2016 has not been an easy year for funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell. The Parliament Funkadelic and Talking Heads player announced a diagnosis of stage four lung cancer at the beginning of the year, and has since been raising money to both pay off medical bills and finance a solo album release. You can donate here.Naturally, people have questioned why Worrell, a successful musician who has recorded and performed with nationally acclaimed groups, would need to raise money in the first place. According to a new post written by Worrell and his wife, Judith Worrell, they claim that George Clinton stole all of the money from P-Funk’s esteemed members.You can read the testimonial from the Worrells below.While on tour in Bermuda with Maxine Brown, Bernie received a phone call from George saying he wanted Bernie to join Parliament-Funkadelic . Bernie asked me to go meet with George and negotiate his “deal” – which I did. It was the first of many contracts/agreements that George would go on to break.Within a month or two of Bernie’s joining, the group was stranded in Detroit where they’d driven from NJ to do a gig — when George told everyone he didn’t have money to get everyone back and, instead, they would gig in the Midwest and go in the studio. To make this palatable to the group, everyone was a member of Thang, Inc. The deal was that in response to everyone getting little to no money, the understanding was that they were all invested in Thang and royalties, etc. would be forthcoming to all.This pertained ONLY to original Parliament and Funkadelic members at that time: Parliament: Ray Davis, Calvin Simon, Clarence Haskins, Grady Thomas. Funkadelic were: Bernie Worrell, Billy “Bass” Nelson, Eddie Hazel, Tal Ross and Tiki Fulwood.Approximately 19??, George told everyone that he’d arranged cars for everyone. This was his idea of a royalty payment as he told the group that he’d gotten a special deal for everyone. While there was some grumbling (“I can buy what I want with my OWN money” – nobody refused. I can’t speak to what was going on in everyone else’s heads but for Bernie, we would buy a car anyway so we accepted and got a Volvo – which was repossessed (along with everyone else’s) a few months later when George neglected to make the payments.This is one example where payment of royalties under the Thang, Inc. agreement was carried out and the precedent for paying royalties (as agreed) was set.Considering this very unfortunate situation, be sure to check out Worrell’s YouCaring page and give what you can.
My Morning Jacket fans have a lot to be excited about! The band is set to play two nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, beginning tomorrow, and just released their deluxe, remastered edition of 2003’s It Still Moves today. Before any of that, however, the band settled into the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park, Indianapolis, IN last night for a great evening of music.Mixing old favorites with new classics from The Waterfall, MMJ showed themselves more than capable of putting on a great show. The group also took the time to play two songs for the first time in 2016, including the track “War Begun” from the band’s debut album The Tennessee Fire, as well as a cover of Carl Broemel’s “Carried Away.”While footage of the two 2016 tour debuts haven’t yet surfaced, you can get a peek into the Indiy show with this video for “Tropics (Erase Traces)” below, courtesy of BloodThirsty28.The full setlist from the show can be seen below.Edit this setlist | More My Morning Jacket setlists
SunSquabi has some great plans lined up for the summer, hitting major festivals like Electric Forest, High Sierra, Camp Bisco, Summer Meltdown, Backwoods and more! The fun doesn’t stop in the summer though, as the up and coming jammers have just announced a major tour for the fall.The new dates will see SunSquabi hitting the road with a major production set up, hitting dates all throughout the South from Texas to Asheville before working their way to the Midwest. The tour culminates in a funky blowout at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as the band will perform at the famed Morrison, CO venue with The Floozies.Check out the fall tour dates below.
Back in December, an impressive collection of artists gathered in Paris to support the fight for climate change. The event, which benefited 350.org and the United Nations Development Programme, took place on December 4th and 5th at the venue Le Trianon, and featured Thom Yorke, Flea, Patti Smith, and more. All three artists are outspoken leaders of the climate change movement in the arts community, so to hear them come together for such a special performance is very powerful.Now this unique show is being released as a compilation album, continuing to benefit 350.org and UNDP. The album, called Pathway To Paris – Live @ Le Trianon, will be released on July 27th. Click here for more info on the album, and for details on how to purchase it.In the meantime, enjoy these incredible videos from the performance. First up is a breathtaking solo performance of Radiohead‘s haunting opener to The King of Limbs, “Bloom.”Finally, check out this unique performance of “People Have the Power” by Patti Smith & Friends (featuring Atoms for Peace band members Flea and Thom Yorke)
With not many dates on the schedule for My Morning Jacket, fans have been curious as to the band’s plans for the remainder of 2016. It seems that it won’t be the band at all, as frontman Jim James as just announced his own solo album and supporting fall tour.The new album will be titled Eternally Even, marking James’s second-ever solo effort, and it will be released on November 4th via ATO/Capitol Records. The album was co-produced by Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes) and Jim James, and the album takes on an activist tone in the heart of election season.“I wanted to make an album that hopefully speaks to the issues of the day, many of which, sadly, are issues we have been dealing with since the beginning of time.” says James in a statement. “Most of what I think about right now is how so many things in the world are SO fucked up- our political system is broken and corrupt…our earth is being destroyed by climate change…people are not treating each other with equality and respect… and I think- are we going to make it? Are we going to figure it out and fix it before it’s too late? Can we ever truly open our hearts and embrace love in all its beautiful forms? I think it’s still possible. I still have hope in humanity. I’m just trying to be a part of the discussion and encourage people to speak out for equality, to not be afraid to speak out for peace and love. All of us feel afraid at times in these absolutely insane times, but its important we speak our minds, cast our votes, and do not give in to fear and hatred.”Jim James will support the new release with an extensive tour, including four previously-announced dates from September 28 through October 1st. The full fall tour kicks off on November 15th with two nights at Royale in Boston, MA, before heading out on a full 23 date tour of the country.Check out the full fall tour schedule below, and head here for more information about tickets.Jim James Fall Tour Dates9/28: Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA9/29: Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA9/30: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, San Francisco, CA10/1: The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA11/15 & 11/16: Boston, MA @ Royale11/18: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philly11/19: Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre11/20: New York, NY @ Terminal 511/22: Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle11/23: Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium11/25: Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater11/26: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre11/27: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater11/29: Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant11/30: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown12/01: Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater12/03: Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre12/05: Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theatre12/06: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo12/07: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre12/10: Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl12/11: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee12/13: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live12/14: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues12/16: Houston, TX @ House of Blues12/17: New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre*support by Twin Limb on all dates (except Fillmore SF)
One of the most exciting tributes to the late Frank Zappa is the band Cosmik Playground, which features a rotating cast of musicians anchored by guitarist Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine) and bassist Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa). Last night, the two brought in Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident), Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), and Aaron Provisor (JMSN) for a wild night of Zappa’s music at TRiP Santa Monica in Santa Monica, CA.The sold-out show saw the band take on a number of favorites from Zappa’s catalog, as well as a couple selections from Umphrey’s McGee, The Doors and more! Fortunately, Steve Rose Photos was on the scene to capture this performance. Check out a gallery of images, as well as the setlist, below.Setlist: Cosmik Playground | TRiP Santa Monica | Santa Monica, CA | 2/11/17Set 1: 555, Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus, Cozmik Playground, I Ain’t Got No Heart, Treacherous Cretins, Love Me Two Times, We Are Not Alone, Inca Roads Solo, Bright Lights Big CitySet 2: Night Nurse, Pygmy Twylyte, The Deathless Horsie, Roadhouse Blues, Free Form, Chunga’s Revenge, Peaches En Regalia, Dear Lord, Montana Load remaining images
Load remaining images Big Something rolled through Denver on Thursday night, making a pit stop at the Bluebird Theater before continuing the rest of their Colorado tour. The band certainly held nothing back for the performance, making their lone night in Denver a special one to say the least. Their performance consisted of one giant set and an encore, and together, the band put together a hell of a setlist.After “The Undertow” and “Megalodon” kicked off the first set, Big Something played the entirety of their new album, Tumbleweed, for fans from beginning to end, marking the first time the album has been played completely in a live setting. While working through Tumbleweed took up the majority of their set, after the last song “In The Middle” was played, Big Something moved into a cover of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa,” which was a crowdpleaser to be sure, before leaving the crowd with “Love Generator.”Their encore was similarly stacked, with their final stretch consisting of three “paradise” covers: Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise,” Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise,” and Weird Al Yankovic’s “Amish Paradise.” After this nonstop paradise jam, Big Something busted out “Pinky’s Ride” to close out the night. You can check out photos from Thursday’s show below, courtesy of Gary Sheer.Setlist: Big Something | Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO | 3/23/2017Set One: The Undertow, Megalodon, *Tumbleweed, *Song for Us, *Passenger, *Blue Dream, *The Flood, *UFOs are Real, *Waves, *In the Middle, Big Poppa (Notorious BIG), Love GeneratorEncore: Pastime Paradise (Stevie Wonder) > Gangsta’s Paradise (Coolio) > Amish Paradise (Weird Al Yankovic), Pinky’s Ride* Off new album, Tumbleweed
On Sunday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band concluded their two-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO with Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers as part of the annual Wheels of Soul Tour. Another night of synergetic musicianship was spread across the board, with special guest performances from Widespread Panic guitarist/vocalist/frontman John Bell throughout the night. The twelve-piece powerhouse delivered an outstanding mix of originals and covers, executing their authentic interpretations of songs old and new.Tedeschi Trucks Band And The Wheels Of Soul Tour Welcome John Medeski At Red Rocks [Photos/Videos]With covers of Derek and the Dominos, Allen Toussaint, Eldmore James, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Bobby “Blue” Bland, The Allman Brothers Band, and Blind Willie McTell, Tedeschi Trucks Band originals sprinkled through to even out a complete show of musical mastery. The set closed with “Whipping Post” and the band returned for an encore that included “Statesboro Blues,” two songs guitarist Derek Trucks has famously played many times with the Allman Brothers Band.Hot Tuna’s Jack Casady joined the band early on in the evening for “Get Out My Life, Woman” and Jorma Kaukonen stepped in for “The Sky Is Crying.” The Wood Brothers joined the party for “Sweet Virginia,” a cover debuted earlier on this tour and executed beautifully with the vocals of Oliver Wood. The evening’s special guest joined for “Down Along The Cove,” “Dark End,” and “Delta Lady,” proving why John Bell is a perfect addition to any cast of characters. Diversified by the covers of Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, and Southern classic “Dark End of the Street,” Bell put the cherry on top of an already outstanding band.Check out some video highlights below, courtesy of Maddox Womble and Kyle Isaac: Check out the full show audio below, courtesy of rockymtnryan:Check out a full gallery from last night’s performances, courtesy of photographer Bill McAlaine.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | 7/30/17Laugh About It, Anyday (Derek and the Dominos cover), Right on Time, I Want More, Get Out of My Life, Woman (Allen Toussaint cover) (with Jack Casady), The Sky Is Crying (Elmore James cover) (with Hot Tuna), Idle Wind, Sweet Virginia (The Rolling Stones cover) (with The Wood Brothers), Down Along The Cove (Bob Dylan cover) (with John Bell), Dark End (with John Bell), Delta Lady (Leon Russell cover) (with John Bell), I Pity the Fool (Bobby “Blue” Bland cover), The Storm (>) Whipping Post (The Allman Brothers Band cover)E: A Song for You (Leon Russell cover), Statesboro Blues (Blind Willie McTell cover), Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, Bound for GloryTedeschi Trucks Band with John Bell, The Wood Brothers, and Hot Tuna | Red Rocks | 7/30/17 | Photos by Bill McAlaine Load remaining images
Late last month, event production company Highline Sports and Entertainment officially proposed a “major concert featuring Dead & Company” for this coming summer at a rural Wyoming ranch. The event was officially brought to the attention of Teton County commissioners when Deighan made a public comment at a Board of Commissioners meeting on January 29th. He stated that his company had filed an application for the necessary county permit to hold a two-day Dead & Company concert at Jackson Hole Hereford Ranch in South Park, WY, on August 18th and 19th, and estimated that 15,000 – 20,000 people would attend. The ranch property in question is in a rural zone, which allows local landowners to host a limited number of outdoor receptions without a conditional use permit. For this event, a special event permit from the county would be required.Yesterday, per the Jackson Hole News & Guide, the Teton County commissioners called for a special county meeting to consider the permit application for a two-day Dead & Company festival. The review of the application will take place tomorrow, March 2nd, at 9:30 a.m. local time, fast-tracking the issue in order to address it before their next regularly scheduled session next Tuesday, March 6th. This is an encouraging break for James Deighan, owner of Highline Sports and Entertainment. As he explained at the initial hearing, “The only caveat is we are up against a little bit of time…to properly plan this event and execute it in the proper fashion that not only the town deserves but the event itself as well.”According to county commissioner Greg Epstein, the Board of County Commissioners’ review of the application is an appeal of the application’s initial denial by county administrative staff. As Epstein explains, “We decided it would make more sense to be able to get them an answer as soon as possible.”As the report states, the meeting will afford Highline Sports and Entertainment a chance to discuss logistics and address concerns from locals, including traffic and environmental impact. The commissioners will also weigh in on those concerns. The Jackson Hole News & Guide also notes that the Teton County commissioners have received more than 100 public comments in support of the concert since its initial proposal, while only 15 have come forward to voice concerns about the event’s large scale.The proposed Wyoming ranch festival would be a fitting tribute to the recently departed Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow, who was born in Wyoming and spent years there working as a cattle rancher. However, while the prospect of a Dead & Company festival in such a beautiful locale is surely an exciting one, the organizers are fighting an uphill battle to bring this particular plan to fruition, as time is rapidly running out.For reference, Phish is set to host their 11th festival, Curveball, on the same weekend as the proposed Dead & Company festival in Wyoming. However, while it was only officially announced this week, reports about securing permits and beginning the process of hosting the festival have been surfacing for more than a year. Events of this scale–particularly those hosted in places not previously outfitted for concerts–take an immense amount of planning to execute, so even if the permits are granted, this event is far from a sure thing.Either way, we wish these guys the best of luck and hope it works out. If not, there’s always next year…Shooting for 2019 now instead of rushing to throw something together this summer may be the best move anyway.[H/T Jackson Hole News & Guide]
Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “AD-ROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut studio album Licensed to Ill; that album’s messy fallout; their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul’s Boutique. For more than twenty years, this band has had a wide-ranging and lasting influence on popular culture. With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir. Alongside the band narrative you will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises.So there you have it. Beastie Boys Book isn’t just a memoir from one of the ’80s and ’90s most iconic acts. It’s a memoir that includes a cookbook, graphic novel, map, and so much more. You can pre-order the forthcoming release here. Mike D and AD-ROCK of the Beastie Boys shared a new update on the status of their forthcoming Beastie Boys memoir. For starters, it looks like the highly-anticipated tome will have a decidedly straightforward title: Beastie Boys Book. On top of that, the book has a tentative release date of October 30, 2018, and pre-orders are now available.“I’m not sure if you remember or not, but a while ago we said that we were gonna write a book about our band,” reads a post on the Beastie Boys’ Facebook page. “Well, it’s almost done and it’s coming out soon, and this is what it’s gonna look like. Kinda nice, right? It’s got a little something for everyone.”However, the title, cover art, and release date aren’t the only new details we got today. There we plenty of interesting nuggets in the book’s official descriptions, which reads:A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself—by band members AD-ROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.