Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Queen and Adam Lambert Announce 2017 North American Tour (UCR)

Queen + Adam Lambert will spend the summer touring throughout North America...

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Queen and Adam Lambert Announce 2017 North American Tour 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Party Time

It was announced on August 10, 2009, that Joy would be made available for pre-order in several different formats, including CD, vinyl and the "Joy Box" which, in addition to the Joy CD, "will include ten individual Limited Edition posters designed for each of the album’s 10 songs, a complete second album titled Party Time, and a DVD capturing live performances from the first half of Phish’s summer 2009 tour—including footage from the 2009 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and the tour’s opening date at Fenway Park in Boston." 

A limited edition vinyl was also released at Superball IX, Phish's 2011 summer festival. Party Time is available as a LivePhish download, but has not yet been made available for stand-alone purchase as a physical CD.

Some of the songs on Party Time have become a part of Phish's live rotation, with Alaska and the title track appearing frequently, as well as appearances of Windy City, Gone, The Birdwatcher, and Let Me Lie. Liquid Time was soundchecked at Festival 8 in Indio, CA. Mike Gordon has played Only A Dream regularly with his solo band, and Trey Anastasio has played Gone and Liquid Time with his solo outfit.

Party Time track listing

  1. "Party Time" (Fishman) - 2:42
  2. "Alaska" (Anastasio, Marshall) - 7:16
  3. "Windy City" (McConnell) - 5:15
  4. "In a Misty Glade" (Anastasio, Herman) - 2:51
  5. "Gone" (Anastasio) - 4:09
  6. "Only a Dream" (Gordon) - 4:10
  7. "The Birdwatcher" (Anastasio, Marshall) - 2:16
  8. "Let Me Lie" (Anastasio, Marshall) - 3:57
  9. "If I Told You" (McConnell) - 3:53
  10. "Splinters of Hail" (Anastasio) - 3:33
  11. "Can't Come Back" (Gordon) - 4:38
  12. "Shrine" (Anastasio, Herman, Marshall) - 1:54
  13. "Liquid Time" (Anastasio) - 3:53

Friday, January 27, 2017

February 2017 New Music Releases (UCR)

Our list of February 2017 new-music releases is highlighted by a pair of huge vinyl releases, along with the first major new projects of the year.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: February 2017 New Music Releases

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Allman Brothers Band Drummer Butch Trucks Dies (UCR)

Butch Trucks, co-founding drummer with the Allman Brothers Band, has died at age 69. A cause of death was not immediately known.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Allman Brothers Band Drummer Butch Trucks Dies 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

My Morning Jacket Add Show at Forest Hills Stadium (jambands.com)

My Morning Jacket and Gary Clark Jr. will team up at Forest Hills Stadium in New York on July 15 for a one-off show that will serve as the band’s only New York City performance of 2017.

Read more @ jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/01/23/my-morning-jacket-add-show-at-forest-hills-stadium/#ixzz4WcR3uzW9

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Iron Maiden Announce 2017 North American Tour (UCR)

Iron Maiden have announced a new, 25-date North American leg of their ongoing Book of Souls tour...

Read More  of Matthew Wilkening's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock : Iron Maiden Announce 2017 North American Tour

Iron Maiden 2017 North American Tour Dates
6/03 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
6/04 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
6/07 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
6/09 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
6/11 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
6/13 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
6/15 Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Ampthitheater
6/16 Minneapolis, MN – Xcel Energy Center
6/19 Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Arena
6/21 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
6/23 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Arena
6/24 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center6/27 Albuquuerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
6/28 Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
7/1 San Bernadino, CA – San Manuel Ampitheater
7/3 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
7/5 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
7/7 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater
7/09 Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
7/11 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
7/12 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
7/15 Toronto, Canada – Budweiser Stage
7/16 Quebec City, Canada – Videotron Centre
7/19 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
7/21 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Avett Brothers Add Shows in Atlanta and New York (jambands.com)

The Avett Brothers will add a pair of stops to their touring schedule this summer, with two newly announced shows at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on May 12 and 13 as well as a two-night run at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on June 9-10.

Read more @ jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/01/13/the-avett-brothers-add-shows-in-atlanta-and-new-york/#ixzz4Vwj071RI

Sunday, January 22, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Highway Companion

Highway Companion is the third solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Tom Petty. It was released on July 25, 2006, and charted at #4 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album was produced by former Traveling Wilburys bandmate Jeff Lynne, who also produced Petty’s highly acclaimed first solo album, Full Moon Fever, as well as the Heartbreakers' next album Into the Great Wide Open. Petty released the album through Rick Rubin's American Recordings label and Warner Bros. Records, where Petty has had a record contract since his second solo album, Wildflowers (which was produced by Rubin). The tracks "Saving Grace" and "Big Weekend" were released July 4, 2006 on the iTunes Music Store. It ended up being Petty's only album for American Recordings, as that label moved to Columbia Records distribution in 2007; Warner Bros. retained the rights to Petty, eventually reassigning him to subsidiary label Reprise Records.

A streaming version of the album was available on numerous websites before its release. The iTunes release of the album contained extras: a live version of "Saving Grace", the video for "Saving Grace" and an interactive media booklet.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Liz Phair Recording Double Album with Ryan Adams and Don Was (jambands.com)

Ryan Adams has revealed he is in the midst of creating a double album with indie rock icon Liz Phair at his PaxAm studios in Los Angeles, and famed producer Don Was is also a part of the recording sessions.

Read more @ jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/01/14/liz-phair-recording-double-album-with-ryan-adams-and-don-was/#ixzz4VwgWIrjo

Thursday, January 19, 2017

16 Memorable Moments from U2's First 'Joshua Tree' Tour (UCR)

The Joshua Tree was more than a hit album. It was, as the above gallery of 16 Facts About U2‘s First Joshua Tree Tour shows, part of a phenomenon – and one that would change the band forever.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 16 Memorable Moments From U2's First 'Joshua Tree' Tour 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Phish Close Mexico Run In Style (jambands.com)

After two nights of solid playing and setlist exploration, Phish put the cherry on top of their run in Mexico with a thrilling show featuring some of their most storied tunes packed into one night, making for a fiery close to the weekend.

Read more @ jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/01/16/phish-close-mexico-run-in-style-with-heavy-hitters-improv/#ixzz4VwfkDSjq

Monday, January 16, 2017

Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla Announce 2017 Tour (UCR)

Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla will team up for a nearly three-month-long tour this spring. This marks the first tour to feature all four original Poison members in more than five years.

Read More of Matthew Wilkening's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla Announce 2017 Tour 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...The Joshua Tree

The Joshua Tree is the fifth studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, and was released on 9 March 1987 on Island Records. In contrast to the ambient experimentation of their 1984 release The Unforgettable Fire, the band aimed for a harder-hitting sound within the limitation of conventional song structures on The Joshua Tree. The album is influenced by American and Irish roots music, and depicts the band's love–hate relationship with the United States, using socially and politically conscious lyrics embellished with spiritual imagery.

Inspired by American tour experiences, literature, and politics, U2 chose America as a theme for the record. Recording began in January 1986 in Ireland, and to foster a relaxed, creative atmosphere, the group recorded in two houses, in addition to two professional studios. Several events during the sessions helped shape the conscious tone of the album, including the band's participation in A Conspiracy of Hope tour, the death of roadie Greg Carroll, and lead vocalist Bono's travels to Central America. Recording was completed in November 1986; additional production continued into January 1987. Throughout the sessions, U2 sought a "cinematic" quality for the record, one that would evoke a sense of location, in particular, the open spaces of America. They represented this in the sleeve photography depicting them in American desert landscapes.

The Joshua Tree received critical acclaim, topped the charts in over 20 countries, and sold in record-breaking numbers in the UK. According to Rolling Stone, the album increased the band's stature "from heroes to superstars". It produced the hit singles "With or Without You", "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", and "Where the Streets Have No Name", the first two of which became the group's only number-one singles in the US. The album won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1988. The group supported the record with the Joshua Tree Tour throughout 1987. Frequently featured on critics' lists of the greatest records, The Joshua Tree is one of the world's best-selling albums, with over 25 million copies sold. U2 released a remastered edition of the record in 2007 to commemorate its 20th anniversary. In 2014, it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the US Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Warren Haynes Says New Gov’t Mule Album Might Be Released in May (jambands.com)

Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes has hinted that the band is very close to finishing their new studio album, as the guitarist revealed in a new Jambands.com interview that the band could be releasing the record, the 10th for the group, as soon as this May.

Read more @ jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/01/07/warren-haynes-says-new-gov-t-mule-album-might-be-released-in-may/#ixzz4VB2Mbcxj

Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Classic Rock Preview (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Looking ahead in the above 2017 Classic Rock Preview, some things are clear – while others most certainly are not.

We know, for instance, that Guns N’ Roses will be extending their Not in This Lifetime tour. But will the Allman Brothers Band get back together? Or the remaining original Alice Cooper lineup? And what about AC/DC?

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 2017 Classic Rock Preview: What to Expect From Over 100 Big Acts

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

David Bowie's Last Known Songs Released as 'No Plan' EP (UCR)

The final three songs known to be recorded by David Bowie have been released as an EP entitled No Plan. The tracks were all previously available as part of the cast album for Bowie’s 2016 musical Lazarus.

Read More of Matthew Wilkening's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: David Bowie's Last Known Songs Released as 'No Plan' EP

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

U2 Announce The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Tour, Including Bonnaroo (Pitchfork)

U2 will play a series of shows this year to honor the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree. They include an appearance at Bonnaroo—the band’s first ever U.S. festival headline slot, according to a press release. Support comes from Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic, and the Lumineers in North America, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in Europe. 

Read more @ Pitchfork

Monday, January 9, 2017

Thomas Dolby on Working With David Bowie, Eddie Van Halen, Def Leppard and Foreigner: Exclusive UCR Interview

Thomas Dolby’s Twitter bio notes that he is a “recovering synth enthusiast.” But you want to believe that somewhere in his house, there surely must be a rig of keyboards sitting there, ready to go.

Read More of Matt Wardlaw's exculive interview with Thomas Dolby @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Thomas Dolby on Working With David Bowie, Eddie Van Halen, Def Leppard and Foreigner: Exclusive Interview 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Badmotorfinger

Badmotorfinger is the third studio album by American rock band Soundgarden, released on October 8, 1991 through A&M Records. After touring in support of its previous album, Louder Than Love (1989), Soundgarden began the recording sessions for its next album with new bassist Ben Shepherd. The music on the album maintained the band's heavy metal sound while featuring an increased focus on songwriting as compared with the band's previous releases.

The focus on the Seattle grunge scene helped bring attention to Badmotorfinger. The singles "Outshined" and "Rusty Cage" were able to find an audience at rock radio and MTV. Badmotorfinger became the band's highest charting album at the time on the Billboard 200. The band supported the album with tours of North America and Europe, including opening for Guns N' Roses on that band's Use Your Illusion Tour. In 1992, Badmotorfinger was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. The album has been certified two times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the United States, and had, by October 2010, sold 1.5 million copies in the United States.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Ray Davies to be Knighted (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Queen Elizabeth II’s annual New Year Honours list was released today. Of the nearly 1,200 people who will be rewarded for their contributions to British society, one classic rocker made the cut: Ray Davies of the Kinks. Davies had been named a CBE — Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire — by the Queen in 2004.

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Ray Davies to Be Knighted 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Gov't Mule Honor Musicians Lost in 2016 (jambands.com)

After opening night at the Beacon Theatre saw Gov’t Mule jam with Jimmy Vivino and Marcus King, the band’s New Year’s celebration included some of the same characters along with numerous others.

Read more @jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/01/01/gov-t-mule-honor-musicians-lost-in-2016-with-massive-tribute-at-the-beacon/#ixzz4UY4bJGQT

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Year in Music 2016 (Ultimate Classic Rock)

The year in music was filled with dizzying highs and staggering lows – sometimes, as with David Bowie or AC/DC, all within one artist’s storyline. We saw amazing comebacks, sad farewells and some very surprising twists as 2016 unfolded. But which one stood out the most? And what can we look forward to as the calendar flips to 2017? We gathered our writers for a roundtable discussion …

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: The Year in Music 2016: Our Writers Answer Five Big Questions 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

Widespread Panic Throw Guest-Heavy New Year’s Celebration in Nashville (jambands.com)

Widespread Panic’s 2016 closeout saw them welcome their usual holiday suspects including Randall Bramblett and the Megablasters horns but the group also got some help from additional guests throughout their three-set celebration in Nashville.

Read more @ jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/01/01/widespread-panic-throw-guest-heavy-new-year-s-celebration-in-nashville/#ixzz4UXyJcAqh

Sunday, January 1, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Faith

Faith is the debut solo studio album by the British singer George Michael, released on 30 October 1987 by Columbia Records and Epic Records. The album has won several awards including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1989. To date, the album has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, and received diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Faith spawned six top five singles that substantially helped it dominate the charts in 1987 and 1988. In 2003, the album was ranked number 480 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". In 2012, the album ranked at number 472 on an updated list by the magazine. The album was also notable for entering the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at number one, making it the first album by a Caucasian artist to hit the top spot on that chart, mainly due to the R&B and funk-leaning singles that were released from the album, most notably "One More Try", "I Want Your Sex", and "Father Figure".