Thursday, October 06, 2016

Sights and Sounds: The Rolling Stones, Rush, Gregory Porter

Big, BIG news as it relates to the Rolling Stones this morning. I also have other news to share about forthcoming releases including a multi-format release from Gregory Porter ...

The Rolling Stones announce their return to the blues with their highly-anticipated new album: 


Five decades in the making and just three days to record

On December 2, 2016The Rolling Stones will release Blue & Lonesome, their first studio album in over a decade. Recorded in just three days in London, England, ‘Blue & Lonesome’ takes the band back to their roots and the passion for blues music which has always been at the heart and soul of The Rolling Stones.

Blue & Lonesome is available in various formats and will be released on December 2, 2016 by Interscope Records. It was produced by Don Was and The Glimmer Twins and is available for pre-order worldwide from today, October 6th, at 9am EST in the USA and 2pm in the UK (equivalent times worldwide), go to

The album was recorded over the course of just three days in December last year at British Grove Studios in West London, just a stone’s throw from Richmond and Eel Pie Island where the Stones started out as a young blues band playing pubs and clubs.

Their approach to the album was that it should be spontaneous and played live in the studio without overdubs. The band - Mick Jagger (vocals & harp), Keith Richards (guitar), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ronnie Wood (guitar) were joined by their long time touring sidemen Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards) and, for two of the twelve tracks, by old friend Eric Clapton, who happened to be in the next studio making his own album.

Blue & Lonesome sees the Rolling Stones tipping their hats to their early days as a blues band when they played the music of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf - artists whose songs are featured on this album.

The tracks are - Just Your Fool, Commit A Crime, Blue and Lonesome, All Of Your Love, I Gotta Go, Everybody Knows About My Good Thing, Ride ‘Em On Down, Hate To See You Go, Hoo Doo Blues, Little Rain, Just Like I Treat You, I Can’t Quit You Baby.

“This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music, and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do.” Don Was, Co-Producer of ‘Blue & Lonesome’


'Rush | Time Stand Still' Rocks U.S. Cinemas on November 3 Only, Featuring Exclusive Bonus Content and Narration by Paul Rudd
Fathom Events, Concord Music Group and ole Present One Special Night
Featuring the Legendary Rock Band's Highly-Anticipated Documentary and Much More

Rolling Stone Shares Exclusive Film Excerpt:

In partnership with Concord Music Group and ole, Fathom Events is set to bring an epic one-night cinema event with legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Rush, to fans nationwide with "Rush | Time Stand Still" on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. local time. This event, narrated by Paul Ruddprovides an intimate look into the band's sold-out final ("R40") tour and the unique relationship Rush has with their devoted fans. With more than 40 million records sold worldwide and countless sold-out tours, Rush - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart - remains one of the most popular, inventive and influential groups in rock history, and this event is a night for their passionate and loyal fans to celebrate their storied career.
In addition to the documentary, fans will also view exclusive extras including Rush | A Salute to Kings - a 20-minute in-depth discussion with Gene Simmons (KISS), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters, Chevy Metal), Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) and the band's producer Nick Raskulinecz, as they share their unique stories about Rush at home and away for over 40 years.
Tickets for "Rush | Time Stand Still"can be purchased beginning Friday, October 7, online by visiting www.FathomEvents.comor at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 430 select movie theaters through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website(theaters and participants are subject to change).
In 2015, Rush went out for a 40th anniversary tour. At the time the R40 tour was rumored to be their last tour - an end to Rush's life on the road together. "Rush | Time Stand Still" follows this farewell journey. Exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the band and crew throughout the tour provide the raw and vivid emotional undertones of this feature-length film. At its core are Rush's devoted fans, and their undying devotion and quirky sense of ownership are on full display as the R40 tour comes to a crescendo at the "Fabulous" Forum in Los Angeles. Personal stories highlight the importance Rush holds in their lives and the lasting impressions of their extensive catalog. For Rush, they are quick to acknowledge the role their fans have played in their success, which makes the reality that this might be the last so difficult. Candid interviews with Lee, Lifeson and Peart bring "Rush | Time Stand Still" to an emotional conclusion for a band who built their career the old-fashioned way; one show at a time.
"Rush are in the pantheon of the all-time greatest rock and roll groups," Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. "'Rush | Time Stand Still' brings the behind-the-scenes story of their R40 tour to the big screen. The cinema's big sound/screen experience is the best environment to bring Rush's legions of fans together for this personal celebration of one of the biggest classic rock bands of all time."
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions such as the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live's Hamlet, sporting events like FS1 Presents USA v Mexico, concerts with Roger Waters and One Direction, the TCM Presents classic film series and faith-based events such as The Drop Box and Four Blood Moons. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events' live digital broadcast network ("DBN") is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 887 locations and 1,354 screens in 181 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit
About Concord Bicycle Music: 
Concord Bicycle Music is one of the largest independent recorded music and publishing companies in the world. With offices in Beverly Hills, New York, Nashville and Cleveland, Concord Bicycle Music is comprised of Concord Music Group and The Bicycle Music Company. Concord Music Group primarily manages the company's recorded music activities, while The Bicycle Music Company oversees publishing and rights management.
Concord Bicycle Music's portfolio of more than 10,000 active album recordings includes at least 243 Grammy winners and 370 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum releases. Concord Bicycle Music's songbook includes over 120,000 copyrighted works and more than 750 Billboard chart hits.
The company's celebrated family of labels includes Bicycle, Concord, Fantasy, Fearless, Hear Music, HighTone, Kidz Bop, Loma Vista, Milestone, Nitro, Prestige, Razor & Tie, Riverside, Rounder, Specialty, Stax, Sugar Hill, Telarc, Vanguard, Vee-Jay and Wind-up.
Concord Bicycle Music is owned by Barings Alternative Investments, Sound Investors, and seventy institutional and individual partners, including forty members of the company's management team.  Barings Alternative Investments is a leading investor in intellectual property assets including music, other copyrights, filmed content and patents and trademarks, with over $7.4 billion in total assets under management. At the forefront of intellectual property valuation, acquisition and utilization, the Concord Bicycle Music investment underscores our partners' belief in the lasting and appreciating global value of superior original entertainment content. 
About ole:
ole is one of the world's foremost music publishing and rights management companies with investments of over $550M. Founded in 2004, with operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and London, ole is engaged in IP acquisitions, creative development, and worldwide rights management. The ole catalog includes over 50,000 songs and 60,000 hours of TV and film music across all genres. Copyrights under ole's control include songs recorded by artists such as Rush, Taylor Swift, Timbaland, Backstreet Boys, BeyoncĂ©, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, One Direction and Rihanna. 
ole operates a robust label services arm under the umbrella of ole label services. The division includes noted Rock label, Anthem, the label home of Rush, Big Wreck, Ian Thornley, Steven Page, The Tea Party. Anthem Legacy imprint includes catalog recordings by such artists as Max Webster, Ian Thomas. Included under OLS is red dot, artist development and incubator label that has developed and up-streamed artists including Charlie Worsham, Haley Reinhart, Josh Dorr, Sam Grow, George Canyon and Jordan Davis.

Eagle Rock Entertainment set to release 
DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD and Digital Formats on November 18, 2016

Watch "Holding On" from the upcoming release at:

Since the release of his debut album Water in 2010, vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter has been a force to be reckoned with. His very personal blend of jazz, gospel, blues and soul has drawn in fans from around the globe, particularly with the release of his Grammy Award winning third album Liquid Spirit in 2013 and his hugely successful new album Take Me To The Alley.
This past spring, Gregory Porter delivered a phenomenal concert at the Philharmonie Berlin on May 16, which will be released via Eagle Rock Entertainment on November 18, 2016. Available on DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD and Digital Formats, Live In Berlin features Porter and his superb band performing tracks from across his career, including signature songs such as “Holding On,” “Liquid Spirit,” “Hey Laura,” “Take Me To The Alley,” “Be Good (Lion’s Song),” “Water Under Bridges,” “1960 What?,” “Don’t Lose Your Steam,” and more. [MSRP $34.98 Blu-ray+2CD, DVD+2CD]
The line-up of the band performing on Live In Berlin is Gregory Porter (vocals); Chip Crawford (piano); Jahmal Nichols (double bass); Emanuel Harrold (drums); and Tivon Pennicott (tenor saxophone). With minimal staging, simple lighting and the audience on all sides, the focus is totally on the music, allowing Porter’s sublime voice to bring out the light and shade in his songs.
The Bonus Features (also recorded In Berlin), include an insightful interview with Porter and the members of his band about their background, influences and the way they work together as a group.
Live In Berlin is an absolute treat for any Gregory Porter fan.
(CD Disc 1)
1) Holding On

2) On My Way To Harlem / What’s Going On

3) Take Me To The Alley

4) Don’t Lose Your Steam

5) Hey Laura

6) Liquid Spirit

7) Consequence Of Love
(CD Disc 2)
8) Bass Solo / Papa Was A Rolling Stone

9) Musical Genocide

10) Don’t Be A Fool

11) Work Song / Drum Solo

12) In Fashion

13) Be Good (Lion’s Song)

14) 1960 What?

15) Water Under Bridges

16) Free / Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)

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