Bad Company has announced Rich Robinson to sit in for guitarist Mick Ralphs for their upcoming “One Hell Of A Night” U.S. tour with co-headliner Joe Walsh. Lead singer Paul Rodgers performed with the Black Crowes co-founder at last year’s Experience Music Project in Seattle during a tribute-concert for Jimmy Page. While Ralphs made the decision to sit this tour out because he wasn’t feeling up to the required traveling, he expressed gratitude that the band found Robinson as a replacement. “I’m sure he’ll be great,” Ralphs explained in a statement released on the band’s Facebook page. “See you all again soon,” he assured.“I’m excited to be joining Bad Company as their special guest on tour this summer,” Robinson commented. “One of my favorite bands growing up was Free. I’ve been a big fan of Paul Rodgers and his work throughout his career–from Bad Company and beyond–and Simon Kirke is one of my all time favorite drummers. To be able to play with Paul and Simon is such an honor. I’m really looking forward to it. See you out there!”In honor of Robinson and Rodgers hitting the road together this spring, watch the two perform an epic “Rock & Roll” last year with members of Soundgarden, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Guns N’ Roses, Cheap Trick, and a surprise appearance from Jimmy Page:Bad Company/Joe Walsh Tour DatesMay 12 Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX May 15 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO May 17 Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA May 18 Sleep Train Amphitheater, Chula Vista, CA May 20 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA May 22 Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ May 24 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX May 26 Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square, New Orleans, LA May 28 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL May 29 Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL June 7 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Lake, NY June 9 Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA June 11 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ June 12 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ June 14 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY June 16 Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN June 18 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, MO June 20 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO June 22 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkson, MI June 23 FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL June 26 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OHJune 28 First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA June 30 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC July 1 Chastian Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA July 3 Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheatre at Fontanel, Nashville, TN
LA-based jam group Particle made their way to The Chapel last Thursday, May 26th, playing the San Francisco, CA venue ahead of a big set planned for the BottleRock Napa Festival this weekend. Particle have been bringing the jams for years, but have found some new creative momentum after releasing a new album, Accelerator, for the first time in over a decade. The spacey funk album sees the band exploring new concepts and getting into tight-laced electronica-inspired jamming. Thanks to Courtney Harrington Photography, we’re able to share some images from the performance! Check out some highlights below: A full gallery from Courtney Harrington can be seen below: Load remaining images
Socio-political rockers Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Propets of Rage, The Nightwatchman) and Ani DiFranco are no strangers to voicing their opinions and causing a stir when it comes to the disenfranchised. With the recently rediscovered lyrics to the Woody Guthrie penned “Old Man Trump“, the two teamed up with riot-folk artist Ryan Harvey to create music for the song, which was never recorded. Guthrie wrote the lyrics, – which were discovered by University of Kentucky professor Will Kaufman on a visit to the Woody Guthrie Archives in Tulsa, Oklahoma – 66 years ago, in protest to current Republican Presidential nominee “The Donald‘s” father Fred Trump.Prophets of Rage Release Official Live Video of ‘Killing In The Name,’ Add Tour DatesGuthrie had a vehement disgust of the senior Trump, who he deemed his racist landlord during his time living at the real estate mogul’s Beach Haven apartment complex. According to reports, Trump “profited off the construction and rental of “low-income” housing projects in New York, with one stipulation: he was bent on avoiding ‘inharmonious uses of housing’—fancy lingo for keeping these housing developments racially segregated.” With the approval from Woody Guthrie Publications, the three artists wrote music for the lyrics, and have released the song. Some lyrics to the song are as follows:“I supposeOld Man Trump knowsJust how muchRacial HateHe stirred upIn the bloodpot of human hearts”Take a listen to “Old Man Trump” below:
While the cancellation of Gregg Allman’s headlining set was an unfortunate loss, the Peach Music Festival has done a great job putting the pieces together for the holes in their lineup. The festival still put The String Cheese Incident members with the Allman Brothers Band family for a collaborative set, had Gov’t Mule extend their Sunday night set and booked Rich Robinson Band to perform as well. Today, they’ve outdone themselves, announcing the formation of a new trio: Russo, Benevento & Burbridge.The group will certainly be an offshoot of the famed Benevento Russo Duo, making their debut as a trio for the first time this Sunday at the Peach. The RB&B supergroup is sure to dominate their festival set, and who knows what special guests might find their way into the jam.While we send our healing thoughts and prayers to Gregg Allman, it’s certainly worth praising Peach Fest for their quick turnaround on the new lineup additions. The festival kicked off last night as well, with sets from groups like Dark Star Orchestra, Electron (Pink Floyd set), Dopapod and more!Speaking of Joe Russo and Oteil Burbridge – have you seen the Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup yet?
Despite some natural set-backs, Umphrey’s McGee still delivered a two-hour, rocking “After Midnight” set to the Peach Music Festival — starting around 12:45am due to rain. The night was strong, starting with reliable introductory track “Le Blitz” and swiftly transitioning into “Educated Guess”. The band showed off their impressive improvisational skills with a huge “Bridgeless” sandwich, with a thumping “Wappy Sprayberry” breaking the trusted classic into two parts. Similar Skin‘s 2014 hit “Puppet String” was the theme for the night, making a strong introduction mid-set, with a stellar, improvisational segue into “Hajimemashite”. Things turned Purple when they brought out Prince‘s “Controversy”, a song they’ve played only twice, the last time being at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas in May of 2016, into progressive rocker “Den”.The night closed “In The Kitchen” with a “Glory”-ous end of “Puppet String”, after two hours of pure rock awesomeness. This was surely a night to go down in the books. Thanks to these Instagram users, we can enjoy some snippets of the fun below: Umphrey’s McGee @ The Peach Music Festival 8/13/16:Set: Le Blitz > Educated Guess, Bridgeless (JO) > Wappy Sprayberry > Bridgeless, Attachments, Puppet String (JO) > Hajimemashite, Controversy (JO) > Den, Conduit, 1348E: In The Kitchen, Glory > Puppet String End[Setlist via @umphreysmcgee]
The 1960’s and 1970’s were riddled with unique personalities, but few were on the level of Augustus Owsley Stanley III, better known as Owsley or “Bear.” Stanley was a crucial figure in numerous scenes, helping the Merry Pranksters as well as the Grateful Dead during their formative years. Now, it’s all being chronicled in a new book: Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III.Something of a mad scientist, Stanley’s biggest claim to fame was the synthesis of Lysergic acid diethylamide, better known as LSD. Between the years of 1965 and 1967, Stanley estimated that he produced more than ten million doses of the psychedelic drug. Some of his acid is still in existence, if Oteil Burbridge is to be believed.Stanley’s biggest distributors and users of said LSD were the Merry Pranksters, who were leading figures of the mid-60’s counterculture movement. They were throwing events called Acid Tests in San Francisco, CA while the drug was still legal, and hired the Grateful Dead as the house band. Before long, the mad scientist of Stanley became the band’s principal financier and sound engineer. He also designed the famous lightning bolt logo for the Dead’s equipment during this era, and reportedly helped to turn figures like Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon onto LSD as well.The biography will feature these stories and many more, bringing interviews with a number of Stanley’s friends and colleagues. Due out on November 15th, the book was written by journalist Robert Greenfield, best known for penning works on Bill Graham, Jerry Garcia, The Rolling Stones, Timothy Leary and more. You can read more about the new book via Amazon.[H/T JamBase]
The Disco Biscuits recently wrapped up their three night hometown showdown at the Fillmore Philadelphia, playing the second show with special guests, Swift Technique. The horn-filled Philly band not only opened the show, but linked up with the Biscuits on a handful of songs throughout their two set performance, including “Give it to Me” in the first set and both “King of the World” and “Let’s Dance” in the second.The Disco Biscuits have shared pro-shot video of their “Let’s Dance” collaboration with the Swift Technique Horns. Enjoy the David Bowie cover, which extends for nearly 20 minutes in true tDB style, below:
Load remaining images Last night’s Official Beanstalk Festival Pre-Party got rowdy in Boulder, with non-stop jams from Tenth Mountain Division, Cycles, and support from Good Touch—all local bands and part of the Magic Beans and Beanstalk family. If the hootenanny that went down last night is any indication of what is to come at Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival this upcoming June, I ardently believe that you should get your tickets to the beautiful festival in the Colorado Rockies before they sellout!Denver “Funk ‘N Rollers” Good Touch, opened the night up at the historic Fox Theatre and pumped up the crowd with fiery-hot guitar licks from Alex Newton and crushing rhythm on the drums provided by the ever-so-talented Tyler Hobbs. By the end of their 45-minute set, the continuously growing crowd had packed the venue awaiting local favorites Cycles to take the stage.The name Cycles may ring a bell for many of you who saw them pack a crowd surrounding the Cash or Trade tent on Phish Dicks lot last year on Friday evening. Cycles has built a loyal fan base over the past year and has the mystical power of continuously evolving. Guitar-extraordinaire Patrick Harvey, bass-guru Tucker McClung, and the backbone and powerhouse Michael Wood on drums create a sound that I rarely hear three individuals able to make. Combining some heavy jams similar to Umphrey’s Mcgee and then quickly changing tempo and style, the trio dove into blissful and beautiful jams that left the crowd begging for more.Cycles mixed a few new tunes in with staples last night and had the pleasure of inviting Tenth Mountain Division’s Winton Huega on mandolin and MJ Ouimette on guitar for a mind-boggling rendition of “Get Up Out of Your Head.” Staples like “Chapanga” and “The Ruminator” were played, with a highlight cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire” to close possibly the best Cycles set I have seen to date.Boulder locals and CU Boulder alumni (most of them) Tenth Mountain Division headlined the Fox Theatre for the first time since last August. You could tell out of the gates the boys were more than ready and seemed as if they had never left. Last night’s packed-crowd is a frequently an indication of how many define “success” and “making it” in the tough music industry that exists today, and I am confident saying that Tenth Mountain Division, or TMD as we like to call them, are on the continuous up-and-up.The self-coined “Ski-Rock” quintet composed of mandolinist Winston Huega, guitarist MJ Ouimette, bassist Connor Dunn, keyboardist Campbell Thomas, and drummer Tyler Gwynn crushed out a jam-packed setlist and were joined by the horn section from Guerilla Fanfare for rockin’ covers of “The Letter” (in the style of Joe Cocker), “Hurricane Season” by Trombone Shorty, and an ever-so fitting closer of “Do What You Wanna” originally done by Rebirth Brass Band. The youngins also busted out three new originals, “Arkansas”, “Good Gravy”, and “Stop” (Falling Back in Love), leaving anybody who had never seen them before hungry for more. Those feeling it are in luck, as the band is slated to release their second album in June, with a massive fall tour in the works to promote the new tunes!Make sure to get your tickets to the intimate Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival, hosted by The Magic Beans this June 22nd through 25th, at beautiful Rancho Del Rio in Colorado, and check out these three bands as well as the other incredible acts slated to perform! You can also check out photos from last night’s pre-party courtesy of the author.Setlist: Cycles | Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO | 4/27/2017The Home, Music For Free, Vacation, Get Up Out Of Your Head, Be Yourself, The Key > Sunday Night, The Ruminator, Twilight, The Call, Chapanga, The Aloe Parade > Fire, The Store, The Changer “Get Up Out Of Your Head” featured Winston Heuga (Tenth Mountain Division) on mandolin and MJ Ouimette (Tenth Mountain Division) on guitar.
The Search For Everything tour continues a Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA tomorrow, July 29th. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to Mayer’s website.SETLIST: John Mayer | Golden 1 Center | Sacramento, CA | 7/27/17Full Band: Moving On & Getting Over, Something Like Olivia, Helpless, I Don’t Trust Myself, ChangingAcoustic: Emoji Of A Wave, Your Body Is A Wonderland, Friend Of The Devil (w/ Bob Weir)Trio: Every Day I Have The Blues, Crossroads, VulturesFull Band (Reprise): Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (w/ Bob Weir), Waiting On The World To Change, In The Blood, The Beatiful Ones (David Ryan Harris solo), Slow Dancing In A Burning Room, Why GeorgiaEncore: Born & Raised, GravityEpilogue: You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me[h/t – JamBase][Cover photo via @golden1center on Instagram] While this summer’s Dead & Company tour was confined predominantly to the month of June, the members of the band are staying busy. Last night, John Mayer continued his The Search For Everything Tour with a stop at Sacramento, CA’s Golden 1 Center. As usual on this tour, the show was broken into three different configurations–solo acoustic, the John Mayer Trio, and the full band. Last night, that list of different lineups within the evening’s set got just a little bit longer, as Bob Weir joined Mayer and his band for guest appearances during the acoustic and the full band (reprise) sections of the show.First, after the full band opened the show with a 5-song run, the acoustic instruments were brought out for The Search For Everything‘s “Emoji of a Wave” and smash hit Room For Squares pop ballad “Your Body Is A Wonderland. To close out the performance’s acoustic portion, Mayer welcomed Weir onstage to trade verses for a beautifully twang-y duet on Grateful Dead classic “Friend of the Devil.” You can watch footage of the acoustic duet below thanks to YouTube user Paul Perkins.Weir then stuck around as the full band joined the stage for the second and final full band segment of the evening, lending his guitar and vocals to a dreamy rendition of oft-covered Bob Dylan classic “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.”
Achim Steiner, a UNDP Administrator, noted he was eager to have Bob Weir working with the United Nations Development Programme, stating, “I am delighted to be teaming up with Bob Weir to combat climate change and promote the Global Goals around the world. Bob’s particular passion for preventing deforestation will be critical in the fight for our planet, as deforestation and forest degradation account for more than 10% of global greenhouse emissions. Please join me in welcoming him to the UNDP family.” Today, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced that Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir has been appointed as their newest Goodwill Ambassador, joining the likes of Antonio Banderas, Connie Britton, the Crown Prince of Norway, and more. As a Goodwill Ambassador, Weir will work with the UNDP to raise awareness and garner support for the agency’s goal of ending poverty while simultaneously fighting climate change.As noted in a press release, “Weir will help UNDP shine a spotlight on the important role climate action plays in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, which were agreed upon by world leaders to protect the planet and achieve a brighter future for all. Weir will help UNDP advocate for climate initiatives and projects that promote renewable energy, preserve coastlines, combat deforestation and ensure a healthy planet for generations to come. ” ceremony honoring Weir’s appointment to take place during the eighth annual Social Good Summit in New York CityA ceremony honoring the founding member of the Grateful Dead’s appointment to take place during the eighth annual Social Good Summit—an annual event that taps leaders, activists, and celebrities from around the world to discuss and advocate for lasting progress toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (you can stream online the Social Good Summit for free here)—in New York City, which happens today. His first official act as a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador will be a speech during the Social Good Summit on climate change and how technology can be used in the battle against it.In the announcement press release, Weir had this to say about his recent appointment, “I am most honored to join the United Nations Development Programme as a Goodwill Ambassador. I am looking forward to working with UNDP to raise awareness of the grave issues and enormous opportunities affecting our planet and I hope to inspire others to join us. Together we can help keep our planet healthy and prosperous for future generations. . . . I will be a strong advocate for crucial climate initiatives and renewable energy, and for the world’s oceans, coastlines, and forests. We all need to ensure we fight to make the planet a better one for the generations that follow us.”