Badfinger News

Mon Dec 2nd – Official Release Date for Joey Molland’s “Return To Memphis” CD

Badfinger Legend Joey Molland To Release Highly Anticipated New Solo Album ‘Return To Memphis’
London, UK – Much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, Joey Molland, best known for his work with the now legendary English band Badfinger, will be releasing his highly anticipated 4th solo album ‘Return To Memphis’ on December 2, 2013 on UK’s Gonzo Multimedia! The new CD features 10 new Molland compositions recorded at the world famous ‘Royal Studios’ in Memphis.
Says Joey, “I was raised on a diet of Memphis music, and it was a thrill for me to record there…. I also made a lot of friends.”
Signed to the Beatles’ Apple label in the late ’60s, Badfinger would go on to score four consecutive worldwide hits from 1970 to 1972: “Come And Get It” (written and produced by Paul McCartney), “No Matter What”, “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue”. In 1971, a cover of the Badfinger song “Without You” by Harry Nilsson became a number one hit on the Billboard charts. Surviving member Joey Molland has continued to keep the Badfinger flame alight through concerts and recordings over the past 30 years. And now he is back with a fantastic new album ‘Return To Memphis’, which was produced by Carl ‘Blue’ Wise.
Says Joey, “The album is quite a departure for me and the sound is very different, the treatment of the songs, the song content, and Carl’s production and Memphis roots all make for a much simpler approach. I wrote all the songs and they have a lot of meaning to me…I know everybody gets their own feelings out of songs, but you know, I think the songs talk about relevant things and I look forward to peoples’ reaction to them. There are no real Badfinger power chords or anything like that. No real jamming guitars…well…maybe a little bit, and I do play some slide on it… Carl had four girls come in to sing ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and harmonies which was great, and I played with a three-piece Memphis rhythm section. So it’s a really simple sounding record and I’m just hoping that people will like it.”
Originally from Liverpool, Joey now resides in the US, where he continues to perform with Joey Molland’s Badfinger. Along with Joey on guitar and vocals, the current lineup features Mark Healey (bass/vocals), Steve Wozny (keyboards/vocals), Mike Ricciardi (drums). For updated tour information check Joey Molland’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OriginalBadfinger
Joey’s new CD comes hot on the heels of the major buzz surrounding the Badfinger track “Baby Blue” being played during the finale of A&E’s hit TV series ‘Breaking Bad’. The song became the number one download in the world the week of the final episode!
For more information: http://www.badfingersite.com/
Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com
Joey Molland is available for interviews – contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR

Mon. December 2nd – Joey Molland’s ‘RETURN TO MEMPHIS’ CD World Release Date

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)

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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.

It’s official: Breaking Bad Executive Producer Vince Gilligan is a Badfinger fan!

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 “Baby Blue Breaking Bad-finger Felina Phenomenon” Continues!

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:

USA TODAY:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/09/30/breaking-bad-finale-last-song-baby-blue-badfinger/2895629/

BUSINESS INSIDER:  http://www.businessinsider.com/breaking-bad-finale-song-badfingers-baby-blue-2013-9

MASHABLE:  http://nypost.com/2013/09/30/death-of-breaking-bad-gives-a-1972-song-new-life/

Sun Sept 29th – Breaking Bad selects Badfinger’s Baby Blue as the finale song!

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)

Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/lessons-of-the-breaking-bad-series-finale-20130930

Entertainment Weekly: http://music-mix.ew.com/2013/09/30/badfinger-breaking-bad/

AdWeek:  http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/breaking-bad-ender-baby-blue-climbs-digital-charts-152803

Hollywood Reporter:  http://m.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/breaking-bad-meaning-finales-last-638896

Spin:  http://www.spin.com/#articles/breaking-bad-badfinger-baby-blue-finale-amc-tv/

Billboard:  http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5740643/badfinger-song-sends-breaking-bad-off-in-style

UpRoxx:  http://www.uproxx.com/tv/2013/09/heres-song-played-final-scene-breaking-bad/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+uproxx%2Ffeatures+(Uproxx)

Access Hollywood:  http://www.accesshollywood.com/breaking-bad-series-finale-how-the-stars-reacted-on-twitter-spoiler-alert_article_84929

ShowBiz 411:  http://www.showbiz411.com/2013/09/30/breaking-bad-ending-song-badfingers-baby-blue-climbing-itunes-chart

Variety:  http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/breaking-bad-finale-ratings-1200681920/

OurStage:  http://www.ourstage.com/blog/2013/9/30/breaking-badfinger?fb_action_ids=10202128095784368&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210202128095784368%22%3A454003401380663%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210202128095784368%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

Examiner:  http://www.examiner.com/article/breaking-bad-finale-surprises-with-a-beatles-connection

USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/09/30/breaking-bad-finale-last-song-baby-blue-badfinger/2895629/

Fri Oct 4 – Badfinger (opening for Grand Funk Railroad), Thunder Beach Jam in Panama City FLA

(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

Thur July 25th – Duluth MN (Joey solo) **CANCELLED**

Due to circumstances beyond Joey’s control, the show in Duluth on this date has been cancelled.

TOKYO JAPAN! Joey Molland’s Badfinger

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/

Badfinger Tokyo poster

August 9-11: The Fest For Beatles Fans, Chicago – Joey Molland (solo) and “RETURN TO MEMPHIS” CD World Premiere

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

Sat Oct 12 – Badfinger at Blue Ocean Music Hall, Salisbury MA

Announced on May 17, 2012 – The venue link for tickets:  http://tickets.blueoceanhall.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=204