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David Bowie Alumni Band Announce 2020 North American Tour
The powerhouse cast of bandmates kick off their trek in San Diego, Calif. on March 3, with shows across the U.S. and Canada until April 11
GRAMMY-winning celestial being David Bowie would've turned 73 last month. Unfortunately, however, the man of many shiny bodysuits left this planet four years ago, two days after turning 69. Yet, luckily for the globe full of Bowie fans, many of his longtime collaborators have kept the rocking spirit of his music alive with the "A Bowie Celebration" tour.
The cast of career musicians, many of whom spent many years touring, recording and working with the "Modern Love" artist, will embark on a 30-date 2020 North American tour. This iteration of "A Bowie Celebration" will include renditions of both Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars and Diamond Dogs in full.
The trek kicks off in San Diego, Calif. on March 3, with shows across the U.S. and Canada until April 11, for the final date in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Most recently, "A Bowie Celebration" toured Europe in January. The tour first began in fall 2018 in California and has not toured North America since March 2019.
At the touring group's core is keyboardist and bandleader Mike Garson, "the longest-standing member of any of Bowie’s bands, having performed with David at over 1,000 concerts," according to a press release. The rotating crew also includes Bowie musical director and guitarist Gerry Leonard, Let's Dance/Serious Moonlight/Glass Spider bassist Carmine Rojas and 1987 Glass Spider World Tour drummer Alan Childs.
Guitarist Kevin Armstrong, who recorded and played with Bowie at Live Aid and on other major projects, also performs with the talented band. "Between them, the alumni band have over 40 years tenure recording, writing and playing live with Bowie," the release notes.
Special guest vocalists for the tour include legendary, GRAMMY-winning Living Colour founder Corey Glover, Canadian rock queen Sass Jordan and "Westworld" star Evan Rachel Wood. Singer/songwriter/bassist Joe Sumner of Fiction Plane joins the list of very special guests, to which more will be added and will vary across locations
Below, you can watch a rousing rendition of "Rebel Rebel" from the "A Bowie Celebration" crew in London, with Glover on lead vocals.
Tickets are currently on sale for all North American dates; more info here.
Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY
Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business
The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.
In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs
Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage
What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.
Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show
Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion
There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.
The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.
This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.
"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."
Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.