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Barry Manilow Says Recording Whitney Houston Duet Was “Really Emotional”

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by

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ABC/Lou RoccoIf you think it might be rather emotional to record a duet with one of your favorite singers, imagine how tough it would be if that singer had passed away.  Barry Manilow recently had that experience when he added his voice to a vocal track by the late Whitney Houston for his latest album, My Dream Duets.

“You know, it was really emotional hearing Whitney just by herself.  I had to push myself away from the speakers,” Manilow said Tuesday during a visit to ABC’s The View.  “She was standing right next me. Really, I would sing with her and then I would go for the Kleenex.”

Barry’s duet with Whitney is among those featured on his latest album, released earlier this week. Through the magic of technology, Manilow sings with other stars who are no longer with us, like Judy Garland, John Denver, Dusty Springfield and Sammy Davis Jr. 

Barry explained why he tapped all posthumous stars for his album.  “You know, they asked me to do a duets album and I thought, ‘How can I make my duets album different than everybody?” he noted.  “I picked all these people that I would’ve loved to sing with, but they’re all gone.”

Also on The View, Manilow performed “I Believe in You and Me” from the album, using an LED screen image of Houston to bring the song to life.


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Heart Says “Thank You” to Foo Fighters with Cover of “No Way Back”

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by

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Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSEarlier this month, Heart‘s Ann and Nancy Wilson were invited to perform their song “Kick It Out” with the Foo Fighters during the latter band’s residency on Late Show with David Letterman. Now, the Wilson sisters have returned the favor by covering the Foos’ 2005 song “No Way Back” backstage with their band mates at Heart’s show in Texas over the weekend.

“We wanted to give something back to them,” Ann tells Rolling Stone. “Just to say thank you. It’s the perfect HOOT song and worked well with the esoteric instruments we had around. It’s a classic ripper with good melodies, great lyrics and perfect for hair-flipping.”

You can watch a video of Heart’s performance, featuring Nancy shredding the signature Foo Fighters riff on an acoustic guitar, at RollingStone.com.


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Drummer Roger Taylor Says “I’m Sure” Queen Will Record with Adam Lambert

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Christie GoodwinQueen drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May have been performing with singer Adam Lambert on and off for the last few years, although the collaborators have never made their way into a recording studio.  However, Taylor tells Billboard that he’s totally open to making new music with the one-time American Idol finalist.

“I think it would be a very interesting experiment,” Roger says.  “It would be nice to just go in and see what came out.  I don’t know if it would be an album or anything, but I think it’s too good a marriage to just let it go at touring.”

He adds, “I’m sure we’ll do something.  His voice is so extraordinary, and it’s a beautiful instrument.  I think it would be nice.”

Taylor admits that he and May have yet to approach Lambert “in a serious way” with regard to a recording project, and also notes that they’ve yet to write any material for such a collaboration.  He says the subject probably will be discussed during Queen + Adam Lambert‘s 2015 European tour leg, which is plotted out from a January 13 show in Newcastle, U.K., through a February 19 concert in Zurich, Switzerland.

Roger also tells Billboard that a concert album and video recorded during Queen and Lambert’s recent Australian trek likely will be released “at some point.”

Meanwhile, a new compilation titled Queen Forever is scheduled to be released on November 11.  As previously reported, the retrospective contains three unreleased tracks featuring late frontman Freddie Mercury, one of which, “There Must Be More to Life than This,” is a duet with Michael Jackson.

“It was really something the record company wanted,” says Taylor of Queen Forever, “and we did have these three tracks that have never been heard, so we tried to put together an interesting collection.”

On the same day the compilation arrives in stores, a massive box set of Taylor’s solo work, titled The Lot, will get its U.S. release.  The package features 12 CDs, a DVD, and a 64-page hardbound book.  In addition, a single-CD, 18-track retrospective of the music Taylor made outside of Queen — called, simply, Best — was issued this week.


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Eric Clapton Records Tribute Song for Late Cream Band Mate, Jack Bruce

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by

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Universal MusicEric Clapton has recorded a heartfelt tribute song he wrote for his Cream band mate Jack Bruce, who died Saturday at the age of 71.  The song, titled “For Jack, is posted on Clapton’s official website and Facebook page, and features Clapton humming a mournful tune as he accompanies himself on acoustic guitar.

Following Bruce’s passing, Clapton issued a statement that read, “It is with great sadness that we learned that Jack Bruce had passed away this morning at his home in England.  He was a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me.”

Meanwhile, Cream drummer Ginger Baker, who had a historically contentious relationship with Bruce, released his own statement that was posted on his official fan club’s Facebook page.

“I am very sad to learn of the loss of a fine man, Jack Bruce,” Baker write.  “My thoughts & wishes are with his family at this difficult time.”

The last time Cream performed together was at two series of reunion shows held in May 2005 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and in October of that year at New York’s Madison Square Garden.


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New Rolling Stones Photo Book Signed by the Band’s Members and Priced at $5K Due Out in December

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of TaschenA limited-edition, officially sanctioned photo book celebrating The Rolling Stones‘ 50-year-plus career and signed by all four of the band’s current members is set to be published in December, but it’ll cost you a pretty penny.  The tome, titled simply The Rolling Stones, will run you a cool $5,000 to purchase.

The book features more than 500 pages of photos from all eras of the band’s history, and includes many images that haven’t been seen before.  Some of the pics were snapped by such renowned rock photographers as including Anton Corbijn, Annie Leibovitz, Gered Mankowitz and Helmut Newton.

The Rolling Stones also features a foreword written by President Bill Clinton, a few newly penned essays about the band, a Rolling Stones timeline and discography, a variety of illustrations and more.

The volume was edited by Reuel Golden, former editor of the British Journal of Photography. Only 1,150 copies will be available, each one individually numbered.  The book is 20-by-20 inches in size and comes packaged in a clamshell box.

“This book isn’t just rock ‘n’ roll, it’s a roller coaster through 50 years of memory lane!” says Keith Richards in a statement.

Adds Mick Jagger, “This volume brings together some incredible pictures spanning 50 years.”



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Huey Lewis, Kool & the Gang, Starship & More to Set Sail on ’80s-Themed Cruise

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Marina ChavezIf you wanted your MTV back in the ’80s, you just may want to book passage on a new themed cruise setting sail in February of 2016.  The 80s Cruise will feature performances by early MTV staples like Huey Lewis and the News, Kool & the Gang, Starship, A Flock of Seagulls, Modern English, Naked Eyes, Wang Chung and Richard Marx.

Also on hand for the seafaring extravaganza will be three of MTV’s original VJs — Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood and Alan Hunter.

The weeklong cruise will set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 28, 2016, and will visit Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands; and Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas before returning to port on March 6.

The cruise will offer a wide variety of ’80s-themed costume parties and activities, including movie screenings, an old-school video arcade, trivia contests and karaoke.  The VJs will host a number of the events, while many of the performers will participate in interviews and meet-and-greet sessions.

Visit The80sCruise.com to find out more information about the event or book a cabin now.


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Second Installment of Led Zeppelin’s Reissue Campaign Hits Stores Today

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by

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Atlantic/Swan SongThe second wave of Led Zeppelin releases as part of the ongoing reissue campaign of the band’s entire catalog hits stores today.  The latest installment includes remastered and expanded versions of the British rock legends’ fourth and fifth studio albums, 1971′s Led Zeppelin IV and 1973′s Houses of the Holy.

As with the reissues of Led Zeppelin’s first three albums, which came out in June, the new releases are available in a variety of formats.  These include a single CD version; a deluxe edition that boasts a “companion” audio disc; vinyl versions of those two packages; and a Super Deluxe Boxed Set, which contains the album and the companion audio, both on CD and vinyl, plus an 80-page book of rare and unseen photos, a digital download of the music and a high-quality print of the original album cover.

Led Zeppelin IV, which also is referred to as the “Runes” album or “Zoso,” topped the Billboard 200 upon its release and went on to sell 23 million copies in the U.S., making it the third most successful album ever in the country.  Among the many classic songs featured on the record are “Stairway to Heaven,” “Rock and Roll,” “Black Dog,” “Misty Mountain Hop” and “Going to California.”  The companion disc included with the deluxe reissue of the album feature alternate mixes of all eight tracks.

Houses of the Holy also reached #1 on the Billboard album tally, and has sold more than 11 million copies since its 1973 release.  Among the well-known Zep tunes it features are “Over the Hills and Far Away,” “Dancing Days,” “The Song Remains the Same” and the reggae-influenced “D’yer Mak’er.”  Alternate and/or rough mixes of seven of the record’s eight songs are featured on the reissued version’s companion disc.

In advance of the release of the latest reissues, the band debuted an official video online for the alternate mix of “Rock and Roll” that’s included on the companion disc of the deluxe Led Zeppelin IV packages.  The clip shows animated blueprints of a zeppelin being drawn on some sort of canvas, while the song’s lyrics also appear, along with archival performance footage of the band and vintage film of men apparently constructing a dirigible.

You can check out complete details of the Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy reissues at LedZeppelin.com.


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Stevie Wonder to Play Songs in the Key of Life Album at His House Full of Toys Fundraiser

Monday, October 27th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Eddie WolflHere’s a real treat for Stevie Wonder fans fortunate enough to attend his 19th annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert.  The December 20 holiday show. taking place at The Forum in Inglewood, California, will feature a full performance of the Motown legend’s classic 1976 double album, Songs in the Key of Life.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, while pre-sale tickets will be available starting on Tuesday.

Anyone attending the event is encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift, which will be passed along to underprivileged children.  The House Full of Toys event benefits Wonder’s We Are You Foundation, which supports various local charities aiding in-need young people and families.

This year’s House Full of Toys show will come at the end of Stevie’s 11-date North American tour, showcased by a performance of Songs in the Key of Life at each stop.  The trek gets underway November 6 in New York City and runs through a December 5 concert in Oakland, California.

Songs in the Key of Life features such enduring Stevie compositions as the chart-topping “Sir Duke” and “I Wish,” as well as “Isn’t She Lovely,” “Pastime Paradise,” and “Love’s in Need of Love Today.”  The album hit #1 on the Billboard 200 and has gone on to sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.


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David Gilmour Says Pink Floyd Tour in Support of “The Endless River” Is “Kind of Impossible,” New Solo Album on the Way

Monday, October 27th, 2014 by

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Columbia RecordsOn November 10, Pink Floyd will release its first studio album in 20 years, The Endless River, but singer/guitarist David Gilmour says the 2008 death of keyboardist Rick Wright makes a tour in support of the record out of the question.

“Without him, that’s kind of impossible,” Gilmour tells Rolling Stone.  He adds, “I’m really enjoying my life and my music.  There’s no room for Pink Floyd.  The thought of doing any more causes me to break out in a cold sweat.”

Gilmour explains that after the band’s hugely successful trek promoting 1994′s The Division Bell, touring on such a big scale lost its appeal for him.

“The whole thing was becoming bigger than I liked,” he notes.  “I wasn’t enjoying the lack of connection with the audience.”

Although he’d become content focusing on raising his family while sporadically working on solo material, Gilmour tells Rolling Stone that he had a desire to revisit some unreleased recordings from the 1993 Division Bell sessions, which led to the creation of The Endless River.

“I realized there was something good to be tweaked out of all this stuff,” he says.

The album is made up mostly of instrumental recordings that the band originally had intended to issue as part of The Division Bell.  He and drummer Nick Mason added new parts to the existing material.

Gilmour also reports that he doesn’t see any more new music being released under the Pink Floyd moniker.

“Anything we had of value is on this album,” he maintains.  “Trying to do it again would mean using second-best material, and that’s not good enough for me.”

Meanwhile, Gilmour has been working on a new solo album that he’s hoping to release “this following year.”  He also is planning to hit the road in support of the record.  “I’m hoping to do an old man’s tour,” he says, “not a 200-date sort of thing.”

As for the possibility that he’d ever perform with his ex-Pink Floyd band mate Roger Waters again, David says, “I wouldn’t rule anything out.  But the likelihood of it being anything more than one little charity show is very, very remote.”



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Rolling Stones’ Australia Tour Kickoff Features Classic Tunes, a Bob Dylan Cover and an Uninvited Guest

Monday, October 27th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Simon CrossThe Rolling Stones kicked off the Australian leg of their 14 on Fire tour Saturday night in Adelaide.  The concert, in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 53,000, featured 19 songs and included many of the same tunes the band played during its European summer trek.

One interesting addition to the set was a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Like a Rolling Stone,” which was the song chosen by an online fan vote.  A disconcerting incident occurred while the band was playing its encore, when a man rushed onto the stage.  According to multiple reports, security guards tackled the intruder before he could reach any of the band members and escorted him out of the venue.

Frontman Mick Jagger quipped from the stage after the incident, “All part of the act, some Aussies Rules tackling!”

Darren Chandler, an official for the Adelaide Oval stadium, told local newspaper The Advertiser that he believed the intruder had come from the backstage area rather than from the audience.  Chandler said The Stones’ security handed the man over to Australian police.

The Rolling Stones have posted a video clip of part of the opening song of their show, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” on their official YouTube channel.  The rock legends next two concerts will take place in Perth this Wednesday and Saturday.

Here is the full set list from The Stones’ Adelaide show:

“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
“Let’s Spend the Night Together”
“It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (but I Like It)”
“Tumbling Dice”
“Wild Horses”
“Doom & Gloom”
“Like a Rolling Stone” (song vote winner)
“Out of Control”
“Honky Tonk Women”
“Happy” (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
“Can’t Be Seen” (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
“Midnight Rambler” (with Mick Taylor)
“Miss You”
“Gimme Shelter”
“Start Me Up”
“Sympathy for the Devil”
“Brown Sugar”

Encore
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (with the Young Adelaide Voices and the Adelaide Chamber Singers)
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (with Mick Taylor)


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