Monday, March 02, 2015

Garbage to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Their Debut Album With London Show

by Newsdesk

Garbage have announced they will play a one-off show at London's Brixton O2 Academy on Sunday, November 8 to celebrate 20 years since the release of their self-titled debut album.

Garbage was a critically acclaimed, international hit when released, selling more than 4 million copies and going double platinum in the UK, US and Australia. The album contained four UK top 30 hit singles - Stupid Girl, Queer, Milk and Only Happy When It Rains.

The American-Scottish quartet came to prominence in the mid-to-late '90s as a cutting-edge electronic-rock band that dabbled in dance rhythms and pop sensibilities. Led by the alluring, punk-ish Shirley Manson, Garbage recently confirmed new music will be released as part of Record Store Day 2015.

Tickets go on sale 9 AM, Friday March 6.

Are U2 Going to SXSW?

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Apple will launch the Apple Watch at SXSW next week which kind of suggests that their big “marketing campaign” U2 will be there as well.

U2 have be integral to the latest Apple campaign. They sold their last ounce of credibility to Apple for global exposure for their latest album.

U2 played at the announcement of the Apple Watch last September and brought long-term damage to their brand with their spamming of the album via Apple products. It kind of makes sense that when you have done this amount of damage to the brand that took 30 years to build, then you might as well go in for the kill.

U2 is expected to be Apple’s product placement during SXSW starting next week in Austin, Texas. Apple is planning a pop-up store at SXSW to make the Apple Watch available for media and tech savvy SXSW delegates for the first time in the world ahead of its official release in April.

April did a similar thing at SXSW in 2011 with a pre-release of the iPad 2.

With SXSW holding back on its keynote speaker announcement and Apple announcing their pop-up stores at the event, it makes sense that we are about to hear of an official announcement at U2 will perform at SXSW and Bono and/or U2 will give the keynote address.

Watch this space. You won’t have long to wait for an answer.

Set List: Smashing Pumpkins Joined by Marilyn Manson in Sydney

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Smashing Pumpkins had a special guest singer when Marilyn Manson joined the band for their encore in Sydney on Sunday.

Marilyn Manson had the cosy nanna nap 5.40 PM afternoon slot at Sydney’s Soundwave while Smashing Pumpkins where the headline act of Stage 4 at 8.30 PM.

Manson hung back after his nanna nap to get up with Smashing Pumpkins for Ava Adore from the Pumpkins 1998 album Adore. Manson has performed the song with the Pumpkins before. The last time was in London last December, 2014.

On Friday night, Johnny Depp joined Marilyn Manson on stage at The Tivoli Brisbane for Beautiful People.

Smashing Pumpkins Sydney March 1 2015 set list:
  • Cherub Rock (from Siamese Dream, 1993)
  • Tonight Tonight (from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1995)
  • 1979 (from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1995)
  • Being Beige (from Monuments to an Elegy, 2014)
  • Drum + Fife (from Monuments to an Elegy, 2014)
  • Stand Inside Your Love (from Machina/The Machines Of God, 2000)
  • Glass and the Ghost Children (from Machina/The Machines Of God, 2000)
  • Monuments (from Monuments to an Elegy, 2014)
  • Disarm (from Siamese Dream, 1993)
  • One and All (We Are) (from Monuments to an Elegy, 2014)
  • United States (from Zeitgeist, 2007)
  • Bullet With Butterfly Wings (from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1995)
  • Heavy Metal Machine (from Machina/The Machines Of God, 2000)
  • Ava Adore (with Marilyn Manson) (from Adore, 1998)

Touring: Madonna Announces 35-Date Rebel Heart World Tour

The days of the year long tour by Madonna may be gone but the singer is preparing to do thrity-five shows in support of her new album Rebel Heart.

The tour is scheduled to run from August 29, when it will open in Miami, FL, to closing night on December 20 in Glasgow, Scotland. The tour is paced with, on average, shows every third night with only a few extra days break between the North American and European legs.

Arthur Fogel, president of Global Touring and chairman of Global Music at Live Nation, said "Madonna continues to be one of the most successful touring artists in history – her shows are legendary and we are thrilled to have her going back on tour."

Tickets will be available to Icon, Madonna's fan club, Lifetime Legacy members starting March 3, Citi cardmembers in the U.S. and Paris on March 4, and to the general public for select dates on March 9. Check with Ticketmaster or your local venue for exact on-sale dates.

Tickets purchased online in North America will also receive a digital download of the deluxe version of Rebel Heart.

The tour dates:
  • 08/29 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena
  • 09/02 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
  • 09/05 - San Juan, PR - Coliseo de Puerto Rico
  • 09/09 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
  • 09/12 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
  • 09/16 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden On
  • 09/19 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
  • 09/24 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
  • 09/26 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
  • 09/28 - Chicago, IL - United Center
  • 10/01 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
  • 10/03 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall
  • 10/05 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
  • 10/08 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
  • 10/11 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
  • 10/14 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
  • 10/17 - Portland, OR - MODA Center
  • 10/19 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center at San Jose
  • 10/22 - Glendale, AZ - Gila River Arena
  • 10/24 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • 10/27 - Los Angeles, CA - Forum
  • 11/04 - Koln, Germany - Lanxess Arena
  • 11/07 - Prague, CZ - O2 Arena
  • 11/10 - Berlin,Germany - O2 World
  • 11/14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Tele 2 Arena
  • 11/17 - Herning, Denmark - Jyske Bank Boxen
  • 11/21 - Turin, Italy - Pala Alpitour
  • 11/24 - Barcelona, Spain - Palau Sant Jordi
  • 11/28 - Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis
  • 12/01 - London, UK - O2 Arena
  • 12/05 - Amsterdam, Holland - Ziggo Dome
  • 12/09 - Paris, France - Bercy
  • 12/14 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena
  • 12/16 - Birmingham, UK - Barclaycard Arena
  • 12/20 - Glasgow, Scotland - The SSE Hydro

Listen: "I'll Be There" - New Music From Nile Rodgers and Chic

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Nile Rodgers has revealed a sneak preview of the first Chic album in 23 years.

Chic's It’s About Time is scheduled for a June released by Warner Music. It will be the first Chic album since Chic-ism in 1992. Rodgers stopped recording as Chic following the death of his partner Bernard Edwards in 1996.

The new 21st century Chic began in 2013 when Nile performed for the first time since the 90s as Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. Around the same time he started working with Daft Punk on Get Lucky.

The first song we will hear from It’s About Time is I’ll Be There featuring the Martinez Brothers.

Nile Rodgers has made available an instrumental version of the song as a sneak preview.

Almanac: March 2, 2015

  • 1938 - Lawrence Payton (Four Tops) (d. 1997)
  • 1942 - Lou Reed (d. 2013)
  • 1943 - Tony Meehan (Shadows, Vipers) (72)
  • 1947 - Josef Chirowski (Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel) (68)
  • 1948 - Rory Gallagher (d. 1995)
  • 1948 - Larry Carlton (Crusaders) (67)
  • 1950 - Karen Carpenter (d. 1983)
  • 1955 - Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) (60)
  • 1955 - Jay Osmond (Osmonds) (60)
  • 1956 - Mark Evans (AC/DC) (59)
  • 1956 - John Cowsill (Cowsills) (59)
  • 1959 - Larry Stewart (Restless Heart) (56)
  • 1962 - Jon Bon Jovi (53)
  • 1966 - Martin Sexton (49)
  • 1966 - Stevie Rachelle (Tuff) (49)
  • 1977 - Chris Martin (Coldplay) (38)
  • 1985 - Luke Pritchard (Kooks) (30)

  • 1991 - Serge Gainsbourg - Heart attack (62)
  • 1999 - Dusty Springfield - Breast cancer (59)
  • 1999 - David Ackles - Lung cancer (62)
  • 2003 - Hank Ballard (Midnighters) - Throat cancer (75)
  • 2005 - Martin Denny (93)
  • 2008 - Jeff Healey - Cancer (41)

On This Day
  • 1958 - Buddy Holly & the Crickets started their only tour of Britain.
  • 1960 - While traveling back from his Army assignment, Elvis Presley's plane stops in England for refueling. It was the only time in his life that Presley was in Britain.
  • 1963 - The Four Seasons were the first group to have three consecutive number 1's in the U.S. with Walk Like a Man.
  • 1964 - The Beatles started filming A Hard Day's Night.
  • 1964 - George Harrison met his future wife Patty Boyd.
  • 1964 - Jim & Jesse McReynolds joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1974 - Terry Jacks was at number 1 in the U.S. with Seasons in the Sun.
  • 1975 - Paul and Linda McCartney were stopped by Los Angeles officer for running a red light. The officer found marijuana in the car and Linda was charged.
  • 1983 - The Compact Disc was launched by Sony, Phillips and Polygram.
  • 1984 - Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles shut down. It was the home of Phil Spector when he recorded most of his classic hits.
  • 1984 - The Whites joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1991 - A Wrigley's gum commercial sent Free's All Right Now to the number 2 spot on the U.K. charts.
  • 1999 - Neil Young started his first solo tour in over 25 years.
  • 1999 - The House of Blues opened in Las Vegas with Bob Dylan and a guest appearance by Bono.
  • 2002 - Jerry Lee Lewis was a no show at his induction into the Delta Music Hall of Fame when he didn't like the plane sent to pick him up.
  • 2004 - Metallica opened the North American leg of their Madly in Anger tour in Phoenix, AZ.
  • 2006 - Gary Glitter went on trial in Viet Nam on charges he molested two girls aged 11 and 12.
  • 2007 - Kelis was arrested in Miami Beach after yelling racial comments at two undercover police women.
  • 2009 - Liverpool University introduced their masters degree in The Beatles.
  • 2009 - Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) checked into rehab for alcohol.

  • 1955 - Bo Diddley had his first recording session at Universal Recording Studio in Chicago.
  • 1967 - Reflections - Supremes

  • 1964 - Twist & Shout - Beatles
  • 1968 - Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer
  • 1987 - Trio - Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton & Emmylou Harris

  • 1967 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year, Male Pop Vocal - Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra
    • Album of the Year - A Man & His Music - Frank Sinatra
    • Song of the Year - Michelle - John Lennon & Paul McCartney
    • New Artist - No award given
    • Female Pop Vocal - If He Walked Into My Life - Eydie Gorme
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - A Man & a Woman - Anita Kerr Singers
    • Contemporary (R&R) Performance - Male or Female - Eleanor Rigby - Paul McCartney
    • Contemporary (R&R) Performance - Group - Monday Monday - Mamas & the Papas
    • Contemporary (R&R) Recording - Winchester Cathedral - New Vaudville Band
    • Male or Female R&B Vocal, R&B Recording - Crying Time - Ray Charles
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - Hold It Right There - Ramsey Lewis
    • Female Country & Western Vocal - Don't Touch Me - Jeannie Seely
    • Male Country & Western Vocal, Country & Western Recording - Almost Persuaded - David Houston
  • 1974 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year, Female Pop Vocal - Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack
    • Album of the Year - Innervisions - Stevie Wonder
    • Song of the Year - Killing Me Softly With His Song - Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel
    • New Artist - Bette Midler
    • Male Pop Vocal - You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    • Female R&B Vocal - Master of Eyes - Aretha Franklin
    • Male R&B Vocal - Superstition - Stevie Wonder
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    • Female Country Vocal - Let Me Be There - Olivia Newton-John
    • Male Country Vocal - Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich
    • Duo or Group Country Performance - From the Bottle to the Bottom - Rita Coolidge & Kris Kristofferson

  • 1977 - The Barry Manilow Special (ABC)
  • 1981 - Diana Ross' third special (CBS) - Michael Jackson

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Passings: Charmayne Maxwell of Brownstone Dies From Apparent Home Accident

Charmayne Maxwell, one of the three members of the 90's R&B group Brownstone, has died from an apparent accident in her home.

While details are still emerging, the Dutch site Her & Nu broke the news saying that Maxwell had fallen at a Saturday soccer game she attended for her son Nicholas. She was married to Dutch producer Carsten "Soulshock" Maxee.

TMZ has reported that Maxwell came home after the game with her son. Her husband returned home around 9 PM and found his wife unresponsive and bleeding profusely from the neck; however, she still had a pulse. Paramedics were called and took the singer to Cedars Sinai Hospital where they were not able to save her due to severe loss of blood.

The site also says that, even though the Dutch site reported a fall at the game, the LAPD reports that the cut was from a broken wine glass. They do not suspect foul play.

Brownstone was formed in Los Angeles in 1993 with Monica "Mimi" Doby, Nichole "Nicci" Gilbert and Maxwell, also known as "Maxee". They signed to Michael Jackson's MJJ label the next year and released their first single, Pass the Lovin' (1994 / #58 R&B / #42 Dance). Their next single, If You Love Me, became their biggest success, going to number 8 on the Hot 100 and 2 on the R&B Singles chart. They later had two additional R&B hits, Grapevyne (1995 / #49 Pop / #6 R&B) and 5 Miles to Empty (1997 / #39 Pop / #6 R&B).

The band recorded their second and last album, Still Climbing, in 1997.

Review: "Live at Hammersmith Odeon November 1982" - Hawkwind

by Andy Snipper,

Many of the tracks included here have popped up on different albums and compilations over the years but I think this is the first time they have actually been released as a set and as such it shows just how bloody fine Hawkwind were in the post-punk era.

As always with the mighty Hawkwind one has to sort out the lineup of this version (there have been over 50 members of Hawkwind over the years) and here we see Dave Brock on vocals and guitar, Harvey Bainbridge on vocals and bass, Huw Lloyd Langton on vocals and lead guitar, the return of Nik Turner on vocals and winds and finally Martin Griffin on drums and percussion. Michael Moorcock also offers vocals and recitations on two tracks Warrior On The Edge of Time and Coded Languages.

The music has all the Hawkwind signatures: heavy, driving rhythms, swirling synth lines, spaced guitar riffs and poetic and dark science-fiction lyrics and themes. Bainbridge and Griffin were one of the best rhythm sections the band ever had and here they are in full power mode driving the band hard and accelerating from dead stop to all out attack in seconds. Brock and Lloyd Langton share guitar duties and with Brock’s thudding rhythm guitar against Lloyd Langton’s screaming solos there is just no chance to take a breath.

Hearing Nik Turner back with the band he formed adds something rather special to their sound – a kind of reedy and mesmeric, almost African, texture that takes the music further into the stratosphere.

There are so many highlights in the album: Moorcock’s incantation on Warriors At The Edge Of Time or the massive attack of Magnu/Dust Of Time, Angels Of Death which was a new track at the time and not heard before but which builds into a maelstrom of sonic assault. A live version of Steppenwolf is a rare thing and the version here somehow captures Herman Hesse’s creature with Nik Turner blowing a sad refrain to set off the growling vocals.

The second disc is every bit as good as the first, opening with the classic Psychedelic Warlords and delivering on Social Alliance and a wonderful Solitary Mindgames with the crowd totally in line with the band as they break into a sort of Early American shuffle. Sonic Attack works well with this band, avoiding the excesses that sometimes go into the “DO NOT PANIC” verbal riffs.

Brainstorm closes the show – 13 minutes of excess and freakout that leaves the listener a sodden wreck.

This was one of the great periods for Hawkwind and it is finally properly covered in a brilliant release that works on almost every level.