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News Items Of The Week, May 14, 2010

News of the week, covering everything from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Ozzy Osborne

compiled By Carol Anne Szel

Lynyrd Skynyrd (above) will release “Live From Freedom Hall” on June 22 as both a CD/DVD set and as a stand-alone DVD. “Live From Freedom Hall” captures this legendary southern rock band in their element, on stage. It is also one of the last concerts to be recorded with longtime members Billy Powell and Ean Evans, both of whom passed away last year. Skynyrd was also recently inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. These legendary rockers have recorded over 60 albums and have garnered sales of more than 30 million.


After Nashville’s devastating flooding and damage, Columbus, Ohio’s annual Rock on the Range festival — May 22 and 23 at Columbus Crew Stadium —
will make a $.50 cent donation per ticket sold to the Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund. The Fund, a partnership between the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Office of the Mayor of Nashville, and Davidson County’s Office of Emergency Management, will support relief efforts due to the flooding,
which has affected so many lives.

In a statement released by the festival co-executive producer, “From all of us involved with Rock on the Range, our hearts go out to the victims of the horrible flooding in Nashville. We cannot stand idly by and watch, so we are acting. The rock fans of middle-America are here to support the rescue and rebuilding efforts and we’re pleased to be making this donation on behalf of everyone attending the festival in the coming days”

Grants from the fund will be made to nonprofits supporting relief, restoration and clean-up efforts in the Davidson County area in the aftermath of the flooding and storms. Donations are being accepted through The Community Foundation’s website at

The release date of Ozzy Osborne’s “Scream” from Epic Records has been moved back by one week, from June 15 to June 22.

“Let Me Hear You Scream,“ the album’s first single went top five on the Mainstream Rock Chart and top ten on the Active Rock chart in it’s second week. Ozzy just shot a video for the first single “Let Me Hear You Scream” with famed director Jonas Akerlund.

“Scream” was produced by Ozzy and Kevin Churko, who both also produced Ozzy’s 2007 million-selling album “Black Rain.“ Ozzy recorded most of the album at his Los Angeles home studio, , and co-wrote all the songs with Churko. The album marks the first appearance of Ozzy’s new guitarist Gus G. Ozzy’s band is rounded out by bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.

The Oz-man will also head out on an 18-month world tour in support of his new release.
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have recruited the biggest names in country music for “Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Recovery“ on June 22 at the Birdgestone Arena. Artists scheduled to appear are Carrie Underwood, Brooks & Dunn, Taylor Swift, and Miley Syrus. "The damage that we've seen to people's homes and the effect that the flooding has had on their lives is unimaginable,” Tim and Faith said in a release. “But we've seen the spirit of our community first hand, as volunteers, church groups and our local business leaders rally to help.”

Collectors’ Choice Music is reissuing nine albums by Judy Collins, representing a good part of her 1966-97 Elektra Records years. Collins material has enhanced songs by musicians from Bob Dylan to Jacques Brel to Stephen Sondheim, and more. And while she began her career by illuminating the work of others, she would become a celebrated songwriter in her own right.

On July 27, 2010, Collectors’ Choice will issue digitally re-mastered CDs of nine of Collins’ Elektra titles: Fifth Album (1965), In My Life (1966), Whales & Nightingales (1970), True Stories & Other Dreams (1973), Bread & Roses (1976), Running for My Life (1980), Times of Our Lives (1982), Home Again (1984) and Christmas at the Biltmore (1997). The albums contain newly commissioned liner notes by Ritchie Unterberger that include interviews with Collins.


Southern California’s Avenged Sevenfold will release their new single, “Nightmare,” to radio on Monday, May 17th. The track, which will be available from all digital service providers the following day, is the first single from the band’s upcoming fifth studio album, which was produced by Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem) and mixed by noted engineer Andy Wallace. The album is due for release this summer on Warner Bros. Records. Avenged Sevenfold achieved worldwide success with their platinum 2005 breakthrough City Of Evil. They are the only band to have headlined the Vans Warped Tour and Ozzfest, and they have also attracted 93 million plays on MySpace. In August, Avenged Sevenfold will set out co-headlining the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival with Disturbed.


American Idol alum Bo Bice will release his third album titled “3“ on May 18th (Saguaro Road Records in association with Bo’s own Sugar Money Records

In addition, singer Bo Bice has announced that he will donate all of his proceeds from his single, “Long Road Back,” to a number of flood assistance programs that are aiding victims of the recent Nashville-area flooding disaster. He also appeared on Flood Relief: Vince Gill and Friends on May 6th, which raised over $1.7 million for organizations such as the Second Harvest Food Bank, the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. The single “Long Road Back” is on Bice’s new album “3.” Bice laments, “Nashville was hit hard by the flooding. We lost a large portion of our historic city, but we are going to make it through this hard time together.”

In its first week of release, multi-platinum band Jackyl released a new album entitled “When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide” on Mighty Loud Records. The new CD debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart.

Entering the Active Rock chart list #57, the album’s lead single “She’s Not A Drug” has moved up to #51.


Like most of us, Elvin Bishop had awkward adolescent moments. Elvin Bishop’s new release, 'Red Dog Speaks' drops on June 15 from Delta Groove Music. In his new endeavor, Bishop shares his childhood memories in a doo-wop medley in which Red Dog, Elvin's cherry red '59 Gibson Stereo ES 345 slide guitar, of nearly the same vintage as the songs, takes the vocal lead.

"I'm talking about the 1950s, before they started putting hormones in the hamburgers, when 7th grade boys were still thinking about baseball and stuff,” Bishop told in a press release. "That's the feeling I was thinking about capturing when I recorded this.”


The Smashing Pumpkins introduced a new member to the band, bassist Nicole Fiorentino. She’s been in bands like Veruca Salt, Spinerette, Radio Vago, Twilight Sleep and Light FM.

Fiorentino will perform with the Pumpkins on their world tour later this year, a journey that will include headline performances at two Summersonic festivals in Japan: August 7 in Tokyo (Marine Stadium) and August 8 in Osaka (Maishima).

Recently, the Pumpkins released free online, “Astral Planes,” the final song to be issued for their EP Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs For A Sailor.” It is the first of an eventual 11 EPs to be sold in record stores. The entire EP is set for release on May 25th through Martha’s Music/Rocket Science Ventures. Each box will contain a 4-song CD, a vinyl 7” and a hand-carved obelisk from the shadows of the Incan ruins in Machu Picchu.


Platinum-selling soul star Maxwell has added shows with Erykah Badu and Melanie Fiona to the 20 previously announced dates featuring Jill Scott. The 33 date tour kicks off May 21st in Cleveland, Ohio. Badu and Fiona will join Maxwell for select dates beginning June 11th at Atlanta's Philips Arena.


“Ain’t in It for My Health: a Film about Levon Helm” will be shown at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival.

Directed by Jacob Hatley, “Ain’t in It for My Health: a Film about Levon Helm” shows Levon in the musical spotlight for the first time in twenty-five years, confronting things that made for the band’s demise like bankruptcy, drug addiction and the tragic loss of band mates Richard Manuel and Rick Dank.


Susan Cowsill’s second solo album, “Lighthouse,” due out May 18 highlights this New Orleans-based artist’s pop side from her days with the Continental Drifters and Cowsills with plenty of hooky songs.

Susan is joined on this album by good friend Jackson Browne, her siblings the Cowsills (Bob, Paul and John joining in on the late Barry Cowsill’s composition “River of Love”), sister-in-law Vicki Peterson (Bangles/Continental Drifters) and the estimable guitarist Waddy Wachtel, who knows his way around a recording studio.