After two albums on the Valory Music Co., part of the Big Machine Label Group, the Mavericks have announced the creation of their own independent label: Mono Mundo Recordings. For the venture’s first release, the band will drop All Night Live, Volume 1 , in October. The live record will be distributed by Nashville media company Thirty Tigers, with a new studio album expected next year. The Mavericks Dance the Pain Away on New Album 'Mono' All Night Live, Volume 1 , captures the Mavericks’ heralded live shows, a mix of country, rock and Cuban sounds that, for better or worse, have made the group impossible to categorize. Guitarist Eddie Perez told Rolling Stone Country last year that they’re actually a dance band.
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Bernie Worrell, keyboardist for Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking Heads and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, passed away Friday following a battle with cancer. He was 72. Bernie Worrell: 10 Essential Tracks “Bernie transitioned Home to The Great Spirit,” Worrell’s wife Judie wrote on Facebook Friday. “Rest in peace, my love — you definitely made the world a better place. Till we meet again, vaya con Dios.” In January, Worrell revealed that he was battling a “mild form” of prostate cancer and stage-four liver cancer. At the time, Worrell’s wife Judie appealed to fans asking for $10,000 in donations so that the keyboardist could complete his final album Retrospectives within his lifetime. A YouCaring page seeking $75,000 was also initiated in order to help Worrell alleviate the financial burden of his medical bills. Born in Long Branch, New Jersey in 1944, the Julliard-trained Worrell met George Clinton, then leader of a doo-wop act called the Parliaments, in the early 1970s. Soon after, Worrell – along with the rest of Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic crew, including guitarist Eddie Hazel, singer “Fuzzy” Haskins and “Billy Bass” Nelson – moved to Detroit, where they completed work on their 1970 debut Funkadelic .
Steven Tyler phoned into The Howard Stern Show Tuesday to discuss his new solo country LP as well as to confirm the rumors that Aerosmith are planning a farewell tour in 2017. “I love this band, I really do, and I want to squash every thought that anybody might have about this … We’re doing a farewell tour, but only because it’s time. We’ve never done that,” Tyler said. Stern, stunned by the news, made Tyler confirm whether Aerosmith were planning a farewell tour. “I think so, next year,” the singer said.
Not since his “Remind Me” duet with Carrie Underwood has Brad Paisley exhibited such chemistry with an onstage partner. This morning on Good Morning America , the country guitarslinger teamed up with pop star Demi Lovato to deliver an especially sultry “Without a Fight,” their new duet. See Brad Paisley Sing About North Carolina Bathroom Law “There’s a tangled mess of sheets on the bed, the lack of sleep pounding in my head / We both regret some of the things we said but we love the way it ended,” sang Paisley. The song is the first single off Paisley’s upcoming 10th studio album, a project that includes guest appearances by Mick Jagger and Timbaland. Paisley and Lovato also shared a stage together back in April, performing her single “Stone Cold,” with Paisley offering evocative guitar licks. Paisley, who wrote “Without a Fight” with Kelley Lovelace and Lee Thomas Miller, will bring his summer tour to Connecticut tomorrow night. Related Hear Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato’s Racy Duet ‘Without a Fight’ Brad Paisley Recruits Mick Jagger, Timbaland for New Album See Brad Paisley’s Playful ‘Without a Fight’ Video
Attorney Francis Malofiy, the lawyer for the plaintiff that brought a copyright lawsuit against Led Zeppelin , has responded to the verdict. On Thursday, a Los Angeles jury ruled in the legendary group’s favor , shooting down the allegation that the band had plagiarized the music to “Stairway to Heaven.” The suit was filed in 2014 on behalf of the estate of Spirit late guitarist Randy Wolfe (who performed as Randy California), and asserted that the song borrowed from Spirit’s 1968 instrumental “Taurus.” Led Zeppelin Win in 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial “For Led Zeppelin, they won on a technicality – they should be proud of that,” Malofiy tells Rolling Stone in an email. “For Plaintiff, the jury’s verdict is disappointing, but largely determined by one ruling of the court: Plaintiff was not permitted to play the album recording of ‘Taurus,’ which Jimmy Page had in his record collection. This ruling, which limited Plaintiff to using the sheet music deposited in the Copyright Office, effectively tied our hands behind our back. Needless to say, we do not believe it is legally correct or logically sound.” The jury was not legally allowed to hear the original recordings of “Stairway to Heaven” or “Taurus” when determining their verdict. What they heard in the courtroom instead was an expert perform both songs based on the original sheet music. Malofiy asserts that the “very basic piece of sheet music” had not been seen by anyone involved in the case, including Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. “In essence, this case was tried in an alternate reality. The jury never heard the album recording of ‘Taurus’ that Jimmy Page heard and used to create ‘Stairway to Heaven,'” he says, adding that it “bore little relation to the reality of the claim.” While the jury ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin, Malofiy says that the jury was on the plaintiff’s side for a seemingly crucial aspect during the trial. “The jury agreed very clearly with Plaintiff that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant had access to ‘Taurus,’ and discounted their denials that they had never heard ‘Taurus’ before,” Malofiy says.