Fame: ‘David Bowie Day’ Is September 23rd in Chicago


Tribute will coincide with Chicago opening of Bowie’s personal archive exhibit, ‘David Bowie Is…’

SOURCE: RollingStone

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel inadvertently declared himself the coolest mayor on Earth by proclaiming September 23rd “David Bowie Day.” The honor comes in connection with David Bowie Is…, a retrospective exhibit opening that day at the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

As Consequence of Sound notes, the announcement was delivered in a written proclamation in which Emanuel describes the art-rock legend as “an undisputed global icon boasting a catalogue of 26 critically acclaimed studio albums” who has “bridged cultures and faiths while both transcending and fortifying the music, art, fashion & design and theatrical canons.”

According to the museum’s website, David Bowie Is… features over 300 items from the musician’s personal archives, including “never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics, and some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries,” which help demonstrate his creative evolution – “from his years as a teenager in the 1950s to the early 2000s, when he retired from touring.”

The exhibit – which was previously displayed in London, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Toronto on an international tour – will be an immersive experience, incorporating “advanced sound technology produced by Sennheiser, original animations, continuous audio accompaniment and video installations.” The Chicago exhibit, the tour’s only U.S. stop, will remain on view until January 4th, 2015.

A documentary about David Bowie Is…, which premiered at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013, will be shown in over 100 U.S. movie theaters on September 23rd, the day the exhibit hits Chicago.

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TOMMY VICTOR Talks To IMPACT Metal Channel


PRONG is touring North America in support of its latest release, “Ruining Lives”, which came out earlier this year via SPV/Steamhammer. The tour kicked off on September 10 in Los Angeles, California and will run through October 14 in San Francisco, California. Many of the dates will see PRONG playing alongside thrash masters OVERKILL. Following a quick break, 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, which can be seen below.

Comments PRONG mainman Tommy Victor: “PRONG has made a video for the song ‘Remove, Separate Self’, the new single from our recent LP, ‘Ruining Lives’. The song and the video are distinctively PRONG, with a soul-searching and apocalyptic vibe. As a follow-up to ‘Turnover’, we will release it on seven-inch vinyl as well. The single and video will correspond with our U.S./Canada tour starting September 10 through October 14. Enjoy the video and we’ll see you out on the road!”

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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Glenn Danzig was interviewed on the September 12-14 edition of Full Metal Jackie’s nationally syndicated radio show.

Asked when fans can expect to see the follow-up to DANZIG’s 2010 album, “Deth Red Sabaoth”, Glenn said: “I’m working on that right now.” He added: “It seems like time just slips out of your hands. You wake up and, like, two or three years have passed.

“DANZIG did a lot of touring on this last record — I think more touring than I’ve ever done before. But it was spaced out over X amount of years.

“I think it’s time to just sit back a little after these shows in the fall and try and get everything I’ve been doing out.”

Danzig recently spent time in the studio working on an EP of Elvis Presley covers. A tentative early 2015 release is expected.

DANZIG’s cover version of the the classic Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra song “Some Velvet Morning”, featuring a guest appearance by Cherie Currie (THE RUNAWAYS), was made available for streaming last year. The track was supposed to appear on Danzig’s covers album, which was also due to include Glenn’s renditions of classic songs from BLACK SABBATH, ELVIS PRESLEY and ZZ TOP, among others.

Danzig was in the studio in February with DANZIG guitarist/bandmate Tommy Victor (also of PRONG) recording three new tracks for the next DANZIG album. As of six months ago, Glenn had five new songs in various stages of completion.

The first new DANZIG studio album in six years, “Deth Red Sabaoth”, sold 11,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“Deth Red Sabaoth” was released on June 22, 2010 via Evilive/The End Records. Produced by Glenn, the CD was recorded in Los Angeles over the course of 2009.

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Antarctigo Vespucci Beat Kitchen, 11/8, 6:30 PM, on sale Fri 9/19, 10 AM.

The Atlas Moth Beat Kitchen, 10/24, 10:30 PM.

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Icona Pop (DJ set) The Mid, 10/3, 10 PM.

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David Allan Coe Reggie’s Rock Club, 11/1, 7:30 PM, rescheduled from 7/16.

Justin Townes Earle, American Aquarium Park West, 9/23, 8 PM, moved from the Vic.

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The Doors’ Self-Made ‘Feast of Friends’ Doc to Finally Come Out This Fall

Self-produced film from 1968 summer tour gets proper release 46 years later

SOURCE: RollingStone


Feast of Friends, a Doors documentary that the band members produced themselves on their 1968 summer tour, is finally getting a proper release. The feature, which was never completed, was screened to generally negative reviews at film festivals during frontman Jim Morrison’s lifetime, but the reason it has taken nearly half a century to come out on home video is because of the singer’s legal issues at the time. The new release, due out November 11th, will feature remastered audio and video.

“It’s a fictional documentary,” Jim Morrison says in the film’s trailer. “I can’t say too much about it, because we’re not really making it. It’s just kind of making itself.”

Director Paul Ferrara, who also made the 1969 Morrison showcase HWY: An American Pastoral, began work on Feast of Friends in April of 1968. The film includes off-stage commentary and concert performances. The band members funded the project themselves, but stopped the revenue stream after Morrison was arrested in Miami for allegedly exposing himself to an audience.

In addition to the main film, the DVD and Blu-ray will include bonus features. The newly made Feast of Friends: Encore uses additional footage shot for the original film, including shots of them playing poker and Morrison talking with the main feature’s “Minister at Large” character, as well as footage of the group recording “Wild Child” in the studio. It also highlights a solo Robby Krieger performance, a Morrison poem and an altercation with photographer Richard Avedon.

The release will also include The Doors Are Open, a 1968 British documentary about the group centered on the band’s final performance at London’s Roundhouse. This feature has also been remastered and restored.

Finally, it will include The End, which captures the group performing their epic song in Toronto at an August 1967 concert alongside interviews with Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densemore and Doors manager Danny Sugarman.

The legacy of Feast of Friends stems from a grainy copy of the film that has been circulating on the bootleg market for decades. The print purportedly belonged to Morrison and was something that he had taken with him when he moved to Paris in 1971. According to legend, the singer left the film in a paper bag at a friend’s house, days before his death.

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Billy Bob Thornton Talks New Boxmasters Album, Signs Nashville Label Deal

SOURCE: Rolling Stone

The Boxmasters, the country-rock group led by singer-actor Billy Bob Thornton, have signed a new Nashville record deal and are readying a double album to be released next year on 101 Ranch Records. Titled Somewhere Down the Road, the dual LP consists of one disc of British Invasion-influenced jangle pop, and a second disc of moody Americana.
“Double albums weren’t a rarity when I was growing up. It was just something that people did,” Thornton tells Rolling Stone Country. “We have so much music, we’ve recorded 200 to 300 songs over the past couple years. When you have a momentum going, you don’t want them to just sit there forever and turn them out years later. You want to get them out there while there’s something crackling about them.”

Thornton played the album in its entirety for a small group of media and music-business insiders in Nashville this past weekend. True to his description, the first side leaned heavily on a vintage British sound.

“It’s influenced by our love of the British Invasion and late Sixties L.A. rock & roll, like the Byrds and the Burrito Brothers. As well as our great love of the music of Memphis: the Box Tops, the Gentrys, and out of Chicago, the Buckinghams,” Thornton says. “And especially Big Star, which obviously Alex Chilton started after the Box Tops.”

The companion disc is decidedly Americana, full of ballads and story songs. “It’s definitely what some people might refer to as ‘Southern gothic.’ The only British influence on that side of the record would be Pink Floyd. It’s kind of like if J.J. Cale or Kristofferson had Pink Floyd playing the music. It’s very spooky,” says Thornton.

The Boxmasters, which in addition to Thornton includes J.D. Andrew, Brad Davis and Teddy Andreadis (who toured with Guns n’ Roses on the Use Your Illusion Tour), are the latest act to sign to new Nashville label 101 Ranch Records. The band joins gruff-voiced Nineties star Mark Collie on the roster.

“Collie and I go way back with each other,” says Thornton, citing the title track to his 2001 solo album Private Radio that he and Collie wrote. “It’s great to be associated with him on the same label. I’m actually writing songs with him for his album.”

Thornton, who was recently nominated for an Emmy for his role in the FX miniseries Fargo, acknowledges that while he is the face of the group, it’s not, as he said during the listening session last week, “Me and the Academy Awards.” “I’d call myself Bozo the Clown if I could,” he said then.

Instead, he goes by his nickname Bud in the group. “It’s not like people aren’t going to know, but it’s my way of saying, ‘Just look at me as a member of this band.’ That’s really all I am,” says Thornton, who once worked as a roadie for country singer Johnny Paycheck.

“I was playing in bands since the time I was a kid. If somehow, in 1981, when I started as an actor in L.A., if I had fallen on my ass doing that, and then somehow got a record deal, I’d be putting up with the same thing in the opposite direction,” he says, letting go a self-aware laugh. “If you want to talk about paying my dues, it’s all I ever did. I wasn’t in theater. I was only in music.”

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