Thursday, April 09, 2015

Sights and Sounds: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Joe Bonamassa, Mumford & Sons, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

While most of the focus on the musical universe is focused on the arrival of weekend #1 of Coachella, there is actually lots of other news to share. But I do want to kick off this post with an update on Coachellafest-bound Andrew McMahon...

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness debuts Ferry Corsten remix, 
plays Coachella this week

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Debut Ferry Corsten Remix
of "Cecilia and the Satellite" on VICE's Thump

Plays Coachella Saturday, April 11 & April 18
Including Special Guest Appearance with Ferry's New World Punx

Featured on This Week's Going Off Track Podcast
with Guest Host SNL's Vanessa Bayer

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness has shared Ferry Corsten's remix of his Top 15 Alternative Chart topper "Cecilia and the Satellite" with VICE's Thump today. The track merges Corsten's singular trance sound with Andrew's soaring vocals for a shimmery dance jam that opens into the original's inspiring chorus.

Listen to "Cecilia and the Satellite (Ferry Corsten Remix)" HERE

AMITW also performs at Coachella this weekend & next on Saturday, April 11th and 18th at the Outdoor Theatre at 4pm PST. He'll also appear as a special guest on Ferry's New World Punx DJ duo set on Sunday, April 12th and 19th, performing the "Cecilia" remix with them.

Andrew has been very busy recently. He visited the Jonah Bayer (United Nations) -hosted Going Off Track podcast with special guest host, SNL's Vanessa Bayer. Andrew talks about his career, album, and trades stories with fellow cancer survivor, Vanessa. Andrew was also recently featured in Forbes talking about how he learned to manage his finances as a touring musician and planning for his family's future. And in what is proving to be one of the biggest radio chart stories of the year, "Cecilia and the Satellite" moves closer to Top 10 in its 26th week on the Alternative chart and is now breaking through at the Triple A and Hot AC formats as well.

Listen to Andrew on "Going Off Track" HERE

Read about Andrew in Forbes HERE

McMahon's self-titled album, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, is out now on Vanguard Records. The disc had smashing Top 5 debuts upon release where it was #2 on the iTunes Alt Albums chart, #3 on the Billboard Indie Albums chart, #4 on the Billboard Alt Albums chart and #5 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart.

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness will also play several festival dates along with some one-off shows this summer, including Big Guava Festival and Firefly. All current tour dates are listed below. 

For updates and more information visit: 

Guitar legend Joe Bonamassa proves Blues Music is not dead

Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Blues Chart and Billboard’s Music Video Chart

Tribute to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sold-out 9,000 seats at Red Rocks Amphitheater and raised money for Keeping The Blues Alive charity

Blues-rock guitar hero Joe Bonamassa proves once again that blues music is alive and well with his chart-topping tribute to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Joe Bonamassa – Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks (J&R Adventures) debuted with #1 slots on Billboard’s Blues Chart and Music Video Chart, beating out Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour. It also earned the #21 slot on Billboard’s Top Current Albums Chart and #2 on Billboard’s Independent Chart. It currently remains at the #1 Blues Chart slot for the second week.

This is Bonamassa’s 14th #1 Blues Album. He holds the record for most No. 1s on the Blues Chart, trailed by B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan who both share second place with nine No. 1s. Since 2010, Bonamassa has earned five No. 1 Billboard Blues Albums during this same week in March: Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks (2015), Live in Amsterdam (2014), An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House (2013), Dust Bowl (2011) and Black Rock (2010)

Bonamassa’s manager and partner at J&R Adventures Roy Weisman said, “J&R's success is the product of a 25 year relationship between Joe and myself where we actively reinvest in ourselves and the company by taking advantage of breakthrough technologies and marketing techniques that other labels simply glance over."

USA Today called Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks “an incendiary live album/DVD” and Joe a “master guitarist.”

Glide Magazine called it“one of the best live blues albums released in the last decade.”

Joe Bonamassa – Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks is available now:

For a Free Song Download of the Track “Tiger In Your Tank” click here:

Unlike any Bonamassa show before, Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks marks the start of a tribute concert series that will display a different band and catalog of material that will vary from Bonamassa’s music as a solo artist. For Muddy Wolf, songs were carefully selected from the catalogs of Howlin’ Wolf, one of Chicago’s most influential bluesmen, known for his deep, scratchy voice, and Muddy Waters, considered the “father of modern Chicago blues.” Waters was a major inspiration for the British blues explosion of the 1960s, a genre that has heavily influenced Bonamassa’s original music throughout his career. The concert featured a selection of songs from each artist, followed by a 30-minute set of songs from Bonamassa’s own extensive catalog. The Blu-ray and DVD contain over 1.5 hours of bonus features including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, a photo gallery, historic footage of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and a featurette of Bonamassa and producer Kevin Shirley’s trip to The Crossroads.

This summer, Bonamassa will continue his celebration of blues heritage with the Three Kings of Blues Tour during which he’ll travel to amphitheaters across the country with a musical tribute to Albert King, B.B. King and Freddie King.

This tour (as well as the Muddy Wolf concert) is presented by Keeping the Blues Alive (KTBA), which Bonamassa founded to promote the heritage of the blues to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education programs in public schools.

For more details about the tour and tickets, visit:

Mumford & Sons release new song "The Wolf"
from upcoming album Wilder Mind

Band to perform on Saturday Night Live this weekend

Mumford & Sons are pleased to share their new song "The Wolf," the second song from their forthcoming third album, Wilder Mind. Listen to the song at the link below:

The band will also be performing this weekend on Saturday Night Live; tune in to NBC on Saturday at 11:30 pm / 10:30 pm central.

Wilder Mind will be released in North America through Gentlemen of the Road / Glassnote Records on May 4. It is produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine). It features twelve new tracks, written collaboratively by the band in London, Brooklyn, and Texas. A number of the new songs were written and demoed at Aaron Dessner's (The National) garage studios in Brooklyn. The band also returned to Eastcote Studios in London, where they recorded Sigh No More, for further writing and demo sessions. The album was recorded at AIR studios in London.

This new album marks a significant departure for the young British band from their previous records, 2009's Sigh No More, and 2012's Babel. The early sessions in New York and London witnessed a change in the band's approach not just to writing and recording, but to texture and dynamics, too. There is a minimalist yet panoramic feel to the new album, whose sound Marcus Mumford describes as "a development, not a departure." It came about by both accident, and by conscious decision.

The album is available to pre-order now, with "The Wolf" and first single "Believe" available as instant downloads with all pre-orders.

Wilder Mind follows the 2012 release of Mumford & Sons' sophomore album, 2012's Grammy-winning Babel, the follow-up to their 2009 debut album, Sigh No More.   
The band recently announced the details of their 2015 Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers, which will take place in Seaside Heights, NJ; Waverly, IA; Walla Walla, WA; and Salida, CO. For full lineups and details, visit

Wilder Mind Tracklisting:
1. Tompkins Square Park
2. Believe
3. The Wolf
4. Wilder Mind
5. Just Smoke
6. Monster
7. Snake Eyes
8. Broad-Shouldered Beasts
9. Cold Arms
10. Ditmas
11. Only Love
12. Hot Gates

For more information please visit:

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo Launching 35th Anniversary Tour CD/DVD

Pre-Orders of Commemorative Double Album Set Available on iTunes & Amazon

Rock superstars Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo are celebrating their latest musical milestone with the release of the CD/DVD set, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour on April 28. The 14-track commemorative package features their greatest and groundbreaking hits. Their lead-off single from the live CD, “Promises in the Dark,” will be released to radio this week. It originally rocked airwaves in 1981 as part of the hit album, Precious Time, and was co-written by the iconic duo. Pre-orders of the double CD include free instant downloads, “We Live for Love” and “Promises in the Dark” on iTunes: Fans can also pre-order the set at Amazon:

"We are thrilled to be releasing this live version of “Promises in the Dark” from our 35th Anniversary Concert Tour. Promises has special meaning for us. It was the first song we wrote together, about our own relationship. A little awkward at first, to be sure! It has become one of our signature compositions and a favorite to play live," Benatar and Giraldo explain.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour CD/DVD set kicks off with “Shadows of the Night,” which was a Top 10 hit for the couple on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in 1982. Other hit singles include “Love is a Battlefield,” “We Belong,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Hell is for Children.” Together, Benatar and Giraldo, have 19 Top 40 singles and multiple Top 10 singles. They have scored two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, and three RIAA-certified Gold albums.

In addition to the CD/DVD, the acclaimed duo will launch the 35th Anniversary Tour on Friday, April 10 in Jackson, California.

For more information, visit:

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour CD/DVD Track Listing
Shadows of the Night
All Fired Up
We Live for Love
So Sincere
Sex as a Weapon
Promises in the Dark
We Belong
Hell is for Children
You Better Run
Hit Me with Your Best Shot
Love is a Battlefield
Let's Stay Together

35th Anniversary Tour Schedule (more dates to come)
April 10 – Jackson, CA @ Jackson Rancheria Casino
April 11 – Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Resort & Casino
April 14 – San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre
April 16 – Bakersfield, CA @ Fox Theater
April 17 – Beverly Hills, CA @ Saban Theatre
April 18 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
April 21 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre
April 22 – St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theatre
April 24 – Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock Rocksino
April 26 – Lancaster, PA @ American Music Theatre
April 28 – Zanesville, OH @ Secrest Auditorium
April 29 – Albany, NY @ Hart Theatre @ The Egg
May 01 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
May 02 – Portland, ME @ Maine State Pier
May 03 – Lynn, MA @ Lynn Auditorium
May 05 – New Bedford, MA @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
May 06 – Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
May 08 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
May 09 – Ocean City, MD @ Springfest
May 10 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center
May 13 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
May 15 – Richardson, TX @ Wildflower Festival
May 16 – Baton Rouge, LA @ L'Auberge Baton Rouge
May 19 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ The Mahaffey
May 21 – Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
June 26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
June 27 – Lawrenceburg, IN @ Hollywood Casino - Lawrenceburg Event Center
June 30 – Newport News, VA @ CNU Ferguson Center for the Arts
July 01 – Durham, NC @ The Carolina Theatre
July 03 – Salamanca, NY @ Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel -Seneca Events Center
July 04 – Mount Pocono, PA @ Mount Airy Casino Resort -- Sherman Summer Stage
July 07 – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort Casino – Showroom
July 13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
Aug 22 – Lancaster, CA @ Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
Aug 31 – Monroe, WA @ Evergreen State Fair

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