Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wendy Dio, the wife and manager of legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW), has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:
"Ronnie has been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer. We are starting treatment immediately at the Mayo Clinic. After he kills this dragon, Ronnie will be back on stage, where he belongs, doing what he loves best, performing for his fans.
"Long live rock and roll, long live Ronnie James Dio.
"Thanks to all the friends and fans from all over the world that have sent well wishes. This has really helped to keep his spirit up."
Ronnie James Dio, 67, has performed with ELF, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, and his own band DIO. Other musical projects include the collective fundraiser "Hear 'n Aid". He is widely hailed as one of the most powerful singers in heavy metal, renowned for his consistently powerful voice and for popularizing the "devil's horns" hand gesture in metal culture. He is currently involved with HEAVEN & HELL, a project which also includes former BLACK SABBATH bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice. Their first studio album, "The Devil You Know", was released on April 28, 2009.
DIO cancelled its European tour last week after Ronnie was taken ill. The band's lineup for the trek was supposed to include WHITESNAKE/ex-DIO axeman Doug Aldrich due to the fact that the group's regular guitarist, Craig Goldy, had prior touring commitments with BUDGIE in Australia.
DIO's last release was the "Holy Diver Live" CD, featuring a performance of the classic "Holy Diver" album in its entirety, from start to finish, recorded live for the very first time in 2005 in front of a sold-out London crowd.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of their classic 1989 album Doolittle, the band - Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering - will kick off the very special US "Doolittle Tour" at the Palladium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 4. The U.S. tour will hit a total of nine cities, including four shows in New York City. Ticket prices and on-sale dates will vary city to city, but some tickets go on sale as early as this Saturday, August 1 and can be purchased at the venues' box offices or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/ See below for full itinerary and on-sale information.
On this tour, the Pixies will perform all of the songs from Doolittle and its related B-sides, "Weird at My School," "Dancing the Manta Ray," and "Bailey's Walk" among them. Doolittle, the band's third album and the first to chart on Billboard's album charts, includes classics such as "Debaser," "Wave of Mutilation," "Here Comes Your Man," "Hey," and "Gouge Away."
"We wanted to do something special for Doolittle's 20th anniversary," said Black Francis, "and we thought his was a good opportunity to play all of the songs from that album, something we don't normally do at a regular gig."
With the first date in the UK still three months away, the band is brainstorming on Doolittle-related surprises that will also comprise the nights' entertainment.
The US dates will follow the seven-city/12-date "Doolittle" trek of the UK and Europe. Kicking off on September 30 in Dublin, most dates have already sold out, including a four-night stand at London's Brixton Academy, where some 20,000 tickets vanished in about an hour. In addition, on August 29, the band will perform a straight-ahead Pixies set of their classic songs spanning their entire career at the Virgin Festival at Burl's Creek Park outside of Toronto.
The Boston-formed Pixies have been acclaimed as the most influential pioneering band of the late 80s alt/rock movement. Their five studio releases and six years together effectively blazed the path for groups like Nirvana, Radiohead and Pearl Jam to rise to superstardom. They disbanded in 1993 and launched their reunion tour in April, 2004 when virtually every, single date sold out within minutes and fans traveled hundred of miles to attend a show. In post-Pixies years, Black Francis has enjoyed a successful solo career as Frank Black, Kim Deal went on to form the Platinum-selling band the Breeders, Joey Santiago started the band The Martinis and has carved a career as a music composer for film and TV, and David Lovering performs as a magician and continues to drum. The US "Doolittle Tour" will be the band's first American trek since 2005.
The "Doolittle Tour" will coincide with the release of the ultimate Pixies Collector's Set, Minotaur, which ships to purchasers in early November and will hit stores around the same time. To find out more about Minotaur and to order a set, log onto www.ainr.com
Dates for the Pixies US "Doolittle Tour" are as follows:
23 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
24 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
25 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY (early show and late show
27 Wang Center, Boston, MA
28 Wang Center, Boston, MA
30 Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C.
1 Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C.
Monday, November 23, 2009
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NOV 23 - California's This Time Next Year will kick off 2010 alongside Four Year Strong, The Bled, Strike Anywhere, and Title Fight for a four week tour in January and February. The pop-punk outfit come armed with an incredible new album, Road Maps And Heart Attacks, and several US tours under their belt, having shared the stage with many of the scene's current heavyweights including Cartel, Set Your Goals, and Hit The Lights.
Produced by Brian McTernan (Hot Water Music, Circa Survive, Senses Fail), Road Maps And Heart Attacks was released in October 2009 through a unique "choose your own price" model for fans. Channelingsuch genre staples as New Found Glory, Saves the Day, and Blink182, This Time Next Year have also delivered two solid EPs since forming in 2006.
w/Four Year Strong
1/14 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
1/15 Washington, DC @ The Rock And Roll Hotel
1/16 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club Downstairs
1/18 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
1/19 Orlando, FL @ The Social
1/20 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
1/21 Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo's
1/22 Houston, TX @ Meridian
1/23 Dallas, TX @ The Door
1/24 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
1/26 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse Music Venue1/27 Las Vegas, NV @ The Farm
1/28 W. Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
1/29 San Diego, CA @ Soma Sidestage
1/30 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
1/31 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
2/02 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
2/03 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2/05 Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
2/06 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
2/07 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
2/08 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
2/09 Covington, KY @ The Madhatter2/10 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
2/12 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
A lonely little girl is riding a big brown horse on a crisp autumn day. She doesn't know it yet but the rest of her life will be spent trying to recapture that one perfect moment. Jessie Murphy In The Woods sing the songs that sustain her journey. The group is a New York City based all female "chamber pop" trio comprise of three music teachers. Their sound is Neko Case meets Vampire Weekend meets The Carter Family at a salon hosted jointly by Stevie Nicks and Emily Dickinson.
Eight Belles - the band's debut release - which features 9 tracks as unique as the women themselves, will be released in March 9, 2010. The songs are laced with hauntingly beautiful vocals and dreamlike imagery. Ranging from the gorgeous "New York City Lights" to "When I Am A Horse Again" - a eulogy to a filly who died on the racetrack during 2008's Kentucky Derby, to "God Save Owen Wilson (he's a lot like me)," Jessie Murphy in the Woods are evocative storytellers.
"Creating magic each time they step on stage." Wildy's World
At the helm of this band is singer/guitarist /songwriter Jessie Murphy- a critically acclaimed musician who got her start on the NYC anti-folk scene. The New Yorker once described her as,
"A winning singer-songwriter who wields a bluesy guitar." And, the Village Voice says, "Jessie Murphy has a voice like rippling silk and plays the notes on her guitar bluer than her eyes. "
In 2008, while working on her Masters Degree in Music at Columbia University, she met and befriended Marcia Wood (Wurlitzer, flute, clarinet, harmonica, pan pipes and vocals) and Amy Wood(horn, cajon/percussion, flute, melodica, autoharp and vocals). Jessie, Marcia, and Amy are all NYC public school music teachers (just in case the plethora of musical instruments didn't tip you off.)
Jessie Murphy In The Woods has become a world unto themselves. Jessie enthuses, "The more time we spend and sing together, the more unified we become, and the more we have to give in our performances. We're discovering the realm of our music as it happens." Marcia says, "There's a chamber like quality to our shows, a shared sense of intimacy." On Eight Belles, you hear the sounds and magic of a band coming together. If their music sounds like a fairy tale, it's fitting, for it's in its own glorious place and time. Now saddle up and ride along, it's a long way to forever.
‘Funeral Singers,’ the single from Califone’s critically acclaimed album All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
The music video for ‘Funeral Singers’ features footage from the film.