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Expanded Reissues of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks and His Band and the Street Choir Albums Due in October

Friday, August 28th, 2015 by

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Warner Bros. RecordsOn the heels of the announcement that most of Van Morrison‘s solo albums will be reissued digitally and made available to streaming services starting Friday, August 28, as part of a new Legacy Recordings deal, comes news of a separate series of Morrison reissues.  Expanded and remastered versions of two of Van the Man’s classic early studio efforts, 1968’s Astral Weeks and 1970’s His Band and the Street Choir, will be released on October 30 via Warner Bros. Records.

Both albums will be available as a single-CD and digitally, and both will feature several previously unreleased bonus tracks.

While Astral Weeks failed to break into the U.S. albums chart following its November 1968 release, it’s gone on to become one of Morrison’s most influential and critically acclaimed works, landing at #19 of Rolling Stone‘s 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.  The upcoming Astral Weeks reissue boasts four bonus tracks — alternate takes of “Beside You” and “Madame George” and long versions of “Ballerina” and “Slim Slow Slider.”

Released in November of 1970, His Band and the Street Choir followed Van’s 1969 commercial breakthrough Moondance, and became the singer/songwriter’s first album to crack the top 20 of the Billboard 200.  It also featured Morrison’s first top 10 hit, “Domino,” which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In addition, it includes the #23 single “Blue Money.”  The forthcoming His Band and the Street Choir reissue contains five extra cuts — alternate takes of “Call Me Up in Dreamland,” “Give Me a Kiss” and “Gypsy Queen,” and alternate versions of “I’ve Been Working” and “I’ll Be Your Lover, Too.”

Here are the track listings for the forthcoming reissues of Astral Weeks and His Band and the Street Choir:

Astral Weeks:

“Astral Weeks”
“Beside You”
“Sweet Thing”
“Cyprus Avenue”
“The Way Young Lovers Do”
“Madame George”
“Ballerina”
“Slim Slow Slider”
“Beside You” (Take 1)*
“Madame George” (Take 4)*
“Ballerina” (Long Version)*
“Slim Slow Slider” (Long Version)*

His Band and the Street Choir:

“Domino”
“Crazy Face”
“Give Me a Kiss”
“I’ve Been Working”
“Call Me Up in Dreamland”
“I’ll Be Your Lover, Too”
“Blue Money”
“Virgo Clowns”
“Gypsy Queen”
“Sweet Jannie”
“If I Ever Needed Someone”
“Street Choir”
“Call Me Up in Dreamland” (Take 10)*
“Give Me a Kiss” (Take 3)*
“Gypsy Queen” (Take 3)*
“I’ve Been Working” (Alternate Version)*
“I’ll Be Your Lover, Too” (Alternate Version)*

* = previously unreleased bonus tracks.

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Move Over, Taylor Swift: Jennifer Lawrence & Amy Schumer Dance on Billy Joel’s Piano During Chicago Concert

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Al Pereira/Getty ImagesNewly-minted BFFs Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer popped up in an unusual place on Thursday: dancing on Billy Joel‘s piano during his concert at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

While Billy sang “Uptown Girl,” J-Law and Schumer, who are writing a screenplay together, danced barefoot on the piano, and Lawrence even kissed Schumer’s feet. 

How did this pairing come about?  “Uptown Girl” is included in Amy’s film Trainwreck, and the whole thing was apparently planned.  According to E!, Kyle Dunnigan, a writer for Amy’s Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, posted video on Instagram earlier showing the two actresses rehearsing with Billy, but later deleted it.

Kim Caramele, Schumer’s sister, later shared video of the actual concert, which she shot while standing behind J-Law and Amy as they danced and Billy sang.

Amy and Jennifer met a few months ago, and Jennifer recently told the New York Times that in the screenplay they’re writing together, they’ll play sisters.  “Amy and I were creatively made for each other,” she said. ” We have different flavors. It’s been the most fun experience of my life.”

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Celine Dion Returns to the Las Vegas Stage

Friday, August 28th, 2015 by

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Denise Truscello/WireImageAfter putting her career on hold last year to care for her husband, Rene Angelil, who’s battling cancer, Celine Dion returned to her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Thursday night.

At a pre-show press conference, Dion explained despite her husband’s continuing battle, she went back to work because her family urged her to. “So my three children and my wonderful husband wanted me to be here. Because I’m not quite sure if I wanted to be here tonight,” the multiple Grammy winner admitted.

Although exactly half of the questions were asked and answered in Dion’s native French, the ones in English were primarily about her family and how they’re coping with Angelil’s health. Her answers were almost universally in praise of the strength of her family, with one notable exception coming when a reporter, trying to complement the singer’s hair, compared it to that of a Kardashian. The compliment did not go over well with Celine or her people.

Dion performed for an hour and 50 minutes on the Caesars Palace Stage. The set has changed since her last performances, but she says even some familiar love songs have taken on new meaning in light of her husband’s illness. “I have been singing them for so long. And now ‘Power of Love’ and ‘Because You Loved Me’ and ‘Incredible’ and all — I sang them, but now I mean it.”

The show itself started more than 35 minutes late, and ran for an hour an fifty minutes. It opened with a video of Celine fans from around the world lip-syncing “I Drove All Night,” after which the diva then took the stage for her first number, “I Surrender.”

Over the course of the evening, the backing band took on various sizes, from a high of 29 to a low of three, and the singer changed wardrobe five times. During many of those changes, members of Celine’s band performed without her, with the horn section even performing in the aisles at one point.

Even the largest parts of the production were small compared to Celine’s first run at Caesars Palace. But there were particularly intimate segments where she performed with a jazz trio, and again with a four-piece acoustic band sitting on stools. The latter required a bit of improvisation, when her guitarist unexpectedly left the stage to tune up -– the only real glitch in the show.

Celine also did three duets with video screens of The Bee Gees, Frank Sinatra and Elvis — and despite predictions of more original material this time around, she still indulged in plenty of covers, including a pair of Prince songs.

Despite the emotions surrounding her husband’s illness, it was only referred to twice during the show. The first came during “The First Time.” As home movies played on a video screen, the largest audience applause came when he appeared. Later, during an acoustic performance of “I’m Alive,” Celine shouted “I love you, Rene!” to her husband, who was reportedly watching the show and the concert via a private video feed.

The encore began with the predicable “My Heart Will Go On,” during which Celine was raised on an elevated platform inside a rotating waterfall. She then told the crowd, in part, “Tonight was not a new day. Tonight was not a new show. Tonight was a new beginning.” From there, Dion launched into the evening’s final song: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Here’s the full set list:

“I Surrender”
“Where Does My Heart Beat Now?”
“Because You Loved Me”
“It’s All Coming Back to Me Now”
“The Power of Love”
“Sing Sing Sing”
“Paganini”
“Quand Ca Balance”
“The First Time”
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Will It Go Round in Circle”
“Immortality”
“All the Way”
“If I Can Dream”
“A New Day Has Come”
“That’s The Way It Is”
“I’m Alive”
“Incredible”
“Love Can Move Mountains”
“River Deep, Mountain High”
“All By Myself”
“Show Must Go On”
“Uptown Funk Medley”
“Kiss”
“Purple Rain”
“My Heart Will Go On”
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

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Rare Paul McCartney Sketches Part of Liverpool Beatles Memorabilia Auction This Saturday

Friday, August 28th, 2015 by

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CBS Photography 1964A series of four sketches Paul McCartney scrawled during the 1960s are among the many collectibles going up for bid this Saturday in Liverpool, U.K., at the 2015 edition of the city’s annual Beatles Memorabilia Auction. The drawings, done on white scrap paper, feature faces of various Beatles members and include quirky messages on the opposite side.

The sketches are estimated to sell for as much as 10,000 pounds — or more than $15,000 — combined.  More than 300 other lots also will go under the hammer at the auction, which will be held at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.  The facility opened in 1996 and was co-founded by Sir Paul in the building that housed his old school.

Among the other interesting pieces of memorabilia that will be auctioned are a variety of autographed singles, albums, photos and documents signed by Beatles members; a piece of the original Cavern Club stage; a 1955 John Lennon detention sheet from Liverpool’s Quarry Bank High School; and handbills from a number of early Fab Four concerts.

For more details about the sale, visit BeatlesAuction.co.uk.  The auction is being held in conjunction with Liverpool’s annual International Beatleweek celebration, which runs through this Monday, September 1.  The lineup of artists and Beatles-related celebs scheduled to appear at the festival include Donovan, Badfinger‘s Joey Molland, one-time Wings member Denny Seiwell, former Lennon flame May Pang, George Harrison‘s ex-wife Pattie Boyd and photographer Bob Gruen.  Plenty of details about the fest have been posted at LiverpoolEcho.co.uk.

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Patti Smith Celebrates Electric Lady Studios’ 45th Anniversary at Intimate NYC Gig

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 by

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Credit: Steven SebringPatti Smith gave a special intimate performance on Wednesday night at New York City’s Electric Lady Studios to mark the 45th anniversary of the day that Jimi Hendrix opened the famed recording facility.  Smith, who actually was at the studio that day in 1970, performed her 1975 debut album Horses in its entirety.

The show was the inaugural installment of the “Live at Electric Lady” concert series, and was recorded for an upcoming high-quality vinyl release that will be the first disc to be issued on the just-announced Electric Lady Records label.  According to RollingStone.com, the punk poet also shared stories about various songs she performed, with her longtime backing band, and also recited some of her poetry.

About Horses‘ final tune, “Elegie,” which she co-wrote with ex-boyfriend and late Blue Oyster Cult member Allen Lanier, Smith said, “A lot has happened in 40 years and all of us have lost people that we love…obviously we can’t name them all, but this little song, written for Jimi Hendrix, now becomes a song to honor and remember all of them.”

Among the many celebrities who attended the concert were ex-R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, Arcade Fire‘s Win Butler, Liv Tyler, director Darren Aronofsky, The StrokesNikolai Fraiture, Dead Weather‘s Alison Mosshart, James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgard, Natasha Lyonne, Dakota Johnson, designer Christian Siriano and photographers Danny Clinch and Mark Seliger.

As previously reported, Patti has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of Horses‘ release at her shows throughout 2015, and she will launch a series of European and U.S. dates starting with a September 19 show in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Listen to Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp — aka Hollywood Vampires — Cover a Who Classic

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 by

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UMeA new full-length preview clip from Hollywood Vampires, the all-star tribute album organized by Alice Cooper and big-screen superstar Johnny Depp, has debuted online.  The collective’s rendition of The Who‘s “My Generation” can be heard in its entirety now at the Hollywood Vampires VEVO channel.

The song is a hard-rocking, relatively faithful version of the classic 1966 tune that features Alice on lead vocals, Johnny and Cooper band mate Tommy Henriksen on guitars, frequent Depp collaborator Bruce Witkin on bass, and longtime Who touring member Zak StarkeyRingo Starr‘s son — on drums.

As previously reported, Hollywood Vampires pays homage to some of the late rock stars that Cooper partied with during the 1970s as part of an informal drinking club of the same name.  One of the shock rocker’s fellow club members was The Who’s Keith Moon, which is why Alice chose to record a tune by the band.

Three other tracks from the Hollywood Vampires album had previously been posted at the project’s VEVO channel — an original tune titled “Dead Drunk Friends,” a cover of Spirit‘s “I Got a Line on You” and a medley combining Cooper’s own “School’s Out” and Pink Floyd‘s “Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2.”

Other guest artists featured on Hollywood Vampires include Paul McCartney, Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry, AC/DC‘s Brian Johnson, Joe Walsh, The DoorsRobby Krieger, Slash, Dave Grohl and Perry Farrell.  The album will be released on September 1.

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U2 Guitarist The Edge Takes Part in Eldest Daughter’s Italian Wedding

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 by

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Credit: Paolo PellegrinCongratulations go out to U2 guitarist The Edge, whose oldest child, Hollie Evans, got married this past weekend in Tuscany, Italy.  The Irish Mirror reports that the rock star was on hand to walk his 31-year-old daughter down the aisle.

According to the paper, Hollie wed her childhood sweetheart, Jamie Hewitson.

Hollie is one of three adult daughters The Edge fathered with his first wife, Aislinn.  He also has a teenage daughter and his son with his second wife, Morleigh Steinberg.  The 54-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer became a grandfather when his youngest daughter with Aislynn, Blue Angel, gave birth to a son.

Meanwhile, U2 has debuted a new official video for its Songs of Innocence single “Song for Someone” on its official Facebook page.  The visually striking black-and-white clip was directed by illustrator and photographer Matt Mahurin.

U2 kicks off a European leg of its iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 next Friday, September 4, in Turin, Italy.  The trek runs through a November 15 show in Paris.

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Song For Someone (Directed by Matt Mahurin)

‘Don’t let it go out…’ Illustrator and photographer Matt Mahurin directs this visual meditation on ‘Song For Someone’, from U2’s latest album Songs of Innocence.

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Inflatable Pig Featured on Pink Floyd’s “Animals” Album Cover Being Auctioned Next Month

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 by

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Credit: Mark DaviesOne of most famous props in the annals of rock history is about to go under the hammer.  The giant inflatable pig tied to London’s Battersea Power Station that appeared on the cover of Pink Floyd‘s 1976 album, Animals, will be auctioned off next month as part of a U.K. memorabilia sale. 

The floating pig, nicknamed “Algie,” is among the many props created for various rock acts by the Halesworth, U.K.-based Air Artists studio that will be offered for sale September 15 via Durrants auction house.

Other items going up for bid include an inflatable Babylonian woman that appeared onstage during served The Rolling Stones‘ Bridges to Babylon Tour, a giant pig head featured at Roger Waters‘ historic 1990 concert at the Berlin Wall, and props used by AC/DC, Bon Jovi and Iron Maiden.

Creator Mark Davies tells BBC News he decided to sell the props — which for years had been stored in his workshop — because he changed his artistic direction toward sculpture rather than inflatable pieces.

“I’m sad to see them go but they very rarely see the light of day and so I would be quite happy for someone else to take them for a walk,” the artist says.  “The clear-out has been quite cathartic and brought back a lot of memories, but I do feel I’ve been there and done that now, and it’s time to move on.”

Waters designed “Algie,” and a dramatic composite photo of the 40-foot prop moored to the huge power station served as the cover art for Animals.  During the photo shoot, the helium-filled “Algie” infamously broke free and floated thousands of feet in the air, causing flights at London’s Heathrow Airport to be canceled.  The flying pig eventually touched down at a farm in Kent, England, and was retrieved, repaired and used to finish the shoot.

To find out more information about the auction, visit Auctions.Durrants.com or The-Saleroom.com.

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Elton John Inspires the Name of a New Marine Species

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 by

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Credit: Dr. James ThomasElton John‘s outrageous outfits have become legendary, and now one of them has inspired the name of a newly discovered species of crustacean, according to Phys.org.

While exploring the remote coral reefs of Raja Ampat in Indonesia, Dr. James Thomas from the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography in Florida and his colleagues from Naturalis Natural History museum in the Netherlands discovered the tiny crustacean, which lives inside another reef dweller.

Thomas, it turns out, is a big fan of the 68-year-old singer, songwriter and pianist, and he named the amphipod Leucothoe eltoni for its unusual shape, which reminded him of a famous outfit John wore in the 1975 film adaptation of The Who rock opera Tommy.

As Thomas explained in his scientific paper about the crustacean, its name was “in reference to the large shoe-like first gnathopod [a clawlike appendage] of this species and the oversize boots Elton John wore as the local pinball champion in the movie Tommy.”

Thomas’ paper on the species was published in the journal ZooKeys.

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Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt to Speak at Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony Honoring Music Industry Exec Joe Smith

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 by

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Nels Israelson; Marina ChavezJackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt will be on hand to celebrate the unveiling of a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today honoring veteran music industry executive Joe Smith.  Browne and Raitt will serve as guest speakers at the ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. PT at 1750 North Vine Street in front of the famous Capitol Records Building.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler will emcee the event.  If you aren’t able to attend the ceremony in person, it will be streamed live at WalkOfFame.com.

During his long career, Smith has served as president of Warner Bros. Records, chairman of Elektra/Asylum Records and president and CEO of Capitol-EMI Music.  In addition, during the 1980s he interviewed more than 230 artists, producers and other music-industry figures for a book he wrote titled Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music.  He later donated his collection of audio interviews from the project to the Library of Congress.  You can hear some of these interviews, including Smith’s conversations with Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Jerry Garcia, Ray Charles and B.B. King, at the Blank on Blank official YouTube channel.

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