In a newly released video interview, Robbie Robertson of The Band talks about the history of a storied guitar: the Fender Telecaster he lent to Bob Dylan for his monumental “going electric” tour in 1966. The iconic Telecaster is set to go up for auction on Saturday, May 19th via Julien’s Auctions and is expected to fetch a price as high as $400,000 – 600,000, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the American Indian College Fund.Dylan switching from an acoustic to an electric sound famously upset the sensibilities of the folk fans comprised much of his following. His first tour featuring his new sound–and Robertson’s Telecaster–was famously divisive for folk fans, and was often less-than-happily received. However, Dylan “going electric” is still pointed to as a pivotal occurrence on the timeline of rock and roll, paving the way for much of that era’s greatest music.As Robertson explains of Dylan’s 1966 tour in the clip, “When something like that is going on, you don’t really understand what it is. You’re just kind of putting your head down and charging forward. … You don’t find out until later on that you’re really part of a musical revolution, and what you were doing is going to change music forever.” He goes on to explain how the guitar remained mainly in his possession until The Band’s tour with Dylan in 1974. “We played that whole tour, and nobody booed,” explains Robertson with a smile. “It was like, ‘what’s wrong?’” Watch the clip below:Robbie Robertson On Bob Dylan’s Historic Fender Telecaster [Video: Darren Julien]As a press release about the auction indicates, in addition to Robertson and Dylan, the guitar was used by such legendary players as Eric Clapton and George Harrison. Explains Robertson in the release, “This guitar has been on the front lines of so many phenomenal events, I gaze at it with amazement. When I think about all the creativity this guitar has been a part of, I’m still blown away.”For more information about the upcoming auction, head here.[H/T Rolling Stone]
[Video: Denver7 – The Denver Channel] Tomorrow, June 14th, Ryan Adams will play the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. However, ahead of this special performance, Adams will be in Denver tonight, June 13th, where he’ll fulfill his “dream to do a forecast” and give the weather forecast live at 5 p.m. on ABC’s Denver7 News.In order to lobby Denver7 to allow for his special meteorological cameo, Adams released a heartfelt new song titled “Denver7 (Piece of Heaven)” on Monday. The song, which came with a ridiculous cartoon music video, serves as a cheesy ode to the Mile High City and a hilarious plea to Denver7 to let him do the weather segment.After the pleasantries opening the song, Adams gets distinctly more pragmatic, explaining the outfit he’d wear during the segment (his Batman shirt and a flannel). The song also notes that “Shannon” from the Ogden Theatre got her wish for him to do the song to promote his potential appearance, and that he should be granted the honor of doing the weather segment. Happily, it looks like Ryan Adams thoughtful tune/cartoon was successful, as he will be doing the weather segment tonight for Denver locals. As “Denver7 (Piece of Heaven)” notes, “What could possibly go wrong?”Tune in tonight at 5 p.m. on ABC’s Denver7 News, and catch Ryan Adams tomorrow at Red Rocks.
Last week, the String Cheese Incident returned to the legendary Morrison, Colorado venue Red Rocks Amphitheatre for three nights, capping off their highly anticipated seven-night run across their home state of Colorado. Across the group’s time at Red Rocks, the String Cheese Incident welcomed plenty of friends to join them onstage including Lyle Divinsky of The Motet, David Satori of Beats Antique, JJ Grey, Ruby Chase, Bonnie Paine (formerly) of Elephant Revival, and members of The Main Squeeze and Rising Appalachia.However, while the String Cheese Incident’s annual Red Rocks run serves as a jubilant Colorado homecoming for SCI fans, it’s clear the band feels the same way. The band’s roots are firmly planted in little mountain ski towns, such as Telluride and Crested Butte, and the group has made Colorado its home for over a quarter-century. With Red Rocks acting as a home base for the weekend, members of String Cheese Incident celebrate their yearly return to Morrison with families, in addition to their friends.The band highlighted their family in a special way during their female-heavy Red Rocks closer last Sunday. To close the show, Bill Nershi‘s wife, Jillian Nershi, joined String Cheese Incident along with Bonnie Paine and members of Rising Appalachia teaming for a bust-out of widely recorded gospel standard, “I’ll Fly Away”. However, other band family members got their moment to shine as well, with keyboardist Kyle Hollingworth‘s kids coming out and hula-hooping with their dad during set two’s “Round The Wheel”.In a newly posted video, String Cheese Incident shared this heartwarming, kid-friendly moment with their fans. As Hollingsworth noted in a statement about the clip, “Before joining the band, I had no idea how to hula hoop. [Michael] Kang and the gang whipped me into shape right away. It was so much fun to hoop with my daughters at Red Rocks, they were amazing!” Watch the video below:Kyle Hollingsworth Hula-Hoops with His Daughters at Red Rocks[Video: The String Cheese Incident]Next up for The String Cheese Incident is their highly anticipated, three-night headlining stint at the inaugural Waterloo Music Festival in Austin, TX. For a full list of SCI’s upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.
The 76-year-old legend performed her last public performance at Philadelphia’s Mann Center in August of 2017, and her final performance was for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York in November of the same year.Few souls will ever be as long-lasting as Aretha Franklin. The world will miss her greatly.Aretha Franklin – “I Say A Little Prayer”,In 2010, Aretha Franklin was diagnosed with cancer. The “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think” singer/songwriter continued to work through it as much as she could, before officially announcing her retirement in February of 2017. In an interview with Detroit WDIV Local 4, when she announced her retirement, she expressed: “I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now… I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.”,The 76-year-old legend performed her last public performance at Philadelphia’s Mann Center in August of 2017, and her final performance was for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York in November of the same year.Few souls will ever be as long-lasting as Aretha Franklin. The world will miss her greatly.Aretha Franklin – “I Say A Little Prayer” Aretha Franklin has passed away at the age of 76. According to Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn, the “Queen of Soul” died Thursday morning at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. In the Associated Press, the statement confirms: “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute.”The family responded: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”They continued, “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”On Monday of this week, reports began to spread that Aretha Franklin was “gravely ill” in hospice care, surrounded by family and friends who were asking for prayers and privacy in Detroit.In 2010, Aretha Franklin was diagnosed with cancer. The “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think” singer/songwriter continued to work through it as much as she could, before officially announcing her retirement in February of 2017. In an interview with Detroit WDIV Local 4, when she announced her retirement, she expressed: “I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now… I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.”
Today, the funk gurus of Lettuce have announced their first tour dates of 2019! Following a three-night run across Texas to celebrate New Year’s Eve, Lettuce’s winter tour will kick off on January 10th in Rochester, New York at Anthology Live. The 14-date tour will bring the psychedelic funksters to Boston’s House of Blues, Brooklyn’s Brooklyn Steel, Pittsburgh’s Rex Theater, Nashville’s Marathon Music Works, Detroit’s St. Andrew’s Hall, Cleveland’s House of Blues, Atlanta’s Center Stage, and more until January 26th.For eight of the Vibe Up tour dates, Lettuce will be joined by Ghost-Note, the musical brainchild of multi-Grammy Award-winning artists Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth of Snarky Puppy. The seven-piece ensemble is comprised of Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas Jr. (bass), Xavier Taplin(keys), Vaughn “V-Keys” Henry (keys), Peter Knudsen (guitar) and Jonathan Mones (alto sax & flute) alongside Werth and Sput.After launching their debut record, Fortified, in 2015 to showcase the diverse musical landscape of Dallas, TX, Snarky Puppy cohorts Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth found their identity in the Ghost-Note moniker. This past spring, the pair headed back into the studio for the follow-up release, Swagism, which garnered a #1 position on the iTunes jazz charts. Swagism showcases an evolved sound, elaborating on the sonically powerful and diverse talents of each individual member of the group. It also features over 20 guest musicians, including Kamasi Washington, Karl Denson, Nigel Hall, Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer, and many more.Pre-sale tickets to Lettuce’s 2019 tour will be available from Tuesday, October 23rd at 1 p.m. EST until Thursday, October 25th at 10 p.m. local time. General on-sale begins October 26th at 10 a.m. local time. For additional ticket information, please visit Lettuce’s official website.Before the year is over, Lettuce still has a variety of exciting shows on the horizon. On November 3rd, Lettuce will be joined by very special guests Waka Flocka Flame and Marcus King at the Anthem in Washington, D.C. In one of their final performances of 2018, Lettuce will play a special one-night-only show with the Colorado Symphony in Denver on November 10.Lettuce 2018-2019 Tour Dates:October 25 & 27 Live Oak, FL @ HulaweenOctober 30 Newport News, VA @ Boathouse LiveOctober 31 Asheville, NC @ Salvage StationNovember 1 Greenville, NC @ Slate TheaterNovember 2 Philadelphia, PA @ FillmoreNovember 3 Washington, DC @ The Anthem with Waka Flocka Flame and Marcus KingNovember 10 Denver, CO @ Boettcher Concert Hall with The Colorado SymphonyJanuary 10 Rochester, NY @ Anthology Live*January 11 Boston, MA @ House of Blues*January 12 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall*January 13 South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom*January 15 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue*January 16 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall*January 17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater*January 18 Hartford, CT @ Infinity Music Hall & Bistro*January 19 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn SteelJanuary 22 Harrisburg, PA @ Whitaker CenterJanuary 23 Cleveland, OH @ House of BluesJanuary 24 Covington, KY @ Madison TheaterJanuary 25 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music WorksJanuary 26 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage*With Ghost NoteView All Tour Dates
According to a not-so-subtle hint posted to social media by Mountain Jam yesterday, fans of the jams are going to be pleased with the lineup for the 15th annual edition of the event in 2019. “We like our PB&J with lots of Jam. How ’bout you?” the post asks, along with the hashtag “#backtothejam”.Mountain Jam was founded by Warren Haynes, Gary Chetkof, and members of WDST/Radio Woodstock in 2005 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the local rock radio station. Named after the beloved Allman Brothers Band song, it began as a one-day event centered around jam-oriented music and continued that way for many years, hosting acts like Gov’t Mule, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Benevento/Russo Duo, Mike Gordon, Phil Lesh & Friends, Umphrey’s McGee, RatDog, Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, the Allman Brothers Band, The Derek Trucks Band, Les Claypool, My Morning Jacket, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Widespread Panic, and more. Co-founder Warren Haynes played the festival every year from its inception through 2016.In recent years, the look—and, more importantly, sound—of the festival’s lineup has changed considerably, shifting toward more mainstream, radio-friendly rock acts. In 2017, the first year without Warren on hand, the Mountain Jam lineup was led by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Peter Frampton, and Steve Miller Band, to name a few. The 2018 lineup, led by Jack Johnson, Sturgill Simpson, and Alt-J, marked the festival’s biggest departure yet from its jam roots.Many of Mountain Jam’s most loyal fans have been disheartened by its shift toward the mainstream in recent years, lamenting the fact that the beloved event had departed from its jam-centric roots as it tried to remain viable in the ever-changing festival climate. However, from this new hint, we can assume that the festival has heard the cries of its loyal fans. Mountain Jam is going #backtothejam in 2019, and we couldn’t be more excited.Who do you want to see play the 15th annual Mountain Jam in 2019? For more information on Mountain Jam, head to the festival website.
In December, Jazz Aspen Snowmass announced the lineup for its 2019 Labor Day Experience, set to go down on August 30th-September 1st at Snowmass, CO’s Town Park. The three-day event boasts an impressive list of talent, which includes performances by Sting, John Mayer, Weezer, Luke Combs, Portugal. The Man, and ZZ Ward.On Tuesday, JAS Labor Day Experience added Brooklyn-based nine-piece funk powerhouse Turkuaz and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter H.E.R. to their 2019 lineup.2018 JAS Labor Day Experience performers included Zac Brown Band, Lionel Richie, Jack Johnson, Fitz and The Tantrums, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gary Clark Jr. and more. The picturesque venue sits in the shadows of the Elk Mountain Range, and typically sees a daily attendance of over 10,000 fans during the Labor Day event, according to the event’s website.Regarding headliners Sting and John Mayer, Jazz Aspen President Jim Horowitz mentioned in a statement, “[Jazz Aspen] is thrilled to welcome two iconic artists who we’ve long hoped to present and have been among the artists JAS attendees have most requested to hear on our main stage.” Now, fans have even more to be excited for at the JAS Labor Day Experience.Head here for ticketing and the event’s website for more information.
On Friday, Red Hot Chili Peppers joined the short list of musical acts to perform in the shadows of the ancient Pyramids in Giza, Egypt.In the theme of the evening’s historic show, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer emerged onstage to open up the encore with a a solo piano rendition of Radiohead‘s “Pyramid Song” before his bandmates rejoined to close out the show with “Goodbye Angels” and “Give It Away”.It’s important to note that RHCP and Radiohead worlds have collided in the past. In 2013, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke formed a supergroup—Atoms For Peace—which included Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea, Beck drummer Joey Waronker, and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, who is also a member of Yorke’s touring band. Yorke’s December performance at Los Angeles, CA’s Orpheum Theatre presented the perfect opportunity to reunite the short-lived all-star band. After teasing the possible reunion midway through his set with the tune “Amok”, Yorke invited Flea and Waronker to assist on the second song of his encore, “Atoms For Peace”.Prior to Friday’s show, Flea shared his thoughts on the gig. He explained,Before each new place my body tingled with excitement, a yearning for a new mystery to unfold, a fascination with a new culture, the possibility of new friends, tasting new food, smelling new tastes, absorbing new rhythms. Learning. Learning. Learning. It is happening again right now, my heart is abuzz with joy at the prospect of performing in Egypt. I’m so grateful and humbled for the impending experience.Check out Red Hot Chili Peppers’ cover of “Pyramid Song” at the 2:00:00-mark of the video below:[Video: Red Hot Chili Peppers]For a full list of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Red Hot Chili Peppers | The Pyramids | Giza, Egypt | 3/15/2019Set: Intro Jam, Can’t Stop, Fortune Faded, The Zephyr Song, Dani California, Dark Necessities, Hey, I Wanna Be Your Dog, Right on Time, Snow ((Hey Oh)), Pea, Californication, Go Robot, Don’t Forget Me, Higher Ground, Under the Bridge, By the WayEncore: Pyramid Song, Goodbye Angels, Give It Away[H/T Rolling Stone]
On December 14th and 15th, 2018, Dave Matthews Band played a two-night homecoming run at Charlottesville, VA’s John Paul Jones Arena, bringing their first North American fall tour since 2012 to a close. A previously unreleased live recording of the show from December 14th is now available to download for fans who have purchased tickets to DMB’s upcoming 2019 summer tour.The Friday night concert at Charlottesville’s John Paul Jones Arena began with a pair of tunes from 2002’s Busted Stuff, with “Big Eyed Fish” transitioning smoothly into “Bartender”. They continued with another older fan-favorite in “Satellite” before turning to one of their newer tunes, “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)”. “#41”, “Again and Again”, and “Everyday” all came next before the band charged into a cover of Aerosmith‘s 1975 anthem, “Sweet Emotion”, which has become a recurring setlist staple throughout much of the fall tour.The band’s mid-set collaboration alongside the Preservation Hall Jazz Band came 10 songs into the show. Their performance of the newer song, “That Girl Is You”, started with plenty of fresh energy thanks to the unapologetic tone and presence of NOLA outfit’s horns. The song took plenty of time to open up and develop, with the members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band playing away on their trombones, trumpets, and saxophones while a smiling Matthews strummed along on with his acoustic guitar.The second half of the show saw the band continue with performances of “Louisiana Bayou”, their go-to cover of Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer”, “Don’t Drink The Water”, and “So Right”. The set came to an end following performances of “Why I Am”, “You & Me”, “Dancing Nancies”, and “Grey Street”. They would return for a two-song encore of “Christmas Song”, which recently made its way back into the setlist after a four-year break, and their cover of Bob Dylan‘s “All Along the Watchtower”, which included a verse from Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway To Heaven”. DMB summer tour ticket holders can head here for more information on how to access the show recording.For a list of Dave Matthews Band’s upcoming tour dates, see below. For ticketing and more information, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Dave Matthews Band | John Paul Jones Arena | Charlottesville, VA | 12/14/2018Set: Big Eyed Fish > Bartender, Satellite, Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin), #41, Again and Again, Everyday, Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith cover), Minarets, That Girl Is You*, Louisiana Bayou, Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel cover), Don’t Drink the Water, So Right, Why I Am, You & Me, Dancing Nancies, Grey StreetEncore: Christmas Song, All Along the Watchtower** (Bob Dylan cover)* with Preservation Hall Jazz Band** with “Stairway To Heaven” verseDave Matthews 2019 Summer Tour4/30 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Bay Center5/01 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena5/04 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival5/07 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre5/11 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena5/14 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Center5/15 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre5/17 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion5/18 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion6/14 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion6/15 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion6/19 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts6/21 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center6/22 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre6/28 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center6/29 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center7/02 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center7/03 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre7/05 Elkhorn, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/06 Elkhorn, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/09 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Center7/10 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage7/12 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center7/13 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center7/17 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater7/19 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion7/20 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live7/23 Alpharetta, GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre7/24 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre7/26 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre7/27 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre8/23 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre8/24 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre8/27 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheatre8/30 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre8/31 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre9/01 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre9/04 Ridgefield, WA Sunlight Supply Amphitheater9/06 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys9/07 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center9/10 San Francisco, CA Chase Center9/13 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion9/14 Del Mar, CA KAABOO9/22 Asbury Park, NJ Sea.Hear.Now FestivalView Tour Dates
The iHeartRadio Music Festival is headed back to Las Vegas, NV to take place over two days and nights at the T-Mobile Arena on September 20th-21st. Organizers for the annual pop festival announced their 2019 lineup on Tuesday, as this year’s event will feature performances from Alicia Keys, Cage The Elephant, Camila Cabello, Chance The Rapper, and many more.The two-day event will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest, and will treat attendees to performances from rock veterans including Def Leppard and Heart, in addition to French Montana, Halsey, H.E.R., Miley Cyrus, Mumford & Sons, Tim McGraw, and Zac Brown Band. The event’s Daytime Stage will also feature sets from Juice WRLD, Maren Morris, Billie Eilish, Old Dominion, H.E.R., Zara Larsson, CNCO, Brett Young, FLETCHER, Monsta X, Bryce Vine, and Lauv. More performers are expected to be announced as the late-September event draws closer.Related: Governors Ball Music Festival 2019: The (Shortened) Weekend In Photos [Gallery]Fans who can’t make it to the Nevada desert for this year’s festival will get the chance to tune in when the audio from the performances is broadcasted live via iHeartMedia radio stations in over 150 markets across the country. The CW Network will also provide a video livestream from both nights of the festival via The CW app and CWTV.com. The schedule of performances to be broadcasted was not revealed with Tuesday’s announcement.Additionally, video from the event will also re-broadcast on the CW Network as a two-night television special a few weeks after the event on October 2nd & 3rd beginning at 8 p.m. EST each night.Tickets for the main event and the Daytime Stage go on sale beginning next Friday, June 14th at 1 p.m. EST. Click here for ticketing and general info for this year’s event.