YOUNG TO DELIVER LIVE AT THE CELLAR DOOR IN DECEMBER
The next chapter in Neil Young’s ongoing Archives Performance Series will be written on December 10 with the release of Live at the Cellar Door. The 13-track set features performances culled from Young’s six-show solo stint at the intimate Cellar Door in Washington, DC in late 1970. The tracklist includes Young standards “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “After the Gold Rush,” “Old Man,” “Don’t Let it Bring You Down,” “Cinnamon Girl,” “I Am a Child” and “Down by the River.”
SCHOLZ SHARES THOUGHTS ON NEW BOSTON NUMBERS
Notoriously meticulous Boston mastermind Tom Scholz is finally satisfied enough with 11 songs to put them on the new album, Life, Love & Hope, due December 3. Discussing the songs destined for the band’s first new album in 11 years, Scholtz said, “These are songs from the heart, each of them taking many months of effort to write, arrange, perform and record, always up to the demands of Boston’s harshest critic. Me. The songs have been meticulously recorded to analog tape on the same machines and equipment used for Boston’s hits for the past 35 years.”
NEW U2 TUNE IN MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM MOVIE TRAILER
A portion of the first new U2 track in three years appears in the second movie trailer for the feature film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. “Ordinary Love” was written specifically for the movie about the 95-year old South African leader, who U2 and singer Bono are longtime followers of. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens November 29. Meanwhile, U2 continues to work on the follow up to their 2009 album, No Line on the Horizon.
BOWIE SHUTOUT AT UK’S Q AWARDS
Despite being nominated in half a dozen categories, David Bowie walked away empty handed at Britain’s Q Awards last night. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer stood to earn trophies for Best Solo Artist, Best Act in the World, Best Album, Best Track, Best Video and Best Event, but was beaten out in every category. Classic rockers who did take home awards were Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders (Classic Songwriter) and Pet Shop Boys (Outstanding Contribution to Music).
TOTO’S LUKATHER SKEWERS STREAMING SITES AND DOWNLOADS
Not many would disagree that the way we listen to music has certainly changed since the advent of iTunes and streaming sites such as Spotify and Pandora, but some, including Toto member Steve Lukather, would argue that the experience has been diluted. Lukather recently opined, “They make ‘McRecords’ for people who don’t even really listen. It’s background music…environmental noise for the multitasker. Gone are the days of loving, dissecting, discussing the inner workings of ‘AN ALBUM’…sitting in silence while it plays, looking at the liner notes and the few photos in the studio…”
JOURNEY JOINS SIREN CYRUS IN “DON’T STOP THE WRECKING BALL”
The seemingly disparate talents of classic era Journey and current pop star Miley Cyrus collide in a new mash-up of Journey’s all time anthem “Don’t Stop Believin’” and Cyrus’ chart-topping single “Wrecking Ball” off her just released No. 1 album, Bangerz. As always, the results of “Don’t Stop the Wrecking Ball” are left up to the ears of the individual listener.
MOUNTAIN’S WEST CELEBRATES RELEASE OF STILL CLIMBING
Legendary Mountain frontman/guitarist Leslie West is ecstatic to be able to promote the October 29 release of his album Still Climbing, since the promotional push for 2011’s Usual Suspects was cut short due to the amputation of the lower part of his right leg due to diabetes. The iconic axeman told Billboard, “Listen, everybody gets knocked down in life, but how you choose to get up is totally up to you. I see soldiers…double amputees; they’ve got it a lot worse than me. It’s just a good thing it wasn’t my hand, you know?”
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums out today: Van Morrison – Moondance (Deluxe Edition 4-CD Box Set); Def Leppard – Viva! Hysteria; Ted Nugent – Ultralive Ballisticrock (2-CD/DVD); Motorhead – Aftershock; Robin Trower – State to State: Live Across America; Ten Years After – Recorded Live (Deluxe 2-CD).