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Bruce Springsteen: Springsteen On Broadway Solo Run At New York’s Walter Kerr Theatre Set For Fall 2017

Bruce Springsteen will make his Broadway debut this fall with “Springsteen on Broadway,” a solo show at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street). Performances for “Springsteen on Broadway” begin Tuesday, October 3, with an official opening on Thursday, October 12. Springsteen will perform five shows a week through November 26th.

Tickets for “Springsteen on Broadway” will go on sale August 30 at 10am ET exclusively through Ticketmaster Verified Fan®. This unique fan-first technology levels the playing field to combat bots and get real tickets into the hands of fans who intend to go to the event.

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“I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible. I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind. In fact, with one or two exceptions, the 960 seats of the Walter Kerr Theatre is probably the smallest venue I’ve played in the last 40 years. My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work. All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to provide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value,” says Springsteen.

“Bruce Springsteen is one of our greatest musical storytellers, and Broadway is built on a beloved tradition of musical storytelling. What a once-in-a lifetime thrill for all of us at Jujamcyn to welcome Bruce home to his rightful place in the Broadway legacy,” says Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns the Walter Kerr.

The creative team for “Springsteen on Broadway” includes Heather Wolensky (scenic design), Natasha Katz (lighting design) and Brian Ronan (sound design).

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Legacy Recordings To Release First-Ever Picture Disc Edition of ELO’s Out Of The Blue

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of ELO’s top-selling double album, Out of the Blue, Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release the first-time-ever picture disc edition of the ELO classic available everywhere on Friday, September 29, 2017,

This 2LP collector’s picture disc edition of Out of the Blue was remastered from the original master tapes and includes a digital download of the album.

One of the indisputable masterpieces–and most commercially successful titles–in the ELO canon, Out of the Blue, the group’s seventh studio album, was originally released in October 1977. The musical and conceptual brainchild of Jeff Lynne, who wrote and produced the entire album, Out of the Blue is among the most ambitious double albums in classic rock history, a complex and visionary work that included, as the album’s complete Side 3, Lynne’s “Concerto for a Rainy Day,” a coherent song suite comprised of four movements and authentic ambient weather effects recorded by Lynne and incorporated into the soundscape of the record.

Out of the Blue was the first ELO album to feature the group’s logo as a three-dimensional flying saucer/space station, a visual motif central to ELO’s live shows. The album, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 has gone on to sell upwards of 10 million copies worldwide. Out of the Blue is the first double album in UK chart history to spawn four Top 20 singles.

You can pre-order the album HERE.

Track Listing

Side A

1. Turn to Stone
2. It’s Over
3. Sweet Talkin’ Woman
4. Across the Border

Side B

5. Night in the City
6. Starlight
7. Jungle
8. Believe Me Now
9. Steppin’ Out

Side C (Concerto for a Rainy Day)

10. Standin’ in the Rain
11. Big Wheels
12. Summer and Lightning
13. Mr. Blue Sky

Side D

14. Sweet Is the Night
15. The Whale
16. Birmingham Blues
17. Wild West Hero

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Frozen Musical Poster By Olly Moss

It’s been almost four years since the animated film “Frozen” made it impossible to unhear  “Let It Go.” That’s music to the ears of the Disney Theatrical Group as it readies to open a new high-profile musical adaptation of the movie on Broadway next spring.

It was a tricky assignment for Andrew Flatt, Disney Theatrical’s senior vice president for  strategy, marketing and revenue. He knew the poster design couldn’t stray too far from depicting the “Frozen” — a sweetheart story of Princess Elsa and her frosty powers — that fans hold dear. He also knew he wanted a color palette that stuck with ice-cold hues of blue, white and silver.

To make sure the stage version (which begins performances in Denver this month) set itself apart from the film, Mr. Flatt said he wanted a poster to differentiate and elevate.

The final show art, from the advertising agency Serino Coyne, is an icy fantasia by Olly Moss, an artist based outside London. The poster features a giant, stylized snowflake with brushy tips that bursts across a sea of azures and indigos. Embedded in the fractal geometrics are silhouettes of a young woman reaching with a dramatically raised arm. For added wow, negative space forms two other likenesses that, as Mr. Flatt noted, people might not see right away.

Reprinted from The New York Times

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The Black Eyed Peas: A History

The Black Eyed Peas are one of the most successful musical groups of recent years, and despite the group being on a hiatus, members of the band remain successful in their individual paths. So where did this super group of talented individuals come from, and what can we expect to see next?

The Black Eyed Peas have been together in one form or another since 1988, which was when will.i.am and apl.de.ap first met and began rapping and performing together – in eighth grade. They were quickly signed to Ruthless Records, but when the founder died, their first album was never released.

In 1995 the band reformed as the Black Eyed Pods and began releasing music which saw limited success, but the addition to the lineup of current member Fergie in 2001 saw the band reach huge new heights.

Their third album, Elephunk, took off around the world, and the single Where Is The Love remained at number one in the UK singles chart for seven weeks, a record only recently broken. At a time when the threat of terrorism was high and wars were being fought on several fronts, its inclusive and peaceful lyrics struck a chord around the world.

With their success cemented, The Black Eyed Peas released several more popular and well regarded albums and have taken two hiatuses for band members to pursue other interests. Currently on hiatus since 2014, each of the members of the lineup has found success in other areas, from fashion to TV work and solo releases. With the band still very much together after more than 20 years, there’s sure to be more music in their future.

Taboo’s music agents in London

An integral member of the band, Taboo, is represented by musician agents MN2S in London, and as a DJ he’s sure to get any room up and dancing. With a focus on funk, soul and hip hop genres, any set he plays will be a feel-good occasion. He’s available to book for sets in the UK and beyond via his London musician agents.

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Fender Play

Introducing Fender Play — online lessons, only from Fender. Our guided curriculum allows you to learn hundreds of songs that teach the skills and techniques needed to play guitar.

According to Fender’s CEO Andy Mooney, 90% of people who get a guitar

quit playing in their first year. With the rise of electronic-based music, the guitar hero has become a bit of an anachronism, and this trend worries companies like Fender. But they’re fighting back. The best way to retain players is to teach them to play and keep them picking, and that’s exactly what Fender Play is all about. The subscription service offers simple beginner lessons up through advanced courses with accomplished musicians in a variety of genres.

– All Access, One Low Price
– Guided learning path based on your musical style
– 100s of instructor-led song and technique lessons
– High-quality video with multiple close-up views
– New songs and lessons added regularly
– Bite-sized learning approach keeps players inspired and motivated
– Support articles, tips and in-lesson glossaries
– Cancel anytime

Sign up HERE for $19.99 per month.

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Fender Front Row Legend Esquire Guitar

From its humble beginnings as a makeshift stage to its now-legendary status as one of the best concert venues in Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is part of the rich tapestry of Hollywood history. This natural outdoor amphitheater has hosted performances by some of the most well-known and respected artists of every musical genre; from Frank Sinatra to Jimi Hendrix and everyone in-between, the Hollywood Bowl has been bathed in pure musical magic for decades.

Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov captured and distilled that mojo, adding a healthy infusion of Fender’s timeless style and history with the incredible Front Row Legend Esquire ($12,000).

This guitar is crafted from 100-year-old Alaskan yellow cedar reclaimed from the original bench boards that have been resonating with the sounds emanating from “The Bowl” since 1919. The heritage of the Front Row Legend Esquire doesn’t stop with the wood; its design is based on the legendary single-pickup precursor to the Telecaster. This guitar has the same punchy tone and snappy attack that vintage Esquire guitars are known for, but with the added touches only a Masterbuilt guitar can have. Vintage enthusiasts are sure to love everything about this guitar from its ‘60s-style “Oval C”-shaped quartersawn maple neck, 7.25″-radius fingerboard and vintage frets, to its original-spec Broadcaster bridge pickup, oxidized brass hardware and push-pull volume pot for additional tonal flexibility. The wood’s original patina, with its cracks, bolt holes and scratches is preserved, and the boards were hand-selected for the coolest and most distinct markings. Every guitar also has a different original “seat number” on the top of the body, so each is truly unique. An ultra-thin satin finish is then applied to preserve the look of the wood in its original condition.

Hold a piece of history in your hands and join the ranks of the legends that have graced the Hollywood Bowl’s stage with the Front Row Legend Esquire.

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The Beatles: Yellow Submarine Coming To Titan Comics In 2018 

For the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, the Apple Corporation is authorizing a comic book adaptation of the classic film with Titan Comics. The book is slated for release in 2018.

The movie, originally released in July 1968, saw animated versions of Paul, John, George and Ringo led to Pepperland by Captain Fred in an attempt to rescue it from the menace of the music-hating Blue Meanies. A mix of psychedelia and straight-forward animation that featured unreleased Beatles tracks and a cameo from the live-action band themselves, Yellow Submarine went on to become both critically acclaimed — it received a New York Film Critics Circle Special Award in 1968 — and warmly embraced by fans.

“We’re thrilled to be publishing The Beatles: Yellow Submarine for the 50th Anniversary of this fantastic movie,” Titan publishing director Chris Teather told the Hollywood Reporter. “We can’t wait for Beatles fans to experience this official adaptation.”

Incoming MAD Magazine editor Bill Morrison wrote and illustrated The Beatles: Yellow Submarine.

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Steve Winwood To Release Greatest Hits Live On September 1, 2017

Singer-songwriter, legendary vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, mandolin player, producer, Grammy winner and BMI Icon Steve Winwood will release Winwood: Greatest Hits Live, his first-ever live album as a solo artist on Friday, September 1, 2017 via Wincraft Records with distribution through Thirty Tigers. It will be available as a 2CD/4LP collection; the vinyl set includes one digital download card.

The material on Winwood: Greatest Hits Live is a collection of songs sourced from Winwood’s personal archives of live performances. With a 23-song tracklist handpicked by Winwood, featuring his best loved songs, Greatest Hits Live offers fans a definitive musical portrait of his five-decade career.

“I’m excited about the release because I have recorded every show for many years and so it evoked many memories of the performances and reactions from the fans over the years who have supported me,” says Winwood. “I suppose it is sort of a tribute to the band members and crew I’ve been fortunate to have with me on the road. The songs were chosen for being the ones most recognized throughout my career which have left an impression and so I hope the record will be a souvenir that brings to mind happy memories of a good time experienced at one of my shows.”

The expanded 2CD/4LP gatefold package features rare, previously unreleased material touching on all aspects of Winwood’s extensive catalog, including contemporary arrangements of the music he created with the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith, and on his classic solo recordings. The collection channels R&B, Jazz, Funk, Folk, Classic Rock, Pop, and Afro-Caribbean & Brazilian rhythms, highlighting Winwood’s unique ability to fuse multiple genres into a singular, cohesive musical expression. The record not only demonstrates Steve’s mastery of the Hammond B3 Organ, but also showcases his remarkable guitar skills.

Featured songs include “Gimme Some Lovin’”, “Back In The High Life Again”, “Can’t Find My Way Home”, “Arc Of A Diver”, “Higher Love”, “Roll With It”, “While You See A Chance”, “Dear Mr. Fantasy”, and “The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys”, among many others.

For more than five decades and over 50 million records sold since he burst into prominence at the age of 15 with the Spencer Davis Group, Steve Winwood has remained a primary figure in Rock ‘n’ Roll, a respected innovator who has helped to create some of the genre’s most celebrated achievements. His skills as a composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist have developed an impressive catalog of popular music.

Winwood, named one of the ‘Greatest Singers Of All Time’ by Rolling Stone Magazine, is a recipient of the Ivor Novello Outstanding Song Collection, the BMI Icon Award, the Musicians Union Classic Rock Award, the Nashville Symphony Harmony Award and has been nominated for 11 Grammys, winning two. Steve has received Honorary Doctorate degrees in Music from Berklee College of Music, Aston University in Birmingham, England; and from The University of Gloucestershire. In 2004, Traffic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the following year, he was honored for his “enduring influence on generations of music makers” by BMI. In 2002, he had the distinct honor of performing at The Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, a concert marking her 50 years as queen; he also performed for President Obama at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. On June 5th 2014, he was inducted into the Walk of Fame in Nashville, TN.

Steve Winwood forges ahead undaunted, continuing to create and perform new and exciting material. He remains one of the most important and influential artists in all of popular music.

Catch Steve on tour this Summer and Fall in the US, UK and EU visit www.SteveWinwood.com/events for a full list of dates.

Greatest Hits Live Tracklist:

CD1
1. I’m A Man
2. Them Changes
3. Fly
4. Can’t Find My Way Home
5. Had To Cry Today
6. Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
7. Empty Pages
8. Back In The High Life Again
9. Higher Love
10. Dear Mr Fantasy
11. Gimme Some Lovin’

CD2
1. Rainmaker
2. Pearly Queen
3. Glad
4. Why Can’t We Live Together
5. 40,000 Headmen
6. Walking In The Wind
7. Medicated Goo
8. John Barleycorn
9. While You See A Chance
10 Arc Of A Diver
11 Freedom Overspill
12 Roll With It

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The Last Word: Billy Joel on Self-Doubt, Trump & Finally Becoming Cool

When Billy Joel wrote “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)” in the mid-Seventies, he had no idea he’d still be playing stadiums the year that song was set. But despite releasing no new music since 1993, he has been seeing bigger crowds every year since he returned to the road in 2013 after a long break to recover from hip surgery.

“There’s a whole new thing going on,” says Joel, who this summer has sold out stadiums in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia for the fourth year in a row. “There’s offers coming in from everywhere. It’s like, ‘Is everybody else quitting?'”

Joel shares what he’s learned throughout his 50-year career – including why he encourages musical mistakes and why he’s not as depressed as everyone thinks.

Read the Rolling Stone interview HERE.

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Bruce Springsteen Heads To Broadway This Fall

The Boss is Broadway bound.

Bruce Springsteen will make his Broadway debut at the Walter Kerr Theatre for an eight-week run in the fall. Springsteen will do a pared-down version of the set he usually performs in huge arenas and stadiums all over the world.

“He wants to play a smaller house,” a theater source says. “He wants to try something more intimate, and he likes the idea of being on Broadway.”

Dates haven’t been finalized, but Springsteen will likely open in November. He’ll perform five times a week. Some insiders believe Springsteen’s Broadway gig may be a curtain raiser to another project — turning his best-selling memoir, “Born To Run,” into a musical. Several producers, dollar signs dancing in their eyes, approached Springsteen about adapting the book for the stage after The Post reported he was interested in the idea.

It could be a blockbuster along the lines of “Jersey Boys” and “Beautiful: the Carole King Musical.” But that’s a long way off. In the meantime, you’ll be able to see the Boss “live and in person” at the Kerr this fall.

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