Thursday, September 11, 2014

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

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George HarrisonLate-night talk show host Conan O'Brien will pay tribute to late former Beatle George Harrison on O'Brien's Conan show during the week of Sept. 22-25 in conjunction with the release of the new Harrison box set The Apple Years 1968-75. Performing live versions of Harrison songs will be such acts as Beck, Norah Jones as well as Harrison's only child, Dhani Harrison. The Apple Years 1968-75 is a reissue of Harrison's first six solo albums for Apple Records and includes a special DVD with a previously unseen seven-minute film. Conan airs Mondays through Thursdays at 11:00 p.m. ET on TBS. - The Hollywood Reporter, 9/12/14...... In other Beatles-related news, Yoko Ono visited the East Harlem school on Sept. 15 along with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a mobile studio that's gone around the world since 1998, letting kids learn about songwriting, recording, and music videos, with many getting the opportunity to lay down their own tracks. "Many, many things are happening now in our society, but if you keep smiling, that's going to change the world," Ono, 81, told them. Decked out in a silver jacket, black fedora, and tennis sneakers, Yoko then read what she called an "affirmation" for the children, reminding them how they were "beautiful, intelligent (and) healthy in my body and in my mind." The bus travels 10 months a year and has several staff members living on it, and while in NYC it will stop at schools in all five boroughs, finishing up on Oct. 9, what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday. - Billboard, 9/13/14...... Elsewhere on the Fab Four front, Paul McCartney and his fashion designer daughter Stella caused a stir as they sat down to watch the catwalk show staged in London on Sept. 13 by Hunter Original, squeezing in next to pop star Rita Ora and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. The brand, best known for its rubber wellington boots, is headed by Stella McCartney's husband Alasdhair Willis. Sir Paul arrived at the last minute, wearing a pink button-down shirt and a dark sports jacket. The former Beatle appeared cheerful, posing with his daughter and smiling mischievously for the cameras, and said the show was "terrific" at the end being whisked away by his security guards. - Billboard, 9/13/14.

Jeff LynneJeff Lynne fronted his old band Electric Light Orchestra for the first time on a UK stage in 28 years at BBC Radio 2's "Festival In A Day in Hyde Park" in London on Sept. 14. The reclusive Lynne had been talked into performing at the annual event by BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans, who introduced the band with a specially created VT. Lynne headed a band that included original ELO keyboard player Richard Tandy and the BBC Concert Orchestra, who fleshed out his compositions with record-perfect renditions. After playing some of ELO's biggest singles, including "Evil Woman," "Showdown," "Strange Magic" and "Livin' Thing," Lynne seemed overwhelmed by the crowd's enthusiastic reaction, sticking two thumbs up at the audience. "Wow, fantastic," he said. "It's unbelievable this really. I haven't done anything like this for so long, I can't believe it." Later, Lynne paid tribute to his late bandmates from "the other group I was in," The Traveling Wilburys, dedicating the supergroup's "Handle With Care" to George Harrison and Roy Orbison. After encoring with "Roll Over Beethoven," the Birmingham-born Lynne departed telling the 50,000-strong crowd it was "the best fun we've ever had" and that "I'll do this again." - New Musical Express, 9/15/14.

YusufNow simply using the moniker "Yusuf," Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) has announced he will release his first new music in five years this fall and perform six shows behind the new album in North America in early winter. Tell 'Em I'm Gone will drop via Sony Legacy on Oct. 27 as part of a new deal Yusuf struck with the label that will see future releases of new recordings, existing catalog titles, previously unreleased live material and new videos. Tell 'Em I'm Gone's 10 tracks are divided between new originals and covers of songs such as the blues classic "Big Boss Man," Edgar Winter's "Dying To Live" and Procol Harum's "The Devil Came From Kansas." The LP was recorded in Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels and London with Rick Rubin co-producing, and guest players include Richard Thompson', blues harpist Charlie Musselwhite, Bonnie Prince Billy', the group Tinariwen' and guitarist Matt Sweeney. Yusuf/ Cat Stevens will begin his first North American tour in 35 years on Dec. 1 at Massey Hall in Toronto, also visiting Boston (12/4), New York City (12/7), Chicago (12/9), San Francisco (12/12) and Los Angeles (12/14). He also has eight dates on his "The Peace Train... Late Again" tour scheduled for November in Europe, beginning in London on Nov. 4. - Billboard, 9/15/14.

Jim MorrisonA long lost self-produced documentary from The Doors, Feast of Friends, will finally be getting a proper release four decades after it was created in 1968. Feast of Friends was filmed during the Doors' summer tour 46 years ago by director Paul Ferrara and funded by the band itself. But it was never completed after receiving generally negative reviews at film festivals and was eventually shelved due to singer Jim Morrison's legal problems from allegedly exposing himself to an audience in Miami. Previously only available to fans as poor-quality bootlegs (the grainy bootleg version that was until now the only way of seeing the film was purportedly Morrison's own which he left at a friend's house in a brown paper bag just days before his death), the cult fan favorite film has been remastered and will be available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning Nov. 11. The new version has been color-corrected and mastered in high definition by long-time Doors co-producer and engineer Bruce Botnick, who also remixed and remastered the soundtrack. It will also include the 1968 British documentary The Doors Are Open centered around the band's final performance at London's Roundhouse, also remastered and restored. - Rolling Stone, 9/15/14.

The 2014 edition of the Farm Aid benefit concert drew 20,000 fans to Raleigh, North Carolina's Walnut Creek Amphitheatre on Sept. 13 and featured such headliners as guitarist extraordinaire Jack White, bluesman Gary Clark Jr., and singer/songwriter Todd Snider. The event's four guiding stars -- Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews -- also performed and were joined by such returning Farm Aid favorites as Carlene Carter, Jamey Johnson, Jesse Lenat and members of Willie Nelson's extended musical clan, including his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson and Nelson's granddaughter, Raelyn Nelson. Now in its 29th year, Farm Aid is the longest-running concert for a cause in pop-music history. Meanwhile, Neal Young's annual Bridge School Benefit Concert will take place Oct. 25 and 26 at the Bay Area's Shoreline Amphitheatre. Headlined by Young, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Florence + the Machine, Norah Jones and Band of Horses, the show will also feature a set by Young's estranged wife Pegi Young, who will play with her backing band the Survivors. Organized by Neal and Pegi, the Bridge School Benefit Concert was first held in 1986 and has been held every year since, with the exception of 1987. The series raises money for the Bridge School nonprofit organization, which helps children with severe speech and physical impairments. - Billboard, 9/15/14...... Phil CollinsPhil Collins will headline his first show in four years this fall when he plays the Miami Benefit Concert at the Fillmore Miami Beach to benefit his Little Dreams Foundation. Collins will headline the Dec. 6 gala fundraiser benefiting its Miami locale, which will also feature performances by two major Latin music acts: Italian singer Laura Pausini and Mexican star Alejandra Guzmn. The show, presented by Collins' ex wife Orianne Collins Mejjati and music technologist David Frangioni, will take place during Art Basel, the international art fair. ollins established the Little Dreams Foundation with Collins Mejjati in 2000 with the objective of helping children and teens with athletic and artistic talent fulfill their dreams. All proceeds will go Little Dreams' efforts in Florida. Last December, the organization opened up a Miami chapter, after Collins Mejjati and her children made the city their new home. Collins' last concert was The Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2010 at London's Royal Albert Hall on Nov. 17, 2010. - Billboard, 9/15/14...... An extinct "water pig with tactile lips" has been named after Mick Jagger by an educator at Wake University. The 19-million-year-old anthracotheres -- a species which has been likened to a kind of "long-legged pig" -- was named by Wake University Associate Professor Ellen Miller, a self-professed "huge Stones fan" who noted that the 19-million-year-old creature's "highly innervated muzzle with mobile and tactile lips" reminded her of Jagger. Recently discovered in Egypt thanks to the finding of pieces of fossilised jaw, it has been named Jaggermeryx naida, which means "Jagger's water nymph." Meanwhile, the real life Mick Jagger is among more than 200 celebrities to sign an open letter urging Scottish voters to keep Scotland as part of the United Kingdom. An independence referendum will be held on Sept. 18 which could see Scotland break away from the rest of the UK. The letter is part of the Let's Stay Together campaign that aims to give a voice to those who are not allowed to vote in the referendum. - New Musical Express, 9/11/14....... Shock-rockers Kiss shed their makeup and pulled out their acoustic guitars on Sept. 14 in Lake Oswego, Ore., to raise money for the renovation of the Oregon Military Museum. The museum is named for 93-year-old Brig. Gen. James B. Thayer, the father of current Kiss lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and a World War II hero who liberated a Nazi death camp. The museum is at the Oregon National Guard's Camp Withycombe in Clackamas. The renovation is expected to cost $15 million, and half has been raised. An auction before the 14-song concert, which closed with an unplugged version of "Rock and Roll All Nite," included one of Kiss guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley's guitars, fetching $20,000. Meanwhile, Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is preparing to launch another reality show -- this one named Coliseum which challenges contestants to form rock bands with a winning musical voice and performance. Simmons, as the Rock Caesar, will ultimately decide with a thumb up or down who goes forward in the competition. "Coliseum is a no-holds-barred competition show between musical gladiators in the arena fighting to survive, fighting to be the champion, fighting to curry the favor of Rock Caesar," said Simmons in a statement. Simmons previously starred in A&E's Gene Simmons' Family Jewels and VH1's Gene Simmons' Rock School. AMC is also airing Simmons' and his bandmate Paul Stanley's reality show 4th and Loud. AP/The Hollywood Reporter, 9/15/14...... Ray DaviesDavid Bowie has written the liner notes for an upcoming release by one of his biggest influences -- the Kinks. In a statement on his website, Bowie has released an excerpt from the sleeve notes of the forthcoming Kinks compilation The Essential Kinks with an image of him with Kinks frontman Ray Davies captioned, "I've never heard a Kinks song that I didn't like." "Of course, from their noisy and brash beginnings, The Kinks have come to stand for some of the most enduring and heart-clutching pop of all time," Bowie wrote. "They are in the gut of every British songwriter who followed them and are indisputably a cornerstone of everything pop and rock. I love 'em. The world loves 'em." The 48-track double album The Essential Kinks will be released on Oct.14 in North America and is a celebration of the band's 50th anniversary. - New Musical Express, 9/15/14...... Former U.F.O. and Scorpions lead guitarist Michael Schenker will kick off a nationwide UK tour at the Newcastle O2 Academy on Dec. 10. Schenker will perform songs from the new album, which features the new single, "Lord Of The Lost And Lonely," plus all the MSG, UFO and Scorpions rock classics. The Bridge The Gap UK tour will feature Schenker's "Temple of Rock" band, comprising ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards), and ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White. Schenker will also play Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bilston, Norwich, Bristol and London during the tour, which wraps on Dec. 20. - Noble PR, 9/16/14.

Bob Crewe, the singer, songwriter, producer and label owner who created many of the Four Seasons' hits, discovered Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and was behind a few disco-era standards -- died on Sept. 11 at his home in Scarborough, Maine. He was 83. As a producer, Mr. Crewe used Frankie Valli's group the Four Lovers as backup singers before having them change their name to the Four Seasons and recording their first single, "Sherry," which hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1962. Mr. Crewe and Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio co-wrote the group's follow-up, "Big Girls Don't Cry," which also went to No. 1. Bob CreweAs a writer and producer, Mr. Crewe had a hand in all the Four Seasons' hits, co-writing "Walk Like a Man" and "Rag Doll," as well as Valli's solo hit in 1967 "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," which peaked at No. 2 and was later covered by such artists as The Supremes, Julio Iglesias and Pet Shop Boys. In 1975, Valli's version of the Mr. Crewe-Kenny Nolan song "My Eyes Adored You" hit No. 1 on March 22. A week later, Mr. Crewe and Nolan's "Lady Marmalade," recorded by Labelle, replaced it atop the Billboard Hot 100, making it only the third time a songwriting team had replaced themselves at No. 1. A 2001 version of "Lady Maramalde," recorded by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink, would hit No. 1 in 2001. During the disco era of the mid- to late 1970s, Mr. Crewe formed the group Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes, who had top 40 hits with "Get Dancin'" and "I Wanna Dance Wit' Choo." His last song to reach the Hot 100 was Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack's "You're Looking Like Love to Me," which peaked at No. 58 in 1984. He recorded as a solo singer for MCA in 1961, but that took a backseat after he began working with Gaudio and the Four Seasons. After the Four Seasons had a string of hits, Mr. Crewe launched his own label, DynoVoice Records, and formed a vocal group, The Bob Crewe Generation, which had its biggest hit with "Music to Watch Girls By," which hit No. 15 in 1967. He also discovered Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and produced their three top 40 hits "Jenny Take a Ride," "Little Latin Lupe Lu" and "Devil With a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly." Mr. Crewe was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, and with his brother founded the Bob Crewe Foundation in 2009, which earlier in 2014 donated $3 million to the Maine College of Art in Portland to establish the Bob Crewe Program for Art and Music. Mr. Crewe had been living in an assisted living facility since sustaining a brain injury in a fall three years ago, one year after moving to Maine from Los Angeles. "He was a great friend and taught me many things, not only about music and the business, but about style and how to live," Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein said of Mr. Crewe, whom he has known for 50 years. "He had amazing talent, but equally amazing taste -- and he was a great painter to boot." - 9/12/14....... Joe Sample, a jazz pianist who had a successful solo career and also performed with numerous high-profile musicians as The Supremes, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, B.B. King, Miles Davis and Steely Dan, died on Sept. 12 in Houston of undisclosed causes. Sample began his career as a member of music group Jazz Crusaders (which later became The Crusaders), and he remained with the group until its 1991 album. He has also released numerous solo albums through Warner Bros. Sample also co-wrote the song "One Day I'll Fly Away," which Nicole Kidman performed in the 2001 film Moulin Rouge. - The Hollywood Reporter, 9/13/14...... Tom Skeeter, a longtime music industry insider and owner of the legendary Sound City Studios, died on Sept. 12 of undisclosed causes. Sound City Studios, located in Van Nuys, Calif., is where a number of iconic acts recorded their music after being founded in 1969. Neil Young, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Ronnie James Dio, Weezer, Foreigner, The Black Crowes, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Johnny Cash, among others, all went on to record music at the Los Angeles-based studio. In 2013, Sound City became the subject of a documentary, Sound City, directed by former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl. Skeeter also co-managed pop singer Rick Springfield during his 1980s heyday, who tweeted that he was "a southern gentleman" upon hearing the news of his death. - Billboard, 9/13/14.

Neil YoungNeil Young posted live recording of a new song called "Who's Gonna Stand Up" to his official site on Sept. 10. An impassioned protest song in the tradition of his late 1960s and early 1970s work, "Who's Gonna Stand Up" was recorded at Liverpool's Echo Arena on July 13 during a show with his longtime collaborators Crazy Horse. The song, in which Young asks "Who's gonna stand up and save the earth?," was inspired by the recent pro-environment documentary Under the Influence, and the folk-rocker calls out corporations and politicians who he believes to be destroying the environment. Young has a handful of dates planned this fall, beginning with a Sept. 13 performance at the Farm Aid benefit concert in Raleigh, N.C. Meanwhile Young, who filed for divorce from his long-term partner Pegi Young in August after more than 36 years together, was photographed kissing and cuddling actress Daryl Hannah of Splash fame as the pair walked to a restaurant in Westlake, Calif., on Sept. 9. Neil and Pegi Young have a grown-up daughter named Amber Jean, as well as a son from a previous relationship. A divorce hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 12. - Billboard/WENN.com, 9/11/14.

Barbra StreisandBarbra Streisand will make her first late-night TV show appearance in more than 50 years when she appears on The Tonight Show with host Jimmy Fallon on Sept. 15. On Sept. 10 Fallon announced the legendary singer and Oscar-winning actress will appear on the show in conjunction with the upcoming release of Streisand's new duets album Partners, which hits stores on Sept. 23. The album, co-produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmunds (Madonna) and Walter Afanasieff, features Streisand's duets with numerous high-profile vocalists, including Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Blake Shelton. In other Streisand-related news, satellite radio giant SiriusXM has announced it is launching an exclusive, limited-run station featuring the works of the diva on Sept. 12 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Fans can tune into The Barbra Streisand Channel on Sirius channel 69, XM channel 73 and the SiriusXM Internet Radio App through Oct. 10. The channel will feature live and studio recordings spanning Streisand's career, from her 1963 debut to Partners, as well as her personal song selections. There will also be a Town Hall special with Streisand in which she'll sit down for an intimate Q&A with SiriusXM listeners in New York. The Town Hall is set to air Sept. 14 at noon and will be available on demand after that. Meanwhile, a one time duet partner of Barbra Streisand's, Neil Diamond, held a listening party for his new LP Melody Road for a small gathering of music industry insiders at Capitol's Studio A in Hollywood on Sept. 8. The tracks previewed included "Something Blue," the most commercial of the songs, which has Diamond's classic mid-tempo lilt, and the ballads "The Art of Love" and "(Ooo) Do I Wanna Be Yours." Diamond says all the songs on the album are love songs in one way or another. "I don't understand (love) and I want to understand why it's so powerful," Diamond said. "I always want to ask that question and give an answer that suits me, whether it's true or not." Melody Road, set for release on Oct. 21, was co-produced by Don Was and Jacknife Lee. - The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard, 9/11/14.

Stevie WonderAs Stevie Wonder prepares to hit the road this fall with a Songs in the Key of Life Performance Tour, the legendary Motown artist says he thinks the mayor of Furguson, Mo. isn't seeing the full picture a month after an unarmed black 18-year-old named Michael Brown was killed by a white police officer in August."I don't know if the mayor has blinders on," Wonder said in an interview announcing the tour at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live on Sept. 10. "But to say that he didn't know that there was a racial or cultural problem in the city is unfortunate." Wonder said he approved of how Pres. Barack Obama has responded to protests in the city following Brown's death last month. As the unrest drew worldwide attention, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told reporters that there was no "racial divide" there. Wonder said his Songs in the Key of Life tour will include performances of new songs culled from the 40 to 50 tunes Wonder wrote for an upcoming album Through the Eyes of Wonder, and that he hopes to release the LP's title track as its first single in Feb. 2015. Wonder's 11-city Live Nation tour kicks off on Nov. 6 at New York's Madison Square Garden on Nov. 6, also visiting Washington, D.C. (11/9), Boston (11/11), Chicago (11/14), Philadelphia (11/16), Auburn Hills, Mich. (11/20), Atlanta (11/22), Toronto (11/25), Las Vegas (11/29), and Seattle (12/3) before wrapping in Oakland, Calif. on Dec. 5. - AP/Billboard, 9/10/14.

Crystal GayleA new exhibit showcasing country/pop singer Crystal Gayle has opened at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn., and will run through Nov. 3. Gayle's "When I Dream" exhibit takes it name from the "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" singer's 1979 hit single, and Gayle says looking back at her career gave her a chance to reflect. "It was incredible for me to look back onto my career. I saw all the things I've done, and I told a few people that it made me really tired," she joked. "Did I do all that? We went all over the world, and made so many wonderful friends. It seems like it was just yesterday." The exhibit contains many of Gayle's gold and platinum records, her Grammy for her 1977 chart-topper "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," and even a Mattel Crystal "Eagle" Gayle Air Force Barbie doll, which commemorated both her 1984 flight aboard an F-16 fighter and the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. Gayle is currently in the studio working on a yet-untitled album of some of her favorite classic country songs of all time. It's a family affair for the singer, who says, "It's a lot of fun being in the studio with my son Chris. He went to Belmont University, and he's really good at engineering. It's been great to work with him." Glen CampbellGayle also reminisced on the recording of her signature tune "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," which she says she nailed on the first try. "That was a first take. I did not re-sing it. It just fell into place beginning with Pig Robbins' opening work on the piano. It was magic in the studio that day." - Billboard, 9/9/14...... Elsewhere on the '70s country/pop scene, Glen Campbell has announced the release date of his final recorded song, titled "I'm Not Gonna Miss You." In a press release announcing the soundtrack for the upcoming documentary Glen Cambell: I'll Be Me, Campbell says that his latest recording for the soundtrack's EP will be his last. "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," was written by Campbell with Julian Raymond and addresses his struggles with Alzheimer's, with which the legendary singer was diagnosed in 2011. The Band Perry and Glen's daughter Ashley Campbell are also featured on the five-song EP, arriving Sept. 30, almost a month before the film's Oct. 24 release date. Such famous artists as Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift will appear in I'll Be Me to pay tribute to the "Rhinestone Cowboy" singer. - Billboard, 9/8/14.

In a new interview with Billboard magazine, Keith Richards hints that he may be releasing a new solo album next summer. Stating that the record is already "finished," Richards goes on to say that he "doesn't want to put it out while the [Rolling] Stones are still working" and said it's tentatively slated for a June 2015 release. Richards also talked about plans for the Stones, who will tour Australia and New Zealand throughout October and November. "They've got South America lined up in February, Buenos Aires, Peru. And after that, I know what the Stones tours are like, they tend to get extended," he said. Richards is also promoting his new children's book, Gus & Me: The Story Of My Granddad And My First Guitar, which was released on Sept. 9. The book is the follow-up to his best-selling 2010 memoir Life, and he says "the initial idea did come from the publishers." "You know, 'Maybe Keith can sell a few more books,'" he says. "That's their business after all. Nine times out of 10 I would have said forget about it. I'm not going there. But because of the circumstances and having another grandchild, everything was sort of falling into place. I said, 'Damn it. Go for it.'" - New Musical Express, 9/9/14...... David BowieDavid Bowie has announced he'll release a new single, "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)," which will be featured on his upcoming career spanning CD release Nothing Has Changed (The Definitive Collection). "Sue" was recorded especially for the retrospective with Bowie's long-time collaborator Tony Visconti, and will be released as a limited edition 10" single and digital download. Both the album and new single will be released via Parlophone in the U.K. on Nov. 17, and the album, in 1CD, 2CD, 3CD and vinyl formats, and accompanying digital download will drop the following day in the U.S. through Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings. The physical single will be released In the U.S. on "Black Friday," Nov. 28, and the set will arrive in Australia on Nov. 21. "Sue" will be the first new Bowie material since the Thin White Duke released The Next Day in early 2013. Another retrospective Bowie four-CD box set Sound+Vision, spanning four decades and 21 albums from 1969's Space Oddity through to 1993 soundtrack The Buddha Of Suburbia, will be released Sept. 22. - Billboard, 9/10/14...... Paul McCartney's theme tune for the new computer game "Destiny" has been released online. McCartney worked with a 120 piece orchestra at London's Abbey Road Studios on the theme, which is set to be released as a single. The orchestra was conducted by Beatles producer George Martin's son Giles Martin and produced by Mark "Spike" Stent. Macca joined forces with the games company Bungie's in-house composer Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori for the score of "Destiny," a first-person shooter now available for Playstation and Xbox. In July Sir Paul resumed his Out There tour, after taking almost two months off following a virus. - New Musical Express...... The Kinks have announced a new box set marking their 50th anniversary, The Anthology 1964-1971, will be released on Nov. 3. Featuring over 100 songs from the band's classic '60s and '70s material, as well as rare demos, session outtakes and alternate mixes, The Anthology will also include 25 previously unavailable tracks, interviews with the group, and a seven-inch single. Earlier in 2014, the band revealed that they had put their animosity behind them and were now working on new material. Frontman Ray Davies said that he and his brother, Dave Davies, had finally met in person to talk about the possibility of playing together again. - NME, 9/10/14...... Marvin GayeThree of late soul singer Marvin Gaye's children filed a summary judgment papers in their lawsuit over Gaye's song "Got to Give It Up," in which they claim singer Robin Thicke and his producer Pharrell Williams used Gaye's instrumental track in their hit single "Blurred Lines." Nona Gaye, Frankie Gaye and Marvin Gaye III are pointing the judge to recorded depositions and media interviews given by Williams and Thicke, and have also submitted an audio mash-up that's intended to serve as "concrete musical illustrations of the substantial similarities" between the huge 2013 hit and Gaye's "Got to Give it Up." Williams and Thicke filed their preemptive lawsuit in August 2013 seeking a declaration of non-infringement. In July 2014, the plaintiffs suggested in their own summary judgment papers that the Gayes "smelled money" when asserting a copyright infringement. The Gaye children indeed fired counterclaims in October 2013, but they want it noted who sued first. A jury trial has been scheduled for Feb. 10, 2015. - The Hollywood Reporter, 9/8/14...... Cher has postponed the second leg of her Dressed to Kill tour due to an "acute viral infection," a representative for the singer announced on Sept. 8. What was supposed to be the opening show in Albany, N.Y., on Sept. 11, will now take place on Oct. 6, according to spokesperson, and the Manchester, N.H., show that was to follow on Sept. 13 will now take place on Oct. 7. Cher has been ordered to be on full bed rest for several days since seeing doctors over the first weekend in September, necessitating the change in dates. The remainder of the tour is expected to stay the same. Ticket holders unable to attend the rescheduled dates will have refunds available. Cher's Dressed to Kill tour opened March 22 in Phoenix, Ariz. The diva's sell-out tour had grossed a reported $54.9 million through the end of its first leg on July 11. The tour is set to wrap on Nov. 19 in South Charleston, S.C. - Billboard, 9/8/14...... The Carole King Broadway musical "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" is set to begin a run on London's West End in 2015 with previews beginning on Feb. 10 at the Aldwych Theatre. "Beautiful" will later kick off a U.S. tour in September 2015 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island, followed by a 12-week run at Chicago's Oriental Theatre as well as dates at the Pantages in Hollywood and in Durham, N.C., and Charlotte, N.C. Other engagements are also planned. The musical, which stars Jessie Mueller who won the Tony for her portrayal of the iconic singer-songwriter, depicts the emergence in the 1960s of King and her late husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin as a legendary pop songwriting team alongside their best friends and fellow tunesmiths, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. - The Hollywood Reporter, 9/8/14...... Roger WatersFormer Pink Floyd member Roger Waters premiered his new documentary Roger Waters: The Wall at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 6. Waters told the audience he began working with co-director Sean Evans five years ago to update the show with a more ecumenical and anti-war approach. Since it kicked off four years ago in Toronto, the tour has grossed nearly $500 million. Waters also celebrated his 71st birthday on the same day, and fans began an an impromptu chorus of "Happy Birthday" as he walked out on stage to introduce the film. After the screening, Waters came back out for a post-film Q&A session to a standing ovation. A release date for the 133-minute documentary, which includes all 26 songs from Pink Floyd's 1979 album The Wall, is still seeking a distributor and a release date has not been set. - AP, 9/7/14...... During a recent online chat with fans on Facebook to promote new solo album, lullabye... and the Ceaseless Roar, Robert Plant said he would be "happy" to collaborate with former White Stripes mastermind Jack White on a new single. "I love Jack White's buccaneer spirit and the way he dodges through the musical horizons. I'd be happy to make a single with him," said Plant, who added that he'd "like to do a track called 'Love Me' which was originally recorded by The Phantom." Plant even noted he was going to Nashville, Tenn., where White owns and operates a recording studio, on Sept. 15, however he must have been unaware that White is scheduled to give a concert in Cleveland, Oh., on that date. Plant launched Lullaby... with a show at the iTunes Festival at London's Roundhouse on Sept. 8 that also featured five classics by his former band Led Zeppelin. The 85-minute, 12-song set featured four songs from Lullaby... as well as "Fixin' To Die Blues' from his 2002 album Dreamland and a cover of Willie Dixon's blues standard "Spoonful." - NME, 9/10/14...... Members of the Eagles and Cheap Trick will guest on a new album by alternative rock faves Foo Fighters. Joe Walsh of the Eagles and Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick contribute to the band's eight studio album, Sonic Highways, which is due Nov. 10. - NME, 9/10/14...... Tom WaitsA classic animated Tom Waits music video called "Tom Waits For No One" is set to be restored for its 35th anniversary. Produced in 1979, "Tom Waits For No One" featured rotoscoping technology to capture the singer's movements before they were animated. In the video, Waits performs his song "The One That Got Away," a track from his 1976 album Small Change, and in the cartoon he is seduced on a Hollywood street by a female dancer. A Kickstarter.com campaign will launch later in September in order to help raise funds for the restoration of the video for an exhibition in Los Angeles in March 2015. Waits, who rarely performs live, played his first show in five years as part of Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit in October 2013. - NME, 9/9/14...... Chic featuring Nile Rodgers have announced a one-off performance at London's Indigo at The O2 on Oct. 9. On Sept. 7, Chic closed out the UK's Bestival by breaking the record for the world's largest disco ball. "We are so happy to be here, you have no idea," Rodgers said at the start of the set, "and we're ready to break the world record." Once it was announced that the huge mirrorball hoisted from a crane in the center of the stage had fulfilled the requirements of being over ten meters in diameter and able to spin on its own, Chic took to the stage with Rodgers paying tribute to his guitar technician Terry Brauer, who died shortly before the event, by shouting "Terry! Terry!" Chic then played a set filled with such disco classics as "Everybody Dance," "Dance Dance Dance" and "'I Want Your Love." - NME, 9/8/14.

Richard KeilActor Richard Keil, best known as the iconic James Bond villian "Jaws," passed away on Sept. 10 at a hospital in Fresno, Calif., after being admitted there a week ago with a broken leg. He was 74. A cause of death has not been released, and it is not known if the injury is connected to his death. The 7-foot-2-inch Kiel, who was born in Detroit in 1939, won over audiences worldwide in the 1970s as the steel-toothed character Jaws in the Roger Moore Bond classics The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. Kiel also appeared in a handful of B-movies and of TV shows -- including four episodes of The Wild Wild West in 1965 -- in supporting, henchman roles that took advantage of his intimidating height. He first appeared as a metal-mouthed bad guy in Silver Streak, the 1976 Gene Wilder-Richard Pryor train caper, but it was the Bond movies that made him most familiar to moviegoers. Kiel first encountered Moore's James Bond in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me, where his silent hitman Jaws repeatedly menaced Bond with his sharp metal teeth. Although repeatedly thwarted by the British spy, Jaws proved resilient and even sort of likable: Near the movie's end he survived a brush with a killer shark by biting the creature. Jaws was such a popular character that the producers of the Bond series brought him back two years later for Moonraker, which was set partly in space. He and Bond battled each other in a opening skydiving sequence and in a memorable scene atop an aerial tram in Rio de Janeiro. Later, Jaws switched allegiances to Bond upon learning that his employer, the villain Drax, planned to exterminate him. In later years, Kiel turned his hand to writing and producing as well as acting, including in the 1991 movie The Giant of Thunder Mountain, and he also had a small role in the 1996 Adam Sandler golf comedy Happy Gilmore. "Richard Kiel was one of the nicest, funniest guys I've ever met. I'll never forget hanging out with him & how good he was to everyone," Adam Sandler tweeted after learning of his death. - CNN, 9/11/14...... Gerald Wilson, a dynamic jazz musician and big band leader whose career spanned more than 75 years, died on Sept. 8 at his Los Angeles home from pnuemonia. He was 96. Mr. Wilson, native of Shelby, Miss., began his career in the 1930s as a trumpeter for Jimmy Lunceford's band before forming his own group in 1944. He played and composed music with the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie, and he arranged music for Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan and Bobby Darin. Mr. Wilson, a constant presence at events such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, received six Grammy nominations throughout his career, including nods in 1999 and 2004 for best large jazz ensemble for "Theme For Monterey" and "New York, New Sound." He later taught jazz at California State University, Northridge; California State University, Los Angeles; and University of California, Los Angeles. - AP, 9/9/14.

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