Thursday, July 27, 2017

Exclusive: Dhani Harrison solo debut -- a report and photos



 This report and photos of Dhani Harrison at the Echo in Los Angeles comes from Olivia Anne Morris Fuchs, for which we thank her. 

DHANI HARRISON -- FIRST EVER SOLO SHOW AT L.A.'S ECHO

Dhani Harrison has been playing music and performing all his life. Learning the craft of songwriting literally on the lap of his famous father, George Harrison, Dhani has  distinguished himself with his own music. His soundtrack to Beautiful Creatures won critical acclaim. He co-produced and scored the music video, Liminal, about skateboard legend, Rodney Mullen. He has performed with bands Fistful of Mercy and thenewno2 and toured with The Black Leather Motorcycle Club. Monday night in L.A. was Dhani Harrison's first solo concert.
Mereki opened the evening. Her friend Laura performed a ribbon dance before the music which set a good tone for the night. Mereki is a delight to the eye and ear. Her voice is special -- light and high and beautiful. She often dances along as she sings in a quirky pleasant style. Dhani called her back onstage during his set to join is one song. During her set, she had mentioned how tender and gentle Dhani is. As she left after her song with him, Dhani gave her a hug and sweet kiss on the cheek–looked like a nice bit of intimacy there.
It was evident that Dhani was excited to start his first solo show. He began by smudging the stage, instruments and space; then they began. The band was tight and perfectly complimented Harrison's earlier songs and the new ones off his album to be released on October 6, IN///PARALLEL. (Available for pre-order here on Amazon.com.) You may hear a pre-view of "All About Waiting" here
There were a few first show snafus which had to be worked out with the sound crew. But, the overall show was great. The bass player even got his own cheering section going because of his excellent contributions. The guests were a raucous lot, yelling and encouraging the band throughout, and were of all stripes--Beatle freaks, like your contributor, Dhani fans, skate fans, and L.A.'s hip set. An excellent time was had by all.
Dhani performed several songs off the upcoming album, and some from previous efforts with thenewno2 and Fistful of Mercy as well as sound track collaborations.
Set list:
Dhani was backed by
  • Josh Giroux, keys (Big Black Delta, Gary Numan)
  • Noah Harmon, guitarist (The Airborne Toxic Event)
  • Chris Hornbrook, drums (Big Black Delta, Poison the Well)
  • Blas Perez. bassist (Big Black Delta, and others) and joined on All About Waiting by his backing vocalist Cami Grey.









Wednesday, July 26, 2017

George Martin 'Soundbreaking' series nominated for Emmy

Photo from Higher Ground
Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Musicthe last project of Sir George Martin, has been nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Sound, Higher Ground, the presenter and creator of the series, announced July 26. 

The superb eight-episode series featured more than 150 exclusive and original interviews with a huge assortment of musical innovators, artists and producers, including Paul McCartneyRingo StarrRoger WatersElton JohnJoni MitchellB.B. KingAnnie LennoxMark KnopflerTom PettyBonnie Raitt, Nile Rodgers, Brian EnoRosanne Cash, Don Was, Steven Van ZandtBen Harper and more, and included a wealth of rare footage. It debuted on PBS in November 2016. The series is available on DVD and Blu-Ray.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Ringo's new album "Give More Love" announced


"Give More Love" will be released Sept. 15. You can pre-order it here. (Also in the UK, in Germany and Japan.)

Here's the track list:

We’re on the Road Again 
Richard Starkey, Steve Lukather
(with Paul McCartney on bass and backing vocals)

Laughable
Richard Starkey, Peter Frampton

Show Me the Way
Richard Starkey, Steve Lukather

Speed of Sound
Richard Starkey, Richard Marx

Standing Still
Richard Starkey, Gary Burr

King of the Kingdom
Richard Starkey

Electricity
Richard Starkey, Glen Ballard

So Wrong for So Long
Richard Starkey, Dave Stewart

Shake It Up
Richard Starkey, Gary Nicholson

Give More Love
Richard Starkey, Gary Nicholson

Back Off Boogaloo
Richard Starkey, George Harrison

You Can’t Fight Lightning - Ringo Starr and Alberta Cross
Richard Starkey

Photograph - Ringo Starr and Vandaveer
Richard Starkey, George Harrison

Don't Pass Me By - Ringo Starr and Vandaveer
Richard Starkey