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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fleetwood Mac tour dates for 2019

Badlands of Indiana (January 10, 2019) WHR — The new lineup of Fleetwood Mac hit the road at the beginning of last month for a tour that is expected to span deep into 2019. A series of tour dates have been added to the early-2019 North American leg of the run.



Guitarists Mike Campbell and Neil Finn replaced Lindsey Buckingham and join longtime members Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie in the band. The first of the new dates will take place at the Pepsi Center in Denver on January 31. 

Fleetwood Mac also added performances in Chicago on March 1, New York City on March 18, Philadelphia on March 22, Boston on April 2 and Toronto on April 8. The group’s 2019 touring schedule now begins in Denver and finds the Mac on the road through the Toronto show with stops at many North American cities in between. 


Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public on Monday, November 12 at 10 a.m. local time.

Check it out:
Fleetwood Mac 2018-2019 Tour Dates:
11/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
11/03 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
11/05 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
11/07 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
11/10 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
11/12 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
11/14 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
11/17 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
11/19 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
11/21 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
11/23 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
11/25 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
11/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
11/30 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
12/03 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
12/06 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
12/08 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
12/11 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
12/13 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
12/15 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
01/31 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
02/02 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premiere Center
02/05 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
02/07 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
02/09 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
02/13 – Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at The BJCC
02/16 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
02/18 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
02/20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
02/22 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
02/24 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
02/27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
03/01 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
03/03 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
03/05 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
03/09 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
03/11 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
03/13 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
03/15 – Hartford, CT @ XL CENTER
03/18 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
03/20 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
03/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
03/24 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
03/26 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
03/31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
04/02 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
04/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
04/08 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
06/06 – Berlin, DE @ Waldbuhne
06/13 – Dublin, IE @ RDS Arena
06/16 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium

Fleetwood Mac set list:
The Chain
Little Lies
Dreams
Second Hand News
Say You Love Me
Black Magic Woman
Everywhere
Rhiannon
Tell Me All the Things You Do
World Turning (with Mick Fleetwood drum solo)
Gypsy
Oh Well
Don’t Dream It’s Over (Crowded House cover)
Landslide
Hold Me
Monday Morning
You Make Loving Fun
Gold Dust Woman
Go Your Own Way
Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty cover)
Don’t Stop
All Over Again

SOURCE: Wild Hog Radio

Monday, January 7, 2019

See video of Axl Rose stopping asteroid with a song

Badlands of Indiana (January 7, 2019) WHR — Guns N' Roses front man Axl Rose is an avowed fan of the animated series Looney Tunes — his iconic rock band even used the original show's theme song as intro music during its massive "Not in This Lifetime" reunion tour.


So perhaps it makes some sense that he would debut his first new song in over 10 years, "Rock the Rock," via an episode of Boomerang's New Looney Tunes show. The episode, which aired around Christmas, saw an animated Rose cavorting with Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig, and blasting out the new track so loud that it stops an asteroid from destroying the earth at the suggestion.


A few days ago (January 4th), an official music video for the song hit the internet; you can view it above. "Rock the Rock" marks the first new recording from the singer since GN'R's long-delayed 2008 studio album, Chinese Democracy.

SOURCE: Revolver

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Daryl Dragon dies in Hospice care at 76

Prescott, AZ (January 2, 2019) WHR —  Daryl Dragon—the musician best known as the Captain of 1970's duo Captain & Tennille—has died at age 76. According to a family spokesman, Dragon died today of renal failure at a hospice in Prescott, Arizona.


Dragon’s longtime musical collaborator and former wife Toni Tennille was reportedly by his side. “[Dragon] was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly,” Tennille said in a statement. “I was at my most creative in my life when I was with him.”


Before joining forces with Tennille in the mid ’70s, Dragon performed with the Beach Boys from 1967 to 1972. As Captain & Tennille, Dragon and Tennille topped the charts with hits like “The Way I Want to Touch You,” “Love Will Keep Us Together,” “Muskrat Love,” “Do That One More Time,” and more. Dragon and Tennille were married for 39 years before divorcing in 2014, though they reportedly remained close until Dragon’s passing.

SOURCE:  Fox News

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Grand Funk Railroad's Don Brewer

Cleveland, Ohio (January 1, 2019) WHR —  When it comes to music in the 1970's, no band epitomized rock and roll that decade more than Grand Funk Railroad. The band, which was formed in Flint, Michigan by Brewer, guitarist/vocalist Mark Farner and bassist Max Schacher; scored hits with songs like "Some Kind of Wonderful," "The Locomotion" and "We're an American Band." Songs that have stood the test of time and been featured in commercials, movies and beyond.

Unfortunately Farner would split from the group in 1976, leaving the others in limbo before Brewer and Schacher would reform Grand Funk without their founding guitarist.

Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad

As the band nears its 50th anniversary, they are out on the road opening up for Bob Seger's farewell tour and will be at The Q Thursday night. I caught up with Brewer to talk about Grand Funk's plans for their anniversary, what it means to have created songs that still resonate today and the time the band has to disappoint Cleveland fans by canceling minutes before they were supposed to take the stage.

When he thinks back to how it all began, Brewer says he never would have imagined Grand Funk lasting as long as it has. "I was 19 years old when this started. I looked at 40 years old as death. When you're young, you don't think about being 70. Here I am, still out there doing what I love. I love to get up on stage and make a fool out of myself. It's pretty amazing. I never dreamed that we'd be going 50 years and that I'd be 70 years old and still doing rock and roll."


And still doing it, they are. Grand Funk has been touring steadily since the mid-90's and routinely plays to sold out crowds at venues like the Hard Rock Rocksino. A big part of that draw are songs Grand Funk recorded that have become staples for classic rock radio and cover bands across the country. Brewer is especially, and understandably, proud of the rock classic, "We're an American Band," which he wrote.

"I never wrote it to be an American anthem. I wasn't trying to wave the flag. I was just trying to come up with a line that made sense. Radio had changed from being FM underground to hit radio, so you had to write songs that were three minutes long and had commercial value. I thought I'd take a stab at it and as we're flying into these towns, the thought came to mind 'We're coming to your town, we'll help you party it down.' And I wrote the song around that. All the little stories in there were things that were going on on the road. And that's where the song came from. I stumbled across 'we're an American band.' It just sang well. To have it be used in movies and car commercials and stuff now, it's an amazing feeling."


Mention Cleveland to Brewer and you can tell he has an affinity for fans and the area, but he does lament the one night he and his band mates let local concert goers down.

"Mel, our bass player, was having some sort of attack, a medical emergency. We had to cancel that show last minute. He was actually in a bathtub filled with ice and water. They were trying to bring his temperature down. Mark and I had to walk out on stage in front of a sold-out Public Auditorium and tell the audience that we weren't going to play. It was a little dicey. They got a little upset."

He recalls saying "'Sorry guys, We can't play. Mel's having an emergency." and the crowd's reaction was "Well, you guys, you two play then!" At that point, he and Farner got off the stage as quickly as possible.

You can catch Grand Funk Railroad throughout the States by finding a location near you. For more information, visit MidwestMusicEvents.net for tour dates, or their website at: GrandFunkRailroad.com

If you can't make it to the show, enjoy this Grand Funk Railroad greatest hits album.

STORY: Mac Mahaffee
SOURCE: WKYC

Slash says Rock Music is struggling

Singapore (January 1, 2019) WHR —  As one of the most recognizable members in American hard rock icon Guns N' Roses, guitarist Slash played a vital role in rock music's heady years in the 1980's and early 1990's. The genre has since seen better days, he says.

"As far as rock n roll is concerned, it's sort of struggling over these past ten years," the musician and songwriter, who will be back in Singapore to stage a concert with singer Myles Kennedy and their band The Conspirators at The Coliseum on Tuesday (Jan 8), says in an e-mail interview.

"I think rock music has been going through a lot of ebbs and flows. Since, say, the middle of the millennium, it's been pretty quiet. You have a couple great artists that come out here and there, but there's not, like, a big movement where you've got a ton of new music, all very inspiring."

Slash performing in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Nov 25, 2018.

While he feels that there is too much focus on Top 40 music these days, the 53-year-old, whose real name is Saul Hudson, is optimistic that the style of music that he plays will make a comeback in a big way in the near future.

"I do definitely feel like there's a renaissance coming, like a rock n roll revolution with all these kids that are doing it right now. There's definitely an energy there so I'm excited to see where it's going to be in the next few years."

And while Guns N' Roses are currently riding high on its worldwide Not In This Lifetime tour, reported by Billboard as one of the top five grossing tours of all time, Slash has also been busy making new music with The Conspirators.


In September (2018), the band released their third album, Living The Dream. It topped Billboard's Hard Rock Albums charts and peaked at No. 4 in the British charts.

He is enjoying the change of pace that he gets with The Conspirators, compared to Guns N' Roses, which he describes as a "behemoth onslaught". He has performed in Singapore three times - with Kennedy at Fort Canning in 2010 and the Singapore Indoor Stadium in 2011, and with Guns N' Roses at Changi Exhibition Centre in 2017.

Of The Conspirators' shows, he says: "It's more of a stripped down, very simple rock n roll band that plays in smaller, more intimate venues and what not. So it's really different."

The upcoming set will feature a lot of new songs from Living The Dream, which he says was influenced by the blues and old rock n roll music that he was listening to at home and in his car. Most of the songs comprise guitar riffs that he recorded on his phone while in hotel rooms and dressing rooms around the world.

He speaks highly of Kennedy, who also sings with rock band Alter Bridge.

"He has a very natural ability. He doesn't try to be something that he's not, which, in this day and age, is very hard to find somebody who's not trying to sing like somebody else or trying to force a square peg through a round hole stylistically with their capabilities."

SOURCE:  The StraitTimes