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John Lennon

Posted on 28 September 2020 by Brian Walsh

Mark David Chapman, who assassinated John Lennon, said in his latest parole hearing that he deserved the death penalty for committing the crime.

Chapman told a parole board last month that he killed the Beatles legend 40 years ago for glory.

“I assassinated him… because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason and I was very, very, very, very much seeking self-glory. Very selfish,” Chapman said.

“I deserve zero, nothing. At the time I deserved the death penalty.
When you knowingly plot someone’s murder and know it’s wrong and you do it for yourself, that’s a death penalty right there, in my opinion,” a transcript released on Monday quoted Chapman as saying.

“At the time my thinking was he has all of this money, lives in this beautiful apartment and he is into music representing a more cautious lifestyle, a more giving lifestyle,” Chapman told parole commissioners. “It made me angry and jealous compared to the way I was living at the time. There was jealousy in there.”

Chapman shot and killed Lennon on the night of December 8, 1980, in front of his Upper West Side apartment building in Manhattan. Lennon had autographed his album, Double Fantasy, for him earlier in the day.

New York State correctional officers revealed last month that Chapman had been denied parole for the 11th time.

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Doobie Brothers

Posted on 28 September 2020 by Brian Walsh

The Doobie Brothers have asked Bill Murray to pay for using their song “Listen to the Music” in a commercial for the actor’s line of golf clothing.

In a letter, with little a touch of humor, the band’s attorney Peter Paterno addressed Murray for using the 1972 hit, which was written by Tom Johnston.

“It’s a fine song,” the letter reads. “I know you agree because you keep using it in ads for your Zero Hucks Given golf shirts. However, given that you haven’t paid to use it, maybe you should change the name to ‘Zero Bucks Given.'”

Murray launched his apparel line, the William Murray Golf Collection, in September 2016.

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Cheap Trick

Posted on 28 September 2020 by Brian Walsh

American rock band Cheap Trick have shared a cover of David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel.”

“Rebel Rebel” is the lead single from Bowie’s 1974 album Diamond Dogs. Several publications consider it to be one of Bowie’s greatest songs and it’s also Bowie’s most-covered track.

Cheap Trick released three full-length albums between 2016 and 2017 and have been steadily dropping new singles and covers the past three years, including 2018’s “The Summer Looks Good on You” and Harry Nilsson’s “Ambush” and John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth.

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Jimmy Buffett

Posted on 26 September 2020 by Brian Walsh

Jimmy Buffett, Mac McAnally, Tommy Barnes, legendary Blues artist B.B. King and the late Reggie Bates were inducted into the Mississippi Songwriters Hall of Fame.

They were inducted at a virtual Hall of Fame ceremony held last Thursday.

During the ceremony, which was turned virtual over coronavirus concerns, Pascagoula Mayor Steve Demetropoulos congratulated Buffett.

“It’s been said that Mississippi is the birth place of America’s music, well Jimmy Buffett is America’s music,” Demetropoulos said about the Mississippi Gulf Coast-native.

“It’s a long way from the Pascagoula run and my early days growing up in Mississippi certainly had an impact on the way I wrote songs and what I wrote about. So, thank you Mississippi for that,” Buffet said in a recorded message.

Bates, who was the Mississippi Songwriters Alliance Board of Directors, died in August from coronavirus.

Hall of Fame member Paul Overstreet accepted the award on behalf of his family.

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Marvin Gaye

Posted on 26 September 2020 by Brian Walsh

Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On beat out The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to take over the top spot.

The American singer-songwriter’s 1971 masterpiece began as a reaction to police brutality, and after half a century, it persists as a timely backdrop to another heated summer.

It is followed by The Beach Boys’ 1966 album Pet Sounds and Joni Mitchell’s Blue, released in 1971.

Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks also find a place in the top 10.

The new 500 list is “less rock-centric,” according to the magazine.

154 albums are new to the 500, and 86 albums from the 21st Century made the list.

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Daryl’s House

Posted on 20 September 2020 by Brian Walsh

AXS TV announced that “Live From Daryl’s House” will return next month for a new season featuring two never-before-seen episodes.

The music series hosted by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Daryl Hall will make its return on AXS TV on October 1.

The highlights of this season’s 10-episode series include performances from Joe Walsh, Cheap Trick, Smokey Robinson, Billy Gibbons, Johnny Rzeznik, The O’Jays, Ben Folds, and Kandace Springs.

The never-before-seen episodes will feature Tommy Shaw from Styx and Ty Taylor from Vintage Trouble.

This season’s “Live From Daryl’s House” schedule:

October 1 Tommy Shaw of Styx
October 8 Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble
October 15 Joe Walsh
October 22 Johnny Rzenik of Goo Goo Dolls
October 29 Kandace Springs
November 5 Cheap Trick
November 12 Smokey Robinson
November 19 Sharon Jones
December 3 Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top
December 10 The O’Jays

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Stevie Nicks

Posted on 20 September 2020 by Brian Walsh

Stevie Nicks has announced that special concert film, Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold the Concert, will screen in theaters for two nights.

The concert film, directed by Joe Thomas, was recorded during Nicks’ 2017 stops in Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.

Tickets will go on sale on September 23 through the movie’s official site and screen on October 21 and 25 at select cinemas, drive-ins and exhibition spaces around the world.

“The 24 Karat Gold Tour was my all-time favorite tour,” Nicks said.
“I not only got to sing my songs but I was able to tell their stories for the first time. I love having the opportunity to share this concert with my fans.”

The film includes songs from Nicks’ career as a solo artist and as a member of Fleetwood Mac, including “Rhiannon,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” “Edge of Seventeen,” “Stand Back,” and “Landslide.”

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Elton John Gift Box Set

Posted on 20 September 2020 by Brian Walsh

Elton John has announced the upcoming release of an extensive box set including 60 previously unreleased songs.

Elton: Jewel Box is described as an in-depth exploration of Elton John’s extensive catalog including rarities from 1965-1971, lesser-known B-Sides, and deep cuts personally curated by him.

To be released on November 13 via UMC / EMI, the wide collection contains 148 songs spanning 1965 to 2019 on 8CD, 4LP, 3LP, 2LP, digital download and streaming formats.

The extensive back catalog covers deep cuts, rarities from the earliest stages of his and Bernie Taupin’s musical journey, B-sides spanning 30 years and songs discussed in his best-selling, critically acclaimed 2019 memoir “Me.”

The 8 CD boxset comes in a beautiful hardcover book with the discs housed in the back, all wrapped in an outer slipcase. Each section comes accompanied with extensive notes including a track-by-track commentary by Elton for Deep Cuts.

Speaking about the box set, the legendary singer said, “As a devout record collector myself, this project has really excited me and I couldn’t be happier with the level of craft involved in such a carefully curated, lovingly constructed boxset.”

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Beatles Book

Posted on 20 September 2020 by Brian Walsh

The Beatles have announced a coffee-table book to accompany the release of a forthcoming feature documentary helmed by Lord of The Rings director Peter Jackson.

Titled “Get Back,” the 240-page hardcover book will feature hundreds of previously unpublished images, as well as snippets of transcribed conversations between the bandmembers, curated from more than 120 recorded hours of the studio sessions of the Let It Be album.

“This definitive volume will present an exclusive, in-their-own-words account of The Beatles’ Let It Be recording sessions, illustrated with hundreds of previously unpublished images, including photos by Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney,” read the release announcing the news.

The book will also contain a foreword by Jackson and an introduction by British playwright, Hanif Kureishi. It will be published on August 31, 2021.

“The Beatles: Get Back” will be a special and essential companion to Jackson’s feature documentary film of the same name, which is set for theatrical release on August 27, 2021.

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