RITCHIE BLACKMORE’s RAINBOW To Release Vintage Concert Recordings From 1979


In an era teaming with bands led by virtuoso guitarists and fronted by a singer with killer pipes, RAINBOW stood head and shoulders above the crowd. Ritchie Blackmore’s hugely influential guitar playing mixed baroque bombast with blues rock brilliance, and laid the perfect sonic foundation for the versatile vocals of the late, great Ronnie James Dio. When Dio left the band in 1978, Blackmore, along with drummer Cozy Powell, recruited another vocal powerhouse, singer Graham Bonnet, and together with other new recruits, including DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover and COLISEUM II keyboardist Don Airey, recorded what would be one of RAINBOW’s greatest achievements, their breakthrough album “Down To Earth”. Not only did that masterpiece spawn the band’s first charting single, “All Night Long”, it also contained the all-time classic, rock radio staple “Since You Been Gone”. The subsequent “Down To Earth” tour became the stuff of legend with a groundbreaking light show and a set list packed to the gills with fan favorites like “Man On A Silver Mountain” and “Long Live Rock And Roll” but still plenty of room for Blackmore’s own six-string pyrotechnics.

 

Now these incredible performances are being released for the first time with the pomp and pageantry worthy of these historic recordings, courtesy of L.A.-based Purple Pyramid Records. Available now is “Denver 1979″, an extraordinary concert album pressed on vinyl in three different colors — red, green, or blue — and packaged in an eye-catching holographic foil gatefold jacket. And coming August 21 is a super deluxe 3CD box set featuring full-length concert recordings from Denver, Long Island, and Chicago each packaged in its own individual sleeve next to a whole boatload of classic rock goodies including a one-inch color button, embroidered fabric patch, a Ritchie Blackmore signature guitar pick, and a combo bottle opener/keychain — all beautifully contained in a gorgeous red-velvet lined box. For fans of this extraordinary band, there can be no bigger pot of gold!

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DEVOtional 2015 Fan Gathering Aug. 14/15!

A Gathering of Beautiful Mutants, DEVOtees, and Spuds.

AUGUST 14th & 15th (Friday Night & Saturday All Day & Night)
Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, Ohio

Special Guests:

Gerald V. Casale of DEVO
“Josh 2″ Hager of DEVO
David Kendrick formerly of DEVO
Evie Nagy: Author 33 1/3 Freedom Of Choice

The DEVOtional gatherings have been happening nearly every year since 2000….and this year’s event has a lot to offer!

A very special event is scheduled for this year’s DEVOtional!

Sat. Aug. 15th events start Noon-1pm in AKRON for a SPECIAL UNVEILING OF A PERMANENT DEVO STREET ART INSTALLATION based on the classic “Chili Dog Mac” photo by Janet Macoska (snapped on the streets of Akron in 1978). Presented as a tribute to DEVO and the City Of Akron by the Akron Civic Committee.

GERALD V. CASALE of DEVO will be a guest in Akron!

FREE CHILI DOGS & TACOS

Address For Art Unveiling: 182 S. Main St. Akron, OH 44308.

Afterwards we will all meet at The Beachland Ballroom for the DEVOtional 2015 in Cleveland at 2pm for the rest of the day & night (featuring Guest Speakers, Live Bands, a never-before-seen DEVO concert movie, and much more!).

Pre-Order DEVOtional 2015 Tickets! devo-obsesso.com/devotional2015-tix.html

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Stray Cats “Live At Rockpalast” DVD and DVD / 2CD set available on July 7th

The icons of neo-rockabilly, captured at their best in two amazing
’81 and ’83 Rockpalast concerts… Young, raw, and wild!

Every era has its heroes and every scene has its legends. The 80′s had the Stray Cats and today they are the indisputable icons of neo-rockabilly.

 

When the US trio stormed the top of the charts in their adopted country of England, punk still reigned supreme in the United Kingdom. But Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker brought that certain something that the mo-hawked men also had: a feeling for danger and rebellion. Impressive footage of this time includes two performances in Germany: one in 1981 in Cologne and one in 1983 at the Loreley that were recorded by WDR. These are genuine recordings that make the trio’s sound still accessible today. Both concerts are released here for the first time in the best possible quality and with a superb sound on DVD and CD. The Stray Cats will come to life at home just as they were at their best: young, raw and wild!

 

Brian Setzer, today a “statesman” of rockabilly and a many times platinum seller, works passionately as he struck the strings on the stage of the Cologne Satory Halls. He was a “rebel without a cause,” similar to the young James Dean. But this guitarist has a desire: he wants to bring Rock n’ Roll back to life. He wants to play his guitar as Eddie Cochran did. No question that he has succeeded; he is still loved for this today and this is why he is the first guitarist after the legendary Chet Atkins to have his own signature Gretsch model.

 

The Stray Cats aren’t only made up of Setzer with his phenomenal guitar playing and his powerful vocals. Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom are responsible for their special sound, too: Phantom’s simple drumming became an example for rockabilly drummers worldwide and his wild screams in the songs belong to Stray Cats exactly as Brian Setzer’s licks and Lee Rocker’s clattering bass do. He treated his instrument like a lover or like monkeybars on which he did gymnastics. The bad boy attitude was internalized by the “street cats.”

 

Both concerts also underline how rapidly Stray Cats’ career progressed. Between both recordings were full worlds. In 1981 they were young rockers and by 1983 they had become full-fledged rock stars and known as tender teddy boys in part of the scene. The band rocked the mixed audience and were even honored by their discoverer Dave Edmunds. Next to Stray Cats were acts such as U2, Joe Cocker and Steve Miller.

 

The influence Stray Cats had on music and fashion is in hindsight undeniable. Where would psychobilly legends such as Meteors or Demented are Go!, who were founded as a counter movement to rockabilly, be today? Would the sound of the 50s still be so popular today if the Stray Cats had not brought it back to life in the 80s?

 

Classics like as “Stray Cat Strut,” “Runaway Boys,” “Rumble in Brighton,” and “Rock This Town” will live forever through these two concert recordings.

Pre-order at Amazon: amzn.to/1A3WMkc

 

TRACKLISTINGS

DVD
Loreley, August 20th 1983:
1. Baby Blue Eyes 03:41
2. Double Talkin’ Baby 03:37
3. Rumble In Brighton 04:11
4. Drink That Bottle Down 05:26
5. Something Is Wrong With My Radio 02:39
6. Built For Speed 06:30
7. Look At That Cadillac 04:25
8. Runaway Boy 03:46
9. Lonely Summer Nights 04:22
10. Too Hip, Gotta Go 02:39
11. Stray Cats Strut 05:42
12. She’s Sexy And 17 04:40
13. Banjo Time
(Foggy Mountain Breakdown) 02:16
14. The Race Is On 02:14
15. Tear It Up 04:03
16. Oh Boy 03:03
17. Rock This Town 06:50

 

Cologne, July.16th 1981
1. Sweet Love On My Mind 03:58
2. Double Talkin’ Baby 03:37
3. Rumble In Brighton 03:34
4. My One Desire 04:38
5. Ubangi Stomp 04:16
6. Drink That Bottle Down 05:34
7. Storm The Embassy 05:05
8. Stray Cats Strut 04:09
9. Fishnet Stockings 02:48
10. Important Words 04:32
11. Rock This Town 08:28
12. Runaway Boy 04:40
13. Sometin’ Else 04:45
14. Gonna Ball 04:14

 

CD 1, Loreley, August 20th 1983:
1. Baby Blue Eyes 03:41
2. Double Talkin’ Baby 03:37
3. Rumble In Brighton 04:11
4. Drink That Bottle Down 05:26
5. Something Is Wrong With My Radio 02:39
6. Built For Speed 06:30
7. Look At That Cadillac 04:25

 

8. Runaway Boy 03:46
9. Lonely Summer Nights 04:22
10. Too Hip, Gotta Go 02:39
11. Stray Cats Strut 05:42
12. She’s Sexy And 17 04:40
13. Banjo Time
(Foggy Mountain Breakdown) 02:16
14. The Race Is On 02:14
15. Tear It Up 04:03
16. Oh Boy 03:03
17. Rock This Town 06:50
CD 1 total run time: 70:33

 

CD 2, Cologne, July.16th 1981
1. Sweet Love On My Mind 03:58
2. Double Talkin’ Baby 03:37
3. Rumble In Brighton 03:34
4. My One Desire 04:38
5. Ubangi Stomp 04:16
6. Drink That Bottle Down 05:34
7. Storm The Embassy 05:05
8. Stray Cats Strut 04:09
9. Fishnet Stockings 02:48
10. Important Words 04:32
11. Rock This Town 08:28
12. Runaway Boy 04:40
13. Sometin’ Else 04:45
14. Gonna Ball 04:14
CD 2 total run time: 64:27

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NEW CHICAGOLAND CONCERT LISTINGS


Arkona
Reggie’s Rock Club, 9/13, 7 PM.

Authority Zero
Reggie’s Rock Club, 8/14, 8 PM.

Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
Sheffield between Belmont and Roscoe, 5/23-24, noon, all-ages.


Tab Benoit
SPACE, Evanston, 8/7, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.

Black Lillies
FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 8/7, 9 PM, on sale Fri 5/15, 11 AM.

Blind Guardian
Concord Music Hall, 11/8, 8 PM.

Broken Water
The Owl, 7/5, 10 PM, free.


Chicago Pride Fest with St. Lucia, Big Freedia, and more
Halsted and Waveland, 6/20-21, 1 PM, all-ages, free.

Chosen Few Picnic
Jackson Park, 7/4, 8 AM, all-ages.

Harry Connick Jr.
Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, 8/7, 8 PM.

Deafheaven
Subterranean, 7/25, 10:30 PM.

Destruction Unit
Empty Bottle, 6/16, 9 PM.

Drainolith
The Owl, 6/22, 10 PM, free.
Electric Citizen
Reggie’s Music Joint, 7/10, 8 PM.

En Esch
Cobra Lounge, 6/26, 9 PM.

Fever the Ghost
Beat Kitchen, 6/1, 9 PM.

Fiesta de Sol with Grupo Klonadoz, Clave 5, Los Super Cats, and more
1400 W. Cermak Rd, 7/30-8/2, all-ages, free.

Force of Darkness
Cobra Lounge, 7/3, 8:30 PM.

Glenwood Arts Fest with Twin Peaks, White Mystery, and more
Glenwood between Morse and Lunt, 8/14-16, all-ages.

Glorious Sons
Schubas, 8/8, 10 PM, on sale Fri 5/15, noon.

Grateful Dead
Soldier Field, 7/3-5, 7 PM, sold out.


Gravehill
Cobra Lounge, 8/14, 8 PM.


Green Music Fest with Mikal Cronin, Shovels & Rope, and more
Damen between North and Schiller, 6/20-21, noon, all-ages.

Noah Gundersen
Thalia Hall, 9/25, 8 PM, all-ages.

Neil Michael Haggerty
The Owl, 6/3, 10 PM, free.

Albert Hammond Jr.
Bottom Lounge, 9/15, 8 PM, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.

High on Fire, Pallbearer, Lucifer
Thalia Hall, 8/11, 9 PM, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.

Hippo Campus
Lincoln Hall, 6/12, 6 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 5/15, noon.

Horse Feathers
SPACE, Evanston, 9/12, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.

Ray Wylie Hubbard
City Winery, 7/19, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 5/14, noon.

International Festival of Life with Joey Wales, Flex Crew, Tessanne Chin, and more
Union Park, 7/3-5, noon, all-ages.

Luke James
the Shrine, 6/20, 9:30 PM.

Hayley Kiyoko
Subterranean, 6/30, 6:30 PM, all-ages.

Ed Kowalczyk
SPACE, Evanston, 10/24, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.

David LaFlamme
Reggie’s Music Joint, 7/22, 8 PM.

Logan Square Arts Festival with On an On, Bongripper, Helado Negro , Sam Prekop, Seregeti, and more
Milwaukee between Kedzie and Diversey, 6/26-28, noon, all-ages.

Luna
House of Blues, 10/16, 8 PM, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.

Lust for Youth
Empty Bottle, 8/5, 9 PM, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.

Mamby on the Beach with Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun, and more
Oakwood Beach, 7/11-12, 1 PM.

James Vincent McMorrow
Thalia Hall, 8/26, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.

NRBQ
SPACE, Evanston, 8/6, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.


Old Man Gloom, Mare
Empty Bottle, 9/6, 9 PM, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.

Shuggie Otis
City Winery, 7/17, 10:30 PM, all-ages, on sale sale Thu 5/14, noon.

Particle
Lincoln Hall, 7/4, 11 PM, on sale Fri 5/15, noon.
Pseudogod, Black Witchery
Cobra Lounge, 10/13, 9 PM.

Raekwon, Ghostface Killah
House of Blues, 7/14, 8 PM, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.

Anthony Raneri
Double Door, 7/24, 6 PM, all-ages.

Rascal Flatts
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, 9/18, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.

Ribfest Chicago
Lincoln at Irving Park and Damen, 6/12-14, all-ages.

Ringo Deathstarr
Empty Bottle, 7/26, 9 PM, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.

Riot Fest
Humboldt Park, 9/11-13, all-ages.


Todd Rundgren
Thalia Hall, 8/5, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.


Slaughter & the Dogs
Reggie’s Rock Club, 7/12, 7 PM.

Square Roots Festival with the Mekons, King Sunny Ade, Kermit, and more
Lincoln between Montrose and Wilson, 7/10-12, all-ages.

Straight No Chaser
Civic Opera House, 12/19, 3 and 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.

Taste of Chicago with Weezer, Erykah Badu, Spoon, and more
Grant Park, 7/8-12, all-ages, free.

Taste of Randolph Street with Dinosaur Jr., Dandy Warhols, Best Coast, and more
900 W. Randolph, 6/19-21, all-ages.

Total Babes
Schubas, 6/27, 10 PM, on sale Fri 5/15, noon.

Total Control
Empty Bottle, 8/6, 9 PM, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.

Dwight Twilley
The Owl, 6/6, 8 PM, free.

Vamps
the Vic, 8/3, 6:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 5/16, 11 AM.

Warped Tour with Handguns, Kosha Dillz, Neck Deep, and more


First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, 7/25, 11 AM, all-ages.

Wicker Park Fest with Blonde Redhead, Veruca Salt, Deafheaven, and more
Milwaukee between North and Paulina, 7/25-26, noon, all-ages.

Windy City Lakeshake with Brad Paisley, Cassadee Pope, Canaan Smith, and more
FirstMerit Bank Pavilion, 6/19-21, 2 PM, all-ages.

Carolyn Wonderland
SPACE, Evanston, 7/7, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 5/15, 10 AM.


X
City Winery, 7/26-28, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 5/14, noon.
UPDATED LISTINGS

Joan Armatrading
City Winery, 10/7-9, 8 PM, all-ages, third show added.

Ours
Chop Shop, 6/30, 6 PM, all-ages, Moved from Fizz.

Squirtgun
Reggie’s Rock Club, 5/23, 6 PM, all-ages, Moved from Fizz.

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Jimmy Kimmel Won’t Air New Episode Opposite David Letterman’s Finale: ‘I Have Too Much Respect For Dave’

Even Jimmy Kimmel will be watching David Letterman’s final “Late Show.”

Kimmel, whose ABC show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs at the same time at Letterman’s, said this week that he has chosen to air a repeat of his program on May 20, the night of his idol’s finale.

“I have too much respect for Dave to do anything that would distract viewers from watching his final show,” Kimmel told The New York Times. “Plus, I’ll probably be crying all day, which makes it hard to work.”

Both Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” and “Conan” are planning on airing new episodes on May 20, according to the Times.

Letterman, 68, has spent 22 of his 33 years in late-night television as host of “Late Show.” Stephen Colbert will take the helm on September 8.

Kimmel has publicly expressed his respect and admiration for Letterman in the past. In 2012, he offered a tribute to the late-night legend at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors.

“You, Dave, are the funniest, the smartest, the weirdest, the coolest, and the best one ever, hands down,” Kimmel said of his hero.

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ABC Renews Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter!


Following the reveal that The CW had ordered “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” to series earlier today, ABC has announced two renewals of its own with “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” set to return for a third season and “Agent Carter” coming back for a second. There’s no official word as of yet on the proposed spin-off for “Agents of SHIELD” or the yet-to-be-titled series in-development with “American Crime” creator John Logan, but check back here for more details as we learn them.

“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Nick Blood as Lance Hunter and Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse. Co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (“Dollhouse,” “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”), who also serve as executive producers along with Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”) and Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”). “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.

“Marvel’s Agent Carter” stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, Chad Michael Murray as Agent Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj as Agent Daniel Sousa and Shea Whigham as Chief Roger Dooley. It also featured Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Lyndsy Fonseca as Angie Martinelli, and Bridget Regan as “Dottie Underwood,” a member of the Black Widow program. Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Chris Dingess, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee and Jeph Loeb are executive producers on the series.

UPDATE: Deadline is reporting that the above-mentioned spin-off, that was to have starred “Agents of SHIELD” Season 2 additions Adrianne Palicki’s Bobbi Morse (AKA Mockingbird) and Nick Blood’s Lance Hunter, is not moving forward.

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