Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gene Simmons tries to trademark iconic gesture

Kiss veteran Gene Simmons wants to trademark the well known gesture of rock'n roll, the "devil horns".
Simmons claims he invented the gesture on stage 1974.
This has of course upset many people. Some critics say that one simply can not trademark a gesture. And also, it seems like Gene was not first. Check out the cover of the Beatles' 1966 single Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/gene-simmons-seeks-register-trademark-iconic-rock-hand-gesture-1013378

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40286165/gene-simmons-to-trademark-devil-horns-gesture

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ronnie-james-dios-widow-calls-gene-simmonss-attempt-to-trademark-horns-hand-gesture-laughable-and-disgusting/

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Phil Collins live in Cologne, June 11

Several pieces of footage from the recent Phil Collins tour is floating around on the internet. Here is one of the better ones. 
But the fans seem to be divided. "Painful to see. Painful to hear", is one of the comments on social media. Another one goes "But one have to give him cred for trying."

Monday, June 05, 2017

Listen to Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize lecture here

The Swedish Academy has finally received Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture.  
"The speech is extraordinary and, as one might expect, eloquent. Now that the Lecture has been delivered, the Dylan adventure is coming to a close", writes Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Academy.
Dylan did send the recording of his lecture only five days before deadline.

You can listen to, and read Dylan's lecture here:
http://www.svenskaakademien.se/en/nobel-lecture

Radio Dupree, March 29, 2017:
Bob Dylan gets his Nobel Prize medal this weekend
It has been unclear whether Bob Dylan will come to Sweden to collect his Nobel Prize medal and if he will hold his Nobel Prize lecture. Now the Swedish Academy has received a message from Dylan that he will meet the Academy the coming weeked to receive the Nobel Prize diploma and medal...

King Crimson now available on Spotify!

King Crimson - kings of progressive rock - finally on Spotify with two albums!
Well, only two albums (so far) but this allows some tasty listening. It's the brand new EP with a nice cover of Bowie's Heroes plus four updated live 2016 versions of some old KC favourites.
Then there is the music from the 3 CD set Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind (live 2015). Lots of old Crimson songs as well as newer stuff.
Excellent!

Click here to listen!

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Only two Genesis songs in Phil Collins' comeback show

Yesterday Phil Collins did his first gig in a decade. 
The concert took place in Liverpool and is the only UK gig outside of London. There has been great interest in Phil Collin's "Not Dead Yet" tour, and tickets have sold out very quickly.
Some fans may react over Phil's choice of songs. Very few by Genesis - only two! Well, he has mainly done things as a solo artist since the early 80's, right?

Anyway, if you're interested in checking out a couple of reviews (and the songlist) of the Liverpool June 2nd Echo Arena concert, you may go here:
http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/review-phil-collins-echo-arena-13130061

Another one here:
https://www.genesisfan.net/phil-collins/articles/2017/review-phil-collins-wows-liverpool-echo-arena-with-triumphant-first-gig-in-a-decade

The tour continues to London (Hyde Park plus five shows at the Royal Albert Hall), Paris and Cologne.

50th anniversary edition of Absolutely Free

For September release: an expanded 2 LP version of the classic Mothers of Invention 1967 album. 
That's nice, but on social media several fans have expressed their disappointment:

"WOW...I guess their really ISN'T much left in the vault for my favorite Mothers album."

"Only one side of bonus material? Blatant attempt to cash-in on the neo-vinyl craze."

Amazon is taking pre-orders now.

Newsletter information from Zappa Records/UMe:
"This double 180-gram LP version will include the original record mastered by Bernie Grundman cut directly from the original analog master tapes and a second disc with 20 minutes of rare and unreleased bonus material, including the “Why Don’tcha Do Me Right?”/“Big Leg Emma” single as well as vintage remixes, and radio ads from The Vault on side one and a laser etching of Zappa’s visage from the album cover on side two. The package features Zappa’s original layout and a reproduction of the rare, highly sought-after “libretto,” an 18-page booklet with a foreword by FZ and lyrics to all the compositions, that was offered only by mail order when originally released."

LP1 – Side 1
1. Plastic People
2. The Duke Of Prunes
3. Amnesia Vivace
4. The Duke Regains His Chops
5. Call Any Vegetable
6. Invocation And Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin
7. Soft-Sell Conclusion
LP1 – Side 2 
1. America Drinks
2. Status Back Baby
3. Uncle Bernie’s Farm
4. Son Of Suzy Creamcheese
5. Brown Shoes Don’t Make It
6. America Drinks & Goes Home

LP2 – Side 1 
1. Absolutely Free Radio Ad #1
2. Why Don’tcha Do Me Right
3. Big Leg Emma
4. Absolutely Free Radio Ad #2
5. “Glutton For Punishment…”
6. America Drinks – 1969 Re-Mix
7. Brown Shoes Don’t Make It – 1969 Re-Mix
8.  America Drinks & Goes Home #2 – 1969 Re-Mix
LP2 – Side 2
Laser Etching

Thursday, June 01, 2017

It was fifty years ago today...

Yes, you have already heard about it on the radio, read about it in newspapers and elsewhere...the 50th anniversary of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
We at the Radio Dupree staff have just listened through the album on decent volume, and urge you to do the same, whether it is the brand new anniversary edition or the 2009 remaster or ye olde scratchy vinyl album.

And hey, for you Swedish speaking people: Sveriges Radio Kristianstad did an interview today with Beatles expert Staffan Olander. He tells that he did lend out his rare radio promo of Penny Lane for the production of the anniversary edition of Sergeant Pepper: "They sent over a courier to fetch the record."

Monday, May 29, 2017

Jimi Hendrix film from Royal Albert Hall 1969

Someone has uploaded the shelved film from Jimi Hendrix's final show in London. 
The film was never published because of dispute over the legal details. Now a Vimeo user has uploaded it. We urge you not to watch it!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lost 1967 Zappa interview tape found again

A really good radio interview with Frank Zappa from November 13, 1967, has been unearthed.
Joe Doll was one of the DJ:s that did the interview in Detroit for WCBN, the student-run community radio station of University of Michigan. He thought the tape was lost but recently found it, almost 50 years after it was recorded. It has now been digitized and uploaded for the world to hear.

Listen or download here.

The sound is really good and it is one of the better interviews with Frank. The earlier interviews with Frank are often the more interesting ones.
Some of the topics are Frank's impressions of The Mothers of Invention's first European tour (September and October 1967), his collaboration with The Monkees (which the people around first seem to take as a joke) and his opinion on The Beatles (surprisingly quite positive!)

Article on the unearthed tape here.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Roger Waters plays new song


Ex Pink Floyd member Roger Waters on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Waters performs a song from his upcoming album 'Is This The Life We Really Want?'

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Two more Japanese dates for Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers; Osaka and Nagoya

After the 24 dates in USA in August/September, but before they play two shows at the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Yokohama, Japan on September 23 & 24, Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers will be at the Festival Hall, Osaka on 20 September and Nagoya International Conference Center in Nagoya two days later.

September 20:
Festival Hall, Osaka

The link on Donald Fagen's Facebook page just leads to a general entertainment portal, and the Festival Hall homepage has no mention of it. But since it is on his official events page we take it that the contracts have been signed.


September 22:
Nagoya International Conference Center, Nagoya

General On sale date is 10 June.

Tickets seem to be priced at 12 000 or 15 000 Yen (= 106/132 US$, 96/120 € and 82/102 £).

Click here for link to the Japanese ticket page.


良い一日を

Sunday, May 14, 2017

King Crimson touring North America with FOUR drummers

Crimson in Stockholm 2016.
King Crimson have announced their North American tour 2017, and if three drummers were not enough (as for the 2016 European tour)...they have added even one more.
The touring lineup, according to consequenceofsound.net, looks like this:
Robert Fripp (guitar, keyboards) and longtime associates Tony Levin (bass, Chapman Stick) and Mel Collins (saxophone) alongside singer/guitarist Jakko Jakszyk and four drummers, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey. Stacey and Rieflin will also double as keyboardists. Referring to this tour configuration as the “Double Quartet Formation,” Fripp says King Crimson is “likely to be making a lot more noise than before.”

To coincide with the tour, King Crimson is releasing an EP featuring their version of David Bowie’s “Heroes” recorded in Berlin during the band’s 2016 European tour. Fripp, of course, played on Bowie’s original track.
Fripp explains that the EP, which will be released on June 2nd, is as a celebration, a remembrancing and an homage to Bowie.

Check for North American tour dates here.

Friday, May 12, 2017

50th anniversary of iconic Hendrix debut album

Today it is 50 years ago since the original release of the groundbreaking debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. 
Are You Experienced was an immediate commercial success and is by many regarded as one of the greatest debuts in rock'n'roll. The magazine Rolling Stone ranked it #15 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


The title track - behind the scenes:


Are You Experience is one of those awesome 1967 albums that changed popular music. (Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are two more).

Another anniversary:

Today English rock artist extraordinaire, Ian Dury, would have been 75. 
He made quite a success in the late 1970's with songs as Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick, Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3 and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,.

Unfortunately Ian passed away in 2000. And hey, there is actually a link between Ian Dury and Jimi Hendrix debut album. There is one song on Ian's album Laughter (1980) called "Manic Depression (Jimi)". But it is not a cover of Jimi's song.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Just announced: Steely Dan live in London and Dublin in 2017!


Steely Dan will play the 2017 Blues Fest in Dublin and London with "very special guests" The Doobie Brothers.

The dates are October 28 in Dublin at the 3 Arena followed by London and the O2 Arena on October 29.

Tickets go on sale May 12. Presale May 10.

It's been eight years since Steely Dan played London. It was part of the 2009 Left Bank tour that saw the band play a total of 12 shows in Holland, Belgium, Scotland, UK, France, Switzerland, Italy and Monaco.

Now ... something tells me that Steely Dan won't pop over to do just two shows. there should be at least a handful more in Europe. Makes economic sense. But when and where?
Time for live gig detectives to check for other festival opportunities, when Steely Dan members have holes in their schedules etcetera.

With the band just having finished a number of shows in Las Vegas, a couple of dates set for April, June and July plus Donald Fagen doing a solo trek in September this looks like a busy year for Steely Dan indeed.

And while we at Radio Dupree had been busy polishing up our 極めて基本的な日本語, a trip to London and/or Dublin doesn't rule Yokohama out, right?

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Dweezil Zappa in Portland: Great choice of songs

Radio Dupree had the opportunity to attend a Dweezil Zappa concert in Portland, Oregon on April 27. A very pleasant experience!
Dweezil performs his father's music, although his siblings Ahmet and Diva don't want him to. He explained that the band would play the songs in chronological order, so the first part of the concert consisted of several numbers from Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention's debut album Freak Out! from 1966. Highlight so far: A heavy version of Who Are The Brain Police?

Then Dweezil had the good taste to bring in a couple of rock songs from 200 Motels: What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning and She Painted Up Her Face. Good rock songs but hardly ever performed live after Frank left the Flo & Eddie era (1970/71).
We also got to hear Keep It Greasey in a version very close to the original version on the Album Joe's Garage, including the odd time signatures during the guitar solo.

By the end of the concert Dweezil said a few words about the feud with two of his siblings. He also asked the audience to join his pledge music campaign Dweezil Zappa & The Others Of Intention to help him "protect the name that his father gave him".

One of the last songs was a special version of Ride My Faco To Chicago where the lyrics were changed to Ride My Face To Portland.

Over all the concert was a very good one. Great playing and great choice of songs.
But some of the theatrics on stage were unnecessary and sort of stupid. Imagine what such activities could be during songs like Lemme Take You To The Beach and Fembot In A Wet T-Shirt.
And sometimes Dweezil's guitar solos lack inspiration and just don't go nowhere.
...but this band is still a great thing if you're into Frank Zappa.

Rosewood Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA.
4/27/17
50 Years Of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The F@%k He Wants.
The band:
Dweezil Zappa: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Scheila Gonzalez: Sax, Keys, Vocals
Ryan Brown: Drums, Vocals
Kurt Morgan: Bass, Vocals
Chris Norton, Keys, Vocals
David Luther, Baritone Sax, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals
Cian Coey, Lead Vocals

Monday, April 24, 2017

Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers announce 26 dates!

We wrote about the two Japanese shows Donald Fagen will play in September three weeks ago. Hoping that there would be more. And today a total of 26 dates were announced on Donald Fagen's Facebook page.

The full text of the post reads:

Donald Fagen has a new special project taking to the road this summer: Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers. Set to begin on August 3rd and 4th at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, the U.S. tour leg will hit two dozen cities before wrapping at San Francisco’s The Masonic on Sept. 16. Following the U.S. dates, the band will travel to Japan for select performances. On tour, Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers will play songs from Fagen’s celebrated solo albums, Steely Dan hits, plus, as promised by Fagen, “some swell surprises.”

More info on the band from a pressrelease:

Joining Fagen (keyboard, vocals) is an all new band -the Nightflyers- a quartet of young musicians that Donald has been working with over the past few years near his home in Woodstock, NY. The Nightflyers are Connor Kennedy (guitar, vocals), Lee Falco (drums, vocals), Brandon Morrison (bass, vocals) and Will Bryant (keyboards, vocals). Previously, the foursome have been performing together in haunts, joints, dives, and even a few reputable establishments, up and down New York's Hudson River Valley and beyond.

And here are the dates!

AUGUST:

3: The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, New York

4: The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, New York

8: The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater
Miami Beach, Florida

9: Ruth Eckard Hall, Backstage
Clearwater, Florida

11: Hard Rock Live Orlando
Orlando, Florida

12: St. Augustine Amphitheatre
St. Augustine, Florida

14: The Montgomery Performing Arts Centre at Renaissance Montgomery
Montgomery, Alabama

16: The Woodruff Arts Center
Atlanta, Georgia

17: lson Center - Cape Fear Community College
Wilmington, North Carolina

19: Tivoli Theatre • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium • Walker Theatre
Chattanooga, Tennessee

20: Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Nashville, Tennessee

22: Louisville Palace
Louisville, Kentucky

23: Taft Theatre
Cincinnati, Ohio

25: Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
Northfield, Ohio

26: Four Winds Casinos
New Buffalo, Michigan

28: Old National Centre
Indianapolis, Indiana

29: Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall (116 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

31: The Stiefel Theatre
Salina, Kansas

SEPTEMBER:

2: ACL Live
Austin, Texas

3: Majestic & Empire Theatres
San Antonio, Texas

12: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Portland, Oregon

13: Paramount Theatre
Seattle, Washington

15: Mountain Winery
Saratoga, California

16: The Masonic
San Francisco, California

23: 横浜赤レンガ倉庫(Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse)
Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan

24: 横浜赤レンガ倉庫(Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse)
Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan

Tickets are already on sale for a few of the shows. The easiest way to get more information is to visit the events page on his Facebook page: http://smarturl.it/DonaldFagenEvents

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Donald Fagen 2017 solo shows

We've already written about the two headlining shows Donald Fagen will do in Japan in September here and here.

But it looks likee there's more coming up.

On Ticketmaster you can find one show listed;

August 9: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Florida
(Tickets go on sale this Friday = April 21).

Various pages - but not the venue homepage - also list

* August 19: Tivoli Theatre, Chattanooga, Tennessee

And while looking for comfirmation we stubled upon a third date over on
http://www.presalepasswordinfo.com/search.php?needle=Donald+Fagen

* September 19: The Masonic, San Francisco, California

Once again no listing on the venue homepage. Also no information on any of this on Donald's official Facebook homepage. Not even the two Japanese dates. But its looking more and more like an autumn solo tour for Donald Fagen this year. :)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Larry Carlton on stage with Steely Dan

Larry Carlton joined Steely Dan on stage in Las Vegas and posted this on his Facebook page:
That's Larry flanked by Jon Herington and Walter Becker.

I spent easter weekend in Las Vegas hanging out with Steely Dan. And Saturday night I sat in and played kid Charlemagne with them. I will be performing 3 shows with them in the near future. What a wonderful reunion for me. Thanks for the hang guys.LC
And in the comments he added:


 "The three shows that I will deal with Steely Dan Connecticut, dodger Stadium and New York"
That's the The Classic West hoopla at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles on June 15, The Classic East wingding at Citi Field, New York on July 29. No date announced in Connecticut yet, but they did play Wallingford there last year, so...



Sunday, April 16, 2017

R.I.P. Allan Holdsworth

The news came via Facebook.
Allan Holdsworth (b 1946) was indeed thee guitarist extraordinaire of our time. In the 70's Allan had made some remarkable recordings with the group UK (with Bill Bruford, Eddie Jobson, John Wetton) and later with Bruford's group. Allan started his solo carreer in the early 80's with the album I.O.U. The young Van Halen was blown away by Allan's playing and thanks to him Allan got a record deal with WEA.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/361803263942657/?fref=ts

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Donald Fagen live in Japan. Ticket presale starts today

Donald Fagen will be the headline act with his band The Nightflyers both evenings of the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Yokohama, Japan September 23 & 24.

Tickets go on presale today for members only. General sale starts May 20.
Prices?

You can pay 11 000 yen (99 USD/94 Euro) for the standing section or go for seated tickets at 16 000 (144 USD/136 Euro) or 24 000 yen (216 USD/204 Euro).

http://bluenotejazzfestival.jp/

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Donald Fagen will play the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Yokohama

Blue Note Jazz Festival web poster
Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers will headline both nights of his years Blue Note Jazz Festival in Yokohama, Japan. The dates are September 23 and 24.

You might be forgiven for thinking that his backing band The Nightflyers will consist of members from the Steely Dan touring band, but apparently not.

See the official promo for the festival here.


And the homepage (in Japanese) is here.

http://bluenotejazzfestival.jp/

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Amusing article on Sgt. Pepper anniversary release

Of all the doubtful articles that popped up yesterday this one was the best, according to the Radio Dupree staff. 
It is about the upcoming 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and includes a list of previously unknown songs. Very amusing and well written.

Here is an excerpt:
“Dead Man” (Lennon/McCartney) – This song begins with a distorted guitar riff and biting lyrics about a “bass player who had it all.” The singer (Lennon) blames the bass player for spending a “careless night on a moped.” The feel of the song shifts dramatically in the chorus as a spectral, haunting choir accompanies the dead man’s assent to heaven.  In the final verse of the song, the singer extracts his revenge by replacing the bass player with the singer of a local pub band. The song fades to the sound of voices chanting “William Cheers! William Cheers!” It is unclear who the dead man represents or why this would have been considered a “Liverpool story.”  

Check out the entire article here: 
http://www.culturesonar.com/beatles-liverpool-stories-album/

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bob Dylan gets his Nobel Prize medal this weekend

It has been unclear whether Bob Dylan will come to Sweden to collect his Nobel Prize medal and if he will hold his Nobel Prize lecture. 
Now the Swedish Academy has received a message from Dylan that he will meet the Academy the coming weeked to receive the Nobel Prize diploma and medal. 
A suitable arrangement since Dylan is giving two concerts in Stockholm.
Sara Danius, secretary of the Swedish Academy, writes on her blog that there will be a small and intimate meeting and that no press will be present.

What about Bob Dylan's Nobel Lecture then?
Sara Danius puts it like this:
"The Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point. (Taped Nobel lectures are presented now and then, the latest of which was that of Nobel Laureate Alice Munro in 2013.) At this point no further details are known."

Bob Dylan, laureate of Nobel Prize in literature 2016, has to hold his Nobel Prize lecture no later than June 10 to get the award money (about US$900,000).

Friday, March 24, 2017

More Zappa albums available

...on CD, download or via streaming. 
Two dozen rare Frank Zappa recordings will be made widely available around the world when UMe assumes distribution of the albums as part of their global partnership with the Zappa Family Trust.
So, this is actually a re-release of these albums. The thing here is that nine of the albums have never been available for download or streaming.

Radio Dupree's recommendations:
If you're Spotify listener or CD consumer and do not really know which new Zappa albums to check out, (since there are just so many titles out there and how on earth will you find something as accessible as Apostrophe ('), Sheik Yerbouti or Freak Out!), we have listed five albums that you should give a listen:

A Token Of His Extreme (Zappa Records, 2013) CD 
In August 1974, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention taped two legendary sets at KCET TV Studios in Hollywood, CA. This popular footage was used by FZ in a number of different edits originally intended as a TV special and eventually featured in the home video release The Dub Room Special (1982). A Token Of His Extreme was officially issued on DVD in 2013 along with the release of the soundtrack on CD. If you like the albums Roxy & Elsewhere and You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2 (The Helsinki Concert), you will love this one.

Frank Zappa Plays The Music of Frank Zappa (Barking Pumpkin, 1996) CD 
A CD with three Zappa signature guitar pieces: “Black Napkins,” “Zoot Allures” and “Watermelon In Easter Hay” in their original released form (remastered) with added live versions that predate the issued masters. Also included is “Merely A Blues In A: from Paris ’74.
If you're into Frank's solos from the mid 70's, this one's for you.

Joe’s Corsage (Vaulternative Records, 2004) CD 
An excellent collection of recordings by the original the Mothers of Invention before their first record contract in early 1966. Surprisingly tight! Not as much insanity as on Freak Out! A mystery why Frank did not release this himself on his You Can't Do That On Stage series for instance.

Philly ’76 (Vaulternative Records, 2009) 2 CD 
Here Zappa went on the road with a totally new band. Only drummer Terry Bozzio had been around for the three previous tours. New players were Patrick O'Hearn (bass), Eddie Jobson (keys/violin), Ray White (guitar/vocals) and Lady Bianca (vocals/keys). It's a joy to hear Lady Bianca sing. How sad that she quit the band in the mid of the tour. This is one of the absolutely best Zappa albums released after his death.

Buffalo (Vaulternative Records, 2007) 2 CD 
Buffalo captures an entire concert recorded live at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY on October 25, 1980. At the time some fans may have missed the percussion from the previous tours, but this is a hell of a band. Vince Colaiuta: drums, Steve Vai: guitar, Arthur Barrow: bass, Tommy Mars: keys/vocals, Ray White & Ike Willis (both lead vocals & rhythm guitar), Bob Harris (keys, vocals, trumpet).

Entire list of albums here: http://www.zappa.com/news/rare-frank-zappa-recordings-set-physical-release-and-streaming

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Rock legend Chuck Berry dies

Chuck Berry was one of the most influental rock & roll artists from the 1950's. He wrote songs that quickly became classics, as Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode. He died at the age of 90.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39318602

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Steely Dan & The Eagles part of two new festivals

Two veteran acts share the stage for four shows this summer. The Eagles and Steely Dan will perform at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles July 15 and 16 plus at Citi Field in New York July 29 and 30.

According to Billboard the four days are part of what's being called the Classic West and Classic East Festivals with additional bands like Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire part of the proceedings.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Donald Fagen on Todd Rundgren's new album

Todd Rundgren's new album White Knight will be released May 12 and this is what the cover looks like:



The track listing have more than one guest appearing and it'll be fun to hear the songs. From an industry ad:

Veteran producer, pioneering performer and legendary songwriter Todd Rundgren returns with a brand new album featuring a stellar line-up of all star guest performers!
White Knight showcases Rundgren's diverse range of styles from Soulful art-rock to ambient synth pop and include performances from Rundgren equally diverse musical companions such as Trent Reznor, Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan), Joe Walsh (of the Eagles), Daryl Hall, Dam Funk, Joe Satriani, Robyn and more!

  1. Come
  2. I Got Your Back (featuring KK Watson with Dam Funk)
  3. Chance For Us (featuring Daryl Hall with Bobby Strickland)
  4. Fiction
  5. Beginning Of The End (featuring John Boutte)
  6. Tin Foil Hat (featuring Donald Fagen)
  7. Look At Me (featuring Michael Holman)
  8. Let's Do This (with Moe Berg)
  9. Sleep (with Joe Walsh)
  10. That Could Have Been Me (featuring Robyn)
  11. Deaf Ears (featuring Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
  12. Naked & Afraid (featuring Bettye LaVette)
  13. Buy My T
  14. Wouldn't You Like To Know (featuring Rebop Rundgren)
  15. This Is Not A Drill (featuring Joe Satriani with Prairie Prince & Kasim Sulton)

Sunday, March 05, 2017

All Hipgnosis album covers collected in new book

All 373 album sleeves by art design group Hipgnosis is collected in the upcoming book, "Vinyl. Album. Cover. Art".
Hipgnosis designed their first album cover in 1968, Pink Floyd's A Saucerful of Secrets. They have created art for albums by Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Yes, The Alan Parsons Project and many more. Many of the album covers have became iconic.

Vinyl. Album. Cover. Art is being published on April 13 by Thames & Hudson.

http://thevinylfactory.com/news/vinyl-album-cover-art-hipgnosis-book/

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Teen skipped school and ended up on stage with Springsteen

An Australian teenage boy skipped school to go to a Bruce Springsteen concert in Brisbane on February 16. 
He held up a sign reading "Missed school, in the s--- now, can I play Growin' Up with you?" Springsteen took him up on stage and, yes, the kid (Nathan Testa) could perform.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy 67, Walter Becker!

Photo: Sandrine Lee/walterbecker.com
This June it'll be nine years since his latest solo album; Circus Money.
It's close to 14 years since Steely Dan released a new recording; Everything Must Go.
His co-worker in that band, Donald Fagen, presented his latest record to the world; Sunken Condos, late 2012, so a little over four years ago.

With this trickle of new music from the duo there's been more time to tour as Steely Dan. And that's what Walter and Donald have planned for 2017 as well.

So Happy Birthday Walter, from Radio Dupree!
And if you should get the urge to record and release a third solo album we promise we won't try to stop you.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Unexpected cover from Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Payroux

We've always had a soft spot for the earlier, quirkier hits from British singer David Essex from the 1970's, so it was a suprise to find his Rock On covered by Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux!



Here's what David's original sounds like.



Bonus:



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New book: The Beatles in Tokyo 1966

1 966 copies and no more...
The Beatles last tour was in 1966. They spent a couple of days in Tokyo, Japan and a photographer named Shimpei Asai documented the bands stay.

These photos have now been collected in a limited edition book named Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966.
Signed by Shimpei Asai and in hand-bound leather with a cloth-bound slipcase and a facsimile ticket it will cost a pretty penny? Yes, with the print run limited to 1 966 copies the recommended retail price is £265 or 330 US dollars or €311.

More on the book here:
http://www.genesis-publications.com/Hello-Goodbye-The-Beatles-in-Tokyo-by-Shimpei-Asai/default.htm

And you can see photos from the book in this rollingstone.com article:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/beatles-in-japan-see-photos-of-groups-historic-tokyo-trip-w464967

Monday, February 13, 2017

5 Grammy Awards for Bowie's Blackstar

David Bowie's Blackstar album won all five nominations:
Best Rock Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Alternative Music Album
Best Recording Package
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Frank Zappa's 200 Motels - The Suites was nominated for Best Classical Compendium but did not get the award, unfortunately.

https://www.grammy.com/nominees

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Two more Steely Dan shows + that Fagen produced album almost here

Steely Dan have added two more spring dates to the 2017 tour.

April 17: San Diego - Humphrey's

April 25: Santa Barbara - SB Bowl

And the album by the band Oh Whitney that Donald Fagen started producing in 2013 is finally ready for release. It has been delayed a few times and there's still no set date, but the band has said that there will be new music this spring.
Technically that doesn't mean the music must be from the 11 track record, it could be something completely new, but...

Read the artcle over on the Fort Worh Weekly for more on the record.

Main points from a Steely Dan/Fagen fan view:

- The band Oh Whitney and Fagen met in San Miguel in 2012 and Donald said he wanted to work with them.
- Recording started in 2013 and has been done on and off over the past couple of years.
- The record consists of 11 tracks. Donald supplied almost all keyboard parts, sings on a few of the songs and had a big part in the arrengements of several tracks.

And the band has changed its name from Oh Whitney and now goes by the frontman's name: Peter More.

Here's a 25 second taste:
https://www.facebook.com/PeterMoreMusic/videos/1507414272619597/

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Upcoming release? 6 Zappa shows from Halloween '77

Guitarist Adrian Belew's post on Facebook recently made several Zappa fans gasp for breath. 
Click on the picture to enlarge Adrian's message.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

King Crimson vet John Wetton has died


John Wetton, legendary bassist and vocalist of King Crimson, UK, Roxy Music and several other groups passed away this morning.
Wetton may be most known for his participation on the three King Crimson albums Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black and Red. 
Radio Dupree rates the epic song Starless (from Red) as one of the most beautiful songs ever written, much thanks to Wetton's performance.
Wetton died at the age of 67 from colon cancer.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Donld Fagen - not afraid


The video and homepage states that

The idea for We Are Not Afraid resulted from the increasing senseless violence experienced by citizens of this world and a desire to try and make a difference by bringing awareness to the issues and the organizations dedicated to helping the victims. At countless rallies of support following attacks around the world people can be spotted holding NOT AFRAID signs. These images inspired this effort.

A song by a Nigerian reggae singer, Majek Fashek, titled “We Are Not Afraid” fits this project beautifully and says what we believe and feel. Majek has graciously agreed to donate all royalties from its release and use in the video to the two beneficiaries of this project, the IRC and HRW. Kevin Godley, who has directed videos for U2, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Eric Clapton and many others, is directing a music video incorporating photos of noteworthy artists posing with a NOT AFRAID sign to be released in September 2016.

Now, you could argue that we're living in a time when, on a global scale, things are better than they've ever been, but...

WE ARE NOT AFRAID to stand against the countless acts of violence, hate, discrimination, and abuse witnessed globally.

We promote non-violence, respect for diversity, universal education, and peaceful resolution of conflict.
We will not allow these despicable acts to change our way of life or shake our demand for a free society globally.
We want to bring attention to those organizations that are helping victims globally.

as this is a good thing and Donald Fagen pops up in the video (2:27) we thought we'd share this here and now.
OK. Time to "Spot The Star". See you in Peaceville...





Directed by Bob Gruen.

Directed by Kevin Godley:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Elton John looking for a video. Or three...

Here's a way to do something different for an artist that peaked in the 1970's:

Make a video competition together with YouTube trying to find videos for some of your old classic hits.

Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin has three songs waiting for that perfect video: Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer and Bennie And The Jets.

And the competition is on!

Monday, January 16, 2017

It was bound to happen: Steely Dan plays Vegas

photoshop: steelydan.com


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 ticketmaster.com, 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 steelydan.com and Steely Dan on Facebook for tour news and updates as they develop.

Will it be heavy on hits? Here's how The Venetian (venetian.com) describes 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.”
UPDATE January 18:

The tickets cost between 60 and 210 dollars. You decide if that's an acceptable price.
Or why not pop on over to sites like stubhub.com who states that "our mission is simple: help fans find fun" where you - as of writing - can pay $101 and up for the very same tickets. :)

Legal Ticket Scalpers.

We'd rather stick with the true and tested "creative" additional costs/fees of the official ticket vendors...

(See you in the beer line. Or maybe not.)

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: http://www.thedoors.com/news/the-doors-announce-50th-anniversary-deluxe-edition-of-their-groundbreaking-debut-album

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:

http://people.com/music/the-doors-robby-krieger-london-fog-box-set/