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by Sean Dillon posted Sep 29 2015 11:55PM


After several U.S. dates, the tour ends in Cuba, where Billy will play the Havana Jazz Festival – a perfect climax for an album that was initially inspired by an over-the-transom invitation to perform at last year’s Havana Jazz Festival.

The concept for Perfectamundo, which was produced by Gibbons and Joe Hardy and recorded in Houston, Los Angeles, Austin and Pontevedra, Spain, originated in Billy’s Houston studio, when he explored the potential for a Latin flavored album with his Argentine-born, Puerto Rico-raised friend and musical collaborator Martine “G.G.” GuiGui. Soon after presenting his engineering crew with a business card from a newly opened Cuban eatery called Sal Y Pimienta (salt and pepper), with the first track finished for Perfectamundo reached completion taking its title from that card. Concord has just released a tasty video complementing “Treat Her Right,” the album’s debut track. 

He followed this with a “Spanglish” version of Louisiana swamp blues maestro Slim Harpo’s classic “Got Love If You Want It” and an Afro-Cubanized take on the Lightnin’ Hopkins version of “Baby Please Don’t Go,” thereby fully merging Gibbons’ innate Houston blues tradition with Latin rhythms. Chino Pons, a Cuban friend who heads his own New York-based quartet stepped in to help collaborate on several other tracks for Perfectamundo.

For the Perfectamundo Tour, Billy’s band, The BFG’s, will consist of the aforementioned Martine “G.G.” GuiGui, Austin B3 stalwart Mike Flanigin and Alx “Guitarzza” Garza, who appears on the album’s title track, as well as “What’s Happenin’, Baby” and “Quiero Mas Dinero.”  With Garza on percussion (whom Billy calls "our resident hip-hop poet and percussionist with vocals and beats”), SoZo and Melanie DiLorenzo, two very accomplished drummers, both female, also providing rhythmic Latin spice, complete the rhythm section.

Gibbons recently told Rolling Stone,  "The BFG's is, quite simply, a stab at something we didn't previously know to be possible. That 'something' was composing and creating sessions to press the limits of the unknown.  ZZ Top, by definition, remains a minimalist endeavor with a very straightforward established approach which continues to serve us well… The BFG's, on the other hand, have now gone on to exploring some uncharted sonic and, especially, rhythmic territory within an accommodating context. Deep at the core of everything we do, either as ZZ Top or with the Perfectamundo aggregation, is the blues. That's the diamond and we found a way to put it into a new, Afro-Cuban setting. It really does come from the same place. The prospect of taking it to Cuba in December is especially exciting should all things work out. Talk about wish fulfillment."

The musical genius of Billy Gibbons is to be heard on his first ever solo album, refreshingly unexpected but most predictably.. Perfectamundo. ¡Escuchemos! 

by Sean Dillon posted Sep 29 2015 11:31PM

Rock 101.1 will have FRONT ROW tickets for you to win to see Billy F Gibbons.  Keep on listening for your chance to win.

Gibbons, internationally known as the front man for “that little ol’ band from Texas” multi-platinum blues-rock legends ZZ Top, is coming to Lubbock in support of his debut solo album. for a performance at the City Bank Auditorium on Saturday, December 5, at 8:00 p.m.

Rock 101.1 will have tickets for you to win! 

Want to get up close & personal ?

Tickets are all priced at +$49.50 and may be purchased at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center and all Select-a-Seat locations, by phone at  806-770-2000 or online atwww.selectaseatlubbock.com 

The Afro-Cuban influenced Perfectamundo by Billy Gibbons and The BFG’s will be released by Concord Records on November 6, followed immediately by a November 10 tour kick-off in Atlanta. After several U.S. dates, the tour ends in Cuba, where Billy will play the Havana Jazz Festival – a perfect climax for an album that was initially inspired by an over-the-transom invitation to perform at last year’s Havana Jazz Festival.

The concept for Perfectamundo, originated in Billy’s Houston studio, when he explored the potential for a Latin flavored album with his Argentine-born, Puerto Rico-raised friend and musical collaborator Martine “G.G.” GuiGui. 

Gibbons recently told Rolling Stone,  "Deep at the core of everything we do, either as ZZ Top or with thePerfectamundo aggregation, is the blues. That's the diamond and we found a way to put it into a new, Afro-Cuban setting.”

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by Sean Dillon posted May 5 2015 4:52PM

Have you heard of Stocklyn?  Maybe you should.  How about we let William Boreing from Slaton tell you more...

My name is William Boreing, Front man for Stocklyn. We are a Texas band, we play Rock'n Roll and we mean it.

We've all been playing around Lubbock since we could convince bar owners to let us in with X's on our hands. Making our living playing our instruments and entertaining Lubbock as best we could. We have all toured with various State wide and National level bands. But at some point I grew a bit weary of the side man role. I still loved playing guitar and I tried to mean every note I played, put my heart into it. But there was always an itch.

So I started (or rather kept) writing for myself. I've always been hugely influenced by Led Zeppelin, Wolfmother, AC/DC, Aerosmith and several other of the greats. But while playing lead for Red & the Vityls, I had an opportunity to really immerse myself into Texas music... not Texas country but Texas music I found that the music I wrote for myself, the music I loved had a home and people who loved and welcomed it.

So I got with my best friends. A small crew but guys that would die for each other. And I decided we would make music for us. By our rules and within our means.

We never went without. Once we started doing it all ourselves a ton of people kicked in in a BIG way! After contacting several local venues to track in their rooms after 3am when the doors lock, or on their closed days I was contacted by Don Caldwell. Talk about a lifesaver! The guy said he believed in the project and wanted to help in anyway he could including letting me use his studio at night when everyone else left free of charge. We had already decided that we wouldn't sacrifice quality for easy at any stage and without this leg up I don't think we could have accomplished that.

With the help of Justin Thomas Williams, Ryan Garza, Seth Ramirez, Justin Lentz, a whole slew of quality people from the Blue Light we did it.

We never gave up on the dream of the highest quality. We didn't have enough money to rent a lot of things we needed for as long as we would have needed, so if we needed a Marshall sound and couldn't get it we Built a Marshall. If we really needed a u87 and couldn't get it we built a mic. Me and Justin Locked ourselves away for countless hours fueled by a desire to "do it right" and with a "why not us" attitude about trying to be great.

When it was done we were Melanee, we had 6 tracks we were really proud of, and even a couple in studio videos!

From there we burned CDs ourselves, made a stamp to have our name on em (having spent every resource on the product already) and started playing shows. Opening for anyone who would have us and playing for anyone who would listen. We've always had the attitude of "do it right" so every show was our last and if both we and the crowd weren't drenched in sweat when it was said and done I chalked it as a failure.

But the response was incredible! I can't say enough about the Texas scene, the Lubbock scene especially, and the Blue Light and Office specifically,

The project was always about making music for us, making music with my friends, and doing the thing as well as we could.

As luck would have it our little record found it's way to sleepwalker studios via Jeremy Boreing where, upon overhearing it played, it caught the ear of David Hodges ans Steve Solomon who run the joint.

David got in touch with me and I started saving, painting fences, selling all my earthly belongings and putting in sweat to have enough money to get my butt to California and sign a record deal.
We retracked the record with me playing almost every instrument, still keeping as many of my friends and original parts as we could. It really mattered to me that it be the best it could without loosing itself and it's roots in great music by great friends.

More recently we were picked up by Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts' camp and given the opportunity to tour the US with 'em. LA to NY to FL, Corpus Christi to Boston and everywhere in between, myself Blake Vera and Seth Ramirez, playing homemade Rock'n roll as hard as we can, and never loosing the get sweaty mentality. We are so grateful to be doing what we love, and getting to share it with so many. The response has been amazing!

"They're an audacious guitar driven strut. It's loud, sweaty, near the edge of excess, and on the cusp of chaos; it's the way rock and roll was meant to be played."
-Thomas D. Mooney, New Slang
I hope this gives you a good idea of who we are and where we come from. I'm not much of a talker. I only love a few things and I'll work on em till they're right.

Good Luck William, hope we see you back home soon, now go ROCK ON!

by Sean Dillon posted Apr 7 2015 5:20PM

Today is the right day to join the Rock 101.1 Rockforce! Why?  Because on Thursday we'lll send out to our Rockforce members an exclusive presale code to buy tickets to the Rolling Stones concert in Dallas at AT&T Stadium.

Sign up TODAY!

Being a member of the Rockforce pays off!

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by Sean Dillon posted Apr 6 2015 4:19PM
Well, AC/DC wants to add onto the Classic Rock Tour Bonanza...

But still not in the Hub City...

The North American dates kick off on August 22nd in Foxborough, MA at Gillette Stadium and run through September 28th in Los Angeles, CA at Dodger Stadium.

August 22 - Foxborough, MA Gillette Stadium

August 26 - E. Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium

August 28 - Quebec City, QC Plains Of Abraham

August 31 - Montreal, QC Olympic Stadium

September 3 - Ottawa, ON TD Place

September 5 - Moncton, NB Magnetic Hill

September 8 - Detroit, MI Ford Field

September 10 - Toronto, ON Downsview Park

September 15 - Chicago, IL Wrigley Field

September 20 - Edmonton, AL Commonwealth Stadium

September 22 - Vancouver, BC BC Place

September 25 - San Francisco, CA AT&T Park

September 28 - Los Angeles, CA Dodger Stadium


by Sean Dillon posted Mar 31 2015 10:15AM

This is the perfect time to be a Classic Rock fan, great bands picking the year of 2015 to go out on a summer tour.  

First Rush announced, then Van Halen and now the Rolling Stones announces a 15 city tour which will make a stop at Cowboys Stadium June 6th.  Stand by, Rock 101.1 has something up its sleeve!

Ladies and gentlemen...The Rolling Stones are back!  The band has announced that they will kick off their new 15-city North American stadium, ZIP CODE tour, in San Diego on May 24 at Petco Park.  The band will visit AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas on June 6, 2015. The tour will also make stops in Columbus, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Detroit and Buffalo before wrapping in Quebec on July 15 at Le Festival D’Été de Québec.

Tickets and VIP packages for Dallas, Texas will go on sale Monday, April 13 at 10am local time.  For ticketing information please visit rollingstones.com.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, April 8 at 10am local through Sunday, April 12 at 10pm local for select markets.

“We are excited to be back in North America playing stadiums this summer!  We are looking forward to being back on stage and playing your favorite songs.” - Mick Jagger

"We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to North America!  I can't wait to get back on the stage!” - Keith Richards

The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour will see Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood head back out on the road after their critically-acclaimed 14 ON FIRE tour in Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand in 2014. The iconic band will treat their generations of fans to special one night only shows, with a set packed full of classic Stones hits such as “Gimme Shelter”, “Paint It Black”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Tumbling Dice” and “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll”, as well as special gems from their extraordinary catalog.

The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour will be the first time the rock legends have played North American stadiums since 2005-2007’s “A Bigger Bang Tour.”

The stage design for the stadium shows includes a thrust that extends deep into the audience allowing the Stones to interact directly with their fans.  Known for their ground-breaking sets and use of cutting-edge technology, the Stones’ set design will feature video screens and special effects that will enhance the high-octane experience of attending a live Stones’ show.

The tour will also coincide with the Rolling Stones re-release of Sticky Fingers on May 26 by Universal Music. Sticky Fingers, one of the most revered albums from the Rolling Stones, is set to enthrall a new generation of fans in 2015. The 1971 classic features timeless tracks such as ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Wild Horses,’ ‘Bitch’ and ‘Dead Flowers’.  Sticky Fingers 2015, with its iconic zip cover, will be unveiled in a variety of formats. The deluxe editions include a generous selection of previously unreleased Stones studio outtakes from the Sticky Fingers sessions and stunning live performances from that time. These sought after tracks have never been available until this release.

Recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Olympic Studios in London, and produced by regular confidant Jimmy Miller, Sticky Fingers was released just before the Stones became tax exiles in the south of France, leaving Britain after a sensational farewell tour. It also featured some of the most ground breaking design in rock history, with its famous working zip on the front cover and artwork by Andy Warhol.


May 24, 2015                    San Diego, CA                    Petco Park

May 30, 2015                    Columbus, OH                   Ohio Stadium

June 3, 2015                      Minneapolis, MN              TCF Bank Stadium

June 6, 2015                      Dallas, TX                           AT&T Stadium

June 9, 2015                      Atlanta, GA                        Bobby Dodd Stadium

June 12, 2015                    Orlando, FL                        Orlando Citrus Bowl

June 17, 2015                    Nashville, TN                     LP Field

June 20, 2015                    Pittsburgh, PA                    Heinz Field

June 23, 2015                    Milwaukee, WI                  Summerfest / Marcus Amphitheater

June 27, 2015                    Kansas City, MO                Arrowhead Stadium

July 1, 2015                        Raleigh, NC                        Carter-Finley Stadium

July 4, 2015                        Indianapolis, IN                 Indianapolis Motor Speedway

July 8, 2015                        Detroit, MI                         Comerica Park

July 11, 2015                      Buffalo, NY                        Ralph Wilson Stadium

July 15, 2015                      Quebec, QC                       Le Festival D’Été de Québec*

*wristbands will go on sale at 12pm local time on Saturday, April 11








by Sean Dillon posted Mar 30 2015 6:51AM

So did you miss Van Halen on Jimmy Kimmel?  Then sit back and enjoy some highlights...


Do you have a Van Halen Tattoo?

They finished with Runnin' with the Devil!

But people that weren't there didn't know why DLR had the band aid on his nose.

But this video explains it all!

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by Sean Dillon posted Mar 24 2015 5:18PM


Van Halen 2015 North American Tour
VAN HALEN To Tour North America Summer/Fall 2015
VAN HALEN to Perform March 30 on Hollywood Boulevard for ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ In Rare Television Concert Appearance
Songs from the Concert to be Aired March 30-March 31

Not in Lubbock though...



In celebration of a 2015 Summer/Fall North American Tour, VAN HALEN will perform a special concert for Jimmy Kimmel Live March 30 on Hollywood Boulevard. Featuring some of the band’s essential rock and roll classics, the concert will be broadcast over two nights, March 30 and March 31, on the late night talk show and marks VAN HALEN’s first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central time on ABC.

VAN HALEN is touring North America beginning July 5 in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheatre, with concerts scheduled through October 2 in Los Angeles, California at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will support all dates along the tour. Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning April 4 at www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com with special pre-sale information being announced locally. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.

The special Hollywood Boulevard concert will be a hit-heavy set of songs featured on TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT, the first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan, TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT includes 23 songs spanning all seven of the band’s albums with Roth. It is being released as a double CD, four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl and digitally beginning March 31, 2015. Fans who pre-order TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT before its March 31 release date through Amazon and digitally at iTunes will instantly receive downloads of “Panama,” “Runnin’ With The Devil,” “Jump” and “Hot For Teacher.”

Also being released beginning March 31 are remastered versions of Van Halen and 1984, with remastered versions of Diver Down, Women and Children First, Van Halen II and Fair Warning due out later this spring. Each album has been cut straight from the quarter-inch tapes for CD, 180-gram vinyl and for the digital version by mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums for Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood, CA. These albums are being released beginning March 31 with pre-orders available now through Amazon and iTunes now.

Jimmy Kimmel Live is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format. Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers. Jason Schrift, Douglas DeLuca and Erin Irwin serve as co-executive producers. Emmy Award®-winning Jimmy Kimmel Live is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios. (CLOSED-CAPTIONED)

Enjoy Jimmy Kimmel Live on the web at www.abc.com/JimmyKimmeLive and at www.youtube/JimmyKimmelLive. Artwork is available on www.abcmedianet.com and on Facebook.com/JimmyKimmelLive; Twitter @JimmyKimmel #Kimmel

Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, VAN HALEN changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album and subsequently produced a repertoire of hits that remain some of the strongest and most influential rock songs ever written that fans will admire for decades to come. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, and more No. 1 hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart than any other artist, the band’s record of achievement is hard to top. The eponymous debut album and 1984 were both certified Diamond, for U.S. sales in excess of 10 million, placing them on an elite short list of double RIAA-certified Diamond Award honorees. VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Sunday July 5, Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre
Tuesday July 7, Portland, OR, Amphitheater Northwest
Thursday July 9, Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
Saturday July 11, San Bernardino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheater
Tuesday July 14, Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Thursday July 16, Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
Saturday July 18, Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
Monday July 20, Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Wednesday July 22, Kansas City, MO, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Friday July 24, Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sunday July 26, St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tuesday July 28, Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagra Pavilion
Thursday July 30, Bangor, ME, Darling’sWaterfront Pavilion
Saturday August 1, Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
Monday August 3, Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
Wednesday August 5, London, ON, Western Fair District
Friday August 7, Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sunday August 9, Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
Tuesday August 11, Hartford, CT, Xfinity Center
Thursday August 13, Wantagh, NY, Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
Sunday August 23, Hershey, PA, Hershey Park
Tuesday August 25, Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Thursday August 27, Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
Saturday August 29, Washington DC, Jiffy Lube Live
Monday August 31, Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
Wednesday September 2, Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Amphitheatre
Friday September 4, Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater
Sunday September 6, Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Wednesday September 9, Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Friday September 11, Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
Sunday September 13, Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tuesday September 15, West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Thursday September 17, Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Monday September 21, Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
Wednesday September 23, Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
Friday September 25, Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Monday September 28, Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
Wednesday September 30, San Diego, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Friday October 2, Hollywood, CA, Hollywood Bow
by Sean Dillon posted Jan 22 2015 10:35AM
Celebrating 40 years, RUSH and Live Nation confirmed that the "R40 Live" tour will visit 34 cities throughout North America this summer beginning May 8 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and finishing August 1 in Los Angeles, California. These not-to-be-missed concerts will highlight four decades of the band's music.

Tickets for the "R40 Live" tour will go on sale starting January 30 in select markets at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

After 40 years together and 20 gold and platinum studio albums, RUSH is ready to celebrate with the most loyal fans in the world by embarking on their 21st tour, one which will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude.

The dates are as follows:

May 08 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
May 10 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 12 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
May 14 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
May 16 - Austin, TX - 360 Ampitheater
May 18 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
May 20 - Houston, TX - The Toyota Center
May 22 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
May 24 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
May 26 - Atlanta, GA - Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
May 28 - Greensboro, NC - The Greensboro Coliseum
May 30 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Jun. 08 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
Jun. 10 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center
Jun. 12 - Chicago, IL - United Center
Jun. 14 - Detroit, MI - Palace Of Auburn Hills
Jun. 17 - Toronto, Ontario, CAN - Air Canada Centre
Jun. 19 - Toronto, Ontario, CAN - Air Canada Centre
Jun. 21 - Montreal, Quebec, CAN - Bell Centre
Jun. 23 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
Jun. 25 - Philadelphia, PA - The Wells Fargo Center
Jun. 27 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Jun. 29 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Jul. 09 - Kansas City, KS - Sprint Center
Jul. 11 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Jul. 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
Jul. 15 - Calgary, Alberta, CAN - Scotiabank Saddledome
Jul. 17 - Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN - Rogers Arena
Jul. 19 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
Jul. 21 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
Jul. 23 - San Jose, CA - Sap Center At San Jose
Jul. 25 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
Jul. 27 - Phoenix, AZ - Us Airways Center
Jul. 30 - Irvine Meadows, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 01 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum

Over the course of their amazing career, RUSH has lived a lifetime together, providing an influential soundtrack to many of their fans' lives. Some have been with them since the start, while others have discovered them along the way and delved into their incredible body of work. To quote Dave Grohl from their momentous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, "RUSH built their following the right way. No hype, no bullshit, they did it from the ground up. Their legacy is incredible and their influence undeniable."

RUSH's vast catalogue includes such classics as 1974's self-titled debut, 1976's "2112", 1981's "Moving Pictures", 1996's "Test For Echo", and 2002's "Vapor Trails". RUSH released their 20th studio album, "Clockwork Angels", in 2012 via Anthem/Roadrunner. The critically acclaimed collection marked their first studio recording since 2007's "Snakes & Arrows", and debuted at #1 in Canada and #2 on The Billboard 200, matching the highest chart debut of the band's career. Known for their energetic live shows, the most recent RUSH release was the "R40" collector's box set including live footage spanning all four decades of the trio's career, including over two hours of unreleased material and a rare performance of the seven-part version of "2112" packaged in an impressive 52-page hardcover book.

Their longevity has served a pop culture renaissance, with the band's rare television appearance — their first in over 30 years — on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report", tributes on "South Park" and a memorable cameo in the film "I Love You, Man". A live review from their most recent "Clockwork Angels" tour boasted "the power-trio interplay could put guys half their age in the burn ward," while The Globe & Mail declared RUSH as "one of the few bands anywhere that just keeps getting better." A career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature summed up the renowned rock trio's continuing artistic vitality by observing, "It's true that RUSH doesn't mean today what it did in '76 or even '96. It may mean more."

by Sean Dillon posted Oct 3 2014 12:31AM
I know I missed a couple of songs on here but here is the list that I was able to keep track of, plus what I was thinking while he was playing...

“Eight Days a Week” – and AWAY we go! He may have been nearly an hour late but the electricity is palpable!
??? - New Album song.
“All My Loving” – I think I annoyed the kids when I told them that the lyrics weren’t “All my tonguing” like they were singing it.
“Listen to What the Man Said”
“Let Me Roll It”
Jimi Hendrix tribute - Impressed that Jimi learned Sgt. Peppers!

The best part of the concert so far is the conversation that he has with his fans. It's a "let's have fun , I'll play you some music and tell you some stories along the way." So we came along for the ride...

“Paperback Writer”
“My Valentine”
“1985” – EVERYTIME I hear this song, I want him to immediately go into Band on the Run.

“The Long and Winding Road”
“Maybe I’m Amazed” – he can still tickle the ivories
“I’ve Just Seen a Face”

Talking about Buddy Holly and the Crickets’ and how they influenced him.
B7 ;-)
“It’s So Easy”

“We Can Work It Out”
“Another Day”
“And I Love Her” - I actually sent my wife a text telling her that I loved her as he sang this.
“Blackbird” as he soared high above the crowd.
“Queenie Eye” – Kids next to me was surprised that everyone kept yelling OUT! "Where did that piano come from?"

“Lady Madonna” – Stunning graphics on the video as he played.
“All Together Now”… all together now…

“Lovely Rita” – for some reason, I’ve never liked this song.

New song – taunted fans that they videoed the old stuff but not the new stuff. HA!
“Eleanor Rigby”
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” (Life goes on)
“Band on the Run”
“Back in the U.S.S.R.”
“Let It Be”
“Live and Let Die” – Where he kicked to a gear never seen before EVER in Lubbock!
“Hey Jude” – obvious ‘closing song’

1st Encore
“Day Tripper” – Surprised that he came back with this one.
“Hi Hi Hi”
“Get Back”

2nd Encore
“Yesterday” – had a bet that he would end the 1st encore with this one.
“Helter Skelter” – Again he shocked me by pulling out this great track!
“Golden Slumbers”
“Carry That Weight”
“The End” – perfect ending until he was handed, brought over a stuffed longhorn. BAD Sir Paul!!! BAD, BAD, BAD!
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by Sean Dillon posted Aug 12 2014 1:21PM
With a new tour supporting his new album Hypnotic Eye. But this time around he isn't hitting Lubbock.

I'm excited to see Tom back on the road again. Check out these road dates:

Aug 14                  Vancouver, BC  Pepsi Live At Rogers...
Aug 15                  George, WA       The Gorge

 Aug 17                 Edmonton, AB   Rexall Place

 Aug 19                 Calgary, AB         Scotiabank Saddledome
Aug 21                  Winnipeg, MB   MTS Centre

 Aug 23                 Chicago, IL           United Center
Aug 24                  Clarkston, MI     DTE Energy Music The...

 Aug 26                 Toronto, ON       Air Canada Centre
Aug 28                  Montreal, QC     Bell Centre

 Aug 30                 Boston, MA        Fenway Park

 Aug 31                 Portland, ME      Cumberland County Ci...
Sep 06                   Arrington, VA    Lockn' Festival

 Sep 07                  Darien Center, NY            Darien Lake Performing Arts

 Sep 10                  New York, NY    Madison Square Garden

 Sep 11                  Holmdel, NJ        PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep 13                   Hartford, CT       XL Center
Sep 15                   Philadelphia, PA               Wells Fargo Center

Sep 16                   Allentown, PA   PPL Center
Sep 18                   Raleigh, NC         PNC Arena
Sep 20                   West Palm Beach, FL      Cruzan Amphitheater

Sep 21                   Tampa, FL                            Tampa Bay Times Forum

Sep 23                   Nashville, TN                      Bridgestone Arena
Sep 25                   Houston, TX                       Toyota Center
Sep 26                   Dallas, TX                             American Airlines Center
Sep 28                   Tulsa, OK                             BOK Center

 Sep 30                  Morrison, CO                     Red Rocks Amphitheatre

 Oct 01                  Morrison, CO                     Red Rocks Amphitheatre

 Oct 03                  Morrison, CO                     Red Rocks Amphitheatre

 Oct 05                  San Jose, CA                       SAP Center

Oct 07                   Anaheim, CA                      Honda Center

Oct 10                   Los Angeles, CA                                The Forum

Oct 11                   Los Angeles, CA                                The Forum

by Sean Dillon posted Jul 28 2014 4:52PM

You have been warned... Who is it? Can't say, but we would really like you to keep August 25th open on your calendars.

No, Freedman doesn't know yet...
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by Sean Dillon posted Apr 16 2014 1:15PM
AC/DC posted this to their website this morning:

After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.

In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.

But how bad is Malcom's condition?

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by Sean Dillon posted Apr 16 2014 10:45AM
It will be the concert event that EVERY classic rocker is going to want to go to.  When Ringo Starr and his All Star Band came into Amarillo, I grabbed the original Rockforce 1 and bought tickets to the show. I was not going to miss an opportunity to miss one of the legends of Classic Rock. I have the same feeling in my gut right now.

June 14th United Spirit Arena.  McCartney.  One Night Only.

Paul has wanted to play Lubbock many times as he is a huge Buddy Holly fan, but routing and timing would never coincide.

This show is a YOU BETTER BE IN THE HOSPITAL SICK kinda show.

Remember the old days where you would stand in line / camp out for tickets. 

This is the show I would do that for.



June 14 - Lubbock, TX - United Spirit Arena 

$250/ $165/ $89.50/ $59.50


Lubbock Area  SELECT-A-SEAT outlets


Following an incredible 2013 which saw Paul McCartney’s universally acclaimed Out There tour launch in Brazil and visit 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan, Paul has confirmed another half dozen dates on the 2014 U.S. Out There tour. Kicking off next week in Uruguay, and tearing through Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica, as well as Paul's return to Japan and debut in Korea, the upcoming Out There 2014 world tour will now 10 confirmed US shows.

* Paul will open the 2014 U.S. leg of the tour on June 14 with his first ever appearance in the hometown of his beloved Buddy Holly, playing the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock TX.

The Out There tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career–as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album NEW, a global hit upon its release last year.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. The last decade has seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years–Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)–the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul’s shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

2014 got off to an incredible start for Paul as he set a personal career best by winning an incredible five GRAMMY Awards in one night. In the UK he was honored by music bible NME with a special one off award, the ‘Songwriter’s Songwriter Award’ chosen for this unique accolade by his fellow peers.

Tickets for the Lubbock show go on sale Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m. through Select-a-Seat of Lubbock at  www.selectaseatlubbock.com, by phone at 806-770-2000 or toll-free 1-800-735-1288, and at all Lubbock area Select-a-Seat outlets (Civic Center box office, TTU Student Union box office, Dollar Western Wear, Ralph’s Records and Tapes, and United Supermarkets). Ticketing fees apply. Ticket prices subject to change up to the on sale date.

Select-a-Seat is the only authorized ticket vendor.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, April 21 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, April 24 at 10 p.m., www.selectaseatlubbock.com.






“Two songs into the first of two shows at the Erwin Center, Paul McCartney announced, ‘we are going to have a party here tonight.’ For three hours on Wednesday night, McCartney fueled that party with a mix of hits from his days with the Beatles and his later career with Wings, showing off his skill as a writer of both simple, poignant ballads and more complex rock pieces… left the crowd alternating between singalong and awe… a big, joyous trip.”


“The still ‘cute’ Beatle played 38 songs in two hours and 45 minutes Thursday night at the Erwin Center. McCartney, not rock & roll, may be the universal language… You may only ever see Paul McCartney live once, but it’ll define a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”


“Thanks to his unparalleled repertoire, his miraculously still-marvelous voice, and the skills of his crackerjack, four-man backing band, even the most intimate moments – a delicate, solo acoustic ‘Blackbird’ or the chills-inducing ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – were as captivating as brawny, spectacle-assisted rockers like ‘Back in the U.S.S.R.’”


“McCartney packed his latest Fenway show – he sold the park out twice in 2009 – with Beatles classics, Wings hits, and a few odd nuggets… The legend did so many things well it’s hard to find an entry point… There was hugging, there were tears, there was a 35,000-strong singalong. Everyone knew the epics were coming, everyone knew they would be cathartic. But this guy born in 1942 – this working-class Liverpool lad who’s been playing some of these songs for 50 years (!) – made us feel the love.”


“For three sweaty hours and two encores, fans got to bask in the presence of a legend who seemed genuinely glad to be there, and who still commands the star power to drive a crowd of nearly 44,000 giddy with the smallest gesture.”


“… dazzling show of enduring hits… McCartney didn’t hesitate to salute the American music that shaped his career”


“… the Beatles legend left a capacity crowd buzzing… McCartney’s concert at the arena reaffirmed his place as the popular champion… a nearly 40-song, three-hour set of Beatles classics, rarities, tributes and favorites from his Wings and solo catalog, a truly epic and awe-inspiring performance.”


“… though the show was dominated by classics from several different periods of the 50-odd years this remarkable artist/icon has been performing, there was no oldies-show aura to any of it… McCartney’s refusal to age or to go gentle into dilapitude or obsolescence is uncanny. His lithe and youthful appearance was matched on Sunday night by his seemingly undiminished stage energy.”


“McCartney treated the crowd… the largest attendance for a non-baseball event in Miller Park history, to 38 songs and nearly three hours of material… including a handful of songs – including ‘Another Day’ and the playfully simple ‘All Together Now’ – McCartney said weren’t performed before this tour.”


“It’s amazing that, with a catalogue more exposed and beloved than any of the last 50 years, McCartney could find something fresh to give fans. It’s equally unlikely, and pleasing, that… he could deliver these songs with such verve and verisimilitude.”


“Paul McCartney played a tight and polished headlining show Friday at the Bonnaroo festival… He sounded strong and energized… It was a bit like a performance from a head of state, and the enormous crowd held its respect through nearly all of it: walking against the flow of faces, you saw a remarkable kind of quiet concentration… In a scene where music from different stages is always competing in the air, sometimes aggressively, your ear gravitates toward these kinds of musicians, who seem to be giving you something rather than selling it.”


“Paul McCartney is always up for a challenge. His two-hour-and-40-minute set was also a model of efficiency, barely breaking between songs for more than a few words of banter or a quick story… what made his show memorable were the songs – and the chance to see McCartney himself. It doesn’t get much more rock and roll than that.”


“Opening with the 1964 Beatles’ classic, ‘Eight Days A Week,’ Paul brought the energy throughout his three-hour set, playing an expansive mix of Beatles, Wings and solo material.”


“At its heart, every McCartney performance is a reminder of the unmatched inspiration and influence of timeless Beatles music, the soundtrack of a band that legitimately changed the world…the show was a testament to McCartney’s own longevity… a legend, one of the rare pop musicians to really deserve that over-used title.”


“There are certain things you expect from an arena show (glitz/glam), and there are certain things you expect from a music legend (hits/banter)… the show crazy-delivered on both counts… Sir Paul bested even his FX team with rocking, fearless vocals… McCartney’s fans were a mix of old and young. He blew kisses to all of them throughout the show; I swear, you could see them floating like little hearts through the neon lights. I had the pleasure of sitting across the aisle from an actual screaming teenage girl, who bobbed and cried and shrieked, her phone overhead pumping it repeatedly. She wore braces and at one point shook so hard, her orthodontic wax fell on the floor… even a music legend can continue giving his fans something extra… there was nothing to do but love McCartney do.”


(BONNAROO) “Seeing the 70-year-old Beatle, whose voice has hardly aged a day since Please Please Me, play universally loved, time-transcending staples like ‘Let It Be,’ ‘Eight Days a Week’ and ‘Yesterday’ – selections from inarguably the most influential song book in pop music history – in 2013 (and all in their original keys!) is like being able to go see Abraham Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address in person. It’s a privilege for anyone born in the last half century to hear this music performed live, in the moment, and with such grace, by the man who composed them. That wasn’t lost on the 80,000-or-so elated festivalgoers that congregated for Macca’s extraordinary performance… the single greatest Bonnaroo headlining performance in the festival’s 12-year history, as it was moment after awesome moment of fever-pitched collective transcendence. ‘Paperback Writer,’ ‘Maybe I’m Amazed,’ ‘Band on the Run,’ ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Something; (played in tribute to George Harrison), ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘We Can Work It Out,’ ‘Hey Jude’ – to have not gotten swept up in and invigorated by the life-affirming celebration would be an outright rejection of joy… Now the question is, how will Bonnaroo ever top this?”

(OUTSIDE LANDS) “… the biggest fireworks at Outside Lands’ opening ceremony – literally and figuratively – came with the day’s anchor act… Paul McCartney. Some fans found the performance cathartic. Some cried. Others had wide smiles from start to finish. Nearly everyone understood the weight of Sir Paul tearing soulfully through Beatles and Wings numbers with the conviction of the person who wrote those songs – ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Paperback Writer,’ ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘Let It Be,’ and so on and so forth – which, individually and collectively, helped shape our very idea of rock & roll… moved virtually every single person in the field, including security guards and food vendors.”

(BARCLAYS CENTER, BROOKLYN) “It’s nearly impossible to feel anything but excitement watching McCartney play many of the greatest rock songs ever written, and he’s careful to bring more than a few surprises each time he comes around… McCartney clearly lives for this. Crazy as it sounds, he very well might pull a Chuck Berry and still be at this late into his eighties. Why the hell not?”


“… a moment in history… Sir Paul McCartney played to a sold-out crowd of 47,000 people at Safeco Field on Friday… There won’t be a more historic concert in Seattle this year than Paul McCartney’s show on Friday night. That was a given even before McCartney came on stage, as it was Safeco’s first-ever concert. But McCartney made it a night for the ages by playing an inspired set of mostly Beatles songs, and ending with a Nirvana reunion, of sorts… It was magnificent.”


“… one of the best I’ve seen… nothing short of a fan’s dream. This was about as close to perfect as it gets. McCartney himself remains a force of nature… he has clearly inherited the mantle of ‘world’s oldest teenager.’”


“Last night in Golden Gate Park, tens of thousands of people sang along… The words, the melodies, and the voice carrying them arrived like a burst of long-captive air — familiar, yet revelatory. Soul-stirring, even… sung by Paul McCartney, who for the first night of Outside Lands 2013 took a sold-out San Francisco audience back to one of pop music’s original supernovas, and let us bask in its incredible warmth for the best part of three hours… Sir Paul can still sing, still play, and still charm… So the question of whether or not it was a ‘good’ show almost doesn’t apply — Paul McCartney… was good in a way that no other show could be.”


“He gave his fans what they came for, with a set including nearly three dozen hits over 2½ hours. Fans shot to their feet, clapping and cheering, twisting and singing, as McCartney blasted into ‘Eight Days a Week.’ Grown women cried. Their husbands held them tight as McCartney let loose the soundtrack of rock ‘n’ roll history… His voice strong, his stature strait-backed, the affable British Invasion pioneer thanked the crowd for the warm welcome… A woman handed a packet of tissues down an aisle, eyes moist. Down the aisle it went until it was nearly empty.”


“McCartney sends all his loving to D.C. audience, and they send it back… There he was, 71 years old and forever young, presiding over another evening of civic ecstasy on another American ball field. And the guy made it all look so easy-breezy, with sly grins, and knowing nods, and four backing musicians who summoned big sounds with calm assurance.”


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