Annie Lennox has just released an album of covers, Nostalgia (out now) and you can see the video for "Georgia on My Mind"—the 1930 Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell track, made famous by Ray Charles on his 1960 album The Genius Hits the Road.
"I'm intrigued as to whether 'Georgia' is about a person or an actual place. There seems to be an ambiguity encrypted in the song," said Lennox. "I get the sense that Ray Charles most likely sang it with a woman in mind, but, then again, he could have been singing about a place. It actually doesn't matter... it's just a really tender vibe!"
Daryl Hall & John Oates have teamed up with Live Nation and Yahoo to live stream their Halloween night concert live from Daryl's House in Pawling, NY. This marks the public opening of Daryl's House, where "Live From Daryl's House" is filmed. Fans can tune in on October 31, 2014 at 7pm MT HERE. Fans will also have the freedom to stream the concert wherever they are through Yahoo Screen on iOS, Android, mobile Web, desktop, and Smart TV platforms including Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox 360.
Hall & Oates played a frantastic greatest hits show at 1st Bank Center this past March. Talk about giving the audience what they wanted - the entire set consisted of material released in 1984 or earlier! So count me in for Hall-O-Ween & Oates!
Don't miss Warrant performing TWO shows this Saturday, October 25th at the Reserve Casino & Hotel in Central City, CO. (Tickets for the 7pm show can be purchased HERE and tickets for the 9pm show can be purchased HERE.) Lead singer Robert Mason was nice enough to answer my five questions to promote their shows, the most recent Warrant album Rockaholic and chat about what the future has in store for the band...
1 – What is the first album you ever bought with your own money?
There were two: The Kids are Alright by The Who and Hotel California by The Eagles.
2 – How did Warrant connect with you to replace the late Jani Lane? Had you crossed paths during your time with Cry of Love or Lynch Mob?
I bumped into Joey Allen at Rocklahoma in July 2008. We reminisced a bit, then spoke that night about the band's concerns regarding Jani. As their touring season continued, Joey and Jerry Dixon reached out to me. I came out to SoCal and ran through a few songs with the band on a subsequent weekend and it was "smiles all around." Two weeks later I got the call to do two days rehearsal in Burbank and my first show in Tucson in support of Alice Cooper… just after Labor Day in 2008. I continue to stay in touch with members of both Lynch Mob and Cry of Love!
3 - I appreciate how much new material Warrant performs off Rockaholic in concert. What's your favorite new tracks to sing live?
Firstly, THANKS! It's a huge privilege to have a Warrant CD that I had a hand in. I love performing the songs everyone knows by heart and that's still obviously a huge part of what we do. To answer your question, I personally like singing "Sex Ain't Love" and "Home" in our live set. The first is a straight up rock track and the second is a ballad that's pretty personal to me.
4 -Warrant's Rockaholic CD was released in 2011. Any new material being written/recorded?
We are always writing songs (I'm in Nashville on a "writing mission" as I type this) and we have a plan to put together another Warrant record when we feel the songs are all there. But today, we don't have a specific schedule or release date. Stay tuned!
5 - You'll be performing two shows this Saturday (10/25) at the Reserve Casino. How many times in your career have you done two shows in one night?
In my career? Thousands! HA-HA! I've played in cover bands in clubs from the time I began working as a musician. As for Warrant, I've never been asked to do that; it'll probably be a new experience! Knowing my personality, I'll likely compare the two sets ("Man, I think I did "Uncle Tom's Cabin" a little better the second time.")
Joe Perry appeared on Conan this week to promote his new book, ROCKS: My Life in and out of Aerosmith. During the interview, he talked about selling a valuable 1959 Les Paul after he first left Aerosmith in 1980. In addition to Perry's autobiography, I'm seeing a lot of new rock and roll books in stores just in time for holiday shopping season. Tom Petty, Peter Gabriel, Scott Ian of Anthrax, Paul Stanley of KISS all have new books for you to add to your reading list. And lovely Lita Ford is now pre-promoting Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir, due in stores next April.
Tears For Fears are easily one of my Top 5 favorite pop bands of the '80s. If your cassette copy of 1984's Songs From The Big Chair could use an upgrade, you should check out the forthcoming Super Deluxe Edition of the 1984 album – released on November 10th, 2014. It will be available in 5 formats, including a 6-disc deluxe edition box set featuring previously unreleased material. (Check out the cool trailer below.)
I've seen TFF in concert twice including their most recent Everybody Loves A Happy Ending tour in 2004. Wait, they haven't been back to Colorado in ten years?? That's unacceptable! And here's hoping a new studio album will surface sooner rather than later. If you think Tears For Fears disbanded after 1989's The Seeds of Love, you're only half correct. Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith originally parted company in 1991, but Orzabal retained the TFF name throughout the remainder of the 1990's.
Do yourself a favor and check out 1995's fantastic Raoul And The Kings of Spain CD. The album is a more contemplative work that showcased a Latin musical influence and it's a personal favorite of mine. Raoul was originally the name Orzabal's parents wanted to give him, and is also the name of his own first son. See, you learn something new every day!
I met Jimmy Chamberlin of Smashing Pumpkins this past June when he judged the School of Rock Battle of the Bands at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI. He also attended the SOR Franchise Conference this past weekend and I remembered to bring a Smashing Pumpkins CD jacket for him to sign. Check out the "Highlights" video I put together where you can see me on stage playing guitar during "Oh, Pretty Woman" as well as Jimmy Chamberlin crushing "Cherub Rock" and "Zero." Finally, Earl Slick took the stage to rock out "Miss You" by the Stones and "China Girl" by David Bowie. The encore was a loud and proud version of "Jumping Jack Flash."
I just returned from an inspiring weekend in Chicago where the entire School of Rock system got together for our 2014 Franchise Conference. For those of you not familiar with SOR, we INSPIRE THE WORLD TO ROCK ON STAGE AND IN LIFE. The "performance-based music education" philosophy is simple - teach music by putting kids in a group setting where they rehearse themed shows and then perform live in front of an audience. School of Rock has 150 schools open in seven countries and I work in our Denver-based development office to open new franchises around the world.
In typical rock and roll fashion, our convention was very non-corporate. Sure, we talked about the business of School of Rock, how to more effectively market our programs and our goals to open more schools internationally. But we also had legendary bassist Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck & The Flecktones) playing an incredible bass solo, talking about music, how to teach children and the life lessons learned through music education. Some lessons are universal to any adult or teenager:
If you're early, you're on time... If you're on time, you're late... If you're late, you're fired!
Being in a band is about working together as a team. And people wonder why KISS fired Ace Frehley and Peter Criss??
In addition to Wooten's motivating keynote address, the School of Rock franchisees and staff took the stage Friday night for a blistering set of rock classics with David Bowie's guitarist Earl Slick and Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. I was even lucky enough to jump on stage to play guitar on "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison (although we rocked it up to make it closer to Van Halen's cover version.)
Saturday featured more breakout sessions before we went to the School of Rock in Oak Park, IL for another jam session. The highlight of the weekend was one School of Rock franchisee singing and screaming lead vocals on Metallica's "For Whom The Bell Tolls." Immediately after the song's crushing ending, she said, "Now I have to go home and put my two kids to bed!"
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I'm in Chicago today through this weekend for the School of Rock franchise convention. I hope to share some stories and video early next week, but I wanted to quickly post a video to get your weekend started with a laugh. Here's Sting getting silly on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Are Guns N' Roses (aka Axl Rose and his All-Star band of non-original members) ready to release not one, but TWO new albums? It's more rumor and speculation, of course, but GNR's DJ ASHBA has revealed Axl has plenty of new material ready to go.
"Axl, of course, has, I believe, two complete albums worth of songs already recorded and probably a s***load of other stuff I've never heard," said Ashba. "He's played me quite a bit of stuff that's phenomenal, and, hopefully, I can get my hands on it and put my little stamp on it before all is said and done."
I was one of the few fans that really enjoyed 2008's Chinese Democracy. Axl spent 57 years and $238 million dollars recording it, so I happily shelled out my $10 to hear what that album would sound like. I'm guessing the new albums won't be out before Christmas otherwise we would have heard about it already. But GNR fans can buy the DVD of their latest concert film, Appetite For Democracy, recorded during their recent residency in Las Vegas.
If you like to mix your rock and roll with a little exercise, look no further than the Denver Rock 'N' Roll Marathon & Half-Marathon. All the event details are right HERE.
This Sunday, October 19, you can enjoy the music of almost three dozen bands as you run through Civic Center Park. The start/finish line is located on Bannock adjacent to Civic Center Park between 14th Street and E. Colfax Avenue. Concert admission is FREE and open to the public. The post-race concert will be headlined by Nashville's The Wild Feathers.
The Broncos don't play at Sports Authority Field @ Mile High until 6:30pm, so this is a perfect way to spend your Sunday before you watch Peyton Manning and company beat up on the 49ers.