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Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters have a new album to play at the Red Rock Resort

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Rob Fenn The Boxmasters take the stage at the Rocks Lounge on July 13

. There are pros and cons to having a motion picture star as frontman of your rock and roll band. Having a built-in fan base that will purchase records and show tickets definitely assists, however it might take longer to construct a following of devoted followers dedicated to the music.

Back on the plus side, there will constantly be fascinating items to sign.

” We’ll be out there aiming to promote our record and there will be a bunch of people with ‘Sling Blade’ posters,” states Billy Bob Thornton, who won an Academy Award for composing for that 1997 movie and is also the founder and leader of The Boxmasters. “However the weirdest thing I ever signed was when this woman came up to me holding a garbage bag and said her daddy was a huge fan of mine and she had something that a lot of individuals had actually signed, and she began naming off different individuals like Johnny Cash and a bunch of others. I stated, ‘Yeah, sure,’ and she pulled his artificial leg out of the bag. It was a little odd. But I enjoyed to do it. You do not see that coming around extremely often.”

The Boxmasters, returning to Las Vegas this week to carry out for the very first time at the Rocks Lounge at Summerlin’s Red Rock Resort Friday night, have been around for more than a years and released 7 albums of 1960s-influenced, bluesy and twangy rock. The band has been at it long enough to make that committed following beyond Thornton’s popularity, and he’s grateful. “All that other stuff has actually fallen by the wayside as the years go one. You keep beating them up and after a while there’s submission,” he says with a laugh. “We truly love our fans and we have actually had some really crazy fans, in an excellent way.”

The band is presently exploring behind new album “In Stereo,” which Thornton calls the group’s most different-sounding product so far. “In terms of sounds, this record covers anything from the late ’60s to the early ’70s,” he states. “We are influenced by The Beatles and The Byrds and Buffalo Springfield and Big Star, and people like that are reviewed this record. It’s nearly like a journey that way, however it begins with the later things and as the record goes on, the additional back it goes in regards to those sounds.”

The Boxmasters’ co-founder and guitar player J.D. Andrew states the procedure of putting together the album was a bit more experimental this time around. “This one is a little various sonically. We utilized two horn players, trumpet and sax, which we have actually never done prior to. We have a song called “Tahiuk” that we composed specifically to sound like Traffic, a band that Billy likes. He took me down the journey for that one and it brought out a bit of a free jazz noise. That’s different from anything we have actually done on any records due to the fact that it’s been drums, bass, guitar. It’s enjoyable to attempt other things however at the same time, it’s still us, it simply lets us extend a little occasionally.”

The Boxmasters tape-recording schedule has the tendency to flex around Thornton’s acting roles. Recently he’s been focused on the Amazon series “Goliath,” which released its second season earlier this summer season.

” The fantastic thing about ‘Goliath’ is it shoots primarily here [in Texas] where we live,” Andrew says. “Most of the time he’s shooting a mile or two from where I live. There have actually been times when I will evacuate the devices and take it down to his trailer, established and mess around with things in between shots. Or it’s a weekend occasionally where we’ll face the studio and cut 3 or four tunes. Recording and writing is what we like to do, however you don’t get that sensation of shared admiration when you’re simply in the studio. You have to get those songs out in front of people and get feedback immediately.”

The band has done that in Las Vegas many times, most just recently playing 2 nights at Smith Center for the Performing Arts last spring. Both Thornton and Andrew enjoyed the downtown place. “That place seems like Vegas. It’s a lovely space,” Thornton states. “I ‘d enjoy to shoot a show film because location because it has such an excellent want to it and sounds really good.”

Those gigs had the Boxmasters believing they ‘d like to come back to Vegas to play a series of shows, possibly even a mini-residency.

” Our show is a rock and roll show however extremely elegant,” Andrew states. “Billy informs the audience a couple of stories and discuss exactly what are tunes about and truly engages the audience. It’s not simply sitting there and paying attention to some tunes. However we’re not kids anymore so we’re not going to be jumping up and down all night.”

” Right, we’re not going to get decreased from the ceiling,” Thornton states with another laugh.

Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters perform at 8 p.m. July 13 at the Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort (11011 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-797-7777) and more details can be discovered at stationcasinoslive.com.

‘Baz’ star Ian Ward makes plans to launch his first album

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Catch Ian Ward in” Baz “at Palazzo and quickly on other phases throughout the city.

Chicago goes into its renowned 1970 album for Venetian programs

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=” Image”/ > Courtesy Image Chicago takes the stage at the Venetian Theatre for a series shows this month.

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Chicago is back in Las Vegas for an extended run of concerts and couldn’t be happier about it. Songwriter, keyboard gamer and singer Robert Lamm told me the band has been so ecstatic about its mini-residency at the Venetian, which kicked off Wednesday, that the group members gatheringed to plan an unique and comprehensive setlist.

” Last year, our second album– the one with “Make Me Smile” and “Colour My World” and “25 or 6 to 4″– was completely remixed and remastered by Warner [Music Group] by the distinguished Steve Wilson and we had no idea this was being done,” Lamm states. “As an outcome, the album was in the running for the Grammy album hall of popularity. So we chose to take a look at that double album, about 75 minutes of music, and we practiced it thoroughly last fall and began to play it in its totality as an experiment.”

The eponymous album from 1970, in some cases described as “Chicago II,” will be the first half of a long program at the Vegas gigs, and Lamm says the fans have been eating it up until now. “Most of these tunes, we have not bet 45 years or something like that, so uncovering them for ourselves is actually a journey, and having the audience react in such a positive way is another trip.”

Among 4 founding members of the famous pop-rock clothing still with the band, Lamm wrote the hard-charging “25 or 6 to 4,” as well as a number of Chicago’s greatest hits like “Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?” and “Saturday in the Park.” He was acknowledged for his efforts in 2015 when he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Popularity, a quite extraordinary mix with Chicago’s induction into the Rock & & Roll Hall of Popularity in 2016.

” They were two really different phenomenons for me,” Lamm states. “I enjoyed that the band finally made it and that was a lot of fun with our contemporaries with us and in the audience. But I consider myself mainly a songwriter and secondarily a performer, so that [Songwriters Hall of Popularity] was really an honor. If you take a look at that list, those are individuals that taught me a lot and I seem like I do not belong, but I’m very delighted to accept it since writing is something I have actually never stopped doing, reaching into the unknown to see exactly what else I could learn about music.”

Chicago will be exploring with REO Speedwagon this summer and is refining a brand-new lineup in Vegas: Walfredo Reyes Jr. has actually moved into the drummer’s chair with his bro Daniel picking up other percussion tasks; Brett Simons, formerly of the Zac Brown Band, is on bass; and Canadian singer Neil Donell takes vocal tasks. They join horn area Lee Loughnane, Walt Parazaider, Ray Herrmann and James Pankow; Keith Howland on guitar; and Lou Pardini and Lamm on keyboards. “It’s crazy how the lineup changes and the band improves,” Lamm says. “I hope the audience digs these people as much as we do, due to the fact that we’re pretty fussy.”

Chicago carries out at 8 p.m. Feb. 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23 and 24 at the Venetian Theatre (3355 Las Vegas Blvd., 702-414-9000). One dollar from every ticket offered to these shows will benefit the Las Vegas Victims Fund. Find more info at venetian.com.