“Joe Bonamassa – An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House” will be released in the U.K. on 2-CD, 2-LP, 2-DVD & Blu-ray formats by Provogue Records on Monday 25th March (followed by U.S. release on Tuesday 26th March). The release dovetails Bonamassa’s run of four exclusive London concerts which kicks off on March 26th at The Borderline.
The concert was recorded at the historic Vienna Opera House in July 2012 during a very special unplugged tour, played to a limited audience over seven exclusive European shows. Varying from Bonamassa’s predominantly electric blues shows, this presentation was an all-acoustic concert performance, making it a unique and very special show fans had been waiting years to experience.
The Opera House in Vienna, regarded as the “City of Music,” was chosen for the main event because of its history and splendour, and association with many legendary composers. Accompanying Bonamassa on stage are traditional Irish fiddler Gerry O’Connor, who also plays mandolin and banjo; Swedish multi-instrumentalist Mats Wester on the nyckelharpa, a keyed fiddle; Los Angeles-based keyboardist Arlan Schierbaum texturing the mix with celeste, accordions, toy pianos, and assorted “organic” instruments; and renowned Puerto Rican percussionist Lenny Castro.
Joe recalls, “Originally, when I had the idea of doing an all-acoustic concert, I imagined doing it solo. I’d surround myself with a bunch of guitars, tell the background story of each song, and then play it. Kevin believed the show would be more exciting with a band and he got to work. All of a sudden, we had a five-piece group, and 72 hours to rehearse 20 or so songs. It was amazing, different than anything I’d ever done before.”
An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House features gorgeously textured music made with a wealth of rare, vintage, organic, and “oddball” instruments. Highlights among the 22 songs include Woke Up Dreaming —the one acoustic song, and fan favourite, that Bonamassa regularly plays during his electric shows, as well as Around The Bend, Driving Towards The Daylight, and Sloe Gin.
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MEGADETH ANNOUNCE U.K. TOUR AND NEW STUDIO ALBUM FOR JUNE 2013!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – Metal heavyweights Megadeth have today announced that they will be touring the U.K. in June ofthis year. They will play headline shows in Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester and London. Megadeth tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on Friday,February 15, and are available from www.livenation.co.uk orwww.ticketmaster.co.uk.
For a heavy metal band that’s been around for nearly three decades, selling more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 11 Grammy® nominations, scoring five consecutive platinum albums—including 1992’s two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction—Megadeth’s founder, leader and primal guitar-slinger and lyricist Dave Mustaine feels the best is yet to come, especially after signing an exclusive worldwide deal with Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).
Currently working in their studio in San Diego on their 14th studio album titled Super Collider, Mustaine, along with bassist Dave Ellefson, drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, are looking forward to its release in June 2013.
Megadeth’s Super Collider is the first release through Mustaine’s new label, Tradecraft, through UMe.
“It was a real thrill for us to learn there was an opportunity to join Universal,” said Mustaine during a break in the sessions. “It seems like every time you see a great band or music video, it comes from a Universal label. Being with Universal is by far the most exciting and prestigious home for Megadeth ever! We are electrified with what the future holds and the possibilities such a powerhouse like Universal will bring for us all. We have worked with some great people over the years, and it is amazing to see so many of them on the Universal team for our new record, Super Collider. If Megadeth being here isn’t satiating enough, having Tradecraft as my own label is going to be really amazing for metal bands around the world.”
With a newfound energy with the band, Mustaine is raring to go, preparing for his latest tour, marking the 20th anniversary of their best-selling Countdown to Extinction album. Mustaine added, “Shawn, Chris and David have all been feverishly contributing some great music and I believe we are doing our best work ever together in the studio right now!”
“Megadeth is not just one of the most successful metal bands, but one of the most influential rock bands of the past 30 years,” said UMe President/CEO Bruce Resnikoff in making the announcement. “They continue to be a huge draw on the road with their longtime fans as well as continually adding new fans. I look forward to working together with them.”
Mustaine formed Megadeth in Los Angeles in 1983, and with a string of five consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums Megadeth became one of the biggest bands of the mid-’80s and ’90s, boasting such arena anthems as “Symphony of Destruction”, “Peace Sells, But Who’s Buying”, “Holy Wars”, and “Sweating Bullets”, along with the top singles in 1997/98 off Cryptic Writings, “Trust”, (No. 1 track) “Almost Honest”, “Use The Man” and “A Secret Place”.
With the recent acquisition of EMI, UMe now brings together Megadeth’s classic, 14-year, seven-album Capitol catalog, which includes one multi-platinum release (‘92’s Countdown to Extinction), four platinum records (‘86’s Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?; ‘88’s So Far, So Good…So What?; ‘90’s Rust in Peace; ‘94’s Youthanasia), and one gold (‘97’s Cryptic Writings). In all, the band has scored five U.S. Top 10 albums (including 2007’s United Abominations and 2009’s Endgame) and two Top 5 releases, with 2011’s TH1RT3EN debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart.
MEGADETH – U.K. TOUR – JUNE 2013
MONDAY? 3 O2 ACADEMY ?NEWCASTLE
TUESDAY? 4 O2 ACADEMY ?GLASGOW
WEDNESDAY? 5? MANCHESTER ACADEMY
THURSDAY? 6? O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON
MEGADETH – INTERNATIONAL DATES – JUNE 2013
SATURDAY 8 SONISPHERE ITALY FIERA MILANO LIVE RHO
SUNDAY 9 SONISPHERE FRANCE AMNEVILLE SNOWHALL PARC
Play two Teenage Cancer Trust warm-up shows
Doncaster March 19th & Plymouth March 20th
Royal Albert Hall performance March 22nd
Monday 11th February – Kasabian prepare for their eagerly awaited Teenage Cancer Trust gig –
March 22nd at the Royal Albert Hall – with two warm-up shows; Doncaster Dome March 19th and Plymouth Pavilions March 20th.
Nominated for the Best British Band gong at this year’s NME Awards, Kasabian hit the slopes on April 1st for Austria’s Snowbombing Festival, joining the bill alongside Katy B, Disclosure, Rudimental, Foreign Beggars, Ms.Dynamite and P Money.
KASABIAN LIVE – MARCH 2013
TUESDAY 19 DONCASTER DOME
WEDNESDAY 20 PLYMOUTH PAVILION
FRIDAY 22 ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Kasabian regional tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 15th February priced at £35.00 (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
TORO Y MOI ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
IN JUNE 2013
NEW ALBUM: ‘ANYTHING IN RETURN’ – OUT NOW
Monday 11th February – American recording artist and producer Toro Y Moi today announces that he will tour the UK in June of this year! The short tour will see him play shows in London, Brighton and Birmingham. Toro Y Moi tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 15th February and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
The product of a move from South Carolina to Berkeley, CA and the subsequent extended separation from loved ones, Toro Y Moi's third full-length, Anything in Return, puts Chaz Bundick right in the middle of the producer/songwriter dichotomy that his first two albums established. There's a pervasive sense of peace with his tendency to dabble in both sides of the modern music-making spectrum, and he sounds comfortable engaging in intuitive pop production and putting forth the impression of unmediated id. The producer's hand is prominent- not least in the sampled "yeah"s and "uh"s that give the album a hip-hop-indebted confidence- and many of the songs feature the 4/4 beats and deftly employed effects usually associated with house music. Tracks like "High Living" and "Day One" show a considerably Californian influence, their languid funk redolent of a West Coast temperament, and elsewhere- not least on lead single, "So Many Details"- the record plays with darker atmospheres than we're used to hearing from Toro Y Moi. Sounding quite assured in what some may call this songwriter's return to producer-hood, Anything in Return is Bundick uninhibited by issues of genre, an album that feels like the artist's essence.
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Chaz Bundick has been toying with various musical projects since early adolescence. Having spent his formative years playing in punk and indie rock acts, his protean Toro Y Moi project has been his vessel for further musical exploration since 2001. During his time spent studying graphic design at the University of South Carolina, Chaz became increasingly focused on his solo work, incorporating electronics and allowing a wider range of influences- French house, Brian Wilson's pop, 80s R&B, and Stones Throw hip-hop- to show up in his music. By the time he graduated in spring 2009, Chaz had refined his sound to something all his own. Music journals across the board touted his hazy recordings as the sound of the summer, and he released his debut album, Causers of This in early 2010.
Since then, Bundick has proven himself to be not just a prolific musician, but a diverse one as well, letting each successive release broaden the scope of the Toro Y Moi oeuvre. The funky psych-pop of 2011's Underneath the Pine evinced an artist who could create similar atmospheres even without the aid of source material and drum machines. His Freaking Out EP, a handful of singles and remixes, and a retrospective box-set plot points all along the producer/songwriter spectrum in which he's worked since his debut, and Anything In Return is another exciting offering that shows he's still not ready to settle into any one genre.
TORO Y MOI LIVE – JUNE 2013
TUESDAY 4 KOKO, LONDON
WEDNESDAY 5 BRIGHTON CONCORDE 2
FRIDAY 7 O2 ACADEMY 2 BIRMINGHAM
Toro Y Moi tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 15th February priced at £10.00 for Brighton and Birmingham £12.50 in London (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
UK April & May tour dates announced
Inc. May 29 @ London’s Roundhouse
Tribes returned to the stage in London with a triumphant sold out NME show at Electrowerkz last week. This rounded off a small run of shows (all sold out) across the country to showcase some of the new material on their forthcoming album ‘Wish To Scream’.
With the new album due May 20 and current single ‘How The Other Half Live’ preceding it on March 25, Tribes are already itching to get back out on the live stage – a place they utterly thrive.
Their next run of dates will come in two waves – kicking things off regionally from April 6-12, followed by a second run the week ‘Wish To Scream’ is released from May 21. All dates will culminate in the bands biggest London headline show to date at the 3,000 capacity Roundhouse in Camden on May 29. See full dates below.
‘Wish To Scream’ was produced by Kevin Augunas and recorded at the famed Sound City Studio in LA, where Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ were brought to life.
Tickets for all dates go on sale on Friday Feb 15 @ 9am.
6/4 The Plug, Sheffield (Tickets)
7/4 Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh (Tickets)
8/4 Northumbria Uni, Newcastle (Tickets)
10/4 Waterfront, Norwich (Tickets)
11/4 O2 Academy, Oxford (Tickets)
12/4 Great Hall 2, Cardiff (Tickets)
04/5 Live At Leeds, Leeds (Tickets)
21/5 Oran Mor, Glasgow (Tickets)
22/5 Academy 3, Manchester (Tickets)
23/5 Institute Library, Birmingham (Tickets)
28/5 Thekla, Bristol (Tickets)
29/5 The Roundhouse, London (Tickets)
JAKE BUGG ANNOUCES AUTUMN UK TOUR 2013
Monday 18th February – Jake Bugg has announced he’ll be embarking on his biggest UK tour so far this autumn, beginning in October at the Bournemouth BIC. It will cap what’s set to be an incredibly successful year for him. Jake has been nominated for Best Breakthrough Act at the Brits 2013, and has picked up another two nods at the NME Awards for Best Solo Act and the prestigious Best Album. His eponymously-titled album has been certified Platinum in the UK. He is currently coming to the end of his present UK dates which culminate in two headline shows at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. He recently announced he’ll be appearing at the Reading/Leeds Festival this summer, and he’ll be supporting The Stone Roses this summer. Jake Bugg tickets go on-sale 9am on Thursday 21st February and are available from www.livenation.co.uk, www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.gigsandtours.com.
A big star at Radio 1 and 6 Music, Jake has also made appearances on Radio 2 and on Radio 4’s flagship culture show Front Row earlier this year. High profile features have included the Guardian, NME front cover, Sunday Times Culture, Q, MOJO and more.
His debut album is 14 songs, clocking in at under 40 minutes, that belie his eighteen years. Sharp, observant and honest, they inhabit a world no other new UK act is currently operating in. It opens with recent single “Lightning Bolt”, a scorching blues number with his Telecaster to the fore. New single “Two Fingers” follows with its swaggering chorus, whilst the likes of “Country Song” and “Broken” are more reflective.
JAKE BUGG LIVE:
SAT 19TH BOURNEMOUTH BIC
SUN 20TH PLYMOUTH PAVILIONS
TUE 22ND BRIGHTON CENTRE
WED 23RD O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON
SUN 27TH SWINDON OASIS
MON 28TH O2 ACADEMY BIRMINGHAM
THU 31ST O2 ACADEMY GLASGOW
SAT 2ND DONCASTER DOME
WED 6TH O2 APOLLO MANCHESTER
STEVE WINWOOD ANNOUNCES JUNE UK TOUR
Steve Winwood today announces a UK tour taking in six nationwide shows in June 2013. Steve will play the following dates:
Monday 17th Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wednesday 19th Brighton Dome
Thursday 20th London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Saturday 22nd Bristol Colston Hall
Monday 24th Salford Lowry
Sunday 30th Margate Winter Gardens
Tickets priced £32.50 (London) / £29.50 (regionally) (subject to booking fee) go on sale at 9am on Friday 22nd February from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
For more than four decades, Steve Winwood has remained a primary figure in rock ‘n’ roll, a respected innovator who has helped to create some of the genre’s most celebrated achievements.
From bursting into prominence at 15 in 1963 with the Spencer Davis Group, Winwood has since co-founded Traffic – one of the most important British groups of the 60s & 70s; joined what is often considered rock’s first ‘supergroup’ with Cream’s Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker and former Family bassist Rick Grech; and had a successful solo career in his own right following his debut solo album in 1977.
As a composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Winwood has developed an impressive catalogue of popular music including landmark solo albums such as the Grammy Award winning Back In The High Life and Roll With It. He has nurtured a restless creative spirit, mining rich musical traditions such as Delta blues, English Folk, R&B, and West African calypso and merging these diverse influences within his own unmistakable sound. His most recent solo album, About Time, has continued that success, earning Winwood one of his highest Billboard chart entries.
It should come as no surprise to learn that many honours have been bestowed on Steve Winwood. He is a recipient of the Ivor Novello Outstanding Song Collection and the Musicians Union Classic Rock Award—honours both voted for by his peers. He has also received an honorary Doctorate Degree in Music from Berkeley College Of Music as well as a second Doctorate from Aston University in his hometown of Birmingham, England. On June 5th, he will be inducted into the Walk Of Fame in Nashville, TN.
While rightfully acknowledged for his many achievements, Steve Winwood forges ahead undaunted, continuing to create and perform new and exciting material. He remains one of the most important and influential artists in all of popular music.
ERIC CHURCH ANNOUNCES FIRST UK PERFORMANCE & NEW ALBUM RELEASE
24 April at The Forum tapped for Church’s debut London performance; new album, Caught In The Act: Live, to be released in the UK on Monday, 22 April 2013
(Tuesday, 19 Feb.) – Country superstar Eric Church will be making his debut performance in the UK on Wednesday 24 April at The Forum, London. Tickets to the show will be available by visiting www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk beginning Friday 22 Feb at 9 a.m. and priced at £22.50 (subject to booking fee).
Additionally, Caught In The Act: Live, Church’s first live album, will be released ahead of the show on 22 April. Recorded at Chattanooga, Tenn.’s Tivoli Theatre in October 2012, the album features songs from his three albums Sinners Like Me, Carolina and CHIEF.
Having cut his teeth in rock bars with intermittent performances on festival stages like Orion Festival and Lollapalooza, Church’s path has often been labelled "unconventional." He catapulted into international success with the single “Smoke A Little Smoke,” in 2010. Awarded the ACM New Solo Vocalist of the Year Award in April 2011, Church celebrated the chart-topping release of his third studio album, CHIEF, shortly after in July 2011 with sales exceeding 145,000 in the first week–landing him at the top of the Billboard Albums chart and at No. 7 on the UK Country Albums Chart. The album topped numerous “Best of 2011” charts including Rolling Stone, iTunes, Amazon, NPR, and SPIN and earned him prestigious Album of the Year nominations from the CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY Awards—taking home the award in that category at the 2012 CMA Awards. The success of the record and outpour of fans’ support drove Church to launch a 2012 arena headlining tour, The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, in January 2012, with Pollstar naming the tour a Top 10 within the first quarter.
In June 2012, less than a year after its release, CHIEF became RIAA-certified platinum with the help of Church’s first two No. 1 singles “Drink In My Hand” and “Springsteen.” Since, Church has been announced as leading the nominations for the 2013 ACM Awards, following on from multiple 2012 ACM, CMA and GRAMMY nominations for Song of the Year and Vocal Performance for the track “Springsteen.”
Church’s London show follows The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour which saw the cross-over star play to sell-out crowds and experience record-breaking sales across the U.S. and Canada as well as prompting rave critical reviews.
Watch Eric’s latest video for Like Jesus Does (Acoustic) here.
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