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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.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-van-morrison-and-mark-knopflers-striking-new-take-on-irish-heartbeat-20150309#ixzz3TuMJrYK5
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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?”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/unreleased-kurt-cobain-song-to-appear-on-montage-of-heck-soundtrack-20150309#ixzz3TuMj4OXP
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Music News for 3/2 – 3/6

Music News for 03/05/2015

Listen to Violent Femmes’ First Song in 15 Years, Love Love Love Love Love’

We haven’t heard new material from the Violent Femmes in since 2000’s Freak Magnet, but on Wednesday the Milwaukee punk trio released a new track and announced an upcoming EP that’ll be out in April.

The song’s called “Love Love Love Love Love” and leads the release of the four-song Happy New Year, which drops for Record Store Day on April 18 on translucent champagne-colored vinyl. It’s a shuffling ode to the single life, as singer Gordon Gano announces “some people know when to settle down, me I can’t help but wonder what’s on the other side.”

The track was recorded on New Year’s Eve in Hobart, Tasmania, which isn’t something we get to say very often.

In 2007, the Femmes were embroiled in inter-band lawsuit where bassist Brian Ritchie sued Gano, saying he was deprived of credit for some of the group’s songs and a proper accounting of its earnings. They have since reunited and performed festival shows over the past couple years.

Listen to “Love Love Love Love Love” here.

Hall & Oats are NOT fans of Haulin’ Oats!

They won’t go for that.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall and John Oates are suing an artisanal granola company from Brooklyn for calling one of their hipster-friendly products “Haulin’ Oats.”

The music legends claim in their Brooklyn federal suit that Red Hook-based Early Bird is profiting off their fame. “The name and mark Haulin’ Oats is an obvious play upon Plaintiff’s well-known Hall & Oates mark, and was selected by defendant in an effort to trade off of the fame and notoriety associated with the artist’s and plaintiff’s well-known marks,” the suit states.

Founded by a former manager of Brooklyn’s renowned Franny’s restaurant, Early Bird promises customers superior granola products.

The Haulin’ Oats line — which runs $27 for a three pack — is touted as a “small-batch” offering that had one customer swearing that they’ll “never eat anything else again.”

Read more at : http://pagesix.com/2015/03/04/hall-oates-sue-brooklyn-company-over-hipster-haulin-oats-granola/


Grateful Dead Fan Tries to Sell ‘Jerry Garcia’s Finger’ for Reunion Show Tickets

With tickets to the upcoming Grateful Dead 50th anniversary reunion shows completely sold out and going for absurdly expensive prices

Undoubtedly the most desperate — as well as the cleverest, grossest and funniest in a warped sort of way — is the Craigslist ad from a seller known as “Matt” who’s purporting to offer deceased Dead frontman Jerry Garcia‘s severed finger in a jar, in exchange for $5,000 that he can put toward reunion show tickets. “It pains me to part with this one of a kind collectible, but I believe Jerry would want me to see the last show,” he writes. “Finger is preserved in brine solution and sealed in air tight bottle for long-term storage.”

This is clearly a hoax, but we have to give Matt credit for going all out in his quest for tickets — even if the odds of selling a fake severed finger to all but the most addled Dead fan are exceedingly low. As the Grateful faithful are well aware, young Jerry lost two-thirds of his middle finger as a young boy, the victim of a wood-chopping accident that took place when he was steadying a log for his older brother, but there’s no way the missing member has been floating in brine all these years … and even if it has, there’s also no way the “finger” in that picture belonged to a 4-year-old.

If nothing else, this ad may offer ideas to Black Sabbath fans who end up missing the boat on tickets to the band’s upcoming (and reportedly final) tour. After all, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi lost parts of two fingers — just think of how many tickets those could buy.

Read More: Grateful Dead Fan Tries to Sell ‘Jerry Garcia’s Finger’ for Reunion Show Tickets | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/jerry-garcia-finger-for-sale/?trackback=tsmclip

Prince was a jock believe it or not

PRINCE is a 5-foot-2-inch musician, so the last thing you’d expect of him is that he was a jock in high school.  But he WAS.

On Monday, a writer for the “St. Paul Star-Tribune” Tweeted Prince’s old basketball photo from the ’70s, and it went viral.  It’s from an article the newspaper ran on Prince in the mid-’80s, after he’d become a star.

Travis Barker Wants Tom DeLonge to Man-Up and Just Quit Blink-182

It seemed pretty apparent that BLINK-182 and TOM DELONGE were going their separate ways . . . regardless of whether Tom wanted out, or was pushed out.

In a new interview, TRAVIS BARKER says he doesn’t have any hard feelings . . . but he wants Tom to make it official, so the fans are clear with what’s happening.

He says, quote, “I think [he should] just man-up and quit the band instead of telling people he didn’t quit, and just be real with the fans.  I think that would give him some closure too, and really do what he’s passionate about.”

Travis also said he thinks Tom didn’t really love punk music anymore, and that it was just a phase for him.

Blink-182 is moving forward with singer MATT SKIBA from ALKALINE TRIO . . . while Tom just announced that he’s releasing a solo album called “To the Stars . . . Demos, Odds, and Ends” on April 21st.

The Band Perry Recorded a Song with Pharrell Williams

THE BAND PERRY collaborated with “Voice” coach PHARRELL WILLIAMS for a song on their next album.  KIMBERLY PERRY says, quote “We got to hang out with Pharrell.  He’s a huge country music fan, and he loves what we do with harmony.

“One thing that we worked on with him was this song where all three of us sing different interwoven vocals on the verse and on the chorus.”  No word on the name of the song.  The album’s supposed to come out sometime this year.

Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter is making music, but it’s not Kelly..

OZZY OSBOURNE’s OTHER daughter AIMEE has a new song and video called Raining Gold.  She’s calling herself ARO.  According to her bio, it’s pronounced “Arrow”.

Music News for 03/03/2015

New CDs from Kelly Clarkson, Rixton, and Of Montreal

Piece by Piece, Kelly Clarkson.  It includes John Legend on her cover of the Tokio Hotel song “Run Run Run”.

Let the Road, the debut album of the British band Rixton

Chasing Yesterday, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

You know Mr. Gallager from the band Oasis.  This is his second album with the High Flying Birds.

Aureate Gloom, the 13th  album by indie rock band Of Montreal

House, the debut album of the indie rock band Young Buffalo

The Firewatcher’s Daughter, folk singer Brandi Carlile

Tickets for the Grateful Dead’s Final Show Are Going for as Much as $116,000

If you didn’t get tickets for the GRATEFUL DEAD’s three-day farewell show in Chicago before they sold out, you’re kind of screwed.  Unless you’re rich.

You can still get tickets on the “secondary market” like Stubhub, but they’re not cheap.  Single-day tickets are starting at around $500.  Passes for all three days are hard to come by for less than $1,200.

And there are general admission tickets on the field that are going for $116,000.

The Top 10 Girl Group Songs of All Time!

Billboard.com has a list of “The Top 40 Girl Group Songs of All Time.”  It isn’t subjective, it’s based on the songs’ performance on the charts.  Here’s the Top 10:

1.  “Best of My Love”, The Emotions

2.  “Independent Women, Part 1″, Destiny’s Child

3.  “Walk Like an Egyptian”, The Bangles

4.  “Creep”, TLC

5.  “Waterfalls”, TLC

6.  “Hold On”, Wilson Phillips

7.  “Love Child”, Diana Ross & The Supremes

8.  “No Scrubs”, TLC

9.  “Where My Girls At?”, 702

10.  “He’s So Fine”, The Chiffons

Music News for 03/02/2015

Mumford and Sons might go electric on next album

When Mumford & Sons‘ bassist Ted Dwane showed up at his London studio early last year to begin work on the group’s third album, he was confronted with a surprise: a room full of synthesizers. “It was bizarre,” he says. “I didn’t expect we were going to do the same thing again – but this was crazy!”
On their new album, Wilder Mind (out May 4th), Mumford & Sons have mostly removed their signature elements – banjo, acoustic strumming, stomping kick drum – and replaced them with U2-sized guitars, synths, spacey mellotrons and even some drum machines. “We felt that doing the same thing, or the same instrumentation again, just wasn’t for us,” says frontman Marcus Mumford. “We’ve got a broader taste in music than just that.” Adds Dwane, “None of us had really any interest in doing a sort of Babel 2. It was always going to be different.”
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/mumford-sons-talk-going-electric-on-new-album-wilder-mind-20150302#ixzz3TFMAX8gB
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A Song by a YouTube Singer Is Being Turned Into a Movie

A singer named Megan Nicole has been posting songs on YouTube since 2009.  Three million people subscribe to her page, and her videos have been viewed more than half-a-BILLION times.

And now one of her songs called Summer Forever is being turned into a MOVIE.  It’s a movie-musical, and she’s starring in it.  It comes out in August.

Hear Bad Company’s Lost ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’ Alternate Take

Forty years ago, Bad Company followed their self-titled debut with the chart-topping, five-times platinum Straight Shooter. “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” the record’s second single, has since become a fixture of classic rock radio, and a new deluxe edition of the album exhumes a different version of the track. Hear this take below – although the guitars don’t kick in with the strength of the original, they are more present in the verses, which have a slight Southern-rock vibe.
Aside from “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” the reissue’s bonus disc includes a previously unreleased rendition of “Shooting Star,” a new mix of “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” and two entirely unheard songs: “See the Sunlight” and “All Night Long.”
In Rolling Stone‘s original review of Straight Shooter, Ed Naha wrote that the record retained “the spontaneous combustion of the earlier album” and “managed to refine [Bad Company’s] musical energy, give it sharper direction and come up with fistfuls of apparently innocuous but totally effective hard rock surprises.”

For Naha, “Feel Like Makin’ Love” offered further evidence that the band had “a brand of music uniquely their own”: “Forsaking the constant thunderthudding drone motif of ’74 in favor of a more textured approach, the group uses subdued acoustic guitar and tight vocal harmonies during most of the verses, saving the harsh electrical shocks for the head-slamming choruses.”
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-bad-companys-lost-feel-like-makin-love-alternate-take-20150302#ixzz3TFMq4RRL
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Music News for the Week of 02/23/2015 – 02/27/2015

Music News for 02/27/2015

Tom Hanks Supports His Son’s Rap Career, But Doesn’t Like the Swearing

Like a lot of parents, TOM HANKS is supportive of his kids . . . including Chester, who’s trying to forge a rap career under the name CHET HAZE.  But, like a lot of parents, he doesn’t like the swearing.

He says, quote, “What I love about my kid is that he’s doing it.  There’s a lot of people who sit around for the phone to ring and wait for someone to invite them to do it.  And my kid has done it.

“Sometimes I can’t honestly say I love to hear some of the language in it, but that’s not just his stuff, that’s other people’s as well.”

Music News for 02/24/15

The Darkness is making music… still

Yes, THE DARKNESS are still a thing.  And they have a new song and video called “Barbarian”.  An album called “Last of Our Kind” will be out June 1st.

Three Touring Randoms: The Pixies, Marilyn Manson, and Sam Smith

1.  The Pixies announced some new tour dates beginning on May 5th in New Orleans.  Unfortunately, founding bassist Kim Deal is still out of the fold.  She left the band two years ago.  Touring bassist Paz Lenchantin is taking her place.

The band has been working on new material recently, and they’re going to be debuting some of it on the tour.  (Hit up PixiesMusic.com for all the dates.)

2.  Marilyn Manson will return to North America on March 28th.  After several weeks in Canada, he’ll do more shows in the U.S.  This stretch of dates is mostly just in the Midwest and the South.  (Loudwire.com has all the details.)

3.  Sam Smith has announced some more U.S. dates for this summer . . . beginning with a show in Charlotte on July 18th.  (Browse all the dates, here.)

New CDs from Kid Rock, Rick Springfield, and Mat Kearney

Sons of Anarchy: Volume 4 . . . It includes Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain”, plus the show’s band The Forest Rangers doing songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “The Age of Aquarius”, and “All Along the Watchtower”.

First Kiss, Kid Rock.  This is his 10th album.

Stripped Down, Rick Springfield . . . Live recordings from “intimate” gigs where he’s done covers of “Oh Well” by Fleetwood Mac, “Baby Blue” by Badfinger, the Muddy Waters hit “Rollin’ and Tumbling'”, and a new song called “If Wishes Were Fishes”.

The Order of Things, All That Remains

Dope Machines, Airborne Toxic Event.  This is their fourth album.

Our Own House, the indie pop band MisterWives

Just Kids, Mat Kearney


Music News for 02/23/15

Pixies promise NEW music on their North American Tour

Last April, Pixies released Indie Cindy, their first new album in 23 years. They also toured the world with their new touring bassist, Paz Lenchantin, following the departure of founding member Kim Deal (and subsequent replacement Kim Shattuck). Now, the influential alt-rock band – frontman Black Francis, guitarist Joey Santiago and drummer David Lovering – have announced another series of North American tour dates (once again featuring Lenchantin), kicking off May 5th in New Orleans and running throughout the month.

According to the band’s official website, the jaunt will feature tracks spanning their discography, in addition to “some brand new Pixies songs, written and arranged just in the past few months.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/pixies-promise-new-music-on-north-american-tour-20150223#ixzz3Saxi94Xq
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Scarlett Johansson Put Out a Dance Track Called “Candy”

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is releasing music again.  She has a new dance track titled “Candy” with an all-female group called THE SINGLES.

There isn’t anyone notable in the group, but Este Haim of the Haim sisters adds drums for this track . . . and Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio produced it.

Scarlett says, quote, “The idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls.  I wanted it to be like Ultra-pop, but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke.”

You can hear the track here : http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-a-super-pop-jam-from-scarlett-johanssons-new-girl-group-20150220

Lady Gaga absolutely slays her ‘Sound of Music’ Tribute to Julie Andrews

Lady Gaga performed for the first time at the Oscars on Sunday in a special 50th anniversary tribute to “The Sound of Music.” The Robert Wise film, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, came out in 1965 and won five Academy Awards.

The pop singer sang a medley of songs including “The Hills Are Alive,” “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” After her performance, Andrews came on stage to thank Gaga. “It really warmed my heart, it really did,” Andrews said before presenting the next award, for Best Original Score.

You can watch the performance by clicking here : Sound of Music Tribute


The Killers and No Doubt will be headlining San Diego’s Inaugural Kaaboo Festival

No Doubt, the Killers and Zac Brown Band will headline the inaugural Kaaboo Del Mar Festival, a three-day music, arts and comedy fest hitting San Diego, California the weekend of September 18th. Snoop Dogg, the Roots, Spoon, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Girl Talk are also among the more than 100 acts that will perform atop one of Kaaboo’s six stages at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Kaaboo also boasts a comedy bill that includes Community‘s Joel McHale, Lewis Black, Jeff Garlin, Tig Notaro, Saturday Night Live‘s 48th best cast member Tim Meadows, Ron Funches, Anthony Jeselnik and many more.

General admission and VIP tickets for the festival are available now at the Kaaboo website. The fest has also revealed that Slightly Stoopid, Counting Crows, Foster the People, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Los Lobos, X, Dawes, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Awolnation will perform at the inaugural festival. Check out the official site for the full lineup.

Kaaboo will be the Killers’ first U.S. date since last August and just the fourth concert No Doubt has booked in 2015. Gwen Stefani and company have previously announced plans to perform at New Orleans’ Jazz Fest on May 1st, Las Vegas’ inaugural Rock in Rio Fest on May 8th and Napa, California’s BottleRock on May 31st.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/no-doubt-the-killers-headlining-san-diegos-inaugural-kaaboo-festival-20150223#ixzz3SaypSpkN
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Jimmy Page on the ‘Swagger’ of “Physical Graffiti”

By the time Led Zeppelin released Physical Graffiti in 1975, they no longer needed to prove anything. “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,” says the group’s guitarist and producer Jimmy Page, in one of the music rooms at London’s Olympic Studios where the double-LP was originally mixed. “It was like a voyage of discovery, a topographical adventure.”

their five previous records, Led Zeppelin made Physical Graffiti their victory lap. They were now successful enough to operate their own record label, Swan Song, and the album — their first offering on the imprint — was their lengthy battle cry. Clocking in at a little over 80 minutes, Physical Graffiti contained some of their hardest-rocking tunes (“The Wanton Song,” “Custard Pie,” “Houses of the Holy”), trippiest epics (“Kashmir,” “In the Light,” “Ten Years Gone”) and sweetest rock & roll diversions (“Black Country Girl,” “Boogie With Stu”). The record showed Led Zeppelin at both their most excessive and most impressive.

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Music News 2/16 – 2/20

Music News 2/20/15

Are these the 10 best Romantic Comedies?

“Rolling Stone” recently polled their readers to come up with a list of “The 10 Best Romantic Comedies.”  And in the end, “When Harry Met Sally” got the most votes.  Here’s the Top 10:

1.  “When Harry Met Sally”, 1989

2.  “Annie Hall”, 1977

3.  “The Wedding Singer”, 1998

4.  “Love Actually”, 2003

5.  “Say Anything”, 1989

6.  “50 First Dates”, 2004

7.  “You’ve Got Mail”, 1998

8.  “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, 2004

9.  “Notting Hill”, 1999

10.  “There’s Something About Mary”, 1998


Iron Maiden Singer Bruce Dickinson Was Treated for a Cancerous Tumor on His Tongue

IRON MAIDEN singer BRUCE DICKINSON had a cancerous tumor on the back of his tongue, and recently completed seven weeks of chemotherapy and radiation.

The band says it was discovered in the early stages, just before Christmas, and the prognosis is “extremely good.”  They’re hoping he’ll be fully recovered by late May.

Bruce is actually Maiden’s second lead singer.  He replaced Paul Di’Anno in 1980.  After the release of their 1982 album “The Number of the Beast”, they became one of the biggest bands in the world.  Bruce is 56 years old.

Blur Released a New Single . . . And Have an Album Coming in April

BLUR is back.  They held a press conference yesterday, announcing their first album in 12 years.  It’s called “The Magic Whip”, and it’s coming out April 28th.  Their last album, “Think Tank”, was released in 2003.

All the original members are on this album . . . singer Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree.

The album was recorded over FIVE DAYS in Hong Kong, and the first single is already here.  It’s called Go Out.

Music News 2/18

Jerry Garcia, Willie Dixon, Cyndi Lauper among those to join the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame have announced the diverse group of artists that will be enshrined as their Class of 2015: The Grateful Dead duo of Jerry Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter, blues legend Willie Dixon, Cyndi Lauper, Linda Perry, Toby Keith and Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Braddock. The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place June 18th at New York’s Marriott Marquis. Additional special award honorees will be revealed soon.
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Would you listen to Nickleback for 168 hours for Charity?

Jesse Carey began listening to Nickelback’s entire catalog on repeat Monday . . . and he’ll continue through Sunday.  That’s one whole week.

He set up a fundraising page to go along with the stunt, and he’s raised over $17,000 for ‘Charity: Water‘ . . . a non-profit organization that provides clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Jesse calls this marathon, quote, “the ultimate test of human endurance.”

He also claims to have “consulted” several doctors, who told him that listening to this much Nickelback could cause “irreversible damage to his ears, brain, kidneys and soul.”


Music News 2/17


  • Smoke and Mirrors, Imagine Dragons
  • Guitars & Microphones, Kate Pierson from the B-52s
  • Modest Mouse has put out a new track called “The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box”.  It’s going to be on their new album, “Strangers to Ourselves”, which comes out on March 17th.
  • · OK GO did a song for “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ called “You’re [an Effing] Nerd and No One Likes You”.
  • PASSION PIT unleashed their new song, Lifted Up (1985).  It’s the lead single off their next album, “Kindred”, which is comes out April 21st.
  • There’s a new SUFJAN STEVENS song out called “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”.  It’s off his upcoming album “Carrie & Lowell”, which is coming out March 31st.

Jethro Tull is Doing a Rock Opera Based on the Guy They Named the Band After

This is a little high-concept, even for a prog-rock band:  IAN ANDERSON from JETHRO TULL is doing a rock opera based on Jethro Tull.  Not the band, but the REAL Jethro Tull . . . the 17th Century agriculturist the band is named after.

The good news is, he’ll be playing all the classic Tull songs like “Aqualung” and “Locomotive Breath”, in addition to some new material.  Some of the old songs may be re-worked to fit the story better, though.

And the story will be, quote, “reimagined as if in the near future.”  Anderson will start touring with the show in the fall.



Pharrell Williams Turning Hits into Children’s Books

Pharrell Williams will expand his “Happy” empire to the world of children’s picture books. The musician signed an agreement with publisher Putnam to pen four new books for young readers, starting with one inspired by his hit song, Billboard reports.

A 250,000-copy run of Happy, the book, will be published on September 22nd, and feature photographs of children from around the world “celebrating what it means to be happy.”

Pharrell originally released “Happy” in 2013 as part of the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, later creating the world’s first 24-hour music video to accompany it and adopting it for his own solo LP, Girl. The song topped the Hot 100 in March of 2014, where it remained for 10 straight weeks. “Happy” became Pharrell’s fourth Hot 100 number one, but his first as a lead artist.

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