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With the group’s new album, the Gilby Clarke-produced Electric Satisfaction, in stores tomorrow (July 25), Canadian rockers CRASH KELLY have scheduled a series of concerts that will take them across America over the next three weeks and see them perform alongside some of the biggest names in rock.
First, the group will drive from Toronto to Buffalo, N.Y., to do an in-store signing and acoustic performance at the Walden Galleria Mall FYE as a precursor to a gig at Desiderios that night. Three nights later, the group will triumphantly return to their hometown Molson Amphitheatre – where they performed alongside Motley Crue last summer – to play with glam icons Poison and Cinderella.
From there, the band will head to the Buffalo Chip Campground in Sturgis, S.D. on Aug. 5 to play the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally alongside Alice Cooper. Both bands will then head to Billings, Mont. the following night. CRASH KELLY recently supported Cooper during a cross-Canadian tour and covered his classic “Cold Ethyl” on Electric Satisfaction, and the band looks forward to playing with the Shock Rock legend once again.
“Playing with Alice Cooper was the culmination of many teenage fantasies, and it really felt like the beginning of the next phase for CRASH KELLY,” guitarist Sean Kelly says. “The songs I write are designed to capture the feeling of the best of the ‘70s arena rock giants, and to actually share the stage with one of those giants was an immense pleasure and privilege. We can’t wait to do it all over again!”
From Billings, the band will fly to Southern California, where they’re scheduled to play a series of shows – two on the legendary Sunset Strip, and another in nearby Orange County as part of the prestigious International Pop Overthrow festival.
Look for a review of Electric Satisfaction in the new issue of Spin, on sale now.
7/29 FYE Walden Galleria Mall – Buffalo, NY (2 p.m.)
7/29 Club Desiderios – Buffalo, NY (8 p.m.)
8/1 Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON w/ Poison, Cinderella
8/5 Buffalo Chip Campground – Sturgis, SD w/ Alice Cooper
8/6 The Shrine – Billings, MT w/ Alice Cooper
8/10 Cat Club – Hollywood, CA w/ The Starfuckers
8/13 Summerfest – Stanton, CA (International Pop Overthrow)
8/14 Key Club – Hollywood, CA w/ Metal Skool
DEARLY BELOVED TAKES OVER NEWFOUNDLAND ON EASTERN CANADIAN TOUR
Dearly Beloved has ten dates in Newfoundland, yes you read that correctly, ten dates in Newfoundland on their eastern Canadian tour. The Rugged Casual tour kicks off in Toronto on July 28th and takes the band all over Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario.
The band that was formed by Rob Higgins (ex. Change of Heart & Doctor) has been creating quite a buzz with their live shows and now with the release of their debut album You Are The Jaguar (Kindling/Warner Music). With influences from 70’s UK punk to early 80’s pop to Detroit rock and roll, Dearly Beloved also features vocalist Niva Chow, drummer Alex Oreilly (ex. Doctor) and two guitarists Damon Richardson (ex. Change of Heart & Danko Jones) and John Pogue. www.dearlybeloved.ca
“Dearly Beloved were gathered in front of the crowd this night to rock and fucking roll, and nothing else. With the help of a female vocalist and a frontman with enough spark to light a fireworks show, this band put on a solid show.” – Phil Villeneuve, Chartattack
“…Toronto’s Dearly Beloved is onto something with their full-length debut, an album crammed with everything from punk to shoegaze, alt-rock and a bazillion little subtleties. Creative driving force and singer Rob Higgins is more than able to handle the constant musical forays, and the rest of the players have plenty of their own fire to throw into the mix.” – Evan Davies, Now Magazine
July 28 – 10pm, The Horseshoe, Toronto, ON w/ C’mon and Bionic
Aug 3 – 9pm, Roxy’s, St. John’s, NFLD w/ Aide-de-camp
Aug 4 – 2pm, The Basement, All ages, St. John’s, NFLD w/ Aide-de-camp
Aug 4 – 9pm, The Basement, St. John’s, NFLD w/ Aide-de-camp
Aug 5 – 9pm, The Ship Pub, St. John’s, NFLD w/ Aide-de-camp
Aug 6 – 3pm, The Alternative, All Ages, St. John’s, NFLD. w/ Aide-de-camp
Aug 6 – 10pm, The Alternative, St. John’s, NFLD
Aug 9 – 10pm, Jimi-Jack’s Grand Falls, NFLD
Aug 10 – 10pm, Legend’s Gander, NFLD
Aug 11 – 9pm, D’Attic – Cornerbrook, NFLD w/ Aide-de-camp
Aug 12 – Clancy’s, Stevenville, NFLD w/ Aide-de-camp
Aug 16 – 9pm, The Paramount, Moncton, NB w/ Aide-de-camp
Aug 18 – 9pm, The Attic, Halifax, NS w/ Aide-de-camp
Aug 19 – One World Café, Halifax NS
Aug 19 – 9pm, Hell’s Kitchen, Halifax, NS w/ Aide-de-camp
Aug 23 – 8pm, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa, ON w/ Aide de camp
Aug 24 – 8pm, The Trasheteria , Peterborough, ON w/ Aide-de-camp
Aug 25 – 8pm, Albion Hotel, Guelph, ON w/ Aide-de-camp
Aug 26 – 8pm, Call The Office, London, ON w/ Aide-de-camp
Aug 30 – 8pm, The Circus Room, Kitchener, ON w/ Aide-de-camp
Aug 31 – 8pm, The Avalon Front, Windsor, ON w/ Aide-de-camp
Sept 1 – 8pm, Club Absinthe, Hamilton, ON w/ Aide-de-camp
Hidden hoard of live rock to be released
THE world’s largest independent rock and pop music archive, featuring stars from Jimi Hendrix to Elvis Costello and from Janis Joplin to Madonna, is to be opened for the first time.
Up to 100,000 songs recorded and filmed between 1966 and 1991 by Bill Graham, the American concert promoter, languished in an underground basement in San Francisco for more than 10 years after his death.
Then it was bought by Bill Sagan, a health company executive turned rock entrepreneur, who has now launched negotiations aimed at securing the stars’ permission to release their music. This weekend he was flying to London for talks with lawyers representing British rockers such as Led Zeppelin and the Who.
The archive contains unseen footage of a legendary performance by the Who in 1973, when drummer Keith Moon collapsed and a student was picked from the audience to finish the show, and the final concert in 1978 by the Sex Pistols.
There are unknown performances by Led Zeppelin such as a version of Howlin’ Wolf’s Killing Floor, which they later rewrote as the Lemon Song, and a tousle-headed Elton John singing his 1970 ballad Your Song.
There are also moments luminaries may prefer to forget, such as Joe Cocker vomiting on stage and Madonna hitting herself in the face with her chunky necklaces. All were pitilessly captured by Graham’s photographers or, in later years, four cameramen.
Graham, born Wolfgang Grajonca in Nazi Berlin, was described by Joplin as the first concert promoter to respect the artists and give them what they wanted, both on and off stage.
As a result, normally wary performers such as Frank Zappa and Bob Dylan signed contracts that allowed him to record their concerts at venues he managed in New York and California.
Graham hoarded everything, from ticket stubs and backstage passes to psychedelic Jefferson Airplane posters and surplus Duran Duran T-shirts.
When Graham died in a helicopter crash in 1991, he had packed an air-conditioned cellar with 30m artefacts. Three years ago his corporate heirs sold it for £2.9m to Sagan, a Led Zeppelin fan from Minnesota, who joked that he had only snapped it up for the garish Zeppelin tour ties. He beat Paul Allen, the Microsoft billionaire, to the deal.
Now, having spent months going through enough boxes to fill 25 40ft-long lorries when he moved the archive to a more secure warehouse, Sagan estimates his trove could be worth more than £50m.
Sagan, 56, has already started recouping his investment by selling off posters and tickets through an internet site called Wolfgang’s Vault. But he believes the 7,000-plus concerts captured on audio tape and film are his prize asset.
In February Sagan started gauging rock fans’ reactions by broadcasting live recordings by Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen and Chuck Berry over his internet radio station. He was inundated with e-mails asking for more.
Some of the shows, such as Aretha Franklin at the Fillmore West in 1971, have been officially released, albeit in truncated form, and others are to be found on bootlegs. But most of the music has been heard only by those who were lucky enough to be there at the time.
Jimmy Page, of Led Zeppelin, who spent years begging for scraps from bootleggers so that he could compile a history of the band in 2003, is keen to dive into the archive.
“Bill recorded a San Francisco show that Jimmy remembers as momentous: which Zep fan would not want to hear that?” said an Atlantic Records source last week.
First new Faster Pussycat CD in 14 years!!!!
14 years….. I’ve done so many different things!
14 years….. I’ve still got shit to do!
14 years….. I’ve learned many things!
14 years….. I’ve forgot many things!
14 years….. I’ve made a lot friends!
14 years….. I’ve lost to many friends!
14 years….. I’ve had so much fun!
14 years….. I’ve wanted to disappear!
14 years….. I’ve done what I’ve wanted to do!
14 years….. I’ve dealt with people that have tried to stop me.
after 14 years….. it’s only rock and roll……. but I like it!!!!!!!!!!
“Power & the Glory Hole” Available Now!!!
-the ass is always sweeter on the other side of the fence!
Faster Pussycat 2006 Tour dates
NOTE: SLC show on Wed. the 19th has been moved to a new location. The new place is listed below. Website for the new venue is www.clubvegas.org
TUE. 18th – Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
WED. 19th – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
THU. 20th – Aurora, CO @ Hubbas Pub (Denver)
FRI. 21st – Lincoln, NE @ Knickerbockers
SAT. 22nd – Cedar Rapids, IA @ The Chrome Horse Saloon
SUN. 23rd – Columbia Heights, MN @ Star Central (Minneapolis)
TUE. 25th – Cleveland,OH @ Hi Fi
WED. 26th – Mt Clemens, MI @ Hayloft Liquor Stand (Detroit)
THU. 27th – Bay City, MI @ Westown Theater (Saginaw)
FRI. 28th – Bridgeville, PA @ RPMs (Pittsburgh)
SAT.29th – Gaithersburg, MD @ Fire Station 8 (DC/Baltimore)
SUN. 30th – Long Branch, NJ @ the Brighton Bar
MON. 31st – NYC private show
TUE. 1st – Hartford, CT @ The Webster Theater
WED. 2nd – Queens, NY @ Bottoms Up
THU. 3rd – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbats
FRI. 4th – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
SAT. 5th – Myrtle Beach, SC @ Planet Rock
more to come…..
THE SALADS HIT THE ROAD FOR WARPED
The Salads are about to hit the road including many stops on the Warped Tour in support of the new album The Big Picture. On stage in front of a crowd is where The Salads feel most at home so they are eager to perform for their fans this summer. www.thesalads.com
July 18th : Warped Tour: Thunderbird Stadium : Vancouver, BC : 1pm
July 20th : Warped Tour: Race City Speedway : Calgary, AB : 1pm
July 21st : Telus Stage : Klondike Days Fest : Edmonton, AB :
July 22nd : Power Plant : Edmonton, AB :
July 24th : The Roxy : Saskatoon, SK :
July 25th : The Zoo : Winnipeg, MB :
July 28th : Foggy Notions : Sault Ste Marie, ON :
August 11th : Warped Tour: Tower City Amphiteatre : Cleveland, OH : 1pm
August 12th : Warped Tour: Park Place : Barrie, ON : 1pm
August 13th : Warped Tour: Parc Jean-Drapeau : Montreal, QC : 1pm
August 18th : Salad Gold 13 : The Mod Club : Toronto, ON : doors: TBD : 19+
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“…there’s something extra special about these guys that makes me want to throw my voice out screaming along to their smart lyrics.” – Jess Shulist, The Spill Magazine
“At times angsty and angry and at others melancholy and reflective, it all manages to come across sincerely. Feeling blue? Let the Salads pick you back up.” – Whitney Light, Stylus Magazine
“We simply can’t give you any other review other than confirm that this band is brimming with contagious energy that everyone needs to see in concert.” – Rawkgrrl Magazine
Robin McAuley Joins Survivor
Robin McAuley, frontman for McAuley Schenker Group, is the new lead singer of Survivor.
McAuley replaces Jim Jamison who had been with the band since 1984. Jamison joined the band following the departure of original singer Dave Binkler who sang on their first four albums and was vocalist on their biggest hit ‘Eye of the Tiger’.
In a statement, McAuley says “I’m very excited at this opportunity to sing for Survivor,” says McAuley. “I can only hope the Survivor fans give me a fighting chance. Frankie and I have worked together in the past I am extremely excited to start writing with him again and playing with a great bunch of guys. This new Survivor promises to be full of energy, and with such a stable of awesome tunes to pick from, who knows what each show will bring. I’m ready!”
The new line-up is now working on a studio album for release in 2007.
Paul McCartney Pulls Out Of Minefield Gala
Paul McCartney has been a regular performer at the Adopt-A-Minefield charity gala held every year and run by his estranged wife Heather Mills-McCartney, but this year he will not attend.
McCartney has said that he did not want to overshadow the event, which guests like Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom have reportedly paid $US900 to attend.
Media reports still continue to report “friends” of the couple insisting they’re on good terms and remaining friends.
McCartney officially said “While I continue to be committed to Adopt-A-Minefield and its critical mission, given the current circumstances I will not be able to attend
Sean Lennon Readies Second Album
Sean Lennon, son of slain Beatle John Lennon, will release his second album and first new music in eight years this September.
The album, titled ‘Friendly Fire’, features a sound reminiscent of his late father’s, going by the sample now posted at the Capitol Records website.
A trailer for the album can be viewed at the website and features guest appearances from Carrie Fisher, Lindsay Lohan and Paul Simon’s son Harper.
Lennon’s last album, ‘Into The Sun’, was released on Grand Royal Records in 1998.
Meanwhile, Sean’s half brother Julian is also working on new music. He writes at his official website that he has been writing in London with “a very respected songwriter”.
Julian now lives in Italy.
Frontiers set to release upcoming LUNATICA record
Frontiers Records is pleased to launch the first sample off of the forthcoming LUNATICA album, “The Edge Of Infinity”, the awesome first single “Who You Are”, a song penned by the famed Swedish songwriters Carl Falk and Sebastian Thott (LINDSAY LOHAN, ANA JOHNSSON etc.).
“We knew that it would be hard to get even some listening copies of previously unreleased songs if you are an unknown band” admits Lunatica’s singer Andrea Datwyler, “But with much effort and even more phone calls we got in contact with Carl Falk. We told him that it was a dream for us to get one of their songs. We didn’t give up when he told us that they were busy on other projects. Over 3 months we called Carl 2-3 times a week. Finally we convinced him and Sebastian to give us the song “Who You Are”. We made them believe in us and they are really happy now with our interpretation of the song.”
The album will be released in Europe on Frontiers Records on August 25th 2006 with a release in Japan scheduled on Marquee/Avalon.
Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett dead at 60
A spokeswoman for the band said Barrett died several days ago, but she did not disclose the cause of death. Barrett had suffered from diabetes for years.
The surviving members of Pink Floyd – David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright – said they were “very upset and sad to learn of Syd Barrett’s death.”
“Syd was the guiding light of the early band lineup and leaves a legacy which continues to inspire,” they said in a statement.
Barrett co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 with Waters, Mason and Wright, and wrote many of the band’s early songs. The group’s jazz-infused rock and drug-laced, multimedia “happenings” made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene. The 1967 album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn – largely written by Barrett, who also played guitar – was a commercial and critical hit.
But Barrett suffered from mental instability, exacerbated by his use of LSD. His behaviour grew increasingly erratic, and he left the group in 1968 – five years before the release of Pink Floyd’s most popular album, Dark Side of the Moon – to be replaced by Gilmour.
Barrett released two solo albums – The Madcap Laughs and Barrett – but soon withdrew from the music business altogether. An album of previously unreleased material, Opel, was issued in 1988.
He reverted to his real name, Roger Barrett, and spent much of the rest of his life living quietly in his hometown of Cambridge, England. Moving into his mother’s suburban house, he passed the time painting and tending the garden. His former bandmates made sure Barrett continued to receive royalties from his work with Pink Floyd.
He was a familiar figure to neighbours, often seen cycling or walking to the corner store, but rarely spoke to the fans and journalists who sought him out over the years.
Despite his brief career, Barrett’s fragile, wistful songs influenced many musicians including David Bowie – who covered the Barrett track See Emily Play.
Bowie said in a statement posted on his website that Barrett had been a “major inspiration.”
“His impact on my thinking was enormous,” Bowie write. “A major regret is that I never got to know him. A diamond indeed.”
The other members of Pink Floyd recorded the album Wish You Were Here as a tribute to their troubled bandmate.
It contained the song Shine On You Crazy Diamond – “Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.” The band also dwelt on themes of mental illness on the albums Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall.
The band spokeswoman said a small, private funeral would be held
EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT AND STEREO DYNAMITE PR INK EXCLUSIVE PUBLIC RELATIONS DEAL
Eagle Rock Entertainment and Stereo Dynamite PR are pleased to announce an exclusive agreement whereby Stereo Dynamite PR will manage all Canadian publicity for Eagle Rock’s DVD & CD releases, commencing July 2006.
“We are very excited to be handling publicity for the Eagle Rock Entertainment label and its imprints Eagle Records, Eagle Vision, Spitfire Records, Eagle Eye Media and Eagle Media. Eagle Rock has consistently released superb DVD & CD titles from some of the most significant artists in music history. We are very happy to be on board!” says Stereo Dynamite VP and Publicist Kerry Goulding.
Upcoming Eagle Rock releases include DVDs from Steve Earle, Rainbow, The Pixies, Black Label Society and Marvin Gaye, as well as CD releases from Deep Purple, Rory Gallagher, Steve Earle and The Black Crowes (see below for specific release dates).
David MacMillan, Eagle Rock Entertainment’s Director Of Canadian Operations, comments: “I am very happy to announce that Stereo Dynamite / Kerry Goulding will oversee Eagle Rock DVD & CD publicity in Canada. I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship, and this fresh change is going to back up the incredible momentum we’re having with DVD music sales in Canada. As well, I fully expect a strengthening of our presence in the Quebec music market as we will be putting much more emphasis on impacting this particular region.”
Eagle Rock Entertainment is one of the leading independent sources for music audio and audio / visual programming, which it releases worldwide on DVD, CD and other formats, as well as through channels such as television and VOD. Eagle Rock’s mission is to bring music fans high quality music audio and audio / visual content from the broadest range of artists, with superior production, sound and high definition visuals, as well as other historically significant releases. Eagle Vision’s extensive catalog covers every genre of music, and includes the Classic Albums documentary series, which tells the stories behind some of the greatest albums in rock history, and Live at Montreux, which features performances from top artists at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival.
Eagle Vision, Eagle Records, Eagle Media, and Eagle Eye Media are also imprints of Eagle Rock Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S., which is a part of Eagle Rock Entertainment, Ltd. The company’s North American headquarters are in New York City. Its corporate headquarters are in London, with offices in Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.
Deep Purple – Rapture Of The Deep, Special Edition (2-CD)
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (DVD)
Rory Gallagher – Live At Montreux (75, 77, 79, 85, 94) (DVD)
Steve Earle – Live At Montreux (DVD)
In Stores August 22nd
Black Label Society – European Invasion (2-DVD)
Pixies – Pixies Acoustic: Live In Newport (DVD)
Rainbow – Live In Munich (DVD)
Steve Earle – Live At Montreux (DVD)
In Stores August 29th
James Brown – Live At Montreux (DVD)
Suzanne Vega – Live At Montreux (DVD)
In Stores September 5th
Ginger Baker – Live In Africa (DVD)
Jeff Healey – Live At Montreux 1997/99 (DVD / CD)
In Stores September 19th
Nina Simone – Live At Montreux, 1976 (DVD)
Eric Clapton – Live At Montreux, 1986 (DVD)
Black Crowes – Live (Title TBD) (2-CD)
PINK FLOYD ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF PULSE
2 DVD Set Documenting
The 1994 Division Bell Tour
Features First Ever
Filmed Performance Of
The Dark Side Of The Moon
In Stores Tuesday, July 11
Use the coupon code “PULSE” at checkout and get 10% off any Pink Floyd
or David Gilmour title, including the Pink Floyd DVD “Pulse.”
Pink Floyd will release the group’s much-anticipated two DVD set, PULSE, on Columbia Records on Tuesday, July 11. This landmark release features the first ever film of Pink Floyd playing the band’s seminal album, The Dark Side of the Moon, live in concert. The PULSE DVD set documents the 1994 Division Bell tour and was filmed at London’s Earls Court during a record-breaking 14-night residency. The two-disc release contains the full concert performance with rare backstage footage and previously unseen extras making the collection a must-have for Pink Floyd fans.
Disc 2 of the PULSE DVD set features a live filmed performance of Pink Floyd — David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright — performing the group’s towering masterpiece, The Dark Side of the Moon, in its glorious entirety during the second half of the Division Bell concert. Included on disc 1 are “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2),” “High Hopes” and “Learning to Fly” as well as never-before-seen rarities such as Bootlegging the Bootleggers and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of life on the road with one of the world’s biggest and most influential rock bands.
Long time Pink Floyd collaborator Storm Thorgerson has designed the stunning graphics for the PULSE DVD, ensuring that the set looks as good as it sounds. Mixed in mind-expanding 5.1 surround sound and digitally re-mastered by James Guthrie, the PULSE DVD includes some of original screen films used for the 1970s concert performances of The Dark Side of the Moon (which were never filmed) as well as the visual components for the piece which were remade for the 1994 tour.
The PULSE DVD captures vividly the essence of Pink Floyd, both as a live band and as a visual tour de force, qualities that served them, and their fans, well during the group’s show-stopping reunion performance at last year’s Live 8.
PULSE DVD TRACKLISTING
Concert Part 1:
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Learning To Fly
Take It Back
Coming Back To Life
Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)
One of These Days
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Learning to Fly
Bootlegging the Bootleggers:
What Do You Want From Me
On The Turning Way
Learning To Fly
Take It Back
Maps, Itinerary, Stage Plans
Pulse TV Advert
Concert Part 2:
Speak To Me
Breathe In the Air
On The Run
The Great Gig In The Sky
Us And Them
Any Colour You Like
Wish You Were Here
Run Like Hell
Speak To Me (graphic)
On The Run
The Great Gig in the Sky (wave)
Us And Them 1987
Alternate Screen Versions:
Speak To Me 1987
Time (Ian Eames)
The Great Gig In The Sky (animation)
Us And Them 1994
Behind the Scenes Footage:
Say Goodbye To Life As We Know It
The Rock and Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (U.S. 1996)
Wish You Were Here with Billy Corgan
ROBERT PLANT BOX SET RELEASE DATE
The long rumored nine CD box set spanning the whole of the singers post Zeppelin recording history is set for release on September 12th . Titled Nine Lives, the box set released by Rhino records, contains all seven solo albums from Atlantic records (as well as Universal’s “Dreamland” and Sanctuary’s “Mighty Rearranger”) all have been remastered and include bonus tracks. The 10th disc, a DVD, includes an interview with Plant as well as music videos, performance footage, his Rock and Roll hall of Fame induction, and commentary from Phil Collins, Tori Amos, and Roger Daltrey, among others…
LIVE ROBERT PLANT DVD
Robert Plant is about to release his first official solo DVD! It’s a Strange Sensation concert recorded last autumn in Chicago for Soundstage, a concert series for PBS television, which airs in the US on June 29 and at the end of the 1 hour presentation there is a toll free number to buy a DVD of the show, including songs not aired on the TV special, for $19.99. People who have already have seen a preview of the show state that it’s the best Robert Plant performance for television in quite some time and erases memories of an erratic show he did for PBS’s “Austin City Limits” during the “Dreamland” tour. This concert starts out tentatively with the acoustic “No Quarter” and starts to find its feet with “Shine It All Around,” the second song of night. It’s after “Black Dog,” though, that Robert’s voice starts to warm up on a spritely “Freedom Fries.” A fantastic “Four Sticks” follows next and the band continues to add oil to the flames on “Tin Pan Valley” and “The Enchanter.” A torrid “Whole Lotta Love” closes the show, which seems to have been recorded in a TV studio. While the show isn’t on par with the best of Strange Sensation shows, it’s very pleasing nonetheless and Robert’s voice is powerful throughout even if he doesn’t reach for the high notes he has been known to hit during some of the Strange Sensation shows. I can’t wait to see the DVD release for the bonus tracks. For more details on the show, see: http://www.pbs.org/wttw/soundstage/rplant/featured.htm.
The setlist from the concert, which hints at what may be included on the DVD, can be found here: http://www.pbs.org/wttw/soundstage/rplant/setlist.htm
Big thanks to Stephen Humphries for the info
TACOMA REDD ANNOUNCE A MOMENTARY MISFORTUNE
Toronto powerpop/rock band Tacoma Redd is eagerly anticipating the release of its debut EP A Momentary Misfortune, produced by Moe Berg (The Pursuit of Happiness). The band is celebrating with a CD release party and performance at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on Tuesday July 25th at 10pm as part of 102.1FM the Edge’s Nu Music Nite hosted by Dave Bookman.
Already known for their hard-hitting live shows, the band set out to produce an album that captured the same energy. The result is an EP showcasing six of the bands best songs with catchy melodies and a pop sensibility. Tacoma Redd, whose influences include Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World, Doughboys, Husker Du and AFI, has worked hard on their live show and it has paid off with positive media attention for their CMW and NXNE festival showcases and with opening slots for such acts as Billy Idol, Bif Naked, The Illuminati and Robin Black. Recently Tacoma Redd has been asked to participate in and appear on the soundtrack of an indie rock and roll movie called Allergic to Reality currently being shot in Toronto.
The catchy first single “When I’m Not Around” is being released to rock and campus radio and the band hopes to shoot a video for the song as well. Many surprises are being planned for the CD release party including a guest appearance by Tacoma Redd’s producer Moe Berg. Regional CD release parties will follow the Toronto show and the band plans to tour more extensively in the fall. www.tacomaredd.com www.myspace.com/tacomaredd
“Tacoma Redd made radio rock interesting during their set by having just enough of their own sound to not blend in with every other band out there. The lead singer’s voice is completely original and they’ve got the moves that show that they have been doing this for a long time.”-Stephanie Joudrey, Chartattack
“One is reminded of classic rock bands like Thin Lizzy and Cheap Trick, melded with showmanship and grandeur of Queen, with vocal lines Coheed & Cambria would be jealous of.” – Jeremy Shum, Tangible Sounds
“Here’s a band with two gears – neutral and 5th gear, without much use for neutral. 100% power pop describes them perfectly. They come at you full throttle and you wonder how they will keep this up then they do.” – Joe Chisholm, Spill Magazine