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Original CCR Members Stu Cook and Doug Clifford Fire Back at John Fogerty over Lawsuit

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by

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Vanguard Records; Jeff DowOriginal Creedence Clearwater Revival band members Stu Cook and Doug Clifford are firing back at statements made by John Fogerty regarding their recent lawsuit against him regarding usage of the band’s name.

Cook and Clifford take objection to Fogerty’s assertion that the band was trying to stop him from performing CCR songs, a claim they said was false. The lawsuit, they maintain, is over the usage of the band’s name and the confusion it would cause fans coming to the shows.

“Because of recent inaccurate statements in the media regarding pending litigation, we want to set the record straight,” reads a statement from Cook and Clifford. “We have never objected to John Fogerty performing any song he ever wrote, or performing any song recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival.  That idea is ridiculous.  Even when he refused to play those songs, and publicly called for a boycott of CCR music, we encouraged him to perform them whenever and wherever he wanted.”

Cook and Clifford, who perform under the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited, and the widow of late CCR rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, initiated a suit in Nevada earlier this month claiming that John is in breach of contract with regard to a settlement the band members reached in 2001 and also charging him with trademark violations. The original band members pay Fogerty a fee to use “Creedence Clearwater” as part of the newer band name.

Fogerty shot back an angry retort, saying that “No lawyers, lawsuits, or angry ex-band members will stop me ever again from singing my songs. I am going to continue to tour and play all my songs every single night I am out on the road. Rockin’ all over the world!”

Cook and Clifford said John’s interpretation of the lawsuit was ludicrous.

“The facts are that Mr. Fogerty, while proclaiming joyful rebirth in the press, repeatedly has his lawyers threaten us with lawsuits and demand unreasonable concessions of our rights,” they wrote. “Last week, the threats and demands left us with little doubt that a lawsuit would be filed by him against us for the second time.  This unfortunate situation required us to take unpleasant preemptive legal action.”

Continuing, the bassist and drummer said the legal action “is about the need to defend ourselves and rights, Mr. Fogerty’s failure to perform contractual promises and unlicensed uses of the trademark ‘Creedence Clearwater Revival.’  The trademark is not owned by him, but by the Creedence Clearwater Revival Partnership.”

They concluded: “We have a business relationship with him and, under prevailing circumstances, chose not to be bullied.”


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Ann Wilson Says She’d Tour with Led Zeppelin’s Members “If Heart Was Not Active”

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by

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Credit: Norman SeeffRock fans know that Ann Wilson is one singer who can do a Led Zeppelin song justice.  With that in mind, and with Robert Plant declaring that he has no interest in a reunion of his old band, Classic Rock Revisited asked the Heart frontwoman if she would consider stepping in to tour with the remaining Zeppelin members if she were asked.

“I don’t know.  Hypothetically, if they ever needed a lead singer and Heart was not active at the moment then, sure, I would,” she admitted.  “I would go and play with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones any day of the week.”

Of course, a couple of years ago, Ann famously delivered a killer version of “Stairway to Heaven” in the presence of the surviving Led Zeppelin members as part of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony.

“That was one of the most unforgettable nights of my life,” she declared.  “Man, it was amazing.  Zeppelin was there as was the president and Michelle ObamaBonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, David Letterman…it just doesn’t stop who was there that night.  It was really an amazing experience; a life changer.”

She added that after the performance “there was a feeling of awe.  We were like, ‘What just happened?'”

Ann also performs “Stairway to Heaven” on the new Heart & Friends — Home for the Holidays concert video.  The release, which is available as a CD/DVD set, a Blu-ray and digital video, documents a star-studded December 2013 show she and her sister Nancy hosted in their hometown of Seattle.  The event included guest appearances by Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx, Shawn Colvin and Train‘s Pat Monahan, and featured a mix of Heart classics, lesser-known holiday tunes and select cover songs.

The Heart singer explained to Classic Rock Revisited that the whole point of Home for the Holidays was “not to make another collection of standards like ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Silver Bells’ and all of that stuff.  We wanted to have something that had a tad more outreach in terms of, ‘What does this mean?  Why do we celebrate this time of year?'”

Looking ahead to 2015, Ann said that Heart is planning to do plenty of touring, while revealing that “Nancy and I have begun work on a new EP of all new songs that we’re writing” and that there’s “also a documentary in the works.”



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Jimmy Page Honored as “GQ” Magazine’s Rock God of the Year

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by

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Marco Grob/GQRobert Plant may have once famously declared himself a “golden god,” but it’s his Led Zeppelin band mate Jimmy Page who’s been named Rock God of the Year as part of GQ magazine’s latest annual Men of the Year list.  The guitar hero took part in an in-depth interview in conjunction with the honor, sharing his thoughts about Plant’s aversion to a Led Zeppelin reunion, addressing rumors about his alleged drug problems during the ’70s, and much more.

With regard to Plant’s recent comments in the press declaring his adamant disinterest in playing with his old Zeppelin band mates again, Page noted, “Sometimes I raise my eyebrows at the things he says, but that’s all I can say about it.  I don’t make a point to read what he says about Zeppelin.  But people will read me things he has said, and I will usually say, ‘Are you sure you’re quoting him correctly?’  It’s always a little surprising.  But I can’t answer for him.”

Referencing Robert’s focus on his new musical project, Jimmy added, “I have a respect for the work of everyone in the band.  I can’t be dismissive of the work we did together.  I sort of know what he’s doing.  But I don’t fully understand it.”

As for whether he feels personally offended by Plant’s statements about not wanting to dwell on Zeppelin’s past achievements, Page said, “No.  It doesn’t matter.  There is no point in getting down to that level.  I’m not going to send him messages through the press.”

The 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also was asked about his alleged struggle with heroin during the late 1970s and whether it affected his work with Led Zeppelin.

“How do you know I had a heroin problem?  You don’t know what I had or what I didn’t have,” Page responded.  “All I will say is this: my responsibilities to the music did not change.  I didn’t drop out or quit working.  I was there, just as much as anyone else was.”

Page also revealed a couple of his proudest achievements as a professional musician, one of which was the first gold record he received as a member of Led Zeppelin.  “I remember the day that came in, and I knew what that meant, especially in America,” he noted.

The other major achievement Page cited are performing with U.K. pop singer Leona Lewis during the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.  “I knew that was going to beam out over the whole planet, and I loved working with Leona Lewis, who I think is astonishing,” explained Page.  “And it was a full version of ‘Whole Lotta Love.'”

You can read the entire interview with Page at GQ.com.


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Carlos Santana Interviewed by and Jams with Wyclef Jean in New Online Video Series

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Bang & OlufsenCarlos Santana shares some of his musical insights and jams a bit with award-winning singer/rapper Wyclef Jean in a new installment of The Living Room Tour, an online video series from Danish audio-equipment manufacturer Bang & Olufsen.  The first segment of Jean’s recently filmed interview and performance with Santana debuted Tuesday at Bang-Olufsen.com and the company’s YouTube channel.

In the first episode, Wyclef asks Carlos if he can explain where his guitar sound comes from and, not surprisingly, the legendary rocker gives an answer with a very spiritual slant.

“Everything comes from God and everything returns to God.  We are just like a host,” says Santana.  “People are flowers, music is the water, we’re a hose and anyone who gets in the way gets in the way.”

Carlos then plays some slow bluesy licks on his guitar and talks about how he respects the authenticity of the music played by such greats as John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed.

“I adore this music,” Santana declares.  “And so to play guitar from something that you love is not fabricating or making something artificial, superficial, disposable sound bite.  We want to do completely memorable.”

As the clip ends, Santana and Wyclef are shown playing a version of “Divine Sorrow,” a new song Jean recorded recently with Swedish DJ/producer Avicii.

Additional episodes of The Living Room Tour starring Santana and Jean will premiere online throughout December and January.  Carlos and Wyclef have collaborated several times over the years, most famously on the chart-topping Supernatural track “Maria Maria.”

The first installment of The Living Room Tour debuted in 2013, and featured Paul McCartney discussing his most recent studio album, NEW.


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Moody Blues Schedules Spring 2015 North American Tour Celebrating New “Polydor Years” Box Set

Monday, December 8th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of The Moody BluesThe Moody Blues have revealed plans to return to North America for a major tour in the spring of 2015.  The trek, which has been dubbed the “Timeless Flight — The Polydor Years” tour in honor of the band’s recently released The Polydor Years 1986-1992 box set, will kick off on March 19 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and is plotted out through a May 10 concert in Denver.

The outing currently features 27 dates, and includes two-night stands in Port Chester, New York, and Niagara Falls, Canada, as well as stops in such major cities as Columbus, Ohio; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Oakland, California; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; San Diego; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Released on November 24, The Polydor Years collection features six CDs and two DVDs, and includes expanded versions of three of the veteran British rockers’ studio albums — 1986’s The Other Side of Life, 1988’s Sur la Mer and 1991’s Keys to the Kingdom — plus two live albums, a concert film and a documentary.  The compilation boasts 11 previously unreleased studio recordings and an unreleased live album documenting a July 1986 performance in Cleveland.

Here are all of The Moody Blues’ confirmed 2015 North American tour dates; visit MoodyBluesToday.com to check when tickets go on sale:

3/19 — Worcester, MA, Hanover Theatre
3/20 — Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
3/21 — Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
3/22 — Wallingford, CT, Oakdale Theatre
3/24 — Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
3/25 — Rochester, NY, Rochester Auditorium Theatre
3/27 — Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
4/1 — Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
4/2 — Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
4/3 — Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall
4/4 — Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars Atlantic City
4/7 — Akron, OH, E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall
4/8 — Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre – Columbus, OH
4/9 — Merrillville, IN, Star Plaza Theatre
4/22 — Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
4/24 — Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
4/26 — Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre
4/28 — San Jose, CA, City National Civic
4/29 — Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
5/1 — Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino
5/2 — Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort & Casino
5/3 — Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theater
5/5 — Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
5/6 — San Diego, CA, Humphrey’s
5/8 — Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort
5/9 — Albuquerque, NM, Route 66 Casino
5/10 — Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre


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Paul McCartney Recalls Hearing “Horrific” News of Lennon’s Murder at Hands of “Jerk of All Jerks”

Monday, December 8th, 2014 by

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Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsToday marks the 34th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, who was shot to death outside of his New York City apartment by a deranged fan named Mark David Chapman.  In an emotional interview that aired Saturday on the U.K. TV program The Jonathan Ross Show, Paul McCartney recalled when he first found out that his friend and Beatles band mate had been killed.

McCartney remembered being stunned when he received a phone call at home early in the morning informing him of Lennon’s death.

“It was just so horrific,” he said.  “You couldn’t take it in and I couldn’t take it in and I just for days couldn’t think that he was gone…It was just a huge shock, then I had to tell [my late wife] Linda and the kids and it was very difficult…It was very difficult for everyone.”

The rock legend suggested that hearing the news of John’s murder was similar to the way people felt when they found out that John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Sir Paul added, on a personal note, “For me it was just so sad that I wasn’t going to see [Lennon] again and we weren’t going to hang out.”

McCartney then described his feelings regarding Lennon’s murderer and the senselessness of John’s death.

“The phrase kept coming in my head ‘jerk of all jerks,'” said Paul.  “It was just like, ‘This is just a jerk, this is not even a guy politically motivated, it’s just some total random thing.'”

You can watch a segment of McCartney’s appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show now on YouTube.


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Steve Hackett Says He Still Adores Performing Classic Early Genesis Material in Concert

Monday, December 8th, 2014 by

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Credit: Lee MillwardFor the last few years, former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has been paying tribute to the music of his old band by traveling around the world playing the prog-rock legends’ classic early songs in concert.  The virtuoso musician currently is winding down a North American leg of his latest tour, dubbed Genesis Extended, with a concert this Thursday in Vancouver, Canada.

Hackett tells ABC News Radio that while he’s planning to begin focusing on his solo material again in 2015, the demand for his Genesis tribute show makes it tempting for him to keep it on the road.

“It’s extraordinary.  The amount of interest has been way beyond all expectation,” he says.  “It’s gone so well in Europe that if I go back to it, they’re offering me arena stuff for it.”

Hackett, who was a member of Genesis from 1971 to 1977, admits that he still “absolutely adore[s]” the group’s early music, adding, “and so do fans, so it’s a nice problem to have.”

In putting together a set for the Genesis Extended tour the 64-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says, “I’ve been cherry-picking across what I think is the best of the songs that work best live from seven or eight different albums.”  These albums include all six Genesis studio efforts on which Hackett appears, while he also has been playing “The Knife” from 1970’s Trespass.  Many of the songs he’s been performing also are featured on his most recent solo album, 2012’s Genesis Revisited II, a double-disc effort that includes contributions from a variety of respected progressive-rock artists.

Hackett points out that preparing for a tour featuring early Genesis songs is quite a challenging prospect.

“They don’t always fall under the fingers in a user-friendly way,” he notes.  “It takes about three months to rehearse up a set like this, even if you played those songs day in, day out way back in the day.”

Looking ahead to 2015, Steve has lined up a one-off concert on January 16 in Reykjavik, Iceland, at which he will perform classic Genesis songs with the Icelandic group Todmobile Orchestra.  After that, he will bring his Genesis Extended trek to South America for a series of March shows.  Then, in October of next year, Hackett will mount a major U.K. trek that will support an upcoming solo album called Wolflight, and also will feature material from his solo and Genesis back catalog.

You can find out the latest news about Steve by visiting HackettSongs.com.

Here are the remaining dates on the North American leg of Hackett’s Genesis Extended tour:

12/8 — San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom
12/10 — Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
12/11 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Vogue Theatre


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Glen Campbell Scores Two Nominations for 2015 Grammy Awards

Friday, December 5th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Surfdog RecordsThe nominees for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Friday — with nominations in the Album of the Year category coming later Friday night during CBS’ A Very Grammy Christmas special, which airs at 9 p.m. ET.

Glen Campbell is among the artists who received multiple nominations.  The veteran singer/songwriter, who was forced to retire recently as he battles Alzheimer’s disease, has received two nods, for Best Country Song and Best Song Written for Visual Media.  Both nominations are for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” which appears on the soundtrack of the biographical documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.

Other veteran artists who picked up nominations include, U2, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Barry Manilow, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Annie Lennox, Gloria Gaynor, Gregg Allman, Johnny Winter, James Brown, Darlene Love, Pink Floyd and Sergio Mendes.  In addition, music collections from Neil Young and The Grateful Dead are in the running for the Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package prize.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Here is a select list of Grammy categories featuring the aforementioned nominated artists:

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Cheek to Cheek, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Nostalgia, Annie Lennox
Night Songs, Barry Manilow
Sending You a Little Christmas, Johnny Mathis
Partners, Barbra Streisand with Various Artists

Best Rock Album
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
Morning Phase, Beck
Turn Blue, The Black Keys
Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Songs of Innocence, U2

Best Country Song
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney, songwriters Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert, songwriters Miranda Lambert, Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church, songwriters Eric Church, Luke Laird
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell, songwriters Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill, songwriters Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnson, Jeffery Steele

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
American Hustle, Various Artists
Frozen, Various Artists
Get On Up: The James Brown Story, James Brown
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, Various Artists
The Wolf of Wall Street, Various Artists

Best Song Written for Visual Media
“Everything Is Awesome!!!,” Joshua Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton, Shawn Patterson, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone, songwriters (Tegan And Sara Featuring The Lonely Island)
“I See Fire,” Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)
“Let It Go,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel)
“The Moon Song,” Spike Jonze & Karen O, songwriters (Scarlett Johansson & Joaquin Phoenix)

Best American Roots Performance
“Statesboro Blues,” Gregg Allman & Taj Mahal
“A Feather’s Not a Bird,” Rosanne Cash
“And When I Die,” Billy Childs featuring Alison Krauss & Jerry Douglas
“The Old Me Better,” Keb’ Mo’ featuring The California Feet Warmers
“Destination,” Nickel Creek

Best Blues Album
Common Ground — Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin
Promise of a Brand New Day, Ruthie Foster
Juke Joint Chapel, Charlie Musselwhite
Decisions, Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’
Step Back, Johnny Winter

Best World Music Album
Toumani & Sidiki, Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté
Eve, Angelique Kidjo
Our World in Song, Wu Man, Luis Conte & Daniel Ho
Magic, Sérgio Mendes
Traces of You, Anoushka Shankar

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Cities of Darkscorch, Various Artists
A Letter Home (Vinyl Box Set), Neil Young
The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27), Various Artists
Sparks (Deluxe Album Box Set), Imogen Heap
Spring 1990 (The Other One), Grateful Dead

Best Surround Sound Album
Beppe: Remote Galaxy, Vladimir Ashkenazy & Philharmonia Orchestra
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Chamberland: The Berlin Remixes, David Miles Huber
The Division Bell (20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set), Pink Floyd
Epics of Love, Song Zuying, Yu Long & China Philharmonic Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’, Benjamin Zander & Philharmonia Orchestra

Best Music Film
Beyoncé & Jay Z: On the Run Tour, Beyoncé & Jay Z
Ghost Stories, Coldplay
20 Feet from Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Metallica Through the Never, Metallica
The Truth About Love Tour: Live from Melbourne, Pink



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Lionel Richie Plotting Sequel to His Best-Selling Country Duets Album, “Tuskegee”

Friday, December 5th, 2014 by

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Mercury NashvilleLionel Richie‘s 2012 album Tuskegee, which featured him remaking his biggest hits as duets with top country stars, was one of the best-selling albums of that year.  Is it any wonder he’s now revealed that he’s working on a sequel?

Back in April, Richie told Channel News Asia that he was working one two albums: one featuring top deejays recreating his previously released music, and one full of original songs.  But he seems to have changed his tune: He now tells the Belfast Telegraph that Tuskegee the sequel is in the works.  The first installment featured the likes of Blake Shelton, Shania Twain and Tim McGraw, and Lionel tells the paper, “Now, the artists I didn’t duet with first time around are calling asking why, so we’re lining them up for the second album.”

Unfortunately, Richie’s manager wouldn’t let him reveal the names of the country stars on the new album.

When Tuskegee came out in 2012, it became Lionel’s first #1 album since 1986’s Dancing on the Ceiling.  The disc went platinum in just five weeks.

Next year, Richie will bring his All the Hits tour to the U.K., and he tells the paper that he has no problem cranking out his classic songs night after night for fans.

“That’s the whole point!” he says.  “You get these artists that don’t want to play their biggest hits, or they’ll do a reworking of it, but I say, if you’re lucky enough to have a song that people request over and over again, play that damned song.”


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Glen Campbell Scores Grammy Nomination for Best Country Song

Friday, December 5th, 2014 by

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NARASThe Grammy nominations are being revealed all day today.  Here are the nominees in the Best Country Song category, which inlcude Glen Campbell:

“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney, songwriters Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert, songwriters Miranda Lambert, Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church, songwriters Eric Church, Luke Laird
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell, songwriters Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill, songwriters Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnson, Jeffery Steele


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