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Apple Corps
September 26, 2017
THE BEATLES' 'EIGHT DAYS A WEEK' TOURING DOC SET FOR PBS

Coming to PBS is the U.S. broadcast premiere of Ron Howard's award winning Beatles documentary, Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years. The doc premieres on Saturday, November 25th at 8 pm. Check your local listings for stations. Eight Days A Week provides a new overview of the "Fab Four" as a performing band between 1963 and 1966, and features fresh perspectives from the surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who along with John Lennon and George Harrison's respective widows -- Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison -- served as executive producers on the doc.

Following the Eight Days A Week broadcast, the officially sanctioned documentary on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, will get a repeat airing. Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution, includes "extracts from material never before accessible outside of Abbey Road: studio chat between the band; outtakes; isolated instrumental and vocal tracks as well as passages from alternative takes of these world-famous songs." In addition to that, the Beatles have offered up unprecedented access to the group's personal archives and photographs.

  • In 1970, after Mick Jagger's barbs about the Beatles' supposed inadequacies as a live band, John Lennon set the record straight, telling Rolling Stone: "Our best work was never recorded, y’know? We were performers -- in spite off what Mick (Jagger) says about us -- in Liverpool, Hamburg, and around the dance halls, y’know? And what we generated was fantastic, when we played straight rock. And there was nobody to touch us in Britain, y’know?" at Uniondale, New York's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
  • On October 13th, Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band begin an eight-date Las Vegas run at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
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Coming to PBS is the U.S. broadcast premiere of Ron Howard's award winning Beatles documentary, Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years. The doc premieres on Saturday, November 25th at 8 pm. Check your local listings for stations. Eight Days A Week provides a new overview of the "Fab Four" as a performing band between 1963 and 1966, and features fresh perspectives from the surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who along with John Lennon and George Harrison's respective widows -- Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison --...+ more
Jensen Communications
September 26, 2017
JACKSON BROWNE ANNOUNCES SOLO ACOUSTIC DATES

Jackson Browne has announced the first seven dates of his 2018 acoustic tour. During the shows, Browne will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz. The mini-trek kicks off on January 6th in Augusta, Georgia at William G. Bell Auditorium and goes on to play six Florida stops in Jacksonville, Hollywood, Clearwater, Melbourne, and Orlando, before wrapping up on January 24th at Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Jackson Browne next performs on October 17th in Tokyo, Japan.

As always, Jackson Browne hopes his music helps people figure out their position and place within the world at large: "People want to try to get to the bottom line, they want to come to the conclusion as soon as possible, and especially to know whether or not, y'know, you're being asked to do something. But you're the only one that can figure out what to do. There'll be time, I hope, for people to act, and figure out which ways that they can act, to produce the best results." :
January 6 - Augusta, GA - William G. Bell Auditorium
January 7 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
January 17 - Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live
January 18 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
January 20 - Melbourne, FL - King Center for the Performing Arts
January 23 - Orlando, FL - Walt Disney Theater Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
January 24 - Sarasota, FL - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
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Jackson Browne has announced the first seven dates of his 2018 acoustic tour. During the shows, Browne will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz. The mini-trek kicks off on January 6th in Augusta, Georgia at William G. Bell Auditorium and goes on to play six Florida stops in Jacksonville, Hollywood, Clearwater, Melbourne, and Orlando, before wrapping up on January 24th at Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Jackson Browne next performs on October 17th in Tokyo, Japan. As always, Jackson Browne hopes his...+ more
Omnivore Records
September 26, 2017
AMERICA'S EARLY-'70s DEMOS AND RARITIES FEARURED ON NEW 'HERITAGE' COLLECTION

Coming on November 17th from Omnivore Records is a rare look at America's pre-fame days with Heritage: Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973. The new collection, which was compiled with the assistance of the group’s living founding members, Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, features, "the most comprehensive collection of known demo recordings and unreleased songs from the band’s early formative years. With 10 tracks making their appearance for the very first time." Dewey Bunnell supplies the liner notes to the set, which tracks the band's early progress through super-stardom.

Highlights on the disc includes the group's 1970 British demos taped outside London's Chalk Hill Farm Studios, Gerry Beckley's home studio in West Hollywood, which was dubbed Buzz Studios -- along with an early take of the America classic "Ventura Highway" from L.A.'s Record Plant West in Los Angeles and as a secret bonus track, an a capella version of the band's first Number One hit, 1972's "A Horse With No Name."

  • Dewey Bunnell recalled to us America's early pre-fame High School days when the group, then featuring co-founder Dan Peek, was living overseas: "We were at a U.S. Air Force base in England -- that's where we met. And we had these kind of similar interests in the music world, and we knocked around London and saw all these great acts of the late-'60s and stuff going on there; the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park. It was just an exciting time." :
    September 29 - Lake Jackson, TX - The Clarion at Brazosport College
    September 30 - Biloxi, MS - IP Casino Resort and Spa
    October 6 - Waukegan, IL - Genesee Theatre
    October 7 - Kansas City, MO - Ameristar Casino and Hotel
    October 8 - Branson, MO - Andy Williams Moon River Theatre
    October 12 - Bakersfield, CA - Spectrum Amphitheater
    October 13 - Oroville, CA - Gold Country Casino & Hotel
    October 14 - Scottsdale, AZ - Talking Stick Resort
    October 19 - Lynn, MA - Lynn Auditorium
    October 20 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
    October 21 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
    October 27, 28 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
    November 3 - Lake Charles, LA - Golden Nugget
    November 10 - Keene, NH - Colonial Theatre
    November 12 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
    November 17 - Cedar Rapids, IA - Paramount Theatre
    November 18 - Saint Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre
    January 25 - Daytona Beach, FL - The Peabody Daytona Beach
    January 28 - Oxford, AL - Oxford Performing Arts Center
    February 2 - Cerritos, CA - Cerritos Center
    February 15 - Wilkes Barre, PA - F. M. Kirby Center
    February 17 - Shippensburg, PA - Luhrs Center
    February 23 - New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre
    March 29 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
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Coming on November 17th from Omnivore Records is a rare look at America's pre-fame days with Heritage: Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973. The new collection, which was compiled with the assistance of the group’s living founding members, Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, features, "the most comprehensive collection of known demo recordings and unreleased songs from the band’s early formative years. With 10 tracks making their appearance for the very first time." Dewey Bunnell supplies the liner notes to the set, which...+ more
Apple Corps Ltd.
September 26, 2017
FLASHBACK: THE BEATLES RELEASE 'ABBEY ROAD'

It was 48 years ago today (September 26th, 1969) that the Beatles' final album, Abbey Road, was released. Although the Let It Be album was released the next year featuring earlier unreleased tracks, Abbey Road was the last album the group recorded together. The album's working title had been Everest -- after a brand of cigarettes their engineer Geoff Emerick smoked -- before the group simply chose the name of the street where their recording studio was located.

Abbey Road spent 11 weeks at Number One and featured the double A-sided single "Come Together" and "Something," the highest-charting Beatles song written by George Harrison. Paul McCartney commented on the song in The Beatles Anthology saying, "'Something' was out of left field. . . It appealed to me because it has a very beautiful melody. I thought it was George's greatest track."

The recent CD remaster of Abbey Road debuted in 2009 at Number One on Billboard's Pop Catalog chart. In January 2012 it was announced that for the third year in a row, Abbey Road remained the best selling vinyl album. According to the Nielsen/SoundScan list, Abbey Road sold an impressive 41,000 copies in 2011 beating out then-new vinyl releases from Wilco, Black Keys, Adele, and Fleet Foxes. In 2012, Ringo Starr told Rock Cellar magazine that Abbey Road was his favorite of the band's albums, explaining, "For me, that would be the second side of Abbey Road. That one is my favorite because I just love all those bits and pieces that weren't full songs that John (Lennon) and Paul (McCartney) had been working on and pulled all together -- 'Mean Mr. Mustard,' 'Polythene Pam,' and 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.'"

  • By the time of the Abbey Road sessions, which began in earnest in mid-1969, the group had been in the slow process of breaking up since their return from India the previous year, and struggled through 1968's "The White Album" as well as the month-long movie shoot that resulted in 1970's Let It Be album and film.
  • By the spring of 1969 John Lennon was drifting further away, after marrying Yoko Ono and embarking on the first of several anti-war "bed in" events.
  • Paul McCartney was eager that the group not end on the sour note that had become the Let It Be project, and rallied the group to produce an album on par with classics like Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
  • The seeds for the Abbey Road album lay in the January 1969 Let It Be album and film project -- which was still unreleased when the Abbey Road sessions commenced. George Harrison recalled during The Beatles Anthology that it was actually the group's decision to better their work on Let It Be for their official followup to 1968's "The White Album": "Well, I think the deal was through Let It Be, it was like, I left, and we got back on the basis of we've gotta just finish it up and make it tidy, so I got back on that basis. Then everybody decided we ought to do one better album."
  • On August 20th, 1969 all four Beatles attended the album's final mix and running-order session. It was the last time all four Beatles were together in a recording studio. Two days later, they met on the grounds of Lennon's Tittenhurst Park estate to pose for their final photo session.
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It was 48 years ago today (September 26th, 1969) that the Beatles' final album, Abbey Road, was released. Although the Let It Be album was released the next year featuring earlier unreleased tracks, Abbey Road was the last album the group recorded together. The album's working title had been Everest -- after a brand of cigarettes their engineer Geoff Emerick smoked -- before the group simply chose the name of the street where their recording studio was located. Abbey Road spent 11 weeks at Number One and featured the double...+ more
PRPhotos.com
September 26, 2017
NEW LIVE BAD COMPANY COLLECTION AVAILABLE AT WALMART

Now available exclusively through Walmart is the latest Bad Company live collection, Bad Company Live At Red Rocks. The concert was recorded and filmed this past May 15th in Morrison, Colorado during the band's recent joint tour with Joe Walsh. The in addition to co-founders Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke, the new set features the band's usual side guitarist -- former Heart member and Rock Hall inductee, Howard Leese, Todd Ronning on bass, and Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson subbing for a sidelined Mick Ralphs. The audio for the set was produced by Brian Wilson's longtime studio man, Joe Thomas.

Frontman Paul Rodgers told us that he feels that the continued allure of Bad Company as a viable live act has everything to do with radio never once forgetting about the band. We asked him if the fans treat the current shows as if it was back in the '70s: "Yes, they do. Y'know, it's amazing, and radio is great, too, because the music seems to be, kind of radio friendly and it's great that they keep pumping that music out there. I think it has stood the test of time, as they say. Y'know, for me, I, I look at my influences; soul and blues. I still am moved by those records that first, y'know, made the hair crawl on the back of my arms, y'know? And I still feel the same way about my influences, so I can't understand how people . . . y'know, once you're moved by some music, it sort of stays with you."
October 26 - Tulsa, OK - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
October 29 - Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Rock Getaway at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
February 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Rock Legends Cruise VI - less
Now available exclusively through Walmart is the latest Bad Company live collection, Bad Company Live At Red Rocks. The concert was recorded and filmed this past May 15th in Morrison, Colorado during the band's recent joint tour with Joe Walsh. The in addition to co-founders Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke, the new set features the band's usual side guitarist -- former Heart member and Rock Hall inductee, Howard Leese, Todd Ronning on bass, and Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson subbing for a sidelined Mick Ralphs. The audio...+ more
Sire
September 26, 2017
THE PRETENDERS ADD NEW LIVE DISC TO EXPANDED 'ALONE' ALBUM

The Pretenders have just reissued their 2016 Alone album, with a bonus disc, featuring 14 live tracks captured during the band's 2017 dates. Ultimate Classic Rock reported the disc, which is available at ThePretenders.com, features Chrissie Hynde and the latest edition of the Pretenders tearing through such classic tracks as "Middle Of The Road," "Message Of Love," "Night In My Veins," "I'll Stand By You," "Don't Get Me Wrong," and others.

When we last caught up with her, Chrissie Hynde told us that that although she loves hitting the stage every night when out on tour, the days of prolonged road treks are a thing of the past: "It is the most fun thing, that's for sure, but, y'know, I have my life to live, too. There's not too. . . y'know anything, it's not like I'm that busy or anything. I don't want to be. I like just hanging out and goofing around. To me that is what my life is about, just goof around."

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The Pretenders have just reissued their 2016 Alone album, with a bonus disc, featuring 14 live tracks captured during the band's 2017 dates. Ultimate Classic Rock reported the disc, which is available at ThePretenders.com, features Chrissie Hynde and the latest edition of the Pretenders tearing through such classic tracks as "Middle Of The Road," "Message Of Love," "Night In My Veins," "I'll Stand By You," "Don't Get Me Wrong," and others. When we last caught up with her, Chrissie Hynde told us that that although she...+ more
PRPhotos.com
September 26, 2017
EDDIE VEDDER TAKES A KNEE IN SUPPORT OF PROTESTS

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder took a knee on Sunday night (September 24th) one song into his solo set at the Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, Tennessee. Just prior to his second song, "Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town," Vedder dropped to one knee as a sign of solidarity with NFL players who have protested racial inequality and are now protesting Donald Trump's tirade against them by kneeling during the National Anthem.

  • Although a relatively small amount of players followed the lead of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last season by taking a knee, many more players, coaches and even owners have shown a unified front in the wake of Trump's call for players who kneel to be fired.
  • Pearl Jam itself also voiced its support for Kaepernick and Seattle Seahawks star linebacker Michael Bennett, who claims he was the victim of police violence while in Las Vegas last month. The band tweeted, "We support (Michael Bennett), (Colin Kaepernick), and everyone’s constitutional right to stand up, sit down, or #takeaknee for equality."
  • Vedder also addressed the audience with his concerns over the nuclear brinksmanship being displayed by Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, noting it would take 30 minutes for a nuclear missile to reach his home in Seattle from North Korea.
  • Vedder told the crowd, "What would you do? You’d scream at the sky and go ‘What the f**k? How could this f**king happen? But at that point, that’s not gonna do any good whatsoever. What the f**k? Are you kidding us? Can you please stop? Just stop."
  • He continued his criticism of Trump’s taunts at Kim Jong-un, saying, "We all maybe need to raise our voices. We need to request and desire diplomacy . . . It’s called, ‘Quit f**king with the lives of millions and millions of people.’"
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Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder took a knee on Sunday night (September 24th) one song into his solo set at the Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, Tennessee. Just prior to his second song, "Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town," Vedder dropped to one knee as a sign of solidarity with NFL players who have protested racial inequality and are now protesting Donald Trump's tirade against them by kneeling during the National Anthem. Although a relatively small amount of players followed the lead of former 49ers...+ more