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Madness frontman Suggs to publish autobiography + New Madness box set released

October 13, 2011

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Madness singer Suggs, aka Graham McPherson, has announced he is working on a memoir of his life and his 35-year career in music.

The as-yet-untitled autobiography is due to be published by Quercus in autumn 2012.

“I hope it will amuse, entertain and be a bestseller in 2012,” said Suggs, who plans to reveal all about his 30 years of Madness.

Meanwhile, a new Madness box set, titled A Guided Tour Of Madness, is now available from Union Square Music. It features 70 classic singles, tracks from all of the band’s albums, and a DVD of their legendary reunion at Madstock ’92.

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Queen’s last five studio albums to be re-issued in September

August 27, 2011

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Remastered editions of Queen’s last five studio albums – The Works, A Kind Of Magic, The Miracle, Innuendo and Made In Heaven – will be re-issued on 5 September 2011 to coincide with what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday.

Recorded between 1984 and 1995, the albums include classic tracks such as ‘Radio Gaga’, ‘I Want To Break Free’, ‘One Vision’, ‘A Kind of Magic’, ‘I Want It All’, ‘The Miracle’ and ‘These Are The Days of Our Lives’.

Also released on the same day is Queen: Deep Cuts 3.

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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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George Michael adds extra UK dates to Symphonica tour

June 12, 2011

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George Michael, who quit touring in 2008, is set to return to live performing in August. A major tour of Europe will kick off in Prague in the Czech Republic on 22 August, with the 47-year-old singer backed by a full symphony orchestra.

   Symphonica: The Orchestral Tour will now include 19 concerts in the UK in October, November and December – with six extra UK dates having been added in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and London.

   A special charity performance will be held at the Royal Opera House on 6 November in aid of the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s Aids foundation.

   During the Symphonica tour, Michael is expected to perform a “carefully chosen selection” of his old songs, as well as some of his favourite songs by other artists.

   “I think musically this tour and album will be surprising because I’m being far more true to myself,” said the former Wham star. “I feel very re-energised after my recent troubles.”

   He added: “The idea of singing with symphonic orchestras around the world is because I heard Tony Bennett had done it recently, and I thought, ‘What a nice idea’. Singing with this kind of backing has been very attractive to me for a long time.”

UK & IRELAND TOUR DATES:

October 25 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

October 26 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

October 28 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

October 29 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

November 1 – DUBLIN, 02 Arena

November 6 – LONDON, Royal Opera House

November 26 – CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena

November 27 – CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena

November 30 – LIVERPOOL, Echo Arena

December 2 – SHEFFIELD, Motorpoint Arena

December 3 – NEWCASTLE, Metro Radio Arena

December 6 – GLASGOW, SECC

December 7 – GLASGOW, SECC

December 9 – BIRMINGHAM, LG Arena

December 10 – BIRMINGHAM, LG Arena

December 12 – MANCHESTER, MEN Arena

December 13 – MANCHESTER, MEN Arena

December 16 – LONDON, Earl’s Court

December 17 – LONDON, Earl’s Court

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ZZ Top recording first new album for eight years

June 5, 2011

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ZZ Top are reportedly recording their first new album since Mescalero in 2003. Plans to record their 15th studio album in 2006 and again in 2008 failed to materialise, but guitarist Billy Gibbons insists the new album will be available “by the end of the year”.

   Gibbons has also confirmed that work has begun on a ZZ Top tribute album, with artists such as Foo Fighters and Nickelback performing the band’s classic hits.

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Rock guitarist Gary Moore dies at 58

February 7, 2011

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Renowned rock guitarist Gary Moore has died in a hotel room while on holiday in Spain. He was 58.

  Belfast-born Moore’s career spanned blues, hard rock and ballads, including several spells with Thin Lizzy and a highly-acclaimed solo career that included 20 studio albums. He also enjoyed UK chart success alongside the late Phil Lynott with the singles ‘Parisienne Walkways’ (1979) and ‘Out In The Fields’ (1985).

  Moore received critical acclaim for his work on Thin Lizzy’s 1974 album Nightlife, but he felt constrained by the group format and launched a solo career. He returned to Thin Lizzy briefly on two occasions in the late 1970s.

  Moore was first drafted into Thin Lizzy by Phil Lynott in 1973, following the departure of guitarist Eric Bell. On hearing the news of Moore’s death, Bell told the BBC: “I still can’t believe it. He wasn’t a rock casualty. He was a healthy guy.”

  Guitarist Scott Gorham – the other half of Thin Lizzy’s distinctive twin lead guitar harmony sound – said it been a pleasure to share a stage with Moore. “Playing with Gary during the Black Rose era was a great experience,” he said. “He was a great player and a great guy. I will miss him.”

Born Robert William Gary Moore on 4 April 1952, he started performing at a young age, having picked up a battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight. He got his first good-quality guitar when he was 14 and learnt to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed.

  Moore’s early musical influences were artists such as Albert King, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. After seeing Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green in his home town of Belfast, he started to develop his own style of blues-rock that would come to dominate his career.

  He was only 16 when he moved from Belfast to Dublin in 1969 to join Irish group Skid Row which featured Phil Lynott on lead vocals.

  Lynott asked Moore to join Thin Lizzy in 1973. The guitarist initially played with the group for only a few months, but he returned in 1977 and then again in 1979, staying long enough to play on the band’s landmark album Black Rose: A Rock Legend, which reached number two on the UK album chart.

  Moore released his first solo album, Grinding Stone, in 1973 under the name “The Gary Moore Band”. In 1978, the combination of Moore’s emotive blues-based guitar and Phil Lynott’s distinctive voice produced the classic single ‘Parisienne Walkways’, which reached Number 8 on the UK singles chart in April 1979.

  After a series of successful rock records in the 1980s, Moore returned to the blues with Still Got the Blues (1990), which featured contributions from Albert King, Albert Collins and George Harrison. He stuck with the blues format until 1997, when he experimented with modern dance beats on Dark Days in Paradise. He returned to his tried and tested blues roots in 2001 with Back to the Blues, followed by Power of the Blues (2004), Old New Ballads Blues (2006), Close As You Get (2007) and Bad For You Baby (2008).

  Gary Moore died in the early hours of 6 February 2011, while on holiday in Estepona, Spain.

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Kate Bush to release new songs this year

February 5, 2011

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More than five years after her eighth studio album, Aerial, Kate Bush, 52, has confirmed she is currently working on a collection of new songs which may form the basis of a new album to be released by the end of the year.

  However, a spokesman for the singer insisted that no album plans have been finalised. “There’s nothing ready until Kate says it’s ready. That’s always been the way,” he said.

  The last new song released by the ‘Wuthering Heights’ star was ‘Lyra’, written for the soundtrack of the 2007 fantasy-adventure film The Golden Compass. She has not sung in public since the birth of her son, Albert, in 1998.

  She recently won back control of four albums – The Dreaming, Hounds of Love, The Sensual World and The Red Shoes – which EMI originally released between 1982 and 1993. The albums are now expected to be re-issued later this year.

  Kate Bush was signed by EMI Records as a sixteen-year-old after being recommended by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. In 1978, at the age of 19, she topped the UK Singles chart for four weeks with her debut single ‘Wuthering Heights’ – becoming the first woman to have a UK Number One with a self-written song.

  After her 1979 tour – the only concert tour of her career – she released the 1980 album Never for Ever which made her the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts … and the first female artist ever to enter the UK album chart at Number One.

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Debbie Harry and Blondie to release new album ‘Panic of Girls’ in 2011

September 11, 2010

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Debbie Harry and her band Blondie have revealed that they plan to release a new album next year. Titled Panic of Girls, it will be Blondie’s ninth studio album and their first collection of new material since The Curse of Blondie in 2003.

According to Blondie drummer Clem Burke, the band has already recorded about 35 new songs in Woodstock, New York – with 14 of the songs expected to make it onto the album. He hints that some of the surplus songs may be released via the Internet.

It’s the first time the band has recorded outside Manhattan since Automamerican, which was produced in Los Angeles in 1980.

“We tried to make the recording process as organic as possible,” says Burke. “We tried to stay away from programming as much as we could because the last album, The Curse of Blondie, had a lot of programming on it. So in the spirit of Woodstock, we just kept going in the studio and playing.”

He says everyone in the band contributed songs, although Debbie Harry – who turned 65 in July – wrote most of the lyrics. The album title, Panic of Girls, is a line from one of her new songs.

Burke says Blondie has been previewing a handful of the new songs during its summer tour dates – including the tracks ‘What I Heard’, ‘The End’ and ‘Mother’.

Debbie Harry admits she’s pleased to have some new songs to perform on stage. “I feel a definite urge to not just do old songs,” she says. “I really want to have a voice in the present, so I’m very happy that this is all going on because we’ve been stuck in a position for a couple of years where we weren’t recording.

“It really is awful having to go out and do the same old songs over and over again, although it’s not completely awful because you get a great response from the audience. They’re happy to hear the songs.”

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Cliff Richard to perform 70th birthday concerts at Royal Albert Hall

September 9, 2010

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Sir Cliff Richard is to celebrate his 70th birthday with a series of six spectacular concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall between Monday, 11 October and Sunday, 17 October 2010.

The only night Sir Cliff won’t be performing during that week is Thursday, 14 October – his 70th birthday.

Accompanied by a Swing Band, Cliff will sing many of the hits from his 52 year career, along with a selection of songs from his forthcoming album, Bold as Brass.

The special 70th birthday shows follow Sir Cliff’s solo 50th Anniversary concerts in 2008, and his 36-date reunion tour with The Shadows in 2009 and 2010.

Sir Cliff – who had his first hit in 1958 with ‘Move It’ – has sold more than 250 million records to date. He is the only UK artist who has had a Number One hit in each of five decades from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Sir Cliff is also said to be launching his own brand of sparkling wine to mark his landmark birthday. He owns a vineyard in Portugal’s Algarve region, where he already produces his own brand of wine called Vida Nova.

Despite reaching the big ‘70’, and planning to perform on a gruelling six nights out of seven, Cliff insists he is as fit as ever … an inspiration to any Sh-Boom! readers who have also had to blow out 70 candles this year.

“I’m still driven,” says Cliff. “I never feel I’ve reached my peak.”

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Level 42 announce UK tour in October

July 17, 2008

Level 42 are set to play a series of concerts across the UK in October 2008, including London’s Royal Albert Hall on October 23.

 

The band’s line-up for the tour will be: Mark King (bass/vocals), Gary Husband (drums), Mike Lindup (keyboards/vocals), Nathan King (guitar/vocals) and Sean Freeman (saxophone/vocals).

 

Level 42 took the Eighties by storm with their distinctive brand of jazz-funk, driven by Mark King’s trademark percussive ‘slap’ bass guitar technique.

 

Since the band’s debut in 1980, they’ve released 14 studio albums, seven live albums, and six compilation albums – and have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Their 18 Top 40 singles include: ‘Lessons in Love’, ‘Something About You’, ‘Leaving Me Now’, ‘Running in the Family’, and ‘Hot Water’.

 

Although Level 42 stopped touring and recording in 1994, founding member and frontman Mark King continued under his own name – keeping the band’s loyal fan base happy during the rest of the Nineties by retaining his distinctive ‘slap’ bass and songwriting style.

 

In 2001, King acquired the rights to the name ‘Level 42’ and took the band back out on the road again. In 2006, original member Mike Lindup also returned to the fold.

 

Universal Music is apparently set to re-issue the band’s classic Running in the Family album in a Deluxe Edition format, with the original single CD album expanded into a double-CD package. The second disc will include previously unreleased bonus material. Extended re-issues of the albums True Colours and Standing in the Light are also expected to be released at the same time.

 

Both Mark King and Mike Lindup have been quoted as saying they are considering recording a new studio album. There are also rumours that King, Lindup and the other members of the band are already working on new material, with a view to releasing an album in 2009.

 

Tickets for the UK tour in October are on sale now and can be booked through http://www.livenation.co.uk or the Hotline 0844 576 5483.

 

The Level 42 dates are:

 

October
4 Manchester Opera House – 0870 401 9000
5 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – 0141 353 8000
7 Carlisle Sands Centre – 0122 862 5222
8 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – 0151 709 3789
10 Leicester De Montfort Hall – 0116 233 3111
11 Oxford New Theatre – 0870 606 3500
12 Birmingham Symphony Hall – 0121 780 3333
14 Newcastle City Hall – 0191 261 2606
15 Sheffield City Hall-  0114 278 9789
17 Southampton Guildhall – 0238 063 2601
18 Plymouth Pavilions – 0845 146 1460
19 Bristol Colston Hall-  0117 922 3686
21 Cardiff St Davids Hall – 0292 087 8444
22 Cambridge Corn Exchange – 0122 335 7851
23 London Royal Albert Hall – 0207 589 8212
25 Croydon Fairfields Hall – 0208 688 9291
26 Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall – 0130 322 8600
28 Southend Cliffs Pavilion-  0170 235 1135
29 Ipswich Regent – 0147 343 3100
30 Brighton Dome – 0127 370 9709


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