Blondie has debuted a 1978 home recording of a previously unreleased song called "Mr. Sightseer" as the latest advance track from the band's expansive forthcoming box set, Blondie: Against the Odds 1974-1982, which is due out August 26.
The song was recorded on a four-track reel-to-reel machine in the bedroom of singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. It will be featured on the B-side of a 7-inch vinyl single that boasts Blondie's recently rediscovered rendition of The Doors' "Moonlight Drive," which previously was made available as an advance track.
Reflecting on "Mr. Sightseer," Harry says, "The lyric is not good at all … The song's not too bad. It's just a little simplistic. It didn't ever get really developed or finished."
As previously reported, Against the Odds focuses on the influential New Wave band's original heyday and is fully authorized by the group.
The retrospective, which can be preordered now, will be available in multiple formats and configurations, including an eight-CD set and a Super Deluxe Collectors' Edition that features 10 12-inch vinyl LPs, a 10-inch LP and the aforementioned vinyl single.
The vinyl box set features 124 tracks, 36 of which are previously unreleased. The collection contains remastered versions of Blondie's first six studio albums -- 1976's Blondie, 1977's Plastic Letters, 1978's Parallel Lines, 1979's Eat to the Beat, 1980's Autoamerican and 1982's The Hunter -- and four LPs of outtakes, demos, remixes, alternate versions, home recordings and other rarities.
The box set also includes extensive liner notes and track-by-track commentary from current and former Blondie members.
Blondie: Against the Odds will also be available as a four-LP package, a three-CD set and digitally.
Jon Bon Jovi and football have long gone hand in hand: He once owned Arena Football League champions Philadelphia Soul; he and others unsuccessfully tried to buy the Buffalo Bills in 2014; and he's also a pal of Patriots owner Robert Kraft. So maybe it wasn't so odd that he was seen at Notre Dame football training camp Sunday giving the first team a pep talk.
Jon, whose son Jesse Bongiovi once played for the Irish, gave the team some good advice, reports Notre Dame Insider. Senior lineback Jack Kiser told the publication, "Him being a Notre Dame parent, the first thing he said was, ‘Thank your parents.’ But then he just talked about, ‘Live in the moment. Don’t take this for granted. So, just enjoy every day, and the dog days of camp are not too bad.’"
Kiser also said that Jon reminded the players that never again will they "be around a group of 100 ... guys that we consider our brothers, our closest friends.” Jesse, who was also there, echoed what his dad said and told the players, "Just keep those relationships going," according to Kiser.
Jon also made a cameo in the video the team tweeted out, featuring the team attempting to sing "Livin' on a Prayer."
Olivia Newton-John had been fighting cancer for years, but it was only in the past few days that it became obvious that she might die, her niece says.
Totti Goldsmith, the daughter of Olivia's late sister, Rona, told Australian TV show A Current Affair that her aunt's death was "not a shock," adding, "We've known how sick she's been, especially the last five days."
"It wasn't just the cancer that got her, it was other complications, being in a hospital and with a very susceptible immune system," Goldsmith continued. "She got secondary infections. She really went down[hill] in the past five, six days."
And while Olivia had used cannabinoids to manage her pain, Totti revealed, "later on it wasn't enough. She's really struggled with a lot of pain."
Totti added that she'd FaceTimed Olivia two days ago and essentially said her goodbyes. Reflecting on her mortality, Totti recalled that Olivia told her a few years ago, "I'm not afraid [of dying]. I've done more in my life than I could have ever imagined."
"She was deeply, deeply passionate about what she could give back to this planet, and she did," Totti added. She also said Olivia's family will accept Australia's offer to give the beloved star a state funeral, adding, "I think Australia needs it."
Tributes continue to pour in for singer, actress and activist Olivia Newton-John, who diedMonday at age 73 after a years-long battle with cancer.
Fellow 1970s icon Elton Johnposted several photos of himself with Olivia, including one from the mid-'70s of him with Olivia and Stevie Wonder. "The saddest of news to wake up to," he captioned the post. "Olivia was a beautiful and courageous woman, who I never heard complain about her illness. A beautiful voice and a warm and loving friend. I will miss her so much. Condolences to her family and loved ones."
Elton co-wrote the title track of Olivia's 1988 album The Rumour.
Mariah Carey also posted several photos of herself with Olivia and wrote a heartfelt message about how much the star meant to her as a kid.
"I first fell in love with Olivia's voice when I was a little girl and heard 'I Honestly Love You,'" Mariah wrote. "Songs like 'Magic,' 'Suddenly' and 'Have You Never Been Mellow' showcased her beautiful airy tone and signature sound. And THEN there was GREASE. I was obsessed."
She continued, "I dressed up as Bad Sandy for Halloween in 5th grade and thought I was everything. Years later, THE one and only Olivia Newton-John actually walked out onto my stage in Melbourne, Australia and we sang our hearts out together to 'Hopelessly Devoted To You.' This is a moment I will never ever forget."
Mariah goes on to praise Olivia as "one of the kindest, most generous and lovely people I've ever met," adding, "She will be missed. She will be remembered. She will be loved."
A few days ago, Elton Johnattended a preview performance of his new musical, The Devil Wears Prada, which is currently playing in Chicago on its way to Broadway. On Instagram, Elton told the cast and crew, "You’ve created something truly wonderful!" But at least one review doesn't agree with him.
In its review of the show, Variety writes that the show needs to "get meaner," calling it "an overly respectful and frankly miscalculated approach to its source materials." According to Variety, the show, based on the book by Lauren Weisberger and the hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, "provides some serviceable entertainment but needs a hefty dose of guilty, edgy fun to boost its mild pleasures."
In Variety's opinion, the show "just never lets loose," and in particular doesn't give us enough of Prada's iconic boss-from-hell Miranda Priestly, who in the movie and book treats her assistant Andy so terribly that we're rooting for her to get out from under her thumb.
And while Elton's score and its "pleasing, peppy pop sound" has "its moments," Variety reports, "There’s a lot of work needed to replace the sincere and fairly dull songs ... with songs that express the naked ambition, social irresponsibility and joyful artifice of the fashion industry."
Variety suggests that Elton and the rest of the creative team need to "set niceness aside, and channel their inner Miranda Priestlys."
Of course, Elton has written numerous hit musicals -- The Lion King, Billy Elliott and Aida -- so it's unlikely one middling review will make much of a difference to him, though The New York Times isn't thrilled with the show either. The musical is playing at Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre through August 21.
Lamont Dozier, one-third of the legendary Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, has died, his son announced on Instagram Tuesday. He was 81.
Lamont Dozier Jr. posted a photo of himself with his famous father and wrote, "Rest in Heavenly Peace, Dad!" Details of his death are not known at this time.
Dozier and brothers Eddie Holland and BrianHolland joined Motown in 1962 and wrote more than 200 songs for the label's acts, helping to create the "Motown Sound." Dozier and Brian worked as musical arrangers and producers, while Eddie focused on lyrics and vocal production.
Together, the trio wrote 12 #1 hits, including The Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go," "You Can't Hurry Love," "Baby Love" and "Stop! In the Name of Love" and The Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself" and "Reach Out I'll Be There." They also penned classic hits for Martha & The Vandellas, The Miracles, Marvin Gaye and The Isley Brothers.
In 1988 and 1990, Holland-Dozier-Holland were inducted, respectively, into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The trio left Motown in 1968 to form the labels Invictus and Hot Wax. In 1973, Dozier left the trio, recording albums as a solo artist and penning songs for others. Some of his later co-writes included the Phil Collins' smash "Two Hearts," Alison Moyet's "Invisible," Debbie Gibson's "Anything Is Possible," and "Without You" by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle.
In a 2015 interview with The Guardian, Dozier explained why the songs the trio wrote were mostly empathetic toward women. "Women bought the records, to put it bluntly,” Dozier said. "They wanted music that talked about their feelings, but also ... women raised me ... I trusted women, and I still do."
Fellow hitmaking songwriter of the '60s Carole Kingtweeted, "Gerry [Goffin] & I respected Holland Dozier Holland over at Motown. Striving to keep up with them made us better songwriters. Rest In Peace and power Lamont Dozier."
A fresh run of episodes of the AXS TV investigative series Music's Greatest Mysteries, which delves into some of the biggest myths and legends in music history, will premiere on Wednesday, August 24.
The first of the six new Music's Greatest Mysteries episodes will include segments looking at the death of founding Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones and the curious similarities between two hit 1984 singles -- Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" theme and Huey Lewis and the News' "I Want a New Drug."
Other episodes will feature segments about Pat Benatar's enduring rock 'n' roll romance, John Lennon's fascination and association with the number nine, and the tragic death of Who drummer Keith Moon's chauffeur, as well as stories about Kris Kristofferson, Patsy Cline, Quiet Riot and Led Zeppelin.
A variety of experts and commentators will be featured on the new shows, including Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo, former MTV host Matt Pinfield, Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo, famous rock groupie and author Pamela Des Barres, Spin magazine founder Bob Guccione Jr. and many more.
The new episodes Music's Greatest Mysteries will premiere weekly on AXS TV on Wednesdays through September 28.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers' classic 1982 album Bad to the Bone, featuring the band's signature tune of the same name, was released 40 years ago today.
The record, which was the veteran blues rockers' fifth studio effort, only peaked at #43 on the Billboard 200, but went on to be certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 in the U.S. The album featured the band's first two singles to break into the top 40 of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, "Bad to the Bone" and a cover of The Isley Brothers' "Nobody but Me."
Thorogood tells ABC Audio that when he wrote "Bad to the Bone," "I wanted [people] to think Bo Diddley wrote it or Muddy Waters wrote it, 'cause I wanted to follow that theme. 'Cause that's what I grew up on."
George says he's recognized more for that song than anything else he's done in his career.
"Now, when I meet people who weren't even alive when 'Bad to the Bone' was out, I'll say my name and they'll draw a blank," the 72-year-old rocker notes. "And I'll go, 'Well, you know, "Bad to the Bone."' They go, 'Oh, that's who you are!'"
Thorogood says he was thrilled when he met his all-time guitar hero, Jeff Beck, and Beck knew who he was because of the song.
The Bad to the Bone album featured longtime Rolling Stones touring keyboardist Ian Stewart playing piano throughout the record.
Thorogood, who's a huge Stones fan, recalls about getting to work with Stewart, "I said [to myself], 'You got to be kidding me, George? You've gone beyond your dreams. You're in the studio with Ian Stewart'…And he was fantastic."
Here's the Bad to the Bone album's full track list:
"Back to Wentzville"
"Nobody but Me"
"It's a Sin"
"New Boogie Chillun
"Bad to the Bone"
"As the Years Go Passing By"
"No Particular Place to Go"
The longtime Eagles guitarist will be sitting in with the CBS talk show's house band, Stay Human, on all four new episodes airing this week, starting with Monday night's program and running through Thursday.
Walsh posted a message about the residency on his socialmediasites that reads, "It's going to be a rockin week full of surprises -- can't wait -- see you tonight!!!"
Walsh's Colbert residency follows weeklong musical appearances on the show by James Taylor last week and St. Vincent the week before.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs weeknights on CBS at 11:35 p.m. ET.
Meanwhile, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's other upcoming plans include a new two-week Canadian leg of the Eagles' Hotel California Tour, which kicks off September 9 in Toronto, and the recently announced 2022 edition of his annual VetsAid benefit concert, which is scheduled for November 13 in Columbus, Ohio.
As previously reported, this year's VetsAid show will feature a reunion of Walsh's pre-Eagles band, the James Gang, as well as performances by Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails, The Breeders and The Black Keys.
The entertainment world is mourning the loss of Australian pop legend and actress Olivia Newton-John, who died Monday morning after a long battle with cancer.
John Travolta, who famously starred opposite Olivia in the 1978 film adaptation of the hit Broadway music Grease, posted a heartfelt message paying tribute to her on his Instagram page.
"My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better," Travolta writes. "Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!"
Newton-John played Sandy Olsson in Grease, while Travolta portrayed her high school love interest, Danny Zuko. The film's chart-topping soundtrack yielded three smash hits, including the duets "You're the One That I Want" and "Summer Nights," which peaked at #1 and #5, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100. Olivia also scored a #3 solo hit with the Grease tune "Hopelessly Devoted to You."
Newton-John and Travolta also co-starred in the 1983 romantic comedy Two of a Kind.
Tributes to Olivia continue to pour in from a variety of celebrities. Here are a few:
Cyndi Lauper: "I'm so sorry to hear the news about #OliviaNewtonJohn. She was such a nice person and a radiant bright light. She will be missed."
Richard Marx: "My heart is broken. Rest now, sweet friend. You were as kind and loving a person as there's ever been. I'll miss you every day."
Melissa Etheridge: "Journey well, dear friend. She was one of the first to reach out to me after my cancer diagnosis. What a beautiful woman and special talent. Hard to know what to say. She will be missed."
Dionne Warwick: "Another angelic voice has been added to the Heavenly Choir. Not only was Olivia a dear friend, but one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of recording and performing with. I will most definitely miss her. She now Rests in the Arms of the Heavenly Father."
A mimeographed copy of an angry letter John Lennon wrote to Melody Maker in November 1971 responding to comments his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney made in an interview with the British magazine is up for bid at the GottaHaveRockandRoll.com auction site.
The highest bid for the signed document was $36,000 as of Monday afternoon, and bidding is open through August 19 at 9 p.m. ET.
In the interview, which was published on November 20, 1971, McCartney shared his feeling about Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, and also discussed the dissolution of The Beatles' business partnership, among other topics.
Lennon angrily responded to the interview with a three-page typed missive that's dated November 24, 1971, and that features a handwritten note asking Melody Maker to "please publish 'equal time.'" The letter was published in edited form on December 4, 1971.
The note, which is directed at Paul and his first wife, Linda McCartney, covers a wide variety of subjects, including conflicts over the handling of The Beatles' publishing, Paul's critiques of John's then-recent Toronto concert and his song "Imagine," and Paul's own apparent reticence at the time to perform live.
Near the end of the letter, Lennon's tone seems to soften a bit, as he writes, "No hard feelings to you … I know we basically want the same thing and as I said on the phone and in this letter, whenever you want to meet, all you have to do is call."
However, John also includes a handwritten message at the bottom of the last page in which he gripes, "The bit that really puzzled us was asking to meet WITHOUT LINDA AND YOKO. I know you're camp! But let's not go too far! I thought you'd have understood BY NOW that I'm JOHNANDYOKO."
Chart-topping singer, actress and activist Olivia Newton-John has died, according to a post on her Instagram page from her husband, John Easterling. She was 73.
"Dame Olivia Newton-John passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends," the note reads. "We ask that everyone please respect the family's privacy during this very difficult time."
Originally diagnosed with breast cancer in the '90s, Newton-John was in remission for more than 20 years before her cancer returned in 2017. "Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer," continues the post.
"Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer," it concludes. "In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the @onjfoundation."
Newton-John is survived by her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi;Easterling, whom she married in 2008; as well as a sister, a brother, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Born in 1948 in Cambridge, England, Olivia was the granddaughter of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Max Born. When she was five, her family relocated to Melbourne, Australia. By her teen years, she'd landed her big break, winning a talent contest on the TV show Sing, Sing, Sing.
By 1966, Olivia had a deal with Decca Records, but her major breakthrough wouldn't come until 1973, with the country-flavored hit "Let Me Be There." That same year, the Academy of Country Music named her its Most Promising Female Vocalist. In 1974 the Country Music Association agreed, crowning her its Female Vocalist of the Year in a move that sparked controversy among the genre's traditionalists.
The next year, Olivia's career would gravitate more toward the pop side, as she released one of her signature songs: "I Honestly Love You." It won both Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 1974 Grammys.
Generations of fans -- particularly young girls -- would come to identify with Newton-John as she took on her most iconic film role in 1978, playing Sandy alongside John Travolta's Danny Zuko in the big-screen adaptation of the musical Grease. The two would become one of cinema's most beloved couples, performing the duets "You're the One That I Want" and "Summer Nights" together. Olivia also scored a Grease solo hit with "Hopelessly Devoted to You."
In 1980, Newton-John teamed up with the legendary Gene Kelly for the roller skating fantasy Xanadu. Though it failed to be "Magic" at the box office, it was destined to become a cult classic and also gave Olivia another chart-topping hit from its double-Platinum soundtrack.
Newton-John and Travolta rekindled their onscreen romance for Two of a Kind in 1983. While the film wasn't successful, once again Olivia's music was. The soundtrack went Platinum and "Twist of Fate" was a top-five hit.
On the small screen, Olivia would become a music video pioneer, turning her super-sexy single "Physical" into a campy romp through saunas, aerobics and workout rooms. The clip propelled the song to 10 weeks at the top of the chart, and "Physical" won the 1982 Grammy for Video of the Year.
All told, Newton-John charted 10 #1s and sold more than 100 million albums, continuing to work right up until the recurrence of her cancer forced her postpone her 2017 tour. Earlier, she'd staged a well-received Las Vegas residency at the Flamingo for two years, starting in the spring of 2014.
In her eyes, Olivia was certain to see both her family and her humanitarian work as her greatest accomplishments. She gave birth to her daughter, Chloe, in 1986, and later helped establish the Healthy Child, Healthy World organization after Chloe's childhood friend died of a rare form of cancer.
After going into remission in 1992, Newton-John worked to raise awareness for breast cancer, recording multiple albums that addressed the issue and eventually establishing the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center. It opened in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia, in June 2012.
Elton John scored his biggest hit in years by teaming up with British pop star Dua Lipa for "Cold Heart," a reworking of four of his old songs. Now it appears that the rumors are true: Elton has done something similar with Britney Spears.
Page Six recently reported that Elton and Britney had teamed up for a remix of John's 1972 hit "Tiny Dancer" and that the collaboration was Elton's idea. The track is called "Hold Me Closer," which is the first line of the chorus of "Tiny Dancer."
Similarly, "Cold Heart" took its title from a line in "Sacrifice," one of the four Elton hits that were mashed up by the Australian dance trio PNAU to create the duet with Dua.
Britney's pal Paris Hilton recently said she'd heard the track and pronounced it "insane."
If you even happen to meet Flea in real life, here's a piece of advice: don't ask to take a picture.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist shared his take on taking photos with fans in response to a Twitter user detailing their "special" experience meeting and talking with Flea and frontman Anthony Kiedis.
"It's because you all generated a kind and gentle light, and you didn't ask for a picture," Flea wrote of the interaction. "We are always down to talk and chat, asking for a photo ruins it instantly."
Flea then added that, while "there's nothing wrong" with asking to take a photo, he feels the request "ruins having actual conversation."
"It is a transaction," he wrote.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently touring the U.S. in support of their new album, Unlimited Love. Another RHCP record, Return of the Dream Canteen, drops October 14.
In a new interview with CNN, Roger Waters discussed the provocative political messages featured in his current This Is Not a Drill Tour. While doing so, the ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist shared what many might consider eye-opening views regarding Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
When CNN's Michael Smerconish asked Waters why President Joe Biden was featured in a video segment of the show labeling a number of politicians "war criminals," Waters responded, "Well, he's fueling the fire in the Ukraine ... That is a huge crime."
The 78-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer continued, "Why won't the United States of America encourage [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelenskyy to negotiate, obviating the need for this horrific, horrendous war?"
When Smerconish suggested that Waters was "blaming the party that got invaded," Waters seemed to turn the blame on NATO's actions in the region.
"This war is basically about the action and reaction of NATO pushing right up to the Russian border," he maintained, "which they promised they wouldn't do when [Soviet leader Mikhail] Gorbachev negotiated the withdrawal of the USSR from the whole of Eastern Europe."
Waters also took exception when Smerconish brought up the U.S.'s historic role as "liberators," firing back, "You have no role as liberators! You got into World War II because of Pearl Harbor. You were completely isolationists until that … awful day."
He added, "Thank God the Russians had already won the bloody war almost by then. Don't forget, 23 million Russians died protecting you and me from the Nazi menace."
Later in the interview, Waters defended China's recent threatening actions toward Taiwan in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent visit to the latter country.
"Taiwan is part of China!" Waters declared. "That has been absolutely accepted by the whole of international community since 1948."