Rock http://blog.stingray.com/rock en Letter to you http://blog.stingray.com/bruce-springsteen-letter-to-you <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Letter to you</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/157" lang="" about="/user/157" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Steve Jones</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/20/2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">I feel like I just read a man’s diary. </span></p> <p><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><strong>Bruce Springsteen</strong>’s new album <i><em>Letter to You</em></i> is intimate enough to induce a sense of guilt for witnessing such raw vulnerability. These are 12 songs representing the inner thoughts of a man at peace with his 71 years of hopes, dreams, failures, and successes. Even his mortality.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">As he has masterfully done for nearly 50 years, Bruce Springsteen weaves compelling characters and stories into his songs, but this time around, many of the characters feel like younger versions of the artist himself.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">The album opens with “<strong>One Minute You’re Here</strong>,” and Bruce finds himself “<i>so alone,</i>” reflecting on life’s unrelenting clock as “<i>the summer wind sings its last song.</i>” Yes, the album begins with the end in sight and continually reminds you that the days ahead are finite.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">That same imagery appears again on “<strong>Burnin’ Train</strong>,” as Bruce tells us that “<i>time is my hunter.</i>” He comes face to face with his accomplishments and failings, singing “<i>with our shared faith, rising dark and decayed.” </i></span></p> <p><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">He looks back at “<i>faded pictures that somebody took when you were hard and young and proud”</i> on the very moving “<strong>Last Man Standing</strong>.” Inspired by a friend’s death, Bruce sings about his younger self, the man who could “<i>kick in the band</i>” and “<i>take the crown on their mystery ride.</i>” Impressively, he can still kick in the band. Appropriately, “Last Man Standing” soars on the back of Jake Clemons’ saxophone, invoking the spirit of his late uncle (and E Street legend) Clarence. As a collection, these songs rock with the best of the E Street Band’s work. The band is tight and full of energy, and the sonic quality often takes the listener back to relive the glory days.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">“<strong>Ghosts</strong>” revives the mid-70s wall-of-sound that was <i><em>Born to Run</em></i>. While on the surface, he is singing to someone who has left us, it feels very much like that departed person is once again Bruce’s youth. When he sings about the old guitars, clothes, memories, ghosts, and spirits in the night, you feel both the longing for simpler times and the peaceful realization that, at some point, we are all “<i>comin’ home.</i>” </span></p> <p><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">While not an overtly political album, Bruce has not lost his ability to reflect the zeitgeist. There are multiple shots at Donald Trump, landing a direct punch with “<i>the criminal clown has stolen the throne” </i>in the fantastic “<strong>House of a Thousand Guitars</strong>,” and punching more subtly with “<i>Rainmaker says white’s black and black’s white / says night’s day and day’s night”</i> in “<strong>Rainmaker.</strong>” This is the Springsteen who, from the earliest days, has always intuitively felt the pulse of his generation.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">The album closes poignantly and perfectly with Bruce singing once again to the departed in “<strong>I’ll See You In My Dreams</strong>:” “<i>I remember you, my friend, and though you’re gone and my heart’s been emptied it seems… I’ll see you in my dreams</i>”. Is this “friend” another nod to the Bruce of decades gone by? </span></p> <p><i><em><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Letter To You</span></em></i><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"> is Springsteen’s 20th album, recorded in just four days at his home studio in Colt’s Neck, New Jersey. And you can hear all of that in the music. You can hear the maturity of a man who has recorded 20 albums, the energy of a real band playing real songs in real-time, and the warmth of old friends gathered together, sharing personal stories and memories. For Bruce and his fans, this album is therapy and stands up to the high bar set by his previous 19 albums. 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Join us for three weeks of the most iconic performances from international music fests and concerts by your favourite artists.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>For the Summer Encore Festival, we’ve curated a time and space-bending medley featuring shows from Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Shakira, Bob Marley &amp; The Wailers, and more. You won’t need to worry about choosing which stage to go to or which performance you’re willing to miss since all the shows are available on-demand!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Travel back in time to Woodstock, soak up the sun at Rock at Rio, or feel the electrifying thrill of Glastonbury. Or, kick back and experience all of them, because you can!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Each week, the Summer Encore fest will give you free access to some of the most memorable concerts and festival performances of all time, from </span></span></span><a href="https://qello.com/app/en/concert/2270397/amy-winehouse/live-eurock%C3%A9ennes-de-belfort-2007?utm_stingray_id=dc01d124a26b&amp;utm_campaign=qc_summerencore_2020&amp;utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog-post&amp;utm_content=teaser"><span><span><span>Amy Winehouse’s stunning set at Eurockéennes de Belfort in 2007</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span> to </span></span></span><a href="https://qello.com/app/en/concert/2508938/coldplay/live-at-la-cigale-2012?utm_stingray_id=dc01d124a26b&amp;utm_campaign=qc_summerencore_2020&amp;utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog-post&amp;utm_content=teaser" target="_blank"><span><span><span>Coldplay’s eye-popping and confetti-filled show at La Cigale in 2012</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>. You’ll also have access to spectacular shows from The Cure, Ellie Goulding, Royal Blood, Gregory Porter, Michael Kiwanuka, Beck, and many more.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Our crew of festivalgoers and music lovers will also be able to view even more jaw-dropping concerts with the ALL-ACCESS pass for exclusive VIP content. Experience the pure magic of Queen’s legendary Wembley Stadium show, </span></span></span><a href="https://qello.com/app/en/concert/2155852/various-artists/live-at-knebworth-1990-volume-iii?utm_stingray_id=dc01d124a26b&amp;utm_campaign=qc_summerencore_2020&amp;utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog-post&amp;utm_content=teaser" target="_blank"><span><span><span>Pink Floyd</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span> and Paul McCartney’s iconic sets at Live at Knebworth in 1990, </span></span></span><a href="https://qello.com/app/en/concert/2232469/various-artists/the-woodstock-diaries?utm_stingray_id=dc01d124a26b&amp;utm_campaign=qc_summerencore_2020&amp;utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog-post&amp;utm_content=teaser" target="_blank"><span><span><span>Janis Joplin’s renowned Woodstock performance</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>, </span></span></span><a href="https://qello.com/app/en/concert/2097565/bruce-springsteen/london-calling-live-in-hyde-park?utm_stingray_id=dc01d124a26b&amp;utm_campaign=qc_summerencore_2020&amp;utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog-post&amp;utm_content=teaser" target="_blank"><span><span><span>Bruce Springsteen Live at Hyde Park</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>, plus concerts by Wu-Tang Clan, Ed Sheeran, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, The Killers, Sam Smith, Green Day, Bob Marley, The Who, and many more.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>As if it weren’t enticing enough, we’re spicing things up with a contest for those who reserve their festival entry </span></span></span><a href="https://rsvp.stingray.com/encore/?utm_stingray_id=dc01d124a26b&amp;utm_campaign=qc_summerencore_2020&amp;utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog-post&amp;utm_content=teaser" target="_blank"><span><span><span>right here</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>. RSVP for lineup details, an exclusive offer, and the chance to </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>win a one-year all-access pass for Qello Concerts and incredible festival merch!*</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/C3OGlXaN0MA?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <h2>Summer Encore Festival lineup!</h2> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>WEEK 1: JULY 29 – AUGUST 4</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>QUEEN                                     LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>PINK FLOYD                            LIVE AT KNEBWORTH 1990 – VOLUME III</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>SHAKIRA                                  LIVE FROM PARIS</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>WU-TANG CLAN                       LIVE IN MONTREUX</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>MUMFORD &amp; SONS                 THE ROAD TO RED ROCK</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>ELLIE GOULDING                     LIVE AT MAIN SQUARE 2016*</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA"><span>ENRIQUE IGLESIAS                 VINA DEL MAR 2000*</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>THE LUMINEERS                      LIVE AT MUSILAC 2017*</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>ROYAL BLOOD                        EUROCKEENNESS 2017*</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>GREGORY PORTER                 NICE JAZZ FESTIVAL 2012*</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>WEEK 2: AUGUST 5 – AUGUST 11</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>THE ROLLING STONES            SWEET SUMMER SUN: HYDE PARK LIVE</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>PAUL McCARTNEY                   LIVE AT KNEBWORTH 1990 – VOLUME 1</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>JANIS JOPLIN                           </span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>50th ANNIVERSARY OF WOODSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL: THE WOODSTOCK DIARIES</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>SHERYL CROW                        MILES FROM MEMPHIS LIVE AT THE PANTAGES THEATRE</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>THE KILLERS                           LIVE AT V FESTIVAL 2014</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>COLDPLAY                               LIVE AT CIGALE 2012*</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>TOTO                                        VINA DEL MAR 2004*</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>BECK                                       LIVE AT LES EUROCKEENNES FESTIVAL 2016*</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>JACK JOHNSON                       MAIN SQUARE 2014*</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>INXS                                         VINA DEL MAR 2003*</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>WEEK 3: AUGUST 12 – AUGUST 18</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>CARLOS SANTANA                  GREATEST HITS: LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>KATY PERRY                           LIVE AT ROCK IN RIO BRAZIL 2015**</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>THE WHO                                 LIVE AT HYDE PARK</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>BOB MARLEY AND THE           LIVE IN CONCERT </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>WAILERS</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>SAM SMITH                              LIVE AT V FESTIVAL 2014</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>GREEN DAY                            BULLET IN A BIBLE</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>CARLOS SANTANA                  GREAT HITS: LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>AMY WINEHOUSE                    LIVE AT EUROCKEENNES DE BELFORT 2007*</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA"><span>THE CURE                                TOURNEE 2012 AUX EUROCKEENNES DE BELFORT*</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>MICHAEL KIWANUKA               LIVE: GAROROCK FESTIVAL 2017*</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>DAMIAN MARLEY                     EUROCK 15*</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>OF MONSTERS AND MEN        MAIN SQUARE FESTIVAL 2013*</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span class="tinytext"><i><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">*FREE CONCERTS</span></i></span><span><span><span></span></span></span></p> <p><span class="tinytext"><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"> ** <i>exclude Canada</i></span></span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2>Summer of love</h2> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>We’ve had the chance to speak to some of these legends thanks to Ben Fong-Torres, ex-editor at Rolling Stone magazine, and our very own Zach Monson’s great interviews. Discover Ben’s article on the </span></span></span><a href="https://blog.stingray.com/remembering-summer-love-50-years-after-0" target="_blank"><span><span><span>Summer of Love</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span> and </span></span></span><a href="https://blog.stingray.com/paul-mccartney-live-knebworth-1990" target="_blank"><span><span><span>his review of Paul McCartney’s performance at Knebworth in 1990</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>, and Zach’s </span></span></span><a href="https://blog.stingray.com/interview-mumford-sons-stingray-pauseplay" target="_blank"><span><span><span>sit-down with Mumford &amp; Sons</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>We’re immensely stoked to present summer 2020’s biggest music festival, all while keeping festivalgoers safe from home. It’s important to hold onto things we enjoy during this strange period in time. We can’t wait to have you at the Summer Encore Fest, so bust out your best summer outfits and come jam with us! </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Psst! If you’re craving summer music right now, check out Stingray Music playlists like </span></span></span><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_N1606" target="_blank"><span><span><span>2020 Summer Hits</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>, </span></span></span><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_S0546" target="_blank"><span><span><span>Classic Rock: Summer</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>, </span></span></span><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_S0271" target="_blank"><span><span><span>Fab Summer Cookout</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>, and so many more. You’re welcome </span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>😉</span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Don’t forget to </span></span></span><a href="https://rsvp.stingray.com/encore/?utm_stingray_id=dc01d124a26b&amp;utm_campaign=qc_summerencore_2020&amp;utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog-post&amp;utm_content=teaser" target="_blank"><span><span><span>RSVP</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span> for the festival!*</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p>*Contest ended July 28th at 11:59 P.M EST*</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/qello" hreflang="en">Qello</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/qello-concerts-stingray" hreflang="en">Qello Concerts by Stingray</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/rock" hreflang="en">Rock</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/pop" hreflang="en">Pop</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/festival" hreflang="en">Festival</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/events" hreflang="en">Events</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/2020-07/1631_SQ_Summer-of-Festivals_Blog_Metadata_1200x628_V01.jpg" width="1200" height="628" alt="Qello Summer Encore Festival" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Wed, 15 Jul 2020 16:45:06 +0000 Stingray 858 at http://blog.stingray.com Eric Clapton: MTV Unplugged http://blog.stingray.com/eric-clapton-mtv-unplugged-0 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Eric Clapton: MTV Unplugged</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/ben-fong-torres" lang="" about="/ben-fong-torres" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Ben Fong-Torres</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 06/19/2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Eric Clapton didn’t get off to a very promising start in his performance for the MTV Unplugged series in 1992.</p> <p>Seated on stage at the Bray Studios in London, alongside guitarist Andy Fairweather Low (of Amen Corner in the ‘60s), Clapton didn’t address the exuberant cheers from the audience. He turned to Low, muttered, “Ready?” and essentially warmed up with an instrumental, “Signe.”</p> <p>“Thank you very much,” he offered before moving into Bo Diddley’s “Before You Accuse Me,” which Slowhand had cut in 1978, and which quickly crystalized whatthe Unplugged concept is all about: taking songs people have come to love in their full-band glory and stripping them down, thus reinventing and refreshing them. Here, without his percussionists (yet), the crowd jumped in to serve as the rhythm section.</p> <p>Without a full band, the focus is on the voice. Clapton’s is nothing special, and he looks more like a professor than a bluesman. But when he gets into a lyric, it’s clear that he’s dedicated to the form, both in his singing and his precise, yet passionate playing, often on bottleneck. After a mostly instrumental “Hey Hey,” he expresses his satisfaction with a smile and a laugh.</p> <p>Joined by a full (albeit acoustic) band and backup singers, he moves into “Tears in Heaven,” which was new at the time, and doesn’t register with the audience the way, a few songs later, “Layla” will. He also scores with “Walkin’ Blues,” “Alberta” (which shares its melody with “Corrina”), and, especially, “San Francisco Bay Blues,” by far the liveliest number in the 14-song set. There are kazoos for everyone, and Clapton’s even got one on his harmonica rack.</p> <p>For some reason, the entire group is seated throughout—even the backup singers. Maybe it’s to accentuate the low-key jam atmosphere of an unplugged show, to differentiate it from a rock band presentation. The result is that, aside from being more difficult for the gathered audience to see, Clapton and company appear less than energetic. The star rarely says more than a cursory (but sometimes forceful) thank you.</p> <p>But appearances are deceiving. The band and singers may look relaxed, but they’re a well-oiled machine, totally in sync with each other and with each of the songs Clapton has chosen to revisit.</p> <p>The concert itself is well worth revisiting.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/qello-concerts-stingray" hreflang="en">Qello Concerts by Stingray</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/rock" hreflang="en">Rock</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/blues" hreflang="en">Blues</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/discover" hreflang="en">Discover</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/2020-06/clapton.jpg" width="907" height="670" alt="Eric Clapton performing for MTV Unplugged" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cross-promo-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Cross-Promo Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/2020-06/clapton_0.jpg" width="907" height="670" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cross-promo-link field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Cross-Promo Link</div> <div class="field__item">https://qello.com/concert/Unplugged-eric-clapton-4213</div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-cross-promo-body field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Cross-Promo Body</div> <div class="field__item"><p>Watch Eric Clapton: Unplugged on Qello Concerts!</p></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Fri, 19 Jun 2020 15:43:55 +0000 Ben Fong-Torres 850 at http://blog.stingray.com Remembering the Summer of Love, 50 Years After http://blog.stingray.com/remembering-summer-love-50-years-after-0 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Remembering the Summer of Love, 50 Years After</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/ben-fong-torres" lang="" about="/ben-fong-torres" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Ben Fong-Torres</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 06/19/2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>Author’s Note: In and around San Francisco, it’s all about the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Exhibitions in museums and libraries; concerts and special events in Golden Gate Park and around town; a return of the musical, “A Night with Janis Joplin.” It’s the endless summer of love, and it’s happened every decade.</em></p> <p><em>In 1987, the San Francisco Chronicle noted the 20th anniversary with several articles, including this one, which I’ve edited for space. I have not updated it, but should note that since then, we’ve lost three of the people I spoke with: Bill Graham, Jerry Garcia and Paul Kantner.</em></p> <p>"I never felt that the music coming out of San Francisco was so revolutionary," said record producer David Rubinson, "but I think it was a revolutionary attitude of the bands and of the audience that swept the country."</p> <p>In the mid-'60s, the San Francisco Bay Area delivered unto the world a mind-blowing array of popular bands, among them Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother &amp; the Holding Company, the Grateful Dead, Country Joe &amp; the Fish, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sons of Champlin, Moby Grape, Blue Cheer, It's a Beautiful Day, Steve Miller Blues Band, Great Society, and the Charlatans.</p> <p>Before the Summer of Love was over, however, many of the bands had been signed by big record companies, new recording studios sprang up in San Francisco, in Marin, and on the Peninsula, the Airplane was on the cover of <em>Life</em> magazine, and "acid rock" and "the San Francisco Sound" had joined the trend-watcher's vocabulary.</p> <p>The music -- first played at parties, then on the streets and in the parks, then in clubs and concert halls, and finally on radio and records -- was the constant backdrop for the times. "Rock 'n' roll," said promoter Bill Graham, "was one of the means of expression for people who were looking at life differently."</p> <p>The music, said Paul Kantner, now with the Kantner-Balin-Casady Band, "was a good clarion call to action." It was, said Country Joe McDonald, "a very important part of solidifying the community. It was a morale booster; it'd make everybody feel good, and they'd go home being more convinced than ever."</p> <p>But, as some of the musicians will admit, there never was an actual "San Francisco Sound." There was a volume level: way up. Before there was such a thing as a "lifestyle," there was a style and an attitude -- a combination of laissez-faire and too-stoned-to-care.</p> <p>One of the first bands on the scene, the Charlatans, was put together by a designer, George Hunter, who was far more interested in image and style than in music.</p> <p>The Grateful Dead never expected to be commercial: "We never had that glamour flash,” Jerry Garcia said, “that was sellable."</p> <p>These days, sex, drugs, and politics rarely make the charts, there's no identifiable new wave of San Francisco bands, the barriers are back up between bands and fans, radio is formatted as tightly as in its Top 40 years, and the Beatles' "Revolution" is being used to sell Nikes. And, oh yes, the Airplane's "White Rabbit," having been used in the Academy Award-winning movie <em>Platoon</em>, is out again, complete with a video on MTV.</p> <p>Did anything really change?</p> <p>"No," said Grace Slick. "I thought that, with an incredible amount of media blitzing and books and knowledge, you could change people. But you can't. The only person I can change is me."</p> <p>Maybe, said Country Joe, who now sings and works for Vietnam vets and against ongoing wars. "Life is more interesting now, and more amusing and entertaining."</p> <p>But as he thinks back 20 years, he grows wistful. "We really thought we were going to convince the whole world to love each other by getting them to listen to rock 'n' roll music and taking a drug called LSD. Our generation had a lot of casualties; we paid a heavy price. And when you look back at the beginning of the end of the Summer of Love, to the battle going on in America, you realize that the Establishment did not voluntarily relinquish its control over the government and the culture. And that we survived that, is unbelievable."          </p> <p><em>Here on Qello Concerts, you can find the Grateful Dead in features like “Classic Album” and “The Festival Express.” There is also the Jerry Garcia tribute concert, "Dear Jerry." The Airplane’s signature song, “White Rabbit,” is performed by Grace Potter at the Moe. down Festival. Janis and Big Brother &amp; the Holding Company are documented in “Comin’ Home.” Country Joe and the Fish are part of the series, “All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music,” in the episode, “Songs of War and Protest.” Jimi Hendrix, like Janis a breakout star at the Monterey Pop Festival, is in, among other features, “Jimi Plays Berkeley.” There is also the Tony palmer series "All You Need is Love" Episode 14, specifically, covers the height of the Haight. </em></p> <p><em>---</em></p> <p><em>Ben Fong-Torres was a writer and editor at Rolling Stone from 1969 to 1981. He was a DJ on KSAN, has published ten books, writes the Radio Waves column in the Chronicle, and created the online station, Moonalice Radio, where his DJ show runs from 9 to 12, day and night.</em></p> <p> </p> <p>*Our content library is updated on a regular basis and some of those concerts might not be available at the moment.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/qello-concerts-stingray" hreflang="en">Qello Concerts by Stingray</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/classic-rock" hreflang="en">Classic Rock</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/rock" hreflang="en">Rock</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/152" hreflang="en">Psychedelic rock</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/discover" hreflang="en">Discover</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/2020-06/sumeroflove_1.jpg" width="907" height="266" alt="Festival Express Cover" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cross-promo-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Cross-Promo Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/2020-06/cominhome.jpg" width="218" height="291" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cross-promo-link field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Cross-Promo Link</div> <div class="field__item">https://qello.com/app/concert/2094282/janis-joplin/comin-home?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going</div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-cross-promo-body field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Cross-Promo Body</div> <div class="field__item"><p><a href="https://qello.com/app/concert/2094282/janis-joplin/comin-home?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">Watch Comin' Home on Qello Concerts!</a></p></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Fri, 19 Jun 2020 14:33:50 +0000 Ben Fong-Torres 849 at http://blog.stingray.com The Dead at the End of ‘So Many Roads’ http://blog.stingray.com/dead-end-so-many-roads-0 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Dead at the End of ‘So Many Roads’</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/ben-fong-torres" lang="" about="/ben-fong-torres" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Ben Fong-Torres</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/17/2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>It’s not a sexy, round-number anniversary, but I bet Deadheads know that July 9 was the date of the last Grateful Dead concert with Jerry Garcia. That was in 1995, at Soldier Field in Chicago. With the surviving Dead having celebrated a 50th anniversary with a farewell tour—and then a return of most of them, as Dead &amp; Company—they continue to be in the news.</p> <p>They are on Qello Concerts, in the Classic Albums series (<a href="https://qello.com/concert/Classic-Albums-Anthem-To-Beauty--2477">Anthem to Beauty</a>) and in Festival Express, rocking and partying across Canada by train with Janis Joplin, <a href="https://qello.com/concert/Classic-Album-The-Band-4300">The Band</a>, <a href="https://qello.com/artist/Buddy-Guy-1114">Buddy Guy</a> and other pals. And they are on my mind, since I wrote The Grateful Dead Scrapbook in 2009 and chronicled that last concert.</p> <p>It came in the middle of a year when the Dead, their staffers, and increasingly more fans were alarmed by the state of Garcia’s health, owing primarily to drug use. But in spring, he appeared to be better, and, as I wrote:</p> <blockquote> <p>The Dead and their fans enjoyed some excellent shows, including ones featuring guests and opening acts like Bruce Hornsby, Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan, and Chuck Berry.</p> <p>At too many stops, though, the spirits deserted them, and the road was riddled with gatecrashing incidents and worse. Two people fell from an upper level at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh during a Dead show. The band weathered a death threat against Jerry in Pittsburgh and another in Indiana. A hundred or more people were injured at a campground called the Farm near Dead shows in Maryland Heights, when a veranda around the lodge collapsed.</p> <p>The Dead’s performances themselves were uneven. As always, the fault lay with their leader. “Garcia had backslid into heroin use,” according to Holly George-Warren in Grateful Dead 365. “The sight of Jerry—clammy and gray, always out of breath, incommunicado onstage as well as off—was frightening to us all,” said Lesh.</p> <p>The tour ended in Chicago with concerts on July 8 and 9 in Soldier Field. With plenty of media around, looking to capture some of the drama that surrounded Dead concerts, the band pulled off a trouble-free pair of shows, beginning with “Touch of Grey.” The last song Jerry Garcia sang was “Black Muddy River,” a melancholic Robert Hunter composition that the writer said was “about the perspective of age and making a decision about the necessity of living in spite of a rough time.”</p> <p>Earlier in the concert, he performed “So Many Roads,” repeating the ending refrain, “So many roads to ease my soul.” No one knew that this was the last time Garcia would sing this deeply personal song. “It’s Hunter writing me from my point of view,” he once said. “The song is studded with little references that have to do with me and where I’ve been, what I’ve been involved with, my own musical background, my roots.”</p> <p>At his post on bass, Lesh was moved to anguish by what he witnessed. “I watched in despair as Jerry—whey-faced, hunched over with chin on chest, fighting for breath before singing every line—struggled his way through an incredibly moving performance of “So Many Roads.”</p> <p>In the audience, (veteran Dead chronicler) Blair Jackson saw and heard the performance, which stretched out to almost ten minutes, with the Dead providing background vocals in shades of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.” “This was Garcia’s soul laid bare,” said Jackson, “and the audience responded by cheering him on, empathizing with him, struggling with him.”</p> </blockquote> <p>Back in California, Jerry entered the Betty Ford Clinic near Palm Springs, but left a couple of weeks later, saying he didn’t want to spend his birthday, August 1, in rehab. But then he checked into another facility, called Serenity Knolls, in Marin County. There, he died of a heart attack in his sleep. It was very early, August 9 th , and he had just turned 53.</p> <p>August 9, 1995: One of the saddest anniversaries in rock.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/qello-concerts-stingray" hreflang="en">Qello Concerts by Stingray</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/rock" hreflang="en">Rock</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/classic-rock" hreflang="en">Classic Rock</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/150" hreflang="en">Hard rock</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/152" hreflang="en">Psychedelic rock</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/discover" hreflang="en">Discover</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/2020-06/gratefuldead.jpg" width="907" height="537" alt="Grateful Dead in the studio" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Wed, 17 Jun 2020 17:07:29 +0000 Ben Fong-Torres 845 at http://blog.stingray.com Artist Spotlight: Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer & Metallica http://blog.stingray.com/artist-spotlight-anthrax-megadeth-slayer-metallica <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Artist Spotlight: Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer &amp; Metallica</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Stingray</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/17/2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Thrashers unite!  This is a metal event 30 years in the making. On June 22, 2010 in Sulfia, Bulgaria, the biggest names in thrash metal joined forces to put on one monster show. Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, and Metallica all on one bill.  What more could a metal fan ask for?</p> <p>For those unfamiliar with these bands, they are the royal family of thrash. Thrash metal originated in the early 80’s and combined the fast paced guitar riffs and “We don’t give a f@&amp;#” attitude of the hardcore punk scene with the instrumental technicality and brutality of the new wave of British heavy metal bands of the 70’s. The 80’s were littered with thrash bands, but there were four who rose above them all to become the most successful and beloved of the brood. Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, and Metallica.</p> <p>Each band put on over an hour-long show and ran through almost 30 years of material for the enormous crowd in Sofia. The lucky concertgoers whose faces hadn’t totally melted by the end of the show were rewarded with a cover of Diamondhead’s “Am I Evil,” performed by all four bands. It was the first time that these bands played together on one stage. </p> <p>So whether you didn’t have the money, couldn’t get off of work, or your wife wouldn’t let you travel to Bulgaria to see this show, you’re in luck, because Qello has all five-plus hours of this thrash fest on demand.  Thrash on!</p> <p><a href="https://qello.com/app/en/concert/2155343/?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank"><img alt="Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer &amp; Metallica Live Performance" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fd7b37f9-dde9-480a-a6d5-bb8f0c77a2af" src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/inline-images/Anthrax%2C%20Megadeth%2C%20Slayer%20%26%20Metallica%20Live%20Performance.JPG" /></a></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/qello-concerts-stingray" hreflang="en">Qello Concerts by Stingray</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/rock" hreflang="en">Rock</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/metal" hreflang="en">Metal</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/discover" hreflang="en">Discover</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/images/Anthrax%2C%20Megadeth%2C%20Slayer%20%26%20Metallica.jpg" width="907" height="508" alt="Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer &amp; Metallica " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cross-promo-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Cross-Promo Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/images/The%20Big%20Four.jpg" width="448" height="597" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cross-promo-link field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Cross-Promo Link</div> <div class="field__item">https://qello.com/app/en/concert/2155343/?utm_source=editorial&amp;amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;amp;utm_campaign=on-going</div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-cross-promo-body field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Cross-Promo Body</div> <div class="field__item"><p>Watch The Big Four: Live From Sofia Bulgari on Qello Concerts!</p></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Wed, 17 Jun 2020 16:34:39 +0000 Stingray 843 at http://blog.stingray.com Remembering Ray Manzarek http://blog.stingray.com/remembering-ray-manzarek <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Remembering Ray Manzarek</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/ben-fong-torres" lang="" about="/ben-fong-torres" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Ben Fong-Torres</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/17/2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p dir="ltr">Ray Manzarek told me that he was dying. He had an incurable disease, he said in an email dated April 2nd. “I’m hoping that was a belated April Fools joke,” I replied.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Unfortunately not a joke,” he wrote back. Within seven weeks, he was gone, at age 74.</p> <p dir="ltr">But I knew that Ray had not been kidding. His bad news came as an explanation for why he was turning down a request I’d received, on his behalf, to do a mini-concert that would be streamed world-wide.  </p> <p dir="ltr">In the years I’ve known Ray—dating back to about 2005, when I began work on the book, The Doors by the Doors—he’s never declined an offer to go somewhere and talk, or play music; preferably both.</p> <p dir="ltr">In fact, one reason we’d stayed in touch all these years was because he and I, having had fun at a couple of bookstore events, wanted to take our act (His act, really, with me tossing in questions and wisecracks) on the road. We’d do the lecture circuit, appear at universities, music conferences—wherever they could set up two mikes and a keyboard.</p> <p dir="ltr">But the economy—and Manzarek’s continuing work with Robbie Krieger, playing Doors music, and with Michael McClure, blending poetry with jazz—kept the idea on a back burner.</p> <p dir="ltr">It came up again late last year, when we got together for Qello’s world premiere of the remastered version of the film of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BATEX_X4llA&amp;wide=1" target="_blank">The Doors at the Hollywood Bowl in 1968.</a> At Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in Marin County, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73zWMWyygjQ&amp;wide=1" target="_blank">we sat for a chat</a>, with some of the questions coming in via Facebook, where fans were watching the film, and us.</p> <p dir="ltr"><br /> At one point, I mentioned how, at the bookstores, Ray had masterfully deconstructed “Light My Fire” on a keyboard, revealing all the musical influences that went into the famous intro and the extended instrumental break. He tried to hand-sync his way through a bit of his explanation of the music; at one point, he gazed wistfully at a keyboard behind him, sadly inaccessible. I told our viewers that a version of Ray’s mini music discourse might be on YouTube. Now, thanks to Qello, you can view it. Thanks, too, to the audience member at the Booksmith, on Haight Street in San Francisco, who captured our session that November evening in 2006.</p> <p dir="ltr"><br /> After our Qello interview, Manzarek sat for a brief, on-camera interview with Suzanne Joe Kai, a filmmaker who is producing a documentary about me. He told her she could make use of any Doors music and footage she wanted. Suzanne was stunned by his generosity.</p> <p dir="ltr">Moments later, he bid us all goodnight  – but not before saying, once more, that he was ready to hit the road with our little Door-and-pony show, whenever our schedules allowed.  </p> <p dir="ltr">And then came April and the shocking word from Ray himself, and, now, the most devastating news. It’s said that, in Germany, he died surrounded by Dorothy, his wife since Doors days, and two brothers, James and Rick.</p> <p dir="ltr">The family has requested that, instead of flowers, friends and fans make a donation in Ray’s name at <a href="http://www.standuptocancer.org/" target="_blank">www.standup2cancer.org</a></p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="Ray Manzarek and Ben Fong-Torres" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="670e6f4b-9ecd-4e1b-bb79-68eaff316cb3" src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/inline-images/raymanzarek.jpg" /></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/qello-concerts-stingray" hreflang="en">Qello Concerts by Stingray</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/classic-rock" hreflang="en">Classic Rock</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/rock" hreflang="en">Rock</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/discover" hreflang="en">Discover</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/2020-06/rayray.jpg" width="907" height="605" alt="Young Ray Manzarek" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Wed, 17 Jun 2020 16:31:45 +0000 Ben Fong-Torres 844 at http://blog.stingray.com The Everly Brothers - Reunion Concert: Live at the Royal Albert Hall http://blog.stingray.com/everly-brothers-reunion-concert-live-royal-albert-hall <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Everly Brothers - Reunion Concert: Live at the Royal Albert Hall</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/ben-fong-torres" lang="" about="/ben-fong-torres" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Ben Fong-Torres</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 06/16/2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>When Phil Everly died early this year, a lot of music-loving writers got their chance to pay tribute to one of the greatest rock and roll acts of all time: the Everly Brothers.</p> <p>Big as they were in the late ‘50s and through the ‘60s, they weren’t that easy to write about. They famously broke up in 1973 in the midst of a concert in California, and didn’t reunite until a decade later. And although they each made solo albums as well as joint projects over the past three decades, none of them dented the charts, except for <em>EB 84</em>, a 1984 effort that included a song Paul McCartney gave them. They did precious little press, and the media had few reasons to pursue them.</p> <p>Now, 30 years later, with the passing of one of the Everlys, at age 74, the spotlight shines again on one of the most influential vocal duos in pop history. Sure, Phil and older brother Don learned from those who came before – the Louvin Brothers come to mind – but they intertwined their voices with country-flavored ballads, rockabilly and rock and roll songs so beautifully that they, in turn, influenced many who heard them on radio and TV.  They include the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, the Hollies, the Mamas and the Papas, the Righteous Brothers, the Byrds, Gram Parsons &amp; Emmylou Harris, and numerous Motown groups – pretty much anybody who sang in close harmony.</p> <p>The spotlight here is on that September evening in 1983 when the brothers reunited in concert, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. (They’d previously performed there and had an affection for the UK; witness their great album, <em>Two Yanks in England</em>, done with plentiful assistance by members of the Hollies).</p> <p>Although it was an emotional moment, the brothers played it straight. After arriving onstage from opposite wings and hugging briefly, they got down to business, playing their hits and pausing only once (at least on the resulting film) to greet the audience, with Don doing all the talking. Prompted by Phil, he said, “It’s good to be back.” He referred to their breakup as “our necessary vacation. We enjoyed part of it, and we hated part of it..”</p> <p>Don, it turns out, also does all the solo vocals on the Everlys’ many hits, with Phil chiming in on the high parts. They rolled through most of them: “Claudette,” “Walk Right Back,” “Crying in the Rain,” “Cathy’s Clown,” “Take a Message to Mary,” “When Will I Be Loved” (which Don noted was written by “our baby boy Phil”), “Bird Dog,” “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up, Little Susie,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (a gorgeous rendition, eliciting a satisfied smile from Phil at the end), and a bunch more. They are generous, and they also dip back into their Kentucky childhoods, performing a few numbers from their early album, <em>Songs Our Daddy Taught Us </em> (recently covered by Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones).</p> <p>But it’s not a jukebox. The guys, dressed in tuxes and backed by a full band, provide many lovely moments, especially for fans who know some of their roller-coaster history. And Don plays with the melodies of his solo bits. Check out “Let It Be Me.” But when it comes time to harmonize, they lock eyes and synchronize their voices, and their parts, perfectly.</p> <p>Like brothers.</p> <p><a href="https://qello.com/concert/Reunion-Concert-3078#"><img alt="" height="486" src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/images/The%20Everly%20Brothers%20Reunion%20Concert%20Live%20at%20the%20Royal%20Albert%20Hall.PNG" width="723" /></a></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/qello-concerts-stingray" hreflang="en">Qello Concerts by Stingray</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/rock" hreflang="en">Rock</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/country" hreflang="en">Country</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/discover" hreflang="en">Discover</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/images/The%20Everly%20Brothers.jpg" width="907" height="600" alt="The Everly Brothers" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Tue, 16 Jun 2020 18:05:20 +0000 Ben Fong-Torres 841 at http://blog.stingray.com Paul McCartney - Live at Knebworth, 1990 http://blog.stingray.com/paul-mccartney-live-knebworth-1990 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Paul McCartney - Live at Knebworth, 1990</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/ben-fong-torres" lang="" about="/ben-fong-torres" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Ben Fong-Torres</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 06/16/2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p dir="ltr"><span>Think Paul McCartney’s a medical and musical phenomenon, performing at full-tilt, these days and nights, at age 71? </span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Take a look at him in </span><a href="https://qello.com/app/en/concert/2155843/various-artists/live-at-knebworth-1990-volume-i?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank"><span>McCartney at Knebworth</span></a><span>. </span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>That June, 1990 night at the Knebworth House, north of London, the future Sir Paul had just turned 48, already ancient by rock and roll standards. As he is today, he was  in great spirits, kicking things off with Wings’ “Comin’ Up,” then serving up some Beatles tunes (“Yer Birthday,” “Hey, Jude” and “Can’t Buy Me Love”) to the huge crowd of about 120,000, most of them planted at Knebworth all day and night – and a rainy, windy one, at that – for a procession of rock acts. They appeared to have endured rainy, windy weather (When do they get to go to the porta-potties?)</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>This was a benefit two British organizations involved with enabling disabled children to learn and perform music, and McCartney offered a shout-out to them, for “helping kids reach out and touch the world,” before playing a luminous, seven-minute version of “Hey Jude.”  Paul’s intro gave the song even more of a glow than usual.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">Alongside members of his band (which included Linda McCartney on second keyboards), you could see a setlist, with perhaps eight or nine titles. Only four are included in this film, and that’s because this was a well-packed all-star festival which required a three-DVD release. In<a href="https://qello.com/app/en/concert/2155843/various-artists/live-at-knebworth-1990-volume-i?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank"> </a><a href="https://qello.com/app/en/concert/2155843/various-artists/live-at-knebworth-1990-volume-i?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank"><span>Vol. 1</span></a>, McCartney is preceded by Tears for Fears, Cliff Richard and the Shadows, and Phil Collins.  Check out the other volumes for Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Dire Straits, Robert Plant (with guest Jimmy Page), and Status Quo.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Besides McCartney, the highlights of </span><a href="https://qello.com/app/en/concert/2155843/various-artists/live-at-knebworth-1990-volume-i?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank"><span>Vol. 1</span></a><span> are provided by Phil Collins. He follows Cliff Richard, Britain’s answer to Elvis, who looked out of place, decked out in a hot pink suit, strutting, spinning, posing, and dancing through three songs. The audience seemed more puzzled than excited, but got into it when he did his hit, “We Don’t Talk Anymore.” </span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>In contrast, Collins wandered onstage in a white dress shirt and slacks, sat on the apron of the stage and sang “In the Air Tonight,” looking more like a teacher than a rock star. As he sang, he made his way to his drum kit just in time to slam into the climactic chorus. I love drummer-singers, whether Collins, Levon Helm or Karen Carpenter, and Phil is among the finest. He wrapped up with a sizzling “Sussudio.”</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>And then, as night fell, McCartney and his band appeared. “Good morning,” said Paul. 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Live at Knebworth, 1990 on Qello Concerts!</a></p></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Tue, 16 Jun 2020 15:42:44 +0000 Ben Fong-Torres 839 at http://blog.stingray.com The Beach Boys Live at Knebworth: A visit with Brian Wilson http://blog.stingray.com/beach-boys-live-knebworth-visit-brian-wilson <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Beach Boys Live at Knebworth: A visit with Brian Wilson </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/ben-fong-torres" lang="" about="/ben-fong-torres" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Ben Fong-Torres</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 06/16/2020</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span>Summertime, and it’s easy, musically, to float over to the music of the Beach Boys, who were all about the California sun, about surfin’ and cruisin’ and being true to your school – except in summer, of course, when it’s time for fun, fun, fun.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">The Beach Boys are so summer that even when they’re playing<a href="https://qello.com/app/en/concert/1232018/the-beach-boys/live-at-knebworth?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank"> this concert in Knebworth</a>, where it’s dark and rainy, they transport the audience to, if not sunny Venice Beach, then at least to a drier Knebworth.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span>In hindsight, it was an historic gathering of the Boys here in 1980; the last time the full lineup, including Dennis, Brian and Carl Wilson would play together.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Although some lead vocals are ragged, especially as the hits keep on coming, the group harmonies were pristine as ever, a salute to those they learned from and an inspiration to coming generations of boy bands and R&amp;B ensembles.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Pretty much all the hits are here, along with a few then-new songs from the album, </span><span>Keepin’ the Summer Alive</span><span>, which had just been released, and would go nowhere.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>I met some of the Boys back then. Showtime hired me to host and narrate a special about the making of that album.  They exuded brotherly (and cousinly) love and optimism; the mentally fragile Brian had been open to the media about his excessive use of drugs, his psychological problems; his reclusiveness.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Sitting with me, he was in a chipper mood, which seemed to surprise the people around him. At one point, when I heard some laughter behind us, I asked him what made him laugh.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>“What makes me laugh? Arguments. Whenever I hear an argument, I laugh.”</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>I laughed, too. “Arguments between you and other people, or just…”</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>“No. Just listening.” He cocked an ear, as if he were eavesdropping on somebody, as his brother Carl and others joined in the laughter.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Of course, that was and is part of his genius. 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