The Rolling Stones have announced that they will be releasing a special box set of Let It Bleed on November 1 to mark the album's 50th anniversary.
The limited-edition box set will feature two LPs and two HybridSuper Audio CDs with remastered stereo and mono mixes by Bob Ludwig.
The package will also include a 7" replica single of "Honky Tonk Women" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want," in addition to an 80-page hardbound book containing several unpublished photos by Ethan Russell, and a poster.
The box set is rounded out with three 12" x 12" hand-numbered replica-signed lithographs.
The reissue will also be available as a standalone CD and LP, and digitally.
"When we did the first Let It Bleed remaster in 2002, our intention was to pay homage to the original work," said Ludwig. "When we did this new version, the purpose was to make it as great as it could possibly sound."
"If you listen on a good set of speakers or good headphones, you'll hear subtle things in the background that are now much more clear that were somewhat hidden before," he added
Let It Bleed peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and included classics like "Gimme Shelter," the title track, "Midnight Rambler" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want."
Sir Rod Stewart has revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago but has won the battle against the disease.
The pop legend told The Mirror that he was diagnosed with the disease in February 2016 during a routine checkup.
Stewart revealed his prostate cancer during a fundraising evening with former Faces bandmates Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood.
"No, it's not what you think. Two years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. No one knows this, but I thought it was about time I told everybody. I'm in the clear now, simply because I caught it early. I had so many tests," Stewart said.
Stewart encouraged everyone to be aware of prostate cancer and explained how an early diagnosis can prevent it from becoming fatal.
He added, "If you're positive, and you work through it and you keep a smile on your face... I've worked for two years and I've just been happy, and the good Lord looked after me."
Back in 2000, Stewart was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which was also successfully treated.
Mary Wilson says she is open to a Supremes reunion, but she thinks the decision is up to Diana Ross.
Speaking with People, Wilson said, "I think the fans would love to see it, but that's really up to Diana [Ross]. It's up to her and if she would like to do it, then I'll be there!"
The Supremes, consisting of Florence Ballard, Ross and Wilson, were very successful with several hits. The all-female group were the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s.
Founded as The Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100
Commenting on their success, Wilson said, "The Supremes were very — we were famous, we were one of the most famous female groups in the world."
She added, "And right now when you look at history, you see mostly the guys — you see The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Elvis, but what about the girls? We girls were doing quite well ourselves."
Vince Gill hosted an All for the Hall event at the Novo Theater at L.A. Live on Sept. 17 in Los Angeles with special guests Emmylou Harris, Luke Combs and Sheryl Crow.
The foursome performed songs and swapped stories during the “guitar pull,” a casual affair in which songwriters take turns performing while their fellow artists listen or add accompaniment.
One of the highlights of the evening was Luke’s performance of “When It Rains It Pours,” which was his second No. 1 hit in 2017.
Since founding All for the Hall in 2005, Vince Gill has helped raise more that $4.3 million for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s educational department, which serves more than 100,000 people annually.
Robert Earl Keen will once again hit the road this holiday season for his eighth annual Christmas tour.
REK at Ryman 2018; photo by Whitley WhiskersThis year’s 15-stop holiday extravaganza, which is dubbed REK’s Countdown to Christmas Tour: Lunar Tunes & Looney Times, will pay homage to the space race and all things celestial in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
“This show will turn on the ‘psyche-delactic’ jukebox and light up the tree of tranquility!” says Robert Earl. “The countdown begins now!”
The tour will kick off on Dec. 2 in Greenville, S.C., and make additional stops in New York, Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville and more. The festive set is sure to include REK’s classic, “Merry Christmas From the Family,” and many more out-of-this-world tunes.
Shinyribs will serve as support. Tickets go on sale on Aug. 9 at 10 a.m.
Robert Earl Keen’s Countdown to Christmas Tour
Dec. 2 | Greenville, SC | Peace Center
Dec. 3 | Charleston, SC | Charleston Music Hall
Dec. 4 | Durham, NC | Carolina Theatre
Dec. 5 | New York, NY | Town Hall
Dec. 6 | Washington, DC | Lincoln Theatre
Dec. 7 | Bristol, TN | Paramount Center for the Arts
Dec. 8 | Charlottesville, VA | Jefferson Theater
Dec. 10 | Charlotte, NC | Knight Theater
Dec. 11 | Atlanta, GA | Variety Playhouse
Dec. 15 | Chattanooga, TN | Walker Theatre
Dec. 17 | Fayetteville, AR | Walton Arts Center
Dec. 18 | Houston, TX | House of Blues
Dec. 20 | Austin, TX | ACL Live -Moody Theater
Dec. 21 | Austin, TX | ACL Live – Moody Theater
Dec. 26 | Oklahoma City, OK | The Jones Assembly
Dec. 27 | Dallas, Texas | House of Blues
Dec. 28 | Memphis, TN | Germantown Performing Arts Center
Dec. 29 | Nashville, TN | Ryman Auditorium
Dec. 30 | Fort Worth, TX | Bass Performance Hall
The next installment in Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series will focus on his return to his recording career in the years following his 1966 motorcycle accident.
Travelin’ Thru, 1967–1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 will arrive on Nov. 1 and feature outtakes from John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline, and give the first official releases to the oft-bootlegged 1969 session with Johnny Cash -- who gets a featured credit on the set -- with a few extras thrown in.
The seven John Wesley Harding outtakes have never been bootlegged. A source close to Dylan told Rolling Stone that choosing what to include was difficult: "There just doesn’t seem to be many alternate versions of the songs. The ones we have are often very similar to each other. We had to include ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ but it’s not like ‘All Along the Watchtower’ cha-cha or anything. But ‘I Pity the Poor Immigrant’ is great and has a completely different melody. I don’t think anything had more than three complete takes."
Looking for Nashville Skyline outtakes proved a different challenge, because approximately half of the tapes couldn't be located. "There was an engineer who had taken some of the tapes home and put them in a storage locker,” the source noted. "Someone later bought them for a couple of grand and Sony had to buy the tapes back. Most of what we have comes from the storage locker, but the rest were lost. From the best we can tell, they are just gone."
The dates with Cash -- intended for an album that never got released -- exist in full and take up half of the three CDs. The set contains 25 tracks, including "Wanted Man," which they wrote on the spot and Cash recorded for At San Quentin a week later, and six songs featuring Carl Perkins.
The collection is rounded out by the three numbers Dylan recorded during his appearance on The Johnny Cash Show, covers of two Cash songs -- "Ring of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues" -- from the Self Portrait sessions and four tunes recorded with bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs and family for a documentary.
I admire those who can play. It doesn't matter the instrument. Just having that ability to create music puts them on a pedestal.
There is a place in Tarzana California that is legendary when it comes to guitars.
Norman’s Rare Guitars is a household name among top musicians and players worldwide.
Each week, professional musicians we all know stop by to talk with Norm and see what new acquisitions he is hiding.
Gibson and Fender both use Norman’s Rare Guitar’s 30 years of buying, selling and collecting book for photographic references in the building of the reissues of the guitars. As mentioned earlier, world class players drop by to look, talk and even play. What follows is a 25 minute glimpse of just some of the pros who too time to "jam" a little.
We've got two dogs, male and female, both from the same litter. They are just over 3 years old and in the last few days we have noticed something unusual about the female. She LOVES watching TV, and the computer when other dogs are on the screen.
Rhonda noticed this and has begun "sharing" youtube clips with her.
Missy (the dog, LOL) moves right up to the screen, stares intently and reacts to the sights and sounds. She is addicted to youtube. ANYTIME either of us open a laptop, she slides right up to the screen. Her brother, Moonpie, couldn't care less but she is obsessed!
eBanger Films has released a trailed for the new ZZ Top documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas, which will premiere on Aug. 13 at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood with the three members of the band in attendance.
The production ties in with their 50th-anniversary tour, which starts three days later. Screenings in select North American locations during the fall will be announced later, with details available at the movie's official site.
You can watch the trailer below.
“Produced by the Emmy award-winning Banger Films, ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas tells the story of how three oddball teenage bluesmen – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard – became one of the biggest, most beloved bands on the planet, all while maintaining a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers 50 years after the band’s inception,” a statement said.
“Buoyed by candid band interviews, never-before-seen archive, animation, celebrity fan testimonials (Billy Bob Thornton, Joshua Homme and more), and an intimate performance at the legendary Gruene Hall shot exclusively for this documentary, That Little Ol’ Band runs the gamut, from the absurd to the poignant, from squalid Texas bars to MTV heroics, all in celebration of this notoriously private, but larger than life, power trio. In the end, ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas unravels the extraordinary tale of a band whose image we know, but whose story we don’t.”
“I think even our most steadfast fans will find themselves surprised by what they learn about those men behind the beards and cheap sunglasses," Gibbons said. "There we are, up there on the silver screen and it's something we're delighted to share with fans of all stripes.”
The trio’s anniversary tour starts in Ridgefield, Wash., on Aug. 16 and ends on Nov. 9 in Shreveport, La., with Cheap Trick providing main support.
55 YEARS AGO: ‘FOLLOW THE BEATLES’ DOCUMENTARY SHARES FAB SECRETS
On August 3, 1964, a month after A Hard Day's Night helped the world fall even more in love with the Beatles, the BBC offered their rabid fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Fab Four's debut movie with Follow the Beatles.
The Robert Robinson-narrated documentary, showed off even more of the Beatles' charming and witty personalities, and revealed some very interesting secrets and perspectives on the making of their debut film. Here's six things we learned while re-watching Follow the Beatles all these years later.
The Beatles were bullied and manhandled on their own film set
John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul McCartney were constantly grabbed at and pushed around by fans, onlookers, and even the police who were involved in the film. A Hard Day’s Night writer Allen Owen discusses his astonishment with how the calm, relaxed Beatles “just went with it”, despite repeatedly being subject to actual physical pain.
Fans begged the film’s hairdresser for locks of Beatles’ hair
Anything touched, worn, or grown on a Beatle was considered gold to the star-struck youngsters. “I had lots of letters from all over the world asking for pieces of hair,” their hairdresser states. “If I had answered them all, the Beatles probably would have been bald by now!”
No studios were used in the film
A Hard Days Night director Richard Lester strived to make the film feel more authentic by shooting the scenes in real situations, including an actual unsteady train. “There is a certain quality that happens when you are forced to accept the limitations of not having a tripod, not having the proper lighting, not having the proper sound,” he explained.
Ringo was considered the main “Starr"
The documentary describes Ringo Starr as the best actor in the film, the most convincing, and the most real of the four inexperienced actors. Lionel Blair, the film’s choreographer, also reveals Ringo’s other talent aside from drumming and acting...his dancing! Blair states that Ringo’s amazing rhythm earned him the title of “the best dancer of the four.”
Script writer Allen Owen followed the Beatles around for weeks to pick up their dialogue
This experiment was the only method Owen could use to accurately write lines for the actors, since no one wanted the Beatles to play anyone but themselves. Owen thus learned the specific speaking characteristics of each Beatle, which he then transferred seamlessly into a flawless script.
The crew was not used to the screaming girls
Once the theaters for A Hard Days Night concert scenes were opened to the audience, the room was filled with the shrieks of hysterically screaming young girls. While the Beatles had grown accustomed to this chaos, the crew members were shocked and uncertain of how to handle the uproar. “The first time I heard the screaming, I just couldn’t believe it. My ear drums were aching with the noise,” Lester stated. He told George Harrison, “My God, how about that!” and George comically responded, “Yeah they were a bit quiet tonight, weren’t they?”
The Beatles Albums Ranked Worst to Best13. '
Yellow Submarine' (1969)
The soundtrack to the animated Beatles movie (which they didn't provide the voices for, by the way) includes two previously released cuts, a handful of leftover session tracks from the era and an entire side of orchestra music from the film. Completists probably need the four new songs; everyone else can skip them.
12. 'Magical Mystery Tour' (1967)
Released as an EP in the U.K. and as an album in the U.S., 'Magical Mystery Tour' is spotty, especially when compared to the Beatles' other records from the era. But several of its songs – "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Penny Lane" and "All You Need Is Love," especially – rank among the group's all-time best.
11. 'Beatles for Sale' (1964)
Tasked with recording their fourth album in a little more than a year, the Beatlemania-battered quartet quickly shuttled to the studio for a loose set of covers, tossed-off originals and a few gems. Success was taking its toll on the group by now, and the tired, ho-hum 'Beatles for Sale' proved it. Just look at their weary faces on the cover.
10. 'Help!' (1965)
Ostensibly the soundtrack to their second movie, the Beatles' fifth album is their first real declaration of independence. They'd launch a creative whirlwind a few months later on 'Rubber Soul' that would pretty much last until the end of their career. But that album's seeds are planted here on songs like "Ticket to Ride," "Yesterday" and the hit title track.
9. 'Let It Be' (1970)
The last album to be released by the Beatles was recorded before 'Abbey Road,' but tumultuous sessions and a messy post-production schedule delayed its debut for a year. In a way, 'Let It Be' makes a pivotal swan song, with many of the songs coming off as eulogies for a once-great group. They're still mostly excellent here, but the cracks widened beyond repair.
8. 'Please Please Me' (1963)
The Beatles recorded their debut album in one 13-hour session. And it sounds like it. The group is energized as they plow through a stage repertoire of jumpy original tunes (opener "I Saw Her Standing There") and revitalized covers (closer "Twist and Shout"). They'd get sharper and tighter in the studio, but this is the sound of the band in all of its primal, ragged glory.
7. 'With the Beatles' (1963)
The Beatles' second album was sorta reworked as 'Meet the Beatles!' for the group's U.S. debut, and we prefer that version. But the original U.K. 'With the Beatles' stands as the official record these days. And it's not bad, mixing sprightly originals ("All My Loving") with well-oiled covers ("Please Mister Postman"). Beatlemania pretty much starts here.
6. 'A Hard Day's Night' (1964)
The first album to include songs written entirely by the band (well, John Lennon and Paul McCartney), 'A Hard Day's Night' is pretty much 30 minutes of pure Beatlemania. From the shimmering chord that kicks off both the album and the title track, the Beatles never let up. It's easy to get caught up in their enthusiasm.
5. 'Rubber Soul' (1965)
The Beatles responded to Beatlemania, Bob Dylan and pop music in general with their milestone sixth album. It inspired tons of artists – including Brian Wilson, who crafted the Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' in reply; the Beatles, in turn, responded with 'Sgt. Pepper's' – to move into a new era, free of commercial expectations and LP filler. They were only just beginning.
4. 'Abbey Road' (1969)
The last album recorded by the Beatles (but released before the temporarily shelved 'Let It Be'), 'Abbey Road' presented a briefly reinvigorated group trying one last time to pull it all together. George Harrison delivered two of his best songs ("Something," "Here Comes the Sun"), John Lennon plugged in and rocked out ("Come Together") and Paul McCartney checked in with a sprawling centerpiece, the eight-song, 16-minute medley that stands as one of his greatest achievements.
3. The White Album (1968)
The Beatles all but splintered into four solo artists on their messy, epic and brilliant self-titled LP (commonly known as the White Album). It took two records to contain all their ideas – some of them great, some of them maddening, all of them fascinating. It was only a matter of time before they went their separate ways; the White Album, for better or worse, leads the charge.
2. 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' (1967)
Pop music grew up in 1967, when the Beatles forged a masterpiece of sound, texture and melody. Its kaleidoscopic approach to record-making – layer after layer of instruments and voices piled on top of each other until it all blurs into one colorful explosion – would become a marker and pattern for everything that came after it. In many ways, it still hasn't been topped.
1. 'Revolver' (1966)
The Beatles turned themselves inside out on 'Revolver,' exercising a creative freedom following their retirement from the road. They used the studio as their playground, turning the record's 14 songs into the sort of mind-expanding musical template that would influence artists for generations to come. 'Sgt. Pepper's' may be the more complete work, but 'Revolver' is way more fun.