Entries tagged with: The Who
The ongoing Simpsons "Greatest Guest Stars" action figure line is adding Aerosmith, Tom Jones, Weird Al Yankovic, Elvis Costello, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin to the growing collection. This "fourth wave" of characters will be available in October, and can now join Hugh Hefner, James Brown, Yao Ming, Tom Hanks, Kid Rock, The Who, Britney Spears, Mark Hamill, Lucy Lawless, Tony Hawk, Penn and Teller, Bret Hart, Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy and R.E.M. in your display case.
The Who at Barclays Center, Nov. 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, LIC Bar in (you guessed it) Long Island City was crushed by the storm. Luckily The Who was there to help. Now the bar is returning the favor:
After The Who donated more than $3,000 worth of sound equipment to help a Queens music venue get back on its feet following Superstorm Sandy, LIC Bar is now returning the favor by putting on a show to benefit the legendary rock group's charity.Tickets are on sale for the show which happens Saturday (2/23) and features tribute act Who's Next. Coincidentally, the band has the night off that night and their tour hits Atlantic City the night before.
The concert on Saturday will feature a tribute band and will raffle off a guitar signed by Pete Townshend to raise money for Teen Cancer America, which The Who launched in 2011.
"This is a show to let The Who know how grateful we are for their help," said the venue's owner, Brian Porter, 44. "It's still hard to believe rock icons came to our aid." -[NY Daily News]
The Who @ Barclays Center, 11/14/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Who and Elvis Costello & The Imposters have been tapped to play a benefit concert happening at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on February 28. Tickets ($125 - $1000) go on presale Friday morning (2/1) at 10 AM (presale code: "THEWHO") with the regular on-sale happening Saturday (2/2) at 10 AM.
by Andrew Sacher
Paulvana (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden went down last night and aired on multiple TV channels, websites, and in theaters worldwide. The concert featured performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roger Waters (joined by Eddie Vedder), Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Chris Martin (joined by Michael Stipe), and Paul McCartney (joined by members of Nirvana). And in between there were speeches/appearances by Billy Crystal, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, P. Diddy, Chris Rock, and many more, spliced with footage of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. (The less said about Adam Sandler's "funny" version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with Paul Shaffer the better.) As was to be expected, the sets were short (though some longer than others) but it still ran late, ending after 1 AM. If you missed any of it, videos of some of the highlights are in this post.
Bruce Springsteen opened the show, getting everyone into the spirit of the night right away. Of all the sets, his choice of songs felt the most catered to the event ("Land of Hope and Dreams," "Wrecking Ball, "My City of Ruins," and of course also "Born to Run") and halfway in he prefaced "My City of Ruins" with a touching, personal speech about the damage done to the NY/NJ area, similar to the one he gave in Rochester in October.
Other highlights from throughout the show: Roger Waters ended his set by bringing out Eddie Vedder to sing lead on "Comfortably Numb." The Rolling Stones only got to play two songs ("You Got Me Rocking" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash") but still looked like they were having a great time. The Who, meanwhile, played seven songs. Then Kanye delivered a set which sent much of the twitterverse into an angry fit, though you have to wonder if this would have happened at a non-classic rock show (probably not). And of course, it was a pretty great surprise when Chris Martin brought out R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe to do "Losing My Religion."
But the most anticipated part of the night was that Nirvana reunion with Paul McCartney on vocals that everyone was talking about. Paul ended up bringing Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear out during his set to perform a new song they wrote, titled "Cut Me Some Slack," and then they left the stage and Paul returned to his own material. It would've been interesting to see those guys jam with Paul during "Helter Skelter" (which he opened with) or something, but at least Paul didn't sing "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Videos and setlist from last night are below...
As mentioned several times, tonight is the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit at MSG with countless notable performers, including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Eric Clapton, Chris Martin and The Rolling Stones.
If you didn't get tickets for the event, you're not alone, but you'll have many chances to view the "widely distributed event" from the comfort of your own home. The concert's website has a full list of the websites (YouTube, MSG.com, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Vevo, many more), US television channels (MSG, HBO, IFC, many more), international television channels, and movie theaters (many of which are in NY and NJ) that will be live streaming the show. Theaters in NYC and Brooklyn include Clearview's ChelseaCinemas (260 West 23 St) and National Amusements' Linden Boulevard (2784 Linden Blvd).
You can head below to check out the list of sites, TV channels, and theaters...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Its been quite a ride for me personally and as a photographer in 2012. I've had the distinct honor to cover some of my favorite bands in the world this year, including legends and favorites that vary as widely as Morrissey (HERE), New Order (HERE), Autopsy (HERE and HERE), Godflesh (HERE), Dead Can Dance (HERE), Swans (HERE), Jesus & Mary Chain (HERE), Chain of Strength (HERE) and many many more.
But I'm also very interested in the new, and 2012 afforded me the ability to shoot great younger bands like Terrible Feelings (HERE), Whitehorse (HERE), White Lung (HERE), Milk Music (HERE), Nude Beach (HERE) and loads more. Its been a great year, and though I still have some shooting left in the tank for 2012, here are my favorites as of right now along with brief blurbs on why . We'll start with the above photo....
We were wondering... and now here we go:
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, The Madison Square Garden Company and The Weinstein Company announced today that Bon Jovi, Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder will be joining the esteemed lineup of artists of the "12-12-12" concert on December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden, with proceeds to benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund. Tickets to this one-night-only special event will go on sale on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12 p.m. (ET). The all-star lineup includes, Jon Bon Jovi who will now be performing with Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Kanye West and The Who, with other top artists to be announced. The concert will be presented by Chase.No Rolling Stones. And:
Tickets for "12-12-12" will go on sale Monday, December 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET through Ticketmaster phones, outlets and www.ticketmaster.com, www.thegarden.com and www.radiocity.com. Tickets will be available at a variety of price levels. Ticketmaster has generously agreed to waive its ticket service charges. VIP packages will be made available through the Robin Hood Foundation. Information on those packages is available by contacting The Robin Hood Foundation at 212-844-3564.And because I know everyone really cares, Bon Jovi is also playing a benefit at Best Buy Theater in NYC on December 5th.
UPDATE: Ticket info is now announced
still hasn't been released UPDATE: Ticket info is now announced,.... though: "The producers of the event are working feverishly to finalize details regarding the concert" and they "hope to have more ticket information later today."
The new information may also include new artists added to the already impressive lineup of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who and Kanye West.
Chris Stamp, Pete Townsend and Kit Lambert (L to R)
On stage at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night, The Who's Roger Daltrey saluted Chris Stamp -- one of the two early managers that launched the group's success -- as a man "without whom we wouldn't be the band we were."Besides The Who's crucial earlier days, Stamp's Track Records is responsible for the release of of the landmark The Jimi Hendrix Experience LP Are You Experienced?, Thunderclap Newman's Hollywood Dream, the self-titled debut from The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and more. He leaves behind a wife of 22 years, two married daughters and grandchildren. (His brother is actor Terrence Stamp.) Goodbye Chris Stamp, you left an indelible mark of rock as we know it.
Stamp -- who not only co-managed The Who with the late Kit Lambert but also co-founded the group's Track Records label and executive produced most of its albums and film projects starting in 1968, died from cancer on Saturday at the age of 70 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. -[Billboard]
The Who at Barclays Center on 11/14/12, (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The previously mentioned Hurricane Sandy Benefit at Madison Square Garden will happen on 12/12/12, and includes an impressive bill of stars. They are Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney (who asks that you don't eat turkey), The Who (who played Barclays last night, pics) and Kanye West. Ticket info is on the way, but proceeds from the show will benefit the Robin Hood relief fund, and there will be a telecast.
photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Who are out performing their classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia on a tour that came to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night (11/14), the first of five NYC-area dates that stretch into the new year (actually six if you count the just-announced Sandy benefit). Tickets are still on sale for those other shows, and pictures and the setlist from the Brooklyn show are in this post. .
Someone at the Greensboro show wrote:
"Concluding Quadrophenia with a stellar "Love Reign O'er Me," the encore was a string of greatest hits which ignited the crowd. "Baba O' Reilly" had the whole coliseum on it's feet reliving teenage wasteland days. Next, Townsend's guitar laid out the opening notes to "Pinball Wizard" and Daltrey seized the vocals. Daltrey was excellent on the classic "Behind Blue Eyes" while manhandling an acoustic guitar. "Who Are You" rocked the place once more before bringing the house down with "Won't Get Fooled Again." As scenes from 9/11 flashed on the video screens the power and emotion of the music could not have been clearer." [CL]Full NYC setlist and more pictures, opener Vintage Trouble included, below...
As mentioned, Smashing Pumpkins were forced to reschedule a few of their dates due to Hurricane Sandy, and now they've finally got a new date set for their postponed Brooklyn show which would have happened at Barclays Center on Halloween. The band will now play Barclays Center on December 10. Morning Parade will open and tickets are still available and all tix for the original date will be honored. Updated Smashing Pumpkins dates (including the rescheduled Mohegan Sun [12/2] date and a Susquehanna Bank Center [12/8] show in Camden, NJ) are listed below.
Meanwhile, on Monday (11/12) the new Brooklyn arena hosted a Justin Bieber show. We swear we tried, but unfortunately things didn't work out and we couldn't make it to that one, but the Daily News was there to witness the Biebs soar through the air in huge angel wings.
The Who play there tonight (11/14), for what will be their first of five NYC area shows on their tour performing Quadrophenia in full for its 40th anniversary. The other NYC area shows happen on 12/5 at MSG, 12/6 at Prudential Center in NJ, 12/9 at Mohegan Sun in CT, and 2/21/13 at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. Tickets for all five shows are still available.
Updated Smashing Pumpkins dates are listed below...
Pete Townshend at Barnes & Noble Union Square (via @Griffin Lotz/RollingStone.com)
The Who's Pete Townshend came to NYC this week in support of his new memoir, Who I Am, making appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and NYPL on Monday (10/8), at Barnes & Noble in Union Square yesterday (10/9), and then on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon later that night (the same episode that Jens Lekman was the musical guest on). That's a picture of him performing at Barnes & Noble above, where he played "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Drowned" after a 45-minute interview. He also performed at his NYPL appearance, playing "Drowned" and "I'm One." Rolling Stone attended the B&N show and they report:
Townshend also opened up about the difficulty he's faced continuing the band after John Entwistle's death in 2002. "We feel the ghosts of Keith and John," Townshend said. "The second phase of the Who in a sense was really when we started to tour again around the year 2000, 2001. We were still able to evoke the sound, particularly with Zak Starkey. Now it's much more difficult even though Zak's there. John's sound was very big and rich and organic. When John died, there was a hole in the sound onstage and I was able to grow into that and find space. And I have to say as a guitar player, I prefer working without John. But as a member of the Who creating the incredible, powerful, driving, visceral sound, he's gone. I can't really do that again."You can check out videos from his interviews on The Daily Show and Fallon, and his performance "Drowned" from the NYPL show below. You'll notice in the Daily Show video that when Pete walks out, Jon Stewart's house band plays a clip strikingly similar to the second half of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." Neither Pete or Jon acknowledge it, but it's a pretty ironic move considering Pete never liked Zeppelin's music (though he does think they're great guys).
At one point, Wenner asked Townshend why he hasn't made a solo album in 20 years. "I write lots of music, I record lots of music. I probably write a song every couple of days," he said. "I have a very big archive of unfinished material."
Currently, Townshend is working on the musical project Floss, which he said he is about two-thirds finished, which he described as "a story with music, characters, a Aristotelian plot line very different from what I've done in the past. . . . The thesis is we're all terrified. We're living in terror, we're living in anxiety, discomfort and the fear that we have is for the future, the fear for our children's future, we're worried about the planet, we're worried about terrorism, being able to sustain life as we love it, we're afraid we can't guarantee peace."
Townshend said he loves Lady Gaga and constantly listens to music. "I just kind of surf Spotify and last.fm and iTunes and stick it on my iPhone. I listen to a lot of new music." He added that he predicted digital downloads "back in 1985 and before that in 1971. I knew there the digital revolution would change the way art happens and is made and is sold and we're not finished yet."
The Who are taking their Quadrophenia tour to the NYC area for four shows in November and December.
Videos are below.
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
Speaking of the new venue, Lady Gaga's MSG (2/22) & Barclays Center (3/6) shows sold out today, so she added one more at each venue. The new dates are 2/23 @ MSG and 3/7 @ Barclays. Both go on sale Friday, October 5th at 10am.
Other NYC shows that went on sale today include JEFF the Brotherhood, Field Report, Diamond Rings, Anais Mitchell, Kelly Hogan, Callers and Petty Fest.
And regarding that Staten Island politician talking shit about her, Lady Gaga thanked him.
As mentioned, Soundgarden is releasing a new album, their first in 15 years, on 11/13. Now you can hear the first song which is streaming at the bottom of this post.
In other bands who were good in the '90s Barclays Center news and, Smashing Pumpkins warmed up for their arena tour with an intimate, two-and-a-half-hour show at Stubb's in Austin last night. The tour hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Halloween.
Apple knows its maps app sucks.
Trevor Dunn, who is currently on tour as a member of Melvins Lite, took to his tour diary to comment on Green Day frontman BIlie Joe Armstrong's recent freakout: "That guy's main problem is that he doesn't realize that he is Justin Bieber."
Do you love the blown-out, pixelated artork on MIA albums? You may want to buy here coffee table book then.
On a somewhat similar publishing tip, Diplo "and photographer Shane McCauley are launching the zine series Blow Your Head. Each volume will explore a different country and musical genre.
Tour diaries are hot these days. (Have you read ours with Kelly Pratt whose touring with David Byrne and St. Vincent)? Diamond Rings and Stars writing about their adventures on the road for The Huffington Post. Those adventures included a show at Webster Hall this week.
Winter is coming for everyone, it seems. Neko Case tweeted today: "Dude. I'm just gonna admit to being balls-deep in Game of Thrones on CD."
While on the subject of rock star confessions, a recent quote from Pete Townshend: "What I remember of the size of Mick Jagger's penis - I remember it as being huge and extremely tasty."
If you need more, maybe you'd like to read some Phil Collins erotic fan fiction?
Speaking of St. Vincent, today is Annie Clark's 30th birthday. Happy Birthday, Annie! We always liked this picture of her, by Chris La Putt, from her days as a member of the Polyphonic Spree:
It's also Les Claypool of Primus' birthday, who turn 49. Catch Primus on tour this fall.
Not that surprising, but awesome -Austin just became the first Texas city to endorse marriage equality.
Austin music venue Scoot Inn, a popular place to be during SXSW, has a new owner.
Kreayshawn's new album flopped.
Mumford & Sons' new album probably won't.
more stuff below...
by Bill Pearis
George Michael at the London Olympics Closing Ceremony
While Kate Bush didn't perform in the London Olympics Closing Ceremonies segment that "Running Up That Hill" was used in (that was cut from the U.S. telecast), NBC did cut a few actual live performances from it, including The Who closing out the whole thing with "Baba O'Riley," "See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You" and "My Generation." (Yet they left in Kaiser Chiefs doing "Pinball Wizard"!). The Who was not deemed as important as letting the world see the first episode of some new sitcom. NBC also cut Ray Davies doing Kinks classic "Waterloo Sunset" and Muse who wrote "Survival," the official song for the London Olympics.
What we did get: a Spice Girls reuinon where Posh, Sporty and the rest of them mostly rode around the track in separate Bentleys; Beady Eye doing "Wonderwall" (Noel must've loved that); Annie Lennox doing "Little Bird"; Eric Idle singing Life of Brian's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"; Russell Brand singing "Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka and "I Am the Walrus"; current popstars One Direction and Jessie J, the latter of whom also sang "We Will Rock You" with Queen; Fatboy Slim in a giant inflatable octopus; Pet Shop Boys doing "West End Girls," Madness hoarsely performing "Our House"; and Ed Sheeran with Pink Floyd's Nick Mason and Genesis' Mike Rutherford for "Wish You Were Here."
The highlight, at least with the crowd I watched it with, was George Michael in his first live performance after a life-threatening bout with pneumonia last year. He still had the moves on "Freedom 90," though it seemed a missed opportunity by the ceremonies producers not to have the iconic video's co-stars Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell come out for it, as they were paraded around in a segment set to Bowie's "Fashion" early in the program. NBC cut (maybe not so unkind) the performance of Michael's new single "White Light" which you can watch the video for below that does feature Moss.
After the Closing Ceremonies, Blur performed in Hyde Park with New Order, The Specials and Bombay Bicycle Club and we'll have pictures from that show soon.
As mentioned, The Who will bring their 1973 double album rock opera, Quadrophenia, on tour this year and into next, and will hit the NYC area four times along the way. Those shows include 11/14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, 12/5 at Madison Square Garden, 12/6 at Prudential Center in Newark, and 2/21 at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.
Tickets for all four NYC area shows go on AmEx presale today (7/23) at 10 AM. General sale starts Friday.
You can stream Quadrophenia in its entirety below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One of the most powerful elements of The Who was the collision of four distinct forces of nature into a single band: Keith Moon's insane drum fills, Entwistle's spiderlike fingers on the bass, Townsend's amazing melodicism and guitar windmills, and Daltrey's uncanny abilities as a frontman. Half of those members have moved to another plane, but we can still look forward to seeing Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend trot out all of their classic mods-vs-rockers 1973 album, Quadrophenia, as part of a round of US dates that starts in late 2012 and extends into the new year for the LP's 40th anniversary.
The tour includes four NYC area shows: 11/14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, 12/5 at Madison Square Garden, 12/6 at Prudential Center in Newark, and 2/21 at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. Tickets for all shows go on fan presale on Friday (7/20) at 10AM, AMEX presale on Monday (7/23) at noon and regular sale on 7/27 at 10AM. All tour dates are below.
You may remember that Roger Daltrey toured all by his lonesome, performing Tommy in its entirety last year.
In perhaps more exciting news, the 1979 film adapation of Quadrophenia is getting a deluxe DVD/Blu-Ray edition from the celuloid-loving folks at Criterion who will release it on August 28. It features a newly-restored digital transfer of the uncut version, plus a new 5.1 surround mix (as well as the original stereo mix) plus a host of other cool bonus stuff which is listed below. The Rhino DVD from 2001 has been out of print for ages. If you've never seen Quadrophenia (and you should, it's great) and don't want to wait for the pristine Criterion edition, you can stream the whole movie below via YouTube, as well as listen to the album.
Japandroids at Hotel Vegan, Austin TX 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Radiolab Live @ BAM
* Ledisi @ Beacon Theatre
* David Smooke @ The Stone
* The Big Terrific @ Cameo
* WFMU 7 Second Delay @ UCB
* moe. @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Your Hit Parade @ Joe's Pub
* Crocodiles, Devin @ Maxwell's
* Eleven Pond @ East River Park
* Will McEvoy's MUTASM @ Barbes
* The Epiphany Project @ Joe's Pub
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Spirit Family Reunion @ Bryant Park
* Marc Ribot Trio @ The Village Vanguard
* The Beach Boys @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper @ Jones Beach
* The Young, Purling Hiss @ Mercury Lounge
* The Skatalites @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Crosby, Stills and Nash @ Wellmont Theatre
* Amanda Palmer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Still Flyin', Radical Dads @ Mercury Lounge
* Get it Out There with Eurgene Mirman & friends @ BAM
* MS MR, Beast Make Bomb @ Santos Party House
* Theophilus London @ Blue Note (early & late)
* Japandroids, Cadence Weapon @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Talent Show Presents Summer Camp @ Littlefield
* The Forecast, Brian Bonz, Electric Sun @ Knitting Factory
* Pretendo, The Walking Hellos, Lycaon Pictus @ Death By Audio
* Life Size Maps, Slow Animal, Half Day @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* The Whiskey Social, Chamber Band, The Great and Terrible @ Cake Shop
* Chris Corsano/Bill Nace/Steve Backowski Trio, Mv Carbon @ Zebulon
* Meta, Ari Hoenig, Francois Moutin, Thomas Enhco @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Maryclare Brzytwa, James Brandon Lewis and Kevin Robinson @ The Stone
* How Was Your Week? Live w/ Julie Klausner, Ted Leo, etc @ The Bell House
* The Sadies, The Jay Vons, DJ Jonathan Toubin (Spinning Between Sets) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Dynasty Electric, Jogyo, Technicolor Lenses, Ski Beatz (DJ set), Cumba Mele (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Aviation Orange, Doris Cellar (of Freelance Whales), The Can't Tells @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The Comedy screening with Vacation Dad @ Rooftop Films (BAM Cinematek Outdoors)
* Neckbeard Telecaster, Autre Ne Veut, Alan Watts, Rarechild, Dreamboat Crusaderz, Yoga Pose, Crusaderz @ Public Assembly
Tonight's Rooftop Films screening takes place outdoors across from BAM (Fulton Street and Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217) and is Rick Alverson's The Comedy which stars Tim Heidecker, James Murphy and Neil Hamburger(!). Musical guest for the night is Vacation Dad. The event, part of the ongoing BAMcinemaFest, will also include a Q&A with Rick Alverson, Tim Heidecker, and Kate Lyn Sheil. Tickets are still available.
Tame Impala posted a video teaser for their new album, Lonerism, which you can watch below.
You've probably heard about Lana Del Rey's "National Anthem" video where she and A$AP Rocky play Jackie O and JFK. It premiered today and you can watch it below.
You can also check out the video to SpaceGhostPurrp's "Osiris of the East" below.
For those staying home tonight, Zola Jesus will be performing with El-P on Conan tonight.
The Who's John Entwhistle died ten years ago today. See him in his prime -- you can stream The Who's entire 1970 Isle of Wight concert below.
Ken Russell with model Twiggy
Ken Russell, the director behind the Oscar-winning Women in Love has died aged 84. Russell died on Sunday in his sleep, according to his friend, the arts writer Norman Lebrecht.Among the many other films not mentioned in the above piece, Ken Russell also released the psychedelic sci-fi horror classic Altered States, a personal favorite. Ken Russell, R.I.P... you will be missed. Check out a few out of print Ken Russell films, and some montages from Tommy and Altered States, below (note some NSFW).
Known for a flamboyant style developed during his early career in television, Russell's films mixed high and low culture with rare deftness and often courted high controversy. The Devils ... a religious drama that featured an infamous scene between Oliver Reed and Venessa Redgrave sexualising the crucifixion - was initially rejected by Warner Brothers. It will be released in its entirety in March next year, 42 years after it was made, when it will form part of the British Board of Film Classification's centenary celebrations.
Women in Love, released in 1969, became notorious for its nude male wrestling scene between Alan Bates and Oliver Reed, while Tommy, his starry version of The Who's rock opera, was his biggest commercial success, beginning as a stage musical before being reimagined for the screen in 1976. But Russell fell out of the limelight in recent years, as some of his funding dried up and his proposed projects became ever more eclectic. He returned to the public eye in 2007, when he appeared on the fifth edition of Celebrity Big Brother, before quitting the show after a disagreement with fellow contestant Jade Goody. -[The Guardian]
The Who is one of my favorite classic rock bands of all time, so I definitely had some mixed emotions when I saw that Roger Daltrey will hit the road to play The Who classic Tommy in its entirety along with selected "Who classics". Though he has blessed the tour, there will be no Pete Townshend, the brain behind Tommy. Pete has been replaced by Simon Townshend, his brother, who will play guitar alongside Frank Simes (guitar), Scott Deavours (drums), Jon Button (bass), and Loren Gold (keyboards).
Commenting on the tour, Pete Townshend says, "Great to see Roger performing TOMMY with his band in 2011. I will be there in spirit. Roger has my complete and most loving support. Roger is touring his unique concert version of TOMMY using his faithful presentation of the original work as the backbone for a set of wider material. It is wonderful to hear the way Roger and his new band re-interpret the old Who songs."The North American tour, which also promises "striking visuals," will hit two NYC-area arenas of considerable size: Prudential Center on 9/18 and Nassau Coliseum on 9/23. Tickets for Prudential Center go on AmEx presale at 10AM on Monday (5/16), and regular sale on Friday 5/20. Tickets for Nassau go on sale 5/20.
All tour dates and some video of The Who performing Tommy in its entirety with Pete Townsend and John Entwhistle is below.
by Ryan Barkan
Tracy Morgan & Stevie Wonder (picture via Hipster Runoff)
Super Bowl XLIV (44) took place Sunday night in Florida between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints. The Saints semi-upset the Colts to win the big game for the first time in the franchise's history. This post is a special edition of the long lost "Week In Music Licensing" post and as such, that's the last you will hear about the game. Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, many videos and more below...
Yeasayer @ Hudson River Park in 2009 (more by Bao Nguyen)
tonight in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB Theatre
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Them Crooked Vultures @ Roseland Ballroom
* Yeasayer, Light Asylum, Bobo @ Bowery Ballroom
* Les Paul Guitar Tribute w/ Vernon Reid @ Iridium
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Dinosaur Bones, My Pet Dragon, Otterclean @ The Cameo Gallery
* Horse's Mouth, Your Nature, Blast Off, The Wailing Wall @ Death By Audio
* Knight School, Diehard, Family Portrait, Golden City @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Unsound Festival: Anticipate Showcase w/ Sawako, Ezekiel Honig, Alexander Kaline @ Littlefield
* Destry, Mean Creek, The Narrative, Borrowed Eyes & The Blood Red Road @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
The Unsound Festival continues.
Them Crooked Vultures play a show at Roseland Ballroom tonight. On Saturday they appeared on Saturday Night Live. Videos from that show below...
The Who played the Superbowl Halftime show on Sunday. Videos from that below...
tonight in NYC
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* K-Holes, Golden Triangle, Family Trees @ Union Pool
* Bauder/Cymerman/Evans/Wooley Amplified Quartet @ The Stone
* Willy Mason, Colin Ruel, Tony the Bookie @ Bruar Falls
* Orleans/Gunn, Samara Lubelski, Pete Nolan, Helen Rush @ Zebulon
* Graffiti Monsters, Sweet Bulbs, Betray, Genuine Imitations @ Death By Audio
The Who are performing during the Superbowl halftime show.
In a melding of the quintessential British band and the most American of events, the Who will deliver about 12 minutes of glory Sunday (February 7) at the halftime show for Super Bowl XLIV on CBS. The band is the latest in a line of mostly boomer-oriented A-list rock stars to play the spectacle, among them Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Prince, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.Listen for the Arcade Fire during the show too.
But those acts had something to promote -- be it a new album or an upcoming tour. Outside of a greatest-hits album released in December and at least one upcoming high-profile performance, the Who doesn't have much to announce at the moment. "Totally original, as usual," Roger Daltrey says with a laugh.
"We've got an event (planned) for a charity that I'm a patron of, but that's about it. I know Pete (Townshend is) working on material. It's not that we're never going to work again -- it's just at the moment there's nothing in the pipeline." [Reuters]
The Soft Pack played a record release show at Cake Shop at midnight Friday night. Video from the show below...
Sondre Lerche @ MHOW in September (more by Tim Griffin)
Sondre Lerche will be one of the many acts at the now-sold-out Bell House Haiti Benefit tonight (1/27). Sondre goes on tour after that with opener JBM. JBM is NYC songwriter Jesse Marchant, who's now signed to Partisan Records. The label will release his debut Not Even in July on April 13th. For some JBM right now, check out his recently-posted Daytrotter Session.
Sondre is also scheduled to be at the Michael Dorf-produced Music of the Who show at Carnegie Hall on March 2nd. That show includes a lot of big names and City Winery regulars. They include Living Colour, Robyn Hitchcock, Matt Nathanson, Sondre Lerche, Postelles, Bettye LaVette, Mose Allison, The Smithereens, Gaslight Anthem, Bob Mould (of Hüsker Dü), Fab Faux, Asaf Avidan, Willie Nile, Vanessa Carlton, Rich Pagano, Nicole Atkins and Steven Bernstein & The Music Unites Choir. Tickets are on sale.
Finally, Sondre Lerche plays NYC's City Winery on Tuesday, March 23rd. Tickets are on sale. All dates below...
Waterloo Park on Sunday (more)
The Who will perform at Superbowl XLIV, marking the British band's first performance in North America since 2008.In unrelated news, a new remix of WHY?'s "One Rose" was posted to RCRD LBL.
According to a report on SI.com, the Sports Illustrated website, the veteran band will take the stage during the halftime show of the 2010 National Football League championship game, scheduled for February 7 in Miami.
The NFL has yet to officially confirm the report, saying, "When we have something to announce, we'll announce it."
During a recent stop on his "Use It or Lose It" solo tour, frontman Roger Daltrey told Billboard.com that he and bandmate/composer Pete Townshend were working on new material for the Who's followup to 2006's "Endless Wire."[Reuters/Billboard]