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Rocker Lita Ford set to release new album

litafordbitchcdLita Ford is back . . . or should we say “The Bitch is Back . . . Live.”

The hard rock queen of the ’80s is back with a vengeance, as she announced the release of a new live album appropriately named, “The Bitch is Back…Live.

The album is due out on October 22 in North America, on October 25 in Germany and on October 28 in the rest of Europe through SPV/Steamhammer.

The CD features recordings of Lita’s October 2012 performance at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, Calif. and will be released as a digipak with a special booklet including fan photos and download.

Lita opens the show with her rendition of the classic Elton John track “The Bitch is Back”, which was previously released as a bonus track on “Living Like A Runaway”.

“Well, I heard [the original version of the song] on the radio and I just thought it worked for Elton John, and it works for Lita Ford,” Lita explained to Metal-Rules.com when asked how she came to cover the track. “It kind of makes a statement, saying, ‘She’s back,’ and this is me saying this, not anybody else, you know?! It came from me, and I spoke to Elton John backstage before we released the album and I wanted his blessing. I didn’t want to just take his song and do it because I’ve done my own version of it. It’s more guitar-orientated instead of piano. So I said to him we’re doing ‘The Bitch Is Back’ and we gave him a copy of it, and his tour manager wrote back and said, ‘It’s one rocking version.’ But I went backstage because he came through town and I went backstage and said, ‘Hello!’ and he said, ‘That’s my song,’ you know, ‘That’s my song,’ and I said, ‘Yes, it is your song,’ and I said, ‘Thank you for letting me do it,’ and he said, ‘Thank you for doing my song.’ So I thought, ‘Right on, I got his blessing.’”

“The Bitch is Back…Live” track listing:

01. The Bitch Is Back
02. Hungry
03. Relentless
04. Living Like A Runaway
05. Devil In My Head
06. Back To The Cave
07. Can’t Catch Me
08. Out For Blood
09. Dancing On The Edge
10. Hate
11. Close My Eyes Forever
12. Kiss Me Deadly

Lita’s current touring lineup includes Mitch Perry (guitar), Bobby Rock (drums), and Marty O’Brien (bass).

Ford’s latest album, “Living Like A Runaway“, was released on June 19, 2012 in North America. The effort was made available in four configurations: a double LP, limited-edition CD, standard CD and digital download. The artwork for the album was created by famed rock photographer Mark Weiss.

The British born rocker started out in 1975 at the age of 16 with the all-girl band The Runaways, which included band member Joan Jett. However, Ford’s real success came after going solo in the early ‘80s when she released ‘Out for Blood’ and ‘Dancing on the Edge.’  “Fire in My Heart” and “Gotta Let Go” off of her ‘Dancing on the Edge’ album brought Ford front and center in the hard rock world.

It was disappointing to see that “Gotta Let Go” didn’t make it on her upcoming live album.

Michael Bublé entertains commuters

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Singer Michael Bublé entertained a crowd of commuters in an acapella performance this morning in New York City’s subway.

Bublé posted the video on his website and Facebook page as he took to the streets to introduce his eighth studio album ‘To Be Loved,’ Bublé performed “Who’s Lovin’ You” off the new album at the NYC subway stop at West 67th Street and Lincoln Center.

As commuters gathered round, Bublé started singing with the group Naturally 7, while onlookers were grabbing for their camera phones. In the video passengers could be seen off-loading from the subway trains trying to figure out what all the commotion was about.

After the performance Bublé exclaimed, “That is the coolest thing ever man!” He went on to say, “Singing in the New York subway is something that’s been done for years, and years, and years, and ah I feel like it’s the most authentic, organic way to make music.” Looking forward to playing in the subway he said, “Out of all the press I had to do, out of Europe and America, this was the thing I was most excited about.”

The Canadian singer, songwriter and actor has won several Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards. He’s been in a number of movies including ‘Duets’ and ‘Totally Blonde.’

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Adam Ant releases new album after 18 years

Adam Ant is the Blueback Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter

Adam Ant is the Blueback Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter

Today Adam Ant released his first new album in 18 years. The 17 song album, “Adam Ant is the Blueback Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter,” is semi-autobiographical, according to Ant, with a few songs dealing with his mental illness.

The 58-year-old made dressing like a pirate sexy back in the ‘80s, and brought us a string of hits like, “Stand and Deliver,” “Prince Charming” and “Goody Two Shoes.”

Adam Ant

Adam Ant by Andy Gotts

In an interview with Reuters Ant says he has no television and loves to read, particularly historical books. He sports a number of tattoos with one on his left arm of Admiral Lord Nelson’s inspirational last prayer before the infamous battle of Trafalgar, and below that an image of his grandfather who served in the navy during World War One.

Another tattoo on his right arm is an Oscar Wilde quote: “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” Telling Reuters Adam said, “I can certainly say I have had that experience.”

After dropping out of the music world in 1995 battling exhaustion and mental illness, Ant spent most of that time raising his daughter while being treated for bipolar disorder. He finally emerged in 2010 performing concerts around London and beyond.

Adam Ant

Adam Ant, Blueblack Hussar, pc, Courtesy of Adam Ant

Ant, still sporting his signature eye liner, goatee beard, and bandana over his greying ponytail, says he missed music during his years out of the industry and started writing songs about three years ago. Telling Reuters, “It felt like the right time. I had missed it a great deal … It is almost a blessing to work in rock ‘n roll and play live.”

Reviews have been mixed with The Independent saying, “It’s sprawling, overdue and not for everyone, but at least it’s not a play-it-safe comeback.” One reviewer at The Guardian gave it only two stars saying, “one has to question the wisdom of a 58-year-old man singing: ‘Punky young girl needs a middle-aged man whose midlife crisis you began’.”

Ant is planning a tour in the UK and a return to the United States. He’s also working on his autobiography, “Stand and Deliver” and planning a fashion line.

Justin Timberlake unveils new Myspace page

JT1Yesterday Justin Timberlake  unveiled his new Myspace page to coincide with the release of his new single “Suit and Tie,” and he plans on bringing the new Myspace back the same way he brought “SexyBack.”

Timberlake is not just another pretty face, but an investor in Myspace when, in 2011, the then 29 year old pop-star invested an undisclosed amount of money into the flagging social site.

So what does someone who brought “SexyBack” do to reimagine a social site like Myspace? Well, you dress it in a suit and tie and introduce your latest single “Suit and Tie.”

Justin Timberlake on Myspace

Justin Timberlake on Myspace

 

Going to the new Myspace you are now presented with Timberlake dressed in a suit and tie, announcing the release of his latest single to, the soon to be released, album The 20/20 Experience.

The site has been completely revamped and is back to being focused on artists and sharing their music with fans. By placing Timberlake’s new single front and center, Myspace is sending a clear message to artists and fans alike. They’re back to help artists share their music, and fans to stay in touch with their favorite artists.

Questions/comments? Email me at randy@sacandbeyond.com or visit SacAndBeyond.com

Beach Boys Reunion Tour Comes to a Close

(LR) David Marks, Mike Love, and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys

Last year The Beach Boys announced a reunion tour that included the original surviving  members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, plus longtime members Bruce Johnston and David Marks, along with Jeffrey Foskett.

When they kicked off their 50th anniversary tour in Tucson on April 24, they brought with them a set list of 42 songs. By the time they played at the Hollywood Bowl in June their set list grew to 46 songs.

Obviously they were saving their best for last because when they played their final concert at London’s Wembley Arena on September 27, the set list was a whopping 55 songs!

Prior to the final show Love announced that he planned on touring as The Beach Boys with Johnston, leaving out Wilson, Jardine, and Marks. While some have feigned shock over the announcement, it should come as no surprise, since Love had been touring with Johnston, and his son Christian under The Beach Boy name prior to their reunion tour.

Mike Love of The Beach Boys at Thunder Valley Casino in 2011

Brian Wilson, who stopped touring with the group in 1965, said at their September 18 Grammy appearance, “I wouldn’t mind getting together with Mike and the guys and recording an exciting rock ‘n’ roll album.” There’s no word on whether or not that will become a reality, but odds are that it won’t materialize.

Wilson told CNN in September, “I’m disappointed and can’t understand why he (Love) doesn’t want to tour with Al, David and me. We are out here having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys.”

For their reunion The Beach Boys released a new album which included “That’s Why God Made the Radio”, beating The Beatles’ record for duration on Billboard’s top 10 chart (the Fabs’ top 10 hits spanned 47 years, seven months and three weeks, versus the Beach Boys’ 49 years and one week).

So what did they play for their final set?

Set 1 Set 2
Do It Again
Little Honda
Catch a Wave
Hawaii
Don’t Back Down
Surfin’ Safari
Surfer Girl
Please Let Me Wonder
This Whole World
Wendy
Getcha Back
Then I Kissed Her
You’re So Good to Me
Kiss Me, Baby
Isn’t It Time
Come Go With Me
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)
Dance, Dance, Dance
Darlin’
Disney Girls
It’s OK
Cotton Fields
Be True to Your School
Ballad of Ol’ Betsy
Don’t Worry Baby
Little Deuce Coupe
409
Shut Down
I Get Around
Pet Sounds
Add Some Music To Your Day
Sail On, Sailor
Heroes and Villains
I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
California Dreamin’
California Saga: California
In My Room
All This is That
That’s Why God Made the Radio
Summer’s Gone
Forever
God Only Knows
Sloop John B
Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Good Vibrations
California Girls
All Summer Long
Help Me, Rhonda
Rock and Roll Music
Do You Wanna Dance?
Surfin’ U.S.A.Encore
Kokomo
Barbara Ann
Fun, Fun, Fun

Beach Boys Release New Single

David Marks, Mike Love, and Al Jardine

The founding members of The Beach Boys, one of the world’s most legendary bands in popular music history, have reunited for a global 50th Anniversary celebration, including a new album release, an international tour, and commemorative catalog releases.  The Beach Boys announced details about their new studio album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, to be released June 5 by Capitol/EMI.

Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks recently completed their recording sessions at Los Angeles’ Ocean Way Studios for That’s Why God Made The Radio, the band’s 29th studio album (including 2011′s The SMiLE Sessions), the first in decades to feature all of the band’s surviving original members.  Produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love, the album’s 11 new songs illustrate The Beach Boys’ unique and evocative West Coast story.

The album’s lead single, “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” showcases The Beach Boys’ soaring harmonies in an upbeat, beaming ode to music’s radio champions around the world. Listen to their latest song

“Radio was my whole education,” says Brian Wilson.  “Chuck Berry, Rosemary Clooney, The Four Freshmen, Phil Spector, Little Richard … To hear ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio‘ on the radio would be a thrill beyond belief, it really would.”

Mike Love

“I got a lot of my appreciation for all of the creativity in the world, in terms of music, through the radio,” says Mike Love.  “For all of us who grew up in the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and beyond, the radio has played such a huge, important part in our lives.  When we were kids, we’d sneak out of the house and go and sit in Brian’s car and listen to the local radio stations on his car radio.”

The album’s other new songs include “Think About The Days,” “Isn’t It Time,” “Spring Vacation,” “Private Life Of Bill And Sue,” “Shelter,” “Daybreak Over The Ocean,” “Beaches In Mind,” “Strange World,” “My Life Suite,” and “Summer’s Gone.”

The Beach Boys’ collaborative approach to writing and recording their new music is evidenced throughout the album, with all of the band members participating to create its glorious harmonies, lyrics, and arrangements.

“We’ve come full circle,” says Al Jardine.  “Sharing our memories and ourpresent in the studio has been really remarkable.  I can especially feel it when we’re all singing around the mic together, because we all hear each other and we really lock in.”

“We have reunited as a band, but we never ‘un-reunited’ as friends,” says Bruce Johnston.  “To be back in the studio with these guys is like a prayer that’s been answered and I am thrilled to be sharing it with everybody.”

“This is more like a family reunion than anything,” says David Marks.  “When we’re together, we get along great.  The chemistry always works the same as the last time we were together, and the five of us become a single element.”

 

 

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