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August 21, 2017
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S TEAM PRODUCING HBO ELVIS PRESLEY DOC

Coming to HBO in 2018 is the new three-hour documentary, Elvis Presley: The Searcher. Fans commemorating the 40th Anniversary of "The King's" death in Memphis got a sneak peak this week of the project, which is directed by Bruce Springsteen's longtime filmmaker, Thom Zimny and produced by Springsteen's manager Jon Landau, and original "Memphis Mafia" member Jerry Schilling, who now serves as the president of the Beach Boys' Brother Records' Inc.

Backstreets.com reported, "Based on Thom's remarks, and as is evident in the sneak preview, the doc will be focused squarely on Elvis' music, his legacy as an artist and musician. No kitsch. Graceland granted Zimny access to rare footage, documents, and stills; he also worked with collectors to include additional photos, Super-8 and other never-before-seen footage. . . Thom spoke of conducting more than 50 interviews for the project, with subjects including Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Robbie Robertson, and Emmylou Harris."

  • ElvisPresley.News reported The Searcher will be "a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 'Jungle Room' recording sessions."
  • Jerry Schilling, who was among the very few to serve and advise Elvis throughout the decades, told us that over the years, giving advice to Elvis regarding his life and career was tricky at times: "All I can say is, I think I was the only guy for him that he never fired. And sometimes I'm sure he would (have) rathered not to have heard my opinion. And I tried to not always be the one standing on a box giving it, because I was there at the grace of this guy."
  • No premiere date has been announced for Elvis Presley: The Searcher.
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Coming to HBO in 2018 is the new three-hour documentary, Elvis Presley: The Searcher. Fans commemorating the 40th Anniversary of "The King's" death in Memphis got a sneak peak this week of the project, which is directed by Bruce Springsteen's longtime filmmaker, Thom Zimny and produced by Springsteen's manager Jon Landau, and original "Memphis Mafia" member Jerry Schilling, who now serves as the president of the Beach Boys' Brother Records' Inc. Backstreets.com reported, "Based on Thom's remarks, and as is...+ more
WEA
August 21, 2017
JOE WALSH SAYS VINCE GILL HAS EAGLES CHEMISTRY
Joe Walsh says that Vince Gill is adding one of the most important elements to the revamped Eagles lineup. Although most of the press regarding the band's Classic West & East concerts in L.A. and New York focused on the late Glenn Frey's son Deacon standing in for his dad -- a large percentage of the classic Frey ballads are being handled by the country superstar. Walsh explained how the group came to choose Gill for the gig: "Vince Gill has a been a really good friend of the band for a long time. And so, we thought about him having that kind of voice. And he grew up listening to the Eagles, so, all of that put together -- we figured we would, at least try it."
October 17 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
October 20 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
October 24 - Louisville, KY - Yum! Center
October 27 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena - less
Joe Walsh says that Vince Gill is adding one of the most important elements to the revamped Eagles lineup. Although most of the press regarding the band's Classic West & East concerts in L.A. and New York focused on the late Glenn Frey's son Deacon standing in for his dad -- a large percentage of the classic Frey ballads are being handled by the country superstar. Walsh explained how the group came to choose Gill for the gig: "Vince Gill has a been a really good friend of the band for a long time. And so, we thought about...+ more
PRPhotos.com
August 21, 2017
ROBERT PLANT RELEASING 'CARRY FIRE' ON OCTOBER 13th

Robert Plant has announced his new album, titled Carry Fire, will be released on October 13th, with the lead single, "The May Queen" already debuting online. Ultimate Classic Rock reported that The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde joins Plant on a cover of Ersel Hickey's 1958 semi-classic "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" -- a tune which the Beach Boys most famously covered on their 1969 20/20 album. Once again, Plant's steady band, Sensational Shape Shifters, provides backing on the new set.

Plant appeared on the BBC 6 Music and spoke in length about Carry Fire and his current work, explaining, "It’s about intention. I respect and relish my past works, but each time I feel the incentive to create new work, I must mix old with new. Consequently, the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat -- the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation."

  • He went on to praise the experience he earned during his years as a songwriter in Led Zeppelin: "I look for a theme from all the stuff I’d written down and then I just roll on. I’ve been very fortunate. I was in the greatest cross-sectional band ever. Not for melody, but for power and energy and inventivity – a very good word."
  • Plant went on to make the connection between Carry Fire and his past projects: "I’ve done a lot of other things, from the Honeydrippers or working with Alison Krauss, which was beautifully romantic. When you’re singing alongside Alison, and she’s got a twinkle in her eye, and you’re singing about the pitfalls of romance, it can be difficult. I really loved the songs of Roy Orbison and people like that. 'The Big O' really sang about love and captured that area of the teenage angst. I’m no longer a teenager, but I’m aware as time goes on, if you listen to singing about love, it’s usually broken love. It’s seldom you extol the virtues of a life in successful love. Show me a happy writer, I’ll show you a rubbish writer! I see things going on around me; I see the rub of love, the energies, the electricity. I’m not giving up -- I have a season ticket."
  • Robert Plant explained that throughout his career he’s luckily been able to rise to heights of the talent surrounding him: "It’s the company you keep, y’know? I mean that’s the very essence of life within and surrounding music. I mean, I’m very, very fortunate not to be held down by not being an instrumentalist. I can, kind of, arrive and disappear and I can add to a moment with a group of people -- or I can destroy the moment."

The tracklisting to Robert Plant's Carry Fire is:

"The May Queen"
"New World. . ."
"Season's Song"
"Dance With You Tonight"
"Carving Up The World Again"
"A Way With Words"
"Carry Fire"
"Bones Of Saints"
"Keep It Hid"
"Bluebirds Over The Mountain"
"Heaven Sent"

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Robert Plant has announced his new album, titled Carry Fire, will be released on October 13th, with the lead single, "The May Queen" already debuting online. Ultimate Classic Rock reported that The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde joins Plant on a cover of Ersel Hickey's 1958 semi-classic "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" -- a tune which the Beach Boys most famously covered on their 1969 20/20 album. Once again, Plant's steady band, Sensational Shape Shifters, provides backing on the new set. Plant appeared on the BBC 6 Music and...+ more
PRPhotos.com
August 21, 2017
GENE SIMMONS SLAMS 'SIGN OF THE HORNS' TRADEMARK CRITICISM

It takes a lot to rattle Gene Simmons. Although the Kiss co-founder was publicly mocked and derided by many in the rock community for seeking the approval of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to officially trademark the universal "sign of the horns" rock hand gesture -- he's taking it all in stride.

Simmons, who abandoned plans to own the trademark after only two weeks, told WindsorStar.com, "I regret nothing. Wake up every morning and let your conscience be your guide. Did you know I own the money bag logo? The dollar sign with the bag of money. I own all kinds of things. I own 'motion pictures' as a trademark. Anyone who thinks that’s silly -- the silliest thing I’ve ever done is wear more makeup and higher heels than your mommy. People said, 'You can’t do that.' Actually, b-tch -- I can. I can do anything I want to do."

  • Intellectual property attorney Victor Sapphire explained to Variety earlier this summer, that even if Simmons were to have been successful in snagging the copyright, enforcing it would tough job: "Even if consumers don’t think of Gene Simmons in particular, do they associate the gesture with a single source of entertainment services in the nature of live performances and personal appearances? While there certainly may be a route to registration for this mark, this question may ultimately render the mark unenforceable, in which case the process of applying for registration will appear to have functioned as either another of Mr. Simmons’ brilliant publicity-generating moves, a vanity exercise, or perhaps a bit of both."
  • Much like Donald Trump, Gene Simmons has been obsessed with the art of the deal when it comes to the non-stop commercialization and cross-marketing of the Kiss brand. Over the years, Simmons has never been bashful about talking about his love for money: "Every once in a while I read an interview, and I just want to b-tch-slap one of these little punks. If you don't want to be famous, don't be in a rock band. Move to Nome, Alaska. They won't care. And if you feel awkward about the amount of money that you're making -- often hideous amounts -- the answer is, sit down and write a check to Gene Simmons for your entire net worth." :
    September 26 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre At Sugar Land
    September 27 - Irving, TX - Pavilion At The Irving Music Factory
    September 28 - Rogers, AR - Walmart AMP
    September 29, 30 - Gretna, LA - Gretna Heritage Festival
    October 1 - Gretna, LA - Gretna Heritage Festival

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It takes a lot to rattle Gene Simmons. Although the Kiss co-founder was publicly mocked and derided by many in the rock community for seeking the approval of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to officially trademark the universal "sign of the horns" rock hand gesture -- he's taking it all in stride. Simmons, who abandoned plans to own the trademark after only two weeks, told WindsorStar.com, "I regret nothing. Wake up every morning and let your conscience be your guide. Did you know I own the money bag logo? The dollar sign...+ more
Eleanor Stills
August 21, 2017
JUDY COLLINS CREDITS PERFECT TIMING FOR STEPHEN STILLS TOUR

The ongoing Stephen Stills / Judy Collins tour is getting raves from both the casual and die-hard fans. Amazingly, this is the first road trek the former couple has undertaken in their careers. Among the legendary Stills songs wrote for Collins during their brief late-'60s romance were "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "Helplessly Hoping," and "49-Bye-Byes," among others.

Judy Collins told us that this tour is due to a lot of things -- friendship, love -- but most of all -- perfect timing: "We're on the road and we just are having a ball. Over the years, we've talked back and forth about when could we do it and what would we sing? We sent a lot of notes to each other about the songs we might do. And socially hanging out, trying to figure out what would be a good time. And it seemed this period opened up, in part, because CSN is not working at the moment and I had the time open up and we just decided it was the right thing to do." :
August 21 - Great Barrington, MA - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
August 23 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
August 25 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
August 26 - Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre
August 28 - Vestal, NY - Anderson Center for the Performing Arts
September 1 - Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theatre
September 3 - Indio, CA - Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino
September 6 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
September 8 - Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavilion
September 9 - Stateline, NV - MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
September 27 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - F.M. Kirby Center For Performing Arts
September 28 - Lebanon, NH - Lebanon Opera House
September 30 - Torrington, CT - Warner Theater
October 1 - Newport News, VA - Ferguson Performing Arts Center
October 2 - Huntington, WV - Keith Albee Performing Arts Center
October 4 - Morgantown, WV - West Virginia University
October 5 - Charlottesville, VA - Sprint Pavilion
October 7 - Cranston, RI - Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts
October 8 - Albany, NY - The Egg Center
October 11 - Lancaster, PA - American Music Theater
October 12 - Tarrytown, NY - Tarrytown Music Hall
October 13 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
October 15 - Youngstown, OH - Edward W. Powers Auditorium
October 17 - Godfrey, IL - Olin Theater
October 21 - Las Vegas, NV - Smith Center
October 22 - Tucson, AZ - Fox Theater
October 25, 26 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
October 28 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theater
November 2 - Visalia, CA - Fox Theater
November 4 - Brooks, CA - Cacher Creek Casino - less
The ongoing Stephen Stills / Judy Collins tour is getting raves from both the casual and die-hard fans. Amazingly, this is the first road trek the former couple has undertaken in their careers. Among the legendary Stills songs wrote for Collins during their brief late-'60s romance were "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "Helplessly Hoping," and "49-Bye-Byes," among others. Judy Collins told us that this tour is due to a lot of things -- friendship, love -- but most of all -- perfect timing: "We're on the road and we just are having...+ more
MPL Communications/Graham Hughes
August 21, 2017
FLASHBACK: PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS' 'LIVE AND LET DIE' PEAKS ON THE CHARTS

It was 44 years ago this week (August 18th to August 25th, 1973) that Paul McCartney & Wings' theme to the James Bond movie Live And Let Die peaked at Number Two on the charts. The song, which followed the recent Number One success of the band's "My Love," was kept from the top spot first by Diana Ross' "Touch Me In The Morning," and then by the Stories' "Brother Louie."

McCartney came about writing "Live And Let Die" through former Beatles producer George Martin, who was the film's musical director and pitched the project to him. McCartney spent a day reading the Ian Fleming novel, and then went about composing the song with help from his wife Linda, who contributed the reggae-tinged middle portion.

  • Wings co-founder and original drummer Denny Seiwell played on the original version of "Live And Let Die" and recalled the events leading up to McCartney recording the Oscar-nominated theme to the 007 thriller: "Everybody thought it was cool that we were doing something for James Bond, y'know? 'Cause I remember what Paul told us -- he said a couple weeks before we did the actual recording, he said they wanted him to write the theme to the next James Bond movie, and they sent him the book to read. And we were up at the house one day and he had just read the book the night before, and he sat down at the piano and said, 'James Bond. . . James Bond . . . da-da-dum!,' and he started screwing around at the piano. Within 10 minutes, he had that song written. It was awesome, really. Just to watch him get in there and write the song was really something I'll remember the rest of my life."
  • Although "Live And Let Die" stalled at Number Two on the Billboard charts, it went on to hit Number One on both the Cash Box and Record World singles charts.
  • Over the years "Live And Let Die" has become a McCartney concert favorite, with its explosions and pyrotechnics that seem to grow with each tour. The song has been featured on such live McCartney albums as Wings Over America, Tripping The Live Fantastic, Paul Is Live, Back In The U.S. and most recently on Good Evening New York City.
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It was 44 years ago this week (August 18th to August 25th, 1973) that Paul McCartney & Wings' theme to the James Bond movie Live And Let Die peaked at Number Two on the charts. The song, which followed the recent Number One success of the band's "My Love," was kept from the top spot first by Diana Ross' "Touch Me In The Morning," and then by the Stories' "Brother Louie." McCartney came about writing "Live And Let Die" through former Beatles producer George Martin, who was the film's musical director and...+ more