PEARL JAM’S HITS LIKE A LIGHTINING BOLT
Lightning Bolt, is Pearl Jam’s first album in four years— the longest they ever go between studio recordings and the musical inspiration for the upcoming World Series broadcast.
The longevity of this band is impressive, 23 years, and it’s occurred with no lineup-cutting tragedies, no spectacular implosions, no indefinite hiatuses and no embarrassing debacles. They are even eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016!
Lightning Bolt was released October 15 in the United States, four years after 2009’s Backspacer, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Though the gap has hardly been downtime, Pearl Jam toured regularly and took part in side-projects and solo releases including Vedder’s 2011 Ukulele
Songs, a pair of albums from guitarist Stone Gossard’s Brad, a Soundgarden
reunion for drummer Matt Cameron and three different projects from bassist Jeff Ament.
Pearl Jam worked with producer Brendan O’Brien on the 12-song record of propulsive rockers, soaring grooves and tender ballads. The album features some of the band’s finest songwriting and some of Vedder’s most potent vocals as he addresses lasting relationships, mortality, bad faith, the state of the world and life’s transience.
Currently, the Seattle group is on a North American arena tour in support of the album running from October 11 – December 6.
“We’ve actually rehearsed more for this tour than we’ve ever rehearsed in our lives,” bassist Jeff Ament recently told Billboard.com, adding that fans can expect some long-buried rarities to reappear in the set lists.
“We did go through the first three or four records to see what we hadn’t played in awhile,” he says. “We marked everything, so we’ll try to go through all that stuff at least a couple of times. It’d be great to play some of that stuff we hadn’t played in seven or eight years.”
BRITNEY SPEARS HARD AT WORK
Britney Spears is back in action since 2011’s Femme Fatale with the first single from her eighth studio album, Britney Jean — a record to be released December 3.
The first single from the album titled Work Bitch has taken the industry by storm, but by no means does it represent what the album is all about.
“That song is a reflection of Britney more so than the album,” Executive Producer Will.i.am told Billboard. “The album is what the album is, but we felt that song needed to come out to keep the foundation on what Britney represents. But it shouldn’t reflect the album — an album is a body of work as a collective. We felt that song represents that Britney oomph.”
For those of you offended with Spears’ album title because of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”, just know that Jean is the pop star’s given middle name.
“It’s a personal album, and all my family, they all call me Britney Jean, it’s like a term of endearment, and I just wanted to share that with my fans,” she told London’s Capital FM in mid October.
Other details are relatively scarce about the album, but the 31-year-old did tease two additional songs on the album a ballad Perfume which she called “really beautiful,” and a song with producer William Orbit dubbed Aliens, which she described as “really cool and great.”
KENNY ROGERS MAKING OLD FRIENDS
Country music sensation Kenny Rogers reunited with old friends for his latest release You Can’t Make Old Friends.
Pairing himself once again with Dolly Parton for the title cut, Rogers says this song is a little different from their prior hits “Real Love” or “Islands in the Stream.” The song is a tender bit of interaction between two longtime friends written by Don Schlitz.
“What a thrill it was for me to work again with my buddy, Dolly Parton, and what a special song,” Rogers remarked. “Working with Dolly is always a little like going home. Everything felt comfortable.”
And although Rogers has sold over one hundred million records worldwide and recorded 30 albums that have topped either the country, pop or AC charts, October 27 was the highlight of his career. Formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the country star said:
“It does have a good ring to it,” he says with a smile. “I thought for a while that I wasn’t going to make it, but I learned that you can’t invite yourself in — you have to wait for them to call you. But, also timing is everything. I’m much happier that it happened now than if I had gotten it at the height of my career. I think there was so much going on then that I don’t think I would have appreciated it as much as I do now.”
Stolen Fruit is an acoustic pop and folk rock band composed of Andrea McCain’s sweet melodic vocals, Mark Tulin as lead guitarist, Mino on the skins, Bob Fredeen on the bass and Max plucking away at the rhythm guitar. The bands unique sound, passion and musical talent is contagious. Vibe with Stolen Fruit on:
– November 1, 9, 15 & 22: 7 pm at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
Anthony Wayne picked up a guitar at age seven and grew into a seasoned, professional musician. His versatility and wide range of musical influences include Rob Thomas, Todd Snider, Eric Clapton and many more. This allows him to play classic and modern rock with the edge of a seasoned rocker, but the heart of an acoustic singer/songwriter. Catch up with Anthony Wayne on:
– November 6, 13, 20 & 27: 6 pm at Pete’s Time Out in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
– November 7, 14, 21 & 28: 4 pm at Nemo’s on the Beach in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
GARY & KERRI
Gary & Kerri is a dynamic musical duo mixing country and rock-n-roll! Gary Harvey is a guitar player that has played with a variety of artists including Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band, The Platters, The Coasters and Willie Nelson. Kerri Lynn fell in love with music while singing in her church choir, and since then catapulted into the top 40 scene. She sang backup for Rod Stewart and has musical influences including everything from Patsy Cline to Melissa Etheridge. Enjoy the sweet sounds of Gary & Kerri on:
– November 16, 24 & 30: 2 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grill in Matlacha, FL.