Hot off the heels of the “Breaking Bad / Baby Blue” phenomenon….the wait is finally over and excitement continues!
RETURN TO MEMPHIS, Joey Molland’s first album since 2001’s “This Way Up” will be released on December 2nd through Gonzo Media USA, a division of Gonzo Multimedia Group UK. Pre-orders are currently being accepted at http://www.gonzomultimedia.com/product_details/15625/Joey_Molland-Return_To_Memphis.html
(**Just so you are aware, CD orders placed with Gonzo are not pre-signed/autographed by Joey. We will have those available soon….keep checking back. ~PD/admin)
This album was recorded at the legendary Royal Studios in Memphis, and produced by Stax Records veteran Carl “Blue” Wise, of Blue Boy Records fame. Having been in every facet of the music industry since the Stax glory days, Carl has had the good fortune of working with some of the all-time greats in the music industry: Willie Mitchell, Eddie Floyd, Sir Mack Rice, Rufus Thomas, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zant, The Bar-Kays, and many more.
Here is Rolling Stone magazine’s interview with Breaking Bad’s music supervisor, Thomas Golubic’ about Vince Gilligan’s vision of having Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” be the final song in the final scene of the series finale, to accompany the death of Walter White (Bryan Cranston). http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/why-breaking-bad-chose-badfingers-baby-blue-20131001
The response from the media AND the public with the inclusion of “Baby Blue” in the final scene AMC’s Breaking Bad series finale has been a postively overwhelming experience!
Downloads & streams of Baby Blue (and subsequently, Badfinger’s ‘other’ hits “Day After Day” & “No Matter What” have skyrocketed between 5000 and 9000 PERCENT…depending on which source you read. This has not been seen in the modern day music industry since the season finale of The Sopranos on HBO in 2007, and the producer’s use of Journey’s anthem – “Don’t Stop Believing”.
Here is what we found online in the last 24 hours:
— Breaking Bad (@BreakingBad_AMC) September 30, 2013
In an unprecedented (and unexpected!) fashion, AMC’s Breaking Bad producer Vince Gilligan selected Badfinger’s classic December 1971 single release, “Baby Blue” as the series finale’s ‘swan song’. The song reached a height of #14 in the US charts in 1972. In contrast, Journey’s original release of “Don’t Stop Believin” made it to #9 in 1981, but reached reached similar pop culture noteriety when it was used in the final scene of HBO’s legendary series, The Sopranos in 2007.
Social media trending went through the roof within minutes of the show’s broadcast, including Facebook and Twitter postings while the made-for-TV edited guitar licks of Baby Blue’s ending were playing over the show’s production credits.
Immediately, Breaking Bad’s younger-skewing fans were swarming to YouTube to find versions of Baby Blue, and posted thousands of Walter White/Blue Meth-related comments on the various video pages.
Badfinger experienced a similar resurgence with the original studio release of Baby Blue in 2005, when the song was placed at a pivotal plot point within the Oscar-winning film, The Departed.
Here are some of the on-line articles about the momentous occasion in Badfinger’s place in popular TV culture:
Wikipedia (also updated immediately): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Blue_(Badfinger_song)
Entertainment Weekly: http://music-mix.ew.com/2013/09/30/badfinger-breaking-bad/
USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/09/30/breaking-bad-finale-last-song-baby-blue-badfinger/2895629/
(Sept 25, 2013) Joey Molland’s BADFINGER will be opening for Grand Funk Railroad at this very popular festival in Panama City, Florida. For details, here is the event website: http://thunderbeachjam.com/lineup/#prettyPhoto
Due to circumstances beyond Joey’s control, the show in Duluth on this date has been cancelled.
Exciting news indeed. Joey and the boys head to Tokyo, Japan for two shows on Sun Sept 22nd & Mon Sept 23rd. Here is the link for the promoter, so you can budget your yen: http://www2.odn.ne.jp/vinyl-japan/
It’s the exciting news we’ve all been waiting for – Joey will be launching his new CD, “Return To Memphis” at The Fest For Beatles Fans, August 9-10-11 in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Co-headliners also include Chad & Jeremy, Greg Kihn, Mark Hudson, Billy J Kramer and many more Beatles authors, artists & experts. For the full event schedule and to purchase tickets, go to www.TheFest.com
Announced on May 17, 2012 – The venue link for tickets: http://tickets.blueoceanhall.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=204