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Blue Oyster Cult To Release New Album In 2020

Blue Oyster Cult announced they have signed a new deal with Frontiers Music Srl and expect to release a new studio album in 2020.

The untitled new album will be a follow-up to the 2001 album Curse of the Hidden Mirror. It will also be the first time that the current Blue Oyster Cult lineup, which includes Buck Dharma, Eric Bloom, Richie Castellano, Danny Miranda and Jules Radino, will have worked together on a studio project.

“It’s been a long time since BÖC’s last studio album. Our biggest question from fans is ‘when are we going to do some new music?’ So we are ready to take this journey again,” said Bloom. “Recording with Danny, Richie and Jules should be a great experience as we’ve been touring together for years, and Buck and I are looking forward to including them in the creative and recording process.”

“The current band is GREAT and has never been recorded other than the live concerts, so we feel now is the time for new songs to be written and recorded. About half of the songs for the new record exist and the rest will be finished during the process,” added Dharma.

Frontiers Music also plans to re-release nine Blue Oyster Cult albums.

 

Source: RTT News

Born on this day in 1946 – Singer Linda Ronstadt (73) who had the 1975 No.1 single ‘You’re No Good’, and the 1989 No.2 single with Aaron Neville, ‘Don’t Know Much’ plus over 15 other US Top 40 hits. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, and an ALMA Award.

‘Yesterday’ Helps Beatles Tunes Re-Enter Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs Chart

Classic Beatles songs have re-entered Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart with the help of Beatles-themed movie Yesterday.

Billboard reports that five Beatles songs have re-entered the Hot Rock Songs chart dated July 13, led by “Here Comes the Sun” at No. 9.

Older titles are allowed on Billboard’s multi-metric charts, such as Hot Rock Songs, if they rank in the tallies’ top half and show a meaningful reason for resurging.

Danny Boyle-directed Yesterday, a musical romantic comedy, tells the story of a world where an aspiring musician is the only person who remembers the music of the Beatles after a global blackout, and he decides to present their catalog of hits as his own.

The movie features music from the Beatles, including “Yesterday” from Help!, “Let It Be” and “I want To Hold Your Hand.”

In the June 28-July 4 tracking week, the Beatles recorded a 26% increase in equivalent album units, earning 54,000, according to Nielsen Music.

“Here Comes the Sun” leads the band’s Hot Rock Songs return with 3.8 million U.S. streams and 2,000 downloads sold.

The other entries on the chart are “Let It Be” at No. 12, “Yesterday” at No. 14, “Hey Jude” at No. 16 and “Come Together” at No. 17.

 

Source: RTT News

Born on this day in 1943: Christine McVie

Born on this day in 1943: Singer and keyboardist Christine McVie from Chicken Shack, and then Fleetwood Mac, who scored the US No.1 single ‘Dreams’ taken from their worldwide No.1 album Rumours which spent 31 weeks on the US chart. Eight of her songs appeared on Fleetwood Mac’s 1988 Greatest Hits album.

Although McVie was introduced to the piano when she was four, she did not study music seriously until age 11, when she was re-introduced to it by Philip Fisher, a local musician and school friend of McVie’s older brother, John. Continuing her classical training until age 15, McVie shifted her musical focus to rock and roll when her brother, John, came home with a Fats Domino songbook. Other early influences included The Everly Brothers.

In 2013, McVie appeared on stage in Maui, Hawaii performing with the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band which included Mick Fleetwood and ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Rick Vito. This was her first appearance on stage in 15 years. Later in September, Christine McVie joined Fleetwood Mac on stage for the first time in 15 years to play “Don’t Stop” at The O2 Arena, London. She played on two dates and her appearance on stage was received with rapturous applause. On 11 January 2014, Mick Fleetwood announced during a concert in Maui that McVie would be rejoining the band, and it was officially announced two days later that she had rejoined. The band’s most popular lineup (Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks) performed together for the first time since 1998 in its On with the Show tour beginning in Minneapolis at the Target Center on 30 September 2014.

In August 2016, Mick Fleetwood said that while the band has “a huge amount of recorded music”, virtually none of it features Stevie Nicks. Lindsey Buckingham and McVie, however, have contributed multiple songs to the new project. Fleetwood told Ultimate Classic Rock, “She [McVie] … wrote up a storm … She and Lindsey could probably have a mighty strong duet album if they want. In truth, I hope it will come to more than that. There really are dozens of songs. And they’re really good. So we’ll see.”

Buckingham and Christine McVie announced a new album titled Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie, which also features Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. The album was originally planned as a Fleetwood Mac album. Stevie Nicks did not participate due to her preference for a solo tour with The Pretenders. Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie was released in June 2017.

‘The Who’s Tommy Orchestral’ Debuts At No. 1 On Classical Albums Chart

Roger Daltrey’s new live record, The Who’s Tommy Orchestral, debuted at No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Classical Albums chart.

The album entered the chart above Andrea Bocelli’s Si and Luciano Pavarotti’s Music From the Soundtrack: Pavarotti.

The album features live recordings in Budapest, Hungary, and Bethel Woods, N.Y., during a 2018 tour in which Daltrey performed the classic rock opera with the collaboration of local orchestras celebrating the 50th anniversary of Tommy.

The album, produced by Daltrey and Keith Levenson, features the core band of Simon Townshend – Vocals / Guitar, Frank Simes – Guitar, Scott Devours – Drums, Jon Button – Bass, and Loren Gold – keyboards.

The band has posted a series of videos featuring Daltrey discussing the project on their official Facebook page.

“Even though it’s rock music, when you break it down and look at it, what he’s actually doing, it’s incredibly musical,” Daltrey says about Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend.

He adds, “It’s not like any other rockers out there. It’s a very unique thing. And, of course, that really left a lot of space to do great, imaginative orchestrations.”

This day in 1966: Former Animals bassist Chas Chandler meets Jimi Hendrix

This day in 1966: Former Animals bassist Chas Chandler goes to see Jimi Hendrix play at Cafe Wha? in New York’s Greenwich Village. 

At the time Hendrix was performing under the name “Jimmy James”. In September, Chandler convinced James to accompany him to Britain, which was made possible with the help of Michael Jeffery, who suggested that he revert to his actual name, and later suggested naming the band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In Britain, Chandler recruited bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell as the other members of the Experience. His enthusiasm fueled Hendrix during the early days, but halfway through the recording of his third album in 1968, Electric Ladyland, much had changed within the band’s framework.

Chandler was a key figure in Hendrix’s rise to critical and commercial success. Chandler provided the young musician with living accommodations and financed the Experience’s first single “Hey Joe”, before they had a recording contract. He was also instrumental in introducing Hendrix to Eric Clapton. It was through this introduction that Hendrix was given the opportunity to play with Clapton and Cream on stage. It was Chandler’s idea for Hendrix to set his guitar on fire, which made national news when this idea was used at a concert at the Finsbury Park Astoria Theatre and subsequently at the Monterey Pop festival. Hendrix’s sound engineer Eddie Kramer later recalled that Chandler was very hands-on with the first two Hendrix albums, adding that “he was his mentor and I think it was very necessary.”

By 1968, Chandler had become fed up with the recording sessions for Hendrix’s album Electric Ladyland, claiming they were self-indulgent. He left management services in the hands of Jeffery during the following year. Chandler then managed and produced the British rock band Slade for 12 years, during which they achieved six number one chart hits in the UK.

Joan Jett gets her own signature Gibson guitar

Rock legend Joan Jett has received her own signature Gibson guitar.

The Joan Jett Signature ES-339 is a hollow-body electric model featuring a thermally-engineered maple center-block and thermally-engineered Adirondack Spruce bracing, a radical first for Gibson ES guitars, with a wine red finish.

“I have witnessed first-hand the love and personal handcrafting that goes into each of these guitars,” explains Jett. “I’m so very proud my signature 339 is one of the last designed and produced in Memphis and amongst the first from Gibson Nashville.”

Only 150 of the guitars will be made available worldwide, with the first 50 instruments hand-signed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer herself.

In a promo video for the guitar, Joan reveals that the signature model was created for her as a gift.

Jett and her band, The Blackhearts, are set to kick off their summer tour with a July 4 headlining show in Minden, Nevada, and join Heart’s Love Alive Tour on July 26 in Darien Center, New York.

 

Source: RTT News

This day in 1968: Crosby, Stills and Nash play together for the first time

This day in 1968: At an impromptu gathering at Joni Mitchell’s house in Lookout Mountain, Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash played together for the very first time. The trio went on to form Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Graham Nash and Joni Mitchell were a couple for a time, and that house in Laurel Canyon would later be immortalized in the Crosby, Stills and Nash hit “Our House”.

 

 

 

Frank Zappa Coloring Book Due Out In November

Frank Zappa’s estate has authorized the release of a new coloring book due out in November.

The “Frank Zappa Coloring Book” was designed by David Calcano and Lindsay Lee and will feature 72 new pieces of artwork ready for coloring. The coloring pieces will feature references, in-jokes and Easter eggs for Zappa fans.

“There is no one like Frank Zappa, and there will never be anyone like Frank Zappa,” Calcano said in a statement. “He carved his own genre with pure genius.”

“Every record he did gave us a different experience, that was our main inspiration for this book, let your imagination free and color while listening to Zappa music,” he added. “What’s better than that?”

Ahmet Zappa, one of the late musician’s sons, said he was “blown away” by the book

“This entire project brings the biggest smile to my face,” Zappa said. “People who don’t like coloring books, I fear, are dead inside.”

He added, “I’m so happy the Zappa Coloring Book exists, and I worship David Calcano and his team at Fantoons. They make everything better.”

 

Source: RTT News

This day in 1962: Jimi Hendrix was honorably discharged from the Paratroopers

This day in 1962: Jimi Hendrix was honorably discharged from the 101st Airborne Paratroopers.

Before Hendrix was 19 years old, law authorities had twice caught him riding in stolen cars. Given a choice between prison or joining the Army, he chose the latter and enlisted on May 31, 1961. After completing eight weeks of basic training at Fort Ord, California, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He arrived on November 8, and soon afterward he wrote to his father: “There’s nothing but physical training and harassment here for two weeks, then when you go to jump school … you get hell. They work you to death, fussing and fighting.” In his next letter home, Hendrix, who had left his guitar at his girlfriend Betty Jean Morgan’s house in Seattle, asked his father to send it to him as soon as possible, stating: “I really need it now.” His father obliged and sent the red Silvertone Danelectro on which Hendrix had hand-painted the words “Betty Jean” to Fort Campbell. His apparent obsession with the instrument contributed to his neglect of his duties, which led to taunting and physical abuse from his peers, who at least once hid the guitar from him until he had begged for its return.

In November 1961, fellow serviceman Billy Cox walked past an army club and heard Hendrix playing. Impressed by Hendrix’s technique, which Cox described as a combination of “John Lee Hooker and Beethoven”, Cox borrowed a bass guitar and the two jammed. Within weeks, they began performing at base clubs on the weekends with other musicians in a loosely organized band, the Casuals.

Hendrix completed his paratrooper training in just over eight months, and Major General C. W. G. Rich awarded him the prestigious Screaming Eagles patch on January 11, 1962. By February, his personal conduct had begun to draw criticism from his superiors. They labeled him an unqualified marksman and often caught him napping while on duty and failing to report for bed checks. On May 24, Hendrix’s platoon sergeant, James C. Spears, filed a report in which he stated: “He has no interest whatsoever in the Army … It is my opinion that Private Hendrix will never come up to the standards required of a soldier. I feel that the military service will benefit if he is discharged as soon as possible.” On June 29, 1962, Captain Gilbert Batchman granted Hendrix a general discharge “under honorable conditions” on the basis of unsuitability. Hendrix later spoke of his dislike of the army and lied that he had received a medical discharge after breaking his ankle during his 26th parachute jump.

Source: Wikipedia

 

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