Rapper Kanye West seem to have scored the ultimate guest artist for his next album. According to Page Six, West has recruited none other than Sir Paul McCartney to make an appearance on his next album.
The publication report that McCartney might be working on several songs together with West. Macca has previously expressed interest in working with either West or Jay Z, and it now seems as if at least one of those collaborations is set to happen.
McCartney recently had the honor of being the last artist to play San Francisco's famed Candlestick Park before the venue is demolished. Macca was the perfect choice for the event, since the stadium was the place for the Beatles' last concert way back in 1966.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is all the rage these days. Aside from providing amusement from seeing one of your friends or perhaps a celebrity being doused in ice water, the purpose of the stunt is to promote awareness and raise money for ALS research.
Now the challenge might actually produce a welcome side effect - helping to restore the working relationship between two of rock's biggest icons - Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Jon recently took the Ice Bucket Challenge, as you can see in the video below. The participant in the challenge is called to nominate three new participants, and Jon decided to challenge Bon Jovi bandmates Tico Torres, David Bryan, and also estranged guitarist Sambora.
Whether Richie will take the Ice Bucket Challenge remains to be seen, but if anything it might be the crucial first step towards repairing Jon and Richie's working relationship, and bring the guitarist back to the band. Sambora left the group abruptly early last year at the start of the band's latest world tour in support of the album What About Now.
Aerosmith have resumed their US tour with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, after drummer Joey Kramer was taken ill last week.
The band cancelled its Let Rock Rule Tour stop at Concord Pavilion in Concord, California so Kramer could undergo a minor medical procedure. Reports had suggested that Kramer had suffered from heart complications but the band released a statement saying that he had no history of a heart condition. "I'm feeling better than ever and I'll be back sitting in the best seat in the house, hitting it harder than ever for our amazing fans," Kramer said. "My gratitude and thanks for all the love and support showered on me during this time. Feelin' good feelin' groovy feelin' great!!! Nothin' keeps the Kramedog down."
It's likely there will be no more Cream reunions, says bassist Jack Bruce. Speaking recently to M Music & Musicians, the rock veteran said, "I'm only in irregular contact with Eric [Clapton], but I know we have mutual respect for each other's work. I don't believe there will be further Cream reunions. However, I never thought the first one would happen, so there you go."
Bruce, whose new album, Silver Rails, marks his first solo record in a decade, also talked about writing the Cream epic "Sunshine of Your Love" "One night I was working with my lyricist and friend Pete Brown, and we just hadn't come up with anything good," Bruce said. "Suddenly I picked up my double bass and played the 'Sunshine of Your Love' riff. Pete looked out the window at the glow in the sky and wrote, 'It's getting near dawn.' I took the riff, melody and lyrics to a band rehearsal and Eric wrote the turnaround chords and we had a song."
Paul McCartney has announced that he will be releasing remastered versions of the Wings albums Venus and Mars and Wings At The Speed of Sound, on September 22 in the UK, and the following day in the US. The albums are part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection that have previously reissued Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM and Wings over America.
The albums will be available in two formats: A two-disc Standard Edition with the original album, and bonus audio, as well as a three-disc Deluxe Edition that will also contain a DVD with bonus material, and a book with unpublished photographs.
The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign that began in June will continue this fall with the release of Deluxe Editions of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy. As with the previous reissues, both albums have been newly remastered by Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion discs comprised of unreleased music associated with the original studio album. Each release will also be available as a single CD, a single 180-gram vinyl LP, a "Deluxe Edition" 180-gram double LP, a digital download and a "Super Deluxe" box set. Led Zeppelin IV—which includes such classics as "Black Dog," "Rock and Roll" and "Stairway to Heaven"—is widely considered one of the most influential albums in rock history. Its follow-up, Houses of the Holy, broadened the group's stylistic range with such tracks as the reggae-tinged "D'yer Mak'er" and the funk jam, "The Crunge." Both reissues will be released in their various formats on October 28. Below are the tracks featured on the companion audio discs:
Led Zeppelin IV Companion Audio Disc
1. "Black Dog" - Basic Track With Guitar Overdubs
2. "Rock And Roll" - Alternate Mix
3. "The Battle Of Evermore" - Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange
4. "Stairway To Heaven" - Sunset Sound Mix
5. "Misty Mountain Hop" - Alternate Mix
6. "Four Sticks" - Alternate Mix
7. "Going To California" - Mandolin/Guitar Mix
8. "When The Levee Breaks" - Alternate UK Mix
Houses of the Holy Companion Audio Disc
1. "The Song Remains The Same" - Guitar Overdub Reference Mix
2. "The Rain Song" - Mix Minus Piano
3. "Over The Hills And Far Away" - Guitar Mix Backing Track
4. "The Crunge" - Rough Mix - Keys Up
5. "Dancing Days" - Rough Mix With Vocal
6. "No Quarter" - Rough Mix With JPJ Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal
Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks will be releasing a new solo album, her eighth, on October 7. The album, which will be called 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault, is made up of new recordings of previously unreleased material.
"Most of these songs were written between 1969 and 1987," said Nicks in a press release. "One was written in 1994 and one in 1995. I included them because they seemed to belong to this special group. Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story…They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories - the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you."
The album, which Nicks co-produced with Dave Stewart and Waddy Wachtel, will come with Polaroids that the singer has taken during her career. 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault will be released on vinyl on September 29, one week prior to the CD release.
The latest episode in the Live at Montreux concert video series, due out July 22, will feature none other than ZZ Top. The video, Live at Montreux 2013, will offer highlights from a set the Little Ol' Band from Texas performed last July during Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival.
It’s no surprise that the video, which will arrive on both DVD and Blu-ray, features the Texas trio performing some of its most beloved songs, including “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” “La Grange,” “Gimme All Your Lovin'“ and “Tush.” The performance also offers a cover of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Foxey Lady” and a few songs off the band’s latest full-length, 2012’s La Futura.
In other ZZ Top news, the guys are currently touring Europe and will set off on a new series of North American summer and fall dates later this month. For the full list of upcoming ZZ Top shows, visit the band’s official website.
ZZ Top's Live at Montreux 2013 Video Track Listing:
“Got Me Under Pressure”
“Waitin' for the Bus”
“Jesus Just Left Chicago”
“Gimme All Your Lovin'“
“I Gotsta Get Paid”
“I Loved the Woman”
“My Head's in Mississippi”
“Sharp Dressed Man”
“Tube Snake Boogie”
Talkbox legend Peter Frampton is releasing his new album Hummingbird in a Box, on June 24 via RED Distribution/Sony Music.
The album was inspired by the Cincinnati Ballet. Frampton co-wrote the seven pieces together with Gordon Kennedy. The pair also worked together on the album Fingerprints in 2006.
The music for Hummingbird In A Box debuted live in April last year at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center for the Arts. Two of the segments were choreographed to existing Frampton songs, while the third was based around the seven new compositions. Frampton and his band was on hand to perform the music live.
"Writing for dance was a wonderfully freeing experience. There were no boundaries. We were able to push the composing envelope,” Frampton said about the project, with Kennedy adding “Songwriters and musicians create music to move people. This was beautiful, graceful, and instantly gratifying!"
If you're itching to see Peter Frampton in concert, there's ample opportunity this summer. The guitarist will be on tour in the US throughout the summer, both on his own and on a co-headlining tour together with The Doobie Brothers. For exact dates see Peter Frampton's official website.
A new study has determined that children who undertake early music training become better at processing and retaining information.
The research further determined that musically trained children possess greater problem-solving skills than untrained children of the same age.
As reported by London’s Daily Mail, the study looked at children who had played an instrument for at least two years in regular private music lessons. “…We think our findings have strong educational implications,” said Nadine Gaab, who led the research. “While many schools are cutting music programs and spending more and more time on test preparation, our findings suggest that musical training may actually help to set up children for a better academic future.”
Gaab further suggested the research may have implications for adults suffering from cognitive dysfunction as well. So, ready to get started on those music lessons? Click here.