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Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on September 16, 2010

Eric Clapton


Directly on the heels of Eric Clapton’s recent announcement of a new album being released this year, the artist has announced an initial set of dates for his 2011 tour that will encompass Ireland and the U.K. including four nights at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall.  Additional touring dates in Europe, Asia and the U.S. will be announced shortly.

Critics are already raving about the latest Clapton album as a new and inspiring body of work by one of the world’s most legendary guitar players. Co-produced by guitarist and long-time collaborator Doyle Bramhall II, the album features an all star cast of musical collaborations starting with the legendary JJ Cale, drummer Jim Keltner, bassist Willie Weeks, and keyboardist Walt Richmond—and the sessions later added guests including Steve Winwood, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Allen Toussaint, and Derek Trucks.  Clapton created a collection that touches on everything from century-old traditional brass bands to little-known country blues to brand-new originals. The result is both relaxed and revelatory, and unlike anything the guitarist has done in his legendary career.

Clapton has assembled an impressive band for the 2011 tour which will consist of long-time touring partners:  Steve Gadd (drums), Willie Weeks (bass), Chris Stainton (keyboards) along with Michelle John and Sharon White as backing vocalists.

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See Eric Clapton on Tour!

The Eric Clapton world tour begins Feb 11th in Abu Dhabi! See below for listing of dates. For more information regarding the tour and for information on how to purchase tickets, visit the TOUR page.

Date City Venue
2/11/11 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Yas Island
2/14/11 Singapore, Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
2/16/11 Nonthaburi, Thailand IMPACT Arena
2/18/11 Hong Kong, China Asia World-Arena
2/25/11 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
2/26/11 Seattle, WA Key Arena At Seattle Center
2/28/11 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
3/02/11 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion At San Jose
3/03/11 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
3/05/11 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
3/06/11 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
3/08-3/09/11 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amph. At Univ.
4/08/11 New York, NY Rose Theater
4/09/11 New York, NY Rose Theater
5/09/11 Dublin, Ireland The O2 Dublin
5/10/11 Belfast, United Kingdom Odyssey Arena
5/12/11 Glasgow, United Kingdom S.E.C.C.
5/14/11 Cardiff, United Kingdom Cardiff International Arena
5/17-6/1/11 London, United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall
6/06/11 Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Arena
6/08/11 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe
6/09/11 Oslo, Norway Frognerparken
6/11/11 Herning, Denmark Herning Messe Center

If you don’t have the newest album Clapton, visit the BIO Facebook Page to enter for a chance to win a copy!

20th Anniversary of 24 Nights
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Eric Clapton playing a run of 24 nights at the London Royal Albert Hall, theofficial Eric Clapton online store is pleased to announce a limited time special. From tomorrow, February 5th through March 9th, the 24 Nights CD, DVD, and new bundle with CD and DVD will be 20% off!

Visit the Featured section in The Eric Clapton Store for to view this special and other limited edition merchandise and music!

Aerosmith The Cocked Locked and Ready to Rock Tour”

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on September 10, 2010

Aerosmith brought the Cocked, Locked and Ready to Rock Tour to Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, Thursday evening playing  a two hour set to an excited crowd that filled the pavilion and a good part of the lawn area.

The Boston band was formed in 1971 and released their first album, simply title “ Aerosmith” in 1973. With a  music style rooted in blues based hard rock , they soon became known as “The Bad Boys of Boston”. Lead by the swagger and raw whine of vocalist Steven Tyler, many considered them an American version of the Rolling Stones.

Their fame was built in the seventies with the release of platinum selling albums “Get Your Wings” and “Toys in the Attic”.  Early shows were filled with high energy , glam and heavy metal with legendary ballads such as “Dream On” allowing you brief moments to catch your breath. The band paid its dues with heavy touring that lead to induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Now forty plus years later, surviving many breakups and squabbles, the latest between guitarist, Joe Perry and Tyler over rumors that Tyler will be a judge on American Idol next season without consulting the band. Prompting Perry to discuss auditioning a new singer and saying “ This may be the last time we go on the road”

Heavy drug use and numerous rehabs slowed the band to near extinction. However renewed success came with by releasing an Aerosmith Guitar Hero video game. Their more recent  songs have been tied to movies and videos appealing to a younger audience and scoring big hits with much slower pop ballads barley resembling the original style of the band.

The show began with a strong version of “Eat The Rich” highlighting Tyler’s vocals and a strong wall of sound from guitarists Perry and Brad Whitford. It was followed by their classic  cover “Train Kept a Rolling” it soon became evident that the years of touring and problems do not affect the energy and musical abilities of the band.

The set list included many of the more recent hits, and left off the early rockers but added surprises such as Joe Perry’s guitar dual with his guitar hero video clone. Joey Kramer’s drumming and Tom Hamilton’s bass continued to keep the music on track while Tyler pranced across the stage and down the catwalk in his skin tight zebra striped bell bottoms, aviator sunglasses and fedora hat . Tyler’s voice is still strong and although he limited any extra screams he can still hit the high notes. He often joined Perry to share a microphone and the spotlight. Whatever differences the two have offstage isn’t a factor in the music. It’s clear this band is on a mission to prove it’s once given title of “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”

The set covered music from all eras, ending with classics “Dream On” and “Walk This Way”

Sammy Hagar opened the show mixing his hour long set with songs from his solo career with hits from his former bands, Montrose, including “Bad Motor Scooter” and several Van Halen songs, highlighted by “Best of Both Worlds and “Why Can’t This be Love” . His nonstop rock and roll set kept the audience on their feet for the entire show. As he finished he stated,” The only bands I would open for are Aerosmith and Stones”. He left no doubt that the next time you see him he will be the top bill.

America’s #1 Celebrity Chef Paula Deen Opens Buffet and Retail Shop at Horseshoe Southern Indiana

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on September 5, 2010

Horseshoe Southern Indiana is excited to announce a $3.4 Million renovation underway that on September 3rd, 2010 will introduce America’s #1 chef, Paula Deen, and her new buffet and retail store to the region’s #1 casino and hotel. The Paula Deen buffet will be a one-of-a-kind must see buffet offering a vast array of delicious culinary dishes mastered by the Queen of Sothern Cuisine herself.  Visitors to the new Paula Deen Buffet at Horseshoe will dine in unique spaces modeled after Colonial Southern Architecture found in Paula’s home town of Savannah Georgia.  Paula put her own personal touch and influence into the design as both the Architect and Interior Designer of her new home in Savannah have also designed and modeled her new buffet at Horseshoe.  Paula knows that a great dining experience goes beyond great food and she wants to make sure everyone who visits her buffet feels like they are eating one of Paula’s home cooked meals as if they were in her own dining room.

In addition to enjoying delicious Southern cuisine, visitors to The Paula Deen buffet will also be able to purchase Paula’s signature items such as apron’s, cook books, cookware and even items from her newly introduced furniture line in a 1,357 square foot Paula Deen retail store designed after  her Kitchen as seen on her popular Food Network shows.. And, guests will also enjoy impromptu virtual visits from Paula via Satellite from her home in Savannah.  Paula will be able to dial in from her living room and interact with patrons who are shopping in her Paula Deen store at Horseshoe.

With construction already underway, there is a true sense of excitement as guests eagerly await the new 525 seat buffet. Paula Deen herself will be on hand to preside over the opening festivities which are slated to take place on September 3rd, 2010. The buffet will feature stations modeled after some of Paula’s well known eateries such as Lady & Sons, Deen Brother’s Barbeque, and Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House.  The culinary team at Horseshoe will undergo extensive training on the preparation of Paula’s famous dishes and Paula herself will help train the staff to ensure her dishes are prepared as if she were in the kitchen, and that service in the buffet has her unique style of Southern hospitality.

Much of America is familiar with Deen; she is America’s Most Popular Chef having sold 8 million copies of her cookbooks.  She is a two time Emmy Award winner who is currently star of the Food Networks Top Rated Shows – Paula’s Home Cooking, Paula’s Party and Paula’s Best Dishes.  Her magazine Cooking with Paula Deen has a circulation over one million strong.

“The Paula Deen Buffet will be an asset to both Horseshoe and the Kentuckiana region, drawing in thousands of new visitors by offering a truly unique dining experience within the region’s leading entertainment destination, Horseshoe Casino.  From The Lady’s Mac & Cheese and Fried Green Tomatoes to Paula’s famous Hoe Cakes and Key Lime Pie, the menu is sure not to disappoint said, Eileen Moore, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Horseshoe.”

Moore went on to say “Since day one our company has been committed to providing residents of Southern Indiana, Louisville and the broader region with great entertainment experiences, from world class gambling to great entertainment to outstanding dining.  Paula Deen’s Buffet is a continuation of this commitment and will help make the region even more vibrant and attractive to visitors from around the country.”