As if the news about Brian Setzer's upcoming rockabilly CD weren't enough to keep guitar freaks satiated today, now comes word from Sony Music that its Legacy Recordings imprint will release Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live At The Isle of Wight on Blu-ray on June 17.

In August of 1970 the legendary guitarman performed in front of an estimated crowd of 600,000, 18 days before he chocked on his own vomit and died while intoxicated with barbiturates.

Universal Music Canada has announced that former Stray Cat and current shit-hot guitar slinger Brian Setzer will release a straight-ahead rockabilly album on August 12.

Titled Rockabilly Riot: All Original, the disc will feature 12 Setzer-penned tracks performed in the company of pianist Kevin McKendree, bassist Mark Winchester, and drummer Noah Levy. 

That means there's no big honkin' Brian Setzer Orchestra around to clog things up and get in the way of Setzer's mindboggling guitar solos—like that one he played at the 1:56 mark of "Cross of Love" back in '92.

Those folks down at the Pink Floyd boxed-set factory are at it again.

Two years ago they put together a deluxe Immersion edition of The Wall that was to die for, and now comes news that the band's last studio album, 1994's The Division Bell, will be released June 30 in a 20th anniversary set that includes all kinds of goodies for the Floyd freak in all of us.

One of my all-time favourite rock bands, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, will play Vancouver this summer.

Maybe they're one of your all-time faves too! I mean, who doesn't like "Refugee"?

I think it's safe to say that if you don't like "Refugee" you're f***ed in the head!

The show takes place August 14 at Rogers Arena, with opening act Steve Winwood, and will follow the release on July 29 of Hypnotic Eye, Petty's first new studio album in four years.

Every ticket includes a copy of the new album, and tix go on sale May 31 at 10 am at www.livenation.com.

Thirty years ago today--on May 17, 1984--Tony Carey called me up from Tulsa, Oklahoma to chat about his new album, Some Tough City. You may remember that album from such hits as "A Fine, Fine Day" and "The First Day of Summer".

I sure do.

Here's the story that ran in the June 1, 1984, issue of the Straight, under the headline TONY CAREY FINDS GOLD AT THE END OF HIS RAINBOW.

 

The Farrelly Brothers have garnered a lot of laughs from moviegoers since bursting onto the film scene with 1994′s Dumb and Dumber. I always thought that their second Jim Carrey vehicle, 2000's Me, Myself & Irene, was one of their funnier efforts.

It also had a wicked soundtrack, composed mainly of Steely Dan tunes performed by such diverse artists as the Brian Setzer Orchestra (“Bodhisattva”), the Push Stars (“Bad Sneakers”), Ben Folds Five (“Barrytown”), and Wilco (“Any Major Dude Will Tell You”).

Pete Yorn didn’t perform a Steely Dan tune on that soundtrack, but he did score the movie, and also contributed one of its more memorable numbers, the super-catchy “Strange Condition”.

I've always thought that John Fogerty was the ultimate "triple threat".

When he was the leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival—and after that, on much of his solo work—he was an incredibly gifted songwriter and a kick-ass swamp-rock guitar player. 

And then there's that voice: just so raspy and raw and full of fire.

Add 'em up and you've got the most valuable player in rock, in my unhumble opinion.

Anybody else in the Metro Vancouver area who shares those feelings for Fogerty should be pleased to note that he's just announced a show at the Abbotsford Centre on November 28.

Thirty years ago today—on May 14, 1984—Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford called me up from a gig in Portland, Oregon, to chat about his band’s new album, Defenders of the Faith. At the time Priest was riding high in the metal world, their last two albums—1981's Point of Entry and ’82's Screaming for Vengeance—having both gone platinum (a million copies sold).

Defenders would also go platinum on the strength of the singles “Freewheel Burning”, “Some Heads Are Gonna Roll”, and “Love Bites”.

Here’s the story that ran in the May 25, 1984 issue of the Straight under the headline: JUDAS PRIEST: ON TOP AS LONG AS THE MUSIC’S LOUD.

I remember thinking at the time that the headline was pretty rockin’. 

I was shocked and saddened to hear that revered Swiss artist H.R. Giger passed away yesterday at the age of 74, apparently after a fall.

I got my first look at his work in 1973 when, as a teenager perusing new albums at a record store, I came across Brain Salad Surgery, the latest release by British prog-rockers Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

Twenty years ago today—on May 12, 1994—Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel played the Vogue Theatre on a Music West bill with Ali Farka Toure and Ben Harper. He’s come a long way since then, as 20 years later—this Thursday (May 15), to be precise—Emmanuel is headlining the Vancouver Playhouse.

And it’s completely sold out.

It's so sold out that I can't even get a reviewer ticket. And I wasn't able to secure an advance phone interview with the mind-boggling player either, as he was touring heavily over in Europe when I made the request, and needed to spend some time with his kids in England.

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