Courtesy of Record Store DayJust a reminder that the eighth annual Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, April 18. As always, the initiative features a wide variety of limited-edition vinyl-only releases that are available exclusively at independent record shops around the U.S. and in other countries too. Among the many veteran artists who will be issuing collectible discs in conjunction with the campaign are Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, The Bee Gees, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan.
McCartney's contribution is an LP featuring the long-out-of-print The Family Way: Original Soundtrack Recording, while Wilson's offering is a seven-inch single featuring the songs "The Right Time" and "Sail Away" from the Beach Boys mastermind's new solo album, No Pier Pressure.
The Bee Gees' Record Store Day release is a 12-inch disc titled Extended that boasts four classic songs from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, while Springsteen is offering up individual remastered versions of his first seven studio albums that originally were included in 2014's The Album Collection Vol. 1: 1973-1984 box set.
U2, meanwhile, is releasing a deluxe two-disc vinyl collection titled Age of Innocence, and Simon & Garfunkel are issuing a seven-inch single featuring a pair of classic songs recorded in late 1965, "Homeward Bound" and "Leaves That Are Green."
As for Dylan, he has three Record Store Day releases on tap: a seven-inch blue vinyl disc featuring "The Night We Called It a Day" and "Stay with Me," both from his new standards album, Shadows in the Night; plus stereo and mono versions of a 12-inch LP that includes select tunes from Bob's famed 1967 "Basement Tapes" sessions with The Band. Each copy of the latter two discs are individually numbered and signed by Band keyboardist Garth Hudson.
Other artists releasing exclusive discs for Record Store Day 2015 include Gregg Allman, The Animals, Blue Oyster Cult, David Bowie, The Doors, Marvin Gaye, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Jett, The Kinks, Queen's Brian May, John Oates, Otis Redding, Todd Rundgren, Sly and the Family Stone, Dionne Warwick and The Zombies.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame MuseumThe 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place tonight at Cleveland's Public Hall. Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr tops the list of this year's inductees, which also includes Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day and The "5" Royales.
As is tradition, a variety of big-name stars will be on hand to induct the honorees. Starr will be welcomed by his Beatles band mate Paul McCartney, Withers will be inducted by Stevie Wonder, the late Reed will be saluted by Patti Smith, Jett and her group will be ushered in by pop superstar Miley Cyrus, the late Vaughan and his band will be honored by John Mayer, the Butterfield Blues Band will be inducted by J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, Green Day will be welcomed by Fall Out Boy and The "5" Royales will be celebrated by Booker T. & the MGs guitarist Steve Cropper.
A variety of well-known artists also will take to the stage to perform in honor of the newly minted inductees. The evening's entertainment lineup includes The Eagles' Joe Walsh; Stevie Ray's brother, ex-Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist Jimmie Vaughan; Mayer; pop/R&B star John Legend; Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl; Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello; Beck; contemporary bluesman Gary Clark Jr.; country singer Zac Brown; and others.
All of the aforementioned inductees will be honored in the "Performers" category except for Starr, who will be acknowledged in conjunction with receiving the Award for Musical Excellence, and The "5" Royales, who will be recognized as an "Early Influence."
The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be taped for a television special that's scheduled to premiere May 30 on HBO.
Credit: Claude GassianMick Jagger and Keith Richards have lent their voices to a new episode of comedy collective The Kloons' web series Sisters, which features Kloons members Nik Kazoura and Mitch Lewis acting out real-life audio conversations between Nik's mother and aunt.
During the episode, the Kloons guys are shown lip-syncing to the women's voices as they discuss The Rolling Stones' famous logo, ponder whether Keith's last name is Richards or Richardson and talk about what a nice head of hair Jagger has while looking at a photo of the band in a coffee shop. As the two-and-a-half-minute video winds down, two young women are seen at a table in the same café, and when they open their mouths to chat, the voices of Jagger and Richards are heard, as they humorously talk about wanting to leave the city and hitting the road.
At the end of the clip, Lewis thanks Jagger and Richards for taking part in the sketch, while Kazoura reminds viewers that The Stones are heading out on tour soon. The band's upcoming tour dates also are shown.
Lewis told Tubefilter.com how Jagger and Richards came to be involved in the episode. As the comic explained, last fall The Stones' touring company showed the Sisters web series to the rock legends, who liked what they saw and agreed to take part in the video.
Credit: James GladerThe Eagles' Don Henley has settled a lawsuit he brought last year against a Wisconsin-based clothing company that seemingly incorporated his name and the title of one of his band's well-known songs into an advertisement for a line of its shirts. According to documents filed on Tuesday in a California federal court, the Duluth Trading Co. has agreed to never again use or allude to the singer's full name in connection with selling its Henley-style collarless pullover shirts, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Last October, Duluth Trading sent customers an email ad for its Henley shirts that included the phrase, "Don a Henley and take it easy," prompting the Eagles star to launch a copyright-infringement suit against the company.
As part of the settlement, Duluth has promised to never again use the words "Don" and "Henley" together or near each another in its future advertisements.
The company also has issued an apology to Henley for using his name without his permission.
"We appreciate and respect what Mr. Henley has meant to music and we now see that our use of his name and an Eagles' song title in our advertisement was inappropriate," reads the statement. "For that we are deeply regretful and we apologize, not just to Mr. Henley, but to anyone else who took offense. We have learned a valuable lesson and thank Mr. Henley for helping us appreciate the importance that he and other artists place in their publicity rights."
Duluth Trading also explains that, at Henley's request and as part of the settlement, the company has donated an undisclosed amount of money to the singer's Walden Woods Project in honor of the environmental organization's 25th anniversary.
Lloyd Bishop/NBCAs a pianist, Billy Joel may have spent a lot of time "tickling the ivories," but he wants to make sure that doesn't involve real elephant ivory. The musician, animal lover and expectant father is lending his voice to a new series of ads supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society's 96 Elephants campaign, "Take a Stand for Elephants."
96 Elephants was named for the number of elephants killed each day by poachers in Africa for their ivory tusks. Its aim is to bring together world citizens, partners, thought-leaders and change-makers to stop the killing of elephants and help ban the sale of ivory.
"We can't turn back time, but we can reverse this trend," Joel says in a voiceover during one of the promo videos for the initiative. "Don't be the generation that allowed elephants to go extinct."
Last year, Billy wrote an impassioned letter in support of a bill in the New York State Senate that would severely restrict the sale of items made of ivory.
"I am a piano player. And I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists. But a preference for ivory keys does not justify the slaughter of 96 elephants every day," he wrote. "There are other materials which can be substituted for piano keys. But magnificent creatures like these can never be replaced."
Joel added, "Music must never be used as an excuse to destroy an endangered species. Music should be a celebration of life -- not an instrument of death."
The bill was signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last August.
Credit: Timothy WhiteJames Taylor has scheduled a new series of U.S. tour dates in support of his first new album of original material in more than a decade, Before This World. His itinerary runs from a July 2 concert in Allentown, Pennsylvania, through a previously announced August 6 show at Boston's Fenway Park.
The Fenway show, which is sold out and features special guest Bonnie Raitt, marks the first concert that the James will play at the famous baseball stadium.
The tour also includes a previously reported, sold-out July 4 show at Tanglewood in Lennox, Massachusetts, where James traditionally plays on the holiday. Tickets for all of James' upcoming U.S. shows, with the exception of the Fenway Park and Tanglewood shows, go on sale to the general public on April 24 at 10 a.m. ET. Visit JamesTaylor.com for information about pre-sale tickets.
Before This World is due June 16 and features guest appearances by Sting, James' wife, Kim, and son Henry.
Here's the full list of James Taylor's confirmed U.S. tour dates:
7/2/15 -- Allentown, PA, PPL Center 7/4/15 -- Lenox, MA, Tanglewood 7/7/15 -- Portland, ME, Cross Insurance Center 7/9/15 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Arena 7/11/15 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre 7/12/15 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC 7/14/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 7/15/15 -- Indianapolis, IN, Kliptsch Music Center 7/17/15 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend 7/28/15 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson Boiling Arena 7/29/15 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena 7/31/15 -- Greensboro, NC, Coliseum 8/1/15 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata 8/3/15 -- Youngstown, OH, Covelli Center 8/4/15 -- New York, NY, Forest Hills - Tennis Stadium 8/6/15 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park
Image Courtesy of Kim BergeronThe Beatles-themed antique piano that surviving Fab Four members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr signed last fall to help raise money for a New Orleans-area Habitat for Humanity chapter sold at auction Thursday for big bucks. The instrument brought in $98,888, just shy of the $100,000 it was expected to fetch. The winning bidder was an unidentified woman from Florida.
The piano was autographed separately by Starr and McCartney, respectively, on October 17 in Biloxi, Mississippi, and October 28 in Louisville, Kentucky, during the rock legends' tour stops in those cities. The instrument, which dates back to 1908, is decorated with a variety of Beatles-related images and phrases painted by Lori Gomez, an artist from the New Orleans suburb of Slidell, Louisiana, where the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity is located.
The charity will use the money from the auction to support its Veterans Build initiative, which helps provide housing to local veterans and their families.
You can read additional details about the piano, including the interesting story behind how Starr's and McCartney's autographs were procured, at RightBrainDiaries.com.
Credit: Rob ShanahanOn Saturday at Cleveland's Public Hall, Ringo Starr will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, thereby becoming the last of The Beatles' four members to be honored individually by the institution.
Starr initially was inducted into the Rock Hall as a member of the Fab Four in 1988, then saw his band mates John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison recognized for their solo careers in 1994, 1999 and 2004, respectively. So how does the famed drummer feel about finally being acknowledged by the hallowed Hall?
"Well, it's about time," Ringo tells ABC Radio with a laugh. "I think it's beautiful. I do. I really think it's beautiful, and it's something for me to look forward to."
Starr reveals that it was McCartney who informed him that he was getting the honor.
"He called, and he said, 'They want to induct you into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I'll induct you. And will you accept?'" explains Ringo. "So I said, 'Sure. Sure. We can have a night out.'"
Unbeknownst to Starr, his Rock Hall induction came about thanks to a little help from his old friend.
"I've found out…that [Paul] was out to dinner sitting 'round with a couple of other musicians, and no one could believe I wasn't in it," Ringo tells ABC Radio. "So they worked on it to get me in."
McCartney himself has admitted in recent interviews that when he told Rock Hall organizers that he would do the honors and induct Starr, that helped seal the deal for Ringo. In conjunction with his induction, Starr will be honored with the Award for Musical Excellence.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's other 2015 inductees are the late Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the late Stevie Ray Vaughn and his band Double Trouble, Green Day, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers and The "5" Royales. No word yet on whether Starr will be performing at the ceremony. A TV special featuring highlights from the big event will premiere May 30 on HBO.
Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel's third ex-wife, Katie Lee, has offered her congratulations to the singer, following the news that he's expecting a baby with girlfriend Alexis Roderick. Food Network host Lee, who was married to the Piano Man from 2004 to 2006, tells Extra that she has nothing but good wishes for the couple.
"I'm really happy for them," she says. "He's a great guy, he deserves all the happiness in the world, and he's a terrific father so I'm really, really happy."
Lee adds that she still speaks with Joel and that they've remained close. "He will always be in my life and I think he's just the greatest," she says.
A rep for Joel confirmed to ABC News Tuesday that the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his 33-year-old girlfriend will welcome their first child together this summer. It will be Billy's second child. He and his second ex-wife, Christie Brinkley, have a 29-year-old daughter, singer/songwriter Alexa Ray Joel.
Courtesy of The Grateful DeadHere's some exciting news for Grateful Dead fans who haven't been able to score tickets to the sold-out farewell shows the band's surviving members will be playing at Chicago's Soldier Field on July 3, 4 and 5: The three concerts also will be shown live in theaters across the U.S.
Each screening is slated to run for five hours, and will begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Tickets will go on sale on May 4 via Fathom Events, the same company that's responsible for the one-night-only screenings of concert films like the recent Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 and the Led Zeppelin flick, as well as the annual Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies event.
As previously reported, the Chicago concerts -- which have been dubbed Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead -- will feature Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Bob Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart performing with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, ex-Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. The band has announced that the July 5 show will be the very last that the Dead members will play together. Two other Fare Thee Well concerts also have been scheduled, on June 27 and 28 in Santa Clara, California.
Meanwhile, this year's edition of the Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies is scheduled for May 4, and will take place in hundreds of U.S. theaters. It will feature the screening of a previously unreleased concert film documenting a July 1989 Dead performance in East Troy, Wisconsin.
Capitol Records/Universal MusicLondon's Abbey Road Studios, where most of The Beatles' classic recordings were made, isn't open to the public, but a new interactive online feature is giving everyone the chance to take an in-depth tour of the famous London facility. Inside Abbey Road, which premiered on Google this week, allows the user to enjoy 3-D, 360-degree views of Abbey Road's three recording studios and its mastering room.
Each room also offers various audio, video, photo and text features with details about the studio's history and the various artists who recorded there over the years. Among these features is an essay about The Beatles' famous 1967 performance of "All You Need Is Love" that was part of the first TV event to be broadcast around the world via satellite; videos that were filmed at Abbey Road featuring Paul McCartney, Sting and Elton John; and details about Pink Floyd's work at the studio, as well as audio clips of some of the band's songs.
The website also allows visitors to virtually check out and play around with various pieces of equipment in the studios. Guiding the user throughout the tour is the voice of Giles Martin, son of famed Beatles producer George Martin.
Proper RecordsFormer Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman hasn't put out a proper solo album since his 1982's self-titled effort, but that's about to change. The 78-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will release a new album titled Back to Basics in June 22 in the U.K.
Back to Basics features 12 tracks, eight of them original compositions. Three of the new tunes came together after Wyman discovered dozens of songs he'd never released among some old demos that he had amassed. The artists who contributed to the project include ex-Dire Straits keyboardist Guy Fletcher, one-time Paul McCartney and Pretenders guitarist Robbie McIntosh, and two of Wyman's Rhythm Kings band mates, guitarist Terry Taylor and drummer Graham Broad.
Among the songwriters who influenced Wyman on the new record are Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and JJ Cale, while Bill also looks to his British homeland for inspiration.
A limited number of autographed copies of Back to Basics are available for pre-order now at ProperMusic.com. Here is the album's full track list:
"What & How & If & When & Why" "I Lost My Ring" "Love, Love, Love" "Stuff (Can't Get Enough)" (Back to Basics Version 2015) "Running Back to You" "She's Wonderful" "Seventeen" (Back to Basics Version 2015) "I'll Pull You Through" (Back to Basics Version 2015) "November" "Just a Friend of Mine" "It's a Lovely Day" "I Got Time"
Eagle Rock EntertainmentShortly after they released their album World on Fire, Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators played the famous Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California. If you missed the show, don't worry -- the concert will be released as a home video and live album. Live at the Roxy 9/25/14 will hit stores on June 16, and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as a two-CD collection, a three-LP vinyl set and a digital download.
The Roxy set features cuts from Slash's work with Kennedy and the Conspirators, including the hit single "Bent to Fly," as well as classics from the guitarist's Guns N' Roses day, including "Sweet Child o' Mine" and "Paradise City."
If you still want to catch Slash in person, he and Kennedy and the Conspirators will hit the road later this month, and will be on tour through the end of May.
Here is the track list for the Live at the Roxy 9/25/14 Blu-ray/DVD:
"Ghost" "Nightrain" "Back from Cali" "You Could Be Mine" "Rocket Queen" "Bent to Fly" "Starlight" "You're a Lie" "World on Fire" "Anastasia" "Sweet Child o' Mine" "Slither" "Paradise City" "Stone Blind"* "You're Crazy"* "Wicked Stone"* "30 Years to Life"*
Penny LancasterRod Stewart has been married three times and has eight children, so he must know something about charming the ladies. And it seems he's passing that wisdom down to his eldest son, Sean.
Sean, who currently is filming an E! reality show with his siblings, tells British paper The Mirror that his rock star dad gives him lots of dating advice. "He says to me, 'You need to make a girl laugh, charm her, make her feel beautiful, make her feel special and be a gentleman... then you’re in,'" the 34-year-old says.
Sean says he respects his father's opinion, and will sometimes bring girls home to meet him. "A few of them I do take home for my dad to approve," he says. "They get so excited -- he's the biggest rock star in the world. He will give them a little look, and at this point their mums are also excited because they grew up with him."
Sean says he doesn't question his father's knowledge on relationships. After all, he's been witnessing his dad's antics for a long time. When he was a child, he went on tour with Rod and saw women throwing their bras at him on stage. "I've most definitely learned from the best," Sean says. "He has given me the secrets of the young Jedi Stewart. He will be really disappointed if I don't find myself a nice lady now. Although he's done with getting married... he is definitely done now."
Rod's been married to model Penny Lancaster since 2007. Sean's mom, Alana Hamilton, was Stewart's first wife. Sean tells The Mirror that his dad and mom may both make appearances on the upcoming reality show, called Stewarts & Hamiltons. Sean describes the show as a real-life Modern Family.
RhinoLast week saw the release of remastered and expanded editions of Bad Company's first two albums -- 1974's chart-topping self-titled effort and 1975's Straight Shooter -- which are available as double-disc CD and vinyl sets. The collections offer plenty of bonus material, including recently discovered unreleased tracks and demos, outtakes and alternate mixes from the respective recording sessions.
Frontman Paul Rodgers says he initially wasn't sold on the idea of putting out the unfinished and unreleased tracks, but after checking out the archival recordings he reconsidered and gave the project his blessing.
"I thought, 'Well, who's gonna want to be interested in anything other than the ultimate master, but let me listen to the tapes,'" he tells ABC Radio. "So I listened to the tapes, and I was quite fascinated…to discover what the process was to come to that master."
In particular, while listening to the tapes of the Straight Shooter sessions, Rodgers says he made the "exciting" discovery of a pair of never-before-released songs -- "See the Sunlight" and "All Night Long" -- which fans finally can hear on the reissue's bonus disc.
Another bonus track Rodgers says fans will find interesting is an early version of Bad Company's 1975 hit "Feel Like Makin' Love."
"It's totally stripped down," Paul explains. "No guitar solo in there either, but it is a nice take in its own way, and it's slightly different."
Rodgers also singled out another Straight Shooter bonus track as a highlight -- an early slow version of "Weep No More," a song written by drummer Simon Kirke.
"I thought it was quite interesting…'cause we would never really dig that out…and listen to it," he notes, "because it's kind of done and dusted and we've moved on."
Meanwhile, Rodgers tells ABC Radio that he has some fond recollections of making Bad Company, which was recorded at Headley Grange, the old U.K. mansion where Led Zeppelin worked on several of its classic albums. Paul says the band enjoyed the experience of setting up in various areas within the house to record.
"We'd have the guitars in this huge grand living room with a big log fire going, and the vocals on the balcony, and the drums in the foyer, where there was a nice echo, and the bass in the basement," he recalls. "So it was a very different and organic way of recording, and we took to it like ducks to water. We loved it."
Paul also shares a cool memory of the unique way he laid down his vocals for the song "Bad Company." Rodgers says he set up his recording equipment in a field miles out in the country, and there, "we waited for a full moon, and I sang the song under a full moon…and it created atmosphere, which is really what we looked for."
You can check out full details about the Bad Company and Straight Shooter reissues at BadCompany.com.
Image Courtesy of The Moody BluesThe official lineup for the 2015 edition of the U.K.'s famed Glastonbury Festival has been revealed, and this year's bill includes a number of lauded veteran acts. Among the newly announced performers are The Moody Blues, Patti Smith and Mavis Staples. The event, which already is sold out, runs from June 24 through June 28 in Somerset, England.
Also scheduled to perform is a collective of musicians called The Mothership Returns, featuring funk pioneer George Clinton and his bands Parliament and Funkadelic, as well as The Family Stone. Other big-name artists scheduled to hit the stage at Glastonbury include Mary J. Blige, Pharrell Williams and the previously announced headliners Lionel Richie, Kanye West and Foo Fighters.
More acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Visit GlastonburyFestivals.co.uk to check out the full confirmed lineup.
Epic/Legacy RecordingsA four-CD collection gathering together previously unreleased live performances by the influential funk/soul/pop group Sly & the Family Stone will hit stores on July 17. Live at the Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968 was recorded at a four-show, two-night stand the band played at renowned concert promoter Bill Graham's famous New York City venue.
The October 1968 shows at the Fillmore East took place shortly after the release of Sly & the Family Stone's third studio album, Life, and in the wake of the group's first hit single, "Dance to the Music." The band played an early show and a late show on both nights, with sets that included renditions of "Dance to the Music" the blues standard "St. James Infirmary" and such standout songs from Life as the title track and "M'Lady."
The concerts were recorded for a planned live album that was shelved after the band's popularity began to soar following the release of its chart-topping 1969 hit "Everyday People" and its subsequent appearance at the Woodstock Festival. The upcoming Live at the Fillmore East collection features Sly & the Family Stone's full performances from all four shows.
Meanwhile, a two-LP vinyl set featuring highlights from Live at the Fillmore East will be released this Saturday, April 18, in conjunction with the Record Store Day 2015 campaign. The two-disc version of the album was compiled by Roots guitarist "Captain" Kirk Douglas.
"This performance is living breathing evidence of how much of a force of nature Sly & the Family Stone were at this point of their career," says "Captain" Kirk. "Every member of the group shines in a way that I can only describe as a revelation."
Here's the track list for the Sly & the Family Stone's Live at the Fillmore East collection:
CD 1 (10/4/1968 -- Early Show) "Are You Ready" "Color Me True" "Won't Be Long" "We Love All (Freedom)" Medley: "Turn Me Loose"/"I Can't Turn You Loose" "Chicken" "Love City"
CD 2 (10/4/1968 -- Late Show) "M'Lady" "Don't Burn Baby" "Color Me True" "Won't Be Long" "St. James Infirmary" Medley: "Turn Me Loose"/"I Can't Turn You Loose" "Are You Ready" "Dance to the Music" "Music Lover" Medley: "Life"/"Music Lover"
CD 3 (10/5/1968 -- Early Show) "Life" "Color Me True" "Won't Be Long" "Are You Ready" "Dance to the Music" "Music Lover" "M'Lady"
CD 4 (10/5/1968 -- Late Show) "M'Lady" "Life" "Are You Ready" "Won't Be Long" "Color Me True" "Dance to the Music" "Music Lover" "Love City" Medley: "Turn Me Loose"/"I Can't Turn You Loose" "The Riffs"
PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsRoger Waters has announced full details about his plans to reissue his 1992 concept album, Amused to Death. The remastered collection will be released July 24, and will be available in several formats and configurations.
The revamped Amused to Death will be sold as a standard CD, an SACD (Super Audio CD), a CD/Blu-ray audio set, a 200-gram two-LP vinyl set, a limited-edition two-LP vinyl picture disc, and a high-res digital download. The ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist worked with longtime studio collaborator James Guthrie on new stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound mixes for the reissue. The album also features updated cover art by Sean Evans, who served as creative director for Roger's The Wall Live Tour.
Bonus bundles featuring various versions of the Amused to Death reissue packaged with a specially designed T-shirt and hoodie can be purchased through Roger-Waters.com.
Amused to Death, Waters' most recent studio album of original rock songs to date, found him critiquing our culture's obsession with mass media and modern technology.
Roger says of the album's message, "[M]ost of what I had to say then sadly still pertains today and is maybe even more relevant to our predicament as people in 2015 even than it was in 1992."
Among the many guest musicians appearing on Amused to Death are Jeff Beck, Don Henley, Rita Coolidge, and longtime Pink Floyd backing singer P.P. Arnold. Conductor Michael Kamen, who previously contributed to Pink Floyd's The Wall, lent his talents to two songs on Amused to Death that featured the National Philharmonic Orchestra Limited.
Among the many signed collectibles available are a drumhead and a copy of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album both autographed by Starr; another drumhead signed by Starr, Smith, Sorum, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Blondie's Clem Burke; and guitars autographed by Van Halen, Slash, Perry and ZZ Top's three members.
Among the concert experiences is an offer to attend a pair of KISS concerts during the group's European summer tour, fly and hang out with the band members on their private jet and receive a guitar signed by the rock legends.
Visit CharityBuzz.com to check out all of the collectibles being auctioned. Bidding on the various items is open until May 6. The sale benefits Stuart House, a program connected with Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center that provides treatment and care for young victims of sexual abuse.
Lionsgate/Roadside AttractionsFollowing February's teaser-trailer, the first full trailer for the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy is online now.
Featuring Paul Dano and John Cusack in dual roles as the troubled Beach Boys genius -- Dano as Wilson during the 1960s and Cusack as Wilson circa the 1980s -- Love & Mercy also features Elizabeth Banks as Wilson’s wife, Melinda Ledbetter, and Paul Giamatti as the late Eugene Landy, the unethical psychologist who became Wilson’s manager, but who was ultimately stripped of his professional license and barred from ever seeing Wilson again, due to his mistreatment of both Wilson’s health and affairs.
Love & Mercy had its U.S. premiere March 15 at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX. It opens nationally June 5.