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Thursday, August 2, 2012

News Update for Thursday August 2nd, 2012

ELO'S Jeff Lynne returns in October with two albums

Jeff Lynne returns in October with two albums on Frontiers records: The solo album "Long Wave" and the newly recorded "Mr. Blue Sky – The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra" 

Jeff Lynne photo credit: Martyn Atkins

 “It all comes down to what you truly love doing, and what I love doing is overdubbing and making new sounds out of things that are sometimes quite ordinary on their own, but when you put them together, they make something new--or something that sounds new. Just discovering things like that musically is a pleasure.”  -- JEFF LYNNE, 2012

 JEFF LYNNE, one of rock’s most iconic figures, is returning to make some new waves and shed a little electric light.

 The creative force of ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA and the singularly accomplished singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer will release two albums on October 5th in G.A.S, October 8th in the UK and Rest of Europe, October 9th in North America via Frontiers Records: the solo disc LONG WAVE, a heartfelt and vivid tribute to some of the very songs that originally inspired him, and MR. BLUE SKY – THE VERY BEST OF ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA.
For the latter album, the British artist has artfully revisited and re-recorded--at his home studio in Los Angeles-- the greatest hits of Electric Light Orchestra, actually improving on some of the most classic and beloved recordings ever.

 The release of LONG WAVE and MR. BLUE SKY – THE VERY BEST OF ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA mark the 40th anniversary of ELO. LYNNE’s legacy will further be celebrated with releases in 2013 including ELO Live! plus expanded reissues of the ELO’s 2001 album Zoom and LYNNE’s first solo album in 1990, Armchair Theater.
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 LONG WAVE powerfully celebrates the music of a time when LYNNE’s lifelong passion for music began, evoking an era back when old standards were just giving way to rock & roll. He somehow makes pre-rock standards like “Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered,” “Smile” and “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing” -- along with a few of his favorite gems from the Sixties such as the first single “Mercy, Mercy,” “Let It Rock” and “So Sad” -- his own with these loving versions. LYNNE’s deeply felt and musically brilliant one-man-band takes add up to an inspired love letter to music itself -- and an exquisite reflection of the way songs grace and change our lives.

 “I call this new album Long Wave because all of the songs I sing on it are the ones heard on long wave radio when I was a kid growing up in Birmingham, England,” LYNNE explains. “These songs take me back to that feeling of freedom in those days and summon up the feeling of first hearing those powerful waves of music coming in on my old crystal set. My dad also had the radio on all the time, so some of these songs have been stuck in my head for 50 years. You can only imagine how great it felt to finally get them out of my head after all these years.”

 MR. BLUE SKY – THE VERY BEST OF ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA is a powerful testament to LYNNE’s enduring artistry and his singular desire to get things right once and for all. Featuring such classics as “Evil Woman, “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Livin’ Thing” and “Mr, Blue Sky,” the result is, in effect, a kind of showdown between JEFF LYNNE today and his extremely illustrious past, and thanks to improved technology and recording artistry, LYNNE somehow comes out on top again. It’s a fresh chance to hear these extraordinary songs sounding sharper and clearer than the old versions.

 “There was a big reason I wanted to re-record these ELO songs,” says LYNNE. "Ever since and have a completely new try at them. I’m not saying the old versions aren’t good; I like them very much. We were doing our best, but experience and technology also play a big a big part, and these new ones sound much more solid and tight.”

 The album includes a never-before-heard bonus track, “The Point Of No Return," “When I listen to the old versions they don’t sound the way I thought they did when I first wrote and recorded them. I wanted to use the experience I’ve gained producing records," and a very special version of “10538 Overture” that’s a nod to ELO’s 40th anniversary.

 The songs that JEFF LYNNE wrote and sang--and the recordings that he so expertly arranged and produced for ELO -- have endured beautifully and are perhaps even more beloved today than they were back in the Seventies and Eighties. By any standard whatsoever, ELO is one of the most remarkable success stories in rock history. Consider just the facts: ELO has sold over 50 million records worldwide, and continues to be a remarkably popular catalog. Between 1972 and 1986, LYNNE wrote and produced 26 Top Forty hits in the United Kingdom, and 20 Top Forty hits in the United States, including 20 Top Twenty smashes in the UK and 15 Top Twenty smashes in the U.S. Even more remarkably, the ELO catalog continues to have tremendous impact, as demonstrated powerfully when the compilation All Over The World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra was released in 2005 and became a Top Ten album in a number of international markets including England.

 Outside of the success of ELO, LYNNE has led a remarkable career that has found him taking the lessons learned leading ELO and using them to help produce and collaborate with many of the greatest musical artists of all time, including a number of LYNNE's all-time heroes including Roy Orbison, Del Shannon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and remarkably, even the Beatles themselves, as well as contemporaries like Tom Petty and Joe Walsh, whose new album Analog Man LYNNE recently helped produce. Together with Harrison, Orbison, Petty and Bob Dylan, LYNNE was, of course, a member of the Grammy award-winning Traveling Wilburys --a super group like no other.
 “I’ve been in love with music since I was probably just five years old,” says LYNNE. "I was made for music then -- and I still am today.”


 1. She
 2. If I Loved You
 3. So Sad
 4. Mercy, Mercy
 5. Running Scared
 6. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
 7. Smile
 8. At Last
 9. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
 10. Let It Rock
 11. Beyond The Sea

 1. Mr. Blue Sky
 2. Evil Woman
 3. Strange Magic
 4. Don’t Bring Me Down
 5. Turn To Stone
 6. Showdown
 7. Telephone Line
 8. Livin’ Thing
 9. Do Ya
 10. Can’t Get It Out Of My Head
 11. 10538 Overture
 12. The Point Of No Return

Triumph to appear on 'Rockline.'

Canadian rock legends TRIUMPH will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, August 29th at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET.

The band are on the verge of releasing new, previously unreleased material in a CD / DVD package, recorded at their appearance in 2008, at the Sweden Rock Festival.
'Live in Sweden' will be released toward the end of August.

Fans are encouraged to speak with TRIUMPH by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).
The show will be streamed on the “Rockline” web site for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.

For more information, visit:

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Peter Frampton involved in car crash

National press reports have shared that classic 70's singer / songwriter Peter Frampton, the man behind the multi million selling 'Frampton Comes Alive,' was recently involved in a car crash in California.

He's claiming that he believes the woman that crashed into him, was texting at the time and that the accident has caused him a whiplash injury.

Frampton posted on Twitter earlier this week: “Texting woman driver just ran into back of me while I was stationary in traffic 101 freeway. Can u say whiplash? People put the phones down!”
He later added: “Back and neck not good. Going to ER after my flight.”

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Peter Frampton is due to kick off a US tour tomorrow, Friday 3rd August at the Rockwoods Jamfest, Otsego, MN.

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Roger Hodgson, Legendary Voice of Supertramp, Returns with his Breakfast in America Summer Tour, First National U.S. Run in 30 Years

Fresh on the heels of sold out performances earlier this year in the U.S., South America, and Europe, Roger Hodgson, co-founder and original singer-songwriter from Supertramp, brings his Breakfast in America tour back to the United States.  Hodgson’s 34 date U.S. tour resumes on August 5 in Park City, Utah - marking his first major national U.S. tour since his departure from Supertramp in 1983.

Many may not know his name but would instantly recognize his voice and the classic hits he wrote and composed such as, “The Logical Song,”  “Breakfast in America,” “Give a Little Bit,”  “Dreamer,” “School,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “It's Raining Again,” and “Fool's Overture,” -  and other fan favorites including “Hide in Your Shell,” “Child of Vision,” “Don't Leave Me Now,”  and “Lord is it Mine.”

Uniting generations at his concerts, Hodgson transports baby boomers back to their youth and gives younger generations a taste of why his heartfelt songs have endured. Audiences are once again experiencing the magic and spirit that Hodgson created with Supertramp, a global success that resulted in sales of over 60 million albums.

For his U.S. Breakfast in America tour, Hodgson will be accompanied by a four piece band and promises an assortment of the classics he wrote and originally recorded with Supertramp, as well as select highlights such as “Only Because of You,” and “Lovers in the Wind” from his five solo album releases. 
Hodgson’s latest CD,  “Classics Live,” is available through iTunes, Topspin or from the Roger Hodgson Store.  

Journalists and fans agree that Hodgson is at the top of his game, his voice sounding richer and better than ever as he takes the audience on an uplifting musical journey. 

Journalist Reviews:“This is the real deal: a legendary music man, in brilliant form and shimmering presence, supported by a tight, terrific band. An evening with Roger Hodgson will raise your standards of concert-going.”  Huffington Post

“The power of the music was indisputable with many of the audience in tears of joy at the memories and emotions the songs evoked.  It was like seeing Supertramp back in their heyday.”  Evening Herald

“Frequently entertaining the audience with stories about the origins of his songs, Hodgson connects deeply with the fans in a way few stars of his stature do.”  San Diego Reader

“To the adoring fans who rise to their feet as Hodgson and his four-piece backing band take the stage … it might as well be 1979 all over again.”  Rolling Stone

“It was a love fest from the get go...”   Montreal Gazette

“All these years I thought I was a Supertramp fan when actually I was and am a Roger Hodgson fan.  What a show!  WOW is all I can say.”  David Wild, Contributing editor, Rolling Stone

Audience Responses:

“Hands down the best concert I have ever seen and I’ve seen everyone.   No other artist comes even close to the intimacy and magic that Roger Hodgson creates in his shows.   He holds his audience in his hands and they could not be happier.”

“Last night was by far the most inspirational and heartfelt concert I have EVER attended. What a great band you have put together. I kept commenting to my wife, that song was from his heart. We both did what you wanted everyone attending to do, left the show with a smile on our face and tears in our eyes. Great to have you back!!!”  

“We were blown away and deeply moved by the honesty and sincerity of Roger Hodgson’s show…All of life’s problems disappeared, and we felt like teenagers again!” 


8/5       Park City, UT            Deer Valley Resort Amphitheater
8/9       Snoqualmie, WA        Mt. View Plaza, Snoqualmie Casino
8/10     Portland, OR              Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
8/11     Brooks, CA                 Cache Creek Casino
8/12     Saratoga, CA              Saratoga Mountain Winery
8/16     Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8/17     Lincoln, RI                  Twin River Casino
8/18     Atlantic City, NJ        Borgata Music Box
8/21     Lewiston, NY              Art Park
8/23     Highland Park, IL      Ravinia Pavilion
8/24     Blue Ash, OH              Blue Ash Town Square
8/25     Chautauqua, NY        Chautauqua Institute Amphitheater
9/16     Newport Beach, CA    Taste of Newport
9/18     San Diego, CA             Humphreys
10/26   Rancho Mirage, CA     Agua Caliente
10/27   Modesto, CA                Gallo PAC, Mary Stuart Rogers
11/1     Glenside, PA               Keswick Theatre
11/2     Westbury, NY             Westbury Theatre
11/3     Ridgefield, CT             Ridgefield Playhouse
11/7     Englewood, NJ            Bergen PAC
11/8     Morristown, NJ           Mayo PAC
11/9     Shippensburg, PA       Shippensburg University
11/13   Carmel, IN                  Center for the Performing Arts

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