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Blues Guitarist TOMMY CASTRO To Appear on House of Blues Radio This Weekend
Blues guitarist Tommy Castro has been one of the brightest lights of the blues and R&B scene over the past decade, combining great songs, killer chops, and an exhilarating stage show into one thrilling entertainment package. This coming weekend, March 13-14, Castro will be the featured artist on The House of Blues Radio Hour. Tune in to hear Tommy talk with Elwood Blues (aka Dan Aykroyd) as they discuss the making of his Alligator debut, Hard Believer. To find an affiliate station in your area, go to www.thebluesmobile.com.
To hear streaming audio from Hard Believer, or to order the disc for just $14.98 (includes free U.S. shipping), visit www.alligator.com, where you can also listen to over 225 blues tracks using the label's online jukebox.
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DRAGONFORCE Seeking New Vocalist
Press Release - New York, NY - DragonForce have split with lead singer ZP Theart. The band issued the following statement via their publicist, regarding the matter:
"It is with great regret that DragonForce announce a parting of the ways with singer ZP Theart. This is due to insurmountable differences of musical opinion but the rest of the band sincerely wishes ZP great success with his future projects."
While the creative core members have begun writing the fifth album, they have also started a worldwide search for a new vocalist. “We are looking for a powerful, melodic singer to write a new chapter of DragonForce with us." said guitarist Herman Li.
Anyone wishing to audition for the vacant position should apply following the instructions at this web address www.dragonforce.com/audition.
SIMON & GARFUNKEL Announce North American Tour
Iconic folk-pop duo Simon & Garfunkel have announced a series of North American spring tour dates, beginning in Vancouver, British Columbia, on April 29. The setlists for these shows will comprise the pair's biggest hits along with highlights from each singer's solo catalog.
4/24 - New Orleans LA - Jazz & Heritage Festival - On sale now
4/29 - Vancouver BC - General Motors Place - On sale3/12 @ 10AM
5/1 - Edmonton AB - Rexall Place - On sale3/12 @ 10AM
5/2 - Calgary AB - Pengrowth Saddledome - On sale 3/12 @ 10AM
5/4 - Saskatoon SK - Credit Union Centre - On sale 3/12 @ 10AM
5/5 - Winnipeg MB - MTS Centre - On sale 3/12 @ 10AM
5/7 - Fargo ND - Fargodome - On sale now
5/8 - St. Paul MN - Xcel Energy Center - On sale 3/13 @ 10AM
5/9 - Madison WI - Kohl Center Arena - On sale 3/13 @ 10AM
5/11 - Detroit MI - TBA
5/12 - Toronto ON - Air Canada Centre - On sale 3/12 @ 10AM
5/14 - Ottawa ON- Scotiabank Place - On sale 3/12 @ 10AM
5/15 - Montreal QC - Bell Centre - On sale 3/13 @ 10AM
For ticket info on Canadian shows, visit www.livenation.com. For US dates, please visit www.jamusa.com
BUDDY GUY To Receive Blues Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award
[For Immediate Release: March 8, 2010] On May 6th, 2010 at the 31st annual Blues Music Awards, The Blues Foundation will publicly honor blues legend Buddy Guy with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Foundation has commissioned for this special occasion a one-of-a-kind award from Patterson & Barnes, who also created the original artwork that serves as the basis for the 2010 poster. There will also be an oral and video presentation, as well as a special musical tribute, all in the legend's honor. Buddy Guy will be at the ceremony to receive this honor.
In speaking about this great honor, The Blues Foundation's Executive Director Jay Sieleman said "Buddy Guy has been a mentor and inspiration to five generations of musicians in multiple genres while he has continued to innovate. He has greatly expanded the blues definition while maintaining the anchor characteristics that first defined the genre, and with this distinction, we are proud to present him with this honor and tribute."
Buddy Guy's strikingly unique guitar style enervated his elder Muddy Waters' Folk Singer album in the early '60s, expanded on the vision of his contemporary Junior Wells on Hoodoo Man Blues in the mid-'60s, and was a beacon to the British Invasion rockers Eric Clapton (guitar tab) and Jeff Beck (guitar tab) in the late '60s.
Soldiering on through the '70s and '80s, his visibility and stature refocused through the '90s and into the 21st century with a series of recordings that underlined to the commercial pop world that he not only was the inspiration for countless musical icons from Jimi Hendrix psychedelics to John Mayer pop, but was still transforming while many of his disciples were reprising decades-old hits.
He obliterated the perceived chasm between blues and rock, leaving the term "crossover" to awkwardly define the efforts of lesser artists in both camps trying to bridge the racial, generational and stylistic borders of each. And he did it with a sense of dynamics and bravado that are rare in artists of any age, but which have been consistent for him throughout his career. You knew you were experiencing a Buddy Guy lick in the first few lines of any number he did in 1960, and the same can be said today. Buddy has been nominated for 41 Blues Music Awards and has received 28 such Awards.
Past recipients of this prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award include Bobby "Blue" Bland, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Ahmet Ertegun, John Lee Hooker, Etta James, B.B. King, Sam Phillips, Koko Taylor and Jerry Wexler.
The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists. For tickets, please visit www.blues.org or call (901) 527-2583.
YES and PETER FRAMPTON Announce Co-Headlining Summer Tour
Back in 1976, prog-rock icons Yes and then teen heartthrob Peter Frampton played a series of stadium dates, including old JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, where they played to over 100,000 fans. It's safe to say the tour was an unqualified success. Now, 34 years later, the two artists are reuniting for a 25-city co-headlining tour, beginning June 16, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Yes will feature a lineup consisting of Steve Howe (guitar), Chris Squire (bass), and Alan White (drums), as well as Oliver Wakeman (son of Rick Wakeman) on keys and Benoit David on lead vocals.
Yes/Peter Frampton Tour Dates:
June 16 Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
June 18 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY
June 19 Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
June 20 Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Meadow Lands, PA
June 23 Wolf Trap Foundation for Performing Arts, Vienna, VA
July 4 Lake Forest Venue, Blue Ash, OH
July 7 Sandia Casino, Albuquerque, NM
July 9 Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
July 10 Harrah’s Rincon-Open Sky Theater, Valley Center, CA
*More to be added soon.
Iron Maiden and Dream Theater Together on Tour This Summer
Metal legends Iron Maiden and prog-metal icons Dream Theater will be spending a good chunk of this summer sharing stages across the U.S. Headliners Iron Maiden will be touring in support of their new album, The Final Frontier (due in late summer), while Dream Theater will be fulfilling a lifelong goal of playing Madison Square Garden, in their hometown of New York City. (cont. below image ...)
"We really wanted to get out and play some shows before the release of the new album later this year," said Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson. "We're still working on the set list for these summer shows, but this time it will cover the whole history of the band, and I can hint that we will be playing a taster from the new album."
"It is a bit of a dream come true for us," says Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy. "After 25 years together, at this stage in our career, there's honestly only three bands Dream Theater would consider opening for and Maiden is one of them. It is an absolute honor."
Guitarist John Petrucci was equally stoked about their hometown show, saying, "I am unbelievably excited to be finally playing Madison Square Garden, and with the almighty Maiden to boot! They have been heroes to the band since the beginning and are iconic in our eyes. There is nothing like achieving success and recognition in your own country, in your own city. It's going to be an incredible night for sure."
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Tickets for the Canadian shows go on sale Saturday, March 13th at 10:00 a.m. EST, whereas the U.S. shows go on sale Saturday, March 20th at 10:00 a.m. EST, both through LiveNation.com.
Tickets for the Madison Square Garden show go on sale Saturday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m. EST through ticketmaster.com.
An exclusive pre-sale allowing members of the Iron Maiden fan club first access to the tickets will be made available three days prior to the public on sale date. Full details of this can be found at www.ironmaiden.com.
The Final Frontier 2010 North American Tour
09 Dallas, TX
11 Houston, TX
12 San Antonio, TX
14 Denver, CO
16 Albuquerque, NM
17 Phoenix, AZ
19 San Bernardino, CA
20 Concord, CA
22 Auburn, WA
24 Vancouver, BC
26 Edmonton, AB
29 Saskatoon, SK
30 Winnipeg, MB
03 Toronto, ON
07 Montreal, QC
11 Holmdel, NJ
12 New York, NY
14 Pittsburgh, PA
15 Cleveland, OH
17 Detroit, MI
18 Chicago, IL
20 Washington D.C.
+ Dream Theater will not perform in Winnipeg
JOHN 5 Clinic and Performance at Grammy Museum
Guitar virtuoso John 5 has quietly become one of the most respected and revered guitarists on the planet. Aside from his stunning solo releases, his impressive resume includes stints with shock-rocker Marilyn Manson (guitar tab), David Lee Roth (guitar tab), and his current gig with Rob Zombie (guitar tab). But he also has been drawn to many other musical styles throughout his career, as made evident by his studio and touring work with artists such as k.d. lang, Meatloaf, Lynyrd Skynyrd (guitar tab), Salt-N-Pepa, among others.
John 5 will demonstrate his mastery of the guitar techniques necessary to play in these varied styles in a very special evening program at the Grammy Museum, in Los Angeles, California, at 7:30 p.m. on March 31. The session will include a guitar clinic as well as a Q&A on recording, touring, his signature Fender Telecaster and other gear, and other related topics. He will also sign autographs at the end of the evening.
Doors open at 7:00. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. If you hurry, you may be able to score a seat in the first few rows by sending an email to email@example.com, with "Reserve Seats" in the subject line. Seating is limited and is first come, first served. Alternatively, you can contact the Grammy Museum at 213.765.6800 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.