Deluxe 50th anniversary reissue of Bob Weir’s solo debut album, ‘Ace,’ due in January

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An expanded 50th anniversary reissue of Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir‘s 1972 debut solo album, Ace, will be released on January 13, 2023 in multiple formats.

The deluxe reissue will be available digitally and as a two-CD set, and will feature a newly remastered version of the original album as well as Weir and his side group Wolf Bros‘ full live performance of Ace at New York’s Radio City Music Hall back in April.

In addition, custom vinyl LP featuring the new Ace remaster will be available exclusively at Dead.net; a pearl-white vinyl will drop on January 13 and a black vinyl on February 3.

Released on May 1, 1972, Ace featured all of Weir’s Grateful Dead bandmates, except for keyboardist Rod “Pigpen” McKernan, as his backing group. The eight-track collection included a number songs that the Grateful Dead also performed and recorded, such as “Playing in the Band,” “Mexicali Blues” and “One More Saturday Night.”

The Radio City Music Hall show featured Weir and Wolf Bros augmented by string and brass quintet and pedal-steel player Barry Sless as well as special guests Tyler Childers and Brittney Spencer.

Weir and Wolf Bros’ performance of “Black-Throated Wind” from the show will be included in the recently announced charity compilation Good Music to Ensure Safe Abortion Access to All. The album will be released this Friday, October 7, exclusively on Bandcamp; it will only be available for 24 hours.

The remastered mix of the Ace song “Cassidy” is available now as an advance digital single from the forthcoming reissue.

You can preorder the Ace: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition now.

Here’s the full track list:

Disc One: Original Album (2023 Remaster)
“Greatest Story Ever Told”
“Black-Throated Wind”
“Walk in the Sunshine”
“Playing in the Band”
“Looks Like Rain”
“Mexicali Blues”
“One More Saturday Night”
“Cassidy”

Disc Two: Live at Radio City Music Hall, New York NY (4/3/22)
“Greatest Story Ever Told” — featuring Tyler Childers
“Black-Throated Wind”
“Walk in the Sunshine” — featuring Brittney Spencer
“Playing in the Band”
“Looks Like Rain” — featuring Brittney Spencer
“Mexicali Blues” (Intro)
“Mexicali Blues”
“One More Saturday Night”
“Cassidy”

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Steve Perry gives fans a taste of new holiday tune via a TikTok video

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Last week, Steve Perry posted a message on social media teasing his plans to release new Christmas music soon. Now, the ex-Journey singer has shared a TikTok video featuring him singing a bit of what appears to be a new original holiday tune called “Maybe This Year.”

“Hello, everyone. I’m Steve Perry, and this is my recording studio,” Perry says in the clip. He continues, “And these are my holiday lights, and these are my holiday assistants,” showing Christmas lights, a teddy bear, a plush Santa doll and another children’s toy decorating some of his recording equipment.

Steve then says, “And I’m only wishing one thing for each and every one of us, from the bottom of my heart, I swear” and proceeds to croon, “Maybe this year we can try holding on to our love.” He adds, “Maybe this year, you know?”

On September 26, Perry posted a drawing on his social media pages of a grinning, crazed-looking depiction of himself wearing a Santa Claus hat. The caption read in part, “Maybe This Year one NEW SP original Holiday song, plus one more, could be coming!” 

Perry’s most recent solo album is the holiday collection The Season, which was released in 2021.

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AC/DC singer Brian Johnson celebrates 75th birthday

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Here’s wishing a very happy 75th birthday to longtime AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, who was born October 5, 1947.

The gravel-voiced vocalist, who hails from Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., served as the lead singer of the Newcastle-based glam-rock outfit Geordie throughout most of the 1970s before AC/DC hired him to replace Bon Scott, who died in February 1980 at age 33 from “acute alcohol poisoning.”

AC/DC were already a hugely popular band, but Johnson’s first album with the Australian rockers, 1980’s Back in Black, made them superstars. Brian co-wrote the album’s songs with guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young, including such classics as the title track, “Hells Bells” and “You Shook Me All Night Long.”

Back in Black peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell over 25 million copies in the U.S., making it the best-selling hard-rock record ever in the States.

Johnson continued to co-write AC/DC’s songs with the Young brothers through 1988’s Blow Up Your Video album.

Brian’s long tenure as AC/DC’s frontman was sidetracked in 2016 during the band’s Rock or Bust tour, when he had to stop performing live immediately because of hearing issues. Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose was brought on to finish the trek.

Johnson rejoined AC/DC in 2020 for the recording of the band’s latest album, the chart-topping Power Up.

His most recent performance took place on September 3 during the star-studded London tribute concert for late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. Brian performed two AC/DC songs, “Back in Black” and “Let There Be Rock,” while backed by Foo Fighters and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.

Johnson will release a new memoir titled The Lives of Brian on October 25.

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Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band releasing new live album and video in November

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Ringo Starr is releasing a new concert album and video capturing a 2019 performance with his All Starr Band at Los Angeles’ famous Greek Theatre. The project will drop in multiple formats on November 25, the day after Thanksgiving.

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Live at The Greek Theater 2019 will be available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray; a special two-LP set pressed on yellow vinyl will be sold exclusively at independent record shops in conjunction with the 2022 Record Store Day Black Friday event.

The album and film document the final show of Ringo and the All Starr’s 2019 tour, which took place on September 2. The band’s lineup for the trek featured founding Santana singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Men at Work frontman Colin Hay and Average White Band bassist Hamish Stuart.

The set lists included select Beatles tunes, solo Ringo hits and renditions of songs by Santana, Toto, Men at Work and Average White Band.

The show’s finale featured several All Starr Band alums — Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Nils Lofgren, The RomanticsWally Palmar and renowned session drummer Jim Keltner — joining Ringo and company onstage for a rousing version of “With a Little Help from My Friends.”

A recording of Ringo performing Carl Perkins‘ “Matchbox,” which he used to sing with The Beatles, has been released as an advance digital single from Live at The Greek Theater 2019, and a video of the performance has debuted on his official YouTube channel.

You can preorder the album and video now.

Here’s Live at The Greek Theater 2019‘s full track list:

“Matchbox”
“It Don’t Come Easy”
“What Goes On”
“Evil Ways”
“Rosanna”
“Pick Up the Pieces”
“Down Under”
“Boys”
“Don’t Pass Me By”
“Yellow Submarine”
“Cut the Cake”
“Black Magic Woman”
“You’re Sixteen”
“Anthem”
“Overkill”
“Africa”
“Work to Do”*
“Oye Como Va”
“I Wanna Be Your Man”
“Who Can It Be Now?”
“Hold the Line”
“Photograph”
“Act Naturally”
“With a Little Help from My Friends”

* = CD, DVD, Blu-ray only.

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Nita Strauss reunites with Alice Cooper’s band during Colorado show

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Alice Cooper‘s Tuesday concert in Loveland, Colorado featured a surprise reunion with Nita Strauss.

According to Louder, Strauss, who had just played nearby Denver with Demi Lovato on Monday, joined the shock rocker for a rendition of the classic “School’s Out.” Following the show, Strauss tweeted, “I had the best time! Thanks for the warm welcome.”

Strauss played guitar in Cooper’s touring band from 2014 to this year, when she announced she wouldn’t be joining the group on their fall tour. She then revealed she’d joined Lovato’s live band to tour the pop star’s new, rock-driven album, Holy F***.

Since sharing the news of her new gig, Strauss has suggested that her departure from Cooper’s band may not be permanent.

“There’s no shutting of a door and changing of the guard,” Strauss told Louder. “It’s just I’m taking a step back a little bit.”

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The Beatles’ debut single, “Love Me Do,” was released in the UK 60 years ago

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Wednesday, October 5, marks the 60th anniversary of the release of The Beatles‘ first U.K. single, “Love Me Do.”

According to BeatlesBible.com, the Fab Four had first recorded the song with original drummer Pete Best on June 6, 1962, at London’s EMI Studios — later Abbey Road Studios. Then, after Ringo Starr had replaced Best, the band took a second crack at the song at EMI on September 4 of that year.

Producer George Martin wasn’t happy with the quality of Ringo’s drumming on that version, so The Beatles reconvened once more time at EMI, on September 11, 1962, with session drummer Andy White sitting in and Starr on tambourine.

Initial copies of the “Love Me Do” single actually featured the version with Ringo, although the one with White was included on The Beatles’ debut U.K. album, Please Please Me, and The Beatles’ Hits EP, which were released in 1963 in March and September, respectively.

The “Love Me Do” single peaked at #17 on the U.K. chart. The version with White on drums also appeared on the Fab Four’s debut U.S. album, Introducing The Beatles, which was released in January 1964. Issued as a U.S. single in April ’64, it spent one week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May of that year.

As previously reported, The Beatles Story in Liverpool, U.K., is marking the 60th anniversary on Wednesday by inviting fans to bring their Beatles or Beatles-era memorabilia to the popular Fab Four-themed attraction, where experts from a specialist Beatles auction house will appraise the items for free.

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Jefferson Airplane to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame next week

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Influential San Francisco psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week.

The star ceremony will take place October 13 at 11:30 a.m. PT and will be streamed live at WalkofFame.com.

The three surviving members of the band’s Surrealistic Pillow lineup — singer Grace Slick, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady — will be on hand to accept the honor. Doors drummer John Densmore and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart will be guest speakers at the event.

The plaque, which will be the 2,737th star dedicated on the Walk of Fame, will be located at 6752 Hollywood Blvd.

“This ceremony will bring many great memories to those with a love for music of the ’60s and ’70s,” says Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez. “We are proud to add this iconic psychedelic rock band to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

Formed in 1965, Jefferson Airplane had its biggest success with its second album, 1967’s Surrealistic Pillow, which featured the classic Slick-sung hits “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love.” The band was at the center of the counterculture movement through the late 1960s and early ’70s, and famously played at historic festivals Monterey Pop, Woodstock and Altamont.

After the band broke up, Slick played with Airplane co-founders Marty Balin and Paul Kantner in the spinoff group Jefferson Starship. Kaukonen and Casady, meanwhile, formed the psychedelic folk-blues outfit Hot Tuna; they continue to tour and record with that band.

The Airplane reformed in 1989 for a reunion tour and album.

In 1996, Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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Black Crowes members, others to celebrate R.E.M. at two Georgia benefit shows

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A two-night benefit concert series celebrating the 40th anniversary of R.E.M.‘s 1982 debut EP, Chronic Town, will take place in Athens and Atlanta, Georgia, this December.

The lineup for both shows includes Black Crowes co-founders Rich and Chris Robinson, Hootie and the Blowfish‘s Darius Rucker, Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye, longtime Black Crowes bassist Sven Pipien, The Dream Syndicate‘s Steve Wynn and ex-Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin.

Rich, Barrett and Sven will serve as the concerts’ house band.

Saturday Night Live alum/musician Fred Armisen, actor John Cameron Mitchell, Drivin N Cryin and Let’s Active‘s Mitch Easter, who produced Chronic Town, are also on the bill. David Cross will host the events.

In addition, The Indigo Girls will be playing at the Athens show.

The concerts will feature performances of Chronic Town‘s five songs, as well as other fan favorites.

The Athens concert will be held December 14 at the 40 Watt Club. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, October 11, at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets for the Atlanta show, which will take place at the Coca-Cola Roxy theater on December 15, go on sale to the general public Friday, October 7, at 10 a.m. ET, while a fan presale will begin October 6 at 10 a.m. ET.

“Growing up in Atlanta in the 1980s, R.E.M. was the preeminent band of that era,” says Rich. “Their music was a huge influence not only on the Atlanta music scene but also on my brother and me. I’m so happy to be able to put together this celebration for a band that meant so much to us and music, and Chronic Town is what started it all.”

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Julian Lennon to serve as ambassador for 2022 World College Radio Day

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Julian Lennon has been named the official 2022 ambassador for the 12th annual edition of World College Radio Day, which takes place Friday, October 7.

The celebration, which is organized by the not-for-profit College Radio Foundation, seeks to unite college radio stations in more than 50 countries to raise awareness about the work college stations do and value they bring to broadcasting.

“College radio is a good way to learn about what’s going on in the world, whether it’s locally or worldwide,” says Lennon in a statement. “College radio is not like the usual mainstream stuff, and I find that far more intriguing.”

This year’s World College Radio Day theme is “Voices for Peace.” Reflecting on the topic, Julian, who is the late John Lennon‘s older son, says, “I feel I’ve been pretty successful in promoting peace and trying to motivate people through so many mediums, but we’ve got to keep moving, we’ve got to keep changing, we’ve got to do better.”

An exclusive interview with Julian, conducted by students from World College Radio Day’s U.S. board, will be simulcast October 7 on over 700 participating college stations. Many of the stations also plan to play a recording of Julian’s recent cover of his father’s classic peace anthem “Imagine,” which he did in support of Ukraine in the wake of Russia’s invasion.

Lennon plans to release a 7-inch vinyl single featuring “Imagine” on or around November 18.

Last month, Julian released a new studio album titled Jude, his first new collection of original songs since 2011’s Everything Changes.

Previous World College Radio Day ambassadors have included Joan Jett, Poison‘s Bret Michaels, “Weird Al” YankovicThe Black Keys and Wyclef Jean.

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Pearl Jam, R.E.M. & more contributing unreleased recordings to pro-choice-themed benefit compilation

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Artists including Pearl Jam, R.E.M., David Byrne of Talking Heads, Devo and The Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir are contributing unreleased recordings to an upcoming benefit compilation titled Good Music to Ensure Safe Abortion Access to All.

The album will be released this Friday, October 7, exclusively on Bandcamp and will only be available for 24 hours. Proceeds will be donated to The Brigid Alliance, Abortion Care Network and Noise for Now.

The compilation will include a track featuring Byrne collaborating with Devo, while Weir’s contribution was recorded with his side group Wolf Bros. Pearl Jam’s track will be a live version of the Ten track “Porch,” while R.E.M. is offering up a live rendition of “Walk Unafraid,” a song from the band’s 1998 album Up.

Other participating artists include Cat Power, Death Cab for Cutie, Fleet Foxes, Tegan and Sara, Grouplove, Silversun Pickups and Sleater-Kinney. Ex-Sonic Youth member Kim Gordon designed the compilation’s cover.

For more info, visit GoodMusicComp.Bandcamp.com.

In other Pearl Jam news, guitarist Mike McCready will be performing the national anthem ahead of the Seattle Mariners’ double-header against the Detroit Tigers, beginning Tuesday at 3 p.m. PT. The Mariners, Pearl Jam’s hometown baseball team, recently clinched a trip to the playoffs for the first time in over 20 years.

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