A new DVD, Dark Side of the Moon Classic Album, will look into the making of Pink Floyd’s 1973 album. The film will break Dark Side down track by track, offering commentary about its nine songs from Floyd principals singer/bassist Roger Waters, guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason, keyboardist Richard Wright and engineer Alan Parsons.
In addition to commentary about Dark Side, which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in March, the DVD (due August 26th) will feature bonus footage, including Waters performing a stripped-down “Brain Damage” and Gilmour’s acoustic “Breathe.”
The album was Floyd’s first to chart in the U.S., reaching Number One in 1973 and residing in the Top Forty for over a year (it remained on Billboard charts for more than 700 consecutive weeks). Over the past thirty years, Dark Side of the Moon has sold nearly 30 million copies.
Colorado-based jam band String Cheese Incident filed suit against Ticketmaster yesterday (Aug. 6) in federal court in Denver, charging the No. 1 concert ticket retailer had tried to cut off direct ticket sales to fans.
In the lawsuit, SCI Ticketing, a company formed by a partnership between the band and Madison House, a booking agency, charge Ticketmaster had used its “monopoly power” and “a web of long-term” contracts to cut off its supply of concert tickets. The suit asks for damages and a court order barring Ticketmaster from the alleged anti-competitive practices.
Los Angeles-based Ticketmaster is a unit of media mogul Barry Diller’s InterActiveCorp. A spokesperson said the company does not comment on pending lawsuits as a matter of policy.
Boulder, Colo.-based SCI Ticketing provides tickets for concerts by String Cheese Incident, King Crimson and others. The company is one of several businesses spun off by String Cheese Incident, which sells its own concert CDs and DVDs, books travel for fans and supports charity causes through its affiliates.
SCI Ticketing says in the lawsuit that Ticketmaster had targeted the artist-run agency and instructed concert venues and promoters to stop supplying it with tickets. “This concerted refusal to deal with SCI Ticketing, and Ticketmaster’s monopolization of the relevant market and its abuse of that monopoly power, are causing damage to SCI Ticketing and may lead to its demise,” the lawsuit says.
The company also alleges Ticketmaster had told concert promoters and venues with which it has long-term contracts in May 2002 that it would only allow direct-to-fan sales by SCI and others if the bands in question had “legitimate” fan clubs.
Those were defined in part as fan clubs that charge at least $15 per person for membership. String Cheese Incident has never charged its fans for belonging to a fan club and saw no reason to impose such a charge just to obtain tickets, according to the suit.
The band will release a new album, “Untying the Not,” Sept. 23 through its own SCI Fidelity label. The hard-touring group has a slate of North American performances set through mid-October.
Neil Young has added another fifteen dates to his summer tour in support of his new album, Greendale. The tour consists of a cast of more than fifty reenacting the story of Greendale as told by Young, along with longtime backing band Crazy Horse. A full-length concert DVD of the song cycle, filmed earlier this year is also slated for release. Longtime friend and cohort, Emmylou Harris will be opening the second run of shows.
For list of dates visit Rollingstone.com.
Lucinda Williams has added a number of shows following her tour with Neil Young for this fall. The Grammy winner will be touring in support of her latest release, ” A World Without Tears.” the tour beings September 9th in San Diego and wraps up October 19th in Minneapolis and includes two nights at the Beacon Theater in New York and two nights at the 9:30 club in Washington D.C.
For a list of tour dates, check Pollstar.com.
Original Doors members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger have something special in mind for their Aug. 24 performance at Jones Beach in Wantagh, N.Y. The group, touring under the name Doors 21st Century with Cult vocalist Ian Astbury, will perform the Doors’ 1971 Elektra album “L.A. Woman” for the first time in its entirety. Original frontman Jim Morrison died shortly before the album’s release.
The New York concert will be filmed for a DVD due for release in early 2004. The band will also play “L.A. Woman” at a Dec. 9 concert at the Zenith in Paris to commemorate what would have been Morrison’s 60th birthday. Morrison, who was born Dec. 8, 1943, is buried in Paris. Manzarek has said that he and Kreiger will visit Morrison’s grave on Dec. 8.