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Music News March 31st

Scott Weiland’s Guitarist Jeremy Brown has passed away.

Jeremy Brown, the lead guitarist in Scott Weiland‘s new band the Wildabouts, has died.

Weiland made a statement on his Facebook page saying he received a call from Brown’s family after the guitarist did not show up at a rehearsal on March 30. The band was scheduled to perform a record release show March 30 in Hollywood for their debut album Blaster, which comes out today (March 31).

“I am in shock right now, everyone that knows him is devastated,” Weiland wrote.  “It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words.  He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that I’ve ever known.  A true genius.  It’s impossible to explain how much he will be missed and what a hole this will leave in our hearts.  A post on Facebook feels so trite and small compared to the love that I have for him and for the talent that has passed on but I felt it was necessary to at least start here.  Please keep his family in your thoughts.”

Weiland met Brown in 2008 during the recording of Happy in Galoshes and they have worked together ever since. Brown was key in writing riffs for many of the Wildabouts songs and his guitar playing was a powerful voice in the band’s sound.

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Led Zeppelin get Interactive with Physical Graffiti

Led Zeppelin‘s interactive new video for “Brandy & Coke” – the rough mix of “Trampled Under Foot” that appeared on last month’s deluxe Physical Graffiti reissue – allows users to peer into windows in the building on the original cover. When the record originally came out, it showed two conjoined buildings from Manhattan’s East Village with die-cut windows, so the inner sleeves could either show the band’s name and album title or clip-art-style vignettes. The new clip takes it one step further.

After pressing play, a user can click on a window and use their keyboard arrows to peer into different windows on the album cover as the song plays. Some feature people singing along; others show scenes like a woman taking a shower in her underwear, a movie theater playing the song’s lyrics and a little boy rocking out in his messy bedroom. One room shows video of the band performing “Trampled Under Foot” at Earl’s Court in the mid-Seventies.

Digital agency Interlude, who designed Bob Dylan’s 2013 interactive “Like a Rolling Stone” clip, worked on “Brandy & Coke” and premiered the track on LedZeppelin.com.

“All of us knew that it was a monumental piece of work, just because of the various paths that we’d trodden along to get to this,” guitarist and producer Jimmy Page, who remastered the record, told Rolling Stone about Physical Graffiti in February. “It was like a voyage of discovery, a topographical adventure.”
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The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson will hit the Road this Summer ‘The End Times’

Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson will be spreading Nineties angst and nostalgia across the United States this summer when they embark on their co-headlining tour dubbed, The End Times.

The 23-date trek kicks off July 7th at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California and concludes August 8th at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tickets will go on sale April 3rd, while more information will be made available on the Pumpkins‘ and Manson’s respective websites. A full list of tour dates is below by clicking the link.

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The Gin Blossoms have been Named “The MOST 90’s Band of All Time”

After two weeks and six rounds of voting, the GIN BLOSSOMS came out on top.  They beat out the SPICE GIRLS in the finals by taking 58% of the vote.  Just like in the NCAA tournament, they started with a field of 64.

Joining the Gin Blossoms and the Spice Girls in the “Elite Eight” were:  The Smashing Pumpkins, Hootie and the Blowfish, Stone Temple Pilots, Boyz II Men, TLC, and ‘N Sync.

Boyz II Men beat out TLC to get into the Final Four . . . Hootie took out STP . . . ‘N Sync ran into the Spice Girls . . . and the Gin Blossoms took out the Pumpkins.

The seeding was a little rough, because some deserving groups couldn’t even get out of the first round.  Those included:  Live, Bush, and Soul Asylum.  For what it’s worth, the Gin Blossoms had a #1 seed.

Music News March 30th

The Guy Who Did “Spirit in the Sky” Was Critically Injured in a Car Crash

72-year-old Norman Greenbaum wrote and recorded Spirit in the Sky in 1969, and on Saturday afternoon, he was badly injured in a car accident.

It happened in Northern California . . . Norman was the passenger in a car that turned left in front of a motorcycle, and the guy on the bike was killed.  His passenger was critically injured too.

The guy driving Norman’s car wasn’t hurt.  It’s unclear who was at fault, but the investigation is on going.

Listen to a Song from Ben Stiller’s ’80s Garage Band

Back in the early ’80s, BEN STILLER played drums in a garage band called CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.  They self-released one album called “Roadkill” in 1982, and it was quickly forgotten.  Until now.

It’s being re-released next fall by a label called Captured Tracks.  There’s no word on an official release date.  But they put a song called Confusion on YouTube.  It’s a little weird.  Ben says they were listening to a lot of BRIAN ENO at the time.

To check out “Confusion” click here.

Top Five Rock Songs about Imaginary Creatures

Loudwire.com has a list of the best songs about imaginary creatures, and not surprisingly JUDAS PRIEST is #1.

They gave it to “The Sentinel” . . . but since pretty much ALL of Judas Priest’s songs are about imaginary creatures, they also mentioned “Nightcrawler”, “Jugulator”, “Green Manalishi”, “Sinner”, “Exciter”, “Painkiller”, “Lochness”, “Invader”, “Grinder”, “Starbreaker”, “Demonizer”, and “Hellrider”.

Here’s the Top Five:

1.  “The Sentinel”, Judas Priest

2.  “Iron Man”, Black Sabbath

3.  “Orgasmatron”, Motorhead

4.  “The Thing That Should Not Be”, Metallica

5.  “Godzilla”, Blue Oyster Cult

(The list is actually a Top 10, but it gets a little more obscure after these.  Check out the whole thing, with brief write-ups on each, here.)


Today in Rock History and Celeb Birthdays!

Norah Jones is 36

Celine Dion is 47

Tracy Chapman is 51

MC Hammer is 53

Eric Clapton is 70 Only person inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame THREE times . . . once solo, once with the Yardbirds, and once with Cream.

Graeme Edge is 74. Drummer for the Moody Blues

Not music but famous artist Vincent Van Gogh was born today in 1853 and passed in 1890.

Music News for March 23rd- 27th

Music News March 27th

Here is an Unedited Version of “Boats N Hoes” from the Movie ‘Step Brothers’

Step Brothers is one of those rare movies that gets funnier every time you watch it. That’s probably why it received extremely mixed reviews when it came out, but has slowly become a cult classic – and widely considered to be one of the funniest movies of the 2000s.

DVDs don’t sell like they used to for obvious reasons, but the Step Brothers one is definitely worth checking out. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly turned their entire commentary track into a series of impromptu songs, and the rest of the disc is filled with amazing outtakes and alternate scenes. Maybe the best part is the complete, unedited “Boats ‘N Hoes” video that Dale and Brennan show their families while pitching Prestige Worldwide, an entertainment company they firmly believe will turn their lives around.

You can get more information and watch the video by clicking here.
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Meet The Beatle: A Guide to Ringo Starr’s Solo Career in 20 songs!

Since the Beatles called it quits in 1970, the three men who stood in front of the stage have had no problem building their legacies — John Lennon wrote the iconic “Imagine” and “Give Peace a Chance,” George Harrison released All Things Must Pass and spent time as a Traveling Wilbury, Paul McCartney headlines Super Bowl halftime shows and Olympic opening ceremonies. Drummer Ringo Starr, alas, has not been afforded the same luxury: After a string of hit singles in the early Seventies, he’s mostly been out of the musical spotlight, reappearing as a consummate session man (he’s drummed for Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Ben Harper among others) or as a voice actor.

Starr’s Award for Musical Excellence at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will give the drummer some well-deserved, and long-overdue, props as both a sideman and a solo artist. In the latter role, he’s released 18 albums, with his latest, Postcards From Paradise, due this month. Catch up with the career of our cover star with these 20 songs.

You can check out all the songs by clicking here.
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Watch Brandon Flowers Cover Robert Palmers’ “Simply Irresistible”

Brandon Flowers performed a handful of new songs from his upcoming solo LP The Desired Effect at a hometown gig at the Bunkhouse Saloon in Las Vegas earlier this week. But as Stereogum points out, amidst the new material, the Killers frontman snuck in a delightful cover of Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible.”

Considering he operates in similar vocal territory as Palmer — a baritone that bounces easily between relaxed and resplendent — Flowers was faithful to the original version of the song. Still, he was sure to inflect his performance with the kind of grandeur he’s known for, sporting a bright grin as he waltzed around the stage, mouthing the track’s “She’s so fine…” refrain as sung by his background singers.

Among the new tracks, Desired Effect opener “Dreams Come True” is a bounding pop-rock number reminiscent of classic Killers, though its harmonies and guitar work bear the distinct, effervescent sheen of Desired Effects producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Vampire Weekend).

You can check out the video by clicking here.
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Music News March 26th

Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Florence and the Machine Are This Year’s Lollapalooza Headliners

The lineup for this year’s Lollapalooza music festival has been announced, and the headliners will be Paul McCartney, Metallica and Florence and the Machine.

Some of the other notable acts include:  Sam Smith, The Weeknd, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Tyler the Creator, FKA Twigs, Death from Above 1979, and Charli XCX.

The complete roster is up at Lollapalooza.com.  For the 11th year in a row, the show being held in Chicago’s Grant Park . . . and this year, it’s happening over the weekend of July 31st.  Most of the tickets are already sold out.

The “Super Troopers 2″ Crowdfunding Campaign Raised $2 Million in a Day

The Broken Lizard comedy team launched in Indiegogo campaign on Tuesday to raise money for a sequel to their 2001 comedy “Super Troopers”.  They were hoping to raise $2 million in a month.  They ended up doing it IN A DAY.

But that doesn’t mean you should stop donating.  They issued a statement saying, quote, “We can make the skinny version of ‘Super Troopers 2′ but I think we all want the muscular version so let’s keep going.

“We’ve got some big stuff in the script, and if we’re able to raise enough money, you’ll get to see all of it.”

Music News March 25th

Radiohead, The Doors, Joan Baez, Added to National Recording Registry

Radiohead‘s OK Computer, the Doorsself-titled 1967 debut and Joan Baez‘ 1960 album Joan Baez are among the 25 recorded works that have been selected for inclusion into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Lauryn Hill‘s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Sly and the Family Stone’s Stand!, the Righteous Brothers’ 1964 single “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and Ben E. King’s classic “Stand By Me” were also picked for the Library of Congress’ Class of 2014, bringing the total number of inducted recordings to 425, Variety reports.

The list’s choices range from comedic (Steve Martin’s 1978 LP A Wild and Crazy Guy) and historic (radio coverage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s funeral from April 14, 1945) to influential (Blind Lemon Jefferson’s 1928 blues single “Black Snake Moan” and “Match Box Blues”) and educational (a 1995 collection of Sesame Street‘s “all-time platinum hits”).
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Elton John, Mumford and Sons, & Black Keys to Headline Outside Lands 2015

Elton John, Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys will headline this summer’s Outside Lands Festival, set to invade San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 7th through 9th. Filling out the impressive bill at the eighth annual fest are Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Wilco, Tame Impala, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, St. Vincent, Billy Idol and many more.

The San Francisco’s festival’s eclectic lineup will also feature rockers like Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and fun.’s Nate Ruess, EDM acts like Axwell & Ingrosso, Porter Robinson and Odesza, up-and-coming indie artists Django Django, James Bay, RL Grime and Mac DeMarco and hip-hop artists like DJ Mustard, SZA and Bay Area rapper G-Eazy. Visit the Outside Lands site for the complete lineup, although the fest promises to add more artists in the coming weeks.
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Former Creed Singer Scott Stapp Is Out of Rehab

Remember when former CREED singer SCOTT STAPP started going INSANE around
Thanksgiving of last year?  Well, we hadn’t heard much about him recently, but he’s actually NOT dead.  Or locked in his own prison.

He was in rehab.  And former Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti says he’s finished now.  He tells Loudwire.com, quote, “Thank God he got through it all and his family got him into treatment.

“I think he went through a 90-day program.  I know he went to get help, and now he’s out of the treatment, so hopefully he stays sober.  Family is the most important thing . . . for me, that’s what would always keep me out of trouble.”

Music News March 24th

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Music Randoms: Florence and the Machine, Hozier,  Ed Sheeran, and Muse .

1. FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE have put out a new song called “St. Jude”.  It’s off their upcoming album “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” which will be out on June 2nd.  (There’s also a video on YouTube.)

2. HOZIER has unveiled his video for “Work Song”.

3. RAY LIOTTA pops up in ED SHEERAN’S new video for “Bloodstream” . . . playing a washed-up hair-metal singer.  This version is a remix of the original song that Ed did with a British group called Rudimental.

4. MUSE has a new song called “Dead Inside”.

David Crosby hit a jogger while driving recently ..

DAVID CROSBY was driving on a rural road in Santa Ynez, California on Sunday, when he accidentally struck a 46-year-old man who was jogging with his son on the side of the road.

David was doing 55 at the time, which was the speed limit.

The guy was hospitalized with multiple fractures, abrasions, and lacerations.  But none of his injuries are life-threatening.  His son was not hurt.

According to the police report, David was sober at the time . . . and he stopped immediately after hitting the guy.  He said that he’d been momentarily blinded by the sun, and didn’t see them.  There’s no word yet if he’ll face any charges.

David’s rep says, quote, “David is obviously very upset that he accidentally hit anyone.  And, based off of initial reports, he’s relieved that the injuries were not life-threatening.  He wishes him a very speedy recovery.”

Music News March 23rd

Videos of the Day: “Harry Potter” Re-Imagined as “Friends”, and “The Matrix” Done in Lego

1.  Someone took clips from the “Harry Potter” movies and set them to the theme from “Friends”.  And it really works.

2.  Somebody remade the lobby shootout scene from “The Matrix” with Legos. You can see that here (warning there is an uncensored “s-word”)

Billy Corgan Wants to Be Known as “William Corgan” Now?

BILLY CORGAN from the SMASHING PUMPKINS turned 48 last week, and apparently, he’s grown out of the name “Billy.”

At a show in Peru, he said, quote, “My name is not Billy.  My name is William.”  When they chanted “William,” he added, quote, “My mother thanks you, in Heaven.”  He seemed to just be playing around, but who knows.  (Here’s video.)

Twisted Sister Drummer A.J. Pero Has Died

Longtime TWISTED SISTER drummer A.J. PERO died last week at the age of 55.  He was taken to the hospital after being found unconscious on a tour bus . . . but it was too late.  He apparently suffered a heart attack.

A.J. was on the road with his other band ADRENALINE MOB at the time.

He joined Twisted sister in 1982, and was with them four years before leaving in 1986.  He briefly reunited with the band in 1997 . . . and rejoined on a permanent basis in 2003.  (Twisted Sister’s Facebook page has quotes from the band.)


Metallica’s Last Few Projects Have Lost Them a Lot of Money

The authors of a recent book called “Into the Black: The Inside Story of Metallica” claim Metallica has lost a lot of money over the past five years with, quote, “a variety of vanity projects that haven’t exactly brought home the bacon.”

That includes their Orion Festival and their “Through the Never” movie.  The movie made just under $8 million worldwide.

Quote, “By their own admission, the two stagings of the Orion festival were disastrous financially, and the shambles that was the ‘Through The Never’ movie cost $32 million and will only recoup a fraction of that amount . . .

“[If you] factor in staff salaries, crew retainers, and assorted running costs associated with maintaining an entertainment corporation, you can understand why the band . . . of necessity now rather than by choice . . . are driven to tour.”

Even if it IS true, and these side projects had Metallica hemorrhaging money . . . they’re fine.  It isn’t like they’re going to have to shut it down because they can no longer afford to keep going.  This is Metallica.  Not RadioShack.

Van Halen Is Going to Perform on “Ellen”

VAN HALEN will be dusting off their equipment to perform on . . . Ellen.  Seriously.

They’ll play live on the show Thursday, April 2nd, to promote the release of their new concert album, Live: Tokyo Dome in Concert, which comes out on March 31st.  There’s no word what they’re playing.

Music News March 16th – 20th

Music News for March 20th

Pharrell Williams Says the “Blurred Lines” Verdict Threatens Our Freedom to Be Inspired

PHARRELL WILLIAMS is obviously upset that he and ROBIN THICKE have to pay MARVIN GAYE’s family $7.3 million for allegedly ripping him off when they wrote “Blurred Lines”.

But it’s not just personal for him.  He says the ruling affects anybody who creates anything . . . quote, “The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else.

“This applies to fashion, music, design . . . anything.  If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation.  This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas.”

“Everything that’s around you in a room was inspired by something or someone.  If you kill that, there’s no creativity.”

Mr. T Is Doing a Home Improvement Show Called “I Pity the Tool”

If you like home improvement shows and plays on words, you’re going to love this:  MR. T is starring in a show called “I Pity the Tool” for the DIY Network.

It sounds like your typical home renovation show, where they come in and make over someone’s house.

Mr. T will destroy the old set-up . . . and interior designer Tiffany Brooks will fix it back up.  She won the eighth season of “HGTV Design Star”, so if you’re into these types of shows, you may recognize her.

“I Pity the Tool” will premiere sometime this year.  (Check out the promo Mr. T did for it here.)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will Star in a “Fraggle Rock” Movie

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT is going to produce and star in a movie based on the HBO puppet series “Fraggle Rock”.

The show was created by JIM HENSON, the same guy who created “The Muppets” and the puppets from “Sesame Street”.  It ran from 1983 to 1987.  (Here’s the intro.)

Gordon-Levitt says, quote, “Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles.  I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood.”


March 19th

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Presenters and Inductees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed most of the presenters for their induction ceremony next month.  Here’s the rundown:

Paul McCartney is probably the biggest name.  He’s inducting Ringo Starr, and there’s a chance he may even perform . . . but that’s unclear.

Beck, Dave Grohl, Stevie Wonder, Joe Walsh, Tom Morello, and John Legend ARE performing, which is awesome . . . although it could’ve been better if they would’ve subbed out Beck for Beyoncé.

Stevie Wonder is inducting Bill Withers . . . Patti Smith is handling the duties for Lou Reed, who passed away in 2013 . . . Fall Out Boy is inducting Green Day . . . John Mayer is presenting for Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble . . .

Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band is inducting the Paul Butterfield Blues Band . . . and blues guitarist Steve Cropper is ushering in The “5″ Royales.

The Rock Hall hasn’t announced who will be inducting Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, but there’s a chance it’s Dave Grohl . . . since he’s listed as a performer, and they’ve worked together in the past.

In fact, Joan performed with Nirvana when they were inducted last year.

The Rock Hall says more details about performances, additional presenters, and special guests will be announced at a later date.  The ceremony will be held in Cleveland on April 18th.  It’ll air on HBO on May 30th.

Are these the Top 10 BEST Shows from the 80’s?

“Rolling Stone” recently polled their readers to come up with a rundown of “The 10 Best TV Shows of the 1980s.”  Here’s how the vote came out:

1.  “Cheers”, 1982-1993

2.  “Miami Vice”, 1984-1990

3.  “Hill Street Blues”, 1981-1987

4.  “Married with Children”, 1987-1997

5.  “The Wonder Years”, 1988-1993

6.  “Alf”, 1986-1990

7.  “The A-Team”, 1983-1987

8.  “Family Ties”, 1982-1989

9.  “Moonlighting”, 1985-1989

10.  “Night Court”, 1984-1992

Marvin Gaye’s Kids Explain Why They’re Suing Everybody

MARVIN GAYE’s kids released a very long statement explaining why they sued ROBIN THICKE and PHARRELL over the song “Blurred Lines”.

They said, quote, “If [our dad] were alive today, we feel he would embrace the technology available to artists and the diverse music choices and spaces accessible to fans who can stream a song at a moment’s notice.

“But we also know he would be vigilant about safeguarding the artist’s rights;  a sacred devotion to not only the artist, but key in encouraging and supporting innovation.  He also gave credit where credit is due.”   (Read the whole statement here.)


This Week’s Top 3 Albums Are . . . The “Empire” Soundtrack, and the New Madonna and Luke Bryan Albums

Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

1.  NEW:  The soundtrack to the TV series “Empire” . . . 130,000 copies

2.  NEW:  “Rebel Heart”, Madonna . . . 121,000 copies

3.  NEW:  “Spring Break . . . Checkin’ Out”, Luke Bryan . . . 106,000 copies

4.  The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack . . . 72,000 copies

5.  “1989″, Taylor Swift . . . 72,000 copies

6.  “In the Lonely Hour”, Sam Smith . . . 61,000 copies

7.  “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”, Drake . . . 58,000 copies

8.  “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 53,000 copies

9.  “V”, Maroon 5 . . . 48,000 copies

10.  “Dark Sky Paradise”, Big Sean . . . 38,000 copies

Music News March 17th

New CD Releases

  • “Tracker”, Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits
  • “Down To Believing”, country singer Allison Moorer
  • “Stranger to Ourselves”, Modest Mouse
  • “Little Neon Limelight”, the country rock band Houndmouth
  • Seth Avett and Jessica Lee Mayfield Sing Elliot Smith” A Tribute album by Seth Avett from the Avett Brothers and alternative singer Jessica Lee Mayfield.


Brandie Carlile talks Secret Vocal Weapon of New Album

Brandi Carlile isn’t the only member of Brandi Carlile.

For more than a decade, the big-voiced roots-rocker has shared the road with twin brothers Phil and Tim Hanseroth. Everyone sings. Everyone plays. Everyone writes songs. At its most collaborative, Brandi Carlile — the band, not the person — recreates the sort of primordial Americana pioneered by vocal groups like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, swirling country harmonies and folk-rock strut into a sound that’s more Déjà Vu than “Ho Hey.”
Nowhere are there influences more evident than on The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Released earlier this month, it’s a fiery, frayed-edge follow-up to 2012′s Bear Creek, with songs that were recorded in single takes and produced by the bandmates themselves. Columbia Records, their label of nearly 10 years, had cut the group free after Bear Creek‘s release, allowing Carlile and company the freedom to do whatever they wanted in the studio.
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Grateful Dead Original Lyrics, Furniture, and Posters go to Auction

A selection of Grateful Dead memorabilia, including posters, original drafts of lyrics and even the group’s office furniture, is headed to auction. The Grateful Dead Family Jubilee Auction will take place at Donley Auction Services in Union, Illinois on April 11th and 12th, in advance of the band’s upcoming block of summer Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago. Former employees and friends of the Dead contributed the items in the auction.

Most notable among the offerings are an original draft of Robert Hunter’s lyrics to “He’s Gone,” which appeared on the band’s Europe ’72 live release; it is expected to go for $150,000. A chair with lion-paw legs used by Jerry Garcia in a 1987 Rolling Stone photo is expected to fetch $50,000.
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Sinead O’Connor Will No Longer Perform Her Good Song


You might want to sit down for this:  SINEAD O’CONNOR has announced that she will no longer perform Nothing Compares 2 U live.

In a Facebook post, she said, quote, “The first principle of the manner in which I’m trained as a singer is we never sing a song we don’t emotionally identify with.

“After 25 years of singing it, nine months or so ago I finally ran out of anything I could use in order to bring some emotion to it.

“I don’t want audiences to be disappointed coming along to a show and then not hearing it, so am letting you know here that you won’t.  If I were to sing it just to please people . . . I’d be lying.”  (You can read the whole post, here.)

This SEEMS like a big deal, since it’s her most popular song . . . and probably the ONLY song of hers that most of us can even remember.  But then again, if you’re a big enough fan to still be hitting Sinead concerts . . . maybe you won’t miss it.

It should be noted that Sinead didn’t write the song . . . Prince did . . . and her version was about her mother, who’d died in a car accident.


Music Randoms … including Tom Hanks wife Rita Wilson and Of Monsters and Men

1.  TOM HANKS’ wife, 58-year-old RITA WILSON, has dropped a HOT NEW TRACK.  It’s called “Girls Night In” . . . and that’s basically what it’s about.

She explains, quote, “I’ve always loved having my girlfriends over for dinner.  Staying in, instead of going out, frees you up to be totally yourself.  No judgments.  No one watching.  You can be loud, crazy, cut loose.”  Sounds fun, no?

“Girls Night In” has a strong country feel.  It’s unclear if Rita has another album on the way.  Her debut album “AM/FM” came out in 2012.  (Tom Hanks has a cameo at the end of the video.)


2. There is a new Of Monsters and Men song out. It’s called “Crystals” … and it’s the first single from their next album “Beneath the Skin”, which comes out on June 9th.

Music News March 16th

What are the Top 10 Rock Songs… about Drugs?

Here’s the Top 10, along with the drugs they’re about:

1.  The full album “Dirt”, by Alice in Chains . . . heroin

2.  “Snowblind”, Black Sabbath . . . cocaine

3.  “Master of Puppets”, Metallica . . . cocaine

4.  “Just One Fix”, Ministry . . . heroin

5.  “Combination”, Aerosmith . . . heroin and cocaine

6.  “Dead Men Tell No Tales”, Motorhead . . . heroin

7.  “Mr. Brownstone”, Guns N’ Roses . . . heroin

8.  “A Passage to Bangkok”, Rush . . . marijuana

9.  “Stoned and Drunk”, Black Label Society . . . pills and alcohol

10.  “Use the Man”, Megadeth . . . heroin

Gene Gene the Dancing Machine from “The Gong Show” Has Died

GENE GENE THE DANCING MACHINE is no more.  He died last week at the age of 82 of complications from diabetes.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you obviously never watched “The Gong Show” back in the ’70s.

Gene’s real name was GENE PATTON.  He was an NBC stage hand when “Gong Show” host CHUCK BARRIS just happened to catch him dancing behind the scenes one day.  The rest was history.

During any given episode, Chuck would just stop everything and announce Gene, who would come out onstage and dance to the jazz tune “Jumpin’ at the Woodside”, often while people backstage threw things at him.


John Madden Isn’t Cool With Will Ferrell’s Baseball Stunt


Not everyone loved WILL FERRELL’s Minor League Baseball stunt last week.  Legendary NFL coach and commentator JOHN MADDEN HATED the idea.

In a radio interview the morning before it was going to happen, he said, quote, “That’s a lack of respect. That’s a lack of respect for the game and respect for what players have to do to get where they are . . . I’ve never believed in that type of stuff.”

Madden then told a story about something that happened when he was coaching the Oakland Raiders.

NBA star RICK BARRY came out during training camp and said he wanted to suit up and take the field, just to mess with Raiders owner AL DAVIS, who was a friend of his.

Madden says, quote, “I said, ‘Go ahead and dress, but we’re going to treat you like a football player and not like an NBA player.’”  After hearing that, Barry decided NOT to go through with it.

Music News for March 9th – 13th

Music News for 03/13/2015

How Much Were Woodstock Acts Paid in Today’s Dollars?

The original Woodstock in 1969 had a STACKED lineup, so it seems like it would’ve cost a fortune pay the bands . . . even if you consider that many of them are more well-known now than they were then.

A list of the fees paid to each act has been circulating on the Internet for a while now.  JIMI HENDRIX got $18,000, which was the most.  That seems like a bargain, but when you adjust it for inflation, it would’ve been more like $115,000.

Here’s a list of what each artist earned . . . along with the amount it would be in TODAY’S dollars:

1.  Jimi Hendrix, $18,000 then, which is roughly $115,000 now

2.  Blood, Sweat & Tears, $15,000 . . . $95,000 now

3.  Joan Baez and Creedence Clearwater Revival, both at $10,000 . . . $63,000 now

5.  The Band, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Sly and the Family Stone, all at $7,500 . . $48,000 now

9.  Canned Heat, $6,500 . . . $41,000 now

10.  The Who, $6,250 . . . $40,000 now

11.  Richie Havens, $6,000 . . . $38,000 now

12.  Arlo Guthrie and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, both at $5,000 . . . $32,000 now

14.  Ravi Shankar, $4,500 . . . $28,500 now

15.  Johnny Winter, $3,750 . . . $24,000 now

16.  Ten Years After, $3,250 . . . $20,000 now

17.  Country Joe and the Fish, $2,500 . . . $16,000 now

18.  Grateful Dead and Incredible String Band, both at $2,250 . . . $14,000 now

20.  Mountain and Tim Hardin, both at $2,000 . . . $12,700 now

22.  Joe Cocker, $1,375 . . . $9,000 now

23.  Sweetwater, $1,250 . . . $8,000 now

24.  John B. Sebastian, $1,000 . . . $6,300 now

25.  Melanie and Santana, both at $750 . . . $5,000 now

That entire collection of talent cost more than $141,000 in 1969, which comes to $896,000 today.  That doesn’t include the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Bert Sommer . . . because their paydays are unknown.

It also doesn’t include Iron Butterfly, who were supposed to receive $5,000 plus another $5,000 for their light show . . . because they never showed.

The inflated numbers make the amounts more relevant, but it was still a bargain.  Music festivals today definitely spend WAY more than that, and most of them won’t be remembered one year later, let alone 45-plus years and counting.

Coachella doesn’t release any official numbers, but they reportedly spend several million on their headliners each year, and they have well over 100 acts on the bill.  In 2008, they supposedly got Prince for $2 million.

Although, like Woodstock, the smallest bands are probably earning less than they paid to get there.

Some Classic Rock Quick Hits:

-JIMMY PAGE from LED ZEPPELIN is NOT a fan of the MP3 format.  He says there’s some, quote, “jiggery-pokery that goes on” when going from analog to digital, and that it causes songs to lose their “transience and depth.”

He adds, quote, “To have it squashed down is not how it was intended to be.”

- MEAT LOAF is putting out an album this fall called Braver Than We Are . . . and it’ll also feature composer Jim Steinman, who worked on his “Bat Out of Hell” albums, and his 1981 album “Dead Ringer”.


Music News 03/11/2015

A Jury Ruled that “Blurred Lines” Does Rip Off Marvin Gaye

A federal jury ruled yesterday that “Blurred Lines” DOES rip off the 1977 MARVIN GAYE song “Got to Give It Up”.

And they ordered ROBIN THICKE and PHARRELL WILLIAMS to pay Marvin’s kids $7.4 million.  The Gayes also sued T.I., who appears on the song.  But the jury let him off the hook.

During a week-long trial, Gaye’s family brought in a musicologist who testified that there was a “constellation” of eight similar elements in the two songs.

Their attorney also noted that in several interviews, Robin said he told Pharrell he wanted to write a song LIKE “Got to Give It Up” . . . and that Pharrell had said he tried to pretend he WAS Marvin Gaye while writing it.

Robin, Pharrell and T.I. released a statement saying the verdict, quote, “sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward.”  And it sounds like they plan to appeal.

Sarah Brightman Wants to Become the First Artist to Sing in Space

British singer SARAH BRIGHTMAN plans to become the first professional singer to sing in space.

She and her ex-husband ANDREW LLOYD-WEBBER are writing a new song for her to sing on board the International Space Station later this year.  She’s going up there on a Russian rocket on September 1st.

She’s already training for space travel in Moscow.  She’s also training her VOICE, because singing in space isn’t the same as singing on Earth.

She says, quote, “To sing in microgravity is a very different thing to singing down here.  We use the Earth to ground ourselves when we sing and the air around us.

“This is going to be very different. I’m trying to find a piece that is beautiful and simple in its message, as well as not complicated to sing.”

She adds, quote, “I would like to connect with a choir, or children or an orchestra on Earth because I think that will be a very beautiful thing.”

Sarah is 54 years old.  She met Andrew after getting a part in the London production of “Cats” in 1981.  She went on to originate the role of Christine in his “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway.  They were married from 1984 to 1990.

Music News 03/06/2015


  1. MUMFORD & SONS have put out a new song called Believe.  It’s the first single off their upcoming ELECTRIC album, “Wilder Mind”.  You’ll love it if you’re into Coldplay . . . you may NOT dig it if you like Mumford & Sons.
  2. 2. 2.  SAM SMITH released a new version of Lay Me Down, featuring JOHN LEGEND.  The track will serve as the official single of Red Nose Day, a British charity event that happens every two years where people wear clown noses to help raise money and awareness for Comic Relief.
  3. 3. 3.  DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE has put out a new song called The Ghosts of Beverly Drive.  It’s off their new album “Kintsugi”, which comes out March 31st.  Last month, they released the first single, Black Sun.
    1. 4.  There’s a previously unreleased track featuring JIMI HENDRIX online.  But before you get too excited, it’s an instrumental track called Station Break . . . from the mid-’60s, when he was a member of Curtis Knight & the Squires.

It’ll be on a Curtis Knight & The Squires album called You Can’t Use My Name, which is coming out on March 24th.

Music News for 03/09/2015

John Mayer admits he might have a bit of an Edo problem…

In a new interview, JOHN MAYER denied that he’s ever been a womanizer . . . but he admitted that he did have an ego problem.

He said, quote, “I’m a recovered ego addict.  The only way that I can be sure that I don’t relapse is to admit that I constantly have this ego addiction . . . every day.”

He said he regrets a few things, including the infamous “Playboy” interview where he said JESSICA SIMPSON was like “sexual napalm” . . . and the song he directed at TAYLOR SWIFT.

He said, quote, “['Paper Doll'] never got listened to as a song.  It became a news story because of the lyrics.  I’m not in the business of telling people what the song is about.  I never said anything about it.

“And now I just go, ‘Look, I can say the name Taylor Swift.  She’s an artist.  I’m an artist.  Everybody stop.  Nobody’s got an incurable cancer.  We’re rich people who get to live out our dreams.  Let’s just stop it.’”

Van Morrison and Mark Knopfler collaborate on new take of ‘Irish Heartbeat’

For his forthcoming 35th studio album, Duets: Re-Working the CatalogueVan Morrison is offering new takes on some of his lesser-known tracks going back to 1970′s “Lord, If I Ever Needed Someone.” “Irish Heartbeat,” the new recording of which can be heard below, originally appeared on Morrison’s 1983 Inarticulate Speech of the Heart and was previously reworked – stripped down slightly – for the 1988 Irish Heartbeat LP, a collaboration with the Chieftans. A decade later, the song received new life when it was included in Janeane Garofalo romantic comedy The Matchmaker.

The Duets version features Mark Knopfler and is perhaps the most straightforward yet, pushing the singers’ voices to the front and making the lyrics clearer than ever. In an accompanying interview, Morrison is asked if he expected Knopfler to play on such a traditional song. “I did and I didn’t,” the singer responds. “It didn’t surprise me that much because he’s done stuff in that style.”

Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue will be released on March 23rd and can be pre-ordered here. Its first single, “Real Real Gone,” featured vocals from Michael Bublé, and other tracks include artists like Steve Winwood, Bobby Womack, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Natalie Cole and George Benson.

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Unreleased Kurt Cobain Song to Appear on ‘Montage of Heck’ Soundtrack

The HBO documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is already drawing rave reviews on the film festival circuit, including sold-out showings at both Sundance and the True/False fests before its television premiere on May 4th. However, anticipation for the film’s soundtrack is about to hit fever pitch as director Brett Morgen revealed that the accompanying album will feature “a mind-blowing 12-minute acoustic Cobain unheard track,” the filmmaker tweeted (via Loudwire).

Morgen didn’t share any other details regarding the song other than it will feature on the Montage of Heck soundtrack. While an April 7th release date has been scheduled for the film’s companion book, which features “a mixture of animation stills, rare photography and other treasures from Kurt Cobain’s personal archive,” no date or further information has been announced regarding the film’s soundtrack.

Rolling Stone talked to Morgen at the Sundance Film Festival, and the filmmaker revealed that the documentary’s score “is all unreleased Cobain music.” “They don’t have titles. Before people saw the movie, there were these weird press releases focusing on the unreleased music. And it’s like: It’s a movie. We’re not going to stop it and play a song for four minutes,” Morgen said. “But nobody in Kurt’s life — not his management, wife, bandmates — had ever heard his Beatles thing [a snippet of 'And I Love Her']. I found it on a random tape. It’s a Paul [McCartney] song. How’s that for shattering the myth?”

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