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Month: April 2014

Epic RecordsOn Monday, Judas Priest announced that its long-awaited new studio effort, Redeemer of Souls, will be released on July 15, and also introduced the album’s title track via the band’s official YouTube channel. Now, fans can purchase a digital version of the track at iTunes, Amazon and other online music sellers.

Talking about the sound of the upcoming Priest album, guitarist Glenn Tipton explains, “Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically — so we have listened!! From start to finish Redeemer of …read more

Causes.com/KnightOzzyOsbourneThere’s a movement afoot to have the prince of darkness knighted. British Ozzy Osbourne fan Helen Maidiotis is on a quest to have Osbourne awarded the honor, and has amassed a number of signatures of folks who agree with her mission.

On her “Knighthood of Ozz” Facebook page, Madiotis posts supportive messages from many fans and well-wishers, including Ozzy’s daughter Kelly Osbourne, who tweeted, “This really needs to happen.” There is a link to a Causes.com online petiton with just under 5,000 signatures and the following mission statement: “I am campaigning for Ozzy Osbourne to receive …read more

Photo: Danielle St. LaurentBlondie has unveiled an official video for its new song “Sugar on the Side,” which appears on the band’s upcoming Ghosts of Download studio album that will be released May 13 as part of the recently announced double-disc package Blondie 4(0) Ever. The clip, which was directed by popular fashion photographer Rankin, can be viewed exclusively now at HungerTV.com.

The stylish, black-and-white video show Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry posing in various wigs and outfits while peeking through a variety of geometric-shaped cutouts. Throughout the clip, which was inspired by Harry’s …read more

Bushbranch Records/Surfdog RecordsEric Clapton has called on a variety of famous musicians, including Tom Petty and Mark Knopfler, to help him salute the music of influential singer/songwriter/guitarist JJ Cale with a tribute album that’s due out July 29. Credited to Eric Clapton & Friends, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale features renditions of 16 compositions by the Oklahoma-born artist, who died in July 2013 at the age of 74.

Other stars who appear on the album include Willie Nelson, John Mayer and veteran country songwriter Don White, who all are featured singing lead and duetting with Clapton …read more

Paul Goddard, second from right (Skyline Music)Paul Goddard, the founding bass player for the Atlanta Rhythm Section, died Wednesday “after a brief, sudden illness,” according to the band. He was 68.

Goddard was a member of the Southern pop-rock group from its formation in 1971 through the mid ’80s, when he decided to retire from touring. Paul rejoined the Atlanta Rhythm Section in 2011 and continued playing with the band until his passing.

The group scored several top 40 hits during the 1970s and early ’80s, but is probably best known for the singles …read more

RCA/Sony Latin IberiaSantana‘s first Spanish-language album, Corazon, is due out next week, but on Tuesday the band premiered the first official music video from the album, for a song called “Saideira.”

The clip, which features guest singer Samual Rosa of the Brazilian rock band Skank, also includes, unsurprisingly, some ripping guitar work from Carlos Santana.

As previously reported, Corazon features a variety of guest stars, including Gloria Estefan, R&B singer Miguel, award-winning Colombian rockers Juanes and Carlos’ son Salvando Santana.

This past December, Santana played a special show in Guadalajara, Mexico, spotlighting the project, and this Saturday, …read more

MSO PROzzy Osbourne worries about the future state of rock ‘n’ roll. In the new issue of Kerrang!, the 65-year-old rocker — who has arguably engaged in some of the most outrageous “rock star”-type behavior in history — agrees with the interviewer’s question about the lack of leadership in the hard rock world these days. “That might be a very true statement,” says Ozzy. “I honestly don’t know who’s going to carry the flag in the future, but I wish someone would hurry up. None of us are getting any …read more

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Ever agree to go check out a timeshare in exchange for a free gift? Well, what if that free gift was an exclusive Elton John concert? Some lucky homebuyers in England are being offered just that, in exchange for their interest in a new development in London.

The British paper The Guardian reports that Wednesday night, prospective buyers who are looking to shell out for a home in London’s new Battersea Power Station development will be treated to a lavish party whose highlight will be an intimate performance by Elton. Considering the …read more

RykodiscA British fireman coat once owned by John Lennon sold at auction for $31,250 Tuesday.

The blue cropped coat features an asymmetrical design, epaulettes, and silver-tone metal buttons. It was auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles

One of the coat’s previous owners, Andrew B. Harvey, said it could be the coat Lennon is seen wearing on the back of the British release of Unfinished Music #2: Life with the Lions, a collection of avant-garde music the late ex-Beatle recorded with his wife Yoko Ono. The picture shows John and Yoko …read more

Image credit: Ross HalfinJimmy Page has been tapped to deliver the commencement speech at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

The college announced Tuesday that the 70-year-old former Led Zeppelin guitarist will address the graduating students at its Agganis Arena May 9.

In addition, Berklee will present Page with an honorary doctorate. Also receiving honorary doctorates will be Motown and R&B songwriter Valerie Simpson, jazz pianist and educator Geri Allen, and American Music Program youth jazz orchestra founder Thara Memory.

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Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagicGeoff Tate, a co-founder of Queensrÿche and its frontman for more than three decades, will be performing his final concert tour using the band name this summer, he announced Tuesday.

The announcement of “Queensrÿche Starring Geoff Tate — The Farewell Tour” follows a settlement between Tate and his former bandmates Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield, which grants Tate the exclusive right to perform the albums Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II as unique performances.

Geoff explains the agreement by noting, “It’s sort of similar to the Pink Floyd situation where Roger Waters retained The Wall. Mindcrime …read more

Banger FilmsAfter premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City earlier this month, the new Alice Cooper documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper will be given one-night-only screenings at select U.S. theaters starting this evening. The movie tells the dramatic story of how Cooper, who was born Vincent Furnier and raised in a religious household, developed his outrageous stage persona, became a rock superstar and battled serious alcohol and drug addictions that nearly killed him.

The movie, which was co-directed by Canadian filmmakers Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn and Reg Harkema, is being billed as …read more

PlayingforChange.comThe Rolling StonesKeith Richards is one of the many musicians from around the world who are featured on the upcoming third installment of the Playing for Change CD/DVD series, which helps raise money for music schools and programs in a variety of countries. The release, Playing for Change 3: Songs Around the World, hits stores on June 17 and includes 10 songs as well as music videos for the tunes.

Richards is featured singing and playing guitar on a medley of his 1992 solo song “Words of Wonder” and the Bob Marley classic “Get Up Stand Up.” Joining …read more

Desiree Navarro/WireImage)It’s rare to find a marriage in the music world that lasts for five years, let alone 25 years, but now, Jon Bon Jovi can proudly boast that he’s achieved that milestone.

Tuesday marks the 25th wedding anniversary of Jon and his wife, Dorothea Hurley, his high-school sweetheart. The two tied the knot on April 29, 1989, in Las Vegas. The couple have four children: daughter Stephanie, and sons Jesse, Jacob and Romeo.

In 2007, Jon told a British paper that he wouldn’t “trade [Dorothea] in for anything,” adding, “The fact that she’s independent and …read more

Image Courtesy of Royal Albert Hall via TwitterA few of the world’s biggest rock stars were on hand at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday for the unveiling of a new mural by Sir Peter Blake, the artist who created the cover of The Beatles‘ classic 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Who‘s Roger Daltrey, Queen‘s Brian May and ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman joined Blake for a photo shoot in front of the piece, a large college titled “Appearing at the Royal Albert Hall” that incorporates images of hundreds of luminaries who …read more

Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty ImagesJames Kottak, longtime drummer for famed German heavy-metal band The Scorpions, just got stung by the Dubai legal system. According to Dubai newspaper The National, the 51-year-old musician was sentenced to a month in prison on Tuesday after he allegedly made insulting remarks about Islam, gave the middle finger to Muslim passengers, and drank alcohol while at a local airport earlier this month.

Kottak was arrested April 3 after he and his band mates flew from Moscow to Dubai en route to a concert The Scorpions were scheduled to play …read more

Courtesy of Dave DaviesAs Kinks fans continue to wait for word about whether the Davies brothers finally will team up for a reunion project, guitarist Dave Davies has revealed that he has some new solo plans in the works.

In a new post on his official Facebook page, Dave reports that he’s recording “a new solo album [that will] be released this year,” and also has been editing a tour documentary titled Rock N Roll Journey with his son Martin. In addition, the 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says, “I will be playing …read more

Union Entertainment GroupPolice guitarist Andy Summers is back with a new band called Circa Zero, a collaboration with Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Rob Giles, who previously played in the group The Rescues. Some critics have drawn comparisons between Circa Zero and Summers’ old band, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC News Radio that he thinks the groups’ sounds aren’t that similar.

“There are faint echoes of maybe some of the guitar, because that’s the way I play,” he maintains. “I wasn’t about to completely change. I’m gonna play what I …read more