LENNON & MCCARTNEY TOP TOP SONGWRITERS SURVEY
British-based music website MusicRadar.com last week conducted a poll of the greatest songwriters of all time and to absolutely no one’s surprise, the incomparable pair of John Lennon and Paul McCartney topped the survey. The site noted: “The remarkable thing isn’t how well their songs have aged – it’s that they haven’t aged at all,” adding that the twosome’s compositions “changed, challenged and defined the times with a beauty that still feels endless.” The rest of the top 10 includes Bob Dylan, Queen, Neil Young, Kurt Cobain, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters & David Gilmour, Noel Gallagher, Radiohead and David Bowie.
STEWART ADDS TWO YEARS TO SIN CITY RESIDENCY
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart announced he will extend his original two-year contract to perform Rod Stewart: The Hits at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas by an addition two years, starting with nine new performances scheduled from November 6 through the 24th. Stewart offered, “I’m thrilled to add another two years. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is literally one of the best venues in the entire world; there’s not a band seat in the house and it sounds great – I love it there.”
HEARTBREAKERS’ CAMPBELL PAYS TRIBUTE TO JJ CALE
Longtime Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell posted a tribute to musician JJ Cale who passed away last Friday in La Jolla, CA after suffering a heart attack. Campbell wrote: “Losing JJ Cale is losing an American musical treasure. Always under the radar, he has been, and always will be, a huge inspiration to me and the band. He was always gracious and treated me like a friend.” In the past, Petty has called Cale one of his favorite songwriters.
AC/DC’S YOUNGS UP THERE ON DOWN UNDER RICHEST FAMILIES LIST
“Hells Bells” sells according to a recent survey conducted by Australia’s Business Review Weekly magazine which named AC/DC brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, along with their producer/songwriter brother, George, among the wealthiest families Down Under. The financial publication estimates the Youngs are worth around $233 million, making them the 24th richest family in Australia.
JACKSON, MERCURY DUETS TO SURFACE AFTER THREE DECADES
At least three previously unreleased duets recorded by Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, and Freddie Mercury of Queen back in 1983 are set to be released this fall, according to Queen guitarist Brian May. Mercury once recalled that the three songs – “There Must Be More To Life Than This,” “State of Shock” and “Victory” – “were great songs, but the problem was time – as we were both very busy at that period.” According to UK’s Daily Mail, the surviving members of Queen have been in the studio with producer William Orbit “adding new guitar solos from May along with Queen-style vocal harmonies.”
METALLICA PREPS METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER SOUNDTRACK
Hard rock heavyweights Metallica Monday announced the September 24 release date for Metallica Through the Never (Music from the Motion Picture), the accompanying soundtrack to the band’s forthcoming 3D feature film. The 2-CD and digital editions will be available September 24, with 33 1/3RPM LP and 45RPM versions to follow in the fall. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich states, “Let’s hear it for the old school soundtrack! Not only are we beyond psyched about our movie coming your way shortly, but the fact that we get to share the music directly in all these formats is way f***in’ cool.”
MCKAGAN WISHES WEILAND WELL
Despite having voted to fire Scott Weiland as lead singer of Velvet Revolver back in 2008, Duff McKagan still would like to see Weiland succeed. Asked about Weiland being fired from Stone Temple Pilots in February, McKagan told Billboard, “You could kind of see it coming, I suppose. It’s a sad situation any way you look at it. That guy…you hope he pulls it together. I shared enough good times with that guy that I wish him nothing but the best.”
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums out today: Harry Nilsson– The RCA Albums Collection (Box Set); Buddy Guy – Rhythm & Blues.