Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mike Oldfield - New Studio Album Out Soon

As some of you might know, Mike Oldfield finished recording his new studio album at the end of June. So far not a title nor a release date have been provided yet.

What is known already is that the album in question has Lee and ace drummer John “J.R.” Robinson playing the rhythm section and that it was recorded in London and Los Angeles (at the Village Recorders) with the inclusion of a gospel choir. Other musicians on the project are Matt Rollings (keyboards) and Michael Thompson (guitar).

The album, produced by Steve Lipson, should be the next Mike Oldfield release after the recent September 2 reissues of his 1982-83 albums “Five Miles Out” (in CD/DVD, Deluxe and box set formats) and “Crises” (a five CD box set).

Please do check back with us for updates and a relative detailed entry. You may check out Mr. Oldfield’s website for more info, updates, media content and suggestions by clicking the following link:


More info on the actual recording session are available on the French website www.mike-oldfield.net.


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Herb Pedersen’s “Southwest” and “Sandman” Albums On One CD

Several months ago John Delgatto’s Sierra Records had news of a possible upcoming compact disc release of Herb Pedersen’s two Epic Records albums from the mid 1970s, “Southwest” and “Sandman”.

Both albums feature Lee as the main bass player and are now being released for the first time on one CD. According to Sierra Records, Herb Pedersen’s 1976 debut album “Southwest” was released on compact disc both in Europe and in Japan some years ago but was only available for a short time, at a rather high price, and sold out fast. Follow up album “Sandman” had an even more limited release on compact disc (South Korea). This double reissue comes now with new liner notes by Herb Pedersen and was transferred from the original master analog tapes using the latest 32 bit/192hz mastering.

“Southwest” and “Sandman” include guest appearances by Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Lowell George, Johnny Rivers, Larry Carlton, David Lindley, Al Perkins and many more.

Sierra Records is exclusively offering this CD on a pre-release, advance order with payment now at a special price until the official release on October 15, 2013. Special offer is good only until October 1, 2013. To place your order directly at the Sierra Records website you may go to the Sierra Records Mail Order website and select the top left side menu “Fall Sale” under “Fall Special”.

...and you may click on the following link for the Herb Pedersen post

Herb Pedersen

Monday, September 16, 2013

We Write the Songs - Lee Sklar performing at the ASCAP Concert on May 14, 2013 - The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

As you may remember, we announced the participation of Lee to the latest annual ASCAP Concert that was held on May 14 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.. The concert has now become available online, and you just have to click on the player below in order to enjoy it! The artists Lee played bass with on this occasion are Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, Elvin Bishop, Mickey Thomas, Siedah Garrett, Alan Bergman, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jim Weatherly, Charles Strouse, Liz Callaway. Line-up of band is as follows: Lee (bass), Omar Hakim (drums), John Lee Sanders (keyboards, saxophone), Chris Caswell (music director, piano, keyboards), Vaneese Thomas, Jill Dell'Abate, Denise Collins (vocals).

In case you were looking for the video for last year’s concert instead, you may find it available → here. You may learn more about ASCAP’s annual Library of Congress gig at the ASCAP website. Cheerios!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

September 13 to 15, 2013 - Lee Sklar at The Rock’n’Roll Autograph Show in Los Angeles

Lee is one of the musicians participating in The Rock’n’Roll Autograph Show event taking place on September 13-15, 2013 at The Westin Los Angeles Airport, in Los Angeles.

The Rock’n’Roll Autograph Show is a destination event to meet your favorite rock stars in person, combined with contests, giveaways, raffles & unique merchandise. The event is held in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Other confirmed rockers for the show are Artimus Pyle Band – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Barry Bostwick – Rocky Horror Picture Show, Barry Dennen – Jesus Christ Superstar, Bebe Buell, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Billy Hinsche – Dino, Desi & Billy to The Beach Boys, Billy J. Kramer, Black Oak Arkansas, Bo Donaldson – The Heywoods, Bob Burns – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Kulick – Meatloaf & Paul Stanley Band, Carlo Riley – Michael Jackson Tribute Artist, Carmine Appice – Vanilla Fudge, Chris Holmes – W.A.S.P, Chris Sanders – Knight Fury, Chuck Negron – Formerly of Three Dog Night, Dale Bozzio – Missing Persons, Danny Seraphine – Chicago, David Ellefson – Megadeth (Sunday Only), David Shankle – DSG (Formerly of Manowar), Dee Dee Phelps & Deke Detanna – Dick & Dee Dee, Dennis Tufano – The Buckinghams (Sunday Noon – Five Only), Denny Laine, Dick Wagner – Alice Cooper, Donna Loren, Elliot Easton – The Cars, Ex Wives of Rock – Sharise Neil/Bobbie Brown/Athena Kottak, Florence LaRue, Floyd Sneed – Three Dog Night, Gary Lewis – Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Harry Elston – Friends of Distinction, Ike Willis – Frank Zappa, Jean Beauvoir – Plasmatics, Jennifer Batten – Michael Jackson, Jerry Burgan – We Five, Joey Scott & Steffi Scott – Lizzy Borden, John Claude Gummoe – The Cascades, Jon Butcher, Keith Olsen – Engineer/Producer/Musician, London, Lonn Friend – Editor and Chief RIP Magazine, Lou Gramm – Foreigner, Mackenzie Phillips – The New Mamas and The Papas, Mark Farner – Formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, Mark Lindsay – Former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders, Max Wasa, May Pang, Merrilee Rush, Michael Angelo Batio, Micki Free – Shalamar, Neil Turbin – Anthrax, Nick Menza – Megadeth Former Original Drummer (Sunday 1-5), Orleans, Pamela Des Barres, Peter Rivera – Rare Earth, Prescott Niles – The Knack, Raymond Calhoun – The Gap Band, Richie Onori – Sweet, Richie Ramone – The Ramones (Saturday Only), Ron Dante – The Archies, Ron Nevison – Producer Led Zeppelin/The Who/Heart, Ross “the Boss” Friedman, Sal Valentino – The Beau Brummels, Ted Neeley – Jesus Christ Superstar, The Angels – Jiggs, Peggy and Barb, Tim Bogert – Vanilla Fudge, Tommy Tutone, Tony Valentino – The Standells, Trini Lopez, Vinny Martell – Vanilla Fudge, Women of Rock Videos – Cathy St. George, Ava Fabian, Carrie Stevens, Sandra Taylor, Barbara Moore.

Latest update: September 15, 2013

For more details about tickets, calendar, location and participants you may check out the following link:

The Rock’n’Roll Autograph Show

Saturday, September 7, 2013

September 2 to 7, 2013 - Lee Sklar at The Warwick Bass Camp 2013 in Markneukirchen (Germany)

Lee Sklar is one of the musicians participating in The Warwick Bass Camp 2013, taking place September 2 - 7, 2013 at Warwick’s headquarter in Markneukirchen, Saxony (Germany). The event, organized in co-operation with the magazine “Gitarre & Bass”, will host one of the most unique training camps ever to happen in Europe. For four days, about 80 European bassists will be given the opportunity to learn from the best in the business. The Warwick Bass Camp 2013 will include discussions, clinics, lectures and guided factory tours, plus a stay at a comfortable spa hotel. Other participants are:

Victor Wooten
Andy Irvine
John Patitucci
Stuart Hamm
John B. Williams
Jonas Hellborg
Regi Wooten
Steve Bailey
Hellmut Hattler
Wolfgang Schmid
Alphonso Johnson
Günther Gebauer
Antonella Mazza
Dick Lövgren
Victor Brandt
Ove Bosch

Event is sold out but you may check out the following link at basscamp.gitarrebass.de
for more info on how to be included in the waiting list. Cheers!