4CD Live Box Set
**4 complete UK & US 1968 concerts**
**19 Previously unreleased tracks**
**Includes final ever show at Royal Albert Hall**
Release date FEBRUARY 7, 2020
“Cream was a shambling circus of diverse personalities who happened to find that catalyst together….. any one of us could have played unaccompanied for a good length of time. So you put the three of us together in front of an audience willing to dig it limitlessly, we could have gone on forever…. And we did….just going for the moon every time we played.”
UMe is delighted to announce the 4-CD, special edition of Cream’s Goodbye Tour Live 1968. Set for release on February 7, 2020, this sumptuous set brings together 36 tracks, including 29 making their first appearance on CD, recorded during Cream’s farewell tour of the U.S. in October 1968 and their final UK date at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 26th of that same year. There are a total of 19 previously unreleased tracks, and a further 10 tracks from the Royal Albert Hall show, which have only ever been available on DVD. Rolling Stone magazine’s David Fricke supplies insightful liner notes, chronicling the group’s collective musical genius and their legendary final tour.
For all pre-orders, there will be free downloads made available starting today with “Sunshine Of Your Love” (Live At Oakland Coliseum Arena, California / 1968), followed by “Crossroads” (Live At The San Diego Sports Arena / 1968) on January 13, 2020.
On its original release in February 1969, Goodbye, which combined live performances from their last tour dates with a handful of studio recordings, rose to the U.K. No. 1 slot and to No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard chart. This new expanded edition comprises three U.S. concerts; Oakland Coliseum, Los Angeles Forum, San Diego Sports Arena alongside London’s Royal Albert Hall. It captures Cream at their virtuosic best, at the end but also at the height of their career.
With Cream, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton, set the template for not only the ‘supergroup’ but also the ‘power trio’, with their innate musical talent and brilliance. Only coming together as Cream in July 1966, they shone briefly but blindingly brightly throughout two trailblazing years.
CREAM - GOODBYE TOUR LIVE 1968
First authorized release of four historic complete 1968 concerts:
DISC ONE – OCTOBER 4, 1968 – Oakland Coliseum, Oakland (all tracks previously unreleased, except *)
DISC TWO – OCTOBER 19, 1968 – Los Angeles Forum, Los Angeles (all tracks previously unreleased except *)
DISC THREE – OCTOBER 20, 1968 – San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego (all tracks previously unreleased)
The Oakland Coliseum, Los Angeles Forum and San Diego Sports Arena concerts were mastered from the original 1968 analog mix reels by Kevin Reeves at Universal Mastering, Nashville, TN.
DISC FOUR – CREAM FAREWELL CONCERT NOVEMBER 26, 1968 – Royal Albert Hall, London (all tracks first-time release on CD)
The Royal Albert Hall concert was mastered from the original 1968 analog transfer reels by Jason NeSmith at Chase Park Transduction, Athens, GA.
(Ultimate Classic Rock Previews Video About Respect For Planet Earth)
ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK is premiering the new Guitar Zeus music video, “Nobody Knew,” which features Carmine Appice’s longtime friend Queen guitarist/astrophysicist Brian May. Writer Matt Wardlaw wrote about the work that went into the making of the music video that turned real live footage into animation. Read the full story at:
Brian describes the making and watching of the topical video “Nobody Knew” as “A moment to treasure.” AND he sees Planet Earth is a treasure!
The recording, which appears on GUITAR ZEUS is about respecting the environment. Carmine Appice’s album of collaborations with legendary guitarists also includes his band members singer/guitarist/"Nobody Knew" lyric writer Kelly Keeling, and bassist Tony Franklin.
Brian May and Ted Nugent were the guitarists that initially, inspired Carmine on his GUITAR ZEUS journey. Once they committed to playing on the album, major guitarists –from Yngwie Malmsteein to Zakk Wyle, plus King’s X’s Dug Pinnick and Ty Tabor committed to playing on the album.
The “Nobody Knew” music video includes dramatic footage of the environment and what pollution brings. A touching one is of a family wearing gasmasks. Performers in the video are Brian, Carmine, Tony, the lips of singer Ed Terri. Lyrics of the song are included.
Robert Neilson, of Wired-Digital—created the video with performances. The cartoon effect is like A-ha’s “Take on Me” and a less-complicated Rotoshop that Richard Linklatter used in “A Scanner Darkly.” It’s an effect Carmine loves; in fact, he directed Kodiak’s ALONE video, editing the same animation with Robert.
The video of NOBODY KNEW can be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/0Ke1UciIprs.
LEGENDARY ROCKER EXTENDS "OL' BLACK EYES IS BLACK" TOUR INTO 2020
TOUR FEATURES SPECIAL GUEST LITA FORD
Following his just-concluded, wildly successful UK arena tour, Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper has announced his Spring 2020 tour plans. He will extend the "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back" show, which debuted in Summer 2019 to the delight of fans, into the new year. The Spring 2020 leg of the tour kicks off on April 1 in Peterborough, Ontario and runs through April 22 in Portland, Oregon. These dates will feature special guest Lita Ford.
The legendary rocker will also return to the road for the Fall 2019 leg of the tour. The trek begins on November 3 in Florida before wrapping on November 30 in Illinois.
After a break for the holiday season, Alice will take "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back" to Australia and New Zealand in February 2020.
All North American Alice Cooper tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.
In other Alice Cooper news, the artist released his The Breadcrumbs EP, a tribute to some of the garage rock heroes from his hometown Detroit, on September 13 via earMUSIC. Inspired by the city's punk scene in the late '60s and early '70s, the Detroit-born icon returned to his roots and the raw garage sound his fans love. The Bob Ezrin-produced EP consists of six brand new recordings, featuring legendary Detroit musicians, including Johnny "Bee" Badanjek from the Detroit Wheels, Grand Funk's Mark Farner, and MC5's Wayne Kramer. It was recorded at Rust Belt Studios in Detroit. The opener "Detroit City 2020" is an updated rewrite of "Detroit City" from 2003's The Eyes of Alice Cooper and it sets the tone for the EP. Along with Cooper's own take on Detroit rock classics such as Suzi Quatro's "Your Mama Won't Like Me," Bob Seger's "East Side Story," the MC5's "Sister Anne," and Shorty Long's "Devil With a Blue Dress On," as well as The Dirtbombs' "Chains of Love," the EP also features the brand-new Alice Cooper original "Go Man Go."
Check out "Detroit City 2020" here. Check out "East Side Story," which premiered at Billboard with an exclusive interview, here.
ALICE COOPER ON TOUR:
April 1—Peterbrorough, ON—Memorial Centre
April 3—Grand Rapids, MI—DeVos Music Hall
April 5—Appleton, WI—Fox Performing Arts Center
April 7—Omaha, NE—Orpheum Theatre
April 8—Davenport, IA—Adler Theatre
April 10—Grand Forks, ND—Alerus Center
April 11—Winnipeg, MB—Centennial Concert Hall
April 13—Regina, SK—Conexus Arts Centre
April 15—Edmonton, AB—Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
April 16—Prince George, BC—CN Centre
April 18—Abbotsford, BC—Abbotsford Centre
April 19—Penticton, BC—South Okanagan Events Centre
April 20—Seattle, WA—McCaw Hall
April 22—Portland, OR—Keller Auditorium
ALICE COOPER ON TOUR:
November 3—Ft. Myers, FL—Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall
November 5—Melbourne, FL—King Center
November 6—Orlando, FL—Hard Rock Live
November 7—Clearwater, FL—Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 9—Biloxi, MS—Beau Rivage
November 10—Montgomery, AL—Montgomery PAC
November 12—Huntsville, AL—Von Braun Center
November 14—North Charleston, SC—North Charleston Performing Arts Center
November 15—Greenville, SC—Peace Concert Hall
November 16—Roanoke, VA—Berglund Perf Arts Center
November 18—Richmond, KY—EKU Center for the Arts
November 19—Louisville, KY—Palace Theatre
November 21—Glen Falls, NY—Cool Insuring Arena
November 22—Brookville, NY—Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
November 23—Atlantic City, NJ—Ocean Resort Casino / Ovation Hall
November 25—Indianapolis, IN—Murat Theatre
November 26—Toledo, OH—Stranahan Theatre
November 27—Evansville, IN—Old National Events Plaza
November 29—Prior Lake, MN—Mystic Lake Casino Showroom
November 30—Waukegan, IL—Genesee Theatre