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Asking for a Random Act of Kindness: Will You Help?

Posted by News on August 31, 2014 at 11:21am 0 Comments

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Asking for a Random Act of Kindness: Please Give Forward To Jason!

Please help Jason, a long-time Rock.com team member and close friend to all of us.

We urgently need your help! Jason is going without basics - food, monthly medications,  and the medical treatments he desperately needs to be well enough to start chemo and radiation.

So please Rock.com members...help support Jason in his fight against pancreatic cancer. You can donate through his fundriser, even $5.00 or $10.00 can help make a difference; and please share this post to spread the word. Thank you!

Please check out Jason's story and fundraiser page.

Black State Highway (Cherry Red Records)

Posted by Steve Rosen on August 30, 2014 at 6:38pm 0 Comments

On their debut self-titled album, U.K. band Black State Highway bring a mix of electric blues, heady guitar riffs, booming grooves and scorching vocals. The five-piece band - singer Liva Steinberga (22), guitarists Olie Trethewey and Jon 'Yonnis" Crampton, bassist Gordon Duncan and drummer harry Bland - are all in their early 20s and rock this first record like they've been playing for years.

On "Ain't Got know, the band's first single, they bring Led Zeppelin-like guitar riffs to a big rhythm groove over which singer Steinberga lays down a passionate vocal ala Lzzy Hale meets Amy Lee. She doesn't try to over-sing and there is just enough sultry attitude in the voice to make it sensual without coming off as stupidly sex kittenish.

This is a really good rock record from a band that understands the importance of a great song. "Common Man" brings a haunting vocal melody over a slow, grinding groove while "Trouble" showcases the band blowing over a fast boogie-like riff.

You also have to hear Black State Highway's rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary." Tina Turner did an explosive version while working with Ike Turner but BSH cranks it all the way up for their adaptation.

This is a band worth watching - and listening to.

 

U.K. rockers BLACK STATE HIGHWAY have inked a deal with…

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ZZ Top - The Very Baddest of ZZ Top (Warner Bros.Records/Rhino)

Posted by Steve Rosen on August 29, 2014 at 7:37am 0 Comments

ZZ Top - guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard - has been together for over four decades and accumulated a catalog of songs filled with classics. Here in this collection - available in one-CD and two-CD versions - the Texas trio has gathered together their most venerable and memorable songs. Included are tracks like "Tush," "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide," "Sleeping Bag," "Rough Boy," "Gimme All Your Lovin," "La Grange," "Legs" and many, many more.

This collection includes songs from the band's earlier records as represented by "Pearl Necklace," "Just got Paid" and "(Someone Else Been) Shaing Your Tree" as well as latter albums like XXX and Mescalero with songs like "Fearless Boogie" and "Que Lastima."

Few bands can lay claim to a musical history such as this. Billy Gibbons is a preeminent guitarist and one of the pioneers of fusing traditional blues with an electric groove. If you're a fan of the band, The Very Baddest brings together their most memorable tracks. And if you're not yet a fan, pick this up and you will become one.

The Flock Heaven Bound: The Lost Album (Purple Pyramid Records)

Posted by Steve Rosen on August 28, 2014 at 6:03pm 0 Comments

This jazz-rock, prog-leaning band from Chicago released a handful of records for both Columbia and Mercury back in the 1970s. Employing violin [future Mahavishnu Orchestra musician Jerry Goodman], horn sections and extended arrangements, the band was slightly reminiscent of contemporary artists like Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago but unfortunately they never reached the level of success those other bands did.

Nonetheless, the Flock - built around the core of vocalist/guitarist Fred Glickstein, drummer Ron Karpman, and bassist Jerry Smith - was one of the most innovative outfits around and cultivated a rabid live following.

Now for the first time those fans can feast on Heaven Bound: The Lost Album, a record meant to follow the group's third album in 1975 titled inside Out. By that time, Goodman had departed though Glickstein and Karpman continued to work on new music.

This is that unreleased record and hearing it some 40 years after it was created gives you some sense of just how timeless the band's music was. Glickstein and Karpman are surrounded by a coterie of players including cello, violins, keyboards, saxophones, and pedal steel. Songs like the title track, "Don't You Know (Who I Am)," and "Love Away" rise like geysers on fountains of lush harmonies and funky electric guitar riffs.

Thanks to Cleopatra Records and A&R/Artist Relations point man John Lappen, we have the pleasure of listening to this unheard music from one of America's truly great and unsung groups.

The Midnight Special - 6-DVD Set

Posted by Steve Rosen on August 28, 2014 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Back on August 19, 1972, The Midnight Special premiered for their debut show. That first episode featured Johnny Rivers doing a remarkable version of Leadbelly's classic gospel song "The Midnight Special" and launched the series that would run virtually for the next 10 years.

Here for the first time are 10 hours of rare and remarkable footage documenting some of the biggest artists of the '70s. Included here are performances by Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, REO Speedwagon, the Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Bee Gees, Earth, Wind & Fire, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith and many others.

Besides this historical archival footage, there are exclusive interviews with Peter Frampton, Alice cooper and Loggins & Messina as well as shorter features including: Wolfman at Midnight, Star-Studded Stage Fashion, No Safety Net: Live on TV, I Am Woman: Helen Reddy as Host and The History of The Midnight Special.

The audio and picture quality here is stunningly good. There is no lip syncing and no overdubs - nothing but a live band on a live stage and capture in full professional glory. if you watched the show back in the day, you can relive every wonderful moment with this DVD set. And if you never saw The Midnight Special, then be prepared to put on your bell bottoms and rock out when you watch this beautiful collection.

This amazing set is available in-store on September 9th or a special Collector's Edition version can be pre-ordered right now. This one comes with a 32-page collector's booklet with an intro from Midnight Special creator Burt Sugarman as well as five hours of exclusive bonus features, in-depth interviews and more. 

You can find it all here:  …

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The Beatles Named America’s Favorite Band

Posted by News on August 28, 2014 at 10:52am 0 Comments

The Beatles have been named America’s Favorite Band, according to a new Harris Poll . The Fab Four inched out Elvis Presley to snag the top spot on the list, which was conducted using information from an online poll that took place last month asking, "Who is your favorite singer/musician or band?" More than 2,300 people ages 18 and up filled out the poll.

Classic rockers Led Zeppelin and the Eagles also made the cut, coming in at No. 4 and No. 7, respectively. The Eagles actually tied three other performers for the No. 7 spot: Neil Diamond, Celine Dion and Garth Brooks.

Harris conducted the same poll in 2010, and that year, U2 took the top spot, with the Beatles and Elvis both at No. 3. U2 didn’t make the top 10 this year, but we’re guessing that’s because fans are just waiting for new music.

Looking at demographics, the millennial generation, ages 18-37, picked Beyoncé as their favorite performer. Gen-Xers ranging in age from 38 to 49 opted for Metallica. Baby Boomers, ages 50-68, picked the Beatles. Those 69 and over voted for Willie Nelson as their favorite.

America’s Top 10 Favorite Singers/Musicians/Bands According to Harris:

1. Beatles

2. Elvis Presley

3. Beyoncé

4. Led Zeppelin

5. George Strait

6. Bruno Mars

7. Neil Diamond

7. Eagles

7. Celine Dion

7. Garth Brooks

By Anne Erickson 

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Bob Dylan Announces Fall 2014 Tour Dates

Posted by News on August 28, 2014 at 10:48am 0 Comments

Bob Dylan fans, rejoice: The legendary singer-songwriter is bringing his “Never Ending Tour” back to the U.S. for a 31-date fall leg. The tour will kick off with a three-show series Oct. 17-19 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle and pack multiple nights in several big cities: New York City; Los Angeles; Oakland, Calif.; Minneapolis; Chicago; Toronto; and Philadelphia.

The tour will close out Dec. 2 in New York City. Tickets for most of the Dylan dates will go on sale to the general public on Sept. 5. For more information and how to purchase tickets for the run, head to Dylan’s official website.

In other news, Dylan will unleash a deluxe six-disc collection on Nov. 4 offering recordings from his 1967 “Basement Tapes” sessions with The Band as part of his Bootleg Series. Dylan will also release two-CD and three-LP versions of the set.

Bob Dylan Fall 2014 North American Tour Dates:

10/17 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre

10/18 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre

10/19 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre

10/21 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium

10/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dolby Theatre

10/25 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dolby Theatre

10/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dolby Theatre

10/28 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre

10/29 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre

10/30 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre

11/1 -- Denver, CO, Bellco Theatre

11/4 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater

11/5 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater

11/6 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater

11/8 -- Chicago, IL, Cadillac Palace Theatre

11/9 -- Chicago, IL, Cadillac Palace Theatre

11/10 -- Chicago, IL, Cadillac Palace Theatre

11/12 -- Cleveland, OH, State…

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Def Leppard To Play NFL Pre-Game Show In London

Posted by News on August 27, 2014 at 9:52am 0 Comments

Def Leppard is set to stage a pre-game performance for the first of three NFL games being played at London’s Wembley Stadium this year. The show will take place September 28, when the Oakland Raiders square off against the Miami Dolphins. Frontman Joe Elliott said, “Having most recently visited Wembley in May to watch Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-final, I know what the atmosphere in the ground is like for ‘our’ football so I'm really looking forward to performing there before the NFL game and of course soaking up the excitement of the actual match. I can't wait!”

This year’s game will be the ninth regular season game played in London since the International Series began in 2007. Previous pre-game performers have included the Goo Goo Dolls, My Chemical Romance, and Train, among others.

By Russell Hall 

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Kings Of Leon Cancel More Shows

Posted by News on August 27, 2014 at 9:45am 0 Comments

Kings of Leon have cancelled two more shows while drummer Nathan Followill continues to recover from broken ribs suffered in a tour bus accident that occurred earlier this month. Concerts originally scheduled for August 28 in Holmdel, New Jersey, and for August 29 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have been removed from the itinerary. “After further evaluation, a doctor has ordered drummer Nathan Followill to remain on rest for one more week," the band said, in a prepared statement. “The drummer has been on strict doctor’s orders to rest over the past two weeks in order to recover from an injury sustained in a tour bus accident earlier this month.”

Followill expressed in regrets on Twitter. “I'm so bummed to have to cancel more shows but I need to be fully recovered before I get back,” he wrote. “So sorry to the fans and thanks for understanding.” Kings of Leon remains committed to a headlining slot at the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia on August 31.

By Russell Hall 

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Jack White Tour With Sprained Ankle

Posted by News on August 27, 2014 at 9:41am 0 Comments

Jack White suffered a sprained ankle during a gig in San Francisco on August 22. White's label Third Man Records posted a picture of the musician’s severely bruised ankle with the accompanying text: "The camp is pressuring Jack to postpone the rest of the tour but Jack wants the show to go on tonight. See you tonight at the Bill Graham Civic."

White did indeed perform, playing a full 28 song set that included songs from his time with The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, as well as material from his two solo albums. White is currently on tour in support of his latest solo release, Lazaretto, which earned the distinction of being the biggest vinyl release in twenty years, selling over 60,000 copies since its release in June.

It doesn't seem as if the sprained ankle will cause White to postpone the tour, since the musician took the stage again last night (August 25) in Seattle. White has shows scheduled throughout the week, and then he has a break until September 13, which should give the injured rocker time to rest his ankle.

By Daniel Eriksson 

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