Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween from The Showbiz Kids!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Howlin Rain’s Dead/James Gang Cover on blue vinyl

Howlin Rain are back from their European tour and to celebrate, have released a special seven inch single on limited edition blue vinyl.  

Side A contains Howlin Rain’s version of the Grateful Dead’s “Till the Morning Comes” and the B side contains a demo of James Gang’s “Collage.”

Alan Forbes created the sleeve art for the single, with images of Jerry Garcia on one side and Joe Walsh on the other.   Order yours online now.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Will Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day be shown on the big screen again?

Due to overwhelming fan response, Omniverse, the distributor of Led Zeppelin’s concert film Celebration Day is looking to extend the movie’s theatrical release. Celebration Day grossed over $2 million on its worldwide opening night, in which it played on 1,500 screens in 40 different countries.

Since the one-night screening on October 17th, social media film distributor Distrify has received 46,000 searches for showtimes each day, as well 4,000 demands for screenings per day.

Omniverse has made note and will make its decisions about how to expand the number of screenings accordingly. We will keep you posted with any new details...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

On the turntable this Sunday...Beggars Banquet

Beggars Banquet is the seventh British and ninth American studio album by the English rock band The Rolling Stones. It was released in December 1968 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States. It marked a return to the band's R&B roots, generally viewed as more primal than the conspicuous psychedelia of Their Satanic Majesties Request. It also started off a string of four LPs that is usually regarded as the band's finest work.

Following the long sessions for the previous album in 1967 and the departure of producer and manager Andrew Loog Oldham, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards hired producer Jimmy Miller, who had produced the Spencer Davis Group and Traffic. The partnership would prove to be a success and Miller would work with the band until 1973.

In March, the band began recording their new album, aiming for a July release. One of the first tracks cut, "Jumpin' Jack Flash", was released only as a single in May 1968, becoming a major hit.

Beggars Banquet was Brian Jones' last full effort with the Rolling Stones. In addition to his slide guitar on "No Expectations", he played harmonica on "Dear Doctor", "Parachute Woman" (along with Mick Jagger) and "Prodigal Son"; sitar and tambura on "Street Fighting Man"; mellotron on "Jigsaw Puzzle"and "Stray Cat Blues", and sang backing vocals on "Sympathy for the Devil".  Jones also played an acoustic guitar part on Sympathy for the Devil, but it is not audible in the final mix of the song.

On 7 June 1968, a photo shoot for the album, with photographer Michael Joseph, was held at Sarum Chase, a mansion in London.[8] Previously unseen images from the shoot were exhibited at the Blink Gallery in London in November and December 2008. On 9 September 1968, an WABC Radio News report stated that the release was delayed due to artwork for the album cover, a California artist's work was considered "too dirty to release".

In 2003, the album was ranked number 57 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In the same year the TV network VH1 named Beggars Banquet the 67th greatest album of all time. The album is also featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

By June, the sessions were nearly completed in England, with some final overdubbing and mixing to be done in Los Angeles during July. However, both Decca Records in England and London Records in the US rejected the planned cover design – a graffiti-covered lavatory wall. The band initially refused to change the cover, resulting in several months' delay in the release of the album. By November, however, the Rolling Stones gave in, allowing the album to be released in December with a simple white cover imitating an invitation card, complete with an RSVP. For those aware of the cover intrigue, an advertisement in the back of Rolling Stone magazine soon announced that "the Stones want you to have the banned cover" allowing completests to buy the original artwork as a full front and back album slick that they could glue or tape over the released version.  Meanwhile, the idea of a plain album cover was also implemented by The Beatles for their eponymous white-sleeved double-album, which was released one month prior to Beggars Banquet. The similarity garnered widespread accusations of Beatle-esque imitation when Beggars Banquet was finally released. In 1984, the original cover art was released with the initial CD remastering of Beggars Banquet.

All songs written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards except where noted.

Side one 
No. Title Length 
1. "Sympathy for the Devil"   6:18
2. "No Expectations"   3:56
3. "Dear Doctor"   3:22
4. "Parachute Woman"   2:20
5. "Jigsaw Puzzle"   6:06
Side two 
No. Title Length 
6. "Street Fighting Man"   3:16
7. "Prodigal Son" (Robert Wilkins) 2:51
8. "Stray Cat Blues"   4:38
9. "Factory Girl"   2:09
10. "Salt of the Earth"   

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Phish Archivist Kevin Shapiro Discusses Star Lake 98 (Relix)

Please follow the link to read more about Phish's next archival release of the 08/11/98 show from Burgettstown, PA.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Warren Haynes and Matt Abts on The Georgia Theatre Rooftop

Last Wednesday before their performance at the Georgia Theatre, Warren Haynes and Matt Abts performed a three song acoustic set at the venue’s Rooftop Bar. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Jimi Thing

Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942, so to celebrate his 70th birthday, Living Colour and Friends are hosting a 70th Birthday Tribute to the late and great guitarist.

The event is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 12 at the City Winery in NYC.

Living Colour also participated in the 2011 Experience Hendrix Tour and members of the band have performed the music of Jimi Hendrix throughout the years.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

On the turntable this Sunday...Toto IV

Toto IV is the fourth studio album by American band Toto released in 1982.

The album received six Grammy Awards including Record of the Year for "Rosanna", Album of the Year and Producer of the Year for the band. It reached number four on the Billboard Pop Albums chart shortly after its release in 1982. The single "Rosanna" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, while the album's third single, "Africa", became the group's only Hot 100 #1 hit.   Both songs were smash hits in the UK as well, reaching no. 12 and no. 3 respectively.  "I Won't Hold You Back" came next and reached the top 10 in the USA and the top 40 in the UK.   With the success of "Africa", the album climbed back into the top 10 in early 1983.

The album featured a stronger dose of the pop/hard rock/R&B-fusion that had characterized their self-titled first album than had been heard on their previous two albums.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

One day left to bid on Tom Petty's Jaguar

Tom Petty is auctioning off his convertible for charity on Ebay. The auction for Petty’s 1996 Jaguar XJS runs until tomorrow, October 21st. 

The proceeds from the auction will go to Doctors Without Borders, an international non-profit that provides medical care to people in war-torn and developing countries. The organization received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. 

 You can check out the auction and make a bid here.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Official STS9 After Party in Atlanta

STS9 have announced an official after party following their show at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on October 26th.

Up Until Now with special guest David Murphy of STS9 and Mansions on the Moon are part of the lineup which is set to take place at Terminal West after the STS9 show.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rolling Stone Exclusive Book Excerpt: Peter Criss, 'Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of KISS'

Former KISS drummer Peter Criss is releasing his memoir entitled, "Makeup or Breakup" and Rolling Stone has an exclusive book here for more.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Rolling Stones "Doom and Gloom" (Official Video)

Here’s the official video for “Doom and Gloom” from The Rolling Stones' forthcoming greatest hits collection, GRRR!, coming in November. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Trey Anastasio’s Traveler: Track by Track (Relix)

Please follow the link to read a track-by-track analysis of Trey Anastasio's latest solo album, Traveler.  

Sunday, October 14, 2012

On the turntable this Sunday...Test for Echo

Test for Echo is the sixteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1996. The album marks the final Rush work prior to the events in Neil Peart's life that put the band on hiatus for several years. Peart recorded a majority of his drum tracks for the album using traditional grip, after receiving drum lessons from jazz instructor Freddie Gruber.

The cover denotes an inukshuk, native to the band's home country of Canada, which is a stone figure in the shape of a human used to mark a food cache or hunting ground.

The title track reached #1 on the mainstream rock chart. "Driven" became a bass showcase for bassist Geddy Lee during live performances, while "Resist" was rearranged as an acoustic song on the Vapor Trails and R30 tours.

Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave Test for Echo a rating of 3 out of 5 stars, saying that Rush has "rarely played better in the past ten years than they have on Test for Echo."

Track listing: All songs written by Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart except where noted.

1."Test for Echo" (Lifeson, Lee, Peart, Pye Dubois) – 5:56
2."Driven" – 4:27
3."Half the World" – 3:41
4."The Color of Right" – 4:48
5."Time and Motion" – 5:04
6."Totem" – 5:00
7."Dog Years" – 4:56
8."Virtuality" – 5:43
9."Resist" – 4:22
10."Limbo" – 5:28
11."Carve Away the Stone" – 4:05


Geddy Lee - bass, keyboards, vocals
Alex Lifeson - acoustic and electric guitars, mandola
Neil Peart - drums, percussion, hammered dulcimer

Friday, October 12, 2012

Led Zeppelin Press Conference: Official Audio & Video + Analysis (Relix)

Please follow the link to read more about Led Zeppelin's recent press conference in NYC to support their concert film, Celebration Day.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Band of Horses at the Disc Exchange

Band of Horses will be performing a live acoustic set at The Disc Exchange in Knoxville, TN this afternoon (Thursday, October 11th) at 3 p.m.

There will be free beer and a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Band of Horses at the Tennessee Theatre that night! 

You can also purchase tickets to the show while at the Disc Exchange.

The Disc Exchange, 2615 Chapman Highway just south of the Henley Bridge, via the Gay Street Bridge.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cast your vote for 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

For the first time in its history, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning on Thursday, October 4 and continuing through December 3, the public can vote for the five nominees they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2013 inductees. 

No pressure, but let's do our part to get a band that deserves to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted...RUSH!!!!!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Rush, Public Enemy, Deep Purple Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RS)

Rush is one of the class of 2013 nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Is this finally the Canadian trio's time?!?!?  Read more here...

Sunday, October 7, 2012

On the turntable this Sunday...Whitesnake

Whitesnake (also known as 1987) is the self-titled seventh studio album by British hard rock band of the same name, released in 1987. The album aimed for more of a heavy metal sound than the previous ones but still managed to produce a major power ballad hit, "Is This Love". The album was a major crossover hit eventually selling over eight million copies in the US (and thus going eight times platinum). The album peaked at #2 on US Billboard 200, and #8 on the UK Albums Chart. Its success in the US boosted its predecessor, Slide It In, from gold to double platinum status.

This album was released in Europe as 1987 and as Serpens Albus in Japan, with different track listing, see below. A remastered reissue of this album, featuring a DVD with video clips and live performances, was released in 2007 as the 20th anniversary special edition.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Welcomes a Former Black Crowe

Follow the link to read more about former Black Crowes' guitarist Audley Freed joining the Chris Robinson Brotherhood onstage at their recent show in Nashville, TN.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Foo Fighters on hiatus

The Foo Fighters performed at the Global Citizen Festival in NYC over the past weekend and some comments made during Saturday night’s show led many to believe the band was calling it quits.

David Grohl has released a statement suggesting that the group is on an indefinite hiatus while he works on other projects….

Grohl’s statement:

Hey everyone…

Dave here. Just wanted to write and thank you all again from the bottom of my heart for another incredible year. (Our 18th, to be exact!) We truly never could have done any of this without you…

Never in my wildest dreams did I think Foo Fighters would make it this far. I never thought we COULD make it this far, to be honest. There were times when I didn’t think the band would survive. There were times when I wanted to give up. But… I can’t give up this band. And I never will. Because it’s not just a band to me. It’s my life. It’s my family. It’s my world.

Yes… I was serious. I’m not sure when the Foo Fighters are going to play again. It feels strange to say that, but it’s a good thing for all of us to go away for a while. It’s one of the reasons we’re still here. Make sense? I never want to NOT be in this band. So, sometimes it’s good to just… put it back in the garage for a while…

But, no gold watches or vacations just yet… I’ll be focusing all of my energy on finishing up my Sound City documentary film and album for worldwide release in the very near future. A year in the making, it could be the biggest, most important project I’ve ever worked on. Get ready… it’s coming.

Me, Taylor, Nate, Pat, Chris, and Rami… I’m sure we’ll all see you out there… somewhere…

Thank you, thank you, thank you…


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New Music Review: Band of Horses 'Mirage Rock'

Having seen Band of Horses on tour this summer with My Morning Jacket, my expectations for their latest album were higher than normal.  I was surprised,  more than anything, to discover that this band can rock in concert more than some of their studio material may suggest, which leads me to a somewhat puzzling review of their latest album...    

The S.C. based quintet’s fourth album, Mirage Rock,  continues on with the change in sound that the band 'hinted at' on their 2010 effort,  Infinite Arms.   That’s a good thing and a bad thing, depending on who you ask. 

Tracks like "Electric Music" and the lead single, "Knock Knock," where Ben Bridwell announces that BOH are "a ramshackle crew with something to prove," don’t necessarily show a band that’s growing, but a band making more radio accessible music.  While this may appeal to some, I fear that many of the Band of Horses’ fans may be disappointed with the ongoing departure from the band’s earlier work such as Cease To Begin

Regardless of what direction you had hoped for the band to take on their new record, a good majority of the album contains softer tracks that lean on the sound and feel of 1970s AM radio, but sadly, there is just not a lot of substance to be found on Mirage Rock.  

It’s not to say the album is not enjoyable, it just doesn't measure up with the emotional brand of indie rock the band produced earlier in their career.

-Will Fisher, The Showbiz Kids

The Showbiz Kids Rating:  5 out of possible 10

Monday, October 1, 2012

Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day coming to theaters on October 17th

“Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day,” finally arrives in theaters on Wednesday, October 17th.  The two-hour plus concert film chronicles Led Zeppelin’s reunion concert in 2007 at London’s O2 Arena in support of the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund and will be shown at over 1,500 screens across the world for one-night only.

The reunion included the three surviving members: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham, son of the late drummer, John Bonham.

The O2 Arena performance was Led Zeppelin’s first in over 27 years, and the band played 16 classics that night. 

“Celebration Day” will also be released in November on Blu-Ray, DVD, 2-CD and 3-LP Vinyl formats. 

Set list: Led Zeppelin-December 10, 2007, O2 Arena, London, England

Good Times Bad Times
Ramble On
Black Dog
In My Time Of Dying
For Your Life
Trampled Under Foot
Nobody’s Fault But Mine
No Quarter
Since I’ve Been Loving You
Dazed And Confused
Stairway To Heaven
The Song Remains The Same
Misty Mountain Hop
Whole Lotta Love
Rock And Roll