Saturday, May 18th, 2019 7:12am by ROCKinsights
David is Byrne Broadway bound. The Hudson Theatre will host a production the Talking Heads front man has had on the road for a year called David Byrne's American Utopia. The show is slated to run from October 4 - of this fall through January 20, 2020.
Prior to the New York City dates, Byrne will be doing the show at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston September 11-28.
Saturday, May 18th, 2019 6:45am by ROCKinsights
Michael Lang has found an outfit willing to front the money he needs to stage his 50th anniversary Woodstock festival. Oppenheim & Company is apparently providing enough to cover the up front expenses. The firm announced, "We believe in Woodstock as an important American cultural icon and look forward to its regeneration in the green fields of Watkins Glen this August with all of the artists on the remarkable lineup.”
The announcement comes just a couple of days after a New York judge ruled that the festival's previous backers could not cancel the event, but also said the firm was not obligated to return $18 million of its funding to Lang's organization. The ruling is just one hurdle Lang needs to clear. Permits are still pending and he has yet to confirm pricing and an on-sale date for tickets to the Watkins Glen based event. Earlier reports indicated that tickets to the three day event could be $450 and that no individual day ticketing option would be offered. Lang had reportedly planned to seek approval for up to 150,000 attendees, but the agencies involved in the review process are said to believe that a considerbly lower cap would be required for approval.
Thursday, May 16th, 2019 10:26am by ROCKinsights
A New York City judge has ruled that Michael Lang's 50th anniversary Woodstock cannot be canceled by the financiers that elected to pull out, but his decision also frees the firm from having to put $18 million back into the event Lang sought in his filing. Amplifi Live issued a statement indicating that the company plans no further financial backing for the event, citing "...the compressed time frame and multiple health and safety concerns".
Permits are still pending for the event, which now appears likely to be capped at a much lower capacity than the 150,00 that Lang reportedly planned to seek approval for.
The loss of financing, the revenue hit reducing potential attendance by more than 50% would result in and the amount of work that needs to be done at the Watkins Glen site leave Lang with plenty of obstacles to overcome in a relatively short period of time.
Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 5:45pm by ROCKinsights
Tom Petty had such a laid back approach to things that it's a shame to learn his daughters and widow are participants in a legal fracas over control of his music and other enterprises. Petty Unlimited, an LLC created to manage Tom's business affairs that his daughters are aligned with, is apparently suing Tom's widow, Dana, for creating another LLC the daughters and Petty Unlimited contend is attempting to circumvent the late musician's wishes.
Thursday, May 9th, 2019 11:44am by ROCKinsights
A new Rock doc covering Led Zeppelin's early years is entering the final stages of production and will be seeking distribution during the Cannnes Film Festival in southern France a couple of weeks from now. Jimmy Page said the work of director Bernard MacMahon did on American Epic convinced him that MacMahon was the right guy to tell his group's story. No title has been settled on yet.
Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 4:00pm by ROCKinsights
It seems Bruce Springsteen can do no wrong in ears and the minds of die-hard fans, but it will interesting to see what his broader audience thinks about Western Stars, the album The Boss releases next month that delves into country flavored tunes. Hello Sunshine, the advance track from the lp, makes it seem unlikely that there will be much if any wailing guitar or a sax solo to be found on it.
The good news for fans this album holds little of interest for is that Bruce has apparently gone on an E Street Band style of song writing jag.
In a Netflix event discussion with film director Martin Scorcese, Bruce said, 'I wrote almost an album’s worth of material for the band. And it came out of just… I mean, I know where it came from, but at the same time, it just came out of almost nowhere, and it was good, you know. I had about two weeks of those little daily visitations, and it was so nice. It makes you so happy. You go, 'F#*%, I’m not f#*%ed, all right? There’ll be another tour!.
Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 6:45am by ROCKinsights
An appearance at a horror film enthusiasts gathering in Dallas over over the weekend turned into a bit of a nightmare for Meat Loaf. The singer was roaming the stage while giving a talk and, on his way back toward the podium, appeared to catch a foot on something and then tumbled to the floor through the side stage curtains. TMZ got the video. Indications are that Meat Loaf suffered a broken collar bone in the fall.
Monday, May 6th, 2019 3:29pm by ROCKinsights
June 28 slated as release date for Down to the River, the debut album from the Allman Betts Band. Recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studios in Alabama, the album features Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts offspring, Devon Allman and Duane Betts, and also includes Allman Brothers Band alum and now Rolling Stones regular Chuck Leavell on some tracks.
Sunday, May 5th, 2019 11:54am by ROCKinsights
Steve Van Zandt welcomed Bruce Springsteen to the stage for the closing numbers of the Disciples Of Soul's set at the group's album release concert at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills Saturday (5/4) for the group's solo album, Sorcery Of Soul.
Monday, April 29th, 2019 11:06pm by ROCKinsights
Unless Michael Lang can pull a multi-millionaire out of a hat, his Woodstock 50th anniversary concert is off. The investors fronting the money for the event have pulled out.
The 3 day event that had been scheduled to coincide with the original festival's August dates had been on shaky ground from the start due to criticism over many acts included in or excluded from the lineup, as well as the decision to stage it nearly 150 miles away from the original site.
Live Nation, the concert promoting giant, had given early indications it would stage a multi-day event on the original grounds but scaled it back to a few concerts at the Bethel Woods amphitheater adjacent to the 1969 site that it has a booking relationship with.
One event that's still taking place - and as far as we're concerned had a better lineup than Lang's to begin with is Mountain Jam, the multi-day concert Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule curated at Hunter Mountain over the last decade +. It has relocated to the Bethel Woods site this June and Haynes is organizing Woodstock tribute sets on each of it's days. Mountainjam.com
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 7:11am by ROCKinsights
An 1870's upright piano John Lennon owned and used while writing songs that were on the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's album was bought for $718,000 by the owner of the Indianapolis Colts over the weekend. An avid instrument collector, John Irsay already owns a number of Beatles instruments, including an early Ringo Starr drum kit.
Monday, April 22nd, 2019 8:23am by ROCKinsights
Already contending with complaints about its lineup and the fact the concert won't be at the original one's site, the Woodstock 50th anniversary festival organizers have now delayed the on-sale date, raising doubts in some quarters as to whether it will happen. Michael Lang insists it is still on.