While we are only about 23 days away from the release of the first Tool album in 13 years, the music world was buzzing about the band based on their back catalog being made available on the popular digital platforms of the day for the first time ever. I discussed that monumental news HERE in case you missed it and this morning the world at large got their first taste of new Tool music with the single from the “Fear Inoculum” album and its title track. The number runs a good 10 plus minutes long and I’ll try to make some sense of it all for those fans of the band who are reading my narratives. Continue reading “Fear Inoculum” (Single) by Tool→
Continuing with our Monday Morning Music Motivations, comes the awareness of a co-headlining tour by Grammy Award winning artist Beck and Cage The Elephant. The full skinny on “The Night Running Tour” can be learned below.
The Press Release:
Today alternative, chart topping artists Beck and Cage The Elephant announced a North American co-headline tour across amphitheaters this summer – The Night Running Tour. Both artists are known for their amazing live performances and the energy they bring to their shows, making this an incredible co-headlining tour fans of both bands will not want to miss. They will be joined by special guest Spoon on all dates. Starcrawler, Sunflower Bean and Wild Belle will open as well in select cities. See full itinerary and details below.
Produced by Live Nation, the 28-city tour kicks off July 11th in Ridgefield, WA at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater and will make stops in Irvine, Las Vegas, Austin, Chicago and more before wrapping August 30th in West Palm Beach, FL at Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 15th at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Citi is the official presale credit card for the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, February 12th at 12:00 p.m. local time until Thursday, February 14th at 10:00 p.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Continue reading Beck & Cage The Elephant Announce Summer Co-Headlining Tour→
As the holidays draw near we still find some tour announcements coming through the email channel and with that here is the latest word about the adventures of The Verve Pipe. Check out the full press release and dates below. I’ll close out with some short editorial afterwards.
The Press Release:
Multi-platinum alternative rock band THE VERVE PIPE–recognized worldwide for their radio hits “Photograph,” “Hero,” “Never Let You Down,” and their massive 1997 #1 single “The Freshmen“ as well as the song “Colorful” as featured in the movie Rock Star–have announced headlining tour dates for early 2018. Depending on the venue, the Michigan-based group, which formed in 1992, will perform three different types of shows during this tour: a full electric rock show, a pared down acoustic/electric show of their hit songs and fan favorites, or an acoustic reimagining of their platinum-selling major label debut album Villains.
Kicking off Thursday, January 11 in Homer, NY (near Syracuse), the 12-date run will stop at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ for the Light of Day Foundation benefit show on January 12 before reaching City Winery in New York City on Saturday, January 13. From there, THE VERVE PIPE–known for their spectacular live performances–heads to Boston, MA, Fairfield, CT, Ardmore, PA, Vienna, VA, Columbus, OH, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Tampa, FL and St. Augustine, FL before wrapping Saturday, February 10 in the band’s hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. See below for the list of upcoming tour dates.
Earlier this year (February 2017), THE VERVE PIPE—Brian Vander Ark (vocals, guitar), Lou Musa (lead guitar), Randy Sly (keyboards, backing vocals), Joel Ferguson (bass, backing vocals), Sam Briggs (drums, percussion), Channing Lee (backing vocals), Craig Griffith (harmonica, backing vocals)–released their latest studio album, Parachute, along with their first-ever live album, Villains – Live & Acoustic (recorded at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI). With a new lineup and a renewed energy and focus, lead singer/principal songwriter/co-founder Brian Vander Ark and the band continue to deliver original music that is distinguished by innovative arrangements, soul-searching lyrics and layered vocals. Continue reading The Verve Pipe Announces 2018 Headlining Dates→
A few months ago I did a “Music Milestone” piece for The Eagles “Their Greatest Hits: 1971-1975” album and while it was not the typical type of milestone item that I would normally reflect on, the album was of a very special nature to me and their founding guitarist Glen Frey had just passed away the previous month. It seemed “right” based on the timing to me and that brings me to this latest Music Milestone which raises a glass to the fact that David Bowie’s “ChangesOneBowie” Greatest Hits LP is officially forty years old today. The world lost the great David Bowie very early in 2016 and with his loss still resonating profoundly in a lot of us, I wanted to add this album anniversary to our narratives.
This album would be Bowie’s first ever hits collection and it spanned about nine of his albums offering up tracks from his earliest recordings in 1969 up until 1976. I’ve left the names of the actual albums noted on the individual tracks for better reference if you were curious. I’ve owned this album for many, many years now but don’t think that I purchased it during its actual release year since I was not yet at the album buying age. That was coming soon enough based on my vintage but I was not there yet. I knew all of the tunes of course since I would listen to my parent’s stereo and focus on the Classic Rock stations of the day. WNEW FM and WPLJ FM were among my favorites back in the day. You would hear no less than three or four Bowie tracks across the regular rotation and of course these songs are resident on this first compilation. Let’s take a look at the individual tracks on the release and then we can talk about them a little more afterward. Continue reading Raising A Glass To Four Decades Of David Bowie’s “ChangesOneBowie”→
The Details: As I write this, the band Bring Me The Horizon is delivering one of their two sold out shows at The Best Buy Theater up in Times Square as a part of their “The American Dream” tour. They’re doing this with some fine musical support from Of Mice And Me, Issues and Northlane and in case you are wondering what the band is doing after the show on Saturday night – have I got news for you. They’ll be headed down to The Gramercy Theatre for their After Party and this will feature a special DJ set from the bands own Oli Sykes. Thanks to our friends at Livenation; PiercingMetal is going to put in a few lucky fans into the party. Read on. Continue reading Enter To Win The Bring Me The Horizon After Party @ Gramercy Theatre On 3/1/2014→