Before we begin this week’s edition of the news round-up, I’d like to begin with this video find on YouTube.
Very rarely does Easy Listening rock. At best, it’s a particularly extra-overdriven Don Henley song playing on the in-store intercom at your local grocery store does Easy Listening ever get down. Let this video document that the sound of action goes ‘TESH!’
My pithy comments aside, here’s a performance from the earlier days of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” wherein Ahmet and Dweezil Zappa performing Black Sabbath’s “The Wizard” alongside John Tesh on keyboard, all in front of an old woman in a (supposedly) sound-proof booth.
Not bad, eh?
More after the jump, including some “Zappa Plays Zappa” tour dates.
Below are the rest of this year’s “Zappa Plays Zappa” dates. For the uninitiated, it’s Zappa’s son Dweezil performing select tunes by Poppa Frank. Is it the next best thing to seeing Frank himself? I guess that’s the idea, really.
|Jun 14, ’10||Seattle, WA||Moore Theater|
|Jun 15, ’10||Vancouver, BC||Orpheum Theater|
|Jun 17, ’10||Richmond, VA||Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens|
|Jun 18, ’10||Pittsburgh, PA||Palace Theatre|
|Jun 19, ’10||Tarrytown, NY||Music Hall|
|Jun 24, ’10||Woodstock, NY||Bearsville Theater|
|Jun 25, ’10||Providence, RI||Lupo’s|
|Jun 26, ’10||Westbury, NY||Westbury Music Theater|
|Jun 27, ’10||Atlantic City, NJ||House of Blues|
|Jun 28, ’10||Verona, NY||Turning Stone Resort and Casino|
|Jun 29, ’10||Niagara Falls, NY||The Rapids Theatre|
|Jul 1, ’10||Bridgeport, CT||The Klein|
|Jul 2, ’10||Hampton Beach, NH||Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom|
|Jul 3, ’10||Great Barington, MA||The Mahaiwe|
|Jul 4, ’10||Oxford, ME||Nateva Festival|
|Jul 5, ’10||Moncton, NS||Capitol Theater|
|Jul 6, ’10||Halifax, NS||Rebecca Cohn Auditorium|
|Jul 9, ’10||Amsterdam, NL||Melkweg|
|Jul 10, ’10||TBA,||TBA|
|Jul 11, ’10||Weert, NL||Bospop Restival|
|Jul 12, ’10||Antwerp, BE||Openluchttheater|
|Jul 14, ’10||Tel Aviv, IL||Hangar 11|
|Jul 19, ’10||Nice, FR||Nice Jazz Festival|
|Jul 21, ’10||Cambridge, UK||Cambridge Corn Exchange|
|Jul 22, ’10||Brighton, UK||Brighton Centre|
|Jul 23, ’10||Wolverhampton, UK||Wolverhampton Civic Hall|
|Jul 24, ’10||London, UK||London Classic Rock Festival|
|Jul 25, ’10||Liverpool, UK||Liverpool Summer Pops Festival|
|Jul 26, ’10||Glasgow, UK||Glasgow Royal Concert Hall|
|Jul 27, ’10||Gateshead, UK||Gateshead The Sage|
And speaking of avant-weirdos. . .
John Cale, Graham Nash Awarded OBE.
John Cale, co-founder of the influential Velvet Underground, has been awarded an OBE for his contributions to alternative rock music. Cale was born in Wales before moving to New York in the 1960’s, where he and Lou Reed formed the band whose albums include The Velvet Underground and Nico, and White Light/White Heat. Though their songs revolving around drug culture deemed them unfit for commercial tastes, their experimental sound would shape alternative music for years to come.
On the more commercial side of ’60s rock, Graham Nash was also honored with an OBE this year at the Queen’s Birthday Honors List. Nash, a native of Salford, formed the Hollies in Manchester, England, and are known for their distinctive vocal harmonies. By 1968, he left the Hollies, and moved to Los Angeles, where he became a founding member of the folk-rock supergroup, Crosby, Stills, and Nash. The Hollies were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Look, I actually have no other news this week. So instead, here’s the Love Me Nots video for “Do What You Do” from their latest, Upsidedown Insideout.