Brian Duffy/The David Bowie Archive and Duffy Archive LimitedDavid Bowie Is, the new documentary focusing on the expansive museum exhibition of the same name, will be screened tonight, September 23, in theaters across the United States. The one-night-only cinematic event coincides with the exhibit's U.S. opening today at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
The movie was directed by Hamish Hamilton, whose previous credits include the 2010 Academy Awards and the 2012 London Olympic Games' opening and closing ceremonies. The documentary was filmed mostly in August 2013 during the closing night of the display's original run at London's Victoria & Albert Museum.
Hamilton tells ABC News Radio that working on the documentary was an "amazing" experience, and a very challenging one.
"We had a blank sheet of paper to start from and that, as a director, is incredibly exciting," he explains. "[W]e also had all the work of David Bowie, including all the amazing kind of artifacts and assets from his own personal archive, which a lot of people haven't seen before. So, we got a blank sheet of paper in one hand; we'd also got the most incredible kind of building blocks in the other. And it's like a kid with Lego, really, trying to put it all together."
As you'd expect, the movie showcases the many different aspects of the exhibit, which features more than 300 items from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's archives, including stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, personal sketches and diary entries, as well as films, music videos and photographs of the inventive performer.
"The exhibition is incredibly well done," says Hamilton. "It's done with intelligence, it's done with emotion, and it's done with a view to giving you a context at all stages to why David was maybe doing what he was doing. Was he reacting? Was he being proactive? How was the world situation affecting him?"
Hamilton admits that although he always enjoyed Bowie's music, he wasn't necessarily a huge fan of the singer when he was younger. He tells ABC News Radio that making the documentary gave him a whole new respect for the 67-year-old rocker's achievements.
"He's had such incredible impact on music, on fashion, on art, on theatrical staging in concerts," Hamilton notes. "I mean, he really has completely changed kind of the creative landscape in our times."
As for what he hopes people will get out of viewing the film, Hamilton says, "I really hope that people take a couple of hours of their life, even if they're not Bowie fans, and go and watch a documentary that is incredibly inspiring, and I'm sure that they will come out of it feeling invigorated, with a desire to go and express themselves in some kind of a positive way."
Hamilton will be in New York City tonight, September 23, to attend a screening of David Bowie Is at the Paris Theatre on West 58th Street. The director also will take part in a Q&A at the event, which begins at 7 p.m. ET. To check out a full list of theatrical screenings, visit OmniverseVision.com.
The "David Bowie Is" exhibit will open at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art at 10 a.m. CT, and will remain on display there until January 4, 2015. As previously reported, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared that today, September 23, will be "David Bowie Day" in the Windy City in celebration of the opening. The touring exhibition also is scheduled to open in Paris in March 2015; in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2015; and in Groningen, The Netherlands, in December 2015.
Image Courtesy Third Man RecordsBeck made an appearance on Conan Monday night to kick off George Harrison Week, Conan O'Brien's four-night musical salute to the late Beatle that coincides with the release of an eight-disc box set titled George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75.
Beck performed "Wah-Wah" from Harrison’s 1970 three-record album All Things Must Pass.
Paul Simon will perform a Harrison tune on Tuesday’s edition of Conan, and George’s son, Dhani Harrison, is scheduled to appear on Wednesday's show.
Norah Jones will perform on Conan on Thursday night. As Beatles fan know, Jones is the daughter of the late sitar player Ravi Shankar, who was a close friend of Harrison.
George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 features reissues of Harrison's first six solo albums, plus bonus material. It's available Tuesday on CD and digital download.
Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. ET on TBS.
Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney has premiered a new video on his official website to mark the fifth anniversary of Meat Free Monday, the environmental campaign that asks people to skip eating meat every Monday. The clip, set to the rock legend's original theme song for the initiative, includes photos submitted by fans and supporters of the campaign that cleverly incorporate lyrics from the tune.
A number of celebrities contributed photos that appear in the "Meat Free Monday" video, including Woody Harrelson, Mayim Bialik, Twiggy, Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley and Sir Paul himself. The idea behind the campaign is that by consuming less meat, we can reduce the harmful impact meat production has on the environment.
A longtime vegetarian, McCartney is urging people around the world to visit Pledge.MeatFreeMondays.com and pledge their support for the campaign. The Meat Free Monday initiative is one of the subjects that will be discussed at the Climate Summit in New York City, which begins on Tuesday. For more information, go to the official Meat Free Monday website.
BMG/InGroovesThe Kinks exploded onto the music scene more than 50 years ago, scoring their first #1 hit in the U.K. in September 1964 with the classic "You Really Got Me." To commemorate the milestone, a five-CD box set featuring more than 100 tracks and focusing on the band's early years on the Pye label will be released in the U.S. November 18.
The Anthology 1964-1971 gathers remastered versions of many of The Kinks' best-known songs, along with album gems, demos, alternate mixes, studio outtakes, live performances, interview segments and more. In all, the compilation offers 25 previously unreleased tracks, including excerpts from sessions that yielded "Waterloo Sunset," "Dedicated Follower of Fashion," and "Days."
The retrospective kicks off with a cover of the Lieber-Stoller tune "I'm a Hog for You, Baby" that was recorded in 1964, when the band was known as The Boll-Weevils. Among the well-known songs included on The Anthology 1964-1971 are "All Day and All of the Night," "Tired of Waiting for You," "Till the End of the Day," "A Well Respected Man," "Sunny Afternoon," "Where Have All the Good Times Gone," "Victoria," "Apeman," "Lola," and, of course, "You Really Got Me."
The expansive collection, available now for pre-order at Amazon, is part of a 50th anniversary Kinks reissue campaign that began recently with the release of a deluxe version of the band's 1970 album, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One. The initiative will continue into next year and will feature various other reissue packages.
Here's the full track list for The Kinks' The Anthology 1964-1971 box set:
Disc One "I'm a Hog for You, Baby" -- The Boll-Weevils "I Don't Need You Anymore" (demo) "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" (demo) "Long Tall Sally" "I Took My Baby Home" "You Still Want Me" "You Do Something to Me" "You Really Got Me" "It's All Right" "Beautiful Delilah" (alternate mono mix) "Just Can't Go to Sleep" "I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter" (alternate mono mix) "Little Queenie" (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1964) "Too Much Monkey Business" (alternate take) "Stop Your Sobbing" (mono) "All Day and All of the Night" "I Gotta Move" "I Gotta Go Now" "I've Got That Feeling" (Live at Piccadilly Studios, 1964) "Tired of Waiting for You" "Come On Now" (alternate mix) "Look for Me Baby" "Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl" "Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight" "Don't Ever Change" "You Shouldn't Be Sad" "Something Better Beginning" "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" "Who'll Be the Next in Line" (Session Excerpt – Backing Track Take One) "Who'll Be the Next in Line" (alternate mix) "Set Me Free" "I Need You" Interview: Clay Cole Meets The Kinks Recorded June 17, 1965
Disc Two "See My Friends" "Never Met a Girl Like You Before" "I Go to Sleep" (demo) -- Ray Davies "A Little Bit of Sunlight" (demo) -- Ray Davies "Tell Me Now So I'll Know" (alternate demo) -- Ray Davies "When I See That Girl of Mine" (demo) -- Ray Davies "There's a New World Just Opening for Me" (demo) -- Ray Davies "This Strange Effect" (Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965) "Hide and Seek" (Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965) "A Well Respected Man" "Such a Shame" "Don't You Fret" "Till the End of the Day" "Where Have All the Good Times Gone" "Milk Cow Blues" "I Am Free" "The World Keeps Going Round" "I'm on an Island" "You Can't Win" "Time Will Tell" "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" (Session Excerpt - Takes 1-3) "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" (single version) "Sittin' on My Sofa" "She's Got Everything" (Backing Track Take Two) "She's Got Everything" (alternate mono mix) "Mr. Reporter" (version one) "All Night Stand" (demo) -- Ray Davies
Disc Three "Sunny Afternoon" (mono) "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" (mono) "Dandy" (mono) "Party Line" (mono) "Rosy Won't You Please Come Home" (mono) "Too Much on My Mind" (mono) "Session Man" (mono) "Most Exclusive Residence for Sale" (mono) "Fancy" (mono) "Dead End Street" (mono) "Big Black Smoke" (alternate stereo mix) "Mr. Pleasant" (stereo) "This Is Where I Belong" (stereo) "Village Green" (stereo) "Two Sisters" (stereo) "Waterloo Sunset" (Session Excerpt - Backing Track Take Two) "Waterloo Sunset" (stereo) "Act Nice and Gentle" (stereo) "Harry Rag" (stereo) (Session Excerpt) "Harry Rag" (stereo) "Death of a Clown" (stereo) -- Dave Davies "Love Me Till the Sun Shines" (stereo) -- Dave Davies "David Watts" (stereo) "Tin Soldier Man" (stereo) "Afternoon Tea" (alternate stereo mix) "Funny Face" (stereo) -- Dave Davies "Lazy Old Sun" (alternate stereo mix) "Susannah's Still Alive" (stereo) -- Dave Davies "Good Luck Charm" (stereo) -- Dave Davies
Disc Four "Autumn Almanac" (mono) "Lavender Hill" (mono) "Rosemary Rose" (stereo) "Wonderboy" (mono) "Polly" (mono) "Lincoln County" (stereo single version) -- Dave Davies "Did You See His Name?" (stereo with alternate ending) "Days" (Session Excerpt) "Days" (stereo) "Misty Water" (alternate mix) "Do You Remember Walter" (mono) "Picture Book" (mono) "Johnny Thunder" (stereo remix) "Big Sky" (mono) "Animal Farm" (mono) "Starstruck" (mono) "Pictures in the Sand" (mono) "People Take Pictures of Each Other" (European stereo mix) Interview: Ray Davies talks about Village Green Preservation Society (mono) "The Village Green Preservation Society" (Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1968) (mono) "Hold My Hand" (stereo) -- Dave Davies "Creeping Jean" (stereo) -- Dave Davies "Berkeley Mews" (stereo) "Till Death Us Do Part" (mono) "When I Turn Out the Living Room Light" (mono) "Where Did My Spring Go" (mono) "Plastic Man" (stereo) "King Kong" (mono) "This Man He Weeps Tonight" (mono) Reprise U.S. Tour Spot (stereo)
Disc Five "Victoria" (stereo) "Some Mother's Son" (stereo) "Drivin'" (stereo) "Shangri-La" (stereo) "She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina" (stereo) "Young and Innocent Days" (stereo) "Mindless Child of Motherhood" (stereo) -- The Kinks Featuring Dave Davies "Lola" (mono) "Apeman" (stereo) "Strangers" (stereo) "Get Back in the Line" (stereo) "Anytime" (stereo) "This Time Tomorrow" (stereo) "A Long Way from Home" (stereo) "Powerman" (stereo) "Got to Be Free" (stereo) "Dreams" (stereo) "Moments" (stereo) "The Way Love Used to Be" (stereo) "God's Children" (stereo)
Two Nirvana alums met up this past weekend in -- where else? -- Washington.
Bassist Krist Novoselic and early Nirvana drummer Aaron Burckhard came together in Aberdeen -- Kurt Cobain's hometown -- for the unveiling of a mural honoring the Seattle music scene.
The painting prominently features Nirvana and also tips its hat to Soundgarden, L7, Bikini Kill, Sonic Youth, Meat Puppets, Mudhoney and others. It's painted on the side of a flooring company building, and that explains why Novoselic tweeted a photo of himself and Burckhard in what looks to be a carpet store.
Burckhard came midway through Nirvana's line of drummers; he played the band's first three live shows before being fired by Cobain for having a poor work ethic.
James Minchin IIITo prepare for his role as Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson in the upcoming feature film Love & Mercy, actor John Cusack delved into the era of the band's music that is held in high regard by musicians and fans alike.
"To me, the Smile sessions and Pet Sounds sessions were my way in," Cusack tells Billboard. "I saw his mind and his creativity [and also] found these things to be absolutely revelatory."
With Smile and its outtakes, Cusack adds, "you can hear everything that happens for the next 40 years in music."
The film also stars Paul Dano as a younger version of Wilson, who along with his wife have endorsed Love & Mercy. It recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival; director Bill Pohlad is seeking widespread distribution for the movie.
Columbia RecordsPink Floyd is spilling all the details about their new album, The Endless River, which will arrive November 10. The album's artwork -- which depicts a man standing in a shallow boat, traveling across a sea of clouds -- appeared on buildings in 10 cities around the world Monday, including New York and L.A.
As previously reported, The Endless River is a collection of tracks that have been reworked from the 1993 sessions for The Division Bell. Drummer Nick Mason describes the album as a "tribute" to Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright, who died in 2008, adding, "I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was.”
David Gilmour adds, "With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.” Gilmour also describes the disc as "a 21st century Pink Floyd album."
The track listing for The Endless River is conceived as running across "four sides," to recreate what it was like to listen to a double album back in the days of vinyl. Here are the songs:
SIDE 1 "Things Left Unsaid" "It’s What We Do" "Ebb And Flow"
SIDE 2 "Sum" "Skins" "Unsung" "Anisina"
SIDE 3 "The Lost Art of Conversation" "On Noodle Street" "Night Light" "Allons-y (1) " "Autumn ’68 " "Allons-y (2)" "Talkin’ Hawkin’"
SIDE 4 "Calling" "Eyes to Pearls" "Surfacing" "Louder than Words"
Cleopatra RecordsThe tumultuous relationship of Kinks guitarists Ray and Dave Davies is well documented, but it was a torn photograph of the brothers in happier days that inspired Dave's forthcoming solo album, Rippin' Up Time.
"It seems like a problem we've had all our life," Dave told Rolling Stone. "We get real close, and then we get ripped apart."
Dave explored his past to came up with many of the songs on Rippin' Up Time, due October 28. One tune is called "In the Old Days," which was started with Ray, but "the whole meeting went wrong," according to Dave, so he completed the lyrics with his son.
"Songwriting, or really any kind of writing, is the best way to get thoughts or feelings to pop out," Dave said.
Produced by David Nolte, the album was recorded over six weeks in the summer. Nolte and Dave played all of the instruments.
Dave Davies will kick off a North American tour in Milwaukee on November 11. He told Rolling Stone that while he may play three or four songs from the new album, the bulk of the set will be devoted to Kinks classics.
Courtesy of Frontiers Music Srl Rated X may be a new band, but fans might recognize some heavy hitters in the lineup.
The hard-rock supergroup, set to release its self-titled debut November 11, features former Rainbow and Deep Purple singer Joe Lynn Turner, Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice, ex-Whitesnake and Firm bassist Tony Franklin, and guitarist Karl Cochran, a frequent Turner collaborator.
The album features 12 new cuts produced by Alessandro del Vecchio, whose keyboard playing on several tracks added a bit of a "Deep Purple thing" sonically, according to Appice.
"I believe we wanted to keep it a bit retro with a modern edge," adds Turner. "The songs are classic rock, but then that's an understatement."
The track listing is as follows:
"Get Back My Crown" "This Is Who I Am" "Fire And Ice" "I Don't Cry No More" "Lhasa; Devil In Disguise" "You Are the Music" "Peace of Mind" "Maybe Tonight" "On the Way to Paradise" "Our Love Is Not Over" "Stranger in Us All"
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesTheGrateful Dead's catalog is now part of a new publishing deal that is expected to result in song-placement opportunities, but not all of the material from the band's long, strange trip will be made available.
The agreement, struck between Universal Music Publishing Group North America and the Dead's publishing company, Ice Nine, includes using the band's songs in film and television. However, placement of Dead tunes in commercials is restricted to material not involving Robert Hunter, a longtime lyricist for the Dead. Hunter had a hand in composing some of the group's best-known songs, including "Truckin'," "Uncle John's Band" and "Casey Jones." Surviving Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are among those with rights to the group's song catalog.
"We will bring them everything for them to review," UMPG president Evan Lamberg tells Billboard, "and we will learn more about what they want."
Lamberg is confident this new deal will expand the legendary San Francisco jam band's reach to a different demographic.
"Young people may know the name Grateful Dead, but not be as familiar with their music," he said. "If you're not putting yourself into relevant areas where your music can be discovered, your music could be lost to the younger [generation]."
Mark SeligerPaul Simon has been added to the list of performers scheduled to honor late Beatles guitarist George Harrison on Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show.
Simon will join previously announced guests Beck, Norah Jones and Harrison's only child, Dhani, for Conan's George Harrison Week, a four-night musical salute beginning today, September 22.
Beck will kick off the celebration Monday, Simon will take the stage on Tuesday, Dhani Harrison and friends will appear on Wednesday and Jones will complete the festivities on Thursday.
As previously reported, the Conan event coincides with the release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75. The deluxe eight-disc box set -- which features reissues of Harrison's first six solo albums, plus bonus material -- will be available September 23 on CD and digital download.
Jones and Dhani will also participate at George Fest, a star-studded tribute concert set for September 28 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.
Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on TBS.
Beck Diefenbach/Madame TussaudsJimi Hendrix fans can now take a selfie with the guitar god -- in wax-statue form, that is.
A wax likeness of the legendary musician was unveiled Friday by his brother Leon Hendrix at Madame Tussauds San Francisco. The ceremony coincided with Jimi Hendrix Day, honoring the 44th anniversary of his death, which occurred September 18, 1970.
A team of 20 artists worked for more than three months to create the lifelike figure, with painstaking detail to Hendrix's guitar. The figure got a thumb's up from Hendrix's brother, who praised the museum's work.
"The representation and detail of his figure is uncanny," he said. "It's an honor to see him immortalized in this fashion."
Hollywood RecordsIn 1981, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson came together in the studio for a once in a lifetime duet that inexplicably never saw the light of day. That's about to change, however, when when Queen releases a new compilation, Queen Forever, on Nov. 10.
The song, titled "There Must Be More to Life than This," was originally recorded for the band's Hot Space sessions, but the backing track was never completed. Enter producer William Orbit, who was tasked with completing the job, an assignment he said was like opening a "a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians."
In a statement released by the band, Orbit says, "Hearing Michael Jackson's vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie's vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level."
While Mercury released a more stripped down-version of "There Must Be More to Life than This" on his 1985 solo album, Orbit went in the opposite direction, adding full instrumentation to give the song more kick.
In addition to "There Must Be More to Life than This," two other gems appear on the compilation. There's "Love Kills," a Mercury song from the soundtrack to the 1984 restored version of the 1927 sci-fi film classic Metropolis, performed with American Idol alum Adam Lambert on Queen's summer tour; and "Let Me In Your Heart Again," another unfinished composition from the 1984 Queen album, The Works.
Queen Forever will be available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set. Here's the track listing:
Single CD "Let Me In Your Heart Again" "Love Kills -- The Ballad" "There Must Be More to Life than This" (William Orbit Mix) "It’s a Hard Life" "You’re My Best Friend" "Love of My Life" "Drowse" "Long Away" "Lily of the Valley" "Don’t Try So Hard" "Bijou" "These Are the Days of Our Lives" "Las Palabras De Amor" "Who Wants to Live Forever" "A Winter’s Tale" "Play the Game" "Save Me" "Somebody to Love" "Too Much Love Will Kill You" "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
2-CD SET CD1 "Let Me In Your Heart Again" "Love Kills -- The Ballad" "There Must Be More to Life than This" (William Orbit Mix) "Play the Game" "Dear Friends" "You’re My Best Friend" "Love of My Life" "Drowse" "You Take My Breath Away" "Spread Your Wings" "Long Away" "Lily of the Valley" "Don’t Try So Hard" "Bijou" "These Are the Days of Our Lives" "Nevermore" "Las Palabras De Amor" "Who Wants to Live Forever"
CD2 "I Was Born to Love You" "Somebody to Love" "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" "Friends Will Be Friends" "Jealousy" "One Year of Love" "A Winters Tale" "‘39" "Mother Love" "It’s a Hard Life" "Save Me" "Made in Heaven" "Too Much Love Will Kill You" "Sail Away Sweet Sister" "The Miracle" "Is This the World We Created" "In The Lap of the Gods…Revisited" "Forever"
Rhino Records/Adrenaline PRThe Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late, beloved metal singer, has presented a check for $100,000 to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Dio -- who in addition to fronting the band that bore his name, sang with Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Heaven & Hell -- died of stomach cancer in May of 2010. During the last six months of his life, the singer was treated at the Anderson Cancer Center.
Though it's existed fewer than four years, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised more than 800 thousand dollars for cancer research and education. Wendy Dio, the late singer's widow, said that her husband's treatment at the world-renowned center gave him hope and added, quote, "The most important thing for a cancer patient to have is hope."
Ross HalfinWho says that classic rock and Christmas can't coexist peacefully? Certainly not the folks at Legacy Recordings, which will unveil eight new seasonal titles on October 7, including The Classic Christmas Hard Rock Album.
This 11-track disc features holiday favorites from a number of world-class guitarists, among them Jeff Beck, Ted Nugent and Journey's Neal Schon. The album will set you back $10.46.
Here is the full track listing for The Classic Christmas Hard Rock Album:
"Amazing Grace" -- Jeff Beck
"The Little Drummer Boy" -- Alex Lifeson (Rush)
"Silent Night/Holy Night Jam" -- Joe Satriani
"Christmas Time Is Here" -- Steve Vai
"The Christmas Song" -- Steve Lukather (Toto)
"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" -- Neal Schon
"Sleigh Ride" -- Stuart Hamm (session bassist and solo artist)
Force Field PRMarianne Faithfull will return November 11 with Give My Love to London. It's the follow-up to her 2011 album, Horses and High Heels, and this disc also has the distinction of being Faithfull's 20th studio effort.
Artists who either appear on or wrote songs for the album include Roger Waters, Brian Eno, alt-country legend Steve Earle and young singer-songwriter Anna Calvi. The album's 11 songs include "The Price of Love," "Going Home," "Late Victorian Holocaust" and the title track.
Faithfull will support Give My Love to London with a fall tour, but U.S. dates are not expected until 2015.
Courtesy of Concord Music GroupPaul McCartney has teamed up with the folks at Meat Free Monday and U.K. Energy and Climate Adviser Greg Barker to raise awareness of the global footprint that meat production has on the environment, reportsRolling Stone.
A longtime vegetarian, Sir Paul is urging people all over the world to give up meat -- if only for one day a week. In a video message, he says, "All I want you to do is just log in on pledge.meatfreemondays.com and pledge your support. ... We'll send all these pledges to politicians and then they'll do something about it."
The Meat Free Monday initiative is one of the subjects that will be discussed September 23 at the Climate Summit in New York City. For more information, go to the official Meat Free Monday website.
Soren Solkaer StarbirdThe members of Led Zeppelin say that the lawsuit filed against them earlier this year regarding their epic "Stairway to Heaven" should either be moved to a California court or dismissed completely.
As previously reported, Francis Alexander Malofiy -- a Philadelphia-based attorney who represents late Spirit guitarist Randy California -- filed a copyright suit against Zeppelin on May 31, claiming that the opening of "Stairway" was cribbed from an obscure instrumental called "Taurus" from Spirit's 1968 debut. At the time, Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said, "This is ridiculous. I have no further comment on the subject."
Now, according toBusiness Week, Page and Zeppelin's other two surviving members -- singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones -- are arguing that the Philadelphia federal court where the lawsuit was filed is an inappropriate venue. In a statement filed September 17, Page wrote, "I have not performed as part of the musical group known as Led Zeppelin in the state of Pennsylvania since 1985 ... That performance was without fee as one of many participants in a Live Aid charity concert." Page, Plant, Jones and lawyers for their label, the Warner Music Group, have filed a motion to either dismiss the case or move it to U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, where they claim that many relevant records and possible witnesses exist.
"Stairway to Heaven," though never released as a single, stands as perhaps Led Zeppelin's most popular song. Coincidentally, the record it appeared on -- alternately known as Led Zeppelin IV and the untitled album -- is due to be reissued on October 28.
Stevie Nicks (Courtesy of Artist's Personal Collection)You probably think of selfies as a modern phenomenon, but it turns out Stevie Nicks has been taking them for years. Now, the singer is mounting an exhibition of her self-portraits, which she snapped with a Polaroid camera from 1975 to 1987.
According to the New York Times, the show, called 24 Karat Gold -- which is also the name of the singer's new album -- is being curated by Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, who produced her last solo record, In Your Dreams. Nicks took the photos late at night, while at home and on tour because, as she tells the Times via her publicist, "I wanted to learn how to become a photographer."
"I don't sleep at night, so I thought, 'Who am I going to ask to stay up all night [and take pictures of me], and then do a show tomorrow? So I'm not going to get Christine,'" she says, referring to her Fleetwood Mac band mate Christine McVie.
So Nicks took the photos herself, using a variety of props and costumes. "I did everything," she tells the Times. "I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director -- it was my joy. I was the model."
Eventually, Nicks stopped taking the photos because, she says, "Polaroids were just almost impossible to use ... there was no more film and they all broke down." The photos in the exhibit have never been seen before -- in fact, Nicks says she's kept them in shoeboxes all these years. Many will also be featured in a book that's being released along with the deluxe version of her album.
24 Karat Gold will open October 10 at a Manhattan art space called 201 Mulberry Street. Two days later, the show will move about a half mile across town to the Morrison Hotel Gallery, which specializes in music photography, where it'll be on display for the rest of October.
Nicks' album 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault will be in stores October 7. Her tour with Fleetwood Mac begins September 30 in Minneapolis.
Danny ClinchGregg Allman will receive this year's Living Legend Award from Classic Rock magazine, it was announced today.
Even though Classic Rock magazine is based in the U.K., the event will take place at The Avalon in Hollywood, California, on November 4 as part of the publication's Classic Rock Roll of Honor ceremony. This marks the first time the ceremony has taken place outside of London in its 10 years.
Classic Rock editor Sian Llewellyn says, "Where can you start with Gregg Allman? As a founding member and guiding light of the Allman Brothers Band and a hugely influential solo artist, Gregg has touched the lives of rock fans all over the globe for over four decades."
For his part, Allman responds, "I am so very honored to be receiving this award from Classic Rock. The magazine is one of my favorites, and they are always so generous to me and the Brothers."