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The Moody Blues’ John Lodge Says New Solo Album Was Inspired by Days Passed While Looking Toward Future

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 by

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Esoteric Antenna10,000 Light Years Ago, Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge‘s first solo album since 1977’s Natural Avenue, gets its release today on CD and vinyl.  Lodge says the new record pays homage to the musical styles that have influenced his work throughout his life while showing who he is today.

He tells ABC Radio that the album’s title came from a concept he had running through his “mind for a long time that the future’s always in reach but the past is gone forever.  So, it doesn’t matter if the past was one second ago, you can’t ever get there.  But, the important thing about the past is that it’s brought us to where we are today.”

Lodge says that in conjunction with the concept, he decided that the album should showcase “the diversity of styles that have influenced me over the years.”

The album is bookended by “In My Mind” and the title track, which both are reminiscent of the cosmic, spacey Moody Blues tunes of the late 1960s and early ’70s.  The record also includes a tribute to 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, a couple of mid-tempo rockers boasting ’80s-style production, an orchestrated ballad and an homage to jazz legends Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

Among the most interesting recordings on 10,000 Light Years Ago is “Simply Magic,” a melodic folk-rock song that reunites Lodge with his former Moody Blues band mates Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder, both of whom he’s known since he was a teenager.  Lodge points that including Thomas and Pinder in the project fit nicely into his concept of the record.

To record 10,000 Light Years Ago, Lodge said his goal was to work in the same collaborative way that The Moody Blues did when they made their classic early albums.  To accomplish this, he assembled a band featuring veteran rock guitarist Chris Spedding and two members of The Moody Blues’ touring group — keyboardist Alan Hewitt and drummer Gordon Marshall.  Although the musicians generally worked remotely in separate studios, John says he insisted that they share ideas and feedback about the tracks as the sessions progressed.

The Moody Blues currently are winding down a U.S. tour leg that wraps up with a May 10 concert in Morrison, Colorado.  The band then will launch a European trek that’s scheduled through a June 27 appearance at the U.K.’s famed Glastonbury Festival.  As for the possibility of him mounting a solo tour behind 10,000 Light Years Ago, he tells ABC Radio that it could happen depending on how the album is accepted.

He adds, “If it happens, it’ll be later this year.”  Lodge also says that Spedding, Hewitt and Marshall have all expressed interest in joining him on the road.

“What I’m really pleased about is they’re all incredibly proud of the album,” John notes.  “And that’s really turned me on, that’s really made me feel happy, that they’re happy about it…that they’re proud.”

10,000 Light Years Ago also is available as a deluxe CD/DVD set containing an exclusive interview with Lodge, behind-the-scenes footage from the album’s tracking session and a promo trailer.

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Roger Daltrey Has Swollen Vocal Cords; The Who Postpones Shows

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 by

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MSO PRThe Who has been forced to postpone three upcoming concerts because Roger Daltrey is suffering from swollen vocal cords.

Daltrey has been advised by doctors to remain on vocal rest, according to a statement. As a result, The Who has postponed Tuesday night’s scheduled concert in Kansas City, Thursday’s show in St. Louis, and Saturday’s performance in Louisville.

New dates are expected to be announced in the near future.

The band is slated to resume The Who Hits 50! North American tour next Monday in Nashville.

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U2 to Appear on “The Tonight Show” This Week; Bono Seen Rehearsing Potential Bike Accident Sketch

Monday, May 4th, 2015 by

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Credit: Paolo PellegrinAt long last, U2 will return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon after Bono‘s cycling accident forced the band to cancel a scheduled week-long residency on the talk show late last year.  While the Irish rockers won’t be playing for a week straight, U2 will appear on The Tonight Show this Friday, May 8.

Lest you think any mention of Bono’s accident would be pushed under the rug, the Daily Mail has published photos of the singer and host Jimmy Fallon rehearsing a sketch on the streets of New York City that prominently features bicycles.  In the photos, Bono and Fallon are riding on bikes, and a few shots show a Bono-dressed dummy being thrown into the hood of a car.

Last November, Bono was riding a bike through New York’s Central Park when he collided with another rider.  He suffered multiple injuries, including a broken left arm, a fractured shoulder blade and a fractured left eye socket.  The accident happened just one day before U2 was scheduled to undertake a week-long residency on The Tonight Show.  Bono recently told The New York Times that he is still unable to play guitar because of his injuries.

Nevertheless, Bono and U2 will launch their North American iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour on May 14 in Vancouver, Canada.  The Tonight Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on NBC.

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Annie Lennox Concert Film “An Evening of Nostalgia” Released Today on DVD & Digital

Monday, May 4th, 2015 by

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Blue Note RecordsAnnie Lennox’s new concert film, An Evening of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox, is officially out today in DVD and digital formats.

The film features Annie, backed by a 19-piece band, performing a series of classics from her album Nostalgia, including “Summertime,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “Strange Fruit.” She also sings her powerful rendition of “I Put a Spell On You,” which she performed at the Grammys this year and which was featured on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

“Every singer loves the challenge of interpreting truly inspirational songs,” Annie said in a statement. “Each one of these masterpieces stands as a lasting testimony to the brilliance of their creators — their individual beauty, power and poetry continues to stand the test of time.”

The concert concludes with a four-song selection of Annie’s own hits, both solo and with Eurythmics: “Here Comes the Rain Again,” “No More I Love You’s,” “Why,” and “Sweet Dreams.”

An Evening of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox was recorded January 28 at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre. The film’s available for purchase on its own in DVD, Blu-ray and digital long-form formats, or as part of a deluxe package that includes her Nostalgia album.

Fans first got a taste of the concert film when it premiered on the PBS series Great Performances in April. You can watch a clip of Annie’s performance of the classic “Memphis in June” from the film on Vevo.

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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Nick Mason Say Reunion Not Happening; Waters Laments Digital Music Era

Monday, May 4th, 2015 by

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Sean Evans; ABC NewsJust in case Pink Floyd fans haven’t gotten the message yet, founding band members Roger Waters and Nick Mason again have revealed that there is little chance, if any, of the group reuniting.  In a new interview with The Times of London marking the 50th anniversary of the band’s formation, the two rockers, who both are 71, express differing attitudes about a reunion, while agreeing on the slim likelihood of a tour or new recording project.

“A reunion is out of the question,” Roger tells the newspaper.  “Life, after all, gets shorter and shorter the closer you get to the end of it and time becomes more and more precious and, in my view, should be entirely devoted to doing the things you want to do.”

The singer/bassist adds, “One can’t look backwards.  Well one can — and I do, actually, and with some fondness — but to try and walk backwards would be absurd.”

As for Mason, he says, “We have no plans,” pointing that although he loves touring, longtime Pink singer/guitarist David Gilmour is “not at all keen.”  He also notes that Waters is “difficult,” and jokes that if there were to be a reunion, “it’ll probably just be me.”

Nick adds that he lives in hope, and says he could see Waters, Gilmour and him doing something if another charitable event like 2005’s Live 8 concert was organized.

During the same Times interview, Waters also lashes out at the powers-that-be in the music business who he feels are responsible for making it so difficult for artists to make money from their music in the digital age.  He declares that he feels “enormously privileged…to have been around when…you could still make a living writing and recording songs and playing them to people.”

Today, Waters says, technology companies, who he calls a “gallery of rogues and thieves” have “interjected themselves between the people who aspire to be creative and their potential audience and steal every f***ing cent anybody ever made.”

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The Who Selling Downloads of All Shows on Current Tour Leg

Monday, May 4th, 2015 by

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AEG LiveThe Who recently launched the North American edition of its 50th anniversary tour, and now the band is offering audio downloads of every show on the first leg of the trek via its online store.  Each concert costs $9.99 for MP3 or $14.99 for the higher-quality FLAC format.

Downloads will be available within two weeks after a particular show takes place.  The Who kicked off its current outing on April 15, and the tour leg is scheduled to wind down on May 30 in Forest Hills, New York.  After a series of European dates in the summer, the band also is slated to return for a second North American leg that’s mapped out from a September 17 concert in San Diego through a November 4 performance in Philadelphia.  You can check out the band’s full itinerary at

Here is the full list of shows for which downloads are or will be available:

4/15 — Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
4/17 — Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
4/19 — Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
4/21 — Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
4/23 — Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
4/25 — New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival*
4/27 — Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
4/29 — Houston, TX, Toyota Center
5/2 — Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
5/5 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
5/7 — St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
5/9 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Arena
5/11 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
5/13 — Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
5/15 — Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
5/17 — Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
5/20 — Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum
5/22 — Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
5/24 — Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
5/26 — Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
5/30 — Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium

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Barbra Streisand’s Pooch Bites Flight Attendant on Private Jet

Monday, May 4th, 2015 by

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PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records, Russell James, Copyright BarwoodBarbra Streisand‘s dog may look harmless, but apparently her bite is worse than her bark.

Streisand was headed to Washington, D.C. on billionaire businessman Ron Perelman‘s private jet to lobby for funding for the Women’s Heart Alliance last Tuesday when her 12-year-old Coton de Tulear, Samantha, bit a flight attendant on the plane.

The pooch’s aggressive behavior was unusual, according to a rep for the 73-year-old singer, who tells People magazine, “This never happened before. The dog has never had this kind of behavior.”

Streisand’s rep claims “The flight attendant started petting the dog, and when it’s a stranger, you put the hand out,” the spokesperson says. “And the dog nipped at her, and it would be inaccurate to make it more than it is. Barbara felt terrible.”

The injury required stitches, according to People.

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James Taylor Debuts New Song at Fenway Park

Monday, May 4th, 2015 by

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Timothy WhiteJames Taylor debuted a new song Sunday night before the Boston Red Sox hosted the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.

The setting was appropriate, given that the song is titled “Angels of Fenway” and was inspired in part by the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.

The song was played over the Fenway P.A. system, accompanied by video footage of the rivalry.

At a press conference, Taylor, a native of Boston, said he was motivated to create the song after the Red Sox snapped an 86-year championship drought and won the World Series in 2004. He said, “The release that it represented, the long, hard years waiting to get back on top. It moved me deeply and I knew I wanted to write about it.”

“Angels of Fenway” is one of the tracks on Taylor’s new album, Before This World, which will be released June 16. The tune will be streamed on, beginning Monday.

While at Fenway on Sunday night, Taylor also threw out the first pitch and sang “America the Beautiful.”

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REO Speedwagon and Imagine Dragons to Perform as REO Imagine Speedragons on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Monday, May 4th, 2015 by

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ABCREO Speedwagon will take part in the latest installment of the “Mash Up Mondays” performance series on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, teaming up with modern rockers Imagine Dragons as a one-off supergroup called REO Imagine Speedragons.  The two bands will perform together on tonight’s episode.

“I talked to [guitarist] Wayne [Sermon] from Imagine Dragons yesterday, and both our bands are totally psyched about doing the ‘Mash Up Monday,'” says REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin.  “We all love Jimmy and we’re gonna play one of our favorites like it’s never been played before.  Imagine REO Speedragons is gonna f**kin’ rock!”

Adds Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds, “REO Imagine Speedragons was destined to happen since the day Zeus thrust his mighty bolt to the earth.”

Previous “Mash Up Monday” bands have included Wee-Z Top — that’s ZZ Top and WeezerMorris Day and the HAIM, which paired up funk great Morris Day plus the band HAIM.  Smooth-jazz sax player Kenny G and rapper Warren G also joined forces for a Kimmel performance.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights on ABC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

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Ringo Starr Rehearses with Paul McCartney, Green Day in New Video from Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 by

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Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameDuring last month’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoree Ringo Starr jammed with his Beatles band mate Paul McCartney, fellow inductees Green Day and other stars.  Starr has posted a video featuring some cool backstage and rehearsal highlights from the event on his official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The footage includes Ringo running through his hit “It Don’t Come Easy,” working out the arrangement of The Beatles’ “I Wanna Be Your Man” with McCartney, Joe Walsh and Paul Shaffer and also performing the Fab Four’s “With a Little Help from My Friends” with Sir Paul.

In addition, the video shows Starr chatting with Green Day’s members and rehearsing for their performance of The Shirelles‘ “Boys,” which The Beatles covered on their 1963 debut album, Please Please Me.

In the clip, Ringo reveals that it was his idea to team with Green Day at the ceremony.

“When do we go on tour?” he jokes.  “Green Ringo Day!”

Green Day drummer Tre Cool then suggests, “We could be Gringo Day,” which gets a rousing response from Starr and Billie Joe Armstrong.

The video also shows Ringo hanging out with various other music luminaries, including fellow inductees Joan Jett and Bill Withers, as well as Stevie Wonder, Beck and John Legend.

A special featuring highlights from the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony premieres May 30 on HBO.

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