Posted in Artist Watch, New Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2012 by Randy

Two legendary groups join forces as Carlos Santana and the Santana Band announce six special co-headlining concerts with The Allman Brothers Band during July 2012. The dates kick off July 22 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Lake, NY, and wrap July 30 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Highlights also include shows at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on July 24, and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on July 25. Tickets for the six dates begin going on-sale May 4.

It is a delight and an honor to finally share the stage, and the music, with Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and The Allman Brothers Band,” says Carlos Santana. This is something that we’ve hoped to make happen for many years.” These special concerts follow the first leg of U.S. dates on Santana’s Shape Shifter Tour 2012.

Previously, Santana and The Allman Brothers have only intersected at major festivals. On touring together, Gregg Allman says, “We’ve all looked forward to doing this for a very long time.” The Allman Brothers Band line-up includes Gregg Allman (vocals and keyboards), Butch Trucks (drums, tympani), Jaimoe (drums), Warren Haynes (vocals, lead and slide guitar), Derek Trucks (slide and lead guitar), Oteil Burbridge (bass), and Marc Quinones (congas and percussion).  Earlier this year, the group was honored with a special GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award.

Santana’s tour dates with The Allman Brothers follow the May 15, 2012 release of Shape Shifter, their latest album-and the first for Carlos Santana’s new label Starfaith Records. The 13-song set is an instrumental tour de force long awaited by fans (one song features vocals by Santana’s lead vocalists Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay). The album also features Chester Thompson on keyboards, Dennis Chambers on drums, Benny Rietveld on bass, Salvador Santana on keyboards, Raul Rekow on congas and Karl Perazzo on percussion.

Since Santana emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area music scene in the 1960s, the group has sold more than 100 million records, reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Santana has won 10 GRAMMYs, including a record-tying nine for a single project, 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”). With the 2010 release of Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time­, Santana joined the Rolling Stones as one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least one Top Ten album in each decade from the 1960s on. Among other honors, Carlos Santana is #20 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”-“Santana’s crystalline tone and clean arcing sustain make him the rare instrumentalist who can be identified in just one note.”

Shape Shifter Tour Dates:
July 7        Grand Casino Mille Lacs                   Hinckley, MN
July 9        Ravinia Festival                              Highland Park, IL
July 12       Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts Kettering, OH
July 13       Soaring Eagle Casino Resort             Mount Pleasant, MI
July 14       Molson Canadian Amphitheatre          West Toronto, ON
July 15       DTE Energy Music Theatre                Clarkston, MI
July 17       Bank of America Pavilion                   Boston, MA
July 18       Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion     Gilford, NH
July 20-21   Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center    Atlantic City, NJ

 July 22          Darien Lake Performing Arts Center   Darien Lake, NY

July 24          Nikon at Jones Beach Theater          Wantagh, NY

July 25          PNC Bank Arts Center                     Holmdel, NJ

July 27          Saratoga Performing Arts Center       Saratoga, NY

July 28          The Comcast Theatre                     Hartford, CT

July 30          Merriweather Post Pavilion               Columbia, MD*

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Posted in Artist Watch, News with tags , , , , , , , on November 14, 2011 by Randy
Iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND have announced a distribution agreement with Entertainment One Music to market two signature band-owned labels: PEACH RECORDS for the sales of its previous Sanctuary label releases and new live recordings of the current band as well as the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND RECORDING COMPANY for the release of archival recordings featuring the late DUANE ALLMAN and BERRY OAKLEY. The deal begins with three CDs and one DVD streeting December 6.

First up in the new deal: the live S.U.N.Y. AT STONYBROOK, NY 9/19/1971 album. The acclaimed Stonybrook show–the only soundboard recording of “Blue Sky” to feature the late founding members DUANE ALLMAN and BERRY OAKLEY–had only previously been available through mail order and at ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND shows.

PEACH RECORDS will re-release the ABB’s out-of-print studio album HITTIN’ THE NOTE and re-issue the gold-certified LIVE AT THE BEACON THEATRE DVD, both of which were originally released in 2003 and feature the band’s current line-up.  It will also re-issue the live album ONE WAY OUT, which features ABB classics as well as newer material including the Grammy-nominated “Instrumental Illness.”  ONE WAY OUT and LIVE AT THE BEACON THEATRE were recorded in 2003 at the group’s legendary annual March shows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.  HITTIN’ THE NOTE, the BEACON DVD and ONE WAY OUT had been available via Sanctuary Music.

The group is also planning the 2012 release of their 40th anniversary show held in 2009 at the Beacon Theatre.  It was dedicated to the memory of Duane Allman, seminal guitarist and founder of the band, and to help celebrate Duane’s legacy.  On March 26, 2009 the group performed each of their first two albums in their entirety: the self-titled 1969 debut (including iconic live staples “Dreams” and “Whipping Post”) and their 1970 album Idlewild South (which features “Revival,” “Midnight Rider” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”).

“Finally, after 40 years, the Allman Brothers Band are making records for their own label, without any interference from non-musicians,” says GREGG ALLMAN. “The band has always maintained a close watch over all of its music,” says longtime manager Bert Holman.  “This new relationship will allow us to get music into fans’ hands quicker and more readily than ever and will give us the added marketing support that these projects deserve.”

Of HITTIN’ THE NOTE, Steve Morse of the Boston Globe said, “one listen will convince you that the Allmans are really hitting a new peak…it’s so good that it should immediately silence any skeptics who are hung up over the Allman’s old days (3/28/03)” and both the Philadelphia Daily News and Entertainment Weekly gave it an “A” grade, with the latter calling it a “masterful 11-track set (4/14/03).”   Of ONE WAY OUT, Robert Christgau said it’s “The best live album of their career because both age and youth suit them…they’re better now than they ever were.”

Jim Cuomo, eOne Executive VP and GM says, “I am ecstatic that the band is taking control of their work. They are the preeminent American band with a massive, rabid and ever growing fan base who is hungry for the repertoire the band is about to make available to them.  eOne will be bringing to bear the level of focus and intensity to our sales and marketing efforts that the band has earned and so richly deserves, as we introduce this material to the marketplace.”

The group–GREGG ALLMAN (vocals and keyboards), BUTCH TRUCKS (drums and tympani), JAIMOE (drums), WARREN HAYNES (vocals, lead and slide guitar), DEREK TRUCKS (slide and lead guitar), OTEIL BURBRIDGE (bass) and MARC QUINONES (congas and percussion)–have scaled back their aggressive touring schedule to allow band members to focus on their projects, but will hit the road for six “evening with” shows beginning November 25.

Tour dates are below:

Fri 11/25 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theater
Sat 11/26 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theater
Tue 11/29 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
Wed 11/30 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
Fri 12/2 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
Sat 12/3 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater


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