We’re Winding Down on The Fillmore Fiesta, But We’re Not Done Yet! And The Heartbreakers’ New “Angel Dream” Owns Our Album of The Week, Sunday, July 4, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Running a tad late today because I slept in just a bit. This old body gets tired after a week in retail hell. But never you mind. We’ve got a great grand finale for all Fillmorians today, and a brand new Tom Petty effort for our Album of The Week.

We wrap up our Fillmore Festival today with some great stuff!

Here’s your July 4th line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Angel Dream by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers NEW!

This is the new release from the Petty estate, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their soundtrack album, She’s The One. It’s a reimagined vision of great music, which also happens to include four previously-unreleased tunes. There’s always a bonus because The Heartbreakers have so much unreleased music yet to go. One is a long version of Supernatural Radio, one of my favorite tunes and the other is an unbelievable studio version of J.J. Cale’s Thirteen Days, another of my favorites which the Heartbreakers have done live in the past. Two others are brand new songs.

There is no doubting Petty’s musical genius at this point. But what is evident and what must always be said is how dedicated his bandmates were to his musical cause, and just how fucking brilliant they all were together.

3:00 p.m. Laura Nyro Live at The Fillmore East, New York, March 30, 1971 NEW!

Laura Nyro called this performance Spread Your Wings and Fly, but we here in The Mermaid Lounge believe she did that for her entire career. This is one of my favorite performances ever. The Fillmore East closed its doors a few days earlier than West, on June 27, 1971. Laura Nyro’s performance was one of the finals, just a few months before the end.

7:00 p.m. Fillmore, The Last Days: Various Artists NEW!

Here we have a multi-artist effort of live performances at the Fillmore West just before the doors closed. Most of the bands are from the Bay area, and include Quicksilver Messenger Service, Santana, the Elvin Bishop Group, Boz Scaggs, New Riders of The Purple Sage, Cold Blood, Taj Mahal, and The Grateful Dead (life would not be complete without them), and many more!

And with that, our Fillmore Festival is done for now. We have a lot more Fillmore performances in our vault, so we’ll be doing this again for sure. Just not sure when, but you’ll be the first to know. It’s the fourth of July, folks. I’m not a flag waver, and I hate the word “patriot” because I really believe the right-wing uses that term way too much. They are actually “hatriots.” So, I’m listening to music. That’s the best way to celebrate.

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Today We Open With Some Heartbreakers, Followed by Bonnie Raitt, Ronstadt at Rockpalast, Our Saturday LIVE DEAD, and Some Wildflowers, October 3, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s our usual full-slate Saturday as Tom Petty Month continues. We’ve got a great Heartbreaker’s playlist today. (Among other great musical experiences.)

I was at this Christmas Eve concert. Best thing I ever did.

Here comes your Saturday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Under the Covers

The Heartbreakers were not only the best rock n’ roll band I’ve ever experienced, but they were also the best cover band. They loved to add ‘oldies’ for their live shows, even instrumental recreations like Goldfinger and Booker T’s Green Onions, which happen to be two of my favorites. My first introduction to this was their inclusion of a very energetic version of Shout at the ’78 Boston show. Enjoy this playlist. It’s one of two we own. We will get to the other also.

3:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Give It Up by Bonnie Raitt

The final airing of Bonnie Raitt’s excellent Give It Up, our Album of The Week. Tomorrow is a new day. And a new album.

5:00 p.m. Tom Petty: Wildflowers & All The Rest, The New Releases

You’ll be hearing this short playlist regularly as we move toward the release of the entire package around mid-month.

7:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at Rockpalast, Germany, November 11, 1976

Linda Ronstadt as she approached her Zenith. She was in full control of her career from start to finish, and it shows.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at USAir Arena, Landover, Maryland October 9, 1994 NEW!

No two show ever the same. Yet another classic Dead performance here. This one in one of the hearts of the Deep State.

Turn On. Tune In. Drop Out. Sounds like a plan on a Saturday. You?

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Sweet Forgiveness, A New Dylan/Petty Concert, and Booker T. and Neil Young are the Birthday Boys, Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Today we celebrate two birthdays, that of Booker T. Jones of Booker T. & the MG’s, and the timeless Neil Young.

Booker T. & he MGs

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m.     In the Spotlight: The Music of Booker T. & The MG’s

Today we pay tribute to the instrumental R & B/funk band that helped to shape the Southern soul and Memphis soul sound. Happy Birthday, Booker T. Jones!

2:00 p.m.      Album of the Week: Sweet Forgiveness by Bonnie Raitt

Sweet Forgiveness was the sixth studio album from Bonnie Raitt, and it was released in 1977. She covers songs from Jackson Browne, Del Shannon, Don Covay, Karla Bonoff, and Eric Kaz.

5:00 p.m.      Bob Dylan and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Live in Sacramento, California 6.12.86

I was cleaning out some files and found this myteriously zipped file with absolutely no title. I’m certainly glad I did!

9:00 p.m.      In the Spotlight: The Music of Neil Young

Happy Birthday, Neil. He’s 74 years young today.

Take your shoes off. Set a spell. Listen to some great music.

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