New Documentary About The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir Premiering Tonight in NYC
Posted on April 23, 2014, 4:20 pm
TribecaFilm.comA new documentary about founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir gets its premiere tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir will be shown at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 9:30 p.m. ET, and will feature a special musical set by Weir himself following the screening.
The movie follows Weir’s life, from his early years as a high-school dropout following author Ken Kesey‘s Merry Pranksters communal group, through his amazing 30-year adventure as a member of the world’s most celebrated jam band and beyond. The Other One features candid conversations with Bob, as well as interviews with his Dead band mates Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann; various family members; and musical friends such as Sammy Hagar, Bruce Hornsby and Phish‘s Mike Gordon.
In addition, the movie includes concert and behind-the-scenes footage, and takes a look at how the Grateful Dead was affected by and influenced the cultural changes the world underwent during the group’s existence.
The Other One was directed by Mike Fleiss, whose credits also include the 2011 documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne. The Tribeca Film Festival will host encore screenings of the movie this Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the AMC Loews Village 7 theater. The flick also will be shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 29 and May 2.
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Grammy Charity Auction Offering Meet-and-Greet Packages with Journey, Ozzy Osbourne
Posted on April 21, 2014, 3:39 pm
Travis Shinn; MSO PRTwo exciting VIP packages are up for bid that will give rock fans the chance to get up close and personal with Journey and Ozzy Osbourne. The meet-and-greet experiences are part of a charity auction that will raise money for the Recording Academy’s Grammy Foundation and MusiCares organization.
The Journey package includes two tickets to one of the band’s upcoming summer concerts, to be chosen by the winning bidder, as well as the opportunity to spend some face time with the group’s members and get a picture taken with them.
As for the other offer, the winner will receive two passes to attend the 2014 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert paying tribute to Ozzy Osbourne on May 12 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The package includes a pair of front-row balcony seats, access to the event’s soundcheck, a light meal and a private meeting and photo op with the Metal Madman himself.
Osbourne and his solo band will perform at the sold-out event, as will Metallica, ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, bluesman Keb’ Mo’ and other stars. In addition, The Eagles‘ Joe Walsh will present Ozzy with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, which aids musicians who are struggling with health and addiction issues.
You can bid on the packages through this Friday by visiting eBay.com/Grammy.
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Elton John Establishes Fund in Memory of Late Dance Music Pioneer, Will Play NYC Charity Event Soon
Posted on April 20, 2014, 4:20 pm
Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAFYou may never have heard of Frankie Knuckles, but dance music as we know it today may not have existed without him. The Grammy-winning deejay and record producer, known as “The Godfather of House Music,” died on March 31, and now Elton John is paying tribute to him by establishing a charity fund in his name.
Through his Elton John AIDS Foundation, John has established The Frankie Knuckles Fund, to support HIV information, testing and treatment. In a statement, Elton says, “Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of color, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future.”
The fund will be aimed particularly at empowering and improving the health of the black community. Black men are 40 percent more likely than white men to be diagnosed with HIV, and 46 percent of people in the U.S. living with HIV are black.
In other Elton-related charity news, the music legend will be performing April 28 at the Hot Pink Park Party, the annual New York City fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. He’s played at the event since it first began in 2001, performing solo renditions of both his hits, and more obscure album cuts. Also on the fundraiser’s lineup is Sara Bareilles, whose most recent live album featured a version of John’s hit “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”
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2014 Record Store Day Offering Hundreds of Exclusive Vinyl Releases
Posted on April 19, 2014, 4:20 pm
RecordStoreDay.comSpring is in the air, but if you breathe deeply enough you may also pick up the scent of fresh vinyl. This Saturday, April 19, marks the seventh annual installment of Record Store Day, which is celebrated at select music retailers throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and several other countries. In conjunction with the unofficial holiday, a vast number of artists are issuing limited-edition vinyl singles, EPs and LPs that are sold exclusively at participating independent record shops.
This year’s Record Store Day is proving to be one of the most expansive yet, with more than 400 special releases headed for U.S. stores alone. Obviously, there are way too many discs to list, but among some of the noteworthy acts represented are Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Animals, David Bowie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes, The Ramones, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, The Yardbirds, Frank Zappa and The Zombies.
Here’s some specific information about a few of the releases sure to interest audiophiles:
- David Bowie’s “1984″ picture disc — a seven-inch single featuring a photo of Bowie with famed beat author William S. Burroughs, and including the original version of the song and a live rendition from a December 1974 TV appearance.
- Creedence Clearwater Revival’s The 1969 Singles — a 10-inch white-vinyl disc featuring four singles, a-sides and b-sides, that the band released in 1969.
- The Grateful Dead’s Live at Hampton Coliseum — a two-LP set featuring previously unreleased performances from a concert the band played at the Virginia venue on May 4, 1979.
- The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Live at Monterey — a high-quality 180-gram vinyl edition of the album documenting Hendrix and his group’s landmark 1967 set at the Monterey Pop festival.
- Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes’ Live at the Greek — a three-LP version of the 2000 album — on red, clear and blue vinyl discs — capturing performances from Page and The Crowes’ collaborative 1999 shows in Los Angeles.
- Bruce Springsteen’s American Beauty EP — a 12-inch disc featuring four previously unreleased songs from the sessions that yielded the Boss’ latest album, 2014′s High Hopes.
Check out the full list of special releases at RecordStoreDay.com.
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John Oates, The Zombies, Paul Rodgers Among Musicians Taking Part in Record Store Day Events
Posted on April 19, 2014, 4:20 pm
Juan Pitino; David LeveneThe seventh annual edition of Record Store Day is taking place Saturday and, in addition to the many cool limited-edition vinyl releases that will be available at independent music retailers, a bevy of artists will help celebrate the unofficial holiday by visiting select stores across North America.
Among the well-known musicians set to make special appearances are Hall & Oates singer John Oates, The Zombies, Paul Rodgers and R.E.M.‘s Mike Mills.
Oates, a newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, will be at Grimey’s New and Pre-Loved Music store in Nashville, where he’ll be among of bevy of artists who’ll perform for shoppers. The singer’s set is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. ET.
The Zombies will give an in-store performance of their own at Plan 9 Music in Charlottesville, Virginia, at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Rodgers will visit Sunrise Records in Toronto, Canada, where he’ll sign vinyl and CD copies of his latest album, The Royal Sessions. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET.
As for Mills, the former R.E.M. bass player will visit the Bull Moose music store in Scarborough, Maine, where he’ll sign up to two items for fans, including R.E.M.’s special four-LP Record Store Day release, Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions. The promotion will start at 2 p.m. ET.
A full list of in-store events can be viewed at RecordStoreDay.com.