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.

Thin Lizzy confirm new guitarist

Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy can officially announce Richard Fortus from Guns ‘n Roses will replace Vivian Campbell on guitar for all Thin Lizzy live shows whilst Vivian is back touring and recording with Def Leppard. Vivian’s last show will be at Slane Castle in Ireland on May 28th. Richard (formerly with The Psychedelic Furs), pictured second from right, joined the band on stage at their recent Chicago show for two songs and will appear with the band at all performances after Slane until further notice Scott Gorham: ‘Richard is a true pro who blew me away the first time I heard him play’, talking of the recent appearance in Chicago – ‘We literally ran through the songs once in sound check and Richard was spot on, he will make a great addition to the band and look forward to having him on the road with us’ Ricky Warwick: ‘Richard, like myself is a life long Lizzy fan, a fantastic guitar player and great guy and I am sure will be welcomed by Thin Lizzy fans everywhere. We all can’t wait to get back on the road, so see you all this summer!’

Thin Lizzy’s European Summer Tour Dates are as follows:

Sat/May-28 Dublin, Ireland – Slane Castle
Sun/May-29 Horsens, Denmark – Jelling Festival
Mon/May-30 Hillerod, Denmark – Frederiksborg Culture House
Wed/Jun-01 Ipswich, England – Regent Theatre
Thu/Jun-02 Swindon, England – MEC Arena
Sat/Jun-04 Kilarney, Ireland – INEC
Sun/Jun-05 Castlebar, Ireland – Royal Theater
Tue/Jun-07 Belfast, N. Ireland – Odyssey Arena
Wed/Jun-08 Dublin, Ireland – The O2 Arena
Fri/Jun-10 Castle Donington, England – Download Festival
Sat/Jun-11 Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
Sun/Jun-12 Uppsala, Sweden – Katalin and All That Jazz
Tue/Jun-14 Enschede, Holland – Atak
Wed/Jun-15 Ulm, Germany – Ulmer Zelt
Sat/Jun-18 Clisson, France – Hellfest
Sun/Jun-19 London, England – Finsbury Park Feis
Fri/Jun-24 St. Goarshausen, Germany – Lorely Festival
Sat/Jun-25 Dessau, Germany – Ferropolis Rock The Nation
Sun/Jul-10 Weert, Holland Bospop Festival
Sat/Jul-23 London, England – Victoria Park High Voltage Festival
Sat/Jul-30 Stuttgart, Germany – Rock of Ages
Sun/Jul-31 Lokerse, Belgium – Locust Festival

Florence And The Machine are to start record their album in ‘April or May’



The ‘Dog Days Are Over’ group have been writing their second album since autumn last year, and guitarist Rob Ackroyd said the group are now poised to enter the famous Abbey Road studio in London where The Beatles recorded much of their material. He said: “Work on the second album has begun with producer Paul Epworth and there is talk of booking out Abbey Road for a month in April or May to record. Which is nice.”

The musician also revealed that while he and group leader Florence Welch see eye to eye on most musical genres, but finds himself at odds when it comes to her taste in mainstream songs.

He added to “Florence’s and my taste in music often overlap in harmonious fashion; we’re both big fans of hip-hop and American indie.

“But she’s also a big fan of unadulterated pop music, which cuts through me like a knife.”

The guitarist – who has also recently been working with Pixie Geldof, daughter of former Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof on her new band Violet – also told how he had managed to meet his rock guitar hero through playing with the machine.

He added: “I think people like Guns n’ Roses guitarists Izzy Stradlin and Slash really glamorised the guitar for me when I was a kid. In the early ’90s it seemed like every weekend was Guns N’ Roses weekend on MTV and I was galvanized by Slash.

“I kind of fulfilled my dream of meeting Slash last summer when Florence And The Machine shared a festival bill with him.”

Adam Ant returns to the London stage

Adam Ant returns to the London stage

Adam Ant returns to the London stage

Adam Ant returns to the London stage. The man that bought you such classics as ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ and ‘Prince Charming’ returns to the London stage for the second half of his ‘The Good, the Mad and The Lovely World Tour of London 2010-11′.  After a string of successful shows in his Punk Rock Winter Campaign, Adam returns to the stage this January to showcase his new material, along with classics from his back catalogue. The shows lead up to the launch of his new Album, ‘Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunners Daughter.’ Which is due for release this Spring on his own label ‘Blueblack Hussar Records’. The self penned, self produced album, written and produced by Adam Ant along with his long time friends Boz Borer and Chris Macarmack, will be his first record release since his ‘Wonderful’ album in 1995, which achieved great critical acclaim. Adams recent shows have gained much positive press attention, most notably a 4 star review in The Telegraph (‘Adam Ant, one of the most dashing and imaginative creations of the pop was impossible to take your eyes off him’ – Daily Telegraph, 25/11), and also a highly complimentary review from Duff MacKagan (Guns N’ Roses) who quite simply put ‘It was  great.’Adam will be appearing on the 26th and 27th January at the legendary 100 club, and may also be appearing in 2 very exclusive shows at the renowned Ronnie Scotts club on the 18th and 19th January, with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

Guns N’ Roses back to school.

Guns N' Roses back to school.

Guns N' Roses back to school.

Guns N’ Roses play to school gig. Band members of Axl’s new Guns N’ Roses line-up have played a special surprise gig for lucky students in Oxford. Guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thai and drummer Frank Ferrer wowed the young fans at the Witchwood School Of Rock to offer advice to budding rock stars and played several numbers. “I’m actually more nervous going and talking to the kids than I am playing in front of 20,000 people,” Ferrer told the BBC, “because you don’t see them. Here you’re going to see every little kid’s face.” The visit was organised by the centre’s Mike Dove, who claimed: “They had coffee in my house this morning so it’s a bit crazy. I’ve realised a bit of a boyhood dream.”

Sebastian Bach back with Guns N Roses on Canadian tour

Sebastian Bach will tour Canada with Guns N Roses this month.  The long-time association between Bach and Axl Rose will continue with shows starting in Winnipeg on January 13. Bach and Rose have been mates for a long time. Rose sang on three songs of Bach’s 2007 album ‘Angel Down’. Bach sang on the track ‘Sorry’ on Guns N Roses ‘Chinese Democracy’ album.  Canadian tour dates for Guns N Roses with Sebastian Bach are:

January 13 Winnipeg Manitoba Mts Centre
January 15 Lloydminster Alberta Kooler
January 16 Calgary Alberta Pengrowth Saddledome
January 17 Edmonton Alberta Rexall Place
January 19 Saskatoon Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre
January 20 Regina Saskatchewan Brandt Centre
January 22 Thunder Bay Ontario The Roxy (Headline Show)
January 24 Hamilton Ontario Copps Coliseum
January 25 London Ontario John Labatt Centre
January 27 Montreal Quebec Bell Centre
January 28 Toronto Ontario Air Canada Centre
January 29 Windsor Ontario Blind Dog
January 30 Kingston Ontario Stages
January 31 Ottawa Ontario Scotiabank Place
February 1 Quebec City Quebec Colisee Pepsi
February 3 Moncton New Brunswick Moncton Coliseum
February 4 Halifax Nova Scotia Metro Centre
February 5 Worcester Ma Usa The Palladium
February 6 Sayreville New Jersey Usa Starland Ballroom

Ticketmaster and Live Nation merger approved

Irving Azoff Ticketmaster and Live Nation merger approved.The UK competition regulator has cleared the way for Ticketmaster and Live Nation to merge, making it the most powerful music company of the planet.  The UK ruling means the merger can now fast-track and the new company is expected the change the way the music business does business. For starters, it now puts management, recording, ticket sales, concert venues and merchandise into one package. The term ’360 degree’ model now has a juggernaut. Ticketmaster earlier merger with Irving Azoff’s Front Continue reading →

Kings of Leon win ultimate love song competition

Kings of Leon-Kings of LeoneHarmony’s Perfect Mixtape Challenge has identified Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex On Fire’ as Britain’s favourite love song. The online challenge, helping to breathe fresh life into the art of the ‘mixtape’, today reveals the ultimate mixtape collection based on user downloads.  From love ballad classics to modern-day favourites, the ultimate mixtape is compiled from over 400 mixtapes created at The final playlist begins with the Kings of Leon, but transitions quickly in to smoother grooves, with the top three love songs completed by ‘Let’s Get It On’ by Marvin Gaye and Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’. Created to launch eHarmony’s relationship service within the UK, the Perfect Continue reading →

Neil Diamond holiday collection to be released

neil-diamondColumbia Records announces the release of A Cherry Cherry Christmas, the new Neil Diamond holiday collection, available in stores and online Tuesday, October 13.  The title song, “Cherry Cherry Christmas,” is filled with references to many of Diamond’s greatest hits. Newly written and recorded by Neil Diamond for Christmas 2009, it is destined to become a new Christmas standard. Newly Continue reading →

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