Heart Extends U.S. Tour Itinerary into November

    Image Courtesy of Norman SeeffHeart currently is playing a run of late-summer U.S. concert in the Midwest and Northeast that winds down on August 13 in Kettering, Ohio, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have extended their 2014 itinerary well into the fall.  The Wilson sisters and their band will launch a West Coast tour that's mapped out from a September 13 concert in Saratoga, California, through a September 26 show in Pomona, California.

    That outing also will make stops in a couple of other California cities, as well as in Oregon and Washington.  In addition, Heart has a few shows lined up in October and November in Arizona, Texas, Kansas and Florida.

    As previously reported, Heart also will headline the inaugural Grammy Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock event, which sets sail from Miami on November 4 and visits Grand Bahama Island and Nassau in The Bahamas before returning to port on November 8.  The nautical musical extravaganza, which celebrates Grammy-winning and -nominated female artists, also will include performances by Emmylou Harris, The Indigo Girls, Joan Osbourne, Shawn Colvin, Estelle and Skylar Grey.

    Here is Heart's complete list of upcoming tour dates, according to the band's official website:

    7/29 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
    7/30 -- Columbus, OH, Ohio State Fair
    8/1 -- Anderson, IN, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
    8/2 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino & Resort
    8/3 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
    8/5 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark
    8/6 -- Watertown, NY, Watertown Fairgrounds Arena
    8/8 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
    8/9 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion
    8/11 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
    8/13 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
    9/16 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
    9/18 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox (Market)
    9/20 -- Troutdale, OR, Edgefield
    9/22 -- Bend, OR, Les Schwab Amphitheater
    9/23 -- Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino Hotel
    9/25 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
    9/26 -- Pomona, CA, Los Angeles County Fair
    10/18 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Go AZ Motorcycle Racetrack - Bob's Biker Blast
    10/21 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
    10/24 -- Salina, KS, Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
    11/4-8 -- Miami, FL, Grammy Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock
    11/11 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall


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    Second Installment of Led Zeppelin Reissue Campaign Arriving in October

    Atlantic/Swan SongThe Led Zeppelin reissue campaign will continue this fall, when the band releases remastered and expanded versions of their fourth and fifth studio albums, 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy.  The deluxe sets, which will hit stores on October 28, will include bonus discs featuring previously unreleased mixes and studio outtakes.

    As with the first installment of the reissue series, which came out in June, the new releases will be available in a variety of formats.  These include a single CD version; a deluxe edition, which boasts the "companion" audio disc; vinyl versions of those two packages; and a Super Deluxe Boxed Set, which contains the album and the companion audio, both on CD and vinyl, plus an 80-page book of rare and unseen photos, a digital download of the music, and a high-quality print of the original album cover.  The reissues are available for pre-order now at LedZeppelin.com.

    Led Zeppelin IV, which also sometimes is referred to as the "Runes" album or "Zoso," topped the Billboard 200 upon its 1971 release and went on to sell 23 million copies in the U.S., making it the third most-successful album ever in the country.  Among the many classic songs featured on the record are "Stairway to Heaven," "Rock and Roll," "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop," and "Going to California."  The companion disc included with the deluxe reissue of the album feature alternate mixes of all eight tracks.

    Houses of the Holy also reached #1 on the Billboard album tally, and has sold more than 11 million copies since its 1973 release.  Among the well-known Zeppelin tunes on the track list are "Over the Hills and Far Away," "Dancing Days," "The Song Remains the Same," and the reggae-influenced "D'yer Mak'er."  Alternate and/or rough mixes of seven of the record's eight songs are featured on the reissued version's companion disc.

    Here's a rundown of all the "companion audio" you'll get with the Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy reissues:

    Led Zeppelin IV: Companion Audio Disc
    "Black Dog" -- Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs
    "Rock and Roll" -- Alternate Mix
    "The Battle of Evermore" -- Mandolin/Guitar Mix from Headley Grange
    "Stairway to Heaven" -- Sunset Sound Mix
    "Misty Mountain Hop" -- Alternate Mix
    "Four Sticks" -- Alternate Mix
    "Going to California" -- Mandolin/Guitar Mix
    "When the Levee Breaks" -- Alternate UK Mix

    Houses of the Holy: Companion Audio Disc
    "The Song Remains the Same" -- Guitar Overdub Reference Mix
    "The Rain Song" -- Mix Minus Piano
    "Over the Hills and Far Away" -- Guitar Mix Backing Track
    "The Crunge" -- Rough Mix - Keys Up
    "Dancing Days" -- Rough Mix with Vocal
    "No Quarter" -- Rough Mix with John Paul Jones Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal
    "The Ocean" -- Working Mix


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    Kansas Welcomes New Keyboard Player, David Manion, to Band's Lineup

    Current Kansas Lineup (Chipster PR)Kansas has announced another addition to its lineup in the wake of singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh's decision to leave the band.  Earlier this month, the veteran prog rockers revealed that Ronnie Platt, former frontman of the group Shooting Star, will be taking over Walsh's lead-vocal duties soon, and now Kansas has announced via its Facebook page that David Manion "will be handling the main keyboard parts for the band on stage."

    Manion is a founding member of longtime Kansas bassist Billy Greer's side project Seventh Key.

    He says in a statement, "To say how excited I am for the opportunity to be playing keyboards with Kansas would be the understatement of my life…It truly is a dream come true.  To be a part of a band with a 40-year history, with so many albums out, and one that has proven to have put so much of the 'prog' in progressive music since virtually the beginning of the genre, is the greatest feeling I have had in quite some time."

    Kansas drummer Phil Ehart says about Manion joining the group, "It's going to be great having David up on stage.  He's a world class keyboard player and a longtime member of the Kansas family."

    Adds Greer, "I've been working with David since the mid eighties…For me, he has always been the 'go to' guy when any keyboard work was needed…David has done a phenomenal job on all the Seventh Key stuff and will bring the same integrity to the music of Kansas!"

    Both Manion and Platt will make their live debut with Kansas at a September 12 concert in Oklahoma City.  Walsh revealed his decision to resign from Kansas in late June.  His last performance with the band is scheduled for August 16 in Sioux City, Iowa.

    Meanwhile, Greer has sent a statement to MelodicRock.com expressing his feelings about Walsh's departure from Kansas.  "It really saddens me to see Steve leave the band," he writes.  "I have about a 34 year history with Steve, so, it makes it extra hard to see him go.  I owe a lot my success in the music business to Steve and for that I am very grateful.  To me he is still one of the greatest voices in rock 'n roll!"

    He adds, "I wish him all the best, love him like a brother and will be there for him if he ever needs me!"


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    Purported Madonna Demos Leak Online

    Mert & Marcus/Warner Bros. RecordsA couple of purported Madonna demos from the early 1990s have surfaced online.

    Idolator.com notes that the tunes, titled "Shame" and "You Are the One," were produced by Shep Pettibone, who worked on Madonna's 1992 album, Erotica.  Both tracks have been linked in the past to "The Rain Tapes," a collection of demo snippets from the Erotica era.

    Madonna is currently focusing on a new album.  Earlier this month, she hinted on Instagram that one of the songs she's working on may be titled "Messiah."


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    Eric Clapton Says He Hopes JJ Cale Tribute Album Will Introduce Fans "to the Way He Made Things Sound"

    Bushbranch Record/Surfdog RecordsEric Clapton's star-packed JJ Cale tribute album, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, hits stores today.  Joining Clapton on the collection of compositions by the late Oklahoma-based singer/songwriter are Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson and John Mayer, as well as many other respected musicians.

    In a promotional video focusing on the making of the album, Clapton explains that he was more interested in capturing the sound of Cale's own records rather than he and his fellow collaborators putting their spin on the tunes.

    "I thought it was the respectful thing to do, rather than just say…'Never mind all that.  I'm gonna do it the way I do everything,'" he notes.  "If you've never heard of JJ Cale, when you hear this record, you will be introduced to the way he made things sound.  And I thought that was as important as anything else."

    The music and playing of Cale, who died of heart failure at age 74 in July 2013, were major influences on Clapton's post-1960s recordings.  JJ wrote two of Eric's best-known tunes -- "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" -- while Slowhand's 1977 hit "Lay Down Sally" was clearly inspired by Cale laidback country-blues style.

    In the video, Eric reveals that the idea for the tribute album starting taking shape around the time of Cale's funeral.

    "After the funeral, we gathered again to McCabe's [guitar shop in Los Angeles,] and I heard myself say that apart from family, the most profound effects of people passing on me were [blues legend] Freddie King and JJ," he declares.  "So those characters, for some reason, have been very, very deep in my musical psyche."

    Soon, Clapton teamed up with his longtime co-producer Simon Climie and, along with engineer Alan Douglas, and, as he explains, they "began to create the framework for this album."

    Of the various stars who lent their talents to the record, Eric singles out Mayer as someone whose contributions he was particularly impressed with.  The pop-blues virtuoso sings and plays guitar appears on three songs on The Breeze -- "Magnolia," "Lies" and "Don't Wait."

    "He cut all those tracks in about an hour, first or second take, and I was gobsmacked," says Clapton.  "Y'know, [I have] a new respect for John, 'cause he's extremely gifted."

    Mayer, meanwhile, is mutually complimentary of Clapton, praising him for the respect he shows the musicians who came before him.

    "This kind of project continues to speak volumes about Eric and where he sees himself in the lineage of music," Mayer points out in the video.  "He's never denied being a recipient of inspiration.  He's never denied being a student of the blues, and that really inspired me to see myself as somewhere in…the ongoing lineage."

    The Breeze is available as a standard CD, vinyl LP and digital download.  In addition, separate deluxe multiple CD and vinyl LP packages can be purchased at Surfdog.com.  The deluxe CD box set offers a bonus disc of original recordings by Cale, including three previously unreleased tracks; a specially designed USB drive featuring digital versions of The Breeze and the Cale tunes as well as a video interview with Clapton; six collectible lithographs; and a 20-page book.


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