A deluxe reissue of 1978's "Darkness on the Edge of Town" is being prepped and ready for release later this year. Similar to the 30th anniversary boxed reissue of "Born To Run," the "Darkness" package will include a new remaster of that record, as well as a DVD documentary of its conception and some live footage from that period. I vote for the full performance at the Capitol Theatre from 9/19/78, if it has not already been determined.
GLAD AND SORRY
The on again/off again Faces reunion which seemed all but ready to go with Red Hot Chili Pepper Flea filling in for the late Ronnie Lane on bass, is now off again. According to the U.K.'s Daily Mirror, guitarist Ron Wood said that he and Rod Stewart wrote an album's worth of new material during a Christmas vacation, and that Flea would be participating in an upcoming tour. However, the online version of the piece has since disappeared from the Daily Mirror web site. Let's just hope Rod's fifth volume of standards if off again/off again.
Steakhouse Studios in North Hollywood has played host to Jeff Beck a number of times since it opened for business in 1986. It seems that Beck finished an entire album with long time session guitarist and Toto leader Steve Lukather, which Lukather wants released and Beck does not. This is it HERE, ready to download, if you're into that sort of thing.
A TRIBUTE TO SIR DOUG
Vanguard Records will release Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm, a 14-song disc honoring the late musician on March 24. Artists include Delbert McClinton, Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo, Dave Alvin, Terry Allen, Charlie Sexton and former Afghan Whigs lead singer Greg Dulli. (I've got nothing cute to say. This might be good.)
MEMORIES OF LOU
David Ostwald and his Gully Low Jazz band have been paying tribute to the great Louis Armstrong for the better part of ten years on Wednesday afternoons at Birdland in midtown Manhattan. Last year I wrote a tribute to these wonderful musicians for The Huffington Post. You can read it here. This weekly ritual is worth your time. You will witness the finest musicians in the game, playing the music of the master in the heart of NYC all for $10. It really is one of New York's treasures. David was kind enough to let me shoot some pics and video from last week's performance. (I apologize for my slightly shakey camera work) Here is "Memories Of You," featuring the sublime Anat Cohen, Howard Alden, Marion Felder, and my friend David Ostwald. Please go see these guys.
You won't be sorry.