Paul McCartney To Headline Firefly Music Festival

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© MJ Kim

(PCM) Following a whirlwind weekend including a surprise intimate Valentine’s Day gig at New York’s Irving Plaza and a performance on Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary prime time special (not to mention a massive all-star jam at the SNL40 after party), Paul McCartney now lays the rumors to rest:

Paul will headline this year’s Firefly Festival June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. It is Paul’s first ever appearance at Firefly and the latest confirmed date of this year’s Out There tour, following on the recent announcement of April 21-May 2 run through Japan and South Korea.

The Out There tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career – as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. recent years have seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years – Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums) – the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul’s shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

Passes for Firefly are available exclusively at www.FireflyFestival.com.

Keep checking PaulMcCartney.com for further announcements.

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Falling In Reverse Premiere “Just Like You” Music Video!

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(PCM) The highly anticipated new album “Just Like You” from rockers Falling In Reverse has finally been unleashed. It is without a doubt one of the band’s strongest album to date and is available everywhere today!

To add to the release day excitement, Falling In Reverse have also premiered the music video for the album’s title track “Just Like You”.  The video was directed by longtime Falling In Reverse collaborator Zach Merck and features cameos by wrestler Lorenzo “The Main Event” Antonucci, Danny Worsnop of We Are Harlot, Telle Smith of The Word Alive and comedian Andy Dick.

“Just Like You” is the follow up to Falling In Reverse’s 2013 release “Fashionably Late”. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums chart, #4 on the Modern Rock Albums chart, and #3 on the Top Independent Albums chart. Falling In Reverse’s first album, “The Drug in Me Is You” debuted in the Billboard Top 20 in 2011.

Falling In Reverse headlined the main stage at Warped Tour last summer followed by The Black Mass co-headline tour with Black Veil Brides. Over 55,000 tickets were sold with nearly every show selling out. Falling In Reverse kicked off 2015 headlining a tour across Europe. Shortly after, the band will make their first Australian appearance at this year’s Soundwave Festival. This spring, Falling In Reverse will return to the U.S. to play Self Help Festival and Rock on the Range.

You can stay up-to-date with Falling In Reverse and purchase a copy of the new album by visiting the band’s official site!

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Check Out Jennifer Knight’s Spaced-Out Video For “Twinkle And Shine”

(PCM) Pop songstress Jennifer Knight has unleashed a monumental new music video for her delightfully catchy song “Twinkle And Shine”!  We absolutely adored the deep space Star Wars type theme for the video. The production value was just phenomenal.

As for the song itself, “Twinkle And Shine” is a delicious little earworm that plants itself in your head and refuses to let go! Check out the video below and be sure to let us know what you think!

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The Bots And The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus Preview Music Video For “Blinded”

Photo Credit: Elijah Dominique

Photo Credit: Elijah Dominique

(PCM) We have been in love with The Bots ever since we were able to catch up with them at last year’s The Shindig Music Festival in Baltimore, MD where they shared a stage with artists such as Jane’s Addiction and Rise Against. While 2014 was a great year for the band, it looks like 2015 is shaping up to be even better.

The band recently made their network television debut on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” performing their new single “Blinded” and have also revealed that they have teamed up with the amazing Norman Reedus, star of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” to direct the songs upcoming music video!

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You can check out a preview clip below!  We are super excited to check out the finished video!

The band is also excited to announce an upcoming US tour with The Preatures. Don’t miss them on the road this March and April. The band is playing a hometown show this Thursday presented by legendary SoCal radio station KROQ to get warmed up for the tour.

3/23 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade

3/26 – Chicago, IL – Schubas

3/28 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave

3/29 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock

4/1 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar

4/2 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby COurt

4/4 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern

4/5 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

4/7 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

4/8 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Bahia

4/9 – San Diego, CA – Casbah

Also, be sure to show some love to our interview with The Bots from The Shindig!!

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You Could Be The Proud Owner Of Kurt Cobain’s Credit Card

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(PCM) It is fairly common practice to auction off memorabilia from celebrities who are both living and dead, however this may just be the first time that we have heard about auctioning off a celebrity’s expired Visa card.

Die-hard Nirvana fans now have the chance to own a gold-colored Visa card that once belonged to vocalist and founder Kurt Cobain. Cobain tragically ended his own life back on April 5th, 1994.  The Seafirst BankCard Visa features Cobain’s signature on the back in blue ink and has what appears to be a phone number scrawled next to the signature panel.

The expiration date on the card reads February 1995, just two months prior to Cobain’s tragic suicide. The auction house Paddle8 estimates that the signed card is worth about $7,000 to $9,000 and currently bids for this piece of rock n’ roll memorabilia have skyrocketed to $16,600 with four days left on the auction.

The card appears to be in excellent condition and is part of the auction houses Legendary: Memorabilia from Rock Gods and Pop Stars collection. Also currently up for grabs is Frank Sinatra’s 1944 drivers license, a signed check from Jim Morrisson, signed Beatles and Led Zeppelin albums and a handwritten setlist from U2 when they were support their album “War” back in 1983.

 

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Daryl Hall And John Oates Talk New Concert Film, Upcoming Tour, New Music And More!

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Photo by; Mick Rock

(PCM) It was incredibly surprising to learn that a band that has such amazing popularity and have no doubt traveled the globe, Hall and Oates have never performed a show together in Dublin, Ireland. That is precisely one of the main reasons that Dublin was chosen for the recording of the duo’s new concert film “Daryl Hall and John Oates Recorded: Live In Dublin”, as there was just something magical about that particular night and that particular performance.

Much to the delight of fans, the film was released in a select number of movie theaters through Fathom Events on February 19th. Daryl Hall and John Oates are part of that special breed of musicians who have been able to withstand the test of time within the music industry as the duo have been performing together for over 40 years.

Hall & Oates have weathered just about every change imaginable in industry and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees have managed to still hold their title as the number one selling duo in history. The duo continue to grow and expand their fan base even to this day!

In addition to the release of “Live From Dublin”, Daryl Hall and John Oates have recently made appearances on both the Howard Stern Show and The View and have an upcoming gig at The White House performing at the 2015 Governors Ball. And did we mention they are touring as well … definitely quite the busy men these days!

We recently had a chance to catch up with both Daryl Hall and John Oates to discuss the concert film, touring, new music and more!

Q: At this point in your guys’ career as a duo, you and John, what is the nature of that? You don’t really record anymore so how do you guys view and treat the partnership?

DARYL HALL : Well, you know, John and I started as friends, back when we were teenagers, and I think that that friendship, because it was that before it was a musical or creative or business partnership, has sustained us. We’re friends. We’re friends first, partners second. We did all that work together, over that period of time, through the ’70s and the ’80s, and into the ’90s, and even more recently, really.

We have all this body of work that we really enjoy playing. It’s hundreds of songs, and that, you know, we like doing it. I guess that’s the bottom line answer, is we like playing together. We like having a band together. We like playing our songs that we’ve created together. Even though we’re not doing anything currently together as far as music, what we’ve done in the past is certainly enough to sustain us.

Q: Does the relationship with the songs and the music change over the years? I mean, do the songs feel different to you now than they did in ’75, ’85, ’95, whenever you did them?

DH: Well, some of these songs were written, that we play and still deal with, the songs that I wrote when I was 21 years old. Twenty years old. Twenty-two. My life has changed. What was real has become ironic, and what was ironic has become real. You know, all these kinds of things. Life changes the perception of the songs.

What surprises me is how a lot of these songs that I wrote when I was a kid seem to have come true in my later life. That constantly surprises me.

Q: I know you’re not a guy who really likes to dig into the past because you have so much that goes on in the future, or in the present and in the future, but this year is 35 years for Voices. What’s your 2015 take on that, because that really was a kickstarter album for your guys.

DH: Well, I always knew that I was going to be doing it for a long time. I was trained in it and it’s my greatest love and preoccupation in my life. The fact that I’m still doing it and with a certain kind of strength is great. It’s not surprising, but it’s great. I’m very happy that it’s crossed generations. There’s a certain timeless quality to the music that seems to resonate with people of all ages, even young kids now. It’s all very fulfilling, to tell you the truth.

Q: I don’t know if this Dublin concert film, did it start out as something that you saw as being a theatrical release type thing, it would have that component to it, or was it different in any way, I guess, from … You’ve done a few different live DVD kind of things. I’m just curious about the scale of the project and how it came together and the intent of it, to start with.

DH: Well, we did a tour last summer. We did a UK and Ireland tour last summer, our European tour. When I found out that we were playing in Dublin, I had played in the Olympic Theater in Dublin back in the ’90s as a Daryl Hall show and not with John. My memory of that place was that it was an outrageous concert. There’s something about the crowd, about the room, that was, at that time, very magical to me and really special. When I found out that we were playing there, and that Hall and Oates had never played in Ireland ever, which is kind of strange but true, I suggested that we record and do something with it, you know, record the performance.

The company Eagle Rock, who I’ve worked with before,and we decided we were going to film the project, without any idea that what was going to happen happened. After we did it, it exceeded my expectations. It was just an outrageously good night. Not only was the band really on, but the crowd was just crazy. The company called Fathom, who puts these things for theatrical release, saw this performance, and they came to us and said, we’d like to put this in theaters, if you’re into it.

That’s really how it happened, very step by step. I knew it from the beginning that it was going to be a special night, and that’s what it turned out to be.

Q: One thing I’m curious about is, not having seen it yet and not having seen you guys in the past few years, I wonder if you feel the concerts you do now and the kind of thing that was captured on the Dublin film, if you feel like the concerts have a different feel or a different sort of intent or different whatever from the kind of shows that so many people saw during the ’80s, when you guys were so big on radio and you were putting on big shows and stuff. 

DH: It’s really different. A few of the things are different. Number one, back in those days, we were really concentrating on what was current to us at the time. In 1985, we would play music from what was going on in 1985 in our world. What we’ve done in the more recent past is that we … Our set, it varied. It changes night to night, and it comprises of songs that we’ve written over all of our career. We’ll mix songs from 1972 with songs from yesterday. In that respect, it’s a much more varied show and it doesn’t relate to just one moment in time or anything like that.

Our band, without any doubt in my mind, this is the best band we ever had. A lot of these guys have been with us for a long time and there’s a few new guys, but the combination is just the best. They understand us and we have a fantastic communication and understanding of the music and so I think it’s better than it ever was. I guess that’s the best way I could put it.

Q: As you said, touring still continues to be something that you and John clearly want to do together. Does that not extend to recording new music? Why is touring so high a priority and recording new music not?

DH: The touring has to do with what we did when we were together and at a period of time in our lives. Right now, we have grown into a place where we’re very individualistic, more than we ever were. We are our own people. I don’t think either one of us has any particular desire to sit in a room and try writing songs with the other guy. We didn’t even really do that that much through our whole career, but we did share album space and stage time. In that respect, we are very much together. We’re together for the sake of that, really, and because we like doing it.

I don’t really feel … I mean, if I want to write a song, or record a song, I just go in and do it, and so does John. I don’t call him up and say, come on and join me on this. It’s just one of those things. Life changes. People move on. Time moves on. People develop. They grow as people, the whole thing, become more individualistic, I think, as you get older. All those factors are … I’m sure they lead to the separateness of us.

Q: I wanted to ask if you and John generally agree on what your best material is, in terms of writing a set list.

DH: Oh, well, our set list changes all the time. We put our set list together depending on what occasion we’re involved in. The mood of the room, I mean, it’s a very flexible thing. We sometimes change it on stage. We’ll say, let’s not play this. Let’s play that instead. As far as agreement, I think it’s sort of a … It’s the whole band agreement, really. We play what we feel is appropriate to the moment.

Q: In terms of different eras of Hall and Oates’ discography, is there parts of it that you prefer, or that John prefers? ’70s, ’80s …

DH: I think we’re both partial to the ’70s as a musical time in general. I think of all the eras that we’ve worked together, it’s definitely within. I think that ’70s music is the time that interests us the most. That’s just personal taste. I guess that’s the answer to that, but other than that, I mean, it’s really a cross-section of our whole writing career. We just draw from anything that moves us at the moment.

Q: Fathom does a lot of these things with a lot of rock bands. Green Day, Springsteen have all done it. I’m curious if you’ve ever seen one of them and also what kind of experience you think that a fan will get watching it on the movie screen compared to seeing you guys live?

DH: Well, I have not ever seen one because I pretty much never go to the movies. As far as what people will see, I think it’s a really good example of what we do. I was involved in the rough cuts and everything so I made sure that it was very, that it really captured the moment. As much as you can without actually being in the room as it’s happening.

It was a very … What’s the word I can use? A very loose and laid back and direct version of our show. We weren’t, and I say this in the best way, we weren’t trying. We were just playing. We were there. There was no pressure. I don’t think anybody in the band felt pressured about it. It just felt like we were really just up there having a good time and experiencing the moment. I think that that communicates in the show and I think that the audience will also experience that.

Q: Also, I know you have a few summer dates already penciled in but are you and John planning a more extensive summer tour?

DH: Well, no. We play all the time. I mean, I have so much going on in my life between television shows and everything else that we don’t have any time for any long tours. What we do is we constantly tour for short periods of time. We go out for a week, ten days, something like that. That happens just about every month we do that. Nothing particularly long coming up in the summer. Continue reading

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