Courtesy of College Radio FoundationPoison frontman Bret Michaels has been named the official 2020 Ambassador for the 10th annual edition of World College Radio Day, which takes place Friday, October 2.
The celebration, which is organized by the not-for-profit College Radio Foundation, seeks to unite college radio stations in more than 30 countries to raise awareness about the work college stations do and value they bring to the medium of broadcasting.
The theme of this year's campaign is Global Solidarity Rocks, honoring the global collaborations that the foundation facilitates, while also reflecting on the worldwide issues affecting schools because of COVID-19.
"In this difficult time, there has never been a more important year, or a better year, for the hope that college radio brings," Michaels says in a statement. "It is the future of communications and, in a year like this, communication is key."
The rocker adds, "Music itself is the soundtrack to life and helps drive us through these unprecedented times. When dorms and campuses may be quiet, this should be the time for college radio to be going strong."
Michaels' Life Rocks Foundation will donate $10,000 in grants to participating college radio stations across the globe, and match funds raised by the College Radio Foundation. The money will help some financially in-need stations remain on the air.
College Radio Day president Annabella Poland notes, "Bret is a long-time supporter of college radio, someone whose extraordinary multi-faceted career and philanthropic efforts have already impacted so many people…Bret's passion and authenticity is deeply inspirational to the students."
While serving as ambassador, Michaels will invite college radio students to ask him questions about his life and career. You can post questions for Bret by tagging @bretmichaelsofficial and @collegeradioday, using the hashtags #askBret, #WCRD2020, #collegeradioday and #globalsolidarityrocks.
Courtesy of Sea.Hear.Now FestivalThe lineup for the 2021 Sea.Hear.Now Festival has been announced, and the event, which is set to take place September 18-19 in Asbury Park, New Jersey, will feature many of the same artists that had been scheduled to perform at the canceled 2020 edition of the extravaganza.
Among the performers remaining on the bill are Billy Idol, Patti Smith and The Dirty Knobs, which is fronted by founding Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell. Announced 2020 headliner Pearl Jam is among the confirmed headliners for next year's fest, along with the newly added Smashing Pumpkins.
Another new addition to the lineup is longtime E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa -- Mrs. Bruce Springsteen.
On the flip side, several of the announced 2020 acts will unfortunately not return for 2021, including The Beach Boys.
Sony Music International/Ultra Records/ RCA RecordsIt looks like Kygo is now the go-to guy when it comes to giving legendary divas new life on the charts.
After scoring a hit with his remix of Whitney Houston's rendtion of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love," and releasing a remix of Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It," the Norwegian DJ and producer has now turned his attention to the late, great Donna Summer.
Kygo has just released a remix of Summer's number-one smash "Hot Stuff." Fun fact: The first year that the Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance was given out, Donna won it for "Hot Stuff."
In a statement, Kygo says, "Donna Summer is one of my favorite artists of all time. Her catalogue of music is brilliant and her vocals are unmatched. I am honored and humbled to get to work on an iconic track like 'Hot Stuff.'"
He adds, "This has always been one of those songs that instantly puts me in a good mood and I hope that this version can continue to bring joy and happiness to people who want to celebrate the legendary Donna Summer," he adds.
There's also a new video for "Hot Stuff" to go along with the remix. It features Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline, who co-star in the Netflix series Outer Banks.
BMLGAs promised, Bon Jovi has released a new version of its hit "Do What You Can" featuring Jennifer Nettles, the country star who joined the rockers 15 years ago on their Grammy-winning hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home."
The song's video intercuts the already-released clip of Jon Bon Jovi walking through the empty streets of New York City and singing on the U.S.S. Intrepid with footage of Jennifer walking on a New York street and singing on top of a building. There's also footage of essential workers and families dealing with the pandemic.
The two acts will debut the song together live this weekend during the iHeart Radio Music Festival.
"In 2005 Jennifer helped Bon Jovi take 'Who Says you Can't Go Home' to number one on the country charts," says Jon in a statement. "It was her powerful and emotion filled voice that I hope will carry us back onto the country airwaves again to share this uplifting message of unity."
Adds Netles, "Being invited to sing with Bon Jovi back in 2005 on 'Who Says You Can’t Go Home' was a real blessing as an artist and in my career. I could not be happier to continue that amazing musical story on our new duet 'Do What You Can' -- or, should I say,'Duet What You Can?'"
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicVan Morrison has announced plans to release three brand-new songs in the coming weeks that reflect his opposition to the lockdown restrictions that the U.K. government has enacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A message on Morrison's official website reports that the tunes -- titled "Born to Be Free," "As I Walked Out" and "No More Lockdown" -- are protest songs that "question the measures the Government has put in place."
The post notes that Morrison feels the U.K. government actions are destroying the country's live-music industry and have "taken away personal freedoms."
"I'm not telling people what to do or think, the government is doing a great job of that already," Van says in a statement. "It's about freedom of choice, I believe people should have the right to think for themselves."
The 75-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer believes performance venues should be allowed to open at full capacity, and that if this isn't allowed before the end of the year, many venues will close for good.
The songs will be available as digital downloads and via select streaming services, with "Born to Be Free" being released on September 25, "As I Walked Out" on October 9 and "No More Lockdown" on October 23.
Van also is planning to debut the new tunes at his upcoming shows at the London Palladium on September 23 and 24.
Last month, Morrison posted another message on his website, which has since been removed, calling on his "fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me" in support of letting venues open again at full capacity. He added, "Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up."
Reprise RecordsNeil Young's new, politically charged EP, The Times, was released today digitally at Amazon Music HD and the folk rock legend's NeilYoungArchives.com site, and on CD via music retailers everywhere.
As previously reported, the seven-track EP features recordings of all the songs Young performed during the most recent episode of his Fireside Sessions performance series, which he dubbed the "Porch Episode" because he played the tunes on his porch.
The Times features a cover of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'," as well as the updated, President Trump-themed version of Young's 2006 protest song "Lookin' for a Leader," and various topical songs from Neil's back catalog, including "Ohio," "Alabama" and "Southern Man."
Young worked with his frequent studio collaborator Niko Bolas to prepare the recordings of the "Porch Episode" performances for release in high-quality audio formats.
Meanwhile, the "Porch Episode" video, which had previously only been available for viewing at NeilYoungArchives.com, is now also available on Amazon's Prime Video streaming service.
Here's the full track list of The Times:
"Alabama" "Campaigner" "Ohio" "The Times They Are a-Changin'" "Lookin' for a Leader 2020" "Southern Man" "Little Wing"
The track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services.
In addition, the song's original video has been upgraded to high-def and now features the remixed audio. The clip, which features the former Beatle walking around various part of New York's Central Park and riding in a hansom cab down a city street, has been posted at Lennon's YouTube channel.
As previously reported, Gimme Some Truth. The Ultimate Mixes. features 36 Lennon songs handpicked by his widow, Yoko Ono, and their son, Sean, the latter of whom produced the album. All of the tracks were remixed from scratch, and the final mixes were completed using vintage analog equipment and effects, and then mastered in analog at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Gimme Some Truth can be pre-ordered now, and is available in a variety of formats: CD, LP, a double-CD, a four-LP package, streaming, digital and a deluxe box set.
The Deluxe Edition comes with a 124-page book that tells the story of all 36 songs in the words of John and Yoko, and also includes interviews with those who worked with the couple on the music. In addition, the book features hundreds of previously unseen pictures, movie stills, letters, lyric sheets, artwork and memorabilia.
The "Mind Games" remix is the second track from the compilation to be made available in advance of the album's release, after a remix of "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)."
Here's Gimme Some Truth's complete track list:
"Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)" "Cold Turkey" "Working Class Hero" "Isolation" "Love" "God" "Power to the People" "Imagine" "Jealous Guy" "Gimme Some Truth" "Oh My Love" "How Do You Sleep?" "Oh Yoko!" "Angela" "Come Together" (live) "Mind Games" "Out the Blue " "I Know (I Know)" "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night" "Bless You" "#9 Dream" "Steel and Glass" "Stand by Me" "Angel Baby" "(Just Like) Starting Over" "I'm Losing You" "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" "Watching the Wheels" "Woman" "Dear Yoko" "Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him" "Nobody Told Me" "I'm Stepping Out" "Grow Old with Me" "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" "Give Peace a Chance"
Columbia/LegacyOn Thursday, Mariah Carey shared an excerpt from her upcoming memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey, in which she details her love for the 1980 movie Fame and its star, Irene Cara. Now, you can hear Mariah sing one of the songs Cara performed in that movie: "Out Here on My Own," a top 20 hit and an Oscar nominee for Best Original Song.
In the excerpt, Mariah wrote, "My mother entered me in a talent competition in the city, and I sang one of my favorite songs, 'Out Here on My Own,' by Irene Cara. I felt 'Out Here on My Own' described my entire life, and I loved singing that way -- singing to reveal a piece of my soul. And I won doing it."
"At that age. I lived for the movie Fame, and Irene Cara was everything to me," she continued. "I related to her multicultural look...her multi-textured hair and, most importantly, her ambition and accomplishments."
"'Out Here on My Own' was such a pure song that touched my heart, and I couldn't believe I won a trophy for singing a song I loved," she wrote. "It was the first time I'd received validation as an artist."
On Instagram, Mariah explained, "Coincidentally, it wasn't until after I had written about 'Out Here On My Own' in the book, that I found it in the vault while making The Rarities. Totally meant to be!!"
Mariah's version of the song is now out. The track, recorded July 17, 2000, was going to appear on the soundtrack album of her 2001 movie Glitter, which was apparently originally titled All That Glitters. It's included on Mariah's album The Rarties, due October 2.
Eagle VisionThe new Ronnie Wood documentary Somebody Up There Likes Me, which premiered last October at the London Film Festival, gets its virtual cinema release today.
As previously reported, the film, directed by Mike Figgis, offers an intimate look at the Rolling Stones guitarist's life and career, from his childhood and early days as a musician with U.K. band The Birds, to stints in The Jeff Beck Group and The Faces, and finally to his career with The Stones.
The movie features new interviews with Wood, fellow Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, Ronnie's former Faces and Jeff Beck Group band mate Rod Stewart, artist Damian Hurst and Irish singer Imelda May.
The doc also delves into Wood's work as an artist and painter, and details how he's survived a long battle with drugs and alcohol, and a recent brush with lung cancer.
Somebody Up There Likes Me includes archival concert segments, as well as new footage of Wood playing guitar and harmonica, and painting in his studio.
The film is available for streaming from now through October. Tickets can be purchased at RonnieWoodMovie.com, and those who buy tickets also will be able to view a special Q&A between Wood and Figgis.
Somebody Up There Likes Me will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and as a deluxe set featuring the two videos discs and a hardback book on October 9. It can be pre-ordered now at the uDiscoverMusic online store.
Mark Davis/Getty ImagesBill Medley, the deep-voiced half of the legendary blue-eyed soul duo The Righteous Brothers, turns 80 this Saturday, September 19.
With his late singing partner Bobby Hatfield, Medley scored a series of major hits during the mid-1960s, including the classics "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965 and '66, respectively.
The Righteous Brothers also reached the top five in 1965 with "Unchained Melody" and "Ebb Tide," both sung by Hatfield. Medley produced a number of the duo's recordings, including "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" and "Unchained Melody."
The Righteous Brothers broke up in 1968, but reunited during the mid-1970s for a few years. In 1974, the duo scored a #3 hit with "Rock and Roll Heaven." After another breakup, Medley and Hatfield reunited again in 1981 and continued to perform together until Bobby death's in 2003. Months before Hatfield died, The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Meanwhile, in 1987, Bill teamed up with Jennifer Warnes for the chart-topping duet "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", which appeared in the popular film Dirty Dancing. Medley and Warnes won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the tune, which also nabbed the Oscar for Best Original Song.
According to performing-rights organization BMI, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" was the most-played song on U.S. radio and television during the 20th century, notching more than eight million airplays by the end of 1999.
In 2016, Medley relaunched The Righteous Brothers with Bucky Heard taking over the high harmonies for Hatfield. The duo's has been performing a series of streaming pay-per-view concerts this month, with tickets available at TheSpaceLV.com.
Legacy RecordingsLive at The Roundhouse, the new concert film and album from Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason's current band, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, hits stores today, September 18, after being delayed five months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As previously reported, Live at The Roundhouse features performances from a May 2019 stand that the group played in London. It's available as a double-CD/DVD package, two-LP vinyl set and Blu-ray.
Formed in 2018, the band performs material from Pink Floyd's pre-1973 recordings, including songs by the group's original lineup led by late founding frontman Syd Barrett.
Mason tells ABC Audio that what he likes about the Live at The Roundhouse video is how the performances of the songs are broken up by archival footage of the early Pink Floyd and new interviews with him and his Saucerful of Secrets band mates.
"I think the problem with continuous concerts is there's not even an intermission like there would be in the live show," he points out, "and they can go on rather a long time and be rather dark. And I think sort of breaking it up with little bits of Pink Floyd nonsense or whatever has really worked well."
Mason also says he likes how the set, which includes 22 songs, offers a mix of shorter pieces like the psychedelic pop gems Barrett wrote and longer and/or spacier post-Syd pieces such as "Atom Heart Mother" or "The Nile Song."
The 76-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Audio that he feels Saucerful of Secrets "fill[s] in a niche" left open by his Pink Floyd band mates Roger Waters and David Gilmour, whose solo concerts focus on the famous group's better-known later work. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
Here's the full Live at The Roundhouse track list:
"Beginnings" "Interstellar Overdrive" "Astronomy Domine" "Lucifer Sam" "Fearless" "Obscured by Clouds" "When You're In" "Remember a Day" "Arnold Layne" "Vegetable Man" "If" "Atom Heart Mother" "The Nile Song" "Green Is the Colour" "Let There Be More Light" "Childhood's End" "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" "See Emily Play" "Bike" "One of These Days" "A Saucerful of Secrets" "Point Me at the Sky"
Ed Caraeff/Getty ImagesToday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix, who single-handedly revolutionized the electric guitar during his short life.
Hendrix was just 27 when he died tragically at a London hotel on September 18, 1970. The rock legend asphyxiated on his own vomit after taking an apparent accidental overdose of barbiturates.
Hendrix's inventive and dexterous playing, along with his experimentation with effects and feedback, his charismatic stage persona and his flamboyant style, helped make him one of the most revered and influential rock artists of all time.
Born in Seattle on November 27, 1942, Jimi honed his musicianship as a sideman for such artists at Little Richard and The Isley Brothers before forming his own band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, after moving to the U.K. in late 1966.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience only released three studio albums while Jimi was alive -- 1967's Are You Experienced and Axis: Bold as Love, and 1968's Electric Ladyland -- but those records continue to inspire and challenge listeners and musicians to this day.
Hendrix also was considered among the most dynamic live performers in rock history. Among his legendary performances were sets at the 1967 Monterey Pop festival and 1969's Woodstock Festival, the latter of which featured Jimi's iconic rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner."
Hendrix was inducted posthumously into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1992. In June 2017, he was honored with his own memorial park in Seattle.
Jimi's sister, Janie Hendrix, helps oversee his music and legacy through the Experience Hendrix company, which regularly issues archival studio and live releases. The latest, a documentary titled Hawaii, Music, Money, Madness...Jimi Hendrix in Maui, and a companion album, Live in Maui, will be released on November 20.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentThis past spring, Def Leppard released a box set called London to Vegas that gathered together two concert films and albums documenting separate shows that the band recently did in the U.K. and the U.S.
Now, limited-edition standalone two-CD audio versions of the two releases, Hysteria at The O2 and Hits Vegas: Live at Planet Hollywood, are slated to hit stores on October 16.
Hysteria at The O2 was recorded at a December 2018 concert in front of a sold-out crowd at London's O2 Arena, and features Def Leppard ripping through their 12-times-platinum 1987 album Hysteria in its entirety, as well as select other tunes.
Hits Vegas documents a show that the U.K. rockers played during their summer 2019 residency at Zappos Theater in Las Vegas, just a few months after they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The concert boasted 28 songs, among them many of the group's hits, as well as a number of rarities. The show also included an acoustic set featuring four rarely performed tunes.
Besides the two-CD sets, which can be pre-ordered now, a limited-edition, three-LP version of Hits Vegas pressed on transparent blue vinyl will be released on December 11.
A video of Def Leppard's acoustic performance of "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad" from Hits Vegas has been newly posted at Eagle Rock's YouTube channel.
Here's the Hysteria at The O2 two-CD track list:
Disc 1 "Intro (Medley)" "Women" "Rocket" "Animal" "Love Bites" "Pour Some Sugar on Me" "Armageddon It" "Gods of War" "Don't Shoot Shotgun" "Run Riot" "Hysteria" "Excitable" "Love and Affection"
Disc 2 "Wasted" "When Love and Hate Collide" "Let's Get Rocked" "Rock of Ages" "Photograph"
And here's the Hits Vegas two-CD track list:
Disc 1 "Die Hard the Hunter" "Animal" "Excitable" "Foolin'" "Too Late for Love" "Billy's Got a Gun" "Slang" "Promises" "Paper Sun" "Let It Go" "Mirror, Mirror (Look into My Eyes)" "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" "Switch 625"
Disc 2 "Let Me Be the One"* "We Belong"* "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad"* "Two Steps Behind"* "Now" "Rocket" "Let's Get Rocked" "Hysteria" "Love Bites" "Armageddon It" "Pour Some Sugar on Me" "Action" "Let's Go" "Rock of Ages" "Photograph"
The Prince Estate/Warner RecordsThe sixth in a series of previously unheard tracks from the upcoming deluxe reissue of Prince's 1987 double album Sign o' the Times has been released as a digital download and via streaming services.
"I Need a Man" is an unreleased 1987 version of a song that Prince originally recorded in 1981 for the all-female project The Hookers, a predecessor of Vanity 6. Prince recorded the remake of the song at his Washington Avenue Warehouse studio in Minneapolis and offered it to Bonnie Raitt. Raitt inevitably did not record the song, and the track has remained in the vaults until now.
As previously reported, the Sign o' the Times reissue will be released on September 25 in multiple configurations, including a Super Deluxe Edition that will be available as an eight-CD/DVD set, a 13-LP/DVD package, and an audio-only download. It can be pre-ordered now.
The Super Deluxe reissue includes the album's original 16 tracks, plus 63 previously unreleased recordings, such as single edits, B-sides, alternate takes, remixes, outtakes, live performances and more.
The live material includes a complete stadium concert Prince played on June 20, 1987, in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
The DVD featured in the Super Deluxe Edition boasts previously unreleased footage of a complete New Year's Eve benefit show held at Prince's Paisley Park complex on December 31, 1987.
The Super Deluxe reissue also features a 120-page hardcover book. You can check out an unboxing video for the Super Deluxe at Prince's official YouTube channel.
Other versions of the reissue include a three-CD or four-LP Deluxe Edition and a two-CD or two-LP standard version.
RhinoWhitesnake has announced plans to release the second installment of its three-part "Red, White and Blues Trilogy" compilation series, an album titled Love Songs that will be issued November 6 on CD, digitally and as a two-LP set pressed on red vinyl.
Love Songs is a 15-track collection featuring remixed and remastered versions of the band's most memorable love-themed tunes. It's a follow-up to the first-part of the trilogy, The Rock Album, a rock-themed retrospective that was released in June, and whose LP version was available in white vinyl.
The Love Songs album offers a mix of hits and deep cuts originally released between 1987 and 2011, including Whitesnake songs that appeared on five of the band's studio albums and tunes from frontman David Coverdale's 2000 solo album, Into the Light. The compilation also features three previously unreleased outtakes from the Into the Light sessions.
One of the Love Songs tracks, a new remix of Whitesnake's 1987 hit "Is This Love," has been released in advance as a digital download and via streaming services. You also can check out a version of the "Is This Love" video featuring the remixed audio at Whitesnake's official YouTube channel.
"As most of you know, pretty much all the songs I write are love songs in some way, shape or form. These are some of my favorites," Coverdale says about the new album. "Not all are ballads. Some are out and out rockers with powerful romantic themes…and of course…include heavy breathing in all of them!!"
The third and final part of Whitesnake's "Red, White and Blues Trilogy" series will be The Blues Album, a blues-themed compilation that's due out next year and will be available on blue vinyl.
Here's the Love Songs track list:
"Love Will Set You Free" "The Deeper the Love" "All I Want, All I Need" "Too Many Tears" "Can't Go On" "Is This Love" "With All of My Heart"* "Summer Rain" "Your Precious Love" "Now You're Gone" "Don't You Cry" "Midnight Blue" "Easier Said Than Done" "Yours for the Asking"* "Let's Talk It Over"*
Credit: Anton Corbijn U2 is relaunching its YouTube channel with newly remastered versions of over 100 videos.
A press release claims the undertaking is "unprecedented," and promises that the updated visuals will boast the "highest possible standard," including HD and 4K quality.
"U2 has worked with some incredible filmmakers and directors over the years, and it's always been a lot of fun," says guitarist The Edge. "Like a lot of people, I'm partial to a tumble down a YouTube rabbit hole…I hope you enjoy."
The project officially begins this Friday at noon ET with the premiere of the 4K remastered version of the "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" video.
New content will be uploaded to the U2 YouTube channel each week over the next year. Along with the remastered videos, the channel will be populated with "previously unreleased live, behind-the-scenes and remixed content."
In other U2 happenings, a 20th anniversary expanded edition of 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind will be released October 30.
Legacy RecordingsEarth, Wind & Fire has just released a new remix of its classic 1978 hit "September," coinciding with the news that the single has been certified six-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The updated track, which was remixed by acclaimed producer Eric Kupper, is available now as a digital download and via streaming. In addition, a new video for the song has premiered at Earth, Wind & Fire's official YouTube channel. The clip mixes footage of the band performing the tune with photos of the group and some cosmic animation.
To celebrate the remix's arrival, a virtual party hosted by Brooklyn-based hip-hop producer DJ Spinna will be streamed at Earth, Wind & Fire's YouTube channel this Monday, September 21 -- naturally -- starting at 7 p.m. ET– 10pm EST.
The three-hour "21st Night of September" event will feature appearances by core EWF members Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson, as well as some special guests.
"September" was originally released in November 1978 as part of the compilation The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1. The song, which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard's R&B singles chart, has gone on to become a beloved party anthem.
Bailey recalls, "When I first heard the mastered final mix of 'September,' at our private listening party back in the day, I would never have guessed that such a simple catchy song as it is, and was, would become an all-time global favorite for generations."
The song, which was co-penned by late Earth, Wind & Fire frontman Maurice White and songwriter Allee Willis, has been remixed and covered numerous times. In 2014, the band released a holiday-themed version of the tune, retitled "December," as part of its Christmas album Holiday.
UMeElton John is digging deep into his archives for Elton: Jewel Box, a new archival release featuring 148 songs spanning 1965 to 2019. The collection will be released November 13 on eight CDs and a variety of multi-disc LP configurations, as well as digitally.
The collection features deep cuts, rarities, B-sides and songs that Elton specifically talks about in his memoir, Me. The 8 CD box set includes a hardcover book, featuring a track-by-track commentary for the deep cuts. You can buy the songs on LP as four LPs of Deep Cuts, a three LP set of Rarities and B-Sides, or a 2 LP set called And This Is Me.
The first track from the collection is available now: "Sing Me No Sad Songs," which Elton and Bernie Taupin wrote and recorded as a demo in 1969. Interestingly, the lyrics mention both the phrases "sad songs" and "don't go breaking my heart" -- titles of two future Elton/Bernie hits. There's also a song called "Snow Queen," featuring Elton and Kiki Dee.
In a statement, Elton says, "To delve back through every period of my career in such detail for Jewel Box has been an absolute pleasure. Hearing these long lost tracks again, I find it hard to comprehend just how prolific Bernie and I were during the early days. The songs just poured out of us, and the band were just unbelievable in the studio."
He adds, "I always want to push forward with everything I do and look to the future, but having time during lockdown to take stock and pull these moments from my memory from each era has been a joy. As a devout record collector myself, this project has really excited me, and I couldn't be happier with the level of craft involved in such a carefully curated, lovingly constructed box set."
While there's no track listing available yet, there are descriptions of each disc:
Discs 1 & 2: Deep Cuts -- A selection of personal favorites, curated by Elton. The box set book includes a track-by-track commentary by Elton.
Discs 3, 4, and 5: Rarities 1965 -1971 -- 65 songs featuring Elton's 1960s and early 1970s demos and music. The packaging appropriately contains rare archival artwork and select original lyric sheets.
Discs 6 & 7: B-Sides 1976-2005 -- Non-LP tracks and flipsides, 36 in all. 17 of them were previously only available on vinyl
Disc 8: And This Is Me... -- To coincide with the release of the updated paperback edition of Me, this disc features the songs mentioned by name by Elton in Me, including his Oscar-winning duet with Taron Egerton, "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again."
Courtesy of Live NationJust a reminder that the star-studded Six String Salute virtual online benefit special takes place tonight, September 17, starting at 8 p.m. ET. The event will raise money for Live Nation's Crew Nation relief fund aiding live music crews who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the musicians confirmed to appear or perform on the guitar-centric special are Styx's Tommy Shaw, Kansas' Rich Williams, The Black Crowes' Rich Robinson, Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG's, ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, former Night Ranger guitarist Jeff Watson, current Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Triumph's Rik Emmett, one-time Michael Jackson touring guitarist Jennifer Batten, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, ex-Alice Cooper guitarist Damon Johnson, current Alice Cooper band members Nita Strauss, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie, and many more.
Shaw will be featured performing with the Cleveland Youth Orchestra.
Six String Salute will be streamed at Live Nation's official YouTube channel and Live from Home platform, and all net proceeds will benefit Crew Nation. The show will include the various artists delivering exclusive performances and telling stories about their careers and their experiences touring.
In addition, some crew members who work for well-known bands will appear to share tales from the road.
Limited-edition merchandise will be sold to raise money for the cause, and fans also will be able to donate directly to Crew Nation via the event's website, SixStringSalute.com.
After the initial streaming of the special, an encore performance will be streamed at the Six String Salute Facebook page on Friday, September 18, at 8 p.m. ET.
Only 1000 copies of the colored-vinyl edition of the record will be available.
Live from Texas was recorded at the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas, in November 2007, and initially was released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray the following year. A standard vinyl edition was issued in 2010.
The 17-track collection features renditions of ZZ Top's biggest hits and most popular tunes, including "Got Me Under Pressure," "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide," "Cheap Sunglasses," "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man," "Legs," "La Grange" and, of course, "Tush."
You can check out a video of the band performing its 1975 tune "Heard It on the X" from the Live from Texas concert now at the Eagle Rock YouTube channel.
Here's the Live from Texas two-LP set's full track list:
Side A "Got Me Under Pressure" "Waitin' for the Bus" "Jesus Just Left Chicago" "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" "Cheap Sunglasses"
Side B "Pearl Necklace" "Heard It on the X" "Just Got Paid" "Rough Boy"
Side C "Blues Intro" "Blue Jean Blues" "Gimme All Your Lovin'" "Sharp Dressed Man"
Side D "Legs" "Tube Snake Boogie" "La Grange" "Tush"