The self-proclaimed “Funkiest All-Star Tribute in Show Business” aka The James Brown Dance Party, and the all-instrumental tribute Jazz Is Phsh have announced some late-night festivities each night after Phish closes out their shows at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. At the helm of both acts are Strange Design’s brotherly duo Adam and Matthew Chase, who will be bringing along a cast of musicians ranging from James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu, The Breakfast), Freekbass (The Original J.B.’s, Bootsy Collins Band), Elise Testone, and more.Both shows will take place at the House of Blues Chicago, with Jazz Is Phsh playing the venue on Friday, June 24th, and The James Brown Dance Party taking over on Saturday, June 25th. Ticket for both shows are currently on sale. Check out the full lineup for each night below.Purchase tickets to Jazz Is Phsh on 6/24 HERE. Purchase tickets to The James Brown Dance Party 6/25 HERE. For info on other Phish after parties head over HERE.Jazz Is Phsh – “An All-Star Instrumental Tribute to Phish”Feat. Members of Trey Anastasio Band, Lettuce, Kung Fu & moreFull Lineup:James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)Kevin Moehringer (High & Mighty Brass Band, MS MR)Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu, The Breakfast)Josh Thomas (Navasha Daya, With Lions)Adam Chase (The Chase Brothers)Matthew Chase (The Chase Brothers)James Brown Dance Party – “The Funkiest All-Star Tribute in Show Business”Feat. Members of Trey Anastasio Band, Lettuce, The Original JBs, Kung Fu & moreFull Lineup:James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)Kevin Moehringer (High & Mighty Brass Band, MS MR)Freekbass (The Original J.B.’s, Bootsy Collins Band)Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu, The Breakfast)Elise Testone (American Idol)Josh Thomas (Navasha Daya, With Lions)Adam Chase (The Chase Brothers)Matthew Chase (The Chase Brothers)Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Each After Party:
If there were ever any bounds to music, Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit would break them. While never commercially successful, the band – composed of Col. Bruce, Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, Jeff Sipe, Matt Mundy, and Count M’Butu – were known for their far-fetched approaches to entertainment, weaving bluegrass, rock, jazz, funk, Latin, and the impressive talents that would inspire each player to go off in their own successes (Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Dead & Company, among others). Whether they were dropping bricks, jumping on tables, or straightening out their instrument’s pegs, the ARU always kept things interesting. While their approach to live music doesn’t quite translate to the present moment, we can certainly go back and appreciate their unique directions (or lack-thereof). Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit were all about “going for it” and having “no fear”, “no safety net”, and certainly no traditional practices. It was all about doing the opposite of what you think you should do.Thanks to taper greens_n_beans, we can enter the zone with this recording, from 8/16/91, which includes “Yield Not”, “Compared To What”, “Fixin To Die” and “Love Light,” among many others. Enjoy!For fans of Oteil Burbridge, you won’t want to miss him performing alongside members of The String Cheese Incident, The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, Soulive, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, Primus, RatDog, Dopapod, and so many more, at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive – in the heart of Williamsburg – with over 50 artists spanning three venues in just one day: October 22nd. [Get tickets here]
This is a story about love at first, and how that love inspired me to truly live for live music. My name is Rex Thomson and, as a writer and photo/videographer for this company, I travel the country documenting and sharing the best bands in the world all from the best seat in the house. I’m going to go ahead and answer the question most people ask when I say that: yes, it is as fun as it sounds. The six-year-old me never would have imagined such an amazing life, and, if not for one incredible show and kind hearts of the band Elephant Revival, I wouldn’t be where I am today.The twin passions of music and art have always ruled my world. One of my earliest memories is asking how to know when a song you liked was going to be on the radio. My wonderful mother explained to me the concept of owning music. In the same way she encouraged my drawing, she asked if there was one song in particular I wanted. I didn’t know the name of it… all I really knew was that, when it was on, I felt like I wanted to jump and move and smile so hard it hurt my face. Soon after I became the proud owner of a powder blue record player and my first album, Sly & The Family Stone‘s greatest hits collection, featuring the song “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).”Years later, a fateful blending of my twin obsessions saw me enter and win an art contest to create the Loki Music Festival poster, which is embedded below. Seeing my recently purchased camera and mistakenly assuming I knew how to use it, the organizers threw photo credentials into my VIP prize package. Thanks to a quick tutorial by a clearly amused seasoned veteran in the music photography game, Brad Kuntz, I managed to get a couple decent shots out of the roughly ten trillion I snapped. It turns out that all my years of art training had drilled the fundamentals of composition and aesthetics into my head, and the rest of photography is basic math.The second part of my assignment, writing a review to accompany my pictures, also turned out to be rewarding. Music has always been a favorite subject of mine and I had progressively better looking pictures to illustrate my points. Plus… how could anyone say no to the chance to return to festivals I had been attending since day one, with the chance to do it in a finer style than I had ever even imagined? With each event, I spent more and more of a rapidly dwindling savings account in a bid to do the best work I could. Nearing financial ruin, it became obvious that a decision was going to have to be made.I was doing okay in my old life, bartending and working on my art, but this wonderful new world that had opened up was enticing but nowhere near as financially rewarding or stable. From what I had gathered talking to Kuntz and others like him, the concert photography field was a tough one to break into, and few were managing to make a full time go of it. I decided the best thing way to make an informed decision was to do one more festival before that magic first summer ended, and either ramp up my pace of shooting or go out in a blaze of glory.The Mulberry Mountain Harvest Festival was a perfect host for my internal debate for a couple reasons. It was a solid ten hours away for lots of introspection time and full of lots of nice, upbeat Americana and bluegrass bands. The whole drive towards destiny, I pondered fate and how I should respond to this diverging set of paths. Wandering the crowds and backstage at the festival, I introduced myself to folks I met at random, using my camera as an excuse to start conversations. I must have told my situation to a hundred different people, hoping maybe they could help me break the stalemate. None of them had an answer but several of them did have a recommendation…whatever I decided, go see Elephant Revival.Words like “transcendental,” “hypnotic,” and “touching” were being used to describe Elephant Revival’s sound to me, but I honestly wasn’t prepared for what I was about to experience. A misprinted schedule had me arrive before the band had even come out to soundcheck. Plopping myself down in a prime spot up front, I whiled the time away deleting the worst shots I had captured while listening to the disorganized assortment of sounds emanating from the stage. Finally, a faint “Hello” from the stage broke my reverie, and without realizing it, I looked up and gazed into the future.Mulberry Mountain can be a dusty place, and the 2009 edition was a dry and monotone affair. Looking up to respond and seeing a woman in a luscious green dress with formal ball gown was not at all what I expected. Elephant Revival’s resident multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Paine has broken many a heart, but it wasn’t her beauty that had me frozen. It was more the surreality of her appearance and soft spoken voice against the drab backdrop and frantic pace and volume of a music festival short-circuiting my admittedly spacey brain.We spoke for a few moments, before she went backstage to have a final huddle with the band for final preparations. Bonnie had asked me if I was going to take pictures of her band, and thanked me profusely when I said that I was there to do just that. Though I was charmed by her kindness and the technicolor hallucinatory nature of our interaction, none of that prepared me for the feeling I got when their first notes journeyed from their strings to my ears.Never before had I heard a band play so delicately yet make a sound that powerful and moving. The deep bowed and plucked bass lines from Dango Rose brought a heft to the pieces that made the stage itself sag under the pressure. On the other end of the sonic spectrum, fiddle player Bridget Law let loose lengthy bursts of sound that seemed to dart above the mix like a hummingbird.Nestled in the middle of it all, banjo player Sage Cook and guitarist Daniel Rodriguez each took turns singing heartfelt songs of movement and cosmic wonder. And at the center of it all was Paine, keeping the beat with her feet on an old-timey stomp board while singing in an angelic voice that entrances any in ear shot with it’s purity and beauty. Pairing lilting, arched melodies with tales of the cycle of life, the nature of time and the love that unites us all, Elephant Revival made music that spoke words of hope and love to me on an almost molecular level. Over the course of their ninety minute set, I watched them drive their fans to tears one moment and inspire them to dance joyously, filling the air with dust and cheers.Feeling more at peace than any time I could easily remember, I found may way backstage to thank Bonnie and her friends for the spell they had cast upon us all. To my happy surprise, the band members themselves were as intelligent, upbeat and endearing as the music they just finished played. Even better, they assured me that reactions like mine meant as much to them as their music did to their fans.Wandering towards the next stage and the next band on my list with an almost painful grin, I continued to strike up conversations…though my question for people had changed. Now I was asking people if they had seen Elephant Revival.If you’ve read this far, then my choice that day is pretty apparent, but I am very grateful for this opportunity to share the reason WHY I do what I do. There are hundreds of ways the modern world divides us but all of those are issues that have solutions, if we are willing to work for them. Moments of unity are all too rare and must be shared as an example of what CAN be. I am certainly not trying to overstate my own importance, but sharing the things that uplift my weary heart, like the beatific sounds made by Elephant Revival, is my desperate attempt to push the world towards the light.Eight years have passed since that treasured day. Over that span, I have been lucky enough to become friends with Elephant Revival and watch them steadily grow in skill and acclaim while still keeping the positive vibration at the core of their music. They have faced struggles, as have I, but one thing has remained constant: When they play, nothing else matters. Often they end their shows taking an old school bow to uproarious applause, but just in case my words are lost in the din I want to say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
The inaugural Meadows Festival kicked off last night, with headlining sets from Pretty Lights, J. Cole, Empire of the Sun, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Grimes, and Chromeo. From the creators of The Governors Ball, the Citi Field – Flushing Meadows Corona Park also held performances from Kamasi Washington, Yeasayer, Zhu, Thomas Jack, Savages, Sylvan Esso, Post Malone, and more.Photographer Sean DiSerio was on site, thankfully to capture these special images in the gallery below. The Meadows Festival continues today with sets from Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Kygo, Metric, and more. Enjoy! Load remaining images
Alternative rock icons Ween are on a comeback tour from the ages. The band have been touring the country, hitting big markets and large-scale festivals at an impressive clip since their reunion in early 2016. Now firing on all cylinders, Ween have added two more tour dates, descending on Chicago for a run based around St. Patrick’s Day. Taking place on Thursday, March 16th and Friday, March 17th, Ween will hit the Aragon Ballroom, where they’ll be sure to deliver two triumphant nights of music.Tickets can be purchased at this link starting this Friday, November 18th. When green meets brown, we all win.
After spending some time with Mudcrutch earlier this year, beloved singer/songwriter Tom Petty has announced a major tour with the Heartbreakers. The beloved outfit has revealed 34 tour dates nationwide, spanning from April 20th through July 27th. The shows mark the band’s first full length tour since 2014, and will celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary.Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will start their tour in Oklahoma City, ultimately heading through the South to venues like Red Rocks Amphitheatre, ultimately traveling through the Midwest and into the Northeast. They’ll end the run with two nights at the Forest Hills Stadium in New York, NY.Tickets for the new tour will go on sale next Friday, December 16th, but there are fan club pre-sale options available. All of those details can be found on Petty’s website. A full list of tour dates is printed below.Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary TourApril 20 /// Chesapeake Energy Center /// Oklahoma City, OK*April 22 /// American Airlines Arena /// Dallas, TX*April 23 /// Verizon Wireless Arena /// Little Rock, AR*April 25 /// Bridgestone Arena /// Nashville, TN*April 27 /// Philips Arena /// Atlanta, GA*April 29 /// Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion /// Houston, TX*May 2 /// Frank Erwin Center /// Austin, TXMay 5 /// Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre /// West Palm Beach, FL*May 6 /// Amalie Arena /// Tampa, FL*May 8 /// FedEx Forum /// Memphis, TN*May 10 /// StateFarm Center /// Champaign, IL*May 12 /// Scottrade Center /// St. Louis, MO*May 13 /// Klipsch Music Center /// Indianapolis, IN*May 29-30 /// Red Rocks Amphitheatre /// Morrison, CO June 2 /// Sprint Center /// Kansas City, MO*June 3 /// Xcel Energy Center /// St. Paul, MN*June 5 /// Wells Fargo Arena /// Des Moines, IA*June 7 /// Schottenstein Center /// Columbus, OH*June 9 /// PPG Paints Arena /// Pittsburgh, PA*June 10 /// Quicken Loans Arena /// Cleveland, OH*June 12 /// US Bank Arena /// Cincinnati, OH*June 14 /// XFINITY Theatre /// Hartford, CT*June 16 /// Prudential Center /// Newark, NJ*June 17 /// Mountain Jam Festival /// Hunter, NYJune 29 /// Wrigley Field /// Chicago, IL† July 1 /// Wells Fargo Arena /// Philadelphia, PAJuly 2 /// CMAC Performing Arts Center /// Canandaigua, NY July 5-6 /// Marcus Amphitheater-Summerfest /// Milwaukee, WI† July 15 /// Air Canada Centre /// Toronto, ONTJuly 18 /// DTE Energy Music Theatre /// Detroit, MIJuly 20 /// TD Garden /// Boston, MAJuly 23 /// Royal Farms Arena /// Baltimore, MDJuly 26-27 /// Forest Hills Stadium /// Queens, NY‡*with very special guest Joe Walsh†with very special guest Chris Stapleton‡on-sale January 14
For the first time this decade, Umphrey’s McGee returned their end of the year celebration to their hometown of Chicago and rang in 2016 with several debut performances alongside old favorites. New year’s Eve 2016 was the band’s 2201st show together.As has been typical for the band since the early 2000s, Umphrey’s McGee performed three sets of at least an hour each, beginning at 8:30PM and wrapping up closer to 1:30 AM. It did not take long for the venue to fill out – fans scrambled to find their spot up front or hoped for a decent sight line out of the balcony at the Aragon Ballroom.When the lights went down for the first set, guitarist Jake Cinninger struck the opening notes of “Attachments”, a song that saw 30 plays in its debut year. Cinninger had been using a new blue Fender “Wallycaster” the entire run, but changed up his weapon of choice several times last. A “Partscaster” put together with Mike Wallace’s pickups and Wally Langle’s setup, giving Cinninger a wide palette of tones. They can be purchased exclusively at South Bend Music Exchange in South Bend, IN.By the time they worked their way into “The Fussy Dutchman” however, the Wallycaster was back. A birthday requested “Puppet String” followed with a blood-pumping industrial jam and wiggled into the Anchor Drops track “Wife Soup”.As if “Soup” was not grandiose enough on its own, the band perfectly squeezed an unpredictable “Dump City” between halves. Throwing the crowd for a loop (both “Soup” and “Dump” have tendencies for horns on nights like this), the band waited until the next song to welcome out trumpeter Michael “Mad Dog” Mavridoglou’s horn group Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret and special guest saxophonist Jeff Coffin.“Cut Off” continued the practice of debuting new original songs with a backing horn ensemble on New Year’s Eve (a la “Bad Friday” or “Speak Up”) before transitioning into the set ending bust-out of “13 Days” – marking its only performance of 2016 and first since February 2015, or 180 shows.Following a thirty minute set break, the band came out strong with a hair-raising booty-bouncing take on the Death By Stereo track “Booth Love”, complete with horns. It was a hot, heavy and horny performance for sure, but not because of the brass – Cinninger, guitarist Brendan Bayliss and keyboardist Joel Cummins were wrestling for the most attention without losing a step of passion. Check it out here and see if you can catch the Pink Floyd nod.Next the band moved into Steely Dan’s 1976 track “Kid Charlemagne” off of The Royal Scam. The tune hasn’t been played since its debut five years ago in San Francisco, following the death of counter-culture magnate Owsley Stanley, 595 shows ago. Bayliss popped off during his guitar solo, but Coffin’s saxophone was not going to end the tune quietly.“The Triple Wide” made an appearance once the dust settled and a brief tease of Men Without Hats’ tune “The Safety Dance”, one of the only tracks in Umphrey’s quiver that traditional features bassist Ryan Stasik on vocals. He never made it to the microphone, but took solid control of the groove, providing a menacing framework for Cummins’ medieval keyboard renaissance. Cummins segued into “The Bottom Half” and maintained a strong lead throughout an impressive jam section.“Mad Love”, the heavy handed creation from UMBowl V in Port Chester, NY saw its 30th performance since 2014 and gave way to a “Hangover”. While it was still a fun move, Umphrey’s McGee didn’t break out the booty wax on this one.Mad Dog, Coffin and company returned for the final two songs of the second set, led by Cinnenger: “Comma Later” which appears on the 2014 album The London Session and the cover debut of 2016 Grammy nominee Sturgill Simpson’s “Call To Arms” to end the set. Check it out here.At 11:45PM, the lights went down and the anticipation for the countdown grew, only to be quelled with the familiar introductory notes of “In The Kitchen”, the unofficial Umphrey’s ode to Chicago in the winter. “ITK” gave way to a planned jam around Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” during which the horn section returned mid-tune to prep for the countdown into the new year. Watch the transition into 2017 belowFollowing a few minutes of boisterous welcoming of 2017, Umphrey’s gave 2016 one last middle finger before busting out a cover debut of the 1976 David Bowie track “Golden Years” from Station to Station. as the band dropped into “Partyin’ Peeps”, all with the brass accompaniment.The perennial favorite “All In Time” followed, complete with a huge showcase between the hardest working drummer in the music business, Kris Myers, and the unique flavoring of percussionist Andy Farag as they led a boisterous drum jam a la EOTO.Following “All In Time” was the dance favorite “Day Nurse” that saw Myers and Cummins controlling the vibe and keeping the energy at a high level. Bayliss introduced “August” by reminding the crowd “this is a birthday party, too.” Bayliss faked out a return to “In The Kitchen” and instead the band dropped into George Michael’s “Freedom” for the first time since 7/3/00, ending the third set and a 2022 (!) show drought.For the encore, the band returned almost immediately and ran through a standalone encore of “Bad Friday” before ending the show at quarter after 1AM.2017 is the 19th year of Umphrey’s McGee, and we cannot wait to see what they have up their sleeve. Happy New Year!You can see the All Things Umphrey’s setlist below, as well as a full photo gallery from Must Have Media.Umphrey’s McGee | The Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 12/31/16Set 1: Attachments > The Fussy Dutchman, Puppet String, Wife Soup > Dump City > Wife Soup, Cut Off > 13 DaysSet 2: Booth Love, Kid Charlemagne, The Triple Wide > The Bottom Half, Mad Love, Hangover, Comma Later, Call to ArmsSet 3: In The Kitchen > Auld Lang Syne > Golden Years > Partyin’ Peeps, All In Time, Day Nurse, August, FreedomEncore: Bad Friday debut, original; with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns debut, Sturgill Simpson; with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns with Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Michael Jackson) jam; with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns debut, David Bowie; with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns and Steve “Britches” Britz on percussion with AndyNotes:last Kid Charlamagne 03.13.2011 (595 shows)last Freedom 07.03.2000 (2,022 shows) Load remaining images
Thundercat has announced new headlining gigs for an extensive tour in 2017 that will take him through North America, and beyond. The multi-genre bass guitarist, producer, and vocalist will tour in support of his new album Drunk, which fuses elements of funk, soul, hip hop, electronica, and jazz.The album features a number of collaborators, including Flying Lotus, Sounwave, Louis Cole, Zack Sekoff, Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins, Mono/Poly, Taylor Graves, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar. Read the full review for Drunk here.See below for full Thundercat tour dates.Thundercat Tour Dates:May 29 – Detroit, MI @ Movement Electronic Music FestJune 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Roots PicnicJune 5 – Toronto, ON @ Field TripJune 17 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sonar FestivalJune 18 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept SecretJune 20 – Warsaw, Poland @ ProgresjaJune 22 – Vienna, Austria @ Arena Open AirJune 24 – Glastonbury, UK @ Glastonbury FestivalJune 25 – Chicago, IL @ Mamby On The BeachJuly 14 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre * w/ BeckJuly 16 – Pemberton, BC @ Pemberton Music FestivalJuly 21 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block PartyJuly 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF FestivalJuly 23 – London, UK @ AfropunkJuly 30 – Yuzawa, Japan @ Fuji RockAugust 11 – San Francisco @ Outside Lands FestivalAugust 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Afropunk FestivalAugust 30 – Tuscon, AZ @ Club CongressAugust 31 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van BurenSeptember 2 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass HouseSeptember 5 – Arcata, CA @ Humboldt State UniverstiySeptember 6 – Portland, OR @ Crystal BallroomSeptember 11 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting FactorySeptember 12 – Boise, ID @ Knitting FactorySeptember 14 – Denver, CO @ The OgdenSeptember 15 – Mishawaka, CO @ Mishawaka AmphitheatreSeptember 16 – Omaha, NE @ The SlowdownSeptember 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ First AvenueSeptember 19 – Madison, WI @ Majestic TheatreSeptember 20 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada TheatreSeptember 21 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion @ Krannert CenterSeptember 25 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock ClubSeptember 29 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 ClubSeptember 30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn SteelOctober 3 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange PeelOctober 4 – Columbia, SC @ Music FarmOctober 6 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’sOctober 7 – Austin, TX @ Austin City LimitsOctober 8 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity TheatreOctober 10 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham TheatreOctober 13 – Miami, FL @ III Points FestivalNovember 14 – Glasgow, UK @ ABCNovember 15 – Manchester, UK @ Albert HallNovember 16 – London, UK @ Shepherd’s Bush EmpireNovember 17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ ParadisoNovember 19 – Antwerp, Belgium @ RomaNovember 21 – Paris, France @ Elysee Montmartre[Photo by J-Remy Photography]
On Tuesday night, Jack Johnson stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The show’s host, Stephen Colbert, was so elated by the experience that he joined in on the first two songs of the musical guest’s performance before leaving Johnson to perform a third song with his band, Bahamas.“Folks, this is the best job in the world because I got what I wanted,” Colbert stated before joining the singer/songwriter on the title track from his 2008 album, Sleep Through The Static, which had never been performed on television. The two traded sat on a couple of stools surrounded by Johnson’s Band as they traded verses before impressively joining up for the chorus. From there, Colbert stuck around for a second duet on a cover of “I Love You and Buddha Too”, a 2008 Mason Jennings track to which Johnson contributed vocals. Halfway through the performance, Colbert excused himself and left Johnson and his band to finish off the song. The highlight of the evening came next, as Jack Johnson performed “Big Sur” from his 2017 album, All the Light Above It Too.You can watch all three of the performances below:Jack Johnson & Stephen Colbert – “Sleep Through The Static”Jack Johnson & Stephen Colbert – “I Love You And Buddha Too”Jack Johnson w/ Bahamas – “Big Sur”[Videos: The Late Show With Stephen Colbert]Earlier in the week, David Byrne took the stage at the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater for an incredible, beautifully choreographed Late Show performance of “Everybody’s Coming To My House” with an identically-dressed ensemble that moved throughout the theatre during the performance–often around Stephen Colbert himself, who played along with amusement. Colbert also chatted with Byrne about the theatrics of modern-day politics and spoke about the time in college when he skipped Talking Heads‘ Stop Making Sense tour to write a term paper. You can watch Byrne’s whole appearance on The Late Show here.
Yesterday, Brian Wilson, co-founding singer, songwriter, and widely-renowned recording wizard of The Beach Boys, announced that he’d be postponing several tour dates, citing his need for an emergency back surgery. Dates for his recently announced and highly anticipated holiday tour, which spans from after Thanksgiving to right before Christmas in 2018, have not been affected. Instead, the announcement notes that thus far, only his upcoming tour dates in May have been postponed.As Wilson explained in a statement:As some of you might know I have been having some issues with my back that has very recently gotten worse. It runs in my family, Carl had back problems as well. My doctors have told me that I need to have back surgery immediately. They are optimistic that this will finally relieve the pain. Sadly, this means we must postpone the upcoming May shows. I’m very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to everyone who was coming out to see us. I know that my agents are already in the process of rescheduling and we will have some of the make up dates to announce very soon. We will get you all the info ASAP. Please know that the music is in my heart and in my soul and me and the boys are looking forward to performing for you very soon. Wishing Brian Wilson the best as he takes care of his health. You can check out Wilson’s updated touring schedule here.