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UMe
October 19, 2017
TOM PETTY REMEMBERED BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & HEARTBREAKERS BANDMATES

Bruce Springsteen, along with Tom Petty's Heartbreakers and Mudcrutch bandmates Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, have spoken about the sudden loss of the great Tom Petty. Petty was laid to rest on Monday (October 16th) at a private service in Pacific Palisades, California at The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine. Petty died on October 2nd at age 66, after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Malibu home.

Bruce Springsteen spoke about hearing of Petty's death, recalling to Rolling Stone: "I got the phone call and told the folks in my house. There were shrieks of horror. You couldn't quite believe it. We were from the same generation of rock & rollers. We started around the same time and had a lot of the same influences. And when I lived in California, I got to know him quite well. He was just a lovely guy who loved rock & roll and came up the hard way."

  • Unbeknownst to fans, Petty was bravely enduring his last string of dates with a hairline fracture in his hip. Keyboardist Benmont Tench said of Petty's final shows: "He was just kicking ass and we had found another level of playing as a band. There was a depth of soul coming through. I figured I'd get a call in a month or two: 'Tom wants to get together and jam some s*** out.'"
  • The musician who was undoubtedly closet to Petty was his partner in crime since the early-'70s, guitarist, collaborator, and co-producer Mike Campbell, who said about the tour closer and final Heartbreakers concert at the Bowl: "It was magical, it was spiritual. Everybody was so happy, especially Tom -- full of glory and hope. I'm just so sad to think that I'm not going to play those songs again."
  • When we last caught up with Tom Petty -- decades after forming the Heartbreakers -- he told us he was proud that he had a group of musicians who've stayed on for the long and tough haul with him: "I look up now and I really appreciate that I'm. . . I get to play with people that are, that are great musicians and my friends at the same time. I don't think I'd be interested in doing this as much if I were, y'know, going out and just hiring faceless musicians to play parts, and things like. . . I don't think I'd like that."
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Bruce Springsteen, along with Tom Petty's Heartbreakers and Mudcrutch bandmates Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, have spoken about the sudden loss of the great Tom Petty. Petty was laid to rest on Monday (October 16th) at a private service in Pacific Palisades, California at The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine. Petty died on October 2nd at age 66, after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. Bruce Springsteen spoke about hearing of Petty's death, recalling to Rolling Stone: "I got the phone call and told the...+ more
MPL Communications
October 19, 2017
PAUL McCARTNEY HAS 'ABOUT THREE QUARTERS' OF THE MATERIAL WRITTEN FOR NEW ALBUM

Sessions continue for Paul McCartney's still-untitled studio set due out in 2018. Macca-News.Blogspot.com quoted "Macca" talking about the upcoming album, explaining, "Between one show and another, I'm making the new album. And it's interesting because there's a special track for Brazil, but that's all I can tell you right now. I think you'll like this. I have about three quarters of the material. I’ve recorded some songs and see which ones can become the best. Probably this album will be released sometime next year."

Last month, McCartney's producer had a few choice comments about the sessions for the former Beatle's 24th mainstream collection. Greg Kurstin, best known for his work with Adele, told Entertainment Weekly: "All I can say is that when he brings songs to the studio, it blows my mind that he’s still coming up with the most amazing songs. I feel like he’s topping himself." Kurstin scored 2017's Grammy Award-winner for Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical).

  • Paul McCartney explained that for him, songwriting is an extremely personal and often therapeutic process: "One thing with me, I don't really want to have anyone hear me writing a song. And I don't like the idea, 'cause I'm going to make mistakes. I'm gonna put words in I hate and then I'm gonna realize I hate them, I'm gonna change it. It's good to go away somewhere that, pretty much, people aren't gonna hear you. It's good if it's got a little bit of an acoustic, so little cupboards and cellars, bathrooms and little areas like that are good. Yeah, I like to just go and hide, hide away." :
    October 20 - Salvador, Brazil - Itaipava Arena - Fonte Nova
    October 28 - Mexico City, Mexico - Estadio Azteca
    December 2 - Perth, Australia - nib Stadium
    December 5, 6 - Melbourne, Australia - AAMI Park
    December 9 - Brisbane, Australia - Suncorp Stadium
    December 11, 12 - Sydney, Australia - Qudos Bank Arena
    December 16 - Auckland, New Zealand - Mt Smart Stadium

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Sessions continue for Paul McCartney's still-untitled studio set due out in 2018. Macca-News.Blogspot.com quoted "Macca" talking about the upcoming album, explaining, "Between one show and another, I'm making the new album. And it's interesting because there's a special track for Brazil, but that's all I can tell you right now. I think you'll like this. I have about three quarters of the material. I’ve recorded some songs and see which ones can become the best. Probably this album will be released...+ more
Elektra Records
October 19, 2017
THE CARS' RIC OCASEK KEEPING CALM OVER ROCK HALL NOM

The Cars' Ric Ocasek isn't getting his hopes up about the band getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this time around. The Cars leader admitted as much to Billboard, explaining, "Oh, here's another one I'm definitely not going to spend a lot of time waiting for. When it was the first time I thought, 'oh, that's exciting!' Everyone was like, 'you guys are in, no problem, you're there,' so then we weren't. So then I thought, I guess I don't need to listen to that. So next time around I didn't pay much attention to it, and when people said 'you're there,' when it went by I thought, 'ah, that's cool.' So this is the third, and we'll see what happens. It would be nice, but I'm ready for it to be either way."

Ocasek is working on a new original album, along with a solo compilation he's been readying: "It's all the best picks of the solo albums, that should be out soon, and that's got another 10 or 15 songs that nobody's ever heard. . . Some are finished, some are demos. It's stuff I've always liked but never put it on things. If you like something for a long time, there's something to it. It probably wouldn't be until the spring."

  • We asked Cars lead guitarist Elliot Easton what his favorite period of the band's career was: "Probably the first album, just 'cause it was so exciting a time, and it was a time in the band where it really was a band. I just have very fond memories of going to England to make that record, and everything was brand new and the first time for everything, so it was a very exciting time in my life." from 5 to 8 p.m.
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The Cars' Ric Ocasek isn't getting his hopes up about the band getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this time around. The Cars leader admitted as much to Billboard, explaining, "Oh, here's another one I'm definitely not going to spend a lot of time waiting for. When it was the first time I thought, 'oh, that's exciting!' Everyone was like, 'you guys are in, no problem, you're there,' so then we weren't. So then I thought, I guess I don't need to listen to that. So next time around...+ more
UME/Graham Hughes
October 19, 2017
FLASHBACK: THE WHO RELEASES 'QUADROPHENIA'

It was 44 years ago today (October 19th, 1973) that the Who released their second double album, the watershed 1973 collection, Quadrophenia. The set featured such classic Who songs as "The Real Me," "5:15," "I'm One," "The Punk And The Godfather," "Drowned," "Sea And Sand," and "Love Reign O'er Me," among others. A film version based around the album was produced by the band and released in 1979. The Who returned to the road in North America and Europe in 2012 and 2013 for their critically acclaimed Quadrophenia & More Tour, which saw the band reviving the album with a new, state of the art production.

Pete Townshend's long-awaited orchestral version of Quadrophenia, titled Classic Quadrophenia, premiered on July 5th, 2015 at London's Royal Albert Hall starring Townshend and Alfie Boe singing Roger Daltrey's original parts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Oriana Choir conducted by Robert Ziegler. The new ‘symphonised’ version was orchestrated by Townshend's wife, musician and composer, Rachel Fuller, with a studio version of the work also released on CD. The team hit the road last month for five high-profile performances of the production in New York, the Chicago area, and Los Angeles.

In June 2014, the Who released the live package, Quadrophenia: Live In London. The set was recorded on July 8th, 2013 during the band's tour-closing concert at London’s Wembley Arena. The collection is released in seven different configurations -- including a five-disc metal box. In 2012, the Who released the critically acclaimed Quadrophenia "Director's Cut" Box Set. The collection marked the first release of all of Pete Townshend's fully produced one-man-band demos for Quadrophenia -- including the tracks which ended up on the 1979 film soundtrack, along with previously unheard titles.

For Quadrophenia, Pete Townshend created a song cycle chronicling the life of "Jimmy" -- a pill-popping fashion conscious R&B loving "Mod" from London in the mid-'60s. The album focused on Jimmy's battles with his parents, the mod nightlife, his demeaning office job, and the mods' legendary beach rumbles against their cultural nemesis, the "Rockers."

The character of Jimmy was supposed to represent the four facets of the Who: Keith Moon (insane), John Entwistle (romantic), Roger Daltrey (bad), and Townshend (good).

During his guest lecture at 2007's South By Southwest festival, Townshend was asked which he prefers; the band's 1971 album Who's Next, which features only a selection of tracks recorded for his unrealized sci-fi follow-up to Tommy, called Lifehouse, or the more grounded Quadrophenia: "I like Quadrophenia better because it's purer. Y'know, it's complete. I had complete control of it, and I think that hurt the band a bit that I had such control over it -- particularly Roger, who had a feeling that he was on the outside, even though he is very much a pillar. Quadrophenia is also an iconic rock piece. Quadrophenia was also more self-contained. If in a way the failure of Lifehouse led to Quadrophenia then I'm happy, because I think I will never surpass it."
  • During the Who's 2006-2007 tour, the band dropped most of the material from Quadrophenia from their set lists after Daltrey complained that singing the material from their then-new album Endless Wire along with songs from Quadrophenia was too taxing on his voice. By their 2008 dates, Daltrey was back on board, tackling both "5:15" and "Love Reign O'er Me."
  • The Who's super-deluxe limited edition box Quadrophenia: Director's Cut box set is housed in a hard-back deluxe slip-case and feature the following exclusive content:
  • Discs One and Two: The 2011 remaster of the original double album.
  • Discs Three and Four: 25 demo tracks from Pete Townshend's studio archive giving "a unique insight into the original vision for this remarkable body of work. Includes songs that were not included on the original album."
  • Disc Five: "The Quadrophenia 5.1 EP" -- an exclusive eight track DVD re-mixed for surround sound. A deluxe 100-page, hard-back book featuring a brand new 13,000 word essay by Pete Townshend, shedding exclusive light on the period before and during the creation of the album, explaining some of the technical processes -- the startling and progressive use of synthesizers as well as a revealing insight into the story of the album's central character -- the mod "Jimmy."
  • The book also includes a treasure trove of previously unseen personal notes, photographs, handwritten lyrics and memorabilia from the period, all recently uncovered in Townshend's personal archive.
  • The "Director's Cut" also features Townshend's in depth, track-by-track guide to the demos and revealing studio diary.
  • The package also replicates the striking black and white imagery from the original vinyl LP photography and adds never-seen color out-takes of the famous cover shot.
  • Also included is a replica seven-inch vinyl single featuring hit single "5.15" b/w "Water" in a picture sleeve and a set of six facsimile memorabilia 'inserts' housed in a card envelope.
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    It was 44 years ago today (October 19th, 1973) that the Who released their second double album, the watershed 1973 collection, Quadrophenia. The set featured such classic Who songs as "The Real Me," "5:15," "I'm One," "The Punk And The Godfather," "Drowned," "Sea And Sand," and "Love Reign O'er Me," among others. A film version based around the album was produced by the band and released in 1979. The Who returned to the road in North America and Europe in 2012 and 2013 for their critically acclaimed Quadrophenia & More...+ more
    PRPhotos.com
    October 19, 2017
    ITEMS FROM CHRIS CORNELL, DAVE GROHL, OTHERS TURNED INTO WATCHES FOR CHARITY

    Personal items donated by Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and others have been used to create a unique line of timepieces called the Rock LTD Collection. Cornell, who pledged his support before his death last May, contributed a guitar strap that was turned into a watchband. Sales from the entire line benefit the Recording Academy's MusiCares MAP Fund, dedicated to addiction recovery treatment for artists.

    Cornell's widow, Vicky Cornell, said in a statement, "Addiction is a disease, and we lose far too many loved ones to the illness each day. MusiCares is a crucial organization and the MusiCares MAP Fund 100 percent supports the music community in its fight to protect those battling this affliction."

    • Cornell, who committed suicide at the age of 52 following a Soundgarden concert in Detroit on May 18th, was a longtime MusiCares contributor who was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 2007 MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert.
    • The Rock LTD Collection is set to launch before the holidays and will include between 25 and 30 pieces priced from $1,200 to $1,800. The one exception is the Cornell piece, which will be auctioned at a May 2018 MusiCares benefit.
    • Other timepieces included in the line are a watch created from a plaid flannel shirt donated by Grohl, a piece constructed from a denim jacket provided by Novoselic, and watches created from items donated by Iggy Pop and Elton John.
    • Each of the hand-numbered watches will include a certificate of authenticity and be housed in a custom, etched case featuring the artist's name. The pieces will be available at several global retailers as well as stores owned by manufacturer Nixon.
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    Personal items donated by Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and others have been used to create a unique line of timepieces called the Rock LTD Collection. Cornell, who pledged his support before his death last May, contributed a guitar strap that was turned into a watchband. Sales from the entire line benefit the Recording Academy's MusiCares MAP Fund, dedicated to addiction recovery treatment for artists. Cornell's widow, Vicky Cornell, said in a statement, ...+ more
    PRPhotos.com
    October 19, 2017
    OZZY HAS SEVEN SONGS READY FOR NEXT STUDIO EFFORT

    Ozzy Osbourne told the Los Angeles radio show "Whiplash" in a recent interview that he is working on material for his first solo recording since 2010's Scream. He revealed, "I’ve got a bunch of songs written. But you know, you don't sell records anymore. It’s not cost effective to make a record." Pressed for more details about the disc, Ozzy said, "I’ve got about seven songs. One's called 'Mr. Armageddon,' one's called 'Crack Cocaine.'" He did not reveal any further info, such as a release date.

    Although Ozzy has had plenty of success on the radio throughout his career, he told us a while back that he doesn't write songs with singles in mind: "I don't write singles, per se. I don't write Top 10 singles. I work on albums rather than singles. I mean, do people still buy singles? I don't think people buy any f***ing records anymore, do they?"

    • Earlier this year Ozzy reunited with guitarist Zakk Wylde, who played on studio albums such as No Rest For The Wicked, No More Tears and Ozzmosis and whom has toured on and off with Ozzy for nearly 30 years.
    • Ozzy has played a handful of solo shows since doing his final concerts with Black Sabbath last February. The legendary band wrapped up its 49-year career with a year-long farewell tour, ending with two shows in its hometown of Birmingham, England.
    • A CD/DVD package called The End, capturing the final Sabbath concert on film and as a live album, will be released on November 17th.
    • Ozzy will next headline the first day of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, on November 4th in San Bernardino, California.
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    Ozzy Osbourne told the Los Angeles radio show "Whiplash" in a recent interview that he is working on material for his first solo recording since 2010's Scream. He revealed, "I’ve got a bunch of songs written. But you know, you don't sell records anymore. It’s not cost effective to make a record." Pressed for more details about the disc, Ozzy said, "I’ve got about seven songs. One's called 'Mr. Armageddon,' one's called 'Crack Cocaine.'" He did not reveal any further info, such as a...+ more