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Music Notes Archives for 2023-08

Expanded Prince Album Set to Release

An expanded version of 1991’s “Diamonds and Pearls” featuring 47 previously unreleased songs will be released Oct. 27. The disc version will include 7 CDs and a Blu-ray featuring live performances – and the vinyl edition features 12 LPs.



Nevada Governor Wants ACDC at Halftime Show

Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo wants them to play the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The 2024 Super Bowl will be held on February 11 at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, and when asked whom he wants to rock the crowd, Lombardo answered: “AC/DC! I was going to yell it out … But yeah, I’m serious.” Lombardo made the comments at the NFL and Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee press conference. The headliner will be announced this fall.

NSYNC Team Up for Trolls Movie

NSYNC has reportedly gotten back together – including Justin Timberlake — to create new music for the latest “Trolls” movie. The boy band is set to release a new song, and will “have surprise roles” in “Trolls Band Together”, which is set for release on Nov. 17



Fleetwood Mac Planning Benefit Concert for Hawaii

Mick Fleetwood is planning a benefit concert to help those impacted by the wildfires in Hawaii. The drummer, who lives on the island of Maui, says he can’t yet announce what acts will be involved, but it will happen in about 2 weeks, and he may be “part of something that we can do on a grand scale” He also has a charity for those wishing to help:

Yoto Pulls Queen's 'Fat Bottom Girls' Track

Queen's 1978 classic ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ has been removed from a new version of the band’s “Greatest Hits” collection. The song was featured on the original 1981 greatest-hits album, but was left off a new version of the collection, released earlier this month, on Yoto, an audio platform aimed at children, and billed as an “ideal introduction to the music of Queen for young music lovers”.

Santana Documentary Coming in September

The documentary “Carlos: The Santana Journey Global Premiere” will debut in theaters on Sept. 23, 24 and 27. Directed by Rudy Valdez, it features new interviews with the guitarist, his family and music industry insiders. It also includes never-before-seen archival footage and home videos recorded by Santana. 


Dolly Parton Covers "Let It Be" by The Beatles

The Beatles – Dolly Parton said of her new cover of ‘Let it Be’ featuring Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr: “Does it get any better?” And she’s not stretching things. In addition to being the closest there will ever be to a Beatles reunion, the song also features Peter Frampton on guitar and Mick Fleetwood playing percussion. 




Man Plays "Free Bird" Perfectly on Guitar Hero

A man has set a dubious new world record after playing ‘Free Bird’ perfectly on Guitar Hero II – at 3 times the speed of the original. Carny Jared wrote on YouTube that it was “the cumulative effort of many months” – 553 tries, to be exact. 


Check out his incredible run below: 

(Explicit language) 

Green Day to Release Extended 30th Anniversary Album

Green Day will drop on expanded 30th anniversary edition of “Dookie” on Sept. 29. The 4-CD or 6-LP box set will include unreleased demos and outtakes, and 2 live shows from the era, one of which is their performance at Woodstock ’94. The demo version of ‘Basket Case’ has already been released. 



Guns N' Roses Drops New Song

Guns N’ Roses released their new song ‘Perhaps’ on Friday, and performed it live for the first time that night in Pittsburgh. Axl Rose told the audience: “When we wrote this song, it was like the immaculate inception.” Illicit versions of the song have been floating around the internet for several years. 




 ZZ Top to be Presented with BMI's Troubadour Award

Billy Gibbons will be presented with BMI’s Troubadour Award at BMI’s Nashville office on Sept. 18. The prestigious accolade recognizes a songwriter who has made a profound impact on the creative community as their craft continues to set the pace for generations to follow.



Talking Heads Reunion

After 21 years of bitter estrangement, they have agreed to come together for the first time since their Rock Hall of Fame induction – at a 40th-anniversary screening of their “Stop Making Sense” movie at the Toronto International Film Festival. Spike Lee will moderate a post-screening Q&A.



Dave Grohl and Fans Sing Bublé

Lately, Dave Grohl has made a habit of welcoming a fan on stage to offer their rendition of Michael Bublé’s song ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’. But on Sat. in San Francisco, that “superfan” holding an “I heart Bublé” sign turned out to be Bublé himself, who joined Foos to sing his chart-topper. 




Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Bronze Statues

Bronze statues of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were unveiled in a ceremony last week in Dartford, Kent, England. Both attended primary school in Dartford before meeting up again later a railway station in the town in 1961, and forming The Stones the next year.


Andy Taylor Expected to Live 5 More Years

Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor, who revealed his stage 4 prostate cancer diagnosis in November, says he expects to live another 5 years, thanks to a new “nuclear medicine”. The 62-year-old said that scientists contacted him about the drug, called Lutetium-177. He has also announced a new solo album.

U2's Bono Sings Bob Marley Song

Bono delivered an impromptu, a cappella rendition of Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’ Friday at the Sarajevo Film Festival, where the doc “Kiss the Future” premiered. It tells the story of aid worker Bill Carter’s efforts to bring U2’s Zoo TV tour to then-war-torn Sarajevo.


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