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Phish, My Morning Jacket, Gov't Mule Play Tributes For Lou Reed

10/29/2013 12:47am EDT
Trey Anastasio
The song may have been in the band's repertoire since Halloween of 1998, but on Sunday night Phish opened their show at Hartford, Connecticut's XL Center with a bittersweet, yet rousing rendition of the Velvet Underground's "Rock & Roll" in tribute to late music legend Lou Reed.

Reed passed away earlier in the day due to complications stemming from a liver transplant he had back in May.

Following the eleven-and-a-half-minute epic, frontman Trey Anastasio asked the crowd for a moment of silence for "one of the greatest artists who's ever lived."

Prior to the show Anastasio posted a tribut...

Peter Frampton Releases First Instrumental CD; Feat. Members Of Pearl Jam, Stones, And Others

11/7/2006 12:56pm EST
Peter Frampton
As a boy growing up in England, Peter Frampton adored the music of instrumental bands like the Shadows and the Ventures, as well as a potpourri of the popular jazz, blues and classical guitarists that were vital to youth at the time. Before long, he set out on an influential career in music of his own, eventually selling out arenas and garnering multi-platinum sales. Frampton returns to his roots with Fingerprints, finally culminating his lifelong dream of recording an instrumental album in the spirit of his first musical heroes.

In a career full of accolades, Frampton is particularly ...

Musicians Support With "Get Out And Vote" Email Campaign

11/2/2006 11:04am EST
Dave Matthews Band
Non-partisan, non-profit voter registration organization has enlisted the help of its artist partners to generate over one million e-mails to music fans reminding them to vote.

Dave Matthews Band kicked off the campaign on Tuesday, one week before the election, with an e-mail sent directly to the hundreds of thousands of fans on the band's private e-mail list.

"Election Day Is One Week Away," the e-mail read. "Dave Matthews Band wants to encourage everyone to let your voice be heard by remembering to vote on Election Day."

The message also contained a link to w...

Dave Matthews Band Helps Grassroots Non-Profit Eclipse Registration Goals

9/26/2006 1:16pm EDT
HeadCount, the non-partisan, non-profit voter registration organization run by grassroots-oriented musicians, fans and promoters announced that it has eclipsed its voter registration goals for the recent "Midterms Matter Tour." The organization registered over 5,000 new voters on a budget of less than $25,000.

The Midterms Matter tour included over 30 events. Highlights included the Bonnaroo festival, the Phil Lesh /Trey Anastasio tour and a dozen dates with Dave Matthews Band.

"We set out to bring attention to the Midterm elections and prove how efficient a grassroots, music-ori...

Peter Frampton's Latest, "Fingerprints," Hits Stores Sept. 12

9/5/2006 11:40am EDT
Peter Frampton
"This is the album I've been waiting my entire life to make," says Peter Frampton of his remarkable new CD, Fingerprints. It's an impressive 14-tune collection of guitar mastery that crosses several musical borders, from funked-up R&B to razor-edged rockers to rootsy blues to country-flamed beauties to jazzy Django swing to reflective impressionism. And, on the disc, in what may come as a surprise to longtime fans, Frampton begs off singing to focus exclusively on the six-string.

"I've never done a complete collection of instrumentals," the Britain-born, Cincinnati-based Frampton says....

Top Musicians Participate In "Wear Your Music" Campaign; Guitar String Bracelets Benefit Charities

8/30/2006 12:11pm EDT
John Mayer
Relix, the magazine for music, announced that top artists John Mayer, Keith Richards and Anna Nalick have been added to the list of musicians participating in its "Wear Your Music" campaign. Created by noted designer Hannah Gasner of AZU Studio, Relix President/Publisher Steve Bernstein and sponsored by DR Handmade Strings, the Relix Band is a fashionable accessory created by previously played strings from top artists. The bracelets are available at

"I think this is a terrific idea and I'm more than happy to be a part of it," said Carlos Santana. "The chari...

Gov't Mule Get 'High & Mighty' August 22nd

7/18/2006 4:21pm EDT
Big riffs, massive grooves, and expansive improvisations are the hallmarks of Gov't Mule's legendary live shows. Likewise, their well-crafted songs feature larger-than-life characters bearing life's heaviest burdens, performed by four musicians – guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes, drummer Matt Abts, keyboard player Danny Louis, and bassist Andy Hess – whose powerful musicianship and chemistry along with their tireless work ethic have earned them the respect of their peers.

Their new ATO Records release, High & Mighty, produced by Haynes and Gordie Johnson (former leader of Canada's acc...

Les Claypool Summer 2006 Tour Dates

5/19/2006 11:24pm EDT
Les Claypool
Bassist, songwriter (and now novelist, director, and movie star) Les Claypool will kick off a national tour at the Warfield in his hometown of San Francisco on June 1st. The tour runs through the end of July and includes stops at the Wakarusa and Bonnaroo festivals.

The tour will mark the release of Les Claypool's newest solo album 'Of Whales and Woe' (May 30th/Prawn Song) and comes in the midst of Claypool's most high profile month ever including the screening of his movie 'Electric Apricot' and his first novel 'South of the Pumphouse.'

Claypool will also have a few special event...

Trey Anastasio's New Band Evolves

11/22/2005 8:41am EST
Trey Anastasio playing in Phish
Former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio has announced a line-up change in his current touring band "70 Volt Parade." Drummer Skeeto Valdez has made an "amicable split based on personal reasons" and been replaced by Raymond Weber. Here's the post from Trey's official website:

"In keeping with the tradition of past solo projects, Trey's current touring outfit "70 Volt Parade" continues to evolve as the band prepares for the West Coast leg of their Fall Tour in support of Shine. Last week in Princeton, Russell Remington joined the band on saxophone and flute, a show that also marked the re...

Les Claypool DVD Features Primus, Oysterhead & More

10/21/2005 9:03pm EDT
Les Claypool
Virtuoso songwriter, frontman, bassist, and visual alchemist Les Claypool will release the DVD "5 Gallons Of Diesel" -- a comprehensive overview of Claypool's solo projects and collaborations including over 3.5 hours of live performances and video footage -- November 15th on his own Prawn Song Records. The first ever video release of Claypool's solo career, '5 Gallons' follows on the heels of two wildly succesful Primus DVD's, the platinum 2003 release 'Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People' and 2004's gold 'Hallucino-Genetics Live.'

The eye-popping compilation spans over a decade...