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Jeff Lynne Hints at More Live ELO Shows

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by

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Photo: Martyn AtkinsAfter he and the band played their first show in 28 years in London, England Sunday night, Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne is causing some excitement by hinting he may be open to more shows.

The reclusive musician, joined by original ELO keyboardist Richard Tandy, took the stage at BBC Radio 2′s Festival in a Day in Hyde Park, delighting the crowd with a 17-song set list that included “Turn to Stone,” “Livin’ Thing,” “Evil Woman,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” and the lost gem “All Over the World,” from the 1980 movie Xanadu, which starred Olivia Newton John.

According to NME, Lynne was in great spirits, remarking: “Wow, fantastic. It’s unbelievable this really. I haven’t done anything like this for so long, I can’t believe it.”  Later in the show, he clearly had his eye on the future, promising the crowd “I’ll do this again.”

The set wasn’t drawn entirely from the ELO catalog.  Lynne also nodded to his other musical group, The Traveling Wilburys, with a performance of “Handle With Care,” dedicating the song to the late Wilburys George Harrison and Roy Orbison.

Check out the set list from the weekend ELO show:

“All Over the World”
“Evil Woman”
“Ma Ma Ma Belle”
“Showdown”
“Livin’ Thing”
“Strange Magic”
“10538 Overture”
“Can’t Get It Out of My Head”
“Sweet Talkin’ Woman”
“Turn to Stone”
“Steppin’ Out”
“Handle with Care”
“Don’t Bring Me Down”
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King”
“Telephone Line”
“Mr Blue Sky”
“Roll over Beethoven”

 
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Gene Simmons to Pitch New Music Competition Reality Show

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy Brian LoweKISS Gene Simmons will pitch his reality television show, Coliseum, at MIPCOM, a television and entertainment networking forum held in Cannes, France next month.

The show, which is produced by Simmons and Chris Philip, CEO of Sierra/Engine Television, will challenge musicians to form rock bands. Simmons will serve in a motivational role as the bands evolve in front of an audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Simmons explained that “Coliseum is a no-holds-barred competition show between musical gladiators in the arena fighting to survive, fighting to be the champion, fighting to curry the favor of Rock Caesar.”

Naturally the “Rock Caesar” will be Simmons himself, who will vote thumb’s up or down as the bands in the arena compete to win.

Simmons, of course, is no stranger to reality television, having starred in his own Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels. Other TV shows of his include Gene Simmons’ Rock School for VH1. AMC is also airing Simmons’ and KISS band mate Paul Stanley‘s reality show 4th and Loud, about the arena football team owned by the pair.


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Slash Documentary to Get TV Premiere as Part of “Slash Bash”

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Robert JohnFormer Guns N’ Roses axe man Slash will be feeling the love with an all-day “Slash Bash” marathon kicking off at 10 a.m. this Saturday on AXS TV that will be highlighted by the television premiere of the all-new documentary Ernie Ball Presents: Real to Reel with Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

The new documentary will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the making of World on Fire, the forthcoming album from the guitarist with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, which is due September 16.  The film is set to air Saturday, September 20 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.  Throughout the day, AXS will also feature interviews with Slash, as well as music videos.

Other films set to air during the “Slash Bash” marathon include Celebration Day, documenting Led Zeppelin‘s 2007 London reunion concert; AC/DC Live at River Plate, which captures a performance from the band’s tour in support of its last album, Black Ice; and KISS Monster World Tour: Live from Europe.


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Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin: “It’s So Long Ago”

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by

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Ed Miles/Nonesuch RecordsWhen it comes to his musical past, Robert Plant doesn’t mind messing with the legend a little bit.

Case in point: when performing with his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, the 65-year-old rocker has no problem reinventing tried and true Led Zeppelin staples “Black Dog” and “Whole Lotta Love” by using unconventional instruments.

“I think it’s a way to enjoy the music,” he tells Billboard. “Our approach is driven mostly by trance and psychedelia and the musicians’ relationships to African music. In each case, one of the guys in the band will take dominance, and that kind of determines where it goes.”

When it comes to the subject of the recent spate of Zeppelin reissues, Plant is ambivalent, particularly when it comes to the previously unreleased material showing up on the new collections.

“Because it’s so long ago. What you’re hearing there is mostly work-in-progress stuff,” he said. “Things on their way to completion, and maybe there’s some little quirk or something that led to an either/or moment. But it’s nothing relevant, really. Not to me, at least.”

As for his new album, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, he wanted to keep the music simple.

“Onstage with the band it’s a bit of a bum fight, but with the record I was convinced that we must make these songs into songs, not just extravaganzas of otherworldly music,” he said.

He continued: “There’s a notion of letting one sound — a lute, a sample — predict the whole movement of what we’re doing in a tune, but we keep everybody on the same page. At the same bar. In the same network, if you like.”


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Conan O’Brien to Honor George Harrison with Weeklong Tribute

Monday, September 15th, 2014 by

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Jean-Marie Perier/UMeBeginning ext Monday, Conan O’Brien will celebrate the music of George Harrison on his late night talk show, Conan.

The former Beatle will be honored the week of September 22 with performances each night by the likes of Beck, Norah Jones, Harrison’s only child, Dhani Harrison and friends and others. The weeklong musical tribute coincides with the release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75.  The deluxe eight-disc box set, which features the reissues of and bonus material from the artists’ first six solo albums, will be available on CD and digital download September 22.

Jones and Dhani will also participate in George Fest, a star-studded concert paying tribute to the late Beatle on September 28 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on TBS.


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Darlene Love, Tommy James, Alice Cooper Among Stars Performing at 2014 Little Kids Rock Gala

Monday, September 15th, 2014 by

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Gurtman and Murtha Management; Courtesy of Tommy JamesDarlene Love, Tommy James and Alice Cooper are among the stars who perform at the 2014 edition of the annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala, which will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on October 23.  The charity event is produced by E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and his wife — and fellow Sopranos alum — Maureen, who both also will attend the bash.

During the fundraiser, Joan Jett will be honored as the organization’s Rocker of the Year, for being “an originator, an innovator and a visionary.”  Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will present the award to Jett, while the guest artists will pay tribute to Joan by singing her songs.  Other special guests who will take the stage at the gala include E Street Band sax player Jake Clemons, Once star Glen Hansard, and New York rocker Jesse Malin.

In addition, there will be an auction that evening to raise additional funds for Little Kids Rock, which provides musical instruments and music lessons to students in inner-city schools.  One of the prizes is the chance to have dinner with the Van Zandts.

Find ticket info at LittleKidsRock.org.


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Joan Jett to Receive Award at Little Kids Rock Event in New York City Next Month

Monday, September 15th, 2014 by

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Little Kids Rock will honor Joan Jett at its annual benefit gala, which will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on October 23.  The charity event is produced by E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and his wife — and fellow Sopranos alum — Maureen, who both also will attend the bash.

Jett will receive the organization’s Rocker of the Year, for being “an originator, an innovator and a visionary.”  Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will present the award to Jett, while a variety of guest artists will pay tribute to her by singing her songs.  Among the guest performers who will take the stage at the gala will be Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Darlene Love, E Street Band sax player Jake Clemons, Once star Glen Hansard, and New York rocker Jesse Malin.

In addition, there will be an auction that evening to raise additional funds for Little Kids Rock, which provides musical instruments and music lessons to students in inner-city schools.  One of the prizes is the chance to have dinner with the Van Zandts.

Find ticket info at LittleKidsRock.org.


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The Former Cat Stevens to Release New Music; Will Embark on First North American Tour in 35 Years

Monday, September 15th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy Legacy RecordingsYusuf, formerly known as Cat Stevens, will release his first new music in five years, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, on October 27.

If that isn’t enough excitement, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will embark on his first North American tour in 35 years this winter. The Peace Train…Late Again tour will  kick off December1 at Toronto’s Massey Hall.

Tell ‘Em I’m Gone is Stevens’ first release with his new label, Legacy Recordings. It features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen and guitarist Matt Sweeney.  The album was produced by Yusaf and Rick Rubin and was mixed by Yusaf and Paul Samwell-Smith.

The record includes 10 songs: five originals and five covers, including Edgar Winter‘s “Dying to Live” and the standard “You Are My Sunshine.”

“Although I was to venture through many lyrical terrains, melodious valleys and cadences during my fifty-year musical and spiritual exploration, and though many would agree that I have covered a lot of ground, there was always one path I meant to take. Hidden in the background behind my renowned troubadour persona lurked an R&B alter-self waiting to be let free,” Yusuf said in a statement. 

He added: “What’s powerful and profound, to me, is the overall message which emerged, lyrically.  It suddenly stared me in the face: the innate struggle for Freedom! Isn’t that what most human beings dream of? Music and the Blues particularly was a means of escape for many chained to the destiny of the rich and powerful.”

The worldwide premiere of the song, “Dying to Live,” is currently streaming at Rollingstone.com.

Tickets for the tour go on sale September 27. Fans who pre-order the album at Amazon.com from now through September 21 can jump the line with early access to tickets.

Here is the track listing for Tell ‘Em I’m Gone:

“I Was Raised in Babylon”
“Big Boss Man”
“Dying to Live” (Edgar Winter)
“You Are My Sunshine”
“Editing Floor Blues”
“Cat and the Dog Trap”
“Gold Digger”
“The Devil Came from Kansas”
“Tell ‘Em I’m Gone”
“Doors”

Here are Yusuf’s North American tour dates:

12/1 — Toronto, BC, Massey Hall
12/4 — Boston, MA,  Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
12/7 — New York, NY,  Beacon Theatre
12/9 — Chicago, IL,  The Chicago Theatre
12/12 — San Francisco, CA,  The Masonic
12/14 — Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE


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Not Everyone is a U2 Fan, Apple Discovers

Monday, September 15th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy UMusicTurns out not everyone is a U2 fan. After the band announced during an Apple’s press conference last week that it was giving a download of its new album Songs of Innocence to everyone with iTunes, and that the new album would automatically appear in all iTunes user’s music libraries, there was much rejoicing among fans of the band. But there were some iTunes users who weren’t thrilled; so many, in fact, that Apple has come up with an opt-out page for those non-U2-loving folks.  With one click on the page, users can remove Songs of Innocence from their libraries.

Bono and company can soothe the wound to its collective ego with good old-fashioned capital gains; Rolling Stone reports that the band has enjoyed a dramatic spike in back catalog sales since the dramatic free release of Songs of Innocence – with 24 songs in iTunes’ top 200 and five albums in the top 50.

 

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Doors Documentary, “Feast of Friends,” Set for Nov. 11 Release

Monday, September 15th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy Eagle Rock EntertainmentFans of The Doors have waited for it 45 years.  Now, the wait is almost over.  Feast of Friends, the never-released documentary produced by the band, will finally be released November 11.

Shelved due to lead singer Jim Morrison’s legal issues, the uncompleted film was only ever seen at a few film festivals. Eagle Rock Entertainment and Doors Property, LLC will release a restored, remastered version, which also features compiled bonus footage as well as an historic British documentary called The Doors Are Open.

Filmed in 1968, Feast of Friends offers a look behind the scenes of the group’s 1968 tour. The footage is from an often circulated bootleg that is believed to be from Morrison’s lone, personal copy, which he hand-carried when he moved to Paris in 1971. The movie was “concealed in a a paper bag and forgotten at a friend’s house,” says a statement from the producers, and never reclaimed as he passed away days later.

Also included in Feast of Friends is The End, a feature shot in Toronto, Canada in August 1967, which many Doors fans consider one of the greatest live performances of the band ever filmed.  There’s also Feast of Friends: Encore, a newly-produced feature using footage shot for Feast of Friends, described as a complimentary piece that provides a deeper look into the band’s life during the same time period.  It also showcases the Doors recording one of their biggest hits, “Wild Child.”  Newly unearthed backstage footage of Robbie Krieger breaking into song, Morrison reading a poem, and an altercation with photographer Richard Avedon are among the other highlights in the set.


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