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K. Flay – an edgy, lively performace

Salt Lake City, UT – May 6, 2018 – As a music and tour photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah, I’ve seen a lot of really cool performances.  K. Flay however, has been on my bucket list for quite some time.

They took the stage right at 9:15 as scheduled to a sold out crowd at The Complex.  Kristine, who sprung into the music world accidentally in the bay area while attending college at Stanford, is a lyrical genius.  She’s real, and her lyrics aren’t afraid to talk about the darkness this life can bring along with the bright spots along the way.  She doesn’t sugar coat her view of the world and it’s so refreshing.

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The bands quick beats are electric, mixing a bit of hip hop with rock and pop.   She has a very unique voice that is edgy as hell, yet beautiful.  And did I mention she can rhyme with the best?

One thing I loved about the show was the stage and lights.  It’s a crowd pleaser and it’s easy to love her performance.  She connects with the crowd and has amazing stage presence.  She typcially dresses all in black with killer boots to, well, boot.  She owns the stage.  Back and forth, hair whips, jumping and rocking out!  She also shows emotion with her music falling to her knees at the front of the stage during more dramatic moments giving the front row a glimpse into the raw expressions on her face.

A few of my favorite songs on the set list were “High Enough“, and “Dreamers“.  I’ve linked them to Spotify for your listening pleasure.

All in all, I was impressed and frankly, can’t wait to see her live again.

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Photo Credit: Eric Saunders Photography

Eric Saunders is a music and tour photographer & Photojournalist based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert – Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event Out Now

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert – Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event Out Now on 2-CD Set

Live Concert DVD Out June 15 Available Now for Preorder

“Great musical performed by phenomenal voices” – Hollywood Reporter

“With an all-star cast and awe-inspiring production, practically every moment of the two-hour broadcast was a highlight.”- Billboard.com

Sony Masterworks Broadway is excited to release the 2-CD set of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert – Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event, featuring lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. In addition, the Live Concert DVD is set for release on June 15 and is available now for preorder. Drawing over 10 million viewers, NBC’s highly anticipated special event “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” received rave reviews for its production, calling it “genuinely thrilling” (The New York Times), “truly transcendent” (Hollywood Reporter) and “the best live TV musical yet” (The Daily Beast). he all-star cast features Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony and 10-time Grammy winner John Legend (Jesus Christ), 2018 Tony Awards co-host, Broadway star and acclaimed recording artist Sara Bareilles (Mary Magdalene), rock icon Alice Cooper (King Herod) and Tony Award-winning producer and “Hamilton” alum Brandon Victor Dixon (Judas). The stellar cast also includes Tony nominee Ben Daniels (Pontius Pilate), Tony nominee Norm Lewis (Caiaphas), Broadway veteran Jason Tam (Peter), “M. Butterfly” star Jin Ha (Annas) and Swedish rock star Erik Gronwall (Simon Zealotes).

The production will be helmed by esteemed British theatre director David Leveaux. Rounding out the full, award-winning creative team is Emmy Award-winning live television director and executive producer Alex Rudzinski (“Hairspray Live!,” “Dancing With the Stars”), Emmy- and Tony Award-winning costumer designer Paul Tazewell (“The Wiz Live!,” “Hamilton”), Grammy Award-winning music producer Harvey Mason Jr. (“The Wiz Live!”), musical director Nigel Wright (“Jesus Christ Superstar” world arena tour), production designer Jason Ardizzone-West (“Adele Live in NYC”) and choreographer Camille A. Brown (“Once on This Island”).

“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” a staged version of the original rock musical, will be executive produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, John Legend, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius and Alex Rudzinski.

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” album hit #1 on the Billboard charts and made its way to the stage in 1971. It is based on the final week of Jesus’ life. The 1971 musical opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway and starred Jeff Fenholt as Jesus and Ben Vereen as Judas. It was nominated for five Tonys, including Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for Vereen. Lloyd Webber won a Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Composer.

Since then, the musical has been considered a classic and has become a staple of theatre and music organizations throughout the world. It has been performed in nearly 20 countries and translated into 18 different languages. There have been many revivals of “Jesus Christ Superstar” over the 46 years since its debut, including 2000 and 2012 Broadway versions that each earned a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Musical. The 1973 film was directed by Oscar winner Norman Jewison and starred Ted Neeley.

“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” will be produced by Universal Television, Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Really Useful Group, Marc Platt Productions and Zadan/Meron Productions.

“DISNEY JUNIOR DANCE PARTY TOUR” COMING TO ATLANTA’S FOX THEATRE ON MARCH 24

ATLANTA – The high-energy “Disney Junior Dance Party Tour” will bring its national tour to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m. Inspired by favorite Disney Junior series, the interactive concert tour includes songs from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, The Lion Guard, as well as newest hit series Vampirina and Puppy Dog Pals. The live concert will also include a brand-new interactive experience featuring Disney Junior’s highly-
anticipated series, Muppet Babies, launching in early 2018.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. Tickets range from $32.50-$52.50, plus applicable fees, and will be available at FoxTheatre.org, by calling (855) 285-8499 or at the Fox Theatre Box Office.

Disney Visa Cardmember presale tickets, as well as VIP meet-and-greet packages, will be available starting Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 12 p.m. EST, with Disney Junior Facebook pre-sales starting Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. EST. Parents can go to disney.com/disneyjuniortour to get more information.

VIP package offers include an after-party and meet-and-greets following each performance. Kids and families will also have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast with characters including Mickey, Sofia and Doc on weekend show days. Performances during the week will include a special VIP offering, an afternoon tea featuring appearances by Princess Elena, Princess Sofia and Minnie Mouse.

Join hosts, Dee and Jay, and the DJ Dance squad as they welcome Mickey, Minnie and other Disney Junior characters on-stage to perform popular songs including “Hot Dog Dance” from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, “Time For Your Check Up” from Doc McStuffins, “Zuka Zama” from The Lion Guard and “Happy Helpers” from Mickey and the Roadster Racers. It’s going to be a dance party you won’t want to miss!

“We are delighted to collaborate with Red Light Management to bring some of Disney Junior’s biggest hit series to the stage for kids and families nationwide to enjoy in a truly immersive concert experience, said Jennifer Rogers-Doyle, Vice President, Franchise Management, Disney Channels Worldwide.

The tour will make stops at marquis venues including Rosemont Theatre (Chicago), The Fox Theatre (Atlanta) and The Grand Ole Opry (Nashville).

“The ‘Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour’ is going to be the premiere family concert event of the year and for many years to come. The production is absolutely stunning and working alongside Disney and Amy Tinkham to create this show has been an incredible experience and an honor,” says executive tour producer Jonathan Shank. “Parents and children are going to truly love this show. There are new songs, greatest hits and some mashups, which are really fun!”

Follow “Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour” here:
Website: DisneyJuniorTour.com
Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyJuniorTour
Twitter: twitter.com/DisneyJunior
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Tom Petty’s Cause of Death: Accidental Overdose

Written By | Kory Grow

Singer had been taking several pain medications, including Fentanyl and oxycodone, to treat fractured hip and other issues

After months of speculation, a medical examiner has ruled that Tom Petty died of an accidental overdose, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner. The Hall of Fame musician had taken several pain medications, including Fentanyl, oxycodone and generic Xanax. Other medications included generic Restoril (a sleep aid) and generic Celexa (which treats depression).

 

The coroner’s office listed Petty’s official cause of death as “multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity,” noting the singer suffered from coronary artery atherosclerosis and emphysema.

Petty had been prescribed the drugs to treat emphysema, knee issues and a fractured hip, his family said in a statement accompanying the results. Petty’s coronary artery disease had been a persistent problem throughout his final tour.

“Despite this painful injury, he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury,” Petty’s wife Dana and daughter Adria wrote in the statement. “On the day he died, he was informed his hip had graduated to a full-on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his overuse of medication.”

Petty was found unconscious and not breathing at his Malibu home on October 2nd. He was rushed to a hospital where he was placed on life support. Although he had a pulse, doctors found no brain activity when he arrived and the decision was made to pull life support. He died hours later.

The singer had recently completed a 40th anniversary tour with his band, the Heartbreakers. It was intended to be his “last trip around the country,” though he told Rolling Stone he wasn’t going to stop playing. “I need something to do, or I tend to be a nuisance around the house,” he said.

 

Petty said he’d experimented with cocaine over the years (“[It] was never a good look,” he told Men’s Journal) and drinking (“I didn’t like the taste or the buzz,” he said). But it was in the late Nineties, when he was in his late 40s and two decades after he’d become a superstar, that he developed an addiction to heroin after a bitter divorce from his first wife. “Tried to go cold turkey, and that wouldn’t work,” he said in author Warren Zanes’ book Petty: The Biography. “It’s an ugly fucking thing.” He sought out treatment for his addiction and remarried in 2001.

“Using heroin went against my grain,” Petty said in the book. “I didn’t want to be enslaved to anything. So I was always trying to figure out how to do less, and then that wouldn’t work. Tried to go cold turkey, and that wouldn’t work. It’s an ugly fucking thing.”

Since his death, several artists have paid tribute to Petty onstage. Country artist Jason Aldean dedicated some of his time as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live to sing “I Won’t Back Down.” Bob Dylan performed Petty’s “Learning to Fly” at a concert in Broomfield, Colorado. And Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris and others sang “Refugee” at a benefit show in Seattle. Petty’s Greatest Hits album subsequently made it to the Number Two spot on the Billboard chart after his death.

He was laid to rest on October 16th at a private service in Pacific Palisades, California.

Petty’s family said they hope the musician’s death leads to a broader understanding of the opioid crisis. “As a family, we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives,” they wrote. “Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.”

Full Statement from Dana and Adria Petty

Our family sat together this morning with the medical examiner – coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.

Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip.

Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury.

On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication.

We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident.

As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.

On a positive note we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40 plus year career. He was extremely proud of that achievement in the days before he passed.

We continue to mourn with you and marvel at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers incredible positive impact on music and the world. And we thank you all for your love and support over the last months.

Thank you also for respecting the memory of a man who was truly great during his time on this planet both publicly and privately.

We would be grateful if you could respect the privacy of the entire Heartbreaker family during this difficult time.

Dana Petty and Adria Petty