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Music News March 24th

Gorillaz Revleal New Album Title and Release Date

Gorillaz are returning with a new album titled Humanz this spring, the band announced Thursday. That same day, they also debuted a short film, Saturnz Barz (Spirit House), that features the title song — “Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan)” — in full, along with snippets of “Ascension (feat. Vince Staples),” “We Got the Power (feat. Jehnny Beth of Savages),” and “Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.).”

Music News March 22nd

Record Store Day is April 22nd… check out what will be released!

Some releases include, David Bowie, The Cars, Johnny Cash, The Cure and many  more check out the full list here.

CBS Is Airing a Bee Gees / “Saturday Night Fever” Tribute Next Month

CBS will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the BEE GEES’ “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack with a tribute called “Stayin’ Alive:  A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees”.

The last Bee Gee standing, Barry Gibb, will perform . . . along with Ed Sheeran, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, John Legend, Nick Jonas, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town, and Pentatonix.

“Saturday Night Fever” star John Travolta will also make an appearance.

The special will air on April 16th, which is Easter Sunday.

Ed Sheeran Gave the Writers of TLC’s “No Scrubs” Credit for His “Shape of You”

There are some significant similarities between ED SHEERAN’s “Shape of You” and TLC’s “No Scrubs” . . . and rather than fight it, Ed is EMBRACING it.

He just added the writers of “No Scrubs” to the credits, meaning that they’ll get a share of the royalties from “Shape of You”.

The credits went to Kandi Burruss and Tameka ‘Tiny’ Cottle from Xscape, along with producer Kevin ‘She’kspere’ Briggs.  Obviously, Ed is cutting off any possible legal action by doing this.

Kandi is now on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”, and she celebrated her new songwriting credit by saying, quote, “Thank you for allowing [us] to share in the success of ‘Shape of You’.”  Tiny is also thrilled about it.  Ed hasn’t commented.

Music News March 14th

John Oates Shaved His Mustache After Blowing Through All of His Money

30 years ago, JOHN OATES of HALL & OATES had one of the most famous mustaches in the world.  It was even inducted into the Mustache Hall of Fame a couple years ago.

But in his new memoir, he says he decided to shave it off back in the early ’90s because he needed a fresh start.  Quote, “No one will ever understand how much that mustache affected my life.  It was so much a part of who I had become.”

And in another recent interview he said, quote, “[It] represented the old John.  I didn’t want to be that guy anymore, so I shaved it off.  It was ritualistic in a way.”

The person he’d become was a rock star who had outgrown his wallet.  Seriously, he was down to $50 at one point.  He says, quote, “I just wish they’d warned us that the high life we were living would have financial consequences.

“We weren’t cheated.  we were seduced.”  Fortunately, he and DARYL HALL cashed in on some royalties they’d been screwed out of before, and were able to regain some financial stability.

The memoir is called “Change of Seasons”, and it comes out next Tuesday.

Daft Punk and Lady Gaga might join the Coachella Lineup

Masked music duo Daft Punk could join Lady Gaga when she performs at Coachella on April 15.

“They are working out logistics,” a source told Page Six of the DJs Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.

Another added, “I hear it is possible,” but said nothing’s confirmed.

Gaga, Daft Punk, Katy Perry and Adele have all been rumored to potentially join the music fest after pregnant Beyoncé pulled out on doctor’s orders.

The Who Announces Las Vegas Residency

The Who announced a new residency in Las Vegas on Monday (March 13) that’s set to kick off July 29 at Caesars Palace.

The residency currently consists of just six shows, though — as The Guardian reports — was described in a statement as a “first run.”

Since 2014, The Who has been a lengthy goodbye tour that is set to end next month in England. the band’s leading members guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey are 71 and 73-years-old, respectively.

Paul Simon Announces Summer Tour Dates

Paul Simon is heading back out on the road this summer.

Simon, still supporting last year’s Stranger to Stranger LP, is slated to start his next leg of dates on June 1, when he plays the first of 16 shows scheduled throughout the month. Starting in St. Augustine, Fla., Simon will travel throughout the U.S., wrapping up on June 28 with a stop in Denver.

The upcoming dates come after a busy 2016 for Simon, who honored a long list of concert commitments surrounding Stranger to Stranger. The album peaked at No. 3 in the U.S., his strongest chart showing since his classic 1986 solo LP Graceland hit its commercial high-water mark, and Stranger‘s warm reception seems to have cooled Simon’s evident itch for retirement.

Paul Simon 2017 Tour Dates
6/10 – Cincinnati, OH
6/11 – Toledo, OH
6/13 – Cleveland, OH

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Believe It or Not, Hanson Is Preparing for a 25th Anniversary Tour

Here’s something that will make just about ANYONE feel old.  HANSON is preparing to head out on a 25th anniversary tour.  Yes, Hanson . . . the band with the three little kids who sang MMMBop.

Well, time flies.  Now, all three boys are in their 30s . . . they’re all married . . . and they have 12 kids between them.  And they’re still performing together.

It’s ‘only’ been 20 years since “MMMBop” . . . but they’ve been performing together since 1992, so that’s why it’s their 25th anniversary.  The tour kicks off in Europe in June before hitting the U.S. on September 12th in Dallas.

The full itinerary is up at Hanson.net.

Music News March 8th

The 10 Weirdest One-Hit-Wonders of the ’80s

The ’80s are famous for one-hit-wonders . . . and a new list breaks down the WEIRDEST one from each year in the decade.

Here’s the rundown . . .

  1. 1980:  “Into the Night”, Benny Mardones . . . There isn’t anything too weird about the song itself . . . other than that he was 34 and singing about falling for a 16-year-old . . . but the song made it because it’s one of only 10 songs to make the Top 20 in the Billboard Hot 100 twice, once in 1980 and again in 1989.
  2. 1981:  “General Hospi-Tale”, The Afternoon Delights . . . It mixed the ‘rap’ of Blondie’s “Rapture” with plot recaps from the soap opera “General Hospital”.  It also rhymed ‘Anybody likes to blab’ with ‘Richard Simmons helps fight flab.’
  3. 1982:  “Hooked on Classics (Parts 1 & 2)”, Louis Clark and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra . . . A mash-up that blitzed through 17 pieces of iconic classical music in five minutes.  One of them is “Rhapsody in Blue”, so it’s hard to listen to it now, without thinking of United Airlines.
  4. 1983:  “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, Taco . . . This one is self-explanatory.
  5. 1984:  “The Curly Shuffle”, Jump ‘N the Saddle Band . . . A swingy, brassy tribute to The Three Stooges.  Somehow, it soared to #15 on the Hot 100.
  6. 1985:  “19”, Paul Hardcastle . . . Arguably the first techno song to go mainstream, it set audio from a Vietnam War documentary to dance music.
  7. 1986:  “Tarzan Boy”, Baltimora . . . A tribute to Tarzan that, in a way, was to the ’80s what Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” was to the ’90s.
  8. 1987:  “Respect Yourself”, Bruce Willis . . . It was a cover of a 1971 Staple Singers song.  Bruce’s featured June Pointer and The Pointer Sisters.  It came out right when his acting career was taking off.  His singing career never did.
  9. 1988:  “Pump Up the Volume”, M.A.R.R.S. . . . This hit blended house music, hip-hop, and some glorious, synthesized cowbell.
  10. 1989:  “When I’m with You”, Sheriff.  The thing that made this power ballad “weird” is that it was able to make it all the way to the top of the charts WITHOUT a music video, which was basically unheard of in the prime of the MTV era.

Also, the band is Canadian, and it didn’t hit #1 in the U.S. until 1989, which was FOUR YEARS after they broke up.

(For more, hit up the original list, here.)

Rancid and the Drop Kick Murphys Announce a Co-Headlining Show

In what is a dream come true for my 16-year-old self, Rancid and Dropkick Murphys are hitting the road together this summer. The From Boston To Berkeley Tour commences July 27th in Bangor, ME and includes stops in Dropkick’s hometown of Boston and Rancid’s native Berkeley (hence the tour’s title) as part of the 24-date outing.

According to a press release, each show will culminate with Rancid and Dropkick Murphys “on stage together for a joint encore.”

Better yet, Bouncing Souls will open a portion of the tour dates.

07/30 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

March 3rd Music News

The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac Will Headline a New Bi-Coastal Music Festival

THE EAGLES and FLEETWOOD MAC are headlining a new bi-coastal music festival this summer.  The concerts will be called ‘Classic East’ and ‘Classic West’ . . . with the ‘East’ one happening at Citi Field in New York, and the ‘West’ one at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.  The organizers are hoping to make it an annual thing.

It’ll happen in July, with two shows in both cities.  But the dates haven’t been set.  And there will be other bands . . . but none have been announced yet.

These will be the first Eagles gigs since Glenn Frey died last January . . . it’s unclear who will stand in for him, if anyone.  The shows are also the only ones Fleetwood Mac has booked for this year.

Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears Are Touring Together

HALL & OATES is hitting the road this summer . . . and it’s even BETTER than it sounds, because it’s a co-headlining tour with TEARS FOR FEARS.

The dates stretch from May 4th in Tulsa up through July 28th in Los Angeles.  HallAndOates.com has the full itinierary.

Darryl Hall said, quote, “I’m very excited to be touring with Tears for Fears.  Their music has a timeless quality that complements what we do.”  Tears for Fears has a new album on the way, but there’s no title or release date yet.

May 20th – Cleveland
May 22nd – Columbus
June 13th – Cincinnati

March 1st 2017

Lady Gaga Is Replacing Beyoncé at Coachella

LADY GAGA is replacing BEYONCÉ at Coachella.  She’s headlining Saturday, April 15th and Saturday the 22nd.  She Tweeted an image of the new poster, and captioned it, quote, “Let’s party in the desert!”

RADIOHEAD is headlining the Fridays . . . and KENDRICK LAMAR is closing out both weekends on the Sunday nights.

Beyoncé was obviously a big draw, but she had to drop out on doctors’ orders because of her pregnancy.  Lady Gaga is a worthy replacement . . . or at least the NFL thought so.  Gaga played the Super Bowl halftime show this year after Beyoncé did it last year.

Beyoncé is expected to make it up by headlining next year’s festival.

Speaking of Coachella, their site was recently hacked.

Some user information was accessed . . . like usernames, first and last names, shipping addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers . . . But supposedly no financial information or passwords were compromised.

A Guy is Suing U2 for Stealing One of His Songs . . . In 1991

A songwriter named Paul Rose is accusing U2 of ripping off one of his songs . . . in 1991.  (???)

Paul says he sent a demo for a song called “Nae Slappin” to Island Records in 1989, the same year U2 signed to Island.  Two years later, U2 released the album “Achtung Baby” . . . which contained a song called “The Fly”.  And that’s the one he’s targeting.

Rose says “The Fly”, quote, “copied and incorporated substantial, distinct, important and recognizable portions” of “Nae Slappin”, including the guitar solo, the guitar hook, the percussion, and the, quote, “dimensions of sound.”

He wants at least $5 million, plus attorney’s fees and interest.

(Listen to “The Fly” here . . . and grab “Nae Slappin” here.  And you can hear them mixed together here.)

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