Chicago funny man Allan Sherman made waves back in the 60s with his hilarious parodies of songs like "Frere Jacques" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Now the Windy City is honoring his legacy by proclaiming August 31, 2013 Allan Sherman Day in Chicago. If you are not in Chicago, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate and get to know the late great comedian better...
Warner Bros. Records Salutes The Texas Trio’s Musical Legacy With Boxed Set Featuring Original Mixes Of The Band’s First 10 Albums
The 10-Disc Collection Has Arrived
Back in 1969, Billy F Gibbons, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill joined together in Houston as ZZ TOP. The band that would unassumingly go on to be known as That Little Ol’ Band From Texas soon made rock history with a string of hugely successful record releases and tour dates. Over the next 20 years, the trio went on to critical and commercial acclaim, selling millions of albums and concert tickets around the world, while earning induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and status as one of the only bands to have been awarded an RIAA Diamond (domestic sales of 10 million or more) album.
Warner Bros. Records explores the impressive scope of ZZ TOP’s musical legacy with a boxed set that includes the original mixes for the band’s first 10 albums. ZZ TOP: THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS (1970-1990) will be available on June 11.
The set, including the albums initially released on the London label as well as the string of Warner Bros. Hits that followed, includes ZZ Tops’ First Album (1971), Rio Grande Mud (1972), Tres Hombres (1973), Fandango! (1975)*, Tejas (1976), Degüello (1979), El Loco (1981), Eliminator (1983), Afterburner (1985) and Recycler (1990). Each album is presented in a wallet sleeve that faithfully reproduces the original artwork, including the gatefold designs used for Tres Hombres and Tejas. The set presents, for the first time on CD, the original mixes for ZZ Tops’ First Album, Rio Grande Mud and Tejas that have long been on the wish lists of the band’s most fervent fans.
Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, And Peter Tork Join Forces For Nationwide Jaunt
24 Exclusive Dates Announced For U.S.; Presales Start May 1
Following their sold out 2012 fall tour, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork return to the concert stage this summer for a reprise. Because of the overwhelming demand from fans unable to see the limited run the trio undertook last November, The Monkees are bowing to popular demand, bringing their show to all new venues and markets this summer. Dubbed “A Midsummer’s Night With The Monkees,” the jaunt kicks off at Port Chester, New York’s Capitol Theatre on July 15 and wraps at Portland, Oregon’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on August 18.
Presale and VIP ticket packages for all shows will go on sale exclusively at www.monkees.com on May 1 at 10AM local time. VIP ticket packages will also include a copy of the upcoming deluxe edition of THE MONKEES PRESENT, the next in the acclaimed series of Monkees reissues from Rhino Handmade. General on sales for all dates begin May 3. THE MONKEES PRESENT will also be sold separately.
The iconic Barry Gibb will be headed to the UK this autumn for a UK tour, performing songs from his illustrious career. Starting in Birmingham on Saturday 21st September at the LG Arena, then Manchester on 29th September and treading the boards at London’s O2 on October 3rd. Tickets go on sale this Friday 26th April from www.kililive.com.
Following their triumphant 2013 return to the U.S. this past weekend at Coachella, NEW ORDER have now announced a run of North American tour dates this summer, in some cases playing cities the band has not visited in many years. The tour kicks off on July 19 at the Austin Music Hall and culminates with appearances at Chicago’s Lollapalooza and Montreal’s Osheaga festival in early August. Tickets for most dates go on sale later this week.