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On this day in music history: May 19, 1971 - “Aretha Live At The Fillmore West”, the second live album by Aretha Franklin (twentieth overall) is released. Produced by Jerry Wexler, it is recorded at the Fillmore West Auditorium in San Francisco, CA on March 5, 6 and 7, 1971. Seven months after the release of the “Spirit In The Dark” album, “The Queen Of Soul” plays a sold out three night stand at the famed San Francisco venue owned by concert promoter Bill Graham. The idea for the shows which are specifically recorded for the release of a live album, is suggested by producer Jerry Wexler, connecting Franklin with the “hippie audience” in San Francisco. Along with her standard repertoire, she also performs covers of songs by The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Stephen Stills and Bread, having recorded most of them on previous studio albums. For the concerts, Aretha is backed by many of the same musicians that have supported her on her studio recordings including Cornell Dupree (guitar), Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (drums), Jerry Jemmott (bass), King Curtis (saxophone, band leader), Truman Thomas (piano), The Memphis Horns (Wayne Jackson, Andrew Love) and The Sweethearts Of Soul (Brenda Bryant, Margaret Branch, Pat Smith) (background vocals). Musician Billy Preston (organ) also sits in with the band during the shows. The audience responds rapturously to the electrifying gospel drenched performances, which become a career highlight for Aretha Franklin. During the final night, she is joined on stage by Ray Charles who plays electric piano and duets on during the encore of “Spirit In The Dark”. The actual performance of Aretha and Ray’s reprise of “Spirit” runs more than nineteen minutes, is pared down to eight and a half minutes when its included on the original album. The three nights of concerts are edited down to a ten track album which is released two and a half months later. The public response to the album is swift and wildly enthusiastic, with many R&B radio stations playing large portions of it on the air. In 2005, an expanded version of the landmark album is released as a four CD box set titled “Don’t Fight The Feeling: The Complete Aretha Franklin & King Curtis Live At Fillmore West”. The box set limited to only 5,000 copies is released through the Rhino Handmade imprint. The following year, a two CD version is released, with the first disc featuring longer versions of the tracks from the original release which were cut for time. The second disc contains thirteen tracks of alternate performances from all three nights. Out of print on vinyl since the late 80’s, the original 1971 version of the album is reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by 4 Men With Beards Records. “Aretha Live At The Fillmore West” spends five weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number seven on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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It’s happening. The Boys of Zummer Tour is taking over the U.S. this summer. It’s gonna be us, and Wiz Khalifa co-headlining and the homie Hoodie Allen opening up the party each night. We’re really excited to get on the road with these guys and to start playing new songs for you.

Gonna shake things up a bit this year though. The only way to get early access to pre-sale/V.I.P. Packages is by signing up to our mailing list. You have until 1/18 to sign up. An email will be sent out to the list on 1/19 with the pre-sale password. The mailing list is the only place where the code will get sent out, so don’t miss out - sign up.

The Fall Out Boy Fan Presale begins on Tuesday, January 20th at 3pm EST (everywhere). General on sale starts on January 23rd at 10am local time (*on sale Jan 24 10am local).

See you dudes this zummer!

June 10 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center*
June 13 - Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
June 14 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
June 16 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
June 17 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
June 18 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 20 - Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion (FOB/Hoodie Allen only)
June 23 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 24 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
June 26 - Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
June 27 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 28 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
June 30 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 1 - Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
July 2 - Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
July 3 - Hershey, PA @ Giant Center*
July 4 - Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 10 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 11 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre*
July 12 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
July 14 - St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 15 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
July 17 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 18 - Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
July 19 - Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
July 21 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
July 22 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
July 25 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
July 26 - Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater*
July 28 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
July 29 - Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheather
July 30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
August 1 - Ridgefield, WA @ Amphitheater Northwest
August 2 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
August 4 - San Francisco, CA @ Venue TBD*
August 5 - Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater*
August 7 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay
August 8 - Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
August 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

American Beauty/American Psycho out January 20th worldwide. Pre-order it on iTunes or Amazon for $7.99 (limited time only) and get 5 songs instantly. If you bought the song individually the pre-order price will be even cheaper.

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Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa and Hoodle Allen announce tour

June 10 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center*
June 13 - Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
June 14 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
June 16 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
June 17 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
June 18 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 20 - Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion (FOB/Hoodie Allen only)
June 23 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 24 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
June 26 - Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
June 27 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 28 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
June 30 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 1 - Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
July 2 - Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
July 3 - Hershey, PA @ Giant Center*
July 4 - Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 10 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 11 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre*
July 12 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
July 14 - St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 15 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
July 17 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 18 - Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
July 19 - Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
July 21 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
July 22 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
July 25 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
July 26 - Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater*
July 28 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
July 29 - Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheather
July 30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
August 1 - Ridgefield, WA @ Amphitheater Northwest
August 2 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
August 4 - San Francisco, CA @ Venue TBD*
August 5 - Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater*
August 7 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay
August 8 - Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
August 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

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Highlight 2015: BTSxCommunity54

[“Highlight 2015” Locations, Dates, and Venues]
- San Francisco, CA: September 22nd at the Nourse Theatre.
- Houston, TX: September 24th at the House of Blues.
- Atlanta, GA: September 26th at Center Stage.
- Toronto, Canada: September 27th at the Phoenix Concert Theater.

ON THIS DAY… LED ZEPPELIN PLAYED THE WINTERLAND BALLROOM, SAN FRANCISCO

26 APRIL 1969

On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin played ‘A Whole Lotta Love’ for the encore of this show. Apparently it makes its first appearance on the encore of the second set at Winterland - one of Bill Graham’s San Francisco venues.