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Isley Brothers Box Set Featuring More than 20 of the Band’s Albums Due Out in August

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 by

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsA massive 23-CD box set chronicling The Isley Brothers‘ evolution from a doo-wop/gospel act to an influential rock ‘n’ soul band will be released on August 21

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) boasts remastered editions of the 21 albums the group issued on those two labels, as well as a previously unreleased, unabridged version of the 1980 live-in-the-studio album they made at the Bearsville Studios outside of Woodstock, New York.Most of the albums included in the collection are expanded with bonus tracks that have never before been available on CD or digitally. 

The box set spans from 1959’s Shout! through 1983’s Between the Sheets.  Among the many memorable songs featured on the retrospective is their early classic “Shout,” as well as their hits “It’s Your Thing,” “That Lady” and “Fight the Power,” the last of which comes from the group’s chart-topping 1975 album The Heat Is On.  The box set also includes the 1971 compilation In the Beginning, which features tracks The Isleys made in the mid-1960s when Jimi Hendrix was a member of their backing band.

The Isley Brothers have had an immense influence on modern soul and hip-hop.  Among the artists who have sampled the band’s tunes or have cited them as an inspiration are The Notorious B.I.G., R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean.

While several of the Isley siblings have passed away, the group remains active today, led by surviving brothers Ronald and Ernie.

Here is the list of albums featured in The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) box set:

Shout! (1959)*
It’s Our Thing (1969)*
The Brothers: Isley (1969)*
The Isley Brothers Live at Yankee Stadium (1969)
Get into Something (1970)*
In the Beginning…The Isley Brothers & Jimi Hendrix (recorded 1964-1965; remixed/released 1971)*
Givin’ It Back (1971)*
Brother, Brother, Brother (1972)*
The Isleys Live (1973)
3+3 (1973)*
Live It Up (1974)*
The Heat Is On (1975)*
Harvest for the World (1976)*
Go for Your Guns (1977)*
Showdown (1978)*
Winner Takes All (1979) (two CDs)*
Go All the Way (1980)*
Wild in Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live at Bearsville Studios 1980 (previously unreleased)*
Grand Slam (1981)*
Inside You (1981)*
The Real Deal (1982)*
Between the Sheets (1983)*

* = includes bonus tracks.

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Coldplay Parodies “Game of Thrones”; U2 and John Mellencamp Perform on Red Nose Day Event

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 by

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Chris Ross/NBC“Red Nose Day,” a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.

The star-studded event also included performances from U2, John Mellencamp, and a Game of Thrones parody featuring Coldplay.

- U2 Performed “Song for Someone,” from their latest album, Songs of Innocence.

-Mellencamp was introduced by country giant and American Idol judge Keith Urban, who teamed up for “Pink Houses,” a song from Mellencamp’s 1985 album, Scarecrow.

- Coldplay’s Game of Thrones parody features the show’s cast taking part in a musical production of the show, written by the band’s frontman, Chris Martin. Though he has high hopes for the production, according to the sketch, it ends in failure when Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin won’t give his consent to turn the books into a play.

“Red Nose Day,” which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, is making its American debut this year. The event will benefit 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.

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Gregg Allman Releasing Solo Live CD/DVD Package in August

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 by

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Rounder RecordsA new DVD/double-CD set documenting a Gregg Allman solo concert that took place in January of last year in Macon, Georgia, will be released on August 7.  Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA features the founding Allman Brothers Band singer and his eight-piece backing group playing a 16-song set at historic Grand Opera House in Macon, the Allmans’ adopted hometown.

Among the tunes Gregg performed at the show were Allman Brothers classics like “Statesboro Blues,” “Melissa,” “Midnight Rider,” “Whipping Post” and “One Way Out,” as well as his hit “I’m No Angel” and other selections from his solo catalog.  Allman’s son Devon makes a guest appearance at the concert.

The video portion of the release, which will be Allman’s first solo DVD, includes interview segments interspersed with the performances, as well as two bonus songs — “Stormy Monday” and “Floating Bridge.”  The set also contains a feature titled The Gregg Allman Band at the H&H.

The Gregg Allman Live package features liner notes penned by Allman Brothers historian John Lynskey.  The liner notes quote Gregg as saying about the show, “Macon is a wonderful town with wonderful people, and I still have some dear, dear friends there.  Macon holds a special place in my heart; it comes with a lot of different memories, but the good ones are all that matter to me now.  I’m so proud of this album; boy, we were smokin’ that night.” has premiered a clip from the DVD of Gregg and his band, along with Devon Allman, performing an epic 11-minute version of “One Way Out.”

Meanwhile, Gregg has lined up a variety of solo shows this year, including a late-summer run of joint concerts with The Doobie Brothers.  Check out his full itinerary at

Here is the full track list of Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA:

CD 1
“Statesboro Blues”
“I’m No Angel”
“Queen of Hearts”
“I Can’t Be Satisfied”
“These Days”
“Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”
“Brightest Smile in Town”
“I’ve Found a Love”

CD 2
“Don’t Keep Me Wonderin'”
“Before the Bullets Fly”
“Midnight Rider”
“Love Like Kerosene”
“Whipping Post”
“One Way Out”

“Statesboro Blues”
“I’m No Angel”
“Queen of Hearts”
Interview: What Macon Was To Us
“I Can’t Be Satisfied”
“These Days”
“Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”
Interview: Practicing in Macon
“Brightest Smile in Town”
“I’ve Found a Love”
“Don’t Keep Me Wonderin'”
“Before the Bullets Fly”
Interview: We Worked Hard
“Midnight Rider”
“Love Like Kerosene”
Interview: Songwriting for The Allman Brothers
“Whipping Post”
“One Way Out”

Bonus Tracks:
“Stormy Monday”
“Floating Bridge”

Feature: The Gregg Allman Band at the H&H

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Roger Waters to Headline First Day of 2015 Newport Folk Festival in July

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by

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Credit: Sean EvansMusic fans don’t generally associate Roger Waters with rootsy, acoustic sounds, but the former Pink Floyd star has signed on to headline the first day of the 2015 Newport Folk Festival.  The three-day event takes place Friday, July 24, through Sunday, July 26, at Fort Adams State Park in Newport Rhode, Island.

According to a message on Waters’ official Facebook page, Roger will play an intimate [set] specifically crafted for” the festival.  A limited number of single-day tickets are still available for the fest’s July 24 performances. To check out the full lineup and more details about the festival, visit

Waters’ Newport Folk Festival show happens to coincide with the release of the deluxe reissue of his 1992 solo album, Amused to Death.  As previously reported, the remastered collection will be available as a standard CD, a Super Audio CD, a CD/Blu-ray audio set, a 200-gram two-LP vinyl set, a limited-edition two-LP vinyl picture disc and a high-res digital download.

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Ex-Foreigner Singer Lou Gramm Performing Throughout North America This Year

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by

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Music City MediaOriginal Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm is ready to launch a series of 2015 tour dates that will see him performing at a variety of venues and events around North America well into September.  The voice behind such classic hits as “Double Vision,” “Hot Blooded,” “Urgent,” “Cold as Ice” and “I Want to Know What Love Is” will kick things off with a performance tonight, May 21, in Snoqualmie, Washington.

Gramm’s itinerary currently includes 19 shows, and is plotted out through a September concert in Clovis, New Mexico.  More dates will be added soon.

Among Gramm’s scheduled shows is a June 5 event in Atlanta that will feature Lou performing with accompaniment from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Here are all of Lou’s confirmed upcoming shows:

5/21 — Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino
5/23 — Bakersfield, CA, Bakersfield Rocking Country Festival
6/5 — Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre (with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)
6/6 — Shawnee, KS, Old Shawnee Days Festival
6/20 — Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino
6/27 — Augusta, NJ, Rockin Ribs Festival
7/4 — Sun Peaks, BC, Canada, Sun Peaks Resort – Concert Series
7/10 — Peace River, AB, Canada, Peacefest
7/11 — Fort Morgan, CO, BobStock
7/16 — Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, Parc Jacques-Cartier
7/19 — Patchogue, NY, Great South Bay Music Fest
7/27 — Olds, AB, Canada, Olds Agricultural Grandstand
7/31 — North Tonawanda, NY, Rockin’ on the River Series
8/14 — West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair
8/28 — Hopewell, VA, Beacon Theatre
8/29 — DeKalb, IL, DeKalb Corn Festival
9/2 — St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/3 — St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/12 — Clovis, NM, Clovis Music Festival

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Jon Bon Jovi Receives Honorary Doctorate, Performs Special Song at Rutgers Commencement

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by

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Rutgers University-Camden/Robert LaramieCall him Doctor Bon Jovi now.  Jon Bon Jovi received an honorary doctorate Thursday, and delivered a keynote speech, during the commencement ceremony for Rutgers University’s Camden, New Jersey, campus.  The singer also performed an original tune that he penned for the occasion, which encouraged the graduating students to “write your song,” “love your life” and “start your own revolution.”

Bon Jovi was presented with an honorary doctor of letters degree from Rutgers-Camden for his musical accomplishments, as well as his work as a philanthropist.  After receiving the honor, Jon told the college’s Class of 2015 they shouldn’t feel discouraged if they weren’t quite sure about their career paths yet.

“Maybe you’ve already have your life mapped out — whether it’s the corner office, or philanthropy or music,” he said.  “But, if not, that’s OK.  Don’t be embarrassed by indecision.”

He added, “It’s OK to map out your future, but do it in pencil.”

Bon Jovi went on to explain how buying into the Philadelphia Soul arena football team led him to establish the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which funds and creates programs to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, and feed the hungry.

“For me, the issue of hunger and homelessness feels right,” he said. “For you, it may be something else, so find that something, be passionate about it and start that ripple.  Be that change, that’s what you do.”  Jon also talked about “the power of ‘we,'” stressing the importance of working collaboratively with others in order to accomplish positive change.

At the end of his speech, Bon Jovi revealed he’d written them a song for the students as a gift, and played it for them while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.  Bon Jovi’s rep tells ABC Radio the song’s title is “Reunion.”

Thousands of people attended the event, which was held at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden.  You can see the entire commencement ceremony online at the Rutgers-Camden campus’ YouTube channel.  Jon Bon Jovi appears about 61 minutes into the video.

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Boy George, Annie Lennox, Paul Williams & More Honored at UK’s Ivor Novello Awards

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by

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Dean Stockings; Mike OwenBoy George, Annie Lennox and famed songwriter Paul Williams were among the honorees at the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards, held today in London.

The Culture Club frontman was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to British Music prize.  The BBC reports that in his acceptance speech, Boy George described himself as “a melody writer who doesn’t play any instruments,” and said, “it’s amazing I managed to have this 30-year-plus career doing what I love.  What a life.”

Lennox became the first woman to receive a Fellowship to BASCA, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, in recognition of her philanthropy and activism, as well as for her musical achievements.  In presenting the honor to the ex-Eurythmics singer, Elton John praised her for her work supporting “women, human rights and, above all, the fight against HIV.”

Lennox said during her speech, “I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t become a singer-songwriter because creating music was all I ever wanted to do.”

John also presented the Songwriter of the Year award to Ed Sheeran.

Williams received the Special International Award, while veteran singer/songwriter Albert Hammond was honored with the Outstanding Song Collection prize.  Among the evening’s other honorees were Midge Ure and Bob Geldof, who won The Ivors Special Anniversary Award for their work on the Band Aid charity song “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.

Queen guitarist Brian May also took part in the ceremony, presenting heavy-metal legends Black Sabbath with the Lifetime Achievement award.

You can check out the complete list of winners at

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Madonna Postpones Start of Rebel Heart Tour: “The Show Has to Be Perfect”

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by

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PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentMadonna has rescheduled the first three dates of her forthcoming Rebel Heart tour due to production issues.

“As my fans already know, the show has to be perfect,” she says in a statement.  “Assembling all the elements will require more time than we realized.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause my fans.  I can promise you this show will be worth the wait.  Can’t wait to share it with all my Rebel Hearts out there.”

The August 29 opening night in Miami has been moved to January 23rd.  An additional show scheduled for August 30 will take place January 24, while the September 2 show in Atlanta has been rescheduled to January 20, and two shows in San Juan, Puerto Rico, originally scheduled for September 5 and 6 will now take place January 27 and 28.  Tickets for all dates will be honored for the new dates.  Refunds will be available at point of purchase.

The Rebel Heart tour will now kick off Wednesday, September 9 in Montreal. 

Visit Madonna’s website for the updated itinerary.

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Blues Magoos Keyboardist Ralph Scala Says Band Plays Better Now than Ever

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by

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Credit: Alan RandPioneering psychedelic rockers The Blues Magoos will play a new series of shows in the northeastern U.S. in the coming week in support of their 2014 reunion album, Psychedelic Resurrection.  The band features three members from its classic 1960s lineup — frontman/keyboardist Ralph Scala, singer/guitarist Peppy Castro and drummer Geoff Daking.

Scala tells ABC Radio that the current Magoos sound better live now than they did during their heyday, when they scored a #5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with the garage-rock gem “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet” and had the chance to tour the U.S. with The Who and Herman’s Hermits.

“We’ve all become much better musicians,” he explains.  “We’ve all been playing for 30, 40 years since we did Blues Magoos, so we’re playing the Blues Magoos songs better than they were played when we originally wrote them.”

Of course, the band also performs some songs from Psychedelic Resurrection, the first studio album The Magoos have released in more than 40 years.  Asked why the group decided to put together a new record after so many years, Castro says, “I think it just felt right.  Like, while we’re still alive and while we’re all still here, it’d be nice to just go back and revisit something and have a reunion.”

Peppy tells ABC Radio that he and his band mates “had a ball writing in the Magoo head…because you can’t take a band like Blues Magoos too serious.”

On that note, Castro reveals that his favorite song on the album is a tongue-in-cheek tune with quite a memorable title — “D’Stinko Me Tummies on the Blinko.”  The song focuses on the unfortunate after effects of eating some Chinese food, while also serving as a humorous homage to The Blues Magoos’ days performing in New York City clubs, when they would frequent local Chinese restaurants after gigs and sometimes order “magoo” gai pan.

Scala, meanwhile, says his favorite tune from Psychedelic Resurrection is a song Castro wrote called “Psyche-Delight,” which also pays tribute to the band’s early career.

“It’s got a great, cool groove…and the story that Peppy conjured up about us playing and what it was like to be on stage,” Ralph points out.  “We sing about our electric suits, the lava lamps which we endorsed, episodes with other players like Keith Moon wrecking all the hotel bars, and lyrics like that.  To me, it’s fun to sing.”

In addition to the new material, Psychedelic Resurrection features updated versions of some of The Blues Magoos’ best-known songs, including “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet,” “Gotta Get Away” and a cover of the John D. Loudermilk tune “Tobacco Road.”

The Blues Magoos’ brief tour kicks off tonight in Somerville, Massachusetts, and runs through a show this Sunday in Middletown, New York.  Here’s the band’s complete itinerary:

5/21 — Somerville, MA, Johnny D’s
5/22 — New Haven, CT, Café Nine
5/23 — New York, NY, Bowery Electric
5/24 — Middletown, NY, Brian’s Backyard BBQ

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Dave Edmunds Set to Release First Instrumental Album, “Rags & Classics,” in June

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by

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MVD Entertainment GroupVeteran rock guitar whiz Dave Edmunds will be releasing his first-ever all-instrumental album next month.  On Guitar…Dave Edmunds: Rags & Classics, which hits stores June 9, features the 71-year-old musician’s interpretations of an eclectic list of songs — everything from Procol Harum‘s “Whiter Shade of Pale,” The Beach Boys‘ “God Only Knows” and Elton John‘s “Your Song” to R. Kelly‘s “I Believe I Can Fly” to a classical piece by Mozart.

“I’ve chosen a selection of what I consider to be ‘classic singles’ from the past, but with a Fender Stratocaster guitar interpretation,” explains Edmunds, “along with others reflecting my earlier influences.”

Dave says he recorded Rags & Classics over the course of four months at his home studio in Wales, while admitting he’d been thinking about doing an instrumental record since he was 17 years old.

Edmunds first found fame in the U.K. during the late 1960s with the band Love Sculpture.  After the group split, he had a #4 hit in 1971 with his cover of Dave Bartholomew‘s blues-rock gem “I Hear You Knocking.”  He later formed the acclaimed band Rockpile with singer/songwriter Nick Lowe, but also had continued success as a solo artist into the 1980s.  His most recent album, …Again, was released in January 2014.

Here is the complete track list to Edmunds’ Rags & Classics:

“A Whiter Shade of Pale”
“I Believe I Can Fly”
“God Only Knows”
“Wuthering Heights”
“Your Song”
“Black Mountain Rag”
“Classical Gas”
“Green Onions”
“Cannonball Rag”
“Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, Molto Allegro”

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