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Monday
Nov262018

Goodbye Rough Cutt. Hello Rough Riot

The band Rough Cutt is done and is now Rough Riot. The "new" band is made up of Paul Shortino, Chris Hager, Carlos Cavazo, Sean McNabb and Dave Alford. Chris Hager wrote about this change last night on his Facebook page. According to the post, shows are upcoming - so look for a tour announcement. This lineup might be interesting to check out.



Sunday
Nov252018

Best Music Gifts

I don't even want to think about how much money I've spent over the past 72 hours or so. I'm nearly 100% done with my holiday shopping. I just need to find something for Eric and I will be all done!

I was trying to think of some great gifts for music lovers. Maybe this list will help you as you do your shopping.


1. Gift cards for Ticketmaster to go to a live show.

2. Subscription to Amazon music unlimited (my subscription just renewed. Money well spent!)

3. Special edition releases of Def Leppard The Hysteria Singles or the remastered Beatles White album 6-CD set.

4. A mini Bose speaker (Eric got this for me one year and I love it! I use it while running on the treadmill in the basement).

Of course, if you have a musician in your life, then guitar strings and picks, drumsticks or even a new kit would be an amazing gift. Something else thoughtful is music lessons. Many people would love to learn piano. I'd much rather receive experiences than things - so hopefully this list helps you with your gift giving this holiday season.


Saturday
Nov242018

Foreigner 'Jukebox Hero' Musical Set To Debut

I want to see this show! From my inbox: 

 

Toronto, Canada – November 23, 2018 – A new musical built around legendary band FOREIGNER’s peerless catalogue of hit songs will make its world premiere this winter in Toronto. FOREIGNER recently celebrated its 40th anniversary of rocking the charts and arenas worldwide. The highly anticipated musical Jukebox Hero, The Musical from Calgary-based Annerin Theatricals will play an exclusive limited engagement at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre in February. Originally scheduled for February 21 to 24, 2019, due to demand, two shows have been added to the original run for February 20 at 8:00 p.m. and 24 at 7:30 p.m. 
Tickets are on sale Saturday, November 24th at http://jukeboxheromusical.com
 
A coming-of-age saga featuring 16 of FOREIGNER’s iconic Top 30 hit songs Jukebox Hero, The Musical tells the story of the closing of rust-belt town of Blaydon, Pennsylvania's biggest factory. Confronted with a deluge of unemployment and instability, the community calls on Ryan, a local boy turned rock ’n’ roll superstar, for help. Yet Ryan never left his roots on good terms, so must confront the ghosts of his past as well as a home he no longer recognises.
 
No End In Sight: The Very Best Of Foreigner

 

The musical originated in a conversation between FOREIGNER founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones and Diana Ross. During a chance meeting in an airport lounge in the 1980s, Ross planted the seed of the idea that FOREIGNER’s music belonged in a stage production. The result is an epic production that builds on the timeless hits that defined a generation, including “Cold As Ice” to “Hot Blooded”, “Waiting For A Girl Like You” to “Dirty White Boy”, and “I Want To Know What Love Is”. 
 
Canadian audiences have already tuned into the Jukebox Hero experience through several workshop productions in Calgary and Edmonton. The Calgary Herald reported that the response was “electric” from a “near-capacity crowd” with critics lauding its “eye-popping set” and “dynamite” performances from an all-Canadian cast that included Geordie Brown (Rent, Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart) and Graham Scott Fleming (Kinky Boots).
 
Prolific British writing duo Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (The Commitments, Across the Universe) were brought in to pen the book, with an artistic team led by Foreigner founder, songwriter and lead guitarist Mick Jones and FOREIGNER’s managers Phil Carson and Stewart Young, whose career track record includes AC/DC; Emerson, Lake and Palmer; Yes; and Led Zeppelin. This new Canadian production will be directed by Randy Johnson (A Night With Janis Joplin), and choreographed by Parker Esse, with musical direction by Mark Camilleri (Toxic Avenger, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax).
 
Jukebox Hero, The Musical is sponsored by Boom 97.3FM. 
 


Friday
Nov232018

A Great Discovery - Queen Related Twitter

Sometimes you stumble across a great Twitter account. Last night I found @queendoingstuff which is literally pictures of the members of Queen... doing things. There's some great classic shots and stuff I've never seen before. So it was a hoot to scroll through the wall and check out some of the images. If you love Queen and classic rock, this is worth a follow. Here's some examples:




This one is photoshopped!



Thursday
Nov222018

Happy Thanksgiving - A New Asking Alexandria Video

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm enjoying my day off. I plan to eat a lot and then shop a lot. Asking Alexandria is one of my faves. They've got a new video - enjoy!


Wednesday
Nov212018

Not A Shocker: Joe Perry Cancels Tour

Joe Perry has canceled his solo tour after his recent health scare. Quite frankly I don't know what took so long to make this decision. This is for the best and I hope Joe gets the rest he needs. He shouldn't be exerting himself or lifting - including his guitar! - for a little while. We need him strong and ready for the big Aerosmith residency in Las Vegas this spring. I sure am glad I'm going to one of the earlier shows. Nothing is guaranteed but the guys in Aerosmith are not young. Accidents, injuries and illnesses happen.


Tuesday
Nov202018

Sweden Rock Announces More Bands

Sweden Rock Fest is looking good and there are still a lot of band announcements left. Yesterday, the fest announced 20 more acts. From my inbox:


2019 will mark 50 years since the formation of ZZ Top and 10 years since they last played at the Sweden Rock Festival. Now the world’s greatest blues rock trio is heading back to Sölvesborg to let classics like ”Gimme all your lovin’”, ”Sharp dressed man”, ”Tush”, ”La grange” and many more sound over the Sweden Rock fields once again.

Actor Jack Black and guitarist Kyle Gass started Tenacious D as a bar show act, but their humoristic style and witty lyrics soon made them huge. Black’s film career only allows the band to tour sporadically, but in Sweden they have lately managed to create chaos at an over populated free amusement park show and sell out an acoustic show at Arenan in Stockholm in virtually no time at all. Needless to say, when they make their Sweden Rock debut, it will be as a full, electric band.

Disturbed has remained in major league of modern metal throughout the 2000’s, much thanks to songs like ”Stricken”, ”Down with the sickness” and ”Indestructible”. Their fanbase is likely to have expanded even further with their hit cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic “The sound of silence” a couple of years ago. We have wanted the band back to Sweden Rock since their hugely successful 2008 show and in June it is finally time!

Also added to the 2019 line-up are Blackberry Smoke, Axel Rudi Pell, Candlemass, Powerwolf, Gorgoroth, Green Jellÿ, The Night Flight Orchestra, Jag Panzer, Blaze Bayley, FM, Krisiun, Myrath, Thundermother, Zal Cleminson’s Sin Dogs, Jared James Nichols, The Quill and Gathering Of Kings. After this announcement we have another 45 acts before the line-up is complete.

Sweden Rock Festival takes place in Sölvesborg in southern Sweden June 5th to 8th 2019.Previously announced acts include Kiss, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and Def Leppard. 4-day tickets are sold out but a small number of 3-day tickets are still available.