The Black Keys announced details of their upcoming 2019 Let’s Rock North American Tour. Modest Mouse will open each show, with additional support on select dates from Shannon & The Clams, *repeat repeat and Jessy Wilson.
The Black Keys will headline the 2019 Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas on September 21. The duo made up of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney will then embark on a 31-city tour on September 23 in Denver at The Pepsi Center. Additional arena stops that month include Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Minneapolis and Cleveland. In October, the Let’s Rock Tour heads to Nashville, Columbus, Milwaukee, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Grand Rapids (Michigan), Toronto, Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Brooklyn. The November leg begins in Florida with shows in Sunrise and Orlando, followed by stops in Raleigh, Atlanta, Houston, Austin, Fort Worth, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Tacoma (Washington). The tour is set to wrap on November 24 in Vancouver.
It can happen to anyone. Gender, race, social class.
America from coast to coast has been plagued by the opioid crisis. In 2016 alone, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention( CDC) determined more than 64,000 people died from drug overdoses. Many of us, including myself, have seen friends tragically pass away and families forever changed. It has become a national emergency for all of us to be aware of.
In a note to the fam, superstar DJ Illenium revealed his own personal battles with addiction.
Illenium, who’s real name is Nicholas Miller, conveyed his long battle with opiate addiction that eventually caused him to overdose on Heroin. In the message, the 27 -year old describes dark times in his life for him and his family as he toiled with the disease. The hope that so many go across seemed all but lost.
Miller credits music and his mother for saving his life, both of which have helped him stay clean to this very day. Further, the heartfelt message is the inspiration behind his song” Take You Down “. Read his letter to the fam below.
It’s official release, which coincided with Illenium’s personal story, occurred on August 3rd. The song’s melody is powerful, with an uplifting tone seemingly designed for anyone going through a similar crisis. In addition, the high pitch vocals actually come from Illenium’s friend Tim James. For anyone going through the struggle, the track should come as a reminder that love, hope, and help always exists. It is never too late to change your life around, as Illenium once did.
As promised here is part 2 of my Elton John blog. I don’t know about you, but I just love Elton John’s music, his down to earth personality, he is a family man, and seems to be a best friend. (Well that’s how I feel).
“This is the end.” He’s not kidding. “My priorities are in my life are now my children, my husband, and my family, I want to be home.” Elton John claimed in 1977 to retire only returning 2 years later. But this time after 300 scheduled performing dates over the next 3 years he will retire #exhausted.
Elton John’s tour is big business
Elton John’s tour is big business, which will sell around 4,947,824 tickets grossing $590,709,626. There is one thing to say about Elton John, he is not shy about his ticket pricing. It is said that he is not good on his numbers and $ reporting. Anyway, with farewell tour announcements, it does put a demand on concert ticket sales. What a great retirement plan!
Elton John’s Aids Foundation
Elton John’s Aids Foundation is a nonprofit established in 1992 in the United States, and 1993 in the United Kingdom. The foundation has raised over $200 million dollars to support HIV related programs in over fifty-five countries. In 1993 the organization began hosting the annual Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Award Party.
At 70 Elton is still going strong with his music, costumes, and spirit. His love for life has been enhanced by his marriage to David Furnish. David was born in 1962 in Toronto Canada. He graduated from university in 1985 in business advertising. After working in advertising with Ogilvy & Mather he transferred to London. He then went into filmmaking, directing Elton John’s documentary “Tantrums & Tiaras” in 1997. David serves on the board for Elton John’s AIDS Charity and is a columnist for GQ.
Elton and David have known each other and dated for 24 years. In May 2005 Elton popped the question at a dinner party. In December of 2005, they entered into a civil partnership, taking place in Windsor. They have two children, Zachary and Elijah, both by the same surrogate. In 2014 Elton John and David Furnish were able to convert their civil partnership into marriage due to the new gay marriage legislation. Their marriage was on their 9th anniversary on December 21st, 2014 in Windsor.
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Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose did not let a broken foot stop him from performing with his band on their reunion tour at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on April 8. He sat on the rock ‘n roll throne that Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl sat on during concerts when he was recovering from a broken leg.
The throne is decorated with guitar necks and stage lights and has a stirrup that allowed Rose to elevate his injured foot. Rose thanked Grohl for his generosity in loaning him the throne so he could perform.
Rose fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot when he was performing a warm-up concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles recently. He had to have surgery to have a metal plate inserted to reinforce the bone. Rose will be unable to put weight on his foot for a month.
Guns N’ Roses reunited for their first arena show in 23 years on April 8. During the show, Rose sometimes tapped his good foot to the music, but he was forced to remain seated and could not do any of the dancing for which he is known. Being forced to remain seated during the concert did seem to have one positive effect: it allowed Rose to focus exclusively on his vocal performance.
The Las Vegas set list contained songs from throughout Guns N’ Roses’ career, beginning and ending with their 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction. The band performed “It’s So Easy,” “Paradise City,” “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” and several other hits.
The group performing included original members Rose, guitarist Slash, and bassist Duff McKagan. Rose had said for decades that he was completely opposed to the idea of performing with his former Guns N’ Roses bandmates, but they worked out their differences and decided to reunite. The rest of the lineup for the “Not in This Lifetime” tour includes guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed, and new keyboardist Melissa Reese.
Rose’s doctors expect his foot to be healed in time for stadium dates this summer, but he will still need to be seated for performances at Coachella and in Mexico City later this month. buyTickets.com has tickets to performances by Guns N’ Roses, as well as many other musical acts and sporting events.
A new set of artists will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday, April 8. The inductees will include Deep Purple, N.W.A, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller, and Chicago. The induction ceremony will be shown on HBO later this month.
Deep Purple was an early heavy metal and hard rock band formed in Hertford, England in 1968. They were originally a progressive rock band, but their sound became heavier in the 1970s. They have sold over 100 million albums around the world. Deep Purple released their most recent album, Now What?! in 2013. It was their first studio album in over seven years. The band has some dates scheduled in Europe this summer.
N.W.A was a hip hop group from Compton, California. They were one of the earliest groups to produce gangsta rap and West Coast hip hop. N.W.A was active from 1986 to 1991 and sold over 10 million albums. Their music was controversial because of lyrics about police, women, and drugs. Former members Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and MC Ren went on to become platinum-selling solo artists. The group was the subject of a film called “Straight Outta Compton” that was released in 2015.
Cheap Trick is an American rock band formed in Rockford, Illinois in 1973. They have released 17 studio albums, including their most recent, Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello, which came out on April 1, 2016. Cheap Trick is known for touring almost continuously for 40 years and for their use of unusual and vintage instruments in their performances. Cheap Trick is currently touring in North America.
Steve Miller is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He started out in blues and blues rock, but his style evolved to more of a pop sound from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. He released several albums with the Steve Miller Band, which was formed in 1966. The band toured with Journey in 2014. The Steve Miller band is currently touring across the United States.
Chicago is an American rock band named after the city where the group was formed in 1967. They produced several hits in the 1970s and 1980s and became one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups. They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide and have had five number-one albums and 21 singles in the top 10. Chicago currently has concerts scheduled across the United States and Canada.
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Guitarist James Iha joined his former bandmates Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin of The Smashing Pumpkins for the first time in 16 years when they performed together at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on the evening of Saturday, March 26. The performance came as a surprise to members of the audience.
The reunited band played several tracks off their 1993 LP Siamese Dream, which sold 10 million copies worldwide. The set list included:
The Smashing Pumpkins led the crowd in a rendition of “Happy Birthday” for Iha. March 26 was his 48th birthday.
Iha joined Corgan and Chamberlin again for another performance at the Ace Hotel on Sunday, March 27. Iha performed on seven tracks halfway through the show. Iha and guitarist Jeff Schroeder took turns playing lead guitar on “Today.” The encore at the second show included a cover of the ballad “Angie,” which was written by the Rolling Stones.
Siamese Dream was The Smashing Pumpkins’ second studio album. It received generally positive reviews and solidified their reputation as an important band in the alternative music genre. Their 1995 double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 charts. The band has sold over 20 million albums in the United States.
Iha left the Smashing Pumpkins when the band broke up for the first time in 2000. The group reformed with several other members, but Iha never resumed his role as guitarist. Relations between the former bandmates seemed to improve earlier this month when they issued a joint written threat to sue the person or persons responsible for leaking some of the band’s early demos.
Corgan said in an interview with Consequences of Sound published on January 7, 2016 that he would like to make peace with former members of the band. He also said that he was not interested in a reunion involving the original members of the Smashing Pumpkins.
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Kanye West released his most recent album, The Life of Pablo, on February 14, but he still has not finished it. West has been revising lyrics, changing the song order, and adding and removing tracks. He plans to continue making changes indefinitely.
This is possible because West’s music was released through a streaming service, rather than as a finished CD. The Life of Pablo is available exclusively from Tidal. Right after he released the single “No More Parties in L.A.” in January, West uploaded a new version. He updated one track, “Wolves,” and added a new track on March 15. West has said that the album will never be sold anywhere except Tidal. Since he does not plan to release a definitive CD version, the album may never be finished.
West’s practice of reworking songs and releasing updated versions is similar to the way developers patch their software. Software as a service (SaaS) is a model in which software is sold on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted. The Life of Pablo is called a minimum viable product. That is a product that is released and can be continuously improved in response to customer feedback.
This principle is used in cloud computing and with many versions of software. The model is used for numerous business applications, games, content management, and antivirus products. The Life of Pablo is the first SaaS album.
By making changes to his album after it was released, West is turning an album from a product into a service. This allows subscribers to follow his creative process.
Streaming and continuously updating music can be beneficial to artists. It can frustrate music pirates because there may never be a definitive completed version of an album for them to sell. It can enable artists to respond to feedback from fans and make adjustments and improvements. Having music that changes often could also help streaming services become more viable because they could offer something that a CD or download cannot.
It is unclear how changing songs after an album is released might affect performances when artists go on tour. An audience in one location might hear the most recent version of a song one night, and a different audience could hear a different version the next night if the artist decides to make changes. Some artists have traditionally played live versions of songs that differ from studio versions. That practice could become more common now that artists can change their music at any time.
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The Rolling Stones, who are currently on tour in Latin America, have added a stop in Cuba. The band will play a free show they are calling the Concert for Amity at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana in the capital of Havana on March 25.
The concert will be historic because it will be the first time a British rock band has performed in Cuba. The Rolling Stones said in a joint statement on their website, www.rollingstones.com, that the concert will be a “landmark event” for them. The Rolling Stones have been planning the show for several months. They are planning to play classic hits and “special gems” for the audience, the statement said.