Monday, May 29, 2017

Jimi Hendrix film from Royal Albert Hall 1969

Someone has uploaded the shelved film from Jimi Hendrix's final show in London. 
The film was never published because of dispute over the legal details. Now a Vimeo user has uploaded it. We urge you not to watch it!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lost 1967 Zappa interview tape found again

A really good radio interview with Frank Zappa from November 13, 1967, has been unearthed.
Joe Doll was one of the DJ:s that did the interview in Detroit for WCBN, the student-run community radio station of University of Michigan. He thought the tape was lost but recently found it, almost 50 years after it was recorded. It has now been digitized and uploaded for the world to hear.

Listen or download here.

The sound is really good and it is one of the better interviews with Frank. The earlier interviews with Frank are often the more interesting ones.
Some of the topics are Frank's impressions of The Mothers of Invention's first European tour (September and October 1967), his collaboration with The Monkees (which the people around first seem to take as a joke) and his opinion on The Beatles (surprisingly quite positive!)

Article on the unearthed tape here.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Roger Waters plays new song

Ex Pink Floyd member Roger Waters on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Waters performs a song from his upcoming album 'Is This The Life We Really Want?'

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Two more Japanese dates for Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers; Osaka and Nagoya

After the 24 dates in USA in August/September, but before they play two shows at the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Yokohama, Japan on September 23 & 24, Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers will be at the Festival Hall, Osaka on 20 September and Nagoya International Conference Center in Nagoya two days later.

September 20:
Festival Hall, Osaka

The link on Donald Fagen's Facebook page just leads to a general entertainment portal, and the Festival Hall homepage has no mention of it. But since it is on his official events page we take it that the contracts have been signed.

September 22:
Nagoya International Conference Center, Nagoya

General On sale date is 10 June.

Tickets seem to be priced at 12 000 or 15 000 Yen (= 106/132 US$, 96/120 € and 82/102 £).

Click here for link to the Japanese ticket page.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

King Crimson touring North America with FOUR drummers

Crimson in Stockholm 2016.
King Crimson have announced their North American tour 2017, and if three drummers were not enough (as for the 2016 European tour)...they have added even one more.
The touring lineup, according to, looks like this:
Robert Fripp (guitar, keyboards) and longtime associates Tony Levin (bass, Chapman Stick) and Mel Collins (saxophone) alongside singer/guitarist Jakko Jakszyk and four drummers, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey. Stacey and Rieflin will also double as keyboardists. Referring to this tour configuration as the “Double Quartet Formation,” Fripp says King Crimson is “likely to be making a lot more noise than before.”

To coincide with the tour, King Crimson is releasing an EP featuring their version of David Bowie’s “Heroes” recorded in Berlin during the band’s 2016 European tour. Fripp, of course, played on Bowie’s original track.
Fripp explains that the EP, which will be released on June 2nd, is as a celebration, a remembrancing and an homage to Bowie.

Check for North American tour dates here.

Friday, May 12, 2017

50th anniversary of iconic Hendrix debut album

Today it is 50 years ago since the original release of the groundbreaking debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. 
Are You Experienced was an immediate commercial success and is by many regarded as one of the greatest debuts in rock'n'roll. The magazine Rolling Stone ranked it #15 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The title track - behind the scenes:

Are You Experience is one of those awesome 1967 albums that changed popular music. (Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are two more).

Another anniversary:

Today English rock artist extraordinaire, Ian Dury, would have been 75. 
He made quite a success in the late 1970's with songs as Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick, Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3 and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,.

Unfortunately Ian passed away in 2000. And hey, there is actually a link between Ian Dury and Jimi Hendrix debut album. There is one song on Ian's album Laughter (1980) called "Manic Depression (Jimi)". But it is not a cover of Jimi's song.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Just announced: Steely Dan live in London and Dublin in 2017!

Steely Dan will play the 2017 Blues Fest in Dublin and London with "very special guests" The Doobie Brothers.

The dates are October 28 in Dublin at the 3 Arena followed by London and the O2 Arena on October 29.

Tickets go on sale May 12. Presale May 10.

It's been eight years since Steely Dan played London. It was part of the 2009 Left Bank tour that saw the band play a total of 12 shows in Holland, Belgium, Scotland, UK, France, Switzerland, Italy and Monaco.

Now ... something tells me that Steely Dan won't pop over to do just two shows. there should be at least a handful more in Europe. Makes economic sense. But when and where?
Time for live gig detectives to check for other festival opportunities, when Steely Dan members have holes in their schedules etcetera.

With the band just having finished a number of shows in Las Vegas, a couple of dates set for April, June and July plus Donald Fagen doing a solo trek in September this looks like a busy year for Steely Dan indeed.

And while we at Radio Dupree had been busy polishing up our 極めて基本的な日本語, a trip to London and/or Dublin doesn't rule Yokohama out, right?

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Dweezil Zappa in Portland: Great choice of songs

Radio Dupree had the opportunity to attend a Dweezil Zappa concert in Portland, Oregon on April 27. A very pleasant experience!
Dweezil performs his father's music, although his siblings Ahmet and Diva don't want him to. He explained that the band would play the songs in chronological order, so the first part of the concert consisted of several numbers from Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention's debut album Freak Out! from 1966. Highlight so far: A heavy version of Who Are The Brain Police?

Then Dweezil had the good taste to bring in a couple of rock songs from 200 Motels: What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning and She Painted Up Her Face. Good rock songs but hardly ever performed live after Frank left the Flo & Eddie era (1970/71).
We also got to hear Keep It Greasey in a version very close to the original version on the Album Joe's Garage, including the odd time signatures during the guitar solo.

By the end of the concert Dweezil said a few words about the feud with two of his siblings. He also asked the audience to join his pledge music campaign Dweezil Zappa & The Others Of Intention to help him "protect the name that his father gave him".

One of the last songs was a special version of Ride My Faco To Chicago where the lyrics were changed to Ride My Face To Portland.

Over all the concert was a very good one. Great playing and great choice of songs.
But some of the theatrics on stage were unnecessary and sort of stupid. Imagine what such activities could be during songs like Lemme Take You To The Beach and Fembot In A Wet T-Shirt.
And sometimes Dweezil's guitar solos lack inspiration and just don't go nowhere.
...but this band is still a great thing if you're into Frank Zappa.

Rosewood Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA.
50 Years Of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The F@%k He Wants.
The band:
Dweezil Zappa: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Scheila Gonzalez: Sax, Keys, Vocals
Ryan Brown: Drums, Vocals
Kurt Morgan: Bass, Vocals
Chris Norton, Keys, Vocals
David Luther, Baritone Sax, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals
Cian Coey, Lead Vocals