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Music Stars Pay Tribute to Late Blues Guitar Legend Johnny Winter

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Michael WeintrobTributes have begun pouring in from around the music world for blues guitar legend Johnny Winter, who died Wednesday at the age of 70 while on tour in Zurich, Switzerland.  Among the many stars issuing statements or posting messages on their social media sites about Winter are his brother, Edgar, as well as some of the famous musicians who appear on Johnny’s upcoming album, Step Back.

Edgar Winter, who frequently collaborated with his brother and was scheduled to hit the road with him next month on the 2014 Rock’n’Blues Fest Tour, penned an homage to Johnny that he posted Thursday on his Facebook page.

“My wife, Monique, and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny’s passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together,” he wrote.  “I know his body is departing this physical realm, but his presence, his music, and his spirit are undiminished, and alive as ever in my heart.”

Edgar added, “Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time.  But more than all that, he’s my brother — in family, in music, in life and beyond.  I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name.”

Step Back, which is scheduled to be released on September 2, features Johnny Winter collaborations with Eric Clapton, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry, and Mountain‘s Leslie West, among other stars.

Upon learning of Winter’s passing, Clapton wrote, “Very sad to hear that Texas blues legend Johnny Winter died at age 70 in Zurich amid European tour.”

Gibbons recalled in his tribute to his fellow Texas guitar legend, “When I first saw Johnny perform, I was, maybe 12 or 13, and he was known as ‘Johnny Cool Daddy Winter’ and we’ve always thought of him as exactly that: ‘One Cool Daddy.”  He added, “Johnny became a dear and passionate friend as well as the accomplished bluesman we have come to admire…It’s now a moment for celebration of his brilliance frozen for all time…We’ve lost another of the gifted guitar greats and a truly soulful spirit.”

As for Perry, he tweeted on Wednesday, “So sad and shocked Johnny Winter passed on…I just now found out and feel speechless at this moment.”

West, meanwhile, sent out a message of his own that read, simply, “RIP my friend! God Speed!”

Here are some posts by some other well-known music artists paying homage to Winter:

Journey‘s Neal Schon: “Johnny Winter RIP…My sincerest condolences.”

The KinksDave Davies: “RIP to a great blues player – Johnny Winter.”

B.J. Thomas: “RIP Johnny Winter. Was in my band, ’67-’68. One of the greatest blues guitarist of them all.”

Whitesnake‘s David Coverdale: “Johnny Winter…RIP A Great, Great Artist…Much Loved & Greatly Admired…XX”

The E Street Band‘s Nils Lofgren: “Life long inspirer, friend from the early days, Rest in Peace Johnny Winter. A soulful piece of us all, gone.”

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench: “I once saw Johnny Winter play an impromptu set at a New Orleans club, backed by the MC5 (whose show it was) [with guitarist Wayne Kramer] on the drums.”


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Music Stars Pay Tribute to Late Blues Guitar Legend Johnny Winter

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Michael WeintrobTributes have begun pouring in from around the music world for blues guitar legend Johnny Winter, who died Wednesday at the age of 70 while on tour in Zurich, Switzerland.  Among the many stars issuing statements or posting messages on their social media sites about Winter are his brother, Edgar, as well as some of the famous musicians who appear on Johnny’s upcoming album, Step Back.

Edgar Winter, who frequently collaborated with his brother and was scheduled to hit the road with him next month on the 2014 Rock’n’Blues Fest Tour, penned an homage to Johnny that he posted Thursday on his Facebook page.

“My wife, Monique, and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny’s passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together,” he wrote.  “I know his body is departing this physical realm, but his presence, his music, and his spirit are undiminished, and alive as ever in my heart.”

Edgar added, “Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time.  But more than all that, he’s my brother — in family, in music, in life and beyond.  I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name.”

Step Back, which is scheduled to be released on September 2, features Johnny Winter collaborations with Eric Clapton, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry, and Mountain‘s Leslie West, among other stars.

Upon learning of Winter’s passing, Clapton wrote, “Very sad to hear that Texas blues legend Johnny Winter died at age 70 in Zurich amid European tour.”

Gibbons recalled in his tribute to his fellow Texas guitar legend, “When I first saw Johnny perform, I was, maybe 12 or 13, and he was known as ‘Johnny Cool Daddy Winter’ and we’ve always thought of him as exactly that: ‘One Cool Daddy.”  He added, “Johnny became a dear and passionate friend as well as the accomplished bluesman we have come to admire…It’s now a moment for celebration of his brilliance frozen for all time…We’ve lost another of the gifted guitar greats and a truly soulful spirit.”

As for Perry, he tweeted on Wednesday, “So sad and shocked Johnny Winter passed on…I just now found out and feel speechless at this moment.”

West, meanwhile, sent out a message of his own that read, simply, “RIP my friend! God Speed!”

Here are some posts by some other well-known music artists paying homage to Winter:

Journey‘s Neal Schon: “Johnny Winter RIP…My sincerest condolences.”

The KinksDave Davies: “RIP to a great blues player – Johnny Winter.”

B.J. Thomas: “RIP Johnny Winter. Was in my band, ’67-’68. One of the greatest blues guitarist of them all.”

The E Street Band‘s Nils Lofgren: “Life long inspirer, friend from the early days, Rest in Peace Johnny Winter. A soulful piece of us all, gone.”

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench: “I once saw Johnny Winter play an impromptu set at a New Orleans club, backed by the MC5 (whose show it was) [with guitarist Wayne Kramer] on the drums.”



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Mick Jagger Says He’s “Doing OK” After Girlfriend’s Death, Talks New James Brown Biopic

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentMick Jagger recently gathered with some of the crew and cast members of the new James Brown biopic, Get On Up, to chat with Matt Lauer, co-host of NBC’s Today show, about the new film.  During the roundtable interview at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, The Rolling Stones frontman, who is one of the film’s executive producers, also publicly commented about his late girlfriend L’Wren Scott for the first time since her suicide in March.

With regard to how he’s been coping since Scott’s passing, Jagger said, “I’m doing OK.  It was difficult, [a] very hard year, but I got back into it by working on touring with the Stones in Europe, and doing other things, including this great movie.” He added that he’s had “a lot of support” from friends, which is something that he’s really appreciated.

Turning to Get On Up, the rock star discussed Brown and his depiction in the movie.

“James Brown is a guy who comes from absolutely nothing, from nowhere, he has nothing, and he wants to be someone,” Mick explained.  “He wants to be a big star, and he’s going to work like crazy to become a big star.  And it’s about the effects on his personality.  ‘When you achieve that goal, what happens to you?’”

The subject then turned to how the Godfather of Soul influenced and inspired Jagger.  Mick maintained that he didn’t openly try to copy Brown’s specific stage moves or songwriting style, noting rather that “[t]he main thing I copped from him, which I think is a good thing to learn for any performer, is the way he interacted with the audience.  The way he charmed them.  The way he told them what to do.  The way he gave them his emotions.  The way he expected them to give back.”

During the discussion, Dan Aykroyd — who portrays music impresario Ben Bart in the film — declared that Jagger, like Brown, was someone who was born to be in front of a band.  Aykroyd then noted that Mick likely would “feel pretty bad” if he didn’t have his Stones band mates on stage with him, to which Jagger responded, “You need people backing you up, but having said that, your job is not a humility job.”

Get On Up opens in theaters on August 1.


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Donny Osmond to Look Back at 50-Year Career with New Album, “Soundtrack of My Life”

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by

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PRNewsFoto/Verve Music GroupThose who remember his days as a teen idol may find it hard to believe that Donny Osmond is gearing up to celebrate his 50th year in show business.  The singer will mark the milestone by releasing his 60th album, Soundtrack of My Life, which is scheduled to hit stores on January 13, 2015.

As its title suggests, the record will include songs that reflect and summarize different eras and aspects of Osmond’s life and career.  Soundtrack of My Life includes a rendition of Stevie Wonder‘s “My Cherie Amour” — the first record Donny ever bought — to which the Motown legend contributed a harmonica solo.  Also featured will be a cover of the early Michael Jackson hit “Ben,” a tune originally written for Osmond to record.

In addition, the album will boast versions of Elton John‘s “Your Song” and Peter Gabriel‘s “Don’t Give Up,” tunes that both have significance to Donny and his relationship with his wife.  Three original compositions also will be featured on Soundtrack of My Life.

In conjunction with the upcoming album, Osmond has launched a new app that offers stories about each track and shares previews of the songs.

“After 50 years of entertaining, I wanted to do something unique to celebrate a milestone in my career, as well as the launch of my 60th album,” he points out.  “This app was designed to share the music that has affected me throughout the years.  These are more than just great songs; each holds personal significance to a long-lasting career. In essence, these songs are the soundtrack of my life…so far.”

Visit Donny.com/App to download the application for free for either Apple or Android devices.


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Ted Nugent Says All His “Music Dreams Came True” with New Album, “ShutUp&Jam!”

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by

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Frontiers RecordsTed Nugent has just released his first studio album in seven years, ShutUp&Jam!, which features raging slabs of blistering blues-infused and hard-rock riffs.  The record finds the outspoken right-wing rocker paying tribute to military heroes, touting the freedoms offered American citizens and declaring his love for good, old-fashioned barbecue, while also sharing his desire to simply keep rocking out.

Nugent tells ABC News Radio that all of his “musical dreams came true on this record,” because he had the chance to collaborate with some of his favorite musicians.

One of the tracks on ShutUp&Jam!, “She’s Gone,” is a duet with his old friend Sammy Hagar.  Ted says he’d wanted to record something with Hagar for years, but they could never coordinate their busy schedules.  Nugent notes that the historic collaboration finally happened earlier this year when he was laid up after undergoing a double knee-replacement surgery.

“Thank God the planets aligned and…Sammy was available,” says Ted, adding that the Red Rocker signed on after hearing a demo with Nugent singing the whole tune. “He said, ‘I’m in!’ recalls the Nuge. “‘That’s exactly what I wanted to do.  I don’t want to sing hit records and pop songs…I wanna jam with musicians that I love, so I’ll be happy to sing this, Ted.’”

The 65-year-old rocker says he also was excited that Johnny “Bee” Badanjek, the legendary drummer for Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, lent his talents to “She’s Gone,” as well as the song “I Still Believe.”  Nugent calls Badanjek “the god of thunder drums,” and reports that they first played together way back in 1960 at a gig in the Detroit suburb of Walled Lake, Michigan.

Nugent tells ABC News Radio that the new set of songs came together as a reaction to his feelings of frustration about the policies of the current U.S. administration.

“I balance…my fisticuffs fighting for ‘We, the People’ and fighting the criminality in our government to just showering myself, bathing myself, immersing myself in what Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters and James Brown and Wilson Pickett and the mighty Motown Funk Brothers taught me,” he says. “And I think that is why these songs all have killer grooves, because it’s stream-of-consciousness creativity and it’s a direct counterpunch to the heartbreak of fighting such a corrupt and power-abusing government.”

Nugent, of course, also is passionate about hunting, and he maintains that spending a few hours pursuing wild game helped him get in the mood to grind out some of the new guitar riffs.

“I hunt three hundred days a year, so I come in quite motivated and quite inspired and cleansed and relaxed from sitting in a tree with a sharp stick for three or four hours every morning,” he points out.  “And, I get my coffee and train my dogs and hug my wife and I pick up a guitar and these licks, these grooves, these rhythms, these patterns, these guitar statements, they happen every time.”

Nugent recently launched a major U.S. summer tour in support of ShutUp&Jam! that’s plotted out through an August 17 concert in Midland, Texas.  You can check out Ted’s full itinerary at Tour.TedNugent.com.


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Paul McCartney Says He Appreciated Time Off During Recent Illness, Is Amassing Songs for New Album

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by

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MJ Kim/MPL CommunicationsFans were worried about Paul McCartney‘s health when a recent bout with a virus forced him to postpone a series of tour dates in May and June, but the 72-year-old rock legend admits in a new Rolling Stone Q&A that he actually appreciated getting the unplanned break.

“People say to me, ‘Aw, that must have been terrible for you.’  Well, no, actually,” says Sir Paul.  “No one ever tells me to rest!  It was like summer holidays in school or something.  I thought, ‘Yeah, I can get into that.’”

McCartney tells the magazine that he made good use of his time off, revealing that he “took it really easy at home in England,” read a film script his son-in-law wrote and worked on some new experimental music at his recording studio.

He reveals to Rolling Stone that he came up with some danceable tracks while working with a program called Cubase, as well as with a sequencer he originally used while recording his 1980 solo album McCartney II.

“They were just funky little experimental things, instrumentals,” he says. “The first one I did was kind of African, so I gave it the working title ‘Mombasa.’  The next one was faster, and that one I called ‘Botswana.’”

The former Beatle reports that he’s now amassing material for his next album, some of which are completed and “some that I need to finish.”  McCartney likely won’t have time to focus on the project until he winds down his 2014 tour, which currently is scheduled through an October 30 show in Greensboro, North Carolina.  He says, “[A]t the back of my mind, I’ll be wanting to clear a few months for me to write up the most likely of the songs that I’ve got on the boil and figure out how I want to record them…But I haven’t booked any studio time.  It’s all there as fun for the future.”

Speaking about touring, Sir Paul tells Rolling Stone that, while he realizes he’s not getting any younger, he has no plans to retire from the road yet.

“A lot of people get fed up with life on the road, particularly when you’ve got a really nice home life. But for me, I want it all,” he maintains. “I’ve got a great home life, and I’ve got a great life on the road…and the audiences are just so warm, and the feedback is so good.”

He adds, “People say to me, ‘Don’t you get tired?’  It’s a three-hour show, and I’m on stage every second.  I keep thinking the laws of logic ought to apply and I ought to be really tired — but I’m invigorated.”



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Historic Early Jimi Hendrix Recordings Acquired by Guitar Legend’s Estate and Sony’s Legacy Division

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Dieter HoffmannExperience Hendrix LLC, the company that oversees the rights to Jimi Hendrix‘s music, and Sony’s Legacy Recordings have acquired the full rights to a collection of historic early recordings featuring the late guitar legend.  The material includes 88 live and studio master recordings that Hendrix made from 1965 to 1967 with his pre-fame group, Curtis Knight & the Squires.

The agreement ends years of litigation between the Hendrix family and the recordings’ longtime owners, record producer Ed Chalpin and his company PPX Enterprises.  Jimi was a sideman for Curtis Knight & the Squires when he and the Harlem-based R&B group signed a three-year contract with Chalpin in October 1965.

Among the notable tracks included in the collection is a live performance recorded in December 1965 at a club in Hackensack, New Jersey, and a number of studio recordings Hendrix did with Curtis Knight & the Squires in July 1967, after the Jimi Hendrix Experience had already released its debut album.

Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings now plan to have the Curtis Knight & the Squires material mixed and remastered under the supervision of longtime Hendrix sound engineer Eddie Kramer, and intend to release the revamped tracks over the course of the next three years.



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Video Recapping The Rolling Stones’ European Tour Premieres Online

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by

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Rankin/Universal MusicThe Rolling Stones wrapped up the European leg of their 14 on Fire Tour earlier this month, and now a video recapping the outing has been posted on the band’s official website and YouTube channel.  The clip offers a montage of scenes from various locations The Stones visited on the trek, accompanied by a live version of the group’s 1998 song “Out of Control,” and also includes commentary from the band members.

Keith Richards remarks in the video, “[We] played some amazing places in the last couple of months.  This band is really picking up steam now and there’s something in the air.”

Mick Jagger notes, meanwhile, “The tour generally in Europe this summer was super up,” adding, “We played a lot of the European festivals.  It was great to see so many, as far as the eye can see.”

Ronnie Wood comments about the enthusiastic reactions of the European crowds, pointing out, “The audience set the scene for the music.  You never take 70,000 people for granted.  It’s always special.  Everybody’s smiling, they’re happy all over the world.  We make people happy — it’s an amazing feeling.”

As for Charlie Watts, he reassuringly declares about the end of the European tour, “It certainly won’t be the last show.  We’ve always been a playing band. That’s what we do.”

At the end of the video, some factoids about the trek flash on the screen, including that the band played 14 sold-out shows, logged more than 15,000 miles and rocked a whopping 782,000 fans.

Next up for The Rolling Stones is the band’s fall Down Under tour, which kicks off on October 25 in Adelaide, Australia, and is mapped out through a November 22 concert in Auckland, New Zealand.


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Check Out New Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Songs Via Interactive “Radio”

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by

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Reprise RecordsTom Petty & the Heartbreakers have introduced a cool interactive webpage where you can check out some songs from the band’s upcoming album, Hypnotic Eye

The site, Radio.TomPetty.com, features the image of an old-school car radio.  You can listen to five brand-new tracks by clicking the “on” button and then adjusting the dial.

The full tracks you can preview are “Red River,” “U Get Me High,” “American Dream B,” “Forgotten Man,” and “Fault Lines.”  All of these songs also can be purchased now individually as digital downloads at iTunes. 

The entire Hypnotic Eye album will be released July 29.


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Ex-Alice Cooper Guitarist Dick Wagner Undergoes Heart Surgery, Battling Lung Infection

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Dick WagnerFormer Alice Cooper guitarist Dick Wagner underwent heart surgery last week to treat a clogged artery.  Blabbermouth.net reports that Wagner was hospitalized on July 8 after experiencing difficulty breathing, and subsequently had an operation that improved blood flow in the vessel by 30 percent.

The 71-year-old rocker’s son Robert, meanwhile, posted a message on his Facebook page on Sunday reporting that his dad has been battling “a deep lung infection” and that he was scheduled to have a procedure to “‘wash’ his lungs” to help him breathe easier.

The heart ailment is the latest in a number of health issues Dick Wagner has battled in recent years.  In 2007, he suffered a heart attack and a stroke. Then, in 2011 he was diagnosed with NPH, or normal pressure hydrocephalus, a debilitating condition caused by a build-up of spinal fluid in the brain.  The condition was successfully treated with a shunt in his brain, and Wagner was able to return to music again before the recent setback.

Wagner played on many of Cooper’s albums during the 1970s and ’80s and co-wrote a number of the shock rocker’s well-known songs, including “Only Woman Bleed,” “I Never Cry” and “You and Me.”  His long list of career credits also includes playing guitar on Lou Reed‘s Berlin and Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal albums.


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