Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Rolling Stones' Historic Cuba Concert Coming To Blu-Ray, DVD, CD

On November 11, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release The Rolling StonesHavana Moon on DVD, Blu-ray, CD and LP. A special Deluxe Edition.will also be issued. The set features the Stones' historic concert staged earlier this year in Havana, Cuba. 

March 25, 2016 (Good Friday) is a date that will go down in both Cuban and rock ‘n’ roll history as the Stones became the first rock band to play a massive free outdoor concert to hundreds of thousands in Havana. The show was captured by award-winning film director Paul Dugdale.

The free show attracted a million people in the country's capital city in the same week as President Barrack Obama became the first U.S. President to visit Cuba in 88 years. TV news networks around the world reported that Obama was "the warm-up act" for the Rolling Stones.

As the Stones took to the stage under a perfect "Havana Moon" in front of an ecstatic crowd, everyone knew that this was a life-changing cultural moment for a country on the brink of change. There was nothing that was going to come between the band and their eager fans including the Vatican in Rome, which objected to the concert being held on a Good Friday.

Mick Jagger welcomed the massive crowd: “Finally the times are changing, Cuba we are so happy to be here." The singer joked with his band mates during the performance, describing them as "the revolutionary Ronnie Wood, drummer Charlie 'Che' Watts, and compadre Keith Richards."

The band played all the essentials, including "Jumpin’ Jack Flash," "It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll," "Paint It Black," "Honky Tonk Women," "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar," "You Can’t Always Get What You Want" and "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction," in a two-hour plus performance vividly captured on Havana Moon.

One Cuban Stones fan said, "Never, ever, ever did I think we would see this happen. Tonight has been a dream come true for me,” while another said, “Simply fantastic - this is a moment I have been dreaming about for a really long time. I have just witnessed the most important concert in Cuba because this is the Rolling Stones.”

For a glimpse of what went down on this magical day, check out the trailer below.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Harvey Weinstein Producing Elvis Presley TV Series Based On Dave Marsh Book

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein will produce a limited TV series about Elvis Presley, based on Dave Marsh's book Elvis. 

The producer has struck a deal with the Presley estate, which involves rights to the King of Rock's musical catalog. Presley's ex-wife Priscilla has signed on as executive producer.

The cast and crew will also have access to Presley's Graceland home, the late rocker's cars, archives, and personal journals.

"I'm a big fan of Harvey Weinstein's independent films (and) I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him on this show and tell the story of how Elvis changed the culture of music and initiated a revolution that changed the world," said Priscilla Presley,

Weinstein added, "To this day, Elvis is one of the few that lives up to the word icon. He is one of the most celebrated entertainers of all time whose influence surpasses the music he created. People's fascination with his story goes beyond the stage and this biopic will pay homage to his brilliant legacy and give viewers an in-depth look at how he became The King."

The new Presley estate-backed series will be the first to focus on Elvis in a decade. Jonathan Rhys Meyers played Presley in a two-part miniseries for U.S. network CBS back in 2005. He picked up a Golden Globe for the role.

He has also recently been portrayed on the big screen by Michael Shannon in this year's Elvis & Nixon.

Presley died in 1977, aged 42.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Legacy Rolling Out Big Releases For The Holidays

Now that Fall is here, it's time to start thinking about the holidays and all the goodies you want (or will buy for loved ones). Legacy Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog division, has put together some wonderful collections that are sure satisfy Vintage Rock music lovers everywhere. Here are four that caught our eye. For more, go to http://www.legacyrecordings.com.

Pink Floyd 
The Early Years
In Stores: 11/11/2016 
This 27-disc deluxe boxset features TV recordings, BBC Sessions, unreleased tracks, outtakes, and demos over more than 12 hours of audio and 15 hours of video. The set also includes 20 unreleased songs including 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio, 7 hours of rare concert footage, meticulously produced 7" singles in replica sleeves, collectible memorabilia, feature films, and new sound mixes. Previously unreleased tracks have been newly mixed for this release, including 1967's Vegetable Man and In The Beechwoods.

Lou Reed 
The RCA and Arista Album Collection
In Stores: 10/07/2016 
This 17-disc deluxe bot set brings together for the first time in one comprehensive anthology, the 16 groundbreaking studio and live album titles written and recorded by Reed as a solo artist, as well as access to several titles which have been out of print, hard to find, or unavailable in the CD and digital music eras. This definitive anthology contains 16 full-length albums on 17 compact discs in addition to an 80-page hard-bound book featuring memorabilia from Lou’s personal archives, rarely seen photos and artwork, interviews with Lou, as well as five 8"x10" prints and a facsimile reproduction of a rare RCA promotional poster. 

Van Morrison 
..It's Too Late To Stop Now…Volumes II, III, IV & DVD
In Stores: 6/10/2016 
This three-disc and DVD box set is a collection of previously unreleased live concert recordings from Morrison’s mythic 1973 tour with the Caledonia Soul Orchestra. The set’s DVD features professionally-lensed live footage from the Rainbow Theatre, available here for the first time as a commercial home video release. 

Elvis Presley 
The Complete Album Collection
In Stores: 3/18/2016 
This limited edition 60-disc box set anthology commemorates the 60th anniversary of the release of Elvis Presley’s first album for RCA Records. It includes restorations of 57 Elvis Presley albums originally released on RCA from 1956-1977 PLUS 3 new discs of rarities from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. The deluxe set features Elvis’s fabled Sun Sessions, his first RCA sessions, and significant official Elvis album releases including studio, soundtrack, and live titles in addition to compilations featuring unreleased songs or tracks new to the LP format. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

AC/DC Bassist Cliff Williams Retires

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams has retired after nearly 40 years with the iconic Aussie rock band.

Williams confirmed the news in a video on Tuesday (Sept. 20) coinciding with the end of AC/DC's Rock or Bust World Tour.

In July, he had previously noted in an interview that he was planning on leaving the group. "It's time for me to step out, that's all," he said, acknowledging the group's numerous personnel changes in recent years.

He specifically noted the departures of iconic longtime members Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd, but added that the band has been dealing with this sort of thing since original singer Bon Scott's death in 1980.

"Everything changes with something like that.... Everything changes, so it's not that. It's just, I'm ready to get off the road and do what I do in between tours," he said. "I know how to do that, I know what I'm gonna do. It's just my time, I'm happy I just need family time, just chill out and not do this." 

Williams joined AC/DC in 1977 as a replacement to original bassist Mark Evans. After founding guitarist Malcolm Young's retirement in 2014 due to dementia, Williams became the band's second most senior member after Angus Young.

"I couldn't have asked for anything more -- being with the people I'm with and have been, being in this situation with this band, playing this music," Williams said.

Williams talks about his retirement in the video below.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Journey's Jonathan Cain Releasing New Solo Album

Jonathan Cain, longtime keyboardist and rhythm guitarist of Journey, co-writer of "Don't Stop Believin'," "Faithfully" and "Who's Crying Now," "Open Arms" and many more hit songs, will release his solo album, What God Wants To Hear, October 21 on Identity Records with The Fuel Music distribution.

"Only God can take a mess and turn it into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, a victim into victory," says Cain, describing the heart behind the album's music.

Cain, who continues to tour the world with Journey, crafted his new solo album from his personal faith-journey that started in Chicago when, at a young age, he wanted to be a priest. His faith was challenged after he survived a horrific fire in third grade at his school, Our Lady of the Angels School, where 92 of his fellow students along with three nuns died that day. Cain found healing and redemption in music, and his long "journey" eventually led him back to the seminal faith of his youth.

Cain's return to his faith coincided with discovering love and healing through Paula White, senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Orlando, whom he married in April 2015. Leading worship at his wife's annual women's conference, Cain found a new joy in his music. "I never heard him sing like this," says White. "Something had shifted in him."

"I've always been seeking out songs since I was young," Cain shares. "I never had any idea how rich the Bible was with imagery. I got lost in it. It feels like I'm just starting to believe again."

The first single from his new album is available for download with preorder at iTunes beginning September 23. Cain is also exclusively offering, for a limited time, a free download of the bonus track, "Remove Every Veil," along with an introduction to the song from Pastor Paula White at http://jonathancainmusic.com/. See a teaser for the album below.