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Bono Says Releasing U2 Album Through iTunes Was About “Exciting” Possibility to Convert Non-Fans

Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Interscope RecordsBono sat for an interview recently with Ireland’s public radio network, RTE, where he said that deciding to release U2‘s Songs of Innocence free to all iTunes users was about reaching non-U2 fans.

“People who would not normally be exposed to our music have got a chance to listen to it,” he said.  “Whether those songs will be important to them in a week’s time, we don’t know.”  The singer called the possibility of converting non-fans “exciting for a band that’s been around for as long as we have.”

Bono compared the iTunes release to U2′s pseudo-punk roots.  “Mrs. Edge, our first roadie, used to drive us in the VW Beetle in the middle of the night with rolls of wallpaper with the lyrics of our songs, and all sorts of things on, and we used to fly-post all over Dublin, aged 18 or 19.  The whole point of being in a band, in the days of punk rock, was to be in your face.  Even if you weren’t looking for us, we were there.” 

As previously reported, many non-U2 fans who weren’t looking for Songs of Innocence were not thrilled to find it on their iTunes devices; so many, in fact, that Apple developed an opt-out page for those non-U2-loving folks.  With one click on the page, users can remove the album from their libraries.

Bono said that the long wait of five years since the group’s last album, No Line on the Horizon, was because the band members “wanted to keep pushing up the level.  We wanted songs that would stand up if you played them on an acoustic guitar or piano…eternal songs, the ones that people hold onto.”

He thinks the project was a success: “These songs are rare, they’re like miracles, and they’re almost impossible.  If you hear ‘Every Breaking Wave’ played on a piano, you just fall over.  And if it doesn’t move you, you’re either deaf or dead, or you should be.’”

For the entire interview, go to and type “U2″ in the search box.

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Graham Nash Discusses Plans to Put Together Expanded “Déjà Vu” Album

Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by

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Atlantic RecordsIn July, a multiple-disc box set titled CSNY 1974 hit stores, featuring previously unreleased performances from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young‘s 1974 reunion tour.  Around that time, the man who oversaw the project, Graham Nash, told Rolling Stone that he was considering putting together a new archival release — an expanded version of the quartet’s 1970 debut album, Déjà Vu.  The singer/songwriter tells ABC News Radio he’s still keen on the idea.

Nash explained that he came up with the idea for releasing a revamped Déjà Vu after Stephen Barncard, one of engineers who originally worked on the album, played him a tape of a full-length version of the David Crosby-penned CSNY classic, “Almost Cut My Hair.”

“From start to finish, [the tape was] seven-and-a-half minutes long,” Nash said, “but we had to fade it because of the limitations of how much you can put on a side of a vinyl record… And I thought that people would be interested in…hearing where it went after ‘the song’ was done, you know, ’cause I was interested.”

Graham added that hearing the extended “Almost Cut My Hair” inspired him to compile a version of Déjà Vu with longer takes of other songs that had to be edited because the time constraints of the time.  He admitted that the project is currently “just an idea in my mind,” but said he’d already talked with Crosby and Stephen Stills about the album.

“[T]hey trust me, so they’ll let me do it,” Nash reported, adding that he still had “to deal with Neil” — referring, of course, to the notoriously stubborn Neil Young.

Asked if there are a lot of extra songs from the Déjà Vu sessions that might make it onto the expanded album, Graham admitted there aren’t.

“I think we only had like…13 songs maybe when we went in to do Déjà Vu, and there were [10] on the album,” he explained.  “So there’s not a lot of extra stuff, but there sure was a lot of extra playing.”

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Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” Inspires Injured Man to Swim to Shore After Boat Capsizes

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by

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Chris Walter/WireImageThe Journey song “Don’t Stop Believin’” and a shooting star are what a California man says got him through a nearly five-hour ordeal of being tossed into the sea with a shattered leg and broken hip after his fishing boat capsized off the coast of Hawaii.

Brad Warren was fishing Sunday night on a boat owned and captained by Zack Romanak together with Romanak’s 10-year-old son, Noah, of Port Allen, Hawaii, when a large wave hit the boat and twisted it sideways, sending all three passengers into the ocean.

The wave’s impact shattered Warren’s leg in three places and broke his hip before submerging him.

“I tilted my head back to get another last breath of air and a swell pushed the boat and I took a big gulp of water and started going down,” Warren, 54, told ABC News from his hospital bed.  “It was scary.”

The trio spent more than four hours in the water, alternately climbing to the top of the boat and then being knocked back into the water by the relentless waves.

With no hope in sight, it was Noah who suddenly heard something in the distance, the sounds of Journey’s inspirational 1981 hit song playing from a party on the shore.

“After I saw that shooting star and I heard the Journey song, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’,’ I thought that was the Lord saying, ‘You will be fine,’” Warren recalled.

The men, especially Warren, decided to push past their pain and try to swim to land.

“He just wanted to swim in,” Noah said of Warren.

“He was convinced the pain was so bad,” Noah’s dad, Romanak, told ABC News.

With no use of his right side, Warren swam alongside Noah and Romanak for 30 minutes until they found dry land.

“We were so relieved,” said Warren.  “My wife, my daughters, I wanted to make sure I made it to see them.”

A handful of the partygoers who had unknowingly inspired Warren with their song choice came to the men’s aid once they made it to shore, according to local newspaper The Garden Island.

Firefighters arrived at the harbor shortly after midnight and treated the three survivors, the paper reports.

The Garden Island also reports that Romanak’s sunken boat was later found one-mile offshore.

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Beatles-Signed Piece of Ed Sullivan Show Stage to Go on Sale at L.A. Fab Four Convention

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by

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CBS Photography 1964The Fest for Beatles Fans, perhaps the best known fan convention celebrating the Fab Four, will return to Los Angeles for the first time since 2000 next month.  The extravaganza, which will be held on October 11, 12 and 13 at the LAX Airport Marriott Hotel, will mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arrival in the U.S.

In conjunction with the milestone, a historic piece of memorabilia — a piece of stage backdrop signed by the band’s members during their debut visit to The Ed Sullivan Show in New York City in February 1964 — will be on display and available for purchase at the L.A. Beatles Fest.  The item, which will cost the buyer a whopping $550,000, is one of the collectibles that will be shown at the convention by “featured exhibitor” Wayne Johnson, who owns Rockaway Records — a well-known L.A. destination for Fab Four collectors.

All four Beatles autographed and doodled on the backdrop just before hitting the Sullivan Show stage.  The piece of wall also includes the signature of a member of fellow Liverpool band The Searchers and some other Sullivan guests.

Other rare Beatles artifacts that Johnson will be selling include the group’s first U.S. contract with Vee Jay Records, for $100,000; a collection of 1964 Fab Four bobblehead dolls, for $17,500; and a sealed copy of the infamous “butcher” version of the 1966 album Yesterday and Today, for $4,500.  Many other memorabilia vendors also will be selling their wares at the festival.

The L.A. Fest for Beatles Fans also will feature a variety of guest performers and speakers, among them ex-Wings members Denny Laine, Laurence Juber and Denny Seiwell; Badfinger‘s Joey Molland; Peter & Gordon singer and famed producer Peter Asher; longtime Ringo Starr music director Mark Rivera; British Invasion hitmaker Billy J. Kramer; and Freda Kelly, the one-time secretary of the Beatles fan club.

For more details about the convention, including ticket information, visit

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Cat Stevens Cancels New York City Concert over Ticketing Disagreement

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by

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Photo: Aminah YusufIt looks like New York City’s loss is Philadelphia’s gain when it comes to the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens‘ upcoming fall tour.  Yusuf Islam, as the famed U.K. singer/songwriter is now known, has canceled his previously announced December 7 concert at New York City’s Beacon Theatre and has added a December 4 show at the Tower Theater in the Philadelphia suburb of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

In addition, Yusuf has moved the date of a concert that was to have taken pace at Boston’s Wang Theatre on December 4 to December 7.  The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explained in an online message that he decided to cancel the New York City show because of a disagreement over the way tickets to the event were being sold.

“I have been a longtime supporter of paperless tickets to my shows worldwide and avoiding scalpers,” he writes.  “Unfortunately [New York] has a state law that requires all tickets sold for shows in NYC to be paper, enabling them to be bought and sold at inflated prices.  I’m sorry about not being able to now play in NYC but hope to find an opportunity that aligns with my support of this issue in the near future, God willing.”

Yusuf also maintained that his fans will understand his reason for nixing the concert and sent his thanks to certain fans “for informing me about the extortionate tickets prices already being listed on some websites.”

The 66-year-old singer also says he’s hoping to return to the Big Apple “at a future date,” while adding, “Looks like the Peace Train is going to arrive at New York a little bit later than expected.”

Islam’s forthcoming trek will be his first North American tour in 35 years.  The six-date outing gets under way on December 1 in Toronto and runs through a December 14 gig in Los Angeles.  He’ll also release a new album, titled Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, on October 27.

Here is Yusuf’s full revised North American itinerary:

12/1 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall
12/4 — Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theatre
12/7 — Boston, MA, Citi Performing Arts Center – Wang Theatre
12/9 — Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
12/12 — San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
12/14 — Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

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Barbra Streisand Feels “Truly Blessed and Grateful” for Historic #1 Album

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by

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PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records, Russell James, Copyright BarwoodBarbara Streisand is walking on air now that her new album, Partners, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart.  She writes on Facebook that the achievement has given her “an overwhelming feeling of joy.”

As previously reported, the #1 debut of Partners means that Babs is the only artist to have scored a chart-topping album in each of the past six decades.  The diva says, “Being told that I’ve had #1 albums in six consecutive decades makes me feel truly blessed and grateful to have such loyal fans.  I feel you rooting for me and I so appreciate all of your energy and support.”

Streisand continues, “It’s especially sweet since I get to share this moment with my wonderfully talented partners who I had the pleasure of singing with: Michael Bublé, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Babyface, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli, John Legend, Josh Groban, my beloved son Jason Gould…and last but not least, Elvis Presley…forever The King!”

She goes on to thank her team for their hard work, adding, “We did it guys!!”

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Will Annie Lennox’s New Album Be Her Last?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Mike OwenAnnie Lennox is releasing a new album of standards, Nostalgia, on vinyl at the end of this month, and on all other formats in October.  If you’re a fan, you may want to make sure you grab a copy: The ex-Eurythmics frontwoman says this disc just might be her last.

Rolling Stone reports that at an event in London to launch the record, Lennox — who’ll turn 60 on Christmas Day — said, “I was thinking maybe it’s my swan song…but I don’t know yet.  She continued, “Every time I ever made an album with Dave Stewart [in the Eurythmics,] I always said, ‘That’s the last.’  And after that, with my own albums, it was, ‘That’s it! I’m never doing that again.’  But I came back to it.”

Annie also said she was trying to decide if she’ll do any shows to promote the new album: Her last full tour was in 2007.  “That’s a big question at the moment,” said the singer, adding,  “We’ll see.”

Nostalgia will be Lennox’s second album in a row of non-original material, but the singer explained that there was a good reason for that.

“I’ve stopped writing because I’m too happy,” she said, revealing, “It’s thanks to someone who will remain nameless, but who makes me very happy with life these days…Misery is a great catalyst for some extraordinary music but you don’t really want to live there 24/7.”

She added, “I’d rather be not successful and happy than be super-successful and absolutely miserable.”

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New EP Featuring Solo Songs by Each Beatles Member Available for Free via iTunes

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by

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iTunes/Apple Corps Ltd.A new four-song EP celebrating the solo careers of each member of The Beatles is available now as a free download at iTunes.  The aptly titled 4 features a seemingly random collection of tunes, including the 1970 John Lennon ballad “Love,” Paul McCartney‘s 1975 Wings gem “Call Me Back Again,” the 1970 George Harrison cut “Let It Down,” and, the most recent song, a 2010 Ringo Starr track titled “Walk with You.”

“Love” first appeared on Lennon’s first non-experimental solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band; “Call Me Back Again” was featured on Wings’ Venus and Mars; “Let It Down” is from Harrison’s first post-Fab Four solo record, All Things Must Pass; and “Walk with You,” on which Starr duets with McCartney, appeared on Y Not.

According to a note on The Beatles’ official website, the idea behind the EP is to allow fans to “experience a taste of the individual brilliance” of the Fab Four’s members.

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New Who Compilation Features Brand-New Song, “Be Lucky”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by

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Business WireIn honor of The Who‘s 50th anniversary, a new compilation is hitting stores next month, including the band’s first new music in eight years.

A new song, “Be Lucky,” will be featured on Who Hits 50!, a two-disc retrospective of hits and rarities.  In addition to Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the track features long-time Who cohorts Zak Starkey and Pino Palladino on drums and bass, respectively, and keyboards courtesy of Mick Talbot, formerly of The Style Council.  The song was produced by Dave Eringa, who recently produced the album Daltrey made with Wilko Johnson.  The royalties from the track will go to Teen Cancer America, the charity that Daltrey and Townshend founded in 2011.

As for the rest of the material, the earliest track is “Zoot Suit,” the band’s very first single, which they released as The High Numbers, a name that their then-manager, Pete Meaden, had foisted upon them. After the song failed, the band changed their name back to The Who.

The rest of the disc includes all the big songs you’d expect, from “I Can’t Explain,” “My Generation,” “Pinball Wizard” and “Magic Bus” to “Baba O’Riley,” “Bargain,” “Who Are You,” “You Better You Bet” and “Eminence Front.”  But there are also quite a few tracks that will likely only be familiar to die-hard Who fans, among them “Dogs,” “Postcard,” “Call Me Lightning” and the band’s version of The Rolling Stones‘ “The Last Time.”

The Who’s 50th anniversary tour kicks off on November 26 in Dublin, Ireland.

Here’s the track listing for Who Hits 50!:

Disc 1
“Zoot Suit” (as The High Numbers)
“I Can’t Explain”
“Anyway Anyhow Anywhere”
“My Generation”
“The Kids Are Alright”
“I’m a Boy”
“Happy Jack”
“Boris the Spider”
“Pictures of Lily”
“The Last Time”
“I Can See for Miles”
“Call Me Lightning”
“Magic Bus”
“Pinball Wizard”
“The Seeker”
“Summertime Blues” (live)
“See Me, Feel Me”
“Won’t Get Fooled Again” (single edit)
“Let’s See Action”
“Behind Blue Eyes”

Disc 2
“Baba O’Riley”
“Join Together”
“Love Reign O’er Me”
“Squeeze Box”
“Slip Kid”
“Who Are You”
“Trick of the Light”
“You Better You Bet”
“Don’t Let Go the Coat”
“Eminence Front”
“It’s Hard”
“Real Good Looking Boy”
“It’s Not Enough”
“Be Lucky” (new song)

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Pink Floyd Posts Audio Clip from and TV Commercial Trailer for “The Endless River”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by

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Columbia RecordsOn Tuesday, Pink Floyd unveiled full details about its forthcoming studio, The Endless River, which will be released on November 10, and now the band is giving fans a brief taste of the record.  A section of the group’s newly relaunched website called “Listen” features 30-second snippet of a tune that incudes what sounds like the spacy riffing of guitarist David Gilmour.

An animated clip featuring geometric images that apparently will be part of The Endless River‘s packaging accompanies the audio segment.  The “Listen” page also features a short TV commercial for the album that boasts another brief song clip, as well as a different animated scene showing an evening sky and shifting geometric shapes that eventually give way to the cover art of The Endless River.

The updated Pink Floyd website also features information and photos of the different versions of album that will be available, including a standard CD, a two-LP vinyl set and a deluxe CD/DVD package offering bonus audio and video tracks, a hardback booklet and three collectible postcards.

Visit to check out all the info and images.

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