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PAUL RODGERS 2011 UK TOUR DATES

 

Another great Yamaha Guitars / Planet Rock event held at London's new 'Under The Bridge' venue. Paul Rodgers performed and was interviewed by Planet Rock's Nicky Horne in front of an invited audience at this truly exclusive event. Paul answered the audiences questions and talked about his amazing carreer in this rare intimate interview with Nicky Horne. see www.planetrock.com and www.yamahadownload.com for more info...

Live at the ROYAL ALBERT HALL London

Paul Rodgers Live in Southend UK

 

 

Grahams Number appeared on 11Alive TV show Atlanta

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KSU Radio Atlanta

 

Simon Kirke - Filling The Void CD

 
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BAD COMPANY & FREE - DRUMMER KIRKE STEPS UP TO THE MIC FOR FIRST VOCAL ALBUM
FILLING THE VOID RELEASED ON MEGAFORCE RECORDS – JUNE 21ST

Having spent over four decades kicking out the jams with the likes of English blues rockers Free ("All Right Now," "Wishing Well") and their hard rock successors Bad Company ("Feel Like Makin' Love," "Can't Get Enough," "Shooting Star"), Simon Kirke is stepping out from behind the skins for his first proper studio album, the straightforward and polished Filling the Void.

While Kirke plays drums, piano, bass, and guitar throughout this contemporary rock set, the
New York-based, south London-bred musician showcases his sharp guitar skills as well as his honest and heartfelt vocal prowess. Such an endeavor has been a long time coming, as Kirke reveals that a stint in rehab for substance abuse just under a decade ago truly inspired him to pen the small indie release, Seven Rays of Hope, in 2005, and ultimately encouraged him to get his singing out there.

"I've been writing songs for many, many years and I just wanted to get them out, like an exorcism," Kirke says. "That was the primary reason for doing it and on the way [these songs] started to become something more than I thought they would."

From the sunny tones of "One Day Closer to You" and "Talk to the Hand" to the insightful "Message From the Lost," Filling the Void falls in the same vein as Gerry Rafferty, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor. Kirke's fellow Bad Company bandmate, guitarist Mick Ralphs, makes an appearance on the rollicking "Make Up Your Mind." Guitarist Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers) appears on the soul-searching title track, as does Kirke's daughter Domino. She also lends her earthy harmonies to "Over There," Kirke's touching homage to the fallen soldiers of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Filling the Void was engineered and produced by Kirke in his Long Island cottage and in studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn during November 2010 and March 2011. Chris Muth of Taloowa Music mastered the collection. A host of seasoned musicians also provided a rich sonic backdrop their wide-ranging talents, including organist Jeff Kazee of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes fame, guitarist G.E. Smith, saxophonist Art Hays, guitarist Steve Conte (New York Dolls, Maceo Parker) and bassist John Conte (Ian Hunter, Levon Helm). "I was very lucky to get them," Kirke says of his Filling the Void ensemble.

Aside from his issuing six albums with Free and following those with 12 LPs with Bad Company, Kirke has gone on to collaborate with Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, Ronnie Wood, Bo Diddley and Wilson Pickett. Additionally, he previously participated in the popular Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, which allows aspiring musicians of all ages to play alongside some of the genre's greatest. He currently serves as a consultant and board member.

Filling the Void
I was in rehab a couple of times and I don't mind telling anyone that. This is an analogy for when I was in there.

I Want You Back
This song was written with Larry Dvoskin [produced several tracks on Bad Company’s “Fame and Fortune”], who visited me when I was living the UK. This is one of our best. I love the vocal performance by Audrey Martells, who did multi-tracking and ended up sounding like a choir.

Message From the Lost:
I was a driver for the Red Cross for about six weeks after 9/11. One day, I was delivering supplies to Ground Zero when a big siren went off. The whole place went quiet and then came the first wave of relatives, carrying photos, flowers, and toys for the missing. It was incredibly moving. My surmise here is, what if souls of the dead could speak to their loved ones, what could they say?

Angel in My Eyes
My vision here was one of sheer love and my look on a couple that's been together for a long time. I also took a little slice of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" here.

Over There
I try not to get involved in politics, but this is my take on the Iraq War and the events in Afghanistan. I was haunted after seeing a newsreel of how young some of these soldiers who were getting blown up by roadside bombs. It wasn't even a fair fight.

Jaunty Sarcasm
These are just two words that came to me. It's a soliloquy on a bad relationship.

Melting On Madison
I was stuck up town late at night after a session, it was pouring rain and I couldn't get a taxi. Some scaffolding provided some shelter and I saw a couple nearby that was sort of snuggling together, completely oblivious to the rain. The woman said "I want to melt into you," which I thought was a lovely phrase.

Fly to Your Side
I wanted this to sound like Ry Cooder meets The Beatles. I also wanted an orchestra on the end, but budget restraints prevented that. Instead Jeff Kazee and I manned separate string synthesizers and did it that way.

Make Up Your Mind
My collaboration with the husband-and-wife team of Jon and Sally Tiven (Nick Lowe, Wilson Pickett). It came about after I read about the legendary country star George Jones driving into town to his local bar on a harvesting machine because his wife had hidden all of his car keys! An ode to drunkenness with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Talk to the Hand
I was a little bit nervous when I wrote this because the first part of the song is about this rather arrogant guy. But then I did a 180 and gave this male voice a chance to redeem himself. It's a piss-take on guys who are a little misogynistic.

Going Home
This song draws from a situation where a guy's wife or girlfriend has done something crazy and left the telephone hanging. The guy jumps into his car and drives all night until he gets to her.

One Day Closer to You
My companion to "Over There." The setting could be a man counting the days off of a prison sentence or a tour of duty overseas… I imagined a guy singing this around a campfire one night.
 
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ATLANTA -- Three Atlanta guys who make up the band Graham's Number are in the running to play at London's famed Hyde Park this summer.

They are finalists in Hard Rock Cafe's Battle of the Bands, which looks for an up and coming band to take the stage at their annual three-day concert Hard Rock Calling.

Q & A: Graham's Number

Graham's Number is competing against bands from Boston, New Orleans, and Myrtle Beach, just to name a few places. Hard Rock describes Graham's Number as a "band with extraordinary potential with a cutting edge new sound. They combine traditional songwriting with new innovative sounds with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles, to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime."

To vote for "Graham's Number," and to get more information on Hard Rock Calling, click here.

 

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Legendary Engineer Andy Johns Looks Back at His Work with Free

Steven Rosen
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05.28.2008
Andy JohnsWhen Eric Clapton was basking in the presence of the Lord on the Blind Faith album, Andy Johns was there. While Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson manhandled his flute on the Stand Up record, Andy Johns raised faders. And as Jimmy Page rewrote guitar history on the second, third, and fourth Zeppelin releases, engineer Andy Johns was right there capturing every note on tape.

Johns was one of the key engineer/producers working during the golden period of England’s rock era. By the time he was 19, he’d already been a second engineer on Hendrix records. In September 1968, however, he helmed his first project from beginning to end. Free, a rock/blues quartet newly signed to Chris Blackwell’s Island Records, was going into the studio and Johns had been tapped to oversee the recording.

Free HighwayJohns would continue working with Free for many years. On the band’s fourth album released in September 1970, the Johns sound would truly emerge. Highway captured Paul Kossoff’s weeping and soulful Les Paul crying all over tracks like “Be My Friend,” “Ride on Pony,” and “The Stealer.” Many in the know look at these songs as classic examples of Johns’ musical studio techniques.

Can you talk a little bit about how you happened to work with Free?

Back then there weren’t such things as independent engineers; my brother [Glyn] was one but he was the only guy. So obviously, I made it my ambition to become one as quickly as I could. I was the only person at Morgan and the owner had made a deal with Chris Blackwell. Chris got a really great rate because he would start bringing in stuff from Island. So the Free project was really the first thing I did beginning to end, all the way through. By this time I kind of had it sussed out and knew what I was doing.

Tons of Sobs was the first album you recorded?

Yeah; I really had a good time and they’d listen to me a bit. I came up with some arrangement things. I remember on “The Hunter,” for example, the Hammond part; that was a lot of fun for me. And all the cross fades, trying to be clever and all that. I was very proud of that. They were so easy to work with because they were such good musicians.

Guy Stevens produced that first album. What was it like working with him?

Guy Stevens was sort of the titular producer. Guy was mad, actually mad; very entertainingly, sometimes dangerously. He had no theory; he didn’t know an E string from a teapot but he really liked rock and roll music. Chris Blackwell really liked him because he was this really bizarre fellow.

Later, Guy managed to get in on the Free Live! album somehow. That just consisted of Guy actually throwing around a lot of furniture in the dressing room when I was recording. That was it; that was all Guy did. I think he drove me to the gig in Croydon and started throwing things around and smashing things up. And then was really pissed off when his name got left off the album. Because I think it said “Produced by Andy Johns and Free” or something. And he called me up outraged. And I said, “Guy, you didn’t have anything to do with the record!” He really didn’t.

FreeWere Free as great as they sounded? Could you talk a bit about their personalities?

They were so proficient! Andy [Fraser] had a great sense of arrangement. I showed him a few bits―“Here’s a Mellotron; here’s a harmonium,” and he would just take it and go off. Plus his style, he would play around everything, the bass drum. He was really very cool. But Andy was the serious one and you could see he was the one in charge. In fact word had gone out that he had sort of nailed Chris Blackwell for a really heavy-duty deal.

Simon would play little bits of acoustic guitar and sing backgrounds. I think he was a bricklayer or something and he had these huge biceps.

Kossoff would pretty much just sit and smoke big joints. They used to make fun of Koss because he’d pull a lot of faces; he never combed his hair or anything. And they would laugh and Koss was a pretty sensitive chap and I think it used to upset him a bit.
But he was just the most wonderful guitar player. Never really made any mistakes, had this fantastic sound, and that man’s vibrato! Still to this day, someone will play something and I’ll go, “Man, that’s almost as good as Koss!”

And Paul Rodgers? What can you say about the guy?

Paul KossoffThen you did the Free record but you didn’t do the Fire and Water album. Why not?

It wasn’t like I had a nervous breakdown but I was completely freaked out. I was the only engineer there; the place was booked all the time, and I was just at the point of absolute nervous exhaustion. There was just no way I could do the next album. And of course it had “All Right Now” on it and I’m still kicking myself about that.

What about the Highway album?

I remember when I did the Highway record and it came out, the album cover was kind of obscure. You couldn’t really see who they were and it was very pastel and there were these very finely spaced pixels. I remember reading one review in some rag that said, “New band called Highway sounds just like Free.” So I went into the record company with the album cover and said, “Who the hell is responsible for this?” And Chris Blackwell looks up and says, “I am.” And I go, “Nice job!”

Kossoff was out in the studio playing the riff from “The Stealer” and we didn’t know what we were going to do because we only had eight songs. He was playing the riff, and it’s a great riff, and I said, “Well, let’s do that” and he said, “No, I don’t want to do that.” I said, “What do you mean you don’t want to do that? There’s a song, let’s do that.” He said, “Well, it’s not mine” which was ridiculous. So we had a bit of a go ‘round and of course he lost because it just wasn’t logical.

Did you have any kind of a relationship with the band outside of the studio?

I used to hang out with them a bit; they used to come over for dinner and all that. And we’d sort of sit there and wonder what to talk about as my wife handed out food through the hatch in the kitchen. We’d finally say, “This isn’t working; let’s go back to the studio.”

By the time of the Heartbreaker album, were things beginning to unravel?

I was at Island doing something, I forget what it was, Average White Band or something. I went upstairs at night and there was Blackwell and he said, “Look, Free’s just handed in this album and it’s not right. Can you do anything with it?” I said, “I bet I can but I’ve got to go to Jamaica in three days to do the Stones.” And he said, “Oh well, that’ll be enough time.” And I went downstairs and there was this fellow, Diga [Richard Digby-Smith, engineer], who had recorded it. He was a nice enough bloke; he’s a nice fellow and everything but sometimes it’s good to have outside ears. I then mixed the thing basically in two or three days.

And then, there I am in this hotel in Kingston, Jamaica with the Stones having breakfast one morning. And who do I see coming across the patio but Paul and Simon. “Oh, hello, Andy, can you introduce us to the Stones blah, blah, blah?” And I introduced them to Keith and everybody. I asked them what they were doing there and they go, “Well, man, that album you just fixed up sounds awful!” I said, “No, wait, wait, wait, no, that’s a mistake. I bet I know what it is.” And what had happened was when it went to mastering, they hadn’t realigned the machine so it was all distorted. Chris Blackwell was in Kingston when I was there and I called him up. I wasn’t rude but I said, “C’mon, man, what is up? This isn’t cool; you’re making me look bad here. Just have them master it again.” And of course Simon and Paul proceeded to smash to pieces the room they had which was next to mine. I said, “Oh, guys, why are you doing that? I’m going to be here for another two or three months. You’re going home tomorrow, and these people won’t like this at all.” And that was that. But that was a great record, too; there were some wonderful bits and pieces on it.

Kossoff Photo- Copyright Lucy Piller

 

 

 

Planet Rock – UK Exclusive

Paul Rodgers talks to Nicky Horne

 Nicky Horne – from 6pm Monday 18th April.(UK Time) 1pm East Coast Time                                          

An exclusive interview and acoustic performance with Paul Rodgers will be aired tonight from 6pm.

 Paul played a four song acoustic set, showcasing songs from his time with Free, Bad Company and Queen in a stripped down acoustic format at the Under The Bridge Club in Chelsea, London.

Paul fielded questions from Nicky Horne anda select group of listeners who had been invited on the strength of their questions.  .We have a load of superb photos courtesy of Nick Elliott at www.planetrock.com

 

 
 
 
 
Paul Rodgers Live 2011.
 
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fronting 3 bands and 90 million record sales,
there is no doubt that Paul Rodgers' legacy is one of the most
 important and inspirational in rock.
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Manchester 02 Apollo - 21/04/2011
Birmingham NIA - 28/04/11
 
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Messenger talks to a rock legend - the Paul Rodgers interview

 

 

On Wednesday 13 April Paul Rodgers took part in the second Yamaha and Planet Rock Off The Record event.

This time taking place at the beautiful Under The Bridge club in Chelsea, Paul played a four song acoustic set, showcasing songs from his time with Free, Bad Company and Queen in a stripped down acoustic format.

He also fielded questions from Nicky Horne and a select group of listeners who had been specially invited based on the strength of their questions.

We have a load of superb photos courtesy of Nick Elliott and we will be broadcasting selected highlights of the Q&A and the songs on MONDAY in Nicky Horne's show after 6pm.

We will also have video of the full show in due course.

http://www.planetrock.com





 

NEWSFLASH FROM ARN
 
Paul Rodgers
 fronts Yamaha Off the Record session

Second Yamaha/Planet Rock event to feature songs and conversation at Stamford Bridge club

Yamaha Music has confirmed that its second Off The Record event in partnership with Planet Rock Radio will star the Free, Bad Company and Queen frontman Paul Rodgers. It will be held tonight (April 13th) at the newly opened Under The Bridge venue, which forms part of the Chelsea Football Club complex at Stamford Bridge.
 
Rodgers has written, produced and released 30 albums since 1968 and formed and fronted the bands Free, Bad Company and The Firm. As a Grammy-nominated solo artist he has also performed and recorded with Queen, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Brian May, David Gilmour, Slash and Joe Walsh among others.
 
The Off The Record sessions, conceived and produced by Yamaha Music UK and Planet Rock, provide a unique opportunity for fans and musicians alike to experience and meet major rock artists in an up-close, exclusive and personal environment.

Rodgers will be discussing his career, musical life and performing at the event. .
 
In the event that there are any left, readers can apply for tickets at the Planet Rock website here.
 
"We are thrilled and honoured to have been able to secure an artist of Paul's musicianship and calibre to front our second Off The Record event," said Yamha's Ricci Hodgson. "These events with top rock artists and our Planet Rock media partners show that Yamaha is enjoying major ongoing success with our rock instruments which continue to be seen on the world's biggest stages."

 

PAUL McCARTNEY TRIBUTE ALBUM FEATURES BILLY JOEL, KISS, PAUL RODGERS, THE CURE, AND SON JAMES

4/12/2011

An upcoming Paul McCartney tribute album will feature hand-picked contributions from Billy Joel, Kiss, B.B. King, Paul Rodgers, and Garth Brooks. Britain's The Sun reported that McCartney also personally contacted Robert Smith and the Cure about collaborating with his 33-year-old musician son, James. A source close to McCartney said, "James was over the moon at playing with the Cure. He's always been a big fan. They all went into a studio in Sussex and hung out together. . . Over the years, Robert Smith and Paul's paths have crossed countless times and he is chuffed having the Cure pay tribute to him."

 

Kiss, who covered the 1975 Wings classic "Venus And Mars/Rock Show" for the set, posted on its Facebook page: "We consider it an honor to be asked to participate on a tribute to one of the most influential and greatest singer/songwriters of all time. Not to mention, a major force in the most important band of all time, the Beatles. Wow!"

  • There's been no release date set for the album or tentative tracklisting announced -- although it's clear that the collection will focus on McCartney's Wings and solo career.
  • Billy Joel admits that he became a die-hard Beatles fan from the moment they landed in America: "One of the things I loved about the Beatles -- I never knew what they were gonna come up with next. I kind of grew up with the Beatles, from year to year; they went from Beatles '65, then they went to Rubber Soul -- they just grew and grew and changed, and it was magical. I was enchanted."
  • McCartney, who began playing guitar and writing songs shortly after his mother's death in 1956, admits that these days he writes primarily for himself: "I went through a period of writing for listeners, but I think that's a bad mistake -- 'cause you don't know who's really listening anyway. And you sort of write for critics, or, y'know, what you think they're gonna want. I think it's a bad idea. I think you've gotta write for yourself. I figure, if I like it, there's a chance they might. If I start to write something I think they'll like, and I don't like it -- that's fatal. So I make a point these days of satisfying myself first."

 

 
Battle of the Bands
 
 
 
GRAHAMS NUMBER
 (the band who Lucy has been helping now for 6 months)
 
The battles were fierce. 
 Hundreds of bands entered Hard Rock’s Battle Of The Bands at participating Hard Rock Cafes all over the world. 
 Now it’s up to you.  Each region has been narrowed down to these bands. 
 This year we are sending four bands to Hard Rock Calling. 
 Take a look at the videos, pick your favorite in each region,
cast your votes and help decide which four bands are heading out on the tour of a lifetime.
We can make it with your help and please also ask your friends and family
 

GOOD LUCK GRAHAMS NUMBER :-)

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GRAHAMS NUMBER of ATLANTA GA

with

 THE HABITUAL BUNGLERS of ATHENS GA

Wow - that's all I can say !

 

Coming soon ..........................
 
The Habitual Bunglers 
 

         The Habitual Bunglers are a funky quartet of slick n’ sly rapscallions from Athens, GA:

 David “Dubious” Brown on vocals,

Rio Crane on drums,

James Stickney on bass,

and

 Robbie Rapp on guitar and vocals.

 

David, James, and Rio all met around the age of 10, and by age 11 Robbie came into the fold.

After several failed attempts at starting a band with other players, they decided to give it another go in the fall of 2008,

 their sophomore year in high school.

 The music seemed to flow much smoother for a band who’d only been playing for several months,

 so they took to performing at many school functions and house parties, leaving all who witnessed their shows as confirmed fans.

 A big factor of their sound is their influences; influences ranging everywhere from Captain Beefheart, Sublime, The Minutemen, Led Zeppelin,

 as well as Sly & the Family Stone and Megadeth.

 

 

They incorporate many musical styles into their music in order to brew the uniquely funky stew that is their music;

 If you were to ask the band what kind of music they play, they’d say “We play funk music”.

However, the greatest factor of their sound comes from their long-lasting friendship and their profound loyalty to each other...and the Funk. 

 

________________________________

 

These guys are still in high school, I was lucky enough to have seen them

play live in Athens while visiting there with Grahams Number

 

 

I was amazed at this bands tightness and passion for playing brilliant music

for their young age. I feel blessed to have heard them first

The boys are yet to go public, they have no music recorded, so I cannot share their music with you

but if you trust my judgement,

Beware, a new awsome band is about to be born !!!!!!!!!!

 

 

The Habitual Bunglers

Lucy Piller - Allightnow.com

 

 

 

Grahams Number play at the Rye Bar May 4th and 2nd June 2011

Jam on, Rye - underdog takes the win

Call Rye Bar the little bar that could.

David Manning
From left, Chris Allen, Ryan Hetrick, Bobby Fede, Emily and David Tammen, Betsy Kingston and Justin Junnier of Rye Bar.

Rye Bar
Where: 140 E. Clayton St.
Hours: 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday
Call: (706) 354-6629

The tavern can only squeeze about 50 skinny people into its underground confines. It's not the nicest, the biggest or the most historic watering hole in downtown Athens.

But Rye Bar, which David Tammen opened less than two years ago, beat out 31 competitors to claim the inaugural Marquee Bar Madness tournament, a monthlong competition that pitted 32 downtown bars against each other and let their fans vote for their supremacy.

Rye Bar outlasted Cutters Pub in the final round to win the honors after steamrolling competitors - Caledonia Lounge, Farm 255, MAX and Mad Hatter - as the field of 32 was whittled down.

"We've got lots of fans everywhere," Tammen said. "We put the contest on our Facebook page and got all our friends voting for us. We feel like we've done a lot of good things to turn that bar around."

Tammen has made several upgrades at the bar that sits below East Clayton Street. He hired a new staff, upgraded the air conditioning and improved the sound system for bands.

Many locals will remember the bar as DT's. If it was anything before that, this transplant is unaware.

Now, Rye Bar hosts music several nights a week. But just any music wasn't enough for Tammen - he wanted good music.

"We did a really hard look at the music we had down there," he said. "We wanted to make sure we had good music every night.

"We've done a lot of residencies with a lot of local bands and have really worked on making musicians feel welcome. You can go there any night of the week now and hear good music."

Tammen and his staff also have tried to be more consistent with their mix of drinks and drink specials. Rye Bar focuses on selling tall-boy cans instead of bottles and offers them for $2 until 11 p.m. Well drinks and certain draft beers also are $2 during the bar's extended happy hour.

"We're trying some new things - we've got good selections of rye whiskeys and tequilas," Tammen said. "We might get into some infused vodkas where we're doing them ourselves."

Even with all of its improvements, Tammen didn't think Rye Bar had a great shot at winning the Bar Madness tournament.

His bar was one of the last four bars selected to the tournament and was an underdog in every match-up.

But Rye Bar didn't just win on its way to the finals - it dominated.

"I thought it was pretty neat," he said. "I'm kind of surprised at some of the bars we beat."

The wins were a product of a lot of promotion, Tammen said. The staff pushed the contest, and the fans kept on voting.

"It's an awesome thing for us," he said. "We really tried to promote us, and obviously our efforts paid off. I can't wait to post something on our wall."

 

 
 PAUL RODGERS SHOW UK/CANADA 2011

Go to
 
 


 
 
 

Free-'Muddy Water'-1973

Free - Music Is The Answer / Wishing Well (Live)

The Legend PAUL KOSSOFF

 

 
HELLO, GRAHAM'S NUMBER FANS!!
 

 
 
Graham's Number upcoming show Saturday night!!!!!! Come along to show your support for G's #
 
GRAHAM'S NUMBER in another Battle of the Bands
 
Saturday, April 9th 2011
Battle of the Bands
Hendershots Coffee Bar
1560 Oglethorpe Avenue
Athens, GA 30606
 
~ $5 at the door for a full, fun night~
 
The line up is:
7:30 The Habitual Bunglers
8:00 Grahams Number
8 :30 Bridges
9:00 Bombs, Bombs, Bombs
9:45 Death Amphetamine
10:20 Majora
10:50 The Fact
11:20 Blind By Sight
11:50 Winners Announced
 
We slam dunked the Hard Rock Battle,
Help us to win this one too!!
Fan support is crucial in the judging process,
and we'll be going up against these 8 other bands.
 
We can't do it without you, so
We need your there Saturday night to cheer us on so we can win!!!!!
 
 Looking forward to seeing you all there and Thank You all for your continuous support!
 
Nick - Brandon - Andy
Graham's Number
 
 

 

For Immediate Release

New LEVERTY / KUNES Song Now Available!!!

For the princely sum of 99¢, you can now own the new Leverty /Kunes classic hard rock single: "All The Girls Are Crazy". Leverty & Kunes pay tribute to the songwriter, Mike Montgomery, from Paul Kossoff`s band Back Street Crawler. This is the debut effort between two longtime musical friends: Bill Leverty of Firehouse fame, who also has a stunning blues solo record, "Deep South"   www.leverty.com  ; and Cactus/ Savoy Brown vocalist frontman Jimmy Kunes, who also has two solo records to his credit as Jimmy Kunes Band : "Slow Moving Vehicle"/Love Train and GATE OF ALL SAINTS  www.myspace.com/jimmykunes . The pair were thrilled to have the full support of Cayman publishing to achieve the goal of bringing this classic gem back into the hearts and minds of true rock fans around the world. Leverty and Kunes recruited the powerful drumming talents of Andre LaBelle for this recording. Special thanks to David Clayton at FREE APPRECIATION SOCIETY and Lucy Piller at AllRightNow.com for their help and continuing support.
Get your high quality digital copy today from any of the following outlets:

CD BABY

AMAZON.COM

APPLE iTUNES




***PRESS RELEASE***

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3RD MARKS THE JAPANESE RELEASE FOR DOWNLOAD OF THE SINGLE "ALL THE GIRLS ARE CRAZY" BY LEVERTY/ KUNES (BILL LEVERTY OF FIREHOUSE AND SOLO ALBUM "DEEP SOUTH" & JIMMY KUNES OF CACTUS/ JIMMY KUNES BAND "GATE OF ALL SAINTS"/ JIMMY KUNES & LOVE TRAIN "SLOW MOVING VEHICLE"). 

 

THE TRACK IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD DOMESTICALLY (N. AMERICA) ON cdbaby, itunes, AND Amazon.com

 

 

THEY ARE MOST THRILLED TO HAVE THE SINGLE RELEASED IN JAPAN AND ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO 2011 FOR MORE RELEASES AND MORE EXCITING UPCOMING NEWS.....SO STAY TUNED.....


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: N.Y., N.Y. April 4, 20011

 

BAD COMPANY & FREE - DRUMMER

SIMON KIRKE

STEPS UP TO THE MIC FOR First VOCAL ALBUM

 

Filling the Void

 

Released on MEGAFORCE RECORDS – june 21ST  

 

PERFORMING JUNE 11th @ CITY WINERY

155 Varick Street, N.Y., N.Y.

 

Having spent over four decades kicking out the jams with the likes of English blues rockers Free ("All Right Now," "Wishing Well") and their hard rock successors Bad Company ("Feel Like Makin' Love," "Can't Get Enough," "Shooting Star"), Simon Kirke is stepping out from behind the skins for his first proper studio album, the straightforward and polished Filling the Void.

 

While Kirke plays drums, piano, bass, and guitar throughout this contemporary rock set, the

New York-based, south London-bred musician showcases his sharp guitar skills as well as his honest and heartfelt vocal prowess. Such an endeavor has been a long time coming, as Kirke reveals that a stint in rehab for substance abuse just under a decade ago truly inspired him to pen the small indie release, Seven Rays of Hope, in 2005, and ultimately encouraged him to get his singing out there.

 

"I've been writing songs for many, many years and I just wanted to get them out, like an exorcism," Kirke says. "That was the primary reason for doing it and on the way [these songs] started to become something more than I thought they would."

 

From the sunny tones of "One Day Closer to You" and "Talk to the Hand" to the insightful "Message From the Lost," Filling the Void falls in the same vein as Gerry Rafferty, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor. Kirke's fellow Bad Company bandmate, guitarist Mick Ralphs, makes an appearance on the rollicking "Make Up Your Mind." Guitarist Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers) appears on the soul-searching title track, as does Kirke's daughter Domino. She also lends her earthy harmonies to "Over There," Kirke's touching homage to the fallen soldiers of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

 

Filling the Void was engineered and produced by Kirke in his Long Island cottage and in studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn during November 2010 and March 2011. Chris Muth of Taloowa Music mastered the collection. A host of seasoned musicians also provided a rich sonic backdrop their wide-ranging talents, including organist Jeff Kazee of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes fame, guitarist G.E. Smith, saxophonist Art Hays, guitarist Steve Conte (New York Dolls, Maceo Parker) and bassist John Conte (Ian Hunter, Levon Helm). "I was very lucky to get them," Kirke says of his Filling the Void ensemble.

 

Aside from his issuing six albums with Free and following those with 12 LPs with Bad Company, Kirke has gone on to collaborate with Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, Ronnie Wood, Bo Diddley and Wilson Pickett. Additionally, he previously participated in the popular Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, which allows aspiring musicians of all ages to play alongside some of the genre's greatest. He currently serves as a consultant and board member.

 

Filling the Void

I was in rehab a couple of times and I don't mind telling anyone that. This is an analogy for when I was in there.

 

I Want You Back

This song was written with Larry Dvoskin [produced several tracks on Bad Company’s “Fame and Fortune”], who visited me when I was living the UK. This is one of our best. I love the vocal performance by Audrey Martells, who did multi-tracking and ended up sounding like a choir.

 

Message From the Lost:

I was a driver for the Red Cross for about six weeks after 9/11. One day, I was delivering supplies to Ground Zero when a big siren went off. The whole place went quiet and then came the first wave of relatives, carrying photos, flowers, and toys for the missing. It was incredibly moving. My surmise here is, what if souls of the dead could speak to their loved ones, what could they say?

 

Angel in My Eyes

My vision here was one of sheer love and my look on a couple that's been together for a long time. I also took a little slice of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" here.

 

Over There

I try not to get involved in politics, but this is my take on the Iraq War and the events in Afghanistan. I was haunted after seeing a newsreel of how young some of these soldiers who were getting blown up by roadside bombs. It wasn't even a fair fight.

 

Jaunty Sarcasm

These are just two words that came to me. It's a soliloquy on a bad relationship.

 

Melting On Madison

I was stuck up town late at night after a session, it was pouring rain and I couldn't get a taxi. Some scaffolding provided some shelter and I saw a couple nearby that was sort of snuggling together, completely oblivious to the rain. The woman said "I want to melt into you," which I thought was a lovely phrase.

 

Fly to Your Side

I wanted this to sound like Ry Cooder meets The Beatles. I also wanted an orchestra on the end, but budget restraints prevented that. Instead Jeff Kazee and I manned separate string synthesizers and did it that way.

 

Make Up Your Mind

My collaboration with the husband-and-wife team of Jon and Sally Tiven (Nick Lowe, Wilson Pickett). It came about after I read about the legendary country star George Jones driving into town to his local bar on a harvesting machine because his wife had hidden all of his car keys! An ode to drunkenness with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

 

Talk to the Hand

I was a little bit nervous when I wrote this because the first part of the song is about this rather arrogant guy. But then I did a 180 and gave this male voice a chance to redeem himself. It's a piss-take on guys who are a little misogynistic.

 

Going Home

This song draws from a situation where a guy's wife or girlfriend has done something crazy and left the telephone hanging. The guy jumps into his car and drives all night until he gets to her.

 

One Day Closer to You

My companion to "Over There." The setting could be a man counting the days off of a prison sentence or a tour of duty overseas… I imagined a guy singing this around a campfire one night.

 

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SIMON KIRKE
 'founding member & drummer of Free and Bad Company

Will be performing at HAVANA NEW HOPE PA USA

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM  Apr 08, 2011

SIMON KIRKE "founding member & drummer of Free and Bad Company"
Reserved Tabled Seated
$25.00 Advance
Doors-Will Call 6PM
Simon Kirke of Bad Co 8PM
http://www.freewebs.com/simonkirke/
http://www.myspace.com/simonkirke

A 102.9 WMGK event....

DJ TO FOLLOW AT MIDNIGHT

http://www.comcastTIX.com

www.havananewhope.com

 

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PAUL RODGERS LIVE IN VEGAS
 
SAT 2nd April  2011
 
 
FANS WISHING TO GET TOGETHER
 for LUNCH/BRUNCH on the day of the show.
 
 
Please meet us at
 
 
11-1pm
 
Inside the    at the Eastside Cannery Casino
5255 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas
 
(Please note: This is not a meet and greet for the band)
 

 
Eastside Cannery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jim Capaldi Tribute feat. Jon Lord , Simon Kirke (vocals & Drums)

 

Just annoucned

 Paul Rodgers shows in North America


Saturday, April 2, 2011 Eastside Cannery, Las Vegas, NV

Saturday July 2, 2011 Atlantic City Hilton, Atlantic City, NJ

Sunday, July 10, 2011 Snowqualmie Casino Mountain View Plaza, Snowqualmie, WA

Friday, July 15, 2011 Moondance Jam, Walker, MN

Saturday, July 16, 2011 Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Island Events Center, Red Wing, MN

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Orange County Fair, Pacific Amphitheater, Costa Mesa, CA

 

Paul Rodgers


Las Vegas First Stop on Rodgers’ Solo Tour

 

LAS VEGAS - February 26, 2011 - Paul Rodgers, who toured and recorded with Queen from 2004 to 2008 and reunited Bad Company 2008 to 2010 is at long last returning to the US with his solo band for an exclusive concert at the Eastside Events Center at the Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel April 2nd.

“Playing with Queen was brilliant they interpreted my songs on an entirely new level. With Bad Company the musical fire (son of Led Zeppelins’ late drummer John) works were still there but creating and touring solo is where my heart is” says Rodgers, a Grammy® nominated and Platinum selling artist.

Rodgers is playing an exclusive 10 dates in the United States this year and his first stop will be at the Eastside Events Center Saturday, April 2 at 9 p.m.  This will be Rodgers first solo show pairing up with drummer Jason Bonham. Other band members include the familiar faces of guitarist Howard Leese (Heart) and Lynn Sorenson (bass).

Rodgers has chosen to rehearse for several days at Eastside Cannery Events Center for his upcoming UK tour prior to his show. His last UK solo tour culminated with the recording of his  debut solo DVD “Live in Glasgow” which charted at #1 in Canada, #2 in Japan, #3 in the US,  #4 in the UK and is now Certified Gold.

The singer/songwriter will be performing new songs from his up and coming solo CD, making it 31 album/CD releases since 1968, plus hits from his expansive back catalogue such as “All Right Now”- Free, “Feel Like Makin’ Love”- Bad Company and “Satisfaction Guaranteed”- The Firm.

Says Rodgers “Developing a set-list is always a bit of a balancing act but in the US it will be Bad Company heavy for fans.”

Tickets are available now: $39.95 for Reserved, $49.95 for Prime, $59.95 for Gold, plus tax and fees.  Tickets can be purchased by calling (702) 856-5470, or by visiting www.eastsidecannery.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Eastside Cannery's box office at the front desk.

 

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

2010    BMI presents Paul Rodgers with the million air award to acknowledge 4,000,000 radio performances of ‘All Right Now’ in the US.  When I started writing ‘All Right Now’ the lyrics and the melody flowed easily”. Paul Rodgers

2010    Certified Gold in the UK & Top 10 on Billboard’s CD charts for 3 weeks ‘The Very Best Of Free & Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers’.

2010    Rolling Stone Magazine’s #3 Greatest Voice in Rock

2009    Solo performance on Jools Holland

2009    Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck present him with the Classic Songwriter of 2009 chosen by the fans and writers of the UK’s International Classic Rock           Magazine.

2009    Receives Honorary Doctorate from Teesside University in his hometown of Middlesbrough, England.

2008    Queen + Paul Rodgers performed for their largest crowd 350,000 in Kharkov, Ukraine.

2008    Performed at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday concert in London’s Hyde Park, sharing the stage with Will Smith, Queen, Amy Winehouse, Annie Lennox, Josh Groban and others.

2008    One of only 8 people to ever receive a Proclamation from US Congress, acknowledging his many achievements and his philanthropist work for the Fender Center’s “Kids Rock Free” Music Education Program.

2007    Debut Solo DVD “Live in Glasgow” charts at # 1 in Canada for 3 weeks.  Certified Gold in Canada.

2007    Led Zeppelin, Paul Rodgers, Bill Wyman and others share the stage as a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun (Atlantic Records founder) at London’s 02 Arena.

2006    Appearance on American Idol.

2006    Appearance on Entertainment Tonight.

2006    Voted “A ROCK ICON” in Classic Rock Magazine by fellow Musicians.

2006    Voted # 1 SINGER by Japan’s Player Magazine

 

GRAHAMS NUMBER win in Atlanta !!

After four grueling weeks of competition, Atlanta rock trio Graham's Number will represent our city in the nationals of the
 annual Hard Rock Cafe's Battle of the Bands competition. With a crazy amount of crowd support, tight musicianship and a spirited stage show at the Hard Rock Cafe
downtown early Friday morning, Graham's Number squeaked out a
win with their deft blend of old school Jimi Hendrix-era rock, soul and reggae influences.
 
Most astonishingly, only one out of the three kids in the act could legally drink inside the bar. Guitarist and vocalist Nic Sanders and drummer
 Brandon McKinney are just 20-years-old while bassist Andy Scherm is the elder of the act at 21. Sanders and McKinney
met as students at Osborne High School while Scherm graduated from Pope High School.
 
The winners of the national competition will open for Bon Jovi in Hyde Park in London later this year. Band Battle judge and
Ticket Alternative president Iain Bluett told us privately:
 "They would just be the perfect band to listen to outside in the sun in Hyde Park out of all the acts we saw tonight."
 
Other finalists with huge fan support Thursday night included Wesley Cook and Life & Limb. As part of the finals, each band
was required to perform a cover of a Bon Jovi tune to be filmed and later used for the nationals competition.
Atlanta finalists The Nominees chose a mash up of of the New Jersey rockers' classic "Livin' on a Prayer,"
 combining it with Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Atlanta rock quartet The Swear battled sound issues
while banging through an impressive rendition of their original "Vampire" and guitarist Jeremy Zamora donned
a pin-adorned jean jacket for their cover of the late 1980s prom classic "Never Say Goodbye."
 
The evening's award for Best Rock Attitude went hip-hop/rock act United Streets of Atlanta, who scored well
with the judges and were possibly poised to win it all until they were disqualified from the competition after refusing to play a
Bon Jovi cover during their three-song set. Instead, they used the high profile gig to
 promote the band's debut album release party tonight at Vinyl in Midtown at 8 p.m.

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