Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sights and Sounds: Morrissey, Jonny Lang, Roy Orbison, Five for Fighting

There is truly a wealth of big news flooding into my inbox today. Here are the more noteworthy items worth sharing!

Eagle Rock Celebrates 25 Years Of Morrissey
New York, NY (September 12, 2013)— Eagle Records is delighted to announce the release on October 22, 2013 of Morrissey 25 Live on DVD, Blu-ray and Visual Digital Formats [Pre-book Order Date September 27, MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 Blu-ray]. 25 Liveis a legacy concert film marking 25 years of the solo career of one of the world’s most iconic and enigmatic performers.  
This is the first authorized Morrissey live concert video in 9 years and it features classic tracks from across his career including “You Have Killed Me,” “Let Me Kiss You,” “Everyday Is Like Sunday,” “Meat Is Murder,” “Irish Blood, English Heart,” “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris,” “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side,” “Alma Matters” and many more.
Shot in high definition during Morrissey’s most intimate gig in decades at the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles on March 2, 2013, the film opens with fans divulging their unwavering allegiance to the singer and the unique appeal of this unusual venue – a striking contrast to the sold out arena concert at the Staples Center on the previous night. Tickets to the concert in the 1,800-seater school auditorium had sold out in 12 seconds and this now legendary concert became Morrissey’s penultimate performance on the US Tour.
Bonus features on 25 Live include four exclusive tracks recorded in a studio session: The Kid’s A Looker;” “Scandinavia;” “Action Is My Middle Name” and “People Are The Same Everywhere”.  There’s also a mini feature shot “Behind The Scenes At Hollywood High” plus also a segment entitled “Grissle Bandage Present Lord Mudslide” which features Russell Brand’s introduction to the Hollywood High School show.
Featuring many classic tracks from the artist’s prolific repertoire, in a setting that most fans could only dream of, Morrissey 25 Live is a fantastic career-spanning event, one that cannot be missed by fans worldwide.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.
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1) Alma Matters  
2) Ouija Board, Ouija Board  
3) Irish Blood, English Heart  
4) You Have Killed Me  
5) November Spawned A Monster  
6) Maladjusted 
7) You’re The One For Me Fatty  
8) Still Ill  
9) People Are The Same Everywhere  
10) Speedway  
11) That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore  
12) To Give Is The Reason I Live  
13) Meat Is Murder  
14) Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want  
15) Action Is My Middle Name  
16) Everyday Is Like Sunday  
17) I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris 
18) Let Me Kiss You  
19) The Boy With The Thorn In His Side


Famed GRAMMY-Winning Guitarist, Vocalist & Songwriter To Support New Album With 2013 U.S./European Tour
The Wall Street Journal Is Streaming The Full Album In Advance Now:
September 11, 2013 - It’s been seven years since Jonny Lang released a new studio album but the wait is almost finally over.  Next Tuesday, September 17th,  Lang will release Fight For My Soul via Concord Records – the follow up to his 2006 GRAMMY Award-winning album Turn Around.  
Fans can preview the entire album beginning today via The Wall Street Journal: 
“This particular record has taken quite a long time to finish for a lot of different reasons,” Lang remarked.  "Most of all, I started a family a few years back. Between family time and being out on the road, I really had to pick my spots to fit in recording.”
Over a period of three years, Lang collaborated with producer/songwriter Tommy Sims (who co-wrote Eric Clapton’s GRAMMY-winning “Change the World”) crafting the album’s elegant rock ‘n’ soul tracks from the ground up.
Textured arrangements, gorgeous vocal melodies, and expressive guitar playing are all found in generous abundance on Fight For My Soul, however, the album defies categorization by a single genre.
“This album is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” offers Lang. “Some of these songs may surprise people, but that’s what it's all about.  It keeps it fresh, and it keeps me growing.  Creatively, I think there is a lot more going on inside of me than I’ve been sharing on record so far.  Much of what I've experienced through music and life in general is in these songs.”
Since the release of his 1997 major label debut “Lie To Me”, the then 16 year-old Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation. Jonny Lang will be on the road leading up to and beyond the release date of Fight For My Soul.  In addition to a full North American tour schedule, in October Lang will embark on his first extended European tour in over a decade.
Blew Up (The House)
Breakin’ In
We Are The Same
What You’re Looking For
Not Right
The Truth
Fight For My Soul
All Of A Sudden
I’ll Always Be
Sep-14             Durant, Oklahoma                               Choctaw Casino
Sep-15             Lincoln, NE                                         Bourbon Theatre
Sep-17             Fargo, North Dakota                            Fargo Theatre
Sep-18             Minneapolis, Minnesota                       State Theatre
Sep-20             Rockford, Illinois                                 Coronado PAC
Sep-21             Madison, Wisconsin                             Overture Center for the Arts
Sep-22            St. Louis, MO                                      The Pageant
Sep-24             Cleveland, Ohio                                   House Of Blues
Sep-26             Boston, Massachusetts                         Wilbur Theatre
Sep-27             Glenside, Pennsylvania                        Keswick Theatre
Sep-28             New York, New York                           Irving Plaza    
Oct-01             Paris, FRANCE                                    New Morning
Oct-03             London, England                                  The Borderline
Oct-05             Avignon, France                                  Avignon Blues Festival
Oct-06             Zurich, Switzerland                               X-tra
Oct-08             Hamburg, Germany                              Fabrik
Oct-09             Bochum, Germany                               Zeche Bochum
Oct-10             Munich, Germany                                Muffathalle
Oct-12             Nancy, France                                      Nancy Jazz Pulsations
Oct-14             Amsterdam, Netherlands                      Melkweg
Oct-15             Brussels, Belgium                                 Ancienne Belgique
Oct-18             Houston, Texas                                     House Of Blues
Oct-19             New Orleans, Louisiana                       Crescent City Blues Fest
Oct-20             Dallas, Texas                                       House Of Blues
Oct-22             Denver, Colorado                                 Ogden Theatre
Oct-23             Durango, CO                                        Fort Lewis College
Oct-25             Scottsdale, AZ                                      Talking Stick
Oct-26             Beverly Hills, California                       Canyon Theater
Nov-05            Milwaukee, WI                                     Potawatomi Casino
Nov-06            Milwaukee, WI                                     Potawatomi Casino
Nov-08            Chicago, Illinois                                   House Of Blues
Nov-09            Kalamazoo, MI                                     State Theatre
Nov-10            Carmel, Indiana                                    The Palladium
Nov-12            Greensburg, PA                                    Palace Theatre
Nov-14            Westbury, NY                                      Theatre at Westbury
Nov-15            Cranston, RI                                        Park Theatre
Nov-16            Port Chester, New York                      Capitol Theatre          
Nov-19            Clearwater, FL                                     Ruth Eckerd Hall
Nov-20            West Palm Beach, FL                          Raymond F. Kravis PAC
Nov-21            Miami, FL                                            Knight Concert Hall
Nov-23            Lake Buena Vista, FL                           House Of Blues
Nov-24            Atlanta, GA                                         Center Stage


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On September 17 Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will issue, for the first time on the label, Roy Orbison In Dreams - The Greatest Hits on CD. Originally released in 1987 as a double-album set, now finally available after nearly two decades, the 19 selections on In Dreams - The Greatest Hits were the means by which Roy Orbison revisited much of his classic repertoire utilizing contemporary recording technology.
By the late 1980s, with the song "In Dreams" playing an important role in director David Lynch's groundbreaking film Blue Velvet and the singer finding a new groove with the Traveling Wilburys, Roy Orbison was enjoying a major career renaissance. The In Dreams - The Greatest Hits title track--produced by Orbison, T Bone Burnett and Lynch in April 1987--was joined by a raft of signature Orbison standard bearers including "Crying," "Dream Baby," "Only The Lonely" and "Oh, Pretty Woman."
Many committed fans as well as critics have contended that the versions of Orbison classics heard on In Dreams - The Greatest Hits surpass the earlier recordings of those titles in terms of both performance and audio quality. The album's artistic merit was borne out by its success in the marketplace when it stormed onto the Billboard album charts upon release and went on to achieve Gold certification from the RIAA in the US and went to #2 on the UK album charts. 
Also, launching this Friday, September 13, through, is a seamless custom-built 'CompareOtronic13' application which will allow for comparison of five songs from the album -- "Oh, Pretty Woman," "Crying," "In Dreams," "Running  Scared" and "Only The Lonely" -- side by side with the versions recorded in the 1960's.  The user is able to toggle from one version to the other to experience the sonic differences. The user is guided by the professional analysis of highly regarded audio engineer Matt Andrews  -- chief engineer at Nashville's Sound Emporium Studios and for the hit ABC-TV series Nashville -- through the process.  Through an interactive voting features, listeners are able to cast their own ballot regarding which version is superior  and users enter comment in a shared blog. 
Roy Orbison
In Dreams - The Greatest Hits
1. Only The Lonely
2. Leah
3. In Dreams
4. Uptown
5. It's Over
6. Crying
7. Dream Baby
8. Blue Angel
9. Working For The Man
10. Candy Man
11. Running Scared
12. Falling
13. I'm Hurtin'
14. Claudette
15. Oh, Pretty Woman
16. Mean Woman Blues
17. Ooby Dooby
18. Lana
19. Blue Bayou

NEW YORK, NY (September 12, 2013) – Singer/songwriter John Ondrasik, also known as Five for Fighting, the band name under which he records and performs, will release his sixth studio album Bookmarkson September 17, 2013.  Multiple TV performances have been confirmed for the release including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on September 17Today Show on September 19Huckabee on September 21 and Rachael Ray on September 30.
Bookmarks, produced by Gregg Wattenberg (Phillip Phillips, Train) & Derek Fuhrmann (Phillip Phillips, O.A.R), carries on with the musical tradition Ondrasik has created over the past decade writing deeply personal songs that invoke the human spirit, including the classic "100 Years" and "Superman" (It's Not Easy).  "What If" furthers that tradition as Ondrasik poses the question, "What if we could truly understand each other's experience? What if you were me?  What if I were you?"  Radio stations across the country have embraced the song and are blasting its inspirational message.  Fans can get an exclusive stream of the album Bookmarks today on here, you can also pre-order the CD.
Five for Fighting will play some select live shows in the coming months including performing two special shows on November 2 and 3 in Napa Valley at Live In The Vineyard, a festival that marries peoples' access to recording artists, top tier wine makers, and world- renowned chefs during an "once-in-a-lifetime" three-day event.  Tour dates will be announced soon.
Five for Fighting has sold millions of albums and singles over its storied career.  The critically acclaimed debut album, Message for Albert, was released in 1997. Five for Fighting's breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling song "Superman" from the platinum certified America Town.  "Superman"(It's Not Easy) was a chart-topping hit at both Top 40 radio and at Hot AC. Already climbing the charts prior to 9/11, "Superman" (It's Not Easy) went on to have a life of its own, becoming a song of healing for the nation. In 2004, Five for Fighting recorded the platinum-certified album, The Battle For Everything, which yielded the retrospective double-platinum hit, "100 Years," a song that has become a part of the classic American songbook and spent 12 weeks at #1 at Hot AC. With the 2006 release of Two Lights, featuring "World," the hit song "The Riddle," and "Freedom Never Cries," Five for Fighting continued to craft songs with material drawn from personal experience in regards to love, war, culture, family, humanity and mortality.  2009's Slice yielded the certified gold hit "Chances" which was featured in Oscar winning film The Blind Side. In all, Ondrasik has placed Five for Fighting songs in over 350 films, TV shows and advertisements, from HBO and the History Channel to ESPN.
In addition to his musical accomplishments Ondrasik has a made a personal commitment towards causes that are important to him. In February of 2007, Ondrasik launched a unique charity-driven web inspired by his song "World" for which fans could submit videos depicting their own visions of a better world. The initiative raised more than $300,000 for five designated charities – Augie's Quest, Autism Speaks, Fisher House Foundation, Save The Children and Operation Homefront. Ondrasik has also been a dedicated supporter of US troops and has performed at Guantanamo Bay, Hawaii, Guam and Japan for service members. He conceived and produced "For the Troops," CD compilation series, five volumes in all, of superstar recording artists given for free to members of the U.S. Armed Forces.  Over 1 million CDs have been given away to date. Ondrasik has also carved out a niche for Five for Fighting in the orchestral world, performing his songs with symphonies around the country.  As an avid sports fan, Ondrasik has appeared and performed on a multitude of sports shows and events, and also writes for Sports Illustrated online.  Last year he did a Ted Talk on Where Songs Come From.


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