Ten Years After play the States in March!!!!!!!!!



The British blues-rock band Ten Years After will make its long-awaited return to the United States for a series of concerts in March 2006.

Keyboardist Chick Churchill, bass guitarist Leo Lyons, drummer Ric Lee and vocalist/lead guitarist Joe Gooch are promoting the 2005 studio album 'Ten Years After...Now.' (The double live album 'Roadworks' was released later in 2005 and as of now is available as an import.)

Ten Years After formed nearly four decades ago in its native Nottingham, England. The band is best known for its show-stopping performance of "I'm Going Home" at the legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969 as well as the hit single "I'd Love To Change The World" in 1971.

Fans will get to hear a wide variety of Ten Years After's finest material. Also, the band often tries out new songs before recording them.

"We play 50 percent new material most of the time, sometimes 60 percent depending on the length of the set we play," says Lee. "Yes, whenever possible we try out new stuff before we record it. Seventy percent of 'Ten Years After...Now' was performed live before recording."

Sometimes songs that have rarely -- if ever -- been played live before are incorporated into the set, making the shows extra exciting for die-hard fans.

"We pulled out 'Working On The Road' because Joe liked the song and fancied doing it live. The only other time we'd played it was at the Fillmore East in 1970. 'I'd Love To Change The World' is in the set which it never was in the previous life of Ten Years After," Lee says. "There are other tunes that we have standing by in case anyone shouts for them too. If fans write to the web site and give us titles they'd like to hear we'll try to accommodate them, wherever possible."

A few covers are regularly aired out just for a fun jam.

"At present the only covers are 'Good Morning Little Schoolgirl' and 'I Can't Keep From Cryin' Sometimes,' but who knows in the future?" Lee says.

The arrangements can often take some interesting improvisational twists and turns.

"On the old Ten Years After classics Joe improvises solos drawn from his own fabulous vocabulary," says Lee. "The new songs from the 'Ten Years After...Now' album tend to be more structured, but again, with a band like Ten Years After, you never know."

Ten Years After's current U.S. tour dates include:

Thursday, March 9th Detroit, MI Magic Bag
Friday, March 10th Cleveland, OH Wilbert's
Saturday, March 11th Fishkill, NY (near Woodstock) Celtic House
Tuesday, March 14th Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater
Wednesday, March 15th New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club
Thursday, March 16th Somerville, MA Johnny D's
Friday, March 17th West Springfield, VA Jaxx
Saturday, March 18th Pittsburgh, PA Moondog's


fiddle trip funk live!-new Deninzon & Stratospheerius DVD

Fusion/funk/jam/progressive/rock/everything band JOE DENINZON & STRATOSPHEERIUS are releasing a DVD called “fiddle trip funk live!” for their fans on the 21st of February at a release party at CB’s Gallery.  The band is also working on a new CD, probably for a fall release.  We’re looking for a record and a publishing deal for Joe, as he’s been a finalist in a variety of songwriting contests in the past year, which is a rarity for virtuoso players.

I interviewed Joe, along with other instrumentalists and composers (Carl Strommen, John Corigliano, Steve Horowitz)  in the new book, SONGWRITER’S MARKET about instrumental careers.  If you want a PDF file of the submitted interview, please e-mail me.  The book, itself, has solid features with Jonatha Brook and Richie Havens (done by my songwriting client Robin Renee).  There is good advice for songwriters; you can research the book at the Writers Digest bookshelf at www.writersdigest.com, or check out the reference section of your local bookstore.

Here are the current dates Joe’s scheduled so far:

February 16   Mexicali Blues Cafe,  opening for the Insidious Rays.  Teaneck, NJ

February 21, CBGB 313 Gallery, 313 Broadway in New York City, NY  

February 23, Cary Street Cafe, Richmond, VA

February 24, Jewish Mother, Virginia Beach, VA

April 10, Crash Mansion, New York City, NY

April 15, W.T. Smithers, Dover, DE    

May 25, Nectars, Burlington, VT

June 23, The Gathering Music Festival, Pulaski, NY


Come meet Northey Valenzuela

If you like the Gin Blossoms and the Canadian group, The Odds, please let me know if you’re interested in Northey Valenzuela.  They’ve recorded a pure rock & roll album that might remind you of Rockpile, Traveling Wilburies. Foghat. The artists are Jesse Valenzuela (songwriter, singer from the Gin Blossoms) and Craig Northey of the Odds.  The album, NORTHEY VALENZUELA includes “Not a Lot Goin’ On,” which is the theme for (Canada TV) CTV’S comedy show, CORNER GAS.  The album also includes support from Bryan Adams’ musicians Colin James and Keith Scott, plus Steve Miller and Raven drummer Gary Mallaber.  It’s due out in late April.

I am also guest-listing the media for their live shows:

February 14, Iota, Arlington, VA
February 16, B.B. Kings (with the Rembrandts), New York City
February 17, Mohegan Sun (with the Rembrandts), Uncasville, CT

February 18, The Chance, Poughkeepsie


Carl Palmer: "reports of my death are...

First off, here is the official statement from drummer, percussionist Carl Palmer on the reunion of the original Asia.

"As the great American humorist Mark Twain once told a group of journalists: 'The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated...'  I must make it clear that the current statements about a reunion of the original members of Asia circulating within the music and concert industries are somewhat premature. All four original members have met and discussed a reunion to celebrate the band's 25th Anniversary. However, at this time, no specific time frame for tours and recordings has been established, and no shows have been booked. At present, I am giving my complete focus to a North American tour of The Carl Palmer Band which will run from May through early July 2006. Ironically, 'Only Time Will Tell' when the original Asia can once again return....Carl Palmer. January 31, 2006."

Next more confirmed dates on Carl's upcoming six week tour. Carl and bandmates (guitarist: Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Stuart Clayton) will offer new versions of Emerson Lake and Palmer music. THERE ARE NO KEYBOARDS ON THIS TOUR.
Wed May 24 Hamilton Place Theatre    Hamilton,ON
Thu May 25 Empire Theatre    Bellville,ON
Fri May 26 Lee's Palace    Toronto,ON
Sat May 27 Le Medley    Montreal, QB
Sun May 28 Theatre Granada    Sherbrooke,QB

Wed May 31 Regent Theatre Arlington, MA (Boston) Thu June 1 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
Fri June 2 Inter-Media Arts Center Huntington, NY (Long Island)
Sat June 3 Rams Head Annapolis, MD
Sun June 4 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA (Philadelphia)
Tue June 6 B.B. King Blues Club New York, NY
Wed June 7 The Birchmere Alexandria, VA (Washington DC)
Thu June 8 Rex Theatre Pittsburgh, PA
Fri June 9 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Sat June 10 The Abbey Chicago, IL
Sun June 11 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI
Mon June 12 The Warehouse Springfield, IL

Wed June 14 Walnut Room    Denver,CO


Third:  If you’re looking for angles on Carl stories, think of psychology or emotional fitness or working with children.  In addition to doing all his performing road work, he’s also goes on the road a few weeks out of the year to help both deaf and blind children find their inherent rhythm.  He shows them all how to feel rhythm, play drums.  The children and their teachers do sincerely feel satisfaction from this.  He’ll be doing this in April in England.

and for the media: www.carlpalmer.com/media

The Rembrandts LIVE!

I’m setting up interviews with the Rembrandts (Danny Wilde does chats from noon to three west coast time, and Phil Solem does interviews more in the afternoon.)  Also radio is starting to play the single “Don’t Give Me Up,” which is a new song from this melodic pop band.

Here are their upcoming tour dates:

February 14    Ramshead, Annapolis, MD

February 16    B.B. Kings, New York City, NY  (with Northey Valenzuela)

February 17   Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT (with Northey Valenzuela)

February 18    Opera House, Claremont, NH

February 19     E. Hartford Cultural Center, E. Hartford, CT.

February 23    Hard Rock Hotel, Velvet Series, Orlando, FL

February 24    Fuel, Jacksonville, FL

February 25    Mavericks, Charlotte County Fair, Port Charlotte, FL

March 2 The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA

March 3     Whiskey Petes, Primm, NV  


Katy Moffatt, hey look her over!

KATY MOFFATT’S “Up Close And Personal” will be presented in the May issue of HARP as one of those “overlooked albums” and I thank them.  I hope to thank you after you listen over her music.

Here are dates that Katy’s booked for herself this year.

February 13   St. Andrews Heights Community Hall, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
February 16, 17 The Stop, Black Diamond, Alberta, Canada  
March 11 St. Gabriel’s Church, Portland, OR
March 24   Mavericks, Visalia, CA
March 30   Blind Willie’s, Atlanta, GA
April 29 and 30   Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch, Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, Santa Clarita, CA

May:  Europe

June 11   Riverboat Festival, Chattanooga, TN
October 7,  Cedaredge, Colorado   Cedaredge Applefest  
October 14  Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall, Michigan (near Battle Creek)


Jann Klose back home in America

Jann Klose is just back from four shows in Germany, and has already scheduling dates in the States.  We’re pushing very hard in the New England region, because there are stations giving attention to his 2004 “Black Box” EP.   He is a blue-eyed soul, singer songwriter. If you have Windows on your computer, go to www.jannklose.com, and there’s a link where you download his live video “Walk Through The River” through file-sharing networkings online. He’s had almost 59,000 since November.   And the Warner Bros. DVD Release of "Dead Broke" starring Paul Sorvino, which features Jann’s song “Black Box” over end credits is set for April 18th, 2006.

Here are Jann’s tourdates.

March 30    Sono Caffeine    Norwalk, CT
April 26    Mole's Eye Cafe Brattleboro, VT
April 27    People's Pint Greenfield, MA
July 28     TUUC Lutherville, MD


Sugar, Friday the 13th is good

I’m amazed how my chick rock band, Sugar, from Akron keeps getting into trouble, and it’s never their fault.  Usually it’s the men with problems...except my clients.  You don’t read stories about Ian Anderson getting into a barroom brawl, even though his verbal skills could knock over the toughest wrestler--take that, Mankind! And the guys in Grand Funk are so well-adjusted, Bruce Kulick even picks up after his dog Joey.  If Carl Palmer's in a bad mood, he's got a lot of drums to hit.  And certainly my woman folk singer-songwriter Katy Moffatt is very kind, she is always at one with folks she chats with.  And my baby acts have always been caring people--Joe Deninzon is dedicated to his wife Yulia even more than my dog is to me.

But Rose Kuhel and the rest of her chick rock band, Sugar, from Akron, get into so much trouble, it breaks my heart AND my head.  Rose claims “It wasn’t my fault; I didn’t curse at them or hit them, I just walked away from them.  I like walking away from any kind of violence.” So she was knocked down and beaten up by six members of the Akron police department on January 13, a Friday.

What happened was she got into a verbal argument with the now former lead singer of Sugar (Lil Dee) at her home, and Rose walked away as the police came into her house.  Rose said, “I’m going to bed, I’ll deal with this in the morning.”  Suddenly Akron police were on top of Rose, smashing her like they worked for the LAPD.  

She spent the night in jail, and about a week in physical rehab, plus tended to her work obligations: doing shows, working sound and figuring out her finances.

Rose said she didn’t start any fight, in fact she claims this is the second time the Akron cops beat her up, “They just think I’m intimidating.”  All five foot four of her.  “What?” she explains, “a uniform is going to make me bow down to someone?  I treat everyone the same.  I think you have to be spiritually cool--like Bruce Lee--for me to be intimidated...and then making someone feel small wouldn’t be your goal.”  

This Friday she will have her day in court, and who knows how her lawyer will advise her.  

The good news is that Rose has decided Friday the 13th is good luck, because she’s now the singer and guitarist, as bassist Danielle and drummer Holly are sticking with her.  The band is pulling its 11 AFTER CD off the market, and--for the time being--will just be servicing a two song CD with “Tie Me Off” and “Running Scared,” until she records new vocals for the rest of the album.  

Here are the next round of dates for Sugar

February 25    The Phantasy, Cleveland w/The Subtones, The
Velvematics & Johnny Mowhawk & the Assassins.  

March 3rd    Hi-Fi, Lakewood, OH w/ the Velvematics & Liquid

March 18  TNT,  Clinton Township (Detroit) MI
Women of Rock III

March 31  The Tavern At The Mill, Lacaster, OH  


Tower of Power’s upcoming shows in the United States

March 24 Uncasville, CT    Mohegan Sun Casino, Wolf Den

March 26    Rahway, NJ   Union County Arts Center
Also appearing: Average White Band

March 30 & 31   New York, NY   B.B. King's Blues Club

April 2 Ridgefield, CT    The Ridgefield Playhouse

April 4  Buffalo, NY   The Town Ballroom  (formerly The Sphere)

April 5  Cleveland, OH  House of Blues

April 6  Chester, WV  The Harv/Mountaineer Race Track

April 7  & 8   Glenside, PA  Keswick Theater

April 9  Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

April 12 - 15 Boston, MA  Scullers Jazz Club

April 28  Orlando, FL  Reunion Resort

August 4 Columbus, OH  Ohio State Fair (Celeste Center)

August 15 San Mateo,CA  San Mateo County Fair Grandstand

August 17 Monterey, CA  Monterey County Fairgrounds

September 1-3  Las Vegas, NV  Suncoast Hotel & Casino

September 15  San Diego, CA Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay

September 20 Bakersfield, CA  Kern County Fair - Bud Pavillion

November 2 Highland, CA  San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino

November 4  Albuquerque, NM  Route 66 Casino

November 18 Cerritos, CA Cerritors Center for the Performing Arts


news on various folks, not current clients

If you’re an independent artist with an album, send your CD to Chris Thelen,  WRLR-FM, P.O. Box 98, Round Lake, IL  60073 His e-mail is dailyvault@comcast.net. The station plays unsigned bands.


Willy Porter’s opened for Jethro Tull here in the States and in Europe a few tours since I’ve worked with him.  He’s planning a tour for later this year; Paulette is his publicist at pm12@comcast.net    

Willy’s song “Valentine” was produced by Tull keyboardist Andrew Giddings.  This will be an exclusive single, not currently scheduled for Willy’s upcoming album.  Willy’s due a club tour early summer with Toad the Wet Sprocket, Glen Phillips and that’ll include dates in Arizona and Philadelphia.    


I don’t like that Ian Anderson compares Clifford Meth to Beelzebub, although he also sees some Isaac Asimov and C. S. Lewis in his writing.  Clifford’s upcoming book of illustrated fiction stories is called METHo.d.. It was originally called MEAN LITTLE STORIES.

METHo.d. is illustrated fiction in the Byron Preiss WEIRD HEROES tradition. There's art by Steve Lieber, Al Milgrom, Jordan Raskin, Michael Netzer, Paty Cockrum, and Wm. Messner-Loebs. The Introduction is by Peter David, who opens with: "Clifford Meth knows things. Dark, dank, nasty things. Things that most others wouldn't care to admit they know..."  It's available from Aardwolf Publishing (www.aardwolfpublishing.com) signed/numbered.



Bill Kopecky played bass on Blue Marble’s album, FLYIN’.  The group features the killer twin-lead guitar attack of Jimmy and Johnny Ryan, who won the prestigious Chicago’s Fastest Fingers competition.  The 13 track disc finds them exploring world fusion (Arabic, Indian, Celtic, Americana) in addition to their trademark rock riffage.  The CD is instrumental except for one track, which is a smoking cover version of a Wishbone Ash classic.
Media should contact either the Ryan Brothers (www.ryanetics.com) or William Kopecky (www.williamkopecky.com).  

Relevant stories from former clients....

Former politician and music writer Maria Armoudian is still involved with public service.  She is the Environmental Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles (boy, do they need her) and she has a new CD, called LIFE IN THE NEW WORLD.   She has a show Feb. 23 at the Tempest in West Hollywood, CA.  Connect her at either  www.armoudian.com or www.cdbaby.com/armoudian.

I have a source if you’re interested in what peaceful Muslims say about some of the more fanatical Muslims who are rioting worldwide currently because of last September’s Prophet Mohammed cartoon in Denmark.

Artist Jesus Muhammad Ali, the grandson of Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad, says there are different interpretations on whether the images of sacred religious leaders can be reproduced in art by Islamic people.  He also says that artists who are born with talent, should decide what they want to do with their art--whether it’s to slam another ideology or to offer solutions to make the world or at least their own neighborhood a better place.

Jesus, himself, has been scrutinized because he’s created portraits (based on photographs) of Islamic leaders--most notably his grandfather the late Elijah Muhammad, who founded the Nation of Islam in America.  He is also the author of the 2002 book,  THE EVOLUTION OF THE NATION OF ISLAM: THE STORY OF ELIJAH MUHAMMAD on the independent imprint, JMA Masterprints.   I no longer have copies of that book, but have stayed in touch with Jesus because he really is a deep conversationalist--into physics, martial arts, family, history, world cultures.....