King Crimson in ‘Action’ with summer tour

King Crimson plans "Radical Action" in North America this summer. Cities on the prog giants' schedule for June and July include Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago. Other dates in the 15-city sweep include San Diego, Toronto, Quebec and Rochester, N.Y. Other notable dates are the Montreal Jazz Festival and a two-night stand in Mexico City. Founder Robert Fripp's web site indicated other tour stops were set for the fall, including New York City. A few of the confirmed venues appeared to have tickets on sale ... and others had yet to even post the listing. The swing is billed as "Radical Action Tour 2017," named after the recent live recordings released as "Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind." The "Monkey Mind" recordings (three CDs, one … [Read more...]

Arthur Brown back in U.S. for 8 shows

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown is returning to the New World for eight shows in February. Following up on Brown's performance at the Psycho Las Vegas festival last August, it is his band's first U.S. tour in almost a half century. Brown, best known for his psychedelic rock hit "Fire," will play the big three cities of L.A., Chicago and New York. He'll also return to Las Vegas and his old stomping grounds of Austin, Texas. Gigs also are set for Portland and San Francisco. The British singer has remained active since his late 1960s breakout, and can be caught at various European music festivals. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown's latest album is "Zim Zam Zim," crowdfunded and released in 2014. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown's self-titled debut LP of 1968 is a top 20 entry in … [Read more...]

Levitation fest put off until 2018

The news gets worse for fans of Levitation, the nation's largest psychedelic music festival. After losing the 2016 gathering to nasty weather in and around Austin, Texas, organizers now have pulled the plug on the 2017 edition. "We are taking a year off to relaunch in 2018," organizers said on the festival's web site. "While this wasn't an easy decision to make, with more time we can present the best festival without compromises." They didn't elaborate on what issues would have led to "compromises." The psychedelic music festival took a major hit in April, when the threat of flooding caused a total cancellation a day before the three-day event was to begin. "We are completely devastated," organizers said at the time. The 2016 festival was to feature acts including Ween, … [Read more...]

Waters tour to cover U.S. in 2017

Roger Waters is following up his journey to the California desert with a 40-date tour of North America, to begin in late May. The "Us + Them" tour -- the name a riff on the Pink Floyd song -- is keyed to the release of a new Waters album, his first studio effort since 1992's "Amused to Death." Tickets go on sale for the Waters tour Friday, Oct. 21. Presales begin Monday, Oct. 17, and there is a Citi Private Pass tie-in. The tour won't focus on a specific album, such as the epic and sometimes controversial "The Wall" tours of 2010-13. "It'll be a mixture of stuff from my long career, stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things," Waters said. "Probably 75% of it will be old material and 25% will be new, but it will be all connected by a general theme." Know for … [Read more...]

Levitation fest grounded for 2016

"Dangerous weather" has doomed the nation's largest psychedelic music festival for 2016. Austin's Levitation music fest was canceled one day before it opened. "It is beyond our control," organizers said. "We are completely devastated." Some of the many psychedelic music bands that were streaming into Texas are expected to play in various venues around Austin. The festival was to run April 29-May 1, back for the fifth year at Carson Creek Ranch outside Austin. Levitation 2016 tickets are being refunded. Festival tickets will not be good for any alternate bookings in town, however. The Thursday night kickoff events apparently were to continue before the arrival of Friday's bad weather. The festival was to feature acts including the reunited Ween, Brian Wilson, Courtney … [Read more...]

Ween reunion set for Levitation psych fest

Looks like the reunion party will keep on raging for Ween, the neo-psychedelic alt rockers. Austin's Levitation festival has booked the group as closing-night headliners May 1. Ween, which true to form disbanded under curious circumstances four years ago, announced several months ago that it would reunite for several nights in Broomfield, Colorado, near Denver. Then came bookings in Florida, Manhattan and at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee. News of the Levitation gig came as the psychedelic music festival unveiled 15 more artists for its three-day run, including red-hot Aussie alt rocker Courtney Barnett. The festival previously announced Brian Wilson as its headliner. The Levitation festival runs April 29-May 1, back for the fifth year at Carson Creek Ranch … [Read more...]

Crazy World of Arthur Brown set for Vegas

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown will be returning for a rare performance in the States, set for late August in Las Vegas. Brown, best known for his psychedelic rock hit "Fire," has been booked for the music festival Psycho. The gig was confirmed on Brown's web site. The British singer has remained active since his late 1960s breakout, and can be caught at various European music festivals. The U.S. booking appears to be his first in ages, however. It's not know if Brown and his band will seek other U.S. bookings. (The singer and performance artist did not respond to a request for comment and details.) The Crazy World of Arthur Brown's latest album is "Zim Zam Zim," crowdfunded and released in 2014. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown's self-titled debut LP of 1968 is a top 20 … [Read more...]

Levitation lands Wilson, ‘Pet Sounds’

Brian Wilson will resurrect "Pet Sounds" for the 2016 edition of the nation's largest psychedelic music festival, Levitation. The performance marks a half century of the Beach Boys album, considered one of the top albums in the history of rock. Wilson's booking comes a year after the Austin, Texas, fest arranged for the historic reunion of hometown heroes the Thirteenth Floor Elevators. Other key performers announced for Levitation 2016 are Animal Collective, Lee Scratch Perry, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Flying Lotus and Sleep. The festival runs April 29-May 1, back for the fifth year at Carson Creek Ranch outside Austin. Levitation formerly was known as the Austin Psych Fest. Wilson has performed the 1966 Beach Boys masterpiece on and off since the turn of the century, … [Read more...]

Fare Thee Well set lists

Here are the set lists for the Grateful Dead's final concerts, dubbed "Fare Thee Well." The concerts were on the band's home turf in Santa Clara, Calif., and in Chicago. Almost no songs were repeated, the exceptions being "Cumberland Blues," Bob Weir's "Truckin'" and the instrumental workout "Drums / Space." The Grateful Dead veterans were Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. They were joined by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano). The Dead called the shows "our final stand," vowing there will be no further concerts. "This is it." CDs and Blu-rays/DVDs from the concerts are due for release Nov. 20. Concerts were divided into two sections, with the sets divided by an hourlong break. (Years refer to Dead originals' … [Read more...]

Dead adds pair of California concerts

The surviving members of the Grateful Dead will say "Fare Thee Well" two more times with a pair of shows in Santa Clara, Calif. The shows on June 27 and 28 will come before the trio of concerts at Soldier Field in Chicago (July 3, 4 and 5). The new shows had been widely rumored and tipped, but not confirmed. "Since we made the decision to go back to Chicago to say our final goodbye, it has become clear to us that we first need to return to our beginnings, where we first said hello -- to each other and to all of you," the band wrote in a letter to fans. As with the Chicago shows, the lineup for Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara includes backing from Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano). The Grateful Dead 2015 are Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart … [Read more...]

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