Queen & Adam Lambert Arrange North American Tour, Let The Hating Begin

by Noiz 15. March 2014 17:29

Queen & Adam Lambert Arrange North American Tour, Let The Hating Begin

It’s being called their first official tour.  Apparently the “series of shows” they played in Europe in 2012 doesn’t count as an actual tour. 

Queen and Adam Lambert will embark on a month-long tour of North America beginning June 19th. That night, Lambert and Queen will rock Chicago and the United Center.  Their trek ends July 20 in Washington, D.C. at the Merriweather Post Pavilion.  Other stops on their schedule include San Jose on July 1, Detroit on July 12, and Uncasville on July 19 (Mohegan Sun).

Three things that really stand out from their itinerary…

  1. Only Las Vegas gets two shows.  Queen and Adam Lambert are in Sin City on July 5 and July 6.  Both of their shows are at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.
  2. More than a third of their upcoming tour stops are in Canada.  Queen and Adam Lambert will be in Winnipeg on June 21, Saskatoon on June 23, Edmonton on June 24, Calgary on June 26, Vancouver on June 28, Toronto on July 13, and Montreal on July 14.
  3. “Let's rock those beautiful arenas JUST ONE MORE TIME!" said Queen guitarist Brain May via a press release.  His line indicates that this could be the last time North Americans see Queen.  It also means that their upcoming jaunt around the New World will have them visiting some big-time venues.  For example, Queen and Adam Lambert perform at New York’s Madison Square Garden on July 17, Dallas’ American Airlines Center on July 10, and Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on July 16.

The team of Queen and Adam Lambert is anything but novel.  The rock legends and American Idol’s eighth season runner-up have ties that go all the way back to 2009.  Furthermore, Lambert is a huge Freddie Mercury fan and cites him as influence.  Even before Lambert was crooning with Queen, critics compared him to Mercury.  In fact, for his American Idol audition, Lambert sang "Bohemian Rhapsody."

“Freddie had so much power and intensity to his voice... He had such an amazing attack. On the flip side, he could give you something so lyrical and smooth.  He had so many different colors, and I'm very inspired by that.” – Adam Lambert

Lambert will be Queen’s third lead singer.  Obviously, Mercury was the first; he passed away in 1991.  From 2004 to 2009, the position was filled by Paul Rodgers of Bad Company.  Over the years, Queen has employed a number of guest vocalists including Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, and Robbie Williams.

“It was great with Paul [Rodger], but it came to a natural end." – Brian May.

Reaction
The reaction to this, at least from my perusal of comments on various Websites, is mixed.  Mixed as in there are three basic opinions.  The first camp hates Adam Lambert and the idea of him touring with Queen.  These fans think Queen died with Freddie Mercury.  The second group realizes Freddie isn’t returning and Lambert (or Rodgers before him) is the next best thing.  The third faction thinks Adam Lambert is a great selection and they can’t want to see him with Queen in concert.

Bottom line, Freddie Mercury isn’t walking through that door.  Everyone, including Lambert, wishes Mercury could still tour with Queen, but that’s not going to happen.  This isn’t like Journey’s current situation where Steve Perry is alive but just pissed off at his former bandmates.  Mercury has gone to the great beyond and left behind a bunch of great music.  It’s a testament to him and to Queen that people still want to experience their music.

For those who call Lambert a “teenybopper” you’re dead wrong.  He’s 32 and appeared on American Idol five years ago.  He didn’t force himself on May and Taylor.  The remaining two members of Queen are big Lambert fans and they asked him to be their singer.  Also, Lambert hasn’t joined Queen.  The tour is being billed as “Queen + Adam Lambert” just as it was billed “Queen + Paul Rodgers.”

Queen + Adam Lambert Connection
>>2009 – Queen and Adam Lambert perform “We Are the Champions” on American Idol.
>>2011 – Queen and Adam Lambert perform "The Show Must Go On," "We Will Rock You," and "We Are the Champions" at the MTV European Music Awards.
>>2012 – Queen and Adam Lambert perform a series of shows in Europe.
>>2013 – Queen and Adam Lambert preform ten songs (two with .fun) at the IHeartRadio Music Festival is Las Vegas.
>>2014 – Queen and Adam Lambert launch a 19-date tour of North America.

New Album?
There has been some talk of Adam Lambert working with Queen (which is now just lead guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor) on a new album.

“Well, you know, anything is possible,” quipped May in a recent interview.

Queen recently culled through their archives to find unreleased tracks but failed to uncovered enough for a full LP.  An idea surfaced of releasing an album that’s half Freddie Mercury and half Adam Lambert.  Both May and Taylor were ambiguous when discussing any future studio plans.

One has to think the fifty-fifty thing won’t happen.  Fans can accept Queen using different singers but it’s doubtful they would accept mixing one with Mercury.  More than likely, Queen will release the new songs in a greatest hits collection.  Then, if both parties involved are so inclined (more on that later), they’ll release a studio album of fresh material.

Short Term
When you’re watching Queen and Adam Lambert in Inglewood, California at the Fabulous Forum, for example, make sure you soak it in.  I already mention this is probably the last big go-around for Queen, but it’s more than likely the only go-around for Lambert.  In a recent interview, Lambert said his involvement with Queen is “a limited thing” and an “once-in-a-lifetime tour.”  Both quotes came after being asked about recording an album.   Reading between the lines, Lambert doesn’t want to go into the studio with Queen.

Set List
A set list hasn’t been crafted yet but you can expect to hear their hits and few deep cuts.  One of those deep cuts is “Dragon Attack.”  Lambert said he’d loved to perform the song, from the band’s 1980 album The Game, in concert.  Meanwhile, May has commented that the band has “too many hits.”  It’s a little overweening but true.

This won’t be an issue for their upcoming tour, but I’ve always wonder about artists and how they learn material especially the material of another artist.  Before their unofficial tour of Europe in 2012, Lambert had just ten days to get the setlist down.  Of course he knew the big hits but he said there were a bunch of songs he didn’t know.  When it comes to the top-tier artists we sometime forget that they don’t know every song every recorded.

Trail Blazers
The teaming of Queen and Adam Lambert is not only musically significant but socially significant as well.  Freddie Mercury is a gay icon and the first major rock star to die from AIDS.  Paul Russell included Mercury in his book “The Gay 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Gay Men and Lesbians, Past and Present.” Meanwhile, Lambert is the first openly gay artist to top the Billboard 200 and launch a career on a major U.S. recording label. 

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Ringo Starr Getting The Old (All-Starr) Band Back Together

by Noiz 13. March 2014 17:50

Ringo Starr Getting The Old (All-Starr) Band Back Together

One of the summer’s most entertaining and enjoyable concert series is back.

Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band have plotted 28 dates for the United States and Canada.  Their musical adventure begins June 6 at the Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario and terminates July 19 when Ringo Starr rocks Los Angeles and the Greek Theatre.

Two thousand fourteen is a big year for the former Beatles drummer, in particular Feb. 9.  That date marked the 50th anniversary of what is arguably the biggest, greatest, and most important event in the history of the rock and roll.  The night The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. 

The Fab Four’s first appearance on American television ignited Beatlemania and inspired an entire generation to pick up an instrument and form a rock band.  Who knows how many groups, and how much great music, is an indirect result of the mop-tops playing The Toast of the Town?

Although the sentiment was more prevalent in years past, there are still some rock snobs who view Ringo Starr as the Beatles’ weakest link.  While that’s technically true, most musicians would play fourth fiddle to the genius of Paul McCartney, the sagaciousness of John Lennon, and the virtuoso of George Harrison. 

The truth is, Ringo Starr is a very good drummer who was overshadowed by the great drummers of his generation like Keith Moon, John Bonham, Charlie Watts, and Ginger Baker.  Starr is very talented and very capable.  He was just in a band with the greatest songwriting duo of all-time and the musician who practically invented the role of lead guitarist.  The music The Beatles played didn’t call for a powerhouse drummer.

Anti-Starr fans should also know that during the zenith of Beatlemania, Ringo often proved more popular than his mates.  In fact, Ringo remembers that on The Beatles’ first trip to “America, it wasn’t ‘John, Paul, George, and Ringo’; half the time it was ‘Ringo, Paul, George, and John’ …Suddenly it was equal.”

Ringo is affable, charming, and funny.  More than a few of his creative maxims were turned into songs, for example “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

Reporter:  Why do you wear so many rings?
Ringo: Because I can’t fit them all through my nose.
Reporter: What do you think of Beethoven?
Ringo: I loved his poems.

Ringo is part of rock and roll history.  Seeing him perform live, whether it’s Ringo Starr in New York City or Ringo Starr in San Diego, means you have bragging rights.  It means you get to tell your friends “I saw a Beatle.”

But let’s be fair.  The last Beatle recording is nearly 50 years old.  Richard Starkey, Ringo Starr’s real name, is himself 73 years old.  He’ll celebrate another birthday on July 7—two days after he plays the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma and two days before he plays the Sandia Amphitheatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Starr’s prime has long since passed.

Even so, the former Beatle, and star of the 1981 comedic film Cavemen, still brings it.  You’ll be amazed by how good he sounds in person.  Sure, his repertoire features songs with petite vocal ranges, and he does miss a note or two when belting out “With A Little Help From My Friends,” but when you consider he’s almost three-quarters of a century old, and a drummer, Starr’s live performances are very impressive.

Furthermore, the Liverpudlian is backed by a bevy of industry stalwarts: Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, and Gregg Bissonette.  This is the 12th All-Star Band and this incarnation has been together since 2012.

ALL-STAR BAND
Gregg Bissonette
Gregg Bissonette is a popular touring and session drummer.  He has toured with Ringo Starr numerous times and has also played with Santana, James Taylor, Richard Marx, and David Lee Roth.

Steve Lukather
Guitarist Steve Lukather is a prolific session musician who has strummed and picked on more than 1,500 albums.  He’s best known for his work with Toto.   In addition to playing guitar for Ringo, Lukather has released seven solo albums.

Richard Page
In 2010, on a recommendation from Richard Marx, Starr tapped Richard Page to play bass and sing in his All-Starr Band.  Page has been touring with Starr ever since.  Page is famous for being the frontman of the 80s rock band, Mr. Mister.  His voice sounds amazing live.

Gregg Rolie
Gregg Rolie was a founding member of two huge American rock bands: Santana from the 1960s and Journey from the 1970s.  He was Journey’s original lead singer and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Santana.  Rolie sings and plays keyboards.

Todd Rundgren
From songwriting to engineering, Todd Rundgren can do it all.  He even animated one of his music videos.  Rundgren is a renowned producer.  He has produced albums for Grand Funk Railroad, Meat Loaf, New York Dolls, and XTC.  His most well-known song is the infectious sing-a-long, “Bang the Drum All Day.”

Other highlights of the upcoming summer tour include Ringo Starr in Chicago on June 28, Cleveland on June 29, and Dallas on July 5.

For Beatles and Starr fans who were going regardless of my recommendation, expect to hear all the songs you’d expect Ringo to sing—from “Matchbox” to “It Don’t Come Easy.”  The former Beatle is currently in the studio working on a new project.  It’s the follow-up to his last opus, Ringo 2012.  You might hear a cut or two from those albums.

For those who are causal Beatles fans, Starr’s pending tour is a great way to continue your exploration of the Fab Four.  If you like what you hear when you spin a Beatles record, or you’re a fan of Lennon, McCartney, and/or Harrison, chances are good you’ll enjoy Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band.

For those who have never even heard of Ringo or The Beatles (if that’s even possible), the upcoming All-Starr trek is a great way to score some points with mom and dad (or grandmother and grandfather).  You take them to a Ringo Starr concert and they might just include you in their will or at least give you a real nice Christmas present.

As far as nostalgia goes, this is the concert you want to see.  Just as if you have to attend a concert with your kids you want that concert to be One Direction.  If you have to take your parents or grandparents to a live show you want it to be Ringo Starr. 

After all, not only is the music top-notch (and you’ll be seeing an historic artist perform live), but you’ll have ample opportunities to do some grade-A people watching.  There’s nothing better than seeing a couple of drunk, tie-dye-wearing geriatrics dance to “Yellow Submarine.” 

Beatles Songs Sung By Ringo Starr  
“Boys”
“I Wanna Be Your Man”
“Matchbox”
“Honey Don’t”
“Act Naturally”
“What Goes On”*
“Yellow Submarine”
“With A Little Help From My Friends”
“Don’t Pass Me By”#
“Goodnight”
“Octopus’s Garden”#

*Composed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Richard Starkey
#Composed by Richard Starkey

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Carlos Santana: The Man, The Myths, The Legend

by Noiz 11. March 2014 11:31

Carlos Santana: The Man, The Myths, The Legend

Carlos Santana will be on the minds of rock and roll fans this year.  On May 6th, Santana releases his 23rd studio album, Corazón.  According to his Website, it’s the first Latin music album of Santana’s illustrious career.  The pending opus contains contributions from a bunch of big name artists including Gloria Estefan, Ziggy Marley, Wayne Shorter, and Carlos' wife, Cindy Blackman Santana.

Not only will Santana tour to support Corazón, but he’ll also join forces with Rod Stewart for a co-headlining trek of North America.  Stewart and Santana are calling their upcoming jaunt “The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs.”  Obviously, Santana is the “guitar” part of the equation.  Highlights of their excursion are Stewart and Santana at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut on May 25; Stewart and Santana at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky on June 3; and Stewart and Santana at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. on Aug. 2.

What follows is an introduction to both Carlos Santana and his band, Santana.  This primer prepares the average fan for any upcoming Santana concert and introduces neophytes to one of the most important musicians of all-time.  If you’re a longtime, hardcore Santana fan make sure you keep reading.  You’ll definitely learn a thing or two about your favorite guitar god.

Santana’s Legacy
Why is Carlos Santana a legend?  The guitarist has led the band that shares his name for more than 45 years.  During that time, “Santana” has sold nearly 100 million albums and, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, performed for more than 13 million fans.  The band has charted four number one albums and a couple of number one singles, but they’re not really what you’d call “radio friendly.”  They’re more of a jam band. 

Santana and his band secured their place in rock and roll history by combining the genre with Latin music.  Before Santana, no one in the world of blues-rock used congas and timbales.  In other words, Santana changed rock music forever.

>>Conga is a tall, slender, single-headed drum used in Latin music, salsa music, and the rumba.
>>Timbales are shallow, single-headed, metal cased drums.  They looking like small snare drums and usually have a cowbell positioned between them.

Furthermore, Carlos Santana proved himself as a guitar virtuoso.  Rolling Stone magazine placed him at number 20 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarist of All-Time.  Santana is especially known for his ability to sustain a note and his beautiful tones.  You can always tell when you’re listening to a Santana guitar solo.  In 2013, Carlos Santana received one of his country’s highest artistic accolades when he became a Kennedy Center Honoree.

Santana Timeline
>>Santana forms in San Francisco in 1967 as the Carlos Santana Blues Band.
>>Santana performs at Woodstock in August of 1969.
>>Santana releases self-titled debut album in August of 1969.
>>Santana enjoys period of commercial success.
- Santana (1969) peaked at number four.
- Abraxas (1970) peaked at number one.
- Santana II (1971) peaked at number one.
- Caravanserai (1972) peaked at number eight.
>>Mid to late 1970s, Santana’s music gets more experimental and the band endures massive personnel turnover.  They didn’t notch a number one album during this period but they did manage to earn five gold records.
>>Early 1980s, Santana re-enters Billboard’s top ten with Zebop!  Their follow up, Shangó, peaks at 22 and is eventually certified gold.
>>The late 1980s to 1992, Santana enters their commercial nadir.  They release four albums that peak at 50, 95, 85, and 105 respectively.
>>From 1992 to 1999, Santana takes a hiatus from recording.
>>In 1998, Santana is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The induction begins a
Santana renaissance.
>>In 1999, Santana releases Supernatural.
>>Santana goes on to release four albums in the 21st Century.  All sell relatively well.  Only the band’s last album, Shape Shifter (2012), failed to crack the top five.

Who Is Carlos Santana?
Everyone knows Carlos Santana is a legendary guitarist.  He’s one of the few guitarists who can be identified after just one note.  Carlos the person is a little more enigmatic.  Below are a few facts that will introduce you to the man behind the axe.

>>Carlos Augusto Alves Santana was born in Autlan de Navarro, Mexico on July 20, 1947.  He came to the United States (San Francisco) when he was a teenager. 
>>Carlos’ father, Jose Santana, was a professional violinist.  Jose inspired his son to become a musician and before Carlos made it big the two often gigged together.
>>Carlos learned to play the violin when he was five years old and the guitar when he was eight.
>>Carlos graduated from Mission High School in 1965 and turned down offers to attend California State University, Northridge, and Humboldt State University.
>>Carlos became a naturalized citizen in 1965.
>>In 1967, Carlos contracted tuberculosis. 
>>In 1973, Carlos married Deborah King.
>>In 1973, Carlos and Deborah became disciples of spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy.
>>In 1982, Carlos and Deborah break ties with Sri Chinmoy.
>>In 1998, Carlos and his family founded The Milagro Foundation.  Since then, the foundation has granted more than five million dollars to charities that support children.
>>Carlos has three children: Salvador, Stella, and Angelica.
>>Carlos married Cindy Blackman in July of 2010.

Santana: Man or Band?
In the 1960s and early 1970s, there was a definite distinction between Carlos Santana and Santana the band.  Even though the band used Santana’s name it was, in the beginning, a collection of like-minded musicians all working together.  That quickly eroded.  Even though Carlos Santana doesn’t sing, it was clear, right from the start, that he was the guy that people bought tickets to see.

In 1973, Carlos Santana gained full control of the name “Santana.”  From then until now, when one says “I’m going to see Santana” they really mean “I’m going to see Carlos Santana.”  Technically, there’s a band called “Santana” and Carlos Santana is its lead guitarist.  But you’d be kidding yourself if you believed Santana the band was anything but a vehicle for Carlos Santana’s creative energies.

Santana Members
There have been more than 60 musicians who have called themselves members of Santana.  The only constant over the band’s 45-plus-year career is Carlos Santana.   The second most famous member is Greg Rolie.  Rolie founded several bands including Journey.  In fact, he was Journey’s original lead singer.  The third most famous member of Santana is Neal Schon.  He joined Santana when he was just 15 years old.  Schon is also a founding member of Journey and the only performer who has worked on every one of their albums.  He also played with Bad English.

Original Santana Lineup
Carlos Santana – guitars
Gregg Rolie – organ, piano, vocals
David Brown – bass
Michael Carabello – congas, percussion
José "Chepito" Areas – timbales, congas, percussion
Michael Shrieve – drums

Current Lineup
Andy Vargas – vocals
Tony Lindsay – vocals
Tommy Anthony – guitars
David K. Mathews – keyboards
Benny Rietveld – bass
Paoli Mejas – percussion
Karl Perazzo – percussion
Jose "Pepe" Jimenz – drums
Bill Ortiz – trumpet
Jeff Cressman – trombone

Santana’s Big Break
Paul Butterfield, of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, showed up late and high to a gig at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco.  Realizing his headliner was in no condition to perform, legendary promoter Bill Graham ask certain members of the audience to take the stage and jam.  These audience members were from popular San Francisco bands like the Grateful Dead and The Jefferson Airplane.  Also participating in the jam was Michael Bloomfield (of the aforementioned Paul Butterfield Blues Band).  Graham had filled all the parts except a lead guitarist.  Sensing an opportunity, the guitarist’s manager, Stan Marcum, quickly suggested they use the completely unknown Carlos Santana.  Graham passed the buck to Bloomfield who said, “Sure, man.  Go ahead.”

Santana, shyly played rhythm guitar until Bloomfield told him to take a solo.  The kid stepped forward and began soloing.  His fellow musicians did a double-take and the audience ate it up.  The rest, you might say, is history.  After the show, Graham made sure to get Santana’s phone number.  It would be a few years before he’d hit it big, but Carlos Santana the guitar god was born.

Notable Bands From San Francisco
Grateful Dead*
Santana*
Jefferson Airplane*
Big Brother and the Holding Company*
Quicksilver Messenger Service*
Moby Grape*
Steve Miller Band*
Journey
Night Ranger
Huey Lewis and the News
Dead Kennedys
Faith No More
Train
*founded in 1960s

Santana’s Failed Audition
It’s one of the worst decisions ever made in the annuals of rock and roll.  It’s right up there with Decca Records passing on The Beatles (although they did sign The Rolling Stones).  After the aforementioned tale (which may or may not be apocryphal) and before their legendary appearance at Woodstock, The Carlos Santana Blues Band (as they were known for a while) auditioned to play at The Avalon (a famous performance venue in San Francisco).  The person they auditioned for—some say it was promoter Chet Helms, some say it was a different impresario—told the band that Latin fusion was never going to make it and Carlos Santana should keep his day job.  By the way, Santana’s day job was washing dishing and flipping burgers at the Tick Tock. 

Santana at Woodstock
At Woodstock, Santana took the stage sooner than expected.  Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem but Carlos Santana was high on LSD.  Worried that his condition would adversely affect his performance, Santana prayed to God that he would stay in tune and keep time.  God must be a rock and roll fan because Santana’s performance at Woodstock was one of the high points of the festival (and that’s saying something). 

The performance, the subsequent record, and the film all made “Santana” a household name.  Amazingly, Santana played Woodstock before the release of their debut album.  They only got the chance to play the epic music festival thanks to the cunning of promoter Bill Graham.  Woodstock organizers asked Graham for help with concert logistics.  He said he’d help only IF they’d put one of his bands on the bill.  That band was Santana. 

Acts Who Performed At Woodstock (in order of appearance)
Richie Havens
Sweetwater
Bert Sommer
Tim Hardin
Ravi Shankar
Melanie
Arlo Guthrie
Joan Baez
Quill
Country Joe McDonald
Santana
John Sebastian
Keef Hartley Band
The Incredible String Band
Canned Heat
Mountain
Grateful Dead
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Janis Joplin
Sly & the Family Stone
The Who
Jefferson Airplane
Joe Cocker
Country Joe and the Fish
Ten Years After
The Band
Johnny Winter
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Sha Na Na
Jimi Hendrix

Santana Supernatural
It’s hard to believe but Santana’s 17th studio album, Supernatural, received negative reviews when it was released in mid-June of 1999.  Some critics said there were too many guest stars which made the album lack cohesion.  A few critics complained that some of the 13 tracks seemed a little forced.  The disparaging remarks are odd when one considers that Supernatural was arguably the last great album of the 20th century. 

The album’s lead single, “Smooth,” was number one for 12 weeks.  Its second single, “Maria Maria” was number one for ten weeks.  Rob Thomas co-wrote and sang “Smooth” while “Maria Maria” featured The Product G&B and was co-produced by Wyclef Jean.  Other contributors to Santana’s masterpiece are Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Carter Beauford, Cee Lo Green, Everlast, and Eagle-Eye Cherry.  The album was the brainchild of Clive Davis.

Supernatural is a bona fide blockbuster.  It didn’t start out that way.  The album debuted at number 18.  It didn’t reach number one until Oct. 30, 1999.  It took 18 weeks to reach the zenith of Billboard 200 but once it got there it stayed for three consecutive weeks.  In 2000, it spent nine more weeks at number one.

Supernatural’s Super Feats
>>Certified 15x Platinum in U.S.
>>Sold 30 million copies worldwide.
>>Won nine Grammy Awards including Album of the Year.
>>Santana won Record of the Year for “Smooth” making him the first Hispanic to ever win that award.
>>Supernatural won three Latin Grammy Awards.
>>Reached number one in eleven countries.
>>Highest selling album by a Hispanic artist.
>>Highest selling album of original material by an artist after they’ve been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
>>First number one album for Santana since 1971, giving them the record for longest gap between chart toppers (28 years).

Santana Collaborators
As you might expect from a guitar god who can’t sing, Santana has collaborated with a lot of big-name artists over the years.  Below, is a list of songs and albums and a list of artists.  See if you can match the song or album with the singer or musician without looking them up on the internet.

A) “Sunshine of Your Love” from Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time (2010)

1. P.O.D.

B) “Brown Skin Girl” from All That I Am (2005)

2. Vernon Reid from Living Colour

C) “America” from Shaman (2002)

3. Willie Nelson

D) Spirits Dancing in the Flesh (1990)

4. Seal

E) “The Calling” from Supernatural (1999)

5. Rob Thomas

F) “My Man”  All That I Am (2005)

6. Buddy Miles

G) Freedom (1987)

7. Bo Bice

H) “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” ” from Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time (2010)

8. Eric Clapton

I) “You Are My Kind” from Shaman (2002)

9. Yo-Yo Ma

J) Havana Moon (1983, Carlos Santana solo project)

10. Mary J. Blige

Answers:
A) 5, B) 7, C) 1, D) 2, E) 8, F) 10, G) 6, H) 9, I) 4, J) 3

Santana Tour
Santana has a bunch of dates scheduled for 2014.  Before touring with Stewart, and before hitting the road to support Corazón, they have seven dates planned in late-April and early May.  The highlight of this leg is their April 25 performance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

The schedules for “The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs” and the “2014 Corazón Tour” intertwine.  The Rod Stewart and Santana tour commences in Albany, New York on May 23.  The Corazón trek begins June 4 in Columbus, Ohio. 

Major stops on “The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs” are Stewart and Santana in Saint Louis, Missouri on June 6; Stewart and Santana in Rosemont, Illinois on Aug. 16; and Stewart and Santana in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 19.  The final stop of this trek is Aug. 20 when the legends rock Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York.

According to Santana.com, the band will finish promoting Corazón on July 27 in Mountain View, California.  Highlights of this tour include a concert in Windsor, Ontario on June 9; two shows in Atlantic City on June 13 and June 14, and a gig at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California on July 26.

Either with Rod Stewart or without, Santana has 34 concerts planned for 2014. 

Santana Spirituality
If you hadn’t already gathered it from his music, Carlos Santana is a very spiritual person (he believes spirituality is different from religion).  Santana takes his spirituality very seriously.  He believes in the power of music and that music can help both the player and the listener transcend this mortal coil.  His spirituality manifests itself in both the content and construct of his music. 

Before every Santana concert, he and his band mediate and pray (at least those who want to, it’s not mandatory).  By doing this, Santana believes his music becomes much more than just chords and melodies.  It becomes “a wave of light.”  When this happens, a multi-hour show becomes a 15-second experience (in a good way).  Santana enjoys “discovering how to activate [himself] and activate [his audience] to a spiritual joy.” 

Obviously, attending a Santana concert is special.  It’s much more than just a night of music or an opportunity to buy a t-shirt.  It’s a chance to get spiritual, and if you adhere to Carlos’ view, a chance to hear God.

The following quote is found on the footer of Santana.com:                          
“God created a circle of light & love so vast, no one can stand outside of it.”

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Rod Stewart Lyrics, Albums, Tours: A Complete Guide To The Legendary Singer

by Noiz 9. March 2014 17:35

Rod Stewart Lyrics, Albums, Tours: A Complete Guide To The Legendary Singer

I hope you like your legends in pairs.  Later this year, legendary rock singer Rod Stewart is teaming with legendary guitarist Carlos Santana for a co-headlining tour of North America.  Their trek begins May 23 in Albany, New York and ends Aug. 20 in Wantagh, New York.  The Stewart-Santana venture is sure to be one of the hottest concert tours of 2014.

They’re calling their North America excursion “The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs.”  There are 18 dates on the docket including Santana and Rod Stewart in Vancouver, B.C. on Aug. 2; Santana and Rod Stewart in Kansas City on Aug. 14; and Santana and Rod Stewart in Rosemont, Illinois on Aug. 16.  While their outing spans three months, the majority of their concerts are slated for August.

Rod Stewart Accolades
Need further proof that Rod Stewart is a living legend?  Just check out this huge list of accolades Rod the “Mod” has earned over the years.  These aren’t necessarily the same thing as winning a Grammy, or charting a number one record, but they’re still very prestigious. 
>>Q Magazine named Rod Stewart the 33rd greatest singer of all-time.
>>Rolling Stone magazine named Rod Stewart the 59th greatest singer of all-time.
>>Billboard magazine ranked Rod Stewart the 17th most successful artist all-time on their Hot 100 chart.
>>Rod Stewart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
>>In 2001, Rod Stewart was the recipient of the first Diamond Award from the World Music Awards.  The trophy commemorates 100 million records sold worldwide. 
>>In 2005, Rod Stewart received GQ Magazine’s Outstanding Achievement Award.
>>Rod Stewart was awarded the CBE for “services to music” at Buckingham Palace in 2007.
>> In 2006, Rod Stewart was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
>>ASCAP bestowed on Rod Stewart their Founders Award in 2011.
>>In 2012, Rod Stewart was once again inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this time as a member of Faces.
>>James Brown once called Rod Stewart the “greatest white soul singer ever.”

Rod Stewart Bands        
Rod Stewart is generally known as a solo artist but over the years he’s been in quite a few bands.  Sure, most of them are mere footnotes in the history of rock and roll, but the last band he fronted, the Faces, as previously mentioned, is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Ray Davies Quartet
The Ray Davies Quartet later became The Kinks.  Rock lore says Stewart was a member but in reality he probably did little more than jam (party) with Ray Davies and company.

Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions
In the fall of 1983, Stewart joined a rhythm and blues band called The Dimensions.  He played the harmonica and sang a little bit.  Jimmy Powell, who was an established singer at the time, hired The Dimensions as his backup band.  It didn’t take long before Stewart butted heads with Powell and call it quits.

All Stars/The Hoochie Coochie Men
Stewart was 19 when he was discovered by Long John Baldry and offered a job singing and playing harmonica with his band, The Hoochie Coochie Men (the first couple of days of Stewart’s tenure they were called the “All Stars”).  Although uncredited, Stewart made his first record with THCM.

The Steampacket (1965-1966)
The Steampacket is known as United Kingdom’s first “supergroup.”  Besides Stewart, the blues band also featured Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger, and Vic Briggs.  Stewart left the fray in 1966 which caused Steampacket to lose steam and pack it up for good.  They never went into the recording studio but tapes of them rehearsing were released after their demise.  The Steampacket’s claim to fame is opening for the Rolling Stones during their 1965 tour of Great Britain.

Shotgun Express (1966-1967)
Shotgun Express released one single in 1966 called “I Could Feel The Whole World Turn Round.”  It was overproduced and unsuccessful.  Stewart was not a big fan of Shotgun Express.  He believes it was a poor imitation of his former group, The Steampacket.  Shotgun Express not only counted Stewart among its ranks but Mick Fleetwood and Peter Green too.

Jeff Beck Group (1967-1969)
Up until his stint in the Jeff Beck Group, Stewart was an experienced but unsuccessful British blue-eyed soul singer.  As the lead singer of the Jeff Beck Group, Stewart finally began to find notoriety.  At the beginning of their U.S. tour Stewart suffered from tremendous stage shyness.  It dissipated the more they toured (and the more he drank).  Stewart recorded two albums with the Jeff Beck Group and both peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200.

Faces (1969-1975)
Usually, the lead singer ditches his band after they make him famous.  In Stewart’s case, he became famous as a solo artist and as the frontman of the Faces at the same time!  Stewart and the Faces released four really good albums with the best being their third offering, A Nod Is as Good as a Wink… To a Blind Horse.  Stewart’s fame eventually caused the band to split.  Ronnie Wood, Ronnie Lane, and Kenny Jones were also in the Faces.

Rod Stewart Great American Songbook
Rod Stewart’s career hit its zenith in the 1970s.  He also found success in the 1980s and 1990s but even Stewart admits that there were periods during those decades where he struggled to find his groove.  In 2002, Stewart recaptured his mojo, at least commercially, with a series of albums.  What makes this series interesting is the rock and roll singer didn’t sing rock and roll songs but selections from the “Great American Songbook.”  That’s a fancy name for songs composed by American composers like George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, and Jerome Kern.

It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook (2002)
>>Peaked at number four on the Billboard 200. 
>>Certified 3x Platinum.
>>Features a contribution from Chris Botti.

Highlights:
"They Can't Take That Away from Me"
"The Way You Look Tonight"
"The Very Thought of You"

As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook, Volume II (2003)
>>Peaked at number two on the Billboard 200.
>>Certified 2x Platinum.
>>Features contributions from Cher and Queen Latifah.

Highlights:
"The Very Thought of You"
"Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered"
"Someone to Watch Over Me"

Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Volume III (2004)
>>Peaked at number one on the Billboard 200.
>>Certified Platinum.
>>Features contributions from Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, and Bette Midler.

Highlights:
"Embraceable You"
"What a Wonderful World"
"Isn't It Romantic?"

Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook, Volume IV (2005)
>>Peaked at number two on the Billboard 200.
>>Certified Platinum.
>>Features contributions from Elton John, Diana Ross, George Benson, and Chaka Khan.

Highlights:
"I've Got a Crush on You"
"Makin' Whoopee"
"My Funny Valentine"

Fly Me to the Moon... The Great American Songbook Volume V (2010)
>>Peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.

Highlights:
"That Old Black Magic"
"I've Got You Under My Skin"
"Moon River"

Rod Stewart Lyrics
You know Rod Stewart’s raspy vocals.  It’s probably the reason why you’re such a big a fan.  But how well do you know the lyrics that have come out of that voice?  Below, are ten lyrics taken from Rod Stewart’s iconic recording library.  Stewart didn’t write all these words but he definitely sang them.  If you can correctly identify five or six of the following lines then you’re a big Rod Stewart fan.  If you get seven or eight right then you’re a diehard Stewart fan.  If you manage to get ten out of ten then you’re probably Rod Stewart

  1. “My body stunk but I kept my funk/at a time when I was right out of luck”
  2. “You're Celtic, United, but baby I've decided/You're the best team I've ever seen”
  3. “Don't let them put you down, don't let 'em push you around/don't let 'em ever change your point of view”
  4. “Kick off your shoes and sit right down/Loosen off that pretty French gown”
  5. "I had a crush on Bardot/Fell in love with Monroe"
  6. "Ever seen a blind man cross the road trying to make the other side/Ever seen a young girl growing old trying to make herself a bride "
  7. "I'll put on my weddin' suit and catch the evening train/I'll be home before the milk's upon the door"
  8. "Remember them basement parties, your brother's karate/the all day rock and roll shows/Them homesick blues and radical views/haven't left a mark on you"
  9. "Jekyll and Hyde the way I behave/Feel like I'm running on an empty gauge"
  10. "I've said goodbye so many times/the situation ain't all that new/Optimism's my best defense/I'll get through without you"

1 – “Every Picture Tells A Story”/ 2 – "You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)"/ 3 – “Young Turks”
5 – “Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)”/ 5 – “Blondes (Have More Fun)”/ 6 – “Handbags and Gladrags”
7 – “Gasoline Alley”/ 8 – “You Wear It Well”/ 9 – “Infatuation”/ 10 – “Baby Jane”

Rod Stewart Myths
True or False: Rod Stewart was born shortly after a German V-2 rocket fell on a local police station.
>>False.  Stewart debunked this myth in his 2012 autobiography.  He said it was made up to sell records.  Stewart was born on Jan. 10, 1945, during the war, and rockets did land in and near his North London neighborhood but none near where he was born.

True or False: Rod Stewart is an avid model train enthusiast.
>>True.  Rod Stewart’s hobby is model trains.  He has a huge set on the third floor of his home that’s been featured in a model railway magazine. 

True or False: Rod Stewart played professional soccer.
>>False.  Stewart loves soccer but there’s no evidence that he ever signed with a club (the club in question is Brentford F.C.).  He probably trained with Brentford for a week or two but that’s it.  Stewart admits that he added fuel to this myth and says he just didn’t have the “enthusiasm” for the beautiful game.

True or False: Rod Stewart moved to America to avoid paying taxes.
>>True.  In 1975, Rod Stewart left England and relocated to Los Angeles.  He has never moved back.  He left to avoid his native government taking 90 percent of his earnings.  “It’s just not worth living in England anymore," Stewart told Melody Maker before his big transfer.

True or False: Rod Stewart worked as a gravedigger.
>>False.  Before becoming a professional singer, Stewart worked at Highgate Cemetery and at the North Finchley funeral parlor.  The legend says Stewart dug graves at Highgate to overcome a fear of death.  For years, Stewart indulged the fable.  In his 2012 autobiography, Stewart admitted to measuring plots but nothing more.   

True or False: Rod Stewart had his stomach pumped because it was full off...
>>False.  This type of rumor was around long before Stewart even thought about being a professional crooner.  It attached itself to Stewart in the 1970s.  The rumor states that Rod Stewart was rushed to hospital where he had his stomach pumped because it was full of male ejaculate.  Needless to say, the conditions that comprised the rumor are impossible.  In his 2012 autobiography, the singer blamed his connection to the rumor on a disgruntled former male assistant.  Stewart fired the assistant after he brought a man back to his hotel room.  A hotel room the assistant was sharing with Stewart’s son. 

Rod Stewart Records Sales
Rod Stewart is one of the bestselling music artists of all-time.  In a recording career that began in earnest in 1969, Stewart has moved more than 100 million albums.  Yes, he’s had some big hits and some big misses, but overall his sales have been steady.  In fact, he’s had an album certified Platinum in five straight decades (1970s to 2010s).

Rod Stewart’s Platinum Records (U.S. Only)
Every Picture Tells A Story (1971)
A Night On The Town (1976)*
Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977)#
Blondes Have More Fun (1978)#
Foolish Behaviour (1980)
Tonight I’m Yours (1981)
Out of Order (1988)*
Vagabond Heart (1991)
It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook (2002)#
As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook 2 (2003)*
Stardust: The Great American Songbook 3 (2004)
Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook, Volume IV (2005) 
Merry Christmas, Baby (2012)

* = 2x Platinum 
# = 3x Platinum

Rod Stewart Blondes
Rod Stewart loves the ladies especially the blonde ones.  Stewart says his penchant for blondes comes from his childhood when the two main sex symbols were Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot.  Yep, those two women can do that to an adolescent boy.  Over the years, Stewart has been involved with a number of famous blondes and married thrice.  He’s sired eight kids from five different women.  His first child was born when he was 18 and his youngest child was born when he was 66.

Mothers & Kids
Susannah Boffey – Sarah Streeter born 1963
Alana Hamilton – Kimberley Alana Stewart born 1979, Sean Roderick Stewart born 1980
Kelly Emberg – Ruby Stewart born 1987
Rachel Hunter – Renee Stewart born 1992, Liam McAlister Stewart born 1994
Penny Lancaster – Alastair Wallace Stewart born 2005, Aiden Patrick Stewart born 2011

Wives
Alana Hamilton – married 1979 to 1984
Rachel Hunter – married 1990 to 2006
Penny Lancaster – married 2007 to present

Other Famous Relationships
Jennie Rylance (1965 to 1967)
Dee Harrington (1971 to 1975)
Britt Ekland (1975 to 1977)
Kelly Emberg (1983 to 1990)

Rod Stewart Concerts
What do you want to do when you’re 69 years old?  Or what were you doing when you were 69 years old?  In the case of Rod Stewart, who turned 69 on the tenth day of 2014, he’s out and about performing… a lot. 

>>On April 30, and all throughout May, Stewart continues his residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  He has nine shows planned for Sin City.

>>Also in May, Stewart launches “The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs” with Carlos Santana.   In May and early June, the duo has seven concerts on the books.  That includes Santana and Rod Stewart at the Mohegan Sun on May 25.

>>At the end of June, Stewart embarks on a 5-city stadium tour of the United Kingdom.  He’ll be in Brighton, Stoke-On-Trent, Taunton, Blackpool, and Falkirk.

>>From June 24 through July 5, Rod Stewart tickets will be collected in Europe for his “Live The Life Tour 2014.”  That six-concert jaunt has Stewart visiting cities in Germany, Austria, and Denmark.

>>Stewart resumes “The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs” on July 31 and he’ll see it through until Aug. 20.  During this month of concerts fans should look for Santana and Rod Stewart at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on Aug. 10.  Nine days later, Santana and Rod Stewart visit the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

Rod Stewart Voice
Rod Stewart is famous for his raspy voice.  He has one of the most recognizable voices in the history of popular music.  His celebrated chops were threatened in 2000 when he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  He underwent successful surgery the same month he was diagnosed and then had to re-learn how to sing.  In interviews, Stewart downplays his bout with cancer and doesn’t feel like he’s a “survivor.”  Even so, ever since his diagnoses he’s been active in raising money for cancer research.

“I had thyroid cancer which is probably the easiest to get rid of; but if you leave it, then you're f**ked. But I didn't have a huge "battle with cancer".  We dealt with it early so I was lucky.  I couldn't sing for nine months and I was weighing up my options.  I was considering becoming a landscape gardener or going back to work in the sweet shop in Muswell Hill.” – Rod Stewart, 2006

Rod Stewart’s Top Ten Hits (U.S. Only)
Number Ones
"Maggie May" (1971)
"Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" (1976)
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" (1978)
"All for Love" (with Bryan Adams and Sting) (1993)

 Number Three
"Downtown Train" (1989)

 Number Fours
“You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)” (1977)
"My Heart Can't Tell You No” (1988)

 Number Fives
"Passion" (1980)
"Young Turks" (1981)
"Rhythm of My Heart" (1991)
"Have I Told You Lately" (1993)

 Number Sixes
"Infatuation" (1984)
"Love Touch" (1986)

 Number Tens
"Some Guys Have All the Luck" (1984)
"This Old Heart of Mine" (with Ronald Isley) (1989)
"The Motown Song” (1991)

Rod Stewart Net Worth
Rod Stewart’s wealth has been estimated between $172.5 million and $220 million.  Either way, Stewart is a rich a man.  Allegedly, he likes to spend his money on clothes, cars, and ex-wives.  Besides that, Stewart is known as a skinflint.  He never carries any cash, every day he makes sure every cent of his empire is accounted for, and there are rumors that he makes his assistant mark his liquor bottles.  Stewart says he really worries about how his children view money.

Rod Stewart Quotes
Like most of the rockers from his generation, Rod Stewart seems like affable fellow.  He appears to be the type of guy you’d like to have a pint with while watching the big fixture.  What follows is a series of quotes that reveals the wit, wisdom, and humility of our rock and roll hero.  After perusing the following utterances, you’ll have a new appreciation for “Rod the Mod.”

>>"I'm not a great lover of Madonna's voice.  She's done very well with what she's got and I'm sure my voice turns her right off, but she's not my favorite singer."
>>“The one thing I am desperately ashamed of is the way I would finish relationships.”
>>“…yellow satin trousers, a blue tank top and a red fur boa tied around my waist, and little white shoes. That's the only regret I've got. Otherwise I stand by all my collection of clothes."
>>“Brewing a good cuppa is something not everyone can do and I loathe bad tea.”
>>“You know, James Brown once said that I was the greatest white soul singer ever."
>>“If the [Rolling] Stones would ever bloody finish, there would be a window of opportunity for the Faces.”
>>“I'm a better listener now than I've ever been before.  I listen more.  And I say ‘I love you’ a lot more than I used to.”
>>“One needs a good hobby, a good sport, a good girl, a good doctor and a good lawyer”
>>"I don't mind buying one round of drinks, but I am bloody well not going to buy another."
>>"It's bloody good fun being Rod Stewart - well, 90 per cent of the time."

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