Odds & Ends: Paul McCartney, Seether & Red Hot Chili Peppers

Paul Weller records Beatles song in honor Paul of McCartney’s 70th birthday, Seether partners with DiscLive, and Red Hot Chili Peppers to release unreleased tracks from the band’s latest album.

Take Seether Home With You

Seether’s upcoming “Triple Threat Tour” with Sick Puppies and Kyng launches in mid-September in Boston and keeps on going for a month with a routing that includes stops in Baltimore, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Detroit.

And the DiscLive Network will appear on every date, doing what the company does best – recording and mixing Seether’s set each evening so that fans can purchase audio mementos of their nights rocking-out with the alt-metal band.

The end result will be individually numbered CDs made available after each gig. For many shows, fans can pre-purchase the CDs when they buy their tickets.

This isn’t the first time DiscLive has worked with Seether. The company and the band joined forces to record two shows in 2011.

“It’s a great pleasure to work with Seether again,” DiscLive Network president Zach Bair said. “This is a fantastic live band, and the enthusiasm of the fans for this type of product is off the chain. We have been working with Wind-Up Records and Vector Management to create the perfect Seether souvenir, and by partnering with the ticketing companies, we are making sure every fan who attends the shows has the opportunity to purchase a CD set before they are sold out.”

For more information, click here for Seether’s website and here for DiscLive Network’s online HQ.

Photo: John Davisson
Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla.

Red Hot Sides

Fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers have a lot to look forward to this year. Of course, there are all those upcoming dates on the band’s touring schedule, showing RHCP on the road through November.

Now the band is giving fans a little ear candy in the form of 18 previously unreleased sides recorded during the sessions for the group’s latest album, I’m With You.

Don’t expect the songs to be released all at once. Spread out between now and early 2013, the release of the unreleased tracks begins Aug. 14 with a pairing of A-sided “Strange Man” with “Long Progression” on the B-side.

Other releases include “Magpies” with “Victorian Machinery” Sept. 11; and “Never is A Long Time” with “Love Of Your Life” Oct. 2.

While the band hasn’t decided what it will release in December, it has come up with a release date – Dec. 4. Two final releases, also undecided, will be released in early 2013.

All sides will be made available on seven-inch vinyl as well as digitally. Buy all nine vinyl releases and you’ll be able to combine them to form one gigantic RHCP piece of art.

“Finding songs that seem to want to join hands with others is a special task that requires the right people… and the right songs!” Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer said in a statement. “Some songs seem to have a lot more of an agenda than others. Some songs play well with others and some songs need more attention and a little extra care. Here are some songs that seemed to want to pair up and take a later train. Keep your eye on them, they’re up to something …”

Photo: Andy Argyrakis / ConcertLivewire.com
Allstate Arena, Chicago, Ill.

Macca At 70

While you’re scurrying around looking for a last-minute birthday gift for Paul McCartney, you’ll probably be heartbroken to know that no matter what you buy, you’re probably not going to top Paul Weller’s gift.

The former Beatle turns 70 today. To celebrate the milestone, Weller recorded a special rendition of The Beatles’ “Birthday,” which originally appeared on the group’s 1968 double album, The Beatles, commonly referred to as The White Album.

“I wanted to do something for Paul’s 70th, the man’s been, and still is, an immense and enduring inspiration for me,” Weller said. “It was him and his three friends that made me want to pick up a guitar in the first place. I saw him play live recently and he inspired me just as much as ever, he was brilliant. I just hope he likes our little version, a token of my and the band’s love for him and his music. Rock on Macca.”

Photo: AP Photo / PA
O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK

But if you want Weller’s rendition of The Beatles’ classic, you’ll have to act fast. The song is only available for purchase today with all proceeds going to the War Child charity. Grab your credit card and click here.