News items of the week, May 28, 2010

Cyndi Lauper (above) goes blues?!
Hot off the heals of her stint on Celebrity Apprentice, where Cyndi was undeniably the most colorful character of the bunch, Miss Cyndi Lauper is set to release her much-anticipated 11th studio album entitled “Memphis Blues” on June 22.

After 25 years on the music scene and over 30 million records sold world-wide to date, the new release was recorded with the help of Scott Bomar and William Wittman in Memphis, Tennessee, thus accounting for its bluesy sound.

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Yes it’s shockingly true.  Music legend Willie Nelson has cut off his long and trademark long braided locks.

And in true Nelson’s mellow style, while vacationing in Hawaii this Texas born country singer simply cut off his legendary braids.  According to Willie’s spokesperson Elaine Schock, he didn’t make a fuss and just got tired of it.  As Schock explained,  “there’s a lot of maintenance.”   Enough said! We still love him.

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Grammy award-winning rockers Chicago took time off from touring to appear on the season finale of American Idol this week.

Idol winner Lee DeWyze performed a medley of three of the band’s biggest hits, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, “If You Leave Me Now” and “25 Or 6 To 4.”

With DeWyze being a Chicago native,  the band may see the American Idol winner again this summer as DeWyze told them that if his schedule allows, he would join them on stage when Chicago plays in Chicago at the Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island on July 16 and 17.

Chicago is gearing up for a U.S. summer tour with the Doobie Brothers, followed by more solo dates and then international tours in South America and Australia.

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Following their Cinco de Mayo performance in Los Angeles earlier this month, Jane’s Addiction is heading out for two major shows in Europe.  They’ll appear Sunday, June 9 at the Gelredome in The Netherlands (with Rage Against the Machine and Gogol Bordello) and then Friday, June 11 at Rock In Rio in Madrid, Spain (with Rage Against the Machine and Cypress Hill).

Singer Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and new member, bassist Duff McKagan–are in LA writing new material for their next album, tentatively slated to come out in the winter of 2011, followed by a world tour.

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Bruce Springsteen’s “London Calling: Live in Hyde Park” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on June 22.

Taped in London at the Hard Rock Calling Festival on June 28, 2009, the 172-minute film documents 27 tracks of live Springsteen, all in HD.

“London Calling: Live In Hyde Park” shows both the experience of being on stage  and in the crowd in a festival environment. he set list spans from “Born To Run” era to “Working On a Dream” and includes rare covers and fan favorites.

Produced by Grammy and Emmy Award winner Thom Zimny and director Chris Hilson, both members of The Boss’ video crew for the last decade, are credited with overseeing the film.  A must-have for any Springsteen fanatic, myself included in that illustrious group!

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Critically acclaimed Canadian musician Meaghan Smith will join Sarah McLachlan, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige and others on the 2010 Lilith Fair this summer.  Smith will join the traveling celebration of women in music for shows at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on July 16th and First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Chicago on July 17th in the U.S., as well as the Bell Center in Montreal, QC on July 23rd in Canada.    Smith released her debut full-length album, The Cricket’s Orchestra, in February 2010.

For information on the entire Lilith Fair 2010, go to http://www.lilithfair.com

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Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax are bringing their  European tour to the global stage by beaming the concert via satellite to movie theaters around the world in  HD. These four band have never shared the same stage until the June 22nd concert from the tour’s stop of the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. It will air the same day in over 450 theaters in more than 140 markets in the U.S., as well as beamed into theaters in Europe, Canada and Latin America. Delayed screenings are planned in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Tickets for “The Big Four:  Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax” go on sale starting today Friday, May 21st in the U.S. and internationally starting Friday, May 28th at participating theater box offices and at www.thebigfourlive.com, to watch the trailer.

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Speaking of heavy metal, AC/DC’s “Iron Man 2″ soundtrack (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) is  starting its fifth week at #1 on  Billboard’s European Albums chart.

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The Undertones are reissuing in digital their first four albums plus a “Best Of” compilation.   Reissued in the U.S. are a the band’s self-titled LP,  “Hypnotised,” “Positive Touch,” “The Sin of Pride,”  plus “The Best of the Undertones.” The Undertones, inspired by bands like the Ramones, were signed to Sire Records straight off a BBC RAdio appearance.

On June 28, 2010, Union Square Music will make the Undertones’ four albums available digitally.  For more information, head over to www.unionsquaremusic.co.uk

Compiled By Carol Anne Szel



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