Archive for July, 2011

Crazy Heart star Jeff Bridges to release own country album

July 29, 2011

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Actor and singer-songwriter Jeff Bridges, 61, who won an Oscar for portraying a rugged country singer in the 2009 film Crazy Heart, is set to become a hit country singer in his own right.

His new self-titled album, produced by T-Bone Burnett, will be released by Blue Note/EMI on 16 August 2011.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi plans to publish autobiography in October

July 10, 2011

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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, 63, is to publish his autobiography in October.

   Titled Iron Man: My Life With Black Sabbath And Beyond, the new 350-page book promises to tell all about “the ups and downs” of his life with the band, including “the music, the money, the madness, the metal”.

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Pink Floyd: Unreleased tracks among massive lineup of reissues this autumn

July 10, 2011

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Pink Floyd are set to reissue re-mastered versions of all their classic studio albums this autumn, along with a wealth of unreleased material, collectors’ box sets, and a new ‘Best Of’ compilation.

   On September 26, Pink Floyd will release specially remastered and repackaged versions of all 14 of their studio albums – from 1967’s The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn to 1994’s The Division Bell. The CDs will be available separately or as a boxed set.

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George Harrison biography by Olivia Harrison to be published this autumn

July 10, 2011

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A new authorised biography of George Harrison – titled Living in the Material World: George Harrison – is to be published this autumn to coincide with the release of Martin Scorsese’s similarly-titled film documentary about the former Beatles guitarist.

   The 400-page book has been created by his widow Olivia Harrison and draws on Harrison’s personal archive of never-seen-before photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia.

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Roger Daltrey takes The Who rock opera ‘Tommy’ on tour

July 10, 2011

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Roger Daltrey is taking The Who’s legendary rock opera Tommy on the road for a three-week UK tour in July 2011.

   The last time The Who performed Tommy live on tour was in 1989, although the band didn’t play the complete double album. Daltrey, though, will perform the album from start to finish.

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Buffalo Springfield postpone 30-date US tour until early 2012

July 10, 2011

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Buffalo Springfield – the short-lived group that served as a springboard for the careers of Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Jim Messina – have postponed their 30-date US tour until early in 2012.

   The band originally planned to launch the tour this autumn, following a highly successful six-date reunion tour in early June. It was the first time the band had toured together since 1968.

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Oldies music magazine launched for over-50s baby boomers

July 9, 2011

Titled SH-BOOM! after the 1950s doo-wop hit, the new oldies magazine is FREE and will focus on music and stars from the Fifties to the Eighties.

You’re reading the Sh-Boom! blog, but a sample of the new magazine can be read at www.sh-boommagazine.com.

As well as being the UK’s first-ever music magazine created for lovers of Fifties, Sixties, Seventies and Eighties music, SH-BOOM! is also different because it’s an interactive digital magazine.

It looks like a printed magazine but it is read on your computer.

As an interactive magazine, SH-BOOM! aims to help readers keep up to date with their favourite artists in a fun and involving way. Stories are brought to life by animation, music videos, music tracks and video interviews.

The London-based publisher, Sh-Boom Media Limited, decided to launch the magazine in a digital format because of baby boomers’ increasing appetite for the internet, and their growing interest in digital reading.

SH-BOOM! is completely FREE.

Oldies music fans simply have to register at the digital magazine’s website (www.sh-boommagazine.com) in order to receive free copies by email.

Readers can also join a free online music community for lovers of the music and artists of the late-1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

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Bad Company Wembley reunion concert now on DVD

July 4, 2011

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Bad Company’s reunion concert at London’s Wembley Arena in April 2010 is now available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.

   Bad Company: Live At Wembley features the three surviving original members: Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke (bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006), supplemented by Howard Leese on guitars and Lynn Sorensen on bass.

   With a running time of nearly two hours, the Eagle Rock Entertainment release features all 16 songs from the band’s live set – including fan favourites such as ‘Can’t Get Enough’, ‘Young Blood’, ‘Bad Company’, ‘Rock And Roll Fantasy’, ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’, and ‘Movin’ On’.

   The DVD and Blu-ray also contain interviews with the band as bonus material.

   Bad Company was originally founded in 1973 by singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke of Free, guitarist Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople, and King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell. The band split up in 1982, but reformed in 1986 with Brian Howe of the Ted Nugent Band replacing Rodgers on vocals. Howe left the band in 1994 and was replaced by ex-Distance singer Robert Hart.

   Paul Rodgers was reunited with Bad Company  in 1998 and has continued to perform with the band in between his solo projects.

Bad Company: Live At Wembley – Tracklisting:

1) Can’t Get Enough   2) Honey Child   3) Run With The Pack   4) Burnin’ Sky*          5) Young Blood   6) Seagull   7) Gone, Gone, Gone   8)ElectricLand   9) Simple Man   10) Feel Like Makin’ Love   11) Shooting Star   12) Rock And Roll Fantasy  13) Movin’ On   14) Ready For Love   15) Bad Company   16) Deal With The Preacher

* Not on CD version

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Eric Clapton celebrates as Layla turns 40

July 3, 2011

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IT’S HARD to believe, but Layla – with all her timeless beauty and raw emotion – turns 40 this year.

   In August 1970, Derek & The Dominos (alias Eric Clapton, keyboardist/singer Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle and drummer Jim Gordon) teamed up with legendary producer Tom Dowd in a Miami studio – fortuitously bumping into guitarist Duane Allman in the same building – and created one of the most revered albums in rock history: Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs.

   Often regarded as Eric Clapton’s greatest musical achievement, the album broke new ground by blending British rock, electric blues and Southern gospel.

   The double slide-guitar work of Clapton and Allman would go on to define the famous title track as one of the greatest rock guitar anthems, recorded only a few months before Allman died in a motorcycle accident.

   In August, Eric Clapton is celebrating the short-lived band’s classic double-album with the release of several 40th anniversary commemorative editions.

   There is a remastered single-CD edition of the original album, a two-LP remastered vinyl edition, and a two-disc Deluxe Edition featuring original album tracks and previously unreleased material.

   A Super Deluxe Edition includes the original double album in both digital and vinyl formats, along with a remastered CD of Derek and the Dominos: In Concert, pop-up 3D artwork, and an exclusive hardback book of photographs, essays and new interviews.

   Clapton originally wrote ‘Layla’ as a ballad, with lyrics describing his love for Pattie Boyd. But the song became a ‘rocker’ when Duane Allman reportedly helped to compose the song’s signature riff.

   With the band assembled and Tom Dowd producing, ‘Layla’ was recorded in its original form. The recording consisted of six guitar tracks: a rhythm track by Clapton, three tracks of harmonies played by Clapton against the main riff, a track of slide guitar by Allman, and one track with both Allman and Clapton playing duplicate solos.

   Shortly afterward, Clapton returned to the studio and overheard Jim Gordon playing a piano piece he had composed separately. Clapton, impressed by the piece, convinced Gordon to allow it to be used as part of ‘Layla’. It famously became the song’s ‘second movement’ and was recorded roughly a week after the first – with Gordon playing his piano part, Clapton playing acoustic guitar and slide guitar, and Allman playing electric and bottleneck slide guitar.

   After Dowd spliced the two movements together, ‘Layla’ was complete… and a piece of music history was born.

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Engelbert Humperdinck lines up ‘Released’ 2011 UK tour

July 3, 2011

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At the age of 74, Engelbert Humperdinck says he’s now “cutting back” on the number of  live shows he performs each year – he’s got it down to 110 – but he’s still managing to fit in a 15-date UK tour this autumn.

   To coincide with the UK release of his latest album Released, Engelbert will be performing in every region of the UK – including two nights in his home town of Leicester and an extravaganza at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

RELEASED TOUR DATES:

October 28 –Bristol, Colston Hall

October 29 –Bournemouth, BIC

October 31 –Cardiff, St David’s Hall

November 1 –Ipswich, Regent Theatre

November 3 –London, Royal Albert Hall

November 5 –Sheffield, City Hall

November 6 –Leicester, De Montfort Hall

November 7 –Leicester, De Montfort Hall

November 10 –Belfast, Waterfront Hall

November 13 –Birmingham, Symphony Hall

November 15 –Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall

November 16 –Newcastle, City Hall

November 18 –Glasgow,ClydeAuditorium

November 19 –Blackpool, Opera House

November 21 –Manchester, Bridgewater Hall.

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