via press release:
ALL-NEW EPISODE OF
GUITAR CENTER SESSIONS FEATURING CAKE
Band Performs and Offers Unfiltered
Interview With Host Nic Harcourt
Guitar Center Sessions Available Exclusively on DIRECTV
in 3D and High Definition
Westlake Village, CA - February 22nd, 2011 - Guitar Center (www.guitarcenter.com), the world's largest musical instrument retailer and DIRECTV, the world's most popular video service, today announced a new episode of Guitar Center Sessions featuring CAKE. Performing a selection of the band's hits as well as new tracks, the set includes "Short Skirt Long Jacket", "Love You Madly", "Long Time" and "Sick Of You". CAKE front-man John McCrea and trumpet-player Vince DiFiore offer their perspective on music, touring and the state of the music industry, past and future, as well as a live performance and interview with host Nic Harcourt in front of a studio audience.
Known for its exclusive performances and in-depth conversations with revered musicians, Guitar Center Sessions was the recipient of the International 3D Society's award for Best Music Television Series in 2010. The series most recently presented Weezer, Jane's Addiction, Buddy Guy, The www.guitarcenter.com/sessions.and Joe Bonamassa. Hosted by renowned music tastemaker Nic Harcourt, the episode featuring CAKE premieres Saturday, February 26th at 9PM ET/PT in 3D on DIRECTV's n3D(TM) powered by Panasonic. The program also airs in 2D hi-definition on DIRECTV's The 101® Network (channel 101) at 9PM ET/PT. Clips of past episodes of Guitar Center Sessions can be viewed at
CAKE lead singer McCrea sums up the band's philosophy saying, "The only way to be subversive in America is to turn the music down." Having made headlines with its most recent self-released studio album, Showroom of Compassion, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts the week of its release, CAKE makes music that expresses the frustration of a generation defined by music that was "too loud."
As a group of young musicians based out of Sacramento in the early 90s, CAKE opposed what they saw as the worst in American rock with each song they wrote. In Guitar Center Sessions' in-depth interview, McCrea describes a band formed out of a unique identity, largely unaffected by pressure from record labels and motivated to engage their audience by producing something different.
McCrea and DiFioreto describe the band's early days on the road, touring for months at a time in a van that used to catch on fire. From their self-released debut album, Motorcade of Generosity, to working with major labels, John and Vince provide viewers with an unfiltered look at what it takes to achieve success in the music business, and where they see the industry going.
Continuing its commitment to inspiring musicians, Guitar Center Sessions is filmed in front of a live audience. Guitar Center Sessions gives real music fans a rare peak inside the minds of their idols. Each episode is filmed at the world famous Guitar Center Hollywood Vintage Room, an ideal environment to share these artists' inspirational stories. Audiences hear first-hand accounts from each artist about their personal and musical journeys and the influences that molded them into the icons they have become. Upcoming episodes feature Jakob Dylan and Delta Spirit.
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