Courtesy of The Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers are set to play a pair of historic concerts this Thursday and Friday at New York City's famed Beacon Theatre. The classic-rock greats will perform their full second and third albums, 1972's Toulouse Street and 1973's The Captain and Me, at the shows, marking the first time the band has ever played any of its albums in its entirety live.
"I'm looking forward to it," founding singer/guitarist Tom Johnston tells ABC Radio of the concerts. "I think it'll be a lot of fun."
While the two records feature such Doobie Brothers hits and concert staples as "Listen to the Music," "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Rockin' Down the Highway," "China Grove" and "Long Train Runnin'," Johnston notes that "some of these songs we've never played live, in the history of the band."
He continues, "[W]e had to basically learn these as though they were somebody else's tunes…even though we'd written them…And it's interesting what you find out about all these tunes that you haven't played before."
Tom points out that he and his band mates have spent lots of time rehearsing for the concerts and he's feeling confident that they'll deliver a solid performance.
"We've got [the songs] pretty much where we want 'em," he says. "They're sounding very close to where they started. And then we've also embellished on a few, and lengthened them a little bit."
Johnston reports that the band will include "a neat addition" at the concerts, a horn section that will be featured on six of the songs.
For fans who can't make it to the shows, Tom reveals that both events will be filmed and recorded for upcoming video and album releases, although he doesn't know when they will be available.
Hollywood RecordsFirst, the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody debuted at #1 on the U.S. box-office tally. Now the film's soundtrack has soared to the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 chart. After bowing at #25 the previous week, the album moved up to #3 on the latest chart, a 187-percent surge.
According to Billboard.com, this marks the highest position for a Queen album on the Billboard tally in 38 years; in 1980, the band's studio effort The Game spent five weeks at #1. The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack also is #1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, while Queen's classic song of the same name has topped the Rock Digital Song Sales tally, with six other tunes by the band also in the top 10.
In addition, the 2000 Queen compilation Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection leaped from #194 to #9 on the Billboard 200 this week.
The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack features classic Queen studio tracks, updated renditions of some tunes, and a number of rare or previously unreleased concert performances, including songs from the band's historic set at the 1985 Live Aid festival in London.
Bohemian Rhapsody dropped from #1 to #2 at the U.S. box office in its second week of release, and now has grossed more than $100 million in ticket sales in the States.
In a note on his official website, the former Beatles star bids a "fond farewell" to Lee, while noting that he "will be sadly missed."
Sir Paul goes on to reveal that he was lucky enough to have met the Stan, with whom he chatted about comic books. McCartney says Lee, who'd created or co-created timeless superheroes including Black Panther, Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk and Daredevil, discussed the possibility of making a new character inspired by the rock icon.
"[H]e was suggesting making a superhero who would wield a Hofner bass guitar," McCartney writes. "The guitar would have super powers and we spent some time imaging what those could be. He had a great sense of humor and I must say the idea of becoming a guitar-wielding superhero in one of his comic books was very appealing."
McCartney ends his homage by saying, "Sending love to his family and friends and always holding happy memories of this great man. Love ya, Stan!"
Credit: Myrna SuarezJohn Mellencamp will give a special acoustic performance at the 40th anniversary Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center Benefit Celebration, scheduled for Friday, December 14, at Auer Hall at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
The 67-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also will take part in a conversation with the Cultural Center's director, Arjia Rinpoche.
Mellencamp has been friends with Arjia Rinpoche for more than a decade, and is a longtime supporter of the Cultural Center. The institution's mission is to support the cultures of Tibet and Mongolia in Asia and the U.S., to provide Buddhist teachings in the Bloomington area, and to promote peace and harmony between all faiths.
The celebration will take place one week after Mellencamp releases his latest album, Other People's Stuff, a collection of cover songs John has recorded over the years. The singer/songwriter will support the album with a 2019 North American trek dubbed "The John Mellencamp Show" that gets underway February 7 in South End, Indiana.
Credit: RankinWhile it may seem that children of the rich and famous have a much easier time than most kids, it turns out that even having a parent who's a global superstar can't save you from being bullied.
Rod Stewart's wife Penny Lancaster tells The Times of London that their son, Alastair, who is 12, has been "through a little bit of bullying: silly things people say about his dad, which all of Rod's kids have been through." As a result, Alastair prefers not to be dropped off at school in a fancy, expensive car: He'd rather be driven in his nanny's modest car.
Lancaster, who was bullied herself as a child, says she tells her son the same thing her parents told her: "Darling, the reason people bully is because they are not happy. You are tall, polite, handsome. You have got your arts scholarship. You are a brilliant sportsman. People always want to cut down the tallest poppy. They are jealous -- rise above it."
Rod's wife also revealed that Alastair, like her, has dyslexia, but she and Rod encouraged him to boost his confidence by speaking at a charity event.
"He did not get stuck. I was so proud of him," revealed Penny. "He does not have the fear I had because we have encouraged him so much to be more confident and embrace his qualities."
The North American outing will kick off August 1 at Caesars Windsor Casino in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and will run through a September 1 concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Other confirmed shows include a two performances with The Beach Boys, on August 3 and 4 at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, and an August 7-8 stand at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. A full itinerary will be announced soon.
As for the Japanese trek, that's mapped out from a March 27 show in Fukuoka through an April 11 concert in Osaka.
The All Starr Band has undergone one minor lineup change, as 10cc member Graham Goldman, who took part in the group's 2018 trek, will be replaced by Average White Band bassist Hamish Stuart next year. Stuart previously toured with the All Starrs in 2006.
In other news, a limited-edition version of Starr's recently announced photo book, Another Day in the Life, is being published this month, while a standard hard-cover version of the tome will get a wide release in April 2019.
Another Day in the Life features previously unseen images taken by the ex-Beatles drummer, who also wrote captions and anecdotes for each picture. Visit RingoBook.com for more details.
Meanwhile, Starr will attend UNICEF's 14th annual Snowflake Ball on November 27 in New York City, where he will receive the George Harrison Humanitarian Award. The honor is presented by The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF, which supports programs that provide health, education, nutrition programs and emergency relief for children in need.
Epic Rights/Perryscope Productions/ LibertineAuthentic Hendrix, the merchandising company run by Jimi Hendrix's family, has partnered with Los Angeles-based fashion label Libertine for a new luxury apparel line inspired by the late guitar legend.
To launch the clothing collection, and in celebration of the just-released 50th anniversary deluxe reissue of The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Electric Ladyland album, Libertine co-founder Johnson Hartig has designed a limited-edition unisex shirt featuring the photo that appears on the cover of the reissue.
The shirt will be unveiled tonight at an event held at the Fred Segal clothing store in West Hollywood, California, and will be sold for a limited time at Fred Segal locations.
The photo, which features Hendrix and his band mates surrounded by children, was the image Jimi had intended to appear on the original Electric Ladyland cover. The pic was taken in 1968 by Linda Eastman, Paul McCartney's future wife.
The partnership between Authentic Hendrix and Libertine will include a luxury men's and women's apparel capsule collection designed by Hartig that will debut in the spring of 2019. Hendrix's colorful and flamboyant style will serve as inspiration for the clothing items.
"Jimi's style was part of his persona. Although it was deliberate and not accidental, he didn't even have to try to be spectacular. He just was," says Jimi's half-sister Janie Hendrix, president/CEO of Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix. "Johnson Hartig's fashion sense mirrors Jimi's flair…His designs are colorful, bold and electrifying."
Adds Hartig, "I am thrilled to be entrusted with interpreting his style and artistry as we celebrate the man, musician and artist who has continued to inspire each and every generation of the past 50 years."
Visit JimiHendrix.com for full details about the Electric Ladyland reissue.
Credit: Inez & VinoodhRolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has signed a new worldwide deal with BMG that brings most of his solo recording catalog to the label. BMG will handle the four solo albums Richards released from 1988 to 2010, as well as his 1978 holiday single.
Regarding the latter, a 12-inch red-vinyl version of Keith's cover of the 1958 Chuck Berry tune "Run Rudolph Run" will be released on November 23 in conjunction with the 2018 Record Store Day Black Friday event. The single also will include Richards' renditions of Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come" and Toots & The Maytals' "Pressure Drop," along with a "Santa Keith" holiday card offering a seasonal greeting from Richards.
The BMG agreement also includes Richards' respective 1988 and 1992 studio albums, Talk Is Cheap and Main Offender; the 1991 concert album Live at the Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1988; and the 2010 compilation Vintage Vinos.
Talk Is Cheap, Main Offender and Vintage Vinos recently were made available on streaming platforms, while Live at the Hollywood Palladium will gets its first-ever digital release soon.
Other planned future releases include deluxe and expanded CD and vinyl-LP reissues, box sets and various special projects. Prior to the new deal, BMG already handled Richards' publishing.
"Looking forward to working with [BMG CEO] Hartwig Masuch and everyone at [the label]," says Keith in a statement.
Adds BMG executive Peter Stack: "This agreement paves the way for a reappraisal and repositioning of the solo work of one of rock 'n' roll's true originals and arguably its most pre-eminent guitarist. Fans can expect a program of releases which truly does justice to these great recordings."
Credit: Randee St. NicholasFleetwood Mac has postponed two Canadian concerts on its current North American tour that had been scheduled for this past Saturday in Edmonton and Monday in Calgary because of "a band member illness," according to a post on the website of Edmonton's Rogers Place arena.
The message reports that the Edmonton show has been rescheduled for April 13, 2019, while the concert at Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome now will take place on April 15. Both events have been tacked on to the end of the second leg of the group's North American trek.
Billboard.com reports that new Fleetwood Mac member Neil Finn revealed in a note on his Twitter feed -- a note apparently since removed -- that the postponements are due to a vocal issue that Stevie Nicks is having.
"So sorry we couldnt play for you tonight Edmonton but we had to protect that wondrous force of nature that is Stevies voice. We'll be back in April better than ever. Love you xo," read the message, according to the website.
The next concert on Fleetwood Mac's itinerary is a show Wednesday, November 14, in Vancouver, Canada. Check out the band's full schedule at FleetwoodMac.com.
Credit: Mike LeiJoe Walsh held his second annual VetsAid charity concert Sunday at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. With a little help from Walsh's musical friends, including Ringo Starr, the Veterans Day event raised more than $1.2 million for various organizations that support vets and their families.
The concert's finale saw all of the performers -- including Walsh, fellow Eagle Don Henley, James Taylor, country star Chris Stapleton and pop-rock act Haim -- join Ringo for a rendition of the Beatles classic "With a Little Help from My Friends."
Joe also hit the stage with Henley and Taylor, respectively, for versions of The Eagles' "Life in the Fast Lane" and James' "Steamroller. In addition, Walsh delivered a headlining set that included his solo hits "Walk Away," "Life's Been Good" and "Rocky Mountain Way."
Comedian and The Price Is Right host Drew Carey was the evening's emcee, while U.S. senator and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth sent a video message addressing to the troops and vets at the show.
"I can't believe everybody showed up!" Walsh quipped during the concert, then added, more seriously, "This issue, Veterans and their families, is resonant to me because I am a Gold star family member, I lost my dad in active duty when I was 20 months old. I also want to bring attention to a forgotten war, we are at war, and our soldiers are coming back shattered and need our support."
Joe finished by saying, "We have to help our vets with the transition back to civilian life. We shouldn't see vets standing by the side of a road holding up a cardboard sign for food and shelter. Tonight, we raised money to help change that."
Sunday's VetsAid concert raised about three times as much as last year's inaugural show.
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe late Elvis Presley is one of seven noteworthy Americans who will be recognized this week by PresidentDonald Trump with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. The awards will be presented at a ceremony held this Friday, November 16, at the White House.
The Medal of Freedom is given to "individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors," according to the White House.
A statement issued by the White House maintains that Presley, who died in 1977, "defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world," explaining that he "fused gospel, country, and rhythm and blues to create a sound all his own, [while] selling more than a billion records." The note also points out that Elvis served for almost two years in the U.S. Army, "starred in 31 films," and "earned 14 Grammy Award nominations," while winning three of Grammys for his gospel music.
The other honorees this year are late baseball legend Babe Ruth, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, Senator Orrin Hatch, Pro Football Hall of Famer and judge Alan Page, and doctor and humanitarian Miriam Adelson.
Visit WhiteHouse.gov for full details about the latest group of Medal of Freedom honorees.
Credit: Danny ClinchNeil Young is among the many unfortunate people who have lost homes to the massive wildfires raging in Northern and Southern California. In a message posted Sunday on his Neil Young Archives website, the folk-rock legend reveals that a house he owns in Malibu was destroyed by fire.
"I have lost my home before to a California fire, now another," he writes.
In the note, Young also severely criticizes President Donald Trump, blasting him for a recent Twitter message in which he blamed the wildfires on California's poor forest management.
"California is vulnerable -- not because of poor forest management, as DT (our so-called president) would have us think," Young writes. "As a matter of fact this is not a forest fire that rages on as I write this. We are vulnerable because of Climate Change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it."
Neil continues, "Our temperatures are higher than ever here in our hottest summer on record. That has not helped. DT seems to be the Denier. (I'm holding back and not using the word liar just because it rhymes with denier.) It really is time for a reckoning with this unfit leader. Maybe our new Congress can help. I sure hope so."
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who turned 73 on Monday, adds, "Hopefully we can come together as a people to take on Climate Change. We have the tools and can do it if we tried."
Young ends his message by again digging into Trump, calling him "an unfit leader" and accusing him of defying science and "car[ing] more for his own, convenient option than he does for the people he leads."
The California fires have burned 196,000 acres of land. More than 149,000 people have been evacuated.
Fred Lammers/Wicked Cool Records/The OrchardBlondie's Debbie Harry and E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt are among the guest musicians featured on Come Spy with Me, a new album by veteran garage rocker Palmyra Delran and her latest group The Doppel Gang.
Harry and Van Zandt both appear on the album's title track, while Debbie also lends backing vocals to a song called "Happy Birthday Middle Child," which has been released as the latest single from Come Spy with Me. Delran, who fronted the popular all-female garage-rock act The Friggs throughout the 1990s, calls Harry "the most punk rock person I know."
In a new interview with Parade, Palmyra says working with Debbie on "Happy Birthday Middle Child" was a great experience.
"I think Debbie Harry was a perfect fit to sing on that song because her voice is so dreamy," Delran explains. "We had a great time that day in the studio -- she's quick and hears lots of cool options."
She reveals that Harry unwittingly made an important musical contribution to the track when she requested to sing a harmony part during a section intended for a guitar solo.
"[Studio engineer] Geoff Sanoff and I were in the control room quietly freaking out at what she was adding," Delran recalls. "It became obvious that what she was singing would be the solo."
A variety of other veteran musicians also contributed to the album, including Fleshtones singer Peter Zaremba, Dictators frontman Handsome Dick Manitoba, ex-Pogues bassist Cait O'Riordan, Plimsouls guitarist Eddie Munoz and singer/producer Genya Ravan.
Come Spy with Me is available now as a CD, a digital download, a limited-edition clear-vinyl LP and via streaming services.
Here's the list of songs on the album, along with the guest artists who are featured on the tracks:
"Come Spy With Me" -- featuring Little Steven Van Zandt, Debbie Harry, John Carlucci "Happy Birthday Middle Child" -- featuring Debbie Harry "Tape a Nickel to the Tonearm" -- featuring Ben Vaughn, Peter Zaremba, Mike Edison "I'm Satisfied" -- featuring Genya Ravan "If You'd Like to Make a Call Please Hang Up" -- featuring Paul Collins "Walk Away" -- featuring Kim Shattuck, Matt Clarke "I Thought You Said That You Were Gonna Kill Yourself" "Chica Ye Ye" -- featuring Rachelle Garniez "Tragedy Ann" -- featuring Betsy Todd "Shortest Longest Story" -- featuring Cait O'Riordan, Eddie Munoz "Ballad of Madface and the Baby" -- featuring Handsome Dick Manitoba, Charlie Nieland "Song of Love"
Purple Pyramid RecordsA new album paying homage to the music of late Yes bassist Chris Squire features contributions from current and former Yes members, Todd Rundgren, Toto's Steve Porcaro, ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and others.
Among the present and past Yes members appearing on the album are Sherwood, current frontman Jon Davison, founding keyboardist Tony Kaye and ex-keyboard player Patrick Moraz.
Other musicians who lent their talents to the project include former E Street Band keyboardist David Sancious, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, Renaissance singer Annie Haslam, Dweezil Zappa and Chris' ex-wife, singer Nikki Squire.
The album features mostly Yes songs, including new versions of classics like "Roundabout" and "Owner of a Lonely Heart," and gems such as "South Side of the Sky" and "The Fish." A Life in Yes also contains two bonus tracks: a cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" that Squire recorded for the Floyd tribute album Back Against The Wall, and a song called "The Technical Divide" by the supergroup The Prog Collective, of which Chris was a member.
"Needless to say this record is near and dear to my heart," says Sherwood. "Chris and I were friends for decades and his loss was epic. I wanted to honor his spirit, his writing, his bass work…And so I set forth to create this record."
He adds, "Everyone who participated lifted the project and did it out of the deepest respect and love for Chris."
Squire died in June 2015 from leukemia. He was 67.
Here's the album's full track list:
"On the Silent Wings of Freedom" -- Jon Davison & Patrick Moraz "Hold Out Your Hand" -- Steve Hogarth & Larry Fast "Onward" -- Annie Haslam "South Side of the Sky" -- David Sancious & Steve Stevens "The Fish" -- Sonja Kristina "The More We Live - Let Go" -- Steve Porcaro & Steve Hackett "Parallels" -- Jon Davison & Tony Kaye "Owner of a Lonely Heart" -- Nikki Squire & Dweezil Zappa "Roundabout" -- Todd Rundgren, John Wesley & Tony Kaye "Don't Kill the Whale" -- Candice Night & Brian Auger
Bonus Tracks "The Technical Divide" -- The Prog Collective "Comfortably Numb" -- Chris Squire
Christopher Victorio/WireImage for Kaaboo Del Mar via imageSPACEAerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is recovering at a New York City hospital after experiencing shortness of breath Saturday night following his performance with Billy Joel at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
A statement from Perry's publicist to ABC News on Sunday afternoon declares the 68-year-old musician "experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital." The statement further says Perry "remains in the hospital where he is alert and responsive."
Perry will have to skip Sunday's scheduled Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp appearance with Jason Bonham in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, because of the episode, his rep said. The rep adds that Perry's "expected to return to the road later this month."
According to TMZ, paramedics worked on 68-year-old Perry for 40 minutes Saturday night before taking him to the hospital. The website quotes unspecified witnesses as saying paramedics appeared to be working to clear Perry's airway before he was placed on a stretcher and taken away.
Perry had just finished performing the Aerosmith hit "Walk This Way" with Joel before his backstage collapse. Joel was apparently unaware of what was transpiring as he continued performing. Concertgoers tell ABC News Radio that Perry showed no noticeable signs of distress during his performance.
Perry previously collapsed onstage on July 10, 2016, during a Brooklyn, New York, show with his side band, the Hollywood Vampires. It was believed then that he suffered cardiac arrest, from which he apparently made a full recovery.
LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty ImagesAerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was reportedly rushed to a hospital after collapsing in his dressing room Saturday night following his performance with Billy Joel at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
According to TMZ, paramedics worked on 68-year-old Perry for 40 minutes before taking him to the hospital. The website quotes unspecified witnesses as saying paramedics appeared to be working to clear Perry's airway before he was placed on a stretcher and taken away. As of late Sunday morning, Perry's condition was unknown.
Perry had just finished performing the Aerosmith hit "Walk This Way" with Joel before his backstage collapse. Joel was apparently unaware of what was transpiring as he continued performing. Concert goers tell ABC News Radio Perry showed no noticeable signs of distress during his performance.
Perry previously collapsed onstage on July 10, 2016 during a Brooklyn, New York show with his side band, the Hollywood Vampires. It was believed then that he suffered cardiac arrest, from which he apparently made a full recovery.
The deluxe package is available as a three-CD/Blu-ray and a six-LP/Blu-ray set, and features a remastered stereo version and new 5.1 surround-sound mixes of Electric Ladyland.
It also includes previously unreleased alternate takes and demos; an unreleased live album from 1968; a making-of documentary; and a 48-page book containing rare photos, reproductions of handwritten lyrics by Jimi Hendrix and more.
Released in October 1968, Electric Ladyland reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and included the group's only top 40 U.S. hit: a cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," which peaked at #20. Other well-known songs on the Electric Ladyland: "Crosstown Traffic" and "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)."
The reissue's live album, which appears on one CD and two LPs, is called Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at the Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68. It captures a show that took place at the famous Los Angeles venue about a month before Electric Ladyland's release.
The Blu-ray features a documentary titled At Last…The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland, as well as new surround-sound mixes created by longtime Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer.
The box set's extra tracks will also be released as a 20-track CD and a two-LP set titled Electric Ladyland: The Early Takes.
Meanwhile, a series of videos promoting the Electric Ladyland reissue have been posted at Hendrix's official YouTube channel. Among them are a couple of clips featuring rock-guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani going through the various aspects of the deluxe package while discussing his appreciation for Electric Ladyland.
Here's the track list of the three-CD version of the Electric Ladyland deluxe reissue:
Disc 1: Electric Ladyland (Original Album) "… And the Gods Made Love" "Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)" "Crosstown Traffic" "Voodoo Chile" "Little Miss Strange" "Long Hot Summer Night" "Come On (Part I)" "Gypsy Eyes" "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" "Rainy Day, Dream Away" "1983…(A Merman I Should Turn to Be)" "Moon, Turn the Tides…Gently Gently Away" "Still Raining, Still Dreaming" "House Burning Down" "All Along the Watchtower" "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"
Disc 2: Electric Ladyland: The Early Takes "1983…(A Merman I Should Turn to Be)" "Voodoo Chile" "Cherokee Mist" "Hear My Train A Comin'" "Angel" "Gypsy Eyes" "Somewhere" "Long Hot Summer Night" [Demo 1] "Long Hot Summer Night" [Demo 3] "Long Hot Summer Night" [Demo 4] "Snowballs at My Window" "My Friend" "At Last…The Beginning" "Angel Caterina (1983)" "Little Miss Strange" "Long Hot Summer Night" [Take 1] "Long Hot Summer Night" [Take 14] "Rainy Day, Dream Away" "Rainy Day Shuffle" "1983...(A Merman I Should Turn to Be)"
Disc 3: Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at the Hollywood Bowl Sept. 14, 1968 Introduction "Are You Experienced" "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" "Red House" "Foxey Lady" "Fire" "Hey Joe" "Sunshine of Your Love" "I Won't Live Today" "Little Wing" "Star Spangled Banner" "Purple Haze"
Disc 4: At Last…The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland (Blu-ray) At Last…The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland documentary Electric Ladyland -- Uncompressed LPCM Stereo 24b/96k Electric Ladyland -- Uncompressed LPCM 5.1 Surround 24b/96k Electric Ladyland -- DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround 24b/96k
Entertainment OneBringing a little bit of the tropics to the yuletide season, Dionne Warwick has released a new holiday single, an updated version of the classic Hawaiian-themed Christmas tune, "Mele Kalikimaka."
The legendary singer collaborated on the song with Grammy-nominated reggae artist Fiji and Grammy-winning producer/singer Damon "NomaD" Elliott, who also happens to be her son.
The track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. You also can check out the song at Dionne's official VEVO YouTube channel.
"Mele Kalikimaka" was written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson, and over the years has been covered by a wide range of artists, including Bing Crosby with The Andrews Sisters, Jimmy Buffett, Don Ho, The Monkees, Bette Midler, Train and KT Tunstall. Warwick's rendition adds a bit of reggae flavor to the song's laid-back Hawaiian sound.
Tibrina Hobson/Getty ImagesIf you go to see the new movie A Private War -- about the late war correspondent Marie Colvin -- you may be surprised to hear Annie Lennox singing a new original song over the end credits. That's because the Eurythmics frontwoman hadn't written a new song in eight years before her contribution to the film's soundtrack.
When the movie's director asked Lennox to compose an end-credits song, she tells Entertainment Weekly, "I didn't really feel I could write anymore, and then suddenly I felt, 'You know, I'd like to give it a try.'"
Before Colvin was killed in 2012, Lennox actually got to meet her, at one of the events for the singer's advocacy organization, The Circle.
Annie tells EW, "Normally I'm really, really critical of my performances or my recordings. I don't want to be in any way sentimental about any of this, but if Marie were here, I feel that she would feel that this was worthy of her."
The last time Lennox did an end-credits movie song -- "Into the West" for 2003's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King -- she won both a Golden Globe and an Oscar.
While Annie and her Eurythmics partner Dave Stewart have just been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the singer says fans shouldn't expect more music from her.
"I haven't made any plans to write any other songs," she tells EW. "It's a strange one."
The Scottish singer says that instead of writing songs, she'll continue to work via The Circle to support women and girls around the world who don't have enough rights or resources -- a cause she calls "global feminism."