Friday, 13 November 2009

Record 'amazing' new songs to Robbie Williams and Take That together

Robbie Williams has secretly recorded several new songs with Take That and described them as "amazing".

Fans disappointed by Thursday night's Children In Need gig, which was touted as the band's reunion but turned out to be nothing of the sort, can be reassured that they do plan to perform together and are working on new material.
Williams said he was "very, very excited about a project that's recently happening".
Speaking about Gary Barlow, Williams said: "Gaz is an amazing, amazing singer songwriter. I'm honoured to be in the same studio as him... erm... when we do, in the future." He then admitted: "Oh sod it, we've been in and the songs are absolutely amazing."
The band were spotted visiting a New York recording studio at the same time as Williams earlier this year. They last performed together in 1995.
The BBC Children In Need concert had been hyped as the setting for a Take That reunion, with tickets costing up to to £250 each.
However, the band performed separate sets and the closest they got to a reunion was Williams and Barlow briefly standing next to one another for the singalong finale of Hey Jude.
Williams said the real reunion was yet to come.
In an interview with BBC Radio 2, he said: "I want to do it because I've always wanted to be in a gang ever since I left that gang.
"And all the bitterness and resentment has gone now and what is left is a load of love, and watching four guys get together and enjoy each other's company and enjoy the process of writing together. For me, I'm envious of the joy that they're having."

Tuesday, 10 November 2009


The big winner was the Beyonce at the 16th MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) at Berlin's O2 World Arena, which also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
A standing ovation from the roughly 9,000 in attendance met Beyoncé when she emerged from a gigantic red box wearing a scarlet bodice replete with red suspenders. She then went on to receive three awards, best singer, best song for "Halo" and best video for "Single Ladies."
She thanked her husband saying "there's only one person I want to thank and that's Jay-Z, who put a ring on my finger."
Jay-Z appeared as a surprise guest of rock band U2 during their performance in front of the Brandenburg Gate. The rapper won the award for best urban act, to which he responded: "I am looking forward to the time when all the walls fall and it's all only about music."
The show lasted over two hours and provided a spectacular prelude to the celebrations marking the anniversary of German reunification.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Night one at Madison Square Garden to Bruce Springsteen

NEW YORK -- "Tonight, we're gonna do something that's never been done before. Never, ever. I thing we can do it."
With these words, Bruce Springsteen introduced one of the most thirstily anticipated concert segments of his career: all seven songs from his classic album, "The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle," played in their original order. He announced, on Tuesday, that he would play that album at the first of his two Madison Square Garden concerts, Saturday, and another album he has never played in its entirety, "The River," on Sunday.
Springsteen has played three other albums -- "Born To Run," "Born In the U.S.A." and "Darkness On the Edge of Town" -- at current shows. But never these two.
Some songs, like "Wild Billy's Circus Story" (with bassist Garry Tallent switching to tuba) and "New York City Serenade" (with percussionist Richard Blackwell, who played on the original session, rejoining the band, plus an added string section), qualified as rarities. Others, like "Rosalita" and "Kitty's Back," have been played fairly frequently on Springsteen's current tour.
Hearing the songs together emphasized how unique that album -- the second of Springsteen's career, released in 1973 -- is, with a free-wheeling, jazzy flavor that he would never actually revisit. The segment peaked with the majestic "Incident on 57th Street," whose tension set up the joyful release of "Rosalita." A Roy Bittan piano solo served as a bridge between these two very different but both intensely romantic songs.

As satisfying as this segment was, it wasn't a surprise. But there were surprises in this three hour show, most notably a guest appearance by Elvis Costello on the finale, a feverish cover of the Jackie Wilson hit, "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher." Blackwell and the five piece horn section that appeared on some of the "WIESS" songs also joined in.
Springsteen paid tribute to the Yankees' world series win by playing his baseball themed "Glory Days" in response to a fan request. "It must be done, it must be done. Congratulations, New York," he said.
He held up the fan's sign, which said "World Champs 27" (this was the team's 27th championship) in addition to the song title. At the end of the song, Springsteen pretended to use his guitar as a bat after guitarist Steven Van Zandt pretended to pitch a ball to him.
Another request, "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?", was chosen because of its New York setting. Springsteen also mentioned, before performing the "WIESS" songs, that half the album is set in New Jersey, and half is about his ideas and fantasies about New York City.
He kicked off the show with "Thundercrack," mentioning that it is an outtake from "WIESS." Springsteen released the song on his 1998 rarities boxed set, "Tracks."
Here is Saturday's setlist ("WIESS" songs are in bold):

"Prove It All Night"
"Hungry Heart"
"Working On A Dream"
"The E Street Shuffle"
"4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"
"Kitty's Back"
"Wild Billy's Circus Story"
"Incident on 57th Street"
"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)"
"New York City Serenade" (with Richard Blackwell)"Waitin' On A Sunny Day"
"Raise Your Hand" (with excerpt from "You Sexy Thing")"Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?"
"Glory Days"
"Human Touch"
"Lonesome Day"
"The Rising"
"Born To Run"
"Wrecking Ball"
"Bobby Jean"
"American Land"
"Dancing In the Dark"
"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" (with Elvis Costello and Richard Blackwell)

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Paul Stewart, Eric Clapton Record U.K. Charity Single "Fly Free". To Be Released 15 November 2009.

Paul Stewart - eldest son of Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart - and Eric Clapton have recorded a charity single, entitled "Fly Free." Recorded in honour of his father's 70th birthday, a film for the song was also produced by Paul's younger brother, Mark. Both will be available for purchase by download when they are released on 15 November 2009. All moneys raised will be donated to the Formula One charity, The Grand Prix Mechanics' Charitable Trust. The trust was founded by Sir Jackie Stewart and others more than 20 years ago. It assists Grand Prix, former Grand Prix mechanics, their wives, widows and children in times of need.
It is not known if the recording of "Fly Free" and the short companion film will be available for purchase outside the U.K.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Pearl Jam, The Beatles, they are New Roundup

Bruce Springsteen fans are having a wild year. At Madison Square Garden the Boss announced that for this weekend’s group of gigs, the E Street Band will be playing, for the first time, The River (November and The Wild, The Innocent, and The E Street Shuffle (November 7) in their entirety. The mind boggles. The River, which was released in October of 1980, has 20 songs, and clocks in at nearly an hour and a half.
Head over to Stereogum to hear a new, possibly old Ryan Adams song, the bizarre country ballad “Jimmy Whistlenut” which features the chorus: “You’re in a time machine, and you’re trippin on robotussin and crack/ so here’s to Jimmy Whistelnut, break dancin’, and jumping jacks.”
“Heaven Can Wait,” a duet between Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck, can be heard here. The track is from Gainsbourg’s upcoming IRM album (due out in January), which Beck produced and co-wrote.
The Stooges will reunite with guitarist James Williamson for the first time in almost three decades when they launch a tour in 2010. Williamson is stepping in for the late guitarist Ron Asheton, who passed away in January due to a heart attack. The Stooges are among the bands nominated for this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Reread our 2007 cover story on the band here.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

'Stand On It' in Washington, D.C, Bruce Springsteen play

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street's show at tha Verizon Center began the final three weeks of their tour with a show in Washington, D.C. on Monday night. "Born in the U.S.A" Bruce played. era song "Stand On It" for the first time this tour. It was only played once on the Magic Tour also. Also played was "Pink Cadillac" for only the third time this tour and first time in the United States. Bruce began the show with "Outlaw Pete" and dedicated it to his cousin, Lenny Sullivan, who died last week. Another show Bruce this was played the entire "Born To Run" album. Show began at 8:20 p.m.
1. Outlaw Pete
2. Prove It All
3. Hungry Heart (crowd surf)
4. Working On a Dream
5. Thunder Road
6. Tenth Ave Freeze-Out
7. Night
8. Backstreets
9. Born To Run
10. She's The
. Meeting Across The River
12. Jungleland
13. Waitin' On A Sunny Day
14. Stand On It (tour premiere, request)
15. Seven Nights To Rock (request)
16. Growin' Up (request)
17. Pink Cadillac (request)
18. Lonesome Day
19. The Rising
20. BadlandsEncores:
21. Hard Times
22. No Surrender
23. American Land
24. Dancing In The Dark
25. Rosalita
26. Higher & Higher
Show over at 11 p.m.
Next show: Tuesday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Celebrates 25th birthday Rock'N'Roll Hall Of Fame

New Yorkers have been treated to a rock'n'roll concert like no other. Rock'N'Roll Hall Of Fame it was the 25th anniversary, and had the line up of a lifetime. The birthday two day bash at Madison Square Garden had Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Sting, U2, Mick Jagger, Jerry Lee Lewis, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Bonnie Raitt to celebrate the Hall's 25th anniversary on hand ."It's an organisation that has elevated the history of this music," says Raitt - who was inducted in 2000.The hall's US$100 million Cleveland home has become a cultural temple, and sometimes a controversial one. The Hall Of Fame, which now includes a New York annex, has inducted 234 artists over its 25 years, but some prominent performers are still waiting for their invitations.Despite some 40 Top 40 hits, Neil Diamond is not in the hall. "I think the songs and the music and the records over the years have earned me that," says Diamond of the snub.Van Morrison was voted in, but skipped his induction ceremony."Basically, I think its got very little to do with rock'n'roll," he says.Maybe it's hypocritical, but rock, which preaches rebellion against institutions, has become one itself. Jann Wenner, publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, is co-founder of the Hall of Fame."You have to think of everything else that's institutionalised, you know, Picasso or Rembrandt or Robert Frost - every art, and as rebellious as they were, becomes part of the mainstream."And most artists embrace the honour."I don't put my gold records on the wall or that kind of thing," says David Crosby, "but there is something else involved here, which is the respect of your peers."Rock no longer dominates the radio or music sales, which may make it harder to choose future inductees."It's not going to be as obvious," says Wenner. "You know, obviously, you're never going to replicate Bob Dylan, the Stones or Chuck Berry or Elvis."At the garden, the night belonged to rock's all stars, who unlike sports Hall Of Famers, wanted to show they can still play.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

'cancelled MTV EMA gig due to budget cuts' Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams pulled out of the upcoming MTV Europe Music Awards due to 'budget cuts' imposed by the gig's arrengers, it has been reported. 'Bodies' singer a spokesman for apparently told the Daily Mirror his performance would have been "compromised" had he appeared at the bash, which takes place in Berlin on Thursday (November 5). The representative told the newspaper: "He actually wanted to (perform). It is a real shame MTV could not make this happen. He performed a free concert in Berlin last week to 15,000 people."A statement on Robbie Williams' website yesterday (October 30) blamed a "scheduling conflict" for the cancellation.