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Tony Bennett – The Extraordinary Man Who Set Me Straight

Tony Bennett – The Extraordinary Man Who Set Me Straight

CDJ is classic rock centric, but every now and then I write about another genre of music if I am moved to do so.  I am sure a lot of you watched the recent Anderson Cooper 60 Minutes interview with Tony Bennett, titled Tony Bennett The Final Act.  And I’m sure if you watched it, you were as deeply touched as I was.  If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you find it on demand.  The piece is a gem and it also features Lady Gaga, who is wonderful in it.

The interview deals with Tony’s recently announced case of Alzheimer’s and how through it all he is still able to perform.  And, at the top of his game.  What you will witness is nothing short of a miracle.  The interview also features in depth discussions with his doctor, who explains how this is possible, his lovely wife Susan, his son manager, Danny, and the afore mentioned Gaga who together tell quite a story that Tony can no longer tell for himself.  The performance clips of Tony at his recent August Radio City concert will blow you away.

It’s always captivating watching Tony’s performances.  Because he is a jazz singer, he continually changes the way he phrases the words of a song during any performance.  Whatever emotions he is feeling at that time is the way the song comes out.  He has a great quote, “I never sing the same song once.”

The reason I’ve chosen to write about Tony is that not only is he one of the hippest people I’ve ever met (even more hip than many of the rock artists I know), but he was also a huge influence on me during my early years in the music business when I had second thoughts about continuing on my path.  In fact, if I hadn’t had a most important meeting with him when I was first starting out, I may have bailed and never had the career that has meant so much to me in my life.

The Business of Music

I first met Tony in 1971.  I had been a successful college rep for Columbia Records during my junior and senior years at UCLA, and my bosses had taken a liking to me especially because I was so well versed in all the new rock music that was coming out at the time.  So, upon my graduation, in the fall of 1970 the company hired me full-time to be their local album promotion man in Los Angeles.  My main job was to bring new releases to the local radio stations at all music formats and try to secure as much airplay on these stations as I could.  I also put together innovative on-air promotions to further help bring the public’s focus to our music and create enough excitement to help spur album sales.

I was doing really well in my job but I was unhappy.  At the time there was a bit of a stigma about being a promotion man.  There was a stereotype, which portrayed a slick, fast-talking, huckster perhaps even doing nefarious underhanded stuff to get records played.

To compound matters, there was a popular song by The Rolling Stones at the time called “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man.”  It described a promotion man as a poser with a big ego, wearing a toupee and seersucker suit, hanging out at the beach all day thinking about how sharp he was.  This image just added fuel to the fire.  The Stones were my guys, I couldn’t have them be singing about ME like that!  I couldn’t be that guy.  I knew I wasn’t but when I told people what I did for a living, lots of them would chuckle and sing the song back to me.

To be sure there were some of those kinds of promotion people around, but the stereotype played much larger than reality.  However, even though most of the people I worked with truly loved music and promoted it in an honest and above-board manner, they were older than me, from another era, and it was the Wild-West unbridled atmosphere of the entertainment business which excited them most, along with all the perks that went with it.

For me (and others of my generation) it was the music that mattered most.  Whether it was rock, jazz, middle of the road, or rhythm and blues, the music was pure, and I felt the life’s messages it brought, important.  Helping artists and the music be heard by the public was what gave my job and life purpose.  But I’d come from the counter-culture/hippie mentality of being cool and genuine.  Did I really fit into this promotion thing?  Could I be successful approaching the record business with my style and who I was as a person?

Every step of the way I seemed to be somehow left of center of how people viewed me, or how I wanted to be seen.  Because I was a guitar player, I was always in a band (most notably local L.A. punk phenom Mogan David And His Winos) or playing out in jam sessions somewhere.  But upon finding that out, too many people would say, ‘Oh, you’re a frustrated artist, and that’s why you’re on the business side.’  The truth was I wasn’t frustrated in the least.  I had just realized early on that I didn’t do well on the road and living my life out of a suitcase was not for me.  Being in the music business gave me the best of both worlds, at least I thought it would.  Years later, my buddy Steve Perry from Journey would corroborate my life’s choices, but for some reason at the time colleagues and co-workers couldn’t understand my love for playing music if somehow there wasn’t money attached to it.  More questions began to pop up in my head.  Could I fulfill the creative part of me in promotion?  Should I try to be a producer or A&R man??  Even some of those folks seemed less than sincere.

I was feeling very misunderstood, and there were parts of the business that seemed so disingenuous and fake that I wondered if I even wanted to be in the record business at all.  I loved the music so much, but the “business” of music?  I had crossed that counter-culture line and was still coming to grips with working for “The Man,” corporate America, and trying to figure out how to fit in — or even if I was meant to fit in.

Meeting Tony Bennett

This went on for quite a while until I met Tony Bennett at a party late one evening in February of 1971. The party was thrown by Columbia in a swank hotel room at one of Hollywood’s famous haunts to celebrate the release of Tony’s new album, Love Story.  Many young movers and shakers who would eventually play big roles in the music industry were present.  In particular a very young redheaded Russ Thyret, wearing a cowboy hat and dancing with a very cute gal.  Russ would go on to work himself up through the ranks over the years at Warner Brothers Records and finally become the chairman and CEO of the entire company.  Also partying along with the pretty hopped-up crowd was a young Russ Solomon, who in a few months was going to open a new kind of record “supermarket” called Tower Records, on Sunset Boulevard. 

There also appeared to be a fair number of hangers-on who may or may not have had important enough jobs to warrant them being there.  The biggest thing I noticed about the party was, everyone seemed to be there solely for the party, and not necessarily that interested in Tony’s new album.  The event seemed all very surface to me and lacking any kind of real connection with the artist or his music.

Feeling disheartened and frustrated by this, which seemed to confirm my rapidly growing existential crisis — i.e. ‘What the f*ck am I doing here?’ I decided to talk with Tony about it.  I waited for the party to be over and when everyone had finally left, I introduced myself to him.  All of my pent-up feelings came tumbling out of my mouth seemingly without a filter.

“Hi Tony, my name is Paul Rappaport, and I’m brand-new to the business.  I’m the new L.A. local album promotion man for Columbia, and I really need to ask you some questions if I could.  This whole party seemed so fake to me, so “Hollywood.”  I think you’ve made a really cool album and I don’t think any of these people have even heard it.  It’s like they just came for the party, taking advantage, eating your food and drinking your booze (Columbia had thrown the party, but it would be written down as a marketing expense and charged back against Tony’s royalties).  I’m new to all this and I love music so much, but I don’t know if my style can fit in—sometimes it seems like so much bullshit to me, and I can’t be that.”

At the time Tony was still in his ascot and pipe phase looking very dapper indeed.  I thought he was going to talk to me with a sophisticated advanced vocabulary.  But he looked down and said, “You know Paul, sometimes it can get pretty f*cked up!”

I was in shock, ‘Oh my God, this guy is so cool.’  He went on to point out that parts of the business were fabulous, but yes, some of it was total bullshit.  Having already been recording and performing for over 20 years he had seen it all.

“Let me tell you a story.  I had built a great career and one day the music began to change around me.  I found my style out of step with what was considered popular music.  I thought I should change my style to keep up, and went to see my friend the great Duke Ellington for advice.  This is what he told me.”

“Tony, you are a great artist with a gift, a voice with a particular sound and style like no other.  You will always have this gift, but if you change, you are going to lose yourself.  You are like a great apple, don’t try and change yourself into an orange—you won’t be able to do it, and it won’t work for you.  And, you are the greatest Tony Bennett apple we’ve got!  In this business, moods and styles change, but you shouldn’t.  Things cycle around–just continue to do what you do and the world will eventually turn back your way.  You will be seen and heard again as you deserve.”

Tony then turned his attention back to me.  “Paul, you seem like a great guy with a strong passion for music, which is the most important thing in this business.  So, I will give you the same advice Duke gave me.  Just be who you are and you will learn to do the business part your way.  You do not have to become like other people you see to be successful.  In time you will be seen and appreciated for who youare, and you’ll do great.”

I thanked him very much and left feeling like a giant load had been lifted off my shoulders.  I exhaled a very long breath, feeling the possibilities of just relaxing into myself and began to get excited about how I could do promotion in creative ways fulfilling that need in me. 

Little did we both know at the time how incredible Duke’s advice would play out.  Not only did Tony continue to do well in the 70’s and 80’s, but his appearance on the MTV Awards in 1993 with Red Hot Chili Peppers and his subsequent MTV Unplugged album, turned-on a whole new young fan base to his artistry, which catapulted his career into the stratosphere. 

Live By Request

I would work up the ranks at Columbia, move to New York, have a storied career in rock promotion, and one day co-develop an Emmy Award winning live music television series with nonother than Tony himself and his son manager Danny – “A&E’s Live By Request.”  The show played like a big warm smile.  Fans could call in, talk to their favorite artist in an intimate performance setting, and then request their favorite song.  We would produce over 40 live two-hour prime time specials featuring the world’s top artists including David Bowie, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Don Henley, The Bee Gees, Earth, Wind & Fire, and of course, Tony himself.

In the years leading up to that program (you can now view many on YouTube), Tony and I formed a nice relationship.  He really is an extraordinary person.  Every time we did promotion work, he always wanted to know about my life, what I was doing.   And he’s that way with most people — he’s a people person.  Once when I told him I had become a competitive epee fencer he got very animated and told me that he had recently gotten into Bojutsu, Japanese stick fighting.  He said, “You know Paul, if my schedule wasn’t one of constant travel you and I would become good friends.  We could become fencing partners.”  And, he meant it.

Tony Bennett – Fly Me to the Moon (from Live By Request)

When we did our first pilot Live By Request show, which featured Tony, I suggested for the opening that we have him arrive at the Sony Music Studios in a big black limousine and have a camera outside follow him into the studio.  He shook his head, “Nah, I’m not that guy.”  “Ok,” I replied, it is New York, so how’s about one of those Central Park horse and carriages?”  “Nope, I’m gonna pull up in a yellow.”  “A yellow taxi??”  “Yep, that’s me.” 

The next day I called my father, who was a huge Tony Bennett fan, to see how he’d enjoyed the show.  He bellowed in his lovingly loud Brooklyn voice that his favorite part was seeing Tony arrive at a big fancy TV show in a yellow cab.  “That’s why I love him so much, he’s one of us…he’s an every-man.”

Aside from singing, Tony’s other passion is drawing and painting.  He’s a very fine watercolorist.  After Live By Request really got going featuring many other artists we decided to do a repeat performance with Tony.  During rehearsal he called me and the director over for a chat.  He said, “I just really want to thank you guys for all you’ve done to make this show a success.”  Then he pulled out two framed Tony Bennett original paintings and gave us one each.  We were flabbergasted.  But that’s who Tony is.

Tony Bennett painting
Original Tony Bennett watercolor

He is also a consummate professional and has a work ethic equaled by none.  I was always having to catch up with him.  “Hey Tones, we need to do this, this, and this.”  “Yeah Paul, I already did that on the flight, what’s next?”  Showing up for a rehearsal he was always early.  I wanted so much to have some of the rock bands I dealt with go on the road with Tony for a week to see how a real professional works.  Total focus and no attitude.

Tony Bennett is one of our all-time great music treasures. He’s also one of the most special people I’ve ever met and had the pleasure to work with.  As it was meant to be, his life would intersect with mine at a most paramount time.  With his wise guidance, I was able to refocus and put myself on a course that would become the adventure of a lifetime.

Thanks Tones,

Rap~

© Paul Rappaport 2021

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Slash Announces New Album and Tour, Releases New Single

Slash Announces New Album and Tour, Releases New Single

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspriators (L-R): Brent Fitz, Myles Kennedy, Slash, Todd Kerns, Frank Sidoris

Slash has announced the release of his latest album with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators and debuted the first single from the project. You can hear the track and watch the music video for “The River Is Rising” in the player below.

The album – titled 4 – is Slash’s fifth solo album but his fourth with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators which includes Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass and vocals) and Frank Sidoris (guitar and vocals). 

4 was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A with producer Dave Cobb (John Prine, Chris Stapleton), and captured live in the studio – including guitar solos and vocals – marking a first for the group.

To celebrate Slash’s first album on the Gibson Records label, Gibson Guitars will release a limited edition Slash Les Paul Standard 4 Album Edition guitar, available February 11th, the same day as the album release. Only 250 guitars will be available globally.

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Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators will kick off a North American headlining tour on February 8, 2022 in Portland, OR and stop in 28 cities including Los Angeles, New York, Boston Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Nashville, Dallas, Austin, Houston and more. View a full list of dates below.

Tickets are available to the general public via Ticketmaster beginning Friday, October 29th.

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Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators 2022 Tour Dates

Feb 8 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater  
Feb 9 – Seattle, WA – The Paramount Theatre  
Feb 11 – Brooks, CA – Cache Creek Casino Resort  
Feb 12 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield  
Feb 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre  
Feb 16 – Valley Center, CA – Harrah’s Resort Southern Ca  
Feb 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Youtube Theater  
Feb 19 – Las Vegas, NV – Theater At Virgin Hotels  
Feb 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Delta Hall -Eccles Theater  
Feb 23 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre  
Feb 25 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre-The Midland  
Feb 26 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino-Mystic Showroom
Feb 28 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater  
Mar 2 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre
Mar 4 – Windsor, ON – Caesars Windsor-The Colosseum  
Mar 5 – Waterloo, NY – The Vine @ Del Lago Resort  
Mar 7 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues  
Mar 9 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore -Silver Spring  
Mar 11 – Atlantic City, NJ – Tropicana-Atlantic City  
Mar 12 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre  
Mar 14 – Richmond, VA – Dominion Energy Center  
Mar 16 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry House  
Mar 18 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy  
Mar 19 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center  
Mar 21 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore-Charlotte  
Mar 23 – Charleston, SS – Charleston Performing Arts Center  
Mar 25 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall  
Mar 26 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live – Orlando

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YES Release Music Video for “Future Memories” from their New Album ‘The Quest’

YES Release Music Video for “Future Memories” from their New Album ‘The Quest’

The Quest album cover
The album cover for ‘The Quest’ was designed by longtime Yes collaborator Roger Dean

YES have revealed the new music video for their song “Future Memories” as their studio latest album The Quest debuts on album charts across the globe. You can watch the new video in the player below below.

“Future Memories” is the third music video YES has released from the album and follows the previous videos “Dare To Know” and “The Ice Bridge”.

The Quest has reached #1 on the UK Rock Album Charts, #5 on the Swiss Album Charts and #7 on the German Album Charts. It is available on Limited Edition Deluxe 2LP & 2CD plus Blu-ray Box-set, Limited Edition 2CD & Blu-ray Artbook, Gatefold wLP & 2CD plus LP-booklet, 2CD digipak and all digital platforms.

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The cover artwork for The Quest was designed and created by the band’s long term collaborator Roger Dean.

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Revisiting Nirvana’s Nevermind – 30 Years On

Revisiting Nirvana’s Nevermind – 30 Years On

Nirvanan Nevermind album cover

It’s been 30 years since Nirvana’s Nevermind album was released on September 24, 1991.  The groundbreaking second studio effort literally blew open the doors of the Seattle grunge scene, and at the same time, killed the careers of the Los Angeles-based hair metal bands of the era. It signified a cultural revolution that became labeled Generation X, and unknowingly ushered in “Alternative Music” as a corporate moneymaker.

At the time of its release, Nevermind was just viewed, heard and seen as a radical departure from what was then the musical “rock” norm. Yet – filled with angst, underdog energy and what seemed like unrehearsed, spontaneous, unvarnished charisma – the album seared itself into our brains.

Sadly, we all know how Nirvana’s rise to iconic, unwelcome and intrusive fame ended, but even so, the music lives on and has become a part of our rock canon.

Think you know everything about Nirvana’s Nevermind? Here are ten great trivia categories that may challenge your knowledge.

01 Critical Reception and Sales

Just like many classic albums before it, Nevermind got only lukewarm to good critical reception when it was first released. Spin magazine bypassed the album and chose Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque as the Album of the Year, and Rolling Stone only gave the album three out of five stars.

But, perceptions started to change almost immediately as the record began selling at an amazing clip, at one point surpassing 300,000 copies per week. Nirvana’s label, DGC Records, had fairly low sales expectations for the band, initially projecting a top sales figure of around 250,000, which would match the total sold by label mates Sonic Youth with Goo. That’s why they originally only shipped a little over 46,000 copies to record stores.

Eventually, the album was certified Diamond in the U.S., shipping over 10 million copies.  Worldwide, sales exceeded 30 million.

Although their first sales year was a great one, Nevermind was just the 8th best-selling album in 1992. They were beaten by grunge-mates Pearl Jam, teen rappers Kris Kross, pop star Whitney Houston and country stars Billy Ray Cyrus and Garth Brooks, with Brooks locking in three albums in the top eight.  

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02 Nevermind on the Charts

On January 11, 1992, Nevermind hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, displacing the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. They were then kicked out of the top spot the next week by a superstar surge from Garth Brooks. In all, Nevermind spent a total of 252 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Nevermind produced four singles in the U.S.”Smells Like Teen Spirit” reached #6; “Come As You Are” peaked at #32; “Lithium” was able to get to #64; and “In Bloom” which did not chart. 

03 The Album Package

The Nevermind album artwork has been back in the news again after Spencer Elden, pictured on the cover as a baby and now 30 years old, has sued Nirvana.

”Defendants used child pornography depicting Spencer as an essential element of a record promotion scheme commonly utilized in the music industry to get attention, wherein album covers posed children in a sexually provocative manner to gain notoriety, drive sales, and garner media attention, and critical reviews.”

Elden has asked for $150,000 from each of 17 defendants, including the band members, the associated labels, the photographer, etc. Initially, the photographer, Kirk Weddle, who was friends with Elden’s parents, gave the parents $200 for the 15-second photo shoot.

The cover was conceived because Kurt Cobain had a fascination with birth and pregnancy (the final Nirvana album was even entitled In Utero). Cobain had wanted to use a photo of a water birth, but the record label deemed that content too graphic. Many stores even said they wouldn’t stock the album with the nude baby cover, but Cobain refused to alter the shot.

The back cover is a photo collage created by Cobain made up of Dante’s Inferno paintings and an image of Chim-Chim, the monkey from Speed Racer. For good measure, he also included photographs of diseased genitals from his medical photo collection, and he claimed there “is a picture of Kiss in the back standing on a slab of beef.”

Squint really hard, spin yourself around a few times and then maybe, just maybe, you’ll see it too.

04 The Recording

Although the budget for Bleach, Nirvana’s first studio album on the Sub Pop label, was just over $600, the budget for Nevermind was set at $65,000. Ultimately though, the band reportedly spent around $120,000 to record it. Producer Butch Vig, who had recorded the original demos of the record (before Dave Grohl was the drummer, and before the band signed to DGC), had a huge influence on the recording, even convincing Kurt Cobain to double-track his vocals, because John Lennon did the same thing.

Vig later said: “The band was tight as hell. Contrary to popular belief, they were not slackers. They wanted to make a kickass record. Dave Grohl told me they practiced every day for six months before they went into record Nevermind. We pretty much got every take on that record in one or two or maybe three takes.” The only song that took a few days was “Lithium.”

Vig also gave a lot of credit to Dave Grohl for the success of the sound of the record. “People always say, ‘How’d you get that sound on Nevermind?’ and 90 percent of it is Dave Grohl… it’s just how Dave plays and he’s just so, so powerful.”

05 Album Title and Song Trivia

The working title of Nevermind was Sheep, a sly Kurt Cobain reference to people flocking to buy the album. Bass player Krist Novoselic has said the title was a reflection of the band’s cynicism.

There is a hidden bonus track on the album called “Endless Nameless” that was left off the first 50,000 copies pressed by accident. The song is heard over 10 minutes after the song “Something In The Way” finishes.

The song “Breed” was originally called “Imodium,” named after the anti-laxative favored by Cobain and Tad Doyle of Seattle’s Tad when they were touring together. It was later revealed that Cobain had major painful stomach issues, including Crohn’s Disease.

On “Territorial Pissings,” you can hear bassist Krist Novoselic for the one and only time on the record screeching the lyrics to the beginning of the 1967 Youngbloods song “Get Together.”

Novoselic, who calls himself a “lousy” singer, adequately proved his point.

06 The Musicians on Nevermind

Besides Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, Chad Channing (one of the five or six drummers prior to Grohl) is heard on the song “Polly” playing his ride cymbal.

Cellist Kirk Canning also made a brief appearance on “Something In The Way.” Canning was recorded on the very last day of sessions, when the band found out that their friend could play cello. From Cobain: “We said, Here, play something, and he came up with something right away. It fell like dominoes, it was really easy.” Canning is also the husband of L7 ’s drummer Demetra Plakas.

07 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” is of course the most iconic song from the Nevermind album, and the only one giving credit to all three members as songwriters.  It was also helped by seemingly months of power rotation on MTV.  Cobain stated:

“I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I have to admit it. When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily that I should have been in that band — or at least a Pixies cover band. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard.”

The title was cribbed from a sentence Bikini Kill’s lead singer, Kathleen Hanna, had spray painted on Kurt’s wall at home: “Kurt smells like Teen Spirit”.  Unbeknownst to Cobain, who thought the phrase was a revolutionary slogan, Teen Spirit was a popular deodorant at the time.

Cobain hated video director Sam Bayer’s original cut of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” so much that he flew back to LA to personally edit a new version.  He told MTV that “it looked like a Time-Life commercial to me,” so I “threw in a few extra things which pretty much saved it.” The extras were not even supposed to start a mosh pit, but after a full day of boring filming, Cobain convinced the director to let the kids go wild – and they did.

Another inside joke in the video is the role of the janitor. Cobain had actually taken the job of janitor at his old high school after dropping out.  The money he made in the job funded Nirvana’s first demo.

In Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” checks in at #5.

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08 Follow The Money

Allegedly, six months after the release of Nevermind, Cobain demanded a bigger percentage of the royalties – and he wanted it to be retroactive. Grohl and Novoselic threatened to leave the band, and the issue was tabled. They continued to split their money in thirds, but that didn’t include the publishing rights.

After Cobain’s death, the accounting became a real nightmare.  It is said that now, Grohl and Novoselic get 12.5% each of only eleven songs from the entire catalogue, but it does include “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Cobain’s daughter, Francis Bean Cobain seems to control the rest.

08 Leaving the Indie for the Corporate Label

The ultimate indie band, Nirvana first began working with producer Butch Vig in 1990 as they prepared to make a second Sub Pop release after Bleach. The demos they recorded were so good that they started being passed around to major labels and garnering real interest.

In the Kurt Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven, author Charles R. Cross noted that Cobain viewed Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Morre as “just short of royalty.” Nirvana opened for them on their 1991 summer tour and long story short, the couple convinced Cobain to not only sign with their management team, but to also sign with the label DGC, a sister label of Geffen Records.

Susan Silver, the manager of Soundgarden and Alice in Chains at the time, was also thanked by Novoselic at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 for her role in “introducing them to the music industry properly,” and convincing them to think of the bigger picture outside of their small indie world.

08 The Competition

There were several other albums released on September 24, 1991, making it one of music’s most celebrated days. In addition to Nevermind, here are a few of the albums that dropped that same day:

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik

On almost every “Best Of” list, Blood Sugar Sex Magik sold over 7 million copies in the U.S. alone and cemented Red Hot Chili Peppers as superstars.

Soundgarden –  Badmotorfinger

Helped by Nirvana’s success, Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger sold millions of copies and was ranked #2 on Rolling Stone‘s 50 Greatest Grunge Albums list.

A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory

Regarded as one of the most influential albums in hip hop history, The Low End Theory is also credited with establishing “the musical, cultural, and historical link between hip hop and jazz.” It also made stars of Phife Dawg, Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes.

The Pixies – Trompe Le Monde

Nirvana’s heroes also released an album on September 24, 1991.  Sadly, it was The Pixies’ final record together as they broke up two years later.

Bryan Adams – Waking Up the Neighbours

Bryan Adams won a Grammy Award in 1992 for the song “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” which helped this mainstream rock record to eventually sell more than 16 million copies. The album, released on the same day as Nevermind, was also the polar opposite it.

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Watch: Rolling Stones Release New Video for “Living In The Heart Of Love”

The Rolling Stones have released a new music video for “Living In The Heart Of Love”. The song is one of nine previously unreleased tracks included on the 40th Anniversary Edition of their Tattoo You album, due out October 22nd.

The black and white video features footage of the Stones from the Tattoo You era including a number of shots of the late Charlie Watts. The video also concludes with the words “Charlie Is My Darling”, which was the name of the band’s 1966 concert film.

Watch the official music video for “Living In The Heart Of Love” in the player below.

You can read more about the Tattoo You 40th Anniversary Edition here.

This weekend, the Stones return to their rescheduled No Filter tour despite the sudden passing of Charlie Watts last month. Watts had already announced he would not be returning to the road this fall with the rest of the band.

View Rolling Stones tour dates here.

The Rolling Stones – Living In The Heart Of Love (Music Video)

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s Legendary No Nukes Concert Coming to Film

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s Legendary No Nukes Concert Coming to Film

Bruce Springsteen No Nukes Concerts 1979
Courtesy of Sony Music

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s legendary 1979 No Nukes concert will be released on film for the first time ever this November, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced today. The concert film features ten never-before released performances from the Madison Square Garden MUSE benefit concerts and full footage of the band’s entire setlist.

You can watch the trailer in the player below.

A composite of two performances captured during the multi-day ‘No Nukes’ concerts, the film packs the intensity of a marathon Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band show into a crackling 90 minute run-time. Among the highlights are then-unreleased versions of “The River” and “Sherry Darling,” live staples “Badlands,” “Born To Run” and “Thunder Road,” plus covers of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On” and a version of Maurice Williams’ “Stay” featuring special guests Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Rosemary Butler.

The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts was edited by longtime Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny from the original 16mm film and features remixed audio from Bob Clearmountain.

“A few years ago, I started re-examining the filmed archives for Bruce and the Band’s appearances at the No Nukes concerts of 1979,” said Zimny. “I quickly realized that these were the best performances and best filming from the Band’s legendary Seventies, and dedicated myself to bringing out the full potential of the footage.  Having worked as Bruce’s principal director and editor for the last 20 years, I can say without reservation that this newly re-edited, re-mixed and restored ninety minute film is the gold standard for Bruce and the Band live during one of their greatest creative periods.”

The No Nukes concerts took place while Springsteen and the E Street Band were in the midst of recording The River and just after the conclusion of their breakout 1978 Darkness Tour, marking a rare chance to witness the future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers comprehensively in the heart of their reputation-making rise.

The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts will be released in HD on 2-CD+DVD, 2-CD+Blu Ray and 2-LP on November 19th. It will be available globally in HD for digital download on November 16th and digital rental on November 23rd.

You can pre-order it here.

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“The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts” Trailer

Springsteen Legendary No Nukes Concert Film cover

“The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts” Setlist

1. Prove It All Night
2. Badlands
3. The Promised Land
4. The River
5. Sherry Darling
6. Thunder Road
7. Jungleland
8. Rosalita Come Out Tonight
9. Born To Run
10. Stay
11. Detroit Medley
12. Quarter To Three
13. Rave On

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Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President – Plus Personal Insights on Gregg Allman & Bob Dylan

Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President – Plus Personal Insights on Gregg Allman & Bob Dylan

I thoroughly enjoyed Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President.  I learned a lot from watching it, and I highly recommend the film which you can view on Amazon.

This documentary brought back memories of more innocent times and gave a fresh look at the Carter presidency which I think is needed.  So much of what we think of our politicians is shaded by media coverage, and we usually don’t pay all that much attention to our Presidents’ every moves.  At least not until Trump, but many of us did so just because he was such a polarizing figure.

If you asked me to describe the Carter presidency before I saw the film I would have said, “Nice guy, not that great of a President.”  Largely because of the end of his tenure, and the botched Iran hostage rescue.  It made him, and us, look weak in the eyes of the world.  But when you see how those events unfolded and were just bad luck more than anything to do with Carter himself, and you also see how much he accomplished during his presidency, you form a whole new opinion of the man. 

Not to mention his real care for the hostages and how he flew to Europe to welcome them back as soon as they were released.  He had worked so hard for that day.  Because Ronald Reagan swallowed up so much of the spotlight running against Carter, and Reagan’s charisma was so grand, it’s a great thing that this film was made to set the record straight.  You also learn about all the great things Carter and his wife Rosalynn have accomplished for the world long after his official public service ended.

If you’re a music fan, you’ll love hearing from some great artists like Gregg Allman, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and more.  It’s fascinating to see how much Jimmy Carter truly loves music and especially the music of this time.  I never realized how many artists rallied around him and, indeed, helped get him elected President.

Jimmy Carter and Willie Nelson
Jimmy Carter and Willie Nelson. Courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment

Gregg Allman and Cher visit the White House

One of my favorite stories is about Gregg, who was dating Cher at the time, visiting the White House for dinner.  At the beginning of the meal, bowls of water with lemon slices are brought out and both Cher and Gregg drink them thinking they are a cold broth served as the first course.  In fact, they were meant as finger bowls to wash your fingers in before dinner.  So, the Carter family just watches Gregg and Cher drink from the bowls, and not wanting to embarrass them, don’t say anything.  And after they’re done, the rest of the family washes their fingers in their bowls and the meal continues.  It’s very cute.

I especially loved the story because something similar happened to me.  When I was steadily dating a girl in high school, circa 1968, her parents, who were well-to-do, invited me to dinner at the then-famous Trader Vic’s in Beverly Hills.  I was from the blue-collar part of town and not used to fancy dining at all.  When you walked into Trader Vic’s, between the décor, mood lighting, and the way the waiters were dressed, you felt like you were in old China.

I used to wear glasses for distance back then (before I got my first contact lenses), and being very vain, took them off as often as I could.  So, I’m sitting at the table and the waiter brings out what appears to be spring rolls on a silver tray as the first course.  He offers me one and I take my fork to skewer it and put it onto my plate.  But after a few tries of the fork not being able to penetrate these seemingly very tough-skinned spring rolls, my girlfriend leans over and explains that these are, in fact, rolled up warmed damp small towels to use to wipe your hands before the meal.  I was so embarrassed.  Firstly, because I hadn’t seen anything like that before, and second because I was so blind without my glasses, I couldn’t even make out what I was poking at.  I thought, OMG, her parents must think I’m such a loser.  Luckily, I think they understood and kindly gave me a pass.  I’ve always felt bad about that moment but after learning about the Gregg/Cher finger bowl incident I felt like, ‘hey, I’m not the only one!’

Jimmy Carter with Crosby, Stills and Nash
Crosby, Stills & Nash at the White House. Courtesy of Carter Presidential Library

An unlikely friendship

When watching the doc, one thing that really struck me was seeing Bob Dylan visiting the White House and learning about his eventual friendship with Jimmy Carter.  Bob says that when they first met, Carter started quoting his lyrics back to him.  Turns out Carter used Dylan’s lyrics to communicate certain thoughts to a lot of folks, including his own immediate family.  Of course, most of us would never know that if not for this film.  And I was shocked that Bob would visit ANY president, much less become friends with one.  But Jimmy Carter is quite authentic, a true man of the people, and as it turns out, a bit of a poet himself.

I think Bob was generally moved that a president of the United States would hold him in such high regard.  Probably because he’d generally been viewed as a rebel and a trouble-maker by former presidents and the government during the revolutionary 1960’s.  Goes to show you that, in some ways, our generation did change the world after all.

I know first-hand that Bob Dylan loves to talk about poetry and other poets’ works. This part of the film reminded me of a dinner meeting I once had with Bob down in the village to discuss a video for a new song.  Bob had just returned from Russia where they had given him a prestigious award for his work.  He was so pumped that they understood and appreciated what he’d accomplished that all he wanted to talk about was Russian poets and recommend their books for me to read.  I couldn’t get a word in edgewise about the video.

You might think that Bob Dylan is quite satisfied with his accomplishments and couldn’t care less what other people think about him, but that’s not true at all.

Fleetwood Mac will never be Bob Dylan

In fact, once we were sitting around a table somewhere in a backstage catering room when Bob asked me a most interesting question. “How does Fleetwood Mac sell six million albums, and no matter what I do, I can only sell a million?”

I was taken aback thinking “Why would Bob Dylan even care?  If you’re Bob Dylan what more could you want?” 

I answered him honestly, but lightheartedly. 

“Bob, Fleetwood Mac goes into a studio for six months, writes catchy tunes designed to be radio hits, takes the time to do many overdubs, and then works on polishing up the sound of the whole thing.  You go into a dentist’s office, pull up a sound truck, and in two weeks it’s “roll-it-Bob” and you’ve completed your album.  But here’s the thing, no matter what Fleetwood Mac does, no matter how many records they sell, they’ll never be Bob Dylan!”

I thought this would make him feel better, but what I was beginning to understand was, he’s thinking if I’m so great, logically my audience should be growing. 

Dylan pointed out that one would think that at least some records might sell one and a half million copies, but they all seemed to top out at about a mill.  (Interestingly, Bruce Springsteen’s albums – the ones without hit singles – would also top out at about one million in sales.) 

The only thing I could offer Bob was to tell him that his music was a specific art form that, while dearly loved by many, was pretty intellectual stuff and required an audience that was deep into his poetry and the events he chose to write about.  Some people love Van Gough, but not everyone. His paintings are an acquired taste. 

But I kept going back to the point that he was Bob Dylan, and reminding him how important his work was, and how he had helped change the world. 

“Name me one Fleetwood Mac song that’s as good as, or means as much as ‘Blowin’ In The Wind.’ Name me one that speaks to the culture as deep and cutting as ‘The Times They Are A Changing,’ or ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues.’  Every artist I know wishes they wrote just one of those songs or something as magnificent.  And you’ve written lots of those!  As good as any of these artists are, and I am a big Fleetwood Mac fan, there’s only ONE Bob Dylan.”

I guess it made him feel a little better, but I knew he didn’t walk away satisfied.

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Seeing so much of Bob in the film, I was continually reminded of some of the more interesting times I’ve spent with him.

With Bob Dylan, it’s all about the feel

I have a lot of Bob Dylan stories, but I think this is my favorite: 

One day Bob showed up unannounced at famed producer Chuck Plotkin’s studio in Hollywood.  He told Chuck he had some ideas for an album and asked if Chuck could put up some tape to lay down a few tracks.  Of course, Chuck obliged and they recorded a few things.  Then Bob said, “Hey, this sounds really good, I think I want to make an album.  Can we do that here?”  Chuck, delighted, said, “Of course, let me just call Columbia in New York so we can complete the proper paperwork.”  Bob, happy, replied, “Ok, I’ll come back once that’s done.”

Chuck, not wanting to miss an opportunity said, “Hey Bob, as long as you’re here why don’t we re-record those three tracks because they’re not in perfect time.”

As Bob walked out the door, he glanced back at Chuck and shook his head, “Chuck, people aren’t in perfect time.”

And that’s a little glimpse into Bob’s process.  It’s all about the feel, not necessarily about perfection.  Once the story is told, if it resonates, it’s good to go.  Bob doesn’t like to over-paint a picture.  Many musicians have complained that they could have achieved a better performance having another pass at playing on a track.  But like Picasso, Bob works quickly.  I believe Michael Bloomfield in particular was frustrated because although his guitar work is renowned on some of Bob’s greatest recordings, he knew after getting a good feel for the music and getting into a groove, he could play his parts much better second time around, but he never got the chance.  To Bob’s ears, what Michael played captured the essence of the song, and that was the goal.  Listening to how powerful Bob’s records are it’s hard to argue his process.

Bob doesn’t really like to promote himself, just likes to let the music do the talking.  But once I convinced him to at least do an interview for radio because he hadn’t done one for years.  Dave Herman from WNEW-FM, myself, and Dylan’s manager at the time, Debbie Gold, flew to England where Bob was performing, to do the interview.  When we returned to the States and were listening back, I was stunned to hear that Bob had elected to softly play his acoustic guitar underneath his entire talk with Dave.  You could hear some very choice chords which added a cool texture to the experience, but for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why he did it.

I was so curious that I called to ask him.  What he told me blew my mind.  “I learned that trick from Mary Travers (Peter, Paul, and Mary).  Back when the government was after us for the protest movements, she told me if I play guitar underneath an interview, no one can edit what I’ve said to make it sound like I’ve said something different.”  Indeed, the music would stop or jolt into another chord and one would know immediately that the tape had been edited—old school genius.  Of course, that made the interview hell on wheels for us to edit for time and content but we managed to pull it off.

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I urge you to watch Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President.  Not only for historical value but because you will also enjoy the insights provided by Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Gregg Allman, Rosanne Cash and others.  It’s very easy viewing, goes by fast, and it will put a big smile on your face.  

Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (Official Trailer)

Watch it on Amazon

Until next time — keep rockin’!

Rap~

© Paul Rappaport 2021

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10 Best Classic Rock Halloween Costumes and How to Pull Them Off

10 Best Classic Rock Halloween Costumes and How to Pull Them Off

Since halloween parties weren’t a thing in 2020 (thanks, Covid), this year seems like the perfect opportunity to go all out with your halloween costume. But a boring, off-the-shelf, out-of-the-box costume is no way to impress. Dig through your closets or make a quick stop at a thrift store and I bet you can pull together any of these classic rock themed costume ideas with just a few bucks and not a ton of work.

10 Joan Jett

Joan Jett’s punk rock look is instantly recognizable yet easy to put together. Pair black eye make-up with a black wig and black leather jacket. Add a Sex Pistols or Ramones shirt and some studded jewelry to top it off.


09 Slash

Slash
Slash

Slash‘s signature top hat, sunglasses and long, curly black hair make his look easy to replicate for Halloween. Add a leather jacket and electric guitar to round out the look.


08 Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry with Blondie in 1977

If you’re more into glamour than gore for Halloween, Debbie Harry’s look is the way to go. Pair big blond hair, heavy eye makeup, bright red lips and accentuated check bones with a simple, sleek party dress. Think 80s sophistication with a tinge of punk rock.


07 Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie. Photo by Dylan Wilks.

Rob Zombie’s look is easily achievable with a quick trip to the thrift store and some zombie-esque make-up and accessories you’ll find at just about any big box store leading up to Halloween. Think: zombie. Add: arm tattoos and long hair.


06 Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons performing with Kiss at the Azkena Rock Festival in 2010
Gene Simmons performing with Kiss at the Azkena Rock Festival in 2010. Photo credit: Alberto Cabello from Vitoria Gasteiz

The stage outfits worn by Kiss are so iconic, you can probably just find this costume in store. But if you want to go the DIY route look for platform boots, a black choker and some sort of black body suit. The white and black face make-up paired with frizzy black hair and a top, half ponytail are a must.


05 David Bowie

David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust
David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie had a number of looks throughout his career but none more easy to pull off for Halloween than his Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane look. This one’s all about the face paint and coiffed hair. For the outfit, think glitter and glam.


04 Keith Richards

Keith Richards with the Rolling Stones
Keith Richards performing with the Rolling Stones in 2012. CC BY 2.0. Credit: SolarScott

Keith Richards’ look might be more subdued than some of the rockers on this list, but a few key items will make you instantly recognizable as the Rolling Stones guitarist. A bandana (preferably red) wrapped around your head with your hair sticking out is a must. Wear a suit jacket layered over a button up shirt (left unbuttoned at the top). Add a handful of beaded necklaces, bracelets and gaudy rings.


03 Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin’s look is a Halloween classic but it never gets old. Go for long, teezed hair, large round sunglasses, flowery or fur headware and  bellbottoms. Think flowy, patterned and layered.


02 Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury

Since 2021 marks what would have been the Queen singer’s 75th birthday, Freddie Mercury is both a classic costume idea and well-timed for this year’s Halloween party. Pair tight white pants (or bleached jeans) and a white tank top with slicked-back hair and a dark mustache. Add a toy microphone to round it out.

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01 Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper in 2012
Alice Cooper in 2012. CC by SA 3.0. Credit: Kreepin Deth

With his affinity for horror themes, it’s no surprise that the Godfather of Shock Rock tops our list of the top 10 classic rock Halloween costumes. “Grease paint” eye make-up and a messy, long black wig will make you instantly recognizable as Alice Cooper. To top it off add leather gloves, a black cane, some gothic jewelry and a striped suit.

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Billy Joel Pays Tribute to Charlie Watts with Rolling Stones Cover

Billy Joel Pays Tribute to Charlie Watts with Rolling Stones Cover

Billy Joel performing in 2016
Billy Joel performing at Madison Square Garden in 2016. CC BY 2.0. Credit: slgckgc

Billy Joel paid tribute to the late Charlie Watts this past weekend with a performance of the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” during his concert at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park.

You can watch a fan-filmed clip from Friday night’s show in the player below.

“That’s for Charlie,” said Joel as he and his band wrapped up the tune and headed into one of his own hits, “Big Shot”.

During the show, Joel also paid tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a version of his song “New York State of Mind”. The Cincinnati show took place a day before the 20th anniversary of the tragic events.

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died August 24, 2021 at the age of 80. He was recovering from an undisclosed medical procedure at the time and had recently revealed he would not be joining the Stones on their rescheduled No Filter tour.

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Billy Joel – “Brown Sugar” Live in Cincinnati 9/10/21

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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Releases First Single from New Solo Album

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has released a new solo single. The track, titled “Long Way” is the first single from his forthcoming solo album Earthling.

You can hear “Long Way” and watch the official lyric video in the player below.

A second single, “The Haves” is expected to be released soon on digital platforms and accompanies “Long Way” on a limited edition 7-inch vinyl, available for pre-order on Pearl Jam’s official website.

Earthling follow’s Vedder’s previous solo project, Matter of Time, which was released in 2020.

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Hear Roger Taylor’s New Solo Single “We’re All Just Trying To Get By”

Hear Roger Taylor’s New Solo Single “We’re All Just Trying To Get By”

Roger Taylor Outsider album cover
Roger Taylor’s new solo album Outsider is due out October 1st

Queen drummer Roger Taylor has released a new solo single. “We’re All Just Trying To Get By” features guest vocals by Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall and is accompanied by a new lyric video. You can watch and listen to the song in the player below.

“I love what she did, I think it really adds to the track,” Taylor said of Tunstall’s contribution. “And she’s very clever. … She’s a very talented singer and musician and it’s lovely to have her on the track. It’s a very nice partnership.”

The song is featured on Roger Taylor’s new solo album, Outsider, and marks his first new single as a solo artist in eight years.

Outsider is due out October 1st and is available for pre-order now.

Roger Taylor will tour the UK in support of the album with shows running October 2nd to October 22nd. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.

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Outsider Track Listing

1. Tides
2. I Know, I Know, I Know
3. More Kicks
4. Absolutely Anything
5. Gangsters Are Running This World
6. We’re All Just Trying To Get By (feat. KT Tunstall)
7. Gangsters Are Running This World (Purple Version)
8. Isolation
9. The Clapping Song
10. Outsider
11. Foreign Sand (English Mix)
12. Journey’s End (2021 Mix)

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ABBA Releases Two New Songs, Announces New Album and Concert

ABBA Releases Two New Songs, Announces New Album and Concert

ABBA Voyage

ABBA is back after nearly four decades with the release of two brand new songs, a new album, and the announcement of a high-tech, 21st century concert.

40 years since their last single “Under Attack” in 1982, ABBA members Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus have announced the release of their new 10-track album Voyage on November 5th and released the first two songs from the album, “Don’t Shut Me Down” and “I Still Have Faith in You”.

You can hear both tracks in the players below.

ABBA – Don’t Shut Me Down

ABBA – I Still Have Faith In You

ABBA will also return to the stage, so to speak, when they perform digitally via avatars with a live 10-piece band in a purpose-built arena in London beginning May 27, 2022.

The digital versions of the members of ABBA that will be used or the concert were created over several months using motion capture techniques and the assistance of a 850-person team people led by Industrial Light & Magic, the visual effects company founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas. Although the members of ABBA are now in their 70s, the “ABBA-tars” depict the band in their prime.

Tickets for ABBA Voyage are on sale September 7th via Ticketmaster or you can register now for early access. Ticket options range from general admission to hotel packages to dance booths, which offer seating for your entire party plus a personal dance floor. Concerts will take place six nights a week.

“It’s been a while since we made music together. Almost 40 years, actually. We took a break in the spring of 1982 and now we’ve decided it’s time to end it,” the band said in a statement. “They say it’s foolhardy to wait more than 40 years between albums, so we’ve recorded a follow-up to ‘The Visitors.’ To tell the truth, the main inspiration to record again comes from our involvement in creating the strangest and most spectacular concert you could ever dream of.

“We’re going to be able to sit back in an audience and watch our digital selves perform our songs on a stage in a custom-built arena in London next spring. Weird and wonderful!

“To all of you who patiently have followed us in some way or another these past decades: Thank you for waiting — it’s time for a new journey to begin.

“We simply call it ‘Voyage’ and we’re truly sailing in uncharted waters. With the help of our younger selves, we travel into the future. It’s not easy to explain but then it hasn’t been done before.”

ABBA is one of the most successful music groups in history, having sold hundreds of millions of albums since their formation in 1972. The group split in 1982 and did not appear on stage again together until 2016.

ABBA Announces Voyage (Live Stream)

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Pink Floyd Announces Remixed and Updated ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’ in 360 Reality Audio

Pink Floyd Announces Remixed and Updated ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’ in 360 Reality Audio

Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason Remixed & Updated

Pink Floyd will release a re-mixed and updated version of their 1987 album A Momentary Lapse of Reason next month. Remixed and updated from the original 1987 master tapes for The Later Years by Andy Jackson with David Gilmour, assisted by Damon Iddins, the album will be available on Vinyl, CD, DVD, Blu-ray and digitally with Stereo and 5.1 mixes.

In addition, for the first time, the album will be presented in 360 Reality Audio, a new immersive music experience that closely mimics the omni-directional soundscape of live musical performance for the listener using Sony’s object-based 360 Spatial Sound technologies.

A Momentary Lapse Of Reason will also be released in Dolby Audio and UHD in addition to 360 Reality Audio, all of which will continue with other Pink Floyd releases.

The release of The Later Years project in 2019 gave an opportunity for a fresh overview of the ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ album, originally released in 1987. By returning to some of Richard Wright’s original keyboard takes, and by re-recording new drum tracks with Nick Mason, producers David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin have restored a better creative balance between the three Pink Floyd members.

“Some years after we had recorded the album, we came to the conclusion that we should update it to make it more timeless, featuring more of the traditional instruments that we liked and that we were more used to playing,” David Gilmour said in a statement. “This was something we thought it would benefit from. We also looked for and found some previously unused keyboard parts of Rick’s which helped us to come up with a new vibe, a new feeling for the album”.

On originally recording the album, Gilmour says, “Bob Ezrin had worked on ‘The Wall’ with us back in ’79 and on some solo albums with me. I learnt a lot from Bob and he’s a valuable person to have on board. We started working on pieces of music that I had been writing and, come Christmas, we knew it was going well. One day, I felt this ‘thing’ coming on me that became Sorrow. I wrote five verses one evening. They just flowed out from nowhere in one of those great serendipitous moments that you recognize later as having been very valuable…. I knew that we were on a good roll and that this thing was going to work.”

“Initially it seemed a bit odd to start re-assembling a record after 35 odd years, but the public’s appetite for alternate views of the same work has undoubtedly increased immeasurably over time,” says Nick Mason.

“Inevitably the opportunity to revisit earlier work from a period where digital technology was the brave new world became increasingly interesting. There’s little doubt of the advantages in being able to find new elements within the music, or more often uncovering elements that became overwhelmed with all that new science…I think there is an element of taking the album back in time and taking the opportunity to create a slightly more open sound – utilising some of the things we had learned from playing so much of the album live over two massive tours.”

“I enjoyed re-recording drum tracks with unlimited studio time,” Mason continues. “Momentary Lapse had been recorded under considerable stress and time constraints, and indeed some of the final mixing was done at the same time as rehearsals for the forthcoming tour. It was also nice to have an opportunity to enhance some of Rick’s work. Again, that positive tidal wave of technology just might have provided too many digital opportunities to overwhelm the band feel. Hopefully that’s one of the benefits of this remix!”

The remixed and updated ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ album also features a new album cover using an alternative beds photo by Robert Dowling from the original album cover shoot directed by the late Storm Thorgerson. Echoing the iconic original sleeve the 2021 album artwork is designed and art directed by Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon/StormStudios.

Aubrey Powell explains, “I was looking to update the iconic five hundred beds picture my partner in Hipgnosis, Storm Thorgerson, had designed. On looking through the archives I discovered a version where the sea was encroaching on the set, just before Storm shut down the shot worried he would lose all the beds. I also wanted to make something more of the microlight. There were no shots of the plane in close up, so I hunted one down that was similar but white, and had Peter Curzon retouch the fuselage with the right colouring – red –  then strip the microlight into the picture in an upfront position. David Gilmour and Nick Mason gave their approval and, voila, a fresh approach to an original favourite”. 

The album will be available as single CD, CD +DVD set, CD + Blu-Ray set, 2x 180gm LP set, the latter cut at half-speed at 45rpm for enhanced sound quality, with pre-orders from 2 September. A special version of the video Learning To Fly will be available simultaneously with Sony 360RA immersive audio: if you watch the video on YouTube with headphones you experience simulated 360RA sound.

A Momentary Lapse Of Reason 360 Reality Audio, Dolby Audio and UHD versions will be available via multiple Digital Service Providers on October 19, 2021. All physical formats will be available on October 29, 2021.

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Sting Details New Album, Releases New Single “If It’s Love”

Sting Details New Album, Releases New Single “If It’s Love”

Sting performs in 2018
Sting performing in 2018. CC BY 2.0. Credit: Raph_PH

Sting has released a new single and revealed details of his forthcoming album, The Bridge. Due out November 19th, the album is available for pre-order now and the upbeat first single “If It’s Love” can be heard in the player below.

“I’m certainly not the first songwriter to equate falling in or out of love with an incurable sickness, nor will I be the last,” Sting said in a statement about the new song. “’If It’s Love’ is my addition to that canon where the tropes of metaphorical symptoms, diagnosis, and downright incapacity are all familiar enough to make each of us smile ruefully.”

“If It’s Love” is one of 10 tracks on the album and 13 tracks on a deluxe edition, which also includes a cover of the Otis Redding hit “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay”. The deluxe version also includes a DVD with a track-by-track discussion with Sting and music videos for “If It’s Love” and “Rushing Water”.

The Bridge will be available on standard and deluxe CD and vinyl, as a Japanese exclusive standard and deluxe version, on audio cassette and on all digital and streaming platforms.

You can pre-order the album here.

You can stream or download “If It’s Love” here.

The Bridge Track Listing

1. Rushing Water
2. If It’s Love
3. The Book of Numbers
4. Loving You
5. Harmony Road
6. For Her Love
7. The Hills on the Border
8. Captain Bateman
9. The Bells of St. Thomas
10. The Bridge
11. Waters of Tyne (Deluxe bonus track)
12. Captain Bateman’s Basement (Deluxe bonus track)
13. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay (Deluxe bonus track)
14. I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City *(Japanese exclusive bonus track)

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8 Great Things You Might Not Know About Freddie Mercury

8 Great Things You Might Not Know About Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury. CC BY 2.0. Credit: Carl Lender

Freddie Mercury, iconic lead singer of Queen and arguably one of the best rock singers of all time, would have turned 75 on September 5, 2021.  Diagnosed with AIDS in 1987, Mercury kept his declining health a secret until the day before his death on November 24, 1991.

Born in Zanzibar, which was a British protectorate until 1963 (making Mercury a British subject), Mercury was mainly educated at a boarding school for boys in India, where he formed his first band. His family fled Zanzibar for Middlesex, England due to political persecution when Mercury was 17. He then attended college in England, graduating in 1969 with a degree in graphic art and design.

Mercury formed the band “Smile” with drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May in 1970, when he was 23. They recruited bassist John Deacon the next year and changed their name to Mercury’s suggestion, “Queen.”

Although Mercury was one of the most flamboyant and theatrical singers of his generation, he kept his private life… well, private. You’ve hopefully attended or seen a Queen concert or two, you’ve read the magazines, and you’ve probably seen the 2018 Bohemian Rhapsody (which has many glaring errors due to “creative license”), but you still may not know some of the most intriguing facts of Freddie Mercury’s life.

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In celebration of what would have been Mercury’s 75th birthday, let’s find out more about this iconic legend.

01 Freddie Mercury’s Real Name

Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara, and started using the first name “Freddie” while at boarding school in India.  He legally changed his surname to “Mercury” after he renamed his band “Smile” to “Queen.” According to Brian May, Mercury picked his last name after he wrote the song “My Fairy King,” featured on Queen’s debut album. The lyrics mentioned “Mother Mercury” and Freddie thought that was an appropriate name for himself.  Astrologers have also pointed out that Mercury was the ruler of the sun on his birth chart.  In addition, the surname Mercury could whitewash his ethnic Parsi heritage, which at the time was looked at as not being conducive to being a “rock star.”

For a short time, Mercury also used the name Larry Lurex, on a recording made prior to Queen’s debut album. In short, Mercury, May and Taylor had been asked by a studio engineer to recreate Phil Spector’s famed “Wall of Sound” while Queen was putting the final touches on their album.  Mercury said he came up with the outlandish name as a “personal piss-take” on Gary Glitter, who at the time was dominating the British charts. (This was all prior to the revelation of Glitter’s numerous sex crimes.) Fans loved Glitter and revolted against “Larry Lurex,” rendering the single a stiff.


02 His Teeth and Voice

Mercury had a distinctive and prominent overbite. Why? It turns out that he had four extra teeth on his upper jaw, also known as mesiodens or supernumerary teeth. People with this condition normally have one or perhaps two extra teeth so for Mercury to have four was extremely rare. The extra teeth pushed his front teeth forward and created his trademark overbite. Although he was self-conscious about this distinct trait his entire life (even being nicknamed “Bucky” in school), Mercury was afraid that altering his teeth would change his voice. He believed he had an expanded palate which contributed to his incredible vocal range, which was alleged to be four octaves.

In 2016, scientists officially studied Mercury’s vocals and reported that his vocal chords were unique.  Consequence of Sound stated that while most average humans’ vocal chords vibrate “between 5.4 Hz and 6.9 Hz, Mercury’s was 7.04 Hz.”


03 His Music

Like many musicians, sometimes song ideas came to Mercury in his dreams.  But unlike most artists, Mercury’s headboard was actually an upright piano. When he was just starting out, he used his headboard to write songs that materialized in his sleep. To do this, he had to play the piano backwards, as he lay prone. “He was double-jointed and his hands could bend back completely and I think that’s where some of the passages from ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ started,” said Mercury’s former manager John Reid. Rock stars – they’re not like us!

Speaking of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Mercury started working on that epic song in 1968, two years before Queen even existed. He called it “The Cowboy Song” due to the lyric, “Mama, just killed a man.” Prior to Mercury’s death, Brian May told Mercury about the song’s inclusion in the movie Wayne’s World, and told the BBC, “He was … confined to his bed, but I took it round and played it to him and he loved it. Strangely enough, the humor in it was quite close to our own. Because we did that kind of thing in the car, bouncing up and down to our own tracks!”

Mercury also wrote in the bathtub. He claims that “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” took him only 5-10 minutes to write while taking a bubble bath. He probably should have written in the tub even more because the song become Queen’s first #1 hit in the U.S.

Mercury enjoyed singing with other music stars, creating many timeless collaborations.  And he did this many times with Queen as the “backing” band. His most famous duet was probably “Under Pressure” with his friend David Bowie, but he also recorded with Michael Jackson, Ian Hunter and Billy Squier.

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04 Freddie Mercury’s Hobbies

Like many artistic people, Mercury had numerous interests outside of music. First and foremost, Mercury loved art. He designed the crest logo for Queen, putting his degree in graphic design from Ealing Art College to good use. (College alumni also incidentally include Pete Townshend and Ronnie Wood.) The logo he designed for the band is made up of their zodiac signs— a Cancer crab for Brian May, two Leo lions for Roger Taylor and John Deacon and finally two fairies for Freddie’s Virgo sign. A phoenix hovers over the crest, protecting the band.

Stamp collecting was also a passion for Mercury. In fact, Freddie’s stamp collection is one of the few possessions that his family kept after his death.  In 1993, they put the collection up for auction and it was acquired by the British Postal Museum, who lend it out for exhibitions. Proceeds were donated to The Mercury Phoenix Trust, which was an AIDS charity set up to honor Mercury. Fittingly, Mercury was posthumously remembered on one of a series of stamps produced to mark the millennium.

Mercury also loved playing Scrabble. Apparently, the band loved playing marathon sessions on the road, with Mercury or Roger Taylor usually winning.  But, Brian May held the record for the best word – “lacquers” which scored the most by having the “Q” on the triple points square.

Although maybe not considered a hobby, Mercury was a huge cat lover. At times Mercury had up to ten cats, most rescued from animal shelters. He even dedicated the song “Delilah” to his favorite cat (featured on the Innuendo album) and a full solo album, Mr. Bad Guy, to all of his cats. “Mr. Bad Guys is dedicated to my cat Jerry – also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe – screw everybody else.”

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05 His Friends

Mercury had “drag” nicknames for several of his friends, including Elton John (Sharon) and Rod Stewart (Phyllis). Mercury’s own nickname was “Melina.”

Mercury also forged a friendship with the late Princess Diana, one night sneaking her out in disguise to dance at the legendary gay bar, Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Somehow, the ruse worked and the friends and their cohorts had a great time.  Previous to going out, Diana and the group had been making up racy dialogue while they watched the TV show The Golden Girls. You just can’t make this stuff up!

But Mercury’s best friend and his one true love turned out to be Mary Austin, to whom he was once engaged. Mercury said, “All my lovers ask me why they couldn’t replace Mary, but it’s simply impossible. The only friend I’ve got is Mary, and I don’t want anybody else. To me, she was my common-law wife. To me, it was a marriage.” Upon his death, Austin was given Mercury’s home, Garden Lodge, and also 50% of his wealth.


06 His Religion

Mercury and his family were Parsis – whose name means Persians – and were Zoroastrians, one of the world’s oldest religions – older than Judaism and Christianity. Although Mercury wasn’t outwardly religious, he wanted to honor his family and left specific instructions that his funeral be officiated by Parsi priests. Zoroastrianism focuses on good deeds formed from good thoughts and good words.

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07 Freddie Mercury’s Death

Mercury died on November 24, 1991 at the age of 45 at his home in Kensington. He was with his close friend, Dave Clark, of the Dave Clark Five, at his bedside when he died. The official cause of death was bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS. Sadly, prior to passing away, Mercury was losing his sight and could not get out of bed any longer. He began refusing his medication and only took painkillers.

His funeral was attended by his family and 35 of his close friends, including the members of Queen and Elton John. His coffin was carried into the chapel to Aretha Franklin’s “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”/”You’ve Got a Friend”.

Like most of his wealth and possessions, his cremated ashes were given to his best friend, Mary Austin.  She kept them in the home she inherited from him for two years, and then buried them in an undisclosed location she has said she will never reveal. “He didn’t want anyone trying to dig him up as has happened with some famous people,” Mary Austin told The Daily Mail. “Fans can be deeply obsessive.”

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05 He was “Out of this World”

Freddie Mercury had an asteroid named after him in 2016, the year he would have turned 70.  Discovered in 1991, the year of his death, the asteroid was formerly known as 17473 but was subsequently named Freddiemercury. “Even if you can’t see Freddiemercury leaping through the sky, you can be sure he’s there, ‘floating around in ecstasy,’ as he might sing, for millennia to come,” said Joel Parker of the Southwest Research Institute. The asteroid is in orbit in an asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter.

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Dee Snider Speaks Out About Vaccine Mandates at Concerts

Dee Snider Speaks Out About Vaccine Mandates at Concerts

Dee Snider
Dee Snider, photographed at Clifton’s Cafeteria on May 5th, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA (Tyler Curtis/ @tyliner)

Dee Snider has been known to speak his mind. In a recent interview with Heavy Consequence the Twister Sister singer discussed why he believes artists with a platform need to take a stand and use their voice for the greater good when it comes to social issues.

When asked specifically about vaccination mandates for concerts, Snider had some choice words for fans at concerts that are unvaccinated against COVID-19 and more likely to spread the disease. He also defended his right to require vaccination for entry to his concerts.

“Your chance of making me sick is an invasion of my privacy, so f**k you. If you don’t like it, find your own band. Ted Nugent is out there somewhere. Kid Rock is welcoming you… You don’t have a right to infect me in my space.”

Snider is vaccinated but did recently test positive for the virus. He credits being vaccinated for his mild symptoms.

Watch the interview here.

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Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Dies at 80

Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Dies at 80

Charlie Watts in 2006
Charlie Watts performs with the Rolling Stones in 2006

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died at the age of 80. News of his death was confirmed in a statement posted to the Stones’ social media accounts on Tuesday.

“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family,” the statement reads.

“Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as a member of The Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation.”

Last week, the band confirmed they would return to their No Filter tour this fall without Watts who was said to be recovering at home from a successful medical procedure.

Born on June 2, 1941 in London, England, Charlie Watts started his musical career playing in the city’s rhythm and blues clubs. It was there that he met Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones and in 1963, joined their new band, the Rolling Stones. As a trained graphic artist, Watts doubled as the group’s drummer and album artwork designer during their formative years.

Watts is one of three Rolling Stones, along with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, to have been featured on every Rolling Stones studio album. In 2016, he was ranked 12th on Rolling Stone’s list of the Greatest Drummers of All Time.

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Phil Lynott Statue Unveiled in Town Where Thin Lizzy Frontman was Born

Phil Lynott Statue Unveiled in Town Where Thin Lizzy Frontman was Born

Thin Lizzy bassist Phil Lynott
Phil Lynott performing with Thin Lizzy in 1978. CC BY SA 2.0 Credit: Chris Hakkens

A statue honoring Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott was unveiled in West Bromwhich, England this past weekend. The monument was erected in the town where Lynott was born on what would have been the late singer’s 72nd birthday.

The Lynott sculpture was crowd-funded by Thin Lizzy fans from around the world. Another statue honoring Lynott was erected in Dublin, Ireland, where he grew up, in 2005 and in 2019, a plaque was installed at Hallam Hospital where he was born.

Phil Lynott died on January 4, 1986 at the age of 36. 

A documentary about Lynott’s life was released in 2020, the same year Thin Lizzy celebrated its 50th anniversary.

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Rolling Stones Release Previously Unheard Track, Announce ‘Tattoo You’ 40th Anniversary Edition

Rolling Stones Release Previously Unheard Track, Announce ‘Tattoo You’ 40th Anniversary Edition

Rolling Stones Credit Helmut Newton
Rolling Stones. Credit: Helmut Newton

The Rolling Stones will release an expanded edition of their classic 1981 album Tattoo You to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its release. The remastered set is accompanied by 9 previously unreleased tracks from that era including “Living In The Heart Of Love” which you can hear now below and on all digital platforms here.

Tattoo You (40th Anniversary Edition) will be released October 22nd and is available to pre-order in multiple formats here. The deluxe formats include Lost & Found: Rarities and Still Life: Wembley Stadium 1982.

In addition to “Living In The Heart of Love” the Lost & Found disc includes a killer version of ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’, first recorded in 1963 by one of the band’s blues heroes, Jimmy Reed; their reading of Dobie Gray’s soul gem ‘Drift Away’; and a fascinating reggae-tinged version of ‘Start Me Up’.

Still Life: Wembley Stadium 1982 is an unmissable memento of the band’s London show in June of that year on the Tattoo You tour. The mighty 26-track set is packed with Stones mega-hits, including an opening ‘Under My Thumb’ and all-time greats such as ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’, ‘Honky Tonk Women’ and ‘Brown Sugar’.

The Wembley show has covers of the Temptations’ ‘Just My Imagination,’ Eddie Cochran’s ‘Twenty Flight Rock,’ the Miracles’ ‘Going To A Go Go’ and early rock ‘n’ roller the Big Bopper’s ‘Chantilly Lace.’ It also features early live workouts for tracks from the then-new Tattoo You such as ‘Start Me Up’, ‘Neighbours’, ‘Little T&A’ and ‘Hang Fire’.

Tattoo You (40th Anniversary Edition) follows the 2020 reissue of the band’s 1973 album Goats Head Soup which featured the previously unreleased track “Scarlet” featuring Jimmy Page. This week’s announcement comes as the Stones prepare to return to the road in September for their No Filter tour.

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Tattoo You 40th Anniversary Edition Physical Formats

** CD **

Standard CD

Start Me Up – Remastered 2021
Hang Fire – Remastered 2021
Slave – Remastered 2021
Little T&A – Remastered 2021
Black Limousine – Remastered 2021
Neighbours – Remastered 2021
Worried About You – Remastered 2021
Tops – Remastered 2021
Heaven – Remastered 2021
No Use In Crying – Remastered 2021
Waiting On A Friend – Remastered 2021

Deluxe 2CD

20 page booklet including essay from Kevin Howlett & Jeff Slade

CD 1 – Tattoo You (2021 Remaster)

Start Me Up – Remastered 2021
Hang Fire – Remastered 2021
Slave – Remastered 2021
Little T&A – Remastered 2021
Black Limousine – Remastered 2021
Neighbours – Remastered 2021
Worried About You – Remastered 2021
Tops – Remastered 2021
Heaven – Remastered 2021
No Use In Crying – Remastered 2021
Waiting On A Friend – Remastered 2021

CD 2 – Lost & Found: Rarities

Living In The Heart Of Love
Fiji Jim
Troubles A’ Comin
Shame Shame Shame
Drift Away
It’s A Lie
Come To The Ball
Fast Talking Slow Walking
Start Me Up (Early Version)

Tattoo You 4-CD Super Deluxe Box Set

4CD Super Deluxe Boxset

Includes 4 x CDS (CD1 – Remastered Album, CD2 – Bonus 9 Tracks + CD 3 & 4 – “Still Life” (Wembley Stadium Concert 1982)

Keith Richards Picture Disc + 124 Page Book featuring over 200 rare photos from recording sessions & world tour + interviews with producer Chris Kimsey & photographer Hubert Kretzschmar + Lenticular Art

CD 1 – Tattoo You (2021 Remaster)

Start Me Up – Remastered 2021
Hang Fire – Remastered 2021
Slave – Remastered 2021
Little T&A – Remastered 2021
Black Limousine – Remastered 2021
Neighbours – Remastered 2021
Worried About You – Remastered 2021
Tops – Remastered 2021
Heaven – Remastered 2021
No Use In Crying – Remastered 2021
Waiting On A Friend – Remastered 2021

CD 2 – Lost & Found: Rarities

Living In The Heart Of Love
Fiji Jim
Troubles A’ Comin
Shame Shame Shame
Drift Away
It’s A Lie
Come To The Ball
Fast Talking Slow Walking
Start Me Up (Early Version)

CD 3 & CD 4 – “Still Life” (Wembley Stadium Concert 1982)

Under My Thumb
When The Whip Comes Down
Let’s Spend The Night Together
Shattered
Neighbours
Black Limousine
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
Twenty Flight Rock
Going To A Go Go
Chantilly Lace
Let Me Go
Time Is On My Side
Beast Of Burden
Let It Bleed
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Band Introductions
Little T&A
Tumbling Dice
She’s So Cold
Hang Fire
Miss You
Honky Tonk Women
Brown Sugar
Start Me Up
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

** VINYL **

1LP Standard
180g Black Vinyl

Side A

Start Me Up – Remastered 2021
Hang Fire – Remastered 2021
Slave – Remastered 2021
Little T&A – Remastered 2021
Black Limousine – Remastered 2021
Neighbours – Remastered 2021

Side B

Worried About You – Remastered 2021
Tops – Remastered 2021
Heaven – Remastered 2021
No Use In Crying – Remastered 2021
Waiting On A Friend – Remastered 2021


2LP Deluxe Black Vinyl
180g Double Black Vinyl in Gatefold sleeve

Side A

Start Me Up – Remastered 2021
Hang Fire – Remastered 2021
Slave – Remastered 2021
Little T&A – Remastered 2021
Black Limousine – Remastered 2021
Neighbours – Remastered 2021

Side B

Worried About You – Remastered 2021
Tops – Remastered 2021
Heaven – Remastered 2021
No Use In Crying – Remastered 2021
Waiting On A Friend – Remastered 2021

Side C

Living In The Heart Of Love
Fiji Jim
Troubles A’ Comin
Shame Shame Shame
Drift Away

Side D

It’s A Lie
Come To The Ball
Fast Talking Slow Walking
Start Me Up (Early Version)

2LP Deluxe Clear Vinyl (The Rolling Stones Store Exclusive)
180g Double Clear Vinyl in Gatefold sleeve

Side A

Start Me Up – Remastered 2021
Hang Fire – Remastered 2021
Slave – Remastered 2021
Little T&A – Remastered 2021
Black Limousine – Remastered 2021
Neighbours – Remastered 2021

Side B

Worried About You – Remastered 2021
Tops – Remastered 2021
Heaven – Remastered 2021
No Use In Crying – Remastered 2021
Waiting On A Friend – Remastered 2021

Side C

Living In The Heart Of Love
Fiji Jim
Troubles A’ Comin
Shame Shame Shame
Drift Away

Side D

It’s A Lie
Come To The Ball
Fast Talking Slow Walking
Start Me Up (Early Version)

Rolling Stones Tattoo You 40th Anniversary Vinyl Box Set
Tattoo You 5-LP Super Deluxe Box Set

5LP Super Deluxe Boxset

Includes 5 x 180g Heavyweight Vinyl. (LP1 Brand New 2021 Remaster of Tattoo You, LP2 Lost & Found: 9 Previously Unreleased Tracks, LP3, 4 & 5 “Still Life” Live At Wembley Stadium 1982)

Plus 124 page hardback book featuring over 200 rare photos from recording sessions & world tour + interviews with producer Chris Kimsey & photographer Hubert Kretzschmar + Lenticular Art

Side A

Start Me Up – Remastered 2021
Hang Fire – Remastered 2021
Slave – Remastered 2021
Little T&A – Remastered 2021
Black Limousine – Remastered 2021
Neighbours – Remastered 2021

Side B

Worried About You – Remastered 2021
Tops – Remastered 2021
Heaven – Remastered 2021
No Use In Crying – Remastered 2021
Waiting On A Friend – Remastered 2021

Side C

Living In The Heart Of Love
Fiji Jim
Troubles A’ Comin
Shame Shame Shame
Drift Away

Side D

It’s A Lie
Come To The Ball
Fast Talking Slow Walking
Start Me Up (Early Version)

Side E

Under My Thumb
When The Whip Comes Down
Let’s Spend The Night Together
Shattered
Neighbours

Side F

Black Limousine
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
Twenty Flight Rock
Going To A Go Go

Side G

Chantilly Lace
Let Me Go
Time Is On My Side
Beast Of Burden

Side H

Let It Bleed
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Band Introductions
Little T&A

Side J

Tumbling Dice
She’s So Cold
Hang Fire
Miss You
Honky Tonk Women

Side K

Brown Sugar
Start Me Up
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

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Journey Announce Las Vegas Residency

Journey Announce Las Vegas Residency

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Journey will head to Las Vegas for a 6-date residency this December. The shows will take place at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas and tickets and VIP packages are available beginning this Friday, August 20th.

The band recently returned to the road for their first shows since 2019 after their 2020 tour with the Pretenders was cancelled due to the pandemic. A handful of shows in the Northeast this summer include a performance at New York City’s Homecoming Concert in Central Park this Saturday, where they’ll perform on a bill that also features Elvis Costello, Earth, Wind & Fire, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen, among others.

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Journey will also perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on September 18th.

The band’s current lineup includes Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Arnel Pineda, the recently returned Deen Castronovo and Marco Mendoza (The Dead Daisies), who has been filling in on bass while Randy Jackson recovers from back surgery.

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Journey 2021 Las Vegas Residency Dates

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