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Wednesday
Jun182014

Lady Gaga Plagiarism Lawsuit Dismissed

Inez and VinoodhA federal judge in Chicago Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Lady Gaga that alleged the singer’s 2011 hit "Judas" from her Born This Way album plagiarized elements from musician Rebecca Francescatti’s 1999 tune “Juda,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen wrote, “Simply listening to the songs, as the law requires, reveals their utter lack of similarity.”

Aspen ruled that “the differences so outweigh the purported similarities between the melodies that they cannot be said to be even remotely similar.”

Aspen wrote, “We agree with Defendants that the songs do not have common lyrics, the themes are different, and they do not sound at all alike musically.”

Christopher Niro, an attorney for Francescatti, said in an email to the Tribune that his client was disappointed by the judge’s ruling.

According to the Tribune, Francescatti and Lady Gaga both worked with recording engineer Brian Gaynor, who helped pitch ideas to Gaga.  Francescatti filed the lawsuit against Gaga in 2011 and also sued Gaynor.


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Wednesday
Jun182014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Tim McGraw's 2004 pop hit with Nelly? ANSWER: "Over and Over."


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Wednesday
Jun182014

Brad Paisley Compares New "Rising Star" Gig with Hosting the CMA Awards

ABC/Bob D'AmicoBrad Paisley is no stranger to live television thanks to his long-standing gig co-hosting the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood. So, has that experience prepared him for serving as an expert along with Ludacris and Kesha on ABC's new music competition, Rising Star?

"Kesha's not got the foul mouth Carrie does in private," Brad says with a laugh. "I think it's probably prepared me a little bit."

The contestants on Rising Star will find out in real time if they're going forward in the competition as the wall separating the performer from the experts in the studio rises based on viewers' votes. Fans can download the Rising Star app on their mobile devices to get in on the voting action. Brad hopes they find a singer as talented as his pal Carrie Underwood, who got her start winning American Idol back in 2005.

Says Brad, "It's like, 'OK, try to get that person all the way to the end so they get a record deal and America knows their name and buys their albums.'"

Josh Groban hosts ABC's Rising Star premiering Sunday, June 22 at 9 p.m. ET.


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Wednesday
Jun182014

Tank Releases "Stronger" from Upcoming Solo Album

Atlantic RecordsLast week, Tank gave fans a lengthy preview of the title track for his forthcoming album, Stronger. Now, the singer is allowing fans to check out the song in its entirety.

Tank's powerful ballad will inspire his fans. "Now look at me, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been/Where I am is no longer where I’ve been," he sings on the piano-driven record, which can be heard via his YouTube page.

The crooner also explained the meaning behind the album title. "Musically, it leans to my strengths as a musician, as a singer, as a songwriter, as the entertainer I’ve always wanted to be. This album is freedom to me," he told Ebony magazine. "I’m not compromising being talented, [and] I’m not apologizing for the gifts God has given me. On the flip side, from a spiritual and mental standpoint I’ve had to go through a lot in the last few years to get to a space where I am this happy or this excited about my life and where it’s going."

Fans can expect Stronger, which will include the lead single "You’re My Star," to arrive on August 12.


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Wednesday
Jun182014

Daily Lineup for Allman Brothers Band's 2014 Peach Music Festival Unveiled

Live NationThe official daily lineup has been revealed for The Allman Brothers Band's third -- and what may be its last -- annual Peach Music Festival, which is scheduled for August 14-17 at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  The Allmans, who recently announced that they'll be playing their final concerts this October at New York City's Beacon Theatre, will serve as the festival's headliners on August 16 and 17, and will be performing their classic 1973 album Eat a Peach in its entirety those nights.

Meanwhile, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will headline the Peach Music Festival's first night, while founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir and his group RatDog will close out the second night.

Other acts on the 2014 bill include Trey Anastasio Band, Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson and a number of group's featuring Allman Brothers Band members.  The latter category includes Gov't Mule with guitarist Warren Haynes, Tedeschi Trucks Band with guitarist Derek Trucks and Jaimoe's Jasssz Band with founding Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe.

Tickets and multi-day packages are available now for the fest at ThePeachMusicFestival.com.

Here is a full daily list of the acts lined up to perform at this year's festival:

Thursday, August 14:
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Cabinet
Dopapod
Citizens Band Radio

Friday, August 15:
Bob Weir & RatDog
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Big Gigantic
Blackberry Smoke
Victor Wooten
JJ Grey & Mofro
Papadosio
Trigger Hippy
From Good Homes
BoomBox
The Revivalists
Cabinet
Zoogma
Bobby Lee Rodgers
The Vegabonds
American Babies
Consider the Source
FlightSchool
Cubical Sunrise

Saturday, August 16:
Allman Brothers Band
Trey Anastasio Band
Gov't Mule
Jaimoe's Jasssz Band
Lotus
The Greyboy Allstars
Tribal Seeds
Rich Robinson
The Infamous Stringdusters
The Wood Brothers
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
Particle
The Werks
The London Souls
Aqueous
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Flux Capacitor
Big Leg Emma
Tom Graham

Sunday, August 17:
Allman Brothers Band
Wake Up with Warren Haynes
Taj Mahal Trio
The Soul Rebels
Jimkata
MiZ
George Wesley Band
Cherokee Red


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Wednesday
Jun182014

Sevendust Filming a Concert/Documentary Combo Film

Chris Baird

The members of Sevendust are prepping for production on an ambitious project -- a combination concert film and documentary. The double DVD will combine footage of the band's current acoustic tour and interview footage.  It also will feature cameos by Tommy LeeWolfgang Van HalenMark Tremonti and Scott Phillips of Alter Bridge, and others. 

The live concert portion of the film will be culled from two performances now in planning stages. One is an acoustic show and the other just the opposite -- a very plugged-in concert with pyro and lots of effects. According to a band statement, fans will be offered a combo ticket good for both shows, and tickets will go on sale before the end of the month, with specifics to come soon.

"The essence of this band is playing live and that’s what we’re finally documenting for this project," says Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery, in a statement. "What’s unique about it is that it will share both sides of this band -- the melodic and the aggressive -- with our most die-hard fans. This film is a heartfelt way to show them, our children and the whole world who we were, who we became, where we are and where we’re going."

Sevendust fans with band stories to share are encouraged to contact the band directly for a chance to be interviewed for the film. Fans can send all inquiries to Sevendust@CityDriveFilms.com.


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Wednesday
Jun182014

Three Charged with Disorderly Conduct Outside Taylor Swift's Home

Credit: Sarah BarlowThree people in their twenties were charged with disorderly conduct on Sunday after they threw beer bottles and shouted expletives at security officers outside Taylor Swift's Rhode Island mansion.

The Westerly Sun reports that according to police, the three -- two men and a woman -- gave the finger to the security guards and shouted profanity, and threw the bottles onto Taylor's property in Watch Hill.  When officers arrived, one of them ran away; the others were taken into custody and handcuffed.  The one who ran away, 29-year-old Michael Horrigan, was also caught and arrested, and identified by the guards as the one who specifically flipped off the guards and threw the bottles. 

At the police station, all three were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and given a date for a later court appearance.  They were also ordered not to trespass on Taylor's property.  She wasn't home at the time.

Meanwhile, one of the other men arrested, Tristan Kading, tells TMZ that he, Horrigan and the third person in their party don't have anything against Taylor; they were just drinking and things got out of hand.  Kading also says that they didn't flip off the security guard; rather, he says, they were throwing up the peace sign, like Taylor does in her video for the song "22."


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Wednesday
Jun182014

Album Review: "Stockholm," Chrissie Hynde

Will Travel/Caroline RecordsFrom our partners at Consequence of Sound.

I’m willing to bet that the majority of reviews for Chrissie Hynde’s Stockholm will spend a fair amount of time going on about how this is her first solo album. Technically it isn’t, but of course, that also depends on how you define a solo album.

Conventional wisdom has come to define a Chrissie Hynde solo album as one with no original surviving Pretenders (i.e., Martin Chambers), and if that is true, then Stockholm would be her third solo album after 1990’s Packed! and 2008’s Break Up the Concrete, both billed as the Pretenders. Since the crediting of the former to the Pretenders was more out of contractual obligation, it could easily be argued that Hynde’s actual solo debut arrived nearly 25 years ago. So, let’s just call this what it is: Chrissie Hynde’s first album under her own name.

Is that important, though? For an artist such as Hynde, someone who doesn’t crave celebrity or fame, probably not so much. This isn’t the same as Morrissey, who after leaving the Smiths strongly sought to free himself of that anchor. For the better part of 35-plus years, Hynde has led the Pretenders, guiding the group initially with three other players, but eventually taking full control of the helm. She came to define the band, and for better or worse, was at times herself defined by the band. Perhaps there was a sense of claustrophobia, or perhaps she just felt it was time to come out from under the Pretenders veil. It isn’t as if her image, look, style, or sound has altered much in nearly 40 years. She looks pretty much the same as she always has, nowhere bordering self-parody the way in which, say, Robert Smith does. And if you closed your eyes and simply listened to her songs, you may be hard-pressed to say which were older, as her voice has remained consistent her entire career.

The slight chip-on-her-shoulder delivery coupled with a wink and a kiss is so recognizable that it is almost patentable at this point, and from the album’s opening notes, Stockholm (named for where she recorded the album) sounds pretty much just like what you’d expect Chrissie Hynde (or a latter-day Pretenders album) to sound like, even with production by Peter Bjorn and John’s Bjorn Yttling. It isn’t that this album sounds like a Pretenders album, but that it’s now nearly impossible to separate the two. And considering that the cover to every Pretenders album released after 1984′s Learning to Crawl features her on her own, Stockholm, with its cover of Hynde standing in a typically defiant stance, fits into that streak as well.

She’s never been one to kowtow to trends or hype, and when you look at who she’s played with over her career (members of what would become the Clash and the Damned, Cher, Clapton, the Kinks, UB40, and even Frank Sinatra), why should she? She continues to buck trends with her latest “collaborations” (guest spots, really) on Stockholm. Neil Young, who also happened to induct Hynde’s group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, appears on “Down the Wrong Way”, a track that at times feels like Hynde was trying to interpret a Neil Young style through a Pretenders filter. Tennis legend John McEnroe lends his guitar skills on “A Plan Too Far”, a strange appearance that came about when Hynde tried to impress her producer, a huge tennis fan, by dropping that she knew McEnroe. His playing doesn’t add anything fertile to the mix, but the novelty certainly merits some attention.

With Stockholm, Hynde doesn’t break any new ground, nor does she redefine herself or her place in music. But should we really expect that at this stage in her career? The album plays well, but eventually leaves a craving for her first Pretenders albums more than anything else. At its best, Stockholm is a solid and grounded album that speaks to Hynde’s strengths; at its worst, to crib a song title from the Pretenders' last group photo session, it’s a tad “Middle of the Road”.

Essential Tracks: “You or No One”, “Dark Sunglasses”


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Wednesday
Jun182014

"American Idol" 14 Auditions Begin Today; Champs, Favorites & Harry Offer Advice

Jeff Daly/FoxAmerican Idol Season 13 concluded less than a month ago, but auditions for season 14 are getting underway Wednesday in Minneapolis, MN. This year, there are a few twists, starting with the fact that the show is bringing back a former contestant to help identify the most talented hopefuls.

Carly Smithson, the tattooed Irish rock singer who made the top 10 on season seven -- that's the year David Cook won -- is joining the American Idol audition team for these first rounds, which singers have to get through before they make it in front of the judging panel. 

"Who's coming to Minneapolis Auditions ?? Excited to be joining the Team for AI14 !!! Who knows - Maybe I'll pick the next American Idol," tweeted Carly.  When a fan asked, "Wait, are they having previous contestants be judges?" she replied, "no just something I personally wanted to do."

Another twist this year: if you happen to be the one who motivates a particular contestant to try out, and he or she ends up winning, you yourself could win $50,000 at the end of the season.  The contestant has to specifically designate you as the person who's eligible for the cash, which is called the American Idol True Believer Award. Visit Idol.ly/True-believer-rules to find out exactly how it works.

So how about some advice for your big audition?  We've rounded up a collection of champs, finalists and one judge to give you the scoop on what you need to do to make it through.

--Idol judge Harry Connick Jr. tells ABC News Radio that contestants should have "a clear idea of how you want to present yourself," and when you do, be sure to pick a few songs and "practice them until you can't practice anymore."  "Just be very, very definitive about every possible part of that performance that you can," he says. "What do the lyrics mean?  What key is the song in?"  He says contestants should have a variety of songs -- fast and slow -- prepared.  Overall, Harry thinks that it's about asking yourself, "What can you do that will show us that you can be an American Idol, which is more than just being a singer? It's a performer, it's an ambassador for a very powerful brand."

--Newly-crowned champ Caleb Johnson, who auditioned three times before winning, tells ABC News Radio that his advice is, "Just be prepared and just know who you are as an artist when you walk in that room, and just really kind of put your stamp down, because they're going to be really looking at that from the get go. So really come in with full force and just make your presence known, and your voice, and it should be easy from then on out."

--Season 12 champ Candace Glover, who also auditioned three times before winning, remembers being cut along with Caleb back in season 11 in Las Vegas. "I think it's amazing that two years in a row somebody that tried out three times gets to win," she tells ABC News Radio. "So returnees should take that as advice, and never give up, and always go back."

--Season 13 runner-up Jena Irene says if you're thinking about auditioning, her best advice is to go for it.  "You have nothing to lose. You have everything to gain," she tells ABC News Radio. "I wasn't going to audition. I mean, my friends told me to. So the fact that I did that, not knowing I was going to get this far and how much my life has changed for the better -- you have nothing to lose, so just give it all you got." And please be yourself," she adds. "Because that's what people connect with and that's what people want to see."

--Season 10 third-place finisher Haley Reinhart tells ABC News Radio that contestants should "do what feels instinctually right," adding, "Don't try to be a people pleaser, because even if you make it so far, you won't be happy, y'know....what I learned is be yourself from the get go. Stay focused and driven."

--Season eight top 10 finalist Scott MacIntyre, the first visually-impaired finalist in Idol history, tried out once in one city, was rejected, but then made it through in a different city.  He tells ABC News Radio, "What I figured out through that process of trying it twice in one year and the second time working, was that you really have to lay it out on the line in that first audition because there's tons of people around, it's a loud arena, there's at least 12 people singing at once down on the arena floor, and you really have to cut through that noise. So choose your songs wisely." 

The auditions visit Minneapolis on Wednesday, New Orleans on June 25, Uniondale, NY on July 23, Nashville on July 30 and San Francisco on September 29.  In addition, the American Idol bus tour will be traveling through the country starting July 9, and there are several other ways you can audition as well.  Visit AmericanIdol.com for all the details.


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Wednesday
Jun182014

Korn to Include New Tracks and Live Performances on Expanded "Paradigm Shift" Release

Prospect ParkGreat news for Korn fans. Billboard reports the band will be releasing new tracks and live performance material in an expanded edition of its latest album, The Paradigm Shift, this summer.

The release will include the new single, “Hater,” which will go on sale June 23.

“Everyone has someone who hates on you because you have something they want,” Korn frontman Jonathan Davis tells Billboard.  He describes the single as being “the first empowering song” he’s ever written.

The lyrics include the lines, “You can’t bring me down/I’ve already had my life turned upside down/I ride a downward spiral round and round/But I keep flying. I keep fighting/Don’t ever bring me down.”

Davis says he recorded the single in California then sent it to the other members of the band to add their parts.

The frontman says the expanded album will also include songs that didn’t make the final cut, as well as live tracks “from all over the world” and new artwork.  The original album was released last October.

Davis says he’s also recorded another single about his youngest daughter’s battle with Type 1 diabetes. It’s titled “So Unfair.” “It’s kind of me, my dealing with that and it’s very personal to me...,” Davis explains. He says he'll donate proceeds from "So Unfair" to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Korn hits the road this summer with the seventh annual Mayhem Festival, beginning July 5 in San Bernardino, California.

Davis tells Billboard he expects the band to get back in the studio in the fall.  “We’re just really in a good place, creatively," Davis says. "Making [The Paradigm Shift] was really fun. We’re all in a great place, and doing the shows has just been incredible. So I would like to get back in the studio and start working on a new record as soon as we can.”


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Wednesday
Jun182014

Jason Derulo on Why He Wanted to "Wiggle" with Snoop Dogg 

Credit: Ben WattsJason Derulo's previous hit, "Talk Dirty," featured rapper 2 Chainz, but for his latest hit, "Wiggle," Jason decided he wanted to someone legendary...and to him, that meant only one man: the D-O-Double G, Snoop Dogg.

"Snoop is the coolest, most swagged-out rapper there is," Jason tells ABC News Radio, explaining why he tapped Tha Doggfather for a feature on the track. "He's iconic, and I wanted to go for a more iconic look for this one."

And it turns out that getting Snoop on the track was pretty easy, too. 

"I saw him at a basketball game, and I talked to him, and I was like, 'Man, I got this song that I would love for you to be on,' Jason recalls. "And he was like, 'Aw, fo' sho', man...take my number, man, just send it to me, man, it's all good."  I was like, 'Alright, cool, Imma send it to you.'"

Jason says that Snoop got back to him immediately. "He heard it and he was like, 'Man, this is dope.' And then, he got on it within 48 hours." 

"Wiggle" has now become Jason's second straight top five hit, and his fourth overall.  Meanwhile, he's currently on the chart with two other songs.  He's a featured artist on a remix of the country hit "This is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, and on his own, he has another track from his Talk Dirty album, "Trumpets," climbing the chart.


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Wednesday
Jun182014

Fred Schneider Introduces His Own "Highly Caffeinated" Coffee, Fred Schneider's Monster Blend

CommunityRoaster.com/ABC News Radio/CommunityRoaster.comEver wonder where Fred Schneider gets his zany energy? Turns out the B-52s singer is a big-time coffee addict. He's such a big fan of the stuff that he's decided to bring his special blend to the masses, via a pal of his who owns a boutique coffee company called Breyting Community Roaster.

According the the company's website, Fred Schneider's Monster Blend is "highly caffeinated, scary smooth, dark and deep, yet deceptively sweet." Breyting says that "Fred has enlisted his monsters to roam the cosmos in search of the perfect beans to roast to a frighteningly intense flavor," and warns customers, "Don’t drink without your dancing shoes!"

Schneider tells ABC News Radio that his coffee is "Organic and fair trade," and that a portion of the proceeds "go towards getting rid of some of the land mines we dropped by the hundreds in Laos."

Schneider also tells ABC News Radio his coffee gets its fierce flavor because "it's roasted by fire-breathing dragons." 

In addition to all the coffee roasting, Fred Schneider has a new single with his side project The Superions. The song's called "Konnichiwa" and it's available on iTunes now.


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Wednesday
Jun182014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTim McGraw opens up about his rigorous training schedule and his decision to quit drinking in cover story of the July/August double issue of Men's Health. It's available for download now and will hit newsstands Tuesday, June 24.

Toby Keith braved a thunderstorm with winds at 20 to 30 miles per hour Saturday night to perform his headlining show at the Winstock Music Festival in Winstead, Minnesota.


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Wednesday
Jun182014

Lee Brice Working Hard to Please His Toughest Critic, Five-Year-Old Son Takoda

CurbWhen fans hear Lee Brice's new album, I Don't Dance, this September, they can rest assured that all the songs have been kid-approved. While recording the album, Lee often ran the new music past his five-year-old son, Takoda.

"Sarah doesn't even know," Lee tells ABC News Radio of playing songs for his and wife Sara's son. "I'll pick him up from school, and I go, 'Hey, you wanna hear a new song?' He'll go, 'Yeah! Yeah!'"

Takoda doesn't come right out and say what he thinks about the songs, but Lee has a way of figuring out his son's opinion.

"I usually know if he says, 'Play that one again,' that he likes it," Lee explains, "or if he doesn't ask me to play it again, then I'm like, 'OK, let me rethink this one a little bit.'"

The lead single from Lee's new album, "I Don't Dance," is now climbing the country chart. The full-length release comes out September 9.


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Wednesday
Jun182014

The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge and More Participating in ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp

Republic NashvilleThe 5th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp runs June 23 through 27 in Nashville. Some of country's top stars, including The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge and Wynonna, will participate in songwriting workshops, field trips, studio recording sessions and other music enrichment events with campers diagnosed with Williams syndrome.

The week-long camp concludes with the campers performing on the Grand Ole Opry with Chris Janson Friday, June 27. The ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp is held in connection with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.


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Wednesday
Jun182014

Trey Songz Releases Video for “Foreign”

Atlantic RecordsTrey Songz loves exotic women. The crooner is surrounded by international models in the video for "Foreign," the newest single from his upcoming, sixth album, Trigga.

The video, which was posted on his YouTube page on Tuesday, is a continuation of his "Smart Phones" visual. Trey races luxury cars filled with multiple women before ending up in a hotel.

"American, you know I had to cop that foreign," he croons to the up-tempo beat.

Fans can expect Trigga to arrive in stores on July 1.


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Wednesday
Jun182014

Details Revealed About Upcoming John Mellencamp Live Album

Mercury/Universal Music GroupFull details have been unveiled about a recently announced concert album by John Mellencamp that's scheduled to be released on July 8.  John Mellencamp Performs Trouble No More Live at Town Hall documents a July 31, 2003, show the roots rocker played in New York City promoting his then-new album.

Released in June 2003, Trouble No More featured Mellencamp's take on a variety of traditional folk and blues songs, including Robert Johnson's "Stones in My Passway," Son House's "Death Letter," Willie Dixon's "Down in the Bottom" and Woody Guthrie's "Johnny Hart."  It also boasted a rendition of the traditional tune "To Washington" with updated lyrics by Mellencamp critiquing President George W. Bush and his handling of the Iraq war.

At the Town Hall show, John performed nearly the entire Trouble No More album, as well as a cover of Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" and versions of his classic songs "Pink Houses," "Small Town" and "Paper in Fire."  The sold-out event was attended by 1,500 people, including members of Guthrie's family.

Trouble No More Live at Town Hall will be available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download.  The CD and digital edition feature the show's entire 15-song set, while the vinyl version contains 10 tunes.  The forthcoming live album can be pre-ordered now in all formats at Amazon.

As previously reported, Mellencamp is planning to release his 22nd studio album, Plain Spoken, sometime in the fall.

Here is the full track list for the CD and digital versions of John Mellencamp Performs Trouble No More Live at Town Hall:

*"Stones in My Passway" (Robert Johnson)
*"Death Letter" (Son House)
"To Washington" (John Mellencamp/Traditional)
*"Highway 61 Revisited" (Bob Dylan)
*"Baltimore Oriole" (Hoagy Carmichael/Paul Francis Webster)
*"Joliet Bound" (Kansas Joe McCoy)
*"Down in the Bottom" (Willie Dixon)
"Johnny Hart" (Woody Guthrie)
*"Diamond Joe" (John Mellencamp/Traditional)
"John the Revelator" (Traditional)
*"Small Town" (John Mellencamp)
"Lafayette" (Lucinda Williams)
"Teardrops Will Fall" (Marion Smith)
*"Paper in Fire" (John Mellencamp)
*"Pink Houses" (John Mellencamp)

* = also featured on the vinyl version.


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Wednesday
Jun182014

New Experience Hendrix Tour Launching in September

Experience Hendrix LLCA 2014 installment of the star-studded Experience Hendrix Tour visited a variety of U.S. cities in March and April, and now the tribute trek will return to the road for a series of fall performances.  The new dates begin with a September 19 show in Clearwater, Florida, and the tour will works its way west, finishing up with an October 18 concert in Oakland, California.

The lineup for the trek features many of the same musicians that appeared on the early 2014 outing, including former Jimi Hendrix bassist Billy Cox; drummer Chris Layton of Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing group; blues great Buddy Guy; The Black Crowes' Rich Robinson; ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Jonny Lang, and many others.  Additional guest performers will be announced at a later date.

For more than a decade, the Experience Hendrix Tour and related events have brought together various respected guitarists and other musicians to pay homage to the music of the late Hendrix.

Hendrix's sister, Janie, president and CEO of the Experience Hendrix company says the trek "is testimony to the fact that Jimi continues to connect musicians and audiences, crossing generational and cultural boundaries."  She adds, "It's our continuing mission to do all we can to celebrate what he's given us and to keep his music in the forefront.  The wonderful musicians on this tour express their love for him in ways that are a direct reflection of the gift he's given us."

Here is the list of confirmed dates for the fall 2014 edition of the Experience Hendrix Tour:

9/19 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock
9/20 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
9/21 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theater
9/23 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center
9/24 -- Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy Centre
9/25 -- Birmingham, AL, Alys Robinson Stephens PAC
9/26 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn
9/28 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at Moody Theater
9/29 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center PAC
9/30 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at Moody Theater
10/2 -- Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center
10/3 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Events Center
10/4 -- Newkirk, OK, First Council Casino
10/5 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
10/7 -- Mesa, AZ, Ikeda Theater
10/9 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Rincon Theater
10/10 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theater
10/11 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Casino
10/12 -- Avila Beach, CA, Avila Beach Resort
10/14 -- Santa Cruz, CA, Civic Auditorium
10/15 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center
10/16 -- Davis, CA, Mondavi Center
10/17 -- Lemoore, CA, Tachi Palace
10/18 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater


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Tuesday
Jun172014

Ozzy Osbourne Lending Voice to "Rock and Roll Fish" Character That Will Appear in "Bubble Guppies" Cartoon

Courtesy of NickelodeonThere's something fishy going on with the Prince of Darkness.  Rolling Stone reports that Ozzy Osbourne has signed on to voice an animated aquatic character named Sid Fishy that will appear on an episode of the Nick Jr. channel's popular pre-school cartoon Bubble Guppies.

The Metal Madman's character is described as a "rock and roll fish who loves being rotten."  As seen in a photo released by Nickelodeon, Sid Fishy sports a red mohawk, piercings in his eyebrow and tail, and a gold tooth.  He also carries a contraption that dispenses green slime.

A Nickelodeon rep tells Rolling Stone, "The green liquid is Sid Fishy's 'stink sauce' made up of different smells such as stinky socks and rotten eggs.  He wants to use the stink sauce to cover Big Bubble City and all its citizens to make them stinky."

Osbourne jokingly explains to the magazine that Sid Fishy appeals to him because he's "always smelled a bit fishy."

The Black Sabbath singer also admits that the main reason he was interested in portraying the character was that his 2-year-old granddaughter Pearl loves the Nick Jr. channel.

"She has Nick Jr. on 24/7," he notes.  "I can't wait to see her reaction when she hears my voice come from Sid Fishy's mouth."

Bubble Guppies is an education series that focuses on a group of creatures who live in the undersea city of Bubbletucky.  No word when Osbourne's appearance on the show will air.


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Tuesday
Jun172014

Billy Corgan Writing 2,000-Page Autobiography?

Universal Music Group DistributionBilly Corgan seems never at a loss for things to say, so it should come as no surprise that he's planning a memoir.  But if calculations are correct, it'll be a whopper even by Corgan's standards. 

In the latest album update from the Smashing Pumpkins frontman -- sandwiched between musings on a guitar part and a photo of a homemade Smashing Pumpkins poster from 1988 -- comes a note about a Billy Corgan memoir.  The singer mentions that he had "crossed the 200,000 word threshold" on the project and though he had been "convinced that the midway point of said opus had been reached," he was mistaken. 

Apparently the 200,000 words only covers five of the 12 intended chapters and Corgan now expects "that the book will eventually clock in at a half million words," an amount he calls "too many...but sadly never enough."

Conventional books contain between 250-400 words per page, so Corgan's "opus" would fill somewhere between 1,250 and 2,000 pages.

Corgan says he intends to name the book God Is Everywhere from Here to There and he expects to make an official announcement about it in a month.


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