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Song Paul McCartney Wrote for “Destiny” Video Game Being Released as Digital Single Monday

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Nasty Little Man PRPaul McCartney has announced official plans to release “Hope for the Future,” the song he wrote for the popular video game Destiny, as a digital single.  The original version of the track, along with four special mixes of the tune, will be made available for purchase all over the world on Monday, December 8.

The song, which was produced by Giles Martin, has only been available as part of Destiny, which was released in September.  It marks McCartney’s first foray into writing music for a video game.

With regard to composing a tune for the project, Sir Paul says, “When you’re writing something like ‘Hope for the Future,’ which is custom made, it is like doing a portrait for someone.  You have to use your imagination and work out what they need, what they’re going to want and then what you want to give them.  Then you’ve got to combine those three things into something that you still think maintains integrity.”

The game is set in the future, when 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 McCartney explains, “So in the game you’re a Guardian of the last city on Earth so that suggested to me the ‘hope for the future’ idea and I went from there.”

He adds that he also wanted the song to stand alone outside the context of the game, so he thought while writing it, “You can’t have references to aliens or people will think ‘What’s he talking about?'”

Here’s the track list of the “Hope for the Future” digital single:

“Hope for the Future” (Main)
“Hope for the Future” (Thrash)
“Hope for the Future” (Beatsession Mix)
“Hope for the Future” (Jaded Mix)
“Hope for the Future” (Mirwais Mix)


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Rock-Themed TV Series Mick Jagger Is Co-Producing Gets Picked Up by HBO

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by

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Credit: Simon CrossThe upcoming television series Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger is executive producing along with acclaimed director Martin Scorsese has officially been picked up by HBO.  The as-yet-untitled show, which focuses on the music business in 1970s New York City as punk rock and disco were emerging, will shoot in the Big Apple and will feature hour-long episodes.

As reported earlier this year, the series will feature Jagger’s son James as Kip Stevens, the frontman of a fictional early punk band named The Nasty Bits.  The show stars Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, president of the American Century Records label, who — according to a press release — experiences “a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision.”  The cast also includes Olivia Wilde as Finestra’s wife, Devon, a former actress/model; Ray Romano as Zak Yankovich, head of promotions for American Century; and Andrew “Dice” Clay as Frank “Buck” Rogers, the cocaine-snorting owner of a group of radio stations.

Besides Jagger and Scorsese, the series’ executive producers include the director’s Boardwalk Empire collaborator Terence Winter and the singer’s Jagged Films co-founder Victoria Pearman, as well as George Mastras, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Rick Yorn.  Scorsese also was responsible for directing the show’s pilot.



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Longtime Rolling Stones Sax Player Bobby Keys Dead at 70

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by

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Taylor Hill/FilmMagicBobby Keys, the veteran saxophonist best known for his contributions to many classic Rolling Stones songs, died Tuesday morning at his home in Franklin, Tennessee.  He was 70.

Nashville Scene reports that Keys’ death was confirmed by Michael Webb, keyboardist in the saxophonist’s group The Suffering Bastards.  Webb tells the website that the legendary sax player had been battling cirrhosis of the liver.

Keys’ association with The Rolling Stones dates back to the group’s 1969 album Let It Bleed, and he played on all the band’s albums through 1973’s Goat’s Head Soup, as well as on 1980’s Emotional Rescue.  Keys also toured with The Stones on and off for the last 45 years, but his health issues forced him to sit out the group’s recent Australia and New Zealand trek.

Born in Texas, Bobby’s music career began when he was a teenager, during which time he performed with such stars as Bobby Vee and Buddy Holly‘s backing group The Crickets.  He was an in-demand session player for decades, and is featured on recordings by such famed artists as John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Cocker, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Faces and Harry Nilsson, among many others.


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Madonna Poses Topless for “Interview” Mag, Reveals Her Other Dream Career Choice

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by

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Image credit: Mert & MarcusMadonna is the cover girl on the new issue of Interview magazine, and inside, she poses topless, and in a variety of sexy lingerie.  Interviewed by her friend, magician David Blaine, the Queen of Pop surprises with some of her comments about drugs, her need for silence and what she’d want to do if she wasn’t a global pop icon.

During Blaine’s interview, he passes along a question from actor Ed Norton, which is, “Is there an alternative path to the life you chose that you think would have made you happy?”  Madonna replies, “Being a schoolteacher.”  When Blaine says he thinks it’s the “most important profession that exists,” Madonna says, “I agree.”  The interview was conducted before her return from the African nation of Malawi, where she’s been involved in the construction of a number of schools.

Asked what she would do if she woke up one day and music “meant nothing” to her, Madonna tells Blaine, “That’s impossible.  But I’d find something else that had meaning.  That’s the kind of girl I am.  I’d just find something else.”

Blaine, who once spent 44 days encased in a box, also asked Madonna is she could picture herself being completely isolated, all alone, with nobody to talk to for a day. 

Noting that she’s never done it, Madonna says, “I’d really enjoy it at this point in my life…stillness and quiet, because I feel like people are always talking to me, at me, asking things, questioning me, wanting information, work, music, loud noises, children — it’s endless.  So the idea of a whole day of silence sounds very seductive to me.”

She adds, “When I come home from work in the studio, I just want silence.  I don’t want to talk to anybody.  I don’t want to answer any questions.”

Blaine mentions the title of one of the songs on Madonna’s upcoming album, called “Devil Prays,” and asks her if it’s about taking drugs.  She replies, “No, it’s about how people take drugs to connect to God or to a higher level of consciousness…that’s the illusion of drugs, because they give you the illusion of getting closer to God, but ultimately they kill you.  They destroy you.”

She adds, “I mean, I tried everything once, but as soon as I was high, I spent my time drinking tons of water to get it out of my system.  As soon as I was high, I was obsessed with flushing it out of me.”

Oh, and by the way, if you want to know what physical feature of a man Madonna enjoys most, her answer is, “Eyes, and then hands.”

You can read the entire chat with Madonna over at Interview magazine’s website.


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Billy Joel to Play Record-Setting Show at Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Myrna SuarezBilly Joel has just announced what is so far his only gig in New York State in 2015 outside of his regular residency at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, and it’ll be a record-setter for him.

The March 20, 2015, concert at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse will be his seventh performance at that venue, and that will make him the artist who’s played the most shows at the Dome.  To mark the occasion, Syracuse University, on whose grounds the Carrier Dome is located, will hold a banner-raising ceremony, during which the number “7” will be hung inside the venue.  Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday, December 6.

Joel last performed at the Carrier Dome in 2006, as part of its 25th anniversary.  That same year, he was the commencement speaker for Syracuse University.  In announcing the show, the school’s chancellor noted the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s “history of philanthropy” with the school, and his past donations to its College of Visual and Performing Arts.


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The Who Kicks Off UK Tour in Scotland; Roger Daltrey Crashes Local Wedding

Monday, December 1st, 2014 by

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who launched the U.K. leg of its 50th anniversary tour on Sunday at the Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.  The Independent reports that, as expected, the band’s set included a bevy of classic songs along with a few more obscure gems from The Who’s back catalog.

Among the lesser known tunes that the British rock legends performed were the 1966 mini rock opera “Quick One, While He’s Away”; “Cry If You Want,” from 1982’s It’s Hard; and the 1970 rarity “Naked Eye,” which served as the concert’s finale.  The show also featured mini sets focusing on Tommy and Quadrophenia, early hits like “I Can’t Explain,” “Substitute” and “I Can See for Miles,” and the 1970s anthems “Who Are You,” “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

The Who’s next show takes place Tuesday night at the site of one of the band’s most famous live albums, Leeds, England.

In other news, singer Roger Daltrey warmed up for Sunday’s show by giving a surprise performance at a wedding reception Saturday that was held in the Glasgow-area hotel at which he was staying.

According to BBC News, the Who frontman jumped on stage with the wedding band and congratulated the bride and groom, Susan and Carl Smith, before asking the group if they wanted to play a song.  The band, which is called Milestone, quickly decided on “I Can’t Explain,” and the impromptu performance delighted the surprised revelers.

Speaking with BBC Radio after the event, Milestone guitarist Graeme Allan admitted, “To be honest we don’t actually do any Who songs, but I’ve played ‘I Can’t Explain’ before and it was The Who’s first single.”  He added, “We were kinda busking it.  I don’t know if I knew what the chords were but it was like an out-of-body experience — my hands just kind of took over.”

As for the bride and groom, they took to Facebook to share their feelings about their wedding-day encounter with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

“Absolutely overwhelming!” wrote Mrs. Smith.  “The story we will be telling for the rest of our lives.  Thank you so much x.”

Added her husband, “Can’t believe it happened.  Feels so surreal.  Thank you so much, you made our perfect day even better, a gent and a legend”.

You can check out video of Daltrey’s performance at Mirror.co.uk.


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Steven Tyler Appearing on Tonight’s “CMA Country Christmas” Special on ABC

Monday, December 1st, 2014 by

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ABC/Image Group LAThe star-studded CMA Country Christmas special airs tonight on ABC.  In addition to the many major country artists featured in the show, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler is on hand to bring a little rock ‘n’ roll to the holiday extravaganza. 

Tyler teams up with Brad Paisley for a rendition of Chuck Berry‘s yuletide classic “Run Run Rudolph,” which happens to be the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s favorite all-time Christmas song.  When he got the call to join the CMA Country Christmas lineup, Steven says, “I just hit the ceiling, and I said, ‘I’m in.’ We just did it, and the proof is in the pudding — Christmas pudding, that is.”  You can check out a preview clip of the performance at the Country Music Association’s official YouTube channel.

Jennifer Nettles hosts the program and also duets with Tony-winning actress and pop singer Idina Menzel.  Other performers who appear on the special include Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town, Michael W. Smith, Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes and Lucy Hale.

CMA Country Christmas airs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET on ABC.


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The Kinks’ Dave Davies Says His Brother Ray “Is Lying” About Creating “You Really Got Me” Guitar Sound

Monday, December 1st, 2014 by

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Courtesy of Dave Davies; Decca Label GroupAs Kinks fans await word about whether a long-hoped-for reunion finally will become a reality, guitarist Dave Davies is once again voicing irritation with his older brother, Ray, this time over who deserves credit for the raw guitar sound heard in the group’s first hit, “You Really Got Me.”

In a recent radio interview, Ray said he helped create the distorted sound when he stuck a knitting needle into an amplifier.  Dave has taken exception to this, as he’s long held that he created the song’s fuzzed-out guitar sound by slicing up the speaker of a little green amp he owned.

In a message posted on his official Facebook page this past week, Dave writes, “My brother is lying. I don’t know why he does this but it was my Elpico amp that I bought and out of frustration I cut the speaker cone up with a razor blade and I was so shocked and surprised and excited that it worked that I demonstrated the sound to Ray and [Kinks bassist] Pete [Quaife]…Ray liked the sound and he had written a riff on the piano which formed the basis of the song ‘You Really Got Me’ and I played the riff on my guitar with MY new sound. I ALONE CREATED THIS SOUND.”

Dave also says that Ray “never stuck a knitting needle or anything else in my amp,” adding, “I am just flabbergasted and shocked at the depth of his selfish desire to take credit for everything. I never once claimed songwriting royalties on ‘You Really Got Me’ yet this song would not have happened without my guitar sound.”

In a recent interview with ABC News Radio, Dave revealed that he was upset that Ray’s story involving the knitting needle had been incorporated into the new Kinks stage musical, Sunny Afternoon, and insisted that the scene was revised.

“The first scene about the green amp that I saw was totally wrong,” he maintained.  “I had to really put my foot down about it because I created that sound on my own.”

Dave admitted that he was miffed that the musical depicted “Ray dominating the scene with his stupid bloody knitting needles.  Where the hell that knitting needle thing came from I have no idea.”

He also pointed out that he eventually agreed to a compromise, so the scene still does include “a part near the end where Ray throws a knitting needle in the back [of the amp].”

Dave explained, “I decided to let it go because it does work dramatically better.  Like, you see me doing all the invention of what I did, but I thought, like, the first version…totally took away my creative invention of that amp and that sound.  But now at least it’s presented as a more realistic event.”

We’ll have to wait and see whether this new conflict has any effect on a potential reunion.

In other news, Dave just finished a fall U.S. tour this past Friday in support of his new solo album, Rippin’ Up Time.  The 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is scheduled to make an in-store CD-signing appearance this Thursday, December 4, at the Looney Tunes music shop in West Babylon, New York.


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Steve Miller Added to Lineup of National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, November 30th, 2014 by

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Credit: Kim MillerSteve Miller has joined the lineup of performers who’ll be participating in the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting, taking place this Thursday, December 4, in Washington, D.C.  The veteran rocker, R&B star Ne-Yo and country singer Chely Wright have been added to the bill alongside the previously announced Patti LaBelle, Norwegian pop duo Nico & Vinz and award-winning vocal group The Tenors.

In addition, Tom Hanks and his wife, actress/singer Rita Wilson, have been tapped to co-host the ceremony, which will be held at the White House Ellipse at President’s Park.  Wilson also will perform at the event.  The 2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting will be streamed live at TheNationalTree.org starting at 4:30 p.m. ET, but if you miss it, it will air on public television throughout December.


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Record Store Day Black Friday Features Special Releases by The Beatles, Neil Young, Elvis Presley & Many More

Friday, November 28th, 2014 by

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Courtesy Record Store DayThis Friday marks the 2014 edition of Record Store Day’s “Black Friday” campaign, a time for vinyl lovers to give thanks for their local independent record shops.  Among the many artists that are releasing limited-edition and exclusive LPs, EPs, singles and collections in conjunction with the unofficial holiday are The Beatles, Neil Young, Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks and Roy Orbison.

The Beatles’ offering is a replica of their 1964 U.K. EP Long Tall Sally, a seven-inch disc with mono sound featuring the Fab Four’s rendition of the Little Richard classic and three other tunes.

Young is issuing a limited-edition box set called Official Release Series Discs 5-8 that gathers 180-gram vinyl versions of four of his 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 this past April’s Record Store Day initiative, but was postponed.

Presley’s release is a two-LP, 180-gram vinyl set titled Showroom Internationale that features performances by the late King of Rock ‘n’ Roll from an August 1970 concert in Las Vegas.  Thirteen of the songs included on the discs are previously unreleased.  The show originally was recorded in conjunction with the 1970 documentary Elvis: That’s the Way It Is.

Bowie’s contribution to Record Store Day is a 10-inch single featuring his new song “Sue (or in  a Season of Crime),” which also is included on the influential singer’s new compilation, Nothing Has Changed.  The track appears as the A-side of the single, which features another new Bowie song, “Tis a Pity She’s a Whore,” on its B-side.

Hendrix’s Black Friday release is a two-LP set titled Hear My Music that’s pressed on 200-gram audiophile vinyl.   The album offers various unreleased studio recordings the late guitar legend made during 1969.

The Kinks’ are issuing an expanded, two-LP, 180-gram vinyl version of their acclaimed 1971 album, Muswell Hillbillies.  The first disc features the original album, while the second contains studio outtakes, rarities and recordings the band did for famed BBC deejay John Peel‘s radio show.

Orbison’s Record Store Day 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.”

Also being issued as part of the initiative is a red, 180-gram vinyl version of producer Phil Spector‘s classic holiday album A Christmas Gift for You.  The record includes memorable renditions of yuletide tunes by Darlene Love, The Ronettes and The Crystals.

Other exclusive vinyl releases that will be available in conjunction with the 2014 Record Store Day “Black Friday” event include discs from The Doors, The Grateful Dead, The PretendersChrissie Hynde, Iron Butterfly, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Little Richard and Wham.  In addition, a multicolored, two-LP edition of the American Hustle soundtrack, which features songs by America, Bee Gees, Electric Light Orchestra, Elton John and Wings, will be sold.

Visit RecordStoreDay.com to check out the complete list of this year’s “Black Friday” special releases.


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