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Roger Daltrey Says He’s Considering Recording a Beyonce Song for Upcoming Solo Album

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoWhat do The Who‘s Roger Daltrey and R&B star Beyonce have in common, other than both being singers?  Could be a lot more than that, depending on Daltrey himself.

In a recent video interview with GulfNews TV, Daltrey was asked for his opinion about several contemporary pop and rock artists, including Beyonce, and he reported that he’s actually considering recording one of her songs. 

“Class,” Daltrey declared when the pop/R&B superstar’s name was mentioned.  “I’m making a solo album at the moment and I’m toying with doing one of her own songs — a Beyonce song, just kind of changing the lyrics a bit and put it in the male.”

Daltrey also addressed recent comments he made in the press about U.K. boy band One Direction, in which he apparently implied that he thought the group’s music would not be considered significant over time.  Roger explained that he’d been “rather misquoted with One Direction,” and that he hadn’t been attacking the band.  “They’ve done incredibly well, and you can’t knock that, that they’ve become the biggest pop band in the world,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer stressed.  “We were a pop band once, and there’s nothing wrong with that…but I don’t know what music will have significance in the future.”

The 70-year-old singer also put his two cents in about Justin Bieber and his recent troubles.  “What a shame.  The boy needs help,” said Daltrey, then addressed Bieber directly, saying, “Justin, give me a call, otherwise you’re gonna end up like Keith Moon, and it’ll be ‘Goodnight, Vienna,’ and I’ve lost too many friends.  You don’t need to go. You’ve got a lot to offer.”

Daltrey also commented briefly about Taylor Swift, whom he called a “good country artist” and a “good-looking girl,” and Kings of Leon, which he said are a “good” American rock ”n’ roll band.

Lastly, Roger was asked to share his thoughts on the oft-maligned Coldplay.  He praised Chris Martin‘s melodies and said that the sound that the band created “was totally original in its day,” but noted that he isn’t a fan of Martin’s stage antics.

“I just wish he wouldn’t run around so much on the stage, because it takes away from the music.  It doesn’t make the music stronger.  It weakens it,” Daltrey maintained.  “He doesn’t need to do it.  When did you ever see Elvis run on the stage?”

Roger added that he has the same criticism of Mick Jagger.  “Stop it!” he declared.  “Stand still and dance.”

The Who launch the U.K. leg of its 50th anniversary tour on Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland.


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Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper Among Artists Set to Perform at 2015 Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by

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Badman Ltd.; WeTVOn February 5, three days before the Grammy Awards, a special concert event called “Lean on Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy” will take place that will feature performances by a variety of previous Grammy winners, including Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge and country legend Willie Nelson.

The event is the 17th annual concert staged by the Grammy Foundation, and it’s designed to highlight the organization’s efforts to preserve our musical legacy.  Also on the bill are contemporary artists Robin Thicke and Aloe Blacc.  The theme of the event is the evolution of music’s role in helping charitable causes, and so the concert will celebrate iconic charity songs and concerts.

More artists will be added to the bill in the coming weeks. Tickets to the event, which will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, cost $45 and are on sale now at GrammyFoundation.org.


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Patti LaBelle Confirmed for Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by

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Photo: Carlo Dalla ChiesaPatti LaBelle is among the performers scheduled to participate in the National Christmas Tree Lighting, taking place December 4 in Washington, D.C.

The legendary singer will be joined by Norwegian pop duo Nico & Vinz and award-winning vocal group The Tenors at the 92nd annual event, which will be held at the White House Ellipse at President’s Park.  The ceremony will be streamed live at TheNationalTree.org starting at 4:30 p.m. ET, but if you miss it, it will air on public television throughout December.

Additional performers and special guests for the event will be announced soon.



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Rolling Stones’ Muscle Shoals Sessions to Be Commemorated with Historic Marker

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of RankinThe 45th anniversary of a historic recording session by The Rolling Stones at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, will be commemorated with a marker next week in the nearby town of Florence.  The unveiling ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday, December 5, at the site of a former Holiday Inn where the band stayed while working on several of their classic songs at the renowned studio.

In early December of 1969, the British rock legends recorded “Wild Horses,” “Brown Sugar” and “You Gotta Move,” which all eventually were released on the group’s 1971 album, Sticky Fingers.  Studio co-owner Jimmy Johnson, who also was the guitarist of the famed group of Muscle Shoals session musicians known as The Swampers, engineered The Stones recordings, and will be in attendance at the ceremony.

“The Stones’ visit was a major turning point,” says Johnson.  “I am very excited about the marker and appreciate the state support for our efforts to preserve and promote Muscle Shoals Music.”

The acclaimed 1970 Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter includes footage of the some of the band’s members recording in Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and also listening to a recording of “Brown Sugar” in a room at the Holiday Inn, which was torn down during the 1970s.  Some of those scenes also appear in the 2013 Muscle Shoals documentary, as do new interviews with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards recalling the sessions.

The Alabama Tourism Department was responsible for producing the marker.

“Because the Muscle Shoals documentary contained actual film footage of the Rolling Stones’ recording sessions here, more people are aware of that history,” says Tourism Department director Lee Sentell.  “This should be…a unique photo opportunity for fans of the Stones.”


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New Supergroup Revolution Saints Features Members of Journey, Night Ranger, Whitesnake

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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Frontiers RecordsMembers of three big rock bands of the ’80s, Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, Night Ranger singer/bassist Jack Blades and ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, have joined forces in a new supergroup called Revolution Saints.  Castronovo pulls double duty in the band, serving as lead singer as well as keeping the beat.

Revolution Saints will release its self-titled debut album on February 24.  The band was the brainchild of Serafino Perugino, president of Frontiers Records, who wanted to put together a project that would showcase Deen’s vocal talents. The 12-track album features songs that combine the soaring melodies and virtuoso musicianship for which the band members’ other groups are known.

Two other current members of Journey, guitarist Neal Schon and frontman Arnel Pineda, make guest appearances on Revolution Saints.  Schon is featured on a song titled “Way to the Sun,” while Pineda sings on a tune called “You’re Not Alone.”

“Revolution Saints, to me it’s ’80s-vibe rock with nuts,” says Castronovo in a promo video for the album posted on the Frontiers Music YouTube channel.  “I mean, you got …tons of melody, huge hooks and then you got amazing musicians.”

Adds Deen, “Nobody really played it safe on this.  It had enough freedom and it had enough air in it to where we could bring each one of our styles into this.”

Revolution Saints will be available on CD and high-quality vinyl, as well as in a deluxe edition CD/DVD set and as a digital download.  The deluxe release will offer three bonus tracks, and the DVD will include a making-of documentary, three promotional videos and one lyric video.

Here’s the track list for Revolution Saints:

“Back on My Trail”
“Turn Back Time”
“You’re Not Alone” (featuring Arnel Pineda)
“Locked Out of Paradise”
“Way to the Sun” (featuring Neal Schon)
“Dream On”
“Don’t Walk Away”
“Here Forever”
“Strangers to This Life”
“Better World”
“How to Mend a Broken Heart”
“In the Name of the Father (Fernando’s Song)”

Bonus Tracks (Deluxe Edition only)
“You Are Not Alone” (Arnel Pineda version)
“Way to the Sun” (Doug Aldrich version)
“You Are Not Alone” (Deen Castronovo version)

DVD Content (Deluxe Edition only)
Making of the Album documentary
“Turn Back Time” (promo video)
“Back on My Trail” (promo video)
“Here Forever” (promo video)
“Way to the Sun” (lyric video)


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Paul Simon, James Taylor Performing at NYC Benefit Show Honoring Late Saxophonist Michael Brecker

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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Mark Seliger; James O’MaraTwo of America’s all-time great singer/songwriters, Paul Simon and James Taylor, will perform at a benefit event that will pay tribute to their late friend and Grammy-winning sax player Michael Brecker.  “The Nearness of You” benefit concert will be held on January 20, 2015, at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The show, which also feature Bobby McFerrin and other well-known musicians, will raise money for cancer research at Columbia University Medical Center, and the work of two respected doctors, Azra Raza and Siddhartha Mukherjee, who are focused on finding a cure for Myelodisplastic Syndromes (MDS).  Brecker died at the age of 57 in 2007 after a battle with MDS.

Meredith Viera will emcee the event, which is being produced by Michael’s widow, Susan Brecker.

“When I learned that a cure for MDS will likely provide the key to curing leukemia, I realized there was no better way to honor my husband’s legacy than by raising important funds for research through this benefit concert,” says Susan in a statement.

Tickets for the concert are priced starting at $200 and are on sale now.  You can buy them at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office in New York, via the phone by calling 212-721-6500 or online at Jazz.org.



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Steven Tyler to Perform at 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Steven ErleAerosmith‘s Steven Tyler is one of the music artists chosen to perform at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which will be held on December 11 at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway.  The concert takes place the day after the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which will honor two human-rights activists, India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, for “their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education.”

Tyler says in a statement, “I am excited to bring rock ‘n’ roll to this incredible night, honoring some of the world’s most courageous activists.”

Other performers on the concert’s lineup include hip-hop star Queen Latifah, British soul singer Laura Mvula, and Norwegian singer Gabrielle.  Queen Latifah will also host the event.

The Nobel Peace Prize Concert is broadcast around the world, both on television and online: check NobelPeacePrizeConcert.org to find out when and where to watch the show in your area.  Artists that have performed at previous Nobel Peace Prize Concerts include Paul McCartney, Sting, Santana, Willie Nelson, Annie Lennox, Bon Jovi and A-ha.


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Joni Mitchell Put the Kibosh on Film that Would Have Starred Taylor Swift as Her

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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Jonathan Meyers; ABC/Ida Mae AstuteA couple of years ago, there was talk of a movie version of the book Girls Like Us, which focused on the impact of female singers Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King.  There also was word that pop superstar Taylor Swift had been cast as Mitchell in the film, but it was never made.  Now Joni is claiming it was she who pulled the plug on the project.

Speaking to the Sunday Times of London, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says, “I squelched that!  I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.  It’s just a lot of ­gossip, you don’t have the great scenes.’”  She also says she didn’t agree with the source material, which was written by Sheila Weller.  “There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books: assumptions, assumptions, assum­p­tions,” Mitchell tells The Times.

In October of 2012, Swift said she was eager to portray Mitchell, telling Rolling Stone, “I wish I could say it’s confirmed!  But the thing about movies that I’ve learned is — I’ve been reading scripts for five years, and you just don’t know what ones are going to get greenlit and which ones aren’t, so I can’t talk about it unless it’s the real thing.”

Girls Like Us would’ve been Swift’s first dramatic role, after making her acting debut in the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine’s Day.  The 24-year-old singer finally got that dramatic role this year, when she appeared in the movie The Giver.


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Joni Mitchell to Discuss New Box Set, “Love Has Many Faces,” During “Tavis Smiley” Appearance Tuesday

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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RhinoJoni Mitchell will make a rare television appearance when she visits PBS’ Tavis Smiley show on Tuesday night.  The lauded singer/songwriter will reminisce about her eventful life and career, and also will chat about her just-released box set, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced.

The 53-song, four-CD collection, which was curated by Mitchell herself, began as the soundtrack to a planned dance production that was to have been put on by Canada’s Albert Ballet, but was abandoned when she was unable to settle on a list of tunes for the project. Joni eventually wound up gathering the songs into four separate themed sections, each one that she views as a potential ballet act, and each corresponding to a disc in the box set.

In addition to compiling Love Has Many Faces, Mitchell designed the package, which includes six new original paintings, a selection of lyrical poems and extensive liner notes telling the story behind the project.

Check your local listings to find out when Tavis Smiley airs in your area.


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Watch Official Lyric Video for The Who’s New Song, “Be Lucky”

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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Geffen/Universal MusicThe Who has premiered an official lyric video for their new song, “Be Lucky,” streaming now at VEVO.com.  The track, which appears on the recently released The Who Hits 50! compilation, is the first new tune from the band since 2006.

The video features a montage of archival clips — both rare and recognizable — from throughout the band’s career, while the lyrics pop up in animated form, reflecting the same classic comic-book graphics featured on the cover of The Who Hits 50!  Among the recognizable segments are clips from the band’s promotional videos for “Happy Jack,” “Who Are You,” and “Don’t Let Go the Coat.”

All royalties from sales of “Be Lucky” are being donated to Teen Cancer America, the charity that The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend co-founded in 2011.

The Who kicked of their 50th anniversary tour on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, which was the band’s first-ever concert in the Middle East.  The rock legends will begin the U.K. leg of the trek this Sunday, November 30, in Glasgow, Scotland.


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