Richie Havens dies of heart attack at 72
Monday, April 22, 2013 – Folk singer Richie Havens died this morning in his home from a sudden heart attack. He was 72.
Havens first became part of musical history during his impromptu opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Best known for his distinctive intense, rhythmic guitar style and soulful covers of pop and folk songs, Havens toured and recorded music for more than 40 years before retiring from the road 3 years ago.
Born in Brooklyn, Havens was the eldest of nine children. He later moved to Greenwich Village at 20. "I saw the Village as a place to escape to, in order to express yourself," he said. "I had first gone there during the Beatnik days of the 1950s to perform poetry, then I drew portraits for 2 years and stayed up all night listening to folk music in the clubs. It took a while before I thought of picking up a guitar."
After two records for Douglas Records, Havens signed with Bob Dylan's manager Albert Grossman, and landed a record deal with Verve Forecast. Verve released "Mixed Bag" in 1967. By 1969, he had released five more albums. "Something Else Again" (1968) became Havens' first album to hit the Billboard chart and also pulled "Mixed Bag" back onto the charts.
His Woodstock appearance proved to be a major turning point in his career. As the festival's first performer, he held the crowd for nearly three hours (in part because he was told to perform a lengthy set because many artists were delayed in reaching the festival location), and was called back for several encores. Having run out of tunes, he improvised a song based on the old spiritual Motherless Child that became Freedom. The subsequent Woodstock movie release helped Havens reach a worldwide audience. He also appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival in late August 1969.
Following the success of his Woodstock performance, Havens started his own record label, Stormy Forest, and put out "Stonehenge" in 1970. Later that year came "Alarm Clock," which yielded the George Harrison penned hit single Here Comes the Sun. The album was Haven's first to reach Billboardâ€™s Top 30 Chart. Stormy Forest released four more of his own albums: "The Great Blind Degree" (1971), "Live On Stage" (1972), "Portfolio" (1973) and "Mixed Bag II" (1974).
During the 1970's, Havens also became involved in environmental issues.
Havens released 5 albums since 1980. His final disc was "Nobody Left to Crown" in 2008. On March 20, 2012, Havens announced on his Facebook page that he would stop touring after 45 years, due to health concerns.
BIffy Clyro cancels tour due to illness
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 – Biffy Clyro today were forced to cut short their North American tour and return to Great Britain immediately.
Vocalist Simon Neil "has been struggling with a serious respiratory problem on the shows, including two nights supporting Muse at Madison Square Garden on Monday and Tuesday of this week, and was advised by doctors that he was endangering his long term health if he chose to continue performing on this run," a statement said.
Further dates with Muse across the U.S. and Canada, plus a second weekend performance at the Coachella Festival this coming Saturday, were cancelled.
"The band wish to express how sorry they are that they aren't able to carry out the full run of shows, and hope to confirm a new run of North American shows shortly," the press release said. "All UK and European dates this summer should, however, remain unaffected."
Biffy have been out on tour supporting their new double album "Opposites," which gave the band their first ever British number one album in early February. Since the release, the band have been on an almost uninterrupted run of arena shows including a British tour that culminated at the O2 in London last week.
Rolling Stones open tour in LA
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – The Rolling Stones announced today that they will kick off their "50 AND COUNTING" tour in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on May 2.
The tour debut will be followed by performances in Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia.
The tour marks the 50th anniversary of the band with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood rocking the house.
Tickets for Los Angeles, Anaheim, Boston and Philadelphia go on sale Monday, April 15 at 10 a.m. local time and will be available at www.rollingstones.com. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass Program.
As a part of the general on sale, there are a variety of ticket prices including more than 1,000 tickets per show at $85 (including service charges). Some will be among the best seats in the house in the Tongue Pit, with others spread around the arena.These tickets will be sold as a pair. You will find out your seat location when you pick them up the night of the show.
Tour dates are:
May 2* Los Angeles STAPLES Center On sale April 15 @ 10AM PST
May 5 Oakland Oracle Arena On sale now
May 8 San Jose HP Pavilion On sale now
May 11 Las Vegas MGM Grand TBA
May 15 Anaheim Honda Center On sale April 15 @ 10AM PST
May 25 Toronto Air Canada Centre On sale now
May 28 Chicago Chicago United Center On sale now
May 31 Chicago Chicago United Center On sale now
June 3 Chicago Chicago United Center On sale now
June 6 Toronto Air Canada Centre On sale now
June 12 Boston TD Garden On sale April 15 @ 10AM EST
June 18 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center On sale April 15 @ 10AM EST
* Date subject to change pending NBA/NHL playoff schedule.
311 announces Unity Tour with Cypress Hill, G Love
Monday, April 8, 2013 – 311, Cypress Hill and G Love & Special Sauce will join forces for Unity Tour 2013. This marks the 11th consecutive summer that 311 has headlined amphitheatres with their summer Unity Tour.
This year's trek is July 2 in Kansas City, Mo., ending Aug. 4 in Las Veegas.
311 vocalist, Nick Hexum said, "We're super excited for Unity Tour 2013. We had a blast touring with Cypress Hill in '96 and with G Love in '03…and we're really glad we can all hit the road together this summer. Will make for a killer show. Lots of sick hip-hop beats and summertime grooves. Gonna be fun."
311's Unity Tour has included Snoop Dogg, Sublime with Rome, The Offspring, Slightly Stoopid, Matisyahu, The Wailers, The Roots and Ziggy Marley.
Tour dates are:
July 2 Tues Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
July 3 Wed Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 5 Fri Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center *
July 7 Sun Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 9 Tues Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
July 10 Wed Philadelphia, PA Penns Landing
July 12 Fri Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
July 13 Sat Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amphitheatre
July 14 Sun VA Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live Amphitheatre
July 17 Wed Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 19 Fri Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live Amphitheatre
July 20 Sat Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 21 Sun West Palm, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre **
July 23 Tues Tampa, FL Ask Gary Amphitheatre **
July 24 Wed Pensacola, FL Civic Center
July 26 Fri Austin, TX ACL Live at Moody Theatre
July 27 Sat tba, TX tba
July 29 Mon Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 30 Tue Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Aug. 1 Thurs San Francisco, CA American's Cup Pavilion
Aug. 2 Fri Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 3 Sat Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre **
Aug. 4 Sun Las Vegas, NV tba
* G Love will not be on the Cincinnati show.
** Sublime with Rome and Pennywise added to lineup.
Kid Rock goes el cheapo on tour, and that's great for fans
Monday, April 8, 2013 – Kid Rock is launching a summer tour by offering tickets in all sections at $20 price point, using paperless tickets where possible, and lowering prices on everything from parking to beer to merchandise for every show in every city.
Kid Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band will perform under the stars in amphitheaters this summer, beginning June 28 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va. through Sept. 15 at the Live Nation Amphitheatre in Tampa.
The tour includes three special shows at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Kid Rock's hometown of Detroit. Kool & The Gang, ZZ Top, and Uncle Kracker are confirmed as support on select dates.
Participating Walmart locations will offer all-in $20 tickets -- no fees, no parking charges. Kid Rock is reserving the first two rows for every show as free upgrades for lucky fans who will be selected at random. Special $4 draught beers, value food packages, cheaper parking (where possible), free samples of Jimmy John's sandwiches at select venues, free coffee at the end of the show and $20 tour t shirts will be available as well. As an additional method to combat scalping, Kid Rock will be releasing 1,000 tickets from each show directly as Platinum Tickets via LiveNation.com. As some of the best seats in the house, Platinum Tickets are market priced tickets. This removes the money making opportunity from scalpers by pricing these select seats at market value. Tickets will be sold directly to fans so not to run the risk of having to purchase from unauthorized third parties
"Everyone knows the economy is still hurting people across the country, but I didn't want that to be a reason why everyone couldn't get out and enjoy themselves on a summer night," Kid Rock said. "So, we're going to throw the biggest and best party ever, with prices across the board that are reasonable and transparent. No hidden fees, no gimmicks. We're not sparing any expense on this tour, we're going over the top as always, but that doesn't mean we're going to ask the fans to pay more. If this works we're going to play to packed houses of fans who appreciate what we're doing. If it doesn't, might be a long summer. But someone has to go out there and fight these high prices and change things up, and I'm lucky enough that I can afford to take a pay cut. $20. Best night ever."
Kid Rock is touring in support of his 10th album, "Rebel Soul," and will perform a special set on the outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight on ABC. He will also make a special appearance on Chelsea Lately on E!, Tuesday, April 9 and will be returning to Piers Morgan Live, along with Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, to discuss this groundbreaking tour this Friday, April 12.
Participating Walmart and Live Nation box office locations will offer all-in $20 tickets, All tickets sold via other outlets will carry additional service fees and/or parking fees where applicable.
Tour dates are:
June 28 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker
June 29 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker
July 2 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker
July 5 Darien, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker
July 6 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker
July 9 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker
July 10 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker
July 12 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre Uncle Kracker & TBD
July 19 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Uncle Kracker & TBD
July 20 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavillion Uncle Kracker & TBD
July 23 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker
July 24 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker
July 26 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker
July 28 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker
July 31 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker
Aug. 3 Denver, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker
Aug. 9 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater ZZ Top
Aug. 10 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater ZZ Top
Aug. 11 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater ZZ Top
Aug. 24 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker
Aug. 25 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker
Aug. 28 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker
Aug. 30 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker
Sept. 4 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker
Sept. 6 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker
Sept. 7 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker
Sept. 10 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker
Sept. 14 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker
Sept. 15 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker
McCartney is out there
Thursday, April 4, 2013 – Paul McCartney will hit the road for the "Out There" tour this year, announcing he would play Boston's Fenway Park and his first ever date in Austin.
On Tuesday, July 9, McCartney will play Fenway Park, returning for the first time since his Aug. 5- 6, 2009 shows set the record for the highest ever two-day concert attendance in the history of the ballpark. McCartney plays the F rank Erwin Center onn Wednesday, May 22.
Tickets to Paul McCartney's historic return to Fenway will be on sale beginning Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. at livenation.com or redsox.com. American Express Cardmembers can purchase tickets before the general public until 10 p.m. tonight Eastern.
The tour will feature material as a solo artist, member of Wings and The Beatles. A press release said McCartney would play for approximately three hours.
The band will continue to be Paul 'Wix' Wickens (keyboards), Rusty Anderson (guitar), Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums) and Brian Ray (bass/guitar).
McCartney has a new studio album in the works.
McCartney announces 2013 tour
Thursday, March 21, 2013 – Paul McCartney announced his first live dates of 2013 for late June, which will be part of an all new tour called ‘Out There!'.
McCartney and band will travel the world throughout the year, visiting some places they've never been before. Further announcements and dates will be added in the coming weeks.
McCartney will play Warsaw's National Stadium on June 22 – his first ever show in Poland - and Vienna's Happel Stadium on June 27. This date will be his fourth ever show in the Austrian capital, having first played there twenty years ago as part of the 1993 'New World Tour'. His last visit was in 2003 on the 'Back In The World' Tour.
The 'Out There!' tour will feature music from McCartney as a solo artist, member of Wings and The Beatles.
The band will be his usual: Paul ‘Wix' Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass guitar/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums).
McCartney also has a new studio album in the works.
Tom Jones signs with Rounder
Thursday, February 14, 2013 – Tom Jones, perhaps the greatest Welsh singer ever, has a new home.
Rounder Records made the announcement on its web site. "We are excited to announce the signing of legendary artist Tom Jones to our roster! His new album 'Spirit In The Room' is set for release on April 23. The record has been called "a beautiful album of great songs performed with taste and sung with tender resonance by one of the most distinctive voices of British popular music."
Lady Gaga cancels tour due to hip problem
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 – Lady Gaga's tour was postponed due to the singer needing hip surgery, she announced Wednesday.
"Live Nation Global Touring has confirmed that the remainder of the Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball performances have been cancelled," her web site said. "After additional tests this morning to review the severity of the issue, it has been determined that Lady Gaga has a labral tear of the right hip. She will need surgery to repair the problem, followed by strict down time to recover. This unfortunately, will force her to cancel the tour, so she can heal.'
Refunds for the cancelled performances will be available at point of purchase starting Feb 14.
Gaga had just canceled shows in Chicago, Detroit and Hamilton, Canada due to inflammation of joints.
The tour was slated to go until March 20 in Tulsa.
Fall Out Boy returns
Monday, February 4, 2013 – Fall Out Boy is off hiatus.
The band announced that it is getting back together for a tour starting tonight with a few dates in the U.S. and abroad before launching a ful-fledged tour in May and June.
Fall Out Boy also released a new single, My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up), the first single from Fall Out Boyâ€™s new album, "Save Rock and Roll." The disc will be released on May 7, the 10th anniversary of Fall Out Boyâ€™s first full length studio album in 2003, "Take This To Your Grave."
"when we were kids the only thing that got us through most days was music. its why we started fall out boy in the first place. this isn't a reunion because we never broke up. we needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us. the future of fall out boy starts now. save rock and roll... ," the band said on its web site.
Upcoming tour dates are:
Feb. 4 Chicago @ Subterranean (On Sale 9am CST)
Feb. 5 New York @ Studio at Webster Hall (On Sale 10am EST)
Feb. 7 Los Angeles @ The Roxy (On Sale 10am PST)
Feb. 25 London @ Underworld
Feb. 27 Paris @ Nouveau Casino
March 1 Berlin @ Bi Nuu
March 25 Sydney, AUS @ Metro Theatre
March 27 Melbourne, AUS @ Palace Theatre
May 14 - Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
May 16 - Chicago @ Riviera Theatre
May 17 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
May 21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
May 22 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
May 24 - Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
May 25 - Montreal QC @ Metropolis
May 26 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
May 28 - Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
May 29 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
May 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
May 31 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
June 1 - Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore Charlotte
June 2 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
June 4 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
June 5 - Miami Beach, FL @ Fillmore
June 7 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
June 8 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
June 9 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre
June 11 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
June 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
June 15 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
June 16 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
June 18 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
June 19 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
June 20 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
June 22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
June 23 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
June 25 - @ Uptown Theatre
June 26 - St Paul, MN @ Myth
June 28 - St Louis, MO @ Pageant
June 29 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National
June 30 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Atoms for Peace runs "Amok"
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – Atoms for Peace will release its debut disc, "Amok," in late February, the band announced today.
Atoms for Peace is Thom Yorke, Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco.
Songs on the disc, to be released by XL, are:
Before Your Very Eyes
Stuck Together Pieces
Judge Jury And Executioner
Paramore announces tour
Sunday, January 27, 2013 – Paramore will tour North American tour this spring, the band announced today. The dates celebrate the release of "Paramore," due April 9.
The band will hit the road beginning April 25 in Houston and then visit major markets across the continent through mid-May.
Joining them as the opening act will be LA-based, alt-rock group Kitten who released their "Cut It Out" EP. They are currently finishing up their full length debut for Elektra Records.
Pre-sale tickets will be available by invitation only to members of Paramore's Fan Club and Singles Club, beginning Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. eastern with all remaining tickets then offered to the general public on Feb. 1. -
Paramore will do shows in Southeast Asia and Australia, including a leading role on the latter's annual Soundwave festival tour, prior to the album's release.
Paramore's first all-new release since 2009's "brand new eyes," the lead single for "Paramore" is Now. A companion video – directed by filmmaker/dancer Daniel Cloud Campos – is now in post-production with a premiere date slated for mid-February.
The album – Paramore's fourth full-length studio recording – was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Justin Medal-Johnson, known for his work with such diverse artists as Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Tegan and Sara and M83.
Paramore – singer Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York – unveiled the album late last year via a personal blog announcement. "The whole making of this album was a rediscovering of ourselves as a band and as friends," they wrote. "It was a process that allowed us the freedom to explore new territory artistically and to liberate ourselves as musicians, singers, as people! Sincerely, we feel that the best way to give it a name is just to call it what it is. This album is us."
Tour dates are:
APRIL 25 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
April 29 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
May 1 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre
May 3 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
May 4 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
May 6 Salt Lake City, UT The Great Salt Air
May 7 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
May 9 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
May 10 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
May 13 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
May 15 Boston, MA House of Blues Boston
May 16 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
Shakira gives birth
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 – Shakira gave birth today a baby boy.
"We are happy to announce the birth of Milan Piqué Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 22nd at 9:36 p.m., in Barcelona, Spain," Shakira said in an email.
Shakira's boyfriend plays soccer for Barcelona.
"The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification," the statement said. "Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth."
The child weighed approximately 6 pounds 6 ounces. "Both mother and child are in excellent health," the statement said.
Seger, Kid Rock plan shows together
Thursday, January 17, 2013 – Bob Seger and Kid Rock are good friends who have talked about doing shows together for years. Finally, this vision has become a reality.
Both artists have been preparing for spring tours. The trick was getting the tour schedules, which are crisscrossing the country, to match up. The result will be two special concerts featuring Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band and Kid Rock & The Twisted Brown Trucker Band: the first in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN on March 15, the second in Fargo, N.D. on March 16.
Seger and Kid Rock became friends shortly after they met in 2000. Rock inducted Seger into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and appeared on Seger's 2006 "Face The Promise" album for a duet of Vince Gill's Real Mean Bottle. Seger appeared on Kid Rock's "Born Free" album playing piano on his duet with Sheryl Crow, Collide. Seger and his Silver Bullet Band have often rehearsed at Rock's rehearsal warehouse.
Tickets go on sale Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. Both Bob Seger and Kid Rock fan club members will have early access to tickets. Visit www.bobseger.com and www.kidrock.com for more info.
Scaggs plans new disc for March
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 – Boz Scaggs is putting the finishing touches on his latest studio album, "Memphis," due March 5 on 429 Records.
The disc was produced by Steve Jordan (John Mayer) and was recorded at Willie Mitchell's Royal Studio in Memphis, where the late Mitchell recorded Al Green and other Hi Records artists. Joining Scaggs on Memphis are Willie Weeks (bass), Ray Parker Jr. (guitars), Spooner Oldham (keyboards), the Memphis Horns, Lester Snell (string arrangements) and Jordan (drums).
Scaggs is set to tour the U.S. throughout 2013, dates will be announced shortly.
1. Gone Baby Gone
2. So Good To Be Here
3. Mixed Up Shook Up Girl
4. Rainy Night in Georgia
5. Love on a Two Way Street
6. Pearl of the Quarter
7. Cadillac Walk
8. Corinna, Corinna
9. Can I Change My Mind
10. Dry Spell
11.You Got Me Cryin'
12. Sunny Gone
Widespread Panic slates tour
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 – After a yearlong hiatus, Widespread Panic has announced dates for their spring tour.
The tour marks the first time the sextet will tour featuring their full electric set up since 2011. The tour begins with two nights at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on April 9-10 and wraps with two nights in Nashville at The Woods at Fontanel on May 3-4. Other cities include Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis and Louisville.
The band played a New Year's Eve show at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.
In early 2012, Widespread Panic embarked on their first-ever fully acoustic "Wood Tour." The tour featured select, small venue performances in 4 cities over 11-dates. In October 2012, the band released "Wood," a special edition 3-LP boxed set and double live CD, featuring selections from the special tour.
The band is John Bell, Dave Schools, Todd Nance, John "Jojo" Hermann, Domingo "Sunny" Ortiz and Jimmy Herring.
Tour dates are:
Widespread Panic 2013 Spring Tour Dates
April 9-10 – Peabody Opera House – St. Louis, MO
April 12-13 – UIC Pavilion – Chicago
April 14 – Orpheum Theater – Minneapolis
April 16-17 – The Palace Theater – Louisville
April 23-24 – Township Auditorium – Columbia, S.C.
April 26-27 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Alpharetta, Ga.
May 3-4 – The Woods at Fontanel – Nashville
Grohl confirms Sundance gig
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 – Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) and Park City Live today confirmed the live debut of Grohl's Sound City Players on Jan. 18 during Sundance.
The concert will feature core musicians and special guests from Grohl's Sundance Film Festival selected film "Sound City."
The film was conceived by Grohl after purchasing the custom-built Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The board, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns M' Roses, Fear, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica.
The film's soundtrack, "Sound City – Reel to Reel," is a collection of original music created specifically for the film and this companion record. Preceded by currently available first single Cut Me Some Slack, by Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, the film and album also features contributions Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Rick Springfield, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Joshua Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Lee Ving of Fear, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Robert Levon Been and Peter Hayes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Grohl's band mates from both Foo Fighters (Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel) and Nirvana (Novoselic), Jim Keltner, Rami Jaffee, Alain Johannes, Chris Goss and Jessy Greene.