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Meat Loaf To Release New Album “Braver Than We Are” On September 16th

Meat Loaf To Release New Album “Braver Than We Are” On September 16th

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Grammy Award-winning musician and acclaimed film, TV and stage actor Meat Loaf is readying the release of his highly-anticipated new album “Braver Than We Are” for 429 Records. Working closely again with longtime collaborator Jim Steinman—a key to the magic of multi-platinum selling albums “Bat Out of Hell” and “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell”—Meat has recorded ten songs in tandem with Steinman, producer Paul Crook and The Neverland Express, which includes John Miceli (drums), Paul Crook (guitars, loops, synths), Randy Flowers (guitars, vocals), David Luther (sax, B3 organ, strings, horn arrangements), Justin Avery (piano, synths, strings, backing vocal arrangements), Danny Miranda (bass), Stacy Michelle (vocals) and Cian Coey (vocals). Guest musician Ricky Medlocke provided the slide guitar solo on “Train of Love.” The tracks on “Braver Than We Are” were written by Steinman, featuring the first song he ever wrote in a storied career to the most recent. While Crook produced the album, Steinman acted as creative consultant throughout the recording process working alongside Paul and Meat from beginning to end, sending suggestions, adding verses and contributing opinions on every aspect. The first single to radio, “Going All The Way,” streaming now at RollingStone.com, showcases a reunion with vocalists Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito decades after their first performances on the smash hit “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” 429 Records will release “Braver Than We Are” digitally, on CD and vinyl in Europe on September 9 and the U.S. and rest of the world on September 16.

In a career spanning over four decades, “Braver Than We Are” is Meat Loaf’s fourth album featuring songs exclusively written by Jim Steinman.” With a painting featuring Meat and Jim together for the first time gracing the cover, the album hearkens back to the hugely successful Meat-Steinman collaborations “Bat Out of Hell” (1977) and “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell” (1993), which together sold over 67 million units. “Braver Than We Are” is a testament to Meat’s artistic rapport with Steinman. The songwriter’s strikingly vivid style matched with Meat’s incomparable talents not to mention his wit and grandiosity, results in the two successfully connecting with audiences on an epic scale.

“It’s a tribute to Jim Steinman really,” said Meat Loaf. “It’s a tribute to both of us and our work together.”

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“Braver Than We Are” track listing:

  1. Who Needs The Young
  2. Going All The Way
  3. Speaking In Tongues
  4. Loving You Is A Dirty Job
  5. Souvenirs
  6. Only When I Feel
  7. More
  8. Godz
  9. Skull of Your Country
  10. Train of Love

To Purchase “Braver Than We Are” visit:
iTunes Bonus Edition / Coming soon

Target CD with 3 Bonus Tracks

Amazon CD+DVD Bonus edition, Limited Edition Autographed LP
Deluxe CD/DVD

Autographed Vinyl

Walmart Limited Edition autographed CD / Coming soon

Best Buy

Barnes and Noble CD & Colored Vinyl Exclusive

Meat Loaf on Tour:
Jun 23 Penticton, Canada | South Okanagan Events Centre
Jun 25 Victoria, Canada | Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Jun 28 Abbotsford, Canada | Abbotsford Centre
Jun 30 Calgary, Canada | Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Jul 02 Moose Jaw, Canada | Mosaic Place

More U.S. and European tour dates will be announced soon.

About Meat Loaf:
Whether he’s on tape, on screen or the performance stage, Meat Loaf’s powerful presence is always felt in grand style. The Grammy® Award-winning musical titan exploded onto the scene with the breakout album, “Bat Out of Hell” in 1977. It has remained one of the top-selling albums in the world. Celebrated as one of the most extraordinary performers of all-time, Meat Loaf has appeared on Broadway and appeared in numerous films and television shows ranging from The Rocky Horror Picture ShowCrazy in Alabama, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, and Fight Club to House, M.D.Masters of Horror, Hallmark’s Citizen JaneMonkCelebrity Apprentice, and Glee. The iconic performer continues to take center stage before packed concerts crowds, get rave reviews and generate international headlines. For more information, visit meatloaf.net.

About 429 Records:
429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company with an extensive roster of leading rock, blues, jazz, classical and world recording artists. SLG is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, visit 429records.com.

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The Beach Boys Announce ‘Made In California’ 6 CD Collection For 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Beach Boys Announce ‘Made In California’ 6 CD Collection For 50th Anniversary Celebration

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The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys have opened their archives for a new career-spanning, six-CD collection titled Made In California, capping the legendary band’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. To be released worldwide on August 27 (August 26 outside of North America) by Capitol/UMe, Made In California features more than seven and a half hours of music, including more than 60 previously unreleased tracks. The deluxe set is presented in a high school annual-inspired hardbound book with personal recollections from the band’s members, replicated classic artwork and memorabilia, photos from the band’s archive, and handwritten yearbook-style inscriptions from Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks.

Produced by The Beach Boys and The SMiLE Sessions’ GRAMMY® Award-winning team of Mark Linett, Alan Boyd, and Dennis Wolfe, Made In California chronologically charts the 50-year career of America’s Band, from their earliest demos to their most recent recordings. With huge hits and rare gems including never-before-released original songs, home demos, alternate takes and mixes, and live concert, television and radio performances, the set showcases the breadth and diversity of The Beach Boys’ recorded catalog and illustrates the band’s unique and evocative West Coast story. From “Surfin’ Safari” to “God Only Knows,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “Good Vibrations” to “Kokomo,” The Beach Boys’ canon boasts a masterful versatility that is unparalleled in American popular music.

Made In California’s memorabilia includes Brian Wilson’s 1959 high school essay titled “My Philosophy,” which is reproduced in the collection’s book in its original handwritten form (the original is currently on display in The GRAMMY Museum’s yearlong Beach Boys exhibit celebrating the band’s 50-year career). In the essay, Wilson expresses his wish for a satisfying life, writing, “I don’t want to settle for a mediocre life, but make a name for myself in my life’s work, which I hope will be music.”

“This box set captures the evolution of a dream which started with a family singing Everly Brothers songs around a piano, to creating the harmonies that fans would carry in their hearts for a lifetime,” said Mike Love. “Seeing these photos and rediscovering some of this music, I’m reminded of the immense love I feel for Brian, Dennis, Carl, Bruce, Al, and David. I’m still floored that our stories continue to inspire new generations to catch a wave and ride it is long as it lasts.”

Made In California’s previously unreleased and long sought-after recordings include “Goin’ To The Beach,” “California Feelin’,” “Soul Searchin’,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” and “You’re Still A Mystery,” among others. The set also debuts 17 unreleased live recordings, including “Runaway” (1965), “Friends” and “Little Bird” (1968), “Wild Honey” (1972), “It’s About Time” (1973), “Wonderful” and “Vegetables” from The Beach Boys’ legendary 1993 acoustic tour, and a 1995 rendition of “Sail On, Sailor” featuring a soulful lead vocal by the late Carl Wilson. The greatly missed talents of Carl and Dennis Wilson are also celebrated with rare and previously unreleased recordings including Dennis’ “(Wouldn’t It Be Nice To) Live Again,” “Barnyard Blues” and “My Love Lives On,” Carl’s lead vocals on “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Soul Searchin’,” and Carl’s shared lead with Bruce and Brian on “California Feelin’.”

The set also features a special ‘From The Vaults’ disc of rarities selected by the band and the producers with longtime Beach Boys fans in mind. Among the disc’s highlights are a cappella mixes of standout vocal recordings for songs including “This Whole World” and “Slip On Through,” alternate versions of “Don’t Worry Baby” and other Beach Boys classics, session highlights and instrumental tracks, plus newly-discovered BBC Radio live recordings from 1964 of “Wendy,” “When I Grow Up (To Be A Man),” and “Hushabye.”

One of the most iconic bands in popular music history and America’s first pop band to reach the 50 year milestone, The Beach Boys have performed and recorded the world’s favorite soundtrack to summer since 1961. Founded that year in Hawthorne, California, The Beach Boys were originally comprised of the three teenaged Wilson brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine. In 1962, neighbor David Marks joined the group for their first wave of hits with Capitol Records, leaving in late 1963, and in 1965, Bruce Johnston joined the band when Brian Wilson retired from touring to focus on writing and producing for the group.

Last year’s reunion of Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks for a new studio album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, and The Beach Boys’ 50th Anniversary Tour, the band’s first major outing to include Wilson in more than two decades, made headlines around the world as one of the year’s top entertainment stories.

Released last June, That’s Why God Made The Radio was the band’s 29th studio album (including 2011’s SMiLE Sessions), and the first in decades to feature all of the band’s surviving original members. Produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love, the album bowed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the band’s highest-ever album chart debut.

The sold-out tour took The Beach Boys to more than 70 cities around the world, including their first concert at the Hollywood Bowl since 1965, headlining performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, and tour-closing concerts at London’s O2 Arena and Royal Albert Hall. In a review of the landmark tour’s first concert, Rolling Stone recognized the band’s deep well of signature songs, noting, “It’s not until a band like the Beach Boys runs through their hits back-to-back in rapid succession that you realize just how many hits they’ve had.” On May 21, Capitol/UMe released The Beach Boys’ new concert album, Live – The 50th Anniversary Tour, a 2CD and digital collection of 41 standout recordings from the acclaimed tour.

The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin’ Safari, that same year. The album spent 37 weeks on the Billboard chart, launching the young group known for its shimmering vocal harmonies and relaxed California style into international stardom. The Wilson/Love collaboration resulted in many huge international chart hits, and the band’s initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include other themes, making The Beach Boys America’s preeminent band of the 1960s.

In 1966, The Beach Boys were one of the first bands to found its own record label with the launch of Brother Records, Inc. (BRI), with the band’s members as its shareholders and Capitol Records as its distribution partner. BRI continues to manage The Beach Boys’ intellectual property, including the band’s catalog with Capitol/UMe and other label partners, as well as its name, artwork/logos, image and likeness.

The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36). ‘Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys’ has achieved triple-Platinum sales status, and ‘The SMiLE Sessions,’ released to worldwide critical acclaim in November 2011, won a GRAMMY® Award for Best Historical Album and was heralded as the year’s Best Reissue by Rolling Stone magazine.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys are an American institution that is iconic around the world.

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The Beach Boys: Made In California

** Previously unreleased songs, tracks and mixes in bold italics

CD 1

1. Home Recordings / “Surfin'” Rehearsal Highlights (2012 Edit – Mono)

2. Surfin’ (with Session Intro – Mono)

3. Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring (Demo – Mono)

4. Surfin’ Safari (Original Mono Long Version)

5. 409 (Original Mono Long Version)

6. Lonely Sea (Original Mono Mix)

7. Surfin’ U.S.A.

8. Shut Down (2003 Stereo Mix)

9. Surfer Girl

10. Little Deuce Coupe

11. Catch A Wave

12. Our Car Club

13. Surfers Rule (with Session Intro)

14. In My Room

15. Back Home

16. Be True To Your School (Mono Single Version)

17. Ballad Of Ole’ Betsy

18. Little Saint Nick (Stereo Single Version)

19. Fun, Fun, Fun (Mono Single Version)

20. Little Honda

21. Don’t Worry Baby (2009 Stereo Mix)

22. Why Do Fools Fall In Love (2009 Stereo Mix)

23. The Warmth Of The Sun

24. I Get Around (with Session Intro – Mono)

25. Wendy (2007 Stereo Mix)

26. All Summer Long (2007 Stereo Mix)

27. Girls On The Beach

28. Don’t Back Down

29. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) (2012 Stereo Mix)

30. All Dressed Up For School (Mono)

31. Please Let Me Wonder (2007 Stereo Mix)

32. Kiss Me, Baby (2000 Stereo Mix)

33. In The Back of My Mind (2012 Stereo Mix)

34. Dance, Dance, Dance (2003 Stereo Mix)

CD 2

1. Do You Wanna Dance (2012 Stereo Mix)

2. Help Me, Rhonda (Mono Single Version)

3. California Girls (2002 Stereo Mix)

4. Amusement Parks USA (Early Version)

5. Salt Lake City (2001 Stereo Mix)

6. Let Him Run Wild (2007 Stereo Mix)

7. Graduation Day (Session Excerpt and Master Take, 2012 Mix)

8. The Little Girl I Once Knew (Mono)

9. There’s No Other (Like My Baby) (2012 “Unplugged” Mix with Party Session Intro)

10. Barbara Ann (2012 Stereo Mix)

11. Radio Spot “Wonderful KYA” (Mono)

12. Sloop John B (1996 Stereo Mix)

13. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (2001 Stereo Mix)

14. God Only Knows (1996 Stereo Mix)

15. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (1996 Stereo Mix)

16. Caroline No (1996 Stereo Mix)

17. Good Vibrations (Mono)

18. Our Prayer (2012 “Smile Sessions” Stereo Mix)

19. Heroes And Villains: Part 1 (“Smile Sessions” Mix – Mono)

20. Heroes And Villains: Part 2 (“Smile Sessions” Mix – Mono)

21. Vega-Tables (“Smile Sessions” Stereo Mix)

22. Wind Chimes (“Smile Sessions” Stereo Mix)

23. The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow) (“Smile Sessions” Mix – Mono)

24. Cabin Essence (“Smile Sessions” Mix – Mono)

25. Heroes And Villains (2012 Stereo Mix)

26. Wonderful (2012 Stereo Mix)

27. Country Air (2012 Stereo Mix)

28. Wild Honey (2012 Stereo Mix)

CD 3

1. Darlin’ (2012 Stereo Mix)

2. Let The Wind Blow (2001 Stereo Mix)

3. Meant For You (Alternate Version)

4. Friends

5. Little Bird

6. Busy Doin’ Nothin’

7. Sail Plane Song (2012 Stereo Mix)

8. We’re Together Again (2012 Stereo Mix)

9. Radio Spot “Murray The K” (Mono)

10. Do It Again (2012 Stereo Mix)

11. Old Man River (Vocal Section)

12. Be With Me

13. I Can Hear Music

14. Time To Get Alone

15. I Went To Sleep

16. Can’t Wait Too Long (A Cappella)

17. Break Away (Alternate Version)

18. Celebrate The News

19. Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) (Single Version, 2001 Stereo Mix)

20. Susie Cincinnati (2012 Mix)

21. Good Time

22. Slip On Through

23. Add Some Music To Your Day

24. This Whole World

25. Forever

26. It’s About Time

27. Soulful Old Man Sunshine

28. Fallin’ In Love (2009 Stereo Mix)

29. Sound Of Free (Mono Single Version)

30. ‘Til I Die

31. Surf’s Up

CD 4

1. Don’t Go Near The Water

2. Disney Girls (1957)

3. Feel Flows

4. (Wouldn’t It Be Nice To) Live Again

5. Marcella

6. All This Is That

7. Sail On Sailor

8. The Trader

9. California Saga (On My Way To Sunny Californ-I-A)

10. Rock And Roll Music (2012 Mix w/Extra Verse)

11. It’s OK (Alternate Mix)

12. Had To Phone Ya

13. Let Us Go On This Way

14. I’ll Bet He’s Nice

15. Solar System

16. The Night Was So Young

17. It’s Over Now (Alternate Mix)

18. Come Go With Me

19. California Feelin’

20. Brian’s Back (Alternate Mix)

21. Good Timin’

22. Angel Come Home

23. Baby Blue

24. It’s A Beautiful Day (Single Edit) (2012 Mix)

25. Goin’ To The Beach

CD 5

1. Goin’ On

2. Why Don’t They Let Us Fall In Love

3. Da Doo Ron Ron

4. Getcha Back

5. California Dreamin’

6. Kokomo

7. Soul Searchin’

8. You’re Still A Mystery

9. That’s Why God Made The Radio

10. Isn’t It Time (Single Version)

THE BEACH BOYS LIVE:

11. Runaway (Chicago 1965 – w/Concert Promo Intro – Mono)

12. You’re So Good To Me (Paris 1966 – Mono)

13. The Letter (Hawaii Rehearsal 1967)

14. Friends (Chicago 1968 – Mono)

15. Little Bird (Chicago 1968 – Mono)

16. All I Want To Do (London 1968)

17. Help Me, Rhonda (New Jersey 1972)

18. Wild Honey (New Jersey 1972)

19. Only With You (New York 1972)

20. It’s About Time (Chicago 1973)

21. I Can Hear Music (Maryland 1975)

22. Vegetables (New York 1993)

23. Wonderful (New York 1993)

24. Sail On Sailor (Louisville 1995)

25. Summer In Paradise (Wembley 1993)

CD 6

FROM THE VAULTS:

1. Radio Spot (1966 – Mono)

2. Slip On Through (A Cappella Mix)

3. Don’t Worry Baby (Stereo Session Outtake w/ Alternate Lead Vocal)

4. Pom Pom Play Girl (Vocal Session Highlight)

5. Guess I’m Dumb (Instrumental Track w/Background Vocals)

6. Sherry She Needs Me (1965 Track w/1976 Vocal)

7. Mona Kana (Instrumental Track)

8. This Whole World (A Cappella)

9. Where Is She?

10. Had To Phone Ya (Instrumental Track)

11. SMiLE Backing Vocals Montage (from “The Smile Sessions”)

12. Good Vibrations (Stereo Track Sections)

13. Be With Me (Demo)

14. I Believe In Miracles (Vocal Section)

15. Why (Instrumental Track)

16. Barnyard Blues

17. Don’t Go Near The Water (Instrumental Track)

18. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

19. Transcendental Meditation (Instrumental Track)

20. Our Sweet Love (Vocals w/Strings)

21. Back Home (1970 Version)

22. California Feelin’ (Original Demo)

23. California Girls (“Lei’d In Hawaii” Studio Version)

24. Help You, Rhonda (“Lei’d In Hawaii” Studio Version)

25. Surf’s Up (1967 Version) (2012 Mix)

26. My Love Lives On

27. Radio Spot (1964 – Mono)

28. Wendy (BBC – Live in the Studio 1964 – Mono)

29. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) (BBC – Live in the Studio 1964 – Mono)

30. Hushabye (BBC – Live in the Studio 1964 – Mono)

31. Carl Wilson: Coda (2013 Edit)

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Rock Legend John Fogerty To Publish Memoir In 2014

Rock Legend John Fogerty To Publish Memoir In 2014

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Michael Pietsch, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown has acquired rock and roll legend John Fogerty’s memoir for publication in 2014.

In his long-awaited memoir, John Fogerty—one of rock’s most important artists and a national treasure who’s sold over 100 million albums—will recount his remarkable life. Fogerty’s private and professional journey is one of the great sagas in American music, and his book will interweave the facts of his life with the music that emerged from his personal joys and battles. This includes his time as the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for one of the most beloved and successful rock bands of all time, Creedence Clearwater Revival. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Fogerty wrote hit after hit, including “Proud Mary,” ”Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Down on the Corner,” ”Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Fortunate Son,” “Up Around the Bend,” “Run Through the Jungle,” “Long as I Can See the Light,” “Born on the Bayou,” and so on—distinctly American songs that coalesced the strong emotions running through a nation at war in Vietnam. His solo career includes the album Centerfield, as well as Grammy Award–winning records and award-winning tours. John Fogerty sits beside a handful of musical songwriting legends. He was a hit maker, and he is one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time.

Fogerty will write about the pressures of sudden fame, his tumultuous relationships with his bandmates—including his brother, Tom—and his long and costly battle for creative freedom from his record label, a battle that was taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Crushed by how the record label victimized him, he was forced to walk away from it all while they were the number one band in the world. “I want to tell the story of how I fought—hard—to maintain my artistic integrity in the face of opposing forces.” He will also discuss his inspirations, including meeting his wife, Julie, and eventually building a family with her, which brought him back to music. He will also look forward to where his journey will take him next, including his forthcoming album Wrote a Song for Everyone, due in 2013, and upcoming collaborations with the Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, and Dawes.

John Fogerty said, “The kid from El Cerrito wanted to be the best musician in the world—my promise to myself. I accomplished that goal against all odds, only to have it fall apart on top of me. The songs and the music stopped; you didn’t hear from John Fogerty for years. All of this took its toll on me. I couldn’t write a song, sing a song. And it was so hard on me, all of the lawsuits and betrayals. I was personally fading away. My story will share the ups and downs and how it all affected me. The road back was a bumpy one, and I knew that it would take years to come out of it, but I did. Happily, I did, with my dear wife, Julie, by my side.

“I have come to a place where I can look back and reflect on those stories and share what really happened. I am the guy who lived it, and you will hear me tell the story for the first time.”

Michael Pietsch said, “John Fogerty’s musical originality and determination have nourished us all for years. It is an honor to work with him to bring the full story of his music and his life to his millions of admirers at last. I can’t wait.”

Little, Brown acquired world rights from Laura Nolan at Paradigm Agency. The audiobook will be read by John Fogerty and published simultaneously by Hachette Audio. The book will be edited by Little, Brown executive editor John Parsley.

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‘The Beach Boys: Live In Concert – 50th Anniversary Tour’ Available On DVD And Blu-Ray November 20th

‘The Beach Boys: Live In Concert – 50th Anniversary Tour’ Available On DVD And Blu-Ray November 20th

A can’t miss concert event!

For music fans raised on the harmonies and melodies that defined a generation,THE BEACH BOYS’ 50th Anniversary was celebrated with an album featuring all new material and a special 75 date world tour.  THE BEACH BOYS played to sold out crowds garnering rave reviews at every stop— from the Hollywood Bowl to its conclusion at London’s Wembley Arena with an epic 55 song set. The excitement of THE BEACH BOYS 2012 tour lives forever on DVD and Blu-Ray: THE BEACH BOYS: LIVE IN CONCERT – 50th ANNIVER3ARY TOUR.

Due out November 20th on BLASTMUSIC, THE BEACH BOYS: LIVE IN CONCERT – 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR capturesone of America’s most beloved and chart-topping band’s electrifying performances of 21 songs, including classics, album cuts and new songs, all of which highlight THE BEACH BOYS’ enduring impact on pop culture. For fans of all ages, this is the concert of a lifetime.

The new DVD comes on the heels of remarkably productive year for THE BEACH BOYS which saw the release of their first new album in sixteen years, THAT’S WHY GOD MADE THE RADIO (Capitol / Brother Records), and THE BEACH BOYS:  DOIN’ IT AGAIN which features live performances, behind-the-scenes exclusives from the 2012 recording sessions, as well as never-before-seen footage from the 1966 ‘Good Vibrations’ recording sessions, and moving tributes to founding members Carl and Dennis Wilson.

Said Marc Bennett, Co-Director of The Beach Boys 50- Live in Concert: “To document this once-in-a-lifetime moment in music history as The Beach Boys embarked on their 50th year anniversary world tour was an experience I still have not come down from.  This show is a solidification of their legacy and a tribute to creative endurance and artistic achievement that crosses all cultural and geographical boundaries. In spite of the obstacles they may have encountered over the years, they have reached this 50th year milestone as few bands have ever done, or even imagined. What they leave behind, as captured in this performance, is a body of work that is indelibly etched in music history and popular culture on a global level.”

“IT was truly an honor to be allowed to capture this historic performance. The song selection allows fans both new and old a chance to fully appreciate the span and depth of the Beach Boys catalogue. This DVD includes performances from their hits in the early 60’s to selections from their latest Top 3 Album. To be able to film all five surviving members of this historic band , together one more time…..was certainly a dream come true……..” Joe Thomas, Co-Director of The Beach Boys 50- Live in Concert

“The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour meant so much to me personally; performing with the guys again was an absolute thrill.   I’m so glad we captured it on film so that everyone, whether you were there or not, will be able to see what an historic event it was.” Brian Wilson

“The 50th Anniversary Tour was a historic, special event.  This DVD captures the tour brilliantly and marks an important, iconic moment in time in our band’s history. It’s a moment I am deeply proud of.” Mike Love

THE BEACH BOYS: LIVE IN CONCERT – 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR TRACK LISTING:

Do It Again

Catch A Wave

Hawaii

Marcella

Isn’t It Time

Little Deuce Coupe

409

Shut Down

I Get Around

Heroes And Villains

Sloop John B

Wouldn’t It Be Nice

All This Is That

That’s Why God Made The Radio

Sail On, Sailor

Good Vibrations

California Girls

Help Me Rhonda

Rock And Roll Music

Kokomo

Fun, Fun, Fun

 

About THE BEACH BOYS:

With 56 U.S. Top 100 hits, 36 Top Ten hits, 4 Number One singles and over 100 million records sold, The Beach Boys are America’s greatest band. To celebrate their remarkable 50 year career, surviving original members, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks, joined together for the first time in over two decades for a historic world tour that began April 23 in Tuscon, AZ and concluded September 28 in London, England.

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Taryn Manning Talks ‘The Perfect Age For Rock N’ Roll,’ New Music & More!

Taryn Manning Talks ‘The Perfect Age For Rock N’ Roll,’ New Music & More!

You will instantly recognize the always stunning Taryn Manning from her roles in such films as ‘8 Mile,’ ‘A Lot Like Love’ and Hustle & Flow. What you might not realize is that she is more than a typical one dimensional Hollywood actress. From television to film to music to fashion, she does it all! Whether it is gracing the silver screen in her new film ‘The Perfect Age For Rock N’ Roll’ or putting the finishing touches on her upcoming solo album, this free spirit puts her all in to every project, making both critics and fans stand up and take notice! As one of the hardest working women in show business, she shows no signs of slowing down. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with this multi-faceted artist to discuss her latest film project which melds her love of music and acting, her musical roots, her upcoming solo album, the misconceptions associated with her and much more!

How did you get involved with your latest film, “The Perfect Age For Rock ‘N’ Roll,” and what drew you to the role?

My agent called me and said, “You have an audition for this film. Do you want it?” I read the script and really enjoyed it, so I met with the director where I auditioned like all of the other actors and got the part. As far was what drew me to the role, I don’t know if you know a lot about me but I am a musician as well. That part of my life drew me to the script. Anything to do with rock ‘n’ roll, I love! It is difficult to find strong female roles. So, even though my character makes some mistakes in the film and breaks the cardinal rule, it still interests me to play a road manager because I always play the artist. I thought that it could be really cool because I have had a lot of experiences out on the road with my own band and I can draw from my own experiences and create my own character.

What was the biggest challenge for you in bringing this character to life?

The biggest challenge for me was to find Rose’s redeeming quality because it wasn’t all on the page. I had to do it with my acting. I had to really search for her redeeming qualities because in the script, she kinda causes some problems in addition to being the road manager. If you have seen the movie, the last scene where she makes a huge mistake, I asked the director to just let the cameras role because I was in this place that I will never be able to explain, but I did this improv, this monologue, that the director told me was so powerful, bizarre and real that he wanted to make a short film out of it. In the final cut, it got cut down for the film’s sake but it was very important to me that you could see and feel Rose’s regret and that you could feel that she made a bad choice and that she really did love him. I just hope that it came across because that was what was important to me, to find qualities in Rose.

In your opinion, what did director Scott D. Rosenbaum bring to the project?

Scott is an amazing person! I think that he brought a lot of legitimate education on rock ‘n’ roll, the origins of rock ‘n’ roll and where it stems from. He is just a music fanatic! For the film, we have a lot of really, old-time musicians in the film which gives it a great authenticity and it also incorporates the whole thing about the “27 Club” situation, which is eerie with Amy Winehouse’s passing. I had a similar feeling while working on “Hustle & Flow.” The director really knew what he wanted, he knew the characters and knew his movie. I have worked with so many directors where I have just wanted to say, “Have you read your script?!” Ya know what I mean? I don’t mean that in a rude way but you meet some directors that have a very, very clear vision of what they want to accomplish and Scott is one of them!

Each project seems to be a learning experience for an actor. What did you learn from your time on this film and with its eclectic cast?

What did I learn from this one? I learned how to be around all guys and hold my own! [laughs]

Maybe I am being naive but I wouldn’t have guessed that something like that would be a problem for you!

I have a lot of girlfriends. I am a girls-girl and I have a lot of really tight girlfriends. I can get pretty shy around all guys! I learned strength during this film. I didn’t really realize that I had it in me. It was amazing to find that within myself and utilize it for the character and my real life.

You touched on your own personal music. A lot of people might not know about that side of you. How did music first come into your life?

I was born into music. My father was a musician. I basically grew up in bars and night clubs, sitting on a stool, waiting for him to be done performing, so that I could go to bed because my Mom and Dad had split up. Every summer my father was somewhere else, some other city, because his band was popular locally, on the east coast and in the Washington, D.C. area. So, I saw a lot with my Dad. My Dad was a really interesting guy who definitely took my brother and I on wild adventures every summer. I was around a lot of music and my father was very into Motown and rock ‘n’ roll, like Janis Joplin and The Rolling Stones. He is the one who introduced me to all of those elements and I am obsessed with Motown. He would make me sing all the time and embarrass me by putting me on display in front of all his friends and make me sing. He is really the one that did it!

I bet those experiences lend themselves pretty well to your acting craft since many of your films have musical overtones in them.

Yeah! It has been such an interesting career for me. There are only a few movies that I have done that don’t have my music in it or don’t have a musician in them of some sort. It is very uncanny the way music and movies have been so hand in hand, even with TV shows. It is like it is meant to be for me to be doing both. I won’t choose and I get asked all of the time, “If you could choose to act or sing, which one would it be?” I wouldn’t! I am going to do both! It is what I have been doing! Even when I am an old, old woman, I am still probably going to play my guitar and write songs because it is healing for me.

You have a new album in the works, what can you tell us about that project?

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I have got my newest song out right now! It is called “Turn It Up!” and it is doing really well. I have my next single lined up to go. I am doing some touring while I am here in New York. It is my priority right now. I have worked for two years on this album and I am crazy about it. I worked with several different producers and collaborated with all different kinds of writers. It’s not Boomkat, it is just me! But I do have another Boomkat album in the works too. Those albums take a little bit longer just because my brother doesn’t work at the same pace as I do. Whenever my brother needs some time to relax, I just do my own thing. This is what that is, it is my solo album.

What is the biggest challenge in putting a project like that together in today’s climate?

To be honest with you, the music industry is rough and the biggest challenge is the financial aspect of it. My entire career, I have funded myself. I act so that I can pay for my music. I act and then I pay for my entire clothing line. I basically spend money to make money. I just have this thought that it just flows like that. There have been times that I have been in the red paying for studio time, producers and equipment and this and that. My Mom always says, “Taryn, what are you doing?” I just say, “I am doing what I love.” Money is something that you can’t take to the grave. I know that is so clique but it is true. I grew up so poor that when I have money, I invest it in what I love to do.

What do you feel is the biggest misconception about yourself?

Well, ya know, I have been tragically stereotyped as an edgy, drug addicted, always playing pregnant roles and it is frustrating. Even for this film “Manson Girls” that I am about to film, the director wanted to meet with me because all she could see was that “Hustle & Flow” hooker. I guess that I played that so well that people think they plucked me off the streets of Memphis! [laughs] On one hand it is an amazing compliment but on the other hand it has been so frustrating to be pigeon-holed. Even the director of “Manson Girls,” when she gave me a chance, she sat with me and said, “Wow, you are one of the most sophisticated actresses that I have sat with regarding this film and I feel terrible that you are so misconceived.” It is frustrating but there came a point where I was just like, “Whatever!” I know who I am. I know that I am educated. I have traveled around the world three times. I have record deals and clothing lines. I am a business woman. I am smart! I am an entrepreneur and I am not on drugs or a drug addict. I am actually a decent person who is very spiritual and very kind to others! I love my family and I am a good friend, ya know what I mean?

Definitely! I am glad we can help spread the word as we are all big fans of your work.

Thank you! I really appreciate that!

Anything you would like to say to people who might not have had a chance to check out your music yet?

To the people who don’t know my music, just give it a chance. Go online and check out my history and all of my videos from the Boomkat material to the latest stuff. Give it a chance and I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

What else should we be on the lookout for from you in the months to come?

I just completed a movie for Syfy that is going to come out in October with Ving Rhames. It is an action film, a zombie apocalypse film. That was really fun for me to get to do action! I am very physical even though I am small. I don’t get to be seen for action films because they are always like, “She is so petite! How could she possibly do this action thing!” It’s funny because I grew up doing karate and I was number one in the state of Arizona. I like to call myself a little Mighty Mouse. [laughs]

Awesome! We will be on the lookout for that! Thanks so much for your time and we look forward to talking to you again soon!

Thank you!

For all the latest news on Taryn Manning, connect with her on her official website at www.tarynmanning.com! Fans can check out the official site for ‘The Perfect Age For Rock N’ Roll’ at www.theperfectageofrocknroll.com!

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John Lennon Albums Remastered To Celebrate His 70th Birthday

John Lennon Albums Remastered To Celebrate His 70th Birthday

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John Lennon‘s albums have been digitally remastered and are set to be released to celebrate the iconic singer’s 70th birthday.

The reissues include eight of Lennon’s solo records, plus a greatest hits collection and a four-disc anthology titled Gimme Some Truth. The reissues and compilations, each digitally remastered from the original mixes, will hit stores on October 5th (four days before Lennon’s 70th birthday) and will also be available for download through all major digital retailers.

In addition to the reissue of the eight albums — John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Imagine, Some Time In New York City, Mind Games, Walls and Bridges, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Double Fantasy Stripped Down/Double Fantasy and the posthumous release Milk and Honey — an 11-disc collection called John Lennon Signature Box will feature all of the solo albums plus an EP of Lennon’s non-album singles and a bonus disc of rare and previously unreleased recordings. The set will come with a collectible limited edition art print and a hardbound book with rare photos, poetry, artwork and new liner notes, which were written by Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis. Like the recent Beatles’ reissues, each album will be housed in a digi-sleeve that mirrors its original packaging.

Ono is also planning commemorative events to coincide with Lennon’s 70th birthday; details will be announced soon at John Lennon’s official website.

Yoko Ono said of the project, “By remastering 121 tracks spanning his solo career, I hope also that those who are already familiar with John’s work will find renewed inspiration from his incredible gifts as a songwriter, musician and vocalist and from his power as a commentator on the human condition.”

Lennon would have turned 70 on October 9. He was shot dead in New York in December 1980.

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Legendary Guitarist, Inventor Les Paul Passes Away At 94

Legendary Guitarist, Inventor Les Paul Passes Away At 94

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Legendary guitarist and inventor Les Paul, the guitarist and inventor who pioneered electric guitar design, has passed away due to complications from pneumonia at a New York hospital, at the age of 94. His family and friends were by his side at the time of his passing. Paul is survived by three sons, a daughter and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Attorney Michael Braunstein stated that Paul had been “in and out of the hospital” for about two months and had battled a number of illnesses.

“At 94, it’s hard to fight a lot of stuff, He’s a historical person. He certainly has left his mark here on Earth and had many, many friends.” Braunstein said.

As an inventor, Paul played a key role in the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in the early 1950s when he teamed up with Gibson Guitar Corp. to help design a sleek model that bears his name.

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Slash Issues Update On Upcoming Solo Record, Tour

Slash Issues Update On Upcoming Solo Record, Tour

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Legendary guitarist Slash has issued an update about his new solo album, the status of the ongoing Velvet Revolver singer search and his upcoming solo tour.

Here is what he had to say about the highly anticipated project:

I don’t know how I’m supposed to wait until next year to put out this record! It is so fucking cool & I am so anxious to get it out already. We start mixing soon and that will be that, ready to go. But, I have to wait, there’s no way around it, for all kinds of logistic reasons and that’s the reality.

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But, my VR band-mates and I had a meeting a couple of weeks ago and although the search for a singer will continue, I am going to tour on my solo record most likely through next summer starting in March or April. We (VR) will keep the word of mouth system going and listening to submissions from singers and checking out different singer’s sites etc, we know the right guy is out there somewhere. It’s possible somebody could turn up before I do my tour and we could start working on new material sooner than later, in a perfect world.

As far as my tour is concerned, I have already started to put together ideas for a kick-ass band and the plan is to perform some new stuff, Snakepit, VR and Guns stuff. The new album is really great and deserves that I should support it. Plus, I’m really looking forward to getting out there and doing some gigs, its been more than a year since I was on a proper tour and all these one off jams are basically just a tease.

So, there’s the update for now, I’m still tinkering away on the solo record but there really isn’t much left to do on it but mix it, which starts in September.


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Marty Casey Talks Lovehammers Explosive New Album ‘Heavy Crown’

Marty Casey Talks Lovehammers Explosive New Album ‘Heavy Crown’

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Many things can change in the course of a year and life can take you down many unexpected roads. No one is more familiar with unexpected twists and turns that life hands out than Lovehammers frontman, Marty Casey. When we caught up with him a year ago, he was about to set out on a world tour with one of rock’s most notorious bands, LA Guns. At that time, the future of Lovehammers was anything but clear. Flash forward one year and Casey has completed his tenure with LA Guns and the Lovehammers have returned with their amazing new album, ‘Heavy Crown’. Regrouped, recharged and more determined than ever, the boys in the band are ready to take the world by storm. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Marty Casey to catch up on all of the happenings of his whirlwind year. In the interview they discuss his time with LA Guns, the spark that re-lit the flames of Lovehammers, the band’s new album and everything that falls in between.

The last time I spoke with you (in July of 2008), you’d just started with LA Guns and you were getting ready to take off on a world tour, what was that experience like for you?

I mean it was really an amazing year long adventure, it came out of no where. I got to write a record, I got to record a record with LA Guns and producer Pete Thompson, and then immediately upon finishing the record I got to go on tour and go to different continents that I’ve never been to in my life. We pretty much played 13 out of 14 days, we basically got one day off every two weeks that’s how much we played. We did it non-stop through the summer and through the fall all through South America and then came back and took a little time off for the holidays and then were back at it. So it was just full-on insanity and it was great to experience that!

Marty Casey in San Juan CapistranoWhat was your most memorable moment while touring with the band?

I’d say Lima, Peru. The first place we played in South America. Just because we landed and you know there were people waiting at the airport and there was a big party thrown for us the first night before our show for that whole South American tour, and then the next night showing up and playing at the club and the club was amazing. It was packed and we had a great show. It was just such an amazing thing to come from the U.S., land there in a completely different world and the shows were great, the people were great and it was just a great introduction to the continent in general and we had the time of our lives down there.

You mentioned when we originally spoke that the album that you did with LA Guns had been completed, any idea when that record may see the light of day?

That’s pretty much up to Tracii Guns and the label, you know that was their deal. I was kind of brought in from the outside, just having been the songwriter on the record, and then as a result of their former singer leaving and they brought me in to sing. So it really isn’t my deal, it’s kind of like I got to do what I did and I’m happy to be a part of it, but it’s really up to them to decide how and when it gets released and whatever they would like to do. I’m just kind of the add on to the project you know, it’s not my band.

In the time that you were with LA Guns you were taking a break from Lovehammers, you guys seemed to rekindle the spark and keep the band going. Was there a certain thing that kickstarted that process?

Yeah, I think our bass player Dino (Kourelis), who  basically kind of does a lot of business for the band, just said “Well I’m going to release a record of Loverhammers b-sides and different versions of songs that people haven’t heard before just to keep momenum of the band in motion.” And then we got such good reaction from the presale which was way back at the end of last year, we got such an amazing reaction and so many presales that when they mentioned it to me I said “I think we need to do an entirely new record, we’re not the Chili Peppers with a bunch of great b-sides. We need to do a new record!” [laughs] And that is just what kickstarted it, people were like “Wow, a lot of people want to hear what we’re doin next!” We put everything towards making that record and we did it fast. We wrote it and recorded it and put it on the shelves in a matter of months, so that’s pretty amazing.

lovehammers_heavycrownWhat was the songwriting process like for this record?

I got back from New Zealand on February first of this year, and this record was supposed to come out in June. It got delayed and was basically July so we had February, March and April to write, record, mix, master, do the art work and get it to Universal. So I just startin sittin down and writing songs every single day, and then bringing them to the band and you know just basically choppin em up and adding to them or taking away or just completely throwing them away. It was fun and that’s how I do that, I didn’t work a job I would literally just wake up every morning and write, go to the studio- write, go to the park- write, and that’s what I did everyday. We just put it all together and there was a lot to say, and the songs are cool and the guys would bring me riffs and I’d work with those and write riffs of my own and it was just full-on I loved it. I liked having that crunch time line, so it’s not just like “Ahhh I’ll do it tomorrow.” There was no time for that, it kicks your ass and puts you in gear.

Where do you think ‘Heavy Crown’ stacks up to your previous albums?

I think it’s the most diverse record we’ve ever done and we took more risks in doing songs that…with the Lovehammers being together for so long it’s like you’re kind of anticipated every move you’re gonna make because there is such a time line, but I think this one was fun that it took in some directions a leap into new shit and then it kind of remained true to what we’ve always done. So I think I like this one the best; it’s the most recent it, sounds the best, has the best production on it, I think everybody offered more to this record than previous ones, everybody actually threw a song into the ring on this one to be worked through. It’s just a lot more of a fuckin’ bonafied group mentality “Let’s make a killer record!” kind of idea than previous ones just kind of floating along and writing tunes and seeing what happens.

Marty Casey in San Juan CapistranoWhat are some of your favorite songs from the new material to play live?

I would say “Heavy Crown”, for some reason it’s really potent to people, it’s very simple and just always gets such a great reaction. I love playing it and by the end of the song just kind of looking around, people are always so in tune and not wandering off, their very much in tune with that one. And I love playing the song “Guns”, usually we open up with that because it’s just so on fire, has so much energy and is kind of what the Lovehammers have always done. Very straight ahead, kind of bad ass powertrip so we just start out with that tune and take it from there, those have always won at the shows. And then I like a song called “Oh My Baby”, because it’s so different than anything else the Lovehammers have really done especially live and being so chill, so mellow with a mid-tempo tune that I kind of like doin it because I like people kind of wondering what’s happening throughout the evening.

You mentioned “Guns” which is the first single off the album, do you have plans for making a video for the song?

Yeah, we’re going to make a video for it, we’re kind of playing catch up. We’ve been trying to get the record done because there was a radio release date, and now the single is being launched to radio and we’re doing a radio campaign which is just about to begin. As we get that going and we’re working with the team that does that now we’re like “Okay we’ve got to get the video together.”, and so it’s always like we’re playing catch up but I like it because there’s always so much to do. It’s not like “Ok now we just sit around and wait for something to happen.” It’s just continually working to make new things happen and give people new things to check in on and be interested in and always forward momentum.

Marty Casey in San Juan CapistranoAny idea on a time frame on when we might see that?

I’d say you’d probably see a video in about six weeks.

What about touring plans? I know you have some shows lined up, but are the Lovehammers going to be heading out on a national tour anytime soon?

We offered some opportunities to get out there, but what we were really trying to do is tagteam with somebody that is at a similar level that can go around to the small markets and grab a couple hundred people a night, or go along on the big markets and grab a thousand or more people a night and get a tour together. That’s kind of a similar level band, not an exact sounding band. And you know we had some offers to go on tour with some different groups but it just really wasn’t the right fit, it’s not right for what we wanted to do. Basically running a label, a joint venture with Universal and being the label at this moment is about running the label, selling the cd, promoting the cd, promoting the single and basically working with the teams that we’ve hired to do that. We’re in the business aspect of what we do in the band, which is basically getting this product released. And then once that’s in motion then we get to do the next portion of it, which is live touring. It’s what we’ve always done and always done best. So that’s just the next step. I’m hoping in the fall we get out and are on a good tagteam bill with another band and we just start hittin’ it live- what we’ve always done best.

What role do you think your fanbase has played in the success and longevity of the band?

From the very start, which was 18 to 20 years ago, the great thing is that the Lovehammers has always had such a strong fanbase and a big fanbase. Originally, it was just our friends but we had a lot of them, you know everybody from high school wherever we played they would go. And then eventually you see them move along with their lives or go to college and go do whatever and you see new people that came across the band and start following. When you’ve been together this long you see people that come in and then there’s those that have children and take a different avenue and they come and they go. There’s also people that have never left, and it’s just kind of a continuance of that. When we perform at shows in Chicago I see people that have been watching the band for 20 years, that when I play “Into the Deep End” I know they were there the first night we ever played it in 1988. So it’s really cool, and you know I did the reality television show and a great crew of fans from that now exists, and then I did the LA Guns thing and there’s a crew of fans that exist kind of from the metal scene that now comes out to the shows. So the cool thing about the fanbase is that it keeps evolving, it’s never been the same, it’s always filled with the most random grouping of people in the world of every age, of every different demographic of every color. That’s the cool thing about the band, that we’re lucky enough to work towards but also fall into. The reason that this record got made is because thousands of people bought it and said “We want to hear it.” That’s why it got made and that’s why we continue.

Marty Casey in San Juan CapistranoThe energy you have on stage and the command you have is mind blowing, with that said have you ever had a “Spinal Tap Moment” where something totally bizarre is going on something completely unexpected happened to you?

One evening when we had a big record showcase when the band had just started, I remember walking out and we had all these smoke machines going and everything is going on and I remember when the music kicked in I had forgotten every lyric, every melody, I had nothing! The music is goin, it’s thumpin along and I look to the left and the right to the guys and I’m just like “I’ve had a brainfreeze, I can’t think of anything, I can’t think of any words, any melodies!” So what did I do? I just made it up! I made up the song on the fly! And I remember my sister running to the front of the stage and just looking at me like “What’s going on, what’s wrong with you!” [laughs] I remember the lights and the smoke and I just blanked out, and then eventually after that I finally kicked back in and everything was fine, but I remember for that brief moment feeling just like Spinal Tap where I’m like “Where’s my mind?!”.

How do you think you and your bandmates have grown musically since you first started out?

We started out not knowing how to play, everybody bought an instrument, so we started out at ground zero with no training no nothing. We didn’t know any songs, we didn’t even know any chords. We just bought the instruments and said “Let’s do this!” That’s been the exciting thing throughout the years, seeing everyone independently get so much better at their instrument. But I think more than anything it’s just collectively as a group and how we play together has gotten so much better. I think that’s why it’s a unique thing and why we’re a unique sounding band. I don’t think you can pinpoint us and say “This band sounds like…”, it’s because we’ve never known anything other than playing with each other and being in this band. That’s the sound that was developed together since 1988, just us playing together. It’s not like we were classically trained and then we joined a band together. We didn’t know shit. We didn’t know notes, we didn’t know progressions, we didn’t know theory, literally we just learned as a group of people being creative at our own institution of music. We didn’t know anything else. We just started jammin and over the years it’s developed into what the Lovehammers sound like.

Marty Casey in San Juan CapistranoWhat is the best piece of advice you have for someone just starting out on their own musical journey?

You’ll make it further than you ever expected if you just stick together with your group of friends. If you have launched everything and can keep it together then you can raise your flag high enough so that enough people will find your band and like your sound and music. It just takes time. There are so many millions of music fans that want to hear great music, whatever your music style it has no difference, it’s just you have to stick together long enough and raise your flag high enough and just say “This is what we do, this is what we’re like, if you dig it come and check us out.” That’s what we’ve done long enough to get a mass of people to find the band interesting and keep checking out our shows. If you’re always changing, and always starting out a new band and always in a different project it’s really hard to lock people into really forming a fanbase. Because it’s always changing and there is nothing to follow, it’s always different. It’s really all about sticking together.

I also wanted to talk about your Silver Elements Collection, how did that originally come about?

A fan came and saw that I was always wearing unique stuff on stage and she mentioned it like “Oh you should have a t-shirt line or something.”, and I was like “I’m not really interested in doing a t-shirt line or clothing line” She pursued it for a while, mentioning different things and eventually I said “You know what would be cool? It’d be cool if we had a dogtag.” I like silver, I like dogtags, there are no sizes and it doesn’t matter if a girl or a guy or a kid that wants to wear it, it’s just one size fits all and something cool. I said I’d like to do that and raise some money for planting trees, let’s do something for charity because that sounds like a cool idea. So we just came up with that idea and we did it, we made our trees dogtags, we sold it and gave money to American Forests and it went so well that we eventually said “Well what do you want to do next? And let’s tie it into music, let’s tie it into a song or a theme of a song.” That’s exactly what we’ve been doing, turning a fun idea of something to do and it’s done well enough where it keeps on continuing. It’s been great to step out of thinking about music every second of the day and get to jump over to another creative side and make some cool stuff and just have fun with it. It’s kind of just taken off and we really haven’t planned anything with it, it just kind of took off. It’s done really well and we’re excited to give a large portion of it to charity, plantin a shitload of trees and it’s just been workin’ out.

martycasey-spelts-11Do you have any new upcoming items to the collection? Also, I spoke with Cheryl Spelts, who has done some spectacular photography of you in the past, and she was inquiring about a specific metal and leather cuff bracelet.

We just did a bunch of new stuff that we just launched about two weeks ago, a bunch of different things themed around some songs that I’ve written. So that’s what was just released, the new collection kind of for summer. There are some sunglasses, there’s a really killer necklace called “The Waves Necklace” that is my favorite thing. We’re always coming up with new ideas, we’re coming up on fall and we’re coming up with new stuff.

You know that is the awesome thing about doing this whole thing is that so many people come up with ideas. My niece comes to me with ideas, and Cheryl, who’s an unbelieveable photographer, has come to me with great ideas. That is what it’s all about. This is an open floor, it’s just something great to do and for a great cause for charity. So people come up with great ideas; a leather cuff, I love it, I wear one you know? Maybe we’ll do it, do you have an idea you want to throw in, maybe we’ll do that too? [laughs]

Well now I know how to get in touch with you and I’ll let you know about that! Is there anything we should be aware of coming up on the horizon?

I’m really excited about our live dvd that has concert footage on it from a number of different shows including some full-on over the top, big show rock n’roll and an acoutic show as well. I think it’s probably the best thing we’ve ever done. Not only does the music sound great but you get the visual with it which I think just turned out great and gives the definition of the band the Lovehammers. So that’s gonna be coming out hopefully later in the year and is something to look forward to.

I really appreciate your time, I’ve had your album for about a week and would agree that it’s your best work to date. It sounds amazing with so many great songs and I think this is going to be the big one for you guys that launches you.

I appreciate you keeping in contact from when I was doing the LA Guns metal and now back here with the “Hammers”, and you were mentioning Silver Elements which I think is cool that you actually interview enough to know what’s going on with the person that you’re kind of diving into. So I appreciate and respect that man, thank you!

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RELATED LINKS:
Marty Casey’s Official Site www.martcasey.com
Lovehammer’s Official Sitewww.lovehammers.com
Marty Casey’s Silver Elements Collectionwww.silverelementscollection.com


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A special thanks goes out to Cheryl Spelts for the use of her amazing photography! Along with being a Lovehammers fan, Cheryl is a Southern California photographer specializing in actors, models and musicians, fresh and modern portraits, and fine art.  Check out her amazing work at www.cherylspelts.com!

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Pearl Jam Reveal Tracklisting For Upcoming ‘Backspacer’ Album

Pearl Jam Reveal Tracklisting For Upcoming ‘Backspacer’ Album

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Pearl Jam have revealed the pre-order details and track listing for their upcoming album Backspacer via their official Website today. The track list below.

The LP is available in two formats through the band’s Website, as both a “Ten Club/Indie Package” CD (similar to the packaging of their last self-titled album, or Avocado as the site calls it) and 180-gram vinyl featuring a 24-page booklet featuring original art by cartoonist Tom Tomorrow.

Tracklisting:

1. “Gonna See My Friend”
2. “Got Some”
3. “The Fixer”
4. “Johnny Guitar”
5. “Just Breathe”
6. “Amongst The Waves”
7. “Unthought Known”
8. “Supersonic”
9. “Speed Of Sound”
10. “Force Of Nature”
11. “The End”

Pearl Jam recently announced a new batch of tour dates in support of their upcoming release of their ninth studio album Backspacer.

The album is scheduled to hit the streets on September 20th exclusively via Target stores, which will have the exclusive mass retail rights to the album. However, Pearl Jam’s Ten Club and independent record stores will also be carrying the album on that date.

Upcoming Tour Dates For Pearl Jam:
August 8 – Calgary, AB @ Virgin Fest
August 21 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
August 23 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 24 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
September 21 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
September 22 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
September 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
October 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
October 4 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
October 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
October 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
October 9 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
October 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Spectrum
October 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Spectrum

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