Saturday, August 28, 2010

more november tour dates...

Just announced -

• Nov 14, 2010 – Zurich (CH) – Volkshaus
• Nov 22, 2010 – Frankfurt (DE) – Batschkapp
• Nov 23, 2010 – Frankfurt (DE) – Batschkapp
• Nov 24, 2010 – Stuttgart (DE) – Longhorn

Ticket details and more information to follow.


Summer Sonic on TV

NHK BS-2 channel in Japan will be broadcasting Summer Sonic 2010 in four parts September 7th – 10th.
BRMC will be in part one, which will air Tuesday, September 7th from 0:15am – 2:15am.
Make sure to tune in or set your recorders for the performance!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

December 1st Paris show...

Just announced – Elysee-Montmatre in Paris, FR on December 1st.
Tickets are on sale now.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Michael Been dies...

Oklahoma-born rocker Michael Been dies in Belgium
Michael Been's composition "Oklahoma" was nominated for state rock song and the inspiration for the name of the History Museum's rock 'n' roll exhibit.

Oklahoma City-born rock musician Michael Been, whose band The Call rose to MTV-level fame in the 1980s, died of an apparent heart attack Thursday at a music festival in Hasselt, Belgium.

He was 60.

Been, who was The Call's lead singer and chief composer, was on tour as a sound man with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, for which his son, Robert Levon Been, is lead singer and bassist. That band was performing at the Pukkelpop Festival on the same bill with Oklahoma City's Flaming Lips.

"Salvator hospital in Hasselt has just notified us of the death of Michael Been," festival organizer Chokri Mahassine said in a written, translated statement to the press in Belgium. "He was taken ill in the backstage area. First aid was immediately administrated, and the Red Cross and medical urgence (sic) teams were immediately at the scene."

One of Been's songs, "Oklahoma," written for The Call's 1986 Elektra Records album "Reconciled," was among the 10 finalists in the official state rock song competition of 2009.

Inspired music exhibit

Jeff Moore, director of exhibits at the Oklahoma History Center, said a line from that song became the inspiration for the name of "Another Hot Oklahoma Night: A Rock & Roll Exhibit," which opened at the center in May 2009.

A section of that exhibit is devoted to Been and The Call.

"Michael Been was my inspiration for the rock 'n' roll exhibit," Moore said. "While I knew about the Wanda Jacksons and Leon Russells, they weren't part of my generation. The Call was my generation, and I will always be a fan. Personally, it was a dream come true to meet Michael, interview him and include The Call in our exhibit. He will be greatly missed by his family, bandmates and fans around the world."

Been formed The Call in Santa Cruz, Calif., in the late 1970s with fellow Oklahoman Scott Musick on drums, and Bay Area musicians Tom Ferrier (guitar) and Greg Freeman (bass).

The band signed to Mercury/PolyGram Records and released its self-titled album debut in 1982. The 1983 follow-up, "Modern Romans," yielded the MTV hit "When the Walls Came Down," which led to a tour of the United States and Europe with Peter Gabriel.

During the '80s, Freeman departed, keyboardist Jim Goodwin joined, and the band switched labels twice, signing with Elektra, where they recorded the highly regarded albums "Reconciled and "Into the Woods," then moving to MCA for "Let the Day Begin" and "Red Moon."

The Call's anthemic, socially conscious, spiritually influenced music drew critical comparisons to Irish superstars U2, and the admiration of people such as film director Martin Scorsese, who in 1988 cast Been as John the Apostle in "The Last Temptation of Christ."

Vice President Al Gore adopted The Call's high-blooded "Let the Day Begin" as the theme for his presidential campaign, and Been's music was used in such films as "The Lost Boys," "Tango & Cash" and "Light Sleeper."

Been released one solo album in 1994, "On the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough," but widespread commercial success eluded him throughout his career. In recent years Been has lived in the Los Angeles area, worked as a producer and spent much of his time lending technical support to his son's band.

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more STP dates...

We just confirmed we will be opening for Stone Temple Pilots at some more shows.

*September 25 – The Backyard – Austin, TX
*September 27 – Concrete Street Amphitheater – Corpus Christi, TX
*September 30 – Family Arena – Saint Charles, MO
*October 2 – Heritage Park Amphitheater – Simpsonville, SC (VENUE CHANGE)
*October 6 – Road Runner Mobile Ampitheatre – Charlotte, NC
*October 8 – St. Pete Times Forum – Tampa, FL
*October 9 – UCF Arena – Orlando, FL
*October 13 – Germain Arena – Estero, FL

Check out the “Shows” section for ticket information as it becomes available.


Monday, August 16, 2010 presents...

Gratuitous photo of BRMC drummer Leah Shapiro, who is a babe.

Well, the fun just keeps rolling on on the Wednesday Range. The prospect of the next interview reduced Richard and Mateo to giggling school-children levels of excitement – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the meanest-looking indie rock band in the whole wide world. There was so much to discuss (say, the band’s internal troubles, progression of their sound, new drummer Leah Shapiro, their strong visual aesthetic… we can keep on going!) that we’re doing something we’ve done before, splitting it up into two weeks’ worth of interview.

Relaxing in their spare time.
Listen below to part 1. We’ll bring you part 2 (and maybe Sam!) on the 11th, but in the meantime, enjoy Richard and Mateo’s interview with Leah and Robert (which, for those of you interested in banal trivia, took place in the bar of the Crowne Plaza hotel, on Hindmarsh Square):

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club interview (part 1) – MP3, 3.51MB

Last week, the Wednesday Range brought you part 1 of Richard and Mateo’s titanic, gargantuan, colossal interview with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. In fact, the interview proved too much of the above, so they’ve decided to air the second part this week.

Not sure if want.
Listen below as drummer Leah Shapiro and bassist Robert Been aka Robert Turner are asked about Twilight, the pressure that was really on incoming drummer Shapiro, and, to begin, why ‘rock & roll is being pushed out of the game’. Come for the cool interview, stay for Richard making a fool of himself at the end. Listen to part 1 here.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club interview (part 2) - MP3, 1.79MB


KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Little Rock Show added

We will be playing the Revolution Music Room in Little Rock, AR on September 24th.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 13th.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

BRMC test credits ?

mmmm ? 
any ideas ??   
new live DVD(s) ??


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

5GB of BRMC bootlegs !!!

YES YES YES .... !!!


Finally, while having little more time i was able to put it all together what i have found browsing our vast Net space...upload and share with You

5.42 GB of Rebels live performances throughout 2001 - 2008...

sadly, non of the recordings was recorded by me...i just dig them out searching and searching.....

and at this point i have to say HUGE THANKS to lazyfukc - as big part of the recordings i have found on his website - all the people from official forum and and last but not least, mysterious BRMC fan i presume - kristo-caro .

now...what is really important...

all bootlegs posted below are approved by the band and management !!!

as i was told Rob, in particular, likes to collect recordings from the shows, and has an archive of sorts :)

so without further ado...


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

another two shows added...

Just added to our schedule:

- Glass House in Pomona, CA on September 15th and
- White Rabbit in San Antonio, TX on September 23rd.

Glass House – Pomona
White Rabbit – San Antonio


BTDT underwater...

By Jeff Toorish

Here’s a pretty unusual Beat the Devil’s Tattoo tag –the photo was shot at about 150 feet under water in Casco Bay, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cape Elizabeth Maine.

I found your song on the website Free Music Archives. Thank you for making it available for non-commercial use. It is a fantastic song. I grew up in the recording business, my father is a musician and song-writer and has several gold albums from the 1950s.

The photo was taken by gently tracing the accumulated silt from the side of a sunken ship, the Jessica Ann.
It was shot while a team of underwater explorers were attempting to salvage a porthole from the ship. The porthole was attached to the ship so securely, that it seemed as if the Devil himself had tattooed it onto the ship.
I’ve made a music video using your song –you can see it here:

Here is a short video about the the Jessica Ann, if you are interested:

Hopefully Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will tour in New England some day –I know a lot of people who would come to hear the group.