Roy Orbison To Receive New Award

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Photo from “The Last Concert” Credit: Janet Macoska

Legendary musician Roy Orbison is gone but definitely not forgotten.  The legendary musician will posthumously receive an award from the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.  Orbison will be awarded the Iconic Riff Award.  The award, which is being awarded for the first time, is being awarded to Orbison for his hit 1964 song, ‘Oh, Pretty Woman.’  The song would go on to become a number one single after its original release.

Heads of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum said the reason that Orbison was chosen as the first recipient of the award because of the riff that opens ‘Oh, Pretty Woman.’  The song itself has been covered by countless artists. It rose to its biggest fame thanks to rock band Van Halen’s cover of the song.  It was also the inspiration for the hit 1990 rom-com, Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.  The song itself can even be heard in the movie’s soundtrack.

Along with its numerous covers and use in movies, ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ the song is also included a new live concert recording from Legacy Recordings titled Black & White Night.  The DVD recording was released this week.  It was recorded in September of 1987 and includes the likes of: Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jackson Brown, JD Souther, and Tom Waits joining the star for his hit song.

Roy Orbison is one of the music industry’s most well-known and respected names.  He started his career in 1956.  He was signed to the famed Sun Records at the time.  The label also boasted the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash on its roster.  It wouldn’t be until he signed a deal and recorded for Monument Records in the early to mid-1960s that his career truly took off.  The release of ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ marked the peak of his career at the time.  The song, which Orbison co-wrote with Bill Dees, would go on to sell seven million copies and spend three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.  It also peaked at number one on the British charts for three weeks.  This was an unprecedented feat for any American recording artist at the time.  That is because The Beatles were dominating both countries’ charts at the time.

A new collection of Orbison’s hits titled The Monument Boxset will be released November 26th.  The collection is a vinyl only package that includes three of the most well-known and beloved albums that Orbison recorded during his time with Monument Records.  Those records are: Lonely and Blue, Crying, and In Dreams, which was also just recently re-issued on CD.  The new box set also includes a fourth album that had not existed until now.  The album will be centered on ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ and will be comprised of five tracks.  The album’s songs were chosen by Orbison’s own sons, Alex, Roy Kelton, and Wesley Orbison.  Orbison’s suns have maintained their father’s legacy, running Roy’s Boys LLC, which is responsible for managing their father’s likeness, image, and musical releases.

Roy’s Boys LLC and Legacy Recordings are set to release one more live Roy Orbison concert before the year ends.  The Last Concert25th Anniversary Edition chronicles what would be Orbison’s final concert before his death in 1988.  The concert was recorded on December 4th, 1988.  That was only two days before he would suffer a fatal heart attack.  The fact that he would pass away only two days later is only part of what makes the upcoming concert so important.  Orbison commonly closed his shows with a performance of ‘Running Scared.’  But recording engineers ran out of tape that night before Orbison performed the song.  The result of that shortage is that ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ would end up being the final number from his final ever concert.  More information on all upcoming Roy Orbison releases is available online at http://www.royorbison.com and http://www.facebook.com/royorbison.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Green Day Back On The Road

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Pop punk trio Green Day kicks off a new tour tonight.  The tour kicks off at the Allsate Arena in Rosemont, IL.  The tour is in support of the band’s recently released trilogy of albums, Uno!, Dos!, and Tre!  It will take the band through a total of approximately thirty-six dates, most of which will be dates in Europe.  After tonight’s show, the band moves on to Moline IL tomorrow at the i Wireless Center and then on to the CONSOL Energy Center this Sunday in Pittsburgh, PA.

The European leg of the tour kicks off May 24th at the Blue Cross Arena in Milan, Italy.  The European leg of the band’s tour will take it from Italy to Serbia, to Austria and throughout the U.K., Russia, France and many more countries.  The current slate of dates has Green Day wrapping its tour at the Bilbao BKK Live Festival on May 13th in Bilbao, Spain.  To get a full listing of tour dates and all the latest news from the band, fans can “Like” Green Day on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GreenDay.  Fans can also keep up with all the latest from the band on Twitter at http://twitter.com/greenday.

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Green Day Announce New Tour Dates

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Pop punk band Green Day has announced two new concert dates to its current tour lineup.  The band—Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals/guitar), Tre Cool (drums) and Mike Dirnt (bass)—added performances on Tuesday, April 16th and Thursday April 18th.  The band will perform at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California on April 16th.  Tickets for this show will be available this Friday at noon local time.  Fan club members will get first access to pre-sale tickets, which go on sale today at 3pm EST/12pm PST.  For more information on this pre-sale and more, fans can go online to http://www.idiotclub.com.  The second of the new pair of performance dates will be at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.  Tickets for this show will be available next Friday, February 22nd at 10am local time.       

The dates are just two more in an already very busy schedule for the trio.  The band will kick off its tour on Thursday, March 28th and will tour across the country through April 18th before heading overseas for the European leg of its tour.  The tour is in support of the band’s recently released trilogy, Uno!, Dos!, and Tre!  Also recently announced is the upcoming debut of the band’s documentary, Cuatro!, at the 20th annual SXSW Film Conference and Festival.  The documentary follows the band as it brings its trilogy from concept to store shelves.  It also includes some very special performances recorded along the way.  The 20th annual SXSW Film Conference and Festival runs from March 8th – 16th in Austin, TX.

Also debuting at the annual event is the Doug Hamilton directed, Broadway Idiot.  The film follows Billie Joe Armstrong as he ventures into the world of Broadway and turns the band’s album, American Idiot into the massive stage success that it is today. 

For more information on all of this and to get the latest news from the band, go online to http://www.greenday.com, http://www.facebook.com/GreenDay, http://twitter.com/greenday, and http://www.youtube.com/greenday.

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Green Day Announces Make-Up Tour Dates

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Green Day is hitting the road again.  The band has announced that it will officially be making up its previously cancelled dates later this Spring.  The band thanked its fans for sticking with it through its recent events after making the new tour announcement.  “We want to thank everyone for hanging in there with us for the last few months”, the band collectively said.  “We are very excited to hit the road and see all of you again, though we regret having to cancel more shows.” 

 

Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong also took time to address the events of recent months.  He noted in a press release, “Dear friends…I just want to thank you all for the love and support you’ve shown for the past few months.  Believe me, it hasn’t gone unnoticed and I’m eternally grateful to have such an amazing set of friends and family.  I’m getting better every day.  So now without further ado, the show must go on.  We can’t wait to get on the road and live out loud!  Our passion has only grown stronger.” 

 

The band has announced that its new tour will start March 28th at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL and will run through April 12th.  More tour dates are expected to come in early 2013.  Fans can keep up with those upcoming additional dates and all the latest news from the band online at http://www.greenday.com, http://www.facebook.com/GreenDay, http://twitter.com/greenday and on its official YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/greenday.  Tickets purchased for the previously postponed shows will be honored at the new dates.  Anyone with questions and concerns regarding tickets should contact individuals at point of purchase.  Additionally, refunds are available for those who bought tickets to shows that have been cancelled. 

 

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Green Day Make Tour, Album Release Date Announcement

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It’s good news, bad news for Green Day fans.  The band has cancelled all of its remaining tour dates for the year.  And dates for January and February 2013 have been postponed until further notice.  Anyone who has bought tickets for any of the band’s upcoming club tour shows can get their money refunded from wherever they bought tickets for the shows.  While tour dates for January and February 2013 have been postponed, the hope is that makeup dates will be announced soon.  Tickets purchased for shows in January and February will be honored at the makeup shows. 

Bassist Mike Dirnt commented on the cancellations and postponements.  He noted that they were related to the health and well-being of front man Billie Joe Armstrong.  “Obviously the timing for this isn’t ideal, but Billie Joe’s well-being is our main concern,” he said.  “We are happy to say that Billie Joe is doing well, and we want to thank you all for the outpouring of support and well wishes that we have received, and we can’t wait to see you all again.”

In related news, the band has also moved up the release date for the third album in its new trilogy.  The release date has been moved from its original release date of January 15th, 2013 to December 11th, 2012.  Drummer Tre Cool commented on the pushed up release date, noting that it was an effort to make things right with fans due to the tour date issues.  “We feel bad we have to delay our tour, so to make up for it we want to give our fans the music earlier than we had planned,” he said.  “If we couldn’t be there to play it for you live, the least we could do is give you the next best thing.”

The remainder of the band’s 2012 dates was scheduled to run until December 10th at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona.  The current list of postponed tour dates for January and February started January 7th, at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin and ran through February and ran through February 8th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Fans can get a full listing of cancelled and postponed tour dates online at http://www.greenday.com, http://www.facebook.com/GreenDay, http://twitter.com/greenday, and http://www.youtube.com/user/grenday

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Green Day Releases New LP Today

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SoCal pop punk stalwarts Green Day have officially released the first in the band’s new trio of albums that will carry through the new year.  “Uno!” is available in stores and online now.  Uno will be followed by the release of “Dos!” On Tuesday, November 13th and “Tre” on January 15th, 2013.  All three albums were produced by the band’s long time producer and friend, Rob Cavallo.  “Uno!” has already garnered praise from critics at Rolling Stone, USA Today, and Alternative Press.

Along with the release of “Uno” the band’s front man is featured in the new Guitar World magazine.  The band has even gotten a full feature on ABC’s “Nightline.”  Fans can check out the profile here, http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/town-green-day-17296603

The band is currently touring in support of “Uno!”  Next up on the band’s schedule is the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday, October 27th.  To get a full slate of tour dates and all the latest news from the band, fans can go online to http://www.greenday.com, http://www.facebook.com/GreenDay, http://twitter.com/greenday, and http://www.youtube.com/user/greenday.

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Green Day To Tour This Fall And Winter In Support Of New LP’s

Veteran punk rock band Green Day has officially announced the dates for its upcoming Fall/Winter tour.  The band will hit the road beginning November 26th in Seattle, Washington.  The band’s tour will take it first along the West Coast before making its way to the Northeast with a couple of stops in the Midwest along the way.  The band will play one show in the Midatlantic region in late January before heading back through the Northeast again and into Canada.  February will see Green Day make its way back to the Midwest on its way back to Nevada.

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 Fan club presales for the band’s upcoming tour will start this Wednesday, September 12th at 10am.  Audiences can join the band’s fan club and get a pre-order bundle online at http://splash.greenday.com.  Fans who order tickets online will also get one free digital download of the first of the band’s upcoming trilogy, “Uno.” 

The band’s upcoming tour is in support of its upcoming trilogy of new releases.  The first album in the new trilogy, “Uno”, will be available September 25th.  “Dos” will hit stores and online outlets November 13th.  And the trilogy’s closer, “Tre” will follow on January 15, 2013.  Fans can get all the latest news and tour dates from the band online at http://www.greenday.com, http://www.facebook.com/Greenday, http://twitter.com/greenday, and on its official YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/greenday.

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Green Day To Release Career Retrospective Box Set Next Month

LOS ANGELES, CA–Green Day is getting ready to release its new trilogy of albums this Fall and Winter.  Before those albums hit stores, the band will release a box set containing all of its previous releases on Tuesday, September 4th.  The eight-disc set, simply titled, “The Albums:  “1990 – 2009″,  will boast all of the band’s albums from the band’s 1990 debut, “1,039 /Smoother Out Slappy Hours” all the way to its 2009 release, “21st Century Breakdown.”

The brand new box set will be available exclusively through Best Buy.  Each album will placed in its own paper sleeve with the original album artwork. 

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Green Day will release the first album in its upcoming trilogy on September 25th.  the second album will follow on November 13th.  The trilogy will be completed January 15th, 2013.  To get even more news on Green Day, go online to http://www.greenday.com, http://twitter.com/greenday, http://www.facebook.com/GreenDay, http://www.myspace.com/greenday, and http://www.youtube.com/user/greenday.

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Rolling Stone streaming lyric video for Green Day’s new single now

Green Day fans can now stream the lyric video for the band’s new single, ‘Oh Love’ at rollingstone.com.  Just follow the link here to check it out: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/premiere-green-days-power-pop-new-single-oh-love-20120716 

The video places the song’s lyrics against a kaleidescopic background that will undoubtedly get viewers’ attention.  The lyrics are pretty straightforward.  Front man Billie Joe Armstrong sings in the song’s chorus, “tonight, my heart’s on the loose.”  That lyrical simplicity and the catchy musical backing make this a great introduction to the band’s upcoming “trilogy.”  As catchy as it is, it will likely become a hit on the band’s tour, too. 

After checking out the band’s new lyric video, fans can check out the latest news and more from Green day online at http://www.greenday.com, http://www.facebook.com/GreenDay, http://www.myspace.com/greenday, http://twitter.com/greenday, and on the band’s official Youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/greenday.

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Green Day to debut new single next week

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Green Day will debut the first single from its upcoming album “UNO!” Next Monday, July 16th.  The song, ‘OH LOVE’ will debut on the band’s website, http://greenday.com.  It will debut at 9am EST/6am PST.  Pre-orders for all three albums in the upcoming trilogy will be made available on the same day.  “UNO!” will be released September 25th.  It will be followed by the second album in the trilogy, “DOS!” on November 13th.  “TRE!” will be released next year, January 15th, 2013.

Fans can get all the latest Green Day news and more online at http://greenday.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GreenDay, on Myspace at http://www.myspace.com/greenday, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/greenday,  and on the band’s official YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/greenday.

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