Summerfest has announced a new batch of headliners, in additon to previously announced acts that will be playing the big stage at the Marcus Amphitheatre.
They haven't announced dates or times for any of these side stage shows, so you'll have to stay tuned to get all the particulars.
A lot of artists we love here at Triple M will be playing--including Bonnie Raitt, the Head and the Heart, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jake Bugg, O.A.R., Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Los Lonely Boys, Melissa Etheridge, Cheap Trick, ZZ Ward, Neon Trees, Saints of Valory, Wild Feathers, Ziggy Marley, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, and the Taj Mahal Trio.
Summerfest is also a great place to see your favorite "flashback" artists. Those include R.E.O. Speedwagon, Dennis DeYoung of Styx, Kool & The Gang, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Michael McDonald, George Thorogood, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.
Christopher Cross had a very good year in 1980. He had an album that was selling like crazy with a few top 40 hits, including today's song "Sailing," which went all the way to number 1! He also won the Grammy for Best New Artist. He went on to have another big hit ("Arthur's Theme), but then his career didn't do much.
A lot of people blame MTV. He didn't have the "rock star look" to be a video star.
But his lack of rock star looks didn't seem to sway most people who called in to the show, and we played that sleepy little number in its entirety.
A lot of bands that have hit the top 40 over the years have sounded a little like the Beatles. From the Knickerbockers to the Dave Clark Five, Badfinger to Cheap Trick, a lot of Beatle-esque songs have done quite well.
But who would have thought that Gilbert O'Sullivan sounded like a Beatle? Apparently a lot of people who listen to our show think that's the case, and for some reason they wanted to hear this song that came out in 1972. It was #1 for six weeks, albeit not in a row, and was the 5th most popular song of the entire decade.
Great news for fans of Led Zeppelin!
With the June 3 release of deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III , the band will launch an extensive reissue program of all nine of its studio albums in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin will also open its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings, with each album featuring a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.
"The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin," says Jimmy Page. "It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time"
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III will each be available June 3 from Atlantic/Swan Song in the following formats:
• Single CD - Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet.
• Deluxe Edition (2CD) - Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio.
• Single LP - Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP's first pressing in exacting detail. (For example, III will feature the original wheel and die cut holes.)
• Deluxe Edition Vinyl - Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
• Digital Download - Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
• Super Deluxe Boxed Set - This collection includes:
o Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
o Companion audio on CD in card wallet.
o Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
o Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
o High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit. (Live tracks are 48kHz/24 bit).
o Hard bound, 70+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
Today's World's Worst iPod came from the category of "80s sap." Jack Wagner's "All I Need" was number two for a couple of weeks in early 1985 (it would have been #1 if not for that pesky Madonna and her "Like a Virgin" song).
Jack Wagner was also an actor, playing Frisco Jones on the soap opera "General Hospital," and on various other daytime and nighttime dramas. But he never had another Top 40 hit.
Here he is on the fantastic show, "Solid Gold." Enjoy.
Oh, spring, you dirty little flirt. You gave us a taste of your sunshine and warmth yesterday, but now you are gone, faster than doughnuts in the breakroom of a radio station.
Are you as ready for spring as I am? Take my little test and see.
TOP FIVE SIGNS YOU'RE REALLY REALLY SICK OF WINTER
1. You hate all your sweaters. And they hate you back.
2. Comfort food no longer gives you comfort. Mac & cheese and chili are so February.
3. You're out of Tom and Jerry mix.
4. You're pretty sure you just saw the image of Jesus in the piles of snow along your driveway. (Or maybe it was Justin Bieber).
5. You're considering taking your relationship with your snow shovel to the next level.
Critics have been saying some good things about the new biographical Jimi Hendrix movie that's debuting at SXSW later this month.
For one thing, Jimi: All Is By My Side comes from film-maker John Ridley, who wrote the screenplay for the much heralded movie 12 Years A Slave.
People Magazine has a clip from the movie (check it out here), which makes it look pretty boring. And get this, the movie didn't get the thumbs up from the Hendrix estate, so it won't feature any Hendrix music.
The movie is set in the year before his name became a household word, so I guess that could justify the lack of Hendrix songs that weren't written until later. But if I'm going to watch a movie about Hendrix, I want it to have the music.
For Hendrix fans, a better plan would be to watch that PBS documentary that came out last fall. The music is included, and it includes a lot of information that you may have not heard before. It's called the Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hear My Train A-Coming, and you can buy it for around 12 bucks.
"Move it in, move it out, move it in roundabout, Disco Lady!"
Those lyrics were just a little too suggestive to Kitty back in 1976 when this song was a hit. But lots of folks appeared to be in a disco mood this morning when we played that number one hit from Johnnie Taylor.
Apparently, this was the very first song to hit the Billboard 100 that had the word "disco" in the title. Too bad it wasn't the last!
I made jambalaya for supper last night--today I think I'll celebrate Mardi Gras with my favorite Louisiana export, Sonny Landreth!
I've had a chance to see Sonny around a dozen times, and he never fails to impress. When he opened Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago in 2010, Clapton called him "my hero, Sonny Landreth." My friend Wendy Darnell captured the above picture of Sonny last year at La Fete De Marquette in Madison!
Sonny hails from Lafayette, Louisiana, and currently lives in Beaux Bridge, Louisiana (the Crawfish Capital of the World).
He has a couple tour dates in Chicago in April, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he comes back to Madison soon.
You may have driven by that seemingly rundown brick building on East Washington Avenue hundreds of times, but you probably never got to go behind the scenes at the iconic recording studio that brought us so much great music in the 1990s.
While Smart Studios called it quits in 2010, the stories of Smart Studios will live on in a documentary being made by filmmaker Wendy Schneider, that is if she can come up with the cash to make sure the film is done right.
That's where you come in! She's launched a Kickstarter page in an effort to raise $120,000 by Sunday, March 30th.
If you kick in, you can get cool Smart Studios swag--and if you give $10,000 or more you'll even get dinner and drinks with Smart Studios owners Butch Vig and Steve Marker.
Schneider says the movie will be about the great music that emanated from Smart Studios, but also its connection to the Midwestern music scene, and of course Madison's music scene in the '90s.
Find out more about the Kickstarter campaign, and watch the film's trailer here.
I got a chance to go see Dirty Dancing The Musical at Overture Center last night. Before I tell you what I thought of it--here's the deal. I am not a fan of sappy love stories that seem like really long MTV videos (Sleepless In Seattle, I'm...
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It was a #1 hit for the Caribbean born singer in...