October 27, 2004

The Duo + Mike Gordon To Play New Years Run Of Shows

The Duo, featuring Marco Beneventto and Joe Russo, will be joined by Mike Gordon for a New Years Run of performances from 12/28/04 to 1/1/2005. The first night kicks things off at The Theater of Living Arts In Philadelphia, followed by a show at the Paradise in Boston on the 29th. On December 30th band will be visiting the new Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT and a New Years Eve show will take place on December 31st at BB Kings in New York City.

Source organanddrums.com.

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Fatboy Slim Fall Tour To Visit Unique Venues

Fatboy Slim will visit unique venues on his seven-date North American tour, which kicks off Nov. 10 at Film Studios in Toronto. At that gig, the artist will recreate the set from his “Slash Dot Dash” video, while at the following night’s show in Chicago, the Metro will be turned into the “Palookaville” train station.

Fatboy Slim’s new album of the same name debuted earlier this month at No. 14 on the U.K. album chart and No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Electronic Albums tally. Astralwerks is prepping the release of a 12-inch vinyl single for “Wonderful Night” featuring Lateef, with remixes by Blackalicious’ Chief Xcel and DJ Marky.

The day before the tour kicks off, Fatboy Slim will make his live U.S. television performance debut on NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” Elsewhere on the trek, he will drop in on Los Angeles’ Natural History Museum and at a loft party at New York’s Drive-In Studios.

“With the new album, it’s back to real song structures — almost proper songs, which have never appeared on a Fatboy Slim record before,” says Slim, who plays bass and guitar on “Palookaville.” He adds, ” ‘Palookaville’ is not a DJ’s record. It’s a record for the public — for playing at home and in the car.”

Here are Fatboy Slim’s tour dates:

Nov. 10: Toronto (Film Studios)
Nov. 12: Chicago (Metro)
Nov. 13: New York (Drive-In Studios)
Dec. 7: Seattle (the Premier)
Dec. 8: Los Angeles (Natural History Museum)
Dec. 10: San Francisco (Mezzanine)
Dec. 11: Dallas (Forest Theater)

Source billboard.com.

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Trey Anastasio recording with bassist Tony Levin

According to a diary post on his own site, Tony Levin is busy “Doing an album with guitarist Trey Anastasio, of the band Phish. He’s got a barn/studio out in the Vermont woods, and the multi-colored Autumn leaves makes it a perfect setting for having fun while making good music. Jerry Marotta is here playing drums, and the music, some jams, some songs, is coming out very well. Lots of recording, so I’ve been too busy to take photos – will do that today and get them uploaded!”

In the late ’70s Tony Levin joined Peter Gabriel’s band. He had met Peter through producer Bob Ezrin (with whom Tony had recorded Alice Cooper’s Welcome to My Nightmare, and Lou Reed’s Berlin.) Levin has played with Gabriel, both on the road and in the studio, since then. On that first Peter Gabriel album, he played some tuba as well as bass, and directed a short barbershop quartet version of a song.

On Peter Gabriel’s first album, he met Robert Fripp and, in 1980, after having played on Fripp’s solo album Exposure, he became a member of the ’80s incarnation of King Crimson.

Through the years, Levin has toured with quite a few artists including: Paul Simon (with whom Tony appeared in Simon’s 1980 film “One Trick Pony”), Gary Burton, James Taylor, Herbie Mann, Goro Noguchi, Judy Collins, Joe Yamanaka, Carly Simon, Peter Frampton, Anderson/Bruford/Wakeman/Howe, Tim Finn, Richie Samborra, and Claudio Baglioni.

see tonylevin.com for more info

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