Mark E. Everett of Eels has been given the Freedom of the City of London.
Eels frontman Mark Everett was been given the Freedom of the City of London ahead of his concert at the Barbican Centre on Thursday (July 24, 2014). Everett was previously mistaken for a terrorist in the capital.
Mark Everett performing with eels in Venice [Getty/Frederick M. Brown]
In 2010, Everett, or "E", was questioned by police in London's Hyde Park after they mistook him for a suspected terrorist. The singer, who boasts an impressive and full bodied beard, was taking a break from a day of interviews when authorities approached him after he appeared to fit the description of a suspicious person they were looking for. "Not every guy with short hair and a long beard is a terrorist. Some of us just want to rock," he said at the time.
Continue reading: Mark Everett, The Guy From Eels, Is Given Freedom Of The City Of London
eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London at a ceremony in the British capital.
Everett accepted the traditional honour on Thursday (24Jul) just hours before his rock band's gig at the city's Barbican Centre.
He follows in the footsteps of previous recipients including Dame Judi Dench, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, Sir Michael Caine, Henry Winkler and fellow rocker Bob Geldof, who picked up the same accolade in September (13).
The once reclusive Open Arms singer performed Journey classics with the rockers onstage in Minnesota and Washington, D.C. and on Wednesday he hit the spotlight again during The Eels' Orpheum Theatre concert.
The L.A. show marked Perry's first public performance of Lights in almost two decades. He also revisited classic tunes Open Arms and Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' as he did at his previous shows with the Eels.
Last Sunday (25May14), Perry made his first public performance since the late 1990s when he performed with the band at their concert in St. Paul, Minnesota, and treated fans to Journey's classic hits including Open Arms and Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'.
Perry made a repeat performance at Washington, D.C.'s Lincoln Theatre, singing the same two Journey tracks, as wells as Sam Cooke's Only Sixteen and Eels' It's a Motherf**ker.
Continue reading: Steve Perry Performs With Eels For Second Time In A Week
The former Journey vocalist made a return to the spotlight after a 19-year absence from the stage when he joined Eels at their gig in St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday night (25May14) and performed three tracks, including rock classics Open Arms and Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'.
Everett, aka E, insists the guest spot was a long time coming - because Perry has been an Eels fan for over a decade.
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Former Journey frontman Steve Perry made a triumphant return to the stage on Sunday night (25May14) when he joined rockers eels for impromptu, pitch-perfect renditions of classics Open Arms and Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' at their Minnesota gig.
The show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul marked Perry's first public performance since the late 1990s.
The singer quit Journey in 1986 but briefly reunited with the group a decade later. His name has been back in the news recently after he revealed he was discussing a possible comeback with his former bandmates.
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There was a lot of love in the room for the eels show in Bournemouth. Much of it was actually on stage, with Mark Oliver Everett going out of his way to sidestep the spotlight in favour of highlighting members of the band. In-between the crunching riffs and inspired cover versions he was calling his band mates to the front of the stage for a hug. That enthusiasm and camaraderie was infectious leaving the audience in an uplifted and celebratory mood. This wasn't the sound of a man dealing with his inner demons, instead E was in a thoroughly life affirming mood.
It's also clear that Eels are a well-oiled machine. Songs were grouped into clearly defined sections leaving the setlist as an organic progression from loud southern infused Rock to Everett's unique quirky Pop sound and back again. Dressed in matching Adidas tracksuits the band looked like a bizarre re-invention of a sixties pop group, with Knuckles' drum kit at the front of the stage and three band members on a rear riser behind him. There was theatricality throughout, with a hilarious skit to introduce the band, and the ignition sequence during main set closing track 'Souljacker'.
The growling guitars of opener 'Bombs Away' heralded a quick succession of songs from new album Wonderful Glorious, punctuated by the surprise inclusion of Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well'. The Garage Rock of the opening 30 minutes showed just how skilled Everett is in writing big songs with catchy hooks that sit comfortably alongside such a familiar cover. The mood started to mellow following 'Peach Blossom' and 'Prizefighter', which opened the door for a revamped version of 'Fresh Feeling' and the second cover of the night 'Itchycoo Park'. While the set wasn't structured towards nostalgia, relying heavily on new material, there was a wry sense of humour on show as E made The Small Faces' song very much his own.
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Albums of Note... Mark Oliver Everett (better known as ‘E’) returns as eels, with new album Wonderful, Glorious. It’s a return to the form that we saw from Eels in the ‘90s. In recent years, Eels albums have been a rather bleak affair, as Everett has had to deal with the death of his parents, his sister and his cousin, all in a relatively short space of time. Wonderful, Glorious sees Eels get some of the fight back – literally, in ‘Kinda Fuzzy,’ in which he snarls “don’t mess with me I’m up for a fight.”“this teeth-grit, eyes ahead attitude is something we've come to expect from Eels, and Wonderful, Glorious is at its best when he's at his growliest… By the end you even sense a form of happiness has fallen upon this most maligned performer…"
Frightened Rabbit have parted ways with Brighton indie label Fat Cat and release their third album Pedestrian Verse on Atlantic Records. With most of the album’s tracks having been written around the time of Scott Hutchinson’s relationship breakup, it can make for a pretty uncomfortable listen at times. With a new producer at the helm the band seem to have developed a more free-flowing musical ideal, even if the emotions contained within are high in intensity.“In summary, 'Pedestrian Verse' can perhaps best be described as the sound of Frightened Rabbit doing what they do best. Just how many more fall outs and break-ups Scott Hutchison can through to continue the cycle remains to be seen, but for now this is up there alongside 'The Midnight Organ Fight' as one of the band's finest collections to date.”