Scottish singer Susan Boyle is expecting a major backlash from Beatles fans after covering John Lennon's iconic hit Imagine. The I Dreamed a Dream hitmaker is to release her sixth album in November (14) and the record includes covers of classic songs, which she admits is a "risk".
Lennon's peace anthem Imagine is among those featured, and Boyle reveals the 1971 hit was the toughest to cover.
She says, "John Lennon’s Imagine was one of the hardest to record, not because of the music or the vocals but because I wanted to do his song justice. Of course the die hard Lennon fans will probably criticise, but I hope that people like my personal take on the song."
Other covers on the album include Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water and Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here.
Singer Art Garfunkel has just completed a walk through Europe he began in 1988. The Simon & Garfunkel star began his periodical wandering from Ireland to Turkey after marathon walks through America and Japan, and he finally reached his destination last month (Aug14), before embarking on his latest European tour.
A spokesman for the Bright Eyes singer, who recently won his battle with a lengthy vocal problem that threatened to end his career, says, "He walks all day, gets picked up at night, finds a hotel then gets dropped off in the same spot the next morning... He just likes walking!"
Garfunkel adds, "I walk for the exercise, for the spiritual flush. I sing, I write, I try to connect with the wonder of it all. It's been a beautiful, healthy, and fine madness."
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Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey is set to tackle song classics by Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra and Simon & Garfunkel at a one-off benefit concert next month (Sep14).
The House of Cards star, who portrayed singer Bobby Darin in 2004's Beyond the Sea, will show off his musical talents once again at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. on 29 September (14), when he will be backed by a 40-piece orchestra. Spacey plans to perform a few pop covers, in addition to a collection of swing numbers, intertwined with stories from his career.
He tells the Associated Press, "You never know what I might come up with." Tickets for the gig are priced at $104 (£61) and proceeds will benefit the actor's Kevin Spacey Foundation.
Veteran singer/songwriter Paul Simon was slapped by his wife Edie Brickell for breaking her heart during a domestic dispute at their Connecticut home last weekend (26-27Apr14), according to the official police report.
Cops were called to the couple's house in New Canaan on Saturday (26Apr14) and they were both issued with misdemeanours for disorderly conduct. The Simon & Garfunkel star, 72, and his wife of almost 22 years played down the altercation during a court appearance on Monday (28Apr14), when they told the judge they did not feel threatened by one another.
Simon said, "We had an argument which is atypical of us. Neither of us has any fear or any reason to feel threatened. I don't feel like I need to be protected", while a statement issued by Brickell after the hearing read: "I got my feelings hurt and picked a fight with my husband. The police called it disorderly. Thank God it's orderly now."
The police report documenting the incident has since been made public and, according to investigators, it was folk singer Brickell who sparked the fight after losing her temper and slapping Simon for doing something that "broke her heart" after confronting him in their home music studio. She did not go into detail about what offended her, but told officers her husband couldn't "handle being criticized in any manner and became confrontational".
The bust-up left Simon with a "superficial cut to his ear", while 47-year-old Brickell, who was noted as having "a strong odor of alcohol on her breath", suffered a "small bruise to her right wrist". She also later told cops that Paul had been "acting like a spoiled baby" by calling the police over the argument.
Meanwhile, the couple is moving on from the domestic drama with a new song - Brickell posted an acoustic duet with Simon, titled Like To Get To Know You, on her website on Wednesday (30Apr14). On the track, they sing about feeling a little estranged from one another as they notice other couples getting along, before crooning, "I wouldn't trade places with anyone, none of them/ 'Cause I'd like to get to know you again."
Police have cleared up reports Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell were arrested for disorderly conduct, explaining the couple was only issued misdemeanour summonses. The Simon & Garfunkel star and Brickell were reportedly detained by cops following an alleged bust-up at their home in New Canaan, Connecticut on Saturday night (26Apr14), but police chief Leon Krolikowski explains there were no arrests.
On Monday (28Apr14), Simon and Brickell briefly appeared in court and told Judge William Wenzel they did not feel threatened by each other.
Simon said, "Both of us are fine together. We're going home together, and we're going to watch our son play baseball. We had an argument which is atypical of us. Neither of us has any fear or any reason to feel threatened. I don't feel like I need to be protected."
Brickell added, "He's no threat to me at all."
Following the hearing, Brickell released a statement through her lawyer about the incident.
It read, "I got my feelings hurt and picked a fight with my husband. The police called it disorderly. Thank God it's orderly now."
Simon and his wife are scheduled to appear in court for a follow-up hearing on 16 May (14).
Veteran musician Paul Simon has been arrested in Connecticut. The Simon & Garfunkel star, 72, was detained by police officers on suspicion of disorderly conduct following an alleged bust-up with his wife, 48-year-old singer Edie Brickell, at their home in New Canaan on Saturday night (26Apr14).
Officers who attended the scene also arrested Brickell on suspicion of disorderly conduct and they were both taken into custody, according to TMZ.com. They are both scheduled to appear at Norwalk Superior Court on Monday (28Apr14). The couple has been married for more than 20 years and they are parents to three children together.
Art Garfunkel is set to embark on a tour of American theatres after a four-year hiatus, prompted by his vocal issues. The singer has cancelled several shows and tours since he discovered he was suffering from vocal cord paresis in 2010, but last year (13) he played a string of small shows, and now he is ready to set out on the road again later this month (Jan14).
A statement from Garfunkel, reads, "The voice is back. I'm in flight again. I believe I have grown through adversity. A new creation has emerged that is truly exciting me - my stage show."
The four-week tour will kick off on 29 January (14) in Franklin, Tennessee.
Everly Brothers star Phil Everly has died, aged 74. The younger of the two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame siblings, Phil passed away in Burbank, California on Friday (03Jan14) of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
His wife Patti tells the Los Angeles Times, "We are absolutely heartbroken."
He and his brother Don had a string of hits in the 1950s and 1960s and influenced the likes of the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel. Their songs included Wake Up Little Susie, Bye Bye Love and All I Have to Do Is Dream.
Everly was born to country stars Ike and Margaret Everly in Chicago, Illinois in January, 1939. He joined the family act as a boy.
He and Don enjoyed their first hit, Bye Bye Love, in 1957, and followed that with another classic, Wake Up Little Susie.
His brother Don will turn 77 in February (14). The stars' mother is still alive.
The news of Everly's death comes just weeks after the release of Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong and singer Norah Jones' new tribute album, Foreverly - their take on the brothers' controversial second album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.
In a recent USA Today interview, Armstrong revealed he was a huge fan, stating, "They are so immaculate."
He added, "That record was pretty daring at the time. A lot of other rock guys were trying to go pop. Chuck Berry had a string of big hits, and the same with Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis. And here the Everlys were playing these torch songs and murder ballads. For them to do something so dark and angelic was appealing to me."
The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Country music star Garth Brooks will bow out of his Las Vegas residency next month (Nov13) by performing for millions of fans across the U.S. in a live concert special. The singer has been playing sold-out shows at the Wynn Las Vegas resort for the past three years, but he is determined to go out with a bang and has signed a deal with bosses at America's CBS network to beam his final gig into devotees' homes on the night after Thanksgiving (29Nov13).
Brooks will pay tribute to his biggest inspirations during the two-hour event, performing classic covers of songs by George Jones, Merle Haggard, George Strait and Simon & Garfunkel, among others, and he'll be sharing the influence their music has had on his own greatest hits.
A statement released by Brooks reads: "This is the soundtrack of my life. Growing up the last of six kids, music was the life blood of our family. And as you can imagine, Mom, Dad and each kid had his or her own favorite stuff, and it all funneled down to me."