Brecon Jazz: Burt Bacharach opens the 2014 festival

JS43602745Karen Price of Wales Online has this review of Burt’s performance at the 2014 Brecon Jazz Festival.

The veteran musician may have recently celebrated his 86th birthday but the six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Oscar winner from Kansas City shows no sign of slowing down any time soon, mouthing the words to his hit songs as he energetically played piano.

To read the review in its entirety, visit WalesOnline.co.uk.

 

Review: Burt Bacharach, Empire Theatre

JS43338610Jade Wright of the Liverpool Echo wrote this article about Burt’s Aug. 3, 2014, performance at the Liverpool Empire Theatre.

After three standing ovations Burt was finally allowed to leave the stage, but not before a voice shouted from the crowd “when are you coming back again?” He laughed as he responded “I wish it was tomorrow.”

To read the article in its entirety, visit LiverpoolEcho.co.uk.

Italy concert dates officially announced

RavelloFestivalIn what is probably old news to many of his fans there, Burt has officially announced a number of concert dates this summer in Italy. On July 16, he’ll perform as part of the Ravello Festival in breathtakingly beautiful Ravello, Italy, and on July 18, he’ll be at the Festival del Vittoriale in Brescia, Italy.

As always, for the most up-to-date list of upcoming concerts I’ve got, visit the On Tour page.

 

Bacharach reunites with Costello for new musical

Elvis-CostelloNoise11.com has more details on the new musical Burt and Elvis Costello are working on based on their 1998 record Painted From Memory.

The songs I am working on with Burt Bacharach are not being prepared for recording. Initially they are being prepared for performance on stage and for a musical. The production will have to reach a certain degree of success before we would think about an original cast record where we would represent at on record. That might not even more as automatic as it used to be because as you know the business of making records has changed quite a lot. Before every little thing was recorded. Now, not so much.

To hear the full interview, visit Noise11.com.

Burt on the Brill Building

Burt_New_York_a_250x375There’s a brief article on Burt in the March 24 issue of New York magazine, but yesterday Vulture ran the extended version, with Burt talking to interviewer Rebecca Milzoff about his Brill Building days.

Hal and I wrote some very terrible songs early on. There was a song called “Underneath the Overpass,” and another called “Peggy’s in the Pantry.” Very bad songs. There were a lot of turndowns in that period. Bob Hilliard and I had written a song, it might have been “Take Me to Your Ladder,” and we went over to play it for a publisher named Goldie Goldmark. He let us make a demo. We went to see him maybe two months later, when he’d had a chance to show the song, and Goldie said, “No good. Nobody wants it.” Bob Hilliard was very funny. He said, “Goldie, lie to me! Just tell me somebody likes it.” “No, nobody likes the song.”

To read the article in its entirety, visit Vulture.com.

Burt to perform at les Nuits de Fourviere Festival

home-actuJust got word that Burt has added an appearance at les Nuits de Fourvière in Lyon, France, to his already busy summer tour schedule. The multidisciplinary arts festival takes place each summer in Lyon’s open-air Roman amphitheater. Burt will perform at the festival on July 14 at the Grand Theatre, which at 4,400 seats is the larger of the festival’s two stages. Opening the show is the Divine Comedy, a British band whose sound owes a significant debt to Burt’s innovations. Tickets for the show are available now via the festival’s website.