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: