Greg Kihn Releases Greg Kihn Band; Best of Beserkley, 1974-1985 – New Disc Features 21 Remastered Hits from the Legendary 80’s Rocker
Legendary 80’s rocker, Greg Kihn, is proud to announce the release of his new album, Greg Kihn Band: Best of Berserkley, 1974-1985, as both hardcopy CD and digital download.
Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) April 03, 2012
Legendary 80’s rocker, Greg Kihn, is proud to announce the release of his new album, Greg Kihn Band: Best of Berserkley, 1974-1985, as both hardcopy CD and digital download. Best of Berserkley, 1974-1985’s 21-tracks features 19 Greg Kihn remastered original hits drawn from Greg’s eight-of-nine full-length Beserkley Records studio albums, including The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘em Like That), Jeopardy, Happy Man and Reunited, along with two tribute tracks to Bruce Springsteen (long considered one of Greg’s biggest musical influences), Rendezvous and For You.
In the late 80’s, Beserkley Records sold the original Greg Kihn Band master recordings, along with the rest of the Beserkley Records catalog. After many years of legal wranglings, Greg finally obtained the rights to release his back catalog from this seminal era of his musical career. Existing diehard and new fans who have followed Greg Kihn from the beginning of his career as a folkie/pop-rock troubadour to one of the most recognizable and popular Gold-selling video Rock Stars during MTV’s 1980’s glory years will want to add this essential compilation to their classic rock music collection.
Beserkley Records is credited as being one of the first successful American Punk Rock Indie Record Labels, established in 1973 in Berkeley, California, releasing albums by Earth Quake, Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, The Rubinoos and the label’s biggest breakthrough artist, Greg Kihn. Beginning with his third album, Next of Kihn (1978), Greg continually ‘charted’ in America thanks to regular FM radio airplay. By 1981 Greg Kihn’s “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” from Rockihnroll (1981), broke the Top 40 and his fifth and sixth albums, Kihntinued (1982) and Kihnspiracy (1983), all reached the Top 40 on the LP charts. Greg’s 1983 single “Jeopardy” became Beserkley Records’ biggest hit, peaking on the Billboard Charts at #2, (#1 on Billboard Dance and International Charts), achieving Gold sales status for Kihnspiracy (over 500,000 units sold), and mainstream recognition. This was due, in large part, to “Jeopardy becoming one of early-MTV’s most popular music videos. “Jeopardy” featured Greg and band in a scripted play-acted scenario, with elaborate special effects, that reinvented the music video into a micro story-telling genre, influencing other elaborate and grandiose productions, such as Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and countless others.
According to Greg, “It’s said ‘if you can remember the 60’s you weren’t there,’ and now that I reflect on being a Beserkley Records recording artist almost four decades after I first signed with the label, I realize that when I try to recall those years, much has been lost in the fog of age. I mean, after all, we did refer to the label as ‘Rather Ripped Records’ after closing time… But, I digress… These songs really represent and bring back all of the best memories of my achievements and peaks of my musical career during the carefree halcyon heydays as a Beserkley Records recording artist… when everything was safe, nothing was dangerous and we were all young and immortal. I can clearly hear, feel and experience that unbridled excitement and exuberance in each track, more so now that I’ve painstakingly remastered each and every song, and I am sure you, fair listener, will, as well.”
Greg Kihn also announces the Greg Kihn Band CD Release/Reunion Party in honor of Greg Kihn Band; Best of Berserkley, 1974-1985, scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2012, at The Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz, California (http://catalystclub.com), sponsored by KFOX FM 102.1 San Francisco/98.5 San Jose. The Greg Kihn Band CD Release/Reunion Party will feature the Greg Kihn Band live-and-in-concert, appearances by original members of the Greg Kihn Band, KFOX FM Air Personalities and other special musical guests, contests and giveaways of autographed Greg Kihn Band swag and paraphernalia, and more. (Doors 7 p.m. /Show 8 p.m.). In addition, the Annual KFOX FM Kihncert takes place at the Shoreline Amphitheater, in Mountain View, California, on Saturday, July 14, 2012, featuring Greg Kihn along with Pat Benatar and The Steve Miller Band. Additional details are on http://www.gregkihn.com and the “Greg’s Blog” page at http://www.kfox.com/GKB-Reunion-Gig-/9573650?pid=229627
Greg Kihn is the San Francisco Bay Area’s #1 FM reigning Radio Morning Man, exceeding 16-years on Classic Rock KFOX 102.1 San Francisco/98.5 San Jose – the fourth largest radio market in America. He’s also a prolific novelist and his four novels and one book of short stories will be available on iPad and Kindle later in 2012. Greg also has a screenplay in development for a new cable series about how the mafia ran the music industry in New York City during the early 1960′s. Described as a cross between ‘The Sopranos-Meets-Almost Famous,’ “45 RPM,” could be on a major cable network in 2013.
Distributed by City Hall Records
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TuneIn Radio App to Offer Drivers 50,000+ Global Stations Through Voice-Controlled Ford SYNC AppLink
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
- TuneIn Radio app will offer drivers more than 50,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations featuring music, sports and news from around the world
- The addition of the TuneIn Radio app to the growing list of available apps for SYNC® reflects Ford’s commitment to keep pace with customer desires and consumer electronics trends
The in-car listening options for Ford (NYSE: F) vehicles equipped with SYNC® AppLink™ will soon grow by more than 50,000 when TuneIn Radio joins the list of smartphone apps that are compatible with the system.
Ford and Palo Alto, Calif.-based TuneIn announced at the 2012 International CES that the TuneIn Radio app will be available for use with vehicles equipped with SYNC AppLink, and will provide drivers with another listening option that can be controlled hands-free through voice commands.
AppLink builds on the award-winning SYNC connectivity system by enabling drivers to access and control apps on their smartphones by simply using their voice, allowing their hands to stay on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
“Smartphone apps have ingratiated themselves into the lives of consumers to such a degree that we have come to depend on them for much of our news and entertainment,” said Doug VanDagens, global director of Ford Connected Services. “With the addition of TuneIn, SYNC is reflecting that trend while dramatically increasing the global listening choices for Ford drivers.”
TuneIn is a free service that lets people listen to live local and global music, sports, talk and news by offering more than 50,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations along with more than 1 million on-demand programs streaming from all corners of the world.
Using voice commands only, drivers of SYNC-equipped vehicles can control TuneIn and perform such tasks as search and listen to radio stations worldwide by artist or genre. For example, by saying, “Explore genre,” users can select hundreds of genres of music or talk stations like classic rock or German talk. Users also can search geographically by saying “Explore location.” TuneIn will then rank the most popular stations from the chosen location and start playing. More than 250 locations from around the world can be accessed via voice control.
“TuneIn captivates people by offering unprecedented access to listen to anything they want from local talk radio to live sports to music,” said John Donham, CEO of TuneIn. “With TuneIn, Ford drivers can now more easily enjoy the world’s audio from their favorite hometown stations to broadcasts half a world away — making listening even more global and personal.”
TuneIn is available in 10 languages and on more than 150 devices across all major smartphones and tablets, connected home stereos, smart TVs, car dashboards and online at www.tunein.com. The SYNC-enabled version of TuneIn Radio soon will be available through the iTunes App Store.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.
TuneIn is a free service that lets people listen to live local and global music, sports, talk and news from wherever they are. TuneIn offers more than 50,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations and more than a million on-demand shows streaming from every continent. The company’s mobile apps are ranked in the top five in the App Store’s Music category across 82 countries and territories. The company raised venture funding from Sequoia Capital in January 2011 and is hard at work in an old plumbing supply building in Palo Alto, Calif.
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BillingTree RockBlock Returns to Phoenix Nov. 5th; Multi-Platinum Classic Rock Headliner REO Speedwagon, Plus Fran Cosmo-Former Lead Singer of BOSTON-and Hollywood Band “Rossmore”
Downtown Phoenix CityScape Venue Expands Event’s Capacity in 3rd Year
A Community-Giving Event Presented by BillingTree, The Arizona Republic, 12 News & azcentral.com
BIG Ticket Values: $20 GA includes all 3 bands!…$100 VIP includes Dinner, Drinks & More
100% of Ticket Funds goes to Season For Sharing
Tickets on Sale Sept. 19 at MyBillingTree.com/RockBlock
PHOENIX, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — BillingTree® RockBlock™ returns to Phoenix Sat., Nov. 5, 5:30 pm, bringing a high energy lineup of classic rock favorites REO Speedwagon, the voice of BOSTON Fran Cosmo and Rossmore, who are led by a powerhouse of movie moguls including Bill Fay whose credits range from Independence Day to the Hangover movies. ( www.MyBillingTree.com/RockBlock ).
CityScape, downtown Phoenix, Central Avenue from Washington to Jefferson takes over as the new venue for this annual charity rock festival, presented by Phoenix-based BillingTree, The Arizona Republic, 12 News and azcentral.com to kick-off the “Season For Sharing” campaign. R Entertainment is again producing this high profile community event. Plus, fans will get satisfaction knowing 100% of ALL ticket monies (the entire $20 or $100 ticket amount) goes to local Valley charities through the “Season For Sharing” annual fund raising drive.
“This is the third BillingTree RockBlock and our first time as the kick-off event for Arizona Republic and 12 News annual holiday fundraising drive – Season For Sharing, and at the fantastic new CityScape venue,” said Dan Willis of Phoenix-based BillingTree’s Board of Directors. “The concert and festival atmosphere has grown every year and we couldn’t be happier to have legendary acts whose music resonates across generations. At BillingTree, we love music, we love to give, and we love to have a good time – we will continue to host and grow BillingTree RockBlock because as our slogan says We Give A Jam.“
BIG TICKET VALUES. BillingTree RockBlock tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 19 at http://www.MyBillingTree.com/RockBlock or call 1.866.977.6849. General admission is $20 or $25 the day of at the gate. The $100 VIP ticket is a complete package that includes admission in the skyboxes above Central Avenue, dinner and drinks. Doors open at 5:30pm.
PARKING. CityScape has plenty of underground parking available to the public. Parking can be accessed on Washington, Jefferson or First Avenue and in addition has Light Rail stops nearby.
About BillingTree – The proven leader in on-demand payment processing, BillingTree empowers customers with competitive advantage through a simplification of the billing and receivables process. By delivering the most innovative technology while making it as easy and inexpensive as possible to accept payments, BillingTree has revolutionized the payments landscape. Our software-as-a-service (SaaS) model delivers industry-leading payment solutions, proven integration, and point-and-click simplicity. BillingTree’s focus on innovation has allowed us to help more than 1,800 customers eliminate manual processes and automate their payment cycles. BillingTree – Growth is our Business. For more information, visit www.mybillingtree.com or call 877.4.BILLTREE.
About R Entertainment Company – R Entertainment Company is a national concert and events booking, marketing and production company based in Scottsdale, Arizona that manages 200 dates a year, including Award Winning Devoured Culinary Classic; AZ Centennial Copper Chopper, Wildhorse Pass Ovations Showroom, Pepsi Amphitheater in Flagstaff, Talking stick Stadium special events, private corporate events such as the American Express Chairman’s event, as well as major touring acts such Sheryl Crow, Steve Martin, Jose Carreras, Kathy Griffin Sinbad, Joe Walsh, BB King, and many, many others. www.R-Entertainment.com
About Season For Sharing - Season for Sharing is The Arizona Republic and 12 News annual holiday fundraising drive. Through an eight-week news, editorial, direct mail and ad campaign, readers and viewers are encouraged to donate to Season for Sharing to help health and human service agencies in Arizona. Donations are matched through the Gannett Foundation and 100% of donations, plus the match, are distributed to local agencies that help at-risk children and families, improve educational skills, help domestic-violence victims and serve the elderly.
Last year, 137 agencies received $2.66 million, more than $46 million since the program began in 1993. In addition to creating community resources, the program increases awareness about social issues. Many of the agencies experience an influx of volunteers and donated goods during the campaign. Visit http://www.azcentral.com/season/index.html
BillingTree RockBlock Musical Lineup: REO Speedwagon, Fran Cosmo & Rossmore
About REO Speedwagon: REO Speedwagon Formed in 1967, signed in 1971 and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has – for decades – been a confounding blend of consistency and change.
They rode in station wagons, going from tiny gigs to even tinier gigs, just to get the REO name out in the early days. Later they rode the top of the charts with a RIAA certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles. The 9-times certified Hi Infidelity remains a high-water mark for rock bands.
Make all the “Ridin’ The Storm Out” or “Roll With The Changes” cracks you want, but that’s exactly what the band has done. REO Speedwagon has that Midwest work ethic.
The band has gone onstage and in the studio and done the work, year after year – dozens of albums, hundreds (or thousands?) of concerts, infinite radio spins. The eyes have always been on the future and on the road – not a year has gone by where REO Speedwagon didn’t perform live, thrilling fans with hits like “Keep On Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”
By the early ’70s the band’s unrelenting drive, non-stop touring and recording jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. It carved a path eventually followed by STYX, Kansas, Cheap Trick and more. Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as “Ridin’ The Storm Out” followed, setting the stage for 1980′s explosive Hi Infidelity.
The band’s younger fans might not realize the sheer impact Hi Infidelity had on music and the culture of rock ‘n’ roll. Its 9 million in sales was fueled by huge hit singles in “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run.” High Infidelity spent months in the #1 slot, a feat simply unattainable in music today. The strong run continued with hits like “Can’t Fight This Feeling” up through the new “Can’t Stop Rockin’.”
When the talk turns to benefit concerts the names that come to mind are George Harrison, U2 and Bob Geldof. REO has quietly done its share, sans self-serving promotional tours, from appearing at the Live Aid concert in 1985, to a benefit for port authority workers after 9/11 and recent MusiCares shows, along with a “Ridin’ The Storm Out” benefit concert that raised more than a half-million dollars for Iowa flood relief in 2008.
Today it’s all about what it has always been – taking good care of the band’s legacy while keeping the focus on the future. That may be even more important these days, Cronin believes.
About Fran Cosmo : Fran Cosmo, the former lead singer of the band BOSTON, is touring and performing with Anthony Cosmo, former guitarist and songwriter of the band BOSTON, performing all the greatest hits as well as new hits. Night after night show rooms and festivals are packed with standing room only crowds. With ticket sales in the tens of thousands Fran Cosmo is a MUST see in the world of live Rock and Roll shows.
About Rossmore: What does a producer of hit movies, The Hangover 1 & 2, Independence Day, Patriot, Superman, 300, Clash of the Titans, Dark Knight Returns, Town to name a few who’s also the father of three teenage girls, do to relax and relieve stress? He gathers fellow dads from his kids’ school; they form a band and take it on the road.
Fay and five other musicians – Jed Daly, producer and film financier; Bill Birrell, founder, Sony Pictures Imageworks and writer/director; Rick Benoit, musician and visual FX pro; Ernie Scarborough, concert tour veteran musician and now music teacher; Steve Weeks, international mortgage banking — comprise Rossmore, a Classic Rock Band named after the street where his girls go to school.
About CityScape: CityScape is a mixed-use urban project located at the core of Downtown Phoenix and is the focal point for community activity. The downtown Phoenix resurgence includes completion of the 20 mile Light Rail Transit System, expansion of the Phoenix Convention Center, the growth of the Phoenix Biomedical Center, and the opening of the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus and the University of Arizona Medical School.
Visitors to CityScape are welcome at the first ever Gold’s Gym Elite (with it’s one of kind Cardio Cinema), CVS pharmacy, Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge, Designer District, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Urban Outfitters, Oakville Grocery, Stand-Up Live Comedy, Vitamin T, Charming Charlie, and Republic of Couture, Par Exsolance, Jimmy John’s, The arrogant Butcher, Tilted Kilt and Yogurtini open to the public. This broad retail mix and the accompanying day and night list of activities and concerts in the destinations renovated Patriot’s Square, compliment the diverse downtown population which includes event attendees, conventioneers, residents, office workers, and out of town visitors. Everyone at CityScape can experience something uniquely Phoenix and sample the energy and excitement of a destination worthy of the zero zero address for the entire metropolitan valley.
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