Legendary Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is in the midst of a North American tour, having just completed a three-night run in Los Angeles, CA. Gilmour is touring in support of his recently-released Rattle That Lock album, and last weekend marked the Pink Floyd man’s first concerts in the US since 2006. With two nights at the Hollywood Bowl and a third at the Forum, Gilmour played a mixture of Floyd and solo classics to appreciative audiences.Today, it was revealed that Gilmour will make one more stop while he’s in Los Angeles, as he was announced as the musical guest for tonight’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. The late night show will also feature Ashton Kutcher and The Trailer Park Boys, so be sure to tune in to the ABC late night program.We’ll be sure to share video footage from this rare Gilmour performance for those of you who aren’t night owls. Gilmour’s tour resumes this Thursday, March 31st, at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.
The 12th annual Mountain Jam is coming up quickly, with another year of incredible acts slated to appear at beloved Hunter Mountain in Hunter, NY June 2-5. With Beck, Wilco, The Avett Bros, Gov’t Mule, Umphrey’s McGee, Train playing Led Zeppelin, Thievery Corporation, Gary Clark Jr., Turkuaz, The London Souls and so many other favorites, we can’t wait for this year’s Mountain Jam! For daily schedules and ticketing info, head over here.We’re excited to offer you the chance to win a huge prize package! Enter below for the chance to win a pair of 4-day passes, camping passes, and the opportunity to meet and hang with Umphrey’s McGee on site! Then, follow the instructions for sharing to increase your chances of winning. Good luck![Photo by Jason Koerner Photography]
The family feud between Frank Zappa’s children Dweezil Zappa and Ahmet Zappa seems to have hit a head, as both have been publicly calling the other out for misconduct regarding the family’s legacy. The public battle started with a major interview in the New York Times, where Dweezil Zappa claimed that he was no longer allowed to tour under the Zappa Plays Zappa moniker, claiming that the Zappa Family Trust would charge him an exorbitant fee for every time he performed a song from the Frank Zappa catalog.In a response, Ahmet pointed out a number of flaws with Dweezil’s argument. Ahmet said that the fee was only $1, and that Dweezil was a beneficiary of the Zappa Family Trust. The fee system was meant to protect and preserve their father’s legacy, and Ahmet even went as far as referring to his brother as a “fucking guitar God.” He also said that he had tried to schedule a meeting, but that Dweezil always ignored those requests.Now, after wrapping up a tour in support of his solo original album Via Zammata, Dweezil Zappa has responded at length with an open letter. Dweezil explains that the “one dollar deal” required him to give all merchandising money back to the ZFT, and even quotes a letter that Ahmet’s attorney sent.“In light of the foregoing we hereby advise you that should your client proceed to perform under, or advertise, or otherwise use the name “ZPZ” or “Zappa Plays Zappa” or to use the same in connection with any such performances my client will pursue its rights to prevent such performance and usage as the exclusive owner of these trademarks. Further, your client cannot perform a show consisting largely of Frank Zappa’s work because ASCAP is not authorized to grant a performance license for such kind of performances, and the ZFT will not grant such a license except on the terms outlined to Mr. Waring which your client has rejected. Any public performance of Frank Zappa’s works as part of the ZPZ show using the music of Frank Zappa without a license from ZFT constitutes copyright infringement and will be prosecuted by ZFT. A willful infringement of copyright can result in damages of up to $150,000 per infringement, plus attorney’s fees and a possible injunction.”Dweezil also defends his right to play the music, claiming that “no one else in our family has been performing this music for the past decade. No one else in the family has achieved a knowledge of this depth about playing our father’s music. No one else in the family has any ability to play any instrument on a professional level. No one else in the family has the ability read charts or perform with the level of expertise required to perform this music commensurate with the standards our father set.”Furthermore, Dweezil explains that Ahmet and Diva have a larger stake (30%) in the ZFT than Dweezil and Moon (20%), which was set up by their mother Gail Zappa. There are claims of mismanagement and debt running rampant in the full letter, eventually inciting Dweezil’s decision to just change the band name and avoid further complications. He concludes by quoting Ahmet’s letter, where he writes an impassioned plea to talk as brothers instead of through lawyers. Dweezil’s response: “If any of that last bit was honest it would stand to reason that you would have simply just picked up the phone yourself and skipped this whole deceitful exercise. We both know you didn’t call. At this point I prefer to deal with the facts in writing.”You can read the full text here.
The final day of festivities at the Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia on Sunday brought an array of music to please even the most discriminate music fan. The heat continued to beat down on the venue, but that didn’t stop attendees from heading down to the Blue Ridge Bowl to catch Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, also known as “church” to most festival goers, open up the music of the day. We caught up with Williams over the weekend to get his take on the Lockn’ Festival over the years. He has performed at all four and indicated he was “technically the first act on the bill at the very first Lockn’ however, Kyle Hollingsworth and Jason Hann, [both of String Cheese Incident] actually played the first couple songs. They were out on stage with an accordion and a doumbek. I don’t think there was a microphone and that was the first year. We lovingly named it GridLockn’ because there was a massive traffic jam.”Keller went on to explain how he was stuck in the gridlock nightmare along with everyone else that first year: “It was about an hour away from my set and I’m about a mile away from the stage, and had been sitting there for a while. I ended up going the wrong way down the street passing all these parked cars and almost inciting a little hippie riot, but thank god it didn’t come to that. The next year they solved all those problems of injury and figured it out.”Because so many people love attending his “church” performance on Sunday, he went on to explain, “I’m very grateful to be a part of this thing, especially to be able to be surrounded by a band like that. A lot of those folks in the Grateful Gospel actually come from a gospel background and a lot of Jerry Garcia’s music went there, so we are kind of breaking out those elements in more of “black gospel,” so to speak. If you say black gospel, as opposed to white gospel, it’s completely different. Although it doesn’t sound politically correct, there’s a huge difference between black gospel and white gospel. This is definitely black gospel, that’s heavy on the soul and funky side. It seems to translate. It’s really special. It’s a morning set, and everyone’s used to night time, and you’ve got all day, with food and drinks and everyone’s kind of sluggish. The morning is pretty much a very high energy thing and people are fresh.”As for being able to enjoy time at the festival, he went on to say, “I’ve been able to move in for the weekend. It doesn’t usually happen that often. I’m usually in and out. I’ve been very lucky to be able to play so many festivals. Usually you get to the site an hour before you play, and then leave an hour after you play and head to the airport to go to another festival. It’s very rare that I can actually hang out and absorb it like I can here. It makes me very relaxed. I don’t have to go anywhere. I don’t have to worry about airplanes.”He shared some memorable moments over the years. “I have so many. The last outdoor Allman Brothers show was pretty special. Sitting in with String Cheese the first year on the giant stage was really a rush. During St. Paul & The Broken Bones, I cried. It was daylight, it was hot. There wasn’t a whole lot of people, but it was so real, and so raw and full of emotion that translated to me as I was watching from upstairs on the side stage. It was one of those things where I put my glasses on and didn’t let anyone see the tears coming down. It was that good. I had heard of them before, heard their music and seen them on television.Tom Petty was really cool a couple years ago. That sparked a novelty project I did once called Petty Grass. I did all the hits blue grass style of Tom Petty songs. I did it once.”If you’ve never seen Keller Williams Grateful Grass or Grateful Gospel, here’s a sample from his Saturday performance at Lockn’ this year, with video credit to iccuspunk on YouTube. Words by Sarah Bourque. Follow on Twitter.Photographs by Sam Shinault Photography.
LCD Soundsystem’s SNL appearance comes on the heels of their hugely successful five-night residency at Brooklyn Steel to celebrate the venue’s opening. During the Brooklyn Steel shows, the band debuted several brand new original songs, “Tonight,” “Call Police,” and “American Dream.” In response to an audience member at the opening night loudly inquiring about the whereabouts of the new album promised by frontman James Murphy when the band reunited last year, Murphy replied with his signature bashful tone–“It took a little longer than we thought it would, we’re sorry about that. But it’s almost done. We promise.”Don’t forget to set your DVR for this Saturday night! This is an episode you surely don’ want to miss. Last month, late-night live TV institution Saturday Night Live announced that Brooklyn industrial electronic dance massive LCD Soundsystem would bring their futuristic drum circle to the storied Studio 8H at New York City’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza to serve as the musical guests for the show’s May 6th episode. Movie star Chris Pine was announced as the episode’s host.In preparation for the episode this Saturday, Saturday Night Live has released a hilarious promo video clip featuring LCD Soundsystem’s hit “Dance Yrself Clean” from the band’s 2010 album This Is Happening. In the video, Pine and fan-favorite cast member Kate McKinnon get weird, as they get down to the LCD soundtrack, play with curling irons, dump buckets of confetti on each other, rock rubber wigs and fake pregnant bellies, and magically turn a 3-D printed SNL logo into Skittles. Watch the hilarious clip below:
With the return of his iconic cult television show Twin Peaks, to SHOWTIME, the immense cultural presence of the eccentric director and artist David Lynch recently been on the forefront of many fans’ minds. Since his first film Eraserhead, which was released in 1977, David Lynch has been associated with the bizarre and the innovative, winning many fans and critical acclaim for his surreal and otherworldly cinematography. However, Lynch does not stop just at film—last year, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker curated his own immersive festival dubbed the Festival of Disruption, which benefitted The David Lynch Foundation.Flying Lotus Drops Seven New Tracks Including ‘Twin Peaks’ Theme Remix And Collaborations With ThundercatAfter a highly successful and sold-out first year, this year, Lynch’s Festival of Disruption will return from October 14th through 15th. Across the festival’s two days at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, the event will see performances by Bon Iver (as a rare Justin Vernon solo set), Moby, TV On The Radio, Shepard Fairey, The Kills, Sharon van Etten, Laura Marling, and Reggie Watts. The 2nd Annual Festival of Disruption will also feature talks by Kristine McKenna and Ed Ruscha, Bill Pullman, Sheryl Lee, Pete Holmes, and a panel of Twin Peaks collaborators (Duwayne Dunham, Dean Hurley, Johanna Ray, and Gary D’Amico).In addition to the music and talks across the weekend, Festival of Disruption will also feature art exhibits by the filmmaker and curator David Lynch and William Eggleston. There will also be meditation experiences led by Bob Roth and Brian Eno’s Reflection, his ambient music project that creates endless music and is not limited by the time or space constraints of a cassette or CD. The event will also screen Lost Highway, Los Angeles Plays Itself, Don’t Look At Me, and a number of rare Lynch shorts and host a Polaroid photo booth in partnership with Impossible.Famed Director David Lynch Curated A Festival, And The Lineup Is InsaneThe proceeds from the festival will benefit the David Lynch Foundation, an organization that seeks to reduce toxic stress and trauma among certain populations, such as victims of domestic violence, veterans, and underserved urban youth, through the use of Transcendental Meditation. Tickets will go on-sale, Friday, June 2nd, and 9 a.m. (PST) the festival website and AXS ticketing.
Connecticut funk-rockers Kung Fu have announced a three-night run in Colorado over Halloween weekend. On October 26, the band will perform at The Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO, and on October 27 and 28, they will bring the party to Denver at the Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple. For their all three nights, the band will present a special concept called “Stephen Kung Fu,” where they will blend music from Stephen King movies and television series in with Kung Fu’s original funk/fusion repertoire. There are some fantastic songs attached to Stephen King’s screen adaptations, including The Ramones “Pet Sematary,” George Thorogood‘s “Bad To The Bone,” and a full film score by AC/DC for the film “Maximum Overdrive.”Ticketing information for the October 26 show is available here. Ticketing information for the October 27 show is available here, and October 28 here.
Today, Live In Lincoln Park has announced its 2018 lineup following last year’s successful inaugural year. Returning to Chicago’s beautiful Lincoln Park on Saturday, July 7th, and Sunday, July 8th, the festival will take over a tree-lined area called Grove 2 near Stockton and LaSalle. On the first day of the festival, July 7th, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Collie Buddz, Cory Wong, Hirie, Pimps of Joytime, and Iya Terra will perform. On July 8th, the musical lineup features Mike Gordon, The Original Wailers, Ripe, Mungion, The Teskey Brothers, and Earl St. Clair.Tickets for the second-annual Live In Lincoln Park festival go on-sale this Friday, at 12 pm. For tickets and more information, head here.
On Thursday night, during Jimmy Kimmel‘s show-opening monologue, the late-night TV host was interrupted by the sound of a sputtering engine trying to start. The source of that sound? A just-off-camera Jack Black and Kyle Gass—a.k.a. Tenacious D—trying to start a motorcycle while dressed in Mad Max-style attire.When Kimmel approached the comedic musical duo—Jack on the bike and Kyle “riding” along in a sidecar packing a t-shirt cannon with a burrito locked and loaded inside—Black apologized to Jimmy. “I’m so sorry, Jimmy. We wanted to have this whole badass entrance where we were gonna rip out on this war machine, Kyle was gonna blast a burrito cannon, but this damn thing…” joked Jack Black, yanking at the handle bars.Black went on to announce that they would be playing a concert at the Jimmy Kimmel Live! studio to promote the launch of their new animated series, Post-Apocalypto, now playing on YouTube. However, Jimmy quickly cut him off, letting him know that T.I. was actually scheduled to perform tonight, not Tenacious D. The faux-confused host went on to ask about the aforementioned burrito cannon, to which the always-animated Black responded, “Because we ride or die, that’s why!”While they weren’t actually scheduled to play last night, we can expect Tenacious D to return to Jimmy Kimmel Live! before too long. Just before they stormed off the set, Jimmy noted, “I’ll see you in, like, six weeks.” Watch the amusing cameo below:Tenacious D Interrupts Jimmy Kimmel’s Monologue[Video: Jimmy Kimmel Live]While we wait for Tenacious D’s actual performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, you can watch Chapter 1 of Tenacious D’s Post-Apocalypto now below:Tenacious D – Post-Apocalypto – Chapter 1 (Hope)[Video: Tenacious D]This is not the first notable music/comedy cameo Jimmy Kimmel has welcomed this week. On Tuesday night, Kimmel welcomed Snoop Dogg for a new installation of their long-running segment “Plizzanet Earth,” in which Snoop narrated a nature film of a bat squaring off with a scorpion.[H/T Rolling Stone]
Back in December, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones shared that they will celebrate their upcoming 30th anniversary with their “most extensive tour in years.” While the full schedule has yet to be released, today, they’ve added two new dates to their 2019 calendar.The newly added dates will see Béla Fleck and the Flecktones perform at The Wilma in Missoula, Montana on June 1st and the Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City on June 24th.In addition to these new show dates, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones will make an appearance at the very special Friends & Family show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on May 30th, 2019 as well as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colorado in June.As per the band’s last press release, full dates for the 2019 “extensive tour” will be revealed “after the new year”. Keep your eyes peeled on Béla Fleck and the Flecktones’ website and Facebook for upcoming tour announcements and more information.