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Frampton’s Guitar Circus at Thunder Valley Casino

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton

LINCOLN, CA – Frampton’s Guitar Circus thrilled fans at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Friday, with two legendary guitarists entertaining a full-house.

Following his success of the 2011/2012 world tour celebrating the 35th Anniversary of his multi-platinum live album ‘Frampton Comes Alive!,’ Peter Frampton headed back on the road with Frampton’s Guitar Circus, featuring blues legend BB King.

BB King

BB King

Throughout his tour, Frampton has been bringing a special guest. For his Thunder Valley Casino visit he brought out acclaimed songwriter, Richard Thompson. Thompson is the recipient of BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 20 Guitarists of All Time for his acoustic and electric virtuosity. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, David Byrne, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, and many others have recorded his work.

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BB King
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Another feature of this tour is fans are able to purchase the recorded version of the show they attended from FizzKicks. So far, the Thunder Valley show has not been uploaded.

BB King kicked off the show with his famous guitar Lucille, as he came shuffling out to sit down in a chair front and center. The 87-year-old King smiled and waved to the crowd most of his set. It appeared he was more comfortable interacting with the crowd than performing with his band.

BB King

BB King (R) and Peter Frampton

Once King started playing, it was evident why he’s considered The King of Blues, effortlessly picking his way around the guitar and singing with a strong bluesy sound. Fans were completely enraptured with his presence and delighted with his charismatic charm while he waved, pointed and smiled at everyone he made eye contact with.

The main event for the evening was when Frampton joined King on stage to play a couple of songs, including Kings Grammy Award winning “The Thrill is Gone.” I was excited to see the two legendary guitarists performing onstage together, but more importantly seeing the two sitting there talking to each other as if they were sitting out on the porch on a hot summer day.

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

As fans pulled out their camera phones King insisted on posing with Frampton for as many fans as possible, telling the crowd to go ahead and take pictures.

After a brief break, Frampton came out playing extended versions of “Magic Moon (Da Da Da Da Da!)” and “Doobie Wah,” both off of his third album “Something’s Happening.” It appeared he was playing on is original Les Paul that he had lost and recovered after 31 years!

Read: Peter Frampton’s legendary guitar is back

The 63-year-old Frampton got the crowd’s attention as soon as he struck up the first notes to “Show Me the Way,” with the crowd cheering and jumping to their feet.

Richard Thompson (R) and Peter Frampton

Richard Thompson (R) and Peter Frampton

Richard Thompson joined Frampton for Thompson’s song “Shoot Out the Lights,” off  his critically acclaimed album ‘Shoot Out the Lights,” followed by “Tear Stained Letter,” off his “Hands of Kindness” album.

Frampton continued on with “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Black Hole Sun” and he treated the crowd to a 20 minute extended version of “Do You Feel Like We Do.”

Finishing off the show, Frampton brought out Thompson as they played the Beatles hit “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

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Frampton is used to playing at least a three hour set, but due to time constraints he had to cut his set short. Die-hard fans in the audience continued to chant for more until they realized the equipment was being broken down and then they reluctantly headed for the exits.

This is the second time Frampton has brought his tour to Thunder Valley Casino Resort and it’s the second time that fans were left wanting more. If fans are lucky and he comes back a third time, let’s hope the start time is a little earlier so they can experience the true Frampton.

 

Huey Lewis bares his “Heart and Soul”

Huey Lewis

Huey Lewis

LINCOLN, CA – Huey Lewis and the News performed before a packed house at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday.

Lewis is currently touring the country in celebration of the 30 year anniversary of their iconic ‘Sports’ album which included mega-hits such as “I Want New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock and Roll” and “Heart and Soul.”

Selling over 10 million records, ‘Sports’ went on to place second only to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ in 1984.

In their usual style, the band stormed the stage while a booming heartbeat played in the background. As the crowd cheered, Lewis arrived onstage singing “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” followed by “Heart and Soul.”

Johnny Colla

Johnny Colla

The 64-year-old Lewis weaved his way through the entire ‘Sports’ album as the older audience members sang along.

As he finished side one of the album, he explained to the younger members of the audience, that you had to actually flip the vinyl record over, referring to the original format of the album. However, fans can now get their hands on the ‘Sports 30th Anniversary Edition.‘ The anniversary edition includes re-mastered versions and a second disc with unreleased live versions of the songs.

Read: Huey Lewis has car stolen

Huey Lewis and the horn section

Huey Lewis and the horn section

“We aimed every song on ‘Sports’ to be a hit, so in that sense it’s really a collection of singles,” Lewis told USA Today in an interview, “They were for commercial radio, because that was the only way to success in those days, just before the real boom of MTV. We made no apologies about that mission, and we’re very proud of it in retrospect.”

Original band members on the album were Sean Hopper (keyboards), Bill Gibson (drums), Johnny Colla (sax), Mario Cipollina (bass) and Chris Hayes (guitar).

Performing at Thunder Valley were original members Lewis, Colla, Gibson and Hopper along with John Pierce (bass), Stef Burns (guitar), Marvin McFadden (trumpet) and Rob Sudduth (tenor sax).

Cocktail waitress helps out Lewis

Cocktail waitress helps out Lewis

There were a few songs that were not familiar to some audience members, so when Lewis completed the album and started playing some of their more recent songs (26-year-old songs and newer), the crowd came to life.

Traditionally Lewis and The News perform a few songs a cappella, but they disappointed on this night as the ‘Sports’ album dominated the performance.

Lewis’ gravelly voice has gotten better with age. There were a couple of songs where he struggled to hit the higher registers, but it didn’t matter – it was Huey Lewis.

Photos: Randy Miramontez

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Fleetwood Mac wraps up US tour in Sacramento

Fleetwood Mac In Concert - Sacramento, CA

Fleetwood Mac

SACRAMENTO, CA – Fleetwood Mac brought their A-game Saturday night as they played to a sold-out crowd at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena, (Arco Arena, Power Balance Pavilion).

Bringing a roar from the crowd, 65-year-old Stevie Nicks and 63-year-old Lindsey Buckingham came out onstage hand-in-hand, as they kicked off their final performance of their US tour, in support of their first ever EP ‘Extended Play.

Joining the duo was, 66-year-old Mick Fleetwood and 67-year-old John McVie, as they started the show off with hits from their famous ‘Rumours’ album including “Second Hand News” and “The Chain.” The album was originally released in 1977. Christine McVie was not present, she retired from music after their album ‘The Dance.’

John McVie (L) and Stevie Nicks

John McVie (L) and Stevie Nicks

The group performed for close to three hours, including two encores, with the mostly standing crowd of hungry fans cheering them on.

Yes, this was a Fleetwood Mac concert, but at times it felt more like the Lindsey Buckingham show, with special guest Stevie Nicks. Buckingham remained onstage throughout the performance, giving other members a break. There were some songs where Buckingham was lacking vocally, but his guitar skills more than made up for it.

Lindsey Buckingham

Lindsey Buckingham

Mick Fleetwood, drummer and founding member of the group, did a great job on drums, including a wonderful solo routine. Our seats were off to the right side of the stage and from our angle we could just glimpse another drummer that was hidden from view. It appeared the hidden drummer was mimicking the same sound as Mick on some songs, and adding to the mix on others. Towards the end of the show when backup singers and other band members were introduced, the lone drummer was left out. Could this be lip-syncing for drummers? Regardless, Mick was in top form with his mannerisms and facial expressions as he entertained the crowd.

Fleetwood Mac In Concert - Sacramento, CA

Mick Fleetwood

Buckingham stole the show with his blazing fingerstyle guitar as he plucked melody lines over bass notes with blinding speed. You would have thought there were three guitar players onstage with the two drummers.

Stevie Nicks dusted off an old song “Without You,” that she wrote years ago and recorded as a demo. According to Nicks, the demo was taken from her and returned years later. After getting it back she lost it, so between her and Buckingham they have pieced it back together and were able to stay true to the demo version.

Stevie Nicks (L) and Lindsey Buckingham

Stevie Nicks (L) and Lindsey Buckingham

For their final encore of the night Buckingham responded to Nicks’ “Without You” with one he wrote a decade ago about the couple, “Say Goodbye.”

For those of you who may not know the history of the band, Buckingham and Nicks were lovers back in the day and just as the band broke up, so did the they. Their relationship led to a number of songs, both as Fleetwood Mac and in their solo careers.

There were a lot of rumors that band mates were having affairs with other band mates. That was back in the mid-seventies when they were working on, what was to become, their most popular album. Because of all the rumors flying around they decided to call their album – “Rumours.” Go figure.

 

Kid Rock offers $20 tickets

kid-rock-rebel-soulIn a press release yesterday rocker Kid Rock announced his upcoming U.S. summer tour, and he’s offering cheaper seats and more.

The 42-year-old has set reserved and lawn seats at only $20, plus he’s arranged for lower prices for parking, merchandise, and more importantly beer.

Teaming with Live Nation, Kid Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band will perform under the stars in amphitheaters across the country starting on June 28th at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, winding down the tour on September 15th at the Live Nation Amphitheatre in Tampa, Florida.

Performing with Kid Rock will be one of two acts: Kool & The Gang or ZZ Top, both will be performing with Uncle Kracker.

ZZ Top photos                   Kool & The Gang photos

Kid Rock is partnering with Walmart and will be offering all-in $20 tickets – no fees, no parking charges, nada, at participating Walmart locations.

ZZ Top

ZZ Top
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And if that wasn’t enough the Kid is reserving the first two rows for every show as free upgrades for lucky fans who will be selected at random.

Special $4 draught beers, value food packages, cheaper parking (where possible), free samples of Jimmy John’s sandwiches at select venues, free coffee at the end of the show, and $20 tour t-shirts will be available as well.

“Everyone knows the economy is still hurting people across the country, but I didn’t want that to be a reason why everyone couldn’t get out and enjoy themselves on a summer night, Kid Rock said in a statement, “So we’re going to throw the biggest and best party ever, with prices across the board that are reasonable and transparent.  No hidden fees, no gimmicks.  We’re not sparing any expense on this tour, we’re going over the top as always, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to ask the fans to pay more.”

Kool and the Gang

Kool & the Gang
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Kid Rock is optimistic that he’s going to fill amphitheaters across the country saying, “If this works we’re going to play to packed houses of fans who appreciate what we’re doing.  If it doesn’t, might be a long summer.”

Kid Rock explained that “someone has to go out there and fight these high prices and change things up, and I’m lucky enough that I can afford to take a pay cut.  $20. Best night ever.”

The tour is in support of his 10th album, Rebel Soul. Kid along with Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino will be on Piers Morgan Live on April 12, to discuss the tour and this unconventional strategy.

And as always, Jim Beam and Harley Davidson will be sponsoring the tour.

Yes. Sacramento – you get a chance to take in the show on July 31 at Sleep Train Amphitheater. Currently Live Nation shows Sammy Hagar playing with Kid Rock at the Sleep Train Amphitheater.

Ohio Players frontman Sugarfoot dead at 70

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Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner – Click for more images

I am extremely sad to report that Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, the colorful and flamboyant lead singer for the Ohio Players, died yesterday at the age of 70.

UPDATE: In an official family statement released by Scott Hanover the family said, “Yesterday, Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner passed away quietly in his hometown of Trotwood-Dayton, OH. While his family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn his passing they celebrate fondly his memory, music, and legacy.”

The statement continued, “Humble yet charismatic, soft spoken and of few words, the weight of his thoughts, lyrics, and music has influenced countless other artists, songs, and trends.  He will be missed but not forgotten as his legacy and music lives on.  More details and an official historical perspective of his career will soon be forthcoming.

His Facebook page is available to all to post comments, reflections, and testimonials of this wonderful and gifted man: https://www.facebook.com/sugarfootsohioplayers.”

The Ohio Players were originally formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1959, and were known as the Ohio Untouchables. After a brief breakup the band regrouped in 1963 adding Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner on lead guitar and eventually he went on to front the band.

The band’s first big hit single was “Funky Worm”, reaching #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and made the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1973, selling over one million copies.

The band had seven Top 40 hits between 1973 and 1976 including, “Fire,” “Love Rollercoaster” and “Who’d She Coo?”

Recently the master of funk brought the Ohio Players to Thunder Valley Casino Resort (read review). Sugarfoot was helped onstage and appeared frail. However, backstage he was jovial and very friendly to the staff and fans as they lined up to meet the ‘70s icon.

Beach Boys Reunion Tour Comes to a Close

(LR) David Marks, Mike Love, and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys

Last year The Beach Boys announced a reunion tour that included the original surviving  members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, plus longtime members Bruce Johnston and David Marks, along with Jeffrey Foskett.

When they kicked off their 50th anniversary tour in Tucson on April 24, they brought with them a set list of 42 songs. By the time they played at the Hollywood Bowl in June their set list grew to 46 songs.

Obviously they were saving their best for last because when they played their final concert at London’s Wembley Arena on September 27, the set list was a whopping 55 songs!

Prior to the final show Love announced that he planned on touring as The Beach Boys with Johnston, leaving out Wilson, Jardine, and Marks. While some have feigned shock over the announcement, it should come as no surprise, since Love had been touring with Johnston, and his son Christian under The Beach Boy name prior to their reunion tour.

Mike Love of The Beach Boys at Thunder Valley Casino in 2011

Brian Wilson, who stopped touring with the group in 1965, said at their September 18 Grammy appearance, “I wouldn’t mind getting together with Mike and the guys and recording an exciting rock ‘n’ roll album.” There’s no word on whether or not that will become a reality, but odds are that it won’t materialize.

Wilson told CNN in September, “I’m disappointed and can’t understand why he (Love) doesn’t want to tour with Al, David and me. We are out here having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys.”

For their reunion The Beach Boys released a new album which included “That’s Why God Made the Radio”, beating The Beatles’ record for duration on Billboard’s top 10 chart (the Fabs’ top 10 hits spanned 47 years, seven months and three weeks, versus the Beach Boys’ 49 years and one week).

So what did they play for their final set?

Set 1 Set 2
Do It Again
Little Honda
Catch a Wave
Hawaii
Don’t Back Down
Surfin’ Safari
Surfer Girl
Please Let Me Wonder
This Whole World
Wendy
Getcha Back
Then I Kissed Her
You’re So Good to Me
Kiss Me, Baby
Isn’t It Time
Come Go With Me
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)
Dance, Dance, Dance
Darlin’
Disney Girls
It’s OK
Cotton Fields
Be True to Your School
Ballad of Ol’ Betsy
Don’t Worry Baby
Little Deuce Coupe
409
Shut Down
I Get Around
Pet Sounds
Add Some Music To Your Day
Sail On, Sailor
Heroes and Villains
I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
California Dreamin’
California Saga: California
In My Room
All This is That
That’s Why God Made the Radio
Summer’s Gone
Forever
God Only Knows
Sloop John B
Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Good Vibrations
California Girls
All Summer Long
Help Me, Rhonda
Rock and Roll Music
Do You Wanna Dance?
Surfin’ U.S.A.Encore
Kokomo
Barbara Ann
Fun, Fun, Fun

Jasmine’s in the air at the Fountains

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Jasmine Villegas, better known as Jasmine V. was at the Fountains at Rosevilleon Sunday in support of AT&T’s No Text On Board tour, as throngs of Jasminators (as her fans are known) turned out in support of their favorite pop singer.

The 18 year old Villegas is an up and coming R&B, pop singer and has made appearances in Justin Bieber’s music video for his hit single “Baby,” as well as the Kid’s Choice Awards. She’s also made a few appearances in Bieber’s most recent tour.

AT&T is using the No Text On Board Tour to get the word out about texting and driving. Their tagline is #itcanwait and you can take the pledge at itcanwait.org.

They can’t get the word out quick enough! I had several near misses on the way over to the fountains as people continue to text, use their phones, and do other idiotic things while driving. People, I’d like to get to where I’m going without having to perform numerous defensive maneuvers.

Jasmine’s brothers Jream Andrew and Justin

Since Villegas’ performance was scheduled at the last minute, the Fountains at Roseville, as well as local radio station 107.9 The End had very little time to get the word out. Not a lot of fans showed up, but the diehard fans who follow Villegas through social media were able to get the inside scoop as she tweeted;

“#SacramentoAreaJasminators my No Text On Board Tour sponsored by @ATT is coming to Fountains at Roseville Center 9/9 @2pm RT if u’re coming!?”

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As around 600 fans gathered around the stage Villegas’ older brother Jream Andrew was entertaining the crowd along with younger brother Justin, by asking the crowd questions about Jasmine such as;

“What was the title of Jasmine’s first music video?” – answer: “I Own This”

The first person to answer the questions correctly won a ticket to Paranorman, or a T-shirt compliments of The End.

Right away Villega’s invited a number of young ladies up onstage to dance to her hit “Werk.” She followed up with “Jealous,” as fans kept shouting out that they loved her.

Front row for these ladies – compliments of The End.

Villegas sang a song with her brother Jream and then Jream went solo with “Grillin.” There were a number of Jream fans with signs, as well as plenty of signs for Villega’s.

Villegas ended the set with “Just a Friend.” Afterward the fans were treated to a meet and greet.

It’s great that AT&T is sponsoring these types of events. Texting while driving is extremely irresponsible, selfish, and just downright stupid – so please don’t!

itcanwait!

 

 

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!

 

The End for Cher Lloyd and Her Brats

Cher Lloyd

“Brats” waiting for Cher Lloyd – click for more images

Cher Lloyd

Sing Inc. posing with Cher Lloyd

Cher Lloyd continued her radio show promo tour in support of her upcoming album Sticks and Stones, which is due out in September. Stopping at the Roseville Galleria she entertained close to 2,000 brats (as her fans are referred to).

Sacramento radio station 107.9 The End hosted the event with Christopher K., Dan Mason, Ashley Nickels, and the morning Wake Up Call’s Katie, Jason, and Gavin.

Chris asked the crowd how long they had been waiting, with some in the crowd screaming 8 hours!

As the mostly young female audience waited patiently for Lloyd, they were entertained by Sing Inc. Pop Academy, as an all-female crew took the stage singing a variety of hits such as Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Good Girl,” and One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”

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The screaming started in earnest as the 19 year old Lloyd made her way to the stage from her, completely wrapped in all things Cher Lloyd, tour bus.

Starting off her brief acoustical set with Usher’s “OMG,” the brats made certain she knew they were there as they screamed, “‘I love you Cher’. After her first song Lloyd asked the crowd, “Hello, how are you?” which only caused the screams to jump up a few decibels.

Christopher K.

Christopher K. taking photos with his fans

Lloyd continued on with only two more songs “Superhero” and “I Want You Back.’ During “I Want You Back,” you could hear most of the crowd singing and doing some serious grunting along with Lloyd.

As she finished her set Chris asked her a number of questions including how many tattoos she has, which is currently a total of 20, but she’s looking to do a complete sleeve on her arm.

You can see videos of her at the Galleria and her interview with Chris at The End Online.

You can pre-order her new CD due out on September 18th

 

 

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