March 24, 2014

Dear friends,

As we prepare for our trip back to Holland, and our first band trip to Paris, France (as well as our very first ever concert in that country), we wanted to update you on all things Venice.

Promo Video
If you haven't yet watched our funny promo for this tour, be sure and check it out here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXTI_ASjfcQ

What Summer Brings
We're very happy to announce that the new Venice double album, "What Summer Brings," is now available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, and many other digital distribution sites, in America and throughout the world.   If you download the album, please email us at venicetheband@gmail.com and use the subject "Album Liner Notes," and we'll send you a digital version of the CD's lyrics booklet, containing Kipp's handmade artwork for each song, songwriting and musician credits, a few photos, etc.

Even if you have the album already, please take a second to write us a glowing review:

...on iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/what-summer-brings/id839177717
(Start on this link, click "View in iTunes," click on "Ratings and Reviews," and then click on "Write a Review.")
(Even if you can't think of anything to write, please rank us with five stars.)

...or on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/product-reviews/B00IY5MEYI/ref=acr_dpdigitalmusic_text?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

In the coming weeks, the physical CD will also be go on sale at CD Baby, Amazon, and many other online retailers.

Jackson Browne Tribute Album Featuring VENICE!
We are so honored to have been asked to contribute to the first ever Jackson Browne tribute album, "Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne."   We're in the company of some pretty big names on this album:   Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby, Bonnie Raitt, just to name a few.   Of course we decided to do our rendition of "For a Dancer," but we've made a few arrangement tweaks, such as Mark and Kipp sharing lead vocals.   The album is due out on April 1st, so watch for it, and please spread the word to your friends that your band Venice is on it.

15 Years in The Netherlands
Next week, we'll be in Hollland, celebrating 15 years of sharing our music with the Dutch people.   It's been an amazing journey, and we honestly can't think of a better place to have found success outside of the states.   The upcoming tour will include a special show in Arnhem at Luxor Live, the first live concert venue we ever played in the Netherlands.....what a night that was!   The tour is also in support of our newest single release, "Chemistry."   We've been rehearsing some new songs from "What Summer Brings" that have never been performed live, so practice singing along, or put on your air guitar.   We're ready for you...will you be ready for us?

Tickets are still available for these shows, so check Venice Central for the dates!

VENICE in PARIS
No, the city isn't relocating, the band is spreading its wings.   That's right, it's our first ever live show in Paris, April 5th at Divan Du Monde, a very cool club.   We're really looking forward to starting a revolution in France -- a Venice revolution!   We hope that some of our friends in the surrounding countries will join us for this new adventure in Venice's history.   If you have any family or friends in Paris or nearby, please let them know about the show.

We'll also be doing a live performance and interview the night before, April 4, on RTL radio show "Les Nocturnes" with famous French DJ Georges Lang.   You can tune in live from anywhere in the world via their webpage: http://www.rtl.fr

California's Calling and Illinois is Illin' For Us
Yes, after jet setting around Europe, we'll return to America for some really fun shows in California and Illinois.   Details on some of these are still being worked out, so watch Venice Central's tour dates page for:
- A return to Acoustic Music San Diego.....at a new location!
- Our first ever concert at The Grove Theater in Upland CA (please note the 6pm showtime)
- The infamous Lake Arrowhead concert.....Venice and their alter ego, the Pine Mountain Logs
- The annual Lennon Family concert
- Pine Mountain Logs at Playa Vista
- A special stripped-down acoustic show at Russ & Julie's house concert series in Oak Park, CA
- Venice's return to Springfield IL's Legacy Theatre....and the Logs' return to Boondocks Pub!
- And many more!

Artists for the Arts
People have been asking about this annual event, so we want to let everyone officially know that we've decided to take a year off.   But mark your calendars for our triumphant return to Samohi's Barnum Hall: February 7, 2015!

That's it for now.   Please remember to check www.venicecentral.com and our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/venicetheband, for more news and show info.   Hope to see you soon!

All the best,

Michael - Venice

 

 

February 19, 2014




The venue for Venice's Paris show is in the heart of the city, close to Saint Germain Des Pres and Notre Dame.  If you'd like to travel there to attend Venice's first show in France, we've arranged for you to receive a special rate when you book a room at one of the following hotels:


Hotel Familia
11 Rue des Ecoles
Tel:  00+3343545527
Reservations: 
hotelfamilia@wanadoo.fr

Hotel Minerve
13 Rue des Ecoles
Tel:  00+3343262604
Reservations:  resa@parishotelminerve.com

Hotel Studia
51 Boulevard Saint Germain
Tel:  00+3343268100
Reservations: 
hotelstudia@orange.fr

In order to receive the special rate, be sure and mention that you're there to see the band Venice!

As for concert tickets, you can purchase those at any of the following links:
http://www.ticketnet.fr/fr/resultat?ipSearch=venice
http://www.digitick.com/venice-concert-divan-du-monde-paris-05-avril-2014-css4-digitick-pg101-ri2295290.html
http://www.fnacspectacles.com/place-spectacle/manifestation/Pop-rock-Folk-VENICE-DM05A.htm


November 1, 2013


October 11, 2013
Here it is, the moment you've all been waiting for! The world premiere of Venice's first single from their brand new double CD, "What Summer Brings." Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly present, "What's Done is Done."

 




September 17, 2013

Hello friends,

As you might have guessed, the band has been working hard on our new Venice album, "What Summer Brings." I can't wait to share all these new songs and new sounds with you all. And I'm so excited to announce that this will be a DOUBLE album! After seven years since our last studio album, we have too many new songs we want to share, so this will be a 2 CD set. We tried cutting it down to 15 or 16 songs on one CD...but we all agreed we couldn't do it....the songs are too good! ;) This album shows some new sides of Venice where we're stretching our wings creatively, but it also retains the familiar Venice sound you've so kindly embraced over the years.

Before Kipp, Mark and Pat left town in mid-July to tour European stadiums with Roger Waters on the latest leg of their "Wall" tour, we recorded basic tracks for the new album (drums, bass and rough guitars), and THEN all of their vocals......plus Pat's guitar parts. While the boys have been gone, I've been burning the midnight oil, adding keyboards, percussion and guitars, with some help from our close family of professional musicians........working together to build these songs into what we envisioned when we wrote them. I've been sending mixes to the boys to listen to, and get their feedback on. It's weird not to have them around, but it is fun to surprise them with new mixes and newly added parts that they haven't heard. They love that "Wall" gig, but they're eager to get home....and I'm eager to have them back!

We're on track to release "What Summer Brings" at the beginning of November, right before our Holland tour begins. It will be on sale at the merch booth at every stop on the tour. U.S. fans will be able to order the album from our Venice Store website, or pick it up at any of our December shows.

We're pleased to announce that we've added a show to Venice's "What Summer Brings" tour in Holland. It will take place on November 23 at Schaaf City Theater in Leewarden. Tickets are already on sale, and can be obtained here.

We're very excited to announce that during our Netherlands tour, we will be acting as "house band" on a new Radio 2 show with DJ Sander Guis, every Sunday afternoon in the month of November, from 2-4pm. You should be able to stream the show over the internet anywhere in the world from their official website. We'll share more info with you as we get it.

For all you California Venetians, or visiting Venetians, we will be doing our annual Halloween show on Saturday, October 26, at the Lennon Lounge in Santa Monica. This show features Venice and The Pine Mountain Logs sharing an evening of rock & roll. The band dresses up, and we encourage you to as well. There will be prizes for best costumes. Tickets for the Halloween show will go on sale October 1 at 10am PST, exclusively at Venice Store. Save the date!

When we return from Holland, we'll hit the ground running. First off, we're doing three different headlining concerts in Illinois: A Christmas show and a Pine Mountain Logs show in Springfield, and a "greatest hits" show in Carbondale. See Venice Central for details. And then, it wouldn't be a Christmas season with Venice Christmas concerts, right? So we hope to see you at one of these:

December 14 - Lennon Lounge, Santa Monica, CA
Tickets on sale soon

December 15 - SOhO, Santa Barbara, CA
Tickets on sale soon

December 19 - Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
Tickets on sale here.

We look forward too seeing you all, and we're so excited to have new Venice music to share with you, on disc and live! Thanks for the never-ending support. We're so lucky to have you!

Best,

Michael - Venice

 

July 5, 2013

Dear friends,

I'm writing to update you on "What Summer Brings"......our new album and the upcoming tour.

First, we've just added another show to the fall Netherlands tour. November 7th at Roepaen Podium in Ottersum.  Tickets can be purchased here.

We're excited to return to Holland for this theater tour.  We look forward to debuting lots of new songs from "What Summer Brings," and also playing all the favorites.  We're bringing the full band, and we're going to break it down AND rock it out.  It's gonna be great!

The new album has been a true labor of love.  The fact that it's been 7 years since the last studio album has allowed us to store up lots of new ideas, and mature in our writing and production....and it's made us so hungry to get back in the studio and create....and explore.  There'll be some fresh new sounds on the album, but they'll be accompanied by familiar sounding "signature" Venice songs.  Co-writing with longtime Venice collaborator, John Vester, as well as our more recent collaborator, Charlie Vaughn, has added another dimension to the writing.

The last two weeks have been amazingly productive.  We've tracked 18 of 20 songs with drums and bass.  The world famous Mark Harris on bass for most of them, accompanied by fan favorites Dann Gillen and Jamie Wollam on drums.....what a privilege to work with these true pros and dear friends.  And we've already recorded lead vocals on 80% of the songs.  Vocals are a priority right now, due to the 3 other Lennon boys heading back out with The Wall tour in a couple of weeks.  There's a new confidence and maturity in Mark's and Kipp's lead vocals.....We were actually laughing that this late in our careers, we feel like we're finally figuring things out.....It's never too late to learn and grow...And such an honor for me to produce and engineer such talented singers.

Since so many of you have asked for a taste of "What Summer Brings," we'll be sharing some audio snippets of what's to come....just to wet your appetite.  We're not quite ready to put that out yet, but keep your eyes on Facebook and Venice Central, because you never know when we might suddenly throw that out there.  We'll also notify you via e-mail blast.

Well, I guess that's it for now I gotta get back to the studio....Pat's gonna lay down some guitar on the new songs.

Can't wait for all of you to hear this stuff.....

Until soon!

Michael - Venice

 


May 11, 2013

Hey everybody!

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:

http://www.955klos.com/common/more.php?m=56&r=201&mode=3&is_corp=0

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.

http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/homeandfamily/comingsoon

Kipp Lennon

 

 

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.

Kipp Lennon

 

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.

Now - putting aside the fact that I'm grateful to have known Mark (and all the Lennons) for years and really love the whole family, AND taking into consideration that after a life spent working with literally some of the best singers in pop music, I'm probably the most blunt, jaded, un-loyal, and unforgiving person there is when it comes to discussing "talent", I just have to say this...

Mark Lennon is probably one of the 3 best singers I have ever worked with in my life.

I've played countless shows with him in the United States and Europe, and had him sing on hundreds of sessions, and I swear I have never seen or heard anyone be so consistent; pitch, groove, performance, delivery, and emotion.

I can't even count how many times we've done shows and there's some song we've played eleventy-billion times (which I am dreading even HEARING again let alone playing) and Mark sings it like it's the first time; with passion, emotion, and incredible delivery I didn't think possible.

I've had him sing on commercials, film scores, and songs and I shake my head every time at how good his vocal sounds - whether lead or bg he never phones it in.

Why he wasn't picked by one of the "coaches" (and I use that word very loosely) could be many reasons, but remember this;

"The Voice" isn't music - it's entertainment.

And like the real music world, it's not a talent contest.  If it were, there would be a very different group of people both on the show and the Billboard Hot 100.

I suppose it's better in the long run for me personally, because if I had to watch one of those four "teach" him about singing, I may have had a seizure.  They may be successful artists, but when it comes to sheer singing talent?  Puleeeze.  But I digress...

Congrats, Marky, on stepping up and bringing your best once again.  Maybe next time they'll let YOU pick the song!

Love you buddy - see you at the next soundcheck ;-)

That is all - carry on...

Chris Horvath

 

 

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

Hello friends,

Well, the boys are officially back in town.  We've had two great Venice gigs since their return from the record-breaking "Wall" tour.....and now we're really excited to get back to work on writing songs for a new Venice album.  More on that in upcoming newsletters.

I'm excited to let you know that we'll be returning to Holland this December for some special acoustic Christmas concerts:

12/6 - Martinikerk, Groningen
12/7 - Grote Kerk, Dordrecht
12/8 - Oostzijderkerk, Zaandam
12/11 - Roepaen, Ottersum

Tickets for the first three shows can be purchased at www.aanspreekpunt.nl.
Tickets for the Ottersum show will go on sale through the venue's website.
For full venue information, please see the tour dates page at www.venicecentral.com.

For those of you who have not yet experienced a Venice Christmas show, we play Venice favorites, we play holiday classics.....and sometimes we even mix the two together!  We hope you'll come out and join us on this short tour.  We've tried to book shows in the different regions of Holland in hopes of offering a show near YOU!

For all our American friends, we're happy to announce an upcoming Halloween show at the Lennon Lounge in Santa Monica on Saturday, October 27th.  Tickets will go on sale in September.  Also, the US Christmas shows are being finalized, and we should be able to announce details shortly.

Hope to see everyone soon!

Best,
Michael - Venice




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:
www.venicecentral.com/mail/?p=subscribe

Thanks!



June 21, 2012

Dear friends,

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:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/251484

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!

Best,
Michael




May 18, 2012

Dear Friends,

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!

Best,
Michael - Venice




April 17, 2012





February 28, 2012

Dear Friends,

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!

Venice


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

Dear Friends,

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!

Best,
Michael

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!

Best,

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.


HOLIDAY SHOWS:

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.


Best,
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!


www.venicecentral.com
www.lennonrecords.net
www.facebook.com/venicetheband


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
NME
IMDB
411 Mania
Examiner.com
Gibson
Syracuse.com
Prefix Magazine
Stereoboard.com
Gigwise
Clash Music
The Hot Hits
Consequene of Sound
Digital Spy
99.7 Now Radio
103.3 WODS FM
FreddyO.com
Warming Glow
Buzzfeed
Gossip Rocks
About That
Nikki Thomas Network
Ant.ag
Celebrity News
Gossipvita
Hometown Hollywood
Tuscon Weekly
The Ricky Show
Guitar Bites
Blippitt

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 one!!!


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

Dear friends,

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.

Best,
Michael Lennon


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

 Dear friends,

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.

Best,

Michael - Ven-ish
www.lennonrecords.net
www.venicecentral.com

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 approximate times:
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 available here!


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

Dear Friends,

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:
http://www.melkweg.nl/artikelpagina.jsp?language=nederlands&batchno=8&offset=84&artikelid=198453&disciplineid=muziek&agendaitemid=198448

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.

Best,
Michael - Venice


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