Bassist/vocalist John Wetton's tenure with the legendary King Crimson was legendary. Though it was fairly short-lived - he recorded Larks' Tongues in Aspic and Starless and Bible Black in 1973 and 1974 respectively and then participated in the live album USA released in 1975 - that body of work stands up to just about anything Robert Fripp and his merry band of musicians ever created.
Now, the extraordinary Wetton has taken landmark tracks from the Crimson albums and reimagined them here with District 97. District 97 is a gifted band of prog musicians fronted by American Idol Top 10 female finalist Leslie Hunt who Wetton first worked with on a track called "The Perfect Young Man." Singer and band continued working together and toured in Europe and the U.S. in 2013.
The live performance here was recorded during that American tour on October 17th at Reggie's Music Joint in Chicago, IL. The interpretations of iconic songs like "The Great Deceiver," "Lament," "Book of Saturday," "Easy Money" and "21st Century Schizoid Man" by this group of younger musicians, brings an energy and newly-realized take on these classic tracks. Wetton shares vocals with Hunt - he doesn't play bass - and the blend of harmonies here brings a dimension the original performances didn't have.
If you're a Wetton fan, a Crimson fan or just an aficionado of beautifully-played music by a group of gifted musicians, you'll want to hear this.
Over the course of four days from January 22nd - January 25th in Anaheim CA, every kind of guitar, amp, drum, keyboard, electronic software, mic and classical instrument imaginable was gathered together under one very large roof. At the NAMM [National Association of Music Merchants] gathering, manufacturers, retailers and industry-related people waded through thousands of remarkable pieces of gear to get an idea of what was new and exciting in 2015.
The show is truly an impressive display and is not for the faint of heart. Row after row of mindblowing instruments vie for your attention. The sounds of electric guitars being shredded upon and drums being bashed careen throughout the monstrous halls of the Anaheim Convention Center. Thousands of people travel up and down the rows and at any given moment you're brushing past Craig Chaquico, Robby Krieger, Mike Miley, Jackson Browne or…Continue
Illustration by Chris Kinderman
Back in 1972, I went to the UK and Europe with my best friend, Chris Kinderman. We travelled around via hitchhiking and for three months we trekked across the UK, Scotland, France, Italy, Greece and Spain. I was just beginning my career as a rock journalist. In fact, I ended up doing my first interview while in London. I had the chance to sit down with Joe Cocker who had just done a live show at the legendary Rainbow Theatre a couple nights earlier. Chris was with me of course and as he always did, he doodled on a sketchpad a few days later.
When I heard about Joe's passing back on December 22, 2014, I was devastated. It took me back to that moment 43 years ago when I sat across the table from the iconic singer who was then just 28 years old. I thought about the interview and trying to gain more clarity, I emailed Chris to see what he remembered about that day. He had bits and pieces of things he recalled but most importantly, he told me had done a sketch of Joe right around that time and thought he still had it.
I told him I'd love to see it just for nostalgia's sake. Well lo and behold, he dug it up and sent it to me. It blew me away. Chris was a profoundly gifted artist and in his simple sketch, he totally captured Joe's essence, which was kind of a combination of melancholy and mirth.
I wanted to…Continue
This live DVD captures UFO during their 2005 European tour. The performance here is electric and is evidence why this rock band has continued to remain a vital and influential spearhead for decades. Since the release of their 2004 studio album You Are Here, which featured three original members - vocalist Phil Mogg, bassist Pete Way and keyboardist Paul Raymond - the trio have been augmented by guitarist Vinnie Moore and drummer Jason Bonham. Moore brings a more modern approach to the vintage UFO material while Bonham lays down the meanest groove the band has ever experienced and it is this superb lineup featured here.
If you liked the sound of people hitting things then you needed to be in attendance at the 26th Annual Drum Off held on Saturday, January 17th at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Culled from a field of 5,000 participants, the Drum Off featured the final five drummers and the ultimate winner, Shariq Tucker.
The five finalists competed against each other in a five-minute segment where they tried to impress a panel of judges including Cora Dunham (Beyoncé, Prince, 2002 Drum-Off Champ), Peter Erskine (Grammy Award-winner, Weather Report), Chris Johnson (Rihanna, Invented Like Stars), Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion, Tenacious D), Nick Smith (Snoop Dogg), Dave Elitch (Antemasque, The…Continue
This six-LP box set containing Blondie's original albums released between 1976 - 1982 is an historic and overwhelmingly impressive look at one of New Wave's most important bands. With Debbie Harry fronting this New York-based rock band, they would go on to find huge chart success with songs like "One Way or Another," "Heart of Glass," and "Call Me."
The albums here are pressed on 180-gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl and packaged in covers duplicating the originals. The records contained here include Blondie (1976), Plastic Letters (1978), Parallel Lines (1978), Eat to the Beat (1979), Autoamerican (1980) and The Hunter (1982).
It is amazing to hear how the band progressed from a straight-up simple rock band on the first two albums to truly innovative and boundary-pushing artists on the historic Parallel Lines album. Here, they combined reggae, rock, pop, disco, synth elements and even rap to create a truly breakthrough recording.
The band’s first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, and although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978. Over the next three years, the band achieved several hit singles including "Call Me", "Atomic" and "Heart of Glass" and became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop, rap, and reggae, while retaining a basic style as a new wave band.…
The Jam pioneered a style of music for a 10-year period running from 1972 until 1982 that brought together punk angst - slashing guitars and fast tempos - with '60s rock arrangements and even R&B influences. This all came together on the group's fourth album titled Setting Sons and in this beautifully-presented deluxe edition, the complete scope and imprint of that iconic recording can now be truly felt.
In this Deluxe Limited Edition version, there is the original 1979 Setting Sons album remastered from original tapes along with various singles and miscellaneous B-Sides. There is a second Live BBC In Concert CD recorded at he Rainbow Theatre in December 1979, which features vocalist/guitarist Paul Weller, bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler presenting a mesmerizing performance of virtually every track from that album.
Though Weller was only 21-years old when he wrote and performed the music for Setting Sons, he had already developed into an impressive songwriter who was borrowing from his heroes such as Pete Townshend, Ray…Continue
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This newly-released DVD was originally recorded in Düsseldorf, Germany at the Philipshalle back in 2004. Stage Fright contains 20 remarkably-performed songs including "Dr. Rock," "Killed By Death" and "Ace of Spades." There is the rarely-performed "Dancing On Your Grave" and more recent pieces like "Whorehouse Blues" and "Killers." A second disc contains bonus material in the form of exclusive video commentary presented as a picture-in-picture feature. Various chapter titles include "L.A. Special," Making of 'Live' Show," "Testimonials" and "We Are the Road Crew."
The sound and presentation of the show is head crunching. Motorhead's lightshow will make you dizzy and Lemmy's performance will leave you blissfully panting for more. From the moment the DVD opens with the lights down and Lemmy strolling onstage and strumming distorted bass chords, Stage Fright is a dangerous and thrilling ride through the metal band's historic catalog of songs. "We are Motorhead," Lemmy claims at the outset. "We play rock and roll." Lemmy tosses away his cigarette and the band dives into the monster groove of "Dr. Rock."
A legendary performance by one of metal's iconic bands. Stage Fright truly captures the essence and sweat of this unholy trio.