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Music Notes Archives for 2023-01

Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, to Appear in Superbowl Commercial

Dave Grohl will appear in a Super Bowl commercial for Canadian whiskey brand Crown Royal. During Sunday’s NFC and AFC championship games, he appeared in a pair of 30-second teasers. Other stars who we know will appear in Super Bowl ads: Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Jett, Sarah McLauchlan Meghan Trainor, and Missy Elliott and Jack Harlow.

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Michael Jackson's Nephew to Portray him in Biopic

Michael Jackson's nephew, Jaafar Jackson, has signed on to portray his uncle Michael in the upcoming biopic “Michael.” Jaafar is the second youngest son to Jackson 5 member Jermaine Jackson, a brother of Michael’s. Production begins this year on the film, which is being made with the cooperation of the Michael Jackson estate.

 

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U2 Reimagines 'With or Without You' for New Album

Friday, they released a “reimagined” version of their 1987 hit ‘With or Without You’, the group’s first #1 hit in the US. The new version appears on the group’s upcoming album “Songs of Surrender”, featuring reworkings of songs from throughout their career.

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CHECK IT OUT HERE: https://tinyurl.com/4a6yfc9d

 

Nirvana's Krist Novoselic Talks Throwing a TV Off Balcony

In a new fan Q&A, the Breeders’ Kelley Deal told of the time Krist Novoselic followed classic rock star behavior and threw a TV out of a hotel window. But she said, first, he “called down to the front desk, got permission, paid for the TV and asked security to make sure nobody was below. This is the kind of sweet band they were…but the funniest bit was all the planning and anticipation.”

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Journey Continues Tour Despite On Going Band Drama

Journey played the first 2 concerts of its 50th anniversary tour over the weekend in Durant OK, with no apparent drama, despite ongoing litigation between Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain. Many had wondered how the band would go on the road before the preliminary hearing on March 3.

 

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Rick Astley to Sue Yung Gravy Over Parody Song

Rick Astley is suing rapper Yung Gravy for impersonating his voice. Astley alleges that Gravy’s 2022 hit ‘Betty (Get Money)’, which heavily borrowed from the singer’s iconic ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, broke the law by impersonating Astley’s voice, without permission.

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Weezer Performing in Grammy Tribute to The Beach Boys

Weezer is one of the acts participating in “A Grammy Tribute to the Beach Boys”, a special that will tape Feb. 8 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, 3 days after the Grammys. Other artists influenced by the Beach Boys who are taking part: Beck, Brandi Carlile, Fall Out Boy, Lady A, John Legend, Charlie Puth, St. Vincent, Hanson and more. No air date has been announced.

London Museum on the Look Out for Iconic David Bowie Clothing

David Bowie The Museum of London Dockland has launched an appeal to find a number of iconic items of 20th-century clothing which have gone missing over the years – including a dress worn by Bowie for the UK cover of his “The Man Who Sold the World” album. The museum has plans for an exhibit on Jewish designers who worked on the London fashion circuit.

 

 

Billy Idol Announces Tour with Steve Stevens

 Billy Idol has announced a spring tour of North America. It kicks off Mar. 30 in Scottsdale AZ. He will be joined by his long-time collaborator, guitarist Steve Stevens. Also recently announcing 2023 North American spring/summer tours: Stevie Nicks and REO Speedwagon. 

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Kansas Announces 50th Anniversary Tour

Kansas has announced its 50th-anniversary tour, called “Another Fork in the Road”, and has released a career-spanning compilation of the same name. The trek kicks off June 2 in Pittsburgh, and winds its way across the US, ending Jan. 28 in Fort Lauderdale FL. 

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50th Anniversary "Dark Side of the Moon" Teaser

Pink Floyd has dropped a teaser video for “The Dark Side of the Moon’ 50th Anniversary Edition” out March 24. The deluxe box set includes a 160-page book, a CD and gatefold vinyl remaster, and Blu-Ray + DVD audio. The set also includes additional new Blu-ray Atmos mix plus CD and LP live recordings from 1974. 

 

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Axl Rose Performs at Lisa Marie Presley Memorial

Axl Rose delivered a heartfelt eulogy and performed ‘November Rain’ solo on piano at the memorial service for Lisa Marie Presley at Graceland on Sunday. Musical tributes also came from Alanis Morissette and Billy Corgan.

 

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Alex Lifeson & Vernon Reid To Appear on a David Bowie Album Reimagined

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and Living Colour’s Vernon Reid are among those who’ve contributed to a reggae re-imagining of his classic album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” The album “Ziggy Stardub” drops on April 21.

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Jeff Beck on Ian Hunter's upcoming album

The late legend is one of the guest artists who appear on Ian Hunter’s upcoming album “Defiance Part 1”, out April 21. Also featured: Todd Rundgren, Billy Gibbons, Slash, Joe Elliott, Ringo Starr, Johnny Depp, Taylor Hawkins and many others.

Experience Queen On the Road and Behind the Scenes

Queen has launched the YouTube series “Queen: The Greatest Live”, taking viewers behind the scenes with the Queen machine on the road. In the first episode, Roger Taylor and Brian May reveal the steps the band goes through in rehearsal.

 

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Steven Tyler To Be On Dolly Parton's New Album

Steven Tyler will appear on Dolly Parton’s new album “Rock Star”, expected this year. Parton gave an update, revealing that Cher, Paul McCartney, John Fogerty and Stevie Nicks will all make contributions, in addition to the previously announced Steve Perry and Jimmy Page. She also said she’s “doing her best” to recruit Mick Jagger and Elton John.

 

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Bret MichaelsĀ Releases New Single

Bret Michaels has released his new solo single ‘Back in the Day’. He says the song came to him when he was doing a TikTok video, showing how he writes songs. Quote: “I’m laying a beat, I’m playing the guitar…and it all hit me, and the song just fell together. It’s just a good-vibe song.”

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LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4dd5v2e7

 

Green Day & Foo Fighters to Headline the Harley-Davidson Homecoming

Green Day and Foo Fighters will co-headline The Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival this summer in Milwaukee. The event, held in the birthplace of the iconic brand, will celebrate its 120th anniversary, and will also feature Cody Jinks, Social Distortion, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and more.

Van Halen Like You've Never Heard Before

David Lee Roth’s isolated vocals from the classic ‘Runnin’ With the Devil’ have been circulating the internet for years. Now, some wise-guy has reassembled the song using just Roth’s “non-words” – his trademark whoops, squeals and shrieks. And you need to hear it.

 

 

 

LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4ycdn2x5

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Kenny Loggins Announces Final Tour

Kenny Loggins has announced his farewell tour. “This Is It!” will begin Mar. 10 in Sarasota FL, and is currently scheduled to wrap up Oct. 27 in Inglewood CA. Kenny quote: “We’re hoping to have some of my longtime friends sit in whenever possible.”

 

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Madonna Officially Announces 40th Anniversary Tour

Madonna has announced her “Celebration” tour, to celebrate her 40 years of music. The 35-city trek, featuring special guest Bob the Drag Queen, will kick off July 15 in Vancouver. It will make its way to Europe on Oct. 14 before wrapping on Dec. 1. She released a star-studded video to promote the tour…and yes, that is Jack Black with her tongue down his throat. Check out the video below!

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Rolling Stones Release New Live "Wild Horses" Performance

Rolling Stones have shared a new live version of ‘Wild Horses’ from their live album “GRRR Live!”, out Feb. 10. The show, which took place in 2012 in Newark NJ, was originally broadcast as the pay-per-view event “The Rolling Stones: One More Shot”.

 

 

CHECK IT OUT HERE: https://tinyurl.com/ycyh46v2

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Kenny Loggins Song Featured in Super Bowl Ad

His hit ‘I’m Alright’ is featured in some new “Caddyshack”-inspired Super Bowl ads for Michelo beer. One recreates the famous scene film where groundskeeper Carl Spackler, played by Bill Murray, in the movie and by Tony Romo in the new ad – gives a play-by-play of his golf swing.

 

 

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U2 Teases an Exclusive Tour with David Letterman

Bono and the Edge give David Letterman a tour of their native Dublin in an upcoming Disney+ music special, out March 17. In “Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming, With Dave Letterman”, the host explores the city with the rock stars, with documentary cameras in tow. The special culminates with an intimate U2 concert at a local landmark.

 

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Green Day Releases Demo of Elvis Costello's 'Alison'

Green Day has unveiled a previously unreleased demo version of Elvis Costello’s ‘Alison’, which will appear on their upcoming “Nimrod” 25th-anniversary box set, out Jan. 27. It will include the original album, a disc of previously unreleased demos and a 1997 live performance.

 

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Madonna Teases 40th Anniversary Tour

Rumors are swirling that she’s preparing for what’s being described as her biggest tour ever, later this year. Her 40th anniversary tour will reportedly feature hits spanning her entire career, and will include “over-the-top production that delivers both ‘Material Girl’ kitsch and occasionally outrageous sex appeal, with plenty of show-stopping moments made for social media.”

 

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Genesis Announces BBC Broadcast Series

Genesis will drop a career-spanning box set compiling material recorded for the BBC. “BBC Broadcasts” drops March 3, in 5-CD and 3-LP versions, collecting sessions recorded by the band between 1970-98.

 

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Peter Frampton Announces Special Performance

Peter Frampton has announced he’ll return to the stage for a “one night only special performance” on Jan. 22. The show, at Middle Tennessee State University in Nashville, will be free to attend. It will be filmed for a later “special broadcast presentation”. Frampton concluded his farewell tour in November.

 

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Twisted Sister Announces Comeback

Twisted Sister will perform for the first time since 2016 at this month’s Metal Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Jan 26 at the Canyon Club in LA., they will be inducted by Steve Vai and ex-ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy at the annual charity gala

 

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Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon Album turns 50

The 50th anniversary of the release of their classic “Dark Side of the Moon” album will be celebrated in a new book, out March 7. It will feature unseen backstage and onstage pics from the album’s tours of 1972-75. A new luxury box set will drop at the same time.

 

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Journey's Jonathan Cain to Join Tour

Keyboardist Jonathan Cain says he will be hitting the road with the group next month, despite his increasingly dysfunctional relationship with Neal Schon. Not only have the 2 been publicly feuding and are embroiled in more than one legal dispute, last week, Schon said that Journey co-founding keyboardist Gregg Rolie will appear on the band’s upcoming 50th-anniversary tour.

 

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Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks Announce Tour

After announcing they will both perform at AT&T Stadium in Arlington TX on April 8, the pair have announced 7 more shows together: March 10 in LA, May 19 in Nashville, June 16 in Philadelphia, Aug. 5 in Columbus UH, Aug. 19 in Kansas City MO, Sept. 23 in Foxborough MA, and Nov. 10 in Minneapolis.

 

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Gene Simmons' Hot Take on Rolling Stone's Top 100

Gene Simmons isn't holding anything back when it comes to a highly controversial Rolling Stone list ranking the top 200 singers of all time ... according to the publication. We caught up with the KISS rocker who weighed in after the magazine posted its "200 Greatest Singers of All Time" ... which snubbed a lot of music icons in the process. Simmons tells us it's all about who's popular and who's not ... saying the whole thing is skewed and often one-sided. Gene says the list isn't necessarily about singing, it's more about style and who has a recognizable voice. As we reported ... folks like Aretha, Whitney, Adele, Michael, Mariah, Freddie made the list, while others like Celine Dion, Cher and even KISS were left off, sending social media into a frenzy. (TMZ)

 

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Journey Teases 50th Anniversary Tour

Neal Schon says fans will see co-founder and keyboardist Gregg Rolie on the band’s 50th-anniversary tour, which starts Feb. 4. After sharing a graphic for Journey’s 50th anniversary tour, a fan commented: “Please tell me Gregg Rollie is coming along for the ride!” Schon responded: “you’ll be seeing him”.

 

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Eddie Vedder Pays Tribute to U2

On YouTube, you can now watch video of Eddie Vedder paying tribute to U2 as the band were given a lifetime artistic achievement award at the Kennedy Center Honors Dec. 4. He’s seen performing a stunning cover of the 1992 anthem ‘One’, as well as 2000s ‘Elevation’, earning a standing ovation from all 4 U2 members.

 

Check out the tribute here: https://youtu.be/XhfTLMlcNkU

 

Article Photo credit to The Kennedy Center's Youtube Video.

Nirvana Receives Special Grammy Award

Nirvana is among the acts who will be presented with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Also being honored at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony on Feb. 4 are The Supremes, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Nile Rogers, Bobby McFerrin, Ma Rainey and Slick Rick.

Pointer Sisters', Anita Pointer, Dead at 74

The Pointer Sisters Anita Pointer, one of the group’s 4 sibling singers, died of cancer Saturday at 74. The Pointer Sisters are best-known for their 80s hits ‘I’m So Excited’, ‘Slow Hand’, ‘Neutron Dance’ and ‘Jump (For My Love)’.

Brian May Receives Special Honor

Queen guitarist Brian May was recognized in the 2023 New Year Honours List, a tradition celebrating the achievements and service of exceptional individuals from the UK. He received a knighthood for services to music and his charity work. May was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005.

Foo Fighters Push Forward Despite Loss

Foo Fighters issued a New Year’s Eve statement saying they will continue as a group following the death in March of drummer Taylor Hawkins. The statement read, in part: “Without Taylor, we never would have become the band that we were – and without Taylor, we know that we’re going to be a different band going forward.”

 

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