In what we can only presume is some sort of unlikely 35th anniversary celebration of the last time she embarked on a proper tour, Kate Bush left fans reeling today when she dropped the bombshell that, in August and September, she’ll be playing a series of 15 shows at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.
In a pleasant, politely-worded announcement on her official website, Bush described herself as “delighted” about her declaration on the upcoming performances, adding, “I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there.”
The “Before the Dawn” dates – that seems to be the name of the concert series, based on the fact that the phrase was hash-tagged along with the announcement on Twitter – are as follows:
A SONG FOR JEFFREY
Purists believe the initial album is best, "This Was," the one before Mick Abrahams left. If nothing came after, Tull would be seen as English blues progenitors, but a hit changes all perceptions. There were no hits on "This Was," but I'd start here, with the signature flute intro and then the instant groove. "A Song For Jeffrey," all of "This Was," is Jethro Tull for people who think they hate Jethro Tull.
MY SUNDAY FEELING
The opening cut on "This Was," and probably the most famous. Most jam bands can't hold a candle to this.
The instantly accessible rearrangement of Bach's composition is the signature track on Tull's second album, "Stand Up," which did, i.e. when you opened the gatefold cover, the band popped up inside.
The musical movement known as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which kicked off in the late ‘70s, is one which never really managed to cross the pond and make a major impact in America, but a few bands in the bunch did make a bit of headway here. Certainly, that list starts with Def Leppard, with Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Motorhead also hovering near the top of the pack, but one which often gets lost in the shuffle – even though they developed a considerable following in various pockets of the country – is Saxon.
While Saxon’s era of Stateside success basically consists of the four albums they released between 1983 and 1986 – Power & the Glory, Crusader, Innocence is No Excuse, and Rock the Nations – you’d have a good chance of finding yourself trading fisticuffs if you suggested to a British fan that any one of those albums should be deemed one of the band’s best. (Their three most successful albums in the UK all came out prior to the four that proved popular in the US.)
Thankfully, you can now enjoy a fuller exploration of Saxon’s glory days and figure out your own favorites, thanks to the release of a new box set: Saxon: The Complete Albums 1979-1988. We had an opportunity to chat with Steve Dawson, a founding member of the band and their bassist through the majority of the albums in the set, and he talked us through Saxon’s birth, success, and creative struggles, their influence on Spinal Tap, and his exit from the band, along with a look into his life in the wake of his departure.
Enter to win a copy of Saxon's THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS COLLECTION 1979-1988. The limited edition 10-CD box set features digitally remastered and expanded editions of the British Metal band's studio albums released between 1979 and 1988 plus digital download. Includes the albums SAXON (1979), WHEELS OF STEEL (1980), STRONG ARM OF THE LAW (1980), DENIM AND LEATHER (1981), THE EAGLE HAS LANDED (1982), POWER & THE GLORY (1983), CRUSADER (1984), INNOCENCE IS NO EXCUSE (1985), ROCK THE NATIONS (1986), and DESTINY (1988).
If you’ve checked your calendar today, then you know that, despite what the temperature outside may tell you, we’ve officially reached the start of spring. In celebration of the changing of this momentous changing of the seasons, we’ve put together a playlist which we hope will serve as a pleasant soundtrack as you transition out of the winter doldrums and into a shinier, happier state of mind.
The Monkees may be comin' to your town! Michael, Micky and Peter are playing live and you can score some of the best seats in the house with this exclusive fan ticket pre-sale. VIP packages include: