John Phillips Musical Being Restored From Boot Tape, Echo & the Bunnymen Announce New Album, more

John Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas wrote a musical in the mid-70's that saw a limited production. One night, Andy Warhol sat in the front row and recorded the whole show.

Those tapes have been restored and remastered to the best possible sound by Grammy Award winning engineers Steve Rosenthal and Warren Russell-Smith and will be released as Andy Warhol Presents Man On The Moon: The John Phillips Space Musical. Along with all of the show, the 38-track release will also have Phillips performing some of the Mamas & the Papas classics on acoustic guitar.

Echo and the Bunnymen have announced an October 12 release date for their new album The Fountain. Look for the first single, I Think I Need to Know, on September 28.

The Fountain is their first release of new material since 2005's Siberia. The group will play five dates around the U.K. in support of the album during the fourth quarter of the year.

A couple of years ago bassists Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order), Andy Rourke (Smiths) and Gary "Mani" Mounfield (Primal Scream, Stone Roses) announced the formation of a group they dubbed Freebass. Finally, it looks like something might be coming out of the talk.

The group's MySpace page came to life eight days ago and, since, it has been announced that they are in the midst of mixing their first album.

Also in the group are singer Gary Briggs (formerly of Haven), drumer Paul Kehoe and programming / tour manager Phil Murphy.

The official list of acts playing this year's Americana Music Festival includes veterans Asleep at the Wheel, J.D. Souther and Marty Stuart. It will be held September 16 to 19 at various venues around Nashville.

A special concert will be presented on September 11 at London's O2 Arena to benefit the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity. The show, titled Rockwell, will feature Robert Plant, Joss Stone, Razorlight, Tom Jones, David Gray, Ronan Keating, Lulu and more with collaborations expected among the many participants.

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