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Hen House StudiosRay Manzarek died a year ago today, but before the famed Doors keyboardist left us, he worked on one more project with his old band mates Robby Krieger and John Densmore. All three founding Doors members are featured on poet Michael C Ford‘s latest album, Look Each Other in the Ears, which will be released on June 10.

The album features 11 recordings highlighted by Ford’s thought-provoking spoken-word musings set to funky, jazzy, bluesy and atmospheric music played by Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore. Geggy Tah‘s Tommy Jordan and Fishbone‘s Angelo Moore also …read more

Courtesy AEG LiveRumors have been flying that Jon Bon Jovi is part of a group that hopes to purchase the Buffalo Bills football team. Now, one of the NFL’s most prominent owners says that Jon would be a great candidate to own a team.

Speaking about the rumors, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told Canada’s QMI agency, “I don’t know of anyone that I have any more respect for as a father, or as a husband, or certainly as a potential business partner. And so it’s a credit to him that …read more

Warner Bros. Records/Cass BirdNew adventures in hi-fi for R.E.M. fans: The band has announced that its entire catalog — from both its I.R.S. and Warner Brothers recording eras — have been mastered for iTunes. The band says that these tweaked versions have “increased audio fidelity that more closely replicates what the artists, recording engineers and producers intended.”

The new R.E.M. material is available individually by track, album or in four specific bundles — the complete studio albums of the I.R.S. or Warner Brothers era, and the complete rarities of each era. Strangely, there is an additional group of Warner …read more

Island/UMeHot on the heels of winning the Top Touring Artist honor at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, Bon Jovi has announced that it will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year with a new deluxe reissue campaign. The first installment will be remastered and expanded versions of the veteran rockers’ hugely successful 1988 album, New Jersey, which will be released on July 1.

The revamped New Jersey will be available in numerous configurations, including as a single CD and digital download, as a two-CD and digital Deluxe Edition, and as a two-CD/one-DVD Super Deluxe Edition. …read more

MARQUETTE, MI – 5/20/2014 – Be sure to catch “X-Men: Days of Future Past” this coming Friday at Marquette Cinemas!  There will, of course, be a special viewing at 10pm on Thursday (May 22nd) that you won’t want to miss! As a pretty consistent movie-goer, I have to say that you don’t want to see an […]

Warner MusicPink Floyd has been dropping hints, and now it’s official: the band will release a 20th anniversary edition of The Division Bell next month. The 1994 album — the last official Pink Floyd studio release — will be reissued in a package that’s a Floyd collector’s dream.

The boxed set will feature a double vinyl album, with each of the two records on 180-gram vinyl that feature for the first time the full-length tracks, which had originally been edited to fit on ’90s-era vinyl. The set also contains three additional vinyl discs: a red vinyl 7-inch of “Take It …read more

Frontiers RecordsYes has revealed the cover art and track listing for its forthcoming studio album, Heaven & Earth, which is scheduled to be released on July 8 in the U.S. The progressive rock legends’ longtime artist, Roger Dean, has created the album’s design, which features what appears to be a twisted evergreen tree growing in an icy alien landscape.

Among the eight songs on Heaven & Earth are such titles as “Believe Again,” “Step Beyond,” “To Ascend” and “Light of the Ages.” The album was produced and mixed by Roy Thomas Baker, whose resume …read more

Frontiers RecordsYes has revealed the cover art and track listing for its forthcoming studio album, Heaven & Earth, which is scheduled to be released on July 8 in the U.S. The progressive rock legends’ longtime artist, Roger Dean, has created the album’s design, which features what appears to be a twisted evergreen tree growing in an icy alien landscape.

Among the eight songs on Heaven & Earth are such titles as “Believe Again,” “Step Beyond,” “To Ascend” and “Light of the Ages.” The album was produced and mixed by Roy Thomas Baker, whose resume …read more

Image credit: Mary Ellen MatthewsTom Petty & the Heartbreakers will return July 29 with their first new studio album in four years. It’s called Hypnotic Eye, and if you purchase a ticket to the band’s upcoming tour, you’ll receive a copy of the new disc as part of the purchase.

Hypnotic Eye will be available in a variety of different formats, including as a one- or two-LP vinyl set. Starting June 3, you can pre-order the album on vinyl, CD or Blu-ray via TomPetty.com and Amazon. If you pre-order the digital version on …read more

Image credit: Soren Solkaer StarbirdLed Zeppelin may soon be facing a legal challenge over a claim that the opening of the band’s signature song, “Stairway to Heaven,” was stolen from a tune by the group Spirit.

Attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy, who represents a songwriting trust for the late Randy California, a guitarist for Spirit, tells Business Week he’s preparing a copyright infringement lawsuit and an injunction to block the upcoming reissue of the album Led Zeppelin IV, which includes a remastered version of “Stairway to Heaven.”

According to the report, California, who was born Randy Wolfe, has …read more

Legacy RecordingsExpanded versions of Roy Orbison‘s final studio album, Mystery Girl, arrive in stores today. The deluxe edition of the reissue, which marks the 25th anniversary of the star-studded project’s release, is packaged with a DVD that includes a documentary about the making of the album titled Mystery Girl: Unraveled.

The film was directed by the late rock crooner’s youngest son, Alex, and takes a song-by-song look at the creation of Mystery Girl. Among the highlights of the documentary are candid scenes of Roy and such collaborators as Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Heartbreakers guitarist Mike …read more

EMIPink Floyd has been dropping hints on its social media websites and official site that it’s apparently preparing to release a 20th anniversary of its last studio album, 1994’s The Division Bell. The most recent evidence is a newly launched website, DivisionBell20.com, where fans who visit PinkFloyd.com are automatically redirected.

The site features a countdown timer that’s scheduled to expire at 10 a.m. ET and a link to the Twitter hashtag #TBD20, and it’s is streaming a new video for the Division Bell instrumental “Marooned.” The clip begins with breathtaking footage …read more

Marquette, Michigan 5/20/2014 – Gene Aho of Marquette Wins Free Lunch for Liking WRUP on Facebook!

Image credit: MJ KimIllness has forced Paul McCartney to cancel his entire Japan tour. The former Beatle was scheduled to perform four concerts in total. Two shows this past weekend were canceled as well as a Monday make-good show for Saturday’s canceled date, and now a spokesperson for McCartney says his remaining shows, set for Wednesday, May 21, and Saturday, May 24, have been canceled as well.

A spokesperson statement on McCartney’s Japanese tour website reads, “Paul McCartney will regrettably have to cancel the remaining Japanese shows. Paul is still not feeling …read more


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