Archive | April, 2021

Streaming Compensation

Posted on 25 April 2021 by Brian Walsh

156 British musicians, including Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, Noel Gallagher, Chris Martin, Led Zeppelin and Annie Lennox have written a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for reforms to streaming royalty payments.

“For too long, streaming platforms, record labels and other internet giants have exploited performers and creators without rewarding them fairly. We must put the value of music back where it belongs – in the hands of music makers,” the artists said in the introduction of the letter.

The artists, represented by the Musicians’ Union, argue the 1988 Copyright Act has “not kept up with the pace of technological change” in the music industry.

The letter complains of multinational corporations wielding extraordinary power and songwriters struggling as a result.

They called for an immediate government referral to the Competition and Markets Authority and the appointment of a regulator to ensure the lawful and fair treatment of music makers.

A British parliamentary panel is looking into the economic impact that music streaming is having on artists, record labels and the wider music industry as part of the “Economics Of Music Streaming” inquiry.

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Benefit Concert

Posted on 25 April 2021 by Brian Walsh

The National Museum of African American Music will host a benefit concert featuring special tribute performances in honor of Black music icons on June 17.

During this live streamed event, the NMAAM will present the coveted Rhapsody and Rhythm award to the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and Quincy Jones.

The Nashville-based museum’s 7th annual “Celebration of Legends” concert is part of a three-day celebration of Black Music Month to be held at the recently opened Nashville venue and sponsored by Amazon.

On June 18, artists, industry leaders and culture creators will converge in Nashville for the first State of Black Music Summit. This event will feature panels and dynamic discourse exploring the intersections of black music and culture.

The NMAAM will officially commemorate the success of the museum’s opening with a special dedication ceremony and confirm the museum space as a national cultural institution and authority in Black music on June 19.

On the same day, the NMAAM will host a block party style outdoor event, featuring live music performances, food, and stations from its community partners.

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Foreigner Adds More Concert Dates

Posted on 25 April 2021 by Brian Walsh

Rock band Foreigner have added 13 new dates for their “The Greatest Hits of Foreigner Tour.”

“After a year in lockdown and postponed shows, Foreigner is set to return this summer! Foreigner announced The Greatest Hits of Foreigner Tour today with 13 new U.S. dates!” the arena rock veterans wrote on their website.

The tour is set to commence with a concert at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, Iowa, on June 24. The final concert of the trek will take place at the Brandon Amphiteater in Brandon, Mississippi, on November 14.

Ahead of the tour, the band is band is scheduled to perform two concerts at the Frontyard Festival in a specially designed socially distanced venue in Orlando in May, and then a couple of acoustic shows in Clearwater, Florida.

The Greatest Hits of Foreigner Tour: (* newly added dates)

June 24 – Ottumwa, Iowa @ Bridge View Center
June 25 – Sioux Falls, S.D. @ Washington Pavillion
June 26 – Bismarck, N.D. @ Bismarck Events Center
June 29 – Casper, Wyo. @ Casper Events Center
June 30 – Billings, Mont. @ Metrapark Arena
July 2 – Welch, Minn. @ Treasure Island Resort & Casino

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The John Lennon Estate

Posted on 25 April 2021 by Brian Walsh

The John Lennon estate has released a new video of John Lennon’s classic song “Isolation”, which features a sneak peek into the Beatles’ legends life with Yoko Ono and their Tittenhurst Park home.

The song features on John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – the Ultimate Collection box set, which arrived on Friday via Capitol/UMe.

The video for the “Raw Studio Mix” of “Isolataion” was filmed upstairs at John and Yoko’s home at Tittenhurst Park in Berkshire on July 16, 1971.

According to the a press release, the video “is filled with timed Easter Eggs throughout that shows hidden elements and clues of the life John and Yoko shared, as well as important artifacts.”

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Peter Frampton

Posted on 24 April 2021 by Brian Walsh

Peter Frampton recently released his instrumental cover of George Harrison’s classic “Isn’t it a Pity” and an accompanying video.

The video, directed by Rob Arthur, begins with footage from Frampton’s farewell tour in 2019. It also provides a glimpse of how the year 2020 went for Frampton, such as the cancellation of his European tour dates, the rocker spending time staring at the news, due to the lockdown, and how his positive outlook sees him through.

“‘Isn’t It A Pity’ from George’s album ‘All Things Must Pass’, was the track I could hear playing when I first arrived at Abbey Road to record,” Frampton said in a press release. “We have all been in the same boat for over a year now. Our video lets you into my world of lockdown and possibly yours too. I think we can all relate.”

The track is set to appear on Frampton’s forthcoming instrumental covers album, Frampton Forgets The Words, out Friday, April 23 via UMe.

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Styx

Posted on 24 April 2021 by Brian Walsh

Styx and Collective Soul have announced that their first-ever joint multi-city U.S. tour will kick off in Alpharetta, Georgia, on June 18.

The two rock bands will play nine shows together. The last one will take place on June 27 at the Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

After that, Styx will separately play three nights at The Venetian in Las Vegas beginning September 24.

Before the joint tour, Styx will hold a concert at St. Augustine Amphitheatre in Florida on June 16.

Styx frontman Tommy Shaw said, “After all this time off, (whew!) and now to get together with this masterful band of storytelling troubadours, we can’t wait to see you all again live and in person, performing an evening of music we love.”

In the words of Collective Soul lead vocalist Ed Roland, “Not only is it great to get back to live music and see our fans, family, and friends; but to experience it with a great band like STYX, it’s awesome! Let’s Rock!”

Tickets will be sold through StyxWorld.com and CollectiveSoul.com.

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Genesis

Posted on 24 April 2021 by Brian Walsh

Genesis guitarist Mike Rutheford has hinted that the band may perform in North America before their postponed reunion shows in the U.K.

In a new podcast interview, Rutherford told “Rockonteurs” hosts Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt that he does not see the U.K. and Ireland dates happening this fall. However, he said that the band could play some North American dates at the end of this year.

“American shows might be in November [on the East Coast],” Rutherford said. “They are confident, they want to do it.”

The band had announced “The Last Domino?” reunion tour featuring Rutherford, singer Phil Collins and keyboardist Tony Banks in March 2020. However, the coronavirus pandemic forced them to postpone the tour indefinitely.

The band were set to hit the U.K. and Ireland in the fall of 2020 but postponed the dates first to spring 2021 and then to this September and October.

The tour will be Genesis’ first in 15 years. The band effectively retired in 2007 when frontman Collins announced he was quitting.

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Jim Morrison

Posted on 24 April 2021 by Brian Walsh

Marking the 50th anniversary of Jim Morrison’s death as well as the release of The Doors’ album L.A. Woman, Genesis Publications is bringing out a limited edition book and multi-media collection of the Doors lead vocalist’s writings.

“A Guide to the Labyrinth: The Collected Works of Jim Morrison” is being produced in collaboration with the family and Estate of Morrison.

Genesis said it has been granted unlimited access to Morrison’s archives, including 28 of his personal notebooks. This limited edition presents an extensive new collection collating published, unrecorded and rare works, including poetry, lyrics, drawings, transcripts and notebook excerpts, many of which are in Morrison’s own handwriting, the publishing house announced on Tuesday.

The collection will feature text commentary garnered from past interviews with Morrison and new interviews with musicians influenced by his music and writing, illustrated with rare and iconic photography.

“The Collected Works of Jim Morrison” will also include exclusive audio recordings. A limited edition of only 2,000 copies will be published worldwide.

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Jim Steinman

Posted on 24 April 2021 by Brian Walsh

Meat Loaf, Celine Dion, Bonnie Tyler and many others paid tribute to Jim Steinman, the late Grammy-winning composer and lyricist.

Steinman passed away on Tuesday, April 20, reportedly from kidney failure. He was 73.

“Coming here soon, my brother Jimmy. Fly Jimmy fly,” Meat Loaf wrote on social media. He also posted a few of photographs of the two from their career.

“Jim will always live in my heart and my soul. I will miss you,” Meat Loaf posted the following day.

Steinman was a long-time collaborator with Meat Loaf. He was composer on Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell, which featured classics like “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth,” “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.”

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