Foghat Holding Benefit Raffle For Animal Rescue Agency

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Foghat is holding a special charity raffle for an animal rescue agency and one of its former volunteers.

The band is putting up for raffle, a “Belly Up” Fender guitar and a vinyl pressing of its soon to be re-issued album Stone Blue.  The raffle, which will be held at the band’s May 12 show at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida, is in memory of the band’s longtime friend Craig MacGregor.  MacGregor worked with the Animal Rescue League of Berks County until his death on Feb. 9, 2018.

Raffle tickets are $10 each and can be ordered online here.  They will also be available at the merchandise table at the band’s live shows and via the band’s online store.  All money raised through the raffle will be matched by Foghat and donated to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County.

The band’s upcoming vinyl re-issue of Stone Blue will be available everywhere May 25.  The May 12 raffle for the early copy of the album’s vinyl re-issue will come on the 40th anniversary of the album’s original release.

More information on Foghat’s benefit raffle is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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Sherman’s Studio’ “Concert” Is A Performance Of A Lifetime

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This year was another strong one for live recordings.  Between recordings released in bundles and those released either as standalone CDs or DVDs/BDs, the recordings that serve audiences who might have otherwise not been able to take in a live show, proved on both fronts to be largely solid offerings.  Given, there were some disappointments including Jane’s Addiction’s latest live recording Alive at Twenty-Five and the archived Les Paul tribute concert Live From Universal Studios Hollywood.  For the most part though, this year’s field of new live recordings — both on CD and DVD/BD — has proven to be quite impressive as has already been noted in the previous live recordings lists.  Keeping that in mind, it is only fair, having noted the best live CDs and best new live DVDs and Blu-rays to present one list of the year’s best new overall live recordings.

This year’s best overall live recordings pull from both audio and audio-visual fields, proving that recordings can be enjoyable in both arenas.  Topping this year’s list of best live overall recordings is PBS’ in studio “concert” from Richard Sherman, one half of the famed Sherman Brothers creative team, Songs of A Lifetime.  Slipknot’s new live recording Day of the Gusano is on this list, too thanks to the combined impact of its CD and Blu-ray presentation.  Of course while Alter Bridge, Jon Cleary and Experience Hendrix, LLC all released new recordings that were CD only, they deserve their own spot on the overall list.  Eagles of Death Metal’s new live recording Live at the Olympia Paris also deserves to be on that list along with The Rolling Stones’ new From The Vault offering Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015 — again because of the overall impact of its audio and audio/visual sides.  It’s just one more on that list.

As with every previous list, this entry offers this critic’s 10 best new titles in the category along with five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Enough rambling.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Live Recordings.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE RECORDINGS

  1. Richard ShermanSongs of a Lifetime
  2. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  3. Mumford & Sons — Live in South Africa
  4. Between The Buried & Me — Coma Ecliptic Live
  5. Jon Cleary — Live at Chickie Wah Wah
  6. Curtis Knight presents Jimi Hendrix — Live at George’s Club 1965 & 1966
  7. Eagles of Death Metal — Live at Olympia Paris
  8. The Rolling Stones — From The VaultSticky Fingers Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
  9. Foghat — Live at the Belly Up
  10. Black Sabbath — The End
  11. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  12. The Who — Live at the Isle of Wight 2014
  13. The Winery Dogs — Dog Years — Live at Santiago & Beyond 2013 – 2016
  14. The Who — Tommy Live at Royal Albert Hall
  15. The Dead Daisies — Live & Louder

That’s it finally for the live recordings categories.  Up next will be the year’s top new albums overall.  It’s going to be an interesting list, needless to say as it may well change before it even gets posted up in the next day or so, so stay tuned!  Also on the way is a handful of lists for the year’s new DVD and Blu-ray titles including box sets for families and for grown-ups as well as family DVDs and Blu-rays.  Stay tuned!

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Rare Hendrix Archived Live Recording Takes Top Honors On Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 Live CDs List

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Experiencing live concert events is not an easy thing in this day and age.  Between the collective costs of attending (I.E. pricey tickets, gas, souvenirs, possible lodging, food & drink, etc.), perhaps the general lack of time to attend depending on circumstances, or maybe the very fact that audiences’ favorite acts didn’t include certain cities on their tours, there is a lot that plays into the inability to attend live events.  Keeping this in mind, not all hope is lost, thanks to all of the live recordings released each year by so many acts.  Some are released as full bundle packages while others are released just as DVDs or Blu-rays.  Some are even released solely on CD.  Regardless of the platforms, the availability of so many live recordings is unquestionably important for audiences.  Staying on that topic, the live CDs made available are worth noting in their own right.  That is the the case regardless of whether or not said CDs are bundled with DVD or Blu-ray counterparts.  That is because, again, even if the CDs come alongside a live audio visual component, that audio only component can and does oftentimes, translate differently than DVD and Blu-ray recordings.  Keeping this in mind, Phil’s Picks is offering a list of the year’s top new live CDs.

Included in this year’s list are standalone CD recordings and CDs included as part of bundles.  The titles featured in this year’s list include live recordings from Curtis Knight, Jon Cleary, Alter Bridge, The Dead Daisies and many others.  Simply put, they run the gamut from one genre to another across the musical universe.  Topping this year’s list is Dagger Records and Experience Hendrix, LLC’s new Jimi Hendrix recording Curtis Knight featuring Jimi Hendrix Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966.  This live recording features performances by Hendrix well before he became an international superstar — performances that showed his talent even then.  Also included in this year’s list are recordings from Foghat, Alter Bridge, Armored Saint and others.  As is the case with every Phil’s Picks year-ender, this list features the top 10 best new titles plus five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Staying on that note, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Live CDs.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

  1. Curtis Knight feat. Jimi Hendrix — Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966
  2. Alter Bridge — Live at The 02 & Rarities
  3. Jon Cleary — Live at the Chickie Wah Wah
  4. Foghat — Live at The Belly Up
  5. Between The Buried and Me — Coma Ecliptic Live
  6. Armored Saint — Carpe Noctum
  7. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  8. Black Sabbath — The End
  9. The Rolling Stones — Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
  10. The Who — Live at the Isle of Wight 2014
  11. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  12. The Winery Dogs — Dog Years Live in Santiago & Beyond 2013 – 2016
  13. Def Leppard — …And There Will Be A Next Time
  14. Joe Bonamassa — Live at Carnegie Hall
  15. Fates Warning — Awaken The Guardian Live

That’s it for this list, but not for the live recordings lists.  Still on tap in this category is the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs as well as the year’s top new live recordings overall.  Before getting there though, there is at least one last list in the form of the year’s top new albums overall.  That one’s coming soon, so stay tuned.

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Foghat Offering Fans Special Deals During Thanksgiving Weekend

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Foghat is offering its fans some special deals this Thanksgiving weekend.

The veteran rock band is offering fans 30 percent off all of its Foghat Cellars wines and all of its apparel. The deals run from today (Black Friday) through Monday, Nov. 27 (Cyber Monday). The deals on the band’s signature wines includes collector bottles signed personally by Roger Earl.

In order to get the deals on the wines and apparel, fans need just use the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to get the deals.

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More information on Foghat’s holiday weekend deals is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.foghat.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/Foghat

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Foghat To Release ‘Live At The Belly Up’ On CD Next Month

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This past February, veteran rock outfit Foghat released its new live recording Live at the Belly Up digitally, and this summer, the band will finally release the recording on CD.

Live at the Belly Up will be released on CD Friday, June 30 via the band’s own Foghat Records.  In anticipation of the recording’s release, the band has launched a PledgeMusic campaign giving fans the chance to pre-order the record with exclusive associated merchandise.

Different merchandise is available at different pledge levels. A $15 pledge gets fans a copy of the record along with Access Pass.  A $30 pledge can get fans a Live at the Belly Up t-shirt or drink holder.

Pledge levels go all the way up to $500 and quantities of each item is limited.  Audiences that want to check out the show before they decide whether or not to make that pledge can see a clip of the band performing its hit song ‘Slow Ride’ from the show here.  The record’s full track listing is noted below.

‘Live at the Belly Up’ Track Listing:
Fool for City / Eight Days On The Road
Under the Influence
Stone Blue
Drivin’ Wheel
Knock It Off
Terraplane Blues
Hot Mama
California Blues
I Just Want to Make Love to You
Slow Ride

The band is touring live in support of Live at the Belly Up.  It will be live at The Rose in Pasadena on May 25 and at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on May 26.

It will also join Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy on the pair’s Jeff & Larry Backyard Barbecue this summer beginning August 13 in Saratoga, NY.  The tour’s schedule, which includes a stop in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 15, is noted below.

08/13 – SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
08/19 – ENGLEWOOD, CO
08/20 – ALBUQUERQUE, NM
08/25 – CLARKSTON, MI
08/26 – NOBLESVILLE, IN
09/15 – CHARLOTTE, NC

As if those live dates are not enough, the band also has scheduled a “Rock of the 70s” Shows with Atlanta Rhythm Section Pure Prairie League, Pat Travers Band and Poco.  It is also scheduled to perform as part of the Rock Getaway on the Riviera Maya from Oct. 26 to Nov. 5. The festival also features performances from Santana, Don Henley, Roger Daltry, Bad Company, Pat Benatar, Steve Miller, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, George Thorogood, REO and more.

More information on Foghat’s upcoming live dates, its new live recording and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://foghat.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FOGHAT

Twitter: http://twitter.com/foghat

 

 

 

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Styx Announces New Album Coming Soon; Debuts Album’s Lead Single, Video

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Styx has a new “mission” in 2017.

The veteran rock act announced this week that it will release its new album The Mission June 16 on CD, vinyl and digital platforms.  The album, which will be released via Alpha Dog 2T/UMe, will be the band’s first new album in 14 years and its 16th overall studio recording.  Audiences can pre-order The Mission online via various online outlets here now.

The album’s lead single ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’ was released Friday at radio and online retail outlets.  The song’s video is streaming online now and can be viewed here.  The song’s high-energy, guitar-driven arrangement will appeal to fans of Foghat and other similar acts with its blues-rock-based sound.

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The Mission comes forty years after the release of Grand Illusion and is also a concept record.  Recorded over the course of two years, the 43-minute record tells a fictionalized story of the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033.

According to the story’s premise, the six-person crew of the nuclear-powered interplanetary spacecraft Khedive, being launched by the Global Space Exploration Program (GSEP) is making its maiden voyage and headed to Mars.

The team consists of the pilot, first officer, engineer and three science experts.  The pilot is described as a “fully-hands-on, seat-of-the-pants born leader,” while the first officer is described as a big brother figure.  The engineer is described as being skeptical of the mission but still does his best.

The band’s lineup on The Mission features Tommy Shaw (vocals/guitar), co-founder James “JY” Young (guitar/vocals), Lawrence Gowan (keyboards/vocals), Chuck Panozzo (bass), Todd Sucherman (drums/percussion) and Ricky Phillips (bass).

The Mission’s track listing is noted below.

Here’s the track listing for THE MISSION:

CD/Digital:

  1. Overture
  2. Gone Gone Gone
  3. Hundred Million Miles from Home
  4. Trouble at the Big Show
  5. Locomotive
  6. Radio Silence
  7. The Greater Good
  8. Time May Bend
  9. Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong
  10. Red Storm
  11. All Systems Stable
  12. Khedive
  13. The Outpost
  14. Mission to Mars

Vinyl:

  1. Overture (Side A)
  2. Gone Gone Gone (Side A)
  3. Hundred Million Miles from Home (Side A)
  4. Trouble at the Big Show (Side A)
  5. Locomotive (Side A)
  6. Radio Silence (Side A)
  7. The Greater Good (Side B)
  8. Time May Bend (Side B)
  9. Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong (Side B)
  10. Red Storm (Side B)
  11. All Systems Stable (Side B)
  12. Khedive (Side B)
  13. The Outpost (Side B)
  14. Mission to Mars (Side B)

More information on The Mission is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.styxworld.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/styxtheband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/styxtheband

 

 

 

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Foghat’s New Live Recording Does Anything But Go Belly Up

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Courtesy: Foghat Records

This spring, veteran rock band Foghat will release its latest live recording to the masses.  Recorded on Aug. 11, 2016, Live at the Belly Up will be released exclusively on CD in May.  The 11-song recording’s exact in-store release date has not yet been announced. However, it is available now online via the Belly Up website.  It will also be available via iTunes and Amazon soon.  This latest live offering from one of rock’s greatest names offers audiences plenty to appreciate beginning with its set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance throughout its seventy-four-minute set is just as important to note as the show’s set in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  It will be discussed later.  The set’s sequencing rounds out the most important of the recording’s elements.  It brings everything full circle.  When all three elements are considered together, they present this recording as an easy early pick for one of the year’s top new live CDs.

Foghat’s latest live recording Live at the Belly Up is an easy early pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CD recordings.  That is as opposed to the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays, since it appears there are no plans to release the concert on either platform, but rather only digitally and on CD.  It is enjoyable enough that it would be nice to see it released on DVD and /or Blu-ray, though.  That aside, the concert’s CD presentation still boasts enough positives that it proves it won’t go *ahem* belly up itself.  One of its most important elements is its set list.  The 11-song, 74-minute set is not necessarily career-defining.  That is because not every one of its 16 studio albums is represented here.  That aside, the set list still is a solid representation of the band’s body of work to date.  It takes audiences back to the band’s 1972 self-titled debut record and right up to the band’s latest full-length studio recording, 2016’s Under The Influence.  Also getting nods in this concert’s set are the band’s 1974 album Rock and Roll Outlaws, its 1975 record Fool For The City, Night Shift (1976) and Stone Blue (1978).  The show launches with an extensive 11-minute plus medley that features ‘Fool For The City’ and ‘Eight Days on the Road.’  From there, the band transitions to the title track from Under The Influence, keeping the energy flowing.  That transition (and others) will be discussed later.  From start to finish, it is clear that the band aimed to reach as many of its audiences as possible.  To that end, the band is to be applauded.  It is just one of the reasons the band is to be commended in this recording. It is to be commended just as much for its performance of its set list as for the set list alone.

The set list at the center of Foghat’s new live recording is in itself a key piece of the recording’s presentation.  While not career-defining, it does show that the band clearly wanted to reach as many audiences as possible.  While the set list is clearly a key piece of the recording’s presentation, it is just one of the recording’s key elements.  The band’s performance of the set list is just as important to note as the set list itself in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  While the concert is presented in an audio-only format, it is clear in listening to the concert that the band’s members gave it their all in each song, letting their performances do the talking for them instead of wasting time between songs rambling on aimlessly.  It can be assumed through this that the band likely didn’t waste any energy with on-stage antics, either.  Hopefully a full video recording of the concert will eventually be released to prove that, too. Being that it sounds like the band put all of its collective energies into its performance, rather than wasting those energies, it makes the band’s performance in whole entirely enjoyable from beginning to end. This proves clearly why the band’s performance is so important to the recording’s presentation.  As important as it is to the recording’s presentation, it still is not the last of the recording’s most important elements.  The set’s sequencing is important in its own right, too.

The set list featured in Foghat’s new live recording and the band’s performance thereof are both key elements of its overall presentation.  While they are both important to the recording’s presentation, they are not the recording’s only key items.  The set list’s sequencing is important to examine, too.  It has already been pointed out that the set list shows a clear attempt by the band to reach as many audiences as possible over the course of its 11 songs.  On another level, the set’s ordering shows just as much thought.  The set list begins with a couple of classic compositions before moving into a much more recent piece in its second (technically third) song.  From there, the band goes back in time again with two more classics in ‘Stone Blue’ and ‘Drivin’ Wheel.’  What’s interesting to note of those songs is that ‘Stone Blue,’ while a classic, is still more recent than ‘Drivin’ Wheel.’  To that end, the band still followed the “newer/older” formula that spans the course of the show’s set list.  That constant back and forth ensures the band never sticks to one part of its career or another at any one point.  It keeps the set list mixed up all while covering as much of its back catalogue as possible.  That being the case, it shows that just as much thought went into the set list’s sequencing as the set list’s featured songs.  That in turn adds even more depth and enjoyment to the concert.  When it is joined with the set’s featured songs and the band’s performance of those songs, the end result is a concert that Foghat fans of all ages will enjoy equally.  It combines to exhibit in whole why this recording is an easy early pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CDs.

Foghat’s new live recording Belly Up is a live show that is sure to do anything but go belly up.  This 11-song, 74-minute recording is an easy, early pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CDs.  That is due in part to a set list that spans a respectable portion of the band’s catalogue.  The band’s performance of that extensive set list is just as important to the recording’s presentation as its set list.  That is because of the energy put into the performance by each of the band’s members.  The set list’s sequencing rounds out the concert’s most important elements.  Each element shows, as noted already, to be important in its own way to the recording’s presentation.  All things considered, this recording proves to be one that will do anything but go belly up.  Rather, it will be an easy pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CDs.  The recording is available now online via The Belly Up’s website.  It will be available later this spring on CD in stores.  More information on Live at the Belly Up is available online now along with all of Foghat’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.foghat.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foghat

Twitter: http://twitter.com/foghat

 

 

 

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