Monday, January 16, 2017

It was bound to happen: Steely Dan plays Vegas


2017 is the year Steely Dan lands in Las Vegas for nine dates in April. presale starts tomorrow January 17 for American Express card holders, while the rabble can grab their tickets January 20.

Here's the press release:

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 16, 2017) – STEELY DAN's yearly residencies in New York City are now the stuff of legend — and the west coast faithful always had to cross a continent to join in on the multi-night fun.

That's about to change: In 2017, Steely Dan founders Donald Fagen and Walter Becker will play a nine-night Steely Dan residency at the Opaline Theatre at The Venetian ® in Las Vegas, Nevada between April 12 - April 29 (dates below ).

Donald and Walter are again supported by "the best touring band on the stage today": Jon Herington (guitar), Keith Carlock (drums), Freddie Washington (bass), Jim Beard (keyboards), Roger Rosenberg, Walt Weiskopf, Michael Leonhart , Jim Pugh (horns) and Carolyn Leonhart, Cindy Mizelle, and La Tanya Hall (backing vocals). Critics and fans now rightly evoke the legendary Big Bands of a previous era as the only apt comparison for the virtuosity, versatility, and vise-like cohesion of this Steely Dan musical collective.

These master musicians will treat audiences each night to a diverse set of classics, drawn from Steely Dan's extraordinary catalog of infections tunes, bodacious harmonies, irresistible grooves, and, of course, those sleek, subversive lyrics — all decked out in perfect Sin City style: sparkling solo work and blazing musicality sewn up into ensemble arrangements of skintight fit.

American Express® card members can purchase advance tickets beginning Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. PT through Jan. 19 at 10 p.m. PT.  Tickets will go on sale to the public on Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased through, The Venetian Box Office, and charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.  Tickets are subject to applicable service charges, and event time and date are subject to change.

Visit and Steely Dan on Facebook for tour news and updates as they develop.

Will it be heavy on hits? Here's how The Venetian ( describe the upcoming shows:

Steely Dan’s nine-night exclusive Las Vegas residency, titled “Reelin’ in the Chips,” will entertain audiences with a “greatest hits” set of diverse selections from the band’s extraordinary catalog. Steely Dan has sold more than 40 million albums and helped define the soundtrack of the '70s with hits such as “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Rikki Don't Lose That Number,” “F.M.,” “Peg,” “Hey Nineteen,” “Deacon Blues,” and “Babylon Sisters.”

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The return of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

Photo: Alabama Tourist Department
This week sees the reopening of the restored Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama with daily tours for visitors as well as working as a fully functional record studio.

Founded in 1969 by the group of musicians camed "The Swampers" - David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins and Barry Beckett - it became the place where Percy Sledge recorded his When A Man Loves A Woman, Aretha Franklin came to record her big breakthrough album and artists like Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones and Otis Redding cut classic tracks. As did Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Cat Stevens and the Staple Singers. Plus many more.

In 2013 Lee Sentell made the documentary "Muscle Shoals" that eventually got Dr Dre/Beats Electronics to put money into renovating the studio.

And here's a couple of tracks recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Anniversary edition of The Doors' 1967 debut

50 years ago today in 1967, The Doors broke through to the other side for the first time, with their classic debut album.
To celebrate this the band will release The Doors: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, a 3 CD/1 LP set (available on March 31).

Disc One  (Original Stereo Mix)

Disc Two (Original Mono Mix)

1. “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”
2. “Soul Kitchen”
3. “The Crystal Ship”
4. “Twentieth Century Fox”
5. “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)”
6. “Light My Fire”
7. “Back Door Man”
8. “I Looked At You”
9. “End Of The Night”
10. “Take It As It Comes”
11. “The End”

Disc Three: Live At The Matrix, March 7, 1967

1. “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”
2. “Soul Kitchen”
3. “The Crystal Ship”
4. “Twentieth Century Fox”
5. “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)”
6. “Light My Fire”
7. “Back Door Man”
8. “The End”

LP (Original Mono Mix)

Side One

1. “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”
2. “Soul Kitchen”
3. “The Crystal Ship”
4. “Twentieth Century Fox”
5. “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)”
6. “Light My Fire”

Side Two

7. “Back Door Man”
8. “I Looked At You”
9. “End Of The Night”
10. “Take It As It Comes”
11. “The End”

Details here:

Monday, January 02, 2017

Early live recording by The Doors released

Recently one of the earliest known recordings of The Doors was released. 
Seven songs recorded by a fan with a borrowed reel machine, at The London Fog in L.A. Here is an interesting interview with Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger talking with People about the early days:

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Steely Dan live 2017: First date announced!

These days a year without Steely Dan playing live seems like an unlikely occasion, but fans of the band are used to getting the first news of a tour/single dates a few weeks into a new year. February, March... That kind of thing.


December 28, 2016 is the day that the first date of 2017 is official. Official as in up on the venues site. And us noticing it. With the help of a Pete Fogel post to the Facebook fan page.

Steely Dan will be playing the Hollywood Bowl on June 18, 2017 as part of the Special Concert series.

Are tickets for sale? No. And yes. Hollywood Bowl runs a subscripion type of ticket service and informs us all that "Special concerts may be added to your subscription order now, a 5 or More order starting March 15, or purchased individually starting May 1".

Photo: Danny Clinch/
That is, unless you're willing to help resellers like Viagogo where "those who have can sell their tickets for obscene amounts to those that want" ... sorry, where "people can buy and sell tickets for live events all over the world with confidence.".

When we looked Viagogo had 12 tickets for sale running $126 and up.

And while we are happy to see that the ticket industry's promise to stop ticket scalping and ticket touts is working...


...we'd just rather concentrate on what's hopefully to come: A long and extensive Steely Dan 2017 tour. Make that WORLD tour.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Brian Eno on BBC Radio on Boxing Day

Cox. Keaveny and Eno in the London pub where The Boxing Day show was recorded. (Photo: BBC Radio 6 Music)
Brian Eno will join presenter Shaun Keaveny and professor Brian Cox on BBC Radio 6 Music for a three hour breakfast show on Boxing Day (December 26) at 7 a.m. local time.

Brian Eno held a BBC Music John Peel lecture last year and struck up a friendship with Shaun Keaveny and Brian Cox that led to Eno sending emails to the show, as well as making a few radio jingles in his home studio.

A discussion on the connection between music and science is promised. More here:

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Dweezil Zappa campaigning to keep using the Zappa name


Dweezil Zappa has started a campaign on Pledge Music to keep using the surname Zappa. He writes:

It sounds bizarre but it’s true! I could use your help. I am inviting everyone to please join me to make some noise and raise funds to propel the necessary legal arguments to secure the rights for me to continue to use ZAPPA as my last name.

Let’s band together and form a group called “Dweezil Zappa And The Others Of Intention.” By joining and supporting this group via the Pledge Music campaign your voice will be heard alongside my own in the fight against the proposed Federal Trademark of the surname ZAPPA set forth by 2 of my younger siblings. The trademark seeks to prevent me from using my own full name in the field of music, entertainment and public appearances among other things.

Dweezil is hoping for help from his fans and offer things like guitars, mugs, t-shirts, special signed copies of the CD Live In The Moment Part II, special vinyl test pressings and ... a personal golf tour!
10 US Dollars will get you a download of the track Dinosaur descibed as "A soaring 11-minute guitar instrumental composed by Dweezil Zappa that features guest solos by: James Santiago, David Walliman, Matt Picone, Tom Quayle, Oz Noy, Derryl Gabel, Chris Buono and Frank Zappa!"

More on the name controversy:

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Yes and ELO to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Photo from
The Yes Union tour line-up will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2017.
This is how Yes veteran drummer Bill Bruford comments it on Facebook and on
"Yes was like my first girlfriend, to whom I was hopelessly committed. Despite a couple of wrinkles, I’m glad to hear the old girl is in fine shape".

Also ELO - Electric Light Orchestra - will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Joan Baez and some more artists. Read all about it here:

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Greg Lake from King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer has died

Greg Lake has passed away aged 69.

Greg was a singer and bassist in King Crimson, before joining Emerson, Lake & Palmer where he played bass, guitar and sang.
He also released a number of solo albums.

BBC has more:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Zappa sideman Allan Zavod dies

The Australian keyboardist and composer Allan Zavod has passed away. He may be best known for being in Frank Zappa's touring band from July to December 1984. 
Zavod also worked with Jean-Luc Ponty, George Benson, Eric Clapton, Duke Ellington and others.
Zavod died at the age of 71.

Here is a great interview with Allan Zavod where he speaks a lot about his days with Zappa.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Kate Bush: New album, new video, new interview!

With the live album of her comeback on stage in 2014 finally out we'd like to remind you of the interview she did on BBC Radio 6 last week. Her first interview in five years and up on the site for three more weeks. Here's the link:

She's also released a video of the song And Dream Of Sheep:

Now that the live album titled Before The Dawn - without overdubs - is here, what fans are hoping for is that the video version of the show will be released as well. Eventually.

Friday, November 25, 2016

"Sherlock Holmes" performs Comfortably Numb with David Gilmour

First and foremost known for portraying detective Sherlock Holmes in the currently running BBC series, Benedict Cumberbatch made a surprise appearance during David Gilmour's September 28, 2016 show to sing ... Comfortably Numb.

No, we didn't see that one coming, but here's the clip: