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Wednesday
Jul162014

Man Breaks Into Kennedy Compound in Mass. Looking for Katy Perry

Cliff Lipson/CBSKaty Perry has never been known to hang out with the Kennedy family, but that didn't stop one man from breaking into the family's compound in Massachusetts in search of the singer.

WCVB-TV reports that James Lacroix, a 53-year-old disabled veteran from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, broke into the Hyannisport, Massachusetts home of Ted Kennedy Jr. on Tuesday.  When police responded to the break-in, they found Lacroix sitting on a couch, reading a book and chatting with Kennedy's son. Lacroix, who apparently had been in the home for hours, told them he was looking for Katy Perry, and the late President John F. Kennedy, who once lived in the home.

"He was calm. He was very collected. He knew exactly what he was doing. He was not distressed. He was not that concerned that we were there," said Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald, adding, "It was almost as though he was a friend of the family."  In fact, Kennedy's son thought that Lacroix was a friend of the family.

Lacroix is being charged with breaking and entering and trespassing.  His arraignment was delayed pending a mental evaluation.


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Wednesday
Jul162014

Jason Mraz Announces Unique September "Tour" of All Five New York City Boroughs

ABC NewsJason Mraz’s newalbum, YES!, was officially released Tuesday, and with it came the announcement of more tour dates for the U.S. and Canada.  Now he’s revealed a special New York City residency as well.

Mraz made the announcement Wednesday morning at the Big Apple’s most iconic landmark: the Empire State Building.  Dubbed the Five Boroughs Tour, Mraz and his tour partners, Raining Jane, will perform shows in each of New York’s five boroughs -- Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx -- beginning September 17 in Brooklyn and wrapping the 22 and 23 at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. 

Tickets for the Five Boroughs Tour go on sale Monday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. ET at YesNYCTour.com, though fans can buy tickets now.  Tickets for Jason’s previously announced dates are on sale now.  You can see all of Jason’s tour dates at JasonMraz.com.

Jason, a resident of California, explains that he wanted to do a special tour of New York City because it inspired him as an artist. "This is...where the seed was planted for me," he told ABC News Radio on the observation deck of the Empire State Building. "I came up here when I was 18 and the seed was planted that I could write music, and that I could have a career as an artist.  And I left the city saying, 'One day I'm gonna come back, and when I do, it's not necessarily gonna be as a resident of the city and have to work for a living: it's gonna be as a musician,' so this is kinda what that's about."

In addition, Jason says, the tour gives him an opportunity to play many smaller venues instead of one big one.

"Y'know, we've done Madison Square Garden, we've done Jones Beach [in Long Island, NY] several times, and I don't feel I thrive in large venues," he explained. "And so I suggested to my team that we play smaller venues, and maybe we could spread it out over a couple of nights...maybe we could even play all five boroughs!  And they took that idea and just ran with it, and here we are."  

In addition to making their announcement, Jason and Raining Jane also performed an acoustic version of their current single "Love Someone" on the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

Look for Jason to perform Thursday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and NBC’s Today show Friday morning.


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Wednesday
Jul162014

New Beatles Doc Focusing on Band's Touring Years to Be Directed by Ron Howard

Image Courtesy of Apple Corps Ltd.Ron Howard has directed quite a few fab films over the years, including 2002's Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind.  Now he'll be behind the lens for a new authorized Beatles documentary about the Fab Four's years as a touring act.  The upcoming movie is being made with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison -- the respective widows of John Lennon and George Harrison.

"I am excited and honored to be working…on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964," says Howard in a statement.  "Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."

The film will follow The Beatles' career from their first concerts in 1961 at the Cavern Club in their hometown of Liverpool, England, through their last public show in August 1966 at San Francisco's Candlestick Park.  During that period, the band played a total of 166 gigs in 15 countries and 90 cities across the globe.  The flick is expected to include rare fan-submitted footage and audio recordings of the Beatles in concert gathered by the One Voice One World production company, which brought the documentary project to The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd.

The movie also will delve into the Beatlemania phenomenon and cultural impact the band and its performances had around the world, in context with the political and social climate of the time.

The film is being co-produced by Apple Corps; Image Entertainment, the production company Howard founded with Brian Grazer; and White Horse Pictures, whose co-founder, filmmaker Nigel Sinclair, has previously worked on such acclaimed rock documentaries as George Harrison: Living in the Material World, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, and Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who.  Sinclair tells The Hollywood Reporter that he hopes the Beatles flick will hit theaters by late 2015.

For information about the upcoming movie, visit TheBeatlesLiveProject.com.


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Wednesday
Jul162014

Slipknot Album Teaser Is Creepy and Vague

Image Courtesy Bobby TongsAs previously reported, the members of Slipknot have been working on a new album. The recording of the collection has been a little drama-filled: it's the first without bassist Paul Gray, who died of a drug overdose in 2010; drummer Joey Jordison was booted from the band at the end of last year; and guitarist Jim Root was asked to leave the band's side project, Stone Sour, though he's still with Slipknot. All very mysterious.

Another mysterious thing is a recently posted video clip from Slipknot, with a very exciting sonic tone and some creepy imagery -- like what looks to be a severed ear -- but no concrete information about the album. Such has been the case in general about the new music: frontman Corey Taylor has refused to answer interview questions about the recording sessions and given only the most general of indications of how things are going, studio-wise.

You can try to suss out the message by viewing the clip on Slipknot's Instagram page, but for concrete details...stay tuned.


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Wednesday
Jul162014

Hunter Hayes Gives Fans A Fleeting Glimpse of His "Tattoo" Video

Warner Music NashvilleEven though he's keeping the premise of the music video for "Tattoo" a secret, Hunter Hayes has released a teaser clip that goes behind the scenes of the shoot. It was filmed on the outskirts of Nashville in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at least partially inside a large warehouse. The 23-second preview shows Hunter playing the guitar and chatting with an attractive brunette in front of a wall that resembles the back of a large white building.

 “[‘Tattoo’] is about inspiration," Hunter says. “It’s about that moment when you meet somebody and you’re inspired by them and all you want is to encourage them as much as they’ve motivated you. And that’s the fun of it -- meeting that person you’re crazy about.”

We'll have to wait until July 28 to see the finished "Tattoo" video when it premieres on CMT. In the meantime, expect more teases from Hunter's camp.


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Wednesday
Jul162014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich 1997 movie featured Trisha Yearwood's version of "How Do I Live?" ANSWER: Con Air, starring Nicolas Cage.


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Wednesday
Jul162014

Train's Goals for the Future: Be "Cool & Hip," Play "Saturday Night Live" 

PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell FoundationIn their long career, Train has won three Grammys, performed all over the world and sold over 10 million albums worldwide.  However, they still have a few goals they have yet to achieve -- like finally being cool, for example.

In Train frontman Pat Monahan's most recent podcast, a regular interview series that he calls Patcast, he sat down with guitarist Jimmy Stafford -- the only other founding member of the band remaining -- and the other members of the group to discuss their experiences.  When he asked Jimmy about his goals for their new album, Bulletproof Picasso, the guitarist replied, "Well, there's a few things that we haven't done...I think this record, you know, might even get us to that point.  We've never really... been the cool band, the hip band, even from the beginning."

"We've never done Saturday Night Live, you know," Jimmy continued. "It'd be so great to do SNL."  "Yeah," Pat agreed. "That would be fun.  Just to have done it."

Another thing on the band's bucket list?  "We've never played Madison Square Garden," Jimmy says, referring to the legendary New York venue. 

"We've played some amazing places around the world.  We've even played in Wembley [Arena, in London], you know, like at a football halftime and stuff like that.  But playing Madison Square Garden...man, that'd be so amazing!" he says. "So those are a couple things that would be great to achieve."

Bulletproof Picasso is due September 16.  Train will be playing select dates throughout the summer, and then a series of special showcases in L.A., New York and San Francisco around album release time.

In a statement, Pat says of their new music, "I’ve always wanted to emotionally connect with people through the song, but I also want to get into people’s lives with this album.  We’re very excited about Bulletproof Picasso and we’re looking forward to performing some of the new songs for all our fans.”


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Wednesday
Jul162014

New Jim Croce Album Features Rare Live Performances and Demos

Cleopatra RecordsA new compilation gathering together some rare recordings by the late folk-rock great Jim Croce will be released this Tuesday, July 22.  Lost Time in a Bottle features 24 tracks, and includes a previously unreleased 1964 live radio concert the singer/songwriter played at New York's Cazenovia College.

The album also offers several demo recordings, including renditions of his classic songs "Operator," "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle," as well as concert performances from a February 1973 show at Harper College in Illinois.  Among the tunes from that concert that appear on the record are versions of "New York's Not My Home," "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" and "Roller Derby Queen."

Tragically, Croce was killed in a September 1973 plane crash following a show in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  He was 30 years old.

Lost Time in a Bottle initially will be available on CD and as a digital download, while a two-LP vinyl version is expected to be released soon too.

Here is the full track list for the album:

"Next Time, This Time" (Harper College 2/5/73)
"New York's Not My Home" (Harper College 2/5/73)
"You Don't Mess Around with Jim" (Harper College 2/5/73)
"Careful Man" (Harper College 2/5/73)
"A Good Time Man Like Me" (Demo)
"Tractor Trailer Story Intro" (Harper College 2/5/73)
"Speedball Tucker" (Demo)
"Operator" (Demo)
"Hard Time Losin' Man" (Demo)
"Seems Like Such a Long Time Ago" (Demo)
"It Doesn't Have to Be That Way" (Harper College 2/5/73)
"Bar Story Intro" (Harper College 2/5/73)
"Roller Derby Queen" (Harper College 2/5/73)
"One Less Set of Footsteps" (Harper College 2/5/73)
"Dreamin' Again" (Harper College 2/5/73)
"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" (Demo)
"Time in a Bottle" (Demo)
"I Got a Name" (Live 1973)
"Charley Green, Play That Slide Trombone" (Cazenovia College 1964)
"San Francisco Bay Blues" (Cazenovia College 1964)
"Washington at Valley Forge" (Cazenovia College 1964)
"La Bamba" (Cazenovia College 1964)
"Seek and You Shall Find" (Cazenovia College 1964)
"Woke Up This Morning" (Cazenovia College 1964)


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Wednesday
Jul162014

Performances from 2010 Tour by ELP Members Keith Emerson and Greg Lake Featured on New Live Album

Manticore Records/Cherry Red RecordsA new live album offers up highlights from the 2010 world tour that Emerson, Lake and Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson and singer/bassist Greg Lake mounted as a duo.  Live from Manticore Hall features reworked renditions of several classic tunes by the lauded prog-rock trio, including "From the Beginning," "Tarkus," "C'est la Vie" and "Lucky Man."

"Live at Manticore Hall is an introspective revisit to some of the music of ELP," notes Emerson.  "It was a delicate transformation that we present now."

Adds Lake, "I think this album offers a very interesting perspective upon how Keith and I work and create together."

The collection currently is available as a digital download in the U.S., and also can be purchased on CD as an import.

Here is the album's full track listing:

"From the Beginning"
"Introduction"
"I Talk to the Wind"
"Bitches Crystal"
"The Barbarian"
"Take a Pebble"
"Tarkus"
"C'est la Vie"
"Pirates"
"Moog Solo"/"Lucky Man"


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Wednesday
Jul162014

Motley Crue Shocking Audience with "Cruecifly," Has Another Surprise in the Works

Image Courtesy Motley RecordsMotley Crue is two weeks into its last-ever outing as Motley Crue.  The trek is called The Final Tour: All Bad Things Must Come to an End, and it will see the band on the road until at least 2016. 

One of the most over-the-top parts of the show is called Cruecifly -- it's a ceiling-level roller coaster on which drummer Tommy Lee cruises, riding his drum kit, which flips over and does other amazing things, all with Lee aboard.

Though his drum set has flown during many past tours, Cruecifly is by far the highest, most outrageous and dangerous stunt Lee has ever been a part of.  He tells ABC News Radio, "I've been wanting to do [this] my whole life, and [other tours have been] leading up to this.  This is like the mothership."

Tommy says the beginning of Cruecifly came about innocently.  "We started drawing it on paper one day, and you know, those cocktail napkins turn into reality and then you sit there and go, 'Oh my God!'"

Other than the drum set blasting off in a rocket, it's hard to imagine the stunt being any more outrageous, but Lee has another trick up his sleeve: "I wanted to add an extra seat," he admits to ABC News Radio, "because I wanted to take a fan with me, which we may still do."  What's the problem? "We're still kinda messing around with the insurance company, because it's one thing to insure me over the audience, but it's another to insure another just regular folk that I pick out of the crowd," he says. "That's a whole other animal, so we're working on it." 

Motley Crue's The Final Tour, with special guest Alice Cooper, hits Dallas tonight.


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Wednesday
Jul162014

Estelle Premieres New Single, "Conqueror"

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsFollowing last year’s Love & Happiness EP series, Estelle has released a new single “Conqueror,” lifted from her forthcoming album, True Romance.

"I’d rather stand tall than live on my knees / 'Cause I am conqueror and I won’t accept defeat," sings Estelle on the uplifting tune, which is available for purchase now.

Fans can expect the accompanying music video to be released on July 21 while True Romance is due out November 4.

So what is she aiming to give her fans this time around? The singer revealed that her fourth album will incorporate four themes: "passion, courage, true romance and the bullsh**."

"Every song fits into one of these themes. This is a real body of work, just like when you do an art piece, or when you have all these awesome images on your Instagram," she says in a statement. "You want people to see the full you."


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Wednesday
Jul162014

Writing "I Don't Dance" Signaled the Start of Lee Brice's New Album

Curb RecordsWhen he wrote his latest top 10 hit, “I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice says he knew it was time to start a new record.

“We could've come with another single or two off of Hard 2 Love, and the label actually really wanted to,” he recalls, “but I asked them, I said, ‘Guys, I feel like the next step [is] these songs -- this next record.’”

Lee says the song took a change in his personal life and carried it through to the music he was making.

“That's where I was at in my life… I was getting married, having a new young'un. Every part of my life, the joy of my life came from home. So, it just fell out all over a lot of the songs that I was writing,” he says.

You can hear those songs when I Don’t Dance the album comes out September 9.


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Wednesday
Jul162014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrothers Osborne shot their first music video in their hometown of Deale, Maryland, for their hit, “Rum.”

Striking Matches opens for headliner Josh Turner October 15 at the 17th Annual Concert for Cumberland Heights. The show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium benefits the local alcohol and drug addiction center.

Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle contribute covers to Look Again to The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited. The August 19 release pays tribute to the golden anniversary of the Man in Black's classic 1964 album.


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Wednesday
Jul162014

Special Memorial for Tommy Ramone Being Held Today on Long Island, New York

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicA special memorial gathering and candlelight vigil honoring late Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone will be held at noon local time today in the town of Lido Beach on Long Island, New York. 

The event, which will be co-hosted by Dennis Dunne Sr., a legislator from New York's Nassau County, will take place at the Malibu Shore Club, the site of a popular alternative-rock venue where The Ramones frequently performed.

The memorial celebration will be open to the public and will be followed by a special musical performance at the club that evening.

Tommy, who was born Tamas Erdelyi, died on Friday at the age of 65 after a battle with bile-duct cancer.  He was the last surviving original member of The Ramones, and played on the band's first three studio albums -- 1976's The Ramones, and 1977's Leave Home and Rocket to Russia.  He also co-produced the latter two records, as well as 1984's Too Tough to Die.


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Wednesday
Jul162014

Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley to Host Hometown Charity Event With His Brothers

Capitol NashvilleThis year, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and his brothers will host their first-ever Kelley Brothers & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament & Concert near their hometown of Augusta, Georgia. The October 27 event kicks off on the golf course that morning, and wraps up with Lady A headlining a concert that evening.

Proceeds will benefit local charities, including an endowment named for their father, who's a retired cardiologist. Charles' brother Josh is in the music business as well, while his brother John does construction and development in North Carolina.

Tickets go on sale July 22 at TheKelleyBrothers.com.

 
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Wednesday
Jul162014

Sheryl Crow Says Dating Famous Guys Made Her Feel "Smaller" 

Warner Bros. NashvilleThough she's never married, Sheryl Crow has dated a string of high-profile men, including actor Owen Wilson, cyclist Lance Armstrong and rocker Eric Clapton.  But she says being with men who were as famous as her didn't make her feel like she was part of a power couple -- in fact, she says, it was quite the opposite.

In the new issue of Good Housekeeping magazine, Sheryl says, "I had always gone out with guys who were highly successful, which would seem like it would put me at an equal level. But what ends up happening is that one of you becomes smaller -- and it was always me. It's always the woman."

"I mean, I don't know if it's always the woman, but I do think that sometimes in order for one person's light to shine, everyone else has to dim theirs," she adds.

These days, Sheryl says, her relationships are a lot better because she decided to listen to a friend's advice to "only have equals in your life."  Unfortunately, her friends seem to want to put her on a pedestal when it comes to dating.  She laughs, "I've been set up before. It's funny -- my guy friends will tell me, 'I don't know anyone good enough for you.' And I keep saying, 'Lower your standards!'"

Sheryl, a single mom to sons Levi and Wyatt, admits, "I would love to get married -- I'm still old fashioned.  But I don't think marriage is the be-all and end-all."  She laughs, "It's better to have three broken engagements than three divorces."


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Wednesday
Jul162014

Cher Lloyd May Be Singing with Demi, But She's Got Her Own Album Too 

Epic RecordsEarlier this year, Cher Lloyd toured with Demi Lovato, and now the two women are tearing up the charts with their new collabo, "Really Don't Care." After observing Demi on the road, Cher says she's a big fan of the former X Factor judge's ability to cast off her inhibitions when she's rocking the crowd.

Pronouncing her experience on the road with Demi "amazing" and "really, really good," Cher, a former X Factor U.K. contestant, tells ABC News Radio, "I think she just lets loose, and has a good time and I really appreciate that."

While "Really Don't Care" is a hit, Cher has her own album to promote: her sophomore U.S. release Sorry I'm Late arrived in stores at the end of May.  The singer, who married her longtime boyfriend this past November, tells ABC News Radio that the disc shows a new maturity on her part.

"I think on the last record, people saw the more fun and energetic and bubblegum sort of pop vibe of me," she explains. "There's still elements of that in Sorry I'm Late but, y'know, I grew up!  So there's many more different elements and sounds...I've worked a lot on my songwriting, so there's a lot of that going on as well." 

After spending a lot of time in the U.S., Cher's currently back in the U.K. to promote her album.


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Wednesday
Jul162014

Motley Crue Shocking Audience with "Cruecifly," Has Another Surprise in the Works

Image Courtesy Motley RecordsMotley Crue is two weeks into its last-ever outing as Motley Crue. It's called The Final Tour: All Bad Things Must Come to an End, and it will have the band on the road until at least 2016. 

One of the most over-the-top parts of the show is called Cruecifly -- it's a ceiling-level roller coaster on which drummer Tommy Lee cruises, riding his drum kit, which flips over and does other amazing things, all with Lee aboard.

Though his drum set has flown during many past tours, Cruecifly is by far the highest, most outrageous and dangerous stunt Lee has ever been a part of. He tells ABC News Radio, "I've been wanting to do [this] my whole life, and [other tours have been] leading up to this. This is like the mothership."

He says the beginning of Cruecifly came about innocently. "We started drawing it on paper one day, and you know, those cocktail napkins turn into reality and then you sit there and go, 'OH MY GOD.'"

Other than the drum set blasting off in a rocket it's hard to imagine the stunt being any more outrageous, but Lee has another trick up his sleeve: "I wanted to add an extra seat," he admits to ABC News Radio, "because I wanted to take a fan with me, which we may still do. What's the problem? "We're still kinda messing around with the insurance company, because it's one thing to insure me over the audience, but it's another to insure another just regular folk that I pick out of the crowd," he says. "That's a whole other animal, so we're working on it." 

Motley Crue's The Final Tour hits Dallas, Texas tonight.


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Wednesday
Jul162014

Neil Young Schedules October Concerts in Boston and Philadelphia

Image Courtesy of Pegi YoungNeil Young currently is touring around Europe with his old backing group Crazy Horse, but the folk-rock legend has started to make some solo plans for the fall.  The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has scheduled a pair of two-nights stands, on October 5 and 6 at the Wang Theatre in Boston and on October 8 and 9 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.

Tickets for the Boston shows already are available and are almost sold out, while tickets to the Philadelphia concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday at 10 a.m. ET.

Young also will be performing at the 28th annual edition of his Bridge School Benefit Concert, which will be held October 25 and 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.  A full lineup for the star-studded event will be announced in the coming weeks.

Neil's European trek with Crazy Horse winds down with an August 8 appearance in Colmar, France.


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Wednesday
Jul162014

There's a New Blink-182 Album in the Works

Courtesy of Blink-182

There've been plenty of rumors but now there's word from the band itself: a new Blink-182 album is in the works, though the process is just in the early stages.

On frontman Tom DeLonge's official Instagram page is a funny picture of what looks to be high school-era shots of all three guys -- DeLonge, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus --along with the long-awaited news: "Rehearsals start today... And yes there will be a new album #SorryForTheWait #Blink"

As you might imagine, the response from fans was immediate and ecstatic. Shout-backs ranged from "OMGOMGOMG" to "IVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR SO LONG," and cheers in various languages.

Blink-182 recently announced a show at O2 Academy Brixton in London on August 6. The band's last studio album was 2011's Neighborhoods.


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