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Bob Dylan to Release Standards Album, Shadows in the Night, in February

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by

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Columbia RecordsBob Dylan has confirmed full details about his forthcoming 36th studio album, Shadows in the Night, which will be released February 3, 2015.  The record, which is a follow-up to 2012’s Tempest, features the renowned singer/songwriter’s renditions of ten pop standards, all of which Frank Sinatra recorded during his long career.

Among the songs featured on Shadows in the Night are such classics as “Autumn Leaves,” “Some Enchanted Evening” and “What’ll I Do.”  Dylan, who produced the album under his Jack Frost pseudonym, says he’d wanted to do a project like this “for a long time,” but initially was apprehensive.

“[I] was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a 5-piece band,” he explains in a statement.  “That’s the key to all these performances.”

Bob also points out that the album was recorded live, with each track done in “[m]aybe one or two takes.”  He adds, “No overdubbing.  No vocal booths.  No headphones.  No separate tracking, and, for the most part, mixed as it was recorded.”

Dylan also notes that his goal was to bring a fresh perspective to the collection of well-known tunes.  “I don’t see myself as covering these songs in any way,” he maintains.  “They’ve been covered enough.  Buried, as a matter a fact.  What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them.  Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day.”

Dylan gave fans a preview of Shadows in the Night back in May, when he posted a stream of his version of the 1945 Sinatra hit “Full Moon and Empty Arms” on his website.  He also used the song “Stay with Me” to close many of the shows on his recent U.S. tour.

Shadows in the Night will be available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download.  Here’s the full track list:

“I’m a Fool to Want You”
“The Night We Called It a Day”
“Stay with Me”
“Autumn Leaves”
“Why Try to Change Me Now”
“Some Enchanted Evening”
“Full Moon and Empty Arms”
“Where Are You?”
“What’ll I Do”
“That Lucky Old Sun”

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David Bowie, Prince, Dolly Parton Among Nominees for BBC Music Awards

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by

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Credit: Jimmy KingAnother day, another music awards show.  The latest is the BBC Music Awards, which will air on the cable channel Palladia this Thursday, December 11, at 3 p.m. ET.  If you miss it then, it’ll repeat several times.

So far, the nominees for only two categories have been revealed — British Artist of the Year and International Artist of the Year. David Bowie is among the artists receiving nominations for the former trophy, along with pop stars Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, and a few lesser known acts. As for the International Artist of the Year category, Prince and Dolly Parton will face off against such younger stars as Taylor Swift, Lorde and Pharrell, as well as acclaimed American jazz singer Gregory Porter.

The show will feature performances by, Coldplay, One Direction, Sheeran and more.  Additional nominees will be announced this week.  The ceremony show will take place in London in front of an audience of more than 10,000 people, and the winners are determined by a BBC Music panel and leading music journalists.

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Santana Extends Corazon Tour into 2015; Lines Up Mexico Shows with Journey

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by

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Rubén Martín/RCA RecordsSantana has announced a series of 2015 North American dates in support of Corazon, the band’s latest studio effort and first-ever Latin music album.  The trek will kick off with nine U.S. shows running from a March 8 concert in St. Petersburg, Florida, through a March 19 concert in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Carlos Santana and his group then will head south of the border for three performances in Mexico — March 21 in Monterrey, March 26 in Guadalajara and March 27 in Mexico City.  The latter two gigs will be co-headlining shows with fellow Bay area legends Journey.

The latest series of dates on Santana’s Corazon Tour is sandwiched between January and May engagements in Las Vegas as part of the band’s ongoing residency at the House of Blues Mandalay Bay.  Those shows are scheduled for January 21, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30 and 31, and May 20, 22, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30 and 31.  In addition, Santana has mapped out a summer European leg of the Corazon Tour that’s currently slated to run from a June 30 concert in Amsterdam, Netherlands, through a July 23 performance in Vienne, France.

Meanwhile, Carlos wrapped up a book tour this past week to promote his recently-published autobiography, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.

Here’s a list of all of Santana’s upcoming North American concerts:

1/21, 23-25, 28-31 — Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay
3/8 — St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theatre
3/10 — North Charleston, SC, North Charleston PAC
3/11 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
3/13 — Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Theatre
3/14 — Memphis, TN, Orpheum Theatre
3/15 — Birmingham, AL, BJCC Concert Hall
3/17 — Oklahoma City, OK, Civic Center Music Hall
3/18 — Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
3/19 — Corpus Christi, TX, Selena Auditorium
3/21 — Monterrey, Mexico, Arena Monterrey
3/26 — Guadalajara, Mexico, Estadio 3 de Marzo (with Journey)
3/27 — Mexico City, Mexico, Foro Sol (with Journey)
5/20, 22-24, 27, 29-31 — Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay

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Videos from New Compilation Inspired by U2’s “Songs of Innocence” Premiere on Various Websites

Monday, December 8th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Nasty Little Man PRFilms of Innocence, the recently reported collection of short films inspired by each of the 11 tracks on U2‘s new album, Songs of Innocence, will be released on Tuesday via iTunes and Amazon.  To celebrate the arrival of the visual compilation, each flick premiered earlier today on a different website and will be viewable exclusively at those respective sites until 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

Each short movie was created by a different respected urban artist from around the world chosen personally by U2.  In addition, a 12th flick made by Irish painter Conor Harrington to accompany the Songs of Innocence bonus track “Crystal Ballroom” can be accessed exclusively by subscribers.

The videos include both animated and live-action sequences and, thanks to the many artists who contributed to the project, offer a variety styles and points of view.  The films were all made using the political murals that appear in urban areas of Northern Ireland as a reference point.

To check out the list of videos, the artists who created them and the websites where they currently can be viewed, visit

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John Fogerty Sued for Breach of Contract, Trademark Violations by Ex-CCR Band Mates

Monday, December 8th, 2014 by

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Vanguard Records; Jeff DowIt looks like the historically contentious relationship between John Fogerty and his former Creedence Clearwater Revival band mates has led to a new lawsuit over usage of the group’s name. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, bassist Stu Cook, drummer Doug Clifford and the widow of late CCR rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty have initiated a suit in Nevada claiming that John is in breach of contract with regard to a settlement the band members reached in 2001 and also charging him with trademark violations.

The lawsuit alleges that John is in breach of contract because he made negative remarks in a January 2011 interview about Cook and Clifford’s current group, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, after he accepted a 2001 agreement that his ex-band mates could perform under the Revisited moniker while paying Fogerty a fee for using the name. 

As for the trademark violations, the lawsuit claims that John’s own use of “Creedence Clearwater Revival” in promoting some of his recent tours is unauthorized and could cause confusion amongst fans about whether Cook and Clifford’s current band is involved.

Cook, Clifford and Tom Fogerty’s widow appear to be attempting to turn the tables on John, who launched a 1996 lawsuit against them after they began touring with the band Creedence Clearwater Revisited.  A California court initially issued an injunction against Cook and Clifford from using the moniker, but that ruling was overturned in 1997, which led to the aforementioned 2001 settlement.

Meanwhile, the new lawsuit also claims that John has been threatening to sue Cook and Clifford over alleged unpaid monies from performances dating back to December 2011, including shows that the two Creedence Clearwater Revisited members feel shouldn’t fall under the agreement.  The suit brought by Cook, Clifford and Tom Fogerty’s widow seeks unspecified damages and requests that the matter be decided by a jury trial.

Creedence Clearwater Revival broke up in 1972, and Fogerty and his old band mates have been involved in various legal disputes and other conflicts over the years.  John reportedly was estranged from his brother, Tom, at the time of the elder Fogerty’s death in 1990.

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Official Video for New Paul McCartney Song, “Hope for the Future,” Debuts Online

Monday, December 8th, 2014 by

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Hear Music/Universal MusicAn official video for Paul McCartney‘s new single, “Hope for the Future,” got its exclusive premiere at on Monday to coincide with the track’s release as a digital download.  The former Beatles star wrote the song specifically for the popular new video game Destiny, and the clip depicts a holographic Sir Paul paying a visit to the post-apocalyptic version of the Earth featured in the game.

The video, which also can be viewed on the rock legend’s VEVO YouTube channel, shows a flying robotic device that projects McCartney’s image onto the lip of a giant crater, where he sings the uplifting anthem as a number of futuristic animated characters look on.  The clip also features a variety of scenes of the planet’s desolate landscape, as well as segments that show various aircraft flying around and above the planet.

You can check out a photo of McCartney getting filmed in front of a green screen for the video at

Destiny is set in the 28th century, a time when the Earth has been almost completely destroyed by aliens.  The players’ quest is to defend what’s left of humankind from the aggressive space invaders.

As previously reported, the “Hope for the Future” digital single includes the version of the track heard in the game, along with four special mixes of the tune.

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Moody Blues Schedules Spring 2015 North American Tour Celebrating New “Polydor Years” Box Set

Monday, December 8th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of The Moody BluesThe Moody Blues have revealed plans to return to North America for a major tour in the spring of 2015.  The trek, which has been dubbed the “Timeless Flight — The Polydor Years” tour in honor of the band’s recently released The Polydor Years 1986-1992 box set, will kick off on March 19 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and is plotted out through a May 10 concert in Denver.

The outing currently features 27 dates, and includes two-night stands in Port Chester, New York, and Niagara Falls, Canada, as well as stops in such major cities as Columbus, Ohio; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Oakland, California; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; San Diego; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Released on November 24, The Polydor Years collection features six CDs and two DVDs, and includes expanded versions of three of the veteran British rockers’ studio albums — 1986’s The Other Side of Life, 1988’s Sur la Mer and 1991’s Keys to the Kingdom — plus two live albums, a concert film and a documentary.  The compilation boasts 11 previously unreleased studio recordings and an unreleased live album documenting a July 1986 performance in Cleveland.

Here are all of The Moody Blues’ confirmed 2015 North American tour dates; visit to check when tickets go on sale:

3/19 — Worcester, MA, Hanover Theatre
3/20 — Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
3/21 — Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
3/22 — Wallingford, CT, Oakdale Theatre
3/24 — Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
3/25 — Rochester, NY, Rochester Auditorium Theatre
3/27 — Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
4/1 — Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
4/2 — Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
4/3 — Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall
4/4 — Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars Atlantic City
4/7 — Akron, OH, E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall
4/8 — Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre – Columbus, OH
4/9 — Merrillville, IN, Star Plaza Theatre
4/22 — Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
4/24 — Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
4/26 — Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre
4/28 — San Jose, CA, City National Civic
4/29 — Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
5/1 — Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino
5/2 — Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort & Casino
5/3 — Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theater
5/5 — Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
5/6 — San Diego, CA, Humphrey’s
5/8 — Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort
5/9 — Albuquerque, NM, Route 66 Casino
5/10 — Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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Paul McCartney Recalls Hearing “Horrific” News of Lennon’s Murder at Hands of “Jerk of All Jerks”

Monday, December 8th, 2014 by

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Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsToday marks the 34th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, who was shot to death outside of his New York City apartment by a deranged fan named Mark David Chapman.  In an emotional interview that aired Saturday on the U.K. TV program The Jonathan Ross Show, Paul McCartney recalled when he first found out that his friend and Beatles band mate had been killed.

McCartney remembered being stunned when he received a phone call at home early in the morning informing him of Lennon’s death.

“It was just so horrific,” he said.  “You couldn’t take it in and I couldn’t take it in and I just for days couldn’t think that he was gone…It was just a huge shock, then I had to tell [my late wife] Linda and the kids and it was very difficult…It was very difficult for everyone.”

The rock legend suggested that hearing the news of John’s murder was similar to the way people felt when they found out that John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Sir Paul added, on a personal note, “For me it was just so sad that I wasn’t going to see [Lennon] again and we weren’t going to hang out.”

McCartney then described his feelings regarding Lennon’s murderer and the senselessness of John’s death.

“The phrase kept coming in my head ‘jerk of all jerks,'” said Paul.  “It was just like, ‘This is just a jerk, this is not even a guy politically motivated, it’s just some total random thing.'”

You can watch a segment of McCartney’s appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show now on YouTube.

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Steve Hackett Says He Still Adores Performing Classic Early Genesis Material in Concert

Monday, December 8th, 2014 by

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Credit: Lee MillwardFor the last few years, former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has been paying tribute to the music of his old band by traveling around the world playing the prog-rock legends’ classic early songs in concert.  The virtuoso musician currently is winding down a North American leg of his latest tour, dubbed Genesis Extended, with a concert this Thursday in Vancouver, Canada.

Hackett tells ABC News Radio that while he’s planning to begin focusing on his solo material again in 2015, the demand for his Genesis tribute show makes it tempting for him to keep it on the road.

“It’s extraordinary.  The amount of interest has been way beyond all expectation,” he says.  “It’s gone so well in Europe that if I go back to it, they’re offering me arena stuff for it.”

Hackett, who was a member of Genesis from 1971 to 1977, admits that he still “absolutely adore[s]” the group’s early music, adding, “and so do fans, so it’s a nice problem to have.”

In putting together a set for the Genesis Extended tour the 64-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says, “I’ve been cherry-picking across what I think is the best of the songs that work best live from seven or eight different albums.”  These albums include all six Genesis studio efforts on which Hackett appears, while he also has been playing “The Knife” from 1970’s Trespass.  Many of the songs he’s been performing also are featured on his most recent solo album, 2012’s Genesis Revisited II, a double-disc effort that includes contributions from a variety of respected progressive-rock artists.

Hackett points out that preparing for a tour featuring early Genesis songs is quite a challenging prospect.

“They don’t always fall under the fingers in a user-friendly way,” he notes.  “It takes about three months to rehearse up a set like this, even if you played those songs day in, day out way back in the day.”

Looking ahead to 2015, Steve has lined up a one-off concert on January 16 in Reykjavik, Iceland, at which he will perform classic Genesis songs with the Icelandic group Todmobile Orchestra.  After that, he will bring his Genesis Extended trek to South America for a series of March shows.  Then, in October of next year, Hackett will mount a major U.K. trek that will support an upcoming solo album called Wolflight, and also will feature material from his solo and Genesis back catalog.

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Here are the remaining dates on the North American leg of Hackett’s Genesis Extended tour:

12/8 — San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom
12/10 — Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
12/11 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Vogue Theatre

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Lifetime Releases First Trailer for Whitney Houston’s Biopic

Saturday, December 6th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Lifetime NetworksEarlier this week, Lifetime announced the premiere date for its upcoming biopic of the late Whitney Houston.  Now the network is giving fans the chance to check out the official trailer.

In a series of quick cuts, the one-minute clip, which debuted on BuzzFeed, chronicles Houston’s whirlwind relationship with Bobby Brown from when they first met to their tumultuous marriage.  Yaya DaCosta portrays the late singer opposite Arlen Escarpeta, who plays Brown in the film, which was directed by Angela Bassett.

“I’m putting everything on the line, my career, everything, I need this to be real,” a tearful DaCosta says in the clip.

Whitney premieres January 17 at 8 p.m. ET.

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