Thursday, February 03, 2005

Today's news

Another great Rock School performance photo - Keyboard wizard Allie Hauptman on vocals performing at the TLA in Philadelphia.

Sorry about the lag in posting - this has been the winter from hell for me. Another freaking head cold. What am I doing wrong? Oh yeah. Right. Not exercising and pigging out on "illegal" food.

Anyway, here's the latest.

I got an email from an agent today, asking for the first 100 pages of The Tour, so I'm pretty psyched about that.

And along those lines, here's the most recent news article published on the upcoming soundtrack. I'm not sure where this comes from - it's a Sonic something or other website:

The Paul Green School Rock was founded in 1998, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. There are currently 9 branches of The Paul Green School of Rock: Philadelphia, Downingtown, and Bucks County, PA; Sommers Point, Cherry Hill, and Bergen County, NJ; New York City; San Francisco; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Another round of rollouts is planned for September 2005, and will include Austin Texas, Portland Oregon, Los Angeles CA, and Las Vegas, NV.

The Paul Green School of Rock was the apparent inspiration for the hugely successful Jack Black film ‘The School of Rock’, as it’s existence preceded the movie by 5 years and had already been the subject of a VH-1 pilot filmed in 2003. VH-1 is owned by Viacom, which in turn owns Paramount, who produced 'School of Rock’.

Green’s school is now the subject of the upcoming feature documentary 'Rock School.' which top indy distributor NewMarket Films has acquired for worldwide distribution rights. There will be a wide domestic release in March 2005 right after its premier at the famed Sundance Film Festival. ‘Rock School’ has 6 screenings scheduled for Sundance, as well as a live performance by the School of Rock All-Stars, featuring a guest appearance by Alice Cooper.

Following the theatrical and DVD run, A&E has purchased the Television rights to the film. Negotiations are also currently under way for a television series to follow, as well as with Warner/Chapel for a line of School of Rock Instructional DVD's.

The finishing touches are currently being put on the Rock School Soundtrack, to be released on Jive/Zomba, a division of Universal Records. The album is being produced by Paul Green and famed Philadelphia producer Phil Nicolo (The Fugees, Cypress Hill), and will feature the School of Rock All-Stars performing with various rock icons including Jon Anderson (Yes) Alice Cooper, Dave Mustane (Megadeath), Ann Wilson (Heart), and Billy Idol.

To Date, The Paul Green School of Rock has played over 350 concerts. Some of our highlights include: The Wildflower Festival, The Zappanale Festival, The LA Film Festival, and performances at The Knitting Factory (LA+NY), BB Kings (NYC), The Big Easy (Spokane and Boise), the Trocadero and TLA (Philly), and Slims and Cafe DuNord (SF).

The Paul Green School of Rock has been featured in/on: CNN, The NY Times, SPIN Magazine, Tracks Magazine, MTV's TRL, The London Obsever, and Reuters, as well as dozens of local articles and TV segments across the country. During a recent run of concerts featuring the music of Frank Zappa, the School Of Rock All Stars were joined on stage by such touring pros as Ike Willis, Jimmy Carl Black, Don Preston, Napoleon Murphy Brock, and Mike Keneally, all members of his various nationally known touring bands.

For more info on The School of Rock All-Stars, the film and soundtrack, plus the schools and their extensive programs visit