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Tour Dates: Roger To Bring The Wall Back

We keep our eyes peeled for new tour dates announcements each week and compile them on Tuesdays for this handy column… Last year, former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters celebrated

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Marc’s Musings: 13 Best Musical Moments From My Week at New Orleans Jazz Fest

These are in no particular order of ranking. This is purely in the order that I witnessed them. And in most cases WITNESSED is the perfect word.

[All photos by Marc Millman]

1) Dave Malone sitting in with Tommy Malone & The Mystik Drones @ the New Orleans Convention Center (7th Annual Threadhead party – Mardi Gras World, May 3)

Monday through Wednesday are the three “off days” between the two weekends of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. They are referred to as the “Daze Between.” For the last seven years, the Threadheads have thrown a party to help support local musicians (this is what the group does in addition to being all things Jazz Fest). I was shoveling plate after plate of free crawfish into my face mere hours after landing in the Big Easy while Tommy and his band were playing. The music was great background music.

I had seen Dave and Tommy standing around earlier. But when Tommy announced Dave was joining them, I grabbed my gear and ran to the front and I’m glad I did. They did two songs together. I don’t know the names of either, but the love you could see between the brothers and the passion they have for playing live music came through. And that’s what Fest is all about. READ ON for more of Marc’s top Jazz Fest musical moments…

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Marc’s Musings: Warren Haynes Band

The Hardest Working Man In Motion Brings It On Home Warren Haynes Band @  Beacon Theatre, May 13

Exactly one week after hosting a great “party” at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre in New Orleans, Warren Haynes returned to his adopted hometown and the stage that he has played more than any other artist in the long history of the Beacon Theatre.

[Photos by Marc Millman]

Unlike the Big Easy show billed with a lot of special guests including George Porter Jr., Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Trombone Shorty, the NYC show was only supposed to feature Stax recording legend William Bell. Bell is probably most famous for co-writing the Albert King hit Born Under A Bad Sign and for his 1961 song You Don’t Miss Your Water.

Haynes has never been one to do anything less than leave it all on the stage. And for this reason he has a rabid fan base that are always willing to hear what his new material is about. For more than a decade he played what started as aggressive power trio blues rock in the vein of Cream with Gov’t Mule. Now he now finds himself full circle back to his more soulful side that he originally touched upon with his 1993 release Tales of Ordinary Madness.

READ ON for more from Marc on Warren’s new band…

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Warren Haynes Band @ Beacon: Videos

Our pal Sunil sent over a batch of videos from last night’s Warren Haynes Band show at the Beacon, where the group was joined by Stax legend William Bell and Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford. Let’s take a look…

Born Under a Bad Sign w/ William Bell…

Warren Haynes Band – Beacon Theatre Setlist

Set One: Man In Motion, River’s Gonna Ride, Sick of My Shadow, Invisible, Your Wildest’s Dreams, A Friend To You, Fire In The Kitchen, On A Real Lonely Night, Born Under a Bad Sign*, You Didn’t Miss Your Water*, Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday*

Set Two: The Real [email protected], In My [email protected], Back Where I [email protected], Old [email protected], Save Me, Beautifully Broken, Power & The Glory, Hattiesburg Hustle, Sneakin Sally Through The Alley, Tear Me Down

Encore: Grinnin’ In Your Face > Soulshine, Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home**

* – w/ William Bell
** – w/ Brad Whitford and Danny Louis

[Setlist via KD of TinyRager.com]

READ ON for more of Sunil’s killer clips from the WHB @ the Beacon…

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HT Interview: Ron Johnson Returns To The Road With The Warren Haynes Band

“When Warren calls, you take the gig,” says Ron Johnson, the Brooklyn-based bass player, best known for his 10-year tour of duty with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.

His new, high profile gig is with the Warren Haynes Band and it brings him back to touring after a one-year break from the road.

[Warren Haynes Band – Touring Edition by Allison Murphy & Dino Perrucci]

The seeds for his involvement with Warren Haynes Band were planted three years ago. “I just remember hearing from J. Bau (part of the Warren Haynes’s management team) that Warren was making a solo record,” recalls Johnson, “and without even hesitating, I said, ‘if he tours that thing, I want a shot at it.’”

By chance, album bass player George Porter Jr. was not able to make the band’s first performance at the 2010 Christmas Jam. For Johnson, it was less of an audition and more of a one-off gig. “I’m not sure if they knew if Porter was going to do any touring following the record. I just know that Porter couldn’t do Christmas jam and he gave me his blessing to fill those shoes.”

READ ON for more of JR’s chat with Ron Johnson…

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Announcement: Warren Haynes Band

After months of speculation and various confirmation of which musicians would make up the touring version of the Warren Haynes Band, we finally know who will join Warren in his

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