Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Record Fairs & Shows

Sept 7 MI, Roseville. Metro Detroit Record Show at VFW Hall, 25671 Gratiot Ave. SH: 10am-4pm. Adm: $3. Records, oldies to current. Plus, cd's and music memorabilia. Info: (586) 759-5133 or

Sept 7 MO, St. Louis. Record & CD Show at American Czech Hall, 4690 Landsdowne at Kings Hwy. SH: 10am-4pm, F: $35., Adm: $2.50. Info: Jim Ronat, (618) 654-3049 or Carl, (314) 821-9121.

Sept 13 NJ, Wayne. 2nd Saturday Record & CD Collectors Show at Firemen's Convention Center. 97 Parish Dr. (north of Rt. 46& Rt. 80) @ Rt. 23 & Rt. 202S, by Bus take NJT #195 from Port Authority to Route 23/Fairfield Rd (after WillowbrookMall). SH: 10am 4pm. Up to 100 tables. Adm: $6.00 (Children under 12 free). Info: F. Falk, 2nd Saturday, PO Box 251,Hamburg, NJ 07419-0251 or Ph: (973) 209 6067, Email: or

Sept 13 MN, Minneapolis. MSP Music Expo, Tri-City American Legion. 400 Old Highway #8 NW, New Brighton, MN. SH: 10am-4pm, Tables: 8’, $35., Adm: $3. Info: Tim at (651) 373-0065 or

Sept 14 PA, Lancaster. Pennsylvania Music Expo, Jaycees Bingo Hall. 2460 New Holland Pike (PA Rt 23). SH: 9am-3pm, Tables: 95-6’, $35. Adm: FREE. Keystone Record Collectors, Ph: (717) 898-1246 or

Sept 14 IL, Hillside. Chicagoland Record & CD Collectors Show at Chicago Hillside Hotel, 4400 Frontage Road, Hillside. Adm: $3, SH: 9am-4pm. Early Birds 7:00am. (630) 898-1533. 85 dealer tables.

Sept 14
NJ, Springfield. Greater NJ Record & CD Show Holiday Inn, Route 22 West. SH: 10am-5pm. Adm:$6. Info: (908) 541-0511 or e-mail

Sept 14 MA, Dedham. Original New England Compact Disc and Record Show at the Holiday Inn at the junctions of RT #95/128 & RT #1. Exit 15A. SH: 10am - 4pm, Adm: $4. Includes lots of free parking. Featuring 50 vendors - some of which have participated 30 years. Info: call (781) 986-4538. Other 2008 dates: Nov 9.

Sept 20 NY, New York City. New York City Record & CD Collectors Expo, The Holiday Inn (formerly the Days Inn), 440 West 57th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues). SH: 10am 4pm. Up to 100 tables. Adm: $6.00 (children under 12 free). FREE CD to First 100 Customers. Info: F. Falk, NYC Record Show, PO Box 251, Hamburg, NJ 07419-0251. Ph: (973) 209 6067, email: or

Sep 20 PA, Allentown. Original 19th Semi-Annual 45-78 RPM Record Expo, Merchants Square. 12th & Vultee Sts. SH: 10am-?, Adm: $3. Tables: 8’ $55 in advance, $65 after. Surround Sound Prods, (610)-530-7606 or (797)-7743 day of show.

Sept 21 PA, Allentown. Fall 2008 Lehigh Valley Music Expo, Merchants Square. 12th & Vultee Sts. SH: 10am-?, Adm: $3. Tables: 8’ $55 in advance, $65 after. Surround Sound Prods, (610)-530-7606 or (797)-7743 day of show.

Sept 28 MA, Boston. Record & CD Collectors Show, Radisson Hotel. 200 Stuart St., 6th floor, SH: 10am-4pm, Tables: 100-8’, Adm: $6. Info: (978) 388-6576 or

Sept 28 OH, Fairview Park. Record & CD Convention at American Legion Hall, 22001 Brookpark Rd.(I-480, Exit 9 Grayton Rd.) SH: 10am-4pm, Adm: $3. Info: Lawrence, Ph (330) 242-4499 or

Sept 28 CA, Buena Park. Greater Orange County Record Show at the UFCW Union Hall, 8530 Stanton Ave. SH: 10am - 3pm, Adm $3. T: 8’, F: $65 Early bird admission $8.00 at 7:00am. Info: Steve Brunner (626) 963-9717 or or

Les Paul to Receive Rock Hall's American Music Masters Award

One of the greatest innovators of the last sixty years (and the most overlooked on the "great guitarists" lists), Les Paul, will be honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the annual American Music Masters series. The week-long tribute starts on November 10 and will include a tribute concert on the 15th.

Rock Hall President and CEO Terry Stewart said "You have an inductee who in some ways maybe has had one of the biggest influences of all our inductees with the creation of his solid-body guitar, overdubbing ... not to mention his musical styling and his ability to play. He's become an idol and an icon to people in the rock world, as well as people in jazz and popular music."

"It's not just his innovation and his musical playing, but sort of the residual effects of that guitar. It's become the beginning point for so many people in music, particularly rock music."

Paul, who is 93, is attributed with not only the development of the solid-body electric guitar, but also developed numerous innovations in the recording studio. As a guitarist, he is best known for his early-50's hits with then-wife Mary Ford (How High the Moon, Mockingbird Hill). He continues to play today, even after having to relearn the instrument after a stroke, on Monday's at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York.

Paul was originally inducted as an early influence in 1988. His American Masters Award is only the second time that it has been given to a living musician, following Jerry Lee Lewis last year.


Rock Legends Queen + Paul Rodgers to Release The Cosmos Rocks


BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Hollywood Records have announcedan October 28th release date for "The Cosmos Rocks," the highly-anticipated new album from rock legends Queen + Paul Rodgers. The album, Queen's first new studio release in nearly a decade and a half, features 13 brand-new songs entirely written, produced and performed by guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and vocalist Paul Rodgers, with Rodgers and May sharing bass duties. The album's lead single, "C-lebrity," arrives at radio on September 9th.

Recorded at Taylor's home studio, The Priory, in Puttenham, England, The
Cosmos Rocks recalls the sound and vision of classic 1970s-era Queen. As the
band says, "We believe that this is an album in the old sense of the
word -- something you can put on and listen to all the way through, and it
takes you on a journey. The subjects and moods in it are widely spaced, but
nevertheless, a challenge to the listener to put his day on hold for an hour
or so, be drawn in, make connections, and experience something new." The
album's dedication to legendary Queen front man Freddie Mercury shows the band still feel his presence strongly enough to dedicate this entirely new work to him, nearly 13 years after Queen's last studio album.

In the case of Rodgers, who takes control as main vocalist on all thirteen
tracks, he can stand assured in the fact that Mercury rated him as one of the
best rock voices of his time. Freddie would make a point of dropping into
various London venues where Rodgers was performing with his band Free and had often acknowledged Free's Fire and Water as one of the albums that most influenced Queen.

The Cosmos Rocks was recorded and mixed between November 2007 and August 2008, and co-produced and engineered by Joshua J Macrae, Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson. It marks the first album of newly recorded material from Queen + Paul Rodgers since they first set out on the road in 2005, and the first Queen studio album since 1995.

The lead single from the album is "C-lebrity" (which features guest backing vocals by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins) and according to Roger Taylor -- and in keeping with many tracks on The Cosmos Rocks -- is the writer's skew on the times in which we live: "'C-lebrity' is really a comment on the current concept of fame, success and all that goes with it. Getting your face on TV is enough -- talent doesn't really enter into the equation. 'Celebrity' is an overused and devalued word today. I think the song shows we have lost none of the humor of Queen."

Other tracks on The Cosmos Rocks include "Cosmos Rockin'," "Time To Shine," "Still Burnin'" (a mission statement of why artists are compelled to create), "Small," "Warboys," "We Believe," "Call Me," "Voodoo," "Some Things That Glitter," "Through The Night," "Say It's Not True," (a new version of the track donated to Nelson Mandela's 46664 HIV Aids campaign), and "Surf's Up ... School's Out!"

The album will be released in two physical formats: standard CD and in double gate-fold vinyl. It will also have a special digital release.

"There's a lot of guitar orchestras and some of our old trademarks, but at the core of it you'll hear the three of us playing," says May. "People really,truly playing together in the studio -- you don't get that much these days."

Queen + Paul Rodgers embark on the first leg of their world tour with a 33-date Europe and Northern Eurasia run beginning mid-September. The tour reaches the UK on October 10 with 11 dates including two at London 02 and the tour's first leg final date at Wembley Arena on November 8. The tour hits North America in early 2009 -- dates and venues to be announced shortly.

This past June, Queen + Paul Rodgers gave thousands of fans a sneak preview of their new songs with an electrifying show-stopping set at Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday concert in London's Hyde Park.

Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Queen formed in 1971, and over the ensuing 20 years wrote and recorded such multi-platinum albums as News of the World, The Game, A Night at the Opera, A Day At The Races, A Kind of Magic and Live Killers. Their timeless hits include "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Killer Queen," "We Will Rock You," "We are the Champions" and "Under Pressure." Queen has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States and bands like Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day and My Chemical Romance have all cited Queen as a major musical influence.

Singer Paul Rodgers first burst on the music scene at age 18 with Free's "All Right Now," co-written by Rodgers. The song became a #1 hit in 20 countries. In 1973 Rodgers formed Bad Company, and as the main songwriter he wrote and produced six multi-platinum albums with the band. Their hits include "Feel Like Makin'Love," "Rock & Roll Fantasy," Shooting Star" and "Bad Company." In the 80s, Rodgers partnered with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page in The Firm. They released two hit CDs and had two top-grossing world tours.

May and Taylor joined forces with Rodgers in late 2004 when they performed
at the first annual U.K. Music Hall of Fame Awards. In 2005 Queen + Paul
Rodgers launched their first tour, which crossed the globe and included 32
sold-out dates across Europe and the U.K., ending with a spectacular show in
London's Hyde Park. They followed this the following spring with a 23-date
tour of the U.S. and Canada as well as Asia/Japan. During the tour, the band
released a live concert DVD and CD release, Return of the Champions.

Queen + Paul Rodgers dedicate The Cosmos Rocks to legendary Queen vocalist
Freddie Mercury, who passed away in 1991.

Track listing:

1. Cosmos Rockin' (4:10)
2. Time To Shine (4:23)
3. Still Burnin' (4:04)
4. Small (4:39)
5. Warboys (3:18)
6. We Believe (6:08)
7. Call Me (2:59)
8. Voodoo (4:27)
9. Some Things That Glitter (4:03)
10. C-lebrity (3:38)
11. Through The Night (4:54)
12. Say It's Not True (4:00)
13. Surf's Up ... School's Out! (5:38)
14. Small reprise (2:05)

Produced and performed by Brian May, Paul Rodgers and Roger Taylor

Co-produced and engineered by Joshua J Macrae, Justin Shirley-Smith and
Kris Fredriksson

All tracks written by Queen + Paul Rodgers

Extra backing vocals on "C-lebrity": Taylor Hawkins courtesy of RCA

This album is dedicated to Freddie Mercury

SOURCE Hollywood Records