Hello all. Last year in Oslo I met Øystein Greni, frontman of one of the biggest and most influential Norwegian bands of the last 10 years Bigbang. Gab and I were first introduced to the band years ago when we saw a live performance from them on a cultural Mexican TV station.
In December 2013 I caught Bigbang live in Oslo and after the show I met Øystein and we became friends straight away. Months later I visited Norway again and after going on a good long run though the Norwegian woods we ended up at his place playing old vinyl records from his huge collection.
He introduced me to a song called Natures Way from an American band from the 60’s called Spirit and I thought it was a great song! Right then we decided to record it without having any plans to release it in any way shape or form. A few days later we met at a studio in Oslo, and after the success of the session we decided to give it a serious try. A month later, during our summer tour in the States, I showed Gab the track and she loved it!
In September, before we started our autumn tour in Europe, she recorded her guitars back at our studios in Mexico and the track was ready! In October the video was shot without any big plans ahead, just for the love of it. A bunch of young and talented Norwegian film makers wanted a song for an idea they had in mind. They called Øystein asking if he had a track they could use and he offered them Nature’s Way.
Three days later and we had an outstanding video and in complete harmony with the lyrics of the song.
This song is not part of any album either from Rodrigo y Garbriela or from Øystein. We hope you like it and if you do please share it with your friends.
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Just announced – a new date at The Palais, Melbourne, Australia on 7th April 2015.
Buy tickets here.
Rodrigo y Gabriela are offering the original artwork from their April 2014 album 9 Dead Alive, created from broken vinyl, for auction via their philanthropic arm, B Major, to benefit two animal shelters in Jersey City, NJ and Boulder, CO.
Eleven total pieces are being auctioned for charity – one representing each song from 9 Dead Alive, the album cover, and an additional piece not associated with a song. The pieces are one-of-a-kind, limited to 1/1, and are hand-signed by Rodrigo, Gabriela, and the artist, Eugene Serebrennikov (www.hyp-inc.com).
Each piece is hand-made from broken vinyl record and mounted on 18” x 24” white craft paper. Using a water cutting technique, Serebrennikov molded the broken vinyl to match their corresponding illustrations. Each piece is featured in the liner notes for 9 Dead Alive. Watch a video of the records being created here.
All profits will be split in half and distributed evenly between See Spot Rescued, a canine rescue shelter in Jersey City, NJ, and the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. The auctions will be hosted on eBay and will start at $599.00.
The first 5 pieces (1. The Soundmaker; 2. Torito; 3. Sunday Neurosis; 4. Misty Moses; 5. Somnium) will be listed on Tuesday November 4, ending on Tuesday November 11, with each auction ending in 15 minute intervals starting at 7:15 PM EST. The last 6 pieces (6. FRAM; 7. Megalopolis; 8. The Russian Messenger; 9. La salle des pas perdus), plus the album cover and additional piece, will be listed on Thursday November 6 at 7:15 EST, ending on Thursday November 13, and will follow the same 15 minute interval schedule.
The pieces will be posted for auction here
B Major is an advocacy platform created by Rodrigo y Gabriela to raise awareness for non-profit organizations around the world who support causes close to Rod and Gab, including sustainable, healthy living, responsible world-citizenship, and equality amongst all living things.
About the Charities – See Spot Rescued & The Humane Society of Boulder Valley
See Spot Rescued – Jersey City, NJ
See Spot Rescued has a single purpose, to provide a permanent loving home for every homeless dog. See Spot Rescued focuses on saving dogs from high kill shelters in the South, specifically in rural North Carolina, West Virginia and Georgia. All dogs rescued from the shelter are vetted at their expense. They work to make the best possible match between the family and the dog, based on previous history, breed and experience. In addition to being spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped, See Spot Rescued has replaced hips and paid for other life-saving surgeries. They strive to provide veterinary services no matter the medical expense.
Humane Society of Boulder Valley
It is the mission of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley to protect and enhance the lives of companion animals by promoting healthy relationships between pets and people. They were founded more than a century ago in 1902, yet this mission holds true today as they counter animal neglect and cruelty and partner with other animal welfare organizations, sharing the mutual mission of saving more animals’ lives. The Humane Society of Boulder Valley provides shelter and care to more than 8,000 animals each year. Their unique facility includes a behavior modification program, which helps shelter dogs and cats overcome behavior problems; a foster program, which makes it possible for them to help more animals by providing individualized care to those with special needs; and an onsite veterinary clinic that allows us to provide necessary medical support to animals in need.
Rodrigo y Gabriela are delighted to announce a headline performance at the world famous Sydney Opera House on Thursday 9th April, 2015.
Rodrigo y Gabriela will perform at the 2015 Byron Bay Blues Fest, New South Wales, Australia. You can catch Rod and Gab on the 4th and 5th of April.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rodrigo y Gabriela will perform alongside Metallica members Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo at the Mill Valley Film Festival on Monday October 6 as part of a musical celebration honoring the pioneering jazz musician Jaco Pastorius. The performance is in correlation with the Trujillo-directed film, JACO. Tickets can be purchased at http://ticketf.ly/1t8dmph
Additionally, For Those About To Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela will screen at the film Mill Valley Film Festival on October 5th and 7th. Ticket info can be found at http://bit.ly/1r8Mzee.
We are excited to announce that Øystein Greni of Norwegian rock group BigBang will support Rodrigo y Gabriela on each headline date of their 2014 U.S. Fall Tour. Visit the ‘Tour Dates’ page to buy tickets.
Starting September 16, we are giving away two tickets to each headline show on Rodrigo y Gabriela’s 2014 U.S. Fall Tour! Each winner will also receive a vinyl copy of ‘9 Dead Alive’, and ONE grand prize winner will win a lithograph signed by Rod and Gab. Contest ends Thurs Sept. 25 at 6 PM EST
Sign up for the RyG newsletter to enter. Enter at http://woobox.com/ofvn64
ABOUT ØYSTEIN GRENI
Oystein Greni has piloted his band Bigbang through several #1 albums in Norway. As the main songwriter, singer and guitarist in this power trio, he has enjoyed both critical acclaim and sustained commercial success as one of Norways premiere live attractions.
The story behind Greni supporting Rodrigo y Gabriela started when a live gig by Bigbang for some odd reason, and unknown to the band, appeared on Mexican television. Rodrigo was tuned in to the show and he later tracked down Greni, saw Bigbang live in Oslo and offered him some acoustic support slots in Europe. This turned out so well that he´s now invited to join RyG for more tour dates in the US and Europe.
Many of Oystein´s tunes have reached no 1 on the charts, and have been used on major movies and TV commercials. Bigbang has toured extensively in Europe and Brazil, supported The Rolling Stones on two occasions, toured with Jack White´s project The Raconteurs, and played most major festivals in Scandinavia. Besides residing in Oslo, Oystein lives parttime in Echo Park LA where he records at the shack home-studio he has built there. This is his first major outing as a solo artist, and he will be backed up on stage by Jared Nelson Smith of Bend, Oregon. For more info, see www.oysteingreni.com
Rodrigo y Gabriela’s 9 Dead Alive 2014 U.S. Tour will continue this fall, starting in Miami, FL on October 8 and ending in Boston, MA on October 29. Full dates below.
VIP and Fan Club ticket pre-sales will begin Tuesday July 22 at 10:00 AM local time, with most shows going on sale to the public on Friday July 25 (10/9 Clearwater, FL on sale July 26). Visit the Tour Dates page for more info.
10/8/14 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach – Tickets
10/9/14 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Tickets
10/11/14 – Charleston, SC – Southern Ground Music Festival – Tickets
10/12/14 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City – Tickets
10/15/14 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center – Tickets
10/16/14 – Austin, TX – Moody Theater at ACL Live – Tickets
10/18/14 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Wireless Theatre – Tickets
10/21/14 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Center – Tickets
10/22/14 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater – Tickets
10/24/14 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theater – Tickets
10/25/14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit – Tickets
10/27/14 – Burlington, VT – Flynn Center – Tickets
10/28/14 – Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre – Tickets
10/29/14 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre – Tickets
The following shows have just been announced for Rodrigo y Gabriela’s Winter European tour.
These shows are on sale now
21st November, Hamburg, Germany – Grosse Freiheit 36 – Tickets
8th December, Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli Vredenburg – Tickets
These shows go on sale 21st July at 9am CET
14th December, Zurich, Switzeland – X-Tra
15th December, Geneva – Thonex Live
Rodrigo y Gabriela have been nominated for the AIM Independent Music Awards in the Best Live Act Category.
Vote for them here.