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GUITAR GOD SLASH ROCKS THE VIRTUAL AIRWAVES WITH DEBUT OF A.P.E. STATION “SLASH FM”

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on August 26, 2010

CHANNEL ANNOUNCED ON OFFICIAL “SLASH DAY” & SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL TRIBUTE IN WEST HOLLYWOOD

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STATION TO KICK OFF ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND

Multi-platinum-selling guitar hero Slash is synonymous with rock n’ roll, and now the monster musician is affixing his signature top hat, shades to the digital airwaves with the launch of his own A.P.E. Radio station, “Slash FM.”  The channel announcement comes on West Hollywood’s official “Slash Day”—Thursday, August 26th—which will honor the legendary guitarist and L.A. icon at the third annual Sunset Strip Music Festival.  Throughout its limited-time run, beginning with its debut on Thursday, September 2nd, “Slash FM” will broadcast a wealth of exciting content, including selected playlists of some of the guitar god’s favorite songs, such as tracks by AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Beatles, Soundgarden and Metallica.  Of course, songs from Guns N’ Roses and Slash’s solo work will also be aired, and punctuated with behind-the-scenes stories told by Slash himself.

The August 26th tribute event at the House of Blues Sunset Strip will include speeches from Slash’s close friends, a presentation from the City of West Hollywood, and live music performances celebrating Slash and his contributions to the legacy of the city’s rich music scene.  Immediately following the Sunset Strip Music Festival, Slash will embark on a North American tour.

Slash’s A.P.E. station will be distributed across Clear Channel Radio’s “iheartradio” network, which includes hundreds of local radio websites; the popular iheartradio mobile app, which has been downloaded by nearly 9 million people; widgets; and www.slashonline.com.  Fans are encouraged to participate by emailing their suggestions to slashfm@aperadio.com.

About Slash:

Slash is widely considered one of the greatest rock guitar players of all time.  He has received countless accolades and awards including a 2007 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside his idols Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix.   An original member of iconic rock band Guns N’ Roses, Slash helped the band create signature sounds like the guitar riff of #1 hit “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.”  The band dominated the 1980’s and 90’s music scene selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and ushered in a decade of hard charging rock music.  After leaving the band, Slash went on to critical acclaim in his personal project Slash’s Snakepit, and global success with supergroup Velvet Revolver.  He has been widely sought after by the biggest musicians of all time, performing with everyone from Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles.  Slash is one of the marquee playable characters in Guitar Hero III, has two signature Gibson guitars in his name, and authored his own top-selling biography Slash in 2007. Slash recently landed on the top of the charts with his first true solo album, SLASH, which debuted as #1 Rock Album and #3 overall on Billboard’s coveted Top 200 charts, in addition to going #1 in more than 13 countries. The album features an all-star roster of guest musicians including Ian Astbury, Chris Cornell, Rocco DeLuca, Fergie, Dave Grohl, Myles Kennedy, Kid Rock, Lemmy Kilmister, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Duff McKagan, M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, and Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother.  In addition to a long career filled with prestigious awards and accolades, Slash was just honored this week by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce who named him as an official selection for 2011 to receive a star on Hollywood’s iconic Walk of Fame.  A date for the ceremony has yet to be determined.

Slash will embark upon a tour of North America, treating audiences to a career-spanning Slash set list of songs from the new album, along with Slash classics from Guns N Roses like “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, “Paradise City” and numerous Velvet Revolver, and Slash’s Snakepit favorites.  Slash’s U.S. dates will again feature vocalist Myles Kennedy after receiving strong critical praise on the European run.  The US tour kicks off on August 28th in Los Angeles at the legendary Sunset Strip Music Festival, where Slash will be joined on stage by Fergie.

TOUR ROUTING:

DATE                           CITY VENUE

Saturday, Aug. 28        Los Angeles, CA           Sunset Strip Music Festival

Sunday, Aug. 29          San Francisco, CA         The Warfield Theater

Tuesday, Aug. 31         Aspen, CO                   Belly Up

Wednesday, Sept. 1    Denver, CO                 Ogden

Thursday, Sept. 2        Kansas City, MO          Voodoo Lounge

Saturday, Sept. 4         Mount Pleasant, MI    Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

Sunday, Sept. 5            Milwaukee, WI            Pabst Theater

Monday, Sept. 6          Clear Lake, IA              Surf Ballroom

Wednesday, Sept. 8    Chicago, IL                  Riviera Theater

Thursday, Sept. 9        Windsor, ON               Caesars Windsor – The Colosseum

Friday, Sept. 10           Toronto, ON                Kool Haus

Saturday, Sept. 11       Belleville, ON              Empire Theater

Tuesday, Sept. 14        New York, NY              Terminal 5

Wednesday, Sept. 15  Boston, MA                 House of Blues

Saturday, Sept. 18       Norfolk, VA                  The Norva

Monday, Sept. 20        Atlanta, GA                  Center Stage

Wednesday, Sept. 22  Council Bluffs, IA         Harrah’s – Stir Cove

Thursday, Sept. 23      Medina, MN                Medina Entertainment Center

Friday, Sept. 24           Winnipeg, MB             Burton Cummings Theatre

Saturday, Sept. 25       Saskatoon, SK              Odeon Events Centre

Monday, Sept. 27        Calgary, AB                 Calgary Stampeded Corral

Tuesday, Sept. 28        Edmonton, AB             Edmonton Expo Centre

Thursday, Sept. 30      Vancouver, BC                        Commodore Ballroom

Saturday, Oct. 2          Seattle, WA                 Showbox at the Market

For more information go to  www.slashonline.com .


My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel Shares Performances of Three Songs From Solo Album

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on August 23, 2010

All Birds Say Out August 31st on ATO Records

Leading up to the release of his solo album All Birds Say, which is out next week on August 31st (ATO Records)My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel has been steadily revealing performances of some of the tracks off the record.   You may have seen Broemel do a rendition of “Questions” over at MOG, creating an epic solo version of the track that builds to a thrillingly noisy climax.  He also played the earnest and whimsical “Enough,” which recently debuted at My Old Kentucky Blog. Lastly, his version of “Carried Away,” a contemplative and heartfelt ballad that My Morning Jacket recently performed, premiered atJamBase.  Please feel free to post and share all three videos!

As evident by these three clips, Broemel is a sophisticated songwriter  and an elegantly effortless performer.  He has the lyrical perspective of an individual who truly reflects and learns from his life’s experiences.  However, Broemel favors a Zen-like approach, keeping his philosophical musings from getting anywhere near being preachy.  Needless to say, MMJ fans who know him solely from the fiery riffs and guitar solos he performs with the band are going to see a whole other side of him.

Click HERE to Watch Carl Perform “Questions”

Click HERE to Watch Carl Perform “Enough”

Click HERE to Watch Carl Perform “Carried Away”

Kiss invades the Indiana State Fair

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on August 15, 2010

The Kiss Army faithful turned out in full force to see “The Hottest Show on Earth Tour” at the Indiana State Fair. A crowd of 15,000 filled the seats, thousands in attendance covered their children and themselves with makeup and Kiss outfits to celebrate the return of the band to Indiana.

Excited fans reminisced about seeing past shows in the late 1970’s and 80’s. One man wearing a tour shirt from 1983 talked about seeing the band in 1978 ”It was my first concert I ever went to and AC/DC was the opening act”.

The audience was largely middle aged and many brought their children to enjoy what could be the bands final tour.

Having witnessed tours in 1975,1977,1979, and 1983 , I feel the current lineup of the band  which includes original members, Gene Simmons on bass, Paul Stanley guitar and vocals,  along with guitarist,Tommy Thayer and drummer, Eric Singer, these later additions are excellent musicians who have raised the level of musical talent making this lineup a more powerful group than the original.

The show began with Simmons, Stanley, and Thayer rising on a platform from behind the stage  while the fog billowed and elevating  over drummer Singer and landing on the stage filled with flashing lights  and explosions. As the band performed 17 song show, one thing is evident these guys work hard performing at a high level all night long.

Kiss has never been a favorite of music critics, many citing the simple song lyrics, their vocals and musicianship. Its true their songs won’t be compared to writers such as Bruce Springsteen or the individual musical talent of Led Zeppelin.

This doesn’t faze original members, Simmons and Stanley. They have built a business empire consisting of worldwide fan support and gigantic memorabilia sales. The souvenir stands were overflowing with fans purchasing a variety of items most costing over twenty dollars.

The band has created a  unbeatable combination of party music, using it’s forty year music catalogue,  with a modern version of a circus filled with explosions, fire, lights, huge video screens, and fog.

These guys understand what their fans want. This band was built for the times in your life you want to just forget about your day be entertained and have a good time. You can rest assured the band will give you an exciting show at a high energy level each and every show.

The dazzling outdoor stage show, ended with fireworks  while the band played “I want to Rock and Roll All Night”.  A song played much more at parties and clubs over the past three decades then many of the legendary songs of our time.

Indianapolis Set list

  1. Modern Day Delilah
  2. Cold Gin
  3. Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll
  4. Firehouse
  5. Say Yeah
  6. Deuce
  7. Crazy Crazy Nights
  8. Calling Dr. Love
  9. Shock Me
  10. I’m An Animal
  11. 100,000 Years
  12. I Love It Loud
  13. Love Gun
  14. Black Diamond
  15. Detroit Rock City
  1. Encore:
  1. Beth
  2. Lick It Up
  3. Rock And Roll All Nite

Black Country Communion, A New Supergroup?

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on August 12, 2010

Black Country Communion the Anglo/American rock supergroup comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple Black Sabbath, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, today confirmed the release date and track listing for their highly anticipated debut album “Black Country”. The album will be released by Mascot Records in the UK and the rest of Europe on Monday September 20th, followed by a North American release through J&R Adventures on Tuesday September 21st.

Joe Bonamassa


Track Listing
No.     Title
1.     “Black Country”
2.     “One Last Soul”
3.     “The Great Divide”
4.     “Down Again”
5.     “Beggarman”
6.     “Song of Yesterday”
7.     “No Time”
8.     “Medusa”
9.     “The Revolution in Me”
10.     “Stand (At the Burning Tree)”
11.     “Sista Jane”
12.     “Too Late for the Sun”

* Glenn Hughes – lead vocals, bass
* Joe Bonamassa – guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Song of Yesterday” and “The Revolution in Me”, co-lead vocals on “Sista Jane” and “Too Late for the Sun” [6]
* Jason Bonham – drums, percussion
* Derek Sherinian – keyboards

91.9 WFPK Presents:The Black Keys

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on August 5, 2010

 

 

Wednesday, August 11th @ 8pm
Doors 6:30pm
Iroquois Amphitheater
All Ages
General Admission
Advance $28 

Day of Show $30

Tickets On Sale 5/7 @10am

 

Tickets can be purchased at
 www.ticketfly.com, ear x-tacy 

 www.theblackkeys.com

 

 

 

The Black Keys – 

 

Brothers – 

 

In the August heat of 2009, The Black Keys left a Brooklyn studio—where they’d been working with an all-star posse of MCs—for 10 days in creative isolation at the historic Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama. Their geographical trek mirrored a musical journey, from contemporary hip-hop jams to the hallowed ground of classic R&B, that has resulted in the most cohesive album—and the deepest, steamiest grooves—of the duo’s eight-year career. These sessions yielded tunes that have the instantaneous, gotta-hear-it-again pull of a vintage 45; leadoff track “Everlasting Light” sounds like something Marc Bolan of T-Rex might have cut if he’d been signed to Stax. But more than just genre- and decade-hopping fun, there’s an emotional candor and narrative quality to the songs that offer a whole new level of soulfulness to the already floorboards-shaking sound of The Black Keys.

 

 

 

Brothers is more stripped down than Attack & Release, the 2008 album they cut mostly in a vintage studio outside Cleveland with producer Danger Mouse and several guest players. Danger Mouse returned to produce “Tighten Up,” but there are no additional musicians, save for Atlanta-based R&B belter Nicole Wray, a former Missy Elliot protégé who contributes backing vocals to “Everlasting Light,” “Next Girl,” and “Howlin’ For You.” Yet the sound of Brothers feels like another huge step forward. The Black Keys rely on less yet ingeniously achieve more.