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Jimi Hendrix gets a new album and t-shirt

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People, Hell and Angels
Photo: Legacy

In honor of Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday, Experience Hendrix LLC is releasing a new album on Tuesday of the iconic musician entitled “People, Hell and Angels.

The album is a collection of 12 unreleased studio performances by Hendrix who died in 1970 at the age of 27 from an accidental drug overdose.

Also being released are mono vinyl editions of Hendrix’s albums “Are You Experienced” and “Axis: Bold As Love.”

Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s step-sister and CEO of Experience Hendrix explained, “After the huge success of the (Jimi Hendrix) Experience and those first albums, he wanted to branch out more, and the blues sound on this is just different from the others,” continuing she said, “This new album is very important for all his fans as it really showcases his creativity and a different side to him.”

Hendrix worked with an eclectic mix of musicians including Mitch Mitchell (drums), Noel Redding (bass), Stephen Stills, Buddy Miles (drums), Lonnie Youngblood (sax), Billy Cox (bass).

Those sessions that were recorded between 1968 and 1969 form the foundation of “People, Hell and Angels,” which is co-produced by Janie Hendrix, original engineer/mixer Eddie Kramer and Hendrix historian John McDermott.

GAP INC. JIMI HENDRIX T-SHIRTS

Photo: Experience Hendrix LLC

But wait! There’s more.

The Gap has announced two limited-edition t-shirt designs, featuring art from the musician’s new album. The exclusive cotton t-shirts will be for sale online at Gap.com starting March 5 and in US stores on March 15 for $29.95.

“From the moment we opened our first store in 1969 selling jeans and records, Gap has always connected with people through music,” said Seth Farbman, Gap’s Global Chief Marketing Officer. “This partnership is an opportunity to celebrate an influential, American artist whose music still inspires people today.”

“We are delighted to be partnering with Gap to celebrate the release of People, Hell and Angels on the 70th anniversary year of the birth of our beloved Jimi. In fashion, as in music, he was adventurous, innovative and colorful. These beautiful shirts, along with Fender’s participation, are truly the reflections of his creative music, fashion and style,” stated Janie Hendrix.

Want to win one of those T’s? Twenty lucky fans will have the chance to win one of the new Gap t-shirts and a copy of the new album by pinning one of the new exclusive t-shirts on Pinterest.


Jeff Keith’s Country side project

It’s like he’s gone to the dark side – at least for this project.

You rockers out there know what I’m talking about. You listen to hardcore rock while those “other people” listen to that country music stuff, and now it’s invading the pop-music scene thanks to the likes of American Idol.

You make sure everyone around you knows how much you hate it too! When Carrie Underwood comes on the radio and starts tearing up that pretty little souped up four wheel drive, you dive (rocker style) for the radio to change the station. But secretly, when no one is around, you start tapping your toe and daydreaming of riding that bucking bronco down at your local country bar – not that you know where the country bar is, let alone if it has a bucking bronco.

But wait!! Don’t touch that dial. The next song you hear could be one of your bestest most favoritest rockers of all time. No not Steven Tyler, that other rocker guy Jeff Keith, lead singer extraordinaire from one of the great rock bands of all time – Tesla.

Yes! Jeff Keith has come out of the country closet, as he’s set to release a brand spanking new album of nothing but country songs due out this Friday November 9th. This isn’t country rock either, this is the bonafide real McCoy, so hold off from changing that dial and have a listen to what he has to offer.

The Album, Jeff Keith and Country Music Friends, is the result of a side project of Keith’s and his country music friends Kent Goodson and Pat Boone from The George Jones band. I should put a disclaimer here that Pat Boone is not the really old guy who likes to drink milk, but the not-so-really old guy who likes country music.

Jeff Keith goes country – click for more images

Apparently they met after a Tesla concert in Canada and the next thing you know, the three of them are paddling around in a pontoon boat somewhere in the middle of Nashville, slamming down sasparillas, and singing country songs.

So how’s it sound?

The album starts off with a nice ballad, “Same Ol’ Cowboy,” complete with violins and steel strings. As most of the songs on the album, this song is old style country music complete with violin, steel string guitars, and a whole lotta twang.

“Life’s Just a Roller Coaster Ride” has a good strong country beat with Keith hitting his country stride as he dials in the twang and cranks up the beat.

Restraining himself from belting it out like a rock-star, Keith shows off his vocal prowess with “Can’t Let Go,” as he slows it down country style. This one is another winner.

“Life on the Road” reminds me of the Waylon and Willie days with a more upbeat tempo and a great storyline.

Cowboy up!

“Oklahoma Bound” is another ballad, and wrapping up the album with my favorite “Oh Hell,” which is an awesome little diddy.

When you purchase the CD you get a bonus track of interviews with the boys.

Bottom-line: This is definitely worth a listen. I really enjoyed all the songs as Keith and company take it old school country. For those of you faint of heart, start with “Can’t Let Go,” and work your way through the list, ending with “Oh Hell.”

For all you Tesla fans out there – no worries. Jeff isn’t quitting his day job.

I’m off to shine my boots and take in a couple of re-runs of Hee Haw.

Jeff Keith Country

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Forrest Day to open for Flobots at Ace of Spades

Forrest Day – Gotta love the album cover!

Flobots, Forrest Day, and Astronautalis will make their way to Ace of Spades in Sacramento on September 18th at 7:00 pm.

The Flobots will be touring to promote their new album The Circle in the Square, starting September 14th! However, the big news is San Francisco Bay Area sensation Forrest Day will be opening for the Flobots on the western leg of their tour, along with Astronautalis.

Forrest Day has been accused of sounding a lot like rock, jazz, reggae, and even rap, as he passionately sings about everyday issues. His meticulously crafted tunes will have your toe tapping, your head bobbing, and your mind reeling as he lays out life’s struggles in a high energy show.

Forrest Day is coming off of a highly successful release of their self-titled debut album, Forrest Day. With a second album in the works, fans may get a sneak peak of what to expect when they play Ace of Spades.

You won’t want to miss this exciting night, and trust me when I say that you’ll walk away from the show talking about Forrest Day and the meaning of life, or you’ll just be scratching your head asking yourself, ‘What just happened in there?’ Either way it’s bound to be one hell of an experience.

Frank Hannon’s Six String Soldiers

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Tesla’s Frank Hannon has proven, once again, that he has complete command of all things guitar.

Hannon’s last album, Gypsy Highway, took the listener on an acoustical journey through the heart, as he stepped outside the world of rock and introduced us to his folksier side.

Hannon’s latest creation, Six String Soldiers, is nothing short of rock legend, as he builds on his foundation of hard driving rock, bringing a few of his friends along for the ride. His army of soldiers include 3 time Grammy winner Rick Derringer (Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo), Pat Travers (Boom Boom, Out Go The Lights), Dave Meniketti (founder of Y&T), and Dicky Betts (“‘Ramblin” Man).

Lending his vocals to the album is Jeff Sandoval, who does a commendable job with his smooth vocals on songs such as “Cross Your Mind” and “Love, Life, and Beauty.” Drummer Cortney DeAgustine even jumps into the fray on “Redemption,” as she provides backing vocals for Sandoval.

Leading the charge is the bluesy  “I’M Alive,” featuring Pat Travers, followed by my favorite “Set Me Free.”

“Lipstick, Smoke -N- Gasoline” featuring Dave Meniketti deserves a mention for its over-the-top riffs and overall tune as it insinuates itself into every fiber of your being, driving you to nod your head to the beat – for the true rockers out there that would be banging your head to the beat.

Six String Soldiers is what rock is all about!

Track Listing:
1. I’m Alive (feat. Pat Travers)
2. Set Me Free
3. Six String Soldiers
4. Lipstick, Smoke and Gasoline (feat. Dave Meniketti)
5. Invincible
6. Cross Your Mind
7. Touch the Ground (feat. Dickey Betts)
8. I’m Just Sayin’
9. Love, Life and Beauty
10. To the Light (feat. Rick Derringer)
11. Redemption
12. 12.21

WTF Department: Cher Lloyd booed offstage

Cher Lloyd

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X-factor alum Cher Lloyd was recently booed off stage in London, at the annual V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford.

Apparently the 19 year old Lloyd was only two songs into her set when the booing started. She left the stage in tears after someone threw a bottle that contained urine at the “‘Swagger Jagger’ singer.

You read that right ““ a bottle of friggin urine. WTF?

Come on people! Why the hell would someone throw a bottle of urine at somebody like Cher Lloyd, who is all of 5 foot nothing. Actually, what would make someone throw a bottle of urine at anyone?

The bigger question is why the hell was someone toting around a bottle of urine?

After a few minutes Lloyd came back out and told the crowd;

“It’s hard enough being up here, but it’s not nice having bottles of piss chucked at you.”

Taking to Twitter after the show Lloyd wrote, “Thank you so much for all the nice messages, shame that a couple of people had to ruin it. Unfortunately a glass bottle got thrown at me on stage. Tomorrow is another day, big love to my brats!!!”

Her fans are referred to as Brats.

Last year Lloyd admitted that she was afraid to leave her house due to the amount of negative criticism she was receiving. At the time she was quoted as saying, “I know people think I’m a bitch but they don’t realize I put on a massive front. When I go home and close the door I break down, phone my mum and dad and cry. It got to the point when I thought ‘Why am I doing this?’”

This year’s V Festival was headlined by The Stone Roses and The Killers, with other bands including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Enemy, Example, Miles Kane and Frank Turner.

To whoever threw the bottle of urine ““ Piss off you wanker!

 

Cher Lloyd’s Debut Album Drops in October

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Brit teen pop sensation Cher Lloyd is putting the finishing flourishes on her highly anticipated U.S. debut, Sticks + Stones, which now has a new confirmed release date of October 2nd, push back from a September release date. The perky perfectionist wanted to ensure that no details were missed on Sticks + Stones for her fanatical U.S. fans. The American version of Sticks + Stones, released via Epic Records/Syco, will vary slightly from the 2011 U.K. version, which debuted at #4 in the U.K. The US album includes never-before-heard songs, as well as a few surprise guests. Cher explains that Sticks + Stones is “like a jukebox! Lots of different sounds and no two songs sound the same. I’ve put a lot into the album.”

Cher will make her second major U.S. TV appearance on the Today Show August 30th.

Clearly, the pint-sized pop-star is winning over U.S. fans by the masses, as further proven by her afternoon of fan-packed mayhem during a recent visit to West Hollywood’s Millions of Milkshakes. Police had to intervene as several thousand of Cher’s beloved “Brats” mobbed the streets for a glimpse of the saucy teen singer.  (Take a look at the Brat Attack madness here: http://bit.ly/Nm5bBR) Cher’s mouth-watering milkshake is made from Oreos, marshmallows, banana, and caramel sauce–topped with whipped cream and a cherry–and, in homage to her beloved fans, the sweet treat is called the Brat Attack.

For those who can’t get enough from their new fave, Cher entertains more than two million Twitter followers who hang on her every word. And as Cher takes care to make sure every detail is perfect for the American release of Sticks + Stones in preparation for its October 2nd release, she gushes, “I can’t wait for everyone to hear the songs in full.”  Fortunately for her Brats, the wait is almost over!

 

It’s Miller Time!

Steve Miller

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As in Steve Miller.

The 68 year old rocker had the sold out crowd at Thunder Valley Casino Resort‘s outdoor amphitheater rocking the night away as Miller took them on a magical ride down memory lane.

The concert was like taking a ride on a Jet Airplane to Swingtown, with a Space Cowboy and The Joker on board. Then all of a sudden – Abracadabra – and everyone was Dance Dance Dance dancing the night away ““ ok, I think the medical stuff was working its magic on me at that point, but that’s what it felt like!

Miller and his band comprised of Jacob Petersen (guitar), Joseph Wooten (keys), Kenny Lee Lewis (bass), Sonny Charles (vocals), and Gordy Knudtson (drums), came out performing “Jungle Love,” which immediately brought the crowd to their feet.

Miller continued with his hits “Take the Money and Run,” “The Stake,” and “Abracadabra,” as I’m sure some people in the crowd were reminiscing about the time they were in the backseat of their 65 Chevy, doing god knows what.

As they started playing “Abracadabra,” Miller introduced Carlos Reyes from Oakland,  as Reyes proceeded to rip into his violin. Reyes also brought out a harp during an acoustic set of “Nature Boy,” “Dance Dance Dance,” and “The Window.”

Kenny Lee Lewis and Steve Miller

Kenny Lee Lewis and Steve Miller

Prior to the acoustic set, Miller played a number of songs from his Bingo album like “Further On Up the Road,” “Tramp,” and “All Your Love (I Miss Loving).”

That’s about the time when things slowed way down. As the crowd started mingling with each other, it felt more like an intermission. As Miller started the acoustic set, most audience members were reengaged when they hit “Dance Dance Dance,” but that quickly faded, until Miller kicked it back into gear with “Jet Airliner.”

Heading into the encore Miller was in top form with “Rockin Me,” “Swingtown,” “Space Cowboy,” and finishing the night with “The Joker.”

Even with the lull of newer songs this was a great night of entertainment, providing everyone in attendance with a stroll down memory lane.

Don’t forget to check out Thunder Valley Casino’s upcoming Summer Concerts.

Steve Miller

Steve Miller at Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Randy’s Rant: Aging artists should stick to the hits that got them there. While I understand the need to sell their latest CD, they need to understand their audience. Many of their fans are in the older demographic, and might only go to one or two shows a year. When they do finally get out to a concert they want to be entertained by the rocker of yesteryear, not yesterday.

I truly believe that if they stuck to the older hits, this will in turn cause people to want to listen to their newer stuff. As fans are leaving, going to get a beer, or going to drain said beer, they would be more inclined to stop off at the merchant table and pick up the latest CD. If not, click the link below and buy the damn thing. 8-)

I could be completely off base, but since this is my blog I get to blather on about a whole lot of nothing.

 

Train US Tour Dates Announced

rock band train - California 37The band Train has been hitting the airwaves hot and heavy lately, including an unprecedented, week long, guest appearance on Rachael Ray, and another appearance on Dancing With the Stars.

All to celebrate the release (April 17) of their latest album – California 37 and the launch of their third varietal wine from Save Me, San Francisco Wine Company, also called “California 37.”

And it’s working!

The Grammy Award winning band’s single “Drive By” has already surpassed one million in sales.

And according to Train guitarist, and all around good guy, Jimmy Stafford, after only two days California 37 has been certified platinum in the US.

On the heels of all this attention, Train has announced their first set of tour dates in support of California 37, beginning July 26 at the Time Warner Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Guest artists Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer will open select dates of the tour.

Jimmy Stafford


Released as a digital download in January, “Drive By” has become Train’s latest bona fide international sensation and is top 5 across the world and #1 in Germany, Netherlands, Finland, India, New Zealand and Switzerland. As of today “Drive By” remains in the top 20 digital downloads.

Expect to see more of the American rock band since they are scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (April 23), The Talk (April 24), and The View (May 22).  The group will also appear on “Sesame Street” (with air dates TBD). I have it on good authority that Train has already taped the Sesame Street appearance.

Train will also be launching a brand new Cabernet Sauvignon from the Save Me, San Francisco Wine Company.  The much-anticipated third varietal from the acclaimed craft winery, “California 37″ is a worthy addition to previous varietals, “Drops of Jupiter” (Petite Syrah) and “Calling All Angels” (Chardonnay).  A portion of the proceeds from the varietal will go to the San Francisco charity Family House, which provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill children.  For more information please visit familyhouseinc.org.

TRAIN -CALIFORNIA 37 TOUR DATES 2012

July 10      Montreal, QC                        Metropolis
July 11      Toronto, ON                         Sony Center
July 26      Charlotte, NC                       Time Warner Center
July 27      Raleigh, NC                         Raleigh Amphitheater
July 28      Des Moines, IA                      Stars In The Park
July 29      St. Louis, MO                       Peabody Opera House
August 4     Indianapolis, IN                    Indiana State Fair
August 5     Nashville, TN                       The Woods at Fontanel
August 7     Rochester Hills, MI                 Meadowbrook
August 8     Cincinnati, OH                      PNC Pavilion
August 10    Kansas City, MO                     Starlight
August 11    Highland Park, IL                   Ravinia Festival
August 12    Highland Park, IL                   Ravinia Festival
August 14    Toledo, OH                          Toledo Zoo Amphitheater
August 15    Springfield, IL                     Illinois State Fair
August 16    Cleveland, OH                       Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
August 18    Philadelphia, PA                    Mann Center for the Performing Arts
August 19    Uncasville, CT                      Mohegan Sun
August 21    Vienna, VA                          Wolf Trap
August 24    Canandaigua, NY                     Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
August 25    Essex Junction, VT                  Champlain Valley Exposition
August 26    Gilford, NH                         Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
August 27    New York, NY                        Rumsey Playfield- Summerstage
August 30    West Long Branch, NJ                MAC Center -Monmouth University
August 31    Lenox, MA                           Tanglewood
September 1  Atlantic City, NJ                   Borgata
September 2  Virginia Beach, VA                  American Music Festival
September 5  Boca Raton, FL                      Mizner Park Amphitheater
September 6  St. Augustine, FL                   Saint Augustine Amphitheater
September 7  Atlanta, GA                         Chastain Park Amphitheater
September 9  Dayton, OH                          Downtown Revival Music Festival
September 11 Tuscaloosa, AL                      Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
September 12 Memphis, TN                         Mud Island Amphitheater
September 13 Oklahoma City, OK                   Zoo Amphitheater
September 15 Grand Prairie, TX                   Verizon Theater
September 16 New Braunfels, TX                   WhiteWater Amphitheater
September 19 Morrison, CO                        Red Rocks
September 22 Portland, OR                        Edgefield
September 23 Puyallup, WA                        Western Washington Fair
September 28 Berkeley, CA                        Greek Theater
September 29 Los Angeles, CA                     Nokia Theater
September 30 Phoenix, AZ                         Comerica Theater

Jingle Bells Rock Thunder Valley

Eddie Money and Mickey Thomas

Sixty-two-year-old veteran rocker Eddie Money brought his Jingle Bell Rock tour to Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Thursday. Scheduled to appear was former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm and former Jefferson Starship lead singer Mickey Thomas.

The day before their performance at Thunder Valley, it was announced that Gramm would not be performing for the remaining tour due to acute laryngitis, so Gramm was not in attendance.

As the concert kicked off with Money and Thomas taking the stage, the audience immediately started chanting, “Lou! Lou! Lou!” Money responded by explaining the situation and said they had added a couple of songs to their setlist to make up for the missing Gramm. This was followed by more than a few polite boos ““ is there really such a thing as a polite boo?

Money exited stage left while Thomas started singing “Jane.” Thomas wore a striped shirt with a loosely worn red Christmas tie, while he banged out “Sara,” “We Built This City,” “Nothings Going to Stop Us Now.” Thomas ended his set with “It’s Christmas Time Pretty Baby,” singing in the style of Elvis Presley.

The 62-year-old Thomas’ vocals really stood out throughout his set, sounding just as good as he did all those years ago, in particular when he sang Annie Lennox’s “Winter Wonderland.”

Mickey Thomas - Click for more images

Backing Thomas was Money’s regular crew consisting of longtime band members Tommy Girvin (lead guitar) and Glenn Symmonds (drummer), with more recent additions Lee Beverly (bass) and Chris Groves (keyboards).

Following Thomas, Money came out singing “Baby Hold On” and “I Wanna Go Back.”  As Money sang, he shuffled back and forth across the stage and even pulled out the saxophone to show everyone he can still play.

Rounding out the show, Money and Thomas took the stage together singing “Jingle Bell Rock” and a rocking version of “Jingle Bells.” For their encore they performed John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).”

While Money’s vocals were not as pristine as Thomas’, he made up for it with his overall stage presence, sense of humor and kindness toward the audience, reaching out to shake hands with a few people in the front row.

Offstage, Money is extremely generous and cordial to all those around him, introducing himself to anyone standing near. His generosity doesn’t stop there.

Eddie Money - Click for more images

Money is a strong supporter of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which helps support families of military personnel lost in service to our nation and for severely wounded service members and veterans.

Money is hoping fans will help bring some holiday cheer to heroic members of the armed forces by going to eddiemoney.com and purchasing his single “One More Soldier Coming Home.” All the proceeds will go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

The Jingle Bell Rock tour was originally started by Money. This past summer, Money performed at a benefit in a Los Angeles club where Gramm and Thomas also appeared. After some discussion they decided to work with Money and tour with him in the Jingle Bell Rock tour.

While this was Money’s show and he was the headliner, Gramm’s absence was a big disappointment for many of the fans in the audience. Especially after Foreigner just came through the area a couple of months ago with their new frontman Kelly Hansen leading the charge. Hansen did an awesome job and put on a high energy show ““ check out my review. I for one, was hoping to see the real deal – maybe next year.

Yes, the audience booed after they realized Lou wasn’t going to be there, but these diehard fans enjoyed the show nonetheless. It’s these types of fans that keep the old-school bands going. And it’s these types of bands that keep the old people going ““ and a little help from Geritol.

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Elvis Costello to Fans – Don’t buy

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Elvis Costello has been pretty vocal about the issues on Wall Street since the recession started and is continuing his message by telling his fans not to purchase his new limited edition box set “The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook,” due to the exorbitant price tag of $225.

Costello wrote in his blog post;

“We at www.elviscostello.com find ourselves unable to recommend “The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook” as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire.”

Costello didn’t stop there and surprised everyone by recommending a collection by Louis Armstrong.

“All our attempts to have this number revised have been fruitless so we are taking the following unusual step.

If you want to buy something special for your loved one at this time of seasonal giving, we suggest, “Ambassador Of Jazz” – a cute little imitation suitcase containing ten re-mastered albums by one of the most beautiful and loving revolutionaries who ever lived ““ Louis Armstrong.

The box should be available for under one hundred and fifty American dollars and includes a number of other tricks and treats.

Frankly the music is vastly superior.”

Costello goes on to explain that the items in the package will be available separately and at a more affordable price at the beginning of the year.

Hats off to Costello!

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