While Led Zeppelin has endured a powerful legacy among classic rockers, one sharp criticism of the band is their unfortunate penchant for stealing songs. So much so, in fact, that we wrote an in-depth feature with a track by track analysis to determine the extent of the problem.However, one song gave us pause in the article: “Stairway To Heaven.” Easily the band’s most iconic song, “Stairway” came under fire when the band Spirit accused them of ripping it off from their 1968 original, “Taurus.” Led Zeppelin IV, featuring “Stairway,” was released in 1971.Currently, the plagiarism case is in the courts, and guitarist Jimmy Page recently made something a definitive statement on the matter. As The Hollywood Reporter shares, Page denied ever hearing the “Taurus” song until 2014.“I had not previously seen it in my collection and do not know how or when it got there,” states Page. “It may well have been left by a guest. I doubt it was there for long, since I never noticed it before. But, again, I know I did not hear Taurus until 2014.”The band’s main argument can be read here: “The similarity between ‘Taurus’ and ‘Stairway’ is limited to a descending chromatic scale of pitches resulting from ‘broken’ chords or arpeggios and which is so common in music it is called a minor line cliché… There is no substantial similarity in the works’ structures, which are markedly different. Neither is there any harmonic or melodic similarity beyond the unprotected descending line. Rather, straining to find something, the plaintiff’s expert argues that ‘Stairway’ and recordings of ‘Taurus’ have only five of the six chords in a centuries-old work — part of public domain material is still public domain material — and that both have the unprotected sequence of notes in a minor scale, A, B and C.”Meanwhile, Spirit is arguing that they performed with Led Zeppelin on a number of occasions, thus providing ample time for the band to morph “Taurus” into “Stairway To Heaven.”You can listen to both songs and compare for yourself, below:
Renowned jazz drummer, composer, teacher and bandleader Allison Miller is back with a new album, the first since 2013’s acclaimed No Morphine, No Lilies. Alongside a top notch band in Boom Tic Boom, Otis Was a Polar Bear catches Miller at a watershed moment in her life, not just as a growing musician, but now as a parent. Drawing great inspiration from her daughter Josie, Miller explains the departure from her last album to this most recent studio effort. “The last record was about such intense hardship and pain. This record is the other side of all that—it’s the beauty that comes after a storm.”The album opens with the bright, sultry Latin flair of Ben Goldberg’s charming clarinet play on “Fuster.” Inspired by Cuban artist José Rodríguez Fuster, the composition has its origins rooted in everyday life, this particular track, an unshakable melody Miller had sung to Josie in the first weeks of her life. Likewise, “Hoarding the Pod” comes from an over-caffeinated state during a recording session with Natalie Merchant. Its frantic, supercharged intro takes a backseat to a mellow groove supplied by Miller, finally giving way to the controlled chaos of Jenny Scheinman’s violin boiling over, Kirk Knuffke’s cornet beaming and Myra Melford making it rain piano keys.With a beautiful and thoughtful pairing of “The Listener” and “Lullaby For Cookie,” Miller delicately bridges the gap between life and death, the former written for a music-obsessed friend who died suddenly, while the latter was written for Miller’s daughter Josie before her birth. Miller’s relatively minimalist approach on these arrangements packs a significant punch.The album’s title track, “Otis Was a Polar Bear” evokes great imagery, not unlike the Melford-lead “Pig In A Sidecar” or “Shimmer.” Scheinman’s playful strokes and plucks on “Otis” are accented by Knuffke’s and Goldberg’s summit of brass and woodwinds while Miller and upright bassist Todd Sickafoose fill out a highly active and invigorated rhythm section.“Slow Jam” certainly lives up to its name. Miller’s simple, elegant groove is guided through the slow burner by a steady bass line and fantastic interplay with Melford and Knuffke. Miller’s final selection,”Staten Island,” was written after the tragic killing of Eric Garner by Staten Island police. “I sat down at the piano feeling hopeless and filled with rage. This is what came out,” Miller says. As in the case of Garner, there are a lot of moving parts to this track. Scattered flurries from Goldberg’s clarinet are mirrored by Milford’s frenzied piano before Miller is finally set off like a stick of dynamite into a righteous rock groove. When the groove begins its descent it’s left with only the sombre notes of Knuffke’s waning cornet.From traditional rock and jazz themes to the avant-garde variety, Allison Miller’s Otis Was a Polar Bear will present something of significance for the ear of any listener, whether the casual jazz fan or the most hardcore fan of fusion. Her chops are undeniable as is her ability to compose and elevate the separate links of her band in a way that reflects a focused and unrestrained sound.Otis Was a Polar Bear is set for release April 8 on Royal Potato Family. You can watch a behind the scenes video on the making of the album below, and don’t forget to check out Miller’s upcoming tour dates, as she and Boom Tic Boom will be out on the road this coming spring.Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom Spring 2016 Tour4/8 Seattle, WA @ Royal Room 4/9 Portland, OR @ Alberta St. Pub4/10 Arcata, CA @ Kate Buchanan Room HSU 4/14 Santa Cruz, CA @ Kuumbwa4/15 Los Angeles, CA @ The Blue Whale4/16 Berekely, CA @ Freight and Salvage4/17 Half Moon Bay, CA @ Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society4/27 Bloomsburg, PA @ Bloomsburg University4/28 Erie, PA @ Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture: Walker Recital Hall4/29 Lewisburg, WV @ Carnegie Hall4/30 Roanoke, VA @ Jazz Club at Jefferson Center5/1 Baltimore, MD @ Creative Alliance5/3 Charlottesville, VA @ Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church5/5 New York, NY @ Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola5/6 New Haven, CT @ Firehouse 125/7 North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA5/8 Goshen, MA @ Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares: Institute for the Musical Arts5/13 Philadelphia, PA @ Ars Nova Workshop: Philadelphia Art Alliance5/14 Washington, DC @ Kennedy Center: 21st Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival7/1 Iowa City, IA @ Iowa City Jazz Festival
Beloved saxophonist Branford Marsalis famously sat in with the Grateful Dead at the Nassau Coliseum in 1990, producing one of the most iconic performance of the Dead’s thirty-year career. While many have heard the performance, including the infamous “Eyes of the World,” few have heard Marsalis’s thoughts on the collaboration.Fortunately, thanks to YouTube user Josh Daniel, we have footage to share from a great interview with Marsalis in 1996. Held shortly after the death of Jerry Garcia, the interview talks about Marsalis’s work with the group, but dives into numerous topics about the iconic band. It’s interesting to hear Marsalis’s thoughts on how the band truly earned their audience with rigorous touring, how Dead shows were all about the music, and how open-minded the Grateful Dead and their fans were about music itself.You can enjoy this fantastic interview with Marsalis, below.Of course, an article about Marsalis wouldn’t be complete without full audio from the 3/29/90 Nassau Coliseum show. Stream it:
Last night, Dead & Company guitarists John Mayer and Bob Weir were the guests on Bravo series Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. The two musicians stopped by the show’s clubhouse after their sets at NYC’s Citi Field, talking about music, fame, Mayer’s guitar face and more, as well as treating fans to a special performance.After the thirty-minute program, the two sat down for a brief version of the hit Grateful Dead song, “Friend Of The Devil.” Watch the two famed musicians at work in the clip below.You can also watch Weir and Mayer talk about gay bars, out of body experiences, Mayer’s solo album, and Jerry Garcia.
There’s nothing quite like the opportunity to see a music legend at work. So many individuals have given themselves to the art of performance, but only a choice few can maintain longevity and stand the test of time. Last night at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn in Indianapolis, IN, not one but two legends performed for an enthusiastic crowd. Those legends were, of course, Peter Frampton and Gregg Allman.Frampton has enjoyed a successful career, powered by hits like “Show Me The Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do?” There’s no slowing down for the rocker, as he treated fans to a great celebration of his music. Allman, too, has shown no signs of slowing down, even though his band The Allman Brothers shut down after their 45th anniversary in 2014. His new solo act is top-notch, bringing fans a potent mix of ABB hits, blues standards, and more.Thankfully, Phierce Photo was on the ground to capture this classic rockin’ scene. Check it out below! Load remaining images
Alternative rock icons Radiohead have hinted at touring in 2017, but the band hadn’t actually revealed any of their plans. Today, however, the rumors have been confirmed, as the infamous U.K. festival Glastonbury announced that the seminal British band will perform at their festival in 2017. Radiohead will appear on the famous Pyramid Stage on Friday night.Radiohead have become somewhat synonymous with Glastonbury over the years. They have headlined the event twice before in 1997 and 2003, with both sets considered to be all-time classic Glastonbury performances. They also performed a secret set at the festival’s Park Stage in 2011 when road testing the material from their album The King Of Limbs. Thom Yorke has been known to pop up at the festival’s many smaller venues and cafes to perform DJ sets as well. The band clearly feel comfortable at Glastonbury, and it should be a triumphant return after their last performance on the Pyramid Stage fourteen years ago.To mark the announcement, Glastonbury had the Radiohead bear logo painted into the field in front of the Pyramid Stage, which you can see below.Radiohead also announced another festival appearance today, at the Open’er Festival in Gdynia, Poland. With two tour dates announced for 2017 already, and heavy rumors of an appearance at the 2017 edition of Coachella, Radiohead fans likely have a lot to look forward to in 2017.In honor of this awesome announcement, take a look at full videos of all three previous appearances by Radiohead at Glastonbury. First up, watch their headlining set from 1997, mere days after OK Computer was released. Next up, watch their triumphant return to the Pyramid Stage in 2003. Finally, watch their surprise appearance at the Park Stage in 2011 that heavily leaned on material from The King Of Limbs.Watch Radiohead live from the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 1997, courtesy of YouTube user Austin Brock.Watch Radiohead live from the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2003, courtesy of YouTube user Johnny AirbagWatch Radiohead live from the Park Stage at Glastonbury in 2011, courtesy of YouTube user Johnny Airbag.
The Mimi Fishman Foundation is a charitable organization started by and named for Phish drummer Jon Fishman‘s late mother, Mimi Fishman. The non-profit raises money for causes close to Fishman’s heart, including charities that seek to improve the lives of children and their families. The organization raises money by auctioning off concert paraphernalia from some of our favorite music makers, such as Phish, String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, moe., and Yonder Mountain String Band.The Mimi Fishman Foundation has just kicked off their second online auction of 2017, which features exclusively Jon Fishman’s used and signed drumsticks various Phish shows throughout 2016 and early 2017. Some of the pairs of drumsticks come from particularly notable shows, including their 2016 New Years Eve performance, Halloween, and their performance with Bob Weir on October 18th in Nashville, as well as runs that are near and dear to fans like their annual Colorado summer tour closing run at Dick’s Sporting Good Park and January’s destination getaway in Mexico.If you’re feeling philanthropic in the next month, you can check out the auction for yourself here and bid on some of Fishman’s drumsticks, which are currently ranging in price from $110 to $570, with drumsticks from the Bob Weir show in Tennessee holding the highest bidding price after seventeen bids.
Tedeschi Trucks Band is currently touring through Europe and celebrating the release of their live album and film, Live From The Fox Oakland. However, this newest release is not the only project members of the band are excited about. A live album titled Whose Hat Is This? has just gone on presale, which features a live improvisational performance by Tedeschi Trucks Band bassist Tim Lefebvre, drummers JJ Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, and sax player Kebbi Williams.Whose Hat Is This? was recorded by the foursome at A-Trane in Berlin on November 12, 2015. When Tedeschi Trucks Band made their stop in Germany, the quartet returned to A-Trane and performed at the venue as a tribute to their upcoming album. You can pre-order Whose Hat Is This? here on vinyl, so that you can get the first listen when it ships on April 9th. [H/T Tomorrowsverse]
The music of the Allman Brothers Band has proven itself timeless, as recordings from nearly 50 years ago continue to circulate radio stations, television programs, vinyl record players, and our own at-home devices on a regular basis. And while the passing of founding member, lyricist, vocalist, and organist Gregg Allman seals the end of the live performance era, it’s certainly not the last fans will hear from the Midnight Rider and the Band that paved the way for southern rock and blues.Gregg Allman was recently in the studio with Don Was, promising an album of new material expected to come out this fall, “likely in September, with more details on that soon,” according to Billboard. According to longtime Allman Brothers Band manager Bert Holman, there’s also a great deal of Allman Brothers Band archives that have yet to be released via the band’s own label and RED distribution.“We’ll keep putting things out as long as there’s an appetite for it,” Holman tells Billboard. “There’s a great deal of material [left], and still a lot of interest in hearing these things, we think. We’re working on other stuff right now in the creative pipeline.”The band’s most recent release was The Fox Box, a three-night run at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre from September of 2004. According to Billboard, “A number of other releases are in motion, including the individual digital release of six 2003 shows from the Instant Live series, as well as a ‘best of 2003’ four-disc set that Holman says will ‘cull the best songs and put together a mega-concert in terms of sequencing.’ Also on the near-term docket is a package featuring multiple shows by the original Allmans lineup at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.”Holman also reveals that the Allman Brothers’ legendary July 19, 2005 concert at the Warner Theatre in Earie, Pennsylvania is under strong consideration for release – a show that is greatly appreciated by ABB fans as one of the best the band has ever played, under a similar scope of the Grateful Dead’s 1977 Cornell University show. He also says that a “ferocious” small show from Fresno, California is also a potential release. The band’s manager is also working to release the Allman Brothers Band’s final concert from October 28, 2014 at the Beacon Theatre in New York in physical form. A release that features guitarist Jack Pearson (1997-1999) is also in the works.The archival decisions are made by a committee that features veteran music industry executive Bill Levenson, Warren Haynes, who Holman describes as having “an encyclopedic mind about shows, certain song performances,” among other brilliant minds and historians of the Allman Brothers Band legacy.While the group’s musical collection will continue to grow, so will its museum in Macon, Georgia. The Big House is the current home to all Allman Brothers Band memorabilia, from instruments, clothing, and show merchandise, to the very walls that inspired songs like “Blue Sky.” The museum has expanded so much over the last few years, that they were able to acquire the neighboring house to utilize as the headquarters and open the museum’s third floor as exhibition space.“More stuff keeps showing up, a lot of memorabilia and other stuff,” Holman tells Billboard. “They recently found one of [drummer] Jaimoe‘s conga cases from the back of the Fillmore album in a building in downtown Macon where the old Macon Recording Studios were. Who knows how it ended up there. So that’s in the museum. And as the audience is aging, people are loaning and donating all kinds of stuff to us. Every time somebody comes to the museum they’re like, ‘I have a button you don’t have. I have a poster you don’t have.’ Well, we’d love a picture of it, and if you’d like to donate it, all the better.”Holman also comments on the passing of Gregg Allman, saying “During the last months of his illness he really wanted privacy. He had been deteriorating for a while; He just kept it private. He didn’t want people calling, didn’t want to see stuff on TV. He wanted dignity, and fortunately he was able to do that. I think it’s great he died peacefully at home rather than hooked up in a hospital room with tubes, listening to that high-pitched beep, beep, beep.”The closing sentiments from Bert Holman reveal that the rock legend perhaps could have avoided further health issues, but that his main concern was always to play music. “He maybe came back too soon, by his own admission, but Gregg lived for the music. That’s the only thing he really loved. Playing in his bedroom is not what he means by playing; He wants to play with a band and in front of an audience. He just loved to play, so of course that’s what he would do.” You can read the full story here.Funeral arrangements have been made for this Saturday in Macon, Georgia at Snow’s Memorial Chap. It will be very small and intimate, with a “no suit” rule, as per Allman’s request. According to the Macon telegraph, fans who would like to pay their respects are asked to create a mile-long motorcade route between the funeral home and Rose Hill Cemetery, where he will be buried alongside his brothers Duane Allman and Berry Oakley. It is in this cemetery where songs like “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Little Martha” were written, and much of the band’s early history was spent.Rest In Peace, Gregg Allman.[photo by Phierce Photo]
Load remaining images On December 1st, The Wood Brothers continued their ongoing fall tour with a performance at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado. You can check out photographs from Friday’s performance below, courtesy of Bill McAlaine. The Wood Brothers head to The Boulder Theatre tonight.The Wood Brothers recently announced the release of their new album, One Drop of Truth, due February 2 via Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers. The ten-track collection marks the trio’s sixth record to date, and was self-produced by bandmates and brothers Oliver and Chris Wood, and Jano Rix. The first song from the album, “River Takes The Town”, is available for stream here. The song was written prior to the natural disasters that decimated parts of the world this summer, and recorded the day after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston.In support of the upcoming new music, The Wood Brothers will tour extensively in 2018. Currently on the road with only a few shows left in 2017, the band is planning a 26-date tour–starting this January and extending through mid-April, including two nights at The Fillmore in San Francisco and the Vic Theatre in Chicago. Check out the full schedule below.THE WOOD BROTHERS // Tour ScheduleNov. 17 – Hickory, NC – Music In The Mill (sold out)Nov. 28 – Jackson, WY – Center for the ArtsNov. 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room (sold out)Dec. 1 – Denver, CO – Ogden TheatreDec. 2 – Boulder, CO – Boulder TheaterDec. 4 – Kansas City, MO – The TrumanDec. 5 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s BallroomDec. 6 – Dallas, TX – Granada TheaterDec. 7 – Austin, TX – Paramount TheatreDec. 9 – San Antonio, TX – Empire TheatreDec. 10 – Houston, TX- White Oak Music HallDec. 11 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity TheatreDec. 12 – Lafayette, LA – Acadiana Center for the Arts (sold out)Jan. 25 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson TheatreJan. 26 – Washington, DC – Lincoln TheatreJan. 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Union TransferJan. 30 – Albany, NY – The EggJan. 31 – New York, NY – Irving PlazaFeb. 2 – Portland, ME – State TheatreFeb. 3 – Boston, MA – House of BluesFeb. 9 – Miami Beach, FL – Groundup Music FestivalFeb. 21 – Phoenix, AZ – MIM Music TheaterFeb. 22 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly UpFeb. 23 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda TheatreFeb. 24 – San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreFeb. 25 – San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreFeb. 27 – Arcata, CA – Kate Buchanan RoomFeb. 28 – Ashland, OR – Southern Oregon UniversityMar. 1 – Portland, OR – Crystal BallroomMar. 2 – Seattle, WA – NeptuneApr. 11 – Minneapolis, MN – First AvenueApr. 12 – Madison, WI – Majestic TheatreApr. 13 – Chicago, IL – Vic TheatreApr. 14 – Chicago, IL – Vic TheatreApr. 15 – St. Louis, MO – The PageantApr. 17 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft BallroomApr. 18 – Ann Arbor, MI – The ArkApr. 19 – Indianapolis, IN – The VogueApr. 20 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou TheaterThe Wood Brothers | The Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 12/1/17