Late Night FDL: Grand Illusion

Styx – Grand Illusion

Styx is releasing a new box set of their oldies…

8-disc vinyl pack features releases from 1975 to 1984

A box set containing eight Styx albums on heavyweight 180g vinyl is to be released on July 17.

The A&M Years 1975-1984 will be issued by USM and features the studio albums Equinox (1975), Crystal Ball (1976), The Grand Illusion (1977), Pieces Of Eight (1978), Cornerstone (1979), Paradise Theatre (1981) and Kilroy Was Here (1983), along with 1984 double live album Caught In The Act.

Last month, Styx mainman Tommy Shaw insisted they wouldn’t be rushed into recording a new album, despite saying they had “stuff in the works.”

He said: “I’m writing some stuff for what will be more like an Americana solo album. We’re also working on some new Styx music – just taking our time with it. We don’t really have any plans to release an album, but there’s stuff in the works.”

They released Styx Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas in May on DVD and are currently on tour.

What’s on your mind tonite…?

Late Night FDL: Shaking The Tree

Peter Gabriel – Shaking The Tree

Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Sting, and others are contributing to the Dalai Lama’s latest tribute album, The Art Of Peace: Songs For Tibet II…

Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush are among artists contributing tracks to an album that marks the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama.

They’ll appear on The Art Of Peace: Songs For Tibet II, alongside Elbow, Sting and others to be announced.

The Art Of Peace Foundation have set up a PledgeMusic campaign to support the release, which follows Grammy-nominated 2008 title Songs For Tibet: The Art Of Peace. It’s being produced and musically directed by Rupert Hine, who oversaw the original release.

The foundation says: “The Dalai Lama is a unique beacon of wisdom and insight for millions throughout the world.

“He turns 80 on July 6. To recognise this milestone, the foundation is producing an album to honour his vision of compassion, non-violence and peace.”

Proceeds from sales will go towards the preservation and promotion of Tibetan culture.

What’s on your mind onite…?

Late Night FDL: Wolf Moon

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – Wolf Moon

Neil Young certainly doesn’t mince his words…

When Donald Trump strode on to the stage at Trump Tower on Tuesday to announce that he would enter the Republican race for president, a rock and roll anthem blared: Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” It was an odd choice, given that the 1989 song seemed to slam a Republican administration for not giving a damn about the poor. And Young has taken exception to Trump’s appropriation of his tune. A statement issued to Mother Jones for Young by his longtime manager Elliot Roberts suggests Young was not pleased by Trump’s use of the song:

Donald Trump’s use of “Rockin’ in the Free World” was not authorized. Mr. Young is a longtime supporter of Bernie Sanders.

In other words, it may be a free world, but you’re not free to steal my song.

What’s on your mind tonite…?

Late Night FDL: What Happens Tomorrow

Duran Duran – What Happens Tomorrow

Duran Duran just announced their new album; Paper Gods…

Duran Duran will release their 14th studio album, Paper Gods in the U.S. on September 18th and in the rest of the world on September 11th through Warner Bros. Records.

Singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor, and drummer Roger Taylor recorded the album in London with producers Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Josh Blair and Mr Hudson. {…}

The songs on Paper Gods capture the duality and sense of conflict at the heart of Duran Duran’s music. ‘It really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side,’ John says.

‘That’s something that’s essential to all of us,’ Nick adds. ‘It’s great to be able to lift people’s spirits – and your own – with a strong shot of pure pop, but the world we live in isn’t all just made of that stuff, so it seems natural to me that we have kept one foot in the darker, more Gothic side of life.’ {…}

‘We found a whole new level of inspiration on this album,’ says Rhodes.

‘We’ve allowed ourselves the time to make music that we can be proud of,’ adds Le Bon. ‘I judge what we release by my favourite albums – Horses, Harvest, Let It Bleed, Blue, Transformer, Aladdin Sane. Those are classic albums. The only rule is it’s got to be music you can live with for the rest of your life.’ {…}

Alongside news of the new album, Duran Duran have also announced that they will perform a series of summer festivals, as well as several shows in the U.S. in September and October, followed by a UK arena tour that kicks off in late November.

I’ll see y’all tomorrow nite…! Be nice…!

Late Night FDL: I’m No Angel

Gregg Allman – I’m No Angel

Gregg released it ahead of his new album…

With the Allman Brothers Band now retired for good, Gregg Allman is moving ahead with his solo career, and his next release will be the live CD/DVD package, Back To Macon, GA, due out August 7.

Allman has been touring quite a bit as of late with his solo band, which now includes longtime Allmans percussionist Marc Quinones. Back to Macon, GA sees his current ensemble revisiting some of his Allmans classics as well as some of the highlights from his solo catalog, including his 1987 hit “I’m No Angel.” Watch that performance above.

When we spoke to Gregg last year, he told us to expect more solo releases. He’s planning to work with producer T-Bone Burnett on a follow up to 2011’s GRAMMY-nominated Low Country Blues. Additionally, he said, “I also have one to cut in Muscle Shoals with Don Was, and that’s a record I’ve long been pre-meditating, maybe thirty years, and the title will be All Compositions By… my name.”

In the meantime, Gregg and his band are currently on tour (see the dates at his website), including headlining the Laid Back Festival in Long Island, New York on August 29.

Be nice to one another…!

Late Night FDL: Days Like This

Van Morrison – Days Like This

Arise, Sir Van…!

Singer-songwriter Van Morrison and US actor Kevin Spacey have been given knighthoods in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The Belfast-born star has been recognised for services to music, and tourism in Northern Ireland, the inspiration for many of his hits.

Morrison said: “Throughout my career I have always preferred to let my music speak for me, and it is a huge honour to now have that body of work recognised in this way.”

Well, I’m back at work tonite…! Be nice…!

Late Night FDL: White Punks On Dope

The Tubes – White Punks On Dope

The Tubes are still going strong…

The Tubes have announced a 40th anniversary UK tour to take place in August.

They’ll play nine dates with a set including their best-known tracks such as What Do You Want From Life?, Mondo Bondage, Amnesia, Sushi Girl, Don’t Wanna Wait Anymore, Talk To Ya Later, She’s A Beauty and White Punks On Dope.

The lineup features original men Fee Waybill, Roger Steen, Rick Anderson and Prairie Prince, with keyboardist David Medd, who’s been in the band since 2006.

What’s on your mind tonite…?

Late Night FDL: ‘Revolution’

Fiach Moriarty -‘Revolution’

I love Fiach’s new album, The Revolution…

Contrary to the sentiment of Gil Scott-Heron’s 1970 album, here Fiach Moriarty sings that “The revolution will be televised.” To be sure The Revolution will garner its share of radio airtime as Moriarty offers up here a set of catchy pop tunes like the title cut and modern folk numbers like “The Mother,” a quiet reflection of a mother losing her sons to conscription set to delicately-picked acoustic guitar. Moriarty is back to a pop sound, using ringing guitars, chiming keys and layered vocals on “Don’t Want to Let You Down,” a sunny song that surprises a bit by ending suddenly right when the chorus and groove really hit their stride, a classic technique that leaves the listener wanting more. Moriarty is from Dublin, Ireland but most American listeners will not be able to discern an accent; likely that’ll be the furthest thing from their minds while bopping along to the effervescent, Matchbox 20-like “Raindrops” or chilling to “Oil and Water,” a jazzy and mellow duet with fellow Irish singer Wallis Bird. The collateral damage of war is a recurring theme throughout The Revolution and Moriarty ends the record with “Won’t Lay Down,” a folk tune that is ultimately disrupted with loud, dissonant keyboards, perhaps mirroring how peacetime can turn to deadly chaos without a moment’s notice. Listeners don’t need to hear the message here to enjoy The Revolution though; Moriarty has a wonderful voice and has crafted here an excellent venue to showcase it.

What’s on your mind tonite…?

Late Night FDL: Sugar Mama

Led Zeppelin – Sugar Mama

Led Zep has just released a previously unreleased track…

Led Zeppelin are premiering an unreleased 1968 track, “Sugar Mama”, as preview to the July 31 release of the expanded reissue of their 1982 album, “Coda.”

The blues jam was recorded at Olympic Studios in London during sessions for the band’s self-titled debut. “Coda” originally presented 8 unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978.

The reissue features two companion discs featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974, including 1968’s “Baby Come On Home” and “Sugar Mama”; an early version of “When The Levee Breaks” from 1970 titled “If It Keeps On Raining”; rough mixes of “The Wanton Song” and “In The Light” from the “Physical Graffiti” sessions; and, an instrumental 1970 mix of “Poor Tom” and the previously unreleased instrumental “St. Tristan’s Sword.”

The set also presents “Friends” and “Four Hands” (“Four Sticks” from “Led Zeppelin IV”), two tracks recorded during a 1972 trip to India by Page and Robert Plant that saw the pair perform with the Bombay Orchestra.

What’s on your mind tonite…?