MUSIC NEWS - TBS's late-night show CONAN is set to honor George Harrison next week with a full week of performances by some of the biggest names in music to Paul Simon, Beck, Norah Jones, Dhani Harrison & Friends and others will stop by Stage 15 at Warner Bros in Burbank the week of September. 22-25 to perform a live version from Harrison's catalogue. The performance schedule for next week's shows is:
Monday Sept 22: Beck Tuesday Sept 23: Paul Simon Wednesday Sept 23: Dhani Harrison Thursday Sept 24: Norah Jones
Music News - To mark his new studio album Tell Em I Gone, Yusuf/Cat Stevens has announced a concert at London's Eventim Apollo. The singer songwriter will perform in Hammersmith UK on November 4 as part of his Peace Train...Late Again tour. Tickets will be on sale at 9am on September 19 for the London date.
Tell Em I Gone is due for release on October 28. According to Rolling Stone, it was inspired by Stevens' listening to R&B in his youth, "Hidden in the background behind my renowned troubadour persona lurked an R&B alter-self waiting to be let free," Stevens explained recently. "What's powerful and profound, to me, is the overall message which emerged, lyrically.
"It suddenly stared me in the face: the innate struggle for Freedom! Isn't that what most human beings dream of? Music and the blues particularly was a means of escape for many chained to the destiny of the rich and powerful."
The album will consist of five originals and five covers, including Edgar Winter's 'Dying to Live' which previously appeared on the soundtrack of the hip-hop documentary Tupac: Resurrection.
MUSIC NEWS - Capitol Records recording artist Bob Seger's very anticipated new studio album, Ride Out, is available now for pre-order on Amazon. If you pre-order the album you will receive two instant tracks at no extra charge, “Detroit Made,” a hi-octane tribute to classic cars, and the tender ballad “You Take Me In.” Ride Out is also available in a special deluxe edition featuring three bonus tracks (see attached tracklisting). The Standard Album will also be released on 180 gram vinyl. All versions of the album will be released in stores October 14. The official music video for Bob Seger’s “DetroitMade" premiered recently on RollingStone.com, watch it below from MNN
On his seventeenth studio album, Ride Out finds Seger holding true to his legendary sound, effortlessly melding blues, country, and heartland soul into his trademark brand of Motor City classic rock ‘n’ roll. Seger offers a collection of new songs, including “All of The Roads” and “Hey Gypsy,” that are a powerful and personal addition to the GRAMMY Award-winning rocker’s extraordinary catalogue, rich with character and passion, and the great American songwriter’s always compelling take on the world around him.
MusicNews- Check out this advanced listen, below, of Heart's Ann Wilson's heartfelt take on John Lennon’s “Across the Universe” for an upcoming Billy Sherwood-produced tribute to the Beatles. A Beatles tribute is certainly a challenge, but Mr Sherwood is gathering an amazing group of all-star guests to work on the project, while participating as a multi-instrumental throughout.
For “Across the Universe,” which originally appeared on the Beatles’ Let It Be album, Sherwood added a melodic turn on a Spector bass. “The record is coming out very cool, with interesting versions of classics,” Sherwood says. “I did some Tony Levin-type fretless on this one. I’m a huge fan of Tony’s playing.”
MusicNews- Prior to his latest album, Morrissey had some trouble finding a label for some time, and now, just three weeks after his album World Peace Is None of Your Business was released by Capitol/Harvest he's in need of a record company again. Apparently, his relationship with that company has ended.
True To You, a Morrissey zine, reports that label head Steve Barnett has decided to drop Morrissey. "Morrissey is once again in search of a record label."
We wonder how that relationship was going, on going concert cancellations, squabbles over the tour's opening act, and recently Morrissey criticized Harvest for not paying for a music video for his tune "World Peace Is None of Your Business".
UPDATE 8/14/14- Music trade magazine, Billboard has received a denial from Harvest, who state that they have a two-album deal with Morrissey and have not dropped him from the label. The first album under that contract was this year's 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business".
MUSICNEWS- Recently, Wilco announced two gigs, and posted that there would not be a “proper” concert tour this year, but that more news would arrive shortly “including info on a handful of other shows.”
We now have the details about the other shows, which feature Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year-old son Spencer, together known as Tweedy. The Tweedy run will kick off on September 19 in Athens, GA, a mere few days before the father/son duo release their debut album; Sukierae. The album will arrive on September 23 via dBpm Records. You can preorder the LP now and receive eight tracks before the release date.
MUSICNEWS- American rock quintet The WildFeathers have announced that they will be back on the road for additional concert tour dates this fall in support of their self-titled, critically lauded debut album. The seemingly indefatigable Nashville quintet has continued to grow its audience at a rapid pace, with constant touring and barn-storming shows at clubs around the world and festivals across the country, including Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Summerfest this summer.
The Wild Feathers' upcoming fall tour includes a show at New York City's key concert venure, Irving Plaza, marking their fourth headlining show in NYC; a city that has embraced the band from the very start. They will also perform at the Squamish Valley Music Festival and the Voodoo Music Experience, as well as headline their hometown's Live on the Green Festival. See full tour itinerary below from MNN
MUSIC NEWS- The EmptyHearts, a new band featuring members of The Cars, Blondie, The Romantics and The Chesterfield Kings, signed recently to 429 Records and will release their eponymous debut album tomorrow (8/5/14) in the USA and Canada (and in Australia, Europe and Japan, release dates below).
The band consists of four iconic players and musical peers and features Elliot Easton on lead guitar, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Clem Burke on drums, Wally Palmar on vocals, harmonica and guitar and Andy Babiuk on bass. Co-produced by the band and Ed Stasium, The Empty Hearts is a raucous collection of tunes with each player's rock 'n' roll stripes on display; a bracing sound shaped by influences which span decades and include 50s American roots rock 'n' roll, 60s British invasion and 70s garage-punk.
Described by Music Connection as "a well-crafted, highly enjoyable bundle of snap, crackle and pop," the album was recorded at Fab Gear Studios in Rochester, NY. The album also includes the Faces' Hall of Fame keyboardist Ian McLagan on Hammond organ and Wurlitzer electric piano.
MUSIC NEWS- The UK's Spandau Ballet have announced that they are working on their first album since 1989, five years after reuniting for a comeback tour. The quintet said they are working with musician/producer Trevor Horn, (Buggles, Yes) who was the producer of classic 1980s albums such as ABC’s ‘The Lexicon Of Love’ and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s ‘Welcome To The Pleasuredome’. It marks the first time Mr Horn has produced Spandau, whose hits include ‘True’, ‘Gold’ and ‘To Cut A Long Story Short’.
A recent tweet on the band’s account said: “You see? Told you it was getting exciting! Spandau Ballet working with Trevor Horn!”
Spandau Ballet broke up after their ‘Heart Like A Sky’ album (1989), and became embroiled in a court case in 1999, when singer Tony Hadley, drummer John Keeble and saxophonist Steve Norman unsuccessfully sued guitarist Gary Kemp. The trio claimed that Kemp, the band’s sole songwriter, had promised them a larger share of royalties.
MUSICNEWS - The Doobie Brothers are enlisting many of their country friends for their tribute album Southbound, set to be released on November 4. A great line-up but we wonder where their rock 'n roll friends are.
New acts confirmed for the Southbound set include Blake Shelton, Charlie Worsham, Jerrod Niemann as well as Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes and Dann Huff on guitar. Previously announced perfromers include Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Zac Brown Band, Chris Young, Toby Keith, Love and Theft and Amanda Sudano of JohnnySwim.
In an interview with Lagniappe Mobile, Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston talked about the album’s guests. “It’s quite the lineup,” he said. “We were kinda blown away that these folks would be interested in jumping on board with us, but they were eager to do it.”
Music News- The Sound+Vision 4 cd boxset will cover DAVID BOWIE’s career from 1969 to 1994 starting with the acoustic demo version of his first hit, Space Oddity to the return to his Bromley roots for the soundtrack to Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha Of Suburbia which is often cited as the most underrated piece in the Bowie canon.
As his surprise return with The Next Day showed, Bowie continues to be a cutting edge musician and artist, icon, fashion guru, and all round inspiration to several generations and remains a unique phenomenon in contemporary culture.
Sound+Vision is a collection spanning four decades, and covers the 21 albums from Space Oddity through to The Buddha Of Suburbia. It’s a rich survey of David Bowie’s many musical lives and will offers a generous serving of hits, an intriguing dip into archives, classic album tracks and long lost B-sides, explosive live recordings, soundtrack recordings and remixes.
MUSICNEWS- Music legends JonAnderson and Jean-Luc Ponty have officially announced the formation of a new ensemble - The Anderson Ponty Band! YES founding member, and original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaroand Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled!
“A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc's music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is, music is God” said Anderson recently.
The Anderson Ponty Band also includes Jamie Dunlap on guitars; well known as a film and television composer, most notably 'South Park'; Wally Minko on keyboards, virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tom Jones and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson.
MUSIC NEWS - YES, the iconic and Grammy-winning prog rock band, released their new studio album HEAVEN & EARTH this week via Frontiers Records.
The band's current line up features bassist CHRIS SQUIRE, guitarist STEVE HOWE, drummer ALAN WHITE, keyboardist GEOFF DOWNES and singer JON DAVISON. Check out the lyric video below for "In a World of Our Own"
After having sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades and featured legendary rock singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman, HEAVEN & EARTH sees YES continuing with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative. Less of Yes from their heady Tales and Topographic Oceans and Relayer days, the new album contains eight new tracks, each of which boasts a more pop sound but yet unique musicianship and craftsmanship that have come to be known as “the YES sound.” YES’ distinctive layered music, swirling arrangements, brilliant vocals and harmonies are all in abundance.
MUSIC NEWS- As he readies the October 7 release of his Standing in the Breach, JacksonBrowne has added USA concert dates to his tour itinerary, through October 25. His new album, his fourteeth studio album, will be out via Inside Recordings. Watch for additional album news soon. In the meantime, Jackson Browne's full concert tour itinerary is below.
MUSIC NEWS- Heavy metal legends, Deep Purple, fresh off a European tour to support their 19th studio album NOW What?!, are heading stateside for a North American concert tour! The run kicks off August 4 in Scottsdale, AZ (full tour itinerary is below from MNN).
NOW What?! was originally released in North America in April 2013 via earMusic / Eagle Rock Entertainment. The album marked the next great chapter in the band’s 40+ year career, blending the classic 70s Deep Purple spirit with modern production and a progressive mindset. Having reached #1 in Germany, Russia, Czech Republic and Austria, charting Top 5 in 7 countries and Top 10 in 10 countries, not to mention hitting the British Top-20 for the first time in 20 years, Deep Purple celebrated with the release of NOW What?! Gold Edition earlier this year, which included additional songs and a live bonus disc.