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Neil Young Lends Support to New Kickstarter Campaign Seeking to Save the Rainforest

Monday, July 28th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchEarlier this year, Neil Young successfully used the Kickstarter website to help fund his high-resolution audio player Pono, and now the folk-rock legend is lending his support to a new campaign on the site that seeks to use modern technology to help save the world’s endangered rainforests.

The Rainforest Connection initiative involves retrofitting old smartphones with a solar-powered energy source and placing them in forests where illegal logging is taking place.  The devices will be able to pick up the sounds of vehicles, chainsaws, distressed animals and other telltale signs of unlawful activity and thereby notify authorities of the location of the improprieties.  In addition, the phones will provide valuable data to scientists by allowing them to track various endangered animals.

In a video promoting the campaign, Young says, “Climate change is the defining issue of the 21st century.  There are a lot of factors, but forests are one of the big ones.  There is a technology that is a connection between the rainforest and you.  This technology enables the forest to talk to the world.  When the forest is threatened the forest can speak, and you can hear it.”

The Rainforest Connection’s current Kickstarter initiative, which ends on Tuesday at 9:50 a.m. ET, already has surpassed its initial goal of $100,000 that will allow organizers to deploy devices in Africa.  If the campaign ends up raising $165,000, devices will be able to be installed in Brazil’s Amazon region, while $200,000 will allow for the initiative to expand into Indonesia.

Young has penned a letter to his fans who had backed the Pono project asking them to consider contributing $10 or more to the Rainforest Connection campaign.  Those who do will receive a high-resolution download of rainforest sounds.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also has donated 10 limited-edition Pono players to be used as gifts to donors who give generously to the initiative.

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Paul McCartney to Reissue Expanded Versions of Two Classic Wings Albums in September

Monday, July 28th, 2014 by

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Concord Music Group/MPL CommunicationsTwo new installments in Paul McCartney‘s ongoing reissue campaign will be released on September 23.  The classic Wings albums Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound, which originally were released in 1975 and 1976, respectively, are the latest archival McCartney projects scheduled to be released in remastered and expanded form.

The albums will be available in multiple formats, including a two-CD Standard Edition, a Deluxe Edition featuring two CDs and a DVD, a vinyl set packaged with a download card, and digital versions of both the Standard and Deluxe Editions.

The three-disc versions of Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound both will feature a bonus CD with demo recordings and previously unreleased tracks, as well as a DVD containing footage filmed around the time of each album’s release, some of which hasn’t been seen before.  The Deluxe Editions’ packaging will include a hardbound book offering rare photos, new interviews with Sir Paul, in-depth information about the albums and a variety of archival material.

Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound both topped the Billboard 200 chart following their respective releases.  Venus and Mars features the hit “Listen to What the Man Said,” as well as such gems as the title track, “Rock Show,” “Magneto and Titanium Man” and “Letting Go.”  The reissue’s bonus CD includes the non-album 1974 single “Junior’s Farm.”  At the Speed of Sound boasts two songs that reached the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976, the chart-topping “Silly Love Songs” and the #3 hit “Let ‘Em In,” while the reissue’s extra audio disc features demo versions of those tunes.

The two new reissues will join five other albums that have been released in expanded form as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection: Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM and Wings over America.

Here are the complete track lists of the Deluxe Editions of Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound:

Venus and Mars
CD 1 — Remastered Album:
“Venus and Mars”
“Rock Show”
“Love in Song”
“You Gave Me the Answer”
“Magneto and Titanium Man”
“Letting Go”
“Venus and Mars (Reprise)”
“Spirits of Ancient Egypt”
“Medicine Jar”
“Call Me Back Again”
“Listen to What the Man Said”
“Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People”

CD 2 — Bonus Audio:
“Junior’s Farm”
“Sally G”
“Walking in the Park with Eloise”
“Bridge on the River Suite”
“My Carnival”
“Going to New Orleans (My Carnival)”
“Hey Diddle” (Ernie Winfrey Mix)
“Let’s Love”
“Soily” (from One Hand Clapping)
“Baby Face” (from One Hand Clapping)
“Lunch Box/Odd Sox”
“4th of July”
“Rock Show” (Old Version)
“Letting Go” (Single Edit)

DVD — Bonus Film:
Recording “My Carnival”
Bon Voyageur
Wings at Elstree
Venus and Mars TV Ad

At the Speed of Sound
CD 1 — Remastered Album:
“Let ‘Em In”
“The Note You Never Wrote”
“She’s My Baby”
“Beware My Love”
“Wino Junko”
“Silly Love Songs”
“Cook of the House”
“Time to Hide”
“Must Do Something About It”
“San Ferry Anne”
“Warm and Beautiful”

CD 2 –- Bonus Audio:
“Silly Love Songs” (Demo)
“She’s My Baby” (Demo)
“Message to Joe”
“Beware My Love” (John Bonham Version)
“Must Do Something About It” (Paul’s Version)
“Let ‘Em In” (Demo)
“Warm and Beautiful” (Instrumental Demo)

DVD — Bonus Film:
“Silly Love Songs” Music Video
Wings over Wembley
Wings in Venice

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Expanded Version of “Woodstock” Documentary Due Out on Blu-ray This Tuesday

Monday, July 28th, 2014 by

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Warner Home VideoA new limited-edition Blu-ray featuring the Director’s Cut of Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music, the Oscar-winning documentary about the historic 1969 rock festival, will hit stores this Tuesday.  The updated Woodstock video will include all of the content featured in 2009′s 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition, plus a bevy of previously unreleased performances from the concert.

Among those newly added performances are songs by Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Who, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Baez, Melanie and Sha Na Na.  In addition, the updated collection comes packaged with replicas of Woodstock festival tickets, a reproduction of a Life magazine article about the event and an iron-on patch of the Woodstock logo.

Like the 2009 version of the video, the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Revisited Blu-ray includes a four-hour-plus-long Director’s Cut of the film, 18 bonus performances and a number of documentary featurettes offering up interviews with a variety of celebrities.

Directed by Michael Wadleigh, Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music showcased highlights from the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, held August 15-18, 1969, at Max Yasgur‘s dairy farm in Bethel, New York.  In addition to the aforementioned artists, the event’s lineup included Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Ten Years After, Richie Havens, Country Joe and the Fish and many more.

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Jon Anderson Officially Announces Formation of New Group with Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty

Monday, July 28th, 2014 by

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Images Courtesy of Glass Onyon PRSince parting ways with Yes in 2008, Jon Anderson has mainly focused on recording and touring as a solo artist, but the famed prog-rock singer has now announced the formation of a new band with innovative French jazz/rock violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.  The Anderson Ponty Band will be performing newly arranged versions of songs by both Jon and Jean-Luc, and also will create brand-new music.

Ponty has collaborated with many well-known artists over the years, including Frank Zappa, Elton John and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.  The Anderson Ponty Band’s lineup also features guitarist Jamie Dunlap, who also is a film and TV composer probably best known for his work on South Park, as well as three musicians who previously have worked with Ponty and many other stars — keyboardist Wally Minko, bassist Baron Browne and drummer/percussionist Rayford Griffin.

“A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc’s music,” says Anderson in a statement, “to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is, music is God.”

In September, the ensemble is planning to spend three weeks recording, rehearsing and performing at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, and the group has scheduled its first public concert at the venue on September 20.  The Anderson Ponty Band intends to complete its debut album in Los Angeles and release it sometime early next year.  A documentary about the making of the record is in the works, and the band also plans to shoot promotional videos and live performances for upcoming release.  In addition, the collective is organizing a world tour that is tentatively scheduled to kick off in March.

To help raise funds for the multifaceted project, the Anderson Ponty Band has launched a Kickstarter campaign.  Fans who contribute money to the initiative will receive a variety of different rewards depending on the amount they donate.  Among the goodies being offered are digital downloads; CD, DVD and vinyl packages; collectible posters; signed sheet music; VIP concerts tickets; meet-and-greets with the group’s members; and more.

You can find out additional info about the Anderson Ponty Band at the group’s official Facebook page.

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Freda Payne Tackles Big Band Jazz on New Studio Album, “Come Back to Me Love”

Monday, July 28th, 2014 by

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Artistry MusicFreda Payne revisits her jazz roots on a new studio album titled Come Back to Me Love, which was released this past week.  The 71-year-old singer, best-known for the 1970 pop/soul hit “Band of Gold,” makes a foray into big-band music on the 14-track collection, performing a mix of standards and more recent songs composed by Gretchen Valade and Tom Robinson, the owners of Payne’s new record label, Artistry Music.

Come Back to Me Love was produced and arranged by Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Bill Cunliffe, who has been accompanying Freda on her Ella Fitzgerald tribute show, “Ella: First Lady of Song in Concert.”  The tunes are highlighted by Payne’s powerful voice backed by vibrant horns and lush strings.

“I have more of myself and what I like and my choice of songs on this CD than I’ve ever had ever in my entire recording career,” Payne recently told The Huffington Post.

Working on the new project for Artistry brought Payne back to her hometown of Detroit, where she also recorded her best-known songs during the early ’70s while collaborating with the legendary Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland.

“[S]igning to Artistry Music with Gretchen Valade and Tom Robinson today is truly serendipitous,” Freda says in a statement, “a flashback to something really good happening for me at home in Detroit, my good luck charm.”

You can check out a couple of songs from Come Back to Me Love now at DL Media’s Soundcloud page.

Here is the full track list of the album:

“You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To”
“Haven’t We Met”
“Come Back to Me Love”
“Whatever Happened to Me”
“You Don’t Know”
“Save Your Love for Me”
“Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry”
“The Island”
“I Should Have Told Him”
“I Just Have to Know”
“Midnight Sun”
“Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most”
“I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water”

Here are Payne’s confirmed upcoming U.S. concerts:

8/9 — New York, NY, BB King Blues Club
8/21 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Coral Springs PAC
8/30 — Detroit, MI, Detroit Jazz Festival (w/ USAF Airmen of Note Big Band)
*9/6 — Houston, TX, Miller Outdoor Theatre
9/19-20 — Los Angeles, CA, Catalina’s Jazz Club
10/4 — Hampton, VA, The American Theater

* = “Ella: First Lady of Song in Concert” performance.

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Billy Joel Sells His Hamptons Beach House for More Than $19 Million

Sunday, July 27th, 2014 by

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Lloyd Bishop/NBCBilly Joel has finally succeeded in his long quest to sell his mansion in the village of Sagaponack in New York’s ritzy Hamptons area.  The New York Post reports that the oceanfront bungalow-style residence, which the Piano Man first put on the market about five years ago, was bought recently for a bit under its $19.95 million asking price.

As previously reported, Joel bought the home, which originally was owned by late Jaws star Roy Scheider, in 2007.  Two years later, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer sought to sell the property for $22.5 million.  He eventually dropped the price to $16.8 million, and then took it off the market before re-listing it in March of this year for $23.5 million.  He subsequently reduced the asking price to $19.95 million last month.

The 5,500-square-foot mansion features with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a butler’s pantry and a state-of-the-art kitchen created especially for Joel’s then-wife, chef Katie Lee, by celebrity designer Nate Berkus.

By the way, Joel isn’t moving out of the Hamptons altogether: He still has a residence in the swanky village of Sag Harbor.

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Susan Sarandon Reveals She Once Had an Affair with David Bowie

Sunday, July 27th, 2014 by

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Jimmy King; ABC/Randy HolmesIn the 1983 film The Hunger, Susan Sarandon portrays a doctor who has an affair with a female vampire played by French actress Catherine Deneuve, but it turns out Sarandon had a real-life hunger for one of her other co-stars — David Bowie.  In a new interview with The Daily Beast, the Academy Award winner reveals that she had a fling with the rock legend, who she says was one of the few “famous, pretty interesting” stars with whom she’s gotten involved.

Sarandon showered some high praise on Bowie, saying, “He’s worth idolizing.  He’s extraordinary.”  She adds, “Bowie’s just a really interesting person, and so bright.  He’s a talent, and a painter, and…he’s great.”

The 67-year-old actress explains that her relationship with Bowie took place during “a really interesting period” in her life, which came after her 1979 divorce from actor Chris Sarandon and before she met Italian director Franco Amurri, the father of her first child, daughter Eva Amurri.  She recalls about that time, “I wasn’t supposed to have kids, and I’m the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them, so I wasn’t ever in a mode to where I was looking to settle down and raise a family.”

Sarandon, of course, later went on to have a long relationship with actor Tim Robbins, with whom she had two sons.

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Elton John Let Writer of His Biopic Read His Private Diaries

Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by

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Joseph Guay/Capitol RecordsElton John‘s upcoming movie biography Rocketman will cover the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s life story “from birth to rehab.”  That’s according to Lee Hall, the man who’s writing the film.

Hall, who also penned the movie Billy Elliot and then worked with John to turn it into an ultra-successful musical, tells the BBC that Rocketman will be “an absolutely huge, crazy Technicolor affair.”  While also dealing with Elton’s childhood and his rise to fame, Hall says, it won’t shy away from the darker parts of his life, such as the singer’s self-confessed “monstrous” behavior when he was in the throes of drug addiction.

Hall says John provided him with plenty of material for the movie, and gave him “incredible free rein.”  He explained, “One day, he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab and left me there to read all this stuff.”

Hall added, however, that Elton has “never commented once on the script,” and “hasn’t interfered at all” in terms of how he’s being depicted.

John will be portrayed by The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy in Rocketman, which will begin shooting in late 2014.  Elton’s original music will be used, but it’s not clear whether Hardy will perform the songs or simply lip-sync.  Either way, Hall says of the movie, “It’s fantastic, it’s all singing, all dancing.”

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Kenny Rogers Giving In-Depth Interview at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame Next Month

Friday, July 25th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy Webster PRKenny Rogers will sit down for an in-depth interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on August 16 to celebrate the new exhibit, Kenny Rogers: Through the Years.  Rogers will share recollections about his life and multifaceted career during the chat, which will be augmented by archival videos and photos.

The event will be included in the price of admission for those visiting the museum, and will be free to museum members.  If you can’t attend, you’ll be able to watch the interview live that day at 3:30 p.m. ET at CountryMusicHallofFame.org/streaming.

Rogers’ exhibit opens August 15 and runs through June 14, 2015.

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Peter Frampton Expands 2014 Tour, Adds New Special Guests to His Guitar Circus Dates

Friday, July 25th, 2014 by

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David Wolff-Patrick/Redferns via Getty ImagesPeter Frampton has announced some interesting new additions to his 2014 tour itinerary.  The veteran guitar whiz, who recently wrapped up a series of co-headlining shows with The Doobie Brothers. will begin a run of late-summer solo dates on July 30 in Sterling Heights, Michigan, before launching a new installment of his Frampton’s Guitar Circus concerts on August 21 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Blues great Buddy Guy will appear at all eight 2014 Guitar Circus events, while Frampton’s other special guests during the trek include Robert Randolph, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, founding Guess Who/Bachman Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman, Los LobosDavid Hidalgo and the one and only B.B. King.  Check Frampton’s schedule below to find out which renowned guitarists will be featured at each date of the Guitar Circus, which winds down on August 31 in Tucson, Arizona.

In addition, Frampton has more than a dozen more headlining concerts lined up for late summer and early fall.  Those shows run from a September 14 appearance at the Blues & Brews Festival in Telluride, Colorado, through an October 5 concert in Hollywood, Florida.

Frampton currently is promoting his recently released mini-album Hummingbird in a Box, which features music he composed for his 2013 collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet.

Here are all of Frampton’s confirmed 2014 tour dates:

7/30 — Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
8/1 — Manistee, MI, Little River Casino Resort
8/2 — New Lenox, IL, Community Center
8/3 — Carmel, IN, The Center for the Performing Arts
8/6 — West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair Park
8/7 — Benton Harbor, MI, The Mendel Center
8/8 — Wisconsin Dells, WI, Crystal Grand Music Theatre
8/10 — Littleton, CO, The Hudson Gardens and Event Center
8/11 — Pueblo, CO, Memorial Hall
8/13 — Albuquerque, New Mexico, Popejoy Hall
8/15 — Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino
8/16 — Laughlin, NV, Edgewater Casino Resort
8/17 — Jackpot, NV, Cactus Pete’s Casino
8/19 — Sandy, UT, Sandy Amphitheater
*+8/21 — Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion
*#8/23 — Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery
*#8/24 — Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
*@8/26 — Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
*+@$8/27 — Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
*@8/29 — Visalia, CA, Oval Park
*#8/30 — Valley Center, CA, Harrah’s Rincon – The Events Center
*+%8/31 — Tucson, AZ, AVA Amphitheater
9/14 — Telluride, CO, Blues & Brews Festival
9/16 — Prescott, AZ, Yavapai College Performance Hall
9/19 — Rancho Mirage, CA, Aqua Caliente Casino
9/20 — Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
9/21 — Glen Ellen, CA, B.R. Cohn Winery
9/23 — El Paso, TX, Plaza Theater
9/25 — Stafford, TX, Stafford Centre Performing Arts
9/26 — Shreveport, LA, Municipal Auditorium
9/27 — Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort
9/30 — Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theater
10/1 — Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
10/3 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
10/4 — Orlando, FL, WMMO Downtown Concert Series
10/5 — Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

* = Guitar Circus show with Buddy Guy
+ = with Robert Randolph
# = with Don Felder
@ = with Randy Bachman
$ = with Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo
% = with B.B. King.

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