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Cher Adds More Dates to Dressed to Kill Tour

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by

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Warner Bros. RecordsBefore she kicked off her Dressed to Kill tour back in March, Cher said she wasn’t sure if she’d enjoy herself.  Well, it appears as though she has been, as she’s just added a set of new dates to the trek.

Having too much fun to stop now — new D2K tour dates!” Cher wrote on her Facebook page.  She also tweeted the news and included a GIF of her dancing with Winona Ryder, from their 1990 film Mermaids.

The five new dates, all in November, will see the legendary diva take her over-the-top show to Lubbock, Austin and Corpus Christi, Texas, as well as Bossier City, Louisiana, and Charleston, South Carolina.  Right now, the South Carolina show, on November 19, is Cher’s last scheduled U.S. date, but there could be more.  Pat Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo are serving as the support act for Cher’s previously scheduled concerts, but the special guest for the newly added shows has yet to be revealed. 

According to Pollstar, pre-sales for the new dates start on Wednesday for fans who RSVP to Cher’s Facebook page.  American Express also is holding a pre-sale on Wednesday, while Ticketmaster is holding one on Thursday.  The general public can buy tickets starting this Friday, September 5.

Cher next concert takes place September 11 in Albany, New York.  Her itinerary also includes two shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden, on September 19 and 20.


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R.E.M. “Unplugged” Collections Out on Vinyl Today

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by

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Cass Bird/Warner Bros. RecordsR.E.M. made two very memorable appearances on MTV’s Unplugged, in 1991 and 2001.  For some reason, those two performances were never available as official releases until this past April’s Record Store Day, when they were released as a limited four-vinyl-disc set, which sold out pretty much instantly.  To quench the thirst of R.E.M. fans, the band is re-releasing the vinyl, this time as two individual sets arriving in stores today.

1991 Unplugged and 2001 Unplugged each contain two vinyl albums in gatefold sleeves.  The sets are priced at $39.98, and each collection contains tracks that did not make the original broadcast; five on 1991 and six on 2001

For all you anti-old-schoolers out there, 1991 Unplugged and 2001 Unplugged are also available on CD or digital formats.

Here is a track listing for the vinyl sets:

1991 Unplugged

Side One
“Half a World Away”
“Disturbance at the Heron House”
“Radio Song”
“Low”

Side Two
“Perfect Circle”
“Fall on Me”
“Belong”
“Love Is All Around”

Side Three
“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)”
“Losing My Religion”
“Pop Song 89″
“Endgame”

Side Four
“Fretless”*
“Swan Swan H”*
“Rotary 11″*
“Get Up”*
“World Leader Pretend”*

2001 Unplugged

Side One
“All the Way to Reno (You’re Gonna Be a Star)”
“Electrolite”
“At My Most Beautiful”
“Daysleeper”

Side Two
“So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)”
“Losing My Religion”
“Country Feedback”
“Cuyahoga”

Side Three
“Imitation of Life”
“Find the River”
“The One I Love”*
“Disappear”*

Side Four
“Beat a Drum”*
“I’ve Been High”*
“I’ll Take the Rain”*
“Sad Professor”*

* = not included in original television broadcast.


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Limited-Edition Led Zeppelin Scarves from UK Designer Paul Smith Arriving in Late October

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by

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Images Courtesy of Paul SmithIn conjunction with Led Zeppelin‘s ongoing catalog reissue campaign, the lauded rock band has collaborated with British fashion designer Paul Smith on a collection of scarves showcasing the updated cover art of the group’s remastered albums.

Six separate limited-edition scarves have been designed for the collection, five based on Led Zeppelin’s first five albums and a sixth boasting a newly created motif.  The scarves are 1.5 by 1.5 meters in size, or about 4.9 by 4.9 feet.

Each scarf will be produced in a limited run of 50, and beginning on October 23, the items will be available at the Paul Smith store on Albemarle Street in London, as well as at the company’s website, PaulSmith.co.uk.  The scarves also will go on sale at Paul Smith’s U.S. stores in October.

Expanded and remastered editions of Led Zeppelin’s first three albums, Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III, hit stores in early June, while reissues of the band’s fourth and fifth albums — Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy — are scheduled for a late-October release.



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Stevie Nicks Says “Half the Songs” on New Album Are About Lindsey Buckingham

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by

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Warner Bros. RecordsOver the years, many of Stevie Nicks‘ songs have documented her love life, including, perhaps most famously, her years with Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.  The couple broke up during the 1970s, but on Nicks’ new album, she’s revisiting their relationship: a good portion of the songs, she says, were inspired by Buckingham.

The album, 24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault, is made up of songs that Stevie wrote years ago, but never recorded, and some date back as far as 1969.  She tells Rolling Stone that nobody in Fleetwood Mac has heard the album yet, but she predicts, “Lindsey will love it.  Half the songs are about him!”

For example, she tells the magazine that “Lady,” a tune on the album for which she recently released a lyric video, “captures the mood of me and Lindsey being scared to death when we moved to L.A. in 1971.”  She adds, “Our producer…gave us this white carved piano — I wrote ‘Rhiannon’ on it.  But I didn’t know how to play.  ‘Lady’ was me figuring it out.”

Nicks reveals that she only had two months to make 24 Karat Gold because she had to start rehearsing for Fleetwood Mac’s reunion tour with Christine McVie, which starts September 30.  Her friend Dave Stewart, the former Eurythmics member who produced her last solo album, In Your Dreams, advised her to make the record in Nashville because the musicians there work very quickly. 

Stevie took his advice, and she says she was shocked at just how fast everything came together: They did 17 tracks in three weeks, and there was no drama involved.

“I’m used to bands where we argue over how to do the song,” she tells Rolling Stone.  “These Nashville guys just say, ‘Yes, ma’am.’”

24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault is in stores on October 7.


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Yes’ Steve Howe Talks About Band’s “Unusual” New Album, Praises New Frontman

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by

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Rob Shanahan/MSO PRYes recently wrapped up a North American summer tour during which the band debuted some material from its latest studio album, Heaven & Earth, the prog-rock legends’ first with their new lead singer Jon Davison.  Guitarist Steve Howe tells ABC News Radio that the record is “a different sort of album” for Yes.

“It’s an unusual album in a way.  It has a light element to it,” Howe explains, noting that he agrees with some fans who have described the record as being “accessible.”

Davison has only been an official member of Yes since 2012, but he played a big role in the creation of Heaven & Earth, co-writing six of the project’s eight songs with the other Yes members and writing a seventh tune by himself.  Howe explains that the singer took the initiative when it came to collaborating with his new band mates.

“Jon Davison, being a new guy, put his hand up and kind of said, ‘Well, I’d be happy to circulate,’” he says.  “And, basically, ’cause we all live in different parts of the world, Jon visited everybody and found out what he could do with them a little, and then compared notes.”

Howe says he was very pleased to find out that beyond coming up with catchy song ideas, Davison was able to create complex parts that challenged the Yes members’ abilities, and while also displaying his own musical talents.

One such tune was “Light of the Ages,” the song Davison penned alone.

“I think ‘Light of the Ages’ is the kind of song that Yes needs to play,” Howe maintains.  “I play just steel guitar on that one, and Jon plays rhythm guitar.  I like his rhythm work.  It’s really good to have a great rhythm guitarist in the group.”

Another song Howe enjoyed was the album closer, “Subway Walls,” a nine-minute-plus epic that Davison wrote with Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes.

“There’s a song [that's] got lots of complexity,” Steve points out.  “As we got to know each other and as I got to know [Jon's] available material, that piece was really scary — complex, almost, like, ‘Where is the beat?  Where’s the beat gone in this?’”

Howe explains that Davison’s musical talents aren’t just limited to vocals and rhythm guitar, noting that he also “wrote massive bass lines for this album, which you wouldn’t expect.”

The multifaceted aspects Davison brings to Yes seems to fit in with what Howe wants the band to strive for moving forward as a recording entity.

“If Yes make albums where none of us have to think, it must be…really appalling,” he tells ABC News Radio, “because it’s only when you have to work on music that you’re doing something of value.”

Yes will return to the road on November 10, when the band kicks off a tour of New Zealand, Australia and Japan with a concert in Auckland, New Zealand.  As on their North American trek, the new outing will feature Yes performing the Close to the Edge and Fragile albums in their entirety, plus selections from Heaven & Earth and various hits by the group.


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Barry White Box Set Featuring Five Classic ’70s Albums Arriving in Late September

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by

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Mercury/Universal MusicA new box set gathering together five classic albums by Barry White, the man responsible for some of the 1970s’ sexiest soul jams, will be released on September 30 to mark what would have been the deep-voiced singer’s 70th birthday. 

Barry White: 5 Classic Albums includes 1973′s I’ve Got So Much to Give and Stone Gon’, 1974′s Can’t Get Enough, 1975′s Just Another Way to Say I Love You and 1976′s Let the Music Play.

These albums yielded many of White’s biggest hits, including the 1974 chart-topping smash “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe,” and top 10 singles “I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby,” “Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up,” “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” and “What Am I Gonna Do with You.”  The 5 Classic Albums collection also features multiple alternate versions of Let the Music Play‘s title track, including the single version, an instrumental B-side version, the M+M Throwback Mix and Funkstar’s Club Deluxe Mix.

White was born September 12, 1944, and died in 2003 at the age of 58, but his music continues to keep fans grooving and influence other artists.  At the recent BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, the late singer was honored with the Most Performed Song Award for Justin Timberlake‘s “TKO,” which uses a sample of Barry’s “Somebody’s Gonna Off the Man.”  Last September, White posthumously received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Here is the track list for White’s 5 Classic Albums collection:

Disc 1: I’ve Got So Much to Give
“Standing in the Shadows of Love”
“Bring Back My Yesterday”
“I’ve Found Someone”
“I’ve Got So Much to Give”
“I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby”
“Just a Little More Baby (Instrumental)”
“I’ve Got So Much to Give (Instrumental)”

Disc 2: Stone Gon’
“Girl It’s True, Yes I’ll Always Love You”
“Honey Please, Can’t Ya See”
“You’re My Baby”
“Hard to Believe That I Found You”
“Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up”

Disc 3: Can’t Get Enough
“Mellow Mood, Pt. 1″
“You’re the First, the Last, My Everything”
“I Can’t Believe You Love Me”
“Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe”
“Oh Love, Well We Finally Made It”
“I Love You More Than Anything (in This World Girl)”
“Mellow Mood, Pt. 2″

Disc 4: Just Another Way to Say I Love You
“Heavenly, That’s What You Are to Me”
“I’ll Do for You Anything You Want Me To”
“All Because of You”
“Love Serenade”
“What Am I Gonna Do with You”
“Let Me Live My Life Lovin’ You Babe”
“Love Serenade, Pt. 2″

Disc 5: Let the Music Play
“Don’t Know Where Love Has Gone”
“If You Know, Won’t You Tell Me”
“I’m So Blue and You Are Too”
“Baby, We Better Try to Get It Together”
“You See the Trouble with Me”
“Let the Music Play”
“Let the Music Play (Single Version)”
“Let the Music Play (Instrumental B-Side Version)”
“Let the Music Play (M+M Throwback Mix)”
“Let the Music Play (Funkstar’s Club Deluxe Mix)”
“Let the Music Play (Alternate Version)”


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Sting Set to Perform at NYC Concert Supporting Equality for LGBT Community

Monday, September 1st, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Patti HintonSting is among the stars who will perform at a September 15 fundraising event in New York City supporting organizations and activists fighting for the rights of those who identify themselves as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI).  Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality will be held at the Gershwin Theatre, and will feature a variety of artists and speakers from around the world sharing inspiring songs and stories.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s Fueling the Frontlines campaign.  The organization is committed to improvement of the LGBTI community’s rights throughout the world.

The concert, which also will feature an appearance by Broadway legend Patti Lupone, is timed to coincide with the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative to bring attention to the equality issue.  Visit UprisingofLove.org for more information.


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Founding Jethro Tull Bassist Glenn Cornick Dies at 67

Monday, September 1st, 2014 by

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Jethro Tull; Glenn Cornick, far right (Chrysalis Records Ltd.)Glenn Cornick, Jethro Tull‘s original bass player, died Thursday at his home in Hilo, Hawaii.  He was 67.  The British-born musician’s family told The New York Times that the cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Cornick appeared on Jethro Tull’s first three studio albums, 1968′s This Was, 1969′s Stand Up and 1970′s Benefit and played on the group’s early tours.  He exited the band in 1971, after forming the group Wild Turkey and before Tull recorded of its classic 1971 album Aqualung.  Prior to Jethro Tull’s formation, Cornick played with frontman Ian Anderson and the band’s founding guitarist Mick Abrahams in the John Evan Band.

After Wild Turkey disbanded in 1974, Cornick played in the short-lived group Paris with ex-Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Bob Welch.

Anderson paid tribute to Cornick in a message posted on Jethro Tull’s official website.  “Glenn was a man of great bonhomie and ready to befriend anyone — especially fellow musicians, wrote the singer.  “Always cheerful, he brought to the early stage performances of Tull a lively bravado both as a personality and a musician…His background in the beat groups of the North of England and his broad knowledge of music were always helpful in establishing the arrangements of the early Tull.”

Anderson also noted that Cornick continued to play music with various groups throughout his life, and pointed out that he frequently took part in Tull fan conventions, “where he would join in with gusto to rekindle the musical moments of the early repertoire.”

Cornick is survived by his wife, Brigitte, and three children — son Drew, daughter Molly and son Alex.


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Duran Duran Headlining Unveiling Event for New Mazda Sports Car; Band Shares Details About Next Album

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by

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PRNewsFoto/Mazda North American OperationsDuran Duran will be the headliners of a special event this Wednesday in Monterey, California, that will feature the unveiling of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.  Starting at 6 p.m. PT, the event will be streamed live on Mazda’s YouTube channel, allowing the whole world to get a first look at the car, as well as check out highlights of a performance by the band.

“Duran Duran and the MX-5 Miata both made their world debuts in the 1980s and captured the hearts and imagination of an entire generation,” says Mazda executive Russell Wager.  “In 25 years, both the car and the band have evolved while staying true to their roots.  It is this combination of authenticity and endurance that makes the pairing of the MX-5 and Duran Duran so appropriate for this reveal.”

Simultaneous unveiling events also will be held in Tokyo and Barcelona, Spain.

Meanwhile, a series of videos featuring new interviews with Duran Duran have been posted at FashionRocksLive.com to promote the upcoming 2014 Fashion Rocks concert, in partnership with Mazda.  In one of the clips, the band members — Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor — share some details about the group’s upcoming album, which is due out in the spring of 2015.  Among the tidbits revealed: ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante contributed his talents to the record, and The Kaiser ChiefsNick Hodgson co-wrote one of the new tunes.

“This new record is like Duran in extremis,” says John Taylor.  “It’s like everything you ever wanted from a Duran record.”  The group has been collaborating with a number of producers on the project, including Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Mr. Hudson.

Additional videos focus on the band’s path to stardom and their evolving fashions.

Duran Duran is one of many acts that will be performing at this year’s Fashion Rocks concert.  CBS will air the event live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at 9 p.m. ET on September 9.  The lineup also includes KISS, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson, Pitbull, Usher, Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry.


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Get Texts from, Tune In for Bret Michaels & Other Stars on Today’s MDA Telethon

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Muscular Dystrophy AssociationJust a reminder that Poison frontman Bret Michaels is among the stars who will appear on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The two-hour broadcast starts tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.  But if you don’t want to sit through the whole thing waiting for your favorite celebrities, don’t worry: they’ll text you.

If you go to MDA.org right now and register at the Telethon Star Tracker, you’ll be able to select which stars you’re interested in seeing during the broadcast, and you’ll receive a text alerting you that they’re coming up so you can turn on the TV then. 

Michaels is one of the many music artists that will be giving “one-of-a-kind” performances of their songs on the telecast.  Other performers include Josh Groban, Aloe Blacc, Jason Derulo, Matt Nathanson, American Authors and country stars Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes.

The telethon also will feature a bevy of celebrity presenters including Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz, Brad Paisley, Kesha, Jordin Sparks and Ludacris, as well as Alyssa Milano, Nashville’s Charles Esten, Tom Bergeron and more. In addition, five families will share their stories of what it’s like to live with muscular dystrophy.

You can call, text or donate online at MDA.org. This is the 49th installment of the telethon: The first one aired in 1966, on a single TV station in New York City.  It’s since become the most successful fundraising event in TV history.


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