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Elton John Extends Contract in Las Vegas for Three More Years

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by

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Capitol/Universal MusicElton John isn’t planning to move his Million Dollar Piano out of Las Vegas any time soon.

Caesars Entertainment has just announced that the Rocket Man has extended his three-year contact at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for an additional three years.  Tickets for shows in January, March and April will go on sale this Sunday, October 26, at 10 a.m. PT.

Las Vegas Sun reporter Robin Leach notes that some of Elton’s newly announced dates will be the same dates that pop diva Celine Dion vacated earlier this year at the venue, when she canceled all her showbiz commitments to devote her time to caring for her ailing husband.

The Million Dollar Piano opened at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in September of 2011.

Here are the new dates for the show:

January 16-17 — Friday, Saturday
January 19-20 — Monday, Tuesday
January 23-24 — Friday, Saturday
March 18, 20, 21 — Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
March 23-24 — Monday, Tuesday
March 27-28 — Friday, Saturday
March 30-31 — Monday, Tuesday
April 3-4 — Friday, Saturday
April 6-7 — Monday, Tuesday
April 10-11 – Friday, Saturday
April 13-14 — Monday, Tuesday


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Listen to Yusuf/Cat Stevens’ New Album Online Now, Vinyl Version of Record to Be Released Next Month

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by

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Legacy RecordingsYusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, will release his first new studio in five years, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, on Tuesday, October 27.  However, fans who head over to Amazon.com through this coming Monday can hear the record streaming in its entirety.

Meanwhile, a special 180-gram vinyl edition of Tell ‘Em I’m Gone will be released on November 24.  The disc will be packaged in a gatefold sleeve and will feature a download card allowing access to an MP3 version of the album.  In addition, first pressings of the LP will feature alternate cover art — a hand-drawn cartoonish depiction of Yusuf created by acclaimed illustrator William Stout.

Tell ‘Em I’m Gone features 10 songs: five Yusuf originals and five cover tunes.  Among the latter are versions of Edgar Winter‘s “Dying to Live,” Procol Harum‘s “The Devil Came from Kansas” and the popular standard “You Are My Sunshine.”  A number of guest artists contributed to the project, including veteran folk-rocker Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, alt-country singer-songwriter Bonnie “Prince” Billy and journeyman indie-rock guitarist Matt Sweeney.  Yusuf co-produced the album with Rick Rubin.

Yusuf will support Tell ‘Em I’m Gone with a brief European tour in November followed by a similarly short North American trek running from a December 1 show in Toronto through a December 14 concert in Los Angeles.


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Deluxe Reissue of KISS’ 1977 “Love Gun” Album Arriving Next Tuesday

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by

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Universal Music EnterprisesA deluxe remastered edition of KISS‘ sixth studio album, 1977′s Love Gun, will be released this Tuesday, October 27, in conjunction with the band’s 40th anniversary celebrations.  The expanded two-CD collection will include a bonus disc containing a variety of previously unreleased live and demo recordings, as well as a 1977 interview with singer/bassist Gene Simmons.

Released in June of ’77, Love Gun peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 and includes the hit single “Christine Sixteen,” which reached #25 on the  Hot 100 chart.  The record also features the Ace Frehley showcase “Shock Me” and “Then She Kissed Me,” a gender-switching rendition of the 1963 Crystals hit “Then He Kissed Me.”  The album has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. to date.

The bonus CD includes a variety of demos from the Love Gun sessions, as well as live versions of the title track, “Christine Sixteen” and “Shock Me” from a December ’77 concert in Landover, Maryland.  The deluxe package includes new liner notes penned by Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott.

KISS will wind down its 40th anniversary tour next month with its first-ever Las Vegas residency, a nine-show engagement at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  The KISS Rocks Vegas dates are scheduled for November 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22 and 23.

Here is the complete track list for the deluxe reissue of Love Gun:

CD One: Original Album
“I Stole Your Love”
“Christine Sixteen”
“Got Love for Sale”
“Shock Me”
“Tomorrow and Tonight”
“Love Gun”
“Hooligan”
“Almost Human”
“Plaster Caster”
“Then She Kissed Me”

CD Two: Demos, Interview & Live
“Much Too Soon” (Demo)*
“Plaster Caster” (Demo)*
“Reputation” (Demo)
“Love Gun” (Teaching Demo)*
“Love Gun” (Demo)*
Gene Simmons Interview (1977)*
“Tomorrow and Tonight” (Demo)*
“I Know Who You Are” (Demo)*
“Love Gun” (Live 1977)*
“Christine Sixteen” (Live 1977)*
“Shock Me” (Live 1977)*

* = Previously Unreleased.



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The Who Postpones First Two European Dates on 50th Anniversary Tour

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of The WhoThe Who originally had been scheduled to launch their 50th anniversary tour with a November 26 concert in Dublin, Ireland, but the band has postponed that show and a gig that was to have been held two days later in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The reason given for rescheduling both events is “unforeseen logistical changes.”  The Dublin concert, which will take place at the 3Arena — formerly called the O2 — now is scheduled for June 23, 2015, while the Belfast show at the Odyssey Arena will happen June 21.

Meanwhile, last month The Who added a November 23 performance in the United Arab Emirates city of Abu Dhabi to its itinerary, and that concert now apparently will serve as the kickoff to the band’s “Who Hits 50!” trek.  Following that show, the British rock legends will launch a series of U.K. dates running from a November 30 concert in Glasgow through a December 17-18 stand in London.

The Dublin and Belfast dates will take place in between the two 2015 North American tour legs The Who announced recently.  You can check out the band’s full tour schedule at TheWho.com.


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Eric Clapton to Celebrate 70th Birthday with Series of Concerts at Royal Albert Hall

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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Universal MusicEric Clapton is set to commemorate his 70th birthday in a big way next year.  The guitar legend, who will reach the big 7-0 on March 30, 2015, has scheduled a four-concert engagement at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall that will be held on May 14, 15, 17 and 18.

The shows also will mark the 50th anniversary of Clapton’s first performance at the venue, which took place on December 7, 1964, while he was a member of The Yardbirds.  The band was part of the lineup of the BBC television program Top Beat Show.

Clapton will be accompanied at his birthday concerts by his current touring group, which includes keyboardists Paul Carrack and Chris Stainton, drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Nathan East and backing singers Sharon White and Michelle John.  The shows are the first Slowhand has scheduled since his 2014 itinerary wound down with a June 28 gig in Poland.

Eric has said in multiple interviews that he’s is considering retiring from touring once he turns 70, but he’s yet to announce any official plans with regard to quitting the road.


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Beatles, Neil Young, Roy Orbison Part of Record Store Day “Black Friday” Vinyl Release Lineup

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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RecordStoreDay.comThe full lineup of releases for Record Store Day’s 2014 “Black Friday” event has been announced, and vinyl lovers will have quite a list from which to choose.  Among the newly-revealed discs that will be available are releases from The Beatles, Neil Young, Genesis, The Grateful Dead and Roy Orbison.

The Beatles’ offering will be a replica of their 1964 U.K. EP Long Tall Sally, a seven-inch disc with mono sound featuring the Little Richard-penned title track and three other tunes.

Young will issue a limited-edition box set called Official Release Series Discs 5-8 that gathers together 180-gram vinyl versions of four of his early albums — 1973′s Time Fades Away, 1974′s On the Beach, and 1975′s Tonight’s the Night and Zuma.  The collection originally had been slated for release as part of last April’s Record Store Day initiative, but was postponed.

Genesis will release a vinyl version of their 1969 debut album, From Genesis to Revelation, which hasn’t been available in the format since 1974.

The Grateful Dead’s Record Store Day contribution will be a two-LP live album capturing performances from the second set of a show the band played in Houston on November 18, 1972.  Among the songs on the disc are “Bertha,” “Jack Straw,” “Deal,” “Sugar Magnolia,” and a marathon 25-minute rendition of “Playing in the Band.”

Metallica will release the 12-inch “Lords of Summer” single, featuring a studio and live version of the new song’s “first pass.”

Roy Orbison’s release is a colored-vinyl version of the late singer’s first full-length album, At the Rock House, which was recorded in 1956 but not issued until five years later.  The long-out-of-print collection features such tunes as “Ooby Dooby” and “Devil Doll.”

Other exclusive vinyl releases that will be available in conjunction with the 2014 Record Store Day “Black Friday” event include discs from Bon Jovi, The Doors, Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Velvet Underground and Wham.  You can view the entire release lineup at RecordStoreDay.com.

The Record Store Day “Black Friday” celebration will be held on November 28 in independent record stores throughout the U.S.


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“Baker Street” Sax Player Raphael Ravenscroft Passes Away

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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Rob Verhorst/RedfernsRaphael Ravenscroft, the man responsible for the recognizable saxophone solo in the 1978 Gerry Rafferty hit “Baker Street,” died on Sunday at the age of 60.  Western Morning News reports that the musician is believed to have suffered a heart attack and passed away at a hospital near his home in Exeter, U.K.

According to BBC News, Ravenscroft is said to have been paid for his work on “Baker Street” with a 27-pound check, which bounced, while the late Rafferty is said to have made 80,000 pounds a year in royalties from the tune.  The tune peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Ravenscroft went on to contribute his sax talents to a wide variety of artists, including Marvin Gaye, Robert Plant, Pink Floyd, Bonnie Tyler and America.

In a BBC interview in 2011, Raphael said he got irritated when he heard “Baker Street” because he thought that the song was “out of tune.”  After Rafferty died in January of that year, Ravenscroft teamed up with the Grammy-winning vocal group Tenebrae to record a tribute to the musician called “Forgiveness.”

Ravenscroft’s daughter, Scarlett Raven, said of her dad, “He touched your soul and made you want to better yourself.  I think he was very proud of ‘Baker Street’ and that it made people feel good.”


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Deluxe Reissue of 1977 Solo Album by Founding Byrd Gene Clark to Be Released Next Month

Monday, October 20th, 2014 by

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High Moon RecordsA deluxe CD edition of Two Sides to Every Story, a long-out-of-print 1977 solo album by late founding Byrds singer Gene Clark, will be released on November 18.  The remastered 10-track disc comes packaged in a hardbound “Eco-Book” featuring 26 pages of previously unseen photos, extensive liner notes, lyrics and more.

The album also contains a download card allowing access to more than 90 minutes of high-quality digital bonus recordings from a 1975 concert Clark played with a full backing group.  In addition, an unaired 1974 radio interview with Gene is included.

Two Sides to Every Story features a mix of heavily country-influenced songs, melancholy pop ballads and mid-tempo rock tunes.  Clark wrote seven and the 10 songs on the album, which also includes a rendition of the well-known traditional tune “In the Pines.”  Among the guest musicians appearing on the record are Emmylou Harris, ex-Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and frequent Clark collaborator Doug Dillard.

In conjunction with the Two Sides to Every Story reissue, and to mark what would have been Gene’s 70th birthday, his son Kai Clark has organized a tribute concert that will take place November 16 at the Hotel Café in West Hollywood, California.  Kai also will perform at the show, as will Clark collaborator Carla Olson and several other artists.

Clark was The Byrds’ most prolific songwriter during the band’s early years, penning such tunes as “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better,” “Here Without You” and — with Roger McGuinn and David Crosby — “Eight Miles High.”  Gene left the group during the recording of its third album, 1966′s Fifth Dimension.  He went on to have a long, prolific solo career in which he pioneered the country-rock genre, but never achieved the commercial success of his old band.  He died in 1991 at the age of 46 from complications of an ulcer.



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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Says He Wanted New Memoir to Be as “Equal as Possible” About the Band’s Story

Monday, October 20th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Simon & SchusterAerosmith guitarist Joe Perry released a new memoir titled Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith earlier this month, and he’s wrapping up a book-signing tour in support of the tome tonight in Los Angeles.  In Rocks, Perry charts his journey from a guitar-obsessed teenager to becoming a driving force in one of America’s greatest rock bands, while delving into many of the triumphs and low points he experienced along the way.

A large part of the book is dedicated to Joe’s complicated and often contentious relationship with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.  Perry tells ABC News that while he did include a lot of negative aspects of his dealings with Tyler, he also wanted to give a balanced account of their history together.

“I didn’t want to have this be like a ‘well, he did this and he did that’ [story],” says Joe.  “I wanted it to be as equal as possible [and] take responsibility for my end of the down sides of things, but also…let people know that for all the times when they would focus on the ups and downs of Steven’s and my relationship, there was also a lot of good times in there.”

Perry also explains that he decided not to shy away from writing about incidents that might cast himself in a negative light.

“You go…’do I want to put that in the book and have people know that side of me, that I kind of like slipped or…I’m responsible for…the down side of that?” he notes.  “And, of course, the answer’s ‘yes,’…because I felt I had to be as open as possible with this and let as much truth out there as possible, to let people know my side of the story.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he considers Rocks “an up book,” pointing out that it shows that Aerosmith is “still able to work out all those problems” it’s faced through the years.

Meanwhile, Perry maintains that his decision to write a book about the history of Aerosmith now doesn’t mean that’s the end of the band’s story.

“I’m here to say the band is not breaking up,” he declares.  “We have plans for touring next year, things like that, so…I just wanted to get a lot of the things out up ’til now.”

That being said, Perry admits that he and his band mates realize as the years pass that there’s a finite amount of time left for Aerosmith.

“We don’t know how much longer it’s gonna go,” he notes.  “Like, during this last tour, [drummer] Joey [Kramer] had problems with his heart, and we didn’t know what was gonna happen with that.  I mean, we’re all at that age where things like that can happen.”  Kramer inevitably was able to return to the group before the end of the tour.  As Perry points out, “10 days later, he was back on the throne flailing like he was 10 years younger.”


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Expanded, 40th Anniversary Edition of Supertramp’s “Crime of the Century” Arriving in December

Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by

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Universal Music EnterprisesThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Supertramp‘s Crime of the Century, the album that brought the U.K. band its first taste of commercial success in the U.S.  To mark the milestone, a remastered, two-CD version of the album will hit stores on December 9.

Crime of the Century, Supertramp’s third studio effort, was released in September 1974 and became the band’s first album to crack the top 40 of the Billboard 200, peaking at #38.  The record also yielded the group’s first top 40 single in the States, “Bloody Well Right,” which reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In addition, the album featured “Dreamer,” a live version of which would go on to become a top 20 hit in 1980.

All of the songs on the record were either written or co-written by Supertramp’s two lead singers, Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies.

The 40th Anniversary Edition of Crime of the Century includes a bonus disc boasting a 1975 concert performance Supertramp gave at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.  The show features renditions of all of the album’s songs, as well as a few tunes that appeared on the band’s next studio effort, 1975′s Crisis? What Crisis?  The live recordings were mixed from the original tapes by renowned producer/engineer Ken Scott.

The Crime of the Century reissue also will be available as a three-LP 180-gram vinyl set and as a digital download.

Here is the track list for the expanded Crime of the Century:

Disc 1:
“School”
“Bloody Well Right”
“Hide in Your Shell”/”Asylum”
“Dreamer”/”Rudy”
“If Everyone Was Listening”
“Crime of the Century”

Disc 2: Live at Hammersmith ’75
“School”
“Bloody Well Right”
“Hide in Your Shell”
“Asylum”
“Sister Moonshine”
“Just a Normal Day”
“Another Man’s Woman”
“Lady” “A — You’re Adorable”
“Dreamer”
“Rudy”
“If Everyone Was Listening”
“Crime of the Century


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