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UMe CELEBRATES ALLMANS' 50TH
1/14/20

The first informal jam by the musicians who would become The Allman Brothers Band kicks off the 10 LP/5 CD set Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collectionthat  Island Mercury/UMe will release 2/28.

The demo from that jam in 1969, on Muddy Waters “Trouble No More,” is one of seven previously unreleased tracks in the set; a live performance of “Trouble No More” from the Allman Brothers Band’s final show at New York’s Beacon Theatre closes the collection.

Arranged chronologically and thematically and representing all 13 of the band’s lineups, the set is  divided by the group's stints on the Capricorn, Arista and Epic labels, as well as the band's own Peach imprint.

Both editions include a 9,000 word essay on the band by John Lynskey, unreleased band photos and a recap of the 13 incarnations of the band lineup. All recordings have been newly mastered by Jason NeSmith at Chase Park Transduction in Athens.

The surviving members of the Allmans will be performing a 50th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden on 3/10.

 

DIO CANCER FUND ANNOUNCES 2020 GALA
12/13/19

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late rock music legend, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of his passing and the formation of the charity with an Awards Gala on 2/20 in 2020. The event will take place at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, and will recognize honorees who have played a role in either Dio’s legacy or that of the charity. 

The vocals and visuals of Ronnie James Dio with his live band Dio, who performed with him for his last 17 years, will provide the entertainment for the Gala. Local rockers Sadie & the Tribe will also perform, and the evening will include a live auction, a silent auction and a raffle of luxury items and entertainment memorabilia. VIP attendees will be treated to a gourmet dinner with wine pairings.

Eight awards named after songs written by Dio will be presented to the following honorees:

Holy Diver Award: Honoring Rhino Entertainment/Warner Music Group executives Kevin Gore, President, Global Catalog, Recorded Music & Arts Music, Warner Music Group; Mark Pinkus, President, Rhino Entertainment & U.S. Catalog; Jason Day, VP, A&R, Rhino Entertainment; Jason Elzy, VP, Communications & Marketing, Rhino Entertainment; and Brian Dodd, Manager, Global Artist Brand Management, Rhino Entertainment

Killing the Dragon Award: Laura Heatherly, CEO, T.J. Martell Foundation, which is dedicated to funding innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer

King of Rock ‘n Roll AwardBarry Drinkwater, Executive Chairman, Global Merchandise Services Ltd.

Magica Award: Wyn Davis, Dio’s longtime recording engineer and Owner of Total Access recording studios  

Master of the Moon Award: Honoring BMG executives Thomas Scherer, EVP, Repertoire & Marketing L.A., Global Writer Services & China; Michael Kachko, SVP, Catalog Recordings; Jeff Christian, Director, Catalog; and Kathy Rivkin Daum, Senior Director, Films

Rainbow in the Dark AwardMikeal Maglieri, owner of the Rainbow Bar and Grill and Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip

Sacred Heart AwardDr. David Wong, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, UCLA School of Dentistry and Director for UCLA Center for Oral/Head & Neck Oncology Research 

Stand Up and Shout Award: Jeff Pezzuti, CEO of Eyellusion, creators of the Dio Returns! hologram

For tickets go here

Photo: PG Brunelli

AOKI COLLABS WITH STING AND SHAED
12/6/19

Grammy-nominated DJ/Producer Steve Aoki, 17-time Grammy-winning artist Sting, and platinum-selling trio SHAED have teamed up to release their new collaborative anthem, “2 in a Million.”

An offering from Aoki’s upcoming Neon Future IV LP on Ultra Records, the track features vocals by Sting and SHAED’s Chelsea Lee over Aoki's steady beat, and lyrically grapples with the search for one's soulmate through all of life’s complexity. 

The song was added to 35 New Music Friday playlists 12/6 on Spotify, and its accompanying music video mirrors the sentiment of the lyric with its natural progression of the quest for a soulmate. 

Aoki said, “I am beyond excited about this collaboration with Sting and SHAED. I’ve been a fan of (Sting) for as long as I can remember, so it’s surreal to have him on one of my songs. What they both brought to the table made for an incredible track."

Sting added, “To me, the greatest element in music is surprise, so I’m always open to collaborate with other artists as you never quite know where it’s going to take you. This sounded like an interesting opportunity and I’m excited for people to hear the new track.”

“We all grew up listening to Sting and The Police,” said SHAED. “He was a huge influence, so when Steve approached us with the collab it was a no brainer. We had the best time working with Steve and Sting and really love this track.”