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BON JOVI Opens New Meadowlands Stadium
The New Meadowlands Stadium (recently awarded Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014) sits about 15 minutes from my home, yet as New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi christened the bowl with its inaugural concert, I was nearly 1,000 away in Florida on a Gulf Coast beach. And although this place is paradise, I do admit to some envy of the 55,000 fans who packed the stadium on Wednesday, May 26.
See the full set list at the bottom of this post, and for a full review, head on over to NYTimes.com. Meanwhile, you can enjoy this fan footage of opening number "Blood on Blood" here.
"Blood on Blood"
"We Weren't Born to Follow"
"You Give Love a Bad Name"
"Whole Lotta Leavin'"
"Born to Be My Baby"
"Raise Your Hands"
"When We Were Beautiful"
"We Got It Going On"
"Bad Medicine/Roadhouse Blues"
"It's My Life"
"Love's the Only Rule"
"Lay Your Hands on Me"
"I'll Be There For You"
"Something for the Pain"
"Someday I'll Be Saturday Night"
"Have a Nice Day"
"Work for the Working Man"
"Who Says You Can't Go Home"
"Keep the Faith"
"Wanted Dead or Alive"
"Living on a Prayer"
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN's Couldn't Stand the Weather To Be Reissued
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughan's death, Legacy Recordings will reissue his 1984 release, Couldn't Stand the Weather, in a 2-CD package, on July 27. Disc 1 includes the original eight-song, 38-minute album plus another 11 studio outtakes from the original recording sessions in January 1984, three of which are previously unreleased. Disc 2 contains selections from Vaughan's previously unreleased August 17, 1984, live concert at The Spectrum, in Montreal, Canada.
The set comes with a 2,700 word essay written by one of the foremost authorities on Vaughan's guitar style, Andy Aledort. He writes, "Though a mere six months had passed between the release of Texas Flood and the start of the Couldn't Stand the Weather recording sessions, a great deal changed for the band, professionally and personally, in that short period. Couldn't Stand the Weather represented the first time the band had a recording budget, but with it came record company pressures that had been absent previously. In addition, as the pace of the band members' careers increased, so did the level of partying and drug use."
Pre-order Couldn't Stand the Weather: Legacy Edition now at Amazon.com.
1. Scuttle Buttin'
2. Couldn't Stand The Weather
3. The Things (That) I Used To Do
4. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
5. Cold Shot
6. Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)
7. Honey Bee
8. Stang's Swang
9. Empty Arms (A)
10. Come On (Pt. III) (B)
11. Look At Little Sister (B)
12. The Sky Is Falling (C)
13. Hide Away (B)
14. Give Me Back My Wig (B)
15. Boot Hill (C)
16. Wham! (A)
17. Close To You (A)
18. Little Wing (A)
19. Stang's Swang (alternate take) (C)
Key to bonus tracks
A - from the 1991 album The Sky Is Crying
B - from the 1999 expanded edition of Couldn't Stand The Weather
C - previously unreleased
"Beatles, Wings and Six-String" With Laurence Juber at the Smithsonian
Nazareth, PA – May 24, 2010 – The Smithsonian Associates and C.F. Martin & Co are proud to present "Beatles, Wings and Six-String: An Evening of Acoustic Guitar" featuring renowned Grammy Award-winning, guitar virtuoso Laurence Juber, one-night-only, Thursday, June 3rd at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
Acoustic guitar aficionados are in for a treat during an evening that will showcase one of America's favorite instruments and feature a concert performance by guitarist Laurence Juber. Hosted by the Smithsonian's Randall Kremer and presented by Dick Boak, archivist for Martin Guitar, Juber will discuss his work composing, recording, and performing as the lead guitarist with Paul McCartney in his band Wings and his own successful solo career. Boak will speak and present an interactive history of the 177-year-old guitar company, as well as showcase several vintage, historically significant guitars including instruments spanning the collection from the museum at Martin Guitar featuring a 1927 Ditson, 60s era D-28, early 1830s Martin Stauffer, 00-21 from the turn of the century, a recently acquired 000-42 as well as artist signature models. A book and CD signing with Juber and Boak is slated to follow the event.
Juber embarked on a career as a solo artist, composer, and arranger after years spent playing lead guitar with Paul McCartney in his band Wings. He is a guitar virtuoso whose solo albums include LJ Plays the Beatles, one of Acoustic Guitar magazine's all-time top recordings.
Boak, long-time Martin Guitar employee and author of Martin Guitar Masterpieces and Martin Guitars: A History, is a woodworker, guitar designer and builder, draftsman, Martin's public relations liaison, artist, guitarist, and is responsible for some of the most unique collaborates with top celebrity guitarists to design and build the finest instruments made at C.F. Martin & Co.
This program is made possible through the generous support of C.F. Martin Guitar Co.
WHEN: Thursday, June 3rd at 7:00pm
WHERE: National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Metro: Smithsonian (Blue/Orange lines)
TICKETS: $15 members, $20 general admission
For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit Resident Associates
SLIPKNOT Bassist Paul Gray Dead at 38
Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, who was also known as "#2" and "The Pig," was found dead in a room in a hotel room just outside of the band's hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday (5/24) morning. He was 38.
According to a report by the Des Moines Register, an employee of the Towne Place Suites, located in Urbandale, Iowa, discovered Gray's body and notified authorities. An autopsy performed Tuesday morning proved inconclusive, though it did confirm that there was no evidence of foul play or trauma. Determination of cause of death could take 4–6 weeks, pending toxicology test results.
MASTODON Cancels Summer European Tour Due to Sickness
MASTODON regret to inform their fans that their upcoming Summer tour of Europe originally set to begin June 5, in Germany and ending July 3, in Finland has been cancelled. Guitarist Bill Kelliher who has been diagnosed with Pancreatitis has been advised by doctors to continue further medical treatment. Bill's medical team are optimistic and expect a full recovery in the weeks ahead as the band looks forward to being part of BlackDiamondSkye also featuring Alice In Chains, Deftones, slated to begin Sep. 16, in Chicago.
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax Announce Global Movie Theater Event
NEW YORK, NY, MAY 21, 2010-- The "Big Four"—Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax—are bringing their historic European tour to the global stage by beaming the event via satellite to movie theaters around the world in a special HD cinematic event. These four legendary acts broke out of the underground thrash movement in the 1980s to dominate the metal world, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. Despite huge demand, these musical giants have never shared the same stage until now. The legendary June 22nd concert from the tour's stop of the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria will air the same day in over 450 theaters in more than 140 markets in the U.S., as well as beamed into theaters in Europe, Canada and Latin America. Delayed screenings are planned in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Tickets for "The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax" go on sale starting today Friday, May 21st in the U.S. and internationally starting Friday, May 28th at participating theater box offices and at www.thebigfourlive.com, where fans can also view the event cinema trailer.
Lars Ulrich of Metallica says of this historic announcement, "Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal's Big Four would not only still be around, be more popular than ever, playing shows together at stadiums all over Europe, and on top of that, coming to a movie theater near you in High Definition (for better or worse??!!). Bring it on!"
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says "Damn, as if this Big 4 tour wasn't exciting enough now we get to be on the big screen worldwide! Metal at the movies, two big horns up! It is unbelievably gratifying that this means so much to the metal community around the globe. Get your tix, grab some popcorn and get ready to bang your head!"
Declares Slayer's Kerry King, "I can't believe someone didn't make this happen 15 years ago! The fans finally get what they want. I think it's awesome!"
Says Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, "The magnitude of this event hasn't really sunk in yet, and I am thrilled to know that people around the planet will be able to walk into a movie theater and experience the greatest line up of Heavy Metal in the history of the world!"
Tickets for the one night only event are available now at presenting U.S. theater box offices and online at www.thebigfourlive.com. Tickets go on sale internationally from Friday, May 28th. Additional cinemas/countries may be added. Presently, over 800 cinemas worldwide will exhibit the concert event. Exhibition times may vary by territory. In the U.S., the program will commence at 7:30 PM in each time zone.
Video For New Tom Petty Single "Something Good Coming"
It's been eight years since Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' last album, but it seems they've found their mojo. The band's new album, Mojo, is due out June 15 (after an unexpected delay), and you can check out the video for the first single, "Something Good Coming," here.
I recently got a sneak peek at the new Tom Petty cover story in the June/July/August issue of Sound & Vision magazine (hits newsstands June 8), in which Petty and members of the Heartbreakers talk in depth about the recording of Mojo. Some highlights include guitarist Mike Campbell discussing the magic in his recently purchased '59 Les Paul, the band's "live" approach to recording (note the semi-circle formed around Petty in the video below—that's how they actually did it!), and their collective dedication to making a great-sounding record—including creating a 5.1 surround mix! Read more at soundandvisionmag.com.