and they will be kicking off with 10,000 songs in a row, commercial free.
Sacramento’s new country station will broadcast The Bobby Bones Show weekday mornings from 5-9 a.m. PST. The morning show will feature on-air personalities Bobby Bones, Lunchbox and Amy, with special guest appearances. As with most morning shows, The Bobby Bones Show will entertain B92.5 listeners with a unique mix of pop-culture, news and crazy stunts.
“Country music is the most exciting format in America today. Stars like Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line make it a must have format for listeners and advertisers alike,” said Dave Milner, President and Market Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Sacramento. “Pairing great music with the new Bobby Bones morning show and our exciting events like the iHeartRadio Country Festival, which we will be giving listeners exclusive opportunities to attend, allows us to bring a unique spin for Sacramento’s huge country fan base.”
Listeners will also have the opportunity to listen B92.5 via the station’s website, http://www.b925fm.com, as well as on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s all-in-one digital radio service.
Clear Channel Sacramento owns and operates NewsRadio KFBK, Talk 650 KSTE, V101 KHYL and 93.7 JACK-FM KQJK.
The lineup was announced on Wednesday and the festival is to take place the second and third weekend in April. This marks the second year the festival will span two weekends.
Outkast, the popular rap duo consisting of Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, have not recorded or toured together in recent years. Both have been working on solo projects and Benjamin has been pursuing an acting career.
Arcade Fire will perform just a few months after releasing their latest album “Reflektor.”
Grammy -nominated Muse is currently touring in support of their latest album ‘The 2nd Law.’
Other acts scheduled to perform are Beck, new and emerging artists Lorde and Haim, and a number of rap and electronic acts including Nas, Kid Cudi, Alesso and Duck Sauce.
The lineup has more rock and alternative acts than past years and fewer high-profile DJ’s.
Tickets go on sale Jan. 10. See the full lineup here.
LONDON – A British judge has sentenced the former lead singer of the rock band Lostprophets to 29 years behind bars, followed by 6 years of strict probation for a string of sexual offenses.
Founding member and lead singer 36-year-old Ian Watkins was sentenced after pleading guilty last month to 13 charges, including attempting to rape a baby, sexually touching a 1-year-old, encouraging a fan to abuse her child and making child pornography.
Judge Roger John Royce told Watkins he had “plumbed new depths of depravity” as he handed down the sentence on Wednesday in a Cardiff Crown courtroom.
Lostprophets are a Welsh rock band from Pontypridd. They formed in 1997 by Watkins, Mike Lewis (guitar), Mike Chiplin (drums) and Lee Gaze (guitar).
The band had two top ten hits on the UK Singles Chart (“Last Train Home” and “Rooftops”), one number one single on the Alternative Songs chart (“Last Train Home”), several Kerrang! Awards and nominations, and sold around 3.5 million albums worldwide.
The band released a total of five studio albums. Soon after the release of their last album ‘Weapons,’ which was released in April of 2012, Watkins was arrested for multiple sexual offenses against children. The band cancelled all tour dates and in October of this year announced the breakup of Lostprophets.
LINCOLN, CA – Tower of Power’s lead singer for the last 13 years will be leaving the group and a new singer will debut with the group at Thunder Valley Casino’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Scheduled to appear alongside ToP at Thunder Valley’s New Year’s Eve Celebration is Average White Band.
Larry Briggs will be leaving his singing duties after a long and successful career with Tower of Power and Ray Greene will be performing publicly for the first time with the R&B group on New Year’s eve at Thunder Valley Casino’s Holiday Pavilion.
“Over the past thirteen years I have made so many great friends and relationships that have enriched my life in so many ways. It makes for this extended family of friends that will last forever. I know that my time with the band has come to a close. This is just a chapter in this fairy tale life you have allowed me to live,” says Larry Braggs. “From the bottom of my heart I want to say with everything that is in my capacity as a true believer in the universal path of brotherly love, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!”
Bandleader Emilio Castillo said about Ray Greene, “He’s an exciting soulful singer that was chosen by the band unanimously over all of the great singers that auditioned, and the whole band is totally excited to get started on a new era of Tower of Power with Ray Greene at the helm,” continuing Castillo thanked Braggs “for 13 years of phenomenal singing with the band. He’s been one of the best singers Tower of Power has ever had, and we wish him total success in all of his endeavors. Larry is a member of our musical family for life.”
Ray Greene expressed his gratitude by saying, “There is no way to express how excited I am for this amazing and wonderful opportunity to work with a band that has such a tremendous legacy in the music industry.” Greene added, “I have a profound respect and admiration for all of the great vocalists that have preceded me, especially Mr. Larry Braggs, who is the longest tenured singer ever to grace the Tower of Power stage.”
Tower of Power’s musical odyssey began 45 years ago, when tenor saxophonist/vocalist Emilio Castillo met baritone sax player Stephen “Doc” Kupka. All these years later, Emilio and “Doc” are still making musical history, touring the world, and bringing soul/funk music to the masses.
At least 60 talented musicians have toured or recorded with the band in its 45 years and they have been featured with artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others, forever infusing the radio airwaves with Tower’s musical DNA.
Tower of Power’s most recent release ‘Hipper Than Hip Live’ captures the band at their commercial peak, fresh from releasing their fourth album, “Back to Oakland”, and featuring such key early tracks as “You’re Still a Young Man,” “Down to the Nightclub,” “So Very Hard to Go,” “Time Will Tell” and, of course, “What Is Hip?” with Lenny Williams on vocals.
What makes the recording particularly overpowering—aside from the band’s performance, which is so on the money that calling it “tight” doesn’t really do it justice—is that it was a live-in-the-studio session, so the fidelity is the equal of a studio recording, yet it has all the passion and immediacy of a live concert. This special package includes photos and liner notes by noted R&B producer, scholar—and long-time friend of the band—Leo Sacks.
CANNES, FRANCE – Katy Perry is coming under fire after her performance at the 15th annual NRJ Music Awards in Cannes over the weekend.
As Perry started her hit song “ROAR,” it quickly became obvious that the pop-singer was lip-syncing the song. It was so bad the host of the show actually stopped her performance and asked her to start over.
“Bonsoir, Katy Perry. If you don’t mind we can restart, what do you think?” the host says to Perry.
Perry agreed to start over, but it didn’t get any better. There is a video posted on YouTube that was recorded from the time the singer started the song over. You can hear that she’s out of breath due to the choreography and she is off-key at times.
As for the video of Perry getting caught? We managed to find one website where it was still posted, but the internet police are quickly taking the videos down.
Organizers for the NRJ Awards show came to Perry’s aid in the form of a statement.
“Katy Perry was singing live at the NRJ Awards Saturday night in Cannes, but regrettably the wrong mix has been played accidentally which over-rode Katy’s live vocal feed on-air at the beginning of her performance of ‘Roar’,” NRJ stated.
“TF1 & NRJ would like to apologize to NRJ double award winner Katy Perry for this technical problem beyond our control.”
Are we expecting too much from pop-stars like Perry?
NASHVILLE, CA – Country singer Wayne Mills died Saturday morning after being shot during a fight at a local bar. He was 44.
According to Investigators Mills was at Nashville’s Pit and Barrel bar Saturday morning with friends and bar owner Chris Ferrell, when the pair got into an argument, Ferrell claims he shot Mills in self-defense.
According to Police, Mills and a few friends were in the bar after closing time, and when the two friends started to argue, the others left.
Investigators are looking into Ferrell’s claim that the shooting was justified by self-defense.
Mills died of a gunshot wound to the head at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville just hours after the shooting, according to band manager J.R. Smith.
Mills was the lead singer for the “outlaw country” group the Wayne Mills Band.
According to Smith, Mills grew up in the north Alabama town of Arab and played baseball at Wallace State Junior College and football at the University of Alabama.
Mills was schedule to appear at Granddaddy’s Lounge in Ramer, Alabama Saturday night.
Mills had been working on his seventh album, “Long Hard Road.”
MIAMI, FL – KC of KC and the Sunshine Band has been nominated to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
According to a press release, Harry Wayne Casey, better known as ‘KC’ of KC and the Sunshine Band has just received the nomination to the 2014 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, to be awarded Thursday, June 12th, 2014 in New York, NY.
The band was founded in 1973 in Miami, Florida and charted globally with their funk, R&B, and disco songs. KC wrote some of the biggest and most enduring songs of the disco era including George McCrae’s 1974 No. 1 hit “Rock Your Baby.” He also penned songs for Betty Wright and Jimmy “Bo” Horne. His hits for KC and the Sunshine Band include chart-toppers “Get Down Tonight” and “That’s The Way I Like It.” Key songs in their catalog include: “Boogie Shoes”, “Get Down Tonight”, “Rock Your Baby”, “Shake Your Booty” “I’m Your Boogie Man”, “Keep it Comin’ Love”, “Give it Up” and “Please Don’t Go.”
Performing songwriter nominees for the 2014 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame include Harry Wayne “KC” Casey, Ray Davies, Donovan, Vince Gill, Yusuf Islam p/k/a “Cat Stevens”, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, Sade, Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson.
Non-performer nominees include Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Luigi Creatore & Hugo Peretti, Graham Gouldman, Mark James, Sandy Linzer & Denny Randell, Tony Macaulay, Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham, Linda Perry, Don Robertson, William “Mickey” Stevenson, Jim Weatherly.
Voting members of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame have until December 16 to turn in their ballots with choices of three non-performer nominees and two from the performer category.
In 2014 KC and the Sunshine Band will take their dance grooves down-under as they head to Australia, visiting Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, The Palace in Melbourne, Brisbane’s Tivoli Theatre and the main stage at Bluesfest in Byron Bay.
Peter Noble, director of Bluesfest Touring said, “this is a band who came from the era where people bought records and KC and the Sunshine Band have over 100 million record sales to prove it.” He added, “This puts them at the same level of sales as Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, The Who and Stevie Wonder and three times more than Pearl Jam.”
For Australia tickets and more information go to bluesfesttouring.com.au
LOS ANGELES, CA – Fleetwood Mac has canceled their upcoming shows for their world tour after co-founder John McVie was diagnosed with cancer.
Just finishing up with their European tour, the rock band announced on their website that shows scheduled for the last two months of the year in Australia and New Zealand have been canceled due to McVie’s diagnosis. The 67-year-old is scheduled to undergo treatment during this time.
“We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates,” the band said in a statement, “We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well as Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best.”
After a three year break, original members Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Stevie Nicks got back together to go out on tour last April. They completed their U.S. tour in July at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA, before heading to Europe.
Earlier this year, Fleetwood Mac released their classic 1977 “Rumours” album which included unreleased studio and live tracks.
McVie and Mick Fleetwood started the group in 1967.