Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Blasts from the past! Doobie Brothers, AC/DC, Dinosaur Jr., Loverboy featured on new releases


On June 28, The Doobie Brothers Live At The Greek Theatre 1982 will be released on CD and DVD through Eagle Rock Entertainment. [MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $13.98 for CD].
The rafters of Berkeley, California’s famed Greek Theater shook with rock’n’roll fervor as the final date of the final tour of hometown heroes The Doobie Brothers brought many in the crowd that night to tears. Billed as their “Farewell Tour,” the band, guitarist/vocalist Pat Simmons, keyboardist/vocalist Michael McDonald, drummer Keith Knudson, guitarist/violinist/harmonica player John McFee, saxophonist/keyboardist/flautist Cornelius Bumpus, drummer/percussionist Chet McCracken, bassist Willie Weeks, and conga player Bob LaKind, pulled out all the stops on a set that revisited their every era.
This incredible night included the surprise return of band co-founder Tom Johnston for the final two numbers. On their biggest hit, “Listen To The Music,” original member John Hartman also joined the band as did former members Tiran Porter and Michael Hossack. It would prove to be the last onstage Doobie Brothers music for five years.
The two-hour 21-track DVD includes five bonus songs cut from the original film of the event: “Little Darlin’ (I Need You),” “One Step Closer,” “Dependin’ On You,” “Real Love” and “”No Stoppin’ Us Now” as well as interviews with the band and its manager.
Since their self-titled debut in 1971, The Doobie Brothers have released 13 studio albums, as well as several live albums and “Best Of” compilations. Live At The Greek Theatre 1982 is a welcome addition to their stunning musical repertoire, that captures an unforgettable celebration of their career.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg, & Paris.

CD Track Listing:
1) Listen To The Music
2) Sweet Maxine
3) Rockin’ Down The Highway
4) You Belong To Me
5) Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)
6) Long Train Runnin’
7) Black Water
8) Minute By Minute
9) Slat Key Soquel Rag
10) Out On The Streets
11) What A Fool Believes
12) Jesus Is Just Alright
13) Takin’ It To The Streets
14) China Grove
15) Listen To The Music

16) Little Darling (I Need You)
17) One Step Closer
18) Dependin’ On You
19) Real Love

DVD Track Listing:
1) Listen To The Music
2) Sweet Maxine
3) Rockin’ Down The Highway
4) You Belong To Me
5) Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)
6) Long Train Runnin’
7) Black Water
8) Minute By Minute
9) Slat Key Soquel Rag
10) I Keep Forgettin’
11) Out On The Streets
12) What A Fool Believes
13) Jesus Is Just Alright
14) Takin’ It To The Streets
15) China Grove
16) Listen To The Music


Lead Singer Bon Scott’s Final Filmed Live Concert Comes to Blu-Ray and DVD

For the First Time Fully Remastered With All 13 Power-Driven Song Performances

Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray & DVD Combo Pack with Over 95 Minutes of Extra Content, Collectible Packaging and Keepsake Premium Items also Available!

The tragic death of Bon Scott, AC/DC’s flamboyant front-man in early 1980 sent shockwaves throughout the rock music community. At the time no one could imagine a 1979 Paris concert would be the last filmed live concert of the hallowed singer’s career but he left the stage that night with the rest of the band leaving it all out there as he had done so many times before for millions of fans. Now for the first time ever on Blu-ray and DVD, Warner Home Video (WHV) is getting set to celebrate one of the greatest performers and legendary rock bands of all-time by releasing AC/DC – Let There Be Rock this past Tuesday, June 7, 2011 to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the theatrical release.

This legendary concert film showcases the power and precision the group brought to the stage that night during the Australian hard rock band’s Highway To Hell tour. AC/DC: Let There Be Rock DVD is available for $21.95 SRP and AC/DC: Let There Be Rock: Limited Collector’s Edition is available on DVD for $39.99 SRP and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for $44.98 SRP.

AC/DC – Let There Be Rock is fully remastered and available on DVD and Blu-Ray for the first time with all 13 song performances, including classics such as “Whole Lotta Rosie”, “High Voltage”, “Highway To Hell”, and the epic anthem “Let There Be Rock”. Lead guitarist Angus Young takes center stage in his trademark school-boy uniform and captures the audience with his energetic antics and frenetic solos.

The film contains interview segments and humorous backstage footage of these hard rock pioneers, especially those last interviews with Scott. This DVD release will be a great opportunity for fans of all ages to relive one of the greatest performances by one of the most decorated rock bands in history.

The Collector’s Edition, limited at only 90,000 copies, comes in a collectible steel case, includes keepsake premium items and contains over an hour of newly added bonus features. Celebrity interviews include Rick Allen (Def Leppard), Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins), The Donnas, Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) and more.

“AC/DC is one of the most iconic bands in rock music history and WHV is proud to showcase their legendary 1979 Paris concert on Blu-Ray and DVD for the first time ever,” said Rosemary Markson, Vice-President of TV and Special Interest Marketing. “Warner Home Video is thrilled to bring this incredible show to AC/DC and rock fans, including a special limited collector’s edition version with over an hour of never-before-seen bonus features and much more.”

DVD Track Listing
•“Live Wire”
•“Shot Down In Flames”
•“Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be”
•“Sin City”
•“Wall All Over You”
•“Bad Boy Boogie”
•“The Jack”
•“Highway To Hell”
•“Girls Got Rhythm”
•“High Voltage”
•“Whole Lotta Rosie”
•“Let There Be Rock”
Collector’s Edition Bonus Features

•AC/DC: The Bedrock of Riff: No one has mastered the basic DNA of Riff Rock as successfully as AC/DC. Explore Angus and Malcolm Young’s telepathic groove and the four-on-the-floor swing of Phil Rudd.•Angus Young: A True Guitar Monster: Angus Young’s transformation from diminutive schoolboy to raging rock monster electrifies the masses. Find out what makes this time bomb tick.•Bon Scott: The Pirate of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Bon Scott was the ringleader of the AC/DC show, balancing his screaming sexuality with a rakish charm. Get a glimpse into the life of a classic Rock 'n' Roll pirate.•AC/DC: A Rock Solid Legacy: From bar band to arena rock, AC/DC stuck to their guns and shot their way to the top. Fellow rockers and journalists chart AC/DC’s ascent into the Pantheon of Rock Gods in rock ‘n’ roll history.
•Loud, Locked & Loaded: The Rites of Rock: Seasoned rockers, actors and journalists recollect their rite of passage as early witnesses to the raw, bone rattling rock of AC/DC.
•6 Song-Specific Interviews
•Blu-ray Playlist: Your favorite performances in your favorite order (**BD Only)

About Warner Home Video

With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through and VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both internal and third party videogame titles.

Dinosaur Jr. Bug Cassette Reissue Due June 21 On Joyful Noise Recordings

Indie godfathers Dinosaur Jr. have announced the reissue of their classic 1988 album Bug on cassette via Joyful Noise Recordings. Slated for release on June 21, 2011, the cassette reissue coincides with the band's 15-date US/European tour in which Bug will be performed live in its entirety.

Originally released on cassette in 1988 via the legendary SST label, this is the first ever reissue of a Dinosaur Jr. album on its original cassette format. Hell - as far as we can tell, this is the first ever cassette reissue of any album originally released on the format.

Available in extremely limited quantities, the Bug cassette is limited only 250 hand-numbered copies, on high-quality purple tapes, with 8 panel original artwork.

Bug cassettes can be ordered for $12 here:
Note: only 125 copies of Bug are available for purchase online. The remaining 125 copies will only be sold on the Bug tour (dates below).

(Dinosaur Jr. performing Bug in its entirety at each show)

June 21, 2011 - Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre
June 22, 2011 - Boston, MA @ The Paradise
June 23, 2011 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
June 24, 2011 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
June 25, 2011 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
June 26, 2011 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
June 27, 2011 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
July 1, 2011 - London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
July 2, 2011 - Paris, France @ Gaite Lyrique
July 3, 2011 - Ferrara, Italy @ Ferrara Sotto Le Stelle
July 4, 2011 - Milan, Italy @ Magnolia
July 5, 2011 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Rivierenhof
July 7, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia Club
July 8, 2011 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Gota Kallare
July 9, 2011 - Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller Music Hall

For more info visit Dinosaur Jr.


Multi-platinum Canadian rockers offer fans a free preview of the new track; set to perform live June 10 on Fox & Friends

LOS ANGELES, June 8, 2011—Loverboy hasn’t just been “Working for the Weekend,” they’ve been pretty busy 24/7, with a new single, “Heartbreaker,” an upcoming live TV appearance on Fox & Friends and an anthem, “Flying High,” penned by singer Mike Reno for his beloved Vancouver Canucks, now battling in the Stanley Cup finals with the Boston Bruins.

To celebrate the occasion, the band is offering fans a free sneak preview of the new track, “Heartbreaker,” which can be streamed here:

It’s been 30 years since Mike Reno and Paul Dean formed Loverboy in Calgary, Alberta, and they’ve gone on to release four multi-platinum albums, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky and a trio of double-platinum releasing, boasting such arena-rock staples as “Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” “This Could be the Night,” “Hot Girls in Love,” “Heaven in Your Eyes,” “Turn Me Loose,” “When It’s Over,” “Heaven in Your Eyes” and “Queen of the Broken Hearts.”

The band recently reunited with Bob Rock, the original engineer on their 1980 self-titled debut, which was produced by Bruce Fairbairn, to record the brand-new “Heartbreaker” at Bryan Adams’ Warehouse Studios in Vancouver. Since starting out with Loverboy, Rock has evolved into a hit producer for the likes of Metallica, Aerosmith, The Cure and Bon Jovi. The single will be available as a digital release on iTunes.

“Bob just called Mike and me one day out of the blue and mentioned he had a song that might work for us which he’d love to produce,” says Dean. “He sent it over and we just flipped out. It’s a great, kick-ass Loverboy song. It was a great experience. I think this song is one of the best things we’ve ever done.”

The band is set to perform their smash, “Working for the Weekend,” live on Fox News Channel’s top-rated Fox & Friends June 10. A performance of the new single, “Heartbreaker,” will be available as a streamed web exclusive on as part of the program’s “All American Summer Concert Series.”

Lead singer Mike Reno recently made headlines when he composed “Flying High,” a theme song for his beloved hometown Vancouver Canucks in the midst of their playoff run to the Stanley Cup finals, where they are currently battling the Boston Bruins. He composed the song with his producer Ben Karlson on local station Classic Rock 101’s top-rated morning program The Bro Jake Show.

Reno was inspired when the team was battling the Chicago Black Hawks in the opening round, a series in which they won the first three, then dropped the next three before winning the deciding game.

“Anything you can do to take it to another level during the playoffs,” said Mike. “Hopefully, the song can follow the Canucks all the way to the championship.”
The song has since been posted on the Vancouver Canucks website at

Loverboy’s pop culture credibility was cemented by last season’s 30 Rock episode in which Scott Adsit’s amateur musician Pete Hornberger revealed he was actually Loverboy’s original bassist, showing him inserted into vintage ‘80s footage of the band wailing away on “Working for the Weekend,” which you can see at The same song was also featured on a recent episode of Comedy Network’s popular Regular Show, now posted on YouTube

The group still includes original members Doug Johnson on keyboards and Matt Frenette on drums, with Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve (a former member of Dean and Frenette’s pre-Loverboy band Streetheart), who replaced the late Scott Smith on bass, and continues a healthy touring schedule around the world. For a list of upcoming tour dates, please visit

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