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The Who To Release New Album ‘WHO’ On November 22, Their First In 13 Years

The Who will release a new album, WHO, on November 22nd via Polydor Records, their first in 13 years. The rock band has previewed the release with rollicking, politically-tinged single “Ball and Chain,” which the band has previously played live.

The eleven-track album was primarily recorded in London and Los Angeles during the spring and summer of 2019, and was co-produced by Pete Townshend and D. Sardy, with vocal production by Dave Eringa. Simon Townshend, Benmont Tench, Carla Azar, Joey Waronker and Gordon Giltrap contributed to the songs as well.

The songs tackle various subjects including, the Grenfell Tower fire, musical theft, spirituality, reincarnation, the power of memory and what it’s like to be an aging rock star. The artwork for the new album was created by artist Sir Peter Blake, a longtime friend of the band, and was unveiled last night at the Pace gallery in New York City. 

The Who are touring the U.S. this fall, with several stops at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. They will embark on a U.K. tour in support of the new album next year. The band’s last album, Endless Wire, was released in 2006.

WHO Tracklisting

1. All This Music Must Fade
2. Ball And Chain
3. I Don’t Wanna Get Wise
4. Detour
5. Beads On One String
6. Hero Ground Zero
7. Street Song
8. I’ll Be Back
9. Break The News
10. Rockin’ In Rage
11. She Rocked My World

Pre-order the album HERE.

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Prince 1999 Remastered Edition To Be Released On November 29

On November 29th the Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Records, will reissue Prince’s landmark album 1999, remastered for the very first time, along with 35 previously unreleased tracks from Prince’s legendary vault.

Considered one of the most iconic and influential double albums in rock history, Prince 1999 was released at a major turning point in the Prince’s career. After years of struggling to break out of the R&B charts, he scored major crossover hits with “Little Red Corvette” and “1999.” The success helped Prince to introduce his iconic Minneapolis Sound to the world: a revolutionary blend of rock, funk, R&B and new wave pop that shattered barriers in the industry.

The songs on 1999 were just a small sampling of the work pouring out of Prince in this intensely prolific period. In addition to his own material, he was also working up tracks to give to his protégés Vanity 6 and The Time, and storing countless unreleased songs in his vault.

Many of those unreleased tracks are included in the Super Deluxe Edition of the 1999 reissue, and on November 29 they will be heard by the public for the very first time.

“I didn’t want to do a double album, but I just kept writing,” Prince told Rolling Stone in 1982. “I always compare songwriting to a girl walking in the door. You don’t know what she’s going to look like, but all of a sudden she’s there.”

In addition to the remastered album and studio tracks from the vault, the Super Deluxe Edition includes two complete live performances from the 1999 Tour: an audio recording captured on 11/30/82 in Detroit; and a video recording from 12/29/82 in Houston, presented on DVD.

In the liner notes for the Super Deluxe Edition, Rolling Stone critic David Fricke calls the 1999 reissue “an unprecedented immersion in the frenetic momentum and private working world of Prince in 1981 and 1982.”

The Super Deluxe Edition features Prince’s never-before-seen handwritten lyrics from the era, tape reels from the legendary vault, and rare photography from Allen Beaulieu, plus liner notes by longtime Rolling Stone critic David Fricke, revered Guns N’ Roses bassist and author Duff McKagan, and Prince scholars Andrea Swensson and Duane Tudahl.

The 1999 reissue will be available in Super Deluxe and Deluxe Editions, and as a stand-alone remastered album. It will be issued on LP, CD, and digital formats on November 29.

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Disney And Pixar’s Coco Live In Concert Comes To The Hollywood Bowl

Disney and Pixar’s Coco will be brought to life on stage for the first time ever this November at the Hollywood Bowl for one weekend only – Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th. The spectacular event in Los Angeles will include an all-star lineup of special guests including Benjamin Bratt, Eva Longoria, Carlos Rivera, Miguel, Alanna Ubach, Alex Gonzalez, Jaime Camil, Lele Pons, Rudy Mancuso and Natalia Jimenez who will appear throughout the evening as the beloved film plays on the Bowl’s movie screen accompanied by a full, live orchestra. Mariachi Divas will also entertain the audience with traditional Mariachi music throughout the night. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, September 13th at 12pm PT at ticketmaster.com.

Conductor Sarah Hicks will lead the full orchestra performing Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s original score along with special guests performing the film’s songs including Academy Award®-winner for Original Song “Remember Me,” as well as “Un Poco Loco,” “The World Es Mi Familia,” and many more.

Coco Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl will transform the legendary venue into the Land of the Dead with special pre-show activities. Day of the Dead costumes are encouraged.

Mousetrappe, the award-winning immersive design agency and media studio, returns to create state-of-the-art digital projection imagery on the shell of the iconic Hollywood Bowl.  Earlier this year, Mousetrappe also created imagery for Disney’s The Little Mermaid Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Felipe Fernandez del Paso serves as director of Coco Live in Concert.  Fernandez del Paso has directed theater and film, and is also a production designer, set designer and writer.  He received an Oscar nomination for Best Production Design for the 2003 film, Frida.   

Amy Tinkham is Creative Consulant for Coco Live in Concert.  Most recently she served as Creative Director for Aerosmith’s “Deuces are Wild” Las Vegas residency and James Taylor’s Caesars Palace residency.  She also directs the Dancing with the Stars and America’s Got Talent Live tours.  She is currently working with Franco Dragone on a new show in China.

The concert is produced by Disney Concerts and Live Nation/Andrew Hewitt & Bill Silva Presents, a team who has performed together several highly acclaimed live to film events at the Hollywood Bowl including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in Concert starring Zooey Deschanel and Kelsey Grammer as well as Disney’s The Little Mermaid starring Lea Michele and Harvey Fierstein.

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Watch This Awesome LEGO Droid Orchestra Play The Star Wars Theme Song

London-based musician and inventor Sam Battle built a futuristic orchestra using LEGO droids and real musical instruments to play John Williams’ iconic Star Wars theme.

The orchestra is made up of 95 LEGO droids – including 46 LEGO R2-D2 droids, 26 Mouse droids and 23 Gonk droids – as well as 42 real instruments. Taking him a total of 3,148 hours to create, the incredible contraption features xylophones, violins, cellos, keyboards, cymbals and floor toms, electric drums, gongs and chimes.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick Will Headline Friday Night Concert at LA Fleet Week 2019

This year’s LA Fleet Week celebration on the LA Waterfront will feature a line-up of great entertainment and signature bands, starting Friday night when world-famous Cheap Trick takes the event’s Main Stage. The Military Appreciation Concert, sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation, featuring Cheap Trick, is the first of three consecutive days of free live entertainment slated to rock LA Fleet Week over the Labor Day weekend.  

Cheap Trick is world-renowned for its instantly identifiable, hugely influential brand of rock ‘n’ roll. Started in the 1970s, Cheap Trick continues to record music and sell out venues around the globe. The band features vocalist Robin Zander, lead guitarist Rick Nielsen and bassist Tom Petersson, with Daxx Nielsen on the drums. Cheap Trick was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

The Wing Tips from San Pedro will warm up Friday night’s crowd with vintage hits from the 1950s and 60s hits before Cheap Trick takes that stage at 8:00 p.m.

LA Fleet Week 2019 also announced Fast Times and DJ MissNinja will round out the Saturday and Sunday evening concert lineup. Performing high energy rock dance music from the 80’s hits to classic rock from Bon Jovi, Fast Times, will rock the stage Saturday night. Sunday’s evening concert will electrify the crowd as popular Los Angeles-based DJ, known for delivering an eclectic mix of music that gets crowds on their feet, DJ MissNinja spins everything from Top 40, Hip Hop, Disco to Classic Rock. 

All entertainment throughout the four-day LA Fleet Week event will be free to the public. For more updates on the entertainment line-up for LA Fleet Week 2019, go to LAFleetWeek.com.

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It’s Such A Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiered on television over five decades ago. While to some it seems like just yesterday when it was brand new, it’s heartening to know how much it has been a part of the lives of countless children and adults who experienced and learned from the show over the decades.

While its staying power never lapsed, Academy- and Grammy-winning director Morgan Neville’s 2018 documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, reawakened our love for Fred Rogers, and introduced a new generation to him. With the upcoming November release of A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers), the beloved Mister Rogers and his neighborhood will once again be front and center in the hearts, minds, and ears of everyone.

It’s Such A Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers collects 23 songs from the beloved broadcaster (backed by long-time collaborator and pianist Johnny Costa, Carl McViker on bass, and percussionist Bobby Rawsthorne). Containing classics like “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” “You Are Special,” and the title track, this release also features five previously unissued tracks including the show’s original closer, “Tomorrow.”

CD packaging contains photos, an introductory note from Neville, and an essay from Pittsburgh television critic (and long-time USA Today contributor) Robert Bianco.

So, hop on the trolley for the Land of Make Believe, because it really is such a good feeling.

Track Listing:

1. Today Is A Very Special Day
2. Won’t You Be My Neighbor
3. I Think I’m Going To Like Today
4. Look And Listen
5. Be Brave, Be Strong
6. Then Your Heart Is Full of Love
7. Pretending
8. You Can Never Go Down The Drain
9. I Like To Take My Time
10. Sometimes People Are Good
11. You Are Special
12. I’m Looking For A Friend
13. Some Things I Don’t Understand
14. The Clown In Me
15. It’s The Style To Wear A Smile
16. I’m Taking Care of You
17. It’s You I Like
18. Once Upon Each Lovely Day
19. Wishes Don’t Make Things Come True
20. You’re Growing
21. Tree, Tree, Tree
22. It’s Such A Good Feeling
23. Tomorrow

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Watch The Western Stars Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures will release a cinematic film version of Bruce Springsteen’s latest album, Western Stars, worldwide, on the big screen.  Longtime collaborator Thom Zimny directs together with Springsteen in his directorial debut. Western Stars will make its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, is slated for release this fall. 

Springsteen’s first studio album in five years, Western Stars marks a departure for the legendary singer/songwriter while still drawing on his roots.  Touching on themes of love and loss, loneliness and family and the inexorable passage of time, the documentary film evokes the American West—both the mythic and the hardscrabble—weaving archival footage and Springsteen’s personal narration with song to tell the story of Western Stars.

Western Stars, Springsteen’s 19th studio album, has achieved global success.  It has been #1 on the iTunes charts on every continent, including such countries as the U.S., the UK, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, India, South Africa, and all of Scandinavia, among other countries.  It has also received rave reviews, with critics using words like “hauntingly brilliant,” “beguiling,” “gorgeous” and a “masterpiece.”

Springsteen and Zimny, who together helmed Western Stars, have collaborated on several projects over the years, including the documentary The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, and the Netflix filmed version of the Tony Award-winning Springsteen on Broadway, which Zimny directed.

Western Stars is written and performed by Bruce Springsteen, with Special Guest Patti Scialfa.  Thom Zimny, Jon Landau, Barbara Carr and George Travis produced the film, with Springsteen serving as executive producer.  

The original score is by Springsteen.

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The Highwomen Cover “The Chain” In Howard Stern’s Studio

Country music supergroup The Highwomen came together in the Howard Stern Show studio recently for a special performance of Fleetwood Mac’s folk-rock classic “The Chain.” All four members of the Highwomen – Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires – impart their own powerful vocals to the rendition along with toe-tapping guitar stylings from Jason Isbell, Phil Hanseroth, and Tim Hanseroth.

Their cover can also be heard inside of the trailer for the upcoming film “The Kitchen,” starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss.

Though they’ve each been long performing live in their solo careers, the Highwomen made their live concert debut together at last month’s Newport Folk Festival. Fans can now look forward to the group’s self-titled debut studio album, due out Sept. 6, with songs written by Carlile, Hemby, Morris, Shires, Isbell, the Hanseroth twins, Rodney Clawson, Lori McKenna, Miranda Lambert, and Ray LaMontagne, among many others.

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Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris & Amanda Shires Form The Highwomen

The Highwomen, a new collaborative movement formed by Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires officially launches today with the release of the group’s debut single, “Redesigning Women.”

Directed by Elizabeth Olmstead and produced by Revolution Pictures, the video features The Highwomen along with special guests Lauren Alaina, Kassi Ashton, Cam, Lilly Hiatt, Wynonna Judd, Catie Offerman, Cassadee Pope, Erin Rae, Raelynn, Natalie Stovall, Tanya Tucker, Anna Vaus and Hailey Whitters.

Of the track, Hemby shares, “‘Redesigning Women’ is the life most women are living today. We juggle so much in 24 hours and I wanted to write a song that reflected the goodness, the madness and the hilarity of it all.”

The single is the first unveiled from collective’s highly anticipated self-titled debut album, produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, which will be released September 6 on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records.

In celebration of the release, The Highwomen will make their live debut at Newport Folk Festival next Friday, July 26. This landmark performance is their only confirmed full concert to date.

Continually demonstrating the importance of inclusion and collaboration, The Highwomen are joined by several guest musicians, vocalists and songwriters across the album. The project features Sheryl Crow (background vocals, bass), Yola (vocals, background vocals), Cobb (acoustic/electric guitar), Jason Isbell (acoustic/electric guitar), Phil Hanseroth (bass, background vocals), Tim Hanseroth (guitar, background vocals), Chris Powell (drums) and Peter Levin (piano and keyboards) with songs written by Carlile, Hemby, Morris, Shires, Isbell, the Hanseroth twins, Rodney Clawson, Lori McKenna, Miranda Lambert and RayLaMontagne among many others.

“Anyone can be a Highwoman,” Carlile notes. “It’s about banding together, abandoning as much ego as humanly possible, holding one another up and amplifying other women every chance we get. Shoulder to shoulder. One push, one love.”

Pre-order the album HERE.

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Shawn Colvin Announces Steady On 30th Anniversary Acoustic Edition Available September 13, 2019

Shawn Colvin’s debut album, Steady On, was released in October 1989, a stunning introduction to an artist who quickly established herself as a mainstay in the singer-songwriter genre. The album was lauded for its confessional songwriting and well-crafted melodies, and for Colvin’s tender and provocative vocals. Colvin received the ultimate acknowledgement for Steady On when she was awarded the GRAMMY award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. She swiftly amassed a dedicated and passionate fanbase, to whom this album remains very special.

On September 13, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of this landmark album, Colvin will be releasing a newly-recorded, solo acoustic version. Colvin brings a 30-year lens to her treasured songs, casting new light on the stories she first told as a young artist. Colvin has always been hailed as an exemplary solo acoustic performer and these new recordings are a brilliant showcase for her enduring artistry.

Says Colvin, “Steady On was my first record. I felt so proud because all I ever wanted in my life was to create a record of my own songs. And I did it. I always felt like if I never ever made another record, I would be totally happy with my career and with my output and with what I had done because it was my dream come true.

Steady On 30th Anniversary Acoustic Edition Track Listing

1. Steady On
2. Diamond in the Rough
3. Shotgun Down the Avalanche
4. Stranded
5. Another Long One
6. Cry Like an Angel
7. Something to Believe In
8. The Story
9. Ricochet in Time
10. The Dead of the Night

The album can be pre-ordered HERE.

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