Regarding "Current Events" ...
Now, go back to the top of the paragraph and realize that I haven't actually promised to do any of this, yet; I've simply sworn that if I ever do do anything like the above, I'll let you know here. I swear and declare it. But, then again, I could be drunk and take it all back later.
OK, Here's One: The Crickets!
"To Peggy Sue with all my love, Jerry."
But wait, I just thought of another one:
Sons of Anarchy
The Forest Rangers
Speaking of The Crickets
Crickets Gig at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa
although, they have been on that road since 1957. A total blast and, as they say, one for the Rock history books.
Here's a link to the local Clear Lake/Mason City GlobeGazette article about the show:
BURT BACHARACH AND TONIO K "Original Demos" CD
That's right: Burt Bacharach and Tonio K. Original demos. Soon to be released (May 15th) by Contante y Sonante, a small label in Madrid, España (that's Spain, for you Amerikans): a 1000 copy numbered/limited edition CD of the demos of some (14) of the songs Burt and I have written over the last 20+ years. About half of these songs have been recorded and released (by people like Ronnie Isley, Dionne Warwick, Chicago, etc), but these are the demos! Not that singers like Billy Valentine, John Pagano, Warren Wiebe or Bill Champlain are anything but great singers, as well. Very cool record and a real labor of love on the part of everyone involved. I was asked by label owner, Gabriel Raya, (and authorized by Burt) to reminisce and write the liner notes, which I did. It was a real trip down memory lane and pretty darn interesting, if I do say. Like the time Burt wondered if I'd be interested in writing a song with him and Brian Wilson... Ha! Good songs; good times.
As I understand it, the CD (available in hard copy only) will be sold mostly in Europe and Japan, but, I assume, can be gotten online, too...while they last.
Apparently it really is 1000 copies, period. Now get out there and consume! Here's a link to the site:
https://www.contanteysonante.com or https://www.contanteysonante.com/burtbacharachtoniok-originaldemos
Updated update, March, 2018:
Well, I believe this original notice was back in the spring of 2016 (or was it 2017?). The CD was in fact released...and sold out the 1000 copies quickly. Sorry.
Maybe those of you in desperate need can find one on the blazing secondary market. If not, here's a "complimentary" track. It's called "Who Are These people?".
Originally written and recorded during the Bush II administration, the version on Burt's Grammy-winning At This Time CD was sung by Elvis Costello. This is the demo:
The Girl Hannah
Pretty damned cool if I/we do say.
This is a newly/finally released (iTunes and streaming only) "Album" of songs/tracks originally recorded in the early 2000s.
What is today, March-something, 2018? Well, that's how the Business-formerly-known-as-Music works these days.
Larry Klein and I wrote these songs mostly to amuse ourselves and to hear young, beautifully-voiced Hannah Mancini sing them. (A few of them were for movies.) Then we decided we were a band. Then we couldn't get a record deal. Then the tracks sat around for 10 or 15 years. Then they finally got released... last week. March 1, 2018. The cover, with Hannah inserted in the "cloud" is from a collage piece of mine. The liner notes are interesting/informative. And the music... well, we like it a lot.