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Simple Minds To Release New Album, ‘Walk Between Worlds’, On February 2nd

Simple Minds To Release New Album, ‘Walk Between Worlds’, On February 2nd

Simple Minds have announced the upcoming release Walk Between Worlds, their first album of new material since 2014’s Big Music (which MOJO magazine declared “their best album in 30 years”). The highly anticipated album drops on February 2nd, 2018 via BMG.

Walk Between Worlds was produced by Simple Minds with Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg, both of whom worked on Big Music. With its eight tracks rocketing past in 42 minutes, it is a relatively concise affair. It is also an album of two distinct sides, very much the old-school album format that singer Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill grew up with as music fans. Side One tracks such as “Summer” and “The Signal And The Noise” revisit the glassy guitars and new wave dance grooves of the post-punk era and the second half explores more cinematic sounds, with the title track and “Barrowland Star” both featuring dramatic orchestrations recorded at Abbey Road.

The album is bookended by two songs about faith, “Magic” and “Sense Of Discovery.” The first is a reflection on the desire and hunger of youth – the faith in their own abilities that Simple Minds possessed during their formative years. “Sense Of Discovery,” which features a melodic refrain that alludes to 1985’s “Alive And Kicking,” is centred on the voice of an older narrator passing on wisdom and advice to a younger individual.

One of the album’s key tracks is “Barrowland Star,” named after the iconic ballroom in the East End of Glasgow that has hosted many memorable Simple Minds shows. It’s a song that takes the band away from their traditional comfort zone, layering strings and a spellbinding Charlie guitar solo (one that reminds Jim of Mick Ronson) over some poignant words. For Jim and Charlie playing the Barrowland was always a big deal, a mixture of excitement – and fear – it felt as if they were about to engage in a prize-fight rather than simply play a rock concert.

The album artwork is by Brazilian visual artist Heitor Magno, whose work is often a surreal montage of vivid coloured imagery and black and white photography. The image he has created for Walk Between Worlds is emblematic of Simple Minds’ metamorphosis. The central character on the front cover bearing an uncanny resemblance to a young Jim Kerr – the sleeve could also be viewed as a telling throwback to the Sons And Fascination era.

Simple Minds were the standard bearers for a new kind of rock in the Eighties, when they took the art-rock invention of post-punk and constructed a musical Colossus by adding rousing choruses and a touch of Celtic soul. As they contemplate turning 40, their legacy is something to be proud of and with Walk Between Worlds their story continues to evolve.

Simple Minds will take to the road in February 2018 to premiere Walk Between Worlds in three shows, which will be in three parts: a performance of the album, a live on-stage interview and a classic Simple Minds set, which will include the band further re-imagining and exploring songs from their extensive catalogue. For fans it will be a very special, one-of-a-kind experience.

With Jim and Charlie now part of a theatrical gang of musicians that are, in Jim’s words, ‘more inspired by the likes Sly & The Family Stone than a traditional male rock band’, the tour will feature the Acoustic tour line up of: Jim and Charlie, percussionist Cherisse Osei and backing vocalist Catherine AD alongside band mainstays Ged Grimes on bass, multi-instrumentalist Gordy Goudie, and regular backing singer (and sometimes lead vocalist) Sarah Brown. ‘The whole stage set-up is now more fluid,’ says Charlie. ‘We’re working on fresh arrangements of some old songs, and there is going to be more movement between the musicians onstage. There will be time for people to digest the songs and more space for Jim to talk to the audience.’

As much as it has been a real pleasure to work on Walk Between Worlds, equally so it is thrilling to observe that the Simple Minds story continues to evolve both in the studio and on the live stage. Sensing that each of these songs are destined to become individual events when played live – we look forward to performing all of them alongside already established live classics when we set out on this next upcoming tour. – Jim Kerr

Standard Tracklist
1. Magic
2. Summer
3. Utopia
4. The Signal and The Noise
5. In Dreams
6. Barrowland Star
7. Walk Between Worlds
8. Sense Of Discovery

Deluxe Edition includes the bonus tracks:
1. Silent Kiss
2. Angel Underneath My Skin
3. Dirty Old Town (live)

Walk Between Worlds will be available on standard and deluxe CD, standard, deluxe and picture disc vinyl, digital download and stream. CLICK HERE to pre-order!

2018 UK Dates:
February 13 – Barrowland; Glasgow
February 14 – Albert Hall; Manchester
February 15 – Roundhouse; London

Tickets on sale November 24 via www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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Chris Cornell’s Theatrical Version Music Video Released For His Song “The Promise”

Chris Cornell’s Theatrical Version Music Video Released For His Song “The Promise”

Multi-Grammy® Award-winning, Golden Globe nominee Chris Cornell‘s theatrical version music video for his song “The Promise” was released yesterday by Survival Pictures. “The Promise” was Cornell’s last release prior to his passing, and it served as the theme song to this year’s film The Promise. All proceeds from the movie are being donated to various charities. Watch the video below!

Earlier this week, The Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch also introduced the inaugural Promise Award, which was inspired by the film and song that powerfully depicted the atrocities committed against the Armenian people. The award recognizes an outstanding song, television show, or film that advances the values of equity and justice in an original and powerful way. Fittingly, the inaugural honor was awarded to the late legendary singer and songwriter Chris Cornell in recognition of this song.

“Chris Cornell was not only a dear family friend for many years, but he was also a once-in-a generation talent who is missed more than words can convey. It was such an honor to collaborate and partner on The Promise over the years, said Eric Esrailian, Producer of The Promise and Co-Manager for Survival Pictures.  “His music and lyrics will not only shine a light on the Armenian Genocide and the human rights crises of modern times, but they will also inspire people and provide hope for years to come.”

The video was directed by Grammy Award winning director Meiert Avis (Audioslave, U2) and Stefan Smith (Madonna, Sting). “The Promise” is Cornell’s last music video performance.  It also includes media donated by Academy Award nominated director Evgeny Afineesvky (HBO’s Cries from Syria), UNESCO Prize for Peace Recipient SOS Méditerranée, Freshwater Films (Ross Kemp’s Libya’s Migrant Hell), Keo Films (Exodus:  Our Journey To Europe), Nazik Armenakyan (Survivors), Human Rights Watch, Refugee Rescue, and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

At the time of the song’s release Cornell said, “The Promise” to me is mainly about paying homage to those we lost in the Armenian Genocide, but it’s also about shining a light on more recent atrocities. The same methods used in the Armenian genocide were used to carry out crimes against humanity in Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and right now in Syria on multiple fronts, contributing to a massive global refugee crisis. Unfortunately, the words ‘never again’ seem like just words when we recall these mass executions of the twentieth century, as well as renewed racism and prejudice around the world. Even in the US, the warning signs – isolating groups based on race and religion – are evident. We really need to tell these stories and keep telling them in as many different ways as we can. As humans, we have a tremendous capacity to trudge ahead in our lives and not look at the difficult and challenging moments… but I think it’s important. Educating ourselves on the past is the best way to understand the present and avoid future atrocities by understanding and intervening. We must educate and stand as one to combat this fear and violence, and as citizens of the world, work to protect each other’s human rights.”

In April 2017, Cornell and his family toured refugee camps in Greece and it was there that they decided The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation would focus its efforts on child refugees and the issues affecting them including education, health and human trafficking.

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The Legendary John Oates Embraces Americana On Upcoming ‘Arkansas’ Album

The Legendary John Oates Embraces Americana On Upcoming ‘Arkansas’ Album

John Oates – Photo by Philip Murphy

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Oates has teamed with an amazing group of accomplished and rising stars in the Americana music world to bring his new album, Arkansas, to life. Scheduled for release on February 2, the project is his first for Thirty Tigers. Arkansas is available for advance order through e-retailers and a Pledge Music campaign including autographed vinyl, limited edition exclusives, hats, shirts, and more.
The project originally began as a tribute to Oates’ idol, Mississippi John Hurt. During a series of Nashville recording sessions, it evolved organically to become a unique collection drawing from a wide range of Oates’ musical influences. Asked about the style and sound of Arkansas, John says, “It’s like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues.”

The album was recorded at Addiction Studios in Nashville and produced by Oates and David Kalmusky who also engineered and mixed it. The sonic glue that cements the project is “The Good Road Band”. The impressive lineup consists of Sam Bush on mandolin, Russ Pahl on pedal steel, Guthrie Trapp on electric guitar, Steve Mackey on bass, Nathaniel Smith on cello, and Josh Day on drums and percussion.

With this incredible band, Oates shines a light on music from America’s past long before the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Fresh interpretations include the Emmett Miller classic “Anytime” from 1924 as well as the Jimmie Rodgers tune, “Miss the Mississippi and You,” from 1932. Reimagined traditional Delta, country blues and ragtime selections salute legendary artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake.

Two new original songs by Oates blend seamlessly with the traditional roots material, as well as John’s deep catalog of Daryl Hall and John Oates hits. Taken together, Oates’ music becomes a retrospective of American popular song.

ABOUT JOHN OATES
John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Daryl Hall & John Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Oates embarked on a long-awaited solo career in 1999. He has recorded six solo albums and the 2015 DVD docu-concert Another Good Road. His seventh project, Arkansas, will be released by Thirty Tigers in February.

Influenced by R&B and folk music while growing up near Philadelphia, Oates was honored as a BMI Icon in 2008. In 2016, Daryl Hall & John Oates received a star on the Hollywood of Fame. In addition to his solo shows, Oates continues to tour with Daryl Hall, playing sold-out concerts around the world. St. Martin’s Press released the hardcover of Oates’ memoir, Change of Seasons, in March 2017; the paperback will be released in 2018. Oates resides in Nashville.

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A Perfect Circle Debut Video For “The Doomed” From Forthcoming Album

A Perfect Circle Debut Video For “The Doomed” From Forthcoming Album

A Perfect Circle, who recently released “The Doomed,” the first new music to be heard from the band’s expected 2018 album, return with an accompanying video for the “apocalyptic” (Rolling Stone) track: http://smarturl.it/TheDoomedVideo.

The video, which was directed by Jeremy Danger and Travis Shinn, arrives as the band is in the final two weeks of their North American tour. A Perfect Circle also recently announced their first European tour in fourteen years (dates below).

Upon arrival of “The Doomed” (http://smarturl.it/TheDoomedVevo), Maynard James Keenan said: “Fourteen years have passed since we released eMOTIVe. A new release is long overdue. In light of this current difficult and polarized social, spiritual and political climate, we artist types need to open our big mouths and share the light a little louder.”

“Years of life experience has brought our music to this moment,” offered Billy Howerdel. “We know where we came from. Deeply connected to the path we’re on.”

A Perfect Circle have signed a worldwide recording deal with BMG and are working with producer Dave Sardy on the follow-up to 2004’s eMOTIVe.

Purchase or listen to “The Doomed” at this link: http://smarturl.it/TheDoomed.

The Doomed (Official Video) by A Perfect Circle on VEVO.

Tour dates:

November 17 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center

November 18 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center

November 19 Highland Heights, KY BB&T Arena

November 21 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre

November 22 Grand Rapids, MI The DeltaPlex Arena

November 24 Chicago, IL UIC Pavilion

November 25 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

November 28 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena

November 30 Vancouver, BC PNE Coliseum

December 1 Seattle, WA Key Arena

December 2 Portland, OR Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum

December 4 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena

June 1 Nürburgring, Germany Rock Am Ring

June 2 Nuremberg, Germany Rock Im Park

June 5 Stockholm, Sweden Fryshuset

June 6 Oslo, Norway Spektrum

June 8 Aarhus, Denmark Northridge Festival

June 9 Helsinki, Finland Sideways Festival

June 12 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo Manchester SOLD OUT

June 13 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT

June 14 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT

June 17 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle

June 20 Zurich, Switzerland Halle 622

June 23 Esch-Sur-Aizette, Luxembourg

June 26 Paris, France Olympia SOLD OUT

June 28 Madrid, Spain Download Festival Madrid

June 29 Barcelona, Spain Be Prog! My Friend Festival

July 1 Verona, Italy Rock The Castle

The band’s current line-up is Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer), Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), James Iha (Tinted Windows, ex-Smashing Pumpkins), Jeff Friedl (Puscifer, The Beta Machine) and Matt McJunkins (Eagles of Death Metal, The Beta Machine).

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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry To Release ‘Switzerland Manifesto’ Solo Album On January 19th!

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry To Release ‘Switzerland Manifesto’ Solo Album On January 19th!

JOE PERRY–legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith–is readying his new solo album SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO for release on January 19, 2018.

Due out on his own Roman Records imprint (distributed worldwide by AMPED Distribution), SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO marks JOE’s sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks. They were all written or co-written by JOE (many with the album’s guest vocalists), except for a cover of “Eve Of Destruction” with JOE on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums. The album features guest appearances from a long list of JOE’s friends, colleagues and rock and roll icons.  Highlights include “Aye, Aye, Aye,” which JOE co-wrote with the track’s vocalist Robin Zander,and three collaborations with David Johansen, who sings “I Wanna Roll,” “Haberdasher Blues,” and “I’m Going Crazy,” plus as many co-writes with Terry Reid whose lead vocals light up “I’ll Do Happiness,” (with Zak Starkey on drums), “Sick & Tired” and “Won’t Let Me Go.”

SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO was recorded at Studio 1480 in Los Angeles and produced by JOE PERRY and Bruce Witkin, with Johnny Depp serving as executive producer and additional help from Jack Douglas who co-wrote and co-produced a number of tracks.  It was engineered by Witkin and Tony Perry.  The album was mixed by Tony Perry with Ari Blitz serving as assistant mix engineer at After Master in Los Angeles.  On the album, JOE also teams up with sons Tony and Roman on “Spanish Sushi,” which was produced and arranged by The Perry Boys with JOE on guitars and bass, Roman adding synthesizer programming and Tony handling drum programming.

“It’s going to be interesting to see what songs people gravitate to because there’s such a wide variety of tunes,” JOE notes.

The SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO track listing is as follows:

Rumble In The Jungle (instrumental)
I’ll Do Happiness (featuring Terry Reid)
Aye, Aye, Aye (featuring Robin Zander)
I Wanna Roll (featuring David Johansen)
Sick & Tired (featuring Terry Reid)
Haberdasher Blues (featuring David Johansen)
Spanish Sushi (instrumental)
Eve Of Destruction (featuring Joe Perry)
I’m Going Crazy (featuring David Johansen)
Won’t Let Me Go (featuring Terry Reid)

About JOE PERRY:
Throughout his career, the electrifying lead guitarist of Aerosmith–America’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band–JOE PERRY has achieved permanent iconic stature in the pantheon of rock.  He has helped to drive his band, over the course of four decades, to sales of more than 150 million albums, critical acclaim, four Grammy Awards (one of which includes the guitar-based instrumental “Boogie Man”) and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. JOE PERRY’s work with Aerosmith has resulted in an unending array of accolades and honors. Beyond their Grammy Awards and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, other key milestones over the nearly 50 year history include:  12 MTV Video Awards; two People’s Choice Awards; six Billboard Music Awards; eight American Music Awards; 23 Boston Music Awards; and an Academy Award nomination for Best Song, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (from the soundtrack to Armageddon).

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Morrissey Biopic, “England Is Mine,” To Hit Blu-ray On December 12th

Morrissey Biopic, “England Is Mine,” To Hit Blu-ray On December 12th

ENGLAND IS MINE is a new drama about the early days of Morrissey, the iconic pop star and original front man for the seminal band, The Smiths. Directed by Academy Award® and BAFTA-nominee Mark Gill, the film stars Jack Lowden as the artist formerly known as Steven Patrick Morrissey and Jessica Brown Findlay of “Downton Abbey” fame as his soul mate and muse.

Set in Thatcher’s Britain of the 70’s and 80’s, a time when working class Manchester was beset by unemployment and riots, the film tells the story of 17 year-old Steven (Lowden), a painfully shy, intellectually precocious loner who lives for, and writes about, the burgeoning local music scene-a surprisingly vibrant subculture in an otherwise drab industrial city. Too intimidated to join that scene, he writes reviews from the sidelines, imagining what he would do if he were on stage. When one of his write-ups is noticed by kindred spirit Linder Sterling (Brown Findlay), an aspiring painter, the two become fast friends, and she pushes him to form a band and take to the stage. Steven finally works up the courage to book a club date, and performs a dazzling cover of an old girl-group standard. This is the first time the world gets to hear the distinctive, emotion-filled voice that would eventually propel him to stardom.

That very night, a manager reaches out with an offer. Unfortunately, it’s only for guitarist Billy, not the lead singer, meaning Steven will be left behind. His dreams of a musical career vanish and he’s left with nothing but wasted days at a soul-crushing civil servant job, and lonely nights holed up in the same bedroom he’s slept in his whole life. Only his mother’s unwavering belief in his talent, and Linder’s constant reminder-“be yourself, everyone else is taken”-give him the strength to keep trying to become the artist he was always meant to be.

Brian Perera, founder of Cleopatra Entertainment, says “Our company has deep roots in music, so we couldn’t more excited to bring this film over here to US audiences and to Morrissey’s enormous fan base.”

Director Gill, who also wrote the screenplay (with William Thacker), burst onto the international film scene with his 2011 short film, “The Voorman Problem,” which earned him an Academy Award-nomination for Best Live Action short, as well as a BAFTA nomination. Lowden’s stage work (which has already earned him the UK’s highest honor, the Olivier Award) was recently featured in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” and films such as “A United Kingdom” and “’71.”

Since capturing, and breaking, hearts as Lady Sybil in the smash success “Downton Abbey,” Brown Findlay has also been seen in “Winter’s Tale,” “The Riot Club” and “Victor Frankenstein.”

Baldwin Li, Gill’s producer and fellow “Voorman” Oscar-nominee, produced ENGLAND IS MINEalong with Orian Williams, producer of Anton Corbijn’s “Control,” the multi-award-winning biopic of Ian Curtis and the band Joy Division.

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Walking Papers (Duff McKagan, Jefferson Angell, Benjamin Anderson, Barrett Martin) To Release Sophomore Album, ‘WP2,’ On January 19th!

Walking Papers (Duff McKagan, Jefferson Angell, Benjamin Anderson, Barrett Martin) To Release Sophomore Album, ‘WP2,’ On January 19th!

Walking Papers (L-R: Jefferson Angell, Barrett Martin, Duff McKaganBenjamin Anderson) – Photo by Dean Karr

Seattle’s Walking Papers, featuring Jefferson Angell (The Missionary Position), Benjamin Anderson (both of The Missionary Position) Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season) and will release the moody and carnal WP2, their second album with Loud & Proud Records on January 19, 2018. Fans can get a taste of WP2 by watching a snippet HERE.

“This record has exceeded my expectations of what I thought that might be,” says Jefferson Angell. “It perfectly captures the raw, explosive energy of a band primed from extensive touring while at the same time achieving the polish and elevation that comes from experimenting in the studio.”

WP2 is the follow up to their 2013 critically acclaimed debut album that Rolling Stonecalled “…dark, alternately sensual and sinister.”  USA Today said, “Sometimes an album sounds nothing like you expect yet still blows you away… It’s powerful yet nuanced, a kind of rock confident enough in itself that it rarely needs force to make its point.” Consequence Of Sound said, “It’s a record that largely eschews typical hard rock fare, opting instead for a blues rock that slinks and wafts as much as it crunches and blusters. This unlikely dynamic makes Walking Papers a pink slip you’ll actually be happy to get.” VH1 described the band’s sound as, “…weathered, bluesy and broken in by years of experience. This is hard rock as made by grown ass men with stories to tell and no one to please but themselves.”

“Walking Papers is happier than a tornado in a trailer park to have our second record see the light of day via Loud & Proud Records,” says Angell.  “It’s been a white-knuckled nail-biter since its conception, and we are pleased to have Tom and Madelyn behind the wheel as we make our way to the delivery room!”

Walking Papers will also be launching a PledgeMusic campaign for pre-orders todayHERE.  There fans will find exclusive offers for merchandise, unique items and experiences with the band, and the only place to purchase the song This Is How It Ends along with its companion comic book by Angell, graphic novelist Matt Hayward, and artist Csaba Master.

Walking Papers

Jefferson Angell – Vocals, Guitar

Barrett Martin – Drums, Vibes, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Duff McKagan – Bass

Benjamin Anderson – Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Walking Papers WP2 Track Listing:

1. My Luck Pushed Back
2. Death On The Lips
3. Red & White
4.Somebody Else
5. Yours Completely
6. Hard To Look Away
7. Before You Arrived
8. Don’t Owe Me Nothin’
9. This Is How It Ends
10. I Know You’re Lying
11. Into The Truth

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Classic Punk Rockumentary ‘D.O.A.: A Right Of Passage’ To Hit Theaters and Blu-ray

Classic Punk Rockumentary ‘D.O.A.: A Right Of Passage’ To Hit Theaters and Blu-ray

D.O.A.: A Right Of Passage is the ground-breaking classic rockumentary about the origin of punk rock. The film will be coming to select theaters in mid-November, and will also be available in a collector’s edition Blu-ray + DVD package.

“High Times is pleased to finally uncover and restore this extraordinary, vintage film – D.O.A.,” said High Times owner and CEO Adam Levin.

The vision for the film can be attributed to two people: Tom Forcade (the founder of High Times magazine) and filmmaker Lech Kowalski (East of Paradise). The production centered around the Sex Pistols 1978 tour of the US, which ended with the group breaking up. Forcade and Kowalski followed the band with handheld cameras through the clubs and bars during their seven-city U.S. tour.

Mixing this with footage of other contemporary bands, trends in the fashion capitals and punks of all shapes and colors, the film makers captured a grainy, stained snapshot of the punk movement at its peak (which includes the now famous footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in bed) along with rare interview and concert footage of the late seventies punk rock music scene.

As John Holmstrom, Founding Editor of PUNK Magazine, writes in his liner notes:
“D.O.A., the original 1950 film noir and A Rite of Passage’s namesake, was about a dead man walking who wanted to get revenge on his killers. This aptly describes D.O.A.: A Rite of Passage, which was made by a man who killed himself a few months later, who wanted to get revenge on his tormentors: corporate and government control of rock music and youth culture.”

For Holmstrom’s complete story, go HERE.

With live performances by the Sex Pistols, The Dead Boys, Generation X (with Billy Idol), The Rich Kids, the X-Ray Spex, and Sham 69, along with additional music from The Clash, Iggy Pop, this iconic documentary is now available for the first time ever on disc!

Screenings:
11/15-11/16 – Phoenix, AZ – FilmBar
11/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Hollywood Theater
11/17 – Dallas, TX – Texas Theater
11/21 – Baltimore, MD – Parkway Theater
11/29 – Iowa City, IA – FilmScene
12/1 + 12/3 – Boston, MA – Brattle (Cambridge, MA)
12/4 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theater
12/11 – Nashville, TN – Belcourt
12/18 – Maitland, FL – Enzian
1/3 – Yonkers, NY – Alamo Drafthouse
1/12 – Tulsa, OK – Circle Cinema
1/12-1/14 – Seattle, WA – Northwest Film Forum
1/15 – San Francisco, CA – Alamo Drafthouse
1/15 – Denver, CO – Alamo Sloans Lake
1/18 – Louisville, KY – Speed Museum

Bonus Materials:
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the main feature
– Original 2.0 Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
– 12 page booklet with liner notes written by John Holmstrom, founding editor of PUNK Magazine
– ‘Dead On Arrival: The Punk Documentary That Almost Never Was’ – A feature length documentary about the making of D.O.A. A Rite of Passage produced by award-winning filmmaker (and former MTV Senior Producer) Richard Schenkman (HD)
– Reversible artwork
– 2-Sided Poster included
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– Limited Edition Retro ‘Video Store Style’ Slipcover / O-Card (First Pressing Only)
– Rare Sex Pistols photo gallery

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Greta Van Fleet Unleashes Their Powerful “From The Fires” EP Today!

Greta Van Fleet Unleashes Their Powerful “From The Fires” EP Today!

L-R: Danny Wagner (drums), Josh Kiszka (vocals), Sam Kiszka (bass, keyboards), Jake Kiszka (guitars)

Credited as the breakout rock band of 2017, today Greta Van Fleet – Josh Kiszka/ vocals, Jake Kiszka/guitars, Sam Kiszka/bass & keys, Danny Wagner/drums – celebrates the release of its double EP From The Fires  (Lava/ Republic Records), available digitally and as a physical disc.  For a taste, check out the brand new “A Change Is Gonna Come” here.  Use this link to access the entire release via outlets like iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, more.

The eight-track From The Fires combines four new tracks recorded in September at Rust Belt Studios in Detroit – two GVF original songs, “Talk on the Street” and “Edge of Darkness,” and two covers, Sam Cooke’s emotional “A Change Is Gonna Come” and “Meet On The Ledge” by the late 60’s folk rock band Fairport Convention – with the four songs from the band’s debut EP, Black Smoke Rising, released earlier this year.  From The Fires was produced by the same duo that helmed Black Smoke Rising, Al Sutton and Marlon Young.   As Greta Van Fleet vocalist Josh Kiszka said, “These eight songs belong together as they share a theme of basic humanity.”

The ‘From The Fires’ track listing is as follows:
1. Safari Song
2. Edge of Darkness
3. Flower Power
4. A Change Is Gonna Come
5. Highway Tune
6. Meet On The Ledge
7. Talk On the Street
8. Black Smoke Rising

The four new recordings shine a light on some of the band members’ earliest musical influences, the blues, soul and funk of artists like Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, Sam & Dave, Howlin’ Wolf and Wilson Pickett.  As Screamer magazine said in its From The Fires review, “These new tunes show how much Greta Van Fleet is really capable of and how deep the talent runs.”

According to Josh, “Edge of Darkness” is about “the bravery behind the compassion that we feel for each other.  One of the lyrics is ‘I’ve got love in my heart,’ and I think, as a global community, it’s a spiritual thing to share all that we have together.  Giving love is giving power.”

Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” is one that has special meaning for the band.  When Josh and twin brother/guitarist Jake first heard it, they thought it was a song they’d like to cover, but never did.  Fast forward a few years and ironically, co-producer Marlon Young suggested they cover it for this release.  “All of us are very affected by oppression of any type,” said Josh, “cultural, racial, sexual.  I’ve never experienced what Sam Cooke did so I have to admit, it was a little difficult for me, getting behind the mic, but I did it because singing this song meant a lot to me.”  As Icon vs Icon wrote about this track, “This is where the group truly shows they are like no other.  This isn’t simply a rock song, or even blues, it’s a gospel ballad that will move even the toughest soul.”

Josh has always connected with folk songs, with their beautiful melodies and harmonies and is a big fan of late ’60s folk-rock groups like Spyro Gyra, Pentangle and Fairport Convention.  “Meet On The Ledge was composed by Fairport Convention’s Richard Thompson.  “I was on a train going to New York,” he recalls, “and on the way, I listened to an entire decade of Fairport Convention’s music.  ‘Meet On The Ledge’ was the fourth or fifth track I heard and it caught me by surprise.  I was absolutely entranced, the verse and chorus blew my mind.”

About “Talk On The Street,” Josh describes it as “a fun song, full of catchy riffs and dynamic drums, kind of an ambiguous wild ride, a real rock’n’roll song.”

Greta Van Fleet will do some writing and recording this month, take some well-deserved time off for Thanksgiving, and then hit the last weeks of its first-ever U.S. tour – with all headline dates sold out in advance – on November 30 at Lincoln Hall in Chicago.  Dates are below.

November
30- Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL – SOLD OUT

December
1 – Limelight Eventplex, Peoria, IL (GVF co-headline) – SOLD OUT
2 – Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE – SOLD OUT
5 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY – SOLD OUT
6 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY – SOLD OUTT
12 – Capone’s, Johnson City, TN – SOLD OUT
14 – Delmar Hall, St. Louis, MO – SOLD OUT
15 – Granada Theatre, Lawrence, KS – SOLD OUT
16 – Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA – SOLD OUT
18 – Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN – SOLD OUT
19 – Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN – SOLD OUT
28 – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI – SOLD OUT
29 – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI – SOLD OUT
30 – Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI – SOLD OUT

ABOUT GRETA VAN FLEET
Greta Van Fleet is four young musicians, brothers Josh (vocals), Jake (guitar) and Sam (bass/keys) Kiszka, and best friend Danny Wagner (drums).  Josh and Jake have just turned 21, Danny and Sam are 18.  They’re all from the tiny Michigan hamlet of Frankenmuth known for its family-style chicken dinners and the world’s largest Christmas store.  All four were raised on their parents’ extensive vinyl collections (shared influences are Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, The Who, Jimi Hendrix), and were encouraged to be creative, daring and innovative.  Each band member has killer musical chops and Josh has a voice that is simply jaw dropping.  The band is making some of the most exciting, high-energy, sweaty, sexy rock’n’roll heard in a long time, and are bound and determined to bring real rock’n’roll back to the mainstream.

With their debut single “Highway Tune” spending five weeks as the #1 track at Mainstream Rock radio, more than 4.5-million YouTube views for the companion music video, 7.4-million Spotify plays, their first-ever tour of the U.S. completely sold out, and spectacular praise from the media, Greta Van Fleet is – in just a few months – as hot a developing band as one can be.

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The Legendary Alice Cooper Nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

The Legendary Alice Cooper Nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

Rock icon Alice Cooper‘s catalog is rich with hits and anthems that have become definitive of a generation, among them “School’s Out,” “Elected,” No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “I’m Eighteen,” “Only Women Bleed,” “You And Me,” “I Never Cry,” “How You Gonna See Me Now,” and “Poison.” Due to this illustrious history and legacy, Cooper has been nominated for induction in the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious “Performing Songwriter” category.

Listen to the “This is Alice Cooper” Playlist on Spotify here.

Many of Alice’s songs have been covered worldwide by other artists, everyone from Etta James, Elkie Brooks, Tina Turner, and Julie Covington to Anthrax, Joan Jett, Def Leppard, and Megadeth.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world. To qualify for induction, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs. Inductees will be feted at the organization’s Annual Induction & Awards Gala on June 14, 2018, in New York City.

Cooper released his 27th album Paranormal this past July via earMUSIC.

Listen Paranormal on Spotify here.

Paranormal features special guests such as U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., who plays on 9 of the 12 new songs; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top; and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, as well as a long-anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members on several songs.

Additionally, Cooper, who is currently wrapping up a seven-month world tour in Europe, running from November 8 through December 7, will be back on the road in 2018 for a North American trek, dubbed “A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper.” The tour kicks off on March 1 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and runs through March 29 in Indianapolis.

Further information about all Alice Cooper tour dates is here.

ALICE COOPER ON TOUR:
3/1/18 — Windsor, ON —The Colosseum at Caesar’s
3/2/18  — Rama, ON  — Casino Rama
3/4/18  — Baltimore, MD  — The Lyric Theatre
3/5/18  — Englewood, NJ — Bergen Performing Arts Center
3/6/18 — Boston, MA — Boch Center Wang Theatre
3/8/18 — Uncasville, CT — Mohegan Sun Arena
3/9/18 — Morristown, NJ — Mayo Performing Arts Center
3/10/18  — Wilkes-Barre, PA — FM Kirby Center
3/13/18 —  Moline, IL   — TaxSlayer Center
3/14/18  —  Madison, WI  — Orpheum Theater
3/15/18  — South Bend, IN  — Morris Performing Arts Center#
3/17/18  —  Cherokee, NC —   Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center
3/18/18  — Jacksonville, FL  — Florida Theatre
3/20/18  — Melbourne, FL  — King Center
3/21/18 —  Ft. Lauderdale, FL  — Broward Center for The Performing Arts
3/23/18  — Clearwater, FL  —  Ruth Eckerd Hall
3/24/18   — Orlando, FL  —  Hard Rock Live
3/26/18  — Greenville, SC  — Bon Secours Wellness Arena
3/28/18  — Louisville, KY  — Palace Theatre
3/29/18  —  Indianapolis, IN  — Murat Theatre
#On Sale 11/17

Paranormal on iTunes
Paranormal on Amazon

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