The Guess Who Announces New LP Release, Tour Dates; Debut Lead Single’s Video

Courtesy: Cleopatra Records

Veteran rock band The Guess Who has a brand new album on the way.

The band announced this week that it will release its new album The Future IS What It Used To Be on September 14 via Cleopatra Records.  It will be made available on CD, digital and vinyl platforms, and in anticipation of its release, the band — currently made up of Garry Peterson (drums, vocals), D# (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Will E. (guitar, harp, vocals), Leonard Shaw (keyboards, flute, sax, vocals) and Rudy Sarzo (bass, vocals) — debuted the video on July 17 for the album’s lead single, ‘Playin’ on the Radio.’

The video places the band’s current lineup in what looks like a train yard of sorts as it performs the light, new single.  Directed by Nigel Dick, the video was shot in Las Vegas.  Dick explained in a recent interview that the video’s shoot in a train yard was from his own interests.

“I love what I do and I love trains and I love rock ‘n roll,” Dick said.  “So I was honored to be asked to shoot The Guess Who, and when they told me they were available for a day in Vegas and by chance I stumbled on this wonderful rail-yard full of old engines just up the road from the strip, I was in Heaven and up to my axles in dust!  It was a perfect day.”

Guitarist Will E. shared Dick’s enthusiasm for the video shoot.

“Having the privilege of working with the legendary Nigel Dick took me back to growing up in an era where music videos told a creative story that I always looked forward to seeing by my favorite artists,” Will E. said.  This track was no exception, adding a colorful, action packed sequence to a great story.”

Along with the debut of its new video, this lineup of The Guess Who launched a new tour in support of both its new single and album July 27 in Sarnia, ON.  The tour is currently scheduled to run through Dec. 11 in The Villages, Florida. After that, the band will take some time off to rest and recharge before performing another live date on March 9, 2019 in Waterbury, CT.

The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Tour Dates:
Fri, Jul 27, 2018 Centennial Park Sarnia, ON
Sat, Jul 28, 2018 Medicine Hat Ex & Stampede   Medicine Hat, AB
Fri, Aug 24, 2018 Foellinger Theatre Ft. Wayne, IN
Sat, Aug 25, 2018 Lincoln Amphitheatre Lincoln City, IN
Fri, Aug 31, 2018 Oregon State Fair Salem, OR
Sat, Sep 1, 2018 Fort Randall Casino Lake Andes, SD
Sat, Sep 15, 2018 Twin River Casino Lincoln, RI
Sun, Sep 16, 2018 Music Hall of Williamsburg New York, NY
Sat, Sep 29, 2018 Helwig Winery Plymouth, CA
Sun, Sep 30, 2018 Yoshi’s Oakland, CA
Fri, Oct 5, 2018 The Golden Nugget  Las Vegas, NV
Sat, Oct 20, 2018 Robinson Grand Perf. Arts Center Clarksburg, WV
Sun, Nov 11, 2018 Magic City Casino Amphitheater Miami, FL
Fri Nov 23, 2018 Boomtown Casino Hotel Reno, NV
Fri, Nov 30, 2018 One World Theatre Austin, TX
Sat, Dec 1, 2018 Arlington Music Hall Arlington, TX
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 Savannah Center The Villages, FL
Sat, Mar 9, 2019 Palace Theatre Wataerbury, CT

The Future IS What It Used To Be can be pre-ordered now on CD, vinyl and iTunes.  ‘Playin’ on the Radio’ is streaming now via YouTube and Spotify.  More information on the band’s new single, album, tour and more is available online now at:

 

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‘Alive At 25’ Is Enjoyable For Its Visual, Not Audio, Experience

Courtesy: MVD Entertainment Group

This past August, veteran rock act Jane’s Addiction marked a major milestone with the 25th anniversary of the release of its seminal 1990 studio recording Ritual de lo Habitual.  Originally released Aug. 21, 1990, the album has gone on to become one of its most important albums if not its most important album.  In celebration of its release, the band released Alive at 25 Aug. 4 of this year.  The recording captures the band performing Ritual de lo Habitual in its entirety at Irvine, CA during its 2016 Silver Spoon Anniversary Tour.  There is plenty to say good about this recording.  As much as there is to say to the positive about the recording, it is not without at least one major flaw.  That flaw – the recording’s audio – will be discussed later.  Getting back to the positives, the very fact that the band is performing one of its most important albums in whole in one set is obviously the most important of the recording’s elements.  This will be discussed shortly.  The recording’s other positive is, interestingly enough, its collective cinematography and video editing.  Each of the elements noted here is important in its own right to the recording’s whole.  All things considered, they make Alive at 25 a concert that is okay, but sadly could have been better.

Jane’s Addiction’s latest live recording Alive at 25 is an enjoyable recording, but only to a point.  The recording’s audio is a factor that cannot be ignored.  It would of course, be unfair to focus only on that negative in examining the recording in whole.  Keeping that in mind, the recording does have its positives as well as its negatives, not the least of which being the fact that the concert presents the band performing Ritual de lo Habitual in whole in one set.  From start to finish, audiences get the band’s landmark album in whole plus some of the band’s more recent works to boot.  What’s really interesting to note in the concert is that front man Perry Farrell makes more than one mention of the band playing at Irvine “one last time.”  Considering that the band is still touring, such statement leaves one wondering what that statement might have meant since there is currently no word on any new music from the band on the way.  Regardless of whether or not that means anything for the future, the very fact that the band has presented here one of its most important albums in whole is still undeniably critical to the recording’s whole.

What’s more, audiences will enjoy the stage presence of guitarist Dave Navarro, bassist Chris Chaney and drummer Stephen Perkins throughout the show.  The trio puts on quite a performance, thankfully making up for Farrell’s seemingly blasé demeanor as he sways around the stage almost listlessly throughout the show.  Their collective work, coupled with the recording’s set list, cinematography and editing serves to give the concert what energy it does have and in turn giving reason to watch the recording at least once.  Of course even with the noted positives, the recording does suffer from the previously noted negative of its audio.

From start to finish, it is clear that this recording was recorded at an extremely low level.  Audiences are forced to nearly max out the volume on their televisions in order to be able to hear the concert.  This is the case even with the pre-show interviews with the band members and applies regardless of the sound setting on viewers’ televisions and whether or not they have home surround sound systems.  Audiences should not be forced to nearly blow out their televisions’ speakers in order to enjoy a concert and then push that volume all the way back down before switching the television back to regular settings.  This may not seem overly important on the surface.  But when examining the recording’s overall presentation, it is just as important to note as the recording’s cinematography and editing, which proves far more impressive.  It is part of the recording’s overall production values, and should have been addressed far more seriously than it apparently was here.  Keeping that in mind, it is the one element that could potentially keep this recording from being named among the year’s top new live recordings by critics next month.  Despite this, the recording is still not a total loss. The aforementioned cinematography and video editing make up for the problems caused by the recording’s audio issues.

The cinematography and video editing exhibited throughout the course of Alive at 25 serves as one of the recording’s cornerstones.  Thanks to the work of those behind the cameras, audiences are presented with a concert experience that visually is not just another run-of-the-mill recording.  Certain fades and visual effects are used throughout the concert to keep audiences engaged and entertained — effects such as black and white shots, slow fades and dissolves, and even the use of slower shutter speeds.  The editing mixes those elements and shots, which are largely presented around the stage, to make the concert here not just a concert, but a standout visual cinematic concert experience. When that is considered along with the previously discussed stage presence of Farrell’s band mates, the two elements together make even more important the concert’s visual elements.  It is that overall visual experience that, when coupled with the show’s set list, makes this recording worth at least one watch.  If the audio had been better, it would have been worth far more.  Ultimately though, that one negative keeps the concert from being worth more than that much.  Keeping all of this in mind, Alive at 25 likely won’t be alive in audiences’ minds far beyond that one watch.

Jane’s Addiction’s latest live recording Alive at 25 is a valiant effort from one of the rock community’s most pivotal bands.  It offers a set list that presents one of the band’s most important albums in whole in one setting, and a performance of that album by most of the band, that is certain to entertain audiences.  The concert’s video work is just as certain to entertain audiences.  Even with all of this in mind, it still is almost not enough to make up for the problems raised by the recording’s audio issues.  If audiences have to nearly max out the audio on their televisions in order to hear the concert, there is not a lot of point to even take in the show. At the same time, audiences should not have to push the volume on their televisions way back down after the concert ends in that continued effort to not blow out their televisions’ speakers.  Keeping all of this in mind, Alive at 25 sadly likely won’t be alive in audiences minds after just one watch.  That is painful to say considering the quality of the band’s past live recordings.  Hopefully the band will take all of this as a learning experience for its next live recording, when and if there will be another live recording from the band.  Alive at 25 is available now in stores and online.  More information on Alive at 25 is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Jane’s Addiction Announces Release Date For New Live Recording

Jane’s Addiction has a new live recording on the way.

The band will release its latest live recording Alive At twenty-Five: Ritual de lo Habitual this summer.  The recording features the band’s Sept. 23, 2016 concert filmed at the famed Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, the last stop on the band’s 2016, 20-city worldwide “Sterling Spoon Anniversary Tour.”

The 90-minute recording is the product of a partnership between MVD Visual, Cleopatra Records, Rock Fuel Media and Sonic Films.  It featured the band’s original lineup of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney performing its classic 1990 album Ritual de lo Habitual in its entirety as well as a number of other Jane’s Addiction hits.

The recording was captured using 20 cameras throughout the arena and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound.  Audiences can check out a trailer for the new recording online now here.

Courtesy: MVD Entertainment Group

The recording will be available on a DVD/CD combo pack and exclusive Blu-ray/DVD/CD combo pack.  The DVD/CD combo pack will retail for MSRP of $24.95 and the Blu-ray/DVD/CD combo pack for $29.95.  Both can be pre-ordered online now here.

More information on Alive at Twenty-Five: Ritual de lo Habitual is available online now along with all of Jane’s Addiction’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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