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Gladys Knight Talks New Lifetime Movie & Unique “Dancing with the Stars” Concept

Sunday, September 21st, 2014 by

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Courtesy: It Is Done CommunicationsFans of Lifetime Christmas movies can rejoice: Gladys Knight has just wrapped filming a brand new movie for the network, titled Seasons of Love.  And even though acting is nothing new for the 70-year old legend, she tells Billboard she found the love scenes a bit challenging.

“It was a stretch for me because of the onscreen kiss,” she laughed. “I felt like I was cheating on my real husband.”

In the film, Knight co-stars with actress Taraji P. Henson, who plays her sister. “It’s about young people figuring out how to get the special kind of love that my character and her husband have,” she says.

Knight is having a terrific month music-wise as well. Her new gospel album, Where My Heart Belongs, debuted at number 20  on this week’s Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.  Gospel isn’t new for Knight, who said she often included an inspirational song when recording with The Pips.

“We [Gladys Knight & the Pips] always had that [gospel] element in our lives, part of the village that raises you,” she said.

Meanwhile, the singer, who competed on the fourteenth season of Dancing With The Stars, said she has one wish for the ABC show.

“I’d like to see dancers like myself given our own category and give the younger ones their category,” she said. “Then we’re competing with people equal in the category and not [becoming] the joke of the show.”


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New Publishing Deal Aims to Spread Grateful Dead Music Through Song Placements

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by

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Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesThe Grateful Dead‘s catalog is now part of a new publishing deal that is expected to result in song-placement opportunities, but not all of the material from the band’s long, strange trip will be made available.

The agreement, struck between Universal Music Publishing Group North America and the Dead’s publishing company, Ice Nine, includes using the band’s songs in film and television.  However, placement of Dead tunes in commercials is restricted to material not involving Robert Hunter, a longtime lyricist for the Dead.  Hunter had a hand in composing some of the group’s best-known songs, including “Truckin’,” “Uncle John’s Band” and “Casey Jones.”  Surviving Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are among those with rights to the group’s song catalog.

“We will bring them everything for them to review,” UMPG president Evan Lamberg tells Billboard, “and we will learn more about what they want.”

Lamberg is confident this new deal will expand the legendary San Francisco jam band’s reach to a different demographic.

“Young people may know the name Grateful Dead, but not be as familiar with their music,” he said.  “If you’re not putting yourself into relevant areas where your music can be discovered, your music could be lost to the younger [generation].”


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Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp & Others to Polish Stars for Philadelphia Walk of Fame

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by

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Paradise ArtistsPhiladelphians will be twisting again with Chubby Checker when he’s on hand to personally polish his star on the Philadelphia Walk of Fame as part of the Making the Stars Shine Event on September 23.

Checker will be joined by other honorees, including Dee Dee Sharp, who duetted with the ’60s icon on “Slow Twisting’” and had a hit with her own “Mashed Potato Time.”  Also there will be famed guitarist Charlie Gracie and songwriter and producer Jerry Ross, who co-wrote the hit “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” for Diana Ross and The Supremes.

The stars will be joined by volunteers from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local Union 8, who will help clean and polish 121 bronze plaques along the Walk of Fame, located at Broad Street between Walnut and Spruce Streets.

The ceremony, sponsored by the union as well as the Philadelphia Music Alliance and the Avenue of the Arts, will also serve as a kick-off celebration for various Philadelphia venues as they unveil their fall performance schedules.


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Paul Simon Added to Performers for George Harrison Week on “Conan”

Friday, September 19th, 2014 by

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Mark SeligerPaul Simon has been added to the list of performers scheduled to honor late Beatles guitarist George Harrison on Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show.

Simon will join previously announced guests Beck, Norah Jones and Harrison’s only child, Dhani, for Conan’s George Harrison Week, a four-night musical salute beginning today, September 22.

Beck will kick off the celebration Monday, Simon will take the stage on Tuesday, Dhani Harrison and friends will appear on Wednesday and Jones will complete the festivities on Thursday.

As previously reported, the Conan event coincides with the release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75.  The deluxe eight-disc box set — which features reissues of Harrison’s first six solo albums, plus bonus material — will be available September 23 on CD and digital download.

Jones and Dhani will also participate at George Fest, a star-studded tribute concert set for September 28 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.

Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on TBS.


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Jimi Hendrix Immortalized in Wax at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco

Friday, September 19th, 2014 by

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Beck Diefenbach/Madame TussaudsJimi Hendrix fans can now take a selfie with the guitar god — in wax-statue form, that is.

A wax likeness of the legendary musician was unveiled Friday by his brother Leon Hendrix at Madame Tussauds San Francisco.  The ceremony coincided with Jimi Hendrix Day, honoring the 44th anniversary of his death, which occurred September 18, 1970.

A team of 20 artists worked for more than three months to create the lifelike figure, with painstaking detail to Hendrix’s guitar.  The figure got a thumb’s up from Hendrix’s brother, who praised the museum’s work.

“The representation and detail of his figure is uncanny,” he said.  “It’s an honor to see him immortalized in this fashion.”

Madame Tussauds San Francisco is in the city’s Fisherman’s Wharf district.


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Neil Diamond to Give First Ever Performance in Brooklyn Hometown

Friday, September 19th, 2014 by

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Frank Ockenfels/The Kennedy CenterIt’s hard to believe, but in his five-decade career, Neil Diamond has never performed in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.  All that will change, however, come September 29.

On that day, Diamond will give a special performance at a “surprise location” in Brooklyn, NY at 6 p.m.  It’s so secret, he’s not even announcing the location until 8 a.m. that day, via his Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Tickets will then be available on a first-come, first-served basis

The concert announcement comes on the heels of the news that Diamond will release a new album, Melody Road, Oct. 21. As previously reported, the 12-track collection is the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s first release for Capitol Records under a new deal. It’ll arrive packaged with a 36-page book that includes the lyrics and chords to each tune.


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“Queen Forever” to Include Freddie Mercury-Michael Jackson Duet

Friday, September 19th, 2014 by

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QueenIn 1981, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson came together in the studio for a once in a lifetime duet that inexplicably never saw the light of day.  That’s about to change, however, when when Queen releases a new compilation, Queen Forever, on Nov. 10.

The song, titled “There Must Be More to Life than This,” was originally recorded for the band’s Hot Space sessions, but the backing track was never completed.  Enter producer William Orbit, who was tasked with completing the job, an assignment he said was like opening a “a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians.”

In a statement released by the band, Orbit says, “Hearing Michael Jackson’s vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie’s vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level.”

While Mercury released a more stripped down-version of “There Must Be More to Life than This” on his 1985 solo album, Orbit went in the opposite direction, adding full instrumentation to give the song more kick.

In addition to “There Must Be More to Life than This,” two other gems appear on the compilation.  There’s “Love Kills,” a Mercury song from the soundtrack to the 1984 restored version of the 1927 sci-fi film classic Metropolis, performed with American Idol alum Adam Lambert on Queen’s summer tour; and “Let Me In Your Heart Again,” another unfinished composition from the 1984 Queen album, The Works.

Queen Forever will be available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set.  Here’s the track listing:

Single CD
“Let Me In Your Heart Again”
“Love Kills — The Ballad”
“There Must Be More to Life than This” (William Orbit Mix)
“It’s a Hard Life”
“You’re My Best Friend”
“Love of My Life”
“Drowse”
“Long Away”
“Lily of the Valley”
“Don’t Try So Hard”
“Bijou”
“These Are the Days of Our Lives”
“Las Palabras De Amor”
“Who Wants to Live Forever”
“A Winter’s Tale”
“Play the Game”
“Save Me”
“Somebody to Love”
“Too Much Love Will Kill You”
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

2-CD SET
CD1

“Let Me In Your Heart Again”
“Love Kills — The Ballad”
“There Must Be More to Life than This” (William Orbit Mix)
“Play the Game”
“Dear Friends”
“You’re My Best Friend”
“Love of My Life”
“Drowse”
“You Take My Breath Away”
“Spread Your Wings”
“Long Away”
“Lily of the Valley”
“Don’t Try So Hard”
“Bijou”
“These Are the Days of Our Lives”
“Nevermore”
“Las Palabras De Amor”
“Who Wants to Live Forever”

CD2
“I Was Born to Love You”
“Somebody to Love”
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
“Friends Will Be Friends”
“Jealousy”
“One Year of Love”
“A Winters Tale”
“‘39″
“Mother Love”
“It’s a Hard Life”
“Save Me”
“Made in Heaven”
“Too Much Love Will Kill You”
“Sail Away Sweet Sister”
“The Miracle”
“Is This the World We Created”
“In The Lap of the Gods…Revisited”
“Forever”



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Gordon Lightfoot Kicks Off New US Tour Tonight; Says His Performances Are “at a New Height”

Friday, September 19th, 2014 by

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Linus RecordsCanadian folk-rock legend Gordon Lightfoot is heading south of the border for a fall U.S. tour that will see him visiting a variety of cities in the Western U.S.  The trek gets under way tonight in West Wendover, Nevada, and runs through an October 4 performance in Portland, Oregon.

The lauded singer/songwriter tells ABC News Radio that, at the age of 75, he’s enjoying playing concerts more than he ever has.  “I guess it’s the quality that I’m seeing in our performances which we’re achieving,” he explains.  “You know, I’m at a new height in the way we perform the material.”

Lightfoot points out that since he’s fulfilled all of his recording obligations, he now puts most of his creative attention toward his live show.  “[My band mates and I] begin to do research into the back end of the catalog and pull out a few gems that have been missed along the way and present those along with the regular material,” he says, “and it makes for a pretty interesting show.”

Gordon’s last album of original tunes, 2004′s Harmony, was released more than 10 years ago, but don’t expect to see new material soon.  Lightfoot says writing and recording a new studio effort isn’t a priority.

“Some of the responsibility that I’ve accrued in my career with my family obligations really is what slows me down in that regard,” he explains.  “At the age that I’m at right now, since we’re doing so well with our tour…I sometimes wonder if I really wanna do [a new album].”

He adds, “I mess around with tunes, though.  I can still play with melodies.  I can still compose.  But to throw an album together, you know, it eats up a lot of time and you gotta think about the family.”

Lightfoot fans likely remember that the singer nearly died after suffering an aortic aneurysm in his abdomen in 2002, which sidelined him for two-and-a-half years.  He tells ABC News Radio that after going through that experience, “I can appreciate the fact that I’m recovered and I’m back working again.  I’m thankful.”  

After wrapping up his U.S. trek, Gordon will mount a major fall tour of his home country that kicks off October 21 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and comes to a close with a November 26-29 stand at Toronto’s famed Massey Hall.  Lightfoot also has lined up a trio of dates in Florida this coming February.

Here’s a complete list of Lightfoot’s forthcoming tour dates:

9/19 — West Wendover, NV, Peppermill Casino
9/20 — Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
9/21 — Grand Junction, CO, Two Rivers Convention Center
9/22 — Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center
9/24 — Las Vegas, NV, Smith Center for the Performing Arts
9/25 — Santa Cruz, CA, Rio Theatre
9/26 — San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
9/27 — Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
9/28 — Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim
9/30 — San Luis Obispo, CA, Christopher Cohan Hall
10/1 — Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
10/2 — San Francisco, CA, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
10/3 — Medford, OR, The Craterian Theater
10/4 — Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/21 — Nanaimo, BC, Canada, The Port Theatre
10/22 — Victoria, BC, Canada, Royal Theatre
10/23 — Victoria, BC, Canada, Royal Theatre
10/24 — Duncan, BC, Canada, Cowichan Theatre
10/25 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/26 — Kamloops, BC, Canada, Sagebrush Theatre
10/28 — Kelowna, BC, Canada, Kelowna Community Theatre
10/29 — Kelowna, BC, Canada, Kelowna Community Theatre
10/31 — Trail, BC, Canada, Charles Bailey Theatre
11/1 — Lethbridge, AB, Canada, Enmax Centre
11/2 — Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
11/3 — Calgary, AB, Canada, Jack Singer Hall
11/6 — Saskatoon, SK, Canada, TCU Place
11/7 — Regina, SK, Canada, Casino Regina Show Lounge
11/8 — Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre
11/20 — Montreal, QC, Canada, Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place Des Arts
11/21 — Cornwall, ON, Canada, Aultsville Theatre
11/22 — Ottawa, ON, Canada, National Arts Centre – Southam Hall
11/26-29 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall
2/12/15 — Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
2/14/15 — Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
2/15/15 — Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse


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Classic Rock Christmas Compilation, Featuring Jeff Beck, Neal Schon and Other Guitar Greats, Due in October

Friday, September 19th, 2014 by

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Ross HalfinWho says that classic rock and Christmas can’t coexist peacefully?  Certainly not the folks at Legacy Recordings, which will unveil eight new seasonal titles on October 7, including The Classic Christmas Hard Rock Album.

This 11-track disc features holiday favorites from a number of world-class guitarists, among them Jeff Beck, Ted Nugent and Journey‘s Neal Schon.  The album will set you back $10.46.

Here is the full track listing for The Classic Christmas Hard Rock Album:

“Amazing Grace” — Jeff Beck

“The Little Drummer Boy” — Alex Lifeson (Rush)

“Silent Night/Holy Night Jam” —  Joe Satriani  

“Christmas Time Is Here” — Steve Vai

 “The Christmas Song” — Steve Lukather (Toto)

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” — Neal Schon  

“Sleigh Ride” — Stuart Hamm (session bassist and solo artist)

“O Come All Ye Faithful” — Trevor Rabin (Yes)

“Deck the Halls” — Ted Nugent

“O Little Town Of Bethlehem” — Robin Trower

“We Three Kings” — Halford


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Paul McCartney Supports Meat-Free Mondays In New Environmental Campaign

Friday, September 19th, 2014 by

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Courtesy of Concord Music GroupPaul McCartney has teamed up with the folks at Meat Free Monday and U.K. Energy and Climate Adviser Greg Barker to raise awareness of the global footprint that meat production has on the environment, reports Rolling Stone.

A longtime vegetarian, Sir Paul is urging people all over the world to give up meat — if only for one day a week.  In a video message, he says, “All I want you to do is just log in on pledge.meatfreemondays.com and pledge your support. … We’ll send all these pledges to politicians and then they’ll do something about it.”

The Meat Free Monday initiative is one of the subjects that will be discussed September 23 at the Climate Summit in New York City.  For more information, go to the official Meat Free Monday website.


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