Daily Archives: May 24, 2017

The Kills to Release New Acoustic EP With Rihanna Cover

The Kills have announced they will release a new EP. Echo Home – Non-Electric EP will be available digitally and as a limited edition 10-inch vinyl release via Domino in June.

The acoustic set marks the duo of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince’s 15th anniversary of their first-ever release, Black Rooster EP, and Echo Home includes that EP’s song, “Wait.” Stripped-down versions of Ash & Ice‘s “That Love” and a cover of Rihanna’s “Desperado” are also featured. The Kills previously unveiled their bluesy cover of Rihanna’s Anti cut “Desperado” during an appearance on Sirius XMU.

The Kills also unveiled a video for a new acoustic rendition of “Desperado.” The spare, yearning cover was filmed while they were in-studio recording.

The digital EP houses five tracks and includes both an album and acoustic version of “Echo Home” whereas the 10-inch only has one version of that song. The digital release will be available on June 2nd. The 1000-run limited edition vinyl will be released on August 18th and it’s currently available for pre-order.

The Kills kick off their European tour on May 27th in Liverpool, where they are supporting Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters and Bon Jovi on certain dates.

Echo Home Track List

1. “Echo Home” (album version)
2. “Echo Home” (acoustic)
3. “Desperado” (acoustic)
4. “Wait” (acoustic)
5. “That Love” (acoustic)

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Dave Navarro Reflects on Chris Cornell's 'True Musicianship'

Dave Navarro paid tribute to Chris Cornell, remembering him for his distinctive sound and his dedication to others in a moving piece for Billboard.

“The fact that Chris had such a recognizable sound at such a young age and the ease in which he was able to project that range – we hadn’t seen anything like that and we haven’t seen anything like it since,” Navarro said. “And he was at the forefront of true musicianship in that era, backed up with depth.” Navarro pointed out that other prodigies at the time may have been technically skilled, but didn’t have as much depth. “And Chris was the one guy that made everybody lean back and go, ‘Oh my God, this guy is unbelievable, real deal, going down in the history books.”

The guitarist also relayed how they teamed up and provided inspiration for kids from treatment centers while Jane’s Addiction was on tour with Audioslave for Lollapalooza in 2003.

“Chris and I were both clean from drugs and alcohol and we invited kids from treatment centers at different spots in the country to hang out backstage and just show them you can do what we do and enjoy touring and the music without being loaded,” Navarro said. “That’s what makes this so very hard to wrap my head around. This is a guy who was involved in making the world a better place for people.” Read Navarro’s full piece in Billboard.

In the days following Cornell’s unexpected death, former bandmates, collaborators, friends, tourmates, peers and famous fans shared remembrances on social media. Dozens of artists – including Heart’s Ann Wilson, Ryan Adams and Living Color – have also paid tribute onstage to the Soundgarden singer.

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Ariana Grande Cancels Upcoming Shows After Manchester Attack

Ariana Grande officially canceled seven upcoming dates on the European leg of her tour following the terror attack outside the Manchester Arena that killed 22 people and injured dozens more. 

Grande’s tour had been suspended immediately following the attack. The pop singer’s management now confirms that all dates through June 5th have been canceled.

“Due to the tragic events in Manchester, the Dangerous Woman Tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost,” Grande’s reps said in a statement (via Entertainment Weekly). 

“We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence. Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together.”

Grande was scheduled to perform two concerts at London’s O2 Arena during the same week as the attack. Those shows are canceled. Five more shows – May 28th in Antwerp, May 31st and June 1st in Lodz, Poland, June 3rd in Frankfurt and June 5th in Zurich – are also canceled.

As of press time, Grande’s next date is June 7th at Paris’ AccorHotels Arena, one of six concerts remaining on her European itinerary. From there, Grande is scheduled for a nine-date trek through South America and Mexico on June 29th, followed by tours of Southeast Asia and Australia.

Following the tragedy in Manchester, the singer tweeted, “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.” Grande reportedly returned to her home in Boca Raton, Florida in the aftermath of the attack.

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Live Nation Statement: Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman Tour Refunds for Canceled Shows

LOS ANGELES, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Due to the tragic events in Manchester, the Dangerous Woman tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost. Refunds will be granted to all ticketholders at the point…


Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur Documentaries Headed to A&E

The first authorized Notorious B.I.G. “biography” is scheduled to premiere this June on A&E. The two-part Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. will feature new interviews with the rapper’s mother Voletta Wallace and widow Faith Evans, as well as Puff Daddy, Jay Z, Nas and associates like Lil Cease and members of the Junior M.A.F.I.A.

The first part of Biggie will air June 28th, with the second installment following on June 29th. The documentary features never before seen archival footage and audio recordings from Christopher Wallace’s life. Biggie is the second documentary about the rapper to be authorized by the estate: One More Chance, produced by Voletta Wallace and directed by the Malloy Brothers, is also currently in the works after it was announced in February.

A&E also announced the six-part limited series Who Killed Tupac?, which focuses on the investigation surrounding Tupac Shakur‘s 1996 murder. That series also launches June 29th. Who Killed Tupac? revolves around civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump’s efforts to reexamine the key theories around the still-unsolved murder, Crump, whose mother went to high school with Shakur’s mother Afeni, also draws parallels between the rapper’s death and those of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Michael Brown.

“The late Christopher Wallace and Tupac Shakur continue to impact the world two decades after their tragic, unsolved murders and there is still a public longing to connect with these figures,” A&E’s Elaine Frontain said. 

Both Biggie and Who Killed Tupac? are part of a larger A&E effort to document the lives of hip-hop icons in the Biography series, with explorations of MCs ranging from Grand Wizzard Theodore and Grandmaster Flash to Chance the Rapper and Kanye West also planned.

The life and death of Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. are currently at the heart of numerous projects, including Steve McQueen’s first authorized Shakur documentary, a USA true crime scripted series and the upcoming film LAbyrinth starring Johnny Depp that’s based on the book about the Shakur investigation. The Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me is also due out in June.

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John Cale Plots Only North American 'Velvet Underground & Nico' Concert

John Cale, who co-founded the Velvet Underground in the mid-Sixties, will mark the 50th anniversary of the band’s revolutionary 1967 debut LP, The Velvet Underground & Nico, with special shows this fall at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The program, titled John Cale: The Velvet Underground & Nico (Program A), will find him playing each of the LP’s 11 tracks alongside the Wordless Music Orchestra and special guests. It will take place on November 16th and 17th. A second presentation, subtitled (Program B), will focus on songs from throughout his career, including selections from the Velvet Underground and his solo work, backed by the Wordless Music Orchestra and Chorus. It will take place on November 18th.

Cale previously staged a Velvet Underground & Nico concert last year in Paris, where Pete Doherty, Mark Lanegan and Animal Collective, among others, joined him onstage. He has another album-anniversary event scheduled to take place in Liverpool, England this Friday.

In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, he said that he had invited the only other surviving musician to play on the album, drummer Moe Tucker, to join him at the concerts but that she was afraid of flying. He said he was holding out hope she would join him for one of the upcoming shows.

As for the performances themselves, the famously experimental musician said he was having fun pushing the boundaries with the songs … within reason. “‘Heroin’ was really difficult, but it worked,” he said of the Paris show. “I don’t know how far astray I want to go in the arrangements. When you come to a 50th-anniversary show, you expect to hear exactly what you heard before, or you at least hope it’s just as intense as it was before.”

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Sistine Chapel Choir Announces First-Ever Detroit Performance During Historic Return To The U.S.

DETROIT, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Sistine Chapel Choir from Rome, commonly recognized as “the Pope’s Choir,” in partnership with Corporate Travel and the Archdiocese of Detroit, announced today that it will make its first-ever performance in Detroit during its historic return to…


Ice Cube, Big Boi, Cam'ron Set For Weed, Glass-Blowing Chalice Festival

Chalice Festival, which markets itself as “the Coachella of [weed] concentrates,” is returning for a fourth year in July with a star-studded lineup headlined by Ice Cube. Chalice takes place on the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, CA from July 7th to July 9th. 

This year boasts an abundance of veteran rappers. Ice Cube will be joined by a multi-regional coalition of MCs who became stars in the 1990s and early 2000s: Big Boi will represent Atlanta; Juelz Santana, Cam’Ron and The Lox hail from New York; Cypress Hill and Warren G serve as emissaries of the West Coast hip-hop explosion.

Chalice will also include sets from Thievery Corporation, D.C. producers who released a dub-heavy album this year, Sound Tribe Sector 9, a wide-ranging instrumental ensemble, and many more.

Beyond weed, the event’s founder, Doug Dracut, described the events other pillar: conceptual art and glass-blowing. “This year we’re adding attractions and different art installations that have never happened at this kind of festival before. We’re putting a million dollars – or two million dollars – out there for music, and we’re spending more than $100,000 on art installations.” 

Tickets cost $55 per day or $120 for a three-day pass, and they can be purchased at Chalice’s website.

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Hear Chuck Berry Rework Classic for 'Lady B. Goode'

Chuck Berry reworks his classic “Johnny B. Goode” into the sleeker “Lady B. Goode” for the late rock icon’s upcoming LP Chuck, his first LP of original material in nearly 40 years.

The track borrows the structure and lyrics from the original 1958 single – “It was down in Louisiana, right there in New Orleans,” Berry sings on the new track – but with the guitarist now focusing on a “little teen queen” by the name of Lady B. Goode.”

While Berry’s longtime wife Themetta isn’t mentioned by name in the track, it’s evident by the song’s lyrics that Berry’s “spiritual sequel” to his signature tune is a tribute to his spouse. Three generations of Berrys – Chuck, son Charles Jr. and grandson Charles III – all play guitar on the ode to “Toddy.”

In the liner notes to Chuck, historian Douglas Brinkley wrote, “The first time I heard ‘Lady B. Goode,’ I felt like screaming ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’ at the top of my lungs. While it is bursting with rhythmic excitement and an exuberant backbeat, the song has something even better in store: a Berry vocal that makes ‘Lady B. Goode’ thump.”

Brinkley continued, “Clearly this is the most autobiographical song on Chuck. Just hearing him sing of ‘New Ore-leans’ and ‘shrimp and red beans and rice’ is a real kick. Once again the combination of Lohr’s barrelhouse piano and Berry’s lightning-quick guitar rocks the roof off. And the two younger Berrys – son Charles, Jr. and Charles Berry III – blaze away on their magic guitars having learned well from the master.”

Chuck is out June 9th. The album has also yielded “Big Boys,” which marked Berry’s first-ever music video as well as “Wonderful Woman.”

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Private photos and writings of Beach Boys among items set for celebrity auction

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — During the long career of the Beach Boys, Mike Love’s father traveled with the band, taking photos and holding onto letters, documents and other items that he felt were important.
That collection, lost for many years, has finally…