Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sights and Sounds: AC/DC, Paul Weller, Peter Frampton & Cheap Trick

Several major news announcements to share...

AC/DC announce North American Rock Or Bust World Tour Dates 

Photo Left To Right: Stevie Young, Cliff Williams, Chris
Slade, Angus Young, Brian Johnson. 

Photo By: Josh Cheuse
(February 11, 2015; New York, NY) - North American dates for AC/DC's Rock or Bust World Tour were announced today.  The North American dates kick off on August 22nd in Foxborough, MA at Gillette Stadium and run through September 28th in Los Angeles, CA at Dodger Stadium (see below for full list of dates and on-sale information).  Tickets available via Ticketmaster. Previously announced European dates on the Rock or Bust World Tour begin May 5th in Holland and run through late July.

The North American Tour date announcement comes days after AC/DC delivered an explosive performance of their current single "Rock or Bust" and their classic "Highway To Hell" which kicked off the 57th annual Grammy Awards.  This marked the Grammy winning band's first time performing on U.S. television in over 14 years.  AC/DC are also confirmed to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 10th and 17th.  Chris Slade will be on drums for the upcoming Rock or Bust World Tour.

AC/DC's latest album Rock or Bust was released on December 2nd and immediately topped sales charts around the globe.  The album's first 2 singles  "Play Ball" and "Rock or Bust" were added to rock radio and featured in ad campaigns for major brands like Major League Baseball and Beats headphones. 

AC/DC last toured the world from 2008-2010 with the Black Ice World Tour, which had the band playing to over 5 million fans in 108 cities in over 28 countries.  The Black Ice World Tour earned AC/DC a Pollstar Award for Major Tour of the Year in 2010.

AC/DC North American Tour Dates
Date                  City                        Venue                          On sale date 
August 22          Foxborough, MA      Gillette Stadium           February 16
August 26          E. Rutherford, NJ    MetLife Stadium           February 16
August 28          Quebec City, ON      Plains Of Abraham       February 16
August 31          Montreal, QC          Olympic Stadium          February 16
September 3      Ottawa, ON            TD Place                       February 16
September 5      Moncton, NB          Magnetic Hill                February 16
September 8      Detroit, MI             Ford Field                      February 16
September 10    Toronto, ON           Downsview Park             February 16
September 15    Chicago, IL            Wrigley Field                  February 16
September 20    Edmonton, AL       Commonwealth Stadium February 16
September 2      Vancouver, BC       BC Place                         February 16
September 25    San Francisco, CA AT&T Park                       February 15
September 28    Los Angeles, CA    Dodger Stadium              February 16

Paul Weller to release his Warner Bros. Records debut album 'Saturns Pattern on May 11, 2015



February 11, 2015 - (Burbank, CA.) - Warner Bros. Records/ Parlophone are proud to announce the signing of one of the most important and influential artists of his generation or any other, Paul Weller.

Saturns Pattern is Weller's first album release through both Parlophone Records in the U.K. 
(May 11th) and on Warner Bros. Records in the U.S. (May 12th).

The new album was recorded in Weller's own Black Barn Studio and produced by Jan "Stan" Kybert (Oasis, Bjork, Massive Attack, etc.). Weller and Kybert have worked together extensively in the past on albums such as Sonik Kicks (2012), As Is Now (2005), Studio 150 (2004) andIllumination (2002). Saturns Pattern will be available in a variety of formats: Standard CD, Deluxe CD/DVD set, vinyl album, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set with CD/DVD/vinyl album. The digital formats will be available in standard and deluxe editions with the deluxe edition featuring previously unreleased bonus tracks. iTunes versions are exclusively mastered.
Album pre-orders are available starting todayFeb 11th, via iTunes or Amazon and will include an instant download of the first track from the album,"White Sky."  Click here to view the "White Sky" video.

Saturns Pattern is comprised of a strong nine song cycle of futuristic sounds and styles. Drums were recorded by Ben Gordelier, keyboards and backing vocals by Andy Crofts both from Weller'sband, additional guitar parts were contributed by Steve Cradock (Paul Weller Band, Ocean Colour Scene), Josh McClorey (The Strypes), and Steve Brooks, with whom Weller formed the short-lived original line-up of The Jam in 1972.

Be it heavy, soulful, psychedelic, spiritual or dance-inspired, the end results are consistently propulsive, uplifting and remarkably fresh in a way that you have never quite heard the Modfather before. "It's a little bit of a leap into the unknown really," says Weller. "I don't know where it will take me... It's got a lot of movement to it.  I think that's it's going to be a bit of an inspiration to people," he recently quoted in Q Magazine (U.K.).

Track listing for Saturns Pattern:
  1. White Sky
  2. Saturns Pattern
  3. Going My Way
  4. Long Time
  5. Pick It Up
  6. I'm Where I Should Be
  7. Phoenix
  8. In The Car...
  9. These City Streets

Since 1977 up to the present, Weller has remained a consistently ever-evolving, globally celebrated force of nature revered as one the most respected songwriters in British music history.  His virtuosity as a guitarist and an immediately recognizable soul-inspired vocalist, his trademarks are second to none.  As an unequalled icon of British style with a keen individualistic fashion sense, Weller has designed and curated lines of menswear and footwear.   Real Stars Are Rare is his latest menswear imprint.  

Weller's impressive body of work with both the fiery R&B informed punk of The Jam (1976-1982) and The Style Council (1983-1989)who's inspired mix of pop, soul, jazz and funk created genres unto themselves.  Thirty years on, the seismic impact of each of these bands remains indelible. Since then, his solo work has continued to surpass everything previous.  Weller has been decorated with numerous awards and accolades almost too numerous to mention with an unequaled chart history, particularly in the U.K. and Europe.

Even after roughly thirty albums, ninety + singles & EP's, various live albums, Box Sets, DVDs, a plethora of side projects and collaborations it would appear the muse and music of Weller is more confident and exciting than ever before, as he constantly pushes himself to greater heights with each recorded outing.  Fiercely independent, artistically fearless but always with enthralling results,Paul Weller is a true iconoclast in every sense of the word.

Paul Weller will tour the U.K. and Europe this March and April. He will return for a tour of the east coast and mid-west of the U.S. in June. Further tour announcements and on-sale information will be confirmed and revealed very shortly.  Until then, confirmed North American dates are as follows:  

June 9               Washington D.C.                        9.30 Club
June 10             Philadelphia,                              Union Transfer
June 12             New York,                                  Terminal 5
June 13             Boston                                        Paradise Rock Club
June 14             Clifton Park (Albany), NY           Upstate Music Hall
June 15             Toronto, ONT. Can.                    Danforth Music Hall
June 17             Chicago, IL                                 Vic Theatre
June 18             Indianapolis, IN                          The Vogue
June 19             Pittsburgh, PA                            Mr Smalls Theatre
June 20             Brooklyn, NY                              Music Hall of Williamsburg



“…a guitarist first and foremost.”—
The Wall Street Journal
 “…the British virtuoso is still making sweet music.”—The Los Angeles Times

Following another year of non-stop touring including select solo performances, dates with The Doobie Brothers and the return of Frampton’s Guitar Circus, Grammy Award winner Peter Frampton is back on the road—this time co-headlining with American rock legends Cheap Trick.

“I’ve always loved Cheap Trick and their sound. Great band, great people! We played one show together last year and had so much fun we decided to do a whole tour together,” Frampton explains. For details, please visit and see full tour routing below (with more dates to come).

With over 5,000 performances spanning four decades and 20 million records sold worldwide, Cheap Trick is undoubtedly one of the most influential classic rock groups of the past 50 years. The band was formed in 1974 and while it has evolved throughout the years, Cheap Trick has continued to reach mainstream and critical success. Hits such as “I Want You To Want Me,” “Dream Police,” and “Surrender” have cemented the group as one of America’s top rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time.

Peter Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band the Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His session work includes collaborations with such legendary artists as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr, John Entwistle and many others. His fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive!, is one of the top-selling live records of all time.
Moreover, Frampton’s latest work, Hummingbird in a Box, which was inspired by the Cincinnati Ballet, is available via RED Distribution. Rolling Stone explains, “…Hummingbirdis fresh-sounding, sophisticated stuff; Frampton plays and sings as well as ever and, to his credit, his continually looking forward—rather than backward, for there’s quite a story there to be sure—only solidifies his status as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s lifelong major players. Excellent stuff here.”

June 5—Temecula, CA—Pechanga Resort
June 6—Lincoln, CA —Thunder Valley Casino-Outdoor Amphitheater
June 13—Indio, CA—Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino
June 14—Scottsdale, AZ—Talking Stick Resort & Casino
June 16—Morrison, CO— Red Rocks Amphitheater
June 18—Kansas City, MO—Starlight Theatre
June 20—Welch, MN —Treasure Island Resort & Casino-Island Event Center
June 25—Vienna, VA—The Filene Center at Wolf Trap
June 27—Portland, ME— Maine State Pier
July 11—Canandaigua, NY—Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
July 12—Clarkston, MI—DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 28—Bethlehem, PA—Sands Bethlehem Event Center
July 29—New York, NY—Pier 97
July 31—Atlantic City, NJ—Tropicana Hotel & Casino
August 1—Boston, MA— Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
August 2—Mashantucket, CT—Foxwoods Resort
August 5—Toronto, ON— Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
August 11—Newport News, VA—Ferguson Center For The Arts
August 12—Cary, NC—Regency Park-Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre
August 14—Biloxi, MS—Beau Rivage Resort & Casino-Beau Rivage Theater
August 15—Peachtree City, GA—Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater
August 21—Tucson, AZ—Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
August 25—Livermore, CA—Wente Vineyards

No comments: