Bob Dylan

Quick quips: U2, Michael Jackson, Reba McEntire, Bob Dylan, Guns N’ Roses, Peter Hook, New Order

Bono announced at a press conference in Toronto that a covers version of the U2 album Achtung Baby is on its way. Commissioned by the British magazine Q, the album will include Patti Smith (Until the End of the World), Depeche Mode (So Cruel), Jack White (Love is Blindness) and Damian Rice (One).

Even more trouble for the Michael Jackson tribute scheduled for October 8 in Cardiff, Wales. Global Events Live, who is putting on the show with part of the Jackson family, recently offered tickets “buy 1 get 1 free” which outraged those who have already purchased tickets and gave the over thirty Jackson fan clubs who were calling for a boycott of the show more fodder.

Reba McEntire may be returning to TV. ABC has announced that they have picked up the pilot for a series called Malibu Country. Reba will play a mother of three who divorces her cheating husband and moves from Nashville to Mailbu where she’ll try to restart her music career and not let her family be influenced by the materialistic world around them. Dave Stewart is one of the producers.
McEntire previously spent six years on the series Reba.

An exhibit of the art of Bob Dylan is coming to New York’s Gagosian Gallery. 18 drawings and paintings will be on-display from September 20 to October 22.

Dates are starting to leak out for an October tour by Guns N’ Roses. At this point, only Orlando, Miami and Kansas City have been mentioned but further dates are sure to be announced in the coming days.

Peter Hook has told Rolling Stone how disappointed he is that New Order will reunite without him.
“Ultimately it’s my music they’re playing so it’s not the end of the world. I was instrumental, excuse the pun, in New Order for 34 years and they won’t take that from you unless they started releasing new records that eclipsed all the New Order stuff. And maybe they’ll do that, I don’t know. But I do know at this point in time there have been some really underhand, dirty business dealings that have enabled them to do this that I don’t agree with and I’m very saddened and upset by it. But it’ll come out in the wash.”

After a multi-year battle, it looks like artists will be granted a longer copyright period in Europe. Currently, the limit is set at 50 years which means some of the earliest records of the rock era, including those of artists like Cliff Richard, are coming into the public domain. According to an unnamed source within the European Union, that is likely to be extended to 70 years on Monday.
The move will be good for artists and labels alike as catalog sales have been growing over the last few years with the addition of digital downloading of older songs.

Bob Dylan performed a set full of his classic tracks at his only UK gig of 2011 on Saturday

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan performed a set full of his classic tracks at his only UK concert of 2011 on Saturday (18.06.11).

The 70-year-old music legend only spoke to the audience at the London Feis event to introduce his band during the encore, but it didn’t diminish the crowd’s enjoyment of a set including favourites such as ‘Highway 61 Revisited’, ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ and ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ – which inspired a mass sing-along.

Bob – who headlined a bill in the city’s Finsbury Park which featured Irish acts including The Cranberries, Christy Moore, Shane McGowan and The Undertones – appeared to be enjoying himself as he moved between the keyboard, harmonica and guitar and even raised a smile during ‘Ballad of a Thin Man’.

Danny O’ Reilly – the son of Irish singer Mary Black and frontman of The Coronas, who kicked off proceedings on the main stage, revealed they were thrilled to be on the same bill as the legendary singer.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: “It’s such an honour to be asked to play the Feis and to be on the same bill as Bob Dylan is just incredible. We couldn’t turn down this opportunity even though we’re not playing too many gigs this summer because we’re working on our new album.”

The Feis – taking over from the annual Fleadh that ran for 14 years at Finsbury Park between 1990 and 2004 – celebrated its 21st anniversary last night with a headlining set from Van Morrison. Yesterdays performances also included Thin Lizzy, Horslips, The Hothouse Flowers and Paul Brady.

Bob Dylan set list:

‘Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking’
‘It’s All Over Now Baby, Baby Blue’
‘Things Have Changed’
‘Tangled Up In Blue’
‘Summer Days’
‘Simple Twist of Fate’
‘Cold Irons Bound’
‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’
‘Highway 61 Revisited’
‘Forgetful Heart’
‘Thunder on the Mountain’
‘Ballad of a Thin Man’
‘Like a Rolling Stone’
‘All Along the Watchtower’
‘Blowin’ in the Wind

Bob Dylan performs his first ever concert in China

Bob Dylan performs his first ever concert in China

Bob Dylan performs his first ever concert in China

The 69-year-old musical legend was granted permission to give the concert at the Worker’s Gymnasium in central Beijing after having his music vetted by censors, though some of his more well-known protest songs – including ‘The Times They Are A-Changin” and ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ – were dropped from his set so as not to offend the country’s communist government.

However, the two-hour performance saw the 5,000-strong crowd entertained by the folk singer’s classic tracks, including ‘Like a Rolling Stone’, ‘Ballad of a Thin Man’ and ‘Highway 61 Revisited’.

Audience member Zhang Tian told “I was a little disappointed that he didn’t sing many of his songs because of the politics. What is the government so afraid of?”

However, the singer’s appearance impressed other fans.

Yin Yang said: “I know his songs from karaoke, but I’m really not that familiar with him. I think this was a historic concert and I’m glad I’ve seen him.”

The performance comes after Bob was refused permission to perform by China’s Culture Ministry – who must approve every concert that takes place in the country -last year.

Dylan will perform in Shanghai and Hong Kong next week as part of a tour marking 50 years since his first major live performance.

Bob Dylan’s China setlist:

‘Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking’
‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’
‘Beyond The Horizon’
‘Tangled Up In Blue’
‘Honest With Me’
‘Simple Twist Of Fate’
‘Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum’
‘Love Sick’
‘Rollin’ And Tumblin’
‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’
‘Highway 61 Revisited’
‘Spirit On The Water’
‘Thunder On The Mountain’
‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’
‘Like A Rolling Stone’
‘All Along The Watchtower’
‘Forever Young’

Explore 1960s Culture at LA Museums

Explore 1960s Culture at LA Museums

Explore 1960s Culture at LA Museums

Explore 1960s Culture at LA Museums. Rock ‘n’ roll, civil rights and self-expression: From the fringes of society, radical new trends emerged that changed American culture and created icons in the 1960s. Now, 50 years later, several museums throughout Los Angeles are exploring the counterculture decade through exhibits showcasing the music, literature and art that shaped the revolutionary era.

“John Lennon, Songwriter” at the GRAMMY Museum
Through March 31, 2011
All Across the Universe…and now in especially in Los Angeles, John Lennon’s legacy lives — and for a limited time you can get in inside glimpse at his life, career and lasting impact. On what would have been his 70th birthday, the commemorative exhibit “John Lennon, Songwriter” opened at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE. In the exhibit you’ll explore the origins of Lennon’s passion for music and songwriting, including his influences such as Eddie Cochran, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and others. You can also trace his evolution from his first band, The Quarrymen, through the Beatles era and then throughout his solo career. Personal memorabilia such as Lennon’s iconic round glasses, several guitars, drawings, hand-written lyrics and much more are on display as well as rare footage, photo and interviews. Don’t miss the interactive feature “In The Studio” with John Lennon. The GRAMMY Museum, in association with Hard Rock International produced this special exhibit, with pieces on loan from Yoko Ono. As a seven-time GRAMMY winner, it is the perfect venue to showcase Lennon’s prolific music career.

“Eva Hesse Spectres 1960″ at The Hammer
Through Jan. 2, 2011
Eva Hesse was one of the first women to achieve great success in the world of modern fine arts because of her cutting-edge work in painting and multimedia during the 1960s. Since her untimely death in 1970, she has been heralded as a visionary for her abstract self-portraits that depicted dream-like figures and emotional states. This specially curated exhibit at the Hammer Museum is the first time that these particular works from early in her tragically short career have been featured together. The exhibit was organized by E. Luanne McKinnon, Director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, and it is intended to delineate Hesse’s growth as an artist and her contribution to the greater art scene of the time.

Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge at The Huntington
Through Feb. 14, 2011
In a decade that was all about toppling the establishment, Charles Bukowski shouted the stories of the lowest tiers of society in his poems and novels. The author struggled through poverty and alcoholism right on the streets of Los Angeles, and he garnered material from his experiences. Writing in a raw, realistic voice he gained a cult following, though he never gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime. On display at The Huntington, you’ll find early edition prints of his works in literary magazines such as Wormwood Review, The Outsider and The Limberlost Review; rare novels; original drawings; and his manual typewriter.

The 100 Club needs is a buyer or major sponsor to step forward

The 100 Club

The 100 Club

100 Club threatened with closure. The legendry venue has witnessed the West End debuts of Oasis, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Buzzcocks, while Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Paul Weller still tread the sacred boards. Aerosmith’s Joe Perry described the Oxford Street downstairs night spot as “the finest rock’n'roll club in the world” but in these testing times it seems that it could close within a few months because of soaring overheads unless a buyer can be found. Its rates bill has hit £4,000 per month and landlord Lazari Investments now demands a rent of £166,000 a year reports the London Evening Standard. The cellar club’s owner, Jeff Horton, said: “It makes me so angry. The Government, Westminster council and even some of the commercial landlords say they want to help small businesses, they say they want to preserve London’s uniqueness, they want to help multi-cultural venues. “Yet we’re all that and all these organisations have all  Jeff Horton,umped on us from a great height.” His father started running the venue in 1964, but it opened in 1942 as a jazz club. Mr Horton sees few alternatives to closure after Lazari raised the rent by 45 per cent. “In 1985, when I took over, the rent was barely £11,000 In the US the rents are frozen at certain venues that have a bit of heritage. Here it’s a total free-for-all.” He added: “What the 100 Club needs is a buyer or major sponsor to step forward. Barring that, we’re closing at Christmas despite being as popular as ever. It really is insane.”

Bob Dylan Combats Scalpers With Ticketless, Cash Only Show

Young Bob Dylan

young dylan

Bob Dylan Combats Scalpers With Ticketless, Cash Only Show. Bob Dylan is the latest artist to find a way around scalpers and outrageous service fees from outlets like Ticketmaster and Live Nation. He wants his fans to pay cash at the door. For his upcoming show at the Warfield in San Francisco, the first time he’s played at the venue in 15 years, Dylan fans won’t be able to buy tickets in advance. They won’t even be able to buy tickets at the box office either. Instead, the 2,250 fans who want to see Dylan will be able to queue up beginning at Noon on Wednesday, August 25th. The doors will open at 5:30pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm. It’ll cost fans $60 each at the door and they’ll accept cash only. Each person will only be able to buy one entrance. Think of it more as a cover charge to get into the Warfield, then an actual ticketed event. “Given the state of touring and how fees have escalated, it was a real breath of fresh air to do something very consumer oriented by eliminating all ticketing charges. It’s almost a throwback to another time,” said promoter Goldenvoice’s David Lefkowitz. Dylan is the latest artist trying to combat scalpers. Tom Waits and Miley Cyrus both employed Ticketmaster’s Paperless Ticketing system last year on their tours, which required ticket buyers to present their credit card and ID to enter the venue

On the hunt for the next Bieber, Cody Simpson Sizzling new talent.

Cody Simpson the Next Teen Sensation.

Cody Simpson Sizzling new talent

What does 16-year-old Justin Bieber share in common with musical icons Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana and Britney Spears?  They all, at one time or another, have inspired record company A&R executives en masse to aggressively sign up artists who sound, and sometimes even look, decidedly like them. Dylan’s brilliance sparked the signings of folkies from Donovan to Steve Forbert; Springsteen led to Joe Grushecky and John Cafferty; Nirvana minted Radish, Candlebox and countless others; Britney Spears begat Willa Ford.  Seizing on the opportunities created by a phenomenon like Bieber is nothing new, and it’s certainly not unique to the music business. But in the case of Bieber and the search for the next teen heartthrob, the pace at which it’s happening appears as frenzied as the girls who bum-rush Bieber for autographs after shows. Perhaps the most extreme example is the preternaturally talented Greyson Chance, who in less than one month has secured two A-list managers and motivated a major TV personality to launch a record label. On April 28, Chance posted a YouTube video of himself covering Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” for his sixth-grade classmates in Oklahoma. Ellen DeGeneres booked the 12-year-old — who sports a swooping, Bieber-esque haircut — for a May 13 appearance on her ABC daytime show, then brought him back May 26 to announce that she’d launched her own record label, eleveneleven, and signed Chance as her first artist.   Ellen DeGeneres Signs Greyson Chance to New Label. Though Chance was rumored to have signed with Interscope the same week of his first “Ellen” visit, a representative for DeGeneres says, “A partnership with a major label is still in the works.”  Chance is co-managed by Guy Oseary (Madonna) and Troy Carter (Lady Gaga). A source familiar with the deal says that no material has been recorded yet, but Chance’s team is searching for music in the vein of Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida.” Comparisons between Bieber and Chance are inevitable, given their age and online origin. But a more fitting comparison can be made with Cody Simpson, a 13-year-old from Australia signed to Atlantic. Simpson also started playing guitar and singing at a young age and was discovered last summer by an enterprising YouTube viewer: producer Shawn Campbell (Missy Elliott, Ciara). ”My parents thought it was some weirdo trying to get to me,” Simpson says, “but he seemed legit and I’ve been wanting to make music since I was 7, so I told my parents to let me try this.” ”I’ve never worked with anyone this young before, but Cody is so focused,” says Campbell, who helped Simpson get signed to Atlantic through executive VP of A&R Mike Caren. Caren says that there’s room for more than one teen male artist in the marketplace. “Justin Bieber opened the door for teen music on rhythm and pop radio,” he says. “The really talented ones can break through.” Simpson’s debut single, “iYiYi,” featuring labelmate Flo Rida, will be released June 1, and a full album is in progress. Caren says that it will be “more uptempo, energetic pop” than Bieber’s R&B-driven material. “It’s reminiscent of the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync sound.” Simpson is managed by Blue Williams, who also manages 15-year-old Khalil, signed to Island Def Jam Music Group’s Teen Island label. The label was first created for Bieber, says Kawan “KP” Prather, senior VP of A&R at Def Jam, adding that due to Bieber’s success, “people are less scared” to sign teen artists outside of the Disney/Nickelodeon formula.   Khalil’s debut single, “Girlfriend,” was written by Sean Garrett and sent to urban and rhythm radio formats May 24, and Williams says the focus is on developing him into a long-term artist. “Justin Bieber tapped into something that we had gotten away from as an industry,” he says. “Little girls like to have artists that make them scream, whose posters they can put up on their walls. We’ve been so busy chasing a hit single or a hot record, we stopped making stars.” Also on Teen Island is Aaron Fresh, a 17-year-old native of Trinidad and Tobago signed to a joint venture through Nick Cannon’s Ncredible Entertainment. Fresh’s debut single, the reggae-tinged “Spending All My Time,” is bubbling under the Mainstream Top 40 chart, with airplay detected at 64 stations, according to Nielsen BDS.  “The youth movement is definitely in effect right now,” says Cannon, who was introduced to Fresh through a producer. “It comes around about every 10 years, and last time it was Usher, Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé. I see Aaron as a future superstar right up there with them.” Meanwhile, even Simon Cowell appears to be on the hunt for the next Bieber. During an interview on ABC’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show” before his departure from “American Idol,” the music/TV mogul revealed that “The X Factor” will come to the United States next fall with a lower age limit  14.

Cody Simpson




Th 5/13: Garry Shandling, Ellie Kemper, Jakob Dylan on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC.  Jakob Luke Dylan, born December 9, 1969 in New York, is the lead singer and songwriter of the rock band The Wallflowers. He is the youngest of four children born to singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and his ex-wife Sara Dylan. It has been reported that Jakob does not like his famous father to be mentioned during interviews. This is not because of animosity between the two, as is widely assumed, but because Jakob has stated that he wants to make his own name for himself, and does not want to open doors or sell tickets by capitalizing on his family name. The Wallflowers started out playing alongside other aspiring rockers at Canter’s delicatessen in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles. The band signed to Virgin Records and made a self-titled album, the cover of which had a picture of all the band members’ feet, and drummer Peter Yanowitz’ dog.

The debut sold poorly, however, and after they were released from Virgin Records, the band regrouped. They toured with 10,000 Maniacs, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Cracker, and The Spin Doctors, and gained and lost several band members along the way. With the help of their manager Andrew Slater, the band secured a new major label record deal with Interscope Records. Their 1996 album Bringing Down the Horse, recorded with producer T-Bone Burnett (and including collaborations with Michael Penn, Adam Duritz, Mike Campbell, Don Heffington of Lone Justice, and Sam Phillips), yielded several singles, including “Sixth Avenue Heartache” and “One Headlight.” The album sold over four million copies, and The Wallflowers won two Grammy Awards, for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rock Song. “One Headlight” also won the VH-1 Video of the Year for 1997.Jakob shares his family’s desire for an anonymous personal life: “The world’s as big as the block you live on, and I like to keep it small. I have had the same friends since I was eleven years old.” Jakob says he is often amused when asked the question, “When did you change your name to Dylan?” Jakob married his childhood sweetheart, Nicole Paige Denny (now actress Paige Dylan), in a ceremony at Sara Dylan’s house in 1992. Their first child, Levi, was born two years later. They had a second son James in 1998 and a third son in 2000. As of 2005, The Wallflowers have recorded five albums. In 2008 Jakob signed with Columbia Records and recorded a mainly acoustic album called “Seeing Things” produced by Rick Rubin it was very well recieved with some beautiful songs on it. On April 6th 2010 a second solo album called “Women and Country” will be released this time Jakob has reunited with T Bone Burnette and the album features backing vocals from Neko Case and a lot more instrumentation than the previous album.  Watch Jakob Dylan on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC

China Rejects Bob Dylan’s Beijing And Shanghai Shows

China’s ministry of culture apparently sees him as a dangerous radical

China’s ministry of culture apparently sees him as a dangerous radical

 China Rejects Bob Dylan’s Beijing And Shanghai Shows.  Bob Dylan’s Asian tour has been called off after the Chinese government refused to give him permission to play in Beijing and Shanghai. The 68-year-old music icon also canceled his concerts in Taiwan, South Korea, and Hong Kong. Dylan was scheduled to play in East Asia later this month, but China’s ministry of culture apparently sees him as a dangerous radical. Promoter Jeffrey Wu told the South China Morning Post: “China’s Ministry of Culture did not give us permission to stage concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, so we had no alternative to scrap plans for a South East Asian tour.”   With Beijing and China ruled out, it was not possible for him just to play concerts in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan. The chance to play in China was the main attraction for him. When that fell through everything else was called off.”   Perhaps his fans can blame Icelandic singer Bjork for the government’s tight control on who can play in the country. The “It’s Oh So Quiet” singer enraged Shanghai authorities two years ago when she shouted “Tibet! Tibet!” at the end of her song.

Ladies and gentlemen, Get ready… I present to you Sean Murphy

 Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy is definitely someone who lives life to the fullest, and continually reinforces the concept of “having one life to live, so we better live life to its fullest”. And Sean Murphy really does live his life with that proclaimed passion, for he is an avid surfer and grew up in a literal paradise- Hawaii. That passion, zeal, and love for adventure is truly reflected in the lyrics of his songs. They invoke a carefree existence, where a person can live with a happy abandon, but is still able to experience human pain on the deepest level. Sean Murphy’s vocal and writing ability, and over-all amazing talent, has rewarded him with a huge following. His myspace has over 4 million hits to date, and well-seasoned artists in the industry are beginning to take notice. One of these artists is singer Bryan Adams. Sean Murphy is also gaining high visibility in Japan where he is currently number 5 on the Japanese pop charts. He also is gaining recognition in Canada, and the Netherlands, as well as Australia. He has also piqued the interest of well-known music producer David Foster. Mr. Foster is quoted as saying,” During the years, I have seen a great number of incredible talents and worked with a lot of superb artists, but rarely will you find such raw talent and passion in someone that seems to elevate music to a higher standard”. It appears that Mr. Foster is not alone in his opinion however, since others in the industry are expressing this same feeling. It was this same recognition of Sean Murphy’s abilities and talent, which impressed Mike Jean and Salvatore Basil of Moonlight Entertainment Records, and eventually led to his signing with their label, and his first record deal. Sean Murphy’s style is a culmination of Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, and Bob Dylan. Though it does seem, that he is surely in a league of his own He is sure to strike a chord within his listeners ‘hearts, and that chord should resonate for a long time- long after the music fades. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you …Sean Murphy. Get ready for the performance of a lifetime.

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