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New Johnny Mathis Box Set Featuring Crooner’s Entire Global Imprint Catalog Due Out in November

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsA new 13-CD box set featuring all of the albums Johnny Mathis released during his 1963 to 1967 tenure at Mercury Records, and issued via his own Global imprint, will hit stores on November 17.  The Complete Global Albums Collection will include remastered versions of the original 10 Mathis albums that came out on the label, as well as a previously unreleased album of show tunes and a two-CD compilation of rare recordings and non-album singles.

Mathis’ Global releases all have been out of print or hard to find for decades.  The albums captured the acclaimed pop crooner at a very creative period in his career, although most of the records were not very successful commercially.  Among the releases were the popular 1963 holiday collection Sounds of Christmas and the 1965 Spanish-language album Olé.  Featured in the box set are covers of tunes by such artists and songwriters as The Beatles, Johnny Mercer, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gerry Goffin & Carole King.

The 13 discs featured in The Complete Global Albums Collection will be packaged in a clamshell box, and Mathis contributed album-by-album liner notes to the set.

In the introduction he penned for the collection, Johnny discusses his decision to serve as producer on many of the Global albums.

“All of a sudden, I was in charge of my own decisions in the studio, and I didn’t have someone to guide me on what I was doing, right or wrong,” he writes.  “I wasn’t a producer, and I didn’t realize until then how important producers were and how much they assisted me in my work.  I tried to do what I could, but I had no idea what would be good for the market.”

Here is the list of all of the albums included in the collection:

Sounds of Christmas (1963)
Tender Is the Night (1964)
The Wonderful World of Make-Believe (1964)
This Is Love (1964)
Olé (1965)
Love Is Everything (1965)
The Sweetheart Tree (international edition, aka Away from Home, 1965)
The Shadow of Your Smile (1966)
So Nice (1966)
Johnny Mathis Sings (1967)
Broadway (previously unreleased “lost” album of show tunes, recorded 1964-1965)
The Global Singles and Unreleased (non-album singles and unreleased songs)

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Bon Jovi Photo Book Documenting Tours from 2010-2013 Now Available

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by

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David Bergman/Press Syndication GroupYou may not be able to see Bon Jovi‘s Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora together on the same stage anytime soon, but at least you can see them on your coffee table.  Bon Jovi: Work, a book that documents the band’s two world tours from 2010 to 2013, is now available for purchase online.

The 210-page hardcover book features both black-and-white and color images by from the New Jersey rockers’ official tour photographer, David Bergman.  You’ll see the band onstage, backstage, at home and even in the operating room, as Jon receives treatment for a knee injury.  A special section of the book features private photos personally taken by the singer.

“From the happy times to the harrowed, these images let you transcend the frame of the photograph to connect to specific moments whenever you open this book,” Jon writes in the foreword, saying that it captures “what it’s like to travel the world with our band, inviting you to be a part of the action.”

He adds, “They say every picture tells a story.  David’s pictures tell our story.”

You can order the book, which costs $60, now at

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U2 Offers Bonus-Packed “Songs of Innocence” Versions for Retailers

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Interscope RecordsEarlier this week, U2 released its new album, Songs of Innocence, as an iTunes download available for free until its physical release in October.  While great news for fans, that decision is lousy for retailers other than iTunes, but the band has come up with a way to make it up to record sellers.

According to BillboardSongs of Innocence will come in a retail CD configuration that will include four extra tracks and somewhere between two and seven acoustic versions of album songs, the specifics of which are being negotiated.  The added-value CDs also will be available digitally and the bonus content will be on sale for five weeks — the same duration as the current free iTunes download period.

In addition, retailers will be offered discounts on past U2 albums, as buyers are often inclined to pick up older titles when purchasing new releases.

Billboard poses the possibility that despite these bonus offers, some retailers may refuse to carry Songs of Innocence on principle, in retaliation for U2′s decision to offer it free and online at iTunes first.

Songs of Innocence will be available in stores on October 14. 

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Watch Neil Young, John Mellencamp and More Perform at Today’s Farm Aid Fest on TV and Online

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by

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Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc.The 2014 Farm Aid festival takes place on Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina, but if you can’t make it out the big event, you’ll still be able to watch it on television and online.  The benefit event will air live on the AXS TV high-definition channel starting at 7 p.m. ET, and will be streamed at beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

This year’s show, which takes place at Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Amphitheater, will feature the usual performances by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Dave MatthewsThe lineup also includes Jack White, Carlene Carter, Gary Clark Jr., Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Todd Snider, as well as Nelson’s son Lukas and granddaughter Raelyn.  A limited number of tickets still are available for the event.

Since the first Farm Aid fest in 1985, the concert series has raised more than $45 million to support family farmers.

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Peter Gabriel, Rick Wakeman Honored at 2014 Progressive Music Awards

Friday, September 12th, 2014 by

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York Tillyer/Eagle Rock EntertainmentPeter Gabriel and longtime Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman were among the honorees at the third annual edition of the Progressive Music Awards, held Thursday at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.  The awards were established in 2012 by Prog magazine.

Gabriel, who, of course, began his career as Genesis‘ frontman, was presented with the prestigious Prog God prize for his career achievements and contributions to the genre.

In an interview with the BBC at the event, Gabriel explained that he’s a lot more comfortable with the “prog” label than he was “when I was trying to break away from it.”

He went on to say that he thought prog “was the least fashionable genre of music for many people, and although it was the subject of humor and derision, and still is — and often deservedly — there were many great musicians that were trying to break down barriers.”

Looking at progressive rock and the music he created with Genesis, Peter noted, “It was genuinely pioneering at times.  We didn’t always get it right, but when it did work we could move people and get some magic happening.”

Wakeman, who was the 2012 Prog God honoree, took home the Live Event award at this year’s ceremony for his tour celebrating the 40th anniversary tour of his solo album Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Among the event’s other winners were Dream Theater, which was named Band of the Year; Uriah Heap, who nabbed the Outer Limits award; and Camel singer/guitarist Andy Latimer, who received the Lifetime Achievement honor.

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Tom Jones Among Stars Joining Neil Young at 2014 Bridge School Benefit Concert

Friday, September 12th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of The Bridge SchoolTom Jones is one of the big-name stars who will perform at the 28th annual edition of Neil Young‘s  Bridge School Benefit Concert, which will take place October 25 and 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.  This year’s bill also includes Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and, as always, Young himself.  Although news was recently revealed that Neil is divorcing his wife, Bridge School co-founder Pegi Young, after 36 years of marriage, she and her group The Survivors are set to perform too.

Other artists in the lineup include Florence + the Machine, Band of Horses and Norah Jones‘ new group Puss N Boots.  Tickets for the event will be available for purchase starting Friday, September 19, at 10 a.m. via

The charity event raises funds for the Bridge School, a facility that aids children with physical impairments and severe communication difficulties.  Pegi began the school in part to provide adequate care for her and Neil’s son, Ben, who was born with cerebral palsy.

Visit to find out more about the concert and how to contribute funds to the school.

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Christopher Cross Returns with New Album, “Secret Ladder”; Not Stressed About Success

Friday, September 12th, 2014 by

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Chart-topping singer/songwriter Christopher Cross returned today with a new album called Secret Ladder.  And if he’s not showered with Grammy nominations as a result, he says he won’t be too worried — he’s already been there, done that.

“My early success, with all that stuff that happened, sort of did give me this sort of resignation with the fact that I don’t stress about winning a Grammy, or something like that,” the “Ride Like the Wind” hitmaker tells ABC News Radio.  “‘Cause a lot of artists I know, they really hope to still one day to be acknowledged by that group of people, and that award, and for me I’ve got ‘em.”

Indeed, Cross remains the only artist ever to win all four of the major Grammy Awards — Album, Song and Record of the Year, plus Best New Artist — in a single night.  That happened back in 1981.

“It’s kind of cool because I don’t have to, y’know, stress about it anymore,” he maintains.  “I make the music, and…I’ve been blessed to be validated by my peers.  So, I just do what I do.”  He adds, “I’ve always said that I make the music for myself.  If the fans like it, I’m certainly pleased and I hope they do, but I make records for me.”

Secret Ladder is officially released today, but on Thursday, September 11, one song was made available for download early: “We Will Remember You,” a tribute to our troops.  Proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations that benefit military personnel and their families.  Cross was inspired to write the song because both his parents were in the military: His dad was an army doctor, and his mom was an army nurse.  In addition, his nephew is on his fourth tour in Afghanistan with special forces.  But Cross says the song is strictly non-partisan.

“This has nothing to do with partisan politics or your feelings about the conflicts we get into.  It’s about service which is honorable across the board, and my feeling is that the people that died in the Towers are every bit as fallen a hero as anybody in service we have,” he tells ABC News Radio.  “So that’s one of the reasons I released it on 9/11.”

As for the rest of the songs on Secret Ladder, you’ll definitely find the ballads and songs of romance that Cross is known for, as well as a guest appearance by his old pal Michael McDonald, who appeared on his classic “Ride Like the Wind.”  But there are also plenty of songs where the “Sailing” singer expresses his displeasure and disappointment with society today.

“Well, you know, I’m 63 now and…I have three children,” he explains to ABC News Radio.  “So when you’re a parent, you get more concerned about things that are happening, and certainly I’m not too pleased with the world the children are going into, and I have my responsibility, like any other citizen.

“This album is — somebody said I’m grumpy, you know — but there’s a certain amount of complaining about the state of things,” he admits.  “Not just politically, but socially, and I think we’re certainly at a low point.”

However, that doesn’t mean Secret Ladder is a downer of a record. 

“We’re not beyond hope,” he adds.  “There’s certainly moments of the record — there’s a song called ‘Island of Anger’ and it says in there: ‘The things that don’t make me angry make me sad.’  So it’s not all based in anger and frustration, and I’m also hopeful, but, y’know, it’s a complex time.” 

Cross will perform at New York’s City Winery tonight to celebrate the album’s release, and has dates booked though the end of the year in North America and the Philippines.

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Paul McCartney Confirms “Destiny” Video Game Theme Song Will Be Released as Single, Following Online Leak

Friday, September 12th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Concord Music Group“Hope,” the theme song Paul McCartney wrote and recorded for the new video game Destiny made its way onto multiple YouTube pages and other websites this week.  The leak apparently has prompted Sir Paul to announce that he will officially release the track as a single later this year.

“Hope” was produced by Giles Martin, son of famed Beatles producer George Martin and one of the producers of McCartney’s latest album, NEW.  The epic track features a 120-piece orchestra and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.  According to, the song can be heard at the end of the sci-fi shooting game’s campaign mode.

According to the announcement, more details about the song and its release will be revealed soon.

In addition to “Hope,” McCartney helped compose some of the orchestral score heard throughout Destiny.  This marks the rock legend’s first foray into writing music for a computer game.

Destiny takes place in the future, when Earth has been almost completely destroyed by aliens.  The players’ quest is to defend what’s left of humankind from the aggressive space invaders.  The game, a collaboration between Activision and Bungie, is available for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms.

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“Rose Garden” Singer Lynn Anderson Arrested for DUI in Nashville

Friday, September 12th, 2014 by

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CMAVeteran country star Lynn Anderson was arrested for driving under the influence Friday morning in Nashville following a car crash Thursday night.

According to Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN, the singer admitted to taking prescription medication and drinking alcohol prior to the crash. No one was injured in the accident, and Anderson was released on a $5,000 bond.

Anderson released a statement Friday saying, “I apologize for the choices I made and subsequent actions on Thursday evening that ultimately resulted in the accident.  By the grace of God, I am very grateful that no one was injured as a result.  I am committed to the accountable steps that I will be facing on the road to recovery and am deeply sorry for anyone that I have harmed along this path.”

Anderson was previously arrested for DUI in 2004 when officers found her passed out in her car on the side of the road.  The Grammy winner is best known for her 1971 hit, “Rose Garden.”

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Aerosmith and Elvis Costello to Become “Simpsons” Figures

Friday, September 12th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy National Entertainment Collectibles AssociationThe five members of Aerosmith and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elvis Costello will become Simpsons action figures. The toys, which will be available in October, are part of the fourth installment of National Entertainment Collectibles Association‘s “25 Greatest Guest Stars” line of Simpsons figurine.

The series marks the first time the merch and marketing wizards at 20th Century Fox have paid homage to The Simpsons‘ one-off cameos.  The figures are a limited run,  and are available only at select retailers, including Toys R Us.  Other music stars who have been paid homage with Simpsons figures as part of earlier installments of the “25 Greatest Guest Stars” line include The WhoR.E.M., James Brown and Kid Rock.

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