Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Thousands of recordings by great artists lost in fire

The 2008 fire at Universal Studios in Hollywood destroyed so much more than the company first reported. According to The New York Times Magazine, the fire also tore through an archive housing treasured audio recordings, amounting to what the piece described as “the biggest disaster in the history of the music business.”

Read the full story here:

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Classic King Crimson albums now on Spotify

The number of King Crimson albums available on streaming media Spotify has been quite limited, but now most of the classic albums (Red, In the Court of the Crimson King, Discipline and more) can be found there.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Steely Dan Facebook shutdown

In other Internet news the official Steely Dan page on Facebook with over 900 000 followers and opened in April 2011 has been shut down. People are adviced to go to and sign up for the mailing list to stay informed about the bands whereabouts and plans.

This is exactly the opposite of what happened to, that for a few years now has sent all clicks to Facebook and

However, typing in this evening sent us to the same site, so … will Donald Fagen's page on Facebook close next?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Steely Dan returns to The Beacon Theatre in October

Photo from the show in 2011 (*)
Yes, Steely Dan will do another set of shows at The Beacon, New York this October.
Six nights between the 15 and 22 with the tried and tested one album a night approach.

This time around the audience can enjoy hearing the following albums played from start to finish: Aja, The Royal Scam, The Nightfly and Gaucho with one night branded Greatest Hits and one called Popular Demand (a thinly disguised Greatest Hits evening).

Tickets go on sale Friday May 3. But if you are an American Express cardmember you can get your tickets Tuesday April 30.

More on the shows here:!/news/298361

(*) If you're curious about the September, 2011 show were we took the attached photo - and enjoyed the music - just go here:

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Zappa bodyguard John Smothers dies

Frank Zappa's bodyguard John Smothers has passed away. Frank's son Ahmet told the news on WNST radio recently.

Smothers (b. 1930) was more than a bodyguard. Besides being an efficient guard he became a part of the folklore around Zappa much thanks to his strong personality and unique language. Zappa even wrote a song about him, Dong Work For Yuda.
Smothers is featured in Zappa's film Baby Snakes which was shot in 1977, and in We Don't Mess Around filmed in Austria 1978 where he also is interviewed. This is how he describes Zappa:

"He's one of the best guys I done worked for.  I done worked for the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sister Soul, Temptations, I done worked for them all in the last 22 years. Frank is about the be- about the best one."

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Dweezil Zappa announces Hot Rats tour

Dweezil Zappa announces his Hot Rats tour with several European dates.
In September he will tour Canada and the US (mainly the east coast) and then it is off to Europe. 

Here are some of the European dates (list not complete):

Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden, November 21
Konserthuset, Gothenburg, Sweden, November 24
Oslo, Norway, November 25
Århus, Denmark November 27
Amager bio, Copenhagen, November 28

London’s Royal Festival Hall, December 4
Manchester’s Palace Theatre December 5
Southampton’s O2 Guildhall December 6
Oxford’s New Theatre December 8
Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall December 9
Leeds’s Town Hall December 10
Birmingham’s Town Hall on December 11

Friday, April 19, 2019

Former Pink Floyd members reunite on stage

What a surprise! Nick Mason and Roger Waters on stage together again. That was what happened yesterday on April 18 at The Beacon Theatre, N.Y.C.

The unexpected moment took place during a concert with drummer Nick Mason's band Saucerful of Secrets.
The person that filmed what happened describes it like this: I was zooming on Nick I just heard the sudden "AAAAHHHH" and noticed out of the corner of my eye a tall black figure cross the stage!

Roger Waters entered the stage. He gave Nick Mason a big hug and performed Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun with Mason and the band.

Since Waters and the other Floyd members have not been on too friendly terms the last decades this must be seen as a historic Pink Floyd moment!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Donald Fagen: The producer. Peter More's "Shoulder"

Seven months ago the Donald Fagen produced album Beautiful Disrepair was released,
Now three more tracks from the recording sessions appear as an EP with the title track being Shoulder:

In this article in Rollings Stone Peter says that Donald Fagen was amazing to work with.

"He really thrives being in the studio and getting the most out of each guy in the room. He's such a fun person to work with 'cause he's so bright and he's so tasteful.
His ears are picking up on all sorts so stuff that sometimes you're not hearing at first -- anything from how he mic'd the drums or the amps to doing harmonies. But there's a certainly sort of ease to it because everybody's having a good time. It was sort of like a crash course in recording music for us."

Record Store Day 2019!

Just a friendly reminder that Saturday April 13 is Record Store Day 2019.

As usual a bunch of special limited  vinyl releases will be on offer. We've found a handful couple of records we'd like to get our hands on. Here's the complete list:

Download a pdf of the list:

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Di Leva plays Bowie: Pin Ups changed my life

David Bowie was the artist that inspired the young Thomas Di Leva (now longtime Swedish musician) to get into music. On March 22 Radio Dupree attended one of the shows of Di Leva's Changes tour.

– When I was a boy I saw a record with a remarkable cover in a store. It jumped out and into my heart. It was Pin Ups. I convinced my mom to buy it and it made me pick up the guitar and dare to sing, and so I became an artist, said Di Leva in a radio interview some week ago.

Last year Di Leva performed his 100 percent Bowie programme in a venue in Stockholm. This year he took the show outside the Swedish capital.

It was a surprisingly good show.
Great band and performance.
They opened up with Ziggy Stardust. Powerful, but the lead and backing vocals were a bit out of synch. But from that point the band worked like a well synchronized machine.
Highlights came half an hour into the show with Ashes to Ashes, Fame, Fashion and Let's Dance.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Here are the dates for the Zappa hologram tour

“The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” hologram tour will make its debut this April in the U.S. The nine U.S. shows kick off Friday, April 19, with seven European shows in May to follow. 

U.S. dates:

4/19 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theater
4/20 Rochester, NY Kodak Center Theater
4/22 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie
4/24 Long Island, NY Paramount Theatre
4/26 Boston, MA Shubert
4/28 Albany, NY The Palace Theatre
5/01 Wilkes Barre, PA Kirby Center
5/02 Collingswood, NJ Scottish Rite Auditorium
5/03 Baltimore, MD The Modell Lyric

European dates:

5/09 Edinburgh, UK Playhouse
5/11 Gateshead, UK Sage
5/12 Manchester, UK Bridgewater Hall
5/13 Birmingham, UK Symphony Hall
5/14 London, UK The Palladium
5/16 Ostend, BE Kurssal
5/17 Amsterdam, NL Rai Theater

More info here!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

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.