Highway 81 Revisited

Highway 81 Revisited is a blog based in New York City. Highway 81 Revisited covers pop music news of interest to our readers and partners with venues, promoters and other music industry professionals to help present and sponsor events and contests in Northeastern Pennsylvania (where the site was founded), Lehigh Valley/The Poconos, Philadelphia NYC and beyond. Founded in 2011, the independently owned and operated blog has featured exclusive interviews with everyone from Yoko Ono, Guided By Voices and Alice Cooper to Robert Hunter, Grace Potter and the Allman Brothers Band. We also routinely exclusively premiere new tracks and music videos. Contact: [email protected] Twitter.com/Highway81Rvstd Instagram.com/Highway81rvstd New York, NY (E-mail us for mailing address)

06/18/2020
Classic venues that launched music legends may vanish thanks to COVID-19

Classic venues that launched music legends may vanish thanks to COVID-19

The music industry has all but given up hosting music festivals this summer, and there are no big tours filling stadiums. The bands who headline these events usually cut their teeth in small live clubs, but most of those stages, according to a recent survey, are in danger of never reopening. Lee Cow...

This sucks.
06/16/2020

This sucks.

Live from Here has always been about bringing people together.

It has been a joy to connect with you in person, on the radio, and online. However, as gatherings have become increasingly complicated, we are sad to announce that we will no longer be producing Live from Here. This past week’s broadcast was our final new show. COVID-19 has deeply impacted live events, from Broadway to concerts. With that uncertainty, we simply cannot continue to make the show we want to make and host Live from Here the way it was intended.

We are happy to say that we are going out on top – the show has never been better, thanks to the irrepressible genius of Chris Thile, our spectacular house band, the guest artists who have graced our stage in person and virtually, and the team making it all work behind the scenes. We have loved every minute of bringing you along for our shared moments of discovery, entertainment, creativity, and surprise. We thank you all with all our hearts for coming together with us.

Report: Long Island's Nassau Coliseum to Shut Down
06/16/2020
Report: Long Island's Nassau Coliseum to Shut Down

Report: Long Island's Nassau Coliseum to Shut Down

Image via the NYCBLive website. According to a Bloomberg report, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov's Onexim Sports and Entertainment, which operates Long

06/15/2020
Wait a While Episode 10 with engineer Kevin Dean

Kevin Dean, an engineer at Jim Scott's PLYRZ STUDIOS, has worked with everyone from Hanson to Rancid. Great talk about his approach to recording, helping artists acheive their vision and knowing when to stay out of the way.

INTERVIEW: In 1980, a band from Pittsburgh, Iron City Houserockers, got in a studio with Stevie Van Zandt, Ian Hunter an...
06/11/2020
SPRINGSTEEN-APPROVED IRON CITY HOUSEROCKERS CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF 'HAVE A GOOD TIME (BUT GET OUT ALIVE)' - Highway 81 Revisited

INTERVIEW: In 1980, a band from Pittsburgh, Iron City Houserockers, got in a studio with Stevie Van Zandt, Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson to make an album of anthemic bar rock. It turns 40 this year with a deluxe edition. Frontman Joe Grushecky looks back.

In October of 1980, Bruce Springsteen released his album "The River." A few months later, The Clash came out with the sprawling "Sandanista!" and Elvi...

06/10/2020
Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Inquirer

West Philly musicians, Pat Finnerty & the Full Band, performed a social distanced concert to support Black Lives Matter.

INTERVIEW: Danielia Cotton grew up multiracial in a white town and has the sad stories that go along with it. Now, she's...
06/05/2020
DANIELIA COTTON STARES DOWN RACISM ON 'A DIFFERENT WAR' - Highway 81 Revisited

INTERVIEW: Danielia Cotton grew up multiracial in a white town and has the sad stories that go along with it. Now, she's raising difficult questions on her new album, "A Different War."

“Your color opens doors, mine’s fightin’ a different war/ Don’t you believe we all deserve the same view?”Danielia Cotton poses the question in th...

06/04/2020
Tool

Impacted dates include the show at Mohegan Sun Arena PA that was originally scheduled for May 1.

“As so many music lovers have come to realize over the last several weeks, there is no playbook that artists, promoters and venues can pull from in these unprecedented times.

When we played what would be our final show of 2020, March 11 at Portland’s Moda Center, we believed we would be back on the road sometime this Fall. As we worked towards that goal we’ve come to realize that there is absolutely no certainty in re-scheduling dates for this Fall or 2021. State and local ordinances vary widely and no one can predict when high capacity events will safely return.

At the same time that we were working to reschedule this tour, we read your messages. Messages of job losses, illness, emotional and financial pain. We could continue to postpone or reschedule dates for some time into 2021 but ethically, we do not think this is the right course of action. In our opinion, tying up our fans’ money for months, if not a full year, is unfair. With that in mind, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the tour so we can help support the people who have supported us for years.

Please know, we want nothing more than to return to the road, to play these songs for you and to celebrate our shared recovery. When the time is right, we will do just that.

In the coming days you will receive an email from the ticketing service you purchased tickets through notifying you of the event cancellation and when to expect your refund.” - TOOL

Impacted dates:

March 12 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Center
March 14 Boise, ID Ford Idaho Center Arena
March 16 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
April 16 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
April 17 Orlando, FL Amway Center
April 19 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
April 21 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
April 22 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
April 24 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena
April 25 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
April 28 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
April 29 Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre
May 1 Wilkes Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena
May 2 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Centre
May 4 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
May 5 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
May 29 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
May 31 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
June 2 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
June 4 Winnipeg, MB Bell MTS Place
June 6 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
June 7 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center
June 9 Madison, WI Kohl Center
June 10 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
June 13 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
June 16 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
June 17 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Center
June 19 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena
June 22 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
June 23 San Francisco, CA Chase Center

Run The Jewels have decided to release their album today.
06/03/2020

Run The Jewels have decided to release their album today.

Run The Jewels 4 is out now - FREE on our website and avail everywhere you listen to music.

4️⃣: https://lnk.to/getRTJ4

Misfits
06/02/2020

Misfits

R.I.P. Joey Image, March 5, 1957 - June 1, 2020. Misfits drummer late 1978 - 1979. Appears on the Misfits’ classic “Horror Business” & “Night of the Living Dead” 7-inches. Seen here on drums (at right) with the Misfits live at Irving Plaza on Halloween night 1979 in NYC. Jerry Only seen at left. #themisfits #misfits #jerryonly #horrorbusiness #ripjoeyimage

06/01/2020
Wait a While Episode 8 with Bret Alexander

Bret Alexander joins us to preview his Live From Home performance. The founding member of The Badlees and producer of artists such as Breaking Benjamin chats about sharing stages and stories with Gregg Allman and Levon Helm as well as how modern rock/active rock became so dominant in NEPA in the early and mid 2000s -- and his role in that movement.

"The one time I feel like nothing can touch me or bother me is on stage.” NEPA's Jay Luke talks to us about his new sing...
05/29/2020
JAY LUKE LAMENTS THE TYRANNY OF TECHNOLOGY ON NEW SINGLE - Highway 81 Revisited

"The one time I feel like nothing can touch me or bother me is on stage.”

NEPA's Jay Luke talks to us about his new single "Trapped In Your Cell," reaching new listeners overseas and his desire to get back in the studio and on stage.

Scranton-area hard rock musician Jay Luke finds himself in a rather ironic position. The very thing he's railing against in his new single -- social m...

TBT: Our in-depth chat with prog rock drumming legend Carl Palmer on the formation of ELP, the suicide of Keith Emerson ...
05/28/2020
CARL PALMER PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE LEGACY OF KEITH EMERSON AND ELP - Highway 81 Revisited

TBT: Our in-depth chat with prog rock drumming legend Carl Palmer on the formation of ELP, the suicide of Keith Emerson and why he, Steve Howe and John Wetton started Asia in the 1980s.

When Carl Palmer was plotting his current tour, which kicks off tonight in New York City, it was not intended as a tribute to keyboardist Keith Emerso...

05/25/2020
Wait a While Episode 7 with Dennis McNally

Dennis McNally, the long-time publicist for the Grateful Dead and author of the New York Times best-seller "A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead" talks about an iconic singer-songwriter who wanted to join the band, Jerry Garcia's approach to interviews and how the Dead operated (mostly) outside of the corporate machinery of the music business.

UPDATED LIVESTREAMS: The Rolling Stones, DelFest + Pink Floyd's revolving playlist
05/23/2020
QUARANTINE LIVESTREAMS: BOB WEIR, PICKATHON, THE NATIONAL

UPDATED LIVESTREAMS: The Rolling Stones, DelFest + Pink Floyd's revolving playlist

Updated: 1:30 p.m., 5/23/20With most of us cooped up due to restrictions across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, our concert calendars...

Penn's Peak
05/22/2020

Penn's Peak

Hi Everyone! Here is the updated list of event changes. Thank you!

Some additional news on the rescheduled Briggs Farm Blues Festival, as well as a link to our past coverage of one of our...
05/21/2020
BRIGGS FARM BLUES FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2021 DATES - Highway 81 Revisited

Some additional news on the rescheduled Briggs Farm Blues Festival, as well as a link to our past coverage of one of our favorite weekends of the year.

Briggs Farm Blues Festival has been rescheduled to July 8, 9 and 10, 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic. While the 2020 weekend has been wiped out,...

05/18/2020
Wait a While Episode 6 with Jim Scott

Grammy-winning engineer/producer Jim Scott (Johnny Cash, Rick Rubin, Wilco, Tom Petty, Slayer) joins us for a conversation about his recording philosophy and his new projects.

INTERVIEW: Chatting with Earshot's Wil Martin and Aaron Fink about the band's new single and the transition between the ...
05/15/2020
EARSHOT, WITH AARON FINK, IS BACK WITH 'UNINVITED' - Highway 81 Revisited

INTERVIEW: Chatting with Earshot's Wil Martin and Aaron Fink about the band's new single and the transition between the glory days of major labels to working independently.

Recording remotely is standard operating procedure for bands during the coronavirus lockdown, but Earshot was ahead of the curve. With members spread ...

Attention, Jason Isbell fans.
05/12/2020

Attention, Jason Isbell fans.

Nashville, join us this Friday night for An Acoustic Evening with Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, celebrating the release of Reunions, performing LIVE from our stage at 7PM CT!

As the very first performance at our venue, we can’t wait to give Jason and Amanda a very warm welcome. And, we can’t wait to share a bit of the Bowl’s magic with you through this livestream.

This stream is FREE with a suggested donation to support Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit’s crew and the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. RSVP now at FANS.COM!

See you soon, y’all.

05/12/2020
Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

To all our fans,

In the interest of public health and safety and after many attempts to try and reschedule these shows for a workable timeframe this year, it is with deep regret that we announce the US Bob Dylan shows originally scheduled for June/July are cancelled. We hope to be back out on the road at the earliest possible time once we are confident that it is safe for both fans and concert staff.

Please contact your point of purchase for all information on refunds.

05/11/2020
Wait a While Episode 5 with Carl Canedy

Heavy metal drummer and producer Carl Canedy chats about the new Canedy album, The Rods Fan Page, producing Anthrax and his long-time association with Ronnie James Dio.

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Highway 81 Revisited is an independent music blog based in New York City. Founded in Northeastern Pennsylvania, in addition to the NYC market, the blog covers artists from and playing in NEPA, Philadelphia, the Poconos and Lehigh Valley.

Our interviews have featured everyone from Yoko Ono and Alice Cooper to Tigers Jaw and Gomez, running the gamut from indie rock and Americana to heavy metal.

In 2020 we launched “Wait a While,” a weekly video interview series in partnership with NEPA all-ages venue Karl Hall.

Our staff of music-loving writers and photographers work on a volunteer basis.

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