Musical Notes – March 2

Musical Notes

Granger Smith:
There was a time when every US student started the school day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Today, there are many who do not even know the words to the Oath.

Texas born Country singer Granger Smith has planned a Patriotic mission next week. Over a two day period, Smith will visit every one of the original 13 colonies and Washington DC. At each stop along the trip he will recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Each stop is scheduled for 30 minutes.

Speaking on the event beginning March 6, Smith said, “I’ve always felt compelled to voice my love of this country. My granddad and so many countless others have fought for our freedom. That freedom allows us as Americans to pursue our dreams and I am proof they can come true. I feel blessed to have a platform that may inspire others to remember what this nation was founded on. I hope folks will join me in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance as a symbol of our thanks for those who defend our God-given rights.”

This is not the first time that Smith has shown his patriotism. He founded the 100 Mile Boot Walk that was designed to raise awareness of veterans upon returning home from deployments. Smith has performed numerous concerts for the troops overseas.

Smith will release his new album “Remington” on March 4.

Granger Smith’s 13 Colony tour stops:
Sunday, March 6 –
7am at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, GA
9:20am at the Liberty Bridge in Greenville, SC
11:15am at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC
1:40pm at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Norfolk, VA
4:15pm at the Washington Monument in Washington DC
5:45pm at Baltimore City Hall in Baltimore, MD
8pm in Wilmington, DE – location to be determined
Monday March 7 –
7:15 at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA
10am at the Hartford State Capitol Building in Hartford, CT
12noon at the Manchester Street Station in Providence, RI
2:30pm at the USS Constitution/Old Ironsides Ship in Boston, MA
4:30pm at the North Church at Town Square in Portsmouth, NH
7pm at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
8:15pm at Battery Park in New York City, NY

Phil Collins:
In 2010 British rock legend Phil Collins announced his retirement from music citing health issues – he had nerve damage in his hands from playing the drums for so many years and was unable to play.

Collins has since decided to come out of retirement…sort of

In 2000 Collins and his at the time wife Orianne, founded the Little Dreams Foundation. On March 11 Collins has announced that he will perform at the Dreaming on the Beach benefit concert in Miami.

While Collins is planning to perform at the benefit, he has stated that he has no plans to tour saying, “I’m not going to go back out on tour. I like the rhythm of my life. It’s very important to be with my kids – I do not want to go back on the road.”

Collins went on to say, “same thing with the record. People are saying I’m making a record, and I’m not. I haven’t written a song yet. Things have been elaborated upon to make a better story, but I’m not sure how that will take shape yet.”

Phil Collins Unplugged will be at the Jackie Gleason Theater with tickets ranging from $153 to $379.

The Little Dreams Foundation was founded to help aspiring artists in need fulfill their dreams of artistic endeavours.

King Crimson –
In the heady days of the Grateful Dead it was not uncommon for Dead Heads to make recordings of the concerts and share them with other fans. In this internet age the equipment to records a “bootleg” tape is better but the opportunity is more difficult with venues enforcing the no recording rules.


King Crimson – Robert Fripp, Jakko Jakszyk, Mel Collins, Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, Pat Mastelotto, and Tony Levin – are releasing an official “bootleg” album. The life performance was recorded November 20, 2015 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto, Ontario.

The “bootleg” can be downloaded via DGMLive – download available here: The set will also be available March 17 as a double CD set.

King Crimson is offering the song “Easy Money” as a free download on the album page.

The band will also be releasing a live album in September. The album will come from numerous concerts during the tour and will feature some in concert footage in a multi disc set.

The tracklisting for “King Crimson Live in Toronto”:
“Threshold Soundscape”
“Larks’ Tongues in Aspic part 1”
“Pictures of a City”
“Radical Action (To Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind)”
“Hell Hounds of Krim”
“The ConstruKction of Light”
“Banshee Legs Bell Hassle”
“Easy Money”
“Level Five”
“The Letters”
“Sailors Tale”
“The Court of the Crimson King”
“21st Century Schizoid Man”

Eric Clapton –
Slow Hand is harkering back to his early days in music with the release of a box set but only on vinyl. The collection includes live performances from 1970 to 1980 and is set for a March 25 release.

The albums have been released previously but this time around have been re-mastered and will be issued on heavyweight vinyl.

The albums included in the set are the double album “Derek and the Dominos in Concert”, “Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert” with Pete Townshend, Steve Winwood, and Jim Capaldi, “E.C. Was Hear”, and double album recorded in Tokyo “Just One Night”.

Clapton fans can pre-order the album via Amazon – – for $126.34

The Rolling Stones –
During their long musical careers, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Rolling Stones have traveled to many of the countries on the planet; but one…



But the Stones are looking to change that with reports that the British rockers will play in the country’s capital city of Havana some time later this month.

Muse –
It’s a music festival that sells out long before anyone knows what the weather will be like or even who will be appearing over the three day event.

The 2016 Glastonbury Music Festival has released the first headliner for the big festival in late June. British rocker Muse will make their third visit to the Festival as the Friday night headlining act.

With their Friday night appearance, Muse will become the first band to have headlined all three nights of the Festival – Muse headlined on Sunday and closed out the event in 2004 and they were the headline act on Saturday night back in 2010.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) and PJ Harvey have also been announced as performing during the event. Following up their Super Bowl halftime performance, Coldplay will close out the 2016 Glastonbury Festival on Sunday night.

And as a tribute to British rock legend David Bowie, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis said that they wil be screening Bowie’s 2000 Glastonbury performance.

The 2016 Glastonbury Festival is set for June 24-28.

Madonna –
The “Material Girl” is in some serious hot water with the Filipino government after a recent performance in the capital city of Manila. During the show Madonna draped the nation’s flag around her body letting a portion of the flag drag on the stage.

As in every country, the nation’s flag is much more than a piece of fabric to be worn or drug around at will. As in the United States letting the flag touch the ground is a gross sign of disrespect; but the difference is in the Philippines such activity is a crime; as is draping the flag around one’s self as a garment.

Speaking on the incident National Historical Commission heraldry chief Teodoro Atienza said, “she ridiculed our flag.”

“They may face deportation and might not be able to return to the country. She also allowed the flag to touch the stage floor, which is another violation,” he added.

Following the incident in the Philippines, Madonna further fueld controversy in Macau, China when she pulled a fan on stage to participate in a raunchy and lewd act that included a banana.

Her ‘volunteer” is the famous Contonese artist Eason Chan.

Chan’s daughter was in the audience.

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