Saturday, April 29, 2006

Jeff Beck Fights Off Critics

Jeff Beck fights off critics Blow by Blow - A&E


The 1960s British group the Yardbirds produced three of the finest electric guitar players of the past 40 years. The first, Jimmy Page, went on to become the legendary guitar player of the super-group Led Zeppelin; the second, Eric Clapton, became a household name whose success spans five decades; the third, Jeff Beck, was arguably greater than either of them (which is no small claim) despite never reaching the same pinnacle of commercial success.


I think The Yardbirds were lucky to have had such great talent in all three guitarist: Page, Clapton, Beck. Has there been any other band where that many members were that high a caliber and all living legends?

Friday, April 28, 2006

Page Plant and NO Jones...Again

According to a posting on Led-Zeppelin.com, LED ZEPPELIN legends Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are scheduled to perform together at the upcoming Montreux Jazz Festival on June 30, 2006 in Montreux, Switzerland as part of a tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. Also scheduled to appear are Jeff Beck, Solomon Burke, Ben E. King and others. (blabbermouth.net)


So it's looking like this isn't a rumor anymore. Page/Plant united yet again with of course no John Paul makes you wonder. I mean can't they at least try to have JPJ on board at one of these things? It's like JPJ doesn't count, was he even asked to join them on stage? Inquiring minds wanna know! Anyways it's good that part of Led Zep is onstage but what I really want is the 3 of them!!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Roger Waters To Play @ Mansfield MA

Roger Waters to play in Sept
Roger Waters and his band will be performing the entire “Dark Side of the Moon” album plus other selections from his career with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist on Sept. 8 at the Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts in Mansfield.

Tickets are $132, $79.50, $55, and $37, on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster. To order online, go to w www.ticketmaster.com. To order by telephone, call 931-2000 in the (508) or (617) area code, or (617) 228-6000.

Wow those tix prices are sky!! Wish I could afford to go though, right now on TM they're only selling the 132 and 79.50 tix maybe when the sale goes public all the tix prices will be up for grabs. Bet it will sell out at those prices too...that's sad that you have to fork over barrels of money for some of these concerts.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

New Mystic Rock Magnet

We just received our new Mystic Rock magnet! Oh I think you will love to hang one of these babies on your fridge :) We will send one along with every tee shirt order. All I will say is that it's just as cool as our 1st magnet.

So go buy some tees and get yours free!! Go Shop!

Blondie On The Rockwalk

Multi-Platinum Rock Act Blondie To Be Inducted Into Hollywood's
Rockwalk

Hollywood, CA. (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) -The newest inductees into
the
prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Blondie emerged as the one of
the
great pop icons of New York's celebrated late '70s new wave punk scene.
The
original Blondie was formed in 1974 by art student/guitarist Chris
Stein and
vocalist/songwriter Deborah Harry. Drummer Clem Burke and keyboard
player
Jimmy Destri joined in 1975. The band played the fabled New York
downtown
circuit of CBGB's, Max's Kansas City and Mothers, amassing a major
following
before recording their first album Blondie in 1976. They followed that
album
with 1977's Plastic Letters which spawned the No 2 single in the U.K.
"Denis." That summer the band set to work on their third studio album,
Parallel Lines, with producer Mike Chapman. Released in 1978 and
selling
over 25 million copies worldwide, Parallel Lines produced the first
ever No
1 record for Blondie in the U.S. with "Heart of Glass." The highly
prolific
group continued to release influential albums and singles such as Eat
to the
Beat, which was released in 1979 and was quickly certified platinum,
and
they climbed the U.S. charts again, in 1980, with the hit single "Call
Me"
from the American Gigolo soundtrack. Autoamerican, also went platinum
and
produced the No 1 smash "The Tide Is High" while The Hunter, released
in
1982, included the single "Island of Lost Souls," their final U.S. hit
before Chris fell ill and the group disbanded. After 16 years apart
Blondie
reformed in 1999 and released their seventh studio album No Exit that
reached No 1 in 14 different countries on the success of the single
"Maria".
They returned again in 2004 with the release of The Curse of Blondie.
Blondie most recently released their Live By Request CD/DVD in 2004 and
their Greatest Hits: Sound and Vision CD/DVD in March of 2006. Blondie
is
currently on the road for the Road Rage Tour 2006 presented by VH1
Classic.
For more information on Blondie please visit www.blondie.net.
Hollywood's RockWalk is the only sidewalk gallery dedicated to honoring
those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting
contribution to
the growth and evolution Rock 'n' Roll, Blues and R&B. Their handprints
and
signatures will reside alongside other equally accomplished musicians
and
innovators such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Elvis
Presley,
Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Marvin Gaye, James Brown,
Brian
Wilson, Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker and Earth Wind & Fire among
numerous
others.

WHERE: Hollywood's RockWalk
7425 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, CA
WHEN: Monday, May 22nd 2006 at Noon
*This event is FREE and OPEN to the public

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

NYC Album Art:

Gothamist: NYC Album Art: Strange Days

After we posted about Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti album cover yesterday, we thought we'd do a series of posts on album covers featuring this city. Next up is The Doors Strange Days cover, photographed by Joel Brodsky.

Since Jim Morrison refused to appear on the cover of the album, Brodsky drew inspiration from Federico Fellini's 1954 circus film, La Strada, and photographed a group of acrobats and jugglers on the streets. Apparently they had trouble finding models, since most circuses were out on summer tours. The trumpet player is actually a cabbie that the art director grabbed from a passing cab. He offered him $5 to appear in the shot, and the driver apparently called him later and asked where he could further his modeling career. The muscleman was the doorman at The Friars Club.

The location of the photoshoot was Sniffen Court (named after architect John Sniffen) and can be found at 150–158 East 36th Street. Wow, something might actually get us to go to Murray Hill. If you don't want to go, you can watch this video of Sniffen Court. The back cover of the album can be seen here.

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NYC Album Art: Physical Graffiti
With tapes, cd's and now digital music...the art of the album cover has sadly gone ignored. We used to have a small stack of albums, some of which had covers shot here in New York. Our favorite of those: Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti album (at right, photographed by BP Fallon).

The cover shows two buildings, located at 97 St. Mark's Place. The original album jacket included die-cut windows in the building shown on the cover and inner sleeves with different variations of that, with objects and people in the windows. We think it would be pretty cool if the people who lived there would recreate the album cover by putting the photos (or the letters) in their windows. The buildings haven't changed much since the cover was shot 31 years ago. There is, however, now a thrift store located in one of them called, what else, Physical Graffiti.

If you head over there, you might get a little confused. The building is 5 stories high, but on the cover...the building has only 4 stories. The 4th floor was actually taken out to fit the square jacket.

We're gonna go buy some vinyl now...

That's it...no wonder I like both album covers. I love NYC, something about the city. Boston is pretty cool too, but nothing beats the vibe of NY. Both album cover shots are in NYC and have real old buildings with a dark/gothy feel to them :) I've been to the Physical Graffiti building, (and it was taller than the artwork on the album cover) but not the Sniffen Court on 150-158 East 36th St. I imagined myself living in that Graffiti building looking out of the window at the hustle and bustle below.

I miss album covers and the cool artwork and sometimes extra posters you would get with them. It's just not the same with CDs. Besides the music, the band could get really creative with their album artwork. Just take a look at any Zeppelin or Floyd cover art. I like to hang my albums up for display on the walls, they look pretty cool.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Madonna reveals 'Confessions' tour dates

Madonna reveals 'Confessions' tour dates

The veteran performer kicks things off May 21 in the Los Angeles area and is so far scheduled to makes stops at arenas in about a dozen cities, including Chicago, Boston, San Jose, the Phoenix area, Fresno, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Miami, Montreal and New York.

And she's selling out all over the place again! I've never been to a Madonna show, I know the shows are very theatrical in nature. Real big productions. Madonna nearing 50, wonder if she'll be ala Deborah Harry which still tours at age 60. Wonder who's the oldest star out there touring these days.

Gilmour Shines On...

Used with permission by fellow Floyd fan:
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I arrived in NY during a snowstorm in the morning
and the city looked really great. Met some friends at
our hotel. After checking in we took the subway
around the city for some site-seeing. Around 5pm we
met at our hotel, which was in walking distance of the
Hall. We relaxed a while and did some partying, then
headed out.
There were absolutely no tickets avaialble from
scalpers at the Hall - none. Just loads of desperate
looking folks asking to buy. First time I had seen
that at any type of event in a long time.
We went in and enjoyed some drinks in the lobby
while talking with other fans about past shows and
such. At 8pm the show started. As the lights came on
there was a very nice wall of smoke blowing from
bottom to top of the stage and Dave emerged out of the
middle of it and began the show, starting off with the
new album and "Castellorizon." After finishing, Dave
addressed the crowd, and (like the last Floyd tour),
said the format would be "some of the songs from the
new album in the first half of the show, actually, ALL
of the songs from the new album in the first half. And
in the second part of the show, we'll do some songs
that some of you may be more..... familiar with."
Dave had some of his long time bandmates with him,
including Guy Pratt on bass and Jon Carin playing
keyboards along with Rick Wright. There were some
great moments in the first half, especially Dave and
Rick alone together doing "Red Sky at Night." Dave was
on sax and bathed in a deep magenta light and Rick
Wright in a white light, highlighting his puffy white
shirt. Long time Floyd sax man Dick Perry also made
his first appearance and the band slowly eased its way
into a loose and jazzy instrumental version of "Us and
Them, before getting back to the new album.
The band was bare bones compared to Floyd shows
but it didn't matter. Without all the extra
instruments and personnel, the sound was much more
jazz and blues like than a Floyd show and it worked
very well. No female back-up singers. Just Graham Nash
and David Crosby! Very nice lighting and lots of
smoke. Lasers did not kick in until 3/4 in to the
show.
Everyone couldn't wait for the second act and
nobody was disppointed.
In the darkness came the first strains of "Shine
On You Crazy Diamond," and of course, the crowd
started roaring. After that piece Dave addressed the
crowd and said the next tune was an oldie and might be
a bit "obscure" for some of you. That was the cue for
"Uh....Wots The Deal," from Obscured by Clouds.
Next, Rick Wright and Dick Perry made their fist
highlighted appearances in a tune as the band did
"Wearing the Inside Out." Most of the time, the rest
of the band was in darkness while those two played.
Then came "Coming Back To Life," "Breathe," and
"Time." For a moment people were wondering if a Dark
Side line-up was coming. But then came "High Hopes."
After this came what for many was the highlight of
the show (it certainly was for me). A damn-near 30
minute jam of "Echoes," complete with the first
appearance of lasers and full blown lighting effects.
It was really incredible.
As the show wound down, Dave got his instrumental
guitar and did "Wish you Were Here" as the crowd
joined in singing.
We were then given a very nice encore as the band
did the classic Crosby, Stills and Nash tune "Find the
Cost of Freedom."
For one last treat, the band did "Comfortably
Numb," and the crowd sang along with that one, too.
We got out at about 11, hit a jazz club, had a
late dinner at a cafe, and went back to the hotel.
Very nice evening.

Russ Blomstedt (mas tequila)
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Thanks for letting me post this review, wish I could
have been there!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Pearl Jam Tour Dates

Pearl Jam Tour Dates


May 2006
9, 10 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
12 - Albany, NY - Pepsi Arena
13 - Hartford, CT - New England Dodge Music Center
16, 17 - Chicago, IL - United Center
19 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
20 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
22 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
24, 25 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden
27, 28 - Camden, NJ - Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
30 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center

June 2006
1, 3 - East Rutherford, NJ - Continental Airlines Arena
23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena (w/ Robert Pollard)
24 - Cincinnati, OH - US Bank Arena (w/ Robert Pollard)
26, 27 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center (w/ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

July 2006
2, 3 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center (w/ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
6 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Arena (w/ Sonic Youth)
7 - San Diego, CA - Cox Arena (w/ Sonic Youth)
9, 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Great Western Forum (w/ Sonic Youth)
13 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl (w/ Sonic Youth)
16, 18 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (w/ Sonic Youth)
22 - George, WA - The Gorge

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Gilmour Joined On-Stage by Surprise Guests

David Gilmour Joined On-Stage by Surprise Guests, David Crosby & Graham
Nash, During Sold-Out Concert at Radio City Music Hall
Tuesday April 4, 9:22 pm ET


NEW YORK, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gilmour fans were surprised and
delighted this evening by an unannounced appearance by David Crosby and
Graham Nash during the first of two concerts launching Gilmour's
eagerly-awaited On An Island North American Tour at New York's Radio City
Music Hall.
Joining Gilmour and his band on-stage, Crosby and Nash added their
trademark vocal harmonies to a live version of the title track from
Gilmour's best-selling On An Island album. Crosby and Nash recorded the title
track for the album, released on March 7, at Gilmour's recording studio
housed in a boat on London's River Thames.

David Gilmour North American Tour Dates:

April 4 - New York - Radio City Music Hall
April 5 - New York - Radio City Music Hall
April 9 - Toronto - Massey Hall
April 10 - Toronto - Massey Hall
April 12 - Chicago - Paramount Theatre
April 13 - Chicago - Paramount Theatre
April 16 - San Francisco - Oakland Paramount
April 17 - San Francisco - Oakland Paramount
April 19 - Los Angeles - Kodak
April 20 - Los Angeles - Gibson Theatre

My that must have been a great show to be at. David Gilmour's North American tour is really very limited so lots of people will probably not be able to see him live this time around. I'm hoping that one of these shows maybe this NY show would be made into a DVD so that people that didn't get to go to see him can still enjoy seeing him present his new music, which is quite good. I really like the new David Gilmour CD, very soothing.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Win a Jim Morrison Mini Poster!


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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Riders on the Storm

Riders on the Storm

Dread ripples through me as I listen to a phone message from our manager saying that we (The Doors) have another offer of huge amounts of money if we would just allow one of our songs to be used as the background for a commercial. They don't give up! I guess it's hard to imagine that everybody doesn't have a price. Maybe 'cause, as the cement heads try to pave the entire world, they're paving their inner world as well. No imagination left upstairs.


Article by John Densmore of The Doors. On why The Doors songs have not been used in commercials.

Personally I don't mind bands lending their songs for commercials so long as the artist has control over what product their song is used for. I also like when video games or movies include songs, that is how my son has found classic songs that he enjoys, thus wanting to know more about the artist that created the music. so it's not always a bad thing to have rock music in products or other formats.