The Who Announces New, First-Time Ever Performance

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Courtesy: MSO PR/Goldenvoice

The Who is hitting the stage yet again this fall.

The band, which still consists primarily of Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend, has announced that it will perform live at The Santa Barbara Bowl on Thursday, October 8th.  It marks the first time that the band has ever performed at the venue.  Daltry and Townsend will be joined by their full touring band, including Simon Townshend, Pino Palladino, and Zak Starkey, for the performance.  The band will be joined by special guest Tal Wilkenfeld as a support act for the show.

Tickets for the concert go on sale this Sunday, June 26th at 11am PT/2pm ET.  Prices range from $59.50 to $350.00.  They can be purchased online at http://www.thewho.com and http://www.AXS.com or direct via the Santa Barbara Bowl’s box office.  The Santa Barbara Bowl is located at 1122 North Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 83103.  Fans can contact the Santa Barbara Bowl Box Office at 805-962-7411.  More information on The Who’s upcoming concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl is available online now at:

 

 

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The Who: Live in Hyde Park Is One More Of 2015’s Top New Live Recordings

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The Who is one of the most iconic bands in the modern history of the music industry. The band, originally composed of front man Roger Daltry, guitarist Pete Townshend, drummer Keith Moon, and bassist John Entwhistle, has seen its lineup change a number of times over the course of its now fifty years plus making music. Through it all Daltry and Townshend have both remained at the core of the band. And late last year the duo, along with its current roster of backing musicians, marked The Who’s fiftieth anniversary with an extensive global tour. While there were some bumps along the way, the band finally wrapped its tour this past June at London’s famed Hyde Park. The concert was recorded and last month was released by Eagle Rock Entertainment and Universal Music Group in a triple-disc Blu-ray/2 CD combo pack. The experience presented throughout the course of the set’s discs make this recording one more of the year’s best new live overall recordings. The main reason for that is the show’s set list. The twenty-plus song set takes listeners of all ages throughout the band’s expansive catalogue of hits. There is a lot to say here. It will be noted shortly. On a related note, there are some differences between the concert’s CD presentation and Blu-ray presentation that set the two apart from each other. This is another important element of the recording that makes its presentation so important to note. Last but not least of note here is the band’s stage presence throughout the 109-minute (one hour and forty-nine minutes) concert. Daltry and Townshend may be up there in age. But the pair definitely doesn’t show it even despite Townshend’s joke in one interview about how easily he and Daltry getting easily winded. Each element is important in its own right to the overall presentation that is The Who: Live in Hyde Park. Altogether, they make this recording one more of the year’s best new live recordings.

The Who: Live in Hyde Park is one of this year’s top new live recordings. The main reason for the recording earning such acclaim is its set list. The show’s set list runs nearly two hours. Among that massive collection of hits featured in this show’s set list are: ‘My Generation,’ ‘Pinball Wizard,’ ‘Baba O’Reily,’ ‘I Can’t Explain,’ ‘You Better You Bet,’ ‘Who Are You,’ ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again,’ ‘Join Together,’ ‘The Kids Are Alright,’ ‘I Can See For Miles’ and a number of others. Simply put the show includes songs that audiences of all ages know and love. And depending on how one counts the total number of songs, it could be argued that the set list features a total of twenty-two songs. Some of those songs are included as part of a couple of medleys. So the total number of songs could be argued. Regardless of which side one takes on that discussion, the fact that so much of the band’s extensive catalogue of hits is featured in this concert is plenty of reason for audiences to check out the recording. It isn’t the only reason that audiences will want to check out The Who: Live in Hyde Park. Believe it or not the concert’s Blu-ray presentation is actually different in at least a couple of ways from its CD presentation. That is another important element to note in its overall presentation.

The set list that is presented in The Who: Live in Hyde Park is in itself an important reason for audiences to check out this latest live recording from The Who. It is just one part of what makes this recording such an interesting experience for audiences. Between its Blu-ray and CD presentations The Who: Live in Hyde Park audiences actually get two largely different presentations. That is just as important to note of this recording as the show’s set list. Audiences will note in comparing in both its Blu-ray and CD presentations that the Blu-ray presentation includes one-on-one interviews with the band members, fans, and even the band’s counterparts. One of those counterparts is veteran punk rocker Iggy Pop. Pop discusses the band’s mega-hit ‘My Generation’ and its importance in the rock community’s modern history. Townshend–as previously noted–jokes about how easily he and Daltry can get winded in live performances in one interview. And Daltry shares his thoughts on the band’s place in rock’s history among many other topics throughout the show. The fans that are interviewed at the concert show exactly why The Who remains one of rock’s (and music’s) elite acts today. The fans in question come from a number of age groups and are both male and female. That wide sample of fans and their views on the band shows that the band remains just as relevant today. That relevance and continued ability to entertain masses of all ages is the argument as to why The Who remains one of rock’s (and music’s) elite acts. The interviews with the band members (those interviews include not just Daltry and Townshend but the duo’s backing musicians as well) and the band’s counterparts strengthen said argument even more. On the other side of the recording, audiences get in the recording’s CD side the band’s interactions with the audience between songs at the concert. Those interactions are replaced in the Blu-ray presentation with the previously noted interviews. On the surface this is a little bit problematic. That is because it would have been nice to have those moments included both on the concert’s CD and Blu-ray presentation. But in the bigger picture of the recording, audiences still get the whole concert experience between the two presentations. So to that extent the two separate presentations are in whole an important part of The Who: Live in Hyde Park in terms of its overall presentation despite the Blu-ray slightly short-changing audiences. Even with this issue being noted it still isn’t enough to doom the recording in whole. That is because audiences do still get the full concert experience here. Said experience is just spread across three discs. And when combined with the concert’s extensive set list both elements together make The Who: Live in Hyde Park even more of an important recording especially being that of the final show on the band’s worldwide 50th anniversary tour. Even together they are not all that makes this recording such an interesting and important recording. The band’s stage presence throughout the show is just as important to note as the set list and the two distinctly different presentations that make up the body of the recording.

 

The set list and separate CD and Blu-ray presentations that make up the body of The Who: Live in Hyde Park are both important elements in the recording’s overall presentation. AS important as each element is to the recording’s whole, they are not the only elements that should be discussed in examining the recording. The band’s stage presence throughout the course of the nearly two-hour concert is just as important to discuss as those previously noted elements. It has already been mentioned that Pete Townshend jokingly mentions in one of the one-on-one interviews included in the recording’s Blu-ray presentation, that it doesn’t take much for he and long-time band mate Roger Daltry to get winded. Yet watching the duo on stage here, one wouldn’t know that. That is because the duo (and the other musicians on stage) comes across as giving it their all throughout the show. Townshend’s arm swings in that propeller motion with just as much power as in his younger days. And while Daltry can’t swing his mic with the same power as he used to decades ago, he still has some power. What’s more, the pair still surprisingly has just as much fire in its performance of each song as in its younger days. On a related note in regards to the band’s stage presence, there is no parental advisory sticker on this recording. But there is a certain amount of foul language throughout the recording. Maybe it isn’t enough for whatever parties to consider it deserving of such notice. But there is at least some language throughout that some audiences might find objectionable beginning right off the top as Townshend drops an “F”-bomb as he tells the audience that the band will reach the audience no matter how far away audiences are in the expansive venue. It’s just one moment that audiences should note. So listener discretion should be advised. Even noting the discretion that should be taken in taking in the recording in whole, it still isn’t enough to ruin the overall experience presented in this recording in either its Blu-ray or CD side. Keeping that in mind, the band’s stage presence, when coupled with the concert’s set list and the separate elements included and omitted in the Blu-ray and CD portion of the recording, rounds out the recording’s most important elements. Altogether, all three elements make The Who: Live in Hyde Park a concert recording that is one more of the year’s best overall live recordings.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new recording from The Who is a good addition to the personal music library of any of the band’s fans. That is thanks in large part to the extensive career-spanning set list that makes up the main body of the recording. In examining both the recording’s Blu-ray and CD presentations, audiences will note that there are some noticeable differences between the two presentations. The audience interactions included in the recording’s CD presentation have been largely replaced in the Blu-ray presentation with one-on-one interviews with the band members, audience members that were at the show, and some of the band’s counterparts. It would be interesting to find out why the choice was made to go in that direction in this recording. Regardless, audiences still get the full concert experience in the Blu-ray/2 CD presentation of The Who: Live in Hyde Park even if it is spread across the entire presentation. So it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The band’s stage presence is another positive throughout the concert. Even though they aren’t as young as they once were, Daltry and Townshend still own the stage alongside their younger counterparts from beginning to end. That energy is certain to keep audiences fully engaged throughout the course of the concert’s nearly two-hour run time. All three elements combined, they make The Who: Live in Hyde Park, again, one of this year’s best new live recordings and one more welcome addition to the personal music library of any of the band’s fans around the world. The Who: Live in Hyde Park is available now in stores and online.   More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

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The Who Partnering With Eagle Rock For Band’s 50th Anniversary Finale Recording

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Legendary rock act The Who marked a big anniversary this year. Core members Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend marked the band’s fiftieth anniversary. In celebration of the anniversary the duo released its hits compilation The Who Hits 50 late last year. From there, the band embarked on a worldwide tour, bringing its hits to its legions of fans. There were a couple of bumps on that road recently. But the band has overcome said bumps and now later this month the celebration will continue when the band released its new live recording Live in Hyde Park.

The Who has teamed up with Eagle Rock Entertainment, the leading name in live recordings, to release Live in Hyde Park. The concert, originally recorded June 26th, 2015 at London’s Hyde Park, will be released Friday, November 20th. It will be released on DVD + 2CD combo pack, Blu-ray + 2CD combo set, DVD + 3 LP combo set and digital formats. It was the band’s final stop on its 50th anniversary tour and includes a number of the band’s hits. Those hits include the likes of ‘My Generation,’ ‘Pinball Wizard,’ ‘Baba O’Reily,’ ‘I Can’t Explain,’ ‘You Better You Bet,’ ‘Who Are You,’ ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again,’ ‘Join Together,’ ‘The Kids Are Alright,’ ‘I Can See For Miles’ and a number of others. Along with its main feature, the recording also includes a bonus performance of ‘The Seeker’ in both the package’s DVD and Blu-ray presentations. A Deluxe Blu-ray + DVD + 2CD set will also be released on Friday, December 4th. The complete set list for the 19-song show is noted below.

TRACK LISTING
1) I Can’t Explain
2) The Seeker*
3) Who Are You
4) The Kids Are Alright
5) Pictures Of Lily
6) I Can See For Miles
7) My Generation
8) Behind Blue Eyes
9) Bargain
10) Join Together
11) You Better You Bet
12) I’m One
13) Love Reign O’er Me
14) Eminence Front
15) Amazing Journey / Sparks
16) Pinball Wizard
17) See Me, Feel Me / Listening To You
18) Baba O’Riley
19) Won’t Get Fooled Again

Pricing information for each presentation of Live in Hyde Park will be announced soon. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

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Live At Shea Stadium Another Candidate For This Year’s List Of Best New Live DVDs and Blu-rays

The Who Live at Shea Stadium 1982 Box Art

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In 2014, the legendary rock band The Who marked a major milestone as it reached its fiftieth anniversary. In honor of the anniversary, the veteran British band has been making its way around the world, sharing its decades of music with generations of fans. While it is currently in the midst of that tour, not every city has been or will be lucky enough to see the band as it shares its timeless tunes with the masses. Thankfully for the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment, the leader in live recordings, audiences have been treated with one of The Who’s most classic concerts in the form of Live at Shea Stadium 1982. Live at Shea Stadium 1982 is a pivotal point in The Who’s career as it would be the last time that the band would be joined by Kenney Jones on drums. It would also mark the last time that the band would perform live until 1989. That is a span of some seven years. In the music world, seven years is an eternity. Until now, this concert had never been released in its entirety on one platform. Being the first time ever that the concert–the second of The Who’s shows from its 2-night stand at Shea Stadium in October, 1982–it is a wonderful debut. It proves itself so impressive primarily through its set list. The main set list featured in this concert runs twenty-five songs and just over two hours. The songs included in that list solidly represent the band’s career up to that point. The quartet’s performance of said songs is just as enjoyable as the songs themselves. Considering that it would be the last time that the band would perform live for a span of seven years, the band definitely went out on a high note albeit temporarily. Last but not least to note is the concert’s collective production values. Being that the concert contained in Live at Shea Stadium was originally recorded nearly thirty-three years ago, the footage has stood the test of time quite well. Even more impressive is the work of those that resurrected its footage and re-mastered it for its presentation here. Thanks to the work of those individuals, the concert maintains the look that it boasted in its original recording yet boasts a sound that is just as clear as any show recorded today. The combination of all three noted elements shows clearly why Live at Shea Stadium 1982 is a great replacement for those that won’t get to see The Who on its current tour. It shows just as clearly why this recording is one more of the year’s best new live DVD and Blu-ray recordings.

Live at Shea Stadium 1982 is a defining moment for The Who. It marked the last time that audiences would get to see the band live for another seven years after its completion. It would also be the last time that the band’s then drummer Kenney Jones would perform with the band. And until now, it has never been released in its entirety on one platform. Considering this and the fact that the band’s current tour may be the last for the band, it becomes an even more important recording for fans of The Who to own. It shows itself to be such a lasting concert for audiences first and foremost through its extensive set list. The set list presented here runs twenty-five songs deep and just over two hours long. That is not even counting the five performances included as bonuses. Added to the main set list, they push the overall run time of the recording to a little more than two hours and twenty-five minutes. That’s a lot of music to say the least. And that’s a lot of live for fans that won’t get to see the band on its current tour. On a related note, the songs that make up the show’s set list represent a relatively healthy cross-section of the band’s section up to that point. It reaches all the way back to the band’s third studio release, 1967’s The Who Sell Out and even includes hits such as ‘Pinball Wizard,’ from the band’s hugely popular 1969 album Tommy, ‘Baba O’Reily’ and ‘Behind Blue Eyes,’ both from 1971’s Who’s Next as well as ‘I’m One,’ ‘The Punk and the Godfather,’ ‘5:15,’ and ‘Drowned’ all from another of the band’s biggest releases of all time, 1973’s Quadrophenia among so many other major hits. For all of the importance of the noted hits, their sequencing is just as important to the enjoyment of the show. The first five songs offer up a solid, driving energy that is soon followed up by a slightly more reserved vibe in ‘It’s Hard.’ That is followed up by the ‘Sledgehammer’-esque vibe of ‘Eminence Front’ before the band really pulls back on ‘Behind Blue Eyes,’ another of its biggest hits. That is just the first six of the show’s twenty-five song set. The remainder of the show’s songs exhibit just as much balance right up to the show’s finale. That balance of energy and drive from one song to the next coupled with the show’s overall set list shows clearly why as with any live show, the set list in whole is central to its enjoyment and overall success.

Live at Shea Stadium 1982’s set list and its overall arrangement give audiences plenty to like about the recording. The balance of energy and drive from one song to the mix coupled with an equally solid mix of the band’s hits up to that point will keep audiences’ attention from beginning to end. Much the same can be said of the band’s stage performance throughout the course of the two-hour plus concert. Front man Roger Daltry shows time and again why he is one of the greatest front men in rock’s modern history with his balance of charisma and energy from one song to the next and even in-between as audiences will see for themselves. When the crowd gets too close to the stage, Daltry very calmly and politely asks the audience to back up and make room. Even having to do this more than once he never loses his cool. As minor as it seems, it goes a long way toward showing the type of person that he is. It is truly impressive to see such demeanor. That demeanor coupled with his minimal yet still energetic performance is a clear example of why the band’s performance in this show is so impotrant to its enjoyment and success. Daltry’s band mates John Entwhistle, Pete Townshend, and Kelley Jones each provide their own entertainment throughout the show. Guitarist Pete Townshend’s classic airplane playing is there. Jones’ drumming generates its own energy throughout each song. Even Entwhistle’s own unassuming demeanor as he provides the songs’ low end is entertaining in its own right. Whether in the concert’s biggest moments or its more reserved moments, none of the band members really seem to exert that much energy, rather letting the music exert most of the energy for them. That energy translates perfectly to the audience and will translate just as well to home viewers. In turn, it will lead audiences to appreciate the band members’ talents both as musicians and song writers. That appreciation reveals in one more way why Live at Shea Stadium 1982 is such an enjoyable and successful new recording from one of rock’s greatest acts.

The set list that makes up the body of Live at Shea Stadium 1982 and the band’s performance of said songs do plenty to show why this concert is so enjoyable. They are only two parts of the presentation that makes it whole. The concert’s collective production values round out the ways in which it proves itself so enjoyable. Considering the fact that the concert was originally recorded some thirty-two years ago, it can be said that the footage has stood the test of time rather well. Of course the work of those charged with re-mastering the concert’s audio and video is just as much to credit for how well it looks and sounds. It maintains the look that it boasted in its original standard def recording. Even with that look it is clear that it has been cleaned up and brought back to life. Through it all the fact that it still maintains that look is deserving of praise. It shows the high quality results of the painstaking efforts of those individuals charged with handling the footage. The same can be said in regards to the concert’s audio mix. It is obvious that just as much work was put into remastering the concert’s audio. That is because it sounds clearer than most concerts recorded so long ago. Thanks to the work done on both ends, the band’s performance and the show’s set list both become that much more enjoyable. In conjunction with the work of those that resurrected and re-worked the footage, all three elements show together just why Live at Shea Stadium 1982 is another entirely enjoyable and successful from one of rock’s biggest bands and why it is also one of this year’s best new live DVD and Blu-ray recordings.

Live at Shea Stadium 1982 shows in plenty of ways to be another entirely enjoyable and successful recordings from a group that is one of rock’s biggest and most respected acts. It shows just as much why it is one of the year’s best new live DVDs and Blu-rays. It is available now in a variety of formats both in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

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More information on The Who’s current tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.thewho.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheWho

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Celebrating The Who’s 50th Anniversary With New Archived Concert Recording

The Who Live at Shea Stadium 1982 Box Art

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

 

Legendary British rock band The Who is currently making its way across America on the North American leg of its new “The Who Hits 50! Worldwide Tour.” The tour is in support of its latest hits collection, which goes by the same name. That compilation was released late last year. Now as The Who makes its way across America (and later Europe and other nations), Eagle Rock has announced that it will release a new, archived live recording from The Who this summer for all of the band’s fans.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release The Who Live at Shea Stadium 1982 on Tuesday, June 30th. The concert will be available on DVD, SD Blu-ray and digital formats. It was originally recorded on October 13th, 1982 at Shea Stadium. It was the second of the band’s concerts recorded during its two-night stand at Shea Stadium and featured the lineup of Roger Daltry, Pete Townshend, John Entwhistle, and Kenney Jones. The tour from which this concert was pulled–its 1982 North American Tour–was the last on which Jones would sit behind the kit for the band. Once the tour ended, The Who would not tour again until 1989. The show’s set list includes some of its biggest hits at the time including: ‘Pinball Wizard,’ ‘We Won’t Get Fooled Again,’ ‘My Generation,’ ‘Substitute,’ ‘Who Are You,’ ‘I Can’t Explain,’ ‘See Me Feel Me,’ ‘Baba O’Riley,’ and a number of others. The concert’s complete set list is noted below:

TRACK LISTING

1) Substitute

2) I Can’t Explain

3) Dangerous

4) Sister Disco

5) The Quiet One

6) It’s Hard

7) Eminence Front

8) Behind Blue Eyes

9) Baba O’Riley

10) I’m One

11) The Punk And The Godfather

12) Drowned

13) Tattoo

14) Cry If You Want

15) Who Are You

16) Pinball Wizard

17) See Me Feel Me

18) Love Reign O’er Me

19) Long Live Rock

20) Won’t Get Fooled Again

21) Young Man Blues

22) Naked Eye

23) I Saw Her Standing There

24) Summertime Blues

25) Twist And Shout

Audiences can get a glimpse of the concert now by clicking on the picture below. It will take fans to YouTube where audiences will get to see the band’s performance of ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ from the concert.

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

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Little Ones Will Love eOne’s Latest Wheels On The Bus DVD

Courtesy:  Entertainment One

Courtesy: Entertainment One

The latest collection of episodes from eOne’s series The Wheels on the Bus is another fun time for children, parents, and teachers. It’s a good fit for toddlers and pre-school age children. That’s thanks to the mix of music and lessons shared throughout the three episodes contained on the disc. That’s just part of what makes the DVD another piece worth watching. The total run time of the DVD is roughly thirty-six minutes. That makes the run time of each of the episodes about twelve minutes total. That’s just about right for the attention span of the program’s intended viewers. That aspect along with the combination of songs and lessons in each episode makes this DVD all the more fun for young viewers and their families.

The main factor that makes The Wheels on the Bus: A Day at the Farm another fun DVD from eOne and One Happy Child is the combination of more musical numbers and lessons spread across the DVD’s three episodes. The songs included in each episode include even more new verses to the beloved children’s song. The new verses written for each episode don’t necessarily apply directly to the episodes themselves. That doesn’t take away anything from the verses. They’ll actually have younger viewers singing and dancing along just as much as the song’s original verses. And the songs written specifically for each episode’s given story will have younger viewers singing and dancing along just as much. This applies even in the end credits sequence for each episode. Each episode has its own outtakes during its end credits. And along with the outtakes is another original song that makes the viewing experience even more enjoyable.

The musical numbers included within the context of each episode are just part of what makes the DVD in whole enjoyable for younger viewers. The lessons shared throughout the episodes add to each episode’s enjoyment. There is a lesson about the importance of healthy eating in one episode. Another teaches about service dogs. It teaches how they are trained from their puppy years up through their adult years. The DVD’s opening episode teaches a lesson about the different animals on the farm. This short lesson is a good starting point for both parents and teachers in discussing the different kinds of animals that live on a farm. It could potentially lead to a field trip of sorts to a farm. The lesson about healthy eating is a great starting point in a discussion for teachers and parents alike to discuss healthy eating habits. This is especially the case considering the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. It’s one more positive to the DVD’s overall viewing experience.

The lessons and the music contained in the episodes on The Wheels on the Bus: A Day at the Farm make up a big part of what makes the DVD in whole enjoyable for children and adults. There is still one more factor to consider in the overall enjoyment of this DVD. That factor is the total run time of the three episodes together. The total run time of this DVD is roughly thirty-six minutes. That puts the total run time of each of the DVD’s three episodes at around twelve minutes tops. Considering that the target audience age of the series is kids ages 1 – 5, a twelve minute run time is just right. Given, the attention span of most viewers in that age range is not that long. But the use of the catchy tunes and lessons taught at the level of said viewers will keep the attention of those viewers just long enough. Keeping this in mind, the DVD in whole becomes all the more enjoyable whether used in the classroom or the living room. It becomes a piece that parents, teachers, and students should give at least one watch.

The Wheels on the Bus: A Day at the Farm is available now on DVD in stores and online. It was released this past Tuesday, June 3rd. It can be ordered online from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Wheels-Bus-Day-at-Farm/dp/B00J5BCV5M/ref=sr_1_8?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1402243779&sr=1-8&keywords=The+Wheels+on+the+Bus. More information on this and other releases from Entertainment One is available online at http://entertainmentone.com/home. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Sound Of Contact Announces New Tour Dates

Courtesy:  InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Sound of Contact is coming to the United States this Spring and Summer.

The band has confirmed that it will take part in the Moody Blues Cruise and the Cruise to the Edge this Spring before embarking on a handful of dates late next month.  The Moody Blues Cruise sets sail Wednesday, April 8th from Miami, Florida.  It will take guests through the Bahamas and to Grand Turk Island, Turks & Caicos before returning to Miami on Monday, April 7th.  Sound of Contact will join The Moody Blues, Starship, Little River Band, and special guest Roger Daltry of The Who among a number of other artists and bands.  More information on the Moody Blues Cruise is available online at http://moodiescruise.com and http://www.facebook.com/moodiescruise.

Band founder Simon Collins and his band mates will have a quick turnaround once they return to port from the Moody Blues Cruise.  That is because they head right back out to sea Wednesday, April 8th for the Cruise to the Edge.  That cruise will take guests Cozumel by way of Miami and Honduras.  It will leave port Wednesday, April 8th and return to Miami Saturday, April 12th.  Sound of Contact will join YES, Marillion, Queensryche, Scale the Summit, and a number of other acts that are scheduled to perform during the cruise.  More information on the Cruise to the Edge is available online at http://cruisetotheedge.com, http://www.facebook.com/cruisetotheedge, and http://twitter.com/cruisetotheedge.

Once Sound of Contact returns from its marathon cruise run, the band will take some much needed down time before kicking off its North American tour April 26th.  The band will kick off its North American tour at SIR Studios in Los Angeles, California.  The band’s complete cruise and tour schedule is listed below.

Wednesday – April 2, 2014 Moody Blues Cruise
Thursday – April 3, 2014 Moody Blues Cruise
Friday – April 4, 2014 Moody Blues Cruise
Saturday April 5, 2014 Moody Blues Cruise
Sunday – April 6, 2014 Moody Blues Cruise
Monday – April 7, 2014 Moody Blues Cruise / Cruise To The Edge
Tuesday – April 8, 2014 Cruise To The Edge
Wednesday – April 9, 2014 Cruise To The Edge
Thursday – April 10, 2014 Cruise To The Edge
Friday – April 11, 2014 Cruise To The Edge
Saturday – April 12, 2014 Cruise To The Edge

Saturday – April 26, 2014 Los Angeles, CA, America – SIR Studios
Wednesday – April 30, 2014 Quebec City, QC, Canada – Le Cabaret du Capitole
Thursday – May 1, 2014 Toronto, ON, Canada – Rock Pile East
Friday – May 2, 2014 Chicago, IL, America – Reggies Rock Club
Saturday – May 3, 2014 Gettysburg, PA, America – RoSFest

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