Wednesday, April 6, 2011

And, In Other Oldies News ... (Check Out These "Coming Up" Events!)

What's Eric up to these days? Still touring.
(Eric Burdon will be 70 on May 11th) 
"Presently I have more shows coming up in the US and Canada and a European tour this summer," he tells Ray Sasho of the St. Petersburg Examiner. "I just finished recording for a new album with a video about Bo Diddley (with the family's blessing, of course). More recordings and exciting projects are on the way but the fans and the world are just going to have to wait and see."
On living in California, Burdon states, "One of my reasons for living in California is that it’s close proximity to Mexico. The Latin influence is in every corner of the community. My love of Spanish music hasn't wavered since the 50's. I could hear the blues voicing from the Flamanco families and I always dig for inspiration in Latin music. I just got out of the studio after recording for my new album and a couple of the tracks that we laid down were heavily influenced by Latin music. The album is coming out later this year, so look forward to it."
Who are The Animals today? Billy Watts, guitar: Brannen Temple, drums: Red Young, keyboards; Terry Wilson, bass
Videos of the original Eric Burdon & The Animals:
"We Gotta Get Out of This Place" -
"House of the Rising Sun"
"When I Was Young"
Upcoming tour dates:
April 22 - Boulder Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
April 29 - 29th Annual Laughlin River Run, Edgewater Casino, Laughlin, Nevada
May 5 - Dixon May Fair, Dixon Fairgrounds, Dixon, California (with John Kay & Steppenwolf)
May 14 - Harrah's Lake Tahoe
June 8 - B.B. King's, New York City
June 24 - Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California
July 17 - Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, Washington
After a 4 year hiatus, Tommy Roe is returning to touring with a brand new show: An Evening With Tommy Roe.
A bona fide international star, TOMMY ROE wrote and recorded six "Top 10" hits between 1962-69, more than any other solo American artist. 
To his credits he has 11 US Top 40 hits, 6 Top 10s, 4 Certified Gold singles, and 2 #1 Hits. He is a member of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame, The Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Tommy Roe began writing songs at the age of fourteen, and his first recording effort yielded the international #1 hit ... Sheila. In 1963, TOMMY ROE headlined the now famous UK tour, in which a rising band called The Beatles were the opening act!!
An Evening With Tommy Roe is a new show featuring all his hits, plus less familiar tunes, and new material as well. The band is led by veteran guitarist / music director RICK LEVY (Herman's Hermits, Bo Diddley, Jay & the Techniques, Freddy Cannon, etc). The show features full band, unplugged and solo segments.
Tommy Roe will be performing on these dates in May 2011:
MAY 19 Century Casino, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
MAY 20 Casino Regina, Regina, SK, Canada
I guess after his recent appearance at Charles Rosenay's Beat Expo, Tommy's caught the performing bug again ... and we couldn't be happier.  (Would LOVE to see this guy in concert ... hope his travels bring him out Chicago-way sometime soon!)  And wouldn't it be cool to see a double bill with Tommy Roe and Robin Luke?!?!?  For the big final encore, they could both come out and do a live reprise of "Susie Darlin'" together!  (kk)
Music Legend Jon Anderson To Tour The US In Support Of Forthcoming CD Release, “An Acoustic Evening With Jon Anderson” 4/5/2011 – Asheville, NC - Much to the excitement of fans across the country, Music Icon Jon Anderson, best known for his work with Yes, Vangelis, Kitaro and other notable music artists, as well as his innovative solo efforts, is preparing to tour the US in support of his forthcoming CD release 'Survival and Other Stories'. Jon recently completed a successful European tour with former Yes member and keyboard virtuoso Rick Wakeman on the heels of their critically acclaimed debut album 'The Living Tree'. The upcoming Spring tour “An Acoustic Evening With Jon Anderson” touts an exciting mixture of material from Jon Anderson's prolific solo career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic Yes songs, along with new compositions from his pending CD, and promises a magical and memorable evening of enchanting music for all who attend!
Most recently, Jon Anderson's vocals from the song "In High Places" featured on Mike Oldfield's 'Crises' album from 1983 (written by Anderson and Oldfield) are sampled on Kanye West's new track "Dark Fantasy" from his 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' CD, which has topped Billboard's chart as the #1 album in the country.
On May 24, 2010 Jon shared the stage with the 112 member Cleveland Contemporary Youth Orchestra and 60 member student chorus in a mesmerizing performance that exudes joy and energy. The one night concert was recently shown on HDNet. For replay information visit Three weeks ago Jon sang with the wonderful San Antonio Youth Orchestra to several standing ovations adding a new ark to his luminous career.
Jon is featured singing on the upcoming CD release by US composer and producer Jonathan Elias called 'Prayer Cycle', which also includes guests appearances by Sting, Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Sinead O'Connor, Robert Downey Jr. and via an archival recording Jim Morrison, amongst others. 
Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman's recent collaboration 'The Living Tree', the duo's debut studio release featuring nine tracks of original material, has been garnering rave reviews worldwide! Details and ordering information can be found at the Voiceprint website. You can also download The Living Tree on Jon's much anticipated forthcoming CD 'Survival and Other Stories” is scheduled for release in late Spring 2011. With themes about love, life, understanding, healing and survival, Jon's new CD has an inspirational message for all who will listen!
“An Acoustic Evening With Jon Anderson” tour dates:
4/23/2011 - Somerville Theatre - Somerville, MA
4/26/2011 - Havana New Hope - New Hope, PA
4/28/2011 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT
4/30/2011 - B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill - New York, NY
5/02/2011 - Musikfest Cafe ArtsQuest Center at Steel Slacks - Bethlehem, PA
5/04/2011 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
5/06/2011 - Princeton University - McCarter Theatre - Princeton, NJ
5/07/2011 - New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Victoria Theatre - Newark, NJ
5/09/2011 - Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD
5/11/2011 - Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD
5/12/2011 - Rebecca Cohn Auditorium - Halifax, Nova Scotia
5/13/2011 - The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performing Center - Plymouth, NH
5/15/2011 - Bates College Olin Arts Center - Concert Hall - Lewiston, ME
5/18/2011 - Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH
5/19/2011 - Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH
5/21/2011 - Woodstock Town Hall Theatre - Woodstock, VT
5/25/2011 - Ellsworth Grand Auditorium - Ellsworth , ME
For more information visit Jon Anderson's new website:
And how cool is this???
Paul Simon's brand new album drops next week ... and he's giving everybody a chance to listen to it first before purchasing the LP!
Full details are below ...
Paul Simon's new album, So Beautiful or So What, will be available in stores on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 ... but you can listen to the full album right now on our special listening party hosted by Soundcloud. Just visit where you can stream the album, in its entirety.
We've included some special features on the page and you can listen to the music, comment on the songs, share on Facebook, Twitter and e-mail it to your friends and like the page on Facebook - help spread the word about this amazing album. 
Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So WhatListen to the full album now!
Paul Simon also has a number of tour dates set up in support of the new album (including a stop here in Chicago on May 17th).  For the complete itinerary, check out his website: