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Wednesday July 23



U2 May Still Release New Album This Year

(Radio.com) Work on U2's 13th album had stalled previously sometime between when Danger Mouse was working with the band and Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth came in to lend a hand. Suddenly, what was expected to be a 2014 release, well, wasn't. Through all the confusion, U2 has officially remained committed to releasing the LP this year, despite reports that he was not satisfied with the work. Now, thinking has again shifted, with the band feeling confident about their new material and going ahead with plans to put out their follow-up to 2009′s No Line on the Horizon this year. "The U2 comeback is very much on for this year," a source told UK's tabloid The Sun. "This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy. But they're very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it."

Read more: Wednesday July 23

Tuesday July 22


Surgery Delays ZZ Top Tour Kick Off

ZZ Top announced that they have been forced to delay the kick off of their North American summer tour because bassist Dusty Hill will be undergoing surgery to remove two kidney stones this week. The band's publicist Bob Merlis says in a statement that "the kidney stones were discovered in the course of a routine physical examination where Hill's doctor advised him that they should immediately be removed, lest they cause more serious problems down the line." Hill will require two weeks of recuperation following the surgery and the tour will now be kicking off on August 6th in Sturgis, SD and ZZ Top will be launching their tour with Jeff Beck on August 8th in Missoula, MT. The band was originally scheduled to hit the road this Friday in Morton, MN. The canceled dates include West Bend, WI (July 26), Cincinnati (July 27), Louisville (July 29), Asheville, NC (July 30) and Bethlehem, PA (August 1).

Read more: Tuesday July 22

Monday July 21



88 Early Jimi Hendrix Recording To Be Released

(BM) More rare Jimi Hendrix recordings will be released over the next three years. We were sent these details: Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings have announced that they have acquired the full and complete rights to 88 studio and live recordings made by Curtis Knight & The Squires featuring Jimi Hendrix in 1965-1967. They announced that they plan on releasing these historic recordings--properly mixed, mastered and annotated--in definitive new editions, curated and remastered under the direction of Eddie Kramer (Hendrix's long-time sound engineer) over the next three years. The total buyout of these master recordings places a historic exclamation point following decades of litigation between Jimi Hendrix, Ed Chalpin and PPX Enterprises. All 88 tracks recorded by Chalpin and PPX from 1965-1967 are finally under complete ownership and control of Experience Hendrix LLC. In the early 1960s, before launching a solo career that continues to influence pop, rock and soul music, Jimi Hendrix was a little known sideman, working for short periods with a variety of artists including the Isley Brothers, Don Covay, Little Richard and the Harlem-based R&B combo Curtis Knight & The Squires. Ed Chalpin was an entrepreneur and record producer who founded PPX International, Inc, in 1960; PPX specialized in providing backing tracks for movies, TV shows, trailers and commercials, working with a variety of artists, producers, directors, music supervisors, record companies, and production companies. During his tenure as a guitarist for the Squires, Curtis Knight introduced Hendrix to Chalpin. On October 15, 1965, Chalpin inked a notorious three-year recording contract--for $1.00 and a 1% royalty--with Jimi (then "Jimmy") Hendrix and Curtis Knight & The Squires that would prove endlessly problematic, once the guitarist hit big with his own group, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, in 1967. Knight's single releases featuring Hendrix as a sideman did not enjoy commercial success and the guitarist relocated to Greenwich Village where he formed Jimmy James & The Blue Flames in 1966. Animals bassist Chas Chandler discovered Hendrix performing at the Café Wha? as Jimmy James that summer and offered to take him to London.

Read more: Monday July 21

Friday July 18



Eric Clapton Ready For Retirement

(Classic Rock) Eric Clapton is considering retirement after making one more album, he's revealed. Slowhand has been speaking about ending his career for some time now, and recently announced to fans in Japan they'd seen him for the last time. Now he tells Rolling Stone: "I think this could be it. I don't want to work that hard any more. I was planning to write and record another record, so that's the next thing I would do. "Next year I might do a couple of shows and say, 'Folks, that's it - I'm off.' Then I'll see what I make of that, whether I'm content to just go into the studio now and then and play at home for the family."

Read more: Friday July 18

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