The Hooters are poised to dominate the summer 2009 live-music scene with the release of their first internationally available double-live CD. Both Sides Live will be available for sale in the US on July 21st, 2009 with distribution by Megaforce. Internationally, the CD will be released this week.
Since last years critically acclaimed release, Time Stands Still, demand for more music from this well loved band remains high. This new collection, Both Sides Live, creatively combined the demand for a new release, the penchant to hear some of the old songs and the fans enthusiastic appetite for high-end live recordings both acoustic and electric. Both Sides Live offers inspired live performances of The Hooters best known songs including break-through tracks, ‘And We Danced’, ‘The Boys of Summer’, ‘All You Zombies’ and ‘I’m Alive.’
“Recording these shows was a labor of love, as they say,” comments Eric Bazilian, “We loved doing both sets, showcasing all of the many layers of the Hooters and really, both experiences were so different. The acoustic set was such an intimate experience with the fans, very emotional and the electric set was just so much fun. I think fans are going to love both CDs played right next to each other!”
“Our friend, violinist Ann Marie Calhoun, came down to play with us and it just added another dimension to what we were trying to accomplish with the shows. The Hooters have always been about great songwriting, great live performances and lots of surprises and Both Sides Live delivers on all fronts.” Adds Rob Hyman.
Produced by Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman, with technical assistance from Rick Chertoff and Paul Hammond, Both Sides Live showcases the band’s heart-of-a-nation charisma and is a side-by-side presentation of The Hooters live onstage, and live in an intimate studio setting. The release of Both Sides Live will see the band take hold of old and new fans alike.
Upon opening the CD, fans will be happy to see the two discs sitting side by side:
Disc One, ‘The Electric Factory’ captures the joyful energy of the band’s two sold-out shows, at Philadelphia’s legendary Electric Factory. Introduced to the crowd by Philly’s own beloved DJ, WMMR’s Pierre Robert, as ‘musical treasures’ and ‘roving ambassadors’, the band treats the crowd to high-energy sets of its best-known songs.
Disc Two, ‘The Secret Sessions (Acoustic)’ captures a moment in time, the band gathered in the studio to record an intimate acoustic concert, as an overview of their music, for a few close friends and associates. Michael Tearson of Sirius Radio describes the feeling of this special live studio performance as ‘warm, exhilarating and downright excellent’.
Both Sides Live boasts the dense, musically adventurous sound that has made The Hooters a staple of the east-coast rock scene. The Hooters create a style of music that can withstand the passage of time and maintains its relevancy through the sheer simplicity of superior craftsmanship.
With the emphasis on the juxtaposition of the live vs. the acoustic, Both Sides Live is a nostalgic shot through the heart. Iconic tracks such as ‘And We Danced’, and ‘The Boys of Summer’ are spirited pop excursions, and the musical gem ‘‘All You Zombies’ brings listeners back to the summer of 1985 when the band first performed the song for thousands of fans at the historic Philadelphia LIVE AID Concert.
The release of Both Sides Live will lay the groundwork for a string of tour dates, both in the US and across parts of Europe. The Hooters On Tour will include the sixth annual open-air concert at Heide-Park in Soltau, Germany on September 5th, 2009. Additional US tour markets will be announced soon.
About The Hooters:
Origin of a name: The distinctive sound that plays throughout is the Melodica, a combination keyboard/harmonica instrument the band called a "Hooter".
As Both Sides Live is poised to be released, The Hooters can celebrate a rich musical history:
The Hooters released five studio albums between 1983 and 1993, a live album in 1994, and retrospective collections in 1996 and 2001. In addition, numerous other collections of live recordings and bootlegs were released in the U.S. and Europe. Their first studio album in 14 years ‘Time Stand Still’ was released in 2008 to critical and popular acclaim. Both Sides Live is set for a July 21, 2009 US release date.
Bursting onto the Philadelphia music scene, The Hooters can lay claim to a deep and varied musical career including a string of hits, legions of fans, countless high-profile live performances and a list of songwriting collaborations that reads like a who’s-who of rock royalty.
Rolling Stone magazine has recognized the Hooters as the "Best New Band of the Year" 1985, and David Fricke said, "The Hooters have made airwave magic with unconventional ingredients".
In addition to their work with The Hooters, founding members Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian have written and produced songs for many artists, including Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, Ricky Martin, Dar Williams and Jon Bon Jovi to name a few.
Rob Hyman and Cyndi Lauper co-wrote her hit song "Time After Time" which received the 1984 Grammy nomination for Song Of the Year. Eric Bazilian’s masterfully penned "One Of Us", written specifically for Joan Osborne, received the 1996 Grammy nomination for Song Of the Year. In the year 2000, the Hooters were honored to have Ricky Martin cover the English version of "Private Emotion" on his Grammy nominated debut CD.
The Hooters Are:
Eric Bazilian: Lead Vocals, Guitars, Mandolins, Recorder, Harmonica, Banjo
Rob Hyman: Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Accordian, Melodica, MC
John Lilley: Guitars, Mandolin, Dobro
Fran Smith, Jr.: Bass, Backing Vocals
Dave Uosikkinen: Drums, Percussion
Guest Artist on Secret Sessions: Anne Marie Calhoun: Violin, Backing Vocals