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September 17, 2014

More Gushin’ About Rush…40th Anniversary Edition

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Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Forty years ago a little-known band from Canada by the name of Rush released their self-titled debut album on their own label (did Indie exist then?).  This year they’re celebrating their 40th anniversary by taking a year off their extensive touring schedule.  Which is totally understandable, as they’ve been on the road since 2010.  There are even rumors that they’ll be hitting the road again in 2015 with a 41st anniversary celebration tour.  But, then, how on earth do they plan on exploiting 2014?  I mean, it is an anniversary year, after all.  They toured extensively in 2004 for the 30th, even releasing live concert footage of the show.  So with no tour plans, what can fans expect this year from the holy triumvirate?

Well, for starters, they re-released their debut album on vinyl already.  It’s a box set that includes all the original artwork, sound from the original masters, and a whole bunch of juicy extras.  All that came out back in April.  But now we’re getting something even bigger.

This:

It’s a 6-disc blu-ray box set that includes all their most recent live releases:  Rush in Rio, R30, Snakes & Arrows Live, Time Machine: Live in Cleveland, and Clockwork Angels Tour.  But that’s only five, you say.  That’s right, and for many hardcore fans, those five discs don’t amount to much–we’ve already got them all!  But it’s the bonus 6th disc that’s the real kicker.  It’s got a whole mess of unreleased footage–some stuff fans have been begging for for a long time.

It includes footage from a 1974 show at Laura Secord Secondary School (track list forthcoming), footage from a 1976 show at Capitol Theater (including Bastille Day, Anthem, Lakeside Park, 2112, and Fly By Night/In the Mood), footage of Lock & Key from A Show of Hands (the laserdisc version, which did not make the cut to the DVD release), the I Love You Man outro video from the Time Machine tour (which was excluded from the DVD release due to legal concerns), the footage of Rush’s performances from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and most importantly, footage from the 1997 show at Molson Amphitheater.

Why most importantly?  Well, back in the day there was talk of live video releases from the Test For Echo tour, which was documented on the Different Stages live album.   But it never happened, apparently due to the recordings being unsalvageable.  For those who are unaware, the Test For Echo tour was the first time Rush toured without an opener, instead adopting the “An Evening With…” format and featuring two full sets with an intermission.  This tour is most noteworthy for the fact that it included, for the first and only time, the entire seven-part suite of 2112.  And for those waiting to get their hands on live footage of all twenty minutes, you’re about to get your wish.  The footage from the 1997 show includes eight songs, almost all of which have no previously released live version.  The track list includes:  Limelight, Half the World, Limbo, Virtuality, Nobody’s Hero, Test For Echo, Leave That Thing Alone/Drum Solo, and 2112.

The package is set for a November release date (currently 11/11, but who knows if any delays will pop up), just in time for the holidays.  Got a special Rush fan in your life?  There just so happens to be a gift idea readily available.

As for the 2015 tour rumors, it’s still just all rumors.  And they come from Alex Lifeson.  So about a dozen shakers of salt are necessary.  But you never know.  This is a band who made their name as a live act, and who seems to live and thrive on the stage.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that a 41st anniversary tour is in the works.  Maybe we’ll get an official word sometime.  Then all we’ll have to worry about is how expensive the damn tickets will be.  And whether or not they’ll bust out Jacob’s Ladder.

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

March 13, 2012

New Pretty Reckless EP & Some Release Dates

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

The Pretty Reckless have put out a brand new EP with 5 tracks called Hit Me Like a Man.  Two of the tracks are live versions of older material (“Make Me Wanna Die” and “Since You’re Gone” from their debut album), and the other three are new songs (“Hit Me Like a Man,” “Under the Water,” and “Cold Blooded”).  It’s a very promising release, and hopefully it means there’ll be a new album sometime in the near future.  Definitely check it out, it’s really great.  And don’t be surprised if one of the new tunes makes it into the playlist for this Sunday’s show…hint, hint.

In other news, there have been a few new release dates for upcoming albums in the near future.  I’ve mentioned before that Shinedown’s new album, Amaryllis, is due out on March 27.  In addition, The Mars Volta’s new album Noctourniquet and Alter Bridge’s new live album are scheduled for release on the same day.  Of Monsters and Men are going to be releasing their debut album, My Head is an Animal, on April 3 – they currently have an EP out called Into the Woods, which is a really great start, and it really makes me look forward to the full collection.  Finally, the biggest news – Rush’s Clockwork Angels has been given a May 29 release date, so mark your calendars.  They day of reckoning is finally within reach!

New artists added to the library:  Cherri Bomb (Stark – EP)

Artists updated in the library:  Apocalyptica (Worlds Collide, 7th Symphony), The Pretty Reckless (Hit Me Like a Man – EP)

Artists to watch:  The Joy Formidable, The Pretty Reckless, Of Monsters & Men, Rev Theory, VersaEmerge, Cherri Bomb, Pop Evil

Upcoming Shows:

March 29 – The Joy Formidable at the Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA

April 12 – The Pretty Reckless at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA

April 16 – Creed performing My Own Prison at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

April 17 – Creed performing Human Clay at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

April 21 – Shinedown with Adelitas Way & Art of Dying at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

April 24 – Nickelback with Bush and Seether at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

May 11 – Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

May 16 – Incubus at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA

May 20 – blink-182 with The All American Rejects at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA

June 11 – Grouplove at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA

June 14 – Foster the People at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA

June 26 – Dave Matthews Band at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

June 27 – Dave Matthews Band at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ *

June 29 – Dave Matthews Band at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA

July 14 – Roger Waters performs The Wall at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA

* I’ll be there

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

February 17, 2012

Update 2/17

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

Coheed & Cambria has a new song in the works!  The band posted a video on YouTube and their website showing Claudio’s first ever playthrough of the song on an acoustic guitar.  You can also download the audio of the acoustic performance for free on their website.  The song is called “Sentry the Defiant,” and I believe it’s supposed to be for the next album.  Here’s a link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pmsua-OLY_8.

In other news, Dave Matthews Band has announced a summer tour, and will be hitting Camden and Hershey – Camden for two nights.  Tickets don’t go on sale until March.  See below for details.

New artists added to the library:  Pop Evil (War of Angels), Adelitas Way (Home School Valedictorian), Godsmack (The Oracle)

Artists to watch:  The Joy Formidable, The Pretty Reckless, Of Monsters & Men, Rev Theory, VersaEmerge, Young the Giant, Pop Evil

Upcoming Shows:

February 29 – Company of Thieves at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA

March 3 – Chevelle at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

March 5 – Van Halen at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

March 9 – MuteMath at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA

March 10 – Young the Giant with Grouplove at the Electric Factory in Philadelphi, PA

March 29 – The Joy Formidable at the Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA

April 12 – The Pretty Reckless at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA

April 16 – Creed performing My Own Prison at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

April 17 – Creed performing Human Clay at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

April 21 – Shinedown with Adelitas Way & Art of Dying at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

April 24 – Nickelback with Bush and Seether at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

May 11 – Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

May 16 – Incubus at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA

June 14 – Foster the People at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA

June 26 – Dave Matthews Band at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

June 27 – Dave Matthews Band at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

June 29 – Dave Matthews Band at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA

July 14 – Roger Waters performs The Wall at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

January 27, 2012

Update 1/27

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

Halestorm has set a release date for their forthcoming album The Strange Case Of… at April 10, 2012.  Here’s the official track listing from the band’s website (http://www.halestormrocks.com/):

  1. Love Bites (So Do I)
  2. Mz. Hyde
  3. I Miss the Misery
  4. Freak Like Me
  5. Beautiful With You
  6. In Your Room
  7. Break In
  8. Rock Show
  9. Daughters of Darkness
  10. You Call Me a Bitch Like It’s a Bad Thing
  11. American Boys
  12. Here’s to Us

You can also listen to four of the tracks ahead of time on the band’s official Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18CsONbjOFE.  They’ll be touring this year with Staind and Godsmack as well, but there haven’t been any dates in the Philadelphia area announced yet.  I’ll keep my eyes open.

New artists added to the library:  The Naked and Famous (Passive Me Aggressive You), Metric (Fantasies), Christina Perri (lovestrong.), Of Monsters & Men (Into the Woods – EP)

Artists updated:  3 Doors Down (Away From the Sun), Foo Fighters (Self-Titled)

Artists to watch:  The Joy Formidable, The Pretty Reckless, Of Monsters & Men, Rev Theory, VersaEmerge, Young the Giant

Upcoming Shows:

January 29 – Tool at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

February 4 – Rise Against at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

February 7 – The Darkness at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA

February 11 – Peter Frampton at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

February 29 – Company of Thieves at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA

March 3 – Chevelle at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

March 5 – Van Halen at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

March 9 – MuteMath at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA

March 10 – Young the Giant with Grouplove at the Electric Factory in Philadelphi, PA

March 29 – The Joy Formidable at the Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA

April 12 – The Pretty Reckless at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA

April 16 – Creed performing My Own Prison at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

April 17 – Creed performing Human Clay at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

April 24 – Nickelback with Bush and Seether at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

May 11 – Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

June 14 – Foster the People at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA

July 14 – Roger Waters performs The Wall at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

January 4, 2012

New Shinedown Song & Album Updates

Filed under: News — rockshowmusic @ 8:11 pm

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

New details on Shinedown’s upcoming fourth album have been made public, and the first single from the album has hit the airwaves.  The album, to be titled Amaryllis, has been given a release date of March 27, and the band has released the debut single on Youtube.  The song is called “Bully” – it’s got some great music, but personally I’m not too keen on the lyrics yet.  I’m sure it’ll grow on me.  It’s definitely a hard-rocking song, though, and I think the music bodes well for the upcoming album.

Here’s a link to the Youtube video Shinedown posted the other day:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X8evilzsW0&feature=youtu.be

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

December 22, 2011

Update 12/22

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

Word on the street is that Rush’s new album Clockwork Angels has been finished.  Apparently Rush’s sound engineer tweeted the news a few days ago, and based on a November interview with guitarist Alex Lifeson mixing is supposedly booked for the next year.  Hopefully this means a springtime release with a summer tour, which I believe has been suggested by the band as well.  Here’s a link to the source of this wonderful information.  Looking forward to any more updates, but this one’s a biggie!

Artists added to the library:  Grouplove (Never Trust a Happy Song)

Artists updated:  Yes (90125), 3 Doors Down (Self-Titled), Chevelle (Hats Off to the Bull)

Artists to watch:  The Joy Formidable, Young the Giant, The Pretty Reckless, VersaEmerge, Rev Theory

Upcoming Shows:

December 29 – Taking Back Sunday at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

December 31 – Halestorm at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA

January 29 – Tool at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

February 4 – Rise Against at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

February 7 – The Darkness at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA

February 11 – Peter Frampton at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

March 9 – MuteMath at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA

March 10 – Young the Giant with Grouplove at the Electric Factory in Philadelphi, PA

April 16 – Creed performing My Own Prison at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

April 17 – Creed performing Human Clay at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

June 14 – Foster the People at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA

July 14 – Roger Waters performs The Wall at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

November 18, 2011

Reel Big Fish at Lehigh-Laf-A-Palooza! (Oh, And the Set List)

Filed under: Concert Listing, News, Review, Update — rockshowmusic @ 12:26 am

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Reel Big Fish played the pep rally at Lehigh University tonight in Grace Hall on campus.  The pep rally was for the upcoming football game against a certain school in Easton that I will not disgrace my blog by naming, and it featured a full live set by Reel Big Fish.  It was a killer show (I was right in the front of the pit), and I managed to get a T-shirt signed by five out of the six band members.  My roommate was much luckier and got a set list and all six signatures.  Oh, well, that’s how it goes.  I’m pretty familiar with RBF’s songs, but there were a few I didn’t know.  Therefore, I’m posting the set list based on the set list my roommate got right off the stage (so I’m pretty sure it’s 100% accurate!).  Here it is, exactly as written on the paper (with abbreviations and everything):

  1. Everything Sucks
  2. I Want Your Girlfriend
  3. Ban the Tube Top
  4. Somebody Hates Me
  5. Join the Club
  6. 241
  7. Brown Eyed Girl
  8. Good Thing/Your Guts
  9. Kids Don’t Like/in the Pit
  10. the Set Up
  11. Where Have You Been
  12. The Bad Guy
  13. Trendy *
  14. She Has a Girlfriend Now
  15. Suckers/Kiss Me Deadly
  16. Snoop Dog, Baby
  17. Sayonara Senorita
  18. S.R./FU

Encore

  1. Beer
  2. Sell Out
  3. Take On Me **

* Not on the printed set list; played by request

** Hand written on the set list

Tune in to 91.3 FM WLVR Bethlehem (www.wlvr.org) on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm for The Rock Show – featuring a triple shot of Reel Big Fish in celebration of the game and the concert!

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

November 16, 2011

Welcome Home, Josh Eppard & New Coheed & Cambria Album

Filed under: News — rockshowmusic @ 7:21 pm

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

It’s official as of today – Coheed & Cambria’s original drummer, Josh Eppard, has returned to take the place of the recently departed Chris Pennie.  Eppard had left the band years ago and was replaced by Pennie (though Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins did the drums on Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV Volume 2: No World For Tomorrow), but according to the band their recent musical direction caused them to part ways with Pennie.  Yesterday a countdown appeared on the band’s website, counting down to a video tease of what sounds like new material played by Claudio, Travis, and a mysterious drummer.  Today, it was revealed that the drummer is Josh Eppard, and that he has officially rejoined the band.

As if that wasn’t enough, the band also announced that they are officially working on their next album.  According to the announcement, the band is already three songs into the new album.  They are working with Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner, the producers responsible for the band’s first three albums.  Looking forward to whatever comes next!

Here is a link to the press release: http://cobaltandcalcium.com/2011/11/16/coheed-and-cambria-to-reunite-with-josh-eppard-enter-studio-to-record-sixth-album/

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

October 13, 2011

Update 10/13

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

Paramore has announced a tempting offer – by joining their “Singles Club,” you’ll be able to receive three new singles (ha! I get it!) between now and the end of the year.  The three singles are “In the Mourning,” “Renegade,” and one we’ve never heard anything about before – “Hello Cold World.”  The band’s website has all the details (link).  Apparently this will be the only way to get your hands on these singles before the new album comes out (supposedly next year) – interesting marketing strategy.  I’m not sure if I’m impatient enough for this, as I tend to avoid signing up for fanclubs and such.  I’ll probably just wait for the new album.

Speaking of singles, Pearl Jam’s “Ole” is the free download of the week on iTunes this week.  Of course, the band hosted the song on their own website for free download for a while (though I can’t tell if it’s still available).  What this means, though, is that “Ole” is actually being released as an official single.  That’s all well and good – I’m still keeping my ears peeled for news on the new album.

Also, as an FYI, since Lehigh’s Pacing Break is over, expect The Rock Show to be back on the air this Sunday from 3pm to 5pm.  Tune in on 91.3 FM WLVR Bethlehem, or stream live at www.wlvr.org.  Listen for the new Coheed tune, something off Orianthi’s brand new EP, some new Steven Wilson, and much more!

New artists added to the library:  The Joy Formidable (The Big Roar)

Artists updated in the library:  Orianthi (Fire – EP), Coheed & Cambria (Deranged [single song])

Artists to watch:  The Joy Formidable, The Pretty Reckless, Young the Giant, Rev Theory, VersaEmerge

Upcoming Shows:

October 14 – Bush with Chevelle and Filter at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

October 16 – Dream Theater at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, PA

October 21 – Jane’s Addiction at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

October 22 – Smashing Pumpkins at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

October 26 – Circa Survive at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

October 30 – Evanescence at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

November 5 – Korn at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

November 10 – Foo Fighters with Social Distortion and The Joy Formidable at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA *

November 12 – Steven Wilson at the Temple Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia, PA

November 20 – The Airborne Toxic Event at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

November 23 – Chris Cornell (Solo Acoustic) at the Symphony Hall in Allentown, PA

November 25 – Chris Cornell at the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ

November 26 – Guns N Roses at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ

December 29 – Taking Back Sunday at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

* I’ll be there

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

September 26, 2011

Update 9/26

Filed under: News, Update — Tags: , , , , , , , — rockshowmusic @ 10:11 pm

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!

Just a brief update – Alter Bridge is going to be re-releasing its most recent album, AB III, on October 25 with some bonus tracks and a DVD documentary.  Of the bonus tracks, two of them (“Zero” and “Home”) were on my copy of the album when I bought it back in March, so I’m not really sure what the deal is with that.  But there is another bonus track, “Never Born to Follow,” that I haven’t seen before.  Either way, the bonus documentary sounds interesting enough.  In other Alter Bridge news, the band has mentioned that they’re going to be taking 2012 off – singer Myles Kennedy will be touring with Slash, the other members will be reuniting with Creed, and lead guitarist Mark Tremonti will be doing a solo project.  Then, in 2013, the band promises to get back together for a new album.  Lots of stuff going on there, so keep your eyes open.

Artist added to the library:  Young the Giant (Self-Titled)

Artists updated in the library:  Finger Eleven (Them Vs. You Vs. Me)

Artists to watch:  The Pretty Reckless, Young the Giant, VersaEmerge, Rev Theory

Upcoming Shows:

September 26 – Anberlin and Switchfoot at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA

September 27 – Rise Against at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

September 30 – George Thorogood & the Destroyers at the Keswick Theater in Glendside, PA

September 30 – Third Eye Blind at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

October 14 – Bush with Chevelle and Filter at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

October 16 – Dream Theater at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, PA

October 21 – Jane’s Addiction at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

October 22 – Smashing Pumpkins at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA

October 26 – Circa Survive at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

October 30 – Evanescence at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ

November 10 – Foo Fighters with Social Distortion and The Joy Formidable at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA *

November 20 – The Airborne Toxic Event at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

November 23 – Chris Cornell (Solo Acoustic) at the Symphony Hall in Allentown, PA

* I’ll be there

~The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Keep listening!

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