FLEETWOOD MAC: Return of the Mac?
Monday 11-25-2013 9:15am ET
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Joining Fleetwood Mac on stage in London has made Christine McVie revisit her decision to leave the band 15 years ago.
McVie tells The Guardian, "I like being with the band, the whole idea of playing music with them. I miss them all. If they were to ask me I would probably be very delighted… but it hasn't happened so we'll have to wait and see."
McVie says that playing again with the band in September "was amazing, like I'd never left. I climbed back on there again and there they were, the same old faces on stage."
Fleetwood Mac are on a tour break after they revealed their bassist, John McVie, has cancer. They plan to resume touring when he is better. McVie says her ex-husband's prognosis was "really good. He's having his treatment in L.A. right now, but they caught it really early so he should be up and running in a couple of months."
BON JOVI: Jon Wants the Bills, Dead or Alive
Monday 11-25-2013 8:40am ET
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Word out of the sports world on Sunday was that former Arena Football League team owner Jon Bon Jovi is interested in buying the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. They aren't for sale, but with owner Ralph Wilson at 95 years old, it's believed his family will unload the team when his time is up.
Sources say Jon has "spent considerable time in the Buffalo-area getting to know politicians and power brokers and even added a date there late in a recent tour to allow for more time to allocate to the matter." In addition to once owning the Philadelphia Soul of the AFL, he also tried becoming a minority owner of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, but has his sights set on being a principle owner.
And here is something new regarding Richie Sambora leaving the Bon Jovi tour in the spring. Sources say it’s because Jon wanted to cut costs so he can afford to buy a team. Sambora was the highest-paid band member.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: A Somewhat New Album in January
Monday 11-25-2013 8:39am ET
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No surprise here -- "High Hopes" is not only the title of Bruce Springsteen’s new single, but also the title of his 18th album, due for release on January 14th.
It contains 12 songs, many of them featuring Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who Springsteen says "became my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level." It also contains unreleased songs featuring appearances by late E Street Band members Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici, tracks that Springsteen describes as "some of our best unreleased material from the past decade." Also included are studio versions of two previously released songs -- "American Skin (41 Shots)" and "Ghost of Tom Joad." Springsteen also wrote the album’s liner notes.
OZZY OSBOURNE: Guitarist Returns With New Band
Thursday 11-21-2013 9:06am ET
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Onetime Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee's new band, Red Dragon Cartel, will release a self-titled debut album on January 28th. It's the latest in a series of bands Lee has had since leaving Ozzy's employ in 1987. He joined Osbourne in '82, following Randy Rhoads' death in a plane crash.
The new quartet's lineup also includes singer D.J. Smith, bassist Ronnie Mancuso and drummer Jonas Fairley. They're helped out on the album by such special guests as original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Maria Brink of In This Moment, Sass Jordan, bassist Rex Brown of Pantera and Todd Kearns and Brent Fitz from Slash's band, The Conspirators.
Red Dragon Cartel plan to tour extensively after the album release, and currently have four western dates booked for December -- the Whisky a Go Go in L.A. on the 12th; supporting Queensryche at the Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona on the 14th; Brick by Brick in San Diego on the 15th and Count's Vamp'd in Las Vegas on the 20th.
BEATLES: Score Another Top 10
Thursday 11-21-2013 9:04am ET
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The Beatles have added another Top 10 album to their long list.
On Air: Live at the BBC Volume 2 bows at number-seven on the Billboard Top 200 with 37,000 copies sold last week, according to the latest SoundScan figures. The gives the Fab Four a career total 31 Top 10 albums. They only trail the Rolling Stones (36), Frank Sinatra (33) and Barbra Streisand (32). The On Air album is a sequel to the 1994's Live at the BBC, which re-enters the chart at number-34 in a newly remastered edition that was also released last week.
PEARL JAM, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Rockin' With Nils
Thursday 11-21-2013 9:02am ET
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Pearl Jam were joined by E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren in Phoenix last (Tuesday) night.
Lofgren, who is an Arizona resident, came out for the band's next-to-last song, a cover of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." Lofgren shared the mic with Eddie Vedder on the choruses and took multiple solos.
BEATLES: New Video
Wednesday 11-20-2013 11:18am ET
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.
PAUL RODGERS: Behind the Sessions
Wednesday 11-20-2013 9:35am ET
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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.
QUEEN: Taylor Apologizes
Wednesday 11-20-2013 9:33am ET
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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.