Sir Paul announces ‘Out There’ world tour; John Mayer back on the road w/Toronto date (***UPDATE***); new song


From Paul McCartney’s website:

Paul has announced his first live dates of 2013, which will be part of an all new tour called ‘Out There!’. The tour will see Paul and his band travel the world throughout the year, even visiting some places they’ve never been before. Further announcements and dates will be added in the coming weeks.

First 2013 live dates announced with more to follow in the coming weeks:

22nd June: Warsaw, Poland – National Stadium
27th June: Vienna, Austria – Happel Stadium

Expect McCartney’s set list to include music from his entire career, from Beatles to Wings to solo work.

McCartney is also working on a follow-up to last year’s Kisses On the Bottom disc. He’s already recorded some tracks with Mark Ronson.

I had the opportunity to see McCartney at Toronto’s ACC in 2005 and it was an unbelievable show. Three+ hours and the setlist covered all the bases, not to mention an incredible lights and effects show. If you’ve never seen him live, I highly recommend you try and catch him on the upcoming tour.

Check out his killer set from the 12-12-12 Sandy relief show:

(**BEATLES TRIVIA ALERT**: 50 years ago today, March 22nd 1963, The Beatles released their first album, Please Please Me.)

john-mayer-650-430In other tour news, John Mayer has announced his first tour in three years following his extended break from the road due to throat issues. The tour launches July 5th in Milwaukee but Mayer will be playing a couple of shows at the end of April (one of which will be at the New Orleans Jazz Fest) as a warm-up. Opening up for Mayer on the tour will be American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. There will be one Cdn. stop on the tour: August 14th at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre.

****UPDATE: Tickets go on sale March 30th.****

Read an excerpt from Billboard magazine’s new interview with Mayer here.

Last month, CBS’ Sunday Morning had a story on Mayer. Check it out below:

Want to hear the new song, “Dear Marie”? Scroll to the 11:40 mark of this video:


Lineup for Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Announced

The summer concert lineup in Toronto got it’s annual boost today with the announcement of a whack of shows scheduled for the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. The Amphiteatre is a pretty good venue, although getting there, especially during the CNE at the end of August, can be a bit of a pain. But nothing beats seeing your favourite band at an outdoor venue on a warm summer night. Here’s the lineup thus far, with more shows to be announced:

Dave Matthews Band with The Felice Brothers – June 1
Sugarland with George Canyon and Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers – June 4
Jethro Tull with Procol Harum – June 18
Scorpions – June 27
Steve Miller Band- June 30
Iron Maiden with Dream Theater – July 3
Santana with Steve Winwood – July 11
Brad Paisley with Darius Rucker, Justin Moore, Steel Magnolia, Josh Thompson and Easton Corbin
– July 22
Kings of Leon – July 28
Canadian Carnage featuring Slayer and Megadeth with Testament – July 29
Tim McGraw with Lady Antebellum and Love and Theft – Aug 7
John Mayer – Aug 10
Great Big Sea – Aug 20
UPROAR 2010 featuring Disturbed with Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour – Aug 24
Rascal Flatts with Kellie Pickler and Chris Young – Sept 5
Blue Rodeo– date tba
City and Colour with Tegan and Sara and special guests – date tba

Tickets for Dave Matthews Band, Sugarland, Jethro Tull & Slayer/Megadeth are already on sale. Onsale dates for the rest are TBA.

The “Why is the Subway so bloody slow today?” Shuffle Report


The Shuffle Report: 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode at a given point in time. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

I don’t understand. The ride to work on the subway this morning to forever. Not sure what the reason was, but it was so sloooooooooow. I mean, it’s not like I was in that big of a hurry to get to work, but there’s only so much standing shoulder to shoulder with people that one person can take. Thankfully the iPod was fully charged.
In the rotation this morning:

1. Livin’ On The Edge—Aerosmith (O Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits) [Is Steven Tyler in or out? Depends on who you ask.]
2. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Loved You)—Aretha Franklin (30 Greatest Hits) [I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This is a must own.]
3. Me and Mrs. Jones—Billy Paul (360 Degrees of Billy Paul) [Ok, it’s about infidelity, but it still sounds great.]
4. Must Have BeenThe Devil—Otis Spann (The Blues Never Die!) [Damn straight.]
5. Sad Songs (Say So Much)—Elton John (Greatest Hits 1970-2002) [Musically, the 1980’s weren’t that kind to EJ. But there were a few gems, like this one.]
6. Run Runaway—Great Big Sea (Up) [Bet you can’t sit still through this one.]
7. City Love—John Mayer (Room For Sqaures) [A song about falling in love with the wrong person for all the right reasons. Awww.]
8. Boys—The Beatles (Please Please Me) [One of my favourite Ringo sings tracks.]
9. The Song Is Over-The Who (Who’s Next) [Please tour this year. Please tour this year. Please tour this year.]
10. Shoebox—Barenaked Ladies (Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits) [While I’ve always liked them, I highly doubt that without Steven Page, there will be a worthy Disc Two.]

Sidetwo’s Decade Ending List, Part 4

We’re getting close, into the Top 20 now. Music from a soul legend, a New Jersey Boss, a bunch of power popsters, an Irish powerhouse and a Canadian talent that will be sorely missed are among those in this batch. There’s only ten more to go. Care to guess what’s No. 1?

20. Don’t Give Up On Me–Solomon Burke (Don’t Give Up On Me)

A new classic from a soul legend. Powerful stuff.

19. No Such Thing–John Mayer (Room for Squares)

From the album that kicked off a hugely successful career. And he’s a damn fine guitarist, too.

18. Are You Gonna Be My Girl–JET (Get Born)

A great blast of rock n roll from Down Under. Too bad their follow-ups haven’t been as strong.

17. Little Red Light–Fountains Of Wayne (Welcome Interstate Managers)

From the album that brought us Stacy’s Mom. Great power pop with a sense of humour. Love it.

16. Not Ready To Go–The Trews (House of Ill Fame)

See No. 26. And turn it up.

15. My City Of Ruins–Bruce Springsteen (The Rising)

Fact is he wrote it about his hometown, before 9/11 happened. But when we saw him sing it on the America: A Tribute To Heroes special, it proved to be an incredibly moving tribute, and a rallying cry to rise up.

14. Gypsy Biker–Bruce Springsteen (Magic)

The E-Street Band turns out another winner. On record, Gypsy Biker simply kicked ass. In concert, however, they took it to a whole new level. Like, the moon. The guitar duel is awesome.

13. New Wave–Against Me! (New Wave)

Saw these guys open up for Foo Fighters on the Foos last tour. And now they’re the opener for Billy Talent. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. But they rock like there’s no tomorrow. Great stuff.

12. Vertigo–U2 (How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb)

1, 2, 3, 14. Ok, so Bono can’t count. But it’s still got a good beat and you can dance to it.

11. Can’t Stop–Jacksoul (Sleepless)

This isn’t on here because of Haydain Neale’s recent passing, which is a tremendous loss to the Canadian musical community. This is on here because it’s a great song. Period.

John Mayer set to tour behind “Battle Studies”


John Mayer will be hitting the road in February to support his upcoming album, Battle Studies. The winter/early spring tour launches February 8th and will make several Canadian stops:

February 13 – Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
February 16 – Ottawa, (Scotiabank Place)
February 17 – Montreal (Bell Centre)
April 1 – Vancouver (General Motors Place)
April 3 – Calgary (Pengrowth Saddledome)
April 4 – Edmonton (Rexall Place)
April 6 – Saskatoon (Credit Union Centre)
April 7 – Winnipeg (MTS Centre)

Michael Franti & Spearhead will be guests on the tour. Most dates on the tour will go on sale November 21st, with a pre-sale for Amex card holders Nov. 16-20.

Mayer will also be performing on The Late Show with David Letterman on November 19th.

I stated in a recent post that I while I am a John Mayer fan, I prefer his bluesy side with the JM Trio as opposed to his more introspective work. Here’s an example of what I mean:

John Mayer’s new single “Who Says”


As mentioned in a previous post, John Mayer’s new album, Battle Studies, hits stores November 17th. The first single, Who Says, is now available for download on iTunes.

I count myself among fans of his music. I enjoy his folksy side, but think he excels better when he lets his blues side come out to play, especially when he plays with the John Mayer Trio, backed up by Pino Palladino (The Who) on bass and awesome drummer Steve Jordan (too many music associations to list here).

The new single is definitely on the more introspective side, and while I like it and I’ll probably end up buying the album anyway (would still like to hear what the rest of the disc sounds like first, though) I can’t get past the feeling that I’ve heard this before. Have a listen to the new single, then take a listen to “Stop This Train” from 2006’s “Continuum” disc. Or better yet, play both clips at the same time (the music in Who Says doesn’t start until about 43 seconds in). Is it just me, or do you hear the similarities as well?

Who Says:

Stop This Train:

New albums a-comin’…


The Fall is always a busy time of year for new album releases, and this year is no exception. Today I thought I’d highlight three upcoming releases that you may find of interest.

“Natural Forces”–Lyle Lovett (October 20th)

Two of my favourites, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, will be starting a co-headling tour tomorrow night in the U.S. and that will run through October 18th. Lovett will then kick off his own headling tour on October 26th to promote his 12th release “Natural Forces”. That tour will make two Canadian stops: November 13th in Toronto and November 14th in Ottawa. I saw Texas-native Lovett at Massey Hall in 2000 with his Large Band and it was a lot of fun. His music isn’t just country but also touches on blues and jazz which makes for a very entertaining evening.

“Natural Forces” includes four Lovett originals, along with covers of tunes by other Texas songwriters including Townes Van Zandt’s “Loretta.”

A taste of Lyle Lovett’s new release:

“Good Evening New York City”–Paul McCartney (November 17th)

Recorded during his three-night stand at Citi Field (home of the New York Mets) this past July, “Good Evening NewYork City” will be Paul Mcartney’s sixth (I think) live album of his post-Beatles career. The only one I ever owend was Wings Over America released in 1976. That one was ok due to less-than-stellar sound quality but I thought the packaging of the triple(!) album was great, including poster plus the “every one of the six record labels is different” geek factor. (Hey, no snickering. I told you when I started this blog that I always liked that kind of thing.) 🙂

And just so McCartney fans can have a choice on how to spend their hard-earned cash, the album will be available in two formats: a 3-disc (2 CD/1 DVD) standard edition and a 4-disc (2 CD/2 DVD) deluxe version featuring expanded packaging, as well as a bonus DVD including McCartney’s July 15 performance on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee (including bonus songs not aired on the “Late Show with David Letterman” broadcast). High-quality vinyl editions will also be released.

Song selection will include Beatles and Wings material so expect cuts like “Drive My Car,” “Got To Get You Into My Life,” “The Long And Winding Road,” “Blackbird,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Back In The USSR,” “Paperback Writer,” “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude,” “Helter Skelter,” “Band On The Run,” “My Love,” “Let Me Roll It” and “Live And Let Die.”

Paul McCartney at Citi Field:

“Battle Studies”–John Mayer (November 17th)

John Mayer’s next all-new studio release, a follow-up to 2008’s “Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles” hits stores on November 17th. According to a press release, the album will incorporate “the warmth, melodies and simplicity of 70’s and 80’s California rock/pop. The album’s first single, “Who Says” challenges conventional standards of what one can accomplish or undertake — despite society’s constraints. Battle Studies also showcases universal themes on “Heartbreak Warfare,” “Assassin,” and “War of My Life,” while flexing guitar chops on “Rock Song,” and a reinterpretation of “Crossroads.” The famously collaborative guitar player also invited one of music’s brightest new talents, Taylor Swift, to appear on “Half of My Heart.”

For Mayer fans (count me in), this sounds promising. A 2010 North American tour is going to be announced soon.

John Mayer from the Live in L.A. release: