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UB40 details new album, 'UB45'

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UB40 has shared some new details about their upcoming album, UB45, which is set for release on April 19.

The album is described as a “celebration of the past, present, and future of the band” as they celebrate their 45th anniversary. It features both a mix of new songs and reimagined versions of their classic tracks.

And the band is giving fans their first preview of the record with the release of the new single “Gimme Some Kind of Sign,” a cover of the '60s track originally recorded by Brenton Woods.

UB45 is available for preorder now. 

UB40 is getting ready to spend their summer in the U.S., kicking off their Red Red Wine tour July 2 in New York City, with dates confirmed through August 11 in Melbourne, Florida. The outing will feature The English BeatMaxi PriestInner CircleThird World and Fastest Land Animal as special guests on select dates. UB40’s complete schedule can be found at ub40.global.

Here is the track list for UB45: 

“Home”
“Food for Thought”
“King”
“Champion”
“Tyler”
“Trouble”
“Red Red Wine”
“Fool Me Once”
“Cherry Oh Baby”
“Say Nothing”
“Sing Our Own Song”
“Gimme Some Kinda Sign”
“Kingston Town”
“Hope She'll Be Happier”

 


 

 

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John Fogerty “bewildered” by Country Fest cancellation

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John Fogerty says he’s “bewildered” by the recent announcement that his appearance at Queensland's Country Fest in March had been canceled.

“I still remain able and ready and willing to do this show,” he tells Billboard. “I take the commitment of playing for the fans very seriously. Throughout my career, practically my whole life, there’s hardly ever been a cancelation.”  

Country Fest is scheduled to happen March 30-31. Organizers blamed “unforeseen circumstances” for Fogerty’s cancellation, but he insists he doesn’t know why it happened.

“I was happy to be coming down to Australia to play. It sounded like a really fun event,” he says.

After the cancellation was announced, Fogerty took to social media to address the issue, insisting he was "blindsided" by the news. Country Fest later posted a clarification regarding the situation, explaining they had been in negotiations with Fogerty's team for months but they “did not reach a final outcome” and talks stopped as of Friday, February 23.

“The matter is now subject to court proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland,” the statement continued, adding the case will be heard in March and they “do not intend to comment further.” 

Fogerty also addressed his Australian fans in a separate social media post, performing “Bad Moon Rising” for them. He captioned the clip, “To all my loving fans in Australia… I hope to be back there soon!”

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Steven Van Zandt plays teacher at New Jersey middle school

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E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt stopped by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Asbury Park, New Jersey, on Tuesday, where he played teacher using his TeachRock learning curriculum, which uses music history to teach students important lessons.

According to the Asbury Park Press, Van Zandt sat in on teacher Allison Hoffman’s class, where she taught her students about segregation using The Beatles’ refusal to play to the segregated South in the 1960s as an example.

Students were also taught about Van Zandt’s 1985 protest song “Sun City,” which featured such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne and Bob Dylan, and helped draw attention to apartheid in South Africa.

“It's a lazy way to have your identity to be based on hatred or hate, you know?” the rocker told the class. "It's a lazy way of going through life and we have a lot of examples of that going on right now."

As for the students, Van Zandt told the paper, “They're just smarter than us and faster than us. ... It just confirmed for us the reason we started this curriculum was because we need to create a new methodology of teaching for this generation. We got to do it. The old methods are not going to work for these kids.” 

Van Zandt will soon be a little too busy to play teacher, as he and the E Street Band are due to join Springsteen on the latest leg of his tour, which kicks off March 19 in Phoenix, Arizona. A complete list of dates can be found at brucespringsteen.net.

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John Mellencamp, Carlos Santana & more playing Carnegie Hall in honor of Clive Davis

L-R: Carlos Santana, Clive Davis/Photo credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival

The New York Pops orchestra will honor legendary record executive Clive Davis at its 41st Birthday Gala in April, and many of the artists who've worked with Davis over the years will gather to perform at the event at New York's Carnegie Hall. 

John Mellencamp and Carlos Santana are both set to perform, with Santana's “Smooth” collaborator Rob Thomas also on the bill.

Other artists confirmed for the event include Dionne Warwick, Barry Manilow, Toni Braxton, Melissa Manchester, Fantasia Barrino Taylor, Kenny G, Babyface and even "Ghostbusters" singer Ray Parker Jr.

The concert takes place on April 29, with proceeds going to support the orchestra and its music education programs. You can get tickets via CarnegieHall.org or by calling 212-247-7800.

Over his more than 50-year career, Davis worked at Columbia Records, founded Arista Records and later formed the influential LaFace Records, Bad Boy Records and J Records. He's been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and has won four Grammys, plus a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to the artists who are performing at the concert, the musicians Davis has worked with include Billy Joel, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand and Aretha Franklin.

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Artists celebrating Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s Gershwin Prize announced

Bernie Taupin and Elton John, the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song 2024 honorees; Photo Credit: Gavin Bond

Elton John and Bernie Taupin are being honored with the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song this year, and now, we know who'll be on hand to help them celebrate.

Performers confirmed for the event include EurythmicsAnnie Lennox, Brandi Carlile, Garth Brooks, Maren Morris, Charlie Puth, Jacob Lusk of Gabriels and hard rockers Metallica. 

While Metallica may seem like an odd choice for an Elton and Bernie celebration, the artists have worked together in the past. In fact, Elton covered Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” for their Metallica Blacklist tribute album. 

Metallica isn’t the only artist with a past connection to Elton and Bernie. Brandi, a well known friend of Elton, joined him onstage for “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” at his final U.S. show at Dodger’s Stadium in 2022, while Maren covered Elton's “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” for the 2018 country compilation Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. 

Garth has covered Elton songs in concert and recorded his own version of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me," while Jacob joined Elton onstage at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival in 2023; he's also set to perform at Elton’s annual Academy Awards viewing party on March 10.

Elton John & Bernie Taupin: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song will air Monday, April 8, at 8 p.m. on PBS.

The Gershwin Prize, established in 2007, recognizes artists "whose career reflects the influence, impact and achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding." Previous winners include Paul SimonStevie WonderPaul McCartneyJoni MitchellLionel Richie and Carole King.

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Jon Bon Jovi is taking the Fastest Seat In Sports at NTT Indycar Series season opener

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Jon Bon Jovi is getting ready to strap in. He will be a special guest at the NTT IndyCar Series season opener: the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida, which starts on March 9. 

That means Jon gets to take what's called the Fastest Seat In Sports. He will be driven at high speed in a two-seat car around the 1.8 mile temporary street circuit that leads to the starting line for the first race of the 2024 season. His driver will be four-time Indy 500 winner and former Dancing with the Stars champ Hélio Castroneves.

Jon is no stranger to auto racing: He performed at the 2006 Daytona 500 with Bon Jovi.

The new documentary Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story will stream April 26 on Hulu.

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Def Leppard releasing 40th anniversary deluxe edition of 'Pyromania'

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Def Leppard has announced a deluxe edition of their classic album Pyromania, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year.

Frontman Joe Elliott executive produced the new reissue, which drops April 26, and went deep into the band's archives to uncover unheard demos that are featured on the release.

“A labor of love and I loved every minute of it !!” Elliott shares, noting combing through the vaults to find old demos was a “journey only few of us are lucky enough to take.”

The 40th anniversary edition of Pyromania will be released as a four-CD + Blu-Ray box set featuring the original album and a full disc of those unheard demos, including “Photograph – Rough Mix Version (Unfinished Vocal),” which will be released March 1.

Additionally, the box set includes two live shows, one recorded in Los Angeles and another in Dortmund, Germany, as well as a Blu-Ray featuring an Atmos mix of the album, 5.1/Stereo and instrumental mixes and five promo videos. There’s also a book delving into the history of the album and a collection of photos taken by famed photographer Ross Halfin.

In addition to the box set, the Pyromania reissue will be released digitally, as a one-LP half-speed master and on two-LP black vinyl and two-LP colored vinyl. All formats are available for preorder now.

Released January 1983, Pyromania featured such hit songs as “Photograph,” “Rock of Ages” and “Foolin,” and reached number #2 on the U.S. Album charts. It sold 6 million copies in 1983 and went on to be certified Diamond by the RIAA for selling over 10 million copies.  

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The Kinks’ Dave Davies blasts latest claim Jimmy Page played on “You Really Got Me”

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The KinksDave Davies is taking issue with Guitar World magazine after they posted an article claiming rock producer Eddie Kramer confirmed the long-held rumor that Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page played guitar on the band’s hit “You Really Got Me.”

“I met Jimmy while he was working with the Kinks in the early ’60s when they were doing ‘You Really Got Me,'” he reportedly said. “I know the Davies brothers will say otherwise, but I recall seeing Jimmy coming in and doing an overdub on that song. There’s some contention about that, but that’s how I remember it.” 

Davies later took to social media to shoot down the suggestion, noting Kramer insists he never made those comments.

“I demand an immediate retraction from @GuitarWorld and @guitar I spoke to @EdKramerTweets yesterday and he denies ever saying that @JimmyPage played on @theKinks YRGM,” he wrote. “I played all the guitar parts on YRGM Ed Kramer told me yesterday he was misquoted.”

He added, “I’m so tired of reporters getting it wrong.” 

Rumors that Page appeared on the song have been circulating for years, but both Davies and Page himself have denied them.

"You Really Got Me," the third single The Kinks ever released, hit #1 in the U.K. It was the band’s breakthrough hit in the U.S., peaking at #7 on the chart. It was covered by Van Halen on their 1978 self-titled debut.

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Kate Bush named ambassador for 2024 Record Store Day UK

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Kate Bush will be the ambassador for the U.K. edition of Record Store Day 2024.

In a statement, the "Running Up That Hill" artist calls the title a "huge honor."

"It really is a great privilege," Bush says. "Isn't it great to see how the resurgence in vinyl has taken the music industry by complete surprise? It had decided to leave vinyl far behind, but it would seem that not everyone agrees! I love that!"

In addition to being the RSD U.K. ambassador, Bush is also contributing an exclusive release: a 10-inch "Eat the Music" single. "Eat the Music" was released as the lead single off Bush's 1993 album, The Red Shoes, in the U.S., but her record label decided to go with "Rubberband Girl" for the rest of the world.

Record Store Day U.K. will take place on April 20, the same day as the U.S. version. For the full list of releases and participating store, visit RecordStoreDay.co.uk.

As previously reported, Paramore will be the 2024 U.S. RSD ambassador.

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On This Day, February 28, 1983: U2 releases their third studio album, 'War'

On this day, February 28, 1983 …

U2 released their third studio album, War, produced by Steve Lillywhite. The album, which is considered the band's first overtly political record, featured two future U2 classics, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Year’s Day,” which became the band’s first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album became the band’s first U.K. number one, knocking Michael Jackson’s Thriller out of the top spot. In the U.S., it peaked at 12 on the Billboard 200 album chart and went on to become the band’s first album to be certified Gold by the RIAA.

A remastered version of War was released in July 2008, including a deluxe version that featured a bonus CD made up of B-sides, live tracks and rarities.

U2 is set to wrap their Las Vegas residency, U2: UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere, soon. They have two more shows on the schedule, with the 40th and final show set to happen March 2.

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R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe donates handwritten lyrics to charity auction

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R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has donated some handwritten lyrics to help raise money for a good cause.

The rocker has contributed a signed lyric sheet for the track “Nightswimming” to the Art for Gaza auction. The money raised is going to Doctors Without Borders.

The auction is set to run until March 2 at 12 p.m. ET. The initial estimate for the sale was between $1,000 and $1,200, but the current bid has already surpassed that. Bids can be placed at bid.whytes.ie.

“Nightswimming” was the fifth single off R.E.M.’s eighth studio album, 1992's Automatic for the People. It featured a string arrangement by Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.

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Billy F Gibbons recruits famous friends for cover of Jimmy Reed classic

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ZZ Top's Billy F Gibbons has recruited some musician friends for a cover of blues legend Jimmy Reed's classic track "Baby What You Want Me To Do."

The performance teams up Gibbons with the BFG's — Haim’s Danielle Haim on drums, guitarist Matt Sweeny and Tim Montana on maracas — to help show off Fender’s Vintera II Series.

The clip features Gibbons on the Vintera II '70s telecaster in Vintage White, with Sweeney on the Vintera II '60s telecaster in Fiesta Red.

Fender’s Ventiera II Series is available at fender.com.

In other Gibbons news, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer just announced a trio of shows in Hawaii this May. The rocker will headline The Blue Note Hawaii in Honolulu May 17-19, with tickets set to go on sale Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m.

Gibbons and ZZ Top have a busy 2024 ahead of them. They are set to play West Palm Beach, Florida, on March 2 and kick off a new leg of the Sharp Dressed Simple Man Tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd starting March 8 in Savannah, Georgia. A complete list of shows can be found at ZZtop.com.

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John Fogerty denies canceling appearance at Australian festival

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John Fogerty wants his fans in Australia to know that he did not cancel a planned appearance at Country Fest Queensland.

The festival is scheduled to happen March 30-31, with the promoter announcing Fogerty’s cancellation on Tuesday, February 27, due to “unforeseen circumstances” and offering refunds to fans who didn’t want to attend due to the lineup change.

But in a post on Instagram, Fogerty says his cancellation was news to him. 

“I was ready to celebrate with you all for my one and only show this year in Australia when the Country Fest Queensland blindsided me yesterday by canceling my appearance,” he shared. “It was posted that I would not be appearing due to unforeseen circumstances. Well, I can tell you, my friends, I was not the reason for the ‘unforeseen circumstances.'”

Fogerty insists, “I was ready to come down there and excited to celebrate getting my songs back with all of you.”

Country Fest Queensland was the only show Fogerty had scheduled for March. He still has a handful of European festival dates scheduled during the month of July. A complete list of shows can be found at johnfogerty.com.


 

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Donna Summer's estate sues Kanye West for interpolating "I Feel Love"

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Legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne has already made it known that he didn't approve of Ye — the rapper formerly known as Kanye West — sampling a song by his band Black Sabbath without permission. But now the estate of another Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has gone a step further and sued West for using a song without permission.

The estate of the late Donna Summer has sued both West and his collaborator, rapper Ty Dolla $ign, for copyright infringement for interpolating her iconic song "I Feel Love" on their song "Good (Don't Die)." The suit, obtained by ABC Audio, claims that the two rappers initially asked for permission to use the song, but were denied.

On the song, a female voice sings different lyrics to the melody of "I Feel Love."

After the album on which the song appears was released earlier this month, Summer's widower, Bruce Sudano, announced on social media that West had been denied permission to use the song. The song is currently unavailable to stream on Spotify. Sudano is the main plaintiff in the suit.

The suit claims that the reason permission wasn't granted was because of West's "controversial history" and seeks $150,000 for each act of infringement, plus legal fees and the "impoundment" of "all copies" of the song and "all masters, tapes, film negatives, or other articles by means of which such copies may be reproduced."

The case states that the suit has been brought in order to protect "Summer’s own musical legacy and one of popular music’s most influential and ground-breaking songs.”

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Paul McCartney endorses Foreigner for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Paul McCartney is one of the many artists who feel that Foreigner should be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year.

As previously reported, producer Mark Ronson, who is the stepson of Foreigner's Mick Jones, recently shared a star-studded video featuring Foo Fighters’ Dave GrohlJack BlackGuns N’ Roses' SlashRed Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme explaining why they think Foreigner should be inducted this year. Apparently McCartney shares their opinion on the subject.

During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Ronson debuted a video that McCartney sent to him for use in a for-your-consideration video, with Sir Paul saying, “Foreigner not in the Hall of Fame? What the f***?”

“I’ve never heard Paul McCartney curse,” Ronson noted. “He’s a knight! I don’t want to be the first person to ever post a video of Paul McCartney dropping the f-bomb.” 

But Foreigner apparently doesn't have a problem with it because they shared the clip on social media with the caption, “A man of many words… @paulmccartney. All of your votes matter!" They also shared a link to the Rock Hall fan vote. They are currently in second place behind Ozzy Osbourne.

Fan voting is open until April 26, with inductees to be announced later that month. The ceremony, happening this fall in Cleveland, will stream live on Disney+, followed by a highlights special airing later on ABC.

McCartney is a two-time member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 1988 with The Beatles and again in 1999 as a solo artist.

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