Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gene Simmons tries to trademark iconic gesture

Kiss veteran Gene Simmons wants to trademark the well known gesture of rock'n roll, the "devil horns".
Simmons claims he invented the gesture on stage 1974.
This has of course upset many people. Some critics say that one simply can not trademark a gesture. And also, it seems like Gene was not first. Check out the cover of the Beatles' 1966 single Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/gene-simmons-seeks-register-trademark-iconic-rock-hand-gesture-1013378

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40286165/gene-simmons-to-trademark-devil-horns-gesture

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ronnie-james-dios-widow-calls-gene-simmonss-attempt-to-trademark-horns-hand-gesture-laughable-and-disgusting/

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Phil Collins live in Cologne, June 11

Several pieces of footage from the recent Phil Collins tour is floating around on the internet. Here is one of the better ones. 
But the fans seem to be divided. "Painful to see. Painful to hear", is one of the comments on social media. Another one goes "But one have to give him cred for trying."

Monday, June 05, 2017

Listen to Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize lecture here

The Swedish Academy has finally received Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture.  
"The speech is extraordinary and, as one might expect, eloquent. Now that the Lecture has been delivered, the Dylan adventure is coming to a close", writes Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Academy.
Dylan did send the recording of his lecture only five days before deadline.

You can listen to, and read Dylan's lecture here:
http://www.svenskaakademien.se/en/nobel-lecture

Radio Dupree, March 29, 2017:
Bob Dylan gets his Nobel Prize medal this weekend
It has been unclear whether Bob Dylan will come to Sweden to collect his Nobel Prize medal and if he will hold his Nobel Prize lecture. Now the Swedish Academy has received a message from Dylan that he will meet the Academy the coming weeked to receive the Nobel Prize diploma and medal...

King Crimson now available on Spotify!

King Crimson - kings of progressive rock - finally on Spotify with two albums!
Well, only two albums (so far) but this allows some tasty listening. It's the brand new EP with a nice cover of Bowie's Heroes plus four updated live 2016 versions of some old KC favourites.
Then there is the music from the 3 CD set Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind (live 2015). Lots of old Crimson songs as well as newer stuff.
Excellent!

Click here to listen!

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Only two Genesis songs in Phil Collins' comeback show

Yesterday Phil Collins did his first gig in a decade. 
The concert took place in Liverpool and is the only UK gig outside of London. There has been great interest in Phil Collin's "Not Dead Yet" tour, and tickets have sold out very quickly.
Some fans may react over Phil's choice of songs. Very few by Genesis - only two! Well, he has mainly done things as a solo artist since the early 80's, right?

Anyway, if you're interested in checking out a couple of reviews (and the songlist) of the Liverpool June 2nd Echo Arena concert, you may go here:
http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/review-phil-collins-echo-arena-13130061

Another one here:
https://www.genesisfan.net/phil-collins/articles/2017/review-phil-collins-wows-liverpool-echo-arena-with-triumphant-first-gig-in-a-decade

The tour continues to London (Hyde Park plus five shows at the Royal Albert Hall), Paris and Cologne.

50th anniversary edition of Absolutely Free

For September release: an expanded 2 LP version of the classic Mothers of Invention 1967 album. 
That's nice, but on social media several fans have expressed their disappointment:

"WOW...I guess their really ISN'T much left in the vault for my favorite Mothers album."

"Only one side of bonus material? Blatant attempt to cash-in on the neo-vinyl craze."

Amazon is taking pre-orders now.

Newsletter information from Zappa Records/UMe:
"This double 180-gram LP version will include the original record mastered by Bernie Grundman cut directly from the original analog master tapes and a second disc with 20 minutes of rare and unreleased bonus material, including the “Why Don’tcha Do Me Right?”/“Big Leg Emma” single as well as vintage remixes, and radio ads from The Vault on side one and a laser etching of Zappa’s visage from the album cover on side two. The package features Zappa’s original layout and a reproduction of the rare, highly sought-after “libretto,” an 18-page booklet with a foreword by FZ and lyrics to all the compositions, that was offered only by mail order when originally released."

LP1 – Side 1
1. Plastic People
2. The Duke Of Prunes
3. Amnesia Vivace
4. The Duke Regains His Chops
5. Call Any Vegetable
6. Invocation And Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin
7. Soft-Sell Conclusion
LP1 – Side 2 
1. America Drinks
2. Status Back Baby
3. Uncle Bernie’s Farm
4. Son Of Suzy Creamcheese
5. Brown Shoes Don’t Make It
6. America Drinks & Goes Home

LP2 – Side 1 
1. Absolutely Free Radio Ad #1
2. Why Don’tcha Do Me Right
3. Big Leg Emma
4. Absolutely Free Radio Ad #2
5. “Glutton For Punishment…”
6. America Drinks – 1969 Re-Mix
7. Brown Shoes Don’t Make It – 1969 Re-Mix
8.  America Drinks & Goes Home #2 – 1969 Re-Mix
LP2 – Side 2
Laser Etching

Thursday, June 01, 2017

It was fifty years ago today...

Yes, you have already heard about it on the radio, read about it in newspapers and elsewhere...the 50th anniversary of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
We at the Radio Dupree staff have just listened through the album on decent volume, and urge you to do the same, whether it is the brand new anniversary edition or the 2009 remaster or ye olde scratchy vinyl album.

And hey, for you Swedish speaking people: Sveriges Radio Kristianstad did an interview today with Beatles expert Staffan Olander. He tells that he did lend out his rare radio promo of Penny Lane for the production of the anniversary edition of Sergeant Pepper: "They sent over a courier to fetch the record."

Monday, May 29, 2017

Jimi Hendrix film from Royal Albert Hall 1969

Someone has uploaded the shelved film from Jimi Hendrix's final show in London. 
The film was never published because of dispute over the legal details. Now a Vimeo user has uploaded it. We urge you not to watch it!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lost 1967 Zappa interview tape found again

A really good radio interview with Frank Zappa from November 13, 1967, has been unearthed.
Joe Doll was one of the DJ:s that did the interview in Detroit for WCBN, the student-run community radio station of University of Michigan. He thought the tape was lost but recently found it, almost 50 years after it was recorded. It has now been digitized and uploaded for the world to hear.

Listen or download here.

The sound is really good and it is one of the better interviews with Frank. The earlier interviews with Frank are often the more interesting ones.
Some of the topics are Frank's impressions of The Mothers of Invention's first European tour (September and October 1967), his collaboration with The Monkees (which the people around first seem to take as a joke) and his opinion on The Beatles (surprisingly quite positive!)

Article on the unearthed tape here.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Roger Waters plays new song


Ex Pink Floyd member Roger Waters on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Waters performs a song from his upcoming album 'Is This The Life We Really Want?'

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Two more Japanese dates for Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers; Osaka and Nagoya

After the 24 dates in USA in August/September, but before they play two shows at the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Yokohama, Japan on September 23 & 24, Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers will be at the Festival Hall, Osaka on 20 September and Nagoya International Conference Center in Nagoya two days later.

September 20:
Festival Hall, Osaka

The link on Donald Fagen's Facebook page just leads to a general entertainment portal, and the Festival Hall homepage has no mention of it. But since it is on his official events page we take it that the contracts have been signed.


September 22:
Nagoya International Conference Center, Nagoya

General On sale date is 10 June.

Tickets seem to be priced at 12 000 or 15 000 Yen (= 106/132 US$, 96/120 € and 82/102 £).

Click here for link to the Japanese ticket page.


良い一日を

Sunday, May 14, 2017

King Crimson touring North America with FOUR drummers

Crimson in Stockholm 2016.
King Crimson have announced their North American tour 2017, and if three drummers were not enough (as for the 2016 European tour)...they have added even one more.
The touring lineup, according to consequenceofsound.net, looks like this:
Robert Fripp (guitar, keyboards) and longtime associates Tony Levin (bass, Chapman Stick) and Mel Collins (saxophone) alongside singer/guitarist Jakko Jakszyk and four drummers, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey. Stacey and Rieflin will also double as keyboardists. Referring to this tour configuration as the “Double Quartet Formation,” Fripp says King Crimson is “likely to be making a lot more noise than before.”

To coincide with the tour, King Crimson is releasing an EP featuring their version of David Bowie’s “Heroes” recorded in Berlin during the band’s 2016 European tour. Fripp, of course, played on Bowie’s original track.
Fripp explains that the EP, which will be released on June 2nd, is as a celebration, a remembrancing and an homage to Bowie.

Check for North American tour dates here.

Friday, May 12, 2017

50th anniversary of iconic Hendrix debut album

Today it is 50 years ago since the original release of the groundbreaking debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. 
Are You Experienced was an immediate commercial success and is by many regarded as one of the greatest debuts in rock'n'roll. The magazine Rolling Stone ranked it #15 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


The title track - behind the scenes:


Are You Experience is one of those awesome 1967 albums that changed popular music. (Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are two more).

Another anniversary:

Today English rock artist extraordinaire, Ian Dury, would have been 75. 
He made quite a success in the late 1970's with songs as Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick, Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3 and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,.

Unfortunately Ian passed away in 2000. And hey, there is actually a link between Ian Dury and Jimi Hendrix debut album. There is one song on Ian's album Laughter (1980) called "Manic Depression (Jimi)". But it is not a cover of Jimi's song.