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The Doors’ Robby Krieger Featured on New Song by Ex-Kyuss Frontman John Garcia

Image Courtesy of Jo LopezThe Doors‘ Robby Krieger lent some of his trademark flamenco-style guitar licks to “Her Bullets Energy,” a new song by John Garcia, founding lead singer of the stoner-rock group Kyuss. The track closes out Garcia’s upcoming self-titled debut solo album, which will be released on August 5.

Garcia tells Rolling Stone that the idea to get Krieger to contribute to “Her Bullets Energy” came from producer Harper Hug, who’s friends with Robby and who decided after hearing the song that a flamenco guitar would fit in well on it.

“I pretty much fell over from my chair and said, ‘Do you think he would do it?’” recalls Garcia.

Krieger, meanwhile, reveals to Rolling Stone that the track was the first project he recorded in the new studio he’s been building with Hug and sound engineer Michael Dumas.

“We’re calling it Horse Latitudes,” he says of the facility. “Harper played me a song that I really liked, and we decided to try recording some of my flamenco guitar on it…We did it in the big room, and it sounded awesome.”

With regard to having the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer featured on his song, Garcia says, “If someone told me at 19 years old, when I wrote ‘Her Bullets Energy,’ that Robby Krieger would be playing on it, I would have told them, ‘You’re out of your mind and go jump in a lake.’”

John Garcia also includes guest appearances by Danko Jones and ex-Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri.

“Her Bullets Energy” currently is streaming on RollingStone.com.


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Listen to Song from Eric Clapton’s Upcoming JJ Cale Tribute Album, “The Breeze,” Online Now

Bushbranch Records/Surfdog RecordsEric Clapton‘s star-studded JJ Cale tribute album The Breeze won’t be released until this Tuesday, but you can preview a couple of tracks from the collection now at different locations on the Internet.

GuitarWorld.com is hosting the exclusive premiere of “Train to Nowhere,” which features contributions from ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and longtime Cale bandmate Don White. The song is one that Cale, who died in July 2013 at the age of 74, had never recorded.

Billboard.com, meanwhile, is streaming “Don’t Wait,” which sees Clapton teaming up with John Mayer.

The album, whose full title is Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale, boasts renditions of 16 Cale compositions, and also features such other acclaimed music artists as Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, David Lindley and Albert Lee.

Cale was a longtime friend of and musical influence on Eric. He’s probably best known for writing the Clapton hits “After Midnight” and “Cocaine,” and he also teamed up with Slowhand for the 2006 collaborative album, The Road to Escondido.

Meanwhile, Clapton tells Billboard that he’s planning to record a number of additional unreleased and/or unfinished songs by JJ for inclusion on his own upcoming projects.

“I have to finish them. It would be wrong not to bring them to a finished point,” notes Eric. “So that’s the next thing. I’ve got time booked to finish those tracks and mix them, and then with [his widow] Christine‘s permission and [his manager Mike Kappus'] permission I’ll put them on albums…I’ll just include them in any other things I carry on doing.”


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Whitney Houston’s Mother Reacts to Houston Biopic: “Let Her Rest”

Image Courtesy of Legacy RecordingsIt’s no secret that Whitney Houston‘s family does not support Lifetime’s upcoming biopic, but the late singer’s mother, Cissy Houston, is now officially expressing her feelings on the matter.

“Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections. No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby [Brown],” Cissy tells Entertainment Tonight.

She continued, “In the two years since Whitney’s death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn’t know her.”

After being “exhausted” by the people who did not know her, Cissy has one final request: “Please, please let her rest.”

The Angela Bassett-directed film has recruited R&B singer Deborah Cox to provide vocal tracks, since “music rights and clearances are still being worked out,” a Lifetime rep told E! Online last week. The movie, starring America’s Next Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta, is set to premiere next year.


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2014 Rock’n'Blues Fest Tour to Continue in Homage to the Late Johnny Winter

Image Courtesy of Johnny WinterBefore his sudden death on July 16 while on tour in Zurich, Switzerland, blues guitar legend Johnny Winter had been scheduled to hit the road next week with his brother Edgar and other stars for a new edition of the annual Rock’n'Blues Fest tour. Now, Edgar Winter has announced that the trek will go ahead as planned, as a tribute to Johnny.

The third annual edition of the outing features a total of 12 dates, running from a July 31 show in Clarkston, Michigan, through an August 24 concert in Snoqualmie, Washington. The other acts on the Rock’n'Blues Fest — A Tribute to Johnny Winter tour lineup are Vanilla Fudge, ex-Rare Earth singer Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown‘s Kim Simmonds. In addition, Rick Derringer, who’s famously collaborated with both Johnny and Edgar Winter over the years, will be a special guest at the last two shows of the trek — August 23 in Las Vegas and the aforementioned Snoqualmie gig.

Fans who attend this year’s Rock’n'Blues Fest shows can expect the acts to perform a variety of songs that Johnny used to play, including such classics as “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo,” “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and “Johnny B. Goode.”

Here is the full itinerary of the 2014 Rock’n'Blues Fest trek:

7/31 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/1 — Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
8/2 — Rockland, ME, Harbor Park
8/8 — Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
8/10 — Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre
8/13 — Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
8/14 — Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
8/15 — Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/22 — Anaheim, CA, City National Civic of Anaheim
8/23 — Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery
8/24 — Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino


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Hall & Oates: “The ’80s Weren’t as Much Fun as You Might Think”

Irish Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentDaryl Hall & John Oates ruled the charts in the early to mid-’80s, scoring a seemingly endless string of hits, appearing on MTV 24/7 and even headlining Live Aid. But now, looking back, the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer inductees say those days weren’t really the endless party that most people assume they were.

“The ’80s weren’t as much fun as you might think,” John Oates tells the British paper The Guardian. “The demands were so great. When you’re in a rock band, traveling in a van, you may wish you were in a private plane, but you really don’t know what you’re missing. I enjoyed the ’70s a whole lot better.” But why? They certainly weren’t as popular back then. Well, John says that’s the point.

“It was a totally freer time. Then we became pop superstars and we couldn’t go anywhere,” he explains.

Daryl Hall feels the same way, telling the paper, “I didn’t really want to participate in [superstardom].” But these days, he says he’s OK with his level of fame.

“I’m as popular as I was back then, but it’s a different kind of popularity,” he explains. “It’s more pleasant. More fulfilling. I don’t feel like people are treating me like a Daryl doll.” Also satisfying, he says, is the fact that, unlike in the past, today’s hippest artists will all readily own up to being Hall & Oates fans.

”I hear my influence all over the place,” says Daryl. “It’s pretty widespread.”


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