Since the very beginning of Van Halen's career, the only incarnation of the band to have released a live album is the one with Sammy Hagar standing front and center, and while Live: Right Here, Right Now certainly has its fans, it's always been a bit of a bummer that no similar audio document was ever (officially) released with David Lee Roth on vocals. As of today, however, that wrong has officially been righted, thanks to the release of the two-CD / four-LP set, Tokyo Dome: Live in Concert.
Iconic Rock Band to Perform on Hollywood Boulevard for March 30 & March 31 Broadcasts
Los Angeles, CA - On Monday, March 30, Van Halen will visit 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' as the late night host's in-studio guest discussing the band's first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth - TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT, which will be released as a double CD; four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl; and digitally beginning March 31, 2015.
The tale of Big Star is one filled with critical acclaim and commercial indifference, but thanks to the three albums the band released during the '70s - 1972's #1 Record, 1974's Radio City, and 1978's Third / Sister Lovers - the band has gradually found a devoted fanbase over the years. Regrettably, the majority of its membership is no longer here to appreciate it: of the foursome who founded Big Star, guitarist Chris Bell died in a car crash in 1978, frontman Alex Chilton suffered a fatal heart attack in March 2010, and bassist Andy Hummel succumbed to cancer only a few months later, in July 2010. Thankfully, drummer Jody Stephens still walks the earth, happily flying the Big Star flag - and still playing a little music - while also serving as general manager at Ardent Studios, where the band recorded the aforementioned trio of albums.
Rhino: First of all, it’s good to talk to you again. You may not remember the first time we chatted – it was during the flurry of press you were doing when Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me was being released – but if nothing else, I was probably the only person to ask you about Van Duren that day.
Jody Stephens: You probably were! [Laughs.] And he’s come up several times recently, ‘cause we’re doing a tribute to John Fry and John Hampton. It’s April 22. The Gin Blossoms are gonna play, and Jon (Auer) and Ken (Stringfellow) are coming in, and we’re gonna do Big Star songs. And one of our other bands is kind of a… I don’t know, kind of a Black Crowes-y / metal band called Tora Tora that’s pretty cool is gonna play, too. It’s an interesting combination. Us and the Gin Blossoms make sense, but Tora Tora? [Laughs.] But when they were, like, 17 or 18 year old guys, they worked with the production company we developed with Ardent, so it actually does make sense, but…well, anyway, not to digress or anything!
When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, a few things should always be constants: green beer (unless you’re an alcoholic), corned beef and cabbage (unless you’re a vegan, in which case hold the corned beef), and The Pogues. Okay, if you prefer your music less chaotic and your vocals more comprehensible, then perhaps Shane MacGowan and the gang aren’t your cup of tea, but for those of you who’ve come to appreciate the merits of falling from grace with God, then put on your finest greenery and go pick up our new vinyl reissues of the Pogues’ back catalog.
30 Limited Edition Vinyl Releases Available Only At Participating Independent Record Stores On April 18
We're proud to announce our largest Record Store Day vinyl offering yet with 30 limited edition 12-inch, 10-inch, and 7-inch releases available. Full details on all titles are listed below. All releases will be available exclusively at select independent music retailers on April 18. For a list of participating stores, please visit www.recordstoreday.com.