Quick Takes 9/11/19

  • Coming on November 29th is the “Super Deluxe Edition” of Prince‘s 1982 double album, 1999. The new collection represents the deepest dive to date into the late-musician’s vault and includes a total of 65 audio tracks across five CD’s and ten 180-gram vinyl records. The set features all the audio material that Prince officially released in and around 1982, as well as 23 previously unissued studio tracks recorded between November 1981 and January 1983, and a complete live audio performance of the 1999 tour recorded at the late show — the second of two that day — in Detroit on November 30, 1982.
  • Also included is a new DVD containing another complete, previously unreleased concert from the 1999 tour, recorded in multi-cam live at the Houston Summit on December 29th, 1982. The Super Deluxe Edition set also features Prince’s previously unseen handwritten lyrics for several songs from the era, including  “Little Red Corvette,” plus images of the analog tape reels from the vault, and rare photography. (Press release)
  • All signs are pointing to a Faces reunion for this Saturday night (September 14th) in Surrey, England at Wentworth Golf Club. The event advertised as “An Evening With Kenney Jones And Friends” features a poster of Jones performing with Ron Wood and an additional photo of “Sir Rod Stewart.” Jones has posted shots of the band rehearsing on social media — but so far, no photos with Rod or Woody.
    • The surviving Faces — Stewart, Wood, and Jones — last performed a mini-set at a charity event at England’s Hurtwood Polo Club.
  • The Rolling Stones took to social media to pay tribute to legendary photographer Robert Frank, who died on September 9th at age 94. Frank, who was born in Switzerland, is perhaps best known for his cutting edge 1959 photo book, The Americans, which captured the faces of the country in black and white as he traveled across the U.S. In rock circles, he remains best remembered for designing the cover of the Stones’ 1972 double album Exile On Main Street, along with shooting the still-unreleased film of the band’s 1972 North American trek, C****suckers Blues.
  • The band posted on their social media platforms: “We’re very sad to hear the news that the visionary photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank has died. Robert collaborated with us on a number of projects including the cover design of Exile On Main Street and directed the C***sucker Blues documentary. He was an incredible artist whose unique style broke the mould. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”
  • Roger Daltrey was on hand this past Monday (September 9th) for the ribbon cutting at Cleveland’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, for the  new in-patient teen cancer suite. Daltrey was representing the Who and its patron charity Teen Cancer of America — an offshoot of the band’s UK branch the Teenage Cancer Trust — that he and Pete Townshend brought Stateside back in 2012. (Wkyc.com)
  • Out now is a new graphic novel, which chronicles the making of Rush‘s 1977 album, A Farewell To Kings. The 144-page book — Rush: The Making Of A Farewell To Kings: The Graphic Novel — is “fully authorized by the band, and based on interviews with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and Kings producer Terry Brown, the richly illustrated comic offers a detailed account of the writing and recording of the LP that contained future Rush classics like ‘Closer To The Heart’ and ‘Xanadu.'” (Rolling Stone)
  • Vanilla Fudge has rolled out a handful of East Coast dates over the next few months. The band features original members Carmine AppiceMark Stein, and Vince Martell, along with 20-year-veteran Pet Bremy.
    • JUST ANNOUNCED: Vanilla Fudge tour dates (subject to change):
      October 11 – Pawling, NY – Daryl’s House
      November 16 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Center For The Arts
      November 22 – New York, NY – Iridium Jazz Club
      December 13 – Natick, MA – The Center For Arts In Natick