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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Todd Rundgren's Utopia reunion tour, box set

Todd Rundgren's Utopia - Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox (“Utopia”) and Ralph Schuckett (“Todd Rundgren’s Utopia”) are reuniting for their first North American tour in 32 years. 

It starts in April. Pre-sales are live now; tickets go on sale February 23 at 10:00am local. Tickets and more information are available at Live Nation, Ticketmaster and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Citi is the official pre-sale credit card of the tour. Cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets now until Thursday, February 22 at 10:00PM local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

In celebration of the upcoming reunion tour, Friday Music will release a 7-disc box extravaganza THE ROAD TO UTOPIA: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS (1974-82). This limited edition collection will bring each of their seven classic albums to life, now in first-time CD digipak gatefold covers featuring the original album artwork elements, rare inner sleeve art, 2018 written commentary from the band and more. The box set has a scheduled street date of April 20. Fans can preorder the box set now at Friday Music, Amazon and Record Store Day.

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia formed in 1974 out of Todd’s desire to explore new musical territory after four years of making solo albums (including the seminal “Something/Anything?”, which included radio core evergreens “Hello It’s Me” and “I Saw The Light”, and which prompted the rock press to dub him “Rock’s New Wunderkind”, and “Rock’s Renaissance Man”). Starting as a prog-rock-progenitor septet featuring Moogy Klingman, Ralph Schuckett and “M. Frog Labat” on keyboards, John Siegler on bass, Kevin Ellman on drums, and Rundgren on guitar, the band’s music ranged from extended synth experiments to four-song albums, while their live shows were distinguished by their ahead-of-the-curve video backdrops and computer-generated music.

In 1976, the group evolved into the shiny mainstream power-pop rock quartet, “Utopia,” uniting Rundgren with Willie Wilcox on drums, Roger Powell on keyboards, and Kasim Sulton on bass. The best known and most commercially successful Utopian incarnation was born, and by 1980, Utopia had developed into a hit-making entity in its own right. Standout Utopia albums included Oops! Wrong Planet, Adventures in Utopia, and Oblivion, with spawning hits including “Rock Love,” “Set Me Free,” “Mated,” and “Love Is The Answer.” The band’s tours, the first to aggressively incorporate then-state-of-the-art video technology, produced at Todd’s own Utopia Video Studios, featured some of the most lavish, outrageous, and audacious stage productions in rock history.

In 1986, after ten years of non-stop recording and arena touring cycles, the band declared they were “going on sabbatical”, and Todd returned to his stellar solo recording and producing career. His myriad production projects include albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, Hall And Oates, and Meat Loaf’s seminal “Bat Out of Hell”, while his solo offerings catapulted Todd further into the superstar limelight with hits like “Can We Still be Friends” and "Bang The Drum."


Tour dates: 


APRIL 18 JIM THORPE, PA – PENN’S PEAK
APRIL 20 ENGLEWOOD, NJ – BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
APRIL 22 HOUSTON, TX – HOUSE OF BLUES
APRIL 23 DALLAS, TX – MAJESTIC THEATER
APRIL 25 BROWARD, FL – BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
APRIL 27 ST PETERSBURG, FL – MAHAFFEY THEATER
APRIL 28 ATLANTA, GA – TABERNACLE
APRIL 29 DURHAM, NC – CAROLINA THEATER
MAY 1 HUNTINGTON, NY – PARAMOUNT THEATER
MAY 2 WASHINGTON, DC – WARNER THEATER
MAY 3 NEW YORK, NY – TOWN HALL
MAY 5 PHILADELPHIA, PA – TOWER THEATER
MAY 6 BOSTON, MA – ORPHEUM THEATER
MAY 7 RIDGEFIELD, CT – RIDGEFIELD THEATER
MAY 9 ST LOUIS, MO – PEABODY OPERA HOUSE
MAY 10 CINCINNATI, OH – TAFT THEATER
MAY 12 MILWAUKEE, WI – PABST THEATER
MAY 13 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – STATE THEATER
MAY 15 GRAND RAPIDS, MI – 20 MONROE LIVE
MAY 16 TORONTO, ON – MASSEY HALL
MAY 17 DETROIT, MI – THE FILLMORE
MAY 19 CLEVELAND, OH – HARD ROCK LIVE
MAY 22 CHICAGO, IL – CHICAGO THEATER
MAY 24 DENVER, CO – PARAMOUNT THEATER
MAY 26 LAS VEGAS, NV – THE JOINT AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO LAS VEGAS
MAY 27 PHOENIX, AZ – COMERICA THEATER
MAY 29 LOS ANGELES, CA – THE WILTERN
MAY 30 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – THE MASONIC
JUNE 1 SEATTLE, WA – MOORE THEATER
JUNE 2 PORTLAND, OR – REVOLUTION THEATER
JUNE 4 SACRAMENTO, CA – CREST THEATER
JUNE 5 RIVERSIDE, CA – FOX PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

THE ROAD TO UTOPIA – THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS 1974-82
- Limited edition 7 CD Box Set: Individual Digi-Pak Gatefold Art
- Original recording masters
- 15 bonus tracks
- New written commentary from Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox and Roger Powell
- Produced by Todd Rundgren & Utopia
- Box set discs mastered by Joe Reagoso

DISC 1: “Todd Rundgren’s Utopia”
DISC 2: “Another Live”
DISC 3: “Ra”
DISC 4: “Oops! Wrong Planet”
DISC 5: “Adventures in Utopia”
DISC 6: “Deface The Music”
DISC 7: “Swing to the Right”


Preorder now at Friday Music, Amazon and Record Store Day

The Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour

photo: Olivia Bee
Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins has announced the Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour, the first tour in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin along with James Iha.

The 36-city tour will kick off in July and visit North American arenas throughout the summer. Tickets for the Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour will go on sale to the general public starting next Friday, February 23 at 10:00am local time and be available at www.smashingpumpkins.com, LiveNation.com, and via the Live Nation App.

"Some 30 years ago, as The Smashing Pumpkins, James Iha and I began a musical journey in the cramped rear bedroom of my Father's house. And so it's magic to me that we're able to coalesce once more around the incredible Jimmy Chamberlin, to celebrate those songs we've made together," shared Corgan.

The band broke news of the tour this morning with a dramatic video featuring original Siamese Dream album cover stars Ali Laenger and LySandra Roberts. Watch the clip HERE.
 

This tour coincides with the 30th anniversary of the band's formation and will highlight music from the group's inception through 2000, and will exclusively feature material from their groundbreaking debut Gish through Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Adore, and Machina.

Longtime Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder will also take part, as the band moves to a three guitar lineup to better emulate the signature tones and textures of their albums.

"This show and staging will be unlike any we've ever done, and will feature a set unlike any we've ever played. For if this is a chance at a new beginning, we plan on ushering it in with a real bang," added Corgan.

Formed in Chicago, IL in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins released their heralded debut album Gish in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993's 4x multi-platinum Siamese Dream and 1995's 10x multi-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. With nine studio albums and over 30 million albums sold to date, the GRAMMY®, MTV VMA, and American Music Award winning band remains an influential force in alternative rock.

Tour Dates:

July 12, 2018
Glendale, AZ
Gila River Arena

July 14, 2018
Oklahoma City, OK
Chesapeake Energy Arena

July 16, 2018
Austin, TX
Frank Erwin Center

July 17, 2018
Houston, TX
Toyota Center

July 18, 2018
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center

July 20, 2018
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena

July 21, 2018
Louisville, KY
KFC Yum! Center

July 22, 2018
Atlanta, GA
Infinite Energy Arena

July 24, 2018
Miami, FL
AmericanAirlines Arena

July 25, 2018
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena

July 27, 2018
Baltimore, MD
Royal Farms Arena

July 28, 2018
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center

July 29, 2018
Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun Arena

July 31, 2018
Boston, MA
TD Garden

August 01, 2018
New York City, NY
Madison Square Garden

August 04, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA
PPG Paints Arena

August 05, 2018
Detroit, MI
Little Caesars Arena

August 07, 2018
Montreal
Centre Bell

August 08, 2018
Toronto
Air Canada Centre

August 11, 2018
Columbus, OH
Schottenstein Center

August 13, 2018
Chicago, IL
United Center

August 16, 2018
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center

August 17, 2018
Indianapolis, IN
Bankers Life Fieldhouse

August 19, 2018
St. Paul, MN
Xcel Energy Center

August 20, 2018
Omaha, NE
CenturyLink Center

August 21, 2018
Sioux Falls, SD
Denny Sanford Premier Center

August 24, 2018
Seattle, WA
KeyArena

August 25, 2018
Portland, OR
Moda Center

August 27, 2018
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena

August 28, 2018
Sacramento, CA
Golden 1 Center

August 30, 2018
Los Angeles, CA
The Forum

September 01, 2018
San Diego, CA
Viejas Arena

September 02, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
T-Mobile Arena

September 04, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT
Vivint Smart Home Arena

September 05, 2018
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center

September 07, 2018
Boise, ID
Ford Idaho Center

https://www.smashingpumpkins.com/

Fatboy Slim to reissue 'You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby' in deluxe anniversary edition

Fatboy Slim announces the forthcoming 20th anniversary reissue of You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, to be released on March 16 via Astralwerks. The preorder for the reissue is now available via Amazon and Vinyl Me Please.

A limited-edition blue vinyl with coffee splatter color variant will also be released. Strictly limited to 2,000 copies worldwide, the blue vinyl is available for purchase exclusively at Vinyl Me Please. A limited edition Fatboy Slim Meal Deal product is available exclusively to Fatboy Slim’s webstore which includes hand screen printed, branded pizza box set, signed and numbered by Fatboy Slim, Anniversary 2LP and CD and authentic I’m #20 So Why Try Harder XXL T-shirt. Watch the pizza box / meal deal video HERE.

2018 marks twenty years since the release of the album that spawned era-defining singles “Rockafeller Skank,” “Gangster Trippin,” ‘Praise You” and “Right Here Right Now.” You’ve Come a Long Way Baby reached Number One in the UK album album charts, breaking the US Billboard Top 40, creating a global superstar and putting a new wave of UK dance music on the global map.

First released in 1998, You’ve Come a Long Way Baby become one of the defining records of the ‘90s, irrespective of genre. Swinging from hip-hop, to reggae and jangle pop, with You’ve Come a Long Way Baby, Norman Cook broke stylistic ground and delivered a wildly original album, filled with imagination, huge hooks and even bigger beats.

Bigger than being just a dance album, You’ve Come a Long Way Baby was a genuine phenomenon, enjoying huge critical and commercial success; it contains 4 UK Top 10 singles, earning Cook a BRIT Award for best producer and two further nominations (Male Solo Artist and British Single) along the way.

Embraced by the rock and pop press equally, the album was included in a Q magazine readers' poll of the “100 Greatest British Albums Ever,” and provided a global breakthrough for both British dance music and the Big Beat sound. Singles “Rockafeller Skank,” “Gangster Trippin” and anthemic UK Number One single “Praise You” (which scored 3 MTV VMA awards with its iconic Spike Jonze directed video) pushed dance music into the stratosphere, resonating with music fans and breaking electronic music to middle America. Norman Cook had caught lightning in a bottle, and in one genre-defining moment, the seeds of the noughties EDM US boom were sown, paving the way for the next generation of global superstars.

Fast forward twenty years and Fatboy Slim remains one of the most groundbreaking and prolific of the original Superstar DJs. Over the past eighteen months alone - as well as launching his own Beat 1 show and playing back to back with Eats Everything - he has played stages as diverse as Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, his first Ibiza residency at Cream Amnesia, B2B with Eats Everything and in December of this year, headlined The O2 - essentially turning the 20,000 capacity venue into the biggest nightclub London has ever seen.

Track listing:
 

CD
1. Right Here Right Now
2. Rockafeller Skank
3. Fucking in Heaven
4. Gangster Trippin
5. Build It Up, Tear It Down
6. Kalifornia
7. Soul Surfing
8. You're Not from Brighton
9. Praise You
10. Love Island
11. Acid 8000

LP
Side A
1. Right Here Right Now
2. Rockafeller Skank
3. Fucking in Heaven
 

Side B
1. Gangster Trippin
2. Build It Up, Tear It Down
3. Kalifornia
 

Side C
1. Soul Surfing
2. You're Not from Brighton
3. Praise You
 

Side D
1. Love Island
2. Acid 8000

Out now: I'm With Her feat. Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan

Rounder Records
I'm With Her, the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan, released their debut album See You Around (Rounder Records) last week.

It is available on Amazon, iTunes / Apple Music, Spotify and at the I'm With Her Store. See You Around is also available as an indie exclusive, limited edition light blue LP via the Record Store Day website.

Additionally, I'm With Her will make their TV debut on CBS Saturday Morning on February 24th.

The video for "Game to Lose" was directed by Genéa Gaudet. Each song on the album, with the exception of the Gillian Welch-penned "Hundred Miles," was written by the band.

After years of crossing paths in their intersecting scenes, I'm With Her came together by happenstance for an off-the-cuff performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival during the summer of 2014. The multi-Grammy-Award-winners have individually released nine solo efforts, co-founded two seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still), and contributed to critically acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists.

Track listing:

See You Around
Game To Lose
Ain't That Fine
Pangaea
I-89
Wild One
Waitsfield
Ryland (Under The Apple Tree)
Overland
Crescent City
Close It Down
Hundred Miles
 

Tour dates:

February 20 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
February 27 Downers Grove, IL @ Tivoli Theater (WITH JASON ISBELL) (SOLD OUT)
February 28 Stoughton, WI @ Stoughton Opera House (SOLD OUT)*
March 1 St. Paul, MN @ The Fitzgerald Theatre*
March 2 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall* (SOLD OUT)
March 3 Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre*
March 5 Cincinnati, OH @ Memorial Hall (SOLD OUT)*
March 6 St. Louis, MO @ The Sheldon Concert Hall (SOLD OUT)*
March 8 Nashville, TN @ Station Inn
March 9 Nashville, TN @ Station Inn
March 10 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse*
March 12 Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre*
March 13 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club*
March 15 New York, NY @ Town Hall*
March 16 Cambridge, MA @ Sanders Theatre (SOLD OUT)*
March 17 Northampton, MA @ Academy of Music Theatre*
April 2 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom^
April 3 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall^ (SOLD OUT)
April 4 Santa Rosa, CA @ Luther Burbank Center for the Arts^
April 6 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre (SOLD OUT)^
April 7 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall (SOLD OUT)^
April 8 Missoula, MT @ The Wilma^
April 10 Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room (SOLD OUT)^
April 11 Durango, CO @ Fort Lewis College^
April 12 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater (SOLD OUT)^
April 13 Denver, CO @ L2 (SOLD OUT)^
April 17 Fayetteville, AR @ Warton Center**
April 19 Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre**
April 20 Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater**
April 21 Dale, TX @ Old Settler's Music Festival
May 4 Paris, France @ Les Etoiles
May 5 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Alice (SOLD OUT)
May 6 Stockholm, Sweden @ Bryggarsalen
May 7 Berlin, Germany @ Silent Green
May 9 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso Noord
May 11 Belfast, Ireland @ Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
May 12 Dublin, Ireland @ Whelan's
May 14 Gateshead, UK @ Sage Two
May 15 Manchester, UK @ Band On The Wall
May 16 Bristol, UK @ The Station
May 17 London, UK @ Union Chapel


* Andrew Combs Supports
^ Johnny Fritz Supports
** Smokey & The Mirror Supports

Radiohead summer tour

With any luck, the band will also add some West Coast dates...

Radiohead has confirmed a summer 2018 North American tour. The new U.S. and Canada shows extend the world tour in support of the band’s latest album A Moon Shaped Pool (XL Recordings), and are the band’s first North American appearances since spring 2017. Tickets will be on sale beginning Friday, February 23. For further information, go to radiohead.com.


RADIOHEAD
North America 2018

Sat-Jul-07 - Chicago - United Center
Tue-Jul-10 - New York - Madison Square Garden
Wed-Jul-11 - New York - Madison Square Garden
Fri-Jul-13 - New York - Madison Square Garden
Mon-Jul-16 - Montreal - Bell Centre
Tue-Jul-17 - Montreal - Bell Centre
Thu-Jul-19 - Toronto - Air Canada Centre
Fri-Jul-20 - Toronto - Air Canada Centre
Sun-Jul-22 - Detroit - Little Caesars Arena
Mon-Jul-23 - Columbus - Schottenstein Center
Wed-Jul-25 - Cincinnati - US Bank Arena
Thu-Jul-26 - Pittsburgh- PPG Paints Arena
Sat-Jul-28 - Boston - TD Garden
Sun-Jul-29 - Boston - TD Garden
Tue-Jul-31 - Philadelphia- Wells Fargo Center
Wed-Aug-01 - Philadelphia - Wells Fargo Center

The Who reissue news: 'Fillmore East,' 'Who Came First'

Read about the details on two Who-related reissues coming in April...

The Who were in New York to conclude a gruelling tour on April 4th, 1968, the day that Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. America was already a country divided; Anti-Vietnam demonstrations, civil rights disturbances and militant student activism.

With this turmoil as a backdrop on Friday and Saturday, April 5th & 6th, 1968, The Who performed two incendiary live sets at Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore East on the lower East Side of Manhattan.

The venue had only just re-opened in March by Graham from its previous incarnation as the Village Theatre where the band had played on a couple of occasions the year before. The Who was the first British rock act to headline the Fillmore East and were booked to play four shows over the two nights. However, because of feared social unrest in the wake of Dr King’s assassination, it was decided to compact the shows into one per night.

The Who’s time in New York City in 1968 can best be described as ‘lively.’ Keith Moon’s antics with cherry bomb explosives had meant that the band had to move hotels. When installed in at the plush Waldorf Astoria he then somehow managed to a blow a door off its hinges and, the band had to move once more.

On the morning of the Fillmore rehearsal, the band was photographed for Life magazine and legend has it that the band was so tired from Moon’s antics that they nodded out under the large Union Jack draped over them at the base of the Carl Schurz Monument in Morningside Park. This iconic image was later used as the cover and poster for The Who’s classic film The Kids Are Alright.

Both nights were recorded by Who manager Kit Lambert with the intention of releasing the results as The Who’s fourth album after The Who Sell Out and before Tommy. Disaster struck when it was discovered that due to faulty equipment or human error only part of the first night was captured.

Thankfully the second night was recorded and has now been fully restored and mixed by long time Who sound engineer Bob Pridden (who was responsible the band’s sound on those nights in 1968) from the original four-track tapes. For the 50th anniversary of these legendary shows, the unreleased recordings are to be issued on double CD and triple vinyl on April 20.

Thanks to an acetate reaching the bootleg market in the early ‘70s, The Who’s reputation as rock’s most dynamic live act quickly grew. The show is regarded by fans as something of the ‘holy grail’ of Who live shows equaling the legendary Live At Leeds album. The tapes have been meticulously remastered for optimum sound quality and will only serve to enhance The Who’s reputation as the best live act of the time.

The 2CD 3LP sets include three Eddie Cochran numbers; “My Way,” “Summertime Blues” and the never before released Who version of “C’mon Everybody.”

Also featured is a rare cover version of “Fortune Teller” written by Allen Toussaint, originally recorded by Benny Spellman but made famous by The Rolling Stones. These shows also showcased “Tattoo” and “Relax” from The Who Sell Out as well as stunning extended versions of “A Quick One” and “My Generation” which becomes a 30-minute jam with a the climax of guitar-smashing and drum demolishment!

CD; 2 x CD deluxe edition 6-panel digipak 12-page booklet including new liner notes and rare photos.
Vinyl; Deluxe 3 x LP heavyweight vinyl, gatefold sleeve, three printed inner bags & new liner notes and rare photos. 

THE WHO LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST 1968 
CD
Disc One:

Summertime Blues 4.14
Fortune Teller 2.38
Tattoo 2.58
Little Billy 3.38
I Can’t Explain 2.28
Happy Jack 2.18
Relax 11.57
I’m A Boy 3.23
A Quick One 11.15
My Way 3.16
C’mon Everybody 1.55
Shakin’ All Over 6.55
Boris The Spider 2.32


Disc Two:
My Generation 33.02

VINYL
Disc One:
Side One

Summertime Blues 4.14
Fortune Teller 2.38
Tattoo 2.58
Little Billy 3.38
 

Side Two
I Can’t Explain 2.28
Happy Jack 2.18
Relax 11.57
 

Disc Two:
Side One
I’m A Boy 3.23
A Quick One 11.15

Side Two:
My Way 3.16
C’mon Everybody 1.55
Shakin’ All Over 6.55
Boris The Spider 2.32

Disc Three:
Side One
My Generation (pt 1) 17.14

Side Two
My Generation (pt 2) 16.08

The Who Live At The Fllmore East 1968:
CD - https://thewho.lnk.to/Fillmore
Vinyl - https://thewho.lnk.to/FillmoreVinyl 


Who Came First, the debut solo record by Pete Townshend, was released in 1972. The album collected together tracks from Townshend’s private pressings of his tributes to Meher Baba, Happy Birthday and I Am, as well as demos from the unrealized concept album Lifehouse, part of which became The Who’s classic Who's Next album.

To celebrate the 45th Anniversary, the album will be released as a 2CD-expanded version, featuring eight previously unreleased tracks, new edits, alternative versions and live performances on April 20.

Also included in the eight panel digipak are new sleeve notes provided by Townshend himself, the original poster from the 1972 release and a 24-page booklet which contains rare images of Meher Baba and Townshend in his recording studio. The cover photo of Townshend, taken by Graham Hughes (who also shot the cover of The Who’sQuadrophenia), has been updated for this release.

Who Came First has been remastered by long-term Pete Townshend and The Who collaborator Jon Astley using the original master tapes. CD1 consists of a remastered version of the original album and CD2 includes unreleased tracks, alternative versions and live performances.

CD1
1. Pure and Easy
2. Evolution
3. Forever’s No Time At All
4. Let's See Action
5. Time Is Passing
6. There’s a Heartache Following Me
7. Sheraton Gibson
8. Content
9. Parvardigar


CD2
1. His Hands
2. The Seeker (2017 edit)
3. Day Of Silence
4. Sleeping Dog
5. Mary Jane (Stage A Version)
6. I Always Say (2017 Edit)
7. Begin The Beguine (2017 edit)
8. Baba O’Reilly (Instrumental)
9. The Love Man (Stage C)*
10. Content (Stage A)*
11. Day Of Silence (Alternate Version)*
12. Parvardigar (Alternate take)*
13. Nothing Is Everything*
14. There’s A Fortune In Those Hills*
15. Meher Baba In Italy*
16. Drowned (live in India)*
17. Evolution (live at Ronnie Lane Memorial) 

* DENOTES PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 

PeteTownshend.lnk.to/who-came-first

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dennis DeYoung to celebrate Styx's 'Grand Illusion' on tour

I can attest that seeing DeYoung and his crack live band in concert is a memorable experience for Styx fans, as well as the excellent DVD release...

Dennis DeYoung announces a special live tour celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Styx's 1977 album release, The Grand Illusion.

He plans to perform the entire LP plus all the greatest hits written and sung by DeYoung. These includes “Come Sail Away,” “Babe,” “Mr. Roboto,” “The Best Of Times,” and “Lady.” Other hit songs attendees may expect include fan favorites "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man," "Suite Madame Blue" and more.

For fans that weren't witness to the original album tour, DeYoung shares, "'The Grand Illusion' album was Styx’s greatest achievement, and this year my band and I will bring its sound and spirit to life nightly on concert stages across America."

The Grand Illusion was Styx's seventh studio album, but historically serves as the album that would launch the band to super stardom with DeYoung's song "Come Sail Away" reaching number 8 on Billboard's Top 100 in 1977. The song pushed album sales to more than 3 million copies and gave Styx a multi-platinum album certification bringing STYX critical commercial success. The album remains a staple on classic rock radio stations worldwide.

Of the Grand Illusion album, DeYoung adds "I formulated the theme behind the Grand Illusion album after observing how American culture creates illusions through advertising and entertainment to convince us that our lives our lacking, in order to sell products. I told the audience that we were part of the Illusion and warned them not to be “fooled by the radio,” which was us, and that in the end, despite the illusions and hype created, that “deep inside we’re all the same."

New dates are being added and ticket sales are available through DeYoung’s official website. For a detailed list of venues and performance dates, visit http://www.dennisdeyoung.com/tour.
 


Fans should also enjoy: "Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of STYX Live In Los Angeles." The home video release came out via Frontiers Records. Captured with 8 cameras by AXS TV at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, the show features DeYoung performing the band’s catalog of classic rock hits.

Tour dates:

2-16-18 - St. Louis, MO - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
2-17-18 - Wichita, KS - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
2-23-18 - Las Vegas - Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX
2-24-18 - Las Vegas - Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX
3-11-18 - Private Show - Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX
3-15-18 - Plymouth, MA - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
3-16-18 - Montclair, NJ - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
3-22-18 - Verona, NY - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
3-23-18 - Williamsport, PA - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
3-24-18 - Bethlehem, PA - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
4-20-18 - Bow, WA - Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX
4-21-18 - Bow, WA - Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX
5-18-18 - Torrington, CT - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
5-19-18 - Concord, NH - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
6-1-18 - Austin, TX - Dennis DeYoung and Night Ranger
6-9-18 - Florence, IN - Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX

Friday, February 9, 2018

All-star cast sets unreleased Johnny Cash compositions to music on 'Forever Words'

Johnny Cash: Forever Words--a collaborative album consisting of songs created from Cash's unknown poetry, lyrics, and letters set to music by contemporary artists--is due on April 6 via Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment. It will be available on CD, 2LP Vinyl and Digital formats. Pre-order the album now at:https://JohnnyCash.lnk.to/Foreverwords_AlbumPR 

Watch a video trailer for Johnny Cash: Forever Words here: https://JohnnyCash.lnk.to/Foreverwords_trailerPR 

When Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash passed, they left behind what John Carter Cash, their son and Johnny Cash: Forever Words co-producer, describes as a "monstrous amassment” of things, including a treasure trove of undiscovered material that includes Johnny Cash’s handwritten letters, poems and documents, penned across the entirety of his life.

Over the past two years, album producers John Carter Cash and Steve Berkowitz invited a stellar cast of musicians to create new music to accompany these newly discovered Cash writings.

Recorded primarily at The Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, Johnny Cash: Forever Words is also the musical companion to the best-selling "Forever Words: The Unknown Poems," a volume of Cash's unpublished writing edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and curated by John Carter Cash and Steve Berkowitz.

Many of the songs on Johnny Cash: Forever Words were directly inspired by material in the book while others are drawn from different sources of Cash's unpublished writings. The tone of the album is established with the opening track "Forever/I Still Miss Someone" featuring Kris Kristofferson reciting the last poem Cash ever wrote alongside guitar accompaniment from Willie Nelson, both lifelong friends of Johnny.

Continuing the close-to-home theme, the music then transitions to the deeply personal "To June This Morning," a letter Johnny wrote to his wife, June Carter Cash, now interpreted by real-life couple Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves.

Twenty-one years after Johnny Cash recorded his cover of Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage" for his Grammy Award winning album, Unchained, Chris Cornell continues this special relationship with "You Never Knew My Mind," setting some of Cash’s own poignant and introspective words to original music on one of Cornell’s last solo recordings.

The album also showcases Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash’s eldest daughter, who interpreted her father’s "The Walking Wounded," marking just the second time that she has collaborated on a record with her half-brother John Carter Cash.

John Carter Cash also collaborated here with his half-sister Carlene, his mother June’s first daughter, on “June’s Sundown.” Carlene Carter was just twelve years old when her mother June Carter married Johnny Cash, but bonded immediately with her stepfather who she referred to as “Big John.”

The Grammy Award winning bluegrass super-group Alison Krauss & Union Station made a rare recording together on “The Captain's Daughter," the group's first new studio recording in six years.

"Determining the artist for each song was truly a matter of the heart," said John Carter Cash. "I picked the artists who are most connected with my father, who had a personal story that was connected with Dad. It became an exciting endeavor to go through these works, to put them together and present them to different people who could finish them in a way that I believed that Dad would have wanted."

When making the Johnny Cash: Forever Words album, producers John Carter Cash and Steve Berkowitz tapped into a spirit of musical collaboration between the musicians and the words of Johnny Cash. The goal of Johnny Cash: Forever Words was not to create a "lost" Johnny Cash album, but rather for musicians to connect with these poems and allow them to flourish in a new musical world.

Track listing:


1. Forever/I Still Miss Someone - Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson
2. To June This Morning - Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves
3. Gold All Over the Ground - Brad Paisley
4. You Never Knew My Mind - Chris Cornell
5. The Captain's Daughter - Alison Krauss and Union Station
6. Jellico Coal Man - T. Bone Burnett
7. The Walking Wounded - Rosanne Cash
8. Them Double Blues - John Mellencamp
9. Body on Body - Jewel
10. I'll Still Love You - Elvis Costello
11. June's Sundown - Carlene Carter
12. He Bore It All - Daily and Vincent
13. Chinky Pin Hill - I'm With Her
14. Goin', Goin', Gone - Robert Glasper featuring Ro James, and Anu Sun
15. What Would I Dreamer Do? - The Jayhawks
16. Spirit Rider – Jamey Johnson


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Soundtrack details for HBO's Elvis Presley: The Searcher

Legacy Recordings/Sony Music/RCA will release Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) on April 6.

The musical companion to the two-part documentary directed by Emmy and Grammy award winner Thom Zimny, Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) will be available in digital and physical configurations including an 18-track definitive soundtrack, a 2LP gatefold 12" vinyl edition and a 3CD collectible deluxe box set.

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) includes the 18 essential Elvis Presley hits, powerful performances, and rare alternative versions of songs at the musical core of the groundbreaking three-hour two-part film which focuses on the development of Elvis' spellbinding artistry, from his early blues and country roots and influences through his seismic contributions to popular culture to his 1976 recording sessions at the Jungle Room in Graceland.

The two-part documentary film, which will premiere in the United States on HBO on April 14, 2018, uses rare footage lensed throughout Elvis' life and career as a means of exploring Elvis' singular musical vision in all its complexity.

The 3CD deluxe box set features 37 additional Elvis cuts plus a special disc featuring selections from Mike McCready's (Pearl Jam) original score for "Elvis Presley: The Searcher"; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performing "Wooden Heart"; and the music that inspired Elvis (including R&B and country classics and "Home Sweet Home" sung by his mother, Gladys Presley). The Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) deluxe 3CD set includes a 40-page hardcover book featuring rare photography, liner notes by Warren Zanes, and a director's note by Thom Zimny.

In his package notes for Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack), director Thom Zimny writes, "the soundtrack was in my mind from the beginning. I wasn't just making a film, I was thinking about the collection of recordings I would gather for a person who saw the film, who wanted to complete the experience, just as I always had. Thankfully, our friends at Sony gave me and the Searcher team the chance to create this collection. It's been in my mind for years now. To me, this collection is part of the film."

"So, in this collection, one gets not a Greatest Hits package but a song-by-song, curated portrait of an artist," writes Warren Zanes in the book featured in Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack [Deluxe Box Set]), "....an artist who very consistently and courageously gave himself to his performances, as if in the giving he might find some missing part of himself. The truth in his voice, in the end, was the sound of a searcher. Along the way, he built a catalogue as deep as any found in the broad and beautiful vistas of American music."

As Bruce Springsteen observes in the documentary, Elvis Presley belonged to a singular category of musicians in the pantheon. "You hear performers in the thrall of the beauty of invention, not knowing quite where they're going to go, not knowing exactly what they're doing," Springsteen said. "Just discovering and doing it literally as the music is being played.... You're out on the frontier and it's a very pristine and exciting place to be."

"You know, God bless him," said Tom Petty. "He was a light for all of us. We all owe him for going first into battle. He had no road map and he forged a path of what to do and what not to do. And we shouldn't make the mistake of writing off a great artist because of all the clatter that came later. We should dwell in what he did that was so beautiful and everlasting, which was that great, great music."

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ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER, an HBO Documentary Films production, in association with Sony Pictures Television, debuts in the United States on SATURDAY, APRIL 14 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.

Priscilla Presley, David Porter (legendary Memphis music writer and producer), Thom Zimny (director), Jon Landau (producer) and moderator John Jackson (SVP A&R, Sony Music) will discuss the film, the cultural impact of Elvis' music and how that impact became the embodiment of rock 'n' roll at the 2018 SXSW Festival in March.

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) – CD/Digital

1. Trouble / Guitar Man
2. My Baby Left Me
3. That's All Right
4. Baby Let's Play House
5. Heartbreak Hotel
6. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
7. Hound Dog
8. Crawfish
9. Mona Lisa
10. Milky White Way
11. Like A Baby
12. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
13. It's Now Or Never
14. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
15. Suspicious Minds (take 6)
16. Separate Ways (rehearsal version)
17. Hurt (take 5)
18. If I Can Dream

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) [Deluxe] – 3CD Deluxe Box Set

Disc 1
1. Trouble / Guitar Man
2. My Baby Left Me
3. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
4. Old Shep
5. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
6. That's All Right
7. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
8. Fool, Fool, Fool
9. Tweedlee Dee
10. Baby Let's Play House
11. Good Rockin' Tonight
12. Trying To Get To You
13. Blue Moon
14. When It Rains It Pours
15. Blue Christmas
16. Heartbreak Hotel
17. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
18. Money Honey
19. Hound Dog
20. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
21. Crawfish
22. Trouble
23. Farther Along
24. Mona Lisa
25. Hide Thou Me
26. Loving You (end title take 16)
27. Lonely Man (solo version)
28. Power Of My Love

Disc 2
1. Milky White Way
2. A Mess Of Blues
3. Fame And Fortune
4. Love Me Tender / Witchcraft (duet with Frank Sinatra)
5. Like A Baby
6. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
7. It's Now Or Never
8. Wooden Heart
9. Swing Down Sweet Chariot
10. Reconsider Baby
11. Bossa Nova Baby
12. C'mon Everybody
13. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
14. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
15. Run On
16. Baby What You Want Me To Do
17. Suspicious Minds (take 6)
18. Baby Let's Play House (rehearsal)
19. Words (rehearsal)
20. That's All Right
21. Never Been To Spain
22. An American Trilogy
23. You Gave Me A Mountain
24. Burning Love (rehearsal version)
25. Separate Ways (rehearsal version)
26. Hurt (take 5)
27. If I Can Dream

Disc 3
1. Dissolution 2 - Mike McCready
2. Satisfied - The Blackwood Brothers
3. That's All Right - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
4. She May Be Yours But She Comes To See Me Sometimes - Joe Hill Louis
5. Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames
6. Smokestack Lightning - Howlin' Wolf
7. Rock-A-My Soul - The Blackwood Brothers
8. Just Walkin' In The Rain - The Prisonaires
9. Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats
10. Write Me A Letter - The Ravens
11. Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Bill Monroe
12. Ain't That Right - Eddie Snow
13. Just Walkin' In The Rain - Johnnie Ray
14. Lawdy Miss Clawdy – Lloyd Price
15. Home Sweet Home - Gladys Presley
16. Blowin' In The Wind - Odetta
17. Tomorrow Is A Long Time - Odetta
18. The Weight - The Staple Singers
19. Heartbreak Hotel - The Orlons
20. Wooden Heart - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
21. Rebound - Mike McCready

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) - 2LP

Side A
1. Trouble / Guitar Man
2. My Baby Left Me
3. That's All Right
4. Baby Let's Play House
5. Heartbreak Hotel

Side B
1. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
2. Hound Dog
3. Crawfish
4. Mona Lisa
5. Milky White Way

Side C
1. Like A Baby
2. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
3. It's Now Or Never
4. Tomorrow Is A Long Time

Side D
1. Suspicious Minds (take 6)
2. Separate Ways (rehearsal version)
3. Hurt (take 5)
4. If I Can Dream

Soundtrack Producers: Ernst Mikael Jørgensen, Thom Zimny and Jon Landau

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Steve Earle celebrates 'Copperhead Road' on tour

I'd really like to see this in SoCal. Hope he adds some dates...
 
Steve Earle and The Dukes have spring tour dates scheduled in support of Copperhead Road’s 30th anniversary. The Warner Bros. Records artist will celebrate his 1988 release starting in March in Arkansas through April in New York. Click here for tickets.

Earle will be performing Copperhead Road in its entirety and the live set will also include songs from his new album, So You Wanna Be An Outlaw, which Rolling Stone hailed as “an intensely raw and often delightfully clamorous nod to the fellow outliers the young Texan gravitated toward when he arrived in Nashville in 1974.”

Copperhead Road is Earle’s third studio album and often referred to as his first “rock record.” The New York Times listed it as one of its recommended “Sounds Around Town” the week it was released and Time Magazine included it in their Critics Choice of the year. Rolling Stone has listed it as one of “50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own,” and said it “established Earle as country’s left-wing conscience.”

A true Renaissance man, Earle has also become a novelist, a film, TV, and stage actor, playwright, author, record producer, and radio host over the course of his 30+ year career. Earlier this year, he appeared in the off-Broadway play Samara, for which Earle also wrote the score that The New York Times called “exquisitely subliminal.” He is also in the process of writing his memoirs for future publication. Tune in to Steve Earle’s weekly radio show “Hardcore Troubadour” on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country Channel.

City Winery tour dates:


Feb 12 Chicago, IL City Winery
Feb 13 Chicago, IL City Winery
Feb 16 Boston, MA City Winery Boston
Feb 19 New York, NY City Winery
Feb 26 New York, NY City Winery

Copperhead Road Anniversary dates:


Mar 16 El Dorado, AR Griffin Music Hall
Mar 17 St. Louis, MO Delmar Hall
Mar 20 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
Mar 21 Minneapolis, MN Pantages Theatre
Mar 23 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place
Mar 24 Sioux City, IA Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Mar 25 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
Mar 27 Iowa City, IA The Englert Theatre
Mar 28 Green Bay, WI Meyer Theatre
Mar 30 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
Mar 31 Chicago, IL Old Town School Of Folk Music
Apr 2 Cleveland, OH Music Box Supper Club
Apr 3 Alexandria, VT The Birchmere
Apr 4 Hopewell, VA The Beacon Theatre
Apr 5 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest Café
April 7 East Greenwich, RI Greenwich Odeum
Apr 8 North Tonawanda, NY Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center
Apr 10 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall
Apr 11 South Burlington, VA Higher Ground
Apr 12 Northampton, MA Academy of Music Theatre
Apr 14 Portland, ME State Theatre Portland
Apr 15 Peekskill, NY Paramount Hudson Valley


Camp Copperhead dates:

Jun 25 Big Indian, NY Camp Copperhead
Jun 27 Big Indian, NY Camp Copperhead
Jun 28 Big Indian, NY Camp Copperhead

The clock strikes '12' for Sloan

Canadian band Sloan have unveiled a new song, “The Day Will Be Mine.” The track is released as part of the band’s announcement of their 12th studio album appropriately titled Sloan 12, which is set to release April 6 via Murderecords/Yep Roc Records.

Listen to “The Day Will Be Mine” NOW. Fans can also pre-order the album today HERE.

Sloan are one of the rare bands to make it to their 12th album with all four original members who are equally prolific songwriters. Sloan 12 includes three songs written by each member: Patrick Pentland, Chris Murphy, Jay Ferguson and Andrew Scott.


In comparing their last album Commonwealth (2014) Ferguson says, “That album was more of everyone retreating to corners to produce and sequence a side of their own material, this one would potentially have more collaboration than usual.”

Sloan is a Toronto-based rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia who first performed in spring of 1991. The band are credited as being a main instigator for the Canadian East Coast alternative scene of the early 90s, garnering comparisons to the Seattle grunge movement on the opposite coast.

Over the course of their quarter-century career, Sloan have amassed an outstanding collection of over 200 songs and more than 30 singles with airplay at Canadian Rock Radio. Sloan have received nine Juno Award nominations, and won for Best Alternative Album in 1997. Recently, the band was named one of Canada’s top five bands of all-time in a CBC critics poll.

Additionally, the band announce an extensive 2018 tour with over 30 dates across North America. 

Tour dates: 

Apr 3 Sudbury, ON Townehouse
Apr 4 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
Apr 5 Winnipeg, MB The Pyramid
Apr 6 Regina, SK Turvey Centre
Apr 7 Saskatoon, SK Broadway Theatre
Apr 8 Red Deer, AB Bo’s Bar & Grill
Apr 9 Grande Prairie, AB Better Than Fred's
Apr 11 Calgary,AB Marquee Beer Market
Apr 12 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
Apr 13 Medicine Hat, AB The Silver Buckle
Apr 14 Fernie, AB Fernie Resort
Apr 15 Nelson, BC Spirit Bar
Apr 17 Campbell River, BC Tidemark Theatre
Apr 18 Nanaimo, BC The Port Theatre
Apr 19 Victoria, BC Capital Ballroom
Apr 20 Vancouver, BC Imperial
Apr 21 Portland, OR The Doug Fir
Apr 22 Seattle, WA Columbia City Theater
Apr 24 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
Apr 25 Los Angeles, CA The Moroccan Lounge
May 3 Halifax, NS Marquee (ECMA festival)
May 5 Portland, ME Empire
May 7 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
May 9 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
May 10 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
May 11 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
May 12 Buffalo, NY Iron Works
May 19 Bala, ON Kee to Bala
Jun 19 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
Jun 20 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
Jun 22 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill Duck Room
Jun 23 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Jun 24 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
Jun 27 Timmins, ON Stars and Thunder Festival

Sloan 12 - Track listing:


Spin Our Wheels
All Of The Voices
Right To Roam
Gone For Good
The Day Will Be Mine
Essential Services
Don’t Stop (If It Feels Good Do It)
Year Zero
Have Faith
The Lion’s Share
Wish Upon A Satellite
44 Teenagers

REO Speedwagon, Chicago team for summer tour

Two of the most successful and critically acclaimed rock bands REO Speedwagon and Chicago – who have sold 140 million records combined – will co-headline a North American summer tour kicking off in June in Concord, CA.

The tour will take the multi-platinum selling groups through major cities before concluding in August in Detroit.

Tickets for the tour are on sale now in select cities on www.livenation.com. Please see below for full tour itinerary and details.

Says Chicago’s Robert Lamm of the upcoming trek: “It’s always a party sharing the stage with Kevin, Neal, Bruce, Dave and Bryan! They rock. We rock. The tour rocks!”

REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin agrees: “We love the Chicago guys. We all share that Midwest rock’ n roll ethic. We work hard, rock hard & take care of business. So, c’mon out and party with Chicago and REO this summer.”

Fans will be treated to a night filled with a deep catalog of hits from both bands. Chicago, in planning a show unlike any other they’ve done before, will perform their historic album Chicago II in its entirety followed by the “world’s longest encore” as the band jokingly refers to it, filled with their greatest hits. REO Speedwagon will electrify audiences with hits and fan-favorites such as “In Your Letter,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Roll With The Changes,” “Keep On Loving You,” “Take It On the Run” and more.


Tour dates:

June 13, 2018
Concord, CA
Concord Pavilion

June 15, 2018
Los Angeles, CA
The Forum

June 16, 2018
Irvine, CA
FivePoint Amphitheatre

June 17, 2018
Phoenix, AZ
Ak-Chin Pavilion

June 19, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT
USANA Amphitheatre

June 20, 2018
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center

June 23, 2018
St. Louis, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

June 24, 2018
Chicago, IL
Allstate Arena *on sale March 2

June 26, 2018
Rogers, AR
Walmart AMP

June 27, 2018
Kansas City, MO
Starlight Theatre

June 29, 2018
Dallas, TX
Starplex Pavilion

June 30, 2018
Houston, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

July 1, 2018
Austin, TX
Austin360 Amphitheater

July 13, 2018
Nashville, TN
Ascend Amphitheater

July 14, 2018
Atlanta, GA
Verizon Amphitheatre

July 15, 2018
Charlotte, NC
PNC Pavilion

July 17, 2018
Raleigh, NC
Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

July 18, 2018
Virginia Beach, VA
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

July 20, 2018
West Palm Beach, FL
Coral Sky Amphitheatre

July 21, 2018
Tampa, FL
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

July 22, 2018
Jacksonville, FL
Daily’s Place

July 25, 2018
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live

July 27, 2018
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater

July 28, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA
KeyBank Pavilion

July 29, 2018
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center

July 31, 2018
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

August 1, 2018
Camden, NJ
BB&T Pavilion

August 3, 2018
Wantagh, NY
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

August 5, 2018
Boston, MA
Xfinity Center

August 7, 2018
Darien Lake, NY
Darien Lake Amphitheater

August 8, 2018
Toronto, ON
Budweiser Stage

August 10, 2018
Cincinnati, OH
Riverbend Music Center

August 11, 2018
Indianapolis, IN
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

August 12, 2018
Detroit, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre

We Are Scientists enter the 'Megaplex'

photo: Ted Leather
We Are Scientists, the Brooklyn, New York-based power pop troupe, are set to return with their sixth album. It is titled Megaplex and released via 100% Records on April 27 by the duo, Keith Murray (guitar/vocals) and Chris Cain (bass).

“In the past we’ve used our music to educate, to enlighten, to awaken people to the depth and complexity of moral concerns. This time, we really wanted to drop a fun-bomb. Something to dance or f*** to,” states Chris and Megaplex achieves just that. Recorded at Tim Wheeler from Ash’s Atomic Heart Studios in NYC and once again produced by Max Hart (ex-Katy Perry), the duo set about honing down a sprawling burst of creativity to make the concise pop beast that is Megaplex.

Album opener and first single "One In, One Out' introduces fans to a new era of We Are Scientists, with its hook-laden indie-electro leanings and ultramodern visuals directed by Jed Mitchell. “When Jed explained the VR aspect to us,” says Keith, “we thought it was going to be our chance to step outside of our corporeal bondage, to enter a world where natural laws have no place, where our abilities would be unchecked by physics or even by morality, where we could live like gods and wantonly slake our every unholy thirst. Turns out, he just wanted us to perform our song, which was fun, too.”

"At this point in our career, we’ve written so many songs,” explains Keith. “The pool for this record alone was something like 90 songs deep — that we know exactly what we want out of a We Are Scientists record. We want it to be taut, to bang hard, to have a big hook every four seconds or so. We don’t have to be precious about which songs make it onto a record; we can listen to the ones that didn’t make it at home, on our own time. Megaplex is just the ten most delicious songs that we have — a stacked-up compound of entertainment."

"It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of honing of craft to make it to six records,” continues Keith. “ I mean, the Velvet Underground never made six albums. The Smiths didn’t. Pavement, Guns N’ Roses, The Stooges — none of them could do it. So, I guess we’re just objectively better than those bands now? It’s just a mathematical fact, right? Van Halen made six with David Lee Roth but only four with Sammy Hagar, so I guess we’re better than Hagar-era Van Halen but only just as good as Roth-era? Which, saying it out loud, makes total sense, yeah."

“Our brilliant work in pop song writing is unsurpassed,” summarizes Keith. “And will probably make the We Are Scientists name live beyond eternity.”

Track Listing:

One In, One Out
Notes In A Bottle
Heart Is A Weapon
Your Light Has Changed
KIT
No Wait at Five Leaves
Not Another Word
Now or Never
You Failed
Properties of Perception


Tour dates:

June 13 Boston, MA Sonia Friday, Feb. 9 @ 10 AM Local 
June 14 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's Friday, Feb. 9 @ 10 AM Local 
June 15 Dover, MD Firefly Music Festival Friday, Feb. 9 @ 10 AM Local 
June 16 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom Friday, Feb. 9 @ 12 PM Local 
June 18 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern Friday, Feb. 9 @ 10 AM Local 
June 19 Pittsburgh, PA The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls Friday, Feb. 9 @ 10 AM Local 
June 20 Columbus, OH Rumba Cafe Friday, Feb. 9 @ 10 AM Local 
June 21 Indianapolis, IN The Hi-Fi Friday, Feb. 9 @ 10 AM Local 
June 22 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle Friday, Feb. 9 @ 10 AM Local 
June 23 Cincinnati, OH MOTR Pub Friday, Feb. 9 @ 10 AM Local 
June 25 Richmond, VA The Camel Friday, Feb. 9 @ 10 AM Local 
June 26 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel Friday, Feb. 9 @ 10 AM Local