Written by: Matt Wardlaw
Longtime readers of this blog will know that I'm a big Counting Crows fan. I had the pleasure of having an extensive conversation with Adam Duritz last summer, which you can read in two parts, here and here.
More recently, Jeff Giles and I spoke with Adam last week for a conversation intended for our podcast The Matt 'N' Jeff Radio Hour. Sadly, due to audio issues, the podcast part of that won't be happening, but we were able to rescue the interview audio itself to capture the complete chat in text form, so keep your eyes peeled for that interview, which will publish early this week at Popdose.
In the process of getting that interview ready, I was reminded of the existence of this fantastic Counting Crows gig from earlier this year at the Sydney Opera House. I hadn't had the chance to watch it yet and I put it on in the background as a soundtrack while I was doing other tasks and man, what a show. The set opens with "Sullivan Street" and that really might be all that you need to know.
Check it out for yourself -- it's a fantastic listen/watch.
As long as we're hanging out at the Sydney Opera House, you might as well stick around and check out Neil Finn and Paul Kelly too, right?
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
2013 finds the Eagles celebrating 42 years as a band (with a lengthy "vacation" break representing a good chunk of those years, of course) and they'll do it in style with a tour and two-part documentary which will premiere on Showtime on February 15 and February 16.
History of the Eagles - Story of an American Band will feature choice footage from the old days, sourced from a seven camera shoot during the Hotel California tour. The film also incorporates multi-track audio recorded during that same tour at a show in Maryland.
When I first heard about this, I was skeptical as far as how comprehensive it would be, in terms of giving coverage to ex-band members, but lo and behold, there's Don Felder being interviewed in the film (and also Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon as well).
The Eagles Fastlane folks had a chance to see the first part at a special premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and have been sharing their thoughts on Facebook, along with some choice tidbits. Here's a one big chunk (which you should avoid if you don't like spoilers):
There's a long section about Victim of Love. Don and Glenn talk about how Felder would make tapes and they would usually just be these guitar runs, but once in a while there would be something there that they could use. They wrote Victim of Love and Felder thought that he was going to sing lead on it.
Henley says, "I don't recall any promises being made about who would sing lead on that song." and Glenn says kind of the same thing...that there were no guarantees about who would sing what, but that apparently, Felder had gotten it in his head that this song was his.
Felder tells the story of how Irving took him out to dinner to break the news to him that he wasn't getting that song while at the same time, Henley was back in the studio recording the lead vocals.
Henley makes the comment that the thought of Felder singing lead on Victim of Love made as much sense as him playing the lead guitar solo in Hotel California.
There was talk of tensions and how things were getting stressful. It's implied that Felder created factions by getting Joe to side against Don and Glenn.
What really was surprising was to hear the story of the Long Beach show. We've only ever read about this, but to listen to Glenn and Felder tell the story, you can see that they still aren't over it...not by a long shot. Glenn talks about how Felder took his "cheapest guitar" and smashed it. The most amazing thing, though, is that there is actually audio of Glenn and Felder going at it on stage.
"I'm gonna kill you."
They argue about money and Glenn calls Felder a fuckhead. There are photos of Felder getting in the car after the show and someone (we think it was Glenn) flipping off the car with both hands.
When Henley talks about Felder, he refers to him as "Mr. Felder. "
The current members of the band were on hand at Sundance to answer questions about the film, which was directed by Alison Ellwood and produced by Alex Gibney.
According to Gibney, it's a very honest portrait of the group:
"They were very forthcoming and quite honest about the harder times they had together, but there's another issue because they didn't do much press" in the 1970s," Ellwood says. "It's really a myth that they fought all the time. This amazing footage of them from 1977, at the height of their career, shows they are generally having fun onstage together."
Ellwood, an Eagles fan who bought "Desperado" when it came out, and Gibney say they were familiar with the music but largely unfamiliar with the story of the Eagles when they started. Fascinated with roots that include Bob Seger, Kenny Rogers, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Linda Ronstadt, Gibney notes their goal was to "tell the story inside out," to reveal the artistic side of the band and how they made decisions to lead to classics such as "Take It Easy," "Desperado" and "Hotel California."
"It's a classic rock 'n' roll story," he says, adding, "it's the Beatles story," referring to a band walking away from the stage at the peak of their powers.
"Nobody comes off as a villain," Ellwood notes. "The antagonisms that occurred -- all the members talk about it. It was this thing that imploded on itself.
After the documentary premieres in February on Showtime, it will be out on DVD in April and the related History of the Eagles tour dates are set to begin in June and that tour will include "former members," according to Henley. Which former members? We'll have to wait and see on that part.one
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
A new documentary exploring the roots of the Cambridge folk music scene and Club 47, the legendary Harvard Square coffeehouse, recently screened to rave reviews in front of a sold out crowd at the Boston International Film Festival. Now, For The Love Of Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival will come home for a special hometown screening here in Cleveland at the Beachland Ballroom this Sunday at 7:30pm as part of the 2012 Ohio Independent Film Festival.
The film was co-directed by Todd Kwait, a Cleveland-based lawyer who enthusiastically describes the Club 47 scene as being "unique" for its time. "Unlike the Greenwich Village folk scene that was developing at about the same time in New York, Club 47 wasn’t a bar run by a club owner but rather a non-profit coffee house. That made for more of free-flowing atmosphere with more collaboration between the club and the artists."
For The Love Of Music features interviews with Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Judy Collins and Taj Mahal, all of whom got their start at Club 47. The film features additional interviews with Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Jackie Washington, Jim Rooney, Peter Rowan and many others.
Narrated by Peter Coyote, For The Love Of Music documents the day when young Joan Baez would become the first artist to play the club, talking her way into a performance slot. Club 47 would come to play a very important role in the developing American folk revival.
“At the heart of it all was an amateur scene,” singer-songwriter Tom Rush says in the film, “people playing for the love of the music.”
Some of the famous Club 47 alumni perform with today's best known and emerging folk artists in performances that were captured especially for the film. Additionally, For The Love Of Music features audio of two previously unreleased Bob Dylan performances.
Tickets are on sale now for the screenings, but we'll connect one lucky ATV reader with a pair of passes to see the film for free on Sunday night at the Beachland Ballroom. Email us now with "For The Love Of Music" in the subject line for your chance to win!more
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
I just watched Come Rain or Shine, the Genesis film that documents the preparatory process as the band and their crew worked to get ready for the first Genesis tour in 15 years. The film has been showing recently on VH-1 Classic (and apparently, you can also watch it on Hulu - see below) and it really is a must see if you're a Genesis fan.
Packaged initially with the When in Rome concert DVD, Come Rain or Shine is anything but filler bonus content. It really gives you a very frank look behind the work that went into the 2007 Turn It On Again Genesis reunion tour. It was especially interesting to see how involved the band was in the whole process - right down to watching and working intently with the crew to help them eliminate the problems and figure out how to hit the video cues correctly for "Domino."
The European leg of the tour was plagued with other problems of the wet variety - of the 22 shows on the tour, it rained at 18 of the dates....and yet, Genesis soldiered on, delivering the goods each night for the fans who had waited a long time for the opportunity.
The Turn It On Again tour was my first Genesis concert experience. Certainly, I'd seen many Genesis shows on video and heard many more via audio, but after making the big mistake of passing up the chance to see them on the We Can't Dance tour, there was no way that I was going to miss what might be my only chance to see Genesis in person.
So many years into the adventure, the vocal keys of many of the songs had been adjusted to compensate for the revised vocal range of Phil Collins. It was jarring when I first saw it on television, but by the time I saw the show at Quicken Loans Arena here in Cleveland, it didn't matter - it was still Genesis and they put on a great show.
Watching Come Rain or Shine and also the recently released Phil Collins solo Blu-ray Live at Montreux, it makes me a bit sad to think that we might never see Phil Collins, the drummer, ever again due to his back and spine issues that he says will keep him from drumming. Luckily, both Collins and Genesis are so well preserved on video, there's plenty to watch.
Watch Come Rain or Shine via Hulumore
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
The other day in the office, we discovered with horror that a couple of our younger co-workers were unfamiliar with "No Reply At All" by Genesis. This is hardly a new thing - a few years ago, I went to see Howard Jones with a friend and her boyfriend and at the conclusion, we walked out of the show and he admitted that he hadn't recognized a single one of Howard's hit records. It's sad but true, we might be getting old.
But that doesn't mean that we can't educate the youngsters about the old-timers that are still here and making good music. Enter: Mr. Richard Marx.more
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
I spent quite a few random nights last year driving around listening to Live in Japan by George Harrison. The album itself has been in my collection in one form or another for years, but I don't think I ever really appreciated what a good collection of George's music it was until after that initial listen last year. Although it had been quite a while since I'd listened to it, I knew that I'd be listening to it a lot in the days to come. It was a celebratory return to the road for Harrison after a disastrous 1974 run that caused him to avoid touring again for nearly two decades.
After the release of the second Traveling Wilburys album, his longtime friend Eric Clapton would persuade him to tour once again, providing a band, companionship and support for the brief set of Japanese dates that would end up as his last tour. At the time, Live in Japan was a recording of a tour that I hadn't had the chance to see and perhaps if I was lucky, I'd eventually have the opportunity. But in the end, it became a historical treasure for an artist that didn't flood the world with an overload of endless live albums that one might take for granted. With only one official live release prior, Live in Japan is a priceless document of Harrison's later years. It exposes also how understated both Harrison and Clapton can be as players, communicating so effectively and yet very deliberately with only a few notes necessary to create many of the goosebump moments that occur throughout the show.
Whether it's revisiting a musical moment like this or discovering a random contribution such as his guitar solo on "Leave A Light On" by Belinda Carlisle, Harrison's talents continue to make an impact on me as a music fan. I don't think I'm alone in saying that Harrison's love for the ukelele made me want to learn how to play one the first time I heard him play. Watching all of his musical friends pay tribute to his legacy during the Concert for George event left no questions as to how big of an impact he'd made on the world as an artist.
Music fans worldwide can celebrate Harrison's birthday today by watching Concert For George, which is streaming for free for 24 hours today at GeorgeHarrison.com, an event that will be followed by the release of the film on Blu-ray and digital download for the first time ever on March 22nd. Clapton served as the musical director for the tribute to his old friend while another longtime comrade and bandmate, Jeff Lynne, handled audio production duties for the release.
One of my favorite moments of the night was the version of "Handle with Care" by fellow Wilbury Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which brought things full circle for me, since it was one of the early Harrison-related songs that I loved as a music fan and one of my favorite music videos (remember when they played music videos?). Just in case you arrived after the period of music video's golden age, I'll embed it below for your viewing pleasure. If you've seen Tom do this one live, I think you'll agree that he does justice to all of the departed Wilbury members with his version.
Here's the track listing for the concert - head over to GeorgeHarrison.com to watch it now!
1. Your Eyes - Anoushka Shankar
2. The Inner Light - Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar
3. Arpan - Conducted by Anoushka Shankar
4. Sit On My Face – Monty Python
5. The Lumberjack Song – Monty Python with Tom Hanks
6. I Want To Tell You - Jeff Lynne
7. If I Needed Someone - Eric Clapton
8. Old Brown Shoe - Gary Brooker
9. Give Me Love - Jeff Lynne
10. Beware Of Darkness - Eric Clapton
11. Here Comes The Sun - Joe Brown
12. That’s The Way It Goes - Joe Brown
13. Horse To The Water – Sam Brown
14. Taxman - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
15. I Need You - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
16. Handle With Care - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
17. Isn’t It A Pity - Billy Preston
18. Photograph - Ringo Starr
19. Honey Don’t - Ringo Starr
20. For You Blue - Paul McCartney
21. Something - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
22. All Things Must Pass - Paul McCartney
23. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
24. My Sweet Lord - Billy Preston
25. Wah Wah - Eric Clapton & Band
26. I’ll See You In My Dreams - Joe Brown
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
[Note: There are now two Cleveland area screenings scheduled for The Wrecking Crew. The first one will be on Friday, 3/4 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The original post has been updated with information regarding an additional screening on Saturday, March 5th at Tri-C. Information on both screenings follows below.]
If you were lucky enough to catch the initial screening of The Wrecking Crew at the Cleveland International Film Festival a couple of years ago, you already know what an excellent documentary it is. For the many folks who were shut out of the sold out screening, here's some good news: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is presenting a free screening of The Wrecking Crew next Friday (3/4) at 7pm. While admission is free, a reservation is required to attend this screening. Since events like this at the Rock Hall often "sell out," it's advised that you should secure your reservation as soon as possible and you can do that by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
The screening is being presented in conjunction with Cuyahoga Community College's Recording Arts Program and director Denny Tedesco will be in attendance for the screening and will be interviewed at the conclusion of the film.
If you haven't seen this movie, it really is a can't miss event for music fans. If you're unfamiliar with the film, this description should make your inner geek bug out a bit when you read it:
In the early to mid-1960s, artists such as the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Sonny & Cher, the Byrds, the Righteous Brothers, Nancy Sinatra, and the Fifth Dimension topped the pop charts with songs like “Up, Up and Away,” “Little Old Lady from Pasadena,” “Cherish,” “These Boots are Made for Walking,” and “Good Vibrations.” They were the “Wall” in Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound.” It was known as the West Coast Sound, and the artists who sang these songs were household names, but the musicians who performed those hits were virtually unknown to the listening public – and remain so today. This film is the story of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Hal Blaine and Earl Palmer, Tommy Tedesco, Glen Campbell, Bill Strange, Carol Kaye, Larry Knechtel, and Joe Osborne – better known as “The Wrecking Crew.”
This film is an intimate, enlightening and often humorous remembrance of the real stories and emotions as told from the perspective of those who lived it. The film is the result of a 12-year labor of love by Denny Tedesco, the son of Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco.
Our thanks to Nick Perry for providing us with the information of an additional screening and afternoon of activities that will happen on Saturday, March 5th at Tri-C at 4pm. Here are the details on that one:
Creating Community: A Regional Audio Industry Gathering
...Center for Creative Arts @ Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus (presented with support from The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
2900 Community College Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
4-6 p.m. RAT Studios Open House
6-7 p.m. Tape Op's Larry Crane presentation
7-7:15 p.m. Intermission
7:15-7:30 p.m. Rock Hall Education Director Jason Hanley introduces director/producer Denny Tedesco
7:30-9:15 p.m. Director's remarks and "The Wrecking Crew" screening
10 p.m. Drinks, music and conversation at Wilbert's Food and Music
Tickets: Free but RSVP is required:
Facebook or call Recording Arts Hotline (216) 987-3277 or email email@example.com
Here's the trailer for the film:
Also, here's an interview with Denny Tedesco
Because of the extraordinary amount of popular music used in the documentary, the film remains unavailable for commercial purchase at the present moment. Hopefully that will change sometime soon. In the meantime, if you're in the Cleveland area, don't miss these screenings - it really is a great watch and it's one of my favorite music documentaries!
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
Growing up, Chicago was one of my favorite bands and I came into their discography at an interesting point, since Chicago 17 was the first album that fell onto my radar. I hadn't quite learned that longtime fans were rabidly cursing Chicago and David Foster for every minute of both 16 and 17....and what do those numbers mean anyway?
A short time later I figured out the numbering system and my young mind was blown as I began to discover and make my way through their '70s discography on Columbia. Fast forward a few years and the slightly grown up version of me began to hunt around for quality bootlegs. Audio wise, this was a tough search, pre-internet. As far as video? Forget about it - I hadn't even begun to think about the possibility that there might be bootleg video out there. To keep a longer story short, I went through quite a bit of crappy bootleg audio before the floodgates finally started to open up and bear decent fruit worth listening to. Recently, there's been some killer stuff posted online, including this video, recorded at Budokan in June of 1972.
Believe it or not, there are people complaining about the quality of this video (proving once again that some people will complain about anything), but to paraphrase what one commenter said, we would have KILLED for video like this back in the day. Admittedly, the quality of video and audio plummets quite a bit for the last few tracks, but there's plenty to enjoy here.
Ironically, this concert was set for release (along with additional archival material) by Rhino a few years ago before it was abruptly canceled without explanation. Hopefully, it will find its way back to the release schedule one of these days, because it would be great to see this show in better quality. Until then, this is certainly a treasure trove for any fan of '70s era Chicago and Terry Kath. 90 minutes+ of full concert footage? You'd better believe that you'll enjoy the heck out of it.
(And you can download it for yourself, if you've got a Dimeadozen account - click here.)more
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
Thanks to our pals at Slicing Up Eyeballs for alerting us to Bryan Ferry's Thursday night performance on the Letterman show. I wondered if he might have performed my favorite track from Olympia and indeed he did. "You Can Dance" was neck and neck with Duran Duran's "All You Need Is Now" on my list of favorite 2010 jams. Who was the winner of the two? I'm not sure, but Ferry certainly gets points for bringing along girls from the Robert Palmer School for Female Dancers. See it all for yourself. And yes, Annie, I agree - Ferry needs to tour!
As you'll see from the footage, Olympia is available on vinyl, although apparently only on import, so hopefully you've got 40 bucks to spare.more