Music New Releases Virtual Reality


Full Live Video of the New Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Album “4” To Make VR Debut in Soundscape; Rock Icon Plants Flag In The Virtual World
SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS (L-R): TODD KERNS (bass & vocals), SLASH (guitar), MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), FRANK SIDORIS (guitar & vocals), and BRENT FITZ (drums).

Photo credit, this image: Ross Halfin. DENVER, CO (June 28, 2022)

Groove Science Studios, creator of the longest-running virtual reality music platform Soundscape VR (SVR), announces the addition of SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS “LIVE AT STUDIOS 60” to its Magic Mirror Musical Metaverse.

Starting today, music fans can experience the debut of all ten songs from SLASH and the band’s new Gibson Records LP 4, in Soundscape VR’s musical metaverse, a dynamic virtual concert world that captures the band’s unforgettable melodies, soaring vocals, and guitar riffs that will blow your mind.   

“I’m really excited about this cool VR interpretation of our live performance at Studios 60,” says SLASH. “It’s a new and immersive visual that gives it a great ‘in the room’ feel.”  

“It’s a milestone for SVR to showcase legendary artists like Slash,” Soundscape VR Founder and Creator Eric Alexander explained. “Artists everywhere are seeing SVR & Magic Mirror as the ultimate digital presentation of their art, giving their fans a totally original experience built for the highest levels of immersion. Soundscape continues to lead the world in the exploration & display of the most advanced musical metaverse technologies.”
Download SMKC Soundscape images: HERE.Explore the world of Soundscape VR: HERE. With the global AR, and VR market expected to grow to 209.2 billion by the end of 2022, music fans from around the world are participating in a completely new and shared sonic-visual experience that is designed to scale infinitely, with no limit to the number of participants.

Soundscape VR’s Magic Mirror is a platform for artists to position their music in an immersive and shared fast-growing digital space that combines virtual reality, augmented reality, and the Internet.  Avatar customizations are now available for users to personalize their own virtual appearance, including new hairstyles, outfits, and more. And a new version of SVR’s Sonic AI now helps shape experiences and the worlds like never before.

Armed with their avatars, users can explore immersive, audio-reactive worlds like “Twilight Thicket” while rocking out to SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS. Twilight Thicket is one of six worlds that comprise the Soundscape VR music metaverse. 

To experience exclusive Magic Mirror performances, users can download SVR for FREE from Steam VR and Oculus Home. For more information about upcoming Magic Mirror content and events in virtual reality, users are encouraged to follow the company on social media and visit the website where a complete compendium of available Magic Mirror content is also available.
Slash “Live At Studio 60” in Soundscape VR Magic Mirror, trailer: HERE. SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS’ have released the second single “April Fool” HERE off their new album 4, which debuted as the #1 Most-Selling Hard Rock Album during release week and is available everywhere now via Gibson Records (in partnership with BMG), HERE, and in limited-edition bundles HERE. Watch and share the official new music video for “April Fool,” HERE. “April Fool” and follows the successful first single “The River Is Rising” which reached #7 on the Active Rock Charts, making it the band’s 8th,consecutive Top 10 hit single at radio. SMKC performed “The River Is Rising” which Rolling Stone described as “raucous” and Billboard hailed as “euphoric” with “a surging main riff, dissonant hooks, an infectious chorus, and a guitar solo that conjures images of a rowdy bar brawl” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, HERE. SLASH also spoke to host Jimmy Kimmel for an interview, HERE and appeared on the popular NPR show “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” for an interview with host Peter Sagal, HERE. A decade and four albums into their career, the new full-length album 4 marks the first new music from SMKC in four years and SLASH’s fifth solo album overall. SLASH and his bandmates MYLES KENNEDY (Vocals), BRENT FITZ (Drums), TODD KERNS (Bass & Vocals) and FRANK SIDORIS (Guitar & Vocals), aka SMKC, partnered with producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, John Prine, Jason Isbell, Rival Sons), for the new album 4 resulting in the band’s strongest collective statement to date. Recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville, TN, Cobb shared the band’s desire to lay down the tracks live in the studio–including guitar solos and vocals–a first for the group, revealing a stunning, vital sound and style all captured live. 4 is SMKC like you’ve never heard them before. A vibrant rock album fueled by memorable guitar hooks and compelling melodies, big choruses, and even bigger riffs, 4 hits on a wide range of sounds, styles, and moods in 10 songs, and does it all with laser-sharp musical focus and a lightning-in-a-bottle sense of immediacy.

About Soundscape VR:Soundscape VR is the musical metaverse, home of hyper-immersive visual arts and sound experiences. As a music, arts, and gaming VR platform since 2014, Soundscape VR continues to enable a new generation of live concerts, music experiences and sound visualization that is paving the way for the next technological expansion of the music industry.

Soundscape is not only the most advanced metaverse, but also the purest, with no ads, no corporate sponsorship, and no data theft; just the world’s most cutting-edge audiovisual experiences, available free. In SVR’s virtual worlds, friends from across the globe can listen, fly, paint, explore, watch, dance, compete and more – together in a sonic-visual adventure functioning as a 24/7 music festival. SVR’s Sonic AI allows partakers to visualize any genre of music, automatically, from Electronic to Jazz, deeply integrating the music into the audio-reactive environments.

Engineered by an independent collective of artists, musicians and developers to be the premier destination for musical and artistic virtual reality metaverse content, SVR is regarded as one of the most immersive and technically impressive virtual reality apps in the world. Soundscape VR, Artist Link, and Magic Mirror are part of the Soundscape Universe, a collection of virtual, mixed and augmented reality software developed by Groove Science Studios (GSS). SMKC

SMKC 4 album listening links: interview with Jimmy Kimmel: HERE and performance: HERE.SLASH interview with Conan O’Brien: HERE and Tom Morello: HERE.SLASH on NPR “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!”: HERE.SMKC “The River Is Rising” first single and video: HERE.SMKC 4 Album Biography, cover art: HERE.SMKC Band Photos: HERE.“Making of ‘4” with SMKC and Dave Cobb: Episode1 HERE, 2 HERE, and 3 HERE.SMKC on the Howard Stern Show: HERE.SLASH and MYLES KENNEDY breakdown the new album 4 in its entirety:HERE.
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Singer/Songwriter Rob Eberle Back With a Bang

No Doubt About It: Singer/Songwriter Rob Eberle Back With a Bang on New Single “doubtful”Alternative Hyper Pop Tune Turns Plot of Mrs. Doubtfire into a Horror MovieLISTEN TO DOUBTFUL ON SPOTIFY​​ATTEND THE VIDEO RELEASE PARTY​“doubtful” is an introspective look at one’s life, self worth and relationships. The song was inspired by themes for the 1993 film “Mrs. Doubtfire”Rob writes all of his own music, lyrics and works with various producers to create unique moments within his songs. Each one of Eberle’s songs are stories and moments into his life and others around him.Influences from an eclectic group of artists such as FINNEAS & Billie Eilish all the way to Madison Beer, Olivia Rodrigo and Panic! At the Disco have helped to create Eberle’s genre bending darker-alternative to traditional Pop Rock.
For More Information on Rob Eberle, Go To: Ethan Felizzari, CK Records 631-255-3590 [email protected]About Rob Eberle:Rob Eberle is a young, versatile singer & songwriter and producer from Long Island, NY. Rob’s ability to capture snapshots of his life and other’s experiences is a special gift that separates him from lyricists within his genre. With his debut EP “WHERE’S MY MIND?” Rob won over the likes of many in the New York indie scene. His current work has grabbed the attention of thousands around the world and he continues to create a major buzz for himself online on social media and streaming platforms.
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Kris Kristofferson will release Live at Gilley’s – Pasadena, TX: September 15, 1981 on September 2nd via New West Records. The previously unreleased & unheard 15-song set was the final date of Kristofferson’s 1981 tour and was recorded at the legendary Pasadena, TX honky tonk most well known for its role in the 1980 film Urban Cowboy. Kristofferson is backed by an incredible live band featuring Stephen Bruton, Billy Swan, Donnie Fritts, Tommy McClure, Glen Clark, and Sammy Creason. The album also features exclusive liner notes written by the country music legend & Gilley’s co-owner Mickey Gilley, as well as additional pieces written by the legendary George Strait, and Billy Swan.

Today, The Boot shared the concert’s lead off song, saying “As Kristofferson rolls through ‘Me and Bobby McGee,’ the energy in the room is palpable, with waves of screams from the exhilarated crowd audible throughout the rollicking performance. Although the song has taken on a life of its own over the decades, Kristofferson’s fiery performance from the Gilley’s stage showcases his electrifying and unequivocal level of artistry.”

From his liner notes written three months before his passing in May, Mickey Gilley offered, “Gilley’s could hold several thousand people, but the club was very intimate. You were right there on the stage with people all around you. You could bend down and shake hands with people.”

He continued, “Right next to the club was the recording studio, and we recorded everything that was done onstage. We could record onto the 24-track machine that we had in the studio, then we would do the mixing…We booked a lot of shows around that time, including some people I didn’t think would want to play the club. We got some acts that made me think, ‘Are you kidding me?’…Kris Kristofferson was one of those artists that I didn’t think would want to play Gilley’s, because he was such a big name and a tremendous talent.”

George Strait exclaimed, “What a great album this is! Classic Kristofferson songs throughout, and live!! Kris was in his prime and his vocals were outstanding and very soulful as always. I got to play Gilley’s a few times back in those days and this record takes me right back there. You can tell the crowd is loving him and he’s loving them right back. That’s what it’s all about. It was an exciting time to say the least. So close your eyes and listen to this record. Imagine you’re right there standing in front of the stage with the man himself looking right at you. I think you’ll get a really good idea of what Gilley’s was like back then when Kris played there. What a treat that must’ve been.”

Kris Kristofferson Live at Gilley’s – Pasadena, TX: September 15, 1981 will be available across digital platforms, on compact disc, and standard black vinyl. A very limited to 300 White Vinyl Edition will be available exclusively at Texas Retailers while a limited, foil stamped and numbered to 750, Opaque Metallic Silver Vinyl Edition will be available via Vinyl Me, Please. A limited Opaque Red with White Marble Vinyl Edition will be available at Independent Retailers and can be found for Pre-Order NOW via NEW WEST RECORDS.

Kris Kristofferson Live at Gilley’s – Pasadena, TX: September 15, 1981 Track Listing:

  1. Me And Bobby McGee
  2. Here Comes That Rainbow Again
  3. Casey’s Last Ride
  4. You Show Me Yours (And I’ll Show You Mine) / Stranger
  5. Nobody Loves Anybody Anymore
  6. Darby’s Castle
  7. If It’s All The Same To You
  8. The Pilgrim
  9. For The Good Times
  10. Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down
  11. The Silver Tongued Devil And I
  12. Smile At Me Again
  13. Same Old Song
  14. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
  15. Why Me

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Frontiers Music Srl is proud to announce the release of the upcoming new studio album, From The New World, by the legendary Alan Parsons on July 15, 2022. Fans can get another preview of the album with the release of a 2nd single and music video I Won’t Be Led Astray featuring vocalist David Pack, formerly of Ambrosia, and guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa.

Watch the video HERE:

The Grammy Award winning musical icon released his previous studio album The Secretback in April of 2019. From The New World continues with the classic sound Parsons has become known for during his impressive 50+ year career by fusing progressive, symphonic, and classic rock elements together throughout this stunning album. Besides David Pack and Joe Bonamassa, guest appearances include Tommy Shaw of STYX and American Idol alumni James Durbin, all of whom blend seamlessly with Alan and his incredible band, who all worked on the album. Other featured APLP vocalists are long time lead singer P.J. Olsson, Todd Cooper and Dan Tracey. 

Pre-order/save “From The New World” on CD, CD/DVD, Color Vinyl, Collector’s Box Set, & Digital formats HERE:

*CD/DVD includes CD + DVD Audio (5.1 Audio Mix of new album)

*LPs available as Limited Edition Crystal color vinyl and Limited Edition Yellow color vinyl

*Collector’s Box Set includes CD+DVD (housed in a digipak), “Live in Madrid” Digipak, T-shirt (size L), LP (180g, gatefold, Blue Transparent), poster & numbered lithograph

Alan Parsons began his career at the age of 19 as an assistant engineer at the legendary Abbey Road studios in London working with the Beatles on their albums Let It Be and Abbey Road. Those who recently saw Peter Jackson’s Get Back series got to view vintage footage of Parsons working alongside the Fab Four. Parsons would soon go on to bring his innovative style of engineering to classic albums by Paul McCartney, the Hollies, and Pink Floyd, including their 1973 masterpiece The Dark Side of the Moon. 

Parsons would quickly move into the role of producer, winning countless gold and platinum awards with such artists as Pilot, Cockney Rebel, Ambrosia and Al Stewart. Simultaneously, he formed the world-renowned Alan Parsons Project with songwriting partner/vocalist Eric Woolfson, producing a myriad of hits that included Eye in the Sky, Don’t Answer Me, Time and Games People Play. The Parsons/Woolfson duo never toured, but rather concentrated their efforts in the studio. But after ten studio albums with The Project, Parsons began recording albums under his own name and started to play live for the first time to the delight of his millions of fans around the world. 

In addition to winning a Grammy for the 35th Anniversary edition of Eye In the Sky,Parsons released his fifth solo album, The Secret in 2019. It was his first studio recording in 15 years, and it culminated in a series of worldwide tours.

During 2019, two concerts were filmed by the producing and directing team of Trinity Houston and David Minasian of IM3 Global Entertainment. The NeverEnding Show: Live in the Netherlands was released in late 2021 and One Note Symphony: Live in Tel Aviv featuring the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in early 2022 by Frontiers Records. The Houston/Minasian duo are also responsible for directing and producing the new I Won’t Be Led Astray music video. Minasian also serves as one of the song’s co-writers along with Parsons and keyboardist Kim Bullard who is currently on tour with Elton John.

You can order Live In The Netherlands HERE:

You can order Live In Tel Aviv HERE:

And you can get both HERE:

Parsons was recently honored with the prestigious OBE (Order Of The British Empire) award from the Queen of England for his contributions to the arts. After receiving the award from Prince William at Windsor Castle, Parsons had expected to embark on a European tour at the end of this month with his band, but was forced to cancel on orders of his doctors after a serious spinal issue suddenly flared up. Surgery was performed earlier this week and was successful! Alan hopes to be back on the road as soon as possible and we all continue to wish him the best during his recovery.

From The New World tracklist:
1.   Fare Thee Well
2.   The Secret
3.   Uroboros (featuring Tommy Shaw of STYX)
4.   Don’t Fade Now
5.   Give ‘Em My Love (featuring James Durbin, Joe Bonamassa)
6.   Obstacles
7.   I Won’t Be Led Astray (featuring David Pack, Joe Bonamassa)
8.   You Are The Light
9.   Halo
10. Goin’ Home
11. Be My Baby

Lead Vocals – Alan Parsons, Tommy Shaw, David Pack, James Durbin, P.J. Olsson, Todd Cooper, Dan Tracey, Mark Mikel, Tabitha Fair

Backing Vocals – Alan Parsons, Tommy Shaw, P.J. Olsson, Todd Cooper, Dan Tracey, Doug Powell, Mark Mikel, Chris Shutters, Scott Hunt 

Guitars – Alan Parsons, Jeff Kollman, Dan Tracey, Doug Powell, Jeff Marshall, James Durbin, Tim Pierce

Bass – Guy Erez

Drums – Danny Thompson

Keyboards – Tom Brooks, Doug Powell, Matt McCarrin, Kim Bullard

Sax – Todd Cooper

Cello on “I Won’t Be Led Astray” – Mika Larson

Guitar Solos on “Give ‘Em My Love” and “I Won’t Be Led Astray” – Joe Bonamassa

About Frontiers Music Srl:

Originally founded in Naples, Italy in 1996 by Serafino Perugino and his father Fernando as a distribution company, Frontiers has developed into one of the premiere independent rock labels in the world. Synonymous with quality music from across a broad spectrum of rock genres, the label has worked with multiple genre heavyweights and fan favorites. 

Aside from providing a home for classic artists from the ’70s and ’80s, the label has also become home to a wealth of young, up and coming talent that, with a savvy and forward thinking A&R and marketing approach, will be developed into the future of rock and metal. With a deep commitment to and passion for THE MUSIC and the artists who create it and massive global distribution, sales, marketing, and publicity channels, Frontiers is the premiere home for established and emerging rock artists. Head Office: Naples, IT | U.S. Office: Philadelphia, PA

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Revealing Secrets Behind McLean’s Iconic Song, the Original Documentary Will Also Screen in Theaters Globally

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NEW YORK – Paramount+ announced that THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED: THE STORY OF DON McLEAN’S “AMERICAN PIE” will premiere exclusively on the service Tuesday, July 19, both in the U.S. and internationally where the service is available. Additionally, the documentary will have a special Academy qualifying run in New York City and Los Angeles starting on July 8 and will screen in Showcase Cinemas and associated theaters globally on July 14 and July 17.

With a narrative running deeper than a catchy tune and cryptic verses, “American Pie” is a musical phenomenon woven deep into the history of American culture, entertaining audiences around the world for over 50 years.

In THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED: THE STORY OF DON McLEAN’S “AMERICAN PIE,” McLean will, for the first time, powerfully reveal and share the secrets behind his iconic song. In addition, the documentary highlights cultural moments in America’s history that are as relevant now as they were in 1971 when the song was released. The film tells stories of the people who were a part of this moment from the beginning and shows the point of view of a new generation of artists who are motivated by the same values and ideas that inspired the song’s creation.

“This documentary is something that will make people think, especially since so many throughout the years have asked me what certain lyrics meant or whom I was referring to, but now I finally can solve many of those mysteries,” says McLean. “Everyone from Madonna to Garth Brooks to Weird Al Yankovic has recorded ‘American Pie’ and made it their own. So many people have their own interpretation of the song, and I love it.”

“Not only is “American Pie” one of the most universally known songs of all time, it also represents a significant piece of musical history and a pivotal moment in American culture. It’s a story that needs to be told and we’re excited to have THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED take fans deeper into its making, finally put to rest the speculation behind its lyrics, and hear from today’s biggest artists – both legends and future stars – who it has personally influenced,” said Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming and Events, Paramount, and Chief Content Officer, Music, Paramount+. “A global sensation deserves a global launch and we’re thrilled to add this film to Paramount+’s unmatched portfolio of premiere music content.”

To help bring the documentary to life, McLean enlisted music producer and songwriter Spencer Proffer, CEO of media production company Meteor 17. In a collaborative vision, Proffer and McLean tell the story of this special and unique song by using contemporary audio/visual storytelling techniques to artistically reimagine the music for a modern audience.

“There are interchanges with all stripes of people from many walks of life, including major celebrities, music icons, current breaking artists and industry leaders,” said Proffer. “The film explores what ‘American Pie’ meant to people then, what it means to them now and what it will mean to generations in the future.”

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED: THE STORY OF DON MCLEAN’S “AMERICAN PIE” is produced by Spencer Proffer and executive produced by Bruce Gilmer.

About Paramount+
Paramount+ combines live sports, breaking news, and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows, and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, and the Smithsonian Channel. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream other live channels: CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.

For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.comand follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.

About Don McLean
Don McLean is a Grammy award honoree, a Songwriter Hall of Fame member, and a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, his smash hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and was named a top 5 song of the 20th Century by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA). A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late ‘60s, he went on to score mega-hits like “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. His catalog of songs has been recorded by Madonna, Garth Brooks, Josh Groban, Drake, “Weird Al” Yankovic and countless others. In 2015, McLean’s handwritten manuscript of the lyrics to “American Pie” was auctioned by Christies, selling for just over $1.2 Million. 2019 honored Don with a star on the Las Vegas Walkway of Stars and his song “And I Love You So” was the theme for Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding. Don landed a new recording contract with Time Life in 2020, with whom he released a catalog of recordings as well as a new album Still Playin’ Favorites. 2021 brought Don’s “American Pie” features in the Avengers’ Black Widow and the new Tom Hanks movie Finch. Don received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, celebrated the 50th anniversary of “American Pie,” recorded a version of the song with a cappella group Home Free, a children’s book has been written, and much more! And when you think things are slowing down, not so for Don McLean!

About Meteor 17 (M17)
Headquartered in Los Angeles, this convergence and production venture is helmed by innovative media and music producer, Spencer Proffer. M17 is producing and is developing an ambitious slate of projects across music, TV, film, internet, live event, and other platforms, integrating brand marketing and music as organic components. M17 is a full-service organization that actively participates from conception and architecture through all phases of deal-making, production, marketing, and distribution entities highlighted on

About Showcase Cinemas
Showcase Cinemas is a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, operating more than 810 movie screens in the U.S., U.K., Argentina, and Brazil under the Showcase, Cinema de Lux, SuperLux, and UCI brands. With 22 theater locations in the United States, Showcase Cinemas delivers the finest entertainment experience, offering the best in viewing, comfort, and dining. For more information about Showcase Cinemas please visit

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Arizona Music New Releases Tucson



Co-Founder of the Siegel-Schwall Band

Performed With Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Janis Joplin, The Jefferson Airplane And Countless Others

“Undoubtedly the best electric guitarist in the country.”
–The Boston Globe

“Few groups in the world can match the Siegel-Schwall Band’s Jim Schwall for the sheer joy of his music.”
–The Chicago Sun-Times

Famed Chicago blues guitarist and vocalist Jim Schwall — co-founder of the influential and popular Siegel-Schwall Band — died of natural causes at his home in Tucson, Arizona on Sunday, June 19, 2022. He was 79. Known for his distinctive guitar sound — he played an amplified Gibson B-25 acoustic — Schwall helped introduce the blues to the rock and roll audience with his easy-going, good-natured music. He was also a political activist, a teacher, a photographer and a writer.

Schwall was born in Chicago in 1942. He played drums and accordion in grade school before picking up a guitar in high school. He first met fellow musician Corky Siegel in Chicago in 1964 while both were in the Roosevelt University Jazz Band. The pair soon discovered their mutual love for the blues and eventually began performing as a duo, with Corky on harmonica and piano and Jim on guitar.

They auditioned at Chicago’s famed Pepper’s Lounge on the South Side, and were hired to play every Thursday night. According to Siegel, “The audience went wild, probably because we were so different.” This led to a long-term musical residency at the club, and the pair played with several blues luminaries (who also became personal friends) including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, Junior Wells and James Cotton. “We really got an education at Pepper’s,” Siegel says. After the Paul Butterfield Blues Band moved on, the Siegel-Schwall Band took over their residency at Big John’s on the city’s north side.

The band was signed to Vanguard Records by blues music historian and writer Sam Charters in 1965, and they released a total of five albums for the label. They toured coast-to-coast, and were instrumental in bringing blues to a whole new audience, performing at the famous Fillmore West, sharing the stage with rock royalty including Janis Joplin and The Jefferson Airplane. They next signed with RCA’s Wooden Nickel imprint and released five more albums.

In 1968, they collaborated with conductor Seiji Ozawa of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, combining for the first time blues with classical music. They recorded an album, Three Pieces For Blues Band And Symphony Orchestra, for the Deutsche Grammophon label in 1973. The album went on to sell over 300,000 copies.

After a hiatus, the Siegel-Schwall Band reformed in 1987 and released the first of two albums on Alligator Records, 1988’s Siegel-Schwall Band Reunion Concert and 2005’s Flash Forward. Schwall, who had previously relocated to Madison, Wisconsin, received a PhD in Musical Composition from the University of Wisconsin in 1993. Schwall released three solo albums beginning in 2007, including 2014’s Bar Time Lovers for the Conundrum InterArts label. He recently relocated to Tucson, Arizona.

According to Corky Siegel, “People should know, Jim was a beautiful humanitarian and a one-of-a-kind musician.”

Schwall is survived by brothers William “Chico” Schwall and Steven Schwall, nephew Douglas Schwall and niece Esme Schwall Weigand. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Multi-platinum, 12-time GRAMMY Award-winner John Legend today debuted the latest single from his forthcoming album, “Honey,” featuring Muni Long. Sexy and silky with elements of R&B, pop and jazz woven throughout.

“Honey” was produced by Ryan Tedder, Steven Franks, Lindgren and Tommy Brown, with Legend and Long serving as co-writers on the track along with Melanie Joy Fontana, HARV, Gregory Heinn, Lindgren, Franks, Tedder and Brown. While Long and Legend previously worked together as songwriters, “Honey” is their first collaboration as recording artists.

One of the most streamed and buzzworthy artists in the R&B/hip-hop landscape today, Long is currently dominating Urban and Rhythm radio with her #1, platinum breakthrough smash “Hrs And Hrs.” Before breaking out as a solo artist, she spent the last decade behind the scenes co-writing hits for other artists including Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, and Selena Gomez, to name a few.   

“Honey” is the second track from Legend’s forthcoming album following the project’s lead single “Dope” featuring rapper J.I.D. Watch the accompanying music video, directed by Christian Breslauer, HERE.

Legend will return to Las Vegas for the second leg of his critically acclaimed residency, “Love in Las Vegas,” with shows running from August 5th through 20th and October 14th through 29th. Tickets are available HERE.

About John Legend
Multiplatinum artist John Legend has garnered twelve Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award, making Legend the first African-American man to earn an EGOT.

Legend has released seven celebrated albums over the course of his career including Get Lifted (2004), Once Again (2006), Evolver (2008), Love in the Future (2013), Darkness and Light (2016), A Legendary Christmas Deluxe (2019), and most recently, Bigger Love(2020). Recently, Legend launched his critically-acclaimed Las Vegas Residency entitled, “Love In Las Vegas” which began on April 22, 2022 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Legend starred in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” in 2018, winning an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special and nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor (Limited Series). Legend joined the Emmy-nominated show, The Voice, for Season 16 (2019) and most recently wrapped Season 21 as coach. John is also a partner in Get Lifted Film Co., serving as an Executive Producer for Giving Voice, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Atlanta’s Missing And Murdered: The Lost Children, Sherman’s Showcase And Sherman’s Showcase: Black History Month Spectacular, Rhythm + Flow And La La Land.

As a philanthropist, Legend initiated the #FREEAMERICA campaign in 2015 and most recently, founded the initiative, HUMANLEVEL, which is igniting systematic change and building racial equity across American cities and communities.

Music New Releases

Elton JohnMadman Across The Water – 50th Anniversary Reissue  

Elton JohnMadman Across The Water – 50th Anniversary Reissue  AVAILABLE NOW! LISTEN/ORDER Here 

Featuring Live Rarities, Demos & Outtakes, Including Previously Unheard Tiny Dancer Piano Demo Unveiled: Listen Here
Madman Across The Water is available on four different formats: Super Deluxe box set 3-CD, 1-Blu-ray also featuring 18 previously unreleased tracks, also containing 1971 reproduction poster and a 104-page book, photos and essay with interviews with those who helped make the album, as well as memorabilia and artwork taken from the Rocket Archive.

Blu-ray features a 5.1 mix, and 1971 Sounds For Saturday and 1971 Old Grey Whistle Testperformances 4-LP, 180g vinyl box set, includes a 40-page booklet with introductions by Elton and Bernie, photos and essay featuring interviews with many who helped make Madman Across The Water, plus a reproduction 1971 reproduction poster, as well as memorabilia and artwork from the Rocket Archive 2-CD set with original album, rarities and demos, includes a 40-page booklet with introductions by Elton and Bernie, plus essay highlights featuring interviews with many who helped make Madman Across The Water, as well as memorabilia and artwork taken from the Rocket Archive 1-LP limited edition remaster of Madman Across The Water, in blue and white-colored 180g vinyl 
 UMe announces the 50th-anniversary reissue of Elton John’s Madman Across The Water. Available to order now on stunning 3-CD and 1 Blu-ray Super Deluxe Box Set, 4-LP, 1-LP Limited Edition colored vinyl, and 2-CD formats. Order here. 

Spawning the hits “Tiny Dancer” and “Levon,” Madman Across The Water was Elton’s fourth studio album, released only two years after his debut.

Recorded in 1971, it was a foundation stone of what was to become a dazzlingly prolific decade for the global-icon-in-waiting. Madman Across The Water was largely written after Elton had made his initial foray to America, offering the opportunity for lyricist Bernie Taupin to witness first-hand the landscapes and people he’d only seen on a screen or on the page.

Recorded at Trident Studios in Central London in February and August 1971, it was the first album where all five players of Elton’s fabled band lineup (Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson, Davey Johnstone, and Ray Cooper) were featured. The album also featured Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who plays Hammond organ on three songs. A newly unveiled Piano Demo of “Tiny Dancer,” taken from the archives and previously unheard, will be available to stream in full later today Here.

Watch a preview of the track now Here. 

Recorded at Dick James Studios in central London in Spring 1971, it is an intimate performance of the song with Elton alone at the piano as a guide for the band later to follow. While the UK’s love affair with Elton was on the precipice of exploding upon Madman’s release at the start of the ‘70s, these nine tracks immediately struck a chord with US audiences, reaching the Top 10 of the Billboard album charts. It also spawned two hit singles, “Levon” and “Tiny Dancer,” both reaching the US Top 50.

After years as a best-kept secret to Elton’s fans, “Tiny Dancer” has gone on to become one of his most loved songs with his worldwide fanbase, third only to “Rocket Man” and “Your Song” in global streaming numbers.

Capturing the headiness of California at the time of Elton’s first US concerts, the song was used to phenomenal effect in Cameron Crowe’s classic 2000 film Almost Famous. Both “Levon” and “Tiny Dancer” remain live favorites to this day, taking pride of place in the setlist for Elton’s record-breaking Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. 

The celebration of Madman Across The Water comes in four different formats. All formats contain Bob Ludwig’s 2016 remaster of the main album. There are 18 previously unreleased tracks across the Super Deluxe 3-CD/1-Blu-ray box set, which also contains rare, restored material from the era, piano demos of the album, and the audio of the BBC Sounds For Saturday concert, broadcast in 1972. The Blu-Ray contains a 5.1 mix by Greg Penny, plus the Sounds For Saturday and his 1971 Old Grey Whistle Testperformance.

The audio of the Super Deluxe CD/Blu-ray set will also be available on a 4-LP set. The box set includes photos, an essay with interviews with those who helped make the album, as well as memorabilia and artwork taken from the Rocket Archive. The album will also be available as a limited edition blue and white-colored 180g LP. 
Track Listing3-CD / 1-Blu-ray Super Deluxe Box Set 

CD 1
Tiny Dancer (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) Levon (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) Razor Face (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) Madman Across The Water (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)Indian Sunset (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) Holiday Inn (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) Rotten Peaches (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) All The Nasties (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) Goodbye (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)Indian Sunset (Live Radio Broadcast) Madman Across The Water (Original Version, featuring Mick Ronson) Rock Me When He’s Gone Levon (Mono Single Version) Razor Face (Extended Version) 

CD 2 Madman Across The Water (1970 Piano Demo)Tiny Dancer (Piano Demo) Levon (Piano Demo) Razor Face (Piano Demo)Madman Across The Water (1971 Piano Demo) Indian Sunset (Piano Demo) Holiday Inn (Piano Demo) Rotten Peaches (Piano Demo)All The Nasties (Piano Demo) Goodbye (Piano Demo) Rock Me When He’s Gone (Piano Demo) Rock Me When He’s Gone (Full Version) 

CD 3 Tiny Dancer (BBC Sounds For Saturday) Rotten Peaches (BBC Sounds For Saturday) Razor Face (BBC Sounds For Saturday) Holiday Inn (BBC Sounds For Saturday) Indian Sunset (BBC Sounds For Saturday) Levon (BBC Sounds For Saturday) Madman Across The Water (BBC Sounds For Saturday) Goodbye (BBC Sounds For Saturday) Taped November 11, 1971 / transmitted April 29, 1972 

Blu-ray Audio Greg Penny 5.1 mix of Madman Across The Water (Original Version, featuring Mick Ronson) Greg Penny 5.1 mix of Madman Across The Water Audio-Visual Sounds For Saturday (Taped November 11, 1971 / transmitted April 29, 1972) Old Grey Whistle Test (Transmitted on December 7, 1971) 

4-LP Set LP1 A1 Tiny Dancer (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) A2 Levon (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) A3 Razor Face (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) A4 Madman Across The Water (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) B1 Indian Sunset (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) B2 Holiday Inn (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) B3 Rotten Peaches (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) B4 All The Nasties (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) B5 Goodbye (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) 

LP2A1 Indian Sunset (Live Radio Broadcast )A2 Madman Across The Water (Original Version, featuring Mick Ronson) A3 Rock Me When He’s Gone A4 Levon (Mono Single Version) B1 Razor Face (Extended Version) B2 Rock Me When He’s Gone (Piano Demo) B3 Rock Me When He’s Gone (Full Version) 

LP3A1 Madman Across The Water (1970 Piano Demo) A2 Tiny Dancer (Piano Demo) A3 Levon (Piano Demo) A4 Razor Face (Piano Demo)A5 Madman Across The Water (1971 Piano Demo) B1 Indian Sunset (Piano Demo)B2 Holiday Inn (Piano Demo) B3 Rotten Peaches (Piano Demo) B4 All The Nasties (Piano Demo)      B5 Goodbye (Piano Demo) 

LP4A1 Tiny Dancer (BBC Sounds For Saturday) A2 Rotten Peaches (BBC Sounds For Saturday) A3 Razor Face (BBC Sounds For Saturday)A4 Holiday Inn (BBC Sounds For Saturday) B1 Indian Sunset (BBC Sounds For Saturday) B2 Levon (BBC Sounds For Saturday) B3 Madman Across The Water (BBC Sounds For Saturday)B4 Goodbye (BBC Sounds For Saturday) Taped November 11, 1971 / transmitted April 29, 1972

2-CD SET CD 1 Tiny Dancer (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)Levon (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)Razor Face (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)Madman Across The Water (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) Indian Sunset (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) Holiday Inn (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) Rotten Peaches (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)All The Nasties (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)Goodbye (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) Indian Sunset (Live Radio Broadcast)Madman Across The Water (Original Version, featuring Mick Ronson) Rock Me When He’s GoneLevon (Mono Single Version) Razor Face (Extended Version) 

CD 2 Madman Across The Water (1970 Piano Demo)Tiny Dancer (Piano Demo)Levon (Piano Demo)Razor Face (Piano Demo) Madman Across The Water (1971 Piano Demo) Indian Sunset (Piano Demo)Holiday Inn (Piano Demo) Rotten Peaches (Piano Demo) All The Nasties (Piano Demo) Goodbye (Piano Demo) Rock Me When He’s Gone (Piano Demo) Rock Me When He’s Gone (Full Version)  

1-LP Limited Edition Blue & White Vinyl A1 Tiny Dancer (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) A2 Levon (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)A3 Razor Face (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) A4 Madman Across The Water (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) B1 Indian Sunset (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) B2 Holiday Inn (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) B3 Rotten Peaches (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) B4 All The Nasties (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster) B5 Goodbye (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
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Le Sonic feat. Robert Lee and Lauran Beluzo “I’ll Be The One”

(New York, NY) – Mike Rogers and longtime production partner, Gary Lefkowith are collectively known as Le Sonic. Le Sonic reached the pinnacle of success when their first single, “Any Moment” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart!Le Sonic’s follow up release, “I’ll Be The One,” again features legendary guitarist from ? and the Mysterians, Robert Lee – who co-wrote their 60’s mega hit “96 Tears.” Recent American Idol contestant Lauran Beluzo is on lead vocals. She is also a two time winner of Amateur Night at the Apollo.


Mike and Gary are veteran producers and songwriters who’ve had extensive careers. Rogers co-produced Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is in the Heart,” honored as one of Rolling Stone Magazines Top 500 Songs. Lefkowith is a recent finalist in the USA Songwriting Contest, and as a radio promoter has secured airplay for a wide range of artists – everyone from Elvis to Adele.​


Gary’s thoughts & inspiration:“Le Sonic’s June 3, 2022 release of “I’ll Be The One” is a re-write of my first record release in 1976. I wrote this as a jazzy attempt at doing a traditional standard like “Fly Me to The Moon” or “Misty,” when I was at Berklee College of Music in the summer of ’74. When I found my way from Boston to NYC, I made the rounds of the Tin Pan Alley publishing houses to try and place this song and others.

While pursuing that approach I ran into some local musicians who had made their name playing at the Peppermint Lounge alongside Joey Dee & the Starlighters. We put our heads together about going ahead with a real record sans publishing deal. With Disco being the new rage, it was easy to adapt to that genre because the tempo was right around 120 bpm and the bossa beat became 4 on the floor ala Barry White. Our release even preceded the Bee Gees success. The rest of the back story is for my book”.

He continued, “Going fast forward to 2020, I wanted to revisit the song now that Le Sonic was pursuing a Smooth Jazz direction. I felt the lyrics had always been incomplete so Jean Leote lent her talent to give the song a better focus and deeper meaning. Mike Rogers did his usual and brilliant melodic tweaks, to further shape the song and take it to a higher level. Now the original Jazz vision has been realized for me.

“I’ll Be The One” is what I wanted a woman to sing to me. To really sell me on herself and put her emotions on the line for my benefit. It’s selfish of me to want that but it’s what I wished for and what my wife Lyn gave me. The flip side of the original 45 was “Kanas City Woman,” and was written for Lyn even though she had lived in Wichita. That song was a finalist in the 1977 American Song Festival”.
Le Sonic, a production team built on a foundation of musical creativity and modern technology. Mike Rogers & Gary Lefkowith are both Producers, Songwriters and Artists. Le Sonic is the Duo’s incarnation to present their creative vision.

Mike Rogers engineered and co-produced Deee-Lite’s Mega Hit “Groove is in the Heart.” The LP was voted album of the year by the New York Times. The list of Million sellers has continued, while working with Sinead O Connor, Graham Nash, Erasure, They Might be Giants, The Fat Boys, Arthur Baker, and Flood, In High School Mike played drums in the elite NYC jazz program Talent Unlimited, where he met jazz greats, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Lenny White, Chick Correa, and Joanne Brackeen. He heard some of these Legends Jam in Joanne’s loft!

Gary Lefkowith brings a unique perspective to the creative process. With a day gig in Radio Promotion, one eye is on commercial potential and the other on maintaining an artistic vision. Gary has promoted Records by Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, Meghan Trainer, John Legend, P!NK, Fleetwood Mac and is currently on retainer with Curb Records. He ran Chubby Checker’s record label and was instrumental in securing a deal with Sony / RED. Gary was a quarter finalist in the American Song Festival, which led to a publishing deal with TRO, known for handling Woody Guthrie’s music.

Lauran Beluzo is a two time winner of Amateur Night at the Apollo and was on American idol 3 years ago and was featured in the finals. Lauran is well known in her hometown of Springfield, MA and is essentially a local celebrity having been on TV and newspapers in the market. She has done several residencies at local Clubs and has always been in high demand for Weddings, Family Gatherings, and local events. In addition to performing, Lauran teaches Music and is adored by her young students. I really want everyone to see the video because her awesome presence is a shining light. My partner Mike Rogers Feels that Lauran is Judy Garland re-incarnated and I see a lot of Billie Holiday in her.

Robert “Bobby” Lee Balderrama is well known for his lead guitar work in ? and the Mysterians. He co-wrote their huge 60’s Hit, “96 Tears,” which went all the way to # 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 Chart and is on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of all time. Question Mark and the Mysterians are one of the earliest groups whose musical style is described as Punk Rock. Their music and imagery were highly influential on all the British and American Rockers of that genre, who followed in the 70’s. Bobby’s solo career as The Robert Lee Revue is credited with two albums: For the Love of Smooth Jazz, in 2010, and City of Smooth Jazz, in 2012. His 2014 single “Happy&GoLucky” was a Top 30 Hit on Billboard/Mediabase Smooth Jazz Chart.
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Los Angeles, CA – June 13, 2022 – Multi-platinum, 12-time GRAMMY Award-winner John Legend today released the video for “Dope,” the first song from his forthcoming new album. The Christian Breslauer-directed video takes place at a soulful, eclectic retro house party, where Legend performs and parties with friends – including rapper J.I.D who is also featured on the track — into the wee hours of the morning. 

Watch the video for “Dope,” HERE

Listen to the song HERE.

Described by Rolling Stone as a “summery, feel-good track,” “Dope” was produced by Ian Kirkpatrick and Ryan Tedder. Legend co-wrote the track with Charlie Puth, Tedder, and J.I.D.  
The EGOT artist first shared part of “Dope” on the iHeart Awards, where he did a special fan-favorite dueling piano performance with the song’s co-writer, Charlie Puth. The track is the first release from Legend’s forthcoming album, his first with new label partner Republic Records, following the release of his latest GRAMMY Award winner for Best R&B Album, Bigger Love.
Legend has been teasing “Dope” during his critically acclaimed, sold-out first run of his new Vegas Residency, “Love in Las Vegas.” Billboard raved about the show, saying “…Legend held the full house in his hands as they danced, screamed and aah-ed their way through a generous set encompassing the multiple Grammy winner’s seven-album catalog of hits and fan faves.” Upcoming dates of the residency are August 5-20 and October 14-29 and you can get tickets HERE.
About John Legend 

Multiplatinum artist John Legend has garnered twelve Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award, making Legend the first African-American man to earn an EGOT.  

Legend has released seven celebrated albums over the course of his career including Get Lifted (2004), Once Again (2006), Evolver (2008), Love in the Future (2013), Darkness and Light (2016), A Legendary Christmas Deluxe (2019), and most recently, Bigger Love (2020). Recently, Legend launched his critically-acclaimed Las Vegas Residency entitled, “Love In Las Vegas” which began on April 22, 2022 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.  

Legend starred in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” in 2018, winning an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special and nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor (Limited Series). Legend joined the Emmy-nominated show, The Voice, for Season 16 (2019) and most recently wrapped Season 21 as coach.

John is also a partner in Get Lifted Film Co., serving as an Executive Producer for Giving Voice, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Atlanta’s Missing And Murdered: The Lost Children, Sherman’s Showcase And Sherman’s Showcase: Black History Month Spectacular, Rhythm + Flow And La La Land.  As a philanthropist, Legend initiated the #FREEAMERICA campaign in 2015 and most recently, founded the initiative, HUMANLEVEL, which is igniting systematic change and building racial equity across American cities and communities.
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