Ian Anderson orchestral dates

19 Interlochen, MI Kresge Auditorium  
22 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater  
24 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Perf. Arts  
25  TV appearance with Greta Van Susteren.10 PM East Coast Time
26 Vienna, VA The Filene Center  
28 Rochester Hills, MI MeadowBrook Music Festival    
30 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion

2 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
3 San Rafael, CA Marin County Civic Center  
5 Temecula, CA Pechanga Casino - Indoor Theater  
6 Los Angeles Royce Hall, UCLA Campus  
7 San Diego Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay  

As founding member of the legendary rock band Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson has long been considered to be the foremost and, to many, the only exponent of rock-style flute.  While still fronting Tull to this day and with sell-out performances throughout the world, Ian now brings his acoustic talents to the orchestral stage.  He will perform a selection of Tull favorites, solo songs and instrumentals together with a sprinkling of Classical repertoire, all carefully arranged for amplified flute, acoustic rock band and orchestra.  
Tull fans will recognize songs “Aqualung,” “Locomotive Breath,” “Thick As A Brick,” “My God” and “Bouree and Budapest.”  Much of this material is highlighted on two recent CDs, IAN ANDERSON PLAYS THE ORCHESTRAL JETHRO TULL and AQUALUNG LIVE.

Ian and the orchestra will be joined by: John O’Hara (accordion and piano), Florian Opahle (guitar), James Duncan (drums and percussion) and Dave Goodier (bass).

In October, Ian's planning some chamber music dates which includes a lot of venues in the North East, plus Knoxville, TN., Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis.

TriCaster Powers Live Webcast for Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens

San Antonio, TX – May 25, 2006 --NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation products, today announced that the ground-breaking TriCaster™, a portable turnkey production system, will be used to capture and stream Pat DiNizio’s Memorial Day Weekend Concerts, featuring the singer/songwriter of the Smithereens. The event will take place on Saturday, May 27, from 7 PM until 10 PM, from DiNizio’s house in New Jersey.

The concert will be streamed with TriCaster and available as a first-ever LIVE web “Pay-Per-View” broadcast. Highlights will include the debut of DiNizio’s new release "This is Pat DiNizio," plus live jamming with some very special guests including the Smithereens' guitarist Jim Babjak. For more information, visit www.PatDiNizio.com.    

"This is Pat DiNizio" features Pat's singing, backed by pianist Jay Rowe, who has his own group, The Jay Rowe Band and has written songs for and supported Marion Meadows, plus he’s accompanied Angela Bofill,  Phil Perry, and many other song stylists.    The album includes 16 of Pat’s favorite songs--pieces like The Beatles “For No One,” Lionel Bart’s “Where is Love?” Jimmy Webb’s “Witchita Lineman” and the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreaming” which will be the video.  These are songs Pat wishes he wrote.  He also includes two he did write with the Smithereens-- “Blue Period” and “Behind the Wall of Sleep.”

“It’s definitely great to be able to bring this concert to the fans—both live at the gig, and live in ‘cyberspace’,” says DiNizio. “It couldn’t have happened without NewTek or TriCaster.”

Fans can register for the pay-per view through the pay-pal cost of $3.99 at http://patdinizio.internetvideochannel.com.

TriCaster allows users to mix multiple live component cameras with pre-edited video, overlay titles, images, external computer displays and even live web pages with simultaneous output to video, projector, and the Internet. Designed to appeal to corporate presenters, educators and media ministries, this 10-pound, shoebox-sized appliance allows users to produce presentations that have all the dynamics of live television.

Singer/songwriter Pat DiNizio, along with band members Dennis Diken (drums), Jim Babjak (guitar), and Mike Mesaros (bass) made for the Smithereens in the 1980s by gigging around New Jersey and New York. The band became a staple on college radio with early releases, and with their major label debut, "Especially for You" [Enigma]. College and MTV airplay led to a contract with Capitol and the 1988 release, Green Thoughts. The group retained a following through the 90s with 11, "Blow Up," "A Date With the Smithereens," hits packages "Blown to Smithereens" and "Attack of the Smithereens." The group continued releasing albums throughout the '90s, including a 1998 best-of and 1999's "God Save the Smithereens."

DiNizio released his solo debut "Songs and Sounds" in 1997, and made a bid for a New Jersey Senate seat in 2000. The run became the subject of the documentary film "Mr. Smithereen Goes to Washington." That same year, he developed the unique touring concept of driving his van to a fan's house, unloading his guitar and a keg of beer, and playing Smithereens requests to a private audience for a set price. DiNizio has also created the Unsigned Band Channel for XM Satellite Radio, and continues to gig across the U.S.

“Events like this one demonstrate the sheer versatility of TriCaster,” says Philip Nelson, NewTek Vice President of Sales and Video Marketing. “Whether you’re a pro, an amateur, or simply a fan—TriCaster opens up a world of possibilities.”

Pricing and Availability
TriCaster is now available now starting at $4,995 US. For more information or to purchase, call NewTek Sales at 800-368-5441 or visit http://www.newtek.com


Marky Ramone tourdates

Marky Ramone has tourdates in June and July, and he also wants fans to join him at www.myspace.com/markyramone.

He is touring in support of his two record set, START OF THE CENTURY.
June 15 SEATTLE, WA       STUDIO 7

Grand Funk's upcoming shows, plus Kulick news

Here are dates from Grand Funk Railroad.

June 3   Six Flags Frontier City     Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
June 4   Custom Car & Chopper Festival       El Paso, Texas  
June 9   Big E Balloon Festival         W. Springfield, Massachusetts
June 16  Rockin' on the Riverfront Fest     Detroit, Michigan  
June 18  City Lights Pavilion            Denver, Colorado  
June 24  Sonoma-Marin Fair-Bud Stage          Petaluma, California
July 7   National Cherry Festival          Traverse City, Michigan
July 19  Merced County Fair Outdoor Th.    Merced, California
July 20   Rock Fest 2006                     Cadott, Wisconsin
July 22  Boulder Station Hotel/Casino     Las Vegas, Nevada  
July 29  Live on the Levee                 St. Louis, Missouri    
August 10  Wisconsin State Fair-Grandstnd      West Allis, Wisconsin
August 11  Rib Off Festival                    Toledo, Ohio  
August 12   Rockin' The Rivers Festival        Three Forks, Montana  
September 3   Heinz Field                         Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  
September 23   Cliff Castle Casino                Camp Verde, Arizona
September 29    Los Angeles County Fair         Pomona, California  
October 1       Davis & Elkins College            Elkins, West Virginia    
October 20   Dragway                           N.Rockingham, North Carolina

Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick is smiling a lot, because he played session for Lordi, a Gwar-like band from Finland.  Lordi have gone gold, and just won the 51 Eurovision Award for best song.  "'Hard Rock Hallelujah was not
the song I played on but the first single from their release.
They were outrageous outfits, and play melodic hard rock, but singer is a bit aggressive. Needless to say," Bruce notes,  "Lordi winning the award was a huge upset to the European community.  Usually the winning song is a pop ballad." Lordi's fist album, GET HEAVY was released is 2002 and went platinum. Then they released, THE MONSTER SHOW, and their current release which features Bruce on a tune is THE AROCKALYPSE. Twisted Sister's Dee Snider and gutiarist Jay Jay French, plus Accept's Udo Dirkschneider join Bruce on the album.

notes from friends

John Gabbard is looking for folks to review CDs and DVDs at his site, www.dvdiva.com.  There isn't pay but it is an outlet if you're looking to build your writing portfolio and get "free" (meaning you have to write) product.  His number is 859-431-0066.

My west coast counterpart, Kathy Acquaviva sent me a press release congratulating Tracy Barnes for his ten year anniversery on www.hardradio.com.  Kathy's number is (818) 893-8458, and e-mail is KathyMedia@aol.com.  What's significant about Tracy is he was also the forerunner for all the satellite channels we now have.  He helped pioneer Z-Rock which was a metal station that broadcast out of Texas, and was heard al across the States.  

Last newsletter I gave the wrong website for Wendy Flower, whose CD, FLOWER POWER is perfect for families trying to educate their young children about principles offered in scary movies like AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. The web site is wendyflower.com, and her e-mail is wendy@wendyflower.com.

And finally Wayne Kramer, from the MC5, had his people issue a press release to help out one of his contemporaries.  Arthur Lee, founder of the band LOVE, needs a bone marrow transplant. For more information, please visit http://www.thelovesociety.com.

or write to:

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Contact; Anne Leighton: 718-881-8183/Leightonmedia@aol.com


Did you know that Bronx' very own Stanley Kubrick (CLOCKWORK ORANGE
filmmaker) used to let his cats sit in with him as he edited films? He wanted them to
have all his attention!

A Bronx writer believes that anyone can become more creative if they adopt a cat or two or three...or 20.

She bases her conclusions on observations she's had of industry people she knows, in fact.
"This is the reason Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is still making music.  Why do you think the Barbi Sisters are still favorites of the pin up crowd.  These artistslove animals and therefore have a sense of great humanity, and--thus--havepowerful creative insight that manifests itself in their works.

There are a few friendly stray cats in Leighton's neighborhood who are looking for loving homes. "Gweet" (as in "Go eat" and "I'm friendly, so I'm gweeting you") is a grey tuxedo who loves attention. He's already neutered, thanks to the great folks at Neighborhood Cats. Leighton and a neighbor--the Cat Lady will take Gweet to the vet to be cleaned and checked.   He could be a great solo cat, or live with a dog. Depending on his blood results, he would do well in a home with other active kitties.

Midnight is devoted to people.  She will be your friend for life if you feed her and change her litter box.  Neighborhood Cats spayed her, and depending on her blood results she'll do fine in a house where cats are not competing for an owner's attention or with just one or two affectionate cats, or as a solo cat.

There are a few other sweet cats who have been hanging out here, as well. Since they're new cats on the scene, Leighton is trying to find out if they--perhaps--might have an owner who is trying to find them:
*A white cat with grey spots and a grey
tail, plus a flea collar, who was discovered
hanging on top of a fence during
an awful thunder storm.  

*A mainly box print tabby that has white
paws and a white chest.  That cat is trim.  

*There is also a very stoic
orange-tan tabby with box prints.

In closing Leighton believes that in addition to the inspiration offered by one or more cats, these affectionate owners also give the owner something to work towards, "The more cats I have, the more I write.  The more I write, the more money I make.  The more money I make, the more my cats and the ones in the neighborhood can eat."  

Then again, the more cats that she can help find homes for, the more money she can save.... or maybe she can just sleep and dream, just like her inspiring cats.