Roger Waters, John Mayer join Heroes Benefit

John Mayer and Roger Waters will per­form at the 6th Annual Stand Up For Heroes ben­e­fit on Nov. 8.

Stand Up For Heroes raises funds for the Bob Woodruff Foun­da­tion and vets in need. Mayer and Waters join a lineup that includes Mike Bir­biglia, Ricky Ger­vais, Pat­ton Oswalt, Jon Stew­art, Bruce Spring­steen and Robin Williams.

The musi­cal per­for­mances will be made avail­able as a live video stream via and, which will also encour­age view­ers to donate to the Woodruff Foundation.

We are amazed at the cal­iber of tal­ent we are able to pull in for the ben­e­fit,” Woodruff said. “We hope that the social media com­po­nent, new this year, will enable more peo­ple to enjoy the show — and will raise even more aware­ness for the cause that lies behind it.”

Stand Up For Heroes kicks off at 8 p.m. ET at Gotham’s Bea­con The­ater. The past five ben­e­fits have raised more than $10 mil­lion in total.

The Stand Up for Heroes ben­e­fit is part of next week’s New York Com­edy Festival.

Source: Vari­ety

New Music from Bob Reynolds, featuring JM!

Also, read a few words from Bob him­self regard­ing his new album:

I felt I should com­ment on the mys­tery of why the album is still not available.


Sales of recorded music are not easy to come by and when an unknown artist releases an album with no pro­mo­tion, label sup­port or tour, you know what happens?


I per­son­ally invested $29,000 to make this album (musi­cians, pro­ducer, travel, 3 days in a pre­miere Man­hat­tan record­ing stu­dio, 8 days of mix­ing, mas­ter­ing, etc.) and I had hoped to part­ner with a good record label to release it. That is to say share the addi­tional invest­ment of pro­mo­tional expenses (pub­li­cists reg­u­larly go for $10k for a 3–4 month cam­paign and radio pro­mot­ers are roughly the same).

Record Labels

So far it’s been rejected by:

  • Blue Note Records
  • Con­cord Records
  • Verve Music Group
  • E One Music Group
  • None­such Records
  • Pal­metto Records
  • Sun­ny­side Records
  • Mack Avenue Records
  • Marsalis Music
  • to name a few…

Could I put it out tomor­row? Sort of. I own the mas­ter. But there’s still no art­work, pho­tog­ra­phy or design, and I haven’t yet paid for the 3 cover tunes (Radio­head, Bon Iver, Foo Fight­ers). Tech­ni­cally I could put it on iTunes if I did those things. But those things require more money.


Then it’s on iTunes. Then what? From the sale of a full album ($9.99) I would see roughly $6.50. So let’s say I put another $3,000 into it to get it ready…oh, and by the way we’re still talk­ing dig­i­tal. Man­u­fac­tur­ing phys­i­cal CDs (you know, those plas­tic things you throw out) would add another $2k or so.

All that would put me in the -$34,000 ball­park. And that’s before hir­ing a pub­li­cist or radio promoter.

So the record would be on iTunes and I would send out an email to the good folks on my newslet­ter, tweet about it and post it on face­book. And that, as they say, would be that.

But it would take 5,230 sales for me to break even. Then I could go hire a pub­li­cist. But of course by then the album would have been released already, so no one would actu­ally be inter­ested in writ­ing about it or review­ing it.

And if sales of my last album are any indi­ca­tion, I could expect any­where from 150–300 peo­ple to go pur­chase the record. It’s a long road from 300 to 5,300.


Below is a screen­shot of my all-time total down­loads and sales in Band­camp. You can click it to see a larger version:

Bandcamp Sales

*Note, this is just Band­camp and does not include iTunes data…cause they don’t make it eas­ily avail­able. I can tell you my all-time dig­i­tal sales via iTunes total ~$5k. That’s for 4 albums since 2007.

A lot of folks assume artists make money from tour­ing and that record­ings are merely a pro­mo­tional tool. I don’t get to tour often as a band leader and when I do it’s always an “invest­ment”. The spring tour Janek Gwiz­dala and I did in Spain and the UK cost us each $1,300 after all expenses were paid.

So, where does this leave things? Not sure. I guess the moral of the story is that just because music is avail­able to be pur­chased does not mean it sells, and, regard­less of sales, it still takes a pile of money to pro­duce a high-quality album (singer-songwriters in their bed­room stu­dios and garage-rock bands don’t count).

I don’t have a solu­tion yet. And that’s OK. The world will not end if this record does not get released. I saved for 6 years since Can’t Wait for Per­fect to make this stu­dio album and I know once it’s out it could be another 6 years til the next.

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Love for Levon Tribute

John took the stage at a star-studded char­ity show in East Ruther­ford, NJ, last night hon­or­ing Levon Helm.  He shared the stage with fel­low Mick Man­age­ment artist and for­mer John Mayer Trio opener Ray Lam­on­tagne and Larry Camp­bell.  He also appeared dur­ing the final num­ber, a per­for­mance of “The Weight.”

Lots of addi­tional media, tweets, etc can be found here: Live Music Blog