David Bowie’s ‘A New Career in a New Town’ Set for September

David Bowie’s Berlin albums and other works from the late 1970s through the early 1980s are featured in the new collection,  A New Career in a New Town, an 11-CD box set.

It’s a gigantic collection for fans of Bowie, who will hear remastered versions of some favorite songs.

Set to be released Sept. 29, the box set will be available as both an 11-CD, 13-LP or digital release. Check out David Bowie’s website for more details: DAVIDBOWIE.COM

Stephen Furst of Animal House Dies at 63

Stephen Furst was the lovable Kent Dorfman in ‘Animal House’

Actor Stephen Furst, best known as the naive frat pledge “Flounder” in the 1978 film Animal House, died from complications of diabetes.

He was 63.

Furst appeared on TV in St. Elsewhere and Babylon 5, but it was Kent Dorfman, the freshman pledge playing opposite John Belushi and a crazy cast of characters for which he was best remembered.

Bobby Rush, Mavis Staples Win Blues Music Awards

Mavis Staples is a winner on many levels – Photo © Donna Balancia

MEMPHIS  — The best of the blues were honored during the 38th annual Blues Music Awards, including Bobby Rush, Mavis Staples and Joe Bonamassa.

The Blues Foundation shined the spotlight on the remarkable work created by the night’s honorees. Rush not only picked up an Album of the Year victory for Porcupine Meat, he also saw Omnivore Recording’s four-disc retrospective Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush named Historical Album of the Year.

These wins, his 11th and 12th BMA awards, continue a triumphant year for the 83-year-old blues legend, who also earned his first Grammy earlier this year.

Curtis Salgado took three wins including Song of the Year for “Walk a Mile in My Blues,” which he co-wrote with David Duncan and Mike Finigan. Susan Tedeschi was named best Contemporary Blues Female Artist and the Tedeschi Trucks Band took home Band of the Year and Rock Blues Album (Let Me Get By) honors.

For the legendary Staples, the evening added to an already milestone week. Her victory as Soul Blues Female Artist came a night after she was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at a memorable ceremony held one mile away at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts. The B.B. King Entertainer of the Year title went to Joe Bonamassa, who also won Guitarist of the Year honors.

At The Drive In Release New Album, in • ter a • li • a

This Cinco de Mayo will celebrate the closing of a 17-year void between At The Drive In albums: The long awaited follow up to 2000’s Relationship Of Command has finally and fully materialized in the form of in • ter a • li • a, out on Rise Records.

Get the album here: https://riserecords.lnk.to/ATDI

Ending a nearly equally lengthy hiatus from late night television, At The Drive In has confirmed a May 11th performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live outdoor stage—the band’s debut appearance on Kimmel and first time playing on U.S. network television since its classic and chaotic Late Show with David Letterman melee of 2000.

For information on scoring tickets to At The Drive In on Jimmy Kimmel Live May 11th, go to: https://1iota.com/Event/59398/Request?

At The Drive In will play the Shrine on May 15 in support of the new album.


Kaleo Kicks Off ‘Kaleo Express at HOB

Icelandic alt-rockers Kaleo announce today their headlining fall tour The Kaleo Express, which will kick off at The House of Blues in Anaheim on August 25.

The band will perform in major cities nationwide including The Wiltern in Los Angeles on Aug. 26, The Paramount Theater in Denver, CO on September 22, The Moody Theater in Austin, TX on September 29 and the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on October 21.

AT/T presale tickets are available starting May 2 – May 4 at 10 AM and general on-sale begins May 5 at 10 AM.  For complete details and ticket information, please log on to www.officialkaleo.com.

The Kaleo Express Tour dates:

8/25      Anaheim, CA                 House of Blues

8/26      Los Angeles, CA           The Wiltern

8/29      San Diego, CA              House of Blues

9/1        Portland, OR                 Oregon Zoo Amphitheater

9/22      Denver, CO                   The Paramount

9/27      Dallas, TX                     Southside Ballroom

9/29      Austin, TX                     Moody Theater

10/2      Houston, TX                  Revention Music Center **

10/4      Kansas City, MO           The Mid **

10/6      Minneapolis, MN           State Theatre

10/7      Madison, WI                  Orpheum Theatre **

10/16    Boston, MA                  House of Blues **

10/20    Wallingford, CT             The Dome at Oakdale Theatre **

10/21    NYC, NY                       Hammerstein Ballroom

10/31    Manchester, UK             Manchester 02 Apollo

11/1      London, UK                  Roundhouse

11/3      Glasgow, UK                 Barrowlands

11/4      Birmingham, UK            Birmingham Academy

11/6      Dublin, Ireland               Olympia

11/9      Antwerp                        Lotto Arena

11/11    Berlin, Germany Tempodrom

11/12    Copenhagen, Denmark  Vega

11/14    Amsterdam, Holland      AFAS Live

11/17    Offenbach, Germany     Stadhalle

11/18    Vienna, Austria              Gasometer

11/21    Prague, Czech Republic Roxy

11/22    Warsaw, Poland            Progresja Club

11/24    St. Petersburg, Russia   A2

11/25    Moscow, Russia            Yotaspace


**ZZ Ward support

Lorde Plays New Music at Pappy and Harriet’s

Lorde surprised the fans with a set of new music off her forthcoming album, Melodrama, at the tiny desert club, Pappy and Harriet’s.

Recording Academy to Address Congress on NEA

The Recording Academy released a statement regarding the White House-proposed elimination of the National Endowment of the Arts. Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy, said the Academy will ask Congress to keep the organization’s funding.

“Love of music and the arts brings us together, and celebrates the richness of American culture and our spirit of curiosity and creativity. Music and art serve as one of America’s greatest exports, and support jobs for creators in cities, towns and rural areas across the country.

“The White House proposal to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts is shortsighted and alarming. The modest support that we provide to music and the arts is returned many times over, whether measured in jobs and economic impact, or sheer cultural enrichment and introspection.

“The Recording Academy will ask Congress to maintain funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and renew our commitment to America’s creators.”

Skyville Live to Broadcast Melissa Etheridge, Orianthi Concert

Melissa Etheridge - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Melissa Etheridge – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Online music series Skyville Live has announced a special woman’s show on March 20 with Melissa Etheridge, Cam, Lindsay Ell, Orianthi and Troi Irons in celebration of the musical power of women, it was announced today by Wally Wilson, creator of Skyville Live.

“Melissa, Cam, Lindsay, Orianthi and Troi speak to the wealth of talent that female entertainers share with us, the audience,” comment Wilson.  “In the spirit of the times and in conjunction with March being ‘Woman’s History Month’ Skyville Live wanted to celebrate this wonderful legacy.”

Beginning at 9 PM PT on March 20, the latest edition of Skyville Live will also feature the usual backing band of industry elites the show is known for. Led by guitarist Kenny Greenberg, this all-star group includes Steve Mackey on bass, Jerry Roe  on drums, Mike Rojas on B3, Justin Schipper slide guitar and a six piece horn section conducted by Roy Agee. For full details on how to stream the performance live, fans can visit SkyvilleLive.com.

Classic East and Classic West to Feature Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles

The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac will be the headliners at Classic East and Classic West in July it has been reported. EastCoastRocker.com and WestCoastRocker.com will be on hand. The two bands are planning a bi-coastal music festival this summer, according to reports, and supposedly an annual franchise is in the works.

The shows are expected to be called Classic East and Classic West and they will be held in July, according to  Billboard.

The shows are expected to be held at Citi Field in New York and Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. The festivals are expected to take place over two days and names like Jackson Browne have been mentioned as possible additional participants.

DJ Stars Shine at Global Spin Awards

Entertainment heavy hitters gathered at The 5th Annual Global Spin Awards to celebrate and honor the most dynamic and talented DJ’s around the world, both past and present. GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist and entrepreneur Tip “T.I.” Harris hosted the event with special guests like DJ Envy, Jadakiss, Dave Chappelle and B.o.B in attendance.

Performances included an epic show opening from host T.I. featuring B.o.B, a highly-anticipated reunion from No Limit (Master P, Silkk the Shocker, Mia X, Mystikal and Romeo), as well as performances from Joey Bada$$, and Dreezy. Presenters for the night included Jermaine Dupri, Dave Chappelle, Tami Roman, and more. Check it out at GlobalSpinAwards.com

Beyonce Drops Out of Coachella

Beyonce, who was to make her first appearance at Coachella, has dropped out of April event, it was announced Thursday.

The superstar songstress, who bared a pregnant belly — and more — on the GRAMMYs broadcast, said in a statement that it was on her doctor’s advice that she withdrew from Coachella.

“Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyonce has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival,” the statement said.

“However, Goldenvoice and Parkwood are pleased to confirm that she will be a headliner at the 2018 festival. Thank you for your understanding.”

Beyonce was to headline Coachella on April 15 and April 22. It would have been the first time she performed at Coachella and marked the first time a female headlined since Bjork in 2007. She said she would headline in 2018.

Linkin Park Drops Video Ahead of Album, ‘One More Light’

Linkin Park will release a new studio album called One More Light on May 19. Today the band premiered its lead single. Check it out here:


David Bowie Releases ‘No Plan’ on CD

David Bowie Photo by J
David Bowie Photo by J

David Bowie’s No Plan, an EP containing material from Lazarus will be released on CD Feb. 24 and on vinyl on April 21, it was announced. Bowie died Jan. 10, 2016.

Columbia and Sony released No Plan digitally last January.  Special vinyl versions of the EP, in white vinyl and engraved with a laser etching on side B, are expected to be available May 26.

No Plan features Blackstar’s “Lazarus,” as well as “Killing a Little Time,” and “No Plan,” and “When I Met You.”


 3EB Announces Tour w Silversun Pickups

third eye blind california rocker

Third Eye Blind will play The Greek Theatre on July 20, supported by Silversun Pickups. It’s a featured stop along the 31-show tour that launches June 9 and wraps July 23.

Third Eye Blind’s most current album is We Are Drugs.

The Summer Gods Tour will visit amphitheaters across North America including New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and New Orleans.

Please see www.livenation.com for dates. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Jan. 26.

“We have always had that punk ethos of ‘Say what you mean no matter what’ and ‘show up when you are needed,'” says Stephan Jenkins. “I think that is more true of us now than ever. We haven’t gotten soft at all.”

For more information check out the Third Eye Blind website or the band’s Songkick info page.

The 1975 Announce North American Tour

the 1975 tour californiarockerThe 1975 announced today that they will return stateside this spring for a North American headline tour in support of their No. 1 US and UK sophomore album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it released via Dirty Hit / Interscope Records.

The UK art-pop quartet will kick off their headline tour on April 9 in Mexico City.  The 1975 will hit major cities including San Diego (Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air April 26), Los Angeles (The Greek Theatre April 27), San Francisco (The Bill Graham Civic April 28), Detroit and Boston. The band headlines New York’s Madison Square Garden June 1 .

For tickets go to The 1975 Facebook page. Or http://the1975.ontouraccess.com


Blues Traveler to Headline Inaugural Ball for the Arts

Blues Traveler - Photo courtesy of VSP for California Rocker
Blues Traveler – Photo courtesy of VSP for California Rocker

Blues Traveler will headline The Inaugural Ball for the Arts to honor and support arts in America on Jan. 20.

Hosted by The Creative Coalition, the Inaugural Ball for the arts will be held at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Luminaries on the bill include Congressional, state and other federal officials.

Those expected to attend include: Tim Daly (“Madam Secretary”), John Leguizamo (Chef), Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Reid Scott (“Veep”), Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”), Tim Simons (“Veep”), Alysia Reiner (“Orange Is the New Black”), Mae Whitman (“Parenthood”), Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”), Danielle Panabaker (“The Flash”), Geoffrey Arend (“Madam Secretary”), and GRAMMY Award-winner Sam Moore (Soul Man).

For tickets or more information go here


George Michael Autopsy Ruled Inconclusive

George Michael - Photo by Mark Gemmen
George Michael – Photo by Mark Gemmen

The initial autopsy for George Michael was ruled “inconclusive” following a postmorten examine Thursday.  Police in Thames Valley in the U.K., said further tests are needed.

Michael passed away at 53 years old from apparent heart failure at his home in Oxfordshire, England. Police said there’s no evidence of foul play.

Michael and Wham!  Were known for hits including “Careless Whisper,” “Faith,” and “Father Figure.” Prior to his death, Michael had been mainly out of the public eye.

Beyonce Leads GRAMMY Nominations, Mainly for ‘Lemonade’

Beyonce received 9 GRAMMY Award Nominations - Photo by William J for CaliforniaRocker.com
Beyonce received 9 GRAMMY Award Nominations – Photo by William J for CaliforniaRocker.com

Beyonce received nine nominations Tuesday for the 59th annual GRAMMY Awards, and Kanye West, Rihanna and Drake each took eight.

Beyonce and Adele also got nominations in the categories of Album, Song and Record of the Year. Beyonce’s album nomination came for Lemonade, and Adele took the nomination for 25. Drake was nominated for Views, Justin Bieber got the nod for Purpose and Sturgill Simpson got a nomination for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.

Beyonce’s “Formation,” was in good company in the Record of the Year category, nominated along with Adele’s song “Hello,” Lukas Graham’s “7 Years,” “Work” by Rihanna featuring Drake and Twenty One Pilots for “Stressed Out.” “Formation,” “Hello” and “7 Years” were also nominated for song of the year. Mike Posner’s “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” and Bieber’s “Love Yourself” were also nominated.

Country singers Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris were among the nominees for best new artist, with the The Chainsmokers and Chance the Rapper and Anderson Paak.  SEE THE FULL LIST

James Corden to Host 2017 GRAMMY Awards

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James Corden will host The GRAMMY Awards for 2017 – Photo by Ibsan73

SANTA MONICA – James Corden, known for his Carpool Karaoke adventures on The Late Late Show with James Corden, has been tabbed host of the 59th annual GRAMMY Awards, it was announced Tuesday.

It is his first year as master of ceremonies of the award show. The GRAMMY Awards will take place at STAPLES Center and will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, 8 p.m. ET – 5 p.m. PT.

“Thanks to ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ we’ve all been on some incredible rides with James,” said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy.

“I am truly honored to be hosting the GRAMMYs next year,” said Corden. “It’s the biggest, most prestigious award show in music and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such an incredible night.”

Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain Headline Stagecoach 2017

Shania Twain - Photo by Ethan Miller for CaliforniaRocker.com
Shania Twain – Photo by Ethan Miller for CaliforniaRocker.com

Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney will headline Stagecoach 2017 set for Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. The festival is in its 11th year.

In addition to Bentley, Twain and Chesney, additional performances include Cole Swindell; Brett Eldredge; Thomas Rhett; Randy Houser; Kip Moore; Tyler Farr; Jerry Lee Lewis; Willie Nelson and Family; Travis Tritt; Jon Pardi; Maren Morris; Cyndi Lauper; Maddie and Tae; Dan + Shay; CAM; Los Lobos; Jamey Johnson and many more.

Tickets for Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival go on sale Friday, Nov. 18th at 11 AM PST at Stagecoachfestival.com.  Three-day GA weekend passes start at $299. Children 10 years old and under are free. For complete festival information please visit www.stagecoachfestival.com.

UMe To Release New 2-CD UB40 Recording

Ali Campbell of UB40 - Photo by Eva Rinaldi
Ali Campbell of UB40 – Photo by Eva Rinaldi

UMe will release a two-CD package of UB40’s Greatest Hits as well as a new Unplugged Album by the UK band on Dec. 2, it was announced.

Britain’s biggest reggae band UB40, featuring singer Ali Campbell, second vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue, topped the UK singles chart on three occasions and sold 70 million records. But, in all their years of stellar success, the trio never transferred the spirit of UB40 into an acoustic setting.

Now with ‘Unplugged’ they breathe new life into an intoxicating mix of timeless covers and classic UB40 originals.

“This is the first time we’ve taken iconic UB40 tunes and done them in an acoustic style,” Campbell said. “It all sounds very fresh. It’s completely unlike anything we’ve done before.”

‘Unplugged’ offers an inventive new spin on UB40’s early gems plus the huge hits with which they later wooed the world. Among the highlights on the album is a new version of ‘I Got You Babe’, featuring Ali’s 22-year-old daughter Kaya Campbell, who sings the lines originally performed by Chrissie Hynde when the track topped the UK charts in 1985.

That pop standard is one of four number one singles on Unplugged, which also contains new takes of “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You,” “Red Red Wine,” and a new version of “Baby Come Back” featuring Pato Banton, the Birmingham reggae star who took the song to the top of the charts with UB40 in 1994. For more information, check out the UMe website.

Eagles of Death Metal, Colin Hanks Team on Bataclan Doc

Eagles of Death Metal working with Tom Hanks' son - Photo by David Wolff-Patrick
Eagles of Death Metal working with Tom Hanks’ son – Photo by David Wolff-Patrick

Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends), a documentary that chronicles the events of the terrorist shooting at the Bataclan, will debut on HBO in February 2017, it was announced.

Eagles of Death Metal say the film based on the events of the November 13 terrorist attacks at the Bataclan in Paris is directed by Colin Hanks (Tom Hanks’ son) and is produced by Live Nation Productions.

The film will also delve into the friendship between Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme. The Bataclan will host a Peter Doherty concert — the first in the venue since the attack.

Bob Marley and the Wailers LIVE! Gets Re-Release

Bob Marley and the Wailers LIVE! CaliforniaRocker.com
Bob Marley and the Wailers LIVE!

The Marley Family will release Bob Marley and the Wailers – Live! as a three-LP set on Dec. 16, it was announced. The formats are 180-gram black vinyl and a digital package in a tri-gatefold package that includes a reproduction of the program from the band’s historic ’75 U.K. tour.  In addition, on the same day, a seven-inch live vinyl disc will also be made available as an exclusive at UDiscover and the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, JA.

Marley and the Wailers’ classic lineup included bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett, guitarist Al Anderson, keyboardist Tyrone Downie, percussionist Alvin “Seeco” Patterson and the I-Three — backing vocalists Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths.

The group was fresh off its legendary five-night stint at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles from July 9 through July 13, when they stepped on the stage at London’s Lyceum Theatre for an abbreviated U.K. tour which would also include dates at The Odeon in Birmingham on July 19 and The Hard Rock in Manchester on July 20. Marley was in top form during the two Lyceum shows, animatedly interacting with the crowd, who sang along to what most consider the definitive version of “No Woman, No Cry.”

For more information go HERE

 Martin Guitar Regains Trademark in China

C.F. Martin and Co., Inc., located in Nazareth, Penn., said it has regained the rightful ownership of three of its legendary trademarks in China.

“I look forward to the opportunity to legitimately market the Martin Guitar brand in a very enthusiastic market,” says CEO and Chairman Chris Martin IV.

The iconic Martin Dreadnought guitar model celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and is one of the most copied instrument designs in the world. Manufactured at Martin’s headquarters in Nazareth, Penn., and in Navajoa, Mexico, the guitars and strings are used by musicians worldwide.

Martin Guitar has worked diligently to ensure that only guitars and strings that Martin manufactures bear the company’s distinctive trademark designs, according to a press release issued by the company.  The company has been fighting counterfeiting within China since prior to 2005.

Bad Brains Nominated for RRHOF

bad-brainsThe Bad Brains, ELO, and Journey are among the performers nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Depeche Mode, Jane’s Addiction, Journey, Janet Jackson, the Cars, the Zombies, Chaka Khan, Chic, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, Steppenwolf, MC5, J. Geils Band and Yes.

Those with the most votes are announced in December and will be inducted into the RRHOF in April in Brooklyn.  The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO.

GRAMMY Foundation Law Scholarship

The GRAMMY Foundation has launched its 19th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. The ELI Writing Competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. A cash scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to the author of the winning paper, and $1,500 will be awarded to each of the four runners-upAdditionallyeach winner will receive airfare,hotel accommodations, and a ticket to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will be held at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.

 New Board Members Elected to MusiCares Foundation

Lionel Richie 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year - CaliforniaRocker.com
Lionel Richie was selected the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year

The MusiCares Foundation—one of the affiliated charities of The Recording Academy—announced new elected leadership and board members.

The MusiCares Board elected former vice chair Alexandra Patsavas, founder of Chop Shop Music Supervision, as chair; board member Michael McDonald, founder and CEO of artist management company Mick Management, as vice chair; and board member Stasia Washington, managing director of First Foundation Advisors, as Secretary/Treasurer.

MusiCares’ departing chair Bill Silva, president of Bill Silva Entertainment, has been named chair emeritus. Former board member, chair, and chair emeritus John Branca, partner and head of the music department at Ziffren Brittenham LLP, has been announced as the Honorary Chair.

Newly elected MusiCares Foundation Board members include Jeffrey Harleston, general counsel and executive vice president of business and legal affairs for Universal Music Group; Tamara Hrivnak, director of music partnerships for YouTube and Google Play; Rob Light, partner and managing director/head of music of Creative Artists Agency; and Andie B. Simon, president of Andie B. Simon Inc.

Leonard Cohen Releases ‘Darker’ Video

The elder statesman of music releases ‘You Want It Darker’ on his 82nd Birthday.

Shaun White Sued for Sexual Harassment by Former Drummer

Shaun White - Photo by Julien Gong Min
Shaun White – Photo by Julien Gong Min

SAN DIEGO – Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and X Games Champion Shaun White is being sued for sex harrassment by the former drummer in his rock band. Lena Zawaideh played drums in White’s band, Bad Things.

She claims in papers filed in Federal Court in San Diego that White sent her explicit and graphic images, forced her to watch sexually disturbing videos, and made vulgar sexual remarks to her.

In addition to committing other demeaning actions against Zawaideh, White also refused to pay her contractual wages throughout 2014. She claims he used his role to impose a regime over Zawaideh, including terminating Zawaideh because she refused cut her hair. Zawaideh is represented by Lawrance A. Bohm, Kelsey K. Ciarimboli, and Rachel E. Sauer of the California-wide Bohm Law Group.

White was the first person to compete in and win both the Summer and Winter X Games in two different sports. He participated in three Winter Olympics in his career. At both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, White won gold in the snowboard halfpipe event. White also participated in the Winter X Games, where he won a medal every year since 2002.


Jesse Snider’s Daughter Born on The 405

In a rush to go to the hospital, but they didn’t quite make it, Jesse Snider, oft-times host of Ultimate Jam Night at Whisky A Go Go, welcomed his new daughter into the world — on the 405!

Parker Pryde Snider came into the world around 2 p.m. Sunday to mom Patty and her driving dad, who posted the information on his Instagram account.  Parker is the new granddaughter of Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame.

Courtesy Jesse Snider Instagram for California Rocker
Courtesy Jesse Snider Instagram


Stagecoach Tickets for 2017 Available on July 15

stagecoach-pic-2016Stagecoach 2017, which is set for April 28 through April 30, 2017 will mark the country festival’s 11th year at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. Festival passes for next year’s event will go on advance sale for one day only Friday, July 15th from 9 a.m. PDT to midnight or while supplies last.  Purchasers can pay in full or spread out their payments using the payment plan.

Festival passes can be purchased during the advance sale through stagecoachfestival.com.

Stagecoach 2016 takes place April 29 through May 1 of this year. For more information go to the Stagecoach Festival page.

‘Next Fest’ to Take Place at Ace in August

the-latest-nextfestThe snow-packed gems of the Sundance Film Festival will thaw in the summer heat of downtown LA with Sundance NEXT FEST, August 12-14 at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.

The program features some of the most talented new film and music artists on the verge of breaking out. Tickets ($15-25) are on sale now through Sundance.org.

Sundance NEXT FEST will present the Los Angeles premieres of six new independent films from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Vans Warped Tour Launches

vans-warped-logoThe 2016 Vans Warped Tour, Presented by Journeys, officially launches today at Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, TX. Fans not in attendance can watch the show via a live webcast .

The webcast, which starts at 10:15AM PT / 11:15AM MT / 12:15PM CT / 1:15PM ET, will feature live sets from 14 acts playing on the Journeys Left and Right Foot Stages, including Falling in Reverse, Four Year Strong, ISSUES, Less Than Jake, Mayday Parade, New Found Glory, Real Friends, Set It Off, Sleeping With Sirens, State Champs, The Maine, The Story So Far, Tonight Alive and We the Kings.

With a back-to-basics lineup that signals a return to the tour’s roots, the 22nd edition of Warped Tour welcomes back several fan favorites, including: American Authors, New Found Glory, Tonight Alive, Less Than Jake, Yellowcard, We The Kings, Sleeping With Sirens, Falling In Reverse, Four Year Strong, Reel Big Fish and Pepper, to name a few.

Eddie Money Sued for Sex Harrassment

Eddie Money photo © 2016 Carl Lender
Eddie Money photo © 2016 Carl Lender

Eddie Money has been accused of sexually harassing the fiancé of his ex-drummer Glenn Symmonds, according to court papers.

Money is accused of calling Symmonds’ girlfriend, Tami Landrum, a “dirty little girl,” placing his thumb through his zipper and waiving it at her, and repeatedly telling Mr. Symmonds he wanted to have sex with her, attempting numerous open mouth kisses against her will.

Money allegedly grabbed Landrum by the arm and dragged her into a bathroom stall, where he put his arms around her and blocked her exit.

These allegations were made in a First Amended Complaint recently filed in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought by Mr. Symmonds. The case, Symmonds et al. v. Money et al., is currently pending in the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles County , Case No. BC620563.  There were 22 alleged causes of action in the complaint.


Rolling Stones Tickets go on sale June 17
Rolling Stones Tickets go on sale June 17

The Rolling Stones to Play Vegas

The Rolling Stones will be live in Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 19th at the brand new T-Mobile Arena.

The show will come on the heels of the band’s performances at the legendary concert event Desert Trip in Indio, California October 7 and 14.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will return to the Las Vegas stage for the first time in over 3 years.

They last performed in Sin City in May 2013 as part of their 50 & Counting Tour.  Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 17 at 10 a.m. PT at AXS.com.  For additional information please visit rollingstones.com/tickets.

At The Drive In, Le Butcherettes at Hollywood Palladium

Teri of Le Butcherettes - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia
Teri of Le Butcherettes – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Hot Ticket Alert

At The Drive In, the indie band from El Paso, is so popular, they had to add another night to their show at the Hollywood Palladium June 1 and June 2.

Supported by Le Butcherettes, the remarkable ripping band led by the amazing Teri Gender Bender, the At The Drive In show is the hot ticket in town.

The two bands are interconnected sometimes sharing a band member or two, but see for yourself, this is a show not to be missed.



English Beat to Play Canyon Club

The English Beat rocks the crowd - Photo by Miles Gehm
The English Beat rocks the crowd – Photo by Miles Gehm

The English Beat will play the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on Friday, June 3. The band’s nationwide tour supports a new album, Here We Go Love.

The British ska-style band rose to prominence in the 1980s with such hits as “Mirror In The Bathroom,” and “I Confess.”

The members of English Beat are Dave Wakeling on lead vocals and guitar; Nucci Cantrell on drums and vocals; Matt Morrish on sax and vocals; Kevin Lum on keyboards and vocals; King Schascha Toasting/ great vibes; Michael “Railo” Railton on keys and vocals and Larry Young on bass and vocals.

The Birmingham-born Wakeling and his touring band bring the sound of the original English Beat to the world as he hasn’t stopped touring for years. Wakeling also gained notoriety in the band General Public.

The English Beat toured with The Clash and The Police, which helped them catch the attention of fans in the U.S. in the 1980s who liked the new ska style.  Other bands that played to the ska beat in those days were The Specials, The Selecter and Madness.

The English Beat showed that The Clash were not the only musicians to be politically motivated in the day.  The Beat donated all the profits from their single “Stand Down Margaret” to the Committee for Nuclear Disarmament.  The band also donated its music to the anti nukes benefit album Life in The European Theatre,” and “The World of Music and Dance,” among others.

The band broke up in 1983 but soon after, Wakeling recruited guys from Dexy’s Midnight Runners, The Specials and the Clash to created General Public.


Tragically Hip To Tour Despite Gord Downie’s Cancer

Gord Downie for promotional use / CD packaging
Gord Downie for promotional use / CD packaging

Gord Downie, frontman for The Tragically Hip has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, the band announced on its Facebook page.

His neuro-oncologist, Dr. James Perry, said Downie suffers from an aggressive form of brain cancer — glioblastoma — it’s incurable, but Gord will be able to continue singing, Perry said today in Toronto.

Perry revealed to fans that the Canadian singer, lyricist and performer went through surgery and six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation. Fans learned of Gord’s fate via a Facebook post: 

“An Important Message From The Band:

Hello friends. We have some very tough news to share with you today, and we wish it wasn’t so. A few months ago, in December, Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Since then, obviously, he’s endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we’ve been standing by him. So after 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours…

We’ve decided to do another one.

This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us…”

Ramones Release 40th Anniversary Special Edition

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Ramones 40th anniversary special edition contains unreleased songs

The Ramones will release a three-CD one-Vinyl LP deluxe edition of their self-titled album for the landmark recording’s 40th anniversary.

The long-planned collection, Ramones: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, will be released July 29th through Rhino, and is produced by the record’s original producer Craig Leon.

The collection also includes never-before-released singles and a live show.

Details and pre-order information is available through THE RAMONES WEBSITE 


Sinead O’Connor Found Safe

Photo courtesy Ensign/Chrysalis Records
Photo courtesy Ensign/Chrysalis Records

Sinead O’Connor has been found safe after being reported missing and possibly suicidal, according to Wilmette, Ill. police.

She was found in a hotel room and taken to a hospital.  A press release was issued by police but no other information was released about the singer’s condition or mental state.

O’Connor’s sudden disappearance touched off a a flurry of reports on standard and social media as she had not been seen or heard from in 36 hours.

“O’Connor reportedly left the Wilmette area for a bicycle ride yesterday [Sunday] at 6:00 a.m. and has not returned,” a statement by Wilmette police said. “A caller has expressed concern for her well-being and no other information is available at this time.”

The 49-year-old O’Connor is being sued by Arsenio Hall for $5 million as a result of defamatory statements she made about Hall’s relationship to Prince. She has posted cryptic messages on her social media pages and could possibly be suicidal, police said. Several months ago she threatened suicide via her social media accounts, saying “I have taken an overdose” as a result of family betrayals.

Alice In Chains Kicks Off U.S. Tour in Portland July 6

Alice in Chains, photo Capitol Records for CaliforniaRocker.com
Alice in Chains, photo Capitol Records

Alice in Chains will kick off a North American tour that starts July 6 in Portland, it was announced.

The 1990s-era metal rockers who cut three big albums before lead singer Layne Staley died in 2002 are hitting the road with William DuVall as frontman. Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney and Mike Inez round out the band which will play across the U.S. almost nightly during the month of July.

Alice In Chains plays Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Salt Lake City, Denver, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio before hitting the East Coast. See Alice In Chains website for more information.


Tickets For ‘Desert Trip’ Featuring Stones, McCartney Sell Out

Desert Trip added three extra days to round out a full second weekend — problem is, the tickets are already sold out.  It took less than 24 hours for tickets to both weekends of the “classic rock” show to be out of reach.

The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who are expected to play two weekends, October 7-9 and Oct. 14-16.  Desert Trip will be held at the same location as the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. For more information, go to Desert Trip’s website.

Bruce-Tour-EmailBruce and the E Street Band Add more Dates to River Tour

Bruce and the E Street Band announced they’re returning to the U.S. this summer for stadium, arena and amphitheater dates, extending the River tour.

The tour launches August 23rd with a two-night stand at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and wraps September 14 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., although there’s the possibility more dates will be added.

P.J. Harvey
P.J. Harvey

P.J. Harvey to Play U.S.

P.J. Harvey will tour to support The Hope Six Demolition Project, it was announced. In August, the UK-based singer-songwriter comes to the U.S. for the first time in five years, playing shows at The Shrine, and NYC among other destinations. According to a press release, Harvey will be joined on stage by Alain Johannes, John Parish, and Mick Harvey, as well as Alessandro Stefana, Enrico Gabrielli, Jean-Marc Butty, Kenrick Rowe, and Terry Edwards.

TICKETS are available.