Easy Star All-Stars to release Thrillah - reggae tribute to Michael Jackson's Thriller
Following up on the Easy Star All-Stars’ hugely successful reggae tribute albums Dub Side of the Moon (2003), Radiodread (2006) and Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band (2009) comes the New York-based reggae tribute super-group’s adaptation of the greatest selling record of all time – Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Easy Star’s Thrillah will be released in the UK on August 27th, 2012. A 16-date UK tour has been confirmed for November 2012, which coincides with the 30th Anniversary of Thriller’s release. The band’s live show is legendary, and having performed at Glastonbury Festival 2009 on 3 days across 3 stages (including the Pyramid Stage), they were nominated for a UK Festival Award.
Easy Star’s Thrillah brings back several of the reggae stars from previous albums, such as vocalists Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Steel Pulse, Luciano, Mojo Morgan (Morgan Heritage), alongside the diverse roster of guests, including Yossi Fine (David Bowie, Lou Reed), Joe Tomino (Dub Trio/Matisyahu), Andy Farag (Umphrey’s McGee), and horn tracks courtesy of Israel’s highly-acclaimed Hadag Nachash.
“I was most excited about Thriller,” says producer/arranger/guitarist Michael Goldwasser. “I was always an R&B/soul and reggae kid growing up and I have an intense personal connection to Michael Jackson’s music. Writing the arrangements for this album was a cool challenge. I didn’t have to try to make non-dance music into dance music as on our previous albums because the original Thriller is so danceable already, but I needed to find ways to make each song groove in a different way from the original version.”
Billy Jean is currently available as a free download from http://easystarallstars.net/thrillah The Billie Jean EP is released on July 10th, and includes two album tracks, along with non-album remixes and a dub version.
EASY STAR ALL-STARS THRILLAH UK TOUR
Thu 1 READING Sub89 www.sub89.com
Fri 2 MANCHESTER Band on the Wall bandonthewall.org
Sat 3 KENDAL Brewery Arts Centre www.breweryarts.co.uk
Sun 4 NEW BRIGHTON Floral Pavilion www.floralpavilion.com
Tue 6 NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms www.rescuerooms.com
Wed 7 YORK The Duchess theduchessyork.co.uk
Thu 8 BILSTON The Robin 2 www.therobin.co.uk
Fri 9 FALMOUTH Princess Pavilion www.carrickleisureservices.org.uk
Sat 10 EXETER Phoenix www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
Sun 11 SOUTHAMPTON The Brook www.the-brook.com
Tue 13 BRISTOL Fleece www.thefleece.co.uk
Wed 14 LEEDS University www.leedstickets.com
Thu 15 LONDON Garage venues.meanfiddler.com/the-garage
Fri 16 BRIGHTON Concorde 2 www.concorde2.co.uk
Sat 17 FOLKESTONE Quarterhouse www.quarterhouse.co.uk
Sun 18 NORWICH Waterfront www.waterfrontnorwich.com