Friday, September 22, 2017

Unreleased Beatles Demo Currently For Sale On eBay

A previously-unreleased demo recorded by the Beatles is currently up for sale on eBay.

The 1963 demo contains a version of the track "What Goes On," which is on 1965's Rubber Soul album.

The version on the demo features John Lennon on vocals instead of Ringo Starr, and contains different lyrics from the final version. An excerpt is featured below.

Parlogram are behind the current sale, with the eBay listing stating that “the acetate on offer here however contains the original home demo version recorded by John & Paul in early 1963.

“The recording of "What Goes On" on this acetate is one of the rare tracks/performances by the Beatles which has never been released either officially or unofficially. The original tape of this demo recording is not known to exist and is presumed lost.”

The eBay listing at press time stands at £2,272 after 10 bids. The auction will conclude on October 1 at 9:10 pm.

Back in August, the original score for The Fab Four’s "Eleanor Rigby" was expected to reach £20,000 at auction.

The sheet, which was handwritten by producer George Martin, is also signed by Paul McCartney and includes producer notes that the track should have four violins, two violas and two cellos.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Yoko Ono Forces Polish Lemonade Company 'John Lemon' to Change Name

For decades, Beatles fans have accused Yoko Ono of breaking up the band. The veracity of such a claim is up for debate, but Ono Lennon did try to break up a lemonade company that was capitalizing off the name of her late husband, John Lennon.

Ono Lennon’s lawyers recently sent legal letters to John Lemon, a Polish lemonade company established five years ago that distributes to bars and restaurants in the United Kingdom and 13 other European countries, The Guardian reports. Her lawyers cited trademark infringement against her husband’s name and personal rights, telling the East London Advertiser, “They were abusing and misusing the legacy of John Lennon to sell their soda.”

The musician and activist’s legal team also cited a Facebook post by John Lemon Ireland that displayed a mural of Lennon holding lemons with the company’s logo underneath. Other advertisements displayed round glasses that recalled Lennon’s signature frames, along with the words, “Let It Be.”

Upon receiving the letters, John Lemon agreed to change its name to On Lemon.

“All of us involved with this product are startups and we couldn't take on someone who is worth many, many millions,” Mr. Lemonade Alternative Drinks founder Karol Chamera told the East London Advertiser. (Incidentally, "On Lemon" is remarkably similar to "Ono Lennon," though there's nothing she can do about that.)

Hugo Bałaziński of law firm KSP, which represented John Lemon, said the company concluded a settlement to avoid having its lemonade production banned. He noted, however, that John Lemon registered its trademark in 2014, while the John Lennon brand was not registered until last year.

Ultimately, it proved a moot point -- when you've spent so many years engaged in bitter spats with Paul McCartney, you learn how to stand your ground, in court or otherwise.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

David Bowie Live Event To Take Place September 26 In Berlin

The upcoming release of the David Bowie: A New Career In A New Town (1977 - 1982) boxed set will be celebrated with an event at the world-famous Hansa Studios in Berlin on Tuesday, September 26 at 2:00 PM ET and be live-streamed via

The live event will feature a Q&A session with guests including Carlos Alomar (Bowie's guitarist from 1974 to 1987), Edu Meyer (the former sound engineer at Hansa Studios), and Chris Duffy (son of photographer Brian Duffy, and director of the Duffy Archive) who will be discussing Bowie's work from 1977-1982. Bowie's Facebook page will also be featuring previously unheard audio streams on the day of the event.

Hansa Tonstudio, or "Hansa By The Wall" as it came to be known, was where Bowie recorded parts of his  Low album along with "Heroes," which celebrates its 40th anniversary this month.

David Bowie: A New Career In A New Town (1977 - 1982) is the third in a series of boxed sets spanning David Bowie's career from 1969.

The 11-CD box, 13-piece vinyl set and the Mastered For iTunes and standard digital download set is named after a track from the first of the so-called "Berlin Trilogy," includes Low, "Heroes," Stage (Original and 2017 Versions), the former in the vinyl box will be pressed on yellow vinyl, replicating its original limited edition U.K. release and the latter of which featuring two previously unreleased tracks, Lodger, Lodger (Tony Visconti 2017 Mix), Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Re:Call 3 (featuring contemporary single versions, non-album singles, b-sides and songs featured on soundtracks) and the "Heroes" E.P., a compilation exclusive to the set celebrating the 40th anniversary of the song, which rounds up the German and French album and single versions of the track in one place for the first time.

Exclusive to each of the boxed sets is Lodger (Tony Visconti 2017 Mix). The remix was started with Bowie's blessing before his passing in January last year. Tony Visconti has revisited the original multi-tracks at Human Studios and remixed the album with the benefit of modern technology to better highlight the album's nuances. Always a personal favorite of the singer, this version of the album will also feature newly 'remixed' artwork featuring unseen images from the original cover photographic session.

Also exclusive to each box is Re:Call 3, a new compilation featuring remastered contemporary single versions, non-album singles and b-sides, and songs featured on soundtracks. The cover features a photo by Christian Simonpietri taken at Hansa Studios in Berlin during the "Heroes" sessions in 1977. The Baal E.P. in its entirety is making its CD debut while "Beauty And The Beast" (extended version) and "Breaking Glass" (Australian single version) are making their debuts on CD and digitally.

The physical boxed set's accompanying book, 128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set, will feature rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Anton Corbijn, Helmut Newton, Andrew Kent, Steve Schapiro, Duffy and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producer Tony Visconti.

The CD boxed set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums, and the CDs will be gold coloured rather than the usual silver. The vinyl boxed set has the same content as the CD set and is pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl.

David Bowie: A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982) will also be made available in high definition audio digital formats (192kHZ/24bit and 96kHZ/24bit). Content varies from other formats due to the resolution of the available original source material.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Eagles Songwriter Jack Tempchin Instills 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' With New Album

Through the years, there are many songs that take us to another place, that fuel our creativity and lighten our hearts. Jack Tempchin, the multi-platinum songwriter for Glenn Frey and the Eagles, has written many of those hits.

He is responsible for the lyrics that have become emblazoned not only within us as individuals, but in our culture as well. Jack wrote the songs we’ve all danced and sung along to – “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Slow Dancing,” “The One You Love,” and who can forget, “You Belong To The City” from the Miami Vice TV soundtrack.  More recently, Tempchin released his greatest hits on one album, Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Songs of Jack Tempchin through Blue Elan Records.

In a poignant tribute to the fabled friendship he shared with his “musical brother“ Glenn Frey, the album features 12 of their songs. Tempchin takes to the mic as both solo and duet with guest vocalists like Rita Coolidge, Janiva Magness, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen.  Finally, there is one very special track on this album, a previously unreleased piece written with Glenn Frey – “Privacy.”

In the liner notes of Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Songs of Jack Tempchin, the songwriter wrote “This album is dedicated to my great friend of 46 years, Glenn Frey. Glenn and I always had a fabulous time writing songs together. We would talk about our lives and laugh. He was the funniest person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. It was my great good fortune that my buddy happened to be one of the best songwriters of all time. Goodbye my friend and musical brother. Thanks for all the wonderful times.”

Earlier this month, Tempchin was interviewed and performed on PBS’ INSIDE OC with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Rick Reiff. His recollections on his long, impressive career and musical talent was broadcast throughout Southern California. For repeated air times, check the listing of your local PBS SoCal station.

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Check out Tempchin's video of "Slow Dancing" featuring Rita Coolidge below.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Joe Satriani Announces Release Of 'What Happens Next', G3 Tour For 2018

Guitarist Joe Satriani has announced the release of his 16th solo album, What Happens Next, set for release on January 12, 2018, on Sony/Legacy Recordings. Just a day prior to the album release, the guitarist will revivie his G3 tour entity, inviting Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen to the fold. The G3 tour launches on January 11 in Seattle and continues across the U.S. before winding up on February 25 in Milwaukee.

There is a special tour pre-sale promotion giving fans the opportunity to buy concert tickets with the new album as well as VIP packages. For more information, visit

The new album features a power trio comprising Satriani on guitar, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple / Black Country Communion), and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), who latter reuniting with Satriani for the first time since their work in Chickenfoot. Producer, engineer and mixer Mike Fraser, Satriani's frequent collaborator over the last 20 years, is also on-board for What Happens Next. Fraser is well-known for recording and mixing every AC/DC album since 1990’s The Razors Edge.

Since its debut in 1996, Satrianai’s G3 tour has featured some of the world’s greatest guitarists (everyone from Steve Vai and Eric Johnson to Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp) and has become a consistent concert hall sell-out attraction in the U.S., South America, Europe, Australia and Japan.

“I could say that I’m surprised at the durability of G3 and how much it’s grown, but in a way I’m not,” the guitarist says with a laugh, “I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage. It’s fun, it’s unpredictable, it’s wild – it’s everything you could want in a show.”

In addition to the new album and exciting tour news, a new documentary “Beyond the Supernova” shot by Satriani's’s filmmaker son, ZZ, makes its debut at the Mill Valley Film Festival this October.

The tour documentary chronicles the guitarist, along with his band and crew, on their last “Shockwave Supernova” tour throughout Europe and Asia.

Satriani’s book, Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir, was first released in May 2014 and is now be available in paperback.  Pre-orders are available now with the official release on November 7, 2017.  The paperback version includes a new chapter focusing on Satriani’s last album, Shockwave Supernova.

What Happens Next track listing:
1 – Energy                      
2 – Catbot                                                              
3 - Thunder High On The Mountain                        
4 - Cherry Blossoms                                              
5 – Righteous                                                        
6 - Smooth Soul
7 - Headrush
8 - Looper
9 - What Happens Next
10 - Super Funky Badass
11 - Invisible
12 - Forever And Ever                                                  

2018 G3 Tour featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen itinerary:

January 11 - The Moore Theatre - Seattle, WA
January 12 - Historic Elsinore Theatre - Salem, OR
January 13 - Grand Sierra Theatre - Reno, NV
January 14 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA
January 16 - Delta Hall at Eccles Theater - Salt Lake City, UT *
January 17 - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV
January 18 - Mesa Arts Center - Mesa, AZ *
January 19 - Orpheum Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
January 20 - Balboa Theatre - San Diego, CA
January 21 - Fox Tucson Theatre - Tucson, AZ *
January 24 - Historic Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
January 25 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City MO *
January 26 - The Pavillion at The Toyota Music Factory - Irving, TX *
January 27 - Austin City Limits - Moody Theater - Austin, TX
January 28 - Hobby Center for the Performing Arts - Houston, TX *
January 30 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL *
January 31 - Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL *
February 1 - Pompano Beach Amphitheatre - Pompano Beach, FL*
February 2 - Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall - Fort Myers, FL *
February 3 - Mahaffey Theater - St. Petersberg, FL *
February 6 - Raleigh Memorial Auditorium - Raleigh, NC
February 8 - Toyota Presents Oakdale - Wallingford, CT *
February 9 - Landmark Theatre - Syracuse, NY *
February 10 - Palace Theatre - Albany, NY *
February 11 - The Palace Theatre - Greensburg, PA *
February 14 - Warner Theatre - Washington, DC *
February 15 - Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA
February 16 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY *
February 17 - Merriam Theater - Philadelphia, PA
February 18 - New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Newark, NJ *
February 20 - Auditorium Theatre - Rochester, NY *
February 21 - Massey Hall - Toronto, ONT
February 22 - Hard Rock Live - Northfield, OH
February 23 - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL *
February 24 - State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
February 25 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI

(All dates on sale September 22nd except * on-sale October 6)

More Dates TBA
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