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7/24/2014
George Harrison's son prepping solo reissue campaign
It seems as though George Harrison fans might be getting something new in time for this fall. Harrison’s son Dhani posted a photo on his band thenewno2’s Facebook and Instagram pages showing his bare feet on top of his father’s recording studio console at Friar Park in England with the message: “Back to work. . . Happy Monday to all the twos out there. If you look closely you may spot something PH and I have been working on for the past few months.” Paul Hicks, the son of Hollies guitarist Tony Hicks, is part of the Abbey Road team, ...
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7/24/2014
Boston adds new U.S. dates
Boston has just tagged six new stops onto its summer tour. The band, which is on the road in support of its latest album, Love, Life, And Hope, has new dates on the books for Rancho Mirage, California; Asheville, North Carolina; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Prior Lake and Bemidji, Minnesota; and Wenatchee, Washington.We asked leader Tom Scholz if Boston’s record label all but wrestling the master tapes away from him in 1978 for the band’s second album, Don’t Look Back, was the turning point in which he took on absolute control of his music: "Essentially, yes. That was the last ...
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7/24/2014
New Bob Dylan book pays tribute to diehard fan base
Out now is possibly the most original Bob Dylan book in a decade, the critically acclaimed Dylanologists: Adventures In The Land Of Bob, by noted author David Kinney. Rather than retread Dylan's well-covered personal life, artistic triumphs, near misses, studio sessions and live dates; Kinney breaks new ground by shedding light on the masses that keep Dylan in business -- his die-hard fan base.Kinney chronicles a handful of followers who look at Dylan as a prophet of sorts who helps them on their spiritual path, leading a couple to open a restaurant in his honor in his hometown of ...
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7/23/2014
Keith Richards hints at new Rolling Stones music
Fans are hoping that Keith Richards' enthusiasm for the Rolling Stones' recent road dates will lead to a new album. The Stones, who recently wrapped their European dates, are on hiatus until the fall when they hit the road to play a series of Down Under make up shows, which were postponed following the suicide in March of Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend, L'Wren Scott.Richards -- who is also working on a solo set -- spoke about the band's future in a "thank you" video, which served as a salute to the fans who caught this leg of the 14 ...
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7/23/2014
Beatles news roundup
Paul McCartney is looking for fans to help him create a video for his theme song to the “Meat Free Monday” campaign, which is now celebrating its fifth birthday. A message was posted on his official website (PaulMcCartney.com) saying: “If you'd like to get involved, pick a line or two from Paul's song ‘Meat Free Monday’ (or pick every line if you want!) and take a photo of yourself with it. You could write the words on a piece of paper; draw them in the sand; make them out of fruit and veg; make something with the words on; do ...
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7/23/2014
Billy Joel to receive the Gershwin Prize from the Library Of Congress
Billy Joel will be the sixth recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress in November. The honor celebrates an artist's catalogue of work and is given annually "to a composer or performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin." The annual recipient is selected by the Librarian of Congress "based upon recommendations from a board made up of scholars, producers, performers, music critics, songwriters and music specialists."Librarian of Congress James H. Billington was quoted in the announcement saying, "Billy Joel is a storyteller of the highest order. There ...
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7/23/2014
Don Felder says 'Hotel California' defied the odds to become a hit
Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder says that “Hotel California” really should never have been the massive hit single it became. Felder, who co-wrote the tune, is currently out on the road opening for Styx and Foreigner, recalled the song to Utah’s Daily Herald, explaining, “‘Hotel California’ was exactly wrong on all formats. It was six-and-a-half minutes long, the introduction was a minute, you couldn’t dance to it, it stops in the middle, it breaks down with no drums and it’s got this two-minute guitar solo on the end of it. It’s completely wrong for AM radio.”He credits Don Henley ...
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7/23/2014
ZZ Top delays shows due to Dusty Hill’s surgery for kidney stones
ZZ Top has delayed their upcoming dates by two weeks due to bassist Dusty Hill undergoing surgery for kidney stones.Ultimate Classic Rock reported the tour -- which was scheduled to kick off on Friday, July 25th -- will now begin on Wednesday, August 6th in Sturgis, South Dakota.Shows that, as of now, are scrapped are: Morton, Minnesota (July 25th); West Bend, Wisconsin (July 26th); Cincinnati, Ohio (July 27th); Louisville, Kentucky (July 29th); Asheville, North Carolina (July 30th); and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (August 1st).None of the canceled dates will affect the band's upcoming joint shows with Jeff Beck, which ...
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7/23/2014
John Mellencamp’s son is in trouble again
The 20-year-old Duke walk-on defensive back, Hud Mellencamp, will face "a misdemeanor charge for illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage.”Hud was charged on July 10th by the Monroe Indiana County Clerk’s office, with an initial hearing on the case scheduled for September 25th.Last July, Hud was charged with felony battery after he allegedly followed an unnamed male to his house after a party, beating him and leaving the victim "with facial fractures that required stitches and the attention of a plastic surgeon.”Hud’s younger brother Speck Mellencamp was also charged in the assault and the case, which is ...
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7/22/2014
Ron Wood enjoying third marriage despite 30 year age difference
Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood is 30 years older than his wife, Sally Wood, but the two have been able to make it work. According to a recent profile in the Daily Telegraph, they've also been able to positively impact other members of the group. The couple enjoys completing jigsaw puzzle and binge watching TV box sets. They were able to get the whole band to take part in a jigsaw puzzle tournament between legs of their 14 on Fire tour. Wood explained, "We watch loads of box sets on the road, too . . . Even with Mick Jagger ...
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