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28Sep/1123

Foo Fighters and Roger Waters

In the afterglow of last week's killer Foo Fighters show here in the Cleve, hopefully you got a chance to catch Dave Grohl and the boys bashing their way through Pink Floyd's 'In The Flesh' last night on Jimmy Fallon with Roger Waters joining the Foos!

Fallon is celebrating the new Pink Floyd reissues with 'Pink Floyd Week' - a week's worth of musical tributes, which began on Monday night with The Shins performing 'Breathe.'

Pearl Jam will tackle 'Mother' on Friday night's show.

30Nov/102

The ATV Interview: Behind The Wall with Kipp Lennon of Venice

About a month ago, I spent some time talking with vocalist Kipp Lennon of Venice, the California based band of brothers and cousins (and longtime ATV favorites).  Three out of the four Lennons (Kipp, Pat and Mark) are currently on the road touring as backing vocalists for the  Roger Waters tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic Pink Floyd album The Wall.

In a two part interview, I spoke with Kipp about the tour and also spent some time digging into a lot of Venice stuff.  You can check out the first part of the interview here (plus some additional "outtakes") focusing in on the Waters side in a piece for the Riverfront Times.  Here's the rest of the interview with some more Waters tidbits and plenty of Venice chat.

Venice will play a sold out homecoming Christmas Show in Santa Monica this Saturday during a day off from the Waters tour.  A newly released DVD featuring a full live show from 1990 (!!!) will be available at the merch stand that night (or if you're far away like me, you can pre-order a copy).  Enjoy this conversation with Kipp!

Let's talk about how you came to be involved with one of the year's biggest tours. As I understand it, there was a mutual love of the Beach Boys involved.

We just found this out ourselves - when Roger wrote the original Wall album as far as background vocals, he wanted a departure from their usual thing. They usually have women sing on a lot of that stuff or just David Gilmour. On this album, he wanted it to have a feel like Beach Boys vocals over Pink Floyd music. And you can kind of hear it in things like "Goodbye Blue Sky," "The Show Must Go On" and a few things, there's almost a doo-wop kind of vibe in a lot of the music on The Wall as well that people wouldn't necessarily pick up on, considering all of the themes in it. But in fact, there's a lot of doo-wop/street singing kind of stuff in the whole show. When Roger called Jon Joyce, who is one of the original singers from the original album and tour, and from the revival show in Berlin in 1990, he called Jon and said "I'm putting the band back together and we're going to do this tour. Jon said "well, the original background vocalists that you hired are all retired now, but I know a band that's perfect, because they're brothers and cousins and they sing like the Beach Boys."

22Sep/103

…and speaking of The Wall

Here's some professionally shot footage from the opening night of the tour + an interview with Roger Waters himself.

And while we're at it, here are some thoughts regarding the new tour, written by our friend Matthew Wilkening (from this week's Scene Magazine).

Having nothing to do with Roger Waters, if you're still in the mood for some additional reading, we're guessing that you might also enjoy the Scene profile/cover story featuring Mike Trivisonno, captured by the pen of ATV friend D.X. Ferris.

18Sep/100

Rebuilding The Wall: Looking inside the new Roger Waters tour

It's an event that ATV pal Peter Chakerian said was a really good idea....it just took a while for Roger Waters to see the light.  Now with that light fully illuminated, Waters is putting The Wall back up with a 30th anniversary tour celebrating the classic album, a tour that opened earlier this week in Toronto (and eventually will land in Cleveland on September 28th).

The tour is bait enough to draw me out to see Waters for the first time in nearly 10 years.  I wasn't a huge Doyle Bramhall fan, so my previous Waters experience was marred quite a bit by the presence of Bramhall on stage.  This time around, I'm intrigued by the vocal inclusion of my longtime faves Venice, with three-quarters of the band enlisted to provide the background vocals for The Wall tour.  Looking at that key nomination as well as the rest of the members selected by Waters to make up his 2010 touring ensemble, I knew this was going to be a show that I probably wouldn't want to miss and with the information below, my thoughts have now been confirmed.

My pal Matt Levitz, webmaster of the official Venice website received the ultimate job perk (can you really call something that you don't get paid to do a job?) when the Venice members offered him a pair of tickets to check out a full dress rehearsal run-through of the tour setlist last weekend in New Jersey.