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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Morrissey  recently admitted that he’s been secretly battling cancer

He told a Spanish newspaper called El Mundo, quote, “They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever.  If I die, then I die.  And if I don’t, then I don’t.  Right now I feel good.”

“I’m aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that’s what illness can do.  I’m not going to worry about that, I’ll rest when I’m dead.”  He’s currently on tour in Europe, however, in June he canceled a string of U.S. shows due to a “respiratory infection.”  


Former Journey singer Steve Perry showed up at a San Francisco Giants game

When they played “Don’t Stop Believin’” in the stadium, they showed him on the Jumbotron.  

Steve rocked out with the crowd. You can watch fan recorded video footage here.


A special video marks the launch of BBC Music

The BBC unleashed a video of 27 artists performing a new version of the Beach Boys song “God Only Knows”.  

It features Brian Wilson, Elton John, One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Lorde, Sam Smith and Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl, among others.

Here’s the official video.



Music News for October 7, 2014

Foo Fighters will spend a week in New York next week as the musical guests of Late Show With David Letterman

 They’ll be playing covers of songs inspired by their forthcoming record Sonic Highways each night.

This aligns with the premiere of Grohl’s documentary series, also titled Sonic Highways. The band recorded it in eight different U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Nashville and Austin and it documents the recording of the album. The film premieres on HBO on October 17th.


Various stars have designed guitars for charity

Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe, Matt Bellamy, Dave Stewart, Robby Krieger and film director Gus Van Sant have all designed custom Carparelli guitars for an auction at Bonhams New York, which will take place November 9th.

Proceeds from the items will benefit War Child USA, a humanitarian organization focused on helping children and young people in areas of armed conflict. 


B.B. King cancels tour after illness

Blues legend B.B. King was forced to cancel the remainder of his tour after falling ill following a show in Chicago. King had eight gigs left on his current tour. According to King’s official site “He was immediately evaluated by a doctor and diagnosed with dehydration and suffering from exhaustion whereby causing the eight remaining shows of his current tour to be cancelled.” No other details have been released.


Music News for October 2nd 2014

Roger Waters “I am not a part of Pink Floyd

Founding Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters left the group bitterly in 1985 and famously sued his ex-bandmates at the time for wishing to carry on with the group’s name, but some of his fans appear to have forgotten this. The singer-songwriter has issued a note on Facebook to remind his fans that, while Pink Floyd are indeed issuing their first record in 20 years – the instrumental record The Endless River – he had no role in making it.

“Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November,” Waters wrote. “Errhh? I don’t have an album coming out, they are probably confused. David Gilmour and Nick Mason have an album coming out. It’s called Endless River. David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd. I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that’s 29 years ago. I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River. Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip.”

Waters lost his lawsuit over the band name in 1987, and that same year the band issued A Momentary Lapse of Reason. In recent years, Waters has revisited his Pink Floyd past. On July 2nd, 2005, Waters, Mason, Gilmour and keyboardist Rick Wright performed together as Pink Floyd for the first time in nearly a quarter century at the Live 8 concert at London’s Hyde park. Waters has mounted solo tours in recent years, performing the Floyd albums Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall in their entirety, and reunited again with Gilmour and Mason in London at a tour stop for the latter in 2011.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/roger-waters-reminds-curious-fans-i-am-not-part-of-pink-floyd-20141002#ixzz3F02ON8DV


Morello honored with Courage Award

Last night, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Street Sweeper Social Club and the E Street Band guitarist Tom Morello received the Courage Campaign‘s Spirit of Courage Award in a ceremony at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California. The award is meant to honor “someone who exemplifies courage in the fight for a more fair and just society,” and Morello has established himself as a musician willing to go to the front lines of social unrest to help amplify the voices of those in need.

Dating back to his days with Rage Against the Machine, when the group performed at a benefit to raise awareness about the imprisonment of Native American rights activist Leonard Peltier (for whom they wrote “Freedom”) and up through his recent appearance at the 15Now benefit in Seattle to help increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, Morello has supported causes big and small. “Yes, I’ve spent time in jail. Yes, I’ve been tear-gassed,” Morello says. “But the element of courage that may be reflected in this award is to – regardless of consequences – put your principles in practice in what you do for a living, and that’s not always so easy to do.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/tom-morellos-new-sound-very-hard-and-very-funky-20141002#ixzz3EzwsLY3U


Music News for September 30th 2014

U2 elegible for Grammy as of September 30th!

If you recall U2, Interscope Records, and Apple made the band’s latest album Songs of Innocence available for free to iTunes customers. That is great and with the Grammys coming up things we’re looking pretty great…until a spokesperson for the Grammys said the group would not be eligible for the next Grammy Awards due to the album being unavailable for purchase before the cutoff date of September 30th

That deadline quickly approached, with that in mind U2 released a number of vinyl copies of Innocence to retailers for sale. A spokesperson for the Grammys tells Rolling Stone that once the record is available on Tuesday, the band will be eligible for the upcoming 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8th, 2015. ”As long as the album, be it CD, vinyl or digital, is available commercially for sale to the public by our eligibility cutoff date at a nationally recognized retailer or website, then it’s eligible for consideration,” the spokesperson says.

The group has announced it will released limited edition copies of their album with an additional 4 songs, set for October 14th.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/u2-eligible-grammys-after-pressing-vinyl-20140930#ixzz3EoQJum8X


Weezer now streaming…

After a series of cryptic album teasers and new songs, Weezer have begun streaming their new album Everything Will Be Alright in the End on iTunes First Look one week ahead of its October 7th release.

“On the surface, the name is optimistic,” frontman Rivers Cuomo recently told Rolling Stone of the potentially ominous album title. “But you’re not 100 percent sure how sincerely to take that. Those last three words can’t help but remind a sensitive reader of the end of themselves, of Weezer, of the world.” He went on to muse, “Part of me feels like, ‘Wow, this is bleak.’ But another part is like, ‘You can’t get rid of us that easily.’”

But Cuomo has plenty to do before the end is nigh. In August, news broke that the Weezer frontman has been working on a TV series called DeTour with Psych creator Steve Franks. It just happens to be about what The Hollywood Reporter parlayed was a “30-something rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success.” It sounds eerily familiar to the time that Cuomo took a break from Weezer to go to Harvard.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-weezers-new-album-on-itunes-ahead-of-official-release-20140930#ixzz3EoRVpydF

Alice Cooper covers Eleanor Rigby on upcoming album The Art of McCartney

Shock rocker Alice Cooper plays it straight and reverent with his take on the Beatles‘ “Eleanor Rigby,” one of dozens of cover songs that appear on the forthcoming compilation The Art of McCartney. In the song’s video, the “Welcome to My Nightmare” singer cuddles up to a mic in front of a red floral tapestry, emoting the song’s gloomy lyrics in a way that could serve as commentary about his own Alice Cooper character – or at least that’s what the sad pic of Alice in full makeup at the end seems to suggest.

“We were way influenced by the Beatles’ music, by the great songwriting of Lennon and McCartney,” Cooper said in a statement. “If you ask Ozzy and Steven Tyler the same thing, you’ll find that there’s a lot of melody in what we all do. We’re always going to be a little more horse-powered than the Beatles were, but we always referred back to those melody lines.”

In addition to “Eleanor Rigby,” Cooper recorded a version of the McCartney song “Smile Away,” which appeared on his second solo record, Ram, in 1971, for the comp. Cooper discussed recording both songs in a behind-the-scenes video.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/see-alice-cooper-sing-a-reverent-cover-of-the-beatles-eleanor-rigby-20140930#ixzz3EoRvYEtO