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JEFF SLATE & FRIENDS TOM PETTY BIRTHDAY BASH AT BRIAN'S BACKYARD BBQ


JEFF SLATE AND HIS ALL-STAR BAND CELEBRATE PETTY'S 64th BIRTHDAY IN STYLE !

Come on down and celebrate music legend Tom Petty's 64th birthday with Jeff Slate and the Weekend Wilburys, plus some very special guests, on Friday, October 24th.

In celebration of Tom Petty's birthday, Jeff Slate and his all-star band - featuring musicians who have played with some of the greatest roots rockers of all time - make their debut at Brian's Backyard BBQ in Middletown, New York, with an evening of stellar music, including hits and deep cuts by Petty, alongside original music from Jeff's career that was inspired by the American legend.

This is one that is definitely not to be missed!

In 2012 Jeff debuted his solo album Birds of Paradox to sold out crowds around New York City. Since then he has toured, released Imposters & Attractions, a new album of original music inspired Elvis Costello, and written extensively about some of music's biggest names for Esquire, Guitar World and elsewhere. In February Jeff was a featured performer with his Birds of Paradox band at the 40th anniversary Fest For Beatles Fans here in New York City. In May he made his Hill Country Live! debut with his Dylan Obscura show, playing a set full of songs that Dylan himself has never recorded or even played live, gems he rarely plays in concert and some of his best but least known songs, as well as original music inspired by Dylan, to a packed house. He returned in July for another stellar show.

Jeff is currently hard at work on a new album, featuring performances by Earl Slick, Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan, Steve Holley, Carlos Alomar and many, many more!

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"IMPOSTERS & ATTRACTIONS: MUSIC INSPIRED BY ELVIS COSTELLO" OUT NOW FOR RECORD STORE DAY!


New album of 10 Slate originals and 2 Costello classics available via all digital platforms and free at www.jeffslate.net

Available everywhere for Record Store Day -- Friday, November 29, 2013

Jeff Slate's new album mixing ten original compositions with two Elvis Costello classics is now available free to fans who visit www.jeffslate.net (or the dedicated site www.impostersandattractions.com) and will also be available for purchase on Record Store Day via iTunes, Amazon and across all other digital platforms.

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The arresting artwork once again pairs a painting by artist Rick Hunt of Littleton, New Hampshire with a graphic design dreamed up by Slate and Jared Friedman of Econo Graphics of Brooklyn, New York.

"I grew up in record stores, I worked in record stores as a kid," said Slate. "This is my way of saying thank you to all the people who worked in those stores who indulged me, and continue to do so!"



"LUCKY DAY SUNSET" FOR RECORD STORE DAY!


Key Birds of Paradox album track remixed by legendary Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell

Available everywhere on Record Store Day -- Saturday, April 20, 2013


Jeff Slate will release "Lucky Day Sunset" -- the second single from his wildly successful first solo album Birds of Paradox -- on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 20, 2013.

The single was mixed by Grammy-winner Vance Powell, whose remarkable engineering and mixing work for Jack White's Third Man Records has set a very high bar for artists making old school, classic sounding records. "I met Vance after reading about his work in some trade magazines," said Slate. "I loved the sounds he was getting, but more than anything I got a great vibe from the way he talked about the projects he worked on. Honestly, I'm honored he found time to work with me and I hope there's much more for us to do in the future." Record Store Day has become a huge success in recent years, with it being seen as one of the key factos to raising public awareness about the struggle of independent record stores since the digital age hit the record industry. "I grew up in record stores, I worked in record stores as a kid," said Slate. "This is my way of saying thank you to all the people who worked in those stores who indulged me, and continue to do so!"



JEFF SLATE ON "RED VELVET MEDIA" AND "BREAKFAST WITH THE BEATLES"

Jeff recently appeared on Holly Stephey's Red Velvet Media radio show. The 90-minute chat covered every facet of Jeff's career, including what to expect in 2013 and Jeff's upcoming appearance at HARRIFEST 2013 this coming weekend in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

The podcast version can be downloaded at iTunes.

Red Velvet Media


Jeff also appeared on the February 4th edition of Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast With The Beatles, discussing his upcoming appearance at HARRIFEST 2013, and why parties celebrating the life of the late George Harrison are so much fun.

The podcast version can also be downloaded at iTunes.

Breakfast With The Beatles

JEFF SLATE IN THE NEWS

The National Beatles Examiner Steve Marinucci recently interviewed Jeff about his upcoming appearance at HARRIFEST 2013.



BIRDS OF PARADOX LAUNCH ALBUM AT SOLD OUT JOE'S PUB SHOW

PERFORMANCE INCLUDED TRIBUTE TO JOHN LENNON, FEATURING MEMBERS OF THE PLASTIC ONO ELEPHANT'S MEMORY BAND

October 15th, 2012 (New York, NY)
– Jeff Slate, founder and frontman for beloved indie outfit, The Badge, and his new band Birds of Paradox, launched his new album at a sold out show at New York City's Joe's Pub last week. The album Birds of Paradox is available digitally via iTunes and all major digital services and CD via Amazon and other online and a host of independent record retailers.

   Jeff Slate - Birds of Paradox


Steve Marinucci, the National Beatles Examiner, reported via correspondent Ken Michaels that the show was "superb" and that Michaels was "very impressed with the band, five musicians who jell well and really enjoy the music... Every musician played so well, and front man Jeff Slate was in fine voice for all the songs."

Slate told Shelley Germeaux, the National John Lennon Examiner after the show, "What a night. Birds of Paradox (me, Jimmy McElligott, Gary Van Scyoc and Adam Ippolito) sold out Joe's Pub here, launched our album and celebrated John's 72nd birthday. We played 6 songs from John's One To One concert, which of course included Gary and Adam (of Elephant's Memory). Many people loved our bluesy version of Imagine, but the highlight for me was Cold Turkey! Gary and Adam told some great stories about John and we even celebrated Fred Seaman's 60th birthday. Fred introduced us."

Sales of the Deluxe Edition of Birds of Paradox have been strong on both iTunes and Amazon and the band is set to announce more East Coast shows imminently.

Along with Van Scyoc, Ippolito, McElligott and Alexander, the album also features Steve Holley and Laurence Juber (Wings), Gene Parsons (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers), Alex Alexander (Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile), Simon Townshend (The Who, Roger Daltrey) and Susie Collins (ELO, Ace Frehley).



JEFF SLATE POISED FOR DEBUT SOLO RELEASE, BIRDS OF PARADOX, OUT OCTOBER 9th, 2012

INCLUDING PERFORMANCES BY MEMBERS OF WINGS, THE BYRDS, THE WHO, THE PLASTIC ONO ELEPHANT'S MEMORY BAND AND MORE

Album Release Show at Joe's Pub, Wednesday, October 10th


September 19th, 2012 (New York, NY) – Jeff Slate, founder and frontman for beloved indie outfit, The Badge, has announced that his first solo-project LP release Birds of Paradox will be available on October 9, 2012, with an album release party to follow at Joe's Pub Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

Following on the success of Jeff Slate's 2010 single Dreamtime, which featured longtime David Bowie cohorts Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar and Gail Ann Dorsey, the album boasts performances from legends in the NYC scene, spanning decades of legacy. Gary Van Scyoc (bass, vocals) and Adam Ippolito (keyboards, vocals) played with John Lennon's Plostic Ono Elephant's Memory Band, on Yoko Ono's recordings, and have played with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Paul Simon, Keith Moon, Mick Jagger and many more. Steve Holley (drums) was a member of Wings for 3 years and has played with Elton John, Joe Cocker, Chuck Berry, Ian Hunter and many more over his illustrious career. Jimmy "Mack" McElligott (guitar, vocals) was a member of 1980s New York New Wavers The Propellers and has performed with countless rock legends as well, including Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers Tommy Ramone and Gene Cornish, and Denny Lane. The title of the LP, Birds of Paradox, is taken from the song written by John Lennon about May Pang, "Surprise, Surprise; Sweet Birds of Paradox", owing to the fact that Pang introduced the members of Jeff Slate's band, leading to their first performance together at her 60th birthday party in 2009.

"It began as an act of charity," Jeff Slate says in the liner notes to Birds of Paradox. "I was the musical director for a charity event and Steve Holley, who used to be the drummer in Wings, was one of the guest performers. We hit it off and I asked him to drum on some songs of mine in the studio a few weeks later. When we got in there it was exciting. The songs sounded better than I could have ever dreamed. After 15 years making records and playing live with The Badge a new door had opened and I was excited again about making music."

With a setlist of songs from Birds of Paradox, crowd favorites from Slate's tenure with The Badge, and classics that Van Scyoc and Ippolito performed live with Lennon, as well as hits by Bob Dylan, The Band, The Beatles and other giants of the last 50 years of popular music, upcoming live shows are sure to bring the house down.

"We rehearsed at the old Hit Factory, which is now the New York headquarters of Gibson Guitars, and then started with a few shows out of town in Rhode Island and near Woodstock" said Slate. "It sounds fantastic and the crowd response has been amazing. It's such a thrill to play these songs with these musicians. It's intimidating to think the last time Gary and Adam played 'Come Together' was with John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, but even more than that it's exciting."

Jeff Slate (vocals, guitar) is a singer/songwriter from New York City. He co-founded the 1980's mod/punk band the Mindless Thinkers, who were mainstays on the Northeast college circuit. In the mid-90's he released "The Townshend Tapes", on which The Who's Pete Townshend acted as Executive Producer, and opened for Sheryl Crow on her "Tuesday Night Music Club" tour. In 1997 he founded the band The Badge, who released four albums and countless singles, EPs and live "bootleg" sets and went on to become darlings of the UK/European "mod" scene in the 2000's. In 2010 Jeff released the single "Dreamtime", which featured Earl Slick (Lennon, Bowie) and Carlos Alomar (Bowie, Lennon). "Birds of Paradox" is his first solo album of original material. Jeff has appeared on television and radio numerous times and his songs have appeared in network television shows and major motion pictures. Jeff proudly endorses Gibson/Epiphone guitars, Hofner basses and Vox amps.

Gary Van Scyoc (bass, vocals) and Adam Ippolito (keyboards, vocals) were key members of John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band. They appeared on Lennon's 1972 album "Sometime In New York City" as well as at his "One to One" concerts at Madison Square Garden and "Live In New York City" album and video of those shows. In 1973 they appeared with Lennon on Yoko Ono's "Approximately Infinite Universe" double-album. In 2010 they appeared in the documentary film "LENNONNYC." Together and apart they have also appeared on recordings by or in concert with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Jerry Garcia, Neil Sedaka, Keith Moon, Paul Simon and Kool & the Gang.

Steve Holley (drums) was a member of Paul McCartney & Wings from 1978-1981. He played on the mega-hits "Coming Up" and "Goodnight Tonight" as well as the critically acclaimed 1979 UK tour and album "Back To The Egg." Steve had previously worked with Elton John, and since leaving Wings he has provided some of the most solid and creative beats for Joe Cocker, Ian Hunter and a who's who of music, including Julian Lennon, Dar Williams, Chuck Berry, Popa Chubby, Denny Laine, Phoebe Snow, Gary Brooker, Warren Haynes, Tommy Shaw and many others. In 2003 he released his first solo album 'The Reluctant Dog.' Steve proudly endorses Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals and Rhythm Tech Percussion.

Jimmy "Mack" McElligott (guitar, vocals) has performed and/or recorded with countless music legends, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Gene Cornish (Young Rascals) and Tommy Ramone, Denny Laine (Wings, Moody Blues), Carlos Alomar (Bowie, Lennon), Will Lee (Fab Faux, Letterman), Dennis Diken (Smithereens), Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge), Arno Hecht (Rolling Stones), Peppy Castro (Blues Magoos), Juma Sultan (Hendrix), Ian Lloyd (Stories/Foreigner), John Ford (The Strawbs), Rob Stoner (Bob Dylan), Marshall Crenshaw and many others. Jimmy was a member of the 1980's New York City band The Propellers and appeared on the television cult classic "Uncle Floyd Show." His songs have aired on major FM stations including WLIR & WNEW-FM in NYC.

The album also features Laurence Juber (Wings), Gene Parsons (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers), Alex Alexander (Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile), Simon Townshend (The Who, Roger Daltrey) and Susie Collins (ELO, Ace Frehley).



BABY, FORGIVE ME - OUT NOW!

Debut single by Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox out now across all digital services.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox have released "Baby, Forgive Me", the debut single from their forthcoming album.

The single is out now on iTunes and Amazon, and will be featured on Spotify later this week.

Baby, Forgive Me - Baby, Forgive Me - Single

"Baby, Forgive Me" is available directly from the band from July 30th - August 3rd, via CDBaby.com.

"I'm excited for people to finally hear what we have been working on for more than a year," Jeff Slate said of the first music from his all-star project Birds of Paradox. "This is just a small taste of what we've been up to. It's an old-fashioned rave-up, complete with horns and big backing vocals. I can't wait to get feedback from everyone who's been waiting patiently to hear from us."

Birds of Paradox's roster reads like a veritable Who's Who of bands, with its debut album including members of John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band, Paul McCartney and Wings, The Who, The Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, ELO, The Temptations, and Procol Harum.

"Baby, Forgive Me" features frontman Slate (The Badge, Pete Townshend), guitarist Jimmy McElligott (Gene Cornish, Denny Laine), bassist Gary Van Scyoc (John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band, Chuck Berry), keyboardist Adam Ippolito (John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band, Kool and the Gang) and drummer Steve Holley (Paul McCartney and Wings, Ian Hunter), along with Wayne Cobham, John Hahn, Wayne Davis, Dan Cipriano, Paolo Provenzano and Susie Collins.

The band takes its name from a John Lennon song, "Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)", named for his onetime girlfriend May Pang, who introduced the members of the band.

Birds of Paradox will play the Arkville Cowdome, near Woodstock, this coming Saturday, August 4th at 7:30 PM. The Cowdome is located at 43311 State Highway 28 in Arkville (right behind Cha Cha Hut BBQ). Tickets are $20; advance purchases are recommended and can be obtained by calling 845-586-5637 or by emailing caseyjoes@catskill.net.

The Cowdome is on Facebook.





NEW SONG PREMIERED

DJ and host of The Beatles-themed radio show "Every Little Thing" Ken Michaels recently debuted "Baby, Forgive Me" from Birds of Paradox.

You can hear "Baby, Forgive Me" as well as Jeff Slate and Gary Van Scyoc talking about the origins of Birds of Paradox on Ken's webpage.



TRIBUTE TO LEVON HELM

A message from Jeff Slate:

As I wrote on
Facebook and in my Examiner column, Levon Helm and The Band have been very significant inspirations to me for as long as I can remember. In tribute to Levon I've decided to rush-release a new song from Birds of Paradox called "San Francisco Days". You may or may not hear echoes of The Band in this track, but their music was in my mind when I wrote it and as we worked on it in the studio. I hope you like it. JS.

Hear "San Francisco Days" on the Birds of Paradox MEDIA page.



OFFICIAL EPK

FIRST SOLO ALBUM FROM THE FOUNDER OF INDIE DARLINGS THE BADGE DUE THIS SUMMER

Album features an all-star cast, including members of Wings, The Byrds, The Who, the Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band and more

"It began with an act of charity," Jeff Slate says in the liner notes to his new album "Birds of Paradox", due this Summer. "I was the musical director at a benefit and Steve Holley was one of the guest performers. We hit it off and I asked him to drum on some songs of mine in the studio a few weeks later. When we got in there it was exciting. The songs sounded better than I could have ever dreamed. After 15 years making records and playing live with The Badge a new door had opened and I was excited again about making music."

Those initial sessions led to an album's worth of songs with an all-star cast of players, including Holley and former Wings bandmate Laurence Juber, Gary Van Scyoc and Adam Ippolito (John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band), Jimmy "Mack" McElligott (Gene Cornish, Denny Laine), Gene Parsons (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Bros.), Simon Townshend (The Who, Roger Daltrey), Josh Phillips (Procol Harum), Susie Collins (ELO, Ace Frehley), Wayne Cobham (Stevie Wonder, The Temptations), Paolo Provenzano (Fonokit, Sir Frankie Crisp), Eric Lichter and Alex Alexander (Prince, Dido).

In support of the release of "Birds of Paradox" – which derives its name from the fact that May Pang, whom John Lennon wrote the song "Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)" about, introduced the core studio band of Slate, McElligott, Van Scyoc, Ippolito and Holley – Slate will be playing a release party in New York City in the Fall, as well as dates around the Northeast throughout 2012-2013.

With a setlist of songs from "Birds of Paradox", crowd favorites from Slate's tenure with The Badge, and classics that Van Scyoc, Ippolito and Holley performed live with Lennon and McCartney, as well as hits by Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison and other giants of the last 50 years of popular music, upcoming live shows are sure to bring the house down.

"We've been rehearsing at the old Hit Factory, which is now the New York headquarters of Gibson Guitars," said Slate. "It sounds fantastic. And it's such a thrill to play these songs with these musicians. It's intimidating to think the last time Gary and Adam played 'Come Together' was with John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, but even more than that it's exciting."

See the Birds of Paradox Official EPK on the MEDIA page.


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IMPOSTERS & ATTRACTIONS: SONGS INSPIRED BY ELVIS COSTELLO - OUT NOW!

Jeff Slate - Imposters & Attractions



LUCKY DAY SUNSET [RSD VANCE POWELL REMIX]

Jeff Slate - Lucky Day Sunset



BIRDS OF PARADOX [DELUXE EDITION]

Jeff Slate - Birds of Paradox



BABY, FORGIVE ME [SINGLE]

Baby, Forgive Me - Baby, Forgive Me - Single



ALSO AVAILABLE: BIRDS OF PARADOX [DIGITAL FAN CLUB ADVANCE VERSION]

Jeff Slate - Birds of Paradox



DREAMTIME [SINGLE]

Jeff Slate - Dreamtime - Single



THE TOWNSHEND TAPES [EP]

The Townshend Tapes [EP]






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