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Music News February 20th

Roger Waters Could Perform ‘The Wall’ at the U.S.-Mexican Boarder

Euro News reports that during an appearance with his fellow Pink Floyd co-founder Nick Mason to promote Their Mortal Remains, a multimedia exhibit created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s “Arnold Layne” single, Waters said he was considering a performance of Floyd’s classic The Wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

But before he’s willing to entertain the idea seriously, Waters seemed to indicate he’d need to see proof of a substantial groundswell of resistance against the idea of walling off the United States against its southern neighbor. “Before this can happen, there will first need to be an awakening against these far-right policies,” he told reporters. “The sewers are engorged by greedy and powerful men as I speak to you.”

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Music News February 17th

Check Out an Unreleased Weird Al Beatles Parody About Pac-Man

Before he was famous, “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC recorded a parody of “Tax Man” by the BEATLES, called “Pac-Man”.

It aired on a radio show back in the early ’80s, but the Beatles legal team shut it down.

Weird Al says, quote, “I’d like to think that none of the Beatles ever actually heard the song back then.  It was just some office [clerk] whose whole job is to litigate and prosecute people for copyright infringement.”

So, it was never released, but it’ll be a part of his upcoming Squeeze Box collection, which will be out later this year.  Nerdist.com has an exclusive stream of the song up if you want to check it out now.

Mick Jagger Wrote a Memoir That He Doesn’t Remember Writing

MICK JAGGER has never released a memoir . . . but he HAS written one.  A publisher named John Blake says he wrote a 75,000-word manuscript back in the early ’80s.

Mick got an advance of about $1 million, and was set up with a ghostwriter to help him out.  Everything was going fine until the manuscript was rejected . . . because it was, quote, “too light on sex and drugs.”

Apparently, that killed the project.  Blake says the manuscript is great though.  Quote, “It’s extraordinary.  I compared it to, like, the Dead Sea Scrolls . . . It’s delicious, heady stuff.”

He’s been trying to get Mick to agree to release the book as-is, but he isn’t interested.  In fact, Mick doesn’t even remember writing it in the first place.  And he has no intention of releasing any sort of autobiography any time soon.

A few years ago, Mick said, quote, “If someone wants to know what I did in 1965, they can look it up on Wikipedia.”

 

Roger Waters and Nick Mason Say They’d Reunite With David Gilmour as Pink Floyd for Glastonbury Show

Roger Waters and Nick Mason said they would be willing to reunite as Pink Floyd for a performance at the Glastonbury music festival. Only problem: David Gilmour, the other surviving member of the band, may not be up for it.

Appearing together in London for the opening of a new exhibit on Pink Floyd, the group’s bassist and drummer were asked if they would consider getting back together for one last performance at the annual Glastonbury festival in Somerset, England, according to The Telegraph.

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Bruce Springsteen Gives Teenage Fan a Rock and Roll Lesson in “Growin’ Up”

Bruce Springsteen made a Brisbane boy’s rock and roll dreams come true when he invited him to join him for a jam — and tutoring — session onstage at the Brisbane Entertainment Center in Australia.

The Boss invited Nathan Testa (who Springsteen joked was “the future of rock and roll) — to perform “Growin’ Up” in front of an enthusiastic crowd after he spotted his sign in the audience.

Springsteen guitar tech Kevin Buell then handed the lad an acoustic guitar and the two shared a mic on the iconic song from Springsteen’s 1973 debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park.

“Before we continue,” the Boss said. “A lesson. When I was your age, I got my first guitar. I brought it home. I realized, it wasn’t about how well you played it, but how good you looked doing it. So I got in front of the mirror and I tried some different poses.”

Music News February 16th

Is Kid Rock Running for the U.S. Senate in Michigan?

Republicans in Michigan are looking at ways to take the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Debbie Stabenow.

She’s up for re-election next year . . . but she’s held the seat since 2001, so they’re going to need a solid candidate.  And so there’s talk about getting KID ROCK to run.  (???)  Yes, Kid Rock . . . the guy who brought us “Bawitdaba”.

Kid has supported the Republican party in the past, including Mitt Romney and Donald Trump . . . although he describes himself as, quote, “more libertarian.”

There’s no comment from Kid, so it’s unclear if he’s even interested . . . but supposedly, his name came up at a Michigan Republican Party convention last weekend.

Both of Michigan’s senators are Democrats, and the state leans blue . . . but it did go to President Trump last year.  So, who knows, maybe Kid Rock could find some Trump-like success in Michigan.

Santana Says Beyoncé Lost to Adele Because She’s “Not a Singer”

BEYONCÉ fans are still reeling from her beatdown at the Grammys . . . so thankfully, SANTANA is here to explain why she lost out to ADELE.

He says, quote, “I think that Adele won because she can SING sing.  With all respect to our sister Beyoncé, Beyoncé is very beautiful to look at, and it’s more like modelling kind of music . . . music to model a dress . . .

“She’s not a singer, singer, with all respect to her . . . Adele can sing, sing.  She doesn’t bring all the dancers and props . . . she just stood there and sang the song and that’s it, and this is why she wins.”

Music News February 14th

Metallica Announced North American Leg of Tour

Metallica have mapped out the North American dates of their 2017 WorldWired Tour. The heavy metal legends will storm stadiums, arenas and festival stages this summer on their first full-scale trek here since 2009. The 25-date North American leg kicks off May 10th at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium and winds around the U.S. and Canada before concluding August 16th in Edmonton. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will open for the majority of the dates, with Gojira joining the bill for the August dates.

May 21 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range Festival

Music News February 10

Aretha Franklin Is Retiring

ARETHA FRANKLIN turns 75 next month, and she’s decided to hang it up.

In an interview with a Detroit TV station, she said that she’s retiring later this year, but first she’s recording one more album of original stuff.

She said, quote, “Several of the songs are going to be produced by Stevie [Wonder] . . . it’s kind of multi-[directional] . . . we’re not pigeonholed to any one thing.”  The album is supposed to be out sometime in September.

It sounds like she’s serious about the retirement . . . but that she isn’t COMPLETELY shutting things down.  She said, quote, “This will be my last year.  I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert.  This is it.

“[I’ll still do] some select things . . . one a month, for six months out of the year.”

Unfortunately, this also means that our chances of seeing the return of Aretha’s magnificent hat from Obama’s first inauguration are dwindling by the day.  It’s only fitting that she’d bring it back for her final show!  Such a great hat.

Green Day Invites Disabled fan Onstage in London

For years, Green Day have put out the invite to fans to come up and play a bit onstage with them, but for their recent show at London’s O2 Arena there was a special moment that touched the heart of many fans.

As Billie Joe Armstrong scanned the crowd for a fan to join them onstage to play guitar on a track, he spotted a young disabled woman in the crowd who was volunteering. After being assured that she could in fact play, the woman named Rachel made her way to the stage with the help of a caregiver. Eventually she was led to the steps of Tre Cool‘s drum riser where she was able to sit and play as Armstrong sat beside her and the crowd delighted in the performance.

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Music News February 8th

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Add More Dates to Summer Tour

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ big 40th anniversary tour just got a little bit bigger.

As you know they are playing the Q on June 10th with Joe Walsh.

The group’s 2017 commitments were already scheduled to keep them on the road from late April through late July, but they’re still adding dates: Petty reps have just announced that four more shows have been tacked on to the trek, including extra nights in Boston and Philadelphia as well as fresh stops in Vancouver and Seattle.

The new additions, which will see Petty and the Heartbreakers performing with support from J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf at the Boston and Philadelphia stops and the Lumineers in Vancouver and Seattle, bump the end of the tour back to Aug. 19 — and open a gap in the itinerary big enough to fit a few more shows.

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Toto is Working on 40th Anniversary Album

Toto guitarist Steve Lukather has confirmed that the band is working on a new album to mark its 40th anniversary, which they’ll also celebrate with a large-scale tour.

“We’re working on material for our 40th anniversary. It’s pretty good,” Lukather told Backstage Axxess in a new interview that you can watch above. “We’re making new music, then we’re going to do a 40th anniversary tour for the next two years. It’s going to be busy for the next few years.” The band formed in 1977 and released its latest record, Toto XIV, in 2015.

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Lady Gaga Will Perform with Metallica at the “Grammys”

It looks like LADY GAGA will have TWO can’t-miss performances on back-to-back Sundays . . . because she’s hitting the stage with METALLICA at the “Grammys” on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, Gaga’s music sales have spiked by 1,000% since her amazing Super Bowl halftime show.

Other performers on Sunday will include Beyoncé, Katy Perry, The Weeknd, Daft Punk, Adele, Carrie Underwood, Bruno Mars, Keith Urban, Anderson .Paak, A Tribe Called Quest, John Legend, and Demi Lovato.

Music News February 7

What Do Your Favorite Songs of 2016 Taste Like?

There’s a neurological condition called SYNESTHESIA, where two of the senses are weirdly connected.  There are many different types of synesthesia, and one of them allows a person to TASTE certain SOUNDS.

Obviously, nobody “tastes” the same sound the same way.  But the website Decluttr.com asked James Wannerton, the president of Britain’s Synesthesia Association, to give his take on the biggest songs of 2016.  Here’s what he said:

Adele’s “Hello” tastes like orange seeds, fresh melon, Snickers, and rubber bands.

Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” tastes like boiled egg white, cinnamon rolls, and grape cotton candy.

“Closer” by the Chainsmokers tastes like warm buttered toast, smoked ham, apple slices, and Fannie May chocolate.

Drake’s “One Chance” tastes like Rice Krispies, blackberries, warm water, and wet cotton.

“Work” by Rihanna tastes like stewed rhubarb, sour apple gum, ham, and soft plums.

James also gave his take on some CLASSIC music.

“The Twist” by Chubby Checker tastes like green Jell-O, Willy Wonka Fun Dip, fatty leg of lamb and hard candies.

“I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men tastes like sweaty socks, pound cake, and cucumber.

“Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye tastes like yogurt, Gorilla Glue, fatty bacon, and Zebra Cakes.

And Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” tastes like evaporated milk with cake, Gummy Bears, and unripe tangerine.

Obviously, there are a couple unanswered questions here.  Like how does this guy know what orange pits, rubber bands, wet cotton, sweaty socks, and Gorilla Glue taste like?  But hey . . . I’m not here to judge.

Cheap Trick Confirms Work on New Album

Cheap Trick took seven years between releasing The Latest and 2016’s Bang, Zoom, Crazy … Hello – their longest stretch between studio efforts ever. The band is promising a much quicker turnaround for the follow-up.

“We’ve been in the studio working on a new album,” Cheap Trick confirmed today on Twitter. They “hope to have [this as-yet untitled project] completed by spring and released at the beginning of summer 2017.”

Cheap Trick actually began work on new music almost immediately following Bang, Zoom, Crazy … Hello. “The thing is, we’re going to keep going,” Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson said in 2015. “We want to record a record every year and just keep them coming out – like in the old days when everybody had a record out every six months, us included. We’re writing all the time, so what good is it if those [songs] don’t come out?”

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Santana Announces Summer Tour

After a reunion album and some shows last year with the lineup that helped make Santana one of the most popular bands in the late ’60s and early ’70s, the group will return to the road this summer.

But this latest round of dates for the Carlos Santana-led group doesn’t include the prime lineup of keyboardist and singer Gregg Rolie, guitarist Neal Schon, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve.

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Muse Plots Summer Tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars

Muse will hit the road with Thirty Seconds to Mars for a joint tour this summer. Muse previously announced a trio of North American festival dates – Cincinnati’s Bunbury, Delaware’s Firefly and the Festival d’ete de Quebec – and now the British rockers have fleshed out the rest of their trek, which kicks off May 20th in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The 18-date trek stretches until a Salt Lake City show on September 20th, with Muse returning to the U.K. in late August to headline the Leeds and Reading Festivals. The August break also allows Thirty Seconds to Mars to host their own Camp Mars on August 12th to 14th in Malibu, California.

June 4 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival

Music News February 3rd

The Drummer for Styx is Being Sued for Hitting an Audience Member with a Drumstick

A note to all you rock and roll drummers:  Yes, some fans love it when you throw drumsticks into the crowd.  But you can also HIT SOMEONE IN THE FACE.  And that could result in litigation.

Just like it has for STYX drummer TODD SUCHERMAN.  A woman named Lori Frederick is suing Todd for hitting her with a drumstick during a show in Atlanta in 2015.

She’s seeking damages for physical pain, bodily scars, emotional anguish, loss of function, and loss of enjoyment of life.  You can laugh if you want to, but Lori says the stick opened a wound on her face, and the blood ruined her clothes.

The injury also prevented her from entering the Peachtree Road Race.  And all because Todd failed to provide a, quote, “timely and proper warning” before throwing his drumstick.

Depeche Mode Gets Political With New Song ‘Where’s the Revolution’

Depeche Mode is back. The band has released a new song called “Where’s the Revolution,” the first taste of their new album Spirit.

“Where’s the Revolution” marks the English rock legends’ first new music in four years and an early tease of their 14th studio album, which is due out on Columbia Records on March 17.

The track builds with a sense of suspense, as singer Dave Gahan riles listeners up, telling them, “You’ve been kept down. You’ve been pushed ’round. You’ve been lied to. You’ve been fed truths.”

Music News February 2nd

Blondie’s Next Album Will Feature Joan Jett and “Bob’s Burgers”

 BLONDIE is putting out a new album on May 5th called “Pollinator” . . . and it sounds like they had a lot of help.

Joan Jett, The Gregory Brothers, Laurie Anderson, and comedian John Roberts appear on the album.  John is the guy who voices Lin Belcher on “Bob’s Burgers”.  He described his vocals as “a little breakdown,” whatever that means.

Sia and Charli XCX wrote songs for the album, and one song has guitar work by The Strokes’ Nick Valensi.  The first single Fun is out now, and they’re taking pre-orders for the album on their site.

The Chainsmokers Embrace Being Compared to Nickelback

“Esquire” magazine has an article saying THE CHAINSMOKERS are the NICKELBACK of EDM . . . because they’re both quote, “genre clichés . . . shameless sexism . . . [and] schmaltz.”

Well, The Chainsmokers have responded . . . and they’re EMBRACING it.  They posted a short video where they mash-up their hit “Paris” with Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me”(Here’s the video.)

A Film is in the Works about John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Imagine … a John Lennon-Yoko Ono movie.

Producer Michael De Luca is working with Ono on an untitled feature that would track her relationship with the Beatle, as well as their antiwar efforts.

The Theory of Everything scribe Anthony McCarten will pen the feature and act as a producer on the project, along with Ono, De Luca and Immersive Pictures’ Josh Bratman.

“The story will focus on ripe and relevant themes of love, courage and activism in the U.S. — with the intention of inspiring today’s youth to stand up for and have a clear vision for the world they want,” De Luca said Wednesday in a statement. “I am also honored and privileged to be working with Yoko Ono, Anthony McCarten and Josh Bratman to tell the story of two amazing global icons.”

Read more here.

Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello Duet on an Unreleased Demo, ‘Twenty Fine Fingers’

An expanded reissue of Paul McCartney‘s 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt is due out March 24, but fans were treated to a sneak peek Wednesday with a previously unreleased acoustic demo.

“Twenty Fine Fingers”—a breakneck rockabilly tune that harkens back to rock pioneer Buddy Holly—features McCartney duetting with fellow Liverpudlian Elvis Costello, who served as cowriter on the project. Four of their collaborations, “My Brave Face,” “Don’t Be Careless Love,” “That Day Is Done” and “You Want Her Too,” appeared on the completed album, while “The Lovers That Never Were,” “So Like Candy” and “Playboy to a Man” all appeared on future works by the artists.

Here the song and watch the video here.

Music News January 20 2017

New Songs By Arcade Fire and Gorillaz

  1. ARCADE FIRE has a new album on the way.  There’s no title or release date yet, but they’ve just put out the first song.  It’s called I Give You Power . . . and it features 77-year-old singer Mavis Staples.   In the caption on YouTube, the band says, quote, “It’s never been more important that we stick together and take care of each other.”
  2. The cartoon band GORILLAZ released a new song called Hallelujah Money, but they DIDN’T use their usual animation in the video.  And they intentionally timed the release to coincide with Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The song features British singer Benjamin Clementine.  And it’ll probably be on their new album, which is supposed to be out this year.  There’s no title or release date yet.

Iron Maiden Announces 2017 North American Tour

Iron Maiden have announced a new, 25-date North American leg of their ongoing Book of Souls tour.

Ghost will be the opening act for this trek, which kicks off June 3 in Bristow, Va., and is currently scheduled to wrap up with the band’s first-ever show in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 21 at the Barclays Center.

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