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Aretha Franklin

Posted on 13 October 2019 by Brian Walsh

A new book about Aretha Franklin, featuring never-before-seen photos of the iconic singer, will be released on October 14.

The book, titled “The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait,” was written by award-winning photojournalist Linda Solomon.

The title was influenced by the music legend’s famous quote, “I am the lady next door when I am not on stage.”

Photos in the 214-page book were taken by Solomon, who started covering the Queen of Soul in 1983.

“I would always take a few photographs whether it would be at one of her private birthday parties, her son’s graduation or during rehearsals at some of her most iconic concerts,” she told CultureShift.

“She was one of the most private celebrities, but if she trusted you, the relationship was one that you could cherish forever,” according to Solomon.

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Steve Perry

Posted on 13 October 2019 by Brian Walsh

Steve Perry has revealed that he plans to release new music in time for the Christmas holiday season.

In a message on Twitter to mark the first anniversary of his comeback album Traces, Perry said, “1 yr since Traces my 1st record in 25 yrs was released. TY for receiving it w/ such kindness. More to come incl Xmas music this yr. TY for ur support & acceptance of this new music. TY to my label @fantasyrecords for their constant support. It wouldn’t be possible w/o all of you.”

Perry was on hiatus for more than two decades after leaving the rock band Journey and was not sure if he would make a comeback to music.

“I went back to my hometown and hung out with friends. I rode my motorcycle on these country roads on the outskirts of Fresno, where I was born and raised. There was something cathartic about just stopping,” Perry said in a 2018 interview with disc jockey Scott Shannon.

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Bob Seger

Posted on 13 October 2019 by Brian Walsh

Capitol Records/UMe announced that to mark the 40th anniversary of Bob Seger’s chart-topping album Against The Wind, a remastered vinyl reissue will be released on November 22.

Against The Wind will be offered in standard black vinyl with fully restored original artwork.

Additionally, a limited edition color version in translucent blue vinyl will also be released.

The limited edition will include a bonus commemorative black vinyl single of two of Seger’s early recordings “Lookin’ Back” b/w “Lucifer.”

Originally released in 1980, Against The Wind features the hit songs “Against The Wind,” “Fire Lake,” “Her Strut,” and “You’ll Accomp’ny Me.”

The album spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart and earned Seger & The Silver Bullet Band a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

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John Paul Jones & Anssi Karttumen

Posted on 13 October 2019 by Brian Walsh

Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen’s joint venture Sons Of Chipotle is set to make its U.S. debut in March 2020.

The band will perform at the Big Ears Festival between March 26 and 29 in Knoxville, Tennessee, with Jones playing the piano and Karttunen playing cello and electronics.

“Both musicians are known to be curious minds, always ready to learn and to discover,” notes the Big Ears Festival website. “When they improvise, borders disappear, they are free to migrate beyond prejudices, across continents. In a world where walls are being built and people are told where they cannot go, Sons of Chipotle want music to be a place of openness.”

Sons Of Chipotle performed their maiden acts in Tokyo and South Korea in September.

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