ANN WILSON of HEART, one of rock’s most distinctive and powerful vocalists, has released “I Am the Highway” as the first track from her new album that’s due out September 14 on BMG. Fittingly titled IMMORTAL, the album features 10 musically diverse tracks that pay tribute to some of ANN‘s influences and friends who’ve recently passed and whose music poignantly lives on.
“I Am The Highway”–originally an Audioslave song that was sung by the late Chris Cornell and written with his bandmates–was released today (July 6) across all digital platformsafter its premiere yesterday at RollingStone.com. The song is also available as an instant-grat track with album pre-orders, starting today; click here to access.
“The song is strong, confident, spiritual,” says the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee of “I Am The Highway.” “It’s about a person who refuses to be tied down to the mundane, who is constantly looking for freedom and independence on a more universal scale, not just ordinary everyday reality. It was the cry of a soul, and it’s a beautiful song. Chris and I were friends; we had a lot in common, we were both outsiders in a way. He left us with amazing music.”
For IMMORTAL, which marks her debut for BMG, ANN has teamed with original Heart producer Mike Flicker (Dreamboat Annie, Magazine, Little Queen, Dog and Butterfly and Bebe Le Strange, among others). “Mike was the first producer to believe in me,” ANN says. “He was my first teacher in the studio and knows how to provide that special support needed to bring out my soul in the recording process. It is exciting to work with him for the first time since 1980. I have traveled many, many miles since then but the old feeling is still there and fresh on Immortal. He has fearlessly helped me bring my ideas to life once again and it’s been a great collaboration.”
ANN chose the album title IMMORTAL after revealing some working titles early on in the project. “The original working titles evolved as the concept for the album evolved; a little bit at a time,” explains ANN. “As my understanding of what I had undertaken grew and clarified, I realized a larger truth; that the souls may have departed but the songs will forever be their resonances. These are the poets of our time and their expressions must be handed down. Poetry is lasting and elemental like carvings in rock.”
The finely etched tracks that comprise IMMORTAL cover a lot of musical ground, with many highlights including songs by Leonard Cohen (“A Thousand Kisses Deep”), Amy Winehouse (“Back to Black”), David Bowie (“I’m Afraid of Americans”), Lesley Gore (“You Don’t Own Me”) and Tom Petty (“Luna”). ANN says the criteria for choosing this collection of songs was easy. “First of all, I had to LOVE them! They had to be songs I could get inside of authentically as a singer. Lyrics are important to me but the most important thing is always the marriage of words and melody that makes the song magic!”
With sexism at the forefront of the national conversation, ANN says this did factor into the inclusion of “You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore. “‘You Don’t Own Me’ was originally an early feminist anthem in the 1960’s and ’70’s. Since then the idea of self possession has grown to be more universal…This song is about refusing to be objectified and owned. By anyone.”
IMMORTAL includes some very special guests as well. “Warren Haynes plays on Tom Petty’s ‘Luna’ and ‘You Don’t Own Me,'” ANN reveals. “Ben Mink is featured on Leonard Cohen’s ‘A Thousand Kisses Deep’ and Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black.’ They are both musicians and great people whom I admire. It’s always a pleasure and an honor to work with them. Their souls shine through on these songs!”
The full IMMORTAL track listing is as follows:
“You Don’t Own Me” (Lesley Gore)
“I Am the Highway” (Chris Cornell, Audioslave)
“Luna” (Tom Petty)
“I’m Afraid of Americans” (David Bowie)
“Politician” (Cream) in honor of Jack Bruce
“A Thousand Kisses Deep” (Leonard Cohen)
“Life in the Fast Lane” (Joe Walsh, The Eagles) in honor of Glenn Frey
“Back to Black” (Amy Winehouse)
“A Different Corner” (George Michael)
“Baker Street” (Gerry Rafferty)
ANN‘s headlining solo dates start tonight (July 6) in Snoqualmie, WA and run through July 15 in Aspen, CO. Then, she joins the much-anticipated “Stars Align Tour” with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers, which kicks off July 18 in West Valley City, Utah and stops in over 20 cities across the U.S. and Canada including Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Toronto and Nashville, before wrapping August 26 in Tampa. ANN‘s set list this summer will include songs from IMMORTAL. The songs will also be featured in ANN‘s first-ever solo television special (details TBA), taped this past Aprilat the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL, to coincide with the album’s release.
ALLIGATOR RECORDS SET TO RELEASE ELVIN BISHOP’S BIG FUN TRIO SOMETHING SMELLS FUNKY ‘ROUND HERE NEXT FRIDAY, JULY 13
LISTEN BEFORE YOU BUY! Stop by our free stuff page to download the track Right Now Is The Hour and check out our jukebox to hear (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher and Another Mule.
“Elvin Bishop has always been big fun and is the ringmaster in his own blues circus. With Willy Jordan and Bob Welsh, Bishop whomps out tough, muscular and rollicking boogie-infused blues.”
“Deceptively loose but always tight…the raspy chuckle in Bishop’s singing and the sharp sting of his guitar are forceful and fresh, enduring and fun.” –Fresh Air, NPR
“Raw and simple and utterly endearing.” –Relix
Ever since Rock & Roll and Blues Hall Of Famer Elvin Bishop first hit the scene with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band back in 1965, he’s blazed his own musical trail. Touring the world for decades delivering his original, good-time countrified blues, Elvin has always inspired his fans with his rowdy guitar playing and witty, slice-of-life songs.
Late in 2015, Elvin formed The Big Fun Trio, with Bishop on guitar and vocals and his friends Bob Welsh on piano and guitar and Willy Jordan on cajón (a hand-played Peruvian drumbox) and vocals. The group’s instantly crowd-pleasing music and undeniable chemistry took the blues world by storm. Their debut album won both a Grammy nomination and a Blues Music Award nomination.
SOMETHING SMELLS FUNKY ‘ROUND HERE finds the group again fearlessly laying it all on the line. The album mixes rousing, new originals, reinventions of three Bishop classics and some unexpected, soul-shaking covers. Elvin wrote or co-wrote five songs (including two by the entire trio). The potent title track—a tongue-in-cheek State Of The Union address as only Elvin can deliver— kicks the album off with Bishop aiming his lyrical truths at the chaos in Washington, while his deep blues guitar playing drives the point home. Lookin’ Goodfinds Elvin autobiographically gazing in the rearview mirror with sharp, wry lyrics accompanied by Welsh’s perfect blues piano. Willy Jordan sings lead on four songs, including blistering reinventions of Jackie Wilson’s Higher And Higher and Ann Peebles’ I Can’t Stand The Rain. Bob Welsh, whose guitar or piano playing highlight every song, pounds the ivories on his own Bob’s Boogie.
Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio are clearly having a very good time. Having spent almost three years performing, these three tremendously talented musicians continue to inspire each other to new heights. As Living Bluessays, “Elvin’s Bishop’s Big Fun Trio has wonderful chemistry and are a joy to hear.”
Pre-order SOMETHING SMELLS FUNKY ‘ROUND HERE for the sale price of $14.98.
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ALBUM FEATURES THE TOP 5 ROCK SONG “BULLETPROOF” AND TITLE TRACK, “WHEN LEGENDS RISE”
SET FOR FESTIVAL APPEARANCE TONIGHT IN JACKSONVILLE, FL AT WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE
BAND KICKS OFF CO-HEADLINING 30-CITY AMPHITHEATER TOUR WITH SHINEDOWN ON JULY 22
Multi-platinum band GODSMACK, today (4/27), have released WHEN LEGENDS RISE (via BMG), marking the band’s seventh studio album and their first in four years. The 11-song collection features the Top 5 rock song “Bulletproof” and title track, “When Legends Rise,“ which premiered recently (4/13) with Billboard.com alongside an interview with GODSMACK’s SULLY ERNA. In addition, “When Legends Rise” will serve as a theme song for WWE’s “Greatest Royal Rumble” event, which streams live today at noon ET on WWE Network. WHEN LEGENDS RISE is available on CD, LP and Digital. Purchase or Stream it here.
Earlier this month, GODSMACK released the official music video for “Bulletproof.“Directed by filmmaker Troy Smith, the song’s video is a short film that parodies the making of a rock video with cameos from Billy Ray Cyrus and Sebastian Bach. SULLY ultimately hires his crazy Italian cousin to direct the video and everything goes wrong.Click hereto watch.
Tonight, the band–SULLY ERNA [vocals, guitar], TONY ROMBOLA [guitar], ROBBIE MERRILL [bass], and SHANNON LARKIN [drums]–will kick off their 2018 live shows in Jacksonville, FL headlining at Welcome to Rockville, the first of seven U.S. festivals the band will perform at through July 14. Next up is their co-headlining six-week outdoor amphitheater tour with Shinedown which kicks off July 22 and hits more than 30 cities (see all dates below).
20 years since the release of their debut album and 20 million album sales later, GODSMACK are an even stronger animal than before. The proof is in the grooves of WHEN LEGENDS RISE.
As Hoobastank gear up for the release of PUSH PULL, their sixth studio album out May 25, the group have premiered the title track and lyric video today HERE . PUSH PULL finds the multi-platinum, 3X GRAMMY-nominated Hoobastank — DOUG ROBB (Lead vocals/rhythm guitar), DAN ESTRIN Lead guitar/keyboards), CHRIS HESSE (Drums/percussion/backing vocals), JESSE CHARLAND (bassist/keyboardist/backing vocals)–exploring both rock and pop songwriting with a renewed vigor. PUSH PULL ( Napalm Records ) is available for pre-order HERE and at PledgeMusic HERE.
Watch the lyric video for “Push Pull,” the title track from Hoobastank’s new albumHEREor click on the image below to play the song.
On PUSH PULL, the band partnered with producer Matt Wallace(Faith No More, Deftones, Maroon 5, Andy Grammer). As a result, the album nails a bull’s-eye to the group’s underappreciated sweet spot–the large-scale, muscular ‘80s-‘90s alternative rock of U2, Duran Duran, INXS and even Tears for Fears, whose “Heads Over Heels” gets abrawny, Bowiesque take on the new collection. Hoobastank approached PUSH PULLwith the swagger and confidence of a band whose first three albums all went either gold, platinum or multi-platinum. “The Reason”garnered multiple GRAMMY nominations for “Song of the Year,” “Best Rock Album” and “Best Pop Performance” for a Duo or Group.
Album highlights include the go-for-broke “Just Let Go (Who Cares if We Fall),” which sums up Hoobastank’s attitude. “At least we get to fly,” sings ROBB. In the title track“Push Pull,” and “More Beautiful,” DOUG unleashes his falsetto, while the funky R&B feel is a tribute to DAN’s early, late–‘90s penchant for Chic and “groove-based” dance music. Songs like “True Believer” and “Buzzkill (Before You Say Goodbye)” show Hoobastank maturing from adolescent to adult relationships, often examining the difficulty of keeping alive the sexuality that fuels them. “We Don’t Need the World” and “There Will Never Be Another” explore the protective bubble and the memories which bind two people together. DOUG’s lyrics to the headphones-worthy “Fallen Star” were inspired by a memory of him watching television one night and seeing a military family of a soldier who had died in combat. It made him think of the brave men and women who serve and even more so now the parents of those who serve.
With PUSH PULL, Hoobastank find themselves looking back to the future, combining the best of what brought them here and establishing their presence in the current pop-rock spectrum.
Hoobastank. Photo credit: Ashley Osborn.
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CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF MUSIC, COUNTING CROWS ANNOUNCE 2018 WORLDWIDE TOUR
WITH MULTI-PLATINUM BAND +LIVE+
(April 2, 2018) – After more than two decades and 20 million albums sold globally, Counting Crows will celebrate 25 years of making music by hitting the road for a worldwide “25 YEARS AND COUNTING” tour, starting with a 40+ city trek across North America this summer. Presented by Live Nation, the tour will begin June 27 in Boise, ID and travel across cities such as San Diego, Las Vegas, Denver, Atlanta, Tampa, New York, Boston, Toronto and Chicago before concluding September 22 in Nashville, TN. Joining the tour is multi-platinum band +LIVE+.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public in select cities starting Friday, April 6 at 10am local time. Counting Crows and +LIVE+ fan presales will begin tomorrow, April 3 at 10am local time. Please see below for full tour itinerary and visit www.livenation.com for full details.
“The nice thing about having 25 years of music to celebrate and seven studio albums we absolutely love to choose from is that we can play a different show every night,” said Crows vocalist Adam Duritz. “The nice thing about touring with +LIVE+ is that we get to spend yet another summer with old friends who play great music. We can’t wait!”
+LIVE+ vocalist & guitarist Ed Kowalczyk echoed those sentiments: “+LIVE+ is beyond excited to get out on the road this summer and play for our fans. We are freshly reunited and performing with a confidence and ferocity that we can’t wait for people to experience. The fact that we will be sharing the stage once again with the incomparable Counting Crows is icing on the cake!”
In addition to celebrating 25 years of music in 2018, Duritz has also launched a new podcast, Underwater Sunshine! – a series of conversations between noted non-journalist Duritz and his pal, author and music journalist James Campion, about life, music, and whatever comes into their large and incredibly handsome brains. The weekly podcast, published every Monday, currently holds a five-star rating. View it on iTunes HERE.
Counting Crows – Adam Duritz (vocals), Jim Bogios (drums), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (keyboards), David Immergluck (guitar), Millard Powers (bass) and Dan Vickrey (guitar) – have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide after exploding onto the music scene with their multiplatinum breakout album August and Everything After in 1993. Known for creating unique and innovative concert experiences year after year, Counting Crows is recognized as one of the world’s most pre-eminent touring live rock bands. The band released their seventh studio album Somewhere Under Wonderland in September 2014, which earned critical acclaim as one of the “band’s best,” scored a top 10 debut and was recognized as one of the group’s “stronger works (USA Today),” claiming a spot on Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Songs of the 2014 list with the track “Dislocation”. For more information on Counting Crows visit:
+LIVE+, the multi-platinum band from Pennsylvania–Ed Kowalczyk (vocals, guitar), Chad Taylor (guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums, percussion)–have sold over 22 million albums worldwide and earned two number one albums (Throwing Copper, Secret Samadhi). Their catalog is filled with such gems as “Lightning Crashes,” “I Alone,” “All Over You,” and “Lakini’s Juice,” which live on today as classics at rock radio. Throwing Copper produced the band’s biggest single, “Lightning Crashes,” which was #1 at Modern Rock radio for 10 consecutive weeks. Throwing Copper reached #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and eventually surpassed sales of 10 million albums sold with Rolling Stone honoring the album with placement on their “1994: The 40 Best Records From Mainstream Alternative’s Greatest Year.” Secret Samadhi (1997) immediately shot to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and eventually went double platinum. The release of the platinum-selling The Distance to Here (1999) turned +LIVE+ into an international powerhouse and moved the band from arenas into stadiums. +LIVE+ has been and remains today a global concert juggernaut. For more information on +LIVE+ visit: http://freaks4live.com/
Counting Crows – 25 Years And Counting 2018 Tour with +LIVE+
All dates featuring +LIVE+ unless marked with a *
All dates promoted by Live Nation unless marked with a ^
Wed, June 27^
Taco Bell Arena
Fri, June 29
White River Amphitheatre
Sat, June 30
Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
Mon, July 2
Grand Theatre – Grand Sierra Resort
Tues, July 3^
Fri, July 6
Mountain View, CA
Sun, July 8
Tues, July 10
Chula Vista, CA
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Fri, July 13*^
Fantasy Springs Casino
Sat, July 14*^
Las Vegas, NV
Mon, July 16*^
Salt Lake City, UT
Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
Wed, July 18
Sat, July 21
Sun, July 22
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Tues, July 24
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Thu, July 26
Sat, July 28
Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sun, July 29
Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Tues, July 31
St. Petersburg, FL
Al Lang Stadium
Wed, Aug 1
West Palm Beach, FL
Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Sat, Aug 4
Sun, Aug 5
PNC Music Pavilion
Tues, Aug 7
Virginia Beach, VA
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Wed, Aug 8
Jiffy Lube Live
Fri, Aug 10
Sat, Aug 11
Tues, Aug 14
PNC. Bank Arts Center
Wed, Aug 15
The XFINITY Theatre
Fri, Aug 17
Sat, Aug 18
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Wed, Aug 22
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sat, Aug 25
New York State Fair
Sun, Aug 26
Blossom Music Center
Wed, Aug 29
Thu, Aug 30
Sat, Sept 1
Riverbend Music Center
Sun, Sept 2
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Wed, Sept 5*
State Farm Center
Thu, Sept 6
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Sat, Sept 8
Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Sun, Sept 9
St. Louis, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – St. Louis
Tues, Sept 11
Kansas City, MO
Thu, Sept 13^
Council Bluffs, IA
Stir Cove at Harrah’s Casino
Sat, Sept 15^
Sioux City, IA
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sun, Sept 16^
Mystic Lake – Amphitheater
Tue, Sept 18*
Cedar Rapids, IA
U.S. Cellular Center
Wed, Sept 19*^
Breese Stevens Field
Sat, Sept 22*^
Mickey Hart Presents Musica Universalis – A live performance on The Beam in the dome at the Hayden Planetarium. April 13th and 14th.
On April 13th and 14th I’m doing an artist takeover of the Our Senses: An Immersive Experience exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. Samples from my album RAMU will be playing in the different exhibit rooms. After a walk through of the exhibit, I’ll be performing live on The Beam in the dome at the Hayden Planetarium in collaboration with the Museum’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart.
Think of it like an extended space show underneath the stars. Hope to see everyone there.
The show will be followed by a discussion with the Our Senses exhibit Curator Rob DeSalle and neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley. Ticket holders will take home a signed artist statement and a vinyl copy of the album RAMU. Special Offer For Our Email Subscribers
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SLASH with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette in the studio. Photo credit: Scott Uchida.
SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS will return this fall with their as-yet-untitled third studio album. The group-SLASH (Guitar), MYLES KENNEDY (Vocals), BRENT FITZ (Drums), TODD KERNS (Bass & Vocals) and FRANK SIDORIS (Guitar & Vocals)–has entered the studio with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Iggy Pop, Incubus). Expect the group to announce a full North American tour for the fall.
This same team worked on the group’s last album World On Fire, tagged by Guitar World as “another bold and unapologetically riffy statement” and “a varied, immersive and incredibly hard rocking effort” (December 2014). Rolling Stone described Apocalyptic Love–the band’s debut album and SLASH’s second solo release overall–as “filled with head bangers and plenty of fancy fretwork” and Revolver declared it “a collection of lean, high-octane rock-and-roll tunes built to be blasted out of open-top sports cars, or more suitably, open-air stadiums” (May 2012).
“I’m excited about the new stuff we put together for this next record; it’s got some cool songs and it’s got a great live feel.” explainsSLASH. “I’ve been working with Myles, Brent and Todd for about 8 years now. It’s been an amazing ride so far; as a band we continue to get better which is great. With the addition of Frank since the ‘World On Fire’ tour, I feel we have hit a great, creative stride which I definitely think shows on this next record.” SLASHadds, “Guns N’ Roses will be headlining European festivals this summer, it’s going to be a 110% performance and a huge blast. I love doing European fests and this is the first time we’ve done any proper festivals over there on the ‘Not In This Lifetime Tour’. It’s indescribable to explain these shows. I’m looking over and seeing Axl, Duff and Dizzy whom I’ve known forever, but it also feels like an entirely new experience with Richard, Frank and Melissa. It’s like being in a new band, except there’s a chemistry that is established from days of old, so it’s a natural thing that’s always been there.”
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