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Robert Plant Says Jimmy Page “Should Get On and Do Something”

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by

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Ed Miles/Nonesuch RecordsRobert Plant says he’s completely enthralled with the music he’s making with his latest group, The Sensational Space Shifters, with whom he collaborated him on his soon-to-be-released studio album, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar.  He tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that his desire to explore new sounds is among the reasons why he isn’t interested in taking part in a Led Zeppelin reunion, and he suggests that guitarist Jimmy Page also consider looking forward rather than backward.

“He should get on and do something, he’s a superb talent,” says Plant.  “That’s the sad thing for Jimmy, he knows that I’m his guy, I’m his pal, but the warmth that he needs to actually enjoy the world, it’s all there.  Come on and give it to us.”

Regarding his desire to create music with musicians other than the fellow members of his famous band, Robert notes, “Why do it the way you always did it?  Why think like that?  You never think it could possibly work. And yet, you can take off all your trappings of 30 years of playing and step into this other world.”

Plant praises Sensational Space Shifters guitarist Justin Adams, whose playing is heavily influenced by world music, for opening him up to the blend of sounds featured on his upcoming album.

“His contribution, as a positive force in my time, has been second to none,” the singer maintains, adding that “he doesn’t think the guitar begins and ends with [Eric] Clapton, [Jeff] Beck and Page.”

Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar offers up a blend of English folk, Americana, African, Middle Eastern, blues, hard rock and electronic music.  “What we’ve done is consolidate our strengths,” Plant says of his collaboration with the Sensational Space Shifters.  “[T]hey’ve gone into the cauldron, spun around and come out with absolute ease.  I guess the only thing missing are the words hocus pocus.”

Meanwhile, the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer characterizes himself as one of a dwindling breed of singers.

“There are only three or four frontmen left, from our time, who actually just kick the mic stand up and do it, and that’s me, Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger,” he tells The Telegraph.  “But the only important thing is, can you contemporize your gift?  Can I knock myself out, or am I just going through the motions?  Because if I’m going through the motions, I’m f***ed.”

Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar arrives in stores on September 9.


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ABBA Wax Figures to Make US Debut in New York City Next Week

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Madame TussaudsThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of “Waterloo,” the smash hit that helped make ABBA international superstars.  While a hoped-for reunion of the Swedish pop group to mark the milestone hasn’t happened, wax replicas of the band’s four members will make their debut U.S. appearance together next week at the Madame Tussauds museum in New York City.

A special unveiling event for the statues and Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET.  The quartet, along with ABBA costume designer Owe Sandström, worked closely with the wax museum’s artists on the figures’ look and outfits.  The figures are dressed in replicas of the matching white outfits the band members donned in ABBA’s 1975 “SOS” video — an ensemble that also included bell-bottom pants and high platform boots.

Judy McLane, Lauren Cohn and Stacia Fernandez, three of the stars from the Broadway cast of the hit ABBA-themed musical Mamma Mia!, will be on hand for the unveiling of the statues.  More than 5,000 performances of Mamma Mia!‘s have taken place at the Broadhurst Theatre during its 13-year Broadway run.

Madame Tussauds New York is located on West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.


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Illustrated Book Based on Bruce Springsteen’s “Outlaw Pete” to Be Published in November

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by

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Simon & SchusterA new illustrated storybook based on Bruce Springsteen‘s 2009 song, “Outlaw Pete,” is scheduled to be published on November 4.  The book was the brainchild of cartoonist and writer Frank Caruso, who decided he wanted to bring to life the Boss’ tale of a bank robber who began his life of crime when he was just a baby.

“‘Outlaw Pete’ is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins,” explains Springsteen, whose lyrics serve as the book’s text.

The epic song, which appeared on Bruce’s 2009 Working on a Dream album, was inspired by a 1950 children’s book titled Brave Cowboy Bill that his mother used to read to him when he was young.

“When Bruce wrote ‘Outlaw Pete’ he didn’t just write a great song, he created a great character,” says Caruso.  “The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head.  Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters.”

Jonathan Karp, president of the Simon & Schuster publishing company, adds, “This book will be treasured by anyone who appreciates Bruce Springsteen’s unique gifts as a storyteller.  Frank Caruso’s illustrations vibrantly capture the spirit of Springsteen’s work.”

Outlaw Pete is available for pre-order now via Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Google Play.



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Dolly Parton Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Kenny Rogers

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by

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Webster & AssociatesWhen Kenny Rogers challenged his good pal Dolly Parton to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, he never thought she’d go through with it — but she’s now proved him wrong.

“Kenny Rogers dared me!  He said you’ll never do it with your false hair, your false eyelashes, and your false nails,” Parton says in her video accepting the challenge.  “Kenny, you’d be surprised at what all I do with my ‘falses’ for a good cause and a good laugh.”  The country icon then removes her earrings and her scarf, but when someone off camera suggests she remove her shoes, she says, “My shoes are plastic.  But then again, so’s the rest of me!”

Dolly then enlists two of her nieces, Rebecca and Hannah, to pour two buckets of ice water over her head, as she screams.  “Yes, I have on a bra!” she yells.  “Kenny, you gotta pay extra for the wet t-shirt contest!”

In a statement, Parton says, “Although I didn’t challenge anyone, I do challenge everybody to make a generous donation like I did!”


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Mark David Chapman Says He Was “Such an Idiot” for Murdering John Lennon

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by

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NYS Department of Corrections and Community SupervisionEarlier this month, John Lennon‘s killer, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole for the eighth time since his incarceration for the December 8, 1980, crime.  During his most recent parole hearing, the transcript of which was just released, we get a rare look into Chapman’s current state of mind, and his thoughts on his infamous deed. 

In the August 20 interview before the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s parole board, Chapman said he was “sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory.”

Chapman talked at length about what motivated to kill the Beatles legend, expressed his remorse at his actions and stressed how his life focused on religion.

“My life had sunk into a depressed state.  I was drinking.  I just saw that as a way out…a lazy way out of my doldrums,” Chapman explained.  “It was a horrible decision, but I knew what I was doing…That’s why I pled guilty.”

Noting that he wasn’t “trying to make excuses” for his actions, Chapman admitted, “That bright light of fame, of infamy, notoriety was there.  I couldn’t resist it.  My self-esteem was shot, and I was looking for an easy way out.”

Chapman told the board he no longer desires the attention he once craved, pointing out that he hasn’t agreed to a media interview in 24 years.  He said he’s now “interested in one thing and that’s ministering prisoners.”

The 59-year-old murderer said he was “sorry for this crime,” adding that he realized killing Lennon hurt not just the singer’s family, but people around the world who appreciated his music.

“Many, many people loved him,” he said.  “He was a great and talented man, and they are still hurting.”

Chapman, who has been kept in involuntary protective custody for almost the entire time he’s been in prison, also said he realized his life might be in danger were he to be paroled.  “There is some people out there that might want to harm me, but I leave it God’s hands,” Chapman said.  “I trust him.  If that could happen sometime in the future, I will still trust him.” 

During the proceedings, Chapman made clear that he didn’t think he would be given parole. He was of course correct.  In denying parole, a corrections department panel said it had determined that there was “a reasonable probability that [Chapman] would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law and [his] release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law.”

Chapman was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life for Lennon’s murder and was first eligible for parole on December 4, 2000.  His next hearing is scheduled for August 2016.


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Dionne Warwick Duets Album, “Feels So Good,” Now Set for Fall Release

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Universal Music GroupDionne Warwick‘s duets album, Feels So Good, is now scheduled for release later this fall.  The 14-track collection, which originally had been expected to arrive in July, now will hit stores on October 28.

As previously reported, Warwick’s upcoming studio effort will feature some of her biggest hits re-done as duets,  and will included contributions from Gladys Knight, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, Jamie Foxx, Billy Ray Cyrus, Cee Lo Green, Mya and Ruben Studdard, among others.

“I’m thrilled to release a new album with some of today’s greatest singers and songwriters,” says Warwick in a statement. “Throughout my career, I’ve always enjoyed creating music through collaboration and this experience has been no different.  The fresh energy with these artists, producers and my new label is truly inspiring.”


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Stevie Nicks Debuts Lyric Video for New Song “Lady”

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by

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Warner Bros. RecordsStevie Nicks is out with the lyric video for “Lady,” a song from her forthcoming solo album, 24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault.

While fans have likely never heard “Lady” before, it’s not new: Nicks says most of the songs on 24 Karat Gold were written between 1969 and 1987, with a couple written in the ’90s.  The album, available for pre-order now, is out October 7.  Stevie will kick off a tour with Fleetwood Mac on September 30.

Nicks previously released a lyric video for another song from the album, “The Dealer.”  In addition, she’s been previewing snippets of other songs from the disc on her Instagram account. 

Fans also are being invited to post their classic Stevie Nicks memorabilia on Instagram using the hashtag #24KaratStevie — the singer is featuring a new fan’s photo on her account every Thursday.


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Zombies Singer Colin Blunstone Says Band’s New Album Should Be Ready by Early 2015

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by

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Jacob Blickenstaff/TCI ArtistsThe Zombies just wrapped up a U.S. summer tour this past Sunday and now the band has headed back home to the United Kingdom, where the influential pop-rock group plans to turn its focus on working on a new studio album soon.  During the trek, the band gave its American fans a taste of the upcoming record by premiering a brand-new tune titled “Moving On” that was written by founding keyboardist Rod Argent.

Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone tells ABC News Radio that the group already has begun preparing several tunes for the project, including the aforementioned “Moving On.”

“We’ve recorded two brand new songs, and we’ve rehearsed a couple of others,” he reveals.  “So, we’ve got four songs in pretty good shape, and then there are two or three other songs that we’re sort of talking about and just starting to rehearse.”

As for when the album might be completed, Blunstone says he hopes it will be finished by early next year.  He points out, however, “[A]n album takes as long as an album takes.  We’re always doing this, sort of setting some kind of deadline and we never make the deadline.”

The 69-year-old singer tells ABC News Radio that the band originally intended to keep 2014 “quite quiet as far as concerts are concerned” so that they could spend more time writing and recording the album but, as it turned, The Zombies pretty much have been on the road since January.

Colin says that should change “[a]fter the middle of September,” when the group’s major touring commitments will be complete, “so we can really get stuck into recording and writing.”

As previously reported, The Zombies recently launched a crowdfunding campaign via the Pledge Music website that will allow those who contribute money to check out some of the new tunes, as well as watch exclusive videos of the band in the studio.  The initiative also offers a variety of incentives to participating fans, depending on how much they spend, including early access to the new album; rare and signed memorabilia; T-shirts, mugs and other merchandise; and the chance to appear in an official Zombies video.  Visit PledgeMusic.com to find out more details about the campaign.

The upcoming album will be a follow-up to The Zombies’ 2011 effort, Breathe Out, Breathe In.


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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry: Fans Don’t Want to Hear New Music

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of CBSFans waiting on another Aerosmith record will have to keep waiting, according to guitarist Joe Perry.

“With us being off the record label, we’re really not sure yet,” the guitarist tells Boston magazine.  Furthermore, Perry suggests, recording new music may be futile.

“When we go out there and play live, people don’t really want to hear a thing unless they know it.  We’ve played a couple of songs off the new record and gotten some polite applause,” he says.  “Before the tour and after the record came out, I tweeted, ‘What song off the new record would you like to hear?’  The first tweet I got back was, ‘It depends on what song you have to take out of the set.’”

Perry says that feedback like that puts “things in perspective.”

“I don’t know if it’s worth going in and sweating blood over a new record when we could be out on the road playing all these other songs that people want to hear,” he explains.

He adds that he has spent the last three years finishing his soon-to-be-published memoir, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, and crafting a new solo record.

“I mean, I really feel like [finishing] it now,” he says of the solo project.  “I’ve got five or six things ready to go.  The approach has just been different than the other ones I’ve done.”


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ZZ Top Postpones Remaining Tour Dates with Jeff Beck After Bassist Dusty Hill Injures Hip

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by

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Images Courtesy of Ross HalfinIt’s been a tough summer for ZZ Top‘s Dusty Hill.  Last month, the 65-year-old bassist needed a kidney stone operation, which caused his band to cancel six headlining dates, and now he’s suffered a hip injury that’s forcing the postponement of the Texas trio’s remaining appearances on its joint tour with Jeff Beck.

According to a message on PalaceNet.com, the official website of the Detroit area’s DTE Energy Music Theatre, where ZZ Top and Beck had been scheduled to perform on Wednesday, Hill injured his hip the previous night when he slipped and fell on his band’s tour bus.  The note adds that Dusty’s injury “requires immediate attention,” and explains that “ZZ Top performance dates have been temporarily suspended while he recovers.”

The message points out that the affected shows “include all of the scheduled concert bills [ZZ Top shares] with Jeff Beck through September 13.”  However, Beck has announced that he still will play three dates on his own — this Friday in Salamanca, New York; Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Sunday in Mashantucket, Connecticut.  In addition, fans who have tickets for all shows from September 6 through September 13 are asked to hold on to them “pending the possibility of rescheduling these concerts.”

“While we are very disappointed to not continue this tour with ZZ Top, our thoughts and best wishes are for Dusty to have a speedy recovery,” Jeff says in a statement.

ZZ Top also is slated to begin a U.S. fall headlining tour on September 25 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, but it’s not clear if any of those shows are in jeopardy of cancellation too.

Here is a list of ZZ Top and Jeff Beck dates affected by postponements:

8/27 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/28 — Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
*8/29 — Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino
*8/30 — Atlantic City, NJ, Concert Venue at Harrah’s
*8/31 — Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods
9/2 — Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
9/3 — Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
9/4 — Wantagh, NY, Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater
9/6 — Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
9/7 — St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater
9/9 — West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater
9/10 — Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
9/12 — The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/13 — Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino

* = Beck will play solo.


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