Hard Rock Calling

Rod Stewart for stage reunion with Ronnie Wood

The ‘Maggie May’ hitmaker is expected to welcome his former Faces bandmate onto the stage at London’s Hyde Park towards the end of his headline set at Hard Rock Calling tomorrow to play some of their old hits.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: “Rod’s back catalogue is huge but it will be a really special moment for his fans when Ronnie comes on.”

Meanwhile, last night’s headline band, The Killers have hinted they could debut some of their long-awaited new material alongside classic hits including’ Bones’, ‘When You Were Young’ and ‘Mr. Brightside’.

Speaking after their intimate warm-up show at London’s Scala earlier this week, drummer Ronnie Vannucci said: “Hard Rock Calling is a f***ing great show – I love that show. We’re having our cake and eating it too.

“These intimate gigs are sweaty, where everyone’s like five feet away and you can see the whites of their eyes. You really connect on a more immediate and personal level.

“But when you have 70,000 people, your gestures have to be bigger. It’s so important about being able to address a group, making a group feel as one.

“And that’s something that’s a learned thing, we’re still trying to get our heads around it. As for us playing new songs, we might have a surprise for you.”

Joining The Killers and Rod as headliners of this year’s Hard Rock Calling, Bon Jovi will top the bill tonight.

The Low Anthem announce UK festival dates

the-low-anthemWith tickets selling fast for their two shows at the Slaughtered Lamb next month, and with a much bigger London date currently being scheduled for June, THE LOW ANTHEM have just announced news of numerous UK festival appearances this summer.  The Low Anthem will be performing at Glastonbury, Hard Rock Calling, Wireless, End Of The Road and Bestival, info below,

Wednesday 13 May – LONDON – The Slaughtered Lamb
Thursday 14 May – LONDON – The Slaughtered Lamb
Saturday 16 May – BRIGHTON – Horatios @ The Great Escape

Friday 26 June – GLASTONBURY – Glastonbury Festival (Q Stage)
Saturday 27 June – GLASTONBURY – Glastonbury Festival (Park Stage)
Sunday 28 June – LONDON – Hard Rock Calling

Saturday 4 July – LONDON – Wireless Festival

Friday 11 September – DORSET – End of the Road Festival
Saturday 12 September – DORSET – End of the Road Festival
Sunday 13 September – ISLE OF WIGHT – Bestival

THE LOW ANTHEM look set to be one of the success stories of 2009, Their sublime music ranges from evocative folk ballads sung in gorgeous falsettos to garage-roots rockers in a Tom Waits bar-room style, The Low Anthem are a folk rock trio from Providence, Rhode Island, United States. They formed in 2003 and consist of multi-instrumentalists Ben Miller, Jeff Prystowsky and Jocie Adams. The Low Anthem began as a contemporary folk duet from Providence, RI. Member’s Ben Miller and Jeff Prystowsky met playing in the wood-bat leagues of rural Connecticut in 2003. They began a collaboration with classical composer Jocie Adams in November 2007. Their landmark 2007 release “What the Crow Brings” was independently produced by the band and has received great acclaim from major press across the country. Their rapidly expanding fan-base spans all ages remarkably, as the duo appeals to hipsters, housewives and grandparents equally. Writers have typically drawn comparisons to Tom Waits, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan, but you will hear strains in their music from remote Appalachia to the Delta; an urban immediacy, and a timeless grounding in the great American roots music traditions. Rolling Stone says the music on Charlie Darwin feels “homemade” and “solemnly beautiful,” and NPR Music called the song “To Ohio” a “tender stunner” in choosing it as a Song of the Day, saying, “At times languid and haunting, but with detours into Tom Waits-esque stomping and hollering, The Low Anthem’s music seems equally informed by Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, The Band and a late-night ride home in Joni Mitchell’s car.” The band recently performed six sets at SXSW, where the BBC called them “stunning” and said, “Expect much flowerier words of praise thrown on this band in the future; they deserve everything said about them.” Mojo describe their set as “heartbreaking” and called the band, “truly startling songwriters and instrumentalists. Theirs is a gloriously romantic vision of America that sits somewhere between Dylan and Waits.” The New York Times wrote: “At the Central Presbyterian Church, the Low Anthem, from Providence, R.I., harmonized on slow, sustained songs — often waltzes — using instruments like harmonium, clarinet, some kind of small euphonium and a set of metal
discs played with a bow for eerie high tones, perfect accompaniment for lines like “Oh, my God, the water’s all around.” Most of the music was stately and mournful, with lyrics contemplating faith, loss, destruction and self-destruction in visionary imagery: “They say the sky’s the limit/The sky’s about to fall.” Every so often, making the quiet songs sound even quieter, the Low Anthem played something electric, bluesy and distorted, but equally serene in its desolation.” The Low Anthem, which recently signed to Nonesuch, has shared the stage with Rachael Yamagata, Lisa Hannigan, Ray Lamontagne and Elvis Perkins in Dearland. This summer they will re-release Oh My God Charlie Darwin with Nonesuch and Bella Union in Europe, and will play Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, and Hyde Park festival in London with Bruce Springsteen and the Dave Matthews Band.


Neil Young to headline Hard Rock Calling

neilyoungHARD ROCK CALLING organisers confirmed today that the headliner for Saturday 27 June in Hyde Park, London will be NEIL YOUNG. Joining him as special guests at this prestigious festival are FLEET FOXES, BEN HARPER & RELENTLESS7, SEASICK STEVE and THE PRETENDERS with more artists to be announced soon.

Neil Young will be performing in London at this year’s Hard Rock Calling. Undeniably one of the most influential artists in American music Neil Young is set to release his much-anticipated new album ‘Fork In The Road’ on 6 April on Warner Music. Chrissie Hynde commented on playing on the same bill as Neil Young at Hard Rock Calling:

‘We would play a garden shed to be on a bill with Neil Young but Hyde Park – summer – with ‘The Loner’? This is what makes a thousand hours on tour buses all worthwhile. This is why people get in bands.’

Fleet Foxes, Seattle’s finest and arguably one of the most exciting new bands around will be joining Neil Young on Saturday 27 June.

Ben Harper is introducing his fiery new band, Relentless7 at Hard Rock Calling on 27 June.

Having crossed over into the mainstream by word-of-mouth success and becoming a household name Seasick Steve will be bringing his American blues to Hard Rock Calling on Saturday 27 June.

Adding to an already incredible line-up the British rock legends The Pretenders will be joining Neil Young, Fleet Foxes and Ben Harper on Saturday 27 June.

With Sunday’s headliner already confirmed as Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band and day tickets selling out in under an hour, the addition of Neil Young proves that this is the best London music event on the UK calendar. Hard Rock Calling is bringing the biggest and hottest artists around right to London.

As part of Hard Rock’s 2009 Ambassadors of Rock Tour, fans will have the opportunity to win a V.I.P. weekend in London for Hard Rock Calling, and trips to other exciting Ambassador of Rock stops around the world, by entering the global sweepstakes on hardrock.com.

Neil Young will take to the stage with his full band – Ben Keith, Rick Rosas, Chad Cromwell, Pegi Young and Anthony Crawford.

Hard Rock Calling, Hyde Park, London;

Saturday 27 June – Neil Young, Fleet Foxes, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Seasick Steve, The Pretenders plus more to be announced.

Sunday 28 June 2009 – Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews Band. The Gaslight Anthem, Full supporting line-up to be confirmed.

Dave Matthews Band announce special UK headline

dave-matthews-bandDave Matthews Band announce a special headline show at the O2 Academy Brixton on Thursday 25th June, this is a more intimate show for the band who three days later will play to a sold out crowd with Bruce Springsteen at Hard Rock Calling in London’s Hyde Park.

Formed in Virginia in the USA in the early 1990’s, Dave Matthews Band has sold a collective 35 million albums and over 15 million concert tickets. Dave Matthews Band was recently named the top-drawing American band in the world by Billboard magazine.

Renowned for its eclectic sound, the band’s numerous hits include “What Would You Say,” “Crash Into Me,” ‘Too Much,’ ‘Everyday’ and “American Baby.” Stand Up, released in 2005, was Dave Matthews Band’s fourth consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 in Billboard magazine.

The band will launch an extensive tour in April 2009 to promote its upcoming new album produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Alanis Morissette).

June 2009

For more info go to www.davematthewsband.com

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