Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A new studio album on the way from Roger Daltrey

Polydor/Republic Records will release The Who front man Roger Daltrey's new studio album As Long As I Have You on June 1. It was produced by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers) and features Pete Townshend’s guitar on 7 tracks as well as a guest performance from Mick Talbot on keyboards (Style Council).

The album is a mixture of self-penned tracks such as Certified Rose and Always Heading Home, along with songs that have inspired Daltrey over the years including Nick Cave’s Into My Arms, You Haven’t Done Nothing by Stevie Wonder, Stephen Stills’ How Far and the title track originally recorded by Garnet Mimms in 1964; the year that Daltrey, Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon changed their name from The High Numbers and became The Who.

“This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete [Townshend] started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls. That's what we were, a soul band. And now, I can sing soul with all the experience you need to sing it. Life puts the soul in. I’ve always sung from the heart but when you’re 19, you haven’t had the life experience with all its emotional trials and traumas that you have by the time you get to my age. You carry all the emotional bruises of life and when you sing these songs, those emotions are in your voice. You feel the pain of a lost love. You feel it and you sing it and that's soul. For a long time, I've wanted to return to the simplicity of these songs, to show people my voice, a voice they won't have heard before. It felt like the right time. It's where I am, looking back to that time, looking across all those years but also being here, now, in the soulful moment.”
-Roger Daltrey
He will be headlining the Royal Albert Hall on March 22 in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Track list:

As Long As I Have You
How Far
Where Is A Man To Go?
Get On Out Of The Rain
I’ve Got Your Love
Into My Arms
You Haven’t Done Nothing
Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
Certified Rose
The Love You Save
Always Heading Home

Album review: The Oak Ridge Boys' '17th Avenue Revival'

The Oak Ridge Boys
17th Avenue Revival
(Lightning Rod)

I've been a fan of The Oak Ridge Boys ever since the Tennessee country vocal group crossed over to the pop charts with the No. 5 smash "Elvira" in 1981. On the country tally, it enjoyed a nearly 15-year run of top 40 hits. But the quartet's roots have always been in gospel music, which they've concentrated on for long periods in the intervening decades. 

For 17th Avenue Revival, Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban re-teamed with producer du jour Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown Band), who also helmed The Oaks' 2009's secular release, The Boys Are Back.

This time, Cobb sought to get a raw, old time revival vibe in the style that might have inspired Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis back in the day. On some songs, the guys recorded around a single microphone. There was very little tinkering in the studio and minimal instrumentation.  

Clocking in at just under a half hour, the album features nine songs. Several were penned by high profile Nashville songwriters like Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Ashley Monroe, Vince Gill, Jamey Johnson and Buddy Cannon.  

Standouts include opener "Brand New Star," a joyous, hand-clapping ode to a recently departed love one, an inspirational "There Will Be Light" and the positivity of "Let it Shine on Me," where those old trademark harmonies are instantly familiar. During the humorous, lightly rollicking piano-led "Pray To Jesus" (courtesy of Clark/McAnally), the Oaks sing about the title activity as well as playing the Lotto "because there ain't but two ways we can change tomorrow." There are also a pair of public domain/traditional tunes: "Walk in Jerusalem" and "Where He Leads Me, I Will Follow."

All told, 17th Avenue Revival should satisfy longtime followers. 

Concert tour update: Culture Club, the B-52's, Liam Gallagher, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Kiefer Sutherland

This bill is right up my alley. I've either interviewed or reviewed all three acts. Get the lowdown below...

Grammy Award winning band Culture Club have revealed plans for a 2018 U.S. headline tour with the multi-platinum selling band The B-52s. The Life Tour: starring Boy George & Culture Club and The B-52s with special guest Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, will visit 40+ cities across the U.S. kicking off in June and going through October.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale in select cities beginning Friday, March 23. See below for full tour itinerary, fans should check local listings for more details on the shows in their markets.

“We put together an amazing show that is going to be filled with hits and fabulous memories, we know it will be hands down this summer’s best night out,” said Boy George.

Tour dates:

June 29 St. Augustine, FL Saint Augustine Amphitheatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
June 30 Tampa, FL USF Sun Dome 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 1 Pompano, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 6* Biloxi, MS IP Casino ALREADY ON SALE
July 7^ San Antonio, TX Tobin Center 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 10^ Austin, TX Moody Theatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 11 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Amphitheater 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 12** Tulsa, OK River Spirit Casino Resort 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 15 Houston, TX Smart Financial at Sugar Land 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 17 Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheatre 3/30/18 @ 10 local
July 18 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap 4/7/18 @ 10am local
July 20 Charleston, SC Volvo Car Stadium 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 21 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 22 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater 4/13/18 @ 10am local
July 24* Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium 3/30/18 @ 10am local
July 26** Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 27 Boston, MA Wang Theatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 28 Forest Hills, NY Forest Hills Stadium 3/24/18 @ 10am local
July 31* Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center 3/23/18 @ 9am local
August 3^ Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summer Stage ALREADY ON SALE
August 28 Lewistown, NY Artpark 3/23/18 @ 10am local
August 30 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
August 31 Chicago, IL Ravinia Festival 5/10/18 @ 6am local
September 1 Chicago, IL Ravinia Festival 5/10/18 @ 6am local
September 3 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 5^ Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion 3/24/18 @ 10am local
September 6 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 7 Kansas City, OH Starlight Theatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 8 Denver, CO Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 13^ Puyallup, WA Washington State Fair 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 14^ Kennewick, WA Toyota Center 3/30/18 @ 10am local
September 15 Portland, OR Theatre of the Clouds 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 16 Murphys, CA Ironstone Amphitheatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 18 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery TBA
September 19 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery TBA
September 21 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 22 Reno, NV Reno Event Center 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 23 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 25^ San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 27^ Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino TBA
September 28 Cabazon, CA Morongo TBA
September 29 Las Vegas, NV Downtown Las Vegas Event Center 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 30 Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick Resort 3/30/18 @ 10am local
October 3 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
October 5* Fresno, CA The Big Fresno Fair 4/11/18 @ 9am local
*Culture Club only
**B-52s only
^Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey only

photo: Rankin
Since I missed seeing Liam out here at Cal Jam and The Wiltern, hopefully I can catch this local show...

Liam Gallagher will return to the U.S. this May for a U.S. tour in support of his debut album, As You Were.

Richard Ashcroft of The Verve will join forces with Gallagher on all dates except the final show of the tour in Washington, D.C. which is a solo show. Tickets go on sale March 23 at 10:00A.M. PST local time. Click here for further information.

In Britain, As You Were topped the U.K. pop charts and has become the fastest-selling vinyl album in the past 20 years and has outsold the rest of the U.K. top 20 releases combined upon release.

Now certified platinum in the U.K. and approaching 60 million track streams at Spotify, the album topped the charts in Ireland and claimed Top 10 chart positions in five other countries. Since the album’s release, Gallagher was honored with Q Icon and Best Live Act at the Q Awards and NME’s prestigious “Godlike Genius” Award.

Tour dates:

Thur May 10 San Francisco, CA Masonic
Fri May 11 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
Sun May 13 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for The Performing Arts
Mon May 14 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Wed May 16 New York, NY Central Park Summer Stage
Thurs May 17 Philadelphia,PA Festival Pier @ Penn’s Landing
Sat May 18 Washington, DC Lincoln Theatre (Gallagher only)
Fri June 29 London, UK Finsbury Park (SOLD OUT)

Dropkick Murphys. Flogging Molly. They share a working class ethos, they share an Irish heritage and Celtic folk influence, and now – for the first time – these two giants of American punk rock will be sharing the stage for a co-headlining U.S. tour. This run kicks off in June in Cleveland. Tickets for all shows are on sale now at and

Flogging Molly is in the homestretch of their fast-paced selling Life Is Good Spring 2018 Tour, selling out over half of the dates in advance including their St. Patrick's Day celebration at Hollywood's Palladium, as well as the remaining shows. The band will set sail to the Bahamas on April 20 for their 4th annual Salty Dog Cruise, joined by The Offspring, Buzzcocks, The Vandals, Lagwagon, The Adolescents, and more. 

Dropkick Murphys just completed their 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Tour – including the annual sold-out hometown run of Boston shows. This followed a sold-out European arena/concert hall tour – which included dates with Flogging Molly – in February.

Tour dates:

June 1
Cleveland, OH
Jacobs Pavilion

June 2
Big Flats, NY
Tag's Summer Stage

June 3
Cincinnati, OH
Bunbury Festival*

June 5
Detroit, MI
Masonic Temple Theater

June 7
Bonner Springs, KS (Kansas City)
Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

June 8
Minneapolis, MN
The Armory

June 9
Council Bluffs, IA
Stir Cove at Harrah's Casino

June 10
Denver, CO
Fox Street Compound

June 12
Sauget, IL (St. Louis)
Pop's Nightclub & Concert Venue

June 13
Columbus, OH
Express Live!

June 15
Montebello, QC
Montebello Rockfest**

June 16
East Providence, RI
Bold Point Park

June 17
Asbury Park, NJ
Stone Pony Summerstage

June 18
Pittsburgh, PA
Stage AE

June 19
Raleigh, NC
Red Hat Amphitheater

June 21
Philadelphia, PA
Festival Pier at Penn's Landing

June 22
Forest Hills, NY
Forest Hills Stadium

June 23
Gilford, NH
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

*Festival date (Dropkick Murphys only)
**Festival date (Dropkick Murphys & Flogging Molly)

I was very impressed when I saw Kiefer live at Stagecoach Festival 2017. I've yet to see him headline a live show. Maybe I'll have a chance now...

Kiefer Sutherland returns to touring this spring and early summer with his Reckless 2018 North American and European Tour. Kiefer is also putting the finishing touches on new music to be released this summer. Select dates are on sale now here and

The singer/songwriter kicks off more than 40 dates with a performance at the Grand Ole Opry April 10. When Kiefer wraps up the North American leg in May in Long Island, he’ll play more than a dozen shows throughout Europe.

"I couldn't have imagined the depth with which I have fallen in love with touring. To have the opportunity to convey intimate, personal stories to an audience, for me, has proven to be priceless," Kiefer said.

Kiefer’s career as a touring and recording artist has proven himself to be an authentic guitarist and vocalist. After the release of his country-rock album Down In A Hole, Kiefer played more than 120 shows, including performances on the Grand Ole Opry, Stagecoach and Glastonbury Festival in 2016 and 2017.

As a singer/songwriter, Kiefer has performed on “The Talk,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The View” and been on the covers of Guitar Aficionado, Goldmine Magazine and Collectible Guitar issues. Kiefer’s cinematic “Shirley Jean” video, which tells the story of a man's last night on death row, taking the form of a goodbye letter to a woman he once loved, continues to play on music channels CMT and GAC.

Keep up with Kiefer on the road by visiting or connect with Kiefer by following him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Tour dates: 

April 10 Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, Tenn.
April 12 Delmar Hall - St. Louis, Mo.
April 13 Knuckleads - Kansas City, Mo.
April 14 Bourbon Theatre - Lincoln, Neb.
April 17 Bluebird Theatre - Denver, Colo.
April 18 Park City Live - Park City, Utah
April 20 Crystal Bay - Crown Room - Crystal Bay, Nev.
April 21 Fremont Theatre - San Luis Obispo, Calif.
April 22 Mystic Theatre - Petaluma, Calif.
April 24 Crystal Palace - Bakersfield, Calif.
April 26 Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
April 27 Music Box - San Diego, Calif.
April 28 Red Rock Casino Resort - Las Vegas, Nev.
May 1 Cactus Theater - Lubbock, Texas
May 2 Antone’s - Austin, Texas
May 4 Billy Bob’s - Fort Worth, Texas
May 5 Island View Casino - Gulfport, Miss.
May 7 The Cowan (Topgolf) - Nashville, Tenn.
May 10 The Phoenix - Toronto, Ontario
May 20 Birchmere - Alexandria, Va.
May 23 Bottle & Cork - Dewey Beach, Del.
May 25 Stone Pony - Asbury Park, N.J.
May 26 Bethel Woods - Liberty, N.Y.
May 27 Daryl’s House - Pawling, N.Y.
May 28 Stephen’s Talkhouse - Long Island, N.Y.
June 7 Kantine - Cologne, Germany
June 8 TivoliVredenberg - Utrecht, Netherlands
June 9 Parkbuehne - Leipzig, Germany
June 10 Gruenspan - Hamburg, Germany
June 12 Columbia Theatre - Berlin
June 13 Hirsch - Nuermberg, Germany
June 14 X-Tra - Zurich
June 16 Teatro Barcelo - Madrid
June 17 Bikini - Barcelona, Spain
June 19 Zappa - Antwerp, Belgium
June 21 Electric Ballroom - London
June 22 Waterfront - Norwich, England
June 23 Black Deer Festival - East Sussex, England
June 25 O2 Academy Oxford - Oxford, England
June 26 Komedia - Bath, England
June 28 Albert Hall - Manchester, England
June 29 Queens Hall - Edinburgh, Scotland
June 30 The Academy - Dublin

More dates to be added

Friday, March 16, 2018

Jason Aldean album, tour news

Having interviewed Aldean for his debut album and reviewed him live many times, I'm really looking forward to this album. Read below for the details...

Two-time reigning and current ACM “Entertainer of the Year” nominee Jason Aldean has revealed the track listing behind his eighth studio album REARVIEW TOWN - produced again by Michael Knox - and due out April 13. On “Drowns the Whiskey,” he is joined by Miranda Lambert

Fans who pre-order the album at any available digital retailer will instantly receive a download of its driving title-track.

“It’s about putting things behind you...things that have held you down...and looking ahead,” said Aldean of REARVIEW TOWN’s title track. “When you look at my career and the personal experiences I’ve gone through, it really seemed like a fitting title for this record and it’s one of the best songs I’ve ever recorded. It was important to me to pick songs that have substance to them, I’m more conscious of that these days.”

In related news, Aldean revealed the one-night-only lineup for his HIGH NOON NEON TOUR stop at the new Atlanta Braves stadium on July 21. As on other tour dates (see below for list), Lauren Alaina and Luke Combs will open. And Darius Rucker announced Hootie & the Blowfish will reunite for the night.

Fans can purchase tickets beginning next Friday, March 23rd at 10:00A ET at and

“Out of all the shows we’ve played, I know this show is going to be a career defining moment,” said Aldean at a press conference. “We haven’t had a chance to play Atlanta in a couple years in anticipation of this show and I know this night is going to mean a lot to my family and me. I’ve followed the Braves my whole life….was even at the ’95 game when they clinched the World Series…so this is a huge full circle moment for me."

Track listing:

1. Dirt to Dust
(Jaron Boyer, Ben Stennis, Michael Tyler)

2. Set It Off
(Brandon Kinney, Jody Stevens, Josh Thompson)

3. Girl Like You
(Jaron Boyer, Josh Mirenda, Michael Tyler

4. You Make It Easy
(Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Jordan Schmidt, Morgan Wallen)

5. Gettin’ Warmed Up
(Jaron Boyer, Josh Mirenda, Cole Taylor)

6. Blacktop Gone
(Brett Beavers, Derric Ruttan, Josh Thompson)

7. Drowns the Whiskey (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
(Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson)

8. Rearview Town
(Kelley Lovelace, Bobby Pinson, Neil Thrasher)

9. Love Me or Don’t
(Tyler Hubbard, Jordan Schmidt, Morgan Wallen)

10. Like You Were Mine
(Kurt Allison, Jonathan Edwards, Tully Kennedy, Brian White)

11. Better at Being Who I Am
(Casey Beathard, Wendall Mobley, Neil Thrasher)

12. I’ll Wait for You
(Nick Brophy, Michael Delaney, Jennifer Hanson, Neil Thrasher) 

13. Ride All Night
(Dallas Davidson, Kyle Fishman, Houston Phillips)

14. Up in Smoke
(Jessi Alexander, David Lee Murphy, Chris Stevens)

15. High Noon Neon
(Tony Martin, Lee Miller, Neil Thrasher)

Tour dates:

5/10/2018 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
5/11/2018 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center Arena
5/12/2018 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
5/17/2018 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
5/18/2018 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
5/19/2018 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
5/25/2018 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre
5/26/2018 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
5/27/2018 Bangor, ME Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
7/13/2018 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/14/2018 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
7/15/2018 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/21/2018 Atlanta, GA SunTrust Park
7/25/2018 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
7/26/2018 Orange Beach, AL The Amphitheater at the Wharf
7/27/2018 Brandon, MS Brandon Amphitheater
7/28/2018 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
8/10/2018 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
8/11/2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
8/17/2018 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
8/18/2018 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
8/19/2018 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
8/23/2018 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
8/24/2018 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion
8/25/2018 Philadelphia, PA BB&T Pavilion
9/7/2018 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
9/13/2018 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
9/14/2018 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/15/2018 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
9/20/2018 San Diego, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
9/22/2018 San Bernardino, CA Glen Helen Amphitheater
9/27/2018 Sacramento, CA Toyota Amphitheatre
9/28/2018 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/29/2018 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheater

In stores now: 'The Music of Nashville, Season 6, Vol. 1'

Dramatic twists unfolded throughout the front half of the final season of “Nashville,” and fans can now relive the unexpected with today’s worldwide release of THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE, SEASON 6 VOLUME 1 soundtrack (Big Machine Records, Lionsgate Television Inc., ABC Studios).

The 12-track disc is available now: and reflects the personal and artistic growth of each beloved character viewers have continued to embrace. Several cast members contribute their voices to both the recording and songwriting credits, further bridging the gap between their on-screen personas and off-screen talents.

The mid-season premiere is set for June 7 at 9:00P ET/PT on CMT. Watch a teaser of the final eight episodes here.

Since “Nashville” debuted in 2012, Big Machine Records has released 12 soundtracks as viewers created an unwavering community around the cast’s musical journey. More than one million albums and six million single track downloads have been sold with nearly 400 million streams to date.

Track Listing:

1. “Is There Anybody Out There” | Hayden Panettiere
Written by Austin Plaine, K.S. Rhodes, Garrison Starr
2. “Never Come Back Again” | Sam Palladio
Written by Austin Plaine
3. “What It’s Made For” | Lennon Stella
Written by Katie Garfield, Matthew McVaney, Connor Thuotte
4. “Ain’t No Normal” | Clare Bowen
Written by Caylee Hammack, Daniel Travis Meadows
5. “Come And Find Me” | Maisy Stella
Written by Jillian Edwards, Ben Shive
6. “I Always Will” | Hayden Panettiere
Written by Thomas Finchum, Gabe Scott, Mindy Smith
7. “Wandering Roads” | Rhiannon Giddens, Charles Esten
Written by Rhiannon Giddens, Dirk Powell
8. “Hold On (Not Leaving You Behind)” | Rainee Blake, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio
Written by Angela Lauer, Jessie Early
9. “Looking For The Light” | Charles Esten
Written by Charles Esten, Dennis Matkosky, Charlie Worsham
10. “Love Is Loud” | Rainee Blake, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio
Written by David Poe
11. “Unravel” | Maisy Stella
Written by Tom Douglas, Lennon Stella, Marylynne Stella
12. “Face The Sun” | Charles Esten
Written by Ian Fitchuk, Ruston Samuel Kelly, Sarah Siskind

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame home video release due next month

On April 24, Time Life and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame present the four most recent induction ceremonies with the home video release, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert. 

Never before available at retail on any format, these four live concert events are filled with the kind of collaborations and jam sessions that have made Rock Hall concerts legendary over the years. In many cases original band lineups perform together for the first time in years -- inductees and friends take the stage to deliver once-in-a-lifetime performances.

This ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT, 2014-2017 set – features reunions, induction speeches and over 50 performances.

Among the highlights on the DVD and Blu-ray sets:

· Bruce Springsteen joining inductees E Street Band for the deep cut classic “E Street Shuffle” from the Boss’s second album, from 1973.
· Pearl Jam delivering performances of “Alive,” “Given to Fly” and “Better Man.”
· The two surviving members of Nirvana joined on stage by Lorde, Annie Clark, Kim Gordon and Joan Jett for renderings of the group’s biggest hits.
· Cat Stevens performing “Father & Son.”
· Journey performs three classics: "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)," "Lights" and "Don't Stop Believin’.”
· Ringo Starr being welcomed into the Rock Hall with a little help from Paul McCartney.
· Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos joining the band for the first time in 6 years on early hits including “Surrender” and “Dream Police.”
· Five of the original members of Chicago performing on stage for the first time in 25 years.
· Features complete Hall of Fame Induction speeches including Coldplay’s Chris Martin inducting Peter Gabriel and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich inducting Deep Purple.

Also on April 24, Time Life will release the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT Digital Album Collection. Comprised of five digital releases respectively spanning the ceremonies from 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014, 2015 and 2016-7, they will contain the same live performances from the home entertainment sets, with bonus performances from Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Donovan, Dr. John, Heart, The Hollies, Darlene Love, Leon Russell, Small Faces/Faces, The Stooges, Tom Waits and others.

The digital releases will be available on iTunes, Amazon and all other leading digital retailers.


DVD; Blu-ray

Stagecoach '18 news: Half-Pint Hootenanny Stage performers

Continuing the tradition of bringing the hottest new talent to the festival, Stagecoach 2018 has invited teen rockers Minor Emergency, singer-songwriter Julia Rizik and country-pop trio Auburn Road, to join the ranks of Half Pint Hootenanny stage alumni, Tegan Marie and Temecula Road as this year’s festival newcomers.

To kick off the 3-day festival on Friday, April 27 Coachella Valley’s Minor Emergency (Luke, 12, Zoe, 12, Brayden, 13 and Jake, 14) will take the stage. The foursome has already made a name for themselves by rocking favorite classic rock and Americana hits and playing venues alongside established popular Desert bands. 

On April 28, 17-year-old singer-songwriter Julia Rizik (pictured) will play. She was the 2014 winner of the Arizona Teen Idol singing competition and has performed multiple national anthems for sporting events. She will be performing on Good Morning Arizona on April 20, making her mark at Stagecoach 2018 and graduating from high school in May. 

Closing out the weekend on April 29, pop/country/Americana teen trio Auburn Road will display their three-part harmonies. Alicia Paulson, Paxton Martin and Kristen Brown are life-long friends who are staying true to their country roots, but also daring to push the boundaries of the modern genre. They self-released their debut Fancy in their senior year of high school, graduated, and have since been busy playing shows, writing and recording songs for their upcoming EP series, Mustang Vol. 1 and Mustang Vol. 2. They are funding the upcoming releases through their touring, merchandise sales and a pre-order campaign on PledgeMusic ( 

Friday, April 27 – Minor Emergency
Saturday, April 28 Julia Rizik
Sunday, April 29 Auburn Road

Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival is a celebrated outdoor music festival presented by Goldenvoice. It was founded in 2007 by Paul Tollett, the creator of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. While it is primarily a country festival, artists from folk, bluegrass, roots rock and alternative country also perform and attend. Country stars like Luke Bryan, George Strait, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, The Eagles, Eric Church, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, and Ray Price, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have been past performers. Complete festival information at

In stores now: 'Love, Simon' - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The movie, as well as the soundtrack (including other songs that didn't make it to this album but are part of pivotal scenes, like The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset"), are both excellent and highly recommended. 

In conjunction with the film’s release today, the soundtrack for the 20th Century Fox film Love, Simon is available now at all digital retail providers via RCA Records. The album, which is executive produced by Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff features Bleachers’ “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)” as well as Khalid and Normani’s “Love Lies.”

Last week, Bleachers performed “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)”, which is the first single off of the soundtrack, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Click HERE to watch).

Additionally, “Love Lies” (Click HERE to watch the music video) debuted at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100; it has amassed over 87 million streams worldwide since its release.

Track Listing:

1. Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) - Bleachers
2. Rollercoaster - Bleachers
3. Never Fall In Love - Jack Antonoff & MØ
4. Strawberries & Cigarettes - Troye Sivan
5. Sink In - Amy Shark**
6. Love Lies - Khalid & Normani
7. The Oogum Boogum Song - Brenton Wood
8. Love Me - The 1975
9. I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
10. Someday At Christmas - Jackson 5
11. Wings - Haerts
12. Keeping A Secret - Bleachers*
13. Wild Heart - Bleachers
*not in film
**version not in film

About Love, Simon

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it's a little more complicated: he's yet to tell his family or friends he's gay and he doesn't actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson's Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli's acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

Click HERE to watch the movie trailer.

20th Century Fox released Love, Simon in theaters nationwide today.

To Buy or Stream Love, Simon Soundtrack:

Apple Music:
Google Play:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds concert review: Los Angeles #1

photo by Sharon Latham/courtesy, Sour Mash Records
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds played to quite an enthusiastic crowd at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday (the first of two nights). Judging from all the hollers and chants, many people in attendance were British ex-pats.

The penultimate show on the U.S. tour for Gallagher’s excellent latest album Who Built the Moon - among my top 20 of ’17 - was sold out and clocked in at around 100 minutes. It featured dazzling imagery projections amid a thoroughly satisfying 21-song set that encompassed a good chunk of the new songs, a smattering from the previous two releases, a half dozen Oasis nuggets and even a Beatles cover.

Performing on a stage with gear draped in a banned from Gallagher’s hometown football club, Manchester United, the top-notch 10-piece band included a three-man horn section and three women (variously on backing vocals, keyboards or flute).

They gave the adventurous tunes that the former Oasis guitarist/singer made with producer David Holmes (not to mention guests Johnny Marr and Paul Weller) a full-bodied sound. Longtime fans surely recognized guitarist Gem Archer, drummer Chris Sharrock and keyboardist Mike Rowe, all of whom previously accompanied Oasis on tour or in the studio at some point. 

First Who Built the Moon single "Holy Mountain," a glam rock-styled rave up, proved an early highlight. Archer impressed mightily with a tasty guitar solo during “Riverman” and elsewhere, while group harmonies elevated “Dream On.”

photo by Sharon Latham/courtesy, Sour Mash Records
Gallagher was definitely in strong form here: the robust “Little by Little,” a No. 2 UK single in 2002 for Oasis, sweetened by Rowe's sumptuous organ work, being a prime example.

At one point, the acerbic front man playfully berated a tall latecomer near the stage. He dedicated the spacey, insanely catchy rocker “She Taught Me How to Fly” to daughter Anais, apparently watching from the side of the stage (kudos to bassist/backing singer Russell Pritchard for the melodic New Order-styled basslines).

“Be Careful What You Wish For” boasted an entrancing groove; the charming “Half the World Away,” “Wonderwall” and soaring Gallagher vocals on “AKA…What a Life” all went down a storm to close the main set.

Come encore time, one of the female singers took the lead on a trippy "The Right Stuff." Gallagher ably handled the lead vocal duties originally handled by brother Liam on “Go Let it Out” with a low-key “Don’t Look Back in Anger.” He stepped away from the microphone stand to let fans do the first few choruses.

That recalled the musician’s emotional performance last September during the We Are Manchester benefit concert for victims of the May 2017 terrorist attack in England. Finally, the horn section definitely came in handy on a perfectly appropriate cover of “All You Need is Love."