Billboard Bits: Rory Gallagher, Sopranos, Vision Fest
News on Rory Gallagher, Sopranos, Vision FestMembers of U2, Oasis, the Corrs, and many others are expected to be part of a stellar turnout in Northwest London this evening for the screening of "Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour 74." The remastered film of the late and much-loved Irish guitar hero is being shown at the Tricycle Theatre as part of the third Irish Film Festival. It will be preceded by a 10-minute introduction by its producer, Tony Palmer, whose other credits include the film of Cream's farewell concert in 1968.
Also due to be in attendance are such fellow famous axemen as Jimmy Page, Johnny Marr of the Smiths/Electronic, Brian May of Queen, James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers, and Jeff Beck. An aftershow party will have a display of some of Gallagher's collection of Fender Stratocaster guitars as well as a presentation of a double platinum disc, accepted by his brother Donal, for sales of 600,000 units of the live album "Rory Gallagher: Live Tour 74."
-- Paul Sexton, London
Actor Dominic Chianese -- best known these days as Uncle Junior, the aging patriarch of HBO crime family "The Sopranos" -- will on June 5 release a collection of music dubbed "Hits" via Madacy Label Group's Suite 102 imprint.
Produced by Dub Cornett (Lucinda Williams, Guy Clarke), the 13-track album will include traditional Italian songs such as "State Vicino a Me" ("Stay Close to Me") and "Santa Lucia," as well versions of "Ramona," "Amazing Grace," and "Shady Grove." Also included are three Chianese originals -- "A Typical New Yorker," "Love is Real," and "True Love Still on My Mind."
"I thought about pursuing a career in music after seeing the girls go crazy at a Frank Sinatra concert, but I didn't think my father would approve," Chianese says. "I'm thrilled to finally be able to record some of the songs that have meant so much to me."
New York's sixth annual Vision Festival will present 10 days of avant jazz May 24-June 2 at one of the city's most revered performance spaces, the Knitting Factory, and conclude with a three-day program June 6-8 at the Orensanz Art Center. More than 300 artists will perform during the festival, which will include music, dance, and poetry, as well as programs on social justice.
Tenor saxophonist David S. Ware, the Matthew Shipp Quartet with Leo Wadada Smith, Billy Bang's new VisionStrings, and others highlight the festival, which is presented by the Arts for Art organization. A special Memorial Day (May 28) tribute to late saxophonist Frank Wright will also be staged.
The festival will debut the Vision Film Series June 2-3 at New York's Anthology Film Archives, while the June 6-8 finale will incorporate artists outside of the jazz world. Among those taking part will be Yo La Tengo with the Downtown Horns, Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power), and turntablist crew the X-ecutioners.
For more information on the Vision Festival, visit the event's official Web site.