Most people know Rod Stewart as the small singer who made our mothers swoon. Well, before Rod Stewart even joined Faces prior to his illustrious solo career, he was Rod the Mod, lead vocalist of the Jeff Beck group, and his excellent voice was used for gritty blues. Yes folks, Rod Stewart is/was a blues singer. And Jeff Beck has plans to bring that Rod Stewart back.
“It all depends on how he delivers,” said Beck. “He’s gotta come across big-time, vocally. But until the fat lady — uh — the skinny geezer sings!”
Beck, in an interview with Reuters, talked about how he plans on recording a retro album with Stewart, but requires the album to be mind-blowing or it will not hit the shelves. Rod Stewart helped Beck formulate perfect blues experimentation projects. But, then he left and ended up recording “Maggie May.”
“There’s nothing wrong with ‘Maggie May,’ but it would have been so much more powerful, I think, more strident, more futuristic,” said Beck. “But who am I to say? Look at the results he got.”
Do I smell blues reboot of Stewart’s classic? Probably no, but how awesome would that be. Pretty awesome, I think.
Paul Simon’s Spring Tour
In celebration of his new album So Beautiful or So What (and now the post title makes sense), Paul Simon announced a Spring tour that will hit cities from Seattle to New York.
The album, Simon’s first in five years, was called, “His best since Graceland,” by Rolling Stone. Graceland was released in 1986 and won the Grammy for Album of the Year. So, basically, the album is good.
The tour will draw from his entire career. The dates are below:
4/15 — Seattle, WA, WAMU Theater
4/20 — Los Angeles, CA, Pantages Theatre
4/21 — Los Angeles, CA, Pantages Theatre
4/25 — San Francisco, CA, Davies Symphony Hall
4/26 — Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre
5/2 – Minneapolis, MN, Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium
5/6 – Toronto, ON, Massey Hall
5/10 — New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre
5/11 — New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre
5/17 — Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
5/19 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
5/22 — Gulf Shores, AL, Hangout Festival
5/25 — Washington, D.C., DAR Constitution Hall
5/28 — Atlantic City, NJ, The Borgata
5/29 — Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theatre @ Foxwoods
6/1 – Boston, MA, Wang Theatre
Paste’s Noticeable Supergroups of the 21′st Century
We have experienced 11 years of the new century thus far. During those years, new supergroup combinations have rocked onto the scene and Paste decided it was time to profile 11 of them. I have no problem with that. Supergroup extraordinaire Danger Mouse appears on the list twice, no surprise. So, here is how I am going to break this list down. You can check out the list in full following the link above, but I am just going to post a supergroup that you should check out, and one I did not know existed but want to check out.
First one that you should check out.
Broken Bells consists of Danger Mouse and the Shins’ lead man James Mercer. Their sound combines folk/indie rock with synth effects and Danger Mouse’s zany production, organized but, at times, psychedelic. Mercer’s voice is perfect for the group. Here is my favorite song by the two.
Check out my analysis of the song: http://musiccourt.wordpress.com/2010/12/25/the-best-songs-of-2010-5-the-high-road-by-broken-bells/
And now a group I have not heard of but would like to check out.
The Baseball Project
When did Steve Wynn and Peter Buck get together? That is just uber-awesome. Apparently, the band was formed four years ago after Wynn and Buck had a conversation at REM’s Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction. Their second album, Volume 2: High and Inside, was released earlier this month.
Here they are on Letterman promoting their first album which was released in 2008