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The Edge, Patti Smith Among Music Stars Featured in Chef Mario Batali’s New Cooking-Themed Web Series

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 by

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Paolo Pellegrin; Angelo CricchiU2 guitarist The Edge and Patti Smith are among the stars who appear on Feedback Kitchen, a new web series that features celebrity chef Mario Batali, um, grilling various famous musicians about their creative process and how it relates to their passion for food.

All five episodes of the series — including shows featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and crooner Josh Groban — premiere on Monday, January 26, on Daily Motion.  During each episode, Batali cooks up a special meal inspired by his guest.  Each artist also performs a song on the show.

In a preview clip of The Edge’s episode, the Irish rocker reflects, “Music is so eloquent an art form in expressing human emotions.”  He also is seen strumming an acoustic guitar while singing his band’s 1992 song “Running to Stand Still.”  In addition, the preview shows Batali cooking up a fresh scallop and pasta dish, which he and The Edge share along with some white wine.

In a clip promoting Smith’s episode, the Godmother of Punk says of the motivation to create music or art, “I think all artists enjoy their process.  It’s inherent in you.  You have a creative impulse and the impulse isn’t to do it for yourself but for others.”  She also performs an acoustic version of “Grateful,” a tune from her 2000 album, Gung Ho.  As for the cooking aspect of the program, the preview shows an ecstatic Patti observing Mario shave a large truffle in to a pasta dish he’s preparing.

Check out previews for all five shows at DailyMotion.com/FeedbackKitchen.


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Paul McCartney Releases New Single with Kanye West and Rihanna

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 by

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Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsEarlier this month, Paul McCartney and Kanye West teamed up to release a new single called “Only One.”  It was promised as the first of several collaborations between the two artists.  Now, a new collaboration has been released — with Rihanna added to the mix.

The melodic acoustic track, featuring Rihanna, Kanye and McCartney, is called “FourFiveSeconds,” and you can hear it at Rihanna’s official website and via iTunes now.

Rihanna described the song on Twitter as “FIRST GLIMPSE AT MY NEW MUSIC!” The singer hasn’t released a new album since 2012’S Unapologetic, but has been teasing the imminent release of new music for quite some time now.

“Now I’m four, five seconds from wildin’/And we got three more days ’til Friday,” Rihanna sings.  “I’m just tryna make it back home by Monday, mornin’/I swear I wish somebody would drink/ Ooh, that’s all I want/And I know that you’re home tonight, thinkin’ how could I be so selfish/but you called ’bout a thousand times wondering where I’ve been.” 

Kanye also sings on the track; we assume that McCartney is the one playing acoustic guitar.


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Patti LaBelle to Perform at 2015 BET Honors

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 by

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Credit: Carlo Dalla ChiesaPatti LaBelle is part of the entertainment lineup for the 2015 BET Honors, which will be held tonight at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Other artists scheduled to perform during the eighth annual gala include Mary J. Blige, Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz and K. Michelle.

Among the celebrities who will be recognized at this year’s BET Honors are Kanye West, Usher Raymond and Phylicia Rashad.  West will be bestowed with the Visionary Award, Usher will be presented with the Musical Arts Award and Phylicia will receive the Theatrical Arts Award.

Wayne Brady will host the event, while Bobby Brown, Diahann Carroll and Anthony Anderson will serve as presenters.  The 2015 BET Honors will air on the BET network on Monday, February 23, at 9 p.m. ET.


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Bob Dylan to Give 50,000 Free Copies of His New Album to “AARP” Magazine Readers

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by

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Columbia RecordsOn Thursday, a lengthy new interview Bob Dylan gave with AARP magazine that focused mostly on his upcoming standards album, Shadows in the Night, premiered online at AARP.org.  Now, the AARP organization has announced that the folk-rock great will be giving away free copies of the album to 50,000 of the magazine’s readers.

According to the AARP, a U.S.-based interest group for people aged 50 and over, the CDs will be sent out to randomly chosen subscribers.

During the interview, Dylan’s first in nearly three years, he talked about his desire to give away copies of the album, which features renditions of 11 songs recorded by the late Frank Sinatra.

“A lot of [the magazine’s] readers are going to like this record,” he said.  “If it was up to me, I’d give you the records for nothing and you give them to every [reader of your] magazine.”

Dylan, who is now 73, also discussed how the themes of his own songs have matured as he’s aged. “Look, you get older.  Passion is a young man’s game,” he maintained.  “Young people can be passionate.  Older people gotta be more wise.  I mean, you’re around a while, you leave certain things to the young.  Don’t try to act like you’re young.  You could really hurt yourself.”

Shadows in the Night will be released on February 3.

 
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Mike Tyson Explains His “Crazy” Contribution to Madonna’s New Song “Iconic”

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by

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InterscopeMany were left scratching their heads when news broke that boxing legend Mike Tyson would be featured on a song on Madonna‘s upcoming album, Rebel Heart.  Now the nature of his contribution to the track “Iconic” has been revealed. 

“Madonna calls you and tells you to come somewhere, you go,” Mike tells Rolling Stone.  “I didn’t know what the hell I was going there for.  I’m just there having a good time and hanging out with Madonna.  She has her producer there and I go into the studio and I didn’t know if she wanted me to talk or rap.  I just go in there and start talking.  I’m talking about my life and things that I have endured.  I’m saying some really crazy stuff.  It was really intense.”

He said he ad-libbed his part of the song in one take and was inspired by an unlikely source: Italian fascist Benito Mussolini.

“When I did it, I think about being some guy like Mussolini and they’re really arrogant, but you try to come from a positive perspective and be uplifting,” he explained.  “You watch Mussolini on television — even though we don’t understand what he’s saying — he is so mesmerizing.  I look at myself in that way.”

Though he hasn’t heard the finished song yet, he’s pretty confident that he nailed his part.  “Doing the song with Madonna makes me think this [music career] could really happen,” Mike said.  “Most guys that come in there drink a bunch of liquor or smoke 100 blunts.  I just went in and boom, one take.  Everyone thought it was cool.”

“Iconic” marks the first time Mike and Madonna have collaborated, but the two go way back.  Mike first met Madonna in 1988, during a double-date with his then-wife Robin Givens and Madonna’s then-husband Sean Penn.

We’ll get to hear Mike’s part in “Iconic,” which also features Chance the Rapper, when Rebel Heart is released on March 9.  Unless, of course, it leaks before then.


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Carlos Santana’s Nephew Advances to “American Idol” Hollywood Round

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by

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Courtesy Rubén Martin/RCA RecordsIs Carlos Santana the uncle of the next “American Idol”?  Could be!  The guitar legend’s nephew Adam Lasher was among the contestants that were shown trying out for Fox’s singing competition show on Thursday’s American Idol episode, which was taped in New Orleans.

Lasher, who hails from Danville, California, chose to sing an original song for the audition, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.  Judge Keith Urban loved his voice and his artistry.  Fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. agreed and all three voted “yes” for Adam to advance.

Prior to his audition, Adam told host Ryan Seacrest that his uncle taught him how to play guitar.

“Sometimes the proverbs or the wisdom that he’s saying is just like a deeper lesson than just like, ‘Hey, this is a barre chord and this is this scale and this is that scale,'” Lasher explained. “He’s just like a Jedi with a guitar.”

The segment, which has been posted on the American Idol YouTube channel, also included a clip of Adam performing onstage with his Uncle Carlos.

Incidentally, Lasher performs with his own group, which has several gigs lined up in the coming days in Southern California.  You can find out more information at AdamLasherBand.com.



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Star-Studded 2005 Tribute to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” Reissued with Bonus Tracks

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by

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Cleopatra RecordsIn 2005, a tribute to Pink Floyd‘s 1979 concept album The Wall titled Back Against The Wall was released that featured an extraordinary lineup of rock stars, including past or current members of Yes, Styx, Toto, The Doors, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple and more.  To mark its 10th anniversary, the two-CD set was reissued this week with new artwork and several bonus tracks, while the collection also has been released on vinyl for the first time.

Among the interesting collaborations that appear on Back Against The Wall are a version of “Don’t Leave Me Now” featuring Styx’s Tommy Shaw and The Doors’ Robby Krieger; a rendition of “Hey You” with Asia/ex-King Crimson singer/bassist John Wetton, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Yes drummer Alan White and Shaw; and a version of “Comfortably Numb” featuring White and Yes bassist Chris Squire.

The project was the brainchild of one-time Yes guitarist Billy Sherwood, who has overseen the creation of numerous all-star tribute albums over the last decade or so.  A digital version of the reissue also is available.

The bonus tracks, which don’t appear on the vinyl version of Back Against The Wall, include four different remixes of “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2,” as well as a remix of “Comfortably Numb.”

Here is the complete track list of the Back Against The Wall reissue, including the key artists who contributed to each song:

Disc 1
“In the Flesh?” (featuring Adrian Belew, Alan White & Steve Porcaro)
“The Thin Ice” (featuring Ian Anderson & Tony Levin)
“Another Brick in the Wall Part 1″ (featuring Steve Morse & Billy Sherwood)
“The Happiest Days of Our Lives” (featuring Billy Sherwood & Vinnie Colaiuta)
“Another Brick in the Wall Part 2″ (featuring Fee Waybill, Ronnie Montrose & Mike Porcaro)
“Mother” (featuring John Wetton, Adrian Belew & Alan White)
“Goodbye Blue Sky” (featuring Steve Howe & Billy Sherwood)
“Empty Spaces” (featuring Billy Sherwood & Robby Krieger)
“Young Lust” (featuring Glenn Hughes)
“One of My Turns” (featuring Tommy Shaw)
“Don’t Leave Me Now” (featuring Tommy Shaw & Robby Krieger)
“Another Brick in the Wall Part 3″ (featuring Steve Lukather & Tony Levin)
“Goodbye Cruel World” (featuring Billy Sherwood & Tony Levin)

Disc 2
“Hey You” (featuring John Wetton, Steve Lukather, Tommy Shaw & Alan White)
“Is There Anybody Out There?” (featuring Adrian Belew & Billy Sherwood)
“Nobody Home” (featuring Rick Wakeman)
“Vera” (featuring Tommy Shaw & Steve Howe)
“Bring the Boys Back Home” (featuring Billy Sherwood & Jay Schellen)
“Comfortably Numb” (featuring Chris Squire & Alan White)
“The Show Must Go On” (featuring Adrian Belew & Vinnie Colaiuta)
“In the Flesh” (featuring Billy Sherwood, Steve Porcaro & Vinnie Colaiuta)
“Run Like Hell” (featuring Jason Scheff, Dweezil Zappa & Tony Kaye)
“Waiting for the Worms” (featuring Billy Sherwood, Tony Levin & Vinnie Colaiuta)
“Stop” (featuring Billy Sherwood)
“The Trial” (featuring Malcolm McDowell)
“Outside the Wall” (featuring Billy Sherwood)
Bonus Tracks
“Another Brick in the Wall Part 2″ (Electro Remix)
“Another Brick in the Wall Part 2″ (House Remix)
“Another Brick in the Wall Part 2″ (Radio Remix)
“Another Brick in the Wall Part 2″ (Dub Remix)
“Comfortably Numb” (Blackburner Remix)



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Mötley Crüe Adds Second L.A. Date to Farewell Tour

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by

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Paul BrownMötley Crüe will wrap up their farewell tour on New Year’s Eve with a concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. If you can’t make it to that show, which is nearly sold out, you’ll have the opportunity to see them live in the same venue the night before.

The band has announced they’ll perform at the Staples Center on December 30. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Saturday morning at 10 a.m. local time. At that same time, a limited number of tickets for the New Year’s Eve concert will also be released.

Complete ticket information is available on Motley.com.


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Ex-Utopia Bassist Kasim Sulton Says He’s “Very Proud” of New Solo Album, “3”

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by

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Courtesy of Kasim SultonVeteran rock bassist Kasim Sulton recently released his third solo album, the aptly titled 3, a collection of finely crafted pop and rock tunes. The 59-year-old musician says he’s “very proud” of the record, which he recorded with the help of some famous musical friends and associates.

Sulton probably is best known as the longtime bassist for Todd Rundgren‘s old group Utopia, and he also has toured and recorded with such other artists as Meat Loaf, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, The New Cars and Blue Oyster Cult.  For 3, Sulton called on all of his former Utopia band mates — Rundgren, keyboardist Roger Powell and drummer Willie Wilcox — as well as Blue Oyster Cult guitarist Buck Dharma Roeser, Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes and Billy Joel/Ringo Starr sax player and musical director Mark Rivera, among others.

Kasim tells ABC News Radio that because of his many musical commitments, it usually takes him several years to finish a solo album, and 3 was no exception.  He also points out that the new record differs from his previous solo efforts, 1982’s Kasim and 2002’s Quid Pro Quo, in that he didn’t have many guest musicians play on those earlier releases.

Sulton says one of his favorite songs on the album is the first single, a melodic pop-rock gem called “Clocks All Stopped,” which he co-wrote with frequent songwriting partner Phil Thornalley.  If the track sounds reminiscent of Kasim’s old band Utopia, that’s by design.

“I sat down to write a real Utopia song,” he explains.  “And I think that ‘Clocks All Stopped’ is a pretty good indication of what a Utopia record might be like if we were still making records.”  To get that Utopia sound, Sulton enlisted Rundgren and Powell to play on the track.

Sulton admits that Utopia and Rundgren, with whom he still tours, remain among his biggest influences as a songwriter.

“I think that left an indelible mark on my creative process,” he says of his tenure with the band.  “And certainly working with Todd, because Todd, I feel, is one of the greatest unsung songwriters of the last half of the 20th century.”

Other songs Kasim says he likes on 3 include “15 Minutes,” which features Roeser, Rivera and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes pianist Jeff Kazee, and a cover of tune by founding Tubes guitarist Bill Spooner called “Too Much on Her Mind.”  Hawkes and Wilcox played on the latter track.

As for how he feels about 3 as a whole, Sulton says, “I never say this about my own stuff, but I’m very proud of my record, and I just hope that it has some longevity, that I can keep playing shows behind it for the next year or so.”

Sulton currently has just two concerts lined up in support of the album, a gig tonight at Joe’s Pub in New York City, and a show on Sunday at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia.  Fans also will be able to catch Kasim playing with Blue Oyster Cult, who have plenty of 2015 tour dates lined up.  Visit BlueOysterCult.com to check out the band’s full itinerary.

You can purchase 3 and find out the latest news on Sulton at his official website.



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Bob Dylan Discusses Standards Album, Admiration for Frank Sinatra in New Interview

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by

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Columbia RecordsIn his first interview in three years, Bob Dylan chats with AARP magazine at length about Shadows in the Night, his upcoming album of standards, which will be released on February 3.

Dylan reveals he’d been thinking about making an album like Shadows in the Night, which features 10 songs that Frank Sinatra recorded during his career, “ever since I heard Willie [Nelson]’s Stardust record in the late 1970s.”  He adds, “All through the years, I’ve heard these songs being recorded by other people and I’ve always wanted to do that.”

The 73-year-old singer/songwriter notes that it was important for him to do justice to the songs he covered for the project, which include such classics as “Autumn Leaves,” “Some Enchanted Evening” and “What’ll I Do.”

“I love these songs, and I’m not going to bring any disrespect to them,” he maintains.  “To trash those songs would be sacrilegious.”

Dylan also suggests that the ultimate versions of the tunes were Sinatra’s renditions, noting that the late crooner set the bar very high indeed.

“When you start doing these songs, Frank’s got to be on your mind.  Because he is the mountain,” Bob tells the magazine.  “That’s the mountain you have to climb, even if you only get part of the way there.”

Dylan says one of the things he admires about Sinatra is that “he had this ability to get inside of the song in a sort of a conversational way.  Frank sang to you — not at you.”

Asked whether he felt it was risky attempting to sing songs associated with Sinatra, Dylan fires back, “Risky?  Like walking across a field laced with land mines?  Or working in a poison gas factory?  There’s nothing risky about making records.”

He adds, “Comparing me with Frank Sinatra?  You must be joking.  To be mentioned in the same breath as him must be some sort of high compliment.  As far as touching him goes, nobody touches him.  Not me or anyone else.”

With regard to what Sinatra might have thought about his album, Bob says he thinks that Frank may have appreciated his stripped-down approach to the material.

“I think first of all he’d be amazed I did these songs with a five-piece band,” Dylan says.  “I think he’d be proud in a certain way.”

Dylan also discusses the enduring nature of the standards he recorded for Shadows in the Night, admitting that he now feels a closer connection to those tunes than some of his own compositions.

“It’s easier for me to sing that song than it is to sing, ‘Won’t you come see me, Queen Jane,'” he says.  “Because ‘Queen Jane [Approximately]’ might be a little bit outdated.  But this song is not outdated.  It has to do with humane motion.  There’s nothing contrived in these songs.  There’s not one false word in any of them.  They’re eternal.”

Visit AARP.org to read the full interview with Dylan, which features him talking about his musical influences, his admiration for soul/gospel legend Mavis Staples, his reasons for retreating from the limelight during the late 1960s, his love of touring and much more.


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