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Bruce Springsteen announced this morning through his website and Facebook page that he'll be releasing a new album, High Hopes, on January 14. Well, it's sort of a new album, but it consists of new studio versions of songs fans of Springsteen's epic live shows will already be familiar with.
Eight of the album's 11 tracks feature ex-Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who stood in for Bruce's usual onstage foil Steve Van Zandt on a recent Australian tour. During that jaunt, the revised band dug into a couple of Bruce's favorite punk-era tracks: "Just Like Fire Would" by Australia's legendary Saints and "Dream Baby Dream" by pioneering Lower Manhattan electro duo Suicide. The title track comes from an even more obscure source, an early '90s roots-rock record by L.A. trio the Havalinas, whose singer-songwriter Tim Scott had fronted early '80s rockabilly revivalists Levi and the Rockats and in 1984 released one of the absolute worst synth-pop records of the decade, Swear.
The rest of the album consists of Springsteen originals, including a new duet version of the Woody Guthrie-esque "The Ghost of Tom Joad" and the first studio recording of "American Skin (41 Shots)," a protest song about the unprovoked 1999 police shooting of unarmed 24-year-old Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo that was a staple of Springsteen's live show in 1999 and 2000. High Hopes will be released on January 14, 2014. In the meantime, here's the title track.
Rocker Adam Levine has brushed off speculation he is about to be named this year's Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine editors, insisting he knows nothing about the rumoured honour. Publication bosses will reveal Channing Tatum's successor next week (beg18Nov13), and reports suggest the Maroon 5 frontman is the frontrunner to land the coveted cover of the annual hot men issue.
Levine was quizzed about the honour during an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Today on Friday (15Nov13), but clearly didn't want to talk about the story, telling anchorwoman Savannah Guthrie, "It would be an interesting idea... but I know nothing."
Levine, who is engaged to marry Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo next year (14), has featured in People's Sexiest Man Alive issue before but he has never landed the cover and the title.
Richard Branson's first Virgin Galactic space flight will be broadcast live on U.S. TV network NBC. The Virgin empire founder and his two adult children, Holly and Sam, will be the first private passengers to jet off into space when they take off on SpaceShipTwo from a base in New Mexico next year (14).
The three-hour live broadcast as part of breakfast show Today will be hosted by Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie.
If all goes well, Branson's commercial space flights will begin later next year (14) with celebrities like Ashton Kutcher and Lady Gaga among the first people to experience a few minutes high above the earth.
The childhood home of folk legend Woody Guthrie is to be rebuilt more than 30 years after it was demolished. The house, in the town of Okemah, Oklahoma, was torn down in the late 1970s, but developers have now announced plans to reconstruct it using original planks of wood which were salvaged during the demolition.
The project will cost an estimated $500,000 (£333,333) and organisers hope to raise funds through public donations and a benefit concert, reportedly to be headlined by Kris Kristofferson, which will take place in Tulsa next month (Oct13).
Johnny Buschardt, a spokesman for the project, tells Billboard.com, "If you were to put a Mount Rushmore of American music here in the Midwest, the first two artists on it would be Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie. Without Woody, there wouldn't be a Bob Dylan or a Bruce Springsteen."
Construction is due to begin in November (13). Guthrie died in October, 1967, aged 55.
What’s in a name? Everything if you’re a rock star. Majority of people are born with boring, everyday names - unless, of course, you’re born to a 20th century celebrity, in which case your name is a fruit, Disney character, or another entry from the MeSoUnique dictionary. In order to be larger-than-life celebrities, these rockers opted for a larger-than-life name.
Here’s a rundown of rockers with some of the best names that their mamas don't call them by.
Marilyn Manson (Brian Hugh Warner) The artist formerly known as Brian Hugh Warner came up with his stage name by combing the names of 2 infamous icons from the 1960s: Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. He chose the 2 celebs because he wanted to have the “fakest stage name of all” to reflect the phoniness of show business. Well played, Brian.
Axl Rose (William Bruce Rose, Jr.) Before his name was synonymous with rock star douchebaggery, Axl Rose was called William Bruce Rose, Jr. The name we’ve all come to love and loathe him by came from the name of one of the first bands he was in when he first moved to Los Angeles: AXL. Of course, there is that whole anagram story…
Elvis Costello (Declan Patrick MacManus) Declan MacManus may sound like the name of a capo from the Westies, but it’s actually the birth name of post-punk rock god Elvis Costello. Costello took his name from his musician father’s stage name (Day Costello) and Elvis Presley.
Cat Power (Charlyn Marie Marshall) Cat Power sounds like the slogan of a felinist wanting to empower kitties everywhere, but really the indie rocker’s stage name came from a guy wearing a Caterpillar trucker cap. Power was part of a band that needed a name for their first show, and after seeing a man in a “Cat Diesel Power” hat, she knew she found the name. Though she ended up moving to New York a couple years after, the name stuck and she’s been Cat Power ever since.
Slash (Saul Hudson) Back in the 70s, when someone said “Better call Saul,” they were talking about Saul Hudson. Slash got his nickname from family friend and actor Seymour Cassel, who started calling him the name due to the fact that he was always in a hurry and never in one place for a long period of time.
Iggy Pop (James Newell Osterberg) Iggy Pop has long been called the Godfather of Punk, but his real name sounds like the name of an 80-year-old Russian history professor. After serving as the drummer for The Iguanas, Mr. Osterberg officially became Iggy. The “Pop” came after a friend of the Stooges, Jimmy Pop, lost all his hair, including his eyebrows, prompting Iggy to shave off his eyebrows in tribute and consequently being dubbed Iggy Pop.
Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellor) John Graham Mellor sure doesn’t sound like the name of the frontman of one of the original punk bands, so it’s no surprise that he changed his name. Before he was Joe Strummer, though, he went by Woody Mellor, in honor of folk legend Woody Guthrie. He used this moniker during his time with the 101’ers and a couple years before the Clash was born, changed his name to Joe Strummer. The “Joe” was to signify that he was nothing special, just a “regular joe,” and the “Strummer” pertained to his rather lackluster rhythm guitar skills.
The Cramps: Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser) & Poison Ivy (Kristy Marlana Wallace) “Hi, my name is Lux Interior and this is my wife, Poison Ivy.” Few people get to drop opening lines like that, but the 2 permanent members of psychobilly pioneers the Cramps were an exception. Interior not surprisingly took his name from an old car commercial, while Ivy (who also went by Ivy Rorschach) stated the name had come to her in a dream.
Brody Dalle (Bree Joanna Alice Robinson) With a name like Bree Joanna Alice Robinson, you’re either going to become a Type A debutante who looks up to Paris Hilton, or you’re going to drop every part of your name and become one of the most hardcore lead singers of a punk rock band. Luckily for the world, Bree Robinson opted for the latter and changed her name to Brody. Before she adopted her last name from crazy/badass French actress Beatrice Dalle, however, she was known as Brody Armstrong (aka Tim Armstrong’s wife). A Rolling Stone tongue-makeout session with Josh Homme later, Brody Armstrong officially became Brody Dalle.
Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie) Born John Simon Ritchie, Sid Vicious went on to personify the defining aspects of punk rock – rebellion, attitude, and safety pins. The story of the Sex Pistols is one of abrupt fame coupled with an even speedier decline, and Vicious’ scandalous life and tumultuous relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen made for a punk rock fairytale, where there’s no such thing as a happy ending. The best part of all this, though, is that the dude was named after a hamster. After being bit by Johnny Rotten’s fuzzy, lovable hamster Sid, the then-John Ritchie said, “Sid is really vicious!,” and Rotten decided that a star was born.
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Superstar Beyonce battled through a sore throat to headline The Sound of Change charity concert in London on Saturday (01Jun13). The R&B beauty thrilled fans at Twickenham Stadium by belting out hits including Run the World (Girls), Halo and Crazy in Love with her rapper husband Jay-Z, but she admitted to U.S. reporter Samantha Guthrie before the gig that she was struggling with a slight illness.
A clip of the newswoman's backstage interview with Beyonce aired on breakfast show Today on Monday (03Jun13), prompting co-host Natalie Morales to comment on the singer sounding "a little hoarse", to which Guthrie replied, "She did. She said she was struggling with her speaking voice. I said, 'How are you gonna sing?' She said, 'Oh it's different vocal cords.' Let me tell you, she sang her heart out; gave a great performance."
Jennifer Lopez, Florence + The Machine, John Legend, Jessie J and Ellie Goulding were also among the acts on the all-star line-up, while Madonna, Salma Hayek, James Franco and Blake Lively all made appearances onstage to promote education, health and justice for women worldwide through the Chime for Change foundation.
The sold-out female empowerment benefit helped to raise over $4 million (£2.6 million) for the cause.
Beyonce, who overcame a secret bout of tonsillitis at the start of her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in April (13), will have a few weeks to rest her voice and recover - she doesn't kick off the North American leg of her trek until 28 June (13), when she will hit the stage in Los Angeles.
Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser is heading back to his native Minnesota to portray literary hero Mr. Darcy in a new stage production of Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice. The actor, who plays angry ad man Pete Campbell on hit TV show Mad Men, will put his charm to the test as he treads the boards this summer (13) at the Guthrie Theater.
His casting has raised some eyebrows among local critics, but Kartheiser is determined to prove them wrong.
He tells the Associated Press, "It's interesting playing a character that people have such strong feelings about before I've even begun playing him. I don't have a lot of experience playing famous characters and it's an interesting expectation that lays on my head."
The actor is no stranger to the Guthrie Theater - he first performed there at the age of seven in a production of A Christmas Carol.
Pride and Prejudice will run from 6 July (13) until the end of August (13).
A museum dedicated to late folk singer Woody Guthrie has opened in his native Oklahoma. Dozens of the music legend's fans turned out to the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa on Saturday (27Apr13) to celebrate the Red River Valley hitmaker's life and work, 46 years after his death.
The space contains Guthrie's original, handwritten version of folk anthem This Land Is Your Land and a multimedia tour of America's Dust Bowl era, which served as inspiration for many of his songs, as well as the icon's complete archive of song lyrics, artwork, photographs and journal entries. Other rare items on display include contributions from musicians influenced by the singer, such as Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger.
His 63-year-old daughter Nora Guthrie, who attended the opening, is proud of the exhibit - she tells the Associated Press, "I realised that everything Woody learned - empathy, compassion - all of this stuff he learned in Oklahoma. He got all his ideas initially here.
"The core of who he was was determined in Oklahoma, and that's something that everyone in Oklahoma should be very proud of. Woody always wrote songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work and in your children."
Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray has spoken out from prison to insist he is a victim of injustice and is determined to win his medical licence back. The medic was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison for causing the superstar's death in 2009, but he is currently appealing against his conviction.
Murray becomes eligible for release in October (13), but he insists he is fighting to clear his name rather than pushing for his freedom.
In a phone call to America's Today show from the jail where he is being held, Murray says, "I hope the court will see that an injustice has occurred on this occasion. If that is the case, I will have my (medical) licence back and I will continue to practice medicine..."
When host Savannah Guthrie asks whether he takes any personal responsibility for what happened to Michael Jackson, Murray replies defiantly, "Not any responsibility that relates to his death. I am sorry that I have lost Michael as a friend and as a patient... It's a tremendous loss... It's going to remain with me for the rest of my life, but I am not going to accept responsibility for anything I did not do. .. (He) caused his own demise."
The incarcerated doctor goes on to suggest his time in prison has been a "horrendous experience".
Jackson died after suffering an overdose of anaesthetic Propofol at his home in California just weeks before he was due to kick off a huge comeback concert series. Murray's bid to clear his name comes as Jackson's mother, Katherine, prepares for the start of her legal battle with AEG Live bosses, the promoters behind the This Is It shows, over her son's death.
She wants them to be held responsible for hiring Murray to look after the singer.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers closed out the first weekend of the Coachella festival in California by playing through a desert sandstorm on Sunday night (14Apr13) as drummer Chad Smith celebrated his 51st birthday. Severe winds whipped up sands throughout the afternoon and evening and threatened to wreck the band's set, but the storm died down just as the group hit the outdoor stage and ceased to be a problem.
Frontman Anthony Kiedis told the crowd, "I feel like I'm in Lawrence of Arabia," while bassist Flea added, "I feel like I'm in the Dust Bowl with Woody Guthrie."
Rappers Wu-Tang Clan, who drew a huge crowd to the Outdoor Theatre, also commented on the storm during their celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - RZA spat: "We didn't expect a motherf**king sandstorm!"
Highlights from Sunday also included performances by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Grimes, Tame Impala and The Gaslight Anthem.
All the acts will return to the Indio festival site this coming weekend (19-21Apr13) for the second leg of Coachella.