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Brian Wilson denies Beach Boys reunion

Brian Wilson has put an end to rumours of a Beach Boys reunion. He says he didn’t even know it was happening.

In the world of on-again-off-again relationships, there may be none greater than Brian Wilson and the rest of the Beach Boys who have been pondering, at a minimum, a reunion concert to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Thumbs up on the concept has come from Al Jardine and Mike Love while Brian Wilson has flip-flopped between maybe and “what?”

In a new interview with the Village Voice, Wilson is back to the latter, saying he isn’t aware of any plans. “I don’t know anything about that. I don’t really [have a relationship with the other members] right now, and I’m not really interested in them.”

The full interview will be published in the June 8 issue of the Voice where Wilson will also delve into ending his touring days, his George Gershwin album and the upcoming release of the Beach Boys’ album Smile.

Katy Perry To Edit Beach Boys Reference Out Of “California Gurls”

Katy Perry To Edit Beach Boys Reference Out Of "California Gurls"

Katy Perry To Edit Beach Boys Reference Out Of "California Gurls"

Katy Perry To Edit Beach Boys Reference Out Of “California Gurls”. Though Katy Perry has been riding a huge wave of success with her hit “California Gurls,” the Beach Boys are trying to crash it. They’re trying to get compensation for her own homage to West Coast women. Beach Boys’ infamous “California Girls,” or maybe not if you’re a young fan of Katy Perry’s, features the lyrics “I wish they all could be California girls.” On Perry’s hit, Snoop Dogg utters the line at the end of the song during what seems to be some recorded ad-libbing. But Rondor, the copyright owners for Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Mike Love’s original “California Girls,” want some of that “California Gurls” cash. They’re asking for royalties from the single, which has sold over 3 million digital copies. While Rondor is threatening to sue Perry for plagiarism, the singer has already addressed the issue in her latest Rolling Stone article. There, she basically states that the song will be undergoing some cuts. “As much as I want a Beach Boys credit on my album, we have to take it out,” Perry told Rolling Stone about the Snoop Dogg-uttered line. While Snoop Dogg won’t be wishing they all could be California girls anymore, the song will hit record stores on her upcoming album sans the Beach Boys as co-writers. “Teenage Dream,” Perry’s follow-up to “One of the Boys,” is out August 24th

Dave Alvin headlines Amy Farris memorial concert

dave_alvinDave Alvin, Peter Case, Stan Ridgway and other members of the Southern California roots music community will play Nov. 8 at McCabe’s in Santa Monica in a memorial concert for Austin-bred, L.A.-based musician Amy Farris, who died Sept. 29 at age 40.  A multi-instrumentalist accomplished on several instruments in the violin family, Farris had most recently been on tour as a member of Alvin’s Guilty Women band. In Texas she had played alongside country veteran Ray Price as well as Kelly Willis, Alejandro Escovedo, Bruce and Charlie Robison and many others. After relocating to Los Angeles to pursue her solo career,  Farris also performed with a wide range of musicians, including Brian Wilson, Ridgway and I Continue reading →

Pendulum join GuilFest line-up

the-bosshossJoe Bonamassa, Pendulum, DJ Yoda and The BossHoss have all now been added to this years already announced star studded GuilFest line-up of Motorhead, Brian Wilson, Happy Mondays, The Wailers, Will Young, The Charlatans, Athlete, The Stranglers, Nouvelle Vague, Imelda May, The King Blues and Eat Static.

Joe Bonamasa will be headlining GuilFest’s Ents24 Stage on Saturday 11th July.

Australian Drum and Bass Kings Pendulum will be headlining the Funky End Dance Tent and
DJ Yoda will headline the Funky End on Sunday 12th July.

GuilFest 2009 welcomes back The BossHoss (see photo)!

Tickets still available www.guilfest.co.uk or call 08714 240050.

Tony Christie to play Glastonbury

tony-christieTONY CHRISTIE has been added to this year’s Glastonbury line-up.  The crooner will play the main Pyramid Stage on the Sunday afternoon of the three-day festival.  Christie, who said he was “in awe” of the event, follows in the footsteps of Neil Diamond, Dame Shirley Bassey, Brian Wilson and James Brown, who have all played Sunday slots over the past few years. Fans can expect to hear him perform his number one hit (Is This The Way To) Amarillo, which spent seven weeks at the top 2005 after it was re-released for Comic Relief. Christie said he was “excited” about performing at the event and told BBC News: “I’m going to do some of the new album tracks and I’ve got to do my old stuff as well. “I did the V Festival three years ago but I think Glastonbury is the big one, so it’s a great honour.” Neil Young, Blur and Bruce Springsteen have already been confirmed as headliners at the festival, with Franz Ferdinand, Lily Allen and Fleet Foxes among the other acts performing. The full line-up will be announced nearer the event, which takes place in Somerset from 27-29 June.

 British balladeer Tony Christie proved the continued commercial viability of traditional pop in a post-psychedelic world, scoring a series of easy listening hits that spanned the 1970s. Born Anthony Fitzgerald in South Yorkshire, England, on April 25, 1943, at 18 he joined the popular local group the Counterbeats, later fronting his own combo, Tony Christie & the Trackers. After mounting a solo career, he cut his debut single, “Life’s Too Good to Waste,” in 1966, followed a year later by “Turn Around.” Upon signing to MCA in 1969, Christie teamed with the songwriting and production tandem of Mitch Murray and Peter Callender. Although their first collaboration, “God Is on My Side,” went nowhere, the 1971 LP Las Vegas proved the singer’s breakthrough, generating the Neil Sedaka/Howard Greenfield-penned smash “Is This the Way to Amarillo?” (a number one hit in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Spain), “I Did What I Did for Maria,” and “Don’t Go Down to Reno.” Christie remained a constant of the European charts for much of the decade via subsequent hits including “Avenues and Alleyways” (the theme to the television series The Protectors) and “The Queen of Mardi Gras,” selling more than ten million records during the Me Decade. He also hosted his own BBC variety series, and in 1976 played the role of Magaldi during recording sessions for Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical +Evita.

In 1979 Christie paired with producer Graham Sacher for the blockbuster “Sweet September,” but his stardom waned during the decade to follow. He nevertheless maintained a demanding international tour schedule, and remained a regular presence on television as well. Upon teaming with producer Jack White, who previously masterminded hits for Engelbert Humperdinck and Baywatch heartthrob David Hasselhoff, Christie scored a massive comeback hit with 1990′s “Kiss in the Night.” However, he again spent a number of years on the cabaret circuit before enjoying a new wave of popularity and credibility via the 1999 single “Walk Like a Panther,” written for him by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker. The single earned Christie his first appearance on Top of the Pops in a quarter century, and his newfound hipster cachet was further solidified when the smash comedy series Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights employed “Is This the Way to Amarillo?” as its theme song. In the spring of 2005, the single was re-released to raise funds for the charity Comic Relief, and spent seven weeks atop the U.K. pop charts. After cutting the theme for Kay’s spinoff series Max and Paddy, Christie closed out the year with a tongue-in-cheek big-band cover of Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody,” which fell shy of the British Top 40

Brian Wilson and Motorhead confirm Guilfest

brian-wilsonBrian Wilson is quite simply, one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. Dubbed ‘The Mozart Of Rock’, Brian can be credited as having written or co-written some of the best known anthems in the history of pop including ‘Surfin USA,’ ‘Fun, Fun, Fun,’ ‘Help Me Rhonda,’ ‘California Girls,’ ‘I get around,’ and ‘Good Vibrations’ to name but a few! As if that wasn’t enough, the Beach Boys album ‘Pet Sounds’ is widely credited as one of the most influential records ever released in western pop music, ranked number #1 in many critics’ lists of greatest albums of all time.

Having been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000 by Paul McCartney, the UK music hall of fame in 2006 by David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd) and the Rock Hall of Fame in 1988 with his band, The Beach Boys, Brian is known as one of the great geniuses of songwriting by his peers and leagues of adoring fans all over the planet. A Grammy award winner in 2005, his career has spanned almost half a century – with 11 of The Beach Boys albums achieving gold status, 4 achieving Platinum and 6 achieving the rare Multi-Platinum status! Very few artists have ever achieved global success on this level.

This will be a rare chance to catch a true musical legend – in all senses of the word – headline the main stage at GuilFest on Saturday night.

This year the organisers are delighted to be welcoming back the awesome Motörhead to the GuilFest main stage on Friday July 10th. Fronted by the iconic Lemmy Kilmister, Motörhead, one of rock history’s most pivotal bands, have spent the last few decades bringing the house down with their blistering, blitzkrieg punk-metal juggernaut of a live show since their inception in 1975.

If there is one musician who has succeeded in transporting the zeitgeist of the founder days of rock ‘n’ roll to the year 2009, it’s got to be Lemmy. He lives his philosophy uncompromisingly, his whisky-soaked skin featuring the unambiguous tattoo that sums up his life like no other motto: ‘Born to lose – live to win’.

‘Motorizer’, the band’s latest album, blasted into the UK album charts at 32 in September 2008. The Sun’s album review stated ‘Putting even Keith Richards to shame for hard living, Lemmy is the very epitome of of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. He’s the leader of Motorhead, the loudest hard rock band in history, a band who are more like infamous Wild West outlaws than musicians. ‘Motorizer’ is their 24th studio album. ‘Runaround Man’s pounding pace is hard to keep up with, with Lemmy’s graveled tones on belting form, while ‘Rock Out’ does exactly what it says on the tin – with the accelerator on the floor. This is a GREAT Motorhead album’.

Previous enormously successful albums include ‘No Sleep ’til Hammersmith’ and ‘Ace of Spades’ the title track of which is probably one of the best known heavy metal tracks of all time. Motörhead have even been awarded a much-coveted Grammy Award – for best metal performance – in 2005, while Lemmy was awarded the Mojo Icon Award in 2008.

GuilFest has been consistently voted as one of the UK’s best family festivals over the past 5 years – Held in the idyllic location of Stoke Park, Guildford, visitors can expect a great weekend featuring 7 stages of live music, comedy, theatre, children’s entertainment, Farmer Giles’ barn dance, street theatre, art and crafts, delicious food and drink from around the world and a truly festive atmosphere. There will also be a late licensed 150 foot beer tent and cocktail bar, an extensive children’s area, The KidZone. More than 200 great acts will be announced for the festival over the coming months, so stay tuned to guilfest.co.uk for lineup information.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £100 for an adult weekend pass without camping, £110 with camping included, while tickets for children aged 12-15 are £50 and £60 respectively. One day tickets, priced £40 for Friday and £45 for Saturday and Sunday, are also available. For tickets and more information go to www.guilfest.co.uk

The Black Cab Sessions to hit New York

blackcabThe Black Cab Sessions are pleased to announce that they will be in New York to film some of the finest musical talent the Big Apple has to offer.

On 15th & 16th March, the London based project will be in town to take over a classic London taxi that will play venue to some of New York’s greatest musical names. The trademark London backdrop featured in past sessions will be replaced with the skyscrapers, sidewalks and delicatessens that are indigenous to this wonderful city.

Back home in London, The Black Cab Sessions team have filmed over 80 sessions with some of the most respected names in music including Brian Wilson, Richard Thompson, Fleet Foxes, Death Cab For Cutie, Spoon, Bon Iver, Ryan Adams and many more. What started as a way to promote some of London’s upcoming acts in an intimate way, has snowballed into what The Times call ‘A global hit’ and The Observer say ‘it’s the hippest gig in town’. The sessions have been featured on ABC Nightline, Reuters, BBC and CBS news and named as one of the ‘Top 10 Music Websites of 2008’ by The Independent newspaper.

After New York, Black Cab Sessions will fly into Austin, Texas to sample some of the delights that South By Southwest festival has to offer. Again, they will be with their black cab filming some of the hottest upcoming talent from all 4 corners of the globe, this time with Austin as the backdrop.

Check out these great recordings at www.blackcabsessions.com

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