Month: March 2021
Even after Canadian power trio Rush wrapped up their R40 tour last summer, the group acknowledged that it would “most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude,” citing drummer Neil Peart’s reluctance to commit to another full-fledged tour. In a recent Rolling Stone interview with Rush axe man Alex Lifeson, the guitar player all but confirms those sentiments, also telling RS how great of a time they had on their last tour playing Rush’s material in reserve chronology.Lifeson explains, “I think that no matter how long it would have been, it would have been too short. Neil was prepared to commit to 30 dates and he told us that right from the very beginning. He didn’t even want to do the tour, to be honest with you. It’s been increasingly difficult for him, but he committed to the tour and we got through it. As far as he was concerned, that was the end of touring.”Peart’s health also played into his decision. “His shoulders were hurting, his arms were hurting, his elbows, his feet, everything,” Lifeson says. “He didn’t want to play anything less than 100 percent. He was finding it increasingly difficult to hit that mark on this last tour. So, all those things combined, I get it. I’m disappointed and I think Geddy [Lee] is very disappointed and we’d love to continue this tour a little bit longer, but we’re off now.”Though Lifeson hasn’t ruled out any one-offs or runs of shows, it’s something he’s yet to discuss with his band mates. He still remains optimistic though, explaining, “Maybe next fall or something like that, we’ll plan something. We took a year off before the last tour and we didn’t discuss anything about the band or work, and everybody had a great time, and we came back from that.” Here’s to hoping we haven’t seen the last of Rush![H/T Rolling Stone]
Last night marked the first of a three-night run for Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, returning to the beautiful Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY with an acclaimed group of musical Friends. The lineup for the initial night featured some great players, with John Medeski on keys, Eric Krasno and Warren Haynes on guitar, and Tony Leone holding it down on the drums.With such versatile and seasons veterans in the lineup, the band was fluid throughout a great night of music. The show included a handful of covers, including The Band’s “The Weight,” Allman Brothers Band’s “Blue Sky,” and Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” all coming in the first set. Of course there was plenty of time for some classic Grateful Dead jams, with a big “Franklin’s Tower” and a great “Mason’s Children > Mountains of the Moon > St. Stephen > Unbroken Chain” combination to start off the second set properly.Watch a fan-shot video playlist from the performance below, courtesy of sgibson818.Lesh returns to the Capitol Theatre tomorrow with a near-identical lineup, except that Melvin Seals will be performing instead of John Medeski. The next two nights will be Seals’ first ever with Phli Lesh & Friends.You can scope the full setlist from last night below.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 5/27/16Set I: Jam > Franklin’s Tower pl, The Weight wh (ak pl ), Alabama Getaway ek > Blue Sky wh, Bird Song pl > All Along The Watchtower whSet II: Mason’s Children wh pl > Mountains of the Moon pl > St. Stephen pl wh > Unbroken Chain pl, Spots of Time wh > End Of the Line wh, Stella Blue wh E: Going Down The Road Feeling Bad wh (pl ak )
1320 Records artist Modern Measure is showing no signs of slowing down this summer coming off of the heels of the very successful release of their new EP, Epicenter. The band has announced 12 dates, including a massive slot at Camp Bisco in Scranton PA, headlining dates around the southeast in August and early September, and dates with SunSquabi in September.Check out the recap video from Modern Measure’s headline performance at Zydeco in Birmingham, AL on June 3, and be sure to listen to Epicenter on SoundCloud.Modern Measure Summer Tour Dates06.23 New Mountain Asheville NC06.25 Terminal West Atlanta GA with the Motet07.14-07.17 Camp Bisco Scranton PA07.23 SubOctave Music Festival Houston MN07.24 F.A.R.M FEST Hammonton NJ07.30 Timbuktu Music Festival Montgomery AL08.18 12th and Porter Nashville TN08.19 JJ Bohemia’s Chattanooga TN08.20 Green Bar Tuscaloosa AL09.03 Gasa Gasa New Orleans LA09.14 Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge LA with SunSquabi09.15 Workplay Theatre Birmingham AL with SunSquabi09.17 TBA
The Frank Zappa family drama seems to get worse with each passing day, as brothers Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa have been publicly arguing about their claim to their father’s legacy. While Dweezil is out on the road, bringing the music of Frank Zappa to fans everywhere, it seems that Ahmet Zappa has been hanging on to the famed Zappa Family Trust with his sister, Diva.The latest Zappa to weigh in on the family drama is Moon Zappa, the eldest of the four. Moon posted a lengthy note addressing the situation, claiming that “GZ [Gail Zappa, their mother] managed to make 20 million dollars disappear with the team she had in place, the team the ZFT has lovingly kept in place. Does NO-ONE think this is INSANE? Why keep the same team that sank the ship, especially if a secret deal was struck a year earlier with no financial improvements…OR is there secret cash in offshore accounts or secret LLC’s in all their names? I was never paid for Valley Girl…I think that might have brought in a little green…”She also talks at length about the potential projects that she’d want to work on with the music of Frank Zappa, but that her siblings’ control over the Family Trust is making that impossible. Read the passage below:I wanted to turn our childhood home into a bed and breakfast/museum/retreat center where fans could pilgrimage and artists could record on sacred soil. I wanted to cook meals for you in the real Dangerous Kitchen and teach you yoga in my childhood living room. I wanted Dweezil to give you a master class on music in the home studio playing the guitars he inherited. I wanted Ahmet to give you a tour of his old bedroom and let you slide down his firepole and I hoped you’d watch Bruce Willis movies with Diva in her old bedroom with the glitter floors while she kept steady hands diligently continuing to knit her mile long scarf. I’m sorry the fans will only have “Zappa approved” dry goods and experiences from two of us instead of four. I wanted to write and direct a bio pic and do a 3-D doc on my dad and record an album of songs of my dad’s I curated that girls and prudes like me might like with Pharrell Williams producing. I wanted to write and assemble the first four person family memoir about our awesome dad. Just some of my still born ideas…Oh well…Hopefully the Zappa children can work this out and move on to what matters most: the music of Frank Zappa. Read Moon Zappa’s full statement below.
We hate ticket scalping, so we love it when an artist goes above and beyond to protect their fans from being preyed on by predatory scalpers. Recently, there’s been a push by several Senators to create anti-scalping legislation, and soon we could see federal punishments for the mega-scalpers that seem to tip the scales and make it so difficult to see your favorite artist.With that in mind, I would like to personally shout out Chance The Rapper for being such a champion against ticket scalping. When Chance announced his “Magnificent Coloring Day” event–to be held at in Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field–ticket prices were relatively low, with floor seats going for $75 and tickets in the upper level going for $35. The point was to provide world class talent in an affordable setting for Chance’s hometown fans, and he certainly provided amazing value when he announced that Skrillex, Lil’ Wayne, John Legend, Alicia Keys, 2 Chainz, and more would be joining him for the one-day event.However, tickets were immediately scooped up by ambitious scalpers who were looking to make a buck off of the reasonably priced tickets. What did Chance and his team do in response? According to Chance’s twitter account, they cancelled the tickets that were purchased by scalpers, and reissued them as hard tickets that can only be picked up by the person who purchases it. My hat goes off to Chance for fighting the good fight, and for making sure that every ticket purchased goes to a deserving fan. Chance seems to do everything his own way, from eschewing the music business model to release independent records and mixtapes, and now, bucking against the trend of price gouging and simply allowing for scalping to occur. Thanks, Chance, for being so awesome, and let’s hope that other artists soon follow your lead.(H/T JAA)
We’re beyond excited to see Gregg Allman return to the stage this weekend, as the legendary Allman Brothers founder will make his first on-stage appearance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre after being forced to postpone a series of tour dates. With just a few days to go until Allman’s performance on September 25th, he sat down with Westword to talk about what had happened.In the interview, Allman reveals that a serious bout of pneumonia was what sidelined him on tour. “Right in the middle of the thing I got pneumonia,” says Allman. “Yeah, that was a drag. I was almost to the end of a tour. I had to two more to go, and damn, it just set in. I had to postpone two of the gigs, but we’ll go back and make them up, for sure.”With a fresh, clean bill of health, Allman will be headlining his own Laid Back Festival this Sunday the 25th. The festival will also feature sets from ZZ Top, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Richie Furay Band, Lucie Silvas, Levon, and People’s Blues of Richmond. Laid Back features up and coming artists, because, as Allman says, “On the way up, somebody gave me a shot at it, and so I’m trying to return the favor.”We’re glad that Gregg Allman is feeling better and we can’t wait for him to return to the stage!
Livetronica fusion duo Big Gigantic kicked off their fall tour last night, bringing the music of their new music Brighter Future to a packed house at the Music Farm in Columbia, SC. Big Gigantic has been the brainchild of drummer Jeremy Salken and saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli, and the duo continue to incite major dance parties with their infectious beats and melodies.With support from Louis Futon, last night’s show was a crazy celebration! Big Gigantic will be on tour all fall, including their debut throwdown at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY on November 5th (more info here).Fortunately, Ellison White Photography was on hand to capture the scene at last night’s Music Farm set. Check out his gallery of images below! Load remaining images
It’s been six years since anyone has seen the Benevento Russo Duo live, as Marco Benevento and Joe Russo haven’t formally revived their two-man experimental jam outfit since 2010. The two musicians have certainly worked together on their fair share of projects in the interim, most notably Joe Russo’s Almost Dead but also Bustle In Your Hedgerow and some unique super groups in 2016 like Benevento, Russo & Burbridge and Medeski, Martin, Benevento and Russo. Still, fans are counting down the days to Jam Cruise 2017, which will host the first official Benevento Russo Duo performance in years.Benevento Russo Duo Returns! A Look Into The Group’s Exciting StoryIn preparation, drummer Joe Russo has been recreating the samples used from the project, and ultimately practicing the various songs in the long-lost band’s catalog. Check out footage of Russo hard at work in the post below.He also shared a snippet of the beloved song “Becky,” which you can watch below.It’s worth noting that, in a recent Facebook Live Q&A with Marco Benevento hosted on the Live For Live Music page, the pianist mentioned that the Duo had plans for at least one other show in 2017, with the potential for more as well. You can watch that video below.
West Coast soul ensemble Orgone always brings a ton of energy when they perform, and they recently had the opportunity to capture that energy. Taken at the Killion Sound studio in Los Angeles, CA, the new Live From Killion Sound series will see the band performing one-take live versions straight to tape of unreleased tunes and songs from the back catalog. With the crisp quality of Killion Sound, this series is sure to showcase Orgone’s talents.The first video from the new series features the band’s newest single, “Do What You Came To Do.” Released as a standalone 45 with Colemine Records on Record Store Day (purchase via Colemine/iTunes), Orgone infuses a soulful energy into the new track that can’t be denied.We’re honored to premiere the new “Do What You Came To Do” video from the Live From Killion Sound series, which features visual treatment and direction by long time collaborator Matt Bardocz. Sit back and enjoy!Orgone has a number of tour dates coming up, including a big Phish after party in Las Vegas, NV tomorrow night! The band has been in the studio as of late recording a new 45 for Colemine Records that will be released early 2017. They will follow that up with additional digital singles, as well as a new full length album later in the year. Check out their tour schedule below, and head to their official website for details.Orgone Tour Dates10.28: San Diego, CA ~ Winstons10.29: Las Vegas, NV ~ Topgolf inside MGM Grand – Phish Afterparty10.31: Ashland, OR ~ Ashland Armory / Spookadelic12.29: Santa Cruz, CA ~ Moe’s Alley12.30: Oakland, CA ~ The New Parish12.31: Chico, CA ~ Lost on Main02.27: Cancun, Mexico ~ Panic en la Playa
Lawrence is a band that we’ve had our eyes on for a while. The soulful pairing of siblings Clyde and Gracie Lawrence won us over back at Bonnaroo, when they tore apart the Miller Lite stage with their infectious good vibes, delivering an awesome show that inspired Vulfpeck collaborator Antwaun Stanley to jump on stage for an impromptu vocal jam. It was a truly awesome moment that proved to be a standout highlight of the weekend. Since then, the band has been on a tear, getting signed to Warner Bros. records, playing shows with artists like Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Jacob Collier, and touring all over the country in support of their breakthrough album Breakfast.Most recently, they hit the road with fellow up-and-comers Ripe for an awesome co-headlining tour that brought the band throughout the Northeast for a number of awesome shows. Lawrence and Ripe are a perfect pair, as each band puts on an electrifying live show, with excellent musicianship and a bevy of high-energy performers all over the stage. It makes sense that these bands would become friends because of their like-minded musical approach.At the tail end of their joint tour, Clyde and Gracie, along with Lawrence’s saxophone player Jordan Cohen, teamed up with Ripe’s transcendent lead guitarist, Tory Geismar to put together a wonderful tribute to the recently deceased legend Leonard Cohen, and they recorded a video of them performing a touching rendition of his classic song “Hallelujah”. It’s a beautiful cover that features Clyde on piano, with him and his sister trading verses before Geismar appears from behind a cardboard cutout of Cohen’s brother (from his bar-mitzvah of course) to deliver a beautiful and restrained solo that puts a beautiful cap on the heart-wrenching cover.See below for a quote from Lawrence about their cover of “Hallelujah”:““Hallelujah” is one of our favorite songs — it’s melancholy yet life-affirming, and it felt like a perfect way to celebrate the holidays, reflect on the year, and honor Leonard Cohen and all the other artists that passed away this year. We just got back from a co-headline tour with Ripe, and those guys have become some of our favorite musicians and newest friends, so we were psyched to feature their lead guitarist Tory, as well as cardboard cutouts of Jordan and his brother from their bar-mitzvahs (the perfect props for a video that we made on Christmas).”Check out Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by Lawrence featuring Tory Geismer from Ripe! Don’t miss Lawrence and Ripe, as they reunite for one final show at Irving Plaza on Saturday, February 18th. [Buy tickets here]