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Friday
Oct172014

Taylor Swift's Latest Lyric Post Is Lena Dunham's Future Wedding Song

ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaAs part of Rolling Stone's recent cover story on Taylor, her friend Lena Dunham said that there's one song on Taylor's new album, 1989, that she plans to insist the singer perform at her wedding -- if she indeed ends up having one.  Now, Taylor has posted some of the lyrics to Lena's special song.

As part of her "posting lyrics from one new song a day" campaign, Taylor shared a photo of lyrics to a bonus track.  They read,  "One night he wakes/strange look on his face/Pauses, then says/'You're my best friend'/And you knew what it was/He was in love."

Lena responded to Taylor's post by tweeting, "my someday wedding song, as you know."

Lena is dating fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, who co-wrote some of the songs on 1989, including new single "Out of the Woods" and this mystery wedding song.  Lena told Rolling Stone, "If we ever do get married, there's no f***ing way Taylor is not playing that song."

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Friday
Oct172014

Fergie Releases Lyric Video for "L.A. LOVE (La La)" 

will.i.am music/Interscope RecordsFergie doesn't seem like the type to have time to sit down and scrapbook, but that's what she's doing in the new lyric video for her single "L.A. LOVE (La La)." 

The video also serves as a reintroduction to Fergie, who hasn't released an official solo single in eight years.  As we travel the world with her through the pages of her scrapbook, we also see photos of her many changing looks over the years, pictures of her onstage, and shots of her singing with musical legends like Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown

In a nice touch, we also see her passport, which identifies her as "Fergie Duhamel."  In addition, there are plenty of photos of fans throwing Fergie's new "L.A." hand sign.

The single is presumably from a forthcoming Fergie solo album, which will be her first since 2006's The Dutchess.  No title or release date on that as of yet.


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Friday
Oct172014

Taylor Swift Releases Video Documenting Her "'1989' Secret Sessions"

Big Machine RecordsIf you weren't one of the lucky ones selected for Taylor Swift's "1989 Secret Sessions," in which she played her new album in its entirety for fans, you can now watch a YouTube video Taylor released that offers a behind-the-scenes look at what went down.

The four-and-a-half-minute clip shows fans before, during and after the sessions, which were held in five locations: Los Angeles, New York City, Nashville, Rhode Island, and London. We see Swifties nervously awaiting to be transported to the sessions, mingling with each other and with Taylor at the listening parties, and gushing about the album to the cameras afterward.

There are some comments from Taylor, too, as well as footage of her baking cookies for her fans.

The video doesn't disclose much about the album itself. At one point, the following message is displayed: "What happens in the Secret Sessions, stays in the Secret Sessions."

1989 will be released October 27. If you buy it between October 27 and November 2, you will be eligible for a contest to meet Taylor. Find more info on TaylorSwift.com.


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Friday
Oct172014

Mary Lambert Goes from "Same Love" to "Secrets," Releases Debut Album "Heart On My Sleeve"

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteMost music fans probably know Mary Lambert from the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis song "Same Love" -- she wrote and sang its memorable hook, receiving two Grammy nods for her work on that groundbreaking song and the duo's album The Heist.  But now, Mary's making her own artistic statement, with her hit single "Secrets" and her debut album Heart On My Sleeve, which is in stores now.

Many of Mary's songs deal with serious issues, such as body image, gay rights, mental illness and the like, but she says her goal for Heart On My Sleeve was to continue to write those kinds of meaningful songs, but to also make a fun, accessible pop music album that will, hopefully, bring in some cash as well.

As she tells ABC News Radio, with Heart On My Sleeve,  she wanted to "make an ethical, conscious album with heart and authenticity, but also to be on the radio... and why not buy a beach house for my mom?"

"I don't believe every song should be social justice-y, but I know for me, I have to speak my truth," she adds. "And being a lyricist and being a writer is a priority, and so I want to talk about things that I care about, that will hopefully impact the world."

Mary is currently on the road, bringing her new music to her fans, and she says it's a real treat to be able to headline a tour, after spending the summer as an opening act.

"My last tour, I was opening for Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson, which was an awesome experience because I think it opened the door for a lot of new fans," she tells ABC News Radio.  "And it was humbling in a way, because people weren't coming to see me and I kind of had to work for it, you know?  So, this is kind of a luxury!"

"The people that are coming out are so kind, and attentive and know the material, and they love the songs and they know the lyrics!" she adds. "It's, like, kind of surreal to hear people singing my lyrics back."

While some of Mary's previous tours have been incredibly emotional experiences because of the cathartic nature of her songs -- some of which are actually poems set to music -- she says she's taking a lighter touch with this tour.

"I'm not delving into the heaviest issues that I have previously," she says. "Which I think is OK because it's at least a little bit of an emotional break for me.  I'm still going into intense stuff -- body image and gay rights -- but the show's a little bit more upbeat and really fun."

So, with a debut album, hit single and a big tour, does Mary -- who describes herself in "Secrets" as overweight, bi-polar, gay, and the product of a dysfunctional family -- feel like an actual pop star yet?

"No, I don't!" she laughs.  "I'm working on it.  I refer to it as, like, quasi-stardom 'cause, y'know, sometimes there's people greeting me at the airport and I'm like, 'Who are you?'"  

Mary's tour wraps up November 17 in Boise, Idaho, but then she'll play some holiday concerts in December.  On November 13, she'll be in New York City to join Sam Smith, A Great Big World, American Authors, Aloe Blacc and other artists for VH1's You Oughta Know concert.


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Friday
Oct172014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDustin Lynch studied pre-med at which Nashville college before launching his country career? ANSWER: Lipscomb University.


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Friday
Oct172014

Reba Headlining Lung Cancer Benefit Concert Just Outside Nashville

Image Courtesy CMAReba will headline a benefit concert in Gallatin, Tennessee, on Sunday, November 30 to fund lung cancer research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville. The show is organized by Dawn Sears, who is currently battling lung cancer. She is a member of The Time Jumpers western swing band along with Vince Gill.

Tickets for the benefit show are now available at DawnSearsandFriends.com.


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Friday
Oct172014

Sam Hunt Bonding with Tour Mates Kip Moore and Charlie Worsham on Up in Smoke Tour

Image Courtesy McClister/UMGSam Hunt plays Nashville's Ryman Auditorium Friday night opening for Kip Moore on the CMT on Tour: Up in Smoke trek. Charlie Worsham is also on the bill, and Sam has had a blast getting to know those guys in the past few weeks.

Sam tells ABC News Radio, "We all get along so well. They have good people on their team, and we have good people on our team. I think good people just get along together."

A lot of that bonding has taken place at the pre-show meals backstage.

Says Sam, "There's a lot of time spent during the afternoon before the actual show happens that we get to hang out."

Kip and his team usually find a place to work out before shows, and Sam is hoping some of that commitment to fitness rubs off on him soon.

"I go through phases," Sam admits. "I'll do two or three weeks where I’m pretty good, and then I lose my discipline and I fall off for a little while and then I get inspired to go back. So, I'm back and forth."

Sam's debut album, Montevallo, is due out October 27 featuring his hit single, "Leave the Night On."


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Friday
Oct172014

Third Season of Steven Van Zandt's Netflix Series "Lilyhammer" to Premiere on Nov. 21

Image Courtesy of NetflixThe third season of Lilyhammer, the Netflix series starring E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, will premiere on November 21 at 3:01 a.m. ET/12:01 a.m. PT.  All eight new hourlong episodes of the series will be accessible from the on-demand service at that time.

Lilyhammer follows the exploits of a fictional New York mob boss named Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano -- portrayed by Van Zandt -- who has relocated to the Norwegian city of Lillehammer after joining the federal witness-protection program.

This season will see Tagliano, who lives in Norway under the alias Johnny Henriksen, having to help out his henchman Roar when he runs into legal trouble after traveling to Brazil to meet an Internet bride.  Van Zandt's character also will have to deal with an old "family friend" from the U.S. who shows up in Lillehammer gets involved in some illegal activities.

As Deadline reported last month, Van Zandt's real-life "boss," Bruce Springsteen, will make a cameo appearance on this season of Lilyhammer, playing the owner of a mortuary in an episode that was filmed in New York City.

Besides starring in Lilyhammer, Van Zandt also serves as executive producer, writer and composer on the series.  This season also will see Little Steve make his directorial debut, as he was behind the camera for the show's finale.

Van Zandt recently won the Best Actor in a Comedy prize for his work on Lilyhammer at the Monte Carlo TV Festival, while the show landed the Best International Comedy Series award at the same event.  The series also was honored as Best TV Drama this year at Norway's Gullruten awards ceremony.

To find out more about the series, visit Netflix.com/Lilyhammer.


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Friday
Oct172014

Marky Ramone Publishing Memoir in January; Will Celebrate Release with NYC Concert 

Image Courtesy of Touchstone BooksLongtime Ramones drummer Marky Ramone will publish a new memoir early next year that will focus on his eventful life and music career both in and out of the pioneering punk band.  Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone will hit stores on January 13, 2015.

Born Marc Bell, the Brooklyn-born drummer cut his teeth during the early '70s with the proto-metal group Dust, then went on to play with cross-dressing glam-punk singer Wayne County and influential punk act Richard Hell and the Voidoids, putting him at the epicenter of New York's edgy rock scene.  He joined the Ramones in 1978 after the departure of the band's original drummer, Tommy, and was featured on many of the group's best-known songs, including "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Rock 'n' Roll High School," "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio" and "Pet Sematary."

In Punk Rock Blitzkrieg, Marky recounts his many adventures with The Ramones, the band members dysfunctional relationships and his own struggles with alcohol.  The drummer was fired from The Ramones in late 1982, but rejoined the rockers in 1987 and stayed with them until their 1996 breakup.  Sadly, all of the original Ramones have since passed away, but Marky remains, and he's continuing the band's legacy in a new group called Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg.

Marky and his current group will celebrate the arrival of Punk Rock Blitzkrieg with a special book-release concert on January 17 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.  Special guest Andrew W.K. will be on hand to sing lead at the show.  Tickets for the event are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.  Special VIP tickets also are available offering fans a meet-and-greet with Marky and Andrew, as well as a signed copy of the book.

"These songs are too good not to be played," says Ramone in a statement.  "I am really looking forward to playing live once more in my hometown of NYC, and celebrating the arrival of the book."

 
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Friday
Oct172014

Limited Edition Anniversary Edition of Aaliyah’s "Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number" Coming in November

Image Courtesy Blackground/Jive/BMG RecordsAaliyah's music continues to live on. Legacy Recordings has announced plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her debut offering, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, with a special, limited edition release.

A two-LP vinyl edition of the album will be released for the Record Store Day "Black Friday" event on November 28. The set will feature the rare international bonus track "The Thing I Like." The disc, which was written and produced by R. Kelly, spawned the top 10 hits "Back & Forth" and "At Your Best (You Are Love)."

In addition, Legacy Recordings is preparing limited edition Record Store Day releases of Outkast's Player's Ball and Wu-Tang Clan's C.R.E.A.M.

To mark each Record Store Day, a wide variety of limited-edition vinyl singles, EPs and LPs are sold exclusively at participating independent record shops across the U.S. and in other countries.  Visit RecordStoreDay.com to find out more information about this year's "Black Friday" initiative.


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Friday
Oct172014

Eddie Vedder Dedicates "Light Years" to Isaiah "Ikey" Owens During Concert

Image Courtesy of Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSDuring Thursday night's Pearl Jam concert in Jack White's hometown of Detroit, Eddie Vedder took a moment to express his condolences over the death of keyboardist Isaiah "Ikey" Owens. Owens, who most recently played in White's band, as well as with The Mars Volta, died earlier this week of a heart attack while on tour in Mexico.  He was 38.

According to Billboard, Vedder called White "a friend of the whole group, a great player, a great writer and visionary."

"We send our heart out to [White] and his band...The only thing we can do is try to take energy here [at the concert] so we can remember [Owens] fondly," Vedder continued. He then dedicated the song "Light Years" to the late keyboardist.

White has canceled the remainder of his band's Mexico tour dates.

In 2000, Vedder dedicated "Light Years" to Sony Music's Diane Muus, according to Pearl Jam fan-site TwoFeetThick.com. Muus, who knew the band well, also died young at 33.


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Friday
Oct172014

Iggy Azalea Attacks Record Label for Letting Aussie Magazine Use Unapproved Photo of Her

ABC/Randy HolmesNow that Iggy Azalea has buried the hatchet with Snoop Dogg, she can turn her attention to another battle: complaining to her record label that they allowed an unapproved photo of her to be used on the cover of a magazine in her home country of Australia.

Iggy jumped on Twitter to take her complaints public, claiming that her private messages to the Australian division of her label were being ignored.  "I'm going to publicly say something to the Australian division of my record label right now because my message seems to be ignored privately," she wrote.  "Stop giving permission on my behalf for magazines to purchase images of me that have already been printed in major publications for covers."

At issue, according to E!, is Maxim Australia, which has put Iggy on its cover...but the photo is one that previously appeared on the cover of another magazine several years ago.

"Australian label, i love you guys but you allowed my image to be sold to Cosmo Aus[tralia] when i told you i would prefer for that not to happen.  And now this morning i see you've allowed maxim australia to buy an image from a 2011 complex mag shoot and put it on the cover," she continued.

The "Fancy" rapper wrote, "I think it's awesome anyone would want me on the cover of a magazine, but there's a right way to make that happen and the australian label clearly aren't respecting my wishes. a magazine cover deserves an accompanying photoshoot not a reused image."

"Maxim australia, thanks for the love and I'm sorry no one asked me," she added. "i would have love to have given an interview & done a shoot with u guys."

The magazine itself then got into the act, supporting Iggy in her assertions.  "We couldn't agree more! We begged both your US management and Aussie label for a cover shoot & interview but were denied," they tweeted.  "Furthermore, we'd LOVE to do a shoot with you. Just say when, where and how high and we'll jump!"


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Friday
Oct172014

Sting Plugs His "Last Ship" Musical, Sings Ringtones, During "Tonight Show" Visit

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCSting visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday to talk about his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship. Sting told Fallon it's been a challenge.

"I think it's the most difficult thing I've ever tackled, telling a story with songs," Sting explained, noting that the musical took "five years of extraordinarily hard work" to come to fruition.

The Last Ship tells the story of a family's struggle to survive the decline of the shipbuilding industry during the 1980s in Wallsend, a community in northeastern England where Sting was born and grew up.  The musical is currently in previews at the Neil Simon Theatre and officially opens October 25.

The interview concluded with the British rocker having a little fun with Fallon and singing popular cell phone ringtones.

Sting also recorded an outgoing voicemail message to the tune of the Police's "Message in a Bottle" for an audience member, picked at random.

Later in the show, Last Ship cast member Rachel Tucker joined others from the musical for a performance of the song "If You Ever See Me Talking to a Sailor."

 

 


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Friday
Oct172014

Foo Fighters Perform with Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick on "Late Show"

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSFoo Fighters continued their week-long residency on the CBS Late Show with David Letterman Thursday by teaming up with Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick on the CT song “Stiff Competition.”  The song is featured on Cheap Trick’s 1978 album Heaven Tonight.

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins took the lead on vocals while Dave Grohl played drums.

Foo Fighters are appearing on the Late Show all week to promote their new Sonic Highways album and HBO series, the latter of which debuts Friday night at 11 ET.  They’re also scheduled to appear on Friday’s Late Show.

Earlier Thursday, the band released the first song from the new album, a tune entitled "Something from Nothing.”

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways follows the band as they travel from studio to studio across the country recording their album and talking to famous and influential artists along the way.  The album arrives November 10.

The band’s week-long Late Show residency has included performances with Zac Brown, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, and singer-songwriter Tony Joe White.


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Friday
Oct172014

MAGIC! Frontman Reveals How Ex Who Inspired "Rude" Feels About Song 

Chapman Baehler/RCA Records"Rude," the chart-topping hit by the Canadian reggae-pop band MAGIC!, tells the romantic story of a guy who is so in love with his girlfriend that he's willing to defy her father and "marry her anyway."  But the song was actually inspired by MAGIC! frontman Nasri's ex-girlfriend, who was being so mean to him one night that he wrote a song about her behavior.

Asked if his ex knows that she inspired the lines "Why you gotta be so rude/Don't you know I'm human too?," Nasri tells ABC News Radio, "Yeah, yeah, she definitely knows.  We were together when I was making a lot of the MAGIC! album."  OK, so how does she feel about the fact that her shoddy treatment of him resulted in a #1 hit?

"I think she's happy with another man right now," laughs Nasri. "I think she's happy for us: we're all still friends."

After, Nasri came up with those lines, the band's guitarist told him to turn it into a song, but he had no interest in writing it.  However, after his co-writer suggested he make the song about something happy, Nasri says he literally banged out the song in 15 minutes.  "Yeah, once I got into the new vibe, it just came right out: the whole story," he says of the track.

While the song is now considered to be romantic, Nasri points out that the chorus has now become a way of expressing the initial emotion that he was trying to get out in the song: dismay at how mean his girlfriend was being to him.

"I think people also are latching onto the other side of it, where if somebody says something mean, they're like, 'Why you gotta be so rude,'" he says. "So the lyrics are taking on a life of its own and becoming almost like a sentence in pop culture and the American tongue."

Nasri's right: "Why you gotta be so rude" has become quite the online meme, with that slogan captioning photos of, among other things, Jesus, James Van Der Beek, dogs, stick figures and movie characters.

MAGIC! will kick off a huge tour with Maroon 5 in February.


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Friday
Oct172014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDan + Shay will perform on NBC's Today show on October 23.

Dustin Lynch appears on GAC Top 20 Countdown Friday.


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Friday
Oct172014

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Opens Up About His Newfound Love for Yoga

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has had a jam-packed week in New York City promoting their just-released album, Anything Goes. While the duo is having a blast sharing their new music with fans, the crazy schedule can get stressful. That's why FGL's Tyler Hubbard will probably break out his yoga mat at some point this weekend to blow off some steam.

Tyler and his fiancée, Hayley, often post photographs on Instagram of their yoga practices, which is something Tyler would've never done before they got together.

He tells ABC News Radio, "If you'd have told me a couple years ago I'd be doing yoga, I'd would have laughed at you, but it's something I enjoy, and it's definitely a good time to unwind and just let loose a little bit."

Practicing yoga helps Tyler with some back issues while giving him an extra boost of energy to perform for his fans.

"It keeps us in shape," Tyler explains. "I like to enjoy life to the fullest, man. You gotta feel good, so it helps out with that, for sure."

Be sure and catch Florida Georgia Line performing on CMT Instant Jam Friday night at 10 ET.


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Friday
Oct172014

Dave Grohl Says "Sonic Highways" Series Will Celebrate "Unsung Heroes"

Image Courtesy of Steve GullickYou may have heard that Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters recorded their newest album, Sonic Highways, in a less-than traditional way. The band traveled across the country as they recorded Sonic Highways in iconic American music cities and studios. Along the way, Grohl would interview musicians who artistically represented each city. The whole process will be documented in Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, an HBO documentary series that premieres tonight, October 17, at 11 p.m. ET.

For Grohl, Sonic Highways gave him a chance to try something new.

"We could just go and make another record in a studio and hit the road and sell a bunch of t-shirts," he said at a recent Los Angeles panel. But Grohl and the band had a different idea.

"We've been a band for twenty years now. Let's go to tiny studios all over the country, tell the story of music from that city and what is it about each one of these cities that influences the music that comes from there," he said. "Because there are real reasons. Cultural influence from each one of these places. There's a reason why jazz came from New Orleans. There's a reason why country went to Nashville and why the blues went to Chicago."

In his journey to tell the story of American music, Grohl spoke with many famous faces, including country legend Dolly Parton, of whom he says "nobody is cooler," and President Barack Obama.

Grohl felt that speaking to the president was integral to telling the telling of that story.

"I wanted [President Obama] to talk about America as a country where you have the opportunity to start with nothing like Buddy Guy -- make your guitar from strings and wires in your screen porch, and then become a blues legend that's inducted into the Kennedy Center," he said. "Or be a high school dropout from Springfield, Virginia that winds up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Or being a kid from Hawaii that winds up being the president."

Though he talked with a lot of stars, Grohl was most impressed from the stories he heard from lesser-known artists. He felt like it was these lesser known artists who had the power to truly inspire.

"The idea is that you tell the stories of these unsung studios and these unsung musicians, and that's when people start feeling inspired," Grohl said. "That's when you get a kid in his basement watching the guitar player of [punk band] Naked Raygun say 'You shouldn't be intimidated by your heroes, you should be inspired by them.'"


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Friday
Oct172014

Marky Ramone Publishing Memoir in January; Will Celebrate Release with NYC Concert

Touchstone BooksLongtime Ramones drummer Marky Ramone will publish a new memoir early next year that will focus on his eventful life and music career both in and out of the pioneering punk band.  Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone will hit stores on January 13, 2015.

Born Marc Bell, the Brooklyn-born drummer cut his teeth during the early '70s with the proto-metal group Dust, then went on to play with cross-dressing glam-punk singer Wayne County and influential punk act Richard Hell and the Voidoids, putting him at the epicenter of New York's edgy rock scene.  He joined the Ramones in 1978 after the departure of the band's original drummer, Tommy, and was featured on many of the group's best-known songs, including "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Rock 'n' Roll High School," "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio" and "Pet Sematary."

In Punk Rock Blitzkrieg, Marky recounts his many adventures with The Ramones, the band members dysfunctional relationships and his own struggles with alcohol.  The drummer was fired from The Ramones in late 1982, but rejoined the rockers in 1987 and stayed with them until their 1996 breakup.  Sadly, all of the original Ramones have since passed away, but Marky remains, and he's continuing the band's legacy in a new group called Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg.

Marky and his current group will celebrate the arrival of Punk Rock Blitzkrieg with a special book-release concert on January 17 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.  Special guest Andrew W.K. will be on hand to sing lead at the show.  Tickets for the event are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.  Special VIP tickets also are available offering fans a meet-and-greet with Marky and Andrew, as well as a signed copy of the book.

"These songs are too good not to be played," says Ramone in a statement.  "I am really looking forward to playing live once more in my hometown of NYC, and celebrating the arrival of the book."


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Friday
Oct172014

John Denver to Receive Posthumous Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Next Week

PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsFrom "Country Roads" to Hollywood Boulevard!: The late John Denver is slated to be honored with the 2,531st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, October 24.  The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. PT and will take place at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard near Sycamore Avenue.

Two of the beloved singer/songwriter's children -- Zak Deutschendorf and Jesse Belle Denver -- will be on hand to accept the honor on behalf of their family.  Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Leron Gubler will emcee the event.  Indie-rock act Trampled by Turtles will perform an acoustic rendition of the Denver's 1974 hit "Annie's Song" during the festivities, while other as-yet-unannounced guests also will make appearances.

"We are proud to honor one of America's singing icons who has been missed for many years," says Gubler in a statement.  "Luckily for us we have his amazing music to remember him by."

For fans who can't make it to the unveiling in person, the ceremony will stream live via WalkofFame.com.

On the same day as the Walk of Fame event, an exhibition featuring 40 previously unseen photographs taken by Denver will open at the Substrate Gallery in Hollywood.  The exhibit, titled "Sweet, Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver," will remain on display through November 23.  Limited editions of the singer's photos also will be sold at the gallery.

As previously reported, a four-CD, career-spanning box set called All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection is scheduled to be released on November 4.  The compilation will feature classic hits, memorable album cuts, live performances, demo recordings and rare tracks, and will include six previously unreleased songs.

Denver died in a 1997 plane crash at the age of 53.


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