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One of music’s most renowned soul/funk bands, Tower of Power (TOP), has announced a 25-city tour with dates scheduled from coast to coast.

Since its formation in 1968, TOP has never failed to tour bringing their unique blend of R&B, funk and an outstanding horn section to the masses. The current line-up features group founder Emilio Castillo, Stephen “Doc” Kupka, Francis Rocco Prestia, David Garibaldi, Larry Braggs, Roger Smith, Tom E. Politzer, Adolfo Acosta, Jerry Cortez and Sal Cracchiolo.

The band’s sophomore album, Bump City, produced a string of what would become classic hits including “You’re Still a Young Man” and “What Is Hip?”. TOP has released a total of 26 albums over the last 45 years including live albums and greatest hits collections. TOP has lent their musicianship to some of pop/rock’s biggest names including Elton John, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Toto, David Sanborn and numerous others.

Confirmed TOP tour dates are as follows:

02/21-24/13 – Jazz Alley in Seattle, WA
03/20/13 – Knuckleheads in Kansas City, MO
03/22/13 – Northern Lights Theatre – Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, WI
03/23/13 – The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL
04/12/13 – War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, TN
04/20/13 – Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (2nd Stage) in Live Oak, FL
04/21/13 – 2013 Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, FL
04/25/13 – BB Kings in New York City, NY
04/26/13 – Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA
04/27/13 – Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT
04/28/13 – BB Kings in New York City, NY
05/10/13 – Four Winds Casino-Silver Creek Event Center in New Buffalo, MI
05/11/13 – Public Hall at Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, OH
05/25/13 – Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
06/11-12/13 – San Mateo County Fair in San Mateo, CA
06/15/13 – Club 88 @ Cache Creek in Brooks, CA
06/21-23/13 – South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
08/03/13 – Solano County Fair (Concert Arena) in Vallejo, CA
08/18/13 – Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, WA
08/30/13 – Monterey County Fair (Garden Stage) in Monterey, CA
09/13/13 – LA County Fair in Pomona, CA
09/14/13 – Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay in San Diego, CA
10/15/13 – Holland America ms Westerdam Cruise Ship in Puerto Vallarta, MEX
10/25-27/13 – South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV

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Berklee Rock History

Berkleemusic.com, the online school of Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, is launching Rock History, an online course that chronicles the evolution of one of the greatest periods of music. Rock History takes an in-depth look at the highs and lows of rock over the past 60 years; the key heroes and villains, the movers and shakers from the studio and the concert stage, and a behind-the-scenes look at the managers, industry executives, promoters, and cultural trends that shaped it. The course launches tomorrow, April 2nd, 2012.

Berkleemusic has tapped Steve Morse to author and teach Rock History. Morse brings a lifetime of real-world experience to the material. Steve was the senior rock writer at the Boston Globe for over three decades, and has contributed to other top-tier press outlets such as Billboard and Rolling Stone. He has also served on the nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Steve has a rich background in Rock History, having interviewed and developed strong, decades-long ties with dozens of the most important artists and bands in rock, including the Rolling Stones (first seeing them in 1966), U2, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Metallica, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Tom Petty, and many more.

CEO of Berkleemusic.com, Dave Kusek says,

“The new Rock History online course from Berklee is a comprehensive, interactive, and immersive way to experience the most important and interesting time ever in the music industry. Steve Morse has such a wealth of knowledge and insight into what actually happened behind the scenes and the way the course is crafted, it is simply the most unique and exciting way to learn about this incredible time in the history of music. You will not find a better way to learn about and appreciate the classic albums and live shows that were created by the true legends of rock and roll, as the music industry ignited.”

Throughout the course, students will view exclusive, never before seen Berkleemusic video interviews with rock luminaries including: Joe Perry of Aerosmith; Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead; Mike Mills of R.E.M.; Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers; George Clinton of P-Funk; producer Jack Douglas (who has worked with Aerosmith, Patti Smith, and John Lennon); promoter Don Law; Amanda Palmer; Hugo Burnham of Gang of Four; Duke Levine (who has played with the J. Geils Band and Aimee Mann); and English super-session drummer Dave Mattacks. Berkleemusic has also partnered with Wolfgang’s Vault to provide additional rare audio, video, and other forms of historical rock media presented in an educational context for the very first time.

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry concludes,

“I have known Steve Morse for over twenty years. Steve is a musicologist and his love of music makes him a very enthusiastic teacher. Steve has an undying love of music and a proven ability to be one of music’s finest critics and writers.”

Berkleemusic hosted a free live Rock History event in Berkleemusic’s studio Thursday, March 8th: an exclusive conversation between Rock History’s Morse, and Boston DJ, John Laurenti. Laurenti joins Morse in the Pantheon of the Boston music scene. John is a DJ at Boston’s #1 classic rock station in Boston, WZLX is the music director at University of Massachusetts’ radio station, WUMB. Laurenti has also hosted a number of historical music documentaries shown on WGBH in Boston. You can see that converstation, here:

To learn more about the Rock History online course, visit: http://www.berkleemusic.com/rockhistory

Spring Term begins tomorrow, April 2nd, 2012.

This past Tuesday, Steven Tyler was rushed to a hospital in Paraguay where he underwent treatment for a busted lip, cut forehead, and two broken front teeth. Steven has been in South America with Aerosmith on a tour where they have broken house attendance records. Although there has been some speculation that Steven has fallen off the wagon and has started drinking again, he assures everyone that his fall was just a result of dehydration from food poisoning. As Steven says:

“Frankly, I just passed out. I was in the shower and I got nauseous and I started to get sick and I just fell on my face. I just passed out and woke up with the water on.”

The guy is a performer though… Even with his busted lip and broken teeth, he still managed to play the harmonica at following shows.

To check out more about this story, check out this interview on ‘The Today Show‘ with Matt Lauer:

Steven Tyler

Photo from NBC