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Roger Waters Reminds Curious Fans: ‘I Am Not Part of Pink Floyd’

Founding Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters left the group bitterly in 1985 and famously sued his ex-bandmates at the time for wishing to carry on with the group’s name, but some of his fans appear to have forgotten this. The singer-songwriter has issued a note on Facebook to remind his fans that, while Pink Floyd are indeed issuing their first record in 20 years – the instrumental record  The Endless River – he had no role in making it. Fall Music Preview 2014: 25 Must-Hear Albums “Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November,” Waters wrote. “Errhh?


Antemasque Thrash Around in Live Video for ‘In the Lurch’

Antemasque, the new project from former members of The Mars Volta and At the Drive-In, continue to prep for the official release of their debut album with a live video of their prog-rock track “In the Lurch,” to which Flea contributed earlier this year. Obscured slightly by the band’s signature logo, frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala, guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López, bassist (and Omar’s brother) Marcel Rodriquez-Lopez and drummer Dave Elitch jam in an energetic, grainy grayscale video that breathes new life into the band’s punk leanings. Q&A: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez on At the Drive-In’s Dramatic Reunion Rodríguez-López produced the video, which was shot in August during the band’s west coast tour. Their debut LP, Antemasque , was self-released earlier this year on Rodríguez-López’s label Nadie Sound and available for purchase through Bandcamp before being pulled from the site. The band is slated to re-release the album in October.


50 Cent, Gloria Allred Team Up for Educational Reality Show ‘Dream School’

Four years ago, 50 Cent had an epiphany about his contribution to society. “I started assessing my legacy and how I want people to remember me,” he tells Rolling Stone at a press event for the second season of SundanceTV’s education-based reality show  Dream School . “Not as a guy who made a couple of cool songs or picked a couple of good roles in film and television, but more as someone who helped others the most. I spent so much time dealing with the business portion of the music business for [2009's]  Before I Self Destruct , it gave me enough time to reflect on who I want to be.” 50 Cent to Pen Anti-Bullying Book For Teens When the rapper/businessman saw Jamie Oliver’s Dream School, a 2011 British documentary in which the titular chef brings low-performing students into a specialized school taught by teachers and celebrities, he immediately knew he wanted to be involved in the U.S

CMA Unwraps Details of 2014 ‘Country Christmas’ TV Special

Jennifer Nettles is returning for the fifth time to host the CMA Country Christmas special on ABC and she’s joined by a sleighful of stars. Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith and Carrie Underwood are on tap for the two-hour special, which will be taped at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 7th. In the Studio With Hayes, Legend & Nettles In an effort to brighten the holiday season for Music City’s children in need, the CMA encourages audience members to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping.

RZA Details, Sets Release for Wu-Tang Clan Reunion LP ‘A Better Tomorrow’

Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA has dropped exciting knowledge about the pioneering rap group’s upcoming reunion LP,  A Better Tomorrow . In a recent  Billboard  interview, the rapper-producer assured fans that “the entire 10 Clan members” (Wu affiliate Cappadonna is now a permanent member) will appear on the album, which he says will be released in time for the Black Friday shopping frenzy. In keeping with the group’s other forward-thinking release methods,  A Better Tomorrow  will also be available on a limited-edition, 3,000-copy run of a portable speaker dubbed Boombot Rex, which will feature eight album tracks, two non-LP instrumentals and the exclusive track “Big Horn B.” The Bluetooth-powered device features the group’s distinctive “W” logo.  15 Fun Facts About Wu-Tang Clan’s ’36 Chambers’ “It’s a record to me that merges the way music was made in the classic essence, in an analog way,” RZA said of the release, “as well as merging what’s going down the digital way. . . And the album has a small concept in a sense: Musically, it travels from a guy who is going through difficulties, tries to find himself, gets involved with some violence, some troubles, but then realizes that it’s best sometimes to walk away from the past and all the bad times and maybe work on making his life better, and making a better tomorrow.” The highly awaited LP, which marks Wu-Tang’s 20th anniversary, came to fruition in a unique way for RZA.


Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Video to Live Again as 3-D Film

Michael Jackson’s 14-minute music video for “Thriller” will be getting revived in 3-D next year, now that the clip’s director, John Landis, has settled a legal dispute with the singer’s estate. Although he is still working out specifics, the filmmaker hopes to release the video – which was the most expensive clip of its time and was rated the greatest video of all time by Rolling Stone readers – on Blu-ray and even in theaters, according to the New York Daily News . 12 Thrilling Facts About Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ About six months before Jackson’s death in 2009, Landis filed a lawsuit accusing the singer of “fraudulent, malicious and oppressive conduct” with regard to the “Thriller” video, according to E! Online. Landis was seeking 50 percent of the net profits of the video, which, at the time, was rumored to be in the neighborhood of $1 million

Ryan Adams Reinvents Foreigner’s Epic Power Ballad

For years, Ryan Adams has trotted out some seriously unexpected covers during his live shows, turning songs like Iron Maiden’s “Wasted Years” and Danzig’s “Mother” into heartbreaking, bare-boned folk ballads. He tackled another old-school tune — Foreigner’s 1984 chart-topper “I Want to Know What Love Is” — during a recent performance on NPR’s World Cafe . Toto Eclipse of the Heart: The Best of Eighties Soft Rock With his road band kicking up some slow-moving dust in the background, Adams crooned the song without a hint of irony, replacing the bombast of the original with something that’s tender, off-the-cuff and pretty moving. Listen to the song below.  Adams recently released his 14th album, a self-titled disc that puts the strummed acoustics of 2011’s Ashes & Fire  on the back burner and channels the icy atmospherics of Eighties rock & roll instead

Spandau Ballet Relive the Romance in ‘Soul Boys’ Documentary

Just before his band’s encore at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 30th, singer Tony Hadley of New Romantic survivors Spandau Ballet told a story about seeing his vocal hero, Frank Sinatra, at this opulent Victorian theater in the late Seventies and actually meeting the Chairman of the Board backstage. “What do you do, son?” Sinatra asked Hadley. “I’m a singer in a band, and someday I am going to play here,” the younger man replied. He did – six years later, when Spandau Ballet’s tiptoe-R&B ballad “True” was Number One in Britain and a lot of other countries. 100 Best Singles of 1984: Pop’s Greatest Year The group – Hadley, guitarist-saxophonist Steve Norman, drummer John Keeble, songwriter-guitarist Gary Kemp, and bassist Martin Kemp, Gary’s younger brother – were back at the Albert Hall to host what was surely the biggest home-movie party in British pop history: the sold-out national premiere of Soul Boys of the Western World , a documentary of Spandau’s origins, formation and rise, their near-two-decade split and, in 2009, reunion.


Watch Kendrick Lamar Rap With Prince on ‘What’s My Name’

When the Purple One asks you to collaborate, you comply. As part of Tuesday’s Yahoo livestream special, in celebration of his two new studio albums, Prince teamed with rapper Kendrick Lamar for a funky take on “What’s My Name,” a rare track from Prince’s 1998 box set,  Crystal Ball . Check out Lamar’s reliably strong verse above, which finds the king of modern hip-hop spitting about “speaking to God” over staccato funk riffs and tumbling drum fills. On Tuesday, Prince released two new LPs via Warner Bros.  Art Official Age , produced, arranged, composed and performed with singer-songwriter Joshua Welton, is a solo album the Artist himself dubbed “classic Prince.”  Plectrumelectrum  is a collaboration with 3rdEyeGirl, which he labeled a “classic band album” and “an electrifying funk-rock statement.” The livestream event, hosted on Yahoo’s Live Nation Channel, explored the history of Prince’s Minnesota estate-studio, Paisley Park, and featured interviews with some of the R&B-funk icon’s recent musical collaborators. Back in August, when Prince’s label revealed details of his new albums, a press release promised that “a series of very special events” would take place around the globe, but no additional events have been announced.  Prince was scheduled to participate in a Facebook fan Q&A on Tuesday.

Americana Supergroup Trigger Hippy Release Debut Album

When Trigger Hippy, the roots supergroup founded by Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, made its AmericanaFest debut earlier this month, it was difficult to think of a festival act that better embodied the idea of Americana. Led by Gorman, the members of the cleverly monikered collective — singers Joan Osborne and Jackie Greene, bassist Nick Govrik and guitarist Tom Bukovac — represent the hallmarks of the catch-all genre: rock, soul, blues and country. Q&A: Chris Robinson on His New Band, Bonding With Phil Lesh “It’s all Southern music. Blues and country and soul and jazz, all those things emanated from one general area of the country,” says Gorman, who after coming off the road with the Black Crowes in 2013 turned his attention full-time to Trigger Hippy, which he officially founded with Govrik a year earlier. “It started with Nick and I jamming together a lot, 10 years ago, at a club in Nashville.


Flashback: Bob Dylan Sings ‘I Shall Be Released’ With Elvis Costello

By the spring of 1995 Bob Dylan had been on the road for a solid eight years, and even though the general public and the media were barely paying attention, his shows were starting to get really, really good. Bob Dylan Tribute Concert Enlists Neil Young, Beck Trying to pinpoint the exact reason why this happened is a fool’s errand, but a new book by his former road manager reveals that he quit drinking the previous year. That might explain why he played with greater focus and passion, dragging out songs from all corners of his catalog like “If You See Her, Say Hello,” “Man In The Long Black Coat” and “Jokerman.” The tour touched down in Europe in early March, spreading out all over the continent before heading to the U.K. for a run of shows with barely any days off.

Watch Zac Brown Band Raise the Mercury With ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Cover

Zac Brown Band want to know if you can do the fandango. Watch Richie Sambora Jam With Zac Brown Band Last Friday night, the group debuted a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” during their performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Filled with quadruple-stacked harmonies, twinkling piano and plenty of guitar muscle, the cover was the result of an entire year’s worth of practice, with Brown and company wanting to make sure they’d nailed down every inch of Freddie Mercury’s rock-opera power ballad before playing it live. Backstage, the guys reportedly told country radio DJ Bobby Bones that “Bohemian Rhapsody” was the hardest cover they’d ever tackled. That’s saying something, since Brown and company have spent more than a decade covering songs that require a good bit of rehearsal, including the Charlie Daniels Band’s “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” Recently, the group even teamed up with the Doobie Brothers for a souped-up duet of “Black Water,” one of the highlights from the upcoming tribute album Southbound

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