Prog-rock pioneers King Crimson will not be playing their signature album In The Court Of The Crimson King on their upcoming U.S. tour - and guitarist Robert Fripp is urging fans expecting to hear it to sell their seats for a profit.
The legendary supergroup is making a live comeback in September (14) with a 17-date trek around the States, the band's first U.S. gigs since 2008. However, band leader Fripp is warning fans not to attend the shows if they have a set idea of what tracks they want to hear the band play, as they will be in for a disappointing evening.
He tells Uncut magazine, "A guiding King Crimson principle is the music is new whenever it was written. So it's all new music. What I will say is, if you are coming with the explicit or implicit demand that you need to hear this music or that then don't come. And if you've already bought tickets, sell them to someone and you might make a profit. The point is with Crimson, if you come with an open mind, generally something worthwhile happens. If you don't, it's less likely. If you go there thinking, 'If I don't hear In the Court of the Crimson King I will have a lousy show', then you will have a lousy show. It's not on the setlist."
Jersey Boys is a big glitzy musical full of show-stopping, finely tuned musical numbers, and that signature layered sound that originally shuttled Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to the top of the music charts in the '60s. Now, Clint Eastwood is looking to shrink the live theater experience into a film adaptation.
The first trailer for the Jersey Boys film has been released, and the upcoming flick looks to stick pretty closely to the source material. The original musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Season, a couple of rough and tumble kids from Jersey that defied the odds and became pop music sensations. John Lloyd Young, the original Tony winning star of the show, is reprising his role as Valli for the film. The Jersey Boys film looks to carry over stage show's beguiling narration where each member of the Four Seasons tells a different, skewed version of the group's collective story. Breaking the fourth wall is a device used by many television shows and films, and while it remains to be seen whether Jersey Boys uses the device well, some works have used it better than others.
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Wolf of Wall Street Does it work: Yes. Scorsese's ode to excess uses the fourth wall device sparingly, having the crass Jordan Belfort unload his unholy sermons on the almighty dollar in only a few doses. It only happens a handful of times throughout the film so the technique never overstays it's welcome.
House of CardsDoes it work: It's a mixed bag. While it's sometimes fun to hear Frank Underwood deliver a vicious tongue lashing in that deep-throated southern drawl, many of the fourth wall breaking asides in House of Cards only serve as the delivery mechanism for mind numbing exposition. It's almost as if the show doesn't trust us to follow along with its political punches without Frank directly telling us what is happening.
Fight ClubDoes it work: Yes. Fight Club is often a call to action as much as it is a riotously loopy thriller. Both Brad Pitt and Edward Norton speak right to the audience while denouncing the shackling nature of our consumerist, image-obsessed culture.
Malcolm in the MiddleDoes it work: Yes, the episodes near-constant shattering of the narrative/audience barrier is in deeply coded into the DNA of the show. Malcolm in the Middle simply wouldn't be Malcolm in the Middle without Frankie Muniz's exacerbated asides to the camera. If you had a family like that, you'd probably start talking to an imaginary audience as well.
Ferris Bueller's Day OffDoes it work: An emphatic yes. Ferris' one day sabbatical from high school isn't just a solo adventure. You and everyone else in the audience is along for the ride. Part of the reason Ferris Bueller has endured over the years is because of Bueller's ability to seemingly warp and shape reality around him and ensure that everyone is having a good time. It's the ultimate teenage power fantasy, and you have you're own personal demigod tour guide.
Steely Dan's former singer David Palmer is suing the group over a royalties spat. Palmer claims his work on the band's early tracks helped to give the act its signature sound, but insists he has been paid just over $8,000 (£5,000) in royalties from radio play.
The singer, who quit the group in 1973, insists he is owed more and is suing for unspecified damages, according to TMZ.com.
Gabriel Olsen/GettyFrom the latest festive release from Brandon Flowers and company to a moving dedication to the late Paul Walker, here's a look at five of the best songs to have been unveiled over the past seven days.Clean Bandit – "Rather Be"Combining the soulful vocals of Jess Glynne with their typically inventive fusion of classical music and classic house, British quartet Clean Bandit also continue their inspired run of videos with the story of a Japanese fan whose daily life is dominated by hallucinations of the band.The Killers – "Christmas In L.A."Once again embracing the holiday spirit with their eighth Christmas single in eight years, the Las Vegas outfit team up with folk-rock outfit Dawes for a melancholic tale of a struggling Hollywood actor forced to spend the big day thousands of miles away from his loved ones.Blood Red Shoes – "The Perfect Mess"The first taster from the duo's fourth album sees lead vocalist Laura-Mary Carter deliver a furious parting shot to a man who's used up all his nine lives on a ferocious slice of garage rock which suggests she's not a woman to be messed with.RZA – "Destiny Bends"Teaming up with soul singer Will Wells, the Wu-Tang Clan star pays a heartfelt tribute to the late Paul Walker with this touching ballad about the times they shared together on the upcoming remake of Luc Besson's District 13.Haim – "Forever (Giorgio Moroder Remix)"Following on from his guest appearance on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, electro pioneer Giorgio Moroder now stamps his mark on Haim's debut single with an anthemic blend of thumping Italo disco beats, throbbing synths and the odd flashes of his signature vocoder.
Last year Solange released what was, arguably, one of the best musical collections of the year. Her EP True remained, for the most part, under the radar of mainstream music but it was a brilliant, beautiful, and unique work by the young singer. Although we can’t wait for her next solo album, her new compilation album Saint Heron is a pretty sweet holdover. Solange has officially started her own record label, Saint Records (a division of Sony), and Saint Heron is her first project. Currently streaming on Spotify, this impressive collection of artists gives us high hopes for the future of R&B, which partly involves a triumphant reimagining of the late '90s/early 2000s neo-soul days. Here are just a few artists featured on the compilation.
Jhené has worked with everyone from Drake to Kendrick Lamar to (most recently) Childish Gambino. Her own EP Sail Out is on iTunes now and the Los Angeles beauty -- with her mellow stylings and unique sound -- totally has it in her to blow up.
Recently featured in Billboard magazine, Kelela made the right move when she quit her day job as a telemarketer and started pursuing music full time. Without a doubt, she has some of the best tracks on Saint Heron. As easy on the ears as one of her biggest fans (Solange), we’re expecting big things from this up-and-coming artist as well.
Those of us who heavily associate Cassie with Bad Boy Entertainment mogul Diddy (for various reasons) may be surprised to learn that she and Solange teamed up on Indo for Saint Heron. Solange wrote the track and Cassie dropped her signature breathy vocals. The collaboration made for a great song and has us looking forward to a much-delayed sophomore effort from Cassie.
The South African vocalist is a fan of everyone from Britney Spears to Lil B. He’s already been getting some buzz here in the states, and rightfully so. The single he dropped on Saint Heron already has a video to go along with, and Noirse (which, according to his Facebook page, means "Loving someone unconditionally/ Through life and death") has a vibe unlike anything most of us have been hearing on the radio. Here’s hoping he continues to collaborate with artists like Solange to bring us some truly refreshing new sounds.
Billy Joel treated fans to a rarities show in Long Island, New York on Wednesday (16Oct13), telling the crowd at the tiny Paramount Theatre in Huntington he's "tired" of playing his hits. The Piano Man is making preparations for upcoming European dates and he staged a last-minute show, which sold out within seconds of going on sale on Tuesday (15Oct13).
Promising the 1,600 fans in attendance "some other stuff that we haven't done for a long time", Joel opened with Everybody Loves You Now from his 1971 debut album Cold Spring Harbor and continued with rare tracks including Vienna and Room of Her Own.
Introducing Blonde Over Blue, a tribute to his ex-wife Christie Brinkley, Joel told fans, "I don't think we've ever done this one, ever, so this might be a train wreck. This may be the only time we ever do it."
But the track was flawless and Joel said, "I like that one. I'm going to keep it."
There were a few fan favourites and hits thrown in for good measure, including New York State of Mind, Movin' Out, Scenes From an Italian Restaurant, We Didn't Start the Fire, It's Still Rock and Roll To Me and Only the Good Die Young.
And he couldn't perform without playing his signature tune Piano Man.
After announcing tentative plans to retire earlier this year (13), Joel seemed more than happy with his performance in Long Island at one of his most intimate gigs for years, and it appears he's considering his first major American dates since 2009 after his run of upcoming arena shows in England and Ireland later this month (Oct13).
He left the stage at the Paramount to a rapturous standing ovation, and told the crowd, "Maybe we'll see you soon."
WENNFrom a thunderous club banger by the Princess of Pop to a return to form from one of the world's biggest stadium rock bands, here's a look at five of the best tracks to have been unveiled over the past seven days.
Britney Spears – "Work B**ch"The jury's still out on Britney's solo return. On one hand, the faux-British accent, whip-cracking lyrics and obscenely dirty synths provide one of the more distinctive EDM-pop crossovers this year. But on the other, there's absolutely no semblance of a tune. Nevertheless, like previous will.i.am collaboration "Scream & Shout," it will still be utterly inescapable for months to come.
The Killers – "Shot At The Night"After disappointing with the dreary heartland rock of Battle Born, The Killers have thankfully rediscovered their synth leanings for the lead single from upcoming compilation, Direct Hits. Produced by M83's Anthony Gonzales, "Shot At The Night" possesses a similar neon-lit cinematic quality as the Frenchman's recent work without sacrificing the band's signature sense of pomp and bluster.
Katy B – "5AM"Continuing to distance herself from her previous Queen of Dubstep tag, Katy B builds on the lush house-pop that defined last year's superb Danger E.P. with this deceptively downbeat tale of a Saturday night out which appears to have ended in tears.
R. Kelly - "Genius"Never backwards in coming forwards when it comes to matters in the bedroom, R. Kelly self-appoints himself as a sex god on a smooth falsetto-led neo-soul jam which, alongside his unexpected hook-ups with Phoenix, won't do any harm in the quest to reclaim his King of R&B throne.
Katy Perry – "Dark Horse"The first track to live up to Perry's claims that third album, Prism, will be a much darker affair than Teenage Dream, "Dark Horse" is an intriguing slice of rap-inspired pop which allows the former Mrs. Russell Brand to unleash her femme fatale side, while Juicy J adds to the sense of menace with a guest rap which references cannibalistic killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
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With the recent flurry of fascinating documentaries about underappreciated musicians that started with last year's Oscar-winning Searching For Sugar Man, you might be wondering where to start with these artists' discographies. Here's the lowdown on five artists whose stories have recently played out on the big screen.
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me told the story of one of the finest bands of the 1970s, Anglophile power pop geniuses from Memphis whose career was hampered by record label incompetence and intra-band squabbles. The star-crossed Big Star Third, recorded by guitarist Alex Chilton and drummer Jody Stephens after the rest of the band had left, is justifiably considered the band's masterpiece. But that album's inebriated darkness makes a little more sense after hearing the first two, #1 Record (the only Big Star album to feature co-founder Chris Bell) and the near-perfect Radio City. Those two are available on a single CD on Fantasy Records. Or you can get the 2009 box set Keep An Eye on the Sky (Rhino Records), a four-disc behemoth heavy on the alternate mixes, outtakes and live tracks.
One of the focal points of the joyous Twenty Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love was the secret weapon of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. Literally, in some cases: The Crystals' 1962 #1 hit "He's A Rebel" was sung not by The Crystals themselves, but by Love and her group The Blossoms. The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love (Sony Legacy) gathers the finest of Love's work for Spector, including that incognito hit but not, annoyingly, her signature song "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." If you're interested in The Blossoms' non-Spector work, the fantastic U.K. reissue label Ace Records hits the high points on So Much Love: A Darlene Love Anthology 1958-1968.
The other standout of Twenty Feet From Stardom, powerhouse soul goddess Merry Clayton is best known for her thundering vocals on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," which was also the title track of her 1969 solo debut album. Though that LP and its three follow-ups are all long out of print, the recently released The Best of Merry Clayton (Sony Legacy) documents these excellent pre-disco R&B discs. It also includes her other best known track, "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow," which was used as the theme for Robert Blake's '70s cop series Baretta. So both Clayton and Love were professionally connected to famous men who were later convicted for murder. Weird.
The fascinating (though, some have charged, not entirely factual) documentary Searching For Sugar Man unexpectedly revitalized the career of a man who had been one of rock's most obscure cult figures, Detroit-born singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez. An inner-city version of Bob Dylan or Phil Ochs with a soulful, haunted voice, Rodriguez released two albums in the early 1970s, Cold Fact and Coming From Reality. Several years before Searching For Sugar Man came out, the estimable reissue label Light In The Attic Records resurrected both albums in digital, CD and sumptuous vinyl editions. Both are excellent, but 1970's Cold Fact slightly gets the edge for the creepily gorgeous "Sugar Man," a paean to the neighborhood drug dealer that remains his best-known song.
The most obscure act of the lot, Death were a mid-'70s hard rock trio consisting of three teenage African-American brothers (like Rodriguez, from Detroit) whose self-released 1975 single "Politicians In My Eyes" was for years a holy grail of underground punk collectors. The brothers Hackney only recorded seven songs during the band's lifetime, all of which can be found on the 2009 compilation ...For The Whole World To See (Drag City Records). As seen in the intimate film A Band Called Death, bassist/singer Bobby Hackney's three sons have their own punk band Rough Francis, named after a short-lived pseudonym of their late uncle David Hackney, Death's guitarist. Rough Francis just self-released their debut album Maximum Soul Power.
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Legendary country star Cowboy Jack Clement has died at the age of 82. The revered singer/songwriter and producer passed away at his Nashville, Tennessee home on Thursday morning (08Aug13) after a long illness, reports CMT.com.
Born Jack Henderson Clement in Memphis, Tennessee, he joined the U.S. Marines when he was still a teenager and served his country for four years before embarking on a career in music.
He formed his first band, a bluegrass group called Buzz and Jack & the Bayou Boys in 1953, but soon found fame as a producer and songwriter, picking up work at the Tennessee-based Sun Records, where he collaborated with a young Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.
He went on to work at RCA Records and then teamed up with the likes of Dickey Lee, Allen Reynolds and George Jones, who he convinced to record a cover of Lee's She Thinks I Still Care, which became a big hit in 1962.
Clement also produced Cash's signature tune Ring of Fire, and both tracks have since been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
His other producer credits include songs by Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Charley Pride, Tom Jones and Waylon Jennings.
He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and has also been immortalised in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame online and the Music City Walk of Fame in Tennessee.
In April (13), Clement was announced as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame's Class of 2013.
Nile Rodgers is hoping to repeat the success of his Get Lucky collaboration with Daft Punk by re-teaming with the French duo to work on a batch of unfinished tracks by his former band Chic. The guitarist lent his signature funk sounds to Get Lucky, which became a hit around the world after its release in April (13) and scored Daft Punk their first number one single in the U.K. charts.
Rodgers is now keen to join forces with Daft Punk again after he discovered a collection of long-lost Chic tracks in the Warner Music tape library.
In an interview with DJAZZ.tv Rodgers says, "I found in the Warner (Music) tape library some old, unreleased Chic masters that were in boxes that said Chic (on the label) but when you opened it up they had Johnny Mathis inside... my film scores... Nile Rodgers solo tracks (and) Chic tracks that were not designed for any project so I'm (going to) finish (them)... (and) Daft Punk wants to do at least one of them with me, so that should be very cool because they respect the music, they understand."