The Press Release:
On May 29th, UMe/Mercury/Anthem label group continues its extensive Rush 40th anniversary album series with a new, imagination-capturing expanded edition of all the magic music that comprises the band’s remarkable 1980 release, Permanent Waves.
Permanent Waves, Rush’s seventh studio album, was originally released in January 1980, and its forward-thinking music signaled a new direction for the Canadian band as it entered a new decade. The six songs encompassing the album encapsulated the breadth of Rush’s formidable progressive chops meshed with its knack for creating radio-friendly arrangements, all elements that were embedded within the grooves of their previous album, 1978’s widely acclaimed Hemispheres. Permanent Waves also signified Rush’s first of many recording sessions at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec, which was at one point nicknamed the trio’s own personal Abbey Road recording studio. Continue reading Universal Music Announces 40th Anniversary Editions For Rush “Permanent Waves”→
In addition to the numerous tours and special events being postponed or cancelled over the growing Coronavirus Pandemic, the changes continue to face the folks in the comic book industry. I’ve already shared the news about “Free Comic Book Day” being postponed (HERE) and that Dynamite Entertainment was offering up a pile of digital comics via ComiXology (HERE) and now comes news that I guess we should have anticipated as far as weekly provisions go. Read on.
CORONAVIRUS EFFECTS ON DISTRIBUTION:
As everyone knows, the world faces ever-increasing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its effects on the comics & collectibles and tabletop gaming industries have been felt far and wide. We are hearing from thousands of retailers that they can no longer service their customers as they have in the past, many of them forced to close by government action or resort to in-person or curbside delivery. Even those still open are seeing reduced foot traffic in most cases, a situation that seems likely to worsen with time.
Our publishing partners are also faced with numerous issues in their supply chain, working with creators, printers, and increasing uncertainty when it comes to the production and delivery of products for us to distribute. Our freight networks are feeling the strain and are already experiencing delays, while our distribution centers in New York, California, and Pennsylvania were all closed late last week. Our own home office in Maryland instituted a work from home policy, and experts say that we can expect further closures. Therefore, my only logical conclusion is to cease the distribution of new weekly product until there is greater clarity on the progress made toward stemming the spread of this disease. Continue reading Diamond Comic Distributors Founder Steve Geppi Statement On Distribution→
The Press Release:
Acclaimed vocal powerhouse SEBASTIAN BACH has announced the newly rescheduled dates for the 2nd leg of his highly anticipated 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR celebrating the album “SKID ROW,” which was originally set to start later this month. Today, BACH has revealed the tour will take place this fall starting on October 28th and running through December 15th with special guests STITCHED UP HEART. All dates have been rescheduled and tickets and VIP upgrades purchased will be honored at the newly scheduled dates, with the exception of Regina, SK, Uncasville, CT and Roanoke, VA. Fans who purchased tickets and VIP upgrades for those 3 shows will need to contact their point of purchase for refunds. Find the new tour schedule listed below. Continue reading Sebastian Bach Reschedules 2nd Leg Of “30th Anniversary” Tour→
Despite the news of the day continuing to keep us on the edge of our collective seats, I’m going to continue to serve up some alerts and announcements on the cool things that are coming our way in hope that they offer us some distraction during this time. Here’s an alert from Dynamite Entertainment who will be releasing a brand-new series for the iconic Green Hornet this June. Read on.
The Press Release:
Green Hornet, Kato, the Black Beauty and a bounty of gadgets are back in this artistically unique series. Featuring a slimmed-down, tight-knit creative team, fans of the classic pulp hero will be amazed. Writer Scott Lobdell (Flash Forward, Uncanny X-Men) is joined by artist Anthony Marques (Red Sonja, Vampirella), who is also handling coloring to create a stylish, minimalist palette of black, white and green. Letterer extraordinaire Taylor Esposito (Batman, No One Left To Fight) plays the comic book bass with his consistently on-point storytelling. And did we mention there’s a baby? An alien baby?
This creative team is going on nearly a decade working together in various capacities. First meeting on Red Hood and the Outlaws, Anthony has worked with his collaborators across multiple publishers including Dynamite as an editor. Today he is additionally the proprietor of the famous The Kubert School, where Esposito also currently works as an instructor. Their chemistry and candor could not be contained when Dynamite reached out for comment. Continue reading Dynamite Entertainment Announces “Green Hornet” Series For June→
The wake of alerts and edicts surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic continue to flood in-boxes of outlets such as my own and since we are tasked with keeping you informed, here is the latest from the folks that handle the affairs of the NYC venue Le Poisson Rouge.
The Press Release:
Sunday evening, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announced an executive order to close all music venues across the city. The decision on how to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak has been taken out of our hands and we intend to comply with the mayor’s order. As much as this hurts our hearts and our business, we believe this is the right thing to do and understand the need for mass closures at this time.
Though we may be temporarily shutting our doors to the public, we cannot quarantine our love for music. We refuse to give up. We are working on streaming live performances and programming, unveiling archived concert footage, and engaging the independent music community like never before. If you are a musician or have a musical story to tell – let us know! We want to enable you to get the support you need. Now more than ever, we need the healing power of music and art. Continue reading Le Poisson Rouge Temporarily Closes Amid Coronavirus Outbreak→