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Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters anniversaries inspire new ‘100 Years of the Blues’ box set

November 16, 2011

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A superb new 4CD box set, titled 100 Years of the Blues, has been released to celebrate the centenary of Robert Johnson’s birth, and also to mark the 60th anniversary of Muddy Waters’ first recording sessions on Stovall’s Cotton Plantation in Mississippi.

The set comprises 91 tracks and traces the story of the blues from the early 20th century right up to the present day.

It comes with a 126-page book and detailed liner notes that describe each stage in the evolution of the blues.

Each CD covers a different era of the blues: Pre War Blues, Urban Blues, The Sixties and Modern Day Blues.

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Little Richard, Nils Lofgren and Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir star in real-life ‘ER’

October 2, 2008


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Some veteran rockers are starting to pay the price of decades on the road, it seems. In the space of a few days, rock ‘n’ roll icon Little Richard, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and Bruce Springsteen’s longtime sideman Nils Lofgren have all ended up in hospital.


Little Richard, who will be 76 in December, has had to undergo emergency heart treatment after falling ill ahead of a hip replacement operation. A friend reportedly told US magazine National Enquirer that the rock legend – real name Richard Wayne Penniman – has been in poor health for some time and now often has to use a wheelchair.


Meanwhile, Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir – 61 in a couple of weeks – is suffering from broken ribs, after taking a tumble on his tour bus. Weir fell awkwardly when the driver of the band’s famous ‘Deadmobile’ braked suddenly on the way to a post-tour fundraising concert. The show had to be postponed and Weir is said to be in pain when he tries to “breathe, hold the guitar, and laugh”.


At the same time, 57-year-old Nils Lofgren – a long-time member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and a former member of Crazy Horse – is currently recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery on both his hips on September 30. The guitarist blames his hip problem on 40 years of touring.


On his web site (, Lofgren states that “a long, beautiful life on the road that’s included back flips with guitars, dive rolls, leaping off drum risers and trying to break stage floors with pounding legs … and thousands of hours playing aggressive basketball” made the operation necessary. However, he plans to be back on his feet for an acoustic solo tour early in 2009.


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Rock Band 2 set to bridge the generation gap for family gamers

July 15, 2008

Rock fans and game players of all ages should be able to find something to jam to when the new PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii game Rock Band 2 is launched later this year.


Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games – the makers of Rock Band 2 – have revealed that the music video game’s much-anticipated soundtrack will include 75 songs spanning all types of rock – from the Sixties to today.


The headline track is a brand new Guns N’ Roses song, ‘Shackler’s Revenge’, which is taken from the band’s first album for 14 years, Chinese Democracy.


The game also features classic Sixties master recordings by the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead and The Who … and Bob Dylan makes his video game debut with ‘Tangled Up in Blue’.


Also included is AC/DC’s arena anthem, ‘Let There Be Rock’, along with original recordings by Beck, Nirvana, Bon Jovi, Rage Against the Machine, Sonic Youth, Talking Heads and Linkin Park. Joan Jett, Blondie, Paramore, the Go-Gos and Alanis Morissette provide the female touch.


Rock Band 2 allows players to perform in virtual bands by providing up to four players with the ability to play different peripherals modelled after musical instruments, including lead guitar, bass guitar and drums. There’s also a microphone peripheral for vocals.


Paul DeGooyer, senior vice president of Electronic Games and Music at MTV, said: “With Rock Band, Harmonix and MTV Games set out to create a powerful music platform for music fans, their friends and families to discover music in a way unlike ever before.


“We’re honoured that such legendary artists as AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan and more have chosen Rock Band 2 as a new platform for fans to experience their music.”


Rock Band 2 track List:

AC/DC – ‘Let There Be Rock’; AFI – ‘Girl’s Gone Grey’; Alanis Morissette – ‘You Oughta Know’; Alice in Chains – ‘Man in the Box’; Allman Brothers – ‘Ramblin’ Man’; Avenged Sevenfold – ‘Almost Easy’; Bad Company – ‘Shooting Star’; Beastie Boys – ‘So Whatcha Want’; Beck – ‘E-Pro’; Bikini Kill – ‘Rebel Girl’; Billy Idol – ‘White Wedding Pt. I’; Blondie – ‘One Way or Another’; Bob Dylan – ‘Tangled Up in Blue’; Bon Jovi – ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’; Cheap Trick – ‘Hello There’; Devo – ‘Uncontrollable Urge’; Dinosaur Jr. – ‘Feel the Pain’; Disturbed – ‘Down with the Sickness’; Dream Theater – ‘Panic Attack’; Duran Duran – ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’; Elvis Costello – ‘Pump It Up’; Fleetwood Mac – ‘Go Your Own Way’; Foo Fighters -‘Everlong’; Guns N’ Roses – ‘Shackler’s Revenge’; Interpol – ‘PDA’; Jane’s Addiction – ‘Mountain Song’; Jethro Tull – ‘Aqualung’; Jimmy Eat World – ‘The Middle’; Joan Jett – ‘Bad Reputation’; Journey – ‘Anyway You Want It’; Judas Priest – ‘Painkiller’; Kansas – ‘Carry On Wayward Son’; L7 – ‘Pretend We’re Dead’; Lacuna Coil – ‘Our Truth’; Linkin Park – ‘One Step Closer’; Lit – ‘My Own Worst Enemy’; Lush – ‘De-Luxe’; Mastodon – ‘Colony of Birchmen’; Megadeth – ‘Peace Sells’; Metallica – ‘Battery’; Mighty Mighty Bosstones – ‘Where’d You Go’; Modest Mouse – ‘Float On’; Motorhead – ‘Ace of Spades’; Nirvana – ‘Drain You’; Norman Greenbaum – ‘Spirit in the Sky’; Panic at the Disco – ‘Nine in the Afternoon’; Paramore – ‘That’s What You Get’; Pearl Jam – ‘Alive’; Presidents of the USA –’Lump’; Rage Against the Machine – ‘Testify’; Ratt – ‘Round & Round’; Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Give it Away’; Rise Against – ‘Give it All’; Rush – ‘The Trees’; Silversun Pickups – ‘Lazy Eye’; Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Today’; Social Distortion – ‘I Was Wrong’; Sonic Youth – ‘Teenage Riot’; Soundgarden – ‘Spoonman’; Squeeze – ‘Cool for Cats’; Steely Dan – ‘Bodhitsattya’; Steve Miller Band – ‘Rock’n Me’; Survivor – ‘Eye of the Tiger’; System of a Down – ‘Chop Suey’; Talking Heads – ‘Psycho Killer’; Tenacious D – ‘Master Exploder’; Testament – ‘Souls of Black’; The Donnas – ‘New Kid in School’; The Go-Go’s – ‘We Got the Beat’; The Grateful Dead – ‘Alabama Getaway’; The Guess Who – ‘American Woman’; The Muffs – ‘Kids in America’; The Offspring – ‘Come Out & Play’; The Replacements – ‘Alex Chilton’; The Who – ‘Pinball Wizard’.




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