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Day: May 22, 2014

Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty ImagesSo far, Christine McVie is having a pretty good year. First, the former Fleetwood Mac member announced that she was rejoining the band for a major fall tour, and now she’s been honored with a prestigious award in the U.K.

According to the BBC, Thursday in London, McVie received a lifetime achievement trophy at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards, which celebrates the best in British songwriting. Some of the classic tunes she’s penned for the band over the years include “Don’t Stop,” “Little Lies,” “Everywhere,” “You Make Lovin’ …read more

Rupert Loewenstein with his wife, 2001 (Dave Benett/Getty Images)Prince Rupert Loewenstein, the banker and financial adviser who helped turn The Rolling Stones into one of rock music’s greatest money making machines, has died, Billboard reports. He was 80 and passed away after a long battle with an undisclosed illness.

Although Loewenstein wrote in his 2013 autobiography, A Prince Among Stones, that he was “never a fan of the Stones’ music, or indeed of rock and roll in general,” he guided the band’s finances for nearly 40 years.

Loewenstein was the man who advised the group to …read more

Credit: MJ KimFollowing a report in a Japanese paper stating that Paul McCartney had been hospitalized due to the illness that caused him to postpone a string of tour dates, his spokeswoman has now issued a statement confirming that the former Beatle, was, in fact, admitted to a hospital in Tokyo.

“Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo,” said the statement issued to ABC News Radio. “He will make a complete recovery and has been ordered to take …read more

Caitlin Lisa PhotographyIn between his many commitments, which these days include his Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse and recording a new Smashing Pumpkins album, Billy Corgan has found time for another worthy cause: his local animal shelter. The Pumpkins frontman has lent his name and fame to the Pets Are Worth Saving, or PAWS, shelter in Chicago and has adopted two cats. He also serves as an adoption counselor to help others take home a new pet, giving frequent shout-outs and retweets from his Twitter account and even serving as the new cover guy on PAWS magazine’s new …read more

Brian Lowe/KISS Catalog Ltd.Caleb Johnson was named the season 13 American Idol winner Wednesday night after a performance that had the singer onstage with KISS performing two of the band’s classic anthems, “Love Gun” and “Shout It Out Loud.” Backstage after the performance, KISS singer and bassist Gene Simmons said he was impressed.

“Caleb is great!” said Simmons. “You know, we’re hard taskmasters, not everyone can get up on stage with us, we demand the best. He was great. He’s got potential.”

KISS’ Paul Stanley modestly declared that the band’s performance was on target as well: “The audience …read more

Courtesy of Crosby, Stills, Nash and YoungThe wait is finally about to be over for the long-in-the-works box set gathering together recordings from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young‘s 1974 reunion tour. CSNY 1974 will be released on July 8 in various configurations, including a three-CD/one-DVD package, a Pure Audio Blu-ray/DVD set and a single-CD collection.

Graham Nash, who compiled the collection with longtime collaborator Joel Bernstein, tells Rolling Stone that it was “the most difficult project I’ve ever done in my recording life,” explaining that the challenge came from dealing with “other people’s agendas …read more

Cliff Lipson/CBSFollowing the cancellation of a string of concerts due to illness, Paul McCartney is now reported to be hospitalized in Japan.

A Japanese paper, Sankei Sport, is claiming that McCartney was admitted to a hospital due to a “viral inflammation,” and that his symptoms included vomiting and diarrhea. The paper further claims that the Beatles legend was admitted to be “on the safe side.”

Asked whether or not the story was accurate, McCartney’s spokeswoman told ABC News Radio, “We don’t have a comment at this time and cannot confirm hospitalization.”

As previously reported, McCartney …read more

Capitol Records/UMe/Business WireBonnie Raitt is going back in time, technologically speaking, to mark the 25th anniversary of her breakthrough album, Nick of Time.

The 1989 album, which reached #1 on the Billboard chart and went on to sell 5 million copies, is being re-released in vinyl-only edition to mark the milestone. It’s unusual for a re-release to come out only on vinyl: There’s usually a digital or CD copy available as well. The Nick of Time — 25th Anniversary album has been remastered from the original analog tapes and will be released on June 24.

Though …read more

Photo: Danielle St. LaurentThere are only a handful of bands who can celebrate 40 years of music, and Blondie is among those few. The band’s latest release, a two-disc collection called Blondie 4(0) Ever, celebrates that longevity with one disc of newly rerecorded classics, Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits, while also looking toward the future with another disc of new material called Ghosts of Download. It’s the latter recording that Blondie co-founder, guitarist Chris Stein, is enthusiastic about taking on the road.

Stein tells ABC News Radio, “It’s very exciting to put out new music and it’s …read more

Photo: Philip MorrisA rare album that AC/DC‘s Malcolm and Angus Young worked on shortly before they began their long road to the top with their famous band will be released early next month. The album, titled Tales of Old Grand-Daddy, was recorded in 1973 by The Marcus Hook Roll Band, a short-lived group that featured Malcolm and Angus, as well as their older brother George Young and his longtime musical collaborator Harry Vanda.

Tales of Old Grand-Daddy will hit stores on June 3, and will be available as a CD, a vinyl LP and a digital …read more

Noble IDFrom our partners at Consequence of Sound.

Blondie is celebrating 40 years as a band, in spite of the fact they were broken up for 15 of those years. Regardless, the quality of material that Blondie created with their first five albums, from the 1976 self-titled through 1980’s Autoamerican, certainly warranted their eventual induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. At their peak, the members of Blondie were ambassadors of New York chic, dripping coolness and nonchalance, coupled with an insouciance that reflected a …read more

Photo: Ross HalfinAfter more than 40 years of delivering blazing blues-rock boogie, ZZ Top is still going. Now the Texas trio is set to celebrate its long career with a new compilation that will be released July 22, just in advance of the band’s U.S. summer tour.

The Very Baddest of ZZ Top, which will be available as a single-CD collection and an expanded two-CD set, will feature a selection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ biggest hits, as well as a variety of gems from throughout the band’s career. The …read more

Universal Music Group DistributionAs previously reported, Tony Iommi recently indicated that Black Sabbath may be calling it quits for good, telling MetalHammer.com that the band’s upcoming London show could be their last gig.

Some fans might have dismissed the statement as press drama, but now another Sabbath member seems to be on the same page. Bassist Geezer Butler tells Time Out Dubai that the band decided to get together to record 13 and tour because, “We’re all getting really old. It’s something that me and Tony have been talking about for a really long time — …read more


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