News items of the week, June 6, 2010


With the summer just ahead and bands playing from coastline clubs to football stadiums and everywhere in between, plus a few new releases and benefits along the way this week’s music news is jam-packed with rock and roll goodies. So here goes.

First on tap is Jeff Beck, who is headlines the line-up of a very special Les Paul celebration in New York next week.

Jeff Beck and the Imelda May Band have already been confirmed to play at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York at A Celebration Of Les Paul, sponsored by Gibson Guitar. They are expected to be joined by Ace Frehley, Zakk Wylde, Johnny Winters, John Mcenroe, Meat Loaf, Chris North, Steve Miller, Robbie Robertson, Nils Lofgren, Warren Haynes, Paul Shaffer, Nigel Lythgoe, Stephen Colbert, Gibson Guitar Chairman/CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, John Varvatos and more.

Beck will pay tribute to his mentor and friend, the late guitar great Les Paul, with an intimate show consisting of Les Paul’s memorable classics along with some rockabilly favorites. Celebrating what would have been Les Paul’s 95th birthday, Beck will be joined on stage by Irish rockabilly sensation The Imelda May Band.

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Next, country music’s  Dierks Bentley is prepping for the release of his fifth Capitol Nashville studio album, “On The Ridge” slated to drop on June 8.

The  new disc features Bentley working with acoustic musicians from around and collaborating with the likes of Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Jamey Johnson and bluegrass legend Del McCoury for the album.

Bentley wrote five of the album’s 12 tracks and artfully covered songs by such unlikely sources as Bob Dylan and U2.

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Wild Eye Releasing and MVD Visual is releasing of “GOLD: Before Woodstock. Beyond Reality” on July 27. Considered a ‘lost’ film for over 40 years since it’s recording in 1968, this is its first time ever on any form of home video.

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Platinum rock band, Filter will release their fifth studio album, “The Trouble With Angels” this August on Rocket Science Ventures. Produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Atreyu, Saliva) the album’s debut single, ‘”he Inevitable Relapse,“ will be released to Active Rock and Alternative radio June 21st.
For news and tour info go to the band’s Website

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Ever the rock and roll superman, Bret Michaels has yet another venture under his belt, Vh1‘s “Life As I Know It,”  which takes a sometimes too real look at this front man/reality king’s life at home and on the road.  To check it out online go here.

Bret’s new album ‘Custom Built’ hits stores July 6, and boasts the single “Nothing To Lose” which Micheals recorded with pop princess Miley Cyrus.  Then there’s his solo BMB tour.  And the tour this summer with Skynyrd.  Oh heck, the list of current events with Mr. Michaels is so extensive, we’d need to write a News Book on his happenings. Just go to www.bretmichaels.com to see for yourself!

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Speaking of a long hot summer,  Journey is set to hit the studio this week with Producer Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith/Led Zeppelin/Iron Maiden). The band is in the early stages of creating a follow-up to “Revelation,” the band s 2008 album which introduced their latest lead singer, Arnel Pineda.

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Grammy Award winning roots-rock band Los Lobos has decided to cancel their scheduled performance at The Talking Stick Resort on June 10th, 2010. The band has made this decision based on the current call to boycott Arizona in response to SB 1070.

Through their management, Los Lobos issued the following statement: “We support the boycott of Arizona. The new law will inevitably lead to unfair racial profiling and possible abuse of people who just happen to look Latino. As a result, in good conscience, we could not see ourselves performing in Arizona. “
www.loslobos.org

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Wynonna Judd’s latest CD “Love Heals” hit #7 on  Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. This CD,  a collection of Wynonna’s top singles and three other tracks is the latest release in Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each CD is being donated to Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that assists wounded service men and women and their families.
www.wynonna.com

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The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is carrying on  strides in its longstanding sustainability tradition. New initiatives are in place for the 2010 event, set to take place June 10-13 in Manchester, Tennessee. This year, organizers hope to extend the influence beyond the festival weekend, sending fans home with fresh inspiration for year-round sustainable lifestyles.

Non-profit organizations, eco-friendly vendors and performers will gather there to educate patrons about what they can do to enhance their own health as well as the planet’s. Fans who stop by Planet Roo will have the chance to learn about alternative fuels and energy sources, eat organic food at a waste-free restaurant

For a complete list of Bonnaroo greening initiatives, click here

News Compiled By Carol Anne Szel


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