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September 29, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll | Leave a comment

Slash in 3D

The first video off of Slash’s #1 Rock Album SLASH, which hit retail in April and has received rave reviews worldwide, has been converted into full 3D, it was announced today in a joint statement by San Diego-based 3D Production & Conversion studio PassmoreLab & Slash.

The 5-minute rock music video, “By The Sword”, is the first single off the album and the first video ever from Slash to be released in 3D. It features the vocals of Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother, and the ever-present blistering guitar work from Slash. The 3D video was released internationally today.

Slash, currently on tour promoting the album, has been on top of every aspect of the album and video process.

“Everything was cool, start to finish,” said Slash. “From Andrew’s vocals, to Vance directing me again, to PassmoreLab doing the 3D, it has been a killer experience and I am thrilled with it.”

Vance Burberry, Director of the video in 2D, said the video was a “wonderful, four month collaboration” between he and Slash. Burberry has a long history with Slash from his Guns ‘N Roses days, where he was Director of Photography on the band’s “Sweet Child o’Mine”, “Paradise City” and “Welcome to the Jungle” rock videos.

“On this one, we created a kind of post-apocalyptic future, where people are starved for music,” says Burberry. “We end up underground in this dark, deserted power plant bunker, where Slash and the band are mesmerizing an audience. When I found out that we were doing the conversion with PassmoreLab, I thought that environment was perfect for 3D.”

PassmoreLab began work on the project in May, and found the underground setting of the video was actually quite demanding. The conversion took about four weeks to complete, using PassmoreLab’s proprietary conversion technology.

“It’s edgy, dark and fast — everything you would expect from Slash,” said Steve Glum, PassmoreLab’s head of Branding & Distribution. “Everybody in the video is hypnotized by this murky hunger for rock n roll, and the quick camera cuts, sweeping movement, and low lighting gave us a real conversion challenge. But the final 3D product is very cool.”

SLASH hit the charts on April 6. Featuring an incredible lineup of rockers and vocalists like Kid Rock, Dave Grohl, Myles Kennedy, Fergie, Adam Levine, Chris Cornell, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, and more, the album has been critically-acclaimed all over the world.

“We were very excited to do it,” continued Glum. “If you are going to produce an artist’s 3D rock video, Slash is definitely on the top of that list.”
SLASH is Slash’s first album as a solo artist, having previously recorded and toured most recently with Velvet Revolver from 2003-2008. One of the most recognizable rockers of all time, with his signature top hat, he is also critically recognized as one of the all-time best guitarists ever to play. In August 2009, Time Magazine ranked him #2 on its list of the 10 Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time.

Always on the cutting-edge of music, art and technology, PassmoreLab has a solid background in rock and 3D music videos, working with New York garage-glam phenoms Semi Precious Weapons on the award-winning “Magnetic Baby”; with punk-rockers Osaka Popstar & the American Legends of Punk on “Wicked World”, with Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar on “Loud”, and LA art noir group Miss Derringer on “Black Tears”. PassmoreLab also delved into the rock-and-roll archives of famed photographer Bob Gruen to produce the first-ever 3D conversions of images from the Rock, Punk, and New Wave eras. Working together with Gruen, PassmoreLab developed an innovative new process to convert many of Gruen’s well-known images to a format that can be viewed on stereoscopic displays.

“By The Sword, in 3D!” will be seen in VOD on various network locations in Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Japan & Canada; at the 3D Experience Entertainment & Technology Festival as the pre-roll to U23D in Times Square, New York City; and at Hard Rock Cafes in Barcelona & Madrid; additional locations to be announced.

September 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, Heavy Metal, Music, Music News, Progressive Metal, Progressive Music | Leave a comment

Sting with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra come to the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa Saturday, July 3, 2010

Grammy-award winning artist Sting will perform in Tampa with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra during his “Symphonicity” World Tour at 8 p.m. Sat., July 3 in the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Sting will play his biggest hits re-interpreted as symphonic arrangements backed by his orchestra.

Prior to starting his solo career, Sting was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist of The Police. As a solo musician and member of The Police, Sting has received sixteen Grammy Awards for his work, his first for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1981, in addition to an Oscar nomination for best song. He is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Symphonicity World Tour will be a one-of-a-kind performance of Sting’s best-known songs from his decades as a top performer. Order your tickets for Sting at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre on Sat., July 3 by visiting livenation.com today.

Sting with the with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, 8 p.m., Sat., July 3, 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US Highway 301 North, Tampa, (813) 740-2446 or livenation.com, $44.50-$157

July 1, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll | Leave a comment

Roger Waters The Wall Tour a Rare Opportunity for Music Fans

Released in 1979 to critical acclaim, Pink Floyd’s The Wall was rated Billboard’s #1 album in 1980. Containing well-known classic singles such as “Hey You”, “Mother” and “Comfortably Numb”, The Wall is among the five best-selling albums of all time in the United States. Yet in the past 30 years it has only been performed live in two U.S. cities, until now. This fall, former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters, who wrote The Wall, will be performing the entire album live on tour. This unique opportunity to experience one of the most popular albums of all time is making Roger Waters The Wall Tickets (http://www.selectaticket.com/tickets/concerts/roger-waters-the-wall.asp) hard to come by in 2010.

When Pink Floyd’s The Wall tour came to the US in 1980, they limited performances to New York and Los Angeles. The live show was such an elaborate production that all the trucks required to transport the equipment used to build the wall made it impossible at the time to tour. That means for almost the entire country, the 2010 Roger Waters The Wall Live Tour marks their first opportunity to see The Wall performed in concert.

“In my 31 years in business I have seen concerts ranging from Sinatra to Led Zeppelin. I was at the Nassau Coliseum show in 1980 and The Wall is one of top 3 shows both musically and theatrically I have ever been to. The production was unbelievable. I have never seen a show staged like this before or since. This concert is going to be unlike any other,” says Tom Patania, CEO of Select-A-Ticket.

The production of the 2010 show is reportedly going to be spectacular, with a huge 240 foot wide, 35 foot tall wall that will be built before each performance and torn down afterwards.

The Wall was released to loads of critical acclaim, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest albums ever released. The album focuses on a young musician facing a personal crisis, which has been described as Roger Waters’s state of mind at the time he wrote it.

The massive theatrical production setting the atmosphere for one of the best selling albums of all time, plus the fact only two U.S. cities have seen this show in the past 30 years all combine to make Roger Waters The Wall Tickets (http://www.selectaticket.com/tickets/concerts/roger-waters-the-wall.asp) the most talked about concert ticket of the year.

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll | , , , | Leave a comment

RushCon 10: 10th Annual Rush Fan Convention Officially Announced

RushCon/Force/10, a weekend long convention for fans of the iconic Canadian rock band Rush, will celebrate their 10 year anniversary by holding two conventions in both Toronto and Las Vegas.

Both Conventions have been timed to coincide with Rush’s “Time Machine” tour dates in each city. Toronto’s Convention will take place July 16-18, 2010 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Downtown Toronto, Ontario. Las Vegas’ “Mini-RushCon” will be held August 14, 2010 at Hooters Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

RushCon offers fans the unique opportunity to involve themselves in all aspects of Rush’s music and decades-long career. Events will include games, contests, trivia, vendors with rare and collectible merchandise, guest speakers, charity “Rush memorabilia” auction, exclusive tour of Anthem Records (Toronto only), group trips to shows and more.

Special guests include an exclusive performance by singer-songwriter JACOB MOON, a revealing and insightful presentation by long-time Rush crew member, TONY “JACK SECRET” GERANIOS and a panel discussion by media-historian and discoverer of Rush DONNA HALPER.

LOCATIONS: RushCon Toronto will take place at the Courtyard by Marriott at 475 Yonge, Toronto. Special convention rate for RushCon attendees is available on first-come first serve basis. Book directly with the hotel (800) 847-5075 using the code “RushCon” to get the discounted rate.

Las Vegas is a one-day only event, to be held at Hooters Casino at 115 E Tropicana, Las Vegas. Hooters is a short walk from the MGM so attendees can get to that night’s Rush Concert in a matter of minutes. While a group rate is not available for this event, traveling fans can contact Hooters directly for room reservations at (866) LVHOOTS.

Ticket packages, day passes and their prices are outlined at the official RushCon website at http://www.rushcon.org Attendees are encouraged to join the mailing list and/or check back periodically for details and updates regarding all convention events.

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll | , , | Leave a comment

Gov’t Mule the Headliner @ Taos Mountain Music Festival

The Taos Ski Valley is kicking off its Second Annual Taos Mountain Music Festival Labor Day weekend with Gov’t Mule and Warren Haines. Big riffs, massive grooves, and expansive improvisations are the hallmarks of Gov’t Mule’s legendary live shows.

“Last year’s Taos Mountain Music Festival was a fantastic event!” says Taos Ski Valley’s Event Director Alejandro Blake. “This year we are stepping it up a level, and people are going to be blown away by the talented lineup slated to play the 2010 festival.”

“This is a family friendly festival, and this year we are going above and beyond to give visitors a full weekend of fun in Taos Ski Valley” adds Alyson Hyder, Executive Director of the Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce.

This outdoor festival in Taos Ski Valley is situated on four acres with the beautiful backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and surrounded by national forest. The gates open at 10am and festival attendees are urged to arrive early and claim your spot for the day to enjoy a full day of music and entertainment. Once settled, festival-goers can enjoy “Strawberry Fair” the festival’s marketplace. They can check out circus entertainers, shop for crafts from local artisans and sample food from top area vendors and restaurants. For just $5, kids can enter the “Kidzone” and go wild in the jumpy castle, get their faces painted, play games, even learn to play the drums. This Labor Day weekend Taos Ski Valley will host activities for all to enjoy all weekend long including “Movies in the Mountains”, guided hikes to Wheeler Peak (the highest Peak in New Mexico) and live bands in bars surrounding the festival grounds.

Lodges throughout Taos Ski Valley are offering great deals, as well as lodging packages that include your festival ticket making your stay even more affordable. Tickets will be delivered to your accommodation so all you have to do is wake up, enjoy breakfast and stroll into the festival at your leisure avoiding all the lines at the box office. View the packages available at http://www.taosmountainmusicfestival.com/lodging or call 800.517.9816. Early bird tickets, while supplies last, are available for $35 at http://www.TaosMountainMusicFestival.com/tickets.php. Regular tickets go on sale May 21 and are $42 in advance or $48 at the door.

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll | | Leave a comment

Jeff Beck Honors Les Paul with Two Intimate Shows at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club

The esteemed Iridium Jazz Club of New York City and Gibson Guitar proudly announce “A Celebration of Les Paul” – two intimate evenings with the legendary guitarist Jeff Beck on June 8 & 9, 2010.

These special shows will honor the late guitar great Les Paul, whose 95th birthday would have been June 9. They will take place in the very venue he played weekly for years, including just days before his death. Beck is honored to pay tribute to his mentor and friend; their relationship having spanned decades. Beck recalls his admiration beginning in the ‘60s, “When I first heard Les Paul playing ‘How High the Moon,’ I thought, man, that’s what I want my sound to be like. Now, here I am years later and he’s still a powerful influence in all that I do.”

The two shows promise to be a treat for fans of both Beck and Paul, with a strong mixture of memorable Les Paul classics, as well as some rockabilly favorites. Beck will be joined on stage by the Irish rockabilly sensation The Imelda May Band.

Beck has collaborated with Imelda May several times in the past, including the track “Lilac Wine” on Beck’s new album Emotion & Commotion. The two also performed Paul’s “How High the Moon” live at the 2010 Grammy Awards, after which Beck declared of Paul, “I’ve often sung his praises to the press, but to actually get to play in tribute to him . . . it’s such a privilege.”

Tickets to the two-night event will be available exclusively through various promotions with radio, retail, print and online media partners. Details will be announced soon.

Les Paul played at The Iridium for over 12 years. The club now presents special Monday evenings dedicated to Paul featuring guitarists from all genres of music, where 20% of the door is donated to The Les Paul Foundation.

Beck’s album, “Emotion & Commotion,” his first in seven years, was released on April 13 and has registered the highest debut week in his amazing 45 year career, with over 26,000 sold and rising. His critically praised album has electrified the music establishment, debuting at #11 on the Top 200 Billboard Chart. Beck also received his fifth Grammy award this past February for the track “A Day in the Life” from his platinum certified DVD Jeff Beck Performing This Week…Live at Ronnie Scott’s The current U.S. tour begins again in Boston on June 3, including a stop at this year’s Bonnaroo Festival and an appearance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival to finish the U.S. tour on June 26.

Outside of the Iridium dates, Beck is accompanied on the Emotion & Commotion U.S. tour, by his new touring band, including the Grammy award winning producer and songwriter Narada Michael Walden on drums, Rhonda Smith on bass, and Jason Rebello on keyboards.

Jeff Beck’s Emotion & Commotion Tour (Second Leg)

June

3 Boston:Bank of America

4 Mashantucket: Foxwoods Casino

5 Atlantic City: Borgata

7 Vienna: VA Wolftrap

8 New York: Iridium Jazz Club

9 New York: Iridium Jazz Club

11 Atlanta: Chastain Park

12 Tennessee: Bonnaroo

14 Montclair: Wellmont Theatre

15 Asbury Park: Paramount Theatre

17 Kingston: UPAC Theatre

18 Rochester: Rochester Festival

20 Detroit: The Fillmore

21 Indianapolis: Murat Centre, Egyptian Room

23 Cincinnati: PNC Pavilion

25 Milwaukee: Summerfest

26 Chicago: Crossroads Festival

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll | , , | Leave a comment

Slash’s “Appetite For Destruction” Les Paul Debuts With Exclusive Video Interview of the Hard-Rock Guitar Star

Online music gear dealer Musician’s Friend is featuring rock icon Slash on the cover of its April Guitar Buyer’s Guide catalog and is taking pre-orders for the Gibson Slash “Appetite for Destruction” Les Paul Electric Guitar (http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Slash-Appetite-for-Destruction-Les-Paul-Electric-Guitar?sku=423695), due to ship in early April.

Gibson honors Slash’s lifetime achievements with an extremely limited-edition guitar patterned after the guitar Slash played on the platinum-selling Guns ’N‘ Roses album, Appetite For Destruction—with features found on original 1958-1960 Les Paul Standards. Updates include Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Slash humbuckers.

In conjunction with the release of this historic instrument, Musician’s Friend has posted an interview with Slash in which he talks about his signal chain and most recent music projects. Fans can watch it at the Musician’s Friend catalog cover page (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/cover).

About Musician’s Friend:

Musician’s Friend, Inc. (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/) is the world’s largest direct marketer of musical instruments and has been headquartered in Medford, Oregon, since its inception in 1983. With more than 58,000 unique products for sale, the company covers a wide range of musical needs, including guitars, basses, amplifiers, keyboards, live sound, recording equipment, drums, percussion, woodwind, brasswind, and orchestral stringed instruments, as well as related accessories that are marketed through its print catalogs and websites, including musiciansfriend.com.

The Musician’s Friend website also offers informative musicians’ resources, including in-depth buying guides, tech tips, hands-on gear reviews, articles from highly respected music industry professionals, interviews with well-known artists, and over 450,000 customer-written product reviews and ratings.

With warehousing in Kansas City, Missouri, and a call center in Salt Lake City, Utah, Musician’s Friend can be contacted at 800-776-5173 or by visiting http://www.musiciansfriend.com

April 1, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Steve Miller Band and Kenny Chesney Come Together for “CMT Crossroads”

Superstar Kenny Chesney returns to CMT CROSSROADS to share the stage with one of his musical influences, rock icon Steve Miller, in the latest episode of the hit CMT series. CMT CROSSROADS: THE STEVE MILLER BAND and KENNY CHESNEY will tape before an invitation only audience in Nashville next month and will premiere later this year on CMT.
Longtime friends, Miller and Chesney have shared the stage in front of thousands during summer concerts, performing classic Miller hits. Now, the two will perform each other’s songs and swap stories for what will be another landmark episode of CMT Crossroads. Chesney is making his second appearance on the series, his first premiered in October 2003 with John Mellencamp.
With songs such as ”Rockin’ Me,” ”Jet Airliner,” ”The Joker,” ”Fly Like An Eagle,” ”Livin’ in the USA,” ”Take the Money and Run” and ”Abracadabra” blues/rock singer-songwriter-guitarist Steve Miller is one of the cornerstones of classic rock. Born in Milwaukee, WI, Miller grew up in a home frequented by musicians such as Charles Mingus, Les Paul and T-Bone Walker and formed his first band at age 12 with friend Boz Scaggs. After stints in Madison, WI and Chicago, IL blues bands, he moved to San Francisco and The Steve Miller Band (known initially as the Steve Miller Blues Band) emerged from San Francisco’s summer of love with a sound that was distinctively different from its peers. With his 1973 No. 1 hit, ”The Joker,” Miller moved into a different category and by the time he had released his multi-million-selling albums Fly Like an Eagle and Book of Dreams within a year of each other, Miller was playing to sold out crowds at football stadiums and universally recognized as one of the great names in the golden era of rock. Over 40 years later, the band has sold over 25 million records and is still a mainstay of the summer concert season. Miller’s album tracks have been used in movie soundtracks and commercials all over the world and his greatest hits album is one of the best-selling records of all time.
Kenny Chesney rolled out of Luttrell, Tennessee with some dreams and a few songs in a banged-up pick-up truck and spent a few years paying his dues on the way to becoming a 4-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and a 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year. Having sold 26 million records and scoring 19 #1s — including ”When The Sun Goes Down,” ”Summertime,” ”Beer in Mexico,” ”Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” and the ACM Single of the Year ”The Good Stuff” — Chesney’s music has become the soundtrack to coming of age in America. With his sold out tours — that often include 12-to-15 NFL stadiums each summer as well as a handful of college bars that serve as his ad hoc Keg In The Closet tours — the man who’s won the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for ”When The Sun Goes Down” is a high-energy performer whose last tour puts him in the rarified company of the Rolling Stones, U2 and the Dave Matthews Band as it serves as the focal point for ”Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3-D,” arriving in 3-D movie theatres nationwide April 21.

February 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll | , , | Leave a comment

Grammy award winning singer songwriter Sting will lend his support to the Hear the World (http://www.hear-the-world.com/) initiative, a global hearing loss campaign that helps raise awareness about the importance of hearing and the consequences of hearing loss.

Sting joins a host of other celebrity ambassadors including Jude Law, Elle Macpherson, Annie Lennox, Jerry Hall and Peter Gabriel. Each supporter has been photographed by musician and photographer Bryan Adams holding the Hear the World (www.hear-the-world.com) pose – with one hand cupped behind their ear to convey conscious hearing.

More than 800 million people worldwide, 16 percent of the world’s population, have hearing loss, and experts predict this will increase to 1.1 billion by 2015. In the United States, an estimated 31 million people have hearing loss and often struggle for many years before seeking advice. Studies have shown that this has a significantly negative effect on a person’s social, emotional and physical well-being.

Hear the World, which was founded in 2006 by leading hearing systems manufacturer Phonak, aims to call attention to the importance of taking care of your hearing, to prevent hearing loss in later life, as well as the social and emotional impact of hearing loss and the solutions available for those who suffer.

“Our hearing is not only integral to how we communicate, but also how we experience the world around us,” Sting commented. “It’s a fact that we gain more information from hearing than seeing. I hope by supporting this campaign people are reminded to appreciate every sound and fully protect their sense of hearing.”

For more information about Hear the World, the celebrity ambassadors and advice about protecting your hearing, visit http://www.hear-the-world.com.

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll | , , , | Leave a comment