NEW CHICAGOLAND CONCERT LISTINGS


Dave & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 2/27, 9 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, 11 AM.

Peter Asher, Chad & Jeremy, Billy J. Kramer City Winery, 3/7, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 11/20, noon.

Bad Suns Lincoln Hall, 2/9, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 11/21, noon.

Black Violin City Winery, 2/17, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 11/21, noon.

Marc Broussard City Winery, 2/12-13, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 11/20. noon.

Maurice “Mobetta” Brown The Promontory, 1/9, 8 PM.

Ethan Butler Metro, 12/26, 8:15 PM.

Cianide, Bones Empty Bottle, 3/28, 9 PM.

Clean Bandit Metro, 4/1, 8 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, noon.

Jonny Craig Bottom Lounge, 2/7, 7 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, noon.

Decemberists, Alvvays Chicago Theatre, 3/27, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 11/21, 11 AM.

Districts Lincoln Hall, 2/20, 10 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, noon.

Dodos Lincoln Hall, 3/6, 10 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, noon.

Steve Earle City Winery, 2/1-4, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 11/20, noon.

JJ Grey & Mofro the Vic, 2/28, 8 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, 10 AM.

Hundred Waters Lincoln Hall, 2/25, 9 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, noon.

Iration House of Blues, 4/17, 6 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 11/21, 10 AM.

Gregory Alan Isakov Thalia Hall, 1/17, 8 PM, all-ages.

Ben Kweller, Jon Langford & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts Metro, 1/10, 7 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, noon.

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears Thalia Hall, 12/14, 5 PM.

Lone Bellow Lincoln Hall, 3/4, 8 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, noon.

Lucero Concord Music Hall, 1/17, 8 PM.

Marilyn Manson Riviera Theatre, 2/5, 8 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, 10 AM.

Johnette Napolitano City Winery, 3/27, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 11/20, noon.

John Oates City Winery, 2/10, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 11/20, noon.

Public Service Broadcasting Schubas, 4/3, 10 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, noon.

Punch Brothers Riviera Theatre, 2/28, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 11/21, 10 AM.

Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble Constellation, 12/7, 8:30 PM.

Damien Rice Auditorium Theatre, 4/14, 8 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, 10 AM.

Dax Riggs Beat Kitchen, 12/11, 8 PM.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Park West, 2/6, 8:30 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, 10 AM.

Saint Motel Schubas, 1/30, 10 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, noon.

Six Organs of Admittance Empty Bottle, 4/23, 9 PM.

Slaves Beat Kitchen, 12/20, 5:30 PM.

Stooges Brass Band City Winery, 1/14, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 11/20, noon.

String Cheese Incident Aragon Ballroom, 1/29, 8 PM, on sale Sat 11/22, 10 AM.

Sweet Honey in the Rock Symphony Center, 12/7, 3 PM.

10 String Symphony FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 1/10, 8 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, 11 AM.

Twin Peaks Metro, 1/18, 7 PM, all-ages.

Tyvek Empty Bottle, 1/2, 9 PM.

Wale House of Blues, 1/16, 8 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, 10 AM.

Walk the Moon House of Blues, 4/4, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 11/21, 10 AM.

Wounds Cobra Lounge, 12/5, 9 PM.

Zimmerman FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 1/23, 9 PM, on sale Fri 11/21, 11 AM.

 

Tuesday Dec. 9, 2014 at the Vic

UPDATED LISTINGS


Tab Benoit City Winery, 12/20, 7:30 and 10:30 PM, all-ages, late show added, on sale Thu 11/20, noon.

Taylor Swift Soldier Field, 7/18-19, 7 PM, second show added, on sale Fri 11/21, 10 AM.

Toh Kay City Winery, 12/10, 8 and 11 PM, all-ages, late show added, on sale Thu 11/20, noon.

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The Great Lost Doors Movie Feast of Friends Finally Released

SOURCE: Rolling Stone

In 1968, the Doors decided to chronicle their life on the road and commissioned a crew to document their in-progress tour. The band would produce the project itself; singer Jim Morrison and keyboardist Ray Manzarek had met at UCLA’s film school, so they reached out to some of their old campus cohorts. “We had some of our film-school buddies follow us around and shoot,” says Doors guitarist Robby Krieger. “The idea was to make a documentary, a cinema verite kind of thing. [Jim and Ray] were all hot on the new kinds of movies that were coming out in the Sixties.” According to Krieger, Morrison wanted the project to be a free-form, anything-goes look at the group, onstage and off. “He would say, ‘The film is making itself.’”

Unfortunately, the film didn’t actually make itself — titled Feast of Friends, the project was abandoned, overbudget and, in the wake of Morrison’s 1968 arrest for indecent exposure in Miami, left unfinished. After a few festival screenings, the movie was shelved. It’s been bootlegged among Doors fans for years, and the band has used its footage as raw material for music videos and other projects. But it’s never seen a wide release — until now. A new DVD edition features footage dramatically cleaned up from its 16-mm source, and its 39 minutes have been augmented with 34 minutes of outtakes (plus a British documentary on the band from 1968). “It’s a document of a time,” says Doors drummer John Densmore.

The disc features the Doors doing an epic version of “The End,” with Morrison improvising part of his monologue based on a grasshopper he spots on the ground; the singer trying to fight his way through a wall of white-shirted security onstage in Cleveland so he can interact with the audience; the group recording “Wild Child” in the studio with producer Paul Rothchild; Krieger and Morrison improvising songs while hanging around backstage; the whole band doing ordinary activities like riding the monorail to the Space Needle in Seattle. “I hope that people who have seen the Oliver Stone movie see this one,” Krieger says, “so they’ll see how Jim really was.”

In one memorable sequence, the Doors are captured in the middle of playing cards — Krieger says it was a game he taught the rest of the group called “Three-Thirty-Three.” According to Densmore, the card game they favored on airplanes was called “three-card monte” (not the street con). “A total bluffing game,” Densmore says. So who was the best bluffer in the band? “Oh, you know, Robby was full of shit.”

Many scenes show the Doors floating through mainstream society of the day, clearly not belonging. “We were definitely different from most people in those days,” Krieger says. “Now everybody looks the same. I guess we wanted to be different. Sometimes it got us in trouble: One time we went to a restaurant and there were some Army guys there, and we got into a big fight with them, just because of how we looked. That was actually here in Los Angeles — you’d think that wouldn’t happen in L.A. We were the only ones in town with long hair, pretty much.”

The main crew on Feast of Friends were cameraman Paul Ferrara, soundman Babe Hill, and editor Frank Lisciandro; one UCLA pal who helped out for a while was a carpenter named Harrison Ford. In one outtake, you can see the future Han Solo wandering into a shot. “I didn’t have much contact with him,” Densmore says. “He was just lurking around with the camera equipment. He’s a nice guy.”
Although neither Densmore nor Krieger attended film school, they both speak positively of how it influenced the band. “All of us loved the marriage of visual with sound,” Densmore says. Krieger, for his part, declares that “Ray and Jim both had cinematic minds. I know Jim got a lot of ideas from films. If you listen to some of the songs, a movie comes into your head — at least it does for me.” Asked to cite an example, he names “Soul Kitchen”: “Of course, it helps that I’ve been to the real Soul Kitchen — this cool restaurant where people sat around, got high and ate great soul food.”

For Densmore, seeing Feast of Friends now evokes “memories and a little bit of sadness for Ray and Jim.” (Manzarek died in 2013, Morrison in 1971.) He particularly cites a scene where the whole band is on a boat, looking innocent and sun-kissed. He reminisces about Manzarek’s musicianship, and how he managed to be the band’s keyboardist with his right hand and play basslines with his left hand. “Man, what a gift! Bass players and drummers are sort of pals, cooking the groove in the basement. What if Ray’s left hand and my feet didn’t sync up? There wouldn’t be any Doors!”

Discussing Morrison, Densmore says that he wishes he had known “that we were in a band with a crazy kamikaze. I had an inkling that he was charismatic and different, but I didn’t know that it was a death pact.”

Watching Feast of Friends footage today, Krieger wishes he had gotten a better haircut. “One writer said that I had the worst hair in rock & roll,” he recalls ruefully. (He still has most of it, although it’s white now.) He has conflicting feelings about the scarcity of Doors video, claiming that The Doors R-Evolution DVD from last year pretty much cleared out the band’s vaults; the guitarist wishes there was more, but knows that the rarity makes what exists more precious. Back when the movie was first cut together, he confesses, he found it “kind of boring.” With a laugh, Krieger says, “One good thing about living a long time — you can go back and stuff appears different than it was.”

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ACE FREHLEY Kicks Off ‘Space Invader’ Tour In New Brunswick


Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley kicked off his “Space Invader” tour on November 13 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

His setlist was as follows:

01. Lost In Limbo (first time played live since 1992)
02. Gimme A Feelin’ (live debut)
03. Toys (live debut)
04. Parasite (KISS song)
05. Snowblind
06. Love Gun (KISS song) (Scot Coogan on vocals)
07. Breakout (Richie Scarlett on vocals)
08. Space Invader (live debut)
09. King Of The Night Time World (KISS song) (Scot Coogan on vocals)
10. Strutter (KISS song) (Scot Coogan on vocals)
11. Change (started song but aborted)
12. Bass Solo
13. Strange Ways (KISS song) (Chris Wyse on vocals)
14. Rock Soldiers
15. New York Groove
16. Shock Me (KISS song)
17. Ace Frehley Guitar Solo
18. Rocket Ride (KISS song)
19. 2 Young 2 Die (Richie Scarlett on vocals)
20. Shot Full Of Rock (first time played live since 2008)

Encore:

21. Cold Gin (KISS song)

Frehley’s touring lineup includes none other than Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on Ace’s “Trouble Walking” platter in 1989, and is doing so again on stage. Richie toured with Ace in 1984 and 1985 and periodically from 1989 through 1995 and was also known for touring with Sebastian Bach.

On bass and vocals is Chris Wyse from Queens, New York. Previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and playing on Mick Jagger’s 2001 solo album, Chris is well known as the bass player from THE CULT since 2006. Chris can also be heard on Frehley’s new album, “Space Invader”, on select tracks. He also covers bass duties in his current band OWL.

Finally, Scot Coogan is behind the drum kit for Frehley’s tour. Coogan played with Frehley for five years until 2012 when he left Ace’s band to focus on other projects. He has since toured and recorded with LYNCH MOB and sat behind the kit for Lita Ford on the 2012 “Rock Of Ages” tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON.

“I consider Ace a friend, and I will always be his drummer,” Scot said. “When he called me about doing shows, I was honored. We are both excited to have the chance to play together once again.”

Coogan recently completed work on the debut album from RED ZONE RIDER, a three-piece band also featuring world-class guitar hero Vinnie Moore (UFO) and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Keeling. RED ZONE RIDER’s self-titled CD was made available on September 16 via Magna Carta.

Says Frehley: “I can’t wait to hit the road again with this new lineup. I’ll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD, ‘Space Invader’, for the enjoyment of the fans. Let there be rock!”

Matt Starr, the featured drummer on “Space Invader”, will spend the next few months touring with MR. BIG as the replacement for Pat Torpey, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“Space Invader”, the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).

Ace’s previous CD, “Anomaly”, opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27.

“Space Invader”, which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker”.

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JOE LYNN TURNER Says Fans ‘Deserve’ To See RAINBOW Reunion

Rainbow era Ritchie Blackmore

Former RAINBOW singer Joe Lynn Turner says that fans deserve to see a reunion of the classic Ritchie Blackmore-led band that existed from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997, claiming that it would “honor all of the members of RAINBOW, past and present.”

Speaking to Metal Forces magazine 17 years after RAINBOW played its last concert in Esbjerg, Denmark, Turner said: “In my opinion, for RAINBOW it would be one last shot and then going out in a blaze of glory, so to speak. I think the fans deserve it, and to honor all of the members of RAINBOW, past and present.”

He continued: “I always feel that in my sets, I play RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, and things like that because no one else is doing it. I play Ronnie’s songs [James Dio, RAINBOW vocalist from 1975 until 1979] and all that stuff, Graham’s [Bonnet, RAINBOW vocalist from 1979 until 1980] whatever — I have no compunction about doing that material. I think it’s all a part of the legacy, and that we should do it willingly as singers of the same band. I know Graham’s still out there doing it as well, and Doogie [White, RAINBOW vocalist from 1994 until 1997] in his own way. It’s a big family.”

In a 2009 interview with Antimusic, Joe Lynn Turner spoke about the immense commercial success RAINBOW enjoyed in North America and Japan after he joined the band. “I had a whole career in Japan because of RAINBOW,” he said. “I mean, RAINBOW was doing like one night at [iconic Tokyo venue] Budokan [before I was part of the group]. When I joined the band, we did like four nights at Budokan. I mean, the Japanese always grew up in more commercial end of it, you understand? They really did love the songs. That’s the Japanese mentality, you know. There was a certain amount of commerciality inside…”

He continued: “You’ve got to remember, the Japanese picked up rock and roll from us. They’re only like 20 something years old doing rock… and so it’s not a whole lot of rock that they saw. So they always like the more commercial hair bands and stuff like that. And when RAINBOW came out with this incarnation, we had the looks and we had songs and we had a whole stage presence and everything. And it wasn’t just dungeons and dragons and, you know, kill the king and all this. We actually had girls in the audience.

“I’ll never forget the roadies when I first started playing in the band. They were, like, ‘Thank god for you,’ and I was, like, ‘Wwwwhwhat?’ and they said, ‘See the girls out there in the audience?’ and I said, ‘Yeah,’ and they said, ‘Thank you for that.’ [Laughs] And I go, ‘Okay, okay, I get it.’ Because there wasn’t a whole lot of females when Ronnie [James Dio] was there, because A) the subject matter wasn’t there, you know what I mean? And it was the time for MTV when I came into the band, so you had to kind of have a look too.”

He added: “I tell you one thing. When you get the girlfriends coming to the shows, the guys don’t mind. And once you kind of knock them over the head and they realize you’re not such a bad bloke and you’re not so pansy-assed or anything like that, I mean, you can rock, they come over to your side too. They sort of [go], yeah, alright, I kinda like Turner, he’s okay. He still looks a bit gay, but he’s alright. [Laughs]“

After Blackmore’s final departure from DEEP PURPLE in 1993, he resurrected RAINBOW before focusing exclusively on BLACKMORE’S NIGHT, the renaissance-inspired rock band he formed with his now-wife Candice Night.

Asked in a 2005 interview if he could ever see himself returning to the hard rock world, either with a RAINBOW lineup, or with a new project, Ritchie said: “I’m enjoying myself so much with this band [BLACKMORE'S NIGHT] that it’s hard to see that happening. I might think about doing one or two shows with DEEP PURPLE, but their management couldn’t be involved. It wouldn’t be for recording — just for the fans for nostalgia. But we do play some rock in this band so it’s not like I’ve abandoned that genre completely. It’s just that it’s not all we play.”

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MINISTRY 2015 Touring Lineup


MINISTRY have confirmed their touring lineup for next year. Joining Al Jourgensen in the band’s latest incarnation will be guitarists Monte Pittman (PRONG, MADONNA) and Sin Quirin, bassist Tony Campos (SOULFLY, STATIC-X), drummer Aaron Rossi and keyboardist John Bechdel.

In an interview with “The Classic Metal Show” earlier in the year, PRONG mainman Tommy Victor, who has played extensively with the Jourgensen-led combo in the past, spoke about how Al’s well-documented alcohol and drug use has impeded the MINISTRY leader’s ability to perform onstage and the negative impact it might have had on other bandmembers, including guitarist Mike Scaccia and bassist Paul Raven, who both passed away in recent years.

“Yeah, it’s a hard situation to be in,” Victor said. “When I got in there, I was running five miles a day, I was clean and sober. And then, the environment around there… by the time I got out of a couple of tours, I was smoking and drinking again. That’s the decision I made. In order to fit in, you know, you’ve gotta do certain things. However, a guy like Sin Quirin, he was able to work with Al and keep his own identity, and I’ve gotta give him a lot of kudos for that, and Al respected him for that. So you can get caught up, or you don’t get caught up, and that’s the decision you make.”

He continued: “You can’t blame Al for Mike’s and Raven’s departure from this realm, really. Everyone’s got their own personal decision to make, and choose their own lifestyle. So you can’t blame anybody else.”

Asked if it is solely the environment that has fueled destructive behavior in MINISTRY or if it has anything to do with the creative process within the band, Victor said: “No. I think that any kind of substance abuse and that whole thing delays and clouds the project. And I hope Al can get to that point right now. But he’s always relied on that in order to believe that he’s creative on the whole thing. Hopefully, when he pulls out of whatever he’s going through, he can realize… Maybe he can come back and start being just a vehicle for what’s out there in the universe and able to put a true record together rather than all these interference’s from the attachment to whatever he thinks is going to enable his creativity. Which, I just think it’s a false mentality.”

MINISTRY’s 13th studio album, “From Beer To Eternity”, was released in September 2013 via 13th Planet Records.

MINISTRY 2015 is:

Al Jourgensen – Vocals
Monte Pittman (PRONG, MADONNA) – Guitar
Sin Quirin – Guitar
Tony Campos (SOULFLY, STATIC-X) – Bass
Aaron Rossi – Drums
John Bechdel – Keyboards

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KID ROCK To Release ‘First Kiss’ Album In February


Kid Rock will release a new album, “First Kiss”, on February 24, 2015. The CD, his first on Warner Bros. Records, was produced by Kid Rock (with the exception of two songs which were co-produced by Dann Huff) and was recorded at his studio in Michigan.

Following the success of 2012′s “Rebel Soul” and the accompanying “$20 Best Night Ever Tour”, Kid Rock wasted no time getting back to work in the studio. The massive touring on the last album cycle allowed Kid Rock to play in front of over 550,000 people in one summer, and left him energized to write and record new material without taking much of a break. Plans for an even more ambitious summer 2015 tour with his TWISTED BROWN TRUCKER BAND will be announced shortly.

According to a press release, “‘First Kiss’ signals the continued evolution of one of music’s most versatile performers, but we’re not going to tell you what it sounds like — we just couldn’t do it justice and we’re confident the music will speak for itself. If you do the math, though, every record Kid Rock has released through WMG has gone platinum or multi-platinum (with the exception of ‘Live Trucker’ and ‘Rebel Soul’, which are both certified gold), so it’s safe to bet the legions of fans Kid Rock has cultivated over his 25-year career are going to enjoy this one too.”

Expect the first single to be released at the top of the year, with multi-format airplay and a music video.

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