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Umphrey's McGee Announces 2011 Winter Tour

Having just wrapped up a monumental fall tour, Umphrey’s McGee today announces early 2011 tour plans. The band will begin their winter adventures with their 4th annual destination event, this year in sunny Mexico, where 1000 fans will join them for the sold-out Mayan Holidaze. Soon after, Umphrey’s McGee embarks on a two-month tour that takes them from coast to coast. Along the way, the band will be joined by support acts including Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Orchard Lounge, Zach Deputy, Keller Williams and others to be announced. Ticket Presale for the US Winter Tour begins on Tuesday, November 16 at UMTicketing. Those who purchase early will be entered to win a cool merchandise package (1 winner for each show on the tour!). Visit www.umphreys.com for details. The complete list of winter tour dates is included below.

Before year’s end, Umphrey’s McGee will conclude 2010 with some special holiday performances. Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss’ 8th Annual acoustic holiday show to benefit Ustorm Foundation is on Saturday, December 4th at the Park West in their hometown of Chicago. The following weekend, Umphrey’s McGee is honored to be part of Warren Hayne’s 22nd annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, North Carolina. Finally, the band rings in the New Year with three nights at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago. Tickets for the New Year’s run are on sale now via Etix.

Umphrey’s McGee will release a collection of new music in early 2011. In a departure from the standard "album" format, Umphrey’s will instead offer up the highly anticipated new material via a series of digital EPs. To get fans warmed-up, Umphrey’s has released a free MP3 download of the band’s brand new song “Wellwishers.” Folks can download it here, and while there, fans can snatch up the Wellwishers widget to easily share the new tune with friends.

Visit www.umphreys.com for news of the bite sized music portions from the band’s perspective, and look for full details regarding the releases to be announced in the coming weeks.

Check out Grateful Web's interview with Jake Cinninger.

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Umphrey’s McGee’s complete Winter tour schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, December 29 - Friday, December 31 Riviera Theatre Chicago IL

Thursday, January 20 - Monday, January 24 Mayan Holidaze Puerto Morelos MEX

Thursday, January 27 House of Blues - Boston Boston MA

Friday, January 28 Best Buy Theater New York NY with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Saturday, January 29 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Sunday, January 30 Ram's Head Live Baltimore MD with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Wednesday, February 2 State Theatre State College PA

Thursday, February 3 Buster's Billiards & Backroom Lexington KY with Orchard Lounge

Friday, February 4 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus OH with Orchard Lounge

Saturday, February 5 The Fillmore Detroit MI with Orchard Lounge

Wednesday, February 9 - Thursday, February 10 Belly Up Aspen Aspen CO

Friday, February 11 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO

Saturday, February 12 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS

Sunday, February 13 Slowdown Omaha NE

Wednesday, February 16 Music Farm Charleston SC with Zach Deputy

Thursday, February 17 Orange Peel Asheville NC with Zach Deputy

Friday, February 18 War Memorial Auditorium Nashville TN with Keller Williams

Saturday, February 19 The Fillmore Charlotte NC with Zach Deputy

Sunday, February 20 The National Richmond VA with Zach Deputy

Wednesday, March 2 - Thursday, March 3 Barrymore Theatre Madison WI

Friday, March 4 - Saturday, March 5 First Avenue Minneapolis MN

Sunday, March 6 The Venue in Fargo Fargo ND

Wednesday, March 9 Babcock Theatre Billings MT

Thursday, March 10 Knitting Factory Concert House Boise ID

Friday, March 11 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR

Saturday, March 12 - Sunday, March 13 The Fillmore San Francisco CA

Wednesday, March 16 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay NV

Thursday, March 17 House of Blues - Sunset Strip West Hollywood CA

Friday, March 18 House of Blues - San Diego San Diego CA

Saturday, March 19 Marquee Theatre Tempe AZ

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience

JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE celebrates the life and music of his father--the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

Grateful Web Interview w/ Gentle Giant

Grateful Web recently sat down for an interview with band members Gary Green and Kerry Minnear of the band Gentle Giant from November 10th, 2009.  

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Gentle Giant to release catalog on digital format

On November 3rd 2009 Gentle Giant will be digitally releasing seven of their best-known albums and tracks in digital form for the very first time via their own Alucard label through EMI Music's Label Services unit.

This progressive rock band, which was active from 1970 through 1980, was made up of multi-instrumentalists, and lived to expand the frontiers of contemporary popular music at the risk of becoming very "unpopular."  The group's dozen albums combine a range of musical styles-jazz, pop, classical, British soul, rock, blues, medieval, pop, blues, Gentle Giant's legacy has become influential to a range of artists from the arena rock, jam band, virtuoso players, and chamber pop genres.

In a Glass House, The Power & The Glory, Freehand, Interview, Playing The Fool-The Official Live, The Missing Piece and Giant For a Day will become available through all digital channels.

The digital releases will also include previously unheard bonus tracks and artwork.

The band has chosen favorite live versions of songs from each album and some obscure radio sessions. Two of the bonus tracks “Intro 74” and “Intro 76” have been partially re-recorded, embellished and remixed by Kerry Minnear of the group.

More Gentle Giant music will be available in a variety of formats in 2010, starting with the January release of the seven CDs Re-Mastered from the original 1⁄4 inch tapes through Hi-Resolution (24bit 96k) transfer. First quarter of 2010 will also find box sets and Limited Edition Vinyl LPs.

GENTLE GIANT DIGITAL RELEASES

TRACK LISTINGS

IN A GLASS HOUSE - 1973
1.The Runaway              
2. An Inmates Lullaby         
3. Way Of Life         
4. Experience         
5. A Reunion              
6. In A Glass House

Digital Bonus Tracks:
The Runaway/Experience Live 1975
Way Of Life - Radio Session 1973

THE POWER AND THE GLORY
- 1974
1. Proclamation              
2. So Sincere              
3. Aspirations              
4. Playing the Game              
5. Cogs in Cogs              
6. No God's A Man              
7. Valedictory
8. (The Power And The Glory)

Digital Bonus Tracks:
Intro '74
Proclamation - Live 1975
Aspirations - Radio Session 1974
Cogs In Cogs - Live 1975

FREE HAND - 1975
1. Just The Same              
2. On Reflection              
3. Free Hand              
4. Time To Kill              
5. His Last Voyage              
6. Talybont              
7. Mobile

Digital Bonus Tracks:
Just The Same - Live 1975
On Reflection - Radio Session 1975
Free Hand - Live 1975

INTERVIEW
- 1976
1. Interview              
2. Give it Back              
3. Design              
4. Another Show              
5. Empty City              
6. Timing              
7. I Lost My Head

Digital Bonus Tracks:
Intro '76
Interview - Live 1976
Give It Back - Live 1976

PLAYING THE FOOL - THE OFFICIAL LIVE - 1977
1. Just the Same              
2. Proclamation              
3. On Reflection              
4. Excerpts from Octopus         
5. Funny Ways              
6. The Runaway              
7. Experience              
8. So Sincere              
9. Free Hand              
10. Sweet Georgia Brown (Breakdown in Brussels)    
11. Peel the Paint / I Lost My Head

Digital Bonus Tracks:
Just The Same - Radio Session 1975
Excerpts From Octopus - Radio Session 1973

THE MISSING PIECE - 1977
1. Two Weeks In Spain    
2. I'm Turning Around         
3. Betcha Thought We Couldn't Do It         
4. Who Do You Think You Are?         
5. Mountain Time              
6. As Old As You're Young         
7. Memories of Old Days         
8. Winning              
9. For Nobody

Digital Bonus Tracks:
Two Weeks In Spain - Live 1978
I'm Turning Around - Live 1978
For Nobody - Live 1978

GIANT FOR A DAY - 1978
1. Words from the Wise         
2. Thank You              
3. Giant For A Day              
4. Spooky Boogie              
5. Take Me              
6. Little Brown Bag              
7. Friends              
8. No Stranger              
9. It's Only Goodbye
10. Rock Climber

Digital Bonus Track:
Giant For A Day - Live 1980

GIANT MAXIMUS NYE PARTY IN LA

Mickey Avalon - photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Already a distinguished staple in Los Angeles nightlife, GIANT MAXIMUS returns to its Francisco Street location for the third consecutive year for what will be the most anticipated and largest American 21+ New Year's Eve bash this holiday season.  As in years past, GIANT MAXIMUS will feature the best in nightlife music artists including top-tier international DJs and alternative performers set under European 'cirque' style big tops with a climate-controlled capacity of 10,000 partygoers.  This year the event is presented by KCRW and sponsored by MySpace Music and Metromix.

To ring in 2009, GIANT MAXIMUS will present three ear-blasting areas: the GIANT Stage featuring DJ sets by MOBY, BENNY BENASSI and DIRTY SOUTH plus a special early performance by PAUL OAKENFOLD; the DEEP Stage with MARK FARINA and MARQUES WYATT; and from the promoters of the HARD festivals, the premiere of the DESTRUCTO Stage hosting MICKEY AVALON, DIRT NASTY, TITTSWORTH, DESTRUCTO, FRANKI CHAN, PAPARAZZI, ANDRE LEGACY and BEARDO.

Situated on a seven-acre private site smack in the heart of downtown Los Angeles with the soaring skyscrapers towering above, GIANT MAXIMUS also offers the 'Monster Midway,' presented by Monster Energy with high-flying acrobatics, psychedelic circus antics, amusements, games, carnival rides and, of course, the iconic GIANT Ferris wheel.  The celebration begins at 7:00 pm and lasts until 4:00 am.

Tickets for GIANT MAXIMUS are available now exclusively through www.giantclub.com.  Metromix VIP tickets are also available and include a private express entrance, access to all Metromix VIP Lounges and Premium Open Bar all night, plus other magnificent perks. For the first time ever, Private VIP Cabanas are also available at GIANT MAXIMUS exclusively for VIP Ticket Holders flanking the GIANT Stage with a direct view throughout the entire area.