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John Fogerty to Sing at White House Tribute Concert for US Military Personnel Next Month

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Lacee BendaJohn Fogerty is among the music stars who will perform before President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as part of a special tribute to U.S. military members and veterans that will be held on the South Lawn of the White House.  The event, dubbed A Salute to Our Troops, will take place on November 6 and will air as a new episode of PBS’ In Performance at the White House series the next night at 9 p.m. ET.

The show will be held in conjunction with the White House’s “Joining Forces” campaign in advance of Veteran’s Day, which falls on November 11.  Other artists slated to perform at the event include Willie Nelson, Mary J. Blige, rapper Common and Romeo Santos of the Latin music group Aventura.  In addition, a performance by Daughtry will be beamed live via satellite from a USO concert the rock act is playing at Yokota Air Base in Japan.

Hundreds of military personnel will attend the concert, including troops from Virginia’s USO Warrior and Family Center.  Don Was will serve as musical director of the festivities.  The show also will be broadcast on November 11, Veteran’s Day, on via the American Forces Network, where it can be viewed by troops and U.S. Department of Defense employees around the world.

Meanwhile, Fogerty will launch a new Canadian tour leg on November 7 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  The trek will mark the beginning of the singer/guitarist’s 1969 World Tour, which will celebrate the great music Fogerty made with his old band Creedence Clearwater Revival that year.

Here is the Fogerty’s full Canadian itinerary:

11/7 — St. John’s, NL, Mile One Stadium
11/8 — St. John’s, NL, Mile One Stadium
11/10 — Halifax, NS, Halifax Metro Centre
11/12 — Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
11/13 — Rama, ON, Casino Rama
11/14 — Oshawa, ON, GM Centre
11/15 — Hamilton, ON, Copps Coliseum
11/17 — Sudbury, ON, Sudbury Arena
11/19 — Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
11/20 — Moose Jaw, SK, Mosaic Place
11/21 — Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre
11/23 — Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
11/24 — Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/25 — Dawson Creek, BC, EnCana Events Centre
11/27 — Penticton, BC, South Okanagan Events Centre
11/28 — Abbotsford, BC, Abbotsford Centre
11/29 — Victoria, BC, Save on Foods Memorial Centre


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Neil Diamond to Take Part in Rare CD-Signing Session Friday in NYC

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by

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Capitol RecordsNeil Diamond fans who’ll be in New York City on Friday will have the chance to meet the famed singer in person.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will make a rare in-store appearance at the Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue at noon ET.

Diamond will be signing copies of his brand-new studio album, Melody Road.  People who are interested having their in CD or LP autographed by Neil must get a wrist band at the store starting at 9 a.m.

Meanwhile, a special expanded version of Melody Road is available exclusively at Target stores and via Target.com.  The disc includes two bonus cover songs, renditions of George Harrison‘s Beatles classic “Something” and Harry Nilsson‘s “Remember.”

Diamond will launch a major North American tour in support of Melody Road on February 26, 2015, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  The trek is plotted out through a May 31 concert in Denver.


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Official Grateful Dead Documentary to Celebrate Band’s 50th Anniversary

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesAn authorized documentary about The Grateful Dead will be truckin’ onto screens in conjunction with the jam band’s 50th anniversary. 

Martin Scorsese will serve as an executive producer on the as-yet-untitled film, which will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev, whose credits include such critically acclaimed docs as The Tillman Story, My Kid Could Paint That and Fighter.

The movie will feature new interviews with all of The Grateful Dead’s main surviving members — guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — as well as with many of the group’s friends, collaborators and musical associates.  The flick also will boast archival conversations with the band, as well as plenty of previously unreleased concert footage and behind-the-scenes clips.  The group’s longtime archivist, David Lemieux, will be the movie’s music supervisor, while Justin Kreutzmann, Bill’s son, will be one of the producers.

Weir, Lesh, Hart and Kreutzmann issued a joint statement about the project that reads, “Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years.  With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it.”

The band members continue, “Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese.  From The Last Waltz to George Harrison: Living in the Material World, from Bob Dylan to The Rolling Stones, he has made some of the greatest music documentaries ever with some of our favorite artists and we are honored to have him involved.”

They add, “The 50th will be another monumental milestone to celebrate with our fans and we cannot wait to share this film with them.”

Scorsese also commented on the film, saying, “The Grateful Dead were more than just a band.  They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans.  I’m very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved.”

The Grateful Dead formed in 1965, and released their self-titled debut album in 1967.  No word yet on when the documentary might be released.



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Hear Alternate Version of “Stairway to Heaven” Featured on Deluxe “Led Zeppelin IV” Reissues

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by

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Atlantic Records/Swan SongThe entire alternate version of Led Zeppelin‘s classic anthem “Stairway to Heaven” that will be included on the bonus disc of the upcoming deluxe reissues of the group’s 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV, has made its way online.  The track was mixed by guitarist/producer Jimmy Page during a 1971 visit to the Los Angeles studio Sunset Sound Recorders, although he eventually decided to abandon that version after he returned to London to complete work on the album.

Among the differences heard in the Sunset Sound mix are more prominent guitars, subdued drums and additional echo in some sections.

“It’s always interesting to hear stuff that you know really well and hear it differently, but the same,” says bassist John Paul Jones in an interview with Rolling Stone.  “It does give a different perspective on it.  You hear different things.  I did read somewhere that the end of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ contained one of the best rock bass parts ever recorded.  Unfortunately it comes underneath one of the greatest rock guitars so…But ‘Stairway’ is a favorite still.  It’s just got everything that we are about.”

Adds Page, “The Sunset Sound mix of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ was actually mixed at Sunset Sound in L.A. in advance of the version that everybody knows.  I think it’s a really good embodiment of everything that’s on there.  It’s a guitar mix, really.”

In addition to the alternate “Stairway,” the companion audio disc included with the Led Zeppelin IV deluxe reissues features alternate mixes to the original album’s seven other songs.  The remastered reissues of Led Zeppelin IV and its follow-up, 1973′s Houses of the Holy, will be released this Tuesday, October 28.


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Annie Lennox Takes on “Evocative” Standards with New Album “Nostalgia”

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by

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Blue Note/Universal MusicIn the ’90s, Annie Lennox released Medusa, a disc of cover versions of pop and rock songs from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.  But on her new album Nostalgia, the singer goes back much farther than that, tackling legendary standards from the Great American Songbook.  It’s something she says she never would have even considered doing back in the ’80s, when she was topping the charts as the frontwoman of Eurythmics.

“I would have had absolutely no interest in doing it,” she tells ABC News Radio.  “It would have been inappropriate.  At that time, in the ’80s, Dave Stewart and I were creating music with Eurythmics that was very ground-breaking and, we felt, very fresh and new — innovative, in fact.  I would never’ve taken a backwards step into a genre like jazz.  But now, it just feels so appropriate.”

Lennox decided which songs to include on the album by scouring YouTube and finding tunes that struck a chord with her.  “Usually, when I hear a song, I’ll know within the first few seconds whether it’s going to hold interest for me,” says the Scottish artist.  “By and large, these songs all have those qualities in them that, right from the moment that you first hear them, they continue through.”

Speaking about the classics she ended up tackling, like “Georgia on My Mind,” “God Bless the Child,” “Summertime,” “The Nearness of You” and “I Put a Spell on You,” Annie explains, “They have a narrative.  They have a certain sort of shape.  They tell stories.  They create something evocative.  Each one is like a little journey.”

Because she’s not a trained jazz singer, Lennox says she was able to put her own spin on these songs by digging deep into their musical roots.

“What I did discover was that, underneath, the real core of jazz, lies blues,” she explains.  “And, of course, I’ve come from R&B and soul music that has influenced me since I was a young person…So, I kind of colored a great deal of the songs with blues, and that informed me a lot in terms of my approach to the songs.”

Annie doesn’t think it’s odd that at this stage in her career, she would attempt a musical genre she’s never sung before.  “I am a person who likes to sing to my own tune, literally,” she tells ABC News Radio.  “I like to explore and chart new territory and push my own boundaries in a way.  And I don’t think that singers necessarily all have to be hemmed in to one label and one type and to say, ‘Well, because you sing in one style that doesn’t mean that it cancels out every other style.’  I have very eclectic taste in music.”

She says her fans seem to like the direction she’s gone on Nostalgia, too.  “I think people are charmed by it actually, more than anything else,” she says.  “It’s something new and different for them.”

Of course, the big question now is whether or not Lennox will tour in support of the album.  She doesn’t particularly like the grind of being on the road, and then there’s the issue of how she’d mix these standards with her past hits.  That’s why, she says, she just hasn’t made up her mind yet.

“Everyone is asking me if I’m going to tour,” she sighs.  “And, I mean, I’m just not going to think about it until we come up to the end of the year and I’ll take a break and then I’ll consider what the next step should be — whether I should tour or not.” 

Nostalgia, which is available on vinyl and on CD, is in stores now.


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Bob Seger Set for CMT “Crossroads” Special with Country Star Jason Aldean

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by

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Clay Patrick McBrideIt’s a busy time for Bob Seger.  The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer saw his new album, Ride On, debut at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, he’s kicking off a new tour November 19 and now comes word that he’ll be teaming up with country star Jason Aldean for an installment of the CMT television series Crossroads, premiering on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

The pair will film the special next week, just outside of Nashville.

Crossroads teams popular country artists with stars from the worlds of rock and pop, trading vocals on each other’s big hits.  Seger’s episode airs November 28 at 10 p.m. ET.


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Ides of March/Ex-Survivor Member Jim Peterik Shares Cool Stories from His New Memoir, “Through the Eye of the Tiger”

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by

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BenBella BooksJim Peterik has found success as a member of two popular rock bands, The Ides of March and Survivor, and also is responsible for co-writing memorable songs for a number of other well-known music acts.  The 64-year-old musician shares a variety of fascinating, amusing and touching stories from throughout his life and his nearly half-century music career in his recently published autobiography, Through the Eye of the Tiger.

Peterik recently chatted with ABC News Radio and singled out a few of the many highlights he included in the book.

The memoir begins with the singer/songwriter recalling receiving “the phone call that changed my life,” when Sylvester Stallone rang him up to see if he wanted to write a theme song for his then-upcoming Rocky sequel, 1982′s Rocky III.  Stallone initially left a message on Peterik’s answering, and Jim admitted that he thought someone was pranking him at first.  When he did get in touch with the Hollywood star, he told Peterik he liked Survivor and was hoping the band could come up with tune that would appeal to “the kids, something with a pulse.”

Peterik teamed up with his Survivor band mate Frankie Sullivan and the song they came up with was, of course, “Eye of the Tiger.”

Jim told ABC News Radio that the song’s title and theme came directly from the movie.  Stallone had allowed Peterik and Sullivan to view a rough cut of the film, and while watching it, he noted, “that’s when we got the thread of the underdog rising up…and Burgess Meredith‘s character saying, ‘Rocky, you gotta get back the eye of the tiger.  You’re losing it.’”

“Eye of the Tiger” became a #1 hit and went on to sell millions of copies.

Peterik also recounted the story behind “Vehicle,” the first and biggest hit he had with The Ides of March, a band he and some high school buddies formed when they were just teenagers.

He got the idea for the song’s title from an ex-girlfriend who, after they broke up, would ask him to drive her around to various places.

“I figured, well, at least I could be close to her, right?  Even if I didn’t, you know, score, as they say,” he explained to ABC News Radio.  “So, I kept driving her places and pretty soon I realized that she was kind of using me as her vehicle, you know?”

The song wound up becoming a #2 hit in 1970, which must have impressed the ex-girlfriend, who Peterik ended up marrying.  They’ve now been together for more than 40 years.

One of the more outlandish anecdotes Peterik shares is the time The Ides of March opened for Led Zeppelin and was invited to a party in Robert Plant‘s hotel suite afterward.

“Robert Plant opens the door in his little bikini briefs and his little silk robe…and] past him we see an orgy,” Jim recalled.  “And there was every kind of drug in the world being ingested, groupies doing a pillow fight, things I can’t even talk about happening in the bathtub with [drummer John Bonham].”

As it turned out, the wild party didn’t appeal to Peterik and his band mates.  As he explained, they politely excused themselves and “went ‘cross the street to Dunkin’ Donuts and we ordered milk and doughnuts, and we were back in our comfort zone and very happy guys.”

Peter has been promoting Through the Eye of the Tiger with a series of book-store appearances and storytellers-style solo performances.  He has a few of the latter gigs scheduled in the coming month, and he also has a number of concerts with The Ides of March. You can check out his full itinerary at JimPeterik.com.


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High-Quality Vinyl Versions of Cream’s Classic Albums Collected in New Box Set

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by

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Universal Music EnterprisesA new vinyl box set featuring all of Cream‘s studio and live albums released during the 1960s and early ’70s will hit stores on November 24. 

Cream: 1966–1972 includes six albums in all: the British power trio’s 1966 debut, Fresh Cream; 1967′s Disraeli Gears; the 1968 chart-topping double LP, Wheels of Fire; the band’s 1969 swan song, Goodbye; and two archival live discs issued after the group’s breakup, 1970′s Live Cream and 1972′s Live Cream Volume II.

Featuring the impressive lineup of singer/guitarist Eric Clapton, singer/bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker, Cream created a vastly influential body of work during its short life by combining elements of the blues, jazz and rock with experimental psychedelic sounds.  Among the virtuosic supergroup’s many well-known songs are “Strange Brew,” “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Tales of Brave Ulysses,” “White Room” and “Badge,” as well as memorable covers of the classic blues tunes “I’m So Glad,” “Born Under a Bad Sign” and “Crossroads.”

All of the discs featured in the box set are pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and come housed in sleeves exactly replicating the albums’ original artwork.

Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and took part in two series of 2005 reunion concerts, at London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Here is the track list for the Cream: 1966–1972 box set:

LP 1: Fresh Cream
“N.S.U.”
“Sleepy Time Time”
“Dreaming”
“Sweet Wine”
“Spoonful”
“Cat’s Squirrel”
“Four Until Late”
“Rollin’ and Tumblin’”
“I’m So Glad”
“Toad”

LP 2: Disraeli Gears
“Strange Brew”
“Sunshine of Your Love”
“World of Pain”
“Dance the Night Away”
“Blue Condition”
“Tales of Brave Ulysses”
“SWLABR”
“We’re Going Wrong”
“Outside Woman Blues”
“Take It Back”
“Mother’s Lament”

LP 3: Wheels of Fire
Disc 1
“White Room”
“Sitting on Top of the World”
“Passing the Time”
“As You Said”
“Pressed Rat and Warthog”
“Politician”
“Those Were the Days”
“Born Under a Bad Sign”
“Deserted Cities of the Heart”
Disc 2
“Crossroads” (Live at the Fillmore)
“Spoonful” (Live at the Fillmore)
“Traintime” (Live at the Fillmore)
“Toad” (Live at the Fillmore)

LP 4: Goodbye
“I’m So Glad”
“Politician”
“Sitting on Top of the World”
“Badge”
“Doing That Scrapyard Thing”
“What a Bringdown”

LP 5: Live Cream
“N.S.U.”
“Sleepy Time Time”
“Lawdy Mama”
“Sweet Wine”
“Rollin’ and Tumblin’”

LP 6: Live Cream Volume II
“Deserted Cities of the Heart”
“White Room”
“Politician”
“Tales of Brave Ulysses”
“Sunshine of Your Love
“Steppin’ Out”



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Report: John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan Are a Couple Again

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by

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Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagicJust two months after reports emerged that John Mellencamp had split up with longtime girlfriend Meg Ryan, comes word that sparks are flying between the two stars again.  A source close to the singer/songwriter tells People, “They are back together and it’s brand new…They’re really happy about it.”

The latest news follows reports that the couple was spotted contentedly walking around New York City’s Soho district together last week.

In addition, Mellencamp hinted in an interview last month on NBC’s Today show that he hadn’t given up on the relationship.

“She’s an angel sent to me, and I’m very happy,” he said during his appearance.  “And, you know, nothing’s over ’til it’s over.”

Another source close to Mellencamp suggested to People that conflicts over the long distance between the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s Indiana home and New York, where the actress is based, were partly responsible for the tensions between the couple.

“There were disagreements over style of life and logistical problems which clouded their relationship,” the source maintains.  “But there is no doubt that he cares for her a great deal.”

The insider adds, “They are a great couple.  All their friends were hoping it would work out.”

People magazine first reported that Mellencamp and Ryan were dating in January of 2011.

John recently released his 22nd studio album, Plain Spoken, and he’ll launch a major North American tour in support of the record that begins on January 21, 2015, in South Bend, Indiana.



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Bob Seger Scores Highest-Ever Albums Chart Debut with “Ride Out”; U2 Bows at #9

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by

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Capitol RecordsBob Seger is riding high on the Billboard 200 this week with his new album, Ride Out, which pulled in at #3 on the tally after selling 59,000 copies.  This marks the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s highest debut ever on the albums chart, bettering that of his previous studio effort, 2006′s Face the Promise, which bowed at #4.

The last time Seger had an album as high as #3 on the Billboard 200 was back in 1986, with Like a Rock.  The Michigan rocker’s best chart showing ever was with Against the Wind, which topped the tally for six weeks in 1980.

Farther down on the Billboard 200, U2‘s latest, Songs of Innocence, landed at #9 after sales of 28,000 during its first week of commercial availability. This is U2′s first album since the release of 1987′s The Joshua Tree not to debut in at least the top three. 

Songs of Innocence‘s relatively poor chart showing, of course, was expected, because U2 made the album available as an automatic free download to iTunes customers last month.  Apple estimates that about 81 million users listened to the album worldwide, while 26 million downloaded the collection.  To make the commercial edition of album more appealing, it included bonus tracks that aren’t featured on the free version.


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