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Heart

Posted on 07 July 2024 by Brian Walsh

Heart have postponed the remainder of the North American leg of their Royal Flush Tour after lead singer Ann Wilson revealed she has been diagnosed with cancer.

“I recently underwent an operation to remove something that, as it turns out, was cancerous,” Wilson said in a statement posted on Instagram. “The operation was successful & I’m feeling great but my doctors are now advising me to undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy and & I’ve decided to do it.”

She added that her doctors are advising her to take the rest of the year away from the stage in order to fully recover.

“To the ticket buyers, I really do wish we could do these gigs. Please know that I absolutely plan to be back on stage in 2025. Thank you all for the support. This is merely a pause. I’ve much more to sing,” Wilson said. Heart promised fans that their tickets will be valid for rescheduled dates in the future.

The band had earlier canceled European tour dates.

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Deep Purple

Posted on 07 July 2024 by Brian Walsh

Deep Purple recently shared “Lazy Sod,” the third song from their upcoming album =1.

“Lazy Sod” is now available for streaming and as instant gratification track with all digital download pre-orders for =1. Alongside the single release, the official music video is now live on Deep Purple’s YouTube channel.

Asked about the song’s inspiration, Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan said in a recent interview, “Recently, a young journalist asked me how many songs I had written in my life. I replied that the last time my assistant counted, twenty years ago, it was over 500. I felt quite accomplished until she pointed out Dolly Parton’s 5,000 songs, calling me a lazy sod. I couldn’t help but agree and wrote down the exchange in my notebook.”

Touted as a Deep Purple classic, =1 is scheduled for release on July 19 via earMUSIC. It is available as limited CD+DVD (Digipak), CD (Jewelcase), 2LP Gatefold (black, 180g), limited Purple 2LP Gatefold (180g), limited Crystal Clear 2LP (180g) and limited Box Set (CD+DVD Digipak, 2LP black Gatefold, 3x exclusive 10″ vinyl editions featuring live recordings from Deep Purple’s 2022 tour, exclusive Collector’s T-shirt, 2x exclusive guitar picks, 1x exclusive art print, 1x exclusive lanyard, and the chance to win a Golden Ticket giving access to every show on the Deep Purple ‘=1 MORE TIME’ tour).
All LPs include a rich 12-page LP sized booklet.

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Johnny Cash

Posted on 07 July 2024 by Brian Walsh

Johnny Cash’s granddaughter Grace June Cash is featured in a video for “Hello Out There” from the legendary musician’s new album Songwriter.

“Hello out there/This is planet Earth/Calling Calling Calling Calling Calling,” Cash sings before continuing, “Hello out there/our net worth is/Falling Falling Falling Falling Falling.”

Songwriter is the 72nd studio album and fifth posthumously released studio album by Johnny Cash. It was released on June 28, 2024, through Mercury Nashville.

Produced by Johnny Cash, John Carter Cash, David R. Ferguson, Josh Matas, and Mike Daniel, the album contains eleven original songs by Cash.

The black and white video for “Hello Out There” was directed by Matt Paskert. It follows Grace on an adventure where she comes upon the Cash Cabin, Johnny’s cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where he wrote and recorded some of his final songs.”Directing the video for ‘Hello Out There’ and the visuals for Johnny Cash’s Songwriter album was an unexpected and profound honor,” said Paskert. “What truly set this project apart for me was our commitment to honoring the Cash legacy. We had the privilege of filming entirely on the Cash family’s property, starring Grace June Cash, who is a spitting image of her grandmother.”

“The visuals are full of authenticity, showcasing many genuine Johnny Cash artifacts… from his personal Bible to original handwritten lyric sheets, and much much more,” he added. “A heartfelt thank you to John Carter Cash, Ana Cristina Cash, Grace Cash and the entire Cash estate team for not only their trust, but also their involvement and support in bringing the Cash Songwriter legacy to life on screen.”

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Queen

Posted on 23 June 2024 by Brian Walsh

Queen have reportedly agreed to sell their recording, publishing and other rights to Sony Music for a record-smashing $1.27 billion.

According to Hits, the deal also includes name and likeness rights, potentially opening the door to musicals, commercial and film placements, merchandising and other money-making opportunities.

Complicating the deal is the fact that Disney Music Group owns Queen’s recorded music catalog in North America, which it acquired at some point in the 2000s.

Disney and Universal Music Group will permanently retain the rights to distribute Queen’s records in North America, but the band’s share of the royalties will now go to Sony Music.For the rest of the world, those rights are expected to transfer from current owners UMG to Sony Music in either 2026 or 2027.

According to Variety, the only revenue not covered in the deal is for live performances, which founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor, who still actively tour with singer Adam Lambert, will retain. Bassist John Deacon retired shortly after the 1991 death of founding singer Freddie Mercury.

The band’s 2018 autobiographical film Bohemian Rhapsody earned over $900 million worldwide.

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