May 11, 2012
We have, in the previous week, taped two different promo appearances for the upcoming AFTAF shows.
First, Marty and I did an hour-long interview with Cynthia Fox for her "Spotlight on the Community" show, which airs on Sunday morning here in LA, on 95.5FM, from 6 to 7am, and then will be a podcast on the KLOS website, here:
I believe people in other time zones can also listen to it streaming live using this link.
Second, Venice spent the day yesterday taping a whole episode with Mark Steines of his new show, "Home & Family," on the Hallmark Channel. We did some singing and interviews, and even played a music trivia game with hosts/guests. That show will air on Monday morning, 10am/9 central.
April 11, 2013
My cousin and bandmate, Marky was on "The Voice" last night. Of course, a lot of you know that already. Anyway, I just want to say I'm so proud of him for giving it a shot and doing the best he could with what they gave him. I'm so often frustrated by the way show-biz works (or doesn't) on these kinds of shows, and this was SO excruciating to watch. He made it all the way through the audition process by wow-ing the casting people/producers with his ballads, soulful voice, friendly vibe and story, and yet when it came time to do the actual show, they made him do a song of THEIR choosing! It's like a guy making it all the way through Little League, High School, college, the minor leagues and finally making it to the MLB as a pitcher and somebody says, "OK, kid, here's your shot at the big leagues but the team just decided you're going to try out as a catcher instead of a pitcher." WHAT?!
"Come Together" is, of course, a classic, genius song FOR THE BEATLES, but not at all the kind of song that would have given Marky the chance to blow the doors off the place. He so deserved at least that opportunity to show his best soulful stuff. Heartbreaking. Yeah, these "coaches" have all had monster hits and definitely know a thing or two about writing and recording contemporary hit records, but that's not the same thing as being able to stand and deliver a song with grace, power and execution the way Marky does night after night, LIVE over the last thirty years. Carson Daly was very nice to talk about our band so much and he's a genuinely good fella, so we are thankful for that. A really nice guy. Life is long, Mark, and we never know what's just around the bend. You are no less a great singer because 4 "expert" people didn't turn their chairs around for a song you never should have been given. You've handled all of this with class and humor. Our parents would be proud. Onward and upward, pal. Love you.
Late last night we watched "The Voice" as Mark Lennon, a guy I've been in the band Venice with for many years, competed in the blind auditions. Though I knew the outcome way ahead of time, I was still so psyched to see him step out on his own and take his shot.
September 10, 2012
On October 15, a CSNY tribute CD will be released entitled "Music is Love," and it will contain a brand new Venice recording, a cover version of Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush." You can pre-order the album by following this link and clicking on the green letters that say "PRE-ORDER NOW!"
August 26, 2012
July 6, 2012
Attention all Facebook users! There's been an upsetting development in the way that site is run, and the unfortunate result is that most of you are no longer receiving Venice's posts. What they've done affects all band pages, movie pages, book pages, etc. Anything "promotional," as opposed to personal. It used to be that whenever we posted a status update, a picture, a song, whatever, it would send it out to every single person who is subscribed to our page. Well, no longer. Now it tells us, underneath every post we've made throughout our history, what percentage of subscribers it actually send that post out to. And usually that number is right around the 25% mark. Which means that the site deliberately and arbitrarily chose 75% of you to not receive it. But here's the rub: On every single individual post, it now offers us a "Promote" option, where we can pay them money to increase the number of fans who will receive that specific post. To get the note/video/picture/song to show up on the walls of 100% of our Facebook fans, it will cost us $50. Not as a one-time payment, this is $50 PER POST. Ludicrous, right? For something that only a short time ago it did automatically, for free.
But there is something you can do, at least for yourself. Follow these instructions to guarantee that you'll receive all of our subsequent updates:
1) Sign into Facebook.
2) Go here: www.facebook.com/venicetheband
3) Hover your cursor over the "Liked" box.
4) Put a checkmark next to the words "Show in News Feed."
In addition, go ahead and scroll down on that main Venice page, to catch yourselves up on everything you've missed.
And if you're not already subscribed to our mailing list, please take a minute and join up, to make sure you don't miss any important announcements:
June 21, 2012
I'm thrilled to announce the Second Annual Lennon Family Concert. Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28, at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club (a.k.a. The Lennon Lounge). Tickets will go on sale this Tuesday morning, June 26, at 9am, at the following link:
If you missed last year's show, it's a Lennon family hootenanny that features The Lennon Sisters, Venice, as well as many other members of our Lennon Family Tree. These are very special concerts, and the proceeds will go towards raising money for some great foundations that are dear to our hearts.
We do want everyone to know that we've got a huge number of family members coming into town with plans to attend these shows, which only leaves us with a limited number of tickets to put on sale. So please don't delay! Last year, both nights sold out in about 20 minutes. This year, be sure you get your tickets the moment they go on sale, or I guarantee you're going to be out of luck.
Also, remember that late Sunday afternoon, July 29, the Pine Mountain Logs will play a free outdoor concert in Playa Vista. So this is a great opportunity for out-of-towners and locals alike to make it a big Venice/PML weekend! These will be our first performances following Kipp, Mark and Pat's triumphant return from the Wall tour.
Hope to see you there!
May 18, 2012
I regret to inform you that due to an unexpected extension of Roger Waters' "The Wall" tour, Venice will be unable to perform on July 21 at Lake Arrowhead. The boys and I are extremely bummed about this. It's one of our favorite shows of the year, and it was to be our first gig celebrating their return home.
I understand that some of you may have made non-refundable reservations in Lake Arrowhead for this gig, so I hope the following news will soften the blow a little: I've arranged to fill the spot with Charlie Vaughn & the Daily Routine, featuring Myself, Mark Harris, Kipp's son Charlie, my daughter Avalon, and other great musicians. I promise you a fun night of music, dancing, and Rock 'n Roll. Both original songs and high energy cover tunes, exactly like Venice's Lake Arrowhead sets. It'll be a blast! I believe in making the best of a bad situation, and I hope you'll support me on this one.
Some of you might remember that on a warm August night in 1995, Venice was scheduled to play the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood, when my wife Danielle went into labor after soundcheck. I had to miss the gig, but Venice family legends Pete Valenzuela and Chris Horvath stepped up to fill my shoes and play my parts. Shots were flowing, people were singing, everyone had a great time and it wound up being a hugely memorable night for all who attended.
The show must go on. Let's party!
April 17, 2012
On Saturday, April 21, 2012, please join Venice & Friends at Santa Monica High School's Barnum Hall for our 9th Annual For The Arts Concert. Venice will be joined by Samohi's student musicians, and by special guests, including Glen Phillips from Toad the Wet Sprocket, and others TBA.
The For The Arts concerts raise money to fund arts programs in our public schools. Your support is a tax deductible donation.
Artist for the Arts Foundation, co-founded by Venice's very own Michael and Kipp Lennon, will produce the event…as always.
Please join us for a rockin' night of fun and surprises, and welcome home Mark, Kipp and Pat on their short break from the never-ending Wall tour.
Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, February 29, at 10am PST, at the following URL: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/230906
Your support is greatly appreciated.
Hope to see you there!
December 30, 2011
Venice will perform two shows at Witzend in Venice Beach next weekend, on January 6 and 7. They will perform different songs each night. These will definitely be the final Venice concerts before Kipp, Mark and Pat leave for the third leg of Roger Waters' "The Wall" tour. This is a tiny, intimate venue, and seats will fill very quickly. Tickets will go on sale at noon today, right here.
November 22, 2011
We've just returned from a short but great tour in Holland. We debuted three brand new Venice songs during the tour, and we were thrilled with the overwhelming response they received. You can catch some great videos and comments on our Facebook page.....check it out!
Now we're looking forward to the upcoming annual Christmas Shows in December. These might be the last Venice shows for a while, due to the boys returning to "The Wall" tour in mid-January.
We have three different California Christmas show locations to announce:
Thursday, December 15 at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. With special guests Charlie Vaughn & the Daily Routine. ON SALE NOW!
Saturday, December 17 at the Lennon Lounge in Santa Monica. Tickets go on sale TODAY, Tuesday, November 22, at 3pm, pacific standard time, at the VENICE STORE, which is accessible through www.venicecentral.com.
Sunday, December 18 at SOhO in Santa Barbara. ON SALE NOW!
New Venice t-shirts will be available. (Great stocking stuffers!)
Come out and celebrate the holidays with us, and hear the new songs!
Thanks again for all your support.
Happy and safe holiday wishes from VENICE!
P.S. Here's a little something to put you in the spirit:
October 17, 2011
October 4, 2011
| Dear Friends,
We are happy to announce that Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd annual Venice / Pine Mountain Logs Halloween show at the Lennon Lounge in Santa Monica.
Tickets are now available at the Venice Store by clicking here.
There will be 3 tiers of tickets available:
*FLOOR VIP $40* - A reserved seat, at a table with your name on it.
Please note, for this show the FLOOR VIP tables will be set back to allow for a dance floor up front. We will have a barrier that will put space between the tables and the dancers to still allow FULL VIEW of the stage.
*BALCONY VIP $35* - A reserved seat with a table in the balcony, with your name on it, overlooking the dance floor and floor vip tables. (you must use stairs to access the balcony)
*GENERAL ADMISSION $25* - Limited chair only seating on a first come, first served basis. GENERAL ADMISSION is also for those that want to walk around or dance their costumes off!
Prizes for best costumes!
*There are no hard tickets for this event. Your name will be on a list at the door.
**If you don't receive confirmation from Paypal, your tickets are not confirmed. Please make sure you complete the Paypal payment process.
Looking forward to a fun night. Happy Halloween!
Venice and The Pine Mountain Logs
September 7, 2011
| Dear friends,
Some exciting news to share with you...
HOLLAND TOUR IN NOVEMBER:
I'm very happy to announce that on November 9-16, Venice will be doing a short tour in Holland. This will be our last performance in the Netherlands before Mark, Kipp and Pat leave for their third leg of the Roger Waters tour of "The Wall" in January, 2012. We're still working on adding another show or two, but for the moment, the confirmed dates are as follows:
11/09 - Oosterpoort, Groningen
11/10 - Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven
11/12 - Melkweg - Rabozaal, Amsterdam
11/13 - Oude Luxor Theater, Rotterdam
11/16 - Theater De Spiegel, Zwolle
Further information can be found at www.venicecentral.com.
Watch Venice Central for upcoming Holiday show announcements, including our second Halloween show, where Venice & The Pine Mountain Logs will rock your costumes off! Last time, we had a blast.....and a contest for best costume. Be there or be square!
Also on the holiday live music menu are our ever-popular Venice Christmas shows:
12/15 - Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
12/17 - Lennon Lounge, Santa Monica CA
12/18 - SOhO, Santa Barbara, CA
VENICE RETURNS TO ACOUSTIC MUSIC SAN DIEGO:
Due to an overwhelming, sold out response to our July show at AMSD, we've been invited to return in October on two nights, the 14th and 15th. If you haven't checked out this place, it's a one-of-a-kind venue......a church! I think the catholic upbringing us Venice boys experienced makes for spontaneous, spiritual....and at times, humorous performances....from the alter! An intimate show, for sure. Try it, you'll like it! You know where to go for more info....not JC......VC.
NEW ARTIST CD RELEASE ON LENNON RECORDS:
I'm proud to tell you that in August of this year, I released my 4th CD on Lennon Records. It's an album that I produced from a 22-year-old artist named Christian Dupree. The album is called "Kaleidoscope," and it showcases Chris's talents as a classically trained cellist, nylon string guitarist and great songwriter. All of these ingredients lay a backdrop for his smooth R&B flavored vocals. We've posted full length audio samples of the album at www.lennonrecords.net, so you can check it out before picking it up. It's also available at CD Baby and iTunes. Venice's Mark Harris, Jamie Wollam and yours truly contributed to this album.
Also available from Lennon Records are the two other CDs that I recently produced, "The Offshore Crowd" by Charlie Vaughn and the Daily Routine, and "The Other Half" by my brother Tom Lennon. If you haven't checked those albums out yet, what are you waiting for?
I appreciate your support of my side projects. I really enjoy working with these new artists.........and I gotta keep busy while the jet setters are flying around the world with Roger!
LENNON FAMILY CONCERTS:
Lastly, I'd like to thank all who attended the Lennon Family concerts in July. What an amazing weekend of music and celebration! It was the first time that Venice, the Lennon Sisters and all of our musical relatives shared a stage. We're hoping for a 2nd annual next year.
Here's to you, cause you're still here! We so appreciate it.
Michael - Venice
P.S. A personal thanks to Matt Levitz, Amber Guerra and "behind the curtain" Randy Chase for their years and years of unending support in all things Venice....and the Logs. We are so fortunate to have them on this never ending, forever changing journey. Thank you, Thank you!
June 30, 2011
Wow. So two days ago, we posted a link to a TMZ article, where they had just learned that in 1991, Kipp Lennon sang "Happy Birthday, Lisa" on "The Simpsons" in a Michael Jackson impersonation. This was hilariously funny, because this information is common knowledge. Kipp's name is listed in the credits of the episode. Buy the soundtrack album, "Songs in the Key of Springfield," and Kipp is credited in the liner notes. Throw on the DVD and you can listen to the show's creators tell this story in the audio commentary. Several cast members have told the story on talk shows. Countless "Simpsons" webpages tell the story, like this one and this one. The episode has its own Wikipedia page, with a big picture of Kipp on it. Find the video on YouTube and it credits Kipp. Here on Venice Central, that information can be found on the "Cool Stuff" audio clips page. Clearly, every "Simpsons" fan on the planet has known about this for the past 20 years. Which is why TMZ shouting it from the rooftops as an exclusive "bombshell" was so funny.
Well, it gets weirder. Somehow, this non-story has gone viral. Here are just a few of the sites that have run with it in the past two days:
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hot Hits
Consequene of Sound
99.7 Now Radio
103.3 WODS FM
Nikki Thomas Network
The Ricky Show
The Daily Swarm went a step further and stole an image from this website to supplement their report.
Logically, it's a trending topic on Twitter.
On the side of sanity, both Yahoo and Splitsider wrote accurate stories about this silliness. Nicely done, guys!
You know, I say
we ride this gossip-mongering while it's hot. Come on, everybody,
let's resurrect this
June 28, 2011
Some very old news, warmed over and served fresh. Look at this for a giggle. Be sure and read all the comments underneath too.
June 19, 2011
Let me start by apologizing for the long silence. I came home from the awesome Ven-ish tour and went right into the studio with a new artist, Christian Dupree, that hired me to produce and engineer his record. I've been working countless hours, while looking forward to diving back into writing and recording new Venice songs.....finally!
For those of you who followed the Ven-ish tour online, I haven't forgotten, I still owe you "part 2" of the home movies and photos of the Dutch Ven-ish tour...highlighting that amazing experience. That will come soon. ;)
"The boys" are due back from the European Roger Waters "The Wall" tour by mid-July, and we are excited about getting back on the Venetian horse and doing some live gigs. You can find out about all the upcoming shows at www.venicecentral.com, but I thought I'd highlight a few that are extra special.
On July 29 & 30, Venice will co-headline a Lennon Family benefit concert at the Lennon Lounge (Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club) with....get ready...The Lennon Sisters! This is the first and maybe the last time this will happen. Special guests on the bill will be Kipp and Pat's brothers and sister-in-law, The Lennon Brothers & Gail Lennon. You'll also get a taste of Ven-ish and performances by other family members. All of the groups will be supporting each other, and you can expect some interesting combo performances. You won't want to miss this one! Proceeds to benefit the Woman's Club with partial donations going to our non-profit organization, Artists for the Arts Foundation.
The next gig worth a special mention is a FREE Pine Mountain Logs gig on Sunday, July 24, at the Playa Vista concert dome....outdoors on a huge grass field. Bring a picnic lunch and some lawn chairs, and soak up the California sunshine.
We're finally getting back to Lake Arrowhead this Summer....Saturday, August 13. It's kind of a Venice / Pine Mountain Logs co-bill. Reserved tables are sold out, but there are always places to pull up a chair or dance the night away.
Last but not least, I'm working on booking a short Venice tour in Holland in November. You'll be able to read all about that at Venice Central and on our Facebook page if and when it's confirmed.
Please don't forget to visit LennonRecords.net . Tom Lennon and Charlie Vaughn's new CDs (which i produced) are waiting for you to pick 'em up and give 'em a listen! We sold over 200 of each CD during the Ven-ish tour in Holland, and we've received great reviews from happy customers. You can listen to audio samples on the site. Oh yeah, and there's a money back guarantee from yours truly!
Well, I really look forward to seeing you all at an upcoming Venice or Logs show. Please forgive me if you notice that I'm a bit "happy" on stage.......The Boys are back in town!!!!!
Thanks again for all your support.
May 13, 2011
Last night at the O2 Stadium in London, Pink Floyd singer and guitarist David Gilmour made a surprise appearance singing "Comfortably Numb" at Roger Waters' "The Wall" show, and Kipp Lennon harmonized with him.
(View this in pro-shot multi-camera HD here.)
At the end of the show, Gilmour and Floyd drummer Nick Mason joined Waters, as well as Kipp, Mark and Pat for "Outside the Wall."
Then this morning,
Kipp called into the Mark & Brian radio program, on 95.5FM
KLOS, and told the whole story. You can listen to that here.
May 6, 2011
Thanks to Karina Groh, we can now enjoy Venice's three guest appearances on the 1987 sitcom "Throb" in high quality.
April 5, 2011
There's less than a week left before we fly across the Atlantic Ocean and into the music venues of Holland. It's a very exciting time for me and for the rest of the members of Venice and Ven-ish:
-My children and my brother Tom will see Holland for the first time.
-Venice will play a sold out show in Amsterdam in the middle of Mark, Kipp and Pat's sold out European tour with Roger Waters.
-Tom Lennon and Charlie Vaughn will have brand new CD's available at the shows, both of which were produced by me and include many special guests.....most of them Lennons!
-Venice will also have a PAL version of the "Live in Hollywood - 1990" DVD available during this tour.
-I'm thrilled to announce that Jamie Wollam will stay in Holland after the Venice show in Amsterdam and join Ven-ish for all 6 of our shows, playing drums and percussion. This will free me up from having to remain seated while playing foot drums, playing guitar and singing all at the same time. I'll be free to roam the stage and rock the house....even if I'm playing banjo! Also, Nick Bult might stop by a show or two......... or three.
-Mark, Kipp and Pat have been able to arrange to stay in Holland a day longer so that they can come and see the Ven-ish show at the Melkweg in Amsterdam on April 12th.
If all of that wasn’t already exciting enough, how about this? My new record label, Lennon Records, is finally official, and our brand new website is up and running. Run, don’t walk, to www.lennonrecords.net to hear audio of Ven-ish, get Ven-ish tour date info, photos, videos, links, etc. Please sign the email list. I’ll only send out mails for special announcements.....not all the time!
If you can’t make a show, you can order Tom and Charlie’s new CDs at www.lennonrecords.net. Or if you’re anxious to hear these CDs and you don’t want to wait, you can download both albums as MP3 files right now. Follow the links at www.lennonrecords.net underneath the heading, “Links and other stuff.” If you learn all the songs, you can sing them along with us at the shows!
If you don't yet have your tickets for Ven-ish, there's still time. We're 9 tickets away from a sellout in Utrecht. This will be the second sellout of the tour........very exciting!
Again, I want to thank you all for supporting this new adventure of mine. You all told me, "When one door closes, another one opens," and you were right. This Ven-ish tour would not be possible without your support. I look forward to seeing you all and sharing this new adventure with you.
Michael - Ven-ish
PS. For all you American friends that are getting this, I want to let you know there will be Ven-ish shows in America when we return....I promise!
April 1, 2010
Venice's keyboardist Chris Horvath was the musical director of last night's episode of "Grey's Anatomy." If you missed it, you can watch it online. In America, click here. Outside of America, try this link. (Sorry for the timing, but I promise this is not an April Fools joke.)
March 22, 2011
Roger Waters has announced that he'll film and record all 6 "The Wall" shows at the O2 Arena in London in May, presumably for an eventual live album and DVD/Blu-ray release. So if you missed the tour in America, this will be your second chance to see and hear it.
The European tour,
with Venice's Kipp, Mark and Pat Lennon resuming their duties
as backup singers, begins tonight in Libson, PT, and continues
through early July. All tour dates are posted here. If they're playing
in your country, make sure you get tickets! Trust me, I've
seen the show twice, and it's a must-see event.
March 2, 2011
Everyone, please be aware that Saturday's Artists for the Arts Foundation concert will begin at 7pm sharp. We know that the average concert usually begins at 8 (which actually means 8:30), so we'd hate for anyone to miss a minute because you didn't read your tickets closely enough. This one will start promptly at 7. Spread the word!
March 1, 2011
You can now listen to this morning's appearance on Mark & Brian over here.
February 28, 2011
The aforementioned Mark & Brian radio appearance tomorrow morning will take place between 9-10am PST. In Los Angeles, tune into KLOS, 95.5FM. Otherwise, go here and click on "Listen Live."
In addition, this
Friday morning, March 4, set your alarms early (or do what I do
and set your DVR) and tune into the KTLA (channel 5) morning news,
to see Venice and Richard Page of Mr. Mister, at the following
5:42am - 10 second tease
5:46am - 4 minute hit
6:26am - 10 second tease
6:46am - 3 minute hit
7:21am - 10 second tease
7:34am - 3 minute hit
After the final live hit, they will pre-tape an additional tease and hit that will air later that day, during the 1pm hour.
Both of these
interviews will include musical performances, and will be in promotion
of Saturday night's Santa Monica concert. Tickets are still
February 22, 2011
On Tuesday morning, March 1, listen to Mark & Brian's radio show for a performance and interview with Venice and special guests America. If Mark & Brian aren't syndicated in your area, you can tune in via the internet. Go here and click on "Listen Live." When we find out the exact time, we'll let you know!
February 12, 2011
Here's a brand new music video we made of Michael Lennon's side project, Ven-ish. Check the tour dates page and see 'em live in Holland this April!
January 28, 2011
Sorry for the late notice, but I'm just getting confirmation for this now. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow morning, January 29, for Venice's next Artists for the Arts Foundation concert, taking place March 5th in Santa Monica, CA. Headliners will include Richard Page, lead singer of Mr. Mister, and the band America. And of course, the Samohi Orchestra and Chorus will be prominently featured as well. It's always an amazing show, and this year will be no exception. You'll be able to purchase tickets here.
January 4, 2011
I have two exciting announcements to share. First, that the April 10th Venice show at the Melkweg in Amsterdam is now officially sold out. And second, that when the show is over and Kipp, Mark and Pat leave the Netherlands to continue their background duties on Roger Waters' "The Wall" world tour, I'm going to stick around to play some bonus shows with a brand new band of familiar faces.
Before I tell you about this new venture, I'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our huge group of supporters for selling out the Melkweg show in only a couple of days. It really means the world to us to continue to feel so much love from you guys, even after being away for so long.
Once the news broke earlier in the year that I would no longer be a part of "The Wall" tour, and that Pat would take my place, I received so many incredible e-mails from many of you. Some telling me that other doors will open, some encouraging me to put my talents to use elsewhere, and some of you asking me to come to Holland on my own tour. So I've decided to do them all. And the beautiful thing is that I didn't need to go outside my own family to find this new opportunity.
This special tour of Michael Lennon with Family and Friends -- or "Ven-ish", as some have called it -- will be an acoustic based concert. Of course we'll play plenty of Venice favorites. And I'll get the pleasure and honor of sharing the stage with a group of performers who are all very special to me. We'll showcase the talents and original songs of Kipp's son Charlie Vaughn and my older brother Tom Lennon -- both of which will have brand new CDs on sale at these shows, produced by yours truly. We'll proudly feature the Holland debut of my beautiful 15-year-old daughter Avalon Lennon on lead and backing vocals. And the bass guitar duties will be handled by none other than Venice's world famous virtuoso, Mr. Mark Harris.
I hope you'll join us on this new adventure, and help us celebrate the birth of this brand new branch of our Venice Family Tree.
Our first confirmed date is April 12 at
Melkweg. That show will go on sale on January 8, as you can read on
their website, here:
Further tour dates, music samples and ticket info will be posted soon on www.venicecentral.com. Please keep an eye on that site for further announcements.
Thanks again to each of you for your unending support. Words can't describe how much I appreciate it.