Monday, September 29, 2014

Black Sabbath To Record New Album, Take Final Tour

Black Sabbath apparently wants to go out on a high note.

Despite the success of its last album, 2013's 13, the iconic heavy-metal band plans to "do one more album, and a final tour," frontman Ozzy Osbourne says.

Osbourne estimated that the group will begin working on the album early next year, "sooner rather than later." One issue is the health of guitarist Tony Iommi, still undergoing cancer treatment.

But Osbourne is considering his own future, as well. After a "great experience" with the last tour, he recalls, he asked wife/manager Sharon, because "if there's no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing." When she had no firm response three weeks later, "I said, Sharon ... If we're going to do I want to do it before I'm 70!' Time isn't on our side! So she made the call and came back again and said, 'Yeah, the company wants another album.'"

Osbourne expects that the band will once again work with veteran producer Rick Rubin.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Jethro Tull Releasing Theatre Edition Of 1975's WarChild Album

In 1974, Jethro Tull announced plans for WarChild, a multi-faceted project that was to encompass a feature-length film, a soundtrack album, as well a new album from the band. 

In October of that year, Tull released a 10-song album that would climb to #2 in the U.S. and the Top 15 in the U.K., but the film and accompanying soundtrack were shelved. To commemorate the 40-year anniversary of this ambitious experiment, Parlophone will revisit WarChild with several releases.

WarChild: The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition will be available as a limited edition 2-CD/2-DVD set on November 24. Highlights from the set include:

  • Original album and bonus tracks (three previously unreleased), remixed in 5.1 surround   and stereo by Steven Wilson. 
  • 10 orchestral pieces (nine previously unreleased) written for the film's soundtrack, 4 of which are remixed in 5.1 surround and stereo by Steven Wilson.
  • Flat transfers of the original LP mix at 96/24, and the quadrophonic version (with 2 bonus tracks) in 4.0.
  • "The Third Hoorah" promo footage, and footage from a January 1974 photo session/press conference where the WarChild project was announced.
  • An 80-page booklet featuring an extensive history of the project, a film script synopsis, track-by-track annotations by Ian Anderson, plus rare and unseen photographs.  

In addition, a new stereo remix of WarChild will also be released on single CD and digitally on November 24 and on limited edition, 180-gram single vinyl pressing on January 13.

Originally released in 1974, WarChild features one of the group's most prolific lineups of Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, John Evans, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond and Barrie Barlow. Unlike its predecessors - Thick As A Brick and A Passion Play - which featured 40-odd minutes of continuous music, WarChild marked a return to songs of a more conventional length, including the FM-radio staple, "Bungle In The Jungle."

The new Theatre Edition unearths a trio of unreleased recordings: "Tomorrow Was Today," "Good Godmother," and a different arrangement of "WarChild" recorded after the version on the final album.

Fans intrigued by the appearance of "WarChild Waltz" on the 2002 reissue of WarChild will finally get the chance to hear the rest of the mostly orchestral music the band recorded for the soundtrack album. About 30 minutes was recorded during sessions in 1973 and 1974. Soon after, the music was consigned to the archives for 40 years - until now.

WarChild: The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition

Disc One

1.    "WarChild"
2.    "Queen and Country"
3.    "Ladies"
4.    "Back-door Angels"
5.    "SeaLion"
6.    "Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day"
7.    "Bungle in the Jungle"
8.    "Only Solitaire"
9.    "The Third Hoorah"
10.    "Two Fingers"

Disc Two:

The Second Act: Associated Recordings

1.    "Paradise Steakhouse"
2.    "Saturation"
3.    "Good Godmother"*
4.    "SeaLion II"
5.    "Quartet"
6.    "WarChild II"*
7.    "Tomorrow Was Today"*
8.    "Glory Row"
9.    "March, The Mad Scientist"
10.    "Rainbow Blues"
11.    "Pan Dance"

WarChild Orchestral Recordings 

12.    "The Orchestral WarChild Theme"*
13.    "The Third Hoorah" (Orchestral Version)*
14.    "Mime Sequence"*
15.    "Field Dance" (Conway Hall Version)*
16.    "Waltz Of The Angels" (Conway Hall Version)
17.    "The Beach (Part I)" (Morgan Master Recording)*
18.    "The Beach (Part II)" (Morgan Master Recording)*
19.    "Waltz Of The Angels" (Morgan Demo Recording)*
20.    "The Beach" (Morgan Demo Recording)*
21.    "Field Dance" (Morgan Demo Recording)*

* Previously Unreleased

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Fest For Beatles Fans Coming To Los Angeles

Next month, on October 10-12 at the LAX Marriott, The Fest for Beatles Fans 2014 makes its long-awaited homecoming to Los Angeles as it reopens for the first time in the city at the original location last hosted in 2000. 

Thousands of vendors, special guests, and visitors from across the world will make their way to the City of Angels as the celebrated 50th anniversary of the Beatles U.S. invasion begins to come to a close at the end of the year. With an astonishing array of Beatles merchandise - no matter how rare - odds are that it will be found here. For sale will be collectibles, recordings, videos, Beatles autographs, books, photos, posters, art, & more.

 The featured exhibitor at this year's Beatles marketplace will include the largest collection of vintage memorabilia and vinyl at the fest showcased by the venerable Rockaway Records based in Silverlake. The highlighted item of the fest to be shown by owner Wayne Johnson features a piece of the stage backdrop that was used on February 9, 1964 for the Beatles historic debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan show signed by the Fab Four ($550,000). The Beatles live American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show remains one the most significant cultural touchstones of the 20th century. To own a significant artifact signed on that monumental day - not only in Beatles history but in music history - is in fact owning a piece of music history.

Among the thousands of additional items from Rockaway Records for sale at the fest include everything from the first U.S. Beatles contract with Vee Jay Records from 1963 ($100,000) to a copy of the legendary "Butcher" cover LP ($4,500), surrounded by a huge array of vintage Beatles memorabilia.

 "We have been attending and selling at Beatles conventions for over 30 years, but we have never had such an amazing assortment of vintage Beatles memorabilia and vinyl until now," said Wayne Johnson, owner Rockaway Records. "We will have something for every Beatle fan with items priced as low as $5 to over half-a-million dollars!"

Rockaway has been a global institution for collectors for 35 years, earning an unparalleled reputation for their expertise and are acknowledged as the world's foremost authorities on the value of rock and roll memorabilia; in particular, that of the Beatles. The expansion of their current offerings and continual acquisitions have earned it acknowledgement by collectors and experts of music memorabilia as one of the finest sources for quality music collectibles and vinyl worldwide, frequently attracting A-list music stars and Hollywood celebrities alike.

Hosted by master of ceremonies Chris Carter from "Breakfast with the Beatles," The Fest for Beatles Fans will include appearances by iconic TV and radio personality Bob Eubanks; Laurence Juber, Denny Lane, and Denny Seiwell of Wings, Ringo Starr's musical director Mark Rivera, Joey Molland of Badfinger, musician and producer Mark Hudson, artist Alan Aldridge, musician and producer Peter Asher, numerous authors, aficionados, and figures from Beatles history; as well as live performances every night by Liverpool - the world's finest Beatles tribute band.

The Fest for Beatles Fans dates and hours:
Friday, October 10                   5:00pm - midnight
Saturday, October 11               12:00pm - midnight
Sunday, October 12                 12:00pm - midnight
LAX Airport Marriott Hotel is located at 5855 West Century Boulevard, just two blocks from the Los Angeles airport.

For tickets and more information, go to

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pink Floyd Sets New Release Date for ‘The Endless River’

Pink Floyd's new album will arrive on November 10.

A Monday news release gives fresh details about The Endless River, the British rock group's first new material in 20 years. Earlier this year, Coumbia Records announced the set would get an October release.

The 18-song double-album features band members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, who died in 2008. Roger Waters left the group in 1985 and isn't involved.

The album was assembled from 20 hours of material recorded during the band's 1993 sessions for The Division Bell.

Gilmour says in the release that the band "added new parts, rerecorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st-century Pink Floyd album."

The Endless River features mostly of instrumental music with just one song, "Louder Than Words," that includes new lyrics, written by Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson.

News of a new Pink Floyd album hit the Internet in July when Samson mysteriously tweeted that a fresh album was on the way, calling it Wright’s “swansong and very beautiful.”

Mason confirms the album is "a tribute to Rick."  In the latest statement, he says: "I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound.  Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was.”

The Endless River Track Listing:

Side 1
"Things Left Unsaid"
"It’s What We Do"
"Ebb And Flow"

Side 2

Side 3
"The Lost Art of Conversation"
"On Noodle Street"
"Night Light"
"Allons-y (1)"                        
"Allons-y (2)"                      
"Talkin’ Hawkin’"

Side 4
"Eyes To Pearls"
"Louder Than Words"

Monday, September 22, 2014

David Bowie Exhibition Details How An Artist Became An Icon

There’s never been an artist quite like David Bowie, so it’s only fitting that a major exhibition chronicling the legend’s work is as diverse, expansive and exciting as his career over the past half century.

“David Bowie Is,” opening Tuesday at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, contains more than 300 artifacts selected from an incredible 75,000 items Bowie had archived over the years. With a location-based headset, viewers can hear corresponding interviews, commentary and -- of course -- music as they move through the show.

Along with the immersive audio, the exhibit packs in more than 50 of Bowie’s costumes from personas like Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Thin White Duke, multiple hand-drawn storyboards for his stage shows and music videos, and contextual media like World War II news clippings, the famous 1972 “Blue Marble” photograph of Earth from space, and posters from the film “A Clockwork Orange,” all of which inspired Bowie’s creative process.

“The show is so much about process... it’s about how you make things,” MCA Chief Curator Michael Darling said during a Friday preview of the exhibition. “You can consistently see how [Bowie] was reinventing himself over and over.”

The MCA’s show is the only U.S. stop on the exhibition’s international tour.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Blood, Sweat & Tears' Debut Album 'Child Is Father To The Man' To Be Reissued On 5.1 Hybrid SACD

Exploding onto the scene as a band determined only to expand the boundaries of popular music, Blood, Sweat & Tears immediately made their mark as virtuoso players with an important vision and statement. 

Calling on rock, R&B, jazz and even classical influences, the band, led by Al Kooper, made what remains one of the truly inspired, groundbreaking records of the late 60s. Now much to the excitement of BS&T and Al Kooper fans worldwide, Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity is reissuing the band's critically acclained debut album Child Is Father To The Man on 5.1 multi-channel hybrid SACD.

The album, released in 1968, introduced the idea of the big band to rock and roll and paved the way for such groups as Chicago. Child Is Father To The Man peaked at #47 on Billboard's chart. “I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know” and “I Can't Quit Her” generated airplay on progressive rock radio.

This is the sound of a group of virtuosos enjoying itself in the newly open possibilities of pop music... the eclectic post-Sgt. Pepper era, a time when you could borrow styles from Greenwich Village contemporary folk to San Francisco acid rock and mix them into what seemed to have the potential to become a new American musical form.

1- Overture
2- I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
3- Morning Glory
4- My Days Are Numbered
5- Without Her
6- Just One Smile
7- I Can't Quit Her
8- Meagan's Gypsy Eyes
9- Somethin' Goin' On
10-House in the Country
11-The Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes and Freud
12- So Much Love/Underture

Produced by John Simon
Multichannel recording Produced by Al Kooper

Multichannel SACD 5.1 mix: Al Kooper at The Magic Shop NYC
Multichannel SACD 5.1 mastering: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios
Stereo CD and SACD mastering: Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering

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Friday, September 19, 2014

The Grateful Dead Ink Publishing Deal With Universal

How does a band mark a 50th anniversary as an event rather than a footnote? Universal Music Publishing Group thinks it has a plan to breathe new life into The Grateful Dead

Formed in 1965, the iconic psychedelic act toured up until a month before founder Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, and had historic success in the live arena -- it was a top 10 draw throughout the 1990s, and ranked No. 1 twice. The group also scored a hit single -- “Touch of Grey” peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987 -- and cultivated a legendarily devoted fan base.

Still, says UMPG North America president Evan Lamberg, “Young people may know the name Grateful Dead, but not be as familiar with their music. If you’re not putting yourself into relevant areas where your music can be discovered, your music could be lost to the younger [generation].”

It’s an opportunity he hopes to explore at UMPG, which will handle global administration for The Dead’s song catalog in a deal signed with the band’s publishing company, Ice Nine. (Six band members and the heirs of three deceased members claim rights to the catalog, and Warner Music’s Rhino Entertainment handles the band’s recorded masters.)

But before you start humming “Truckin’ ” along with the next GMC ad your DVR is hopping over, Lamberg notes that the partnership includes film and TV synchs but limits placement in commercials to songs not written by the band’s primary collaborator, Robert Hunter, who has veto power.

“We will bring them everything for them to review,” says Lamberg, “and we will learn more about what they want.”

His hope: “That this deal might get some conversations started out there among other iconic artists who haven’t done global deals.”

In fact, UMPG also has picked up the Neil Diamond catalog as part of the iconic singer-songwriter’s move to Universal Music Group from Sony Music Entertainment. But UMPG declined to comment on the Diamond signing.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gregg Allman To Be Honored At Classic Rock Awards

Hosted by UK-based Classic Rock magazine, the 10th annual Classic Rock Awards – the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour has announced that Gregg Allman, one of rock's most acclaimed and beloved icons, will be this year’s recipient of the Living Legend Award. Previous winners of the Living Legend Award include: Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Page, Lemmy Kilmister, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop and ZZ Top.

The Living Legend Award honors those without whom rock music would not be what it is today; the innovators, the trailblazers, those who have inspired others to create music and have trodden the path for them to do so. Gregg Allman is all these things and more.

Gregg Allman is someone whose distinctively soulful voice and singular songwriting ability has resonated through a musical career that spans nearly half a century. He has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, and his voice is one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. Along with the Allman Brothers Band, in which he was a founding member, he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995, and in 2012 the group was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual GRAMMYs.

In 2011, he released the universally acclaimed Low Country Blues, his first solo album in 14 years, which gave him his highest U.S. chart position ever when it debuted at Number 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 and Number 1 on the Top Blues Albums chart. Allman’s 2012 tell-all memoir, My Cross To Bear, was a New York Times Bestseller.

The Living Legend Award will be presented to Gregg Allman at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ceremony on Tuesday, November 4, at the Avalon in Hollywood, California This is the 10th anniversary of the awards and the first time they have been hosted outside London. Sammy Hagar will serve as this year’s host,

Here is the list of nominees for this year’s listener and fan-voted categories:

Best New Band – awarded to the best new rock band
Blues Pills
Deaf Havana
No Sinner
Royal Blood
The Cadillac Three
The Golden Grass
The Strypes

Band Of The Year – awarded to the most exciting rock band
Black Sabbath
The Black Keys
Guns N’ Roses
Iron Maiden
Queen + Adam Lambert

Film Of The Year
Inside Llewyn Davis
Joe Bonamassa – Tour De Force: Live In London
Metallica – Through The Never
Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun, Hyde Park Live
Supermensch – The Legend Of Shep Gordon
The Doors – R-Evolution 

Album Of The Year
Augustines – Augustines
Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain
Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
California Breed – California Breed
Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls
Motörhead – Aftershock
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
The Temperance Movement – The Temperance Movement
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home

Reissue Of The Year – awarded to the best-embellished reissue
The Beatles – The US Albums
Deep Purple – Made In Japan: Deluxe Edition
Kiss – 40th Anniversary Kissteria Vinyl boxset
Led ZeppelinI, II and III Deluxe Editions
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell: 20th Anniversary Edition
Ramones – The Sire Years 1976-1981
Soundgarden – Superunknown: 20th Anniversary Edition
The Clash – Sound System boxset
Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat Super Deluxe boxset
Yes – The Studio Albums 1969-1987

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rolling Stones To Unveil 'From The Vault' Live DVD Series

Eagle Rock Entertainment are about to deliver a double dose of the Rolling Stones this November, with the debut of the new series of live concerts: From The Vault.

From The Vault will unveil live concert films from the Rolling Stones archive, now receiving their first official release. The footage from these concerts have been carefully restored, and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain.

From The Vault – L.A. Forum – Live In 1975 will be released on DVD, DVD/2CD, DVD/3LP, and Digital Video on November 18, 2014,

Coming November 4, From The Vault – Hampton Coliseum – Live In 1981 boasts a full-length 2 1/2 hour concert, featuring “Under My Thumb,” “Let’s Spend The Night Together,” “Shattered,” “Beast Of Burden,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Miss You,” “Brown Sugar,” “Jumping Jack Flash,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and many more. The Rolling Stones American Tour in 1981, in support of the critical and commercial smash Tattoo You, was the most successful tour of that year, taking in a then record $50 million dollars in ticket sales. The 50-date tour kicked off in Philadelphia in September 1981 and ended with two dates in Hampton, Virginia on December 18 and 19. The show on December 18th, which was also Keith Richards’ birthday, was the first ever music concert to be broadcast on television as a pay-per-view event.

Two weeks later, on November 18, From The Vault – L.A. Forum – Live In 1975 will be released . This set also clocks in at 2 ½ hours, and features “Honky Tonk Women,” “Gimme Shelter,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Brown Sugar,” “Midnight Rambler,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and “Sympathy For The Devil,” to name a few. The Rolling Stones’ “Tour Of The Americas ‘75” was the band’s first tour with new guitarist Ronnie Wood. Even before the dates started, there were dramatic scenes in New York City at the official tour announcement, when the band unexpectedly turned up on a flatbed truck to play “Brown Sugar.” After a couple of low-key warm-up shows in Louisiana, the tour began on June 3, with a 44-date run lasting through August 8. They settled into the L.A. Forum for a five-night stint from July 9th to 13th. The L.A. Forum – 1975 film features the show from July 12th.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Genesis Anthology R-Kive 3CD Set Available September 30

Genesis will release the three-disc anthology collection R-KIVE on September 30 on Rhino. Spanning 42 years, the 37-track set documents the band's history with classic Genesis material compiled alongside selections from the solo careers of Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, and Mike Rutherford / Mike + The Mechanics. 

Genesis and their associated solo projects have accumulated a remarkable and undiminished series of accomplishments over the years, and have collectively amassed an incredible 14 chart-topping albums as well as over two dozen more which reached the Top 10. In total, Genesis and the members' related solo projects have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide.

Chronologically ordered, R-KIVE features Genesis's biggest hits including "Invisible Touch," "Turn It On Again," "Land of Confusion,"' and "I Can't Dance." Along the way it also visits Mike + The Mechanics' classics "The Living Years" and "Over My Shoulder," Collins's "In The Air Tonight" and his Philip Bailey duet "Easy Lover," and Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill."

R-KIVE opens with "The Knife"- a nine-minute proto-punk number which became a favorite closing set during the band's early shows, and was written before either Hackett or Collins had joined the band. In addition to 22 Genesis songs, each member's work outside of the band is represented democratically with three songs each.

Such an approach contributes to a hugely eclectic body of work which features early material including the sprawling seven-section odyssey "Supper's Ready" and the title track of the conceptual masterpiece The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.

Yet R-KIVE also visits the unexpected - as evidenced by Hackett's flamenco-inspired "Nomads," Gabriel's "Signal To Noise" which featured Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan ("possibly the greatest singer we had worked with"), and "Calling All Stations," the sole representative from the short-lived era in which Genesis were fronted by former Stiltskin vocalist Ray Wilson.

"This album jogs memories about old albums, things people might have missed the first time around," says Collins. "Most of the time, the singles always seem to be the things that are remembered from albums. Sometimes the lesser-known tracks deserve better than to be forgotten."

"I'm a songwriter first of all," adds Rutherford. "When you put these songs together, it's a wonderfully impressive array and variety of songs. It's an interesting combination that doesn't normally get put on the same page."

The release of R-KIVE will be followed by the accompanying reunion documentary Genesis - Sum Of The Parts which will be broadcast on SHOWTIME on October 10 at 8PM ET

Strength in depth. Vitality in variety. Creativity in diversity. In terms of what they've done together, and what they've done apart, there's never been a band like Genesis. It's a captivating story, told here from the beginning to the end for the very first time.

R-KIVE Track List

Disc 1
1.  "The Knife" - from Trepass (1970)
2.  "The Musical Box" - from Nursery Cryme (1971)
3.  "Supper's Ready" - from Foxtrot (1972)
4.  "The Cinema Show" - from Selling England By The Pound (1973)
5.  "I Know What I Like" - from Selling England By The Pound (1973)
6.  "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" - from The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974)
7.  "Back In N.Y.C." - from The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974)
8.  "The Carpet Crawlers" - from The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974)
9.  "Ace of Wands" - from Steve Hackett's Voyage of the Acolyte (1975)

Disc 2
1.  "Ripples" - from A Trick of the Tail (1976)
2.  "Afterglow" - from Wind & Wuthering (1976)
3.  "Solsbury Hill" - from Peter Gabriel's first self-titled album (1977)
4.  "Follow You Follow Me" - from And Then There Were Three (1978)
5.  "For A While" - from Tony Banks's A Curious Feeling (1979)
6.  "Every Day" - from Steve Hackett's Spectral Mornings (1979)
7.  "Biko" - from Peter Gabriel's third self-titled album (1980)
8.  "Turn It On Again" - from Duke (1980)
9.  "In The Air Tonight" - from Phil Collins's Face Value (1981)
10. "Abacab" - from Abacab (1981)
11. "Mama" - from Genesis (1983)
12. "That's All" - from Genesis (1983)
13. "Easy Lover" - (Originally released in 1984)
14. "Silent Running" - from Mike + The Mechanics's self-titled album (1985)

Disc 3
1.   "Invisible Touch" - from Invisible Touch (1986)
2.   "Land of Confusion" - from Invisible Touch (1986)
3.   "Tonight Tonight Tonight" - from Invisible Touch (1986)
4.   "The Living Years" - from Mike + The Mechanics's Living Years (1989)
5.   "Red Day on Blue Street" - from Tony Bank's Still (1991)
6.   "I Can't Dance" - from We Can't Dance (1991)
7.   "No Son of Mine" - from We Can't Dance (1991)
8.   "Hold On My Heart" - from We Can't Dance (1991)
9.   "Over My Shoulder" - from Mike + The Mechanics's Beggar On A Beach Of Gold (1995)
10.  "Calling All Stations" - from Calling All Stations (1997)
11.  "Signal To Noise" - from Peter Gabriel's Up (2002)
12.  "Wake Up Call" - from Phil Collins's Testify (2002)
13.  "Nomads" - from Steve Hackett's Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth (2009)
14.  "Siren" - from Tony Banks's Six: Pieces of Orchestra (2012)

Monday, September 15, 2014

CONAN To Celebrate George Harrison Next Week

TBS's late-night show CONAN, with Conan O'Brien, is set to honor George Harrison with a week of performances by Beck, Norah Jones, Dhani Harrison & Friends and others. 

The celebration will coincide with the release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75, a box set featuring the former Beatle's first six solo albums.

Available on CD and digital download on Sept. 22, George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 is designed to complement Harrison's 2004 collection, The Dark Horse Years 1976-92.

The set spans Harrison's solo work for the Beatles' Apple Records from 1968 to 1975, and features an exclusive DVD with several video pieces, including a new seven-minute film with previously unreleased footage.

The box also features an exclusive perfect-bound book with an introduction by Dhani Harrison, new essays by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett and rare, previously unpublished images.

George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 can be pre-ordered at

Friday, September 12, 2014

Daryl Hannah & Neil Young Have Been Dating 'For Months,' Says Source

When photographers spotted rocker Neil Young, 68, and actress Daryl Hannah, 53, getting cozy together at a restaurant in Westlake, California, Wednesday, it set tongues wagging – especially since it was only announced last month that Young and his wife Pegi, 61, were calling it quits after 36 years together. 

The couple officially filed for divorce in their hometown of San Mateo, California, on July 29.

"[Hannah and Young were] holding hands and being really friendly, but they were not kissing or anything like that inside of the store," a source tells PEOPLE. "They were both very friendly to the employees, too. They both have been to Sur La Table many times before, but the employee has never seen them in the store together besides on Tuesday."

So are Hannah and Young a new item? Actually, maybe not that new.

"They've been dating for months," a source told PEOPLE magazine, adding that Young's marriage had recently been troubled. "They've taken no effort to even hide it. He recorded a new album a few weeks ago, and she was on Skype the entire time, giving him feedback on every take. He even told people in the studio she was his 'girlfriend.' "

The music industry was rocked when it learned Young and his wife were splitting. The couple had been together for so long and through so much, including recording, touring and raising a son with cerebral palsy – which inspired their popular annual Bridge School Benefit concerts.

But some paying attention weren't surprised he was with actress-turned-activist Hannah, with whom he collaborated on an environmentalist documentary for Greenpeace about the Alberta Tar Sands.

"They've appeared at many, many protest rallies together over the past year," the insider says. "The fans have known about this for months."

Young's former musical partner, David Crosby (of Crosby, Still, Nash and Young) also alluded to Hannah being partly responsible for Young's divorce in an interview he gave the Idaho Statesman that ran Monday.

"I happen to know that [Young] is hanging out with somebody that's a purely poisonous predator now," Crosby said in the interview. "And that's karma. He's gonna get hurt. But I understand why it happened. I'm just sad about it. I'm always sad when I see love tossed in the gutter."

When reached, reps for Hannah and Young did not comment.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp Releases 2014-15 Schedule

Lucky “weekend warrior” musicians and anyone who sings or has ever wanted to learn about songwriting will have the unique opportunity to meet and rock out with music legends including, Sammy Hagar, Roger Daltrey, Joe Perry, Cheap Trick and more during the new season of specialty camps announced today by Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. 

The camps will take place in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino as well as RRFC’s exclusive studios and at Foxwoods Resort in Conn.

Fantasy campers will also write, record and jam with rock star “counselors” including Lita Ford, Rudy Sarzo, Gary Hoey, Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers Band, Simon Kirke of Bad Company, Rick Derringer and more on their way to performing live during the four-day camps on sale now at

The 2014-15 Rock and Roll Fantasy Camps will be held:

Oct. 16-19, 2014
Foxwoods Resort, Conn.

Roger Daltrey (The Who)
Note: Proceeds from this camp will benefit Teen Cancer America, a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.

In addition to welcoming musicians of all levels, this camp will feature two special programs, a “Vocalist Fantasy Camp” as well as a “Songwriting Fantasy Camp.” The Vocalist Fantasy Camp features Oscar-Winner Darlene Love and special guest Roger Daltrey and is perfect for anyone who loves to sing. Participation requires no prior experience playing an instrument and focuses entirely on lead and background vocals.

The Songwriting Camp focuses on teaching campers about songwriting and the music industry. This camp will cover the business side of songwriting including publishing, ASCAP and BMI, how to protect your original material, splitting credits with co-writers and more.

Nov. 6-9, 2014
Foxwoods Resort, Conn.

Special “Producer’s Fantasy Camp” featuring legendary GRAMMY-winning producers:

Al Schmitt, Bill Syzmczyk, Elliot Scheiner and Tony Visconti

Jan. 15-18, 2015
Foxwoods Resort, Conn.

Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
Steve Morse (Deep Purple) Lou Gramm (Foreigner) Bumblefoot (Guns and Roses)

Feb. 12-15, 2015
Mandalay Bay and RRFC Studios, Las Vegas

Featuring: Sammy Hagar and Pat Travers

March 5-8, 2015
Foxwoods Resort, Conn.

Classic Rock Camp featuring Cheap Trick and Blue Oyster Cult

March 26-29, 2015
Mandalay Bay and RRFC Studios, Las Vegas

.38 Special
Molly Hatchet
Black Oak Arkansas

Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp’s multi-day camps were created for musicians of all levels who play drums, keyboard, guitar, bass, horns and/or sing. RRFC provides all instruments and backline and all campers are encouraged to bring their own instruments if desired. For 18 years, fantasy campers have given the RRFC experience rave reviews.

“Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp is an awesome, life changing experience that every music lover and musician needs to check off their bucket list,” said first-time camper Paul C.

"Holy crap, Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp was one of the most awesome experiences of my life,” said Ryan L., a first-time camper. “I cannot wait to come back. I had more fun than I imagined!”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Steve Wozniak To Appear At 2015 NAMM Show

The 2015 NAMM Show, held January 22-25 in Anaheim, CA, will resonate with insights from entrepreneurs within and beyond the music industry including Apple co-founder, Steve "Woz" Wozniak. The engineering icon will open Saturday morning’s breakfast session, talking music and technology with NAMM’s president and CEO Joe Lamond.

"Since the days of Thomas Edison, the NAMM Show has been the place where great thinkers have come together to create the future," said Lamond. "NAMM Members coming to Anaheim this January will benefit from a robust show floor filled with the latest innovations, educational sessions that cannot be found anywhere else and the chance to hear iconic speakers and thought leaders like Steve Wozniak."

NAMM members will hear straight from the source about the hard-hitting lessons learned during the founding of Apple. Wozniak and Lamond will also explore innovations in business, entrepreneurship and Woz's passion for music.

"Music is an enormous part of my life. It plays an integral role in creating the whole person, creative innovators that will shape the future," said Wozniak. "I look forward to witnessing technology and music come together at the NAMM Show. And, of course, playing a few instruments too!"

One of the early innovators of the microcomputer revolution, Wozniak co-founded Apple Computers (now Apple Inc.), designing both the Apple I and the Apple II. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology from President Ronald Reagan for his innovations, which effectively paved the way for the personal computer industry.

Be sure to get a seat in the Hilton Pacific Ballroom for insights that industry insiders will be talking about for years to come. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. An hour chat with “Woz” begins at 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

U2 And Apple Give Away Music, Change The Game

From the Fortune article: Is U2 going freemium with Apple a sign of what's to come?

U2 is giving away its latest album through Apple iTunes as the music industry grapples with declining sales.

U2 sent shockwaves across the music industry on Tuesday when it said it would give away its latest album on Apple’s iTunes.

Free would have been inconceivable before the digital age. Now, it may be the future.

Recording artists and music companies are grappling with a rapidly shifting business. Album sales are declining because people prefer to buy individual songs. Music piracy is also taking a huge toll. U2’s strategy may be a sign that the recording industry is ready to take radical steps to survive.

What the Irish supergroup is doing is using its music as a loss leader. Instead of selling albums, it hopes to sell concert tickets.

By releasing its album — Songs of Innocence — on iTunes, U2 can reach a potential audience of 500 million listeners. The group’s previous album, “No Line of the Horizon” suffered from disappointing sales, at least by U2’s standards. A free album is one way to stay relevant and potentially gain younger fans. It also may help fill seats during any future concert tour.

Bono, U2’s singer, said he hoped that partnering with Apple would mean that more people hear his band’s music. “From the very beginning U2 have always wanted our music to reach as many people as possible, the clue is in our name I suppose—so today is kind of mind-blowing to us,” he said in a statement. “It’s exciting and humbling to think that people who don’t know U2 or listen to rock music for that matter might check us out.”

The outlook for the music business looks bleak. This year, so far, U.S. album sales have fallen 14.6% while digital album sales are down 11.7%, according to Billboard, citing a recent Nielsen Soundscan report.

For Apple, at least, the deal with U2 is a marketing coup. The release has the potential to expand the number of iTunes users and potentially help to sell more iPhones and iPods. The album will be available exclusively on the service until October 13 when it’s set for its worldwide release.

“It makes music history because it’s the largest album release of all time,” Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO said.

But will the innovative marketing push be a boon for Bono and the rest of the rock gang, as it was for Beyonce’s own music industry-shattering stealth release months ago? In December, the pop star released a 14-track album exclusively through iTunes, along with 17 music videos. Unlike U2, however, people had to pay for Beyonce’s album. In three days, the novel approach garnered Beyonce 800,000 sales, according to CNBC.

Meanwhile, Apple didn’t say how much it paid, if anything, to get access to U2’s music. Bono told Time that money did, in fact, exchange hands for the free album downloads. “We were paid,” he said. “I don’t believe in free music. Music is a sacrament.”

Of course, U2 can also afford to give away an album for free. The band, after all, sells out huge concerts and doesn’t have to worry much about album sales. U2 apparently has the flexibility to do this with its record label, Island Records, with which it re-signed in 2013. Island Records discovered them in the 1970s. Some Indie bands have also released albums for free in past, including experimental hip hop group Death Grips which released Government Plates in 2013 (although they've since disbanded).

U2 has had a close relationship with Apple over the years. For example, Bono was friends with Apple’s now deceased former CEO Steve Jobs, according to CNET. In fact, Apple released a special edition iPod featuring a copy of the band members’ signatures.

“Working with Apple is always a blast,” Bono said. “They only want to do things that haven’t been done before—that’s a thrill to be part of.”

So whether U2’s Apple partnership is “Bad” for business, as is the title of one of their hit songs, or simply more of Apple’s “Mysterious Ways” in action remains to be seen.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Genesis Revisited: Three Sides Live Set For Reissue On DVD & Blu-ray; Mike + The Mechanics To Celebrate Living Years 25th Anniversary With Reissue & Tour

Eagle Rock Entertainment will reissue Genesis 1982 live release Three Sides Live on DVD and Blu-ray on November 4th. “Turn It On Again,” “Misunderstanding,” “No Reply At All,” “Abacab,” “Man On The Corner,” are featured on this set.

Three Sides Live was filmed in November 1981 on the “Abacab” tour in North America and was originally released on VHS to coincide with the live album of the same name. It has only been released on DVD in the limited edition box set The Movie Box 1981-2007.

Originally filmed in 16mm, the footage has now been fully restored and is being reissued as a standalone DVD and Blu-ray for the first time. The show focuses on tracks from the Duke and Abacab albums and the tracks are intercut with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the band members.

The line-up on Three Sides Live features Tony Banks (keyboards, backing vocals); Phil Collins (drums, lead vocals); Mike Rutherford (guitar, bass, backing vocals) with Daryl Stuermer (guitar, bass) and Chester Thompson (drums).

Track Listing

1. Behind The Lines
2. Duchess
3. Misunderstanding
4. Dodo / Lurker
5. Abacab
6. No Reply At All
7. Who Dunnit?
8. Medley: In The Cage / The Cinema Show  / The Colony Of Slippermen
9. Afterglow
10. Me & Sarah Jane
11. Man On The Corner
12. Turn It On Again

Meanwhile, Mike Rutherford's other band, Mike + The Mechanics, will be hit the road to celebrate the 25th anniversary The Living Years. The group kicks off a North American tour in Virginia on February 26, 2015. This will mark the first North American trek the band has made since their tour supporting the initial release of Living Years in 1989. Rhino will release a Deluxe Edition of Living Years on February 10.

Formed in 1985 by Rutherford, Mike + The Mechanics has recorded seven studio albums and enjoyed a series of hit songs with "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)," "All I Need Is A Miracle," "Word Of Mouth," and "Over My Shoulder." However, the #1 smash "The Living Years" from 1989 would become the largest hit of the band's career.

For the upcoming tour, Rutherford will lead the current incarnation of Mike + The Mechanics, which includes vocalists Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar, keyboardist Luke Juby, guitarist/bassist Anthony Drennan, and drummer Gary Wallis.

For the shows, the band will perform all of its best-known songs, as well as a selection of Genesis favorites like "I Can't Dance" and "Turn It On Again."

The 18-date tour will conclude on March 21 in Chicago.

Along with the original studio album, the two-CD reissue of Living Years will feature a bonus disc of live recordings from the 1989 Living Years UK tour along with the song "The Living Years 2014" which has been re-recorded with the South African Isango Choir and Andrew Roachford on lead vocals.

Track Listing

Disc 1
1. Nobody's Perfect
2. The Living Years
3. Seeing Is Believing
4. Nobody Knows
5. Poor Boy Down
6. Blame
7. Don't
8. Black & Blue
9. Beautiful Day
10. Why Me?

Disc 2
1. The Living Years 2014
2. Nobody Knows (Live)
3. Seeing Is Believing (Live)
4. Don't (Live)
5. Black & Blue (Live)
6. Silent Running (Live)
7. Par Avion (Live)
8. Take The Reins (Live)
9. Nobody's Perfect (Live)
10. A Call To Arms (Live)
11. Beautiful Day (Live)
12. Hanging By A Thread (Live)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Suzi Quatro Box Set To Be Released In October

The Girl From Detroit City is a beautifully presented 4-CD boxed set, celebrating an amazing 50 years in the music business for rock ‘n’ roll queen, Suzi Quatro.

The 82 tracks on offer here span the whole of Quatro’s career, including three songs by the Pleasure Seekers, the all-girl rock band Suzi formed along with her sister Patti and signed to Mercury Records in 1968. Her massive chart hits from the 1970s also feature, including the ‘Chinnichap’ numbers, "Can the Can," "48 Crash" and "Devil Gate Drive" and a whole wealth of material from the 1970s onwards, through to tracks from her critically-acclaimed 2011 album, In The Spotlight, which witnessed her reunion with producer, Mike Chapman; highlights of which included covers of Goldfrapp’s "Strict Machine" and Rhianna’s "Breaking Dishes," plus a Chapman number, "A Girl Like Me," which he wrote especially for her.

The Girl From Detroit City comes complete with fascinating up-to-date liner notes, tracking Quatro’s career from the outset to the present day, and it presents a wealth of album and poster artwork and photographs, including a shot of her incredible vintage Ray-Ban collection!

Suzi Quatro was the most successful female artist of the entire glam rock period (her style and music were not really glam, but this was the era and her influence on subsequent generations of female rock musicians are widely acknowledged. It’s been well-documented that Chrissie Hynde and Joan Jett both drew inspiration from Suzi but so have many others, including Talking Heads’ Tina Weymouth, who was encouraged to learn to play bass by listening to Quatro albums and, more recently, KT Tunstall revealed that the cover photo of her 2007 album Drastic Fantastic was based on Suzi’s image.

In celebration of Quatro’s 50th year in the music business, the BBC will be hosting a special performance of her one-woman show, Unzipped, in London on Friday, September 26. It will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday, October 2..

On September 29, Cherry Red will also release the single "The Girl From Detroit City" on digital download only. This song was recorded in 2013 and is exclusive to this compilation.

Suzi Quatro has no intention of slowing down. She’s about to embark on another massive live tour and, in 2015, she will finally publish her poetry in a book called Through My Eyes.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Led Zeppelin Drops Unreleased 'Black Dog' Take From 'IV' Reissue

Led Zeppelin fans will have a bounty of goodies on their hands when the band re-releases classic albums Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy on October 28.

But ahead of that release date, fans can get a taste of the rarities that will accompany each album -- for instance, here's an unreleased, alternative take of Led Zeppelin IV opener “Black Dog.”
This freshly unearthed take is rougher than the cut that eventually made the album, which you can hear in the guitar work and in Robert Plant’s vocals.

Both album reissues will include remastered versions of the original albums, along with respective bonus discs of rarities such as this. “Super deluxe editions” will also include an 80-page book and a print of the album cover.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Elvis Presley's Fiancée Documents The King's Final Days In New Memoir

Elvis Presley was excited about life when he died, eagerly making plans for new albums, new films and an expanded family with Ginger Alden, his young bride-to-be of seven months. 

Alden shares those memories and more in the revealing new book Elvis & Ginger, which charts her relationship with the King in his final year of life.

In an interview with NBC, Alden shared some surprising recollections from that period, including:

  • Presley wasn't as overweight as some thought he was. "He would oversalt his food, and at times, he would appear more puffy — or bloated, if you want to call it that — on camera. But he was never fat," Alden said. "I thought he was a handsome man; he just wasn't 20 anymore."
  • Elvis proposed to Alden on Jan. 26, 1977, in his favorite room at Graceland: the palatial master bathroom. It "was his sanctuary," Alden recalled. "(He) seated me in a chair and said many beautiful words to me and asked me to marry him."
  • On the night Elvis died in August 1977, he had taken two "sleep packets" — medications his doctors prescribed for his chronic insomnia. Alden is unsure what those packets contained or whether the drugs played a role in the singer's death (officially ruled to have been caused by a heart attack). "Sometimes (the doctors) had given Elvis placebos, because he had a dependency on sleep medication," Alden said.

Presley proposed to Ginger Alden with this ring a few months after the two began dating. Thirty-seven years after that sad day, Presley remains a force in popular culture: An auction of personal effects at Graceland last month drew scores of big-ticket bids. His signature is among the most-forged autographs of all time, and fellow music icons such as Paul McCartney still pay homage at his grave site.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

George Harrison's The Apple Years 1968-75 Coming September 22

Universal Music Group and the Harrison family are reissuing George Harrison's first six solo albums, released between 1968 and 1975 on the Beatles' Apple Records label. They have been digitally remastered from the original analog masters for CD and digital release on September 23.

Wonderwall Music, Electronic Sound, All Things Must Pass, Living In The Material World, Dark Horse, and Extra Texture (Read All About It) are available now for pre-order, both individually in digipaks and together within the deluxe, eight-disc boxed edition, The Apple Years 1968-75.

Designed to complement Harrison's 2004 collection, The Dark Horse Years 1976-92, the new box features an exclusive DVD with several video pieces, including a new seven-minute film with previously unreleased footage. The set also includes an exclusive perfect-bound book with an introduction by Dhani Harrison, new essays by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett, and rare and previously unpublished images.

This project has been overseen by George's son, Dhani Harrison, who stated, "I am so happy that what we started a decade ago by releasing The Dark Horse Years is now complete with the release of his first six albums as The Apple Years. Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions. It's a very proud moment for us, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way to achieve this."

The six albums have been digitally restored and remastered at Lurssen Mastering in Los Angeles by a Grammy® Award-winning team of engineers including Paul Hicks, Gavin Lurssen, and Reuben Cohen.

Wonderwall Music, Living In The Material World, Dark Horse, and Extra Texture (Read All About It) are all newly expanded with previously unreleased or rare additional tracks. All Things Must Pass includes the five extra tracks first released in 2001.

Olivia and Dhani Harrison believe that with the release of The Apple Years 1968-1975, many songs that were undervalued when they first came out will now have new light shone upon them. There are many gems in the box awaiting fresh discovery or reevaluation.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Kate Bush: First Female In UK To Have Eight Top 40 Albums

Kate Bush has become the first female artist in UK history to have eight albums in the Top 40 at the same time. 

The singer has broken the record previously held by Madonna after seeing a surge in sales as her Before The Dawn residency kicked off at London's Eventim Hammersmith Apollo. Madonna previously had three albums in the Top 40 in 1987.

Eight of Bush's albums have made it into the Top 40, including Hounds Of Love, The Kick Inside, 50 Words For Snow and Lionheart, according to the Official Charts Company. The only artists to have had more records simultaneously in the Top 40 are now Elvis, who had 12 LPs in the upper echelons of the charts after his death in 1977, and the Beatles, 11 of whose 2009 reissues achieved the same feat.

Bush recently asked fans not to take pictures at her live shows. In a statement on her website, she wrote: "We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras. I know it's a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together."

Bush is performing 22 shows at London's Eventim Apollo in total, her first gigs since 1979. All tickets for Bush's shows sold out in just 15 minutes when they went on sale on March 28.

Kate Bush's album in the charts on August, 31, 2014:

The Whole Story
Hounds Of Love
50 Words For Snow
The Kick Inside
The Sensual World
The Dreaming
Never For Ever
Director's Cut
The Red Shoes