Archive for May, 2010

The New Nord Piano at NAMM 2010!

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Roger Waters Adds More Dates For The Wall!

Roger Waters has added a further 12 North American dates for his 30th anniversary tour of The Wall.

New dates have been added to Toronto, Boston, Montreal, Fort Lauderdale, San Jose, New York’s Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum and the Izod Center. In addition, a newly added date in Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center goes on sale May 14th and in Los Angeles, Chicago and Anaheim tickets go on sale May 17th.

Waters will perform the Pink Floyd classic from beginning to end. Of course, it is not the first time he has done it. In fact he has done it 31 times before. Full Story at Undercover

Tiësto and BLK JKS’ Worlds Collide on New Track!

The pulse-pounding electronica of superstar DJ Tiësto doesn’t usually belong in the same playlist as the experimental prog-rock of South African upstarts BLK JKS, much less in the same song. However, the two artists have collaborated on a track for Smirnoff Experience South Africa’s “Mashup Street” event, and the dissimilar sounds have come together pretty spectacularly.

‘Dreaming,’ which will be premiered live at the “Mashup Street” concert in Johannesburg on May 15, features BLK JKS’ haunting vocals over a sumptuous Tiësto beat. Although Tiësto has worked with everyone from Tegan and Sara to Three 6 Mafia, the Dutch DJ/producer felt a particularly strong connection with BLK JKS when event sponsor Smirnoff approached him with the collaboration. Full Story at Spinner

Interpol’s Carlos Dengler Quits the Band!

Interpol’s Carlos Dengler has quit the group, the band have announced.

The New York outfit explained in a mailout that the bassist had contributed to the group’s recently completed fourth album, but would no longer continue his involvement in Interpol.

“After the completion of the album, Carlos informed the rest of us that he would be leaving the band. He has decided to follow another path, and to pursue new goals,” they wrote.

“This separation is amicable, and we whole-heartedly wish him great happiness and success. We will remain, as always, deeply respectful fans of this blazingly talented individual.” Full Story at NME

Pearl Jam Announces 2010 Tour Bootlegs!

Pearl Jam is taking the more-is-more approach to sharing their music this spring: the band has just announced that the shows on its current 2010 world tour will be released as official bootlegs, started a preorder audio release of a quartet of Philadelphia shows from October, and launched Pearl Jam Radio. All three of the new offerings are available via PearlJam.com.

The latest installment of the band’s now decade-long official bootleg series, the 2010 Bootleg Program offers full-concert soundboard recordings in a choice of three formats beginning in Mid-May. The series features shows from Pearl Jam’s current tour, which kicked off on May 1 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and makes a run through the U.S. before heading to Europe on June 22. The CD version will cost $16.98 per show, a FLAC download will be $14.98, and the MP3 flavor will be $9.98. Pearl Jam first began offering official recordings of its tours with the 72-show release chronicling every note of its 2000 world trek. Full Story at Billboeard

Jeff Beck Moved to Tears by New Album!

Jeff Beck is on the short list of the world’s greatest living guitarist, a double member of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist and with the Yardbirds and an unquestioned rock legend. But the guitar slinger’s first new album in seven years, ‘Emotion and Commotion,’ still found him riddled with doubt and insecurity at the beginning of the recording process.

“[It was] quite a traumatic time for me because that was the end of the Tal and Vinnie band and the end of music as I knew it because I hadn’t anybody to go into the studio with, didn’t have a clue who to turn to with a view to making a record,” he tells Spinner, referring to the departure of former band members Tal Wilkenfeld and Vinnie Colaiuta. Then his manager suggested producer Trevor Horn (Belle and Sebastian, Art of Noise, Seal, Genesis). “I thought, ‘Well, he’s produced some amazing results,'” Beck says. “Then from there it went to Steve Lipson, who did most of the studio work. The nuts and bolts of it was done by Steve Lipson.” Full Story at Spinner

Former Ramones Manager’s PA Gets ’27 years to life’ For Murder!

The convicted murderer of the former manager of the Ramones, has been sentenced to “27 years to life” in prison. Natavia Lowery, who was found guilty of killing Linda Stein in February, was alleged to have used a piece of exercise equipment to club her former boss to death.

As previously reported, Lowery is said to have stolen $30,000 (£19,500) from Stein in 2007, before bludgeoning her to death in an attempt to hide the theft.

In closing, a judge called Lowery “almost inhuman”, but despite the claims the 28-year old has announced her intentions to appeal the sentence, reports the Huffington Post. Full Story at NME