Stevie Ray Vaughan's career will be celebrated this fall with the release of "Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection", a 12-disc box set due October 28.
The set brings together, for the first time, the entirety of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's official studio and live album catalogue, including the inaugural commercial release of "A Legend In The Making", a highly collectible (formerly) promotional only recording of SRV & DT's incendiary performance at Toronto's El Mocambo club in 1983. In addition, "The Complete Epic Recordings Collection" features two discs compiling rare and hard-to-find archival tracks.
Vaughan was already making a name for himself in Texas with live performances before releasing his debut album, "Texas Flood", in 1983. The record introduced the guitar slinger to the world and opened the gates for a flow of gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums for Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, an unprecedented achievement for any blues act.
Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, following an awe-inspiring performance with Double Trouble and Eric Clapton at the Alpine Valley Resort in Wisconsin. (hennemusic)
Alice Cooper will release a new concert package, "Raise The Dead - Live From Wacken", this fall. Due October 21 in North America, (Oct 17 in Germany and October 20 in UK), the set features the rock legend recorded in concert at Wacken Open Air, an annual summer open air heavy metal festival that takes place in the small village of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany.
Recorded live on August 3, 2013, "Raise The Dead" will be available as DVD + CD digipack. The DVD contains 22 songs plus an interview with Alice, while the double CD contains the complete concert. (hennemusic)
The fall will be a fruitful season for fans of Bob Dylan. Shortly after announcing a massive Basement Tapes anthology release, Dylan has announced a sizable North American tour behind that and possibly more, as a new album is rumored for release before the end of 2014 as well.
Dylan will kick off his newest tour with a three-night stop in Seattle from Oct. 17-19 at the Paramount Theatre. He'll conduct similar short residencies at multiple cities across North America, including Los Angeles, Toronto and Chicago.
The tour will close with a four-night run at the Beacon Theatre in New York, Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 1-2. Dylan will release The Basement Tapes Complete on Nov. 4. The six-disc set will include 138 tracks. An additional album, Lost on the River, includes Dylan songs from around the same era covered by an all-star cast including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and more. The closest dates to Las Vegas will be three dates in Los Angeles starting October 24th. (Radio.com)
Genesis concert film Three Sides Live is set to be released on Blu-ray for the first time. Three Sides Live is released on the format on November 3rd in the UK.
Filmed in November 1981 on the Abacab tour in North America, it was originally released on VHS to coincide with the live album of the same name. It has only ever been released on DVD in the limited edition box set The Movie Box 1981-2007.
Originally filmed in 16mm, the footage has now been fully restored and is being reissued as a standalone DVD and Blu-ray. The show focuses on tracks from the Duke and Abacab albums and the tracks are intercut with behind the scenes footage and interviews with band members. (Classic Rock)
Rock icon Billy Idol has revealed more details about his first new album in almost a decade and he has also released the first single from the effort, "Can't Break Me Down.".
The new album will be entitled "Kings & Queens Of The Underground" and will be released on October 21st via Idol's own record label BFI Records (in partnership with Kobalt Label Services).
The bulk of the new album was produced by veteran record producer Trevor Horn (Yes, Seal, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, The Buggles, Simple Minds) with two tracks produced by pop producer Greg Kurstin, who produced the first single. Check out the new track here.
Fans will be getting a lot more Billy Idol this fall as he will also be releasing his self-penned book "Dancing With Myself," which is set to be released on October 7th and he will be launching a European tour in November.
Lynyrd Skynyrd have been around not only long enough to tragically lose members in a plane crash, but also accumulate a host of famous friends that they've worked with or consorted with over the years.
This fall, the legendary band will be honored with a full night of music at Atlanta's Fox Theatre titled "One More For The Fans! - Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd" on Nov. 12, Billboard reports.
Among the featured guests : Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., Govt Mule, Robert Randolph, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick and Donnie Van Zant.(Radio.com)
Following three years of planning and a successful fundraising campaign, Jimi Hendrix is to have a park created in his honor in his hometown of Seattle.
The decision to transform the 2.5-acre site in the city's central district into a community focused music park has officially been given the green light, and work will now begin to create an area which will celebrate Hendrix's life and music.
Hendrix was born in the city in 1942 and his sister Janie, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, says the new park has special significance for the Hendrix family.
"Every project endorsed by our family bearing Jimi's name is meaningful to us, but this park holds special significance as Seattle will always be Jimi's home," she says. "This very area is where he grew up, where his dreams were cultivated and his creative energy awakened, so to see this amazing place of beauty dedicated to Jimi and his artistry blossom into reality is indescribably fulfilling."
Ace Frehley says he once feared he had gone blind when he suffered an allergic reaction to his famous Kiss face paint. The guitarist recalls a time in a Paris hotel roomwhere he and a model friend downed four bottles of champagne after a Kiss gig.
Frehley tells Loudwire: "I was in Paris, and I bumped into a model, a fashion model that I knew from New York. She was doing a photo shoot there. We ended up getting drunk on about four bottles of champagne, and I ended up passing out in the bed with my makeup on after the show. When I woke up, I had an allergic reaction from not taking the silver off, because it's ground up metal. My eyes were swollen shut. I was blind."
The band's manager called for medical help, but Frehley genuinely feared he had lost his sight. He adds: "They rushed a doctor over, and they shot me up with, like, Prednisone, an anti-inflammatory that took it down. But for a minute there, I thought I was blind. I didn't know what had happened. It was insane."
A Baltimore brewing company has changed the name of one of their house brands, Ozzy Ale, following the receipt of a cease and desist letter from representatives for the Black Sabbath legend last month.
The Brewer's Art co-owner Tom Creegan revealed on Tuesday that their company was renaming the Ozzy beer to Beazly, which is the nickname of Mount Vernon bartender Mark Barcus, according to The Baltimore Sun.
The company asked their customers to submit suggested new names for the beer (which will keep the same recipe) and Beazly ultimately came out on the top of the list. (hennemusic)
Sammy Hagar has teamed up with Foreigner guitarist and cofounder Mick Jones to work on some new material, the Red Rocker revealed in a new online posting.
"Mick Jones and myself enjoying a great dinner at El Paseo Restaurant after writing for two days together at my studio," posted Hagar along with a photo of the pair. "What a blast - old friends getting together and writing some new songs.
Hagar and Jones have a long shared history in the musicindustry, including working together on Van Halen's 1986 album, "5150", which was produced by the Foreigner axeman
The Who's Roger Daltrey has confirmed to Rolling Stone magazine that the band are planning a massive world tour in 2015 that will likely be their final one, however they have no plans to retire from live performing altogether. "People have read that wrong though. We aren't finishing after that. We intend to go on doing music until we drop, but we have to be realistic about our age. The touring is incredibly grinding on the body and we have to draw a line in the sand somewhere. This will be the last old-fashioned, big tour," Daltrey says. He added that contrary to recent reports, the 2015 tour will not be in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary. "Our anniversary is actually right now," says Daltrey. "We were the Who fifty years ago this month. To us, 2015 is just another year." The Who toured America and Europe in 2012 and 2013 playing their 1973 double-LP Quadrophenia, but Daltrey says the 2015 tour will focus on their vast catalog of hits. "People don't want new stuff. The fans might want that, but most people that want to come to a show want to hear what they grew up with... We will always sell more tickets if we play the hits." Daltrey also said the Who might record new material in 2014 ahead of the tour. - Rolling Stone....
Former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm's new autobiography Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'N' Roll chronicles the singer's successes, especially Foreigner's multi-platinum track record and his early solo albums Ready Or Not and Long Hard Look. But it digs into the darkness as well, including his struggles in pre-Foreigner bands, his early 90's stint in drug rehab and his harrowing but ultimately successful battle with brain cancer that started in 1997. He also writes in depth about his relationship with Mick Jones, a push-and-pull that led to Gramm leaving Foreigner "a couple times" before being replaced by Kelly Hansen in 2004. "We have had our problems, the two of us," Gramm says with a chuckle. "It's kind of a book about the different aspects of a relationship." Gramm and Jones are due to perform again as they are honored during an upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony. Gramm and his book co-writer, Scott Pitoniak, will begin a series of book signings later in May to promote Juke Box Hero, and a full schedule can be found at www.lougramm.com. Gramm says he's also planning a follow-up to his 2009 solo album, Baptized By Fire. - Billboard......