PETE BERWICK to Play in Wrigleyville

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PRONG recently spent a week at a studio in Berlin, Germany recording an album of covers, to be released via the band’s own label.

According to  Tommy Victor, the following songs were scheduled to be laid down during the sessions:

* BLACK FLAG – “The Bars”
* BAD BRAINS – “Banned In D.C.”
* ADOLESCENTS – “Kids Of The Black Hole”
* THE SISTERS OF MERCY – “Vision Thing”
* KILLING JOKE – “Seeing Red”
* HÜSKER DÜ – Everything Falls Apart
* NEIL YOUNG – Cortez The Killer

PRONG’s latest release, “Ruining Lives”, came out earlier this year via SPV/Steamhammer.

The band will take part in SLIPKNOT’s Knotfest on October 25 in San Bernardino, California.

PRONG recently completed filming a video for the song “Remove, Separate Self”, taken from “Ruining Lives”. Brian Cox and Marcelo Palomino directed the clip.

SPV/Steamhammer released a new digital single of “Remove, Separate Self”. There are two versions of the single, which was made available on September 12. The seven-inch single will be released on October 24. The standard version of the single will include the following tracks:

01. Remove, Separate Self (album version)
02. “Separate Self, Remove” inspired by and created from “Remove, Separate Self” by PRONG (Matt Heafy de-mix)

Comments TRIVIUM’s Matt Heafy about the “de-mix” he created: “With ‘Remove, Separate Self’, I was initially engulfed by hints of images and characteristics of a futuristic, dystopian world. Whether that was the initial intent of the piece or it was meant to be something entirely different, that became the feeling I kept coming back to. Perhaps with the main line — the title itself — the idea of ‘separating yourself’ made me think of unplugging oneself from something larger; whether metaphorically from an old way of life or literally in some sort of mecha-future. The idea was to take it one step further, to take the song itself, components of it, and a few secret ingredients, and create that world a little further that I imagined in the first place.

“Sometimes ‘remixes’ do it right, but I wanted to take a completely different approach to what people think a ‘remix’ is in the first place, even one’s idea of what a song should sound like.”

The exclusive iTunes edition of the single features a bonus track, which is a version of “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck”. This song was taken from PRONG’s “Unleashed In The West – Official Bootleg”.

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Kathleen Hanna, Adam Horovitz, Cheap Trick Added to Joan Jett Tribute Concert


This year’s Little Kids Rock Benefit concert has just added a few more artists to an already packed bill.

The event, which will pay tribute to Joan Jett, recently announced that Cheap Trick, Mike Ness of Social Distortion and Kathleen Hanna featuring Ad-Rock as additions to their list of performers (Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love and Glen Hansard were already on the bill).

Besides Jett, Jake Clemons will also be honored at the event. Clemons, nephew of the late E Street Band saxophone player Clarence Clemons, is a singer/songwriter who is also now part of E Street’s horn section.

Ad-Rock, aka Adam Horovitz, has not performed often in the years since his bandmate Adam Yauch’s passing in 2012, ending the career of their group, Beastie Boys.

Little Kids Rock is an organization dedicated to restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools. Per their press release announcing the event, the gala “will honor Joan Jett as the ‘Rocker of the Year’ for the impact that her career, influence, and music have had on the charity’s ‘Modern Band’ music program, which equips public school music teachers with the instruments, training, and curricular resources they need to teach popular musical styles that kids know and love, like rock, hip hop, country, blues and funk.”

The event is produced by Little Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen; Steven often serves as musical director.

Last year’s gala honored Darlene Love and featured performances by Elvis Costello, Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers and Beach Boy Brian Wilson. In 2012, Van Zandt was honored via performances by Love, Costello, Tom Morello and a not-too-surprising “surprise” performance by Bruce Springsteen.

Learn more about Little Kids Rock, and get ticket info for the event, at the organization’s website:

The concert takes place at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Oct. 23.

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Sex Pistols mainman John Lydon says he feels partly responsible for the death of Sid Vicious.

The bassist died of a heroin overdose in 1979 and Lydon reveals he feels bad because he brought Vicious into the band, exposing him to the lifestyle that accompanied the group.

He tells the Gloucestershire Echo: “He didn’t stand a chance. His mother was a heroin addict. I feel bad that I brought him into the band – he couldn’t cope. I feel a bit responsible for his death.

“There you are – I’ve confessed my demons.”

Lydon is currently promoting his book Anger Is My Energy: My Life Uncensored, which he says is a “story of my childhood and Johnny Rotten – not the one invented by Malcolm Mclaren.”

He also explains he got the name Rotten when he was at school because of the state of his teeth.

He adds: “I never used a toothbrush as a kid and only saw my dad using a brush to get the muck off his boots. My teeth and gums were so bad they almost killed me. I’ve spent a small fortune on reconstructive surgery for my choppers.”

Earlier this year, the punk icon was due to star in a US stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar, but the plug was pulled just 10 days before the first show.

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Trey Anastasio Band Aragon Ballroom, 11/28, 8 PM, on sale Fri 10/17, 11 AM.

Joseph Arthur City Winery, 11/29, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 10/16, noon.

Bahamas Lincoln Hall, 1/29, 9 PM, on sale Fri 10/17, noon.

Tab Benoit City Winery, 12/20, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 10/16, noon.

Biters Double Door, 11/11, 8 PM, on sale Sat 10/18, noon.

Wade Bowen, Curtis Grimes Joe’s, 11/7, 7:45 PM.

Brick & Mortar Beat Kitchen, 11/8, 10:30 PM.

Cocoa Tea the Shrine, 10/31, 9 PM.

Cursive Lincoln Hall, 3/18, 9 PM, on sale Fri 10/17, noon.

Howie Day City Winery, 1/9-10, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 10/16, noon.

Driftless Pony Club Reggie’s Rock Club, 12/11, 7 PM, all-ages.

Fleetwood Mac Allstate Arena, Rosemont, 2/14, 7 PM, on sale Mon 10/20, 10 AM.

Flosstradamus The Mid, 12/27, 10 PM.

Kevin Gordon Band FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 11/21, 10:30 PM.

John Hiatt, Andrew Ripp FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 11/21, 8 PM.

Cody Johnson Joe’s, 11/21, 8:30 PM.

Jungle Brothers the Shrine, 11/14, 9 PM.

Lavender Country Schubas, 11/23, 8 PM, on sale Fri 10/17, noon.

Lemuria Beat Kitchen, 12/12, 8:30 PM.

Mayhem, Watain, Revenge Bottom Lounge, 1/16, 7 PM, on sale Fri 10/17, noon.

Molotov Portage Theater, 12/11, 8:30 PM.

Nashville Pussy, Valient Thorr Reggie’s Rock Club, 12/12, 9 PM.

Paul Oakenfold The Mid, 11/8, 10 PM.

Jon Pardi Joe’s, 11/14, 9 PM.

Peelander-Z Reggie’s Music Joint, 11/13, 7:30 PM.

Ragbirds Schubas, 1/23, 9 PM, on sale Fri 10/17, noon.

Rah Rah Double Door, 11/6, 8 PM, on sale Sat 10/18, noon.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band City Winery, 1/23-24, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 10/16, noon.

Rise Against, Royal Blood House of Blues, 12/1, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 10/18, 10 AM.

Rock*A*Teens Hideout, 12/6, 9 PM.

Shwayze, Cam Meekins Reggie’s Rock Club, 11/3, 8:30 PM.

The Soil & the Sun Subterranean, 11/15, 7:15 PM.

Team Spirit Empty Bottle, 11/20, 9 PM.

TheStand4rd Reggie’s Rock Club, 11/20, 7 PM, all-ages.

Toh Kay City Winery, 12/10, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 10/16, noon.

Tragically Hip House of Blues, 1/13, 8 PM, on sale Sat 10/18, 10 AM.

Vaselines Empty Bottle, 1/21, 9 PM, on sale Fri 10/17, 10 AM.

Walk the Moon, Kongos, Vance Joy Aragon Ballroom, 12/6, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 10/18, 10 AM.

The Who Allstate Arena, Rosemont, 5/13, 7:30 PM, on sale Fri 10/17, 10 AM.

The Who United Center, 10/15, 7:30 PM, on sale Fri 10/17, 10 AM.

Wilco Riviera Theatre, 12/5, 8 PM; 12/6, 8 PM; 12/8, 8 PM; 12/9, 8 PM; 12/11, 8 PM; 12/12, 8 PM, on sale Fri 10/17, 10 AM.

Wild Child Lincoln Hall, 1/31, 9 PM, on sale Fri 10/17, noon.
Bernhoft Schubas, 11/5, 8 PM, canceled.

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BW3 15888 S La Grange Rd Orland Park, IL

Once a year I get to visit my good friends out in the burbs and we always try to make it a special occasion since they are all married w/ children and it’s hard to align our schedules.

I had been craving wings from BW3 for longer than I are to mention. In the city it’s always loud and ‘brahs’ in backward ball caps are boisterous and high fiving to the point where it’s just damned annoying and to a wing snob such as myself it takes away from the experience.

The plan was to meet at the Orland Park location which being just after work I was not sure what to expect. What I did experience was first rate service from the moment we walked in.

We were seating immediately in the bar section and our waitress Ashley was prompt in taking our drink order as we sat. As we waited for our third party I made my way over to the jukebox where I was helped by another helpful employee named Amanda. The TV’s all had sports on but the volume was off so we could enjoy music. This oversized jukebox was new to me and the assistance and attention was very much appreciated. She even went out of her way to turn it up for us. Now that’s customer service.

Since the last time I was at a BW3 a lot of new flavors have been added to the menu. My order of 20 included SALT & VINEGAR SEASONING, BUFFALO SEAOSNING, my old favorite CARIBBEAN JERK and my new favorite JAMMIN’ JALAPEÑO which has just enough heat to linger on your palate which is something I look for in a pepper sauce. One of my friends later commented on how amazed he was at hot meaty our wings were and he was spot on, these were not the typical wimpy wings from a pizza joint.

Over the 25 or so years that I’ve been dining at BW3 this was by far the best experience and so much so that I will be venturing to this location again very soon. Yes it was that great and it’s well worth venturing out of Chicago city limits for the experience.

The food was delicious and I’m going to have to buy the Jalapeno sauce for my own kitchen. A big thank you to the staff at this BW3 who set a new standard in excellent service and I hope to see you all again soon.

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