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4/18/2014
John Mellencamp angry over politician's uses of 'Small Town'
John Mellencamp is angered over conservative Republican Gov. Scott Walker once again using his 1985 song "Small Town" during his campaign appearances. The Huffington Post reported that back in 2012 Mellencamp publicly separated himself and the message of the song when Walker used "Small Town" without permission during his recall election, which "effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers in Wisconsin." The union law passed despite outcries from such liberal musicians as the late Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, and Billy Bragg. This time around, Mellencamp’s publicist shot hit Gov. Walker an email explaining ...
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4/18/2014
Bruce Springsteen releases 'American Beauty' EP on Saturday
Coming out tomorrow (Saturday, April 19th) in commemoration of Record Store Day is Bruce Springsteen's new American Beauty vinyl EP. Springsteen recently spoke about the set -- which so far, has no digital or CD release date -- telling Rolling Stone: "It's got some nice things on it. This is material from the past decade. Some were demos that I never cut. I believe 'American Beauty' was a demo I made that I didn't end up cutting with Brendan (O'Brien). I believe 'Hurry Up Sundown' was the same thing. The other two songs, one was cut for maybe Magic or ...
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4/18/2014
Beatles Japanese album box set coming in June
We’ve got the British and American Beatles album box sets -- and now coming on June 25th is the "Fab Four's" five-CD set called Meet The Beatles - Japan Box. Beatlefan magazine reported that in commemoration of the Beatles' 50th anniversary of landing in America, Universal Music Japan will issue the box, which will feature the following Japanese edition albums: Meet The Beatles (14 songs); The Beatles' Second Album (14 songs), A Hard Day's Night (14 songs -- same as the original UK version, but different cover photo), Help (14 songs -- same as the original UK version) and the ...
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4/17/2014
Pete Townshend searching archives for suitable new Who material
With the Who gearing up for their 50th anniversary tour next spring, Pete Townshend is attempting to create a new studio project for him and Roger Daltrey to tie in with the 2015 tour. Townshend revealed to Billboard, "I'm trying to (look) through my 20,000 hours of complete and utter disorganized music (to find possible songs) I’ll be pulling some songs out of (my latest project) Floss to give to Roger to see if we've got enough to make an album. It might be a big waste of time, but I'm hoping there will be an album."The band will ...
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4/17/2014
Mick Jagger's daughter posts tribute to L'Wren Scott
Mick Jagger’s youngest daughter, 22-year-old Georgia May Jagger, has broken the family’s silence over the suicide of Mick’s longtime flame, L’Wren Scott, who died last month at the age of 49.Georgia May -- a model, like Scott -- posted a photo of them on her Instagram account with a message that read: "I miss L’wren so much and I am so sad she isn’t here anymore. She was such a big part of my life. I will never forget all the fun times we had together. She was part of our family and always will be. Rest in peace."
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4/17/2014
Paul McCartney adds southern swing to 'Out There' tour
Paul McCartney has tagged on a string of new stops for his ongoing Out There tour -- hitting an additional six U.S. cities. New gigs now on the schedule include concerts in Lubbock and Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; and Salt Lake City, Utah. McCartney kicks off his 2014 Out There dates on Monday night (April 21st) in Santiago, Chile before moving on to Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Japan, and his first-ever show in South Korea, before reaching the U.S. in June.McCartney was asked if carrying the legacy of the Beatles is too heavy a load: "No, it's, ...
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4/17/2014
Flashback: Paul McCartney releases first solo album
It was 44 years ago today (April 17th, 1970) that Paul McCartney released his first solo album apart from the Beatles. Although McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr had all produced and released solo projects before, the McCartney album was the first solo mainstream record released in the aftermath of the group's breakup.McCartney featured an assortment of tracks recorded at home and in the studio, featuring McCartney on all instruments, with the help of his wife Linda McCartney on harmonies. Several of the songs were Beatles-era rejects, such as "Junk," which was originally intended for the band's ...
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4/17/2014
David Crosby says fossil fuel and nuclear power 'obviously a bad idea'
David Crosby’s opinions on the world around him haven’t softened over the years. During a recent chat with Classic Rock magazine, Crosby was asked what he would do if he were the President of the United States, and said, "Get the hell out of the Middle East. Get the hell off fossil fuel. Get the hell out of nuclear power -- obviously a bad idea."Crosby, who’s now 72 and receiving great notices for Croz -- his first solo album in over 20 years -- was asked what he makes of the world now, and answered: "A very dangerous situation. ...
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4/16/2014
David Lee Roth hints at ‘secret' Van Halen project
Van Halen singer David Lee Roth has said in the latest installment of his web series, The Roth Show, that the band is working on some kind of "secret' project. Roth said on the show, "Doing some catching up here, a little bit of a scrapbook. We’ve been doing a lot of traveling. (I’ve been) working on a great Van Halen project -- can’t announce anything or I’d have to come find you and swear you to secrecy."Van Halen has been mostly silent since coming off the road in summer 2012 and canceling a large portion of its touring ...
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4/16/2014
50 years ago today the Rolling Stones release their debut album
It was 50 years ago today (April 16th, 1964) that the Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut album. The collection, which was based around the Stones' stage act at the time, featured covers of Bobby Troup's "Route 66," Willie Dixon's "I Just Want To Make Love To You," Jimmy Reed's "Honest I Do," Bo Diddley's "Mona (I Need You Baby)," Chuck Berry's "Carol," and Marvin Gaye's "Can I Get A Witness," among others.The album featured the first Stones-released Mick Jagger-Keith Richards original "Tell Me (You're Coming Back)," along with the group's co-write with Phil Spector -- "Little By Little" ...
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