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Gregg Allman Seeks Protection from Liability in Fatal Accident During Filming of Biopic

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchGregg Allman has made a legal maneuver in an attempt to protect himself from liability in lawsuits brought against him in the wake of the fatal accident that took place this past February during the filming of a scene for Midnight Rider, the film based on his life story.

Variety reports that the Allman Brothers Band frontman filed a claim against the movie’s producers Tuesday in Georgia’s Chatham County Court asserting that the film’s producers had agreed to indemnify him from liability stemming from the incident, in which a 27-year-old camera assistant named Sarah Jones was killed and eight crew members were injured.  Allman also is asking to have his name removed from a civil suit initiated by Jones’ parents, maintaining that he shouldn’t be held responsible for the actions of the filmmakers.

Allman and his manager, Michael Lehman, served as executive producers on the biopic, but they assert that they weren’t involved in specific production decisions like the one that allegedly led to the accident.  The singer and his manager say they signed an agreement with Unclaimed Freight Productions, the company owned by the husband-and-wife director/producer team of Randall Miller and Jody Savin, that grants them protection from liability.

In their claim, Allman and Lehman maintain that they had “no authority or control over the selection of locations for filming.” In addition, they characterize the incident that caused Jones death as “a pre-production excursion in which others sought to steal a scene shot on a live train trestle.”

As previously reported, the accident occurred on the first day of filming, when a train unexpectedly crossed a trestle bridge near Jesup, Georgia, where the filmmakers were attempting to shoot a dream sequence that involved placing a metal hospital bed on the tracks.  In addition to civil lawsuits, Miller, Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and assistant director Hillary Schwartz all face involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass charges in connection to the incident.

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Prince to Perform on Nov. 1 Episode of “Saturday Night Live”; Chris Rock to Host

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by

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Warner Bros. RecordsLess than a week after Prince‘s dual albums, Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum, debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 comes news that the Purple One will be the musical guest on the November 1 episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.  Serving as host for the show will be SNL alum Chris Rock.

This will mark the third time that Prince has performed on Saturday Night Live: His previous appearances took place in 1981 and 2006.  The 56-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be accompanied by his all-female backing group 3RDEYEGIRL, with whom he recorded PlectrumElectrumSaturday Night Live airs at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT and at 10:30 p.m. CT.

Art Official Age, which Prince recorded solo, landed at #5 on the Billboard 200 tally, while PlectrumElectrum bowed at #8.  The singer became the first artist to have two new albums debut in the top 10 of the chart since 2004, when rapper Nelly‘s Suit and Sweat premiered at #1 and #2, respectively.

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Bob Seger Celebrates Release of New Album, “Ride Out,” with Appearances on “Kimmel,” “Ellen”

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by

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Capitol RecordsBob Seger‘s latest studio album, Ride Out, hit stores today, and to celebrate its arrival, the Michigan rocker will be making the TV talk show rounds.

The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be the musical guest on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! this evening and also will perform on the syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday.  On the latter program, Seger will sing one song from Ride Out, as well as one of his classic tunes.

Ride Out is Seger’s first new studio effort since 2006′s The Promise.  The album, available as a 10-track standard version and a 13-song deluxe edition, features mostly original material and also some select covers, including renditions of John Hiatt‘s “Detroit Made,” Steve Earle‘s “The Devil’s Right Hand,” and “California Stars,” a tune featuring lyrics by the late Woody Guthrie set to music by Wilco.

A few of the new songs find Bob voicing his opinions about politics and environmental issues.  One tune in particular, “It’s Your World,” focuses on the negative effects of climate change.  Seger admits to USA Today that some of his fans may not agree with what he has to say.

“People are going to be mad at me.  There may be a lot of people that won’t come to the shows because of it,” he notes.  “But I just feel it’s something I’ve got to say.”

Seger launches a U.S. tour in support of Ride Out in Saginaw, Michigan.  You can check out all the dates at

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Stevie Nicks to Help Adam Levine’s Team as “The Voice” Battle Rounds Begin

Monday, October 13th, 2014 by

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Trae Patton/NBCTonight is the beginning of the Battle Rounds on NBC’s The Voice, and that means it’s time for each coach to bring on their mentors, who’ll help advise their team members during this phase of competition.  Among the stars who’ll serve as a mentor this season is Stevie Nicks, who’s been tapped by her buddy, coach and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, to help guide his group.

The Fleetwood Mac singer appeared on the first season of The Voice, duetting with the eventual winner, Javier Colon, from Team Adam.  She says she’s a fan of the show, and this time around, she’s happy to be able to work with the contestants, instead of just showing up at the finale.

“Whenever I’m home and have had the time, I’ve watched The Voice and I really enjoy it,” says Stevie.  “So I’m happy to be in on the beginning this time instead of at the very end, because I’m a teacher at heart and I love being involved with giving my little bits of wisdom and stuff that I’ve learned since I started singing when I was five.”

Levine has plenty of praise for Nicks, whom he says has become “a very good friend” and who even sang at hiswedding. “[W]e all know how talented she is but also just a wonderful human being,” Adam declares.  “And I was excited because this is gonna be great to do it with Stevie.  You know, it’s kind of a dream come true so it’s amazing.  I couldn’t have picked a better…co-coach.”

Nicks, meanwhile, says she finds working with the Team Adam contestants to be an engaging experience.  “You can’t help but be really invested in it because this is their lives,” she notes.  Levine agrees, adding, “You’re helping them fulfill their dreams to a certain degree.”

Adds Stevie, “And you’re helping them get it together to figure out if this is really what they wanna do, or if this is too much for them, or are they willing to work that hard.  And then they see us.  And they go, ‘Well, these people really worked hard to get where they are.  Are we willing to do that?’  So it really creates a lot of questions and answers, I think, for these kids.”

As for the other the other mentors taking part in The Voice‘s Battle Rounds, Bush singer Gavin Rossdale will work with his wife, Gwen Stefani, and her team; Alicia Keys has been chosen by Pharrell Williams to advise his group; and the country act Little Big Town will mentor with Blake Shelton‘s team.  The Voice airs at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

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Hear Clips of Unreleased Queen Songs in Trailer for “Queen Forever” Compilation

Monday, October 13th, 2014 by

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Hollywood RecordsQueen Forever, the upcoming compilation that features three previously unreleased Queen tracks, doesn’t hit stores until November 10, but you can hear segments of a number of the tunes now in a new trailer for the album.  The two-minute, 18-second clip can be viewed at the band’s official YouTube channel.

The video includes snippets of all three unreleased songs featured on the record — “There Must Be More to Life than This,” “Love Kills” and “Let Me in Your Heart Again” — as well as segments from several other tracks.

“There Must Be More to Life than This” is one of two famous recordings that Queen frontman Freddie Mercury made with Michael Jackson.  It was recorded during the band’s Hot Space sessions, but the backing track was never completed.  Queen brought in producer William Orbit to finish the song for the project.

“Love Kills,” meanwhile, was a song Mercury wrote for the soundtrack to the 1984 restored version of the 1927 sci-fi film Metropolis, while “Let Me in Your Heart Again” was an unfinished composition from the 1984 Queen album, The Works.

The trailer also includes snippets of Queen classics and gems like “Love of My Life,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “A Winter’s Tale,” “Born to Love You,” “Bijou” and “Who Wants to Live Forever.”  The music is accompanied by a montage of video clips and concert footage from throughout the band’s career.

Queen Forever will be available as a 20-track single CD and as a 36-track two-CD set.

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Steven Tyler Signs with Miley Cyrus’ Management Company

Monday, October 13th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinIf Steven Tyler starts twerking, we’ll know who to blame.

The Aerosmith frontman has signed with Larry Rudolph and Rebecca Lambrecht of Rudolph’s ReignDeer Entertainment — the same company that manages pop stars Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears.

“At this exciting new time in my career, there was need for a big change,” Tyler says in a statement to Billboard. “After meeting and getting to know Larry and Rebecca and seeing that we all share the same vision, I knew it was the perfect time for me to work with people who truly have my best interest and well-being in mind.”

As previously reported, Tyler will be joining hard rock supergroup Kings of Chaos for a South African tour in late November and early December.  The band also features former Guns N’ Roses members Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke; ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons; Cheap Trick‘s Robin Zander; and Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt.

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Smokey Robinson, Journey and Styx Booked for Carnival Cruise Line’s 2015 Concert Series

Monday, October 13th, 2014 by

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Autumn de Wilde/Verve Records; Travis ShinnSmokey Robinson knows a thing or two about “Cruisin’,” so who better to entertain seagoing vacationers as part of the second annual Carnival LIVE Concert Series.  The performance series will feature a variety of music stars playing exciting onboard shows while select Carnival cruise liners visit various ports during their trips.

Robinson will be performing on April 21, 22 and 23 in Cozumel, Mexico.  Other artists with confirmed headlining concerts next year include Journey and Styx, as well as country stars Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town.

Journey’s shows are scheduled for March 18 and 19 on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, while Styx — who also took part in this year’s series — will play on July 16, 17, 18 and 20 on Nassau in the Bahamas.

More acts will be announced soon.  You can find out more details about the concert series, including ticket prices, at

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Watch Video of Neil Young Performing Orchestral Version of New Environmental Anthem “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?”

Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchNeil Young is giving fans a look into the recording of his upcoming album, Storytone, in a video that captures him performing his new song “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?” with a full 92-piece orchestra and choir.  The clip, which has been posted on the folk-rock legend’s official YouTube channel, shows Young singing the tune live in a Los Angeles studio as German composer Chris Walden conducts the orchestra.

The video features close-up scenes of Young crooning the tune in an isolated area of the studio intercut with footage of the orchestra.  A video screen positioned above the ensemble of musicians alternately shows Neil delivering his vocals and various photographs, including an aerial image of a scarred, polluted landscape.

Young has described “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?” as “a plea to end our dependence of fossil fuels and realize our responsibility to protect our earth’s fragile eco systems to ensure the quality of life for future generations.”  Three versions of the tune — the aforementioned orchestral one, a solo acoustic rendition and a live performance recorded during the summer with Crazy Horse — can be downloaded for free now at

As previously reported, Storytone will feature 10 songs, with deluxe versions of the record offering orchestral and solo acoustic versions of the album.  Separate renditions of “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?” will appear on each disc.  CD and digital versions of the album will be released on November 4, while a vinyl edition will hit stores on December 16.

Prior to the release of Storytone, the ever-prolific Young will be publishing his second autobiographical book, Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars, which will arrive on Tuesday.

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Jimmy Page Recalls the Creation of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinThe next wave of releases in the ongoing Led Zeppelin reissue campaign includes a expanded version of 1971′s Led Zeppelin IV, which features one of the all-time great rock anthems, “Stairway to Heaven.”  In a new BBC News video feature, guitarist Jimmy Page discusses how the epic song was written as he listens to the remastered vinyl version of the track.

Page points out that he wanted the beginning of the tune to feature “quite a fragile, exposed acoustic guitar” reminiscent of the Bach   “Bourree” from the composer’s Suite in E Minor for lute.  He then notes that the recorders heard early in the song, which were played by John Paul Jones, added a medieval feel.

Jimmy explains that the concept and structure of the song was thought out in advance.

“The idea of ‘Stairway” was to have a piece of music…whereby it would just keep unfolding into more layers and more moods,” he notes, “and…the subtlety and the intensity of the overlay of the composition would actually accelerate as it went through on every level — every emotional level, every musical level.”

Page points out that putting the song together was “somewhat complicated” because, initially, there were no vocals to anchor the track since Robert Plant had yet to write them.  Jimmy says he marveled at how quickly Plant came up with the words once he did get down to writing, something he did in the studio while the rest of the band was running through the track.

The 70-year-old rocker says that when it came time for the tune’s now-iconic guitar solo, he wanted a section that resembled “a sort of fanfare” to create “a definite transition.”  Following the soaring solo, the song reaches its finale, a section in which, Page notes, “the passion has just unfolded [in] every respect.”

As the song comes to an end, Page reflects on the fruitful period during which Led Zeppelin recorded “Stairway to Heaven.”

“It really was an inspired time,” says Page.  “It sort of shows.  The lasting quality of this music over all these years is the fact that everyone’s playing so honestly and with such conviction.

Expanded and remastered editions Led Zeppelin IV and 1973′s Houses of the Holy will be released on October 28.

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Don Henley Sues Clothing Company over Pun-Filled Shirt Advertisement

Friday, October 10th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of James GladerDon Henley is well-known for having a short fuse when it comes to what he considers the unauthorized use of his name, music and trademarks.  The Eagles singer now has brought his litigious wrath against a Wisconsin-based clothing company that recently sent out an email ad for its shirts that seemed to be making a pun by using his name and the title of one of his band’s well-known songs.

The advertisement from the Duluth Trading Company read, “Don A Henley and Take It Easy,” and promoted the apparel maker’s line of Henley shirts, a type of collarless pullover.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer/songwriter has initiated a lawsuit against the company in a California court, claiming that its ad is trying to cash in on Henley’s well-known moniker and might lead people to wrongly believe that he may have sanctioned the shirts.

“Take It Easy” was the Eagles’ first hit single, although Henley did not write the tune.  It was co-written by the band’s Glenn Frey and his friend Jackson Browne.

A rep for Henley tells The Hollywood Reporter, “This kind of thing happens with some degree of frequency and the members of the Eagles always defend their rights, often at great expense. One would think that the people in charge of marketing for these corporations would have learned by now that U.S. law forbids trading on the name of a celebrity without permission from that celebrity.”

The spokesperson adds, “[The Eagles] pride themselves on the fact that they have never allowed their names, likenesses or music — individually or as a group — to be used to sell products.  Their names are their trademarks and, therefore, they take offense when an individual or a business tries to piggyback and capitalize on their art, their hard work and their goodwill in the public arena.”

Meanwhile, a representative for the Duluth Trading Company has issued the following statement about the lawsuit: “We are aware of the claims made by Mr. Henley.  Our policy is to not comment on the specifics regarding matters of litigation.”

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