Sunday, January 13, 2019

Happy 50th anniversary – King Crimson!

50 years ago on January 13th 1969, the first rehearsal of the group King Crimson took place.
This first incarnation of the group (yes, it still exists but of course with a different line up) was short lived, however.
They played their first concert in July, released their ground breaking first album In the Court of the Crimson King in October, and was disbanded in December the same year.

Since the first line up of the band, and their classic prog rock debut with the very iconic cover (see above photo) the band has gone through numerous incarnations and changes of musical style. But King Crimson is still working and touring, with guitarist Robert Fripp being the only consistent member.
And they're still a damn good band!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Happy 71, Donald Fagen!

Donald Fagen at the ASCAP Jazz Hall Of Fame ceremony in NYC on June 14, 2010. Performance of "Florida Room", award presentation by Johnny Mandel and Valerie Simpson, and acceptance speech.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Zappa In New York – 40th anniversary edition – 5 CD's

Ready for pre-orders. The Frank Zappa live album Zappa In New York will be re-released as a limited edition 5 CD set.

Disc 1 contains the original album, yes the censored version that was first released in March 1978. Unfortunately it is not the very first edition that was put out on the market in 1977 in very limited quantity. Some copies leaked out in stores in the UK before it got withdrawn.

The 1977 edition included the track Punky's Whips which was almost 11 minutes long. The song describes drummer Terry Bozzio's affection for Punky Meadows, member of the group Angel. On the 1978 release the record company Warner Brothers left it out since they thought it would be bad for business. As a result of that the new edition of the album (side A and B) had a slightly changed song order to balance out the length of the LP sides.

In the 90's Zappa released a remixed version of the album on a 2 CD set, including four extra tracks, one of them Punky's Whips.

Disc 2-5 of the 5 CD box include "bonus concert performances". This material will probably be the main reason why fans will ever buy this release.

Check out the entire track listing and other details here!

And...there is also a vinyl edition on 3 LP's. Check details here!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Zappa hologram tour rehearsals set for March

Guitarist Mike Keneally (who was in Frank Zappa's band in 1988) writes this: "We start rehearsals for The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa in March. We'll start announcing dates very soon."

And he continues:
"I'll say a lot more about it later, but basically, take whatever your expectations about what a Zappa hologram tour might be, and abandon them, because this is going to be an experience unlike anything that's happened to you before. From a musical standpoint, I'm delighted to be joining Joe Travers, Scott Thunes, Ray White, Robert Martin and Ed Mann in bringing Frank's amazing music to you (some of which has never been heard before), and from a visual standpoint, we are going to present something you simply won't see coming. Not gonna say more than that for now, but prepare to be truly affected by this experience."

Frank's son Ahmet:
" I’m thrilled that we’ll be doing 100 + dates around the world."

This hologram tour – what's it all about? Click here!

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Bob Zappa has passed away

Bob Zappa, brother of Frank Zappa, passed away last night. Bob published two books about his and Frank's childhood and adult lives.
Bob worked as an assistant for Frank in the 60's but left the business for studies and to join the marines. Later he became a publisher. 

In book #1, Frankie & Bobby, Growing Up Zappa (2015), Bob tells the story of their early years, about the many times the family moved and about Frank's bad relationship with their father: 

"His relationship with our father was very difficult for him." (Bob Zappa, Sveriges Radio interview 2015)

Book #2, Frankie & Bobby, The Rest Of Our Story (2017), describes how the brothers see each other more and more seldom and suddenly Bobby can't even get through to Frank since Frank's wife Gail acts like a gate keeper. One day she calls him up just to tell him that Frank has died and the funeral has already taken place. 

The book ends on a sad note, BUT shortly after the book was released Bob reconnected with Frank's kids Moon and Dweezil.

Charles Robert "Bob" or "Bobby" Zappa died at the age of 75.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

25 years ago today – we still miss you Frank!

Today it is 25 years since Frank Zappa passed away. Today fans and old sidemen pay tribute to Frank on different Zappa and music forums on the internet.

Bass player Arthur Barrow writes on Facebook about the last time he saw Frank: in 1990

"It was a great visit, even though it was tinged with sadness. I stayed there until 1:30 in the morning - four hours, just Frank and me hanging out together with no interruptions."

Bob Zappa, one of Frank's brothers re-publishes what he wrote on Facebook on December 4, 2017, which is an excerpt from his book. It describes the very short call from Frank's wife Gail Zappa on December 5, 1993. She simply told him that Frank was dead and that there would not be a funeral since he had already been buried.

Drummer Morgan Ågren:

"On this day 1993, Frank Zappa left us. Still empty without him... "

Denny Walley, guitarist who played with Frank on several tours in the 70's has published a photo on Facebook of him and Frank.

"This photo was taken in Franks studio several months before he died. 
R.I.P. friend"

Pauline Butcher, author of Freak Out! My Life With Frank Zappa:

" if one could ever forget him. A myriad of memories remain."

In memoriam:
Frank Zappa, December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Mats and Napoleon continue their Zappa mission

Two new members added.
On Friday November 16 the Radio Dupree staff attended a concert with Zappa veteran Napoleon Murphy Brock and keyboard virtuoso Mats Öberg. The concert took place in Mats' old hometown Umeå, Sweden.

The Öberg/Brock duo that call themselves Colour Flash have been around since 2014 but now they have added two more members; guitarist Christian Bjerring and percussionist Rafael Sida. This added more width and variation to the performance, of course, while the music is still performed in a small enjoyable format. There are no more gigs planned with this quartet, but Öberg says that they hope to be able to do more shows together.
And Napoleon Murphy Brock is still one of the best showmen in the business. Catch them if you get the opportunity!

Set #1
Chunga's Armageddon (Frank Zappa/Wayne Shorter)
Stink-foot (Zappa)
Festival (George Duke)
Uncle Remus (Duke/Zappa)
How About You? (Lane/Freed)
Aybe Sea (Zappa)
My Ship (Weill/Gershwin)
Montana (Zappa)

Set #2
Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (Zappa)
What's The Ugliest Part of Your Body? (Zappa)
Oh No (Zappa)
Son of Orange County (Zappa)
More Trouble Every Day (Zappa)
Yeah, We Going (George Duke)
Yo Mama (Zappa)
Chunga's Armageddon outro (Frank Zappa/Wayne Shorter)

Pygmy Twylyte (Zappa)

Monday, October 29, 2018

Walter Becker Way named! 
If you missed yesterdays very casual and fun street naming ceremony in Forest Hills, Queens, New York there's video of it over on Q104.3:s Facebook page:

For more information and additional material surrounding the naming of Walter Becker Way check out: 

Among the highlights for fans of Walter Becker was the giveaway of a USB full of Walter Becker music including a never before heard demo of a song called This Is My Building dating back to the Circus Money era, i.e. 2008.

It will eventually be available for all to hear on the site where uncompleted songs, rehearsal tapes, alternate versions of released songs, demos and never before heard songs have been published since February this year. All according to Walter's wishes:

Photo:Sandrine Lee

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Coming soon: Bowie at Glastonbury 2000

David Bowie's concert at Glastonbury 2000 will be released on CD, DVD and vinyl LP.
37 minutes of the show have been broadcast on TV, but otherwise this is a premiere release.

Set list:
 1. Introduction (Greensleeves)
 2. Wild Is the Wind
 3. China Girl
 4. Changes
 5. Stay
 6. Life On Mars?
 7. Absolute Beginners
 8. Ashes to Ashes
 9. Rebel Rebel
 10. Little Wonder
 11. Golden Years
 12. Fame
 13. All the Young Dudes
 14. The Man Who Sold the World
 15. Station to Station
 16. Starman
 17. Hallo Spaceboy
 18. Under Pressure
 19. Ziggy Stardust
 20. "Heroes"
 21. Let's Dance
 22. I'm Afraid of Americans

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Kate Bush releases remastered catalogue

Kate Bush will release remastered versions of her album catalogue on vinyl and CD in November. 

This is the first (and definitive) programme of remastering and includes the release of many rarities and cover versions on vinyl and CD for the first time.

Read more here:

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Angélique Kidjo's version of Talking Heads Remain in Light

New album. In 1980 when Talking Heads released their album Remain in Light it made a huge impact on the music scene. Singer Angélique Kidjo was one of many who fell in love with it, She has toured with her own versions of the album's songs. Now she has released a studio album – her own version of Remain in Light.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Steely Dan live in England, Scotland and Ireland in 2019

Steely Dan yesterday announced five dates in England, Scotland and Ireland in February 2019.

The band played two shows as part of The Bluesfest 2017 in London (October 28) and Dublin (October 29), sharing the stage with the Doobie Brothers.

This time around the band is billed with Steve Winwood as "Special Guest". Here are the dates and tickets go on sale this Friday, September 7.

20 Glasgow - The SSE Hydro

21 Manchester - Manchester Arena

23 Birmingham - Genting Arena

25 London - The SSE Arena, Wembley

28 Dublin - 3Arena

Monday, August 13, 2018

King Crimson leader Robert Fripp dancing

Guitarist Robert Fripp is not exactly known for his amazing moves on stage during shows with his group King Crimson. He usually sits still on his stool and plays his guitar with his eyes staring at the floor.

But there actually seem to be moments when mr Fripp takes the opportunity to do a little dance, in this case while interpreting his wife Toyah's new track "Telepathic Lover" from the EP Four From Toyah | Birthday Edition.

Monday, July 30, 2018

60's recordings by Neil Young and Joni Mitchell discovered

The Michigan History Project has discovered a treasure of historic musical recordings made in Ann Arbor, Michigan during the late 1960s.
The reel-to-reel tapes include recorded performances by artists as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tim Buckley and others.

The non-profit organisation is now looking for a record label that would be interested in releasing the recordings.

Read more here.