Sunday, May 21, 2017

Roger Waters plays new song


Ex Pink Floyd member Roger Waters on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Waters performs a song from his upcoming album 'Is This The Life We Really Want?'

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Two more Japanese dates for Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers; Osaka and Nagoya

After the 24 dates in USA in August/September, but before they play two shows at the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Yokohama, Japan on September 23 & 24, Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers will be at the Festival Hall, Osaka on 20 September and Nagoya International Conference Center in Nagoya two days later.

September 20:
Festival Hall, Osaka

The link on Donald Fagen's Facebook page just leads to a general entertainment portal, and the Festival Hall homepage has no mention of it. But since it is on his official events page we take it that the contracts have been signed.


September 22:
Nagoya International Conference Center, Nagoya

General On sale date is 10 June.

Tickets seem to be priced at 12 000 or 15 000 Yen (= 106/132 US$, 96/120 € and 82/102 £).

Click here for link to the Japanese ticket page.


良い一日を

Sunday, May 14, 2017

King Crimson touring North America with FOUR drummers

Crimson in Stockholm 2016.
King Crimson have announced their North American tour 2017, and if three drummers were not enough (as for the 2016 European tour)...they have added even one more.
The touring lineup, according to consequenceofsound.net, looks like this:
Robert Fripp (guitar, keyboards) and longtime associates Tony Levin (bass, Chapman Stick) and Mel Collins (saxophone) alongside singer/guitarist Jakko Jakszyk and four drummers, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey. Stacey and Rieflin will also double as keyboardists. Referring to this tour configuration as the “Double Quartet Formation,” Fripp says King Crimson is “likely to be making a lot more noise than before.”

To coincide with the tour, King Crimson is releasing an EP featuring their version of David Bowie’s “Heroes” recorded in Berlin during the band’s 2016 European tour. Fripp, of course, played on Bowie’s original track.
Fripp explains that the EP, which will be released on June 2nd, is as a celebration, a remembrancing and an homage to Bowie.

Check for North American tour dates here.

Friday, May 12, 2017

50th anniversary of iconic Hendrix debut album

Today it is 50 years ago since the original release of the groundbreaking debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. 
Are You Experienced was an immediate commercial success and is by many regarded as one of the greatest debuts in rock'n'roll. The magazine Rolling Stone ranked it #15 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


The title track - behind the scenes:


Are You Experience is one of those awesome 1967 albums that changed popular music. (Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are two more).

Another anniversary:

Today English rock artist extraordinaire, Ian Dury, would have been 75. 
He made quite a success in the late 1970's with songs as Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick, Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3 and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,.

Unfortunately Ian passed away in 2000. And hey, there is actually a link between Ian Dury and Jimi Hendrix debut album. There is one song on Ian's album Laughter (1980) called "Manic Depression (Jimi)". But it is not a cover of Jimi's song.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Just announced: Steely Dan live in London and Dublin in 2017!


Steely Dan will play the 2017 Blues Fest in Dublin and London with "very special guests" The Doobie Brothers.

The dates are October 28 in Dublin at the 3 Arena followed by London and the O2 Arena on October 29.

Tickets go on sale May 12. Presale May 10.

It's been eight years since Steely Dan played London. It was part of the 2009 Left Bank tour that saw the band play a total of 12 shows in Holland, Belgium, Scotland, UK, France, Switzerland, Italy and Monaco.

Now ... something tells me that Steely Dan won't pop over to do just two shows. there should be at least a handful more in Europe. Makes economic sense. But when and where?
Time for live gig detectives to check for other festival opportunities, when Steely Dan members have holes in their schedules etcetera.

With the band just having finished a number of shows in Las Vegas, a couple of dates set for April, June and July plus Donald Fagen doing a solo trek in September this looks like a busy year for Steely Dan indeed.

And while we at Radio Dupree had been busy polishing up our 極めて基本的な日本語, a trip to London and/or Dublin doesn't rule Yokohama out, right?

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Dweezil Zappa in Portland: Great choice of songs

Radio Dupree had the opportunity to attend a Dweezil Zappa concert in Portland, Oregon on April 27. A very pleasant experience!
Dweezil performs his father's music, although his siblings Ahmet and Diva don't want him to. He explained that the band would play the songs in chronological order, so the first part of the concert consisted of several numbers from Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention's debut album Freak Out! from 1966. Highlight so far: A heavy version of Who Are The Brain Police?

Then Dweezil had the good taste to bring in a couple of rock songs from 200 Motels: What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning and She Painted Up Her Face. Good rock songs but hardly ever performed live after Frank left the Flo & Eddie era (1970/71).
We also got to hear Keep It Greasey in a version very close to the original version on the Album Joe's Garage, including the odd time signatures during the guitar solo.

By the end of the concert Dweezil said a few words about the feud with two of his siblings. He also asked the audience to join his pledge music campaign Dweezil Zappa & The Others Of Intention to help him "protect the name that his father gave him".

One of the last songs was a special version of Ride My Faco To Chicago where the lyrics were changed to Ride My Face To Portland.

Over all the concert was a very good one. Great playing and great choice of songs.
But some of the theatrics on stage were unnecessary and sort of stupid. Imagine what such activities could be during songs like Lemme Take You To The Beach and Fembot In A Wet T-Shirt.
And sometimes Dweezil's guitar solos lack inspiration and just don't go nowhere.
...but this band is still a great thing if you're into Frank Zappa.

Rosewood Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA.
4/27/17
50 Years Of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The F@%k He Wants.
The band:
Dweezil Zappa: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Scheila Gonzalez: Sax, Keys, Vocals
Ryan Brown: Drums, Vocals
Kurt Morgan: Bass, Vocals
Chris Norton, Keys, Vocals
David Luther, Baritone Sax, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals
Cian Coey, Lead Vocals

Monday, April 24, 2017

Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers announce 26 dates!

We wrote about the two Japanese shows Donald Fagen will play in September three weeks ago. Hoping that there would be more. And today a total of 26 dates were announced on Donald Fagen's Facebook page.

The full text of the post reads:

Donald Fagen has a new special project taking to the road this summer: Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers. Set to begin on August 3rd and 4th at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, the U.S. tour leg will hit two dozen cities before wrapping at San Francisco’s The Masonic on Sept. 16. Following the U.S. dates, the band will travel to Japan for select performances. On tour, Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers will play songs from Fagen’s celebrated solo albums, Steely Dan hits, plus, as promised by Fagen, “some swell surprises.”

More info on the band from a pressrelease:

Joining Fagen (keyboard, vocals) is an all new band -the Nightflyers- a quartet of young musicians that Donald has been working with over the past few years near his home in Woodstock, NY. The Nightflyers are Connor Kennedy (guitar, vocals), Lee Falco (drums, vocals), Brandon Morrison (bass, vocals) and Will Bryant (keyboards, vocals). Previously, the foursome have been performing together in haunts, joints, dives, and even a few reputable establishments, up and down New York's Hudson River Valley and beyond.

And here are the dates!

AUGUST:

3: The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, New York

4: The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, New York

8: The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater
Miami Beach, Florida

9: Ruth Eckard Hall, Backstage
Clearwater, Florida

11: Hard Rock Live Orlando
Orlando, Florida

12: St. Augustine Amphitheatre
St. Augustine, Florida

14: The Montgomery Performing Arts Centre at Renaissance Montgomery
Montgomery, Alabama

16: The Woodruff Arts Center
Atlanta, Georgia

17: lson Center - Cape Fear Community College
Wilmington, North Carolina

19: Tivoli Theatre • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium • Walker Theatre
Chattanooga, Tennessee

20: Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Nashville, Tennessee

22: Louisville Palace
Louisville, Kentucky

23: Taft Theatre
Cincinnati, Ohio

25: Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
Northfield, Ohio

26: Four Winds Casinos
New Buffalo, Michigan

28: Old National Centre
Indianapolis, Indiana

29: Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall (116 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

31: The Stiefel Theatre
Salina, Kansas

SEPTEMBER:

2: ACL Live
Austin, Texas

3: Majestic & Empire Theatres
San Antonio, Texas

12: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Portland, Oregon

13: Paramount Theatre
Seattle, Washington

15: Mountain Winery
Saratoga, California

16: The Masonic
San Francisco, California

23: 横浜赤レンガ倉庫(Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse)
Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan

24: 横浜赤レンガ倉庫(Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse)
Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan

Tickets are already on sale for a few of the shows. The easiest way to get more information is to visit the events page on his Facebook page: http://smarturl.it/DonaldFagenEvents

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Donald Fagen 2017 solo shows

We've already written about the two headlining shows Donald Fagen will do in Japan in September here and here.

But it looks likee there's more coming up.

On Ticketmaster you can find one show listed;

August 9: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Florida
(Tickets go on sale this Friday = April 21).

Various pages - but not the venue homepage - also list

* August 19: Tivoli Theatre, Chattanooga, Tennessee

And while looking for comfirmation we stubled upon a third date over on
http://www.presalepasswordinfo.com/search.php?needle=Donald+Fagen

* September 19: The Masonic, San Francisco, California

Once again no listing on the venue homepage. Also no information on any of this on Donald's official Facebook homepage. Not even the two Japanese dates. But its looking more and more like an autumn solo tour for Donald Fagen this year. :)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Larry Carlton on stage with Steely Dan

Larry Carlton joined Steely Dan on stage in Las Vegas and posted this on his Facebook page:
That's Larry flanked by Jon Herington and Walter Becker.

I spent easter weekend in Las Vegas hanging out with Steely Dan. And Saturday night I sat in and played kid Charlemagne with them. I will be performing 3 shows with them in the near future. What a wonderful reunion for me. Thanks for the hang guys.LC
And in the comments he added:


 "The three shows that I will deal with Steely Dan Connecticut, dodger Stadium and New York"
That's the The Classic West hoopla at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles on June 15, The Classic East wingding at Citi Field, New York on July 29. No date announced in Connecticut yet, but they did play Wallingford there last year, so...



Sunday, April 16, 2017

R.I.P. Allan Holdsworth

The news came via Facebook.
Allan Holdsworth (b 1946) was indeed thee guitarist extraordinaire of our time. In the 70's Allan had made some remarkable recordings with the group UK (with Bill Bruford, Eddie Jobson, John Wetton) and later with Bruford's group. Allan started his solo carreer in the early 80's with the album I.O.U. The young Van Halen was blown away by Allan's playing and thanks to him Allan got a record deal with WEA.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/361803263942657/?fref=ts

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Donald Fagen live in Japan. Ticket presale starts today

Donald Fagen will be the headline act with his band The Nightflyers both evenings of the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Yokohama, Japan September 23 & 24.

Tickets go on presale today for members only. General sale starts May 20.
Prices?

You can pay 11 000 yen (99 USD/94 Euro) for the standing section or go for seated tickets at 16 000 (144 USD/136 Euro) or 24 000 yen (216 USD/204 Euro).

http://bluenotejazzfestival.jp/

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Donald Fagen will play the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Yokohama

Blue Note Jazz Festival web poster
Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers will headline both nights of his years Blue Note Jazz Festival in Yokohama, Japan. The dates are September 23 and 24.

You might be forgiven for thinking that his backing band The Nightflyers will consist of members from the Steely Dan touring band, but apparently not.

See the official promo for the festival here.


And the homepage (in Japanese) is here.

http://bluenotejazzfestival.jp/

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Amusing article on Sgt. Pepper anniversary release

Of all the doubtful articles that popped up yesterday this one was the best, according to the Radio Dupree staff. 
It is about the upcoming 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and includes a list of previously unknown songs. Very amusing and well written.

Here is an excerpt:
“Dead Man” (Lennon/McCartney) – This song begins with a distorted guitar riff and biting lyrics about a “bass player who had it all.” The singer (Lennon) blames the bass player for spending a “careless night on a moped.” The feel of the song shifts dramatically in the chorus as a spectral, haunting choir accompanies the dead man’s assent to heaven.  In the final verse of the song, the singer extracts his revenge by replacing the bass player with the singer of a local pub band. The song fades to the sound of voices chanting “William Cheers! William Cheers!” It is unclear who the dead man represents or why this would have been considered a “Liverpool story.”  

Check out the entire article here: 
http://www.culturesonar.com/beatles-liverpool-stories-album/

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bob Dylan gets his Nobel Prize medal this weekend

It has been unclear whether Bob Dylan will come to Sweden to collect his Nobel Prize medal and if he will hold his Nobel Prize lecture. 
Now the Swedish Academy has received a message from Dylan that he will meet the Academy the coming weeked to receive the Nobel Prize diploma and medal. 
A suitable arrangement since Dylan is giving two concerts in Stockholm.
Sara Danius, secretary of the Swedish Academy, writes on her blog that there will be a small and intimate meeting and that no press will be present.

What about Bob Dylan's Nobel Lecture then?
Sara Danius puts it like this:
"The Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point. (Taped Nobel lectures are presented now and then, the latest of which was that of Nobel Laureate Alice Munro in 2013.) At this point no further details are known."

Bob Dylan, laureate of Nobel Prize in literature 2016, has to hold his Nobel Prize lecture no later than June 10 to get the award money (about US$900,000).

Friday, March 24, 2017

More Zappa albums available

...on CD, download or via streaming. 
Two dozen rare Frank Zappa recordings will be made widely available around the world when UMe assumes distribution of the albums as part of their global partnership with the Zappa Family Trust.
So, this is actually a re-release of these albums. The thing here is that nine of the albums have never been available for download or streaming.

Radio Dupree's recommendations:
If you're Spotify listener or CD consumer and do not really know which new Zappa albums to check out, (since there are just so many titles out there and how on earth will you find something as accessible as Apostrophe ('), Sheik Yerbouti or Freak Out!), we have listed five albums that you should give a listen:

A Token Of His Extreme (Zappa Records, 2013) CD 
In August 1974, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention taped two legendary sets at KCET TV Studios in Hollywood, CA. This popular footage was used by FZ in a number of different edits originally intended as a TV special and eventually featured in the home video release The Dub Room Special (1982). A Token Of His Extreme was officially issued on DVD in 2013 along with the release of the soundtrack on CD. If you like the albums Roxy & Elsewhere and You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2 (The Helsinki Concert), you will love this one.

Frank Zappa Plays The Music of Frank Zappa (Barking Pumpkin, 1996) CD 
A CD with three Zappa signature guitar pieces: “Black Napkins,” “Zoot Allures” and “Watermelon In Easter Hay” in their original released form (remastered) with added live versions that predate the issued masters. Also included is “Merely A Blues In A: from Paris ’74.
If you're into Frank's solos from the mid 70's, this one's for you.

Joe’s Corsage (Vaulternative Records, 2004) CD 
An excellent collection of recordings by the original the Mothers of Invention before their first record contract in early 1966. Surprisingly tight! Not as much insanity as on Freak Out! A mystery why Frank did not release this himself on his You Can't Do That On Stage series for instance.

Philly ’76 (Vaulternative Records, 2009) 2 CD 
Here Zappa went on the road with a totally new band. Only drummer Terry Bozzio had been around for the three previous tours. New players were Patrick O'Hearn (bass), Eddie Jobson (keys/violin), Ray White (guitar/vocals) and Lady Bianca (vocals/keys). It's a joy to hear Lady Bianca sing. How sad that she quit the band in the mid of the tour. This is one of the absolutely best Zappa albums released after his death.

Buffalo (Vaulternative Records, 2007) 2 CD 
Buffalo captures an entire concert recorded live at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY on October 25, 1980. At the time some fans may have missed the percussion from the previous tours, but this is a hell of a band. Vince Colaiuta: drums, Steve Vai: guitar, Arthur Barrow: bass, Tommy Mars: keys/vocals, Ray White & Ike Willis (both lead vocals & rhythm guitar), Bob Harris (keys, vocals, trumpet).

Entire list of albums here: http://www.zappa.com/news/rare-frank-zappa-recordings-set-physical-release-and-streaming