Apr 09 2018

Ann Wilson Is Taping To TV Special

Ann Wilson of Heart is preparing for her first-ever solo television special.

 

The iconic vocalist will film her newly added April 11 show at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL for an upcoming special to coincide with the release of her new solo album Immortal that’s due out this summer via BMG (exact release date TBA). For this special (air date and additional details TBA), Ann and her band will perform songs from the Heart catalog, tracks from her solo career and highlights from the new album.

While the full track listing is still being unveiled, Immortal will feature some of the singer’s favorite musicians and songs by paying homage to those lost in the past few years, including Lesley Gore‘s “You Don’t Own Me,” Amy Winehouse‘s “Back to Black,” and The Eagles’ “Life in the Fast Lane” in honor of Glenn Frey. For the new release, Ann teamed with original Heart producer Mike Flicker (Dreamboat Annie, Magazine, Little Queen, Dog and Butterfly and Bebe Le Strange, among others).

Following some additional solo shows this spring and summer, Wilson will join Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers for the “Stars Align Tour,” as the album is released. Kicking off July 18 in West Valley City, Utah, the tour stops in 20 cities across the U.S. and Canada including Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Toronto and Nashville, before wrapping August 26 in Tampa.

Apr 09 2018

Mark Knopfler Will Not Attend Dire Straits Hall of Fame Induction

It was ALMOST a year with no controversy at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

 

On April 14, Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted into the Hall and everything has been very cordial between current members of bands and those who left, sometimes under pressured situations.

Ritchie Sambora will be on stage with Bon Jovi and the surviving members of the Cars and the Moody Blues are set to be there either in thank you speeches or with the band but Dire Straits will be without two members, Mark Knopfler, the most recognizable face from the band, and his brother David Knopfler, who was on their first two albums. There is no word on whether the sixth member being inducted, drummer Pick Withers, will be in attendance.

There’s no word on why Mark won’t be attending but Dave said it had to do with his travel costs. He wrote “In their wisdom, after promising to pay my expenses they reneged on their promise. I can well understand that with only $5 mil (million) a year in sponsorships and 100k ($100,000) a table and no fees for the artist that paying my taxi to the airport must have given them heart murmurs…”

Apr 09 2018

The Seekers Release Historic Television Specials

Three of The Seekers television specials from the 60s have been compiled for ‘The Seekers – The Legendary Television Specials’ collectors edition DVD.

 

‘The Seekers – The Legendary Television Specials’ features ‘The Seekers At Home’ (1965), ‘The Seekers Down Under’ (1967) and ‘The World of The Seekers’ (1968). It is incredible that the footage still exists.

“It is not just a minor miracle, it is a major miracle,” Athol Guys tells Noise11.com. “We achieved rights to all of the films many, many years ago. In fact at one stage we even managed to latch onto the original 35mm film ‘The World of the Seekers’. I have it in large containers. Thank God we’ve got them all”.

The Seekers still hold the record for the biggest music audience ever in Australia, 200,000 fans came to see the band in Melbourne in 1967 at a time when Melbourne only had a population of 2 million. “What happened was they stopped counting heads at 11 in the morning because the joint was full,” Athol said. “The cars were banked back to St Kilda Junction. They stopped the traffic. In those days there was no bank across the ridge of the Music Bowl. It was a plain that went from the Music Bowl to the Gardens”.