Vanilla Fudge releasing album, Novem. 9, 2004

Vanilla Fudge album, due Nov. 9,it's called THEN AND NOW and it's pretty outrageous.

1)  The band will be touring with Mountain, Canned Heat.  And Pat Travers is doing some songs from his & Carmine Appice's album TnA (due on SPV) in Fudge's set.  

VANILLA FUDGE (with a visit from PAT TRAVERS), CANNED HEAT and MOUNTAIN are doing a bunch of dates around L.A. and San Francisco from Nov. 10 through 15.

then they're booking a tour March for 6 to 8 weeks.

I can also hook you up with Mountain and Canned Heat, and will get Pat Travers in the loop for you.  There is also a new Mountain album, ERUPTION on Fuel 2000.  (I hope you have it).

2)  The Fudge album is called THEN AND NOW and includes these songs:
"Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" which Carmine wrote with Rod Stewart
"Ain't That Peculiar" by Marvin Gaye
"Shotgun" by Junior Walker
"Tearin' Up My Heart" by 'NSync **
"I Want it That Way" by the Backstreet Boys **
Some of this album was released a few years ago on Carmine's own label, and Fuel picked it up with new songs.

**I realize this needs an explanation obviously since Fudge is one of the first metal bands and 'NSync and the Backstreet Boys are not favorites of metal fans, right?  
Well.... first off, Carmine has a young daughter named Bianca who grew up on those singing groups.  (Now she's a punk rocker--plays bass, guitar, sings lead for her band THE TRICKS, and doing her first show at the Troubadour, but she's still fond of these kids).  Second--Carmine grew up in Brooklyn with Joey Fatone's dad.  Three years ago they were re-introduced via a drummer for 'N Sync, and then at a recent Fudge show in Florida, Joey Fatone's dad called his son while Fudge was playing the song in concert.  After the show the father put Carmine on the phone with him and the young singing star said, "Until I made it, you were the only famous guy my dad knew."....(I'm tempted to use that in the bio, actually).  After Fudge recording the 'N Sync masterpiece, they realized they couldn't leave out the Backstreet Boys.

Tower of Power dates thru end of year


September 30th   Bud Pavillion   Kern County Fair
Bakersfield, CA

October 1st   Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay San Diego, CA

October 7th   Lupos at the Strand   Providence, RI

October 8th   Webster Theater   Hartford, CT

October 9th   Hampton Beach Casino  Hampton Beach, NH

October 10th  BOSTON

October 11th & 12th   Downtown   Farmingdale, NY

October 14th & 15th   Havana   New Hope, PA

October 16th & 17th   The Birchmere  Alexandria, VA

October 19th   Shaftman Peformance Hall   Roanoke, VA

October 20th   Sheraton Reading Hotel Wyomissing, PA
(near Reading)

October 22nd & 23rd   B.B. King Blues Club - 2 shows each night   New York, NY

October 24th   Mohegan Sun Casino Wolf Den   Uncasville, CT

November 5th - 7th   Suncoast Hotel & Casino   Las Vegas, NV

November 12th   Canyon Theater  Ventura (Agoura Hills), CA

November 13th   Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (2 shows) Cerritos, CA

November 19th   Mystic Theater  Petaluma, CA

November 20th    The Fillmore  San Francisco, CA

November 21st   Horn Section - National Anthem for Oakland Raiders Game  Oakland, Ca

November 26th & 27th   Harrah's - South Shore Room
Lake Tahoe, NV

December 31st    Hilton Waikoloa Village  Kamuela, HI

(Note: if you want to meet Tower of Power’s A&R Man, Michael Caplan, please come to the DIY Convention in New York City on October 16.   See more info below.)

Grand Funk Railroad dates

Grand Funk Railroad are drummer Don Brewer, bassist Mel Schacher, guitarist Bruce Kulick, keyboardist Tim Cashion and singer Max Carl.  Their website is www.grandfunkrailroad.com.
9/25/04   Bayfest                          Corpus Christi, Texas    
10/02/04    Cerritos Center               Cerritos, California  
10/14/04   Paul Paul Theatre/Fresno Fair     Fresno, California  
10/16/04   Private Wedding in Ohio!

11/--/04  Benefit for Safe Harbor Animal Hospital and animals affected by Florida hurricanes   Jupiter, Florida
11/13/04   Plymouth Memorial Hall       Plymouth, Massachusetts  

notes of my appearances this fall

I have a few New York and Texas appearances.
My play ONE WAY TO HEAVEN will be read at a benefit to fight AIDS at the annual GILDA FUNDRAISING BENEFIT sponsored by 7 Records at The Bermuda Triangle, San Antonio, Texas on October 8. (for more info on the benefit:  www.7recordsmusic.com).
This summer the play was part of the HOWL! Festival, and everyone there autographed the script for the auction at this benefit to fight AIDS.

I’m working at the CATFANCY booth for the Cat Show at Madison Square Garden, New York City on Oct. 9 and 10 from 2 to 5 PM.  I’ll be showing folks how to rescue and find homes for cats along with representatives from Precious Paws and Kitty Kind.

On October 16 at approx. 3 PM I’m on the publicity and promotions panel-Getting the Word Out, DIY-Style for the DIY Convention with Chris DeWolfe from www.myspace.com, Razor & Tie’s Mary Elizabeth Carter,  Ariel Hyatt from Ariel Publicity and The Syndicate’s Rev. Moose.  The website is www.diyconvention.com.

And finally the final, absolute release date for my book, USING YOUR ART & THE MEDIA TO COMFORT PEOPLE is March 27th.  Promotional copies of the book will be early early November.


My public statement on Siegfried & Roy

I've been studying cats and their relationships with humans from every culture throughout the world. I am close to writing two chapters for a book proposal (which includes two chapters--one on modern  times and  the other on Asian culture) on cats in healing, harming, the supernatural, witchcraft.  I also am a contributor to NEW YORK TAILS and CATFANCY magazine, and know lots of folks in the animal kingdom.

Part of these studies include animals in performance.  I'm certainly in favor of animals in movies if they're humanely treated.   There are a few problems with S&R and their pets.  Part of the problems include the amount of roaming room their cats have and the more significant is the breeding.  Their cats are being in-bred to get the WHITE tiger look which is amazing on stage, but it is unhealthy treatment.  Their animals have a lot of health problems.  I think Montecore may also be half deaf because he is a white cat with a blue eye.  Because he now doesn't have enough roaming room he is also a little bit overweight.  I did not see any cats roaming on the TV show at their conservatory.

They can publicize these illusionists to everyone about them being conservationists, but it's very interesting that the animal media has not fallen prey to these campaigns.  The reason the media is doing so much work on s&R is because it's been one year since Roy was injured and that there is a new TV show FATHER OF THE PRIDE.

I am glad that Roy is recovering,  and Siegfried is being a great friend, but understand the negatives of what they've done to these animals.