Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rory Gallagher Irish Tour '74 - 2CD and 7-Disc Digital Set Out October 21, 2014

Wow! This forthcoming collection sounds amazing! For those not familiar with the late great Rory Gallagher (1948-1995), this is likely an impressive introduction. And for long-time fans of the singer-guitarist, October 20th can't come soon enough. Eagle Rock has long been at the forefront of helping champion Gallagher's music and you can read their latest media release below...
The 2011 DVD/Blu-ray release of 'Irish Tour '74
was one of the top releases of the year.

Rory Gallagher
Irish Tour ‘74
October 20th 2014 will see the 40th anniversary expanded deluxe edition release of one of Rory Gallagher’s most celebrated recordings.
Sony Music / Legacy Recordings is proud to announce the release of Rory Gallagher’s legendary Irish Tour ‘74.  The most expansive edition to date, of this landmark album.  Featured for the first time on record, all three shows.  Packaged in a special deluxe edition 8 disc 10” boxset and including 43 previously unreleased tracks, remastered audio, photos, extensive liner notes, feature length documentary, memorabilia and more.
On October 21, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment To Issue North American Release of Irish Tour 40th Anniversary Deluxe 7-disc digital set and Irish Tour Special Edition on 2CD.
New York, NY (August 26, 2014)—By 1974 Rory Gallagher had already established a formidable reputation as one of the finest recording artists and exciting live performers of his generation. He was four years in to a successful solo career following his departure from his critically acclaimed outfit, Taste. 1970 to 1974 had produced five albums and an almost continuous schedule of touring, Rory had gone from strength to strength. He was mid-way in to what would be the most prolific decade of his career and was at the absolute top of his game. By sad contrast, Gallagher’s homeland and his beloved adopted city, Belfast in particular had taken a battering.  The political climate of Northern Ireland in the late 60s/early 70s saw Belfast ripped apart by some of the most devastating violence in the country’s history.  By 1973 and the winter of Gallagher’s landmark tour, Belfast was on its knees.  Roy Hollingworth, a journalist for Melody Maker in attendance at the Ulster Hall show would describe the city as a shattered, deserted and frightened place. The live music scene was non-existent with all but Gallagher willing to tour during the height of the Troubles tearing the country apart.  While his contemporaries turned their back on the city, it was Rory’s refusal to do so that forever won him the hearts of thousands of fans across the country.  “I see no reason for not playing Belfast. Kids still live here,” said Gallagher of his decision to repeatedly play in Belfast.  And so, Rory and his band, Gerry McAvoy (bass), Rod De’ath (drums) and Lou Martin (keys) returned again in the winter of 1973 for what would become the celebrated Irish Tour.  Acclaimed filmmaker Tony Palmer was drafted in to document the tour.  Palmer had first met Gallagher six years before in 1968 when Taste supported Cream at their famous farewell show at the Royal Albert Hall. Palmer has been on hand to record the super groups’ final performance but hadn’t failed to notice the extraordinary standout talents of the young Gallagher. When asked to accompany Rory on the Irish tour in the winter of 1973, Palmer seized the opportunity. More than aware of the socio-political situation in the North of the country at the time and Rory’s refusal to be drawn on either side of the argument, Palmer knew “this [was] a very interesting proposition.”  “Rory was at pains to point out he wasn’t active in any sense politically,” Palmer tells us, but felt very strongly that he should be allowed to play both Northern Ireland and the Republic. “I don’t want to make a movie with any political content but it will be self evident” said Gallagher
Both the Dublin and Cork shows also feature heavily on the subsequent documentary but it was Rory’s dignified but defiant impartial stance in Belfast that helped make this recording such a watershed moment for Rory’s
legions of devoted fans.
Irish Tour ’74 was a world class, matchless, blistering live performance. It is one of the greatest live albums of all time. No studio trickery, no overdubs. A truly live album. The stuff of legend.  This new deluxe edition features, for the first time on record, each of these iconic shows. Seven albums worth of fully remastered audio including 43 previously unreleased recordings, plus the Tony Palmer directed feature length documentary and large full color booklet. All presented in deluxe packaging.
“Only he could play the guitar off the fucking planet.” Tony Palmer
“Rory Gallagher brought hope and musical inspiration to his war-torn spiritual hometown of Belfast.”
“It was within the walls of the venue on ‘bomb alley’ that the tender-hearted, soft-spoken, dogged determination and captivating presence of Ireland’s guitar warrior poet and people’s hero found
its fullest flowering.”
“While Ulster teetered towards the brink, Rory’s rock hit with righteous affirmation”
Gavin Martin for Blues Magazine
“I've never seen anything quite so wonderful, so stirring, so uplifting, so joyous as when Gallagher and the band walked on stage. The whole place erupted, they all stood and they cheered and they yelled, and screamed, and they put their arms up, and they embraced. Then as one unit they put their arms into the air and gave peace signs. Without being silly, or overemotional, it was one of the most memorable moments of my life. It all meant something, it meant more than just rock n' roll, it was something bigger, something more valid than just that.”  Roy Hollingworth for Melody Maker
“Rory loved Belfast.  Just loved it.  Anytime we hit the stage after 1971 you were aware that, apart from the odd cabaret turn at the Abercorn (site of a 1972 bomb blast killing two and injuring 130), none of the bigger bands would come back to play Belfast, it was starved of music. Obviously after The Miami Showband tragedy it just got worse. We’re professionals. We play as well as we could wherever we played but it was a special situation in Belfast, something you could never acquire or attain at any other gig.”  Gerry McAvoy
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Disc 1 & 2
Cork (5th of January 1974)
            •           Messin’ With The Kid*
            •           Cradle Rock
            •           I Wonder Who
            •           Tattoo’d Lady
            •           Walk On Hot Coals
            •           Laundromat*
            •           A Million Miles Away
            •           Hands Off*
            •           Too Much Alcohol
            •           As The Crow Flies
            •           Pistol Slapper Blues*
            •           Unmilitary Two-Step*
            •           Bankers Blues*
            •           Going To My Hometown*
            •           Who’s That Coming
            •           In Your Town*
Disc 3 & 4
Dublin (2nd of January 1974)
            •           Cradle Rock*
            •           Tattoo’d Lady*
            •           Hands Off*
            •           Walk On Hot Coals*
            •           Laundromat*
            •           Too Much Alcohol*
            •           A Million Miles Away*
            •           As The Crow Flies*
            •           Pistol Slapper Blues*
            •           Bankers Blues*
            •           Unmilitary Two-Step*
            •           Going To My Hometown*
            •           In Your Town*
            •           Bullfrog Blues*
Disc 5 & 6
Belfast (29th of December 1973)
            •           Messin’ With The Kid*
            •           Cradle Rock*
            •           I Wonder Who*
            •           Tattoo’d Lady*
            •           Walk On Hot Coals*
            •           Hands Off*
            •           A Million Miles Away*
            •           Laundromat*
            •           As The Crow Flies*
            •           Pistol Slapper Blues*
            •           Unmilitary Two-Step*
            •           Bankers Blues*
            •           Going To My Hometown*
            •           Who’s That Coming*
            •           In Your Town*
            •           Bullfrog Blues*
Disc 7
City Hall in Session (3rd of January 1974)
            •           Maritime (The Edgar Lustgarden Cut)
            •           I Want You  / Raunchy Medley*
            •           Treat Her Right
            •           I Wonder Who*
            •           Too Much Alcohol*
            •           Just A Little Bit
            •           I Can’t Be Satisfied*
            •           Acoustic Medley*
            •           Back On My Stompin' Ground (After Hours)
            •           Stompin’ Ground (Alt version)
Disc 8 (DVD)
The Tony Palmer directed documentary Irish Tour ’74
(courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment)
* Previously unreleased
Irish Tour ’74 Expanded Deluxe Edition is available to pre-order now at

Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate to Auction Stage Backdrop for Fan Bryan Stow

There is not often a lot to celebrate when turning on the news nowadays. Here is a great story worth sharing courtesy of a media release that landed in my inbox...

Geoff Tate / Photo credit: Mick McDonald
On opening day of the baseball season in 2011, San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium by two individuals, who are currently serving a sentence for their actions.
Stow, a proud father of two and a paramedic, sustained severe injuries to his brain and was placed into a medically-induced coma after the incident.
It would be months before he would go outside and, ultimately, more than two years before he would go home.
Shortly after the occurrence, while Stow was in the hospital, Queensryche became aware that he was one of their biggest fans, sporting a sizable tattoo of the Queensryche logo on his left arm.
At the request of a friend, the band made a surprise visit to Bryan in the hospital that September, which ended up being an experience that both will never forget.
"We were incredibly inspired by his love for life, his love for his family and his love for our music," states original Queensryche lead singer, Geoff Tate.
With a week remaining in their Farewell tour, Geoff's version of Queensryche (which will continue on as Operation: Mindcrime after the tour ends) will be auctioning off the Queensryche stage backdrop that has been featured on several tours. "It's truly a special part of our musical history and we'd like to raise some much-needed funds for Bryan so he can continue his progress."
The auction will begin at 3:00pm PDT on Sunday, August 31, the day after the very last performance of Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate - The Farewell Tour, and will end at 3:00pm PDT the following Sunday, September 7, 2014. "We're honored and thankful to have fans like Bryan in our life and would like to present him with a check just prior to Thanksgiving. Every little bit helps at this point and we hope to continue our efforts for Bryan and his family down the road."
Come Sunday, fans desiring to bid can enter "Queenryche Stage Backdrop" on eBay or go to the direct link at
In addition to the money raised from the auction of the backdrop, Geoff will, personally, be donating his proceeds from a song titled, "Facing My Demons," that he sings with The Voodoos, who are currently out on tour with him. The song can be downloaded at
Earlier this month, Bryan came out for the Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate performance in Morgan Hill, California and, more recently, made a clubhouse visit with his son to the San Francisco Giants clubhouse on Sunday, August 17, where he was guided by longtime third base coach Tim Flannery and Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt.
Flannery, a musician himself, has performed a series of Northern California concerts over the past three years to raise money for Bryan, and plans to continue his efforts as well.
To all music fans... to all sports fans... to all those who just want to do some good...
Get out there and bid!

For specific information about Bryan and his progress, please see

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Toad the Wet Sprocket releases concept video for 'California Wasted'

As long-time readers know, Toad the Wet Sprocket is one of my all-time favorite bands. Today brings word that the quartet has released another video from its latest album, the wonderful 'New Constellation.' I just watched the video and it's great! Here is the official media release...


From left: Dean Dinning, Todd Nichols, Randy Guss, Glen Phillips
Yesterday, Toad the Wet Sprocket's video for "California Wasted" premiered on Paste Magazine online. The video, directed by Matthew Ward and Ryan Chan, shows the band members in beautiful California setting, unable to be present, distracted by phones and newspapers. Said Ward, " The concept came from what the song implied: wasting away in California."Said Glen Phillips from Toad, "Enjoy, and make sure you occasionally look up from your smartphone and see the world around you."

New Constellation, Toad the Wet Sprocket's first independent album since their debut LP was released 25 years ago, came out of the gate with premiere items on Rolling Stone and Billboard, and was crowd-funded with a campaign that reached its goal amount in less than 24 hours and went on to reach 5 times the original goal amount. The fans continue to fuel the engine as they hit the road, coast-to-coast with friends and fan-favorites Counting Crows. The first three singles from the album have seen a strong response at radio, and received rave reviews, and their recent activity has seen their timeless hits such as "All I Want," "Something's Always Wrong," "Walk on The Ocean," and "Fall Down" return to the charts. Their most recent single, "California Wasted," was released last week and is already on the top 10 most added list at AC.
In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, and in conjunction with the summer tour, Toad is featuring new items on their site including 25th Anniversary Toad merchandise. They will also be posting lyric videos to some of the classic Toad hits on their YouTube channel. Fans should also check the band’s new website for additional dates around the Counting Crows tour.
“We’re honored to be on the road with Counting Crows on the summer of our 25th anniversary. We recently released New Constellation, our first album in 16 years. Adam Duritzis partially responsible - five years after we broke up, he asked us to reform and play a few shows opening for Counting Crows,” said lead vocalist and guitarist Glen Phillips. “That tour was the first crack in the ice, and now we are back together, touring again with the band that first encouraged us to give it another go.”

Toad the Wet Sprocket (Glen Phillips on lead vocals and guitar, Dean Dinning on bass and vocals, Todd Nichols on lead guitar and vocals, and Randy Guss on the drums) share in the kind of musical chemistry that can only come from meeting in high school and writing, recording and touring on albums over the course of those 25 years. After Bread & Circus, they followed with Pale in 1990, fear in ’91Dulcinea in 1994, and Coil in 1997, as well as some compilation and rarities compilations along the way. While most will feel the comforting familiarity of the Billboard-charting hits, “Walk on the Ocean”, “All I Want”, “Something’s Always Wrong”, and “Fall Down”, new fans will also be well familiar with their new hits such as “California Wasted” which continues to climb the charts as well. Even with a period of the band members weaving in and out of each other’s musical lives, the same creative curiosity that inspired the band to form in 1986 has brought them full circle to come back together again. It’s official: TOAD IS BACK.

Aug 27- WELLFLEET, MA- Beachcomber
Aug 28- HARTFORD, CT- Infinity Hall
Aug 29- NORWALK, CT- Norwalk Concert Hall
Aug 30- NEWBURYPORT, MA- Riverfront Music Festival
Oct 11- SOLVANG, CA- Solvang Festival Theater
Nov 8- SOLANA BEACH, CA- Belly Up Tavern
Nov 14- LAS VEGAS, NV- Brooklyn Bowl Vegas
Nov 15- SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA- Coach House
Nov 20- KANSAS CITY, MO- Uptown Theater
Nov 21- WICHITA, KS- Orpheum Theatre
Nov 22- DENVER, CO- Ogden Theatre
Nov 23- ASPEN, CO- Wheeler Opera House
Nov 29- LOS ANGELES, CA- The Fonda Theatre

Sights and Sounds: Gary Calamar, Americana Music Association, Justin Currie

Happy Tuesday morning everybody! Here is a quick roundup of several items pulled from my inbox first thing today...

True Blood, Dexter, Six Feet Under Music Supervisor as well as Disc Jockey, Author and Former Record Store Manager’s Musical Evolution Continues with Solo Debut From a Rock and Roll Wordsmith

LOS ANGELES, CA (TUESDAY AUGUST 26, 2014) – Five-time Grammy nominated music supervisor and noted KCRW Disc Jockey Gary Calamar ( announced today that his debut E.P. You Are What You listen To will be released October 14 via Atlantic Records.
You Are What You Listen To is Gary Calamar’s debut as a musician & songwriter of gloriously catchy, sparkly rock and roll songs, filled with abundant wit and melody. Drawing inspiration from his rock heroes, his tunes alternately crunch as well as caress. Produced by John Would (Fiona Apple), the six songs that compromise the E.P. jam their way directly into your head. They are:
1. I Got An Idea
2. Giddy
3. Minimum Day 
4. She’s So Mid-Century 
5. The Last Revolution
6. Back Door Man
So how does one go from music industry soldier to simply musician? Well, it’s actually more like an evolution than a career change. Known primarily as a five-time Grammy nominated music supervisor on shows like True Blood, Dexter, Six Feet Under as well as KCRW DJ, Gary Calamar has always been a songwriter. None other than Iggy Pop recorded his tune “Let’s Boot and Rally”. So after years of being a closeted songwriter with no time to record, up stepped Atlantic Records who heard a few demo tracks and asked to put the record out. And here we are, You Are What You Listen To
Gary’s humble beginnings in the music business began behind the counter at LA’s finest record stores: Licorice Pizza (RIP), Moby Disc (RIP) and Rhino (RIP). He managed the criminally underrated L.A. band, The Balancing Act who released 3 indie classics on IRS Records. From there he was offered a job at one of the world’s most influential radio stations, KCRW. He also co-authored the book Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again. But all the while he’s been entertaining his inner circle of music pals with his own compositions. Catchy, sparkling, glorious bursts of rock and roll mischief and majesty, they are. Real, live, can’t-get-them-outta-yer-head songs that will be released in on October 14. 
Live dates to be announced shortly. 

Americana Music Association announces its 13th Annual Honors & Awards Performers and Presenters

(Nashville, Tenn.) August 26, 2014 – The Americana Music Association reveals an initial presenter and performer lineup for its 13th annual Honors & Awards Show. As anticipated, the list reflects Americana’s “spirit of eclecticism” (New York Times) through its diverse production/curation.

Hurray For The Riff Raff
is Alynda Lee Segarra /
Photo: Josh Shoemaker
In addition to previously announced performances by Loretta Lynn, Flaco Jimenez, Taj Mahal and Jackson Browne, the tastemaker event will feature Buddy Miller, Cassandra Wilson, Hard Working Americans, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Jason Isbell, Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart, Parker Millsap, Patty Griffin, Robert Ellis, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Ry Cooder, Sarah Jarosz, St. Paul & Broken Bones, Sturgill Simpson, The Devil Makes Three, The McCrary Sisters, The Milk Carton Kids and Valerie June with presentations by Amy Ray, Carlene Carter, Elizabeth Cook, Emmylou Harris, JD Souther, Joe Henry, John Paul White, John Ritter, Keb Mo, Rhett Miller, Shovels and Rope, Todd Snider and Vince Gill.
The 13th Annual Honors & Awards Show — held at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 17th — will be hosted by Jim Lauderdale and feature a house band led by Buddy Miller that includes Don Was, Joachim Cooder, Tim Lauer, The McCrary Sisters and legend, Ry Cooder.
Broadcast live with radio partners SiriusXM "Outlaw Country" and online via NPR's Folk Alley, and edited for television for PBS that will air November 22 in the Austin City Limits time slot. The Americana Honors & Awards, for the first time, will also air on Australia's CMC (Country Music Channel). The show kicks off the 15th Annual Festival and Conference that runs Wed. Sept, 17 through Sunday, Sept 21.
For a full list of performers, panels, and ticket and registration information, please visit
The 15th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, a “smaller, rootsier version of South by Southwest” (New York Times) will take place September 17-21, 2014 in Nashville, TN, kicked off by the 13th annual Americana Honors & Awards Show on Sept. 17 at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
The Americana Music Association is a professional non-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American Roots Music around the world. The Association curates events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, presented by Nissan, the acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program and most recently “Americana NYC” Aug. 4th – 11th — a partnership with Lincoln Center. For more information, please visit


Justin Currie will tour the U.S. in September and October of 2014.
Justin Currie, the lead singer and songwriter of Scottish pop-rock band Del Amitri, is pleased to announce U.S. dates this fall in support of his newest release, Lower Reaches.

Watch Justin Currie's Video "Bend To My Will" here
Visit Justin Currie's website here
The new album is the follow-up to Currie's 2010 critically acclaimed project The Great War which garnered 4 star reviews and earned Currie the moniker of "a songwriter's songwriter" from Mojo.  On Lower Reaches, Currie's pop sensibilities and radio ready vocals are ever present, but it's his songwriting that is perhaps most striking.  The new set of self-penned songs show Currie emerging as a writer of great depth and sensitivity, deftly examining life, relationships and the human condition, albeit delivered with the healthy dose of cynicism and wit that his fans have come to count on.
Currie wrote most of the songs on Lower Reaches during a solitary songwriting retreat on the Isle of Skye off the coast of Scotland.  Hunkered down in a remote cottage in the shadow of The Cuillins, the mountain range that dominates the Hebridean island, Currie had no internet and no mobile phone, just an acoustic guitar, a piano, and a ghetto-blaster on which to record his ideas.  "I suppose it was a bit like my Brill Building", he smiles. "You're being your own boss and putting yourself under pressure to write."  Currie wrote fifteen songs in eleven days, something of a personal best in terms of rapid-fire delivery. When it came time to capture the music in the studio Currie traveled to Austin, Texas to work with producer Mike McCarthy (Craig Finn [The Hold Steady], Spoon, Patty Griffin, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead).  The process was, in Currie's words, "a brilliant experience" and the resulting tracks have been heralded by the UK press as among the songwriter's recent best. Watch Justin Currie's Video "Bend to My Will" here
As singer and main songwriter in Del Amitri, formed in Glasgow in 1983, Currie wrote many of their biggest hits including ‘Roll To Me’, ‘Always The Last To Know’, and ‘Nothing Ever Happens’. During their long and distinguished career, Del Amitri released four Top 10 albums, including ‘Waking Hours’ (1989), which sold over a million copies in the UK alone. 
About Compass Records
Billboard Magazine has touted Compass Records Group as one of the leading independent labels of the past decade. The label group is home to more than 500 releases across the Compass Records, Green Linnet and Mulligan Records imprints with a roster that boasts a variety of artists including Colin Hay, A.J. Croce, Victor Wooten, Claire Lynch, the Farewell Drifters, Peter Rowan, The Gibson Brothers, Darden Smith, BeauSoleil, Michael Cleveland, and label co-founder Alison Brown. For more information, visit

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sights and Sounds: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Prince, Bryan Adams, Ono

Lots and lots of big news relating to upcoming late summer and fall 2014 releases that have been announced today. Here is a roundup to catch everybody up!

'Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Turkey Day Collection' coming to DVD on November 25, 2014

Four DVD box set from Shout! Factory features previously-unreleased episodes Jungle Goddess, The Painted Hills, The Screaming Skull and Squirm

It’s time to talk turkey! Celebrating Thanksgiving with turkey has been a well-known tradition for generations, but for MST-ies, Turkey Day also means celebrating another tradition: one that involves giving thanks for turkeys of the cinematic variety. This year, our Turkey Day feast will feature four never before on DVD episodes, Jungle Goddess The Painted Hills The Screaming Skulland Squirm.

This 4-DVD collectible tin box set is also stuffed with bonus features, including exclusive new Turkey Day episode introductions by Joel Hodgson, a new interview with Squirm star Don Scardino, new featurettes  Undercooked & Overstuffed: Inside the Turkey Day Marathon, Bumper To Bumper: Turkey Day Through The Years, This Film May Kill You: Making ‘The Screaming Skull’ and Gumby & Clokey; as well as four exclusive Mini Posters by artist Steve Vance!

Fans who order this title from will receive a free MST3K Vol. XXXI slipcase, free exclusive MST3K coasters and free standard US shipping, with their copies shipping three weeks before street date. Pre-orders can be placed at

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Turkey Day Edition brings us Jungle Goddess, the tale of two pilots in search of a missing heiress and her father’s reward money. They track her down in the African jungle where she is doing just fine, thank you. Includes The Phantom Creeps Chapter One: “The Menacing Power;  The Painted Hills, based on a novel about a kindly prospector who is murdered and his faithful pup takes on the perp. Also includes the short film Body Care & Grooming; The Screaming Skull, whereina neurotic woman is driven to distraction — if not destruction — by the ghost of her new husband’s previous wife. Also includes the Gumby short Robot Rumpus and the cult horror film Squirm, the low-budget tale of a southern town beset by electrified, carnivorous worms. Includes the short film A Case of Spring Fever, in which a frustrated man wishes springs (metal, not seasonal) never existed…and lives to regret it.

  Bonus Features Include:
·         Exclusive Turkey Day Episode Intros by Joel Hodgson
·         Undercooked & Overstuffed: Inside the Turkey Day Marathon
·         Bumper To Bumper: Turkey Day Through The Years
·         Gumby & Clokey
·         This Film May Kill You: Making The Screaming Skull
·         Interview with Squirm Star Don Scardino
·         Four Exclusive Mini-Posters by Artist Steve Vance




'ART OFFICIAL AGE' album cover revealed today
Music icon PRINCE today announces not one, but two, brand new studio albums to be released globally via Warner Bros. Records. The much-anticipated albums are 'ART OFFICIAL AGE' and 'PLECTRUMELECTRUM', set to release on September 30th 2014 in the US.  'ART OFFICIAL AGE' is a solo album and 'PLECTRUMELECTRUM' is by Prince's new band 3RDEYEGIRL.

Both albums, which are sold separately, are now available for pre-order via digital retailers and from Early buyers will be able to unlock 'instant grat' tracks from each record.  The album releases will also be marked by a series of very special events taking place globally, to be confirmed shortly.

2014 has been one of the most exciting years yet for the prodigious musical talent. Together with 3RDEYEGIRL, he rocked UK and European audiences into a frenzy with his sell-out 'Hit & Run' tours, generating some of the most significant critical acclaim of his career so far. In April, NPG Music Publishing was launched, marking the first time Prince's vast publishing catalog has been independently controlled and administered in over twenty years. All of this in addition to headlining and curating the Essence Festival on July 4th in New Orleans and a much talked about appearance on hit TV show 'New Girl'. 2014 has underlined that Prince continues to innovate and surprise, thrilling his fans and welcoming a whole new audience in the process.

The brand new studio albums mark a historic return to Warner Bros. Records, Prince's original label home. The renewed partnership came after the announcement that Warner Bros. Records returned to Prince the master recordings of his pioneering '80s albums, including Dirty Mind1999Purple Rain and Sign 'O' the Times.

"Prince is one of just a handful of visionary artists who have truly reshaped and redefined modern music and culture," said Warner Bros. Records Chairman & CEO Cameron Strang. "For the past 35 years, he has never stopped evolving, challenging himself, reinventing his sound, and pushing boundaries. In true Prince fashion, he has just given us not one, but two extraordinary albums that express the incredible range and depth of his talent. All of us at WBR are immensely proud to be working with Prince to bring this brilliant new music to his legions of fans around the world, and needless to say we are thrilled to be working in partnership with him again."

In releasing two albums on the same day fans get the chance to savor the many different aspects of Prince's musical talents with 'ART OFFICIAL AGE' and 'PLECTRUMELECTRUM' offering two very distinct listening experiences.

'ART OFFICIAL AGE' is a classic Prince album, produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince and Joshua Welton (@joshuaworld).  Sonically the record is a contemporary concoction of soul, R&B and funk.  The melodies are immediate and prominent as ever and Prince's vocals are rich and solid, taking full advantage of his vocal range with decidedly, seductive lyrics.
'PLECTRUMELECTRUM' is a classic band record, with 3RDEYEGIRL which include Prince, Donna Grantis (guitar), Hannah Ford Welton (drums) and Ida Nielsen (bass).  Recorded live and in analog the album is an electrifying funk-rock statement.  Many of the tracks from 'PLECTRUMELECTRUM' were performed live on the 'Hit & Run' tours of the UK earlier this year - incendiary performances in a series of historic venues - which led The Guardian to declare "These are performances by one of the greatest funk-rock bands ever."  The group was showered in 5-star reviews from all major reviewing media.
More live dates will be confirmed shortly.

The track-listings for 'ART OFFICIAL AGE and 'PLECTRUMELECTRUM' are as follows:

affirmation I & II
affirmation III


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Bryan Adams revisits his musical roots on new album, 'Tracks Of My Years,' featuring a collection of cover songs and a new track 'She Knows Me'

Los Angeles, CA (August 25, 2014) – Iconic multi-platinum recording-artist Bryan Adams is set to release his first studio album in more than six years with Tracks Of My Years (Verve Records), a diverse collection of time honored classics from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, announced today.  Releasing September 30, 2014 in the US and Canada (October 6 in Europe and other territories), Tracks Of My Years is co-produced by Adams, David Foster and Bob Rock, and includes ten cover songs featuring a wide range of influential musical styles, from Chuck Berry's "Rock & Roll Music," Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You" to the Beatles' "Any Time At All." The collection also includes a brand new track, “She Knows Me” co-written with his long-time writing partner Jim VallanceThe Adams/Vallance partnership was responsible for many of Adams’ classic hits including “Heaven,” “Summer of ‘69” and “Run To You.” The 11-track release and 16-track deluxe version will be available digitally and at retailers nationwide.  Presale is live today, link:

"Making the selection of the songs for the album took a long time" noted Adams.  "We recorded all kinds of songs until the songs sort of presented themselves, or sounded different enough from the originals.  We did about 3 months of recording, spread out over the course of 2 years.  Radio was king when I was a teenager," Adams reflected, "you'd hear McCarney's ‘Admiral Halsey’ straight into ‘Kiss and Say Goodbye’ by the Manhattans. Radio didn't discriminate back then."
The critics have issued early praise for Adams’ first album of covers, “…the high is heavenly.  With God Only Knows,…he takes words, tune, a piano goes a deal slower than the original, and sings the plain beauty of it from the intimacy of the heart rather than the aesthetics Brian Wilson’s glorious art.  Track of the year contender right there.” –Mojo
Tracks Of My Years, the first studio release from Adams since Eleven in 2008, is an eclectic mix of songs reflective of the time when rock was played alongside pop, country and R&B, and follows Adams’ critically-acclaimed acoustic album, 2010’s "Bare Bones" a release that resulted in sold out shows across Europe, North America, Australia and South Africa.
Tracklisting for Standard Version
1)  Any Time At All
2)  She Knows Me
3)  I Can't Stop Loving You
4)  Kiss And Say Goodbye
5)  Lay Lady Lay
6)  Rock And Roll Music
7)  Down On The Corner
8)  Never My Love
9)  Sunny
10) The Tracks Of My Tears
11)  God Only Knows

Tracklisting for Deluxe
1)  Any Time At All
2)  She Knows Me
3)  I Can't Stop Loving You
4)  Kiss And Say Goodbye
5)  Lay Lady Lay
6)  Rock And Roll Music
7)  Down On The Corner
8)  Never My Love
9)  Sunny
10) The Tracks Of My Tears
11)  God Only Knows
Bonus 12)  You've Been A Friend To Me
13)  Many Rivers To Cross
14) C'mon Everybody
15)  Help Me Make It Through The Night
16)  You Shook MeAbout Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams is one of the world's most highly acclaimed singer/songwriters.  In a career that has spanned more than four decades, the Grammy-winning singer has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide, garnered 21 top ten hits, earned nominations for three Academy Awards and five Golden Globes, received 18 Juno Awards, an American Music Award and five ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for Most Performed Song from a Motion Picture.
Adams is the recipient of the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada; he has received an award for "Artist of the Decade" and has been inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame.  He has a star on Canada's Walkway of Fame,  a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  and his handprint has been  added to the Wembley Square of Fame in celebration of his 25th show at the famed stadium. 
Bryan Adams' live performances have benefited His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales Prince's Trust, Live Aid,  Live 8, The Concert for Freedom for Nelson Mandela, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Net Aid, The Canadian Avalanche Foundation and Breast Cancer to mention a very few.  Through his namesake foundation he has helped build schools and supported organizations that have helped disadvantaged people around the world.
Adams is also an acclaimed photographer.  His work has also been on display with Hear the World presents "Hear the World Ambassadors" – featuring exclusive portraits of renowned personalities from the film, music, and fashion industries.  His critically acclaimed exhibit, “Modern Muses,” was on display in 2008 at the National Portrait Gallery in London.  Amongst the books he has released (his most recent through the prestigious German publisher Steidl) are "Exposed" a collection of portraits and fashion work chronicling his photographic work to date, and "Wounded - The Legacy of War", a collection of intimate photographs documenting the personal sacrifice of war.
Adam's outstanding live concerts have established him as one of the world's best rock singers of our time, performing over 120 concerts a year for audiences around the globe. For more information, visit

ONO returns with her latest dance single "Angel" (The Remixes); ONO's 11th #1 Billboard chart-topping dance hit

ONO returns to clubland with her latest dancefloor reinvention ANGEL” (THE REMIXES).  The set follows her propulsive #1 BILLBOARD CHART-TOPPING DANCE HIT “WALKING ON THIN ICE 2013” (Issue date: 10/12/2013).
With “ANGEL” (THE REMIXES), the boundless visionary teams up with a diverse assemblage of exciting producers, with the first set of remixes including EDM, trap/dubstep and house music titan DANK,  along with master remixer DAVE AUDÉ (with 99 #1Billboard club mixes to his credit), tastemaking DJ/producer MIKE CRUZ, as well as rising Dutch dance music producer’s SOUL CARTEL (aka Nicolas Vesters & David van Ansem) to deliver a searing collection of modern reworks of the original “Yes, I’m Your Angel” (from the Grammy Award winning John Lennon and Yoko Ono album Double Fantasy).  The poetic song finds ONO at her most rapturous, melodic and tender against a pulsing background of infectious tracks ranging from stadium-rocking EDM workouts and euphoric mainstream house anthems to sweltering progressive floor-fillers and deep tribal grooves.
ONO remains a formidable presence in the dance world and on the club charts. With three essential remix anthologies (Yes, I’m A WitchOpen Your Box and Onomix) and eleven #1 BILLBOARD HOT DANCE CLUB PLAY CHART-TOPPERS under her belt, she not only holds sway with discerning DJs, clubbers and tastemakers worldwide, but has also managed to ascend to the top of the club charts dethroning a slew of contemporary mainstream and electronic pop heavyweights like LADY GAGA, RIHANNA, DAFT PUNK, KATY PERRY, SELENA GOMEZ, AVICII, DAVID GUETTA, KYLIE MINOGUE, CALVIN HARRIS and ICONA POP along the way.
It’s her most dynamic offering to date and a fitting return for dance music’s reigning matriarch who, for more than a decade, has unleashed a succession of acclaimed remixed singles featuring dance and electronic music innovators like PET SHOP BOYS, BASEMENT JAXX, FRANKIE KNUCKLES, DANNY TENAGLIA, R3HAB, STONEBRIDGE, RICH MOREL, MORGAN PAGE, JUAN MACLEAN, DIRTYLOUD and many more.
ANGEL (THE REMIXES) PART ONE will be released TUESDAY, AUGUST 26 on iTunes and Beatport as digital green release (no materials used or abused) on MIND TRAIN / TWISTED Records.