Now a few shows into their Not In This Lifetime tour, it’s safe to say that Guns N’ Roses are back. With Slash and Axl Rose somehow not hating each other, the tour has already made a few stops, and continues to pick up steam throughout the summer. Last night’s performance featured another classic GNR member as well, as drummer Steven Adler stopped in to pick up the sticks for two great Appetite For Destruction classics, “Out Ta Get Me” and “My Michelle.”While Adler opted out for the major Guns N’ Roses reunion due to health problems, his return to the stage seemingly signaled that the band is as comfortable playing together as ever. Though the drummer was kicked out of the band in 1990 due to his drug addiction, he sounded great while playing with them last night. Seeing four-fifths of the original Appetite For Destruction-era GNR lineup on stage (Izzy Stradlin remains the final holdout) must have been quite the treat, allowing fans to relive the anthemic rock music with passionate nostalgia.You can watch Adler in action on both songs, below.Check out the full setlist from the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. Edit this setlist | More Guns N’ Roses setlists
For many years, Umphrey’s McGee in Chicago was a given for New Year’s Eve. However, never content to repeat themselves, Umphrey’s McGee ventured to spots like Atlanta and Colorado throughout the 2010’s, leaving fans in their hometown Windy City dismayed. Fortunately, the band told fans at North Coast Music Festival to expect a homecoming for the end of 2016, and the group has just confirmed the news.The band will hit Chicago for three nights at the end of December, spending December 29th at The Riviera Theatre before heading to The Aragon Ballroom for two nights, on December 30th and 31st. The show on December 30th will also feature support from The Motet, and Umphrey’s will play three sets as they usher in the New Year.The band has also rolled out a special umVIP package, which includes “a private step and repeat photo-op with the band on 12/30, alongside an open bar and joyous mariachi tunes in the Aragon lobby. Yes, you read that right. Enjoy a set-break pizza party on 12/31, three posters by Chicago artists Land Land, Justin Santora and Baker Prints, a custom umVIP speaker and so much more.”For more information, you can head here. See the full artwork below.
This past Saturday, Greensky Bluegrass made their way to the Crescent City for a performance at The Joy Theater. The boys did not hold back for the NOLA crowd, delivering a memorable set including a pair of classic covers to end each set–Pink Floyd‘s “Time” in set one and the Grateful Dead‘s “Eyes Of The World” in set two. The second set also started off with some entertaining banter about the Chicago Cubs game going on during the show.Thanks to Archive.org user YEMJAMBOY, we can enjoy a full stream of this great show below!Greensky’s current fall tour continues tonight at Duling Hall in Jackson, MS, with support from Wood & Wire.
On Friday, May 26th, LCD Soundsystem delivered a headlining performance on the first night of Sasquatch! Music Festival at the legendary Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA. During their set–a replacement for Frank Ocean‘s cancelled performance–frontman James Murphy candidly shared some news that fans of the band have been eagerly awaiting since their reunion in 2016. LCD Soundsystem’s new album is “finally done, feel like we knocked it out of the park on this one.”The album–the group’s first since their 2010 pre-breakup LP This Is Happening–will feature the two songs the band released earlier this month, “Call The Police” and “American Dream,” as well as “Tonight” (premiered during their 5-night, venue-opening run at Brooklyn Steel last month) and several more as-of-yet unheard tracks. The band recently appeared on Saturday Night Live, where they debuted “American Dream” and “Call The Police” to the masses unable to attend the Brooklyn Steel shows (where photos and videos were explicitly prohibited by the band). You can get excited for LCD Soundsystem’s long-awaited new album by watching video of the Brooklyn-based band perform “Call the Police” and “American Dream” on Saturday Night Live below:“Call The Police”“American Dream”[h/t – Pitchfork]
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead just released the 42nd installment of their weekly series, Taper Tuesdays, yesterday, publishing the soundboards from their performance at Sunshine Music Festival on January 15th, 2017 at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida. Back in March, the Grateful Dead-inspired ensemble released a recording of their performance from the first day of the festival, which was held at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, Florida. With this latest Taper Tuesday release, we can now all enjoy both Joe Russo’s Almost Dead performances from across Sunshine Music Festival in both St. Petersburg and Boca Raton.Tedeschi Trucks Band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, & More Close Out Sunshine Music Fest With Friends & Family [Audio/Videos]For Sunday’s performance, the amazing Alecia Chakour sat in with Almost Dead for the set, lending her stellar vocals to the group ahead of her own performance with Tedeschi Trucks Band later in the day. That, in and of itself, makes the show worthy of a listen. Ahead of the final number of “Samson & Delilah,” Chakour took over the lead vocals for “The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion),” with her powerful, soulful voice masterfully covering the slowed down, bluesy tune. You can listen to the full show from the second day of Sunshine Music Festival below.You can listen to the full show from the second day of Sunshine Music Festival below, courtesy ofEric McRoberts. You can also head here to listen to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s performance from day one of the festival here.[Photo: Ellison White]Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Sunshine Music Festival at Mizner Park Amphitheater | Boca Raton, FL | 1/15/2017Set: Feel Like A Stranger (SM) -> China Cat Sunflower (TH) -> I Know You Rider (All) -> Jam @ -> Jack Straw (SM & TH) -> Jam -> St. Stephen (TH) > Sugar Magnolia/Sunshine Day Dream (SM) > Fire On the Mountain # (TH), The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) (AC), Samson & Delilah (SM)AC is Alecia Chakour (TTB) on Lead Vocals@ – With Throwing Stones Teases (SM, then Band)# – With a Unknown Tease (MB)
Brooklyn’s instrumental powerhouse The Budos Band will host their own hometown New Year’s gigs with a double date of shows at the Knitting Factory on Saturday, December 30th, and Sunday, December 31st. Musically, The Budos Band draws its unique sound from an amalgamation of influences, such as Ethiopian afrobeat, soul, funk, psychedelic rock, and even some prog-metal stylings. On stage, the band is a force to be reckoned with, bordering on the brink of mainly organized chaos, though always keeping a natural ebb and flow that keeps listeners grooving in some way, shape, or form. (More information on The Budos Band’s upcoming NYE run can be found here).Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats And The Budos Band Hit Red Rocks For First Of Two Nights [Photos]Back in 2005, The Budos Band landed a spot on funk and soul label Daptone Records—a label that has had the privilege of sharing the music of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, The Sugarman 3, Antibalas, and more—with their self-titled debut album. With the release of 2014’s Burnt Offering, “The band embraced the thick, Lo-Fi grunginess of 60’s era Blues and Rock albums, leaning heavily on fuzz boxes and echo to color the palate of the album.” The group has toured around the world, shared the stage with the unforgettable talent Charles Bradley on several occasions, and now carry the torch for Daptone Records with the untimely passings of both Bradley and Sharon Jones over the last year.The Budos Band with Charles Bradley, “Heart of Gold”[via Tim McG Photography & Video]Joining The Budos Band for their upcoming two-night Knitting Factory New Year’s Eve run will be Electric Citizen, The Nude Party, Evolfo, DJ Mikey Post, as well as a just announced special Sunflower Bean DJ Set on the 31st. Electric Citizen hails from Cincinnati, OH and is straight up, in-your-face rock and roll led by the incredible vocals of lead singer Laura Dolan.Electric Citizen, “Light Years Beyond”[via RidingEasy Records]The Nude Party is self-described “boner pop”—yes, you read that correctly—and clearly take life very seriously, as can be seen in their video (and possibly the greatest music videos of all time) for “Time To Go”.The Nude Party, “Time To Go”[via The Nude Party]Brooklyn’s own garage-soul act Evolfo will keep things local and is poised to make some serious moves of their own after releasing their latest album Last of the Acid Cowboys earlier this year.Evolfo, “Last Of The Acid Cowboys”[via Sofar Sounds]Tickets for the upcoming two-night Knitting Factory run are currently on-sale. Purchase tickets for December 30th here, and for December 31st here. A limited amount of two-night passes are available via Ticketweb. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets Below!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
4 Peaks Music Festival will feature performances by Greensky Bluegrass Nahko & Medicine for the People, North Mississippi Allstars, and The New Mastersounds when the homegrown fest returns to Bend, OR from June 21st to June 24th.Poor Man’s Whiskey, Particle, Brothers Comatose, The Mother Hips, Molly Tuttle, Scott Pemberton and more are also set to appear at the festival, which will take place at the Stevenson Ranch.Now in its 11th year, 4 Peaks Music Festival was originally launched as a backyard gathering for Central Oregon residents. Last year‘s 10th anniversary celebration featured sets from moe., Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.Tickets for the 2018 edition of 4 Peaks Music Festival are now on sale. [Photo: Greg Homolka]
A few weeks ago, Ween added to their summer touring schedule, announcing a number of new shows in late July in Ohio and the Northeast. Today, the band has added to its upcoming tour dates, announcing a pair of shows at Edgefield Concerts in Troutdale, Oregon, a venue located just east of Portland. The group will head to the West Coast for the two-night run in August, with the shows on August 17th and 18th marketed as “An Evening With Ween.”The band, which consists of Gene and Dean Ween alongside longtime band members Claude Coleman, Jr. (drums), Dave Dreiwitz (bass) and Glenn McClelland (keyboards), had previously announced a June run through Missouri and Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre.As the band continues to add tour dates sporadically, here’s to hoping that these dates hint at the coming announcement of a full-fledged West Coast tour in the late summer. Tickets for Ween’s upcoming August 17th and August 18th performance at Edgefield go on sale on Friday, April 20th, at 10 a.m. (PT) via Ticketfly.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Fall 2018 Dates:October 18 – Philadelphia, PA —Tower TheaterOctober 19 – Philadelphia, PA —Tower TheaterOctober 20 – Washington, DC — The AnthemNovember 8 – Los Angeles, CA —The WilternNovember 9 – Los Angeles, CA —The WilternNovember 10 – Oakland, CA — Fox TheatreNovember 11 – Oakland, CA — Fox TheatreView Fall Tour Dates Just a few days after wrapping up an exciting two-night run during Jazz Fest in New Orleans, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead have announced a series of seven fall tour dates in four different cities.JRAD’s fall tour will get started when the band heads to Philadelphia for back-to-back shows at the Tower Theater on October 18th and 19th. The following night—on October 20th—the group will take over The Anthem in Washington, DC. The group will swing through California a few weeks later, with two nights at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 8th and 9th and two nights at the Fox Theatre in Oakland on November 10th and 11th.As previously reported, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead just wrapped up their fourth-annual Jazz Fest run in New Orleans. This year’s two-night heater took place at the Mardi Gras World Ballroom and featured sit-ins from violinist Katie Jacoby and Cage The Elephant guitarist Nick Bockrath.Tickets for all seven shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 11th. A Facebook pre-sale will take place on Wednesday, May 9th. For more information, or to check out a full list of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming tour dates, head tot he band’s website.
While Naftaly and Jackson can joke about the chicken that was cooked, it seems as though a great deal of Naftaly’s gear was stolen. In a different Facebook post, he lists:2013 Les Paul gold top2001 Fender Stratocaster with stickersCigar Box 6-stringCigar Box 6-string 2014 Squier Telecaster blonde2016 PRS blueBass guitar Squier7 guitar pedals and pedalboardHowever, it seems as though, despite the unfortunate robberies that occurred while the band was out of the country, Naftaly, Jackson, and the rest of the band are still in high spirits. Ahead of Naftaly’s flight from Sydney back to Memphis, the guitarist shared the following message with fans:Well let’s talk positive: everything in life happens for a reason. And its all for the best. So what is the reason and how can I use this tragedy to my advantage. me and Tierinii are looking for a new house in a safer area around Memphis right now to move into immediately. We will have to compromise on many parts of life but at least have a home to come back to. The music gear is insured through the band company but some stuff is irreplaceable. The rest of the stuff that was stolen like the TV or laptop are history. But I don’t really care about materialistic things. All I want is a house in a safe neighborhood to come back to and feel comfortable. Once we find a new home (not going back to that shithole) then I’ll be able to relax again. It sucks being away and not be able to take care of it now. But all is good and I’m thankful for so many things in my life that losing almost everything feels like a healthy reset. I wonder if they broke our blues music awards…..Here’s to hoping that the instruments and gear are found and returned quickly, that Naftaly and Jackson find a safe, new home quickly, and that Southern Avenue doesn’t go hungry after their dinner was burgled. For those interested, fans have created a GoFundMe to recoup the costs of the band’s lost gear. You can head here to donate. Southern Avenue is a quickly rising act on the scene, with the fiery Memphis quintet channeling their hometown’s soul, blues, and gospel roots while adding their own firebrand energy to the mix. Recently, the band has been on tour in Australia, and unfortunately, tragedy struck after members of the band found out that their shared home had been robbed. Southern Avenue’s founder and guitarist, Ori Naftaly, and captivating lead singer, Tierinii Jackson, both posted about the robbery on social media today.