Sunday, June 09, 2013

Sights and Sounds: Tim McGraw, Paul McCartney, Grateful Dead, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE

Happy Sunday everybody! I am still a bit groggy having driven out to San Bernardino County last night to cover Tim McGraw's Two Lanes of Freedom tour stop. If you are an Orange County Register subscriber, you can read my concert review here. If not, I'll repost the review on this blog sometime this week.

Now 71, Paul McCartney continues to amaze. Read this wonderful review posted today in Billboard. Wish I could have been there!

The Grateful Dead is back for the third annual “Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies 2013” on Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. (local time). This year’s Meet Up features “Sunshine Daydream,” the most requested release of the band’s entire career. Originally shot on 16mm film on the grounds of the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta, Oregon in 1972—and painstakingly restored to HD resolution—“Sunshine Daydream” captures the band at the height of their powers.  With the Dead lending their services to the Kesey family to help keep their Springfield Creamery afloat, this colorful counterculture time capsule features special appearances by key members of the Grateful Dead community and a cavalcade of Merry Pranksters.
Featuring all new stereo and 5.1 audio mixes, the set list for this epic performance includes “Bird Song,” “Dark Star,” “Jack Straw,” “Playing In The Band,” and more.
"Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies 2013" will be presented in nearly 450 select movie theaters around the country -- click here for a full list of participating theaters (subject to change):
Tickets are available now at participating theater box offices and online at

Finally IWRESTLEDABEARONCE has announced details about their forthcoming album and tour. Below is the official media release:

Los Angeles based experimental-heavy-rock band IWRESTLEDABEARONCE have announced they will release their highly anticipated, third studio album, Late For Nothing, on August 6th via Century Media Records.
Late For Nothing was self-produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by the band’s guitarist/programmer Steven Bradley at the band’s home studio in Los Angeles.  It also marks IWABO’s first record with their fiery new singer Courtney LaPlante who joined the band with only a day’s notice during last summer’s Vans Warped Tour.
Newly recharged with the addition of LaPlante, Bradley and cohorts John Ganey (guitar/programming), Mike “Rickshaw” Martin (bass) and Mikey Montgomery (drums) are set to keep their fans guessing with Late For Nothing.  While the band’s signature, avant-garde style is well intact on the new album; their style has progressed immensely.  By far their boldest and most accessible release to date, Late For Nothing rips and roars with blunt force intensity, incorporating their brain joggling breakdowns with a unique blend of electronics, jazzed-out time signatures and break neck riffage.
"The entire album came together as a result of us wanting to do something different," affirms Bradley. "We didn't want to make another weird IWABO album or whatever people were expecting.  We set out to make something different and better than anything we've ever released.  It's a more evolved version of the band.  We explored new styles and genres as well—especially in terms of the more spacey, epic, and beautiful parts. It's got the most melodic moments of our career as well as the heaviest."
Featuring the forthcoming, schizophrenic first single “Thunder Chunky,” Late For Nothing scales the summit of heavy rock/metal with twelve teeth gnashing tracks that find a happy medium between crushing metal and beautifully orchestrated melody.   The album’s opener, “Thunder Chunky,” sets the tone for the album as they slash their way through songs like “Letters To Stallone,” that showcases LaPlante’s incredible balance of full throttle screams and melodic choruses, and“Carnage Asada,” which features a guest solo from the legendary Steve Vai.
IWABO will head to Europe for a summer run before returning to support the release of Late For Nothing in the U.S. on The All Stars Tour 2013 with Every Time I Die.  
Late For Nothing Tracklist:
1.  Thunder Chunky
2.  Letters To Stallone
3.  Snake Charmer
4.  Boat Paddle
5.  Firebees
6.  Mind The Gap
7.  Carnage Asada
8.  The Map
9.  That’s A Horse Of A Different Color
10.  I’d Buy That For A Dollar
11.  Inside Job
12.  It Don’t Make Me No Nevermind
June 21 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Stadtmitte
June 22 - Schweinfurt, Germany - Kulturhaus Stattbahnhof
June 23 - Wien, Austria - Viper Room
June 25 - Graz, Austria - Explosiv
June 26 - Augsburg, Germany - Musikkantine
June 27 - Trier, Germany - Open Air
June 28 - Roitzschjora, Germany - With Full Force
June 29 - Montabaur, Germany - Mair 1
June 30 - Leeds, UK - Ghost Fest
July 2 - Moscow, Russia - Plan B
July 3 - Saint Petersburg, Russia - Arktika
July 5 - Sulingen, Germany - Reload Fest
July 19 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
July 20 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
July 21 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
July 22 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
July 23 - Toledo, OH - The Rocket Bar
July 24 - Chicago, IL - Toyota Park
July 25 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze
July 26 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
July 27 - Denver, CO - Summit
July 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
July 30 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Aug 1 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency
Aug 2 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
Aug 3 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
Aug 4 - San Diego, CA - Soma
Aug 5 - Mesa, AZ - The Nile Theater
Aug 8 - Dallas, TX - The Door
Aug 9 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
Aug 10 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Aug 12 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Aug 13 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
Aug 14 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
Aug 15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Aug 16 - Reading, PA – Reverb
Aug 17 - Hartford, CT - The Webster
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