The Beatles have issued a new video to promote their latest archival release, On Air Live at the BBC Volume 2. Set to their version of Buddy Holly's "Words of Love," the clip combines vintage footage with computer animation.
The album is a companion to Live at the BBC, which came out in 1993. A studio version of "Words of Love" was on 1964's Beatles for Sale.
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Paul Rodgers will release The Royal Sessions, an album of classic R&B and soul covers, on February 4th. You can now listen to a few snippets of the songs, which were made famous by Otis Redding, Albert King, Ann Peebles and others via a short behind-the-scenes video in which he talks about the music.
All proceeds from the album will be donated to Memphis-area music education programs.
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Queen drummer Roger Taylor has issued an apology regarding a manufacturing problem with the deluxe edition of his new album, Fun on Earth. It contains a bonus disc called The Lot and some sets either contain duplicate CDs or are missing discs.
Taylor says, "I am deeply upset by this. I have been working with my team to rectify the problems and feel that they are on top of things... I'm so sorry for any distress and disappointment that this has caused. We really wanted the box set to be as complete an experience as possible. Rest assured we won't be happy until we know you are!"
If you own a set that is faulty, Taylor recommends E-mailing Michelle.Noble@UMusic.com for a replacement disc.
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Bruce Springsteen has confirmed he will be releasing a new single next Monday.
There's not much known about when "High Hopes" was recorded, but most speculation is that it was done during Springsteen's Australian tour in March of this year. Springsteen and the E Street Band covered the song, written by Tim Scott McConnell, back in 1996 for the Blood Brothers EP. There's no other details yet about the album the single might be taken from.
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Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is talking to Rick Rubin about producing his first solo album.
Rolling Stone reports that the two had dinner Friday to discuss the possibility. Tyler points out that Rubin was the one who suggested many years ago that Run DMC cover Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" and brought him and Joe Perry in to guest on it. That worked out pretty well for all concerned.
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If you weren't able to make it any of the shows on the last Rush tour, you'll get to experience it today with the CD and DVD / Blu-ray release of the Clockwork Angels tour.
Normally guitarist Alex Lifeson gets involved with the mixing, but this time out, between the tour and working on the remix of their Vapor Trails album, he didn't have time. He tells us, "I think Mike Fraser did an awesome job mixing the DVD, so we had complete faith in him."
With these releases, Rush is now on an indefinite hiatus.
On Saturday afternoon I was with members of the Brunswick Harley Owners Group at Toys R Us in Clifton Park. We were there to purchase gifts for Toys For Tots with funds raised at the recent Toy Run. The toys needed to be for those 3 and under OR 11 and older in the $15-$20 price range. With additional donation money from the Toys for Tots organizers who were with us on Saturday we spent just over $11,000 in about 90 minutes on Toys for those in need here in Capitaland. It was a blast! Check out some of the pictures and if you can help Toys For Tots this Holiday Season by all means do so.
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We caught up with Rush guitarist and Toronto resident Alex Lifeson Thursday night at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards in London and could not resist asking him what he thought about embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who admitted to smoking crack while in a drunken stupor last year. Lifeson says, "It's ridiculous. There is the honorable to do and that would be to resign, or at least step down for a while. But he's a very stubborn man and doesn't get it… Toronto's supposed to be a pretty boring place."
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U2 are taking their biggest fans, the ones who are members of their website, back to their first five years together.
Along with Hot Press in their native Ireland, they've put together North Side Story: U2 in Dublin, 1978-1983. It charts their rise to fame not only in their hometown, but also around the world through the release of their live disc Under a Blood Red Sky.
The book is 274 pages long and contains rare and unpublished photos, reviews, interviews and original band pieces from the time. But you can't buy it. It's available only by subscribing to U2.com.