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New Supergroup Revolution Saints Features Members of Journey, Night Ranger, Whitesnake

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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Frontiers RecordsMembers of three big rock bands of the ’80s, Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, Night Ranger singer/bassist Jack Blades and ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, have joined forces in a new supergroup called Revolution Saints.  Castronovo pulls double duty in the band, serving as lead singer as well as keeping the beat.

Revolution Saints will release its self-titled debut album on February 24.  The band was the brainchild of Serafino Perugino, president of Frontiers Records, who wanted to put together a project that would showcase Deen’s vocal talents. The 12-track album features songs that combine the soaring melodies and virtuoso musicianship for which the band members’ other groups are known.

Two other current members of Journey, guitarist Neal Schon and frontman Arnel Pineda, make guest appearances on Revolution Saints.  Schon is featured on a song titled “Way to the Sun,” while Pineda sings on a tune called “You’re Not Alone.”

“Revolution Saints, to me it’s ’80s-vibe rock with nuts,” says Castronovo in a promo video for the album posted on the Frontiers Music YouTube channel.  “I mean, you got …tons of melody, huge hooks and then you got amazing musicians.”

Adds Deen, “Nobody really played it safe on this.  It had enough freedom and it had enough air in it to where we could bring each one of our styles into this.”

Revolution Saints will be available on CD and high-quality vinyl, as well as in a deluxe edition CD/DVD set and as a digital download.  The deluxe release will offer three bonus tracks, and the DVD will include a making-of documentary, three promotional videos and one lyric video.

Here’s the track list for Revolution Saints:

“Back on My Trail”
“Turn Back Time”
“You’re Not Alone” (featuring Arnel Pineda)
“Locked Out of Paradise”
“Way to the Sun” (featuring Neal Schon)
“Dream On”
“Don’t Walk Away”
“Here Forever”
“Strangers to This Life”
“Better World”
“How to Mend a Broken Heart”
“In the Name of the Father (Fernando’s Song)”

Bonus Tracks (Deluxe Edition only)
“You Are Not Alone” (Arnel Pineda version)
“Way to the Sun” (Doug Aldrich version)
“You Are Not Alone” (Deen Castronovo version)

DVD Content (Deluxe Edition only)
Making of the Album documentary
“Turn Back Time” (promo video)
“Back on My Trail” (promo video)
“Here Forever” (promo video)
“Way to the Sun” (lyric video)


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Paul Simon, James Taylor Performing at NYC Benefit Show Honoring Late Saxophonist Michael Brecker

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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Mark Seliger; James O’MaraTwo of America’s all-time great singer/songwriters, Paul Simon and James Taylor, will perform at a benefit event that will pay tribute to their late friend and Grammy-winning sax player Michael Brecker.  “The Nearness of You” benefit concert will be held on January 20, 2015, at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The show, which also feature Bobby McFerrin and other well-known musicians, will raise money for cancer research at Columbia University Medical Center, and the work of two respected doctors, Azra Raza and Siddhartha Mukherjee, who are focused on finding a cure for Myelodisplastic Syndromes (MDS).  Brecker died at the age of 57 in 2007 after a battle with MDS.

Meredith Viera will emcee the event, which is being produced by Michael’s widow, Susan Brecker.

“When I learned that a cure for MDS will likely provide the key to curing leukemia, I realized there was no better way to honor my husband’s legacy than by raising important funds for research through this benefit concert,” says Susan in a statement.

Tickets for the concert are priced starting at $200 and are on sale now.  You can buy them at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office in New York, via the phone by calling 212-721-6500 or online at Jazz.org.



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Steven Tyler to Perform at 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Steven ErleAerosmith‘s Steven Tyler is one of the music artists chosen to perform at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which will be held on December 11 at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway.  The concert takes place the day after the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which will honor two human-rights activists, India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, for “their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education.”

Tyler says in a statement, “I am excited to bring rock ‘n’ roll to this incredible night, honoring some of the world’s most courageous activists.”

Other performers on the concert’s lineup include hip-hop star Queen Latifah, British soul singer Laura Mvula, and Norwegian singer Gabrielle.  Queen Latifah will also host the event.

The Nobel Peace Prize Concert is broadcast around the world, both on television and online: check NobelPeacePrizeConcert.org to find out when and where to watch the show in your area.  Artists that have performed at previous Nobel Peace Prize Concerts include Paul McCartney, Sting, Santana, Willie Nelson, Annie Lennox, Bon Jovi and A-ha.


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Joni Mitchell Put the Kibosh on Film that Would Have Starred Taylor Swift as Her

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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Jonathan Meyers; ABC/Ida Mae AstuteA couple of years ago, there was talk of a movie version of the book Girls Like Us, which focused on the impact of female singers Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King.  There also was word that pop superstar Taylor Swift had been cast as Mitchell in the film, but it was never made.  Now Joni is claiming it was she who pulled the plug on the project.

Speaking to the Sunday Times of London, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says, “I squelched that!  I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.  It’s just a lot of ­gossip, you don’t have the great scenes.’”  She also says she didn’t agree with the source material, which was written by Sheila Weller.  “There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books: assumptions, assumptions, assum­p­tions,” Mitchell tells The Times.

In October of 2012, Swift said she was eager to portray Mitchell, telling Rolling Stone, “I wish I could say it’s confirmed!  But the thing about movies that I’ve learned is — I’ve been reading scripts for five years, and you just don’t know what ones are going to get greenlit and which ones aren’t, so I can’t talk about it unless it’s the real thing.”

Girls Like Us would’ve been Swift’s first dramatic role, after making her acting debut in the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine’s Day.  The 24-year-old singer finally got that dramatic role this year, when she appeared in the movie The Giver.


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Joni Mitchell to Discuss New Box Set, “Love Has Many Faces,” During “Tavis Smiley” Appearance Tuesday

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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RhinoJoni Mitchell will make a rare television appearance when she visits PBS’ Tavis Smiley show on Tuesday night.  The lauded singer/songwriter will reminisce about her eventful life and career, and also will chat about her just-released box set, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced.

The 53-song, four-CD collection, which was curated by Mitchell herself, began as the soundtrack to a planned dance production that was to have been put on by Canada’s Albert Ballet, but was abandoned when she was unable to settle on a list of tunes for the project. Joni eventually wound up gathering the songs into four separate themed sections, each one that she views as a potential ballet act, and each corresponding to a disc in the box set.

In addition to compiling Love Has Many Faces, Mitchell designed the package, which includes six new original paintings, a selection of lyrical poems and extensive liner notes telling the story behind the project.

Check your local listings to find out when Tavis Smiley airs in your area.


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Watch Official Lyric Video for The Who’s New Song, “Be Lucky”

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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Geffen/Universal MusicThe Who has premiered an official lyric video for their new song, “Be Lucky,” streaming now at VEVO.com.  The track, which appears on the recently released The Who Hits 50! compilation, is the first new tune from the band since 2006.

The video features a montage of archival clips — both rare and recognizable — from throughout the band’s career, while the lyrics pop up in animated form, reflecting the same classic comic-book graphics featured on the cover of The Who Hits 50!  Among the recognizable segments are clips from the band’s promotional videos for “Happy Jack,” “Who Are You,” and “Don’t Let Go the Coat.”

All royalties from sales of “Be Lucky” are being donated to Teen Cancer America, the charity that The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend co-founded in 2011.

The Who kicked of their 50th anniversary tour on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, which was the band’s first-ever concert in the Middle East.  The rock legends will begin the U.K. leg of the trek this Sunday, November 30, in Glasgow, Scotland.


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Stevie Wonder Honored with Medal of Freedom at White House Ceremony

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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ABC/Lou RoccoPresident Obama on Monday honored 19 individuals, including Stevie Wonder,with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

At the White House ceremony, Obama noted that Wonder’s classic 1972 album Talking Book had a profound impact on him when he was growing up.

“This is, by the way, the first album I bought with my own money. I was 10 years old, maybe 11…with my own cash!” the president recounted, as the singer sat beside him. “I didn’t have a lot of it.”

“And I listened to that thing — that thing got so worn out, had all scratches — young people, you won’t remember this, but you had albums and they got scratched,” Obama added.

The honorees also included actresses Meryl Streep and Marlo Thomas.



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Surviving Beatles Sign Antique Piano to Help Raise Money to Aid Louisiana Veterans

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Kim Bergeron for East St. Tammany Habitat for HumanityThe two surviving Beatles have lent a hand to help raise money for an effort to build affordable homes for local military veterans in the New Orleans area.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have both autographed a restored piano decorated with painted images of the Fab Four. The piano is scheduled to be auctioned off soon to benefit an effort of a branch of Habitat for Humanity.

Kim Bergeron, a freelance public-relations strategist who worked pro bono for the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity in Slidell, Louisiana, was instrumental in getting the rock legends to sign the piano — no easy task since McCartney and Starr rarely autograph items these days.  NOLA.com reports that Bergeron contacted McCartney first, hoping that Sir Paul would lend his signature when he played an October 11 show in New Orleans.  That couldn’t be arranged, but she was able to get Ringo to agree to sign the instrument when he and his All-Starr Band performed in Biloxi, Mississippi, on October 17.

Getting McCartney’s John Hancock took a bit more doing.  His reps contacted Bergeron to tell her that Paul would be able to sign the piano if the instrument could be brought to Louisville, Kentucky, where he performed on October 28.  What was supposed to be a 10-hour journey turned into a 30-hour ordeal when the truck hired to transport the piano broke down multiple times along the way.  Eventually, the piano was brought to Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center, where Macca signed it, and treated Bergeron and some of her associates to a meet-and-greet too.

The story behind the piano also is interesting.  The antique, upright instrument, which dates back to the late 1800s, was donated to the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity in August by a Mississippi woman.  The piano was then restored and painted by Slidell artist Lori Gomez, and the initial plan was auction it at East St. Tammany Habitat’s “Home Is Where the Art Is” gala this past Friday.  However, when McCartney’s and Starr’s signatures were procured, it was decided to make the instrument available for bidding via a national auction, the details of which are still being finalized.  The piano was put on display at the Slidell charity event.

Funds raised by the sale will go toward the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build initiative, which will supply housing to one or more local veterans.  Bergeron tells ABC News Radio that now that the piano has been autographed by the Beatles band mates, the organization is hoping it can bring in enough money to fund homes for as many as 10 vets and their families.

You can read the story behind the piano and Bergeron’s quest to get it signed by the rock legends at her personal blog, RightBrainDiaries.com.



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Ariana Grande “Silly Beyond Belief,” According to Bette Midler

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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ABC/Kelsey McNeal; Warner Bros. RecordsAriana Grande‘s sexy dance moves go over well with her fans, but music legend Bette Midler is calling out Grande and other young pop stars for using their sex appeal to sell albums.

In an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph Midler, 68, bemoaned the state of today’s female artists while discussing her latest album, It’s the Girls, a compilation of covers of the girl bands of her youth. She calls what’s happening today “terrible.”

“It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous,” she explains, adding, “I mean, it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it.”

Midler stresses that she doesn’t think it’s Ariana’s fault. She believes the “Problem” singer’s managers are at the bottom of it.

“I wish they’d stop. But it’s not my business, I’m not her mother. Or her manager,” Bette says. “Maybe they tell them that’s what you’ve got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold.”

Midler thinks artists have the freedom to do whatever they want these days, but that’s not always a good thing.  “Whatever strictures there were have fallen apart,” she tells the newspaper. “And now it’s whatever you feel like doing you can do. I mean, apparently people really like to pretend they’re having sex. They really like to slap each other’s butts.”

Midler acknowledges that she could be the one who’s out of touch, but adds, “I don’t know what the end game is going to be. I don’t know where you go from all that sex in your twenties. I don’t know how you sustain it.”

Midler’s advice for a young woman who wants to get into show business today: “Trust your talent,” she advises. “You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don’t.”

It’s the Girls features The Divine Miss M tackling songs made famous by The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas and others.  The album also includes a cover of TLC’s “Waterfalls.”


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Bob Dylan Plays Concert for One Person, Show Filmed for YouTube Documentary

Monday, November 24th, 2014 by

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Columbia RecordsOn Sunday afternoon at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, Bob Dylan played what had to have been the most intimate show he’s ever done, performing a short set of cover tunes with his backing band to one person — a Swedish TV personality named Fredrik Wikingsson.  The event was organized and filmed for an ongoing Swedish movie series titled Experiment Ensam — translation: Experiment Alone — which captures an individual taking part in an activity usually experienced by crowds.

Wikingsson tells Rolling Stone that Dylan’s set featured renditions of Buddy Holly‘s “Heartbeat,” Fats Domino‘s “Blueberry Hill,” Chuck Willis‘ “It’s Too Late (She’s Gone)” and a blues jam that he couldn’t identify.

“I was smiling so much it was like I was on ecstasy,” he admits.  “My jaw hurt for hours afterwards because I couldn’t stop smiling.”

To make the amazing private show happen, Wikingsson says the filmmakers set things up through Dylan’s representatives and paid the legendary singer/songwriter an undisclosed fee.

Fredrik doesn’t know how much, but guesses “it was probably more than he gets for a normal gig.”

Wikingsson was chosen to take part in the flick because he’s friends with Experiment Ensam director Anders Helgeson, although he tells Rolling Stone he had to lobby hard for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I had an endless series of meetings where I managed to convince people my extreme fandom made me the best candidate for the enviable task,” the 41-year-old explains.

Wikingsson also says he was skeptical that the performance would actually take place right until the time Dylan stepped on stage.

“I thought some a**hole would walk onstage and just laugh at me,” he admits.  “I just couldn’t fathom that Dylan would actually do this.”

Wikingsson reveals to Rolling Stone that he chose to sit in the second row in front of the middle of the stage.  He also notes that he initially felt awkward about responding to the performance, but decided to yell out something after the second song.

“I realized I had to say something.  It was just too weird,” he points out.  “I screamed out, ‘You guys sound great!’  That caused Dylan to burst out laughing.”

Following the third song, Dylan played an impromptu harmonica solo that Wikingsson says touched him so much that he almost began crying.  After Bob finished his last song, he jokingly said to Wikingsson, “Swing by anytime.”

The show was captured by eight cameras, and the documentary about the event, which will be 15 minutes long, will premiere on December 15 on YouTube.

Wikingsson has been sharing stories about his amazing experience on his popular iTunes podcast, The Filip and Fredrik Podcast.  He tells Rolling Stone, that he has one more dream related to the show: “I want Dylan to release an official Columbia EP of the concert called Songs for Fredrick.”


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