• Dave Davies Looks Back for New Solo Album "Rippin’ Up Time"

    Dave Davies Looks Back for New Solo Album "Rippin’ Up Time"

    The tumultuous relationship of Kinks guitarists Ray and Dave Davies is well documented, but it was a torn photograph of the brothers in happier days that inspired Dave’s forthcoming solo album, Rippin’ Up Time. “It seems like a problem we’ve had all our life,” Dave told Rolling Stone.  “We get real close, and then we get ripped apart.” Dave explored his past to came up with many of the songs on Rippin’ Up Time, due October 28.  One tune is called “In the Old Days,” which was started with Ray, but “the whole meeting went wrong,” according to Dave, so… Read more

  • Gladys Knight Talks New Lifetime Movie & Unique "Dancing with the Stars" Concept

    Gladys Knight Talks New Lifetime Movie & Unique "Dancing with the Stars" Concept

    Fans of Lifetime Christmas movies can rejoice: Gladys Knight has just wrapped filming a brand new movie for the network, titled Seasons of Love.  And even though acting is nothing new for the 70-year old legend, she tells Billboard she found the love scenes a bit challenging. “It was a stretch for me because of the onscreen kiss,” she laughed. “I felt like I was cheating on my real husband.” In the film, Knight co-stars with actress Taraji P. Henson, who plays her sister. “It’s about young people figuring out how to get the special kind of love that my… Read more

  • New Publishing Deal Aims to Spread Grateful Dead Music Through Song Placements

    New Publishing Deal Aims to Spread Grateful Dead Music Through Song Placements

    The Grateful Dead‘s catalog is now part of a new publishing deal that is expected to result in song-placement opportunities, but not all of the material from the band’s long, strange trip will be made available. The agreement, struck between Universal Music Publishing Group North America and the Dead’s publishing company, Ice Nine, includes using the band’s songs in film and television.  However, placement of Dead tunes in commercials is restricted to material not involving Robert Hunter, a longtime lyricist for the Dead.  Hunter had a hand in composing some of the group’s best-known songs, including “Truckin’,” “Uncle John’s Band”… Read more

  • Jimi Hendrix Immortalized in Wax at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco

    Jimi Hendrix Immortalized in Wax at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco

    Jimi Hendrix fans can now take a selfie with the guitar god — in wax-statue form, that is. A wax likeness of the legendary musician was unveiled Friday by his brother Leon Hendrix at Madame Tussauds San Francisco.  The ceremony coincided with Jimi Hendrix Day, honoring the 44th anniversary of his death, which occurred September 18, 1970. A team of 20 artists worked for more than three months to create the lifelike figure, with painstaking detail to Hendrix’s guitar.  The figure got a thumb’s up from Hendrix’s brother, who praised the museum’s work. “The representation and detail of his figure… Read more

  • Neil Diamond to Give First Ever Performance in Brooklyn Hometown

    Neil Diamond to Give First Ever Performance in Brooklyn Hometown

    It’s hard to believe, but in his five-decade career, Neil Diamond has never performed in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.  All that will change, however, come September 29. On that day, Diamond will give a special performance at a “surprise location” in Brooklyn, NY at 6 p.m.  It’s so secret, he’s not even announcing the location until 8 a.m. that day, via his Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Tickets will then be available on a first-come, first-served basis The concert announcement comes on the heels of the news that Diamond will release a new album, Melody Road, Oct. 21. As previously… Read more

  • "Queen Forever" to Include Freddie Mercury-Michael Jackson Duet

    "Queen Forever" to Include Freddie Mercury-Michael Jackson Duet

    In 1981, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson came together in the studio for a once in a lifetime duet that inexplicably never saw the light of day.  That’s about to change, however, when when Queen releases a new compilation, Queen Forever, on Nov. 10. The song, titled “There Must Be More to Life than This,” was originally recorded for the band’s Hot Space sessions, but the backing track was never completed.  Enter producer William Orbit, who was tasked with completing the job, an assignment he said was like opening a “a trove of delights provided by the greatest… Read more

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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