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Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church Documentary To Premiere On Showtime

About 100 miles south of Atlanta, next to a field just outside the town of Byron, there stands a plaque erected by the Georgia Historical Society marking the location of the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival, where from July 3-5, 1970, “Over thirty musical acts performed, including rock icon Jimi Hendrix playing to the largest American audience of this career.” Despite the overwhelming attendance (estimated to be 300,000-400,000), the festival and Hendrix’s performance in particular, has not received its due in terms of historic importance and impact until now.

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, a new documentary film about the music legend’s Atlanta Pop set and the circumstances surrounding it, will debut on SHOWTIME on Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is releasing the DVD and Blu-ray version on Oct. 30, which will feature bonus content not included in the broadcast version. The film documents the massive festival hailed then as the ‘Southern Woodstock’ and recognized now as the last great US Rock Festival. The film presents the story of how rock music’s burgeoning festival culture descended en masse to the tiny rural village of Byron, Georgia and witnessed Hendrix’s unforgettable performance.

The audio release Freedom: Jimi Hendrix Experience Atlanta Pop Festival, which Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings will put out on Aug. 28, includes six performances not seen in the Showtime documentary. This will be available as a 2CD set and also as a 200-gram 2LP vinyl set. The first 5,000 vinyl units will be individually numbered.

Jimi Hendrix Experience – Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival 2CD/2LP VINYL (release date: August 28)

Disc 1
1) Fire
2) Lover Man
3) Spanish Castle Magic
4) Red House
5) Room Full Of Mirrors
6) Hear My Train A Comin’
7) Message To Love

Disc 2
1) All Along The Watchtower
2) Freedom
3) Foxey Lady
4) Purple Haze
5) Hey Joe
6) Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
7) Stone Free
8) Star Spangled Banner
9) Straight Ahead

Photo Credit:  Legacy Recordings

Paul McCartney Takes Over Lollapalooza

This weekend was Lollapalooza, or should we call it Paul-apalooza, because Sir Paul McCartney took over.

Tens of thousands of fans at Grant Park screamed as McCartney jammed for more than two-hours.  The songs spanned his entire career from the Beatles, to Wings, to a performance of his latest hit, the Rihanna/Kanye West collaboration “Four Five Seconds”.   Paul dedicated his performance of “Here Today” to former band mate John Lennon.

Here is McCartney’s setlist:

“Magical Mystery Tour”
“Save Us”
“Got to Get You Into My Life”
“Let Me Roll It”
“Foxy Lady”
“My Valentine”
“Maybe I’m Amazed”
“I’ve Just Seen a Face”
“Four Five Seconds”/”We Can Work It Out”
“And I Love Her”
“Here Today”
“Queenie Eye”
“Lady Madonna”
“Eleanor Rigby”
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”
“Ob La Di Ob La Da”
“Band on the Run”
“Back in the U.S.S.R.”
“Let it Be”
“Live and Let Die”
“Hey Jude”
“Hi Hi Hi”
“Can’t Buy Me Love”
“Get Back”
“Helter Skelter”
“Carry That Weight”


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Final Three Led Zeppelin Reissues In Stores Now

The culmination of the Led Zeppelin reissue campaign, as remastered and expanded versions of the band’s final three studio albums get their release.

Jimmy Page oversaw the project, and says it was done out of respect for the band’s fans and their desire to have as much material, “There’s such in affection for Led Zeppelin music within the audience, it could only be the right thing to do to put out a real authoritative package, and here we are at the end of it.”

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Foo Fighters Get Most Unusual Invitation Ever

In an attempt to to get Foo Fighters to travel to Cesena, Italy and play a concert, a group of 1,000 fans got together and sent a very unusual invitation.  [SEE HERE]

The wall of sound that was produced with 1,000 Foo Fighter fans performing “Learn to Fly” at the same time.  Talk about cranking it way past 10.

The project’s creator, Fabio Zaffagnini, said he’s been working for over a year to make the performance happen.

“One thousand rockers that came from all over the nation, at their own expense, for one song, your song,” said Zaffagnini, looking directly at the camera. “Our call is to ask you, the Foo Fighters, to come and play for us.”

The video has gone viral with nearly 5-million views overnight.  More importantly, Dave Grohl tweeted “Ci vediamo a presto, Cesena” which translates to “See you soon, Cesena”.

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Scott Weiland Cancels European Tour

Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts have canceled their upcoming European tour due to “administration and production issues”.

The former Stone Temple Pilots rocker and his band were slated to perform throughout the Europe, but on the group announced the would be cancelled.

A statement posted on the band’s website, “Scott and the band, along with management, want the fans to know that this decision was not made lightly, but as it stood, the tour dates had far too many administration and production issues to overcome, and ultimately the fan experience would have been far below what Scott feels his loyal fans deserve. Again, we apologize to our fans and appreciate their understanding in this matter.”

It is unclear whether the shows will be rescheduled.

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