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Dashboard Confessional

Posted on 22 November 2020 by Brian Walsh

Alt-Rock band Dashboard Confessional have shared their take on Elvis Presley’s 1957 classic, “Blue Christmas.”

“I’ve always loved Christmas songs and I’ve always loved Elvis,” shared frontman Chris Carraba.

The cover is being released as part of the Spotify Singles: Holiday Collection and joins Carraba’s previously issued tracks, “Screaming Infidelities” and a cover of Post Malone’s “Circles.”

“What better choice could I have made for our Spotify Single than ‘Blue Christmas,'” he continued. “We delved into some seriously dreamy territory for our take on this classic Christmas song.”

The song, along with the others, was recorded live at the Electric Lady Studios in New York City this year.

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Nelly

Posted on 22 November 2020 by Brian Walsh

Nelly is set to portray rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry in an upcoming Buddy Holly biopic.

Colin Hanks and Diane Guerrero have also joined the cast of Clear Lake. Previously, Irish actor Ruairi O’Connor was tapped as Buddy Holly for the biopic.

The movie will be directed by Bruce Beresford, who has received Oscar nominations for the Breaker Morant script and for directing Tender Mercies.

Clear Lake will tell the story of how Holly and other famous musicians of the late 1950s gave birth to rock ‘n’ roll while changing the trajectory of civil rights in America.

Holly died in a plane crash outside Clear Lake, Iowa, on February 3, 1959, along with Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson.

The biopic is being produced by Rick French of Prix Productions and Stuart Benjamin of Stuart Benjamin Productions.

In 2010, Nelly and Berry had performed a free concert in their home city of St. Louis. Berry died in 2017 at the age of 90.

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Wolfgang Van Halen

Posted on 22 November 2020 by Brian Walsh

Wolfgang Van Halen has made it clear that he is not interested in playing his late father’s songs with his new band.

The former bassist of Van Halen spoke his mind when asked about the possibility of Mammoth WVH covering Van Halen live during SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation” radio show.

“Absolutely not. If I do, I’d want it to be really f—ing different. I wouldn’t wanna just sit there and play ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.’ I’d wanna do a cool acoustic cover of ‘Little Guitars’ or some shit, something different,” Wolfgang told Eddie Trunk.

He added, “I refuse to tread the same ground as my dad. I need to forge my own path. I’m not gonna put out a Van Halen cover album or anything. If I do happen to, it would be under that context. It would be different.”

Wolfgang made the remarks a few days after releasing his first-ever solo song, “Distance,” in which he pays emotional tribute to his late father, Eddie Van Halen.

Further, while giving an explanation to a Twitter follower, he said, “Playing to Dad’s isolated tracks would be dumb and a complete mockery of his legacy. I don’t want to play to his tracks. … I want to play with him.”

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Angus Young

Posted on 22 November 2020 by Brian Walsh

Angus Young in a recent interview opened up about his late brother Malcolm Young’s struggle with dementia during his final days.

The AC/DC co-founder became emotional during an appearance on “60 Minutes Australia” on the third anniversary of Malcolm’s death.

“I think the hardest part was not so much in parting, because that was a kind of end, you know – the relief,” Angus said. “The decline, that’s the hard part, because you knew him, and then to see that was gone.”

“Even to the end … if I was there, from here to here he had a big smile. And I think that was probably … for me, that always gave me a kind of joy, even though he was in that state. That was always the joy of it,” Angus said of his brother, who retired from the rock band in 2014 due to health reasons.

AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson also paid emotional tribute to Malcolm by taking part in the interview.

“Very emotional when he went. It’s all too soon, isn’t it? Too quick and too soon,” he said of Malcom’s death in November 2017.

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Mike Campbell

Posted on 22 November 2020 by Brian Walsh

Guitarist Mike Campbell has revealed that he is not yet “ready emotionally” for a Heartbreakers reunion following the death of frontman Tom Petty in 2017.

“I would consider it at some point in the future, only because I had a couple conversations with Tom where he put forth the idea of a Wildflowers theater tour,” Campbell shared in an interview with Rolling Stone.

He admitted to needing more time to “grieve a little more to get to that point in time,” but also added that he is “not against the idea.”

“I do miss the guys, but Tom left a huge hole in the band,” Campbell added.

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