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Randy Bachman Unveils Cover Art, Track List for Upcoming Album, “Heavy Blues”

True North RecordingsNew details have been revealed about Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman‘s upcoming solo album, Heavy Blues, including the cover art, the full track list and information about the guest guitarists who have contributed to the project.

The album features 11 original songs written by the founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member, including “Little Girl Lost” featuring Neil Young, the title track with Peter Frampton, “Oh My Lord” featuring lap-steel guitar whiz Robert Randolph, “Ton of Bricks” and “Bad Child” with contemporary blues star Joe Bonamassa. In addition, the late Jeff Healey appears on a song called “Confessin’ to the Devil.”

Randy is releasing the album under the name Bachman, which refers to the power trio he formed with bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Dale Anne Brendon to record all the tracks. In support of Heavy Blues, which will be released on April 14, Bachman the band will be hitting the road on a North American tour that kicks off April 1 in Milwaukee. Only five U.S. dates have been confirmed so far, but more will be announced soon.

Here is the track list for Heavy Blues:

“The Edge”
“Ton of Bricks” (featuring Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday)
“Bad Child” (featuring Joe Bonamassa)
“Little Girl Lost” (featuring Neil Young)
“Learn to Fly”
“Oh My Lord” (featuring Robert Randolph)
“Confessin’ to the Devil” (featuring Jeff Healey)
“Heavy Blues” (featuring Peter Frampton)
“Wild Texas Ride”
“Please Come to Paris” (featuring Canadian folk-rock singer Luke Doucet)
“We Need to Talk”

Here’s a list of all of Bachman’s confirmed U.S. tour dates:

4/1 — Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Bingo Casino – The Northern Lights Theater
4/2 — St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theater
4/4 — Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
4/24 — Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
4/25 — New York, NY, The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

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Gregg Allman Announces Spring Tour

Danny ClinchThe Allman Brothers Band may have retired, but Gregg Allman isn’t slowing down. He’s just announced a 21-date spring U.S. tour, kicking off in Ohio in March, and wrapping May 9 in Austin, Texas.

Allman, who turned 67 last month, has rarely been more busy. He just wrapped up an outing that concluded with a show Sunday night at AT&T park in San Francisco. He also scored a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance, for his fresh take with Taj Mahal on the Allman Brothers staple “Statesboro Blues,” from last year’s album Gregg Allman: All My Friends.

Speaking of friends, Allman will be supported this spring on various dates by Nashville-based blues rockers SIMO, Americana fiddle player and singer/songwriter Amanda Shires, and Allman’s son Devon Allman and his Devon Allman Band.

For ticket info, head to GreggAllman.com. Here’s the tour itinerary:

3/13 — Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Casino
3/14 — Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theatre
3/17 — Kalamazoo, MI, State Theatre
3/19-20 — Chicago, IL, House of Blues
3/21 — Florence, IN, Belterra Casino Resort
3/24-25 — Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
3/27 — Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre
3/28 — Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
4/18 — Live Oak, FL, Wanee Music Festival
4/24 — Los Angeles, CA, Roxy Theatre
4/25 — Indio, CA, Stagecoach
4/28-29 — Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon
5/1 — Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
5/2 — Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino
5/5 — San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
5/6 — Stafford, TX, Stafford Performing Arts Center
5/8 — Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
5/9 — Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live

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Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick Line Up Joint North American Tour Dates

Yann Charles; Cheap Trick UnlimitedEach year, Peter Frampton usually teams up with one or more other famous veteran rock acts for a series of co-headlining dates, and 2015 will be no exception. The veteran guitar whiz has lined up a number of joint North American shows with power-pop legends Cheap Trick that will take place in the late spring and summer.

So far, seven co-headlining performances have been scheduled, stretching from a June 6 concert in Lincoln, California, through an August 5 gig in Toronto. More dates are expected to be announced soon. Frampton’s itinerary also includes a solo headlining show on June 26 in Morristown, New Jersey.

As for Cheap Trick, the band has a variety of upcoming concerts in addition to the performances with Frampton. They include a March 7 headlining gig at the 12th annual RaceJam concert in Las Vegas, an April 12 post-race show at the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and appearances at the Wanee Festival on April 18 in Live Oak, Florida, at the Carolina Rebellion fest on May 2 in Concord, North Carolina, and at the Taste of Joliet event on June 26 in Joliet, Illinois. Cheap Trick also will be joining Billy Idol for a late-March and early-April tour of Australia and New Zealand, and will be one of Foo Fighters‘ special guests at that group’s August 29 concert at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Check out the band’s full schedule at CheapTrick.com.

Here are all of Frampton and Cheap Trick’s confirmed joint concerts, according to Frampton.com:

6/6 — Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino
6/16 — Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
6/18 — Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
6/20 — Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino
6/27 — Portland, ME, Maine State Pier
8/1 — Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/5 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

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The Edge, Patti Smith, Perry Farrell, Flea Dish with Chef Mario Batali’s on New Web Series

Paolo Pellegrin; Angelo CricchiU2 guitarist The Edge and Patti Smith are among the stars who appear on Feedback Kitchen, a new web series that features celebrity chef Mario Batali, um, grilling various famous musicians about their creative process and how it relates to their passion for food.

All five episodes of the series — including shows featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and crooner Josh Groban — premiere on Monday, January 26, on Daily Motion. During each episode, Batali cooks up a special meal inspired by his guest. Each artist also performs a song on the show.

In a preview clip of The Edge’s episode, the Irish rocker reflects, “Music is so eloquent an art form in expressing human emotions.” He also is seen strumming an acoustic guitar while singing his band’s 1992 song “Running to Stand Still.” In addition, the preview shows Batali cooking up a fresh scallop and pasta dish, which he and The Edge share along with some white wine.

In a clip promoting Smith’s episode, the Godmother of Punk says of the motivation to create music or art, “I think all artists enjoy their process. It’s inherent in you. You have a creative impulse and the impulse isn’t to do it for yourself but for others.” She also performs an acoustic version of “Grateful,” a tune from her 2000 album, Gung Ho. As for the cooking aspect of the program, the preview shows an ecstatic Patti observing Mario shave a large truffle in to a pasta dish he’s preparing.

In a video promoting the show featuring Farrell, the singer talks about the frame of mind he likes to be in when coming up with songs. “The creative process always starts when I’m enjoying myself,” he tells Batali. “Like, I’m always partying when I start writing songs for the most part, poetry, everything flows as the wine flows.” Farrell is joined by his wife, Etty, in the episode.

Check out previews for all five Feedback Kitchen episodes at DailyMotion.com/FeedbackKitchen.

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The Edge, Patti Smith, Perry Farrell, Flea Dish with Chef Mario Batali’s on New Web Series

Paolo Pellegrin; Angelo CricchiU2 guitarist The Edge and Patti Smith are among the stars who appear on Feedback Kitchen, a new web series that features celebrity chef Mario Batali, um, grilling various famous musicians about their creative process and how it relates to their passion for food.

All five episodes of the series — including shows featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and crooner Josh Groban — premiere on Monday, January 26, on Daily Motion. During each episode, Batali cooks up a special meal inspired by his guest. Each artist also performs a song on the show.

In a preview clip of The Edge’s episode, the Irish rocker reflects, “Music is so eloquent an art form in expressing human emotions.” He also is seen strumming an acoustic guitar while singing his band’s 1992 song “Running to Stand Still.” In addition, the preview shows Batali cooking up a fresh scallop and pasta dish, which he and The Edge share along with some white wine.

In a clip promoting Smith’s episode, the Godmother of Punk says of the motivation to create music or art, “I think all artists enjoy their process. It’s inherent in you. You have a creative impulse and the impulse isn’t to do it for yourself but for others.” She also performs an acoustic version of “Grateful,” a tune from her 2000 album, Gung Ho. As for the cooking aspect of the program, the preview shows an ecstatic Patti observing Mario shave a large truffle in to a pasta dish he’s preparing.

In a video promoting the show featuring Farrell, the singer talks about the frame of mind he likes to be in when coming up with songs. “The creative process always starts when I’m enjoying myself,” he tells Batali. “Like, I’m always partying when I start writing songs for the most part, poetry, everything flows as the wine flows.” Farrell is joined by his wife, Etty, in the episode.

Check out previews for all five Feedback Kitchen episodes at DailyMotion.com/FeedbackKitchen.

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Ex-Scorpions/UFO Guitarist Michael Schenker’s Band Temple of Rock Releasing New Album in March

Image Courtesy of Chipster PRFormer Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker will release his third studio album with his current band, Temple of Rock, this spring. Spirit on a Mission will hit stores on March 24, a day before the German rocker and his group kick off a North American tour in San Jose, California.

Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock features a new lineup that includes the longtime Scorpions rhythm section of drummer Herman Rarebell and bassist Francis Buchholz, along with ex-Rainbow singer Doogie White and frequent Schenker collaborator Wayne Findlay on guitar and keyboards.

During the tour, Temple of Rock will visit cities across the continent before wrapping things up with a May 2 show in Agoura Hills, California, that also will include special guest Don Dokken. In addition, Enuff Z Nuff will open for Temple of Rock at the band’s April 23 show in Chicago and April 25 performance in St. Charles, Illinois.

“Wherever we are needed around the world, we will be there to promote Spirit on a Mission,” says Schenker in a statement. “I want to make Temple of Rock its own entity. Right now it is still using the Michael Schenker platform but eventually I want it to stand on its own feet as Temple of Rock.”

A video of the new Temple of Rock song “Vigilante Man” can be viewed now at the band’s official YouTube channel.

Here are the group’s North American tour dates:

3/25 — San Jose, CA, Rockbar Theater
3/27 — Portland, OR, Tonic
3/28 — Seattle, WA, Studio Seven
4/1 — Orangevale, CA, Boardwalk
4/2 — Oakland, CA, Yoshi’s
4/3 — West Hollywood, CA, Whisky a Go Go
4/4 — Corona, CA, M-15 Concert Hall
4/7 — Las Vegas, NV, Vamp’d
4/8 — Scottsdale, AZ, Livewire Concert Hall
4/10 — Dallas, TX, Trees
4/11 — San Antonio, TX, 210 Kapones Live
4/12 — San Leon, TX, 18th Street
4/15 — New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre
4/16 — Binghamton, NY, Eclipse
4/17 — Newton, NJ, Newton Theatre
4/18 — Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony
4/20 — Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater
4/22 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Rockpile West
4/23 — Chicago, IL, Concord Music Hall (with Enuff Z Nuff)
4/24 — Detroit, MI, Harpos Concert Hall
4/25 — St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre (with Enuff Z Nuff)
4/26 — Pontiac, IL, Freaksters
4/28 — Golden, CO, Buffalo Rose
4/30 — Ramona, CA, Ramona Mainstage
5/1 — San Juan Capistrano, CA, Coach House
5/2 — Agoura Hills, CA, Canyon Club (with Don Dokken)

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