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.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Has "High Hopes" Next Monday
Tuesday 11-19-2013 9:22am ET
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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.
AEROSMITH: Tyler Meets With Rick Rubin for Solo Album
Tuesday 11-19-2013 9:19am ET
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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.
RUSH: Not Enough Time on the Clock
Tuesday 11-19-2013 9:16am ET
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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.