Late Night FDL: Who Are You

The Who – Who Are You

The Who had best avoid Denver and Seattle during their US leg…

Roger Daltrey Doesn’t Want Fans Smoking Pot at Who Concerts

Boy, how things have changed since the ’60s. Roger Daltrey threatened to stop a Who concert last night after he smelled pot smoke in the audience.

According to Newsday, the band was playing a show at New York’s Nassau Coliseum yesterday when an abundant amount of weed smoke started to make itself to the stage. Apparently, the singer is allergic to marijuana smoke and it causes his voice to stop working.

You can see Daltrey scold the audience member with the wicked bud in the above video. He asks him to stop puffing or he would walk offstage. Then Pete Townshend gets a few words in too, before the fan apparently put away his stash and let the band continue on with its 50th-anniversary tour show.

Newsday‘s review notes that “the smoke’s impact was almost immediate on his voice, which went from crystal clear and potent for the opening ‘I Can’t Explain’ to something rougher and more limited during ‘I Can See for Miles.’”

Townshend’s been in a particularly prickly mood lately. Earlier this week, he released a new solo song, “Guantanamo,” about the Cuban prison camp where alleged torturing occurred following one of the wars the U.S. has been involved in over the past few years. In the song (which is from an upcoming solo compilation), he spits his words and hasn’t sounded this angry since that time he kicked a cop.

The Who’s 50th anniversary tour continues through November, with dates in North America and Europe. Townshend also has a special gig on July 5 in London, where his 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia will be performed by a classical orchestra.

What’s on your mind tonite…?

Late Night FDL: Waking Up

King King – Waking Up

British blues band King King released a track from their new album, Reaching For The Light

King King have released a lyric video for their track Waking Up…

It’s taken from the band’s latest album, Reaching For The Light, launched earlier this month via Manhaton Records and available now.

Mainman Alan Nimmo recently said: “We’re really proud of the album. It’s faster, louder, more energetic and more exciting. It’s got the potential to blow the roof off.”

What’s on your mind tonite…?

Late Night FDL: Delilah

Florence + The Machine – Delilah

Ahead of their new album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful, they released another track…

In less than two weeks, Florence and the Machine will return with their much-anticipated new album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful. Already we’ve heard a handful of its tracks, including “What Kind of Man”, “Ship to Wreck”, and “St. Jude”. Now, the UK outfit has offered another preview in “Delilah”.

Frontwoman Florence Welch may still be nursing a broken foot, but her voice is as mighty as ever. Here, Welch goes high and low with ease — a sultry sorceress one minute, a falsetto-blessed nightingale the next.

How Big How Blue How Beautiful arrives on June 2nd through Republic Records.

What’s on your mind tonite…?

Late Night FDL: The Thrill Is Gone

B. B. King – The Thrill Is Gone

R.I.P. B.B. King…!

Last King Of The Blues passes away in his sleep at home

Blues great B.B. King has died at the age of 89 after being ill for some time, it’s been confirmed.

His lawyer Brent Bryson reported that he died peacefully in his sleep at home in Las Vegas.

Born Riley B. King in 1925, he was known as one of the Three Kings Of Blues Guitar alongside Albert King (1923-1992) and Freddie King (1934-1976).

His single-string vibrato style, influenced by Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, is said to have influenced most of the guitarists who followed him.

King’s career began in 1943 as a guitarist with the Famous St John’s Quartet in his home state of Mississippi. He later played with Bukka White in Tennessee before starting solo work in Arkansas in 1948. He was soon a regular DJ on Tennessee radio, using the name Blues Boy, which led to his onstage monicker.

His first record was launched in 1949 before he signed with RMP Records and worked with producer Sam Phillips. His first hit was 1952’s 3 O’Clock Blues and a string of successes followed, including a Grammy Award in 1970 for his version of The Thrill Is Gone. He reached a new audience with When Love Comes To Town, a collaboration with U2, in 1988.

He released 44 studio albums during his career, the last of which was 2008’s Grammy-winning One Kind Favor.

He was inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame in 1980, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987, and the R&B Music Hall Of Fame in 2014. He’s listed as the third-greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

King believed in hard work and practice, once saying: “The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” On the genre he loved, he said: “The blues? It’s the mother of American music. That’s what it is – the source.”

He had continued touring until falling ill several months ago. Following a minor heart attack last month he announced he was “in hospice care in Las Vegas” and added: “Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers.”

We’ve lost a great one…! What’s on your mind tonite…?

Late Night FDL: Heart of The Sunrise

Yes – Heart of the Sunrise

Yes has a new album out, Like It Is — Yes at the Mesa Arts Center…

On July 10, Yes will release Like It Is — Yes at the Mesa Arts Center, a two-CD/DVD collection that was recorded on their most recent U.S. tour. You can watch “Heart of the Sunrise” from that performance above.

The video captures their Aug. 12 stop in Mesa, Ariz. On that tour, Yes performed two of their most successful albums, 1971′s Fragile and 1972′s Close to the Edge, in their entirety. But for some reason the video begins with the later album. You can see the full track listing below.

“That evening in Mesa, Ariz., was a great one,” bassist Chris Squire notes in a press release announcing the DVD. “The audience was fantastic. They loved the music and really made it a very special night for us. And we were in top form. The music sounded great and we could have played all night. Like It Is brings the magic and wonderful music of that evening to fans everywhere, and we’re sure they’ll enjoy listening to it as much as we did performing it.”

This summer, Yes will embark on a five-week co-headlining tour with Toto. Tickets also went on sale yesterday for their third annual Cruise to the Edge, which will run from Nov. 15 – 19 and feature Marillion and Martin Barre of Jethro Tull this year.

I’m on Oahu for my Daughter’s wedding…! What’s on your mind tonite…?

Late Night FDL: Save Me Now

Billy Idol – Save Me Now

Vevo released Billy’s Western-Themed ‘Save Me Now’ Video today…

Billy Idol’s redemption anthem “Save Me Now” gets a fitting tribute with a new video from frequent Muse collaborator Thomas Kirk, featuring a priest, a cop, and (of course) Idol himself…

The California desert is the setting for this story. The archetypal characters head for a roadside confession in a stolen cop car, courtesy of Idol’s longtime guitarist Steve Stevens. “I went for a concept which very much took the lyrics of ‘Save Me Now’ and turned them into a surreal story that I felt was as true to the very visual lyrics as possible,” Kirk says of the video. “I loved the image of a bruised cop and a priest trapped inside a car.”

The single, which was co-written by Idol, Twin Shadow, and Greg Kurstin, comes courtesy of Kings & Queens Of The Underground, the British rock legend’s first studio album in almost a decade. He’s currently on the last leg of his world tour to support the album (which was released last fall) with North American dates wrapping June 4, followed by a run of shows in Europe this summer. He’s be back in the U.S. this fall, including stops at Outside Lands and Austin City Limits.

What’s on your mind tonite…?

Late Night FDL: Face on the Bridge

Asia – Face on the Bridge

Asia is releasing their last live concert…

Asia have confirmed the launch of a live set recorded in the US in 2012, before Steve Howe bowed out of the band. And they’ve released a clip in which they perform their track Face On The Bridge.

Axis XXX Live In San Francisco MMXII will be available in DVD/2CD and Blu-ray editions on July 3, after its original broadcast by AXS TV in the States.

Frontman John Wetton says: “It’s a journey through Asia’s history, from Alpha to Omega and more, in the beautiful setting of the Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, California.

“Much newer material is aired, plus the band’s vintage hit songs, performed by all four original members of Asia. It’s an unmissable treat for any fan, new or old.”

Frontiers Music add: “This is a historical document of where the band was at the time – a snapshot of their musicianship, camaraderie and passion.

“This is one of the very last shows featuring the original lineup of Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton, in your face and for your viewing pleasure.”

Guitarist Howe left Asia two months after Axis XXX was filmed to focus on Yes and solo work. He was replaced by Sam Coulson, who debuted on 14th album Gravitas.

Tonite’s my last nite slinging hash for the next two weeks, with my Daughter’s wedding on Saturday…! What’s on your mind tonite…?