Saturday, October 31, 2009

Preview: Various Artists - Atlantic Records: The Time Capsule

Artist: Various Artists
Title: Atlantic Records: The Time Capsule
Release Date: November 17, 2009
Label: Atlantic
Format(s): 9-CDs/1-DVD/1-7" Vinyl/Book

Atlantic records becomes the latest label to put out a compilation covering it's whole history. To be fair, this is not just Atlantic, but also all of the subsidiaries and distributed labels including Atco, Spark, Stax, Rolling Stones and Roadrunner.

The 9-CDs contain 168 tracks from the company's first single (Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-Oh-Dee by 'Stick' McGhee & His Buddies) to the current hit Second Chance by Shinedown. The DVD contains the PBS documentary The House That Ahmet Built while the 7" Vinyl single is the 'Stick" McGhee song with its original B-side.

Also included is a 140-page book with previously unpublished photos and a collection of facsimile memorabilia.
The Atlantic Time Capsule was created in the same spirit that infused the label's very beginnings. Just as the company's founders, to quote Ahmet, 'wanted to make the kind of records that we would want to buy,' we set out to assemble a collection that would tell a story that we would want to hear. From the onset, the idea was to present Atlantic Records 'from the inside.' The collection was compiled by a small group of passionate Atlantic staffers, who drew on rarely seen material from the company's archives, Ahmet's personal papers, and the work of staff photographers through the years.
The complete track list is after the cut.

Norton Buffalo (1951-2009)

The great harmonica player and session man Norton Buffalo passed away yesterday from cancer at the age of 58. The announcement was initially made at 5:15 AM on Norton's Twitter feed.
RIP Norton. Very rarely does one see his talent.
The story has since been confirmed by the Midnight Blues Society on Facebook who posted:
It is with a heavy heart to report that Norton Buffalo passed away today, 10/30/09....he was a good human being, with a great musical talent and a big heart...more information about his memorial and this benefit will be forthcoming, for now, our thoughts are for his peace...and his wife and family...R.I.P. Norton

At Norton's request the benefit will feature. . . Big Mo and Friends, Carlos Reyes and Friends, Tom Rigney and Flambeau and Roy Rogers and The Delta Rhythm Kings. $40 General Admission. Call Bill Anderson toll free 1-877-397-3363 10am to 10pm or send check payable to PPAC c/o Bill Anderson, 6848U Skyway, Paradise CA 95969. Stay at Ponderosa Gardens Motel, 7010 Skyway. Reservations: 1-888-727-3423. They are donating ten rooms for performers!
Buffalo was born into a musical family with a harmonica playing father, a vocalist mother and a great uncle (Herbert Stothart) who wrote music for MGM during their golden years, winning an Academy Award for The Wizard of Oz.

He first found acclaim in the San Francisco Bay area, playing with artists like Clover and Elvin Bishop. In 1976, he joined the Steve Miller Band and was a member for the rest of his life.

Not content to just be a band member, Buffalo also formed his own band, the Stampede, who recorded for Capitol in the late-70's, played on sessions for Bonnie Raitt, Mickey Hart, Merle Sanders and others, and acted in the movies The Rose, playing in Bette Midler's band, and Heaven's Gate.

In 1987, Buffalo joined with Bay area slide guitar player Roy Rogers to form a duo that which produced three albums and received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance for Song for Jessica. Buffalo also formed another group of his own, the Knockouts, in 2000. As a session musician, Buffalo played on over 180 albums.

On September 2 of this year, Norton was diagnosed with Stage 4 Adenocarcinoma in the lower right lobe of his lungs that had also spread to his brain. He kept his fans constantly updated on his condition and his work with the medical community and faith healers in his effort to beat the disease.

Set List: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Show: Night 2

Friday was the second and final night of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th Anniversary concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York. Headliners for the second night were Aretha Franklin, Jeff Beck (who replaced an ailing Eric Clapton), Metallica and U2.

While the star power and big numbers may have been a little less than on night one, there were still some amazing guest appearances, including Mick Jagger joining U2 for Gimme Shelter and Stuck in Moment You Can't Get Out Of and a very out-of-place Black Eyed Peas showing up for a U2 backed version of their hit Where is the Love. Fergie also took the female lead on Gimme Shelter. Other big moments included Sting and Jeff Beck on People Get Ready, Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica on Iron Man and Paranoid and Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith and U2 on Because the Night, which received a second playing after the first had a few glitches.

Bono took a moment to speak about the meaning of Rock and Roll:
"Here in rock & roll’s great cathedral, Madison Square Garden, think about all the pilgrims and pioneers that got us all here, the saints and the heretics, the poets and the punks that now make up the Hall of Fame. It’s a dangerous thing, this business of building idols, but at least, rock & roll is not at its best about worshiping sacred cows. It’s about thousands of voices gathered at once in a great unwashed congregation, like tonight. For a lot of us here, rock & roll means just one word: liberation. Political, sexual, spiritual liberation."
As with last night, the following set list is what we have been able to gather from various reports and Twitters. It is by no means totally accurate at this time and will be updated as more information becomes available. Thanks to those who helped with the night one list and those who will help us with night two:
  • Introduction - Tom Hanks
  • Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Baby I Love You - Aretha Franklin
  • Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin & Annie Lennox
  • New York, New York - Aretha Franklin
  • Think - Aretha Franklin & Lenny Kravitz
  • Respect - Aretha Franklin
  • Drown In My Own Tears - Jeff Beck
  • Possibly additional instrumentals - Jeff Beck
  • People Get Ready - Jeff Beck & Sting
  • Let Me Love You Baby - Jeff Beck & Buddy Guy
  • Foxy Lady - Jeff Beck & Billy Gibbons
  • A Day in the Life - Jeff Beck
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
  • One - Metallica
  • Turn the Page - Metallica
  • Sweet Jane - Lou Reed & Metallica
  • White Light/White Heat - Lou Reed & Metallica
  • Iron Man - Ozzy Osbourne & Metallica
  • Paranoid - Ozzy Osbourne & Metallica
  • You Really Got Me - Ray Davies & Metallica
  • All Day and All of the Night - Ray Davies & Metallica
  • Stone Cold Crazy - Metallica
  • Enter Sandman - Metallica
  • Vertigo - U2
  • Magnificent - U2
  • Because the Night - Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith & U2
  • I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2 & Bruce Springsteen
  • Mysterious Ways - U2 >
  • Where is the Love - Black Eyed Peas & U2
  • Gimme Shelter - Mick Jagger, Fergie & U2
  • Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of - U2 & Mick Jagger
  • Beautiful Day - U2

Friday, October 30, 2009

Set List: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Show: Night 1

Tonight was the first of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th Anniversary concerts with headliners Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band, Crosby Stills & Nash, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Simon & Garfunkel plus numerous guests.

The following is the set list that we have been able to gather from various reports and Twitters. It is by no means totally accurate at this time and will be updated as more information becomes available:
  • Introduction - Tom Hanks
  • Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Woodstock - Crosby Stills & Nash
  • Marrakesh Express - Crosby Stills & Nash
  • Almost Cut My Hair - Crosby Stills & Nash
  • Love Has No Pride - Bonnie Raitt with Crosby Stills & Nash
  • Midnight Rider - Bonnie Raitt with Crosby Stills & Nash
  • The Pretender - Jackson Browne with Crosby Stills & Nash
  • Mexico - James Taylor with Crosby Stills & Nash
  • Love the One You're With - Crosby Stills & Nash with James Taylor
  • Teach Your Children - Crosby Stills & Nash with James Taylor, Jackson Browne & Bonnie Raitt
  • Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes - Paul Simon
  • Me & Julio Down By the School Yard - Paul Simon
  • You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
  • The Wanderer - Dion with Paul Simon
  • Two People in the World - Little Anthony & the Imperials
  • Here Comes the Sun - Paul Simon, David Crosby & Graham Nash
  • Sounds of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
  • Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
  • The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Simon & Garfunkel
  • Cecelia - Simon & Garfunkel
  • Blowin' in the Wind - Stevie Wonder
  • Uptight (Everything's All Right) - Stevie Wonder
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder
  • Boogie On Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder
  • Tracks of My Tears - Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder
  • Mercy, Mercy Me - John Legend and Stevie Wonder
  • The Way You Make Me Feel - Stevie Wonder
  • The Thrill is Gone - B.B. King and Stevie Wonder
  • Livin' For the City - Stevie Wonder
  • Higher Ground/Roxanne - Stevie Wonder and Sting
  • Superstition - Stevie Wonder and Jeff Beck
  • Tenth Avenue Freezeout - Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  • Hold On, I'm Comin' - Sam Moore with Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  • Soul Man - Sam Moore with Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  • The Ghost of Tom Joad - Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello
  • Fortunate Son - John Fogerty with Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  • Proud Mary - John Fogerty with Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  • Oh Pretty Woman - John Fogerty with Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  • Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  • A Fine, Fine Boy - Darlene Love with Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  • Da Doo Ron Ron - Darlene Love with Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  • London Calling - Tom Morello with Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  • Badlands - Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band with Tom Morello
  • You May Be Right - Billy Joel with Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  • Only the Good Die Young - Billy Joel with Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  • New York State of Mind - Billy Joel with Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  • Born to Run - Billy Joel with Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  • (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher - Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band with Billy Joel, Darlene Love, Tom Morello, John Fogerty, Jackson Browne and Sam Moore

Chart Watch Canada: October 29, 2009

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current Canadian music charts. Chart highlights:
  • It's now three weeks for Barbra Streisand as the top album by a veteran artist. Love is the Answer falls 3 to 9, keeping two spots ahead of Madonna who falls 5 to 11.
  • The biggest debut for a veteran goes to Loreena McKennitt whose Mediterranean Odyssey debuts at 11 in a tie with Madonna.
  • Also debuting this week is the Vera Lynn We'll Meet Again collection at 21, the Beatles Mono Box and Leonard Cohen's Live at the Isle of Wight, tied at 64 and the 40/40 collection by the Carpenters at 86.
  • Michael Jackson moves up to 12 of the top 50 R&B albums with the addition of the new Remix Suites album and the recharting of the Ultimate Collection and a Jackson 5 compilation.
Previous week position noted in parenthesis. (N) indicates a new release. (R) indicates a record that is re-charting. There can be ties in chart positions.

Top 100 Canadian Albums

Top 100 Canadian Singles
  • #1 (1) - You Belong to Me - Taylor Swift
  • #2 (8) - Sexy Chick - David Guetta Featuring Akon
  • #3 (3) - Down - Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne
  • #4 (2) - Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
  • #5 (4) - Cha Ching - Hedley
  • #34 (47) - Consider Me Gone - Reba (McEntire)
  • #43 (46) - Honky Tonk Stomp - Brooks & Dunn Featuring Billy Gibbons
  • #49 (34) - Celebration - Madonna
  • #61 (69) - We Weren't Born to Follow - Bon Jovi
  • #91 (71) - Living For the Night - George Strait

The R&B, Country and Hard Rock charts are after the cut.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Preview: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - The Live Anthology

Artist: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Title: The Live Anthology
Release Date: November 23, 2009
Label: Reprise
  • 4-CDs
  • 5-CDs/2-DVDs/1-LP/1-Audio Only Blu-Ray/Book/Lithograph/Poster/Backstage Passes (Best Buy Exclusive)
  • 7-LPs (All tracks from 4-CD set plus 3 tracks from bonus CD)/Book
  • Digital Download
The Live Anthology brings together music from every major Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tour from 1978 to 2007. The tracks were selected by producers Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Ryan Ulyate who chose to make no changes to the original tapes or overdubs. Other than creating the proper mix, all music is exactly as heard on the original night it was played.

The full track list is after the cut.

Mustaine Says Megadeth May Do Just One More Album, Springsteen to Play For Hall, more

Dave Mustaine has written on Megadeth's forum that Endgame may be the one of the last original releases for the band. Mustaine has had both hand and spine problems in the past and is unhappy with their U.S. label, Roadrunner Records.

He wrote, "The president of Roadrunner came out and said this was the last record but if we didn't re-sign with them for more records they were going to stop selling Endgame. I've always known there's another record owed. I'm a man of my word and I'm going to fulfill my contract - rest assured, though, that I'm not going to release a compilation record or a live record for my final record with Roadrunner."

Bruce Springsteen has said that he will be playing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary show tomorrow (Thursday) night at Madison Square Garden. There had been some question after the Tuesday night death of his cousin/assistant road manager.

Susan McCray at internet radio station will be broadcasting a rare two-part interview with singer/songwriter Jimmie Rodgers on November 10 and 17 at 9:30 PM ET. Rogers will talk about "his life, new projects and something he rarely discusses - his long recovery from life threatening injuries suffered from being severely beaten in 1967." Rodgers is best remembered for his string of hits in the 50's including Honeycomb, Kisses Sweeter Than Wine and Secretly.

Wednesday was declared Chip Taylor day in Yonkers, NY in honor of Taylor's new album which is named after the city (yes, Yonkers is a city and not a borough). Taylor is most famous for writing the songs Wild Thing and Angel of the Morning but has also become very active in Americana music.

Steve Martin has been added to the MerleFest lineup.

The opening night gross for the Michael Jackson movie This is It was $2.2 million. Variety projects that the Wednesday boxoffice will be about the same.

BMI has released their list of songs that were played the most in National Football League, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball stadiums over the past year:
  1. We Will Rock You
  2. Pump It
  3. Twilight Zone
  4. Song 2
  5. Rock and Roll Parts 1 and 2
  6. Black Betty
  7. Cowboys From Hell
  8. Stronger
  9. Let it Rock
  10. Put On

The Trailer for Nowhere Boy, the Biopic Of a Young John Lennon

Here is the trailer for the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy. The film premiers Thursday at the closing night of the London Film Festival and will have its wide opening on Christmas Day in the U.K. and December 26 in Australia. At this time, no date has been set for a U.S. opening.


Directed by Sam Taylor Wood
Written by Julia Baird (memoir), Matt Greenhalgh (screenplay)

  • Kristen Scott Thomas (Mimi Smith)
  • Aaron Johnson (John Lennon)
  • Thomas Sangster (Paul McCartney)
  • Anne-Marie Duffy (Julia Lennon)
  • David Morrissey (Bobby Dykins)
  • Ophelia Lovibond (Marie Kennedy)
  • Sam Bell (George Harrison)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Peter Gabriel Planning New Album For Spring

Peter Gabriel is in the process of completing a new album for release next spring, but don't be looking for another So or Us. This album will be the result of the new Scratch My Back project which is described as "song swap with some of the world's most legendary artists."

Arranger Mike Metcalfe, who is working on the project, describes it on Gabriel's official site:
I have been busy working closely with Peter Gabriel on his 'Scratch My Back' project. This is a song swap with some of the world's most legendary artists and is due for release in the Spring. My role has been to re-interpret the music of the song's he has chosen to cover - quite honerous as some of the songs are among the best known in the last 40 years. The album will be acoustic, using only orchestral instruments (no guitars, drums or world instruments) and range in size from sparse chamber music to a much fuller orchestral sounds. We recently recorded the orchestra at Air Lyndhurst studios (George Martin's studio) in London which was an enormous thrill hearing my arrangements performed by some of the best performers in the UK. The producer of the album is Canadian legend Bob Ezrin who has recorded dozens of classic albums including Pink Floyd's The Wall. We performed one of the songs, Paul Simon's Boy In The Bubble at Womad back in July. I have been working a lot down at Real World studios editing and mixing and will be continuing with that in the Autumn and it's been a huge privilege to work with the great man.
The Scratch My Back moniker comes from the plan for Gabriel to cover an artists' song and, in turn, that artist will cover one of Gabriel's tunes. What is not clear is if Gabriel will release his set of covers followed later by the other artists, it will be a two-CD set or some other distribution will be used.

Finally, a Japanese site has posted a supposed list of the tracks for the album. Take this with a grain of salt:
  • Heroes
  • Street Spirit
  • The Book of Love
  • Flume
  • My Body is a Cage
  • Listening Wind
  • I Think It's Going to Rain Today
  • Apres Moi
  • Waterloo Sunset
  • The Boy in the Bubble
  • The Power of the Heart
  • Philadelphia
  • Mirrorball

Reviews Mostly Positive for Michael Jackson's This Is It

The reviews for the Michael Jackson documentary This is It are coming in after last night's premier and it is clear that the majority of reviewers are very upbeat on the film. At Rotten Tomatoes, the full reviewers community is giving it an 82% approval rating with 60 positive reviews and 13 negative. Among the top critics, the approval is at 83% with 20 positive and four negative.

Roger Ebert wrote:
"This Is it," Michael Jackson told his fans in London, announcing his forthcoming concert tour. "This is the final curtain call." The curtain fell sooner than expected. What is left is this extraordinary documentary, nothing at all like what I was expecting to see. Here is not a sick and drugged man forcing himself through grueling rehearsals, but a spirit embodied by music. Michael Jackson was something else.

It's a portrait of Michael Jackson that belies all the rumors that he would have been too weak to tour. That shows not the slightest trace of a spoiled prima donna.
Others add their support for the film:
There’s no sign of sickness here, no sense of an artist past his prime. Instead, you see a performer at his peak. --- Steven Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

This is Michael Jackson unvarnished, the wizard behind the curtain and the man-child in the mirror, and it's fascinating to behold. --- Peter Howell, Toronto Star

It proves that, at the end, he was still a thriller. Fans and doubters alike can look at the gentle, driven singer-dancer at the center of this up-close document and say admiringly, This was him. --- Richard Corliss, Time Magazine

Watching Jackson pop, lock, rock, writhe, thrust, and clutch his crotch, even at 50 percent, leaves a feeling of woe: This show really would have been major. --- Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

If This Is It doesn't miraculously restore the middle-aged Jackson to his past glory, it at least offers glimpses of his bygone greatness, and poignant suggestions of what might have been. --- Elyssa Gardner, USA Today

There’s an incredible amount to enjoy here, and the star’s fans will be in rapture. Though Jackson looks painfully thin at times, his vocal prowess and dancing ability seem to have scarcely ebbed at all in the decade he spent offstage. --- Andrew Barker, Variety
The film opens today in 3,481 theaters across the United States and many more around the world.

How Many Times Will People Buy the Same Music?

As the mania ramps up for the Michael Jackson movie This is It and the "soundtrack" album is released, we have to ask how many times people are willing to pay for the same music?

Jackson's Number Ones is currently the biggest selling album of the year, moving over two-million units. A bit farther down the list are his Essential and HIStory compilations along with the original albums Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous. All of these albums are still on the charts, many selling tens-of-thousands of copies a week. Number Ones, HIStory and Thriller all remain in the top 50 selling albums in the United States.

Today, Billboard reported that first week sales of the This Is It "soundtrack" could be in the area of 300,000 to 350,000 copies. The thing is, this is NOT a soundtrack to the film. You will not get the audio of Jackson rehearsing Billie Jean. All you will get are the same tracks found on all the other compilations, ordered as they are in the film, plus two versions of the new single, three demos and a poem. To be more specific, here are the tracks on This is It broken down by the number of currently charting albums on which they appear:
  • On Four Charting Albums
    • The Way You Make Me Feel (Bad, HIStory, Essential, Number Ones)
    • I Just Can't Stop Loving You (Bad, HIStory, Essential, Number Ones)
    • Thriller (Thriller, HIStory, Essential, Number Ones)
    • Beat It (Thriller, HIStory, Essential, Number Ones)
    • Black Or White (Dangerous, HIStory, Essential, Number Ones)
    • Billie Jean (Thriller, HIStory, Essential, Number Ones)
    • Man In The Mirror (Bad, HIStory, Essential, Number Ones)
  • On Three Charting Albums
    • Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (Thriller, HIStory, Essential)
    • Smooth Criminal (Bad, Essential, Number Ones)
  • On Two Charting Albums
    • Human Nature (Thriller, Essential)
    • Earth Song (HIStory, Number Ones)
  • On One Charting Album
    • Jam (Dangerous)
    • They Don't Care About Us (HIStory)
    • Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) (Essential)
  • Previously Unreleased
    • This Is It (New)
    • This Is It (Orchestra Version) (New)
    • She's Out Of My Life (Demo) (Previously Unreleased)
    • Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (Demo) (Previously Unreleased)
    • Beat It (Demo) (Previously Unreleased)
    • Planet Earth (Poem) (Previously Unreleased)
Multiple compilations are not a new phenomenon. Who knows how many times Motown has repackaged their artists' catalogs. The same goes for artists like Aerosmith. The difference is that these albums rarely chart more than one at a time. Most likely next week, the studio versions of the songs Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean will be on four different albums in the top 50.

The death of Michael Jackson moved the singer from persona non gratis to a cultural phenomenon in the United States. While the rest of the world was much more forgiving to the singer and his various oddities, U.S. consumers had turned their back on Jackson. Now, he is the biggest music story of the year and the U.S. public is willing to plunk down their hard earned cash for the same music over and over. It is a phenomenon that has not been seen before nor is it likely to be seen again at any time in the near future.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Preview: Jimmy Buffett - Buffett Hotel

Artist: Jimmy Buffett
Title: Buffett Hotel
Release Date: December 8, 2009
Label: Mailboat Records
Format(s): CD, Digital Download

No, the Buffett Hotel is not a new chain to compliment Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville cafes. It's the name of an actual hotel in Timbuktu, Mali that was the hub for music after the country received independence in 1960. The title track from Buffett's album has a strong influence from the West African country where the singer played the Festival in the Dessert and became enamored with the local sound.

The new album is produced by Michael Utley and Mac McAnally and contains twelve new tracks, including the theme song from his summer tour, Summerzcool. Joining Buffett on the album are guests Sonny Landreth, Jake Shimabukuro, Cedric Burnside, Steve "Lightnin'" Malcome and Toumani Diabate. Also in the package is a 24-page book with lyrics and stories about Buffett's trip to West Africa that produced many of the songs.

Track List:
  • Nobody From Nowhere
  • Wings
  • Big Top
  • Beautiful Swimmers
  • Turn Up The Heat and Chill the Rose
  • Summerzcool
  • Rhumba Man
  • We Learned to be Cool From You
  • Surfing In a Hurricane
  • Life Short Call Now
  • Buffet Hotel
  • A Lot To Drink About

AC/DC Warn Fans About Italian Concerts, McCartney Sings Frank Loesser, more

AC/DC have told their fans in Italy to not buy tickets for shows in that country because, well, they aren't scheduled to play there. An Italian newspaper recently claimed that they were set to play Olympia Stadium in Turin next June 8 and 9 and the news spread across the web. The band's Italian promoter, Barley Arts, quickly issued a statement before the underside of the ticket scalping industry could get into high gear.

Paul McCartney played Broadway Monday night as part of a salute to the late composer Frank Loesser. McCartney has owned Loesser's catalog for some time and put on the show with Jo Sullivan, the late composer's widow.

A long list of Broadway stars sang songs from Loesser's shows, including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Guys & Dolls and The Most Happy Fella. Also taking the stage was Art Garfunkel, performing Two Sleepy People, and McCartney himself singing On a Slow Boat to China.

Health Report:

has announced he will play his Royal Albert Hall show tonight (Tuesday) in London after canceling last night's performance. The singer had collapsed on stage Saturday night and was hospitalized for a short time with breathing problems.

On the other hand, Elton John is still too ill to perform at London's Wembley arena. His promoters hope to reschedule for sometime in December.

Finally, Rod Stewart canceled his Tuesday appearance on ABC's The View after catching a viral infection from his 3-year-old son Alastair. He recorded an apology for the show, saying "Viewers and ladies, I woke up this morning to do a vocal warm up and there was no voice. It's just one of those things. It's a viral thing that's going around at the moment."

The Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman has given up smoking after 55 years after being advised by his doctors warned him about the health effects (really? Now is the first time?). Wyman said "They told me: 'If you carry on, you are going to get emphysema.' So I thought: 'Sod it! I'm going to stop.'"

Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon are set to host next Monday night's WWE Raw broadcast.

Chicken Soup For the Soul Series Adds The Story Behind Songs

The Chicken Soup for the Soul series is about to expand again with a new edition, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song. The November 10 release was developed and edited by Hollywood publicist Jo-Ann Geffen and tells the stories behind 101 popular hits in the words of their composers. The forward is by Motown composer Lamont Dozier.
The book reflects on many of our favorite songs that trace our lives through music from rap trendsetter Kanye West to Top 40 hit-makers Richie Sambora, Christina Aguilera, Melissa Etheridge, John Legend, the Backstreet Boys’ Howie Dorough, and Jewel, classic rock performer/songwriters like Chicago’s Robert Lamm, and Foreigner’s Mick Jones, Daryl Hall and John Oates, alternative rockers Aaron Lewis of Staind to Corey Taylor of Slipknot and legendary punk rock hits such as Joan Jett’s Bad Reputation and Jerry Cantrell from Alice In Chains...

Some bring laughter, others bring tears, but all are insightful and great reading for music fans, aficionados or people who just like a good story. Each of the tales is accompanied by a photo and the lyrics for the song that is discussed.
Among the songs by veteran artists in the book:
  • My Way - Paul Anka
  • Wouldn't It Be Nice - Tony Asher
  • Shining Star - Phillip Bailey
  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Roy Thomas Baker
  • Walkin' in the Sun - Jeff Barry
  • Tell Laura I Love Her - Jeff Barry
  • On and On - Stephen Bishop
  • Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer - Kim Carnes
  • Stand and Be Proud - David Cassidy
  • Bad Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce (told by Ingrid Croce)
  • Operator - Jim Croce (told by Ingrid Croce)
  • What the World Needs Now is Love - Hal David
  • Stop in the Name of Love - Lamont Dozier
  • Where Did Our Love Go - Lamont Dozier
  • Tusk - Mick Fleetwood
Thirty-eight more classic tracks by veteran artists that are included in the book are after the cut.

New Releases: October 27, 2009

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Springsteen Cancels Show After Family Death, Plant Talks Glastonbury, more

Add Bruce Springsteen to the growing list of artists canceling shows this week but, in the case of The Boss, it's due to the passing of his cousin and road crew member Lenny Sullivan. The 36-year-old Sullivan was found dead at his hotel a few hours before the show. Kansas City police say that the death does not look suspicious.

The official Springsteen site posted the following:
Lenny Sullivan, Bruce's cousin and the assistant road manager of the E Street Band for the last ten years, passed away today at the age of 36. A warm and sensitive person, he was beloved by Bruce, the Band, the crew, and the entire Thrill Hill family.
The status of Springsteen's appearance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concert on Thursday night has not been released.

Robert Plant says that he has been in talks with Michael Eavis, the head of the Glastonbury Festival, about appearing at the 2010 event. He told BBC6 that he doesn't know who he would be playing with if he did perform. "I've just been talking to Michael. There's place for me there, but I have no idea who with. There is a chance yeah, but I don't know with who."

Bob Dylan's album Together Through Life has made the short list of eight finalists for the British Uncut Music Award 2010. He is up against albums by Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Kings of Leon, The Low Anthem, Tinariwen and Wilco.

Robert Plant received the Outstanding Contribution, Marianne Faithfull the Q Icon and the Specials the Q Inspiration awards at London's Q Awards, put on by Q Magazine.

Kenny Jones of the Faces says that the group is hoping to reunite for a tour next year. He told BBC6, "Rod wants to do it as well, but it’s just down to getting the schedules right for all of us to do it at the same time, because everyone’s doing different things at different times."

That was certainly true last night as all of the Faces reunited at Royal Albert Hall in London except for Rod Stewart who is promoting his new album. He was replaced by a number of different singers including Mick Hucknall, Mel C and Kiki Dee.

Dee Anthony, who managed careers from Jerry Vale and Tony Bennett to Peter Frampton, Traffic, Jethro Tull, Devo and Joe Cocker, passed away Sunday at the age of 83.

Paul Anka and his wife seem to be attracting controversy over the last year. First, it was Anka being hit in the head and injured by a piece of ice thrown by his wife, Anna (charges were not filed). Then, there was this month's whole Jackson/Anka composing saga. This time around, it's only his 38-year-old wife, Anna, who was tossed out of the Equinox Gym in New York City after being accused of running an illegal (for the club, anyway) personal training business. Reports say she was working with another woman on exercises when she was not an employee of the club.

Is it the soft economy or too many music game titles at one time? An industry spokesman says the sales estimates for DJ Hero, the upcoming game where you work a turntable controller to mix music, have been downsized considerably. Quarter 4 sales projections have been changed from 1.6 million to 600,000 copies while first year sales guesstimates have changed from 2.5 million to 950,000.

Chart Watch Britain: October 25, 2009

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current British music charts. Chart highlights:
  • Whitney Houston opens big on the British charts as I Look to You finally sees a release in the U.K. The album debuts at number 3 on the Album and number 1 on the R&B Album charts. The singer hasn't charted this high in Britain with an original album in 22 years, all the way back to Whitney which topped the chart in 1987.
  • It also pull a couple of greatest hits collections along with it as Ultimate Collection moves 62 to 22 on the Album and 7 to 3 on the R&B Album charts and Greatest Hits returns to the R&B chart at number 19.
  • Houston also does well on the Singles chart as Million Dollar Bill jumps 14 to 5 (7 to 2 on R&B Singles). That's the highest she's been on the singles chart since My Love is Your Love reached number 2 in 1999. In addition, I Didn't Know My Own Strength premiers at 44.
  • A new Fleetwood Mac collection, Very Best of, premiers at number 6. Their last top ten album in Britain, 2003's Say You Will, also peaked at that position.
  • Spandau Ballet's Once More, a collection of rerecorded songs from the band's past plus the new title song, debuts at 7. Like Mac, their last top ten album, Gold, peaked at the same position in 2000. The single of the title track also debuts this week at 82.
  • Former Yaz/Yazoo singer Alison Moyet also has a new collection out, The Best of, which debuts at 17. Five years ago, the singer peaked at number 7 with her album The Voice.Previous week position noted in parenthesis. (N) is a new entry. (R) is a re-entry. Grayed charts were not available for update at time of publication.

Top 100 British Albums

Top 100 British Singles

  • #1 (N) - Fight For This Life - Cheryl Cole
  • #2 (1) - Bad Boys - Alexandra Burke Featuring Flo Rida
  • #3 (3) - Oopsy Daisy - Chipmunk
  • #4 (2) - Bodies - Robbie Williams
  • #5 (14) - Million Dollar Bill - Whitney Houston
  • #44 (N) - I Didn't Know My Own Strength - Whitney Houston
  • #56 (37) - Celebration - Madonna
  • #63 (113) - With or Without You - U2
  • #77 (79) - Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
  • #82 (N) - Once More - Spandau Ballet
The R&B, Rock and Dance Charts are after the cut.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Clapton Pulls Out of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert

Eric Clapton has canceled out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concerts set for Thursday and Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. The following was posted on his official website:
Unfortunately Eric Clapton has canceled his performance for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert next week to undergo a minor medical procedure for gall stones. He will spend time recuperating at home in the UK and is very sorry to disappoint the fans and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He remains committed to his 2010 concert schedule.
Clapton was set to play on Friday night with U2, Aretha Franklin and Metallica as the other headliners. The Hall of Fame has announced that the Jeff Beck Band and special guests will be taking over Clapton's spot in the lineup.

Morrissey Out of Hospital & Resting, Elton John Also Under the Weather

Morrissey is out of the hospital and doing well. The singer collapsed on stage after his first song on Saturday night in Swindon, U.K. and was taken to the hospital with breathing difficulties.

The singer's Monday night show in Bournemouth has been canceled on doctor's advice. Per his rep, "Morrissey has now been released from hospital and is under doctors' instruction to rest. Event organisers apologise for this unavoidable situation."

British TV personality Jonathan Ross released a statement on his friend, saying
"He is resting and hoping to finish these dates, inc. Albert Hall on Tuesday. Will keep you posted as and when."

Elton John has also been under the weather the last few days and has been forced to cancel two concerts in Sheffield and Newcastle, U.K. on the advice of his doctors. Like Morrissey, a big London show at the O2 Arena on Tuesday night is currently up-in-the-air.

A spokesman stated
"Elton is bitterly disappointed at missing tonight's Red Piano concert in Newcastle... one of his favourite areas to perform. The crowds are always great music fans and not being able to put on this special show for Newcastle is upsetting."

Preview: Madness - One Step Beyond (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Artist: Madness
Title: One Step Beyond (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Release Date: October 26, 2009 (U.K.)
Label: Salvo
Format(s): 2-CDs

Madness' One Step Beyond was one of the biggest selling albums of the Ska/2-Tone craze during the late-70's and early-80's. This two CD 30th anniversary edition includes the original album plus four videos on the first disc and sixteen rare non-album tracks and John Peel Session recordings on disc two.

Track List:
  • Disc 1
    • One Step Beyond...
    • My Girl
    • Night Boat To Cairo
    • Believe Me
    • Land Of Hope & Glory
    • The Prince
    • Tarzan's Nuts
    • In The Middle Of The Night
    • Bed And Breakfast Man
    • Razor Blade Alley
    • Swan Lake
    • Rockin' In Ab
    • Mummy's Boy
    • Madness
    • Chipmunks Are Go!
    • The Prince (Promo Video)
    • One Step Beyond... (Promo Video)
    • Bed And Breakfast Man (Promo Video)
    • My Girl (Promo Video)
    • Night Boat To Cairo (Promo Video)
  • Disc 2
    • The Prince
    • Bed And Breakfast Man
    • Land Of Hope & Glory
    • Stepping Into Line
    • One Step Beyond... (7" Single Version)
    • My Girl (Mike Barson / Demo Version)
    • Mistakes (B-Side One Step Beyond...)
    • Un Paso Adelante (One Step Beyond... Spanish Version)
    • Nutty Theme (B-Side One Step Beyond... 12")
    • My Girl (Ballad - From Flexipop)
    • Stepping Into Line (B-Side My Girl)
    • Un Passo Avanti (One Step Beyond... Italian Version)
    • Deceives The Eye (Work Rest & Play EP)
    • The Young And The Old (Work Rest & Play EP)
    • Don't Quote Me On That (Work Rest & Play EP)
    • Razor Blade Alley (Live Dance Craze)
    • Night Boat To Cairo (Live Dance Craze)
    • One Step Beyond... (Live Dance Craze)

Andrew Lloyd Webber Diagnosed With Cancer

Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer who has given the world Jesus Christ, Superstar, Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera and many more has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Webber's reps announced on Sunday that the disease was caught in the early stages and started treatment on Saturday evening at an undisclosed private hospital. It is expected he will return to work by the end of the year.

Webber has been working on his sequel to Phantom, Love Never Dies, which still is expected to debut in London this coming March 9 with a production opening on Broadway on November 11 of next year. He is also producing a new stage version of The Wizard of Oz.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Chart Watch Australia: October 25, 2009

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current Australian music charts. Chart highlights:
  • After giving up the top charting album by a veteran artist in Australia for four weeks to Madonna and Harry Connick Jr., Jimmy Barnes reclaims the spot with The Rhythm & the Blues. It moves from 13 to 14 while Madonna's album goes 11 to 16 and Connick falls 9 to 19.
  • Very little else is new on the charts. The Flaming Lips' new album, Embryonic, debuts on the Album chart at 43 while Roseanne Cash's The List premiers on the Country Albums at number 20.
Previous week position noted in parenthesis. (N) indicates new entry. (R) indicates re-entry.

Top 50 Albums

Top 50 Singles
  • #1 (1) - This is Who I Am - Vanessa Amorosi
  • #2 (3) - Meet Me Half Way - Black Eyed Peas
  • #3 (2) - Sexy Bitch - David Guetta Featuring Akon
  • #4 (5) - Like It Like That - Guy Sebastian
  • #5 (8) - Evacuate the Dance Floor - Cascada
  • No Veteran Artists Charting
The Urban/R&B and Country charts are after the cut.

Rare Beatles Album Found, Tommy Iommi Has Stem Cell Therapy, more

Record dealer John Tefteller may have stumbled across one of the rarest Beatles albums in existence. He was contacted by the widow of a Capitol Records executive about taking a look at the man's record collection. Amongst a lot of easy listening and jazz was a copy of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band but there were none of the Beatles' faces on the cover. They had been replaced with pictures of the record company's executives and given out to people at the label. To make it even better, the album was still sealed.

It is estimated that only about one hundred of the albums were made and, according to Beatles expert Stan Panenka, only three or four are actually known to exist with the last turning up about ten years ago. The rarity makes it next to impossible to establish a value for the album.

Tommy Iommi of Heaven and Hell and Black Sabbath recently told the BBC2 that he has had stem cell treatment on his hand.
"I've had this problem with my hand and I've had this stem cell treatment on it. [I have to wear a guard on my hand] to stop me from banging it. But it's coming on good. The cartilage [was worn out between] the joints, and the joints [were] rubbing on the joints. It was bone to bone and it was getting a bit painful. And I've done it for quite awhile — 18 months — and I've been taking anti-inflammatories and painkillers. But I just wanted to stop doing it, 'cause it upsets your stomach, and get it done. This is the latest thing, so we'll see if it works."

The nominees have been announced for the revived Soul Train Awards which will air on Sunday, November 29 on the Centric network (the old BET Jazz). Veterans nominated include Whitney Houston (Best R&B/Soul Artist Female), Charlie Wilson (Best R&B/Soul Artist Male) and BeBe and CeCe Winans (Gospel Performance for Close to You). Michael Jackson has already been named Entertainer of the Year.

Special tributes will be given to Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, L.A. Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds along with special recognition of Motown's 50th anniversary.

Originally, it was announced that the DVD of Michael Jackson's This is It would be out for the holidays but it won't happen unless Sony can make some sort of deal with the theater chains. There are industry clauses that say a film cannot be released on DVD until 90-days after its run, although we would have to assume that it only includes first run (we've seen plenty of movies hit DVD while still at budget houses). If that holds true, you won't see the Jackson DVD until early February.

Talks around a Mama Mia 2 may start soon according to Amanda Seyfried who starred in the original. "I've been talking to some insiders and it's not something that they haven't been working on. I don't actually know anything other than that. I know it's still going to be ABBA music, because what else would it be? Come on, I wouldn't do Mamma Mia 2 without Benny and Bjorn ... And I know Meryl's game as well, so bring it on."

The original film was a worldwide smash, breaking the ten-year record of Titanic to become the biggest film ever in Britain.