Posts Tagged ‘music’

Weiland left STP long before he was fired – Chester

Stone Temple Pilots singer Chester Bennington says former frontman Scott Weiland had departed the job long before he was officially fired.

Led Zep respond to Stairway lawsuit

Led Zeppelin have officially denied that classic track Stairway To Heaven was copied from Spirit song Taurus, in legal papers filed last week.

Watch RHCP’s Chad Smith Jam With Children for ‘Little Kids Rock’ Event

Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘ Chad Smith received the “Livin’ the Dream” award at Little Kids Rock ‘s first ever Family Jam, raising over $85,000 to help provide music education for students. RHCP Surprise Will Ferrell, Chad Smith Drum-Off The Family Jam took place at Facebook’s headquarters last week, and Smith attended to accept the award created in honor of former Facebook head chef Josef Desimone, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2013. Smith jammed onstage with young Chili Peppers fans and told Rolling Stone about the importance of philanthropy. “Music has been at the center of my life for as long as I can remember, and it’s pretty cool to be in a position to give back,” the drummer says. “Thanks to Little Kids Rock for taking the lead and building such an amazing organization

Read Previously Unknown George Harrison Letter From 1966

A previously unreleased letter that George Harrison  wrote to Atlanta DJ Paul Drew in May of 1966 reveals that the Beatles  seriously contemplated recording at Stax in Memphis with producer Jim Stewart before the plan was derailed by financial issues. “We would all like it a lot,” Harrison wrote by hand, “but too many people get insane with money ideas at the mention of the word ‘Beatles,’ and so it fell through!” George Harrison’s 1963 Guitar Sells for $485,000 at Auction Word of the proposed Stax sessions has circulated before, but it was always said they pulled out due to security issues. It was also never known they contemplated working with Jim Stewart as opposed to George Martin, the only producer they’d ever worked with until the end of their career three years later.  The letter was recently put on sale  by Los Angeles-based rock collectibles dealer Jeff Gold, who acquired it from Drew’s widow shortly after he passed away in 2013. “When I read the Stax part I was like, ‘What the hell is this?'” says Gold.

Jack White Pens Poem ‘Music Is Sacred’

Just days after Jack White   defended the value of music  in a Q&A, the rocker has expanded on those thoughts in a new poem titled “Music Is Sacred.” In the poem posted to his Third Man Records site , White pleads to “those of you who stand for the sanctity of music / So that its soul can breathe and be heard” and warns of “cowards and those who would intend to rip out your lungs and dampen your desire.” Jack White’s Tidal Claims: Fact vs. Fiction During White’s Q&A with Third Man Records subscribers and Facebook followers, the Lazaretto singer fielded inquiries regarding Tidal, Jay Z’s new high quality audio streaming service that White aligned with . When asked why his fans should pay a premium to stream music when they could listen for no charge on YouTube or Spotify’s freemium mode, White explained, “Don’t devalue musicians, man; support them. Making records is expensive, believe us

Frehley: I’d have made it with or without Kiss

Original Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley says he would have “made it” whether or not he joined the band.

Slaughter could’ve landed Velvet Revolver gig

Mark Slaughter says he was asked to write for Velvet Revolver when the band were auditioning for lead singers in 2002.

Hear Drake and Beyonce Ask ‘Can I’ on Leaked Song

Drake  and Beyonce  have teamed up once more on the leaked track “Can I.” The seductive, sparse song sees Drake taking the lead with Beyonce repeating “Can I?” and “baby” throughout. Listen to the track (via Okayplayer ) below. Drake Tells ‘My Side’ on New ‘If You’re Reading This’ Track OVO artist Sal Houdini handles the hook on the pair’s first collaboration since the romantic, introspective “Mine” off Beyonce’s self-titled. While “Mine” saw the singer and rapper share vocal responsibilities, Beyonce’s contributions here are minimal, functioning more as a sample in the background.

Joy Division Fan to Turn Ian Curtis’ Home Into Museum

The Macclesfield, England home where Joy Division ‘s Ian Curtis lived and committed suicide  in will be turned into a museum after being bought by a fan, The Guardian  reports. The Science Behind Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ Cover Hadar Goldman, a musician and entrepreneur, forked over the asking price of £115,000 (approximately $180,200), plus £75,000 ($117,525) to cover the legal fees necessary to reverse the sale to a private buyer that was already in progress. Before Goldman stepped in, a group of fans had started an Indiegogo campaign to raise the money to buy and turn the property into a museum, and hopefully keep it out of the hands of a developer. The campaign, however, only garnered about £2,000, which was ultimately donated to the mental health charity Mind in Curtis’ name (the frontman suffered from both depression and epilepsy).

Hear Hunter Hayes Go Big With New Song ’21’

At 23 years old, Hunter Hayes is already taking a look back to those carefree days when he was barely legal. The multi-talented performer has just released his new single, “21,” a party anthem that serves as the first taste of the CMA award-winning entertainer’s upcoming third LP. iHeart Radio Country Festival 2015’s Best Live Photos The celebratory tune, penned by Hayes with Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley, casts the singer-songwriter and his partying partner in song as a couple of crazy kids on the run, staying up all night “chasing the sunrise, like we’re wild and young.” Looking back at his own experience of turning 21, Hayes told USA Today he showed remarkable restraint. “I was in New Orleans

Watch Ed Sheeran & Ben Kweller Cover ‘Stand By Me’

Three weeks after the death of Ben E. King ,  Ed Sheeran  brought out tour opener Ben Kweller  in Salt Lake City Tuesday night for a soulful cover of the singer’s signature song, “Stand by Me.” Ed Sheeran: The Music That Made Me “You all know the words to this,” Sheeran said before the two singer-songwriters plucked away at their guitars for a charming rendition of the classic track. Kweller and Sheeran traded off verses, showed off their guitar skills and even covered a bit of Sean Kingston’s “Stand By Me”-sampling 2007 hit “Beautiful Girls.” The Salt Lake City show isn’t the first time Sheeran has surprised fans with a cover of “Stand by Me,” taking on the track solo  at a 2013 wedding .

Del McCoury Handpicked by Woody Guthrie’s Family to Finish Lost Songs

“My wife says, ‘You should get in the studio and record,'” says Del McCoury with a laugh, “‘You’re going to run out of time one of these days.'” Inside the Bluegrass Civil War It’s the week before DelFest — McCoury’s eighth annual Memorial Day festival set for this weekend in Cumberland, Maryland — but the bluegrass legend sounds as relaxed as if he’s on an extended vacation. Clearly he’s as undaunted joking about his own mortality as he is about the idea of spending the holiday weekend performing in likely sweltering heat and humidity before capacity crowds on a stage just a stone’s throw from West Virginia. “I never did mind the road,” says McCoury, who turned 76 in February. “The first time I knew about homesickness was when I was married and moved to California and my wife had never been away from home. I’d look at her and think, ‘What is wrong with that girl?’ And then I realized she was homesick

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