Monday, April 20, 2015

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Pleads Guilty in New Zealand Court to Threatening Murder

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

AC/DC’s wayward drummer Phil Rudd has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted murder and drugs in a New Zealand court today.

Rudd had initially denied the charges but in a surprise turn around made the guilty plea on his first day in court today in Tauranga District Court.

Rudd was charged in September with threatening to procure a murder. He was also charged with possession of cannabis and methamphetamines in November.

Rudd performed on AC/DC’s most recent album Rock Or Bust but, due to the charges, was unable to leave New Zealand to perform with the band at The Grammy Awards or on the 2015 Rock Or Bust world tour.

AC/DC did the first shows for the tour at the Coachella music festival in California over the past two weeks. Rudd has been replaced in AC/DC by Chris Slade, who was also his replacement when he departed the band in the 80s for a decade.

Rudd released his first solo album, Head Job, in September 2014.

Rudd was in court for 10 minutes today before the judge adjourned for sentencing on June 26.

Frank Sinatra, Built to Spill, They Might Be Giants, Mavis Staples Among Eclectic New Releases

The following are the top ten new releases by veteran artists for the week of April 20 according to Amazon:
  1. Frank Sinatra - Ultimate Sinatra (100 Songs Celebrating 100 Years - 4CD)
  2. Built to Spill - Untethered Moon
  3. John Mayall - Live In '67
  4. They Might Be Giants - Glean
  5. Mavis Staples Your Good Fortune
  6. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - I Love Rock N Roll 33 1/3 Anniversary Edition
  7. Delerium - Rarities & B-Sides
  8. Various Artists - Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1964 - Rock, Rhythm & Pop
  9. BoDeans - I Can't Stop
  10. Jim Peterik & Marc Scherer - Risk Everything
The full list of new releases by veteran artists for the week can be seen here.

"Santana IV" With the Original Santana Band Will Be Finished This Week

According to Neal Schon, Santana IV, the long anticipated reunion album for the original members of Santana, will be finished by the end of the week.

He made the announcement on his Facebook page:

Wishing a Great Week to you All. We are Wrapping up Santana IV this week!!! Sounds Amazing!!!
Posted by Neal Schon on Monday, April 20, 2015

Word of the reuniting of the band originally came in February 2013 when Schon broke the news to Noise11 that he and Santana were going to work together. "I’ve reconnected with Carlos Santana now and we have been talking about doing something together again. We’ve talked a lot on the telephone and I hooked up with him before Christmas. You never know what’s going to happen. Life is full of surprises. It’s very exciting."

Two days later, Carlos Santana told Paul Cashmere at that he was putting the original band back together. "So far we have invited the original members like Greg Rolie from the first three albums. It will be like Santana IV because we stopped at ‘Santana III’. As well as Neal we have the two Mikes, Mike Carabello and Michael Shrieve. I am pretty sure Greg’s going to do it. So that is pretty much everyone."

Bass player David Brown passed away in 2000.

Schon is also a long-time member of Journey so their may be some logistical problems in touring but, later in the comments on his original post, Schon expressed enthusiasm for some live Santana dates. "This record is going to take over the world. I just hope management gets it together for us to tour together as I WILL Tour with Carlos either way. It’s way too happening to not. World domination once again."

Set List: Neil Young and Willie Nelson's Sons Do Secret Show, Will Tour Together This Summer

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11 and VVN Music

Neil Young performed a secret show with Willie Nelson’s sons last Thursday night and performed a stack of new songs.

The show on Thursday night at the SLO Brewing Company in San Luis Obispo, California began and finished with some old songs but what was in between was unknown to the audience.

Young threw in the occasion recognisable song like Down By The River, Walk In, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and Love and Only Love and he did end with Roll Another Number but, for the most part, nine of the songs were songs he had never played live before.

The show was Neil Young’s first live appearance in 2015. It is unknown at this stage if the show was to road-test songs for a new album with The Nelson Brothers.

Neil Young fansite Sugar Mountain reported the following setlist:

2015-04-16, SLO Brewing Co., San Luis Obispo, California, USA w/ The Nelson Brothers
  • Country Home
  • People Want To Hear About Love*
  • New Song 2 – New Day For The Planet ??*
  • Down By The River
  • New Song 3 – Too Big To Fail ??*
  • New Song 4 – GMO-Starbucks ??*
  • Walk On
  • Monsanto Years*
  • New Song 6 – I Don’t Know You ??*
  • New Song 7 – Seeds ??*
  • Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
  • Wolf Moon*
  • Love And Only Love
  • Workin’ Man*
  • Country Home
  • Roll Another Number
* Song Debut

Things became a little clearer on Monday with the announcement of a tour featuring Young along with Lukas and Micah Nelson's band Promise of Real.

The band, which also includes Anthony Logerfo, Corey McCormick and Tato Melgar, will release their debut album, The Monsanto Years, on June 16 via Reprise Records.

Tickets for most of the dates on the tour go on sale April 24 with the Milwaukee date having a May 1 on-sale date.
  • 07/05 – Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheater (Summerfest)
  • 07/08 – Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • 07/09 – Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • 07/11 – Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
  • 07/13 – Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
  • 07/14 – Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • 07/16 – Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
  • 07/17 – Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
  • 07/19 – Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Expo Grandstand
  • 07/21 – Wantagh, NY - Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
  • 07/22 – Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
  • 07/24 – Oro-Medonte, ON - Burl’s Creek Event Grounds (Wayhome Music And Arts Festival)

Houston Family Says Bobby Brown Doesn't Know What He Is Talking About on Bobbi Kristina

by Newsdesk

Bobbi Kristina is reportedly still on life support, according to new reports.

The 22-year-old daughter of late singer Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown has been in a medically induced coma since she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Roswell, Georgia home on January 31.

Bobbi Kristina's father said during a concert Saturday night his daughter "is awake" and her aunt Tina Brown, who is Bobby's sister, wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post that her niece "woke up" but sources connected to the Houston family tell TMZ the Browns' assessments are completely inaccurate. Apparently Bobbi Kristina's medical state hasn't improved in the slightest.

"She's in the exact same condition she was in when she went into the facility," the Houston insider informed the outlet. It's claimed Bobbi Kristina's nervous system is exhibiting only 'minimal' responses to stimuli, as she is prone to blinking from time to time but nothing more. The Houston source also asserts she remains on a ventilator.

GossipCop first reported on the conflicting viewpoints between the Browns and the Houstons on Bobbi Kristina's current medical condition.

Bobbi Kristina's aunt Tina's Facebook post, which is no longer online, made bold, direct statements. "[Bobbi] woke up and is no longer on life support!!!!!:):)God is good!!thanks for your prayers,,still a process,but she is going to be ok:):):):). (sic)," Tina wrote.

TMZ claims the Houston family is completely dumbfounded over Bobby and Tina's grand declarations. 'They have no idea where Bobby Brown is getting his information that Bobbi Kristina was awake, nor do they know why Tina said she's awake and no longer on life support," the website writes.

Sting's "The Last Ship" Receives Three Outer Circle Awards Nominations

Sting's musical The Last Ship may no longer be playing on Broadway but it has not been forgotten by the first award's group to announce nominations.

The Outer Circle Awards nominations include three for the show including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding Book For a Musical and Outstanding New Score. The last two awards include both Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. While the awards listings don't list the people who wrote score, Sting alone wrote both music and lyrics and would receive the award if the show were to win. John Logan and Brian Yorkey wrote the book.

The shows three nominations were on the lower end of the list where the musical Something Rotten! received twelve, the revival of On the Twentieth Century pulled in nine and the new Broadway version of the film classic An American in Paris was given eight. 

The Last Ship only had a few good weeks during its run when Sting actually joined the cast. The show ran from September 29 to October 25 in previews and officially played 105 performances between October 26 and January 24. 

Van Morrison is 2015's Recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award

Van Morrison has been named the 2015 recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In naming Morrison, the organization cited such songs as Gloria, Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance, Domino, Crazy Love, Have I Told You Lately and Wild Night.

Linda Morrison, President and CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame said "We are thrilled to be honoring the songwriter who has combined Celtic fire with Rhythm & Blues in an unforgettable way. Van Morrison and his songs have been a powerful cultural force on both sides of the Atlantic for five decades."

The Johnny Mercer Award is the highest honor given by the songwriting association and is given to a previous inductee "whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer."

Morrison will receive the honor at the 46th annual induction ceremony on Thursday, June 18 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York. This year's inductees are Bobby Braddock, Willie Dixon, Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia, Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry.

Rumor Mill: Noel and Liam Gallagher Make Amends, Plan On Reforming Oasis

After so much bad blood over the years, it is hard to believe but the Mirror in the U.K. is reporting that the brothers Gallagher, Noel and Liam, have put their problems behind them and plan to reform Oasis.

As with most rumors in the music world, the paper talked with a "well placed source" who said that they had spoken with Noel at the Teenage Cancer Trust in London. The source said "It’s early days in terms of the details, but Noel and Liam are back on good terms and ready to give things another go. Nothing is signed but it’s what you might call a gentlemen’s agreement between them. Ultimately they’re family and whatever has gone on before can be sorted out – they’re very close beneath all the bluster."

The question is whether both brothers have an equal interest in the band. Liam Gallagher's band, High Flying Birds, is a big success in the U.K. while Noel's Beady Eye had a decent career but has now broken up. The sources said that "[Liam] is ready to try and put their differences behind them in order to get back on stage together with the band now that Beady Eye have split up. Obviously it would be massively lucrative for them both too, and the demand for tickets would be enormous.”