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Steven Tyler & Joe Perry’s Rearranged Version of “Dream On” Released as Single to Benefit Marathon Bombing Victims

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of E:60In April, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry teamed up with the Southern California Children’s Chorus to perform an updated version of their band’s classic song “Dream On” for a TV special paying tribute to the victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings.  Now, a recording of the performance, which has been titled “Dream On (Boston Strong 2014),” has been released as a digital single via iTunes.

All money that Tyler and Perry earn from the track will be donated to charities aiding people affected by the bombings.

Meanwhile, during Aerosmith’s concert on Wednesday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California, the band welcomed the Southern California Children’s Chorus to the stage for a surprise performance of “Dream On (Boston Strong 2014).”

“The tragedy that took place during the Boston Marathon was unfathomable, but Boston is incredibly resilient and became even stronger,” says Tyler in a statement.  “I am so honored to release this version of ‘Dream On’ and to be able to have had the Southern California Children’s Chorus perform with us last night was a beautiful moment, a true gift from up above.”

Adds Perry, “Boston Strong was [a positive response to the bombings] and gave an example of our city’s inner strength.  I would like to think that the strength of our performance on ‘Dream On’ last night with the Southern California Children’s Chorus…was another rallying point for the goodness in all of us.”

Tyler and Perry’s original performance of “Dream On (Boston Strong 2014)” debuted on the special Dream On: Stories from Boston’s Strongest, which was the premiere episode of the spring 2014 season of ESPN’s E:60 news magazine series.  The show, which marked the one-year anniversary of the Boston attacks, also profiled five people who survived the bombings.


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Listen to Smokey Robinson and Elton John’s Duet of “Tracks of My Tears” Online Now

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Autumn de Wilde/Verve RecordsSmokey Robinson‘s upcoming duets album, Smokey & Friends, includes a collaboration with Elton John on a new version of the Motown legend’s “Tracks of My Tears.”  While the album won’t be released until August 19, RollingStone.com has posted the audio of the song for your listening pleasure.

A month ago, a video was released in which Elton commented about “Tracks of My Tears,” and Robinson’s influence on his own career.  The British pop-rock star called the tune, which was a #16 hit for Smokey’s old group The Miracles in 1965, “maybe the greatest pop song ever written.”

Elton said of Robinson’s ability as a wordsmith, “His lyrics always struck me as being so great and so direct and so simple and so heartfelt…He’s been in my heart ever since I was…17.”

Smokey & Friends features reinterpretations of a variety of famous songs Robinson wrote or co-wrote for The Miracles, The Temptations and his own solo career.  In addition to Elton, the list of guest artists on the record includes Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow John Legend, Cee Lo Green and Mary J. Blige.


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New Box Set Featuring Seven Classic Foreigner Albums to Be Released in October

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by

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Rhino/AtlanticDuring its commercial heyday, Foreigner released one memorable hit after the next, reaching the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 more than a dozen times between the late 1970 and late 1980s.  Now, a new box set gathering together the veteran rockers’ first seven studio albums and featuring all of their best-known tunes is scheduled to be released this fall.

The CD collection, titled Foreigner: The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991, will hit stores on October 14.  It includes the group’s 1977 self-titled debut, as well as 1978′s Double Vision, 1979′s Head Games, 1981′s 4, 1984′s Agent Provocateur, 1987′s Inside Information and 1991′s Unusual Heat.  Foreigner’s first five albums all received multi-platinum certifications from the Record Industry Association of America, with Double Vision selling the most overall — more than seven million copies in the U.S.

The first four discs in the compilation will include the bonus songs featured on the deluxe editions of the albums that were issued in 2002.  Among these extra tracks are a demo of “Feels Like the First Time,” a live rendition of “Hot Blooded” and a mostly acoustic version of “Waiting for a Girl Like You.”  The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums box set boasts a suggested list price of $39.98 and also will be available as a digital download.

Foreigner was led by the talents of singer Lou Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones, who wrote — or co-wrote with Gramm — all of band’s biggest hits.  The group topped the Hot 100 in 1984 with “I Want to Know What Love Is,” and also reached the top 5 six other times, with “I’ve Been Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “Double Vision,” “Hot Blooded,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Urgent” and “I Don’t Want to Live Without You.”

Gramm left Foreigner in 1990 and was replaced by Johnny Edwards, who handled lead vocals on Unusual Heat.  Lou did return to the band for one more album, 1994′s Mr. Moonlight, but left for good to focus on a solo career in 2003.  Foreigner, of course, has continued on with Jones leading the group and Kelly Hansen as the frontman.



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Slash Launches New Web Video Series, “Ask Slash and Myles”

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Robert JohnSlash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are on the road this summer with Aerosmith, and that experience is the subject of the first installment in a new video series, Ask Slash & Myles, that premiered Tuesday on the guitarist’s website.

In the two-minute clip, Slash explains that although he wasn’t planning to tour behind his upcoming album, World on Fire, until around the time of its release in September, when the opportunity arose to hit the road with Aerosmith, he jumped.

“They were a huge influence on me, and the direction I went into musically is very much in tandem with what they do, so the two of us playing together is a sort of unique rock ‘n’ roll package that you don’t see to much of these days,” says the ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist.

“They were one of those band that helped draw up the blueprint for hard rock,” adds Kennedy.  “The goal for me is to just try and keep up.  Steven Tyler is one of the greatest front men in rock and roll…so I’m real excited to sit on the side of the stage when we’re done and just take notes.”

New episodes of Ask Slash and Myles will be posted each Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET.


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Posthumous Studio Album by The Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb Due Out in Late September

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Frank Hoensch/Getty ImagesIt’s been more than two years since The Bee GeesRobin Gibb passed away at age 62 after a battle with cancer, but now a new studio album featuring recordings the singer made several years ago is being prepared for a September 30 release.  The record, named 50 St. Catherine’s Drive after Robin’s birthplace on the U.K.’s Isle of Man, was put together by his widow, Dwina, and son Robin-John, aka R.J.

According to Rolling Stone, the album includes tracks Robin recorded between 2006 and 2008 for a never-released project that was to have featured mostly autobiographical tunes.  50 St. Catherine’s Drive also will boast a number of demos Gibb recorded as recently as July 2011.  All 17 songs on the record were either written solely by Robin or co-written with R.J.

One track on the album is an updated version of The Bee Gees’ “I Am the World,” a tune that originally was released as the B-side of the band’s 1966 single “Spicks and Specks.”

“He was always fond of this song and decided to record a new version for this album,” Dwina explains to Rolling Stone.  “In the studio, Robin and [producer] Peter-John Vettese wrote new middle-eight sections, so it is now an extended version of the original.”

Robin’s new rendition of “I Am the World” currently is streaming exclusively at RollingStone.com.

Here is the complete track list of 50 St. Catherine’s Drive:

“Days of Wine & Roses”
“Instant Love”
“Alan Freeman Days”
“Wherever You Go”
“I Am the World (New Version)”
“Mother”
“Anniversary”
“Sorry”
“Cherish”
“Don’t Cry Alone”
“Avalanche”
“One Way Love”
“Broken Wings”
“Sanctuary”
“Solid”
“All We Have Is Now”
“Sydney”



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The Who’s Townshend and Daltrey Working on British TV Series Focusing on 1960s London Music Scene

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Ross Halfin/Universal MusicThe Who‘s Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey are collaborating with Simon West, director of such action/adventure flicks as Con Air and The Expendables 2, on a new U.K. television series that will focus on the London music scene during the mid-1960s.  British magazine Broadcast reports that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will oversee the music and also will have input on the script for the show, whose working title is Mods and Rockers.

Townshend, Daltrey and West will serve as co-producers on the program, as will longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley.  The setting of the series apparently will be the same as that of the film adaptation of the band’s classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia.

“We’re not remaking Quadrophenia but it’s that kind of world,” West tells Broadcast.  “It will also cover the rockers side of the story and spills out into the wider world of swinging ’60s London, taking in gangsters, music and fashion.  The two tribes will be at the heart of it.”

The director is planning for the series to feature eight one-hour episodes and says the show is drawing the interest of multiple networks and production companies.


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The Eagles’ Don Henley to Present Robert Redford with Environmental Honor at Boston Benefit Event

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by

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Jmaes Glader; Marc HomDon Henley will present actor/director Robert Redford with a special honor recognizing his support for environmental causes during an intimate benefit concert The Eagles are playing on September 16 in Boston.  Redford will receive the Walden Woods Project’s 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award, which acknowledges a person or organization that demonstrates “represents vision, creativity, dedication and sacrifice in addressing global environmental challenges.”

The show will take place at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center/Wang Theatre, and will raise money for the Walden Woods Project.  That’s the organization Henley founded in 1990 to oversee the protection of the Walden Pond area in Concord, Massachusetts, made famous by 19th century author Henry David Thoreau.  The charity also supports various environmental initiatives that are in line with Thoreau’s naturalist beliefs.

“Bob Redford was an environmentalist long before the well-being of our natural resources became an international concern,” says Henley in a statement.  “Whether he is defending the integrity of the public lands we leave as our legacy to future generations; whether he is lobbying Congress for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fighting for the protection of the dwindling herds of America’s iconic wild mustangs or advocating for measures to curb climate change, he puts the full measure of his time and talent, and the force of his convictions, behind all the compelling environmental causes he supports.”

Tickets for the benefit event go on sale this Monday, August 4, at 10 a.m. ET at CitiCenter.org, Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000.  Tickets also can be purchased in person at the Wang Theatre Box Office starting this Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET.


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Ex-Alice Cooper and Lou Reed Guitarist Dick Wagner Dead at 71

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Neal PrestonDick Wagner, the virtuoso rock guitarist known for his work with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed, passed away on Wednesday morning in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of 71.  The Detroit Free Press reports that Wagner died of respiratory failure at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, after spending two weeks in the facility’s intensive care unit following heart surgery.

Wagner played on many of Cooper’s albums during the 1970s and ’80s, and co-wrote many of the shock rocker’s songs, including such well-known tunes as “Only Woman Bleed,” “I Never Cry” and “You and Me.”  In addition, he lent his guitar talents to Reed’s acclaimed albums Berlin and Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal, and also worked with such other stars as Aerosmith, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Rod Stewart.

Dick battled a number of health issues in recent years.  In 2007, he suffered a heart attack and a stroke.  Then, in 2011 he was diagnosed with NPH, or normal pressure hydrocephalus, a condition caused by a build-up of spinal fluid in the brain that left him partially paralyzed.  The condition was successfully treated with a shunt in his brain, and Wagner was able to return to music again during the last few years.

Wagner wrote a well-received autobiography in 2012 titled Not Only Women Bleed: Vignettes from the Heart of a Rock Musician, and last year he wrote and produced a star-studded benefit single titled “If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)” that raised money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  He also remained active as a producer, songwriter and recording artist in conjunction with a multi-faceted music company he co-founded called Desert Dreams Records.

Wagner’s family and Desert Dreams Records posted a message paying homage to the rocker on his official website that reads, “Dick had a huge heart, which is perhaps why it gave him so much trouble, it was simply too full of love, of music and life.  His creativity and passion will live on forever in the legacy he has left for us, in his music and his words.”

The tribute continues, “He was a fighter, but in the end his body couldn’t keep up with his spirit, and so he lays to rest.  Dick said in 2013, ‘Love is in the air. Breathe deep.’  Take Dick’s advice into your own hearts, and notice all of the beauty in the world, even when it seems cruel and unfair.”

Wagner’s manager and business partner Susan Michelson tells the Detroit Free Press that a memorial event for Dick will be organized in Michigan, where he grew up.


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Robert Plant “Disappointed and Baffled” by Jimmy Page’s Critical Remarks

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by

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York Tillyer; Ross HalfinLed Zeppelin fans know by now that chances of the surviving band members playing together again have seemed pretty slim lately, so they likely won’t be surprised by Robert Plant‘s latest comments about the matter.  In a new interview with U.K. magazine Uncut, the singer addressed remarks guitarist Jimmy Page made to The New York Times in May expressing frustration that Plant didn’t want to take part in a new Zeppelin reunion.

“I feel for the guy,” the famed frontman declared.  “He knows he’s got the headlines if he wants them.  But I don’t know what he’s trying to do.  So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled.”

Plant also revealed that he actually reached out to Page “a couple of years ago” and offered to collaborate with him, but was rebuffed.

“I said [to Jimmy], ‘If you’ve got anything acoustic, let me know.  I’ll give it a whirl,” he recalled.  “It was hands across the water.  But he walked away.  Just walked away.”

As for a new full-fledged Led Zeppelin project, however, Plant said, “[W]e couldn’t do anything proper.  The weight of expectation is too great.”

In the New York Times article, Page referred to a 2013 comment Plant made that appeared to suggest he was open to another Led Zeppelin reunion.  “I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think?  Well, he knows what the other guys think.  Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band,” said Jimmy, adding, “He’s just playing games, and I’m fed up with it.”

Plant initially responded to Page’s comments during a media event prior to a performance with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, at Morocco’s Mawazine Festival.  “I think he needs to go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again,” said Robert.  “We have a great history together and like all brothers we have these moments where we don’t speak on the same page but that’s life.”

Plant’s new solo album with the Space Shifters, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar, will be released on September 9.


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Santana’s “Corazón” Album Certified “U.S. Latin Double-Platinum”; Band Adds Fall Dates to Tour

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by

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RCA/Sony Latin IberiaCorazón, Santana‘s first-ever Latin album, is a big success.  The record, which was released in May, has just been certified U.S. Latin double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 120,000 in this country.

The album features legendary guitarist Carlos Santana collaborating with a variety of special guests, including Gloria Estefan, Ziggy Marley, R&B singer Miguel, rap star Pitbull, jazz great Wayne Shorter, award-winning Colombian rocker Juanes and more. Corazón, currently is #4 on Billboard‘s Latin Albums chart, and has spent six weeks at the top of the tally since its release.

Santana recently added a series of North American fall tour dates in support of Corazón, running from a September 25 concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, through an October 12 performance in Verona, New York.  The band currently is in the middle of a summer trek that includes joint shows with Rod Stewart and headlining dates promoting the album.

Here are all of Santana’s upcoming tour dates; Corazón Tour shows unless noted:

7/29 — Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden
*7/31 — Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena
8/1 — Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
*8/2 — Vancouver, Canada, Rogers Arena
*8/4 — Calgary, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
*8/5 — Edmonton, Canada, Rexall Place
*8/8 — Winnipeg, Canada, MTS Centre
*8/10 — St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
*8/12 — Englewood, CO, Fiddler’s Green
*8/14 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
8/15 — New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino – Silver Creek Event Center
*8/16 — Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
*8/19 — Washington, DC, Verizon Center
*8/20 — Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
9/25 — Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino
9/27 — Austin, TX, ACL Live Theatre
9/28 — Midland, TX, Wagner-Noel PAC
9/30 — San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for Performing Arts
10/1 — Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center
10/3 — Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
10/4 — Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino and Resort
10/5 — Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheatre
10/7 — Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Theatre
10/8 — Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre
10/11 — Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center
10/12 — Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort & Casino Event Center

* = with Rod Stewart.


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