Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown have a new album on the way, the first since their 2013 debut Wild Child. The self-titled LP, out November 3rd, marks another milestone in the band’s evolution and a kind of creative rebirth, after years on the road with no less than ACϟDC, The Who, and Guns N’ Roses. The 2015 EP The Wayside found the band moving away from the blues guitar pyrotechnics that first brought attention to Bryant as a young prodigy and into a more fuzzed-out sonic landscape. Now, the band pairs that aesthetic with their most sophisticated set of songs yet, leading with the first single, “Heartland;” a call for unity and recognizing our shared humanity, inspired by the positive communal experiences the band has been experiencing onstage. Those tour experiences are the focus of the new lyric video which you can check out below, along with European tour dates stretching through the end of 2017.
Considering Hollywood’s near-total reliance on familiar properties (comic books, TV shows, movies that have already been made twice before coughhulkcough, etc.), it’s kind of shocking that a Keith Moon biopic has yet to be made.
Consider that problem solved. Hollywood Reporter, uh, reports that the film, long in the works, has received funding and is now in development. Not only that, but Moon’s The Who bandmate Roger Daltrey has been collaborating with producers on the project. He says, “The Keith Moon project is one close to my heart so I am excited to reinvigorate it…
So get pumped up on amphetamines and brandy for this one, although it might still never see the light of day and if it does it will likely be pretty bad, but…still?
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Confirming what had been rumored for weeks, The Who have revealed that they plan to stop touring after a final series of live shows in 2015 to mark their 50th anniversary.
Speaking with The Evening Standard, guitarist Pete Townshend revealed the band’s plans by sharing a desire to visit the few places they’ve only traveled on rare occasions.
“For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits,” Townshend said.
The Who spent this past summer touring arenas and performing their double album Quadrophenia in full. They have no current plans to tour again this year, but it is expected that they will tour arenas again in summer 2014. We’ll update you as more information becomes available.
Last night, hundreds of celebrities came together, as they so frequently do, for a benefit event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The purpose of the 12/12/12 concert was to raise money for the victims and survivors of Hurricane Sandy as well as provide hope and support for those still struggling. Performers included Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Adam Sandler with Paul Schaffer, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, The Who, Kanye West, Billy Joel, Chris Martin of Coldplay, and probably the most talked-about performance of the night, Paul McCartney with the surviving members of Nirvana for their first reunion in twenty years.
According to Billboard, it was a powerful night of poignant entertainment, as many of the performers were from the New York/New Jersey area and chose songs that specifically related to the event. Springsteen did a Medley of “My City In Ruins,” “Working On A Building,” and Tom Waits’ “Jersey Girl.” His songs all hit home as did Adam Sandler’s comical rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” entitled “Sandy Screw Ya.” Click the links below to watch of some of these highlight acts.
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