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Tickets for Goldenvoice go on sale Monday

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OldchellaDesert Trip, aka "Oldchella," is officially on for October in Indio, Calif.

The lineup will be:

Friday Night - October 7
THE ROLLING STONES · BOB DYLAN

Saturday Night - October 8
PAUL McCARTNEY · NEIL YOUNG

Sunday Night - October 9
ROGER WATERS · THE WHO

Of the singers, Neil Young is the youngster here, at 70. And Dylan is the only American on the bill of British and Canadian legends.

Each of the legendary artists will play a full set at the home of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Passes go on sale at Monday at 1 p.m. EDT at www.DesertTrip.com and are priced are as follows:

3 day passes: 

General admission - $399

Reserved floor - $699, $999, $1,599

Reserved grandstand - $999, $1599

Standing pit - $1,599

Single day passes

General admission - $199

Passes subject to applicable service charges. Hotel packages, premium seating, RV and tent camping are available.

The weekend also will feature an all-star lineup of world-renowned chefs and 40 of the best restaurants from Los Angeles to New York.

As I posted on Facebook, if I had to rank the order of how much I want to see them, I would go:

Neil Young (been a while)

Rolling Stones (sloppy, crazy fun)

Roger Waters (still has quite the edge on him)

Paul McCartney (good greatest hits show)

The Who (just saw them)

Dylan (my favorite of all of them, but his current set/voice/approach/attitude doesn't translate in big venues like that). 

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Mr. Smalls makes list of The 100 Greatest American Music Venues

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MrsmallConsequence of Sound has published a list of The 100 Greatest American Music Venues that will require you flipping through 10 pages to discover that Pittsburgh has … one.

Mr. Smalls in Millvale, ranking No. 53 on the list, is described as “a saving grace for a Pittsburgh music scene that has always been desperate for sustainable midsize venues.”

The entry was written by Pittsburgh native Matt Melis, who likely endured the closing of Club Laga in Oakland. That was after we lost Graffiti, the Decade and the Electric Banana, all onetime contenders for a spot based on character and history (Decade and Banana), if not production quality (Graffiti).

 

ATSA.T.S. at the Funhouse last weekStage AE, which excels in that area and is one of the rare venues with large indoor/outdoor spaces, doesn’t make the cut, maybe because COS hasn’t been there yet, maybe it lacks the history or funky character they’re looking for.


The list was made before Mr. Smalls even opened the new Funhouse club upstairs, which makes the converted church worthy of an upgrade.

 

 

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Eric Leeds: Hundreds of Prince songs in the vault

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Prince-Eric-LeedsEric Leeds was gracious enough to spend an hour on the phone with me on Saturday recounting his days as a member of Prince's band.

The saxophonist, who was raised in Pittsburgh and played in the Keystone Rhythm Band, talked in detail about how he got into the Revolution and what it was like to record and tour with Prince.  

There was one thing, however, that I neglected to ask him, so I reached out to him via email this week to follow up on how much of the studio work went unreleased.  

Here's what he said: "There are hundreds of unreleased songs in the 'vault.' I had figured that I had done about 60-70 sessions with him over the years, but I checked my 'journals' and realized I actually did around 125-140 sessions with him over the years and I'd estimate over 90 percent of what I recorded with him has never been released."

It's going to take years to sort it all out, but there's a lot of Prince music still to come.

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Lucius, Boy & Bear will play WYEP Summer Music Festival

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luciusThe 19th annual WYEP Summer Music Festival in Schenley Plaza on June 25 will be headlined by Brooklyn indie-pop band Lucius, joined by Australian rockers Boy & Bear and singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy.


Here is the schedule


3 p.m.: WYEP’s Reimagination Showcase featuring teen band Hatco, Funky Fly, The Incandescents (Main Stage)


6 p.m.: Margaret Glaspy


7:15 p.m.: Boy & Bear


8:30 p.m.: Lucius


There will also be children’s activities, the I Made It! Market and bike valet provided by Bike Pittsburgh.


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WYEP also announced its free Final Fridays concerts in July and August, also at Schenley Plaza.


July 29: Brooke Annibale (7 p.m.) and The Record Company (8:15 p.m.)


Aug. 26: Meeting of Important People (7 p.m.) and Hippo Campus (8:15 p.m.)

 

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Nikki Sixx talks Axl Rose in AC/DC, loss of Prince

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nikkiIn a not-so-subtle acknowledgment that not everyone wants to see a replacement singer, even if it is Axl Rose, British ticketing company See Tickets announced Tuesday that it was offering refunds for the June 4 AC/DC concert at London Olympic Stadium.


It is one of 12 European dates on the tour set to start May 7 in Portugal. Singer Brian Johnson parted ways with AC/DC after concerns about his hearing came to light in March, and Rose, who has begun his reunion with Guns N' Roses, was announced as the stand-in for the tour.


Nikki Sixx, who has first-hand experience with fill-in singers (Jon Corabi replaced Vince Neil in Motley Crue rather unsuccessfully in the early ‘90s), thinks it’s a good fit.


In an interview Tuesday, the bassist said, “I think Axl’s got the right voice for that. Brian’s a friend. I’m a huge fan of AC/DC from back in the day. I was devastated when Bon Scott passed away and I didn’t think they could survive THAT. Brian means so much to AC/DC. I don’t know the inner workings, but if they have to go and do shows, I think Axl’s got the right voice.”


The Crue bassist, whom some would say is lucky to still be with us given his early-career exploits (“I know, I’m in the dead poll”), also talked about the recent spate of fallen idols.


“For me, personally, I feel like I lost a lot of heroes in a short amount of time. Losing Glenn Frey, I didn’t see that coming. Bowie just took the wind out of my sails. Prince, he was 57 years old, like not even old enough for anything to happen to him.”


He never crossed paths with Prince, but he says, “I knew people that knew him. I knew some people that lived with him. What I know about Prince is that he lived and breathed art, music. He did it all through the night. Sometimes he didn’t sleep for days. He was obsessed with it. He played all the instruments, wrote all the music, he was very prolific and his body of work is beyond what we know on the 39 albums. His body of music is laying in vaults in Minneapolis, and who knows what’s in there? At some point somebody has to go through that.”


In the meantime, he says, “Seeing what’s happening, it just increases my passion for new music. New bands, new artists: Raise your standard, push against the system, write music, play live, make your stage shows interesting. We need you. The future needs you.”


Sixx:A.M., his band with James Michael and DJ Ashba (a former GNR member) will release its fourth album, “Prayers for the Damned, Vol. 1,” on April 29, and they play Stage AE on May 18.

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