Thursday, October 23, 2014

U2 Apologizes AGAIN, Says Two More "Songs of" Releases Coming

U2 has used an interview with Rolling Stone to apologize, once again, for the Songs of Innocence / iTunes debacle and to detail what is coming in the next couple of years.

Songs of Innocence was offered free by U2 and Apple for four weeks to anyone that had an iTunes account. The intention was that the album would be made available to users but, instead, some found that the set was automatically downloaded onto their phones, iPads, etc. creating what Bono described as a "shitstorm."

The singer told Rolling Stone "It's like we put a bottle of milk in people's fridge that they weren't asking for. It is a gross invasion but it was kind of an accident. The milk was supposed to be in the cloud. It was supposed to be on the front doorstep."

Bono also laid out the band's plans for the next few years. Originally, there had been rumors that the followup, Songs of Experience, would be out soon after Innocence; however, he is now saying that it will hit the streets about 18 months from now. They will then follow, sometime after Experience, with Songs of Ascent, completing a trilogy of albums. The singers says of the last album that "there are some beautiful songs."

The full interview is in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone with U2 on the cover.

Neil Young Mounting First Art Exhibition

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Neil Young will present his first ever art exhibition in Santa Monica in November.

Young has created a series of watercolours to be displayed as the art exhibit called Special Deluxe at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica, California.

Young will attend the opening of the exhibition on November 3 at the gallery and then his work will remain on display until the end of the month.

One of the paintings served as the cover of Young’s new album Storytine, also due in November.

Robert Berman Gallery is at the Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave. B7 Gallery. Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Joan Jett Introduces Fashion Line at Hot Topic

Joan Jett, the retailer Hot Topic and TRIPP NYC designer Daang Goodman have collaborated on a new clothing line that will be exclusive to the Hot Topic stores. The new designs, in stores November 4, fuses Jett's look and attitude with the downtown New York City street style practically invented by TRIPP NYC and popular with Hot Topic customers.

Cindy Levitt, Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing at Hot Topic, said "Early on in our history, Hot Topic became known as a destination for alternative rocker fashion. So, for our 25th anniversary, we wanted to create a collection to celebrate that, and our love for rock music. We thought Joan Jett and our longtime partner TRIPP NYC were perfect to help make a great collection happen."

Jett added "Working with Daang and TRIPP NYC was effortless, as we approached this collection from the same fashion sensibility and DIY spirit. I'm blown away by how the collection turned out – these clothes are some of my favorite new additions to my closet."

Goodman’s TRIPP NYC has for decades been a go-to brand for musicians, and over the years has designed rock fashion pieces – zippered pants, moto jackets, dresses and more – that have become a part of the signature Hot Topic look. For this collection, Goodman drew inspiration from Jett’s style, music, lyrics and attitude to design eight “rock fashion basics” – the key pieces to a rocker’s wardrobe. "When I finally met Joan, I felt as if I’d known her forever, and was so excited to be working with her," Goodman said. "I’ve been designing for a girl like Joan all of my life!"

Clive Davis Misses Whitney Houston; Longs For Days When Singers Didn't Need 100 Dancers With Them

by Newsdesk

Clive Davis thinks the music industry has suffered tremendously since Whitney Houston's death.

The beloved singer passed away in February 2012 at the age of 48, and legendary music mogul Clive is currently promoting her new posthumous album, entitled Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances.

Clive has been involved in the music scene for five decades and the 82-year-old is convinced listeners have been missing out on a distinct kind of performance since the I Will Always Love You singer's tragic passing.

"When I look at award shows today with 100 people on stage because dancers are so prominent today, you really miss that solo spotlight that Whitney had when she would come on stage," he explained to British newspaper The Daily Mail, noting that some exceptions exist.

'There are very few old timers. There's Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston. As far as the voice, I think Adele has a great voice and I look very much forward to her new album. Jennifer Hudson has a magnificent voice and she is a big fan of Whitney."

Whitney is survived by her daughter with Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina, and her gospel singer mother, Cissy Houston and Clive appreciates the way her loved ones have reacted to the new LP's release.

"I could not have acted without the full support of her family and they could not have been more supportive or praiseworthy of our relationship and they've all turned to me," he said. "Cissy [Whitney's mother] certainly knew how much I loved Whitney and I am dealing with Cissy right now as she is the background singer on the Aretha Franklin album that is just coming out."

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances is officially released on November 10.

Someone Impersonating Bret Michaels in Phishing Scheme

Bret Michaels is a victim of internet fraud but he isn't the actual money-losing victim. He just appears to be the perpetrator.

Someone is creating social media pages in Michael's name, gathering fan's names and e-mail addresses, and asking them for their bank details in one of those classic bank transfer schemes. The thing is, like so many of these stories, the requests are filled with poor grammar and misspellings, including Michaels' name.

Bret's people have issued a statement saying:
To all of our friends and fans,

It has come to our attention that someone is online saying they are Bret Michaels and that they need help transferring a large sum of money. They are creating numerous fraudulent Facebook profiles, watching who comments on Bret's real Facebook page and then reaching out and starting a conversation.

They are asking that you do not share the phone number they give you, bring this to management's attention or tell anyone about their texts to you as they need the information to be confidential.

They have also been known to text people who have phone numbers listed in their "about me" sections.

We implore you to please be vigilant and not fall for these peoples lies. Please do not give out your address, phone numbers or any banking information to these individuals. If they message you through Facebook, please report the page.

We bring this public service announcement to you for the safety of you the Bret Michaels fan. Bret Michaels nor anyone from MEGI will never ever ask you or solicit for you to send them money.

What to look for –

1) Pages that have Bret's name spelled wrong by one letter.
2) Pages that include poor grammar and numerous misspellings.
3) Texts or messages that include poor grammar, bible verses and various demands.

- Team Bret

Passings: Alvin Stardust (1942 - 2014)

by Newsdesk

Singer Alvin Stardust has died, aged 72, after suffering a short illness.

Having been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer the singer died at home with his wife and family beside him, his manager said in a statement.

Stardust was all ready to release a new album, Alvin, at the start of next month, his first album in 30 years.

The singer said of the record: "I am extremely delighted to announce that my new album is now finished and will be released at the beginning of November by Conehead Records. Alvin is a new and exciting departure for me and I'm immensely proud of the finished product."

Rolling Stone Keith Richards described him as "the Godfather of British Rock 'n' Roll".

He was born Bernard Jewry in the East End of London in 1942. His hits included My Coo Ca Choo, Jealous Mind and I Feel Like Buddy Holly.

Starting his singing career in the 60's he also made appearances in Hollyoaks, The Grimly's and Doctors and appeared on stage in the musicals Godspell, The Phantom of the Opera and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Before reinventing himself as Alvin Stardust in the 1970s, he recorded under the name Shane Fenton with his band the Fentones.

In 2011, Stardust made a return to the stage as a singer rather than an actor, and was due to play the Arts Guild Theatre in Greenock on October 28.

Almanac: October 23, 2014

  • 1892 - Speckled Red (born Rufus Perryman) (d. 1973)
  • 1937 - Johnny Carroll (born John Carrell) (d. 1995)
  • 1939 - Charlie Foxx (Inez & Charlie Foxx) (d. 1998)
  • 1940 - Ellie Greenwich (d. 2009)
  • 1940 - Freddie Marsden (Gerry & the Pacemakers) (d. 2006)
  • 1942 - Greg Ridley (Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie) (d. 2003)
  • 1943 - Barbara Ann Hawkins (Dixie Cups) (71)
  • 1945 - Ernie Watts (69)
  • 1949 - Würzel (born Michael Bursten) (Motörhead) (d. 2011)
  • 1951 - David Wills (63)
  • 1953 - Pauline Black (born Belinda Magnus) (Selecter) (61)
  • 1954 - David Thomas (Take 6) (60)
  • 1956 - Dwight Yoakam (58)
  • 1957 - Kelly Marie (born Jacqueline McKinnon) (57)
  • 1959 - Weird Al Yankovic (55)
  • 1964 - Robert Trujillo (Metallica) (50)
  • 1967 - Dale Crover (Melvins, Nirvana) (47)
  • 1972 - Richard McNamara (Embrace) (42)
  • 1972 - Jimmy Wayne (42)
  • 1976 - Jessicka (born Jessica Fedora) (Jack Off Jill) (40)

  • 1950 - Al Jolson - Heart attack (64)
  • 1976 - Leonard Lee (Shirley & Lee) - Heart attack (40)
  • 1978 - Mother Maybelle Carter (69)
  • 1982 - Hoyt Hawkins (Jordanaires)
  • 1985 - Merle Watson (Doc & Merle Watson) - Tractor accident
  • 1986 - Esquerita (born Eskew Reeder, Jr.) (early influence on Little Richard) - AIDS (50)
  • 2001 - Rusty Kershaw (Rusty & Doug) (63)

On This Day
  • 1939 - Bill Monroe auditioned for the Grand Ole Opry, winning a spot on the show five days later. 
  • 1957 - The Grand Ole Opry was televised for the first time.
  • 1964 - Harold Box and the rest of the members of Buddy and the Kings were killed in the plane crash of a Cesna Skyhawk piloted by the group's drummer. Box had replaced Buddy Holly in the Crickets.
  • 1969 - Columbia Records announced they would take action against the makers of the Bob Dylan bootleg Great White Wonder.
  • 1972 - Filming began on the film That'll Be the Day with David Essex, Ringo Starr and Keith Moon.
  • 1978 - Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols tried to commit suicide while being held at Rikers Island Prison in New York awaiting trial for the murder of his girlfriend.
  • 1987 - The movie Who's That Girl with Madonna opened in London.
  • 1989 - Nirvana played in Europe for the first time in Newcastle, England.
  • 1992 - Roy Acuff made his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. 
  • 1995 - Def Leppard played three shows on three continents in 24 hours in Tangier, London and Vancouver.
  • 1995 - Tone-Loc was ordered to take anger management classes after an altercation with a pizza delivery person.
  • 1995 - Yolanda Saldivar, the president of the Selena fan club, was convicted of murdering the singer on March 31, 1995.
  • 1996 - Buck Owens opened his club, The Crystal Palace, in Bakersfield, CA. 
  • 1998 - A federal judge blocked a St. Louis High School marching band from playing the Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit, saying that the principle has the right to stop the song, known for drug references, from being used in a 60's medley.
  • 1998 - Eddie Nichols of the Royal Crown Revue was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer in Toledo, OH.
  • 2002 - Kanye West broke his jaw when he was in a single-car accident after falling asleep at the wheel.
  • 2002 - A U.S. federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by Johnnie Johnson against Chuck Berry. Johnson was looking for royalties on over thirty songs that he said he and Berry had written together but Berry had copyrighted only in his own name.
  • 2005 - Cam'ron was shot through both arms trying to stop his car from being carjacked.
  • 2005 - Lou Rawls gave his last performance, singing the national anthem at game two of the World Series.
  • 2007 - Foxy Brown received eleven weeks in solitary confinement after fighting with another inmate in prison.
  • 2009 - Bon Jovi announced their The Circle World Tour that would last two years.
  • 2010 - Blake Shelton became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

  • 2010 - Katy Perry and Russell Brand

  • 1962 - Thank You For Loving Me All the Way - Stevie Wonder (first recording for Motown at age 12)
  • 1963 - The Times They Are A-Changin' - Bob Dylan
  • 1966 - Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix Experience (first single)

  • 1965 - Turn! Turn! Turn! - Byrds (single)
  • 2001 - Live in Chicago 12-19-98 at the United Center - Dave Matthews Band
  • 2007 - Raising Sand - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

  • 1976 - Don Kirshner's Rock Concert - Led Zeppelin (their U.S. television debut)
  • 2004 - Saturday Night Live - Ashlee Simpson (the infamous lip synching incident)

Preview: "Hello Like Before" - Shirley Bassey

Artist: Shirley Bassey
Title: Hello Like Before
Release Date: November 17, 2014 (U.K.)
Label: RCA
Format(s): CD, DD

by Newsdesk

One of the most iconic and indelible voices in British music, Dame Shirley Bassey, returns with Hello Like Before, her first album in five years & most personal yet, celebrating her very own Diamond Jubilee of an incredible 60 years in the entertainment business!

Recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios with producer and musical director Stuart Barr at the helm, Hello Like Before is a collection of some of the greatest songs of the 20th century, songs that Dame Shirley has always longed to record and finally been able to imbue with her own Bassey presence.

This tour of Dame Shirley's own personal musical history includes the likes of Sting's Englishman In New York, Nina Simone's Wild Is The Wind, The Beatles' Hey Jude (on the deluxe edition) and It Was A Very Good Year, made famous by Frank Sinatra and of which Dame Shirley says "When I was 17 I was too young to do this song, and when I was 21, and 35 . I've waited all these years to do it."

The scope of the album charts the entire range and variety of Dame Shirley's life and career. From the fun and sassy, to the theatrical, to the epic and emotional. MacArthur Park, in particular, was difficult to record, Dame Shirley admits. "I broke down with emotion in the rehearsals for this, couldn't finish it. I want it make everybody cry". There is also a stunning duet with Paloma Faith on the timeless Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend.

Track List:
  • This Is What You Are
  • Englishman In New York
  • Fever
  • I'm Still Here
  • Macarthur Park
  • Wild Is The Wind
  • Goldfinger
  • Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend (duet with Paloma Faith)
  • Here's To Life
  • It Was A Very Good Year
  • Hello Like Before
  • We Got Music (deluxe bonus track)
  • Hey Jude (deluxe bonus track)