CONGRATULATIONS TO RIC OCASEK AND THE CARS FOR THEIR WELL-DESERVED INDUCTION INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME! THEY’RE UNDENIABLY THE COOLEST OF THE COOL WITH A SOUND TRULY ALL THEIR OWN! THANKS FOR THE GREAT MUSIC AND MEMORIES! JUST WHAT WE NEEDED!
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME GUITAR GREATS DAVE MASON AND STEVE CROPPER TO SHARE STAGE TOGETHER, PERFORMING THEIR GREATEST HITS AND PERSONAL FAVORITES, ON ROCK & SOUL REVUE TOUR BEGINNING THIS SUMMER AFTER SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT IN MAY
April 26, 2018
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME GUITAR GREATS DAVE MASON AND STEVE CROPPER
TO SHARE STAGE TOGETHER, PERFORMING THEIR GREATEST HITS AND PERSONAL FAVORITES,
ON ROCK & SOUL REVUE TOUR BEGINNING THIS SUMMER AFTER SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT IN MAY
Come summer, classic rock fans will be in for a truly memorable evening of timeless music and endless hits, as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitar greats Dave Mason and Steve Cropper will be hitting the road together for the first time in their careers on the Rock & Soul Revue tour that will be landing in several cities throughout the U.S. (see all currently confirmed dates below including first show/special engagement at Saloon Studios in West Jefferson, NC on May 12).
“This should be great fun,” states Mason, who first met Cropper in the early 70’s. “We’ve never shared the stage together but when I got to thinking about who I’d like to play with on a jam-like tour, Steve Cropper was one of the first that came to mind It’ll be a great combination of songs for fans to enjoy and, musically, it’s definitely a show not to be missed.”
Cropper’s also more than ready for the forthcoming Rock & Soul Revue tour, with axe in tow, commenting, “I am really looking forward to this tour and hope that fans in attendance have as much fun as we’ll be having on stage. This one’s going to be great! Keep America rockin’!”
The Rock & Soul Revue show will feature Mason and Cropper performing their greatest hits and personal favorites. While some songs will be performed solo by each, most of the songs will be together, backed by Dave Mason’s longtime touring band that includes Alvino Bennett on drums, Tony Patler on keys and vocals, Johnne Sambataro on guitar and vocals and newest addition, singer Gretchen Rhodes, who will be opening most of the shows with her own set.
Fans can expect to hear such well-known Mason hits and affiliated songs as “All Along the Watchtower,” “Only You Know and I Know,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” “Every Woman,” “We Just Disagree” and the ever-so-popular rock anthem, “Feelin’ Alright,” along with such Cropper classics as “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” “Green Onions,” “In the Midnight Hour,” “Knock on Wood” and maybe even a little “Soul Man.”
What a show!
Best known for his soulful voice and unsurpassed guitar playing, Dave Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 as a founding member of the group, Traffic, and continues to perform as a solo artist with sold-out shows all over the world. Over his illustrious career, now spanning more than five decades, Dave has performed and recorded with such artists as the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Fleetwood Mac, Delaney & Bonnie, Cass Elliot and Steve Winwood among other music notables. A consummate musician and true road warrior, Dave has performed on such recent tours as “The Very Best of Dave Mason” (2017-current), “Alone Together Again” (2016-2017) and “Traffic Jam” (2015-2016). Dave’s latest EP, titled Pink Lipstick, is a six-song collection of recent music and previously unreleased recordings, available on CD or digital download via Dave’s official website (https://www.davemasonmusic.com/pink-lipstick-album-page).
As a founding member of Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Steve Cropper was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. As members of the house band at Stax Records during the sixties, Booker T. & the M.G.’s backed up and collaborated with such popular artists of the day as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Bill Withers, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor and Albert King. In all, the band would perform on hundreds of songs that decade, with Cropper producing several albums for the label. After his time with Booker T. and Stax, Steve would go on to be a founding member of the Blues Brothers band (as “The Colonel”) and be ranked in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists list at #39. The accolades are long… REM’s Peter Buck stated that Cropper was probably his favorite guitarist of all-time and Keith Richards separately commented, “Perfect, man.” Mojo magazine once proclaimed Steve as “the greatest living guitar player.”
Dave Mason and Steve Cropper’s Rock & Soul Revue.
It’s a show that you’ll never forget and the chance to see it is now!
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR ALL SHOWS AT https://www.davemasonmusic.com/tour/
**DAVE & STEVE’S SPECIAL VIP MEET AND GREET EXPERIENCE (SEPARATE FROM TICKET PRICE) WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL FORTHCOMING SHOWS. THIS INCLUDES A MEET AND GREET WITH BOTH ARTISTS, A CHANCE TO ATTEND SOUND CHECK, HAVE A PERSONAL PHOTO TAKEN AND MEMORABILIA SIGNED. TICKET HOLDERS THAT PURCHASE THIS PACKAGE WILL ALSO RECEIVE A MERCHANDISE ITEM. THERE ARE ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF THESE “EXPERIENCES” AVAILABLE FOR EACH SHOW. SEE VIP DETAILS FOR EACH SHOW AT THE ABOVE TOUR LINK.
If you’d like to interview Dave Mason or Steve Cropper (or need additional information/press materials), please contact Jeff Albright / The Albright Entertainment Group at email@example.com. Thank you.
Dave Mason Website & Social Media
Official Website – www.davemasonmusic.com (password to press materials section provided upon request)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DaveMasonMusic (@DaveMasonMusic)
Twitter: www.twitter.com/davemasonband (@davemasonband)
Steve Cropper Website & Social Media
Official Website – www.playitsteve.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/OfficialCropper (@OfficialCropper)
DAVE MASON AND STEVE CROPPER’S ROCK & SOUL REVUE TOUR DATES 2018*
Saturday, May 12 – Saloon Studios in West Jefferson, North Carolina
Thursday, July 5 – Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts in Salina, Kansas
Saturday, July 7 – Saturday in the Park / Grandview Park in Sioux City, Iowa
Wednesday, July 11 – Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois
Friday, July 13 – Festival in Sycamore / Bechtold Park in Sycamore Township, Ohio
Saturday, July 14 – Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall in Munhall, Pennsylvania
Sunday, July 15 – Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, New York
Thursday, August 16 – Cabot Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts
Saturday, August 18 – Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Sunday, August 19 – The Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio
Wednesday, August 22 – Hart Theatre in Albany, New York
Saturday, August 25 – Soundstage Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland
Friday, September 28 – The Rose in Pasadena, California
Saturday, September 29 – Libbey Bowl in Ojai, California
Saturday, October 6 – King Biscuit Blues Festival / Cherry Street Pavilion in Helena, Arkansas
*Additional dates to be announced.
GEOFF TATE’S OPERATION: MINDCRIME TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF LANDMARK CONCEPT ALBUM, “OPERATION: MINDCRIME,” BY PERFORMING IT IN ITS ENTIRETY, FROM BEGINNING TO END, AS PART OF EXTENSIVE U.S. TOUR BEGINNING IN JUNE
April 19, 2018
GEOFF TATE’S OPERATION: MINDCRIME TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF
LANDMARK CONCEPT ALBUM, “OPERATION: MINDCRIME,” BY PERFORMING IT IN ITS ENTIRETY,
FROM BEGINNING TO END, AS PART OF EXTENSIVE U.S. TOUR BEGINNING IN JUNE
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the landmark concept album, Operation: Mindcrime, quintessential front man Geoff Tate (the original lead singer for Queensryche) and his band, Operation: Mindcrime, will be performing the platinum-selling album (released May 3, 1988) from beginning to end in its entirety, along with a set full of greatest hits including “Silent Lucidity” and “Jet City Woman.”
The Mindcrime set will cover all fifteen songs from the album including such fan favorites as “Revolution Calling,” “Operation: Mindcrime,” “I Don’t Believe in Love” and the closing track, “Eyes of a Stranger.”
It’s a show that Geoff loves to perform and fans love to see!
As fans might remember, Geoff performed the album in its entirety on tour in 2013 to celebrate its 25th Anniversary.
Operation: Mindcrime — one of the most iconic concept albums of all-time — was the album that thrust Geoff Tate’s unique social consciousness, style and expertly-crafted lyrics into the international spotlight.
Proving the music has stood the test of time, in 2006, Geoff and his Queensryche band mates brought the theatrical interpretation of the Mindcrime saga to audiences all over the world. In October of that year, an epic performance was filmed and recorded, resulting in Mindcrime at the Moore, an album/DVD set released in July of 2007 that would debut at #1 on the Billboard Music DVD chart. It would mark the band’s first #1 chart debut, quickly selling over 50,000 units, achieving gold status.
In all, Geoff Tate has sold more than 25 million albums at the helm of Queensryche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three Grammy nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nominations and one MTV Music Video Award along the way. One of those Grammy nominations was for “I Don’t Believe in Love” (1990, in the new category of “Best Metal Performance”), a song that appears on the Operation: Mindcrime album.
As for Geoff’s current musical endeavor, his band Operation: Mindcrime has released three albums in three years as part of a trilogy: The Key (September 2015), Resurrection (September 2016) and The New Reality (December 2017).
The band currently on tour features Kieran Robertson from Scotland on guitar, Bruno Sa from Brazil on keyboards, Jack Ross from Scotland on bass, Scott Moughton from Canada on guitar, Josh Watts from England on drums and Geoff Tate’s daughter, Emily, who will be singing the parts of Sister Mary. She’s also in the band, Til Death Do Us Part, who are special guests on this tour.
The forthcoming U.S. tour comes hot on the heels of the band’s European trek that began earlier this year, hitting venues in such countries as Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Further 30th Anniversary tour dates in the United States to be announced.
If you’d like to interview Geoff Tate regarding the show or need additional press materials, please contact Jeff Albright / The Albright Entertainment Group at firstname.lastname@example.org (www.rockstarpr.com).
GEOFF TATE’S OPERATION: MINDCRIME ONLINE
Official Website: www.operationmindcrime.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/operationmindcrimeband / www.facebook.com/geofftateofficial
GEOFF TATE’S OPERATION: MINDCRIME / 30th ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2018
June 7 – Lancaster, PA – The Chameleon
June 8 – Findlay, OH – All American Rock House
June 9 – Fond du Lac, WI – Lakeside Park
June 10 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
June 12 – Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar & Music Hall
June 13 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
June 14 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
June 15 – Washington, DC – City Winery
June 16 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
June 17 – Lynchburg, VA – Phase 2
June 18 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
June 19 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
June 20 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
June 22 – Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero
June 23 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
June 24 – Cincinnati, OH – The Venue
June 25 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
June 27 – Austin, TX – Antone’s Nightclub
June 28 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
June 29 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
June 30 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
*With Special Guests Til Death Do Us Part.
HIPPIEFEST TOUR 2018 TO ROLL INTO TOWN ON “MAGIC” BUS FILLED WITH HALCYON DAY HIT MAKERS INCLUDING VANILLA FUDGE, RICK DERRINGER, MITCH RYDER & THE DETROIT WHEELS AND BADFINGER FEATURING JOEY MOLLAND BEGINNING IN JULY
April 4, 2018
HIPPIEFEST TOUR 2018 TO ROLL INTO TOWN ON “MAGIC” BUS
FILLED WITH HALCYON DAY HIT MAKERS INCLUDING VANILLA FUDGE,
RICK DERRINGER, MITCH RYDER & THE DETROIT WHEELS
AND BADFINGER FEATURING JOEY MOLLAND BEGINNING IN JULY
Hey man, what’s happenin’?
We’ll tell you what’s happenin’… HIPPIEFEST 2018!
Flower power is back and it’s coming your way!
It’s peace, love, happiness and an evening full of great music that has stood the test of time.
Come July, you’ll have a chance to let your freak flags fly, once again, as the immensely popular Hippiefest tour — featuring Vanilla Fudge, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland — returns to celebrate an incredible era in music and American culture.
We’re not ones to keep you hangin’ on!
Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo!
Good Golly Miss Molly!
If you want it, here it is, come and get it!
Hippiefest is celebrating its ninth tour this year with greatest hits that span the generations.
Vanilla Fudge was one of the first American groups to infuse psychedelia into a heavy rock sound to create “psychedelic symphonic rock,” an eclectic genre which would, among its many offshoots, eventually morph into heavy metal. Although, at first, the band did not record original material, they were best known for their dramatic, heavy, slowed-down arrangements of contemporary pop songs which they developed into works of epic proportions. In 1967, the band, formerly known as The Pigeons, changed their name to Vanilla Fudge and the rest is history. It wasn’t long before the band — featuring organist/vocalist Mark Stein, guitarist/vocalist Vince Martell, drummer/vocalist Carmine Appice and bassist/vocalist Tim Bogert — was touring extensively behind its covers-heavy, jam-oriented, self-titled debut album, Vanilla Fudge, to expand their fan base. It was released the day after the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album (6/2/1967) and quickly rose up the charts to #4 without the aid of a big hit single. In 1968, the group performed their heavy-rocking, trippy, psychedelic version of The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” on The Ed Sullivan Show and released their second album, The Beat Goes On, that also escalated into the Top 20. The band toured with Jimi Hendrix, played dates equal-billed or headlined with groups such as Cream, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, among many others; late in the year, they toured with the fledgling Led Zeppelin as their opening act. Over the years, the band (now consisting of Stein, Martell, Appice and eight-year member, bassist/vocalist Pete Bremy) has continued to perform and record together. In 2016, they released their most recent studio CD, titled Spirit of ’67. Last year, Vanilla Fudge celebrated their 50th Anniversary!
When guitar slinger Rick Derringer breaks into his legendary rock anthem, “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo,” you’ll likely see many an air guitar in the audience. Now more than four decades after its release, the hugely popular hit continues to be a staple on classic rock radio and has been featured in several movies over the years including the Richard Linklater cult classic, Dazed and Confused, and other flicks including The Spirit of ’76, Rush, Stag and What A Girl Wants. It’s a little known fact that before his success as a solo artist, Rick had a band at the age of 17 called The McCoys that had a #1 hit in 1965 called “Hang on Sloopy.” Yep, that’s Rick! The song would eventually be knocked out of the top spot by the Beatles’ “Yesterday.” In 1966, Rick and the band would find themselves opening up for the Rolling Stones on their entire American tour. Although “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” was written and recorded a few years earlier with friend and legendary guitarist Johnny Winter, it would be Rick’s solo version in 1973 that would propel him into the stratosphere of rock stardom. In 1977, Rick appeared on Led Zeppelin’s last North American tour. In the years to follow, Rick would perform with such artists as Alice Cooper (“Under My Wheels”), Steely Dan (“Show Biz Kids” and “Chained Lightning”), Richie Havens, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter and Weird Al Yankovic among others. In the past few years, Rick has performed on a variety of package tours including Rock’n’Blues Fest, Rock Legends and Hippiefest.
The hits began for Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels at the tail end of ’65, with the release of their first hit single, “Jenny Take a Ride!”. In 1966, they recorded and began to perform a medley featuring Little Richard’s “Jenny Jenny” and Chuck Willis’ classic R&B song, “C.C. Rider.” The song would quickly enter the Top Ten charts, setting the stage for what was to come that year. Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels would follow up their initial hit with two more in ’66 including a rendition of the Righteous Brothers’ “Little Latin Lupe Lu” and the song that would, ultimately, be their biggest hit, “Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly.” A year later, in typical Detroit fashion, Mitch and the band kept their pedal to the metal and delivered another Top Ten song called “Sock It To Me-Baby!” At the end of 1979, Bruce Springsteen would pay tribute to the band by performing the “Detroit Medley,” a selection of the band’s greatest hits including “Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Jenny Take A Ride!” and “C.C. Rider” for the triple live No Nukes album. In 1983, Mitch released an album titled, Never Kick A Sleeping Dog, produced by John Cougar Mellencamp that thrust him back into the spotlight with the Prince-penned song, “When You Were Mine.” Mitch has recorded over two dozen albums in his illustrious career and continues to tour all over the world. Known for his incredible live show, Mitch will be bringing all his hits in a night to remember.
If you’re aware of such classic rock songs as “Come and Get It,” “No Matter What,” “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue,” then you’ll thoroughly enjoy the Hippiefest performance of Badfinger featuring Joey Molland. A veteran of Hippiefests past, Molland returns with the music he helped make famous. At the end of 1969, Joey auditioned for a band called The Iveys that would soon be renamed Badfinger. As they say, the rest is history. From 1970 to 1972, the band would experience four consecutive worldwide hits. Joey departed in 1974, quickly forming another band called Natural Gas that would go on to tour with Yes and Peter Frampton. In the years to follow, Joey would perform with various incarnations of Badfinger in addition to putting out a few solo projects. Due to its use in the finale of the hugely popular TV show, Breaking Bad, “Baby Blue” has had a recent resurgence of sorts, being introduced to a whole new audience and generation. In late March of 2015, a song Joey wrote years ago titled, “Sweet Tuesday Morning,” was released on iTunes to benefit WhyHunger, a grassroots support organization started by the late, great Harry Chapin. Recorded by Mary Ramsey (10,000 Maniacs) and a new songstress by the name of Savannah, the song features Joey on guitar and harmony vocals. He continues to enjoy performing the hits for fans all year long.
Sure, the long hair may be gone… but we all know the music lives on!
Here’s your chance to show your kids (and their kids) what you’ve been talking about all these years!
Relive the past with the new generation… no shoes, no shirt, no problem!
And remember, just like great music, tie-dye never goes out of style!
Come out and enjoy the fun in an evening to remember!
*If you’d like to interview one of the artists regarding the tour or need additional press materials, please contact Jeff Albright / The Albright Entertainment Group at email@example.com.
*All tour dates to be announced soon.
OFFICIAL ARTIST WEBSITES
“ROCKIN’ THE CITY OF ANGELS” 396-PAGE BOOK FEATURES BEST OF SoCAL CONCERTS IN THE 70’S INCLUDING A DOZEN MAJOR SHOWS AT THE “FABULOUS” FORUM!
October 18, 2017
“Rock Gods were the musicians whose legends loomed larger than life,
deities to fans who worshipped at their alters. They roamed the continents
in the 1970s: some, like the Who and the Rolling Stones, starting the decade
with established careers; others, such as Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, building
their huge followings as the decade progressed. Closely coupled with these
legends, a new class of gifted rock entertainers, including Queen, David Bowie,
Alice Cooper, and Elton John commanded the stage. These consummate
showmen held audiences in rapt attention, thrilling them with their dynamic
stage presence, theatrical stagecraft, and phenomenal vocal prowess.
Legions knew these artists’ names, followed them in the press, and scrambled
to get tickets to their sold-out tours, reveling in the glory of their stage
spectacles and the extraordinary personas at the heart of them.”
— Author Doug Harr, Page One of Rockin’ the City of Angels —
DOUG HARR’S NEW BOOK, “ROCKIN’ THE CITY OF ANGELS,”
TAKES READERS ON A ROCK AND ROLL ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE SEVENTIES,
PROVIDING A FRONT ROW PERSPECTIVE TO THE BEST CONCERTS OF
THE DECADE AT A VARIETY OF VENUES THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
THE ROLLING STONES, ALICE COOPER, DAVID BOWIE, PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS,
THE EAGLES, LED ZEPPELIN AND FLEETWOOD MAC ARE JUST A FEW OF THE LEGENDARY
ARTISTS WHOSE MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES AT THE “FABULOUS” FORUM IN LOS ANGELES
DURING THE 70’S ARE IMMORTALIZED IN 396-PAGE BOOK, “ROCKIN’ THE CITY OF ANGELS”
It was the early seventies and rock and roll was firing on all cylinders.
In 1972, Bowie became “Ziggy,” Alice had “School’s Out,” Led Zeppelin was on the loose after “IV” and The Who were hoping everyone would “Join Together” with the band.
Oh yeah… and a southern California kid by the name of Doug Harr would have his ears glued to such radio stations as 95.5 KLOS, 93 KHJ and “the mighty MET,” 94.7 KMET, daydreaming of the next concert coming to town.
Hot on the heels of their Exile on Main Street release in May, one of rock’s greatest bands were hitting the road and coming to the “fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles, California on June 11… not for one show that day, but two! One in the afternoon and one at night.
That particular show by the Rolling Stones would mark the first of a dozen major concerts making their way to the “fabulous” Forum in the seventies.
“The band skipped over their early hits and played songs mostly from the 1968-1972 period, cranking out hits like “Gimme Shelter,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Street Fighting Man,” writes Harr, who has authored a new book, titled Rockin’ the City of Angels – Celebrating the Great Rock Shows of the 1970s – In Concert, On Record, and On Film that features this particular concert experience and many others from the decade (including all of the aforementioned).
While many southern California venues such as the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Long Beach Arena, Universal Amphitheater, Shrine Auditorium, Civic Auditorium Center in Santa Monica, Dodger Stadium, Anaheim Stadium, Whiskey a Go Go and Roxy Theater are featured/highlighted in the book, other Forum (Inglewood, CA) shows featured in the book include:
Jethro Tull – A Passion Play Tour (July 20-22, 1973)
Alice Cooper – Welcome to My Nightmare Tour (June 16-18, 1975)
Cat Stevens – Numbers/Majikat Tour (February 2, 1976)
David Bowie – Station to Station Tour (February 8, 9 and 11, 1976)
Paul McCartney & Wings – Wings Over the World Tour (June 21, 1976)
Eagles – Hotel California Tour (October 19-21, 1976)
Genesis – Wind & Wuthering Tour (March 24, 1977)
Supertramp – Even in the Quietest Moments Tour (April 28, 1977)
Led Zeppelin – Presence Tour (June 23, 1977)
Queen – News of the World Tour (December 22, 1977)
Fleetwood Mac – Tusk Tour (December 4-6, 1979)
This month marks the 41st Anniversary of the Eagles’ three-night stand at the Forum during their Hotel California tour. Shows so sonically pleasing that some of the songs recorded those nights subsequently appeared on the band’s very first live album, Eagles Live, accounting for five of the fifteen featured tracks.
Paul McCartney & Wings started off the summer in fine fashion that year with two-performances at the Forum on June 21 and 22 that marked Paul’s first live performances in Los Angeles since the Beatles performed at Dodger Stadium ten years prior in 1966.
“The Wings Over the World tour of 1975-1976 attracted massive audiences and was one of the most successful tours of that time; it is also a personal favorite,” comments Doug. “The stop at the Los Angeles Forum on June 21, 1976, was just one of many dates in North America and it was a fabulous night of rock ‘n’ roll.”
The following year, Led Zeppelin came into town, performing an incredible six-night stand at the Forum during their Presence tour.
“Led Zeppelin, the mightiest rock band of the 1970s, was the soundtrack to my life in Los Angeles.”
396 pages. 34 chapters featuring just as many artists. More than 500 images captured by some of rock’s greatest photographers.
Elton John, AC/DC, Yes, Heart, Pink Floyd, Electric Light Orchestra, Rush and others are “here” as well!
So many great shows. So many memorable experiences.
If you were able to see one of rock’s greatest artists on tour in the seventies, then you know just how lucky you were to witness the spectacle.
If you only dreamed about what it was like, then your rock ‘n’ roll day has come with the arrival of Rockin’ the City of Angels, a book that captures some of the biggest and best shows to ever land in the Southland.
If you never had that opportunity, Rockin’ the City of Angels gives you those front row seats you wish you had! Call the tome — nearly the size of an LP cover — a wonderful perspective from both a true fan’s point of view and the photographer’s pit.
Doug has now attended over 400 shows during his lifetime and it should come as no surprise that he still gets excited about great shows coming to town.
Long live rock.
If you’d like to interview author Doug Harr, Please contact Jeff Albright / The Albright Entertainment Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPECIAL NOTE: Rockin’ the City of Angels makes for a terrific holiday gift for any music fan and is available at Amazon (http://tinyurl.com/Amazon-RTCOA). If you run something featuring the book as a gift, please note that this December marks the 40th Anniversary of Queen’s performance at the Forum during their News of the World Tour (12/22) and the 50th Anniversary of the venue, itself (12/30). It also marks the 38th Anniversary of Fleetwood Mac’s performance at the Forum during their Tusk Tour (12/4 – 12/6). Thank you.
“This book celebrates more than thirty of these incredible performances including key
tours by bands such as Led Zeppelin, Queen, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, Heart,
Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Who and Yes. We’ll share memories of those legendary concerts
and my reviews of the best video documents of the era, each band illuminated by a hand-picked
collection of brilliant images — some never-before seen — by the best photo-journalists of that time.”
— Doug Harr —
ACT 1 – “Rock Gods & Entertainers”
The Who kicks off the seventies decade with a featured performance at Anaheim Stadium on June 14, 1970 during their “Tommy” Tour. What follows in that chapter are performances and tours by The Rolling Stones (“Exile on Main Street” Tour: the L.A. Forum appearance was 45 years ago this month on June 11, 1972), Alice Cooper (“Welcome to My Nightmare” Tour), Jethro Tull (“A Passion Play” Tour), Elton John (“Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” Tour), David Bowie (“Station to Station” Tour), Wings (“Wings Over the World” Tour), Queen (“News of the World” Tour), Led Zeppelin (“Presence” Tour), Styx (“Pieces of Eight” Tour) and AC/DC (“Highway to Hell” Tour).
ACT 2 – “Shamans, Storytellers & Mellow Rockers”
This section highlights the performances and tours of Genesis (“The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” Tour), Cat Stevens (“Numbers/Majikat” Tour), Ambrosia (“Somewhere I’ve Never Traveled” Tour), Yes (“Relayer” Tour), Eagles (“Hotel California” Tour), Supertramp (“Even in the Quietest Moments” Tour), Heart (“Little Queen” Tour), Kansas (“Point of Know Return” Tour), Fleetwood Mac (“Tusk” Tour: the last featured tour of the 70’s in this book – December 4-6, 1979) and Pink Floyd (1980’s “The Wall” Tour).
ACT 3 – “Virtuoso’s & Classical Rockers”
This section features the performances and tours of Frank Zappa and Mothers, Rick Wakeman, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (“Brain Salad Surgery” Tour), King Crimson (“Starless and Bible Black” Tour), Premiata Forneria Marconi (“The World Became the World” Tour), Gentle Giant (“The Power and the Glory” Tour), Camel (“The Snow Goose” Tour), Happy The Man (“Crafty Hands” Tour), Electric Light Orchestra (“Out of the Blue” Tour), Rush (“Hemispheres” Tour), Dixie Dregs (“Night of the Living Dregs” Tour), Kate Bush (“Lionheart” Tour) and the band, U.K. (“Night After Night” Tour).
IV – “Encore”
This section features additional photos and commentary on the band Genesis along with the solo efforts of the band’s individual members – Phillips, Collins, Banks and Rutherford – and a sole section about Peter Gabriel.
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AUTHOR: DOUGLAS HARR
ART DIRECTOR AND DESIGNER: TILMAN REITZLE
COPY EDITOR: COURTNEY LEE ADAMS
EDITOR: MIKE EDISON
FOREWORD: ARMANDO GALLO
PUBLISHER: DIEGO SPADE PRODUCTIONS, INC.
HARDCOVER: 396 PAGES / OVER 500 IMAGES
DIMENSIONS: 11″ x 11″ x 1.5″ (nearly the size of an LP cover!)
PRICE: $79.95 (about the price of four great face-value seats to a show in the 70’s!)
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ONE AND ONLY DENNIS DEYOUNG, WHO’LL BE CELEBRATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RELEASE OF STYX’ “GRAND ILLUSION” (7/7/77) BY PERFORMING THE EPIC ALBUM IN ITS ENTIRETY AT THE ARCADA THEATRE IN ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS ON FRIDAY, JULY 7
Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of STYX and the lead singer and writer on seven of the band’s eight Top Ten hits. His live concerts showcase all the STYX Greatest Hits spanning the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. The set includes all eight Top Ten hits including “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Best of Times” and “Mr. Roboto” along with the Classic Rock anthems “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Suite Madame Blue,” “Rockin’ the Paradise” and more. Dennis is a legendary singer, songwriter, keyboardist, composer and record producer with a career spanning five decades. His voice is one of the most recognizable in the music world today and he continues to inspire new generations of fans. All the hits… All the memories… One unforgettable evening… One original voice.
Note: We proudly represented STYX in the 90’s! Many a memorable moment and show!
DOUG HARR’S “ROCKIN’ THE CITY OF ANGELS” HARDCOVER BOOK CELEBRATES BIGGEST AND BEST ROCK SHOWS TO LAND IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DURING THE SEVENTIES WITH PHOTOS BY SOME OF ROCK’S ALL-TIME GREATEST PHOTOGRAPHERS
June 21, 2017
“There is no better place to be but ‘in the trenches’ — the space in front of the stage
between the band and the first row where the energy of the music played onstage
and the love expressed by the audience produces an uncontrollable heat and
the stage becomes one with the audience. I shot my best photos in this sauna of love,
adrenaline and the shared passion for the music played live. It is in these moments
when a concert becomes an unforgettable experience. Apparently Doug Harr, the author
of this great book, has felt all of the above, and 40 years later his undeniable love and
passion for the best years of rock music has pushed him to share these unforgettable
experiences with the world… This book is a fantastic labor of love, and we are the lucky
ones to hold it in our hands.”
One Love, Armando Gallo
DOUG HARR’S “ROCKIN’ THE CITY OF ANGELS”
HARDCOVER BOOK CELEBRATES BIGGEST AND BEST ROCK SHOWS
TO LAND IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DURING THE SEVENTIES
WITH PHOTOS BY SOME OF ROCK’S ALL-TIME GREATEST PHOTOGRAPHERS
2017 MARKS 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF MEMORABLE AND LEGENDARY
CONCERT PERFORMANCES AND TOURS BY SUCH ICONIC ARTISTS AS
LED ZEPPELIN, QUEEN, HEART, KANSAS, SUPERTRAMP AND GENESIS
If you were a music-loving, concert-going kid living in Los Angeles in the 70’s, you were, undoubtedly, in the right place at the right time to witness some of the greatest bands in the history of rock and roll.
Author Doug Harr was one of those kids, and to say that his concert-going experiences that decade made a lasting impression on his life would be an understatement.
“Hello Los Angeles!”
“Please welcome… Rockin’ the City of Angels!”
If you’re a classic rock fan and want to see, or perhaps “relive,” some of the most incredible performances and tours to ever hit the Southland during the 70’s, then Doug Harr’s new book, Rockin’ the City of Angels, is just the front row “ticket” for you.
Some of rock’s greatest artists captured by some of rock’s greatest photographers!
More than 30 featured artists/tours/performances and 23 photographers.
One spectacular book!
To quote the Emerson, Lake & Palmer song, “Karn Evil 9,” from their Brain Salad Surgery album (an artist and tour featured in Rockin’ the City of Angels), “Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we’re so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside.”
Zeppelin. The Stones. Floyd. Queen. The Who. Bowie. Elton. AC/DC. Alice. Tull. McCartney & Wings. ELO. Eagles. Heart. Fleetwood Mac. Others.
They’re all here and caught in the act by some of the best photojournalists of the day including Richard E. Aaron, Jorgen Angel, Martyn Dean, Armando Gallo, Stacey Katsis, Neal Preston, Jim Summaria, Lisa Tanner, Brian Weiner, Neil Zlozower and others.
“These images are seared into my memory from the rock concerts I witnessed in Los Angeles, the “City of Angels,” in the 1970’s, a time when rock bands were making expansive concept records with sweeping themes,” comments Harr. “Rock albums at the time promised ‘theater of the mind,’ and their creators were inspired to mount elaborate stage shows that brought these dreams to life. These artists used every available piece of stagecraft — lights, projections, backdrops, props, and costumes — to create awesome spectacles for arenas packed with adoring fans — fans like you and me.”
Those “arenas” in this book include such well-known southern California venues as “The Fabulous Forum,” Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Long Beach Arena, Universal Amphitheater, Shrine Auditorium and Civic Auditorium Center in Santa Monica as well as Dodger Stadium, Anaheim Stadium and more intimate venues as the Whiskey a Go Go and Roxy Theater among others.
In the book’s first section, “Rock Gods & Entertainers,” The Who kicks off the seventies decade with a featured performance at Anaheim Stadium on June 14, 1970 during their “Tommy” Tour. What follows in that chapter are performances and tours by The Rolling Stones (“Exile on Main Street” Tour: the L.A. Forum appearance was 45 years ago this month on June 11, 1972), Alice Cooper (“Welcome to My Nightmare” Tour), Jethro Tull (“A Passion Play” Tour), Elton John (“Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” Tour), David Bowie (“Station to Station” Tour), Wings (“Wings Over the World” Tour), Queen (“News of the World” Tour), Led Zeppelin (“Presence” Tour), Styx (“Pieces of Eight” Tour) and AC/DC (“Highway to Hell” Tour).
The second section, titled “Shamans, Storytellers & Mellow Rockers,” highlights the performances and tours of Genesis (“The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” Tour), Cat Stevens (“Numbers/Majikat” Tour), Ambrosia (“Somewhere I’ve Never Traveled” Tour), Yes (“Relayer” Tour), Eagles (“Hotel California” Tour), Supertramp (“Even in the Quietest Moments” Tour), Heart (“Little Queen” Tour), Kansas (“Point of Know Return” Tour), Fleetwood Mac (“Tusk” Tour: the last featured tour of the 70’s in this book – December 4-6, 1979) and Pink Floyd (1980’s “The Wall” Tour).
Section three, “Virtuoso’s & Classical Rockers,” features the performances and tours of Frank Zappa and Mothers, Rick Wakeman, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (“Brain Salad Surgery” Tour), King Crimson (“Starless and Bible Black” Tour), Premiata Forneria Marconi (“The World Became the World” Tour), Gentle Giant (“The Power and the Glory” Tour), Camel (“The Snow Goose” Tour), Happy The Man (“Crafty Hands” Tour), Electric Light Orchestra (“Out of the Blue” Tour), Rush (“Hemispheres” Tour), Dixie Dregs (“Night of the Living Dregs” Tour), Kate Bush (“Lionheart” Tour) and the band, U.K. (“Night After Night” Tour).
The book is rounded out by an “Encore” section (IV) that features additional photos and commentary on the band Genesis along with the solo efforts of the band’s individual members – Phillips, Collins, Banks and Rutherford – and a sole section about Peter Gabriel.
Rockin’ the City of Angels is a wonderful perspective from both a true fan’s point of view and the photographer’s pit.
Forty years ago this week, Led Zeppelin came to the L.A. Forum on June 23, 1977 on their Presence tour. As Doug states in the book, “Led Zeppelin, the mightiest rock band of the 1970s, was the soundtrack to my life in Los Angeles.”
This year also marks the 40th Anniversary of such concert tours as Queen’s “News of the World” Tour, Heart’s “Little Queen” Tour, Supertramp’s “Even in the Quietest Moments” Tour, Kansas’ “Point of Know Return” Tour and Genesis’ “Wind & Wuthering” Tour.
An aficionado of progressive and classic rock music from the early 1970’s and a frequent concert patron, Doug Harr has now attended more than 400 shows during his lifetime.
With his new book Rockin’ the City of Angels — Celebrating the Great Rock Shows of the 1970s – In Concert, On Record, and On Film — Doug has enabled us to be the beneficiaries of those trapped-in-time moments.
“This book celebrates more than thirty of these incredible performances including key tours by bands such as Led Zeppelin, Queen, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, Heart, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Who and Yes. We’ll share memories of those legendary concerts and my reviews of the best video documents of the era, each band illuminated by a hand-picked collection of brilliant images — some never-before seen — by the best photo-journalists of that time.”
If you’d like to interview the author, Doug Harr, please contact Jeff Albright / The Albright Entertainment Group at email@example.com.
ROCKIN’ THE CITY OF ANGELS – SOCIAL MEDIA
AUTHOR: DOUGLAS HARR
ART DIRECTOR AND DESIGNER: TILMAN REITZLE
COPY EDITOR: COURTNEY LEE ADAMS
EDITOR: MIKE EDISON
FOREWORD: ARMANDO GALLO
PUBLISHER: DIEGO SPADE PRODUCTIONS, INC.
HARDCOVER: 396 PAGES / OVER 500 IMAGES
DIMENSIONS: 11″ x 11″ x 1.5″ (nearly the size of an LP cover!)
PRICE: $79.95 (about the price of four great face-value seats to a show in the 70’s!)
NEW RE-RELEASE DATE FOR PRESS PURPOSES: JUNE 23, 2017
NOW AVAILABLE AT AMAZON.COM – http://tinyurl.com/Amazon-RTCOA
DAVE MASON CONTINUES “ALONE TOGETHER AGAIN” TOUR OVER SUMMER, PERFORMING TREMENDOUS SET OF SONGS FROM HIS 1970 DEBUT SOLO ALBUM, “ALONE TOGETHER,” ALONG WITH OTHER SOLO HITS AND TRAFFIC CLASSICS
May 22, 2017
NOTE: SEE DAVE’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE AT www.davemasonmusic.com FOR CURRENT TOUR DATES.
Join Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic, Dave Mason, for an evening of great music history as he performs his 1970 debut solo album, Alone Together, from beginning to end in its entirety, then follows it up with a great selection of hits from his illustrious career.
It’s a show that Dave has wanted to do for quite some time stating, “Alone Together was an important album for me for many reasons and I still love those songs.”
Fans can expect to hear such classics as “Feelin’ Alright,” “All Along the Watchtower,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” “We Just Disagree” and “Only You Know and I Know,” which appears on the Alone Together album.
Mason founded Traffic with Steve Winwood in April of 1967 while both were still teenagers, and created music that would find its way into the hearts of generations of music lovers. He would go on to establish himself as a successful songwriter, guitarist and solo artist.
At the age of eighteen, the Worcester, England native teamed up with Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood to form the legendary band Traffic, who had a profound effect on the genre of rock and roll.
While still a teen, Mason penned the Traffic hit “Feelin’ Alright.” The song became a global rock anthem and has been recorded by dozens of artists including Joe Cocker who had a huge international hit with the song. “Feelin’ Alright” remains a highlight and crowd favorite of Mason’s live shows today.
After extensive touring with Traffic throughout the UK and Europe, Mason headed for the U.S. to pursue a solo career. He struck international gold with his debut solo album, Alone Together, which is considered a seminal rock classic. The album was special in every manner; known for its psychedelic marbleized vinyl, the vertical gatefold packaging, and of course the hits “Only You Know and I Know,” “World in Changes,” “Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave” and more. The album has sold millions of copies since its original release.
Five highly successful albums for the CBS/Sony label followed, four of which received gold album certification in the States. His next album, Let It Flow (1977), sold millions of copies and contains another major Mason classic, “We Just Disagree.” It was a mainstay on the charts, as it remained on the Billboard 200 for 49 weeks. In addition to performing to sold-out audiences and being a permanent staple in record collections and hearts of fans around the world, Mason’s unique guitar work can be heard on many landmark albums and songs such as the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, Paul McCartney’s (Wings) “Listen to What the Man Said” and Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland. Hendrix’s major rock standard, “All Along the Watchtower,” features Dave playing the acoustic guitars before Hendrix’s soaring entrance onto the track.
The song is a big favorite of Dave’s and he performs it in nearly every one of his live shows. Dave Mason’s work and career remain linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Ron Wood, Jim Capaldi, Mama Cass Elliot, and The Spencer Davis Group.
Dave Mason’s career spans several important rock eras and encompasses his work as a producer, performer, songwriter and consummate guitarist. In 2004, Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with the groundbreaking group Traffic.
Mason is also involved in the program he co-founded, Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV – http://www.workvesselsforvets.org), an all-volunteer movement that provides veterans with the tools they need to transition to civilian work.
May 2, 2017
THE HIT MEN BRING PAST AND PRESENT TOGETHER, CREATING TWO NEW
AND ORIGINAL KILLER TRACKS FOR “TIME TRAVEL” CD, WHICH ALSO
FEATURES RENDITIONS OF FOUR NUMBER ONE HITS BY SUCH ARTISTS AS
THE YOUNG RASCALS, THREE DOG NIGHT, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD AND CAT STEVENS
THE HIT MEN – A GROUP OF AMAZING PERFORMERS, SUPERB MUSICIANS,
SUPERIOR VOCALISTS, GREAT ARRANGERS AND CREATIVE COMPOSERS –
PAY HOMAGE TO THE WELL-KNOWN THEY’VE PERFORMED AND/OR RECORDED
WITH OVER THE YEARS BY RELEASING NEW CD, “TIME TRAVEL,” ON TUESDAY, MAY 16
IN MEMORY OF ORIGINAL AND LONGTIME “HIT MAN” LARRY GATES
If you’ve ever had the opportunity to see The Hit Men live in concert, then you know it’s one well-known hit after another and a good time had by all.
So is their new CD, aptly titled Time Travel, that features two new and original killer tracks, “She’s Got You Runnin'” and “Rosalie,” by The Hit Men’s Jimmy Ryan along with a vast selection of well-known hits made famous by the tremendous artists they’ve performed and/or recorded with over the years.
Since their inception in 2010, one of the fan favorites in concert has been The Hit Men’s on-stage performance of the song, “The Loco-Motion,” a song that was a #1 hit for both Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 and Little Eva a dozen years earlier.
Since Grand Funk Railroad’s cover of the song hit #1 on the Billboard charts 43 years ago this week, The Hit Men thought it would be an ideal and pertinent time to announce the release of their new Time Travel CD.
The new twelve-song CD, which the band has been working on in the studio in-between their busy tour schedule, features their rendition of four #1 hits including “The Loco-Motion,” Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World,” Cat Stevens’ “Peace Train” and the lead-off track, The Young Rascals’ “Good Lovin’,” featuring special guest guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Gene Cornish of The Young Rascals and The Rascals.
In addition to these selections, the CD also features two hit songs by Carly Simon, “Let the River Run” and “Anticipation,” along with Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” and a three-song medley of hits made famous by The Four Seasons (the Sandy Linzer-Denny Randell penned songs, “Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ’bout Me)” and “Working My Way Back to You” along with the Bob Crewe-Bob Gaudio penned “Ronnie”).
If you grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, it’s likely that you remember these songs well…
“Good Lovin'” topped the U.S. charts for a week in April of 1966 and would be the first real hit for The Young Rascals, selling over a million copies.
“Joy to the World” topped the U.S. charts for six weeks beginning in April of 1971. Featuring Chuck Negron on lead vocals, it would be the biggest selling single of the year (selling over two million copies) and become one of the best-selling singles of all-time (over 5 million copies).
“Let the River Run” would gather all kinds of accolades in 1989 including an Academy Award (for its appearance in the movie, Working Girl) and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. The Hit Men’s Jimmy Ryan played rhythm and solo guitars on the original hit song in addition to performing in the official video for the song with Carly Simon, Melanie Griffith and Joan Cusack.
“The Loco-Motion” was released by Grand Funk Railroad in May of 1974 and remained at #1 on the U.S. charts for eight weeks. It would be the first #1 song for the band with the second being “We’re An American Band.” It remains one of only nine songs in music history to reach the top of the charts for two different artists.
“Peace Train” would be Cat Stevens’ first top ten hit in the United States, spending three weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary charts in 1971. It remains an anthem of hope to this day…
“Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ’bout Me),” “Working My Way Back to You” and “Ronnie” would all be Top 20 hits for The Four Seasons in 1966.
“Anticipation” was the title track of Carly Simon’s 1971 album and one of her most popular songs. She wrote the song while waiting for Cat Stevens to pick her up for a date. The Hit Men’s Jimmy Ryan performed electric bass on the original hit song in addition to arranging, and singing on, the back-up vocals.
“Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” — written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin – was recorded in 1973 and would be the first single released from Elton’s epic album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
All of these hits have tremendous relevance for the five veteran musicians known as The Hit Men, as keyboardist/founder Lee Shapiro, at the young age of 19, joined Frankie Valli as one of the legendary Four Seasons; Lead guitarist/vocalist/founding member Jimmy Ryan recorded with Carly Simon, Cat Stevens and Elton John; Vocalist/keyboardist/percussionist Russ Velazquez performed with Carole King (who co-wrote the song, “The Loco-Motion,” with songwriting partner, Gerry Goffin); Drummer/vocalist Steve Murphy performed with Felix Cavaliere, Chuck Negron and Mark Farner; Bassist/vocalist Jeff Ganz has also toured with Mark Farner in addition to performing with such music icons as Chuck Berry, Johnny Winter and Cheap Trick among other notables.
Jimmy Ryan co-wrote “She’s Got You Runnin'” with Andy Goldmark while a staff writer at Atlantic Records’ publishing division, Walden Music. It would eventually be recorded by singer Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship/Starship/Elvin Bishop Band) for his first solo album, Alive Alone (1981). “Andy and I would usually draw from our friends, family and TV for inspiration on our subject matter,” states Ryan regarding the song. “This one was about a friend of ours who was being totally jerked around by his ‘girlfriend’ who, yes, was a girl but not much of a friend. We weren’t really trying to give him advice in the song. We did enough of that in real life. We were mostly grateful to them for giving us the inspiration to write about something that was real, happening in the present and that many people experience in the often anxiety ridden realm of romance.”
“‘Rosalie’ had a similar drift but this time from a first person perspective rather than the observer in “She’s Got You Runnin’.” This lyric was written by Mike Ragogna, and my contribution was the music and some lyric edits. In my experience in writing with him, Mike was a master in coming up with subject matter out of the blue. I’m pretty sure this song is not about anybody in particular. Mike just has the gift of observing the world around him, and precipitating a vast amount of observation into fascinating short stories. ‘Rosalie’ was one of ten songs we wrote in 1986 for my solo album project that to both of our disappointment, was never released. I’m thrilled that one of those songs has been brought back to life via The Hit Men!”
“We’ve traveled all over the world, either performing or recording with all of these legendary artists who’s songs we’ve recorded for this Time Travel CD,” comments founder Lee Shapiro. “It represents our collective history with these great artists and their songs. We hope you enjoy it.”
Last December, Larry Gates — an original and longtime member of The Hit Men (2010 – 2016) — lost his battle with Multiple Myeloma at the age of 63 and in his honor and memory, Time Travel is being released on what would’ve been his 64th birthday, Tuesday, May 16.
Time Travel was recorded and mixed by Larry Gates and Jimmy Ryan.
Time Travel will be available for purchase on the band’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TheHitMenLive/) and CD Baby ( http://cdbaby.com/cd/thehitmen17) in addition to their live shows.
If you’d like additional information, an interview with one of the band members or a review copy of the CD, please contact Jeff Albright / The Albright Entertainment Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that select reviews of the CD may be displayed on the big screen behind their stage or merchandise booth at forthcoming shows.
TIME TRAVEL – TRACK LISTING
Good Lovin’ (The Young Rascals and previously, The Olympics) – Featuring special guest guitarist Gene Cornish of The Young Rascals and The Rascals
Joy to the World (Three Dog Night)
Let the River Run (Carly Simon)
The Loco-Motion (Grand Funk Railroad and, previously Little Eva)
Peace Train (Cat Stevens)
She’s Got You Runnin’ (New Original by The Hit Men’s Jimmy Ryan)
Rosalie (New Original by The Hit Men’s Jimmy Ryan)
The Four Seasons Medley 3 – Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ’bout Me)/Working My Way Back to You/Ronnie (The Four Seasons)
Anticipation (Carly Simon)
Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting (Elton John)
*Recorded and Mixed by Larry Gates and Jimmy Ryan
THE HIT MEN can be found at:
Official Website: www.thehitmenlive.com
2017 Promo Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQbHLHBXmzE&feature=youtu.be
A new fan recently posted the following commentary, titled “Oh What A Night,” regarding a show by The Hit Men in Texas in April 2017:
“So what if you won free tickets to see The Who, Journey, Elton John, Three Dog Night, Foreigner, Jim Croce, Tommy James and the Shondells, Cat Stevens, Carole King, Carly Simon, The Turtles, The Young Rascals and The Four Seasons all in one event in one night… WOW! Well, that’s kind of what happened to me last Friday night! My friend and I had the time of our lives with The Hit Men at the Brauntex Theatre. These are five brilliant and phenomenally talented musicians who toured and recorded with all these tremendously famous, iconic, artists and bands! YES! These five amazing guys are the actual artists that helped all these and many, many more bands rocket to stardom.” And I got to be a guest at their show and meet them! It was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life. Thank you Lee Shapiro, Jimmy Ryan, Jeff Ganz, Russ Velazquez and Steve Murphy and Brauntex Theatre.”
THE HIT MEN TOUR DATES 2017 (CONFIRMED)
May 6, 2017 Niswonger PAC Van Wert, OH Ticket Info
May 7, 2017 Arcada Theater St. Charles, IL
May 12, 2017 Three Rivers Casino Florence, OR Ticket Info
May 13, 2017 Three Rivers Casino Florence, OR Ticket Info
June 17, 2017 Martin Lipscomb PAC Highlands, NC
July 20, 2017 The Axelrod PAC Deal, NJ Ticket Info
October 14, 2017 The Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT
October 20, 2017 The Shea, Wm. Patterson Univ. Wayne, NJ
October 21, 2017 The Strand Lakewood, NJ
November 5, 2017 The Maryland Theatre Hagerstown, MD
ABOUT THE HIT MEN
A group of amazing performers, superb musicians, superior vocalists, great arrangers and creative composers, The Hit Men are:
LEE SHAPIRO (keyboardist/founder) – In 1973, at the age of 19, Lee Shapiro joined Frankie Valli as one of the legendary Four Seasons. As keyboardist/musical director, Lee toured the world performing classic hits like “Can’t Take My Eye Off You,” “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Lee was the arranger on the multi-million sellers, “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” and “Who Loves You.” Over the years, Lee has collaborated with stars ranging from Barry Manilow and Tommy James to the London Symphony Orchestra. Fun fact: In 1999, Lee diversified his talents and created the “must have” toys of 2000 and 2001, “Rock ‘N Roll Elmo” and “Rock ‘N Roll Ernie” for Mattel/Fisher-Price.
JIMMY RYAN (lead guitarist/vocalist/founding member) – Jimmy started playing guitar at the age of ten and began performing for audiences by fifteen. By seventeen, he had his first recording contact and, by eighteen, scored his first hit record as lead guitarist, vocalist and co-songwriter with The Critters. When the band split up, Jimmy continued his career as lead guitarist, back-up vocalist, often arranger, and occasional co-writer with Carly Simon, recording such hits as “Anticipation,” “You’re So Vain,” the Academy Award-winning song, “Let the River Run” and many more. His working relationship with Carly spanned twenty-one years and they remain close friends to this day. Jimmy has also recorded albums with many other artists, most notably Cat Stevens and Jim Croce (receiving ha gold record for each), as well as recording with Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, John Entwistle, Jimmy Webb, Elton John and Kiki Dee, The Doors and many more. Fun fact: The George Washington Museum in Mount Vernon is featuring five films with Jimmy’s music and Independence Hall in Philadelphia is currently featuring Jimmy’s music in their introductory presentation of “The Liberty Bell.”
RUSS VELAZQUEZ (vocalist/keyboardist/percussionist) – Born and raised in the Bronx, Russ is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated composer, singer, arranger and producer for TV, radio and film. A “first call” session singer and guitarist for over thirty years, he has performed with some of music’s best including Sting, Carole King, Luther Vandross, Patti Austin, Lisa Fischer, the Ramones and others. Fun fact: He writes music for Sesame St. and has written the theme songs and scored music for various cartoons and TV shows including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2nd and 3rd theme songs), Pokemon, GI Joe Sigma 6, Sonic X, One Piece and Yu-Gi-Oh!
STEVE MURPHY (drummer/vocalist) – Steve is a drummer/singer/producer/engineer and has been heavily involved in the New York music scene since the late ’80s. He became passionate about music and performing at an early age. The artists he has performed and recorded with are some of the most famous and recognizable names in music over the last sixty years. His first big break came in 1998 when he was asked to work as a vocalist in the studio with legendary producer Phil Ramone on a project for Elton John. He was a member of The Alan Parsons Project touring over 40 countries from 2003 – 2010. He has also toured with Jack Bruce, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Chuck Negron, Felix Cavaliere, Dave Mason, Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Mark Farner, The Turtles, Micky Dolenz, Gary Puckett, Mitch Ryder and over a dozen more major artists from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Fun fact: His voice was featured on dozens of national commercials including the Army’s “Be All You Can Be” campaign.
JEFF GANZ (bassist/vocalist) – Born in Washington, DC, Jeff became a New Yorker at the age of 13. A year later, he began performing professionally as a guitarist/vocalist in the Hendrix/Clapton tradition. At the age of 20, Jeff made the decision to master the bass, as it represented the ideal hybrid between harmony and rhythm, guitar and drums. Jeff has toured and recorded with such legends as Johnny Winter, John Lee Hooker, Lou Reed, Tito Puente, Chuck Berry, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Dr. John, Eddie Money, Cheap Trick, Vanilla Fudge and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Jeff’s resume reads like a who’s who of popular American music. His freelance credits include movie soundtracks, Broadway musicals and national television commercials. He appeared on Grammy-nominated recordings with Johnny Winter and John Lee Hooker, as well as the Tony Award-winning original cast album of Roger Miller’s Big River.
Individually, they’ve appeared on over 85 albums and have been awarded numerous gold and platinum albums for their recording and touring efforts.
“STORIES FROM THE ROAD” Video Series
Jimmy Ryan’s story about two insanely memorable days at George Martin’s AIR Studios in London while recording with Carly Simon for her 1972 No Secrets album – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_nILamoiTY
Russ Velazquez’s story about meeting David Bowie at the St. James Theatre in NYC – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYockhNcXqs&feature=youtu.be
Lee Shapiro’s humorous tale of a show with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons at Radio City Music Hall -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d3wtYSXCMw&feature=youtu.be
Jimmy Ryan’s tribute to Jim Croce on what would’ve been Croce’s 74th birthday –
STAY TUNED FOR A NEW “STORIES FROM THE ROAD” FROM THE HIT MEN’S JEFF GANZ!
With so many great stories to tell and songs to sing, it’s easy to see why The Hit Men are a favorite among audiences across America.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LEGENDARY LOU GRAMM AS TODAY, MARCH 8, MARKS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RELEASE OF FOREIGNER’S SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM!
March 8, 2017
Congratulations to the legendary Lou Gramm as today, March 8, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Foreigner’s self-titled debut album… what an amazing album! In my humble opinion, it’s 38 minutes and 46 seconds of rock perfection.
Spawning the Top 20 singles, “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home,” it also contained such fan favorites as “Starrider,” “Headknocker” and “At War with the World.”
While a group by the name of Foreigner still exists, it should never be forgotten that Lou Gramm is, and always will be, the distinct and irreplaceable voice you hear on every single one of the hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Sixteen top 30 hits. 80 million albums sold worldwide. There’s only one Lou.