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Brian Wilson Added to Lineup of Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of James Minchin IIIA very special guest star has been added to the lineup of the 2014 edition of Neil Young‘s Bridge School Benefit ConcertBeach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson will perform at both of this year’s shows, which will take place on October 25 and 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

Wilson joins a bill that, as usual, includes Young and also features Tom Jones, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Florence + the Machine, Band of Horses, and Norah Jones‘ new group, Puss N Boots.  Young’s estranged wife, Pegi, who co-founded the Bridge School, also will perform with her backing band, The Survivors.  Tickets for the concerts are available now via, and at the Shoreline Amphitheatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and by calling 800-745-3000.

Wilson was one of the many performers this past Sunday at the star-studded tribute concert George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison, which was held at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre.  Among the evening’s many highlights was Brian’s rendition of the Harrison solo classic “My Sweet Lord,” which included accompaniment by The Beach Boys’ Al Jardine, Heart‘s Ann Wilson, and The Flaming LipsWayne Coyne, among others.  You can check out fan-recorded video of the performance on YouTube.

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The Kinks’ Dave Davies Announces Full Details About Latest Solo Album, “Rippin’ Up Time”

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Red River EntertainmentKinks lead guitarist Dave Davies has unveiled complete official details about his forthcoming solo album, Rippin’ Up Time, which will be released October 28 on CD and will be available a week earlier as a digital download.  The collection features 10 original tunes and was co-produced by Davies and his friend David Nolte.

Dave’s son Russell Davies, a musician and producer in his own right, contributes vocals to two songs, “In the Old Days” and “Through My Window.”  Dave and Russ previously worked together on the 2010 eletronica-influenced album Two Worlds.

According to Dave, Rippin’ Up Time focuses on “a man’s reflections of the past, his fears, anxieties and optimism about the present and hopeful expectations about the future.”

The 67-year-old guitarist explains, “I had a lot of ideas in my head thinking about the past and how we started and The Kinks and my own life and the present and what’s happening with my life now and concerns and worries, anxieties about the future.”  He adds, “I suddenly had an image of all the times overlapping as if they’re all in one place in my mind.  I thought I’d just write it from the point of view of a dream.”

You can check out the title track of the album now at Red River Entertainment’s SoundCloud page.

As previously announced, Davies has scheduled a series of fall U.S. tour dates to promote Rippin’ Up Time.  The trek is mapped out from a November 11 show in Milwaukee through a November 28 concert in Englewood, New Jersey.

Here is the complete track list for Rippin’ Up Time:

“Ripping Up Time”
“Semblance of Sanity”
“King of Karaoke”
“Front Room”
“Johnny Adams”
“Nosey Neighbours”
“Between the Towers”
“In the Old Days”
“Through My Window”

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Listen to Jackson Browne’s New Album, “Standing in the Breach,” Online Now

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by

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Inside RecordingsJackson Browne is treating fans to a preview of his upcoming studio album, Standing in the Breach, currently streaming in its entirety over at  The 10-song collection, which will be released next Tuesday, October 7, finds the 65-year-old singer/songwriter concerned, yet hopeful, about the state of the world.

Browne tells USA Today that one the new tracks, “If I Could Be Anywhere,” is a love song, but not in the traditional sense.  “[It's] a love song to the oceans, the environment, to future generations,” he explains.  “It’s the idea that there’s a challenge that can only be met while we’re here, both in the sense of being present and also that we’re here at this moment in time.”

Meanwhile, Browne admits that the tune “Which Side Are You On?” bears some structural resemblance to Bob Dylan‘s spiritually-themed “Gotta Serve Somebody,” but points out, “It’s not a song about God; it’s about your personal allegiances to the forces at play in our society.”

Standing in the Breach comes to a close with “Here,” which Browne originally wrote for the 2009 Kevin Spacey film, Shrink.

“It’s about accepting the world that has changed in a fundamental way you almost cannot accept,” Browne tells USA Today.  “It’s about, in the end, finding a way of being in the world.”

Standing in the Breach is Jackson’s 14th studio effort, and the follow-up to 2008′s Time the Conqueror.  Browne recently launched a fall U.S. tour in support of the record that’s mapped out through an October 18 show in Indianapolis.  His next date is scheduled for this Saturday in York, Pennsylvania.

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KISS’ Gene Simmons Featured on New Episode of AXS TV’s “The Big Interview”

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Image Courtesy of A&E and AXS TVKISS star Gene Simmons is rarely at a loss for words, which makes him a perfect guest for AXS TV’s The Big Interview.  In a new episode of the program premiering tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the high-def network, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and entrepreneur chats candidly and in detail about a variety of topics with famed newsman Dan Rather.

Among the subjects Simmons discusses is his impoverished childhood in war-torn Israel, being abandoned by his father at the age of seven and his mother’s experience as a survivor of Nazi concentration camps.  Gene also will chat about his high-profile romances with Cher and Diana Ross, his enduring yet bumpy relationship with wife Shannon Tweed, his many business ventures and, of course, his long tenure in his famous rock band.

In a preview clip from the show, Simmons declares, “Personally, I haven’t had a bad thing happen to me.  I haven’t had a bad day in my life — not since I came to the Promised Land.  And let me you something, everybody points to Israel…but the Promised Land is America.”

AXS TV executive Michele M. Dix says of the episode, “Gene Simmons has never been shy about delivering the straight truth as he sees it, and this episode of The Big Interview is no exception.  But what sets this particular segment apart is Dan Rather’s unique ability to dive head-first into his subject, setting the rock star bravado aside and cutting to the core of the man underneath the makeup and the carefully cultivated ‘Demon’ persona.”

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Classic Tears for Fears Album “Songs from the Big Chair” to Be Reissued Next Month

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Universal Music EnterprisesTears for Fears‘ breakout 1985 album Songs from the Big Chair will get the deluxe reissue treatment on November 11.  The remastered record will be available in multiple configurations, including a six-disc deluxe box set featuring four CDs and two DVDs.

In addition to a revamped edition of the U.K. band’s original album, the deluxe package contains a variety of bonus tracks, including single edits, remixes, alternate and extended versions, live performances and an audio interview.  The box set also includes a DVD-Audio disc offering a 5.1 surround sound mix of the original album and a DVD boasting promotional videos, a making-of documentary, an interview with producer Chris Hughes and several vintage TV performances.

The updated Songs from the Big Chair also will be sold as a two-CD set, a single CD, an LP on 180-gram vinyl and a Pure Audio Blu-ray disc.

Songs from the Big Chair spent several weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 during the summer of ’85, and featured the chart-topping singles “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Shout,” as well as the hits “Head over Heels” and “Mothers Talks.”  The album has sold more than five million copies in the U.S. alone, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

You can check out the full track list of the deluxe box set at

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Prince Releasing Two Albums Is “Genius,” Says 3RDEYEGIRL Member

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Warner Bros.RecordsToday, Prince simultaneously releases two new albums: a solo effort titled Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum, a collaboration with his band 3RDEYEGIRL.  Releasing two completely different albums at the same time is something maybe only a talent like Prince could pull off, says 3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis.

“Well, it’s incredible because I think no other artist has ever released two albums that are totally distinct bodies of work, and that’s one of the things that’s so incredible about Prince,” Grantis tells ABC News Radio.  “So, Art Official Age is a solo album, a lot of funk, a lot of soul.  PlectrumElectrum is a live rock record with the four of us and I think that releasing those two albums is just such a statement to his genius.”

Altogether, Prince is giving fans a total of 25 new songs, but Grantis reveals that even with two albums to fill, it was difficult to narrow down the number of tunes to just 25.

“I mean, he’s so incredibly prolific, and, you know, to be honest, we’ve got way more songs than what’s really being released,” she says.  “So we had to pick and choose from a greater repertoire of music.”

Many of the songs were recorded during Prince’s Hit & Run tours of the U.K. earlier this year, which saw him unexpectedly performing in small nightclubs.  However, drummer Hannah Ford tells ABC News Radio the band isn’t sure when or if U.S. fans will get the same experience.

“You know, we’re not really sure yet.  Tour dates will definitely be released, I think later in the year,” Ford says.  “We’re really excited, though, to get out on the road and hoping for some more U.S dates, because we’ve done a lot overseas and we love it overseas, but it’s also fun to do stuff at home too.” 

Here are the albums’ track listings:

Art Official Age

“Art Official Cage”
“The Gold Standard”
“U Know”                
“Breakfast Can Wait”
“This Could Be Us”
“What It Feels Like”
“affirmation I & II”            
“Way Back Home”
“Time ”                   
“affirmation III”



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Aretha Franklin Performs Powerful “Rolling in the Deep” on “Late Show”

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by

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Matthew Jordan SmithAretha Franklin made a guest appearance on Monday’s Late Show with David Letterman to promote her new album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, and perform the first single, a cover of Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep.” 

Aretha was supported by a 12-piece band and five backup singers. Whitney Houston’s mom, soul and gospel singer Cissy Houston, was one of the backup singers.  Near the end of the performance, Aretha segued into the chorus of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” She received a standing ovation from the Late Show studio audience.

The Queen of Soul also chatted with Dave after the performance and recalled her first job as a young performer was singing at services for her preacher father.  Aretha told Dave her father paid her $50 each time, which she proceeded to use to buy “roller skates…hot dogs…chili dogs and milk shakes and things like that…”

Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, which also includes the 72-year-old legend’s take on Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman” and Barbra Streisand‘s “People,” will be released on October 21.

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Neil Diamond Announces 2015 Tour

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy Frank Ockenfels/The Kennedy CenterOn a night when Neil Diamond performed at his high school alma mater in Brooklyn, New York, the singer announced a North American tour for 2015.

Neil on Monday night announced a three-month-long trek that will begin in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on February 27 and conclude in Denver on May 31.

Neil has scheduled a date in his hometown of Brooklyn on March 26. Incidentally, his performance at Erasmus Hall High School, which he attended from 1954 to 1956, on Monday night marked his first-ever concert in Brooklyn.

Neil will release a new album, Melody Road, on October 21.

Here are the announced tour dates:

2/27/2015–Allentown, PA, PPL Center
3/4/2015–London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
3/7/2015–Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre
3/10/2015–Providence, RI, Dunkin Donuts Center
3/13/2015–Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
3/15/2015–Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
3/18/2015–Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
3/20/2015–Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
3/23/2015–Boston, MA, TD Garden
3/26/2015–Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
4/2/2015–Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
4/4/2015–Washington DC, Verizon Center
4/7/2015–Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
4/9/2015–Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
4/12/2015–St Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
4/14/2015–Chicago, IL, United Center
4/17/2015–Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
4/19/2015–Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
4/23/2015–Mexico City, Mexico, Sports Palace
4/30/2015–Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre
5/2/2015–Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
5/5/2015–Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
5/7/2015–Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
5/10/2015–Seattle, WA, KeyArena
5/12/2015–San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
5/15/2015–San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
5/19/2015–Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
5/26/2015–Houston, TX, Toyota Center
5/28/2015–Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
5/31/2015–Denver, CO, Pepsi Center

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ZZ Top Announces Rescheduled Tour Dates

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy Ross HalfinZZ Top has announced new dates for the U.S. tour that was postponed when bass guitarist Dusty Hill suffered a hip injury.

The band’s tour, which initially was scheduled to begin last week, will now get under way January 17, in San Antonio.

Hill injured his hip when he slipped and fell on his band’s tour bus in August.

ZZ Top previously announced rescheduled dates for their joint tour with Jeff Beck. They will take place next May.

Here are the new tour dates:

1/17–San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
1/18–San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
3/11–Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
3/13–Kingston, NY, Ulster Performing Arts Center
3/14–Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
3/17–Montréal, QC, Bell Centre
3/19–Orillia, ONT, Casino Rama
3/20–Battle Creek, MI, FireKeepers Casino
3/21–Danville, KY, Norton Center at Centre College
3/25–Roanoke, VA, Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre
3/26–Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Arena
3/28–Bowling Green, KY, Hot Rods Baseball Stadium
3/29–Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
3/31–La Crosse, WI, LA Crosse Center Arena
4/2–Davenport, IA, Adler Theater
4/3–Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center
4/4–Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom
4/9–Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
4/10–Mississippi State, MS, Humphrey Coliseum

Here are the previously announced dates with Beck:

5/1–Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
5/2–The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/7–Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
5/8–W. Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater
5/9–Saint Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater
5/10–Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

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Mike Rutherford Says Genesis’ New “R-Kive” Compilation Showcases “a Great Body of Work”

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by

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RhinoThe new three-CD Genesis compilation, R-Kive, featuring a career-spanning selection of songs by the band and from the various solo projects of the group’s members, hits stores today, September 30.  The 37-track collection is a companion piece to the new documentary titled Genesis: Sum of Its Parts, which will get its U.S. premiere on October 10 at 8 p.m. ET on Showtime.

Both R-Kive and the documentary included the participation of Genesis’ classic early-to-mid-1970s lineup — singer Peter Gabriel, singer/drummer Phil Collins, keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and lead guitarist Steve Hackett.  In putting the retrospective album together, each musician got to choose three songs from his non-Genesis material for the project.

Rutherford tells ABC News Radio that the compilation helps paint a full picture of what the group has accomplished.

“[F]rom this one school band, Genesis, you had the Gabriel career, the Collins career, the Mike + the Mechanics career,” Rutherford points out.  “And you put these songs together and you see a…’Turn It On [Again]‘ and a ‘Biko’ and ‘In the Air [Tonight]‘ ‘Living Years,’ it’s a great body of work.”

He adds that with R-Kive, “I think we’re trying to just remind people that we always were one band, really, one sort of team in a sense.  And so, when you put it like that, I think it’s a nice story to be told.”

The entire multidisc set is arranged in chronological order, which Rutherford says was “the only way to do it…otherwise you get lost.”  He also says allowing each band member to pick three tunes from his solo catalog “seemed to make sense.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who turns 64 on Thursday, notes that he and his old band mates didn’t have a lot of disagreement over their choices for the R-Kive track list.

“In general, we’re pretty tight,” he points out.  “You know, there was a bit of discussion about things, but the options were never like, ‘Oh, that’s great and that’s rubbish.’”

It’s worth noting that the documentary will make its official TV debut this Saturday on the U.K.’s BBC Two, where it will air under the name Genesis: Together and Apart.

Meanwhile, Rutherford has some disappointing, but perhaps not surprising news for Genesis fans hoping for a band reunion.

“There’s no plans,” Mike tells ABC News Radio.  He adds, however, that there is a ray of hope that the band members could play together again at some point, recalling a comment that Gabriel had made not too long ago.  “Peter said…’Listen, we’re all above grass still, you know,’ which is something, which is relevant,” says Rutherford.

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